In chapter 49 verse 13 of the Holy Quran, Allah tells us why tribes and families have been created – that it is simply to establish lineage and for no other reason. In this speech we discuss how contrary to Allah’s purpose we use the family name to try and prove to others that we are superior.
In this extract Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad explains that it is easy to talk and to make claims but what counts are actions. Empty words mean nothing but action is what counts and that is the reason Allah in the Holy Quran always adds action to belief.
Chapter 45 of the Holy Quran starts by telling us that there are signs of Allah in everything He created, including animals. I have included in this everything such as birds and insects and in this khutba try and show how we can study behaviour of non-human living creatures and improve our own societies.
The use of the word “Allah” by Christians to refer to their god does not cause Muslims to leave their faith, Muslim missionary Shah Kirit Kakulal Govindji has said amid fears of alleged proselytisation efforts by Christians.
Instead, Christians were more likelier to be converted to Islam after reading the Al-kitab, the Malay language Bible that contains the word “Allah”, claimed the chief preacher of the non-profit Islamic Information and Services Foundation (IIS).
Asked to comment on the widespread use of the word “Allah” by non-Christians in Muslim-majority Indonesia, Shah Kirit said that Malaysia did not necessarily have to follow Indonesia’s lead, noting that both countries have different customs
After the recent shock announcement by a court in Malaysia that Christians would be banned from using the word Allah to describe their supreme being, here we have a prominent Indonesian Muslim who believes that in fact it could help bring more Christians into the fold of Islam.
A Malaysian court ruled on Monday that a Christian newspaper may not use the word “Allah” to refer to God, a landmark decision on an issue that has fanned religious tension and raised questions over minority rights in the mainly Muslim country.
The unanimous decision by three Muslim judges in Malaysia’s appeals court overturned a 2009 ruling by a lower court that allowed the Malay-language version of the newspaper, The Herald, to use the word Allah – as many Christians in Malaysia say has been the case for centuries.
A Malaysian court has decided that Christians cannot use the name Allah for the Divine Being they believe in and that the use of this word is restricted to Muslims.
This is both against historical facts and the religious teaching of Islam. The Holy Prophet Muhammad’s (s) father died before the Holy Prophet was born. Islam did not come into existence as a religion until many years after the Holy Prophet’s (s) birth. His father’s name was Abdu-Allah or the servant of Allah. One can clearly see that the word Allah was in use by non-Muslims before the birth of the Holy Prophet (s). So against this historical fact how can the court say that use of Allah is for Muslims only. Further, the Holy Quran says in chapter 2, verse 62:
Surely those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Christians, and the Sabians, whoever believes in Allah and the Last Day and does good, they have their reward with their Lord, and there is no fear for them, nor shall they grieve.
Here three non-Muslims religions are described as believing in Allah and interestingly one of them is Christians.
We regret that courts take such decisions to please the public of their own countries rather than do justice and educate their Muslim populations about what is the real teaching of Islam.
Muslims generally feel that so long as they go hungry during Ramadan they have fulfilled Allah’s Command. But linked to fasting is Zakat or giving 2.5 percent of savings to the poor and needy. And yet some Muslims use all manner of tricks to avoid having to pay Zakat. Fasting is meant to make us feel the way those who don’t have money to buy food, feel. If we are not going to give Zakat so that hungry can buy food then our fasting is meaningless.
Education being a command of Allah and has been made incumbent on all muslims male and female by the Holy Prophet. In the light of this why was Malala shot? Why is this happening today? We should not associate this incident with the Holy Quran or Islam but should distinguish it from Culture.
Where is the Muslim Ummah going in terms of Education?