Dear Muslim people

It is with great anticipation that I write this message to you.

First I want to make it plain that I am a believer in Jesus of Nazareth – the anointed – Christ’ of God, who was born of a virgin having been conceived of the Holy Spirit.  Jesus declared Himself to be Son of God and Son of man.  This Jesus is my Lord and my God. 

As an act of underserved divine love toward me, He gave Himself  (John 3:16) as a ransom for my many sins so that I may be set free from my enslavement to sin, and from the power of the Devil (Hebrews 2:14, 15) also called Satan – Lucifer, that Serpent, the Dragon, who deceives all the world (Revelation 20:2)  and Apollyon (Revelation 9:11) whose name measn Destroyer, and that God set me free from the guilt and just condemnation that was against me according to the Law of God revealed through Moses.

Of Jesus the Christ and His Word I am not ashamed.

And this is the only reason why I can write this message of God’s love to you my friends.

I appeal to your conscience, to your heart, to your reason and intelligence.

The word conscience is made from two words:

con meaning with;

and science to know. 

It is that part of us that instinctively knows what is right and what is wrong.  It is the Almighty who has given every person this capacity, whether they follow it or not.  The conscience of a person can be hardened by such things as indoctrination, or suppression, or unbelief.   Our conscience is a blessing from God.  We must take care of it.  Our conscience can point us to God.

The human heart – not referring so much to the function of  that amazing blood pumping machine in our body, is the place where our feelings, affections and thoughts are generated, and which are then displayed in action.  These things – feelings etc., help determine how we will reply to given situations in life.  Our heart can also be hardened physically and spiritually.  Our heart is a blessing from God.

Reason, the ability to reason, or consider, ponder, and weigh up a matter, is also a blessing from God.  Intelligence – understanding, perceiving or seeing, comprehending; this too is a blessing from God.

We ought to take great care of these things that God has blessed us with.

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Farid Mahally quotes in his web site,for Allah is He who heareth and knoweth all things.” (source – http://www.answering-islam.org/Quran/Themes/love.htm)

While the Qu’ran says that God knows all things, it is plain that we as humans do not. However we have the capacity to grow in temporal and spiritual knowledge.

The questions I would like to discus with you are –

Can man know anything of God’s attributes, especially something of His infinite love?

Does God love man?

Does God love the Muslim?

It is an amazing thing to me that the Qu’ran does not say thatAllahu Muhibba…“God is love” (it) is NOT found among the 99 names of God written therein……Although the name ‘Al-Wadud or “the Loving One,” …is found in Surah 11:90 as well as Surah 85:14….In each case the translator translates “full of loving kindness.” ……..” However, Islam is careful in stating that we cannot in any way know the nature of God.  We can only know His will.”

(words in red belong to Farid M.)

To quote Farid again he says –
It is here that the Muslim reaches an impasse. The 99 names; are they to be taken as attributes or qualities of Allah? The doctrine of tawhid or the oneness of God claims priority over any other consideration of God. If one says that the 99 names are attributes of the Most High God and are then infinite, how then can God be One? If an attribute is a part of God then tawhid says that we have “shirk” or a partner with God, a heinous blasphemy against God who is One. Anything that is infinite must be God and how then can we have a multiplicity of gods?” (emphasis added)

Here is another question for you to consider here: If we can only know the will of Allah, and not his attributes, then why does the Qu’ran speak of ‘God’ being the Compassionate and Merciful, scores of times?  For compassion and mercy are qualities or attributes belonging to someone, and are said to belong to Allah.

If it is true that Allah is full of a thing – as the word merciful implies…mercy – full, then there is no part of Him that is not impregnated with the thing with which he is said to be full of.  When a man is filled with rage, every part of that man is impregnated with rage, and that rage courses through his entire system.  If a man is filled with hope, then every part of that man is filled with the thing called hope. 

When a woman’s full term of pregnancy has come everything within her cries out to give birth to the child in her womb.  Her womb is filled with the baby. She is thus filled with powerful expectation.  These human examples are a poor reflection of that which Allah is said to be filled with.  

