Gemini Full Moon- A Portal to Pray and Meditate

Today, on November 30, 2020, the Full Beaver Moon in Gemini is happening. This full moon is a window for one to focus on self and embrace doing your own thing. The moon affects all zodiac signs, but Sagittarius, Gemini, Virgo and Pisces will feel it the most.

At 4:31 a.m. Eastern US time on November 30, 2020, we’ve got a Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse at 8°38′ Gemini. This is a North Node Eclipse, in that the transiting North Node will be at 19°53′ Gemini. While not a close conjunction, in context of a possible 360°, the energies of Full Moon, Lunar […]

Gemini Full Moon and Lunar Eclipse ~ November 30, 2020

With an opposition like Gemini and Sagittarius, we’re especially called to discover stability among our beliefs, ideals, want for freedom and the effectiveness of our verbal exchange and listening skills. If there may be an issue with some other person, romantic or otherwise, which you were bottling up, now may be the time to greater deeply discover it.

The intention might be to first take a look at the emotions that arise after which compare them as objectively as you could. Try to recall the first time those styles of emotions occurred. Next, attempt journaling approximately them to really get to the heart of what you’re feeling, to figure out what adjustments you could make to nicely deal with your needs. Then, provide you with a plan to communicate all of your learnings to the ones around you.

Remember, full moons aren’t actually a time for action—they may be a time for reflection, simply because the light from the sun is reflected again to us through the moon.

Be mild with your self as you undergo this tremendous extreme full moon eclipse, maintaining in mind that a full moon eclipse is four times as amazing and energetically-triggering as a everyday full moon. The symptoms and symptoms in order to be feeling this energy the maximum are Gemini, Sagittarius, Virgo and Pisces and the full moon may be placing quite a chunk of pressure on them, mainly anybody who has planets among five and eleven degrees of those signs.

Gemini, the manner you present yourself in the world would possibly get a few pushback. Sagittarius, your relationship would possibly enjoy a setback in order to both bring you nearer or similarly apart. Virgo, you may examine some thing insightful about your career. Pisces, your own home lifestyles may be a focus for you.

For the rest of the signs, this Full Moon in Gemini would possibly bring a little sparkle for your life. Embrace it, you possibly wanted a tiny smash from the craziness of this year! If something does arise, keep in mind that you may not be able to manage your circumstances, however you’re answerable for your reaction. Use this complete moon to reflect, now no longer react. Use it as a window into deeper know-how of your soul, and shine mild at the elements of you that you are geared up to see, embody and heal.

Should you choose to pray and meditate, say these words under the light of the full moon as you moon-gaze:

Now, I lift my thoughts to the ALL-THING.
Listen ye and hear when it calls.
O LIGHT, all pervading, ONE with ALL and ALL with ONE.
Flow thou to me through the channel.
Enter thou, so that I may be free.
Make me ONE with the ALL-SOUL,
Shinning from the blackness of the night.
Free let me be of all space-time.
Free from the Veil of Night.
I, a child of light, thus command.

Enjoy the light…

Ọrun- The Sacred Abode and The Aboriginals

Ọrun (the sacred realm) is the abode of sacred and unseen beings, it habituates a countless number of life forces and energies such as Olodumare, the Oriṣas (divine energies), Oku ọrun/Alalẹ/Egungun (ancestors), Oro, Iwin, Ẹgbẹ(variety of spirits).

Olodumare (also known as Eledumare, Eledua, Ẹlẹda, Odumare, Ọlọrun) is known to be the creator of existence, the vessel of all energies. However, Olodumare has never been identified with gender, as a result, the native speakers of the Yoruba language refer to Olodumare as O/Wọn(It/They). As one of the names imply, Olu-ọrun- Ọlọrun is known to be the one that embodies Ọrun and all of its habitants. Olodumare is the source of Aṣe, the life force possessed by everything to come into existence. Olorun isn’t just the Lord over ọrun, It embodies both Ọrun and Aye within and as a result can’t be seen but seen in various manifestations as spirits, humans, animals and plants. As a result, all life forces- in this realm shall call ọrun home.

The Oriṣas

The Oriṣas are the divine forces- primordial, deified and sometimes personified divinities.
The primordial divinities are the ones known to be involved in the creation of the world we see today- Ogun (The God of iron, clearer of the path for both humans and divinities), Eṣu (The inspector General of Sacrifices, divine messenger and activator), Oṣun (the river Goddess, mother of love and fertility), Ọbatala/Oriṣa NLA (the divine sculptor of humans), Ọrunmila (the giver of wisdom, the one who reveals the unseen to humans, the witness of humans and the destiny).

