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What Is Actually Inside The Ka'abba?

Just curious , I wonder why our muslim brothers&sisters have to face this building before praying?

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Turn black because of sins,GO TO LOOK IN KORAN 3:106 AGAIN AND READ IT. And answer the question : why is the Kaaba covered with a black cloth called a kiswa, if black is symbolic of sin?

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@Horus

Oga na wa for you. So you still havent understood?

For the fact that their faces would be black doesnt show any discrimination. There is no verse that says Black would not go to heaven, what matter most is piety. Allah does not look at your skin color, race, etc but your heart. We are all one in the presence of Allah regardless of skin color.

Here are some verses for you though they are many, showing that Allah is after your piety:

Quran 19 v 72: Then we shall save those who used to fear Allah and were dutiful to Him. And we shall leave the polytheists and wrongdoers therein humbled to their knees in Hell fire.

Quran 2 v 277: Truly, those who believe and do deeds of righteousness [/b]and perform As-Salat and give Zakat, they will have their reward with their Lord. On them shall be no fear , nor shall they grieve.

Quran 8 v 2: The believers are only those who, when Allah is mentioned, feel a fear in their hearts and when this verse (this Quran) are recited unto them, they (i.e the verses) increase their faith, and they put their trust in their Lord (alone)

No verses saying Black would go to Hell.

[b]This is for you

Quran 19 v 67 - 68: And man (the disbeliever) says: 'when I am dead, shall I then be raised up alive"?

v 67: Does not man remember that we created him before, while he was nothing?

v 68: So by your Lord, surely, we shall gather them together, and (also) the shaitan (with them), then we shall bring them round Hell on their knees.

v 69: Then indeed we shall drag out from every sect a

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Still no answer as usual. Koran 3:106 tells you evil people on judgment day will be cursed and their faces will turn black,that is racism. that religion is obviously not for african people.

Then why is the Kaaba covered with a black cloth called a kiswa, if black is symbolic of sin?

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i am not a muslim neither a christian but i have travelled to saudi arabia and isreal many times and the reason i see they face the kabba is simple, just to have organization, its simple logic

its normal to have organisation while praying, so pple will face one side, and its also done in some mosques in isreal as well, i know a place in isreal that consist of mosque and churches and they do face where the kabba is , as am told

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@Horus

Black stone did not turn black because of sin of those who touched it, its a lie. You even claimed that it was racist statement but still wonder why you believe in such?

Black is not a symbol of sin. Do you mean those wearing black clothes are sinners or those driving black cars?

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If the black stone turned black because of sins (racist statement) of those who touched it, then why is the Ka'ba covered with a black cloth called a kiswa, if black is symbolic of sin?

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There is no link it is a Question: If the black stone turned black because of sins (racist statement) of those who touched it, then why is the Ka'ba covered with a black cloth called a kiswa, if black is symbolic of sin?

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@Horus

You can do better than this infantile post. You said a back stone turned black and something fell from heaven, do you care to provide me the link pls?

If there is discrimination against black, why was Bilal, the first ethiopian muslim accepted into the fold of Islam?

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Muslims worship a white meteorite as a holy black stone, in a cube shaped building called the Kaaba, that fell from the sky white and when kissed it turned black from sins.So pay attention black people;Sins according to Islam is black that's why it was so easy for Muslim Arabs to sell us Africans as slaves. In fact in the Koran it tells you evil people on judgment day will be cursed and their faces will turn black, Koran 3:106, that is racism. that religion is obviously not for african people.

Now,Questions for Muslims Imaams, Amiyrs, etc. They should give reasonable, sensible answers:

If the black stone turned black because of sins (racist statement) of those who touched it, then why is the Ka'ba covered with a black cloth called a kiswa, if black is symbolic of sin?

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Please ensure you check your mails daily as regards the Quiz. I have forwarded 2 participant information to you. you will be the person that will announce the Winners on the final date.

