islam..a code of life

The Messenger of Allah (salallahu alayhi wa sallam) said: He has found the taste of faith (iman) who is content with Allah as his Lord, with Islam as his religion (code of life) and with Muhammad (saw) as his Prophet.
—  Sahih Muslim, The Book of Faith, Book 1, Hadith 58
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Pakistan’s secret atheists - BBC News
How do non-believers get together in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?

Being an atheist in Pakistan can be life-threatening. But behind closed doors, non-believers are getting together to support one another. How do they survive in a nation where blasphemy carries a death sentence?

Omar, named after one of Islam’s most revered caliphs, has rejected the faith of his forefathers. He is one of the founding members of an online group - a meeting point for the atheists of Pakistan.

But even there he must stay on his guard. Members use fake identities.

“You have to be careful who you are befriending,” he says.

One man contacted Omar to say he had visited his Facebook profile and printed out pictures of him with his family. “You cannot be safe,” Omar says.

In Pakistan, posting about atheism online can have serious consequences.

Under a recently passed cyber-crime law, it is now illegal to post content online - even in a private forum - that could be deemed blasphemous.

The government took out adverts in national newspapers asking members of the public to report any content they believe could constitute blasphemy.

And the law is being enforced. In June this year, in the first case of its kind, Taimoor Raza was sentenced to death for posting blasphemous content on Facebook.

A Pakistani atheist’s diary

“Zahir” is an online activist who uses social media to express atheist ideas and comment on Pakistani politics

“Dear diary, I’ve been through four Twitter accounts in one year now. The last one got blocked last night. It doesn’t matter how vague my details are or if the pictures I use are generic. It’s as if someone is watching me. Every time this happens I feel that I should just give up. They want to silence me.”

As a result, atheists feel their ability to publicly question the existence of God is threatened.

Omar believes the government is at war with atheist bloggers. “A good friend of mine used to write against religious fundamentalism,” he says.

“We used to run the [online] group together. I came to know he was very severely tortured. Once you are abducted, there is a high chance your body will come in a bag.

"The state is doing it deliberately, so those remaining get a sign that if you go beyond your limits you will also be facing things like this.”

This year, six activists have reportedly been abducted after posting on forums that are pro-atheist and anti-government. One of those activists spoke to the BBC but does not want to be identified. He believes that Pakistan’s intelligence service wants to stamp out not only criticism of Islam but also criticism of the state.

In his view, the government is trying to enforce the notion that a good citizen must be a good Muslim.

“Hamza” is a blogger and a founding member of an online atheist forum

“Dear diary. Some people have called it an arrest but it was an abduction. I was held for 28 days. They wouldn’t identify themselves but I’m sure it was the military. There were eight days of torture and 20 days for healing. My whole body was black. They made me sign a statement that said I regretted what I and done and that I would not engage with political or religious blogging. And that my family could be target if I spoke to the media.”

Pakistan is, this year, celebrating its 70th year of independence. Since 1956, it has been an Islamic republic. Many atheists feel the nation is more monolithic than ever before.

In recent years, they say, the Islamic faith has become more visible in public life. Saudi-style dress codes are increasingly enforced. Television evangelists shape pop culture and to be Pakistani is increasingly linked to being a devout Muslim.

Although atheism is not technically illegal in Pakistan, apostasy is deemed to be punishable by death in some interpretations of Islam. As a result, speaking publicly can be life-threatening.

Many Pakistani atheists meet at secret, invitation-only gatherings.

The Atheists of Lahore have monthly get-togethers in guarded buildings or private homes. One of those in attendance explains: “It’s like a secret society. It’s a bubble where we can talk. It’s not all about Richard Dawkins or Sam Harris. We may just talk about how things are going. It’s a place where you can let your hair down and truly be yourself.”

At these meet-ups, atheists are predominantly affluent, English-speaking city-dwellers. Money does grant a degree of privilege and protection from those who are hostile towards godlessness. But many self-identified atheists also live in Pakistan’s villages.

