Call to The Best Jihad!

I’m all for Jihad. Yes, I invite you to Jihad. You Muslims of the world, I’m not afraid and I’m not scared. Jihad has a bad reputation? I don’t care. I want us all to be Jihadists. Not only Jihadists, no, I want us to do the Best of Jihad! See, I finally revealed my true Muslim self, and gave up my Taqyia!

So, what’s the plan of our Jihad? I mean the Best of Jihad? See, I’m a Salafi too, so I stick to the sources, and our first source is the Prophet. I’m not inventing anything. The Prophet gave us the defintion and the way of this Best Jihad. Are you ready, fellow Muslims?

“The best of Jihad is a word of truth in front of a tyrant/an oppressive ruler!”

I’m sorry if I disappointed you! No, my Jihad is not against the Infidels until they accept Islam. After all, God Himself told us that whoever wants to believe is free to do so, and whoever wants to disbelieve, they’re free to do so as well (Quran 18:29).

An infidel only hurts him or herself. A Tyrant evetually hurts millions, tens of millions, and sometimes even hundreds of millions!

So, my fellow Muslims, imagine if all citizens of Mubarak, Gadhafi, Saddam Hussein (before he invaded Kuwait!), Saud, etc, etc, did the Best Jihad. All of the them said a word of truth to their rulers: You are the trash of our Earth. You are the enemies of Allah. You are the Pharaohs of our time. You’re going to Hell anyway, so we will take you the hell out of our lands, NOW!

I’m not inventing anything. That’s the Best Jihad according to our Prophet!


The Real Reasons God is Unhappy with “US”!

Is God happy with the world? With “us”? Believers from all religions might be wondering. Many of them nowadays are sure that He is really unhappy with us!

Interestingly, followers of every religion have their own (contradicting) explanations of God’s unhappiness with our world today. There is some agreement on some details, but mostly, every group has a different understanding of the real reasons of this Divine Unhappiness.

Here is the problem: We don’t realize that God is really unhappy with our explanations of why He is unhappy!

Well, to summarize, every group thinks that God is unhappy because their own faith/religion didn’t take over the world, yet! Not only that, He’s unhappy because we didn’t give Him this Mosque or that Temple! As if God really cared about the Mosque or the Temple or the Church more than He cared about His children, His creation: People!

Jews and Christians think that God will be unhappy until they give Him the Temple and the Land that He always wanted! Muslims think that God will be unhappy until they give Him the Aqsa Mosque back and free Jerusalem! Well, people, let’s face it: we really are having some very offending ideas about God! We’re not giving Him His deserved Dignity and Power and Wisdom and Mercy. Do we really think that an All Wise Lord will care about some buildings more than about humans?!

But wait, it gets even darker! It gets as scary as thinking that God is unhappy until all the prophecies of the End of Days come true!The Jews need to build the Temple and have control over the Holy Land. The Christians join in this goal, not because they love Judaism, but because once the Temple is built and Jesus comes back, the good Jews will convert to Christianity, and the bad Jews will remain Jews, therefore will be cursed and destroyed! And of course Muslims have one role: get out of there. But wait, Muslims too need to purify the Aqsa Mosque, fight the Jews (and kill them for sure)…they too are eagerly waiting for Armageddon!

So that’s the miserable state of groups of believers now: they’re all waiting for a Global War, Armageddon, to finally make God really happy with them!

But it gets even more dull! Not only some “believers” are impatiently waiting for Armageddon, they actually wish to proactively make it happen, FAST! Why wait for the Mosque to be removed by a Divine accident, let’s just take care of the removing ourselves! They wish to be part of the distinguished group who will fight the “others”, the bad ones!

What’s funny is that everyone of us can be the good one and the bad one at the exact same moment, it only depends who’s looking at you! And of course, God agrees with our own judgment, He agrees that those whom we think are the bad ones are really so, while those whom we think are the good ones are really so as well - mostly us and those who will convert to our Religious Brand!

We even had some American presidents (most notably Reagan) who wholeheartedly believed that they will witness this blessedEnd of Days! Being a Western democracy doesn’t make you immune to having presidents who wish for it to happen, fast! After all, we have to go through the Rapture and Armageddon before we get to the Millennium! We have to have the Awaited rightly guided one (Almahdi Almuntazar) to finally be real Muslims!

