Real Men Don’t Hit Women!

Contrary to what some think and even in some cases (shockingly) preach, Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, condemned the beating of women.

“How does anyone of you beat his wife as he beats the stallion camel and then he may embrace (sleep with) her?”
~ Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him. (Bukhari 8.68)

As Muslims, we must stand united on this issue in solidarity with all decent brothers and sisters in our Human Family.

Violence against women is wrong, and must be stopped!

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.KhilafahOnline.com

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Islam: Sunni/Shia Conflict?

Ahl al Sunnah wal Jamaat (Sunni) and Ahl al Bayt (Shia) are the two largest denominations of Islam, themselves comprised of many subgroups and schools of thought (madhab). Contrary to some media reports, the two denominations are not at war with one another.

While it’s true a profound disagreement over who should lead the Muslims after Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, was the root that caused this split; that was nearly one and a half millennia ago!

Until relatively recently, there was no conflict at all between any Sunnis and Shias. When scholars got together, they debated and discussed with proper adab. Renowned scholars of each denomination respect one another to this day, regardless whether or not they disagree on some matters.

Any conflict attributed to sectarian violence between Sunni and Shia is between extremist factions, who have nothing to do with mainstream Sunni/Shia Islam.

We must be on our guard against this fitnah, and encourage people to return to the teachings of Allah SWT in the Holy Qur’an, which all Muslims believe to be the revelation of Allah SWT to his messenger Muhammad, peace be upon him.

Ma Salam.

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Director, KhilafahOnline
Co-Director, The Association of British Muslims

Islam and Life: Danger of Takfiri ideology for Islam

The rise of Takfiri movements has caused outrage all across traditionally majority Muslim regions of the world and elsewhere. Tariq Ramadan discusses this frightening phenomenon with Paul Salahuddin Armstrong, Co-Director of the Association of British Muslims.

Peppa Pig haram (forbidden) in Islam?

By Paul Salahuddin Armstrong

Do you eat cartoons?

Many Muslims think anything associated with pigs is haram, e.g. cartoon characters, story book characters, fairy tales with pigs in them, even saying the word ‘pig’ or it’s equivalents in any language!

When did the average Muslim become so ignorant of the message of Allah SWT to our Human Family, namely, the Holy Quran?

“He has forbidden you only carrion, blood, the flesh of the swine, and that which has been offered to other than Allah. But should someone be compelled, without being rebellious or aggressive, there shall be no sin upon him. Indeed Allah is all-forgiving, all-merciful.”
~ Holy Quran 2:173 (al-quran.info)

“Say, ‘I do not find in what has been revealed to me that anyone be forbidden to eat anything except carrion or spilt blood, or the flesh of swine —for that is indeed unclean— or an impiety offered to other than Allah.’ But should someone be compelled, without being rebellious or aggressive, indeed your Lord is all-forgiving, all-merciful.”
~ Holy Quran 6:145 (al-quran.info)

Clearly, there is nothing in these verses that prohibits anything related to pigs, except eating them. Another point to consider, is that when these verses are recited, the reciter reads aloud the Arabic word for pig, and Muslims have been doing that for the past 14 centuries.

Islam’s dietary laws comprise part of an adaption and continuation of the Law of Moses (Musa), peace be upon him, found in the Torah.

“The LORD spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them: Speak to the Israelite people thus:

These are the creatures that you may eat from among all the land animals: any animal that has true hoofs, with clefts through the hoofs, and that chews the cud – such you may eat. The following, however, of those that either chew the cud or have true hoofs, you shall not eat:

the camel – although it chews the cud, it has no true hoofs: it is unclean for you;

the daman – although it chews the cud, it has no true hoofs: it is unclean for you;

the hare – although it chews the cud, it has no true hoofs: it is unclean for you;

and the swine – although it has true hoofs, with hoofs cleft through, it does not chew the cud: it is unclean for you.

You shall not eat of their flesh or touch their carcasses; they are unclean for you”

~ Torah, Leviticus (Va-yikra) 11:1-8 (JPS 1985)

The same dietary laws are discussed in the Torah book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) 14:3-21. Many Muslims will notice that we don’t follow exactly the same dietary guidelines as those advocated in the Torah, but the Holy Quran certainly makes reference to them and Islam’s dietary laws are clearly modelled after them.

Rather than extending dietary prohibitions to cartoons, story books and even language, should we not be more concerned about the apparent obsession of some mullahs and preachers with pretending everything is haram? Islam liberates people from superstition and serfdom at the feet of priests. So why are some Muslims following the word of preachers over the word of Allah SWT?

Indeed, there are clear warning in the Holy Quran against following the false religious teachings of preachers of deception over the word of Allah, but how many take the time to study the book of Allah?

“[Say,] ‘Shall I seek a judge other than Allah, while it is He who has sent down to you the Book, well-elaborated?’ Those whom We have given the Book know that it has been sent down from your Lord with the truth; so do not be one of the skeptics.”
~ Holy Quran 6:114 (al-quran.info)

“And they swore by Allah with solemn oaths that if a warner were to come to them they would be better guided than any of the nations. But when a warner came to them it only increased them in aversion, acting arrogantly in the land and devising evil schemes; and evil schemes beset only their authors. So do they await anything except the precedent of the ancients? Yet you will never find any change in Allah’s precedent, and you will never find any revision in Allah’s precedent.”
~ Holy Quran 35:43 (al-quran.info)

“Read in the Name of your Lord…” (96:1) the Holy Quran to discover the true Islam, and avoid the deception of those who taking Muslims away from Islam.

Happy Eid al Ishq! (2014)

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Islam written in Viking Runes

Language and communication is a tremendous blessing, without which Human society would be impossible.

How often do we give thought to this, or thanks to Allah SWT for the great blessings He freely bestows upon us, but that we all too often take for granted?

For anyone interested in learning more about Viking runes, this website is well worth
a visit: www.vikingrune.com

Paul Salahuddin Armstrong
www.KhilafahOnline.com

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What does Islam mean?

Salam means Peace

Defer not to Deniers of Truth and Hypocrites

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Sing with him the praise of God!

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Is this really how Muslims should look at Women?

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