“Suhaib” recently graduated from university in Punjab

“Dear diary, this afternoon at university an acquaintance approached me and said: ‘I want to have a debate with you. I heard you’re an atheist.’ It was an expression of disbelief, as if to ask: 'How do you function?’ She wanted to know where I get my morals from. For her, morality comes from religion and without faith you can’t be expected to have morals. Later that afternoon I text all my friends. 'Stop telling people I’m an atheist. I don’t want to die.’ I must learn that discretion is a good thing.”

Zafer was once the muezzin, the man who recited the call to prayer at his village mosque. He used to pray five times a day and was a student of Islamic theology. When he got a job in IT and moved out of his family home, he found his views on religion had changed.

“My family noticed a shift. My mother thought someone had cast a spell on me. I was given holy water to drink and blessed food to eat. She thought it would break the spell.

"These days, I will go along to Friday prayers and celebrate Eid just as a social ritual. My family know I’m not a believer but they give me the space to be myself - as long as I’m not too vocal about being an atheist.

"If you’re willing to do certain things - have etiquette, respect your parents and be appropriate in public - you can get away with being a disbeliever.”

Kunwar Khuldune Shahid is a journalist who has documented the government’s response to atheism in the public domain. He believes online atheist activists are being abducted by the government because challenging religion and challenging the state often go hand-in-hand.

“There are two holy cows in Pakistan,” he says. “One is the army, the other is Islam. Any person challenging one of these holy cows would, more often than not, be talking about the other as well. The sites whose administrators were abducted were critical of the army and government policy, so blasphemy became a convenient tool.

"In one go, they simply silenced a wide array of critics.”

anonymous asked:

islam is not a religion of hate and death. there are many kind caring and generous Muslims who are ashamed of what Isis has lead people to believe about Islam. You may disagree but we will pray for your well being and to some day believe that there is good in all people, even Muslims.

I get the opportunity to answer this kind of inquiry often because there is so much ignorance when it comes to the actual philosophy and tenets of the Muslim faith.  See I believe that all of mankind is flawed and not perfect in any respect. However, we can reach beyond our flawed state if we choose to accept teachings of peace and love. Islam is not a paths of peace and love as it is violent by its teachings and basis tenets. It is important to note that the teaching of Islam are still current and are commands for today. In this way it differs greatly from Christianity and other faiths. There are over 100 different verses that permit killing, enslavement and subjugation in the Koran alone on behalf of Islam - there are zero for Christianity. Below is just one example. 

“They wish that you should reject faith as they reject faith, and then you would be equal; therefore take not to yourselves friends of them, until they emigrate in the way of God; then, if they turn their backs, take them, and slay them wherever you find them; take not to yourselves any one of them as friend or helper."  Koran 4:89

In addition in their other holy book, the hadith, there are countless references to death, destruction, maiming, subjugation and slavery. Also, that the fight will continue until all submit to the Islamic faith. Even the root of the word “Islam” means submission. The root word for Islam is “al-Silm,” which means “submission” or “surrender.”  

There is also the historic perspective. Islam has been one of the leading reasons for continual bloodshed. Starting with January 1, I started posting one atrocity perpetrated in the name of Islam every week day. I am disappointed that I always have material. It is a fact that since 9/11 there have been 30,745 deadly Islamic terror attacks worldwide. These attacks are against Christians, atheists, deists, Hindus, people that don’t have any specific belief and even fellow Muslims. During this same period of time, there is no other catalysis for so much death and destruction in the world.  

People of the Western world that are living in denial, and look at this fact and think that it can’t be the religion. A realist looks at that and tries to determine why so much death and destruction surrounds Islam. The answer is the teachings that permit horrendous acts. This does not mean that all Muslims are the problem. There are plenty of Muslims that do not wish to engage in the teachings of the faith and refuse to adhere to the basic tenets. But they are frightened into silence or really believe in the deathcult, but would never say it. The West will never know what a Muslim really thinks because deception is permitted and encouraged by the Koran and hadith. 

Islam teaches that Muslims should be truthful to each other, apart from white lies. However lying to non-believers is permitted in several forms. Specifically they can lie “taqiyya” to further the Islamic cause. There are even examples of lying to gain the trust of non-believers in order to kill them.  In addition there is the kitman - lying by omission. Tawriya - intentionally creating a false impression. Muruna - ‘Blending in’ by setting aside some practices of Islam or Sharia in order to advance others.

