Questions to the Author, and his ANSWERS
Frequently Asked Questions
This book has made people talk. Some have requested for interviews, some have given their observations and some have converted to Islam. Some became angry. And some liked the author, thanked the author. And many have prayed for him. In this section, we will give answers to some of the questions asked and needed by the readers. You can order your copy of “They are Either Extremely Smart or Extremely Ignorant” from http://extremelysmart.wordpress.com/the-published-book/
What motivated/inspired you to write this book?
One million copies sold! I am going to be rich! No! no! no! To be true to myself, this book has not been influenced by monetary expectation. But what motivated me to write the book are the God-awarded gifts. Like this one: Prophet Muhammad, may Allah’s Peace and Blessings be upon him said: “By Allah, if Allah were to guide one man through you, that would be better for you than having red camels.” Red camels were among the most fancied and treasured things. There is also another saying that gave me more energy to go on. Where the Prophet says: “He who called (people) to righteousness (i.e. Islam), there would be reward (assured) for him like the rewards of those who adhered to it, without their rewards (i.e. of those who embraced Islam) being diminished in any respect.” This means that anyone who is guided to Islam through this book, then Allah will be crediting my Account of Good Deeds with rewards every time these guided people do righteous things. Even when I die, Allah will continue rewarding me. So that was enough to encourage me write the book. And the more rewards I get from God, the more chances of entering His loftiest Paradise. In short, the desire to enter Paradise superseded the desire for earthly benefits. Even the man who claimed that his “. . . kingdom is not of this world” [John18:36] also is reported to have said, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” [Mathew 6:33]
What’s the book about?
The book profiles notable converts to Islam. It is about the growth, spread and domination of Islam in the world. It touches on the meaning of life. And of course, it objectively argues Islam as the rational and true religion. “Islam as the true religion!” someone may distaste this statement, but truth be told, have they read any book which critically offers analysis of religions? Such as “MisGod’ed: A Roadmap of Guidance and Misguidance in the Abrahamic Religions.” By Dr. Laurence Brown or another book titled “God’ed?: The Case for Islam as the Completion of Revelation” by the same author. For serious and smart earth-dwellers, let them get such books from http://www.leveltruth.com/index.html
I think the title and the content of your book sound insulting. What do you say?
God has used the term ignorant both in Quran and in the Bible. Muhammad was instructed by God to “Say, “Is it other than Allah that you order me to worship, O ignorant ones?” [Q 39:64]. And according to Quranic verse, “And We (God) took the Children of Israel (with safety) across the sea; then they came upon a people intent in devotion to [some] idols of theirs. They [the Children of Israel] said, “O Moses, make for us a god just as they have gods.” He said, “Indeed, you are a people behaving ignorantly. Indeed, those [worshippers] – destroyed is that in which they are [engaged], and worthless is whatever they were doing.” [Q 7: 138-139]. In the Bible, it is written, “The foolish woman is loud; she is ignorant and knows nothing. She sits at the door of her house, on a seat at the high places of the town, calling to those who pass by, who are going straight on their way.” [Proverbs 9:13-15]. Elsewhere the Bible states: “Is this really what we were created for? “Do you thus repay the LORD, O foolish and senseless people? Is not he your father, who created you, who made you and established you?” [Deuteronomy 32:6].
The eighth-century prophet Amos calls those who violate God’s laws as “cows” [Amos 4:1] prophet Jeremiah calls such people “scoundrels” [Jeremiah 5:26]. Jesus calls evil people “You brood of vipers!” [Matthew 12:34], in another place he calls them “a wicked and adulterous generation.” [Mathew 16:4] If you violate God’s commands the Bible can address you as “cows”, “scoundrels”, “brood of vipers”, “wicked and adulterous”, and even “ignorant”. My point is that in scriptures, there is usage of such insult-sounding designations.
We hope that the title and content of this book was in line with the Qur’anic verse: “And do not argue with the People of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) except in a way that is best, except for those who commit injustice among them, and say, “We believe in that which has been revealed to us and revealed to you. And our God and your God is one; and we are Muslims [in submission] to Him.” [Q 29:46] [Regarding this Verse] Al-Qurtubi said in his Tafseer: It is permissible to argue with the people of the Book in the way that is better, in the sense of calling them to Allah and pointing out the sound evidence and proofs, in the hope that they may respond to the call of faith, not by way of proving them to be wrong and treating them harshly.
