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Assalamualaikum.. It's been about 8 months since i last updated this blog.. I have been really really busy these past few years; u know how hard being in med school is.. Since writing in Comparative Religion field requires lots of reading and analyzing, i have decided to focus on writing random stuffs in my new blog with no specific theme.. It's easier and more fun to write (and probably read, too)..

So, i'm sorry to tell u guys that i'm officially closing down this blog.. It's still there if u wanna read it, but i'm no longer updating it.. It's been an honour sharing all the info with you guys.. Thank u to all readers, and don't forget to check out my new blog

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Fadel Exposing Nonie Darwish and Walid Shoebat  

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Fadel Soliman, Director of Bridges Foundation exposing Nonie Darwish and Walid Shoebat; apostates trying to defame Islam. The debate was held at Oxford Univ on 5th Feb 2009, it ended by the house voting in favor of the Muslims 147 votes against 52 in favor of the apostates, a sweeping VICTORY, alhamdulillah~

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Fadel Soliman  

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The Meaning of Jihad



Why Muslim Women wear Hijab


Fadel Soliman is the Director of Bridges Foundation. Located in Cairo, Egypt, this international foundation aims to bridge peoples from different religious and ethnic backgrounds through educational interfaith activities, like power point presentations, gatherings, discussions etc…

Fadel Soliman is also a member of the International Union of Muslim Scholars who received his Masters degree in Shariah in 2008. Fadel is an international speaker and presenter of Islam, he gave his presentations to more than 65,000 in the U.S.A. and other countries throughout the world in churches, universities and governmental departments, such as the American Department of Defense, as well as in international events, such as the Frankfurt International Book Fair, 2004. Fadel also trained more than 6500 Muslim youths in 16 countries through his workshops on how to present Islam to non Muslims and refute misconceptions on Islam.

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I personally was given the opportunity to join one of his workshops during his visit to Malaysia back in 2006, which was held at the Islamic Information Service, Setiawangsa. He is the most convincing & talented speaker I've ever met in my life.

I wish that someday, our Malaysian Medical Student in Egypt (PERUBATAN) would invite him for a short talk regarding refuting misconceptions about Islam, which i think is more suitable & vital for all Muslims to master, rather than a typical "Introduction-to-Islam" program.. [no offence]

Al-Quran dalam Excel  

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Terjemahan Al-Quran ke dalam bahasa Melayu dalam format Microsoft Excel.. Sangat mudah dan praktikal.. Juga terdapat indeks Al-Quran menurut tajuk dan topik-topik tertentu..

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Media and Islam, War or Peace? ~ Published  

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Media and Islam, War or Peace?

A talk given by a well-know scholar in Comparative Religion studies, Dr. Zakir Abdul Karim Naik in Dubai back in 2003. Alhamdulillah, with the blessings of Allah, I've completed translating his talk into Malay language and published it under a well-known website, Iluvislam.com

Book cover (designed by the author himself) =p

Those who are interested in purchasing this book online can refer to this link

Price:
(Malaysia) RM 10 + RM 1 (postal charge)

(Egypt) LE 12

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I'm working on getting the list of the dealers from universities in Malaysia. I'll let you guys know once i got it.. Don't miss this golden opportunity! ;)

Polyandry  

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Question:
If a man is allowed to have more than one wife, then why does Islam prohibit a woman from having more than one husband?

Answer by Dr. Zakir Naik:

A lot of people, including some Muslims, question the logic of allowing Muslim men to have more than one spouse while denying the same ‘right’ to women. Let me first state emphatically, that the foundation of an Islamic society is justice and equity.

Allah has created men and women as equal, but with different capabilities and different responsibilities. Men and women are different, physiologically and psychologically. Their roles and responsibilities are different. Men and women are equal in Islam, but not identical. Surah Nisa’ Chapter 4 verses 22 to 24 gives the list of women with whom Muslim men can not marry. It is further mentioned in Surah Nisa’ Chapter 4 verse 24 “Also (prohibited are) women already married.”

The following points enumerate the reasons why polyandry is prohibited in Islam:

1. If a man has more than one wife, the parents of the children born of such marriages can easily be identified. The father as well as the mother can easily be identified. In case of a woman marrying more than one husband, only the mother of the children born of such marriages will be identified and not the father.

Islam gives tremendous importance to the identification of both parents, mother and father. Psychologists tell us that children who do not know their parents, especially their father, undergo severe mental trauma and disturbances. Often they have an unhappy childhood. It is for this reason that the children of prostitutes do not have a healthy childhood.

If a child born of such wedlock is admitted in school, and when the mother is asked the name of the father, she would have to give two or more names! I am aware that recent advances in science have made it possible for both the mother and father to be identified with the help of genetic testing. Thus this point which was applicable for the past may not be applicable for the present.