The result is that we cannot take the word of perceived Muslim friends (Muslims are not permitted to have non-believing friends), acquaintances or Tumblr posters that are Islamic, because they have permission from their holy books to deceive.  

Lastly, Allah according to Islam is not bound by any code to accept a person into eternal life regardless how they lived their life. At anytime He can pull the rug out from under the believer. The only way that the Muslim can be assured of salvation is to die a martyrs death. As there is no real persecution of Muslims world wide (other than from themselves) opportunities are limited to die for ones faith. The result is that many turn to suicide attacks against non-practicing Muslims, and non-believers as a way to ultimately please Allah. This is why Islam is a deathcult.    

Q: What should be guidelines for marriage then?

A: I think the guidelines should be, first and foremost, a study of marriage relationships. They should think: Will this person help me in my deen [Islamic code of life]? Will this person be an aid for me in attaining paradise? Will this person be a good mother or father for my children? Will this be someone who will be faithfully committed to me in my old age, when I need someone to assist me and to strengthen me? These are the questions people should be asking, going into a relationship.

Q: What would you advice to those looking for spouses?

A: I would advice, first and foremost, to not be fanatically committed to superficial things such as looks or income or profession that is if a person is close to standards of acceptability then to move in to look at their character and look at their religion…Character is what’s going to sustain the relationship, not good looks. Good looks fade. Big muscles become puffy and soft. Slim waistlines tend to bulge and expand as the years go by.

Q: What would you suggest to those who are married but feel they’re falling out of love?

A: It’s very important for them to do some of the things they were doing when they fell in love. Like when you ask people what did you do when you fell in love, they’ll say, we took walks together, ate out, went to the park ever Saturday and just sat and watched the children play. And invariably you’ll find that they gradually stopped doing those things.

So the things that led to them being in love in the first place were stopped. How does one expect to sustain a deep emotional attachment when the things that led you to develop that attachment in the first place, have faded away.

—  Questions Answered By Imam Zaid Shakir 

anonymous asked:

So I have this really conservative guy at work who demonize middle eastern Muslims ( but Muslims in the u.s. are a different type of Muslims? ) and he keeps bringing up sharia law. What exactly is it? Is there multiple interpretation to it?

Shari’ah Law is a redundant term, but I guess the amount of fearmongering going on in the world, it’s not a surprise the term has been distorted beyond its proper definition; just say Shari’ah. In any case, I’m practicing Shari’ah (in accordance to Ibadhi thoughts) – I pray, give charity, fast, abstain from pork, alcohol, gambling, respect my mother and etc - basically living an Islamic life. Shari’ah is the ethical and practical code of a Muslim in the same sense as a Jewish individual observing the Sabbath and keeping things Kosher as part of Halakha, and a Christian practising their faith. How Muslims define the Shari’ah as their ethical code is up to them, that is why we have different schools of thoughts, groups, sects, sub-sects and etc– Contemporary Islam has no definitive Shari’ah, it’s mostly up to interpretation.

Shari’ah is a wide, complex and heterogeneous system that doesn’t – most of the time – refer to a single source of legislation whenever the dissidence of Islam mention it, if that is so, what Shari'ah are they referring to? the one of the Rashiduns, the Umayyads, the Abbasids, The Ottomans, Ibadhi Oman, Sunni Indonesia, Shia Iran and etc? Shari’ah can be liberal, like in Oman, and conservative, like in Saudi Arabia– they’re still interpretations of Shari’ah. Shari'ah is a multifaceted system and, therefore, absolutely complex – so giving you a concrete answer is extremely difficult, and I would have to write a dissertation, not to mention that I prefer keeping this blog away from politics as much as possible since I prefer political quietism. 

To sum this up as short as possible: Shari’ah is a way of life– it’s how a Muslim practise their faith. Without Shari’ah, a Muslim would not be able to practice their faith, thus they’d be deprived of their right to practice their faith, just like how a Christian wouldn’t be able to practice their faith – or, ironically, their Shari’ah – in the U.S.