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@shawn123,

My respects, but that is a hugely FALSE statement that blinds itself to the bare FACTS! There are indeed various Arabic versions of the Qur'an with alterations and avulsions - both in letter/alphabet and characters. Muslims in their malicious arguments and accusations against the Bible have often asked the hypocritic question or similar: "Is the Bible 100% complete?" My answer often times is that they drop their hypocrisies and then we can enter a genuine debate on the issue.

I think it is about time that this endlessly repeated and recycled hypocritic false assumption be exposed. Although I do not have time enough at this moment to walk you through clear CHANGES in the Qur'an, here is something that is just a tip of the iceberg for your consideration - from a non-Christian source, Wikipedia:

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The Sana'a manuscripts—found in Yemen in 1972—represent the oldest extent version of the Quran, dated to the latter half of the 7th century. In it are textual variations from the standard Quran that is presently read throughout the world.

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Von Bothmer, however, in 1997 shot 35,000 microfilm pictures of the fragments, and has brought the pictures back to Germany. The texts will soon be scrutinized and the findings published freely - a prospect that pleases Puin. "So many Muslims have this belief that everything between the two covers of the Qur'an is Allah's unaltered word. They like to quote the textual work that shows that the Bible has a history and did not fall straight out of the sky, but until now the Qur'an has been out of this discussion. The only way to break through this wall is to prove that the Qur'an has a history too. The Sana'a fragments will help us accomplish this."[/list]

For now, let's just wait and see further discussions on this subject as to the fact that there are different Qur'ans. It's not my style to divulge everything all at once; but at the appropriate time and thread, this issue will be scrutinized, and it would be interesting to see your reaction following the exposé.

Even with the acclaimed uniqueness of the Arabic language, it is clear that Muslims themselves are the ones who changed the texts of the Qur'an (which we shall see later on); and for all that, whatever is left in the Qur'an you read today is said to be meaningless as soon as it is translated into another language. If a book loses its meaning on being translated into another language, then it has no meaning at all in its original language since no one would understand what you are trying to cover.

Please look again at your last line - you have already exhibited "bias" while asking that others should not be biased! If you were open to fairness, we would not be reading your prejudice of trying to "rather" learn Aramaic instead of reading the Bible in any translation of more than 2,300 languages available today!

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@shawn123,

If you had tried to be reasonable in your post, we should have borne with you. But let me walk you through yours to show you why you need to be truly sorry for Islam before attempting to talk down Christianity and the Bible.

Arabic is not everybody's official language either. Earlier, we asked the question: "So, people must simply have to first learn Arabic in order to be able to PRAY to 'Allah'?" - and since we asked that question, no Muslim has come forward to proffer a reasonable answer. Asking people to learn Arabic before they can pray to Allah is spiritual confusion and hypocrisy.

The cause of religious conflicts in the world today is the direct result of the fraud in the Qur'an, especially Muhammad's denials of the Biblical narratives.

There are many different translations of the Qur'an as well, all saying DIFFERENT things in so many verses, did you know that? Yet, all these different translations have given rise to different ideologies in Islam for which Muslims have been at each other's throats.

The manuscripts of the Bible (OT and NT) were in Hebrew, Aramaic and Greek.

The manuscripts of the Bible have been translated by various scholars from many countries.

You may also want to acquaint yourself with Gerd Rüdiger Puin, indeed a German scholar reouted as the world's foremost authority on Qur'anic paleography.

Since you were only "assuming", your ideas are simply a joke. We all know as well that the Qur'an in the hands of Muslims today is not the original script; nor is it complete in its present form.

Muslims who often try to play the dubious game of attacking the Bible as an incomplete book should try and remember that the Qur'an today is the political redaction of the third Caliph, Uthman - who ordered that all the other manuscripts be burnt after his committee finished editing the Qur'an. Not only so, even the Hadiths clearly inform us without bias that a few verses of the Qur'an were lost, forgotten and cancelled while Muhammad was still alive; as well that after his death, Muslims had various Arabic versions of the Qur'an in their possession - and this was a threat to the entire Muslim world in their day.

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this Allah sef . . . how did he expect the Isoko man or the bushman of Kenya to read the quran since it cannot be translated from arabic?

