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Free Course on the Bible by Ustadh Ali Ataie

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A new course from SeekersGuidance, seeks to introduce and teach the Christian Bible’s 3 Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John to Muslims. This course will introduce students to the four gospels found in the New Testament (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John) and provide them with new insights and a more nuanced understanding of who Jesus (peace be upon him) was for the objective of calling others to the truth of Islam. Click here to register for the course. SPACES ARE LIMITED.

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Debate Audio: Bob Siegel vs Ijaz Ahmad

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Maligned apologist and radio show host, Bob Siegel and I faced off on what one can only describe as a controversial encounter. What should have been a debate about scripture and reliability, quickly turned into Bob describing Christ as a mass murderer whose return spells death and torture for non-Christians. What’s worse is, when actually questioned about the New Testament’s reliability, Bob really had no answers, leaving much of the debate to be about anything other than scriptural reliability, hear the debate here!

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Debate Video: Samuel Green vs Ijaz Ahmad

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I faced off against Pastor Samuel Green, dubbed by most Christians internationally as being the world’s foremost apologist. With decades of experience and expertise in the debate circuit, Pastor Samuel is well respected for his views and well spoken style of discourse. As usual, I promised to use arguments that the Pastor would not have expected. While I was underwhelmed with the Pastor’s arguments, I was thrilled to engage him in a public debate, click this link to view the debate and see what went down!

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23
Apr

[Updated] Nabeel Qureishi and Islam?

Update: One Christian extremist is defending Mirza Ghulam as not being a God according to Qadiani beliefs, I strongly suggest that he sticks to his religion of Christianity which encourages gross forms of deceit and intellectual misconduct. Here is an excerpt from Mirza’s own writings, point #6 where he claims to be God incarnate. It would seem that this Christian extremist is unable to stand up to even the most minute forms of intellectual criticism.

Original Article:

Christian evangelists are lauding Nabeel Qureishi’s change from Islam to a now full time Christian apologist. Let’s just put this into perspective, before celebrating any victory. Nabeel Qureishi was a Qadiani (equitable to what Unitarians are to Trinitarians in Christianity), who went from believing that a 20th century Indian man, was a Prophet, Messiah and God, to believing that a 1st century Hebrew man was a Prophet, Messiah and God.

Somehow changing the year and ethnicity, doesn’t strike me as a major change.

Christians though are invited to explain to me how orthodox Islam which disbelieves and discredits any claim for one man to be a Prophet, Messiah and God; at anytime in history, can be equated with orthodox Islamic beliefs? Or how to hold one’s Christology from a 20th century Indian man to a 1st century Hebrew man, can be equated with orthodox Islamic belief?

In other words, if Nabeel goes from believing in an Indian Jesus archetype, to a Hebraic Jesus archetype, it really isn’t bad news for us Muslims. It helps us demonstrate that Qadianism, founded by the self claimant to Prophecy, Messiahship and Godship declare themselves to be Christians with a 20th century flavour. For in pure honesty, Qadianism is Christianity with an Indian man instead of a Hebrew one.

Just to make it easy for comparison, Nabeel’s faith development:

  • Mirza Ghulam Ahmad – 20th century, Indian male, Messiah, Prophet, God.
  • Jesus the Christ – 1st century, Hebrew male, Messiah, Prophet, God.

What…a…change!

22
Apr

Mark Bennet Inciting Deceit for Popularity

In the below screenshot from the still public profile of Christian extremist and mouth piece of one Sam Shamoun, Mark Bennet (who thrives off of stealing personal photos of people and publishing sexual scenarios, using the photos he stole), we can see the claim of a Christian woman. This Christian, states that I ran away from a debate and I am a coward, because I refused to debate a team of Christian apologists willing to fly to my home country of Trinidad and Tobago. To demonstrate the wicked and deceitful nature of these specific Christian extremists, I give you the entire chat log from Facebook with said woman. I invite Miss Jane Kim to publish the chat log on Mark’s website to validate the chat log below. Nothing has been edited or removed. This is the fruit of the Holy Spirit among Christians, inventing claims and lying for popularity and donation monies.

