NEW CREATION BOOK FOR MUSLIMS

 

 

 

In my heart there is a Masjid, a small prayer room.  Small but commodious, stretching

out like Ibrahim’s Tent into eternity.  There I meditate day and night.

 

I invite you to look around this Masjid of my soul. 

You will see first a raised platform, a Minbar, and that Minbar is where

the free prayer is made lying face down, under the holy light shining.

 

One day in this Masjid of the heart, I heard a soft rapping at the door. 

I looked at the door and saw that sacrificial blood had been

struck against the uprights.

 

I looked at the latch. What would happen if I opened it?  I had been meditating

on the door standing open in heaven.  I was thinking about heaven and the Masih

coming to the Ancient of Days on the clouds of heaven.  I wanted

the Spirit to lift me up and take me in visions of the Holy One far above my dark racing

thoughts which are vain.  My eyes examined the Blood on the lintel.

 

I seemed to know that my dark vain thoughts must be constantly expiated by the

Blood of the lintel, lest the Evil one defile my innermost Masjid, 

 

On the table of that Masjid is a candle which

is a lamp unto my feet and an Injil Scroll which is a light unto my path, that

the Holy One might be with me and that my thoughts might be acceptable in

His sight.

 

Again, I heard a soft rapping at the door.  I knew whoever knocked was standing

behind the wall.  And I looked, and, behold, the glory cloud filled the Masjid.

The door was locked.  But I sensed my soul under scrutiny.   

 

Again I heard the soft rapping at the door. 

 

In my heart there is a Masjid, a small prayer room.  Small but commodious, stretching

out like Ibrahim’s Tent into eternity. 

 

From that vantage point there is another Comforter, the  Holy Ruach.

And also the Masih and the Ancient of Days.  Three.

 

In the Torat, Ibrahim looked out the entrance of his Tent and saw Three.

 

Yet His Name is One. 

 

But when the door opened, there was only a Lamb.  The Lamb was standing.  It had the appearance of

having been slaughtered.  Its throat was cut and the bloody mortal wound was a sign

that the desolating plague had skipped or passed over my door.

 

Then I heard the Voice. 

 

“If anyone will invite me to come in, I will come in.” 

 

In the darkness of my soul, I reached for the Light of the World that was shining.

 

His glance fell on the Injil Scroll like a laser beam, lighting every Letter and every firey place which speaks of him in every Word. 

 

As far as this Masjid is concerned and also my dark thoughts,

things are rising brighter now since Isa al-Masih entered the Masjid of my heart.

 

 

 


NEW CREATION BIBLE FOR MUSLIMS

 

 

   by Phil Goble and Salim Munayer

 

 (c) Copyright 1989 by Phil Goble and Salim Munayer

 

 

            Contents

 

          1.  Soiltesting

 

 

          2.  The Straight Path of the New Creation

 

 

 

          3.  The Prayer Life of a New Creation Muslim

 

 

 

          4.  The New Creation Confession

 

 

 

          5.  The New Creation Pilgrimage

 

 

 

          6.  How to Start a House Masjid and a Messianic

 

 

 

              Madrasa for New Creation Muslims

 

 

 

              Glossary

 

 

 

              Notes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 1?bsp;          SOILTESTING

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WELCOME IS THE TRUTH IN YOUR HOUSE?

 

 

 

Are you like our father Ibrahim (Abraham)?

 

 

 

When three men came to his dwelling,

 

 

 

Ibrahim could see who they really were

 

 

 

--angels in disguise.

 

 

 

So even though his wife laughed like a kafir (dis-believer), our

 

 

 

father Ibrahim

 

 

 

opened his heart

 

 

 

to their message (1) [SEE END NOTE 1].

 

 

 

Ibrahim not only recognized the truth

 

 

 

but he also fearlessly welcomed it.

 

 

 

THE FARMER AND THE FOUR KINDS OF SOIL

 

 

 

Different people react in different ways to the truth,

 

 

 

just as, when a farmer plants his seed,

 

 

 

various kinds of soil react variously.

 

 

 

THE PARABLE (MATHAL) GIVEN

 

 

 

Imagine a farmer going out to plant seed.

 

 

 

As the farmer planted the seed,

 

 

 

some fell on the edge of the path,

 

 

 

and the birds came and ate those seeds up.

 

 

 

Others fell on rocky soil

 

 

 

where they sprang up quickly;

 

 

 

but as soon as the sun came up,

 

 

 

those that were rootless and shallow plantings

 

 

 

soon withered away.

 

 

 

Other seeds fell among thorns

 

 

 

which grew up and choked them.

 

 

 

Finally, there were seeds that fell on rich soil

 

 

 

and these seeds multiplied themselves

 

 

 

in the fruit they produced--

 

 

 

some a hundred times over,

 

 

 

some sixty times over,

 

 

 

some thirty.

 

 

 

THE PARABLE (MATHAL) EXPLAINED

 

 

 

The truth comes like seed from a farmer's hand.

 

 

 

The ears that hear the truth

 

 

 

are like different kinds of soil

 

 

 

receiving the farmer's seed.

 

 

 

Ears without understanding hear the truth

 

 

 

but Shaitan (Satan) comes

 

 

 

like the birds along the path

 

 

 

and carries the truth away

 

 

 

as soon as it is planted in the hearer's heart.

 

 

 

Ears with fickle attention hear the truth

 

 

 

and welcome it at first with joy;

 

 

 

but such a hearer has no unwavering root in himself

 

 

 

and he does not last;

 

 

 

when a crisis or a persecution comes

 

 

 

on account of the truth,

 

 

 

such a hearer falls away at once.

 

 

 

Ears with divided desires hear the word,

 

 

 

but the worries of this world,

 

 

 

and the lure of riches,

 

 

 

and the pleasures of life,

 

 

 

are like thorns that choke the truth

 

 

 

which produces in such a hearer absolutely nothing.

 

 

 

However, ears with understanding hear the word

 

 

 

like rich soil receiving seed.

 

 

 

Such a hearer yields a great harvest,

 

 

 

since a hundred or sixty or thirty times

 

 

 

as many hearers may receive the truth through him.

 

 

 

He who has ears to hear the truth

 

 

 

of the following mathal (parable), let him hear!

 

 

 

THE IBN DALL (SON OF ERROR)

 

 

 

There was once a hanif (one who desires true religion)

 

 

 

who had two sons.

 

 

 

The younger said to his father,

 

 

 

"Father, according to the wasiya (will),

 

 

 

let me have the fara'id (fixed share)

 

 

 

of the mirath (inheritance)

 

 

 

that is coming to me."

 

 

 

And the father divided his means and his property

 

 

 

between the younger and the elder son.

 

 

 

Now the elder son was a devout believer who prayed

 

 

 

regularly five times a day

 

 

 

and had made the Hajj (Pilgrimage) as many times.

 

 

 

No one was respected more among the townspeople

 

 

 

for his religious devotion than this elder son.

 

 

 

He was a man who performed his prayers

 

 

 

in the mosque with absolute perfection

 

 

 

and could read the Qur'an so well

 

 

 

that he would hold the audience spellbound.

 

 

 

THE YOUNGER SON GOES ASTRAY

 

 

 

It wasn't long, however, until the younger son

 

 

 

got everything he owned together,

 

 

 

and left for a far country.

 

 

 

There he squandered his money

 

 

 

in a dissolute life of fisq (sinfulness)

 

 

 

and moral depravity.

 

 

 

And when he had spent his entire inheritance,

 

 

 

and had not one thing left to remind him of his wonderful father,

 

 

 

there arose a terrible famine in that land;

 

 

 

and the younger son began to feel his loss.

 

 

 

So he hired himself out to a harbi (2)

 

 

 

who put him on his farm to feed the pigs.

 

 

 

The younger son would willingly have filled his belly

 

 

 

with the husks the pigs were eating

 

 

 

but he was treated worse than the swine,

 

 

 

for no one offered him even pigs' food to eat.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE YOUNGER SON FORSAKES ALL PRIDE AND

 

 

 

SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS

 

 

 

He finally came to himself

 

 

 

and started thinking like an 'aqli (rational) being,

 

 

 

like a true son having the disposition of his father.

 

 

 

He said, "How many hired servants of my father's household abound

 

 

 

in food and I perish with hunger!

 

 

 

I will arise and stop straying from fasaqa (the right course) and

 

 

 

go to my father,

 

 

 

and I will say to him,

 

 

 

"Father, I have sinned against heaven

 

 

 

and in the presence of you.

 

 

 

And I no longer think I am worthy to be called your son:

 

 

 

make me not like my elder brother who thinks himself worthy but

 

 

 

make me like one of your hired servants."

 

 

 

Then he arose and came to his father.

 

 

 

THE FATHER WHOSE LOVE MAKES THE UNRIGHTEOUS TO

 

 

 

BE RIGHTEOUS

 

 

 

Now it was the tenth day

 

 

 

of the month of Hajj (Pilgrimage),

 

 

 

but the elder son, having a self-satisfied heart,

 

 

 

had some time before decided to forego the trip.

 

 

 

But when the younger son was yet along way off,

 

 

 

his father saw him.

 

 

 

And greatly moved with love and compassion,

 

 

 

his father ran to the younger son

 

 

 

and clasped him in his arms

 

 

 

and kissed him with tenderness.

 

 

 

And the younger son said to him,

 

 

 

"Father, I have sinned against heaven

 

 

 

and in your sight,

 

 

 

and I am no longer worthy to be called your son."

 

 

 

But the father said to his hired servants,

 

 

 

"Bring forth the best robe

 

 

 

and put it on him;

 

 

 

and put a ring on his hand

 

 

 

and shoes on his feet;

 

 

 

and bring the calf we have been fattening and kill it;

 

 

 

we are going to have

 

 

 

a Qurban (Sacrifice) as on 'Id al-Adha (3)

 

 

 

such as has not been since the time Ibrahim

 

 

 

celebrated the redemption of his son.

 

 

 

Because this son of mine was dead

 

 

 

and has come back to life;

 

 

 

he was lost

 

 

 

and now he has been found."

 

 

 

And the great feast began.

 

 

 

THE ELDER SON REFUSES TO FORSAKE A

 

 

 

SELF-RIGHTEOUS AND PROUD RELIGIOUS SPIRT

 

 

 

Now the elder brother

 

 

 

had just returned from the mosque,

 

 

 

and, on his way back, as he drew near the house,

 

 

 

he could hear the sounds of the wisal (communion)

 

 

 

of the father and his younger son.

 

 

 

Calling one of the hired servants,

 

 

 

the elder brother asked what all this was about.

 

 

 

And the hired servant said to the elder son,

 

 

 

"Your brother has returned safe and salim (sound)

 

 

 

and your father has personally sent word

 

 

 

for the Qurban (sacrifice) and the festivities to begin."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now the elder brother was furious

 

 

 

and refused to go in.

 

 

 

He would have nothing

 

 

 

to do with this sort of din (religious practice).

 

 

 

Would God act like his father? (4)

 

 

 

Would Allah bestow a matwaba (reward) on a son

 

 

 

with an innate qariha (disposition)

 

 

 

that was asin (rebellious)?

 

 

 

And not only that, one who had no tawab (merit)

 

 

 

because he had done absolutely no good deeds

 

 

 

or ihsan (right conduct)

 

 

 

--would Allah act like this sort of father?

 

 

 

The elder brother resolved to never be like such a one

 

 

 

and he sat down and brooded in the outer darkness.

 

 

 

FAILING TO RECOGNIZE THE WORD OF THE FATHER

 

 

 

Presently the elder brother

 

 

 

thought he saw another servant approaching.

 

 

 

But it was really his father

 

 

 

coming to give him a personal word (5)

 

 

 

in order that the elder son could start thinking

 

 

 

like an 'aqli(rational) being

 

 

 

and enter into the spirit ofthe whole jam'a'a (house).

 

 

 

So his father pleaded with him.

 

 

 

Finally the elder son answered the man:

 

 

 

"Look, all these years I have submitted (islam) (6)

 

 

 

to you as an abd (slave)

 

 

 

and I can boast without shame that

 

 

 

I have religiously obeyed all of the shari'a (laws)

 

 

 

of this whole jam'a'a (house).

 

 

 

Yet I return from the mosque

 

 

 

and I hear the sounds of the wisal (conununion)

 

 

 

between you and this mufarrit (prodigal)!

 

 

 

Am I now to humble myself

 

 

 

and enter a house with this sort of zamala (fellowship)?"

 

 

 

A COSTLY DEATH AND THE INHERITANCE OF

 

 

 

THE FATHER'S PERSONAL WORD TO HIS HEIRS

 

 

 

Then the father looked at him with anguished love

 

 

 

and said,

 

 

 

"You know the costly death a murith (testator)

 

 

 

must somehow undergo in order that his heirs

 

 

 

may receive all that he has.

 

 

 

And yet you seem to love me

 

 

 

more like a self-justifying slave

 

 

 

than a trusting and humble son."

 

 

 

The father put his arm around the man and said,

 

 

 

"Are you so far away from knowing me

 

 

 

that you cannot rejoice that the one

 

 

 

who strayed from the fasaqa (right course)

 

 

 

has found tajaddud (renewal)

 

 

 

and has been rashid (rightly guided)

 

 

 

to the marashid (salvation) of God?

 

 

 

For like you

 

 

 

your brother had a sajiya (natural disposition)

 

 

 

that was dead but now he has been jadda (restored)

 

 

 

to the abundant life of wisal (communion)

 

 

 

as an heir of his father's house." (7)

 

 

 

ARE YOU WILLING TO RECEIVE THE NEW CREATION HEART,

 

 

 

THE HEART OF A LITTLE CHILD,

 

 

 

THE HEART THAT RECOGNIZES THE TRUTH?

 

 

 

Have you not read what it says of Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

that he would "heal those born blind

 

 

 

and the lepers...and raise the dead?" (8)

 

 

 

Why did he do this for people?

 

 

 

Because it says in the Zabur (Psalms)

 

 

 

that God "would send his Word and heal them

 

 

 

and deliver them from the Pit of jahannam" (9)(hell fire). Have

 

 

 

you not read,

 

 

 

"The Messiah, Isa, Jesus son of Mary,

 

 

 

was the Rasul (Messenger) of God, and his Word" (10)?

 

 

 

God has always loved his Word

 

 

 

as a father loves his only son.

 

 

 

And his Word has always been

 

 

 

the sirr (secret) of the mind of Allah,

 

 

 

as a son is the likeness of his father.

 

 

 

What blasphemer would breathe the name of Mary here?

 

 

 

She was nothing but a loaner of flesh,

 

 

 

for Allah has no wife and no mother and no partner

 

 

 

nor did He need any human being at all

 

 

 

to be what He has always been,

 

 

 

the one and only God.

 

 

 

ONLY A CHILD-LIKE HEART RECOGNIZES THE TRUTH

 

 

 

Now the story goes that Isa who is Allah's Word

 

 

 

had been healing many people in Muqaddasa (the Holy Land). And

 

 

 

when he sat down,

 

 

 

each talib (seeker) also brought unto Isa

 

 

 

his walad (little child)

 

 

 

in order for him to pronounce the baraka (blessing).

 

 

 

And so, with tender love, Isa,

 

 

 

who reverberates the love of the heart of God,

 

 

 

picked each one up

 

 

 

and placed the walad (little child)

 

 

 

one at a time on his lap.

 

 

 

Just then his hawari (disciples)

 

 

 

impatiently interrupted him and told the parents

 

 

 

that they would have to leave.

 

 

 

But Isa loved little children who, as everyone knows,

 

 

 

humbly and whole-heartedly receive what is given to them.

 

 

 

Little children accept everything as a gift

 

 

 

with awestruck gratitude as if from the hand of God,

 

 

 

and not with any tendency

 

 

 

to think they deserve God's favor on the basis of merit,

 

 

 

since in their own small eyes

 

 

 

they wisely know themselves too little

 

 

 

to have done any good deeds.

 

 

 

Isa said,

 

 

 

"Allow the little children to come unto me

 

 

 

and forbid them not.

 

 

 

For it is to people with hearts like these

 

 

 

that the Malakut (Kingdom) of God belongs.

 

 

 

In very truth I say to you,

 

 

 

whosoever shall not welcome

 

 

 

the Malakut (Kingdom) of God

 

 

 

like a walad (little child)

 

 

 

will never enter it." (11)

 

 

 

THE TRUTH HAS NOT BEEN LOST IN TRANSCRIPTION SINCE

 

 

 

EVEN LITTLE CHILDREN CAN RECOGNIZE

 

 

 

THE FATHER'S PERSONAL WORD OF TRUTH

 

 

 

Isa had difficulty with his people,

 

 

 

because many suppressed the correct interpretation

 

 

 

of the Scriptures that spoke of his coming.

 

 

 

However, those who did attempt to "conceal

 

 

 

Allah's revelations in the Book" (12) did not succeed

 

 

 

as a Muslim child proved in 1947

 

 

 

when he discovered the Dead Sea Scrolls.

 

 

 

Extremely ancient parts of every book (but one)

 

 

 

of the Hebrew Bible were found there in manuscript form,

 

 

 

greatly discrediting the skeptical scholars

 

 

 

who had attacked its infallible

 

 

 

accuracy and reliability. (13)

 

 

 

ARE YOU WILLING TO READ THE ANCIENT PROPHETS WITH

 

 

 

THE HUMBLE HEART OF A LITTLE CHILD? (14)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 2?bsp;   THE STRAIGHT PATH OF THE NEW CREATION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLAH KNOWS WHERE YOU LIVE

 

 

 

and so do Shaitan and the evil jinn (demons).

 

 

 

This was proven to a man of God

 

 

 

in modern times.

 

 

 

This is a true story.

 

 

 

A PRAYER IS MIRACULOUSLY ANSWERED

 

 

 

The man of God was calling out to Allah one morning

 

 

 

to bring more people to the jami' (congregation).

 

 

 

He was on his face before Allah

 

 

 

and he was supplicating du'a (free-prayer) very loudly

 

 

 

alone in a tiny apartment.

 

 

 

This was the only masjid (place of prayer)

 

 

 

the people had for their meetings

 

 

 

because the godless leaders,

 

 

 

more sensitive to politics than to Allah,

 

 

 

had thrown the congregation

 

 

 

out of a public meeting hall.

 

 

 

But praise be to God who hears and answers

 

 

 

when we call on Him!

 

 

 

There is none like the Lord our God,

 

 

 

praise be unto Him.

 

 

 

He says somewhere,

 

 

 

"Before they call I will answer,

 

 

 

and while they are yet speaking I will hear."

 

 

 

In fact, the request of the man of God

 

 

 

had been answered weeks before he made his petition.

 

 

 

HOW GOD HAD BEEN PREPARING TO ANSWER PRAYER

 

 

 

Here is the true story:

 

 

 

A young man and his wife

 

 

 

had been travelling for several days

 

 

 

looking for the man of God.

 

 

 

Allah had led them on a spiritual pilgrimage,

 

 

 

for Allah foreknew both the prayer and its answer,

 

 

 

which He was now effecting.

 

 

 

We will call these two muridun (aspirants)

 

 

 

Isha and Ahmad.

 

 

 

They had long heard of the spiritual 'ilm (knowledge)

 

 

 

of the man of God,

 

 

 

though they had never met him personally.

 

 

 

And so they went out like Ibrahim (Abraham),

 

 

 

"who by faith obeyed

 

 

 

when he was called to go out to a place

 

 

 

which he was to receive as an inheritance;

 

 

 

and he went out,

 

 

 

not knowing where he was to go."

 

 

 

Like Ibrahim, the man and wife wanted to seek

 

 

 

the straight path,

 

 

 

the path of the just,

 

 

 

and they sought to do this under the huda (guidance)

 

 

 

of the man of God.

 

 

 

The man and woman wanted to submit their lives to Allah

 

 

 

and find the path of life in His Word,

 

 

 

as it says,

 

 

 

"Make me to go in the path of thy commandments,

 

 

 

for therein do I delight."

 

 

 

However, Isha and Ahmad did not know in which village

 

 

 

the man of God lived,

 

 

 

nor the street location of his dwelling.

 

 

 

But praise be to God

 

 

 

for it says,

 

 

 

"Thy word is a lamp unto my feet

 

 

 

and a light unto my path."

 

 

 

THE MIRACLE OCCURS

 

 

 

On the very night before the miracle happened,

 

 

 

Ahmad and Isha happened to take a room in a hotel

 

 

 

a very short distance from the place

 

 

 

where the man of God dwelt.

 

 

 

On the very morning

 

 

 

when the man of God

 

 

 

was petitioning Allah so earnestly to send more people,

 

 

 

Isha had taken her baby for a walk

 

 

 

and she was going down the street.

 

 

 

She was walking along,

 

 

 

and when she came to the building

 

 

 

where the man of God was on his face

 

 

 

crying out to God

 

 

 

(even though there was no sign on the building

 

 

 

nor any way in the world to know

 

 

 

the man of God was inside)

 

 

 

Isha stopped and asked a lady passer-by

 

 

 

if she knew of any jami' (gathering)

 

 

 

for du'a (free-prayer) in the area.

 

 

 

The lady passer-by happened to be a murid (novice believer) who

 

 

 

belonged to the persecuted flock of God

 

 

 

that met in the dwelling of the man of God.

 

 

 

Not only that,

 

 

 

the women happened,

 

 

 

in the providence of God,

 

 

 

to pass each other

 

 

 

right in front of this very house masjid (place of prayer)!

 

 

 

"The Lord orders the steps of a righteous person"

 

 

 

is the saying.

 

 

 

Many err with their doctrine

 

 

 

knowing neither the Scriptures nor the power of God,

 

 

 

nor the love of God, which passes all understanding.

 

 

 

What Allah foreknows He forewills

 

 

 

"to work together for good for those

 

 

 

who love Allah, who are called according to his purpose,"

 

 

 

who are blessed, because they "are not offended at His Word."

 

 

 

At this exact moment, then,

 

 

 

just as the man of God finished his petition

 

 

 

with the words, "Send us more people, Lord"

 

 

 

--there was a knock on the door!

 

 

 

The man of God had no idea who Isha was.

 

 

 

"Do you know where my husband and I

 

 

 

could find a congegation?" Isha asked.

 

 

 

"Yes," the man of God said, flabbergasted.

 

 

 

"Praise to Him," Isha said,

 

 

 

"because we've been seeking

 

 

 

to find a certain man of God,"

 

 

 

and then she gave his name.

 

 

 

"Do you know where I could find him?"

 

 

 

"I'm he," the man of God said.

 

 

 

"Oh..." Isha was shocked.

 

 

 

So the man of God saw his prayer

 

 

 

answered so suddenly and miraculously.

 

 

 

God had led the woman to the man of God.

 

 

 

Al-Hadi (The Guide) knew where he lived!

 

 

 

For Al-Hadi is Al-'Alim (The All-Knowing).

 

 

 

Right after that the congregation started to grow again,

 

 

 

despite the opposition of the godless.

 

 

 

And both Isha and her husband Ahmad

 

 

 

submitted to the death ghusl

 

 

 

of New Creation Islam in the ocean,

 

 

 

calling on Allah to cleanse their inner being

 

 

 

with "the wudu (washing) of tajaddud (regeneration)

 

 

 

and the renewing of the Eternal Spirit of Allah."

 

 

 

That was nearly ten years ago.

 

 

 

Then the man of God moved to another place.

 

 

 

YEARS LATER ANOTHER MIRACLE HAPPENS

 

 

 

Would it take a miracle

 

 

 

to show you the difference

 

 

 

between a true Islamic teacher

 

 

 

and a pseudo-Islamic teacher?

 

 

 

Very recently Ahmad called the man of God

 

 

 

long distance on the telephone to tell him

 

 

 

that Isha wanted a divorce.

 

 

 

They had been having marriage problems

 

 

 

and she had turned to a man for help,

 

 

 

a fraud who claimed to be a good murshid (spiritual guide) but

 

 

 

who was in reality

 

 

 

a pseudo-Islamic shaman

 

 

 

trafficking in the realm of spells

 

 

 

and charms and sorcery,

 

 

 

witchcraft, talismans and familiar spirits,

 

 

 

divining, saint worship, and demons,

 

 

 

fortune-telling, incantations and the evil eye.

 

 

 

It says somewhere,

 

 

 

"Acquaint now thyself with Him (God)

 

 

 

and be at peace;

 

 

 

thereby good shall come unto Thee."

 

 

 

But some people want to get more acquainted

 

 

 

with jinn or demons rather than the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

as it says,

 

 

 

"My people perish for lack of knowledge of Thy word,

 

 

 

for they have rejected the knowledge of thy Word."

 

 

 

The haram (forbidden) demon procurer

 

 

 

whom Isha consulted

 

 

 

promised her peace

 

 

 

and even dramatic out-of-the-body psychic experiences;

 

 

 

he claimed to offer her direct access

 

 

 

to "Spiritual Masters" who make their appearance

 

 

 

as "light-being entities."

 

 

 

Such counterfeit guides, as this man, are like

 

 

 

the devils with whom they commune.

 

 

 

They are unclean religious peddlers

 

 

 

disguised as servants of Allah.

 

 

 

There is nothing unexpected about such frauds

 

 

 

if, as it says,

 

 

 

"Shaitan himself goes disguised as an angel of light

 

 

 

seeking whom he may devour."

 

 

 

THE MAN OF GOD DECIDES TO TEACH ISHA AND AHMAD

 

 

 

ABOUT MARRIAGE IN TERMS OF THE KINGDOM

 

 

 

"Blessed be He in whose hands is the Kingdom......" (15)

 

 

 

And blessed indeed are the hands of Him

 

 

 

into whom all the power of the Kingdom

 

 

 

is given: the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

Yet the Kingdom of God

 

 

 

is not in word,

 

 

 

but in power

 

 

 

--not the words of dying men,

 

 

 

nor the might of fleeting worldly power.

 

 

 

Did not the living Word of Allah himself declare,

 

 

 

"My Kingdom is not of this world;

 

 

 

if my Kingdom were of this world,

 

 

 

then would my servants fight jihad." (16)

 

 

 

The Kingdom of God is in the power of His Word.

 

 

 

And what does His Word say?

 

 

 

The whole story swept through the mind of the man of God...

 

 

 

ALLAH HAS ACTED MIGHTILY TO BRING US TO HIS KINGDOM

 

 

 

From the good beginning

 

 

 

mankind has swerved

 

 

 

from the straight path

 

 

 

of Allah and his Word.

 

 

 

From the first commandment

 

 

 

given beneath the tree

 

 

 

of the knowledge of good and evil

 

 

 

mankind has acted shadily

 

 

 

toward Allah and his Glory.

 

 

 

And what is Allah's Glory

 

 

 

if not the Word of his Power?

 

 

 

And what is his glorious Power

 

 

 

if not the Word of his Presence?

 

 

 

One of your prophets has said rightly:

 

 

 

"The Messiah, Isa, Jesus son of Mary,

 

 

 

was the Messenger of Allah, and his Word

 

 

 

that he bestowed on Mary." (17)

 

 

 

But His Word that He bestowed on Mary

 

 

 

went forth from His mouth

 

 

 

at the creation of the world.

 

 

 

For in the beginning

 

 

 

was the Word

 

 

 

and the Word was with God

 

 

 

and the Word was God. (18)

 

 

 

The Power and the Presence was

 

 

 

Allah's Only Eternal Word;

 

 

 

and everything was made

 

 

 

by the Word,

 

 

 

and without the Word

 

 

 

was nothing made.

 

 

 

Then the Word

 

 

 

came on the scene

 

 

 

as a human being

 

 

 

who is true Man

 

 

 

on the straight path

 

 

 

to the tree of life.

 

 

 

And his disciples beheld his glory,

 

 

 

glory as of the only

 

 

 

personal and eternal Word of Allah,

 

 

 

full of grace and truth. (19)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What blasphemer would breathe the name of Mary here

 

 

 

as one of the "gods in derogation of God"? (20)

 

 

 

Are you so slow in understanding

 

 

 

that you think we believe Allah got married?

 

 

 

What blasphemy!

 

 

 

Who could believe that Allah would take a wife?

 

 

 

Do you think we mean that the Word of Allah

 

 

 

is His Son in that literal sense?

 

 

 

Not at all!

 

 

 

Mary was nothing but a loaner of flesh! (21)

 

 

 

For Allah has neither wife nor mother nor partner

 

 

 

nor did He ever need a human being at all

 

 

 

to be what He has always been--one!

 

 

 

God always existed with His Everlasting Word

 

 

 

and His Everlasting Spirit as tawhid (one).

 

 

 

What blasphemer would assert otherwise?

 

 

 

Would you be so foolish as to say

 

 

 

that Allah once existed without His Eternal and Living Word and

 

 

 

without His Everlasting Spirit?

 

 

 

Would you have Allah at one time mute

 

 

 

and unable to utter a living Word?

 

 

 

Would you have Him at one time Spiritless,

 

 

 

without His Eternal Spirit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such blasphemers would do to the imaginary God they worship what

 

 

 

they would not dream of doing to themselves

 

 

 

--namely, cut out all living utterance and life

 

 

 

to be left with a mere speechless, lifeless being.

 

 

 

If only these dreamers would wake up from such nonsense

 

 

 

and shut their mouths to save their souls!

 

 

 

Instead they pride themselves

 

 

 

that their speechless, Spiritless deity has no 'partners'!

 

 

 

When Allah speaks His mind He speaks His Word,

 

 

 

for His Word is the revealed mind of Allah.

 

 

 

And we can have His mind in all things

 

 

 

if we die to our own way of thinking

 

 

 

and come alive to His living Word.

 

 

 

The man of God reflected on Isha and Ahmad

 

 

 

and how they must learn

 

 

 

to think the thoughts of the mind

 

 

 

revealed to us in the sacred pages of the Word.

 

 

 

For it was in His image that we were created

 

 

 

and it is from His glory that we have fallen,

 

 

 

having become futile in our thinking

 

 

 

and darkened in our senseless minds.

 

 

 

But if we are now more like brute beasts

 

 

 

(because of the ignorance that is in us

 

 

 

and the blindness of our hearts),

 

 

 

it is not because He made us so.

 

 

 

For God gave us not an animal mind

 

 

 

but a mind like His,

 

 

 

a rational and a creative mind

 

 

 

capable of communion with Him in Holiness.

 

 

 

OUR RELIGION CLOAKS OUR DARK GUILT

 

 

 

However, our sinful nature has separated us

 

 

 

from our Holy God

 

 

 

and, obeying the voice of the Evil One,

 

 

 

we ourselves have become evil,

 

 

 

though we love to hide our guilt

 

 

 

under the cloak of religion.

 

 

 

But Allah is not mocked.

 

 

 

All things are naked and opened

 

 

 

unto the eyes of Him

 

 

 

with whom we have to do.

 

 

 

He who made the eye,

 

 

 

can He not see?

 

 

 

And even the scoffers know

 

 

 

that we are of our father the devil

 

 

 

if the lusts of our father we do.

 

 

 

Only the Word of God

 

 

 

can speak into our hearts

 

 

 

a new creation nature!

 

 

 

As long as we place our trust

 

 

 

in anything apart from the living Word,

 

 

 

that "anything" becomes our real god

 

 

 

and we become its slaves.

 

 

 

No matter how religiously

 

 

 

we observe religious rules and laws,

 

 

 

that idol "anything" has usurped

 

 

 

the living Word's place in our hearts

 

 

 

and will lead us to corruption.

 

 

 

Now religious do's and don'ts

 

 

 

were the rudimentary guardians

 

 

 

of our spiritual childhood, it is true.

 

 

 

But the time has come

 

 

 

for us to outgrow the tutelage

 

 

 

of mere religious formalism

 

 

 

and to receive the spiritual adoption

 

 

 

of mature heirs.

 

 

 

When the living Word

 

 

 

takes up residence within us,

 

 

 

we receive a filial spirit of obedience;

 

 

 

we become the spiritual people of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

and God becomes our Father.

 

 

 

For God sent his living Word

 

 

 

into our hearts to restore us

 

 

 

in his likeness and for his fellowship,

 

 

 

that we might walk naturally with Him as our Father,

 

 

 

and not hobble like aliens under the cold prod of laws.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE MAN OF GOD THINKS ABOUT HOW TO SAVE ISHA'S

 

 

 

MARRIAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The man of God thought about Isha

 

 

 

and how she must learn to understand God's forgiveness.

 

 

 

It is not that we love God and serve him with such grace

 

 

 

that we can be assured of forgiveness

 

 

 

based on what we have done for God.

 

 

 

No, it is that God loves us and has served us  with such grace

 

 

 

that the Judge of sin has taken the whole weight

 

 

 

of our guilt and condemnation upon Himself.

 

 

 

The Word of Allah's eternal Judgment became also

 

 

 

the Word of His eternal Mercy!

 

 

 

But how?

 

 

 

In the person of His Word, Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

Thus it is that we can be assured of forgiveness,

 

 

 

based on what God has done for us

 

 

 

in giving us a new mind with His Word,

 

 

 

and a tender conscience with His Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allah has always reflected upon Himself with His wisdom,

 

 

 

and His wisdom is His Word. (22)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih Himself is that Word!

 

 

 

He is the everlasting Word

 

 

 

whose words will stand forever. (23)

 

 

 

The Kitab (Book) of Isa is Genesis to Revelation,

 

 

 

infallibly accurate in its teaching about him,

 

 

 

and Isa is the hidden source and subject of each sura (chapter)

 

 

 

for those who can read with the eyes of the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

As a word reveals the hidden mind of a father,

 

 

 

so Allah intended this mind to be in us

 

 

 

that was also in his Word. (24)

 

 

 

But the mirror of our reflection of His holiness

 

 

 

has been shattered,

 

 

 

and the whole human race has distorted itself

 

 

 

in mocking pride and rebellion

 

 

 

against the humble and obedient Word.

 

 

 

As a sin-fallen race

 

 

 

we still possess a vestige of the mirror of conscience.

 

 

 

Like a looking-glass before the mind,

 

 

 

the conscience tells the human race

 

 

 

how good we might have been

 

 

 

had Man not warped himself

 

 

 

in the refractive beams of Man's proud self-love.

 

 

 

Therefore, we are without excuse when we reject

 

 

 

any measure of truth we receive.

 

 

 

Our sin-prone race is like someone

 

 

 

who once was commanded to peer

 

 

 

at his Ideal in a full-length mirror

 

 

 

and then disobediently walked away

 

 

 

and forgot what he looked like.

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah is that Ideal.

 

 

 

And the fatherly heart of Allah

 

 

 

out of whom the Word spoke in the beginning

 

 

 

has been stirred to speak again

 

 

 

to the lost family of Adam:

 

 

 

"I reared sons, I brought them up,

 

 

 

but they have rebelled against me."

 

 

 

For the Word became

 

 

 

the One who was to come,

 

 

 

the heavenly Son of Man,

 

 

 

the Bar Nasha (Aramaic for Son of Man). (25)

 

 

 

The prophet Daniel saw him

 

 

 

in the clouds of glory and wrote:

 

 

 

"After this I saw in the night visions

 

 

 

and, behold, one like the Son of Man

 

 

 

came with the clouds of heaven...

 

 

 

and he was given ... a kingdom...

