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Refuting Kafirgirls attacks on the Prophet Muhammad’s [saas] marriages -Part4

Posted in Refutation of Kafir Girl's "Qu'ranic Exegesis." by muslimsuperhero on May 28, 2010

 

The little minx sure has a lot to say on this subject. Methinks she is projecting her own fears and insecurities about Kafirboy [her husband] onto the Prophet Muhammad [saas]. Whats wrong darlin? Afraid yer hubby might replace you with a newer model? I would. You’re a foul one!

This time we will be dealing with several of her baseless and foolish claims isnshallata’ala.

In the last article we dealt mainly with her claims against the Prophet Muhammad’s [saas] marriages with Saffiya and Juwairiyya. This go around she is blabbering on about how Hafsa ibn Umar -may Allah be pleased with her- “reportedly” had a slave girl killed for practicing magic against her. Kafirgirl writes:

 

Malik Muwatta, Book 43, Number 43.19.14:

Yahya related to me from Malik from Muhammad ibn Abd ar-Rahman ibn Sad ibn Zurara that he had heard that Hafsa, the wife of the Prophet, may Allah bless him and grant him peace, killed one of her slave-girls who had used sorcery against her. She was a mudabbara. Hafsa gave the order, and she was killed.

 

…Hafsa had one of her slave girls killed for practicing sorcery? OK, that tells us a couple of things. First off, Mohammed and his wives owned slaves. Slaves! They partook in the buying and selling of human beings. And that’s a-OK with God. Also, it tells us that these people believed in witchcraft. I love me some Harry Potter, but come on. What kind of idiot believes avada kedavra actually works?

 

As for her issue with slavery, I suggest she read the following quote by a non-Muslim historian:

 

Slavery was not abolished by the Koran, but believers are constantly admonished to treat their slaves well. In case of illness a slave has to be looked after and well cared for. To manumit [free] a slave is higly meritorious; the slave can ransom himself by paying some of the money he has earned while conducting his own business. Only children of slaves or non-Muslim prisoners of war can become slaves, never a freeborn Muslim; therefore slavery is theoretically doomed to disappear with the expansion of Islam. The entire history of Islam proves that slaves could occupy any office, and many former military slaves, usually recruited from among the Central Asian Turks, became military leaders and often even rulers as in eastern Iran, India (the Slave Dynasty of Delhi), and medieval Egypt (the Mamluks)… [Annemarie Schimmel, Islam: An Introduction, p. 67].

 

And her issue with Islam and the fact that Muslims believe in witch-craft, well, this quite an empty complaint. It’s not like Muslims believe in flying unicorns or witches with warts on their noses concocting potions or something. We believe that there are a few “extra-sensory powers” we’ll call them, which can inflict harm on others, such as the aein, also called the evil eye. [Something which many cultures have believed in ever since people have been on this big ole planet earth].

To us, it’s no different then saying, “yawning is contagious.” -Some things we just don’t fully understand, but surely some things can travel through space and be picked up by brainwaves, etc. This is pretty much the extent of Muslims’ belief in magic/sorcery.

We could also use a rational deduction approach that would look something like this: Islam can be proven true by rational evidence and logical thinking. Thus, if Islam can be proven true, what it teaches is also true. Islam teaches that some mild forms of sorcery are true. End of discussion.

As to whether or not someone can be executed according to Islamic beliefs for performing such acts; this comes down to a single point that can be made on the subject: The only way to know who was doing the sorcery is either via direct revelation from God almighty telling us so [and this is not going to happen in modern times since direct revelation from God ended with the Prophet Muhammad], or the person confesses and is found to be of sane mind when making said confession. -The hadith Kafirgirl quoted in Imam Maliks Muwatta [if it is authentic, which I doubt] does not tell us which one was the case, but we can well assume it was one of the two.

So, lets break this down: A person performs an act of sorcery, and either confesses to it or it is revealed by the Creator of the heavens and the earth that so and so is guilty… Lets ask another question before moving on: Why would they do such a thing? Why perform this sorcery? The Answer: To cause harm, no doubt. To inflict injury, possibly serious injury on the victim. The conclusion which a sane person would draw would sound something like this: To let such an act run rampant is certainly dangerous, not just to individuals, but to society as a whole. It risks the life, limb, and mental health of all parties aforementioned and involved. So, on the off chance that some evil person tries to harm someone with some mild form of sorcery, and then is found out by one of the two previously mentioned means, yes, Islam allows them to be executed. But since all of these stipulations are in place, it’s not like Muslims are going to be pulling off some “salem witch trials” any time soon. That is a purely Christian phenomenon, and not a Muslim one.

