Who Is Allah?

Who Is Allah?

There are 256264 comments on the The Brussels Journal story from Aug 24, 2007, titled Who Is Allah?. In it, The Brussels Journal reports that:

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? [...] What does God care what we call him?”

From the desk of Soeren Kern on Fri, 2007-08-24 11:56 Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society. via The Brussels Journal

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#166161 Mar 6, 2013
http://crain.english.mwsc.edu/revelation/gehe...

Gehenna. The place where, according to Jesus in the synoptic Gospels, sinners are punished after death. A few times Hades (See Hell) is also treated as such a place of punishment (Matthew 11.23; Luke 10.14; Luke 16.23), but it is cited more often as the realm of death in general.(The NRSV translates Grk. geenna as "hell.")

Gehenna was originally the Hebrew name of a valley just south of Jerusalem’s southwestern hill (Joshua 15.8) called "the valley of Hinnom" (gÙ< hinn¿m) or "the valley of Hinnom’s son(s)" (gÙ< ben(ê) hinn¿m); Map 9. Under the influence of the Aramaic form gÙhinnŒ(m), the Greek transliteration of the word became geenna. "Hinnom" may be understood as the representative of a Jebusite group that once dominated the place in question, but the Bible mentions only the valley. In boundary lists it forms the border between Judah and Benjamin south of the Jebusite city (Joshua 15.8; Joshua 18.16), implying that Jerusalem belonged to Benjamin.

The later view of Gehenna as a place of punishment, especially by fire, is anticipated in an Isaianic reference to a large topheth, or burning place, near Jerusalem, said to be lit by the Lord to punish the Assyrians and their king (Isaiah 30.33). A further stage in the development of the relevant concepts is reached in the report concerning King Josiah’s cultic reform of 622 B.C., which implied a desecration of similar topheths in Judah, especially one found in the valley of Hinnom and dedicated to Molech for children (2 Kings 23.10; cf. 2 Chronicles 28.3; 2 Chronicles 33.6). The elimination ordered by Josiah was not entirely successful, for somewhat later Jeremiah made repeated attacks on the topheth and said the valley of Hinnom would become a general burial place (Jeremiah 7.31; Jeremiah 19.11; Jeremiah 32.35).

On the basis of such passages and influenced by parallelism with Persian ideas of a judgment in fire, Jewish apocalypticism made the valley of Hinnom a place of punishment within an eschatological milieu. In a vision ascribed to Enoch a cavity was depicted, into which the faithful Jews, gathered on the holy mountain, would look down to see the righteous judgment and eternal punishment of all godless and cursed people (1 Enoch 26.4; 27.2–3). No name appears here, but since the details of the picture indicate the topography of Jerusalem, the cavity in question must have been meant as the valley of Hinnom. The joining of the eschatological perspective to Jerusalem then led to an explicit use of the name Gehenna for that place of punishment, a usage that emerges in texts of the first century AD in the New Testament (e.g., Matthew 5.22; Matthew 10.28; Matthew 23.15; Matthew 23.33; James 3.6) and in Jewish apocalypse (e.g., 2 Esdras 7.36, in the Latin translation "Gehenna") Oxford Companion to the Bible

There are a bunch of sites discussing Gehenna, from a place where human sacrifices were performed to a place of literal fire.
Khan

Wichita, KS

#166162 Mar 6, 2013
jimmie c boswell wrote:
well it is true, that calling HaShem G-D anything other than what is given in TheTorah, is the forbidden art of witchraft of altering TheTorah. and there is no allah name mentioned in TheTorah. and you cannot even call YHVH, yaweh cause that is not how YeHOO VHee (Redemption is HE And SHE is pronounced. this according to TheOUR IMAGE of G-D, always given to Adam in the first comming of Adam. and not revealed unto always the second of adam here in always TheTorah, from TheG-D of Only and Always TheTorah is unceasingly now. and TheG-D of Only TheTorah does not give the koran to Moshe. shalomcha vshalomech???,?...
ISLAM is comming no matter what HATERS DO!!!!



Die schnellst wachsende Religion der Welt.
www.diewahrereligion.de www.way-to-Allah.com
www.islamvoice.de

Islam the true religion of Almighty God !

