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Image(s) of ‘GOD’ from Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism!

2 May

Image(s) of ‘GOD’ from Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism:

         Okay, now that we know according to Hinduism and Jewism/Christianity one should not picturize God ‘as they do it now’. Today we will discuss what Sikhism, Buddhism and Zoroastrianism says about it!

Sikhism:

The Guru Granth Sahib, the central scripture and Guru of Sikhs, strongly rejects idolatry. Idolatry is also rejected by the Dasam Granth a scripture by the tenth Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, and within numerous rehatnamas (documents codifying the code of conduct of the Sikh religion), such as the Sikh Rehat Maryada and the Budha Dal Rehatnama.

Sikhism criticises the practice of using idols to represent God and pray to him.

BUT NOW!!

Human figures of religious significance, such as the Sikh gurus, are common in ‘modern’ Sikhism, and the Sikh attitude to non-religious images is generally relaxed.

Mouth Shut (??!!)

Buddhism:

  • The historical Buddha (Siddhartha Gautama or Shakyamuni) neither regarded himself nor wished to be regarded as a God.

  • In any of the ‘Sacred’ texts of Buddhism we do not find any evidence or statement approving or promoting of idol worship by Buddha.

  • On the contrary, Buddha has opposed making of idols, when Ananda, a close relative, the most devoted attendant and a leading monk sought permission to make an idol of Buddha.

  • The practice of idol worship in present day Buddhism is an innovation, defying the teachings of Buddha.

Christmas Humpreys, author of the book ‘Buddhism’, says of himself that he studied Buddhism for thirty years and of Buddhism in the world today he knows more than most and he has this to say about the Buddhist Scriptures:

“The Buddha himself wrote nothing, and none of his teaching was written down for at least four hundred years after his death. We, therefore do not know what the Buddha taught, any more than we know what Jesus taught; and today at least four schools, with sub-division in each, proclaim their own view as to what is Buddhism”.

The disappearance of original teachings and practices of Buddha are almost complete today, for the Buddhists are sunk in superstitions, idol worship and Hindu religious rituals. Original Buddhism has changed colors completely.

  • H.G. Wells (An Outline of History Page 392) has described this in a very terse language. “Gautama’s disciples have cared more for the preservation of his tree than of his thought, which from the first they distorted and misconceived (the Bodh tree which helped him to rest his back, while achieved ‘enlightenment’, still exists and with a sapling from the original tree planted in Sri Lanka, the Sri Maha Bodi in Anuradapura , venerated and worshipped excessively)”.

Writing on the corruption of Buddhism, Mr. Wells makes the following interesting observations:

“Tibet today is a Buddhist country, yet Gautama could he return to earth, might go from end to end of Tibet seeking his own teaching in vain.

About this Buddhist countryside he would discover a number of curious little mechanisms, little wind-wheels and water-wheels spinning, on which brief prayers were inscribed. Every time these things spin, he would learn, it counts as a prayer. ‘To whom?’, he would ask.

The most striking and undisputable statement about the authenticity of the Buddhist scriptures is by Chief Monk Akuratiye Amarawansa, Chancellor of the Vidyodaya Buddhist University (Pirivena), Maligakanda, Colombo; Scholar of the Tripitaka and Chief Monk of Southern Sri Lanka. In his preface to the Sinhala translation of Deega Nikaya, he has expressed the following:

  • “The Deega Nikaya that we see today cannot be assuredly said to be the same one that was presented to the first reform council (Dharma Sangayana). Many reform councils were held subsequently and these Nikayas and divisions would have been subjected to many changes. Therefore, the most acceptable view would be that the present Deega Nikaya is a collection of sutras subjected to changes, additions and deletions taken place after the first reform council.”

So if you find anything to be in favour of ‘idol worship’ in Buddhism.. simply remind yourself of ‘Cheif Monk’ Akuratiye’s Statement.

For additional Reading: http://www.allaahuakbar.net/buddhism/reality_of_idol_worship_and_buddhism.htm

Zoroastrianism:

 Idol worship is prohibited in Zoroastrianism’s Sacred Scriptures too!

Chapter 68.

1. I also saw the souls of a man and a woman (2) whom they ever DRAG, the man to heaven and the woman to HELL. (3) And the woman’s hand was caught in the knot and sacred thread [kusti] of the man, (4) and she said thus: ‘How is it when we had every benefit in union, among the living, (5) now they are dragging thee to heaven, and me to HELL?’

6. And the man said thus: ‘Because whatever things I received of the good and worthy, I also gave them back to the poor; (7) and I practised good thoughts and good words and good deeds; (8) I also heeded God, and disregarded the demons; (9) and I have been steadfast in the good religion.

10. But you despised the good and poor and worthy and travellers; (11) you also disregarded God, and YOU WORSHIPPED IDOLS; (12) and practised evil thoughts and evil words and evil deeds; (13) and you have been steadfast in the religion of ahriman and the demons.’

– THE BOOK OF ARDA VIRAF, a holy book of Zoroastrianism..

