Saturday, June 24, 2006

Stronger and Stronger We March Towards Freedom

-This is a call to all those who love peace and freedom. We need all those who are willing to put minimal time and effort in order to some good in this world. Iran will be freed. It will be freed because the people of Iran want to live in a democratic and prosperous Iran. This is an invitation to all those who want to make a difference. Iranians and non-Iranians alike are encouraged to contact our offices abroad and get involved. If each of us put in a couple hours a week to fight these mullahs they won't stand a chance.

Long Live Iran
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Source: Iranian.com
Title: Marze Por Gohar Party

The first shot fired shattered the kitchen window. The second hit closer to the door and after a few more aimless shots attempting only to announce their arrival, the Revolutionary guards shot off the lock on the door and forced their way in. They entered through the neighbor’s yard and surrounded the house. The thumping sound of their boots running through the yard resembled a scene from the movie Rambo and was disturbing enough to make their 3-year-old neighbor who was playing in the yard, swallow the last bite of her peach together with the pit.

The guards poured in sadistically elated to find all their targets in one place. Farahanipour and his friends were in the middle of a meeting, deciding what steps to take next. They remained seated around a round table in the dining room. The first guard approached the group and suddenly kicked one of the young girls in the face. Stunned by his audacity, Farahanipour and the rest of his friends were roused. One of the young men began to speak up, “Leave her alone!” They lifted him out of his seat by his shirt collar. A punch in the jaw hurled him onto the couch. Now they felt they had to comply. Government officials ransacked Farahanipour’s house, collected most of his personal belongings and handcuffed him and his friends. When they ran out of handcuffs they began using telephone wires to tie their hands behind their backs and violently threw them in the back of an unmarked van.

They raided Roozbeh Farahanipour’s house the day after he and his friends organized a student uprising at Tehran University July 9, 1999. They were arrested and badly tortured. They had hopes of toppling the Islamic Republic or at least letting the world know that they were anything but idle; or so that’s how Farahanipour, now sitting in a small garden office in Westwood, likes to describe actions that may seem futile and rebellious to many but not to him.

“We never thought we’d get the kind of turnout that we did, but it only confirmed how fed up everyone was,” he says trying to remember more specific events of the day. “I liked the feeling of solidarity, running through the streets and chanting slogans at the clerics. ‘Khamenei, be a man, be a man and free the land!’” That was the only non-profane slogan he could think of. While the translation works, the slogan means more in Farsi.

He masks a lot of the events with a smile as he retells them. The masking becomes a challenge when he begins to talk about the torture, the beating and the uncertainty of making it through another day.

They asked him his name. He answered, “Roozbeh Farahanipour.” Suddenly, they hurled a chair in his direction, aiming for his head. The head guard screamed, “Roozbeh is dead! From now on you are number 607.” That was his cell number.

The prison heads were particularly fixated on beating his hands; poetic justice for a writer. They’d whip him until he bled, bruised, and they’d do it all over again. At times, he says, his hands became so numb; he couldn’t tell if they were still attached to his body. They tried to break as many fingers as they could, succeeding with three over the course of his imprisonment.

Every time that piece of wood would come down in flogging action against his hands, Farahanipour would close his eyes, hold his breath and prepare for another. They were relentless, hitting the students’ backs and soles of their feet. As they hanged from metal beams across the ceiling, they would be beaten until the guards saw the first signs of blood. Sometimes they wouldn’t even stop at that. But Farahanipour says he and the others would try to show strength and resilience so they would start singing the Iranian national anthem -- the same anthem banned by the Islamic Republic and replaced with an Islamic version. The singing would only cause the guards to hit them harder. Their screams echoed in the prison.

He now sits by the window in his office looking out at a tailor shop and laser hair treatment spa going through a box of mostly old photographs that sits on his lap. He takes out a yellow blindfold decorated with royal blue flowers and puts it on the table. Hesitating to take his eyes off the blindfold, he reaches back into the box. One by one he takes out the photographs and with a look of discomfort he peppers the table with reminders of his past. “They killed this man,” he says pointing to a man standing on the side of his fourth grade class picture. “He was a priest.” With less deliberation this time, he hurries to put his hands back in the box. He takes out a couple more. The one on top is of him and four friends sitting with a chocolate cake. It is his 20th birthday. “This girl,” he says, forced to stop, take a partial breath and stroke his hand through his thick black hair. “This girl was arrested a few weeks after this photo was taken and beaten to death.”

Thirty-four-year-old Farahanipour resembles his childhood pictures. He still has that baby face with two big, black eyes that turn almond-shaped when he smiles. He’s not so tall, and not so short, but his lofty yet eloquent Farsi rhetoric gives him a tall stature.

By training, he is a journalist and a lawyer, and ashamed to admit that he now has to host tables at Shamshiri, a Persian restaurant on Westwood Boulevard, in order to pay the bills.