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Let’s focus on this one woman’s claim, lauded by Mark Bennet and his gang of sexually deviant extremists (see this article and this other article):

 

  • 28 December 2012
  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 17:44

    Facebook User

    Hello Ijaz, My name is Kim and I have been reading your posting and thought it would be fabulous if you would be willing to be open for perhaps a Christian debate? If you are open for the idea, please let me know? Thank you so much for your consideration, Kim

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 18:48

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Hi Kim,

    I’m always open for debate.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 18:55

    Facebook User

    Oh that is wonderful. Would you be open to a video debate perhaps one on Skype or Paltalk which also has Video Rooms?

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 19:17

    Ijaz Ahmad

    My upcoming debate is on paltalk, audio only though.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 19:18

    Facebook User

    Would you be interested in setting up a Video debate perhaps in 30-90 out?

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 19:25

    Facebook User

    (sorry I meant to say 30-90 days out)?

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 19:32

    Ijaz Ahmad

    with whom? You?

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 19:43

    Facebook User

    No, not me but perhaps a friend of mine from India

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 19:50

    Ijaz Ahmad

    I don’t usually debate any Tom, Dick and Harry that comes along, have your friend contact me and I’d see if they’re up to mark.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:07

    Facebook User

    Oh, I see, well I do not want to bother him if you say no, so here take a look at his credentials before I mention it to him and let me know what you think and what your timeframe looks like, ok?He is part of the Sakshi team and perhaps if you agree I can arrange for the debate. The following is their link, but the man speaking is not my friend. Kindly, Kim

    http://www.sakshitimes.net/blog/2008/12/25/debate-invitation/

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  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:08

    Ijaz Ahmad

    I know about Sakshi, they won’t debate me. You are free to try and arrange it though.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:09

    Facebook User

    Consider it arranged….my friend said he would love to debate you at least 30 days out.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:11

    Facebook User

    Why dont you name the date and I will arrange the room through Paltalk Video….here are some topics would any of these interest you? 1. Crucifixion of Jesus Christ and Death of Muhammad

     

    2. Sin and Salvation in the Bible and the Quran

     

    3. Is Muhammad the prophet mentioned in the Bible (Looks one sided, but couldn’t think how to make this two sided)

     

    4. Yahweh of the Bible or Allah of the Quran

     

    5. Corrupted or not – Quran and the Bible

     

    6. Trinity of the Bible or Tawheed of the Quran

     

    7. Islam or Christianity, which is the true religion of peace

     

    8. Jesus of the Bible or Muhammad of the Islam, which is the best example for humanity

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:12

    Ijaz Ahmad

    £5.

    * number 5

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:12

    Facebook User

    Or…Prophethood of Muhammad and Apostleship of Paul.

    ok

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:12

    Ijaz Ahmad

    As I said, I don’t do video, only audio.

    They can be on video, but I prefer to remain speaking only on audio.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:14

    Facebook User

    He only does video…..since on audio what usually occurs is one simply googles, researches, others can be feeding info as well as scripts are read.

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:14

    Ijaz Ahmad

    I only do audio for the sake of my identity.

    Those are his reasons for video only? LOL

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:15

    Facebook User

    Oh comeon, we are never commanded under the New Covenant never to harm anyone

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:15

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Sorry, all of my debates are audio only, no one knows my face, real name etc. I keep it that way because of my age as well.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:15

    Facebook User

    Anyone could debate on audio while others are feeding the answers one would simply read off

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:16

    Ijaz Ahmad

    You think being on video will prevent Sakshi members from not helping each other? You can see the person, not his computer screen. That’s some weird logic.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:17

    Facebook User

    Most well-known Muslim Apologists debate live even

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:17

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Most well known Muslim apologists don’t debate on Paltalk either

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:18

    Facebook User

    There is no need to live in fear, perhaps other Muslims will benefit from seeing your boldness and be encouraged to become an apologist for your faith as well

    Paltalk is simply a convenient forum for those in separate countries

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:18

    Ijaz Ahmad

    This is not about living in fear This is about keeping my life private and protecting my identity as a young adult from victimization in a Christian country.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:19

    Facebook User

    Are you speaking of India or Trinidad?

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:19

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Plus your logic doesn’t add up. Seeing the person isn’t what matters, because they could be on google and various other websites and you’d never know, because all you’re seeing is the person.

    Trinidad.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:21

    Facebook User

    Yes, but as we are able to view Deedat and Zakir Naik in person and one’s passion can really be felt as oppossed to reading emotionless

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:22

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Plus, in my experience, having two cams running at once, as well with voice chat on Paltalk deteriorates the connection horribly, hence why people normally go for audio.

