Who is Allah? Do Muslims worship a different God?

Some people believe that Muslims worship a God that is different from the one worshipped by Christians and Jews. This might be due to the fact that Muslims often refer to God as “Allah”. This concept is false, since “Allah” is simply the Arabic word for the One true “God” Who created the universe and all humanity. Let there be no doubt – Muslims worship the God of Noah, Abraham,
Moses, David and Jesus (peace be upon them). However, it is certainly true that Jews, Christians and Muslims all have different concepts of Almighty God. For example, Muslims – like Jews – reject the Christian beliefs of the Trinity and the Divine Incarnation. This, however, does not mean that each of these three
religions worships a different God – because, as we have already said, there is only One True God. Judaism, Christianity and Islam all claim to be
“Abrahamic Faiths”, and all of them are also classified as “monotheistic.” However, Islam teaches that other religions have, in one way or another,
distorted and nullified a pure and proper belief in Almighty God by neglecting His true teachings and mixing them with man-made ideas. Islam calls upon
people to return to the one true God and to worship and obey Him alone. Islam teaches that God should be approached without intermediaries. That is
because the merciful all-knowing God is completely in control of everything that exists and that He can bestow His grace and mercy on His creatures as He
pleases; therefore no intercession, atonement or incarnation is necessary.
Arabic speaking people of all religions refer to God as “Allah”. For example, if you pick up an Arabic translation of the Christian Bible you will see the word “Allah” where “God” is used in English. Therefore, Allah is not the god of only the Muslims, but the same God worshipped by all monotheistic faiths. This idea that “Allah” is different from “God” is illogical since it is tantamount to saying that the
French worship a different “god” because they use the word “Dieu”, that Spaniards worship a different “god” because they say “Dios” or that the Hebrews
worshipped a different “god” because they called Him “Yahweh”!
The Qur’an, which is the divine scripture of Muslims, was revealed in the Arabic language, so Muslims use the word “Allah” for “God”, even when they are speaking other languages. A more literal translation of “Allah” into English might be “the oneand- only God” or “the one true God”. It should be clearly understood that what Islam is primarily concerned with is correcting humankind’s concept of Almighty God. What people are ultimately going to be held accountable for at the end of Day of Judgment is not whether they preferred the word “Allah” or the word “God”, but what their concept of Him is. The true concept of God is
clarified only within the message revealed by Him. The last message sent by God, or Allah, is the Qur’an.

(Facebook / 24.05.2011)

Occupied Minds

Category: Documentaries

Occupied Minds is the story of two journalists, Jamal Dajani, a Palestinian-American, and David Michaelis, an Israeli citizen, who journey to Jerusalem, their mutual birthplace, to explore new solutions and offer unique insights into the divisive Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The film takes viewers on an emotional and intensely personal odyssey through the streets of one of the world’s most volatile regions.

Dajani and Michaelis grew up in Jerusalem just a few miles apart from one another — but in reality, worlds apart. Both have extensive and complex ties to their homeland. Jamal traces his family history in Jerusalem back to the 7th century, while David was born in Jerusalem to parents who had immigrated from Germany in the 1920s to escape growing anti-Semitism.

In their San Francisco offices, the two men were the only Palestinian-Israeli team working together in American media — at Link TV, the nation’s leading network dedicated to presenting global news, issues and culture. Michaelis, as Director of Current Affairs, brought the national Link TV audience investigative and other insightful news features. Before co-founding Link TV, he was most recently producer of “Popolitika,” the most popular news program on Israel TV. Dajani, as Director of Middle Eastern Programming, produced the 2005 Peabody Award-winning daily newscast MOSAIC: World News from the Middle East and the weekly Middle East new analysis program, the Mosaic Intelligence Report. MOSAIC features selections from daily TV news programs produced by national broadcasters throughout the Middle East, including, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Syria, Iraq, the Palestinian Authority, and Iran, among others. Dajani also produces analytical features on the Middle East and Islam, as well as often appearing as a commentator on those issues for networks.

After four years of collaboration and watching the escalation of hostilities between Israelis and Palestinians with increasing alarm, they decided to combine their personal experiences and expertise to examine substantial opportunities for peace in the Middle East.

