God promise that those who believe in Him alone, the last day and work righteousness will be blessed to live forever in a beautiful paradise we know as Heaven. However, I don’t believe that most people today really understand what it is that God is promising His righteous believers, or have the correct understanding of Heaven. I have no doubt that God is promising His righteous people that they will be blessed to live forever in a real physical place like earth that will be a paradise. I don’t believe that anybody is looking forward to going to a heaven where everyone is walking around as spirits with no physical bodies living in white clouds where they may or may not get their wings one day. Read more
Who was Jesus?
If all three of the major religions of today, consider Abraham to be the father of their religion shouldn’t the people in these religions be preaching and practicing the same message that Abraham preached and practice. The Jewish people and the Muslims say that we must worship God alone, but the Christians claims that Jesus is the son of God, one in a trinity. My question is will it be the Jews and the Muslims that will end up in hell in the next life for not worshipping Jesus as the son of God? Or, will it be the Christians that will be the ones who will be punish by God for association false worship with Him? Read more
Understanding the Holy Quran
In the Holy Quran God tells the people who believe in Him that the number one duty of a believer is to make His message clear to the people. The first thing I believe must be done to make God’s message clear to the people of the world is to explain to them that the word Islam means the community of people that submits their will to God in obedience. Also, that the word Muslim means the individual that submit his or her will to God in obedience. In school as children we were told that the purpose of a word is to represent a meaning. A meaning can live without the word, but should a word live without its meaning? If a meaning is not made clear for a word, then the people are free to make up any meaning they want to make up for that word. I believe the meaning is more important than the word, but in this case the words Islam and Muslim have been given more importance over their meanings by the people who had the book before us. I believe that this practice misrepresented the original clear message that God wanted delivered to the world with the Holy Quran. Read more
A African American StoryThe Culture of Science or SupperstitionsI would like to start this story by telling you about when I visited the city of Dakar Senegal, West Africa to participate in an art show there with many other African American Artists. I was told that 90% of the people in Senegal are Muslims, and I was fascinated by the wonderful sights and the beautiful people that I saw and met there. From anywhere in the city I could hear the call to prayer five times a day. When their Masjids were filled, the people would line up by the hundreds and make their prayers in the streets. I considered all of this to be a beautiful experience for me, however something else happened.I was told by my African tour guide that he could take me to an Islamic religious leader and receive a blessed pouch from him that had pages from the Holy Quran in it. I was told that if I would wear this pouch around my neck that I would be protected from all harm. Also, he told me that if I was in a plane crash and if everyone was killed I would be the only one to be blessed to survive. Furthermore, if someone tried to shoot me with a gun that the bullet will not hurt me. I told this person that I am sorry, but I cannot accept that gift because this was not my religion or my belief. Most of the Muslim men that I talked to in Dakar tried to convince me that their form of Islam is better than others, because they had the belief in magic, but I did not see it that way. I was also shocked to see and realize that most of the Muslim men were wearing all types of pouches under their clothes to protect them from the many things that they feared. Yet, I was impressed with how deeply the Africans in Dakar Senegal believed in what they thought to be true. I remember saying to myself that the Africans believe more deeply than any people I have ever seen, and that it was unfortunate that they were believing in the wrong things. While I was hearing, and seeing all this I realized that there were no superstitious beliefs in me. Also, that I could not be sold into their beliefs in magic or their superstitions. After realizing this all sorts of thoughts from the past started bombarding my mind. For example, the white man took away my history in Africa, my language and I know nothing about my past people. It was at that moment I realized that God had blessed me to be free, and from that point on I began to reconsider everything that I believed and thought to betrue. Read more Download or Share this Article
A Righteous Band of PeopleQ13:17 He sends down water from the skies and the channels flow each according to its measure: but the torrent bears away the foam like scum that mounts up to the surface. Even so from that (ore) which they heat in the fire to make ornaments or utensils therewith there is a scum likewise. Thus, doth Allah (by parables) show forth Truth and falsehood: for the scum disappears like foam cast out; while that which is for the good for mankind remains on the earth. Thus, doth Allah set forth parables.This paragraph Q13:17 from the Holy Quran is a parable, and I believe that a parable reflects to the reader an interpretation of his or her own understanding to serve as a tool to help explain something more clearly to others. In this parable above, I believe God is saying that when you forge metal in a fire to make ornaments or utensils a scrum will separated from the metal. However, after the scum separates from the metal it will perishes on its own or is thrown away. This parable is saying that this scum will be like the foam that ride to the top of a wave or torrent that will be cast out onto shore. I am sure God is using the example of forging the metal in the fire, because the people that lived in the time that the Quran was revealed seen this done with metal. I believe the scum for us represents everything that is forbidden by God. God is promising to destroy the evil after it has been separated from that which is good in our lives and in our societies. I believe the fire in this parable represents the people who have banded together in what God said is good and who are forbidding each other from doing what God said is wrong. I don’t believe God is going to bless any people to be righteous or successful if they are disobeying Him or are still clinging to others who are still disobeying Him. I believe there is only one way a people can be blessed to become the fire that will forge a new righteous world, and that is to separate themselves from those who are still disobeying God. Read moreDownload or Share this Article