Hinduism at its best; Theosophy is the Brotherhood of Man. A test in natural liberty.

 Test of Natural Liberty and how it equates with limits of Democracy
Jinnah and other Moslem leaders were once members of the Congress. They left it because they felt the pinch of Hinduism patronizing. … They did not find the Brotherhood of Man among the Hindus. They say Islam is the Brotherhood of Man. As a matter of fact, it is the Brotherhood of Moslems. Theosophy is the Brotherhood of Man.” (Attributed, to MK Gandhi. False.  Gandhi never adhered to the theosophists’ motto; there is no religion greater than truth.)

Test of Natural Liberty and how it equates with limits of Democracy.

“Martyrdom of Husayn in the battle of Karbala.” (Husayn in Christian Ideology.)

The greatest martyr in human history.

The greatest martyr in human history,  Hussain.

Washington Irwing (American author, essayist, biographer and historian) “It was possible for Hussein to save his life by submitting himself to the will of yazid. But his responsibility as a reformer did not allow him to accept yazid’s Caliphate. He therefore prepared to embrace all sorts discomfort and inconvenience in order to deliver Islam from the hands of the Omayyads. Under the blazing sun, on the parched land and against the stifflinging heat of Arabia, stood the immortal Hussein.”

Thomas Carlyle (Scottish historian and essayist: The best lesson which we get from the tragedy of Karbala and his companions were rigid believers in God. They illustrated that the numerical superiority does not count when it comes to the truth and the falsehood. The victory of Husain despite his minority, marvels me!

Mahatma Gandhi:“If I had an army like the 72 soldiers of Hussain, I would have won freedom for India in 24 hours.” “I learned from Hussain how to be wronged and be a winner, I learnt from Hussain how to attain victory while being oppressed.”  “My faith is that the progress of Islam does not depend on the use of sword by its believers, but the result of the supreme sacrifice of Hussain (A.S.), the great saint.”

A City Rich In History, Traditions and Cultures. Jerusalem.

“Ten portions of beauty, God gave to the world;
nine to Jerusalem and one to the remainder.
Ten portions of sorrow, God gave to the world; 
nine to Jerusalem and one for the rest of mankind.”
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Jerusalem is a religious center sacred to all three monotheistic religions: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. Religious pilgrims from all nations continue to congregate in the Holy City and millions of people flow through the gates of Jerusalem each year.References to the city of Jerusalem appear throughout the entire Scriptures.The Scriptural history of Jerusalem (known then as “Salem”), begins when Abraham meets “Melchizedek”(King of Justice) about 2000 BC. Through the ages it has been called by many names: Urusalim, Salem, Mount Moriah, Adonai Urah, Jebus, Jerusalem, Zion, the City of David, Ariel (Lion of God)
God has declared that this is the place He will establish His Name and will dwell there forever.
David conquered Jerusalem by defeating the Jebusites in 1052 BCE (Chronicles 1 11:4-9), nearly 3000 years ago.In history, No other city has been beloved and fought over as Jerusalem. After David’s death, Solomon (in 1015 BC/BCE) began to “build a house for the Name of the Lord” (Chronicles 2 2:1). It took seven years and 183,300 men to build it (Kings 1- 5:13-16; 6:38). It measured nearly 90 feet in length, 30 feet in width and 45 feet in height (1 Kings 6:2). The Holy Of Holies occupied one-third of the interior space, and the Holy Place, two-thirds. The complete details are described in Kings 1 – 6 & 7. When it was completed, the Glory of God filled the Temple (View the model of Ancient Jerusalem) (Chronicles 2 7:1).Israel was divided after Solomon’s death (979 BCE). The kingdom of Israel was in the north, while Judah was in the south.Jerusalem was the capital of Judah (the Southern Kingdom). It was ruled by a succession of twenty kings from 979 BCE to 586 BCE. Their reigns lasted from as short as three months (Jehoahaz and Jehoiachim) to as long as fifty-five years (Manasseh). The disheartening history of the declines of Judah is told in Kings 1 12:1-2, Kings 25:30, and 2 Chronicles 10:1-36:21.

Jerusalem was entirely destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar in 586 BC/BCE. The city and the Holy Temple were completely demolished and the articles of the Temple and its treasures were carried off to Babylon.
The inhabitants that were not killed were also taken to Babylon. Jerusalem was to lie desolate for seventy years in order that the land might enjoy its Sabbaths 
(Chronicles 2 36:17-21/Leviticus 26:34).

Seventy-one years later (445 BCE) In 539 BCE, Cyrus, king of Persia issued a proclamation to rebuild the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, a total of 42,360 people returned to Jerusalem and Judah to help rebuild the Temple, (not including male and female servants and the musicians), All gave according to their ability, in order to finance the work.

In the first year, Jeshua and Zerubbabel led a group to build the altar in order to offer sacrifices in accordance with Torah.
It was finally completed in 516 BCE and took twenty-three years.
In 167 BCE the Greeks converted the Temple in Jerusalem into a show place to Greek idols

In 40 BCE the Romans being the super power of that time dispatched an army of 30,000 infantry and 6,000 cavalry to take Jerusalem. Jerusalem and its Temple were incinerated.

When Christianity became the official religion of the Roman Empire under Constantine, the basilica of the Holy Sepulcher was built in Jerusalem, the most important and prominent building in the city at the time.

