Answering The Critics
This section presents in simple accusation and response format, answers to common distortions and fabrications made against the religion of Al-Islam. Subjects such as the meaning of Jihad, treatment of women, terrorism, slavery, spread of Al-Islam by the sword, racism, religious tolerance, honor killings, concept of Allah and other subjects will be addressed. The intent of this section is to address, head on, the most common charges made against Al-Islam portrayed in main stream media today and by enemies of Al-Islam. It will provide ready answers to those most critical of Al-Islam.
Regarding the "chosen people": don't Muslims believe that Islam is the true path and that those who recognize Muhammad and follow the Five Pillars are above idolaters and non-Muslims? Jews believe their religion is the chosen one. Muslims and Christians think the same about their own.
You also have no proof that Moses was not a Hebrew nationalist (for lack of a better term). Perhaps he was.
Your description is not necessarily correct. Islam does not have an exclusive idea about religion. While recognizing that the revelation sent to Muhammad is the completion of the message sent by God to humanity we don't have a position of animosity towards other religions. We do not believe that it is an all or none world where either you become a Muslim or go to hell. The Qur'an is very clear about that. It says ANY who believe in God and do good works will receive a reward from God. It also adds "on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve." The history of tolerance and cooperation of Muslims with other religions is there on the pages of history to read.
Is our Destiny PREORDAINED? Answer with references for your comments with whatever sources you like. And what role does our freedom of choice play if our life is PREORDAINED?
As Salaamu Alaikum!
This has been a spirited discussion about a very difficult topic: Predestiny or preordainment (Qadar) vs. free will. This is a topic that has plagued philosophers through the ages. I hope to contribute something of value to the discussion, although it may prove controversial to some.
While there is a distinction that some make between Qadar and Qadr, for ease of discussion I will use the word Qadar to represent them both for simplicity. I'll share the distinction at some point in these comments.
To approach this topic, it is very important to clarify the crux of the matter. Akbar is not asking only for the definitions of predestination and free will, but he wants to know how others resolve the seeming contradiction in the two concepts.
The foundational concept of predestination as most understand it is that the future actions and events in a person's life are already decreed (predetermined) prior to and/or at the moment of an individual's conception or birth.
In other words, Allah had ordered prior to each of our births that we each would be engaged in this discussion and write the words we have written.
Allah or Jesus?Last month I attended my annual training session that's required for maintaining my state prison security clearance. During the training session there was a presentation by three speakers representing the Roman Catholic, Protestant and Muslim faiths, who explained each of their belief systems.I was particularly interested in what the Islamic Imam had to say. The Imam gave a great presentation of the basics of Islam, complete with a video. After the presentations, time was provided for questions and answers.When it was my turn, I directed my question to the Imam and asked: "Please, correct me if I'm wrong, but I understand that most Imams and clerics of Islam have declared a holy jihad [Holy war] against the infidels of the world. And, that by killing an infidel, which is a command to all Muslims, they are assured of a place in heaven. If that's the case, can you give me the definition of an infidel?"