Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Hundreds Of American Muslims Protest At State Capitol

A contentious proposal that would authorize the governor and attorney general to decide whether an entity is a terrorist organization has drawn hundreds of Muslims and other opponents to the legislative office complex at the Tennessee Capitol.
The measure sponsored by Republican Speaker Pro Tempore Judd Matheny of Tullahoma was before theHouse Judiciary Committee on Tuesday and the companion bill was to be heard later in the day by the same committee in the Senate.
The original proposal sought to make it a felony to follow some versions of the Islamic code known as Shariah, but the measure was later amended to strip out any reference to a specific religion.
Opponents watched the committee hearing in overflow rooms of the Legislative Plaza. They are concerned some organizations may be unfairly targeted, particularly Muslims.

READ MORE: http://www.wsmv.com/news/27673113/detail.html

Monday, April 25, 2011

Muslims, Christians, Jews, and People of Faith Could Be Punished For Their "Beliefs" In Tennessee

Could you, one day in the near future, be subject to arrest in Tennessee simply because the faith you were born into and believe in contains principles that state officials disagree with?

The answer, sadly, is yes — if legislators and the governor approve Senate Bill 1028/House Bill 1353, formerly known as the “anti-Shariah law bill’’ and newly worded to quash concerns over its potential to stir up discrimination against Muslims in Tennessee.

The rewording did not work. This bill, now presented as an anti-terrorism measure, manages through its broadened vagueness to demonize not only Muslims — its prime target — but any group because of its
ideology, even if its conduct is exemplary and its members break no laws.

Under pressure, Sen. Bill Ketron’s and Rep. Judd Matheny’s bill has been refashioned to remove pages and pages of reference to the evils of Shariah law, which is based in Islam but is not known to be practiced
anywhere in Tennessee. What they did not remove was the ability of the governor and state attorney general to designate a group as a domestic or foreign terrorist organization based on its thoughts and not its deeds.

 In their attempt to remove the proposed law’s conflict with the First Amendment, the Republican legislators seem to have forgotten about the Fourth Amendment protections against unreasonable search and seizure and the Fifth Amendment guarantee of a fair trial and due process. Incidentally, they still have First Amendment
problems, too, in terms of religious freedom and the right to peaceably assemble.

Still Ketron and Matheny will tell you that the law now mirrors federal statute on designating groups as providing “material support’’ to terrorists.

As the American Civil Liberties Union has pointed out, with the federal law in place, why add a redundant state law? Even if you interpret the federal law to refer to foreign groups only, empowering the governor and
attorney general to determine who is a domestic terrorist not only exceeds the expertise of those offices, it undermines the work of law enforcement agencies that do have the expertise.

 The bill’s sponsors are suggesting that this is what is needed to prevent another 9/11 attack. In the wake of heated dispute over plans to expand an Islamic center in Rutherford County, it is unfolding more like
a witchhunt. Opponents of the Islamic center have tried to portray the purpose of the expansion as a training center for terrorism — an allegation for which there is absolutely no basis in fact.

If more of a connection is needed, consider that the author of the original version of Ketron’s and Matheny’s bill is David Yerushalmi, an Arizona attorney who heads an organization, the Society of Americans
for National Existence, that is considered a hate group by the Anti-Defamation League. Yerushalmi is closely linked to Frank Gaffney, head of a Washington think-tank who has been a key witness for plaintiffs
trying to block the Rutherford County mosque.

In any case, why wouldn’t the Tennessee legislators draft their own bill, perhaps with the help of their own legal advisers, instead of signing their name to a proposal written by an out-of-state activist? That is a
question that more Tennesseans should be asking of Ketron and Matheny. Also, ask them this: After their proposed law is used to antagonize and ostracize every Muslim who is a good citizen of the state of
Tennessee, who will be next? (This is the key, just imagine if your even an American Christian, however the Christian sect in power of the right wing could ban your beliefs, just like in the Council of Nicea, the same way the Romans made Christianity exclusively Roman Catholic.)

READ MORE: http://www.tennessean.com/article/20110424/OPINION/304240034/Retooled-bill-still-promotes-fear

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Easter: Jesus & Islam

Jesus saves! About this, Muslims and Christians agree.

This past weekend, many Christians and non-Christians observed Easter. To Christians, Easter is a remembrance of the resurrection of Jesus Christ (peace be upon him) after his execution by crucifixion. The most commonly held date for the execution is Friday, April 7, 30 CE, which would put the date associated with his resurrection as April 9. But, even the four gospels in the New Testament do not agree entirely on the events of the crucifixion and resurrection and their timings, with the Gospel of John account differing significantly from the other three in many respects.

The date of Easter observance was set by the Council of Nicaea in 325 CE as the first Sunday after the first Paschal full moon after March 20. March 20 was the date of the Spring Equinox in 325 CE. Orthodox Christians modify this rule slightly compared to other Christians by using the Julian instead of the Gregorian calendar, and using the Nicaea calculation only if the date comes after Passover (14 Nisan on the Jewish calendar). The date of Jesus's execution is believed to have occurred after Passover, which Christians consider as a symbol of the blood sacrifice of Jesus. Passover is the observance of an event mentioned in Exodus, when God visited plagues on Egypt, including the killing of firstborn sons. Hebrew followers of Moses (peace be upon him) who marked their doorsteps with lamb's blood were passed-over for this plague.

There are a few opinions about the origin of the term "Easter", most of which address ancient pagan religious observances. Easter is said to come from the name of the goddess of fertility Ishtar/Eostre/Austron. Many modern Easter practices – both secular and religious – such as eating hot cross buns, the symbols of rabbits and eggs, Easter lilies, sunrise services, and Easter candles, all have origins in the worship of Ishtar in the season of the Spring Equinox. Ishtar is said to be the Queen Semiramis, the wife of Nimrud, great-grandson of Prophet Noah (peace be upon him).

Nimrud – whose name means "the rebel", according to the Bible and legend from many other sources, was a disbelieving powerful tyrant, head of an occult mystery religion, and found of many great but corrupt cities like Babel and Nineveh. When he died, his wife deified him as the Sun-God later known by such names as Baal and Molech. She later had an illegitimate son, Tammuz, whom she claimed was the resurrected Nimrud supernaturally conceived.

Since pagans associated this resurrection story with the Ishtar festivals around the Spring Equinox, and Spring is the season in which the execution and resurrection of Jesus (as) are believed to have occurred, the two resurrection observances became the modern Easter.

Easter is largely considered the most important observance on the Christian calendar today, because it is associated with the belief in Jesus's role as savior. Generally speaking, Christians believe that no human being can live a good enough life to warrant entry into God's presence in heaven. Further, God is Just, so every sin must be paid for or punished. In order that humans have access to Heaven and aren't all doomed to Hell by their sinful natures, through His Mercy, God wills and accepts the death of Jesus, the only sinless person ever to live (a proof of his divine nature), as payment for the sins of all those, and only those, who believe and acknowledge this "Gospel Truth". Therefore, they celebrate his rising as the completion and acceptance by God of this sacrifice, and thus as the guarantee of their after-lives in Heaven rather than Hell.

While Christians generally cite the divinity of Jesus as key to the way he saves, Muslims consider deification of Jesus as an obstacle to knowing God and His true salvation good news. Muslims, like Christians, regard Jesus as a savior, but not through a redemptive sacrifice. Islam rejects a few essential notions in the Christian salvation concept:

1. In Islamic canon, all prophets, and not just Jesus, lived sinless lives, and this trait is an indication of a messenger or guide of God, but not of divinity. The purpose of all these messengers and guides is to demonstrate and teach how to live a good life via example and delivery of God's guidance.

2. God can forgive sins by simply doing so, and has not chosen to constrict His forgiveness to the method of a blood sacrifice of a sinless or divine person. Salvation is in essence a meeting between a human's approaching God by trying to live a sinless and ideal life according to God's guidance, and the Love and Mercy of God turning to His Creation with forgiveness. No one is guaranteed salvation by claiming a certain set of beliefs, but people's actions, beliefs and intentions will all be weighed with both Justice and Mercy.

3. According to the Qur'an and other Islamic sources, Jesus was not crucified and did not die for anyone's sins. He has not died yet, and was raised alive and will return.

On these latter points of being raised alive and returning, as well as many other awesome aspects of Jesus' nature, such as virgin birth and performance of miracles, Muslims and Christians tend to agree. Thus, the primary differences between Muslims and Christians about the historical Jesus are only his divinity and his death – but these differences contribute to considerably different conclusions about salvation.

Christians claim Jesus as their savior, and Muslims do too. In that sense, Muslims are Christians. But in the same sense, Muslims could also be called Ibrahimians, Musaians, Nuhians, and even the politically incorrect Muhammadans. Muslims claim all the sinless prophets and guides as saviors, through their deliverance of God's message to mankind, as well as perhaps through intercession. Therefore, applying the name of any one of them alone is incomplete as a reference to Muslims. The universal message that all the prophets delivered and which instructs mankind about knowing and approaching God, distinguishing truth from falsehood, and distinguishing right from wrong actions, is what Muslims consider as the "Gospel" that Jesus delivered and that saves.

The Qur'an makes examples of Jesus and other prophets extensively. We learn and apply the teachings from all of them and not Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him and his progeny) alone. We are not limited to the Bible or Qur'an for knowing and following Jesus. Shia hadith collections are another source on Jesus worthy of study for Muslims and Christians alike. Some of the sayings in Shia sources attributed to or about Jesus are also contained in the Gospels of the Christians, while others may be only from the Ahlul Bayt (peace be upon them). Hajj Muhammad Legenhausen, a contributor to Islamic Insights, translated the most comprehensive collection available in English, Jesus through the Qur'an and Shi'ite Narrations. In the Easter season, Muslims and Christians can expand their understandings of Jesus and better apply his universal message by delving into more than just the Qur'an or the New Testament for his teachings.

