World needs Islamic guidance, says King

World needs Islamic guidance, says King

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

MAKKAH — The world needs the vision and guidance of Islam and Muslims should work hard to make sure this happens, said King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, at a conference being held here entitled “Da’wa – present and future”.

The King said Muslims should actively review how effectively they are carrying the message of Islam to the rest of the world. Muslims should also ensure they are interacting properly amongst themselves and with the rest of the world, he said.

The King’s comments came in a speech read on his behalf by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, at the inauguration of the 12th Makkah Conference here, Monday.

It is being organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in the presence of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of the Kingdom and Chairman of the Board of Senior Ulema and Religious Research and Ifta Administration.

“Islam is a universal message for all mankind until the Day of Resurrection. The Muslim Ummah has a responsibility to call people to Islam through its Da’wa work around the globe,” King Abdullah said.

He said the conference is being held at a time when millions of pilgrims from all over the world are gathering in Makkah for Haj. He said the Kingdom is making every effort to ensure pilgrims have a successful and secure Haj.

The King added that human beings are currently suffering from a spiritual emptiness, despite their tremendous material and technological advancements.

People have no direction and are rebelling against their inner selves. Only Islam’s mercy, light and guidance can provide people with a way forward in life and toward the Hereafter.

Islam, with its comprehensive divine values and a balanced view of life, is alone capable of rescuing humankind from its current behavioral predicament while safeguarding its material gains and wishes, King Abdullah said….

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World needs Islamic guidance, says King

World needs Islamic guidance, says King

Tuesday, 01 November 2011

MAKKAH — The world needs the vision and guidance of Islam and Muslims should work hard to make sure this happens, said King Abdullah, Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques, at a conference being held here entitled “Da’wa – present and future”.

The King said Muslims should actively review how effectively they are carrying the message of Islam to the rest of the world. Muslims should also ensure they are interacting properly amongst themselves and with the rest of the world, he said.

The King’s comments came in a speech read on his behalf by Prince Khaled Al-Faisal, Emir of Makkah region, at the inauguration of the 12th Makkah Conference here, Monday.

It is being organized by the Muslim World League (MWL) in the presence of Sheikh Abdul Aziz Bin Abdullah Aal Al-Sheikh, Grand Mufti of the Kingdom and Chairman of the Board of Senior Ulema and Religious Research and Ifta Administration.

“Islam is a universal message for all mankind until the Day of Resurrection. The Muslim Ummah has a responsibility to call people to Islam through its Da’wa work around the globe,” King Abdullah said.

He said the conference is being held at a time when millions of pilgrims from all over the world are gathering in Makkah for Haj. He said the Kingdom is making every effort to ensure pilgrims have a successful and secure Haj.

The King added that human beings are currently suffering from a spiritual emptiness, despite their tremendous material and technological advancements.

People have no direction and are rebelling against their inner selves. Only Islam’s mercy, light and guidance can provide people with a way forward in life and toward the Hereafter.

Islam, with its comprehensive divine values and a balanced view of life, is alone capable of rescuing humankind from its current behavioral predicament while safeguarding its material gains and wishes, King Abdullah said….

http://www.saudigazette.com.sa/index.cfm?method=home.regcon&contentID=20111101111499

What Did Yeshua Look Like?

What Did Yeshua Look Like?

Monday, October 31, 2011

When I look at the portrayals of Christ which have been produced during the course of Church history, I presume that they are declarations of love because they present the Lord in romanticized physical beauty. He is depicted with cherry-red lips, delicate feminine skin tones, and in silk robes woven with gold thread.

Yet what did the Messiah really look like? Today nobody knows because the oldest portrayal of Christ is from 375 AD and is thus not an eyewitness account.

Although He is the Son of God, the Gospels suggest a more rustic figure of Yeshua (Jesus) in keeping with His revolutionary style, as He overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple courts. His disciples followed a radical leader who said that He had not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34); they were zealots and sons of thunder (Mark 3:17); and Peter was also known as Bar-Jonah (Matthew 16:17)—a rebel who reached for his sword when Jesus was arrested.

It also fits in with the picture of a revolutionary that Jesus allowed John to baptize Him, the man who, clothed in camels’ hair, called on the people to repent and denounced publicly the infamous deeds of King Herod Antipas, which cost him his head. Jesus also denounced Herod as a fox (Luke 13:32) and warned people prone to materialism that they could not serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). He even presents the people with an ultimatum, that in order to follow Him they have to— if necessary—hate father and mother (Luke 14:26).

Jesus put across anything but a soft, comfortable gospel. He was only gentle and mild when He stepped in for the outcasts and healed the sick; in all other situations He was a firebrand.

The Romans tolerated prostitution and drugs, but not criticism of the state. Yet like Elijah, Jesus spoke out against the unrighteousness of the state and religious establishment. Jesus knew the cost in turbulent Jerusalem; He knew Pontius Pilate had sent thousands of Jews to crucifixion.