Every muslim HAS to pray in arabic - tower of babel all over again.

You know, English is not everbody's official language, am sure you learnt english or didnt you? Its funny but the different translation of the bible is the cause of the religious conflicts we have today. Original bible was in aramic right? then translated by a german right? o.k without saying too much let us assume the pope who was feeding the german the scripts gave him a complete script (which is soooo impossible). we all know people have different ways of translation, for example eku ijoko in youruba can be welldone, welldone for sitting down, keep sitting down, it would be translated differently by different individuals. Same way in french mon cherie would be translated as my beautiful one, my love, my dear. Also in Hausa language sannu da zuwa can be translated as welcome, sorry for coming, welcome and come. All this transformation removes the original context. IF truth be told we all know the hipocritical nature of humans, the way we all swithch context to back up our attitudes or misdeeds. In this world today, the American anglicans have accepted homosexualism as christianity and in cote " no where in the bible that it is written that homosexualism is a sin" . My people isnt this enough that a lot has been changed in the holy book. But honestly in the Quran no letter absolutely no letter or alphabet has been change till this day. the arabic language is soo unique that if an i is changed to e it could change the whole meaning. Lets not be biased, i would rather learn aramic and get the original bible than read the edited version as we all see today the way things,constitution, law and all that is changed.

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An important point to note however is that at the point Daniel and the jews prayed facing Jerusalem Christ had not yet been crucified, God still dwelt in the temple at Jerusalem.

After his death and resurrection we have NO record of any of the apostles demanding that everyone pray facing Jerusalem, infact Christ said:

John 4 : 19 The woman saith unto him, Sir, I perceive that thou art a prophet.

20 Our fathers worshipped in this mountain; and ye say, that in Jerusalem is the place where men ought to worship.

21 Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father.

22 Ye worship ye know not what: we know what we worship: for salvation is of the Jews.

23 But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.

24 God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.

This then begs the question, do muslims pray towards the kaaba because Allah is there?

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Another deceitful cop-out. If you truly understood the very meaning and relevance of the hajj you wont need to go plagiarise another full length article from a website. We dont need a novel on all the hajj is about, we just need a few cogent points which you have exposed yourself to be ignorant about. Continue hiding behind ur fingers.

What is a good jummah and why at least 20? Why not 40 or 100?

here is the problem with this vague and incoherent "verse" . . . what does it mean by "station of abraham"? The Kaaba? What of the wells of Abraham? Are they not part of his station too?

The verse talks of pilgrimage, the question is pilgrimage to where?

Have you been able to prove the lie that abraham had anything to do with the kaaba?

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Pls lets not move from the level of intellectual discourse.

God bless.

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You can continue your ramblings,

" In it are Signs Manifest; (for example), the Station of Abraham; whoever enters it attains security; Pilgrimage thereto is a duty men owe to Allah,- those who can afford the journey; but if any deny faith, Allah stands not in need of any of His creatures <Qur'an Al-Imran 3:97>

A forum is not suitable to post all what Hajj is about.

How many people would read long articles to the end?

If you need a complete reading ,follow the link.

Ok?

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where in the quran were u ordered to go on pilgrimage to mecca? Oya tell us.

After hemming and hawing even you have no idea what the hajj is all about . . . you have to go reference a website. Its just like me giving you a website to go and read on the reason why Christ died on the cross. With my eyes closed i will take the next 2 hrs to answer that question.

I read through ur rambling and i still cant see a single spiritual benefit for the hajj. If indeed the hajj was so critical to the islamic faith then what happens to those who are too poor to travel? Will they miss the islamic heaven?

Is Allah only available in mecca that you NEED to go there to "assimilate one's self with the will of Allah"?

Can you urself see the emptiness of that which u practice so blindly?

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I really hope most muslims don't lose too much, before they realise the deceit of islam and the truth of Christ.

I pray God help them , see the truth and light despite the bondage of the devil!

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Its an act to strengthen your faith, if you are poor to go to ecca. Then, attend atleast 20 good Jummah and the reward is the same as Hajj.

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David, we don't just fly around.