 

 

 

that all people, nations, and languages

 

 

 

should serve him." (26)

 

 

 

The Word that was in the beginning with God,

 

 

 

the Word that was God,

 

 

 

this same Word was made flesh

 

 

 

and dwelt among us,

 

 

 

telling his disciples,

 

 

 

"Verily, verily, I say unto you,

 

 

 

Hereafter you shall see heaven open

 

 

 

and the angels of God

 

 

 

ascending and descending upon the Son of Man.,,(27)

 

 

 

For the Word of Allah had come

 

 

 

to speak into a new existence our dying humanity.

 

 

 

And just as Man had gone down to death

 

 

 

in the Garden of Eden

 

 

 

as one conquered by Satan and sin,

 

 

 

so now Man may ascend again to life from the empty Garden tomb

 

 

 

through One who overcame for us,

 

 

 

through One who conquered as our imam (leader),

 

 

 

our representative,

 

 

 

our exemplar,

 

 

 

-a human being who is that

 

 

 

and yet more than human,

 

 

 

sharing in the wholly other quality of God,

 

 

 

the eternal personal Word of Allah,

 

 

 

God the Word from God the Lord,

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Light from Light,

 

 

 

Very God from Very God.

 

 

 

Since this is true

 

 

 

-that the Word who is

 

 

 

 and was

 

 

 

 and is to come,

 

 

 

the Word who is

 

 

 

 the express thought of God,

 

 

 

 the perfect image of God,

 

 

 

 the creative voice of God

 

 

 

-since this very Word

 

 

 

descended so that He might dwell

 

 

 

in our hearts by faith

 

 

 

and make us like Him,

 

 

 

restoring us in the image of His Father

 

 

 

that we might call on His Father as sons,

 

 

 

that we might ascend with Him,

 

 

 

passing beyond the angels

 

 

 

(Do you not know that we shall judge angels?)

 

 

 

-since this is true,

 

 

 

should it not teach us that,

 

 

 

denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,

 

 

 

we should live sober,

 

 

 

righteous, and godly lives

 

 

 

in this present world?

 

 

 

Since the Word Himself revealed to us

 

 

 

perfect surrender to Allah and

 

 

 

total submission to His will,

 

 

 

only through Him and His iman (faith),

 

 

 

once for all delivered to the holy ones,

 

 

 

do we know what is possible to man

 

 

 

in the path of obedience to the one true God.

 

 

 

Thus the man of God reflected on the straight path

 

 

 

and on Isha and Ahmad and

 

 

 

on their battle against Shaitan.

 

 

 

ALLAH BOUND UP THE EVIL ONE

 

 

 

The man of God knew that the Kingdom of God

 

 

 

is an ummah, (community) (28)

 

 

 

a house to be entered

 

 

 

by the narrow gate and the narrow door,

 

 

 

But a "strong man" has usurped power in God's House.

 

 

 

Iblis (an evil prince) has held men captive

 

 

 

in the house of God,

 

 

 

and Iblis must have his goods plundered

 

 

 

before men can be set free from his sway.

 

 

 

The power of Iblis is death,

 

 

 

for all men who are tempted and sin

 

 

 

die as punishment.

 

 

 

Sin pays its fearful wage--death.

 

 

 

Death is the fearful wage of all those

 

 

 

whom Shaitan has led to work for him in sin.

 

 

 

Therefore, only by plundering the goods of the strong man:

 

 

 

that is, by taking away his power

 

 

 

to enslave men in the fear of death

 

 

 

and his power to tempt men to destruction,

 

 

 

according to the law of sin and death

 

 

 

-only by plundering these goods

 

 

 

could the Word of Allah defeat Iblis.

 

 

 

Thus it says of the Word of Allah, Isa,

 

 

 

that "by his death he could take away all the power of the devil,

 

 

 

who had power over death."

 

 

 

"The Good News that the man of God proclaimed

 

 

 

is this very power,

 

 

 

the power of spiritual life over spiritual death,

 

 

 

the power that delivers us from every evil

 

 

 

and will soon rescue us from the presence of wickedness

 

 

 

when all things shall be subdued unto the Word of Allah

 

 

 

and the Word Himself also shall be subject unto Him

 

 

 

that put all things under His Word,

 

 

 

that Allah may be All in All exalted. (29)

 

 

 

But when the Word of Allah, Isa, returns,

 

 

 

shall He find faith on the earth?

 

 

 

For many of the Jewish people did not believe his report;  and

 

 

 

since the Word of Allah did not reign in their hearts  he was

 

 

 

despised and rejected as their king,

 

 

 

and they esteemed not his kingdom.

 

 

 

"But when they said (in boast)

 

 

 

'We killed Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

the son of Mary,

 

 

 

the Messenger of God,'

 

 

 

they killed him not,

 

 

 

nor crucified him,

 

 

 

but so it was made

 

 

 

to appear to them..."(30)

 

 

 

It only appeared

 

 

 

that men and not God determined His death.

 

 

 

For "it pleased the Lord to crush Him!"

 

 

 

God it was "who caused him to suffer,"

 

 

 

as the prophet foretold. (31)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih Himself confessed and denied not,

 

 

 

"No man taketh my life from me,

 

 

 

but I lay it down of my own free will,

 

 

 

and as it is in my power to lay my life down,

 

 

 

so it is in my power to take it up again."(John 10:18)

 

 

 

Did you not know that the Word of God willingly died?

 

 

 

For this end was He born

 

 

 

and for this cause did He die

 

 

 

and for this alone did God send Him into the world.

 

 

 

God so loved the world

 

 

 

that He gave His only living Word

 

 

 

as a sin-covering sacrifice,

 

 

 

"a momentous sacrifice,"

 

 

 

as it reads in the saying,

 

 

 

"Behold!  God said:

 

 

 

'O Jesus!  I will take thee

 

 

 

and I (raise) thee to Myself...'" (32).

 

 

 

Have you not read that the Jewish people

 

 

 

promised Allah

 

 

 

"not to believe in a Messenger

 

 

 

unless He showed us a sacrifice" (33)?

 

 

 

And have you not read that Allah

 

 

 

who is rich in mercy,

 

 

 

for His great love wherewith He loved us

 

 

 

even when we were dead in sins

 

 

 

(like sheep led to the slaughter,

 

 

 

like Ibrahim's son led to the slaughter),

 

 

 

that Allah so loved the world

 

 

 

that he ransomed Ibrahim's doomed progeny

 

 

 

--"and We ransomed him with a momentous sacrifice"? (34)

 

 

 

Are you ignorant of the prophecy of Isaiah

 

 

 

(sealed incorruptibly in the Dead Sea Scrolls

 

 

 

and fulfilled 700 years later

 

 

 

in the death of Isa al-Masih):

 

 

 

"Yet it was the Lord's will to crush him

 

 

 

and cause him to suffer,

 

 

 

and though the Lord makes his life

 

 

 

a sacrifice offering for sin,

 

 

 

he (the Masih) will see his (spiritual) progeny,

 

 

 

he shall prolong his days,

 

 

 

and the will of the Lord

 

 

 

will prosper in his hand.

 

 

 

After the suffering of his soul,

 

 

 

he (the Masih) will see the light of (resurrection) life

 

 

 

and be satisfied;

 

 

 

by his knowledge my righteous servant (35)

 

 

 

will make many just,

 

 

 

taking their faults on himself (36).

 

 

 

Are we, then, not that doomed progeny of Ibrahim?

 

 

 

"No indeed.

 

 

 

Allah raised him (Jesus) up unto Himself...(37)

 

 

 

And Allah has brought us

 

 

 

spiritually alive together with Isa

 

 

 

(by grace we are saved)

 

 

 

and has raised us up together

 

 

 

as the spiritual progeny of Ibrahim

 

 

 

and made us sit together

 

 

 

in the triumph of his eternal ummah (community).

 

 

 

Therefore, when the iniquity

 

 

 

of this present world is complete,

 

 

 

this same living Word

 

 

 

who was taken up to heaven

 

 

 

shall also come again

 

 

 

in like manner as He went.

 

 

 

And then it shall be as it says,

 

 

 

"The Day the heaven is split asunder with the clouds,

 

 

 

and the angels are sent down in ranks,

 

 

 

that day, the kingdom, the true kingdom, shall belong

 

 

 

to the All-merciful, and it shall be a day

 

 

 

harsh for the unbelievers"...(38)

 

 

 

"And (Isa) shall be

 

 

 

a Sign (for the coming of) the Hour (of Judgment):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therefore have no doubt about the (Hour)"...(39)

 

 

 

"And thy Lord shall come with angels,

 

 

 

rank on rank." (Daybreak 89:22)

 

 

 

On that day the Word of God will fight.

 

 

 

That will be the day of his jihad, his holy war.

 

 

 

And the Word of God will slay al-Masih al-Daajjal,

 

 

 

the False Messiah, and his lying prophet,

 

 

 

together with all who have lying visions

 

 

 

and all who consult them

 

 

 

or have come bringing a different doctrine

 

 

 

that is not the teaching of Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

On that day it shall be as was seen

 

 

 

by Yahya, (John) one of Isa's hawari rusul (apostles):

 

 

 

"And I saw heaven opened,

 

 

 

and behold a white horse;

 

 

 

and He that sat upon it was called

 

 

 

Faithful and True,

 

 

 

and in righteousness He doth judge and make war.

 

 

 

His eyes were as a flame of fire

 

 

 

and on His head were many crowns;

 

 

 

and He had a name written,

 

 

 

that no man knew, but He Himself.

 

 

 

And He was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood:

 

 

 

and His name is called

 

 

 

The Word of God." (Revelation 19:11-13)

 

 

 

This same Word is coming again

 

 

 

with the armies of the angels of God.

 

 

 

He is coning to punish the unbelieving wicked

 

 

 

and to save the faithful who endure to the end.

 

 

 

So then the Kingdom will be the Lord's.

 

 

 

Therefore, if death entered humanity

 

 

 

by the sin of the first man,

 

 

 

life from the dead entered humanity

 

 

 

by the righteousness of the new man,

 

 

 

the Word of God,

 

 

 

who came as a man

 

 

 

to bind Shaitan and plunder his goods

 

 

 

by offering a death that would free all men

 

 

 

from the fear of death,

 

 

 

from the power of death,

 

 

 

from the realm of death,

 

 

 

from the law of death.

 

 

 

For whoever believes in Isa the Word of Allah

 

 

 

will not see the death

 

 

 

reserved for Shaitan,

 

 

 

the second death,

 

 

 

in the lake of fire.

 

 

 

For since one man died in the place of all

 

 

 

all then died in that one man,

 

 

 

and Shaitan now has no dominion over those

 

 

 

who overcome him by the blood of the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

Such are they who overcome Shaitan by the good confession

 

 

 

of their testimony to the grace of Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

who saves us from the second death in the lake of fire.

 

 

 

It was then that the man of God saw the mystery

 

 

 

of how to fight Shaitan.

 

 

 

This is the mystery of the narrow door

 

 

 

into the House of Allah.

 

 

 

This is the small gate

 

 

 

into the Kingdom of Allah.

 

 

 

It is the blood of the Word,

 

 

 

it is the death of Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

and few there be who find it.

 

 

 

For Isa himself said,

 

 

 

"Enter through the narrow gate.

 

 

 

For wide is the gate

 

 

 

and broad is the road

 

 

 

that leads to destruction,

 

 

 

and many enter through it.

 

 

 

But small is the gate

 

 

 

and narrow the road

 

 

 

that leads to life,

 

 

 

and only a few find it." (Matthew 7:13)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ALLAH SHOWS THE MAN OF GOD HOW TO FIGHT SHAITAN

 

 

 

After Ahmad telephoned the man of God

 

 

 

to tell about Isha consulting the false murshid (spiritual guide)

 

 

 

and his "Spiritual Master light beings,"

 

 

 

the man of God went to bed and fell into a deep sleep.

 

 

 

About three o'clock in the morning

 

 

 

a voice spoke to the man of God.

 

 

 

It spoke so loud the man of God woke up instantly

 

 

 

and was wide awake.

 

 

 

It was a deeply resonant, masculine,

 

 

 

and yet feminine-sounding voice

 

 

 

and it said only one short syllable,

 

 

 

an ugly little word

 

 

 

the man of God didn't recognize.

 

 

 

Nevertheless, it blasted in his ears

 

 

 

and woke him up.

 

 

 

The man of God opened his eyes,

 

 

 

and the whole room where he had been sleeping

 

 

 

was pulsating with a scarlet light,

 

 

 

as brilliant as a strobe light.

 

 

 

The room was normally pitch black

 

 

 

at three o'clock in the morning

 

 

 

but now everything in the room was brightly visible.

 

 

 

The man of God stood up

 

 

 

to make sure he was awake.

 

 

 

The awesome light of this

 

 

 

definite supernatural visitation continued.

 

 

 

Then the Lord seemed to speak

 

 

 

to the man of God in a very still small voice,

 

 

 

"This is the demon she prays to.

 

 

 

Cover yourself with the blood of my Word Isa." (40)

 

 

 

The man of God instantly saw the nature

 

 

 

of the spiritual struggle:

 

 

 

the demon was attacking the man of God

 

 

 

because Isha was his property

 

 

 

and this devil was protecting his goods.

 

 

 

The man of God said these simple words with faith,

 

 

 

"I cover myself with the blood of Isa."

 

 

 

Immediately the pulsating light faded."

 

 

 

"Resist the Devil," it says somewhere;

 

 

 

"overcome him by the confession of your faith in Isa

 

 

 

and by the blood of Isa,

 

 

 

and he will flee from you."

 

 

 

The man of God lay down and closed his eyes.

 

 

 

Immediately he saw

 

 

 

with the vision given him by the Eternal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

a package in the house of Isha and Ahmad.

 

 

 

The indwelling Spirit of God

 

 

 

impressed on the mind of the man of God

 

 

 

that he should call Ahmad on the telephone right then

 

 

 

and tell him to go back into his house,

 

 

 

taking dominion over it room by room,

 

 

 

covering the realm of his dominion

 

 

 

with the blood of Allah's halifa (agent in charge),

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

It was especially impressed on the man of God

 

 

 

that Ahmad was to cover his wife Isha

 

 

 

with the blood of the Word of Allah

 

 

 

and get that horrible package of occult materials

 

 

 

out of their house.

 

 

 

Whatever was in that package,

 

 

 

whether it was charms made out of pieces of writing

 

 

 

or hair-cuttings or nail-trimmings or the hand of Fatima

 

 

 

or knots or magic or material for sorcery

 

 

 

or any other wicked thing,

 

 

 

whether it was any curse or blessing

 

 

 

thought to ward off the evil eye,

 

 

 

any practice or object that grieves the Eternal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

--these must all be curtailed and destroyed;

 

 

 

as it says,

 

 

 

"...Thou canst not stand before thine enemies,

 

 

 

(until) ye take away the accursed thing from among you." (41)

 

 

 

Whoever puts his hand to the plow

 

 

 

but then keeps looking back at this Satanic wickedness

 

 

 

is not fit for the Kingdom of Allah.

 

 

 

It would be better to enter heaven with nothing

 

 

 

than to enter hell with all these filthy possessions.

 

 

 

For without holiness no man will see God.

 

 

 

And if you leave the door open by keeping this filth

 

 

 

in your possession,

 

 

 

any demon that is cast out will go and find seven other demons

 

 

 

and come back to drag you down to hell.

 

 

 

The man of God obeyed the Lord.

 

 

 

Even though it was not yet four o'clock in the morning,

 

 

 

the man of God called Ahmad and woke him up.

 

 

 

The man of God covered him

 

 

 

with the blood of the Word of Allah

 

 

 

and called out to God, interceding for him on the telephone.

 

 

 

When Ahmad heard what had happened to the man of God

 

 

 

he realized that this demon who had taken over his house,

 

 

 

who was destroying the peace of his family

 

 

 

and unsettling his children,

 

 

 

this demon who was oppressing his wife,

 

 

 

this same demon was trying to frighten the man of God

 

 

 

away from saving their home.

 

 

 

Ahmad also promised the man of God

 

 

 

that he would not sign the divorce papers

 

 

 

that very day as his wife had requested.

 

 

 

The admonition is clear:

 

 

 

"Pray at all times in the Spirit."

 

 

 

To pray in the Spirit means to pray in the power of the Spirit,

 

 

 

with the gifts of the Spirit potentially in evidence.

 

 

 

When the man of God saw the package,

 

 

 

it was by means of a gift of the Eternal Spirit of Allah;

 

 

 

namely, supernatural "knowledge" (42)

 

 

 

--that is, supernaturally provided knowledge

 

 

 

that he could not acquire by means of his natural mind.

 

 

 

"For we are not battling

 

 

 

against personalities made of flesh and blood,

 

 

 

but against beings without bodies

 

 

 

-the evil overlords of the unseen world,

 

 

 

those mighty demonic beings

 

 

 

and great evil rulers of darkness who dominate this world;  and

 

 

 

against hordes of wicked spirits

 

 

 

in the spirit world."(43)

 

 

 

HOW TO ADMIT THE INFALLIBLE RELIABILITY OF THE WORD

 

 

 

We must receive a new spirit,

 

 

 

a spirit like the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

For God will be faithful

 

 

 

only with the faithful (44) and His pure light

 

 

 

will shine forth from the Word only for the pure.

 

 

 

With the wicked who fail to tremble at His Word,

 

 

 

God is angry every day. (45)

 

 

 

Like many long ago who were quick

 

 

 

to accuse Isa al-Masih of error

 

 

 

but were slow to see error in themselves,

 

 

 

so today these vile unbelievers are quick

 

 

 

to do the same with His written Word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The natural man cannot understand the words of the Spirit;

 

 

 

they are beyond him,

 

 

 

they are foolishness to him.

 

 

 

How can anyone understand

 

 

 

what is eternal and spiritually discerned

 

 

 

if he lacks the Eternal Spirit?

 

 

 

Reading is not enough;

 

 

 

the words are straight but the reader is crooked.

 

 

 

The reader must be reborn

 

 

 

and be set on the straight path

 

 

 

not by mere human resolve

 

 

 

but by the will of God. (46)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A WORD ABOUT JUDAS AND  THOSE LIKE HIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How can anyone read what is godly

 

 

 

if he himself is devilish?

 

 

 

Could Judas "read" Jesus?

 

 

 

Even though Judas sat next to the Word of Allah

 

 

 

eating his bread at the Last Supper,

 

 

 

all Judas could read were "errors."

 

 

 

Judas had frequently heard Jesus say

 

 

 

that it was necessary for the Messiah to die

 

 

 

as a sacrifice for the sins of the world,

 

 

 

but Judas "read" this solemn declaration as an error.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"The Messiah must be strong to rule us,"

 

 

 

Judas thought, "not weak."

 

 

 

"How can he be anybody important

 

 

 

if he's going to die instead of lead an army?

 

 

 

His errors will get us all killed, not just himself!"

 

 

 

Isa had enough love to die for Judas' sins

 

 

 

but, like the rest of unregenerate humanity,

 

 

 

Judas saw error in this and in everything else

 

 

 

except in his own black heart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bitter sons of the devil!

 

 

 

Black-hearted traitors against God

 

 

 

who take sides with Judas

 

 

 

against the infallibly accurate Word of Allah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But some fools are even more perverse!

 

 

 

Who is more truly a liar

 

 

 

than the one who would make this devil Judas

 

 

 

who committed suicide in shame and utter ignominy

 

 

 

the one who was crucified in Isa's place? (47)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Such a one will surely go the way of Judas

 

 

 

for agreeing with him

 

 

 

that God's account of things cannot be trusted.

 

 

 

Only a good man like Isa could cry out

 

 

 

while hanging on the khashabah (wood) in the agony of death,

 

 

 

"My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?"

 

 

 

A traitor like Judas would know the answer to that question!

 

 

 

Isa said of Judas, "It would have been better

 

 

 

if that man had never been born."

 

 

 

And if like Judas we think ourselves wiser

 

 

 

than the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

it would have been better

 

 

 

if such an error as us had never been born!

 

 

 

Isa was willing to die that same day for Judas

 

 

 

but Judas refused to pick up his cross and die,

 

 

 

if necessary, with Isa.

 

 

 

Judas saw an error in that.

 

 

 

What craftiness this fool had!

 

 

 

He saw he could save his own life

 

 

 

and even make some money

 

 

 

just by betraying Isa

 

 

 

to the wicked priestly rulers who were looking to kill him. But

 

 

 

whoever tries to save his life will lose it (48)

 

 

 

Only those who lose their lives in "Islam" ("Surrender") to Isa

 

 

 

will find their lives and keep them for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judas was the first apostle to lose his life,

 

 

 

and he also lost his soul,

 

 

 

as it says,

 

 

 

"Let his habitation be desolate. (49)

 

 

 

He missed seeing the Messiah's resurrection by only a few hours!

 

 

 

But his fall was predicted

 

 

 

by the prophet Da'ud (David) in the Zabur (Psalms)

 

 

 

as part of the sufferings to be endured by the Messiah:

 

 

 

"Yes, mine own familiar friend, in whom I trusted,

 

 

 

which did eat of my bread,

 

 

 

hath lifted up his heel against me."(50)

 

 

 

But the Word of Allah who delivered this prophecy to Da'ud

 

 

 

a thousand years before it happened

 

 

 

also knew that Judas would fulfill it.

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih the Word of Allah said,

 

 

 

"I assure you, one of you will betray me,

 

 

 

one who is eating with me." (51)

 

 

 

Over 500 years before this,

 

 

 

the Word of Allah had enabled the prophet Zechariah

 

 

 

to foresee what God would cause to happen:

 

 

 

Isa would be betrayed for thirty pieces of silver; (52)

 

 

 

which actually happened

 

 

 

when the priests paid Judas that amount of money

 

 

 

to purchase unwittingly

 

 

 

the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.

 

 

 

"I am going to strike the shepherd

 

 

 

and the sheep will be scattered," Zechariah predicted.

 

 

 

The Word of Allah had even inspired

 

 

 

the prophet Daniel to foresee

 

 

 

not only the death of the Messiah

 

 

 

but also the subsequent destruction of the Temple:

 

 

 

"After this period of 434 years, the Messiah will be killed, but

 

 

 

not for himself, and the people of the prince that shall come

 

 

 

shall destroy the city and the sanctuary." (53)

 

 

 

The manner of the Messiah 's atoning death

 

 

 

which will not be "for himself" (54)

 

 

 

but for the sins of the whole world

 

 

 

is clearly described in the Zabur (Psalms):

 

 

 

"They pierced my hands and feet." (55)

 

 

 

But Judas had no taste for the word of God.

 

 

 

He did not treasure these words in his heart.

 

 

 

Isa warned that man cannot live by bread alone

 

 

 

but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

 

 

 

Yet Judas thought he could mock the grace of the Lord

 

 

 

and lie to the Eternal Spirit of Allah.

 

 

 

Judas fooled only himself.

 

 

 

The Word of God could read the traitor's inmost thoughts.

 

 

 

Isa didn't need anyone to tell him what was in a man.

 

 

 

Isa knew what Judas would do.

 

 

 

He allowed him to do it

 

 

 

so that the Scriptures might be fulfilled.

 

 

 

But woe to the man who fulfilled them!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Judas didn't run far.

 

 

 

When all his treachery was over,

 

 

 

he found himself totally alone

 

 

 

and only Satan wanted his detestable company.

 

 

 

So Judas committed suicide.

 

 

 

Now he is in hell.

 

 

 

How do we know?

 

 

 

Because Isa said it would have been better

 

 

 

if he had never been born.

 

 

 

Never having been born

 

 

 

would be like annihilation in hell;

 

 

 

but there is no annihilation in hell,

 

 

 

only conscious eternal anguish,

 

 

 

as it says, "And these shall go way

 

 

 

into everlasting punishment.." (56)

 

 

 

Isa himself warned about the eternal reality of hell

 

 

 

more solemnly and emphatically than anyone.

 

 

 

Therefore, if you want to think like Judas

 

 

 

and harbor treacherous thoughts that the Word of God is error

 

 

 

and harden your heart's gratitude

 

 

 

against Isa's sacrifice for you to save you from hell,

 

 

 

then there definitely will be room in hell for you with Judas.

 

 

 

But it would be better for you if you had never been born.

 

 

 

The moral judgment of God will require

 

 

 

that every living rebel

 

 

 

will be abandoned forever in the conscious state of his rebellion

 

 

 

as eternal just retribution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who could be a bigger fool

 

 

 

than the one who scoffs

 

 

 

at the sacrificial love of the Word of God

 

 

 

who died and rose

 

 

 

to speak eternal life into our hearts

 

 

 

and to breathe on us the Eternal Spirit?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This state could have been avoided

 

 

 

had he judged himself and repented of this wickedness,

 

 

 

believing that the Word who is the Judge from Allah

 

 

 

came to die to take the penalty for our crimes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who is more worthy of judgment

 

 

 

than the one who rejects the Judge's merciful act

 

 

 

of taking, though himself innocent,

 

 

 

the culprit's penalty of judgment on himself?

 

 

 

Who is more worthy of judgment

 

 

 

than the one who would have the Judge

 

 

 

thus suffer and die in vain?

 

 

 

Who is more worthy of judgment

 

 

 

than the one who would go on, his life unchanged,

 

 

 

wickedly refusing to believe

 

 

 

even after he had heard

 

 

 

of this merciful and loving Judge from Allah?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who could be a bigger fool than the one who,

 

 

 

being on the side of men and not God,

 

 

 

sells his own soul to eternal torment

 

 

 

for a few fleeting rags in this life?

 

 

 

Judas was an apostle!

 

 

 

He was among those selected for the privilege

 

 

 

of governing the Kingdom of Allah

 

 

 

at the side of the Messiah Himself!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But an upright man can in fact give up

 

 

 

his privileged status before God

 

 

 

and can choose to enjoy for a time the pleasure

 

 

 

of not listening to the true Isa,

 

 

 

of not sharing in the sufferings

 

 

 

that arise because of Isa's words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The true Jesus is that one who bled

 

 

 

and died for sin and rose again!).

 

 

 

Any Judas can choose to avoid the trouble that comes

 

 

 

because of the Word of His blood

 

 

 

and of His Judgment

 

 

 

and of His giving of the Spirit.

 

 

 

Any privileged man can betray his own integrity

 

 

 

and can copy a devil like Judas.

 

 

 

Who does this more truly

 

 

 

than the one who has no respect for God's law

 

 

 

and says the Book is now a corrupt pile of errors

 

 

 

and not to be trusted or taken seriously?

 

 

 

Is God's Book in error?

 

 

 

Is it not rather you who are in error,

 

 

 

you who know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God?

 

 

 

Will you judge the Word in error

 

 

 

or will the Word of God judge you in error?

 

 

 

Which will it be?

 

 

 

The folly of your judgment of the Word?

 

 

 

Or the judgment of the Word on your folly?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Oh the horror of this betrayal of the Word of God!

 

 

 

The horror of hell is that God allows us

 

 

 

to attain what our wicked hearts demand:

 

 

 

the lie of al-Dajjal (Anti-Christ) which we love

 

 

 

rather than the truth of Messiah

 

 

 

which we love

 

 

 

to call error.

 

 

 

Judas wanted it this way

 

 

 

and the horror is that God allowed him his way.

 

 

 

Only God can take this treachery out of our minds;

 

 

 

it was there from the time that the first human being

 

 

 

rebelled against the holy commandment.

 

 

 

That spiritual treachery is still there today

 

 

 

when the Word of God is read by skeptical rebels.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Only the Lord can remove this treachery from our hearts.

 

 

 

The Lord did this for Peter,

 

 

 

an apostle who also denied the Lord

 

 

 

and also refused to die with him.

 

 

 

The Lord removed Peter's treacherous unspiritual nature

 

 

 

and gave him a new spirit,

 

 

 

so that he would never deny the Lord again

 

 

 

but would take up his cross

 

 

 

and even be willing to die for the Lord.

 

 

 

Only the Lord can remove this treachery

 

 

 

and He does it when we turn to him.

 

 

 

But if we refuse, note well:

 

 

 

fury grips the Lord when He sees

 

 

 

the wicked treacherously abandoning His Word.

 

 

 

Do you want to call His Word error and make him angry?

 

 

 

Are you stronger than the Lord?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some declare they have light

 

 

 

but it is in fact a false knower's light,

 

 

 

like the light in the ancient heresies.

 

 

 

And if the light within you is darkness,

 

 

 

how great is that darkness!

 

 

 

These "knowers" in their wicked pride

 

 

 

go beyond what is written

 

 

 

and boast of "knowledge" higher than

 

 

 

the faith once for all delivered to the holy ones.

 

 

 

With brazen tongues and dead-looking eyes

 

 

 

these self-willed souls

 

 

 

refuse the knowledge that could bring them life.

 

 

 

Their arrogance knows no bounds;

 

 

 

like a raging wind that swirls and casts up dirt

 

 

 

wherever it flies,

 

 

 

so their minds rush

 

 

 

to call error the Word

 

 

 

and the Word error.

 

 

 

(Who are you to interpret the true Word,

 

 

 

you without true faith from Allah's Eternal Spirit?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE NEED FOR A NEW HUMAN NATURE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

From such thinking came

 

 

 

the Primal Lapse:

 

 

 

when the first human ears

 

 

 

were tickled with the taunt,

 

 

 

"Hath God said...?"

 

 

 

It was then that Shaitan (Satan)

 

 

 

that ancient Gnostic (57)

 

 

 

boasted of knowledge higher than

 

 

 

the Word of Allah

 

 

 

and tempted mankind to islam (submit) to his will

 

 

 

rather than to the will of Allah.

 

 

 

Thus mankind gave up

 

 

 

the true and living Eternal Word

 

 

 

for a death-dealing Satanic caricature

 

 

 

a false Word,

 

 

 

a devilish Word,

 

 

 

another Message.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was then that a heart,

 

 

 

made good by God,

 

 

 

turned devilishly perverse.

 

 

 

It was then that humanity,

 

 

 

by presuming it could know good and evil

 

 

 

and find life

 

 

 

by some means other than islam (submission)

 

 

 

to the true and living Word of God,

 

 

 

fell.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yes, humanity fell,

 

 

 

and how great was the fall of it!

 

 

 

So great indeed

 

 

 

that those with fallen minds

 

 

 

unrenewed by the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

and the personal Word of Allah

 

 

 

are themselves blind to the Fall,

 

 

 

even though their own warped thinking

 

 

 

is part of the Fall's debris!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What more evidence for the Fall do I need

 

 

 

than my own fallen life?

 

 

 

The heart of man is desperately wicked,

 

 

 

who can know it?

 

 

 

For the honest man who looks

 

 

 

within the depths of his soul

 

 

 

will say this:

 

 

 

I fail to carry out the good I know I should do

 

 

 

and I find myself doing the very things I hate.

 

 

 

When I act against my own intention

 

 

 

that means that I have a self that knows the good,

 

 

 

and so the thing behaving wickedly in me

 

 

 

must surely be my fallen nature.

 

 

 

I know of nothing good living in me.

 

 

 

My lower nature is my unspiritual self,

 

 

 

possessing only a faint and fickle wish

 

 

 

to do what is good

 

 

 

but not the effecting will

 

 

 

(only those who are new creations in Isa the saving Word

 

 

 

have the effecting will

 

 

 

with the tender conscience.[58])

 

 

 

What is the result then?

 

 

 

Instead of doing the right

 

 

 

I want to do,

 

 

 

I carry out the wicked wrong

 

 

 

I do not want.

 

 

 

When I act against my intention, then,

 

 

 

it is not I alone who am the agent,

 

 

 

but the fallen nature

 

 

 

that lodges in me.

 

 

 

Wretched rebel that I am,

 

 

 

who is there to rescue me out of this fallen flesh (59)

 

 

 

this treacherous will,

 

 

 

this rebel nature doomed to death?

 

 

 

How can I become a true muslim (submitter) to Allah

 

 

 

and receive a new creation nature?

 

 

 

This is the question of all questions.

 

 

 

THE HARDENED HEART WITHOUT THE NEW CREATION IS

 

 

 

SHAMELESS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But some don't even ask the question.

 

 

 

Some people have no sense of shame.

 

 

 

The man of God learned this when,

 

 

 

having helped Ahmad save his marriage,

 

 

 

the man of God himself had marital tragedy.

 

 

 

We will call the name of the man of God "Hosea"

 

 

 

though he lived in modern times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a true story.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One day the man of God stood up in the house of God

 

 

 

to preach.

 

 

 

But a supernatural word came to him,

 

 

 

not from the words of a paper book (60)

 

 

 

but from the Eternal Spirit of Allah.

 

 

 

What came to him is best described as supernatural knowledge.

 

 

 

The living Word that spoke to his heart

 

 

 

was as urgent as a shout

 

 

 

and as vivid as a vision.

 

 

 

The man of God saw in this miraculous manifestation

 

 

 

materializing before the eye of his mind

 

 

 

his wife in a bedroom many miles away.

 

 

 

The person he saw with her was in the act

 

 

 

of committing adultery.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The man of God stood before the congregation

 

 

 

and he could not begin the khutba (sermon),

 

 

 

because in his spirit he was in the bedroom

 

 

 

horrified at the sight of this evil

 

 

 

Allah was showing him.

 

 

 

(When Allah gives supernatural knowledge

 

 

 

He never contradicts or goes beyond

 

 

 

His infallible written Word.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The next morning the man of God

 

 

 

wanted to make sure this vision was true

 

 

 

and not just his own imagination.

 

 

 

He traveled to the house

 

 

 

and, finding no one home,

 

 

 

was able to examine the bedroom privately.

 

 

 

The evidence left by the careless lovers

 

 

 

(who thought the man of God would have to be preaching

 

 

 

at the hour of their rendezvous

 

 

 

and therefore could not possibly catch them)

 

 

 

showed unmistakably that the vision was from God.

 

 

 

The man of God confronted the adulterous woman.

 

 

 

She had no sense of shame.

 

 

 

"Why should she?" she thought.

 

 

 

No one had caught her in the act,

 

 

 

and as far as the man of God was concerned,

 

 

 

she thought his vision was probably just a lucky guess.

 

 

 

But had not God himself caught her?

 

 

 

Had he not used a gift of His Eternal Spirit,

 

 

 

the gift of supernatural knowledge,

 

 

 

to show the man of God

 

 

 

what only three in the world

 

 

 

--that is, the adulterous woman, her lover, and God--knew?

 

 

 

Had not God himself caught her in the very act of adultery, a wicked

 

 

 

act of treachery worthy of death?

 

 

 

But the woman had no sense of guilt before God.

 

 

 

Allah was very far off to her, baaeed (very remote and separate)

 

 

 

and often the thought of God left her cold,

 

 

 

like the thought of her husband.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE PEOPLE OF THE WORLD,

 

 

 

EVEN THE RELIGIOUS PEOPLE,

 

 

 

ARE LIKE AN ADULTEROUS WIFE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The adulterous wife of the man of God

 

 

 

might speak of God in passionate terms

 

 

 

as she might speak of her husband,

 

 

 

but her rebellious heart was always sneaking off

 

 

 

after that which really excited her.

 

 

 

No, it was no part of her religious experience

 

 

 

to ever feel caught in shame before the believers

 

 

 

or to feel guilty of sin before God.

 

 

 

Her reasoning was that she was no worse than any one else.

 

 

 

Besides, she thought, couldn't she always do good

 

 

 

to counterbalance her sins?

