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“Quran is a heresy to the Bible; and the Bible a heresy to Quran”? A reply to my article

A certain Ben Canaan replied to my article

I contend that discussing religious matters is a total luxury: These kinds of discussions should be relegated to people who have nothing better to do but to swallow enormous amount of time, so that time passes by quickly.  Like playing cards, tric trac, “tawila”, watching every night a serial story that never ends…I think it is a horrible custom to indoctrinating the innocent kids on religious dogma, at their early age.

I admit that when a close relative dies, and the kid asks: “Where is my friend?” that we are in a tight spot.  If I am not 100% confident in my answer (total faith in my belief system) I should rather be honest and reply :”Kid, I still have no idea. I may never have an answer to your dilemma. Time might bring you some relief, and maybe an acceptable resolution…”

I have written about the historical context of religions, their repercussions to social structures, and avoided like the plague indulging in the stupid dogmas, and playing the apologetic to any kind of religion.  What can I do when I receive comments and replies that are dogmatic in nature, and the only substance are referring to Books that are doubtful as sources to any valid knowledge?

Ben Canaan replies states (with a few slight editing):

“The heresy of Quran is a half truth because the Quran is a heresy to the Bible; and the Bible is a heresy to Quran. The purposeful divergence of Quran from the Bible is only in the most fundamental theological issues with profound moral implications.
Quran claims that it was revealed as the last testimony, fulfillment, and restoration of the same message of God in all previous religions. Thus, the Quran only addressed the controversial issues in the Bible that need to be restored.

The divergence of Quran from the Bible was exactly the point that intended to be addressed and reformed metaphorically. One essential point, which is a common factor in all Judeo-Christian sects and theologies is the “Original Sin”,  and which the Quran intended to (redeem mankind from any accusation inherited from the “Original Sin” concept): man should be guiltless from any consequent persecution.

Quran discarded any implications of the Original Sin and the Role of the Female/Eve in the myth. Hence, it asserts that we are all born as perfect “muslims” clear of any innate sin. In fact, even animals, plants, planets, stars, and the entire universe are in the perfect state of “Islam”.

Being born in the perfect state of “Islam” is signified by the name “islam”, which indicates that we are intrinsically, (a) Submissive, (b) Peaceful, and (c) Perfectionists. These are the only three meanings that can be derived from the Arabic word “Muslim”, and the three meanings indicated by being “Muslim” in the Quran.

Another important issue of divergence, restoration, or reform is the conceptualization of God. The Quran puts a heavy emphasis on the concept that God can only defined by negation, such as: ”There is no god but God”, and “there is nothing like God”.

According to the Quran, “No vision can grasp God, but God grasp is over all vision. God is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things” (Qur’an 6:103).  “Say: God is God, the One and Only; God, the Eternal, Absolute; God begetteth not, nor is God begotten; And there is none like unto God.” (112:1-4).
Contrary to the Bible, Quran asserts that God is the existence of a single and absolute truth that transcends the world; a unique and indivisible good Will, which is independent of the entire universe, but the only sustainer of any existence.

God, according to the Quran is the most fundamental cognitive necessity, logical axiom, and unifying reference point, which is implicit in all logics, moral, and meanings of our lives.

Of course, this is not the account of the very well-known historical figure known to the Hebrews as, Rabbi Yeshua ben Yoseph (7–2 BC/BCE – 30–36 AD/CE)” End of comment.

Ben Canaan included a link that I felt obligated to delete with “extreme prejudice”: My blog is not structured to handle religious dogmas of any kind.  I leave these time-wasting subjects and topics to specialized blogs, and refuse to disseminate total nonsense that are the basis of so much calamities, atrocities, and horror stories.

The first sentence got my attention and I thought this paradox might be clarified.  Unfortunately, the rest of the reply had no connection with “The heresy of Quran is a half truth because the Quran is a heresy to the Bible; and the Bible is a heresy to Quran”, given that the term heresy is such an easy and comfortable resolution to cutting off on any religious discussions.

What is it that comments and replies on religious topics go on tangents? Isn’t that proof enough that religious topics on dogmas and abstract notions cannot sustain any sort of rational discussions, and are doomed to diverge toward exotic line of reasoning?

