London voters elect first Muslim mayor of major Western capital


Sadiq Khan thanks Londoners for choosing "hope over fear" as he secures record mayoral victory
Sadiq Khan thanks Londoners for choosing “hope over fear” as he secures record mayoral victory

After a bitter and bruising race, the Labour Party’s Sadiq Khan won London’s mayoral race early Saturday and made history as the first Muslim elected to lead a major Western capital city.

The outcome is likely to resonate far beyond a change in London’s City Hall, challenging the rise of anti-Islam political rhetoric in the West and giving another powerful voice to Britain’s large Pakistani community just when the country is facing its own identity crisis.

At a time when Islam is seen by many in the West as politically toxic, Khan embraced it to winning effect.

Eleven years ago, Pakistanis in Britain faced suspicions and huge public backlash after coordinated terrorist bombings of the London transit system killed 52 people and wounded more than 700.

Yet Khan has never tried to hide his faith. He memorably tweeted to his main rival, the Conservative’s Party’s Zac Goldsmith, at one point: “Hey @ZacGoldsmith. There’s no need to keep pointing at me & shouting ‘he’s a Muslim.’ I put it on my own leaflets.”

He told The Washington Post on the campaign trail earlier this week: “I want to be the British Muslim that defeats the extremists, defeats the radicals. I’ve got a plan of how we can keep London safe.”

Election officials said Khan defeated Goldsmith by more than 300,000 votes, after first- and second-preference votes were allocated, the Associated Press reported. The result came early Saturday, more than 24 hours after polls closed. Khan will replace Conservative Mayor Boris Johnson.

The mayoral election took place just six weeks before Britons vote on whether to stay in the European Union — a question that has raised sharp political divisions on issues that include control over immigration policies.

London’s mayor wields less direct power than big-city counterparts in the United States and elsewhere. But the position has gained a higher profile as a soapbox for various issues — even international affairs — under previous mayors such as the left-leaning Ken Livingstone and Johnson.

Khan, 45, the son of a Pakistani bus driver and seamstress, trained as a lawyer before becoming a Labour Party member of Parliament for Tooting, a south London constituency. He slept in a bunk bed at his parents’ home until he was 24.

Goldsmith, 41, is a longtime environmentalist and son of a billionaire financier. He is currently a lawmaker from Richmond in south London. His sister is Jemima Khan, whose ­ex-husband, Imran Khan, is a former cricket star from Pakistan who has since turned to politics in that country.

Jemima Khan appeared to criticize the campaign of her brother, who repeatedly accused Sadiq Khan of giving “oxygen and cover” to Islamic extremists.

“Sad that Zac’s campaign did not reflect who I know him to be — an eco friendly, independent-minded politician with integrity,” she tweeted.

She also applauded Sadiq Khan’s expected win as “a great example to young Muslims.”

The mayoral race was one of a number of local and regional elections across Britain in what were dubbed the “Super Thursday” contests.

Outside London, the Labour Party suffered losses in various parts of the country, suggesting it has a steep hill to climb to win the next general election in 2020.

This week’s votes marked the first big set of elections since Jeremy Corbyn, a politician on Labour’s far left, won his party’s leadership contest last fall with massive grass-roots support.

And the result? A mixed bag.

Opposition parties normally do well in local elections, but Labour did not. However, it did not lose as much ground in England as some pundits had projected, and it remained the dominant party in the Welsh assembly.

But it fell behind the Conservatives to become the third-largest party in Scotland.

The Conservatives have spent decades in the political wilderness in Scotland, but they made gains in Scotland — long thought unthinkable — under their charismatic leader, Ruth Davidson.

Nicola Sturgeon’s Scottish National Party (SNP) was set for a third term in power in the Scottish Parliament — it was just shy of a securing a majority — inevitably raising questions about the possibility of a second independence referendum for that region.

The local elections come at a time when the leaders of the two main parties, the Conservatives and Labour, have been locking horns in increasingly acrimonious exchanges.

British Prime Minister David Cameron, leader of the Conservatives, accused Corbyn’s Labour Party this week of having a problem with anti-Semitism, following a scandal that has rocked the party. The Labour Party recently suspended a senior member over his inflammatory remarks about Adolf Hitler.

Cameron also questioned Khan’s judgment — not for the first time — saying that he had shared platforms with terrorist sympathizers.

For his part, Corbyn accused the Conservatives of “smearing” Khan in the mayoral race.

The mayoral contest in London, where the city’s housing crisis was the main battleground during the campaign, turned increasingly ugly as it neared the finish line.

Khan was forced to deny claims that he supports Islamic extremists (he says he met with “unsavory characters” as part of his job as a human rights lawyer), and Goldsmith was compelled to reject claims that he is a racist (he says he raised legitimate questions).