    The bar is set, if Sam Shamoun, Anthony Rogers and other well known Christian apologists can debate audio only as I do, I don’t see why Sakshi can’t.

    Too much fluff and little substance.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:23

    Facebook User

    I have some other forums we can use such as gotomeeting, or Skype Premium. Welll my dear, I must run now, but if you change your mind, please let me know and I will speak to him about this. Thank you so much for your consideration and may peace and blessings be upon you! Kindly, Kim

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    28/12/2012 20:24

    Ijaz Ahmad

    I’ve spent enough time discussing this, I have work to continue. Message me when you have something in concrete.

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:24

    Facebook User

    Thank you Ijaz!

  • Facebook User
    28/12/2012 20:44

    Facebook User

    Ijaz aside from the video debates, my friend also does face to face debates.

  • 29 December 2012
  • Facebook User
    29/12/2012 10:09

    Facebook User

    Ijaz, I discussed this possible debate with Sakshi, and they have never recd any debate invite from you. They have a strict debate criterion which you can see on http://www.sakshitimes.net/blog/2008/12/25/debate-invitation/. They receive many debate invites from boys high on enthusiasm but they typically back off when asked to send a profile. Anycase, if you can send me the correspondence that you sent them, I can ask them to cross check. Further to which I can ask them to respond to your email which you are supposed to have sent them earlier.

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  • Ijaz Ahmad
    29/12/2012 10:11

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Clarify whether or not they’d be willing to an English debate, audio only before I send a request.

    I don’t want to send one and then be told that I began to back out.

  • 29 December 2012
  • Facebook User
    29/12/2012 18:25

    Facebook User

    Dear Ijaz, There were two parts to my email to which you replied to only one part… Sakshi frequently gets claims by wannabes claiming that Sakshi didn’t accept their debate challenge when nothing to that effect was ever extended. Please send me the correspondence which you claim to have been sent to Sakshi… I hope I don’t get the usual “I don’t store email”. They are pretty occupied with their work in India and are very particular about video being a part of the debate… perhaps you can “re-forward” your “earlier correspondence” and work hopefully work it out with them

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    29/12/2012 18:26

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Please see my previous message. I told you >> before << I send, to ask your friend if he would do a audio only debate, as I don’t want to send a proposal and then be accused of backing out.

  • 31 December 2012
  • Facebook User
    31/12/2012 09:44

    Facebook User

    Audio debate is out of the question. Sakshi has debated Dawah groups having a million plus members in a mosque boldly hanging up banners “Quran is not the word of God”, they went there without police protection and just about 20 supporters in the crowd… this in a country (India) which offers a fraction of protection of civil rights such as what you enjoy in the Trinidad… they boldly do their work without any human support or protection nor hiding behind the façade of the Internet… no time for juveniles who cannot stand up boldly for their faith even when they are given full state protection. Comeon Ijaz, you are not a Christian living in Muslim country with the possibility of Islamic death threats. Remember Christians do not have a 9:29 to obey. When Sami Zataari, Shabir Aly, Osama Abdallah, etc can openly criticize Christianity in a “Christian” country without any fear, then you also need to come out of the closet, reject the mythological “islamophobia” and debate openly as your leaders do. If not, do not use Taqiyya trying to gain footage by saying Sakshi won’t debate you. They will, but you must debate out of our closet man to man. Kindly, Kim

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    31/12/2012 10:48

    Ijaz Ahmad

    Hi there Kim!

    Well thank you for proving your stereotyping to be wrong, if Sakshi members among millions of Muslims, can insult them inside of a Masjid and come out with not even a scratch, then you’ve proven your lie of ‘death threats’ and ’9:29 false interpretation’ to be wrong. Funny how proof by contradiction works, yes?

    Also, there is something you must know, I don’t have any pride, you can accuse me of being like Paul and using Taqiyya, you can accuse me of being scared, heck you can even accuse me of whatever you want, you’re not going to get a reaction from me. You’re a Christian, your motives are clear and your insincerity shines through the façade of ‘kindly organizing a debate’. Your last message clearly demonstrates your lowly intent.

