A different view about Islam and Muslims..

The original covenant is in a museum in Istanbul. This copy is at Mount Sinai.Courtesy photo

I'm a news junkie.

I open my days with BBC and Al Jazeera English and close with Jon Stewart's Daily Show. I get frequent updates from the New York Times, Reuters and the Christian Science Monitor.

My bookmarks include Andrew Sullivan, The Guardian, Washington Post, Harretz, Jerusalem Post and Counterpunch.

When I feel a need to follow Sun Tzu's injunction, "Know your enemy" I watch Fox News and read The Washington Times, New York Post, Pamela Geller, Jihad Watch and random letters to the editor.

I read. I try to process what is happening. I've stopped worrying about whether a terrorist is secular or religious, Muslim, Christian or Jewish. When terrorists act in their inhumanity they are mere criminals and have nothing to do with any religion that I know anything about.

They are criminals and have nothing to do with me.

A recent Portsmouth Herald letter to the editor caught my attention. The author wondered why our leaders (President Obama and Hillary Clinton were mentioned) have not decried the words of a Saudi cleric calling for the destruction of all churches in the Arabian Peninsula.

Maybe because it isn't true.

Or maybe it is. I don't know. The outcry seems to be inspired by a March 14, post on Jihad Watch. I searched the Internet and couldn't find any authoritative source. And no stories predating Jihad Watch.

Show me the proof.

As quoted, Sheikh Abdul Aziz Al-Asheikh, Mufti and chairman of the Supreme Council of Ulama in Saudi Arabia, allegedly said it is "necessary to destroy all the churches in the region." If he truly said that, and that is what he meant, it must be condemned. And will be.

"There shall be no compulsion in religion," Qur'an, 2:256.

For me, the most authoritative source, which contradicts this absurd assertion, lies in the words of the Prophet Muhammad himself on behalf of the Monks of St. Catherine Monastery in Mt. Sinai, written in 628.

"This is the document which Muhammad, son of Abdullah, God's Prophet, Warner and Bearer of glad-tidings, has caused to be written so that there should remain no excuse for those coming after. I have caused this document to be written for Christians of the East and the West, for those who live near, and for those of distant lands, for the Christians living at present and for those who will come after, for those Christians who are known to us and for those as well whom we do not know."

It covers all aspects of human rights, including such topics as the protection of Christians, freedom of worship and movement, freedom to appoint their own judges and to own and maintain their properties, exemption from military service, and the right of protection in war."

It includes, "None of their churches and other places of worship will be desolated, destroyed or demolished. No material of their churches will be used for building mosques or houses for the Muslims. Any Muslim so doing will be regarded recalcitrant to God and His Prophet."

Nearly a decade later, after Jerusalem surrendered to Muslim forces in 637, Bishop Sophronius gave a tour of the Church of the Holy Sepulcher to the victorious Caliph Omar. When it was time for the noon prayer, Omar took his prayer rug and prayed outside in the courtyard, fearing if he prayed inside the church it might become a place of worship for Muslims.

This is the Islam I embrace.

Islam is an easy target these days. Muslim fanatics use ignorance and Islam to justify their power and criminality. Anti-Islam fanatics use their bigotry and ignorance to create a fear of the Other, and, not coincidentally, attempt to disenfranchise President Obama and his administration.

What rankles the most, however, is when writers, trying to pretend an authority over matters in which they have nothing but ignorance, appropriate the ideas and words of others.

Living out of fear and ignorance, a virtual world has evolved in which neither truth nor honesty prevails.

On March 25, a letter-writer offered, "As reported in The Telegraph, Imam (French President) Sarkozy said of the Toulouse jihadist: "The Muslim faith has nothing to do with the insane act of this man," and continued, "Muhammad Merah claimed affiliation with al-Qaida and may have trained with the Taliban. He claimed to be a mujahid, which is a warrior of jihad, which is an Islamic theological and legal concept."

On March 22, Robert Spencer posted on Jihad Watch, a leading Web site of anti-Islam rhetoric, "Imam Sarkozy on Toulouse jihadist: "The Muslim faith has nothing to do with the insane acts of this man" and continued, "Muhammad Merah's murders had everything to do with Islam: he claimed affiliation with al-Qaeda and may have trained with the Taliban ...; He claimed to be a mujahid, which is a warrior of jihad, which is an Islamic theological and legal concept."

Earlier, on Feb. 18, 2009, Jihad Watch published, "Qaradawi has stated that there is to be no dialogue with Israel except "through the sword". He has also called for the takeover of Rome, Europe and the United States."

Five days later, in a letter to the editor, "Qaradawi has stated that there is to be no dialogue with Israel except through the sword. He has also called for the takeover of Rome, Europe and the United States."

