Offensive, Murderous and Righteous
Sharon Must be the Right Man for the Job
by Gilad Atzmon
From the start, Zionist thought has been divided into two main schools. On the one hand we have the heavy-handed school, which favours military solutions to any conflict. The revisionist leader Ze’ev Jabotinsky was the founder of this school. In 1923 he published an article entitled ‘The Iron Wall‘ in which he argued that Arabs would never accept a Jewish state and so the Jews must “erect an iron wall of Jewish military force“. Zionists must thus have an overwhelmingly superior base of power to deal with any Arabic tendency to resist.The other school is the school of reconciliation adhered to by moderate Zionists like Moshe Sharet. It believes that all the regional regimes and political powers can accept the existence of a Jewish state and all available diplomatic efforts should be made to achieve reconciliation with the Arab World.
These two conflicting ideologies have been apparent since the early day so Zionism. After the declaration of the State of Israel, they lead to harsh political debate. In practise, Ben Gurion, the first Israeli PM adopted Jabotinsky’s ‘Iron Wall’ philosophy. This at first seems a bizarre move politically as Jabotinsky’s philosophy is in opposition to Ben Gurion’s own party’s policies. However Israeli manoeuvres and operations in the 1948 war give a clear picture of their endorsement of a military option
together with a denial of any possible diplomatic solution.
Ben Gurion instructed the IDF (Israel Defence Forces) to follow an offensive military strategy, to show Israel’s military superiority.
His instructions were as follows:
1. Any confrontation between Arab and Israeli must take place on Arab land–any Israeli offensive must bring the battle to the Arab territories before it even starts;
2. Because of limited Israeli funds, any battle must bring victory quickly–the Israeli army must inflict devastating damage on Arab enemies.
The Israeli military and political leaders soon defined the criterion by which to measure success–the IDF ‘force of deterrence’. It is a scale that determines the Arabic unwillingness to fight: the greater the unwillingness, the higher the ‘force of deterrence’.
For Ben Gurion and his followers it was crucial the Arab world clearly understood that Israel preferred a military solution. Any given battle should end with a clear-cut Israeli victory. More importantly still was that the Arabs should know that any confrontation would inevitably lead to their defeat. Success of the Israeli offensive strategy was measured by the extent to which the Arab willingness to fight decreased. This pattern was already evident in the early stages of the 1948 war, a war in which the Israelis violated the human rights of Palestinian civilians. The war created more than 700,000 Palestinian refugees and led to an armistice between Israel and its neighbours, an armistice that Arabs regarded as a clear defeat.
By the early Fifties Israel had managed further to refine this offensive doctrine. According to Ben Gurion, any loss of Jewish life must be compensated for in a disproportionate way. Arabs had to learn that Jewish blood was of far higher value than their own.
To achieve the best possible results a young, assertive, aggressive and ambitious commander named Ariel Sharon was called upon. He was asked to form a small special commando unit whose role was to show the Arab enemy the extent of Israel’s determination to win under any circumstances.
In 1953, Palestinians crossed the Israeli border near the Jordanian village of Quibya and murdered a Jewish mother and her two children. Sharon and his commando unit, now called the ‘101’, were called to action. They were ordered to enter the village, to blow up the houses, and inflict as much damage on their inhabitants as possible.
Sharon was very much the right man for the job. The raid was a complete success. Similar to the recent violence in the Jenin refugee camp where homes were destroyed with their inhabitants inside, Quibya was reduced to a pile of rubble. More than fifty houses were destroyed, and 61 civilians mostly women and children were killed. A UN observer visiting the site concluded that the villagers had been forced to stay in their houses, which were then blown up.The Quibya massacre was internationally condemned.
In an Israeli parliamentary debate, Moshe Sharet, the moderate foreign minister, called for an official statement of regret for the action. Ben Gurion thought differently. During a radio broadcast the next day, he denied IDF involvement in the raid and blamed it on retaliating Israeli villagers pushed beyond endurance. As we know, Sharon’s military career did not suffer, quite the opposite.
Sharon and the ‘101’ became the role model for the new Hebrew military man, a soldier who murders, attacks beyond enemy lines, who goes far beyond orders even if it means disregarding all concept of humanity. Not only did Sharon’s career not suffer, he was seen as the most promising young Israeli officer and he was swiftly promoted within army ranks, inspiring other young officers to follow in his footsteps.
Looking at it from an Israeli perspective, the offensive doctrine enjoys two major advantages:
Firstly, it communicates with Arabs in the only language they understand–violence.
Secondly, it provokes condemnation from the international community, something that Israelis translate into immediate political gain.
It is hard to believe but most Israelis believe that Arabs only understand violence.
Throughout Israel’s history, there is very little evidence of diplomacy towards Arabs. Even the Oslo Accord is rooted in specific historical circumstances: the PLO was in political and financial ruin (following their support of Saddam Hussein during the Gulf War). And then, from the very beginning of the supposed implementation of the Oslo Accord, Israel used military threats to pressurise the Palestinians.
The vast majority of Israeli cabinet members past and present are ex-military men. Only a state that has decided to live by the sword and firmly believes in military solutions, would put so many generals in its government.
Israeli Prime Ministers actually love to be condemned by the international community. Any foreign criticism of Israel is interpreted as ‘the pathological anti-semitic behaviour of gentiles’. Israeli politician learn to use this tool early in their careers.
Ben Gurion laid down the pattern: “It doesn’t matter what the gentile says, what matters is what the Jews do.” With this statement that legendary PM managed to instantly remind his voters of the history of Jewish persecution, pushing the Jewish people deeper into their safe-haven of segregation, to denial of the outside world.
Since in Hebrew the world for gentile–‘goy’–is derogatory, Ben Gurion’s directive to ignore the gentile allows Israelis to celebrate their superiority to the rest of mankind. Ben Gurion’s statement is a call for Israelis to unite behind their leadership and reject any form of foreign criticism. In the Israeli case, the offensive doctrine leaves the international community powerless. On the one hand, lack of criticism is taken by the Israeli public as approval or as a sign of weakness. On the other, any international condemnation leads to increased public support for the political leadership. This may explain the continuous shift to the right in Israeli politics. It also explains the international community’s lack of means to deal with Israeli oppression and atrocities.
Sharon‘s military and political career shows that he follows his mentor Ben Gurion religiously. Sharon adopted the offensive doctrine in political life and in military terms. He was the leading figure in the forming and shaping of Israeli retaliation raids and commando attacks. This strategy led the Israelis deep into the Sinai desert in the ‘Suez Operation’ (1956). Following Colonel Sharon’s orders Israeli paratroopers landed in the ‘Mitle Pass’ in the heart of the Sinai desert with the objective to cause heavy losses to the Egyptian army. In practice the battle cost too many Israeli lives and within a short space of time Israel had to pull its forces out of the Sinai. The operation was regarded as a waste of human life.
In the ’73 war, General Sharon led his brigade across the Suez Canal. Again the battle costs too many Israeli lives. Sharon refused to let his higher command show restraint, he believed the sight of an Israeli soldier on the western bank of the Suez Canal would bring the Egyptians to their knees. Egypt brought in some heavy international pressure and Israel had to withdraw its forces. Furthermore, the cease-fire talks led to peace talks (1977) in which Israel ‘lost’ the Sinai forever.
In the Lebanon War (1982), Sharon, now Minister for Defence, led the cabinet to believe that the Palestinian issue could be silenced forever by a military assault against the PLO in Lebanon. He was determined to generate a light conflict, a mini war with Syria in order to wipe their forces out of southern Lebanon. The Israeli offensive doctrine does not dissociate between Arabs. From the perspective of the ‘Iron Wall’, all Arabs are the same. From the very early stages of the Lebanese campaign it was evident that Israel was being drawn into a vicious civil war between the different Lebanese ethnic and religious groups. As predicted by some Israeli intelligence experts, shortly after the invasion of Lebanon, the most terrible massacres of Palestinian refugees in Sabra and Shatila took place. The Christian militias who carried out the massacres, received approval from Israeli high command to enter the camps. While Israeli forces were not directly involved in the massacres themselves, Israel was regarded as responsible for the atrocities taking place within its invaded territory. The massacres were condemned by the international community.
In Israel, the leftwing movement ‘Peace Now’ managed to bring thousands of people into the streets to demonstrate against the government. In a speech to the Israeli parliament, reflecting on the left’s opposition to the Lebanese campaign, Menachem Begin, the then Prime Minister complained that “gentiles kill gentiles and the Jews are blaming each other”. This again follows the Israeli right-wing pattern, using the international outrage to de-legitimise the Israeli left. Begin blamed the Israeli left for collaborating with the gentile anti-semites against the Jewish Sharon. So again international outrage generated by an Israeli offensive was used within Israel as a political weapon against any opposition. Menachen Begin eventually agreed to a public inquiry into the massacre and the committee lead by supreme justice Achoen found Sharon unfit for ministerial duty. In the short term, Sharon’s conviction was regarded as a victory for sense. In the long term, the conviction was taken by the right wing as proof of Sharon’s devotion to the ‘Iron Wall’ philosophy. In other words it made him the ideal Israeli Prime Minister when the time came.
The result of the Lebanon war is not yet clear as the war is not completely over. What is clear is that it took Israeli forces almost twenty years to get out of Lebanon. While being in Lebanon the Israeli army has managed to lose its ‘power of deterrence’.
The Israeli army–the best-equipped army in the Middle East–found itself totally defeated by the Hizbulah, a small, devoted group of guerilla fighters. In the shadow of the Israeli defeat in Lebanon, the Palestinian people within the occupied territories started to redevelop their nationalistic aspirations. In 1987 this aspiration matured into the first Palestinian uprising, the first Intifada.
Since the Lebanon war, the Israeli ‘power of deterrence’ has continued to deteriorate. The IDF has not managed to develop the fighting skills to overcome Lebanese civil resistance. On top of this, following the Oslo Accord, the Israeli civilian population has faced a growing threat of terror inside Israel. For the first time in Israeli history, the civil population found itself within a war zone. This is an important point. In the Israeli world-view it is Arabs who are supposed to die, not Israelis.
There are two main reasons:
1. it calls to mind (and takes as its justification) the holocaust in which Jews were dying just because they were Jews;
2. it goes directly against the idea of ‘offensive doctrine’. Israelis had become used to the fact that any confrontation with the Arab world took place on Arab land. Suddenly the confrontation was starting to take place in the centre of Israeli cities–a catastrophe and totally unacceptable.
In the light of Palestinian terror, a strong right wing slogan appeared: “Let the IDF win“, meaning: Let us once again erect the Iron Wall. Who is the right man for the job? Without doubt Ariel Sharon: the master of the offensive doctrine, and Israel’s most celebrated war criminal; the man who proved to know no mercy. And the Israelis were right. It took Sharon just one year in office to commit the massacre in Jenin.
The operation in the Jenin refugee camp was, more or less, the embodiment of what the offensive doctrine is all about. It was taking place, more or less, on enemy land. It was, more or less, fast, and it was, more or less, a ‘clear cut’ victory. The ‘more or less’ is crucial. Jenin is not really on enemy land, it is territory invaded by Israel. It looks as if the Israeli colonial forces are the first colonialists to destroy and demolish their own colonies. It took the Israelis a little too long to declare that the battle in Jenin was over, the might of the Israeli armed forces was not enough to break the spirit of the few determined Palestinian freedom fighters.
Lastly, if it was a clear victory, it is not entirely clear who won. The Israelis? As T. Larson, the UN envoy to the Middle East, put it “in Jenin, Israel has lost its moral high-ground”. For this statement Mr Larson became persona non grata in the Jewish state. If anything is clear it is that, after Jenin, the Palestinians are determined to fight and do what ever it takes to achieve their freedom.
Analysing the Jenin battle and the Israeli decision making process in the light of the offensive doctrine gives us the following:
on the morning of April 3, Israeli ground forces enter into the Jenin refugee camp. From the start they encounter some fierce Palestinian fighting. Naturally the Israeli High Command provides more support, and more tanks and helicopter gun-ships move in. It is unusual to use tanks and helicopter gun-ships in highly populated areas but within the IDF offensive doctrine, the end (victory) is far more important than the means (war crimes). In the mean time, Israeli commanders on the ground are coming under severe pressure to complete their mission. They use heavier weaponry, air-to-ground missiles as well as tanks, and they care less and less about who is getting killed as long as they are Arabs. As a result more civilians get hit: the scene on the ground starts to look wantonly destructive. The Israeli High Command decides to seal the area. Press and rescue forces are not allowed in. Now the forces on the ground are working against time. They must provide a clear-cut conclusion. So they decide to wipe out the centre of the camp suspected to be a ‘pocket of resistance’. In doing so they kill many civilians, mainly old and disabled people who could not run away. When the battle is over Jenin is a slaughterhouse; the streets show the most terrifying scenes imaginable. Civilian corpses all over the place, the many Palestinian wounded bleeding to death. Still the Israelis show no mercy, still the Red Cross and rescue forces are not allowed in. The Israelis must decide whether to show mercy, to save those who can be saved or whether to try to conceal the evidence of shocking crimes against humanity. Naturally, following Sharon’s history of crimes against humanity, the decision is fairly simple. The Israelis decide to bulldoze the centre of the Jenin refugee camp. They turn the Jenin camp into a ‘Palestinian Ground Zero’. Occupied houses are blown up with their inhabitants inside, like the Quibya massacre fifty years earlier.
But, although the similarities are obvious, there are important differences. In Quibya, Sharon was a platoon commander, in Jenin he is an elected Prime Minister. He commits his crime in the name of all the Israeli people. As expected, as soon as international criticism is voiced, Sharon defines the current battle as the ‘war for the existence of the Jewish nation’. So, according to Sharon, the massacre in Jenin was carried out not only in the name of all Israelis but in the name of all Jewish people. And if this was not enough, Sharon declares that, like George Bush, he is conducting a holy war on terror. This kind of talk is directed at the American people. Sharon becomes an American messenger or, at least, an American platoon commander. As we have seen both the Jewish world and American administrations have restrained from criticising Sharon publicly. We can conclude that Sharon is committing his war crimes both in the name of the Jewish people and the American nation unless proved differently. Unless some major Rabbis stand up and firmly denounce Sharon’s atrocities; unless the American administration decides to stop supporting the Jewish state; unless these two happen soon, Sharon will seem to be acting in the name both of the Jewish people and the American nation.
Clearly, seen through Israeli eyes, Sharon is the right man for the job. He is the embodiment of everything Israel is about. He is offensive, murderous and righteous. Sharon has proved once again that he acts as a self-sufficient Iron Wall.
The only real question remaining is whether we want to live in a world in which Israel, a criminally offensive state, is accepted amongst nations.
Gilad Atzmon is an acclaimed jazz musician (saxophonist/clarinettist), the top selling jazz musician in the UK. His group is the Orient House Ensemble. He is also the author of a novel, Guide to the Perplexed, just published in Israel to great acclaim.
Ust. Hj. Zaharuddin Hj Abd Rahman
Semasa saya memberikan kuliah kepada satu kumpulan wanita yang terdiri dari golongan professional termasuk para Datin di satu daerah, ketika itu, sedang heboh isu wanita seksi ditangkap di sebuah kelab malam. Lalu timbul isu hak peribadi wanita untuk memakai apa jua pakaian yang diingininya, termasuk yang seksi. Lalu, semasa kuliah ini saya mengambil peluang bertanya kepada kumpulan wanita ini soalan mudah berikut :-
“Apakah agaknya sebab wanita ingin memakai seksi dikhalayak ramai? Dengan skirt pendek, atau baju sendat dan nipis?”
Ada di antara mereka mula memberikan pandangan, tetapi kerana terlampau ramai yang bercakap, saya tidak mendengar butirannya. Apabila saya meminta seorang wakil, seorang menjawab dengan yakin.
” Untuk nampak cantik ustaz…” katanya sambil tersenyum malu.
Saya bertanya pula : “Agaknya kepada siapa nak ditunjukkan kecantikan itu?”
“Tentulah kepada kaum lelaki ustaz, kaum wanita pun iye juga..” sambungnya.
“Baiklah, jika lelaki tersebut sudah tergoda dengan kecantikan tu, lalu ingin menyentuh bahagian indah yang dilihatnya boleh tak ?” Tanya saya menguji.
” Isyh, ustaz ni.. tentulah tak boleh ustaz, dah kira ‘sexual harassment’ (gangguan seksual) tu ustaz” dengan yakin sekali hujjahnya kali ini.
“Jika demikian, tidakkah para wanita merasakan, tindakan mereka yang memaparkan bahagian yang menarik di tubuh mereka itu juga merupakan gangguan seksual kepada lelaki?” Tambah saya.
” Erm, macam mana tu ustaz?” Tanya mereka dengan nampak sedikit bingung sambil berkerut dahi.
“Ye la, bila orang lelaki yang dah naik syahwatnya tu, kerana kecantikan peha wanita tu contohnya, mestilah terganggu syahwatnya, lalu terdetik keinginan seksualnya secara tidak terkawal” ..”Kerana itu saya katakan berpakaian seksi adalah suatu bentuk gangguan seksual kepada orang lelaki di sekelilingnya”
“Cuba bayangkan, kucing yang lapar diacah-acah dengan ikan ‘fresh’ yang digoyang-goyankan di hadapannya tentu geram kucing tu, malah silap haribulan, tentu diterkamnya muka orang yang mengacah juga” Tambah saya lagi memberi keyakinan.