The most helpless US President in the face of Middle East reality

I have published lately six articles related to Robert Fisk book “Affliction of a Nation” and focused on chapters that connect dots on how Lebanese resistance forces, particularly Hezbollah, got motivated, organized and managed to kick Israel occupation forces from Lebanon in the year 2000, without negotiations or any preconditions.

On Friday, 23 September 2011, Robert Fisk published the following piece in the British daily The Independent:

“Barack Obama made the ‘preposterous’ suggestion that Palestinians and Israelis were ‘equal’ parties to the conflict

Today should be Mahmoud Abbas’s finest hour. Even The New York Times has discovered that “a grey man of grey suits and sensible shoes, may be slowly emerging from his shadow”.

But this is nonsense. The colorless leader of the Palestinian Authority, who wrote a 600-page book on his people’s conflict with Israel without once mentioning the word “occupation”, should have no trouble this evening in besting Barack Hussein Obama’s pathetic, humiliating UN speech on Wednesday, in which he handed US policy in the Middle East over to Israel’s gimmick government.

For the American President who called for an end to the Israeli occupation of Arab lands, an end to the theft of Arab land in the West Bank – Israeli “settlements” is what he used to call it – and a Palestinian state by 2011, Obama’s performance was pathetic.”

Let us listen to what, even GW.Bush wrote on the Palestinian cause:  “The more I thought of the troubles in the Middle East, the more I was convinced that the fundamental culprit is lack of liberty in the occupied Palestinian territories. Without a recognized State, the Palestinians could not find their place in the world community; as long as the Palestinians have no say in their future, the extremist elements were going to fill the void; without legitimate leaders, democratically elected, dedicated to fighting extremist movement, peace with Israel will be compromised… I was the first US President demanding a recognized Palestinian State by the UN…”  What Obama has to add to what Bush Junior have recently said?

This is the same GW. Bush who also wrote in his autobiography “Decisive moments”: “I gave Israel Ariel Sharon PM my assent for constructing a separation wall (Wall of Shame) between the occupied Palestinian territories and Israel: I believed that this Wall will prevent Palestinians to trespass into Israel. After I received vehement reproach from Arabic leaders, I warned Sharon: “You have to know when to stop your execessive military responses”, but Sharon refused to budge in surrounding the headquarter of Arafat in Ramallah. (Sharon had entered the Palestinian camp in Jenine in the West Bank and committed genocide there in 2003; he had committed genocide in the Palestinian camps of Sabra and Chatila in 1982…).  Bush Junior gave the green light to Israel Olmert PM to committing genocide in Gaza in 2008…

The US Barack Obama has been wasting his presidency convincing the US citizens that a Black President is not necessarily a moral entity (who has assimilated the roots of racism and apartheid), and who might take moral stands in the world community, but just a continuation of the US political system in foreign policies… Obama is failing internally and externally, simply because he refuses to taking the high ground with respect to human rights, everywhere in the world, fairly and equitably. Obama has refused to test the goodwill of the US citizens by expressing practically what changes need to be done in US foreign policies…

Note 1: You may read

Note 2: I have published on my blog several articles related to chapters of GW. Bush “Decisive moments”

Part 4. Genesis of Hezbollah of Lebanon: Resistance to Israel occupation accelerating the pace

I have published four articles on the genesis of Hezbollah: One article described the geopolitical and social context of Iran Islamic revolution, and the living condition of the citizens in south Lebanon during the 22 years of Israel occupation.  How the Lebanese resistance to the Israeli occupation, particularly Hezbollah, got organized, developed, and managed to kick out Israel in the year 2000 without preconditions or any negotiation?

It is recommended, in order to appreciate the facts, eye-witness accounts, and reports of Robert Fisk, which points to the creation of Hezbollah and how it started to resist Israel occupation of Lebanon from 1982 to 2000, to read

Robert Fisk wrote the book “Afflictions of a Nation” and I am reading the Arabic translated version. Fisk was the correspondent to the British The Times in Beirut and covered Lebanon civil war for nine years. I am summarizing one of the chapters.

“My visits to south Lebanon increased in difficulties: Israeli check points refused foreign correspondents access to the region. Israeli officer Albert cursed the CBS team and peppered his machine gun around their car.  They insisted on us to obtain prior permits for our visits and even wanted to take a look at our investigative reports to our dailies.

I once toured Charles Wilson, vice-chairman at The times, in the south. As we arrived to Saida, the officer Albert Cohen with number K272632 detained us saying: “You are not to enter Saida.  Military order.”  He turned to a militia and ordered him: “Lead these pigs toward Beirut”.

