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Muhammad (PBUH) Legacy of a Prophet Documentary

There is more in common between Judaism, Christianity and Islam

O People of the Book! Let us rally to a common formula to be binding on both us and you: That we worship none but God; that we associate no partners with Him; that we erect not, from among ourselves, Lords and patrons other than God. (Surat Al ‘Imran, 64)

Islam is a religion of peace, love and tolerance. Today, however, some circles have been presenting a false image of Islam, as if there were conflict between Islam and the adherents of the two other monotheistic religions. Yet Islam’s view of Jews and Christians, who are named “the People of the Book” in the Koran, is very friendly and tolerant.

I am inviting each and every one who cares to make a difference to initiate a peaceful religious dialogue based upon mutual respect. Let the conversation begin.

Please join Rachidm , be his guest of honor in interfaith dialogue. May your quest for peace and understanding be fruitfull.

Islam forbids Alcohol, lets find out why?

Islam’s holistic approach to health and well-being means that anything that is harmful or mostly harmful, is forbidden. Therefore, Islam takes an uncompromising stand towards alcohol and forbids its consumption in either small or large quantities. Alcohol is undoubtedly harmful and adversely affects the mind and the body. It clouds the mind, causes disease, wastes money, and destroys individuals, families, and communities. Researchers[1] have proven that there is a strong link between alcohol and gambling. Drinking impairs judgement, lowers inhibition, and encourages the type of risk taking involved in gambling and dangerous activities. God tells us in the Quran that intoxicants and gambling are abominations from Satan and orders us to avoid them. (Quran 5: 90)

In Australia, a country with a population of around 20 million, about 3000 people die each year from alcohol abuse while 65,000 others are hospitalised. Studies have consistently revealed a link between heavy drinking and brain damage and around 2500 Australians are treated annually for alcohol related brain damage. Research in the United Kingdom indicates that 6% of cancer deaths are related to alcohol abuse and Harvard Centre for Cancer Prevention says that drinking greatly increases the risk for numerous cancers. Alcohol is considered highly carcinogenic, increasing the risk of mouth, pharynx, larynx, oesophagus, liver, and breast cancers. Drinking alcohol during pregnancy can lead to Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, causing the child to be small at birth, have some facial malformations, small eye openings, webbed or even missing fingers or toes, organ deformities, learning disabilities, mental retardation and much more.

Researchers in Australia have also estimated that 47% of all those who commit violent crimes, and 43% of all victims of these crimes, were drunk prior to the event. Alcohol is responsible for 44% of fire injuries, 34% of falls and drownings, 30% of car accidents, 16% of child abuse instances, and 7% of industrial accidents. Even though it is clear that alcohol is responsible for a great many evils it is legal and even encouraged in most societies. In Muslim countries where alcohol is forbidden many people still find it difficult to resist temptation and fall prey to the disease that is alcoholism. Amazingly even in the light of such startling evidence against alcohol, people around the globe continue to consume alcohol in ever-increasing amounts. Why?

Alcohol is one of the tools Satan uses to distract humankind from the worship of God. God states clearly in the Quran that Satan is an open enemy towards humankind yet by drinking alcohol, we invite Satan into our lives and make it easy for him to distract us from our real purpose in life, to worship God.

“Surely, Satan is an enemy to you, so treat him as an enemy. He only invites his followers that they may become the dwellers of the blazing Fire.” (Quran 35:6)

Alcohol affects the mind and makes sinful behaviour and evil actions fair seeming. It creates enmity and hatred between people, prevents them from remembering God and distracts them from praying, and calls them to participate in unlawful sexual relationships. Alcohol generates shame, regret, and disgrace, and renders the drinker witless. It leads to the disclosure of secrets and exposure of faults.

“Satan wants only to excite enmity and hatred between you with intoxicants (alcoholic drinks) and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of God and from the prayer. So, will you not then abstain?” (Quran 5:91)

In pre Islamic Arabia, alcohol use was widespread. To eradicate this evil, God in His mercy revealed the prohibition in stages. First, He made it clear to them that the harm of drinking alcohol is greater than its benefit, next He told the Muslims not to come to prayer while intoxicated and finally, He revealed a verse totally prohibiting alcohol.

“O you who believe! Intoxicants (all kinds of alcoholic drinks), gambling, idolatry, and diving arrows are an abomination of Satan’s handiwork. So avoid that so that you may be successful.” (Quran 5: 90)

When this was revealed the Muslim citizens of Medina immediately began to destroy and empty their alcohol containers into the street. Even those who were guiltlessly enjoying cups of wine spat the alcohol from their mouths. It is said that the streets of Medina ran with alcohol. Why then is it so difficult to expunge this evil in the 21st century? Believers today must completely trust God, in the same way that the first Muslims trusted God and understood that He was their only Protector and Provider. All power and strength comes from God and a scourge like alcohol can be eradicated only when those affected by alcohol turn to God with complete submission.

The Quran is a book of guidance sent to all of humankind. It is a set of instructions from the Creator for His creation. If we follow these instructions, our lives will be easy and tranquil, even in the face of disaster and mishap. God links alcohol and gambling to idolatry and declares it filthy and evil; however, He is merciful and generous towards the believers and acknowledges the power of addiction.

Islam is committed to encouraging and facilitating those who wish to repent from evil doing and sinful behaviour. God accepts repentance from those who are truly sorry for their actions and committed to staying away from sin. Muslim communities do not ostracise those who have made mistakes but keep them within the fold of Islam encouraging them to seek the closeness to God that will allow them to leave sinful behaviour. Friends, family, and neighbours do not just look away while a person destroys himself or his family. Islam is a community-oriented faith. There is no place for an individual to do what he wants to do, if it hurts others. Alcohol abuse affects not just the alcoholic but also his or her family, and community. There is great wisdom in the prohibition of alcohol.