As the Qu’ran says of Allah, he is perfect, then this “loving kindness” is perfect.  Allah must surely love perfectly.  And because this is so, he must act in love in all matters even when he is angry in accordance to his own will.  In this regard, his will and his attributes are inseparablely linked.  For He must act according to his own nature, not according to some other nature.

Dear Muslim, you are taught that Allah is ‘full of loving kindness”.  Have you ever personally experienced in your own person that “loving kindness” of Allah?

People are not robots. They are independent from the Creator, while being dependent upon Him. One person cannot do another person’s will as a robot; unless their minds have been tampered with, and they have no separate control over the functions of their brain.  The one obeying must either do it willingly or begrudgingly, with peace or with unrest, with joy or with sadness, with pain or with ease, and so on, with mercy or without mercy, with compassion or without compassion. 

All conscious action of human beings is done with emotion, feeling, character of one sort or another, to one degree or another.   So to obey God consciously will  involve  these things.  This is the nature of human activity.   So to know what God requires, yet not know any kind or degree of God’s attributes concerning that revealed will is to miss the mark concerning God’s will.

If we only know theoretically that Allah is filled with loving-kindness, but cannot know that loving kindness from the one who is said to be Benevolent, then ther is a real problem, either with what we have been taught, or with Allah, or with the Muslim.

Thus for the Muslim, it becomes impossible to know the will of Allah if he cannot know something of his attributes.  In what way does Allah require any Muslim to obey him without an expression of one of his own attributes ascribed to Allah?  Doesn’t Islam teach that Allah has given to mankind and all his creatures a small portion of his mercy to show among themselves?  Listen to Shamoun…

Salman reported that Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said: Verily, Allah CREATED, on the same very day when He created the heavens and the earth, one hundred parts of mercy. Every part of mercy is coextensive with the space between the heavens and the earth and He out of this mercy endowed one part to the earth and it is because of this that the mother shows affection to her child and even the beasts and birds show kindness to one another and when there would be the Day of Resurrection, Allah would make full (use of Mercy). (Sahih Muslim, Book 037, Number 6634)” (source – http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/imperfection.htm)

‘Nature’…natural unwritten laws written onto the consciousness of living things show us that a mother does naturally show mercy to her young – intuitively, as does a good father, etc.

The question remains: Can this loving- kindness which Allah is said to be filled with, be knowable by man?  Where did man get his ability to love from? Or to show mercy, if Allah did not show mercy to mankind in the first place?

If Allah is compassionate then he is love as to His nature.  Because he is said to be perfect, the deepest feelings he has for His creatures, especially to mankind, in order to be satisfied, have to be enacted out in that thing expression which is called love.  One is incomplete without the other.  True love and true compassion are like twins.  Compassion has to do with motivation and intense feelings.  Love in its purest form is a conscious act of the will which is then acted out in a physical or visible way.

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No reasoning Muslim can deny that a man (and a woman, even a child) has the capacity to love. There are many Muslims who say that they truly love ‘God’.  I have had the opportunity to hear their own words. 

This ‘love’ they speak of must have come from God in the first place – for they have nothing except that which God gave to them. Man’s conscience tells him this is so as does his reason.

And we intuitively know that love is the language of the heart.

If Allah gave men the ability to love, and if Allah is full of goodness and only does what is good, and if Allah does not do anything without real purpose, then there is a most noble and understandable reason or purpose for this ability to love.  If a Muslim can love God then there is a knowable and satisfying reason for this ability to love God. 

And if a Muslim can truly love God, and God feels that love or is delighted by it, then it must be that the Muslim can know God’s love in whose image he has been made.  But if a Muslim has not know that love of God personally, then the information is only theory and not experiential.

But if he does not know why he loves God, then he should ask God – Why?  Why do I love you?

