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Why are there so many religions?

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“Most college students have at one time or another asked, ‘If there is only one God, why are there so many religions?’ A good question that I as a Rabbi have often been asked.
This is my answer. The Qur’an declares that Allah could have made all of us monotheists, a single religious community, but (didn’t) in order to test our commitment to the religion that each of us have been given by God.
“If Allah had so willed, He would have made you a single people, but (God’s plan is) to test you in what He has given you: so compete in all virtues as in a race. The goal of you all is to (please) Allah who will show you on judgment day) the truth of the matters in which you dispute.”

America’s Islamophobia is bad for everyone

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“Also, all rabbis know that during the ten plus centuries of the Medieval Age, Jews were persecuted much less in Muslin countries than they were in Christian countries. Even today, Muslim extremist terrorists have slaughtered more Muslim victims, than the number of Christian and Jewish victims combined.

Our religious and political leaders could help improve interfaith relations in 2016 by constantly repeating the important lesson taught by a German Protestant theologian, Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984), about the cowardice of German intellectuals when the Nazis’ rise to power; and began purging their chosen targets, group after group:

First they arrested Socialists, and I did not speak out— Because I was not a Socialist.
Then they arrested Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Trade Unionist.
Then they arrested Jews, and I did not speak out—Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak out for me…”

Prophet Muhammad sws and Medina’s Jews

By Rabbi Allen Maller.
So why did the Jews of Medina tell Muhammad: “This is the day when Moses became victorious over Pharaoh.”?

Because they knew that Prophet Muhammad was born (in 570 CE) exactly 500 years after the Romans destroyed Jerusalem and its Holy Temple (the far sanctuary).

And because they knew the Jewish tradition that the Messiah was/will be born on Tisha B’Av. This rabbinic midrash teaches us that very good things like monotheism, can with God’s help, grow out of very bad things, like the many years of Muhammad’s rejection and persecution by the polytheistic, idol worshipping Arabs in his home town of Mekka.

Jewish Rabbis who protected the Kaaba (narrated by Ibn Kathir)

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“When (on his return) he passed by Makkah, he wanted to destroy the Ka`bah, but the rabbis told him not to do that. They told him about the significance of this House, that it had been built by Ibrahim Al-Khalil, peace be upon him, and that it would become of great importance through that Prophet who would be sent towards the end of time. ..”

Ramadan and Shavuot

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“According to a Hadith cited by ibn Kathir in elucidating Qur’an 2:185; Ramadan is a very special month because this one month in the Islamic lunar calendar was the same month when four of God’s books of revelations were sent down to four special Prophets: Abraham, Moses, Jesus and Muhammad. ..”

A new (old) attack on Halaal food

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“.. although Orthodox Jews still cannot use Halal food, the majority of Jews, who are no longer Orthodox, and who now have a diet that is much closer to Halal than to strict Orthodox Kashrut, can and should use Halal food.”

Which Abrahamic religion is the easiest?

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“Orthodox Rabbis did not follow the example of Muhammad as narrated by his wife ‘Aisha: Whenever Allah’s Apostle was given the choice of one of two matters, he would choose the easier of the two, as long as it was not sinful to do so, but if it was sinful to do so, he would not approach it…”

Fewer missionaries now seeking to convert Jews and Muslims

By Rabbi Allen S Maller
“The decline in Baptist missionaries is due to financial limitations and not to a growing belief in religious pluralism. Southern Baptists have seen a decline in membership, dropping from 16.3 million in 2003 to just under 15.5 million in 2016. With the money saved by the reduction of full time foreign missionaries, the Baptists will likely expand their efforts to convert Jews and Muslims in the U.S…”