Thursday, May 30, 2013

Allahu Akbar. Wallah, I will never leave you...

Another email and response:

Hello Chelsey,

I believe you are happier because you have removed sin from your life (drunkendness, lying, sexual immorality etc.). I don't doubt that some of the practices of Islam helped you do that. However, that does not mean it is the truth sent down from God. The standard for that is a lot higher. 

You recited the Shahada and in it the last part is about Muhammad. You say you don't worship Muhammad but in reality according to Islam Muhammad is necessary for your salvation. You don't have that for any other prophet. Only Muhammad. Why is that?

I quoted and gave you sources from authentic Hadith showing Muhammad doing some very troubling things such as slavery, having sex with his slaves, having more sexual partners than anyone else and all was allowed for him by Allah. I asked you to look into your own heart and see if you felt that was from God. Chelsey, you did not have any answers.

1.Sahih Muslim 3432—Abu Sa'id al-Khudri (Allah be pleased with him) reported that at the Battle of Hunain Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) sent an army to Autas and encountered the enemy and fought with them. Having overcome them and taken them captives, the Companions of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) seemed to refrain from having intercourse with captive women because of their husbands being polytheists. Then Allah, Most High, sent down regarding that: "And women already married, except those whom your right hands possess (iv. 24)" (i.e. they were lawful for them when their 'Idda period came to an end). 

2. Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 34, Number 432:
"Narrated Abu Said Al-Khudri: that while he was sitting with Allah's Apostle he said,"O Allah's Apostle! We get female captives as our share of booty, and we are interested in their prices,
what is your opinion about coitus interruptus?" The Prophet said,
"Do you really do that? It is better for you not to do it.
No soul that which Allah has destined to exist, but will surely come into existence

Jesus died for us. What did Muhammad do for us? What sacrifices he made?

OK Chelsey, I am not really looking for written answers, those are things for you think about. Chelsey I want to issue you a challenge. If I prove to you that Jesus is God would you be willing to abandon Islam and follow Him?

My response:

Drunkenness? Haha Like I had stated in the first email I did not party anymore than a student in college. Sexual immortality? Well I was married, so Im not sure where that comment came from.

Islam is the truth for me sir. Regardless if you believe it to be so, this is my truth, the only truth. How can you so easily believe in a book that isnt even offered in its original form? How can you believe fully a text that was translated and translated? Many Christian scholars will admit to the Bibles alterations and "enhancements" Why do you not study your books history?

The difference is I believe a book that was sent by God and is preserved in its original form. Every Arabic Quran you pick up will be EXACTLY the same. This is not the case for the Bible. 

You debate me as if my mind will change. You talk to me as if to "diagnose" me for how I "really" feel. Your assumptions are a bit insulting to say the least, but I can see your ignorance in regards to my faith, so I wont bother with that too much.

Ive been studying my faith everyday for the past 2 years. Like Ive said before, I was an Atheist, so to believe that I merely converted to a faith on false reasoning is, well, also a bit insulting.

You sent me hadith that you do not understand. You have not cared to ask a Muslim Sheik or Imam, I am sure you havent even bothered to research the hadith from a Muslim perspective. First and foremost you must read and understand the Quran, without this, hadiths mean nothing. So in regards to the hadith you sent me...

In time of war who are taken as POW? Even today in the most modern of times, when soldiers go overseas and encounter woman, what happens? 
Now Islam is not set up for "ideology" but reality. So Allah swt has set perimeters to what is good, and for what is bad. Slaves are to be taken by the BELIEVERS. Why the believers? Because the believers are people of God, people who are taught to be good and do good deeds in the name of God. Unlike most "salves" or pow "slaves" who are not given respect at all, especially in times of war, and this is what this hadith is referring to, but in Islam "slaves" have rights. 
Female "slaves" are brought into the home, fed, taken care of, given clothing. Their children are taken care of as well. This in most cases happen when the woman's husband has been killed in war. These woman are being treated in such a way that they almost become like wives. Most people in the west, especially who study Islam focus in on vocabulary. We have to remember that for every Arabic word, their may be 5 different translations (Arabic being one of the largest languages) 
So, in fact these woman were treated fairly and just. Female slaves were able to work themselves up to freedom and marriage. This is a historical Islamic fact. So for that, yes I do believe that this command came from Allah swt.

Rape in Islam is FORBIDDEN. Sex must be a mutual act or else it is considered a sin. Rape is punishable by death in my religion. One who rapes a captive shall receive their punishment, either by man, or by Allah almighty. 

Muhammad pbbuh revealed the Quran to man. The book that holds Gods FINAL message. Muhammad was a great man. You can do researches on him all day long. He starved himself for the message of God. He was no war lord or king. They offered him a throne and he denied it. He slept on the hard floor and didnt eat for days so he could provide others with sustenance. He fought for God, for man. We do not worship Muhammad pbbuh. We respect him and love him for his contributions and courage in the fight for God. In Islam we are taught to learn and understand our faith through the Quran. We are also taught within the Quran that Allahs prophets are men of God and we should follow their actions. For this we are told to follow the hadiths as they are retellings of Muhammads life through the words of his companions. Much like your Gospels. 