Far from the safe shores of San Francisco, Dajani and Michaelis explore the possibilities of lasting peace in the Middle East by interviewing leading activists, government officials and civilians on both sides of the conflict. Among the myriad of voices they hear from are: a wanted Palestinian gunman, an Israeli soldier who is breaking the silence about his service in the Occupied Territories, an Israeli surgeon who lost his eyesight in a suicide bombing, an Israeli mother who lost her son in the conflict, and a Palestinian activist who lost her cousin.

One man, a leading gunman for the Palestinian Intifada who lost his mother, brother and friends in the fighting, reflects upon the cumulative effect of daily indignities and suffering: “A person is burned on the inside and his life closes in on him… All he wants to do is explode.” When asked about the possibility of Israelis and Palestinians coexisting peacefully, the blinded Israeli doctor says: “We must differentiate between what is needed and what is real. In reality, we’re not so good.”

As Dajani and Michaelis make their way through the many worlds that make up contemporary Israel and Palestine, they struggle to find lasting solutions to what others believe may be a never-ending conflict.

LEARN MORE:

If you are interested in purchasing Occupied Minds, please click here.

In this PBS Frontline interview David Michaelis and Jamal Dajani talk about growing up in Jerusalem and the prospects for peace in their homeland.

Read a review, “A New View of Israeli-Palestinian Prospects,” by Jonathan Curiel, San Francisco Chronicle staff writer.

Read a review, “Journey Beyond Hope and Despair,” by Alexandra J. Wall, The Jewish News Weekly staff writer.

Read a review, “Occupied Minds: An Honest Account of the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict,” by Elaine Pasquini, from The Washington Report on Middle Eastern Affairs.

Learn more about the years of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians at PBS – Frontline World’s Background Facts and Related Links page.

For more links and reviews, visit Jamal Dajani’s Occupied Minds page.

(www.linktv.org / 24.05.2011)

Halve Finale

Tijd
zondag 5 juni · 8:30 – 20:00

Locatie
Moskee Essalaam

Camminghaplantsoen 50
Hoograven, Netherlands

Gemaakt door:

Meer informatie
Nu de voorrondes van Eindhoven, Rotterdam, Mechelen (Belgie) en Utrecht voorbij zijn.
Is het bijna zover, namelijk de halve finale dat zal plaatsvinden in de Moskee Essalaam.

Het wordt een spannende en geslaagde dag inshAllah.
Wees erbij en houd andere op de hoogte hiervan!

Voor de programma zie: http://www.korancompetitie.nl/index.php/agenda.html

Cursus: Quran Leren Lezen

Tijd
dinsdag 31 mei om 18:00 – 05 juli om 20:00

Locatie

Gemaakt door:

Heb jij altijd al de Quran willen lezen? Moet je het doen met de uitspraak van de Quran in het Romeinse schrift? Wil je geen lessen volgen tussen 10-jarige kinderen in de moskee? Wil jij proeven hoe het is om direct de woorden te reciteren zoals Allah (swt) deze openbaarde in het hart van Profeet Mohammed (vzmh)? Doe dan mee aan de cursus ‘Quran Leren Lezen’.

Minhaj-ul-Quran organiseert deze cursus van zes weken om iedereen de mogelijkheid te geven de Quran te kunnen reciteren. Doe mee en inshAllah ga je deze Ramadan jouw band met de Quran vernieuwen.

In zes weken gaan we in een klas van 15 aan de slag met wekelijkse oefeningen. Als eerste leer je het alfabet herkennen alsmede de korte en lange klinkers. Vervolgens leer je de letters te herkennen als deze aan elkaar zijn geschreven en voor je het weet, ben je al in de derde les woordjes aan het lezen. Als je alle zes lessen aanwezig bent en het huiswerk maakt, geven wij de garantie dat je aan het einde van deze cursus kunt lezen… inshAllah!

Cursus: Quran leren lezen
Tijd: dinsdagavonden van 18.00 – 20.00 u
Data: di 24 mei – 28 juni 2011
Locatie: Rotterdam (volgt na aanmelding)
Investering: 40 euro / Vrienden van Minhaj: 30 euro
Studiemateriaal: Inbegrepen
Aanmelden: www.minhaj.nl/aanmelden

Palestijnen zien geen vredespartner meer in Netanyahu

De Israëlische premier Benjamin Netanyahu is voor de Palestijnse leiding in de Westelijke Jordaanoever geen vredespartner meer. “Hij had de kans om tussen het verleden en de toekomst te beslissen, en heeft voor het eerste gekozen”, zo reageerde de Palestijnse toponderhandelaar Sajeb Erekat dinsdag in Ramallah op de toespraak eerder die dag van de Israëlische premier voor het VS-Congres. Voor Netanayahu, aldus Erekat, zijn nederzettingen belangrijker dan vrede.
Volgens de Palestijnen heeft de voorman van het rechtse Likoed met zijn speech eveneens de (vorige week uiteengezette) visie van VS-president Barack Obama voor een vredesoplossing gekelderd.

