Inspiring #2

I owe you too much, for all you’ve done for me
I owe you too much, for all the kindness that you’ve granted me
I owe you too much, for all the goodness that you have bestowed on me
I owe you too much, for the love that you’ve given me
I owe you too much, for the care that you’ve shown me
Do I deserve all that kindness?
Do I deserve all that goodness?
Do I deserve all that love?
Do I deserve all that care?
Do I deserve your attention?
You are the one who wanted me to Be
So I’m nothing without you

Inspiring #1

In the name of God, the Gracious, the Merciful.

Praise be to God, Lord of the Worlds.

The Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.

Master of the Day of Judgment.

It is You we worship, and upon You we call for help.

Guide us to the straight path.

The path of those You have blessed, not of those against whom there is anger, nor of those who are misguided.

What about … #50

This is a little book of an author called Ahmed Didat which died some 20 years ago. I found it funny and interesting, I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. You may read what follows “Resurrection or Resuscitation”
“WHO MOVED THE STONE?” or “who ROLLED away the stone?” (Mark 16:3) is a Question, which has worried theologians for the past two thousand years. Mr. Frank Morison, a prominent Bible scholar, tried to nail down this ghost(s) in a book bearing the same title as this tract. Between 1930 and 1975 his book has gone through ELEVEN editions. Through all his 192 pages of conjectures he failed to answer,”WHO MOVED THE STONE?” (Faber and Faber, London). On page 89 of his book, he writes, “We are left, therefore, with the problem of the vacant tomb unsolved” and proceeds to advance SIX hypotheses, very nearly knocking the proverbial nail on the head with his FIRST supposition, i.e. “THAT JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA SECRETLY REMOVED THE BODY TO A MORE SUITABLE RESTING PLACE”. After confessing that this Joseph “might himself have removed it for private reasons to another place, is one which seems to carry considerable weight” (italics mine), he hurriedly disposes this hypothesis on the flimsiest ground. As you read on, dear reader, I trust that you as well as Mr Morison will have a satisfactory answer to this problem. Let us begin at the beginning of this problem.
It was Sunday morning, according to the Bible, the first day of the week, when Mary Magdalene went to the tomb of Jesus (John 20:1). The first question that bedevils the mind is:-
Ans: The Gospel writers say that she went to “anoint” him. The Hebrew word for anoint is “masaha”, which means – ‘to rub’, ‘to massage’, ‘to anoint’. The word and its meaning are the same in the Arabic language also. From this root word “masaha” we get the Arabic word “MASEEH” and the Hebrew “MESSIAH” both meaning the same thing – “the anointed one” which is translated into Greek as “Christos” from which we derive the word Christ.
Ans: “No!”
Ans: “No!”
Ans: “No!”
It is common knowledge that within three hours after death, rigor mortis sets in – the breaking up of the body cells – the hardening of the body. In three days the corpse starts rotting from within. If we massage such a rotting body, it will fall to pieces.
Ans: It makes no sense, unless we confess that she was looking for a L-I·V·E Jesus, not a dead one. You will recognise this fact for yourself on analysing her reactions towards Jesus when she eventually saw through his disguise. You see, she had seen signs of life in that limp body when it was taken down from the cross. She was about the only woman beside Joseph of Arimathea and Nicodemus who had given the final (?) rites to the body of Jesus. This man NICODEMUS, somehow, has been deliberately blotted out by the synoptists. The Gospel writers of Matthew, Mark and Luke are totally ignorant of this devoted and self-sacrificing disciple of Jesus. His name is NOT even mentioned in the first three Gospels in ANY context. “it is difficult to avoid concluding that the omission in the synoptic tradition of the mysterious disciple was intentional”, says Dr Hugh J Schonfield, one of the world’s leading Biblical scholars.
When Mary of Magdala reached the tomb, she found that the stone had already been rolled away, and the winding sheets bundled on the ledge within the sepulcher. The question now arises:
Ans: Because it would be impossible for any tangible material body to come out with the stone blocking the opening, and the same physical body could not walk out with the winding sheets encasing the body. For a resurrected body, it would have been unnecessary to remove the stone or to unwind the winding sheets. Probably having the resurrected, immortalized body, or the spirit of man in mind, a poet said: “STONE WALLS DO NOT A PRISON MAKE, NOR IRON BARS A CAGE”.
