Ayaan Hirsi Ali & Islam

In the name of Allāh,
the Beneficent, the Merciful.
Peace and Blessings of Allāh on Mohammad.
DEDICATED TO
Allāh–the Glorious and the High,
Lord of the worlds
AND TO
Mohammad–who brought the world
to our feet and eternity to our arms.
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AYAAN HIRSI ALI

1. Ayaan Hirsi Ali, “a former Dutch MP who works for a rightwing U.S. think-tank,” called the Prophet Mohammad a “tyrant.”1 (No example is given). Webster defines tyrant as “a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally.”

(Today we have five nations –America, Britain, France, China, and Russia– holding “veto” powers in the United Nations. Isn’t this “absolute power”? and isn’t its use “oppressively and brutal”? which would make each state/president a “tyrant?” How rightly then that Iran’s “Mr. Cool” –Mahmoud Ahmadinejad– is calling for the abolition of this monumentally obscene “veto” power which serves one’s own, or ally’s, interest).

   Members of an organization are mandated to follow its laws or face disciplinary action. If then, Muslims are disciplined for their infraction of the law of Islam, where is the problem, where is the tyranny? Would you call law enforcers in your country “tyrant(s)” for enforcing the law of the land?

   However, Mohammad’s duty was only to deliver the message, not enforce it–(Qur’an 64:12); he taught and practiced fulfilling of covenants, keeping of oaths and not to be deceptive (16:91-92); to speak justly (6:153); be righteous (2:277-278; 6:152-154); to not let hatred for a people incite you to transgress (5:2); render back trusts to whom they are due, and judge justly (4:58); admonishes against dealing unjustly (2:279, 5:8); not to rob men of their dues (26:183);  to give justice even against self, parents, kins, poor or rich (4:135), encourages feeding the needy and poor, to free captives, to help those in debt, to care for the orphans, the wayfarer, and to free the slaves (9:60, 2:177), not to act corruptly in the earth or make mischief (26:183); not to be transgressors (2:190),  not to aid in sin and aggression (5:2), to restrain anger and forgive (3:133), to fight on behalf of the oppressed (4:75); not to take a greater recompense than the injury suffered (2:194; 16:126; 42:40); instead of retaliation reconcile, be patient and forgive (16:126; 42:39-43); be merciful and forgiving (3:133); to fight only as long as there is persecution (2:193); to make peace when the enemy desires (4:90, 8:61-62);  that all men are created equal (95:4), and are made into different tribes and nations that we may know one another (49:13); we are to be judged not by race, color or nationality but by our deeds (6:133), that angels ask forgiveness for all mankind (42:5)–to say Mohammad was a “tyrant”: “a ruler who exercises absolute power oppressively or brutally” is a betrayal of ignorance. Vast ignorance.

   According to the article, Islam which is based on submission to Allāh, was a “huge contradiction of reason,” Hirsi Ali said. (No example of this “contradiction” is given). There is no “contra-diction” between Islam and reason. Allāh calls on man to reason; He enjoins on us the acquisition of knowledge and informs us that everything was created for our use, (and which utility can only be possible through knowledge and reasoning).

   Hirsi Ali is also reported as identifying herself as a “Muslim atheist” and as stating: “Muslims are locked in this mindset of submission, with women subordinate to men;” and, “only if you are free as an individual can you take responsibility for what you do and how you behave, and we Muslims are not free as individuals. We can only be part of the collective, the ummah.”

   Hirsi Ali’s claim that she is a “Muslim atheist” is correct; owing to the fact that All People Are Muslims by compulsion. A Muslim by choice cannot be an “atheist”–this is a contradiction.

   That Muslim women are “subordinate” to Muslim men. Muslim men may be guilty of subjugating their women, but as shown they have no assent for this from Islam. That Islam oppresses women has already been debunked. Perhaps it is this lack of Islamic knowledge that has driven Ms. Ayaan to become a “Muslim atheist.” That man has a degree of superiority over woman–(Qur’an 2:228) and is maintainer of her–(4:34) is no license to subjugate her. Woman has rights similar to those against her–(2:228).  As every ship requires a captain, husbands, by virtue of them being the maintainers, are given a degree of superiority (in home affairs) over wives. (Though he has this superiority, the wise husband would follow his wife’s judgment if it is superior to his).  While there are cases where wives also provide for the family, the fact is, whereas a wife can at any stage, and for any reason, quit her job and decides to stay home and be maintained by her husband, a husband cannot quit his job and intend for his wife to maintain him. Burden of support lies on the man. (Even in secular society wives, generally, seem to enjoy this benefit of voluntary employment).

   Significantly, whereas the critics of Islam charge that Islam discriminates against women; Islam requires that:

-men give a gift to their brides even though she may be wealthier than he is
-men maintain their wives even though she may have a mountain of money
-men be circumcised and women not
-men shave their heads at the Hajj and women not

yet no critic of Islam has charged that Islam discriminates against men; or that Islam teaches hatred of men; or that Islam favors women over men; or that these are symbols of men’s subservience to women.

   Interestingly, whereas Allāh reveals in His Qur’an 2:228 that women have rights similar to those against her He did not say that men have  rights similar as those against him; thus, arguably, women would seem to have more rights on men than men have on women.    

   Allah is a Just God.  He will not discriminate against Woman because of her form and physiology –a form and physiology He gave her; a form and physiology of which she had no choice. In fact, if form and physiology is the measure of superiority, Woman is superior to Man –she having carried man, gave birth to him and nursed him. Three degrees of excellence and superiority that Man have yet to acquire. Women even have a fourth degree of excellence over men–cloning! Whereas the male sperm can be dispensed with in duplicating the being, the female’s ovum is necessary to develop the clone.

  There are no forced marriages or honor killings in Islam.  In Islam, as noted, “wives do not have to be afraid of their husbands,” “daughters do not have to be afraid of their fathers or their brothers,” “girls can go to school without fear of being harassed by male members of their community,” it does not require “genital mutilation” of the female; and does not support “radical preachers who preach violence and encourage their followers to engage in acts of violence.”2 

   That “only if you are free as an individual can you take responsibility for what you do and how you behave, and we Muslims are not free as individuals. We can only be part of the collective, the ummah.” 

