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Friday prayers helped feed Egyptian revolution
Tens of thousands prayed outdoors in Cairo on Friday.
February 11th, 2011
05:03 PM ET

Friday prayers helped feed Egyptian revolution

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

It was fitting that Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak chose to step down on a Friday, hours after Egypt’s Muslims had observed afternoon prayers.

For three weeks, Friday afternoon prayers -  the most significant prayers of the week for Muslims - have served as catalysts for the biggest anti-government demonstrations of the Egyptian uprising.

Known as Juma’ah Salat, Friday prayers are Islam’s sole weekly communal prayers. Observant Muslims pray five times a day, but other prayers can be performed individually.

“Friday prayers bring all people of a society together at one time - rich or poor, man or woman, senior citizen or young child,” said Arsalan Iftikhar, an international human rights lawyer and founder of TheMuslimGuy.com.

“Within the Islamic tradition, the weekly Friday congregational prayers can generally be used as a positive unifying force in reminding people of the equality of all humanity as beautiful creations of God,” Iftikhar said.

Beginning in the last week of January, Friday prayers in Egypt took on an expanded role, providing weekly forums blending religion and politics into fuel for the uprising.

With most Egyptians off work on Fridays, they became good days for mass demonstrations whether or not the participants were devout.

“If they had been working, they wouldn’t be able to meet on Fridays, whether or not prayer was involved,” said John Esposito, a professor of international affairs and of Islamic studies at Georgetown University.

But for many Egyptians, religion was a key part of the movement against Mubarak.

“Don’t understimate a general sociological sense of the importance of Islamic symbolism,” in the Arab world, said Akbar Ahmed, an expert in Islam at American University. “We are not talking about the Islamic Brotherhood or Islamists. I’m talking about a general sociological awareness of Islamic symbols.”

That awareness is greatest on Fridays.

“There’s a heightened religious sensibility on Fridays,”Ahmed said. “You are in a mosque, you’ve been praying, the sermon is about justice, you can feel your strength and your moral clarity and someone is giving you directions that you’re going to march for change.”

“It’s a ready-made revolution,” Ahmed said.

A handful of experts on Egypt and Islam said that Mubarak’s decision to step down on a Friday was coincidental to Friday prayers.

But Ahmed said that demands last weekend from Egypt’s top Muslim authority, Grand Mufti Ali Gomaa, for immediate government reforms provided a turning point for demonstrations. Muslim clerics across Egypt likely echoed Gomaa’s demands in Friday sermons.

“When the grand mufti entered the fray and said the people’s will must be decided, you had the crossing of the Rubicon in Egypt as far as religion was concerned,” he said.

If Mubarak had a chance of staying in power, Ahmed said, the former president would have had to appease protesters before Friday, when a combination of religion and activism provoked what appeared to be Cairo’s biggest demonstration to date.

- CNN Belief Blog Co-Editor

Filed under: Africa • Egypt • Islam • Politics

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  1. Michael

    Freedom has no religion. The Egyptian people were tired of Emergency Law which prevented the courts system from being able to effectively deal with Mubarak's government. Islam and Christianity have more in common than any other religion. Also the Holy Qur'an has an entire surah (chapter) named in honor of Jesus' mother Mary. People need to respect other people's beliefs and stay focused on their religion. This will create harmony among the different religions. To force one to accept your religion is like trying to force the sun to rise.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:34 pm |
  2. Chinada

    Peace on earth and goodwill to all mankind.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:27 pm |
  3. DrMoses

    The only and best guarantee for stability and peace in the middle east is through ensuring Democracy and freedom in all middle eastern countries.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:13 pm |
  4. methodman

    I guess I am just preying illiterate. I don't get how prey 're feeds anything except an excuse. Yes it is a way to insert a break. However I would rather take a course during that break or read. Talking to Gawd like a two year old and expecting everything to take care of itself is idiotoic and a complete waste of my time. Prayer costs nothing. Preyer brings nothing to the table, Preyer doesn't contain any works that show compassion except two minutes to a masters Degree garbage. Freedom is the abiliity for the civil servants(everyone in Egypt to figure out how to organize and line up with the Military. Everyone should randomly pick their Java APL class and bother someone else with their ideas. Some freedom can come out of that. But preyer and momentary niceness and gutting the public education system. No thanks I am not a member of religion or the Tea Party. Disqualified to be a Republican but tha'ts OK I don't care.

