My message to Katherine Zoepf who was raised a Jehovah’s witness and who wrote a book about Muslim women ‘Excellent daughters’  

Sister Katherine, before I introduce myself I want to thank you a lot for writing about Muslim women and allowing our mothers, sisters, wives and daughters to be better understood in the western world so that their perspectives are not based on xenophobic ignorance but at least on tolerant and informed dissent. I am an electrical engineer from Pakistan by profession and a practicing orthodox and orthoprax student of Quran and Hadith. I intellectually belong to the Islamic school of philosophy founded by Al-Ghazali a Persian mystic and Ibn Rushd or Averrores a European Muslim philosopher who inspired western philosophers. My mother is a Niqab-observant former zoologist who chose to be a housewife from Pakistan. She is an Awan descendant of fourth caliph of Islam Ali may God be pleased with him. A xenophobic atheist critic of Islam and my facebook friend was demonizing Islam on the basis of an article by a liberal Muslim woman Asra Nomani who quoted your book in her article. She falsely claims to be a descendant of an Indian Muslim biographer of Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him as known as Maulana Shibli. She cites your use of the Quranic concept of fitna which is not as simplistic as ‘the “chaos” that is often connected to “temptation of a sexual nature.” For example, once Prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him was delivering a sermon, and his grandsons Hasan and Husain suddenly appeared inside the mosque so he stopped his sermon and rushed to pick them and he recited Quran 8:28 { And know that your wealth and your children are a fitna (test) for you } So, it symbolizes a constant emotional struggle in the life of a true believer to choose between the greatest love for God and other forms of love. But if those extra-divine forms of love do not make you break a commandment, then you have succeeded in the test. I liked that you chose to write about Qubaisi sisters in Syria. We consider them the spiritual descendants of Mary peace be upon her and Fatimah may God be pleased with her. I have a vision to become a sacred feminist within the Muslim world who is actively involved in an intellectual and spiritual dialogue with western civilization. I hope we can enrich each other through dialogue, so I would like to add you as a facebook friend. Islam is focused on salvation through first and greatest commandment to love One God the most which is called Tawhid. Jews and Christians are descendants of Isaac peace be upon him and Muslims are descendants of Ishmael peace be upon him whom bible writers have ignored due to their own racial biases. So, both of us are Abrahamic cousins. Islam seeks to revive Abrahamic brotherhood through universal worship of God the Creator in the world. I love Jehovah’s Witnesses because they reject trinity, symbol of cross, celebration of birthdays and Christmas which they have in common with orthodox Muslims. However we do not consider Jesus peace be upon him an angel but a human chosen by God. We also share belief in second advent of Jesus peace be upon him. We believe Islam exists to prepare for the kingdom of Jesus peace be upon him who will return as a Muslim because Islam has an anti-secular political philosophy. The word Muslim signifies the willingness of Abraham peace be upon him to sacrifice his son Ishmael peace be upon him, and Jesus peace be upon him shared the same willingness to obey God. He prayed by falling on his face like Muslims. He fasted like Muslims. He was bearded like Muslims. He did not eat pork like Muslims. He was circumcised like Muslims. His mother was covered like Muslims. You can learn more about the political philosophy of Islam in a book by a western scholar Edward Mortimer: The Politics of Islam. I would like to know your views on science and modernity for further dialogue. May God unite us with Mary peace be upon her and Jesus peace be upon him in Paradise through our shared recognition of ultimate truth.
Honour killing is an anti-Quranic practise because under Islamic jurisprudence only a caliph is allowed to decide the case of a sinner after due process of law, and right now there is no caliph based on consensus in the Muslim world who has the divine authority to enforce commandments. Jesus peace be upon him and Ishmaelite king Imam Al-Mahdi which means the one is guided by God, will assume that role in bear future In Sha Allah God willing. And since it is very rare that someone commits a sin publicly in front of four witnesses. In case of rape, no one can punish the raped woman based on this proof text from Hadith: {When a woman went out in the time of the Prophet (ﷺ) for prayer, a man attacked her and overpowered (raped) her.
She shouted and he went off, and when a man came by, she said: That (man) did such and such to me. And when a company of the Emigrants came by, she said: That man did such and such to me. They went and seized the man whom they thought had had intercourse with her and brought him to her.
She said: Yes, this is he. Then they brought him to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ).
When he (the Prophet) was about to pass sentence, the man who (actually) had assaulted her stood up and said: Messenger of Allah, I am the man who did it to her.
He (the Prophet) said to her: Go away, for Allah has forgiven you. But he told the man some good words (AbuDawud said: meaning the man who was seized), and of the man who had had intercourse with her, he said: Stone him to death.
He also said: He has repented to such an extent that if the people of Medina had repented similarly, it would have been accepted from them.}
According to bible scholars the story of Jesus peace be upon him forgiving an adulteress is a later addition to bible, because Jesus peace be upon him clearly said: I have not come to destroy the laws of Torah but to fulfill the. Fulfilling them does not mean destroying them but keeping them better than hypocritical Jews.


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