While the poor, dejected Mary was investigating the sepulcher, Jesus was watching her from the vicinity. Not from heaven, but from terra firma, from mother earth. We must remember that this tomb was a privately owned property belonging to his “secret disciple” Joseph of Arimathea – who was a very rich, influential Jew, and one who could afford to have carved a big roomy chamber, out of a rock which according to Jim Bishop (a Christian scholar of note) was 5 feet wide by 7 feet high by 15 feet deep with a ledge or ledges inside. Around this tomb was this “secret disciple’s” own vegetable garden. It is hardly expected of any Jew or Gentile to grow vegetables 5 miles out of town for other peoples’ sheep and goats to graze upon! Surely, this husbandman must have provided his labourers with the gardeners’ quarters to protect his own interests, and perhaps he also had his ‘country home’ around the place where he could relax with his family during the weekends.
Jesus was watching his lady disciple out of whom he had cast out seven devils. He comes up to her. He finds her crying. He questions her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?” (John 20:15).
Ans: He knew why she was crying, and he knew who she was looking for and he was not asking any silly questions. Actually, he was pulling her leg, figuratively of course! He knew that she was looking for him in the tomb, and not finding him there, was crying in her disappointment. He also knew that she would not be able to see through his disguise. Though he had been through an ordeal, he still had that sense of humour to ask her, “Woman, why weepest thou? Whom seekest thou?
Ans: Can you imagine the scene on the RESURRECTION DAY, that you, dear reader, will be made to look like a “gardener” and your father-in-law will also be transformed into a “gardener” and your son-in-law will also be made to look like a “gardener” and your beloved wife will be left in confusion to find her husband! Does this make sense? No! The resurrected body will be you, yourself! Everyone will readily recognize you. It will be the REAL you and not your camouflage. Never mind at what age or under what condition one dies, everyone will know one another. Then why did Mary think that Jesus was a “gardener”?
Ans: Because Jesus was DISGUISED as a gardener.
Ans: Because he was AFRAID of the Jews.
Ans: Because he had not DIED and was not RESURRECTED. If he had DIED and if he was RESURRECTED he would not have any reason to be AFRAID. Why? Because the resurrected body can’t DIE twice. Who says so? The Bible says so: “…. it is ordained unto all men ONCE to die, and after that the judgment.” (Hebrew 9:27). The idea that the resurrected person cannot die TWICE is further supported by what Jesus Christ had most authoritatively pronounced regarding the resurrection.
The learned men of the Jews came to Jesus with a poser, a riddle. They said that there was a woman who had seven husbands in turn. “in the resurrection therefore whose wife shall she be of the seven? For they all had her.” (Matthew 22:28). Jesus could have brushed off the Jews with some curt retort because here was another of their tricks to catch him out. Instead, he has enshrined for us the dearest statement in the Bible regarding the resurrected soul. He said, “Neither shall they die any more, for they are equal unto the angels, and the children of God, for such are the children of the resurrection” (Luke 20:36).
“NEITHER SHALL THEY DIE ANYMORE” – that they will be immortalised. They will not be subjected to death a SECOND time. No more hunger and thirst. No more fatigue or physical dangers. Because the resurrected body will be ‘angelised’ – spiritualised – they will become like spirit creatures, they will become SPIRITS.
Mary Magdalene was not looking for a spirit. She, taking the disguised Jesus to be a gardener, says, “Sir, if you have taken HIM hence, tell me where have you LAID him…” (John 20:15). Note, she is searching for HIM and not IT – a dead body. Further, she wants to know as to where they had LAID him, not as to where they had BURIED him? So that, “I might take HIM away.” (John 20:15).
Ans: She wants to put it under her bed? Absurd! She wants to embalm him? Nonsense! She wants to bury him? If so, who dug the grave? No! No! ‘she wants to take him away’.
Ans: She is not thinking of a dead, rotting corpse. She is looking for the L-I-V-E Jesus. She is not a “super-woman” of the American comics, who could with ease carry a corpse of at least a hundred and sixty pounds, wrapped with another ‘hundred pounds weight of aloes and myrrh’ (John 19:39) making a neat bundle of 260 pounds. This frail Jewess was not expected to carry this decaying parcel like a bundle of straws. Even if she could carry it, how was she to bury it ALONE? She might have had to dump it in some hole like a heap of rubbish. But dumping and burying are poles apart.
She was looking for a Jesus who was very much alive, a Jesus she could hold by the hand and take him home for rest, relaxation and recuperation, “so that, I might take him away”.
The joke that Jesus was playing on this woman had gone too far. During the whole course of the dialogue between Mary and Jesus, she did not suspect in the least that she was actually talking to her Master. She had failed to see through the gardener’s DISGUISE. Jesus must have been laughing under his breath. He could suppress it no longer. “M·A·R·Y!” he uttered. Only one word, but it was enough. This one word “Mary!” did, all that the exchange of words failed to do. It enabled Mary to recognise Jesus. Everyone has his own unique and peculiar way of calling his or her near one or dear one. It was not the mere sound of the name, but the way he must have deliberately intoned it that made Mary to respond – “Master!, Master!” She lunged forward to grab her spiritual master, to pay her respects and to give reverence.