 

 

 

She never thought of herself

 

 

 

as having a "fallen nature."

 

 

 

And since God did not seem close at hand

 

 

 

to catch her in this treacherous state,

 

 

 

this adulterous nature,

 

 

 

this unregenerate whorish heart,

 

 

 

she never felt a guilty dissatisfaction

 

 

 

with her own unspiritual self.

 

 

 

Nor did she ever feel a burning need

 

 

 

for a clean, new creation nature.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just a bit more religion would do the trick, she thought.

 

 

 

For when she was with her co-religionists

 

 

 

involved in religion,

 

 

 

she could see she seemed to be at least

 

 

 

as good as those who did

 

 

 

her same supposedly merit-earning religious rituals.

 

 

 

Some people have no sense of shame.

 

 

 

They do not ask the question,

 

 

 

"Who can rescue me from this rebel nature?"

 

 

 

They do not ask,

 

 

 

"How can I become a muslim (true submitter) to Allah

 

 

 

and receive a new creation nature?"

 

 

 

They are like this woman,

 

 

 

without a sense of being caught in shame before a holy God,

 

 

 

a God who finds you guilty in your very nature,

 

 

 

not just in your sins

 

 

 

--a God who wants to give you a new holy nature,

 

 

 

one that has an effecting will not to sin;

 

 

 

with his Eternal Spirit giving you

 

 

 

the tender conscience of His Word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But you say, "I am not like her.

 

 

 

I don't commit adultery.

 

 

 

I don't need a new nature."

 

 

 

Have you ever looked with lust at another person?

 

 

 

Don't you know that such looks

 

 

 

come out of an adulterous heart?

 

 

 

Don't you know that God wants to give you

 

 

 

a new spiritual heart,

 

 

 

one that recoils in revulsion at even the thought of sin,

 

 

 

a heart where the mind of Allah Himself is mindful?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Stop being satisfied with your unspiritual self

 

 

 

disguised under robe upon robe of religion!

 

 

 

Don't you know that you too must become a new creation?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those who do supposedly merit-earning religious rituals

 

 

 

without a new creation nature from Allah,

 

 

 

and think they are pleasing Allah,

 

 

 

are going to be eternally surprised.

 

 

 

Somewhere He has called

 

 

 

such religious people "an abomination" (61).

 

 

 

Unless your righteousness exceeds people like this,

 

 

 

you will not enter the Kingdom of Allah.(62)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For God is a covenant-loyal God,

 

 

 

a faithful and a holy husband,

 

 

 

but the people who are not a new creation

 

 

 

and are merely religious

 

 

 

are to Him those who have an adulterous heart worthy of hell.

 

 

 

They have the nature of a rebellious wife that makes God angry.

 

 

 

For the burning lake of hell fire and brimstone

 

 

 

is reserved for these:

 

 

 

those who claim to believe

 

 

 

but who are offended when persecution comes,

 

 

 

those who are untrustworthy in holding forth the true witness,

 

 

 

those who are morally unclean in any way

 

 

 

or detestably idolatrous,

 

 

 

those with murderous hatred in their hearts,

 

 

 

those who are sensually fixated

 

 

 

or practice sex disallowed by Allah,

 

 

 

those involved in magic charms,

 

 

 

degraded religion or the occult,

 

 

 

those who are covetously idolatrous or consult false prophets,

 

 

 

those who do not live and tell the truth. (Revelation 21:8)

 

 

 

God takes no pleasure in the torment of the wicked in hell,

 

 

 

and neither does a true prophet

 

 

 

take pleasure in the death of the wicked.

 

 

 

Who can preach these things without tears?

 

 

 

Yet they must be proclaimed,

 

 

 

for how can any be saved from destruction

 

 

 

without a new creation nature spoken into existence

 

 

 

by the living and eternal Word of Allah?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Please understand that the intention

 

 

 

is not to demean anyone,

 

 

 

but to awaken everyone and see everyone delivered

 

 

 

from the coming fury and the anguish that is forever.

 

 

 

We treat all people with reverence and humility,

 

 

 

and we discern in them some vestige of the image of Allah,

 

 

 

not entirely faded, even from the vilest.

 

 

 

For a glimmer of the goodness of the God who made him

 

 

 

still shines from every man,

 

 

 

making all accountable when,

 

 

 

even though they hear,

 

 

 

they refuse to obey the Word.

 

 

 

We treat all people with reverence,

 

 

 

knowing that the Word of Allah himself

 

 

 

thought every soul worth dying for

 

 

 

and has ascended to the right hand of God

 

 

 

where He is the universal Leader

 

 

 

of our congregational prayers,

 

 

 

our Imam (Leader),

 

 

 

who makes intercession for the elect.

 

 

 

And how can we be irreverent toward one

 

 

 

about whom our Imam, Isa the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

may Himself be interceding?

 

 

 

Oh the depth of the riches

 

 

 

both of the wisdom and power of God!

 

 

 

Our God is a consuming fire!

 

 

 

As His salvation is endless

 

 

 

so is His just judgment of torment for the wicked!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you feel absolutely no shame or guilt before God,

 

 

 

not just because of the sin you have done,

 

 

 

but because of the sinner you are by nature,

 

 

 

then you may rest assured

 

 

 

that you are like the woman in this true story.

 

 

 

Why?

 

 

 

Because she feels exactly like you,

 

 

 

without shame or guilt before God.

 

 

 

For her, merit-earning religious ritual is enough,

 

 

 

because she has a corrupt mind and counterfeit faith,

 

 

 

having seared the tender conscience

 

 

 

the Eternal Spirit would give her.

 

 

 

She presumptuously thinks she can live any way she wants,

 

 

 

without a new nature,

 

 

 

and be continually forgiven as

 

 

 

she salutes a few religious rules

 

 

 

yet remains in her unregenerate, rebellious state.

 

 

 

Are you going to be like her?

 

 

 

--Not guilty or shameful enough

 

 

 

to feel the need for a new creation nature?

 

 

 

She thinks Allah will be pleased with her when she dies.

 

 

 

But that day will not mean what she thinks.

 

 

 

It will be a day of darkness and not light.

 

 

 

This deluded woman thinks her life is her own

 

 

 

to do with according to a few religious rules

 

 

 

(which she secretly breaks from time to time)

 

 

 

and she's very happy with herself

 

 

 

and with the rules she agrees to go by

 

 

 

and with the life she has made for herself,

 

 

 

with the life she has found for herself.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But whoever finds his life

 

 

 

will lose it;

 

 

 

Whoever loses his life

 

 

 

and receives the gift of a new creation nature

 

 

 

will find his life again

 

 

 

and keep it for eternity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Does not the very honor of the husband

 

 

 

require that this adulterous woman

 

 

 

should be punished?

 

 

 

Or should she be allowed

 

 

 

to go on like this,

 

 

 

smugly thinking God does not see her,

 

 

 

even when a man of God

 

 

 

supernaturally tells her that God can see her?

 

 

 

Does not such ignorant stubbornness make you angry?

 

 

 

God has given her years to repent and reform,

 

 

 

but she has abused His patience and tolerance,

 

 

 

refusing to own up to the fact that His goodness

 

 

 

is meant to lead her to repentance.

 

 

 

She thinks God is like her,

 

 

 

and so she defiantly puts God's honor to the test.

 

 

 

With her brainless lovers and her inexhaustible adulteries,

 

 

 

she continually brings dishonor

 

 

 

not only on her husband's house

 

 

 

but also on her father's household,

 

 

 

and even on the household of God.

 

 

 

She and her lovers are a brood that God detests.

 

 

 

They are one-of-a-kind with the accursed children of Adam.

 

 

 

The first man, Adam, and his wife

 

 

 

were attracted and satanically seduced

 

 

 

by their own wrong desires when they believed Satan's lie

 

 

 

that the Word of Allah is error.

 

 

 

When they hardened their hearts against Allah and His Word,

 

 

 

they gave birth to a breed more wicked than themselves.

 

 

 

When they rebelled against His Word,

 

 

 

deciding they knew more than God,

 

 

 

they fell from the glory of His likeness.

 

 

 

Now the human race,

 

 

 

although it pays lip service to religion,

 

 

 

is steeped in unrighteousness, war, wrangling, murder,

 

 

 

depravity, maliciousness, arrogance, self-seeking,

 

 

 

vile speech, and treachery of every sort

 

 

 

--a community of snakes coiling around snakes!

 

 

 

And the leaders are the worst vipers in the pit!

 

 

 

They have hardened their hearts against the love of God,

 

 

 

and their wicked pride shuts up all remorse for their sin. Sin?

 

 

 

Their minds are always enterprising in it!

 

 

 

Fierce wolves in sheep's clothing,

 

 

 

the religious teachers

 

 

 

publish empty dreams and lying visions

 

 

 

that lead the Lord's lost sheep astray.

 

 

 

Not content with that,

 

 

 

they persecute the true shepherds

 

 

 

and murderously eat the flesh of the little lambs

 

 

 

and tear off their hoofs.

 

 

 

Don't they know that God loves people?

 

 

 

God wants all people to know who He is

 

 

 

and who they can become as submitters to Him!

 

 

 

Do these sleek religious wolves know God

 

 

 

or even care to know Him?

 

 

 

They do not!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Like Balaam's ass (that donkey prophet),

 

 

 

they see an angel and give a message.

 

 

 

And if even a man supported by a woman declares himself

 

 

 

to be the Messianic Prophet,

 

 

 

these wolves will become his fast friends

 

 

 

and sing his praises,

 

 

 

and want to kill anyone

 

 

 

who disagrees with their authority to be his butchers!

 

 

 

These false prophets preach a tinsel word,

 

 

 

an ear-tickling word,

 

 

 

a bloodless word

 

 

 

that cannot save.

 

 

 

Who is more wicked than the unregenerate prophet

 

 

 

who will not tell the way to regeneration?

 

 

 

They themselves will not venture out into the breach,

 

 

 

yet these butchers pour out the blood

 

 

 

of their own people without a qualm

 

 

 

and even dare to do this in the name of God!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Will the adulterous hypocrites who follow them

 

 

 

not be made as guilty and ashamed

 

 

 

as the treacherous hypocrites who lead them?

 

 

 

Does not the very honor of Allah

 

 

 

require that this pretentious brood

 

 

 

all be thrown into hell?

 

 

 

Yes, a rebel prophet with a lying vision

 

 

 

and all the rebels at heart

 

 

 

who love to listen to lies

 

 

 

will burn together.

 

 

 

A darkened race!

 

 

 

We cry out to Allah when in need,

 

 

 

but we forget Him as soon as He answers,

 

 

 

greeting His speedy abundance

 

 

 

with our not-long-in-coming pride.

 

 

 

He shows us great signs and wonders,

 

 

 

but the spiritually dense

 

 

 

are more impressed with themselves.

 

 

 

Be warned, you impotent leaders of the world,

 

 

 

you set of rebels ruling rebels:

 

 

 

submit to the Word of Allah

 

 

 

and kiss His death-conquering feet

 

 

 

or, despite the massive mutiny you mount against Him,

 

 

 

the blast of His anger will be a flame

 

 

 

you can never put out.

 

 

 

For the furious anger of Allah

 

 

 

has been revealed from heaven

 

 

 

against all the ungodliness of men

 

 

 

who hold the truth down

 

 

 

in their unrighteousness.

 

 

 

These enemies of God claim to serve Him,

 

 

 

but in the name of truth and religion

 

 

 

they crucify al-Haqq (the Truth) Himself

 

 

 

and, if possible, hold Him down forever

 

 

 

--but it is not possible, because Allah himself

 

 

 

has raised His Truth triumphant

 

 

 

over death, hell and murderous false prophets!

 

 

 

Such liars widen the mouth of hell

 

 

 

to gulp those like them down the more,

 

 

 

and so they cause in the land

 

 

 

a famine

 

 

 

of hearing the true Word of Allah.

 

 

 

Allah is angry with the whole race of Adam.

 

 

 

He has vowed such accursed children of Adam

 

 

 

to His Word for destruction

 

 

 

and marked them down to His Truth for public execution.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Are you ignorant that Allah decreed

 

 

 

the death and rebirth of the whole human race?

 

 

 

Did you not know that the Word of Allah Himself

 

 

 

brought the decree?

 

 

 

The old race Allah nailed up naked and dying

 

 

 

and the new race He raised up clothed in glory.

 

 

 

The decree of death to the sinful dying race

 

 

 

and decree of life to the glorious holy race

 

 

 

came through the Word of Allah Isa al-Masih!

 

 

 

Did you not know that al-Haqq (the Truth)

 

 

 

came as Truth to bear witness to the Truth?

 

 

 

A Roman governor (Pilate) who put Isa (Jesus) on trial

 

 

 

asked him,

 

 

 

"What is Truth?"

 

 

 

This wicked soul did not know it was he who was on trial

 

 

 

and it was the whole brood of such as he

 

 

 

that Isa the Word of Allah would doom

 

 

 

in His own sacrificial flesh.

 

 

 

How, then, has God revealed his anger?

 

 

 

God sent His flaming Word

 

 

 

who will one day finally

 

 

 

remove the anguished wicked from His Presence;

 

 

 

God sent His burning, pure and sinless Word

 

 

 

into our fallen and wicked world

 

 

 

in a body as physical as any sinful body,

 

 

 

in order to publicly condemn

 

 

 

our fallen nature in the flesh.

 

 

 

God thus summarily put to death

 

 

 

the race of Adam,

 

 

 

and has been replacing it

 

 

 

with the new creation ummah (community)

 

 

 

of the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

as each new believer

 

 

 

hears, believes, repents,

 

 

 

and is spiritually born from above to have a holy nature

 

 

 

like that of Isa the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

For God is not willing that any should perish.

 

 

 

God is holding open the opportunity

 

 

 

for many to die

 

 

 

to their faithless life in Adam's race

 

 

 

and to come alive

 

 

 

to their pure and holy new life

 

 

 

in the race of the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Why is the death and rebirth of the whole race of Man

 

 

 

necessary?

 

 

 

God could not let our sinful will go unpunished.

 

 

 

His honor could not allow it.

 

 

 

His justice demanded punishment

 

 

 

for our wickedness

 

 

 

and his honor demanded death

 

 

 

for our sin against His holiness.

 

 

 

However, God loves the world

 

 

 

and, like a heart-broken husband of an adulteress

 

 

 

wooing back his faithless wife,

 

 

 

God by no means wants to destroy His creation.

 

 

 

So with an open palm of heavenly reconciliation

 

 

 

held out in the one hand,

 

 

 

and with a fist of hellish reprisal

 

 

 

threatening in the other,

 

 

 

God comes to this adulterous world

 

 

 

to get her decision:

 

 

 

will she or will she not

 

 

 

let Him make her into a new creation

 

 

 

and take her back honorably,

 

 

 

in covenant faithfulness and loyalty to Him,

 

 

 

her death-deserving sin and its blood debt paid.

 

 

 

He sent the Bridegroom of His Honor, His Word,

 

 

 

to enrobe Himself in our humanity

 

 

 

and to serve the death warrant of Allah

 

 

 

on our sinful race.

 

 

 

This was to save the honor of Allah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then His Word came to life again

 

 

 

to vouchsafe Allah's promise to a new forgiven humanity

 

 

 

who would leave their old corrupt minds

 

 

 

and receive the mind of Isa

 

 

 

to be spiritually raised to life with him.

 

 

 

This was to save the honor of believers.

 

 

 

Praise be unto Allah for His Eternal Word Isa!

 

 

 

Then, honorably unburdened of their wicked past,

 

 

 

all those who had longed to obey the Word of God

 

 

 

could be given the gift of a blessed future

 

 

 

and, as new creations, could become true submitters to Allah.

 

 

 

If the honor of Allah

 

 

 

or the honor of your own life before Allah

 

 

 

means anything to you,

 

 

 

you can come today to the kind of godly shame

 

 

 

and righteous sorrow for sin

 

 

 

that leads to salvation.

 

 

 

You can receive the living Word of Allah through faith

 

 

 

by calling out to Him now.

 

 

 

You can become part of His new humanity today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But you say,

 

 

 

"I have many questions.

 

 

 

You have discussed evil at length;

 

 

 

why does Allah tolerate the wicked at all?

 

 

 

Why are they allowed to prosper?"

 

 

 

Since the present is but a brief preparation

 

 

 

for a more demanding future,

 

 

 

the seeming prosperity of the wicked

 

 

 

is really their curse,

 

 

 

in that he who is muddled by money

 

 

 

is ill-prepared for imminent coming judgment,

 

 

 

and so his "prosperity" seals his doom.

 

 

 

We are just one heart-beat away

 

 

 

from death and eternal judgment.

 

 

 

When we die we will become aware

 

 

 

of standing before the judgment throne

 

 

 

of the eternal Word of Allah

 

 

 

--the Word who took the judgment

 

 

 

(by his death in our place)

 

 

 

of those who have faith in him

 

 

 

and forsake all boasting

 

 

 

in dead religious works.

 

 

 

The more wickedness a man does

 

 

 

and the more reward he seems to acquire from it,

 

 

 

the more lulled he is into being caught

 

 

 

in his wicked condition,

 

 

 

which is a state worthy of eternal damnation.

 

 

 

THE MERCY OF THE MESSIAH TOWARD THE UNFAITHFUL

 

 

 

The following true story

 

 

 

illustrates both the justice and the merciful love

 

 

 

of Allah's eternal Word, Isa al-Masih:

 

 

 

"At daybreak Isa appeared in the Temple again;

 

 

 

and all the people came to him,

 

 

 

and he sat down and taught them.

 

 

 

The legalistic teachers and some members of the legalistic sect

 

 

 

brought a woman along who had been caught

 

 

 

committing adultery

 

 

 

and, making her stand there in the middle, they said to Isa,

 

 

 

'Teacher, this woman was caught

 

 

 

in the very act of committing adultery.

 

 

 

Now in the Taurat (Torah) Musa (Moses) has ordered us

 

 

 

to stone women of this kind.

 

 

 

What do you say about her?'

 

 

 

They asked him this as a test,

 

 

 

in order that they might have some charge

 

 

 

to bring against him.

 

 

 

But Isa bent down

 

 

 

and started writing on the ground with his finger.

 

 

 

And as they persisted with their question,

 

 

 

he straightened up and said,

 

 

 

'Let him who is without sin among you

 

 

 

be the first to throw a stone at her.'

 

 

 

Then he bent down and continued writing on the ground.

 

 

 

When they heard this they went away one by one,

 

 

 

beginning with the eldest,

 

 

 

until the last one had gone and Isa was left alone

 

 

 

with the woman standing before him.

 

 

 

Isa again straightened up and said,

 

 

 

'Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?'

 

 

 

'No one, sir,' she replied.

 

 

 

'Neither do I condemn you' said Isa.

 

 

 

'Go and sin no more.' " (63)

 

 

 

The woman in the story knew that she was as good as dead

 

 

 

because two witnesses (the prescribed number)

 

 

 

had caught her in the very act of committing adultery,

 

 

 

of which the Torah's penalty was death.

 

 

 

Isa could have treated her with loathing,

 

 

 

as men all too often act toward women.

 

 

 

Instead, he gave her new life and enabled her not to sin anymore

 

 

 

but to surrender to Allah as a New Creation Muslim.

 

 

 

This is God's will for all people, male and female,

 

 

 

for Allah is the merciful giver of new life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THIS IS THE CONCLUSION OF THE MATTER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the beginning God

 

 

 

thought

 

 

 

and by His creative Word spoke.

 

 

 

The divine Word called forth a universe out of nothing.

 

 

 

And by nothing but His Word

 

 

 

are the revolving stars held together.

 

 

 

Of all the created beings,

 

 

 

man alone has a reasonable word,

 

 

 

an utterable word,

 

 

 

a human word

 

 

 

--and a self-seeing spirit.

 

 

 

For humanity is not made in the likeness of an animal,

 

 

 

but in the likeness of Allah

 

 

 

who is

 

 

 

Eternal-God-with-His-Eternal-Word-and-His-Eternal-Spirit.

 

 

 

He it is who is the true God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And this one God alone

 

 

 

makes mankind into a new creation

 

 

 

that reflects His glory

 

 

 

because the mankind He makes new

 

 

 

is Man-with-renewed-mind-and-regenerated-spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We lose the old rebellious selfhood but not the self.

 

 

 

We lose our old independent identity but not our identity.

 

 

 

We are not swallowed up into religious mysticism.

 

 

 

We need no occultist techniques or exercises to approach Allah.

 

 

 

All we need to do is to repent

 

 

 

and bring every thought captive to obey the Word

 

 

 

by yielding to the power of the Eternal Spirit,

 

 

 

so that the mind that was in Isa al-Masih is in us

 

 

 

as we live and speak and act in inner communion with Him.

 

 

 

THE TARIQA (WAY) FOR NEW CRFATION MUSLIMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shaitan (the Devil) is ultimately not able

 

 

 

to overpower a person

 

 

 

who is on the right path.

 

 

 

The beginning of the right path is Allah's living Word,

 

 

 

not a paper book sent down to be worshiped as a fetish,

 

 

 

but a living personal Word sent down

 

 

 

that we might have life

 

 

 

and have it more abundantly

 

 

 

through a new and living tariqa (way)

 

 

 

found only in Isa's inerrant written words.

 

 

 

Isa said, "I am the tariqa (the right path),

 

 

 

the haqiqah (truth),

 

 

 

and the hayat (life).

 

 

 

No one comes to the Father

 

 

 

but by me"

 

 

 

(there is no other mediator,

 

 

 

no prophet who can supercede him,

 

 

 

no other name under heaven

 

 

 

whereby we must be saved).

 

 

 

The center of the right path is Iman (right Faith)

 

 

 

not in a righteousness of our own

 

 

 

which is of law-keeping and works,

 

 

 

nor of din (religious practice) nor ihsan (rightdoing),

 

 

 

but that which is through iman (faith) in the Word himself,

 

 

 

who comes to us from Allah in the power of the Spirit

 

 

 

both to will and to do his good pleasure,

 

 

 

effecting in us a righteousness which is of God

 

 

 

by faith and not by works,

 

 

 

lest anyone should boast.

 

 

 

The beginning of the way through is tawba (repentance).

 

 

 

This means continually confessing and putting to death

 

 

 

what is prone toward evil within us,

 

 

 

that is, the qalb (heart) of a fasiq (sinner).

 

 

 

If we say we have no sin,

 

 

 

we deceive ourselves

 

 

 

and the truth is not in us.

 

 

 

If we confess our sins,

 

 

 

he is faithful and just

 

 

 

to forgive our sins,

 

 

 

and to cleanse us

 

 

 

from all unrighteousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The inclination of all humanity

 

 

 

not individually necessitated by Allah

 

 

 

but nevertheless personally and freely chosen

 

 

 

by all Adam's children--

 

 

 

is to sin and therefore to die.

 

 

 

Thus, we must die to self (al-Junaid-fana).

 

 

 

We need to put to death in ourselves that which

 

 

 

shares the same sin-prone nature as the old mankind

 

 

 

(we need to die to the umma, community, of Adam),

 

 

 

and we must be recreated by the Word of God

 

 

 

(we need to be born anew

 

 

 

into the spiritual ummah of the Word of God).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The mystery of the right path

 

 

 

is that the Word of Allah

 

 

 

who is the likeness of the invisible God (Col.1:15),

 

 

 

became al-Insan al-Kamil (the Perfect Man) Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

and died a death to cure the guilt

 

 

 

of the qalb (heart) of every fasiq (sinner),

 

 

 

so that we can become assured

 

 

 

of our eternal inheritance as new creations,

 

 

 

being daily renewed and perfected.

 

 

 

This mystery is Allah's temporary secret

 

 

 

now made publicly known,

 

 

 

that is, that Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

is the past, present and future pattern of mankind,

 

 

 

and whatever utopia or myth men hope for is unreal

 

 

 

except as the real is seen in Him alive from the dead.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The center of the way through is inaba (returning)

 

 

 

to al-Insan al-Kamil (the Perfect Man).

 

 

 

To as many as received him (Isa)

 

 

 

to them gave he power to become the heirs of Allah,

 

 

 

and we know that when he shall appear

 

 

 

we shall be like him.

 

 

 

The end of the way through is to submit

 

 

 

in total obedience to Allah

 

 

 

in the marifah (knowledge)

 

 

 

of His costly and holy ishq (love)

 

 

 

with which He has loved us,

 

 

 

even with the love of a Father.

 

 

 

This is the love God has for us,

 

 

 

the same fatherly love He had for Ibrahim

 

 

 

(whose former name Abram means 'Exalted Father').

 

 

 

Ibrahim himself returned this type of love to Allah

 

 

 

by his willingness to sacrifice to God

 

 

 

his only heir.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The end of the right path

 

 

 

is daily to do the al-arkan (right duties)

 

 

 

by the direction and empowering of the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

This step is ubudiyah (service)

 

 

 

and cannot be done by might

 

 

 

nor by power,

 

 

 

but by His Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

YOU CAN PRAY THIS PRAYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Allah, the merciful and forgiving One,

 

 

 

I confess and agree with your Word

 

 

 

that I have had a sinful will

 

 

 

and have sinned

 

 

 

and need a new will.

 

 

 

I believe the Word of God who is Isa,

 

 

 

is the very expression of your will and can make me pure

 

 

 

as, by the power of your Eternal Spirit,

 

 

 

I am enabled to be like him.

 

 

 

May I never forget the great cost of his blood

 

 

 

to effect the atoning sacrifice

 

 

 

that takes away the penalty for my sins.

 

 

 

I call on you now and every day

 

 

 

to deliver me from my sins,

 

 

 

which offend you and have caused

 

 

 

the separation between us.

 

 

 

Come into my heart and life,

 

 

 

Isa, the risen Word of Allah,

 

 

 

and fill me with your love

 

 

 

that I might submit to

 

 

 

and follow your commandments

 

 

 

sent down through you

 

 

 

in the Taurat and the Injil

 

 

 

by the inspiration of the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

Lead me on the straight path to the new creation.

 

 

 

On the basis of what Isa al-Masih has done,

 

 

 

I offer this request to you, praise be unto you,

 

 

 

and believe in my heart that through Isa your Word

 

 

 

it is granted. Amen."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 3?bsp;   THE PRAYER LIFE OF A NEW CREATION  MUSLIM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We who are new creation Muslims

 

 

 

have already tasted of the world to come,

 

 

 

and therefore this present world hates us. (64)

 

 

 

In our spiritual beings we have already passed

 

 

 

from spiritual death unto spiritual life,

 

 

 

and Shaitan (Satan)

 

 

 

and the evil jinn (demons)

 

 

 

and the people of this present world,

 

 

 

because they have not experienced the new creation

 

 

 

through the Word of Allah, who is Isa,

 

 

 

sometimes lash out at us with hatred and persecution.

 

 

 

The spirit that is in them

 

 

 

hates the Spirit that is in us.

 

 

 

But "greater is He (Isa al-Masih) who is in us

 

 

 

than he (Shaitan) who is in the world  (65)

 

 

 

And Allah works all things together for good for us.

 

 

 

Therefore, we do not grow weary in well-doing,

 

 

 

or in praying for our enemies,

 

 

 

or in cautiously reaching out to them in love,

 

 

 

or in joyfully suffering for the sake of God's message

 

 

 

of a servant's love for a needy world.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We need only put on the spiritual armor of

 

 

 

the One who is within us

 

 

 

and we can stand victorious in prayer (66)

 

 

 

as more than conquerors

 

 

 

against our spiritual enemy, Shaitan.

 

 

 

This is spiritual jihad. (67)

 

 

 

We praise Allah's Word (68)

 

 

 

who loved us when we were yet his enemies,

 

 

 

and who gives us wisdom and power

 

 

 

to show his love in countless ways,

 

 

 

even for our enemies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PUT ON ARMOR FOR THE BATTLE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the daily Islamic prayer

 

 

 

one finds the ejaculation:

 

 

 

"I seek refuge from God

 

 

 

from the cursed Satan."

 

 

 

Five times a day,

 

 

 

we who are New Creation Muslims

 

 

 

pause to put on our spiritual

 

 

 

armor and pray in the Spirit.

 

 

 

Since we have "no lasting city" (69)

 

 

 

in this old creation  world of sin and death,

 

 

 

the real direction of our prayer

 

 

 

is not toward anything in this visible world

 

 

 

but toward God,

 

 

 

who has triumphed over principalities and powers.

 

 

 

We tear down strongholds of Shaitan

 

 

 

and war in the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

in the ministry of intercession,

 

 

 

pointing our prayers toward Isa and toward those in Mecca  as we

 

 

 

pray that in Him they may find the True Way.

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, the Word of Allah, is the true light

 

 

 

of true submitters to the straight path.

 

 

 

Who has Allah appointed but his Word

 

 

 

to be the world-ruler of the new world, the new creation?

 

 

 

And there is no other name under heaven

 

 

 

that has been given among men

 

 

 

by which we must be saved

 

 

 

from the coming wrath (70)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A discipline which does not earn merit with Allah

 

 

 

but may be an effective means of identifying with Muslims (71) is

 

 

 

to put on the protection of our spiritual armor

 

 

 

in all five daily prayers:

 

 

 

Subh or the morning prayer,

 

 

 

Zuhr or the noon prayer (72)

 

 

 

'Asr or the afternoon prayer,

 

 

 

Maghrib or the evening prayer,

 

 

 

and 'Ishaa or the night prayer,

 

 

 

We pray without ceasing (73)

 

 

 

and we do not, in any case, make of prayer a good deed

 

 

 

calculated to earn God's favor.

 

 

 

We pray to Allah as though He were our gracious Father.

 

 

 

We pray so freely to Him not to win His favor

 

 

 

but because we have His favor,

 

 

 

not by our good works but by faith in His good works

 

 

 

--that He alone has the power to make the wicked righteous

 

 

 

and He alone has turned us from wickedness

 

 

 

to righteousness,

 

 

 

not by our dead religious works but by the works

 

 

 

of Himself and His Eternal Word and His Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

who has made of our old being a New Creation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE WUDU (CEREMONIAL WASHING)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Muslim manner we wash before we pray (74)

 

 

 

We have water available (75)

 

 

 

so that believers can prepare themselves before going into the

 

 

 

room we have set aside for prayers.

 

 

 

We remove our shoes before going into the room (76)

 

 

 

and we wash our faces and our hands up to the elbows

 

 

 

and our feet up to the ankles.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we wash we say:

 

 

 

I wash my hands

 

 

 

from the evil things that I did

 

 

 

so that I can do only those things you want me to do, Lord.

 

 

 

I wash my eyes

 

 

 

so that I can see only those things you want me to see.

 

 

 

I wash my ears

 

 

 

so I can hear your voice,

 

 

 

and not the voice of the world.

 

 

 

I wash my feet so that I can walk in your path (77)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ADHAAN (78)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Muaadhdhin (Caller to prayer)

 

 

 

in our messianic mosque services

 

 

 

stands to make the announcement to pray (79)

 

 

 

and in so doing recites to the congregation

 

 

 

our Al-'Aqeedah (creed):

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar     God is greater, God is greater.

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar     God is greater, God is greater.

 

 

 

Ash hadu allaa ilaaha ill Allah, I bear witness that there is

 

 

 

nothing worthy of worship but God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ash hadu anna Isa Kalimatu'llah  I bear witness that Isa is

 

 

 

the Word of God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

hooah yellkee al-ruah al-abadeeah Who sendeth forth the Eternal

 

 

 

Spirit (80)

 

 

 

al-moonthick min amr rabbi Proceeding from the command (Amr) of

 

 

 

my Lord (81)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, Kalimatahoo Isa the Messiah, His Word (82)

 

 

 

wahfadah keel awlad Ibrahim the ransom of all Ibrahim's heirs

 

 

 

b'zabahen ahzeemin and our momentous sacrifice (83)

 

 

 

wahrahfahahoo Allah eelyihee Raised to God (84)

 

 

 

leeyoonzeerah yeowma althuhlach As a warning of the day of

 

 

 

meeting (85)

 

 

 

innaa annafs laaahnrahoo beesooch bell hooah zellah annefs

 

 

 

alchadeem leenachoonah chahleekah djadeedah That He might put

 

 

 

away our evil-prone flesh and bring a new creation (86)

 

 

 

leeanna hahteh al-sahllech yahtahbarrar beelman Even

 

 

 

righteousness by faith alone. (87)

 

 

 

Hayya 'alaa Salaah        Hasten to prayer     Hayya 'alal Falaah

 

 

 

Hasten to real success     Qad qaamatis Sallaah Prayer is ready

 

 

 

Qad qaamatis Sallaah      Prayer is ready.     Allaahu Akbar,

 

 

 

God is greater.  Allaahu Akbar God is greater.

 

 

 

Laa ilaaha ill Allah  There is nothing worthy of worship but

 

 

 

God." (88)

 

 

 

A KHUTBAH (SERMON) ENTITLED "GOD'S PLAN FOR THE

 

 

 

CHILDREN OF

 

 

 

ISRAEL AND ISHMAEL" --SUITABLE FOR A MESSIANIC ISLAMIC

 

 

 

JUM'AH OR

 

 

 

FRIDAY SERVICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

 

 

 

Praised be God. Praised be the God who has shown us the way, the

 

 

 

straight path through His Word.

 

 

 

I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship

 

 

 

but God.

 

 

 

I bear witness that Isa is the Word of God.

 

 

 

Fear God, O you people,

 

 

 

fear that day,

 

 

 

the Day of Judgment,

 

 

 

when a father will not be able to answer for his son,

 

 

 

nor the son for his father,

 

 

 

when an Imam will not be able to answer for a Muslim,

 

 

 

nor a Rabbi for a Jew.

 

 

 

O you people who have believed,

 

 

 

turn you to God,

 

 

 

as Ibrahim did turn to God.

 

 

 

Truly God is One and forgives all sin through His Word.

 

 

 

Truly we know His Word.

 

 

 

I bear witness that Isa is His Word of forgiveness.

 

 

 

Through Him Allah is merciful,

 

 

 

the forgiver of sins.

 

 

 

Through Him Allah is the most munificent,

 

 

 

and bountiful, the King,

 

 

 

the Holy One, the Most Merciful."

 

 

 

(The preacher or khatib or muzakkir then descends from the

 

 

 

pulpit, and sitting on the floor of the place of prayer, offers

 

 

 

up a silent prayer. He then again ascends the minbar or pulpit,

 

 

 

which may be nothing more than a small three step riser in

 

 

 

smaller mosques and proceeds.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful.

 

 

 

Praise be to God."

 

 

 

He who has the living Word of God for His guide

 

 

 

is never lost.

 

 

 

If we have truly died with His Word

 

 

 

and have truly been brought to live again by His Word,

 

 

 

then we truly passed from death to life.

 

 

 

There is a text in the Quran that refers to this:

 

 

 

'Or (take) the similitude

 

 

 

of one who passed

 

 

 

by a hamlet, all in ruins,

 

 

 

to its roofs. He said:

 

 

 

'Oh! how shall Allah

 

 

 

bring it (ever) to life,

 

 

 

after (this) its death?'

 

 

 

Then in that same text (Cow 2:259)

 

 

 

it says:

 

 

 

'Look further at the bones,

 

 

 

how We bring them together,

 

 

 

and clothe them with flesh!'

