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Re: Salat, Tasbih, Birds, and Other (jawaid ahmed
By:jawaid ahmed,uk
Date: Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:48 pm

Thank you for your post.

Every verse has a better interpretation; read in context what Dr Shabbir has written and the rituals become humanity enhancing values and proper acts.
It is long but see how every verses in context speak about following the Quran, doing right, forbidding wrong, letting the wrongdoers reap the painful results of their wrong acts whilst the true followers will have no fear if they remain close to the rope of Allah. No physical ritual brings us closer to Allah except the mind enhancing, physical opening up, reading ritual of learning from and going what the Quran says:

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, and all of you believers, wherever you are, keep your purpose focused toward it. 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, as usually misunderstood. See 2:177. Wajh = Face = Countenance = Whole being = Purpose. Qiblah = Direction = Center of devotion = Masjid of Security = Source of peace and security for all humanity = The Symbol of a uniform Ideology = Symbol of pure Monotheism = Source 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 (in these verses) together before the People of the Book, they would not follow your Qiblah, and neither may you follow their Qiblah, nor will they even 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 = Those who choose to do wrong = Who displace something from its rightful place = Who relegate the truth = Violators of human rights = Misdirected = Those who prefer to live in the darkness of ignorance = Commonly translated as wrongdoers]
2:146 Those to whom We gave the scripture before, recognize this (revelation) as they recognize their own children but, most certainly, some of them (their scholars) conceal the truth which they themselves know.
[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, had ‘Muhammad’ in the exact Arabic form. But Pope Gelasius banned that Gospel in 496 CE for finding the Arabic name distasteful. It was only in the 16th century when the Italian translation of Barnabas was discovered in Vienna, Austria]
2:147 This (Qur’an) is the truth from your Lord, so never be of those who waver.
2:148 (Mere rituals carry no importance.) Each one has a goal toward which he turns. Then strive together toward all that is good. Wherever you may be and whatever stand you take, God will bring you all together. Indeed, God is Able to do all things.
[Innallaha ‘ala kulli shayin Qadeer = God is Able to do all things = He is the All Powerful Appointer of His laws = He has assigned due proportion for all things and events. 2:177, 57:20, 83:19-28, 102:1-2. Shayi = Thing = Derived meaning, event. The real objective for you is to compete with one another in human welfare and develop your innate capacities. God will bring you together under the banner of One Ideology, and ultimately gather all of you on the Day of Resurrection]
2:149 From wherever you start forth (whichever way you proceed, and whatever you are preoccupied with), keep yourself focused on the Masjid-il-Haraam (the Sacred Masjid, the Ultimate Center for the unity of all mankind.) This is the truth from your Lord. God is not unaware of what you do (with your life).
2:150 Again, regardless of wherever you are and whichever way you are proceeding, you must keep yourself focused on the Masjid-il-Haraam (the Center for all humanity). If you abide by (this command) it will leave no grounds for people to dispute against you except the unjust fault-finders among them. Do not be intimidated by them, but stand in awe of Me so that I may perfect My grace upon you, and that you may be rightly guided.
[2:6, 5:2-3. The blessed results of Unity in diversity will become a living witness to their objections]

2:237 And if unexpected circumstances lead you to divorce women before you have intimately touched them, but after the marital gift has been fixed, give them half the amount unless they volunteer to forgo it. If the move for divorce originates purely from you, let her have the whole portion. If you men forgo it, it is closer to righteousness. O People! Never forget kindness among yourselves. This command is from God Whose Law of Requital ever monitors your actions and the motives behind them.
2:238 Guard your duties pertaining to the family life (221-237) and the central duty of remaining vigilant in obeying Divine commands. [‘Salaat-il-wusta’ is not ‘Asr]
2:239 Whether fear threatens you from without, or you are strolling, riding, relaxing in peace, remember God as He has taught you (the right and wrong) what you did not know. [3:3, 3:190-191, 4:103]
2:240 Men must testify in a written, legal will that, after their death, their widows will receive one year’s maintenance without their being obliged to leave the house. But, if they leave on their own accord, there is nothing wrong in letting them do whatever they wish to do with their own lives in a lawful manner. God is Almighty, the Wise (and He grants this permission).

