July 2008: Page 1, 2, 3, 4

Submitters Perspective

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Illustrations of Prophet on Internet

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O family of David, work (righteousness) to show your appreciation. Only a few of My servants are appreciative.

On the other hand, displaying an image or statue or anything for the purpose of worshiping should be considered a bad provision. Worshiping a statue is condemned by God as we understand from many verses of the Quran:

[6:74] Recall that Abraham said to his father Azar, “How could you worship statues as gods? I see that you and your people have gone far astray.”

The Quran does not mention anywhere that making images of the Prophet is unacceptable. We have to remember that the Prophet was a human being like us:

[18:110] Say, “I am no more than a human like you, being inspired that your god is one god. Those who hope to meet their Lord shall work righteousness, and never worship any other god beside his Lord.” 

[3:144] Muhammad was no more than a messenger like the messengers before him. Should he die or get killed, would you turn back on your heels? Anyone who turns back on his heels, does not hurt GOD in the least. GOD rewards those who are appreciative.

What is really prohibited in the Quran?!  The worshiping of the Prophet, isn’t it?!

[3:79] Never would a human being whom GOD blessed with the scripture and prophethood say to the people, “Idolize me beside GOD.” Instead, (he would say), “Devote yourselves absolutely to your Lord alone,” according to the scripture you preach and the teachings you learn.

And what is the Quranic warning about those masjids (mosques) that uphold idol worship?!

[9:107] There are those who abuse the masjid by practicing idol worship,

dividing the believers, and providing comfort to those who oppose GOD and His messenger. They solemnly swear: “Our intentions are honorable!” GOD bears witness that they are liars.

[9:108] You shall never pray in such a masjid. A masjid that is established on the basis of righteousness from the first day is more worthy of your praying therein. In it, there are people who love to be purified. GOD loves those who purify themselves.

[9:109] Is one who establishes his building on the basis of reverencing GOD and to gain His approval better, or one who establishes his building on the brink of a crumbling cliff, that falls down with him into the fire of Hell? GOD does not guide the transgressing people.

[9:110] Such a building that they have established remains a source of doubt in their hearts, until their hearts are stilled. GOD is Omniscient, Most Wise.

Sadly, in the Muslim world, almost everything advocated or implemented in the name of Islam originates from the various hadith books, which were compiled by non-Arabs 200 years after the demise of the Prophet.  The religion they observe today has nothing to do with the Islam preached by Abraham and Muhammad.  Almost everything Muslims do is against the Quranic standard: their Shahadah (statement of faith), Adhan (call to prayer), Ablution, Salat prayers, Zakat charity, Hajj and all other practices.  Millions of hadith followers today practice a form of idolatry that is similar to the idolatry of Meccan people during the Prophet’s time.  The hadith followers believe that the Prophet will intercede on their behalf.  They remember and revere the Prophet and his family beside God in all aspect of their religious activities: making darwood (expression of love to Prophet), invoking

the Prophet’s name in the Adhan and the Salat prayers, observing Milad (his birthday), visiting the Prophet’s tomb at Medina during Hajj, adding the Prophet’s name next to God Almighty in the Shahadah, displaying the Prophet’s name next to God on the masjid wall, houses, etc.

“The symbols of shirk (idolatry)
by Sunni and Shia Muslims”

Prohibiting the use of the mind has crippled the intellect of Muslims in comparison with others.  The minds of Muslims have been benumbed for centuries, neutralized by false hadiths.  The teaching of the Quran gives the mind a noble place.  God deems human beings who do not use their minds worse than animals as understood from this verse:

[7:179] We have committed to Hell multitudes of jinns and humans. They have minds with which they do not understand, eyes with which they do not see, and ears with which they do not hear. They are like animals; no, they are far worse—they are totally unaware.

Abraham was the father of the religion of Islam and Muhammad was the follower of the religion of Abraham.  Why don’t they  get upset seeing  the images of Abraham in books or websites?!  Was Abraham’s status, the father of Islam, lower than Muhammad, the follower of Islam?!

[22:78] You shall strive for the cause of GOD as you should strive for His cause. He has chosen you and has placed no hardship on you in practicing your religion—the religion of your father Abraham. He is the one who named you “Submitters” originally.

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