 

After her slanders against Hafsa and Islamic belief in general, she moves on to attacking the Prophet Muhammad’s [saas] marriage with Zaynab bint Jahsh. No anti-Islam propaganda would be complete without this little gem. It’s a striking testament to the truth of that old saying, “a lie that is repeated often enough, will end up as truth.”

Basically she quotes the historically fabricated account of what happened from At-Tabari. You know: The Prophet one day went to see Zayd, but instead found Zaynab there, and she was partially naked, and he liked her, so he told Zayd to divorce her so he could marry her… i.e. he was moved by lust for Zaynab enough to force her current husband to divorce her.

I really don’t feel like responding to this old wives tale that has been refuted all over high heaven in print and on the net in just about every nook and cranny. I really wish Kafirgirl would do more homework so I don’t have to waste my precious finger power typing all these extra words! Come on! Give me a challenge at least!

 

List of refutations of this fabricated story:

1. Refutation 1.

2. Refutation 2.

3. Refutation 3.

4. Refutation 4.

5. Refutation 5.

6. Refutation 6.

7. Refutation 7.

 

 

And that was just what I found after fooling around on the internet for a few minutes! Imagine if I had actually cracked open a book on the subject! One thing is for sure, Kafirgirl sure didn’t! I wonder if we’d have a smarter girl before us today if she’d actually read a word or two about Islam before abandoning [and subsequently attacking] it!

Oh well, what can ya do? That’s all the time I’ve got for now. Check back for the 5th installment soon inshallah!

 

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Kafir Girls Qu’ran-FAQ and my answers.

Posted in Refutation of Kafir Girl's "Qu'ranic Exegesis." by muslimsuperhero on April 28, 2010

 

In going through Kafirgirls posts, I’ve found a number of common complaints against the Qu’ran that reoccur [amidst her barrage of foul language, bitter and whiney sarcasm, and psuedo-intellectual garble]. Thus I will answer the most repetitive of her objections on this page. Be sure and check up on this blog from time to time, as I imagine I will be updating it in the upcoming weeks/months.

 

1. God is conceited/arrogant.

 

After she copies a verse of the Qu’ran that talks about the Sovereignty of Allah [swt], His Power, His Majesty, His Might, etc. in one of her posts, she then claims that God is conceited. This is a very common tactic and oft-occurring complaint of hers throughout her posts.

This is really a very empty and unsatisfactory argument against the truth of Islam. Why should God, the Creator of the Heavens, the Earth, and all that is between them, be humble? Is that really befitting God?

After all, one of His Divine Names according to a Prophetic Hadith is “Mutakabbir” [The Proud One]. But think about all He has done. Does He not deserve to be proud? We humans with the capacity for abstract thought are probably among the least impressive of His creations, when we consider, you know, the entire universe and whatnot. Yet, even we humans, among the least of His creations, are still pretty dadgum impressive in terms of what we are able to achieve, and that is a testimony to God’s creativity, power, and wonder.

BTW, I find it ironic that Kafir Girl accuses God of traits she also clearly possesses. [I mean, come on, she is one of the most arrogant and conceited people on the face of this earth. She even sells t-shirts with her blogger-tag on them for petes sakes!]

 

2. The Qu’ran is repetitive.

 

She often expresses annoyance at the fact that the Qu’ran often repeats stories, phrases and concepts [such as the story of Moses, the fact that Paradise has flowing rivers, that God is great, etc.]

In this complaint she really allows her ignorance of even fundamental Islamic beliefs to shine through.

If she were here I’d give her a good shake and say: Listen darling, the Qu’ran is not meant to be a book that you sit down and read from cover to cover. It is a collection of Revelations that are meant to be recited orally. Even the word “Qu’ran” means “recitation.” It was compiled into a codex simply for practical purposes. I like to think of it as a series of Divine Telegrams from God to Muhammad/mankind, arranged not in narrative form, but in the convenient order of longest chapter to shortest chapter.