Love is a gift.  Gifts have a purpose, both in the giving and in the enjoyment of that gift.  Does a father give a child a gift only  to hear from the child, What is this for father?  Would that not be a disappointment for both father and child?  But if the father loves the child, and will show mercy, he will allow for ignorance and will hopefully explain the purpose of the gift.

If Allah is greater than any man, including any Muslim, then it is not unreasonable to suggest that Allah being full of compassion and mercy as the Qu’ran says, may be asked as to why he has given a man – yes a Muslim, the gift of love.

Would God strike you down for asking an honest question?  No, because He is full of mercy as the following shows which appears in the Qu’ran 114 times .quran bismillah

“Bismillah al rahman al rahim” – pronounced as Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Rahim, ” (source – https://wahiduddin.net/words/bismillah.htm)

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So, heart, conscience and reason agree together that man can love – even if it only his pet dog that he loves, but hopefully more than the dog. For the Muslim it must be apparent that this ability to ‘love’ originated with God who made him. 

If Islam says that only the will of God can be known and not His attributes, then it is impossible for man to love anything or anyone – for love only came from God.  And love is an attribute.  It is not a static thing, a passive thing.  It is an active, vibrant, powerful deliberate life giving action.  Man knows that he can love.  He can show mercy.  He can be compassionate. 

And in doing the will of God, he will show some attribute, either evil or good, one way or the other.

The Qu’ran shows that the Muslim can know that God knows all things. 4:148. 

This being so, the Muslim should be able to know that God fully knows love and how to love.  For if the Qu’ran is God’s word, then anything written therein is knowable, and can be proved experientially.  So a Muslim can know for sure that God knows all things, and this includes his own attribute of love.

This is an amazing statement (S 4:148), and one which deserves serious consideration, for if it is God’s word to man, then God expects man to grasp it and to seek out its meaning, for he is merciful.

Consider this:  God made man in His own image.  God has perfect intelligence.  He has given man intelligence with which he may and should, above all things use that intelligence in respect to his Maker – God.  Intelligence and reason tell us that we can know about a whole lot of stuff on earth, and mankind has devoted much of his energies and resources to intelligently investigating the things that surround him on earth and beyond.  How much more then should man devote his energies and resources to intelligently investigate the nature and character and purposes of God with respect to Himself and all this earth over which he has made him responsible?

Reason – is a quality that God has given man.  This plainly means that reason is an attribute of God who made him.  But if man can only know God’s will and not His attributes or quality, then man cannot reason. 

But the fact is that every sane man knows that indeed he can reason. 

Islam has a problem.

If a muslim can love his God, and, he can acknowledge that the ability to love came from God, then it stands to reason, that God loved in the first place. And if the muslim acknowledges that God is infinite, then that love which God has within Himself must also be infinite. Does not our conscience agree with this, and does not reason tell us that this must be so?  Then this love of God must also be perfect for God Himself is in every respect, perfect.

Remember that it is God who gave man his reason.  This being so, God requires man to use that reason intelligently and consiously.  We must examine what we believe and why we  believe it.

So thus far, if we accept the witness of our conscience and reason, we see that God must have perfect infinite love, and that He has given each person He made the ability to love.  And thus to love God who is filled with loving kindness, not in an abstract way but in a tangible and knowable way.
The fact that God has given man this ability to love is an expression of love itself – His love toward us. For God only does and give us that which is good and right and perfect, and what will bring Him the greatest praise from all His creatures, for their good and His honour.

If a Muslim acknowledges that it is good to love, for a husband to love his wife and a wife to love her husband, and the children to love their parents, and parents to love their children, then it must also be good for a Muslim to love God even more so than wife, husband, children, or mulla. For does not God always deserve the greater thing? And would not God look for a man or woman to love Him in the same manner as He has done for them?

And let us not forget that one of loves great qualities is tenderness of heart.  Love is not simply a cold hard fact.  Love is kind, and true, is gentle an peaceable.  Love never fails.  Love is not mechanical.  It is filled with tenderest feeling. 

