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Christian philosopher: Islam civilized the world

Charles Taliaferro, PhD, a professor of philosophy at St. Olaf College, in Northfield, Minnesota (USA), in a recent interview with Tehran Times said that the world does well to remember the gift of Islam to civilization, culture, education, and to stand against acts that violate the greatness and beauty of Islamic teaching, practice, and architecture.

Commenting on Israeli fascism at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in the occupied Al-Quds (East Jerusalem), Taliaferro said: “It’s sober reminder of the way some anti-Muslim forces resort not to peaceful dialogue and public debate, but resort instead to shameful acts of violence. The world does well to remember the gift of Islam to civilization, culture, education, and to stand against such acts that violate the greatness and beauty of Islamic teaching, practice, and architecture.”

Taliaferro acknowledged Muslim contributions to the Western civilization and landscape.

The beauty of mosques, their domes, minarets, schools, sites of worship and dialogue, testify to the faithfulness, and intricate integrity of Islam. They stand as testimony to the enduring, public mission Islamic teaching and practice,” he said.

Responding the current wave of Islamophobia in the West, Dr. Taliaferro said: “While I am a Christian, one of the most sacred experiences of my life was studying the Qu’ran in Istanbul on the grounds of the Blue Mosque.  If more non-Muslims were able to open themselves to the beauty of the mosque, we would experience a badly needed appreciation of the greatness of Islam.”

In November 2015, Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatullah Ali Khamenei wrote an open letter to the youth of the West. Commenting on the letter, Dr. Taliaferro said: “It should be welcomed by those of any age in the West. His analogy about Islam and Christianity is deeply wise. Just as Christians needed to understand and recognize that the atrocities carried out in the name of Christianity (slavery) were contrary to the teachings of Jesus and thus not true to the spirit and integrity of Christianity, today, everyone, perhaps especially the youth who are trying to be open minded and find wisdom, need to discern what is truly Islam and what is false. While the letter’s focus is on challenging those who portray Islam as innately dangerous and bent on violating the rights of others, it implicitly challenges and condemns those who wrongly use the name of Islam and the Prophet to carry out acts of violence which are clearly in violation of Qur’anic teachings.”

The West owes its so-called achievements which were the work of Muslim scholars and inventors during the time when the West was living in its Dark Ages.


Catholic priest: Islam is faith of liberation

Rev. Mike Rivage-Seul is a retired Catholic priest, teacher and a liberation theologian. He taught at Berea College in Kentucky for 36 years where he directed Berea’s Peace and Social Justice Studies Program. Recently, he posted a two-part study on Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), entitled, Islam as Liberation Theology: Muhammad as a Prophet for our times.

Understanding Islam as today’s foremost expression of the liberating power of faith made the 1979 Revolution in Iran a movement inspired by liberation theology. It did the same thing for other movements for liberation throughout the Asia and Africa. With all their triumphs and distortions, they too were movements against colonialism and its neo-colonial aftermath. In the name of God, they all stood against the exploitation and oppression of the East by the West,” says Rivage-Seul.

As a liberation theologian, I see Islamists as part of world-wide movement of poor people to use their religious traditions as a force for freedom rather than control and slavery. In fact, I consider this movement as the most important intellectual and social development since the writing of the Communist Manifesto in 1848. Grasping that fact and the true nature of Islam should be Job #1 for teachers and peace advocates,” Rivage-Seul.

Rivage-Seul claims that after studying American religious scholar Huston Smith’s book, The Religion of Man, he realized that Judaism, Christianity and Islam are sister faiths. “There is no distinction between “their God” and “our God.” All three were “religions of the book.” At the very least, all recognized Jesus as a great prophet,” Rivage-Seul claims.

This is where I draw the line. Holy Qur’an claims that prophet Jesus'(as) birth by Virgin Mary (as) was a Divine miracle. Catholic Bible claims Jesus pronounced himself ‘God’s son’ and thus shares God’s powers along with angel Gabriel (Trinity). Jewish Talmud shows nothing but contempt for Jesus, Mary and Christianity.