    February 11, 2011 at 10:11 pm |
  5. Curious

    Jesus Christ is the only one true path. No one else died and shed his blood for all mankind. Salvation is thru Jesus Christ alone.
    Jesus said No one comes to the Father, except by me.
    Everyone has a choice to make. Mine is Jesus Christ!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:53 pm |
  6. true Path

    O mankind, enjoyment of this worldly life is short lived. Better reward is with your Lord. those who do good will surely find with your Lord in the life Hereafter. Those who do mischiefs on this earth, should not think that, they will be left alone and Allah is Watcher over all things. O ppl, come to islam, that is the only true path. Whosoever bring any other religion on the Day of Judgement will not be accepted, for them there will be a painful punishments.

    February 11, 2011 at 9:45 pm |
  7. Waseem

    Situation in egypt has nothing to do with religion. thats a political revolution

    February 11, 2011 at 9:42 pm |
    • Albeja

      Waseem! You are right. It is a revolution of politics. What next!

      February 11, 2011 at 9:55 pm |
  8. fsmgroupie

    if everyone stayed home and just prayed mubarak would still be in power-- only action gets things done-wake up –there is no god, no allah, no jebuzz, no zeus, no thor, no rama rama ding dong!!!

    February 11, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  9. Wzrd1

    It's astonishing how many militant atheists feel the necessity to preach their faith here.
    I'd NOT be surprised to be harassed at my front door by atheist missionaries soon.
    And hear about atheist bombings...

    February 11, 2011 at 7:20 pm |
    • Evolved DNA

      Wzrd1..atheism is not a faith,, we reject faith in favor of evidence., which you feel is not required. but I bet if a fellow turned up claiming to be JC you would want some proof.. especially if he told you that you had to believe him with out evidence as this was test of your faith. Have you rejected Islam ..if so why? what evidence exists for you to claim your god and JC is any more real... You are also an atheist to a Muslim.. as has been stated before.. we just go one god more than you.

      February 14, 2011 at 1:33 am |
  10. Raa Yee

    The revolution happened inspite of all haters! Get over it, racists..

    Hey, guys who think they are democratic, Learn before you hate!

    February 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Naml (Ants) sura 27:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      Lo! thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call when they have turned to flee; (80) Nor canst thou lead the blind out of their error. Thou canst make none to hear, save those who believe Our revelations and who have surrendered. (81).

      February 11, 2011 at 9:05 pm |
  11. mushypeas

    wow.
    as a Christian, i want to tell all the Muslims reading this comment board that i am so sorry that there is all this anti-Muslim "rhetoric" being posted here.
    this country was founded on the notion of religious tolerance, so i am confused why so ignorant people are trying speaking up against a religious group like this.
    my thoughts are with you all. what happened in Egypt is a very good example of the power of prayer and it is very inspiring to me to see such a revolution brought about in a peaceful manner and through God. I will remember this day for a very long time. thank you for giving me more faith in God and prayer.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:13 pm |
    • Siyajkak

      THANK YOU! finally some sense! There are many things that Islam and Christianity agree with, one of which is that God is INCOMPREHENSIBLE! ABOVE HUMAN UNDERSTANDING! Therefore, anyone who tries to assert that they're view is right above all others is as blasphemous as if they claimed to be the messiah themselves. And i'd like to point out a few things to you Islamophobes: They say Islam is about killing and conquering: you mean like the crusaders? or the Romans? or the Aztecs? or the Chinese? Religion has nothing to do with those sorts of things, simply greed, ambition, and worldly desires, with religion occasionally used for justification. And from my limited view of Islam, i believe it is just as tolerant a religion as Christianity, and historically even more so in practice, as the caliphates often made no distinction between Muslims and non-Muslims besides a special tax and the inability to hold office. Also, correct me if I'm wrong, but isn't an eternity in Hell reserved only for the most heinous of villains, while others simply spend a certain period of penance. Seems actually MORE fair than Christian views (despite the fact that i am Christian, I see many Muslim beliefs as enlightened). And of course, we must all remember that Muslims are HUMANS! not evil aliens that, by fault of being Muslim, cannot be trusted with the responsibility of Democracy. Even if the Muslim Brotherhood DOES get elected, i doubt that they will hold all of the seats, and they are certainly far more liberal and less radical than the jihadists that people keep associating them with. A TRUELY Islamic republic would, i think, be a very desireable state run with strict morals and justice. it isn't up to the religion of the people but the people themselves over whether their new republic turns out well or not. Finally, to Muneef, I'm not sure, but if your quoting the Q'uran, you are wasting your time. One, these are americans, so 90 % of them won't care about your non-WASP beliefs, and likely some militant atheist or Christian is going to start ripping on you. Second...its really long...