  • Idol Worship is considered as a transgression of Zoroastrian commandment. For Scriptural verification,please refer to Patet Pashemani Manthra, Kardeh 10 word 21 (ozdist parasti).

I am asking you O! My dear Zoroastrians..

What do you think about ‘fire’? Is it not an idol? I mean do you think an idol is only made up of clay or a stone?

You say you worship your God through fire.. exactly this is what idol worshippers say.. WE WORSHIP OUR GOD THROUGH THIS ..!!

THINK!

Wait for: Replies to ‘Idol Worshippers’!

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Course “Mission Sharee’ah” by Illume Academy

8 Apr

I am pleased to share few updates of online courses in this section.

Course Title : Mission Sharee’ah

Offered by : Illume Academy 

Promo Video:

About the course:

 

There is some other reason. Check!!!

Just 4 questions…

1. Why did Islaam prohibit Alcohol? Is it because it intoxicates? Not exactly! There is some other reason…

2. Why did Islaam prohibit Suicide? Is it because we are harming ourselves? Not exactly again! There is some other reason…

3. Why did Islaam prohibit Prostitution? Is it because it is an illegal relationship? Hmm. Not on the spot!  There is some other reason…

4. Why did Islaam prohibit Riba (Usury)? Is it because it is taking other’s wealth unlawfully? Closer but not precise! There is some other reason…

We can hear you say, “Fine! If it is for other reasons, then what’s the exact reasons?”

That’s the point! Did you realize that each of the above cases is linked to some higher objectives of Islaamic law? Yes! There’s a link!

“Then what is that link called? What’s the exact answer for all?”

To answer it generally, it is “Goals of the Sharee’ah.” If you like to know the specific answer, then you have to attend the workshop.

Come and learn Maqaasid ash Sharee’ah or as we call it “Mission Sharee’ah” !!!

 

                        Taught by

Shaykh Imtiyaz Damiel (UK)

Abu Abd Allah Imtiyaz Damiel was born in Blackburn, England; and he is married, with three children. He completed five years of an Alim training course and A-levels in Blackburn. He then went on to complete a BA Hons degree in Arabic and Islaamic studies at the University of Leeds.

In 2003 he completed a diploma in Arabic and Islaamic studies after which he completed another BA Hons degree in Islaamic studies, specialising in Hadeeth & Tafseer at King Saud University in Riyadh. He is currently still at King Saud University where he is enrolled in the Masters program in Hadeeth & Tafseer.

His thirst for knowledge had earlier taken him to study in San’a and Toronto as well. His other areas of study include educational & child psychology, orientalism and comparative religions. Sheikh Imtiyaz has also worked as chief editor for a number of organisations and is presently an instructor at Islamic Online University and AlKauthar. He has also written over thirty articles and research papers. In his spare time he likes swimming, football and reading. He is also an avid book collector.

    Why should you attend?

  • To understand the general framework of the Sharee’ah and the entire visualization of Islam

  • To recognize the wisdom/objectiveness/rational nature behind laws and texts of Sharee’ah

  • To understand whether we should take the law by its spirit or by the text

  • To realize how Sharee’ah operates upon a single system in which there is no contradiction

  • To understand how Sharee’ah cannot become outdated

“It is noted that Ibn Taymiyyah (rahimahullah), believed that people who are most likely to be on the truth, are those who linked the Islamic rulings with the Higher Objectives meant by the Legislator.”

Register Now

 

Illume Students

Others

Students, Teachers & Home makers

INR 400

INR 500

Working Professionals

INR 600

INR 750

Illume Students – Those who have attended at least one workshop conducted by Illume Academy

Others – Those who are going to experience Illume Academy for the first time

 

                Workshop Info

  • Date: 9th & 10th April, 2011

  • Timing: 8:00 AM – 5:30 PM IST (GMT +5:30)

  • Venue: Hotel Abu Palace, Poonamallee High Road, Kilpauk, Chennai, Tamil Nadu(India)

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Note: If you are going attend online ITS TOTAL FREE!

 

ITS GOING TO BE NOW OR NEVER!!!  

 

   Click here to Register!

WILL MEET YOU THERE IN THE COURSE!!!!

Legacy of Prophet Abraham (alaihi salaam) [PARENTING]

7 Apr

 

 

Peace!

     I am just going to post a lecture today & no text!! because my academics assignments are PILING UPPPPPPP…. 😐 😐 😐

But this is not just a lecture…very very interesting.. u know how much?.. i was listening to this at night 2.. i cant stop it in the middle it was sooooo interesting.

Definitely I need to share this with u all!!

 

Legacy of Prophet Ibraaheem (alaihi salaam):

         This is the title of the lecture.. but it themes around parenting in this modern life. How a father/mother should be and how was Ibraaheem (alaihi salaam). Very inspiring lecture and i liked that lecturer too lol.

 

About the lecturer:

         His name is Nouman Ali Khan. He is well known for his way of speech which will not make his listeners blink their eyes maa shaa allaah. But you will be suprised to know about his background. He was actually a born Muslim but turned to an athiest (??!!)… bt eventually that athiesm itself made him realize Islam is the truth! Subhaanallaah.. qadarullah maashaa’ fa’al [Allah does whatever He wills].