We do things as ordered in the Holy Quran.

Good question.

Hajj literally means to travel (i.e., towards God) and it also means an effort to dominate something (the self, in this connection). Conventionally this term is translated as 'pilgrimage,' although this far from gives the exact significance of the word Hajj. This is the third of the religious duties of a Muslim. It is obligatory on every adult, man or woman, to go once in his or her lifetime to Mecca in order to perform there the great Effort for annihilating the ego (fana), i.e., assimilating one's self with the will of God. Those who do not possess the material means of travel, are exempted from it.

You can read the complete article here.

http://muslim-canada.org/hajj.htm

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if that is not idol worship then pls wake me up. The significance of a stone is simply that the prophet kissed it?

What about the wells that "prophet" Abraham built? Is any muslim planning a pilgrimage to that well anytime soon?

What then is the purpose of the hajj? To go and see the sights in Saudi Arabia?

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@ dafidixone

While kissing that stone one of the first 4 caliphs said the words[b] that this stone cant harm me or cant bless me but i am kissing it because i saw the prophet kissing it, it all shows that there is nothing inside kaaba , and Muslims dont worship it.[/b]

Ignorance,surely is a disease.

What they go there to do is for hajj.

If you might need a breakdown of what hajj means ,i will help you with that

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@lafile

When will you up and posting childish rejoinder?

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Last time i checked God was not stationary. He is Omnipresent. He is everywhere. It don't matter where you're facing; He hears you. I don't know what kind of God you serve sha. he only hears in one direction.

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Confusion my dear.

Am facing north and you are facing south.

Try and reason with that.

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There's nothing in the Kaaba.

Its just a symbol of unity.

We face the kaaba to pray, so as not to cause confusion.

You can imagine what will happen ,if someone is facing north and am facing east while praying.

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Lol. . . @focused,

It's not 'Allah' that they are trying to defend in reality. The real figure that they try to "defend" is Muhammad.

Why do Muslims not show as much reverence for any of the prophets that they claim Islam recognizes? Afterall, Muhammad himself claimed that he was not even better than Jonah - and people have castigated Jonah till the fish were so embarrassed! Yet, Muslim reaction towards any other prophets from the more than 124,000 prophets of Islam is a mere shrug of the shoulders.

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@ pilgrim.1, thanks for enumerating those verses of David's fast . . . i just never associated him with fastings as such.

I shld correct my post to indicate that.

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@By the way, I posed the John 1 verse 21 to a Pastor. Its about a whole week now, he is still checking all the Biblical material resources. And he has not come up with an answer yet! And I already told him that after his answer of the three distinct prophets being expected, then I pose the same question to him as it was later posed to Jesus son of Virgin Mary. I want to nail him to the cross, because he will have two sets of diffrent answers, Jesus answers will be different from John Zachariah's. Then he will not be able to explain the 'are you the prophet part!' Fortunately for me, when he was reading from his own Bible it reads ' prophets (plural)!' I just laughed, because he has already dug his own latrine, thanks to his own Bible!

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@Davidylan: The only thing that you have in the Bible/Christianity is the feel good doctrine, ain't? How can Prophet King David fasting be mentioned, in it? Afterall, you may be required to observe it! It is the same David that you call an adulterer and killer of innocent persons, that you shamelessly attach your god human lineage to! See how convolutely repulsive your acceptance of that concept is? A person who thinks will definitely rejects a religion of a god that curses an innocent little child on one hand, then say that another god form walked the street of a city, how ever noble the city may be and thatstreet walking god, was seized by an angry mob and slaughtered, senselessly. And all of a sudden take that dead man, (if only that his death was just part of a 72 hour period, even though they said the had predicted a full 72 hours!) as god, and or son of god, with a 1/3 raised to power god!

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Pls see Pilgrim.1's post on David's fast . . . my earlier post here was wrong. Thanks

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u're more confused than ever . . . so 6 billion people will have to learn arabic by force before they can pray to Allah or even hope to read his quran?

Why then did Allah bother creating all the languages? why not let everyone be able to speak just arabic to make life easier?