3:110 (Since you have been empowered by the Qur’an), you are the best suited Community that has been raised up for the good of mankind. You shall enjoin the Right and discourage the Wrong, since you have conviction in God. Now if the People of the Scripture had attained this kind of belief, it would have been for their own good. Some of them do embrace belief while most of them continue to drift away.
[The believers accept the Qur’an as the Criterion of right and wrong (3:4). It educates people on the Permanent Moral Value System and distinguishes clearly what the otherwise vague terms of ‘right’ and ‘wrong’, and ‘good’ and ‘evil’ would mean]
3:111 But they will do you no harm except for a trifling inconvenience. And if they fight against you, they will turn their backs to you and then, they will find no helpers.
3:112 Humiliation will be branded on them wherever they might be, unless they grasp a bond with God and a bond with humanity. They have earned God's condemnation, and are committed to an abject state of misery. This is because they have been rejecting God's messages and have been opposing the Prophets, even slaying some of them against all right. All this, because they disobeyed, rebelled, and exceeded the bounds of what is right.
3:113 They are not all alike. Among the People of the Scripture there are those who take a firm stand for the right cause, reflect on the revelations of God all night long and submit in adoration.
3:114 They have conviction in God and the Last Day. They advocate virtue by example, and forbid all vice by example. They race with one another in acts of collective good. It is they who enrich the society, increase human potential and these are among the righteous. [Saaliheen embraces all three meanings given in the last sentence]
3:115 Of the good they do, nothing will be rejected from them. God is Aware of those who live a life upright.
[Muttaqeen = Those who walk on a secure path = Those who seek to journey through life in security = The observant = Those who live upright. See Taqwa 2:41]
3:116 Indeed, those who reject the truth and thus choose to live in the darkness of ignorance, neither their wealth nor their children will avail them in the least against (the inevitable consequences of violating the laws of) God. They are the dwellers of the fire, abiding therein.
[Reward and punishment are built-in as the logical consequence of actions e.g. disuse of muscles causes them to atrophy. God does not punish people like human tyrants, out of rage or vengeance 3:182, 4:111, 20:15, 7:147, 27:90]

4:140 He has already revealed to you in the Book that, when you hear the revelations of God being rejected and ridiculed, sit not with them unless they engage in some other conversation. Otherwise you will bear similar guilt as they bear. God will gather hypocrites and rejecters together, all of them, into Hell. [4:63, 6:68]
4:141 (The hypocrites adopt the opportunistic attitude.) They watch you and wait. If victory comes to you from God, they say, “Were we not with you?” And if the rejecters get a portion of success, they say, “Did we not side with you and protect you from the believers?” God will judge between you all on the Day of Resurrection. God will not give the rejecters (of the Qur’an) any way of success against the true believers.
4:142 The hypocrites seek to deceive God, but it is God’s law that such people deceive themselves. When they stand up for prayers, they do so reluctantly and only to be seen by people, and rarely do they think of God. [2:69]
4:143 They waver in between, belonging neither to this group, nor to that group. Anyone whom God lets go astray, you will not find a way to guide him. [Laws of guidance 4:88]
4:144 O You who have chosen to be graced with belief! Do not take the rejecters for your allies instead of the believers. Do you wish to provide a clear proof to God against yourselves?
4:145 The hypocrites will abide in the lowest pit of the fire and you will