READ MORE: http://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/religion/islam-jesus-and-easter.html

Saturday, April 23, 2011

St. George: half Turkish, half Palestinian and Patron Saint of England

“St George is an ecumenical saint. He is not just for one nation; he is patron saint of many, making him pretty universal. One main reason for Muslims revering him over time is that he was martyred for refusing to give divine honours to idols, and as such is delivered up as a staunch monotheist". Read More: http://dontbesadblog.wordpress.com/2008/04/23/st-george-half-turkish-half-palestinian-and-patron-saint-of-england/

Global Hijab Awareness: My Hijab Story by Sana Jaffrey

Thursday, April 21, 2011

A chilling account of the brutal clampdown sweeping Bahrain

Mahmoud, a Shia who lives near Bahrain's capital tells how Saudi soldiers wage a campaign of sectarian violence:

They managed to catch two people, aged no more than 30, and were beating them up badly, swearing at them all the time and cursing the Shia clerics, saying: "Where is al-Khomeini now? Where is al-Sistani, you Shia dogs?" They took them away. I managed to take a photograph of the blood on the floor after the beating and there was so much. I am sure the man must have died.

READ MORE: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/apr/16/bahrain-eyewitness-riot-police

Who or What is a Wahabi ?

"In the last few years the term 'Wahabi' has become infamous among
the Muslims, however, there is very little understanding among the
general Muslim populace as to the exact meaning of this term

Some say that there is no such thing as a 'Wahabi' it is only a
myth. Others say that a 'Wahabi' is a person believes in Allah's

attribute of Al-Wahhab. Yet others say that to call someone a
'Wahabi' is an insult. So what is the mystery surrounding this
term 'Wahabi' ?

As to those who say that there is no such thing as a Wahabi, they
are either misinformed or lack knowledge on the subject. That
leaves us with the other two possibilities as mentioned above.
A Mullah in a local mosque in South London gave a lengthy Jum'a
Khutba on the term Wahabi. The Mullah was called a Wahabi by a
worshipper and the Mullah decided to clear his name. The Mullah
argued, that, yes he was a Wahabi because he believed in the
attribute of Allah, Al-Wahhab.

It was an excellent attempt by this Mullah to clear his name and
hide the facts. Ask yourself, why did a worshipper at the mosque
call this Mullah a 'Wahabi', the worshippers could have used any
of Allah's other famous 99 attributes, why call the Mullah a
'Wahabi'? And if the Mullah believes that he is a Wahabi on
account of his belief in the attribute of Allah Al-Wahhab, then why
make such a song and dance about clearing his name as a 'Wahabi'?

In short, the Mullah was offended when the worshipper called him a
Wahabi, this clearly indicates that there is more to this term
'Wahabi' then meets the eye.
So, we are left with the third possibility which indicates that
there is something sinister about the term 'Wahabi'. And to accuse
someone of being a 'Wahabi' is an insulting remark, but why?
We shall now clearly define the term 'Wahabi' and how it came

1. A 'Wahabi' is a person who follows the teachings of a Mohammed
Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi. Just as we call people who follow the
Madhab of Imam Abu Hanifa(RA), Hanafi. Wahabis are not called
'Wahabis' because they believe in Allah's attribute Al-Wahhab, all
Muslims believe in Allah's attribute Al-Wahhab.

2. Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi was born in 1699 and died in
1792. Before he appeared, there was no such term as 'Wahabi'.

3. Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi rebelled against the Akida of
Ahle Sunna Wa Jama'a and established his own Wahabi School of
thought. He took as his mentor Ibn Taimiyya (b1263/d1328), who also
had rebelled against the Akida of Ahle Sunna Wa Jama'a and
established his own school of thought.

4. Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi was spoon feed and supported by
the British Government who were looking for rebellious people like
Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi to destroy the Islamic Caliphate
from within its self. (Read the 'Confessions of a British spy' for
a detailed account of Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi's partnership
with the British).

5. Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi was despised by his father and
brother, who were both learned ulama of the Ahle Sunna Wa Jama'a.
Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi's brother, Sheikh Suleman, refuted
Wahabism in his book 'As-sawa'iq al-ilahiyya fi'r-raddi'ala

6. Mohammed Ibn Abdul Wahhab Najdi declared the Ahle Sunna Wa
Jama'a as 'Kafirs'. He passed a ruling that it was lawful to kill
men, women and children belonging to the Ahle Sunna Wa Jama'a. In
fact, it is recorded in the books of history, that, the Wahabis
killed over 100,000 thousand Muslim men and enslaved the women and

7. Wahabis came into power by torturing and killing Muslims. They
finally took Mecca with the help of the British in 1924 and
bombarded the Shrine of the Holy Prophet(Sallalahu alayhi wa
sallam) in Medina. But it was in 1931 that they finally took
Medina. And in 1932 the Wahabis founded the state of Saudi Arabia.

These, then are the beliefs and atrocities that the Wahabis
committed not too far in history but they have managed to cover
their tracks successfully with 'Petro-Dollars', by buying the weak
Iman of some corrupt scholars who also became Wahabis.
So, the Mullah in the Mosque gave a totally misconstrued definition
of a 'Wahabi'. He was in reality offended when the worshipper
called him a Wahabi, because the Mullah knew full well what the
worshipper meant when he called him a Wahabi. The worshipper
clearly knew the account of the Wahabi history of murder and
disrespect towards the Prophet(Sallalahu alayhi wa sallam).
Our Mullah belongs to the Deobandi school of thought and this is
what one of the founding fathers of the Deobandi/Tableeghi movement
had to say about the Wahabis.

"Mohammed Ibne Abdul Wahhab is known as a Wahabi. His beliefs were excellent."

(Fatawa-e-Rashidia, Book 1,pp/111 by Rashid Ahmed Gangoi).
Now when the founding father of the Deobandi/Tableeghi school of
thought praises the Wahabi beliefs, then surely he also condones
the slaughter and rape of the Muslims by these very Wahabis. He
also condones the Bombing of the Holy Shrine of the
Prophet(Sallalahu alayhi wa sallam). Then, we the Sunni Muslims,
would like to know, why the Deobandis/ Tableeghis object on being
called Wahabis, when their own leader has praised the Wahabis for their 'excellent beliefs'?

We seriously urge the unsuspecting Muslim populace to rethink their
views and study the recent Islamic history in respect of the
Wahabi/Deobandi/ Tableeghi movements which all stand for the same cause but under different names.

It will be seen that these three notorious movements are bent on defaming the Holy Prophet(Sallalahu alayhi wa sallam) and destroying Islam from the inside. These three movements are the products of British Conspiracies and nothing else.

For too long the Sunni Muslims have been sitting idle, while the Wahabi/Deobandi/Tableeghi movements have brain washed our Sunni brothers & sisters. They have destroyed the very fabric of our pure beliefs and polluted our Mosques with their twisted beliefs. These people never debate with the learned scholars of the Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat, fearing the lose of face should their congregations hear of their defeat. They always run away making an excuse of not wanting to make fitna, when in reality they are the fitna makers who have divided the Muslim communities everywhere."

Monday, April 18, 2011

"Planet of The Apes" OC Republican Sent Offensive Obama Email

LOS ANGELES – A Southern California Republican Party official was under fire Saturday after allegations she sent an email that included an altered photo depicting President Barack Obama as an ape.
An e-mail reportedly sent by party central committee member Marilyn Davenport shows an image, posed like a family portrait, of chimpanzee parents and child, with Obama's face artificially superimposed on the child. Text beneath the photo reads, "Now you know why no birth certificate."
Davenport, when reached by The Associated Press, said she would provide a written statement with her response, but several hours later she had not issued one.
The alternative newspaper OC Weekly first reported the story, and was told by Davenport that the e-mail was "just an Internet joke." She also asked the Weekly, "You're not going to make a big deal about this are you?"
Republican Party of Orange County Chairman Scott Baugh told The Associated Press on Saturday that he wants an ethics investigation into the incident.
"It's just highly inappropriate, it's a despicable message, it drips with racism and I think she should step down from the committee," said Baugh.
Baugh said it could be several days before it's known whether the ethics committee will agree to investigate Davenport.
At the very least, Baugh said, Davenport should be apologizing for what she's done rather than attacking whoever leaked the email to media, referring to an email Davenport sent after the story broke calling on "the coward" who leaked the email to come forward.
Davenport, a tea party activist, represents the 72nd Assembly District in Orange County on the central committee.
She represents Brea, Placentia, Fullerton and portions of other Orange County cities to the county committee tasked with fundraising, campaigning and debating policy for the Republican Party.

The Qur'an Burning Pastor's Crocodile Tears

"This bit of self-delusion deserves extra scrutiny because it captures a strain of extremism we’ve been increasingly seeing: radical action as a reluctant obligation, an expression of fidelity to deeper principles. The fact that Jones is invoking the courts—when his show-trial stunt took place in a near-empty church and the "convicted criminal" is a book—is one sign of the psychosis at work. Bad craziness takes great pains to present itself as misunderstood patriotism these days. Playing the victim card will not be far behind. 

The fact that Jones’ greatest enablers in terms of getting his message out included the Taliban is also illuminating—extremists encourage each other, they fuel the cycle of incitement and serve as powerful recruiting tools. Islamist radicals want their followers to believe that Jones’ actions are indicative of all Americans, and the Terry Joneses of the world see the murders as evidence of Islam’s inherent violence—hate, ignorance and intolerance begets more of the same. Good people of all faiths and nationalities can get caught in the crossfire between the extremes."

READ MORE: http://www.thedailybeast.com/blogs-and-stories/2011-04-02/koran-burning-pastor-how-his-stunt-could-harm-the-us/?fb_ref=article&fb_source=profile_oneline

Interfaith Solidarity: Community Announcement

The interfaith community will come together to affirm our unity as residents of southeast Michigan in supporting the inalienable freedom to practice religious beliefs in peace and without persecution.

To those who would draw lines of hate to divide us we will respond that it is in fact our diversity that strengthens and unites us as Americans.