 

 

 

Many commentators believe this text

 

 

 

is referring to Ezekiel 37:1O,

 

 

 

which says,

 

 

 

"The hand of the Lord was upon me (Ezekiel),

 

 

 

and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord,

 

 

 

and set me down in the midst of the valley

 

 

 

which was full of bones,

 

 

 

and caused me to pass by them round about:

 

 

 

and, behold, there were very many in the open valley;

 

 

 

and, lo, they were very dry.

 

 

 

And he (God) said to me,

 

 

 

'Son of man, can these bones live?'

 

 

 

And I answered,

 

 

 

'O Lord God, thou knowest.'

 

 

 

Again he said unto me,

 

 

 

Prophesy upon these bones,

 

 

 

and say unto them,

 

 

 

O you dry bones,

 

 

 

hear the word of the Lord.

 

 

 

Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones;

 

 

 

Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you,

 

 

 

and you shall live:

 

 

 

And I will lay sinews upon you,

 

 

 

and will bring up flesh upon you,

 

 

 

and cover you with skin,

 

 

 

and put breath in you,

 

 

 

and you shall live;

 

 

 

and you shall know that I am the Lord.'

 

 

 

So I (Ezekiel) prophesied as I was commanded:

 

 

 

and as I prophesied,

 

 

 

there was a noise,

 

 

 

and behold a shaking,

 

 

 

and the bones came together,

 

 

 

bone to his bone.

 

 

 

And when I beheld, lo,

 

 

 

the sinews and the flesh came up upon them,

 

 

 

and the skin covered them above:

 

 

 

but there was no breath in them.

 

 

 

Then said he unto me,

 

 

 

'Prophesy unto the wind,

 

 

 

prophesy, son of man,

 

 

 

and say to the wind,

 

 

 

Thus saith the Lord God;

 

 

 

Come from the four winds, O breath,

 

 

 

and breathe upon these slain, that

 

 

 

they may live.'

 

 

 

So I prophesied as he (God) commanded me,

 

 

 

and the breath came into them,

 

 

 

and they lived,

 

 

 

and stood up upon their feet,

 

 

 

an exceeding great army."

 

 

 

What is this passage talking about?

 

 

 

Is there somewhere a great army

 

 

 

of those who were once dead

 

 

 

but are now being brought to life again?

 

 

 

Are we who are New Creation Muslims included or excluded

 

 

 

from that prophesied army?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We Muslims are always asking questions like this.

 

 

 

We always wonder if God is including us.

 

 

 

The most pressing problem we Muslims have

 

 

 

is our spiritual identity.

 

 

 

The solution to that identity problem

 

 

 

has been given to us in the ancient past

 

 

 

through Ibrahim and Ishmael.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But many anti-Muslim teachers and preachers

 

 

 

use the Bible to teach political interpretations

 

 

 

about the promise of the land to Ibrahim

 

 

 

and negative interpretations about Ishmael.

 

 

 

So many Muslims ask,

 

 

 

"Why is it asserted that Allah loves the Jews

 

 

 

as his chosen people more than he loves us Muslims?

 

 

 

Why do so many want to twist the Scriptures

 

 

 

to make us feel rejected?"

 

 

 

But if we begin with the Taurat,

 

 

 

B'raisheet (Genesis) chapter 15,

 

 

 

we return to the cornerstone of our faith

 

 

 

as new creation submitters to Allah

 

 

 

and that cornerstone is Ibrahim.

 

 

 

It says, "Ibrahim believed God,"

 

 

 

and consequently it says that it was credited to him

 

 

 

that he became a righteous submitter to the true path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE GOD OF ISHMAEL BE PRAISED

 

 

 

In Genesis chapter 16:10

 

 

 

we see that God had a special plan for Ishmael

 

 

 

and his descendants.

 

 

 

In the Scriptures,

 

 

 

the Angel of the Lord appears only

 

 

 

when God has a special plan;

 

 

 

and in 16:10 Ishmael's mother, Hagar,

 

 

 

is told by the angel of the Lord,

 

 

 

"I will so increase your descendants

 

 

 

that they will be too numerous to count."

 

 

 

The original language of 16:12 is often mistranslated.

 

 

 

The actual words are "PEH-REH AH-DAM,"

 

 

 

with the idea of a man that will live in the wild.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The last part of 16:12

 

 

 

says that Ishmael will live

 

 

 

"in hostility toward all his brothers."

 

 

 

The reference to Ishmael (the father of the Arab peoples)

 

 

 

and to his hostility "toward all his brothers"

 

 

 

(referring to Isaac, the father of Israel)

 

 

 

is a prophecy very much fulfilled today in the Middle East.

 

 

 

In Genesis 21 God acts to save Ishmael

 

 

 

and his mother,

 

 

 

just as God is saving many Muslims today.

 

 

 

21:19 says "Then God opened her (Hagar's) eyes

 

 

 

and she saw a well of water."

 

 

 

Today God is opening the eyes of many of Ishmael's descendents

 

 

 

and they are coming to the Word of Allah who said,

 

 

 

"If any man thirst,

 

 

 

let him come to me and drink."

 

 

 

Unfortunately, the sons

 

 

 

of those feuding brothers Ishamel and Isaac

 

 

 

have forgotten that their fathers wept together

 

 

 

when they buried their father Ibrahim,

 

 

 

as it says,

 

 

 

"in the cave of Machpelah near Mamre" (Genesis 25:9).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Isaiah 42:10-12

 

 

 

we see another prophecy,

 

 

 

that the sons of Ishmael (Kedar--see Genesis 25:13)

 

 

 

will come back to God and will

 

 

 

"proclaim his praise in the islands."

 

 

 

We believe this refers to the messianic Islamic du'at,

 

 

 

those new creation muslim missionaries

 

 

 

who will be sent out to make the call,

 

 

 

the invitation to submit to Allah

 

 

 

and His Word Isa our Deliverer ('Asim).

 

 

 

Again, look at Isaiah 60:7:

 

 

 

"All the flocks of Kedar shall be gathered

 

 

 

together unto thee,

 

 

 

the rams of Nebaioth shall minister unto thee:

 

 

 

they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar,

 

 

 

and I will glorify the house of my glory."

 

 

 

How much clearer can God make it

 

 

 

that a revival is coming among the Muslims?

 

 

 

In Acts 2:9-11 we see much of the modern Muslim world

 

 

 

represented when the Injil was first proclaimed

 

 

 

at al-Quds (Jerusalem);

 

 

 

notice the text lists "the Arabs,"

 

 

 

it lists "Mesopotamia" (Syria and Iraq),

 

 

 

"Libya," "Parthians and Medians"

 

 

 

(part of Kuwait and the Kurdish)

 

 

 

--all sons of Ishmael who are among those

 

 

 

that will come in the last days

 

 

 

as new creations to glorify God.

 

 

 

God has a plan of salvation for them

 

 

 

and wants them to be saved

 

 

 

from his own holy hostility against unholiness

 

 

 

just as he wants Jew and non-Jew to be saved

 

 

 

from the murderous hostility that is between them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

IN THE NEW CREATION, WE LIVE TOGETHER IN PEACE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

That hostility has been put to death (Ephesians 2:16)

 

 

 

by the Word who broke down all hostility

 

 

 

in his body on the tree of hostility

 

 

 

when he rose from the dead

 

 

 

to assure us of our triumph with him over all hostility

 

 

 

and our deliverance from the holy hostility of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hostility between Jews and Muslims

 

 

 

over the land of Israel is displeasing to God.

 

 

 

In his Word, God rebukes those who fight

 

 

 

and kill each other over the land.

 

 

 

God says, "The land shall not be sold forever:

 

 

 

for the land is mine;

 

 

 

for you are strangers and aliens with me." (Lev.25:23)

 

 

 

The main point is that any land belongs to

 

 

 

the God of creation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are all ephemeral dying aliens here,

 

 

 

on a pilgrimage and under probation and testing

 

 

 

to see if we will submit to the love of God

 

 

 

as revealed by His Word Isa

 

 

 

in the book Isa inspired.

 

 

 

Those Jews who hate Muslims also hate the Holy God

 

 

 

whose word promises He will save Muslims in the last days.

 

 

 

Those Muslims who hate Jews also hate the Holy God

 

 

 

whose Word promises He will breathe spiritual life

 

 

 

into these dead bones in the last days.

 

 

 

And, more than  that, they hate the God

 

 

 

who promises these bones will be resurrected physically

 

 

 

on the land of Ibrahim

 

 

 

just as they will one day be resurrected spiritually

 

 

 

in the true faith of Ibrahim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Jew who hates the Muslim

 

 

 

and the Muslim who hates the Jew

 

 

 

hate the God of their common father Ibrahim

 

 

 

for the Muslim and the Jew are brothers.

 

 

 

If one kills the other over the land of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

they are not gaining any ground with God.

 

 

 

Both push each other into hell,

 

 

 

and who is the better for all their wars?

 

 

 

But what does the Scripture say?

 

 

 

"Whoever hateth his brother is a murderer:

 

 

 

and you know that no murderer

 

 

 

has eternal life abiding in him!" (I John 3:15)

 

 

 

You who say that you are a Jew

 

 

 

(and are not because you hate your brother Muslim),

 

 

 

repent or there is no eternal life abiding in you!

 

 

 

You who say that you are a Muslim

 

 

 

(and are not because you hate your brother Jew),

 

 

 

repent or there is no eternal life abiding in you!

 

 

 

If a Muslim or Jew says, 'I love God,'

 

 

 

and hateth his brother,

 

 

 

he is a liar:

 

 

 

for he that loveth not his brother

 

 

 

whom he hath seen,

 

 

 

how can he love God

 

 

 

whom he hath not seen?" (I John 4:20)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE IQAAMAH

 

 

 

The word Iqaamah means "causing to stand"(89)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar God is greater, God is

 

 

 

greater

 

 

 

Ash hadu allaa ilaaha ill Allah I bear witness that there is

 

 

 

nothing worthy of worship but God

 

 

 

Ash hadu anna Isa Kalimatu'llah I bear witness that Isa is the

 

 

 

Word of God

 

 

 

Hayya 'alaa Salaah Hasten to prayer Hayya 'alal Falaah

 

 

 

Hasten to real success Qad qaamatis Salaah Prayer is ready Qad

 

 

 

qaamatis Salaah Prayer is ready Allaahu Akbar, Allaahu Akbar

 

 

 

God is greater, God is greater Laa ilaaha ill Allah There is

 

 

 

nothing worthy of worship but God (90) Ash hadu allaa ilaaha ill

 

 

 

Allah I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship but

 

 

 

God Ash hadu anna Isa Kalimatu'llah I bear witness that Isa is

 

 

 

the Word of God Hooah yellkee al-ruah al-abadeeah Who sendeth

 

 

 

forth the Eternal Spirit (91) al-moonthick min amr rabbi

 

 

 

Proceeding from the command (Amr) of my Lord (92)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, Kalimatahoo Isa the Messiah, His Word(93)

 

 

 

wahfadah keel awlad Ibrahim   The ransom of all Ibrahim's heirs

 

 

 

b'zabahen ahzeemin   and our momentous sacrifice (94)

 

 

 

wahrahfahahoo Allah eelyihee Raised to God (95)

 

 

 

leeyoonzeerah yeowma althuhlach As a warning of the day

 

 

 

of meeting (96)

 

 

 

innaa annafs laaahnrahoo beesooch bell hooah zellah annefs

 

 

 

alchadeem leenachoonah chahleekah djadeedah That He might put

 

 

 

away our evil-prone flesh and bring a new creation (97)

 

 

 

leeanna hahteh al-sahllech yahtahbarrar beelman

 

 

 

Even righteousness by faith alone (98)

 

 

 

Allahu Akbar God is greater (99)

 

 

 

Subhaanakallaahumma Glory be to You O God

 

 

 

wa bihamdik, and Yours is the praise

 

 

 

wa tabaarakas muka and blessed is Your Name

 

 

 

wa ta'aalaa and exalted is Your Majesty

 

 

 

jadduka wa laa ilaaha ghairuk and there is no deity besides you.

 

 

 

A'uudh billaahi minash I seek the refuge of God

 

 

 

shaitaanir Rajeem from Satan, the accursed. (100)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AL-FAATIHAH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The first chapter of the Qur'an is a prayer.(101)

 

 

 

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem  In the name of God,

 

 

 

Most Gracious, Most merciful, Al hamdu lillaahi

 

 

 

Praise be to God, rabbil 'aalameen the Cherisher and Sustainer of

 

 

 

the worlds.

 

 

 

Ar Rahamaanir Raheem Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

 

 

Maaliki yaumid Deen Master of the Day of Judgment

 

 

 

Iyyaaka na'abudu Thee do we worship, wa Iyyaaka nasta'een and

 

 

 

Thine aid we look for. Ihdinas Siraatal mustaqeem Show us the

 

 

 

straight way. Siraatal ladheen an 'amta 'alaihim The way of those

 

 

 

on whom Thou has bestowed Thy Grace,

 

 

 

ghairil maghduubi 'alaihim  those whose portion is not wrath,

 

 

 

walad Daalleen. Aameen. And who go not astray. Amen. (102)

 

 

 

Walou tarah    If only thou couldst see (103)

 

 

 

is almooshreemoon when the guilty ones nakkesoo r'oosahhom  will

 

 

 

bend low their heads eindah rabbahom before their Lord,

 

 

 

(saying:) Rabbanah Ahbsahranah "Our Lord! We have seen

 

 

 

wehsameeaohnah and we have heard: Feharzahohnah nahahmeeloo

 

 

 

sahlayhahn innah moochnenoon Now then send us back (to the

 

 

 

world): we will work righteousness: for we do indeed (now)

 

 

 

believe." (104) Subhaana rabbiyah 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord the

 

 

 

Great Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem Glory to my Lord the

 

 

 

Great Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord the Great (105)

 

 

 

Sami'allaahu liman hamidah

 

 

 

God listens to him who praises Him. (106)

 

 

 

Rabbanaa lakal hamd Our Lord, to You is due all praise.

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar God is greater (107)

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar God is greater (108)-

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar God is greater (109)

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High (110)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (111)  God is greater.

 

 

 

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem  In the name of God, Most Gracious,

 

 

 

Most Merciful,

 

 

 

Al hamdu lillaahi Praise be to Allah,

 

 

 

rabbil 'aalameen the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds.

 

 

 

Ar Rahamaanir Raheem  Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

 

 

Maaliki yaumid Deen Master of the Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

Iyyaaka na'abudu Thee do we worship,

 

 

 

wa Iyyaaka nasta'een and Thine aid we look for.

 

 

 

Ihdinas Siraatal mustaqeem Show us the straight way.

 

 

 

Siraatal ladheen an 'amta 'alaihim The way of those on whom Thou

 

 

 

has bestowed Thy Grace,

 

 

 

ghairil maghduubi 'alaihim those whose portion is not wrath,

 

 

 

walad Daalleen. Aameen. and who go not astray. Amen. (112)

 

 

 

Taaahlleem al-Kitab al-Muqaddas Search the scriptures;(113)

 

 

 

lehinahoo min al-Kitab nitaahlem for in them ye think ye

 

 

 

have eternal life:

 

 

 

ahn al-hiyah al-abadeeyawelkeetab yeeshhadoo ahnee. and it is

 

 

 

these that bear witness of Me  (114)

 

 

 

Al-simah welahreet tezoolan Heaven and earth will pass away,

 

 

 

wekelammmee lan yahzool but my words wilt not pass away.(115)

 

 

 

Allahu Akbar (116) God is greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabblyal 'Azeem Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Sami'allaahu liman hamidah (117)

 

 

 

God listens to him who praises Him.

 

 

 

Rabbanaa lakal hamd Our Lord to You is due all praise

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (118) God is greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (119) God is greater.(120)

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (121) God is greater.

 

 

 

At Tahiyyaatu lillaahi was Salawaatu wat tayyi baatu

 

 

 

All services rendered by words and bodily actions and sacrifice

 

 

 

of wealth are due to God.

 

 

 

Ash hadu allaa ilaaha illallaah

 

 

 

I bear witness that there is nothing worthy of worship but God.

 

 

 

Ash hadu anna Isa Kalimatu'llah

 

 

 

I bear witness that Isa is the Word of God

 

 

 

Hooah yellkee al-ruah al-abadeeah

 

 

 

Who sendeth forth the (Eternal) Spirit (122)

 

 

 

al-moonthick min amr rabbi

 

 

 

Proceeding from the command (Amr) of my Lord (123)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, Kalimatahoo,

 

 

 

Isa the Messiah, His Word (124)

 

 

 

wahfadah keel awlad Ibrahim

 

 

 

The ransom of all Ibrahim's heirs

 

 

 

b'zabahen ahzeemin and our momentous sacrifice (125)

 

 

 

wahrahfahahoo Allah eelyihee Raised to God (126)

 

 

 

leeyoonzeerah yeowma althuhlach As a warning of the day

 

 

 

of meeting (127)

 

 

 

innaa annafs laaahnrahoo beesooch bell hooah zellah annefs

 

 

 

alchadeem leenachoonah chahleekah djadeedah That He might put

 

 

 

away our evil-prone flesh and bring a new creation (128),

 

 

 

leeanna hahteh al-sahllech yahtahbarrar beelman

 

 

 

Even righteousness by faith alone.(129)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (130)  God is greater

 

 

 

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

 

 

 

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful,

 

 

 

Al hamdu lillaahi Praise be to God,

 

 

 

rabbil 'aalameen the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds.

 

 

 

Ar Rahamaanir Raheem Most Gracious, Most Merciful.

 

 

 

Maaliki yaumid Deen Master of the Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

lyyaaka na'abudu Thee do we worship,

 

 

 

wa Iyyaaka nasta'een and Thine aid we look for.

 

 

 

Ihdinas Siraatal mustaqeem Show us the straight way.

 

 

 

Siraatal ladheen an 'amta 'alaihim

 

 

 

The way of those on whom Thou has bestowed Thy Grace,

 

 

 

ghairil maghduubi 'alaihim those whose portion is not wrath,

 

 

 

walad Daalleen. Aameen. and who go not astray. Amen. (131)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (132)  God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Sami'allaahu liman hamidah God listens to him who praise Him

 

 

 

Rabbana lakal hamd Our Lord to You is due all praise.

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (133)  God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhanna rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subbanna rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subbanna rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (134) God is the greater (135)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (136) God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa  Glory to my Lord, the Most High (137)

 

 

 

Bismillaahir Rahmaanir Raheem

 

 

 

In the name of God, Most Gracious, Most merciful,

 

 

 

Al hamdu lillaahi Praise be to God, rabbil 'aalameen

 

 

 

the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds.

 

 

 

Ar Rahamaanir Raheem  Most Gracious, Most merciful.

 

 

 

Maaliki yaumid Deen  Master of the Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

Iyyaaka na'abudu Thee do we worship,

 

 

 

wa Iyyaaka nasta'een  and Thine aid we look for.

 

 

 

Ihdinas Siraatal mustaqeem Show us the straight way.

 

 

 

Siraatal ladheen an 'amta 'alaihim The way of those on

 

 

 

whom Thou has bestowed Thy Grace,

 

 

 

ghairil maghduubi 'alaihim those whose portion is not wrath,

 

 

 

walad Daalleen. Aameen. and who go not astray. Amen. (138)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar. God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal 'Azeem  Glory to my Lord, the Great

 

 

 

Sami'allaahu liman hamidah

 

 

 

God listens to him who praises Him.

 

 

 

Rabbana lakal hamd Our Lord to You is due all praise

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (139) God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhanna rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhanna rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhanna rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (140)  God is the greater (141)

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (142)  God is the greater.

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaaan rabbiyal a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Subhaana rabbiyah a'Alaa Glory to my Lord, the Most High

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar (143)  God is the greater.

 

 

 

At Tahiyyaatu lillanhi was Salawaatu wat tayyi baatu

 

 

 

All services rendered by words and bodily actions and sacrifice

 

 

 

of wealth are due to God.

 

 

 

Ash hadu allaa ilaaha illallaah I bear witness that there is

 

 

 

nothing worthy of worship but God.

 

 

 

Ash hadu anna Isa Kalimatu'llah I bear witness that Isa is the

 

 

 

Word of God, hooah yellkee al-ruah al-abadeeah Who sendeth forth

 

 

 

the (Eternal) Spirit (144) al-moonthick min amr rabbi

 

 

 

Proceeding from the command (Amr) of my Lord (145)

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, Kalimatahoo, Isa the Messiah, His Word (146)

 

 

 

wahfadah keel awlad Ibrahim The ransom of all Ibrahim's heirs

 

 

 

b'zabahen ahzeemin and our momentous sacrifice (147)

 

 

 

wahrahfahahoo Allah eelyihee Raised to Allah (148)

 

 

 

leeyoonzeerah yeowma althuhlach

 

 

 

As a warning of the day of meeting (149)

 

 

 

innaa annafs laaahnrahoo beesooch bell hooah zellah annefs

 

 

 

alchadem leenachoonah chahleekah djadeedah That He might put away

 

 

 

our evil-prone flesh and bring a new creation (150)

 

 

 

leeanna hahteh al-sahllech yahtahbarrar beelman

 

 

 

Even righteousness by faith alone.(151)

 

 

 

As Salaamu 'Alaikum  May God's peace be upon you

 

 

 

wa rahmatullaah and His mercy (152)

 

 

 

As Salaamu 'Alaikum  May Allah's peace be upon you

 

 

 

wa rahmatullaah and His mercy (153)

 

 

 

Hebrews 11:13-16 and 13:14 speak of the believer's

 

 

 

pilgrimage.  The next book will point you onward toward that

 

 

 

pilgrimage, which begins with your confession of

 

 

 

faith in your prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 4?bsp; THE NEW CREATION CONFESSION (KALIMAH)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you know

 

 

 

that you must be made a new creation

 

 

 

by the personal Spirit of Allah?

 

 

 

Many people do not know this is true

 

 

 

but it is.

 

 

 

Isa who is the Truth says so (154)

 

 

 

You must be spiritually formed and recreated

 

 

 

in the resurrection life he manifested

 

 

 

when Isa the Word of Allah

 

 

 

defeated death and rose from the grave.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This new creation that Isa insists on

 

 

 

is not something you can live without.

 

 

 

Nor can you avoid making a choice.

 

 

 

You yourself will choose

 

 

 

either by accepting, rejecting, or neglecting

 

 

 

the Spiritual new birth

 

 

 

and thereby you will choose your eternal destiny.

 

 

 

There are two human races in the world:

 

 

 

one that has been born only once

 

 

 

and is moving toward

 

 

 

eternal divine separation and death;

 

 

 

and the other that has been born twice

 

 

 

and is moving toward eternal communion (155) and peace

 

 

 

and joy in the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

You must be born from the one race into the other.

 

 

 

You must be born again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The human race was created to be perfect

 

 

 

and to reflect a perfect God.

 

 

 

But the whole family of man has broken God's laws

 

 

 

and has warped itself into a sinful disposition.(156)

 

 

 

Fulfilling the desires

 

 

 

of the old nature and of the old mind,

 

 

 

we are naturally culpable,

 

 

 

alienated and headed for judgment.

 

 

 

We need the new birth and the new life

 

 

 

of holy fellowship (zamala) in God's Risen Word Jesus (Isa) in

 

 

 

order than we may become spiritually alive.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The true path of life

 

 

 

is the path God has given us.

 

 

 

The Word of God (Isa)

 

 

 

did something in love on our behalf:

 

 

 

he mercifully took his own Death Judgment against us

 

 

 

upon himself.

 

 

 

Then he destroyed the power of death

 

 

 

by conquering the grave even as he died in our place.

 

 

 

Whoever says this is not true is lying

 

 

 

and is being seduced by a powerful delusion.

 

 

 

The wisdom of such a one

 

 

 

is not from above

 

 

 

but is earthly, sensual, devilish. (157)

 

 

 

But if you allow the truth

 

 

 

to touch your heart deeply,

 

 

 

and if you believe this truth in your heart

 

 

 

and confess this truth with your lips,

 

 

 

you will begin the pilgrimage of true life.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is next is thrilling and wonderful:

 

 

 

we confess this truth before the true believers

 

 

 

and we begin to digest and to enact this truth

 

 

 

with our body and our whole being,

 

 

 

and we follow this truth

 

 

 

and study this truth

 

 

 

with God's people forever.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then what finally happens?

 

 

 

The Truth himself (Isa) takes us

 

 

 

from glory to glory.

 

 

 

Praise God! Subhan Allah!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW DOES ONE MAKE OUR KALIMAH OR CONFESSION?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But how does one become

 

 

 

a new creation Muslim

 

 

 

with Isa alive in one's life?

 

 

 

Only by faith in the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

Isa declared that the whole Book

 

 

 

spoke of nothing but his coming.(158)

 

 

 

And, true it is,

 

 

 

that Isa is the central theme of the true Kitab

 

 

 

and the focus of all our revelation of eternal life.

 

 

 

What other man is Allah's Word of eternal life?

 

 

 

Who but the death-conquering eternal Word in person

 

 

 

could say convincingly:

 

 

 

"I am the way, the truth, and the (eternal) life;

 

 

 

no man comes to Allah but through me"? (159)

 

 

 

Isa declared emphatically

 

 

 

that just as Allah has eternal life in himself

 

 

 

so he has granted his Word to have eternal life in himself; (160)

 

 

 

for his Word is his heir

 

 

 

to whom Allah has given all authority

 

 

 

and power and dominion to judge and to rule

 

 

 

the new holy age dawning in his light.

 

 

 

But only those in whom Isa is living

 

 

 

have new creation eyes and heart

 

 

 

with which to see and receive the truth of Isa,

 

 

 

truth inscribed in the written Word of God.

 

 

 

Either literally

 

 

 

or in prophetic foreshadowings

 

 

 

or symbols,

 

 

 

Isa and his truth are on every page

 

 

 

of the infallibly accurate Kitab (Book).

 

 

 

Isa is the Word of God

 

 

 

and only his Words inspired by the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

are the true words of Scripture.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If this is the truth,

 

 

 

why then does not everyone believe it?

 

 

 

Because the man without the Eternal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

does not accept the words

 

 

 

that come from the Eternal Spirit of God, (161)

 

 

 

and no one can say that Isa

 

 

 

is the personal, eternal, divine Word

 

 

 

of God's Judgment

 

 

 

without the aid of the Eternal Spirit.(162)

 

 

 

No one can say that "there is no deity but God

 

 

 

and that Isa is the Word of God"

 

 

 

without the aid of the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

The natural man,

 

 

 

even if he is religious

 

 

 

or great by the measure of natural men,

 

 

 

has no taste for the saving Word Isa

 

 

 

spiritually discerned in the written Word of God.

 

 

 

This natural and unregenerated man

 

 

 

has received a different kitab (book)

 

 

 

and a different salvation message

 

 

 

and a different Jesus (Isa) (163).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But the true Kitab plainly says

 

 

 

that if any man comes

 

 

 

bringing a different salvation message

 

 

 

let him be eternally condemned to hell (164)

 

 

 

There are many imitations of Isa

 

 

 

that men in their cunning have preached.

 

 

 

But the only true Isa

 

 

 

is the one revealed in the infallible Word

 

 

 

once for all delivered to the people who belong to God.

 

 

 

No man can add to this revelation

 

 

 

and no man can take away from it.

 

 

 

It is imperishable and unchangeable.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therefore, you must discern the true words of Isa.

 

 

 

And you must see Isa truly

 

 

 

in the true words of prophecy.

 

 

 

These immortal words

 

 

 

were given by revelation

 

 

 

through the personal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

to those men of old who knew

 

 

 

personally the ever-living Word of God

 

 

 

even before the divine Word put on human form

 

 

 

as Isa al-Masih.(165)

 

 

 

In the prophets (166)

 

 

 

God had promised salvation

 

 

 

to all those who looked when they prayed

 

 

 

toward the direction (167) .

 

 

 

where His Name would dwell.

 

 

 

The Name of God in Scripture

 

 

 

is his personal self-disclosure,

 

 

 

and God discloses himself by His Word.

 

 

 

God had promised that His Word

 

 

 

would meet with the people

 

 

 

and tabernacle among them

 

 

 

in the power of the Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

Isa is that Word.

 

 

 

Isa is that Name.

 

 

 

Isa is that tent of meeting with God in the desert of this world,

 

 

 

Isa is that moveable pilgrim's feast,

 

 

 

that spiritual bread of display,

 

 

 

the one who came down from heaven

 

 

 

that all men might digest who he is

 

 

 

and live forever.

 

 

 

Isa is that mysterious lampstand

 

 

 

and that light of the niche (mishkat-ul-anwar)

 

 

 

that lights up the dead, dark hearts of men.

 

 

 

Isa is the Covenant Word of Eternal Life.

 

 

 

Isa is the pilgrim's acceptable sacrifice.

 

 

 

Sin led to the destruction

 

 

 

of the house of God in al-Quds (Jerusalem),

 

 

 

and to the continuing holocaust of our Exile.(168)

 

 

 

But if God did not spare the ancient children of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

he will not spare us either,

 

 

 

if we join them in their unbelief (169)

 

 

 

And if judgment begins with the household of God

 

 

 

what shall be the fate of those

 

 

 

who disbelieve Isa's message?(170)

 

 

 

They too shall be judged

 

 

 

by the divine Word of Judgment

 

 

 

who is himself the indestructible House of Allah

 

 

 

willingly torn down by men, yes,

 

 

 

but only to mercifully make atonement (takfeer)

 

 

 

in order to be resurrected from the dead forever

 

 

 

by the Holy God of Ibrahim

 

 

 

as the true direction of our prayers.

 

 

 

It is in his direction that we confess

 

 

 

through the enablement of Allah's Eternal Spirit,

 

 

 

"There is no deity but God,

 

 

 

and Isa is the Word of God."

 

 

 

OUR CONFESSION IN OUR ID UL-ADHA REMEMBRANCE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When we New Creation Muslims confess the saving truth

 

 

 

in our New Creation Id ul-Adha service,

 

 

 

our worship is more than mere lip service

 

 

 

or an empty religious ritual.

 

 

 

When we eat and drink in the Id ul-Adha of Isa,

 

 

 

we are renewing

 

 

 

God's solemn covenant promise to Ibrahim (171)

 

 

 

his unchangeable contractual pledge

 

 

 

that constitutes the basis of our salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL-ADHA EXPLAINED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It says in the Qur'an

 

 

 

that if a pilgrim is prevented

 

 

 

from completing the Hajj (Pilgrimage),

 

 

 

"send an offering

 

 

 

for sacrifice."(172)

 

 

 

At the climax of the Hajj,

 

 

 

a sacrificial meal is eaten

 

 

 

that remembers the God

 

 

 

who has been faithful to us since

 

 

 

the days of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

when God ransomed Ibrahim's heir

 

 

 

with a "momentous sacrifice."

 

 

 

Id ul-Adha is the "Feast of Sacrifice"

 

 

 

when pilgrims remember

 

 

 

Allah's act of divine mercy to Ibrahim.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All over the world,

 

 

 

a joyful feast of recollection is held

 

 

 

simultaneously at the time of the hajj (pilgrimage).

 

 

 

To remember God's mercy to Ibrahim

 

 

 

with a "more lively remembrance"

 

 

 

is the intention of the feast.

 

 

 

Not only in Mina (near Mecca),

 

 

 

but universally and corporately,

 

 

 

all the believers are to become pilgrims in spirit

 

 

 

by joining in the meal wherever they are.

 

 

 

Their purpose is to achieve not merely a remembrance

 

 

 

but a corporate identity

 

 

 

as a worshiping community (ummah).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pilgrims who offer the sacrificial sheep

 

 

 

or other animal have read this saying:

 

 

 

"It is not their meat

 

 

 

nor their blood that reaches Allah."(173)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We read in the Kitab of the Injil (the New Testament)

 

 

 

that "it is not possible that the blood of bulls and goats should

 

 

 

take away sins,"(174)

 

 

 

and that it is only by being made just

 

 

 

by the sin-atoning blood of the Word of Allah Isa

 

 

 

that we can "be saved

 

 

 

from wrath through him."(175)

 

 

 

Whoever would prefer the blood of an animal

 

 

 

to the blood of the Word of Allah Himself

 

 

 

is no true submitter to Allah,

 

 

 

for "how much more shall the blood of il-Masih,

 

 

 

who through the eternal Spirit offered himself

 

 

 

without spot (he was sinless) to God,

 

 

 

purge your conscience

 

 

 

from dead works (self-righteousness religion)

 

 

 

to serve the living God?"(176)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

COVENANT COMMUNION MEAL CELEBRATES VICTORY OVER

 

 

 

SATAN

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This occasion of Id ul-Adha is symbolically connected

 

 

 

to a perfect victory over Satan

 

 

 

by a stone-throwing ceremony

 

 

 

that points to the rejection of evil

 

 

 

in thought, word, and deed.

 

 

 

Do you remember when God

 

 

 

symbolized this same victory

 

 

 

by means of a stone-throwing shepherd boy?

 

 

 

Do you remember when God

 

 

 

got victory over Satan's warrior Goliath (Jalut)

 

 

 

through the boy warrior David (Dawud)?

 

 

 

It was through five stones,

 

 

 

and the first one thrown hit its mark.

 

 

 

David remembered how Allah had slain

 

 

 

another warrior, Pharoah (Fir'aun), at the Red Sea,

 

 

 

and David recalled how Allah then commanded

 

 

 

his people to make a hajj (pilgrimage)

 

 

 

from slavery to freedom and life.

 

 

 

Those Allah liberated from Pharaoh

 

 

 

were ordered to celebrate

 

 

 

Allah's victory standing up like pilgrims

 

 

 

eating in haste a sacrificial meal of remembrance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It says in the Qur'an,

 

 

 

"In the past We granted

 

 

 

to Moses and Aaron

 

 

 

the Salvation and a Light

 

 

 

and a Remembrance (dhikr)."(177)

 

 

 

All over the world

 

 

 

Moses' sacrificial feast of pilgrimage

 

 

 

was celebrated at the same time of year,

 

 

 

whether the believers could make the Hajj

 

 

 

to the city of David or not.

 

 

 

It was a communion meal,

 

 

 

and was celebrated at the House of Allah in al-Quds

 

 

 

and also in homes around the family table.

 

 

 

It was a communion meal,

 

 

 

because it emphasized the fellowship

 

 

 

with God and with the family

 

 

 

of true brothers in the faith.

 

 

 

The reason it was celebrated at the House of Allah

 

 

 

was to emphasize its significance for the covenant,

 

 

 

and the covenant-loyal God who was remembered

 

 

 

by those who partook of the meal.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the time of the Hajj

 

 

 

on a special feast day,

 

 

 

the Id ul-Adha feast is celebrated today,

 

 

 

and those who do make the pilgrimage

 

 

 

celebrate it at the same time

 

 

 

as those who do not.

 

 

 

This universal communion

 

 

 

symbolizes the universal covenant loyalty of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

HOW WE THROW A STONE AT SHAlTAN (SATAN)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We who are new creation Muslims

 

 

 

join Da'ud in throwing a stone at Satan.

 

 

 

However, the stone we throw is a spiritual stone,

 

 

 

the Stone of Stumbling,

 

 

 

the Stone of the soon-coming Warrior Word Isa

 

 

 

whom David foreshadowed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Those with new creation eyes can see this Stone

 

 

 

in the stone-sized piece of khubis (bread)

 

 

 

which we break off in remembrance

 

 

 

of the Word of Allah made flesh.

