Saturday, September 17, 2005

Koran Verse 9-11 Hoax
How Can We Stop Spreading Hate?

There has been a "Koran 9:11" email hoax spreading across the web for the past 3 years that says - in short - that the Koran, verse 9:11 predicts that the rise of Osama Bin Laden, the attack on the USA on 9-11, and the American responses of attacking Afghanistan and Iraq.

I have received this Hoax twice in the past week - probably because of 9:11 - and I also got this hoax email last year around the date of the 9/11 anniversary. Because we have received this Koran 9:11 hoax email yet again it again, this page is being dedicated to debunking a Christian / Conservative Anti-Islamic Koran 9:11 hoax email.

According to the "Koran 9:11" email, verse 9:11 from the Koran - the Islamic Holy Book - says that a Son of Arabia will do something bad that will awaken a fearsome Eagle. And that the wrath of this Eagle will be felt throughout the lands of Allah. The connotation, of course, is that the Islamic Fundamentalist Osama Bin Laden (the Son of Arabia) has attacked America (the Eagle) and that the wrath of the Eagle will be felt in the lands of Allah; i.e. - the US will attack Afghanistan and Iraq.

The implication is that the Koran predicts not only Osama's attack, but it also predicts (and thus justifies) the US invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq. the This email and the Koran passage quoted is big fat lie, a distortion of another people's Holy Book and a flat out Hoax.

A comparison of the Hoax Email and the true Koran passage prove this 100% a hoax.

Text of the Koran 9:11 Hoax email (in Blue):

Interesting Study, please read all the way to the end. VERY INTERESTING!

1. The garden of Eden was in Iraq.
2. Mesopotamia, which is now Iraq, was the cradle of civilization!
3. Noah built the ark in Iraq.
4. The Tower of Babel was in Iraq.
5. Abraham was from Ur, which is in Southern Iraq!
6. Isaac's wife Rebekah is from Nahor, which is in Iraq!
7. Jacob met Rachel in Iraq.
8. Jonah preached in Nineveh - which is in Iraq.
9. Assyria, which is in Iraq, conquered the ten tribes of Israel.
10. Amos cried out in Iraq!
11. Babylon, which is in Iraq, destroyed Jerusalem.
12. Daniel was in the lion's den in Iraq!
13. The three Hebrew children were in the fire in Iraq (Jesus had been in Iraq also as the fourth person in the fiery furnace!)
14. Belshazzar, the King of Babylon saw the writing on the wall; in Iraq.
15. Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, carried the Jews captive into Iraq.
16. Ezekiel preached in Iraq.
17. The wise men were from Iraq.18. Peter preached in Iraq.
18. The Empire of Man described in Revelation is called Babylon, which was a city in Iraq!

And you have probably seen this one. Israel is the nation most often mentioned in the Bible. But do you know which nation is second? It is Iraq! However, that is not the name that is used in the Bible. The names used in the Bible are Babylon, Land of Shinar, and Mesopotamia.

The word Mesopotamia means between the two rivers, more exactly between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers. The name Iraq, means country with deep roots. Indeed Iraq is a country with deep roots and is a very significant country in the Bible.

No other nation, except Israel, has more history and prophecy associated it than Iraq. And also... This is something to think about! Since America is typically represented by an eagle. Saddam should have read up on his Muslim passages...

The following verse is from the Koran, (the Islamic Bible)

Koran (9:11) - For it is written that a son of Arabia would awaken a fearsome Eagle. The wrath of the Eagle would be felt throughout the lands of Allah and lo, while some of the people trembled in despair still more rejoiced; for the wrath of the Eagle cleansed the lands of Allah; and there was peace.

Note the verse number!) Hmmmmmmm?! God Bless you all Amen !


Here are links that further debunk this email hoax:

www.snopes.com/politics/war/quran.asp
www.truthorfiction.com/rumors/k/koran-war.htm
www.islamicity.com/mosque/QURAN/9.htm
http://urbanlegends.about.com/library/bl_quran_911.htm

The Actual Text of the Koran 9:11 (in Red):

Koran (9:11) - But if they repent and keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate, they are your brethren in faith and We make the communications clear for a people who know.

Here are links that show English translations of the Holy Koran (or Quran) that further prove the email a hoax:

http://www.hti.umich.edu/cgi/k/koran/koran-idx?type=DIV0&byte=282392
www.al-sunnah.com/call_to_islam/quran/pickthall/surah9.html
http://isgkc.org/translat.htm
www.islam.tc/cgi-bin/quran/qsearch.pl?surah=9

Please help stop the spread of Hoaxes - especially those that foster hate, religious bigotry, racism and fear.

Peace -

Paul

Monday, September 12, 2005

Hurricane Katrina and Jesus' Liberal Commandment on "The least of these"

A great majority of Americans have openned their checkbooks and homes to give aid and shelter and food and money for those who have had their lives, property, homes and loved ones utterly destroyed by hurricane Katrina.

And yet, I am overcome with shock and dismay at the voitrol, the hate mail, the right wing talk radio and the editorials I have read blaming the victims, denigrating their humanity, threatening criminal sanctions and punishment to these poor souls who have withstood the fury of a hurricane and suffered so much.

I have mulled this matter over for several days and prayed about my response. Here is my response to those who would claim to be Right Wing Evangelical Christains, yet who are attacking the victims of Katrina: I hear your anger, your resentment, your projections, and your casting of stones - let me ask you, what would Jesus do? what would Jesus say? who would Jesus care for, feed, house, clothe, love, comfort and protect? The answer is simple: "The least of these...." Yes, the least of these.

If any of you have forgotten His mandate to us all in Matthew 25:34-45:

34 Then the king will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, 36 naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me.' 37 Then the righteous 16 will answer him and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you drink? 38 When did we see you a stranger and welcome you, or naked and clothe you? 39 When did we see you ill or in prison, and visit you?' 40 And the king will say to them in reply, 'Amen, I say to you, whatever you did for one of these least brothers of mine, you did for me.'

41 Then he will say to those on his left, 'Depart from me, you accursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the devil and his angels. 42 For I was hungry and you gave me no food, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, 43 a stranger and you gave me no welcome, naked and you gave me no clothing, ill and in prison, and you did not care for me.' 44 Then they will answer and say, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or ill or in prison, and not minister to your needs?' 45 He will answer them, 'Amen, I say to you, what you did not do for one of these least ones, you did not do for me.'


Let His lesson, His sacrifice and His deeds guide you.

In contemplation and action,

Paul

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