   Every individual is a part of the “collective” (his country). An individual has, basically, three sets of membership–he is a member of his household, his community and his country.  And he has a responsibility to himself –to protect his well-being; a responsibility to his family–to protect their well-being; a responsibility to his neighbors–to ensure he does not infringe upon their rights; a responsibility to his community–to help maintain and protect places of mutual benefit from abuse; and a responsibility to his country–to defend it if need be.

   Fulfilling one right does not relieve him from fulfilling the others. In every country, every individual (to whom it is applicable) is required to file a tax-return, to drive on the designated side of the road, to follow rules of the organization to which he/she belongs, to defend our country when transgressed upon; etc. Executing our duties to these requirements does not prevent us from having a private life–though we are part of the collective yet we are private. We are free as individuals. Yet though we are “free” we are not “free” to behave in certain manner without having to suffer the consequences–if we drive on the wrong side of the road we may get a ticket, if we do not file a tax return we may face an IRS inquiry, if we refuse conscription we may face a court-martial; etc. Likewise, Mus-lims though we are part of the whole–the Ummah–we are also “free” and “free” to do whatever we like; though when we in-fringe the law, whether human or Divine, we must face magis-tracy.

   Muslims, whether we act individually or collectively, do have to “take responsibility” for what we do and how we behave–individually, we are urged to avoid sin and engage in good, which carries its corresponding suffering or bliss. While we are enjoined to worship, fast, give charity (zakaat), and make pilgrimage collectively, as a “whole;” individually we are also encouraged to private worship, optional fast, voluntary charity (sadaqa), and undertake the lesser pil-grimage (‘umra)

   Whereas in secularism one is answerable only to the State, in Islam we are answerable to the Divine Court as well. Islam is both material and spiritual. It would be interesting to know the part of the Qur’an or the teaching of the Prophet Mohammad that gave Hirsi Ali the belief that “Muslims are not free as individuals. We can only be part of the collective, the ummah.” That Muslims have individual responsibility is cemented in the Qur’an: “Whoever goes aright, for his own soul does he go aright; and whoever goes astray, to its detriment only does he go astray. And no bearer of a burden can bear the burden of another”–(17:15. Also 53:38-39).

  2. Hirsi Ali makes mention of “Islamic fascism.” If Moses or Jesus was lording America whose law do you think they would govern by, America/the West’s “democracy or The Ten Com-mandments? Would you say that Moses and Jesus were fascists for upholding the Law of God?

   Webster’s Seventh New Collegiate Dictionary defines fascism as: 1: ”the body of principles held by Fascisti 2:a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and race and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcibly suppression of opposition.”

   (a) Fascism has Political philosophy, movement, or regime:Islam and politics are incompatible. There is no politics in Islam. Unlike politics in which the end is justified by (almost) any means and anyone can seek office, Islam requires power be given to those suited for the position and to exercise justice–(Qur’an 4:58, 135; 5:8); to govern by consultation–(3:158; 42:38); ensures freedom and tolerance–(2:256; 8:39; 10:99; 18:29; 50:45; 109:1-6); gives man equality in human endeavors and extols righteousness as the sole criterion of greatness–(18:110; 49:13); and the Prophet Mohammad taught:

“We do not assign the authority of ruling to those who ask for it, nor to those who are keen to have it”–(Bokhari, Vol. 9, # 263). The Prophet is reported to have told Abdur-Rahman bin Samura not to “seek to be a ruler, for if you are given authority on your demand then you will be held responsible for it, but if you are given it without asking (for it), then you will be helped (by Allah) in it.  If you ever take an oath to do something and later on you find that something else is better, then you should expiate your oath and do what is better”–(Bokhari, Vol. 9, # 260). And, “Any man whom Allah has given the authority of ruling some people and he does not look after them in an honest manner, will never feel even the smell of Paradise”–(Ibid. Vol. 9 # 264). Where is the “Fascist state”?

   (b) Fascism exalts nation and race: Islam does not “exalt nation and race.” That we all came from a single pair –Adam and Eve– this alone demolishes the charge that Islam is “fascism” which “exalts nation and race.” Islam regards all humans as created equal and that one is better than the other only in belief in Allāh and doing good deeds. It regards Muslims, which comprises of people of all races, as the best nation (spiritually) because Muslims enjoin good (which requires us doing good also), forbid evil (which requires us abstaining from evil also), and believe in Allāh.

(Whereas other religionists [as well as atheists] enjoin good and forbid evil, [and do good deeds] only Muslims believe in Allāh –belief in Allāh means that Allāh/God is One and Only; the Eternal, Absolute, on Whom ALL depend; having no consort He begets not; being the First and Creator of all and thus could not have a mother He is not begotten; being the Creator, Nourisher and Sustainer and One in Attributes there is none like Him; being Omnipotent, Omniscient and Omnipresent He has no need to and does not Incarnate; belief in all His Angels, all His Books and belief in all His Messengers, and in the Resurrection and Judgment. [While Allāh tells us to believe in all His Books He also tells us what not to believe that are passing under His name, such as “chosen people” to the exclusion of others; Karma & Reincarnation; divinity of Jesusas God, son of Godtrinityvicarious atoner and inherited sin]).

   Having regarded non-Jews as “dog” and “swine” it is Jesus, the Christian’s God and son of God that is “fascist”: exalting  Jewish “nation and race.” And it is Judaism –as Jews claim that they are God’s “chosen people” to the exclusion of others– that “exalts nation and race”: The Jewish, KHUZARI BOOK, which is approved by the office of education. In the introduction to the book Dr. Tzifroni writes: “The nation of Israel is a chosen nation because of its race, its education and the climate of the land in which it was brought up. The race of the Israeli people is the most superior of all races.””3 (See note for full text).

