Islam 100 For Educators

Islam 100 For Educators
Education means to draw out from within. Unless your students have had some interaction with Muslims or learned from other sources, there will be little or nothing to draw out. You will be their information provider.

    How will you evaluate your text books, handouts and audio-visual resources without knowledge of Islam? My intention is to help you measure your current knowledge and point you to original source texts to acquire more. 

Caveat

    This subject matter is controversial. Muslims are heavily invested in Islam and very sensitive to any questioning or criticism. You must be very careful in presenting information about it. Avoid accusatory and insulting address to students and parents! Try to keep it objective, never subjective.

    Your lesson plan should include a bibliography with as many original sources as possible. Always be able and ready to back up everything you say with irrefutable facts. If you post on social media, make sure that you do not post anything negative about Islam or Muslims without solid evidence. Even then, do not post it on a profile that identifies you by name, image, address or employment.

    CAIR and others have a history of tortuous interference with the employment of educators, first responders and public officials. Do not give them an easy target.

Discussion & Debate

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What Do You Know About Islam?

You need to find out what you don't know about Islam. Your score will not be saved or shared with anyone by this blog.  Questions marked in red and bold font are internally linked to explanatory text which may include internal and external links.

Are the 15 statements listed below true or t?
  1. Islam is a religion of peace

  2. true
    false

  3. Muslims only fight in self defense when attacked.

  4. true
    false

  5. Islam spread by dawah, not jihad.

  6. true
    false

  7. Jihad is internal struggle against the ego and temptations.

  8. true
    false

  9. Jihad is one of the five pillars of Islam.

  10. true
    false

  11. Terrorism has no connection to Islam.

  12. true
    false

  13. Islam prohibits terrorism.

  14. true
    false

  15. Muslims, Jews & Christians worship the same God.

  16. true
    false

  17. Allah is God.

  18. true
    false

  19. Allah is merciful & compassionate.

  20. true
    false

  21. Jesus is a Muslim.

  22. true
    false

  23. All the Old testament Prophets were Muslims

  24. true
    false

  25. Islam forbids slavery.

  26. true
    false

  27. Islam champions women's rights.

  28. true
    false

  29. Islam values general education.

  30. true
    false



Quiz Explained

religion of peace

religion

    Once you have finished the course, you will realize that Islam is not a religion as we understand the concept. Religions are benign, anodyne & beneficent, not mercenary.   The root word of religion means "to bind". Muslims are "Allah's slaves" and Moe's companions were bound by the oath of Ridwan. In modern times, they swear bayah to the 'caliph' or an emir.

    Think of Islam in object oriented programming terms: as an object having properties and methods. Religion is one of it's properties. The original religion of Islam is jihad. Jihad is one of it's methods.

peace

    Peace is the condition of the world after Islam completes it's global conquest so that Dar al-Harb: the house of war, is entirely subsumed by Dar al-Islam: the house of submission. 

jihad

    The literal meaning is extreme exertion or striving. the connotation is jihad in the way of Allah. Hilali & Khan, defined it in their footnote to 2.190.
(V. 2:190) Al-Jihid (holy fighting) in Allah's Cause (with full force of numbers
and weaponry) is given the utmost importance in Islam and is one of its pillars (on
which it stands). By Jihad Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior, (His
Word being La ilaha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but
Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah
protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior
position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish.
Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape
from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with
one of the qualities of a hypocrite.
Narrated 'Abdullah bin Mas'ud . I asked Allah's Messenger
,
Allah's Messenger! What is the best deed?" He replied, "To offer the Salit
(prayers) at their early fixed stated times." I asked, "What is next in goodness?" He
replied, "To be good and dutiful to your parents." I further asked, "What is next in
goodness?" He replied, "To participate in Jihid in Allah's Cause."

    Shari'ah, the law of Islam, expressed in "Reliance Of The traveller", the fiqh of the Shafi'i madhhab, book o, chapter 9.0 as:
Jihad means to war against non-Muslims, and is etymologically derived from the word mujahada signifying warfare to establish the religion.
The crap about greater and lesser jihad is deprecated.  If you want more detail, read this.

