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"Don't judge ISLAAM, by Muslims"!

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Submitted by MdShafiqM (Saudi Arabia), Apr 27, 2015 at 15:51

"Don't judge a book by its cover"!

"Don't judge Islam by its Muslims"!

This being an interesting article, a great attempt to project one's own research and one's excellence in the studies from one's own view point, and a well concluded analysis; whether any one understand, accepts or believes it or not; DP deserves a salute of appreciation.

DP makes us all convincing that although he may be a Christian or a Jew or …. is a better Muslim than many a Muslims or Believers; wishing all to understand him; of his beliefs and practices; according to his own conclusive convictions unto himself; which is indirectly conveyed to his readers and us; by his position here on his website pages.

DP's study, analysis and judgments about those in reference are by and large; ways for others to judge his diligent struggle, dedication, establishing his worrisome position , distress and his possible service towards mankind; in the process.

DP's point of worry always … is much inclined towards studying, researching and analyzing Islam and Muslim; more than any others; that has already made him much better a Jew … Christian… or …… but also a Muslim; conversely or a Believer; for sure.

Almighty Allah may bless DP and all others; whose struggle being similar; in their ventures towards success; for He is all 'knowing'!

Interesting and admirable are the laws of 'causes and effects' being in the Might of Allah the Almighty.

Islamic, foremost and much throughout History has been a proof of such miraculous outcome or results; beyond imagination of others-perception; that so; does happen.

It may be concluded that:

DP is therefore, more a Muslim than most Muslims or Believers; from his own perceptions, beliefs and convictions; although not necessarily being so; that it might be also falling in the purview of others; from intellectual point of view; at least; that he thinks and lives from the Jewish or other such notions; fortunately or unfortunately.

Similarly, the same follows for the all those enlisted their views hereto and as elsewhere........... Expressing and exposing themselves.... for their own believes and practices; being absolutely contrary to their own understandings.......conclusively......... declared by their own declaration and acceptance for the that fact; by their own wisdom, intellect and in their own crystal clear words; as witness to themselves and their lives they are believing, living, preaching and practicing ........... over all being in contradiction to each other; instead of assimilating into a whole.

It is great to notice this fact; from the stand point of just an observer or reader or ......... one trying to understand the others view points to just make one's own self analysis.

The Qur'an mentions two names for Allah that are closely related linguistically. The first is al-Hakīm (the Wise) and the second is al-Hākim (the Judge). Allah is referred to in the Qur'an as "the Wise" 93 times and as "the Judge" six times.

For instance, Allah says:

"Indeed You are the All-Knowing, the Wise." [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 32] and "…the Mighty, the Wise" [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 129].

"He is the Wise, the All-Aware." [Sūrah al-An'ām: 18]

"Allah is ever All-Embracing, Wise." [Sūrah al-Nisā': 130]

Allah refers to Himself as the Judge when He says: "Shall I then seek a Judge other than Allah? And He it is Who has revealed to you the Book (which is) made plain?" [Sūrah al-An'ām: 114]

And: "He is the Best of Judges." [Sūrah al-A'rāf: 87]

And where he says: "And Noah called upon his Lord, and said: 'O my Lord! Surely my son is of my family! And Your promise is true, and You are the most just of Judges!'" [Sūrah Hūd: 45]

And: "Is not Allah the Best of Judges?" [Sūrah al-Tīn: 8]

Allah's Wisdom

To be wise means to know things as they are, act towards them accordingly, and afford everything in its proper place and function. Allah says about His creation: "You see the mountains and think them firmly fixed: but they shall pass away as the clouds pass away: (such is) the handiwork of Allah, who carries out all things with utmost proficiency." [Sūrah al-Naml: 88]

Allah's wisdom can be witnessed in His creation, and especially in the creation of the human being, with its mind and soul. Allah tells us that He created the human being in the best of forms:

Indeed, We have created the human being upon the best of forms. Then we reduced him to the lowest of the low, except those who believe and do good, for they shall have an unending reward. So who henceforth will give the lie to you about the judgment? Is not Allah the best of Judges? [Sūrah al-Tīn: 4-8]

Human Wisdom

Allah is the Wise who bestows wisdom upon those of His servants He deems fit. Allah says: "He grants wisdom to whom He pleases, and whoever is granted wisdom is indeed given a great good, but none perceive this save those possessed of understanding." [Sūrah al-Baqarah: 269]

Allah grants some people an exceptional ability to look into problems and come up with workable solutions, who when faced with a crisis or difficulty can weigh every consideration in a properly and balanced way. These are the people others consult with and rely upon in various aspects of their lives. Some people have wisdom regarding social issues. Others possess wisdom when it comes to interpersonal relations. There are those who are wise when it comes to economic issues.