      February 11, 2011 at 9:24 pm |
    • Muneef

      Siyajkak.

      Noted with thanks.

      February 12, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
  12. Chi Town guy

    People check out BBC and CNN. See the difference.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:03 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      I read CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera. Between the three, one can easily figure out EXACTLY what is going on.

      February 11, 2011 at 7:19 pm |
  13. Chi Town guy

    I cannot stand CNN. Anderson Cooper thinks he started the revolution in Egypt. Sissy, ran away from a scary Egypt after being pushed a little by them scary arabs.

    February 11, 2011 at 7:02 pm |
  14. Poloman

    Everyone here sounds soooooo religious. I am worried about Egypt (Although I could not care less about them)

    February 11, 2011 at 6:41 pm |
  15. Poloman

    Democracy is a double edged sword. It can last just long enough to put in a crazy government which abolishes democracy.
    Chavez in Venezuela is a good example. A ruler that will break heads in a heart beat.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:40 pm |
    • ned

      The US is a great example.

      February 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
  16. TheTrueWord

    democracy will last just long enough to vote in the Muslim brotherhood, which will then vote to never vote again.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:36 pm |
  17. Donnie

    *belch*

    February 11, 2011 at 6:30 pm |
  18. Sayem

    No matter how much you hate Islam or Muslims, Islam is the true religion from one and only one supreme Lord. God of Adam, Noah, Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (saw). Islam was, is and will be the only hope for the salvation of entire humanity. Without Islam, humanity is lost and in deep darkness.

    February 11, 2011 at 6:28 pm |
    • Wzrd1

      I don't hate Islam or Muslims. But, I'm quite comfortable with my faith.
      So, you are welcome to worship in your way, I'll continue with mine.
      And we can discuss our similarities and differences over tea. 🙂

      February 11, 2011 at 7:17 pm |
    • WelcomeWizard

      Wait! Are we talking about the same Islam that since it's creation has been killing people and conquering people. Ok, I can buy that.

      February 11, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • Jackie Treehorn

      @WelcomeWizard: Har! A Christian accusing other religions of having a violent and bloody past! What a larf. Crack a history book, bobblehead.

      February 11, 2011 at 10:40 pm |
    • Reality

      The real Islam as seen in its koranic-driven acts of terror:

      1a) 179 killed in Mumbai/Bombay, 290 injured

      1b) Assassination of Benazir Bhutto and Theo Van Gogh

      2) 9/11, 3000 mostly US citizens, 1000’s injured

      3) The 24/7 Sunni-Shiite centuries-old blood feud currently being carried out in Iraq, US Troops killed in action, 3,481 and 924 died in non-combat98,691 – 107,707
      Iraqi civilians killed as of 11/9/2010, http://www.iraqbodycount.org/ and
      defenselink.mil/news/casualty.pdf

      4) Kenya- In Nairobi, about 212 people were killed and an estimated 4000 injured; in Dar es Salaam, the attack killed at least 11 and wounded 85.[2]

      5) Bali-in 2002-killing 202 people, 164 of whom were foreign nationals, and 38 Indonesian citizens. A further 209 people were injured.

      6) Bali in 2005- Twenty people were killed, and 129 people were injured by three bombers who killed themselves in the attacks.

      7) Spain in 2004- killing 191 people and wounding 2,050.

      8. UK in 2005- The bombings killed 52 commuters and the four radical Islamic suicide bombers, injured 700.

      9) The execution of an eloping couple in Afghanistan on 04/15/2009 by the Taliban.