The deified/personified divinities are ancestors who have been deified for possessing an unnamed Aṣe of Eledua. Sometimes, the deified ancestors are reincarnated to manifest in various forms. The most known deified divinity is Ṣango (Former Alaafin of Ọyọ, The will, fire and thunder of Eledua), Ọya(mother of whirlwind and lightning) there is also Mọrẹmi (mother of liberation), Oduduwa (the father of Yorubas). The use and meaning of names can, however, confuse those with little understanding of the Yoruba Cosmos. In the case of Oṣun (the wife of Sango, Mother of all twins) she is sometimes mistaken to be the primordial Iyami Ọṣun (Mother of rivers, fertility and love) It is no news that Gods/Goddesses possess devotees to manifest in a certain lifetime.

The Oriṣas can be grouped into two categories based on their personalities and operations. There are some with a cool temperament and the ones that have no chills. The ones with the cool temperament are known to be gentle, calm, soothing, reflective and includes; Ọbatala/Oriṣa NLA, Oṣoosi(Hunter, God of focus/Patience), Ọsanyin (Lord of leaves and medicine), Oduduwa (the first Monarch of Ile-Ife and deified patriarch of Yorubas), Yemọja, Ọṣun, Yewa, Ọ̀bà,( Queen mothers ruling respective rivers), Olosa, the Queen mother of the Lagoons to come as one- Olokun (Mother of the Sea, Oceans and Sky waters). They are mostly called upon for guidance, blessings and protection.

A majority of the Oriṣas that have the hot temperament are masculine energies, only a few are feminine. They include; Ogun (the God of iron, war and clearer of paths), Ṣango, Ọbaluaye(the Lord and bringer of pestilence), Ọya, Ṣopona(Lord of smallpox). The hot-tempered ones are usually called upon to bring justice upon violators, protect and defend the land during wars or invasion.

However, the classifications of these Oriṣas doesn’t have a thing to do with good versus evil. All Oriṣas possess their different values- positive and negative- order and chaos. Their modes of operation differ based on their manifestation of the unique Ase, as seen by their personalities. Moreso, they are not ranked in a hierarchy as each of them are relatively important in the Yoruba cosmos. Even when they are invoked in ceremonies, they are summoned based on their roles in the ritual and their relationships with each other.

The Oriṣas, however, engage in the affairs of the world through their mediums- devotees who have been trained and initiated to receive and manifest the divinity within. When the Gods/Goddesses manifest this way, they speak and act through the devotees.

Amongst the Oriṣas, there are two key ones; Ọrunmila and Eṣu- they are the pillars between the sacred and human realms. Ifa is the divination system given to the Yorubas by Ọrunmila. Eṣu is the divine messenger between humans and the sacred realm.

As Ọrunmila is the giver of wisdom and witness to humans and their selected destinies, Ifa offers the knowledge of unseen forces that influence the humans and their abode. The diviner is known as Babalawo (Father and keeper of secret wisdom) or Iyanifa (Mother and Keeper of Sacred realm and wisdom). The diviners use the poetry and rituals of Ifa to understand the cosmic forces. The Ifa system can also reveal to every human what their life path is, what sacrifice is needed from them to live life as chosen by the Ẹda(being) before coming to earth. Ifa can warn about a necessary/reversible evil, its causes, and how to reverse it.

Where Ifa reveals, Eṣu plays the role of an agent to execute the action. Eṣu, the inspector general of sacrifices, the one who accepts or declines the sacrifice given to whatever Oriṣa or ancestor. Eṣu doesn’t choose who he likes or hates when inspecting a sacrifice or offering. He looks into the intentions and conscience of the giver. Eṣu is also the God of crossroads- the revealer of choices one can make- this makes Eṣu the free will of humans, the reason he is called a trickster God- whenever humans summon Esu with woeful and uncalled for intentions, he offers choices and the invoker tricks themselves. Esu is not a devil but the reflection of choices we all make.

The Ancestors

According to Kwame Gyekye,

The ancestors are certain individuals of the past generations of a lineage who are said to have distinguished themselves in many ways and, in particular, to have led virtuous and exemplary lives worthy of emulation by succeeding generations of the lineage. Such individuals are regarded as… as mortal paragons.

Africans generally do not consider death as the end of the journey in life, only a transition to the state of immortality and in so doing, a link between the other realm and the physical one mortals habituate. Among the Yorubas, death gives more power and prestige- this helps the ancestors oversee the affairs of their younger ones. As a result, an ancestor can be reincarnated. When an ancestor is reincarnated, the male is called Babatunde(Father has returned) or Babajide(Father has risen)- the female is called Yetunde/Yeside(Mother has returned).

