Tuesday, July 14, 2015

4 Things To Keep In Mind About The Qur’aan

The Qur’aan is God’s final communication of His divine will to human kind. It is the Creator speaking to human beings and it takes the form of human conversation. As humans change subjects randomly during conversation, the topics of the Qur’aan change in a seemingly random way. Consequently, the format of the Qur’aan is quite unique among books. As a whole it is not a book in the usual sense of the word wherein there is an introduction and explanation of the subject followed by a conclusion. Neither is it restricted to only a presentation of historical events, problems of philosophy, facts of science, or social laws, though all may be found woven together in it without any apparent connection and links.


Subjects are introduced without background information, historical events are not presented in chronological order, new topics sometimes crop up in the middle of another for no apparent reason, and the speaker and those spoken to change direction without the slightest forewarning. The reader who is unaware of the Qur’aan’s uniqueness is often puzzled when he finds it contrary to his understanding of a book, especially a “religious” book. Hence, the Qur’aan may seem disorganized and haphazard to him. However, to those who understand its subject matter, aim, and its central theme, the Qur’aan is exactly the opposite.

The subject matter of the Qur’aan is essentially man: man in relation to his Lord and Creator, Allaah, man in relation to himself, and man in relation to the rest of creation. The main theme that runs throughout the Qur’aan is that Allaah alone deserves worship and that man should submit to Allaah’s laws in his personal life and in his relationship with creation in general. Or, in other words, the main theme is a call to the belief in Allaah and the doing of righteous deeds as defined by Allaah.

If the reader keeps in mind these basic facts, he will find that from the beginning to the end, the Qur’aan’s basic topics are all closely connected to its main theme and that the whole book is a well-reasoned and cohesive argument for its theme. The Qur’aan keeps the same object in view, whether it is describing the creation of man and the universe, or events from human history. Since the aim of the Qur’aan is to guide man, it states or discusses things only to the extent relevant to this aim and leaves out unnecessary and irrelevant details. It also repeats its main theme over and over again in the presentation of each new topic.

The following four principles should be kept in mind by the new reader of the Qur’aan if he or she is to avoid unnecessary confusion and disorientation:

1) “The book is the only one of its type in the world.”

2) “Its literary style is quite different from all other books.”

3) “Its theme is unique.”

4) “Pre-conceived notions of a book are only a hindrance to the understanding of the Qur’aan.”

Dr. Bilal Phillips

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Monday, July 6, 2015

The Third Letter Directed at Mrs. Hilary Clinton


It’s me again.  Sorry I still haven’t formerly introduced myself, so for now will go with my statistical and political demographic say.

I’m going to jump back on that band wagon about the fact that you are running for president.  I’m sure you’ve noticed we have some serious issues on hand.  And someone, needs to take charge and do something about it.

I’m listening to what you are saying and boy are you off!

Everything I hear you, and your opponents for that matter, say, only adds to the chaos of the world.  We are spinning out of control and for some reason or another, or maybe its God’s destiny planned for the USA the whole world looks to the US to do something about it.  And we DO NOTHING.


We huff and we puff about the privilege it is to be an American but honestly, these days our money is hardly where our mouth is.  In fact, some say they don’t know where the money goes.  I at least admit I have an pretty good idea of where the bottleneck seems to be.

Let’s bring up an issue that you should have a pretty strong opinion on, one even that can separate you from your opponents even more; Maternity Leave.

The Navy announced late last week that it is tripling the amount of paid maternity leave that female sailors and Marines can take after the birth of a child.

The change, ordered by Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, makes the Navy the first military service to provide more than the current six weeks of leave.  This is a big step and bravo to whoever stepped in and figured out we women NEED this!

“Meaningful maternity leave when it matters most is one of the best ways that we can support the women who serve our country,” Mabus said in a July 2 statement. “This flexibility is an investment in our people and our services, and a safeguard against losing skilled service members.”

I’m a little jealous I have to admit.  Do you have to fight and risk your life in order to get the time we should naturally be decreed to have with our children?  Isn’t that part of our NATURAL BORN rights as women who become mothers?  Why do we not already have programs like this in this country.  Last I understood we were among the “developed” nations in the world.

“When the women in our Navy and Marine Corps answer the call to serve, they are making the difficult choice to be away from their children — sometimes for prolonged periods of time — so that they can do the demanding jobs that we ask them to do,” Mabus said.