      10) – Afghanistan: US troops 1,116 killed in action, 902 killed in non-combat situations as of 08/10/2010. Over 40,000 Afghan civilians killed due to the dark-age, koranic-driven Taliban acts of horror

      11) The killing of 13 citizen soldiers at Ft. Hood by a follower of the koran.

      12) 38 Russian citizens killed on March 29, 2010 by Muslim women suicide bombers.

      13) The May 28, 2010 attack on a Islamic religious minority in Pakistan, which have left 98 dead,

      14) Lockerbie is known internationally as the site where, on 21 December 1988, the wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103 crashed as a result of a terrorist bomb. In the United Kingdom the event is referred to as the Lockerbie disaster, the Lockerbie bombing, or simply Lockerbie. Eleven townspeople were killed in Sherwood Crescent, where the plane's wings and fuel tanks plummeted in a fiery explosion, destroying several houses and leaving a huge crater, with debris causing damage to a number of buildings nearby. The 270 fatalities (259 on the plane, 11 in Lockerbie) were citizens of 21 nations.

      15) Followed by the daily suicide and/or roadside and/or mosque bombings every day in the terror world of Islam.

      16) Bombs sent from Yemen by followers of the koran which fortunately were discovered before the bombs were detonated.

      17) The killing of 58 Christians in a Catholic church in one of the latest acts of horror and terror in Iraq.

      18) Moscow airport suicide bombing: 35 dead, 130 injured. January 25, 2

      February 12, 2011 at 11:12 am |
  19. Muneef

    Only people armed with faith in God would do what has been done in Tunisia and Egypt,fearing no one but God...

    Al-Baqara sura02:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    There is no compulsion in religion. The right direction is henceforth distinct from error. And he who rejecteth false deities and believeth in Allah hath grasped a firm handhold which will never break. Allah is Hearer, Knower. (256) Allah is the Protecting Guardian of those who believe. He bringeth them out of darkness into light. As for those who disbelieve, their patrons are false deities. They bring them out of light into darkness. Such are rightful owners of the Fire. They will abide therein. (257).

    February 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm |
    • Curious

      Muneef

      Al-Maeda sura 05:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Say: Serve ye in place of Allah that which possesseth for you neither hurt nor use? Allah it is Who is the Hearer, the Knower. (76).

      From the Christian Bible;

      Another truth that strongly establishes that Mary was a virgin in these prophetic passages is her statement to the angel who announced her pregnancy: "And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of his father David. And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of his kingdom there will be no end. Then Mary said to the angel, 'How can this be, since I do not know a man?' And the angel answered and said to her, 'The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the highest will overpower you; therefore, also, that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God'(Luke 1:31-35)."

      Jesus said, "The Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you" (John 14:26). For translators of the Bible, or critics of God's word (preachers or otherwise), to contend that the word virgin in Isaiah 7:14 means only a young woman, or a maiden is a defiant, insolent contradi-ction of God Himself. It is an arrogant rejection of the announcement of the angel of the Lord and a disavowal and a renunciation of the inspired servants of the Lord who made the announcement and wrote the record for all mankind to read and accept through the ages.

      This Son born of a virgin was given, by God himself, the name of Immanuel, which means "God-with-us" (Matthew 1:23; Isaiah 7:14). The angel said His name would be called Jesus, "for He will save His people from their sins" (Matthew 1:2 1; Luke 1:3 1). It was also said by this messenger from God that Mary's virgin-born son, "that Holy One who is to be born will be called the Son of God" (Luke 1:35).

      February 11, 2011 at 9:47 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-E-Imran sura 03:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      (And remember) when the angels said: O Mary! Lo! Allah giveth thee glad tidings of a word from him, whose name is the Messiah, Jesus, son of Mary, illustrious in the world and the Hereafter, and one of those brought near (unto Allah). (45) He will speak unto mankind in his cradle and in his manhood, and he is of the righteous. (46) She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is. (47) And He will teach him the Scripture and wisdom, and the Torah and the Gospel, (48) And will make him a messenger unto the Children of Israel, (saying): Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird, by Allah's leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah's leave. And I announce unto you what ye eat and what ye store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you, if ye are to be believers. (49) And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me. (50) Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path. (51).