“Tapi perlu diingat, tak semua kucing akan terkam, hanya yang amat lapar dan liar je, demikian juga lelaki, tak semua lelaki gagal kawal nafsunya, tetapi tak dinafikan bahawa ramai juga yang gagal dan liar”
“Akhirnya, kerana suasana yang tak sesuai, mungkin kerana ramai orang dan di tempat awam pula, terselamatlah wanita seksi itu dari terkaman lelaki liar tadi. Masalahnya, anak-anak perempuan kecil berumur 7 hingga 12 tahun yang mungkin menjadi mangsa tempiasan nafsu lelaki begini. Dan di ketika itu, samada wanita itu bertudung, berjubah, kanak-kanak dan sebagainya tidak lagi mampu menahan nafsu si lelaki seperti ini, asalkan suasana cukup sesuai (sunyi dan jauh dari pandangan ramai), akan dilepaskan nafsunya secara kekerasan” Terang saya dengan panjang lebar, mereka mengganguk dengan wajah serius kali ini.
Lebih terangnya, sama-sama fikirkan adakah jika para wanita yakin bahawa jika anda berada di hadapan Baginda SAW hari ini, adakah Rasulullah akan tersenyum atau sebaliknya? . Jika sebaliknya, bagaimana pula peluang wanita seperti ini untuk mendapat Syafaat Nabi SAW di akhirat kelak?. Benar, mungkin sesoerang wanita itu berjaya meraih pandangan istimewa dari kaum lelaki hasil pendedahan kecantikannya yang memukau. Tapi keseronokan itu hanyalah palsu dan sementara sahaja, serta tidak menambah sebarang nilai buat kehidupan kekal di Barzakh dan Akhirat selain menambahkan tahap azab sahaja. Apa yang jelas, pakaian yang ditunjukkan oleh wanita Arab yang solehah dengan penutupan aurat yang sempurna di zaman ini sudah tentu boleh memberi sedikit info kepada kita bahawa inilah mugkin pakaian yang dipakai oleh wanita Islam di zaman Nabi serta mendapat redha dari mata dan hati baginda SAW. Tidakkah para wanita hari ini juga berminat meraih redha dari mata dan hati baginda SAW?.
BENARKAH MENUTUP AURAT DAPAT MENGELAK DARI WANITA DISAKITI?
Ramai wanita professional dan yang kurang didikan agama hari ini mencebik bibirnya apabila tajuk ini disebutkan, mereka tidak percaya langsung fakta yang saya sebut diatas. Malah ada yang berpendapat lelaki sengaja melakukan perkara buruk kepada wanita kerana ingin menunjukkan kekuasaannya terhadap wanita. Kerap benar saya dengar hujah ini di media massa.
Hakikatnya, sebagai hamba Allah SWT dan umat Rasulullah SAW kita diajar untuk merujuk Al-Quran dan Al-Hadith bagi mendapat kepastian tentang baik buruk dan benar salahnya sesuatu perkara itu. Dalam hal ini, Allah SWT berfirman :-
“Hai Nabi! Katakanlah kepada isteri-isterimu, anak-anak perempuanmu dan isteri-isteri orang mu’min semua hendaklah mereka melabuhkan jilbab-jilbab mereka atas (muka-muka) mereka. Yang demikian itu lebih memastikan mereka agar dikenali (sebagai wanita Islam) supaya mereka tidak diganggu.” (al-Ahzab: 59)
Jilbab, iaitu pakaian yang lebarnya semacam baju kurung untuk dipakai oleh kaum wanita bagi menutupi tubuh badannya. Syeikh Dr Yusof Al-Qaradawi menerangkan “Sebahagian perempuan Jahiliah apabila keluar rumah, mereka suka menampakkan sebahagian kecantikannya, misalnya dada, leher dan rambut, sehingga mereka ini diganggu oleh laki-laki fasik (jahat) dan yang suka berzina, kemudian turunlah ayat di atas yang memerintahkan kepada orang-orang perempuan Islam untuk melabuhkan jilbabnya itu sehingga semua bahagian-bahagian tubuhnya yang boleh membawa fitnah itu tidak kelihatan. Dengan demikian secara zahirnya pula mereka itu akan dikenali sebagai wanita yang terpelihara (‘afifah) serta tidak mudah diganggu oleh orang-orang yang suka kejahatan atau orang-orang munafik.
Jadi jelasnya, bahawa ayat tersebut memberikan ‘illah (alasan) utama perintah ini adalah kerana bimbang wanita muslimah diganggu oleh orang-orang fasik dan menjadi perhatian orang-orang yang suka berzina. Bukanlah ketakutan yang timbul dari perempuan itu sendiri atau karena tidak percaya kepada mereka, sebagaimana anggapan sebahagian orang, tetapi ia adalah kerana sebahagian wanita yang suka menampakkan perhiasannya, berjalan dengan penuh lenggang lengguk dan bicaranya dibuat-buat manja, sering menarik perhatian nafsu lelaki dan menjadikannya sasaran orang-orang yang suka berzina. (Petikan dari kitab Al-Halal wal Haram fil Islam dengan sedikit pindaan)
Ayat ini juga jelas menunjukkan bahawa salah satu target utama menutup aurat yang diletakkan oleh Allah SWT adalah sebagai kaedah dan cara terbaik bagi mengelakkan wanita Islam dari diganggu dan disakiti.
BANTAHAN KAUM WANITA
“Eleh, tetapi hari ini ramai juga wanita bertudung yang kena rogol, malah setengahnya kena bunuh dijerut dengan tudungnya pulak, kanak-kanak pun kena rogol dan bunuh. Ini maknanya, tudung bukan lagi penyelamat la ustaz. Ha..macam mana ustaz nak jawab tu ?. Hujah balas yang selalu saya dengar bila isu ini ditimbulkan.
“Pernah tak anda merasa amat marah sepanjang hidup anda ?” Tanya saya kembali.
“Pernah juga ustaz..kenapa ustaz, apa kaitannya?” Bingung sekali lagi mereka nampaknya.
“Biasanya bila seseorang itu sedang amat marah, sempat tak agaknya ia berfikir bahaya atau tidak tindakan yang dibuatnya sebagai contoh; ada orang yang sedang marah kerana bising tangisan kanak-kanak, maka ditendang (seperti berita yang saya baca di akhbar baru-baru ini), ditolak jatuh tangga, ditekup wajah kanak-kanak itu dengan bantal dan macam-macam lagi bagi menghilangkan kemarahan atau gangguan bising itu, setelah beberapa ketika mungkin baru seolah-olah dia tersedar, lalu cemas dan mungkin menyesal”
“Demikianlah juga nafsu jahat, bila ia berada di tahap tinggi, ia tidak lagi melihat samada kepada pakaian dan umur wanita mahupun isteri orang dihadapannya, sasarannya hanya mendapatkan hajat jahatnya, kerana itulah wanita yang menutup aurat dengan sempurna serta kanak-kanak perempuan juga terancam, tanpa dapat dinafikan juga peranan vcd, laman, akhbar, majalah dan novel lucah ” terang saya.
“Tapi macam mana pulak ayat tadi kata tutup aurat dapat mengelakkan wanita dari disakiti ?” Balas mereka dengan penuh minat kali ini.
“Jika kita lihat dengan teliti, ayat tadi sebenarnya ditujukan kepada seluruh kaum wanita. Ini bermaksud, jika sebahagian besar wanita tidak mentaatinya dan memakai pakaian seksi pula. Di ketika itu, faedah dan kebaikan dari tutup aurat bagi menjaga semua kaum wanita dari disakiti secara umum akan tergugat dariu mencapai matlamat umumnya. Sebenarnya, ayat itu nak beritahu bahawa seluruh wanita bertanggung jawab menjaga keselamatan kaum sejenisnya dengan menjaga aurat masing-masing” Jelas saya
“Maka bila ada yang seksi, ini bermakna, ia sedang mengancam kaum sejenisnya yang lain dan di tempat lain kerana telah menghidupkan nafsu kebinatangan lelaki jahat yang sedang tidur”
PENGALAMAN MENUMPANG KE MASJID
Saya masih ingat, dalam perjalanan ke Masjid untuk menunaikan solat Jumaat di sebuah Masjid di Ibu Negara. Pejabat saya di Jalan Sultan Ismail dan pada hari tersebut saya menumpang kereta seorang rakan. Bersama kami beberapa rakan sekerja yang lain. Tiba-tiba semasa berada di lampu trafik, tiba-tiba suasana dalam kereta agak bising dengan bunyi..uiiiii..oii…peh..mengancam…dan sebagainya, diikuti dengan kata-kata :
“Astaghfirullah..korang ini teruk betul la, kan ustaz ada dengan kita ini..” Kemudian “disambut dengan kata rakan di belakang, ye la..ini la yang bagus kita pergi masjid dengan ustaz, terjaga sikit”
Anda tentu dapat menggagak apa yang dilihatnya? Alhamdulilllah saya tidak sempat melihat apa-apa kerana sedang membelek pelbagai mesej soalan hukum hakam tertunda yang memenuhi telefon bimbit saya. Bila saya tanya, kenapa? dengan malu-malu mereka menyalahkan sesama sendiri akibat ‘gatal mata’ melihat skirt-skirt pendek wanita KL, samada wanita Melayu mahupun Cina disekitar kawasan segitiga emas itu.
Cuba bayangkan, perasaan lelaki-lelaki ini. Mereka dalam perjalanan ke masjid, semuanya juga telah berumah tangga, tapi nafsu masih teransang apabila didedahkan kepada permandangan seperti itu. Jahatkah mereka?
“Gatal dan dah miang sangat kot orang lelaki ni, memang teruk mereka ni, tak sangka, harap suami kita tak macam ni” mungkin itulah yang akan dikatakan oleh sebahagian besar pembaca wanita sekarang ini.
Tapi itulah cabaran terbesar lelaki wahai kaum wanita, iaitu ANDA, wanita dan seluruh kecantikan yang dikurniakan Allah SWT kepadanya sebagai ujian, ia disebutkan oleh Allah SWT :
“Dihiaskan (diuji) bagi manusia itu, nafsu syahwat dan keinginan serta kecintaan kepada wanita, anak-anak, harta…”
Ayat ini dengan jelas menyebut syahwat utama lelaki adalah pada wanita. Nabi SAW juga pernah bersabda :
“Tidak aku tinggalkan fitnah selepasku yang lebih boleh membawa mudarat kepada lelaki selain wanita.” (Riwayat Al-Bukhari, 7/11, bab Zikir & Doa )
ANTARA LAWAK & HUKUM
Saya juga masih ingat, sewaktu di tempat lama, rakan-rakan sepejabat sering kali apabila mereka terlihat aurat wanita sebegini akan disebut .. “tak pe ustaz kan, pandangan pertama tak berdosakan?”. Sedih saya melihat sikap sebahagian umat Islam hari ini yang kerap mempermainkan hukum hakam akibat kejahilan mereka.
Sebuah hadith : “Dari Jarir bin Abdullah, ia berkata: Saya bertanya kepada Rasulullah s.a. w. tentang melihat (aurat wanita) secara tiba-tiba tanpa sengaja. Maka jawab Nabi: Palingkanlah pandanganmu itu!” (Riwayat Ahmad, Muslim, Abu Daud dan Tarmizi) – Iaitu, Jangan kamu ulangi melihat untuk kedua kalinya sebagainya datang dalam hadith Nabi kepada Sayyidina Ali r.a.
Apabila ia adalah sebuah hukum, maka adalah tidak harus sama sekali sesiapa juga mempermainkan apa jua berkaitan dengannya. Nabi SAW bersabda :-
“Sesungguhnya seorang hamba yang bercakap sesuatu kalimah atau ayat tanpa mengetahui implikasi dan hukum percakapannya, maka kalimah itu boleh mencampakkannya di dalam Neraka lebih sejauh antara timur dan barat.” ( Riwayat Al-Bukhari, bab Hifdz al-Lisan, 11/256 , no 2988)
KESILAPAN KERAP WANITA TENTANG AURAT
Ketika ini, saya mengambil masa sekitar satu jam untuk ke pejabat, memandu kereta dari Puchong ke Jalan Sultan Ismail. Setiap hari, laluan jalan pergi dan pulang ini akan mempamerkan kejahilan wanita Islam hari ini tentang penutupan aurat. Di manakah kesilapan penutupan aurat wanita hari ini ?. Jawabnya seperti berikut :-
KESALAHAN PERTAMA : Aurat itu adalah memakai tudung sahaja.
KESALAHAN KEDUA : Bertudung tetapi ber‘T-Shirt’ berlengan pendek.
KESALAHAN KETIGA : Bertudung tetapi baju kebarungnya terbelah kainnya.
KESALAHAN KEEMPAT : Bertudung tetapi bajunya sendat, sempit dan nipis lalu memaparkan bentuk kawasan-kawasan mudah ‘menggoda’.
KESALAHAN KELIMA : Bertudung tetapi amat longgar dan menayangkan jambul dan hujung rambutnya.
KESALAHAN KEENAM : Bertudung tetapi hanya memakainya di pejabat sahaja. Tidak di sekitar rumah, pasaraya dan sebagainya.
KESALAHAN KETUJUH : Bertudung tetapi tudungnya dilempar ke belakang leher, maka terdedahlah dadanya dari ditutupi kain tudung.
KESALAHAN KELAPAN : Bertudung tetapi dengan tudung yang amat nipis sehingga boleh diihat sanggul, leher, tengkuk dan dadanya.
Sebahagian wanita menyangka bahawa tutup aurat tu adalah tutup rambut sahaja. Ia adalah tidak tepat sama sekali. Asasnya adalah dari firman Allah SWT: ertinya :
“Hendaknya mereka itu melabuhkan tudungnya sampai ke dadanya, dan JANGANLAH KAMU MENDEDAHAKAN AURAT DAN PERHIASAN KAMU KECUALI APA YANG TERZAHIR.” (an-Nur: 31)
Pengertian khumur (tudung), iaitu semua alat yang dapat dipakai untuk menutup kepala. Sedang apa yang disebut ‘juyub’ kata jama’ (bentuk plural) dari kata jaibun, yaitu belahan dada yang terbuka, tidak tertutup oleh pakaian/baju.
Setiap perempuan Islam wajib menutup kepalanya dengan tudung dan bahagian dadanya termasuk juga leher, sehingga semua tempat-tempat yang boleh membawa fitnah tertutup dari perkara yang memungkinkan dilihat oleh orang-orang yang jahat hatinya.
Menurut Syeikh Dr Yusof Al-Qaradawi yang dimaksud perhiasan perempuan dalam ayat itu pula, iaitu apa saja yang dipakai berhias dan untuk mempercantik tubuh, baik berbentuk ciptaan asli seperti wajah, rambut dan potongan tubuh, ataupun buatan seperti pakaian, perhiasan, make-up dan sebagainya.
Dalam ayat di atas Allah memerintahkan kepada orang-orang perempuan supaya menyembunyikan perhiasan tersebut dan melarang untuk dinampak-nampakkan. Allah tidak memberikan pengecualian, melainkan apa yang terzahir. Oleh karena itu para ulama kemudian berbeza pendapat tentang erti apa terzahir itu serta ukurannya.
Misalnya sahabat besar Nabi seperti Ibnu Abbas r.a, ia berkata dalam menafsirkan apa yang terzahir itu adalah : celak dan cincin.
Yang berpendapat seperti ini ialah sahabat Anas Bin Malik. Justeru, harus dilihat celak dan cincin wanita, bererti boleh dilihatnya juga kedua tempatnya pemakaiannya, iaitu muka dan kedua tapak tangan. Demikianlah apa yang ditegaskan oleh ulama Tabien seperti Said bin Jubair, ‘Atha’, Auza’i dan lain-lain.
Bagaimanapun Ummul Mukminin Aisyah r.a, Qatadah dan lain-lain menisbatkan gelang sebagai perhiasan yang boleh dilihat. Dengan demikian, maka tempat letak gelang iaitu di pergelangan tangan adalah dibolehkan jika tiada fitnah. Tetapi berkenaan batasnya dari pergelangan sampai ke siku, masih diperselisihkan. Seeloknya di jauhi dari mendedahkannya.
Menurut Syeikh Al-Qaradawi juga, ini tidak sama dengan make-up dan cat-cat yang biasa dipakai oleh perempuan-perempuan zaman sekarang untuk memakai gincu dan bedak merah di pipi serta kuku. Make-up ini semua termasuk berlebih-lebihan yang sangat tidak baik, yang tidak boleh dipakai kecuali di dalam rumah. Sebab perempuan-perempuan sekarang memakai itu semua di luar rumah, adalah untuk menarik perhatian laki-laki. Jadi jelas hukumnya adalah haram.
Namun, kiranya sesempurna mungkin seorang muslimah harus bersungguh-sungguh untuk menyembunyikan perhiasannya, termasuk wajahnya itu sendiri kalau mungkin, demi menjaga meluasnya kerusakan dan banyaknya kefasikan di zaman kita sekarang ini. Lebih-lebih kalau perempuan tersebut mempunyai paras yang cantik yang sangat dikawatirkan akan menimbulkan fitnah.