I think Huston Smith (died 2016), like Donald Trump, was a Jew apologist as result of “his eldest daughter, Karen, married a Jew, converted and raised her kids in a Jewish home,” reported Dan Pine at the Jewish News of Northern California, June 26, 2009.

I have also taught Malcolm X’s autobiography. His embrace of Islam had called my attention to the attraction of Islam for poor people as an alternative to enslaving interpretations of Christianity. Malcolm’s passion for the Nation of Islam easily connected with my own for liberation theology – i.e. with the reading of the Judeo-Christian tradition from the perspective of those committed to the welfare and destiny of the world’s poor,”Rivage-Seul said.

The concept of liberation is an important part of Islamic Jihad. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) divided Muslims based on their commitment Islamic faith in the following three categories.

  1. If a Believer sees an act of aggression and has the power to stop it – he must do it even if he had to use arms.
  2. If a Believer sees an act of aggression and doesn’t have the means to stop it – he must protest against it verbally or through media.
  3. If a Believer sees an act of aggression but decide not to apply one the above two options – he has the weakest faith in Allah.

Several Jewish rabbis have agreed with Mike Rivage-Seul in the past.

The women liberation movement (Feminism) is not a Western invention. It was established by Islam in the 7th century.

Father of India, Mahatma Gandhi praised Islam, saying: “I wanted to know the best of the life of one who holds today an undisputed sway of over the hearts of millions of mankind. I became more than ever convinced that it was not the sword that won a place for Islam in those days in the scheme of life. It was the rigid simplicity, the utter self-effacement of the Prophet Muhammad the scrupulous regard for pledges, his intense devotion to his friends and followers . his intrepidity, his fearlessness, his absolute trust in Allah and his own mission. These and not the sword carried everything before them and surmounted every obstacle. When I closed the second volume of the Prophet’s biography, I was sorry there was no more for me to read of that great life.”

Jew-Hindu singer sings Islamic song for children

Ben Lee, 39, an Australia-born American Jew-Hindu singer has released an album with songs praising Islam for children (listen below).

I wanted to put a record that describes the common ground we have, not the differences,” says Ben Lee.

Ben Lee claims that the anti-Muslim hatred in the US prompted him to put out the Islam-themed album.

All proceeds will go to the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) – founded in 1917 to serve Jewish and communist interests.

I must admit – this must be a miracle comes out of Donald Trump’s Muslim ban, considering Zionist Jews and extremist Hindus along with their Evangelic Christian brothers spend tens of millions of dollars each year to propagate Islamophobia around the world for Israel’s benefit (here, herehere, here).

Raised Jewish in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, he moved to New York when he was 18 and studied with a chi kung master, Nan Lu, at the American Taoist Healing Center. From there he was introduced to Hinduism and his guru, Sakthi Narayani Amma. He is married to British-American Jewish actress Ione Skye (born to model Enid Karl) in a Hindu ceremony. They have two children.

Ben Lee believes that Holy Qur’an teaches of peaceful co-existence but like the Jewish Bible has harsh punishments for the evil-doers. But the message has been distorted by interested groups, both Muslims and non-Muslims for political reasons.

Any contribution that our generation makes will be through the education of our children. I would hope that if I make music that parents want to play in the car – if we can begin these ideas in the home – and look intelligently, not fundamentally, we begin to hear the authentic and true parts of Islam,” says Ben Lee.

Despite the Judeo-Christian War on Islam during the past 1,400 years – the followers of Islam have increased from 124,000 to 1.9 billion via peaceful conversions. In fact the Christian and Hindu lands (Spain, India, Sicily, Greece, Malta, Serbia, etc.) which Muslims ruled for centuries – Muslim remained in minority.

Indonesia is world’s largest Muslim Majority (215 million) nation never saw a foreign Muslim army invading any of its 13,000 islands.

Some of the famous Muslim converts still alive are; Dr. Murad Hofmann, German diplomat, former NATO’s director of information and author of over a dozen books, Jemima Khan, daughter of Britain’s Jewish billionaire Lord Goldsmith and currently associate editor of UK’s newspaper New Statesman, and Bollywood’s top music director and composer A.R. Rahman to name a few.

