Brainstorm of an Ishmaelite

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All peoples philosophize to greater or lesser degrees; those who don’t either look to others knowingly to philosophize for them, or unwittingly imbibe the philosophies of others.”–Abdurrahman Mihirig

Disclaimer

This website includes discussions about law and other subjects. What I write about these subjects may not be entirely accurate or up to date. What I write about law isn’t and shouldn’t be taken as legal advice. Only a lawyer you hire to give you legal advice can do so. My writings express my thoughts about the law and other subjects. Not all of these thoughts are fully developed. Many ideas on this website are being developed, which is the point of this website. See the copyright policy for this website.

This website is self-sponsored and non-profit. I’m the only person behind it. I build and operate it and write and illustrate its content on my own time, at my own cost and risk. Although my tribe inherits the Qur’an, I don’t pretend to be an Imam or believe any gentile traitors or usurpers who pretend to be Imams, as there is no such thing in the Abrahamic tradition (vv. 4:54, 2:124 & Riyad as-Salihin 1:346; v. 3:33 & Numbers 16). Gentiles who pretend to be Imams are enemies of Abraham. As an Alid intellectual, I am exceptionally qualified to express a critical opinion on the Qur’an. However, only the caliph (the chief of Quraysh) and judges he appoints can make actual rulings based on the Qur’an according to the consensus (ijma’) of the Council (nadwa) consisting of the leaders (the chiefs and sages) of Quraysh. Any other opinions or rulings have nothing to do with Islam or Quraysh.

I don’t do this work for money or favour, nor do I believe anyone who does such work. Money talks and “you cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24). As the Qur’an repeatedly emphasizes:

I don’t ask for a reward. My reward is with the Lord of Worlds. (v. 26:164)

Follow those who don’t ask for a reward and are guided. (v. 36:21) 

I don’t ask for a reward, and I’m not a pretender. (v. 38:86)

I do what I do because my only legacies are my scripture and family–the Qur’an and Quraysh–whom I wish to serve. As leaders of Muslims, Quraysh have a duty to serve them, whether or not other Muslims perform their duties to them (al-Maqasid al-Hasana 579, Mark 10:43-44, Bukhari 61:11 & 92:9). Abrahamic people will not be blessed until they bless the nations (Genesis 12:3 & v. 21:107). My ancestors made many sacrifices so I could live and carry on their legacy. I choose to do so not because I’m good, but because they are and it’s my duty to serve them. See my essay: Why I Write.

Principles and Methodology

The Qur’an commands believers to “command good (lit. what is known) and forbid evil” (v. 3:110) and to argue with others in the best way possible (v. 16:125).

1. To command what is known is to command truth and knowledge (v. 46:4) without speculation (v. 53:28). 

2. To argue in the best way possible is to argue in a rational, calm and respectful way (v. 31:18-19).

In short, the purpose of speaking or writing is to get at and disseminate truth. The aim is to correct and receive correction, not to win or persuade. I don’t believe in debating because it’s an unscientific method that produces falsehood and wastes time. I prefer to read and write (v. 96:1-4) because writing imposes a discipline of logic and accuracy. It’s clear or can be clarified. 

Clarity and lack of confusion define Arabs and Arabic (v. 41:3). Quraysh especially are clear about their race, land, language, lineage, legacy and law (vv. 2:125-129, 22:78, 4:54 & ch. 106; Bukhari 15:32, 61:16, 61:43, Ibn Majah 36:54, 23:2823Abu Dawud 38:7, 20:106, 15:6, al-Adab al-Mufrad 24:15Muslim 43:203, 33:6, Riyad as-Salihin 1:346Genesis 17:20). Arabs identify as people of sound observation (v. 67:3-4) reflection (v. 6:50) consultation (v. 42:38) and deference to legitimate authority (v. 4:59). Hence, blogging is an excellent way to focus, explore and develop my thoughts. As I mention in my bio, my blogs only represent my own thoughts at the time I post. I can change my mind, and prefer correction to compliments.