Now I used the word “telegrams” very deliberately in that last paragraph. The metaphor can be understood as follows: Lets say you are cleaning your house one day, and you happen upon an old box of letters that your grandfather sent your grandmother while he was off to war. They are in no particular order, and the dates on them are missing. So you arrange the letters from longest to shortest and sit down and read. Would you criticize your grandfather and call him an idiot simply because he reiterated a few stories throughout the correspondence? No. Most likely you would understand that he was simply emphasizing certain key points that he wanted your grandmother to clearly understand and accept.

Furthermore, many times I’ve found that things we believe to be repetitions in the Qu’ran actually aren’t. The story appears the same at face value, but when we cross-examine, we see little elements of the story are added in one version but omitted in another, or the wording is different, which gives a new interpretation or sheds new light on the point the Author is making. It really is an ingenious method for getting people to examine exactly what it is the Qu’ran is trying to say.

It’s really sad to see someone is so involved and engaged in disproving the truth that they stoop to such erroneous [mis]understandings.

 

Anyhoo… that’s all I’ve got for now… check back later if ye be true Superhero fans! 😉

 

Kafir Girls Ignorance of Arabic Nuances in the Qu’ran

Posted in Refutation of Kafir Girl's "Qu'ranic Exegesis." by muslimsuperhero on April 27, 2010

 

The silly lady writes in one of her earliest entries:

 

The Quran is supposed to be the flawless, infallible “word of God,” which means God speaks directly to Mohammed and the Muslims throughout the book. I guess I expected him to say “I” and “me” or maybe even the royal “we” or “us.” But no. God refers to himself in third person.

 

This really shows her ignorance of even one ounce of common knowledge that exists among Arabic speakers. In Arabic poetry it is quite common for the personal pronouns to change based on what is being discussed. The Qu’ran is no exception.

In the Qu’ran, Allah [swt] will use “I” and “Me” or Ana, in Arabic, when He [swt] wishes to convey His personal nearness to the reader. One of the more beautiful examples of this is as follows:

 

    Transliteration: Wa-itha saalaka AAibadee AAannee fa-innee qareebun ojeebu daAAwata alddaAAi itha daAAani falyastajeeboo lee walyu/minoo bee laAAallahum yarshudoona

    Translation: When My servants ask thee [Muhammad] concerning Me, I am indeed close (to them): I listen to the prayer of every suppliant when he calleth on Me. Let them also, with a will, Listen to My call, and believe in Me: That they may walk in the right way.[Qu’ran 2:186]

 

Moving on…

When Allah [swt] uses the “Royal We” in the Qu’ran, also known as the “Divine Plural” -This is to emphasize His Sovereignty, His Power, His Majesty, etc.

And, yes, there is a reason for Allah [swt] using “third person” as well. This is used throughout the Qu’ran for similar effect as described above. However there is an implied “transcendance” when using third person in the Arabic language, and this is something that only the style of the Qu’ranic poetry/prose can get across. It is used as if to say, “Do not try to relate anything to Allah… there is nothing like Him, at all… He is not simply the personal ‘Me’ or the Majestic ‘We’ but He is also ALLAH…” -It doesn’t come over in the translation, but the Arabic usage of it in the Qu’ran is quite ingenious.

Another reason cited for the pronoun shift is so that the mind is prevented from obtaining a singular mental image of God. And the trick works. When reading the Qu’ran in Arabic, because of this tactic, the mind never focuses in on any sort of “mental imagery” as to Who the Author is. Instead we are able to easily focus on the message and the power of the words.

Her lunacy and ignorance of the Arabic nuances of the Qu’ran don’t end there. She writes:

 

And if that isn’t weird enough, this surah is a prayer to God…written by God.

 

Of course, a logical person would see nothing wrong with God teaching us how to pray, or giving us some sacred words that will benefit us. After all, if we are left to our own devices with no guidance in terms of the words we use to connect with and beseach Allah, we could say something wrong, or utter a prayer that, if answered could cause harm for us or others, or even damage our psyche simply because of the words we are using… words have some serious psychological impact after all, particularly when said repetitively as prayers often are… it’s not impossible. -But such an easily deduced conclusion is apparently beyond her abilities and rational capacity!

Anyhow, that’s all I’ve got to say on the subject of her ignorance for now… Check back later… 🙂

 

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