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Islam Kills Racism – Malcom X

Racism whether upon open or hidden, is an evil aspect of life which Islams seeks to eradicate. It is clear from the versus of the Quran, and many sayings of the Prophet (saw) which have been narrated by his companions, that differences in colour, tribes, races, or traditions are not to be excuses for unjust behaviour or treatment.

“O Mankind, we created you from a single pair of a male and a female, and made you in to tribes and nations so that you may know each other (not that you despise each other). Verily, the most honoured of you in the sight of Allah is he who is most righteous of you.”

(Al-Quran, Chapter 49, Verse 13)

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Malcolm X’s Letter from Mecca

Malcolm X

Many Muslims who have been blessed to make Hajj often speak of how the journey is a life-changing experience.  This is more the case for some than others.

Malcolm X, or Al-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz, is one Muslim who saw the light of true Islam through his Hajj in April 1964.  As a former member and speaker for the Nation of Islam, a black spiritual and nationalist movement, he believed that the white man was the devil and the black man superior.

After leaving the Nation of Islam in March 1964, he made Hajj, which helped change his perspective on whites and racism completely.

Here is an excerpt of a letter El Hajj Malik El Shabazz wrote a letter to his loyal assistants in Harlem… from his heart, telling them of his experience.  In it, he explains what it was during this blessed journey that made him so profoundly shift his perspective on race and racism.  We should keep in mind that this letter was written in a time when the history of African Americans in America was in making, a time when centuries worth of oppression was being spoken about and condemned in public.[1]

Never have I witnessed such sincere hospitality and overwhelming spirit of true brotherhood as is practiced by people of all colors and races here in this ancient Holy Land, the home of Abraham, Muhammad and all the other Prophets of the Holy Scriptures.  For the past week, I have been utterly speechless and spellbound by the graciousness I see displayed all around me by people of all colors.

“I have been blessed to visit the Holy City of Mecca, I have made my seven circuits around the Ka’ba, led by a young Mutawaf named Muhammad, I drank water from the well of the Zam Zam.  I ran seven times back and forth between the hills of Mt. Al-Safa and Al Marwah.  I have prayed in the ancient city of Mina, and I have prayed on Mt. Arafat.

There were tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world.  They were of all colors, from blue-eyed blondes to black-skinned Africans.  But we were all participating in the same ritual, displaying a spirit of unity and brotherhood that my experiences in America had led me to believe never could exist between the white and non-white.

America needs to understand Islam, because this is the one religion that erases from its society the race problem.  Throughout my travels in the Muslim world, I have met, talked to, and even eaten with people who in America would have been considered white – but the white attitude was removed from their minds by the religion of Islam.  I have never before seen sincere and true brotherhood practiced by all colors together, irrespective of their color.

“You may be shocked by these words coming from me.  But on this pilgrimage, what I have seen, and experienced, has forced me to rearrange much of my thought-patterns previously held, and to toss aside some of my previous conclusions.  This was not too difficult for me.  Despite my firm convictions, I have always been a man who tries to face facts, and to accept the reality of life as new experience and new knowledge unfolds it.  I have always kept an open mind, which is necessary to the flexibility that must go hand in hand with every form of intelligent search for truth.

During the past eleven days here in the Muslim world, I have eaten from the same plate, drunk from the same glass, and slept on the same rug – while praying to the same God – with fellow Muslims, whose eyes were the bluest of blue, whose hair was the blondest of blond, and whose skin was the whitest of white.  And in the words and in the deeds of the white Muslims, I felt the same sincerity that I felt among the black African Muslims of Nigeria, Sudan and Ghana.

“We were truly all the same (brothers) – because their belief in one God had removed the white from their minds, the white from their behavior, and the white from their attitude.

“I could see from this, that perhaps if white Americans could accept the Oneness of God, then perhaps, too, they could accept in reality the Oneness of Man – and cease to measure, and hinder, and harm others in terms of their ‘differences’ in color.

“With racism plaguing America like an incurable cancer, the so-called ‘Christian’ white American heart should be more receptive to a proven solution to such a destructive problem.  Perhaps it could be in time to save America from imminent disaster – the same destruction brought upon Germany by racism that eventually destroyed the Germans themselves.

“Each hour here in the Holy Land enables me to have greater spiritual insights into what is happening in America between black and white.  The American Negro never can be blamed for his racial animosities – he is only reacting to four hundred years of the conscious racism of the American whites.  But as racism leads America up the suicide path, I do believe, from the experiences that I have had with them, that the whites of the younger generation, in the colleges and universities, will see the handwriting on the walls and many of them will turn to the spiritual path of truth – the only way left to America to ward off the disaster that racism inevitably must lead to.