15:91 Those who (cause division and sectarianism) dismember the Qur’an.
15:92 Therefore, by your Lord, We will call all of them to account.
15:93 For whatever they have done!
15:94 So, proclaim openly all that you have been commanded and disregard those who bring forth ‘authorities’ parallel to Him.
15:95 Surely, We shall suffice you against all who deride this message.
15:96 And those who set up another god besides God, soon they will come to know.
15:97 And We know well that your heart is distressed by what they say.
15:98 But strive to manifest the glory of your Lord that the Giver of such Magnificent guidance is worthy of all praise. Be among those who humbly adore Him. [Saajid = One who adores God = He who prostrates = One who sincerely submits to God = The truly devoted]
15:99 Serve your Lord so that you may have conviction in the forthcoming success.
15:91 Those who (cause division and sectarianism) dismember the Qur’an.
15:92 Therefore, by your Lord, We will call all of them to account.
15:93 For whatever they have done!
15:94 So, proclaim openly all that you have been commanded and disregard those who bring forth ‘authorities’ parallel to Him.
15:95 Surely, We shall suffice you against all who deride this message.
15:96 And those who set up another god besides God, soon they will come to know.
15:97 And We know well that your heart is distressed by what they say.
15:98 But strive to manifest the glory of your Lord that the Giver of such Magnificent guidance is worthy of all praise. Be among those who humbly adore Him. [Saajid = One who adores God = He who prostrates = One who sincerely submits to God = The truly devoted]
15:99 Serve your Lord so that you may have conviction in the forthcoming success.

20:1 T.H. Ta-Ha! (O Ideal Prophet!)
20:2 We have not bestowed upon you this Qur’an to cause you any hardship.
20:3 But, only as a Reminder to those who fear (faltering in their journey of life).
[Khashiyyah = Fearing = Being in awe = Being awestruck. Compare with Taqwa meaning journeying through life in security. This verse is commonly translated ending with ‘those who fear (God)’. See Preface for Taqwa]
20:4 A revelation from Him Who has created the earth and the glorious heavens.
20:5 The Beneficent, established on the Throne of Almightiness. [He maintains Supreme Control over all that He has created]
20:6 Unto Him belongs all that is in the heavens, all that is on the earth, all that is between them and all that is beneath the soil. [All things in the Universe follow His laws]
20:7 And if you speak aloud, then He knows the secret thoughts, as well as what is yet more hidden.
20:8 God! There is no god but He. To Him belongs the Most Beautiful Names. [His alone are the attributes of perfection]
20:9 Has there come to you the history of Moses?
20:10 When he saw a fire (in the desert), he said to his family, "Wait! I perceive a fire. Perhaps I can bring you a burning torch from there or find some direction at the fire.” [27:7, 28:29]
20:11 When Moses reached the fire, a voice called out, “O Moses!
[This is the story of the days when Moses had reached the converging point of the stream of the conceptual knowledge of intellect, and the stream of the extrinsic knowledge of the Divine revelation. 18:65]
20:12 I am your Lord! Take off your sandals. Surely, you are in the sacred valley of Tuwa.” [Your quest for the truth is over. So lighten the burdens of your search. Now you are in the ‘Sacred Valley of revelation’]
20:13 I have chosen you, so listen to what is being revealed.
20:14 Surely, I, I alone am God, there is no god but Me. Therefore, serve Me alone, and establish the Divine Order in the land for My remembrance.
20:15 Most certainly, the revolution is coming. I have almost kept it hidden. (Through this revolution) every person will get fair compensation of his endeavor.
[This will end the hegemony of Pharaoh and his people. As-Saa’ah frequently denotes the Hour or the Day of Resurrection. But it also means a great revolution. The context of the verses here can only mean revolution]

29:45 (O Prophet) convey to people all that is revealed to you of the Book, and establish the Divine System. Establishment of the Divine System will shut off lewdness, stinginess, and bad conduct. This is so, because God’s law is the Greatest law that can give you eminence. And God knows whatever you people contrive on your own. [21:10, 21:24, 23:70, 43:43-44, 70:21-27. Fahasha includes miserliness, and Munkar is all behavior that goes against Permanent Values given in the Qur’an]
29:46 (The Divine System will be the Living truth in itself, so) argue not with the People of the Scripture except in a most kind manner. Tell those who adamantly relegate the truth, “We believe in what has been bestowed upon us, as well as (the truth in) what has been bestowed upon you. For, our God and your God is One, and to Him we surrender.”
[2:79, 2:101, 3:78, 5:48. Zulm = To relegate the truth = Displace something from its rightful place = Oppression = Violation of human rights = Wrongdoing]
29:47 And thus it is! We have bestowed this Book upon you (O Prophet). And many of those whom We gave the previous scriptures will come to believe in it (5:48). Also, many of your people will believe in it. And none could knowingly reject Our messages except such as would preemptively reject an obvious truth.