The ancestors are venerated in different levels; the ones prayed to as Ara/Oku Ọrun(The immortal/the dead that lives on). To be venerated as such, one must have lived a good life, done good deeds, died a good death, and given the proper funeral rites. One will hear the true practitioners of the Yoruba religion say “Oku Ọrun ki’n sun (the dead ones living don’t sleep)”

Egungun is the mask/regalia that represents the ancestors during festivals or sacred rituals. Certain sacrifices can’t be offered without the presence of the ancestors- many ceremonies would be considered void if the Egungun of the ancestors is absent.

A few African scholars assert that veneration of ancestors is not the same as worship, but veneration is a part of worship. According to Idowu- when African people venerate their ancestors, they go beyond boundaries and this propels observers to refer to the act as worship. A close observation when practised makes it clear that ancestors are not worshipped but venerated to sustain a cordial relationship between offspring and transcended elders- to prostrate/bow is to greet an elder, to feed an elder is to attract their blessing, and this is how the society continues to venerate their ancestors.

During communal ceremonies and festivities, the presence of ancestors as Egungun restores unity. The Egungun would dance; the community would sing, clap and dance along in merriment. According to Awolalu and Dopamu,

The coming together of the people is re-enacted and many people for the first time in the year meet on festival occasions. Men and women are brought together in one crowd and there is usually a sort of social reunion.

It is of a great tragedy that modernization seeks to eliminate the place of ancestors in the Yoruba and African society at large. Originally, the ancestors are consulted through the oracle before any ceremony but today, humans have taken over the positions of ancestors and money is the oracle. As a result, the ancestors depart from us and let us remain in a state of confusion- bad governance, mishaps on ceremonies, joys turning sour. The ancestors by now would be crying for justice, restoration and reinstatement. I can’t help but agree with Kofi Awoonor when he said:

The gods are crying, my father’s gods are crying for a burial… for a final ritual… but they that should build the fallen shrines have joined the dawn marchers singing their way towards Gethsemane… the gods cried, shedding clayey tears on calico; the drink offering had dried up in the harmattan and the fetish priest is dressing up for the Easter service.

Having explored the role of the ancestors in the society, it is understandable that colonialism displaced the position of ancestors. According to Alamu A.G,

The current paradigms of the ancestors as well as their achievements indicate that they must be remembered, praised and celebrated, but cannot enjoy such a powerful position and influence that they once enjoyed. The post-independence terrain does not guarantee such a place anymore.

We must venerate our ancestors because they lead the way long before us. Understanding the place of the ancestors in our society eventually puts us in position to be venerated as well. We are our ancestors because we are a seed from the family tree that sprouted from one seed.

ORO

Oro is the spirit of fierceness, tempest, or provocation- he is the personified executive power. When Oro haunts the forest, neighbourhood of towns, he makes a whirring, roaring noise to avert perpetrators and trespassers of his community. Due to the fierce nature of Oro and his provocation, women are to shut themselves in and avoid looking out on the pain of death. Where Egungun comes out for social activities, Oro comes out for political and security reasons- criminals condemned to death are for Oro as Oro fiercely wards off thieves and corrupt political practices. When a valuable person is assassinated, Oro is called upon to assist the victim to find justice. Oro is not a spirit to be toyed with or invoked when there are order and peace in the community. Unlike Egungun which prays for the community, Oro only comes out to execute a state of emergency. In other words, the Oro may be considered an Oriṣa of its own.

Iwin

Iwin is a spirit that likes to travel, looking for the human worthy enough to serve. The closest to translate it as is the fairy. Just like in the English fairytales and the famous Genes- Iwin assists humans to carry out activities on command by calling out their names.

Ẹgbẹ (Sacred Mates)

Ẹgbẹ means group/society. It is the classification of spirits in the sacred realm. There are more than groups/societies in the sacred realm.

Ẹgbẹ Emere (Spirits of Children that can transcend through realms), Ẹgbẹ Abiku (Spirits of Children who tend to teach relatives a lesson or not comfortable with the affairs of the lifetime they visit), Ẹgbẹ Omi (The marine spirits).

The Ẹgbẹ spirits are the ones in human form many may consider weird, dangerous, or unnatural. They come with special attributes- healing people emotionally and spiritually- high intuition to judge and guide. The Ẹgbẹ are not the same as the Oriṣas, they all have missions before coming to this earth and unlike everyone else, they remember who they were, what Ọrun is and how to transcend between both realms without death. They are the ones with the knowledge of all truth as they are the ones to ensure the continuum of the universe- creating causes and effects, maintaining order when there is chaos and bringing an end to the wicked.

Not all humans that we see walking the surface of this realm are ordinary. some are Gods/Goddesses, some are spirits, some are initiates, few are all, and many are clueless.

WHAT/WHO IS GOD?