(Regarding racial superiority. How rightly the Prophet Mohammad gave the celestially and profoundly perfect answer to this mis-shapen mentality of high-birth. Said the magnificent Messenger of Allāh that whoever prides himself on being of high-birth ‘tell him to bite on his father’s penis’4 –that is where he came from; that is the lowly beginning from where we all came. And the Prophet made it the point that when using this saying to not alter the word “penis” so as to make it a delicate expression; the proud one must face the full impact of his vain pride; that his pride originated from or lies in his father’s “penis.” While one race may be technologically more advanced than others, this mentality of “the most superior of all races” –a mis-shapen mentality unworthy not only of the enlightened Twentieth century but unworthy of all centuries– may very well be said to be the nucleus of Apartheid –mental, physical, and spiritual.

   And If supremacy is based on race, residency in Palestine, and knowledge; then Palestinians/Arabs are the “most superior of all races”; having resided in Palestine for six thousand years, is the best nation as Allāh says in His Qur’an 2:143 and 3:109, and has given Muslims knowledge that brought light to the world –at a time when Jews and everyone else were running around with flint tools and torches). 

   (c) Fascism has severe economic and social regimentation:

   There is no “severe economic regimentation” in Islam. Though Islam admonishes against excesses, Muslims have the liberty to earn and dispose of their wealth as they please. The only yearly compulsory financial contribution is the two-and-a-half percent zakaat on those with financial soundness. All nations levy taxes on their subjects.

   While regimentation helps cultivate discipline and build character, there is no “severe social regimentation” in Islam. There is a five-times-daily spiritual observance which one can offer privately if he/she cannot get to the Mosque (the only compulsory congregational prayer is the Friday, Jum’a, prayer). Other main religious gatherings are Eid-ul-Fitr (Feast after the Fast of Ramadan), Eid-ul-Adha (commemorative intended sacrifice of Abraham of his then “one and only” son, Ishmael); and the pilgrimage to Makkah. Other religionists also have “social” gatherings.

   These five daily prayers of Muslims are like the regimentation of employment –working eight hours a day five days a week, fifty weeks a year for some fifty years of life. Muslims pray at dawn (10 mins.), noonday (15 mins.), late afternoon (10 mins.), sunset (15 mins.) and at night-time (25 mins.). While some non-Muslims also pray during the day, what do others do at these times –sleep, drink, work, entertain or engage in illegal acts? There is nothing more spiritually beneficial for humans than to intersperse his day with prostrations –the highest expressive form of glorification– to his Creator.  This is no “regimentation”: this is spiritual bliss! (In our five daily prayers Muslims engage in exercise, meditation, and spirituality). The military (and perhaps other organizations) has daily regimentation, is this “fascistic”?

   (d) Fascism has a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader: As noted in (a) above, Islam is Democracy. Every system has its laws. While these laws are man-made and limited to man’s knowledge of the day, Shari’ah, the system designed by Allāh the Omniscient, is the superior system for all times. And whereas in the man-made system leaders are chosen periodically due to their promises and performance, in Islam, the system being “perfect” no change in leadership is needed, so long as the Caliph govern according to the Qur’an. (No one, except crooks maybe, would want to replace a just and progressive ruler).

   Islam exhorts the pursuit of knowledge and progress. While Islam does not allow pursuit of the material to the detriment of the spiritual; Allāh tells us that everything in the heavens and earth were created for our benefit and urges us to seek knowledge to put them to our service; and that after we finish offering our prayers to go into the land and seek of His bounties. And His magnanimous Messenger informs us we have a duty to Allāh, to ourselves, families, and the community.

   In Islam there is only one law for the king and the commoner. The Prophet Mohammad did not choose a successor to himself.  After his death Abu Bakr was elected as Caliph. Abu Bakr, though he had sons capable of the position, selected ‘Umar to succeed him. But ‘Umar’s appointment was final only after consultation and confirmation with the other Companions. Muhammad Ali has noted that

“legislation was not placed in the hands of the king. First of all the Qur’an, then the Prophet’s precept or practice, then the will of the people, such was the machinery that framed the law; and the law, not the king, was the supreme authority. In subordinating kingship to the law of the land and the law of the land to the will of the people, Abu Bakr laid the foundations of a truly democratic government as also of liberty and equality in the truest sense of these words.”

But, as Muhammad Ali adds

“To the misfortune of the community of Islam, however, this golden rule of government was abandoned after the reign of ‘Ali, the fourth Caliph.  Kingship again became private property, as also did the public treasury.  Democracy gave way to despotism, and thus began the disintegration and decay of the power of Islam.” (The Early Caliphate, p. 52)

   The freedom and equality espoused by Islam is unrivalled in the annals of history, ancient and modern. Muhammad Ali has pointed out in his The Early Caliphate:

“Bilal, ‘Ammar, and others who were, originally slaves but were among the first to embrace Islam, were shown preference over the great chiefs of the Quraish.…All distinctions of heredity were abolished and society was ordered on the Qur’anic principle: “The most honourable among you is the one who has the greatest regard for his duty.”

“The weak and disabled were granted allowances from the public treasury, and in this there was no discrimination between Muslim and non-Muslim. The system of old-age pensions now prevailing in many countries in Europe was first introduced by ‘Umar.  For wayfarers, large caravansarais were erected in all big centres. Children without guardians were brought up at the expense of the state.”

“There was no restriction whatever on freedom of opinion or on the expression of that opinion. Governors were made accessible to the public to the extent that they were forbidden to have guards at their doors lest there should be the least hitch for the aggrieved to approach the highest authority at any time…The position of the Caliph himself, in this wonderful democracy, was no higher than that of a commoner. He was considered the servant of the people, not the king, and as such he was open to criticism…This unrestricted freedom, in itself the highest virtue, served in the hands of mischief-mongers as the most deadly weapon to undermine the power of Islam.” (pp. 121, 122, 136, 137, 143).

   Without doubt, “equality and freedom of opinion were the two most important rights that Islam conferred on every individual,” as noted by Muhammad Ali. (The Early Caliphate p. 143). 

   And Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din aptly points out: “Islam brought to man for the first time the best form of democracy in all its ramifications. As to government, ‘Umar, the second Caliph, remarked that it was no government if the voice of the governed was not heard. State property was made public property by him, in every sense of the word.”5There is no system on the face of this earth that is more equitable and just than Shari’ah. The system from Allāh, God, could not be less.

   Where is the “centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader”?