So the isoko man and the Chinese villager have to search for an arabic teacher before they can pray to Allah?

Another question . . . what happens to the "prophets" like Moses, David, Solomon e.t.c whom Allah claimed to have sent before mohammed? How did they pray to Allah? None of them knew anything called arabic so why did Allah reveal his initial revelations in Greek, hebrew, aramaic e.t.c?

Why did Allah suddenly, as soon as mohammed came on the scene, command that arabic be the language of prayer and study of the quran?

What happens to Abraham, Isaac, Ishmael who spoke not a word of arabic? Did Allah hear their prayers?

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may God deliver Africa from suffering.

So its a choice of either an European language or an Arabic one, in order to function on a global level. Soon Chinese ( Asian) will join the fray.

oh well, I'm just thinking out loud. I've got no problem with the languages[b] I[/b] speak. What's done is done. We ought to have made hay while the sun was shining, I guess.

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@babs787,

So, people must simply have to first learn Arabic in order to be able to PRAY to 'Allah'? And what if they mnever learn Arabic and do not wish to do so at all, but seek to pray to God in their own language?

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@Davidylan

Ok, let us take it one at a time. He will have to learn arabic first. I want you to know that every muslim must know arabic to be able to pray and through that he will be able to pray in another country where he does not understand their language. He doesnt need to understand every language or the language of that country he is going before he could join them in prayer but how can that be possible in christianity setting? Must a christian learn the language of the country he is going in order to be able to join them in prayer?

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stop confusing urself . . . from the very example you gave. Unless the English man and the Portuguese are forced to learn arabic how do they worship together considering the fact that they do not understand each other's language?

Or is it ok to merely know how to recite the prayers without understanding a word of arabic?

What if the igbo man wishes to say a special prayer in arabic . . . how does he do so? How do u translate the quran to an Ijesha man or a German without them having to learn arabic?

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@davidylan

You will never stop amusing me. The arabic language signifies unity. Muslims all over the world speak arabic during prayer, recites the same Quran, verses and chapters and it also make it easier for muslim to relate with each other in another country. Take for example an English man that wants to greet a portuguese but doesnt understand the language but through Islam and Arabic, he would be able to greet the person and they wil be able to pray together using arabic as their lingua franca but considerig a situation whereby the same people happens to be christians, how will they worship together considering the fact that they do not hear each other's language?

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this Allah sef . . . how did he expect the Isoko man or the bushman of Kenya to read the quran since it cannot be translated from arabic?

Every muslim HAS to pray in arabic - tower of babel all over again.

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You should tell us the different of this to Islam.

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will like 2 knw too

it used to b idols during d days of Prophet Ibraheem. . .now whats in it

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Olabowale,

I appreciate your passion for Islam,but can u explain why its necessary to face the Ka'abba to pray?

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@Jaiirzinho: Muhammad (as), was buried the the same day he died. Is burial place is in Madina, where he spent the last 10 years of his life.

@TayoD: Thank God for defidixone's effort in providing your Act 19 masterpiece! Fortunately I could not find any part that resembled Islam, the religion that Allah the Almighty ordained/commanded for all mankind. If you know it, since this way your similitude of proof, please, do not be shy or bashful to present your analysis. You have failed woefully in every effort you have made, since yesterday to drag down Islam. You will never be able to do it, singularly or collectively, even if all of you were to pile up your efforts and aid one another in wisdom, from now till the last man standing is cutdown by death! Never will you be successful in that department and Allah is my Witness on it!

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Acts 19

1And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples,

2He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost.

3And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John's baptism.

4Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus.

5When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus.

6And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied.

7And all the men were about twelve.

8And he went into the synagogue, and spake boldly for the space of three months, disputing and persuading the things concerning the kingdom of God.

9But when divers were hardened, and believed not, but spake evil of that way before the multitude, he departed from them, and separated the disciples, disputing daily in the school of one Tyrannus.

10And this continued by the space of two years; so that all they which dwelt in Asia heard the word of the Lord Jesus, both Jews and Greeks.