The Muslims, when they meet their learned men, or respected elders or saintly people, hold such person’s right hand in the palm of their own hands and fondly kiss the back of the respected one’s hand. The Frenchman kisses the cheeks to show respect and the Arab kisses the neck. Mary the Jewess would have done what any Muslim might have done under similar circumstances.
When Mary makes the effort, Jesus shies back a step or two, saying, “TOUCH me not,” (John 20:17).
Is he a current of electricity or a dynamo, that if she touches him, she will get electrocuted?
Ans: No! Don’t touch me, because it will hurt. Though he had given no indication of any physical pain or injury he might have suffered, it would be excruciatingly painful if he now allowed her to touch him with love and affection. Can another reason be advanced for this “Touch me not”?
Jesus continues, “For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father;” (John 20:17).
Could she not see that the man she was talking to all the time was standing before her? Does it make any sense when he (Jesus) says that – ‘HE IS NOT GONE UP’, when he is DOWN right here.
Ans: What Jesus is telling Mary in so many different words is that ‘HE IS NOT RESURRECTED FROM THE DEAD’, for in the colloquial language and idiom of the Jew, the expression, “For I am not yet ASCENDED unto my Father” means – “I AM NOT DEAD YET’.
It is a sad fact of history that though the Christian Bible is an Eastern Book, full of eastern metaphors and similes, like – “Let the dead bury their dead” (Matthew 8:22) or “Seeing they see not and hearing they hear not” (Matthew 13:13), all the commentators of the Bible have come from the West. The Western World is made to see a Jewish Book, written by the Jews for a Jewish audience, through Greek and Western glasses. An Eastern book ought to be read as an Easterner would read and understand it. All the problems would then be solved.
The difficulty lies not only in apprehending the correct meaning of the Jewish expressions, but Christendom is so programmed that Christians of every race and language group are made to understand the passages differently or opposite to their literal connotations. I will give examples of this anomaly in Lesson No. 3 under the heading “RESURRECTION OR RESUSCITATION?” In that booklet, I will also endeavor to answer the problem as to why one woman – Mary Magdalene – was not AFRAID when she recognised the DISGUISED Jesus yet ten brave men (the Disciples of Jesus) were PETRIFIED on recognising their Master in that ‘upper-room’, after his alleged passion.
As to the original question of this pamphlet – “WHO MOVED THE STONE?” the answer is so simple and so natural that one is at a loss to understand how this problem has eluded Christian scholars of the highest eminence.
The answer to the question, “WHO ROLLED THE STONE INTO PLACE?” is the answer to the title of this tract. “….and HE (Joseph of Arimathea) rolled a stone against the door of the tomb” (Mark 15:46). St. Mark is here supported word by word by St. Matthew who in Chapter 27 and verses 60 states that “….HE (Joseph of Arimathea) rolled a great stone to the door of the tomb and departed”. If this ONE man alone could move the stone into place as witnessed by Matthew and Mark, then let me be more generous in adding the name of the other faithful ‘secret disciple’ – NICODEMUS. It was JOSEPH OF ARIMATHEA and NICODEMUS, the two stalwarts who did not leave the Master in the lurch when he was most in need. These two had given to Jesus a Jewish burial (?) bath, and wound the sheets with the “aloes and myrrh”, and temporarily moved the stone into place, if at all; they were the same two real friends who REMOVED THE STONE, and took their shocked Master soon after dark, that same Friday night to a more congenial place in the immediate vicinity for treatment. Reasoning even on the Biblical narration, Jesus was A-L-I-V-E! He had escaped death by the skin of his teeth, as he himself had fortold. Write for your FREE copy of “WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH?”, as well as for a detailed account of the alleged “crucifixon”, under the heading, “CRUCIFIXION or CRUCI-FICTION?”
Those of you who have already mastered Lesson No. 1 from the booklet “WHAT WAS THE SIGN OF JONAH?” will now do well to memorise the following verses for your Lesson No. 2.
“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, why weepest thou? whom seekest thou? She, supposing him to be the gardener, saith unto him. Sir, if thou hast taken him hence, tell me where thou hast laid him, and I will take him away.
“Jesus saith unto her, Mary. She turned herself, and saith unto him. Rabboni, which is to say, Master.
“Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my father:….”
John 20:15-17