Things haven’t changed that much for Farahanipour absent the beating and torture. Now they have an American twist. Farahanipour runs his political party Marze Por Gohar, MPG or Glorious Frontiers Party out of Los Angeles, sometimes called Irangeles, the closest place to home. Their platform has stayed the same. They are still in search of a way to bring down the Islamic Republic and to replace them with a secular and democratic alternative. They lobby in Washington D.C., organize rallies and protests, speak at universities and publish a monthly magazine in hopes of educating and “awakening” Iranians living in Iran and abroad.

Prior to the protest he worked as the publisher and chief editor of a popular monthly dedicated to Iranian studies. The journal was quickly banned by the Islamic Republic when Farahanipour attempted to publish the names of 57 individuals murdered by the government.

Farahanipour was prevented from publishing again and determined to get freedom of speech rights for journalists. In1998, Farahanipour along with some of his colleagues organized The National Society of Journalists. They quickly realized that, when dealing with the Islamic Republic, the only way to get things done was to enter the political arena. From then the journalism society became known as the Marzeh Por-Gohar political party.

Farahanipour’s political inclinations started when he was young. He was only in the second grade when he says he committed his first “political act.” It was right after the Revolution when Muslim clerics dismissed a popular children’s television host, Ehteram Boroumand, who had refused to wear the Islamic veil on television. Farahanipour objected to her dismissal, so he led his classmates to the yard and staged a protest, chanting, "We want Mrs. Boroumand now (yaallaa)". He also remembers receiving his first beating from the school headmaster, who used a heavy, wooden ruler.

Among the dusty pictures is a wrinkled copy of the last magazine Farahanipour had published. On the cover it says in Farsi, “If you speak you will die. If you remain quiet you will die. Why not speak and die?”

Farahanipour chuckles in a matter-of-fact way, as though he was entrusted with this duty and has no option but to carry it out. “If I were going to be scared, nothing would ever progress,” he says as he describes a new batch of death threats he received on the internet this week. “They said in three weeks we will find you and kill you.” He shrugs. “I’ve heard a lot of this before.”

It is all too familiar for Farahanipour who says he’s been on the Islamic Republic’s radar even before the protest. The government referred to MPG as an “illegal party” and called Farahanipour a “leader of the unrest” from the start. So when he was arrested with several others, he knew his punishment would be worse. The blindfold gave it all away.

When they arrived at the prison all the students were forced to change into prison uniforms. Farahanipour kept thinking about the girls in the group who were asked to undress in front of the guards just the same. He knew that their modesty, which is so revered in Persian culture, wouldn’t be respected. Then they were all blindfolded with standard grey blindfolds. Farahanipour’s was different. “They wanted me to be easily distinguishable,” he says, recalling the ridicule, name calling and abuse.

Despite all the abuse, Farahanipour says his mother suffered the most. As she saw the men entering their home, her first reaction as a typical Iranian woman was to run to the kitchen to bring them some tea. Farahanipour laughs as he describes his mother’s naïveté. She saw no difference between her son and these young men. To her, they were all Iranian children. When she brought out the tea, she was surprised to find that they wouldn’t drink it. The guards of course, figured she was trying to poison them. When she realized what was actually going on and that her son was taken away, she began to panic, but severe anxiety consumed her only after she received a fake call from the prison saying they had killed her son. Another student’s father died of a heart attack when he got that same call. Ironically his son lived to hear about it.

After 11 months of interrogations, he was released on 50,000,000 Rials bail, around $10,000, paid with the deed to a friend’s house. As much as he loved his country he says, he knew if he stayed he’d be killed. He quickly gathered whatever personal belongings the guards hadn’t seized and escaped to Turkey.

While the tortures and abuses of the Islamic Republic are over for him, Farahanipour says they are still watching, citing an instance not too long ago when he found that his office was bugged. Around that time, Farahanipour noticed a van that would park outside the office frequently. He reported it all to the FBI and soon after, the van disappeared. “Let them watch me,” he says, open about his political views and convinced that the days of the Islamic Republic’s reign in Iran are numbered. He laughs, remembering times when, knowing his lines were tapped, he would answer the phone, “good day to all our listeners.”

Now, Farahanipour can’t shake the streets of Tehran with his messages and hopes for reform, but he hasn’t given up hope of shaking them from afar. “If I didn’t think I could make a difference living here, you can rest assured I’d never be here,” he says. To an outsider, Farahanipour seems like he’s settled well in Los Angeles. He works out of a nice office, has his group of friends, works a steady job and most importantly enjoys American freedoms. Despite his acknowledgement of it all, when people ask how he likes living in the United States, he most often says, “It’s a nice home. But it isn’t my home.”

