A MUSLIM: From Birth to Death

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Meddy wrote:
Born Muslims who refer to their conscience as a way of living than blind faith and those who dared to convert to other religions live in fear and suffer consequences for deviating.
They should be encouraged to come out but must be assured of protection from harm.

Let me explain why it is practically impossible for a Muslim to “come out of Islam” and trace for you the way a Muslim is groomed and brain-washed from the time he is born to the time he is a adult. No other religion is as thorough and methodical as Islam in this respect. Hence the unshakeable faith in Islam.

The Indoctrination of a Muslim from Birth

Every child is born with a true faith of Islam (i.e. to worship non but Allah Alone)

No babe is born but upon Fitra (as a Muslim) is the basis of Islamic traditions, culture, and Islamic jurisprudence. The basis of this is contained and spelled out in the various Hadiths as quoted here for study and authentication:

Sahih Muslim: Book 033, Number 6426

Abu Huraira reported Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: No babe is born but upon Fitra (a innocent Muslim.) It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist. A person said: Allah’s Messenger, what is your opinion if they were to die before that (before reaching the age of adolescence when they can distinguish between right and wrong)? He said: It is Allah alone Who knows what they would be doing.

Muslim Parenting Responsibilities

As children are born in Fitra, it is therefore imperative for Muslim parents to ensure that their children are not corrupted in the process of growing up. Hence the responsibilities lie heavily with all Muslim parents.

ADHAN

Immediately after birth or soon after, the adhan is whispered to the ear of the new born. The first words the child hears is the name of Allah, and the kalima.

The standard Sunnite adhan can be translated as:

“Allah is most great. I testify that there is no god but Allah. I testify that Muhammad is the prophet of Allah. Come to prayer. Come to salvation. Allah is most great. There is no god but Allah.”

The kalima: “There is no God but God (Allah), and Mohammad is the messenger of God(Allah).”

The kalima serves as a kind of minimal creed for Muslims and is one of the “five pillars of Islam”).

The Arabic form is

“La ila ha illa Allah, Mohammad rasul Allah.”

THE TAHNEEK
This act is a tradition undertaken soon after birth, to soften a date and then rubbing the palate of the new-born rubbing from left to right in the mouth of the baby with the date on a finger. This is usually done by the father or the mother, as was the practice of the Companions.
Imaam Nawawee says, ” scholars are agreed upon the recommendation of
performing tahneek upon the baby after it’s birth.” (Sharh Saheeh
Muslim 4/122)

Aaishah (ra) reports, “new-born children used to be brought to the
Messenger of Allaah and he would supplicate for blessings for them,
and rub a chewed date upon their palate.” (Muslim)

NAMING THE CHILD
The child may be named on the day of birth, or later on the seventh day or past the seventh day. It is for the parents to chose the name but if there is a disagreement, it is the father who has the final say, or he could allow his wife to choose. The rights of the father is based on the principle that the child is ascribed and attributed to the father, as Allah said:
“Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is
more just in the Sight of Allah”

It is recommended to call oneself a servant of Allah (Abdullah) or the servant of any of the names of Allah. It is recommended to can a child after a prophet:
“Call them (adopted sons) by (the names of) their fathers, that is
more just in the Sight of Allah”
Then it is recommended to name the child after any pious person in
the hope that it will become like him/her. Then it is recommended to
name by any name which has good meaning.

It is forbidden to name a child with a name that denote servitude to
other than Allaah, for example Abd an-Nabi, Abd ar-Rasool etc, just
as it is forbidden to name them with names that are particular to the Unbelievers like George, Michael, Susan etc.