When asked whether the Conservatives’ mayoral campaign has done “lasting damage” to relations with London’s Muslim community, Andrew Boff, the Conservative leader of the London Assembly, a mayoral watchdog, said: “I think it has.”

“Welcome to politics of ethnicity in a diverse city,” said John Curtice, a professor at the University of Strathclyde. “We know that Labour Party does relatively well in London amongst ethnic minorities. We also know that we are talking about a society in which there is a fair degree of Islamophobia, and if a party is behind and is playing dog-whistle politics, don’t be surprised.”

In London, a cosmopolitan city with more than 1 million Muslims, the negative campaigning seemed to leave a bitter taste for some.

Speaking after she voted Thursday at a polling station in Khan’s Tooting borough, Kate Parry, 50, a market researcher said the tone of the debate had “backfired on the Conservative campaign.”




56 responses to “London voters elect first Muslim mayor of major Western capital”

  1. 5thDrawer Avatar

    “Mixed Bags” are GOOD … makes the politicians actually DO something constructive, hoping to ‘look good’ in the next election. (or at least makes for entertainment on ‘HOUSE TV’ channels.)

    1. Matrix Avatar

      Perhaps Khan will back away from the radicals, but I presume that Anjem Choudary will remain the main supporter of Sadiq Khan’s……

      1. SparklingMoon, Avatar

        Firstly, Islamic law, or any other religious law, can not be imposed perforce because it is against the spirit of religions themselves. The Holy Qur’an says: ”there is no compulsion in religion ” It says there is no coercion in faith or in matters of faith. No coercion is possible and no coercion is permitted. If one religion imposes its law on a society where people of other religions and denominations also live, how will this verse stand against the attempt to coerce ? Not only vis–vis the people from other religions, but vis–vis people from the same religion who are not willing.

        Secondly, Islam does not proposes a government which is representative of God, but proposes a system of government which is common to various denominations of religions and different people. Islam pleads for the secular type of government more than any religion and more than any political system. The very essence of secularism is that absolute justice must be practiced regardless of the differences of faith and religion and color and creed and group. This, in essence, is the true definition of secularism. And this is exactly what the Holy Quran admonishes Muslims to do in matters of state, how things should be done and how the state should be run. The Holy Quran says:[16:91] Verily, Allah enjoins justice, and the doing of good to others; and giving like kindred; and forbids indecency, and manifest evil, and wrongful transgression. He admonished you that you may take heed.

        Allah orders you to always practice justice. And then it develops the theme by saying: ”O ye who believe! be steadfast in the cause of Allah, bearing witness in equity; and let not a people’s enmity incite you to act otherwise than with justice. Be always just, that is nearer to righteousness. And fear Allah. Surely, Allah is aware of what you do.” [5:9]

        No amount of enmity between you and any other people, should permit you to deviate from absolute justice.Be always just that is nearer to righteousness, When you dispense your responsibility as a government, you must dispense those responsibilities with absolute justice in mind. Now, when absolute justice is established as the central theme of a government, how could Islamic law be imposed upon non Muslim? Because it would be against justice. And so many contradictions would arise.

        The holy practice of the Holy Founder of Islam( sa) also confirm this system of rule. In Medina, when he moved there after Hijra, he came into contact with the Jewish and other communities who accepted him not as their religious leader, but a political leader. Islamic law had already been revealed at that time. Jews came to him for guidance or for decisions. Without fail, every time he inquired from them: ‘Would you like your dispute to be settled according to the Jewish law or according to the Islamic law or according to the arbitration?’ Without fail he never imposed Islamic law on a non‑agreeing party, which did not belong to the faith. This is what is called absolute justice.

