Today we are continuing with the glossary of Islamic terms. The reason for this is that we must understand our enemy. How can we understand our enemy if we don’t understand what they are saying.
33. The Minaret is prayer toward a mosque. It also means to pray toward the east or Mecca. A Muslim must always pray toward Mecca. This word is also used to describe the towers used to call Muslims to prayer. Some Muslim poets say the dome of a mosque is the helmet of the warrior and the minaret is his spear. This shows the war-like nature of Islam.
34. The Mufti is an Islamic scholar. He can issue a fatwa or a legal opinion. His fatwas are legally binding. There was the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem during WWII who was seen eating with Adolph Hitler. The Muslims fought along side the Nazis during WWII because they had the same goal of killing all of the Jews.
35. The Mullah is a scholar and is the legal counsel. Muslims art taught that they can’t really understand the Qur’an without the interpretation of a Mullah, much like the Catholic is told he can’t understand the Bible without the interpretation of a priest or the Pope.
36. The Muslim is one who is submitted or surrendered to Islam. Islam means surrender or submission, in particular, submission ot Allah. The Muslim is taught that he is to get everyone else to submit to Islam also. They are to use Dawah (evangelism) or coercion (force) to accomplish this goal.
One error that many non-Muslims make is to thing that all Muslims are Arabs, Only about 15% of the Muslims in the world are Arabs.
37. PBUH is an acronym for Peace Be Upon Him. When a Muslim says the name of Allah he is supposed to say “Peach be upon him.” It is also used of the prophet Muhammad and of Jesus. Its purpose is to show their reverence for the person. This, and other sayings like Alu Akbar, are like magic incantations to Muslims.
38. The Qur’an is Islam’s holy book. They believe that this was dictated word for word in perfect Arabic by the angel Gabriel from Allah to Muhammad. We know that this story has many holes in it. First of all, the Qur’an was never written down until after the death of Muhammad. Muhammad was illiterate and the Qur’an was all in his head.
Another problem is that the Qur’an is not in perfect Arabic. It uses words that are not Arabic.
A third problem is that there are different version of the Qur’an. When the Qur’an was first written down they found that there were 7 different versions. The caliph of the time decided to burn 6 of the versions and keep only one.
There is no original source of the Qur’an. We cannot go back and check to see if it is correct or not. On the other hand, the Bible has thousands of manuscripts which we can examine to find what the originals said. There is no ancient evidence that the Qur’an ever existed except in the head of Muhammad. Some say there are 116 chapters, some say 114, some say 112. There are a lot of problems with the Qur’an when we start looking at its history and origin.
39. Ramadhan is a month of fasting. During this month Muslims fast from sun up to sun down. On the last day of Ramadhan break the fast with a big feast.
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