From the way I look, you seem to believe that there is only one true religion and the rest will just be dwellers of hellfire!
Jesus said “He who is not with Me is against Me . . . .” [Mathew 12:30]. What do you think that statement means? You are either with Jesus or against Jesus. Isn’t it? Jesus is always on the right path hence you are either Guided (that is if you are following the path of Jesus) or Misguided (if you have a difference of opinion with what Jesus believes). Jesus believes in an absolute exclusivity of the way leading to heaven by saying: “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me” [John 14:6]. The biblical verse emphasizes one Way, one Religion, one System, one Formula, one Path, one Guidance, one Roadmap, one Belief, one Faith, one Plan of Salvation, one Ideology, one Sect, one Theism, one Law, one World-View, one Mindset, one Philosophy, one Manual, one Framework, one World-Order, one Affiliation, one Denomination, one Creed, one Lifestyle . . . . Whatever name you would like to call it, it is still one. Reverend Ane Mulder, former staff member with the Islam Open Doors International Study Center states: “The root meaning of sharia is ‘way, path, road and highway’. Its primary use was to designate the camel’s path to the well, the path to life.” At this revelation, a Muslim will jump and proffer that Jesus may have said “I am the Sharia, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through my Sharia” [John 14:6].When everyone is credible, no one is credible. Similarly if Islam is true, Christianity also true, Buddhism also true, then something must be wrong.
I like to give the analogy of oxygen. Regardless of your skin color, weight, height, geographical location, IQ . . . you must breathe in oxygen despite existence of many other gases. There is absolutely no substitute for oxygen. Even when you are given the choice to choose between oxygen and the noble gases, you will categorically discard the noble gases however noble they are. The Catholics realize that there is only one way to heaven. To them, it is being a member of the Catholic Church. Evidence is from the “No Salvation outside the Church” declarations. Like this one: “No man can find salvation except in the Catholic Church. Outside the Catholic Church one can have everything except salvation.” (St. Augustine, 354-430). Another declaration was made by Pope Eugene IV in the Bull Cantate Domino, 1441). It says: “The Most Holy Roman Church firmly believes, professes and preaches that none of those existing outside the Catholic Church, not only pagans, also Jews, heretics, and schismatics can ever be partakers of eternal life, but that they are to go into the eternal fire . . .”
The same with Muslims, the Quran declares that, “Indeed, the religion in the sight of Allah is Islam. . . .” [Q 3:19]. And to make it very clear lest people misinterpret such verses, the Quran says, “And whoever seeks a religion other than Islâm, it will never be accepted of him, and in the Hereafter he will be one of the losers.” [Q3:85]. Muslims even believe that the previous Prophets practiced one religion and they would quote: “He (Allâh) has ordained for you the same religion (Islâm) which He ordained for Noah, and that which We have inspired in you (O Muhammad), and that which We ordained for Abraham, Moses and Jesus saying you should establish religion (i.e. to do what it orders you to do practically), and make no divisions in it (religion). . . .” [Q42:13]
In short, if Islam is the one true religion then all non-Muslims (Jews, Christians, Budhists, e.t.c) are going to Hell. Yes, I said Hell. And if Christianity is the one True religion, then the non-Christians (Muslims, Buddhists, Zoroastrians e.t.c.) are going to Hell. That is why I feel sorry for those arrogant and ignorant people who don’t care to objectively search for the true religion.
So you believe that non-Muslims are lost and you have the solution for them?
Many years ago, the white man came to my country with the Bible or rather with Christianity as the solution for the people here. If the white man truly believed that Christianity was the true religion then he is not to blame but in fact he should be credited for having the desire to help mankind. If you have a solution for people, to keep it to yourself is selfishness and a crime. In that case, you will agree with Marianne Williamson who said “Nothing liberates our greatness like the desire to help, the desire to serve.” Similarly, the Arabs came to coast of Kenya with Qur’an as solution to world problems. If Qur’an or Islam is, true as they claim to be; the exit from stress then, we should thank the Arab missionaries or traders for bringing us Islam. Dalai Lama says “If you can, help others; if you cannot do that, at least do not harm them.” The same with America, if they truly believe democracy is the solution to the world, then everyone should congratulate USA for being the leading light of democracy. But have we objectively examined these ways of life as the true formulas for our problems. Have you researched your inherited religion and confirmed that it is in fact God’s preferred religion? This book will ignite that desire to really examine our religions?