        1. 5thDrawer Avatar

          The much-touted ‘wisdom’ of a Solomon (long lost) may be what delivers the ‘equity’ of the human ability to apply a ‘judgement’ – but then, that was only one man doing the judging with his perceptions while having absolute rule over the land. And now with 7 billion bodies on the planet, his wisdom wouldn’t be heard at the back of his court anyway. We can’t have people walking 10,000 miles and over oceans to go see ‘the judge’. (Magic Carpets became extinct.)
          And thus, within any community, there becomes a need to ‘Codify’ and practice the same ‘wisdom’ in a ‘Law’ so that others would follow it, wherever that wisdom was actually needed. And that’s where the whole approach begins to break down. Being far from ‘the source’ allows a distant ‘one’ to apply his own interpretations.
          And thus the concept of ‘rule’ by a ‘court’ to help keep the wisdom applied equitably was a needed advance – and yet even then there could eventually be groups with less wisdom, yet gathered for the purpose, and only reinforcing their own interpretations.
          Adhering to a line which says ‘Do Unto others as you would have them do unto you.’, there may well be no difference in these ‘basics’ of all the religions, but the applications by those looked upon as having wisdom in any given society varies as much as the wisdom.
          And again there becomes a need to ‘Codify’ a law hoping for collective wisdom.
          In the attempt again to serve equitably, the society goes to a ‘first court’ of Peers, and a randomly selected 12 to sit in judgment. They also should understand the ‘code’ and be able to come to a conclusion in it’s application.
          And to be even more ‘equitable’, and to help in understanding the process, there is as was theoretically done by Solomon, a ‘record’ kept and published which allowed ALL to see how judgement was obtained. There is even an allowance for ‘appeal’ to a higher court of ‘elders’ with more wisdom due to ‘experience’. And failing that, a final appeal to ‘The One Man’ who’s aged head everyone had selected as ‘being the wisest’ among them and thus ‘The Leader’ of the community.
          That person given power ‘by the people’.
          The ‘last chance’ for ‘justice’, WHO IS too often assumed to be the mouthpiece of the ‘absolute final word’ by the ‘ultimate power’ perhaps a very few ever heard from directly but which invented (created) us. The ‘ONE’ who has the ‘power’ to end us.
          When the fish stinks from the head, as it usually does, it then requires ‘the people’ to make huge efforts to even realize they were not very wise at all in ‘giving’ that power.
          Perhaps in THAT there is some justice.

        2. Matrix Avatar

          Address your post to Anjem Choudary, perhaps he will listen to your essay….

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            The dork got us all in there to warm up, didn’t he? A-sura-dly.

          2. Matrix Avatar

            It depends on how seriously one takes him…….

          3. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            The translation of the Blable into Greek then translated in Alexandria, later in Latin was misleading.

          4. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            It is a mistake to call Christians or Jews as unbeliever (as has been written on the picture). Jews and Christians are followers of Israel prophets. How can a person imagine that followers of these divine prophets could be unbeliever near to God Almighty.

            The revelation the Quran is full of the descriptions of Israel Prophets like Jacob, Yusuf (Joseph), Ayyub (Job) Shuaib Moses, Haroon (Aaron) Dhul-Kifl (Ezekiel) Daud (David) Solomon, Ilyas (Elijah) Alyasa (Elisha) Yunus (Jonah) Zechariah, Yahya (John the Baptist) Jesus etc. The Quran has told about their exalted person and teachings in detail in its revelation. Muslims must have to believe in the truth of all these holy prophets of God equally and to respect them as a part of their Islamic faith.

            Prophet of Islam is called in the Quran like Moses (as prophet Moses was a prophet of Law and next prophets till prophet Jesus were reformer prophets for Mosaic Law). The revelation of Quran confirms that Jews or christian or followers of other religion have favor of God according to the truth of their knowledge and understanding: ”Surely,those who believe,those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who believes in God, and believes in the Last Day, and leads a righteous life, will receive their recompense from their Lord. They have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve” [Quran2:62]

            Actually people always interpolates, misconstrues or misappropriates Divine teachings after the prophets have come and gone. God Almighty is One and the Creator of all mankind and love them equally like a mother. All prophets in different part of the world had been sent by Him. The best representative of a religion and of its revelation, is Prophet who receives that revelation of God Almighty and is responsible to practice it before his followers. Prophet of Islam(sa) was appointed by God Almighty to maintain the teachings of the Quran by his holy example. The following one example from the holy life of prophet of Islam is enough to understand the real message of the Quran: ”Once a delegation of Christian leaders from Najraan came to Medina for debating issues of difference between Islam and Christianity. They stayed there for three days. While engaged in a dialogue in the Holy Prophet’s sa mosque, the time for their prayers arrived. They asked permission from the Holy Prophet(sa) to go out to offer their prayers. The Holy Prophet, (may peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) said that the mosque was also a place of worship and they were welcome to pray there, and they did. In the meantime, some companions reached the mosque and saw the Christians worshiping facing the opposite direction from the Qiblah in that Mosque. They moved forward to object to this, but he firmly prohibited them from interfering and said: “I have permitted them because this is the house of God, and no man has the right to object to anyone who worships God in a place devoted for the sake of worship”.(Al Jamiu li Ahkam al Quran, Imam Qurtubi)

          5. Matrix Avatar

            Sky News broadcasting screen captures – “(as has been written on the picture)” is a quotation from Quran Sura 33, verse 64…..
            If you didn’t you know it, than ask Anjem Choudary……

          6. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            Firstly, English translation of the verse in the Quran is : [33:65] ”Allah has surely cursed the disbelievers, and has prepared for them a burning fire”. (There is no word of Jews or Christian in the verse as has been written above in the picture)

            Secondly’ this verse is part of the Chapter ”Ahzab” that is name of a war that early time of Muslims had to confronted their enemies. This verse says about those people who had persecuted Muslims in the early time of Islam to stop the spread of Islam. The verse [33:65] purports to say that it is an invariable Divine practice that enemies of truth failed in their designs against it and come to grief in the long run. This is happened in the time of every Divine Reformer and Prophet.