During the Byzantine era (330-640 CE) many impressive Christian architectural monuments were built in the city. Jerusalem was a major Christian center, attracting pilgrims from all over the Roman Empire. Monks and clergy from the various sects started to settle in the city, and pilgrims from different countries filled Jerusalem’s streets: Ethiopians and Armenians, Copts and Nestorians, Syrian Jacobites and Gregorians and, above all, Greek-Orthodox, who became the dominant Christian group in the city.

At the end of the 11th century, Seljuk tribes invaded the country. The city passed from one ruler to another until the arrival of the Crusaders who ruled about two hundred years (1095-1187) CE and again after a brief period, from (1189-1348).

Christian Crusaders order in Jerusalem was extremely brutal, especially at the beginning of the period, and the domination of the city was accompanied by a massacre of most of the Jews and Moslems residing there.

Jerusalem has been fought over by armies of the Assyrians, Babylonians, Egyptians, Greeks, Ptolemies, Seleucids, Romans, Byzantines,Persians, Arabs, Seljuks, Crusaders, Mongols, Mamelukes, Turks, British, Jordanians, Egyptians, Syrians, Lebanese, and Iraqis. Today the nations of the entire world consider it their responsibility and obligation to intervene in her politics and destiny.

This is a city that has been besieged about forty different times and destroyed (at least partially) on thirty-two different occasions. The rulership of Jerusalem has changed hands some twenty-six times. From the time of the establishment of the State of Israel in May of 1948 until 1967, the city was divided. Walls, barbed-wire fences and a desolated strip of non-man’s land cut through the very heart of the city, especially excluding the Jews from the Old City and the Temple Mount. During that time the Jewish Quarter was leveled and its synagogues burned. Jewish graves and monuments were desecrated or turned into latrines, Since 1948 Jerusalem has experienced four wars. Jerusalem, “The City of Peace” has known wars and destruction since it existence was first known to us from the Biblical record.

Today, Jerusalem is more of a city of religion, art, culture, and museums than an economically viable regional marketplace or a center of business activity. Yet Jerusalem thrives in our time as a city full of mystical attractiveness and endless fascination.

Jerusalem has played, and will continue to play, an important part in God’ deliverance of the earth, His Holy City, and our involvement in it.  By Lena Mor – http://www.HolyLandNetwork.com

The fulfillment in Prayer. Muslims surrounding the Synagogue in Norway. 2015

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Gandhi and his teaching on Islam.

I believe Islam to be as true a religion as my own. My whole soul rebels against the idea that Hinduism and Islam represent two antagonistic cultures and doctrines. To assent to such a doctrine is for me a denial of God. When asked if he was a Hindu. Yes I am, I am also a Muslim, a Christian, a Buddhist and a Jew.

 

gandhi and islamOn wrong-doing and how to correct it.

 

 

MK Gandhi and His Journey To The Holy Land. Israel and Moral Law.

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Jerusalem. Yerushalayim

Jerusalem. Yerushalayim

Israel of Old. Now New Again.

Israel of Old. Now New Again.

Israel of Old. Now made new.

Israel of Old. Now made new tomorrow.

Eric Whitacre: Rakut (Five Hebrew Love Songs)

Bole Re Papihera. Sing to me Bird of Paradise. Pandit D.V. Paluskar.

Sinagogue -Budapest Hungary.

Sinagogue -Budapest Hungary.

 Bole re papihera, bole re papihera, ab ghan garaje, ab ghan garaje bole re papihera ab ghan garaje… sun mun bunde dar aye badariya barsana lagi sada rangile, sada rangile, mai har var damini dhunde dhunde chunarva, bole re papihera, ab ghan garaje, ab ghan garaje, bole re papihera… ga pa dhani sa, ma pa ni, ma pa dhani, ni sa ni….Sing to me O bird of paradise now that the clouds have spoken their rain drops shower the earth filling the world with the song of the eternal One. I am scared of thunder as I search for the veils that cover glorious showers.  Speak to me O bird of paradise now that the clouds of rain have passed. Surah Al-‘A`raf Ayahs #1-28 by Mishary Rashid Alafasy with english translation.

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE LAW OF APOSTASY IN ISLAM

MAHMOUD AYOUB*

RELIGIOUS FREEDOM AND THE LAW OF APOSTASY IN ISLAM

Courtesy: Islamochristian = Islamiyat Masihiyat, Vol. 20, 1994, pp. 75-91

SUMMARY: After determining what constitutes apostasy (riddah), defined as “all act of rejection of faith committed by a Muslim whose Islam had been affirmed without any coercion”, the Author looks at the understanding of riddah in the Qur’an and Tradition. From this study he concludes that there is no real basis for the riddah law in either of these sources. When he turns to Shi’i hadith tradition the A. finds greater severity on the part of the Imams after’ Ali. This he would attribute to the fact that they were dealing with theoretical questions, since they did not wield political authority. The attitude to apostasy grew harsher as relations between different faith communities worsened. In the final section of his essay the Author examines juristic rulings (ahkam). He touches on the conditions for apostasy (sound reason, freedom of choice), opportunity for repentance, and the special situation of women. He shows that the measure of uncertainly in truly establishing the crime acts as a protection against application of the maximum penalty. In conclusion the Author affirms that apostasy became a political problem with the advent of colonialism and the rise of Christian missionary activity.


* Mahmoud M. Ayoub, born in 1935 at Ayn Qana (South Lebanon), is professor of Islamic Studies at the Department of Religion, Temple University (U.S.A.). Among his many works are: Redemptive Suffering in Islam A Study of Devotional Aspect in Ashura in Twelver Shi’ism, and the first volume of The Qur’an and its lnterpreters (a projected ten volume series). Dr. Ayoub has a special interest in Muslim-Christian issues.