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|How should you reply?|
|06/08/03 at 03:13:11|
|I have a few questions and also was wondering how to reply to some things that have been said to me? Also wondering if there are Quran equivilants to some Bible verses that I always liked and admired. Many questions but one post ok?|
I will start with one or two tonight (it is past midnight here) and I will ask more as they are answered.
1) I have been told by family, Muslims do not believe in the same God that Christians do. God is God and that Allah is a false God. (Never could understand that last one, people are so ignorant)
I tell them he is called many things by many tongues & nations(languages)
God, Great Spirit, Creator, Father, Almighty, Allah, etc
Many names, one God.
Is there a better answer and explaination when this is said to me?
What verses in the Quran are simular to Bible ones.
a) Love one another.
c)Judgement (judging others) Like there is this Bible verse that says like(not specific wording) Not trying to take the speck out of your neighbors eye while there is a plank in yours.
I have more but will save them for later.
|Re: How should you reply?|
|06/08/03 at 17:36:26|
I downloaded both a Qur'an and 4 Hadith programs onto my computer. If you want to we can get together and go over these. They were "freeware" so we could look up the references at my home or I could "burn" the programs onto a CD and bring them to you at yours. Give me a call so we can go work out the details.
|Re: How should you reply?|
|06/08/03 at 21:06:39|
You can tell them that there are Arabs that are Christians, and that these arabs use "Allah" for God, so that Allah means God in arabic, just like "Dieu" means God in french. If you and them know another language, then you can use that anology in the language you know.
For your questions:
" And among His Signs is this, that He created for you mates from among
yourselves, that ye may dwell in tranquillity with them, and He has put love
and mercy between your (hearts): verily in that are Signs for those who reflect. "
"And what will explain to you what the steep path is? It is the freeing of a (slave) from bondage; or the giving of food in a day of famine to an orphan relative, or to a needy in distress. Then will he be of those who believe, enjoin fortitude and encourage kindness and compassion."
[Qur’an (2 : 177)]
"It is not righteousness that you turn your faces to the East and the West; but righteous is he who believes in Allah and the last Day and the angels and the Scriptures and the Prophets; and gives his wealth for the love of Him, to kinsfolk and to the orphans and the needy and the wayfarer and those who ask, and to set slaves free; and observes proper worship and pays the poor-due. And those who keep their treaty when they make one, and the patient in tribulation and adversity and time of stress. Such are they who are sincere. Such are the God-fearing”
"O mankind! We created you from a male and a female and made you into nations and tribes that you may know and honor each other (not that you should despise one another). Indeed the most honorable of you in the sight of God is the most righteous."
[Qur’an 76:8-9]And they feed, for the love of Allah, the poor, the orphan, and the captive,- Saying,"We feed you for the sake of Allah alone: no reward do we desire from you, nor thanks.
The believers are but brethren : So make peace and reconciliation between your two (contending) brothers; and fear Allah, that ye may receive Mercy
"None of you [truly] believes until he likes for his brother what he likes for himself" [Bukhari, Muslim, at-Tirmidhi, an-Nasai and Ibn Majah]
"He is not a believer who eats his fill while his neighbor remains hungry" [Al-Hakim, at-Tabarani and al-Bayhaqi]
Narrated AbuHurayrah: Allah's Apostle (peace_be_upon_him) said: Verily, Allah would say on the Day of Resurrection: Where are those who have mutual love for My Glory's sake? Today I shall shelter them in My shadow when there is no other shadow but the shadow of Mine.
(Sahih Muslim: Book 31, Number 6225)
Abu Hurairah quotes the Prophet as saying : “By Him who holds my soul in His hands, you shall not be admitted into Heaven until you are truly Muslims, and you shall not be Muslims until you love one another. Spread the greeting of peace among you in order to love one another. Stay away from hatred because that is the razor. I do not say to you that it removes hair, but it removes the faith altogether.”
(Related by Muslim Al Bukhari in Al-Adab, Al-Mufrad, Abu Dawood and Ibn Majaha)
Anas (RAA) said that a man was with the Prophet (PBUH), when another man passed by. The first man said, "O Messenger of Allah (SWT), indeed I truly love this man." The Prophet (PBUH) asked him, "Have you let him know that?" He said, "No." The Prophet (PBUH) said, "Tell him." He caught up with him and told him, "Truly I love you for the sake of Allah (SWT)," and the man said, "May Allah (SWT) love you who loves me for His sake."
(Reported with a sahih isnad by Abu Dawud, 4/452, Kitab al-adab, bab akhbar al-rajul bi mahabbatihi ilayh. )
In al-Muwatta', Imam Malik gives a report with a sahih isnad from Abu Idris al-Khulani who said:
"I entered the mosque of Damascus, where I saw a young man who had a bright smile, and I saw the people gathered around him. When they disagreed on some matter, they referred it to him, and accepted his opinion. I asked who he was, and they told me, `This is Mu`adh ibn Jabal (RAA).' Early the next day, I went to the mosque but I found that he had arrived even earlier than I. He was praying, so I waited until he had finished, then I approached him from in front, greeted him and said, `By Allah (SWT), I love you.' He asked, `For the sake of Allah (SWT)?' I said, `For the sake of Allah (SWT).' He repeated his question, `For the sake of Allah (SWT)?' And I said, `For the sake of Allah (SWT).' So he took hold of my collar, pulled me towards him and said, `I have good news for you. I heard the Prophet (PBUH) say: "Allah (SWT) says: "My love is granted to those who love one another for My sake, who visit one another for My sake, and who spend on one another for My sake.'"'" (Reported by Malik in al-Muwatta', 2/953, Kitab al-shi'r, bab ma ja'a fi'l-muthabbayn fi-Allah.)