    If Sam Shamoun, Anthony Rogers and even James White, from whom Sakshi steals most of their outdated information from can debate without video, then who does Sakshi think they are? The truth is, they are scared, and they will look for an excuse not to debate, they will create stringent rules and criteria just to make it impossible for a debate to happen

    When they are ready to grow up and don’t need their faces or names to be known for fame and donation money for their private use, let me know.

  • 31 December 2012
  • Facebook User
    31/12/2012 15:16

    Facebook User

    Dear Ijaz, Thanks for your mail. You still have not forwarded the debate invitation you claimed to have sent to Sakshi, when you stated above that you knew of them yet they would not debate with you.

    Perhaps Muslims cannot all be accused of obeying Surah 9:29. There are some like you who may follow Surah 43:88-89, Surah 109 and some may follow Surah 2:190-194 depending on their strength of population. So, it is very much an opportunistic ideology, depending upon one’s commitment to the Quran.

    Blessed Apostle Paul was not a follower of Muhammad to use Taqiyya “being like Paul and using Taqiyya” as you stated.

    Sam Shamoun, James White, etc do not have a closet hidden policy like you do. They may have debated without video due to technical constraints but they have also debated with video and in public square. Debates with Islamic stalwarts were all on video. With your “hide-behind the screen/veil” policy, how can one be sure of your true profile even? How can one be sure that you would not reappear with a changed name in a new website when you are thoroughly discredited in the debate?

    Anyways, we are speaking about Sakshi. They would want to debate with people who can boldly stand up for their own Religion. Why are you insisting on not having a video debate? When you grow up and can stand on your own and debate like a man, please let me know and I will arrange a debate for you with Sakshi.

  • Facebook User
    31/12/2012 15:20

    Facebook User

    Also, My comment about Sakshi debating in front of millions does not imply that the threat is not impending because as we all know fully well, in many countries precautions are often taking when debating live with Muslims such as metal detectors since Islam is the Religion of intolerance. Many have had looming threats from Muslims with the words of the Quran as justification, unlike the absence of any such words from the the New Testament words for the Dispensation of Grace. Kindly, Kim

  • Ijaz Ahmad
    31/12/2012 15:34

    Ijaz Ahmad

    I am sorry you have an overwhelming need to demean others when they do not bow to your whims and desires. You can speak whatever you wish of my religion, my God, my Prophet, you are a Christian, I don’t expect anything better from your ilk.

    You’ve wasted enough of my time Feel free to keep compensating for your own faith crisis by attacking Islam, it won’t change the reality before you.

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22
Apr

Seeking God, or Remaining in Self Imposed Exile/ Ignorance?

Question:

In a photo I recently viewed, it depicted a conversation between a missionary and an Eskimo man. The Eskimo asked the missionary,”if I did not know about God and sin, would I go to hell?”, the priest replied,”No, not if you did not know”, the Eskimo replied, “then why did you tell me?”.

Answer:

At first glance, it seems as if the wisdom of the Eskimo whipped the religious person by logic, for introducing him to God. It glorifies intentional ignorance, willing ignorance. Some would argue, why would a God want people to know about Him, if the only consequence of knowing Him is a life of servitude and an afterlife of punishment?

Such a trend of thinking is pivoted on the belief that knowing God is detrimental to the human’s existence. To the contrary, humans only have life due to God, therefore a person should always be seeking to answer the ultimate question: why do I exist and for what purpose? As previously mentioned, it takes a person’s willful ignorance to avoid asking or even attempting to answer this question. A person cannot live life without ever having done some form of introspection, it’s human nature to ask ‘why’. Therefore to deny knowledge about God, or to deny seeking out this knowledge on a day to day basis, necessitates that effort be placed to enforce such ignorance. Such wisdom can be seen in the term ‘kafir’ from the term ‘kufr’, which generally means ‘to deny’, or ‘to reject’ the truth.

Therefore, the fault of the Eskimo or whoever it may be, is to ask, “then why did you tell me?”, rather they should have asked, “why didn’t you tell me sooner?”. However, regardless of when the Eskimo would have been told, no one is outside of the mercy of God. Whether the man learns of God on his deathbed or when he is a child, God’s mercy can envelope a person at anytime in his life:

Say, “O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah. Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” – Qur’aan 39:53.