   Contrastingly it is Christianity, as her doctrines attest, that is “Fascism” (see APPENDIX I); it is Christianity that “wants to take over the world and create a one-party Fascist state called” the Papacy; ask the Pope. And there is nothing in the Bible to foster material progress: Jesus’ dictum to “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”–(Matt. 6:25-34);this will only mire man in the bog of stagnation and backwardness.

   By telling man to pray only and leaving it all to God to send him groceries through handouts, the Christian’s God and son of God is teaching man to be loafers and mendicants. If America was to follow such a doctrine, instead of her being on the pinnacle of progress she would plummet like a giant lead-ball  into the black-hole of backwardness.

   In Islam, earning bread honestly is a part of righteousness and an act of worship. As Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din points out: “The Western nations made their present progress when they liberated themselves from the hold of Church religion and began to think independently for themselves on Islamic lines.”(Ref. further on).

   (e)  Fascism undertakes forcibly suppression of opposition: Mohammad only sought to preach the Divine Message of the Qur’an. For this he was persecuted; besieged; subjected to assassination attempt; forced into exile; pursued; and warred on. Had the opposition not first taken up the sword against Mohammad, Mohammad would have had no reason to take up the sword in self-defense. Whatever measures Mohammad took to preserve himself and followers Mohammad was fully justified. No one would do any less. As Prof. Abdul Ahad Dawud –the former Reverend David Benjamin Keldani– points out in his revealing book Muhammad in the Bible: “all the blood shed in the wars of Badr, Ohud, and other campaigns led personally by the Prophet Muhammad, could not exceed one-hundredth of the blood shed by Joshua. Yet not a single instance of cruelty or injustice can be proved against the Apostle of Allāh. He was clement, noble, magnanimous, and forgiving.” (See Jesus-son of man).

   Mohammad not only preached love, mercy and forgiveness but in the greatest demonstration of love, mercy and forgiveness the world has ever known he, unlike Jesus who ordered that his enemies be slain, forgave his most horrid persecutors of twenty-three grueling years upon his triumph at Makkah: “It is related that the Prophet took hold of the two sides of the gate of the Ka'ba on the day of the conquest of Makkah and said to the Quraish: How do you think I should treat you?  They said: We hope for good, a noble brother and the son of a noble brother.  Then he said: I say as my brother Joseph said: "No reproof be against you this day”(Rz)”6

   No inquisition. No incrimination. No confession. No rancor. Only lofty words of benevolence and nobility -"No reproof be against you this day"! Mohammad not only prayed for the deceased Muslim, but prayed for the idolater; saying: “if I knew that if I asked forgiveness for him more than seventy times, he would be forgiven, I would ask it for more times than that”–(Qur’an 9:84, 113. Bokhari Vol. 6, #193, 194).

   Mohammad even forgave the horrid Hind. The woman who is said to have cut open the body of his uncle, Hamza, as he lay dying on the battlefield and ripped out his liver and chewed it. Such is the expanse of the “love” of enemies, mercy, forgiveness and magnanimity of this wonderful man Mohammad. Where is the Fascism of forcibly suppression of opposition?

(That four persons were executed upon the Prophet’s triumph at Makkah compared to the thousands that were forgiven is hardly any blot on Mohammad’s mercy. Of these four individuals, as M.H. Haykal notes in his The Life of Muhammad, p; 411, two were Muslims guilty of murder before apostatizing; al Huwayrith for tempting the Prophet’s daughter, Zaynab; and a slave woman of Ibn Khatal for castigating the Prophet in song [which castigating may have inspired or encouraged others to militate against the Prophet]. If you believe that this slave woman should not have been executed; even in modern times people are imprisoned for way less than incitement; just ask world-famous peace activist Jaggie Singh, and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela and his late brother-in-cause Steve Biko; as well as those Muslims jailed or held in detention under mere suspicion or without any kind of charge. And the Twentieth-century jailers crown themselves as “civilized” and “democratic.” Imagine then the punishment[s] that would have been meted out to peace-activists and freedom-fighters if they had castigated or incited against their leaders, as was done against Mohammad. Incidentally, Palestinian author and writer, whose lands were stolen, have been assassinated by their occupiers merely for writing about the injustice committed against them). 

   There is no fascism in Islam. Islam and fascism are incom-patible.

   3. The Toronto Star, Sunday, May 30, 2010, Insight Section,  states about Ayaan Hirsi Ali: “her latest book (Nomad) turns up the temperature by suggesting that Muslims who want a peaceful and tolerant faith should convert to Christianity.” And that ““modernization started in the Islamic faith before it began in Christianity.”

   Clearly, Hirsi Ali knows nothing about Islam and she knows even less about Christianity. She is confusing modern culture with Christianity. Whether “moderate factions” or “fundamentalist Christianity,” Christianity is the most intolerant religion on the face of the earth. The cardinal doctrines of Christianity –Divinity of Jesus, inherited sin, and vicarious atonement– have no Divine foundation, no prophetic foundation, no logical foun-dation, and are repugnant to reason. These doctrines are assumed and propagated as Divine truths. Moreover, Christianity is evil, intolerant, backward, naked hate, and misogynistic; Christians lie on God they lie on Jesus, they blame the Devil; and the Gospels portray Jesus as liar, hypocrite, and fraud (see Christianity-lies, evil, hate).

   The religion that is based on the doctrines: “those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”–Luke 19:27; even though the enemies would not militate against him; only that they don’t like his rule), and “He that is not with me is against me”–Matt. 12:30; even though one can be neutral) are not expressions of “love of enemies,” or of “tolerance;” they are of naked hate. They are a blight to humanity. If these doctrines were to be implemented, some eighty percent of the world would be slaughtered. Instead of seven seas of water there would be another seven seas flowing with blood from the sword of Christianity. (Perhaps these are the doctrines of Christ that gave impetus to the Crusades and the slaughter of indigenous people and explains why the Church was silent when Christian Europe was holocausting Jews; and what bigger “enemy” is there to Jesus than those who killed the prophets of God, killed the “son of God” and even killed God Himself as Christians say Jesus is God?)