After a short stay in Turkey, he arrived in the U.S. in 2000. Since then, Farahanipour has spent most of his time educating and familiarizing others with his party. Even though Farahanipour and most expatriate Iranians have been against the idea of an Islamic Republic – having a formerly secular country like Iran in the hands of clerics -- the number of dissidents who have adopted a voice has increased as current President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s extreme views such as taking Israel off the map and Holocaust denial have become public. Farahanipour and his party have never felt a better opportunity to push for a free Iran.

The environment in Iran is perfectly set up to support a revolution, he says citing that more than 2/3 of the country’s population is under the age of 30. Young Iranians are completely westernized. They love Ipods, extreme sports and, unfortunately, illegal drugs.

“This is the ideal time,” says University of Southern California Professor of political science Eliz Sanasarian. “If the opposition to this regime is serious about what it hopes to accomplish, then this is the time for them to come together, to unify and to connect with the population inside the country.”

“There is a sufficient middle class that will welcome a revolution, and if it’s accompanied by economic changes, the other classes will go along with it as well,” Sanasarian says, pointing to various conditions that make it an opportune moment for a revolution such as the country’s love for modernization and a high unemployment rate.

One of the obstacles opposition groups have faced in recent years is unity. There are many groups who oppose the Islamic Republic garnering support both inside and outside Iran, yet they do not necessarily agree with one another. There are the monarchists who favor the return of the monarchy overthrown in 1979 under the Shah’s son now living in Virginia. There is also the Mojahedin-e-Khalgh or MEK who believe in an Islamist Marxist government. Incidentally, the MEK is listed as a terrorist organization with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Dissatisfaction with the post-Revolutionary government has been high since its start, but Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is considered to be the extreme. He is a radical conservative with Islamist and populist views, catering mostly to Iran’s conservative religious and lower economic classes. While the Islamic Republic has never seen eye-to-eye with the United Nations, or with the United States for that matter, Ahmadinejad’s outlandish comments and refusal to cease nuclear proliferation has put the country in the international spotlight.

Last September, shortly after elections in Iran made Ahmadinejad the sixth president of the Islamic Republic, he was scheduled to fly into New York to be at the United Nations. Farahanipour helped organized the rally of thousands that appeared in front of the U.N., protesting not only his welcome in the U.S. but his position as president of Iran. With help from his supporters, Farahanipour chartered an airplane to take protesters to New York. He says that while people came from as far as Norway and from several U.S. cities including Denver and Jacksonville, the media failed to grant the event the coverage it deserved.

Tight-knit networking and intelligence have been cited as the reasons behind the Islamic Republic’s success. Farahanipour also blames the media. Only recently has there been any coverage on Iran, but that’s just politics. There are seldom reports on the people of Iran. “If the world understood how people are living, how they are treated, what poverty is like in certain places, and contrast that with the amount of money these mullahs pocket or hand out to terrorist organizations to carry out suicide bombings, then they’d be more inclined to push for regime change,” Farahanipour says.

What he tries to stress most in his political campaign is the vast difference between Iranians and their government, which he refers to as a “foreign import” from the Arab world. After the people of Iran revolted against their monarch Shah Reza Pahlavi, Farahanipour says the replacement, religious cleric Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini was able to turn one of the most progressive and westernized countries in the Middle East into a religious third world country which coincidentally possesses oil. Women went from wearing miniskirts to covering everything from their heads to their toes. They went from taking pride in their westernized cities to taking pride in their religious and undeveloped rural areas.

“When Khomeini was entering the country they asked him a very important question. He had been in exile for 15 years and they asked him how do you feel about entering Iran again and he answered, ‘I have no feeling.’ That was obvious that this regime is anti-Iranian. Their actions prove to us that they are looking to spread the influences of Islam and Arabic, there’s nothing Iranian about that”

But the people of Iran have not changed. They wear their miniskirts under their cloaks. They wear the latest styles and makeup. Plastic surgery is as common as anything. They throw parties in their homes, take lavish trips to ski resorts and soak up the sun in nearby Dubai. For the most part, they are still Iranian nationalists who strongly oppose the fundamentalist mentality of their government. Most importantly, their kindness hasn’t changed. It was the kindness and compassion of fellow Iranians that allowed Farahanipour to eventually escape the country in 2000. A bus driver and several passengers helped him hide between the luggages stowed beneath a bus in route to Istanbul, Turkey.

“You can’t say that because someone is living in Iran, they are supporters of the regime. It’s not like that,” especially when you consider the number of religious and cultural minorities that have trouble getting clearance to leave the country. Others are loyal to their country, despite the hands, or claws rather, that currently hold it. They put up with the government to stay on Iran’s soil and refuse to be buried anywhere else.

“Our difficulty is organization. Organization, organization, organization. There you go. Three solutions for Iran’s future. We are in a bad situation right now with the election of Ahmadinejad, Iran’s nuclear proliferation and the supporting of terrorist actions around the globe. If the people of Iran make an effort to topple their government, the world would no longer recognize the Islamic Republic.”

