Thursday, October 29, 2015

Sharia Exposed Published

Sharia Exposed to be published by All Things That Matter Press is coming alive Soon as a musical Harp of Peace, teasing the rusted strings of truth and evoking the divine symphony of God’s own love, justice and harmony.—First is the unfoldment of Islamic paradox which emerges as the splitting of Islam into multiple sects and bringing about demise of Oneness with the knives of sectarian pride, prejudice and intolerance.—Islam, in likeness of a giant tree, its manifold limbs hacked off by violence of inclement winds and storms shows only one stump of a tree, bruised, gouged, mutilated by uncontrollable fury of nature wild and untamed.— This misshapen stump is thirsting for the nourishment of love, harmony, reprieve before it could sprout afresh, but even before that it must be cauterized of all toxic elements, so that its bleeding roots could be healed and bandaged.— For such a process of purification Sharia de Fabricated is adopted by All Things That Matter Press with the pure intention of saving Islam from the inferno of hate and distortion.— If Islam could be revitalized with doses of love, wisdom and understanding, it needs to slough off its garment of multicolored patched lies which have cut through the fabric of Islam like naked blades of hatred and intolerance.—Sharia has become a tool of violence in the hands of extremists.— Man-made bullets of zeal, bigotry which could only be blunted with the diamond of knowledge.—Sharia was concocted by the authors of zeal several centuries after the death of Prophet Muhammad.—It was invented by brutes and bigots comprised of man-made laws which were further invented sporadically during centuries of rule by Muslim Caliphs in succession.—Most of them were men of great ambition, not moved by piety, but by their strong wills to devise laws, to control their subjects, to subjugate and to expand their empires beyond the imagination of any king or emperor on the face of this earth.— Sharia assumed many faces according to the whims of each Caliph and it sank and surfaced amidst the ebb and tide of wars and innovations.—Paradoxically it could never claim any place in the pages of history and in this century twenty-one it is utterly shattered to the very face of IS, ISIS, ISIL, so very cowardly hiding behind the tattered skirts of sharia while raping their way to glorious damnation through murder, stoning, beheading and destruction.—All these faces of sectarian violence, naked and bleeding, slashed with knives of lies reveal themselves in this book, emerging afresh impenitent and shameless. This book deals with Sharia as the rule of law and its fabrication by Fiqh as human understanding of Sharia.— And we have not sent thee but as a mercy to the nations. (Quran 21:107)— The Prophet’s Sharia, before it was hijacked by the scholars turned bigots and zealots was in all its purity the law of love, peace and harmony.—He lived this law by the example of his life as a loving, compassionate and forgiving man of words and deeds.—By interpreting revelations in such a profound manner so as to polish the precepts of Islam with the gold of love, tolerance and harmony.—As it is stated in this revelation below.— He it is who hath revealed unto thee Muhammad the Scripture wherein are clear revelations.— They are the substance of the Book—and others which are allegorical.—But those in whose hearts is doubt pursue, forsooth, that which is allegorical, seeking to cause dissention by seeking to explain it.—None knoweth its explanation save Allah.—And those who are of sound instruction say: we believe therein, the whole is from our Lord, but only men of understanding really heed. (Quran 3:7)— Hazrat Inayat Khan’s quote of the Day more than a century ago, for contemplation Everyday:— ‘Beyond the narrow barriers of race and creed we can all unite, because we all belong to one God.— The soul is the Spirit of God, and the Spirit of God lives within the shrine of the heart; this shrine can be closed or it can be open.—There are some things in life that open it and some that close it.—The things that close the heart are those which are contrary to love, tolerance and forgiveness, such as coldness, bitterness and ill-will, and a strong element of duality.—The world is more upset today than ever before; in many ways man seems to go from bad to worse, and yet he thinks that he is progressing.—It is not lack of organization or of civilization; both these things he has.—What he lacks is the expression of the soul.—He closes his door to his fellow man, he closes the shrine of the heart and by doing so he is keeping God away from himself and others.—Nation is set against nation, race against race, religion against religion.— Therefore today more than ever before there is a need for the realization of this philosophy.—What we need is not that all religions should become one, nor all races; that can never be.—But what is needed is undivided progress, and making ourselves examples of love and tolerance.— By talking about it, by discussing and arguing it will not come, but by self-realization, by making ourselves the examples of what should be, by giving love, taking love, and showing in our action gentleness, consideration and the desire for service for the sake of God in whom we can all unite beyond the narrow barriers of race and creed.’ Hazrat Inayat Khan

