Obama and the “Peaceful Religion”

Dr. Gabriel

Dr. Gabriel

“…when there is a contradiction between two verses in the Quran, the newer revelation overrides the previous revelation.  The new cancels the old.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D.[1], Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 47.

 “Do all Muslims interpret the Quran this way?  Do all Muslims accept that a contradiction in the Quran is solved by using the newest revelation?

               This principle is known in Arabic a nasikh.  It means that Allah led Muhammad in a progressive revelation.

               Nasikh is widely accepted in Islam.  The two largest sects in Islam, Sunni and Shia, accept this principle.  I learned it at my Muslim high school.  I also studied it at Al-Azhar University in Quranic commentary class.  I taught it at the mosque where I preached.

               Many copies of the Quran have a table that shows whether a surah is from Mecca or Medina in order to help readers know which is a newer revelation.

               Even Quranic history shows that nasikh is valid.  If there were no nasikh, Muhammad’s followers would have just stayed with Mecca ideals.  There would be no jihad and no Islamic military to conquer land and people all over the world.  Islam would have never left Arabia.”

               The problem is, if you do not accept nasikh, how are you going to interpret the Quran?  Are you going to just choose the verses you like best? And what are you going to do about the example of Muhammad?  He did more than just preach in Mecca.  He went to Medina and declared war on unbelievers.  Are you going to follow just half of his example?

               If anyone denies the continuing revelation of Allah to Muhammad, they are denying Islam itself.  Some Muslims who are not well taught in their faith may not understand nasikh fully, but it is still a foundational principle of Islam.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 48.

“The Quran commands Muslims to go and rule the entire world and submit all mankind to the religion of Islam.  That is the basis of war in Islam.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 52.

 “Ordinary Muslims really believe that Jews are evil people who should be avoided.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 59.

 “The most important thing to remember… is that during all his time in Mecca, and for the first year in Medina, Muhammad tried to make Islam attractive to Jews.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 76.

 “Previously, Muhammad instructed his followers to face Jerusalem to pray.  In January 624 he changed direction to face Mecca.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 102.

 “The final revelations of the Quran commanded Muslims to destroy any form of religion that was not submitted to Allah.  It became their duty to go and kill Jews, Christians and any other non-Muslims.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 104.

 “The Quran and Muhammad taught Muslims very specifically that their battle with Jews would never end.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 115.

 “…until the Day of Resurrection comes, committed Muslims are fighting an “unfinished battle” against the Jews.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 115.

 “Muhammad needed a way to keep [his soldiers, who lost the Battle of Uhud against the Meccans-625] from running away.  He developed a new strategy to deal with this situation.  This strategy had two parts.  The first part was to inform his soldiers that they would burn in hell if they ran away (Surah 9:38-39, 41).  The second part was to let them know that if they did die in battle, they would immediately enter paradise, have seventy virgins awaiting them and have all the alcohol they wanted to drink (Surah 9:20-21; 55:56, 72; 47:15).” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 116.

“Negotiations [with Muslims] will not work because that is the political solution.  Political solutions work for political problems.  For example, the problem of Apartheid in South Africa was solved by a political solution because it was a political problem.  There was no religious foundation to it.  But the problem between Islam and Israel [and every other non-Muslim religion] is a religious problem from the Muslim point of view.” ― The Unfinished Battle Islam and the Jews, by Mark A. Gabriel, Ph.D., Charisma House, Lake Mary, Florida, Page 156.