   Another Christian gem is Jesus’: “Agree with thine adversary quickly, whiles thou art in the way with him; lest at any time the adversary deliver thee to the judge, and the judge deliver thee to the officer, and thou be cast into prison”–(Matt. 5:25. Maybe this is another reason the Church was silent when Jews were being mercilessly incinerated: it was agreeing with the adversary). Anti-Apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, should have adhered to this dictum of Christ, he would have saved himself thirty years in jail; and his brother-in-cause, Steve Biko, may be yet alive; though South Africa may still be in “prison”–Apartheid). (Please note: this is the Christians’ Jesus. For the Muslims’ Jesus read the Qur’an).

   There is no religion more “peaceful and tolerant” than Islam!

   Since Islam declares through the Qur’an that there is no compulsion in religion: every person is at liberty to follow his own inclinations-(Qur’an 2:256; 6:107; 9:6; 10:99-100; 17:7;  18:6, 29; 42:15; 50:45; 76:3; 109:1-6);  Allah has created man and woman and multiplied from them-(4:1); made us into different tribes and nations and of colors and languages that we may know one another-(5:48; 30:22; 49:13); that we are to be judged not by our race, color or nationality but by our deeds (6:133); sent messengers to all nations-(10:47); Angels pray for the forgiveness of all mankind–(Qur’an 42:5); to protect the polytheist-(9:6);  every people has rites and ceremonies-(22:67); charity is for the poor and needy, the wayfarer, for those who ask, and for the ransoming of slaves, etc;-(2:177; 9:60);  to give justice even if it be against ones’ own parents or self-(4:58, 135;  5:8); to believe in all prophets and revelations-(3:83; 4:163-164); not to revile other gods -(6:108); if Allah did not repel some people by others, monasteries, and churches, and synagogues, and mosques would have been pulled down-(22:40); that all religions are for Allah-(8:39); to make peace even in the face of possible deception by the enemy-(4:90; 8:61-62)–it cannot then be said that there is no “tolerance” in Islam.

   Further. Islam stresses the fulfilling of covenants, keeping of oaths and not to be deceptive (Qur’an 16:91-92); to speak justly (6:153); to be righteous (2:277-278; 6:152-154); to not let hatred for a people incite you to transgress (5:2); to render back trusts to whom they are due, and to judge justly (4:58); because Allāh, God, loves those who judge in equity (5:45-47). Allāh admo-nishes against dealing unjustly with men (2:279, 5:8);  not to rob them of their dues (26:183);  to give justice even if it be against one’s self or parents or kins or whether he be poor or rich (4:135), not to act corruptly in the earth or to make mischief (26:183); not to be transgressors (2:190), not to help one another in sin and aggression (5:2), to restrain our anger and forgive others (3:133), to fight on behalf of the oppressed (4:75); because Allāh God loves those who are just, and because He commands justice and the doing of good, and He forbids injustice (60:8, 16:90). Allāh forbids against helping one another in sin, and to not counsel one another in sin, but in goodness (5:2; 60:8-9); not to let hatred of a people incite us to  transgress (5:2); not to take a greater recompense than the injury suffered (2:194; 16:126; 42:40); that instead of retaliation, to make re-conciliation, and to show patience and forgiveness (16:126; 42:39-43); to be merciful and forgiving (3:133); to fight only as long as there is persecution and oppression (2:193), because Allah God loves the doer of good, and the dutiful (2:195, 3:75); that the noblest ones are those who are righteous (49:13, 98:7), to  return evil with that which is better (23:96), because Allah God loves those who judge in equity, and because Allah God is aware of what you do (5:45, 4:135)–it cannot then be said that there is no “tolerance” in Islam. I challenge Hirsi Ali to point out these alleged teachings of violence and intolerance in Islam! (Hirsi Ali also dabbles in Jihad).

   Whereas Islam is Light and progress, Christianity is Darkness and regress –Darkness in that its doctrines are falsehood; regress in that the Church hates knowledge (see Christianity-enemy to knowledge).

   While those who call themselves Christians are making ma-terial progress. There is nothing in the Gospels to foster material progress. Jesus, as the Gospels say, taught his followers: “Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”–Matt. 6:19-20; he even tells people to sell what they have and give the proceeds away and follow him –never mind their families–Matt. 19:21); and that as the birds and the lilies and grass do not toil yet they survive as God takes care of them, so: “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on…for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”–(Matt. 6:25-34). 

   Whereas God does provide for the birds and the lilies and the grass (and whereas the lilies and grass have no mobility and if water is not given to them they will die) the worm and berries do not go to the bird: the bird has to take flight and even battle other birds for the worm and berries. By telling man to pray only and leaving it all to God to send him groceries through hand-outs, this Christians’ “God”/son of God is teaching man to be loafers and mendicants. Such teachings lead man materially backwards

    Contrast the Christian’s “God”/son of God with the exhorta-tions of Allāh and His noble Messenger, Mohammad: Allah tells us to subjugate the universe and put it to our benefit:  Allāh “has made subservient to you whatever is in the heavens and whatever is in the earth”–(Qur’an 31:20; 45:13); to seek of His grace–(62:10); that “He it is Who gives wealth and contentment”–(53:48); and to “…give to the near of kin his due and (to) the needy and the wayfarer, and squander not wastefully”–(17:26). But He admonishes against pursuits of the material to the neglect of the spiritual: “Mutual rivalry in seeking increase in worldly possessions diverts you from God, Till you reach the graves”–(Qur’an 102:1-2).

   And His magnanimous Messenger. Mohammad, informs us we have a duty to Allāh, ourselves, families, and community. Earn-ing bread honestly is a part of righteousness. Islam is not only about the Hereafter. Islam enjoins the pursuit of knowledge, and the acquisition of wealth. This world and its riches are not to be condemned. They all belong to Allāh, God. In Islam man can store up treasures on earth as well as in heaven!

   The article notes, “Hirsi Ali advocates an “enlightenment project” aimed at “opening the minds of Muslims” to the harmful aspects of the Koran.” (Though no example is given of these al-leged “harmful aspects” of the Qur’an). Please, Ms. Hirsi, detail these “harmful aspects” of the Qur’an! 