“Never have I been so highly honored.  Never have I been made to feel more humble and unworthy.  Who would believe the blessings that have been heaped upon an American Negro?  A few nights ago, a man who would be called in America a white man, a United Nations diplomat, an ambassador, a companion of kings, gave me his hotel suite, his bed.  Never would I have even thought of dreaming that I would ever be a recipient of such honors – honors that in America would be bestowed upon a King – not a Negro.

“All praise is due to God, the Lord of all the Worlds.”

Malcolm X saw and experienced many positive things.  Generosity and openheartedness were qualities which were impressed on him by the welcome which he received in many places.  He saw brotherhood and the brotherhood of different races and this led him to disclaim racism and to say:

“I am not a racist… In the past I permitted myself to be used… to make sweeping indictments of all white people, the entire white race, and these generalizations have caused injuries to some whites who perhaps did not deserve to be hurt.  Because of the spiritual enlightenment which I was blessed to receive as the result of my recent pilgrimage to the Holy City of Mecca, I no longer subscribe to sweeping indictments of any one race.  I am now striving to live the life of a true Sunni Muslim.  I must repeat that I am not a racist nor do I subscribe to the tenets of racism.  I can state in all sincerity that I wish nothing but freedom, justice and equality, life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness for all people.”

 

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Concept of GOD in Islam – Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji

13 October 2012
Interfaith Dialogue / Concept Of God
Islam-Buddhism-Christianity-Hinduism
Taylor’s University Malaysia

Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji – Islam
Vijaya Samarawickrama – Buddhism
Chew Phye Keat – Christianity
Balrama Applanaidu – Hinduism

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Twins of Faith Malaysia 2012

Twins of Faith 2012- Malaysia

PICC, 29-30th December 2012

For more info visit: http://www.twinsoffaith.com
Twins of Faith 2012 Theme:

For The Love of God

Some of the speakers:

Abdurraheem Green

Chairman, iERA

Abdurraheem Green embraced Islam over 20 years ago and since that time has been active in the field of da’wah. Abdurraheem was educated in a Christian monastic school and although held strong Christian principles dabbled with other religions. This continual quest to find meaning to life eventually led him to Islam. He has been delivering talks in the UK and beyond for over two decades.He is a regular on Peace TV with many of his lectures widely watched on YouTube. Abdurraheem is a founding member and chairman of iERA.

Yusha Evans

International Daiee& Lecturer

He was born and raised in Greenville, South Carolina in a very conservative Christian home. In his early teens he became heavily involved in the church near his home and in Young Life, a non-denominational youth oriented organization with the intention of becoming involved in the ministry of teaching and preaching. He intended to enrol in Bob Jones University, a world-renowned Bible College in his hometown upon graduating high school, but in the summer of 1996 his life changed. Upon studying the bible from cover to cover and realizing many things were askew, and a lot of what he believed his entire life was not in line with what his research found, he left Christianity and went in search of the truth. After many twist and turns, ups and downs and after looking at the many world religions searching for the tangible proof of the right way of life he encountered a Muslim, and was given a Qur’an. After reading the Qur’an cover to cover he accepted Islam in the winter of 1998.
Yusha (Joshua) Evans Currently works as a full-time lecturer and caller to Islam, as well as teaching workshops that have taken him all across the globe. He is the founder and co-founder of two Islamic television stations in North America as well has appeared on many Islamic stations throughout the world. He has studied under numerous teachers and scholars in the various sciences of Islam and is a Phycology major. He also is a multiple discipline Black belt holder and runs a martial arts academy in Minneapolis

Abdul Rahman Chao

Independent Researcher, Teacher and Public Speaker

A.R. Chao was raised in California as a child where he finished memorizing the Quran. During highschool he enrolled at the Institute of Islamic and Arabic Sciences in America in Fairfax Virginia and obtained a diploma in Arabic and Islamic Studies in 2000. In 2001, he was awarded a full scholarship to study at the Islamic University of Madina where he obtained a second diploma in Arabic Islamic studies in 2002. He later completed a Bachelor of Arts in 2006 majoring in Islamic Theology and Missiology (Aqeedah&Dawah) and was one of the youngest Americans to ever graduate from Madina. He returned to the United States that summer to teach and to do dawah. From 2009-2011, A.R. Chao completed a Master of Theological Studies (M.T.S.) with top honors at Vanderbilt University Divinity School in Nashville, Tennesee. There, he studied Christian Studies, Literary Theology as well as Islamic Studies.

