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Rabbi Allen S Maller

Who are the Bani Isra-eel?

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“The Qur’an is very helpful in answering this question. Prophet Abraham is called a Muslim in the Arabic Qur’an; and in the Hebrew Bible the very same Prophet Abraham is called a Hebrew [speaker or ethnic person] and a Babylonian immigrant who crossed over the Jordan River.”

Islamic and Jewish Views of Jesus’ Teachings

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“So the Trinitarian belief of Christianity is incorrect according to Islam and Judaism, but a Unitarian view is truly monotheistic.  So we can and should follow many of Rabbi Jesus’ teachings. ..”

Fitrah: Primordial human nature

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“The concept that every child is born with a natural belief in God is called in Arabic: ”Fitra”. Thus religion is part of human nature (fitra). As Prophet Muhammad taught, “ “No babe is born but upon Fitra. It is his parents who make him a Jew or a Christian or a Polytheist.””

On attacking another religion

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“We are all committed to our beliefs. We see them as truths. But how do we view the beliefs of other communities? Do we see them as allied but not identical truths, or as dangerous threats?

If we are honest, we must admit that there are good people in other communities whose religious beliefs are different from ours. What are we to conclude from this? Do we say they are good despite their false beliefs? They would say that it is their beliefs that make them good. So does any community have a monopoly over true beliefs?

If we study a religion other than our own with fairness, we see its goodness. We see that it orients the hearts of its followers to the presence of God; but from a somewhat different perspective…”

The evolution of pre-Holy Book religion

By Rabbi Allen Maller

“The idea that reason, socialism or modern science would replace religion has turned out to  be a wish fulfillment fantasy of people who bear a grudge against religion. Usually their children or grandchildren return to religion. Religious rituals and ideas are ubiquitous and continue to evolve as the creative intelligent minds of Homo Sapiens encounter changes in their environment..”

When Ramadan Reconciliation Might Fail 

By Rabbi Allen Maller
“Yet many good hearted idealistic people keep trying to fix bad relationships, often exposing  themselves, and sometimes others, to new hurts and rejections. They need to understand that without the co-operation of another person, some hurts and bad feelings cannot be healed. 

The only remedy then is to let that person go; and to begin again with new opportunities to atone by giving extra charity, as Anas related: “The Prophet was asked, ‘Which type of charity is best?’ He responded, ‘Charity done during Ramadan.’ ” (Tirmidhi, #663); and doing good deeds for other suffering people.”

Book Review: The importance of the Constitution ot Medina

By RabbI Allen Maller
“The Constitution, Charter or Covenant of Medina pre-dated the English Magna Carta by almost six centuries. It applied to the 10,000+ citizens living in Medina at that time. Remarkably, 45% of the total population in Medina consisted of pagan Arabs, 40% consisted of Jews, and only 15% were Muslims, at the start of this treaty. These numbers were recorded by Prophet Muhammad through a census he commissioned. So Prophet Muhammad’s Charter/Covenant of Medina was designed to govern a multi-religious pluralistic society in a manner that allowed religious freedom for all. ..”