Jihad: Defense Only

    The assertion that Jihad is exclusively defensive is one of the most popular lies used to defend Islam. In the Mekkan period, Moe had little support and no army. In a state of weakness, he preached tolerance & forbearance. In Yathrib, as he built a fighting force, he preached defense and retaliation.  When his force was sufficient, he preached offensive conquest.
  1. 22:39. Permission to fight is given to those (i.e. believers against disbelievers), who are fighting them, (and) because they (believers) have been wronged, and surely, Allâh is Able to give them (believers) victory

  2. 2:190. And fight in the Way of Allâh those who fight you, but transgress not the limits. Truly, Allâh likes not the transgressors. [This Verse is the first one that was revealed in connection with Jihâd, but it was supplemented by another (V.9:36)].
  3. 8:39. And fight them until there is no more Fitnah (disbelief and polytheism: i.e. worshipping others besides Allâh) and the religion (worship) will all be for Allâh Alone [in the whole of the world ]. But if they cease (worshipping others besides Allâh), then certainly, Allâh is All-Seer of what they do.

  4. 9:29. Fight against those who (1) believe not in Allâh, (2) nor in the Last Day, (3) nor forbid that which has been forbidden by Allâh and His Messenger (4) and those who acknowledge not the religion of truth (i.e. Islâm) among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians), until they pay the Jizyah with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.

    22.39 does not say "attack", it says "fight". That would include those who resist Islamic attacks.  8.39  & 9.29 lack any expressed or implied defensive element.  Read this excerpt from shari'ah: "Reliance Of The Traveller: 'book' o, chapter 9.8.

o9.8: The Objectives of Jihad

The caliph (o25) makes war upon Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians (N: provided he has first invited them to enter Islam in faith and practice, and if they will not, then invited them to enter the social order of Islam by paying the non-Muslim poll tax (jizya, def: o11.4) -which is the significance of their paying it, not the money itself-while remaining in their ancestral religions) (O: and the war continues) until they become Muslim or else pay the non-Muslim poll tax (O: in accordance with the word of Allah Most High,

"Fight those who do not believe in Allah and the Last Day and who forbid not what Allah and His messenger have forbidden-who do not practice the religion of truth, being of those who have been given the Book-until they pay the poll tax out of hand and are humbled" (Koran 9.29),

the time and place for which is before the final descent of Jesus (upon whom be peace).  After his final coming, nothing but Islam will be accepted from them, for taking the poll tax is only effective until Jesus' descent (upon him and our Prophet be peace), which is the divinely revealed law of Muhammad. The coming of Jesus does not entail a separate divinely revealed law, for he will rule by the law of Muhammad. As for the Prophet's saying (Allah bless him and give him peace),

"I am the last, there will be no prophet after me,"

this does not contradict the final coming of Jesus (upon whom be peace), since he will not rule according to the Evangel, but as a follower of our Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace) ).

What must the caliph do prior to attacking Jews, Christians & Zoroastrians?  The requirement for dawah as a condition precedent for attack is confirmed in the fiqh of the Hanafi & Maliki madhhabs. If you are under attack, do you waste time inviting the enemy to convert to your religion before counter attacking?
  1. It is not lawful to make war upon any people who have never
    before been called to the faith, without previousy requiring them to
    embrace it; becaufe the prophet fo inftru(El:cd his commanders, dire£ling
    them to call the infidels to the faith f' and alfo, becaufe the
    people will hence perceive that they are attacked for the fake of religion,
    and not for the fake of taking then- property, or making fiaves
    <fi their children, and on this confuleration it is polfible that they
    may be induced to agree to the call, in order to lave thcmfelves from
    the troubles of war.
    Hedaya 2.144
  2. 30.2b. Inviting people to Islam first
    And it is preferable, according to us, that the enemy are not fought until they have been invited
    to the din of Allah except if they attack first. Risala pg. 284
  3. When you meet your enemies who are polytheists, invite them to three courses of action. If they respond to any one of these, you also accept it and withold yourself from doing them any harm. Invite them to (accept) Islam; if they respond to you, accept it from them and desist from fighting against them. Then invite them to migrate from their lands to the land of Muhairs and inform them that, if they do so, they shall have all the privileges and obligations of the Muhajirs. If they refuse to migrate, tell them that they will have the status of Bedouin Muilims and will be subjected to the Commands of Allah like other Muslims, but they will not get any share from the spoils of war or Fai' except when they actually fight with the Muslims (against the disbelievers). If they refuse to accept Islam, demand from them the Jizya. If they agree to pay, accept it from them and hold off your hands. If they refuse to pay the tax, seek Allah's help and fight them. Sahih Muslim 19.4294
    I have used the Qur'an, shari'ah and an authentic hadith to refute an egregious lie told by Muslims & Dhimmis. Let this be an example for you; emulate it!  Note the clause in Hedaya highlighted with yellow text background: it exposes the ostensible purpose of Jihad: Muslims want us to think it is pleasing Allah by making his word superior. The stark reality is exposed on the next page and on page 214: spoils including our wives & orphans. 