How did you become such a success?
Qur’an. Qur’an. Qur’an.
Every day, I read at least 1/30 of the Qur’an. That is to say that every month, I have to read an entire Qur’an. The Arabic Qur’an I own has 604 pages, so it means every month, I read 604 pages of the Qur’an. I have also memorized the entire Qur’an, so to avoid forgetting the Qur’anic verses I have memorized, I constantly refresh my memory by reading and rereading the Qur’an. And we are taught that by the virtue of reading the Qur’an, Allah is pleased with you and will shower you with His Mercy and Blessings. So I strongly believe that it is due to my devotion to Qur’an that Allah has made my works successful. Furthermore, it is proven that the act of reading itself exercises the brain and thus enhances the power to reason. And in Islam, reading the Qur’an is an important ACT of worship. So you see I have to read the Qur’an everyday and consequently my brain is constantly exercised. And for sure exercised brain will produce good arguments and works.
Maybe I should emphasize the role of Qur’an memorization in relation to my book. According to research, mental tasks such as memorization encourage neuron development and connectivity. Because memorization boosts brain power, researchers encourage things like memorizing telephone numbers, poetry, jokes; Remembering names, faces, or facts; and engaging in BrainFair Memory Championships. And the only religion/civilization that SCRIPTURALLY recommends its followers to memorize is Islam. Hence, Muslims are supposed to be the smartest people on earth. And a “smart” person is someone who has more interconnected neural pathways than others. So if Muslims adhere to the Islamic command of memorizing the Qur’an, it will expand their neural connections and establishing new neural pathways, hence they will be smartest people on earth. My book is filled with “you-have-never-thought-about” type of arguments and extremely brilliant points. For me, I highly believe that it is this act of Qur’an memorization that has helped me become that smart.
Thirdly, the Qur’an is fraught with messages that if you do something solely for the sake of God, then Allah will shower your efforts with Blessings and Success. So I followed the Qur’anic advice and now I can see the success of my book. “And my success is not but through Allah. Upon him I have relied, and to Him I return.” [Q 11:88]
Fourthly, most of the ideas, arguments and even the title have been derived from the book of Allah, Qur’an. A good example is the title of my book.
Yes! Many people marvel at the title of the book. Where did you get it from?
When we were launching the book at the University of Nairobi, a Christian lady came, looked at the book and commented, “I was attracted by the title!” We have heard such statements from many people. As I said, I had always believed in the statement of Prophet Muhammad that: “Indeed, Allah will honor people (i.e., in this world and the Hereafter) by this Book (i.e. the Quran), and He will debase others by it.” People were attracted to the book by its title. And to be sincere I derived the title from Qur’an. The first verse is Quran chapter 34 verse 24. “Say (O Muhammad SAW to these polytheists, pagans, etc.)”Who gives you provision from the heavens and the earth?” Say: “Allah, And verily, (either) we or you are rightly guided or in a plain error.” In this verse, it shows that people are EITHER Guided or Misguided. No middle ground.
Then when I went to a different chapter of the Quran, I came across the verse where Moses prays, “. . . I take refuge with God, lest I should be one of the ignorant.” [Q 2:67]. And elsewhere Allah says “. . . So never be of the ignorant.” [Q 6:35]. And of course, as the saying goes, “ignorance is the root of all evil,” we expect that ignorant people are the misguided people who would be dwellers of hellfire. So I said, look, people are of two groups: Those following Guidance and of course these are the smartest and there are also people who follow misguidance, and these are definitely the ignorant people. So you are either Smart or Ignorant.