THE AQEEQAH

On the seventh day after birth, thanksgiving to the One who gave the blessings, it is prescribed to slaughter a sheep. The Messenger (ASAW) said,
“Every child is in pledge for it’s Aqeeqah which is sacrificed for it
on its seventh day, and it is named on it, and its head is shaved”
(Abu Dawood)

The sacrifice is best done by the father, and it is obligatory to mention the name of Allah while sacrificing.
SHAVING THE CHILD’S HEAD

The child’s head should be shaved on the seventh day.
“shave his head and give the weight of his hair in silver to the
poor” (Ahmad)

CIRCUMCISION

It is prescribed and recommended that boys are circumcised on the seventh day. It is however, obligatory to circumcise the boy before he reaches puberty. [3]
SIGNIFICANCE

There is no doubt of the care of Muslim children receive from their parents and the extent to which the details are spelt out in the Islamic culture. This shepherding begins from birth and continues throughout the life of a Muslim from birth through their education, their five daily prayers, Mosque sermons, the daily conduct of their lives, and in all their religious text. Throughout the life of a Muslim, there are constant reminders of their duties to Allah and the way he conducts his life. It is these rituals, and detail in conformity that regulates Muslim lives and beliefs. This is the strength of Islam. For 1400 years these traditions have remained undeviating with no room for liberalism or compromise to their original ideologies laid down by Prophet Muhammad in the 7th century. The importance of the close shepherding of all Muslim life is clear to see from the above descriptions. There is little chance that any child raised in such an environment will ever deviate from the strict Islamic regime. Any child brought up in such a regime till puberty will forever remain under the influence of Islam.

The Formal Education of a Muslim in a Madrassa or Islamic School

ISLAMIC EDUCATION
Islamic education is quite different from western education as they believe in instilling every aspect of Islamic values to their students. Studying the curricula of Islamic schools will show the strengths of how Islam is instilled to their pupils in a way that they will appreciate the spiritual, domestic and political aspects of Islam without realising how closely all these functions are interrelated. This further reinforces the Islamic creed at the expense of a wider education. “In order to understand Muslim people and their culture, it is necessary to ascertain what influences their thought processes. It is necessary to ascertain the level of education among the normal citizenry and the influences on they values, their cognitive capabilities, and their perceptive visions.

I have chosen the Pakistan system to examine since much of the information from Pakistan is available in English. There are two systems in Pakistan, the Government schools and the madrassa. The madrassa is by far the more popular because it offers free (subsidized) education, including boarding facilities. But most madrassas are financed by oil rich Islamic countries like the Wahhabi group in Saudi Arabia.

There are 2 courses of study in a Madrassa,

(1) the elementary course, the ‘hifz’ course, which is essentially for the memorization of the Koran, (This is equivalent to a Primary school education in the West.) and

(2) the ‘alim’ course or an accepted scholar course. The alim course takes 12 years, and qualifies that graduate to become an imam, or an Islamic teacher or to work in a Mosque. (On a time scale this is equivalent to an O-level or school leaving certificate level.)

A typical curriculum for an alim course is,

(1) Arabic language,

(2) Tafsir (Koranic interpretation),

(3) Shari’ah (Islamic Law),

(4)Hadith (recorded sayings and deeds of Prophet Mohammed),

(5) Mantiq (Islamic Logic), and

(6) Muslim History.

Some madrassas also offer courses in

(a) Arabic Literature,

(b) English or some (elementary) other foreign language, and

(c) science (basic), and (d) World History (superficial.)

The predominant aim is to produce students who have a solid knowledge of Islam in every aspect, and to be able to teach and/or preach Islam to more people. Fortified with such an intensity of Islamic knowledge the continuation of the faith is ensured. But the curricula would be deemed rather narrow as far as general education is concerned, as compared to schools in western countries. So we now see the extent and the limitations of a madrassa education. It would appear that the hifz could be equated to the British O-level education, (but) specializing in Islam.” [2]

By the time a Muslim student has finished his “hifz” certificate, he is qualified to be a teacher or to be a preacher in a Mosque, an Imam. He would be considered well versed in most aspects of Islam but would not have a broad knowledge of the other subjects which he will pick up as he goes on in life.

So an educated Muslim, knows his Quran and Islamic traditions, and history very well and no one can sway him away from this knowledge, but he is not able to compare this with any other philosophies or ethics because these are never presented to him for comparison. He will have been thoroughly convinced of his faith Islam – totally indoctrinated.