   The article states about Hirsi Ali: ““Virginity,” she writes, is “the obsession” of Islam. “The fundamentalists seem to be haunted by the female body and neurotically debates which fractions of it should be covered, until they declare the whole thing, from head to toe, a gigantic private part.” (And to know Hirsi Ali projects herself as an authority on Islam).
   It was not the “fundamentalists” that declared which “fractions” of the female’s body are to be covered. (And yes, men also are to be covered: from the waist to the knees and half of the chest).

   The Muslim woman’s Hijab/Head covering and jalaba are not “the obsession” of Islam.” They are not symbols of her subjugation. They are to distinguish the Muslim woman from other women, a mark of devotion and of distinction: of being the exalted nation–(Qur’an 33:59; 24:31; 2:143; 3:110).

   While Islam requires both Man and Woman to have sexual purity (and modesty of dress)–(Qur’an 17:32; 25:68), Islam regards Woman as the symbol of purity and the gateway to Paradise.  And without doubt, to cover the body “from head to toe” in public –which one does in winter anyway; and even in summer men are wrapped from neck to toes in suits– is no price to pay for Allāh’s everlasting bliss!

   Ayaan Hirsi Ali and other critics need to talk/write less and use their heads more; then they would not be making assinine statements about Islam/Mohammad and, worse, impaling their souls on the flames of Hell.

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APPENDIX I

CHRISTIANITY IS “FASCISM”

To restate, the definition of “fascism” is: “a political philosophy, movement, or regime that exalts nation and race and stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcibly suppression of opposition.” Contrary to Ayaan Hirsi Ali’s claim, it is not Islam that is ‘fascism” it is Christianity that is “fascism”:

Jesus “exalts nation and race”:

   -“Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine”–(Matt. 7:6; 15:26);

  –go not to the Gentiles and the Samaritans, but “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel”–(Matt. 10:5-6).

   -“I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel”–(Matt. 15:24).

   -“I pray for them (Jews): I pray not for the world”–(John 17:9).

   -“For the Son of man is come to seek and save that (Jews) which was lost(of which some ten of these Jewish tribes were said to be in Kashmir; Jesus is noted to have traveled to India)7–(Luke 19:10. Compare with Matt. 10:5-6; 15:24; 18:11; John 17:9 above).

   -“Ye worship ye know not what: we (Jews) know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews–(John 4:21);

   -after relating the parable of the sower to the people Jesus said to them: “He that hath ears to hear, let him hear;” and, afterwards, when he (Jesus) was alone with the Israelites they asked him about the meaning of the parable: “And he said unto them, Unto you (who have God) it is given to know the mystery of the kingdom of God: but unto them (non-Jews) that are without (God), all these things are done in parables: That seeing they may see, and not perceive; and hearing they may hear, and not understand; lest at any time they should be converted, and their sins should be forgiven them”–(Mark 4:9-12); the Good News Bible put it even more clearly: “You have been given the secret of the Kingdom of God,” Jesus answered. “But the others, who are on the outside, hear all things by means of parables, so that, ‘They may look and look, yet not see; they may listen and listen, yet not understand. For if they did, they would turn to God, and he would forgive them.’”  (Non-Jews are to ponder these statements of Jesus. Jesus was not sent to the White and the Black and the Brown and the red and the Yellow; Jesus was sent wholly and solely to the Jews. And Jesus as he declared did not give “all truth” –that he left for the Comforter to give. There is no wisdom in following a man or Book that is devoid of “all truth.”

Jesus “stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader”:

   -“He that is not with me is against me”–(Matt. 12:30. And a person can be neutral).

   -“If any man come to me, and HATE NOT his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple–(Luke 14:26).

   -“I am come to send FIRE on the earth;” “Suppose ye that I am come to give peace on earth, Nay; but rather DIVISION: For from henceforth there shall be five in one house divided, three against two, and two against three. The father shall be divided against the son, and the son against the father; the mother against the daughter, and the daughter against the mother; and the mother in law against her daughter in law, and the daughter in law against her mother in law”–(Luke 12:49, 51-53).

   -“Think NOT that I am come to send peace on earth: I came NOT to send peace, but a SWORD”–(Matt. 10:34).

   “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”–(Luke 19:27. Even though these enemies may not militate against him).

Jesus advocated “Severe economic and social regimentation”:

   -“Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.….for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you”–(Matt. 6:25-34. The Church, and some Christians, having billions in assets, doesn’t seem to know or care about this dictum of Jesus).

   -“sell whatsoever thou hast, and give to the poor, and thou shalt have treasure in heaven: and come, take up the cross and follow me”–(Mark 10:21. And this one either).

   -“It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God”–(Mark 10:25. And this one).   

   –Lay not up for yourselves treasures on earth…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven”–(Matt. 6:19-20. And this. Islam allows laying up treasures in both earth and heaven).

   -Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth”–Matt. 5:5. This is a doozy, considering that atheists also are, or can be, “meek.” And Christians who are rich and not “meek” wouldn’t get into heaven nor inherit the earth. These wretched, bewildered souls would need to pray for a UFO to come take them away someplace).

Jesus commands “forcibly suppression of opposition.”

   -“He that is not with me is against me”–(Matt. 12:30).

   “But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me”–(Luke 19:27).

   It is Christianity, not Islam that is “fascism.”

   Moreover, as Jesus came to uphold the law of the Old Testament so much so that heaven and earth shall pass, as he declared, but not one jot or title shall not pass till they all be fulfilled–(Matt. 5:17-18), (and considering that Christians say that Jesus is God then the commands of the Old Testament are given by Jesus’), thus if Jesus/Christianity was lording America or Europe or any place else:

   -men would be able to commit incest with their daughters, as Lot–(Gen. 20:11-12; Gen. 19:30-37);

   -slavery will be revived–(Lev. 25:44);

   -children will be punished for their parents “whoredoms” –(Num. 14:33-34. Also Rev. 2:20-23);

   -decapitation will be allowed: “And the Lord said unto Moses, take ALL THE HEADS of the people and HANG THEM UP before the Lord against the sun”–(Num. 25:4);

   –disbelievers will be killed–(Deut. 13:12-16);

   -the wife who tried to defend her husband by grabbing the testicles of her husband’s opponent will lose her hand–(Deut. 25:11-12);