“Dan hendaknya mereka itu tidak menampak-nampakkan aurat dan perhiasannya kecuali terhadap suami atau ayahnya.” (an-Nur: 31)
Kesemua jenis berpakaian yang disebut tadi adalah diharamkan secara sepakat seluruh Ulama Islam. Pengarahan ini tertuju kepada perempuan-perempuan mu’minah, dimana mereka dilarang keras membuka atau menampakkan perhiasannya yang seharusnya disembunyikan, misalnya: perhiasan telinga (anting-anting), perhiasan rambut (sanggul); perhiasan leher (rantai), perhiasan dada (belahan dadanya) dan perhiasan kaki (betis dan gelang kaki). Semuanya ini tidak boleh dinampakkan kepada laki-laki lain. Mereka hanya boleh melihat muka dan kedua tapak tangan yang memang ada rukhsah untuk dinampakkan.
Amat jelas dari dalil al-Quran dan al-Hadith bahawa Islam mengharamkan perempuan memakai pakaian yang membentuk dan nipis sehingga nampak kulitnya. Termasuk diantaranya ialah pakaian yang dapat menampakkan bahagian-bahagian tubuh, khususnya tempat-tempat yang membawa fitnah, seperti: buah dada, paha, dan sebagainya.
Dalam hadisnya yang diriwayatkan oleh Abu Hurairah, Rasulullah s.a.w. bersabda:
“Ada dua golongan dari ahli neraka yang belum pernah saya lihat keduanya itu: (l) Kaum yang membawa cambuk seperti ekor sapi yang mereka pakai buat memukul orang (penguasa yang kejam); (2) Perempuan-perempuan yang berpakaian tetapi telanjang, yang cenderung kepada perbuatan maksiat dan mencenderungkan orang lain kepada perbuatan maksiat , rambutnya sebesar punuk unta. Mereka ini tidak akan boleh masuk syurga, serta tidak dapat akan mencium bau syurga, padahal bau syurga itu tercium sejauh perjalanan demikian dan demikian .” (Riwayat Muslim)
Mereka dikatakan berpakaian, karena memang mereka itu melilitkan pakaian pada tubuhnya, tetapi pada hakikatnya pakaiannya itu tidak berfungsi menutup aurat, karena itu mereka dikatakan telanjang, karena pakaiannya terlalu tipis sehingga dapat memperlihatkan kulit tubuh, seperti kebanyakan pakaian perempuan sekarang ini. ( Al-Halal Wal Haram Fil Islam, Dr Yusof Al-Qaradawi)
‘Bukhtun’ adalah salah satu macam daripada unta yang mempunyai kelasa (punuk) besar; rambut orang-orang perempuan seperti punuk unta tersebut karena rambutnya ditarik ke atas.
Disebalik keghaiban ini, seolah-olah Rasulullah melihat apa yang terjadi di zaman sekarang ini yang kini diwujudkan dalam bentuk dandanan rambut, dengan pelbagai macam bentuk dalam salon-salon kecantikan, lebih parah pula apabila kaum lelaki pula yang bekerja di salon seperti ini
Saidatina Aisyah r.a meriwayatkan, saudaranya iaitu Asma’ binti Abubakar pernah masuk di rumah Nabi dengan berpakaian jarang sehingga tampak kulitnya. Kemudian baginda SAW berpaling dan mengatakan:
“Hai Asma’! Sesungguhnya seorang perempuan apabila sudah haidh (cukup umurnya), tidak patut diperlihatkan tubuhnya itu, melainkan ini dan ini — sambil ia menunjuk muka dan dua tapak tangannya.” (Riwayat Abu Daud)
Walaupun terdapat perawi lemah dari hadis, tetapi diperkuat dengan hadis-hadis lain yang membolehkan melihat muka dan dua tapak tangan ketika diyakini tidak akan membawa fitnah.
Dr Yusof Al-Qaradawi menegaskan bahawa melihat secara normal kepada wanita atau lelaki, kepada selain aurat, selama tidak dilakukan dengan syahwat dan berulang-ulang, hukumnya adalah halal. (Al-Halal Wal Haram Fil Islam)
KESALAHAN KESEMBILAN : Bertudung tetapi menaiki motor sambil menayangkan betis sepanjang jalan.
Diriwayatkan dalam sebuah Hadith :-
” Allah sentiasa merahmati para wanita yang memakai seluar panjang (di sebelah dalamnya).” (Riwayat Al-‘Uqayli, Dar Qutni dari Abu Hurairah, Musannaf Abd Razak, no 5043; Kanzul Ummal, no 41245) .
Menurut Imam Mujahid, hadith ini berlaku di satu ketika ada seorang wanita jatuh dari kenderaannya sehingga terselak kainnya di hadapan Nabi dan para sahabat, maka dengan segera Nabi SAW memalingkan wajahnya, maka para sahabat berkata dia (wanita itu) memakai seluar. Lalu sebagai respond Rasulllah SAW memuji dan menyebut hadith di atas. ( Al-Bayan wa At-Ta’rif, Ibn Hamzah al-Husyani, 3/ 252, no 1831)
Berdasarkan dalil ini juga, bermakna Allah sentiasa melaknati wanita yang tiadk berseluar panjang (di sebelah dalamnya) semasa naik kenderaan. Demikian menurut kaedah Mafhum Mukhalafah di dalam ilmu Usul Fiqh.
KESALAHAN KESEPULUH : Bertudung dan sempurna penutupan aurat tubuhnya tetapi memanja-manjakan suaranya ketika berinteraksi dengan lelaki. Samada menyanyi mahupun bernasyid. Tiada dakwah yag sesuai buat wanita menerusi nyanyian kerana sesaat sahaj ia berada di atas pentas dengan pakaian canggihnya, seribu mata lelaki yang memandangnya..kita tidak tahu dimanakah mata lelaki itu memandang. Suaranya yang merdu juga membuatkan lelaki yang rosak hatinya akan dibuai nafsu, walaupun penasyid wanita itu sedang mendendangkan lagu ketuhanan.
Larangan ini datang dari Firman Allah SWT : “Janganlah perempuan-perempuan itu berlaku lemah dengan perkataannya, sebab akan menaruh harapan orang yang dalam hatinya ada penyakit.” (al-Ahzab: 32)
TUJUAN TUNTUTAN MENUTUP AURAT
Berdasarkan dalil Al-Quran dan al-Hadith, amat jelas bahawa isu aurat bukanlah isu remeh dan cabang. Ia adalah termasuk dalam katergori hukum qati’e dan usul. Malah ia juga merupakan salah satu dosa utama yang amat diperjuangkan oleh Syaitan. Ini adalah kerana, dengan terbukanya aurat, maka ia boleh mencambahkan dosa-dosa lain seperti zina, mengandung anak luar nikah, bercerai suami isteri akibat curang, membunuh anak luar nikah, putusnya hubungan keluarga dan pelbagai lagi. Perihal Syaitan mensasarkan dosa ‘buka aurat’ ini sebagai dosa pilihan utamanya ada disebutkan dalam Al-Quran dari firman Allah ertinya :-
” Maka Syaitan membisikkan fikiran jahat kepada keduanya untuk menampakkan kepada keduanya yang tertutup dari mereka iaitu auratnya ..” Al-A’raf : 20)
Ringkasnya, antara tujuan utama diwajibkan umat Islam lelaki dan wanita untuk menutup aurat adalah :-
a) Perbezaan dengan binatang.
Allah SWT berfirman :
” Wahai anak Adam, telah kami turunkan buat kamu pakaian yang boleh menutup aurat-aurat kamu dan untuk perhiasan” ( Al-A’raf : 26)
Amat jelas dari ayat ini, penutupan aurat ditujukan kepada sesiapa sahaja yang termasuk dalam kategori anak Adam iaitu manusia. Justeru barangsiapa yang berpaling dari arahan ini, secara langsung ia menjatuhkan tahapnya selari dengan binatang yang tiada cukup kemampuan dan aqal bagi menjalankan arahan penutupan aurat.
b) Agar kaum wanita tidak disakiti
Ia berdasarkan ulasan yang telah saya buat sebelum ini bersandarkan firman Allah SWT dari surah Al-Ahzab ayat 59.
c) Tanda atau seperti uniform kepada penganut agama Islam.
Ia juga boleh difahami dari surah Azhab ayat 59 tadi apabila Allah SWT menyebut : « .. y ang demikian itu lebih memastikan mereka agar dikenali (sebagai wanita Islam).. »
Dari sini jelas, menunjukkan salah satu fungsi tutupan aurat juga adalah sebagai syiar diri sebagai penganut Islam. Firman Allah : « Barangsiapa yang membesarkan syiar Allah maka ia adalah dari tanda ketaqwaan hati »
d) Tanda profesionalism dalam sistem pemakaian Islam . Kita dapat memerhati bagaimana ‘trend’ sesebuah organisasi atau restoran hebat hari ini pasti meletakkan ‘dress code’ tertentu bagi kakitangannya dan para tetamunya. Ia pastinya bertujuan penjagaan standard khas bagi organisasi dan restoran itu di tahap tertentu. Sebagai contoh, kita tidak akan dapat melihat individu berselipar Jepun di sebuah Persidangan Antarabangsa di PICC, Putrajaya mahupun di kalangan kakitangan PETRONAS di pejabat mereka di Menara Berkembar. Semua menjaga ‘standard’ berbanding Tauke kedai runcit yang tidak beruniform.
Justeru, Islam adalah satu agama dan cara hidup yang profesional pastinya begitu lengkap menyediakan panduan melengkapi setiap sudut kehidupan manusia. Dari hal-hal yang sulit seperti urusan di dalam tandas hinggalah ekonomi dan kenegaraan. Walaupun demikian, Islam tidak mengarah umatnya membuat perkara yang tidak rasional, justeru, sudah tentu ‘standard’ pemakaian yang diletakkan ini tidak membebankan bahkan ia amat bertepatan dengan logik aqal manusia yang sihat.
e) Sebagai ujian bagi manusia untuk melihat tahap ketaatan mereka kepada Allah SWT.
Saya kira hal ini amat jelas, dari firman Allah ertinya : Dijadikan hidup dan mati adalah untuk menguji siapakah yang terlebih baik amalannya” (Al-Mulk : 2)
DON’T JUDGE A BOOK BY ITS COVER
Ungkapan ini kerap saya dengari, saya yakin anda juga mungkin kerap mendengarnya. Kata-kata dari wanita yang tidak menutup aurat yang sering mendakwa bahawa hatinya baik dan suci walaupun ia berpakaian seksi serta mendedahkan aurat.
“Orang wanita bertudung pun banyak yang jahat hari ini, berzina, khalwat dan macam-macam lagi” Katanya memberi buah fikirannya.
“Malah, kami juga baik, kami tak kacau orang, tak mengumpat dan buat benda-benda tak elok” tambah wanita ini lagi.
Benarkah hujjah mereka?. Benarkah penampilan luaran tidak terpakai di dalam Islam ?. Ada juga yang sudah semakin ‘advance’ hujahnya lantas berhujjah dengan sebuah maksud hadith Nabi yang sohih iaitu :
“Sesungguhnya Allah tidak melihat kepada tubuh, rupa luaran dan harta kamu, tetapi melihat kepada hati dan amalan kamu” (Riwayat Muslim)
Simpati bercampur kesal saya mendengar bagaimana terdapat orang yang sewenangnya berhujjah dengan hadith untuk menyokong nafsunya. Hanya digunakan Islam dalam hal yang selari dengan kehendaknya sahaja.
“Seorang pekerja yang dijumpai oleh majikannya sedang bermain ‘game’ semasa waktu kerjanya sedangkan dokumen yang dipinta si boss masih tidak disiapkan, lalu si majikan berkata: “Macam mana kamu nak cemerlang dalam kerja kalau begini sikap kamu”
Lalu jawab si pekerja : ” Saya luaran je nampak main ‘game’ boss, tapi hati saya ikhlas dan saya kerja dengan cemerlang”
Adakah anda rasa si boss boleh menerima cakap pekerjanya itu ?. Adakah Allah SWT boleh mengganggap hati seseorang itu suci dan baik dengan melanggar perintahNya ?
Hakikatnya, sesuatu untuk baik dan suci mestilah ditentukan mengikut neraca Allah dan RasulNya, bukannya neraca pemikiran kita semata-mata. Jika merujuk kepada neraca Islam, Nabi SAW pernah bersabda ertinya :
“Ketahuilah, bahawa di dalam diri anak Adam itu ada seketul daging, yang bila ianya baik maka baik seseorang itu, dan apabila buruk, buruklah amalan seseorang itu, ketahuilah, ia adalah hati” (Riwayat Muslim)
Berdasarkan hadith ini, menurut neraca Islam kebaikan hati seseorang boleh dilihat di peringkat pertamanya dari tindak tanduknya. Ertinya, bila tindakannya sentiasa menyalahi kehendak dan hukum yang diletakkan Islam, ia adalah tanda kekotoran hatinya. Jika tindakan luarannya pula bertepatan dengan kehendak Islam, maka adalah harus ianya dianggap baik pada peringkat pertama iaitu neraca luaran orang ramai, adapun baik di peringkat kedua adalah samada hatinya bertujuan kerana Allah ata selainnya seperti sekadar menunjuk-nunjuk sahaja.
Justeru, ‘we can judge a book by its cover in certain cases’ iaitu apabila perkara asas Islam dilanggar, maka sudah tentu ‘that cover is reflecting what’s inside the heart of a person’.
Menghukum berdasarkan yang zahir ini bertepatan dengan hadith :
“Sesungguhnya aku hanya manusia, dan kamu sentiasa membawa kes pertikaian untuk di selesaikan olehku, dan mungkin sebahagian kami lebih cekap berhujjah dari sebahagian lainnya, maka aku telah memutuskan hukuman berdasarkan apa yang kudengari sahaja. Barangsiapa yang telah ku jatuhi hukuman dan hukuman itu mengambil hak yang lain (akibat kurang cekap pihak yang benar dalam berhujjah), maka jangalah kamu mengambilnya, sesungguhnya ia bakal menjadi sepotong api neraka.” (Riwayat Abu Daud, Tirmidzi dan lain-lain ; Rujuk Naylul Awtar, 8/632, no 3920 )
Hadith ini dengan jelas menunjukkan seorang hakim dalam Islam akan membuat hukum berdasarkan info dan bukti zahir yang diberikan. Demikian juga dalam kes penutupan aurat, tanpa menutupnya adalah tanda keingkaran hati terhadap arahan Allah. Mana mungkin hati begini boleh dianggap baik oleh Islam.
Kaum wanita perlu menyedari bahawa dengan pembukaan auratnya, setiap lelaki yang melihatnya akan memperoleh dosa setiap kali ia memandang. Tetapi yang beratnya adalah si wanita bukan mendaat satu dosa bagi kesalahan itu, tetapi juga meraih setiap dosa semua lelaki yang memandangnya. Bayangkanlah berapa banyak dosa yang diperolehi hanya dengan pembukaan aurat di satu hari. Ia berdasarkan sabda Nabi SAW…
” Sesiapa yang mempelopori sesuatu yang buruk, maka ke atasnya dosa dan dosa setiap orang yang membuatnya tanpa sedikit kurang pun dosanya..” ( Riwayat Ahmad dan lain-lain : Sohih )
Termasuklah dalam erti mempelopori, apabila seseorang itu mempelopori pembukaan auratnya di hari itu, yang menyebabkan lelaki melihatnya mendapat dosa. Pastinya, si wanita itu juga mendapat dosa tanpa kurang bagi setiap mata yang memandang. Adakah hati orang sebegini boleh dikira baik setelah gunungan dosa mengaratkan hatinya?
Sesungguhnya Allah itu maha adil dan maha pengasih. Segeralah mendapatkan kasih sayang Allah dengan mentaatinya. Bagi yang berdegil, tiada kata yang dapat diberikan kecuali ; Yakinilah bahawa Allah itu benar, RasulNya juga benar, Syurga dan Neraka juga benar. Jika mempercayainya maka mengapa tindakan masih seolah meraguinya?
The Quran is Amazing
by Gary Miller
Calling the Qur’an amazing is not something done only by Muslims, who have an appreciation for the book and who are pleased with it; it has been labeled amazing by non-Muslims as well. In fact, even people who hate Islam very much have still called it amazing.
One thing which surprises non-muslims who are examining the book very closely is that the Qur’an does not appear to them to be what they expected. What they assume is that they have an old book which came fourteen centuries ago from the Arabian desert; and they expect that the book should look something like that – an old book from the desert. And then they find out that it does not resemble what they expected at all. Additionally, one of the first things that some people assume is that because it is an old book which comes from the desert, it should talk about the desert. Well the Qur’an does talk about the desert – some of its imagery describes the desert; but it also talks about the sea – what it’s like to be in a storm on the sea.
