Pranksters Read Bible Passages to People, Telling Them It Was the Qur’an

A lot of people are arguing on television and in print media that the Holy Quran is just filled with violence and misogyny. American conservative Christians talk about the peaceful message of the Bible and seem to forget or are oblivious to what is actually contained in the Bible.

A Youtube channel run by a group of Dutch producers called ‘Dit is Normaal’ decided to buy a copy of the Bible but put the cover of the Holy Quran on the front and read passages to people and asked for their thoughts.

Their responses, in the video above, went exactly as you expect.

The Holy Quran, the news, the bankers and the boat people

Many in the West say that there is no structure to the Holy Quran. They fall into this mistake because they try and read it like a history book or a story book. One could argue that there is no structure to a book of mathematics; one chapter is about addition, next subtraction, next multiplication etc.
We can only find a structure in the Holy Quran if we understands what it is about. Take the example of news on the TV. We could say there is no structure to them because unlike a film all the items are unrelated. But once we understand that the news are not like a film but tell us the important events of the day from different part of the world we understand the structure. The applies to the Holy Quran.
We also look at the news items from one day; banks being fined for manipulating exchange and interest rates, Muslim trying to flee persecution being turned away by Muslim countries to see if there is a relationship between these items.
If you are not able to watch the video above, then you can listen to our podcast of the khutba below;

Why I don’t believe people who say they loathe Islam but not Muslims

By Andrew Brown
This article first appeared in The Guardian

It is a trope among people who loathe and fear Islam that their fear and loathing has nothing in common with racism because Islam is not a race, the implication being that hating Muslims is rational and wise whereas hating black people is deeply irrational and stupid.

Some people who claim that Islam is profoundly evil will also say that they bear Muslims no ill will but I don’t think they are telling the truth. It is really difficult and indeed psychologically unnatural to claim that you hate an ideology without hating the people in whose lives it is expressed. Religions, nations, and even races are all shared imaginative constructs (although nations and races have other characteristics as well) and if you really want to extirpate them, you must extirpate the people who imagine them as well.

I remember George W Bush explaining that we were not going to war with the Iraqi people, but with the Iraqi government. Since then, something like a million of the Iraqi people have died as a result of our not going to war with them. The distinction is no doubt a great comfort to their surviving relatives but it’s not very useful for predictive purposes.

Racial and religious hatreds have one thing in common: they are not inspired by the race or religion of the hater, but by the religion or race of the victim. This is clearest in the case of antisemitism, which can appear as either a racial or a religious hatred, or indeed both. What’s constant is that it involves hating Jewish people, whatever the reasons given. Similarly, if you hate black people, you hate them on racist grounds whatever the colour of your own skin, and if you hate Muslims, Catholics, Quakers or Mormons, you hate them for their religion – whatever your own beliefs. So it is perfectly possible for religious hatred to be motivated by atheism and it may be quite common in the modern world.

The claim that Islam isn’t a race and so it is entirely rational to hate and fear it gains its moral force from the implicit claim that there is something uniquely horrible about racial hatred. I don’t think there is, though I see why we assume it: 50 or 60 years ago racial prejudice was an entirely natural part of English life. In order to change that, it was necessary to mark it as a uniquely dreadful and disfiguring condition: racism became a kind of moral leprosy. Without in any way wishing to roll back that progress, it’s worth noting that in other societies and at other times racial prejudice has not been the most urgent incitement to communal hatred.

But if we allow that the crimes of Stalin, or of Mao, were comparable to those of the transatlantic slave trade in ambition if not in duration, they are not excused in the slightest by saying that the most terrible atheist dictators were not very racist at all.

Stalin and Mao would have enthusiastically endorsed Sam Harris when he wrote that “there are some beliefs so terrible that we are justified in killing people just for holding them”, just as they would have endorsed his defence of torturing prisoners.

In the end, the position of people who claim that hatred of Islam is somehow superior to hatred of black people is pretty much like Alan Partridge boasting that at least he’s not David Brent.

Man faces jail for feeding homeless people

A ninety year old man, who for years has given food to the poorest and most in need in Florida is facing jail for doing so.

As The Independent reports;

Arnold Abbott risks being fined $500 and spending time in prison after police officers apprehended him while he was handing out meals to homeless people in a park on Sunday.

He was arrested and charged along with two ministers from the Sanctuary Church, which prepares hundreds of meals to dish out every week in their kitchen, while onlookers shouted to officers “shame on you!”

Mr Abbott said: “One of police officers came over and said ‘Drop that plate right now,’ as if I was carrying a weapon.”

He added: “These are the poorest of the poor, they have nothing, they don’t have a roof over their heads. How do you turn them away?”

Are these the types of values which America are trying to export to the Middle East when they ‘bring democracy to the World’?

Do more people believe in aliens than God?

A new survey from OnePoll, the London based creative market research company, has found that more Britons believe that aliens exist than God does. reports that

A detailed study carried out among 1,500 adults and 500 kids, aged 8-12, found more than half of adults (51 per cent) believe in aliens, but only a quarter said the same of God.

The research showed that adults are in fact more likely to believe in ghosts, UFO’s and angels than God.

The poll found one in five Brits claim to have experienced the supernatural and one in ten reckon they have lived in a haunted house at some point in their lives.

And of the children polled, nearly two thirds felt aliens and ghosts existed, and half were confident that UFO’s were genuine the poll by Ripley’s Believe It or Not!, London found.

Conducted just as halloween is approaching this poll could be seen as nonsense, but this type of data does raise serious questions about how and why all religious institutions are failing people.

Adults believe in (according to the Ripley poll)

    1. Ghosts 55%
    2. Aliens 51%
    3. UFOs 42%
    4. Angels 27%
    5. God 25%

In a World where people heavily rely on science for answers to life and beyond, we are seeing people more willing to believe in aliens and ghosts than God.

We live in a new World where simply reciting text from religious books is not enough to bring people towards finding God. Religion is blamed for most of the ills in the World and we all need to find new ways to engage and bring people back to faith in one God.

The Story of the People of the Cave

In a Hadith from the book of Al Tirmidhi, the Holy Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is said to have encouraged Muslims to read Surah Al-Kahf (Chapter 18) of the Holy Quran every Friday. In this khutba, we look at the first of four stories from this chapter, about a group of young men that found their lives in danger because they believed in One God. How did they deal with this trial of faith, and what can we learn from their story? These are some of the questions explored here.

Nelson Mandela – Selfless Service to his People

Men who change the course of their nations have many common traits. One such trait is selfless service of their people or in the words of the Holy Quran it is by striving with their persons or their property.

Nelson Mandela was one such person. He gave up what could have been a lucrative law practice to fight for the rights of his people. And then having established the dignity of his people and rid them of tyranny he did not cling on to power but retired to let younger men carry on with running his country.

[Video] Moderation

Verse 2:143 calls Muslims “ummati wustai”. This is usually translated as “exalted nation”. I disagree with this. I believe it means a moderate people. So Islam enjoins moderation on Muslims. This is not just in religious matters but also secular matters. So we must avoid extravagance in celebrating all functions, in our behaviour and so on.

[Video] An Apology

An American who listens to our lectures emailed us to ask whether we dislike the American people because this misimpression may be gleaned from the things we say. Our criticism is aimed at the American government and its agencies. We do not dislike anyone let alone the man in the street. We merely criticize the US government. We apologise to the US public if we have given the impression that we dislike them.