All Afrikan belief systems have one or more similarities when it comes to the supreme being- Sun God, Sky God, God of creation… The only religions that make these “Gods” false are the ones that have created an opposing side (Devil/Satan). In other words, Afrikans didn’t honour or worship the supreme being just so to make heaven, flee from the devil, be rich, be holy or punish our enemies- you won’t have an enemy in ONENESS. The concept of worship, was to understand the universe we live in as spirits experiencing a human life. Hence, we looked up to the sky (gives rain, accommodates the sun, moon and stars). More so, we looked up to the sun, moon and stars for consciousness, as a result of being condensed light our selves. None of it was to make heaven, but oneness with the universe- becoming a divinity between the universe and those who are yet to remember or come to relive with you.


When the Hibru and Arabic people found this concept, there was no full understanding of what they had come across because the intention was to make something perfect that would be easy for practice without embodying energies (divinities) from the one source- most importantly, to have everyone in their fear and under one control. As a result, death became the punishment for not acknowledging what is supposed to give eternal life- to make life, is to give life. No child will be born if one doesn’t go. Blood is life and Breathe is spirit. They drained blood of spiritual people and drew their last breathe declaring a name- this gave the names life and existence.



How can someone who is living the umpteenth lifetime lose eternal life?

Crowns were taken and replaced with caps- the ones who possessed spirits, were stoned to death by the ones without souls. The entity “Jehovah” “Allah” “Yahweh” “Jesus” were given birth to by the loss of other lives- blood sacrifices were made to turn an idea into a reality.

Religion didn’t create morals, tradition did- knowing your tradition and doing what it is you must in order to be one with the Supreme being as you were before coming in this form. Everyone you know (blood or water), is only a reflection and creation of you. Your experiences were authored by you, your PAST experiences are to guide you in the present journey. This is why it is necessary to feed your ancestors- you are your ancestor, a star light returned from the universe. You are to libate the earth, so you can draw the information that you had kept with Onile(Mother Earth) in the previous HOUR. Onile(Earth) is known to always return what you have given to her.

However, religion is what creates sides- each religion claims to be the TRUE RELIGION. Every other religion is seen as a counterfeit, THE EVIL ONES USED BY THE DEVIL TO DESTROY THE WORLD. While as a Christian, it will be taboo to worship Allah and vice versa. As a Buddhist, you only acknowledge Buddah… But being spiritually conscious is different- it is the knowledge of self, the acknowledgement and appeasing of your Ori, the Knowledge of the Orisha(Energy) within you- you appease and honour your divinity. This doesn’t stop you from reaching out to the other energies in areas you need them manifesting. This is ONENESS WITH THE UNIVERSE. Understanding that before you was Olodumare- the first, the omniscient, the creator, the supreme being. This is no God, This is the Source, beginning and end link of all life forms. The Oneness of Life. This is you, this is me. So when I say Olodumare, I don’t mean a God sitting and watching the earth burn, drown or argue and kill themselves over who knows IT or not- I mean, the one that comes into being as you, as me. Eleda… Afrikan spirituality is understanding that before you on this earth(Onile), was the ancestors- the ancestors are you.

Not one of the Afrikan belief systems have a Satan/Devil. There is only one Supreme Being that represents each person in a different realm- this supreme being with various manifestations. Each person- A star with several lights (humans). When we leave, we leave a part of us behind (the ones that feel the pain of loss), we return to the rest of us (being born/reincarnation). This is why no one goes to hell but may still perish, as reincarnation may go wrong, dumping a large number in realms they see and know but can’t be a part of. Being incomplete through existence- which is also a state of mind.

You represent Olodumare as a divinity of a lineage, clan, tribe… As a result, you are you, you are your father, mother, sister, brother, son, daughter and what not. The Supreme being is the root of that family tree. Still you but the you as ONE, not the You distributed throughout your nuclear or extended family. In the real sense, there won’t be a God without you. All creation stories depict the Supreme Being to have created life force to experience essence. You have come to live the experience you were attracted to, just so you find essence.

Heaven is the acclaimed abode of God. What you create as a fortress, where you find comfort and maintain authority is the state of mind called heaven. Heaven can be on earth or in another dimension where you have returned to simply BREATHE. This is why it was a mandate to create great kingdoms upon kingdoms across Afrika. Each Kingdom had it’s own way of (RE)presenting the Supreme being and welcoming IT into the society.

The Supreme Being/Creator, is the one entity we remember we have a connection to. This connection is what ensures a continuum. Your father dies but you ensure to prolong the lineage (creation/procreation).

