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Tour with the Tiger in the Verbal Museum of Islam

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. Islam has been around for thousands of years in simple forms
known as Judaism and Christianity to those beginners. In
other words, Judaism is a primary level, Christianity is
secondary while Islam is a university and advanced subject.

. The universe is still expanding, but will sink to the size of a pin-
pun ball in Judgment Day. NASA described it as a ripple
formed and then bounced back to its starting point.

. The sun revolves around its axis at the speed of 150-500
thousand miles/hour taking it 2.6 million years to complete an
orbit. [National Geographic Magazine - January1994.]

. The word "Al-Hadiyd" i.e. IRON is mentioned in the Koran
about twenty-six times. According to a British documentary,
it is recalled that IRON's atomic number in the Periodic
Table is 26.

. Deliberately skipping a day of fast during Ramadan needs
a regular 60-day fast to cover up the one missed. Even to
those who were sick during the month.
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Five Pillars of Islam:

. Alms: Giving of money to the poor as tax to the gov-
ernment.

. Five Daily Prayers: We have five prayers in a set that
must be said daily - it is recommended that each
prayer must be said exactly when the imam of the
nearby mosque calls for prayer esp 5am, 2pm, 4pm,
7pm and 8pm respectively to the five types.

. Fast: Fasting normally occur in the seventh Islamic month,
Ramadan, annually for only thirty days. Anyone who
disrupts his fast on purpose on a day during the month
must recover that day missed after Ramadan. But the
days required for recovery of the missed day is up to
sixty days. No options are allowed for this constant
rule or any human decisions.

. Hajj: The annual trip to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi
Arabia. It is where the 1st shrine of Islam was built
by the hands of Abraham [Ibrahim] and his first-born,
Ismaeil.

. The Testimony: Saying the Testimony [or Al-Ashaada]
shows that you know your faith. This must be said at
least once a day:

Ashaadu ana laa ilaha il-Allah, wa ashaadu ana
Muhammad'aan Rasuwlu Allah*.

* - I testify that there's no other god but God, and I
testify that Muhammad is the Prophet of God.

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Vocabulary:

Ahmadian: A so-called Muslim who does not believe
that Prophet Muhammad is the last prophet to
carry on prophecy. Ahmadians are not con-
sidered to be Muslims because of this disbelief.

Allah: God; the Arabic name of "the God". He is also
known as Lateef by some Muslims.

Druze: An indigenous worshipper of a new type of
paganism established by a regular citizen who
declared himself Islam's new prophet. The
Durze religion is believed to have originated
from Shiitism. Durzes are commonly found in
Lebanon and Syria.

Friday prayer: Prayer said by imams of every mosque
with the public every Friday. Some important
lectures are being said before the main prayer
to mark the conclusion.

God: see ALLAH.

Hajj: The annual trip to the holy city of Mecca, Saudi
Arabia. Muslims worldwide travel to the holy city
to pray in the Sanctified House of the Lord, the
mosque where the first shring, the Kaaba, is.

Halal: Of being prepared in a way it is Muslim for
spiritual and healthy demand e.g. Kellogg's cereals
are halal due to the growing British Muslim society.
Meat can also be halal esp in butchery where meat
is hung with metal hooks to dry off the blood. Pork
is an exception; biological, religious and health
reasons esp the cases of tapeworms.

Heaven: see PROMISED LAND.

Hijra: Prophet Muhammad's exile from Mecca to
Medina. He was forced to leave his home having
heard from his cousin, Ali, that Mecca's governor,
Abu Lahab, was planning an assassination at-
temp against him that night. Hijra sparked the
beginning of the Muslim calendar e.g. A.H. 1424
compared to A.D. 2003.

Imam: A man who leads or calls for prayer in a mosque.
The imam is expected to know a lot about the
Arabic language and the Qur'an off-hand.

Kaaba: The temple built by Abraham [Ibrahim] for the
worship of no other god but God. But after the
death of Abraham, the Arab pagans hijacked the
temple and used it for idol worshipping till Abra-
ham's decendent, Muhammad, went into pro-
phethood in his 40's.