As American political and possible military confrontation with Iran becomes almost inevitable, Farahanipour says Iranians are losing time. Although the Iranian government has persuaded its citizens that another revolution is too costly, Farahanipour says the price of a revolution is better than a war on Iranian people and our homeland.

“This is a historical moment. We have to make world powers and the people of Iran aware. So this is our problem. We have to awaken America and other foreign powers. We have to be the messengers. These are tough things to do considering the financial limitations that opposition groups are faced with. But if someone loves his country, this might be the last chance. Maybe our country is testing us to see how whether we will put aside our lives, our money and anything we have to defend what’s most valuable to us.”

Original Article

2 Comments:

Anonymous Ahmedinajad said...

SALAAM , SHALOM, PEACE

Dear Mr. President Bush & your Excellency the Pope Benedict

PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING PASSAGES FROM THE BIBLE AS IT HAS IMPLICATIONS ON THE WAR AGAINST TERROR/ISLAM and the claim of Israel that god gave them the land. If the child is an infant than the Judeo-Christian version becomes null and void and we are wasting our time and resources i.e. we could save trillions of dollars and create a more peaceful world rather than fighting against Islam the religion of Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (peace be upon them all).

The COVENANT with Abraham and his DESCENDANTS is central to islam/chritianity/judaism. IF PROPHET ABRAHAM WAS TESTED TO SACRIFICE ISMAEL AND NOT ISSAAC THEN BOTH JUDAISM AND CHRISTIANITY ARE DESTROYED AND VICE-VERSA FOR ISLAM.

Please note this is not a competition between faiths but an attempt to decipher fact from fiction.

GENESIS 16:16
And Hagar bore Abram a son; and Abram called the name of his son, whom Hagar bore, Ishmael. Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore Ishmael to Abram.
GENESIS 21:5
Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.

At Genesis 22 Abraham had only 2 sons others came later. The Quran mentions that it was Ishmael that was sacrificed hence the reference in genesis 22:2 your only son can only mean someone has substituted Ishmael names for Isaac!!

BY DOING SOME KINDERGARTEN ARITHMATIC USING ARABIC NUMBERS (1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10)
NOT ROMAN NUMERALS (I, II, III, IV, V, VI, VII, VIII, IX, X) NB no concept of zero in roman numerals.

100 years old – 86 years old = 14 ADD 3 YEARS FOR ISSAC’S WEANING

THAT WOULD MAKE ISHMAEL 17 YEARS OLD IN GENESIS 21:14-21
BUT IT IS A DESCRIPTION OF AN INFANT.

Carefully read several times the above passage and then tell me the mental picture you get between the mother child interactions what is the age of the child. If the mental picture is that of a 17 year old child being carried on the shoulder of his mother, being physically placed in the bush, crying like a baby, mother having to give him water to drink, than the Islamic viewpoint is null and void.

I have shown the passage of Genesis 21 to my two elder children of good reading ages now and without influencing them asked them what mental picture they got about the age of Ishmael in that passage and they thought he was about 5 years old. I have also tried the same thing with my work colleagues some of whom are qualified with PhD’s and have the ENGLISH language as their mother tongue and they also said they thought Ishmael was 5 years or younger because some of them stated by themselves that there was no verbal interaction between mother and child. I.e. If Ishmael is not of talking age then he must be less than a year old.


GENESIS: 21:14 - 21
So Abraham rose early in the morning, and took bread and a skin of water, and gave it to Hagar, putting it on her shoulder, along with the child, and sent her away. And she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beer-Sheba. When the water in the skin was gone, she cast the child under one of the bushes. Then she went, and sat down over against him a good way off, about the distance of a bowshot; for she said, “Let me not look upon the death of the child.” And as she sat over against him, the child lifted up his voice and wept. And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar from heaven, and said to her, “What troubles you, Hagar? Fear not; for God has heard the voice of the lad where he is. Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him fast with your hand; for I will make him a great nation.” Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water; and she went, and filled the skin with water, and gave the lad a drink. And God was with the lad, and he grew up; he lived in the wilderness, and became an expert with the bow. He lived in the wilderness of Paran; and his mother took a wife for him from the land of Egypt.

AS THE DESCRIPTION OF ISHMAEL IN GENESIS 21:14-21 IS THAT OF AN INFANT IT CAN BE ASSUMED SOMEONE HAS MOVED THIS PASSAGE FROM AN EARLIER PART OF SCRIPTURE!!! AND HAVE GOT THERE KNICKERS IN A TWIST.