   -cannibalism will be legal–(Deut. 28:53, 57; 2 Kings 6:28-29);  

   -it would be legal to terrorized, slay, poison and feed worshippers of false gods to beasts: “They (Jeshurun and his children) have moved me (God) to jealousy with that which is not God…I will heap mischiefs upon them; I will spend mine arrows upon them…I will also send the teeth of beasts upon them, with the poison of serpents of the dust. The sword without, and terror within, shall destroy both the young man and the virgin, the suckling also with the man of gray hairs”–(Deut. 32: 15-25);

   –it will be legal to mutilate enemies: (The Israelites asked God “Who shall go up for us against the Canaanites first, to fight against them” to occupy their land) “And the Lord said, Judah shall go up: behold, I have delivered the land into his hand…and they slew of them in Bezek ten thousand men…and they pursued after him (Adonibezek), and caught him and CUT OFF HIS THUMBS and his GREAT TOES. And Adonibezek said, THREE SCORE AND TEN kings, having their THUMBS and their GREAT TOES CUT OFF”–(Judges 1:1-7. Islam only allows a defensive fighting and certainly not to “go up” and kill people to occupy their lands);

   -it would be legal to slay even the “infant and suckling” in war–(1 Samuel 15:2-3);

   -it would be legal to take men’s wives and give them in adultery because of their husband’s infidelity–(2 Samuel 12:7-11);

  -as Solomon had “seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines” there will be unbridled polygamy and concubinage–(1 Kings 11:3);

   -Christians would be allowed to feed mischievous children to bears: “there came forth little children…and mocked him (Elisha). And he…cursed them in the name of the Lord, and there came forth two she bears out of the wood, and tare forty and two children of them”–(2 Kings 2:22-24);

    -it would be happiness to mutilate “little ones” and ravish the wives of others–(Psalm 137:9; Isaiah 13:16);

   -it would be legal to kill fetus during war–(Isaiah 13:15, 18; Hosea 13:16);

   -Woman would be seen and not heard and her daughter bondaged–(Gen. 3:16; Ex. 21:7; Ephesians 5:22-23, 33);

   -wives will have to learn in silence and subjection, and to not “usurp authority over the man”–(1 Tim. 2:11-12);

   -women and children will be beaten with “all gravity” to bring them into obedience and into silence and subjection–(Prov. 13:24; 19:18; 23:13-14. 1 Tim. 3:4; Heb. 12:6-8. And without doubt every “Christian” husband wants to deliver his stubborn and rebellious wife’s “soul from hell”);

   –daughters who commit “whoredom” will be burned–(Gen 38:24; Lev. 21:9);

   -blasphemers, apostates, married damsel without the “token of virginity,” and the virginal damsel who lies with a man other than her “betrothed,” stubborn and rebellious sons, and the adulteress would all be stoned to death–(Lev. 24:11-16, 23; Deut; 13:5-16; 17:2-5; Deut. 22:20-21; 22:23-24; 21:18-21; John 8:3-5);

   -the witch, one who curses his father or mother, the adulterer, homosexuals, and the man who commits bestiality would be put to death–(Ex. 22:18; Lev. 20:9; 10-12; Deut. 22:22; Lev. 20:13; 15-16);

   -a man who takes a “wife and her mother” both would be torched–(Lev. 20:14);

   -(as only Christians honor Christ as God/son of God) Christians are to bondage their fellow Christians–Ephesians 6:5; Colossians 3:22);

   -Christians would agree with their adversaries which would include agreeing with all kinds of injustices–(Matt. 5:25; perhaps this is what the Church and Christian Europe were doing when the Nazis were holocausting Jews);

   –those who do not share the Christians’ views would be labeled as being “against” them, and enemies opposed to rule would be slaughtered–(Matt. 12:30; Luke 19:27; the Crusades will now be rolling out of America to secure Jerusalem for Christ’s landing; we might even get an American “Hitler” to avenge the killing of the Christian’s God/son of God);

   -men and women would have to remain in their marriage regardless of how loveless and miserable or risk being guilty of “adultery;” and the divorced woman would have to wilt her (youthful and beautiful) self in single-hood or her new husband will be charged with “adultery”–(Matt. 5:32; Luke 16:18);

   -woman would be reduced as an object for sex, good only “to avoid fornication–(1 Cor 7:1-2); viewed as inferior to man–(1 Cor. 11:7-9); as the transgressor and betrayer of man–(1 Tim. 2:14; Gen. 3:4-12; Ezek. 16:44); as “defiler” of man–(Rev. 7:4-8; 14:3-4);

   -as no one would be allowed to shovel treasures into earthly storehouses and would have to depend on God as he sends to the birds and flowers and thus no need for knowledge America will plummet like a lead-ball from the pinnacle of progress into the black-hole of backwardness–(Matt. 6:19, 25-26);

   -the Geneva convention on war would have to be re-written, for it would be legal to slay all the soldiers of war as well as slay all the male and matron women and take the virgin girls as sex slaves (and as Christians say Jesus is God this is what Jesus commanded): “And they warred against the Midianites, as the Lord commanded Moses ….And Moses said unto them…Now therefore kill every MALE among the LITTLE ONES (of the captives), and kill EVERY WOMAN who hath known man by lying with him, but ALL THE WOMEN CHILDREN, that have not known a man by lying with him (virgin girls) KEEP ALIVE FOR YOURSELVES….and of WOMEN that had not known man by lying with him (virgin girls), were 32,000”–(Numbers 31:1-53). (See Christianity-Sex Slaves & Prepubescent Girls and Answering Nonie Darwish).

(Non-Christians are to go down on their hands and knees and forehead and thank Allāh that America and nowhere else is governed by Jesus/Christianity. They would have to high-tail it out of America or kiss the useless and unGodly crucifix or have their heads lopped off, or in the case of Jews in 1400’s Vienna face the furnace).