Some years ago, the story came to us in Toronto about a man who was in the merchant marine and made his living on the sea. A Muslim gave him a translation of the Qur’an to read. The merchant marine knew nothing about the history of Islam but was interested in reading the Qur’an. When he finished reading it, he brought it back to the Muslim and asked, “This Muhammed, was he a sailor?” He was impressed at how accurately the Qur’an describes a storm on a sea. When he was told, “No as a matter of fact, Muhammed lived in the desert,” that was enough for him. He embraced Islam on the spot. He was so impressed with the Qur’an’s description because he had been in a storm on the sea, and he knew that whoever had written that description had also been in a storm on the sea. The description of “a wave, over it a wave, over it clouds” was not what someone imagining a storm on a sea to be like would have written; rather, it was written by someone who knew what a storm on the sea was like. This is one example of how the Qur’an is not tied to a certain place and time. Certainly, the scientific ideas expressed in it also do not seem to originate from the desert fourteen centuries ago.
Many centuries before the onset of Muhammed’s Prophethood, there was a well-known theory of atomism advanced by the Greek philosopher, Democritus. He and the people who came after him assumed that matter consists of tiny, indestructible, indivisible particles called atoms. The Arabs too, used to deal in the same concept; in fact, the Arabic word dharrah commonly referred to the smallest particle known to man. Now, modern science has discovered that this smallest unit of matter (i.e., the atom, which has all of the same properties as its element) can be split into its component parts. This is a new idea, a development of the last century; yet, interestingly enough, this information had already been documented in the Qur’an which states:
” He [i] is aware of an atom’s weight in the heavens and on the earth and even anything smaller than that…”
Undoubtedly, fourteen centuries ago that statement would have looked unusual, even to an Arab. For him, the dharrah was the smallest thing there was. Indeed, this is proof, that the Qur’an is not outdated.
Another example of what one might expect to find in an”old book” that touches upon the subject of health or medicine is outdated remedies or cures. Various historical sources state that the Prophet gave some advice about health and hygiene, yet most of these pieces of advice are not contained in the Qur’an. At first glance, to the non-Muslims this appears to be a negligent omission. They cannot understand why Allah would not “include” such helpful information in the Qur’an. Some Muslims attempt to explain this absence with the following argument: “Although the Prophet’s advice was sound and applicable to the time in which he lived, Allah, in His infinite wisdom, knew that there would come later medical and scientific advances which would make the Prophet’s advice appear outdated. When later discoveries occurred, people might say that such information contradicted that which the Prophet had given. Thus, since Allah would never allow any opportunity for the non-Muslims to claim that the Qur’an contradicts itself or the teachings of the Prophet, He only included in the Qur’an information and examples which could stand the test of time.”
However, when one examines the true realities of the Qur’an in terms of its existence as a divine revelation, the entire matter is quickly brought into its proper perspective, and the error in such argumentation becomes clear and understandable. It must be understood that the Qur’an is a divine revelation, and as such, all information in it is of divine origin. Allah revealed the Qur’an from Himself. It is the words of Allah, which existed before creation, and thus nothing can be added, subtracted or altered. In essence, the Qur’an existed and was complete before the creation of Prophet Muhammed, so it could not possibly contain any of the Prophet’s own words or advice. An inclusion of such information would clearly contradict the purpose for which the Qur’an exists, compromise its authority and render it inauthentic as a divine revelation.
Consequently, there was no “home remedies” in the Qur’an which one could claim to be outdated; nor does it contain any man’s view about what is beneficial to health, what food is best to eat, or what will cure this or that disease. In fact, the Qur’an only mentions one item dealing with medical treatment, and it is not in dispute by anyone. It states that in honey there is healing. And certainly, I do not think that there is anyone who will argue with that!
If one assumes that the Qur’an is the product of a man’s mind, then one would expect it to reflect some of what was going on in the mind of the man who “composed” it. In fact, certain encyclopedias and various books clam that the Qur’an was the product of hallucinations that Muhammed underwent. If these claims are true – if it indeed originated from some psychological problems in Muhammed’s mind – then evidence of this would be apparent in the Qur’an. Is there such evidence? In order to determine whether or not there is, one must first identify what things would have been going on in his mind at that time and then search for these thoughts and reflections in the Qur’an.
It is common knowledge that Muhammad had a very difficult life. All of his daughters died before him except one, and he had a wife of several years who was dear and important to him, who not only proceeded him in death at a very critical period of his life. As a matter of fact, she must have been quite a woman because when the first revelation came to him, he ran home to her afraid. Certainly, even today one would have a hard time trying to find an Arab who would tell you, “I was so afraid that I ran home to my wife.” They just aren’t that way. Yet Muhammed felt comfortable enough with his wife to be able to do that. That’s how influential and strong woman she was. Although these examples are only a few of the subjects that would have been on Muhammed’s mind, they are sufficient in intensity to prove my point. The Qur’an does not mention any of these things – not the death of his children, not the death of his beloved companion and wife, not his fear of the initial revelations, which he so beautifully shared with his wife – nothing; yet, these topics must have hurt him, bothered him, and caused him pain and grief during periods of his psychological reflections, then these subjects, as well as others, would be prevalent or at least mentioned throughout.
A truly scientific approach to the Qur’an is possible because the Qur’an offers something that is not offered by other religious scriptures, in particular, and other religions, in general. It is what scientists demand. Today there are many people who have ideas and theories about how the universe works. These people are all over the place, but the scientific community does not even bother to listen to them. This is because within the last century the scientific community has demanded a test of falsification. They say, “If you have theory, do not bother us with it unless you bring with that theory a way for us to prove whether you are wrong or not.”
Such a test was exactly why the scientific community listened to Einstein towards the beginning of the century. He came with a new theory and said, “I believe the universe works like this; and here are three ways to prove whether I am wrong!”. So the scientific community subjected his theory to the tests, and within six years it passed all three. Of course, this does not prove that he was great, but it proves that he deserved to be listened to because he said, “This is my idea; and if you want to try to prove me wrong, do this or try that.” This is exactly what the Qur’an has – falsification tests. Some are old (in that they have already been proven true), and some still exist today. Basically it states, “If this book is not what it claims to be, then all you have to do is this or this or this to prove that it is false.” Of course, in 1400 years no one has been able to do “This or this or this, ” and thus it is still considered true and authentic. I suggest to you that the next time you get into dispute with someone about Islam and he claims that he has the truth and that you are in darkness, you leave all other arguments at first and make this suggestion. Ask him, “Is there any falsification test in your religion? Is there anything in your religion that would prove you are wrong if I could prove to you that it exists – anything?” Well, I can promise right now that people will not have anything – no test, no proof, nothing! This is because they do not carry around the idea that they should not only present what they believe but should also offer others a chance to prove they’re wrong. However, Islam does that. A perfect example of how Islam provides man with a chance to verify it authenticity and “prove it wrong” occurs in the 4th chapter. And quiet honestly, I was surprised when I first discovered this challenge. It states:
“Do they not consider the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”
This is a clear challenge to the non-Muslim.Basically, it invites him to find a mistake. As a matter of fact, the seriousness and difficulty of the challenge aside, the actual presentation of such a challenge in the first place is not even in human nature and is inconsistent with man’s personality. One doesn’t take an exam in school after finishing the exam, write a note to the instructor at the end saying, “This exam is perfect. There are no mistakes in it. Find one if you can!”. One just doesn’t do that. The teacher would not sleep until he found a mistake! And yet this is the way the Qur’an approaches people. Another interesting attitude that exists in the Qur’an repeatedly deals with its advice to the reader. The Qur’an informs that reader about different facts and then gives the advice: “If you want to know more about this or that, or if you doubt what is said, then you should ask those who have knowledge.” This too is a surprising attitude. It is not usual to have a book that comes from someone without training in geography, botany, biology, etc., who discusses these subjects and then advises the reader to ask men of knowledge if he doubts anything.
Yet in every age there have been Muslims who have followed the advice of the Qur’an and made surprising discoveries. If one looks to the works of Muslim scientists if many centuries ago, one will find them full of quotations from the Qur’an. These works state that they did research in such a place, looking for something. And they affirm that the reason they looked in such and such a place was that the Qur’an pointed them in that direction. For example, the Qur’an mentions man’s origin and then tells the reader, “Research it!” It gives the reader a hint where to look and then states that one should find out more about it. This is the kind of thing that Muslims today largely seem to overlook – but not always, as illustrated in the following example. A few years ago, a group of men in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia collected all if the verses in the Qur’an which discuss embryology – the growth of the human being in the womb. They said, “Here is what the Qur’an says. Is it the truth?” In essence, they took the advice of the Qur’an: “Ask the men who know.” They chose, as it happened, a non-Muslim who is a professor of embryology at the University of Toronto. His name is Keith Moore, and he is the author of textbooks on embryology – a world expert on the subject. They invited him to Riyadh and said, “This is what the Qur’an says about your subject. Is it true? What can you tell us?” While he was in Riyadh, they gave him all of the help that he needed in translation and all of the cooperation for which he asked. And he was so surprised at what he found that he changed his textbooks. In fact, in the second edition of one of his books, called Before we are born… in the second edition about the history of embryology, he included some material that was not in the first edition because of what he found in the Qur’an. Truly this illustrates that the Qur’an was ahead of its time and that those who believe in the Qur’an know what other people do not know.
I had the pleasure of interviewing Dr. Keith Moore for a television presentation, and we talked a great deal about this – it was illustrated by slides and so on. He mentioned that some of the things that the Qur’an states about the growth of the human being were not known until thirty years ago. In fact, he said that one item in particular – the Qur’an’s description of the human being as a “leech-like clot” (‘alaqah) at one stage – was new to him; but when he checked on it, he found that it was true, and so he added it to his book. He said, “I never thought of that before,” and he went to the zoology department and asked for a picture of a leech. When he found that it looked just like the human embryo, he decided to include both pictures in one of his textbooks. Dr. Moore also wrote a book on clinical embryology, and when he presented this information in Toronto, it caused quite a stir throughout Canada. It was on the front pages of some of the newspapers across Canada, and some of the headlines were quite funny. For instance, one headline read: “SURPRISING THING FOUND IN ANCIENT BOOK!”! It seems obvious from this example that people do not clearly understand what it is all about. As a matter of fact, one newspaper reporter asked Professor Moore, “Don’t you think That maybe the Arabs might have known about these things – the description of the embryo, its appearance and how it changes and grows? Maybe there were not scientists, but maybe they did something crude dissections on their own – carved up people and examined these things.”
The professor immediately pointed out to him that he [i] had missed a very important point – all of the slides of the embryo that had been shown and had been projected in the film had come from pictures taken through a microscope. He said, “It does not matter if someone had tried to discover embryology fourteen centuries ago, they could not have seen it!”. All of the descriptions in the Qur’an of the appearance of the embryo are of the item when it is still too small to see with the eye; therefore, one needs a microscope to see it. Since such a device had only been around for little more than two hundred years, Dr. Moore taunted, “Maybe fourteen centuries ago someone secretly had a microscope and did this research, making no mistakes anywhere. Then he somehow taught Muhammad and convinced him to put this information in his book. Then he destroyed his equipment and kept it a secret forever. Do you believe that? You really should not unless you bring some proof because it is such a ridiculous theory.” In fact, when he was asked “How do you explain this information in the Qur’an?” Dr. Moore’s reply was, “It could only have been divinely revealed.”!
Although the aforementioned example of man researching information contained in the Qur’an deals with a non-Muslim, it is still valid because he is one of those who is knowledgeable in the subject being researched. Had some layman claimed that what the Qur’an says about embryology is true, then one would not necessarily have to accept his word. However, because of the high position, respect, and esteem man gives scholars, one naturally assumes that if they research a subject and arrive at a conclusion based on that research, then the conclusion is valid. One of Professor Moore’s colleagues, Marshall Johnson, deals extensively with geology at the University of Toronto.
He became very interested in the fact that the Qur’an’s statements about embryology are accurate, and so he asked Muslims to collect everything contained in the Qur’an which deals with his specialty. Again people were very surprised at the findings. Since there are a vast number subjects discussed in the Qur’an, it would certainly require a large amount of time to exhaust each subject. It suffices for the purpose of this discussion to state that the Qur’an makes very clear and concise statements about various subjects while simultaneously advising the reader to verify the authenticity of these statements with research by scholars in those subjects. And as illustrated by the Qur’an has clearly emerged authentic. Undoubtedly, there is an attitude in the Qur’an which is not found anywhere else. It is interesting how when the Qur’an provides information, it often tells the reader, “You did not know this before.” Indeed, there is no scripture that exists which makes that claim. All of the other ancient writings and scriptures that people have, do give a lot of information, but they always state where the information came from.
For example, when the Bible discusses ancient history, it states that this king lived here, this one fought in a certain battle, another one had so may sons, etc. Yet it always stipulates that if you want more information, then you should read the book of so and so because that is where the information came from. In contrast to this concept, the Qur’an provides the reader with information and states that this information is something new. Of course, there always exists the advice to research the information provided and verify its authenticity. It is interesting that such a concept was never challenged by non-Muslims fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, the Makkans who hated the Muslims, and time and time again they heard such revelations claiming to bring new information; yet, they never spoke up and said, “This is not new. We know where Muhammad got this information. We learned this at school.”
They could never challenge its authenticity because it really was new! In concurrence with the advice given in the Qur’an to research information (even if it is new), when ‘Umar was caliph, he chose a group of men and sent them to find the wall of Dhul-Qarnayn. Before the Qur’anic revelation, the Arabs had never heard of such a wall, but because the Qur’an described it, they were able to discover it. As a matter of fact, it is now located in what is called Durbend in the Soviet Union. It must be stressed here that the Qur’an is accurate about many, many things, but accuracy does not necessarily mean that a book is a divine revelation. In fact, accuracy is only one of the criteria for divine revelations.
For instance, the telephone book is accurate, but that does not mean that it is divinely revealed. The real problem lies in that one must establish some proof of the source the Qur’an’s information. The emphasis is on the reader. One cannot simply deny the Qur’an’s authenticity without sufficient proof. If, indeed, one finds a mistake, then he has the right to disqualify it. This is exactly what the Qur’an encourages. Once a man came up to me after a lecture I delivered in South Africa. He was very angry about what I had said, and so he claimed, “I am going to go home tonight and find a mistake in the Qur’an.” Of course, I said, “Congratulations. That is the most intelligent thing that you have said.” Certainly, this is the approach Muslims need to take with those who doubt the Qur’an’s authenticity, because the Qur’an itself offers the same challenge. An inevitably, after accepting it’s challenge and discovering that it is true, these people will come to believe it because they could not disqualify it. In essence, the Qur’an earns their respect because they themselves have had to verify its authenticity. An essential fact that cannot be reiterated enough concerning the authenticity of the Qur’an is that one’s inability to explain a phenomenon himself does not require his acceptance of the phenomenon’s existence or another person’s explanation of it.
Specifically, just because one cannot explain something does not mean that one has to accept someone else’s explanation. However, the person’s refusal of other explanations reverts the burden of proof back on himself to find a feasible answer. This general theory applies to numerous concepts in life, but fits most wonderfully with the Qur’anic challenge, for it creates a difficulty for one who says, “I do not believe it.” At the onset of refusal one immediately has an obligation to find an explanation himself if he feels others’ answers are inadequate. In fact, in one particular Qur’anic verse which I have always seen mistranslated into English, Allah mentions a man who heard the truth explained to him. It states that he was derelict in his duty because after he heard the information, he left without checking the verity of what he had heard. In other words, one is guilty if he hears something and does not research it and check to see whether it is true. One is supposed to process all information and decide what is garbage to be thrown out and what is worthwhile information to be kept and benefited from at a later date. One cannot just let it rattle around in his head. It must be put in the proper categories and approached from that point of view. For example, if the information is still speculatory, then one must discern whether it’s closer to being true or false. But if all of the facts have been presented, then one must decide absolutely between these two options. And even if one is not positive about the authenticity of the information, he is still required to process all of the information and make the admission that he just does not know for sure. Although this last point appears to be futile, in actuality, it is beneficial to the arrival at a positive conclusion at a later time in that it forces the person to at least recognize, research and review the facts. This familiarity with the information will give the person “the edge” when future discoveries are made and additional information is presented. The important thing is that one deals with the facts and does not simply discard them out of empathy and disinterest.
The real certainty about the truthfulness of the Qur’an is evident in the confidence which is prevalent throughout it; and this confidence comes from a different approach – “Exhausting the Alternatives.” In essence, the Qur’an states, “This book is a divine revelation; if you do not believe that, then what is it?” In other words, the reader is challenged to come up with some other explanation. Here is a book made of paper and ink. Where did it come from? It says it is a divine revelation; if it is not, then what is its source? The interesting fact is that no one has with an explanation that works. In fact, all alternatives have bee exhausted. As has been well established by non-Muslims, these alternatives basically are reduces to two mutually exclusive schools of thought, insisting on one or the other. On one hand, there exists a large group of people who have researched the Qur’an for hundreds of years and who claim, “One thing we know for sure – that man, Muhammad, thought he was a prophet. He was crazy!” They are convinced that Muhammad (SAW) was fooled somehow. Then on the other hand, there is another group which alleges, “Because of this evidence, one thing we know for sure is that that man, Muhammad, was a liar!” Ironically, these two groups never seem to get together without contradicting. In fact, many references on Islam usually claim both theories. They start out by saying that Muhammad (SAW) was crazy and then end by saying that he was a liar. They never seem to realize that he could not have been both!