But the icing on the cake is that Islam provides him a daily reminder of his obligations to Allah (god). His is sworn to follow the 5 (or 6) Pillars of Islam which are:

AN ADULT MUSLIM AND THE FIVE PILLARS OF ISLAM
As this person arrives at adulthood and is recognised as a Muslim he must satisfy the 5 (or 6) Pillars or obligations of Islam that all Muslims take to be an acceptable Muslim. The Five Pillars of Islam are the five obligations that every Muslim must satisfy in order to live a good and responsible life according to Islam.

The Five Pillars of Islam consists of (1)The Shahadah, (2) Salah, (3) Zakat, (4) Sawm, (5) Hajj, and with the Shia Muslims the addition of the following 3, (6) Jihad, Amr-Bil-Ma’rūf, (7) the “Enjoining to Do Good”, (8) & Nahi-Anil-Munkar, the “Exhortation to Desist from Evil.” These are all expanded upon below.

(1) The shahadah, which is the basic creed or tenet of Islam: “‘ašhadu ‘al-lā ilāha illā-llāhu wa ‘ašhadu ‘anna muħammadan rasūlu-llāh“, or “I testify that there is none worthy of worship except Allah and testify that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.” This testament is a foundation for all other beliefs and practices in Islam (although technically the Shi’a do not consider the shahadah to be a separate pillar, just a belief). Muslims must repeat the Shahadah in prayer, and non-Muslims wishing to convert to Islam are required to recite the creed (in Arabic). (The significance of the shahadah must not be overlooked. It is the testimony of every Muslim in their acceptance that there is only one god, Allah. Hence Islam excludes all other religions as worthy of recognition. This makes Islam the most “exclusive.”)

(2) Salah, or ritual prayer, which must be performed five times a day. (However, the Shi’a are permitted to run together the noon with the afternoon prayers, and the evening with the night prayers). Each salah is done facing towards the Kaaba in Mecca. Salah is intended to focus the mind on God, and is seen as a personal communication with him that expresses gratitude and worship. Salah is compulsory but flexibility in the specifics is allowed depending on circumstances. In many Muslim countries, reminders called Adhan (call to prayer) are broadcast publicly from local mosques at the appropriate times. The prayers are recited in the Arabic language, and consist of verses from the Qur’an. (The importance of Salah (ritual prayer) is that it is to be performed five times a day. How could any Muslim forget his submission and loyalty to Allah. He is reminded 5 times a day that Allah must be worshipped, with calls from the minaret and the pressures from his peers. Five times a day, you will hear the Call to Prayer from the minarets. These are the words used:)

THE CALL TO PRAYER
Allah is most great. Allah is most great. Allah is most great. Allah is most great. I testify that there is no Allah except Allah. I testify that there is no Allah except Allah. I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. I testify that Muhammad is the messenger of Allah. Come to prayer! Come to prayer! Come to success! Come to success! Allah is most great. Allah is most great. There is none worthy of worship except Allah. (The call to Prayer begins the day (5 times a day) by reminding all Muslims to come to prayer, stressing: “There is no Allah except Allah. There is none worthy of warship except Allah.” This is stressed and instilled into every Muslim, 5 times a day, 365 days a year. How could anyone forget this essential tenet of Islam? This fact is also found throughout the Qur’an and the Hadiths and in the whole of the Islamic ideology, making Islam unique and “exclusive” and at the same time rejecting any other gods or forms of worship as a threat to Islam and an affront to Allah.) Saudi Arabia closes its business doors, except the medical profession, for about 30 minutes during each prayer. (The compulsion for ALL MUSLIMS to participate in these ritual prayers is in the Hadiths.[5] )

**AFTER ELIMINATING APOSTATES REMOVE NON-PRACTISING MUSLIMS
Half a Muslim is worse than a kafir. Only a true Muslim can be a terrorist and can terrorise the world. The litmus test is the five times prayers in a mosque where they can be seen and counted. Our great apostle thought of an ingenious way to correct this situation. When he noticed some Muslims missing congregational prayers in Mosque regularly, he wanted to set an example for others, he had the vermins burnt alive along with their houses and the families.
Bukhari:V1B11N626 “The Prophet said, “burn all those who had not left their houses for the prayer, burning them alive inside their homes.’” Following this famous hadith and sunna , practising Muslims and Salafi followers of Abdul Wahab killed or maimed 400,000 wishy washy Muslims of Arabia in 19th century . This terrorized the Muslims of the world and convinced them the power of Islam and increased conversion to Islam many folds.