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Was the Prophet Muhammad PBUH a liar? LIVE at Speakers’ Corner

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Sister Hanan Chiang Presenting Islam

Sister Hanan Chiang, a new convert to Islam was the representative of the Islamic faith in the world’s religion day at Hong Kong University. The event consists of of 6 speeches by various religious adherents of Christianity (Lutheran), Buddhism, Confucianism, Baha’i, Hinduism and Islam on the theme: “Walking a spiritual path with practical feet”. Here we present to you the speech of sister Hanan, the representative of Islam in the event.

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Answers to Some Common Misconceptions Against Islam @ Beberapa Jawapan Kepada Salah Faham Terhadap Islam

Bro. Shah Kirit menghuraikan jawapan kepada salah faham terhadap Islam @ Bro Shah Kirit explaining the answers to the misconceptions against Islam.

Part 1:

1. Kenapa lelaki terima dua kali ganda harta pusaka berbanding wanita?
2. Kenapa dalam solat berjemaah, lelaki berada di hadapan?
3. Kenapa lelaki dan wanita tidak boleh solat bersebelahan/beriringan?

Part 2:

1. Kenapa hanya lelaki boleh jadi Imam dalam solat jemaah?
2. Adakah Tuhan (Allah) wujud? Jika ada, kenapa kita tidak boleh melihat Allah?
3. Bagaimana hendak membuktikan bahawa Allah wujud?
4. Nabi Muhammad @ Rasulullah s.a.w. tidak boleh membaca. Kenapa ayat pertama yang diturunkan memerintah Baginda supaya membaca (iqra’)?

Part 3:

1. Para muslim bersolat menghadap kiblat. Bagaimana menangkis dakwaan bahawa Kiblat itu berhala?
2. Kenapa kita menghadap Kaabah ketika solat? @ Why muslims face the kaaba when they pray?

Jawapan untuk persoalan-persoalan di atas dijawab dengan jelas oleh Bro Shah Kirit dalam video-video di atas.

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Manual Untuk Manusia :)

Bila peralatan lektrik atau kereta kita bermasalah, kita boleh rujuk pada buku manualnya. Tapi kalau manusia ada masalah, ada manual juga ke? Ada…tonton video ni & anda akan faham 🙂

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My Sincere Invitation To You by Ikhwan Ng

As written in his blog: http://lifemualaf.blogspot.com/

My Sincere Invitation to You

Idris Tawfiq 

Forewords 

This is an invitation to a whole new perception of life, death and delight. You don’t have to agree with what I have been write and share, and I don’t even begging for any tiny benefit from you. I have no intention in humiliate what your religion behold, and also not interested to debate with you in excessive language and unacceptable statement.

All I ask is please spend your few minutes in reading my article, the rest is up to you.


My First Book About Islam

I was wandering with Shiema at bookstore few years ago. She suggested me to read some book about Islam. I have no idea in reading any islamic related book as I was know nothing about Islam, also have no interest in getting in depth about any religion. Then after Shiema look around the “Green zone” where I seldom stepped in, she took out a green cover book to me.

I take a glance at the author’s name and photo, “Idris Tawfiq”. The first thought in my mind was : ” Oh well… A foreigner white man with a malay name? It’s weird or I have some misconception somewhere about Islam.” This book is not so thick and handy, but I was feeling frightened also in buying this book.

The book was kept in my secret cupboard for months and never opened, I have to hide it so my parent can’t sniff anything that may make them jump. As if “Islam” is the most sensitive ever word to be mentioned, don’t even talk about it at my family house. After that I have been encounter a lot of problem in my life including being fired myself from employment and became jobless. I was staying at home and started to rethink about life, death and a whole lot of serious thoughts. I haven’t been let myself rest and works blindly for little payment, haven’t broaden my sight into other perception.

My parent keep muttering that I should find a job and stay away from my laptop, even if I have to work as operator at factory. I was so upset and at the same time I started to ask help from God. I didn’t know who is the real God actually back in 2007, but there was a mysterious feeling tells me that God is exist, and God can be nearby me in some form of mysterious way and I wasn’t realize Him. The next thought was pretty simple :May be I should read something about Islam also.

So I was flipped through this book and looking for the brief image.
I was surprised with author’s way of explaining Islam. The first hit straight into my mind in loosen the hard knot “Islam = Terrorism “. It’s like author already know what my first thought about Islam, and his writing brings me into a whole new perception about Islam. Unlike any media strongly promoting Islam is the aggressive religion follower, Idris Tawfiq invited me into a Garden of Delight.

This was my first step approach towards Islam.