If it were that complicated, you won’t form, off the earthly nutrients supplied in God’s womb. Sucking the first meal from God’s breast is what gives life. THE WORLD WAS WITHOUT FORM AND VOID; NOTHING BUT DARKNESS AND WATER- No one remembers what the womb they stayed in for 9months looks like, cause it was dark… And you hear women say their water broke… LET THERE BE LIGHT- You open your eyes to see the world for the first time.

Believe in God or Not; You will be born, you will cry at birth, you will suck breast, eat, walk, run, shit, piss, f*(k, be hurt, be sad, be happy, be in need, have in abundance, walk on water, walk on sand, heal the sick, raise the dead… Above all, you and all the dead you brought back to life will eventually die. From one maker (your mother), to another maker (mother earth). Hence, we return to our maker in a form of no languages or words of mouth. Without the word God, there won’t be any but you in a state of all seeing and knowing, as a life force(breathe/spirit).

So, where is God, where is the devil, where is Heaven, Where is Hell, if not within you?

God Has Nothing To Do With The Fate Of Humans- We Design It.

Often, humans ponder on “deserved” and “undeserved” fate, the reward or punishment for an act, retaliation and karma. However, all of these are prompted by a Law imbedded in Creation- The Law of Reciprocal Action.

Push it. It will end with you.

   A law which was formed alongside creation from the earliest beginning. It has been inwardly entwined with the great, never-ending evolution as a very important part of creating itself, and of development. It supports and energizes the whole Universe, and promotes continual movement, an eternal return of what is/was given. 

Jesus Christ described it most simply and plainly when He said “What a man sows, so shall he reap”

 These few words of Christ have painted a perfect picture and makes it an ultimate description of what it is. No matter how hard you try, you will keep finding yourself unable to bend the words away from the reality of life. 

 Only those who choose to see this, really do. When you look around you, what you refer to as the Laws of Nature are; the “Divine Laws” and the “Creator’s Will”. As a result, they are constantly active, which is why you will never sow apples and reap grapes, neither will you sow maize and reap beans. 

It has all been interwoven- all of His creation

Even though it is very clear to humans, we hardly reflect on the genuine process. Hence, we ignore the rigid and powerful law imbedded in it. So we go in search of answers that have already been giving to us. 

Nevertheless, the Law takes effect with equal certainty and goes beyond the natural realm into the spiritual (The Biggest Part of Creation). As a result, the law is manifested in every activity, deeply involved in the most delicate developments of our thoughts, which still includes an element of material substance. 

Needful to point out- The doubts of every human is in reality, nothing but the expression of our inner wishes. That’s right! The process makes no distinction, neither does it create a gap in between nor stop at some other aspect of creation to ignore the rest. It runs simultaneously and carries the effects through like an unbreakable glass without hindrance or cessation. 

Despite the greater part of humanity has been isolated from the Universe, the Divine or Natural laws have never been on a break from serving to the traveller what has been attracted, as well as working the same, easily and equally.  

Since the Law of Reciprocal Action states humans shall so whatever they reap; Only at the Genesis of every situation is a human left to his/her free will to resolve, choose where the Omnipotent energy flowing within them is to be directed. However, the consequences are for them to bear, as it is returned from the Power that was put in place by the direction willed by them. Despite this, many choose to believe humans lack free will if they are subject to fate. 

This is only a foolish pill that should be offered as a narcotic, or developing a malicious submission to an inevitable circumstance, purely a self-excuse; for every consequence raining down on a person, had been born and its birth was before the previous decision he/she made of their own free will. 

The free will has at one point in a time ushered in every reciprocal action, in other words, FATE. From a first volition, humans have established or created something they have to live someday, either sooner or later. When it does happen, it does in various great forms. It can be in the same earthly lifetime his first volition set it off, it can equally happen in the spiritual realm, when the earthly form has been returned to the earth, or it could be in another earthly life when the being is reincarnated. 

The variations are not what matters, as they do not free a person from the consequences of their actions. The being moves along with the chained link continually until the time of redemption. In other words, the consequence of an action lingers around in the universe until the final effect is set through the Law of Reciprocal Action. 

If you choose to cause harm to another in your thoughts, words or action, you have thereby released energy into the world. Be it visible or not, physical or abstract- there is a power within it which continues to flow in the desired direction. 

How it chooses to affect the person the harm was intended for lies solely on the psychic conditions of the concerned, to whom it may either bring little or great harm or different from what was proposed or in some cases, none whatsoever. For the psychic balance of the person concerned is entirely decisive of themself. Moreso, no one is exposed to such things without protection. 

It is different for whoever established the hurt through his decision and will. The product of the manufacturer contains the patent code which brands and bonds them together unconditionally, which is returned to him reinforced after a short or long journey through the universe. 