2. Man is more polygamous by nature as compared to a woman.

3. Biologically, it is easier for a man to perform his duties as a husband despite having several wives. A woman, in a similar position, having several husbands, will not find it possible to perform her duties as a wife. A woman undergoes several psychological and behavioral changes due to different phases of the menstrual cycle.

4. A woman who has more than one husband will have several sexual partners at the same time and has a high chance of acquiring venereal or sexually transmitted diseases which can also be transmitted back to her husband even if all of them have no extra-marital sex. This is not the case in a man having more than one wife, and none of them having extra-marital sex.

The above reasons are those that one can easily identify. There are probably many more reasons why Allah, in His Infinite Wisdom, has prohibited polyandry.

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Please note that the more precise term for a man having more than one wife is 'Polygyny' (Poly=many Gyny=Women), not 'Polygamy' (Poly=many Gamos=marriage). The term 'Polygamy' refers specifically to those who have more than one spouses at the same time despite of their sex (man or woman).

Muslim Missionaries VS Christian Missionaries  

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I was reading John Grisham's The Testament when I had my paradigm shift about how different Muslim missionaries & Christian missionaries are... It's a story about a dying old man who named a Christian missionary who is now on a religious mission at the Brazilian border as the beneficiary of his eleven-billion-dollar fortune instead of his own children and 3 ex-wives..

According to John Grisham, World Tribes Missions is an organization who has four thousand missionaries spread around the world working exclusively with native people. Its sole purpose and goal is to spread the Christian Gospel to every remote tribe in the world.

Most of the missionaries are those who'd backpacked into the tribe's village with a vocabulary limited to 'Hello' and 'Thank you'. Their missionary work is not as simple as it might seem. Five years passed before the tribe began to trust them. They were well into their sixth year before they told their first Bible story. They are trained to be patient, to built relationships, learn language and culture, and slowly, slowly, begin to teach the bible.

One of the missionaries once wrote that the tribe did not accept him until they realized he wasn't leaving. He had chosen to live with them, forever. He loved them and wanted to be one of them. What kind of person could possess enough faith and commitment to forsake modern society and enter such a prehistoric word? But they do..

It made me thinking that no wonder they succeed in spreading the words of the Bible throughout the world and we don't.. We muslims lack the qualities of a true missionary.. We are not well trained, not patient, not willing to sacrifice our time and wealth, not ready to put our religion before ourselves and put aside all worldly passions..

Muslim missionaries only know how to talk, talk, talk, and talk.. They were trained very well on how to talk about religion & how to invite people to do what they are doing.. It's not like I'm against it or something, but spreading Islamic Dakwah is not about talking all the time..

People around the world nowadays need more that that.. They need food, health care, shelter, money, someone who takes care of them and many more.. But all we could offer them is talking.. We don't mingle, build relationships, get involved and build trust in them.. We want them to magically listen to the words we're saying and expect them to accept Islam without first setting examples and showing what Islam is all about..

Just tell me which one of us is professionally trained to do dakwah and dedicate his/her life (and I mean his/her whole life, not just 10 days or 40 days or 4 month) to the field of dakwah to any tribes in Malaysia (our own country, not in Africa or Europe like those Christian missionaries)? None.

Allah doesn't need me or you or any of us to keep His promise i.e. to make Islam overcome the religions, all of them, though the polytheists may be averse. But Allah is offering us the best trade one could possibly offer, with the payment of Jannah (paradise).

But sadly, muslims prefer to be in the safe and confortable zone.. And suddenly get mad & feel extremely offended when Islam is defamed by other people..

Salam Maal Hijrah 1430H & Selamat Tahun Baru 2009  

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Islamic Method of Slaughtering Animals Appears Ruthless?  

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Question: Why do Muslims slaughter the animal in a ruthless manner by torturing it and slowly and painfully killing it?


Answer by Dr. Zakir Naik:

The Islamic method of slaughtering animals, known as Zabiha has been the object of much criticism from a large number of people. One may consider the following points, which prove that the Zabiha method is not only humane but also scientifically the best:

1. Islamic method of slaughtering animal

Zakkaytum is a verb derived from the root word Zakah (to purify). Its infinitive is Tazkiyah which means purification. The Islamic mode of slaughtering an animal requires the following conditions to be met:

a. Animal should be slaughtered with sharp object (knife) - The animal has to be slaughtered with a sharp object (knife) and in a fast way so that the pain of slaughter is minimised.

b. Cut wind pipe, throat and vessels of neck - Zabiha is an Arabic word which means ‘slaughtered’. The ‘slaughtering’ is to be done by cutting the throat, windpipe and the blood vessels in the neck causing the animal’s death without cutting the spinal cord.
c. Blood should be drained - The blood has to be drained completely before the head is removed. The purpose is to drain out most of the blood which would serve as a good culture medium for micro organisms. The spinal cord must not be cut because the nerve fibres to the heart could be damaged during the process causing cardiac arrest, stagnating the blood in the blood vessels.