God knows all things. He knows each one of us thoroughly, and reason and conscience tells us that this is so.   And our heart desires this to be so.  The very nature of love and reason, witnesses this to be the case.  The nature of love seeks out a kinship of spirit.  It seeks a return of eh same kind.  Love seeks love.  Love in its very makeup is tender, compassionate, firm, forgiving, patient, and so on.

Even monkeys express a certain kind of affection toward its own little group, as do horses, cows and many other creatures, each in their own way and according to their own peculiar limitations.

Though animal (beastly) affection is not anything like that which man can portray to his own kind, it is there as a speck, but only a fraction of man’s ability. If animals show a certain kind regard to their own kind, then that which is given to man is unquestionably superior.  But that should not make man proud, rather it should humble him to think that God has so endowed him in this way above all other creatures.
If God knows all things, and love is a quality or attribute He has in Himself, He knows how to love man whom He has made in His own image. He also must know that man can love Him in return. And that love with which He loves man, can only be perfect, right and eternal. Because all mankind regardless of race, language or creed, and even babies, can love, then reason dictates that God loves all mankind.

If God knows that mankind can love Him, then love being what it is in itself, has longing.  God must long for man to love Him in return.   Love seeks love, as we said before.  Not that God is any the less God if man refuses to love Him, for God is self existing, and does not depend for His existence in any respect on any thing or creature. However the mystery is that God loves, and desires to be loved by those He has made in His image. 

And God being all powerful, and infinite, He is able to do as He pleases, and is not limited in Himself as to what a man may dictate He – God, can or can’t do.

Do you love God my muslim friend? If you do then know for certainty that God loves you.

Excerpts from
A study of the word “love” in the Qur’an Hubb Allah fi al-Qur’an – Farid Mahally – The translation of Abdullah Yusuf Ali…

“The word love, hubb in its various grammatical forms, is used 69 times in the Qur’an. The writer has divided these into five categories:

(1)
Man’s love of things.
(2)
Human love.
(3)
Man’s love for God.
(4)
God’s love in the negative sense, i.e. “God loveth not …”
(5)
God’s love for man.” …(5) God’s love for Man (20 times)

“4:148 Allah loveth [hubb] not that evil should be noised abroad in public speech, except where injustice hath been done; for Allah is He who heareth and knoweth all things.”

“As mentioned previously in the introduction, Allahu Muhibba or “God is love” is not found among the 99 names of God given in Islam. There is however, the name Al-Wadud or “the Loving One,” which is found in Surah 11:90 as well as Surah 85:14. In each case the translator translates “full of loving kindness.” This is interesting in itself since it indicates that this quality lies imbedded in the nature of God himself and of course would then be infinite. However, Islam is careful in stating that we cannot in any way know the nature of God. We can only know His will. The Arabic word “wadud” is related more to the area of friendship and affection. It is applied to one devoted in a relationship and expresses fondness. The word “hubb” carries a much more intense meaning and is used in its other grammatical forms for “beloved,” “sweetheart,” “courtship,” “lover,” and “mutual affection.” It is also elastic, as our use of love in English, where one might express his love for sports, movies, food or other common day interests. However, any attribute when applied to God Himself then takes on an infinite value and meaning.
It is here that the Muslim reaches an impasse. The 99 names; are they to be taken as attributes or qualities of Allah? The doctrine of tawhid or the oneness of God claims priority over any other consideration of God. If one says that the 99 names are attributes of the Most High God and are then infinite, how then can God be One? If an attribute is a part of God then tawhid says that we have “shirk” or a partner with God, a heinous blasphemy against God who is One. Anything that is infinite must be God and how then can we have a multiplicity of gods?”

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Whoever seeks for the truth with all their heart will find it.

How we treat others in that way we will be treated.

What we sow we will reap.

God loves you intensely.

His love is unconditional.

He hates your sin, but He loves you.

God knows you thoroughly and wants you to know Him.

God is knowable.

Seek Him with all your heart.

Do not be afraid to ask Him the hard questions.

He is not troubled by honest hard questions.

JESUS SAID IN  JOHN 7:37, 38.

