On Asnam

Traditionally, Muslims have always been told to believe that Al-Asnam are pagan gods almost always built or carved from stone, wood or sometimes even date fruit that can be consumed as edible food later on.

Muslims have also been told that people would set these statues up and worship them daily in rituals. I have a mind to believe otherwise since “to worship” is “to serve”, in my opinion. I do not see how you can serve a piece of stone unless, of course, you also image it giving orders or having expectations and desires.

There are only five occurrences of the word As-nam in the Quran, those being in 6:74, 7:138, 14:35, 21:57 and 26:71.

Chapter 26 is a long way off, and it’s essential to understand it’s “air” before diving into the meaning of Asnam. Yet, it’s interesting to point out that 26:77 lists Allah as one of those “asnam” worshiped by the people of Ibrahim.

26:75 – He said, “Then do you see what you have been worshipping,

26:76 – You and your ancient forefathers?

26:77 – Indeed, they are enemies to me, except the Lord of the worlds,

In fact, chapter 26 contains a detailed comparison between God and (I won’t say pagan) useless spiritual approaches.

Verse 26:71 also mentions an interesting word: ‘akafa, meaning that these people’s method of serving (because worshiping is to admire, and chanting for God won’t exactly save the world) these asnam is al-‘tikaf. Another interesting word used in the same verse is “nathalla”, and if I recall correctly, “thill (or dhill)” means “shade”.

The only connection that can be found between shade and “remaining” (with the help of Lane’s Lexicon) is protection: you shade something to protect it from sunlight or exposure, or becoming “clear”. This thing that is being sheltered from sunlight is obviously intolerant to heat or becoming clear, justified or valid. It’s to plainly say that these asnam they serve all day have no proof of existence, thus would melt when exposed to the sun: when we shine light on them, their faults, flaws and contradictions will be manifest to the eye.

(To be continued.)

Abu Hurayrah’s Wild Imagination 1

This guy Abu Hurayrah is real scary guy. Imagine, he narrated 5374 hadith that made it into sahih books. Im writing an essay about a fatal flaw in bukhari and I came across this:

The two sheikhs mentioned a tradition that Abu Hurayra had said: “Prophet Muhammad (S) said: The angel of death came to Moses (as) and said to him: Respond to the order of your god! Moses slapped the angel of death on his eye and gouged it. The angel of death returned to Allah (swt) and said to Him: You sent me to one of Your slaves, who did not want to die. He gouged my eye. Allah (swt) restored to him his eye and said to him: Go back to My slave and say to him: If you want to live, you are to put your hand on a bull’s back and see how many hairs stick in your hand. You will live for every hair a year.”

The angel of death was SLAPPED by Musa and Musa gouged out his eyes? Lets entertain this insane notion for two seconds and ask this question:

Did Musa know who the angel of death comes from? Allah obviously. So whose will was he try to subvert? Allah’s will. What a Prophet eh?

Oh, and one small thing which Abu Hurayra and Bukhari missed out. Only the small matter of the Quran saying this:

Quran 6/61: And He is the subjugator over His servants, and He sends over you guardian-angels until, when death comes to one of you, Our messengers take him, and they do not fail

How did master Bukhari not see this? Or maybe the notion that he checked everything against the Quran is just bogus?

Ir-religious Tolerance

Today I learned you can access Yahoo! Answers using facebook. I logged in and asked the first question.

Why do *some* Muslims treat people of other beliefs harshly?

I’m a Quran Alone believer, and had a hard time explaining that to my “friends”. Some of them argued back but did not leave me, but others were enraged. Many people around me began giving me “hints” that I am somewhat disgusting, disturbed and off the “path”, when I have never mentioned to any of them or even slightly suggested THEY may be wrong – I wanted to be respected back.

Many abused me for this. Some people stopped saying “salamualaikum” to me. They disdained me for taking off my headcover. They started rumors about me. They told me I was “wrong”, and they were “right”. They insisted that I was NOT following the Quran. They claim I deny the Prophet Muhammed. Some of them even asked me whether I believe in him or not, which is rather rude.

This doesn’t seem like the religious tolerance the Quran teaches [from my perspective].

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Additional Details

I am not of a whole different religion, but simply reject what they call a “second” source of Islamic law, called Al Hadith, which is were most wrong ideas about Islam come from. Hadith teaches pedophilia to some degree, it demeans women and puts a band on human rights. I couldn’t see how that was from God in any way, and there were never enough historical or logical evidence to suggest Hadith has to be part of my faith.

Muslims who seek to be exclusive in afterlife reward and seek to be superior in this life by their belief [which remains no better than other beliefs] are not so Muslims to me anymore. A Muslim to me would be someone seeking to reform and mend society. It simply became evident to me that preaching hatred is not the same as preaching God. They preach hatred.

A few minutes later, I got quite some answers. Kind of shocking for a first question. One of the questions was a deadly strike (against the intolerant Muslims, not against me):

You mean you are a Quranist? Your not disgusting and this is not a hint, there is only ONE Islam and if you follow the Quran alone what happened to where in the Quran its instructed to follow our Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) ie the Sunnah and Hadiths?
Quran instructs you to cover your head, so if you are a Quranist why ignore that also? You do not think it rude however to reject Allah’s instruction in the Quran to follow the Prophet though correct?

Your perspective is not Islam, Islam does not change for people, people change for Islam. There is no altering Islam and there is no ”hint” intended I am telling you straight as your sister in Islam you are going down a wrong path sister, get back on the right one before its too late, for yourself, not for me or other Muslims but for you.

•Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and beware (of evil): if ye do turn back, know ye that it is Our Messenger’s duty to proclaim (the Message) in the clearest manner. (5: 92).

•O ye who believe! obey Allah, and obey the Messenger, and those charged with authority among you. If ye differ in anything among yourselves, refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if ye do believe in Allah and the Last Day: that is best, and most suitable for final determination. (4: 59).

•Say: “Obey Allah, and obey the Messenger: but if ye turn away, he is only responsible for the duty placed on him and ye for that placed on you. If ye obey him, ye shall be on right guidance.(24: 54).

•And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger, Allâh shall admit him in the Gardens underneath which rivers flow. (4:13).

•And whoever obeys Allâh and His Messenger, he has won a great success. (33:71).

•And we sent no messenger, but that he should be obeyed by the leave of Allâh. (4:64)

So I decided that religious tolerance turns to utter bullsh*t  when you’re surrounded with people who claim to hold the one and ultimate key to truth.

Something amiss with Adam

Joseph Shaer brought up this verse last night on QD and I wonder if anyone had any thoughts on it:
وَعَلَّمَ آدَمَ : He caused Adam to know
الأَسْمَاءَ كُلَّهَا : the names, all of them (literally ‘all of her’)
ثُمَّ عَرَضَهُمْ : then he aradha them
عَلَى الْمَلائِكَةِ : on the malaika

Who did Allah turn on to the malaika? Because its plural and Adam is one person..or is he?