For example, if one is deluded and really thinks that he is a prophet, then he does not sit up late at night planning, “How will I fool the people tomorrow so that they think I am a prophet?” He truly believes that he is a prophet, and he trusts that the answer will be given to him by revelation. As a matter of fact, a great deal of the Qur’an came in answer to questions. Someone would ask Muhammad (SAW) a question, and the revelation would come with the answer to it. Certainly, if one is crazy and believes that an angel put words in his ear, then when someone asks him a question, he thinks that the angel will give him the answer. Because he is crazy, he really thinks that. He does not tell someone to wait a short while and then run to his friends and ask them, “Does anyone know the answer?” This type of behavior is characteristic of one who does not believe that he is a prophet. What the non-Muslims refuse to accept is that you cannot have it both ways. One can be deluded, or he can be a liar. He can be either one or neither, but he certainly cannot be both! The emphasis is on the fact that they are unquestionably mutually exclusive personal traits.
The following scenario is a good example of the kind of circle that non-Muslims go around in constantly. If you ask one of them, “What is the origin of the Qur’an?” He tells you that it originated from the mind of a man who was crazy. Then you ask him, “If it came from his head, then where did he get the information contained in it? Certainly the Qur’an mentions many things with which the Arabs were not familiar.” So in order to explain the fact which you bring him, he changes his position and says, “Well, maybe he was not crazy. Maybe some foreigner brought him the information. So he lied and told people that he was a prophet.” At this point then you have to ask him, “If Muhammad was a liar, then where did he get his confidence? Why did he behave as though he really thought he was a prophet?” Finally backed into a corner, like a cat he quickly lashes out with the first response that comes to his mind. Forgetting that he has already exhausted that possibility, he claims, “Well, maybe he wasn’t a liar. He was probably crazy and really thought that he was a prophet.” And thus he begins the futile circle again.
As has already been mentioned, there is much information contained in the Qur’an whose source cannot be attributed to anyone other than Allah. For example, who told Muhammad about the wall of Dhul-Qarnayn – a place hundreds of miles to the north? Who told him about embryology? When people assemble facts such as these, if they are not willing to attribute their existence to a divine source, they automatically resort to the assumption someone brought Muhammad the information and that he used it to fool the people. However, this theory can easily be disproved with one simple question: “If Muhammad was a liar, where did he get his confidence? Why did he tell some people out right to their face what others could never say?” Such confidence depends completely upon being convinced that one has a true divine revelation. For example, the Prophet (SAW) had an uncle by the name of Abu Lahab. This man hated Islam to such an extent that he used to follow the Prophet around in order to discredit him. If Abu Lahab saw the Prophet (SAW) speaking to a stranger, he would wait until they parted and then would go to the stranger and ask him, “What did he tell you? Did he say, ‘Black.’? Well, it’s white. Did he say, ‘Morning.’? Well, it’s night.” He faithfully said the exact opposite of whatever he heard Muhammad (SAW) and the Muslims say. However, about ten years before Abu Lahab died, a little chapter in the Qur’an was revealed to him. It distinctly stated that he would go to the Fire (i.e., Hell). In other words, it affirmed that he would never become a Muslim and would therefore be condemned forever. For ten years all Abu Lahab had to do was say, “I heard that it has been revealed to Muhammad that I will never change – that I will never become a Muslim and will enter the Hellfire. Well I want to become a Muslim now. How do you like that? What do you think of your divine revelation now?” But he never did that. And yet, that is exactly the kind of behavior one would have expected from him since he always sought to contradict Islam. In essence, Muhammad (SAW) said, “You hate me and you want to finish me? Here, say these words, and I am finished. Come on, say them!” But Abu Lahab never said them. Ten years! And in all that time he never accepted Islam or even became sympathetic to the Islamic cause. How could Muhammad possibly have known for sure that Abu Lahab would fulfill the Qur’anic revelation if he (i.e., Muhammad) was not truly the messenger of Allah? How could he possibly have been so confident as to give someone 10 years to discredit his claim of Prophethood? The only answer is that he was Allah’s messenger; for in order to put forth suck a risky challenge, one has to be entirely convinced that he has a divine revelation.
Another example of the confidence which Muhammad (SAW) had in his own Prophethood and consequently in the divine protection of himself and his message is when he left Makkah and hid in a cave with Abu Bakr during their emigration to Madeenah. The two clearly saw people coming to kill them, and Abu Bakr was afraid. Certainly, if Muhammad (SAW) was a liar, a forger and one who was trying to fool the people into believing that he was a prophet, one would have expected him to say in such a circumstance to his friend, “Hey, Abu Bakr, see if you can find a back way out of this cave.” Or “Squat down in that corner over there and keep quiet.” Yet, in fact, what he said to Abu Bakr clearly illustrated his confidence. He told him, “Relax! Allah is with us, and Allah will save us!”
Now, if one knows that he is fooling the people, where does one get this kind of attitude? In fact, such a frame of mind is not characteristic of a liar or a forger at all. So, as has been previously mentioned, the non-Muslims go around and around in a circle, searching for a way out – some way to explain the findings in the Qur’an without attributing them to their proper source. On one hand, they tell you on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, “The man was a liar,” and on the other hand, on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday they tell you, “He was crazy.” What they refuse to accept is that one cannot have it both ways; yet they refuse to accept is that one cannot have it both ways; yet they need both excuses to explain the information in the Qur’an.
About seven years ago, I had a minister over to my home. In the particular room which we were sitting there was a Qur’an on the table, face down, and so the minister was not aware of which book it was. In the midst of a discussion, I pointed to the Qur’an and said, “I have confidence in that book.” Looking at the Qur’an but not knowing which book it was , he replied, “Well, I tell you, if that book is not the Bible, it was written by a man!” In response to his statement, I said, “Let me tell you something about what is in that book.” And in just three to four minutes I related to him a few things contained in the Qur’an. After just those three or four minutes, he completely changed his position and declared, “You are right. A man did not write that book. The Devil wrote it!” Indeed, possessing such an attitude is very unfortunate – for many reasons. For one thing, it is a very quick and cheap excuse. It is an instant exit out of an uncomfortable situation. As a matter of fact, there is a famous story in the Bible that mentions how one day some of the Jews were witnesses when Jesus raised a man from the dead. The man had been dead for four days, and when Jesus arrived, he simply said, “Get up!” and the man arose and walked away. At such a sight, some of the Jews who were watching said disbelievingly, “This is the Devil. The Devil helped him!” Now this story is rehearsed often in churches all over the world, and people cry big tears over it, saying, “Oh, if I had been there, I would not have been as stupid as the Jews!” Yet ironically, these people do exactly what the Jews did when in just three minutes you show them only a small part of the Qur’an and all they can say is, “Oh, the Devil did it. The devil wrote that book!”. Because they are truly backed into a corner and have no other viable answer, they resort to the quickest and cheapest excuse available. Another Example of people’s use of this weak stance can be found in the Makkans’ explanation of the source of Muhammed’s message. They used to say, “The devils bring Muhammad that Qur’an!” But just as with every other suggestion made, the Qur’an gives the answer. One verse in particular states:
“And they say, ‘Surely he is possessed [by jinn], ‘but it [i] is not except a reminder to the worlds.”
Thus it gives an argument in reply to such a theory. In fact, there are many arguments in the Qur’an in reply to the suggestion that devils brought Muhammad (SAW) his message. For example, in the 26th chapter Allah clearly affirms:
“No evil ones have brought it [i] down. It would neither be fitting for them, nor would they be able. Indeed they have been removed far from hearing.”
And in another place in the Qur’an, Allah instructs us:
“So when you recite the Qur’an seek refuge in Allah from Shaytaan, the rejected.”
Now is this how Satan writes a book? He tells one, “Before you read my book, ask God to save you from me.”? This is very, very tricky. Indeed, a man could write something like this, but would Satan do this? Many people clearly illustrate that they cannot come to one conclusion on this subject. On one hand, they claim that Satan would not do such a thing and that even if he could, God would not allow him to; yet, on the other hand, they also believe that Satan is only that much less than God. In essence they allege that the Devil can probably do whatever God can do. And as a result, when they look at the Qur’an, even as surprised as they are as to how amazing it is, they still insist, “The Devil did this!” Thanks be to Allah, Muslims do not have that attitude. Although Satan may have some abilities, they are a long way separated from the abilities of Allah. And no Muslim is a Muslim unless he believes that. It is common knowledge even among non-Muslims that the Devil can easily make mistakes, and it would be expected that he would contradict himself if and when he wrote a book. For indeed, the Qur’an states:
“Do they not consider the Qur’an? Had it been from any other than Allah, they would surely have found therein much discrepancy.”
In conjunction with the excuses that non-Muslims advance in futile attempts to justify unexplainable verses in the Qur’an, there is another attack often rendered which seems to be a combination of the theories that Muhammad (SAW) was crazy and a liar. Basically, these people propose that Muhammad was insane, and as a result of his delusion, he lied to and misled people. There is a name for this in psychology. It is referred to as mythomania. It means simply that one tells lies and then believes them. This is what the non-Muslims say Muhammad (SAW) suffered from. But the only problem with this proposal is that one suffering from mythomania absolutely cannot deal with facts, and yet the whole Qur’an is based entirely upon facts. Everything contained in it can be researched and established as true. Since facts are such a problem for a mythomaniac, when a psychologist tries to treat one suffering from that condition, he continually confronts him with facts. For example, if one is mentally ill and claims, “I am the king of England,” a psychologist does not say to him “No you aren’t. You are crazy!” He just does not do that. Rather, he confronts him with facts and says, “O.K., you say you are the king of England. So tell me where the queen is today. And where is your prime minister? And where are your guards?” Now, when the man has trouble trying to deal with these questions, he tries to make excuses, saying Uh… the queen… she has gone to her mother’s. Uh… the prime minister… well he died.” And eventually he is cured because he cannot deal with the facts. If the psychologist continues confronting him with enough facts, finally he faces the reality and says, “I guess I am not the king of England.” The Qur’an approaches everyone who reads it in very much the same way a psychologist treats his mythomania patient. There is a verse in the Qur’an which states:
“Oh mankind, there has come to you an admonition [i] from your Lord and a healing for what is in the hearts – and guidance and mercy for the believers.”
At first glance, this statement appears vague, but the meaning of this verse is clear when one views it in light of the aforementioned example. Basically, one is healed of his delusions by reading the Qur’an. In essence, it is therapy. It literally cures deluded people by confronting them with facts. A prevalent attitude throughout the Qur’an is one which says, “Oh mankind, you say such and such about this; but what about such and such? How can you say this when you know that?” And so forth. It forces one to consider what is relevant and what matters while simultaneously healing one of the delusions that the facts presented to mankind by Allah can easily be explained away with flimsy theories and excuses. It is this very sort of thing – confronting people with facts – that had captured the attention of many non-Muslims. In fact, there exists a very interesting reference concerning this subject in the New Catholic Encyclopedia.
In an article under the subject of the Qur’an, the Catholic Church states, “Over the centuries, many theories have been offered as to the origin of the Qur’an… Today no sensible man accepts any of these theories.”!! Now here is the age-old Catholic Church, which has been around for so many centuries, denying these futile attempts to explain away the Qur’an. Indeed, the Qur’an is a problem for the Catholic Church. It states that it is revelation, so they study it. Certainly, they would love to find proof that it is not, but they cannot. They cannot find a viable explanation. But at least they are honest in their research and do not accept the first unsubstantiated interpretation which comes along. The Church states that in fourteen centuries it has not yet been presented a sensible explanation. At least it admits that the Qur’an is not an easy subject to dismiss. Certainly, other people are much less honest. They quickly say, “Oh, the Qur’an came from here. The Qur’an came from there.” And they do not even examine the credibility of what they are stating most of the time. Of course, such a statement by the Catholic Church leaves the everyday Christian in some difficulty. It just may be that he has his own ideas as to the origin of the Qur’an, but as a single member of the Church, he cannot really act upon his own theory. Such an action would be contrary to the obedience, allegiance and loyalty which the Church demands. By virtue of his membership, he must accept what the Catholic Church declares without question and establish its teachings as part of his everyday routine. So, in essence, if the Catholic Church as a whole is saying, “Do not listen to these unconfirmed reports about the Qur’an,” then what can be said about the Islamic point of view? Even non-Muslims are admitting that there is something to the Qur’an – something that has to be acknowledged – then why are people so stubborn and defensive and hostile when Muslims advance the very same theory? This is certainly something for those with mind a to contemplate – something to ponder for those of understanding!
Recently, the leading intellectual in the Catholic Church – a man by the name of Hans – studied the Qur’an and gave his opinion of what he had read. This man has been around for some time, and he is highly respected in the Catholic Church, and after careful scrutiny, he reported his findings, concluding, “God has spoken to man through the man, Muhammad.” Again this is a conclusion arrived at by a non-Muslim source – the very leading intellectual of the Catholic Church himself! I do not think that the Pope agrees with him, but nonetheless, the opinion of such a noted, repute public figure must carry some weight in defense of the Muslim position. He must be applauded for facing the reality that the Qur’an is not something which can be easily pushed aside and that, in fact God is the source of these words. As is evident from the aforementioned information, all of the possibilities have been exhausted, so the chance of finding another possibility of dismissing the Qur’an is nonexistent. For if the book is not a revelation, then it is a deception; and if it is a deception, one must ask, “What is its origin” And where does it deceive us?” Indeed, the true answers to these questions shed light on the Qur’an’s authenticity and silence the bitter unsubstantiated claims of the unbelievers. Certainly, if people are going to insist that the Qur’an is a deception, then they must bring forth evidence to support such a claim. The burden of proof is on them, not us! One is never supposed to advance a theory without sufficient corroborating facts; so I say to them, “Show me one deception! Show me where the Qur’an deceives me! Show me, otherwise, don’t say that it is a deception!” An interesting characteristic of the Qur’an is how it deals with surprising phenomena which relate not only to the past but to modern times as well. In essence, the Qur’an is not and old problem. It is still a problem even today – a problem to the non-Muslims that is. For everyday, every week, every year brings more and more evidence that the Qur’an is a force to be contended with – that its authenticity is no longer to be challenged! For example, one verse in the Qur’an reads;
“Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were joined together, then We clove them asunder, and made from water every living thing? Will they not then believe?”
Ironically, this very information is exactly what they awarded the 1973 Noble Prize for – to a couple of unbelievers. The Qur’an reveals the origin of the universe – how it began from one piece – and mankind continues to verify this revelation, even up to now. Additionally, the fact that all life originated from water would not have been an easy thing to convince people of fourteen centuries ago. Indeed, if 1400 years ago you had stood in the desert and told someone, “All of this, you see (pointing to yourself), is made up of mostly water,” no one would have believed you. Proof of that was not available until the invention of the microscope. They had to wait to find out that cytoplasm, the basic substance of the cell, is made-up of 80% water. Nonetheless, the evidence did come, and once again the Qur’an stood the test of time. In reference to the falsification tests mentioned earlier, it is interesting to note that they, too, relate to both the past and the present. Some of them were used as illustrations of Allah’s omnipotence and knowledge, while others continue to stand as challenges to the present day. An example of the former is the statement made in the Qur’an about Abu Lahab. It clearly illustrates that Allah, the Knower of the Unseen, knew that Abu Lahab would never change his ways and accept Islam. Thus Allah dictated that he would be condemned to the Hellfire forever. Such a chapter was both an illustration of Allah’s divine wisdom and a warning to those who were like Abu Lahab.
An interesting example of the latter type of falsification tests contained in the Qur’an is the verse which mentions the relationship between the Muslims and the Jews. The verse is careful not to narrow its scope to the relationship between individual members of each religion, but rather, it summarizes the relationship between the two groups of people as a whole. In essence, the Qur’an states that the Christians will always treat the Muslims better than the Jews will treat the Muslims. Indeed, the full impact of such a statement can only be felt after careful consideration of the real meaning of such a verse. It is true that many Christians and many Jews have become Muslims, but as a whole, the Jewish community is to be viewed as an avid enemy of Islam. Additionally, very few people realize what such an open declaration in the Qur’an invites. In essence, it is an easy chance for the Jews to prove that the Qur’an is false – that it is not a divine revelation. All they have to do is organize themselves, treat the Muslims nicely for a few years and then say, “Now what does your holy book say about who are your best friends in the world – the Jews or the Christians? Look what we Jews have done for you!” That is all they have to do to disprove the Qur’an’s authenticity, yet they have not done it in 1400 years. But, as always, the offer still stands open!
All of the examples so far given concerning the I various angles from which one can approach the | Qur’an have undoubtedly been subjective in nature; I however there does exist another angle, among others, which is objective and whose basis is mathematical. It is surprising how authentic the Qur’an becomes when one assembles what might be referred to as a list of good guesses. Mathematically, it can be explained using guessing and prediction examples. For instance, if a person has two choices (i.e., one is right, and one is wrong), and he closes his eyes and makes a choice, then half of the time (i.e., one time out of two) he will be right. Basically, he has a one in two chance, for he could pick the wrong choice, or he could pick the right choice. Now if the same person has two situations like that (i.e., he could be right or wrong about situation number one, and he could be right or wrong about situation number two), and he closes his eyes and guesses, then he will only be right one fourth of the time (i.e., one time out of four). He now has a one in four chance because now there are three ways for him to be wrong and only one way for him to be right. In simple terms, he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; OR he could make the wrong choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two; OR he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the wrong choice in situation number two; OR he could make the right choice in situation number one and then make the right choice in situation number two. Of course, the(only instance in which he could be totally right is the last scenario where he could guess correctly in both situations. The odds of his guessing completely correctly have become greater because the number of situations for him to guess in have increased; and the mathematical equation representing such a scenario is 1/2 x 1/2 (i.e., one time out of two for the first situation multiplied by one time out of two for the second situation).