When Jesus Christ said, “whatever a man sows, shall he reap” He did not say “can he reap” He made it clear stating “shall”. In other words, you sow whatever you reap. 

Even Jesus had a share of the Law. He spoke the truth out of His free will. For the truth is bitter, and with it comes persecution, discrimination and hatred. He didn’t realize the consequences of his own words until He felt the heat coming then He called God. That was the only one time the Father in Heaven diverted The Son’s call to a voicemail when Jesus pleaded “if this cup shall pass, let it pass over me.” The Father could not let the cup pass over the Son because from the beginning, the Father had rooted His perfect laws deeply into creation. As a result, Jesus embraced hatred from the authorities and those who benefitted from the corrupt practices He preached against. He was persecuted, He was hated for it and His followers till date bear the same consequence for the exact action. 

Several times, humans encounter grave experiences and ask God why He will let it happen. The trick is, He has nothing to do with it, neither anything else to do. You played yourself and at that point, there is nothing from Him to you except mercy and grace to reduce or strengthen the force of the energy being returned to you. Afterwards, you may find peace. 

Understanding fully well, what the Law of Reciprocal Action entails, picture a community where everyone shows nothing but love to each other. Imagine how radiant love will fill the air. Picture yourself forgiving everyone who wrongs you, and see how your God and the Laws of the Universe will be kind to you when you seek mercy. 

To avoid misunderstanding, a prayer for forgiveness doesn’t destroy that energy you let out, it can only reduce the force at which it returns, or install a shock absorber that will reduce the impact when it hits you. For a reciprocal of good, joy and love is what strengthens the force so it may overflow when it hits you.  

Work diligently, the Creator has put everything in creation into your hands. You are the controller and author of your Fate. Whatever comes to you is what you ordered for. Do good in your time, do worse if you please. Every moment has an Armageddon or Paradise for you. 

Similarities Between The Five Pillars of Islam and Christian Beliefs

The Five Pillars of Islam, Arabic Arkān al-Islām,are  the five obligations incumbent on each Muslim: Shahādah, the Muslim declaration of faith; Salāt, or prayer, acted in an endorsed way five times every day; Zakāt, the charity charge required to profit poor people and the destitute; Sawm, fasting during the period of Ramadan; and Hajj, the significant pilgrimage to Mecca, if monetary and physical conditions grant.

The Shahādah and The Apostles’ Creed

The Declaration of Islamic Faith
The Declaration of Christian Faith

Shahādah, (Arabic: “testimony”) the Muslim declaration of faith: “There is no god but God; Muhammad is the Prophet of God.” The shahādah is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam (arkān al-Islām). It must be recounted by each Muslim in any event once in a blue moon, so anyone might hear, effectively, and purposively, with a full comprehension of its significance and with the consent of the heart. This is relatively close to the Apostles’ Creed of the Christian Faith 

“I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of heaven and earth, and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord, who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died and was buried; He descended into hell;on the third day, He rose again from the dead; He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of God the Father Almighty; from there He will come to judge the living and the dead. I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Holy Catholic Church, the communion of Saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting.”

Evidently, both religions declare faith in a Supreme God of creation and the same God who inspired the prophet Muhammad to write the Quran including the account of Jesus.

The Salat and Praying Without Ceasing

A Prayer to the Most High God, creator of the Universe and all there in.

Salat, also spelt salah, Arabic ṣalāt, the day by day custom supplication ordered upon all Muslims as one of the Five Pillars of Islam (arkān al-Islām). There is a contradiction among Islamic scholars with respect to whether a few sections about prayer in the Muslim hallowed sacred writing, the Qurʾān, are really references to the salat. Inside Muhammad’s lifetime, five compulsory supplications, each went before by ablution, were observed: ṣalāt al-fajr (first light), al-ẓuhr (early afternoon), al-ʿaṣr (evening), al-maghrib (dusk), and al-ʿishāʾ (evening). Under such unique conditions as disease, a journey, or war, an adjustment or constrained delay of these salats is permitted. 

  According to the Gospel of Matthew, Pontius Pilate declared himself innocent of the blood of Jesus by washing his hands. (Matthew 27:24). In Christianity, both baptism and foot-washing are forms of ablution. “Then Paul took the men, and the next day purifying himself with them entered into the temple, to signify the accomplishment of the days of purification, until that an offering should be offered for every one of them.”(Acts 21:26)

A painting of White Jesus saying a prayer to the Most High God, creator of the Universe and all there in.

  “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18). Where Islam obligates Muslims to pray five times a day, Christianity charges Christians to pray endlessly. Hence, making prayer, important in the lifestyle of both religions. 

The Zakat, Tithing and Offerings

Give and it shall be given unto you.