In answer to those who would come to our community to promote religious bigotry through misinformation and fear our interfaith community will respond with the universal message embraced among all of our faith traditions;

“…want for your neighbor what you would have for yourself.”

Interfaith Events events for April 21 and 22:

Event page; http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155418484521286

THURSDAY April 21st Inter Faith Program at the Islamic Center of America 4 PM to 7 PM:

Catholic Archbishop Allen Vigneron, Episcopal Bishop Wendell Gibbs along with Christian, Jewish and Muslim Clergy leaders will hold a peaceful event of community unity.

The program starting at 4PM will include statements from Interfaith Leaders followed by a “Silent Witness” outside the Islamic Center of America (weather permitting) with our combined communities encircling the Mosque to symbolize the embracing of the American values and freedoms instilled in our Constitution.

Everyone present will be invited back into the Islamic Center to continue the program with an opportunity to hear Public Officials, Clergy and Community Leaders present statements and to participate in the signing of a Petition Affirming Community Unity. Faith leaders and officials are encouraged to arrive early to participate in the event.

FRIDAY April 22nd:

10:30AM -Press Conference by Interfaith Clergy will be held at the Islamic Center of America starting at 10:30AM.
1:30PM - Congregational Prayers will be held at the Islamic Center of America starting at 1:30PM.
4:30PM- 7:00PM -The Interfaith Community is advising those who support our unified stand against intolerance and bigotry to go the Dearborn Civic Center at Michigan Ave. and Greenfield Road for a rally from 4PM to 7PM.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE: Please remember that Friday April 22nd is Good Friday and considered one of the holiest days for the Christian Faith Tradition.

The Islamic Center of America has four neighbor Churches that will hold services both Friday and Thursday evenings. So as not to interfere or disrupt any of the congregations’ ability to access their churches, parking restrictions in around adjacent lots will be strictly enforced.

PLEASE NOTE: Police will not allow blocking of streets or any parking in any undesignated areas in and around the location including adjacent roads or parking lots. Please also remember the Southfield Freeway has only one lane open.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Controversy: France Bans The Niqab

As much as I believe that the Niqab is not an Islamic practice for all Muslims and it has it's roots in Persian and Arab Pre-Islamic culture, everybody should be free to dress how they like.  Islamically, a Muslim Woman must have her face and hands uncovered.  This is related to the fact that you can not pray, unless your face and hands are bare.  This video goes into more detail in regards to the Niqab Controversy:

Overall, the ban of the Niqab in France is obviously an Anti-Islamic agenda, because the Niqab now is being replaced by Medical face masks by the women who are now banned from wearing their traditional outfits. Hence, they have failed at stopping the idea of the Niqab and instead created more animosity towards Muslims in general. But like all other Islamophobic acts that have taken place, it only makes people more curious about Islam and usually tends to lead to more reverts/converts to Islam. The French President, similar to his GOP counterparts here, is trying to garner right wing votes for himself by hating on Muslims.

In regards to the Islamically mandated Hijab, which is the headscarf and modesty of both Muslim men and women, here is a great video:

Ironically, Pre-Islamic wear of these areas (Islamic World) look pretty similar, especially the face veil was worn by Persian Zoroastrian Men and Women in order to keep the holy elements from contamination. Most Persian men and especially Priests of the Zoroastrian Temples would put face veils to keep their breath from contaminating the purity of the eternal fires of the temple. Coincidentally, many Arabs and other subject peoples of the Persian Empire adopted the face veil as well once they started to practice the Zoroastrian faith. You can see many pictures of Persian Zoroastrian Warriors wearing masks and veils on their faces both made of cloth or even chain mail in order to preserve the purity of the elements.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Iran, Turkey, & The Future of America...

This is a great video that tallks about the new natural progression in the relationship of Iran, Turkey, and America in relation to the world's changing economic situation.  The new emerging "Islamic Federation" or EU type Union may be the thing that saves America's economic woes.  Considering that we are competing with China, India, and the EU for resources and markets, the Islamic world that stretches from Morocco to Xinkiang would be a great trade partner.  However, the Germany and France of this new emerging "IU" is Iran and Turkey.  How we are able to deal with these to specific countries may make or break our future:

In a related story, I ran across on CNN, it talks about the religious aspects of the democracy in the Islamic World:

Could fundamentalist Christians help Mideast politics?

By John Blake, CNN
(CNN) - As protesters battle repressive regimes in the Middle East, some commentators fear that the collapse of these regimes could pave the way for radical Islamic groups to take power.
But anyone who believes that democracy and religious fundamentalism cannot co-exist has not been paying attention to how fundamentalist Christians have strengthened American democracy, Jonathan Zimmerman, a history professor at New York University says in a provocative recent  Christian Science Monitor article.
Zimmerman writes that Americans don’t have to look at Muslim countries like Turkey to see how fervent religious parties can be peacefully integrated into a democracy:
We need only look in the mirror. Over the past four decades, fundamentalist Christians have surged into United States politics. And, in the process, they have enriched - not constricted - our democracy.
Zimmerman says the Christian Right employed virtues normally associated with liberals - reason, tolerance and mutual respect - when they decided to enter the political arena about 40 years ago.  (Many scholars would say that true fundamentalists make up a small subset of the Christian Right, but Zimmerman uses the terms interchangeably.)
I can hear you scoffing. These are the same people who want to ban abortion, gay marriage and stem-cell research. What’s liberal about that?
Zimmerman says fundamentalist Christians are tolerant when it comes to tactics. They avoid heavy-handed religious appeals, believing those turn off ordinary people. They mix their religious claims with appeals to reason.
He cites a book called “The Democratic Virtues of the Christian Right” to back up his point. Jon Shields, the book’s author, spent years examining anti-abortion activists at rallies and discovered they didn’t rely on explicitly Christian appeals  to argue their causes, emphasizing reason instead, Zimmerman says.
So anti-pornography organizers indict the industry’s degradation of women; opponents of gay marriage say it harms children; campaigners against gambling stress its addictive qualities, and anti-abortion activists argue that the procedure harms mothers as well as the unborn.
Zimmerman says there are Christian Right groups like Operation Rescue, which blocked abortion clinics around the country, that were explicitly religious. But he says they “alienated most members of the Christian Right.”
And what does this have to do with the uprisings in the Middle East? Zimmerman asks:
Will conservative Islamic parties like the Muslim Brotherhood follow the example of our own right-wing Christians, accommodating democratic practice in order to press their case? Or will they resort to violence and terrorism?
He ends by saying:
Let’s lay to rest the unfair caricature of the Christian Right, which has generally played by the rules of democracy. And let’s hope that the Middle East’s own religious conservatives will do the same.

SOURCE: http://religion.blogs.cnn.com/2011/04/16/hfr-how-fundamentalist-christians-could-shape-mideast-politics/?hpt=C2 

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

National Geographic: Don't Tell My Mother I'm In Iran

This is probably the best documentary series I have seen in a long time about life in Iran:

Bahrain: Humanitarian Plight

The question to ask the mainstream media is why is this humanitarian plight, revolution, sectarian cleansing and oppression not covered?  The plight of Bahraini citizens is very sad.  We as Americans need to help these people against the despotic government of Bahrain and Saudi Arabia who are not democracies, but rather un-American and un-Islamic Absolute Monarchies:

Where is George Clooney, Prad Pitt, Sean Penn, and other actors to go check out the genocide of Bahrainis?  Why don't we put sanctions on Saudi Arabia, a country that has occupied Bahrain and crushed it's citizens?  Considering that 15 of 19 of the 9/11 hijackers were of Saudi origin, we should see why the Saudis sponsor so many groups that are hostile to the United States.  What happens when all the oil is gone and Saudi Wahabi Jihadists want to wreak havoc all over the place?  The time to address this issue is now and we as Americans can not sit back and wait for these atrocities to take place.  Write your congressman and senator and tell them how you feel about this issue.  Contact the media and tell them that you would like to see coverage of this humanitarian plight in Bahrain.

 I think the most telling part of the racism being shown the Arab Shia portion of the protestors/revolutionaries (because they are both Sunni and Shia that are resisting the government of Bahrain) by the Bahraini Government and Saudi Occupiers is how they are calling the Arab Shias "Majus" meaning they are Persian Zoroastrians as if that is a bad thing. Obviously Shias are Muslims, however Zoroastrianism is the ancient faith of Persia founded by the Prophet Zoroaster who is also considered an Islamic prophet in the line of 124,000 prophets who taught monothiesm before the Prophet Moses.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Jon Stewart Spoofs Glenn Beck's Fox Departure

Jon Stewart is a master at expressing what everybody is feeling, and this video says it better than anybody else in regards to the "Conservative Libertarian" conspiracy theories coming from Beck and the reason for his departure:

Monday, April 11, 2011

Insurance Fraud: Erie Insurance & It's Policy Holders

My Subaru was hit in broad daylight from behind by a Jeep in a rear end collision due to a one armed speeding man in a 10mph zone at my apartments.  The guy by the name of Scott Hamilton apologized for hitting my car (admitting to guilt) yesterday and then today his insurance company is telling me that he has a conflicting report and that in WV the person pulling out is responsible.  However, that is not the case here where the damage on my car is on the rear and corner of the right side.  Now, he and his insurance may not know that I contacted the Police, FBI, my Insurance, and my apartment complex in regards to this accident. 

So, they are trying to engage in insurance fraud while they can, especially if I am just another "outsider" they can manipulate.  See, the problem in WV is that not all people are kind and friendly; there are a lot of people; due to the ignorance, poverty, and discrimination; who do things to harm you.

Reminds me of all the people here who call Pizza shops and then don't pay for the pizza when the guy goes to deliver it and threaten him if he does not give them free food! (Information I got from a pizza shop owner) With poverty, ignorance and discrimination comes a plethora of problems, this is why it's important to have free healthcare and education in America.