Continuing on with the example, if the same person now has three situations in which to make blind guesses, then he will only be right one eighth of the time (i.e., one time out of eight or 1/2 X 1/2 X 1/2). Again, the odds of choosing the correct choice in all three situations have decreased his chances of being completely correct to only one time in eight. It must be understood that as the number of situations increase, the chances of being right decrease, for the two phenomena are inversely proportional.
Now applying this example to the situations in the Qur’an, if one draws up a list of all of the subjects about which the Qur’an has made correct statements, it becomes very clear that it is highly unlikely that they were all just correct blind guesses. Indeed, the subjects discussed in the Qur’an are numerous, and thus the odds of someone just making lucky guesses about all of them become practically nil. If there are a million ways for the Qur’an to be wrong, yet each time it is right, then it is unlikely that someone was guessing. The following three examples of subjects about which the Qur’an has made correct statements collectively illustrate how the Qur’an continues to beat the odds.
In the 16th chapter the Qur’an mentions that the female bee leaves its home to gather food.l2 Now, a person might guess on that, saying, “The bee that you see flying around – it could be male, or it could be female. I think I will guess female.” Certainly, he has a one in two chance of being right. So it happens that the Qur’an is right. But it also happens that was not what most people believed at the time when the Qur’an was revealed. Can you tell the difference between a male and a female bee? Well, it takes a specialist to do that, but it has been discovered that the male bee never leaves his home to gather food. However, in Shakespeare’s play, Henry the Fourth, some of the characters discuss bees and mention that the bees are soldiers and have a king. That is what people thought in Shakespeare’s time – that the bees that one sees flying around are male bees and that they go home and answer to a king. However, that is not true at all. The fact is that they are females, and they answer to a queen. Yet it took modern scientific investigations in the last 300 years to discover that this is the case.
So, back to the list of good guesses, concerning the topic of bees, the Qur’an had a 50/50 chance of being right, and the odds were one in two.
In addition to the subject of bees, the Qur’an also discusses the sun and the manner in which it travels through space. Again, a person can guess on that subject. When the sun moves through space, there are two options: it can travel just as a stone would travel if one threw it, or it can move of its own accord. The Qur’an states the latter – that it moves as a result of its own motion.’3 To do such, the Qur’an uses a form of the word sabaha to describe the sun’s movement through space. In order to properly provide the reader with a comprehensive understanding of the implications of this Arabic verb, the following example is given. If a man is in water and the verb sabaha is applied in reference to his movement, it can be understood that he is swimming, moving of his own accord and not as a result of a direct force applied to him. Thus when this verb is used in reference to the sun’s movement through space, it in no way implies that the sun is flying uncontrollably through space as a result of being hurled or the like. It simply means that the sun is turning and rotating as it travels. Now, this is what the Qur’an affirms, but was it an easy thing to discover? Can any common man tell that the sun is turning? Only in modern times was the equipment made available to project the image of the sun onto a tabletop so that one could look at it without being blinded. And through this process it was discovered that not only are there three spots on the sun but that these spots move once every 25 days. This movement is referred to as the rotation of the sun around its axis and conclusively proves that, as the Qur’an stated 1400 years ago, the sun does, indeed turn as it travels through space.
And returning once again to the subject of good guess, the odds of guessing correctly about both subjects – the sex of bees and the movement of the sun – are one in four!
Seeing as back fourteen centuries ago people probably did not understand much about time zones, the Quran’s statements about this subject are considerably surprising. The concept that one family is having breakfast as the sun comes up while another family is enjoying the brisk night air is truly something to be marveled at, even in modern time. Indeed, fourteen centuries ago, a man could not travel more than thirty miles in one day, and thus it took him literally months to travel from India to Morocco, for example. And probably , when he was having supper in Morocco, he thought to himself, “Back home in India they are having supper right now.” This is because he did not realize that, in the process of traveling, he moved across a time zone. Yet, because it is the words of Allah, the All-Knowing, the Qur’an recognizes and acknowledges such a phenomenon. In an interesting verse it states that when history comes to an end and the Day of Judgment arrives, it will all occurring an instant; and this very instant will catch some people in the daytime and some people at night. This clearly illustrates Allah’s divine wisdom and His previous knowledge of the existence of time zones, even though such a discovery was non-existent back fourteen centuries ago. Certainly, this phenomenon is not something which is obvious to one’s eyes or a result of one’s experience, and this fact, in itself, suffices as proof of the Qur’ans authenticity.
Returning one final time to the subject of good guesses for the purpose of the present example, the odds that someone guessed correctly about all three of the aforementioned subjects – the sex of bees, the movement of the sun and the existence of time zones – are one in eight!
Certainly, one could continue on and on with this example, drawing up longer and longer list of good guesses; and of course, the odds would become higher and higher with each increase of subjects about which one could guess. But what no one can deny is the following; the odds that Mohammed an illiterate, guessed correctly about thousands and thousands of subjects, never once making a mistake, are so high that any theory of his authorship of the Qur’an must be completely dismissed – even by the most hostile enemies of Islam!
Indeed, the Qur’an expects this kind of challenge. Undoubtedly, if one said to someone upon entering a foreign land, “I know your father. I have met him,” probably the man from that land would doubt the newcomer’s word, saying, “You have just come here. How could you know my father?” As a result, he would question him, “Tell me, is my father tall, short, dark, fair? What is he like?” Of course, if the visitor continued answering all of the questions correctly, the skeptic would have no choice but to say, “I guess you do know my father. I don’t know how you know him, but I guess you do!” The situation is the same with the Qur’an. It states that it originates from the One who created everything. So everyone has the right to say, “Convince me! If the author of this book really originated life and everything in the heavens and on the earth, then He should know about this, about that, and so on.” And inevitably, after researching the Qur’an, everyone will discover the same truths. Additionally, we all know something for sure: we do not all have to be experts to verify what the Qur’an affirms. One’s iman (faith) grows as one continues to check and confirm the truths contained in the Qur’an. And one is supposed to do so all of his life.
May God (Allah) guide everyone close to the truth.
An engineer at the University of Toronto who was interested in psychology and who had read something on it, conducted researched wrote a thesis on Efficiency of Group Discussions. The purpose of his research was to find out how much people accomplish when they get together to talk in groups of two, three, ten, etc. The graph of his findings: people accomplish most when they talk in groups of two. Of course, this discovery was entirely beyond his expectations, but it is very old advice given in the Qur’an:
Additionally, the 89th chapter of the Qur’an mentions a certain city by the name of ‘Iram (a city of pillars), which was not known in ancient history and which was non-existent as far as historians were concerned. However, the December 1978 edition of National Geographic introduced interesting information which mentioned that in 1973, the city of Elba was excavated in Syria. The city was discovered to be 43 centuries old, but that is not the most amazing part. Researchers found in the library of Elba a record of all of the cities with which Elba had done business. Believe or not, there on the list was the name of the city of ‘Iram. The people of Elba had done business with the people of ‘Iram!
“Say, ‘I exhort you to one thing – that you stand for Allah, [assessing the truth] by twos and singly, and then reflect…..’ In conclusion I ask you to consider with care the following:
“And they say, ‘Why are not signs sent down to him from his Lord?’ Say, ‘Indeed, the signs are with Allah, and I am but a clear warner.’ But is sufficient for them that We have sent down to you the Book [i] which is rehearsed to them? Verily, in that is mercy and a reminder to people who believe.”
About Gary Miller, the author
Gary Miller (Abdul-Ahad Omar) shows how we can establish true faith by setting standards of truth. He illustrates a simple but effective method of finding out the right direction in our search for truth.
G.R.. Miller is a mathematician and a theologian. He was active in Christian missionary work at a particular point of his life but he soonbegan to discover many inconsistencies in the Bible. In 1978, he happened to read the Qur’an expecting that it, too, would contain a mixture of truth and falsehood.
He discovered to his amazement that the message of the Qur’an was precisely the same as the essence of truth that he had distilled from the Bible. He became a Muslim and since then has been active in giving public presentations on Islam including radio and television appearances. He is also the author of several articles and publications about Islam.
Firman Allah s.w.t
يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُتِبَ عَلَيْكُمُ الصِّيَامُ كَمَا كُتِبَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ مِن قَبْلِكُمْ لَعَلَّكُمْ تَتَّقُونَ
“ Wahai orang-orang yang beriman, telah diwajibkan ke atas kamu berpuasa sebagaimana telah diwajibkan ke atas umat-umat yang sebelum kamu, semoga kamu menjadi orang-orang yang bertaqwa. “ (Al-Baqarah : 183)
Puasa ertinya menahan diri daripada makan dan minum dan dari segala perbuatan yang boleh membatalkan puasa, mulai dari terbit fajar hinggalah terbenam matahari. Umat Islam juga dikehendaki menahan diri daripada menipu, berkata-kata yang buruk atau sia-sia, dan daripada bertengkar atau bergaduh. Ini kerana puasa merupakan medan latihan kesabaran, kejujuran dan bertolak ansur sesama sendiri. Maka secara tidak langsung, puasa juga menolong menanam sikap yang baik dan berbudi. Dan kesemuanya itu diharapkan berlanjutan ke bulan-bulan berikutnya, dan tidak hanya pada bulan puasa.
Imam Abu Hamid al-Ghazali dalam bukunya Ihya al-‘Ulumuddin telah membahagikan puasa itu kepada 3 tingkatan:
- Puasanya orang awam (shaum al-‘umum): menahan diri dari perkara-perkara yang membatalkan puasa seperti makan dan minum.
- Puasanya orang khusus (shaum al-khusus): turut berpuasa dari panca indera dan seluruh badan dari segala bentuk dosa.
- Puasanya orang istimewa, super khusus (shaum al-khawasi al-khawas): turut berpuasa ‘hati nurani’, iaitu tidak memikirkan sangat soal keduniaan
Pembahagian di atas memberikan umat Islam ruang untuk berfikir dan menelaah tingkat manakah mereka berada.
Hari-hari berikut disunatkan berpuasa bagi umat Islam:
- Puasa enam hari pada bulan Syawal
- Puasa Hari Arafah pada 9 Zulhijjah
- Puasa Hari Asyura pada 10 Muharam
- Puasa Isnin dan Khamis
- Puasa tengah bulan iaitu 13,14,15 tiap-tiap bulan
Syarat Wajib Puasa
Orang-orang Islam yang memenuhi syarat-syarat di bawah ini diwajibkan berpuasa pada bulan Ramadhan:
- Baligh (cukup umur)
- Mampu/tidak uzur.
Syarat Sah Puasa
Manakala syarat puasa itu diterima di dalam Islam (sah) ialah:
- Orang Islam
- Mumayyiz (tahu membezakan yang baik dan buruk)
- Suci daripada haid dan nifas
- Sempurna akal fikirannya pada hari itu
- Dalam waktu yang dibolehkan berpuasa, iaitu bukan dalam tempoh haram puasa.
Rukun puasa ada dua, iaitu:
- Berniat pada malam harinya
- Imsak (menahan diri dari perkara-perkara yang membatalkan puasa mulai terbit fajar hingga terbenam matahari).
Perkara-perkara berikut disunatkan ketika berpuasa:
- Makan sahur serta melambatkannya
- Menyegerakan berbuka dan sunat berbuka dengan buah kurma atau benda-benda yang manis atau air
- Menjamu orang-orang berbuka puasa
- Memperbanyakkan ibadah dan berbuat kebaikan.
Perkara yang Membatalkan Puasa
Manakala perkara-perkara berikut akan membatalkan puasa jika terjadi:
- Makan dan minum dengan sengaja
- Muntah dengan sengaja
- Bersetubuh atau keluar mani dengan sengaja
- Keluar darah haid atau nifas
- Gila (hilang akal)
- Pitam atau mabuk sepanjang hari.
- Merokok disiang hari.
Orang yang Diizinkan Berbuka
Terdapat kelonggaran (harus) kepada golongan yang berikut untuk berbuka:
- Orang yang sakit
- Orang yang dalam musafir (perjalanan)
- Orang tua yang sudah lemah
- Orang yang hamil dan ibu yang menyusukan anak.
Pautan Untuk Bacaan Lanjut
- Amalan puasa dan manusia sejagat
- Ibadah puasa dan peranannya dalam rawatan detoksifikasi
- Kebaikan berpuasa dalam menahan ketagihan merokok dan kesannya kepada kesihatan
TEN THOUSAND COMPANIONS OF KALKI AVTAR
* “The wagon-possessor, the truthful and truth loving, extremely wise, powerful and generous, Mamah [Mohammad] has favored me with his words. The son of the All-powerful, possessing all good attributes, the mercy for the worlds has become famous with ten thousand [companions]”. [Rig Veda V, 27, Mantra 1]
The ten thousands Saints refer to the ten thousands companions who accompanied the Prophet (PBUH) when he entered Makkah during Fateh Makkah which was a unique victory in the history of mankind in which there was no blood shed.
HUNDRED GOLD COINS AND TEN CHAPLETS OF KALKI AVTAR
* “He gave the Mamah Rishi a hundred gold coins, ten chaplets, three hundred steeds and ten thousand cows”. [Kuntap Sukt, Atharva Veda, Mantra 3]
He is given 100 gold coins, which refers to the believers and the earlier companions of the Prophet during his turbulent Makkan life. Later on due to persecution they migrated from Makkah to Abysinia. Later when Prophet migrated to Madinah all of them joined him in Madinah.
The 10 chaplets or necklaces were the 10 best companions of the Holy Prophet (PBUH) known as Ashra-Mubbashshira (10 bestowed with good news).
300 good steeds (horses of Arab Breed) refer to those companions of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who fought at BADR. (Their actual number was 313; however, in many prophecies the numbers are usually rounded up.)
The Sanskrit word Go is derived from Gaw, which means ‘to go to war’. A cow is also called Go and is a symbol of war as well as peace. The 10,000 cows refer to the 10,000 companions who accompanied the Prophet (PBUH) when he entered Makkah during Fateh Makkah.
The above references from the Hindu Scriptures prove that Hindus were foretold about the worship of one God and were also foretold about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in their Holy Scriptures. But, they denied their Holy Scriptures and invented their own rules and regulations in the religion, and changed their religion according to their own materialistic and vain desires and made idols (images) of gods and their Avtars Ram & Karishana etc, and worshipped them as God. This is, how true religions of Vedas converted in to man-made religion (Hinduism).
With the above facts references from the Vedas & other Hindu Scriptures, it is possible that, Hindu Pundits and Brahmins might have changed the true concepts given in the Vedas into Hinduism as Christians have changed the true religion (Islam) of Jesus (PBUH) into Christianity.
The thing which is needed to do is that, Muslim scholars should take steps to preach the Hindus not only with the reference of Holy Quran but, with the fact references from their own Hindu Scriptures. According to whom worship of one God is allowed, so they should discard idol and murti worship and worship only one God according to their Scriptures. Secondly, the Kalki Avtar (Coming Prophet) which has been mentioned by name “Muhammad” & “Ahmed” in their Scriptures and all the indications about his Prophet hood mentioned in their Scriptures have been gone through and completed 1,400 years before, with the advent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and the religious law (The Quran) has been revealed on him. So, now it is the religious duty of each Hindu to accept Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as their last Avtar (Prophet), and the Quran as their last revealed Scripture and embrace ISLAM the religion of their last Avtar (Prophet) which has been chosen, perfected and authorized by his one God and become Muslim. Because according to Holy Quran:-
* “This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed my favor to you. I have approved Islam to be your religion …” (5.3).
* “Allah has chosen for you the religion. Do not die except being Submissive (Muslim) (2.132)
* “It is HE who has been sent His Messenger with guidance the religion of truth (Islam), so that exalts it above all other religions. Allah is the sufficient witness” (48:28)
* “The only religion with Allah is Islam (submission) (3:19)
* “He who chooses a religion other than Islam, it will not be accepted from him and in the everlasting life he will be among the losers” (3:85)
So, Islam is the only religion chosen and approved by God and Islam supersedes and suppress all the other religions, because no other religion will be accepted except Islam. So Hindus leave your obstinacy, which has become obstacle for you, use your wisdom & intellect and courage, do not be among the losers and embrace Islam as your religion. After these arguments, there will be no excuse for Hindus to accept Islam. I hope Muslim scholars will find and get positive answer, because natural and psychological instinct is still working unconsciously in the minds of Hindu as it was working before. It will certainly be a great achievement for the Muslim scholars.
PROPHECY OF PROPHET MUHAMMAD (PBUH) IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
The Quran informs us that, prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is not only Warner for one nation but, for the whole mankind, it further informs that, the prophecy of Muhammad (PBUH) was foretold in the previous Scriptures revealed on different nations.