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Headscarf war in Cyberspace

Muslims have embraced hijab/veiling as a cultural practice rather than simply an Islamic practice.—Scarves and veils of different colors and shapes were customary in countless cultures long before Islam came into being in the seventh century in the Arabian Peninsula.—To this day, head coverings play a significant role in many religions, including Orthodox Judaism and Catholicism.—The first reference to veiling dates to an Assyrian text in 13 B.C. In the text, the practice of veiling was described as reserved for elite.—It was not until the reign of the Safavids in the Ottoman Empire, an area that extends through the Middle East and North Africa, in the 16th century that the veil emerged as a symbol of social status among Muslims.—What constitutes modest clothing has changed over time.—Like most customs, what women wear has reflected the practices of a region and the social position of the wearer.—The veil itself predates Islam by many centuries. In the Near East, Assyrian kings first introduced both the seclusion of women in the royal harem and the veil.—Beyond the Near East, the practice of hiding one's face and largely living in seclusion appeared in classical Greece, in the Byzantine Christian world, in Persia, and in India among upper caste Rajput women.—Muslims in their first century at first were relaxed about female dress. When the niece of Aishah Bint Abu Bakr (the Prophet’s wife), Aisha bint Talha was asked by her husband Musab to veil her face, she answered, "Since the Almighty hath put on me the stamp of beauty, it is my wish that the public should view the beauty and thereby recognize His grace unto them. On no account, therefore, will I veil myself."—As Islam reached other lands, regional practices, including the covering of women, were adopted by the early Muslims.—Yet it was only in the second Islamic century that the veil became common, first used among the powerful and rich as a status symbol.—The Qu'ranic revelation to "draw their veils over their bosoms"—in response to pagan women wearing veils, yet leaving their bosoms naked, became interpreted by some as an injunction to veil one's hair, neck and ears.—The Quran speaks of dressing and modesty in general.—The holy book of Islam does not explicitly state that women must cover their hair or their faces, or that they must remain secluded from public life.—Early Islamic history in fact provides examples of how women participated in public life, including fighting wars.—During the battle of Uhud, Um Darda, a female companion of the Prophet Mohammad, sustained wounds while defending him single-handedly.—One must ask: Could she have achieved this while draped in cumbersome garb as burqa/niqab/abaya—invention of Clerics, pressed by inexpiable zeal/misogyny?—If wearing the veil was a faith-oriented right, every Muslim woman should be striving for it. But most Muslim women in Islamic countries and in the West don't practice this tradition, which was traditionally imposed by Muslim men.—The Quran doesn't require Muslim women to cover their faces.—Women in Prophet Muhammad's times were allowed to work with open faces.—Muslims' most sacred pilgrimage known as Hajj in Saudi Arabia doesn't require women to cover their faces. Rather, women are not allowed to cover their faces during the Hajj Pilgrimage.—Most people think of the veil solely in terms of Islam, but it is much older.—It originated from ancient Indo-European cultures, such as the Hittites, Greeks, Romans and Persians.—It was also practiced by the Assyrians.—Veiling had class as well as gender implications; thus, the ancient Assyrian law required it of upper class women while punishing commoners for it.—The strong association of veiling with class rank, as well as an urban/peasant split, persisted historically up until the last century.—Then more privileged women began rejecting the veil, as did Egyptian feminist Huda Sharawi, while poor women increasingly adopted it as a ticket to upward mobility.— Hijab/niqab/burqa/abaya are cultural symbols of man-made fabric (fabrication) oppression of women.—Hijab now is mostly/vaingloriously adopted by teens (even if they escape lure of extremists) as deep-rooted conflict between faith and identity crisis?—