In our declaration of faith (shahada) we recite that Muhammad is the final prophet, not that he is God, but a messenger of God. We say this because it is an important part of our faith to not only take on God as our creator, but to recognize Muhammad as the final prophet of God who spoke the messages of God to his people. We have the up most respect and love for all of the prophets, Muhammad just happened to be the one chosen by Allah to send the final message, the message of submission to God, in definition "Islam" 

Im not looking to be changed, as you can see Allah swt has blessed me with the full understanding and acceptance of Islam, Allah swt message to man. I swear by God that I will never abandon the faith of God to satisfy the ego of man. I am saved by Allah and Allah alone. Allahu Akbar.

Salaam,
Chelsey


Saturday, May 25, 2013

Islam Is My Truth

An email response in regards to my knowing Islam is the truth versus the Trinity...

Yes I know Islam is the truth. 100% to doubt in my mind. I answer you so confidently because I was an Atheist/Agnostic prior to reverting. I grew up in a liberal, find yourself home. I was always told to be a self thinker, always ask why, and be yourself no matter what others think of you. I carried all of this throughout my life. I was born, and baptized a Christian. I used to attend Church with a few of my girlfriends growing up. It was all very interesting to me. I attended Methodist Churches, Baptist and even Jehovah Witness Churches. I've always sought out God in my own way, but even at a young age I had questions. Id ask my friends, but they were too young to understand, or my thoughts were above my age maybe. In high school I attended a very "cool" Church for young urban kids. It was a way to reach out to the youth, and present God in a way that was not "suits and ties" but sneakers and ball caps. (if you get what I mean) I loved it. I always enjoyed going, and even attended a few Bible study classes. I couldn't help but to stand in church and think to myself..."What a hypocrite I am! I'm here singing and reading the Bible, trying to believe in something I don't " I had no faith. I never had faith. I had come to realize, I've never actually believed in God. I didn't believe in anything. Accepting the fact that this was life, and than you die made me feel comfortable. I had no problem with death or the urge to believe in God for something to hold on to. I than realized I was an Atheist. So I lived, to live. I never wanted regrets and I wanted to experience the ups and downs of life, having fun, be young and free. My family is Christian, but I don't believe any of them knew my opinions on religion and God. When I was 18 years old I began studying religion. I studied Christianity more, I looked into Islam for educational purposes and than Buddhism, thinking that would be my calling. The next 6 years of my life I went back and forth from being Atheist to Agnostic and than even considered looking into Catholicism at the age of 22 after having visited a beautiful Catholic Church in Puerto Rico. I am very moved by culture as well and the Spanish influence on Catholicism was aesthetically appealing to me. Needless to say there brought even more questions. I had never encountered the trinity until I researched Catholicism. Growing up, I was taught that Jesus was the son of God and I knew some said God, but that led to more questions, so you could imagine when I encountered the trinity how many more I had. No matter the answer, it simply did not make sense to me. I couldn't connect to God in the slightest. I did not believe at all. I went back to just being "Agnostic" I figured screw it, its obvious that religion is just crap, but "if" there's a God, that God will judge me for who I am. I lived like this until I was 24 years old.

My drinking was the normal consumption of a girl my age. I was 21-24 going to the clubs like a typical western girl, I partied just as hard as say, any college student would, but it didn't have the same satisfaction for me. I was doing it to have fun, but realizing that that kind of fun doesn't always lead to good things. I was feeling a bit empty, but I never knew why. I wanted more in my life. I had a Muslim girlfriend who I used to speak spirituality with. She wasn't a super practicing Muslim, but always held it close to her heart. Id talk to her about faith and life, God (if there was one) she used to always tell me that the way I feel, the things I believe is like that of a Muslim. Every Muslim I had ever met was kind, happy, outgoing, loving, courage's and best of all God fearing. No matter what they did, or where they were, God was on their mind and in their heart. I had never experienced faith like this before. I was intrigued to say the least. Besides the small amount of research I had done for college about Islam, I didn't know much. I thought to give it a try. I began researching Islam. I read good things and bad. I watched lectures upon lectures on Islam and even many debates against it. I wanted to know Islam from the insider, and the outsider. This wasn't a joke for me. I knew if there was a God, it was something to be taken seriously and not lightly. If I was going to be "religious" I wanted to do it right. I even watched documentaries on the Quran, Muhammad pbbuh, the rise of Al Adelus in Spain, the miracles, and education Islam brought to this world. I studied hijab and war, man beating...all of the misconceptions you can think of, I was on it. I spoke about Islam to my parents, they thought it was just a faze. I remember the day my ex husband told me he couldn't be married to a Muslim. For me, it was God or him, in a way. I couldn't turn back. I had felt as if God had aloud me to discover the true religion at the time I needed it the most. Allah had blessed me with a great man, and a great marriage. It was my job to keep it as such. Unfortunately that was not the case the last few months of our marriage, but I knew that if I turned my back on God for a man, I would never forgive myself. I prayed that Allah could give me another chance at love with someone who supported my new journey, and al humdulAllah, Allah did. My ex husband, two months later insisted we try to reconcile, but we could no longer agree on many things on reference to life, children and of course, God.

I finally believed in God, and it was Islam that brought me to God. I have no question in my mind that Islam is the truth. I pray to Allah the creator of life, the most compassionate, the all knowing, the magnificent Allah. There is no other worthy of our worship but Allah (God). I cherish the prophets and their messages, but my praise goes to the one and only who deserves it above anyone or anything. Islam does not believe in any trinity. Islam does not recognize anyone or anything as Allahs equal. Islam gives respect to those who deserve it of us, but the most important thing to us is God....Allah as one.

Thank you for your time. Allahu Akbar.

Sincerely,
Chelsey