The field of consultancy is a vital and important one today. Many successful consultants are people whom Allah has blessed with wisdom in their field to complement their knowledge, insight, and experience.

We must realize that wisdom can be specialized. A person may have profound wisdom in one or more aspects of life, without being wise in every way. A person may be wise in worldly matters without being wise in matters of faith, indeed without even being a believer.

Allah: the Sovereign Judge

Allah has sovereignty over all matters in creation. This is conveyed by the name al-Hakam, which appears in the following verse: "Shall I then seek a Judge other than Allah? And He it is Who has revealed to you the Book (which is) made plain?" [Sūrah al-An'ām: 114]

Furthermore, nothing occurs in Creation except by His authority and decree. Allah says: "All those who are in the heavens and the Earth ask of Him; every moment He is in a state (of glory)." [Sūrah al-Rahmān: 29]

Likewise, His decree can be of a legislative nature. Allah makes certain deeds lawful and other deeds sinful. He commands us to do certain things and prohibits us from doing others. His decree cannot be revoked or overturned by anyone. Allah says: "His is the creation and His is the command." [Sūrah al-A'rāf: 54]

The Qur'an describes Allah as the "Best of Judges." This is an affirmation of His perfect justice and immense mercy. Allah never wrongs anyone and is never oppressive. What He legislates for His servants is never burdensome and never unfair. Rather, the genuine teachings of Islam uphold the rights of all people without bias: the ruler and the ruled, the strong and the weak, the male and the female, the righteous and the sinner, the believer and the unbeliever. It upholds their rights in times of peace and times of war, and under all circumstances without exception.

This is why Muslims should refer to the Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet (peace be upon him) for guidance in all matters. They should do so as individuals to guide them in their personal lives, and they should do so as communities, societies, and nations for guidance in their political, social, and economic affairs.

Allah is Wise and He is the just Judge. In Islamic beliefs, no one is ever understood to bear the sin of another. No one is ever wronged by Allah. No sinner is ever punished for more than the magnitude of the sin committed and no good deed ever goes without a reward.

Allah says: "As to those who believe and work righteousness, verily We shall not suffer to perish the reward of any who do a (single) righteous deed." [Sūrah al-Kahf: 30]

Whatever the believes and convictions of all those who struggle here on are all attempts to self review and self analysis to be better persons, wishing probably betterment for others and in the better interest of the humanity at large.


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24"Don't judge ISLAAM, by Muslims"! [1411 words]MdShafiqMApr 27, 2015 15:51223105
3A lot of effort, to post a lot of gibberish [394 words]Peter HallJan 26, 2016 07:42223105
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8The premise of this article is wrong [303 words]PrashantAug 22, 2014 01:12217311
1Have you changed your famous "catchphrase formula? [38 words]
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PezDispenserAug 7, 2014 04:22216941
Have you changed your famous catchphrase formula? [38 words]
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PezDispenserAug 7, 2014 04:21216940
2But Q2:256 was abrogated by the "Fighting verse" [468 words]
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dhimmi no moreAug 4, 2014 12:25216514
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3Blatantly wrong argument [273 words]PrashantMay 15, 2016 10:39216514
Allah imposed a gag order on Himself [84 words]PrashantMay 17, 2016 22:02216514
Trying to reform Islam can be dangerous! [188 words]dhimmi no moreMay 21, 2016 07:50216514
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2Hamed Abdel Samad [108 words]dhimmi no moreMay 27, 2016 07:49216514
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AJAug 4, 2014 07:03216511
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Muslim NZ? [262 words]
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1400 years [30 words]FrankzJul 30, 2014 23:28216438
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A post-Islam society (and an idea for reformers and moderates) [141 words]PezDispenserJul 29, 2014 14:30216411
Anyone tried this on Judaism and Christianity [126 words]
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CanderraJul 29, 2014 11:37216409
inadvertently pointing out the dangerousness of Islam [156 words]Ron ThompsonJul 29, 2014 22:17216409
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Delusions [19 words]dhimmi no moreMay 13, 2016 07:48216392
After all [242 words]
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josef zuaresJul 28, 2014 17:30216391
The study is just goofy. [178 words]Michael S.Jul 31, 2014 00:14216391
1Yes,but... [231 words]josef zuaresAug 4, 2014 13:12216391
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1R&A's methodology [74 words]
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