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Qiba Awal-First Qiblah / Hassan Abbas Rizvi
By:abdalaziz ariff / indiana
Date: Saturday, 3 June 2017, 2:29 am

QXP
2:139 Say (to the People of the Book), 'Do you argue with us concerning God? But He is
our Lord as well as your Lord. We are responsible for our deeds and you are
responsible for your deeds. And to Him alone we are devoted.' [The criterion
of honor in the Sight of God is character, and not race, color, nationality,
religion or genealogy. Some people think that God is only interested in the
Children of Israel when He is the Lord of all humanity. And some think that
God begot a son and sacrificed him to forgive their sins. But the Law of
Requital – as you sow so shall you reap - is always operative. Hence, there
is no such thing as 'Original Sin'. Every human being is born with a clean
slate and is accountable only for one's own actions. 1:1, 2:111, 2:123, 2:135,
2:211, 17:70, 49:13, 53:38-39, 114:1]

2:140 And you claim that Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, and the Tribal Israelite Prophets
were 'Jews' or 'Christians'! Say, 'Do you know better than God?' Ah, who
could be more unjust than those who conceal the testimony they have from
God? But God is not unaware of what you do. [Amazingly, the Qur'an is
alluding to a historical fact that was unanimously accepted from research done
centuries later! Scholars of the Bible know that the concept of 'Jewry' came
into being long after the Patriarchs and after Moses. Likewise, the term and
the doctrine of 'Christianity' were unknown during the life of Jesus]

2:141 They were a community that has passed on. Theirs is what they earned, and yours
is what you earn. And you will not be asked about what they did.

2:142 Those of little understanding among people say, 'What has turned them from the
Qiblah they (Jews) used to follow? Say, 'Unto God belongs the East and the
West. He guides to the straight path whoever wills (to be guided).' [Qiblah
= Center of devotion = Symbol of uniform Ideology = Center for the unity
of mankind = Deen = System of Life. The Children of Israel have considered
Jerusalem as their Center of devotion but the Jews always believed in a tribal
god and, hence, a tribal center. But God is the Lord of all humanity. He
makes no distinction between Jews and Gentiles. And the Qur'an invites
all mankind to become one community. His Final Message is not confined
to a particular tribe, nation or group of people. Ka'bah, the first House of
Monotheism, was erected by Abraham in Makkah. It has always been the
Qiblah for all humanity. 2:213, 3:96, 4:170, 6:91-92, 7:158, 10:19, 12:104,
21:107, 22:49, 34:28, 38:87, 57:25, 114:1]

2:143 Thus We have made you a Middle Community that you might be witnesses over all
mankind and the Messenger a witness over yourselves. We have appointed
the Qiblah that you have always been used to (O Messenger) in order to
distinguish him who follows the Messenger, from him who turns about on
his heels. Indeed, it has been difficult except for those guided by God. God
would never let your faith go vain. God is Compassionate and Merciful to
mankind. [Ummah = Community = A Community based on Divine Ideology.
'Middle Community' = Equidistant to all nations. 'Turns about on his heels'
= Goes back to his old ways. 2:142, 4:88, 29:25]

2:144 We have seen your eagerness (O Messenger), therefore, We will certainly make
you control and administer the Qiblah that is dear to you (for its Sublime
Objective). Keep your purpose focused on the Masjid of Security. Wherever
you believers are, keep your purpose focused on the objective (of unity of
mankind). Those who have been given the Scripture before know that this
(Revelation) is the Truth from their Lord. God is not unaware of what they
do. [The verse is not commanding people to turn their faces. See 2:177.
Wajh = Face = Countenance = Whole being = Purpose. Qiblah = Ka'bah
= Direction = Center of devotion = Masjid of Security = Source of peace
and security for all humanity = Symbol of a Uniform Ideology = Symbol of
pure Monotheism = Center of the unity of mankind. Ka'bah has been the
Center of devotion for all humanity ever since it was erected by Prophets
Abraham and Ishmael. 2:142, 2:213, 3:96, 4:170, 6:91-92, 7:158, 10:19,
12:104, 21:107, 22:49, 34:28, 38:87, 57:25, 114:1]

2:145 Even if you were to place all evidence together before the People of the Book, they
would not follow your Qiblah. Neither may you follow their Qiblah, nor will
they follow each other's Qiblah. If you followed their errant views after the
knowledge has come to you, you will be among the misdirected. [Qiblah =
Direction = Focal Point = It is the tangible but symbolic structure for unity of
mankind. People honor the temples of their choice. They will recognize the
Ka'bah as their own Qiblah when evolution of human civilization brings them
to the right conclusion. 2:158, 3:97, 4:170, 6:84-91, 22:23-28. Zaalimeen =
Oppressors = Those who hurt themselves or others = Who displace something
from its rightful place = Who relegate the truth = Violators of human rights
= Commonly translated as wrongdoers]

2:146 Those to whom We gave the Scripture before, recognize this (Revelation) as they
recognize their own children but some of them (their scholars) conceal the
truth, and they very well know it. [The advent of Prophet Muhammad from
the Ishmaelite descendants of Abraham has been foretold in the Bible. Genesis
21:13-18. Gospel of John 14:16, 15:26, 16:7. See QXP 2:125. Historically,
the Gospel of Saint Barnabas, which was accepted and widely read
in churches, has the name 'Muhammad' in it. But Pope Gelasius found the
Arabic name distasteful and banned that Gospel in 496 CE. The Italian translation
of Barnabas was discovered in Vienna, Austria in the 16th century]

2:147 This (Qur'an) is the Truth from your Lord, so never be of those who waver.__

Late Hasan Abbas Rizvi - Qiblah Awal pdf [ Urdu ] worth reading

http://ebooks.rahnuma.org/religion/

please go to religion / Islam and download the book -109 pages.

In the above book the learned scholar talks about and explain

[1] Exchange of letters with Late Dr. Israr Ahmed MD
[2] Debunks the theory of Qiblatain
[3] Throws a challenge ref: verse 2:142, that people say that the Exalted Messenger was told to change the Qiblah from Jerusalem to Ka’ bah. He is asking to show from Quran , where and when the exalted Messenger was told to change the Qiblah from Ka’ bah to Jerusalem.