What about … #48

Some passages of this post are of a speach of Dr.Z. Naik:


God is the Suprem Being and principal object of faith. The different points of view about God and the different attributes associated with him are what we call a religion. The various great world religions are in fact worshipping that one God, but through different, overlapping concepts or mental images of Him.

God is immaterial (i.e a kind of spirit), and is without gender, yet many religions describe God using masculine terminology, using such terms as “Him” or “Father”.

There are many names for God, and different names are attached to different cultural ideas about God’s identity and attributes. Some of these includes omniscience, omnipotence, omnipresence, omnibenevolent and all loving.

In the ancient Egyptian era of Atenism, this deity was called Aten, premised on being the one “true” Supreme Being and creator of the universe. In the Hebrew Bible, “He Who Is”, “I Am that I Am”, and the tetragrammaton YHWH  are used as names of God, while Yahweh and Jehovah are sometimes used in Christianity as vocalizations of YHWH. In Christianity, God, is devided in three entities, which is called the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. In Judaism, it is common to refer to God by the titular names Elohim or Adonai. In Islam, the name Allah, “the God/Divinity” is used, while Muslims also have a multitude of names for God. In Hinduism, Brahman is often considered a monistic concept of God.

He is God ,The One and Only, God, the Eternal, Absolute. He begets not, nor is He begotten. And there is none like unto Him.

Our analysis of Concept of God in various Religion shows that monotheism is an integral part of every major religion of the world. However, it is unfortunate that some adherents of these religions violate the teachings of their own scriptures and have set up partners to Almighty God.

An analysis of the scriptures of various religions, reveals that all scriptures exhort mankind to believe in, and submit to One God. All these scriptures condemn the association of partners to God, or the worship of God in the form of images.

The Bible does not support the Christian belief in trinity at all. One of the scribes once asked Jesus as to which was the first commandment of all, to which Jesus merely repeated what Moses had said earlier:


“Shama Israelu Adonai Ila Hayno Adonai Ikhad.”

This is a Hebrew quotation, which means:

“Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord.”

[The Bible, Mark 12:29]


It is striking that the basic teachings of the Church such as Trinity and vicarious atonement find no mention in the Bible. In fact, various verses of the Bible point to Jesus’  actual mission, which was to fulfill the law revealed to Prophet Moses. Indeed Jesus rejected any suggestions that attributed divinity to him, and explained his miracles as the power of the One True God.