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines Ignorant as: (a) lacking knowledge or comprehension of the thing specified. (b) Resulting from or showing lack of knowledge or intelligence. And Craig R. Smith, an author, commentator and CEO of Swiss America Trading Corporation says that “to be ignorant, one must be willing to openly ignore the facts.” He further says that, “to ignore the facts as they are presented produces ignorant people. . . .” And people of Hell, according to Quran have openly ignored the facts presented by Prophets, True Scriptures (i.e. Quran) and Missionaries. The Quran gives us the flash-forward of that sad episode: “Every time a company is thrown into it (i.e. Hellfire), its keepers ask them, “Did there not come to you a warner?” They will say,” Yes, a warner had come to us, but we denied and said, ‘Allah has not sent down anything. You are not but in great error.’” And they will say: “Had we but listened or used our intelligence, we would not have been among the dwellers of the blazing Fire!” [Q67: 8-10]
What is your message to readers?
First, I want people to acknowledge that they are ignorant of other people’s faith, especially Islam. I want them to confess that they have purposefully neglected to search for the meaning of life. Secondly, I urge them to embark on a serious and objective research on religion, especially Islam.
People should begin researching on Islam because Islam is the most newsworthy religion. Islam has constantly been in the media spotlight and I think it will be interesting to fully examine this religion. Then Islam is the most highly-fought religion. It is the only religion that poses a serious threat to other paradigms of life. A curious mind would want to know why. Surprisingly Islam is the religion that is widely accepted by diversity of people, the West and the rest. Also, it is the fastest growing religion in the world. Why Islam? Because they are ignorant about Islam.
Does Christianity condone use of Force?
Jesus used violence to cleanse the Temple. Jesus says, “. . . he who has no sword, let him sell his garment and buy one.” [Luke 22:36]. If I come to your house and tell you “You know what John, do not think that I came to bring peace on this house. I did not come to bring peace but a sword”, you may immediately call security guys. And here we have Jesus saying: “Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword” [Matthew 10:34].In the Bible, there is “an eye for an eye” lifestyle or rather the law of retaliation. I am not relying much on the inquisition and the crusades for it may be judging a car by the driver. But the Bible itself is enough to give us the answer to that question. The Bible is there for people to learn from the previous prophets. Now, Joshua 8:1-2 says, “. . . the Lord said to Joshua, “Do not fear or be dismayed; take all the fighting men with you, and go up now to Ai. See, I have handed over to you the king of Ai with his people, his city, and his land. You shall do to Ai and its king as you did to Jericho and its king; only its spoil and its livestock you may take as booty for yourselves. Set an ambush againstthe city, behind it.” [Joshua 8:1-2] Moreover, God is saying, “Now go and attack Amalek, and utterly destroy all that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.” [1 Samuel 15:3]
According to Jesus, people should learn and emulate the previous Prophets. The evidence is the verse: “Do not think that I have come to abolish the law or the prophets; I have come not to abolish but to fulfill. For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth pass away, not one letter, not one stroke of a letter, will pass from the law until all is accomplished. Therefore, whoever breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches others to do the same, will be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does them and teaches them will be called great in the kingdom of heaven. [Matthew 5:17-19]. Philip Jenkins the Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Humanities at Pennsylvania State University (PSU) and who was a Distinguished Professor of History and Religious studies conducted a study of the Quran and the Bible and found that “the Bible contains far more verses praising or urging bloodshed than does the Quran.” In a 2010 interview with National Public Radio Jenkins stated that he believes “the Islamic scriptures in the Qur’an were actually far less bloody and less violent than those in the Bible.”
Logically speaking, force in necessary. Without military confrontation, Hitler would not have been halted. That is why, great thinkers like Blaise Pascal said “Justice without force is powerless; force without justice is tyrannical”. President Obama, in his Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, said that people should “make no mistake: Evil does exist in the world” and thus “there will be times when nations — acting individually or in concert — will find the use of force not only necessary but morally justified.” the non-violent creeds of Mahatma Gandhi and Martin Luther King are not enough to bring about change. Hence, President Obama said, “. . . as a head of state sworn to protect and defend my nation, “I cannot be guided by their examples alone [i.e. examples of Gandhi and King].” He adds: “So yes, the instruments of war do have a role to play in preserving the peace”
Jesus could not use force in its fullest because he was a minority. It wasn’t prudent for him to use force against the superpower of his time, The Roman Empire. From prophethood till death, Muhammad lived 23 years. Thirteen years in Makkah and 10 years in Madinah. But while he was in Makkah he was a defenseless minority and could not use force. If the Prophet had died while in Makkah, people would have labeled Prophet Muhammad as the most non-violent Prophet on earth. But when he went to Madinah, he became strong and force was appropriately used against his enemies. Muhammad participated in 27 battles when he migrated to Madinah. Now Jesus mission lasted about three years, how could he use force in such a short period of his mission.