Any wonder why Islam forbids alcohol?

Alcohol is detrimental to your health especially your liver. Alcohol befogs the mind and prevents rational thinking. Alcohol causes road accidents and innocent lives lost. Alcohol increases the occurance of domestic violence. Alcohol addiction causes financial ruin.

The Holy Quran, 2.219: They ask thee concerning wine and gambling. Say: “In them is great sin, and some profit, for men; but the sin is greater than the profit.” They ask thee how much they are to spend; Say: “What is beyond your needs.” Thus doth Allah Make clear to you His Signs: In order that ye may consider.
The Holy Quran, 5.90: O ye who believe! Intoxicants and gambling, (dedication of) stones, and (divination by) arrows, are an abomination,- of Satan’s handwork: eschew such (abomination), that ye may prosper.

The Holy Quran, 5.91: Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?

Drunk people embarrass themselves in public and in front of friends. They have little control over their actions or their words.

You have a million reasons to stop drinking – not just for yourself but for your friends and family…and especially the innocent stranger who might get hurt by your actions during a drunken stupor. You’ll feel healthier – it’s a guarantee and you’ll save money to do other cool stuff.

God gives us instructions because He is All Knowing. Everything in Islam has a practical and healthy reason behind it..some of which we are aware of and others we’re not but they’re for our own good. God says in the Holy Quran – there is some good in alcohol but the bad outweighs the good.

Source of this article http://www.themodernreligion.com/alcohol.html

The Bible prohibits the consumption of alcohol in the following verses:

a. Wine is a mocker, strong drink is raging; and whosoever is deceived thereby is not wise. [Proverbs, 20:1]

b. And be not drunk with wine. [Ephesians 5 :18]

As you see The Bible and THe Quran again agree on prohibition of Alcohol for the benefit and well being of humans.

Another article found in www.islamicvoice .com report the following:

There are several scientific reasons for the prohibition or consumption of intoxicants i.e. alcohol. I need not go into the details of all the ill-effects of alcohol since most of them are commonly known. Below is a simple list of alcohol related illnesses:

1. Cirrhosis of liver is the most well known alcohol associated disease.

2. Others are cancer of oesophagus, cancer of head and neck, cancer of liver (hepatoma), cancer of bowel, etc.

3. Oesophagitis, gastritis, pancreatitis and hepatitis are linked with alcohol consumption.

4. Cardiomyopathy, hypertension, coronary artherosclerosis, angina and heart attacks are linked with heavy alcohol intakes.

5. Strokes, apoplexy, fits and different types of paralysis are linked with alcohol intake.

6. Peripheral Neuropathy, Cortical Atrophy, Cerebellar Atrophy are well-known syndromes caused by alcohol consumption.

7. Wernicke Korsak off syndrome with amnesia of recent events, confabulations and retainment of memory to old events with different types of paralysis are mainly due to thiamine deficiency due to excessive alcohol intake.

8. Beriberi and other deficiencies are not uncommon among alcoholics. Even Pellagra occurs in alcoholics.

9. Delirium Tremens is a serious complication that may occur during inter current infection of alcoholics or post operatively. It also occurs during abstention as a sign of withdrawal effect. It is quite serious and may cause death even if treated in well equipped centres.

10. Numerous endocrine disorders have been associated with alcoholism ranging from myxoedema to hyperthyroidism and florid cushing syndrome.

11. Hematological ill effects are long and variable. Folic acid deficiency, however, is the most common manifestation of alcoholic abuse resulting in Macrocytic Anaemia. Zeine syndrome is a triad of haemolytic anaemia, jaundice and hyperlipidaemia that follows alcoholic binges.

12. Thrombocytopenia and other platelet abnormalities are not rare in alcoholics.

13. The commonly used metronidazole Fagyl interacts badly with alcohol.

14. Recurrent infection is very common among chronic alcoholics. The resistance to disease and the immunological defense system are compromised by alcohol intake.

15. Chest infections are notorious in alcoholics. Pneumonia, lung abscess, emphysema and pulmonary tuberculosis are all common in alcoholics.

16. During acute alcoholic intoxication, the drunk person usually vomits, the cough reflexes which are protective are paralysed. The vomitus thus easily pass to the lung causing pneumonia or lung abscess. Occasionally it may even cause suffocation and death.

17. The ill effects of alcohol consumption on women deserves special mention. Females are more vulnerable to alcohol-related cirrhosis than men. During pregnancy alcohol consumption has a severe detrimental effect on the foetus. Foetal-alcohol syndrome is being recognised more and more in the medical profession.

18. Skin diseases are also related to alcohol indulgence.

19. Eczema, alopecia, nail dystrophy, paronychia (infection around the nails) and angular stomatitis (inflammation of the angle of the mouth) are common diseases among alcoholics.

JEWS, CHRISTIAN & MUSLIMS AGREE: JUST SAY NO TO PORK

Quran Recitation

Fact of creation:

DR.Maurice Bucaile


Why I Embraced Islam?

Dr. Maurice Bucaille is a surgeon by profession. He is also a renowned scholar. In order to be able to read Quran in its original text and to study its meaning and purport through direct access to its early and modern commentaries, he devoted himself to the learning of Arabic language at the ripe age of fifty.

Thereafter, he made a beginning by trying to reconcile proven scientific truths with religious axioms. As a result of these studies, he wrote his famous book “QURAN, BIBLE AND SCIENCE” in 1976, which caused a furor in high academic circles – particularly in the Christian world.