A person should rejoice in learning about God and God’s purpose for them. This knowledge, gives life meaning, gives life purpose. To live life for any other reason than seeking God is wasteful, and spiteful, for such a life is pivoted on the intentional ignorance of seeking one’s purpose for existence or in modern language, ‘the meaning of life’. In conclusion, there is no wit or graceful logic being employed in this conversation by the Eskimo or non-religious person. Glorifying willful ignorance is both absurd and nonsensical, and at the very least, it denies one of the very pillars of human nature – consciousness – being aware, to ask ‘why’.

and God knows best.

20
Apr

He Is Risen: The Height of Ironies

It’s Easter again, you really can’t miss it as the popular slogan of  “He is Risen!”, it’s plastered on all social media websites by over enthusiastic Christians. There is clearly an important question that needs to be asked about this slogan. George Orwell’s, 1984 gives us a good lesson about simple and meaningless slogans, “war is peace”, “freedom is slavery”, “ignorance is strength”. Simple to shout, easy to believe in and catchy – but a little thought exposes the factitious nature of these mind numbing slogans, their only purpose meant to placate the uninitiated.

A good place to start with understanding “He is Risen!”, is to ask, is this really a surprise or a victory? If we assume that Jesus is God, and someone told us that God died, would we really be surprised that an all powerful deity did in fact, not die? Forgive me if I am oblivious to some super secret that Christians uphold, but what would be so surprising that the all powerful deity didn’t die? It would be a miracle to hear, “He is Not Risen!”, as that would be the last thing anyone would expect from an all powerful deity, the deity in question, not being powerful at all.

So, one has to ask, what’s the big deal about God not dying? Why the enthusiasm, tears and amazement, about a non-miracle? Yes, I get it, through his resurrection you have someone else pay for your sins, but that also shouldn’t be a surprise given that an all powerful deity is all merciful and all forgiving – he could already forgive your sins, with or without killing himself. It must honestly be confusing for lay-Christians to see everyone celebrating a non-miracle at Easter time and wondering what the fuss is about. I suppose tomorrow we should celebrate other attributes of God’s sovereignty while feigning amazement? Or should we simply leave the Christian faith to do that for us?

and God knows best!

18
Apr

R.C. Sproul on the Trinity

Calvinist theologian R.C. Sproul, in his book, “What is the Trinity?: 10 (Crucial Question Series)“, says:

The concept of the Trinity has emerged as a touchstone of truth, a non-negotiable article of Christian orthodoxy. However, it has been a source of controversy throughout church history, and there remains much confusion about it to this day, with many people misunderstanding it in very serious ways.

I find this to be a very valuable insight and quote, coming from a Pastor who has had to deal with the doubts of his congregation. His crucial question book series seeks to enlighten the Christian masses on the various theological doubts and questions  they may face with the Christian religion. The description to this particular book states, “Though the word Trinity is not found in the Bible, there is no doubt that the Scriptures teach this triune nature of God. Yet the concept still challenges our finite minds.” It continues by stating,  “Above all, he affirms that while this truth is difficult to understand, it is not contradictory.” In summary, this Calvinist Christian scholar teaches us that the Trinity is:

  • A source of doctrinal controversy for the Christian faith.
  • Confusing from its emergence till today.
  • Misunderstood by many Christians in very serious ways.
  • A Triune concept which challenges human thought.
  • Difficult to understand.

These are troubling claims for this Christian academic to proclaim, to understand why, we need to read John 14:26:

“But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you.”

What does verse 26 mean when it says the Holy Spirit will teach believers all things? According to Gill’s Exposition of the Entire Bible, the Holy Spirit’s job is to explain the beliefs about God which are necessary for Christian salvation, evidently the Trinity has to be counted as one of the things necessary to be known for Christian salvation:

“he shall teach you all things: this is the proper work and business of the Spirit, to teach, interpret, and explain all things which Christ had said to them; to make them more plain and easy to their understandings; to instruct them in all things necessary to salvation, and to be known by them, that they might teach them others:”

From this, we can then come to the logical conclusion that the Trinity was not spoken of by Christ, otherwise the Holy Spirit would have taught about it, interpreted it, explained it completely, made it plain and easy to understand for Christians to believe in. Since the Spirit did not do these things, then according to John 14:26, Christ did not speak this doctrine to the disciples. The Trinity, as admitted by this Christian scholar, is a source of confusion for Christians and a source of controversy for the Christian religion.

and God knows best.