Is the Bible self-contradictory?
The Professor of Religious Studies at the University of North Carolina and a leading authority on the Bible and the life of Jesus, Bart D. Ehrman writes in his book Jesus, Interrupted that the Bible has “discrepancies, contradictions, faulty claims, impossible statements, and harmful ideologies”. In another place, the Bible scholar says, “I had started seminary as a born-again fundamentalist, by the time I graduated (i.e. with master’s of divinity Degree) I was moving toward a liberal form of evangelical Christianity, one that still saw the Bible as conveying important teachings of God to his people, but also as a book filled with human perspectives and mistakes.”
“As for God, His way is perfect; The word of the Lord is proven.” That is 2 Samuel 22:31. Add that to this: “For I proclaim the name of the Lord: Ascribe greatness to our God. The Rock, his work is perfect, and all his ways are just. A faithful God, without deceit, just and upright is he” [Deuteronomy 32:3-4]. When you read such verses, what comes to the mind is that the Word of God should also be perfect, free from errors, mistakes, injustices, contradictions, e.t.c. But the Bible has proven itself to be imperfect. For examples, it has contradictions and scientific errors.
Where? Show me one! I will give just three examples in the New Testament. 1]. Joseph’s Father is Jacob (according to Matthew 1:16) and also Heli (according to Luke 3:23). 2]. Jesus was crucified before the third hour (Mark 15:25) whereas in John 19:14-15, Jesus was crucified after the 6th hour. The last statement of Jesus was….guess…guess! it was “Father, ‘into your hands I commit my spirit.” (This is according to Luke 23:46)….No no no, the last words are “It is finished” (according to John 19:30).
I will also give just three examples in the Old Testament. 1] According to 2 Chronicles 22:2 Ahaziah was 42 years old when he became King but according to 2 Kings 8:26, Ahaziah was 22 years old when he became King. 2]. God said it in Exodus 33:20 that “You cannot see My face; for no man shall see Me, and live”, then elsewhere Jacob (Genesis 32:30) and Moses (Exodus 33:11) saw God face to face and they still lived. 3]. 2 Samuel 8:4 David took 700 horsemen and 1 Chronicles 18:4, describing the same event, says its 7000 horsemen.
In that case, you will agree on the open contradiction between the God of the Old Testament and the God of the New Testament. The violent God of the Old Testament and the peaceful God of the New Testament. Consequently, we will disagree on the Bible altogether as the true word of God.
Can a Scripture be corrupted?
Like any other valuable commodity, scripture can be counterfeited. “Do not consider it proof just because it is written in books” Maimonides cautioned long time ago, “for a liar who will deceive with his tongue will not hesitate to do the same with his pen.” Also Steven Wright talks of the same idea. He says: “If a word in the dictionary were misspelled, how would we know?” Right as he was, I take the pleasure to paraphrase that and say, “If a word in the Bible/Qur’an were concocted, how would we know?” That is why Bart D. Ehrman, a leading scholar of the Bible writes: “In my opinion, people need to use their intelligence to evaluate what they find to be true and untrue in the Bible. This is how we need to live life generally. Everything we hear and see we need to evaluate whether the inspiring writings of the Bible or the inspiring writings ofShakespeare, Dostoevsky, or George Eliot, of Ghandi, Desmond Tutu, or the Dalai Lama.”
That is why I say many problems with Christianity come from the Bible itself. We need to go to the roots, verify whether the Bible is the Word of God, then once we conclude that it is 100% Word of God, we then believe everything it says. But people have already believed in the message of the Bible even before verifying its validity. On the other hand, Qur’an invites mankind to challenge it. Allah says, “Do they not consider the Qur´an (with care)? Had it been from other Than Allah, they would surely have found therein Much discrepancy.” [Q 4:82]. In other words the Qur’an says if you think that it’s not a God’s revelation; find any faults (discrepancies) in it! To paraphrase that, it would be something similar to, “this Qur’an is a perfect word of God and you will not find even a single mistake in it, prove me wrong by finding any faults (be it contradictions, scientific errors, grammatical errors, false prophesies, linguistic deficiencies, whatever . . . .” The Qur’an has presented itself clean and transparent. Now, with the Bible’s case, are we going to examine it objectively’? Billy Hughes was not objective when he said “when having my portrait painted I don’t want justice, I want mercy.” I call upon Christians to analyze the Bible with the lens of justice not mercy.