There is an actual Police report on this accident because I called the Police after the guy was giving me minimal information in regards to his insurance.  He had not given me his policy number and had put his mom's name on the note paper.  I had to call him back multiple times to get all the necessary information from him.  I would not be surprised if he lost his arm in an accident due to a similar situation where he was speeding, considering that he likes to use a radar detector as well while driving with one arm! 

Some warning signs in regards to insurance companies are that if they are small firms in Parkersburg, WV with the adjuster ending the message with "have a blessed day" (typical of people who are fanatical about their race or faith), you know you are dealing with people who may be biased towards names such as mine who sound foreign compared to the guy who hit me.  Currently I am working on getting my apartment to send out a mass message to gather all witnesses to the incident that happened in broad daylight.  My wife was a witness, but of course his insurance would not accept her testimony.    Fortunately I do have pictures of the incident and the damages to the cars.  Let's see how this situation proceeds! 

I will be posting pictures of this guy's Jeep so that nobody else will be hurt by these minority despising fundamentalist Insurance Fraud con artists.  If this situation is not resolved and Erie Insurance listens to the lies of Scott Hamilton, then the next step is to have my lawyers sue both Scott Hamilton and Erie Insurance for Insurance Fraud.  

UPDATE: As expected Erie Insurance (Kristy Lynn Williams who ends her phone calls with "Have a blessed day", which apparently is only if you are one of their policy holders who engages in insurance fraud) has denied the claim.  Virtually turning this accident into a hit and run.  At this point, legal action against both this flimsy insurance company and it's policy holder would be called for in addition to any reviews and news reports on this insurance fraud.   

Saturday, April 9, 2011

My Great Grandfather "The Brave Sultan"

My Great Grandfather "The Brave Sultan"
(Shoja Sultan)
In order to preserve my family heritage as an Iranian-American Muslim, I think it is necessary for me to give credit to my ancestor who made it possible for me to be here.  His given name was Khan (Lord) Khalil Darvish of Mazandaran (Tabaristan), however he was better known as "Shoja Sultan" or "Brave Sultan" In the service of the Shah of Iran (Persia).  He commanded Persian Imperial troops during the Persian-Russian Wars of the early 1900's. His regiment consisted of 50 personal body guards (made up of mostly Muslims and Christians from Persian, Turkoman, Kurdish and Armenian stock who were mostly horsemen using muskets and sabres) and up to 10,000 Imperial Iranian levy troops. He received his title of "Shoja Sultan", which means "Brave Sultan", from the Shah of Iran because he had put down rebellions by northern Iranian cities (along the Caspian Sea) that were defecting towards the Communist Russians (Soviets). More specifically, his heroics were recorded for taking back an Iranian city that had fallen to the Soviets without using the Imperial levy that could not reach there in time and were needed elsewhere. Instead, taking initiative he took his 50 bodyguard and assaulted the city by placing one soldier on every major street to shoot in the air at a given time to make it appear that the city was surrounded by the Shah's Imperial levy (10,000 troops). Then he took his 5 elite personal body guards and proceeded to enter the Mayor's Mansion. The City Mayor refused to surrender and said in Persian "why don't you enter my rectum" (very vulger in Persian). Then my Great Grandfather proceeded to pull out his pistol and shot him where he had unknowingly requested with his own tongue. Then the city was his and the rest history...

Sadly, it is said that he met his demise at the hands of the very King he served.  Recalling family legend, it was said that the Shah's sychophants had found "The Brave Sultan" to be a liability to the throne due to his prowess in battle, politics, skills, and intelligence.  He had many alliances with both the Northern and Southern Persian lords (Khans).  They thought that he may eventually take the throne from the Shah himself.  Interestingly the two were from the same province and knew each other well.

The way he was "assassinated" relates to a family story in regards to when he was invited by the Shah to attend a gathering at the Palace, which he of course being a loyal Khan under the Shah, did not refuse.  Once he attended, it is said that his tea had been poisoned and later when he was rushed to the hospital, he was injected with an air syringe to finish him off.  As is the game of politics, one day the person who won back all the Persian lands from the invading Soviets and was given the title of "Brave Sultan" by the Shah himself, was later killed for the same purpose for being "too strong" and "too brave" and a threat to the very crown who titled him.  Some say that the Shah had knowledge of this action, others say he did not.  God knows best.

Noble and honorary titles in Persia (Iran)

Shoja Sultan with his Bodyguard & Cook
In imperial Persia, Khan (female form Khanum) was the title of a nobleman, higher than Beg (or bey) and usually used after the given name. At the Qajar court, precedence for those not belonging to the dynasty was mainly structured in eight classes, each being granted an honorary rank title, the fourth of which was Khan, or in this context synonymously Amir, granted to commanders of armed forces, provincial tribal leaders; in descending order, they thus ranked below Nawab (for princes), Shakhs-i-Awwal and Janab (both for high officials), but above 'Ali Jah Muqarrab, 'Ali Jah, 'Ali Sha'an (these three for lower military ranks and civil servants) and finally 'Ali Qadir (masters of guilds, etc.)

The titles Khan (the lowest commonly awarded) and Khan Bahadur (Altaic root baghatur, related to the Mongolic baatar 'brave, hero'; but in India meaning simply 'one class higher') were also bestowed in feudal India by the Great mughal (whose protocol was largely Persian-inspired) upon Muslims and Parsis, and later by the British Raj, as an honor akin to the ranks of nobility, often for loyalty to the crown. Khan Sahib was another title of honour, one degree higher than Khan, conferred on Muslims and Parsis; again like Khan Bahadur, it was also awarded with a decoration during British rule.

In the major South Asian Muslim state of Hyderabad, Khan was the lowest of the aristocratic titles bestowed by the ruling Nizam upon Muslim retainers, ranking under Khan Bahadur, Nawab (homonymous with a high Muslim ruler's title), Jang, Daula, Mulk, Umara, Jah. The equivalent for the courts Hindu retainers was Rai.

In Swat, a Pakistani Frontier State, it was the title of the secular elite, who, together with the Mullahs (Muslim clerics), proceeded to elect a new Amir-i-Shariyat in 1914.

It seems unclear whether the series of titles known from the Bengal sultanate, including Khan, Khan ul Muazzam, Khan-ul-Azam, Khan-ul-Azam-ul-Muazzam etc. and Khaqan, Khaqan-ul-Muazzam, Khaqan-ul-Azam, Khaqan-ul-Azam-ul-Muazzam etc., are merely honorific or perhaps relate to a military hierarchy.

Iran History from 1900-1978

Shoja Sultan was also a part of the Constitutionalist Movement of Iran: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Persian_Constitutional_Revolution

Ref: Wikipedia

Islam & Christianity: Side by Side Comparison of Similarities and Differences

SOURCE: www.revertmuslims.com 

I n t r o d u c t i o n

We ought to view all monotheistic religions (religions which enjoin belief in one God) in the spirit in which St. Peter viewed them when he said, "Of a truth I perceive that God is no respecter of persons, but in every nation he that feareth Him and worketh righteousness is accepted with Him." [Acts10:34,35]

The same is the spirit of the oft-repeated definition of "Muslims" in the Qur'an: "Those who believe and work righteousness" (al-lazina amanu wa amalu-s-salehat) [Qur'an 2:25, 2:62, 2:25 etc.]. And "Trust in the Lord and do good," as the Psalms say. [Psalms 37:3]

It is essential that any discussion of Islam as a monolithic religion must begin with its very fundamental concept of unity of God (Tawhid). In this context, it is also important to note that the creed of Islam is very simple. To become a Muslim, one has only to declare in sincerity, and preferably in the presence of a person already professing Islam, "I testify that there is none worthy of worship (god) but God, and that Muhammad is the Prophet of God". The first part of the Muslim creed is a dialectically rigorous rejection of polytheism in favour of monotheism. It underlies the pivotal Muslim doctrine of divine unity (Tawhid), and has historical antecedents in both Judaism and Christianity.

The first part of the creed presupposes a cosmology that includes an invisible as well as a visible world. Underlying the cosmology of this first part of the creed, which is universalistic and acknowledged by all monotheistic faiths, is a concept of prophesy which is particularized and, by demanding recognition of Muhammad as God's Prophet becomes unacceptable to non-Muslims. None of the teachings of prophets who preceded Muhammad are denied. From Adam and Abraham to Solomon and Jesus, the Biblical and even extra-Biblical prophets are affirmed, many of their actions and utterances being lauded in the pages of the Qur'an. For this reason Muslims do not subscribe to the Jewish view which according to Jewish tradition asserts that prophecy ceased about 400 B.C. so that there could be no new scriptures after that time.
Christians maintain, on the contrary, that prophecy continued and that the writings that eventually became the New Testament were also divinely inspired. But since Muslims maintain and believe that Muhammad is also the last prophet, the revelations communicated through him supersede, even as they mark the culmination of all earlier SCRIPTURES. The authority of both, Jewish and Christian scriptures is subordinated to the content of Muslim revelation, and the former serve as a theological, not merely a chronological, preamble to Islam.
It is a well known fact that there is no trace today of the scrolls of Abraham. We are also aware of the sad story of the Torah of Moses and how it was destroyed by Pagans several times. The same fate befell the Psalter. As for Jesus, he had not had the time to compile or dictate what he preached. It was his disciples and their successors who gleaned his utterances and transmitted them to posterity in a number of recensions [a critical revision of the text], of which at least 70 recensions of the Gospels are known, and with the exception of four, all are declared by the Church to be apocryphal.

For such reasons, both the Torah and the Gospels are regarded as corrupted (Arabic termTahrif, which means altering the words or misrepresenting the meaning) in their present form.Consequently, in these earlier revelations, whatever disagrees with the Qur'an is abrogated by the Qur'an.