 

 

 

He is the Stone men stumble over to their eternal shame.

 

 

 

He is the Stone that God threw down to earth

 

 

 

to defeat the Devil

 

 

 

and to make atonement (takfeer) for our sins.

 

 

 

We who are new creation Muslims

 

 

 

join Musa (Moses) on his Hajj from slavery,

 

 

 

by partaking together of this sacrificial meal

 

 

 

that brings us into communion,

 

 

 

into the oneness of the fellowship of the believers:(178)

 

 

 

it is the Id ul-Adha Isawiya.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Injil says that we are "strangers

 

 

 

and pilgrims on the earth.'(179)

 

 

 

This means we are in the world

 

 

 

but we are not of the world,

 

 

 

for our power to live comes from the Eternal Spirit of Allah.

 

 

 

His inspired words tell us plainly

 

 

 

how we should oppose Satan:

 

 

 

"Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims,

 

 

 

abstain from fleshly lusts,

 

 

 

which war against the soul."(180)

 

 

 

We new creation Muslims

 

 

 

do not simply partake of a sacrificial meal;

 

 

 

we submit our bodies as a living sacrifice.(181)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL ADHA AND MUSA (MOSES)

 

 

 

"And remember we gave Moses the Scripture and the

 

 

 

Salvation."(182)

 

 

 

In the Taurat it says,

 

 

 

"And Moses wrote all the words of the Lord,

 

 

 

and rose up early in the morning,

 

 

 

and built an altar under the mountain,

 

 

 

and twelve pillars,

 

 

 

according to the twelve tribes of Israel.

 

 

 

And he sent young men of the children of Israel,

 

 

 

which offered burnt offerings,

 

 

 

and sacrificed peace offerings of oxen unto the Lord.

 

 

 

And Moses took half of the blood,

 

 

 

and put it in basins;

 

 

 

and half of the blood he sprinkled on the altar.

 

 

 

And he took the book of the covenant,

 

 

 

and read in the audience of the people:

 

 

 

and they said, 'All that the Lord hath said

 

 

 

will we do, and be obedient.'

 

 

 

And Moses took the blood and sprinkled it on the people,

 

 

 

and said, 'Behold the blood of the covenant

 

 

 

which the Lord hath made with you concerning all these words.'

 

 

 

Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu,

 

 

 

and seventy of the elders of Israel:

 

 

 

And they saw the God of Israel:

 

 

 

and there was under His feet

 

 

 

as it were a pavement of sapphire stone,

 

 

 

as clear as heaven.

 

 

 

And upon the sheikhs of the children of Israel

 

 

 

He laid not his hand (in vengeance):

 

 

 

also they saw God (that is, they experienced the sakinah

 

 

 

and mystically beheld a vision of God)

 

 

 

and they did eat and drink." Exodus 24:4-11)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The manipulation of the blood

 

 

 

in relation to the book of the covenant

 

 

 

was predictive of the Word who would take on flesh

 

 

 

and sacrificial blood as Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

the Word of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DO YOU UNDERSTAND THAT THERE MUST BE A BLOOD

 

 

 

APPEASEMENT OF GOD'S ANGER?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The blood Moses (Musa) sacrificed

 

 

 

was also to appease God's anger.

 

 

 

Appeasement is crucial because of the right of God (haqq Allah)

 

 

 

in his righteous fury

 

 

 

to inflict on a culprit

 

 

 

the fearful penalty his sins deserve.

 

 

 

God is rightfully furious with the wicked everyday,

 

 

 

and the removal of this wrath by a rightfully acceptable gift is

 

 

 

the meaning behind the blood sacrifice of Moses.(183)

 

 

 

It was revealed to Moses

 

 

 

that God's furious penalty against the guilty culprit

 

 

 

is justly averted

 

 

 

only by sacrificing a victim

 

 

 

who stands in to take the place of the repentant sinner.

 

 

 

Allah mercifully allows this substitution

 

 

 

so that forgiveness will not be offered

 

 

 

in such a way as to make a mockery of justice.

 

 

 

God will allow no one's sins to go unpunished

 

 

 

without an acceptable sacrifice

 

 

 

to carry out the required sentence of justice

 

 

 

and to duly bear the pain of evil.

 

 

 

As long as the culprit knows he is guilty and culpable

 

 

 

and as long as he knows no justice has been exacted

 

 

 

by the punishment of an acceptable sacrificial victim,

 

 

 

then he has no peace with God because

 

 

 

he knows he cannot be purified for fellowship with Allah.

 

 

 

The angry wrath of God against injustice must be appeased, and

 

 

 

the justice of Allah must not be slighted.

 

 

 

A real victim must experience real death,(184)

 

 

 

and the real repentant contrition of faith

 

 

 

must lead the sinner

 

 

 

to stop committing such costly and death-dealing sins.

 

 

 

Only on this basis is there real forgiveness.

 

 

 

This alone is the basis for fellowship with God

 

 

 

including the privilege

 

 

 

of eating and drinking at his covenant table.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL-ADHA AND ISA

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Crucifixion is listed as one of the kinds

 

 

 

of punishment in the muslim law (Sharia).

 

 

 

In The Table Spread. 5:33,

 

 

 

we read that crucifixion indicates

 

 

 

"a heavy punishment in the Hereafter."

 

 

 

In the Taurat

 

 

 

Moses says that "anyone who is hanged on a tree

 

 

 

is accursed by God."(185)

 

 

 

Hellish abandonment by God, then,

 

 

 

is what crucifixion signifies.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa the Word of God knew

 

 

 

that he had been commanded by God

 

 

 

to take away the sins of the world.

 

 

 

Isa knew that only he himself

 

 

 

as the perfect Word of Allah in flesh and blood

 

 

 

could fully experience the pain of the world's sin

 

 

 

and its hellish curse

 

 

 

and only he could acceptably take it away.

 

 

 

The written Word had commanded death for sins:

 

 

 

"it is the blood

 

 

 

that makes atonement for the soul;"(186)

 

 

 

and only the living Word, Allah's suffering Servant,

 

 

 

could take death away:

 

 

 

"God sent his Word and healed them...

 

 

 

the punishment that brought us peace was upon him,

 

 

 

and by his whip marks we are healed."(187)

 

 

 

Thus the living Word as our Imam

 

 

 

obeyed the written Word

 

 

 

and the unique destiny

 

 

 

there ordained for him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa knew that there is hostility between Allah,

 

 

 

who is holy,

 

 

 

and sinful men who are not,

 

 

 

and that only the Word of Allah himself

 

 

 

could provide by his infinitely precious blood

 

 

 

the appeasement of the divine justice

 

 

 

and outrage against evil,

 

 

 

the appeasement that could honorably turn Allah

 

 

 

to a favorable attitude toward us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE HOUSE MASJID OF ISA

 

 

 

ON THE EVE OF THE FRIDAY OF ATONEMENT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On the night of Isa's betrayal and arrest

 

 

 

he met with his disciples in a room in al-Quds.

 

 

 

He had just given a washing (wudu)

 

 

 

to every one of his disciples' feet.

 

 

 

And they sat on the floor

 

 

 

with their shoes off.

 

 

 

There were no images in the room

 

 

 

and in that respect it looked very much like a mosque.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa himself seemed like an Imam speaking

 

 

 

to the key men of the mosque

 

 

 

or like a Sufi Wali (or pir)

 

 

 

or religious leader with his halaqah. (188)

 

 

 

That night Isa would prove himself

 

 

 

to be the ultimately submitted One,

 

 

 

who said, "Not my will but thine be done."

 

 

 

Of what other man was it ever said

 

 

 

that he was the Word of Allah?

 

 

 

And who is more submitted to Allah

 

 

 

than his own Word?

 

 

 

Only a stutterer has speech unsubmitted to himself,

 

 

 

and no reverent person would imply that of Allah.

 

 

 

The name of the Word of Allah is Jesus (Isa)

 

 

 

and there is no other name given among men

 

 

 

whereby we must be saved.

 

 

 

No man who is not the Word of God

 

 

 

can place himself above God's unique and only Word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

His disciples sensed the God-inspired peace (the sakinah)

 

 

 

as they looked into his dark piercing eyes.

 

 

 

That Jesus was the Word of God incognito

 

 

 

was not unveiled to Judas,

 

 

 

who in his blind rebellion

 

 

 

mistook Isa for an ordinary mortal.

 

 

 

But this aura was sensed

 

 

 

by the Apostle Yahya (John) and the rest.

 

 

 

Many today are blind like Judas.

 

 

 

And even many so-called believers

 

 

 

are too blind to discern the Word of Judgment incognito

 

 

 

in the broken bread and the outpoured cup

 

 

 

of the Id ul-Adha of Isa.

 

 

 

These hypocrites eat and drink judgment upon themselves

 

 

 

because they refuse to repent of their sins

 

 

 

and submit to the Judge who took our judgment

 

 

 

signified by the broken bread and the uplifted cup.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL-ADHA AND TALUT (SAUL) KNOWN AS

 

 

 

THE APOSTLE PAUL

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We read of a pilgrimage

 

 

 

performed by one of the disciples of Isa.

 

 

 

His name was Talut or Saul

 

 

 

because he had been named after King Saul

 

 

 

and was from the same tribe.

 

 

 

Saul was a great Jewish mullah,

 

 

 

a great learned man so zealous in his religious knowledge

 

 

 

that he persecuted all those who said that they

 

 

 

were submitting to Allah through Isa.

 

 

 

However, on the road to Damascus in Syria

 

 

 

this mullah from Turkey was struck blind

 

 

 

by the risen Word of Allah Himself, Isa the Messiah.

 

 

 

It was then that Saul began a series of religious pilgrimages

 

 

 

that each led him inevitably back to al-Quds

 

 

 

as he travelled the world as the Apostle Paul.

 

 

 

To show that the Good News is not based on

 

 

 

religious knowledge

 

 

 

or on the burdens of ritual or men's good deeds

 

 

 

but on the grace of God

 

 

 

through Isa His Word alone,

 

 

 

God raised this man Saul up

 

 

 

and prospered his ministry the most.

 

 

 

He had been a persecutor of the righteous.

 

 

 

He did not deserve to be saved.

 

 

 

He deserved to die.

 

 

 

He did not deserve a mullah's honorific position.

 

 

 

He deserved no place of honor in the Lord's house.

 

 

 

Yet God exalted his ministry the most

 

 

 

because God is gracious and kind

 

 

 

and there is no place in his house

 

 

 

for the mentality of the proud Pharisee

 

 

 

who thinks he can put God into his debt

 

 

 

by his religious profession or his own righteousness.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Saul, also named Paul,

 

 

 

made the greatest pilgrimage of all the apostles.

 

 

 

Paul journeyed from Europe to al-Quds

 

 

 

carrying alms (zakat) and sadaqa (free will offerings)

 

 

 

as an act of loving identification.

 

 

 

Paul was willing to participate

 

 

 

in the rituals of his faith

 

 

 

in order to prove,

 

 

 

even if the proof cost him his life,

 

 

 

that he was a true-to-his-traditions submitter to Allah.

 

 

 

Why was this proof so important to Paul?

 

 

 

Because he knew that traditions were not the issue

 

 

 

--what mattered was becoming a new creation.

 

 

 

Paul was willing to become like the sons of Ishmael

 

 

 

to win the sons of Ishmael

 

 

 

and he was willing to become like the sons of Israel

 

 

 

to win the sons of Israel.

 

 

 

Paul was willing to make any sacrifice

 

 

 

--even seal his inerrant testimony with martyrdom--

 

 

 

if it would bring the Word of Salvation Jesus

 

 

 

to the lost peoples of the world

 

 

 

and lead them to the straight path.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Paul was a prophet

 

 

 

and he could see with the eyes of the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

that a military holocaust was coming

 

 

 

and that the False Messiah (al-Dajjal)

 

 

 

would deceive and destroy many

 

 

 

whose ears would be tickled by a false Gospel.

 

 

 

Therefore, Paul led people everywhere

 

 

 

to repent and take a death ghusl (Romans 6)

 

 

 

and pray and give alms

 

 

 

and celebrate the Id ul-Adha Isawiya

 

 

 

"with those who call on the Lord with a pure conscience."

 

 

 

For Paul had read in the prophet Isaiah (61:6)

 

 

 

how believers as "ministers of our God"

 

 

 

would see the riches of a harvest of souls

 

 

 

flow from the Nations to the faithful pilgrims of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL-ADHA AND IBRAHIM

 

 

 

"By faith Ibrahim,

 

 

 

when he was called

 

 

 

to go out into a place

 

 

 

which he should after receive

 

 

 

for an inheritance,

 

 

 

obeyed;

 

 

 

and he went out,

 

 

 

not knowing whither he went."(189)

 

 

 

And when Ibrahim was tested,

 

 

 

he offered up his only heir,

 

 

 

just as Allah's only heir,

 

 

 

His everlasting Word

 

 

 

(who will inherit and judge the world)

 

 

 

was offered up by God.

 

 

 

But when was Isa tested?

 

 

 

When did this happen?

 

 

 

When Isa the Word of God

 

 

 

learned obedience through what he suffered

 

 

 

as Ibrahim's Lamb of God

 

 

 

who offered himself to make us heirs with him

 

 

 

of the Kingdom of God

 

 

 

by faith.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim loved not the world,

 

 

 

neither the things that are in the world,(190)

 

 

 

but he looked for a city

 

 

 

whose builder and maker was God,

 

 

 

and he rejoiced to see the day

 

 

 

of Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

who was the qibla (the direction of prayer)

 

 

 

toward which Ibrahim's hope was directed.(191)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you not know that God is our exalted Father?

 

 

 

This is why he chose a man

 

 

 

whose name was Exalted Father (Abram)

 

 

 

with whom to make his eternal covenant.

 

 

 

Then God gave him a new name, Ibrahim (Father of Nations),

 

 

 

promising him that is what he would become.(192)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In chapter 17 of the first book of the Taurat

 

 

 

God promised Ibrahim

 

 

 

that He would save those who shared his faith.

 

 

 

God made a contract with Ibrahim to that effect,

 

 

 

making the sign and seal of the contract circumcision,

 

 

 

which was itself a sign of the circumcision of the inner man, the

 

 

 

purification (tahara) of the heart and the spirit

 

 

 

which is regeneration, the new birth.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In Genesis 18:2, when God

 

 

 

makes a visit to Ibrahim,

 

 

 

Ibrahim hurries to get water.

 

 

 

Isa used water as Ibrahim did,

 

 

 

prior to a similar meal of communion with God.(193)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa led his disciples in ceremonially washing their hands

 

 

 

before the communion meal of the covenant of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

and then he washed their feet afterward (John 13:5).

 

 

 

Thus they remembered the covenant God sealed with his people at

 

 

 

the Red Sea of Salvation

 

 

 

and at the sibghat Allah total ablution

 

 

 

when each disciple went under the water

 

 

 

and was raised to newness of life in Allah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notice, then, that admission

 

 

 

to the communion meal of the Covenant of Ibrahim

 

 

 

involves a prior water ceremony,

 

 

 

which is itself an outward sign

 

 

 

of the inward purging of sin through faith and the grace of God.

 

 

 

In calling all people to prepare for the Coming One

 

 

 

(the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world),

 

 

 

Yahya (John the Baptist) demanded a total ablution,

 

 

 

formerly taken only by the unclean (a ghusl bath)

 

 

 

because Yahya, like all the other true prophets before him,

 

 

 

insisted that all men

 

 

 

were unclean at heart before God.

 

 

 

No one is good but God

 

 

 

and His Word who was God from the beginning,

 

 

 

for in the beginning was the Word

 

 

 

and the Word was with God

 

 

 

and the Word was God.

 

 

 

Then the Word came on the scene as a good man Isa.

 

 

 

If any other man says that he has not sinned

 

 

 

he is a liar

 

 

 

and the good Word of God (Isa, Jesus)

 

 

 

is not in him.(194)

 

 

 

When Yahya (John the Baptist) perceived

 

 

 

that the Messiah was sinless,

 

 

 

Yahya hesitated to immerse Jesus in a ghusl bath.

 

 

 

But realizing the priestly character of his office as Masih, and

 

 

 

that the law of Moses

 

 

 

required the priests to bathe

 

 

 

before they began their ministry, (195)

 

 

 

Jesus submitted to the ghusl

 

 

 

in order to fulfill all righteousness,

 

 

 

including a righteous example.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(If the Messiah himself took this water rite,

 

 

 

and commanded all of his true followers to submit to him in it,

 

 

 

what monumental ignorance or unfounded fear or pride is there in

 

 

 

any man or woman in the world

 

 

 

that he or she should refuse to do likewise?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ibrahim was given to us for our admonition (I Cor.10:11).

 

 

 

Ibrahim obeyed God

 

 

 

with water and a communion meal in Genesis 18.

 

 

 

We should study this account and imitate Ibrahim:

 

 

 

"And the Lord appeared to Ibrahim

 

 

 

in the plains of Mamre:

 

 

 

and he sat in the tent door

 

 

 

in the heat of the day.

 

 

 

And he lifted up his eyes and looked,

 

 

 

and, lo, three men stood by him:

 

 

 

and when he saw them,

 

 

 

he ran to meet them from the tent door,

 

 

 

and bowed himself toward the ground,

 

 

 

and said,

 

 

 

'My Lord, if now I have found favor in thy sight,

 

 

 

pass not away, I pray thee,

 

 

 

from thy servant.

 

 

 

Let a little water be fetched,

 

 

 

and wash your feet,

 

 

 

and rest yourselves under the tree:

 

 

 

and I will fetch a morsel of bread,

 

 

 

so you can be refreshed;

 

 

 

after that you shall pass on:

 

 

 

now that you have come to your servant.'

 

 

 

And they said, 'Very well, do as you say.'"(196)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In verse 13, when the three are with Ibrahim,

 

 

 

the text says it is the Lord addressing Ibrahim.

 

 

 

In verse 8, when they eat, Ibrahim is experiencing

 

 

 

a communion meal with God.

 

 

 

At another crucial time,

 

 

 

Ibrahim experienced the saving presence of God.

 

 

 

In Genesis 22:9 it says,

 

 

 

"And they came to the place

 

 

 

which God had told him of;

 

 

 

and Ibrahim built an altar there."

 

 

 

The altar was an altar of sacrifice.

 

 

 

It says in Genesis 22:6

 

 

 

that the son of Ibrahim

 

 

 

carried the wood for the sacrifice,

 

 

 

just as later Isa the son of Ibrahim

 

 

 

would carry the wood (khashabah) for the sacrifice.

 

 

 

Ibraham was going to show his love for God

 

 

 

by giving his only heir,

 

 

 

just as it says in another place

 

 

 

that God so loved the world

 

 

 

that he gave his only heir,

 

 

 

his everlasting Word Jesus,

 

 

 

in order that whosoever

 

 

 

believes in him

 

 

 

should not perish

 

 

 

but have everlasting life (197).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The story continues:

 

 

 

"And Ibrahim stretched forth his hand,

 

 

 

and took the knife to slay his son.

 

 

 

And the angel of the Lord

 

 

 

called unto him out of heaven,

 

 

 

and said,

 

 

 

'Ibrahim, Ibrahim.'

 

 

 

And he said,

 

 

 

'Here am I.'

 

 

 

And he said,

 

 

 

'Lay not your hand upon the lad,

 

 

 

neither do any thing unto him;

 

 

 

for now I know that you fear God,

 

 

 

seeing you have not withheld your son,

 

 

 

your only son, from me.'

 

 

 

And Ibrahim lifted up his eyes,

 

 

 

and looked,

 

 

 

and behold behind him

 

 

 

a ram caught in a thicket by his horns;

 

 

 

and Ibrahim went and took the ram,

 

 

 

and offered him up for a burnt offering

 

 

 

in the place of his son."(198)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The new creation Id ul-Adha

 

 

 

that new creation Muslims celebrate is also a test of faith,

 

 

 

and we are to examine ourselves to be sure

 

 

 

that we are in the faith,

 

 

 

before we partake.

 

 

 

As we partake, we remember that God

 

 

 

provided a sacrifice for Ibrahim

 

 

 

and the sacrifice died

 

 

 

so that Ibrahim's heir and promised inheritance

 

 

 

might be raised to new life and live forever.

 

 

 

We praise God that we are heirs of Ibrahim

 

 

 

because we share the fulfillment of what was promised him. The

 

 

 

Messiah Jesus came as the Lamb of God

 

 

 

and provided an eternal sacrifice for Ibrahim

 

 

 

and all the heirs of his faith,

 

 

 

so that as Ibrahim's sons

 

 

 

we too may be raised to new life and live forever!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE ID UL-ADHA OF ISA SERVICE: INTRODUCTION

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We know perfectly well

 

 

 

that supposedly merit-earning religious observances

 

 

 

will not save us.

 

 

 

We remember that all but two

 

 

 

of those who followed Musa out of Egypt

 

 

 

died in the wilderness

 

 

 

without entering al-Muqaddasa (the Holy Land).

 

 

 

They too kept their religious practices,

 

 

 

but without a new nature even they could not please Allah, and

 

 

 

their rotting corpses littered the desert.

 

 

 

They had bread from heaven

 

 

 

and they had water from the rock,

 

 

 

just as we have bread and water,

 

 

 

but these alone could not save them

 

 

 

and neither can these religious symbols save us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

They passed through the Sea

 

 

 

and so they all received a death ghusl initiation

 

 

 

into the ummah of Musa in cloud and sea.

 

 

 

This water prefigured the death ghusl

 

 

 

through which you are now also delivered to safety.

 

 

 

This wudu of Isa is not the washing away of bodily uncleanness

 

 

 

but rather it is the obedient appeal to God

 

 

 

of a clear conscience.

 

 

 

And it brings deliverance from the guilt and the penalty

 

 

 

and the power and the presence of sin

 

 

 

through the resurrection of Isa the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

who died and was buried for us

 

 

 

so that our sins could be paid for.

 

 

 

Jesus rose from the dead for us so that we might be forgiven and

 

 

 

raised with Him to be recreated in His likeness.

 

 

 

And yet, though the ummah of Musa had the death ghusl

 

 

 

of the Red Sea

 

 

 

and the bread and the water

 

 

 

of the Rock of the Kingdom,

 

 

 

(Isa the eternal Word of Allah)

 

 

 

nevertheless, because of their rancorous unbelief

 

 

 

they nearly all perished in the desert

 

 

 

and did not enter into the promised rest.

 

 

 

These events happened as symbols to warn us

 

 

 

not to try to counterbalance with merit-earning good works

 

 

 

the evil things we might otherwise fatally set our hearts on.

 

 

 

Therefore, we are to take no part

 

 

 

in the Id ul-Adha Isawiya (the Sacrifice Feast of Jesus)

 

 

 

without applying moral scrutiny

 

 

 

to our lives and behavior.

 

 

 

(The following service is best conducted

 

 

 

while seated on the floor, shoes off,

 

 

 

with the messianic Imam leading the prayers and prostrations.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

THE SERVICE BEGINS WITH THE IMAM TAKING THE KHUBIS

 

 

 

AND THE GRAPE JUICE AND SPEAKING

 

 

 

It follows that anyone who eats the bread

 

 

 

and drinks the cup of the Lord unworthily

 

 

 

will be guilty of desecrating the body and the blood

 

 

 

of the Id ul-Adha Lamb who is the atoning Word of Allah,

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

We must discern His broken body in the bread

 

 

 

and His covenant-sealing blood in the cup.

 

 

 

We must remember that the Word who reigns

 

 

 

in our hearts as Lord

 

 

 

died as the Lamb

 

 

 

for our sins,

 

 

 

lest we forget and continually indulge our sins.

 

 

 

Each believer must examine himself

 

 

 

before eating his share of the bread

 

 

 

and drinking from the cup.

 

 

 

For he who eats and drinks

 

 

 

eats and drinks judgment on himself

 

 

 

if he does not discern the Body that was broken for our sins.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Those who have obeyed Isa the Word of Allah

 

 

 

by submitting to the sibghat Allah

 

 

 

may follow the prostrations of the messianic Imam.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The ceremonial means of initiating the New Covenant

 

 

 

would normally be the sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

This is commanded of all believers

 

 

 

at the time they formally commit their lives to obey

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

He is obeyed as the One to reign in their hearts

 

 

 

as Mawla (Lord) and Wahid Allah (The Unique One from God)  and

 

 

 

Nasr Allah (Savior).

 

 

 

(The Messianic Imam reads:)

 

 

 

Let us now have a few moments of silence

 

 

 

as we prostrate to Allah

 

 

 

and remember the day of our sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

how we were buried in the water with him

 

 

 

and experienced a total immersion ghusl

 

 

 

as a funeral ritual bath.

 

 

 

Or we remember how we experienced a once-for-all wudu

 

 

 

preparing us for a new life of prayer.

 

 

 

It was not the water that was important

 

 

 

so much as what it signified:

 

 

 

that our bodies are dead to sin

 

 

 

and that on that day we ceremonially entered

 

 

 

into a sharing in Isa's atoning death, praise be unto Him.

 

 

 

In the silence about to commence

 

 

 

each believer shall allow the Eternal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

to conduct a tahara through our flesh

 

 

 

and purge out in confession all the sin

 

 

 

in order that we may be pronounced 'clean' by our Lord.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Read the following together after a few moments' silence):

 

 

 

(Reading together:)

 

 

 

"The next day", the Book of Allah says,

 

 

 

"Yahya saw Isa coming toward him and said,

 

 

 

"Look! There is the Lamb of Allah.

 

 

 

It is he who takes away the sin of the world.'"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MAWLA, WE CONFESS OUR SINS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If we confess our sins,

 

 

 

he is just,

 

 

 

and may be trusted

 

 

 

to forgive our sins

 

 

 

and cleanse us from every kind of wrong.

 

 

 

(Messianic Imam reading:)

 

 

 

Your sins are forgiven you for His name's sake.

 

 

 

(All the people reading:)

 

 

 

As Musa sprinkled the blood on the people

 

 

 

to seal that covenant,

 

 

 

so we are sprinkled with the blood of Isa

 

 

 

to seal the New Covenant.

 

 

 

We are united in this Id ul-Adha meal of the covenant

 

 

 

as the ummah of the Lamb of God

 

 

 

who takes away the sins of the world.

 

 

 

We belong to one another forever

 

 

 

and to the Lord.

 

 

 

By the way we love each other

 

 

 

may we discern that we are the Lord's Body

 

 

 

bought back from the dead at great price.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Messianic Imam reading:)

 

 

 

Form your own judgment on what I say.

 

 

 

When we bless the cup of blessing,

 

 

 

is it not a means of sharing

 

 

 

in the atoning blood of Isa al-Masih?

 

 

 

When we break the bread,

 

 

 

is it not a means of sharing in the body

 

 

 

and the risen ummah of Isa al-Masih?

 

 

 

Because there is one loaf, we,

 

 

 

many as we are, are one body.

 

 

 

For it is one loaf of which we all partake.

 

 

 

There is indeed nothing eternal but a new creation,

 

 

 

and we are all one ummah,

 

 

 

the Spiritual people of Ibrahim,

 

 

 

submitters to God through His eternal Word,

 

 

 

Jesus the Messiah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Holding up the bread)

 

 

 

(Messianic Imam reading:)

 

 

 

For the Passover tradition (appropriate for Id ul-Adha)

 

 

 

which I handed on to you

 

 

 

came to me from the Lord Himself:

 

 

 

that the Lord on the night of His arrest,

 

 

 

took bread and, after giving thanks to God,

 

 

 

broke it and said:

 

 

 

'This is my body, which is for you; do this

 

 

 

as a memorial of me.' (Reader breaks bread.)

 

 

 

(The Reader holds up the Cup)

 

 

 

In the same way, he took the cup after supper

 

 

 

at the end of his pilgrimage

 

 

 

to where He would make His departure at al-Quds.

 

 

 

Realizing Himself to be the Eternal Life of Allah

 

 

 

offered as the Id ul-Adha of Allah to the world,

 

 

 

he said: "This is the New Covenant

 

 

 

sealed by my blood.

 

 

 

Whenever you drink it, do this

 

 

 

as a memorial of me."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Reader pours out from the pitcher into the cup.)

 

 

 

"For every time you eat this bread and drink this cup,

 

 

 

you proclaim the death of the Lord until He comes."

 

 

 

(The bread and the cups are distributed from person to person

 

 

 

until all have partaken together.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(The Reader:) Let us partake and worship the Lord. Maranatha.

 

 

 

(The Messianic Imam leads in prostrating and raising his hands

 

 

 

with praise saying "Subhan Allah--Glory to God! Subhanaka--Praise

 

 

 

to Thee! Al-Hamdu li-lah--the praise is God's! Allaha Akbar--God

 

 

 

is Greater!")

 

 

 

(The Reader:)

 

 

 

Let me urge any of you

 

 

 

who have not yet submitted to Allah

 

 

 

in the sibghat Allah to do so in order that

 

 

 

you will not exclude yourself

 

 

 

from celebrating the Id ul-Adha Isawiya with us

 

 

 

at our next opportunity,

 

 

 

should the Second Coming of Messiah the Word of God delay.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCRIPTURES FOR POSSIBLE ADDITIONAL HEALING SERVICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God,

 

 

 

and will do that which is right in is sight,

 

 

 

and will give attention to his commandments,

 

 

 

and keep all his sacred laws,

 

 

 

I will put none of these diseases upon you

 

 

 

which I have brought upon the people of Egypt (199),

 

 

 

for I am the Lord who heals you.

 

 

 

Is anyone sick among you?

 

 

 

Let him call for the sheikhs (elders)

 

 

 

of the jami' (congregation)

 

 

 

and let them pray over him

 

 

 

anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord.

 

 

 

And the prayer of faith will make the sick person well,

 

 

 

and the Lord will raise him up.

 

 

 

And if he has committed sins, he will be forgiven.(200)

 

 

 

Satan would send accusers to say that it is our sin

 

 

 

that caused Allah to use sickness

 

 

 

to bring us into condemnation.(201)

 

 

 

But there is now no condemnation

 

 

 

for those who are in (the new life of) Isa al-Masih.(202)

 

 

 

When he made the "momentous sacrifice"(203) for us

 

 

 

he was wounded and bruised (to atone) for

 

 

 

our rebellion and perverseness.

 

 

 

He took the beating and lashing (we deserved)

 

 

 

in order that we might have peace (with God)

 

 

 

and with His stripes we were healed

 

 

 

(of sin's condemnation and the second death,

 

 

 

which is separation from God).(204)

 

 

 

Therefore, as Jesus himself said,

 

 

 

Your faith has made you whole (205).

 

 

 

Receive your healing (206).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 5?bsp;   THE NEW CREATION PILGRIMAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New Creation 'Id ul-Adha

 

 

 

is the feast of sacrifice of Ibrahim (207)

 

 

 

who remembered with a solemn sacrifice

 

 

 

when Allah spared his heir.

 

 

 

This celebration looked forward to Ibrahim' greatest heir,

 

 

 

the Messiah Isa, who is the Messenger of Allah

 

 

 

and his Word(208)

 

 

 

the one who will inherit and judge the whole world.

 

 

 

As such, Isa is the Messenger of Ibrahim's covenant ('ahd).

 

 

 

The Messianic 'Id al-Adha commemorates

 

 

 

Isa's momentous sacrifice or beezah 'azim (209)

 

 

 

at the end of his pilgrimage

 

 

 

in the holy land of Ibrahim (Muqaddasa),

 

 

 

when Allah spared all his heirs

 

 

 

by providing the eternal Lamb of God

 

 

 

who takes away the sin of the world.

 

 

 

THE ETERNAL WORD OF ALLAH

 

 

 

The Word of Allah always existed

 

 

 

as the Servant (abd) of Allah.

 

 

 

Before the Word took human form as Isa the Messiah

 

 

 

he was still personally existent,

 

 

 

and reflected the likeness of Allah

 

 

 

as the heavenly Word of Judgment

 

 

 

whose personal name was Son of Man.(210)

 

 

 

He is the pre-existent Word of Allah,

 

 

 

his uncreated and co-eternal agent

 

 

 

in creation and redemption and judgment.

 

 

 

More than the living heavenly pattern

 

 

 

about whom the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

inspired the true Kitab (Book) of Taurat and Injil,

 

 

 

Isa is also both the death-conquering Messenger of the covenant

 

 

 

and the life-giving Message of the covenant.(211)

 

 

 

He is, in fact, the covenant.

 

 

 

The Dead Sea Scrolls incorruptibly preserve

 

 

 

the prediction of the prophet Isaiah who,

 

 

 

seven hundred years before Isa the man arrived,

 

 

 

spoke of him as the covenant:

 

 

 

"Behold my Servant, whom I uphold;

 

 

 

my chosen one in whom I myself delight.

 

 

 

I have put my Spirit upon him:

 

 

 

He shall bring forth judgment to the Nations

 

 

 

the islands shall wait for his law (or teaching)

 

 

 

.....I the Lord have called thee (the Servant of Allah)

 

 

 

in righteousness

 

 

 

and will hold thine hand,

 

 

 

and will keep thee for a covenant of the people,

 

 

 

for a light to the Gentiles."(212)

 

 

 

You have heard of the saying,

 

 

 

"We have already, beforehand,

 

 

 

taken the covenant ('ahida) of Adam,

 

 

 

but he forgot: and we found

 

 

 

on his part no firm resolve." (213)

 

 

 

Only the indwelling Word who is the covenant

 

 

 

can put his own eternal "firm resolve" in us,

 

 

 

for he is the promised indwelling law

 

 

 

to be written indelibly on the heart.(214)

 

 

 

As the prophet Malachi says,

 

 

 

the Messiah would be called,

 

 

 

"The Messenger of the Covenant" and the "Lord"(215)

 

 

 

You have heard this saying:

 

 

 

"When Jesus came

 

 

 

with clear signs, he said:

 

 

 

'...Fear Allah and obey me."'(216)

 

 

 

The "clear signs" Jesus came with

 

 

 

were the miracles he used to attest the eternal covenant

 

 

 

he would institute as the Lamb of God.

 

 

 

On that night, the night of the climax of his pilgrimage,

 

 

 

he took the bread and the cup

 

 

 

and he said that these were now the memorials

 

 

 

for remembrance of his body and his blood

 

 

 

of the New and Eternal Covenant of Allah.

 

 

 

"Remember we took

 

 

 

a Covenant (mithaq) from the Children

 

 

 

of Israel..." (217)

 

 

 

This covenant was celebrated each year

 

 

 

in the Passover meal,

 

 

 

where remembrance was made of how Allah

 

 

 

saved them at the Red Sea

 

 

 

and gave them the law on Mount Sinai.

 

 

 

It was at such a feast (id) of pilgrimage (hajj)

 

 

 

that Isa instituted a meal of remembrance

 

 

 

in which he would be the Lamb of God,

 

 

 

and his blood would effect a new exodus from sin,

 

 

 

a new hijrah (emigration) from sin and death

 

 

 

for all true new creation submitters to Allah.