 Other Insights

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

Edward Gibbon, 1737-1794

“The siege of Constantinople by the Turks attracts our first attention to the person and character of the great destroyer.  Mohammed the Second was the son of Amurath; and although his mother has been decorated with the title of Christian and princess, she is more probably confounded with the numerous concubines who peopled from every climate the harem of the sultan.  His first education and sentiments were those of a devout Musulman [Muslim]; and as often as he conversed with an infidel he purified his hands and face by the legal rites of ablution.  Age and empire appear to have relaxed this narrow bigotry: his aspiring genius distained to acknowledge a power above his own; and in his looser hours he presumed (it is said) to brand the prophet of Mecca as a robber and imposter.  Yet the sultan persevered in a decent reverence for the doctrine and discipline of the Koran: his private indiscretion must have been sacred from the vulgar ear; and we should expect the credulity of strangers and secretaries, so prone to believe that a mind which is hardened against truth must be armed with superior contempt for absurdity and error.” ― The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Edward Gibbon, Volume III, 1185 A. D. ― 1453 A. D., Page 747, The Modern Library, New York, Random House.

Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, 1821-1890--hāfiz, one who can recite the Holy Qur’ān from memory

Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, 1821-1890–hāfiz, one who can recite the Holy Qur’ān from memory

“Homosexuality if forbidden in the Koran….” ― Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton, a Biography, ©1990 Edward Rice, Da Capo Press, Perseus Books Group, Cambridge, Massachusetts, Page 165. This is not “radical,” this is Islam.

The Holy Qur’an--Noor Foundation International, Inc.

The Holy Qur’an–Noor Foundation International, Inc.

 From the Holy Qur’an: “‘(Is it not true that) of all the people you alone approach males (for sexual satisfaction), ‘And leave that (abode of love) which your Lord has created for you in your wives. ‘Nay, (the real fact) you are a people who know no limits.’ They said, ‘If you desist not (of admonishing us for sodomy) O Lot!  You shall indeed be one of the banished ones.’  He said, ‘I surely abhor your practice (of going to males), My Lord! Save me and my followers from (the evil consequences) of their deeds.’ So we saved him and his followers, all of them, Except an old woman (- wife of Lot), who was among those who stayed behind, Then we destroyed the others. And we pelted them with a terrible rain (of stones).  Look!  How terrible was the rain (that descended) upon those who were warned. There is a great sign in this (episode), yet most of them would not be believers. And indeed your Lord, He is the All-Mighty, the Ever Merciful.”  The Holy Qur’an, Chapter 26, Page 412, Noor Foundation International, Inc., Hockesson, Delaware.

Three Observations Regarding Lawyers (and by proxy, the Law Schools that produce them)

Montaigne

Montaigne

King Ferdinand, when he sent colonists to the Indies, he wisely provided that no students of jurisprudence [lawyers] should accompany them, for fear that lawsuits might breed in this new world, this being by nature a science generating altercation, and division; judging, with Plato, that lawyers and doctors [of law] are a bad provision for a country.” ― The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971.  Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 816.

 “Why is it that our common language, so easy for any other use, becomes obscure and unintelligible in contracts and wills, and that a man who expresses himself so clearly, whatever he says or writes, finds in this field no way of speaking his mind that does not fall into doubt and contradiction? Unless it is that the princes of this art, applying themselves with particular attention to picking out solemn words and contriving artificial phrases, have so weighed every syllable, so minutely examined every sort of combination, that they are at last entangled and embroiled in the endless number of figures and in such minute partitions that they can no longer fall under any rule or prescription or any certain interpretation.” ― The Complete ESSAYS OF MONTAIGNE, Translated by Donald M. Frame, Stanford University Press, Stanford, California; Copyright 1943 by Donald M. Frame, renewed 1971.  Copyright © 1948, 1957, and 1958 by the Board of Trustees of the Leland Stanford Junior University, Page 816.

 Over 95 percent of members of Congress have completed a bachelor’s degree or higher; only 28 percent of the general population has. While 0.6 percent of the U.S. adult population are lawyers, 41 percent of the 113th Congress are. Members of Congress are sixty-eight times as likely as all American adults to have practiced law.─ Source: Measure of America.org

[1] Former Professor of Islamic History at Al-Azhar University, Cairo, Egypt

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Retired military officer; retired Air Force civil servant; retired executive, DS Information Systems Corporation; writer; researcher; reader and avid yachtsman.
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