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2. Blood is a good medium for germs and bacteria - Blood is a good media of germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. Therefore the Muslim way of slaughtering is more hygienic as most of the blood containing germs, bacteria, toxins, etc. that are the cause of several diseases are eliminated.

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3. Meat remains fresh for a longer time - Meat slaughtered by Islamic way remains fresh for a longer time due to deficiency of blood in the meat as compared to other methods of slaughtering.

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4. Animal does not feel pain - The swift cutting of vessels of the neck disconnects the flow of blood to the nerve of the brain responsible for pain. Thus the animal does not feel pain. While dying, the animal struggles, withers, shakes and kicks, not due to pain, but due to the contraction and relaxation of the muscles deficient in blood and due to the flow of blood out of the body.

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Christianity & Islam are mostly the same, but not identical Semitic religions. There are so many aspects that are similar between these two religions which have the most followers worldwide. One of them is that Muslims and Christians both believe in the story of the sacrifice of Abraham pbuh.

But the Christian version, despite the extensive similarity to the Islamic version, does not believe that Ishmael was the sacrificed one; but instead believe that Isaac was the one that was chosen by God to undergo the sacrifice.


The Story of Abraham's Sacrifice

When we open the Bible, we can find the story of the sacrifice of Abraham in the book of Genesis chapter 22 verse 1 to 13:

Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, "Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. Then God said, "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains I will tell you about."

...But the angel of the LORD called out to him from heaven, "Abraham! Abraham!" "Here I am," he replied. "Do not lay a hand on the boy," he said. "Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son." Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son.

Meanwhile, the Quran narrates the story of these two great prophets in surah As-Saaffaat verse 101 to 107; only the ransomed one was not Isaac, but Ishmael:

"So We gave him the good news of a boy, possessing forbearance. And when he attained to working with him, he said: O my son! surely I have seen in a dream that I should sacrifice you; consider then what you see. He said: O my father! do what you are commanded; if Allah please, you will find me of the patient ones. So when they both submitted and he threw him down upon his forehead, And We called out to him saying: O Ibrahim! You have indeed shown the truth of the vision; surely thus do We reward the doers of good: Most surely this is a manifest trial. And We ransomed him with a Feat sacrifice."



Ishmael or Isaac?

When we ask a Christian scholar, who was the ransomed one? Ishmael or Isaac? They will definitely tell us that it was Isaac; Abraham's only son, based on Genesis 22:2 "Take your son, your only son, Isaac, whom you love, and go to the region of Moriah."

But when we analize the Bible carefully, we can find that Isaac was not the only son of Abraham at that time, and that Ishmael was born way before Isaac. I'm referring to the book of Genesis 16:15-16

"So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael."

The scripture says that Abraham was 86 years old when he had Ishmael, while in chapter 21 of the same book, verse 5 it says:

"Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him."

I'm asking you, if Ishmael was born when Abraham is 86 years old and Isaac was born when Abraham is 100 years old, doesn't that make Ishmael older than Isaac? Why does the Bible describe Isaac as Abraham's only son then, when he clearly had a brother at that time?

The Christians will tell you that this is because they only recognize Sarah (Isaac mother) as Abraham's true wife, while Hagar (Ishmael's mother) was only his concubine.

When we ask where did the Bible say that Hagar was only his concubine, Christian scholars always give us the verse from Genesis 16:3, where the word 'Concubine' is now nowhere to be found, for it was changed by the Biblical scholars to the word 'Wife':

"Then Sarai, Abram’s wife, took Hagar her maid, the Egyptian, and gave her to her husband Abram to be his wife..."

Some of them might say that there is no difference between wife and concubine when the Bible is concerned, because the system at that time did not differentiate between a wife and a concubine, based on the inconstancy of the Bible in describing Keturah when she is described as Abraham's concubine in 1 Chronicles 1:32 ~ "The sons born to Keturah, Abraham's concubine..." but as his wife in Genesis 2:1 ~ "Abraham took another wife, whose name was Keturah."

But the Bible itself begs to differ when it stated in 1 Kings 11:3 that Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines:

"He (Solomon) had seven hundred wives of royal birth and three hundred concubines, and his wives led him astray."

This verse is a vivid evidence that the Bible knew the differences between a wife and a concubine. If not, why didn't the Bible just say that Solomon had a thousand wives / a thousand concubines instead of differentiating between wives and concubine. Thus, their arguments about Ishmael was not the elder son do not hold.


Islamic version

The Islamic version of the story of Abraham's sacrifice does not state clearly who was the ransomed one, but most of the Islamic scholars interpret that Ishmael was the person that is mentioned in Surah as-Saaffaat verse 101 to 107 according to several aspects.

There are equally strong evidences to support both arguments, thus some of the scholars give permission to believe in either one of the stories. "No matter either one of the stories one does believe in, they (Ishmael and Isaac) are both pure and pious to God," says the author of Tafseer Hadaaiq ar-Ruh wa ar-Raihan.