 

 

 

Those who deny this truth have these two sayings

 

 

 

of their own to refute them:

 

 

 

"Isa al-Masih (Jesus the Messiah)

 

 

 

was the Messenger of Allah and his Word."(218)

 

 

 

"And they (the children of Israel) said:

 

 

 

'Allah took our promise not to believe

 

 

 

in a Messenger unless He showed us a sacrifice"'(219)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The common people did believe in great numbers

 

 

 

in the sacrifice that Isa showed them,

 

 

 

but the proud and self-comfortable religious leaders

 

 

 

did not believe and they led the people away from the truth.

 

 

 

So it is today.

 

 

 

Isa himself said,

 

 

 

"If the blind lead the blind,

 

 

 

both will fall into a pit."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But we who are Khalq Jadeed (New Creation) Muslims

 

 

 

do in fact submit to Allah

 

 

 

by obeying him,

 

 

 

by embarking on a pilgrimage of witness

 

 

 

through the New Creation Wudu of Allah

 

 

 

to the New Creation Id ul-'Adha.

 

 

 

Just as Musa passed through death

 

 

 

at the Red Sea,

 

 

 

so we pass through the death of our old life

 

 

 

at the death ghusl of Allah.

 

 

 

Just as the dead body of a Muslim

 

 

 

receives a total ablution (ghusl),

 

 

 

so by faith we put to death our body of sinful disposition when

 

 

 

we take the ghusl of sibghat Allah (immersion).

 

 

 

Just as those with Musa

 

 

 

ate a sacrificial meal

 

 

 

to remember their sibghat Allah at the Red Sea,

 

 

 

so we who are messianic Muslims

 

 

 

eat a sacrificial meal

 

 

 

to remember our sibghat Allah at the command of Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

You must know that a ghusl (total ablution)

 

 

 

was necessary for a dead body being buried,

 

 

 

and that it was also in order

 

 

 

before the 'Id prayers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As with Moses and the Passover Seder Table,

 

 

 

so with Isa and the Lord's Table

 

 

 

--no one could be admitted to the Table

 

 

 

where the covenant was remembered

 

 

 

unless the covenant had been properly initiated.

 

 

 

Isa commanded that the sign of covenant initiation

 

 

 

be the death ghusl of Allah,

 

 

 

the wudu of Allah.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do you understand that you should

 

 

 

submit to sibghat Allah before taking

 

 

 

the New Creation Id ul-'Adha

 

 

 

with the other believers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This water probe is designed by God

 

 

 

to be an overt sign of your submission to his authority.

 

 

 

God has commanded us in his infallibly accurate Word

 

 

 

not only to confess Isa

 

 

 

as Allah's Word of authority

 

 

 

and our Lord

 

 

 

in our private and congregational prayers;

 

 

 

God has also commanded us to confess him

 

 

 

in the sibghat Allah and the 'Id ul-Adha Isawiya.

 

 

 

Now the question is,

 

 

 

will you submit to Allah and truly obey Isa from your heart?

 

 

 

An immersion was before the Passover supper

 

 

 

and before the Last Supper of Isa

 

 

 

when he finished his pilgrimage

 

 

 

and offered himself as the eternal 'Id ul-Adha,

 

 

 

the Feast of Sacrifice,

 

 

 

the Lamb of God,

 

 

 

the bread of life that comes down from heaven.

 

 

 

Isa spoke of mystically ingesting

 

 

 

the everlasting benefits of his sacrifice in this way:

 

 

 

"Whoso eateth my flesh,

 

 

 

and drinketh my blood,

 

 

 

hath eternal life;

 

 

 

and I will raise him up on the last day."(220)

 

 

 

We also remember that Isa said of himself,

 

 

 

Even the Messiah "came not to be served,

 

 

 

but to serve,

 

 

 

and to give his life as a ransom for many."(221)

 

 

 

In the Dead Sea Scrolls the prophet (Isaiah)

 

 

 

said the Messiah would "bear the sin of many."

 

 

 

Isa was fulfilling that prophecy

 

 

 

made 700 years before,

 

 

 

and the dhabh (sacrifice) fulfillment

 

 

 

showed Isa's self-awareness

 

 

 

of his whole life's purpose.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We who are Khalq Jadeed (New Creation) Muslims

 

 

 

do not have to make a sacrifice

 

 

 

in the Valley of Mina in the vicinity of Mecca,

 

 

 

because the object of our pilgrimage (222)

 

 

 

has already made the perfect sacrifice for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pilgrims are eager in Mecca to touch or kiss the Black Stone as

 

 

 

if it represents the right hand of God,

 

 

 

with whom they are renewing their covenant.

 

 

 

But we who are Khalq Jadeed Muslims believe this verse:

 

 

 

"Kiss the Son (223)

 

 

 

lest he be angry

 

 

 

and ye perish from the way."(224)

 

 

 

He is the chief cornerstone (225)

 

 

 

of the House of Allah,

 

 

 

(a temple not made with hands)

 

 

 

and Ibrahim rejoiced to see his day,(226)

 

 

 

for He is the right hand of God's righteousness (227)

 

 

 

and in him alone is the covenant renewed.(228)

 

 

 

When we stand up at the New Creation Id ul-Adha

 

 

 

it is not because the pilgrims stand

 

 

 

to perform the wuquf (the "standing")

 

 

 

from noon until sunset at 'Arafat.

 

 

 

We stand because whoever eats this bread and drinks this cup

 

 

 

preaches the death of the Lord until he comes.(229)

 

 

 

Therefore, we confess Isa in prayer,

 

 

 

we confess him before true believers,

 

 

 

we confess him in the sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

and we confess him in the Id ul-Adha.

 

 

 

The Scripture says,

 

 

 

"If you confess with your lips the Lord Isa (Jesus)

 

 

 

and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead

 

 

 

(he died for our sins and was buried

 

 

 

and rose again on the third day

 

 

 

according to the Scriptures),

 

 

 

you shall be saved."(230)

 

 

 

When those pilgrims stand under the scorching sun

 

 

 

on the ninth day of the final hajj month,

 

 

 

they pray and recite verses of the Qur'an,

 

 

 

hoping that their sins will be forgiven.

 

 

 

But we know our sins

 

 

 

are already forgiven in Isa's name,

 

 

 

in the name of Jesus,

 

 

 

and a day is coming when all those who reject Isa

 

 

 

will stand before the scorching heat of the Word of God.

 

 

 

When we take Isa's cup,

 

 

 

then we also remember that Isa said,

 

 

 

"Whoever is thirsty,

 

 

 

let him come to me and drink.

 

 

 

.....whoever drinks of the water

 

 

 

that I shall give him

 

 

 

shall never thirst;

 

 

 

but the water that I shall give him

 

 

 

shall be in him a well of water

 

 

 

springing up into everlasting life."(231)

 

 

 

The Kaaba has a door,

 

 

 

and the shrine itself

 

 

 

is called the House of Allah.

 

 

 

But Isa said, "I am the door,"

 

 

 

and we know that no one enters

 

 

 

the Spiritual House of Allah

 

 

 

but by Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah

 

 

 

who is the likeness of His glory

 

 

 

is the object of our pilgrirnage.

 

 

 

"We all, with open face,

 

 

 

beholding as in a glass

 

 

 

the glory of the Lord,

 

 

 

are changed into the same image

 

 

 

from glory to glory,

 

 

 

even as by the Spirit of the Lord.(232)

 

 

 

"Beloved, now are we the sons of God

 

 

 

(not in a progenitive sense, but in the sense that we

 

 

 

have been "fathered" and adopted by the new birth

 

 

 

to now have the likeness of God

 

 

 

writing Himself into our hearts)

 

 

 

and it does not yet appear what we shall be;

 

 

 

but we know that,

 

 

 

when he shall appear,

 

 

 

we shall be like him;

 

 

 

for we shall see him as he is."(233)

 

 

 

So we forget what lies behind

 

 

 

and press on to the object of our pilgrimage, Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

whose world-wide body of true believers

 

 

 

is the true House of Allah,

 

 

 

whose house we are (234).

 

 

 

We pray that many would have their eyes opened

 

 

 

to see the Kingdom of God,

 

 

 

to see his world-wide house,

 

 

 

the universal body of true believers

 

 

 

seated spiritually already with Him in heavenly places

 

 

 

where his true house stands indestructible.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

O Lord!

 

 

 

Grant this house (the house of Isa the Word of Allah)

 

 

 

greater honor, veneration, and awe;

 

 

 

and grant those who venerate it

 

 

 

and make (spiritual) pilgrimage to it

 

 

 

peace and forgiveness.

 

 

 

O Lord! Thou art the peace.

 

 

 

Peace is from Thee.

 

 

 

So we know that we have passed from death to life

 

 

 

and that you will greet us (on the day of Judgment)

 

 

 

with the same greeting you gave the disciples

 

 

 

on Resurrection morning:

 

 

 

"As Salama Alaikum," or "Peace be unto you."(235)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHAT THE SIBGHAT ALLAH IS AND IS NOT

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"O ye who believe!

 

 

 

Approach not prayers

 

 

 

with a mind befogged,

 

 

 

until you can understand

 

 

 

all that ye say,

 

 

 

nor in a state of ceremonial impurity

 

 

 

(except when traveling on the road),

 

 

 

until after washing your whole body."(236)

 

 

 

"O ye who believe!

 

 

 

when ye prepare

 

 

 

for prayer, wash."(237)

 

 

 

"...And He (Allah) is the All-Hearing,

 

 

 

the All-Knowing,

 

 

 

the baptism of God: (sibghat Allah)

 

 

 

And who can baptize better than Allah?

 

 

 

And it is He whom we worship."(238)

 

 

 

The ceremony of sibghat Allah

 

 

 

does not represent conversion from religious affiliation.

 

 

 

The Jews who were baptized were not using the ceremony

 

 

 

to indicate that they had changed their religion

 

 

 

from their old religion to a new one.

 

 

 

The ceremony was first used to indicate

 

 

 

a renewal movement within the one religion

 

 

 

of those submitting to God.

 

 

 

The ceremony of sibghat Allah

 

 

 

represents a conversion from sin,

 

 

 

not from one religion to another.

 

 

 

It is a rite of passage from the old life to the new life, not

 

 

 

from the old religion to the new religion.

 

 

 

New creation Muslims are still Muslims (submitters to God).(239).

 

 

 

They are more fully in submission ("islam") to Him.(240)

 

 

 

If certain religionists want to use a water ritual

 

 

 

as a rite of passage from one religion to another,

 

 

 

then let them go ahead and do it.

 

 

 

But let no one confuse what they are doing

 

 

 

(having people

 

 

 

radically change their religious labels and their Muslim names

 

 

 

on their identity card,

 

 

 

expecting people to alienate themselves from

 

 

 

their culture, etc.) with what we are doing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Sibghat Allah is not the cleansing of the body,

 

 

 

nor does the water magically remove the demonic

 

 

 

or cleanse sin (I Peter 3:21).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a humanly contrived teaching which ignorant men

 

 

 

have tried to add to God's Word.

 

 

 

In this misunderstanding, Muslim religionists can be as guilty as

 

 

 

Christian religionists.

 

 

 

For example, nowhere does the Qur'an teach that the wudu

 

 

 

(washing prior to the five-times-daily prayers)

 

 

 

cleanses from sin.

 

 

 

Some believe that when a believer

 

 

 

washes his face, hands and feet,

 

 

 

every sin connected with these parts of the body

 

 

 

will come out as a result of ablution.

 

 

 

But we know that only the infinitely precious blood

 

 

 

of the Masih's sacrifice

 

 

 

can wash away sins,

 

 

 

and our faith is in his blood alone.

 

 

 

The fallacy of believing in the cleansing power of mere water is

 

 

 

obvious enough:

 

 

 

if we really believe the water cleanses and makes holy,

 

 

 

why do we not use water to make swine's flesh

 

 

 

ritually pure and usable?

 

 

 

Those who have concocted these sorts of beliefs

 

 

 

are trapped by their own fallacies.

 

 

 

However, we recommend that new believers walk softly

 

 

 

and do not criticize Islam

 

 

 

or the Biblical interpretations of fellow believers,(241)

 

 

 

or their families' beliefs or practices.

 

 

 

Realizing you are a new believer,

 

 

 

you may not yet know fully

 

 

 

what has happened to you.

 

 

 

Therefore you be very careful and prayerful

 

 

 

about how you share your faith and with whom.

 

 

 

It might be best to consult your fellowship leader

 

 

 

before you take such a serious

 

 

 

and potentially dangerous step.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Possessing the gift of a changed nature, a new creation,

 

 

 

not changing one's government loyalty or religious label,

 

 

 

is all that can save anyone on the day of God's judgment.

 

 

 

There is only one eternally efficacious Biblical immersion and

 

 

 

this is the deep immersion into the new creation waters, the

 

 

 

primal waters,

 

 

 

the in-the-beginning waters

 

 

 

of the hovering Eternal Spirit of Allah,

 

 

 

and this is the inward grace through faith which

 

 

 

the sibghat Allah signifies.

 

 

 

Some Muslims, although they believe

 

 

 

that Isa is the Messiah,

 

 

 

are at first so filled with fear and confusion

 

 

 

that they do not want to rush into the sibghat Allah water.

 

 

 

When a Muslim receives Isa as Messiah

 

 

 

he can keep it quiet for awhile

 

 

 

until he grows in the Lord

 

 

 

and discerns who is trustworthy to be a witness

 

 

 

at his sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

No Muslim has to take the sibghat Allah immediately.

 

 

 

God in his mercy will permit one like Nicodemus

 

 

 

or Joseph of Arimathea

 

 

 

to come "secretly for fear" of his own people.(242)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

But it is hazardous and folly

 

 

 

to pamper oneself indefinitely in this disobedient state.

 

 

 

For Isa is Lord and he commands the water obedience.

 

 

 

The fear of man brings a snare,(243)

 

 

 

and whoever loves his family or anything in this world

 

 

 

more than the Messiah

 

 

 

is not worthy of the Messiah.(244)

 

 

 

"If we suffer, we shall also reign with him:

 

 

 

if we deny him, he also will deny us."(245)

 

 

 

Those who know of the tariqa (way) of Khalq Jadeed Muslims know

 

 

 

that the end of the way through

 

 

 

is to submit in total obedience to God.

 

 

 

Allah wants us to acknowledge our inability to have

 

 

 

a relationship with God by our own power.

 

 

 

In faith it is the power of our old sinful flesh

 

 

 

that must be drowned "in a sea of forgetfulness"

 

 

 

by the grace of the Spirit of God,

 

 

 

through our sibghat Allah faith obedience.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For Isa the sibghat Allah was a wudu (ablution) of consecration

 

 

 

that he took in preparation for his prayers

 

 

 

in the mountain of Temptation.

 

 

 

Just as Adam was tempted by Satan

 

 

 

and became the head of a lost ummah (community)

 

 

 

corrupted by a sin-nature leading to death,

 

 

 

so the New Adam, Isa,

 

 

 

who is after the "similitude...of Adam"(246)

 

 

 

was also tempted by Satan,

 

 

 

and became the head of a saved ummah (community),

 

 

 

freed from the power of sin and sanctified for eternal life.

 

 

 

Isa did not believe that the water itself

 

 

 

had any power to ward off demons,

 

 

 

nor did he believe that any charm containing the bloodless word

 

 

 

of men could make Satan flee.

 

 

 

Isa did not use the water of his wudu (ablution)

 

 

 

to resist the devil.

 

 

 

He was filled with the eternal Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

and he took his stand on the Word of Allah,

 

 

 

and having stood all, he was able to stand.

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, when He obeyed God

 

 

 

by submitting to the sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

went under the water as a prophetic act

 

 

 

to show the world what he would do:

 

 

 

he was going to die and be buried,

 

 

 

and then he was going to rise again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We who are messianic Muslims

 

 

 

do not believe in baptismal regeneration.

 

 

 

Only God can regenerate us with the new birth miracle.

 

 

 

No amount of water can do it.

 

 

 

Only God can send the Eternal Holy Spirit

 

 

 

to cleanse a wicked heart with the waters of eternal life.

 

 

 

"Who can say, I have made my heart clean,

 

 

 

I am pure from my sin?" (Proverbs 20:9)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nor do we believe that we can cleanse ourselves

 

 

 

by legalistic washings and endless rules of religion.

 

 

 

If we put ourselves under laws

 

 

 

we did not receive from Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

and if we refuse to submit to Isa as God's Holy Word,

 

 

 

we shall die in our sins, (247)

 

 

 

in a state of spiritual uncleanness (najasa).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

By faith (iman) we go under the water

 

 

 

believing that we are dead to the old inner man

 

 

 

and will become a new creation with a new inner man

 

 

 

when we rise to live,

 

 

 

with sin no longer

 

 

 

in control of our lives.(248)

 

 

 

This is God's way of circumcising the inner person,

 

 

 

and who can baptize better than Allah? (249)

 

 

 

We who are new creation Muslims do not get our faith

 

 

 

from nominal religionists and the traditions of men.

 

 

 

For unregenerate men who lack the new creation

 

 

 

are not kinsmen (junub) of Isa,

 

 

 

and love to use religion to hide from obedience to the Word.

 

 

 

Isa said,

 

 

 

Full well you reject the commandment of Allah

 

 

 

that you may keep your own tradition.

 

 

 

Whoever is ashamed of Isa and his blood and the Spirit of Allah

 

 

 

that he poured out on his ummah (community)

 

 

 

--whoever is ashamed of this Word Isa

 

 

 

and this Spirit, the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

and this God, the true God, God,

 

 

 

whoever is ashamed of this one true God,

 

 

 

in whose likeness we were created

 

 

 

both with Word and with Spirit,

 

 

 

--whoever is ashamed of this holy God,

 

 

 

of such a one this holy God will be ashamed

 

 

 

when we stand before Him to be judged by his Everlasting Word.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It is important to remember

 

 

 

that according to the Bible, an ordinance

 

 

 

is a symbolic rite instituted by Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

There are two: immersion in the proper name of God

 

 

 

and a communion meal in remembrance of Isa.

 

 

 

One ordinance signifies the initiation of the covenant,

 

 

 

and the other renews it.

 

 

 

Of the two ordinances,

 

 

 

the first communion meal was celebrated in secrecy.

 

 

 

Why? Because of enemies and spies,

 

 

 

one of whom (Judas) managed to intrude into the rite,

 

 

 

though he was a false brother and a devil,

 

 

 

but it was necessary that prophecy be fulfilled.

 

 

 

Therefore, whoever says that an ordinance

 

 

 

can not be secret and private in times of danger

 

 

 

does not know much about the New Testament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At the time of danger after the persecution

 

 

 

following the martyrdom of Stephen,

 

 

 

who witnessed the sibghat Allah of the Ethiopian eunuch

 

 

 

but Philip who administered the ordinance as its only witness?

 

 

 

Martyrdom is not to be encouraged.

 

 

 

Isa instructed his disciples to be wise as serpents

 

 

 

but as harmless as doves

 

 

 

and not to cast pearls before dangerous people

 

 

 

who would turn and try to tear them

 

 

 

with such precious personal information. (250)

 

 

 

My ethical problem is whether I will obey the Lord

 

 

 

and take sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

The ritual itself need not even be discussed with someone

 

 

 

who translates it as an "act of a traitor."

 

 

 

The holy things of the Lord are not for outsiders.

 

 

 

Such a person needs to understand and yield to salvation

 

 

 

before he is ready to hear about sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

which comes after and not before salvation.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus cast no pearls before Pilate, Herod, or Caiaphas,

 

 

 

and these swine were amazed at his silence.

 

 

 

But he knew what was in a man,

 

 

 

whether his heart was open or whether he was dangerous,

 

 

 

and he needed no one to tell him what was in a person.

 

 

 

So it is with our sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

We who are the leaders in the messianic Muslim movement

 

 

 

do not invite Judas-type witnesses to our sibghat Allah

 

 

 

or to our messianic Id ul-Adha services

 

 

 

who will return with the police to destroy the flock.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We keep the wrong people away

 

 

 

and we have a security screening system

 

 

 

such as we see Jesus using in John 12:2Off.

 

 

 

Only sympathetic and trustworthy believers

 

 

 

who have been carefully studied and examined

 

 

 

by those gifted with the ability to discern spirits

 

 

 

can take part in the Id ul-Adha sevice.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You should discuss this privately

 

 

 

with the leader of your fellowship

 

 

 

and trust the Lord that he will protect you.

 

 

 

Pray and ask the Lord for discernment

 

 

 

and he will show you who is trustworthy.

 

 

 

In the beginning,

 

 

 

new believers are sometimes

 

 

 

either fearful of everyone (paranoid)

 

 

 

or overly trusting of everyone (naive)

 

 

 

The Lord will show you how to avoid either

 

 

 

of these extremes

 

 

 

and to have his wisdom;

 

 

 

if you ask believing, He will answer.(251)

 

 

 

We do not have to tell everyone

 

 

 

in the messianic congregation

 

 

 

about your sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

just the ones you want to know.

 

 

 

The leader who administers it, if he is a godly man,

 

 

 

is the only witness you need have.

 

 

 

However, remember that the ordinance ceremonially

 

 

 

initiates you into the body of Messiah,

 

 

 

so there should be some connection between the rite

 

 

 

and a fellowship where the Word is rightly taught,

 

 

 

where the ordinances are rightly administered,

 

 

 

and where discipline is rightly conducted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A SIBGHAT ALLAH SERVICE DESCRIBED

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Perhaps you know little about

 

 

 

Kalimat Allah Islam

 

 

 

and know very few new creation (khalq jadeed) Muslims.

 

 

 

You may not even have ever witnessed

 

 

 

a sibghat Allah ceremony.

 

 

 

Imagine if you will

 

 

 

a few Muslims with their imam.

 

 

 

He is the one who leads them in their prayers

 

 

 

and is their spiritual guide (murshid)

 

 

 

to keep them

 

 

 

on the straight path (sirat mustaqim).

 

 

 

The imam is the elder (sheikh)

 

 

 

and often the overseer (muraqib) or senior elder

 

 

 

of their place of assembly (mujtama').

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Now imagine these Muslims,

 

 

 

that is, the imam and the candidate (mutarabbis)

 

 

 

or aspirant for sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

Whether he or she is the only candidate at the ceremony

 

 

 

or there are others to take the ceremony with him or her,

 

 

 

it is the same ceremony in any case. (252)

 

 

 

They may or may not have witnesses.

 

 

 

The Imam himself is sufficient witness.

 

 

 

Certainly no one should be there who may turn out to be

 

 

 

a Judas and inform the religious authorities.

 

 

 

The ceremony may at times of danger be as private

 

 

 

as the Lord's Supper was at a similar time,

 

 

 

for on that night Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

was hidden from the eyes of all wicked men

 

 

 

with his small flock of a dozen disciples.

 

 

 

No one who could hurt them was allowed to know

 

 

 

where the ceremony took place or who the participants were.

 

 

 

It took an inside informer, Judas,

 

 

 

to make the whereabouts of the ceremony

 

 

 

a matter of information for the enemies of Isa.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The men who were with Isa

 

 

 

appreciated his efforts to protect them.

 

 

 

However, one of these disciples (hawari), John,

 

 

 

wrote later in Revelation 21:8

 

 

 

that cowards will find themselves in the lake of fire.

 

 

 

The main reason Judas left the secret ceremony

 

 

 

and would not involve himself in it any further,

 

 

 

was because he was a coward

 

 

 

who feared that Jesus (and he) would be killed.

 

 

 

Therefore, he tried to save his life

 

 

 

by betraying Isa to the authorities.

 

 

 

"But whoever would save his life will lose it,

 

 

 

and whoever will lose his life

 

 

 

(totally entrust it to the guardian-care of Isa)

 

 

 

will save it and keep it for eternity." (Mark 8:35)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Therefore, the Muslim candidate (mutarabbis)

 

 

 

or candidates have thoroughly counted the cost

 

 

 

when they meet with their imam

 

 

 

in a secluded place for the sibghat Allah ceremony.

 

 

 

Romans 6:4 says we are buried with him in the sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

Now, everyone should know that when a Muslim is buried

 

 

 

his body is given a special burial washing.

 

 

 

This is called a ghusl.

 

 

 

In the ghusl every impurity is to be removed from the body

 

 

 

and water is supposed to moisten

 

 

 

every part of the body and hair.

 

 

 

The ritual washing of the corpse is called ghusl,

 

 

 

and this is a very definite part of the preparation

 

 

 

of the body for interment.

 

 

 

A dead man can no longer sin.

 

 

 

His body ceases sinning and can be washed once and for all.

 

 

 

This is the point made in Romans 6.

 

 

 

We declare our bodies dead

 

 

 

as far as this satanic age is concerned.

 

 

 

We identify with the body of Isa which was put to death

 

 

 

so that by God's grace (unmerited favor),

 

 

 

our bodies could enter into the same death

 

 

 

and cease serving Shaitan (Satan) in this wicked world.

 

 

 

Listen to the argument again in the passage:

 

 

 

"What shall we say then?

 

 

 

Shall we continue in sin (gayy),

 

 

 

that grace (ni'ma) may abound?

 

 

 

Allah forbid!

 

 

 

How can we that are dead to sin

 

 

 

live any longer in it?

 

 

 

Do you not know that so many of us

 

 

 

as were brought under submission

 

 

 

to sibghat into Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

were baptized into His death?

 

 

 

Therefore we are buried with him

 

 

 

by immersion-burial into death:

 

 

 

that just as al-Masih

 

 

 

was raised up from the dead

 

 

 

by the glory of Allah,

 

 

 

even so we also should walk

 

 

 

in newness of life."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Isa was buried in his own sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

he was identifying with sinful man.

 

 

 

He is the Wahid Allah,

 

 

 

the Unique One of Allah,

 

 

 

is sinless, comes from God,

 

 

 

and is His everlasting Word (Kalimatahoo al-azaliyaty)

 

 

 

who will judge the living and the dead.

 

 

 

However, when he walked out into the water

 

 

 

at the river Jordan

 

 

 

it was as though the Judge of all men

 

 

 

was putting on a prisoner's uniform,

 

 

 

and beginning the process of becoming

 

 

 

the vicarious substitute who would

 

 

 

take the place of this condemned-to-hell human race.

 

 

 

He is the Wahid Allah

 

 

 

because he lacks a human father.

 

 

 

He alone lacks the nature of our sin-prone fathers,

 

 

 

because he alone of all men is the very Word of God.

 

 

 

Other prophets heard the Word of God

 

 

 

but he alone is the Word of God,

 

 

 

and as the Word of God

 

 

 

he is the Word of Judgment.

 

 

 

Therefore, God in his great justice (qist)

 

 

 

sent the Word of his Judgment himself

 

 

 

to be our substitute

 

 

 

and to mercifully stand in for us (badil).

 

 

 

Therefore Allah provided in his great mercy (rahma)

 

 

 

that instead of we who are guilty

 

 

 

being arrested,

 

 

 

put on trial,

 

 

 

sentenced,

 

 

 

and executed

 

 

 

to die and to be separated from Allah

 

 

 

and to descend into hell,

 

 

 

--instead of this--

 

 

 

the merciful Word of our judgment took our place.

 

 

 

He, who was innocent and pure and unworthy of judgment,

 

 

 

took the whole weight of our condemnation on himself.

 

 

 

He was arrested in our place,

 

 

 

he was put on trial in our place,

 

 

 

he was sentenced in our place,

 

 

 

he was executed in our place,

 

 

 

he died in our place,

 

 

 

he was separated from Allah in our place,

 

 

 

he descended into sheol in our place.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is what Isa meant when he spoke to

 

 

 

John the Baptist (Yahya) that day.

 

 

 

John was calling the sons of Ibrahim

 

 

 

to submit to sibghat Allah in preparation for the world Judge who

 

 

 

was coming on the scene, the Messiah.

 

 

 

Yahya the precursor (farat) of Isa

 

 

 

preached repentance to an evil and adulterous world.

 

 

 

Yahya accused everyone, even the ultra-religious,

 

 

 

of being unclean before Allah.

 

 

 

He preached a ghusl (total ritual ablution of the body) of

 

 

 

repentance,

 

 

 

demanding that everyone surrender to Allah

 

 

 

through the sibghat Allah which he preached.

 

 

 

The self-righteous person,

 

 

 

too proud to admit he is junub in his heart

 

 

 

(guilty of major impurity)

 

 

 

would not obey Allah's word through Yahya.

 

 

 

The ultra-religious of his day,

 

 

 

the mullahs of the sect of the Pharisees,

 

 

 

would not submit to his ghusl.

 

 

 

They considered themselves secure

 

 

 

in their religious gnosis (knowledge)

 

 

 

and in the praise they got from men

 

 

 

for their religious good deeds,

 

 

 

and they were not seeking the praise

 

 

 

that comes from God alone.

 

 

 

Yahya warned the whole religious establishment of his day

 

 

 

that all such hypocritical religious snakes

 

 

 

would be thrown by the Messiah the Judge (Masih al-Hakam)

 

 

 

into the eternal fire.

 

 

 

When John saw Isa coming

 

 

 

to take the sibghat Allah from him,

 

 

 

he said that he (John) should rather be immersed by Isa,

 

 

 

John knew that even though he was a prophet, he was still

 

 

 

very much a sinner by nature,(253)

 

 

 

as is every sin-prone child of his sin-prone parents.

 

 

 

But Isa was the Word of Allah himself

 

 

 

and there is no sin in the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

However, Isa answered John this way:

 

 

 

"Allow it to be so now:

 

 

 

for thus it becometh us

 

 

 

to fulfill all righteousness."

 

 

 

Isa meant that sinners could be accounted righteous,

 

 

 

and righteousness could be made complete

 

 

 

only if Allah's righteous Word

 

 

 

personally suffered a death for the wicked.

 

 

 

Only then could the wicked enter into that death,

 

 

 

and, repenting, die to wickedness,

 

 

 

and come alive to true, holy life

 

 

 

through the spiritual new birth.

 

 

 

Only the righteous Word of our judgment

 

 

 

could become this substitute, this replacement ('iwadan).

 

 

 

He was the only one who is the Word of God

 

 

 

and therefore he was qualified to make compensation for us.

 

 

 

He paid with his death the price

 

 

 

for our sins ('ada'u).

 

 

 

He gave a just and merciful exchange:

 

 

 

his sinless life given in death,

 

 

 

a death which he did not deserve,

 

 

 

was exchanged for our death-deserving sin;

 

 

 

and the gift was given to us of eternal life

 

 

 

which we do not deserve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

All of this was so clear to Isa at the time

 

 

 

of his sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

And later he explained to his disciples (hawari),

 

 

 

in a cryptic prophetic allusion to his death in al-Quds:

 

 

 

"But I have a baptism (referring to a total immersion

 

 

 

into suffering that was coming to him shortly)

 

 

 

to be baptized with,

 

 

 

and how I am straitened (distressed)

 

 

 

till it be accomplished!"(Luke 12:50)

 

 

 

Imagine an imam and a Khalq Jadeed Muslim

 

 

 

approaching the water in a secluded place

 

 

 

such as where the Lord's Supper was celebrated.

 

 

 

Imagine the joy of the occasion

 

 

 

but also the seriousness,

 

 

 

because we cannot

 

 

 

enter into the new creation life of the Word of God

 

 

 

unless we enter into his death.

 

 

 

Imagine that the imam and the new creation Muslims

 

 

 

are wearing white

 

 

 

and that the white they are wearing represents

 

 

 

the burial shroud that was on the body

 

 

 

of the totally submitted One,

 

 

 

the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

However, it represents also the ihram,

 

 

 

the pilgrim garb for pilgrimage into the new creation.

 

 

 

Isa himself is the object (mahajja) of our pilgrimage,

 

 

 

as he said, "I am the right way, the Straight path,

 

 

 

the mahajja as-sawab."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

He lives in the House of Allah

 

 

 

not made by human hands but by Allah's Spirit

 

 

 

through whom He makes a new creation

 

 

 

out of all true believers (mu'minin).

 

 

 

We must discern his body, the house of Allah

 

 

 

wherein dwells his mystical presence,

 

 

 

and we must discern him,

 

 

 

when we relate to fellow believers.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are starting on a pilgrimage

 

 

 

and our sibghat Allah represents its beginning.

 

 

 

The Word of Allah requires this of us

 

 

 

as our first act of obedience.

 

 

 

So how can we begin the pilgrimage,

 

 

 

if we have not obeyed even the first commandment?

 

 

 

You have heard the saying:

 

 

 

"My Lord hath commanded Justice (qist)

 

 

 

and that ye set your whole selves to Him."(254)

 

 

 

You have also heard the saying:

 

 

 

God has bestowed on the children of Adam

 

 

 

"a raiment of righteousness"

 

 

 

to cover their shame.(255)

 

 

 

Since God's justice (qist) demands

 

 

 

that the guilty not go unpunished(256)

 

 

 

and since his mercy

 

 

 

has given us a means of covering our shame,

 

 

 

we who are Khalq Jadeed (New Creation) Muslims

 

 

 

put on Isa himself as our raiment of righteousness

 

 

 

when we rise out of the water

 

 

 

to begin our pilgrimage,

 

 

 

a journey on which we are being transformed

 

 

 

into his likeness

 

 

 

with ever-increasing glory

 

 

 

which comes from the Lord,

 

 

 

who is the Spirit. (257)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It says in the Qur'an

 

 

 

that "the pagans are unclean"(258)

 

 

 

but it takes more than religion or water ablutions

 

 

 

to make one truly Muslim.

 

 

 

For many who say they are Muslim

 

 

 

are pagans at heart,

 

 

 

and appear clean on the outside of the cup

 

 

 

but inside are filled with every kind of hypocrisy.

 

 

 

Only the inner tahara of the new birth

 

 

 

can remove the inner pagan uncleanness

 

 

 

and make one a spiritual submitter (Muslim) within.

 

 

 

Isa says that wherever two or more are

 

 

 

gathered in his name,

 

 

 

there He is in the midst of them

 

 

 

for koinonia or mystic converse.

 

 

 

The word for this, most Muslims hear all the time

 

 

 

but do not understand it.

 

 

 

Near Mount Sinai, Moses drew near to God

 

 

 

for mystic converse (najiy). (259)

 

 

 

Unfortunately, this is a word that is not widely understood.

 

 

 

It carries the idea

 

 

 

of communication or connection (ittisaal).

 

 

 

When we have mystic converse or koinonia,

 

 

 

we have ittisaal.

 

 

 

We are in connection for communication with Allah.

 

 

 

At the upper room during the Last Supper

 

 

 

Judas ate bread with the rest,

 

 

 

but it was not changed in his wicked mouth.

 

 

 

Nor is there any power in the water of sibghat Allah

 

 

 

or in the bread of the New Creation Id ul-Adha.

 

 

 

The power is in the ittisaal, in the najiy,

 

 

 

in the koinonia, in the mystic converse,

 

 

 

in the connection, in the communication with Allah.

 

 

 

There is another meaning in this word.

 

 

 

It has to do with fellowship or comradeship (zamala).

 

 

 

Believers experience the zamala in the comradeship

 

 

 

of being partakers and partners in the grace

 

 

 

of the Good News.

 

 

 

It is a comradeship in the Spirit.

 

 

 

Now, men in an army

 

 

 

know what esprit de corps ('asabiya) is,

 

 

 

and in any organization or group,

 

 

 

religious or otherwise,

 

 

 

such a feeling of team spirit is not unheard of.

 

 

 

However, zamala (comradeship) in the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

is a comradeship with the Word of God himself.

 

 

 

It means experiencing his sufferings and his joys

 

 

 

and his vision and his victories with him.