Well, excuse me, but women get called to service in all different types of careers.  I know plenty of mothers who never held a gun, who didn’t “serve” our country in the military but made the same choice.

Maybe in all honesty, this is the real problem.

Maybe as they say Peace really does begin at Home.

God, if you are brave enough to tackle this issue I hope at least you get some medical professionals on your side and some developmental psychologists so you can draft a law that is in accordance with raising a happy and healthy baby and ensuring that they have a better chance at being happier and healthier adults.

The current health statistics of our country says plenty.

Did you know, I’m sure you do since you’ve travelled all over the world that in Finland, you’d have plenty of time to prep for baby’s arrival. Paid maternity leave starts 50 days before your due date and continues for four months after giving birth.

In France, a mother’s postpartum leave is taken pretty seriously.French women are guaranteed 100 percent of their pay for 16 weeks (six weeks before birth and 10 weeks after). For families with two children, women can take an additional 2.5 years of job-protected family leave and their partner can take six months.

In Australia, there is no maternity leave. There is “parental leave,” meaning either mom or dad can take government-paid leave for up to 18 weeks. Or they can share the leave. One parent, for example, could use 10 weeks and the other eight.

On the other hand, only half of all first-time mothers in the US take any paid leave that payment usually comes from other benefits such as vacation time, sick days or short-term disability coverage. Only about 13 percent of the private sector workforce is employed by companies that offer designated paid family leave.

Maybe you should look into the bill at the federal level that Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) have introduced.  The Family and Medical Insurance Leave Act (FAMILY Act), which would provide 12 weeks of paid leave through an insurance system financially supported by employees and employers.

Personally, I haven’t looked at the bill to decide if it’s comparable to the rest of the world.  That’s your job.

All I do know is ours sucks, and as a woman, as a presidential candidate you have the power to change that.  Will you?

I hope my daughter will live in a different world than what is today.

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Can We Be Truly Healthy And Still Eat Pork?

There are always those scientists that tell us that something is good for us even though it is bad.  Today we are becoming aware that there are some big problems in science, and the public are right to be concerned about the shortcomings.  Well documented problems exist in the funding and prioritisation of research, the conduct of trials, the withholding of results, and the dissemination of evidence.

Get educated.

What do you think?

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Thursday, July 2, 2015

Another Open Letter For Mrs. Hilary Clinton

Hi Mrs, Clinton,

I am going to jump on Marianne Williamson’s band wagon about this presidential run.  You definitely don’t know me.  I don’t know how I can say I really know you?

But, who am I kidding, the reality is, to you I am just what they call, “a housewife”  and if you think that rhetoric still doesn’t exist today, well think again.

Sometimes, I get so annoyed that we as women feel that we have come so far but we really have gone nowhere.


Let’s get down to it.  You were once a mom, a wife, a young woman raising a new life.  You have to be able to relate to me right?  If not, I’m confused because your campaign is saying that you can.

You wouldn’t be lying to us now would you?

I won’t waste any time.  Each night I am responsible for providing a meal for my husband and three children.  I am going to skip the “feminist” debate that says I don’t have to do that.  That’s not the issue at all.  I like to do it.   It’s one of the few things that makes me feel good about at the end of the day, but ironically it’s also the most stressful – motherhood!

Tonight, as I scraped off the food into the trash can and thought of the state of the world today and realized how many people that I alone could help, I just got livid.

Who knew there was so much discussion about FOOD!  Ask a mom with kids today and they’ll admit it’s enough, to drive any sane person crazy.

I know I am not alone when I look at the amount of food that I toss away, whatever the reason.

We would be lying to ourselves if food hasn’t become an economic and constant debate in today’s family households.

According to the FAO, industrialized nations, that’s us, waste 1.5 trillion pounds of food a year, that’s an amount almost equal to the entire net food production of sub-Saharan Africa!

Though we’ve done our best to hide it from public view our Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs reality is beginning to sink in.

Filling cornucopias with an abundance that no one is even expected to eat is no longer something the world can abide. It’s too expensive, and it’s trashing the planet while millions go hungry.

As, Nick Nuttall,  of the UN Environment Programme, acknowledges “Food waste is a stupid problem.”

Mrs. Clinton we are displaying a woeful lack of vision with the eternal laws of life.  The American nation desperately needs a vision of its own purpose.

As a Presidential Candidate you can represent the mothers, the sisters, the wives and daughters of EVERY SINGLE PERSON doing evil in the world.  You can have the power to stop them.

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