Our presentation of some remarkable points of similarities and differences (set out in chart-form below) is meant to demonstrate and illustrate (as examples of practical application) how this principle of abrogation permeates not only the whole spectrum of Islamic teachings based on the Qur'an and the Traditions of Prophet Muhammad in general, but also underlies the whole Islamic legal system (Shar'iah and Fiqh)It is because of such application of this principle of abrogation that the Qur'an retells many stories found in the Hebrew Bible and the New Testament. No doubt the majority of Muslims, therefore, acquire their knowledge of the Bible solely from the Qur'an. Nevertheless, many Muslims have studied and several novelized lives of Jesus have been published in the twentieth century, especially in Egypt.
The Muslim position on this issue is twofold:

a) that the injil [Arabic for 'Bible'] like the Qur'an, was a real Scripture -- the original Word of God, sent down from the heavens and transmitted to the human Messenger (Prophet) Jesus on earth, through the medium of the celestial messenger (the angel Gabriel), as the highest form of infallible divine inspiration called wahy in Arabic.  Christians have lost their injil, whereas Muslims have managed to meticulously preserve every word of their Qur'an in its original purity.
God is transcendent and beyond all the physical perceptions of man and also above all the limitations and bounds of language. The Scriptures have been revealed to the Prophets in different languages and at different times according to the needs and circumstances of those times. The phenomenon of Divine Guidance may be explained by using the following metaphor that "the Prophets are like lightbulbs and revelation is the electric current -- when the current contacts the light bulb, the light bulb provides light according to its voltage and colour. The mother-tongue of a Prophet is the colour of the light bulb, whereas the power of the light bulb, (i.e., the current and other things) are determined by God Himself. The human factor then, is just an instrument of transmission and only an intermediary." [Dr. Hamidullah, Introduction to Islam]

b) that not only the Prophet Muhammad's p.b.u.h. own words, sayings or utterances, as distinct from God's Words (the Qur'an) but also a record of his actions and tacit approvals, have all been separately preserved. They are known as Hadith, Traditions, or Sunnah. Muslim scholars  maintain that The New Testament, which contains the writings of the disciples of Jesus are really more like the Hadith of the Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h., whereas the injil,which has been lost, was like the Qur'an. Accordingly, since the Qur'an has remained unaltered to the present day, (compared to the other Scriptures) Muslims assert that only the Qur'an contains the Words of God -- the truth in toto(i.e., the whole truth and nothing but the truth). Whereas the earlier Scriptures/Books such as The New Testament, The Old Testament, etc. contain only partial truths (i.e., much less than the whole truth).

Consequently, in this connection, the scholars of Islam always seem so intent on bringing home the universal truth relating to change and renewal. It is maintained that this principle of change, revision, and renewal is enshrined in the laws of Nature itself and that such laws permeate the whole Divine Scheme of Guidance. This universal law has been beautifully articulated by Lord Alfred Tennyson in these serene and sombre yet simple words:

The old order changeth, yielding place to new,
And God fulfils Himself in many ways

Finally, the principle of abrogation does NOT mean nor does it operate by seeking the absorption and assimilation of everyone such as Christians, Jews, or other minority groups into the "ruling" Muslim community. Islam protects the interests of all its subjects. Islam welcomes and even encourages every group, Christian, Jewish, Magian or other to have its own tribunals presided over by its own judges, in order to have its own laws applied in all branches of human affairs, civil as well as criminal. This is a characteristic feature of the Quranic legislation which accords judicial autonomy to different minority communities living under the Muslim rule. How faithfully the Muslims of later generations have followed these principles in running their governments is a matter of history. History will also judge Christian, Jewish and other governments of later generations on their adherence to their principles!


The Lord's Prayer compared to Surah Fateha

We see that both the Lord's prayer in the Bible and the Opening Chapter of the Qur'an (Sura al-Fateha), go to the root of all religions ever professed by man. They are truly universal prayers. No man need hesitate to join in the solemn recitation of either.
The Islamic prayer is simpler than the Christian prayer. We do not say that one is good and that the other is bad. No, both are very good indeed, however one seems simpler than the other. Let us compare them.


The Muslim Prayer
The Christian prayer
The Fateha [The Opening]
The Qur'an 1:1-7
The Lord's Prayer
Matthew 6:9-13
[The New Testament, King James version]
(a) AdorationPraise be to God, Lord of the Worlds, the Compassionate, the Merciful. King of the Day of Reckoning.
(a) AdorationOur Father who art in heaven,
Hallowed be thy name.
(b) SubmissionThee only do we worship and of Thee only do we ask aid.
(b) SubmissionThy Kingdom come.
Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
(c) SupplicationGuide us unto the right path - 
the path of those to whom Thou hast 
been gracious,
not the path of those who are the objects 
of Thy wrath, 
nor of those who have gone astray. 
(c) SupplicationGive us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors [Other translations say:"Forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us."]
And lead us not into temptation,
But deliver us from evil.
For Thine is the Kingdom,
The Power and the Glory.
For ever and ever. Amen
If we carefully compare the parts of each prayer which are written above as separate paragraphs (a) (b) and (c), we will observe that there are differences only in language, yet there are no differences whatsoever in meaning. There is in both prayers absolutely the same spirit of (a) Adoration (b) Submission and (c) Supplication.

It is also of interest to note that a Prophetic Tradition (Hadith) that is included in Abu Dawud's collection of Hadith is as follows: "Narrated Abu Darda': I heard the Apostle of Allah (peace be upon him) say: If any of you is suffering from anything or his brother is suffering, he should say:Our Lord is Allah Who is in the heaven, holy is Thy name, Thy command reigns supreme in the heaven and the earth, as Thy mercy in the heaven, make Thy mercy in the earth; forgive us our sins, and our errors; Thou art the Lord of good men; send down mercy from Thy mercy, and remedy, and remedy from Thy remedy on this pain so that it is healed up.[Sunan Abu Dawud, Book 28, Number 3883]

And nearest among them in love
To the Believers wilt thou
Find those who say, 
"We are Christians":
Because amongst these are
Men devoted to learning 
And men who have renounced
The world, and they
Are not arrogant.
Qur'an 5:82 Yusuf Ali Translation

Behold! God said: 
O Jesus, I will take thee 
And raise thee to Myself 
And clear thee (of the falsehoods) 
Of those who blaspheme; 
I will make those 
Who follow thee superior 
To those who reject faith, 
To the Day of Resurrection: 
Then shall ye all return unto Me, 
And I will judge 
Between you of the matters 
Wherein ye dispute.
[Qur'an 3:55 Yusuf Ali translation]
What follows here are further points for a comparative study of Christianity and Islam (in simple columnar form) highlighting similarities and differences. We must also bear in mind the importance of the Qur'an's declaration which requires Muslims to regard Christians as their close friends:

Qur'an 35:13
He merges Night into Day, and he merges Day into Night, and he has subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law): each one runs its course for a term appointed. Such is Allah your Lord: to Him belongs all Dominion. And those whom ye invoke besides Him have not the least power. 
Genesis 1:14
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night,
and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years;
Qur'an 13:2
Allah is He Who raised the heavens without any pillars that ye can see is firmly established on the throne (of authority). He has subjected the sun and the moon (to his Law)! Each one runs (its course) for a term appointed. He doth regulate all affairs, explaining the signs in detail, that ye may believe with certainty in the meeting with your Lord. 
Genesis 1:1,2
In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters.
Qur'an 13:3,4
And it is He who spread out the earth, and set thereon mountains standing firm and (flowing) rivers: and fruit of every kind He made in pairs, two and two: He draweth the night as a veil o'er the Day. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who consider!  And in the earth are tracts (diverse though) neighbouring, and gardens of vines and fields sown with corn, and palm trees - growing out of single roots or otherwise: watered with the same water, yet some of them We make more excellent than others to eat. Behold, verily in these things there are signs for those who understand! 
Genesis 1:9-12
Then God said, "Let the waters below the heavens be gathered into one place, and let  the dry land appear''; and it was so. God called the dry land earth, and the gathering of the waters He called seas; and God saw that it was good. Then God said, "Let the earth sprout vegetation: plants yielding seed, and fruit trees on the earth bearing fruit after their kind  with seed in them''; and it was so. The earth brought forth vegetation, plants yielding seed after  their kind, and trees bearing fruit with seed in them, after] their kind; and God saw that it was good.
Qur'an 41:37
Among His Signs are the Night and the Day, and the Sun and the Moon. Do not prostrate to the sun and the moon, but prostrate to Allah, Who created them, if it is Him ye wish to serve. 
Genesis 1:3-5
Then God said, "Let there be light''; and there was light. God saw that the light was good; and God  separated the light from the darkness. God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.
Qur'an 41:12
So He completed them as seven firmaments in two Days, and He assigned to each heaven its duty and command. And We adorned the lower heaven with lights, and (provided it) with guard. Such is the Decree of (Him) the Exalted in Might, Full of Knowledge. 
Genesis 1:14-18
Then God said, "Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens to separate the day from the night, and let them be for signs and for seasons and for days and years; and let them be for lights in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth''; and it was so. God made the two great lights, the greater light to govern the day, and the lesser light to govern the night; He made the stars also. God placed them in the expanse of the heavens to give light on the earth,
and to govern the day and the night, and to separate the light from the darkness; and God saw that it was good.
Qur'an 50:38
We created the heavens and the earth and all between them in Six Days, nor did any sense of weariness touch Us. 
Genesis 2:1-3
Thus the heavens and the earth were completed, and all their hosts. By the seventh day God completed His work which He had done, and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had done. Then God blessed the seventh day and sanctified it, because in it He rested from all His work which God had created and made.
Qur'an 15:28,29
Behold! thy Lord said to the angels: "I am about to create man from sounding clay from mud molded 
into shape; when I have fashioned him (in due proportion) and breathed into him of My spirit fall ye down in obeisance unto him. 
Genesis 2:7
Then the Lord God formed man of dust from the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.