I had called Charles Douglas at The Times complaining of Israeli harassment and he said: “You are a British citizen, and you have the right to travel any place you want. You don’t need Israeli permits to move around, and never allow them to taking a look at your reports…”

Long lines of Lebanese waited on the only two access bridges to the south:  The Awali River Bridge and the Bater Bridge high up on the mountain.  The inhabitants overcame all these harassment tactics to reach their homes.  By 1984, the Israeli army was suffering terrible lack of order and organization:  I have witnessed the Israeli soldiers ransacking houses, breaking furniture, mixing rice with dirt, pouring olive oil on beds…

The Israeli TV has recorded a children song that says: “O plane land; fly us out of Lebanon; we are fighting for Sharon; we return in gaskets…” One Israeli soldier told me: “I don’t want to be here.  Definitely, this Ariel Sharon is a testified lunatic…”

The town of Gebsheet (where the religious Shia clerics, sheikh Raghed Harb, was assassinated in 1984) had become the center of resistance to Israel occupation:  The militias of Saad Haddad frequently committed acts of genocides and atrocities.  Khadija Atawi (18 year-old) was left to bleed to death on the street for 4 hours in March 24, 1984. Khadija’s family suffered three injured young kids. Sobhia Akhtar, mother of ten kids, exited her house carrying onions (people learned to rub their eyes with onion juice to resist tear gas).  Apparently, a milita viewed the onion for a hand grenade! Sobhia was shot in the heart. That morning, 10 resistance fighters had fled the town before the arrival of the Israeli force.

Sheikh Adel Karim Obeid had replaced martyr Ragheb Harb.  He said: “Whoever quits his religion is liable to face death”. (In July 1989, Israel kidnapped sheik Obeid,  an act that lead to the killing of the America hostage Colonel William Higgins).

In the village of Maaraka, Israel responded by detaining 100 youth and then released 40 from the Ansar Prison as “good will” gesture during the Moslem religious Fitr celebration.  Israel started another wave of terror tactics.  Dozens of Shin Beth agents, in civilian cloths, crossed the UN check points by simply showing their badges.  Their entrance cards were stamped by their commander Colonel Schneider in Tyr.  Their badges read: “Israel Defense force: Chiroot Betakhun”.  The duty of these agents was to randomly shoot-to-kill civilians in towns they entered: They were dispatched as assassination teams.

For example, one of the assassination team of 15 agents arrived in 3 cars to the town of Bedias.  Two cars kept turning around at high-speed to prevent the inhabitants from gathering. Eight soldiers kept vigil at building entrances.  The Shin Beth agents dragged to one car Mershed Nahas, a gas station owner, and told him: ” Choose the way you like to die”.  Mershed was let to step away and then shot to the head by four agents (from eye-witness people).  Mershed refused to become an informer and join the militia group formed by the Shin Beth.

The people got to be very familiar with these terrorist agents who adopted Palestinian code-names such as Abu Yussef, Abu George, Aby Gharzia, or major Sami…The resistance targeted Abu Youssef on its wanted list because he led the assassination team of Ragheb Harb.

The resistance in the south galvanized the resistance forces in West Beirut, mostly headed by Amal. Western foreign officials, especially of the US and France, witnessed a wave of kidnapping.  In January 1984, the US university professor Frank Rajir and French engineer Christian Jouber were kidnapped.  In March, Jeremy Levine of CNN, William Buckley (who turned out to be effectively the chief CIA agent in the Middle-East) were kidnapped.

In July 13, 1984, the last US Marines forces withdrew from Lebanon.  We felt that the worst is to come. Ronald Reagan had said: “What do you expect us to do?  We thought to be a deterrent force, and it turned out that the Islamic Jihad had no fear of us and gladly committed suicide car bombing on our troops as their favorite targets…”

Israel began constructing fortified bunkers (60 meters long, 6 wide, and 15 high).  Military buses were constantly accompanied by tanks.  The 20 year-old Ali Safi el Din crashed his car, filled with explosives, in an Israeli convoy on April 12, 1983, at Jisr Daire Kanooun:  Ali had lost his detained brother in the prison of Tyr. this new weapon of blowing cars was to become an efficient tactics against Israel occupation.




September 2011

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