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Godless Attacks: An Anti-Islam Book Review

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THE ISLAMIC INVASION

Confronting the World's Fastest Growing Religion, by Robert Morey, Harvest House Publishers, Eugene, OR 97402, 1992, 187 pages. This book consists of six parts and eleven chapters. In his introduction to the book Morey shows his disdain of Islam spreading in the West. In the first three chapters he tries to condemn Islam by use of a parable, claiming that Islam is based on ancient Arab pagan culture, denying that Arabs of the Arabian peninsula were descendants of Ishmael and attacking Muslim life in general. In chapter four he claims that Allah is the name of "a Moon God" which renders Muslims moon worshippers and pagans, the worst lie anyone has ever created against Islam in the last fourteen centuries. The lie that Allah is "a Moon God" has been picked up by several other anti-Islam organizations who are publishing tracts, flyers and brochures by the tens of millions and distributing them in the entire English speaking world.

Morey, in Chapters 5 to 7, compares the God of Islam with the god of Christianity, compares Muhammad with Jesus and in the process, fabricates material to put down Prophet Muhammad(S). For example, on page 86, he claims that Prophet Muhammad(S) had sixteen wives, two slave girls and "four women were neither wives or slaves but devout Muslim women who 'gave' themselves to satisfy Muhammad's sexual desire". He reserved chapters 8 to 10 to attacks on the Qur'an by quoting writings of many Western critics of Islam, many a times out of context. He quotes Burton, "The Muslim accounts of the history of the Qur'an texts are a mass of confusion, contradiction and inconsistencies". Morey says, "when turning to the Qur'an, you find a jumbled and confused ordering of individual Suras". Chapter eleven is reserved to attack the so-called Nation of Islam, which informed Muslims consider to be a non-Muslim cult.
The language is poor and replete with factual errors, for example, talking about the Battle of Uhud, he write, "The Meccans had finally decided that Muhammad was a serious threat and approached his band with a large army headed by Uhud". He presents opinions of other demagogues as facts and he himself fabricates freely.

Even an half-informed Muslim would have no problem identifying lies and fabrications but uninformed Muslims and non-Muslims may be confused and even believe his lies and develop hate of Islam and Muslims. This is the reason why Muslims cannot afford to ignore such writings.

Source: Institute of Islamic Information and Education

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April 2, 2006 at 1:24 pm

Posted in Browsing Books

THE IMPORTANCE OF INTENTION

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I, (Umar son of Al Khattab) heard the Messenger of Allah (Allah’s blessing and peace be upon) say:

"Indeed, deeds are (judged) only by the intention, and there is for everyone that which he intended.
If one's migration is to Allah and His Messenger,then one's migration is to Allah and His Messenger.
If one's migration is to seek the world,then one's migration is for that. If a man migrates for the sake of a woman and marries her, then his migration is for that which he migrated."

Ref. 1/Bukhari and Muslim with a chain up to (Abu Hafs) Umar son of al-Khattab (s) who related this.This service is brought to you by The Mosque of the Internet

 

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April 2, 2006 at 1:08 pm

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Westview Book Reviews: The Myth of Islamic Tolerance: How Islamic Law Treats Non-Muslims by Robert Spencer

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"A thing without a name escapes understanding," warns preeminent Islamic scholar Bat Ye'or of jihad and dhimmitude-the Islamic institutions of, respectively, war and perpetual servitude imposed on conquered non-Muslim peoples. Both, Ye'or notes in an essay entitled "Historical Amnesia," are in the process of globalization. This is not the benign economic Read the rest of this entry »

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April 2, 2006 at 12:52 pm

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Browsing Books:The Global Silk Road by Chong Ju Choi, Brian Hilton, and Carla Millar

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This book explores the implications for mankind of the switch from capital to knowledge as the main resource creating value. It sees this leading to the emergence of globalized networks of human enterprises whose main purpose is the creation and distribution of thought. This is seen as the coming of age of Gaia's brain . Source:www.theglobalsilkroad.com

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April 2, 2006 at 12:21 pm

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Exhibition Tip: Furienmeister in Frankfurt am Main

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04. April 2006 – 09. Juli 2006