Zakat, Arabic zakāt, a compulsory tax or alms offering expected of Muslims, one of the Five Pillars of Islam. The zakat is exacted on five classifications of property, such as food grains; fruit; camels, cattle, sheep, and goats; gold and silver; and movable goods. Beneficiaries of the zakat incorporate poor people and penniless, the gatherers themselves, and “those whose hearts it is important to pacify”— e.g., dissonant tribesmen, debtors, volunteers in jihad (holy war), and pilgrims.

Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

    Moreover, the major message of the new day Christian leaders is “Don’t rob God”. 

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this, says the LORD Almighty, and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.“ (Malachai 3:10).

The Tithe is a ten per cent tax to God of whatever income a Christian earns in property or the monetary form. The Zakat is apparently a practice of Christians but identified and addressed in different terms. 

The Ṣawm and Lent

Flee from sins, pray steadfastly and your sins will be forgiven, then your God shall bless you.

Ṣawm, (Arabic: “fasting”), in Islām, any religious fast, yet especially the religious fast in the long stretch of Ramaḍān.

Pray without ceasing for forty days, deprive your flesh of its satisfaction and sprout your spirit then your sins shall be forgiven and the Lord your God will supply all your needs according to His riches in Glory.

   Relatively, the Christians have several routines such as the Ṣawm. Primarily, the Lent is the official religious fast of the Christians which lasts until the Maundy Thursday before Easter. Other denominations of the church have their fixed days and dates such as the Redeemed Christian Church of God New Year fast, and the Mountain of Fire Seventy Days fast. 

The Pilgrimage

A trip to the Holy Land; a walk with God.

Hajj, also spelt ḥadjdj or hadj, in Islam, the journey to the holy city of Mecca in Saudi Arabia, which each grown-up Muslim must make at any rate once in the course of their life. The hajj is the fifth of the essential Muslim practices and foundations known as the Five Pillars of Islam. The journey ritual starts on the seventh day of Dhū al-Ḥijjah (the most recent month of the Islamic year) and finishes on the twelfth day.  At the point when the pilgrim is around 6 miles (10 km) from Mecca, the person enters the condition of holiness and immaculateness known as Ihram and wears the Ihram pieces of clothing. The pilgrimage, whenever performed appropriately, is accepted to clear out past sins for the earnest devotee.

      The historical backdrop of Christian pilgrimage attracts on biblical journeys to the celebrations at the Second Temple in Jerusalem (537 BC-AD 70). In John 12, we can find Christ’s triumphant entry into the Holy City of Jerusalem. Till date, many Christians visit the Holy City as well as other Holy Lands to go deeper and find more of spirituality. 

A trip to the Holy land; a walk with God

According to Christian George, A Christian Scholar “as an otherworldly order that mirrors our excursion to God, that gives incredible vitality to our blessing, and that induces a profound essentialness that is both Christo-driven and network-driven.”

In present-day Pentecostal churches, there are several forms of pilgrimage such as a convention or congress, bringing together the members and worshippers of God in that denomination for a spiritual program for days. Example of such “Holy Lands” are CanaanLand of The Winners’ Chapel, The Redemption Camp of the Redeemed Christian Church of God and The Prayer City of the Mountain of Fire Ministries. 

Despite so many facts pointed out, a lot of Christians and Muslims will choose to believe they have separate beliefs and practices. However, God loves varieties and only culture, language and cognitive dissonance portray the difference. 

The African Tale That Inspired The Trojan Horse- The Taking of Joppa

The Taking of Joppa is an old Egyptian story depicting the triumph over the Canaanite town of Yapu (Joppa) by Thutmose III’s general Djehuty. The surviving duplicate of the content is on the verso of Papyrus Harris 500. 

This story is traditionally viewed as a purely artistic record of the victory set in the wake of Thutmose III’s battling in Syria. There was, in any case, a troop commander named Djehuty who served under Thutmose III.

Despite the abstract convention and the character of its telling, the excavators of Jaffa have as of late contended that a Late Bronze Age collapse of the Egyptian army, dated to somewhere in the range of 1456 and 1400 BC, may have formed the authentic premise of this story. This proposal is bolstered by the publication of a broad site-wide annihilation level containing Egyptian vessels dated to the mid-eighteenth Dynasty, remembering vessels of types bore witness to in the rule of Amenhotep II. Together these and Cypriot ceramics suggest a date in the late 15th century BC, associated maybe with the uprising at Aphek subdued in the seventh year of Amenhotep II, 1418 BC. The excavators would ascribe the destruction to the Canaanite uprising during which the Egyptians lost their stronghold shortly after Thutmose III set up the army. The story in this manner relates the occasions of the retaking of Jaffa presumably quickly going before the battle against Aphek and not Thutmose III’s victory or taking of the territory as some have contended.