After a deeper study of Islam and the Quran, he has authored another book titled, “THE ORIGIN OF MAN”. It comprised Quranic explanations of some of the queries raised much earlier than the period when those queries were logically and satisfactorily resolved by scientific experimentation, to be fully in conformity with the explanations provided by Quran about 1500 years before. The Church acknowledged and accepted these researches of Dr. Bucaille to be a valuable contribution to human knowledge and the author became famous all over the world, like Cambridge, and Oxford Universities in U.K. & Yale and Harvard in USA. He was invited to give Extension Lectures in their academic institutions. By dint of his Quranic thought, and by virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic approach to Quranic thought, and by virtue of his unprejudiced and realistic discussion and research work, Dr. Bucaille has converted a number of high ranking scholars to agree with him and to subscribe to his view that the Quran is a Divine Book, not authored by any human being and actually a Book of Revelations from Almighty God to His Last Prophet, Mohammed, Peace Be Upon Him.

M. Bucaille is of the view that his findings in this behalf are a cause of consternation and chagrin to Western scholars because of their earlier exposure to false and fictitious propaganda against Islam and its Prophet (S.A.W.), by the Christian clergy and by biased Western writers and authors. This misguided class of people could not believe that Quran was the only Scripture which had remained sacrosanct and free from all additions, alterations and interpolations and consequently it still retained the purity to guide mankind in all ages, places and in every conceivable crisis.

For over 1400 years it has been the only treasure house of ecclesiastical and cosmic knowledge about the universe and life itself. Mankind has not yet to progress and proceed to a stage where it can fully be au fait with all the pearls and gems of wisdom and truth, garnered in its bosom by this miracle of literacy, excellence and academic purity which could not be matched even in one small sentence by the literary giants of yore, in spite of an open challenge to this effect.
Q: What urged you so forcefully to undertake a study of the Quran and other scriptures, and why?

A: Like all other Frenchmen, I was also initially of the view that Islam was a religion conceived and introduced by a genius and a remarkable man of great intellect, known by the name of Mohammed (S.A.W.). Fifty years ago, by the Grace of God, I became professionally qualified to practice as a surgeon, and used to discuss and compare (views on) Islam and Christianity with my patients who came to consult me (and with my co-professionals). I was told by some of them that my knowledge of Islam and about its discipline was to a great extent misconceived and mistaken. In the beginning I was inclined to doubt them, but now and then some people produced actual and original Quranic Verses in contradiction of my references, and I was compelled to revise my conclusions. And, as a result of this revision and review, I felt that they were right and I was wrong.

I found that those who had been my teachers had a wrong approach to the problem and had imparted incorrect information to me. My knowledge of Islam, until then, had been restricted to Radio and T.V. reviews, articles published in various magazines and reproduced in biased treatise books. But I was perplexed; what should I do? How should I amend my position and rectify my understanding?
Q: When did this happen?

A: After the 8th Vatican Conference but before the birth of a tolerant attitude on the part of European scholars gravitating to unbiased thought, i.e. before 1926, when the cleavage between Muslims and Christian scholars was at its zenith and there was no prospect of a direct dialogue between them.
Q: How did you react to this situation?

A: There was only one road open to me then, that of learning Arabic language so that I could study the Holy Book, Quran, in its original form and try to get at its meaning directly. I devoted the next two years to this task when I had acquired enough knowledge of Arabic (in language and literature) to be able to make a dependable study of the Quran faithfully as well as academically.
Q: And how did this benefit you?

A: I knew then that the Quran was the “Work of Allah” and had not been authored by any human being. I was also convinced that Mohammed (S.A.W.) was a true Prophet of God.
Q: The world is now celebrating the first centenary of Darwin, do you subscribe to Darwinian theory or disagree with it?

A: No Sir, I oppose it vehemently. Darwin’s theory is totally based on a misconception and is not at all the outcome of such a scientific research as could prove that there exists the slightest relation between man and the theory of evolution of species as propounded by him. In fact his views are nothing but the misguided and misconceived calculations of a purely materialistic mind. My latest book (Origin of Man) contains a comprehensive “Rebuttal Article” on Darwin and his views.
Q: Are you of the opinion that Darwin was aware of his error?

A: Yes, I think he knew the error he committed. The scholars, who are fond of materialism, have propounded innumerable theories, mostly incorrect, and the fun of it is that they are aware of their fallacies. However, being materialist, they stick to their wrong attitude. In my book I have criticized some of these scholars, several of whom are Nobel Prize winners.
Q: Do you think your writings have had direct repercussion on people outside France?

A: Yes, Recently, only a few days ago, I visited Northern and Western African countries, where I was repeatedly called upon to address innumerable gatherings of educated persons including scholars, on the Origin of Man and about my first book: the Quran, Bible and Science. I was closely cross- examined about my views by some of the most qualified, even hostile, elements. Following this, countless students and scholars contacted and congratulated me. They declared that after listening to me, they had, for the first time, been able to feel convinced of the truth of the Quranic statements about the creation of universe and origin of man. Some of them frankly admitted that my writings and lectures had restored in them a firm certainty of belief and faith and converted them into True Muslims, who actually felt solace and pleasure now in saying their “prayers”. They declared that the element of doubt and dilly-dalliance in faith was entirely due to the misconceived theories of some of these so-called Western scholars whose theories had been adopted as gospel truth.
Q: What is the verdict of Science on Man; and why this conflict between Science and Religion on this score?

A: In my book, “Origin of Man”, I have endeavored to explain what is dubious and what is proved according to scientific findings. I have also dealt with the theories formerly supported by scholars, but now their very basis is being demolished and proved to be without sound scientific footing. In 1851, Darwin published his first book, “Origin of Species”. In it he has pointed out that “All animals can procreate amongst themselves”, but he did not take the trouble to demonstrate and prove scientifically his view that the “Genealogy of Man” extends up to monkey.
Q: Then who is responsible for propounding this frivolous theory?