16
Apr

Bart Ehrman and Muslims

Polemicists and Evangelicals far too often misconstrue the use of Bart Ehrman’s materials by Muslims. The record needs to be cleared, because somewhere along the lines of inter-religious discourse, Bart Ehrman’s works are quickly becoming the pinnacle of Evangelical appeals to scholastic authority. Muslims do not use Bart’s works because of his views, which most Evangelicals would consider liberal to say the least. His agnosticism being based upon his views on evil do not translate well into Islamic belief about God, the fact that he left Christianity for agnosticism is not an Islamic ideal.

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So why do Muslims use Ehrman’s works? The answer is quite less controversial than one would be looking for – he writes for mass market appeal. He isn’t writing books for use in a theological seminary, or for his academic colleagues, he’s writing it for the Divergent series reader, the Harry Potter reader, the whatever-is-popular-on-NYTimes’-best-seller-list reader. In other words, he’s writing for the casual reader who may be interested in Christ or the Bible. I’m not saying scholars don’t read his works, they do, and I’m also not saying that some Universities don’t use his books in courses, they do. What I’m saying is that those people aren’t his target audience, but the level of scholarship dedicated to his authorship means that his works can scale easily into the hands of the layman, the University student or a scholar.

The vast majority of Muslims don’t have any reason to bother themselves with understanding Christian teachings. Just as the average Christian isn’t going to dedicate their time to reading the entire Seerah an Nabawiyyah or Qasas ul Anbiya. For the Muslims who are interested in understanding the Christian faith, they are most likely to find his books accessible and easy to read, as well as understand. It takes almost no effort to find his books, they’re readily available in most bookstores, you don’t need a study guide or teacher to walk through his books with you, it’s easy to just pick one up and understand what’s written inside of it. There’s no secret that this is the honest answer as to why Muslims use Ehrman’s works. If we consider the popular works of other Christian authors, which one of them has the mass appeal and ease of use as any of Ehrman’s works?

How many Muslims are going to come across something by Immanuel Tov, Raymond E. Brown, K. and B. Aland? How many Muslims can sit and read E.P. Sanders’, “Paul, the Law and the Jewish People” and find it comparable in ease to Ehrman’s books? How many Muslims will even know his name? Not very many, not very many at all. Therefore, I find it quite funny to see some Polemicists and Evangelicals placing Ehrman on a pedestal of everything wrong with liberal Christianity or of critical Christian scholarship simply because Muslims read his works. If there was another Christian scholar that wrote on the same topics, with a similar writing style and ease of reading, Muslims would also purchase that work – but there simply is no other person doing this, so Ehrman is the go to guy in this case.

There are some in the inter-faith dialogue community who condemn Muslims for being hypocritical for accepting some views of Ehrman and not all of his views. Why should Muslims accept all of Ehrman’s views? His views aren’t part of Islamic teachings, and if he writes something that is somehow related to Islamic teachings and some Muslims want to adopt those views because of a correlation, then they are free to weigh which views are acceptable and which aren’t. Rejecting some of his views is part of the critical thinking process, it is far too infantile to generalize Ehrman’s views and dictate that Muslims must either accept them all or reject them all, that’s clearly an appeal to the fallacy of a false dichotomy. There is a third option, weigh what he says against Islamic beliefs and use them accordingly.

In conclusion, Ehrman is not the be all and end all of information on Christianity. He certainly isn’t for me, but his views, especially on the Bible’s preservation are shared by vast portions of the textual criticism community, even if Muslims had to disregard anything written by Ehrman there is still quite a significant array of literature and authors who agree with him that we can learn from. Therefore, we say to those who condemn Muslims for reading his works, it’s silly to focus on the man behind the work, the real problem lies with the information he makes accessible to the Muslim community, the Christian community and to the larger public. So, focus on dealing with the information and not the person. Far too many Evangelicals and Polemicists are zealous in their abuse of Muslims for reading his works, when most of them are unaware of what his works actually contain. What a sad state such people are in.

and God knows best.

15
Apr

Passover and Christ

For the Passover meal, Jesus sat with his disciples in the Upper Room and had that meal.

Christians contend that Christ was the Passover sacrifice (korban pesach). If he was the Passover sacrifice then what meal were they having?