Similar verses to the 10 Biblical Commandments 
The 10 Commandments
About the 10 Commandments:Qur'an 2:53 
And remember We gave Moses the Scripture and the Criterion (between right and wrong): There was a
chance for you to be guided aright. 
Qur'an 7:145 
And We ordained laws for him [Moses] in the tablets in all matters, both commanding and explaining all things, (and said): "Take and hold these with firmness, and enjoin thy people to hold fast by the best in the precepts . . .
About the 10 Commandments:
Exodus 24:12 The Lord said to Moses, "Come up to Me on the mountain and stay here, and I will give you the tablets of stone, with the law and commands I have written for their instruction."
Deuteronomy 4:13  He declared to you His covenant, the Ten Commandments, which He commanded you to follow and then wrote them on two stone tablets.

Qur'an 17:23 
Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him . . . 
Qur'an 2:163; 2:255; 3:2; 3:6; 3:18; 3:62; 4:87; 5:73; 6:102; 6:106; 7:59; 7:65; 7:73; 7:85; 7:158; 9:31; 9:129; 10;90; 11:14; 11:40; 11:61; 11:84; 13:30; 16:02; 18:110; 20:8: 20:14; 20:98; 21:25; 21:87; 23:23; 23:32; 23:116; 27:26; 28:38; 28:70; 28:88; 35:3; 37:035; 38:65; 39:6; 40:3; 40:62; 40:65; 44:8; 47:19; 64:13; 73:9
La illa ha illa Allah [there is none worthy of worship but God]
Exodus 20:3 
You shall have no other gods before Me 
Qur'an 22:12 
They call on such deities, besides Allah, as can neither hurt nor profit them: that is straying far indeed (from the Way)! 
Qur'an 22 [Athar Husain translation condensed version ]
Avoid filthy rites associated with idols and also false invocations, remaining firm in faith towards God, without associating anyone with Him. And whosoever associates aught with God, it is as if he has fallen from on high and the birds snatch him away or the wind blows him to a distant place.
Exodus 20:4
You shall not make for yourself an idol, or any likeness of what is in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the water under the earth.
Qur'an 7:180
And Allah's are the best names, therefore call on Him thereby, and leave alone those who violate the sanctity of His names; they shall be requited for what they did. 
Exodus 20:7
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain, [i.e. in an irreverent or disrespectful manner] for the Lord will not leave him unpunished who takes His name in vain. 
Qur'an 16:124 
The Sabbath was only made (strict) for those who disagreed (as to its observance); But Allah will judge between them on the Day of Judgement, as to their differences. 
Qur'an 4:154 
And for their covenant we raised over them (the towering height) of Mount (Sinai); and (on another occasion) We said: "Enter the gate with humility"; and (once again) We commanded them: "Transgress not in the matter of the Sabbath." And We took from them a solemn covenant. 
Exodus 20:8-11
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days you shall labour and do all your work, but the seventh day is a sabbath of the Lord your God; in it you shall not do any work, you or your son or your daughter, your male or your female servant or your cattle or your sojourner who stays with you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens and the earth, the sea and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day; therefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day and made it holy.
Qur'an 17:23 
Thy Lord hath decreed that ye worship none but Him, and that ye be kind to parents. Whether one or both of them attain old age in thy life, say not to them a word of contempt, nor repel them, but address them in terms of honour. 
Exodus 20:12 
Honour your father and your mother,  that your days may be long in the land which the Lord your God gave you.
Qur'an 17:33
Nor take life which Allah has made sacred . . .
Exodus 20:13
You shall not kill
Qur'an 17:32
Nor come nigh to adultery: for it is a shameful (deed) and an evil, opening the road (to other evils). 
Exodus 20:14 
You shall not commit Adultery
Qur'an 60:12
O Prophet! When believing women come to thee to take the oath of fealty to thee, that they will not associate in worship any other thing whatever with Allah, that they will not steal, that they will not commit adultery (or fornication), that they will not kill their children, that they will not utter slander, intentionally forging falsehood, and that they will not disobey thee in any just matter; then do thou receive their fealty, and pray to Allah for the forgiveness (of their sins): for Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful. 
[Note: This applies to men as well as women.
The Qur'an ordains severe punishment for theft 5:41,42]
Qur'an 2:188
And do not eat up unjustly the property of each other among yourselves nor convey their cases to the authorities for devouring unlawfully some portion of the property of the people knowingly.
[Commentary by  Mufti Shah Ahmad Raza Khan -- this prohibition covers the acquisition of property by all unlawful means, such as theft, robbery, gambling, bribery, backbiting, giving false evidence, and all such other means as bringing a false claim against another or wrongfully influencing authorities to obtain unlawful benefits as a consequence]
Exodus 20:15
You shall not steal.
Qur'an 2:42
And cover not truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is). 
Exodus 20:16
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbour.
Qur'an 4:32
And in no wise covet those things in which Allah Hath bestowed His gifts more freely on some of you than on others . . .
Exodus 20:17
You shall not covet your neighbour's house; you shall not covet your neighbour's wife or his male servant or
his female servant or his ox or his donkey or anything that belongs to your neighbour.

Degrees of affinity and consanguinity
prohibiting marriage
Degrees of affinity and consanguinity
prohibiting marriage
Qur'an 4:22-24
4:22  And marry not women whom your fathers
married, except what is past: It was shameful and odious, an abominable custom indeed. 
4:23 Prohibited to you (for marriage) are: your
mothers, daughters, sisters; 
father's sisters, mother's sisters; 
brother's daughters, sister's daughters; foster-mothers (who gave you
your wives' mothers;
your step-daughters under your guardianship, born of your wives to whom ye have gone in, no prohibition if ye have not gone in;
(those who have been) wives of your sons proceeding from your loins; 
and two sisters in wedlock at one and the same time, except for what is past; 
for God is Oft-forgiving, Most Merciful; 
4:24  Also (prohibited are) women already married, except those whom your right hands possess. Thus hath God ordained (prohibitions) against you. Except for these, all others are 
lawful . . .  and God is All-knowing, All-wise.
Leviticus 18:6-18
6 No one is to approach any close relative to have sexual relations. I am the Lord.
7 Do not dishonour your father by having sexual relations with your mother. She is your mother; do not have relations with her.
8 Do not have sexual relations with your father's wife; that would dishonour your father.
9 Do not have sexual relations with your sister, either your father's daughter or your mother's daughter, whether she was born in the same home or elsewhere.
10 Do not have sexual relations with your son's daughter or your daughter's daughter; that would dishonour you.
11 Do not have sexual relations with the daughter of your father's wife, born to your father; she is your sister.
12 Do not have sexual relations with your father's sister; she is your father's close relative.
13 Do not have sexual relations with your mother's sister, because she is your mother's close relative.
14 Do not dishonour your father's brother by approaching his wife to have sexual relations; she is your aunt.
15 Do not have sexual relations with your daughter-in-law. She is your son's wife; do not have relations with her.
16 Do not have sexual relations with your brother's wife; that would dishonour your brother.
17 Do not have sexual relations with both a woman and her daughter. Do not have sexual relations with either her son's daughter or her daughter's daughter; they are her close relatives. That is wickedness.
18 Do not take your wife's sister as a rival wife and have sexual relations with her while your wife is living.
(i) Basic Concepts

Monotheistic --  God (Allah) is recognized as the Creator.
Monotheistic -- God is recognized as the Creator.
God is omnipotent, omniscient, immanent within His creation yet transcendent.
God is omnipotent, omniscient, immanent within His creation yet transcendent.
God has a unique relationship with humans (master and servant).
God has a unique relationship with humans. (master and servant).
God makes agreements or Covenants with humans.
God makes agreements or Covenants with humans.
Have similar eschatology (pertaining to the last days or the end of the world) -- this world will come to an end someday and no-one knows when.
Have similar eschatology (pertaining to the last days or the end of the world) -- this world will come to an end someday and no-one knows when.
A figure referred to as Satan or Antichrist (dajjal) (a figure of evil) will be defeated at the end of the world.
A figure referred to as Antichrist or Satan (a figure of evil) will be defeated at the end of the world.
After the world has ended, God will judge humans, based on their actions in compliance with a moral code, specified in the Covenant which God makes with us.
At the end of the world, God will judge humans based on their actions in compliance with a moral code, specified in the Covenant which God makes with us.
This judgement will determine one's eternal abode, heaven or hell (bliss or punishment).
This judgement will determine one's eternal abode, heaven or hell (bliss or punishment).
Human beings have a spirit (ruh) which is eternal, continuing its existence after our physical death. As to its origin, the Qur'an says, "When I [God] have fashioned him [Adam] (in due proportions) and breathed into him of My spirit . . ." [Qur'an 15:29]
Human beings have a soulwhich is eternal, continuing its existence after our physical death
Humans have the ability (free will) to choose between good and evil (obeying or disobeying God, complying with the moral code of the Covenant or transgressing).
Humans have the ability (free will) to choose between good and evil (obeying or disobeying God, complying with the moral code of the Covenant or transgressing)
Angels exist who are the servants, and sometimes messengers of God.
Angels exist who are the servants, and sometimes messengers of God
Satan (shaitan) exists, as well as evil spirits who follow him; they are the enemies of humanity.
Satan exists, as well as evil spirits who follow him; they are the enemies of humanity.
Divinely revealed scriptures exist which are the primary source of religious knowledge. The Qur'an was revealed to Muhammad and it is the final scripture given to man.
Divine scriptures exist which are the primary source of religious knowledge; revelation in this department is finished (there are no more biblical books yet to be revealed)
Miracles occur on occasion.
Miracles occur on occasion.
If a person errs or transgresses, God may forgive them, if they sincerely repent.
If a person errs or transgresses, God may forgive them, if they sincerely repent.
Prophets brought spiritual instruction.
Prophets brought spiritual instruction.
There are similarities between the Quranic and biblical version of many stories, such as Adam and Eve, Moses and the children of Israel, etc.
There are similarities between the Quranic and biblical version of many stories, such as Adam and Eve, Moses and the children of Israel, etc.
At the time of the end of the world, Jesus Christ  will come again.
At the time of the end of the world, Jesus Christ will come again.
Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary.
Jesus Christ was born to the virgin Mary. (Immaculate Conception).
(ii) Moral Code