A: The fact is that some other people metamorphosing and without statements digesting his theories, assigned wrong statements to Darwin, which comprised the assumption that “Man has evolved from apes”. Nevertheless, it is also true that Darwin did not care to contradict such false notions assigned to him as it was in this connection and on this topic that confrontation occurred between the supporters of Darwin and the Clergy, where both the parties roundly abused and maligned each other. That is why it is now essential that a line of demarcation should always be drawn between the results of scientific investigations and arbitrary views of scholars like Darwin.
Q: By such scientific discourses, debates and discussions even Scriptures, are exposed to scientific test resulting in exposing their errors and pin-pointing their weaknesses. As such, may we inquire if you have some across any such anomalies in the Quran, i.e. where its expositions and explanations are in contrast to scientific findings?

A: The Scriptures of non-Muslims have been copied and passed on from generation to generation and through different personalities. The oldest document of this nature is “Jehovah”, which was written some time during 9th Century A.D. This book, although not voluminous, is still the most comprehensive document of its kind. The second book (Sacrodotal), although generally treated as Preface to the Bible, came to light in 600 B.C. It deals with the creation of universe and the appearance of Man on earth and the stories narrating the events following it. The Bible comes thereafter, but the books of the “New Testament” do not throw much light on the problem of Man. They repeat the statements of the Old Testament as adopted by St. Luke. Quran made its appearance six hundred years after Jesus and furnished valuable material on Man and his creation which was (and still is) totally lacking in the Old as well as the New Testaments and other Scriptures. What is more important is this context is that unlike the Bible’s Old and New Testaments, Quran is completely free from errors and interpolations.
Q: In your opinion, what are the main causes of such plentiful errors in other Scriptures?

A: The compilers of the Holy Scriptures, in their vanity, presumed to have compiled them on the basis of heavenly revelations. But all their efforts were the echoes of their period resounding the thoughts prevalent in that particular environment. They presented the conception of Man and the phenomenon of his creation as if enunciated by God Himself, though it merely reflected the traditions the rite and the perceptions well known and prevalent at that time. This fact is admitted unanimously by all the exegetes of the Bible, be they Roman Catholics or Protestants.
Q: Does the church also admit this fact and subscribe to this view?

A: Yes Sir. The church did accept this truth which was incorporated in the proceedings on the occasion of the second Vatican conference, which was held to declare the “Revolutionary Nature of Old and New Testaments”. They admitted that some parts of these Bibles are defective and contradictory in purport.
Q: What are your views about the Quran in this behalf?

A: Now this is a matter of entirely a different nature. All scholars of the Quran are unanimous that the Quran is the “Word of God” as revealed to His Last Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.) through Gabriel (The Holy Ghost). I have studied the Book (Quran) very carefully and have not come across one single instance of scientific fallacy any where in it. On the contrary, I have felt that the (higher) truths and realities inherent in Quranic Text have been, throughout the history of 1400 years, beyond the comprehension of ordinary human beings which in itself, is positive proof that the Quran is the Word of God and it is (at places) beyond intellectual potential of mortal man; be he an excellent scholar or philosopher of the highest caliber, who is not always able to explain the inherent realities of nature as revealed in the Quran. What obviously conflicts with scientific truth is the assumption of the Bible that although life erupted in the form of various species, which have endured, there has been no evolution or improvement in their functions. On the other hand according to the Quran, Man has transgressed through gigantic changes in the course of the entire history of humanity. I felt it very necessary to inform the Christians of the world of this very serious discrepancy in the Bible. As it happen to be impartial, truthful and very outspoken in my studies, I have been repeatedly called upon from time to time to express my views regarding these matters before distinguished gatherings. On all such occasions, I have always dealt with the subject from the scientific point of view, ignoring the ecclesiastic or theological context. Whatever has appeared to be dubious or fit for further investigation, I have tried to put it on the touchstone of criticism and have not allowed to pass it unchallenged.
Q: Have you embraced Islam?

A: I wanted to make it quite clear in the very beginning that even before I learnt the first letter of Bismillah, I was convinced that God was unique and all- powerful and when God guided me to undertake a study of the Quran, my inner soul cried out that Al- Quran was the Word of God revealed to his Last Prophet Mohammed (S.A.W.).

In my book “Quran, Bible and Science,” I have mentioned these facts and the book has met with instant success in the entire Christian world. In this book I have devoted myself to discuss all problems from purely academic angle, rather than that of faith or belief which would have revealed only my personal convictions. This was because I desired to be treated by the world as an academician rather than a theologian. About my faith and belief, God knows what is in one’s heart. I am convinced that if I identify myself with any creed, people will invariably dub me as one belonging to such and such group and feel that whatever I say or do, I do so from only the angle of such and such creed group. I know my fellow beings very well and understand their mentality only too well. I wanted to assure them that all my pronouncements are based on scientific knowledge and not on any religious dogmas.
Q: This is O.K., but since you have referred to God’s complete awareness with what is in one’s heart, may we ask what is your opinion about human heart?

A: Heart is not an apparent and perceptible organ of the body. It is the abode of faith and source of eternal light.
Q: What are your views on Islamic mission and its future in the west?

A: The best method is to approach the people through in their own language. I am using the world language in its broadest sense, i.e. comprehensive of all the factors which go to make any language complete and expressive of peoples’ views and beliefs. The principles and the regulations towards which you are inviting their attention, should be presented in the style with which you are familiar and which is popular among them. In my book “Quran Bible and Science”, I have adopted a new style to acquaint the readers with Quranic truths and to understand the intrinsic value of al-Quran. This unprejudiced and impartial viewpoint of mine gave an impetus to the wide circulation in my books. Firstly, I tried to find out the central point of attention of the Christians and the style that appeals to their common sense. Thereafter I achieved this success. After the publication of these books I received a number of letters from great academicians and research scholars as well as commoners in which they expressed their interest in my study of Al-Quran and appreciated it. They felt satisfied with my views about the Bible and confirmed the fallacies pointed out by me. I once entertained some Christians at home, in which they expressed their astonishment over the literature I produced regarding Islam and inquired the names of exegesis to acquire correct information about it.
Q: What are your activities now?