          7. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Accurate quotation is important for education.

          8. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            The translation of the Holy Quran that is mostly used by me is:

            Here in this Holy Quran the first verse ( In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful) of each chapter is counted as the first verse of the Surah. ( It is the reason that I have written in my post the number of the verse 33:65 instead of 33:64)

            The numbers of the verses of this Holy Quran become different to other Holy Quran where this verse( In the name of Allah, the Gracious, the Merciful) is not counted as the first verse and the number is started from the next verse.

          9. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Well now you show a difference between 2 ‘Books’. Much the same problem other religions have when attempting to quote what is supposed to be an ‘original’ and even simple thought. Maybe it wasn’t Moses himself who threw down and destroyed those ‘tablets’ no-one has ever seen since then. Might have been an ‘editior’.
            We face 3000 years of editing.

          10. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            There is no difference between 2 Books as the Arabic content of the both is exactly same. The revelation of the Quran we have at this time is exactly the same as had been revealed by God Almighty to Prophet of Islam (sa). The time between Prophet Adam to prophet of Islam(sa) is about four thousand years. All core teachings of previous revelations of all prophets (in their original form), with some new moral teachings, has been assembled in the Quran and it is informed by God Almighty to all mankind: ”This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favors upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion.”(5:4)

            As it is a Final Law for His people therefore He had promised to safeguard the integrity of His Word for all times to come “Verily,it is We Who have sent down this Exhortation, and most surely We are its Guardians.” (Quran 15:10)

          11. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Ok Sparkle. 6000 years.
            I trust you, since I can’t read Arabic, and you sound sincere, and are not trying to kill me.
            Can you get ‘the message’ out to those who want to?

          12. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            Please explain some about 6000 years you have written.I am interested to know about this particular number.

          13. Matrix Avatar

            5thDrawer meant 60000 years.

            5th, you don’t mind that I done the correction “about this particular number.”, now – will you have a Scotch instead….. Cheers!

          14. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Really Matrix … but we’re not going back to the civilizations which came before the big cataclism … trying to keep within the one-god time period .. 😉

          15. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            He has told me in his post the meanings of 6000 years and he is right that 6000 had passed from seven millennium. It is mistake to consider that God Almighty had created universe or earth six thousand years ago.

            Actually, God has ordained the age of the world to be seven thousand years, with a thousand year periods both for light and for darkness. In other words, there is a period for righteousness to prevail and a period in which evil and misguidance reign supreme. Only God knows how many Adams have passed away and how many have yet to come. We learn from the Holy Books that other worlds have existed before us, though we do not know what kind of people inhabited them. But it seems that an era of the world lasts for seven thousand years — as a symbol of which the days have been fixed at seven, each standing for a thousand years. We cannot say how many such cycles the world has gone through and how many Adams may have appeared in their own times, but it is certain that, since God is the Eternal Creator, the world must also be eternal as a species, though not in its forms and manifestations.(Ruhanikhazain)

          16. Matrix Avatar

            So you say that “the Eternal Creator” was responsible for the Big Bang, did “the Eternal Creator” also existed in the gravitational singularity?

          17. Hannibal Avatar

            He was the singularity. 😉

          18. Matrix Avatar

            SparklingMoon?, you must be joking. 😉

          19. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            The concept of the expanding universe belongs to the former category, and has been universally accepted by the scientific community as ‘fact’. This discovery was first made by Edwin Hubble in the 1920s. Yet some thirteen centuries before this, it was clearly mentioned in the Quran: ”And the heaven We built with Our own powers (aydin) and indeed We go on expanding it (musi’un). ( Quran 51:48)

            The discovery that the universe is constantly expanding is of prime significance to scientists, because it helps create a better understanding of how the universe was initially created. It clearly explains the stage by stage process of creation, in a manner which perfectly falls into step with the theory of the Big Bang. The Quran goes further and describes the entire cycle of the beginning, the end and the return again to a similar beginning. The first step of creation as related in the Quran accurately describes the event of the Big Bang in the following words: ”Do not the unbelievers see that the heavens and the earth were a closed-up mass (ratqan), then We clove them asunder (fataqna)? And We made from water every living thing. Will they not then believe?(21:31)