48:28 He is the One Who has sent His Messenger with Enlightenment and the Religion of truth that He may cause it to prevail over all other systems of life. God is Sufficient as Witness (to this Pronouncement). [9:31-33, 13:31,14:48, 18:48, 41:53, 48:28, 51:20-21, 61:9]
48:29 Muhammad is God’s Messenger. And those who are with him are stern towards the deniers, and compassionate among themselves. You can see them bowing, adoring (Him), as they seek God’s bounty and acceptance. Their signs (of belief) are on their faces, the effects of adoration. Such is their likeness in the Torah and their likeness in the Gospel. They are like a seed that brings forth its shoot, and then He strengthens it, so that it grows stout, and then stands firm on its stem, delighting those who have sown it. As a result it enrages the deniers at them. And God promises forgiveness and an immense reward to those who attain belief and do acts of beneficence.
[The very first sentence in this verse says, Muhammad-ur-Rasoolullah (Muhammad is God’s Messenger.) Recently, some factions that try to belittle the exalted Prophet, have been falsely claiming that this utterance is ascribed in the Qur’an only to the hypocrites in verse 63:1. How can they miss 48:29? Athar-is-sujood is frequently mistranslated as the physical mark on the forehead resulting from regular prostration. But Wajh = Countenance = Whole being = Face, and not forehead. In addition, the verses of the Bible that the Qur’an is referring to, make no mention of any physical marks on the foreheads or faces. Sujood = Adoration = Prostrations = Complete submission. ‘Signs on their faces’ = Reflection of faith in the believer’s mannerism. Torah and Gospel: Numbers 16:22. Mark 4: 27-28 - Mathew 13

50:32 This is what you were promised. It is for everyone who turned to God and protected himself from straying. [Awwab = One who turns = Turns to God = One who repents and then walks the right path. Hafeez = Guard = Trustworthy = Responsible]
50:33 And who fears (violating the laws of) the Beneficent even in privacy, and comes with a humble heart. [Muneeb = Oft returning = Repentant = Devoted = Humble]
50:34 Enter this Paradise in peace and security! This is a Day of Eternal Life.
50:35 There they have all they desire, and therein is yet more with Us.
50:36 (This is the Law of Requital in operation.) And how many a generation We annihilated before them, of greater might than theirs! But, then they wandered on the face of the earth asking, “Is there a place of refuge?”
50:37 Therein is a Reminder for him who has a heart and listens with presence of mind.
[50:21. ‘Aw’ = Or = That is = So that = As it is = And so. Heart has frequently been used in the Qur’an in the sense of mind. But, in general, heart points to qualities such as courage, sensitivity, determination, character. Nafs is the term for mind, ‘self’, personality, Ego. Shaheed = Witness = In presence]
50:38 And (who believes that) for sure, We created the heavens and earth, and all that is between them, in six stages, and weariness did not even touch Us. [Six Stages or Eras: 7:54, 10:3, 11:7, 25:59, 50:38, 57:4, 41:10]
50:39 So, bear with patience whatever they say. And strive to establish the glory and praise of your Lord, from before sunrise to before sunset.
[Sabbih bihamd is usually translated as the ritualistic, ‘praise the Lord’, ‘celebrate His praise’, ‘hymn His praises’. But Sabbih means ‘strive hard’, and it has nothing to do with Tasbeeh of rosary beads]
50:40 And during part of the night too, strive to manifest His glory, and adore Him with constancy. [52:49, 73:20]
50:41 And the day is coming when a caller will call from close-by. [The enemy will approach you for war]

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jawaid ahmed,uk -- Saturday, 8 July 2017, 2:48 pm
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