Make your own mind up. Join the family of humanity! Dont be brain washed by the media. Find out what is Islam and why it gives humanity the answer. There is no difference between people in Islam. We are all brothers and sisters. Islam has the answer from climate change on a global scale to peace in your heart and mind.
Be real: we all face the stress of life but in Islam there is inner peace.

www.islamvoice.de www.diewahrereligion.de

www.way-to-Allah.com
uhuh

Spain

#166163 Mar 6, 2013
R.Eliezer said: Study the Torah on how to answer an epikoros/christian
R.Johanan said: For any verse which the minim/christians use as grounds for their heresy, a nearby verse refutes them, e.g.
"Thrones (karsavan)<plural> were set and the Ancient of days did sit (yetiv)<singular>" (Dan 7:9)
(talmud Sanhedrin 38b)
uhuh

Spain

#166164 Mar 6, 2013
"Why was man created last? So those heretics cannot say that there was a human companion with God (i.e. Jesus) in the creation work" (tosefta Sanhedrin 8:7)
uhuh

Spain

#166165 Mar 6, 2013
At the time Moses was writing the Torah, when he came to the verse,'Let Us make man in Our image,' he exclaimed, "O Lord why do You give those minim/christians a 'proof' here for them to go astray?"
(Bereshit Rabbah)

lol
uhuh

Spain

#166166 Mar 6, 2013
"The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
This teaches us that He is without associates.
Yet the unbalanced tend to draw the reverse conclusion from it. The Christians use this verse to prove that God is one of three and that the three are one. Far be God from what they say in their ignorance."
(Maimonides, Maqalah fi Tehiyyat ha-Metim)
rabbee yehoshooah adam

Denver, CO

#166167 Mar 6, 2013
Khan wrote:
<quoted text>
ISLAM is comming no matter what HATERS DO!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =imuvufSy5ooXX
Die schnellst wachsende Religion der Welt.
www.diewahrereligion.de www.way-to-Allah.com
www.islamvoice.de
Islam the true religion of Almighty God !
Make your own mind up. Join the family of humanity! Dont be brain washed by the media. Find out what is Islam and why it gives humanity the answer. There is no difference between people in Islam. We are all brothers and sisters. Islam has the answer from climate change on a global scale to peace in your heart and mind.
Be real: we all face the stress of life but in Islam there is inner peace.
www.islamvoice.de www.diewahrereligion.de
www.way-to-Allah.com
rabbee: well islams coming phase, is ending and is now on the decline. it is just another failed, never really true to G-D corrupt religion.

so i shall not entertain your or your religion, of beast with two heads. for G-D hates baal hamolech, even also more than hasatan, i hate. as i already know, what islam is. so i also reject being brainwashed, by your muslem media. it's just another, religious critter con-game.

and i am not going to reject, what G-D actually came and truly said to me for your religious lies. TheTorah states, there was only one way i could be decieved. and you'll never be, girly enough for that. no matter how effimate, you pretend to be. and i don't care if you do not believe, what TheTorah says about me here in IT again. you all helped decieve Grandmaw, and now you are all going to, pay for it in hell and death without your repent.

and calling your self humanity, is far from TheTruth in your critterized overcompensation. and i am not your brother or sister, according to TheWritten Torah, or here in IT. and what G-D came and said to me, about being the grandfather of this whole world is confirmable in TheWritten TorahScroll.

and what G-D said about TheUs being put to death, 2000 years ago. and being seperated and returned just again here in TheTorah Happening. just about a thousand years, short of the deluvian again. because you all failed Us here in TheTorah Happening again.

i already know what is going on, here in TheTorah Today. G-D already came and told me all about it, when THEY came to tell me about the woman chaooah again. so don't try to fool me, with any of your snottyass alleged only true lying mind game routines. it does not work, on your grandfather adam. whether you believe we are here in TheTorah or not, it does not fool me with you all fooling your grandmother of all any more.
rabbee yehoshooah adam

Denver, CO

#166168 Mar 6, 2013
uhuh wrote:
At the time Moses was writing the Torah, when he came to the verse,'Let Us make man in Our image,' he exclaimed, "O Lord why do You give those minim/christians a 'proof' here for them to go astray?"
(Bereshit Rabbah)
lol
rabbee: don't know where you got this, but it is all false. fist of all Moshe did not, write TheTorah G-D did. nor does it say, Let US make man in OUR IMAGE. it says, Let US make Adam, in OUR IMAGE (currently accused of being the false name as jesus christ)...

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#166169 Mar 6, 2013
Khan wrote:
<quoted text>
ISLAM is comming no matter what HATERS DO!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =imuvufSy5ooXX
Die schnellst wachsende Religion der Welt.
www.diewahrereligion.de www.way-to-Allah.com
www.islamvoice.de
Islam the true religion of Almighty God !
Make your own mind up. Join the family of humanity! Dont be brain washed by the media. Find out what is Islam and why it gives humanity the answer. There is no difference between people in Islam. We are all brothers and sisters. Islam has the answer from climate change on a global scale to peace in your heart and mind.
Be real: we all face the stress of life but in Islam there is inner peace.
www.islamvoice.de www.diewahrereligion.de
www.way-to-Allah.com
True religion of Islam is coming?