For background info on the future religion of mankind see the following websites:

http://www.al-sunnah.com/muhammad_in_the_bible.htm (MUHAMMAD IN THE BIBLE)
http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/MB_BQS/default.htm (Quran and Science)
http://www.harunyahya.com/
http://www.barnabas.net/
http://www.answering-christianity.com/ac.htm
http://www.islamicity.com/
http://www.islamonline.net/english/index.shtml
http://www.islamalways.com/




HOLY QURAN CHAPTER 37 verses 101 - 122

101. So We gave him the good news of a boy ready to suffer and forbear.

102. Then, when (the son) reached (the age of) (serious) work with him, he said: "O my son! I see in vision that I offer thee in sacrifice: Now see what is thy view!" (The son) said: "O my father! Do as thou art commanded: thou will find me, if Allah so wills one practising Patience and Constancy!"

103. So when they had both submitted their wills (to Allah., and he had laid him prostrate on his forehead (for sacrifice),

104. We called out to him "O Abraham!

105. "Thou hast already fulfilled the vision!" - thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

106. For this was obviously a trial-

107. And We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice:

108. And We left (this blessing) for him among generations (to come) in later times:

109. "Peace and salutation to Abraham!"

110. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

111. For he was one of our believing Servants.

112. And We gave him the good news of Isaac - a prophet,- one of the Righteous.

113. We blessed him and Isaac: but of their progeny are (some) that do right, and (some) that obviously do wrong, to their own souls.

114. Again (of old) We bestowed Our favour on Moses and Aaron,

115. And We delivered them and their people from (their) Great Calamity;

116. And We helped them, so they overcame (their troubles);

117. And We gave them the Book which helps to make things clear;

118. And We guided them to the Straight Way.

119. And We left (this blessing) for them among generations (to come) in later times:

120. "Peace and salutation to Moses and Aaron!"

121. Thus indeed do We reward those who do right.

122. For they were two of our believing Servants.

ISHMAEL IS THE FIRST BORN AND GOOD NEWS OF ISSAC DOES NOT APPEAR UNTIL AFTER THE SACRIFICE?????

THEREFORE THE CLAIM THAT GOD GAVE THE LAND TO ISRAEL IS DESTROYED WITHOUT THE NEED OF ANY WMD’s.


Amazing so Hagar in Genesis 21:14 – 21 was carrying a 17 year old on her one shoulder for maybe 10 – 100 miles (Mrs. Swarzniggar) who later grew up to become an archer, married into an Arab tribe and learned Arabic and went onto have several children. One of the descendants of this CHILD passed on his DNA to Muhammad the illiterate whose religion is now violently spreading by the sword and soon to overtake the whole planet.
How could this happen like you I am also confused.

The oil found in recent history belongs to the west, its unfortunate it is under lands inhabited by Muslims and not only Arabs. Having oil and economic success then to die and go to hell is not my idea of a great nation.

A brief lesson on Islam.

It is the oldest faith on the planet it starts of with Adam and Eve, and continuous through revelations given to Noah, Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Moses, David, Solomon, Jesus (many others too numerous to mention) until its completion under the messenger ship of Muhammad (pbuta). Islam is not an exclusively an Arab faith as there is no scriptural evidence that Muhammad (pbuh) said that he is the founder of Islam. One cannot quote the Quran as it is not the work of Muhammad as he could not read or write in any language including Arabic. Just as Jesus has himself not ever said that he is the founder of Christianity or Moses has not stated that he is the founder of Judaism.

ISIAH 29 verse 12 "And the book is delivered to him that is not learned, saying, Read this, I pray thee: and he saith, I am not learned".


Below are verses from the Quran, where GOD/SATAN himself says that the scriptures were changed by the scribes.





Quran Chapter 2 verse 75

75. Can ye (o ye men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you?- Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it knowingly after they understood it.


Quran Chapter 2 verse 79

79. Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:"This is from Allah," to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.

Quran Chapter 4 verse 46

46. Of the Jews there are those who displace words from their (right) places, and say: "We hear and we disobey"; and "Hear what is not Heard"; and "Ra'ina"; with a twist of their tongues and a slander to Faith. If only they had said: "What hear and we obey"; and "Do hear"; and "Do look at us"; it would have been better for them, and more proper; but Allah hath cursed them for their Unbelief; and but few of them will believe.