      Maryam sura 19:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And make mention of Mary in the Scripture, when she had withdrawn from her people to a chamber looking East, (16) And had chosen seclusion from them. Then We sent unto her Our Spirit and it assumed for her the likeness of a perfect man. (17) She said: Lo! I seek refuge in the Beneficent One from thee, if thou art God-fearing. (18) He said: I am only a messenger of thy Lord, that I may bestow on thee a faultless son. (19) She said: How can I have a son when no mortal hath touched me, neither have I been unchaste? (20) He said: So (it will be). Thy Lord saith: It is easy for Me. And (it will be) that We may make of him a Revelation for mankind and a mercy from Us, and it is a thing ordained. (21) And she conceived him, and she withdrew with him to a far place. (22) And the pangs of childbirth drove her unto the trunk of the palm-tree. She said: Oh, would that I had died ere this and had become a thing of naught, forgotten! (23) Then (one) cried unto her from below her, saying: Grieve not! Thy Lord hath placed a rivulet beneath thee, (24) And shake the trunk of the palm-tree toward thee, thou wilt cause ripe dates to fall upon thee. (25) So eat and drink and be consoled. And if thou meetest any mortal, say: Lo! I have vowed a fast unto the Beneficent, and may not speak this day to any mortal. (26) Then she brought him to her own folk, carrying him. They said: O Mary! Thou hast come with an amazing thing. (27) O sister of Aaron! Thy father was not a wicked man nor was thy mother a harlot. (28) Then she pointed to him. They said: How can we talk to one who is in the cradle, a young boy? (29) He spake: Lo! I am the slave of Allah. He hath given me the Scripture and hath appointed me a Prophet, (30) And hath made me blessed wheresoever I may be, and hath enjoined upon me prayer and almsgiving so long as I remain alive, (31) And (hath made me) dutiful toward her who bore me, and hath not made me arrogant, unblest. (32) Peace on me the day I was born, and the day I die, and the day I shall be raised alive! (33) Such was Jesus, son of Mary: (this is) a statement of the truth concerning which they doubt. (34) It befitteth not (the Majesty of) Allah that He should take unto Himself a son. Glory be to Him! When He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is. (35) And lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord. So serve Him. That is the right path. (36) The sects among them differ: but woe unto the disbelievers from the meeting of an awful Day. (37) How well they hear and see and hear them on the Day they come unto Us! yet the evil-doers are to-day in error manifest. (38) And warn them of the Day of anguish when the case hath been decided. Now they are in a state of carelessness, and they believe not. (39) Lo! We, inherit the earth and all who are thereon, and unto Us they are returned. (40).

      As-Saff sura 61:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And when Jesus son of Mary said: O Children of Israel! Lo! I am the messenger of Allah unto you, confirming that which was (revealed) before me in the Torah, and bringing good tidings of a messenger who cometh after me, whose name is the Praised One. Yet when he hath come unto them with clear proofs, they say: This is mere magic. (6) And who doeth greater wrong than he who inventeth a lie against Allah when he is summoned unto Al-Islam? And Allah guideth not wrongdoing folk. (7) Fain would they put out the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah will perfect His light however much the disbelievers are averse. (8) He it is Who hath sent His messenger with the guidance and the religion of Truth, that He may make it conqueror of all religion however much idolaters may be averse. (9).

      February 12, 2011 at 12:37 pm |
    • Muneef

      Curious.

      The Verses speaks that Mary was untouched by human which means she was virgin and she had carried and gave birth to her son while she was virgin untouched as was only a breath blown onto her and she became;

      Al-Anbiya sura 21:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      And she who was chaste, therefor We breathed into her (something) of Our Spirit and made her and her son a token for (all) peoples. (91) Lo! this, your religion, is one religion, and I am your Lord, so worship Me. (92) And they have broken their religion (into fragments) among them, (yet) all are returning unto Us. (93) Then whoso doeth some good works and is a believer, there will be no rejection of his effort. Lo! We record (it) for him. (94).
         

      February 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm |
    • Muneef

      Add this to the collection.

