1914: The Shaping of the Modern Muslim World – Part 1 ~ Dr. Yasir Qadhi | 15th January 2014

“The Case Against the Resurrection of Jesus.” (Bart D. Ehrman)

Misquoting Jesus: The Story Behind Who Changed the Bible and Why

Sahih International

So woe to those who write the “scripture” with their own hands, then say, “This is from Allah ,” in order to exchange it for a small price. Woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.

For almost 1,500 years, the New Testament manuscripts were copied by hand––and mistakes and intentional changes abound in the competing manuscript versions. Religious and biblical scholar Bart Ehrman makes the provocative case that many of our widely held beliefs concerning the divinity of Jesus, the Trinity, and the divine origins of the Bible itself are the results of both intentional and accidental alterations by scribes.

In this compelling and fascinating book, Ehrman shows where and why changes were made in our earliest surviving manuscripts, explaining for the first time how the many variations of our cherished biblical stories came to be, and why only certain versions of the stories qualify for publication in the Bibles we read today. Ehrman frames his account with personal reflections on how his study of the Greek manuscripts made him abandon his once ultra–conservative views of the Bible.

Muslim Spain and Portugal: A Political History of Al-Andalus

 

This is the first study in English of the political history of Muslim Spain and Portugal, based on Arab sources. It provides comprehensive coverage of events across the whole of the region from 711 to the fall of Granada in 1492. Up till now the history of this region has been badly neglected in comparison with studies of other states in medieval Europe. When considered at all, it has been largely written from Christian sources and seen in terms of the Christian Reconquest. Hugh Kennedy raises the profile of this important area, bringing the subject alive with vivid translations from Arab sources. This will be fascinating reading for historians of medieval Europe and for historians of the middle east drawing out the similarities and contrasts with other areas of the Muslim world.

The Myth of American Exceptionalism


 

The idea that the United States is destined to spread its unique gifts of democracy and capitalism to other countries is dangerous for Americans and for the rest of the world, warns Godfrey Hodgson in this provocative book. Hodgson, a shrewd and highly respected British commentator, argues that America is not as exceptional as it would like to think; its blindness to its own history has bred a complacent nationalism and a disastrous foreign policy that has isolated and alienated it from the global community. Tracing the development of America’s high self-regard from the early days of the republic to the present era, Hodgson demonstrates how its exceptionalism has been systematically exaggerated and, in recent decades, corrupted. While there have been distinct and original elements in America’s history and political philosophy, notes Hodgson, these have always been more heavily influenced by European thought and experience than Americans have been willing to acknowledge. A stimulating and timely assessment of how America’s belief in its exceptional destiny has led it astray, this book is mandatory reading for its citizens, admirers, and detractors.

The Buhayra Monk Incident

I left him and he was making du’a for her.

Courtesy of Livingundermercy OfAllah

Ali bin Abi Fazarah said:

My mother was not able to walk for twenty years so she said to me one day: ‘Go to Ahmad bin Hanbal and ask him to pray for me‘. So I went to him while he was in a dark room. 

He said, ‘Who is there?’ 

I said, ‘A man whose mother cannot walk and asked you for du’a.’ 

I heard an angry voice and he said, ‘We are more in need that you make du’a to Allah for us.’ 

When I left, an old woman came out and said: ‘I left him [i.e. Ahmad] and he was making du’a for her.’

I returned home and knocked the door and my mother came out walking.

[Al-Thahabi’s ‘Siyar’, 11/177-358]

The untold story of Christopher Columbus

Below is a log report of Columbus as he first landed on the Americas. Which includes his first encounter with the natives of the island:

“They…brought us parrots and balls of cotton and spears and many other things, which they exchanged for the glass beads and hawks’ bells. They willingly traded everything they owned.. They were well-build, with good bodies and handsome features…   They do not bear arms, and do not know them, for I showed them a sword, they took it by the edge and cut themselves out of ignorance. They have no iron. Their spears are made of cane…They would make fine servants… With fifty men we could subjugate them all and make them do whatever we want.”

Howard Zinn, the author that cited the above in his book: ‘A people’s history of the United States.’ Makes the relevant comment:

“These traits did not stand out in Europe of the Renaissance  dominated as it was by the religion of popes,  the government of kings, the frenzy for money that marked Western civilization and its first messenger to the Americas, Christopher Columbus.”

The Engraving on ‘Umar (ra) ring was…


 

Ibn Kathir (Ra) narrated:

كان نقش خاتم عمر بن الخطاب رضي الله عنه : كفى بالموت واعظاً ياعمر
“The engraving on ‘Umar ibn al Khataab’s(Ra) ring was: “Sufficient is death as an admonisher O Umar”.

[“Al-Bidaayah wan-Nihaaya].

Women’s Scholarship: Remembering a Fading Heritage

Women have had a strong presence in society since the beginning of Islam. Khadeejah bint Khuwaylid  may  Allaah  be  pleased  with  her was the first person ever to believe in the Prophet,  sallallaahu  `alayhi  wa  sallam ( may  Allaah exalt his mention )

Read on here: http://www.islamweb.net/womane/nindex.php?page=readart&id=164063

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