There are other examples but that is not really the point. We all make mistakes. The point is, it is easy to embrace, believe and disseminate untruths, without question, when we really want something to be true.

If an idea, a people, a religion is seen as foreign or threatening we are willing to believe anything about them and to pass those untruths along.

Oh, by the way, the same Shaikh Yusuf Qaradawi, a prominent Islamic scholar and no stranger to controversy, issued a fatwa in 2008 permitting churches in Arabia, relying on "tafsir," exegetical writing, that dated back to the 10th century.

"O YOU who have attained to faith! If any iniquitous person comes to you with a [slanderous] tale, use your discernment, lest you hurt people unwittingly and afterwards be filled with remorse for what you have done." (Qur'an 49:6)

Robert Azzi is a photojournalist who lives in Exeter. He may be reached at theother.azzi@gmail.com.

You have reached the End of the Article... But, read on...

Apostle 1.com's Disclaimer Notice and other things

Contents & Links:

Some of the items you may come across requires Adobe ".pdf" reader.   If don't have Adobe Reader installed on your pc, click here to download it for free. You will need Adobe Reader to open pdf files. (Most pc's already have an Adobe Reader installed.) However, you may also wish to use Open Office which is another Free download that can be reached at: http://www.openoffice.org Which provides (for some people) a better way to create and manage documents as well as " .pdf " files and other items.

In due time we shall be using "zipped" files.  Most computers already have installed a ZIP FILE EXTRACTOR, however If you need a Zip utility program to unzip or extract zipped files, click here to download a free trial of WinZip.

Disclaimer Notice & Other things:

(Apostle1.com's Note, Commentary, opinion & Disclaimer Notice: We Have many Contributors to our DAILY NEWS SERVICE, as well as many other Updates & Information provided - We are thankful for our Desert Angels, Our Flying Foxes, Our Flying Squirrels and our many other contributors... Even though we don't always give the credit they deserve... We want you, the viewer to know that they are a part of our life and living... They are, according to their nature & degree of ability, truly Christian in Spirit and in Truth for they have YOU, the viewer in mind as a part of their own concerns too, as we do too!


However... there is something else we wish to warn you about.


DISCLAIMER NOTICE: The views expressed at this website regarding any article not directly connected to religious content is the opinion or commentary of the author which we may not necessarily believe in, accept or support, and some religious articles we may not accept or support either. We take no responsibility or liability for the content of any news item or article presented as any information provided which you rely upon requires that you, the reader/viewer, take action to verify its worthiness on your own.  We have deduced to a minor degree, that the information provided by the author is such that warrants posting for you the viewer/reader only... and that any statements or purported facts, including any news item, is for you to verify as to its authenticity.  We take no liability and no responsibility for its accuracy whatsoever! You who are new visitors, may wish to read a very short article below entitled "The purpose for presenting our Daily News section" Sadly to say, we take no pleasure in stating that some of the items we post are not from what we would call true "Christian" organizations. But we post it because it provides another side of the proverbial story.  The Church, after all, is supposed to be a temple for sick souls (sinners) without distinction between their worse sins or otherwise, but it seems to some organizations that they say much about others, but fail and refuse to upbraid themselves and their members for their own sins...)


"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."


- Blessed St. John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco

The purpose for presenting this Daily News section:

Daily News is very important to those who are true Orthodox Catholic Christians.  For without knowing or gaining information for understanding about what is happening in one's local area and around the world, you could  find yourself faced with denied services in the secular area, lack of income, even (although it sounds far-fetched) ability to worship openly for the time is not far off when all will have to decide if they wish to follow the Anti-Christ through the One World Church and One World Government as prophesied by the Apocalypse, the Book of Revelation of St. John or follow the faith delivered once and for all which will cause for many to be denied the abilities to survive under those kind of conditions, causing for one to consider other options. 


Many of those who subscribe to, and some who have caused or are the cause for, these things to happen are involved in or with the Roman Jurisdiction of the Catholic Church (which is not the seat of all things "Catholic") as well as its protestant daughters such as the cultic Jehovah's Witnesses, the Pentecostal Churches, the Church of Latter Day Saints also known as the Mormon Church and far too many more to list. 


Yet, at this web site we do provide some of the reasons about why they are opined to be the harbingers of that which is prophesied in Holy Scripture for the bringing about of the End Times which we have already entered.  It is not necessarily their individual members or parishioners that should be blamed since they are only the "Sheep" and not the Shepherds... So do not think we castigate individual people of themselves as we castigate those "money changers" who Jesus Christ chased out of His Father's House as the Bible Describes; for they exist in these present times too.


Events are already rushing toward that time in which this is beginning to happen and will become more fully wide-spread. In these present times all you need to really do is look around both your local and larger areas as to what is really on-going through.  Things so very little or miniscule that they are barely noticeable except to the more informed observer may become apparent. 