EVEN OCCASIONAL MISSING OF PRAYERS MUST BE PUNISHED BUKHARI:V1B11N617: “I (Mohammed) would order someone to collect firewood and another to lead prayer. Then I would burn the houses of men who did not present themselves at the compulsory prayer and prostration.” [5a] Even in the days of Mohammed, it is clear that Muslim leaders knew the importance of repetition and compulsion and to stress that there is only One and only Allah and no other. This unites the Muslims and rejects all others who do not worship Allah. The Bukhari, the most respected of the Hadiths has illustrated that “compulsory prayers and prostrations” were essential in identifying a true Muslim from “wishy washy Muslims” even in the 19th century in Arabia. This is often forgotten in judging the dedication of a Muslim to Allah. Bukhari V1B11N617 & 626 has had a deep & critical effect on my appreciation of Islamic values and its significance in the assessment of a true Muslim. It is on this yardstick that I make my assessments. ) (The Mosque is thus central to the life of a Muslim. It acts as a constant reminder that “there is only One Allah and only he (Allah) shall be worshipped. It acts as a focal point as a community centre, a centre for the dissemination of religious sermons, news, gossip, and educational centre, and a political rallying point and also a haven from persecution from their enemies. It is a unifying and binding centre for all Muslims, like the Church community halls used to be but lost today, to serve the local community.)

A MUSLIM PRAYER:
“Opening recitation: Al Fatiha “In the Name of Allah the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful The Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds Most Gracious, the Most Merciful Master of the Day of Judgement You alone do we worship, And it is Your aid we seek Guide us unto the straight path, The path of those upon You have bestowed Your grace, And not the path of those who have gained Your anger, Nor have gone astray… Amen.” Then the worshipper says “Allah is Most Great” and goes into the bowing position and says three times “Glorified is my Lord the Most Great”. Then he returns to the standing position and says “Allah listens to those who praise Him. My Lord, all praises are truly unto You.” He then would go into the position of prostration and with his forehead on the ground say “Glorified is my Lord the Most High” three times. He would then sit back and say “My Lord forgive me and have mercy on me” and then go back into the prostrating position once more. Concluding the prayer, the Muslim utters these final words of the prayer: “All salutation, all physical prayer and momentary worship are for Allah. Peace be upon you, O’ Prophet, and Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon you. Peace be on us and on all righteous servants of Allah. I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger. O’ Allah, send grace and honour on Muhammad and On the family and true followers of Muhammad just as you sent Grace and Honour on Abraham and on the family and true followers of Abraham Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.

O’ Allah, send your blessing on Muhammad and the true followers of Muhammad, just as you sent blessings on Abraham and his true followers Surely, you are praiseworthy, the Great.” [5]

(It is repeated again and again, “I bear witness that no one is worthy of worship except Allah. And I bear witness that Muhammad is His slave and Messenger.” Can any Muslim think otherwise?

Here, Abraham the connection is made to establish antiquity and authenticity to the progenitor of the Hebrew tribes, and mentioned in the Torah for the first time. Historically, Abraham was pre-Islam and lived in the age of the pagan Phaorahs of Egypt and was undoubtedly a pagan in beliefs, worshipping Ra, the Sun God and others of that period. [6]

This instilling of Islamic doctrine that, “no one is worship except Allah” is so strong in Islamic doctrines that it leaves no room for doubt.” This is what forces Islam to be “exclusive” and “immiscible” with other faiths or cultures. Nothing can alter this as that would destroy Islam.)