Ben Lee’s other songs are available here.

Israel forces Islamic ‘modest dress’ on Jewish women

Inslitoropadebaoburki[2]This post is about modesty in women clothing and not to offend readers who love beauties in Bikinis.

Israel which is famous for naked beaches, brothels, sex-slavery and gay parades is lately turning to Burkini, long skirt, and hijab. For example, in late August 2016, Israeli pop-singer Hanna Goor was booted offstage at a concert in Ashdod for wearing a mini short, and bikini top.

On December 14, 2016, forty Israeli Knesset female staffers showed up to work in mini skirts and black leggings in protest of extension of Knesset modest dressing rule effective since 1990s.

French Judo-Christians are the most allergic to Islamic ‘modesty clothing (Hijab and Burkini). On August 29, to show his hatred toward nine million French Muslims, French prime minister Manuel Valls (married to a Jew) became a laughing stock when he claimed that naked breasts and not the Muslim modest female beach dress Burkini represent French ‘secular values’.

It had long been customary for women in religious Jewish communities to cover their hairs, faces and arms to look modest and less attractive to the opposite sex at public places. One can notice even Jewish burqa women in Manhattan (N.Y) and in Jerusalem.

A growing number of young women from Muslim, Jewish and Christian communities in the West are using the internet to redefine what it means to dress modestly.

Modesty has a different meaning depending on religion.

Modest Muslim women cover everything but their faces, hands, and feet. Orthodox Jewish women cover their elbows, knees, collarbone, and if they’re married, their hair. Modest Christian largely focus on making sure their knees and shoulders are covered. All these women also make sure whatever they wear isn’t too form-fitting.

But their objective remains the same: Respecting their religions comes with rules, and they want to make sure they follow those rules.

Melanie Elturk, is founder and CEO Haute Hijab, an American online retailer, which offers stylish modest clothing for Muslim women. Elturk, a lawyer by profession, was born to a Lebanon-US Muslim father and a Filipino Catholic mother (watch below). She grew-up in Detroit, Michigan. She started wearing Hijab at age 13 and has continued that tradition with great passion through college, in profession and after her marriage.

For me, it became so personal and I could never imagine taking it off. I really felt naked without it, like going outside without a shirt on,” she said in an interview.

Adi Heyman, a New Yorker, practices Orthodox Judaism. In 2010, she started a Facebook page called Fabologie to highlight modest looks on fashion runways. Heyman, as a married Jewish woman, never shows her hair, so she wears a blonde wig, complete with realistic roots.

Hijab makes history in Minnesota

Halima Aden in her burkini

Anti-Muslim American racists are in panic these day, even though they have elected Donald Trump: America’s First Jewish President.

But it seems Americans in Minnesota are rebelling against the Establishment. They elected the first Muslim to US Congress, Keith Ellison in 2007. On November 8, 2016, they sent first Muslim woman, Ilhan Omar, to the State Congress. She defeated Phyllis Kahn, who had occupied the seat for the last 44 years. Ilhan Omar happens to wear Hijab.

Over the weekend, Halima Aden, 19, a Minnesota Muslim girl made history in the state’s Miss USA beauty pageant, becoming the first contestant to compete in a hijab and Burkini. Miss Aden made the top 15 in a contest of 45 – but though didn’t win, she still took the showing as a victory.

A lot of people will look at you and will fail to see your beauty because you’re covered up and they’re not used to it, so growing up I just had to work on my people skills and give people a chance to really know me besides the clothing,” said Aden.

Aden was born in Kenya and moved to Minnesota as a child.

Aden decided to wear her traditional clothing because that is what she is more comfortable in and to inspire others to embrace themselves.

Be who you are. It’s easy to feel like you have to blend in, but it takes courage to live your life with conviction and embrace the person that you are,” said Aden.

Pageant officials support Aden’s choice to be fully covered.

I think for Halima standing on the stage this weekend she is showing other women that they too can do that and that it’s possible for them,” said Denise Wallace, executive co-director of the Miss Minnesota USA pageant.