            In this verse the Arabic words ” ratqan” (closed-up mass), and ”fataqna” (We clove them asunder), carry the basic message of the whole verse. Authentic Arabic lexicons (LANE, E.W. (1984) Arabic—English Lexicon. Islamic Text Society, William & Norgate, Cambridge) give two meanings of Arabic word ”ratqan”, that have great relevance to the topic under discussion. One meaning is ‘the coming together of something and the consequent infusion into a single entity’ and the second meaning is ‘total darkness’. Both these meanings are significantly applicable. Taken together, they offer an apt description of the singularity of a black hole. (The Quran and Cosmology by Mirza Tahir Ahmad)

          20. Matrix Avatar

            I don’t buy your “The concept of the expanding universe” as it does not answer my question; did “the Eternal Creator” also existed in the gravitational singularity?

          21. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            “the Eternal Creator” also existed in the gravitational singularity?
            Firstly, God Almighty is a Creator and not a creation. Each and every particles of this universe is a creation and God Almighty is the only Creator of them. The whole system of this universe is working according to His Law and Will.

            Secondly, in answer to the question as to how the universe was initially created, the two most recent theories are both Big Bang theories. They claim that it was initiated from a singularity which suddenly erupted releasing the trapped mass leading yet again into the creation of a new universe through the event horizon. This dawn of light sprouting from the event horizon is called the white hole( The Natural History of the Universe.Transworld Publishers Ltd., London) One of the two theories relating to the expansion predicts that the universe thus created will carry on expanding forever. The other claims that the expansion of the universe will, at some time, be reversed because the inward gravitational pull will ultimately prevail. Eventually, all matter will be pulled back again to form perhaps another gigantic black hole. This latter view appears to be supported by the Quran.

            Whilst speaking of the first creation of the universe, the Quran clearly describes its ending into yet another black hole, connecting the end to the beginning, thus completing the full circle of the story of cosmos. The Quran declares: Remember the day when We shall roll up the heavens like the rolling up of written scrolls (Quran21:105) A mass of accretion from space falling into a black hole, as described above, would be pressed into a sheet under the enormous pressure created by the gravitational and electromagnetic forces. As the center of the black hole is constantly revolving around itself, this sheet (as it approaches ) will begin to be wrapped around it, before disappearing into the realm of the unknown at last. The verse continues: ”As We began the first creation, so shall We repeat it; a promise binding on Us; that We shall certainly fulfill ” ( Quran 21:105) Following the eventual collapse of the universe into a black hole, here we have the promise of a new beginning. God will recreate the universe, as He had done before. The collapsed universe will re-emerge from its darkness and the whole process of creation will start yet again This wrapping up and unfolding of the universe appears to be an ongoing phenomenon, according to the Holy Quran. (The Quran and Cosmology by Mirza Tahir Ahmad)

          22. Matrix Avatar

            Assuming that “Each and every particles of this universe is a creation and God Almighty ..”.
            The God of Hindu – has been called the “oldest religion” in the world, or perhaps Fravashi – Zoroastrianism, one of the world’s oldest religions, “combining a cosmogonic dualism and eschatological monotheism in a manner unique… among the major religions of the world.”
            Ascribed to the teachings of the Iranian Prophet Zarathustra, he exalted their deity of wisdom, Ahura Mazda, as its Supreme Being.
            Leading characteristics, such as messianism, heaven and hell, and free will influenced other religious systems, including Second Temple Judaism, Gnosticism, Christianity, and Islam.
            Zoroastrianism enters recorded history in the 5th-century BCE….

            Be so kind to help me choosing whose God Almighty it was in each and every particles of this universe creation.

          23. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            There is a detailed answer for you. Firstly ,the God of Israel, the God of the Hindus, the God of China and the God of Iran are not different. Nor is the God of Arabia and of Europe different. Nor is the God of the Mongols and the God of the Semites different. God is one, even as the law to which the world is subject is one law, and the system which links one part of it to another is one system. Science builds itself on the belief that all natural and mechanical changes are expressions of one law. The Question is if God is One, why should we have so many different religions ? If all Prophets were from One God, why did their teachings differ so much one from another ? Would God teach different things at different times ? Even ordinary mortals try to be consistent and teach the same thing at different times.

            The answer to this question is that when conditions remain the same, it would be absurd to issue different directions. But when conditions change, variation of teaching is of the essence of wisdom. In the time of the Prophet Adam (about six thousand years ago), it seems, human beings used to live together and they had enough sources to exchange information (like our this time ); and one teaching, therefore, was enough for them. Possibly even up to Noah’s time they continued to live in this way and later it seems as people had lost their sources of communication. According to the Bible, human tribes continued to live together up to Babylonian times. The influence of Noah’s teaching began to decline, as means of contact became very poor. A Prophet or Reformer in one country could not communicate his Message to other countries. It was but appropriate then that God should have sent a Prophet to each country, so that no country should be without His guidance. This made for division between religion and religion, because the human mind had not yet fully developed. As human intellect and understanding lacked the development to which they were to attain later, every country had a teaching sent to it appropriate to the level of development to which it had attained.