Ook Hamas, dat de Gazastrook controleert, reageerde negatief, al werd Netanyahu door de islamitische beweging nooit als partner in enig vredesoverleg beschouwd. De organisatie riep dinsdag op tot het verscheuren van alle vredesverdragen van de Palestijnen (gemaakt door de door Fatah beheerste Palestijnse Autoriteit) met de Joodse staat. Een reactie op Netanyahu, die in zijn toespraak de Palestijnse president Mahmud Abbas had gevraagd zijn “pact met Hamas te verscheuren”.

(www.nieuwsblad.be / 24.05.2011)

Zorgen Brussel over integratieplan Nederland

BRUSSEL –  Europees Commissaris Cecilia Malmström (Binnenlandse Zaken) maakt zich zorgen over de Nederlandse plannen om de EU-regels voor asiel en migratie aan te passen. Ze heeft dat dinsdag gezegd in een interview met NRC Handelsblad.

Cecilia Malmström Cecilia Malmström

„We hebben al enige zorg geuit, we zijn nu in dialoog met Nederland”, aldus de eurocommissaris, die woensdag in Den Haag op bezoek is. Volgens de Zweedse bieden de bestaande regels „tot op zekere hoogte” genoeg ruimte om de problemen bij integratie aan te pakken.

Nederland wil de regels voor gezinshereniging strenger maken, maar dat kan alleen, als EU-bepalingen worden aangepast. Volgens Malmström is Nederland het enige EU-land dat daarop aandringt. „Ik weet dat het in Nederland heel belangrijk wordt gevonden. Ik hoor dat niet in andere lidstaten.”

Malmström zegt in het weekblad Elsevier dat Nederland sommige gewenste veranderingen vrij kan doorvoeren, maar dat andere voorstellen over immigratieregels niet stroken met Europees recht.: „Naar andere zullen we kijken.”

Wat gezinshereniging betreft, wijst ze erop dat controles op schijn- of dwanghuwelijken nu al mogelijk zijn. Ook kondigt ze voor dit jaar het al in 2010 beloofde zogenoemd groenboek aan: een inventarisatie van de huidige problematiek waarop iedereen commentaar kan geven.

(www.telegraaf.nl / 24.05.2011)

‘Syrië had toch kernreactor’

Een gebouwencomplex in Syrië, dat in 2007 door Israël is gebombardeerd, was zeer waarschijnlijk wel een nucleaire reactor. Dat staat in een vertrouwelijk rapport van de internationale nucleaire waakhond IAEA, berichtte vandaag persbureau Reuters, dat het document in bezit heeft.

Damascus heeft altijd volgehouden dat het om een militaire basis op de plek Dair Alzour in de woestijn ging. Het IAEA stelde jaren geleden dat niet uitgesloten kon worden dat het om een nucleair complex ging, maar is er nu volgens het rapport vrij zeker van dat het een kernreactor was.
De Amerikaanse inlichtingendienst CIA stelde destijds al dat het een reactor was die in grootte en technisch opzicht gelijk was aan de centrale Yongbyon in Noord-Korea.

(www.parool.nl / 24.05.2011)

Malaysia’s mission to Gaza expected to continue on land

EL-ARISH: The mission to send PVC pipes to Gaza is expected to continue by land following the Egyptian authorities’ decision to allow the MV Spirit of Rachel Corrie (formerly MV Finch) carrying humanitarian aid to berth and unload the cargo at El-Arish Port.

Bernama reporter Mohd Faizal Hassan sent a SMS text to the national news agency’s headquarters in Kuala Lumpur: “It is understood that the Egyptian foreign minister has given permission (for the ship) to berth and unload the goods today…InsyaAllah (God willing), we will be on land.”

The Malaysian-owned ship had to wait outside El-Arish Port for a week, waiting for the Egyptian authorities to allow it to berth at the port. Now the ship’s engine has broken down.