 

 

 

Judas experienced the bread of the Lord's feast (id)

 

 

 

and the water of the sibghat Allah

 

 

 

but he did not experience the zamala.

 

 

 

Judas experienced the water of sibghat Allah

 

 

 

as did all the other disciples (hawari)

 

 

 

but he did not experience zamala.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here we are talking about a spiritual knowledge.

 

 

 

Koinonia is not fiqh, the exercise of the intelligence

 

 

 

or the legal mind.

 

 

 

It is not 'arif, that so-called knowledge

 

 

 

of the mystical knower

 

 

 

who thinks he apprehends God

 

 

 

by immediate experience and vision

 

 

 

but without the new birth of regeneration through Isa.

 

 

 

Koinonia is the knowledge ('ilm) of regeneration (nahda)

 

 

 

known only by the new creation children of God

 

 

 

who cry "Abba, Father!" in the power of the Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

and know God with a new intimacy through His Word Isa

 

 

 

not possible without the new birth.

 

 

 

THE TRUE STORY OF AHMAD

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The secret ceremony that Judas was too afraid

 

 

 

to get really involved in was called the Lord's Supper,

 

 

 

but we call it the 'Id ul-'Adha 'Isawiya,

 

 

 

because of its deep relationship to pilgrimage

 

 

 

and covenant and submission to Allah through Ibrahim

 

 

 

and the sacrifice of heir.

 

 

 

But what a fool Judas was!

 

 

 

He would have died anyway,

 

 

 

and very shortly at that in this dangerous world.

 

 

 

If only he had made the brief time left to him

 

 

 

in his fleeting life

 

 

 

a brave witness for Isa

 

 

 

by fully taking part in this secret ceremony,

 

 

 

instead of cowardly avoiding it.

 

 

 

Now he must spend endless ages in the anguish of hell.

 

 

 

So what did he save?

 

 

 

Did he save his life through cowardice?

 

 

 

Allah forbid that any of our Muslim brothers

 

 

 

should refuse to receive Isa as Allah's Word

 

 

 

because they are too cowardly to obey his commandment

 

 

 

to submit to the sibghat Allah.

 

 

 

Endless ages from now,

 

 

 

when they groan in endless anguish,

 

 

 

they will regret forever

 

 

 

this cowardly error.(260)

 

 

 

Here is the testimony of Ahmad,

 

 

 

whom God gave the grace not to be cowardly.

 

 

 

This is a true testimony

 

 

 

in his own words.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AHMAD TELLS HIS OWN STORY

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I had been raised as a Muslim in a very Muslim house for

 

 

 

the first eighteen years that I was at home. Later, as an

 

 

 

adult, I started hearing about Jesus. According to the Qur'an I

 

 

 

had believed that Jesus was one of God's prophets.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As time went on, I started hearing more and more about him, how

 

 

 

he died for the human race to set men free from sin, sickness and

 

 

 

every bondage. Prior to hearing all this, I had always wondered

 

 

 

about sickness and disease and why God would take so many people

 

 

 

at a very young age or put sickness on them. If mankind is God's

 

 

 

masterpiece, I always wondered what kind of Creator would create

 

 

 

a masterpiece and then watch his masterpiece deteriorate without

 

 

 

doing something about it.

 

 

 

I kept saying to myself, "God, I love you and I have been

 

 

 

brought up to worship you, but I don't know anything about Isa

 

 

 

(Jesus)." This went on for about three years.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In January, 1982, 1 had started my own business. Two months

 

 

 

later, my wife and I made an agreement to sit down and read the

 

 

 

Bible and find out first hand who Isa is and what he has done for

 

 

 

the human race. As we read the Bible, I was amazed to see that it

 

 

 

is just as true as I had been told. We continued to read the

 

 

 

Bible for several weeks and at the same time we were listening to

 

 

 

teaching tapes about the Bible.

 

 

 

I read the Word of God in John 3:3, "Truly, truly, I say to you,

 

 

 

unless one is born again he cannot see the Kingdom of God." Isa

 

 

 

was simply saying that we are born of flesh and blood. However,

 

 

 

unless we are born of the Spirit of Isa al-Masih and come to know

 

 

 

God personally, we can not see the Kingdom of God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My wife and I were stirred by Romans 10 where it says "if you

 

 

 

confess with your mouth Isa as Lord and believe in your heart

 

 

 

that God raised him from the dead, you shall be saved." Right at

 

 

 

that point my wife and I knew that in our hearts a change was

 

 

 

taking place. Until then I did not know of any way to change our

 

 

 

sinful nature and to be acceptable to God without trying to earn

 

 

 

a right standing by being religious. I knew that God was speaking

 

 

 

to us, but I was confused.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then it was as if God was speaking to my heart and saying, "You

 

 

 

are not denying anything, you are believing in the Name of my

 

 

 

Word, Isa al-Masih, whom I have sent into the world so that the

 

 

 

world may be set free from sin. I have done this because I love

 

 

 

the people, mankind, whom I have created."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was then that my wife and I made up our minds to believe. And

 

 

 

right at that time, I could feel the joy of the Lord grasping  my

 

 

 

whole body as I realized that Isa had gone down to the pit to pay

 

 

 

for our sins there and to carry away our sicknesses and diseases.

 

 

 

Then we started reading the Bible regularly, listening to

 

 

 

teaching tapes and not only reading and hearing the Word of God,

 

 

 

but also making the decision to do the Word of God the way God

 

 

 

said it and to live in it so that we could receive from God in

 

 

 

the manner he had intended for us to receive from him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Then so many good things started happening to us. My wife got

 

 

 

healed from kidney problems, from swelling and from foot problems

 

 

 

after we prayed in the Name of Isa and believed that God's

 

 

 

healing was for us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

As we continued to read the Bible we actually came closer and

 

 

 

closer to God. We learned how to overcome problems by finding the

 

 

 

answer and the promise and claiming it in his Word. Consequently,

 

 

 

both our bodies and business have been blessed by the Lord. Not

 

 

 

only that, but God has purified us by the study of his Word, so

 

 

 

that instead of arguments and selfishness there has been peace

 

 

 

and love in our home.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Bible says that God has made Isa al-Masih our redemption,

 

 

 

sanctification, righteousness, and wisdom. When you know that he

 

 

 

is all this for us, you not only have the peace of the assurance

 

 

 

of your salvation, you also can overcome all things that come

 

 

 

against you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For example, my Muslim friend, Mehmet, had just had brain surgery

 

 

 

not long ago to remove a cancerous tumor. He was dying. He was

 

 

 

sad. He was fearful. He didn't want to die, and he didn't think

 

 

 

that God really wanted to take him at the age of 32. When I first

 

 

 

ran into him, he told me that he was dying and he was so sad. I

 

 

 

looked at him and I told him "Jesus can heal you." His response

 

 

 

was "Who is that?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

After a while we got together, and I started sharing with

 

 

 

him from the Word of God. I told him that Jesus had died for him,

 

 

 

that Isa was sent to this world for his sake to set him free,

 

 

 

that God was calling all people to Him through his Word Isa, and

 

 

 

that when we believe in his Name, we can be helped through every

 

 

 

trial that befalls us.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mehmet could not make the commitment right away. He was raised in

 

 

 

a Muslim home and it took a while for the word of God to sink in.

 

 

 

But as we shared, Mehmet started feeling inside of him that the

 

 

 

Scriptures I showed him were the Word of God. He believed that

 

 

 

somehow the truth could set him free. He finally said that he

 

 

 

wanted to receive Isa as his Saviour so that Isa the Word of

 

 

 

Allah would reign supreme in his heart. He did.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Several weeks later, when doctors examined him, he was completely

 

 

 

healed.(261)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Miraculously healed with no evidence of cancer being left behind!

 

 

 

Now Mehmet had the joy; his face was shining with joy and with

 

 

 

glory and with the happiness that comes from knowing the Lord.

 

 

 

When I ran into him again, all he could talk about was how good

 

 

 

God is, how good his Word Isa is, and how he had been set free by

 

 

 

believing in the Name of Jesus.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I recently submitted to God by obeying him regarding the sibghat

 

 

 

Allah and was immersed as He commands. This simple act signifies

 

 

 

that my old life without him was buried in the water and my new

 

 

 

life (and he is the source of that life) has been raised again

 

 

 

with him as he made me a new person, a new creation, a Khalq

 

 

 

Jadeed Muslim. Since I have obeyed the Lord in this, in taking

 

 

 

the sibghat Allah, I have felt closer to God and closer to His

 

 

 

Word. The sibghat Allah (baptism of God) is a simple remembrance

 

 

 

of the death and resurrection of Isa al-Masih. Every time I

 

 

 

remember that day and that simple act, I remember that I am set

 

 

 

free from all the bondages and all the shortcomings of this world

 

 

 

through the overcoming power I have in Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

My prayer is that other Muslims like Mehmet and I will

 

 

 

inquire of the Word of God and receive Isa as the Word

 

 

 

of God so that they too will receive the priceless joy and the

 

 

 

power that overcomes the world. Amen.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY DELAY?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Fulfill the Covenant of Allah when you have entered into

 

 

 

it." (262)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"And now, what doth the Lord require of thee?

 

 

 

To fear the Lord thy God,

 

 

 

to walk in his ways

 

 

 

(according to his infallibly accurate Word)

 

 

 

to love him,

 

 

 

and to serve the Lord thy God

 

 

 

with all thy heart

 

 

 

and with all thy soul,

 

 

 

to keep the commandments of the Lord

 

 

 

and his statutes." (263)

 

 

 

"See I have set before thee this day life and good,

 

 

 

and death and evil."(264)

 

 

 

Choose Life!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"But if your heart turn away

 

 

 

so that you will not hear,

 

 

 

but shall be drawn away,

 

 

 

and worship other gods,

 

 

 

and serve them,

 

 

 

I denounce unto you this day

 

 

 

that you shall surely perish,

 

 

 

and that you shall not prolong your days

 

 

 

upon the land."(265)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God

 

 

 

with all thy heart,

 

 

 

and with all thy soul,

 

 

 

and with all thy mind.

 

 

 

This is the first and great commandment.

 

 

 

And the second is like unto it,

 

 

 

Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself.

 

 

 

On these two commandments

 

 

 

hang all the law and the prophets."(266)

 

 

 

And it says that those who submitted to Allah through obedience

 

 

 

in the sibghat Allah "continued steadfastly in the apostles'

 

 

 

teaching (which is the infallibly accurate word of the Old and

 

 

 

New Testament Scriptures, which the faithful scribes among them

 

 

 

took care not to allow to be changed or corrupted and which

 

 

 

cannot be added to) and in the fellowship (which is worship and

 

 

 

mutual service and sharing and edifying society among the

 

 

 

brethren) and in breaking of bread (which is the messianic Id

 

 

 

ul-Adha remembrance of Isa the Word of Allah's last pilgrimage

 

 

 

meal) and in the prayers (that is, prayer meeting, with prayer

 

 

 

and fasting which the believers were commanded not to

 

 

 

neglect)."(267)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

These are Isa's commandments,

 

 

 

and those who take the sibghat Allah

 

 

 

are covenanting with the Lord

 

 

 

to obey his commandment

 

 

 

as he provides the grace and the strength.

 

 

 

Isa said,

 

 

 

"If you love me,

 

 

 

keep my commandments.

 

 

 

He that hath my commandments,

 

 

 

and keepeth them,

 

 

 

he it is that loveth me."(268)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa said,

 

 

 

"Ye are my friends,

 

 

 

if you do whatsoever

 

 

 

I command you."(269)

 

 

 

"When ye shall have done

 

 

 

all those things

 

 

 

which are commanded you, say,

 

 

 

We are unprofitable servants:

 

 

 

we have done that which was our duty to do. "(270)

 

 

 

Do you understand that

 

 

 

after your sibghat Allah experience,

 

 

 

the Lord will expect you

 

 

 

to be faithful (as He provides both strength and opportunity) in

 

 

 

prayers and teaching and fellowship

 

 

 

with the other believers?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Spirit of God gives us love for the brethren,

 

 

 

so you should feel a genuine love

 

 

 

and desire to be with fellow believers.

 

 

 

Without this love and commitment on your part

 

 

 

there can be no real expression of your life

 

 

 

as a genuine believer.

 

 

 

But with this love and commitment on your part,

 

 

 

there is the wonderful reality

 

 

 

that you have an international world-wide family

 

 

 

who call on the same Lord,

 

 

 

and know the same Spirit

 

 

 

and the same God.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The wudu of Isa or the sibghat Allah is a burial ghusl

 

 

 

for those who are dead to sin and alive to God through

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, the eternal Word.

 

 

 

In Matthew 28:19 Isa commands

 

 

 

that the repentant true believers of the whole world

 

 

 

take this prescribed wudu.

 

 

 

Isa said, "If you love me,

 

 

 

keep my commandments."

 

 

 

The question is: Do you really love Isa?

 

 

 

Yes?

 

 

 

Well, he said,

 

 

 

"if you love me, keep my commandments." (John 14:15)

 

 

 

Do you sincerely desire to be truly submitted to Allah

 

 

 

as a true messianic Muslim student of Isa al-Masih?

 

 

 

Do you love Isa? Then follow His commandments.

 

 

 

Get the wudu. Get washed in His name,

 

 

 

trusting His blood to wash away your sins once and forever. Then

 

 

 

you will truly be prepared for your prayers

 

 

 

to a God who is faithful

 

 

 

as you are obedient to his faithfulness.

 

 

 

Then you will feel a new intimate communion

 

 

 

with Allah when you come to pray,

 

 

 

for you will know your sins

 

 

 

are covered and forgiven.

 

 

 

If you obey Isa,

 

 

 

God will give you an assurance of forgiveness

 

 

 

and a greater sense of the presence

 

 

 

of his Eternal Spirit in your life.

 

 

 

You will feel a deeper fellowship

 

 

 

not only with God but with other believers in Isa.

 

 

 

You have heard the saying,

 

 

 

"Whoever holds firmly to God

 

 

 

will be shown the way that is straight."(271)

 

 

 

If you really love Allah,

 

 

 

you will follow that straight way now,

 

 

 

no matter what it costs you.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SIBGHAT ALLAH ACCEPTANCE PRAYER

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Praise be to God, the Lord of the worlds:

 

 

 

Most Gracious, most merciful:

 

 

 

Master of the Day of Judgment.

 

 

 

You do we worship and your aid we seek.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Show us the straight path,

 

 

 

the path of those

 

 

 

on whom you have bestowed your grace.

 

 

 

Those whose portion is not wrath,

 

 

 

and who do not go astray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Isa, the sovereign and eternal Word

 

 

 

risen from the grave to the right hand of power in heaven,

 

 

 

I obey you

 

 

 

absolutely that I may continue in God's good pleasure.

 

 

 

Help me to judge myself

 

 

 

so that I will not be judged

 

 

 

when I stand before your throne.

 

 

 

Help me to study and understand and obey your holy commands

 

 

 

in fellowship with your faithful followers.

 

 

 

I accept the wudu of Isa, his burial ghusl, the sibghat Allah, as

 

 

 

a small test of my faith and obedience to my Masih,

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah.

 

 

 

I will submit to God's will.

 

 

 

I agree to take the sibghat Allah

 

 

 

once as a wudu to prepare for a life-time

 

 

 

of calling out to Allah (du'a) in free prayer.

 

 

 

And I will take the sibghat Allah

 

 

 

in the Name of God

 

 

 

and His Eternal Word Isa

 

 

 

and His Eternal Spirit.

 

 

 

I trust that I will be blessed

 

 

 

by being more submitted to Allah with my whole being.

 

 

 

Thank you forever, Heavenly Father,

 

 

 

in the Name of Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

that you have cleansed me

 

 

 

and made me pure

 

 

 

in Your Eternal Spirit

 

 

 

by the blood of Isa

 

 

 

as my acceptable sacrifice

 

 

 

from Allah. Amen."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A NEW CREATION MUSLIM SIBGHAT ALLAH SERVICE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Our Lord! forgive us

 

 

 

our sins and anything

 

 

 

we may have done

 

 

 

that transgressed our duty:

 

 

 

establish our feet firmly,

 

 

 

and help us against those

 

 

 

who resist faith."(272)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

"Not by works of righteousness

 

 

 

which we have done,

 

 

 

but according to his mercy

 

 

 

he saved us,

 

 

 

by the washing of regeneration (the new birth)

 

 

 

and the renewing of the Eternal Spirit of Holiness

 

 

 

which he shed on us abundantly

 

 

 

through Isa al-Masih our Savior."(273)

 

 

 

Water is the outward and visible sign,

 

 

 

and the regeneration of the new birth

 

 

 

is the inward and spiritual grace

 

 

 

of the sibghat Allah,

 

 

 

which signifies the remission of sins.(274)

 

 

 

We who are sons of Ibrahim by faith

 

 

 

gather together at this place of water

 

 

 

to submit ourselves to Allah according to his Word,

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

The white we wear symbolizes our pilgrim status

 

 

 

as we begin a life of obedience

 

 

 

unto the tariqa (way) of holiness,

 

 

 

which is a life we share together in Him.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We confess that mere water

 

 

 

cannot give us the status of tahara (undefilement),

 

 

 

since only the Eternal Spirit can circumcise away

 

 

 

our Spiritual uncleanness and can cut away

 

 

 

the pull of our lower nature

 

 

 

and the lusts that pull us down.

 

 

 

Yet Allah has promised to provide this spiritual tahara

 

 

 

if we will obey his Word Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

with an undivided heart.

 

 

 

The Word of Allah, Isa al-Masih,

 

 

 

commands us to be immersed and buried with him.

 

 

 

This is our acceptable preparation for 'ibadat (worship).

 

 

 

To the candidate (mutarabbis):

 

 

 

      Do you confess that you are a sinner,

 

 

 

      and that Isa al-Masih is the only way

 

 

 

      your sins can be forgiven

 

 

 

      and that you can know

 

 

 

      you have forgiveness and eternal life in God?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Candidate: I do.

 

 

 

(This is the time when a personal testimony would be appropriate.

 

 

 

"And I say unto you, whosoever shall confess me before men, him

 

 

 

shall the Son of Man also confess before the angels of God: But

 

 

 

he that denieth me before men shall be denied before the angels

 

 

 

of God."-Luke 12:8,9; Mt.1O:32. "If thou shalt confess the Lord

 

 

 

Isa (Jesus) and shalt believe in thine heart that God has raised

 

 

 

him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man

 

 

 

believeth unto righteousness: and with the mouth confession is

 

 

 

made unto salvation."--Romans 10:9,10. "For we ourselves also

 

 

 

were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving all kinds

 

 

 

of passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful,

 

 

 

and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of

 

 

 

God our Savior toward man appeared. Not by works of

 

 

 

righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he

 

 

 

saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the

 

 

 

Holy Spirit, which he shed on us abundantly through Isa al-Masih

 

 

 

our Savior; that being justified by his grace, we should be made

 

 

 

heirs according to the hope of eternal life."--Titus 3:3-7.)

 

 

 

To the candidate:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Repeat after me,

 

 

 

Lord, I confess all my sins before you right now.

 

 

 

And I thank you that Isa al-Masih paid for them all

 

 

 

by his precious blood so that I can become clean

 

 

 

and join the family of the redeemed as a child of God

 

 

 

who is my loving heavenly Father.

 

 

 

I repent and renounce all my sins

 

 

 

and I promise before this witness that by His strength

 

 

 

I will never turn back to my sins

 

 

 

or intentionally grieve the Eternal Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

I believe that there is one God

 

 

 

Who infallibly revealed himself

 

 

 

with the personal distinctions

 

 

 

of God

 

 

 

and His Word

 

 

 

and His Spirit

 

 

 

with the one name of Father and Filial Word and Eternal Spirit. I

 

 

 

do not believe that God took a wife

 

 

 

in order that Isa could become his son through Mary.

 

 

 

I believe that his Eternal Word, incarnated as Isa,

 

 

 

was always with God and was always God

 

 

 

and therefore that the Eternal Word

 

 

 

always knew God as Eternal Father.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Today I am entering into a covenant

 

 

 

which this water rite initiates through faith,

 

 

 

and I am promising God in this solemn ceremony

 

 

 

that I will be a faithful part of his family forever,

 

 

 

not forsaking the assembling of those

 

 

 

who are khalq jadeed (new creation) submitters to Allah.

 

 

 

When I pass through this water rite,

 

 

 

I will be formally welcomed as a member

 

 

 

of the khalq jadeed ummah (community)

 

 

 

of true believers in the Wahid Allah,

 

 

 

the Unique One of God, Isa al-Masih.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

To the candidate:

 

 

 

Do you solemnly promise that you will remember

 

 

 

and renew this covenant initiated in water

 

 

 

by assembling for the celebration of the messianic Id ul-Adha

 

 

 

with your brothers and sisters in the faith,

 

 

 

and that you will zealously study the faith

 

 

 

once for all inerrantly recorded in the Scriptures

 

 

 

and that you will pray that God will open a door

 

 

 

for you to share your faith and serve Him in it?

 

 

 

[In some cases the male candidates may want

 

 

 

to wear the prayer hat called the targheer

 

 

 

or the koofi or koofayah.

 

 

 

The prayer robe is called the galibeers.

 

 

 

This would symbolize that he is not changing

 

 

 

religious labels and would point to

 

 

 

the new creation. The point of the rite is

 

 

 

not assimilation away from the familiar

 

 

 

but newness of life within the familiar.](275)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OK 6?bsp; HOW TO START A HOUSE MASJID

 

 

 

            AND A MESSIANIC MADRASA

 

 

 

            FOR NEW CREATION MUSLIMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine, if you will, an ordinary house in a secluded

 

 

 

place at the edge of town. It is Thursday and the week-end is

 

 

 

fast approaching. The urgent question is, how can this house be

 

 

 

transformed into a house masjid for the weekend new creation

 

 

 

Muslim fellowship meeting?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Imagine walking through the front door. On your right is a

 

 

 

bathroom, a perfect place for the believers to wash, perhaps,

 

 

 

after they take off their shoes or put on their head coverings.

 

 

 

Some shelves or racks in this area would be helpful, for the

 

 

 

believers to put coats and shoes and other belongings aside in an

 

 

 

orderly way.

 

 

 

As you walk into the front room, you notice two things: there is

 

 

 

a distinct lack of western furniture and there are no images of

 

 

 

any kind on the walls. The floor is totally covered with Oriental

 

 

 

carpets, and there are floor cushions and pillows bordering the

 

 

 

walls, but no tables and chairs. On the walls, instead of

 

 

 

pictures of any kind, there are various poster designs utilizing

 

 

 

Arabic calligraphy and quoting key messianic passages from the

 

 

 

Qur'an such as are emphasized in this book (see footnote #8,

 

 

 

actually endnote, in the NOTES section below).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is the front room. It can serve as a social hall as

 

 

 

believers are gathering before the main meetings. It can become a

 

 

 

dining room by setting up low, portable tables in a horseshoe

 

 

 

configuration, with the guests sitting on the floor, being served

 

 

 

Muslim-style ethnic foods and tea in small Middle Eastern tea

 

 

 

cups and saucers, etc. Or the low portable dining tables can be

 

 

 

taken out, and the room's floorspace is now cleared again for the

 

 

 

"afterglow" time of spiritual chants, antiphonal hymns, solos,

 

 

 

and Sufi-style liturgical dance to the accompaniment of Middle

 

 

 

Eastern drum, cymbals, etc.

 

 

 

A second large room in the house could be similarly furnished and

 

 

 

decorated for use both as a place of teaching/preaching and

 

 

 

prayer. The Messianic imam or sheikh could preach or teach from a

 

 

 

seated position (possibly on a floor cushion in a

 

 

 

Mecca-directioned corner of the room) with the believers sitting

 

 

 

on the floor and the Arabic Scriptures opened toward them on a

 

 

 

low book stand. The women could sit together on one side of the

 

 

 

room and the men could sit on the other side, so that the

 

 

 

women are not distracting their line of vision. The women

 

 

 

could wear head scarfs and modest, non-alluring clothing, and the

 

 

 

men could wear the white prayer hat (koofi).  The call to prayer

 

 

 

could be made at the hall doorway leading out of the prayer room

 

 

 

into the fellowship room.

 

 

 

A possible order of service for a week-end evening meeting

 

 

 

could go something like this.  The believers arrive, removing

 

 

 

coats and shoes, donning prayer hats. After a time of informal

 

 

 

social fellowship, the believers assemble in a prayer circle and

 

 

 

chant their confession.  The confession is given in English and

 

 

 

Arabic in the section entitled,  The Prayer Life of a New Creation

 

 

 

Muslim (Book 3 above). The confession states:

 

 

 

"I bear witness that Isa is the Word of God,

 

 

 

who sendeth forth the (Eternal) Spirit,

 

 

 

proceeding from the command (Amr) of my Lord,

 

 

 

Isa the Messiah, His Word,

 

 

 

the ransom of all Ibrahim's heirs and our momentous sacrifice,

 

 

 

raised to Allah, as a warning of the Day of Meeting,

 

 

 

that He might put away our evil-prone flesh,

 

 

 

and bring a new creation, even righteousness by faith alone."

 

 

 

All these phrases are found in the Qur'an and can be set to

 

 

 

an Islamic style melody by anyone who is musically inclined

 

 

 

and would take the trouble to study a recording such as

 

 

 

"Calling Out to Allah; Prayers and Chants in the Sufi Tradition,

 

 

 

the Halveti-Jerrahi Dervishes." (This or a comparable recording

 

 

 

is purchaseable by writing Inner Traditions International, Ltd.

 

 

 

377 Park Ave South, New York City, New York 10016 or by searching

 

 

 

mosques or the bookstores that serve mosques).

 

 

 

Then the believers could break out of the prayer circle and

 

 

 

could file into the prayer room for a time of Scripture teaching

 

 

 

and prayer. A sample service is provided in the section entitled,

 

 

 

The Prayer Life of a New Creation Muslim (Book 3 above). For help

 

 

 

with the Arabic in this section, it is recommended that one order

 

 

 

both the book and the tapes that accompany the book entitled, The

 

 

 

Prescribed Prayer Made Simple, by Tajuddin B. Shu'aib. (This can

 

 

 

be ordered from Da'awah Enterprises International, Inc. P.O. Box

 

 

 

43554, Los Angeles, CA 90043).

 

 

 

After the teaching and prayer service are concluded, the

 

 

 

believers can go into the fellowship hall and have a common meal

 

 

 

together. Those who break bread together during the 'Id ul-'Adha

 

 

 

Isawiya portion of the meal can witness to the unbelievers

 

 

 

present. (A large bathtub or other facility somewhere in the

 

 

 

house can be used for the sibghat Allah ceremony whenever it is

 

 

 

deemed advisable to cautiously proceed with it, possibly in

 

 

 

private.) It is assumed, of course, that no unbeliever would be

 

 

 

brought to this type of meeting unless he or she had been

 

 

 

thoroughly screened and was considered a "safe" guest, who would

 

 

 

not go out and make trouble, serving as an infiltrator for a

 

 

 

persecuting agency or individual or family.

 

 

 

After the fellowship meal is concluded and tea has been served,

 

 

 

the tables can be put away. For those who are of a Sufi dervish

 

 

 

background, this could be an "afterglow" time of chanting,

 

 

 

liturgical dance, and making Spiritual melodies to the Lord. This

 

 

 

worship session is the climax of the evening, and should be done

 

 

 

decently and in order.  The liturgical dance movements should be

 

 

 

carried out in an orderly and aesthetically pleasing mode, devoid

 

 

 

of sensuality or fleshly emotional display.  The women should

 

 

 

form one circle and the men another. The movements can be

 

 

 

performed while seated in a circle on the floor with the leader

 

 

 

to be imitated raising his hands, etc., in the middle of the

 

 

 

circle.  Or the believers can stand and, holding hands or swaying

 

 

 

together or putting their arms around each others' shoulders or

 

 

 

walking in a circular direction or crossing one leg in front of

 

 

 

the other, they can sing either together or as an antiphonal

 

 

 

response to a soloist.  Excessive frenzy or hyperventilating or

 

 

 

giddiness stimulated by constant group head turning or heavy

 

 

 

breathing should be avoided.  A Scriptural study of the use of

 

 

 

dance and music in worship will show that the exhilarating joy of

 

 

 

the presence of the Spirit of the Lord can be experienced by

 

 

 

regenerated believers in orderly worship without physical

 

 

 

manipulations or unspiritual excesses.  Worshipers should guard

 

 

 

against excess both in the prohibition and expression of this

 

 

 

form of worship.  It should not be a "dance" expression but a

 

 

 

"worship in liturgical movement" expression.

 

 

 

It is the prayer of Salim Munayer and Phil Goble (as well as a

 

 

 

number of other cross-cultural ministers to Muslims who helped in

 

 

 

the development of this book) that those who read these pages

 

 

 

will be encouraged to form house masjid fellowships, perhaps

 

 

 

initially on a once-a-month-basis, but then, later on, on a

 

 

 

weekly or more frequent basis. It is also our prayer that each

 

 

 

house masjid will eventually have its own Messianic Islamic

 

 

 

Academy (Madrassa) for New Creation Muslims so that leaders can

 

 

 

be trained and sent out to start new house masjids in other areas

 

 

 

throughout the world. Then we believe a Muslim people movement to

 

 

 

Isa will begin, and New Creation Muslim communities will spring

 

 

 

up all over the world with their own international congresses,

 

 

 

youth conferences, schools, and special purpose organizations.

 

 

 

Every time a regional conference raises up people burdened and

 

 

 

equipped to plant new worshiping communities, a greater and

 

 

 

greater international network will grow as the world-wide people

 

 

 

movement catches fire.

 

 

 

The contextualized approach presented in this book, though by no

 

 

 

means the only acceptable Scriptural model, holds great promise

 

 

 

for encouraging an end-time world-wide people movement among the

 

 

 

nearly one billion Muslims of the world into the New Creation

 

 

 

Ummah of Ibrahim in these last days.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?OSSARY?P>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Al-Faatihah     first sura of the Qur'an

 

 

 

al-Quds         Jerusalem

 

 

 

amr             command

 

 

 

du'a            supplications

 

 

 

ghusl           total ablution

 

 

 

'Id 'ul-Adha    the feast of Sacrifice

 

 

 

imam            spritual leader

 

 

 

iman            faith

 

 

 

Injil           New Testament

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih    Jesus (Hebrew name Yehoshua, Aramaic, Yeshua)

 

 

 

jami'           congregation, gathering

 

 

 

jihad           struggle

 

 

 

jum'ah          Friday service

 

 

 

kaffarah        expiation, atonement

 

 

 

khutbah         sermon

 

 

 

masjid          place of prayer

 

 

 

Muaadhdhin      caller to prayer

 

 

 

sibghat Allah   baptism

 

 

 

Shaitan         Satan

 

 

 

tawhid          unity

 

 

 

sura            chapter (in the Qur'an)

 

 

 

ummah           the entire community of believers

 

 

 

wudu            ceremonial washing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

?TES?P>

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(1) This account is found in the first book of the Torah

 

 

 

(Taurat), chapter 18.  The material in the text above is intended

 

 

 

to be read by Muslims; however, the footnotes are also directed

 

 

 

toward those who may need additional information, because they

 

 

 

are inexperienced in identifying with people of Muslim

 

 

 

background.

 

 

 

(2) A harbi is a non-Muslim living in territory ruled by

 

 

 

non-Muslims.

 

 

 

(3) A sacrifice without blemish is traditionally required for

 

 

 

every free Muslim at the climax of the pilgrimage that is to be

 

 

 

taken at least once in a lifetime, and the sacrifice is made and

 

 

 

shared in a communion meal at the time of the major festival even

 

 

 

by those who do not make the pilgrimage.

 

 

 

(4) Why does the text use "God" sometimes and "Allah" other

 

 

 

times?  Because the elder brother is presented as a Muslim in the

 

 

 

story, and as a Muslim he would naturally favor the Arabic word

 

 

 

for "God."  The word "God" is translated "Allah" in Arabic.  See

 

 

 

also notes #8 and #239 below.

 

 

 

(5) Kalim is the Quranic term for "word."  Since Isa is called

 

 

 

Allah's Word in the Quran 4:171 and since he is also the personal

 

 

 

Word who took the form of a servant, the word choice is important

 

 

 

here in English.  Some of these parenthetical words are cues to

 

 

 

the Arabic translator and some are added for nuance.  This book

 

 

 

is available, as supplies last, in Arabic from AFII P.O. BOX 2056

 

 

 

NEW YORK NY 10163 USA.  However, donations are needed to reprint

 

 

 

it at this time.  Artists For Israel is a not-for-profit

 

 

 

publishing ministry dependent on donations from believers as the

 

 

 

only source of financial aid in reprinting literature and

 

 

 

distributing it at cost or free-of-charge.

 

 

 

(6) See note 5 above.  This parenthetical word is a cue to the

 

 

 

Arabic translator.

 

 

 

(7) Dr. Kenneth Bailey has written THE CROSS AND THE PRODIGAL,

 

 

 

published by Concordia, dramatizing how a Muslim might see the

 

 

 

Cross of Christ in Luke 15.

 

 

 

(8) Family of 'Imran. 3:49.  All references in English are from

 

 

 

A. Yusuf Ali: The Holy Qur'an, first published 1934.  Those who,

 

 

 

for whatever reason, object to the frequent references to the

 

 

 

Qur'an in this book should remember that Paul quotes "one of

 

 

 

their prophets" verbatim in order to win the citizens of Crete

 

 

 

when what "one of their prophets" said lines up with the Word.

 

 

 

See Titus 1: 12-13.  This book follows, if we may sound a note of

 

 

 

irony, the rather "unorthodox" route of Pauline methodology.

 

 

 

(9) Psalm 107:20.

 

 

 

(10) Women 4:171

 

 

 

(11) Luke 18:15-17.

 

 

 

(12) Cow 2:174.

 

 

 

(13) These two thousand year old but newly discovered documents

 

 

 

show that the scribal transcription has been trustworthy enough

 

 

 

to insure that the original message has not been lost, for "none

 

 

 

can change Allah's Words" (Cave 18:27).  The Arab Bedouin child

 

 

 

who found (near the Dead Sea at Qumran) the scroll of Isaiah, the

 

 

 

most important prophet of both the Hebrew and the New Testament

 

 

 

Bible, provided the world with scientific proof that the Bible

 

 

 

has not been corrupted and lost.  For this two-thousand year old

 

 

 

perfectly preserved scroll matches our own version, proving that

 

 

 

the original has not been lost in scribal transcription.

 

 

 

(14) Anyone has permission to duplicate the material in this

 

 

 

section for free distribution, provided there is placed at the

 

 

 

top the Copyright notice: (c) Copyright 1989 by Phil Goble and

 

 

 

Salim Munayer.

 

 

 

(15) Kingdom 67:11.  All Quranic references in English are from

 

 

 

A.Yusuf Ali: The Holy Qur'an, first published in 1934.

 

 

 

(16) Jihad means to strive in the way of God.  What is often

 

 

 

called "holy war" is only one meaning of the term.