The following verse from the book of Deuteronomy contains an exhortation from Moses :


“Shama Israelu Adonai Ila Hayno Adna Ikhad”.

It is a Hebrew quotation which means:

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God is one Lord”

[The Bible, Deuteronomy 6:4]


Unity of God in the Book of Isaiah

The following verses are from the Book of Isaiah:

“I, even I, am the Lord; and beside me there is no saviour.”

[The Bible, Isaiah 43:11]

“I am Lord, and there is none else, there is no God besides me.”

[The Bible, Isaiah 45:5]

“I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me.”

[The Bible, Isaiah 46:9]


Old Testament condemns idol worship in the following verses:

“Thou shalt have no other gods before me.”

“Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth:”


“Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.”

[The Bible, Exodus 20:3-5]


A similar message is repeated in the book of Deuteronomy:

“Thou shalt have none other gods before me.”

“Thou shalt not make thee any graven image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that in the earth beneath, or that is in the water beneath the earth.”

“Thou shalt not bow down thyself unto them, nor serve them; for I the Lord thy God am a jealous God.”

[The Bible, Deuteronomy 5:7-9]


The basis of religion is the acceptance of Divine guidance. A rejection of this guidance has serious implications for society.

The scriptures of all major religions exhort mankind to follow that which is good and eschew that which is evil. All scriptures remind mankind that good will not go unrewarded and evil will not go unpunished!


Many religions at some point believe, directly or indirectly, in the philosophy of anthropomorphism i.e. God becoming a human. Their contention is that Almighty God is so pure and holy that He is unaware of the hardships, shortcomings and feelings of human beings. In order to set the rules for human beings, He came down to earth as a human. This deceptive logic has fooled countless millions through the ages. Let us now analyze this argument and see if it stands to reason.


The Creator prepares the instruction manual:

Suppose I manufacture a video cassette recorder (VCR). Do I have to become a VCR to know what is good or what is bad for the VCR? What do I do? I write an instruction manual: “In order to watch a video cassette, insert the cassette and press the play button. In order to stop, press the stop button. If you want to fast forward press the FF button. Do not drop it from a height or it will get damaged. Do not immerse it in water or it will get spoilt”. I write an instruction manual that lists the various do’s and don’ts for the machine.

Similarly, our Lord and Creator need not take human form to know what is good or bad for the human being. He chooses to reveal the instruction manual through the Holy Scriptures.

If you allow me to compare human beings with machines, I would say humans are more complicated than the most complex machines in the world. Even the most advanced computers, which are extremely complex, are pale in comparison to the myriad physical, psychological, genetic and social factors that affect individual and collective human life.

The more advanced the machine, greater is the need for its instruction manual. By the same logic, don’t human beings require an instruction manual by which to govern their own lives?

God need not come down personally for giving the instruction manual. He chooses a man amongst men to deliver the message and communicates with him at a higher level through the medium of revelations. Such chosen men are called messengers and prophets of God.

Despite the absurdity of the philosophy of anthropomorphism, followers of many religions believe in and preach it to others. Is it not an insult to human intelligence and to the Creator who gave us this intelligence? Such people are truly ‘deaf’ and ‘blind’ despite the faculty of hearing and sight given to them by God.

The Qur’an says:

“Deaf, dumb, and blind,

They will not return (to the path).”

[Al-Qur’an, The Cow 2:18]


The Bible gives a similar message in the Gospel of Matthew:

“Seeing they see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.”

[The Bible, Matthew 13:13]


A similar message is also given in the Hindu Scriptures in the Rigveda.

“There maybe someone who sees the words and yet indeed does not see them; may be another one who hears these words but indeed does not hear them.” 1

[Rigveda 10:71:4]


All these scriptures are telling their readers that though the things are made so clear yet many people divert away from the truth.