A: We are now trying to produce a film on “Science, the Quran and the Origin of Man” as a matter of fact I have deep friendly relations with Malaysia. The provincial branch of “Dawa-Islamia” has passed a resolution to produce a film on the Quran and the director of the producing company visited Paris to prepare a plan for it. This film is to be in Technicolor. The duration of its presentation is fifty-five minutes being devoted to the Quran and the history of the facts related to it, the verses of the Quran are depicted in this film. Thus it is of great importance. Six hundred thousand dollars have been collected to produce this film. The preparation of this film has already been started. To begin with it will be produced in five languages, and then it will be extended up to ten. The first print will be in English, then Arabic and French, and thereafter in other languages. It will be circulated throughout the world.

http://www.islamicbulletin.com/services/all_ebooks_p1.aspx

Concept of Hell a letter to Jehovah Witness By Rachidm


Dear Jehovah’s Witnesses:

I would like to share with you some biblical research based upon my discussions with Jehovah’s Witnesses friends.

The topic is Hell, which Jehovah’s witnesses call Hades, Shell, Hinnom or Gehenna. By the way, Gehenna (Gahanam as pronounced in the Arabic language) has the same meaning in both the Arabic and Hebrew languages; the meaning understood by both is an eternal Hellfire. (May Allah save us from it?) The verse of Matthew 4:22 makes it quite clear that Gahanna is a fiery truth, “However, I say to YOU that everyone who continues wrathful with his brother will be accountable to the court of justice; but whoever addresses his brother with an unspeakable word of contempt will be accountable to the Supreme Court; whereas whoever says “You despicable fool!” will be liable to the fiery Gahanna.”

Let’s follow the Jehovah’s Witness Bible’s advice (New World translation of the Holy Scriptures):

“Make sure of all things, hold fast to what is fine “ (I-Thessalonians 5:21)

Let’s use this valuable biblical advice on all of our future quests for the truth.

Jehovah’s Witnesses teach that the unsaved do not go to a place of eternal punishment, but merely cease to exist. This contradicts any translation of any Bible, including The Watchtower’s New World Translation;

“And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up ever and ever and they have no rest day nor night”, Revelation 14:11.

Also please read Rev. 14:9-11, honestly there is no way to interpret “and they have no rest day and night’ to mean that the sinners just won’t exist any more like Russell wanted us to blindly believe.

Taking into consideration the biblical suggestion in I-Thessalonians 5:21, what do you think?

For further proofs, please read Revelation 20:10, Matt 25:46, Mark 9:43, Matt.8:12, 13:50, 24:51, Luke 13:28

As far as the Old Testament goes let’s read Dan.12:2.

The Bible does teach that as certain as we can see, that Hell is a reality and is eternal in duration. Please see MK.9:43, Rev.20:10, 14:10, 11

Other verses prove beyond any doubt that Hell is eternal according to the scriptures we just shed light on.

Don’t you agree?

Matthew.25:46 further replied to the question of Hell (or Hades as you may choose to call it) by saying,

“And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal.”

Let’s further investigate the Bible for more proofs:

Luke 16:23-“In Hades he lifted up his eyes, being in torment.”

Luke 16:24- “I am in agony in the flame”

Is 66:24-“Then they shall go forth and look on the corpses of the men who have transgressed against me? For their warm shall not die, and their fire shall they shall be an abhorrence not be quenched, and to all mankind.”

Matt 12:2, Matt 3:12-“…He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire”

Matt 25:46- “…go away into eternal punishment…”

Mark 9:43- “It is better for you to enter life crippled, than having your two hands, to go into Hell [Greek.Gehenna] “

Heb 10:27-29 – “a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. Anyone who rejected the law …”

I feel it necessary to provide further evidences from within the Jehovah’s Witnesses own bible. If you prefer to know what the Holy Quran has to offer, I would be more than happy to discuss it with you, or better yet, get a copy of and research it as I have researched your bible.

I pray that you will sincerely consider these proofs, although they go against the teaching of the Watchtower Society. We must always remember what the Bible said in I-Thessalonians 5:21 – “Make sure of all things, hold fast to what is fine.” Let’s use this valuable biblical suggestion in all future quests for the truth…

“Truly, in remembering God do hearts find rest?” (Qur’an, 13:28)

“If you could but see when they are set before the fire (Hell) and say: ’would that we might return (to the world)! Then we would not reject the verses of our Lord, but we would be of the believers!’

God has said in the Holy Quran 57:21

“Race one with another for forgiveness from your Lord and for Paradise, whose width is as the width of the heavens and the earth, which has been prepared for those who believe in God and His messengers…”

The Prophet Muhammad (May peace be upon him) said :{ A space in Paradise equivalent to the size of a foot would be better than the world and what is in it.} Narrated in Saheeh Muslim, # 186, and Saheeh Al-Bukharri, #6571

He also said: {In Paradise there are things which no eye has seen, nor ear has heard, and no human mind has thought of.} He also said: {the most miserable man in the world of those meant for Paradise will be dipped once in Paradise. Then he will be asked: ‘Son of Adam, did you ever face any misery? Did you ever experience any hardship?” So he will say: “No, by God, O Lord! I never faced any misery, and I never experienced any hardship. “ }

To all Jehovah’s Witnesses truth seekers, may your journey be fruitful in exploring the truth

www.quranexplorer.com

Rachidm

Saying of Prophet Muhammad PBUH

Some Wise Sayings of
Holy Prophet Mohammad (s)

* To acquire knowledge is binding upon all Muslims, whether male or female.

* The ink of the scholar is more holy than the blood of the martyr.