Wanna know his history? click here and listen to the video.

You MUST listen to this video tooo… I enjoyed it and I bet you will too! 😛

stop0think!

Requirements For A God!

6 Apr

 

Requirements For A God!

       Hi there! I guess u have attempted the quiz and thought “You shouldn’t call this as a ‘quiz’” lol 😀

 

Well..anyways, if you have read God or Gods?<–if not click there, you would have come to know that the majority religions (almost all of them) claim that THERE IS ONLY ONE GOD.

 

But claiming is not just sufficient isn’t it?

Truth in text but falsehood in practice.

 

Yes, 99% mankind knows that there is only one God but worship many ‘Gods’.

 

Yes! They worship many things as worshiping a God.

 

Now, why is this happening?

 

This happens because we don’t have proper understanding of ‘Who is God?’

 

Just because some one says, He is a God we shouldn’t believe in it.

We should examine, analyse, get convinced and then believe in it.

 

For me, God needs to fulfill certain requirements.. ofcourse there should be some qualifications.

 Afterall to be a manager in a company, you need some abilities. To be THE GOD OF THE UNIVERSE, He needs some abilities too.

 

Now I will tell you, what kind of requirements I list for God.

 

Requirement 1:

        He should have all powers, all allll powers. He should be able to create, protect and destroy.

 

Reason:

         I don’t believe in the concept of one God for creation (Brahma), one God for protection (Vishnu) and one God for destruction (Shiva).

 

Why can’t a creating God protect? Why can’t a protecting God destroy? A God should have all powers.

 

(For those who don’t know who are Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva they are God’s’ of Hinduism. Majority say they are 3 different Gods and some say it is one God in 3 forms).

 

Requirement 2:

       If God gives something, no one should be able to take it back, except Him. If He takes away something, no one should be able to give it.

 

Reason:

       If God gives something and other takes it away, this means the former one has failed. My God will NEVER FAIL.

       This may seem a simple requirement but this is very important. If My God takes away my life, no one should be able to give it back, except Him.

 

Requirement 3:

      If God creates something, no one should be able to create the same thing. If My God created this sun, no one should be able to create another sun.

 

Reason:

     If I can make the same dish with same quality which you had made, then you are no special than me, why should I call you a great cook?!

     You should be unbeatable! MY GOD SHOULD BE UNBEATABLE!

 

Requirement 4:

     No one should be equal to my Lord. There should be a clear cut distinction between the CREATOR and the CREATIONS!

 

Reason:

     If I and my laptop looks the same, works the same (may be it works better than me! :D) then you won’t call me a human but a machine.

    If the Creator and the creations are of the same look, same qualities then I won’t call Him a Creator but just another creation.

 

Requirement 5:

     This is very important; whatever God says should over come time! It should have no time limit. It should be applicable in all times, in all areas.

 

Reason:

     The reason is apparent isn’t it? If what God says is inapplicable, you are not going to agree with Him. Are you?

So it should be logical and APPLICABLE!

 

    Only if, ONLY IF one fulfills all these requirements I will call Him a God and I will worship Him..

 

Good news! We do have a God who fulfills this and much more!

 

Wanna know how?

 

Availability 1:

 Creating:

 

Say, ” Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Prevailing.” [AlQur’aan last part of 13:16]

And your Lord creates whatever He wills and chooses; they have no choice (in any matter). Exalted is Allah and High above all that they associate as partners (with Him).” [AlQur’aan 28:68]

Protecting:

“Say, “Who is it that can protect you from Allah if He intends for you an ill or intends for you a mercy?” And they will not find for themselves besides Allah any protector or any helper.” [AlQur’aan 33:17]

 

Destroying:

“And your Lord would not have destroyed the cities unjustly while their people were reformers.” [AlQur’aan 11:117]

 

Availability 2:

“Whatever Allah grants to people of mercy – none can withhold it; and whatever He withholds – none can release it thereafter. And He is the Exalted in Might, the Wise.” [AlQur’aan 35:2]

 

Availability 3:

“Such is the Creation of Allah: now show Me what is there, that others besides Him have created: nay, but the Transgressors are in manifest error.” [AlQur’aan 31:11]

 

Availability 4:

“There is certainly nothing like Him. He is All-hearing and All-aware.” [AlQur’aan last part of 42:11]

 

Availability 5:

         You can’t get an one line answer for this. You need to read more to get it. Especially read ‘Our’ Lord’s Final Revelation AlQur’aan AlKareem, a book where there is no doubt.

“That is the Book, where there is no doubt, a guidance to the God fearing” [2:2]

Don’t forget to click here.

So there is a God who possess all these requirements can ONLY BE ONE!

“Say: He is the God, the One and Only” [AlQur’aan 112:1]

 

Think if for yourself and we will carry on with ‘The Acid Test for God’, if God so wills it.

stop0think!

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