    Hedaya, with it's antique font, syntax & vocabulary is not easy reading but it is extremely important. Open the second volume to page 139 and keep reading at least through 216.

Dawah

    Dawah is the invitation to embrace Islam and become a Muslim. As shown immediately above, it is a legal prerequisite for offensive Jihad except for surprise raids. With the exception of Indonesia, Islam was spread by the sword. I now exhibit to you something nobody else will show you: a hadith quoted by Ibn Kathir in his tafsir "The Benefits Of Iron".  This hadith has been Bowdlerized from the translated texts and on line databases because it contains informations Muslims need to conceal from you. The entire saying can be found in the Arabic texts of Musnad Ahmad and Fath al-Bari. 

Iwas sent with the sword just before the Hour so that Allah
be worshipped alone without partners. My provision was placed
under the shadow of my spear, and those who defy my order
were disgraced and humiliated, and he who imitates a people is
one of them.

[1
' Ahmad 2 :50 , Abu Dawud 4 :3 14

Try searching the English translations for it!!!
Compare this excerpt from the translator's note to 2.190:

By Jihad Islam is established, Allah's Word is made superior, (His
Word being La ilaha illallah which means none has the right to be worshipped but
Allah), and His Religion (Islam) is propagated. By abandoning Jihad (may Allah
protect us from that) Islam is destroyed and the Muslims fall into an inferior
position; their honour is lost, their lands are stolen, their rule and authority vanish.
Jihad is an obligatory duty in Islam on every Muslim, and he who tries to escape
from this duty, or does not in his innermost heart wish to fulfil this duty, dies with
one of the qualities of a hypocrite.

    The closest thing to that hadith in English is found in the fourth volume of Sahih Bukhari, on page 108.  Aisha Bewley also abridged it.  One electronic database has the Arabic text but not the English translation: https://sunnah.com/bukhari/56 . Use the crtl f search to find (88) and see that there is no translation. Copy the Arabic text and enter it into Google Translate:
It is narrated from Ibn 'Umar that the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: "Make my livelihood under the shadow of my spear,
 and make humiliation

    Here is the text and related footnote from Sahih Bukhari vol. 4, pg. 108

(88) CHAPTER. What is said regarding
spears.
Narrated Ibn 'Umar that the Prophet
said, "My livelihood is under the shade of my
spear ,(1) and he who disobeys my orders will
be humiliated by paying Jizya •,,(2)

(1) (Ch. 88) "Under the shade of my spear" means, from war booty.
(2) (Ch. 88) Jizya: See glossary.
The first footnote was lifted from Fath al-Bari! The second refers to 2.29 . "My order" means "convert or die". Jizya is established  in 9.29 and explained in Hedaya 2.212....
Jizya is a payment inlieu of destruction and a species of punishment for infidelity.

    Moe was sent with the sword to see that only Allah is worshiped. By Jihad, Islam is established. Get it?  How did Moe get his living? But wait, there is more! Ibn Kathir informs us that the real purpose of 9.29 is the jizya to replace income lost from pagan pilgrimage!!!

    There is one more important piece of evidence others will not show you. Moe dictated and dispatched threatening extortion letters to terrify intended victims into surrendering without a fight. The letter to the rulers of Aylah, a port city in Jordan, is the most explicit of them. Read it and curse Islam!!! There are may more letters in Ibn Sa'd!!
 