Quran Chapter 2 verse 40 - 83

40. O Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and fulfil your covenant with Me as I fulfil My Covenant with you, and fear none but Me.
41. And believe in what I reveal, confirming the revelation which is with you, and be not the first to reject Faith therein, nor sell My Signs for a small price; and fear Me, and Me alone.
42. And cover not Truth with falsehood, nor conceal the Truth when ye know (what it is).
43. And be steadfast in prayer; practise regular charity; and bow down your heads with those who bow down (in worship).
44. Do ye enjoin right conduct on the people, and forget (To practise it) yourselves, and yet ye study the Scripture? Will ye not understand?
45. Nay, seek ((Allah)'s) help with patient perseverance and prayer: It is indeed hard, except to those who bring a lowly spirit,-
46. Who bear in mind the certainty that they are to meet their Lord, and that they are to return to Him.
47. Children of Israel! call to mind the (special) favour which I bestowed upon you, and that I preferred you to all other (for My Message).
48. Then guard yourselves against a day when one soul shall not avail another nor shall intercession be accepted for her, nor shall compensation be taken from her, nor shall anyone be helped (from outside).
49. And remember, We delivered you from the people of Pharaoh: They set you hard tasks and punishments, slaughtered your sons and let your women-folk live; therein was a tremendous trial from your Lord.
50. And remember We divided the sea for you and saved you and drowned Pharaoh's people within your very sight.
51. And remember We appointed forty nights for Moses, and in his absence ye took the calf (for worship), and ye did grievous wrong.
52. Even then We did forgive you; there was a chance for you to be grateful.
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.
54. And remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Ye have indeed wronged yourselves by your worship of the calf: So turn (in repentance) to your Maker, and slay yourselves (the wrong-doers); that will be better for you in the sight of your Maker." Then He turned towards you (in forgiveness): For He is Oft- Returning, Most Merciful.
55. And remember ye said: "O Moses! We shall never believe in thee until we see Allah manifestly," but ye were dazed with thunder and lighting even as ye looked on.
56. Then We raised you up after your death: Ye had the chance to be grateful.
57. And We gave you the shade of clouds and sent down to you Manna and quails, saying: "Eat of the good things We have provided for you:" (But they rebelled); to us they did no harm, but they harmed their own souls.
58. And remember We said: "Enter this town, and eat of the plenty therein as ye wish; but enter the gate with humility, in posture and in words, and We shall forgive you your faults and increase (the portion of) those who do good."
59. But the transgressors changed the word from that which had been given them; so We sent on the transgressors a plague from heaven, for that they infringed (Our command) repeatedly.
60. And remember Moses prayed for water for his people; We said: "Strike the rock with thy staff." Then gushed forth therefrom twelve springs. Each group knew its own place for water. So eat and drink of the sustenance provided by Allah, and do no evil nor mischief on the (face of the) earth.
61. And remember ye said: "O Moses! we cannot endure one kind of food (always); so beseech thy Lord for us to produce for us of what the earth groweth, -its pot-herbs, and cucumbers, Its garlic, lentils, and onions." He said: "Will ye exchange the better for the worse? Go ye down to any town, and ye shall find what ye want!" They were covered with humiliation and misery; they drew on themselves the wrath of Allah. This because they went on rejecting the Signs of Allah and slaying His Messengers without just cause. This because they rebelled and went on transgressing.
62. Those who believe (in the Qur'an), and those who follow the Jewish (scriptures), and the Christians and the Sabians,- any who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and work righteousness, shall have their reward with their Lord; on them shall be no fear, nor shall they grieve.
63. And remember We took your covenant and We raised above you (The towering height) of Mount (Sinai) : (Saying): "Hold firmly to what We have given you and bring (ever) to remembrance what is therein: Perchance ye may fear Allah."
64. But ye turned back thereafter: Had it not been for the Grace and Mercy of Allah to you, ye had surely been among the lost.
65. And well ye knew those amongst you who transgressed in the matter of the Sabbath: We said to them: "Be ye apes, despised and rejected."
66. So We made it an example to their own time and to their posterity, and a lesson to those who fear Allah.
67. And remember Moses said to his people: "(Allah) commands that ye sacrifice a heifer." They said: "Makest thou a laughing-stock of us?" He said: "(Allah) save me from being an ignorant (fool)!"
68. They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what (heifer) it is!" He said; "He says: The heifer should be neither too old nor too young, but of middling age. Now do what ye are commanded!"
69. They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us Her colour." He said: "He says: A fawn-coloured heifer, pure and rich in tone, the admiration of beholders!"
70. They said: "Beseech on our behalf Thy Lord to make plain to us what she is: To us are all heifers alike: We wish indeed for guidance, if Allah wills."
71. He said: "He says: A heifer not trained to till the soil or water the fields; sound and without blemish." They said: "Now hast thou brought the truth." Then they offered her in sacrifice, but not with good-will.
72. Remember ye slew a man and fell into a dispute among yourselves as to the crime: But Allah was to bring forth what ye did hide.
73. So We said: "Strike the (body) with a piece of the (heifer)." Thus Allah bringeth the dead to life and showeth you His Signs: Perchance ye may understand.
74. Thenceforth were your hearts hardened: They became like a rock and even worse in hardness. For among rocks there are some from which rivers gush forth; others there are which when split asunder send forth water; and others which sink for fear of Allah. And Allah is not unmindful of what ye do.
75. Can ye (o ye men of Faith) entertain the hope that they will believe in you?- Seeing that a party of them heard the Word of Allah, and perverted it knowingly after they understood it.
76. Behold! when they meet the men of Faith, they say: "We believe": But when they meet each other in private, they say: "Shall you tell them what Allah hath revealed to you, that they may engage you in argument about it before your Lord?"- Do ye not understand (their aim)?
77. Know they not that Allah knoweth what they conceal and what they reveal?
78. And there are among them illiterates, who know not the Book, but (see therein their own) desires, and they do nothing but conjecture.
79. Then woe to those who write the Book with their own hands, and then say:"This is from Allah," to traffic with it for miserable price!- Woe to them for what their hands do write, and for the gain they make thereby.
80. And they say: "The Fire shall not touch us but for a few numbered days:" Say: "Have ye taken a promise from Allah, for He never breaks His promise? or is it that ye say of Allah what ye do not know?"
81. Nay, those who seek gain in evil, and are girt round by their sins,- they are companions of the Fire: Therein shall they abide (For ever).
82. But those who have faith and work righteousness, they are companions of the Garden: Therein shall they abide (For ever).
83. And remember We took a covenant from the Children of Israel (to this effect): Worship none but Allah. treat with kindness your parents and kindred, and orphans and those in need; speak fair to the people; be steadfast in prayer; and practise regular charity. Then did ye turn back, except a few among you, and ye backslide (even now).



