The Message 

قُلْ إِنَّمَا أَنَا بَشَرٌ مِثْلُكُمْ يُوحَىٰ إِلَيَّ أَنَّمَا إِلَٰهُكُمْ إِلَٰهٌ وَاحِدٌ ۖ فَمَنْ كَانَ يَرْجُو لِقَاءَ رَبِّهِ فَلْيَعْمَلْ عَمَلًا صَالِحًا وَلَا يُشْرِكْ بِعِبَادَةِ رَبِّهِ أَحَدًاO Muhammad, tell them: “I am but a human being like you; the revelation is sent to me to declare that your God is One God; therefore, whoever hopes to meet his Rabb, let him do good deeds and join no other deity in the worship of his Rabb.” (18:110)

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The meaning of Subhaanallah

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Ask someone ‘What does the term Subhaanallah mean and the vast majority of people will tell you ‘Glory be to Allah’. Then ask them ‘What does that mean? U’ll find they ain’t got a clue. In this article we will look at the real meaning of this magnificent phrase.

The words of tasbeeh, “Subhaan Allaah”, incorporate one of the greatest fundamental meanings of Tawheed and one of the basic principles of belief in Allaah, which is declaring Him to be above any fault, shortcoming, corrupt notions or false idea.

The basic linguistic meaning points to this and is taken from the word as-Sabh which means distance or being far from something.

Al-‘Allaamah Ibn Faaris said: The Arabs say: Subhaana min kadha meaning How far away is such and such.

So tasbeeh (the statement Subhaan Allaah) of Allaah means declaring that one’s heart and mind are far removed from thinking that there is any shortcoming in…

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On Ben Affleck and Sam Harris

Daniel O. McClellan

Some comments popped up last night on my Facebook wall on which I’d like to share some thoughts. The above image was the first thing I saw, and I wondered who would think they could get away with such a flagrant misrepresentation of the comments Ben Affleck recently made on Bill Maher’s television show. I was a bit surprised to read that it was American Atheists, Inc.promoting this kind of rhetoric, but the comments they posted along with the image were even more concerning. I’d like to talk a bit about Harris and Maher v. Affleck, and then the FB post.

First, regarding the image, I don’t think anyone has ever said that any and all criticism of someone’s religion is racist in and of itself. Perhaps someone did somewhere, but that’s certainly not what Affleck said. He was responding to Sam Harris’ well-known history of controversial opinions…

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