The Apostle of Allah, may Allah bless him, wrote to
Yuhannah Ibn Rubbàh and (other) chiefs of the people of Aylah: You are
safe. I praise Allah before you; there is no God but He. I will not fight
against you unless I write to you (in advance). So, join the fold of Islam or
[P. 29] pay the jizyah. Obey Allah and His Apostle and the messengers of
His Apostle, honour them and dress them in nice clothes, other than the
uniform of the ghazis. Provide Zayd with good clothes. If my messengers
will be pleased with you, I shall also be pleased with you. The jizyah is a
known thing. If you like that, peace might prevail over the land and sea;
you should obey Allah and His Apostle. You will not be required to pay
dues you have been paying to the Arabs and the 'Ajamis, and you will
pay the dues to Allah and His Apostle. If you send them (my messengers)
back and do not please them, I shall not accept anything from you, and
shall wage war against you and make your young ones captive and shall
stay your elders. Verily, I am the Apostle of Allah to communicate the
truth. I believe in Allah, His Books and His Apostles. I believe in Masih
Ibn Maryam (Messiah son of Mary) who is His word, to be His Apostle.
Come to me before you face the evil. I have given advice to my
messengers about your affairs. Pay three wasag (Wasaq is a camelloadequal
to sixty sa`s, each sa` being equal to four mudds, and each mudd
is equal to 1-1/3 lbs., thus a wasaq is equal to nearly four maunds of
Pakistan.) of barley to Harmalah. Verily, Harmalah has recommended
your case. Had there been no Allah and this (recommendation) I would
not have had any correspondence with you and you would have seen
armies marching against you. If you obey my messenger, verily, Allah is
your defender and (also) Muhammad and those who follow him. Verily,
my messengers are Shurahbil, Ubayyi, Harmalah and Hurayth lbn Zayd
al-Tá'i. If they conclude a treaty, I shall approve of it and you will be
under the guarantee of Allah and Allah's Apostle Muhammad. Salàm to
you. If you obey, you should arrange provisions for the people of Maqna
to go to their land.

Jihad an-Nafs

    Recall those clever "my jihad" advertisements about jihad being the struggle to maintain an exercize regimin, do one's homework or other routine tasks?  Do you believe them?  Reliance Of The Traveller, o9, in defining jihad, cites this hadith"``We have returned from the lesser jihad to the greater jihad.'' without citing any collection chain of narrators. A search at quranx, including 11 collections, returns three results, all from tafsirs with no provenance. A search at sunnah.com with 13 collections comes up blank.
    
Re-read the definitions of jihad found in the Hilale/Khan translation and Islamic law.

pillars

    The five publicly  recognized pillars are: Shahada,  Salah, Zakāt,:  Sawm &. Hajj: A companion asked Moe what would get him into Paradise. Moe mentioned salat, zakat, fasting & hajj, 
Then he said: 'Shall I not inform
you about the head of the entire
matter, and its pillar, and its
hump.' I said: 'Of course 0
Messenger of Allah!' He said: 'The
head of the matter is Islam, its
pillar is the Salãt, and its hump is
.Jihãd.' Tirmidhi 5.27
Shahada is the short creed: no god but Allah and Moe is his Profit. Salal is the five compulsory prayers. Saum is fasting durring Ramadan and Hajj is the pilgrimage to Mekkah.

terrorism

    Denial of the linkage of Islam & terrorism is the biggest pile of steaming camel excrement!!! Allah said that he would and did cast terror. Allah commanded Muslims to "strike terror" and "terify thereby".  Allah awards Brownie Points for acts of terrorism. Moe said he was "made victorious with terror. See the documentation here.

    Pope Francis denied it; I took his denial apart! Catholics will be offended ty the gif in that post. That's tough. I am an equal opportunity offender: I curse them all, great and small without fear or favor and I can not tolerate liars!  In that post you will see actual pages from the Qur'an, hadith, tafsir & sira. Read them and learn!!!

    Hillary Clinton told the same lie. I took her tweet aparet point by point. Democrats will be offended by the gif in this post! The blog has two pdf files pinned at the top, screll down and read this below the second pdf.

    Each year, on Dec. 19, the United Nations passes a resolution reaffirming that Islam can not and must not be associated with terrorism. Iach year I tear it apart point by point. In this example, I delve deeply into the texts with more examples. If you do not find sufficient detail in this paf file, happy hunting!

Islam prohibits terroroism

    Islamic law prohibits terrifying a dhimmi or another Muslim. It does not prohibit terrorizing us!
(362-65) attacking anyone under the state's
protection in order to kill him, rob him, rape his
wife, terrorize or frighten him;  List of Enormities, W52.1 pg. 986

r28.1 (Nahlawi:) To make a believer fear other
than disobedience or coerce him to do something
he is averse to, such as giving a gift, marrying, or
selling something-all this is hurting him, and
hurting a believer is unlawful. The Prophet (Allah
bless him and give him peace) said,
"Whoever frightens a believer, it is incumbent
that Allah not protect him from the terrors of
Judgement Day as a fitting recompense."
Najm al-Ghazzi says in Husn al-tanabbuh,
"Among the works of the Devil is frightening,
annoying, or alarming a believer, all of which is
unlawful" (ibid., 157-58). pg. 763
The first
Allah commands and incentivizes terrorizing  infidels, see terrorism above.

same god

    Christianity and Islam are monotheistic: both believe there is one deity so it must be the same deity, right? WRONG/!!!  The first clue is in Surah Al-Kaffiroon 109. Allah says Muslims & Kuffar do not worship the same deity!!! The second clue is in Sahih Bukhari. 4.52.164. At Badr, Moe told Allah he'd never be worshiped again if he let Moe be defeated. If Christians in Yemen & Syria worshiped Allah, the threat would be void.  But wait, there is more!!!