IF ANYONE THIRSTS LET HIM COME UN TO ME,  AND DRINK.  HE THAT BELIEVETH ON ME, AS THE SCRIPTURE HAS SIAD, OUT OF HIS BELLY SHALL FLOW RIVERS OF LIVING WATER.

JESUS SAID IN MATTHEW 11:28-30

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Mat 11:29 Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
Mat 11:30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. 

JESUS LOVES YOU INTENSELY.  SEARCH FOR HIM WITH ALL YOUR HEART TODAY.  HE CAME TO DELIVER YOU FROM ALL YOUR SIN AND ITS HUGE BURDEN.  HE WANTS TO BRING YOU INTO HIS FATHER’S KINGDOM.

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the 5 pointed star

The five pointed star is an occult symbol, with or tiwhtout a circle around it.  It is called a pentagram.  It is a most sacred symbol of satanic worship.  The Freemasons use it very prominently in their text books.  This symbol appears in many business logos around the world, in various international government agencies, and even in religious worship, including the festival called ‘Christmas’.

The following site shows the pentagram plainly…

-http://www.theforbiddenknowledge.com/symbology/3o5.htm

Another site addresses the pentagram….

http://www.cuttingedge.org/news/n1601.cfm

 

God commanded and always has commanded His people, Jew or Christian that they were not to adore or revere or in any way give credence to the work of their own hands, beyond plain, unambiguous  practical purposes. They were not permitted to use such things in worhsip to God.  They were also forbidden to revere the things in the heavens, on the earth or under the earth’s surface.  They were forbidden to make replicas of such things, or to own them.

But men in their rebellion, as the Old Testament testifies, have always dismissed, ignored, despised God’s commands.

It is most important to realize that the first of the Ten Commandments of God address the issue of idolatry.  The last commandment – “You shall not covet” some one else’s things or family is idolatry too.  The apostle Paul says that covetousness (greediness, extortion, fraudulency)   is idolatry. 

“Mortify (subdue) therefore your members (your body) which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: Colossians 3:5.

The star symbol is a vain thing, as is the moon symbol.  The crescent moon symbol that is displayed prominently throughout the world shows the points upward.  This is representative of the horns of a beast.

God our Creator says do not make such symbols.  But man says, but I want to and therefore I will.

Read Isaiah 14: 12-15.

” How art thou fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! how art thou cut down to the ground, which didst weaken the nations!
For thou hast said in thine heart, I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God: I will sit also upon the mount of the congregation, in the sides of the north:
I will ascend above the heights of the clouds; I will be like the most High.
Yet thou shalt be brought down to hell, to the sides of the pit.”

Note the number of times that Lucifer as the rebellious angelic being, uses the term “I WILL”.  These five I wills are identical to the five points of the pentagram.  The pentagram is a symbol of rebellion against God.  It is used freely in satanic and occult rituals across the world and has been used for millenia, even as far back as Babylon.

Why should any relgion use the satanic symbol of the pentagram to express their devotion to God whome they say created the heavens and the earth, when God says do not make such things?

Jesus Christ said I am the Way, the Truth and the Life.  No man can come to the Father but by Me.  John 14:6.  Either Jesus was lying or He was telling the truth.  You must decide.  If He was lying then we cannot trust anything that He said.  If He spoke the truth about Himself, then we must believe and do everything He said.

He said…Follow Me. 

He said…I am the Door. 

No man can come to the Father but by Me.

The following videos may help you as you examine your religious practicves and beliefs, my dear Muslim friend.  Remember that Truth can stand close scrutiny.  Truth is never threatened.  Truth will prevail over every lie.  Truth will still be standing when all other things will crumble.

Ask God to show you the truth.