An advance copy whats in store.
The flourishing of prostitution in Muslim countries is a paradox that we often overlook as a problem of our ummah. As prostitution is condemned and forbidden in Islam, and these women, to an extent, are marginalized and invisible in our community, many of us are not aware of the magnitude and realities of this problem. We do not consider them as a cause worth fighting for as we do for the betterment of the poor, abused, homeless, oppressed and ailing. To make matters worse, misinformation is widespread and the voices of former prostitution victims are systematically silenced.

Among the factors contributing to the widespread practice of prostitution among Muslim countries include:
The denial of the existence of such problems in our community
Spreading of the truth impedes men's comfort and pleasure in using women
Hindrance of profitability of the industry, especially for those players who are politically connected
Prostitution is too horrible of a practice, a highly stigmatized taboo subject, that people would rather not hear details about

Majority of us may have the idea that prostitution is a choice and the women enjoy what they do. The reality is quite the contrary for many of them. On many occasions, deprivations, conflicts, and difficult circumstances often lead to desperation, and desperation forces these women into the practice of prostitution. Many are uneducated women who live in poverty and possess few marketable skills. My research finds that prostitutes are many times:
single mothers making ends meet for their children.
victims of incest and sexual abuse.
manipulated homeless teenagers.
displaced sufferers of human trafficking.
They are distraught girls with failed early marriages.
They are refugees who fled from their war-torn countries.

While we criminalize them for living in adultery, spreading diseases, disrupting family institutions, and giving birth to innocent, illegitimate children who suffer for having dishonorable mothers, we fail to see the other spectrum of the consequences of prostitution. The consequences are not only devastating to the society, but also to the prostitute herself as a person. It completely destroys her already shattered life, being reduced down to a depersonalized, sexual object. She develops a personality where she is unable to develop trust in relationships and slowly numbs herself, to the point where she loses the ability to feign attachments to anyone or anything. In order to survive this overwhelming, daily ordeal, she dissociates from her real self, originally as a defense mechanism; sadly, it reaches to the point of complete shut down, where she is stripped of her identity, and over time, she disappears.

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#166170 Mar 6, 2013
Khan wrote:
<quoted text>
ISLAM is comming no matter what HATERS DO!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v =imuvufSy5ooXX
Die schnellst wachsende Religion der Welt.
www.diewahrereligion.de www.way-to-Allah.com
Islam the true religion of Almighty God !
Join the family of humanity!
Islam is coming.

Sinful flourishing prostitution in Muslims countries
Continued:

In addition, where violence against women is considered, prostitution is usually exempted from this category. However, the health effects of prostitution are similar; injuries, infections, and psychological stress are suffered by women subjected to prostitution as well as other forms of violence against women. Apart from sexual violence, prostitutes experience physical violence by their pimps, brothel owners, and clients as a means to keep them under control. Homicide is a frequent cause of death for women in prostitution. They are vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cervical cancer, not to mention their risk of unwanted pregnancies, which often lead to a lack of prenatal care or unsafe abortions. Moreover, they may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and, eventually, may resort to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. The vicious cycle then continues.
I believe that no woman in her right mind would want to be a sex slave. In prostitution, research involving nine countries revealed that when the prostitutes were asked,'What do you need?', 89% responded that they desired to 'leave prostitution'(Farley, 2003). This was followed by 'job training','home or safe place','health care','individual counseling' and other supportive measures.
But what about those women who openly confess they enjoy being prostitutes? Let it be known, few prostitutes who have come to profit from advocating the legalization of prostitution, writing columns in porn magazines and websites, and scheduling appearances on talk shows should not hold water to the overwhelming number of prostitutes who silently suffer from prostitution. Some leading pro-sex work advocates of legalized prostitution have been convicted on pimping charges although they themselves claim that they are common prostitutes and are not involved in organizing crimes against prostituted women. Even sex worker rights leader, Carol Leigh, has said herself in a 2004 debate,“95% of my friends want out of prostitution.”
Recently we interviewed a prostitute new to the 'job', joining this year. She is a 29-year old single mother, divorced, with three children, and with no financial support. During the day she takes care of her children, and at night she leaves them with her sister and goes to 'work'. Every night she goes to her pimp's house which serves as a prostitution site and meets her clients there. On average she has three clients per night, majority of whom are married men. When we asked her why she chose this job, she replied that it's the only suitable job for her that pays enough to support her children. When we asked her whether she wants to get out from it, she answered “if it's possible I want to stop doing this right this moment. I live in constant fear and worry that I might be caught by authorities”.
Fortunately, prostitution is illegal in most Muslim countries, the exceptions being Turkey and Indonesia. However, despite its illegality, there are hubs in our own soil making millions out of the industry. Inadequate law enforcement, economic instability, poor planning to improve standards of living, and the community turning a blind eye to prostitution make this problem difficult to control. Moreover the pimps and traffickers bribe authorities to sustain the illegal operations, and there are even authorities who take advantage of the prostitutes. The woman I mentioned earlier told us that there were police and even religious officers who come to them as clients.
Shame, shame on Muslims.
They hide their sex filth from the rest of the world.