Rules of Engagement

The people I’ll engage in a discussion combine the following attributes:

1. Education or knowledge: An educated or knowledgeable person will tend to respect logic and facts if they’re sincere. People who don’t respect logic or facts are a waste of time. I won’t engage with someone who wants to criticize my thoughts who didn’t bother to read them as I bothered to write them.

2. Sincerity: The sign of sincerity is respect for logic, facts and living things.

I’ll always start by asking a person I might engage what is their standard of proof. If their standard is unscientific and they’re unyielding, I won’t engage. In the words of the Prophet:

Whoever seeks knowledge to argue with fools, show off to scholars or attract people’s attention will go to hell. (Ibn Majah 1:262)

People I Don’t Engage

The test of a knowledgeable person is how it speaks of a matter concerning which the truth is known to the listener, but unknown to the speaker. This is actually a quite common situation, as even the most erudite people will engage topics concerning which they know some things but not others, which other people listening to them or reading their works may know. Consider the example of this preacher. First, he doesn’t qualify as an authority in Islam, no matter how learned he may be. This is because he’s a Muladi (Ibn Majah 1:58) not a son and heir of Abraham. This ‘Imam’ says he studied with Salafis, then went dancing with Sufis (watch video at 27:48) meaning his education was basically tourism, and he betrayed both schools. He says his mother–a convert–considered leaving Islam (watch video at 32:46). His family abandoned Syria with the help of his mother’s church, which creates all the trouble there, from Rome down to colonization. By day, this ‘Imam’ examines women in private–and women’s privy–and prescribes abortion and birth control for a hefty wage. By night, he ‘teaches’ the Qur’an, which doesn’t belong to him, but to the sons of Abraham who inherit it (v. 4:54) just as the Torah belongs to the sons of Israel who inherit it (v. 40:53).

According to this ‘Imam’s philosophy, anyone can pick up a Qur’an and make it say whatever it wants, like Tommy Douglas (a gentile) who says concerning the bible: “The bible is like a bull fiddle, you can play almost any tune you want on it.” At 40:29, the ‘Imam’ is asked what the commandment to the Israelites–“Slay yourselves!” (v. 2:54)–means (watch video). He answers that he thinks it means to slay your ego. Evidently, the ‘Imam’ is ignorant, since the correct answer is that it refers to Exodus 32:27. His approach, moreover, is to speculate rather than refer the question to a legitimate authority (v. 4:83) as the story is well-known among the sons of Abraham, especially Israelites, since it is their story.

What mostly gives away this ‘Imam’ as a fraud is his interpretation of fa-atimmahum (v. 2:124) which refers  to the covenant of circumcision, where God commands Abraham to “be perfect”: ve-hyeh tameem. For fulfilling this commandment, God says other nations who wish to join Abraham must serve him (Genesis 17) which is why Abrahamic people are ultra-hierarchical and protective of their legacy. Gentiles don’t like this, because it means they can’t command Abraham. Instead, they must rely on building bastard cults by usurping his scripture and name. The aforementioned ‘Imam,’ for instance, interprets v. 2:124 to imply that gentiles can disinherit the sons of Abraham (watch video at 20:49). This is what Paul of Tarsus (Acts 13:46 & John 11:48) the False Prophet of the Antichrist (Rome) teaches. See my post: Paul vs. Muhammad.

Abrahamic people have never needed gentiles to dictate to them their laws. In fact, they rarely benefited from gentiles, who mostly try to enslave, humiliate or eliminate them. Scripture is full of examples of how gentiles tried to genocide the sons of Abraham throughout history. Today, one Indian will preach at Abraham while another wants to kill or enslave him, as they both do, which is simply incredible. Gentiles can do whatever they want. They can sacrifice each other to their idols and cheat on their women. So long as none of them cries for Abraham’s help, it’s their problem. The problem with gentiles is that they won’t leave us alone most of the time or help us. Even when they pretend to follow us, it’s usually because they really want to rule us and take away our inheritance (John 11:48). ‘Muslims’ who don’t recognize and support or follow the Prophet’s heirs are their enemies.