Just something to ponder about…

and God knows best.

13
Apr

[Updated] James White, Shamoun and Friends’ Behaviour

Update:

The owner of the tabloid website claims:

“The difference between me and Paul Williams of course is that my Facebook is in private mode, while PW had his Facebook on public status.”

As of this posting, 8:36 PM (UTC 04:00), the extremist Christian’s page is still public. Lying about himself, for brownie points won’t work:

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As we can clearly see, I am not his friend on Facebook and as of right now, his profile remains public, not private as he claims. I think this should be a lesson to Christian extremists, lying is a sin. Here we can see Sam Shamoun’s hateful and spiteful comments on his page. I guess this is what James and his gang of miscreants want to hide, but the truth will always show itself.

Original article:

When polemicists are among their friends, their true colors come out. As most of you would remember, I denounced Mr. White of Alpha and Omega Ministries for supporting and promoting a tabloid website that published stolen photographs and posted articles speculating on one person’s sexual tendencies. James took offense that I would not visit such a website, and he refused to denounce his partner in Islamophobia, Sam Shamoun (notorious for threats and insults). As it turns out, the very said owner of that website, on his own Facebook page encourages insults and gossip – the very kind that Sam and James enjoy. Here’s just a snippet of what the owner of said tabloid website encourages:

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Once again, James’ and Sam’s friends have an addiction to involving Muslim speakers in their sexual fantasies. In fact, one of the Christian extremists in this photo, even claims he records everything I say and do – in the real world, we call this stalking. This is the same individual who steals photos off of Muslims’ pages and uses those photos to invent sexual stories about Muslims. Here, we can see one of these Christian extremists, engaging in his zoophilia fantasies by listening to a recording of my voice.

I was also informed that one of these Christians suggests that referring to Christianity as Pauline Christianity, sees such a labeling as an insult. It may then shock this extremist to read any classical Christian or contemporary scholastic works on Christianity by Christians which use this term constantly. If he has an issue with such a term, one has to ask what works of his own scholars he is using. I cannot blame him for his anger at being linked to the Apostle Paul, or his strand of Christianity, it would cause me anger as well. These extremists are commenting under an edited version of a discussion I had with Shamoun. On James’ program, I requested that Shamoun release the unedited version – he refused. He mentioned that side comments were removed, when I asked if by side comments he meant insults and curses, I received no reply and Sam left. Absolutely incredulous and purely Christian behaviour.

We pray and ask that God protects us from the fantasies and sexual perversions of these Christian extremists.

and God knows best.

12
Apr

Did Prophet Muhammad ﷺ bribe people to embrace Islam?

Critics of Islam argue that Prophet Muhammad –may the peace and mercy of Allah be upon him- gave money to people so that they convert to Islam or remain Muslim. They then argue that this is the reason why he had so many followers i.e. He used materialistic pleasures to lure people into Islam. Critics of Islam also argue that Islam teaches that Zakah (obligatory charity) can be given to soften the hearts of disbelievers. For their claims, they cite these narrations from Saheeh Bukhari. Read more »

12
Apr

Why do babies cry at birth? Hadith criticism answered

The Hadith under discussion is as follows:

قَالَ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ ـ رضى الله عنه ـ سَمِعْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَقُولُ ‏”‏ مَا مِنْ بَنِي آدَمَ مَوْلُودٌ إِلاَّ يَمَسُّهُ الشَّيْطَانُ حِينَ يُولَدُ، فَيَسْتَهِلُّ صَارِخًا مِنْ مَسِّ الشَّيْطَانِ، غَيْرَ مَرْيَمَ وَابْنِهَا ‏”‏‏.‏ ثُمَّ يَقُولُ أَبُو هُرَيْرَةَ ‏{‏وَإِنِّي أُعِيذُهَا بِكَ وَذُرِّيَّتَهَا مِنَ الشَّيْطَانِ الرَّجِيمِ ‏}

Narrated Said bin Al-Musaiyab: Abu Huraira said, “I heard Allah’s Apostle saying, ‘There is none born among the off-spring of Adam, but Satan touches it. A child therefore, cries loudly at the time of birth because of the touch of Satan, except Mary and her child.” Then Abu Huraira recited: “And I seek refuge with You for her and for her offspring from the outcast Satan” (Qur’an 3.36)[1] Read more »

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