It’s that time of year, once again, when we hear people saying, “Peace on earth and good will between men.” This constant refrain in songs and conversations is uttered by many from all quarters at this time of year. However, what's interesting is that many people don't know that this quotation is actually a passage from the Bible. And even many Christians, sad to say, don't know what it really means.
Muslims celebrates the festival of Eid al-Adha with great feeling. This festival is observed in memory of the sacrifice that Abraham offered God. Muslims believe that God put Abraham to the test by asking him to sacrifice his son. At the right moment God provided a ram to sacrifice. Was God pointing forward to a Momentous Sacrifice in the future?
In Islamic theology, the terms kitman, taqqiyya / tuqya, etc. stand for telling a lie, concealing the true intention or misleading for a greater purpose. In general, Muslims have used it since the 7th century to confuse and split their enemies. A favored tactic is “deceptive triangulation” to persuade the enemy that Jihad is not aimed at them but rather at another enemy. It also refers to how a Muslim may lie, mislead or avoid truthfulness to achieve a purpose if the goal is for the benefit of the Muslim community.
The Qur'an teaches that men and women were created from a single soul (Sura 4:1) and that God will reward both men and women (Sura 16:97; 33:35; 43:70). However, Muhammad the prophet of Islam said, "Amongst the inmates in Paradise the women would be in the minority." (Sahih Muslim, Hadith No. 6600). Elsewhere he is mentioned to have said, "Had it not been for women, God would have truly, truly been worshipped" (Kanz-el-'Ummal, Vol. 21, H. 825). About ritual prayer Muhammad said, "Prayer is annulled by a dog, a donkey and a woman (if they pass in front of a praying person" (Sahih Bukhari, vol. 2, 135). So why is there such a contradiction?