 

 

 

(17) Women 4:171

 

 

 

(18) John 1:1

 

 

 

(19) John 1:14

 

 

 

(20) Qur'an 5:116 is against the worship of Mary, which

 

 

 

Epiphanius tells us the Collyridians practiced in Arabia.  Sura

 

 

 

5:77/73 and similar references are against tritheism --belief in

 

 

 

three gods--a doctrine true believers have always rejected. God

 

 

 

is one, but He has always had personal distinctions within

 

 

 

Himself that included His Word and His Eternal Holy Spirit.  See

 

 

 

Sura 4:171 for a reference to "His Word" Isa or Jesus and see

 

 

 

5:110 for a reference to His Holy Spirit.

 

 

 

(21) This teaching cannot be overemphasized.  The terms "Father"

 

 

 

and "Son" are human analogies or metaphors to give some

 

 

 

understanding of God as He relates personally to His Word and as

 

 

 

His Word relates personally to Him. These terms do not indicate

 

 

 

polytheism as the daughters of God did in Sura 53:19-21.  In Sura

 

 

 

9:30, the title "Son of God" is objected to because it is seen as

 

 

 

reflecting the earlier polytheism too.  Nor should the title

 

 

 

imply physical paternity, a concept opposed by Sura 6:101.  The

 

 

 

word "Father" is metaphorical as in the Arabic name Abu'

 

 

 

l-Barakat, the Father of Blessings.  Likewise the word "Son" is

 

 

 

metaphorical in the Quranic designation Ibn al-Sabil, "son of the

 

 

 

road," hence traveler.  Sura 2:215

 

 

 

(22) No true prophet before Isa ever claimed to know God, just to

 

 

 

have heard from Him or caught a glimpse of Him. In Matthew 11:27

 

 

 

Isa claims what only the personal Word of God can claim: fullness

 

 

 

of knowledge of God.  This is significant to readers of the

 

 

 

Qur'an, since nowhere in the Qur'an does it say that the Injil

 

 

 

has a faulty text.

 

 

 

(23) Matthew 24:35

 

 

 

(24) Philippians 2:5

 

 

 

(25) The "Son of Man" is the name the prophet Daniel gave to the

 

 

 

Messiah figure Allah showed him in a vision. This One Daniel saw

 

 

 

was given the divine authority to judge the whole world and

 

 

 

yet the figure in the vision looked like a human being.  Isa used

 

 

 

the term "Son of Man" as a description of himself. It  was his

 

 

 

favorite messianic title. The 1947 discovery of the two thousand

 

 

 

year old Dead Sea Scrolls contains several passages from

 

 

 

Daniel. These passages are scientific proof that Daniel's prophecy

 

 

 

was not lost in erroneous scribal transcription and that our

 

 

 

copies of this prophecy are reliable.

 

 

 

(26) Daniel 7:13-14

 

 

 

(27) John 1:51

 

 

 

(28) The messianic ummah is the one people of Allah who are the

 

 

 

new creation sons of Abraham in one family, the redeemed

 

 

 

spiritual community of God and hence the citizens of the Kingdom

 

 

 

of God.

 

 

 

(29) See I Corinthians 15:27-28.

 

 

 

(30) Women 4:157

 

 

 

(31) Isaiah 53:10. The entire book of Isaiah has been

 

 

 

incorruptibly preserved in the Dead Sea Scrolls, leaving no

 

 

 

doubt: this text is not a forgery but the very Word of Allah!

 

 

 

(32) Family of 'Imran 3:55

 

 

 

(33) Family of 'Imran 3:183

 

 

 

(34) Ranks 37:107. Some may say that this verse is being quoted

 

 

 

out of context, since it originally referred to Ibrahim, his son,

 

 

 

and the ram.  However, Isa himself said that "these same

 

 

 

Scriptures--meaning the Torah accounts including this story about

 

 

 

Abraham--refer to me."(John 5:39) Everything written about him

 

 

 

(Isa) in the Law of Moses had to be fulfilled, according to Isa's

 

 

 

own words in Luke 24:44. The interpretation of the Messiah

 

 

 

himself was that Noah, Joseph, and Ibrahim's son, etc. are all

 

 

 

properly interpreted to be prophetic foreshadowings of Isa.

 

 

 

Therefore, if the Qur'an refers to stories or characters

 

 

 

in the Law of Moses, then since the original context in the

 

 

 

Taurat refers prophetically to Isa, it is arbitrary and wrong to

 

 

 

exclude this meaning from the Qur'an.  A true prophet does not go

 

 

 

beyond what is written (I Corinthians 4:6). If Isa is present in

 

 

 

the original Biblical context, Isa cannot be erased in any

 

 

 

subsequent reference to that context, whether in the Qur'an or

 

 

 

elsewhere.  Notice that in this Qur'anic reference we are talking

 

 

 

about a substitutionary sacrifice.  Qur'anic commentators who

 

 

 

disagree can be dismissed because they are not prophets and their

 

 

 

comments do not carry prophetic authority. This is true also of

 

 

 

their Qur'anic interpretation that says Isa did not die.

 

 

 

(35) "Isa said: 'I am indeed a servant of Allah...' " Mary 19:30

 

 

 

(36) Isaiah 53:10-11

 

 

 

(37) Women 4:158

 

 

 

(38) Criterion 25:25-26

 

 

 

(39) Ornaments 43:61

 

 

 

(40) What this idea refers to is the authority Isa al-Masih has

 

 

 

over the demonic principalities and powers because of the

 

 

 

victory He won on the cross as the Word of God. For he provided a

 

 

 

death for us that takes away Satan's power over us, the fear of

 

 

 

death resulting from sin.  But though sin and death caught us in

 

 

 

a Devilish cycle, righteousness and life come to us through faith

 

 

 

in the Word of God and His death and resurrection for our

 

 

 

salvation. See Hebrews 2:14-15; James 1: 14-15; Colossians 2:15;

 

 

 

Ephesians 6:11-12; Revelation 12:11.

 

 

 

(41) Joshua 7:13

 

 

 

(42) I Corinthians 12:8

 

 

 

(43) Ephesians 6:12

 

 

 

(44) Psalm 18:26.  But see also II Tim.2:13.

 

 

 

(45) Yet God is long-suffering to us, not willing that any should

 

 

 

perish, but that all should come to repentance. See II Peter 3:9.

 

 

 

(46) John 1:13

 

 

 

(47) Note that this is only one Muslim interpretation and not all

 

 

 

Muslims have believed this lie.

 

 

 

(48) Matthew 16:25

 

 

 

(49) Acts 1:20; Psalms 69:25

 

 

 

(50) Psalm 41:9

 

 

 

(51) Mark 14:18

 

 

 

(52) Zechariah 11:12

 

 

 

(53) Daniel 9:26

 

 

 

(54) ibid

 

 

 

(55) Psalm 22:16

 

 

 

(56) Matthew 25:46

 

 

 

(57) Broadly speaking, a gnostic is a heretic who ignores his

 

 

 

creator Isa the Word (Chochmah/Wisdom) of God and claims for

 

 

 

himself a supposedly higher knowledge--the Greek word for

 

 

 

knowledge is gnosis--leading to life and salvation.  See Genesis

 

 

 

2:17; 3:5,22

 

 

 

(58) John 5:18-19; 3:21

 

 

 

(59) The term nafs la-ammara bilso, meaning "the sin-prone soul"

 

 

 

is found in Joseph 12.53, and this is the closest Quranic term

 

 

 

for the fallen flesh, which is the unredeemed nature of mankind

 

 

 

that can only be changed by the miracle of regeneration and new

 

 

 

birth unto eternal life.

 

 

 

(60) This gift of the Spirit is still for today-I Cor.12:8.

 

 

 

However, a true instance of supernatural knowledge never

 

 

 

contradicts or in any way devalues the closed canon of the

 

 

 

infallibly accurate written Word of God.  The language used here

 

 

 

is not meant to show a superiority of the charismatic

 

 

 

power-encounter over against the written Bible, but over against

 

 

 

non-canonical or non-Biblical writings.

 

 

 

(61) Isaiah 1:13

 

 

 

(62) Matthew 5:20

 

 

 

(63) John 8: 1-11

 

 

 

(64) I John 3:13

 

 

 

(65) John 4:4

 

 

 

(66) A liturgy should not replace the study and meditation and

 

 

 

memorization of the Holy Scriptures.  It is offered here to help

 

 

 

leaders see that Western worship forms are not indispensable.

 

 

 

The Word of God is indispensable, however.  And this material

 

 

 

should not be allowed to become a ritualistic treadmill detour

 

 

 

away from personal prayer and Scripture study.

 

 

 

(67) 1iterally, striving in the way of God.

 

 

 

(68) Psalm 56:4,10

 

 

 

(69) Hebrews 13:14

 

 

 

(70) Acts 4:12

 

 

 

(71) I Corinthians 9:19-23

 

 

 

(72) Friday is an important "Day of Assembly" for New Creation

 

 

 

Muslims.  Like those early believers in the Injil or the New

 

 

 

Testament, we know that the homes of the faithful are acceptable

 

 

 

to Allah as places of prayer--see Acts 2:42,46. Friday is

 

 

 

important to us because on Friday Isa, performed the great act

 

 

 

that has become the foundation for the forgiveness of our sins:

 

 

 

on Friday nearly two thousand years ago Isa shed his blood to

 

 

 

cover and make expiation or kaffarah for our corrupt and fallen

 

 

 

human nature.  Since it is this noon prayer that is used at the

 

 

 

Friday services, the Zuhr prayer is given in this section in its

 

 

 

entirety.  "One person thinks that some days are holier than

 

 

 

others, and another thinks them all equal.  Let each of them be

 

 

 

fully convinced in his own mind." Romans 14:5

 

 

 

(73) I Thessalonians 5:17

 

 

 

(74) When we wash our hands, we remember how Isa al-Masih the

 

 

 

Word of Allah performed the ceremonial washing in the upper

 

 

 

room--see John 13:3-17. We approach our prayers as it says in

 

 

 

Hebrews 10:22 "with our bodies washed with pure water" to remind

 

 

 

us that we are clean before God only as we am submerged into the

 

 

 

death of Isa, submitting our bodies as Eternal Spirit-washed and

 

 

 

dead-to-sin living sacrifices, trusting his death alone to ransom

 

 

 

us from the penalty of our old corrupt nature.

 

 

 

(75) Wudu means wash.

 

 

 

(76) Exodus 3:5

 

 

 

(77) We do not believe that the water protects us from demons.

 

 

 

Nor do we believe any spiritual purpose is served by the precise

 

 

 

method in which this washing is carried out nor will we be bound

 

 

 

by the ritualistic incantations of those who claim knowledge of a

 

 

 

traditional and preferred method.  It is not the purpose of this

 

 

 

section to yoke believers to any system of formalism or ritualism

 

 

 

or to detract from a simple, direct prayer life, as Isa taught.

 

 

 

Our purpose is to learn to pray in such an Islamic way that

 

 

 

Muslims will believe that "we have become all things to all men

 

 

 

that we might by all means save some." Moreover, we do believe in

 

 

 

demons and that we wrestle against them as believers.  We know

 

 

 

that we overcome the ruler of all demons, Shaitan, by the blood

 

 

 

of Isa--Revelation 12:11.  As we apply the water, by faith we

 

 

 

cover ourselves with the blood of Isa, the One "that came by

 

 

 

water and blood, even Isa al-Masih; not by water only, but by

 

 

 

water and blood. And it is the Spirit that beareth witness,

 

 

 

because the Spirit is truth."--I John 5:6-7

 

 

 

(78) This is the call to prayer given by the Muaadhdhin, who is

 

 

 

traditionally an adult male and who stands to make the

 

 

 

announcement that brings everyone to form a line behind him on

 

 

 

prayer rugs or sajajid. Each believer has already been praying

 

 

 

and meditating on Scripture before the service begins and no one

 

 

 

is talking or looking around.  The room is reverently prepared

 

 

 

for the prayer service by the prayerful concentration of all the

 

 

 

people.  Each believer should by faith see the armor of

 

 

 

Ephesians6 in front of him on his prayer carpet as the objects he

 

 

 

will use to mark off an area of space or sutra within which he is

 

 

 

not disturbed by human or demoniacal influences.

 

 

 

(79) In small mosques the Adhaan is given by the Imam or prayer

 

 

 

leader, though in larger mosques, an official is specially

 

 

 

appointed for the purpose.  In smaller mosques lacking a minaret

 

 

 

the call may be made from the side of the building or from the

 

 

 

door or from inside.  In any event, a messianic

 

 

 

Muaadhdhin, focusing his intercessory heart toward the lost

 

 

 

millions facing Mecca, stands with his face turned in their

 

 

 

direction and, with the points of his thumbs by his ear lobes,

 

 

 

recites the messianic formula given here.

 

 

 

(80) Believer 40:15; John 15:26

 

 

 

(81) Banu Israel 17:85; John 20:22

 

 

 

(82) Women 4:171; John 1:1, 14

 

 

 

(83) Those Ranged in Ranks. 37:107; 1 Timothy 2:6; 1 John 2:2;

 

 

 

Galatians 3:29

 

 

 

(84) House of 'Imran. 3:55; Acts 1:9

 

 

 

(85) Believer. 40: 15; Romans 1:16; John 3:36; Revelation 19:15

 

 

 

(86) Joseph 12:53; Ibrahim 14:19; Romans 6:3; Colossians 2:11-12;

 

 

 

II Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

(87) Adoration 32:12; Romans 3:28

 

 

 

(88) When the Caller to prayer has finished, we are ready to

 

 

 

begin the service.  The Imam may come up at any moment after the

 

 

 

first Adhaan; As he approaches the three-step riser Minbar or

 

 

 

pulpit, he faces the worshippers and greets them with "As-Salaamu

 

 

 

'Alaikum"or "Peace be on you."  The Imam then sits down facing

 

 

 

the believers. The Imam gives two messages, one brief and one

 

 

 

longer with a free time of worship between them.  The sermon or

 

 

 

Khutbah begins with the formula, Al hamdu lillaah ("All praise is

 

 

 

due to Allah") and may occasionally and selectively use the

 

 

 

Qur'an as a bridge to illustrate the canonical truth of the

 

 

 

authoritative prophetic message given in the Holy Scriptures,

 

 

 

provided the leader roots the believers in Scripture alone and

 

 

 

does not let them drift away from memorizing and meditating

 

 

 

on the only infallible guide for faith and practice.  At the

 

 

 

conclusion of the sermon, the Imam leads the worshipers in the

 

 

 

congregational prayers.  It should be noted: all five of the

 

 

 

daily prayers have a similar structure and use the same basic

 

 

 

prayer postures of standing, bowing, sitting, prostrating,

 

 

 

lifting hands, etc.  Since the noon prayer is the one also used

 

 

 

at the weekly congregational meeting, it is offered here as an

 

 

 

example of individual five-times daily devotional prayers useable

 

 

 

by messianic Muslims in a contextualized ministry.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(89) This is the second call to the prayers or salat which is

 

 

 

pronounced by the Muaadhdhin, who may be the same person as the

 

 

 

Imam and the Imam is normally the one who gives the sermon.  This

 

 

 

second call gives the moment when the congregational prayers

 

 

 

begin.  At this point we stand for prayer and consciously make

 

 

 

the intention or niyyah to focus with the eye of our spirit upon

 

 

 

Isa the Word of Allah who promised, " Truly, Truly I say to you,

 

 

 

if you shall ask the Father for anything in my name, He will give

 

 

 

it to you." See John 16:23.

 

 

 

(90) As the Muaadhdhin completes this second call to prayer, the

 

 

 

believer is standing, his hands above his shoulders, his finger

 

 

 

tips parallel to his ears, as it says "I will therefore that men

 

 

 

pray everywhere, lifting up holy hands, without wrath or

 

 

 

disputing."-see I Timothy 2:8.

 

 

 

(91) Believer 40:15; John 15:26

 

 

 

(92) Banu Israel 17:85; John 20:22

 

 

 

(93) Women 4:171; John 1:1,14

 

 

 

(94) Those Ranged in Ranks. 37:107; I Timothy 2:6;

 

 

 

1 John 2:2; Galatians 3:29

 

 

 

(95) House of 'Imran.3:55; Acts 1:9

 

 

 

(96) Believer. 40:15; Romans 1: 16; John 3:36; Revelation 19:15

 

 

 

(97) Joseph 12:53; Ibrahim 14:19; Romans 6:3; Colossians 2:11-12;

 

 

 

II Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

(98) Adoration 32:12; Romansn3:28

 

 

 

(99) The hands are raised to the shoulders as we praise the one

 

 

 

true God self-revealed as God and His Word and His Eternal

 

 

 

Spirit.  Then placing the hands between the chest and the navel,

 

 

 

with the palm of the right hand over the left, and the wrist of

 

 

 

the left hand gripped by the right hand, we grasp the breastplate

 

 

 

of righteousness, the most important part of our armor. "Above

 

 

 

all guard your heart with all diligence; for out of it are the

 

 

 

issues of life.'--see Proverbs 4:23.  If you "believe in your

 

 

 

heart that God raised him--Isa--from the dead, you shall be

 

 

 

saved.  For with the heart man believes unto righteousness"-see

 

 

 

Romans 10:9-10.  Meditating on this verse, we realize that the

 

 

 

World-Judge is alive to judge all men, and that if we believe

 

 

 

this with our heart, "every man that hath this hope in Him

 

 

 

purifieth himself, even as He--Isa--is pure." See I John 3:3

 

 

 

(100) As we say this we remember that Isa al-Masih, the glorious

 

 

 

Word of Allah, taught us to pray to Allah, "Lead us not into

 

 

 

temptation but deliver us from the Evil One."-see Matthew 6:13.

 

 

 

Then the risen and victorious Word of Allah spoke through the

 

 

 

Apostolic author of Ephesians that we must put on the armor of

 

 

 

God "always" see Ephesians 6:18--in order to stand our ground

 

 

 

against the Devil so that we may stand blameless before the Son

 

 

 

of Man--see Luke 21:36. Therefore, five times a day is not any

 

 

 

too frequent for submitters to Allah to watch and pray as

 

 

 

heavy-armed prayer warriors.   The Bible says we are to pray

 

 

 

without ceasing (I Thes. 5:17)

 

 

 

(101) This is the opening chapter of the Qur'an and is recited as

 

 

 

a prayer, with this in mind: Allah has designated His Word--Isa

 

 

 

to be "Master of the Day of Judgment"--see Daniel 7:13-14;

 

 

 

Matthew 25:31-46.

 

 

 

(102) At the end of the recitation of Al-Faatihah, it is

 

 

 

traditional for the believers to say Aameen or Amen either aloud

 

 

 

in a loud prayer or silently in a silent prayer.

 

 

 

(103) An optional portion of the Quran is traditionally recited

 

 

 

at this point. Adoration 32:12 is selected here because it

 

 

 

illustrates what it means to enter into the death of Isa. If you

 

 

 

could leave this world and see the lake of fire where the

 

 

 

unbelievers in Isa will be thrown, you would not return the same

 

 

 

person.  The wickedness of this world would not have the same

 

 

 

power over you, because part of you would still be on the other

 

 

 

side gazing at the awesome lake of fire.  You would be dead to

 

 

 

sin and you would not need all kinds of religious rules to remind

 

 

 

you to be holy.  Realizing that there are only two alternatives

 

 

 

in life, either to be baptized into the eternal torment of the

 

 

 

lake of fire or to be baptized by faith into the death of Isa,

 

 

 

you would come back a believer led by the Eternal Spirit and you

 

 

 

would henceforth deal with this wicked world like a dead man,

 

 

 

dealing with it as though you had no dealings with it--see I

 

 

 

Corinthians 7:29-31.

 

 

 

(104) At the end of this part of the prayer, the messianic

 

 

 

believer changes to the bowing position called Rukuu'u by saying

 

 

 

Allaahu Akbar or "Allah is greatest."  Still standing, the

 

 

 

believer bends forward from the torso and, with the hands

 

 

 

supporting the weight of his upper body at the knees, he remains

 

 

 

standing in this bowing position as he recites the prayers.

 

 

 

However, with his hands on his knees, he is aware of the belt of

 

 

 

truth, which holds the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, the

 

 

 

only measuring standard of authoritative prophecy and inerrant

 

 

 

words "that are able to make you wise unto salvation through

 

 

 

faith which is in Isa al-Masih.'--see II Timothy 3:15. As the

 

 

 

believer feels the blood rushing to his head, he remembers the

 

 

 

helmet of salvation which brings "every thought captive to obey

 

 

 

al-Masih."-see 11 Corinthians 10:5.  We look neither to the left

 

 

 

nor to the right, but straight ahead to Isa who is alone the

 

 

 

author and finisher of our faith--Hebrews 12:2.

 

 

 

(105) As one resumes the upright standing position called Raf'u,

 

 

 

one takes the shield of faith which is able to quench like water

 

 

 

every fiery dart from Satan that would otherwise accuse us or

 

 

 

discourage us. Then, wrapping ourselves in a garment of praise we

 

 

 

exchange the spirit of heaviness-see Isaiah 61:3--for the joy of

 

 

 

the Lord, which is our strength.

 

 

 

(106) Unconfessed sin can hinder our prayers.  Yet we must

 

 

 

remember that even when we were enemies of God, the Messiah made

 

 

 

his sacrifice of love for the ungodly.  Romans 5:7-11

 

 

 

(107) Now one changes to the position of prostration called

 

 

 

Sujuud, with the toes of both feet, both knees, both hands, and

 

 

 

the forehead touching the ground, with the hands kept apart from

 

 

 

one's sides.  Such was the manner in which Moses, Daniel and

 

 

 

other prophets often prayed before God.  Here we put on our feet

 

 

 

the boots that equip us to go and share the Good News of how to

 

 

 

have peace with Allah through the punishment His Word Isa endured

 

 

 

to freely provide for our just acquittal and forgiveness.  As our

 

 

 

toes press into the prayer carpet, we realize that the only

 

 

 

reason our feet are on this earth is so that we can lead the

 

 

 

Lord's chosen people to eternal life.

 

 

 

(108) Now the believer changes to a sitting position on the

 

 

 

carpet.  This position is called Juluus. The right foot is

 

 

 

upright but the left foot is p1aced flat on the ground so it can

 

 

 

be sat on.

 

 

 

(109) Having sat for a very short while, one now prostrates a

 

 

 

second time, remembering the Ephesians 6:15 boots that equip us

 

 

 

to go and share how to walk in peace with Allah.

 

 

 

(110) This completes a raka'ah, and each subsequent one has this

 

 

 

basic structure.  Since we are messianic believers, we can pray

 

 

 

in the Spirit in these positions and not be bound by specific

 

 

 

words or forms in any iron-clad way.  However, the basic prayer

 

 

 

postures and the structure of the prayer's beginning and end as

 

 

 

well as the five times a day regularity are all aspects which we

 

 

 

can use with great spiritual profit.  What believer is there who

 

 

 

is so mature that he doesn't need to remind himself at least five

 

 

 

times a day that he is in warfare with the powers of evil?

 

 

 

(111) One begins the second raka'ah, each of which is the

 

 

 

repeatable unit of prayer containing all the various postures, by

 

 

 

resuming the standing posture and reciting once again the first

 

 

 

chapter of the Quran, Al-Faatihah.

 

 

 

(112)  At the end of the recitation of Al-Faatihah, it is

 

 

 

traditional for the believers to say  Aameen or Amen either aloud

 

 

 

in a loud prayer or silently in a silent prayer.

 

 

 

(113) In this next section we recite from the Holy and Inerrant

 

 

 

Word of God, the only authoritative measuring standard of true

 

 

 

prophecy.

 

 

 

(114) John 5:39

 

 

 

(115) Mark 13:31

 

 

 

(116) Following the Scripture recitation, one changes to the

 

 

 

bowing posture called Rukuu'u and concentrates not only on the

 

 

 

helmet of salvation that keeps our meditations and the words of

 

 

 

our mouth acceptable to Allah but also on the belt of truth that

 

 

 

holds our life together.

 

 

 

(117) 0ne resumes the upright standing posture called Raf'u and

 

 

 

concentrates on the shield of faith that allows us by the power

 

 

 

of the love of Isa al-Masih to bear and believe and hope and

 

 

 

endure despite circumstances-see I Corinthians 13:7.

 

 

 

(118) 0ne changes to the position of prostration called Sujuud,

 

 

 

and intercedes for wisdom on how to wear those Ephesians 6:15

 

 

 

shoes to go to lost souls as God opens a door of utterance so

 

 

 

that we can speak the mystery of al-Masih and make the Good News

 

 

 

manifestly clear as we ought to speak--see Colossians 4:3-4

 

 

 

(119) 0ne changes to a sitting position on the carpet. This

 

 

 

position is called Juluus.  The right foot is upright but the

 

 

 

left foot is placed flat on the ground so it can be sat on.

 

 

 

(120) 0ne prostrates a second time.

 

 

 

(121) 0ne changes to a sitting posture or Juluus with the left

 

 

 

hand on the left thigh, and the right hand on the right thigh,

 

 

 

with the three fingers locked up while the thumb is on the middle

 

 

 

finger and the index finger is pointed. Thus I point my whole

 

 

 

being to meditate on the inerrant faith once for all delivered to

 

 

 

the saints.

 

 

 

(122) Believer 40: 15; John 15:26

 

 

 

(123) Banu Israel 17:85; John 20:22

 

 

 

(124) Women 4:171; John 1:1,14

 

 

 

(125) Those Ranged in Ranks. 37:107; I Timothy 2:6;I John 2:2;

 

 

 

Galatians 3:29

 

 

 

(126) House of 'Imran. 3:55; Acts 1:9

 

 

 

(127) Believer. 40:15; Romans 1:16; John 3:36; Revelation 19:15

 

 

 

(128) Joseph 12:53; Ibrahim 14:19; Romans 6:3; Colossians

 

 

 

2:11-12; II Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

(129) Adoration 32:12; Romans 3:28

 

 

 

(130) One resumes the standing position or Qiyaam to begin the

 

 

 

third raka'ah while meditating on the breastplate of

 

 

 

righteousness, not my own righteousness based on my works, but

 

 

 

the gift of righteous, eternal life, not by good deeds (so that

 

 

 

no one can boast) but by faith, and this itself is not from

 

 

 

ourselves-it is a gift of God.  Who can make himself a new

 

 

 

creation? What do we have or what have we become that is from

 

 

 

ourselves? It is all of grace, all a gift, and we have nothing to

 

 

 

offer but a scrap of gratitude (Philippians 3:9; Ephesians 2:8-9;

 

 

 

I Corinthians 4:7.)

 

 

 

(131) At the end of the recitation of Al-Faatihah, it is

 

 

 

traditional for the believers to say Aameen or Amen either aloud

 

 

 

in a loud prayer or silently in a silent prayer.

 

 

 

(132) One now changes to the bowing position called Rukuu'uk,

 

 

 

concentrating again an the belt of truth and the helmet of

 

 

 

salvation, asking God to renew our mind with the humble mind of

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, the way, the truth, and the life.  Philippians

 

 

 

2:5-11; John 14:6.

 

 

 

(133) One changes to the position of prostration or Sujuud and

 

 

 

concentrates on the Ephesians 6:15 boots again, and the only

 

 

 

purpose we have to go anywhere, which is to be a light in

 

 

 

darkness for Isa al-Masih--see Matthew 5:14.

 

 

 

(134) One changes to the sitting position or Juluus.

 

 

 

(135) One sits in this position a very short time.

 

 

 

(136) One prostrates a second time, focusing on the bare feet of

 

 

 

Isa al-Masih, the spikes driven through them and the blood, and

 

 

 

his commission to us to go--see Matthew 28:19, wearing the shoes

 

 

 

of the preparation and readiness to proclaim in word and deed the

 

 

 

Good News of how to have peace with Allah--See Ephesians 6:15.

 

 

 

(137) This completes the third raka'ah.  There is one more left

 

 

 

to finish the noon prayer which is also the congregational weekly

 

 

 

prayer.  It has four raka'aats.   The morning prayer or Subh only

 

 

 

has two, the afternoon prayer or 'Asr has four, the evening

 

 

 

prayer or Maghrib has three, and the 'Ishaa (night prayer) has

 

 

 

four.

 

 

 

(138) At the end of the recitation of Al-Faatihah, it is

 

 

 

traditional for the believers to say Aameen or Amen either aloud

 

 

 

in a loud prayer or silently in a silent prayer.

 

 

 

(139) One changes to the position of prostration or Sujuud,

 

 

 

focusing again on the reason for our existence--"To me to live is

 

 

 

al-Masih!--see Philippians 1:21.

 

 

 

(140) 0ne changes to the sitting position or Juluus.

 

 

 

(141) 0ne sits in this position a very short time.

 

 

 

(142) 0ne prostrates a second time.

 

 

 

(143) Now one changes to the sitting posture or Juluus.

 

 

 

(144) Believer 40:15; John 15:26

 

 

 

(145) Banu Israel 17:85; John 20:22

 

 

 

(146) Women 4:171; John 1:1,14

 

 

 

(147) Those Ranged in Ranks. 37:107; 1Timothy 2:6 I John 2:2;

 

 

 

Galatians 3:29.

 

 

 

(148) House of 'Imran. 3:55; Acts 1:9

 

 

 

(149) Believer. 40:15; Romans 1:16; John 3:36; Revelation 19:15

 

 

 

(150) Joseph 12:53; Ibrahim 14:19; Romans 6:3;

 

 

 

Colossians 2:11-12; II Corinthians 5:17

 

 

 

(151) Adoration 32:12; Romans 3:28

 

 

 

(152) Turning the face to the right side, blessing and

 

 

 

interceding for those on the right.

 

 

 

(153) Turning the face to the left side, blessing and interceding

 

 

 

for those on the left.  Here the new creation Muslims can stand

 

 

 

for dismissal prayer with an opportunity for laying on of hands,

 

 

 

prayer for the sick, prayer for spiritual anointing, or

 

 

 

invitation to repent and to receive Isa as the saving Word of

 

 

 

Allah whose blood makes kaffarah or atonement, expiation for the

 

 

 

soul.  After this there can be a recess to home groups or to

 

 

 

another room for the love feast and/or the Id al-Adha Supper of

 

 

 

Isa.

 

 

 

(154) John 3:3

 

 

 

(155) This communion, known only by new creation Muslims, is

 

 

 

called wahda jamia al-muminin, meaning the oneness of the

 

 

 

fellowship of the believers."

 

 

 

(156) This is the nafs al-ammarah, the sin prone soul, the

 

 

 

rebellious spirit of man (Joseph 12:53 in the Qur'an)

 

 

 

(157) James 3:15

 

 

 

(158) Luke 24:34

 

 

 

(159)  John 14:6

 

 

 

(160) John 5:26-27

 

 

 

(161) I Corinthians 2:14

 

 

 

(162) I Corinthians 12:3

 

 

 

(163) II Corinthians 11:4

 

 

 

(164) Galatians 1:9

 

 

 

(165) I Peter 1:10-11

 

 

 

(166) II Chronicles 6:38

 

 

 

(167) The qibla is the direction in which acceptable prayer is to

 

 

 

be offered.  Isa said,"If you shall ask for anything in My name,

 

 

 

I will do it." By this the Word of God was saying, that if you

 

 

 

pray in my direction, your prayers will be answered.  But, if you

 

 

 

are an unbeliever in God's Word Isa, no matter in which direction

 

 

 

you pray, "let not that man think that he shall receive anything

 

 

 

of the Lord!' (James 1:7).  John 4:20-24 shows that since God is

 

 

 

a Spirit, direction or place in themselves are not crucial.

 

 

 

Knowing God is all-important.  God cannot be known apart from His

 

 

 

Word and Isa is His Word.

 

 

 

(168) James 1:1; Romans 8:36.

 

 

 

(169) Romans 11:21

 

 

 

(170) I Peter 4:17

 

 

 

(171) The nature of this covenant is important.  In the Word of

 

 

 

God it is not an agreement between equals as though we could save

 

 

 

ourselves by keeping the covenant by our unaided will.  We do not

 

 

 

believe that we can save ourselves.  Rather we believe that what

 

 

 

God promised in His covenant to Ibrahim--our salvation with

 

 

 

Ibrahim--He is bringing to pass.

 

 

 

(172) Cow.2:196

 

 

 

(173) Pilgrimage 22:37

 

 

 

(174) Hebrews 10:4

 

 

 

(175) Romans 5:9

 

 

 

(176) Hebrews 9:14

 

 

 

(177) The Prophets 21:48

 

 

 

(178) wahda jamia al-muminin

 

 

 

(179) Hebrews 11:13

 

 

 

(180) I Peter 2:11

 

 

 

(181) Romans 12:1

 

 

 

(182) The Arabic word in this portion of the Qur'an is furqan or

 

 

 

criterion, that is between right and wrong.  See Cow. 2:53

 

 

 

(183) See Romans 3:21ff., I John 2:2; Psalm 7:11; Numbers 14:18;

 

 

 

Nahum 1:3

 

 

 

(184) Woe to those who say that Isa did not die.  Who is a bigger

 

 

 

liar than the one who says that Jesus did not shed his blood to

 

 

 

appease the wrath of God against sinners? (I John 2:22; 5:6,10)

 

 

 

(185) Deuteronomy 21:23

 

 

 

(186) Leviticus 17:11

 

 

 

(187) Psalm 107:20; Isaiah 53:5

 

 

 

(188) A halaqah is a "circle" of students or disciples of a given

 

 

 

teacher or "master."

 

 

 

(189) Hebrews 11:8

 

 

 

(190) I John 2:15

 

 

 

(191) See Hebrews 11:10; John 8:56

 

 

 

(192) Genesis 17:5-8

 

 

 

(193) Genesis 18:4-8

 

 

 

(194) I John 1:10

 

 

 

(195) Lev.16:4 etc

 

 

 

(196) Genesis 18:1-5

 

 

 

(197) John 3:16

 

 

 

(198) Genesis 22:10-13

 

 

 

(199) Exodus 15:26

 

 

 

(200) James 5:14-15

 

 

 

(201) Job 11:6 (JB)

 

 

 

(202) Romans 8:1

 

 

 

(203) Those Ranged in Ranks 37:107

 

 

 

(204) Isaiah 53:5

 

 

 

(205) Matthew 9:22

 

 

 

(206) Luke 18:42.  Although we all believe that God can heal, and

 

 

 

in many cases will heal as we trust in Him, we certainly have to

 

 

 

allow for the fact that at times He may allow a healing not to

 

 

 

occur for reasons that simple mortals may not fully understand.

 

 

 

(Death is a part of the human condition, which means that human

 

 

 

beings generally have at least one illness that is not healed!)

 

 

 

Unless we at least note this, inquirers may lose faith if they

 

 

 

are not healed every time they pray.

 

 

 

(207) Some may object to the use of 'Id ul-Adha as a name for a

 

 

 

contextualized communion since 'Id ul-Adha refers to a specific

 

 

 

day of the year, whereas communion is celebrated more frequently.

 

 

 

However, the Lord's Seder is a once-a-year festival (Passover)

 

 

 

that Isa turned into a remembrance meal of more frequent

 

 

 

celebration. Since both Passover and 'Id ul-Adha have connections

 

 

 

with Abraham's sacrifice and with the concept of mystical

 

 

 

communion in a world-embracing ummah or community, the choice of

 

 

 

contextualized terminology seems apt.

 

 

 

(208) The Women.4:171 Malachi 3:1; John 1: 1

 

 

 

(209) Those Ranged in Ranks 37:107

 

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