How important is the brain in investigating the truth of religions?
The brain has made it possible for man to achieve the wonders of walking on the moon and if well used we will surely achieve the wonders of walking on the surface of God’s Heavenly Paradise. I normally say “The Brain then the Heart.” Or both. Remember, brain is the top organ situated in the head then follows the heart which is situated in the chest. Superiority is from top downwards hence God is Great and He is above the heavens. And people prefer upward mobility and not downward mobility. In short, everyone thinks of up up up and not down down down. Therefore, you should first use your brain (which is at the top/up) then secondly, you believe with the heart (which is down and not above the brain). We should doubt those who discover a ‘true’ religion through their hearts rather than their heads. Alternatively, we can use both the head and the heart.
Please and please, don’t use the Holy Spirit to search for the true religion. Because you might think that the spirit who is ‘guiding’ you is holy but in reality he is the Evil Spirit. “God has given us more than fourteen billion cells and connections in our brain,” Ben Carson, Professor of Neurological Surgery says, “Why would God give us such a complex organ system unless He expects us to use it? Talking about this tremendous gift from God, Ben Carson says that “No computer on earth can come close to the capacity of the average human brain.”
My repetitive advice. Let’s go back to the roots and examine the scriptures. Placing your salvation on the wrong scripture is like leaning a ladder against the wrong wall, the steps you take, slowly but surely, gets you to hell. The white man came with the Bible but without using the brain in investigating whether it truly came from God, we accepted it as God’s Words. Likewise, the Arabs brought us the Qur’an and without careful scrutiny, we believed it to be Allah’s Speech. Any brilliant person would figure out that the scripture is the basis of most, if not all religions. You want me to accept that Jesus is my savior but if I ask you, “where did you get that teaching?” You will say “from the Bible.” You say that Jesus died for my sins, and I ask you, “ Where did you get the news of his crucifixion?” Still, it’s recorded in the Bible. You will keep on telling that I need the Holy Spirit to understand the Bible, then I will ask you, “from which book did you source such a condition?” And you will go back to the same book. I don’t have a problem believing in all the teachings you got from the Bible, my problem is “FIRST PROVE TO ME THAT THE BIBLE IS THE 100% WORD OF GOD” then I swear to God, I will believe in everything it says. I can’t go to Level Two (believing) without starting from Level One (verification). Common sense suggests that we should use the brain to examine the truth of Scripture. Hippocrates, the Greek physician, mathematician and the Western father of medicine has said: “Men ought to know that from the brain, and from the brain only, arise our pleasures, joy, laughter and jests, as well as our sorrows, pains, griefs, and tears.”
People will go to hell because of practicing double standards. You see someone scratching his head toiling to solve puzzles (math puzzles, crossword puzzles, sudoku puzzles, jigsaw puzzle, word puzzles e.t.c.) while he is totally unprepared to scratch his head to examine religious scriptures to solve the puzzle of the authentic scripture. Solving math puzzles is good for the brain and solving religious puzzles is also good for the brain. In fact, the brain is reshaping itself constantly in response to the intellectual activity going on. Learning to perform new and challenging activities can help keep the brain fit, thanks to the ability of the brain to rewire itself. And I believe that challenges like reading scriptures and attempting to discover the true religion is in the interests of the brain. People use the brain, and not the Holy Spirit, to choose the best watermelon in a supermarket. But when it comes to choosing the best scripture, people use spirits/hearts instead of the brain. Galileo Galilei was right when he said, “I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.”