      Az-Zumar sura 39:
      If Allah had willed to choose a son, He could have chosen what He would of that which He hath created. Be He glorified! He is Allah, the One, the Absolute. (4)

      February 14, 2011 at 9:08 pm |
  20. Muneef

    Ya-Seen sura 36:
    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    Ya Sin. (1) By the wise Qur'an, (2) Lo! thou art of those sent (3) On a straight path, (4) A revelation of the Mighty, the Merciful, (5) That thou mayst warn a folk whose fathers were not warned, so they are heedless. (6) Already hath the word proved true of most of them, for they believe not. (7) Lo! We have put on their necks carcans reaching unto the chins, so that they are made stiff-necked. (8) And We have set a bar before them and a bar behind them, and (thus) have covered them so that they see not. (9) Whether thou warn them or thou warn them not, it is alike for them, for they believe not. (10) Thou warnest only him who followeth the Reminder and feareth the Beneficent in secret. To him bear tidings of forgiveness and a rich reward. (11) Lo! We it is Who bring the dead to life. We record that which they send before (them), and their footprints. And all things We have kept in a clear Register. (12).

    February 11, 2011 at 5:51 pm |
    • Muneef

      Ya-Seen sura 36:
      And We have not taught him (Muhammad) poetry, nor is it meet for him. This is naught else than a Reminder and a Lecture making plain, (69) To warn whosoever liveth, and that the word may be fulfilled against the disbelievers. (70) Have they not seen how We have created for them of Our handiwork the cattle, so that they are their owners, (71) And have subdued them unto them, so that some of them they have for riding, some for food? (72) Benefits and (divers) drinks have they from them. Will they not then give thanks? (73) And they have taken (other) gods beside Allah, in order that they may be helped. (74) It is not in their power to help them; but they (the worshippers) are unto them a host in arms. (75) So let not their speech grieve thee (O Muhammad). Lo! We know what they conceal and what proclaim. (76) Hath not man seen that We have created him from a drop of seed? Yet lo! he is an open opponent. (77) And he hath coined for Us a similitude, and hath forgotten the fact of his creation, saying: Who will revive these bones when they have rotted away? (78) Say: He will revive them Who produced them at the first, for He is Knower of every creation, (79) Who hath appointed for you fire from the green tree, and behold! ye kindle from it. (80) Is not He Who created the heavens and the earth Able to create the like of them? Aye, that He is! for He is the All-Wise Creator, (81) But His command, when He intendeth a thing, is only that he saith unto it: Be! and it is. (82) Therefor glory be to Him in Whose hand is the dominion over all things! Unto Him ye will be brought back. (83).

      February 11, 2011 at 5:53 pm |
    • Robert Hernandez

      Jesus Christ is lord, the problem with Islam is a religion of works, with no assurance of salvation, Jesus was no Prophet but God incarnate . Every day in their Koran they recite , as posted in the Saint Sophia that "God is one and got does not beget..etc" Yes God is one and Jesus is Lord and Lord, unlike Islam they will kill you if you become apostate, that is of the devil , Christians know the score and all of us know that Mohamed was a false prophet and the Koran an invention

      February 11, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
    • Muneef

      Al-Naml (Ants) sura 27:
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      These are revelations of the Qur'an and a Scripture that maketh plain; (1) A guidance and good tidings for believers (2) Who establish worship and pay the poor-due and are sure of the Hereafter. (3) Lo! as for those who believe not in the Hereafter, We have made their works fairseeming unto them so that they are all astray. (4) Those are they for whom is the worst of punishment, and in the Hereafter they will be the greatest losers. (5) Lo! as for thee (Muhammad), thou verily receivest the Qur'an from the presence of One Wise, Aware. (6).

      Al-Naml (Ants) sura 27:
      Is not He (best) Who created the heavens and the earth, and sendeth down for you water from the sky wherewith We cause to spring forth joyous orchards, whose trees it never hath been yours to cause to grow. Is there any God beside Allah? Nay, but they are folk who ascribe equals (unto Him)! (60) Is not He (best) Who made the earth a fixed abode, and placed rivers in the folds thereof, and placed firm hills therein, and hath set a barrier between the two seas? Is there any God beside Allah? Nay, but most of them know not! (61) Is not He (best) Who answereth the wronged one when he crieth unto Him and removeth the evil, and hath made you viceroys of the earth? Is there any God beside Allah? Little do they reflect! (62) Is not He (best) Who guideth you in the darkness of the land and the sea, He Who sendeth the winds as heralds of His mercy? Is there any God beside Allah? High Exalted be Allah from all that they ascribe as partner (unto Him)! (63) Is not He (best) Who produceth creation, then reproduceth it, and Who provideth for you from the heaven and the earth? Is there any God beside Allah? Say: Bring your proof, if ye are truthful! (64).