Mit der Ausstellung „Der Furienmeister“ widmet das Liebieghaus einem der eigenwilligsten und exzentrischsten Künstler der Zeit um 1600 die erste monographische Schau seines Werks. Den Namen Furienmeister erhielt der anonyme Künstler nach einem seiner Hauptwerke, einer schreienden Furie mit verzerrtem Gesicht und wild flatterndem Mantel, die sich heute in der Kunstkammer des Kunsthistorischen Museums in Wien befindet. Auf höchstem technischem und künstlerischem Niveau, dabei überaus erfindungsreich im Umgang mit dem exquisiten und kostspieligen Material Elfenbein, schuf der Furienmeister Aufsehen erregende Kleinplastiken, die Eingang in prominente Sammlungen seiner Zeit fanden.

Die Ausstellung im Liebieghaus und die begleitende Publikation sind das Ergebnis einer umfassenden wissenschaftlichen Auseinandersetzung mit diesem beeindruckenden Künstler. Mit 18 gezeigten Exponaten wird der Großteil der insgesamt 25 Werke, die dem Meister und seiner Werkstatt zugeschrieben werden, zum ersten Mal zusammengeführt und der Öffentlichkeit präsentiert.

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April 2, 2006 at 11:21 am

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The View:The Temple Conspiracy

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The exact date of commencement of the Masonic movement is unclear. A good definition of the movement is as ‘Dorzy’, the Dutch orientalist stated: ‘A large collection of diverse groups and different sects working for one objective; namely the establishment of the Jewish Temple, which is the symbol of the Israeli State.’ The word Mason is an abbreviation of the term ‘Freemason’ which means ‘free builders’.

In 1906 The Masonic Information Centre of Philadelphia stated: “Every Masonic assembly must be a symbol for the Jewish Temple” and indeed they all are.

The Jews founded many organisations in Palestine with the sole objective of establishing the Jewish Temple on top of the ruins of the Al-Aqsaa mosque. This is in addition to the numerous other Christian and Jewish organisations that they have created. Moreover, the Israeli government has built five religious schools to teach students about the Temple, its history and its related rituals. Read more

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April 2, 2006 at 10:30 am

A Brief History of Al-Aqsaa

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Linguistically: Al-Aqsaa means ‘the furthest’ and opinions differ as to why the mosque was given this name. Abu Hiyyaan said: “It was given this name due to the fact that it is the furthest of the virtuous mosques from Al-Ka’bah.” On the other hand, Ibn ‘Atiyyah said: “It was not given this name for any reason linked to its virtuousness. Rather, it was given this name to show how amazing it was to have the event of the journey of Israa’ in one night.”

The history of Al-Aqsaa:

· Al-Aqsaa is the second mosque to be built on earth for the worship of Allaah after Al-Ka’bah. Allaah says that which translates as: “Indeed, the first House [of worship] established for mankind was that at Bakkah [i.e., Makkah] – blessed and a guidance for the worlds.” (Aal-‘Imraan: 96). It was Ibraaheem and his son Ismaa’eel, peace be upon them both, who built Al-Ka’bah, Allaah says that which translates as: “And [mention] when Ibraheem was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ismaa’eel, [saying]: ‘Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing.’” (Al-Baqarah: 127). Al-Aqsaa mosque was built forty years after Al-Ka’bah as confirmed by the Hadeeth of Abu Dharr, may Allaah be pleased with him, when he asked the Prophet sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam: “Which was the first mosque built on earth?’ he sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied: “Al-Haram mosque (i.e., Al-Ka’bah)” Abu Dharr then asked: ‘Then which mosque?’ he sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied: “Al-Aqsaa mosque” Abu Dharr further asked: ‘How long between the two?’ he sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam replied: “Forty years”. Due to the relatively short period between the construction of the two Mosques, some scholars hold the view that Prophet Ibraaheem, peace be upon him, built both of them. Shaykh Al-Islaam Ibn Taymiyyah said: “Al-Aqsaa was built at the time of Ibraaheem and Sulaymaan extended it. Therefore, each of the three holy mosques was built by Prophets in order to pray in with their people.” Also, historians mention that the Prophet Ya’qoob, peace be upon him, built the mosque next to the rock from which the Prophet Muhammad sallallaahu ‘alaihi wa sallam ascended through the heavens. Read the rest of this entry »

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April 2, 2006 at 10:30 am

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