Is the Shari’ah ‘Outdated??’ — Islam Reigns

Islam views the human being as composed of instincts and needs continually facing problems in how to satisfy them. The Islamic texts came to address men and women as human beings, not just as individuals living in the seventh century Arabian Desert. The Islamic texts did not address humanity in relation to a particular time […]

Is the Shari’ah ‘Outdated??’ — Islam Reigns

Not all non-Muslims will suffer in Hellfire

Khaled Colwill

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem (In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

One of the things that’s always troubled me morally is the idea that non-Muslims are going to face eternal punishment in Hell, and that since Allah has contempt for them, Muslims must too. After all, if we look around, there are many good people; not all non-Muslims are polytheists, murderers, rapists etc.

The problem here is equating all non-Muslims with disbelievers. They’re not the same thing. Disbelievers are people who meet the following criteria, which I have derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah:

  1. They understand the message of tawheed in Islam
  2. They either understand the evidence for Islam or they don’t take it upon themselves to look for evidence* (Allahu ‘alim)
  3. They still reject Islam despite meeting the above two conditions
  4. They commit shirk regardless of whether or not they meet the aforementioned conditions.

Since it is impossible…

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NEW VIDEO: “Who is the Paraclete?” — The Quran and Bible Blog

This is a summary of the NYK article “Easy Paraclete”. It is recommended that you read the article to fully understand why the “holy spirit” cannot be the Paraclete, and why only Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) best fits the role: https://quranandbibleblog.com/2021/06/01/easy-paraclete-nyk-info-who-is-the-paraclete/

NEW VIDEO: “Who is the Paraclete?” — The Quran and Bible Blog

Not all non-Muslims will suffer in Hellfire

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem (In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

One of the things that’s always troubled me morally is the idea that non-Muslims are going to face eternal punishment in Hell, and that since Allah has contempt for them, Muslims must too. After all, if we look around, there are many good people; not all non-Muslims are polytheists, murderers, rapists etc.

The problem here is equating all non-Muslims with disbelievers. They’re not the same thing. Disbelievers are people who meet the following criteria, which I have derived from the Qur’an and Sunnah:

  1. They understand the message of tawheed in Islam
  2. They either understand the evidence for Islam or they don’t take it upon themselves to look for evidence* (Allahu ‘alim)
  3. They still reject Islam despite meeting the above two conditions
  4. They commit shirk regardless of whether or not they meet the aforementioned conditions.

Since it is impossible to gouge how many of the world’s non-Muslims meet this criteria (for all we know, it could even be a minority!), it is wrong to judge them and should instead reserve judgement for Allah (swt).

The non-Muslims who do not qualify as disbelievers will be immunised from all suffering in Hell, except temporarily for sins they committed in life**. Since it’s impossible to determine what percentage of the world’s non-Muslims fit this category (instead of a small minority, it could even be a majority for all we know), we should not tar them all with the same brush. Everyone is innocent until proven guilty, so let us embrace our fellow man in the best tradition of Muhammad (saw)!

wAllahu alim (and Allah knows best).

*Those who do look for evidence but their search doesn’t yield anything convincing to them personally, may also be exonerated by Allah (swt) for all we know Allahu alim (God knows best); iman needs both the intellect and the heart to be satisfied.
**Muslims are no more exempt in this respect than anyone else!

Why didn’t Allah reveal Paradise and Hellfire in the Torah?

Bismillah ir-Rahman ir-Raheem (In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful)

The Torah wasn’t written down until centuries after it was revealed to Prophet Musa (as), and so a large portion of it changed or got lost during that period. Since this was a blind process rather than a conspiracy, it would be far-fetched to say that the lost portion happens to include every reference to Paradise and Hell!

The more reasonable conclusion, then, is that Allah never revealed Paradise and Hellfire to Bani al-Israil in the first place. The wisdom behind this is that the Jews by their nature are dunya-orientated and hence much more intimidated by the threat of worldly destruction rather than eternal damnation. Having known this beforehand, Allah swt realised the futility of threatening them with the latter. By contrast, the Qur’an is sent for all humanity, and non-Jews are more obedient.

wAllahu ‘alim (and Allah knows best).

Jinn and the Paranormal

Khaled Colwill

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Islam teaches the existence of hidden beings in another dimension known as Jinn (lit. hidden ones). Before Islam, the only culture that believed in their existence was the Arabs. Hence, most assume, Islam erroneously inherited this belief from its Arabian background. After all, if the Jinn were real beings that sometimes visited our dimension for nefarious purposes, why have they limited their visitations to Arabia?! The more reasonable conclusion, surely, is that they are just Arabian folklore.

It should be remembered, however, that virtually all pre-modern cultures reported the visitation of ghosts/spirits of their deceased.1 It is possible that these ghosts are in fact Jinn, but have been almost universally misinterpreted as ghosts.

But if this is the case, why were the Arabs the only people who correctly interpreted the Jinn as beings from another dimension (as opposed to ghosts), even…

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Does the Glorious Qur’an Describe Crucifixion in Ancient Egypt?

Khaled Colwill

In the name of Allah, the Compassionate, the Merciful

Missionaries cite Noble Qur’an 7:123-4 as an example of historical anachronism:

Said Pharaoh (to his magicians), “You believed in him (Moses) before I gave you permission. Indeed, this is a conspiracy which you conspired in the city to expel therefrom its people. But you are going to know. I will surely cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides; then I will surely crucify you all.

This passage, however, is an abbreviation. The full statement uttered by Pharaoh is given in 20:71:

[Pharaoh] said, “You believed him before I gave you permission. Indeed, he is your leader who has taught you magic. So I will surely cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you on the trunks of palm trees, and you will surely know which of us is…

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