11And God wrought special miracles by the hands of Paul:

12So that from his body were brought unto the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them.

13Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the LORD Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth.

14And there were seven sons of one Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so.

15And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye?

16And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house Unclad and wounded.

17And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.

18And many that believed came, and confessed, and shewed their deeds.

19Many of them also which used curious arts brought their books together, and burned them before all men: and they counted the price of them, and found it fifty thousand pieces of silver.

20So mightily grew the word of God and prevailed.

21After these things were ended, Paul purposed in the spirit, when he had passed through Macedonia and Achaia, to go to Jerusalem, saying, After I have been there, I must also see Rome.

22So he sent into Macedonia two of them that ministered unto him, Timotheus and Erastus; but he himself stayed in Asia for a season.

23And the same time there arose no small stir about that way.

24For a certain man named Demetrius, a silversmith, which made silver shrines for Diana, brought no small gain unto the craftsmen;

25Whom he called together with the workmen of like occupation, and said, Sirs, ye know that by this craft we have our wealth.

26Moreover ye see and hear, that not alone at Ephesus, but almost throughout all Asia, this Paul hath persuaded and turned away much people, saying that they be no gods, which are made with hands:

27So that not only this our craft is in danger to be set at nought; but also that the temple of the great goddess Diana should be despised, and her magnificence should be destroyed, whom all Asia and the world worshippeth.

28And when they heard these sayings, they were full of wrath, and cried out, saying, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

29And the whole city was filled with confusion: and having caught Gaius and Aristarchus, men of Macedonia, Paul's companions in travel, they rushed with one accord into the theatre.

30And when Paul would have entered in unto the people, the disciples suffered him not.

31And certain of the chief of Asia, which were his friends, sent unto him, desiring him that he would not adventure himself into the theatre.

32Some therefore cried one thing, and some another: for the assembly was confused: and the more part knew not wherefore they were come together.

33And they drew Alexander out of the multitude, the Jews putting him forward. And Alexander beckoned with the hand, and would have made his defence unto the people.

34But when they knew that he was a Jew, all with one voice about the space of two hours cried out, Great is Diana of the Ephesians.

35And when the townclerk had appeased the people, he said, Ye men of Ephesus, what man is there that knoweth not how that the city of the Ephesians is a worshipper of the great goddess Diana, and of the image which fell down from Jupiter?

36Seeing then that these things cannot be spoken against, ye ought to be quiet, and to do nothing rashly.

37For ye have brought hither these men, which are neither robbers of churches, nor yet blasphemers of your goddess.

38Wherefore if Demetrius, and the craftsmen which are with him, have a matter against any man, the law is open, and there are deputies: let them implead one another.

39But if ye enquire any thing concerning other matters, it shall be determined in a lawful assembly.

40For we are in danger to be called in question for this day's uproar, there being no cause whereby we may give an account of this concourse.

41And when he had thus spoken, he dismissed the assembly.

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Why was I told that Muhammad's bones were buried underneath?

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TayoD: Enlighten us about Artemis of the Ephesians, being almost the same as Islam,. Islam is a religion I have practiced for over half a century. Mother was just talking to me about that this afternoon, that I took the religion seriously from my young days. I know enough about Islam that it is unique and there has been no other religion that matches it, in the way it is practiced. But I will like to hear how you came up with your opinion about Islam, a religion you know nothing and at best a little about.

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@topic,

The Good News Translation of Acts 19:35 - At last the city clerk was able to calm the crowd. "Fellow Ephesians!" he said. "Everyone knows that the city of Ephesus is the keeper of the temple of the great Artemis and of the sacred stone that fell down from heaven. I went through this chapter of Acts today and was amazed by the similarity between the religion of Artemis worship and Islam. It so happens that someone now post this topic on nairaland which bears directly on my thoughts today.

I will enjoin everyone to go through Acts 19 and see for themselves what I am talking about. Islam and Artemis of the Ephesians seem like the one and same religion to me.

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@topic,

The small, cubed building known as the Kaba [Ka'bah] may not rival skyscrapers in height or mansions in width, but its impact on history and human beings is unmatched. The Kaba is the building towards which Muslims face five times a day, everyday, in prayer. This has been the case since the time of Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him) over 1400 years ago.