* He who travels in the search of knowledge, to him God shows the way of Paradise.

* People from the time of Adam onwards are as equal as the teeth of a comb. Arabs are not superior to non Arabs, nor are Redskinned people better than Blacks. No superiority or virture exists except in terms of Piety.

* Hail to those who are so concerned with improving their own faults, that they abstain from preoccupation with the flaws of other believers.

* He, who is a parasite to others, shall be condemned in the eyes of God, the Almighty.

* The Quest for knowledge I cherish, superior to God’s worship.

* The most virtuous from among you are those privileged with scrupulous manners. Likewise, theu associate with others; while they also get along with them.

* He who indulges in a task without proper knowledge will deteriorate rather than improve the case.

* He who betrays the vicious deed of another in public, it is as though he has initiated the evil act himself.

* Do not argue with your brother, nor depress him with sarcastic humor, and do not make a promise so as to fail in fulfilling your covenant.

* Whensoever you are presented with a gift, make efforts to return the deed; if it is beyond your ability express your gratitude in words.

* Do not set up to accomplish a virtuous deed pretentiously, However, do not abandon righteousness due to shyness.

* Whomsoever intiates a graceful tradition; shall be rewarded as long as that tradition is sustained.

* There is no good in extravagence, however, there can never be extravagence in good deeds.

* Opportunities slide away like clouds.

* Victory is gained by resolution and determination.

* During the days of your life, divine breezes will blow, so watch out for them.

* Establish contact with those who have severed relations with you, and be good to those who have treated you badly.

* He who covets another’s property, his sorrow shall be prolonged.

* Whenever a wise and sincere man advises you, take heed and welcome it gladly.

* There are two characteristics which cannot be found together in a believer; Avarice and a Vicious temper.

* Blessed be those who spend their excess wealth and abstain from excessive talk.

* He who calls upon his fellow Believer without their being any need, is destined to be among God’s visitors.

* Whomsoever satisfies the need of a fellow Believer God shall meet his many needs.

* The most vicious among all men is he who is respected out of fear.

* I restrain you from three traits of character: Envy, Avarice and Arrogance.

* The true Muslim is the one from whose hand and tongue other Muslims are safe.

* Excessive requests from people lead to humiliation.

* Beware of obstinacy; since it begins with foolishness and ends in regret.

* Whatever you hate for yourself hate for others, and whatever you like for yourself , like for your brother.

* Adopt a cordial attitude towards your relatives and neighbours and with whomever you keep company and associate.

* There is no worship like Meditation, and there is no support more sure.

* Beware of too much laughter, since it mortifies the heart.

* The love of the world, is the root of all evils.

* Appreciate five things before five others: Your Youth before your Old age, Your Health before your illness, Your Wealth before your Poverty, Your Spare Time before your hard work and Your Life before Death.

* It is better to associate with a good friendthan to remain in solitude, while being alone is better than dealing with a vicious companion.

* Be neither a fault finder, an eulogist, a defamer nor a wrangler.

* Social gatherings should be marked by good faith, divulging the secret of a friend is breach of faith.

* I restrain you from abandoning your fellow Believers: Though in case you are obliged to do so, it should not last for more than three days.

* He who is ina position to administer punishment should all the more be encouraged to forgive.

* The best of men is he who refrains from that which does not concern him.

* The best attire of man is severity associated with faith.

* Take care not to abuse a Muslim, or accuse an honest man of lying.

* There is no quicker way to receive punishment than by committing an outrage.

* Paradise lies at the feet of thy mother.

* He who wishes to enter Paradise must please his father and mother.

* A man giving in alms one piece of silver in his lifetime is better for him than giving one hundred when about to die.

* To meet friends cheerfully and invite them to a feast are charitable acts.

* To extend consideration towards neighbors and send them presents are charitable acts.

* Keep yourselves far from envy, because it eats up and takes away good actions, like the fire that eats up and burns wood.

* Whoever suppresses his anger, when he has in his power to show it, God will give him a great reward.

* He is not strong and powerful, who throws people down, but he is strong who withholds himself from anger.

* Deal gently with a people, and be not harsh; cheer them and condemn not.

* Much silence and a good disposition; there are no two works better than these.

* The best of friends is he who is best in behavior and character.

* One who does not practice modestiy and does not refrain from shameless deeds is not a Muslim.

* No one who keeps his mind focussed entirely upon himself, can grow large, strong and beautiful in character.

* Whoever loves to meet God, God loves to meet him.

* The five stated prayers erase the sins which have been committed during the intervals between them if they have not been mortal sins.

* God is not merciful to him who is not so to humankind. He who is not kind to God’s creation and to his own children, God will not be kind to him.

* Whosoever visits a sick person, an angel calls from Heaven: “Be happy in the world and happy be your walking; and take your habitation in Paradise.”

* Wealth properly employed is a blessing; and a man may lawfully endeavour to increase it by honest means.

* Acquire knowledge, because he who acquires it, in the way of the Lord, performs an act of piety; who speaks of it praises the Lord; who seeks it, adores God, who dispenses instruction in it, bestows alms; and who imparts it to its fitting objects, performs an act of devotion to God. Knowledge enables its possessor to distinguish what is forbidden from what is not; lights the way to Heaven; it is our friend in the desert, our companion in solitude, our companion, when bereft of riends; it guides us to happiness; it sustains us in misery; it is our ornament in the company of friends; it serves as an armor against our enemies. With knowledge the creatures of Allah rises to the heights of goodness and to noble position, associates with the sovereigns in this world and attains the perfection of happiness in the next.
Meditation in God is my Capital. Reason and sound Logic is the rest of my Religion. Love is the Foundationof my existence. Enthusiasm is the Vehicle of my life. Contemplation of God is my companion. Faith is the source of my Power. Sorrow is my friend. Knowledge is my weapon. Patience is my Garb abd Virtue. Submission to the Divine Will, is my Pride. Truth is my Salvation. Worship is my habit. And in Prayer lies the coolness of my Eye and the Peace of Mind.