However, the tale of The Taking of Joppa, according to the translated version of the Papyrus Harris 500 goes thus:

There was once in the reign of King Men-kheper-ra a revolt of the hirelings of his majesty who were in Joppa; and his loftiness proclaimed, “Let Tahutia go with his footmen and destroy this wicked Foe in Joppa.” What’s more, he called one of his devotees, and continued, saying, “Hide thou my great cane, which works wonders, in the baggage of Tahutia that my power may go with him.”

Now when Tahutia drew close to Joppa, with all the footmen of Pharaoh, he sent unto the Foe in Joppa, and said, “Behold now his majesty, King Men-kheper-ra, has sent all this great army against thee; but what is that if my heart is as thy heart? Do thou come, and let us talk in the field, and see each other face to face.”

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So Tahutia accompanied several of his men, and the Foe in Joppa came similarly, yet the charioteer that was with him was true of heart unto the king of Kemet. What’s more, they talked with each other in his incredible tent, which Tahutia had set far away from the soldiers. Be that as it may, Tahutia had prepared 200 sacks, with cords and fetters, and had made an extraordinary sack of skins with bronze shackles, and numerous baskets: and they were in his tent, the sacks and the baskets, and he had set them as the forage for the horses is placed in baskets.

For while the Foe in Joppa drank with Tahutia, the people who were with him drank with the footmen of Pharaoh and made merry with them. What’s more, when their episode of drinking was past, Tahutia said to the Foe in Joppa, “If it please thee, while I remain with the women and children of thy city, let one bring of my people with their horses, that they may give them provender, or let one of the Apuro run to fetch them.”

So they came, and hobbled their horses, and gave them provender, and one found the great cane of Men-kheper-ra (Tahutmes III.), and came to report it to Tahutia. And thereupon the Foe in Joppa said to Tahutia, “My heart is set on examining the great cane of Men-kheper-ra, which is named ‘. . . tautnefer.’ By the ka of the King Men-kheper-ra it will be in thy hands to-day; now do thou well and bring thou it to me.”

And Tahutia did thus, and he brought the great cane of King Men-kheper-ra. Also, he hung on to the Foe in Joppa by his clothing, and he arose and stood up, and said: “Look on me, O Foe in Joppa; here is the great cane of King Men-kheper-ra, the terrible lion, the son of Sekhet, to whom Amen his father gives power and strength.” What’s more, he lifted his hand and struck the temple of the Foe in Joppa, and he fell powerless before him.

He put him in the sack of skins and he bound with gyves the hands of the Foe in Joppa, and put on his feet the shackles with four rings. Furthermore, he caused them to bring the two hundred sacks which he had cleaned, and made to go into them, two hundred officers, and filled the hollows with ropes and chains of wood, he fixed them with a seal and added to them their rope-nets and the poles to bear them.

Furthermore, he put each strong footman to bear them, in every one of the six hundred men, and said to them, “When you come into the town you shall open your burdens, you shall seize on all the inhabitants of the town, and you shall quickly put fetters upon them,”

At that point one went out and said unto the charioteer of the Foe in Joppa, “Thy master is fallen; go, say to thy mistress, ‘A pleasant message! For Sutekh has given Tahutia to us, with his wife and his children; behold the beginning of their tribute,’ that she may comprehend the two hundred sacks, which are full of men and cords and fetters.”

So he went before them to satisfy the heart of mistress, declaring, “We have laid hands on Tahutia.” At that point the entryways of the city were opened before the footmen: they entered the city, they opened their burdens, they laid hands on them of the city, both little and mighty, they put on them the strings and shackles rapidly; the magnificent power of Pharaoh consumed that city.

After he had rested Tahutia conveyed a message to Kemet to the King Men-kheper-ra his ruler, saying, “Be pleased, for Amen thy good father has given to thee the Foe in Joppa, together with all his people, likewise also his city. Send, therefore, people to take them as captives that thou mayest fill the house of thy father Amen Ra, king of the gods, with men-servants and maid-servants, and that they may be overthrown beneath thy feet for ever and ever.”

Furthermore, The Taking of Joppa wasn’t accomplished by military might in combat, or even in an attack, yet by an unscrupulous stratagem designed by the commander of the Egyptian force, Djehuty. And just like the tale of The Trojan Horse, it comprises a deceitful “white flag” by the Egyptians and the camouflage of soldiers in baskets among what are supposedly the spoils of war. After the baskets are moved inside the town, the Egyptian soldiers move out from the booty and capture the inhabitants. Other than The Trojan Horse(1184 BC), The Taking of Joppa has similar stories like Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves from the Arabian Nights cycle (Dawood,1977, 15ff.).