* ” Blessed is He who has sent down the Criterion to His worshiper (Prophet Muhammad), that he is a Warner to all mankind.” (25:1)
* “We sent thee not but as a Mercy for all the creatures” (21:107)
* “We sent thee not but as a bringer of good tidings and a Warner unto all mankind.”(34:28)
* “Those who follow the Messenger, the unlettered Prophet, whom they find mentioned in their own (scriptures) in the law and the Gospel”. (7.157)
According to Hindu belief an Avtar is going to appear in the future, who will be the final Avtar and he will be bless for all mankind and kill the evil. There are several indications and specifications have been predicted and mentioned about the Avtar. And all these specifications and indications 100% fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). No other Avtar in the future can be fit on these specifications, because all the incidents which have been mentioned about the coming of Avtar have already been passed through with the life of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So these incidents cannot be repeat again. So it is useless to wait for the Avtar in the future. Following, are some of the major details of Kalki Avtar with the detail reference from the life history of Prophet Muhammd (PBUH).
NAME OF KALKI AVTAR
* According to Kalki Puran the name of Kalki Avtar will be “SARWANAMA”.
The meaning of “ANAMA” is praised one and “SARW” mean most of all, so “Sarwanama” means the most praised one and in Arabic language “Muhammad ” has the same meaning, if we translate Sanskrit word Sarwanama in to Arabic language it will be “Muhammad” only difference is the language.
PARENTS OF KALKI AVTAR
* “He will be born from “SOOMATI” and his father’s name will be “VAISHNUVESH”.” (Kalki Puran 2, Shloka II)
VAISHNUVESH and SOOMATI means servant of God (the cherisher) and peace, respectively. Prophet Muhammad father’s name was ABDULLAH in Arabic language, which means God’s servant, and his mother’s name was AMINA in Arabic language, which means peace, so if we translate Sanskrit word “Vaishnuvesh & Soomati” in Arabic language it will be “Abdullah & Amina”. So again the difference of language.
PLACE OF BIRTH
* “HE will be born at “SHAMBAL GARAM” in VAISHNUVESH’S Brahmin Mahant’s (religious saint) respectable house” (Bhagwat Puran, Khand 12, Shloka 18 and Kalki Puran Adhay 2, Shloka 4)
SHAMBAL mean peace and GARAM mean city or village, so SHAMBAL GARAM means a peace full city or city of peace, and this quality & name has been specified only for Arabia’s city “MAKKAH” no other city in the world has been named city of peace. In the Holy Quran this city has been called as “ALBALAD ALAMEEN” which mean peace full city or city of peace. For reference see Holy Quran (14:35) O God, make it (Makkah) a City of Peace”. And Makkah is the city where prophet Muhammad (PBUH) born.
VAISHNU-VESH, Vaishnu is actually God’s name and VESH means servant or BHAGAT and man, Vaishnuvesh mean God’s servant or God’s devotee and in Arabic language ABDULLAH has the same meanings.
BRAHMIN MAHANT mean religious saint and Makkah’s religious and respectable saint was “Hasham”, then “Mutlib”, then Hasham’s son “Abdul Mutlib” became the religious saint of Makkah, who was the grand father of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and during the period of religious saint Muhammad was born in home of Abdullah son of Abdul Mutlib. In short, Muhammad was born in the respectable tribe of Quraish who enjoyed great respect and high place in Makkah. So according to scripture Kalki Avtar will be born in Brahmin Mahant’s (religious saint) respectable family.
DATE OF BIRTH OF KALKI AVTAR
* He will be born in the month of Bisakh on 12th day (Kalki Puran Adhay 2, Shloka 15)
Baisakh is famous month in Hindi, which is still known with this name. According to Hindi calendar Muhammad was born on 12th Baisakh of 628 Bakrami, and this day according to Arabic calendar is 12th Rabiyyyul Awwal. So the date of birth matches with Kalki Avtar.
THE PERIOD OF KALKI AVTAR
* Kalki Avtar would ride horse, camel and keep the sword to kill the devil and enemies of religion.
It mean that Kalki Avtar will be born in the past time when horse and camel were used for riding and sword was being used for fight. And in this period and in the coming future people will use cars, train & planes for riding and guns, missiles will be use for fighting. So it is now useless to wait for Avtar in future. We should not forget that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was borne during the time of horse & camel, and he fought with sword during battles against infidels.
DEATH OF KALKI AVTAR’S PARENTS
* Kalki Avtar’s Father will die before his birth and his Mother will die after few years of his birth. (Kalki Puran, Bhaghwat Puran Khand 12)
These two indications clearly fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). His Father died few days earlier of his birth and his Mother died when Muhammad was only six year old. For reference please study the life history of prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
KALKI AVTAR WILL GET WISDOM ON A MOUNTAIN
* According to Kalki Puran, the Kalki Avtar will receive wisdom or knowledge on a mountain’s cave from PERSHURAM (angle).
As every one knows that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was busy in his pray in a cave of mountain “HIRA” and there one day an Angle (Gabriel) appeared and brought the first revelation from God. For reference Holy Quran (96:1) “Read (Prophet Muhammad) with the name of Allah” and he replied ” I am not learned” the same indication was given in the Christian’s scripture (Isaiah chapter 29 verse 12) ” and the book delivered to him that is not learned, saying ” Read this”, I pray thee: and he said, I am not learned”, this is another prove of his prophecy. So prophet Muhammad received his first revelation in the cave of mountain HIRA. And this prediction also fit on him.
PREACHING, IRRITATION, MIGRATION AND RETURN TO HIS CITY
* It is further written in the kalki Puran that ” Kalki avtar will start his preaching from the city SHAMBHAL GARAM (Makkah: city of peace) which is situated in SALAM DEEP (Jazeeratul Arab), but people of that city will be against him and irritate him, so he will migrate to another city (Madina) which will be covered with mountains. Then after few years, he will be returned to his city with sword and conquer the city and the whole country.”
This prediction also fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). He started his preaching from Makkah (city of peace), which is situated in Jazeeratul Arab (salam deep), when people of Makkah tried to irritate him he migrated towards the city covered with mountains (Madina) with his companions. And after few years he came back with sword and his 10,000 companions and conquered the city Makkah and after that the whole Arab. For reference please study life history of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and this incidence is famous with the name of ” Fateh Makkah” in the Islamic history.
A FLYING HORSE FROM GOD
* He will receive a flying horse from God, which will be faster than lightning. Riding it he will go around earth and seven skies” (Bhagwat Puran Khand 12, Adhay 2, Shloka19-20)
This prediction is about Kalki Avtar also match with the Incidence of “MIRAJ” For reference see Holy Quran (17.1) and for detail Hadith s of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) regarding Incidence of Miraj. According to these references Prophet Muhammad traveled the seven skies and there he met with previous Prophets, and for this God gave him a horse name BARQ which mean lightning and word Miraj mean height and ladder. Please study life history of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for details.
SPLITTING OF MOON
* According to the scripture Kalki Avtaar will split the moon.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) showed this miracle 1,400 ago. For reference see Holy Quran (54:1-3) “The hour drew night and moon rend (split) in twain …” For more details about moon splitting please study the hadiths of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) (Volume 4, book 56, number 830-832 and volume 5, book 58, number 209-211) According to these hadiths” the people of Makkah asked Allah’s Apostle to show a miracle (sign of his Prophecy). So he showed them the moon split in two halves between which they saw the Hiram Mountain”
There is an interesting tradition in India. Bhoj was an Indian king, there is still city Bhoj on his name in the territory of Kachh (Gujrat). Raja was born after so many years of Bhavish Puran during the time of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). One night he saw moon splitting in two, he asked the Pundits, they studied the Vedas and Puranas, and told the king that this is the miracle of last prophet, when king asked the signs or descriptions of the Prophet, they told,” He will be from the city of peace (Makkah) and will be born in the house of a religious saint, his name will be “Narashansah” (praise one: Muhammad in Arabic), he will have four Khulafa and have 12 wifes “. In search of Narashansah, he came to know that he appeared in Makkah. He met with him and embraced Islam at the hand of prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and prophet gave him the name Abdullah, when he came back to home his family did not accept him. He spend his whole life in remembering Prophet and in worship of one God. For reference (Dr. Kamala Kant Tewari’s book “Kalyuge Ke Antim Rishi” Page5, he took this from Pundit Dharm Ved Apadhye’s book “Antim Ishwar Doot” page 97). So Raja was the first Indian who embraced Islam.
ANGELS WILL HELP HIM DURING WAR
* Kalki Avtar will be helped by angels during war. (Kalki Puran Adhay 2, Shloka 7)
This prediction also fit on prophet Muhammad (PBUH), when during the battle of UHAD, BADR etc. God sent His Angels for his help. For reference see Holy Quran (3:123,124,125) “And Allah must assuredly helped you at Badr when you were mortified, therefore fear Allah, in order that you will give thanks to Him. When you said to the believers, is it not enough for you that your Lord should reinforce you with three thousand (3,000) angels sent down upon you? Rather, if you have patience and cautions, and they suddenly come against you, your Lord will reinforce you with five thousand (5,000) angles”
Holy Quran (9:25) ” Allah has helped you on many a battlefield …”
FOUR COMPANIONS OF KALKI AVTAR
* Kalki Avtar with his four companions or will kill the evil. (Kaiki Puran.Adhay 2,Shloka5)
There were four companions or helpers of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) who helped him in spreading Islam. Their names are Umar (ra), Abu Bakr (ra), Usman (ra) and Ali (ra). After death of Prophet these companions ruled the country and practically imposed the religion. They are known as Khulafa – e – Rashideen in Islamic history. So this prediction also fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
KALKI AVTAR WILL BE THE LAST AVTAR
* There are 24 main Prophet, but Kalki Avtar will be the last one, who will be the end (seal) of all Prophets. (Bhagwat Puran Partham Khand Adhay 3, Shloka 25)
No Prophet except Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) has declared him as the last Prophet and it is the faith of every Muslim that Prophet Muhammad is the last Prophet and no Prophet will come after him. God Himself declared Muhammad (PBUH) as the last Prophet. For reference see (Holy Quran 33.40) ” he (Muhammad) is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of Prophets, and Allah is aware of all things ..” and in another place God says, ” .. This day I have perfected your religion for you and completed my favor to you. I have approved Islam to be your religion …” (5.3)
Another interesting thing is that, in the Holy Quran there are 25 Prophets mentioned by name including Prophet Ahmed (Muhammad) himself, so there were 24 main Prophets before Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). So these two predictions also fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)
TULSI DAAS AND DESCRIPTIONS OF KALKI AVTAR
A famous religious Scholar “TULSI DAAS” presents his conclusion in his book “RAMAYAN”, which contains the story of Shri Ram. In this book he discussed and concluded the predictions and indications, which are mentioned in ” Sangram Puran” kand 12, Adheyae6.
* “Here I will not favored anyone, I will say only that which Sadhu and Sants have said in the light of Vedas& Purans.”
* “He will born in 7th Century of Bakrami and with the light of his 4 Sun, he will be appeared in the great darkness.”
Muhammad (PBUH) was born on 12th Baisakh of 628 (7th Century) Bakrami and 4 Sun referred to four Khalifas, as mentioned above.
* “And he will preach his religion with wisdom and he will give good news and forbid too.”
This prediction also fit on Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) for reference see Holy Quran (33:45,46,47) “O Prophet! LO! WE have sent thee as a witness and a bringer of good tidings and a Warner. And as a summoner unto Allah by His permission, and as a Lamp that give light. And announce unto the believers the good tidings (good news) they will have great bounty from Allah.”
* “He will have 4 respected Khalifas.”
As their name have been mentioned above, Umar, Abu Bakr, Usman & Ali, known as Khulafa – e – Rashedeen in Islamic history.
* “And when he and his religion will be appeared then, there will be no refuge with out Muhammad (PBUH)”
To understand the refuge of Muhammad please see Holy Quran (4.13-14) “… he who obey Allah and His messenger (Muhammad), He will admit him to Gardens underneath which rivers flow that is a great wining. And he who disobey Allah and His messenger (Muhammad) and transgress His Bounds; he will admit him to a fire and shall live in it forever. For him, there is a humiliating punishment.” And further in Holy Quran (3.132) “Obey Allah and the Messenger (Muhammad) in order to be subjected to mercy.”
* “He will be match less and there will be no likeness to him, Tulsi Daas is what ever saying is pet and true.”
According to Quran (68:4) “And thou (standest) on an exalted standard of character.” And (“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah, a beautiful pattern (of conduct)”(33:21).
* “The stair of 10,000 years Prophecy will be completed, then no one will get this Prophecy.
As explained above (Holy Quran 33:40) ” he (Muhammad) is the messenger of Allah and the Seal of Prophets, and Allah is aware of all things ..”
* “A star will shine on the Land of Arab and that land will be very respectable and glorified.”
When all Arabs were is great darkness Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) appeared like a star with the light of Holy Quran.
* “He will show miracles and will be called as friend of God.
Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) showed many miracles. One of them was miracle of moon splitting as mentioned above.
SOME MORE CLEAR INDICATIONS OF KALKI AVTAR
Following are some more and clear indications from Bhovishya Puran: Prati Sarg, Part III:3,3, 5-27 about Kalki Avtar, which clearly fit by name Muhammad & Ahmed and referred to Prophet Muhammad (PBUH).
NAME AND PLACE OF KALKI AVTAR
* “A malechha (belonging to a foreign country and speaking foreign language) spiritual teacher will appear with his companions. His name will be MAHAMMAD. Raja (Bhoj) after giving this Mahadev Arab (of angelic disposition) a bath in the ‘Panchgavya’ and the Ganges water, (i.e. purging him of all sins) offered him the presents of his sincere devotion and showing him all reverence said, ‘I make obeisance to thee.’ ‘O Ye! The pride of mankind, (“Ye have indeed in the Messenger of Allah, a beautiful pattern (of conduct)”[Al-Qur’an 33:21].) the dweller in Arabia, (The Sanskrit word Marusthal means a sandy track of land or a desert.) Ye have collected a great force to kill the Devil and you yourself have been protected from the malechha opponents (idol worshipers, pagans).’ ‘O Ye! The image of the Most Pious God the biggest Lord, I am a slave to thee, take me as one lying on thy feet.’..” (Bhovishya Puran)
* “The Malechhas have spoiled the well-known land of the Arabs. Arya Dharma is not to be found in that country. (Bhovishya Puran)
The name of the Avtar clearly mentioned as “Mahammad” and no other Prophet had this name except Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) the last Prophet. It is further clear that Kalki Avtar will be not from the land of India. Rather, he will be from the land of Arab and in Arab there was only Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) born. It is also clear that Aryan religion was only found in India, not in Arabia. The Prophet did not physically take a bath in the Panchgavya and the water of Ganges. Since the water of Ganges is considered holy, taking bath in the Ganges is an idiom, which means washing away sins or immunity from all sorts of sins. Here the prophecy implies that Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) was sinless, i.e. Maasoom.
* “Before also there appeared a misguided fiend whom I had killed [note: e.g., Abraha Al-Ashram, the Abyssinian viceroy of Yemen, who attacked Makkah]; he has now again appeared being sent by a powerful enemy. To show these enemies the right path and to give them guidance the well-known MAHAMAD (Mohammad), who has been given by me the epithet of Brahma is busy in bringing the Pishachas to the right path. O Raja! You need not go to the land of the foolish Pishachas, you will be purified through my kindness even where you are”. (Bhovishya Puran)
MEAT & LAWFUL THING EATER, BEARD KEEPER AND ANOUNCING FOR PRAYER (ADAN)
* “At night, he of the angelic disposition, the shrewd man, in the guise of a Pishacha said to Raja Bhoj, “O Raja! Your Arya Dharma has been made to prevail over all religions, but according to the commandments of ‘Ishwar Parmatma (God, Supreme Spirit), I shall enforce the strong creed of the meat-eaters.” (Bhovishya Puran)
It is also clear that Kalki Avtar will be meat eater, while in Hindu Dhama meat eating is prohibited. So it is clear that Kalki Avtar will not be from Hindu Dharma. Some people may argue that ‘Raja’ Bhoj mentioned in the prophecy lived in the 11th century C.E. 500 years after the advent of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and was the descendant in the 10th generation of Raja Shalivahan. These people fail to realise that there was not only one Raja of the name Bhoj. The Egyptian Monarchs were called as Pharaoh and the Roman Kings were known as Caesar, similarly the Indian Rajas were given the title of Bhoj. There were several Raja Bhoj who came before the one in 11th Century C.E.)
* “My follower will be a man circumcised, without a tail (on his head), keeping beard, creating a revolution, announcing call for prayer (Adan) and will be eating all lawful things. He will eat all sorts of animals except swine”. (Bhovishya Puran)
In Hindu Dharam Pundits or Brahmins keeps the tail on their heads, while according to Hindu Scripture Kalki will be without tail and on the contrary, he will be keeping the beard, it is well known that it is the sunnah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) to keep the beard. And only in Islam, Muslims call for prayer during their Adan before Namaz (prayer). In Islam all lawful things and animals are allowed or Halal, while, swine or pork is prohibited (Haram) by God. According to Quran (5.88) “Eat of the lawful and good things, which Allah has provided you.” And (2.173) “He has forbidden you the dead blood, and the flesh of swine”)
KALKI AVTAR WILL BE MUSLIM
* “They will not seek purification from the holy shrubs, but will be purified through warfare (Jihad). Because of their fighting the irreligious nations, they will be known as Musalmans (Muslims). I shall be the originator of this religion of the meat-eating nation.” (Bhovishya Puran)
This indication has clearly proved that the Kalki Avtar is none other than Prophet Muhammad (PBUH), because the Nation or Ummah of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) is known as Muslims or Musalman.