The Size of the Kaba

The current height of the Kaba is 39 feet, 6 inches and total size comes to 627 square feet. The inside room of the Kaba is 13 x 9 meters. The Kaba's walls are one meter wide. The floor inside is 2.2 meters higher than the place where people perform Tawaf. The ceiling and roof are two levels made out of wood. They were reconstructed with teak which is capped with stainless steel. The walls are all made of stone. The stones inside are unpolished, while the ones outside are polished.

This small building has been constructed and reconstructed by Prophets Adam, Ibrahim [Abraham], Ismail [Ishmael] and Muhammad (peace be upon them all). [Prophets of Allah]. No other building has had this honor. Yet, not very much is [commonly] known about the details of this small but significant building. Did you know the Kaba was reconstructed as recently as close to four years ago? Did you know that the Kaba has been subjected to danger by natural disasters like flooding, as well as human attacks? If you didn't keep reading, you'll find some rarely heard of information discussed below and discover facts about the Kaba many are unaware of.

The Other Names of the Kaba

Literally, Kaba in Arabic means a high place with respect and prestige. The word Kaba may also be a derivative of a word meaning cube. Some of these other names include: Bait ul Ateeq which means, according to one meaning, the earliest and ancient. According to the second meaning, it means independent and liberating. Both meanings could be taken.

The History of the Kaba

Scholars and historians say that the Kaba has been reconstructed between five to 12 times. The very first construction of the Kaba was done by Prophet Adam. Allah [swt, glory be to Him] says in the Quran that this was the first house that was built for humanity to worship Allah. After this, Prophet Ibrahim and Ismail rebuilt the Kaba. The measurements of the Kaba's Ibrahimic foundation are as follows:

- the eastern wall was 48 feet and 6 inches

- the Hateem side wall was 33 feet

- the side between the black stone and the Yemeni corner was 30 feet

- the Western side was 46.5 feet

Following this, there were several constructions before Prophet Muhammad's time.

Prophet Muhammad participated in one of its reconstructions before he became a Prophet. After a flash flood, the Kaba was damaged and its walls cracked. It needed rebuilding. This responsibility was divided among the Quraish's four tribes. Prophet Muhammad helped with this reconstruction. Once the walls were erected, it was time to place the Black Stone, (the Hajar ul Aswad) on the eastern wall of the Kaba.

Arguments erupted about who would have the honor of putting the Black Stone in its place. A fight was about to break out over the issue, when Abu Umayyah, Makkah's oldest man, proposed that the first man to enter the gate of the mosque the following morning would decide the matter. That man was the Prophet. The Makkans were ecstatic. "This is the trustworthy one (Al-Ameen)," they shouted in a chorus. "This is Muhammad". He came to them and they asked him to decide on the matter. He agreed.

Prophet Muhammad proposed a solution that all agreed to putting the Black Stone on a cloak, the elders of each of the clans held on to one edge of the cloak and carried the stone to its place. The Prophet then picked up the stone and placed it on the wall of the Kaba.

Since the tribe of Quraish did not have sufficient funds, this reconstruction did not include the entire foundation of the Kaba as built by Prophet Ibrahim. This is the first time the Kaba acquired the cubical shape it has now unlike the rectangle shape which it had earlier. The portion of the Kaba left out is called Hateem now,

What is inside the Kaba?

Dr. Muzammil Siddiqi is the president of the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA). He had the opportunity to go inside the Kaba in October 1998. In an interview with Sound Vision, he described the following features:

- there are two pillars inside (others report 3 pillars)

- there is a table on the side to put items like perfume

- there are two lantern-type lamps hanging from the ceiling

- the space can accommodate about 50 people

- there are no electric lights inside

- the walls and the floors are of the marble

- there are no windows inside

- there is only one door

- the upper inside walls of the Kaba were covered with some kind of curtain with the Kalima written on it.

Source: http://www.cyberistan.org/islamic/kabah.htm

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