(3 )Zakat, or alms-giving. This is the practice of giving based on accumulated wealth, and is obligatory for all Muslims who can afford it. A fixed portion is spent to help the poor or needy, and also to assist the spread of Islam. The zakat is considered a religious obligation (as opposed to voluntary charity) that the well-off owe to the needy because their wealth is seen as a “trust from God’s bounty”. The Qur’an and the hadith also suggest a Muslim give even more as an act of voluntary alms-giving (sadaqah). Many Shi’ites are expected to pay an additional amount in the form of a khums tax, which they consider to be a separate ritual practice.

Zakat for Jihad: Zakat can be given in the path of Allah. By this is meant to finance a Jihad effort in the path of Allah, not for Jihad for other reasons. The fighter (mujahid) will be given as salary what will be enough for him. If he needs to buy arms or some other supplies related to the war effort, Zakat money should be used provided the effort is to raise the banner of Islam. [4.1] (Alms of course is essential to finance all the activities of Islamic activities. But it not only finances peaceful activities, it also finances all Jihadist activities as illustrated in Palestine.)

(4) Sawm, or fasting during the month of Ramadan. Muslims must not eat or drink (among other things) from dawn to dusk during this month, and must be mindful of other sins. The fast is to encourage a feeling of nearness to God, and during it Muslims should express their gratitude for and dependence on him, atone for their past sins, and think of the needy. Sawm is not obligatory for several groups for whom it would constitute an undue burden. For others, flexibility is allowed depending on circumstances, but missed fasts usually must be made up quickly. (Fasting, and self-sacrifice is also a part of most religious activities, to provide the essence of self sacrifice and abstinence for the glory of Allah.)

(5) The Hajj, which is the pilgrimage during the Islamic month of Dhu al-Hijjah in the city of Mecca. Every able-bodied Muslim who can afford it must make the pilgrimage to Mecca at least once in his or her lifetime. When the pilgrim is about ten kilometres from Mecca, he must dress in Ihram clothing, which consists of two white seamless sheets. Rituals of the Hajj include walking seven times around the Kaaba, touching the Black Stone, running seven times between Mount Safa and Mount Marwah, and symbolically stoning the Devil in Mina. The pilgrim, or the hajji, is honoured in his or her community, although Islamic teachers say that the Hajj should be an expression of devotion to God instead of a means to gain social standing.[3] (For those who live a considerable distance from Mecca, it is the ultimate act of piety, and obeisance to the almighty Allah and a bond to the origins of Islam. It is a wish and aim of every Muslim to have been able to go to Mecca once in their lifetime to pay homage, and to cleanse one of all ablutions before meeting in Paradise. This one wish of every remains there all his life, to be able to pay pilgrimage to the Kaaba. It is another tie to Islam.) In addition to the khums tax, Shi’a Muslims consider three additional practices essential to the religion of Islam. The first is jihad, which is also important to the Sunni, but not considered a pillar. The second is Amr-Bil-Ma’rūf, the “Enjoining to Do Good”, which calls for every Muslim to live a virtuous life and to encourage others to do the same. The third is Nahi-Anil-Munkar, the “Exhortation to Desist from Evil”, which tells Muslims to refrain from vice and from evil actions and to also encourage others to do the same.” [4] (Having established the ingredients that creates a Muslim, let us see how the products deviate from the intended.)

The Final Seal: Death to those who leave Islam.

Bukhari (52:260) – “…The Prophet said, ‘If somebody (a Muslim) discards his religion, kill him.’ ” Note that there is no distinction as to how that Muslim came to be a Muslim.

Bukhari (83:37) – “Allah’s Apostle never killed anyone except in one of the following three situations: (1) A person who killed somebody unjustly, was killed (in Qisas,) (2) a married person who committed illegal sexual intercourse and (3) a man who fought against Allah and His Apostle and deserted Islam and became an apostate.”

Bukhari (84:57) – [In the words of] “Allah’s Apostle, ‘Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'”

There are no if’s and but’s about death to apostates the price to be paid for leaving or blaspheming Islam.

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