20110918185950868[1]In 2011, Indonesia with world’s largest Muslim population, held Muslim world’s first Muslimah World pageant to counter Western ‘Miss Universe’ pageant. It was organized by the ‘Indonesia Islamic Fashion Consortium‘, a NGO.

UK’s Jewish ambassador converts to Islam

Last month, British foreign office was shocked to learn that its ambassador to Saudi Arabia Simon Paul Collis was seen performing Hajj (annual pilgrimage) in Makkah, Saudi Arabia.

News that Collis, 60, born into a Jewish family, had converted to Islam came to light with pictures posted on Twitter of him and his wife dressed in Ihram (white clothes) that Muslim pilgrims in Makkah wear.

The Arabic news site Mail Online’ first reported the pictures after they were posted by Fawziah Albakr from the King Saud University. Albakr wrote, The first British ambassador to the Kingdom leads the pilgrimage after his conversion to Islam: Simon Collis with his wife Huda in Makkah.

Collis confirmed his conversion to Islam on his Twitter account by saying: Allah bless you. In brief: I converted to Islam after 30 years of living in Muslim societies and before marrying Huda, he wrote in Arabic.

Collis converted to Islam in 2011 before marrying Huda al-Mujarkech, a Syrian Muslim. Both have five children.

Collis, who speaks Arabic fluently, has served UK’s ambassador in Syria, Iraq, and Doha in the past.

In November 2001, Italian Catholic ambassador to Saudi Arabia Torquato Cardilli converted to Islam.

In 1995, Mario Scialoja, former Italian ambassador to United Nations and Saudi Arabia converted to Islam along with his wife and two children.

In 1980, former German Catholic ambassador to Algeria, Morocco, and NATO’s director of information Murad Wilfried Hofmann (watch below) and his German wife converted to Islam.

Khamenei: Muslims are victims of US-Israel-UK terrorism

ayatollahkhamenei[1]Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatullah Ali Khamenei claims that the recent carnage in Turkey, Iraq, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia was the work of the intelligence agencies from the US, Israel and Britain with the evil agenda to consign Palestine into oblivion.

In Baghdad, several hundred families saw the loss of their loved ones at the hands of criminals and terrorists and those who want to promote a fabricated and fake Islam among people at the order of their masters. Also in Istanbul, in Bangladesh and elsewhere in some other countries, people fasting during the month of Ramadan came under terrorist attacks. This is the result of terrorism nurtured by security services of America, the Zionist regime and England,” the Leader said during Eid al-Fitr prayers in Tehran Wednesday.

Ayatollah Khamenei said Muslim countries are the target of a scheme to turn certain political differences into civil wars.

The enemies are trying to consign the Palestinian issue into oblivion. They want to have the Islamic world preoccupied with internal problems so that the Palestinian issue is forgotten and the Zionist regime is given a chance to pursue its wicked goals,” said Khamenei.

Ayatollah Khamenei predicted that the wave of terrorism wreaking havoc in Muslim countries would backfire on its masterminds.

They will be harmed by the things they have created in the Islamic world just as they are gradually seeing the fallout. But this is their sin and their crime which will not be forgotten,” the Leader said.

Ayatollah Khamenei described superficial denunciations of terrorism by the western countries and their ruling poodle in Middle East as false.

Khamenei said that in Syria, the pro-Israel western regimes turned a political conflict into a fratricide and then through financial and military support and illegitimate oil revenues, they brought individuals from various parts to Syria and Iraq and created this regional insecurity and suffering.

“The main aim of the global conspiracy, lead by the US, in wreaking tragedies in the region is to relegate the Palestinian issue to neglect,” Ayatollah Khamenei said.

Khamenei called recovery of Palestine as the core issue of the world of Islam, saying no Muslim or non-Muslim country with a conscience should ever forget the Palestinian issue.

The Zionist regime will definitely get slapped for the atrocities which it inflict upon the besieged and oppressed Palestinian nation,” Ayatollah Khamenei added.