Wait, be patient! I’m not making fun of your beliefs (hey, I’m a believing Muslim, so I’m included in all that, let’s just make fun of ourselves! We all deserve it!). I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t believe in the Prophecies. Of course we each believe that our religion is true and that God will bring victory to the Truth. That’s fine. But the way we deal with it is totally NOT fine! And many times the way we define “truth” is also very untrue!

I will not argue that many of the prophecies are not crystal clear in all the Scriptures. So the interpretations, in many cases, are just that: interpretations. No, that’s not even my point.

I started by suggesting that God is actually unhappy with our very reasoning of why He is unhappy with the world. It’s not because of buildings or lands; God is beyond and above any building, no matter how sacred it is. He is worshiped and honored any and everywhere, in the hearts of believers. The hearts of believers will remain forever, because Man is eternal, however all the buildings of the Earth will one day vanish, forever. That’s the real point: what’s more important to God, the temporary or the eternal? Buildings and lands or humans?

Instead of seeking God’s pleasure with us by wishing to be part of the End of Days prophecies, why not seek His pleasure by delaying them?! Pay attention please, I’m not saying “preventing” them, I’m saying “delaying” them, I know the prophecies, the true ones at least (only God knows those ones!) cannot be prevented.

Do we honestly think that God will be happier with any of us who tries to make the Prophecies happen one way or the other than with the ones who try to delay them?

Let’s see. Those who wish to prepare for the Prophecies to take place have to make sure a Global War should happen soon! They also need to make sure that the Children of Abraham’s animosities will grow and get worse and more serious! Do you see Godly activities here?!!!

However those who wish to delay the Prophecies need to work on creating cooperation and mutual understanding, on promoting peace between all people of different religions and of no religion. Are you telling me those are the wicked ones?!!!

Why not, instead of meeting our Lord as the generation of a global destructive war of His creation, meet Him as the generation who delayed this insanity? The generation that delayed Armageddon for centuries because we created peace, justice and forgiveness in the Holy Land, we focused on the problems that are common to all of us, on the billions of people who live under the poverty line, the thousands of children who die every day because of malnutrition, the destruction of the resources of our Earth, the abuse of the weak by the powerful, the absoulte dictatorships that destroy the lives and livelihoods of hundreds of millions of fellow humans, etc. Aren’t those things that are  making God really unhappy with us because we let them happen?!

Do we really think that God is more pleased with us when we insult believers of other faiths, than when we speak to them in kind words and remind them and ourselves that we have much more in common?

How did we get to a point where we believe that God loves hostility and harm more than kindness and harmony?!

Children of Abraham, let’s wake up to the Truth of our Lord!

Final note: I’m not making generalizations, I know people are not the same! If you’re upset, try to focus on the real purpose and the main message!


Living Quran

Like all believers, we Muslims see our Holy Book as a call for righteous actions, not mere intellectual or spiritual messages disconnected from our everyday life.

When the wife of the Prophet was asked to describe what he was like in his everyday life, she said that his character was a living Quran. If we read the Quran, then that’s the ideal “reading” that we strive to attain. Reading that leads to action. Prophet Muhammad used to pray God to protect him from knowledge that brings no benefit. This could mean inaccurate knowledge, or knowledge that one makes no effort to implement in his/her actions.

Muslims strive to memorize the Quran in its original Arabic. Some (not uncommon) memorize the whole book. Others memorize passages or complete chapters. I think it was Omar Ibnel-Khattab who said that the companions of the Prophet would not move to memorizing any new passages of the Quran until they feel they’re done implementing into action what they already learned. How many of our memorizing efforts nowadays follow this standard?!

When we’re told that: “And certainly We have made the Quran easy for remembrance, but is there anyone who will mind?” (Quran, 54:17), we can think of how the language of the Quran is so unique, musical and concise that some verses just seem to jump into our mind when a thought or an incident brings it up. Which makes it even easier to remind ourselves of the Quranic teachings when we need to.

I will try to use this blog to share the verses that catch my attention, and my thoughts on how to transform them into lived principles instead of mere chanted words!


