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Friday, February 24, 2006

Sheikh Abu Jafr Al Hanbali

Dampening down the flames


How do you make sense of it, Should be repelled by it

We have seen explosions of violence and anger

In the past the Muslims have been on the back foot for 500-1000 years
When the retreat happened, we became defensive

Two responses, (the first way they responded and now how we respond)

So much wastage has occurred, paper, energy etc

We should look at the first three generations and use their reactions to be our reaction

We lost the moral ground in this argument, due to our overreaction

The Muslims did not kill Dante but he was actually killed by the Catholics

We have we seen so many die in these riots. This is the “Hatfield and McCoy Syndrome” where two families fought over a well for over four generations. They killed each other and then forgot what why they were so angry but kept fighting.

Those pictures were not him, (they can’t be him, How can a picture illustrate a man who used to light up a room, in the middle of the night.) We have descriptions of him in the Sahih Tirmindi, The pictures were not historically accurate buttons across his chest, when the clothes had open necks. There were 12 pictures, 11 from Denmark and one done by an Israeli to provoke Palestinians.

A man who used to see the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) walk by, he would throw hot ash at him.

Everyday his walls were soaked with urine and someone would defecate in his house.
He visited a man who used to urinate in his house and visited him and told him “I missed you today.” (peace and blessings upon him). He converted to Islam after this.

One his daughters were murdered while in Mecca and after the conquest of Mecca, he saw man and said to him “I forgive you.” (peace and blessings upon him)

Someone threw a rock at him and it cut him near his hairline and he didn’t retaliate

Could be possible that people have seen a bad image of Muslim, suicides, credit card cheats, heroin addicts, abortions, gangster type mentality, A Muslim attacked his mother because she refused to give him money for his crack habit. Is this because of Islam? (Or is it us?)

Someone asked me why I am was wearing a dress, he replied “A dress has a floral pattern on it.” Then he said, “Why are you wearing a long shirt on?”
“Because it’s a fruit of my faith.” (He was happy with that.) Maybe we need to grow a thicker skin. I was asked why I was wearing a towel on my head, “the towels in my house are too big to wear on my head, I wouldn’t be able to walk. “What’s that scarf on your head?” It’s the what all the prophets (upon them peace) would wear on and I like to wear it because it’s a fruit of my faith.”

We have to learn to be tough skinned, someone said to him “Bin laden” he replied “Abu Jafr.” (So it looked like one of them aid their name and the other replied.)

Who is discriminating whom? Is it us or is it them, we should not act in the same way.

I was lost in London and I found a Jewish man who had a big beard and asked him for directions and he helped. The friend said he didn’t want to ask the Jewish man. You don’t ask a man with a rocket launcher who is running at you, for directions.

Some new converts to Islam wanted to destroy Jewish books, The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) told them to give them back to their one who owns them.

In 1948 in Palestine, a Muslim saw a Jew he called him the Jew was disturbed. The Muslim beckoned him to follow him and he did, the Muslim took him into a house and locked the doors behind him and then gave him part of a parchment of the Torah he had saved.

We have difficulties that we need to address, double standards that we have to sort out.

Russian propaganda published a book that was sent to Muslims which was found to be a fake, it was about Zionism. (It stated that the Jews wanted to take over the world.)

Some people hate Islam because of what we have shown them of Islam

We should stop racist literature by using language that they don’t understand like “Shidi.”

We cannot become Islam-o-nazi’s! I will not allow it to happen!

The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said he was the first one made and the last one to be sent.

In Arab custom if they would see an army coming they would take off their clothes and go the sacred place and the people would listen. The Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) went to that same place and warned the people. “If I warned you about an army over the hill, would you believe me?” They said yes but they denied his message.

Eleven places in the Quran that the people would meet their lord. 22.23

The first theological verses are from 78-114 in the Quran, understand the faith.

During the Ottomans caliphate of 800 years they only stones one person for adultery and 8 people had their hands cut off for stealing.

We need to work at the grass roots of our communities

The ends don’t justify the means the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him) said “They are wrong even when they are right.”

We need to understand each other religions and know we cannot agree on some issues

Paradise is mentioned more in the Quran than the Fire is

Work on three things
1. Get a thicker skin
2. Refuse to be oversensitive.
3. Be lenient

We shouldn’t punish the entire Danish population for what a small number of them have done. Pointless, is the ban on Danish products.

Some of the best qualities of the Prophet (peace and blessings upon him)
1. Eloquence, frankness, bold, straight forwardness
2. Reliable
3. Character towards his family (he served his family while he was at home.) (peace and blessings upon him)

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