Jesus in the Glorious Qur'an

The Qur’an tells us a lot of wonderful things about Jesus. As a result, believers in the Qur’an love Jesus, honour him, and believe in him. In fact, no Muslim can be a Muslim unless he or she believes in Jesus, on whom be peace.
The Qur’an says that Jesus was born of a virgin, that he spoke while he was still only a baby, that he healed the blind and the leper by God’s leave, and that he raised the dead by God’s leave.
What then is the significance of these miracles? First, the virgin birth. God demonstrates his power to create in every way. God created everyone we know from a man and a woman. But how about Adam, on whom be peace? God created him from neither a man nor a woman. And Eve from only a man, but not a woman. And, finally, to complete the picture, God created Jesus from a woman, but not a man.
What about the other miracles? These were to show that Jesus was not acting on his own behalf, but that he was backed by God. The Qur’an specifies that these miracles were performed by God’s leave. This may be compared to the Book of Acts in the Bible, chapter 2, verse 22, where it says that the miracles were done by God to show that he approved of Jesus. Also, note that Jesus himself is recorded in the Gospel of John to have said, “I can do nothing of my own authority” (5:30). The miracles, therefore, were done not by his own authority, but by God’s authority.
What did Jesus teach? The Qur’an tells us that Jesus came to teach the same basic message which was taught by previous prophets from God—that we must shun every false god and worship only the one true God. Jesus taught that he is the servant and messenger of that one true God, the God of Abraham. These Quranic teachings can be compared with the Bible ( Mark 10:18; Matthew 26:39; John 14:28, 17:3, and 20:17) where Jesus teaches that the one he worshipped is the only true God. See also Matthew 12:18; Acts 3:13, and 4:27 where we find that his disciples knew him as Servant of God.
The Qur’an tells us that some of the Israelites rejected Jesus, and conspired to kill him, but Allah (God) rescued Jesus and raised him to Himself. Allah will cause Jesus to descend again, at which time Jesus will confirm his true teachings and everyone will believe in him as he is and as the Qur’an teaches about him.
Jesus is the Messiah. He is a word from Allah, and a spirit from Him. He is honoured in this world and in the hereafter, and he is one of those brought nearest to Allah.
Jesus was a man who spoke the truth which he heard from God. This can be compared with the Gospel According to John where Jesus says to the Israelites: “You are determined to kill me, a man who has told you the truth that I heard from God” (John 8:40).

The Virgin Birth of Jesus
Muslims believe in the virgin birth of Jesus. When the angels announced to Mary (peace be upon her) about Allah’s promise that she will have a son, she was surprised, since she was a virgin. “How can this be?” she thought. She was reminded that it is easy for Allah to create whatever he wills.
She said: My Lord! How can I have a child when no mortal hath touched me? He said: So (it will be). Allah createth what He will. If He decreeth a thing, He saith unto it only: Be! and it is (Qur’an 3:47).
It is not difficult for Allah to do anything he wants. He can create a child with both human parents or only one. No miracle is beyond His power. After all, He had created Adam (peace be upon him) from neither a man nor a woman. He created the rest of us from both man and woman. What is so hard if Allah decides to create a human being from a woman only? He only commands “Be!” and it occurs.
Some people think that since Jesus, peace be upon him, had no human father then God must be his father. The Qur’an rejects this view. The position of Jesus with Allah is comparable to the position of Adam with Allah. Just because Adam had no human parent does not mean we should call him the Son of God.
Lo! the likeness of Jesus with Allah is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust, then He said unto him: Be! and he is. (Qur’an 3:59).
According to the Qur’an, everyone except Allah are His servants.
And they say: the Beneficent hath taken unto Himself a Son. Assuredly ye utter a disastrous thing, whereby almost the heavens are torn, and the earth is split asunder and the mountains fall to ruins, that ye ascribe to the Beneficent a son, when it is not meet for (the Majesty of) the Beneficent that He should chose a son. There is none in the heavens and the earth but cometh unto the Beneficent as a slave. (Qur’an 19:88-93)