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#166171 Mar 6, 2013
Islam is coming.

Sinful flourishing prostitution in Muslims countries
Continued:

In addition, where violence against women is considered, prostitution is usually exempted from this category. However, the health effects of prostitution are similar; injuries, infections, and psychological stress are suffered by women subjected to prostitution as well as other forms of violence against women. Apart from sexual violence, prostitutes experience physical violence by their pimps, brothel owners, and clients as a means to keep them under control. Homicide is a frequent cause of death for women in prostitution. They are vulnerable to sexually transmitted diseases, pelvic inflammatory disease, and cervical cancer, not to mention their risk of unwanted pregnancies, which often lead to a lack of prenatal care or unsafe abortions. Moreover, they may suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety, and, eventually, may resort to substance abuse as a coping mechanism. The vicious cycle then continues.

I believe that no woman in her right mind would want to be a sex slave. In prostitution, research involving nine countries revealed that when the prostitutes were asked,'What do you need?', 89% responded that they desired to 'leave prostitution'(Farley, 2003). This was followed by 'job training','home or safe place','health care','individual counseling' and other supportive measures.

But what about those women who openly confess they enjoy being prostitutes? Let it be known, few prostitutes who have come to profit from advocating the legalization of prostitution, writing columns in porn magazines and websites, and scheduling appearances on talk shows should not hold water to the overwhelming number of prostitutes who silently suffer from prostitution. Some leading pro-sex work advocates of legalized prostitution have been convicted on pimping charges although they themselves claim that they are common prostitutes and are not involved in organizing crimes against prostituted women. Even sex worker rights leader, Carol Leigh, has said herself in a 2004 debate,“95% of my friends want out of prostitution.”

Recently we interviewed a prostitute new to the 'job', joining this year. She is a 29-year old single mother, divorced, with three children, and with no financial support. During the day she takes care of her children, and at night she leaves them with her sister and goes to 'work'. Every night she goes to her pimp's house which serves as a prostitution site and meets her clients there. On average she has three clients per night, majority of whom are married men. When we asked her why she chose this job, she replied that it's the only suitable job for her that pays enough to support her children. When we asked her whether she wants to get out from it, she answered “if it's possible I want to stop doing this right this moment. I live in constant fear and worry that I might be caught by authorities”.

Fortunately, prostitution is illegal in most Muslim countries, the exceptions being Turkey and Indonesia. However, despite its illegality, there are hubs in our own soil making millions out of the industry. Inadequate law enforcement, economic instability, poor planning to improve standards of living, and the community turning a blind eye to prostitution make this problem difficult to control. Moreover the pimps and traffickers bribe authorities to sustain the illegal operations, and there are even authorities who take advantage of the prostitutes. The woman I mentioned earlier told us that there were police and even religious officers who come to them as clients.

Shame, shame on Muslims.
They hide their sex filth from the rest of the world.

Since: Apr 11

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#166172 Mar 6, 2013
uhuh wrote:
"The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
This teaches us that He is without associates.
Yet the unbalanced tend to draw the reverse conclusion from it. The Christians use this verse to prove that God is one of three and that the three are one. Far be God from what they say in their ignorance."
(Maimonides, Maqalah fi Tehiyyat ha-Metim)
He was Agnostic.
Didn't know if man could know God.

He converted to Islam, but later it was invalidated.
So he wrote from ignorance about God.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

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#166173 Mar 6, 2013
Shamma wrote:
<quoted text>He was Agnostic.
Didn't know if man could know God.
He converted to Islam, but later it was invalidated.
So he wrote from ignorance about God.
He did not convert to Islam.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

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#166174 Mar 6, 2013
Shamma wrote:
<quoted text>He was Agnostic.
Didn't know if man could know God.
He converted to Islam, but later it was invalidated.
So he wrote from ignorance about God.
Did Maimonides convert to Islam during his youth?

http://rabbimichaelsamuel.com/2010/02/did-mai...