            For example people of Israel had their own Israel prophets in their areas to guide them. As in the revelation of prophet Moses (as) God Almighty addressed the twelve tribes of Israel only : ”And the LORD called unto Moses, and spoke unto him out of the tabernacle of the congregation, saying, (1:2) Speak unto the children of Israel, (Leviticus 1:1) These (are) the commandments, which the LORD commanded Moses for the children of Israel in mount Sinai.”(Leviticus 27:34)All prophets of the Bible who appeared after prophet Moses (as) were Israel and had addressed their own people of Israel.

            Prophet Jesus (as) also announced to be a prophet for people of Israel. In the Gospels : ” I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”.(Matthew 1 5 : 21-26) Jesus(as) had no claim of universal teachings except to maintain Mosaic law in its original form among the people of Israel. He says : ”Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets. I am not come to destroy but to fulfill.” (Matthew 5:17).

            The holy book of Hinduism Vedas also had addressed the people of their own area to reform them and they were kept reserve for a particular group. Among the followers of the Vedas, the reading of the Vedas had become so exclusive a prerogative of the high castes that Gotarna Rishi says : If a Sudra happens to hear the Vedas then it is the king’s duty to drop molten lead and wax into his ears;if a Sudra were to recite the Vedic Mantras the king should cut off his tongue and if he try to read the Vedas, the king should cut his body (Gotama Smrti : 12).Similarly Vedic prayers addressed to the sun, moon, fire, Indra, and even grass, seek the destruction of the non-Vedic dharmis.”Do not hold discourses with non-Vedic dharmis”(Gotamadharm Sut. v). Confucianism and Zoroastrianism also were national religions. They did not address their Messages to the whole world, nor did they try to teach on any large scale. Just as Hinduism regards India as God’s favored land, so does Confucianism regard China as God’s own kingdom.

            When the human race began to advance, and more and more countries began to be inhabited, and distances between them began to be annihilated, and means of communication began to improve, the human mind began to appreciate the need of a universal teaching, covering all the different situations of man. Through mutual contact men came to have insight into the fundamental oneness of the human race and the Oneness of their Creator and Guide. Then in the desert of Arabia, God sent His final Message to mankind through the Holy Prophet of Islam(sa). No wonder, this Message begins by praising God, the Lord of the worlds. It speaks of God to Whom all manner of praise is due, Who sends His sustenance to all peoples and all countries, and in an equitable measure.

            Before the revelation of the Quran, the guidance revealed through each prophet was designed to cater for the specific needs of the time and location; hence they were essentially temporary in nature. With the advancement and maturity of mankind God sent advanced and matured teachings suitable to their time. God Almighty has addressed mankind from the time of Adam and continued to address mankind through a number of messengers, to warn people that their happiness lay in worshiping Him and in submitting themselves to His Will, and to tell them of the terrible consequences of His disobedience. God’s guidance for human race commenced through Adam and reached the zenith through Prophet of Islam. As God declares in the book of Quran: “This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion.” ( Quran5:4)

          24. Rascal Avatar

            Ahhh poor religion, it is stuck in a rut. In every way it thinks, it has to find a way to make its god(s) work into its own relevance, thus limiting potential to think outside the box.
            The great thing about science is that it is ever changing, evolving. Its an idea, that turns into a theory, that turns into a fact which later gets reevaluated and rewritten as new facts and theories emerge.

          25. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            Spitting venom expertise

          26. Matrix Avatar

            This comment was deleted in the wrong post.
            As a conclusion, I can inform you of that the last sentence (“This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed my favor upon you and have chosen for you Islam as religion.”) is incorrect in my case.

          27. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            The fact is that the seed of truth, which was sown by other scriptures just as the green and verdant vegetation of a field promises abundant fruit in the coming days,in the same manner those scriptures gave good news of the coming of the perfect Law and the perfect Guide in religious matters. This seed finally attained perfection through the Holy Quran which brought with it the perfect bounty, distinguished right from wrong, and perfected all religious verities . There is no doubt that the Holy Quran alone has brought every aspect of the Divine law to perfection. This law consists of two major parts: the rights of God, and the rights of man. The Holy Quran’s mission was to transform savages into men, men into moral beings and moral beings into Godly ones,

          28. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Now you are doing the poetry and flowery language. It’s entertaining, but to relatively few. They don’t understand it. Impractical in every-day life unless there’s time to relax after food-gathering.

