Saturday, April 30, 2011

Lottery, forbidden in Submission (Islam)

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

Over half of Americans buy a lottery ticket or gamble at some time during the year. Common sense tells most people they are unlikely to win. Yet, notwithstanding reason, people wish to become extremely fortunate and "get rich quick" with their current gamble.

God prohibits gambling (2:219, 5:90-91) and tells us there is no shortcut to success. Human beings have to work hard to redeem themselves (90:4).

Further, riches here are fleeting (76:27). The truly fortunate ones in God's system are those who attain paradise (11:108).

[Quran 90:4] We created the human being to work hard (to redeem himself).*

[Quran 11:108] As for the fortunate ones, they will be in Paradise. Eternally they abide therein, for as long as the heavens and the earth endure, in accordance with the will of your Lord--an everlasting reward.

God willing, a righteous nation will enjoin people from unproductive economic  decisions such as the lottery and gambling. And help them focus on the growth of their souls.

A good article on the subject of what the Quran says about national policy is: What Price Great nation


Friday, April 29, 2011

As you sow, so shall you reap?

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Las Vegas is known for promoting all kinds of sins and vices in their community, notably gambling. The Quran strongly condemns gambling and intoxicants (ref: Drugs and Alcohol in Islam), calling them the abominations of the devil (5:90).

In an interesting correlation, Dr. Matt Wray a Professor at Temple University, has found that the city of Las Vegas has the highest suicide rate in the USA (featured at:  Clearly, the choices people make, affect their happiness.

Intoxicants and Gambling Prohibited
[Quran 5:90] O you who believe, intoxicants, and gambling, and the altars of idols, and the games of chance are abominations of the devil; you shall avoid them, that you may succeed.

Murder, Suicide, and Illicit Gains Prohibited
[Quran 4:29] O you who believe, do not consume each others' properties illicitly? only mutually acceptable transactions are permitted. You shall not kill yourselves. GOD is Merciful towards you.

Intoxicants and Gambling  Prohibited*
[Quran 2:219] They ask you about intoxicants and gambling: say, "In them there is a gross sin, and some benefits for the people. But their sinfulness far outweighs their benefit." They also ask you what to give to charity: say, "The excess." GOD thus clarifies the revelations for you, that you may reflect,
   *2:219 The world now recognizes that the economic benefits from manufacturing alcoholic beverages and illicit drugs are not worth the traffic fatalities, brain damage to children of alcoholic mothers, family crises, and other disastrous consequences. Check with "Alcoholics Anonymous" and "Gamblers Anonymous" for more information. See also 5:90-91.


Thursday, April 28, 2011

Submission (Islam), a Universal Religion

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

The joke goes, Heaven must be empty--since every religion is busy condemning the rest of the world to Hell. So, who's left to make it to  Heaven?

According to the Quran (2:62, 5:69), anyone who fulfills the following 3 criteria: (1) belief in God, (2) belief in the Hereafter, (3) leading a righteous life.

Surely, those who believe, those who are Jewish, the Christians, and the converts; anyone who
(1) believes in GOD, and
(2) believes in the Last Day, and
(3) leads a righteous life,
will receive their recompense from their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.
             [Quran 2:62, 5:69]

Logically, if you don't believe in God or Heaven, you don't care about making it there. And if you believe (paying more than lip-service), you will do your best to lead a righteous life. Thus the Quranic criteria are both logical and inclusive. All praise be to God. He is the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful.

If you've felt this way all along, you may already be a submitter to God.

In the future, God willing, more on Heaven and Hell.

Death, what does Submission (Islam) say about it?

 In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

Death is a great mystery to most people. Not so for the students of the Quran. We learn that death is exactly like sleeping; complete with dreams (6:60, 40:46). The period between death and resurrection passes like one night of sleep (2:259; 6:60; 10:45; 16:21; 18:11, 19, 25; 30:55).

[Quran 6:60] He is the One who puts you to death during the night, and knows even the smallest of your actions during the day. He resurrects you every morning, until your life span is fulfilled, then to Him is your ultimate return. He will then inform you of everything you had done.

Further, we learn from Quran: The Righteous do not really die, they go straight to Heaven. What great news (2:25)!

The Righteous Go Straight to Paradise*
[Quran 36:26-27] (At the time of his death) he was told, "Enter Paradise." He said, "Oh, I wish my people knew. That my Lord has forgiven me, and made me honorable."
*36:26 The righteous do not really die; they simply move on to the same Paradise where Adam & Eve lived. They join the prophets, saints, and martyrs in an active and utopian life.

Death, a Quranic perspective.

Uprooting Terror

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Peace be upon you,

“Islamic” terror continues to be propagated by so-called “muslim scholars”. Ironically the scholars claim to follow Prophet Muhammad.  Nothing can be further from the truth. God revealed the Quran through Muhammad to eradicate the era of unjust aggression and ignorance.The same scholars will tell you that in his life, Muhammad did not fight wars of aggression, instead he only fought in self-defense (Quran 2:190-193). Ironic, isn't it? In their quest for power, the mullahs have it all wrong. They would do well to reflect on what the Quran clearly teaches.

[Quran 10:57]  O people, enlightenment has come to you herein from your Lord, and healing for anything that troubles your hearts, and guidance, and mercy for the believers.

[Quran 7:28] They commit a gross sin, then say, "We found our parents doing this, and GOD has commanded us to do it." Say, "GOD never advocates sin. Are you saying about GOD what you do not know?"

[Quran 2:190] You may fight in the cause of GOD against those who attack you, but do not aggress. GOD does not love the aggressors.
*2:190 All fighting is regulated by the basic rule in 60:8-9. Fighting is allowed strictly in self-defense, while aggression and oppression are strongly condemned throughout the Quran.

Read the full article on uprooting fundamental Islamic terror.

Peace and Welcome!

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

God willing, this blog will contain posts on Submission to God (Islam, in Arabic). May God guide us to say and do the things that please Him.


[Quran 94:7-8] Whenever possible you shall strive. Seeking only your Lord.