Allah is Not God!

    See above. Of course this is redundant, but I want to drive the point home so deep you will never forget it. Allahu Shaytan!!! Moe received revelations through what he called the "musical instrument of Satan". He had an "attachment of devils",  he prayed to the "Lord of the Devils". In the Islamic creation myth, in pages 117-118 of Mishkat ul-Masabih, vol. 3, Allah creates the black race "for the fire and i don't care".

merciful & compassionate  

    Follow the link at the end of the last sentence in the topic above; about creating Blacks to burn. Allah is so merciful to Muslims that he will take them out of Hell and replace them with Jews or Christians!!!                         

Jesus!

    Islam co-opts the Jewish Prophets in an attempt to establish provenance. There is one problem with tht: Islam did not exist before 610 when Moe started preaching his lies.
Who was the first Muslim; first of believers? Moe was commanded to be the first  6:14  Admits he ws the first! 6.163

    Islam denies Christ's paternity, deity, crucifixion, death & resurrection. It makes him out to be inferior, a genocidal warlord, half brother and step son to Moe. Read about it here!

slavery

    Keller did not translate the laws related to slavery, claiming that they are anachronistic.  In the first volume of Hedaya there is a chapter on Manumission and more slavery related information in the chapters on marriage and divorce. Saudi Arabia ostensibly outlawed slavery in 1964 but it is still practiced. Reliance Of the traveller o 9.13 enslaves captured women and children by default.

o9.13

When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman's previous marriage is immediately annulled

    The Qur'an is full of reference to right hand possessions, meaning slaves.

women's rights

    Yeah, right ;) Women are inferior and obedient to men. 4.34 A Muslima inherits half as much as her brother. 4.176 She can not testify in a rape case and her testimony bears half the weight of a Muslim's. 2.282 Moe's final sermon let the cat out of the bag. Read it! On page 651, look for "lay injunctions on women kindly".

Education

    2:129. "Our Lord! Send amongst them a Messenger of their own (and indeed Allâh answered their invocation by sending Muhammad Peace be upon him ), who shall recite unto them Your Verses and instruct them in the Book (this Qur'ân) and Al-Hikmah (full knowledge of the Islâmic laws and jurisprudence or wisdom or Prophethood, etc.), and sanctify them. Verily! You are the All-Mighty, the All-Wise.


    This quote is from Wikipedia:
Madrassas of Pakistan are Islamic seminaries in Pakistan, known as Madaris-e-Deeniya in Urdu. Most Madrasas teach mostly Islamic subjects such as Tafseer (Interpretation of the Quran), Hadith (thousands of sayings of Muhammad), Fiqh (Islamic Law), Arabic Language;[1] but include some non-Islamic subjects (such as logic, philosophy, mathematics), that enable students to understand the religious ones.[1]

    Reliance Of The traveller, Book a deals with knowledge. Of course, it puts emphasis on Islamic knowledge: the Qur'an, hadith, rituals and fiqh.  A search for Muslim literacy rate turned up this:

42.7% of Muslims Illiterate, Reveals Census Data - The Wire

https://thewire.in/63286/census-literacy-religion/
Sep 1, 2016 - Literacy rates are highest among Jains, at 84.7%, followed by Christians (74.3%), Buddhists (71.8%) and Sikhs (67.5%). For Hindus, the figure stands at 36.3%, the second highest proportion of illiterate people. ... Data newly released from the 2011 Census of India on educational level ...

Muslim Statistics (Education and Employment) - WikiIslam

https://wikiislam.net/wiki/Muslim_Statistics_-_Education_and_Employment
Apr 25, 2015 - But literacy languished, particularly among Muslim Arab populations. According to historian Donald Quataert, general Muslim literacy rates were only 2 to 3 percent in the early nineteenth century, and perhaps 15 percent at its end. The vast majority of Muslim women remained illiterate well into the twentieth ...



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