Those little things are the laws of the land, economics, politics, the degrading and erosion of those rights and liberties afforded by the Constitution of these United States of America and many other things such as the manner with which entertainments have taken over much of the populace, entering into and becoming a major focus in worship, and more. 

We ask you, if you don't want to believe us... Have you heard, seen or found what is termed (of the many terms being used) that there are "holding areas" or "camps" or "Closed/Fenced communities" being built by GOVERNMENT? 

Here in North America, especially in the United States of America, we must admit that what Russia has come out of (a communistic, atheist country) we are entering into.  And one last thing that needs also to be understood... Something very important to those of you who are "Catholic" in the Roman sense of its jurisdiction....   And, we believe this also holds true for many who are "Orthodox" whether "Eastern" or "Western"....

[ * Non-Denominational = Synchrestic Ecumenism, Disease of Scholasticism, altering the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ to accommodate the disease of Political Correctness and CULTIC PROTESTANTISM, and the Roman Jurisdiction (Latin Church = Vatican) of the Catholic Church) breaking of - or failure and refusal to respect and abide by  - the ancient Seven Ecumenical "Do Not" Canons which leaves everything else open to God's gift of creativity... failure & refusal to abide by and have respect for those who diligently protect one of the other Pillars of the Church, the Seals of the Confessional, but "Non-Denominational" also includes worshiping Satan's religion of Muslim, Islam by praying with them and other heretics such as 'Pentecostalism,' 'Jehovah's Witnesses,' 'Mormons,' 'Church of Christ,' any so-called church with "Community Church" in their nomenclature and others who by their false and misleading dogmas and doctrines are actually against the Life and Teachings of Jesus Christ upon whom and for exacting reason we are called "Christian" in both spirit and truth from which non-denominational protestant sectarian claimants have departed from as being so-called Christian] Only a skilled spiritual father can help you!

Remember: You cannot ride two horses or serve two masters for one of them will be harmed by your thoughts, your very words and your actions which is to blaspheme the Holy Ghost (Spirit) who will depart from you.  And when the Holy Spirit departs, the great deceiver (unbeknownst to you) will rush in to fill the void under disguise of being the Holy Spirit!  Testing of the Holy Spirit to insure it is the Holy Spirit does not, for many a Sectarian Protestant and Roman, work because the Great Deceiver (Satan) is most skilled in worming and snaking his charms around your mind and heart to feign being the Holy Spirit.  Remember, Satan has the same gifts similar to the Holy Spirit but Satan's gifts are UN-HOLY and lead all who accept him (unbeknownst to you) to perdition.

About This Web Site  - About Who We Are  - Some of our Synod members & clergy   -   About Holy Orders & Institutions 

AOC/NAOC CODE OF CANON LAW   -    A Dictionary of Orthodox Catholic Words & Terms   

   About Ancient Canons & Councils   = HIV/Aids and Cancer In America - A tribute  

 Apostolic Lines of Succession

A Message from our Spiritual Father  (constantly updated)   -   Abouna +Gregori's Own - Let The Truth Be Known  

- Clergy Database Information   

Messages from Father Lazarus

Many things relevant to the Life & Teachings of Jesus Christ  

Our Clergy Application & Agreement     Commemorations for the living and the reposed

Daily News   -  Deacon Christopher Herman News  PRESENTATION and Archive pages   - Education & More  

Forgiveness - Christian Love - a different way of Praying the Our Father


Liturgies for All Occasions

Monastery of St. John Maximovitch and the Holy Theotokos (includes the Brotherhood & Community)

   On-Line Discussion Groups  -  Our Core Beliefs  -  Our Clergy  - 

Problems of Orthodoxy in the Americas - The Canonical Problem  

Quotes From Father +Thaddeus       Religious Products ??? 







Apostle1 Group at Yahoo.com


"Never, never, never let anyone tell you that, in order to be Orthodox, you must also be eastern. The West was Orthodox for a thousand years, and her venerable liturgy is far older than any of her heresies."

- Blessed St. +John Maximovitch of Shanghai and San Francisco


"Prejudice makes Prisoners of the Hated and the Hater" 

Metropolitan Archbishop +Joseph Thaddeus (1990)


Join Our Vladyka on Facebook where you may wish to ask him questions that are non-confrontational

1981-2012 American Orthodox Church - North American Orthodox Church
International Communications Headquarters

All Rights Reserved

Mailing Address:  212 So. 16th Av., Caldwell, Idaho 83605

Telephone: (208) 459-2901


How Many Times?


TOTAL VISITORS since 1999:

Free Web Counter
Free Hit Counter


Home Page