Faith without works is useless (it is not enough to simply say "I believe).
Faith without works is useless (it is not enough to simply say "I believe).
God severely punishes the worship of any deity other than God Himself as well as disrespect toward Him.
God severely punishes the worship of any deity other than God Himself, as well as disrespect toward Him.
Humans have rights (hence the prohibitions on murder, theft, lying, violence).
Humans have rights (hence the prohibitions on murder, theft, lying, violence).
Parents have special rights (to be honoured), as do spouses (hence adultery is forbidden).
Parents have special rights (to be honoured), as do spouses (hence adultery is forbidden).
Fornication and lewd behaviour are forbidden.
Fornication and lewd behaviour are forbidden.
Transgressions similar to the Christian "seven deadly sins" (avarice, pride, greed, gluttony; envy, lust, sloth) are all spiritual illnesses.
Transgressions similar to the Catholic "seven deadly sins" (avarice, pride, greed, gluttony; envy, lust, sloth) are all spiritual illnesses..
Society's laws must be obeyed.
Society's laws must be obeyed.
Intoxication is forbidden.
Intoxication is forbidden.
Suicide is forbidden.
Suicide is forbidden.
Homosexuality is forbidden.
Homosexuality is forbidden (as stated in the book of Deuteronomy, as well as in the story of Lot and Sodom and Gomorra).
(iii) Practices

Prayer is a means of communicating with God; God hears prayers and sometimes grants requests.
Prayer is a means of communicating with God; God hears prayers and sometimes grants requests.
Special congregational service of worship (salat)  once per week on Friday, in a mosque, is an obligation (in addition to five times a day obligatory service of worship (salat) - also preferably in congregation.)
Congregational worship at church once per week  on Sunday is an obligation.
Charity and relieving the suffering of others carries spiritual rewards.
Charity and relieving the suffering of others carries spiritual rewards.
Certain standard prayers exist.
Certain standard prayers exist.
Fasting and similar ascetic practices for religious purposes carries spiritual rewards.
Fasting or depriving oneself for religious purposes carries spiritual rewards.
Pilgrimage (hajj) is obligatory.
Pilgrimage still exists, but is not obligatory
Celebrate the advent and birth of the Prophet Muhammad (p.b.u.h.) on the 12th  Rabi Awwal (Islamic calendar date)
Celebrate the advent and birth of Jesus Christ, Dec. 25. This is known as Christmas.
(i) Basic Concepts

Do not believe in the Trinity 
Christians believe in the Trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit)
God has informed us of only 99 of His beautiful names (Attributes). Many of them depict His beautiful aspects (jamal), and some of them depict His power, authority and grandeur (jalal).
Christians currently emphasize the beautiful aspects of God (i.e. God is Love)
Jesus is a Prophet and a servant of God. Muhammad is also a Prophet and a servant of God. He was the last Prophet sent by God to guide and teach mankind.
As a member of the Trinity, Jesus is viewed as God Himself.
The Quranic teachings in this regard may be summed up as follows: (1) Christ was neither  crucified nor killed by the Jews, notwithstanding certain apparent circumstances which produced that illusion in the minds of some of the enemies; and (2) Jesus was taken up to God (i.e.. God raised him up (raf'a) to Himself.) [Qur'an 4:157, 158 & 3:55 & 4:157]
Christians believe that Jesus was crucified on a cross.
See above.
Christians believe Jesus was resurrected (raised from the dead) three days after being crucified on a cross (Good Friday to Easter Sunday are the days when Christians remember and celebrate this.) Jesus' crucifixion they believe, redeems Christians of their sins.
Eschatology - Judgement will occur on Judgement Day (the end of the world when God will judge all human beings beginning from Adam and Eve). Persons who have been previously deceased, and are in their graves, are given an indication (via 'windows' in the grave) of what his or her future Judgement may be. The punishment of the grave will begin immediately. Rewards begin immediately too. (This intermediate stage of the grave may be regarded as similar to the Catholic Purgatory, and is called barzakh in Islam). The final abode of either Paradise or Hell will be pronounced on the Day of Judgement.
Eschatology -  most Christians believe that judgement takes place, immediately upon death (i.e. they will either go to Heaven or Hell, or as in the case of Catholics, they  could also go to Purgatory immediately upon death). Christians also believe that the final Judgement Day is only for all those people who have not died yet and will be for those remaining on earth.
Hell is a place of purification, and is permanent. Paradise as a reward, and Hell as a punishment are but graphic terms to make us understand a state of things which is beyond all our notions of life in that world. Paradise will be eternal. Once meriting it, there can be no question of being ejected from it. As to whether Hell is also eternal for the unbelievers, there are two schools of thought: (1) A great majority of Muslims affirm that God may  pardon every sin and every crime except disbelief in God. [Qur'an 4:48,116]
(2) Others believe that even the punishment of disbelief may one day terminate by the grace of God. [Qur'an 11:107, etc.] 
The Qur'an 4:124 declares: "If any do deeds of righteousness - be they male or female - and have faith, they will enter Paradise and not the least injustice will be done to them." In other words no religion has a monopoly on salvation!
Hell is eternal, but Purgatory is not (note: Catholics believe in Purgatory whereas Protestants do not). While Catholics believe that Purgatory is precisely the same as Hell, it is not eternal. They believe it is a place or state of punishment wherein the souls of those who die in God's grace may do penance for past sins and hence become cleansed and fit for heaven. Only Christians can go to heaven.
All mankind is born pure and he/she is responsible for his or her own sins and not someone else's.
Christians believe in Original Sin, (all of mankind is held responsible for the sins of Adam and Eve) which only the sacrament of baptism in the name of Christ can expiate.
Muslims do not believe in vicarious atonement. They believe that each person is responsible for his or her own actions and that no-one else can atone for them. However, you can pray to God for His Mercy and Forgiveness on behalf of another person. The Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h. -- and some others (like innocent babies who have passed away) are given the special privilege to intercede on behalf of their parents on the Day of Judgement. This is in accord with the Throne Verse in the Qur'an. So  with God's graceful permission, they may have a specially bestowed privilege of pleading on behalf of others and begging for God's forgiveness for them on the Day of Judgement. This is known as intercession (shafa't).
Christians believe in vicarious atonement -- that another person can extinguish the guilt incurred by another person's sins. Jesus is believed to have died so as to atone vicariously for man's sins. He was considered to be the Lamb of God, which means that Jesus was considered to be the perfect sacrifice by which the hold of Original Sin was broken. Christians believe in intercession and intercessors such as priests and monks.
The holy Qur'an was revealed ('revelation' [wahi] is the highest form of inspiration with no possibility of error in the message or the conveyance of the message) to the Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h. through the angel Gabriel who was carrying out God's precise instructions. This occurred over a period of 23 years. The holy Qur'an is God's Word -- not the word of the Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h.
Christians believe that divine inspiration (the Latin word is 'afflatus' which  means 'divine wind') inspired the writers of the scripture. Hence they believe that the Gospel of St. Mark (obviously written by St. Mark) or the letters of Paul the Apostle are the "Word of God."
The Qur'an exists today exactly the same as it was revealed to Muhammad, p.b.u.h. There have been absolutely no changes whatsoever made to the wording. Special checks and balances and special means for the preservation of accuracy (.e.g. memorizing of the text by many people, etc. etc.) were put into place so that no error or change could possibly creep into the text.
A council was called, in the early days of Christianity, where the church fathers and elders debated. This was presided over by the Roman (and Christian) Emperor Constantine (circa 324 A.D.). This council codified (systematized) standard Christian belief and gave the New Testament its present form, depriving some books of the status of Scripture (many of which still exist today and are known as the Apocrypha).
All the Prophets, from Adam a.s. to Muhammad p.b.u.h. are pure and sinless/infallible.
In the Old Testament (Jewish scriptures which most Christians regard as authoritative), Prophets are not portrayed as being infallible to say the least.
There are many differences between the Quranic and the Biblical versions in the details of certain Biblical stories.
There are many differences between the Quranic and the Biblical versions in the details of certain Biblical stories.
The first source of Muslim Law, is the Qur'an. The second source of law is the Hadith (Traditions of the Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h.). The Hadith literature expounds and explains and interprets the Quranic injunctions and teachings. The Hadith do not contradict the Qur'an in any way.
The source of Christian (or Canon) Law is the scripture, which has been interpreted by the Pope for Catholics; by the Patriarch for members of the Orthodox faith; and by the consensus of the community for other groups. The writings of the church fathers would also be relevant.
For Muslims, Prophets are spiritually advanced and are very pure and sinless. They have been sent by God to guide and teach mankind. There have been 127,000 of them from Adam, a.s. to Muhammad p.b.u.h. who was the last Prophet sent, meaning that no more Prophets will come after him. Hence Muhammad p.b.u.h. was called the "Seal of the Prophets." The Prophets were sent as Messengers of God to people in different countries at different times.
Prophets do not have the same stature in Christianity that they have in Islam.
(ii) Moral Code