Jesus was and is anything but a soft, pathetic Savior, for one day He will “rule the nations with a rod of iron” (Revelation 2:27).

The beautiful image of Jesus that we carry in our hearts is simply a sign of our love for Him. However, He fits in better with the Haganah (the pre-state Jewish army in Palestine) than in the Vatican.

http://israeltoday.co.il/News/tabid/178/nid/22996/language/en-US/Default.aspx

What Did Yeshua Look Like?

What Did Yeshua Look Like?

Monday, October 31, 2011

When I look at the portrayals of Christ which have been produced during the course of Church history, I presume that they are declarations of love because they present the Lord in romanticized physical beauty. He is depicted with cherry-red lips, delicate feminine skin tones, and in silk robes woven with gold thread.

Yet what did the Messiah really look like? Today nobody knows because the oldest portrayal of Christ is from 375 AD and is thus not an eyewitness account.

Although He is the Son of God, the Gospels suggest a more rustic figure of Yeshua (Jesus) in keeping with His revolutionary style, as He overturned the tables of the money changers in the Temple courts. His disciples followed a radical leader who said that He had not come to bring peace but a sword (Matthew 10:34); they were zealots and sons of thunder (Mark 3:17); and Peter was also known as Bar-Jonah (Matthew 16:17)—a rebel who reached for his sword when Jesus was arrested.

It also fits in with the picture of a revolutionary that Jesus allowed John to baptize Him, the man who, clothed in camels’ hair, called on the people to repent and denounced publicly the infamous deeds of King Herod Antipas, which cost him his head. Jesus also denounced Herod as a fox (Luke 13:32) and warned people prone to materialism that they could not serve God and mammon (Matthew 6:24). He even presents the people with an ultimatum, that in order to follow Him they have to— if necessary—hate father and mother (Luke 14:26).

Jesus put across anything but a soft, comfortable gospel. He was only gentle and mild when He stepped in for the outcasts and healed the sick; in all other situations He was a firebrand.

The Romans tolerated prostitution and drugs, but not criticism of the state. Yet like Elijah, Jesus spoke out against the unrighteousness of the state and religious establishment. Jesus knew the cost in turbulent Jerusalem; He knew Pontius Pilate had sent thousands of Jews to crucifixion.

Jesus was and is anything but a soft, pathetic Savior, for one day He will “rule the nations with a rod of iron” (Revelation 2:27).

The beautiful image of Jesus that we carry in our hearts is simply a sign of our love for Him. However, He fits in better with the Haganah (the pre-state Jewish army in Palestine) than in the Vatican.

http://israeltoday.co.il/News/tabid/178/nid/22996/language/en-US/Default.aspx

After Libya, Syria warns world powers to stay away

After Libya, Syria warns world powers to stay away

Published: 10.31.11, 19:48 / Israel News

With world powers fresh from their victory over Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning them that the Middle East will go up in flames if there is any foreign intervention in his country.

The authoritarian leader issued the chilling warning in a weekend interview with a British newspaper, exploiting fears at home and abroad of regional turmoil, sectarian violence and Islamic extremism. (AP)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4142147,00.html

After Libya, Syria warns world powers to stay away

After Libya, Syria warns world powers to stay away

Published: 10.31.11, 19:48 / Israel News

With world powers fresh from their victory over Moammar Gadhafi in Libya, Syrian President Bashar Assad is warning them that the Middle East will go up in flames if there is any foreign intervention in his country.

The authoritarian leader issued the chilling warning in a weekend interview with a British newspaper, exploiting fears at home and abroad of regional turmoil, sectarian violence and Islamic extremism. (AP)

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4142147,00.html

US cuts off $60M UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

US cuts off $60M UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

Washington follows through on threat to halt financial support to UN’s Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization if it grants PA full-member status. UN Chief Ban warns of further fiscal ramifications

Yitzhak Benhorin

Published: 10.31.11, 19:41 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – The United States said on Monday that it had stopped its funding of UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no choice but to halt funding because of longstanding US law, saying Washington would not make a planned $60 million transfer that was due in November….http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4142143,00.html

US cuts off $60M UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

US cuts off $60M UNESCO funding over Palestinian vote

Washington follows through on threat to halt financial support to UN’s Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization if it grants PA full-member status. UN Chief Ban warns of further fiscal ramifications

Yitzhak Benhorin

Published: 10.31.11, 19:41 / Israel News

WASHINGTON – The United States said on Monday that it had stopped its funding of UNESCO, the UN cultural agency, following its vote to grant the Palestinians full membership.

US State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters the United States had no choice but to halt funding because of longstanding US law, saying Washington would not make a planned $60 million transfer that was due in November….http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4142143,00.html