 

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Footnotes:

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Salman Younas addresses the question of Adam made in God’s (Allah’s) image from an Islamic view:

Among the interpretations that the scholars gave for this narrative were:

1. That the word “image” here refers to “attributes”, such as hearing, seeing, knowledge, and so forth. Thus, Adam (Allah bless him) was created possessing attributes that Allah has also described Himself with, although the attributes of the former, as is evident, are contingent and relative while the attributes of Allah are eternal and absolute.
2. That the word “image” is understood based on another variant of this narration, narrated by Imam Muslim, whereby the Prophet (Allah bless him and grant him peace) said, “When one of you attacks [or “strikes” as per another narration] his brother then avoid his face for Allah created Adam in his image.” The attached particle “his” is interpreted as referring back to “brother” and not to “Allah”.
3. That what is meant by Adam (Allah bless him) being created in “his image” is a direct creation that did not take place through the passage of embryological stages. Further, it indicates that Adam (Allah bless him) was characterized by the same “image” or form on earth as he was in paradise, without any change until his death.”

[Bajuri, Tuhfat al-Murid; Bayhaqi, Kitab al-Asma’ wa’l Sifat] – source – http://seekershub.org/ans-blog/2009/08/16/what-does-the-narration-allah-created-adam-in-hishis-image-mean/

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In explaining the term ‘bismillah’  (wahiduddin)

3. The ending of the term is the word Allah, which is the Arabic name of the One. The Semitic roots of the word Allah extend back several thousand years to the Canaanite Elat, Hebrew El and Elohim, and Aramaic Alaha. These roots point toward unity, oneness, the eternal power which includes all of existence and of non-existence. In modern English this would generally be translated as God (which is old English, likely based on the Sanskrit word hu, meaning that which is worshipped, honored or adored). (source – https://wahiduddin.net/words/bismillah.htm)

“The Canaanite association of Asherah with sacred trees is also found in Israelite tradition. For example, one of the Canaanite epithets of Asherah, elat, “goddess,” is etymologically identical to the Hebrew word for the terebinth tree (ela). Another word for “terebinth” (alla) and two words for “oak” (elon and allon) are also closely related. Gen 2:4b–3:24 may further suggest the association of Asherah with sacred trees, since the way that Eve, “the mother of all living” (3:20), is described in the Eden story mimics in certain respects the role of the Canaanite mother goddess Asherah. If a correspondence holds, then the trees of life and of knowledge in the Eden narrative may also reflect Asherah imagery.” (source – http://jwa.org/encyclopedia/article/asherahasherim-bible) – emphasis added.

Editors note.  Notice that wahiduddin in his paragraph connects the roots of the word Allah to the Canaanite deity Elat.  Note also what the jwa site says about ‘elat’ – the same Canaanite deity. 

God describes those ‘gods’ as ‘devils’ or demons (the Hebrew root of the word speaks of a insolent one or devastator) – Psalm 106:37.  When Israel got involved with idolatry, they were getting involved with demon worship – actual spirit beings who were totally and irreconcilably rebellious to the will of the God who created the Heavens and the earth.  Filthy despicable activities were going on with the apostazising Israelites even worse than what the Canaanites were guilty of.

Because God is absolutely holy, and just, He had to punish the guilty whether Jew or Goyim – Gentile.  Now because of Jesus Christ’s sacrifce for the sins of the world, yours and mine, God wrath has been stayed till the day appointed.  He is longsuffering towards all mankind, and does not want anyone to perish, and so He waits patiently for them to repent and turn to His Beloved Son Jesus Christ in full faith and obedience.

It must also be noted that Islam says that the Qu’ran is not the same as the Holy Bible, they are far apart.  Yet Islam says that the Hebrew God (of the Bible) and Allah are the same.  This is aplain contradiction showing two opposite positions which cannot be reconciled.

Truly, then, God overlooking the times of ignorance,

now strictly commands all men everywhere to repent,

because He set a day

in which “He is going to judge the habitable world in righteousness,”

by a Man whom He appointed;

having given proof to all by raising Him from the dead.

Acts 17:30-31.

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for your further consideration

http://www.answering-islam.org/Shamoun/imperfection.htm

http://www.muslimjourneytohope.com/watch.php

 

also 3 minutes

for your consideration (15 minutes)