“It may be that God will ordain love between you and those of them with whom
ye are at enmity. Allah is Mighty, and Allah is Forgiving, Merciful”
[Qur’an (3 : 133-135)]
"And vie one with another for forgiveness from your Lord, and for a paradise as wide as are the heavens and the earth prepared for those who ward off (evil); those who spend (of that which Allah has given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loves the good; and those who, when they do an evil thing or wrong themselves, remember Allah and implore forgiveness for their sins - who forgives sins save Allah only? And will not knowingly repeat (the wrong) they did."
It is better to forgive:
[Qur’an 042.040 ]
” The recompense for an injury is an injury equal thereto (in degree): but if a person forgives and makes reconciliation, his reward is due from Allah: for (Allah) loveth not those who do wrong
[Qur’an 042.043 ]
But indeed if any show patience and forgive, that would truly be an exercise of courageous will and resolution in the conduct of affairs.
Repelling evil with good :
[Qur’an 028.054 ]
These will be given their reward twice over, because they are steadfast and repel evil with good, and spend of that wherewith We have provided them,
[Qur’an 042.037 ]
Those who avoid the greater crimes and shameful deeds, and, when they are angry even then forgive;
The Holy Qur'an
Foil hatred with love
(Qur’an 41: 33-36):
“Who is better in speech(1) than one who calls (men) to Allah, works righteousness, and says, "I am of those who bow in Islam"?
Nor can Goodness and Evil(2) be equal. Repel (Evil) with what is better: Then will he between whom and thee was hatred become as it were thy friend and intimate!(3)
And no one will be(4) granted such goodness except those who exercise patience and self-restraint, - none but persons of the greatest good fortune.
And if (at any time) an incitement to discord(5) is made to thee by the Satan, seek refuge in Allah. He is the One Who hears and knows all things.”
(1)Better in speech: ie speaks better counsel; or is more worthy of being listened to. That his word reaches the highest mark of human speech is evidenced by three facts: (i) that he calls all to the Truth of Allah, showing that his thoughts are not centred on himself; (ii) every deed of his is righteousness, showing that there is no divergence between his preaching and his conduct; and (iii) he completely associates himself with the Will of Allah, showing that he is the full embodiment of Islam. What a fine description of the holy Prophet (sallallahu alayhe wa sallam)!
(2) You do not return good for evil. There is no equality or comparison between the two. You repel or destroy evil with something which is far better, just as an antidote is better than poison. You foil hatred with love. You repel ignorance with knowledge, folly and wickedness with the friendly message of Revelation. Than who was in the bondage of sin, you not only liberate from sin, but make him your greatest friend and helper in the cause of Allah! Such is the alchemy of the Word of Allah! [Repel evil with that which is best: We are well acquainted with the things they say. - Sura Al-Muminun: 96]
[Twice will they be given their reward, for that they have persevered, that they avert Evil with Good, and that they spend (in charity) out of what We have given them. - Sura Al-Qasas: 54]
(3) Hamim (in Arabic); Protectors.
(4) The moral standard referred to in the last verse can only be reached by the exercise of the highest patience and self-restraint. All sorts of human weaknesses and counsels of pseudo-wisdom and "self-respect" will keep breaking in, but resist them as suggestions of Evil (see next verse). If you reach anywhere near the high standard, you will be indeed most fortunate in a spiritual sense, for Allah's Revelations will have made you great and free.
(5) Nazaga (in Arabic) has in it the idea of discord, slander, disharmony, as well as incitements to such disturbances in the soul. They can only proceed from evil, and should be resisted with the help of Allah.
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"...for ye were enemies and He joined your hearts in love, so that by His
Grace, ye became brethren; and ye were on the brink of the pit of Fire, and
He saved you from it. Thus doth Allah make His Signs clear to you: That ye
may be guided. "
And hasten to forgiveness from your Lord; and a Garden, the extensiveness of which is (as) the heavens and the earth, it is prepared for those who guard (against evil).
Those who spend (of that which Allah hath given them) in ease and in adversity, those who control their wrath and are forgiving toward mankind; Allah loveth the good;
[Qur’an 003.159 ]
It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted, they would have broken away from about thee: so pass over (Their faults), and ask for (Allah's) forgiveness for them; and consult them in affairs (of moment). Then, when thou hast Taken a decision put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).
The Noble Qur'an - An-Nur 24:22
And let not those among you who are blessed with graces and wealth swear not to give (any sort of help) to their kinsmen, Al-Masâkîn (the poor), and those who left their homes for Allâh's Cause. Let them pardon and forgive. Do you not love that Allâh should forgive you? And Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful
“O ye who believe! Let not some men among you laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor let some women laugh at others: It may be that the (latter) are better than the (former): Nor defame nor be sarcastic to each other, nor call each other by (offensive) nicknames: Ill-seeming is a name connoting wickedness, (to be used of one) after he has believed: And those who do not desist are (indeed) doing wrong.”
|06/08/03 at 21:17:17|
|Re: How should you reply?|
|06/08/03 at 23:48:00|
I think Christians talk about turning the other cheek?
Well here is something else for repelling evil with good:
[i]A good action and a bad action are not the same. Repel the bad with something better and, if there is enmity between you and someone else, he will be like a bosom friend. (Surat al-Fussilat: 34)[/i]
[i]...To be one of those who believe and urge each other to steadfastness and urge each other to compassion. Those are the Companions of the Right. (Surat al-Balad: 17-18)
|Re: How should you reply?|
|06/09/03 at 03:44:06|
Cara tell them christians and jews that speak Arabic use 'Allah' as well.. It's simply the arabic word for God...like dieux in french or dios in spanish* They can check out some arabic music songs with Allah in em by christians if they like ;)
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