Some may argue that God does not become a human being but only takes a human form. If God only takes a human form but does not become a human being, He should not possess any human qualities. We know that all the ‘God-men’, have human qualities and failings. They have all the human needs such as the need to eat, sleep, etc.

The worship of God in human form is therefore a logical fallacy and should be abhorred in all its forms and manifestations There is nothing whatever like unto

Let us put Jesus, to the test:

The first criterion is that “God is one and only one”. Is Jesus one and only? No! Jesus was one among the multitude of messangers.

The second criterion is, ‘God is absolute and eternal’. We know that Jesus was imprisoned and was going to be crucified. Jesus was thus, neither absolute nor eternal.

The third criterion is ‘He begets not, nor is He begotten’. We know that Jesus had a mother called Mary.

The fourth test, which is the most stringent is, “There is none like unto Him”. The moment you can imagine or compare ‘God’ to anything, then he (the candidate to divinity) is not God. It is not possible to conjure up a mental picture of God. We know that Jesus was a human being, having two eyes, two ears, a nose, and a mouth. Paintings and posters of Jesus are available in plenty. The moment you can imagine or draw a mental picture of an entity, then that entity is not God.


No vision can grasp Him, But His grasp is over All vision:

He is Above all comprehension, Yet is acquainted with all things.


Some polytheists argue by saying that the existence of more than one God is not illogical. Let us point out to them that if there were more than one God, they would dispute with one another, each god trying to fulfill his will against the will of the other gods. This can be seen in the mythology of the polytheistic and pantheistic religions. If a ‘God’ is defeated or unable to defeat the others, he is surely not the one true God. Also popular among polytheistic religions is the idea of many Gods, each having different responsibilities. Each one would be responsible for a part of man’s existence e.g. a Sun-God, a Rain-God, etc. This indicates that one ‘God’ is incompetent of certain acts and moreover he is also ignorant of the other Gods’ powers, duties, functions and responsibilities. There cannot be an ignorant and incapable God. If there were more than one God it would surely lead to confusion, disorder, chaos and destruction in the universe. But the universe is in complete harmony.


If there were, in the heavens

And the earth, other gods

Besides God, there would

Have been confusion in both!

But glory to God,

The Lord of the Throne:

(High is He) above

What they attribute to Him!”



“No son did God beget,

Nor is there any god

Along with Him: (if there were 

Many gods), behold, each god

Would have taken away

What he had created,

And some would have

Lorded it over others!

Glory to God! (He is free)

From the (sort of) things

They attribute to Him!”


The attributes of Almighty God preclude any evil since God is the source of justice, mercy and truth. God can never be thought of as doing an ungodly act. Hence we cannot imagine God telling a lie, being unjust, making a mistake, forgetting things, or having any such human failings. Similarly God can do injustice if He chooses to, but He will never do it because being unjust is an ungodly act.

God can make mistakes if He wants to, but He does not make mistakes because making a mistake is an ungodly act. The moment God makes a mistake, he ceases to be God. God can forget if He wants to. But God does not forget anything because forgetting is an ungodly act, which reeks of human limitations and failings. God has power over all things.

To God belong the most beautiful names, each attribute of God is unique and possessed by Him alone which I will not mention here.


“Say: ‘Who is it that

Sustains you (in life)

From the sky and from the earth?

Or who is it that

Has power over hearing

And sight? And who

Is it that brings out

The living from the dead

And the dead from the living?

And who is it that

Rules and regulates all affairs?’

They will soon say, ‘God’.

Say, ‘Will you not then

Show piety (to Him)?’ ”


The greatest sin that God will never forgive: God forgives not that partners should be set up with Him; but He forgives anything else, to whom He pleases; to set up partners with God Is to devise a sin most heinous indeed.



“And if all the trees on earth were pens

And the Ocean (were ink), with seven Oceans behind it

To add to its (supply), yet would not the Words

Of God be exhausted (In the writing): for God

Is Exalted in power, Full of Wisdom.”

   [Al-Qur’an 31:27]



God is not dependant on any person or thing, but all persons and things are dependant on Him.