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#166175 Mar 6, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
<quoted text>
He did not convert to Islam.
Biography of Maimonides
During the reign of Almoravids, the position of the Jews was apparently free of significant abuses,[10] but after another Berber dynasty, Almohads, conquered Córdoba in 1148 they have abolished the dhimma status (i.e. state protection of life and wealth) in some of their territories which threatened the Jewish and Christian communities with the choice of conversion to Islam, death, or exile.[9] However, the historical records of abuses against Jews in the immediate post-1148 period are subject to different interpretations.[11] Many Jews were forced to convert, and due to suspicion by the authorities of fake conversions, the new converts were also forced to wear identifying clothing.[12][13] Maimonides's family, along with most other Jews, chose exile.

Some say,though, that it is probable Maimonides feigned a conversion to Islam before escaping,[10] his forced conversion was ruled legally invalid per Islamic law when brought up by a rival in Egypt.[11]

For the next ten years Maimonides moved about in southern Spain, eventually settled in Fes in Morocco, the capital of the Almohads, where he studied at the University of Al-Karaouine. During this time, he composed his acclaimed commentary on the Mishnah in the years 1166–1168.[14]
Frank Incense

Hurricane, WV

#166176 Mar 6, 2013
uhuh wrote:
"The Lord is our God, the Lord is one.
This teaches us that He is without associates.
Yet the unbalanced tend to draw the reverse conclusion from it. The Christians use this verse to prove that God is one of three and that the three are one. Far be God from what they say in their ignorance."
(Maimonides, Maqalah fi Tehiyyat ha-Metim)
Hmm.. God (He) is one of three and the three are one.

This is supposed to make sense?

What in the hell is an "associate," theologically speaking, anyway?
Frank Incense

Hurricane, WV

#166177 Mar 6, 2013
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26

Were any "associates" involved? HELL NO! It was the imperial WE!

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#166178 Mar 6, 2013
Frijoles wrote:
<quoted text>
Did Maimonides convert to Islam during his youth?
http://rabbimichaelsamuel.com/2010/02/did-mai...
The text says yes to escape death.
Though it was feigned it was valid until a complaint was filed against Maimonides.
Maimonides himself carried the Islam religion until the complaint was filed even when he was not in danger anymore of losing his life.

That is the point.
It took another Muslim to have Maimonides religious affiliation to Islam removed as invalid.

So I was correct in post.

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#166179 Mar 6, 2013
Frank Incense wrote:
Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, in our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground." Genesis 1:26
Were any "associates" involved? HELL NO! It was the imperial WE!
You are wrong.
The imperial "We" cannot be used.
For that includes all the angels as being equal to God.

Angels do not create a human being, only God did create Adam, and Eve.

God is unique.
There is no one equal to God.

So God was speaking to Jesus His begotten Son, and the Holy Spirit.
Each are equal to God as having the same essence of God.

“Legumes of the World Unite ”

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#166180 Mar 6, 2013
Shamma wrote:
<quoted text>
Biography of Maimonides
During the reign of Almoravids, the position of the Jews was apparently free of significant abuses,[10] but after another Berber dynasty, Almohads, conquered Córdoba in 1148 they have abolished the dhimma status (i.e. state protection of life and wealth) in some of their territories which threatened the Jewish and Christian communities with the choice of conversion to Islam, death, or exile.[9] However, the historical records of abuses against Jews in the immediate post-1148 period are subject to different interpretations.[11] Many Jews were forced to convert, and due to suspicion by the authorities of fake conversions, the new converts were also forced to wear identifying clothing.[12][13] Maimonides's family, along with most other Jews, chose exile.
Some say,though, that it is probable Maimonides feigned a conversion to Islam before escaping,[10] his forced conversion was ruled legally invalid per Islamic law when brought up by a rival in Egypt.[11]
For the next ten years Maimonides moved about in southern Spain, eventually settled in Fes in Morocco, the capital of the Almohads, where he studied at the University of Al-Karaouine. During this time, he composed his acclaimed commentary on the Mishnah in the years 1166–1168.[14]
“Maimonides practiced the time-honored medieval Islamic tradition of Taqiyya, or prudent dissimulation, by dressing and behaving like a Muslim publicly, perhaps occasionally presenting himself at a mosque, while remaining an observant Jew during the darkest period of Almohad persecution, which forced Jews to dress in hideous costumes and resulted in thousands of forced apostasies and deaths. There is simply no credible evidence that Maimonides converted, let alone that he was a “practicing Muslim.”

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