If Islam/Mohammad (not to be confused with Muslims though Muslims are to reflect the teachings of Islam) was lording America (or any place)

   –women and men would be observing a dress code (which probably all disciplined organizations have) –women, the Hijab and jalaba and men, (the minimum) the area between, and including, the navel and the knees and half of the chest;

   –women will be given all the rights due to her and leave her nothing for which to strive;

   -there would be limited polygamy to alleviate female preponderancy;

   -non-Muslims would be governed by the laws of their scripture (to an extent);

   -there would be no Alcohol (one does not need intoxicants to have a good time; in fact intoxicants do not give a “good time”: the best of times are had in sobriety);

   -there will be no Gambling; no pornography; no prostitution and thus no pimping;

   -thieves (depending on the reason for theft and cost of item) will lose their hands (law-abiding citizens will be much safer and secure, and wouldn’t need to imprison themselves in gated communities) (see Islam-amputation/dismemberment).

   -drug-lords and pushers and rapists and other “dead-weight” of society who strive to make mischief in the land and prey on the vulnerable of society run the risk of getting the maximum sentence of crucifixion;

   -men will NOT be saddled with alimony payments for his ex-wife’s unmarried life;

   -there will be one law for the commoner as well as for the elite (there will be no diplomatic immunity);

   -adulterers and fornicators will be publicly flogged (there is no death for adultery, apostasy and blasphemy, and no honor killing in Islam. See Islam-Shari’ah).

Unlike the Christians’ Jesus who would have man in regress and dependency
   -Mohammad, through the Blessed Qur’an brought the world to our feet and eternity to our arms, and gave us to drink of the fountain of knowledge and truth and wisdom and reason, of peace and love and hope and mercy and forgiveness, and he sent man soaring from the belly of ignorance and backwardness into the mouth of quest and progress.

   -Mohammad liberated man from the irrationality of polytheism, the futility and degradation of idolatry, the humiliation of superstition, the phantasm of paganism –of Gods of the womb and dying Gods and sons of God– and took God from the bosom of nationalism and sat Him aloft on the Mount of Universalism; extols that everything in the heavens and the earth were created for our use and that the only presence greater than us is God and thus the only One worthy of worship; that one is better only by faith and deeds; to fulfill covenants and to keep oaths and not to be deceptive; to give justice even if it be against one’s self or parents or kins or whether he be poor or rich; not to act corruptly in the earth or to make mischief; not to be transgressors; not to help one another in sin and aggression; to restrain anger and forgive others; to fight on behalf of the oppressed; to be merciful and forgiving; to fight only as long as there is persecution and oppression and to make peace when the enemy desires peace;  to return evil with that which is better; gives freedom of conscience; rescues the orphan, ennobles the slave, extricated women from the grave of infanticide and unchained her from the shackles of marital chatteldom and enthrones her alongside man from the cradle to paradise; instills in man morality, sobriety, and chastity, and impels him to personal, social, intellectual, and spiritual excellence.

   -Mohammad embraced all the prophets of all the nations and removed the cloak of “sinfulness” hurled upon them.

   -Mohammad not only preached forgiveness but he forgave his most horrid enemies.

   -Mohammad not only preached love of enemies and loved his enemies, but also made them beneficiaries in his kingdom.

  -Mohammad not only preached the giving of charity and gave charity, but also bought slaves their freedom, and assigned a portion of the States’ funds for the poor.

   -Mohammad “disabused our minds”: he made us too cultured to deliver our souls into the hands of gods born of the womb –helpless, defenseless gods; gods who themselves sought nourishment and protection– and he hung the millstone of responsibility for our actions snugly around our own necks –that there is no “scapegoat” on which to cruise on into heaven: every person must pave his own pathway into Paradise.

   Mohammad freed us from stone-worship, star-worship, sun-worship, spirit-worship, nature-worship, human-worship, and sat us high on the pinnacle of pure worship (that the only presence greater than ourselves is God; the worship) of the One True God –Who has no partner or parent, nor son or daughter; Who was not in the womb of a woman, Who was not born, nor ate, slept, drank, nor answered the calls of nature, nor died or was killed– the God Who is Omnipotent, Omniscient, Omnipresent, the God Who is the Ultimate in Purity and Perfection and Who never dies–Allāh! 

   Only the occupier/usurper, the oppressor, the exploiter, the transgressor, those ignorant of Islam, those dedicated to falsehood and those dedicated to living off the blood of others are terrified of Islam.

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NOTES

1.  Toronto Star, Saturday, October 14, 2006.fundamentalist fury, by Lynda Hurst, p. A4.

2.  Toronto Star, Sunday, October 15, 2006.  The owl and the ostrich; featuring Ayaan Hirsi Ali, p. D10.

3. Ismail Zayid, Palestine, A Stolen Heritage, p. 33; (From a letter written by a student) Published in “Haolam Haze,” an Israeli newspaper, (issue 1594) and quoted in “Israel Imperial News,” October, 1968.

The entire material states:  “I am a pupil in a college in Be’er Sheva. I don’t want trouble. The director of the office of education will not like my letter; therefore I am not signing my full name.
The problem: KHUZARI BOOK, which is approved by the office of education. In the introduction to the book Dr. Tzifroni writes:
“The nation of Israel is a chosen nation because of its race, its education and the climate of the land in which it was brought up. The race of the Israeli people is the most superior of all races”. I think that these sentences require no explanation.
                                           Mira, Be’er Sheva.”
(And Hitler was pilloried for his view that Germans is the master race. If supremacy is based on race, residency, and knowledge; then Palestinians/Arabs are the “most superior of all races”; having resided in Palestine for six thousand years, is the best nation, as Allāh says in His Qur’an, and has given Muslims knowledge that brought light to the world –at a time when Jews and everyone else were running around with flint tools and torches). 

4. From a Friday sermon. According to the Imam this saying is listed in Bokhari Adab al-mufraad.

5. Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din, Open Letters To The Bishops of Salisbury & London, p. 137. 

6. Muhammad Ali comm. to Qur’an 12:92.

7. See Jesus-18 missing years. Noted fromKhwaja Nazir Ahmad, Jesus in Heaven on Earth, (Sixth Ed; 1988, (First Ed; April, 1952). Published by Dar-ul-Isha’at-Kutub-E-Islamia, Fatmabai Court, 4th floor above Bank of Maharashtra, 17 Maulana Azad Road, Jacob Circle, Bombay 400 011. Tel: 893438-398330. This invaluable book might be obtainable through www.muslim.org).