A bedouin came to the holy prophet Muhammad (s) and asked him some questions.

Bedouin: I wish to be the richest person in the world.

Prophet: Be content and you will be the richest person in the world.

Bedouin: I would like to be the most learned of people.

Prophet: Fear Allah and you will be the most learned of people.

Bedouin: I would like to be the most just of people.

Prophet: Desire for others what you would like for yourself and you would be the most just of people.

Bedouin: I would like to be the best of people.

Prophet: Be good to others and you will be the best of people.

Bedouin: I would like to be the most honorable of people.

Prophet: If you do not complain to any fellow humans you will be the most honorable of people.

Bedouin: I wish to be safe from Allah’s Wrath on the Day of Judgment.

Prophet: If you do not lose your temper with any of your fellow humans, you will be safe from Allah’s wrath on the Day of Judgment.

Bedouin: What are the worst evils in the sight of Allah?

Prophet: Hot temper and miserliness (i.e. selfishness with money).

Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies.

* A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.

* There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.

* What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.

* The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.

* If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.

* When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: ‘Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath.

* Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.

* Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.

* Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.

* When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.

* If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.

* O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth.

* It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.

* Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.

* Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you.

* It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.

* Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.

* Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.

* Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures.

* A true is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.

* A who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation.

* Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you.

* Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.

* The best richness is the richness of the soul.

* Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood.

* Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.

* Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh.

* Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him.

* When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him.

* Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man.

* All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.

* Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.

* You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.

* He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother.

* The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.

* The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.

* He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.

* No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself.

* To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life.

* Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.

* The proof of a Muslim’s sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business.

* Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.

* Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.

* The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.Acquire knowledge, it enables its professor to distinguish right from wrong; it lights the way to heaven. It is our friend in the desert, our company in solitude and companion when friendless. It guides us to happiness, it sustains us in misery, it is an ornament amongst friends and an armour against enemies.

* A Muslim who plants a tree or sows a field, from which man, birds and animals can eat, is committing an act of charity.

* There is a polish for everything that takes away rust; and the polish for the heart is the remembrance of Allah.

* What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of human beings, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted, to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful, and to remove the sufferings of the injured.

* The most excellent Jihad is that for the conquest of self.

* If you put your whole trust in Allah, as you ought, He most certainly will satisfy your needs, as He satisfies those of the birds. They come out hungry in the morning, but return full to their nests.

* When Allah created his creatures He wrote above His throne: ‘Verily, my Compassion overcomes my wrath.

* Allah will not give mercy to anyone, except those who give mercy to other creatures.

* Say what is true, although it may be bitter and displeasing to people.

* Kindness is a mark of faith, and whoever is not kind has no faith.

* When you see a person who has been given more than you in money and beauty, look to those, who have been given less.

* If you do not feel ashamed of anything, then you can do whatever you like.

* O Lord, grant me your love, grant me that I love those who love you; grant me, that I might do the deeds that win your love. Make your love dearer to me than the love of myself, my family and wealth.

* It is better to sit alone than in company with the bad; and it is better still to sit with the good than alone. It is better to speak to a seeker of knowledge than to remain silent; but silence is better than idle words.

* Verily, a man teaching his child manners is better than giving one bushel of grain in alms.

* Whoever is kind, Allah will be kind to him; therefore be kind to man on the earth. He Who is in heaven will show mercy on you.

* It is difficult for a man laden with riches to climb the steep path, that leads to bliss.

* Who are the learned? Those who practice what they know.

* Allah has revealed to me, that you must be humble. No one should boast over one another, and no one should oppress another.

* Who is the most favoured of Allah? He, from whom the greatest good comes to His creatures.

* A true is thankful to Allah in prosperity, and resigned to His will in adversity.

* A who meets with others and shares their burdens is better than one who lives a life of seclusion and contemplation.

* Serve Allah, as you would if you could see Him; although you cannot see Him, He can see you.

* Allah does not look at your appearance or your possessions; but He looks at your heart and your deeds.

* The best richness is the richness of the soul.

* Keep yourselves far from envy; because it eats up and takes away good actions, like a fire eats up and burns wood.

* Much silence and a good disposition, there are no two things better than these.

* Verily, Allah is mild and is fond of mildness, and He gives to the mild what He does not give to the harsh.

* Whoever loves to meet Allah, Allah loves to meet him.

* When two persons are together, two of them must no whisper to each other, without letting the third hear; because it would hurt him.

* Verily, it is one of the respects to Allah to honor an old man.

* All Muslims are like a foundation, each strengthening the other; in such a way they do support each other.

* Strive always to excel in virtue and truth.

* You will not enter paradise until you have faith; and you will not complete your faith till you love one another.

* He, who wishes to enter paradise at the best gate, must please his father and mother.

* The best of alms is that, which the right hand gives and the left hand knows not of.

* The perfect Muslim is not a perfect Muslim, who eats till he is full and leaves his neighbors hungry.

* He is not of us who is not affectionate to the little ones, and does not respect the old; and he is not of us, who does not order which is lawful, and prohibits that which is unlawful.

* No man is a true believer unless he desires for his brother that, what he desires for himself.

* To strive for the cause of Allah from daybreak to noon and sunset is better than the goods and enjoyment of the whole worldly life.

* Be not like the hypocrite who, when he talks, tells lies; when he gives a promise, he breaks it; and when he is trusted, he proves dishonest.

* The proof of a Muslim’s sincerity is, that he pays no heed to that, which is not his business.

* Do you know what is better than charity and fasting and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between people, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind.

* Conduct yourself in this world, as if you are here to stay forever; prepare for eternity as if you have to die tomorrow.

