Sheikh AwalClaims Visiting Sheik who says Christians should be tolerant of Muslims; Boko Haram and ISIS are not representation of IslamA US-based Islamic preacher, motivational speaker and prolific writer, Sheik Ahmed Mohammed Awal, has said that in spite of Islam being the fastest growing religion in the world, misconceptions and misunderstandings have caused the religion to be secondary, violence oriented, and always at the back seat.The Islamic preacher said the prophet Mohammed and Jesus Christ are both prophets of God, and that Mohammed is the comforter Jesus Christ mentioned in John 14:15–18, a claim that Christians worldwide would refute.“If you love me, keep my commandments. And I will pray for the Father, and He will give you another Comforter, to be with you forever, the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him; but you know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you,” he quoted John 14: 15-18, a verse Christians worldwide know to be in reference to the Holy Spirit of God.The Sheik spoke to thousands of Muslims at the Antoinette Tubman Stadium in Monrovia on Sunday, July 9, which marked the Liberian Muslim community’s first international Islamic Outreach Program, called Dawah, under the theme: “Peace, Reconciliation, and Religious Tolerance.”Partial view of the crowd at the ATS who came to listen to Sheik Ahmed Mohammed AwalThe Sheik is in the country as a guest of several Islamic organizations, including the Al Noor Committee, the Liberia Muslim Women Network, the Muslim United to Invite Scholars and the Sisters in Islam, among others.Sheik Awal claimed that the original text of the Holy Bible, which was written in Hebrew, mentioned the name of the prophet Mohammed, but the English versions called him the “unlettered prophet,” citing Isaiah 29:12: “And when they give the book to one who cannot read, saying, “Read this,” he says, “I cannot read.”He stressed that Islam is a religion of peace, “and the way Muslims pray, prostrate and stand, were copied from the prophets, including Jesus Christ.” He said Abraham, Moses, and Joshua of the “Old Testament in the Holy Bible” prostrated to pray to God.He quoted Genesis 17:3; Deuteronomy 4:30 and Joshua 4:15 as some of the many scriptures where prophets prostrated in prayer to God. The Sheik further argued that even Jesus Christ prostrated to pray, as indicated in Matthew 26:39 and Mark 14:35.The Sheik frowned on the statement that Muslims worship the black stone in Mecca, which used to house over 360 gods.Sheik Awal said the pilgrimage to Mecca to worship is scripturally sound, quoting Isaiah 21:13, which said: “The oracle about Arabia. In the thickets of Arabia, you must spend the night, O caravans of Dedanites.”The black stone is a rock set into the eastern corner of the Kaaba, the ancient building located in the center of the Grand Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, he said.Meanwhile, the Sheik said Boko Haram and ISIS are not a representation of Islam because the Quran strictly prohibits the killing of another man.He challenged Muslim and Christian leaders in the country to lead the process of national peace, reconciliation and religious tolerance among Liberians. He explained that religious leaders who command hundreds of worshipers at their places of worship have critical roles in ensuring the maintenance of lasting peace in Liberia.Sheik Awal also wants the introduction of a regular interfaith dialogue in Liberia to enable people from various faiths understand the religions of others as a means of erasing the misconceptions and misinformation that are responsible for the problems in the country.“We in America normally open our mosques under a theme called the ‘Open House’ where people of the Christian, Jewish and even atheists come in to read and understand the Islamic religion. Do not shut the door of your mosques to them, it also belongs to them,” he noted.Sheik Awal also admonished Liberians to see the 14-year civil conflict in the country as a wake-up call for them to cultivate the doctrine of peace and reconciliation in their hearts.In order to ensure lasting peace and reconciliation in the country, he urged Liberians to ensure the provision of quality education to the youth to shift their minds from hatred to love for their fellow Liberians.Meanwhile, five persons publicly converted to Islam on Sunday after the Sheik’s presentation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
An assault charge brought against Easton Peters, of DD Bent Street, Wortmanville, Georgetown, was discharged on Friday by Magistrate Leron Daly when he appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Peters’ then common-law wife, Elesha Leech, told the Court that she did not want to proceed with the matter.It was alleged that on June 5, 2018, Peters and his ex-lover had an argument during which he assaulted her with intent to cause bodily harm.Citing the prevalence of the offence, the prosecution asked that Peters be placed on a bond to keep the peace and be sent to counselling.
Arsenal were rocked when it was announced that club-record signing Mesut Ozil would be ruled out for up to three months with a knee injury.It would seem to be a hammer blow to the Gunners, on the face of it, but not everyone sees it that way.Indeed in a recent talkSPORT poll, 62 per cent of Arsenal fans believe that Ozil’s absence could be a positive for the club, in as much as it will give others a chance to flourish in place of the lackadaisical playmaker.Some have even gone further with their criticism of the £42.5m man, urging boss Arsene Wenger to move him on and recoup as much of their expenditure as possible.Reports emerged earlier this week that Bayern Munich had enquired over the availability of Ozil during the summer, but Wenger dismissed them outright, insisting that he wanted to persevere with his temperamental star, but should the Frenchman have a change of heart, there is evidence enough that Arsenal wouldn’t be short of suitors.As the comment below shows, based on his performance away to Chelsea, Ozil’s apparent inconsistency and languid style is testing the patience of sections of the club’s support. 2 But if Wenger decided to buckle to their demands and move him on, who could he replace him with?Julian Draxler – SchalkeOne such replacement could be Schalke hot-shot Julian Draxler. A younger, more dynamic player to Ozil, the young German has been firmly on Arsenal’s radar for the best part of two years, but little has yet to come of their interest. As the 21-year-old proved in Schalke’s recent 1-1 draw with Chelsea in the Champions League, he certainly has the ability to mix it at the highest level as he inspired the Bundesliga outfit to come from behind against their monied opponents.Not only a talented technician, Draxler’s versatility has resulted in him playing both wide and central positions with relative ease, something Ozil has struggled with.Schalke’s comparatively poor start to the season could play a hand in his future, with the youngster likely to move on should the Konigsblauen fail to finish in the top four.Marco Reus – Borussia DortmundShould Wenger seek a replacement for Ozil, then he could always head further down the road to Dortmund and try to convince Marco Reus that North London is the perfect destination for him.His talents as a footballer are well documented, and his importance to Dortmund cannot be understated and his absence with an ankle injury has hit them hard – Dortmund currently sit 13th in the Bundesliga, with just seven points.Another player equally comfortable in wide and central positions, Reus is a far more direct player than Ozil, and his approach is perhaps more comparable to Arsenal’s Alexis Sanchez than his compatriot. Reports over a release clause in his contract being activated next summer could see Reus leave for as little as £20m – well within the Gunners’ budget.Yohan Cabaye – Paris Saint-GermainThe answer to Arsenal’s apparent problems may not be in a straight like-for-like replacement for Ozil, but in returning to a former target.The Gunners’ interest in Yohan Cabaye prior to his €25m switch to Paris Saint-Germain was reportedly serious, but given the Frenchman’s diminishing standing within the Ligue 1 giants squad a move could be on the cards.A known talent, Cabaye comes with Premier League experience and a style that suggests he would fit in well at the Emirates.His lack of football this season – Cabaye has played the full 90 minutes just once this campaign – has led to him being quoted as saying he is ‘not happy’ in the French capital. A move to Arsenal might just be the perfect remedy.Arsenal fans, is it time to consider moving on Mesut Ozil? Who would you replace him with? Comment below… Mesut Ozil has been criticised 2