      Al-Naml (Ants) sura 27:
       Say (O Muhammad): None in the heavens and the earth knoweth the Unseen save Allah; and they know not when they will be raised (again). (65) Nay, but doth their knowledge reach to the Hereafter? Nay, for they are in doubt concerning it. Nay, for they cannot see it. (66) Yet those who disbelieve say: When we have become dust like our fathers, shall we verily be brought forth (again)? (67) We were promised this, forsooth, we and our fathers. (All) this is naught but fables of the men of old. (68) Say (unto them, O Muhammad): Travel in the land and see the nature of the sequel for the guilty! (69) And grieve thou not for them, nor be in distress because of what they plot (against thee). (70) And they say: When (will) this promise (be fulfilled), if ye are truthful? (71) Say: It may be that a part of that which ye would hasten on is close behind you. (72) Lo! thy Lord is full of bounty for mankind, but most of them do not give thanks. (73) Lo! thy Lord knoweth surely all that their bosoms hide, and all that they proclaim. (74) And there is nothing hidden in the heaven or the earth but it is in a clear Record. (75) Lo! this Qur'an narrateth unto the Children of Israel most of that concerning which they differ. (76) And lo! it is a guidance and a mercy for believers. (77) Lo! thy Lord will judge between them of His wisdom, and He is the Mighty, the Wise. (78) Therefor (O Muhammad) put thy trust in Allah, for thou (standest) on the plain Truth. (79) Lo! thou canst not make the dead to hear, nor canst thou make the deaf to hear the call when they have turned to flee; (80) Nor canst thou lead the blind out of their error. Thou canst make none to hear, save those who believe Our revelations and who have surrendered. (81). 

      Al-Naml (Ants) sura 27:
      And when the word is fulfilled concerning them, We shall bring forth a beast of the earth to speak unto them because mankind had not faith in Our revelations. (82) And (remind them of) the Day when We shall gather out of every nation a host of those who denied Our revelations, and they will be set in array; (83) Till, when they come (before their Lord), He will say: Did ye deny My revelations when ye could not compass them in knowledge, or what was it that ye did? (84) And the Word will be fulfilled concerning them because they have done wrong, and they will not speak. (85) Have they not seen how We have appointed the night that they may rest therein, and the day sight-giving? Lo! therein verily are portents for a people who believe. (86) And (remind them of) the Day when the Trumpet will be blown, and all who are in the heavens and the earth will start in fear, save him whom Allah willeth. And all come unto Him, humbled. (87) And thou seest the hills thou deemest solid flying with the flight of clouds: the doing of Allah Who perfecteth all things. Lo! He is Informed of what ye do. (88) Whoso bringeth a good deed will have better than its worth; and such are safe from fear that Day. (89) And whoso bringeth an ill-deed, such will be flung down on their faces in the Fire. Are ye rewarded aught save what ye did? (90) (Say): I (Muhammad) am commanded only to serve the Lord of this land which He hath hallowed, and unto Whom all things belong. And I am commanded to be of those who surrender (unto Him), (91) And to recite the Qur'an. And whoso goeth right, goeth right only for (the good of) his own soul; and as for him who goeth astray – (Unto him) say: Lo! I am only a warner. (92) And say: Praise be to Allah Who will show you His portents so that ye shall know them. And thy Lord is not unaware of what ye (mortals) do. (93). 

      February 11, 2011 at 8:44 pm |
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      Al-Maeda sura 05: 
      In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
      The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger, messengers (the like of whom) had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman. And they both used to eat (earthly) food. See how We make the revelations clear for them, and see how they are turned away! (75) Say: Serve ye in place of Allah that which possesseth for you neither hurt nor use? Allah it is Who is the Hearer, the Knower. (76).

      February 11, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
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