Do We Need Religion?

After all, what do we need religion for? We have seen that in many instances, religion made life worse rather than make it better. Why should we stick to something that doesn’t improve life and make Earth a better place for everyone, with equal opportunity? Well, we just shouldn’t!

If something is making things worse, we should avoid it and look for something that makes life better instead. That should be a common sense rule. Our goal is to make life better for ourselves and, hopefully, for others as well.

So what do we use religion for? What purpose does it serve so we can examine it can really make life any better? In essence, religion is about God. If we have an accurate perception of God, He must be Just, Merciful, Loving, Forgiving (all among the 99 Names of Allah in Islam), therefore religion, as it serves God, should also be about all these beautiful values. If this is what religion can give us, who in the world wouldn’t seek it?! Very simple, but not really as simple as it should be!

What happened is that religion became self-centered whereas its goal should be all about God. Well, as I say religion, we better think “people”, since religion is just a tool. You can use a knife to kill or you can use it to cook! You can use money to help the poor and you can use it to buy weapons or buy drugs!

The real problem with religion is when people focus more on Religion than on God Himself! That’s why we have seen throughout all of history religion being used to evil ends. People used their holy books to justify all kinds of injustice. People with dark hearts will find any and every excuse for their deeds. If not religion, they’ll just join the Mafia! They will just try to find a justification for their self-centered and selfish pursuits wherever they can find it.

Which comes down to this, the problem is not with religion as much as it is with us, with people! People who focus on God, will pick the good wherever they find it, will stick to the things that draw them closer to their Beloved Lord. But once our commitment to God weakens and our ego takes over, we will use religion for the exact opposite of God. You will see people worshiping their religion more than they worship God. As I listen and look at extremists from all religions, I always see the same things, and I am astonished how much those “enemies” really have in common!

There are brothers in God, all believers of all faiths who have Godly feelings in their hearts, who want to see everyone having their rights and dignity, who focus on love and cooperation rather than on differences. On the other hand you have brothers in Ego, they too serve the same ego even though they fight and curse one another, they’re one family whether they like it or not!

Religion is about God. We use it as a tool to help us get closer to Him. We know are closer to Him when we see our hearts increase in Love, in Mercy, in Forgiveness. If we see ourselves instead becoming angry and hateful of others, we have to stop and realize that we’re serving something other than God. We shouldn’t think so much of religion, we should just think of God, and seek help and insight from religion.


The power of “Why”

Beliefs are part of every one of us. We have beliefs, whether we like it or not. Those beliefs not only affect our emotions and thoughts, but they also dictate how we act. We see the world, as well as other people, through them. A racist, for one (bad) example, sees others through dark belief glasses! An open-minded person, who believes that all people are created equal, regardless of color or race, has “normal”, transparent glasses. Our ultimate goal really is to see the world through this type of glasses: Transparent, clear and clean. Hopefully our glasses, besides being transparent, also correct our sight distortions. We can be born with seeing problems, major or minor, but no one will ever be born with corrective lenses. Those we can acquire over time, using the right knowledge, tools and resources.

Beliefs are part of every one of us. So we need to make sure that our beliefs are not damaging our vision. Seeing is a great gift. Your eyes are an asset that you would not exchange for billions of dollars. What would you do with all the money in the world, if you can’t see the world! However the eyes of the mind are far more important than the eyes in our face. We know of many great men and women who were blind, but their blindness was the small, minor one. They could see clear with their hearts and their minds, and this is what really counts. This is what made them great people. Our beliefs shape this inner eye, which in return shape our actions and reactions, our life, and our whole destiny. So we basically should care about the accuracy of our beliefs as much as we do about the accuracy of sight. Who wants to see things as they are not? We can safely say that those who don’t care if what they see is true or not, accurate or not, are insane, superficial or naïve. Those who see things as they are but pretend to see them as they are not are even worse.

So I think we can easily come down to this conclusion: we have to examine our beliefs. Inaccurate, unreal beliefs do us harm, and no good. This has another name: seeking the truth. Distorted vision simply means that what we see is not true. Being concerned with the truth is the key. It is also the door. It is the way.


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