          29. Matrix Avatar

            Perhaps it is the Holy Quran for you, for me it is not.

            As far as I have witnessed, the Holy Quran transformed men into savages.

            In the society I live, the law consists all parts for a fair system, and can be adapted if needed.
            In my homeland God is not a part of the state, and everyone can worship their own religion, as long as it does not violate the state’s laws.

          30. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            Firstly,Islam is a religion for moral and spiritual progress and it should be judged in the light of its teaching (safe in the Quran)instead in the mirror of the activities of some ignorant people who,no doubt, born in the homes of Muslims but personally have no knowledge of Islam.

            The prophet hood of Prophet of Islam(saw) is mentioned by God Almighty :”We have sent to you a messenger from among you, who recites Our verses /signs to you, and purifies you, and teaches you the Book and wisdom, and teaches you that which you knew not.” (Quran2:152). Islam is such a blessed and God-indicating religion that if a person follows it truly and acts upon the teachings, guidance and admonitions contained in the Holy Word of God Almighty, the Holy Quran, he would behold God in this very life. Its teachings seeks to reform the natural conditions of man and to raise him step by step to higher spiritual levels. In the first place God desires to teach man the elementary rules of behavior and culture and thus to change him from the wild condition of animals, and then to bestow upon him elementary moral conditions which can be described as culture or civilization. Then He trains him and raises him from the elementary moral conditions to a high moral stage. The third stage is that man should be devoted to winning the true love and pleasure of his Creator.

            Secondly , Islam is just a religion like other religions and offers its followers a complete code of life that is guidance in all those aspects of life that, directly or indirectly, belong to moral and spiritual progress of humankind. As it is more concerns to moral and spiritual conditions of people, therefore prefers to improve their behavior and actions in all spheres of life to get righteousness than to suggest a worldly system.

            Islam, in the light of Quran, does not suggests a particular political system to follow but shows a flexible attitude towards different political systems of rule like tribalism, feudalism, liberal democracy or monarchy etc. and offers a freedom to its followers to select any political system that is suitable and acceptable to their circumstances and traditions. However,the fundamental principles of ruling, suggested by the Quran, are very close to the basic rules of democratic system. A sign of true believers of Islam is mentioned: ”whose affairs are settled by mutual consultation.” (Quran 42:38) This practice to make decision in the matter of government through mutual consultation reminds us the first part of the definition of democracy: ” government of the people”. The second part in the definition of democracy is ”a government that is by the people.” and Quran says about it: ”Allah commands you to make over the trusts to those who best fitted to discharge them”. (Quran 4:59) This verse of the Quran not only promotes the notion that the members of a government should be selected by people but also advises something more about their selection and that is to select the best one among the people who have real ability to fulfill the responsibly.

          31. Matrix Avatar

            Are you done, or there is more coming……

          32. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Lebanon has yet to find one it seems … health minister is close, but overwhelmed.

          33. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Dark Matter and White Matter. The Black and White of it. The Sunni/Shia clothing needs. The Yin/Yang of life elements. Male/Female of species. Keys on the piano, major and minor.
            Since we ‘understand’ now that everything will be ‘recycled’, by one or more on a continuous ‘creation’ of gasses, or a final huge Black Hole which swallows all the others, t

          34. Rascal Avatar

            The the Eternal Creator is also responsible for string theory among the galaxy clusters.

          35. 5thDrawer Avatar

            ‘Dark Matter’ holding everything together? ;-))

          36. Rascal Avatar

          37. Hind Abyad Avatar
            Hind Abyad

            You have the same old testament then as the Jews till Genesis, then it stops?.

          38. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            It states in the Quran: (Al-Hajj, 22:48) ‘A day in the sight of God is like a thousand years according to your reckoning.’ Since the days are seven, we infer from this verse that this world is also meant to last seven thousand years, counting from the particular Adam whose descendants we are.

            The Holy Quran tells us that God is the Eternal Creator Who, if He so wills, may destroy the heaven and earth billions of times and create them anew just as before. God has informed us that the present human race originated from Adam, our common ancestor who came after the previous ‘races’, and this human race has an age of seven thousand years, and that these seven thousand years are to God just as seven days are to man. It has been decreed by the Divine law that every ‘race’ has a life span of seven thousand years, and it is to highlight this fact that the seven days have been ordained for man. Thus, the time ordained for the children of Adam is seven thousand years, five of which had already passed by the time of our Holy Prophet (sa), as shown by the numerical value of the words of Surah Al-‘Asr. By now six thousand years of this era have gone and a thousand years remain. (Lecture Lahore by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad)

          39. 5thDrawer Avatar

            I said 3000 to Moses … You added Adam to Moses at 4000 … I deducted 1000 for various unknowns of history … et voila, 6000. 🙂
            It’s not exact science, but what is about the subject?