Koran: see QUR'AN.

Lateef: see ALLAH.

Moslem: see MUSLIM.

Muslim: A person who submits to God [Allah] there-
fore the Arabic word for every Jew and Chris-
tian is "Al-Muslim" meaning, "The Submitted."

People of the Book: Jews; Christians.

Promised Land: Heaven, but Jews mistakenly
assumed PALESTINE of being the Promised
Land.

Qur'an: A holy book revealed by Gabrel [Gebrel] as
words to Prophet Muhammad when resting from
a walk in the cave of Mt. Arafat in Mecca, his
hometown in Saudi Arabia. The words were
written by his friends as pages time after time
until the last words were sent to Muhammad
by God [Allah] himself to conclude the making
of the Muslim book, which is also a simultane-
ous science, history and biographic book. The
first written Qur'an is in a Turkish museum
presently.

Ramadan: Nineth month of a Muslim year; month
of the thirty-day fast. This Ramadan will be
or might be on October 26, 2003.

Satan: see SHAIITAN.

Shaiitan: The evil spirit who whispers to countless
billions to commit sins. He was an angel
until he refused to bow down before Adam
when introduced to the angels by God [Allah],
and then turned into a demon.

Sharia: The laws of God. They were given to Musa
[Moses] as two tablets each containing five
instructions to civilians - the 5 dos and 5 don'ts.
But Sharia is the updated dos and don'ts i.e.
rewards and punishments were included to the
current laws for all Muslims in Arabia to use in
governing people's deeds when necessary. As
a courtesy, it soon spread outside the Arabian
Peninsula by Muhammad's companions after
his death to Egypt, Iraq, Palestine, etc. Below
are some of these laws and the punishments
when violated.

Thou shalt not steal: Cutting off one's hand.
This is an exception to those who steal for sur-
vival.

Thou shalt not kill: Guillotine.

Thou shalt not commit adultry: Eighty lashes
or stoning till death depending on martial
status i.e. single or married respectively.

Shiite: A Muslim who follows Prophet Muhammad's
cousin, Ali. Shiites make up the majority of
Iraq's south, the Islamic Republic of Iran,
southern Lebanon, parts of Syria, etc.
SHIITISM (n).

Sunna: Teachings of Prophet Muhammad broadly
accepted by Sunnis.

Sunni: A Muslim who follows the teachings of
Prophet Muhammad, or the Sunna. Sunnis
make up the majority of global Muslim com-
munities. SUNNISM (n).

Vale: A cloth used by Muslim women to cover
their hair, which they consider to be their
personal properties. Vale is not compuls-
ory, but it is recommended for protection
against desire-chasing men.

Zakat: Alms; giving of money to the poor as
tax to the government e.g. government

Zamzam: The holy spring that sustained Hajar,
Abraham's second wife, and her son, Is-
maeil, who were left alone on the desert
that soon burst into the present-day Mecca
developed earlier by thirsty Arab travellers.
This spring is presently located in the first
shrine of Islam built earlier by Abraham
[Ibrahim].

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HISTORICAL PLACES

Al-Quds: Also known as JERUSALEM. It is the popular
site where Abraham [Ibrahim] was given a message
as a dream to sacrifice his first-born, Ismaeil. But he
was halted by Gabrel [Gebrel] who substituted Is-
maeil with a lamb to mark the "Sacrificial Festival"
[Eid al-Kabir]. It, as the present-day capital city
of Israel, accommodates the Third Shrine of Islam,
the DISTANT MOSQUE. See definition below.

Distant Mosque: Third Shrine of Islam built on
the rock where Abraham [Ibrahim] almost sa-
crified his first-born, Ismaeil. It is also the same
rock built upon where Muhammad and Gabrel
[Gebrel] stepped on and arose to Heaven
briefly that night.

Mt. Arafat: The mountain outside Mecca, Saudi
Arabia, where the 40-year-old Muhammad was
taking a walk. He rested in its cave and met
Gabriel [Gebrel] who introduced him into prophecy
with a strong message against religious and
educational illiteracy by saying, "Read...."

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