Biography Of Idris Tawfiq

I was accidentally read about Idris Tawfiq’s biography recently while I surf internet about Islamic books and article. Apparently there are important things that I was overlooked. At first I thought he would be born Islam arabian or American Muslim, at last I know he is Reverted Muslim and Former British Catholic Priest !!

From Christianity switch to Islamism seems like impossible but God to have His Mighty in arranging anyone to accept His guidance. And I would like to share his biography also in this article.

Idris Tawfiq, Catholic Priest, UK

“Strongest among men in enmity to the Believers wilt thou find the Jews and Pagans; and nearest among them in love to the Believers wilt thou find those who say “We are Christians”: because amongst these are men devoted to learning (priests), and men who have renounced the world (monks), and they are not arrogant. And then they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth. They pray:

‘Our Lord! We believe, write us down among the witnesses.’

(Surat Al-Maida 82-83)”

This was what happened to the former British Catholic Priest Idris Tawfiq on reciting Islam’s holy book, the Quran, to his students at a school in Britain. And this was one of the important steps in his journey of conversion to Islam.

During a recent lecture he gave at the British Council in Cairo, Tawfiq made clear that he has no regrets about his past and what he holds in regard to what Christians do and his life at the Vatican for five years.

“I enjoyed being a priest helping the people for some years. However, deep inside I was not happy and I felt that there was something not right. Fortunately, and it is God’s will, some events and coincidences in my life led me to Islam,” he told a packed hall at the British Council.

A second important coincidence for Tawfiq was his decision to quit his work at the Vatican, a step followed by making a trip to Egypt. “I used to think of Egypt as a country of Pyramids, camels, sand and palm trees. I actually took a charter flight to Hurghada. Shocked to find it similar to some European beaches, I took the first bus to Cairo where I spent the most wonderful week in my life.

This was my first introduction to Muslims and Islam. I noticed how Egyptians are such gentle, sweet people, but also very strong.

“Like all Britons, my knowledge about Muslims up to that time didn’t exceed what I heard from the TV about suicide bombers and fighters, which gave the impression that Islam is a religion of troubles. However, getting into Cairo I discovered how beautiful this religion is. Very simple people selling goods on the street would abandon their trade and direct their face to Allah and pray the moment they heard the call to prayer from the mosque. They have a strong faith in the presence and will of Allah. They pray, fast, help the needy and dream to have a trip to Mecca with the hope of living in heaven in the hereafter,” he said.

“On my return I resumed my old job of teaching religion. The only compulsory subject in British education is Religious Studies. I was teaching about Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Buddhism and others. So everyday I had to read about these religions to be able to teach my lessons to the students, many of whom were Arab Muslim refugees. In other words, teaching about Islam taught me many things.

“Unlike many troublesome teenagers, these students set a good example of what a Muslim could be. They were polite and kind. So a friendship developed between us and they asked if they could use my classroom for prayers during the fasting month of Ramadan.

“Luckily, my room was the only one with a carpet. So I got accustomed to sitting at the back, watching them praying for a month. I sought to encourage them by fasting during Ramadan with them, even though I wasn’t yet a Muslim.

“Once while reciting a translation of the holy Quran in class I reached the verse:

“And when they listen to the revelation received by the Messenger, thou wilt see their eyes overflowing with tears, for they recognize the truth.”

To my surprise, I felt tears welling up in my eyes and I tried hard to hide it from the students.”
Earth-shaking event
Yusuf Islam, AKA Cat Stevens
A turning point in his life, however, came in the aftermath of the terrorist attacks in the US on September 11, 2001.

“The following day, I was taking the underground and noticed how terrified the people were. I was also afraid of the repetition of such acts in Britain. At the time, the Western people started fearing this religion they blamed for terrorism.

“However, my previous experience with Muslims took me to a different direction. I started wondering ‘Why Islam? Why do we blame Islam as a religion for the action of terrorists who happened to be Muslims, when no-one accused Christianity of terrorism when some Christians have acted the same way?

“One day I headed to the biggest Mosque in London, to hear more about this religion. Getting into London Central Mosque, there was Yusuf Islam, the former pop singer, sitting in a circle talking to some people about Islam. After a while, I found myself asking him” ‘What do you actually do to become a Muslim?’”

“He answered that a Muslim should believe in one God, pray five times a day and fast during Ramadan. I interrupted him saying that I believed all this and had even fasted during Ramadan. So he asked, ‘What are you waiting for? What is holding you back?’ I said, ‘No, I don’t intend to convert.’

“At that moment the call to prayer was made and everyone got ready and stood in lines to pray. “I sat at the back, and I cried and cried. Then I said to myself, ‘Who am I trying to fool?’ “After they ended their prayers, I headed to Yusuf Islam, asking him to teach me the words by which I announce my conversion.