On May 16, the cargo ship carrying 12 passengers and crew members, as well as two Malaysian reporters had to cancel its plan to enter Palestinian waters to deliver aid to Gaza when Israeli soldiers fired warning shots at the ship when it tried to run the blockade.

The ship is skippered by a Malaysian, Captain Abdul Jalil Mansor, who is assisted by four crew members, Malaysians Zainuddin Mohamad and Mohd Jaffery Ariffin and Indian nationals Sharma Chandan Shimla and Pal Satya Prakash.

Besides the Bernama reporter, onboard are New Straits Times reporter Iskandar Alang Zainuddin, volunteer Mohd Radzillah Abdullah from Felda, Derek Graham and Jenny Graham from Ireland, and Julie Levesque from Canada. – Bernama

(thestar.com.my / 24.05.2011)

Netanyahu: Israel ‘to be generous’ in Palestine deal

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu has told the US Congress Israel would be generous with the size of a future Palestinian state but that the border could not rest at pre-1967 lines.

But he said he was “willing to make painful compromises” to achieve peace.

A Palestinian official said the Israeli PM had added more obstacles to a deal.

On Friday, Mr Netanyahu rejected US President Barack Obama’s call for a peace deal with the Palestinians based on pre-1967 borders, plus land swaps.

“Israel will be generous on the size of the Palestinian state, but will be very firm on where we put the border with it. This is an important principle,” Mr Netanyahu told Congress.

‘Unstable Middle East’

Speaking to a supportive bipartisan audience at the US Capitol in Washington, Mr Netanyahu said Israel and the United States had no better friends than each other.

“Israel has always been pro-American, Israel will always be pro-American,” Mr Netanyahu said.

“In an unstable Middle East, Israel is the one anchor of stability. In a region of shifting alliances, Israel is America’s unwavering ally,” Mr Netanyahu said

And he thanked the US and President Barack Obama for killing al-Qaeda leader Osama Bin Laden, saying “good riddance”.

He also urged Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas to “tear up” a recent reconciliation agreement with Islamist party Hamas, which controls Gaza, saying that Israel could not make peace with a faction that does not recognise its right to exist.

‘Startling fact’

Mr Netanyahu also gave a vigorous defence of Israel’s place in the Middle East, describing it as an outpost of democracy and freedom in the region.

And he said that of 300 million Arabs in the Middle East and North Africa, only the one million living in Israel “are truly free”.

“This startling fact reveals a basic truth,” he said. “Israel is not what is wrong about the Middle East, Israel is what is right about the Middle East.”

Mr Netanyahu was briefly interrupted by a heckler who denounced Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians. He paused used the point to applaud American democracy, saying no one in the “farcical parliaments” of Tehran and Tripoli would be permitted such a protest.

“This is real democracy,” he said.

Mr Netanyahu praised America’s programme of sanctions against Iran, where President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has called for Israel’s destruction.

And Mr Netanyahu praised Mr Obama’s declaration that the US was determined to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons, and urged the US to hold up the threat of military action deter that outcome.

“The more Iran believes that all options are on the table, the less the chance of confrontation,” he said. “And this is why I ask you to continue to send an unequivocal message that the US will never permit Iran to develop nuclear weapons.

“If history has taught the Jewish people anything, it is that we must take calls for our destruction seriously. We are a nation that rose from the ashes of the Holocaust. When we say ‘never again’, we mean ‘never again'”.

‘Painful compromises’

Mr Netanyahu said he remained committed to a two-state solution to the conflict in which an independent Palestinian state sits alongside a Jewish state.

“I’m willing to make painful compromises to achieve this historic peace,” he said. “We seek a peace where [the Palestinians] will be neither Israel’s subjects nor its citizens.”

But he said the future border could not rest at Israel’s “indefensible” 1967 lines, because many Israelis now live in suburbs of Tel Aviv and Jerusalem beyond Israel’s pre-1967 territory.

He said the precise border must be drawn at the negotiating table, but said it would be different from the 1967 border.

Noting that Israel accepts Jewish immigrants from across the world, he said the Palestinian refugees who fled Israel in 1948 must be accepted into a future independent Palestinian state.

“The Palestinian refugee problem will be resolved outside the borders of Israel,” he said.

About 500,000 Israelis live in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem, areas that lie behind Israel’s pre-1967 borders.

A BBC map of the pre-1967 borders and the occupied territories

(www.bbc.co.uk / 24.05.2011)