* The worldly comforts are not for me. I am like a traveller, who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way.

Wisdom from the Quran

Words of Wisdom from the Qur’an

1. Respect and honour all human beings irrespective of their religion, color, race, sex, language, status, property, birth, profession/job and so on [17/70]
2. Talk straight, to the point, without any ambiguity or deception [33/70]
3. Choose best words to speak and say them in the best possible way [17/53, 2/83]
4. Do not shout. Speak politely keeping your voice low. [31/19]
5. Always speak the truth. Shun words that are deceitful and ostentatious [22/30]
6. Do not confound truth with falsehood [2/42]
7. Say with your mouth what is in your heart [3/167]
8. Speak in a civilized manner in a language that is recognised by the society and is commonly used [4/5]
9. When you voice an opinion, be just, even if it is against a relative [6/152]
10. Do not be a bragging boaster [31/18]
11. Do not talk, listen or do anything vain [23/3, 28/55]
12. Do not participate in any paltry. If you pass near a futile play, then pass by with dignity [25/72]
13. Do not verge upon any immodesty or lewdness whether surreptitious or overt [6/151].
14. If, unintentionally, any misconduct occurs by you, then correct yourself expeditiously [3/134].
15. Do not be contemptuous or arrogant with people [31/18]
16. Do not walk haughtily or with conceit [17/37, 31/18]
17. Be moderate in thy pace [31/19]
18. Walk with humility and sedateness [25/63]
19. Keep your gazes lowered devoid of any lecherous leers and salacious stares [24/30-31, 40/19].
20. If you do not have complete knowledge about anything, better keep your mouth shut. You might think that speaking about something without full knowledge is a trivial matter. But it might have grave consequences [24/15-16]
21. When you hear something malicious about someone, keep a favorable view about him/her until you attain full knowledge about the matter. Consider others innocent until they are proven guilty with solid and truthful evidence [24/12-13]
22. Ascertain the truth of any news, lest you smite someone in ignorance and afterwards repent of what you did [49/6]
23. Do not follow blindly any information of which you have no direct knowledge. (Using your faculties of perception and conception) you must verify it for yourself. In the Court of your Lord, you will be held accountable for your hearing, sight, and the faculty of reasoning [17/36].
24. Never think that you have reached the final stage of knowledge and nobody knows more than yourself. Remember! Above everyone endowed with knowledge is another endowed with more knowledge [12/76]. Even the Prophet [p.b.u.h] was asked to keep praying, “O My sustainer! Advance me in knowledge.” [20:114]
25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another [49/10].
26. Do not make mockery of others or ridicule others [49/11]
27. Do not defame others [49/11]
28. Do not insult others by nicknames [49/11]
29. Avoid suspicion and guesswork. Suspicion and guesswork might deplete your communal energy [49/12]
30. Spy not upon one another [49/12]
31. Do not backbite one another [49/12]
32. When you meet each other, offer good wishes and blessings for safety. One who conveys to you a message of safety and security and also when a courteous greeting is offered to you, meet it with a greeting still more courteous or (at least) of equal courtesy [4/86]
33. When you enter your own home or the home of somebody else, compliment the inmates [24/61]
34. Do not enter houses other than your own until you have sought permission; and then greet the inmates and wish them a life of blessing, purity and pleasure [24/27]
35. Treat kindly ” Your parents ” Relatives ” The orphans ” And those who have been left alone in the society [4/36]
36. Take care of ” The needy, ” The disabled ” Those whose hard earned income is insufficient to meet their needs ” And those whose businesses have stalled ” And those who have lost their jobs. [4/36]
37. Treat kindly ” Your related neighbours, and unrelated neighbours ” Companions by your side in public gatherings, or public transportation. [4/36]
38. Be generous to the needy wayfarer, the homeless son of the street, and the one who reaches you in a destitute condition [4/36]
39. Be nice to people who work under your care. [4/36]
40. Do not follow up what you have given to others to afflict them with reminders of your generosity [2/262].
41. Do not expect a return for your good behaviour, not even thanks [76/9]
42. Cooperate with one another in good deeds and do not cooperate with others in evil and bad matters [5/2]
43. Do not try to impress people on account of self-proclaimed virtues [53/32]
44. You should enjoin right conduct on others but mend your own ways first. Actions speak louder than words. You must first practice good deeds yourself, then preach [2/44]
45. Correct yourself and your families first [before trying to correct others] [66/6]
46. Pardon gracefully if anyone among you who commits a bad deed out of ignorance, and then repents and amends [6/54, 3/134]
47. Divert and sublimate your anger and potentially virulent emotions to creative energy, and become a source of tranquility and comfort to people [3/134]
48. Call people to the Way of your Lord with wisdom and beautiful exhortation. Reason with them most decently [16/125]
49. Leave to themselves those who do not give any importance to the Divine code and have adopted and consider it as mere play and amusement [6/70]
50. Sit not in the company of those who ridicule Divine Law unless they engage in some other conversation [4/140]
51. Do not be jealous of those who are blessed [4/54]
52. In your collective life, make rooms for others [58/11]
53. When invited to dine, Go at the appointed time. Do not arrive too early to wait for the preparation of meal or linger after eating to engage in bootless babble. Such things may cause inconvenience to the host [33/53]
54. Eat and drink [what is lawful] in moderation [7/31].
55. Do not squander your wealth senselessly [17/26]
56. Fulfil your promises and commitments [17/34]
57. Keep yourself clean, pure [9/108, 4/43, 5/6].
58. Dress-up in agreeable attire and adorn yourself with exquisite character from inside out [7/26]
59. Seek your provision only by fair endeavour [29/17, 2/188]
60. Do not devour the wealth and property of others unjustly, nor bribe the officials or the judges to deprive others of their possessions [2/188]