* “AHMAD acquired religious Law (Shariah) from his Lord. This religious Law is full of wisdom. I receive light from him just as from the Sun..”[Sama Veda II:6,8]
* The Sanskrit word used is Sushrama, which means praiseworthy or well praised which in Arabic means Muhammad (PBUH). [Rigveda Book I, Hymn 53 verse 9]
Another name of Prophet Muhammad is AHMED, no other prophet had this name except prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as Prophet Esa (PBUH) also gave the indication of a Messenger to his nation, who will come after him and his name will be AHMED. According to Quran (61.6)”And remember, Jesus, the son of Mary, said, ‘O Children of Israel! I am the messenger of Allah (sent) to you, confirming the Law (which came) before me and giving glad tidings of a messenger to come after me, whose name shall be AHMED.’ But when he came to them with clear signs, they said, ‘this is evident sorcery!” (61.6) Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) gave the Islamic Law of SHARIAH. According to Quran (34.28) ” We have sent thee but as a universal (Messenger) to men, giving them glad tidings and warning them (against sin), but most men understand not.”
KALKI WILL BE CAMEL RIDER AND 60,090 ENEMIES
* “He is Narashansah or the praised one (Muhammad). He is Kaurama: the prince of peace or the emigrant, who is safe, even amongst a host of 60,090 enemies. He is a camel-riding Rishi, whose chariot touches the heaven”. [Atharvaveda book 20 Hymn 127 verses 1-13]
The Sanskrit word Narashansah means ‘the praised one’, which is the literal translation of the Arabic word Muhammad (PBUH). The Sanskrit word Kaurama means ‘one who spreads and promotes peace’. The holy Prophet was the ‘Prince of Peace’ and he preached equality of human kind and universal brotherhood. Kaurama also means an emigrant. The Prophet migrated from Makkah to Madinah and was thus also an Emigrant. He will be protected from 60,090 enemies, which was the population of Makkah. The Prophet would ride a camel. This clearly indicates that it cannot be an Indian Rishi, This mantra gave the Rishi’s name as Mamah. No rishi in India or another Prophet had this name Mamah that is derived from Mah, which means to esteem highly, or to revere, to exalt, etc. Some Sanskrit books give the Prophet’s name as ‘Mohammad’. According to Buddhism, Buddha said ” I am not the only Buddha after me, at appropriate time a great Buddah will come and his name will be “MAITREYA” which means love, kindness, compassion, mercy etc. The Arabic for mercy is rehmet. RAHMAT is the title given to the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in the Holy Quran (21:07) “Rahmatan lil Alameen” Mercy unto the worlds. Buddha further said, “He will migrate from his homeland” (Makkah to Madinah).
Source: PPIM Forum
The intention and aim of writing this article is a try, to convince Hindus to accept Islam as their religion, with the fact references from their own Vedas (Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sam Veda Atharva Veda). Because according to these Veda Idol or Murti worship is prohibited in their religion and on the contrary, worship of one God alone is allowed. And secondly, The Kalki Avtar to whom, Hindus are waiting for his coming, has been mentioned by name “Muhammad & Ahmed” in these Vedas. And Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) fulfill all those specifications and indications of kalki Avtar which have been mentioned in the their Vedas. So, now it is the religious duty of every Hindu to accept Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as their last Avtar and accept his religion (Islam), which is approved by God.
According to a Hadith, “Muhammad (PBUH) said; ‘I feel cool breeze (refreshment) from AL – HIND (Muslims of India)”. (Abu Dawud)
Famous poet Allama Muhammad Iqbal used this Hadith in his poetry as ” Meer – e – Arab ko Aayi thandi hawan jahan se” “Mera watan wahi hai, mera watan wahi hai.” (Where the Arabia Leader felt cool breeze coming from, that is my country, that is my country.)
The cool breeze from Hind, which Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) felt was none other than the vast majority and huge numbers of Muslim population in this region, who is going to be converted from Hindus into Muslims in the future. No other region in this world has such a big number of converted Muslim populations. This conversion of Hindus into Muslims is an evidence and proof that, Hindus have the element and psychological instinct of accepting Islam, more than any other religion or nation. But unfortunately, this conversion of Hindus into Muslims has been seized and stopped, because the character of Muslims has not been so impressive from the last few hundred years, as it was before, when Muslims regime conquered and ruled over this region of subcontinent. At that time Hindus converted into Muslims very fast and in big numbers, due to good character and behavior of Muslim rulers.
To make this process of conversion fast, and to keep this cool breeze flowing, Muslims must make and present their characters according to their religion and then preach the Hindus not only with the reference of The Holy Quran but with reference of their own Hindu Scriptures as well. Because if Hindu will truly follow their own Scriptures they will be automatically convinced towards Islam. Yes! This is a very strange argument to convince Hindus towards Islam with Hindu Scriptures? Because in Hindu Scriptures the concepts of Tauheed and prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are found, as found in Christianity’s Scriptures (Bible). After reading this article our minds will be cleared, that who Muslims can convince Hindus towards Islam with reference to their own Hindu Scriptures.
* “We sent a Messenger to every nation, sayings worship Allah and avoid the idols. Amongst them were some whom Allah guided, and some justly disposed to error. Travel in the land and see what was the end of those belied (the revelation and the Prophets) “(16:36)
It is possible, that God has sent any Messenger with some Sahifa or Scripture, in which worship of one unseen God and the indications or signs of the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) were mentioned. And, later on after passing thousands of years their followers changed the message according to their own materialistic desires and manipulated, distorted the true message and mixed with some other man-made religion, for their benefit, as Christians did with their Bible. According to the Quran,
* “O people of the Scripture! Stress not in your religion other than the truth, and follow not the vain desires of folk who erred of old and led many astray ….” (5:77)
* “As such We have assigned for every Prophet an enemy; the Satans of human and Jinn, revealing varnish speech (fancy words) to each other, all as a delusion (deceive). But had your Lord willed, they would not have done so. Therefore, leave them and what they invent.” (6:112)
* “Generations came thereafter who lost the Salat prayer and pursued their lusts (desires). “(19:59)
MEANINGS OF HINDU
The word Hindu is not a religious word. It is secular in origin. It has been derived from the word Indo, Sindhu, which is the name of a major river that flows in the northwestern region of the Indian subcontinent. The ancient Greeks and Armenians used to refer the people living beyond the river Sindhu as Hindus and gradually the name struck. After centuries the Aryans came down, and where they started living, they named the place Aryavart and long afterwards it was named as Bhartvarsh. When the Muslims came to the subcontinent they called the people living in the region as Hindustanis to distinguish them from the foreign Muslims. Subsequently when the British established their rule, they started calling the local religions collectively under the name of Hinduism. So whosoever was living across the Sindhu was called Indu & now Hindu whether Muslim, Christian etc.
It is interesting to note that the word is neither Sanskrit nor Dravidian and did not originate in India. The word Hindu is also not mentioned in Hindu Scriptures. If, we go by the original definition of the word Hindu, any one who lives in the subcontinent is generally a Hindu, whatever religion he or she practices. It took the shape of an “Ism” lately, by Pundits and Brahmins. The rites, sects and ceremonies prevailing in the valley of River Sind were named as Hinduism. It means Hinduism in itself is nothing. It is a formulation and manipulation of Pundits and Brahmins and not of any Avtar or God.
THE HISTORY OF HINDUISM
Hinduism is one of the oldest religions of the world. The European historians of early 20th Century grudgingly accepted the period around 2500 B.C. But many present day scholars, especially from India, do not agree with this opinion. Hinduism can be better estimated from the astronomical evidence available in the Hindu Scriptures. These evidences suggest that the Hinduism has a long and checkered history of at least 6,000 years or more. Hinduism is not a religion, but a set of beliefs, rites, ceremonies, customs, traditions and cultures, which have evolved over a period of time in the valley of river Sindh. It is only a way of life, based upon a local group of religious movements evolved in the Indian subcontinent over a vast period of time. It is not based upon a single scripture. No definition of Hinduism truly justifies the true meaning and significance of Hinduism. Murti or Idol worship was added by Pundits & Brahmins. Now, it is for Hindu scholar’s to think, as to where they stand.
HINDUS ARE NOT FOLLOWING THEIR RELIGION GIVEN IN THE VEDAS
The VEDAS are divided into four books: Rig Veda, Yajur Veda, Sam Veda and Atharva Veda. Of these, the first three books are considered the more ancient books, and the Rig Veda is the oldest of them. Swami Daya Nand, founder of the Arya Samaj, holds the opinion that the Vedas were revealed 1.3 billion years ago, while others scholars hold the opinion that they are not more than four thousand years old.
Yajur Veda chapter 31, Rig Veda Mandal 10 sukta 129, Atharva Veda 8/11/3-6 & Saam Veda 617 say that the knowledge of four Vedas is direct from God. According to four Vedas God is mentioned as SWAYAMBHUHU — SWAYAM means self and BHUHU means powers which means power of God is due to His own power. God has unlimited qualities for example Yajur Veda mantra 40/8 says God is everywhere, He has no shape. Upanishads says ‘TAD SRISHTA TADNU PRAVISHT’ means God created Universe & entered therein. All the four Vedas say about the God, in Yajur Veda chapter 32/3 “The Formless Supreme Spirit that pervades the universe can have no material representation, likeness or image.” In Rig Veda Mandal 10 sukta 129 ” God creates but nobody create God” and Rig Veda 5:1:81 says “Verily, great is the glory of the divine creator” and Atharva Veda 20:58:3 says ” God is verily great” In Sanskrit Brahma means “The Creator” translated into Arabic means “Khaaliq” and Creator in English. According to Quran (15:86) “Your Lord is the Creator, the knower” and in (6:10) ” HE is the Creator of the heaven and earth.” So, Worship of one God alone is mentioned in Veda for example Rigveda 8:1:1 “O friends, do not worship anybody but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him alone”. These four Vedas also talks about the prophecy of Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) in [Sama Veda II: 6,8] [Rigveda Book I, Hymn 53 verse 9] [Rig Veda V, 27, Mantra 1] and in [Kuntap Sukt, Atharva Veda, Mantra 3] details are coming below.
Unfortunately, the knowledge of the Vedas have been stopped to be listened during the last five thousand years, that is why, the worship of only one God is not being done. During the materialistic period this traditional task has been ear marked tough by mostly saints & public under the influence of so-called saints. For-example Tulsi says in Ramayan “DWIJ SHRUTI BECHAK” i.e., present Gurus have sold Vedas means they never study Vedas & do know nothing about Vedas. In the next saying “SHRUTI BIRODH RAT SAB NAR NARI” means man, woman & their children have taken bold steps against the Vedas. Up to the time of Mahabharta there was no temple. Thereafter, the knowledge of Vedas decreased & between two to three thousands years the temple has been made. The books (Mahabharta & Bhagwat Geeta etc) came after the Vedas have been described and explained on the basis of sects or self made views of present so called saints, whereas the Vedas were written by ancient Rishis. After MAHABHARAT war the knowledge of Vedas did minimize and almost came to an end, and therefore, so many sects and way of worship came in existence. So, the reason of the temples and murti is only due to the decrease and little knowledge of Vedas, for the last about three thousands years, because before this period there was no temple. Temple provision is only in the sects made by Pundits and not in the Vedas. So when there was the knowledge of Vedas, only one God was worshiped. This is how religion given in the Vedas changed or converted into Hinduism by the Pundits, Brahmins and so called saints.
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN MUSLIM AND HINDU
The difference between Muslim and Hindu belief is the perception of God. The common Hindu consider everything as God like tree, sun, moon, snake and even human beings as manifestation of God. On the contrary, Muslim believe, that everything is God’s. In other words everything belongs to God, like tree, sun, moon, snake, human beings and everything in this universe belongs to God. So the main difference between Hindu and Muslim beliefs is that Hindu says everything is God and Muslim says everything is God’s. The common Hindu belief in multiple gods while learned Hindus, who are well versed in their scriptures, insist that a Hindu should believe in and worship only one God. Lets take a look some verses about the basic concepts of God in Hindu scriptures with the comparison of Holy Quran.
CONCEPT OF TAUHEED (WORSHIP OF ONE GOD “ALONE”) IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* Qur’an: “Say: He is Allah, The ONE and ONLY. Allah, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.” [Al-Qur’an 112:1-4]
* Hindu Scriptures: “I am the goal of life, the LORD and support of all, the inner witness, the abode of all. I am the only refuge, the ONE true friend; I am the beginning, the staying, and the end of creation; I am the womb and the eternal seed. I am heat; I give and withhold the rain. I am immortality and I am death; I am what is and what is not”[Bhagavad Gita 9:18-19]
* Hindu Scriptures: ” O friends, do not worship ANYBODY but Him, the Divine One. Praise Him ALONE.”[Rigveda 8:1:1]
* Hindu Scriptures: “He is ONE ONLY without a second.” [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]
* Hindu Scriptures: “There is only ONE God, not the second; not at all, not at all, not in the least bit.”[Brahma Sutra]
CONCEPT OF UNSEEN GOD IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* Qur’an: “No vision can grasp Him But His grasps is over all vision: He is Above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things.” [Al-Qur’an 6:103]
* Qur’an: “There is nothing whatever like unto Him.”[Al-Qur’an 42:11]
* Hindu Scriptures: “There is no likeness of Him.” [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:19]
* Hindu Scriptures: “His form is not to be seen; no one sees Him with the eye.” [Svetasvatara Upanishad 4:20]
* Hindu Scriptures: “That which cannot be seen by the eyes, but by which the eyes see, [Kena Upanishad]
* Hindu Scriptures: “The Formless Supreme Spirit that pervades the universe can have no material representation, likeness or image.” — (Yajur Veda 32:3.)
* Hindu Scriptures: “He is bodiless and pure.” [Yajurveda 40:8]
CONCEPT OF SHIRK IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* Qur’an: “Allah forgives not (The sin of) joining other gods With Him; but He forgives whom He pleases other sins than this: one who joins other gods with Allah, Has strayed far, far away (From the Right).” [4:116]
* Qur’an: “We sent a Messenger to every nation, sayings worship Allah and avoid the idols. Amongst them were some whom Allah guided, and some justly disposed to error,. Travel in the land and see what was the end of those belied (the revelation and the Prophets) “[16:36]
* Hindu Scriptures: “Of Him there are neither parents nor lord.” [Svetasvatara Upanishad 6:9]
* Hindu Scriptures: “They are enveloped in darkness, in other words, are steeped in ignorance and sunk in the greatest depths of misery who worship the uncreated, eternal prakrti — the material cause of the world — in place of the All-pervading God, but those who worship visible things born of the prakrti, such as the earth, trees, bodies (human and the like) in place of God are enveloped in still greater darkness, in other words, they are extremely foolish, fall into an awful hell of pain and sorrow, and suffer terribly for a long time” (Yajur Veda 40:9.)
* Hindu Scriptures: “Those whose intelligence has been stolen by material desires surrender unto demigods and follow the particular rules and regulations of worship according to their own natures.” [Bhagavad Gita 7:20]
THE CONCEPT OF DIVINE CREATOR (GOD) IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* Qur’an: “Your Lord is the Creator, the knower”(15:86)
* Qur’an: “HE is the Creator of the heaven and earth.” (6:10)
* Hindu Scriptures: “God creates but nobody create God.” (Rig Veda Mandal 10 sukta 129)
* Hindu Scriptures: “Verily, great is the glory of the Divine Creator.” (Rig Veda 5:1:81)
* Hindu Scriptures: “God is verily great” (Atharva Veda 20:58:3)
THE DISBELIEVERS IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* Qur’an: “Deaf, dumb, and blind, they will not return (to the path).”[Al-Qur’an 2:18]
* Hindu Scriptures: ” There maybe someone who sees the words and yet indeed does not see them; may be another one who hears these words but indeed does not hear them.” [Rigveda 10:71:4]
CONCEPT OF KABAH IN HINDU SCRIPTURES
* “Brahma (Abrahim) stayed in this abode which is illumined by heavenly light and covered with Divine blessings. It is the place that gives (spiritual) life to the people and is unconquerable.” (Atharva Veda X, 2, Mantra 33)
* “Whether it is built high, its walls are in a straight line or not, but God is seen in every corner of it. He who knows the House of God, knows it because God is remembered there. This abode of the angels has eight circuits and nine gates. It is unconquerable, there is eternal life in it and it is resplendent with Divine light. (Atharva Veda X, 2, Mantras 28 and 31)
The Kabah is not exactly cubical and its sides are not of the same length. The Holy Sanctuary (Haram) of which Ka’abah is at the center remains open day and night throughout the year and it is always filled with people praying and supplicating to Allah (the One True God). Muslims face toward it during prayer forming circle in the Haram (Holy House) and the circle extends out in this manner throughout the planet Earth. The holy sanctuary (Haram) has remained unconquerable. Abraha al-Ashram, the Abbysinian viceroy of Yemen, tried to demolish it in 570 CE with a strong army and hordes of Elephants. By Allah’s Command, the ‘Abaabeel’ (flying creatures, birds) pelted stones at Abraha’s army and decimated it, leaving them like green crops devoured by cattle. This incident is described in the Surah 105 of the Qur’an.