Islam does not treat law and morality as different things. What is legal/lawful is also moral and conversely what is unlawful/illegal is also immoral. Consequently, Islamic law automatically covers and governs morality -- moral values are not changeable nor are they dependant on the whims of individuals or society. The Islamic legal system combines the two opposites: a) rigid inflexibility and permanency through the Shar'iah (i.e. the divine injunctions of the Qur'an and the Sunnah) and b) the flexibility and fluidity to accommodate man-made legislation with the changing needs of society. There are two forms of legal systems in Islam: i) Fiqh (which cannot be inconsistent with the Shariah) and ii) the derivative form of legislation which is based on the Shariah. Transgressing these two regulations or bounds will make Fiqh (i.e. man-made legislation)ultra vires ab-initio (i.e. absolutely void from the beginning.)
Secular law, and morality are often different things. For example, abortion is considered legal by the government in Canada. Many Protestants have no problem with this law, yet Catholics forbid it for their followers. What is considered moral has tended to change with each generation. The guideposts and/or criteria of what is considered moral or what is considered immoral are interpreted differently depending on the era or the group (Catholic, Protestant, etc.). Church doctrine, while it can change and be altered, doesn't change so often as  the church members interpretations of it do. For example, Jesus' commandment "Love thy neighbour as thyself" has differing interpretations on how to carry it out depending on the time and era and generation; also compliance to this commandment has changed substantially from place to place, group to group and time to time.
Muslims believe that while the Scripture and Gospels were originally pure and error free, contradiction and error has crept into them over time and so now the current books are considered to be highly suspect. For example we don't know what are really Jesus', a.s. words from what are the scribes words because there were no checks and balances that were put into place to ensure that such errors did not occur. Hence we see several contradictions in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. 
Even though the Old Testament is regarded as Scripture, Christians do not regard themselves as being bound by Jewish law (this thanks to a dream of St. Peter).
Muslims, like Jews do not consume the flesh of swine.
Christians consume the flesh of swine.
Alcohol and/or intoxication is completely forbidden.
Alcohol intoxication is forbidden for Christians, but alcohol consumption is not.
Free-mixing of sexes is discouraged.
Free-mixing of the sexes was historically discouraged, but today this injunction doesn't play the role it used to.
(iii) Practices

Muslims do not believe in the separation of 'church from state' (i.e. secularism). However, it is permissible to separate the functions of government (politics) from religion and be undertaken by different individuals -- politics would still be subject to religion.
Almost all Christian countries have secular governments.
The Muslim daily rituals and practices are clear and detailed (e.g. proper way to use the washroom, specifics of purification for prayer, inheritance, details of Zakat, prescribed punishments, etc.).
Lack the details that Islam holds.
Prayer is very specific and exactly the same no matter which country the Muslim happens to live in. There are five prescribed prayers per day at set times according to the rotation of the earth around the sun. All of these prayers are obligatory on every Muslim. The prescribed prayers are recited in Arabic and are recited exactly the same in all countries of the world. The culture of a person does not influence the performance of prayer (salat). It is the exact prayer that Muhammad, p.b.u.h. taught us to do.
With a few memorized exceptions, like the 'Our Father' and the 'Apostle's Creed,' prayer is an improvised conversation with God; there is no prescribed time for nor daily number of Christian prayers.
Actions may be haram (forbidden), halal (allowed), fard(obligatory), sunnah (following the ways of the Prophet Muhammad, p.b.u.h.) and so on.
Don't have any specific categories of actions as seen in Muslim law.
Funeral prayers, the birth of a baby (adhan), donations to charity (i.e. Zakat) etc. are ritualized and clearly set out no matter which culture a Muslim belongs to.
Certain rites called sacraments are performed: i.e.  Baptism, Confession, the Eucharist, etc.
Hymns and devotional services of worship and supplications are an integral part of all Muslim forms of worship. Zikr ceremonies (chanting a name of God), and sama (religious music) are practised more often among the more devout groups of Muslims such as the Sufis. 
Hymns and devotional music play a big role in Christianity.
In Islam, there is no institutionalized "church" nor its hierarchy. There are no monks in Islam either. Religious leaders are not obliged to remain celibate.
Certain sects (i.e. large sects like the Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches) condone monkhood. Catholic monks and priests are obliged to remain celibate. Protestant ministers are not obliged to remain celibate.
Muslims are forbidden to put pressure, either directly or indirectly, on another person to convert to Islam. Efforts in this regard have to be through persuasion (i.e. without involving any kind of pressure). The Qur'an clearly lays down the law that the duty and function of all the Prophets and all Muslims is only to convey the message of God. Period. 
Christians have an obligation to proselytize. Missionary work is considered very important.
Homosexuality is considered to be a perversion and is forbidden.
Since the prohibition on homosexuality is found in the Old Testament only, some Christian sects say it does not apply (i.e. the United Church ordains homosexual ministers).
Interest (riba) is forbidden to Muslims who live in Islamic countries. 
Interest used to be forbidden in Christianity, but it seems that this is no longer the case.
Polygamy is allowed to Muslims. There are strict limitations and prohibitions concerning it so it does not become a method to dominate women.
Polygamy used to be allowed by the Church, but now it is forbidden to all sects but the Mormons.
All games of chance and gambling are forbidden in Islam.
Some sects are very strict about gambling, but others are not strict at all.
Only females are allowed to wear gold
Males and females are allowed to wear gold.

Islamic Secularism
Christian Secularism

O Beloved! Did you not see a group (or Chiefs) of the Children of Israel after Moosa (Moses)? When they spoke to a prophet of theirs: ‘raise for us a king that we may fight in the way of Allah….’
“And their prophet said to them: ‘Verily Allah has sent Talut [the Biblical Saul]  as your king … and has increased him in knowledge and physique.”(Quran 2:246)
The Quranic word ‘Talut’ is itself expressive of  tallness; and that he was tall and stood high is mentioned in the Bible too:
He [Saul] was higher than any of the people from his shoulders on upwards (The First Book ofSamuel 10:23).
(The First Book of Samuel, 8: 4-5; 19-20)
“… Then all the elders ofIsrael gathered themselves together, and came to Samuel  unto Ramah, and said unto him… Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations… We will have a king over us, that we also may be like all the nations; and that our king may judge us, and go out before us, and fight our battles.”

“In war he [Saul] was able to march 120 miles without rest” (The Book of Jeremiah). It was a fixed belief with the Hebrews that their leader, besides possessing other qualities, must be tall of stature. ‘The Holy One, blessed be He, does not cause His Shechinah to alight except on one who is wise, strong, rich, and tall of stature.” (Cohen’s ‘Everyman’s Talmud, [Dent, London] p. 126)
Islamic Secularism
Christian Secularism
Islam attaches no importance to the external form of government. It is satisfied if the well-being of a person  in both the worlds is aimed for, and the Divine law applied. 
     Thus constitutional questions take a secondary place. 
     Thus, a republic, a monarchy, a joint-rule, among other forms, are all valid in the Islamic community. 
      If this aim is realized by a single chief, one accepts it. If at a given time, in a given surrounding, all the requisite qualities of a "commander of the Faithful" or caliph are not found united in the same person, one admits that the division of power is for the purpose of the better functioning of the government. 
     A famous case cited by the Qur'an (2:246-47) is of a former prophet who was solicited by his people to select for them a king beside himself [don't forget he was a prophet too], so that they might wage war under his leadership, against the enemy which had expelled them from their homes and familes. 
     The designation of a king in the presence of and in addition to a prophet, and even by the intermediary of the latter, shows the lengths to which one can go in this direction. A division is is thus made between the spiritual and temporal functions, yet no arbitrary power is tolerated for either of them. 
     The politics and the king remain as much subject to the Divine law as the cult and the prophet. The source of authority and codes of law remain the same, only the application of law and the execution of necessary dispositions relate to different persons. It is more a question of specialization than a divorce between the two aspects of life. 

Islam has kept the original meaning of the Quranic text whereby both the spiritual and temporal functions of the government are governed by the Divine Scriptures. One can see the close similarity of the Quranic and the Biblical texts. here.
Biblical Secularism has been reinterpreted in modern times. The initial Biblical text does not provide for the separation of the Church and State in a way that it was correctly interpreted to mean  [i.e. that although the Church is governed by the Divine Scripture, the State is not supposed to be governed by the Divine Scriptures but rather by the man-made laws of Caeser.]

Matthew 22
21   They say unto him, Caesar's. Then saith he unto them, Render therefore unto Caesar the things which are Caesar's; and unto God the things that are God's.

The maxim “Render unto Caesar . . . the things that are Caesar's, and to God the things that are God’s” has become the cardinal doctrine under which modern Christian/Western governments operate.
The current definition cited in the opposite column is much used in the west and it is spreading to the east.
The current definition:
Secularism: indifference to or rejection or exclusion of religion and religious considerations


Notes to the Yusuf Ali translation of the Qur'an
[789] The meaning is not that they merely call themselves Christians, but that they are such sincere Christians that they appreciate Muslim virtues, as did the Abyssinians to whom Muslim refugees went during the persecution in Mecca. They would say: "It is true we are Christians, but we understand your point of view, and we know you are good men." They are Muslims at heart, whatever their label may be.
[790] Qissis: I have translated as "devoted to learning," following the Commentators. It seems to be a foreign word, possibly Abyssinians rather than Syriac as the reference seems to be to the Abyssinian Christians. Their real devotions to learning and the renunciation of the world by the Monastic Orders are contrasted with the hypocrisy and arrogance of the Pharisees and Scribes.
[394] Read this along with Quranic verse 4:157, where just like that it is said that the Jews neither crucified nor killed Jesus, but that another was killed in his likeness. The guilt of the Jews remained, but Jesus was eventually taken up to God.
[395] Jesus was charged by the Jews with blasphemy as claiming to be God or the Son of God. The Christians, (except a few early sects which were annihilated by persecution, and the Unitarians [in Yusuf Ali's time] who are almost Muslims) adopted the substance of the claim and made it the cornerstone of their faith. God clears Jesus of such a charge of claim.
[396] The Muslims are the true Christians, for they follow (or should follow) the true teachings of Christ, which did not include the blasphemy that he was God or the Son of God in the literal sense. But there is a large body of men, who by birth inherit such teaching nominally, but their hearts do not consent to it. Their real Muslim virtues (which from their point of view they call Christian virtues) entitle them to be called Christians, and to receive the leading position which they at present occupy in the world of men.
[397] All the controversies about dogma and faith will disappear when we appear before God. He will judge not by what we profess, but by what we are.

"injil has been lost"  . . . For example, many Christians believe the the New Testament Gospels were written from one and the same source which has come to be known as "Q" which has been lost to antiquity. Matthew, Mark, Luke and John were believed to have seen this source material.