“After explaining its meanings to me in English, I recited after him in Arabic that there is no God but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” recounted Tawfiq, holding back his tears.

‘Gardens of Islam’ 
Thus his life has taken a different course. Living in Egypt, Tawfiq wrote a book about the tenets of Islam. Explaining why he penned his book Gardens of Delight: a Simple Introduction to Islam, Tawfiq noted that everyone is saying that Islam is not a religion of terrorism and isn’t a religion of hatred, but no-one tries to explain what it is.“So I decided to write this book to give non-Muslims an idea about the basic principles of Islam. I tried to tell people how beautiful Islam is and that Islam has the most extraordinary treasures, the most important being Muslims’ love for each other. The Prophet says ‘Even a smile to your brother is a charity.’

Tawfiq told the Gazette that he is working on a book about the Prophet Muhammad [may the mercy and blessings of God be upon him] which he thinks will be different from the many books already written about him.

He thinks that the “best and fastest way” of acquainting the world with the true image of Islam is to set a good example in real life.

original source : http://www.islamreligion.com/articles/586/

No Pain No Gain

If you ask me, do my life turn out to be living easily and gain money effortless after become muslim?
Definitely No. My life is being more challenging and stressed, living with chinese muslim identity do caused a lot unnecessary humiliation and prejudice. But I don’t take that as “Pain” which can beat me down, actually I do “Gain” a lot in asking forgiveness and pleasing of God. It doesn’t mean I am torturing myself to get rewarded but more to living a lifestyle that being guided by Allah SWT through His message.

As a remembrance to  what I gone through, I think al-Quran already describe the different between believer and disbeliever with God.

And [Noah] said, “Embark therein; in the name of Allah is its course and its anchorage. Indeed, my Lord is Forgiving and Merciful.”

And it sailed with them through waves like mountains, and Noah called to his son who was apart [from them], “O my son, come aboard with us and be not with the disbelievers.”

[But] he said, “I will take refuge on a mountain to protect me from the water.” [Noah] said, “There is no protector today from the decree of Allah , except for whom He gives mercy.” And the waves came between them, and he was among the drowned.
( Hud 11 : 41-43 )This history also recalled me the real incident which happened at Aceh, Indonesia at 2004. This is being published at Magazine National Geographic 2012 February issue with one photo and simple details.

A U.S. Marine helicopter loaded with food flies over Lampuuk in northern Sumatra on January 4, 2005, nine days after a tsunami killed most of the village’s 7,000 residents—and some 230,000 people on coastlines around the Indian Ocean.
Many locals believe divine intervention saved the Rahmatullah mosque. – National Geographic Website
This was a real incident that admitted by the world’s famous magazine, God have shown us His mighty in saving believers. No one can stop the natural disaster except God Himself. Rumors said there were muslim believer ran into the mosque and ask help from Allah SWT instead of running away from huge wave of sea, and the unexplained miracle was happened.
You Are Not Alone

I am not frighten you with natural’s disaster photo or whatsoever.

I am just invite you to take a look at what Islam about, and share with you what others have been gone through the journey of faith. Whenever you feel depressed and helpless, please remember God is listening to your supplication. When there were prophets who killed by ignorant person and collapsed the religions, hence fulfilled scripture of God with twisted statement to suit their lust and Nafs, God is never leaving His scripture being twisted but sent down more and more prophets in straighten up the God’s scripture.I am inviting you back to the path that long forgotten by most people.
I can’t force you to follow the path, except your heart saying yes and following the guidance who lined out by God Himself.

The choice is in your will. You are the one who going to decide which way to go at afterlife.

Behind The Scene 

Idris Tawfiq Website :
http://www.idristawfiq.com/

If you can’t find the book ” Gardens Of Delight, You may download e-book at :
http://www.mediafire.com/?fgsprdkc4azk7xk

The Calm Before the Wave – National Geographic

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Mosquée de Paris

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O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted.

Wahai umat manusia! Sesungguhnya Kami telah menciptakan kamu dari lelaki dan perempuan, dan Kami telah menjadikan kamu berbagai bangsa dan bersuku puak, supaya kamu berkenal-kenalan (dan beramah mesra antara satu dengan yang lain). Sesungguhnya semulia-mulia kamu di sisi Allah ialah orang yang lebih taqwanya di antara kamu, (bukan yang lebih keturunan atau bangsanya). Sesungguhnya Allah Maha Mengetahui, lagi Maha Mendalam PengetahuanNya (akan keadaan dan amalan kamu).

Quran: 49:13

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