The Miracles of Jesus
According to the Qur’an, Jesus, on whom be peace, performed the following miracles by Allah’s leave:
1. Spoke while he was only a baby.
2. Healed those born blind.
3. Healed the lepers.
4. Revived the dead.
5. Breathed life into a bird made of clay.
In the Qur’an Allah quotes Jesus, peace be upon him, as saying:
Lo! I come unto you with a sign from your Lord. Lo! I fashion for you out of clay the likeness of a bird, and I breathe into it and it is a bird by Allah’s leave. I heal him who was born blind, and the leper, and I raise the dead, by Allah’s leave. And I announce to you what you eat and what you store up in your houses. Lo! herein verily is a portent for you if you are to be believers.
And (I come) confirming that which was before me of the Torah, and to make lawful some of that which was forbidden unto you. I come unto you with a sign from your Lord, so keep your duty to Allah and obey me. Lo! Allah is my Lord and your Lord, so worship Him. That is a straight path. (Qur’an 3: 49-51).
Again, in the Qur’an Allah tells us about the situation on the Day of Judgement:
In the day when Allah gathers together the messengers and says: What was your response (from mankind)? they say: We have no knowledge. Lo! Thou, only Thou art the Knower of Things Hidden.
When Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary! Remember My favour unto you and unto your mother; how I strengthened you with the holy Spirit, so that you spoke unto mankind in the cradle as in maturity; and how I taught you the Scripture and Wisdom and the Torah and the Gospel; and how you did shape of clay as it were the likeness of a bird by My permission, and did blow upon it and it was a bird by My permission, and you did heal him who was born blind and the leper by My permission . . . (Qur’an 5:109-110)
Not all of these miracles are recorded in the canonical gospels, the four gospels contained in the Christian Bible.
The fact that Jesus spoke while he was yet a baby is not written anywhere in the Bible. This should not be surprising, because none of the Gospels can claim to recover every single event in the life of Jesus. Instead, the gospel According to John seeks to emphasize that the events were too many to record.
Similarly, the miracle of breathing life into a bird made of clay is not attested by the Christian Bible. This too should not make us wonder. It is obvious that the writers of the gospels could write down only the tradition that was available to them. Furthermore, they could not write down everything they knew about Jesus for they were writing on papyrus material that were very limited in length.
What is worthy to notice here is that the Prophet Muhammad, may peace and the blessings of Allah be upon him, was honest enough to promulgate this information about Jesus. The religion taught by God through Muhammad would deny the divinity of Jesus. Any human being, therefore, who wished to deny the divinity of Jesus would have tried to belittle Jesus. Since Christians looked upon the miracles of Jesus as a proof of his divinity, we might expect that any human being who tries to deny the divinity of Jesus would not have informed people of miracles not previously known to them. He might have even tried to deny some of the miracles recorded in the canonical gospels. On the other hand, the prophet Muhammad honestly conveyed the message delivered to him from Allah. (May the peace and blessings of Allah be upon him.)
Allah tells us the truth without fear. Human beings trying to win followers tell us only what is conducive to winning us over. They usually withhold information that could lead to opposite conclusions. On the other hand, Allah informs us about the miracles of Jesus even if people use this information to support their prior commitment to the doctrine of the divinity of Jesus. Allah does not need to win worshippers. Those who worship Allah does so for their own good. And those who worship false gods do so to their own detriment.
What Allah emphasizes, though, is that the miracles of Jesus do not prove he was divine. The miracles he performed were a sign, a proof, that he was God’s messenger. He performed them with God’s help and permission. Those who use his miracles as proof of his divinity would choose to forget the following sayings of Jesus:
I can of my own authority do nothing. (John 5:30)
They also forget the declaration of Peter:
Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves know. (Acts 2:22 KJV).
These passages suggest that Jesus did not do miracles on his own. These, rather were accomplished by God’s leave. Allah reminds us of this. Jesus also constantly repeated to his audience that the miracles he performed were by God’s leave.

Sun Jun 25, 08:42:00 AM 2006  
Blogger Ruzbeh Hosseini said...

Wow... I don't even know how to respond to this. First of all, I doubt you are Aghmaghnejaad. But for my amusement, I will assume that you are and tell you that your time would be better spent administering the country then posting incoherent ramblings. Aaghaa! Gooz baa shagheegheh cheh kaar daareh! lol

so, who are you really?

Mon Jun 26, 02:39:00 PM 2006  

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