The Bible agrees on the use of the brain in EVERYTHING. The Bible says, “Test all things; hold fast what is good” [I Thessalonians 5:21]. Please note, the Bible said “Test all things”….ALL things. The verse didn’t give an exception. It didn’t say, “Test all things; except the Scriptures”. In Isaiah 1:18, it is written “Come now, and let us reason together. . .” Furthermore you are told: “Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God; for many false prophets have gone out into the world.” [1 John 4:1] And the instruction of wisdom by Solomon: “The simple believe everything, but the clever consider their steps.”[Proverbs 14:15] According to this, I will be stupid if I immediately believe in the Bible even before I analyze it OBJECTIVELY. The Bible tells you to “search, and you will find” [Matthew 7:7] and definitely, people search by using the brain. Therefore reason is important in religion just as William Adam agrees in saying that “faith is continuation of reason.” Charles E. Garman couldn’t be left behind but unleashed his advice: “Reason inspired by love of truth is the only eye with which man can see the spiritual heavens above us.” The beauty of Islam is that reason is a very important tool. In fact Allah says, “Indeed, the worst of living creatures in the sight of Allah are the deaf and dumb who do not use reason.” [Q 8:22]
One important thing. I also believe in the power of sincere prayer. We can also know the true religion by invoking God to show us the true way. In short, Prayer and Brain are two tools responsible for showing us the true religion. Do your prayer but immediately you finish your prayer, go do your objective investigation employing your brain. And God will truly guide you.
Is Salim Boss your real name?
Oh yes! My name is Salim Boss. It was my official name when I was in primary school. Also my other name is Salim Omar. I have officially used Salim Omar from high school to college. And am widely known as Salim Boss. I went to school with a guy named ‘Shida’ a Swahili word which literally means ‘Problem’. And my desk mate was ‘Taabu’, another Swahili name for ‘Distress’. Now, imagine me walking with Shida and Taabu! Here in Kenya, you can easily hear names such as ‘Mateso’ (Suffering), ‘Sura Mbaya’ (Ugly Face), ‘Matata’ (Turmoil), ‘Jirongo’ (A Great Liar), ‘Mtoro’ (Absentee), ‘Lewa’ (Get drunk), ‘Masumbuko’ (Harrassment), ‘Zogo’ (Chaos), ‘Matumbo’ (Guts/Intestines), ‘Majimbo’ (Regionalism), ‘Mashaka’ (Tragedies), ‘Mambo’ (Things), ‘Kombo’ (Crooked), ‘Mwanakombo’ (Crooked Junior), ‘Bomoa’ (Destroyer) . . . let’s hope they don’t live up to such names!
At least my name is Salim Boss. That means I don’t share names with Phyllis Sophical, Walter Melon, Phil Down, Buck N. Bronco, Phillip Hipps, Long Vu, Chris Cross, Ken U. Diggit, Barb B. Cue, Rusty Nail, Ding Dong, Si Yoo, Kornfield, Flash Gordon, Dick Van Dyke, Holly Wood and Just Houlding. I think Boss is better than being named Nuclear or Antimatter! The name Salim comes from Islam which means both “peace” and “submission/surrender”. That is to say that Islam is the peace that comes from submission to God’s will, a definition compatible with Dante’s line: “In His will, our peace.”
Even in the West, there are unforgiving parents who inflict on their defenseless kids names such as Spade, Bush, Colon, Rice, Gizzard, Buster, Corn, Laughland, Timberland, Pink, Tibet, Nut, Gunn, Strock, Hysteria, Hogg, Crash or Nameless. We call upon all Parents to stop traumatizing their kids with names such as Stigma, Bone, Lucifer, Cheese, Fifty Cents, Placenta, Moonblood, Bank-In-Mars, Bank-In-Moon, Diezel-Blaze and the sort. It’s our expectation that parents will learn the art of naming so that, in future, we don’t fret hearing names such as Burns Rose Bush, Rocky Stone, Hap Hazard, Ash Tray, Sue Case, Ho Stabber, Will Fall, May Dye, Soon Gonna Die, Pansy Pipe Undertaker, Robin Banks, Bystander Dracula, Hye Voltage, Burning Meteorite, Dick Finder, Cut Off, Angry Wolf ,Pearl Harbor, Scarface Zombie, Coral Reef, Stone Face, Razor Burns, Tyranny Buller, Ransom Fox Fart, Temper Harass Junior, Enough Is Enough and Sandy Bottoms among others. Let’s hope you will not come to meet Terry Wrist, Hart Breaker, Dee Compose, Colin Ambulance, and Aleksander Livshits.
Are you single?
Married. I have two beautiful sons.
I don’t mind becoming your wife!
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