Thursday, June 5, 2008

Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest

Introducing "Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest"
by Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun chair, American University.

Moderator: Indeed, the Neocons are preempting Armageddon. Neocons are as relevant to the teachings of the Christ as the Islamists are to the Prophet Muhammad's techings. Neither group understands the essence of the religion, instead they thrive on fear and are driven by an imaginary conquest.
The introduction by Dr. Akbar Ahmed is a huge endorsement of Farzana's work.
I have admired the articles and work of Farzana Hassan, president of the Muslim Canadian Congress who has taken a firm stand on moderation in approach that the Prophet taught, I hope and pray more and more Muslims join her in her Jihad to keep Islam pristine, simple, all embracing and peaceful
Mike Ghouse
World Muslim Congress
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Introducing "Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest"
by Akbar Ahmed, Ibn Khaldun chair, American University.

"Prophecy and the fundamentalist Quest", the latest book by Farzana Hassan, president Muslim Canadian Congress is an attempt to compare and contrast the prophetic literature of the world's two largest religions i.e Christianity and Islam. The author contends that both are proselytizing faiths, continually seeking to convert humanity to their specific worldview. Each also believes that ultimately, its particular ideology will prevail. For example, she writes" Closely associated with the establishment of Israel is the holy land is the rebuilding of the Third Temple. It is an important event in a series of apocalyptic events that will herald the second advent of Christ.

But whether the Temple will be rebuilt is a question that must be explored more through biblical references, as neither the Quran not Hadith elaborate the issue in depth. This is not to suggest that Muslims refrain
from interpreting biblical prophecy in a manner that will further their own political agenda for the region. Many regard the construction of the Al-Aqsa Mosque on the site of the Temple of Solomon as a fulfillment of the biblical prophecies pertaining to the Third Temple."

As is commonly understood, such events according to both faith traditions will unfold during the end of days or the apocalypse, which many believe is taking place before their very eyes. As the main premise of the book, the author argues that apocalypticists who interpret scripture literally and can hence by categorized as fundamentalists, will not stop at achieving their religio-political goals till such time this apocalyptic vision has been realized for them. The book also highlights interreligious struggles surfacing among the most ardent followers of these traditions. Adherents of these Abrahamic faiths interpret prophecy to support their particular religious stance and political goals.The debates are endless and the issues remain as contentious as the stark differences in outlook over the current political crises in our troubled world.

This book is an important contribution to a matter that concerns all of us interested in exploring ways to make the world a more harmonious place. I am grateful to its author for her courage and wisdom in writing it.

Farzana Hassan, President of MCC. Freelance writer, public speaker and author of "Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest"
Prophecy and the Fundamentalist Quest
An Integrative Study of Christian and Muslim Apocalyptic Religion
Farzana Hassan
Foreword by Dr. John S. Niles

ISBN 978-0-7864-3300-1
glossary, appendices, notes, bibliography, index
196pp. softcover 2008

$35 Available for immediate shipment


This work traces the origins of apocalyptic prophecy in Christianity and Islam through in-depth examinations of several texts found within the Bible, the Quran, and the Hadith. The author contends that Christianity and Islam, often seen as two of the primary fundamentalist and proselytizing world faiths, remain pitted against each other in an ongoing struggle to impose their religious ideology on the rest of the world through either force or persuasion. The religious prophecies discussed in this book are largely focused on end-time or apocalyptic scenarios (such as the Book of Revelation from the Bible’s New Testament, the prophesized hour of judgment in the Quran, and the Book of Tribulations in the Hadith). The final two chapters provide an analysis of current world politics, including the Iraq War, within the context of Christian and Islamic prophecy.

About the Author
Farzana Hassan, is the president of the Muslim Canadian Congress. She lives in Canada.

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Planned Muslim Response to Qur'an Burning by Pastor Jones on September 11 in Mulberry, Florida

August 19, 2013| Dallas, Texas

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We as Muslims plan to respond to pastor Terry Jones' planned burning of 3000 copies of Quran on September 11, 2013 in positive terms.

Our response - we will reclaim the standard of behavior practiced by the Prophet concerning “scurrilous and hostile criticism of the Qur’an” (Muhammad Asad Translation Note 31, verse 41:34). It was "To overcome evil with good is good, and to resist evil by evil is evil." It is also strongly enjoined in the Qur’an in the same verse 41:34, “Good and evil deeds are not equal. Repel evil with what is better; then you will see that one who was once your enemy has become your dearest friend.”

God willing Muslims will follow the divine guidance and pray for the restoration of Goodwill, and on that day many Muslim organizations will go on a “blood drive” to save lives and serve humanity with kindness.

We invite fellow Americans of all faiths, races, and ethnicities to join us to rededicate the pledge, “One nation under God”, and to build a cohesive America where no American has to live in apprehension, discomfort or fear of fellow Americans. This event is a substitute for our 10th Annual Unity Day Celebration ( held in Dallas, but now it will be at Mulberry, Florida.

Unwittingly Pastor Jones has done us a favor by invigorating us by his decision to burn nearly 3000 copies Quran on September 11, 2013. Obviously he is not satisfied by the notoriety he garnered by burning one Qur'an last year.

As Muslims and citizens we honor the free speech guaranteed in our constitution. We have no intentions to criticize, condemn or oppose Pastor Terry Jones' freedom of expression. Instead, we will be donating blood and praying for goodness to permeate in our society.

We plan to follow Jesus Christ (pbuh), a revered prophet in Islam as well as Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) – that of mitigating the conflicts and nurturing good will for the common good of the society.

We hope, this event and the message will remind Muslims elsewhere in the world as well, that violence is not the way. Muslims, who react violently to senseless provocation, should realize that, violence causes more violence, and besmirches the name of the religion that we hold so dear. We believe that Prophet Muhammad was a mercy to the mankind, and we ought to practice what we believe and preach. We must not insult Islam by the negative reactions of a few.

We can only hope it will bring about a change in the attitude of the followers of Pastor Jones, and in the behavior of those Muslims who reacted violently the last time Pastor sought notoriety – We hope this small step towards a bridge to peaceful coexistence would propel us towards building a cohesive society.

Like most Americans a majority of Muslims quietly go about their own business, but it is time to speak up and take positive action instead of negative reaction. May this message of peace and goodwill reverberate and reach many shores.

Lastly, we appreciate the Citizens of Mulberry, Florida, Honorable Mayor George Hatch, City Commissioners, police and Fire Chiefs for handing this situation very well. This will add a ‘feather of peace’ in the City’s reputation. We hope Mulberry will be a catalyst in showing the way in handling conflict with dignity and peace.

We thank the Media for giving value to the work towards peace rather than conflict.


Thank you.


The people in Dallas are making an effort to understand and clean their own hearts first, when we are free from bias, it would be easy to share that with others. Islam teaches us in so many ways to "respect the otherness of others" and it is time we find simple practical ways of doing it.