While the Qur’an isn’t always clear, its correct interpretation is never a matter of speculation or opinion (v. 10:36 & Abu Dawud 26:12). It’s always exceedingly obvious and indubitable, like the moon when it emerges from the clouds. This is as true of Qur’anic truth as scientific truth, since the truth is the same. 

Insults and Response

An insult:

1. Attacks a person directly or indirectly: Is intended to harm a person.

2. Is arbitrary or disproportionate: It does so for no reason, without provocation or parity.

3. Is intentional: If the speaker says it wasn’t intentional, they should apologize and not repeat it. Otherwise, it’s fair to assume it was intentional.

4. Is false: Is factually untrue or a misrepresentation.

Insults mark the end of reason and the beginning of force. My rule is “Tit for tat.” I’m polite to people by default, but if they’re rude to me I’ll be rude to them and cut them off. As a practitioner of martial arts (judo and boxing) I also adhere to the formula “Walk, talk, fight.” This means:

1. Walk away from a belligerent. Don’t engage it. I write on my own webpages and don’t force anyone to read what I write.

2. Talk to the belligerent by answering its insult then cutting it off.

3. Fight the belligerent if it persists by filing a complaint or contacting police to restrain it.

Inspiration of the Title

The title of this website owes its inspiration to a number of scriptural passages. Hagar means ‘reward’ in Hebrew and Arabic. Her children are called Children of the Rain (bani ma’ as-sama’) (Muslim 43:203). This is because Abraham was doubly rewarded with Ishmael and Isaac, concerning whom he says:

“Praise God who has given me Ishmael and Isaac in my old age. Truly my Lord answers prayer!” (v. 14:39)

This connects to the following parable:

The parable of those who spend their wealth to please God and immortalize their souls is like a lofty garden on which heavy rain falls, doubling its yield. Heavy rain or a light shower. (v. 2:265)

Rain symbolizes life, resurrection and blessing. However, it also symbolizes a trial or punishment:

And Elijah said to Ahab, “Go, eat and drink, for there is the sound of a heavy rain.” (1 Kings 18:41)

The Sign of the Rainbow

The rainbow is a sign of God’s covenant with Noah (‘rest’) which is a primordial covenant like God’s covenant with Adam (‘earth’ or ‘man’). God created Adam in its image and let him eat freely in the garden. His only command was not to eat from one tree, the vine, which symbolizes intoxication (v. 7:171). However, as the angels anticipated, the children of Adam lost their senses, disobeyed and spread corruption and bloodshed (v. 2:30) which led to a new covenant:

Whoever sheds human blood, by humans shall their blood be shed; for in the image of God has God made mankind. (Genesis 9:6)

Whereas the covenant of Adam (the ‘garden covenant’) precedes bloodshed, the covenant of Noah (the ‘blood covenant’) follows it. Under the former covenant, man couldn’t eat flesh or shed blood (Genesis 1:29 & v. 2:30). Under the latter, man could eat flesh under the law of sacrifice, and shed blood under the law of talion, to protect the sanctity of life (v. 2:179 & Genesis 9:3-4). The sign of Noah’s covenant is the rainbow. Spying a rainbow means God didn’t destroy people with water but revitalized them with it (al-Adab al-Mufrad 33:12 & Genesis 9:12-15). However, people continued to disobey the commandments after Noah, which multiplied as a result. When people obey the commandments, the garden is restored and they all reduce to one: don’t lose your senses.

The Balance of Nations

Arabs preserve the language, lineage and law of Noah (cp., e.g., Sanhedrin 74b & Abu Dawud 40:3). Muslims are children of Noah, who are witnesses to Noah, as people continue to deny his message (Bukhari 96:77). The sons of Noah–Shem, Ham and Japheth–represent the three climes–temperate, hot and cold–and the three races–white, black and red. As long as nations obey the laws of Noah and respect the balance of the climes, we’ll live to see another rainbow instead of another climate disaster. Noah’s isn’t a story of the past but the present, as the Age of Noah persists. See my post: The Creation of Adam and the Age of Man.

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