          40. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            According to holy scriptures we are passing through seventh millennium. (This time of Millennium is actually accounted by Lunar calendar) Seventh millennium had started from middle of eighteenth century (1850 CE). This subject has been explained by Mirza Ghulam Ahmad in his writings: ”The present human race originated from Adam, our common ancestor who came after the previous ‘races’, and this human race has an age of seven thousand years, and that these seven thousand years are to God just as seven days are to man. It has been decreed by the Divine law that every ‘race’ has a life span of seven thousand years, and it is to highlight this fact that the seven days have been ordained for man. By now six thousand years of this era have gone and a thousand years remain.

            The scriptures of all the Prophets (as) show that from Adam to the end, God has ordained the age of the world to be seven thousand years, with a thousand year periods both for light and for darkness. In other words,there is a period for righteousness to prevail and a period in which evil and misguidance reign supreme. According to Divine scriptures, the seven millenniums have been further divided as follows: First millennium: for the spread of guidance and virtue. Second millennium: for dominance of Satan. Third millennium: for the spread of guidance and virtue. (this was the millennium in which Prophet Moses appeared) Fourth millennium: for the dominance of Satan. Fifth millennium: for the spread of virtue (this was the millennium in which Prophet of Islam appeared for the reformation of mankind). Sixth millennium: for the release and dominance of Satan (this millennium extends from 900 CE to 1850 CE). Seventh millennium: for the supremacy of God and His Messiah, spread of virtue and faith and righteousness, establishment of the Unity of God and Divine worship, and dominance of every virtue.

          41. Matrix Avatar

            Who cares about the translation of the verse in the Quran……

          42. SparklingMoon, Avatar

            The wrong translation of the verse above in the picture was misguiding (not only for Jews and Christians but also for sincere Muslims). It was important to present the right translation of the verse to bring the followers of different faiths together.

          43. Matrix Avatar

            Whatever you say….. Cheers!

          44. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Nice … in Theory.

      2. Rascal Avatar

        Britain needs a few more gun-toting patriots. Grow some balls for fvck sake, and remove this trash, it is embarrassing to all the civilized people in the world.
        Anjem Choudary leads a group of non-productive psycopaths. Just look at Rasputin behind Anjen. They need to get off the fvcking welfare systems and go out and get a job. Ungrateful bas*ards.

        1. Hind Abyad Avatar
          Hind Abyad

          Cameron need to Grow some balls, he has greedy balls. Get out of Arab counties.
          Britain, France with Zionist Sarkozy destroyed Libya. Rasclown
          Bush destroyed Iraq, West created ISIS, West destroying Syria.

          1. 5thDrawer Avatar

            Hohohohoho … Cameron looks really comfortable with the guns ‘protecting’ him. :-)))
            They all love to be in the ‘selfies’ these days, don’t they? The 10 minutes of fame. :-))

        2. SparklingMoon, Avatar

          Muslims should be loyal to their living countries wholeheartedly. One cannot enumerate the comforts which the Muslims (live in European countries) have under these European Governments. These governments guards their citizens. They live under the protection of benign and peaceful governments, which have shown no trace of religious prejudice.A Muslim can perform his religious obligations, including hajj [Pilgrimage],the zakat [obligatory charity] and salat [Prayers]. These even-handed governments remain un-involved in these matters, unless a person violates the law of their land and engages in rebellion. Muslims respond to the government’s tolerance and benevolence by wrongfully propagating against them and killing the innocent and authorities who are engaged night and day in serving the country justly.

          1. Rascal Avatar

            Now if we can get you to stand up and speak very loud to muslim populations world wide and see what type of reception you get and if they understand how muslims should behave. It is highly likely you will be labeled as anti-muslim or misunderstanding Islam. There are so many different interpretations and all claim to be authorities on Islam with the final word. I would say good luck to you if you survive.

            PS, what would you say to losers like Anjem Choudary that are abusing the system and making decent people look bad. I would pay to watch that debate.

  2. Rascal Avatar

    The west can be equal opportunity, much more than can be said for most (all) middle east countries. The brain dead turds that spout Islamic venom from free countries are the largest form of hypocrites. They use the very freedom of speech in their vain attempt to remove such freedoms. If a country is a body, Islamic radical are that bodies cancer that aims to destroy all that made that body great.

    1. Hind Abyad Avatar
      Hind Abyad

      Th West create the cancer, destroy Arab countries an steal their oil.

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