‘Smoking Jesus’ picture
‘Smoking Jesus’ picture continues to embarrass media in Asia
Bangalore (ENI). Pictures on the Internet depicting Jesus smoking a cigarette and holding what appears to be a can of beer have caused repeated trouble for media in Asia in recent months.
Esam Mudeer: Why did this picture anger a few Christians in Asia? They need to read their Bible to know that Jesus of the Scriptures is no stranger to both, smoking and drinking alcohol.
Smoking Jesus, according to the Bible:
(MKJV) Smoke went up out of His nostrils, and fire out of His mouth devoured. Coals were kindled by it.
From Arabic Bible:
(SVD) صعد دخان من أنفه، ونار من فمه أكلت. جمر اشتعلت منه.
(ALAB) نفث أنفه دخانا، واندلعت نار آكلة من فمه، فاتقد منها جمر.
(GNA) تصاعد دخان من أنفه، ومن فمه نار آكلة وجمر متقد.
(JAB) دخأن صعد من أنفه ونار آكلة من فمه وجمر اتقد منه.
Now with regards to Jesus and the can of beer, read this part from Ahmed Deedat’s book MUHAMMED (PBUH) THE NATURAL SUCCESSOR TO CHRIST (PBUH):
PROBLEM OF ALCOHOL
The Republic of South Africa with a small “white”1 population of 4 million among its total population of 30 million, has over 300,000 alcoholics. In neighbouring Zambia. Kenneth Kaunda calls such people “drunkards!” It is recorded that the “coloureds”2 in South Africa have five times the amount of alcoholics as any other race in the country. For the Indians and the Africans no statistics are available for their respective drunkards.
Jimmy Swaggart the televangelist records in his book “ALCOHOL” that the United States has 11 million alcoholics3 and 44 million “heavy drinkers!”, and he like a good Muslim, goes on to say that he sees no difference between the two. To him they are all drunkards! The rampant evil of drunkenness is universal. The Holy Ghost has not yet made its pronouncement on this evil through any Church. Christendom winks at drunkenness on three flimsy pretences based on the Holy Bible.
1. Of European extraction.
2. A mixture between the Black and White Races,
3. The Americans euphemistically call them “Problem Drinkers.”
(a) Give strong drink (hard liquor) to him who is perishing (one who is dying) And wine to those who are bitter of heart.
Let him drink and forget his poverty. And remember his misery no more.
(HOLY BIBLE) Proverbs 31:6-7
A very good philosophy to keep the subject nations under subjugation, you will agree.
HIS VERY FIRST MIRACLE
(b) Jesus (pbuh) was no “killjoy,” the imbibers say, he turned water into wine in his very first recorded miracle in the Bible:
Jesus saith unto them. Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
And he saith unto them. Draw out now…
When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine …
And saith … (why) thou hast kept the good wine until now.
(HOLY BIBLE) John 2: 7-10
Since this alleged miracle, wine continues to flow like water in Christendom.
(c) Saint Paul the thirteenth self-appointed disciple of Christ, the real founder of Christianity, advises his new convert protege — Timothy, born of a Greek father and a Jewish mother:
Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach’s sake and thine often infirmities.
(HOLY BIBLE) 1 Timothy 5: 23
The Christians accept all the Bible quotations on stimulating and intoxicating drinks given above as the infallible word of God. They believe that the Holy Ghost inspired the authors to pen such dangerous advices. Rev. Dummelow seems to have some qualms about this verse. He says.
“IT TEACHES US THAT IF THE BODY NEEDS THE STIMULANT OF WINE. IT IS RIGHT TO TAKE IT IN MODERATION.”
ABSTINENCE THE ONLY ANSWER
There are thousands of Christian priests who have been lured into alcoholism by sipping the so-called mild wine in the Church rite of the Holy Communion. Islam is the only religion on the face of the earth which prohibits intoxicants in toto. The Holy Prophet (Spirit) Muhummed (pbuh) had said. “WHATEVER INTOXICATES IN GREATER QUANTITY, IS FORBIDDEN EVEN IN SMALLER QUANTITY.” There is no excuse in the house of Islam for a nip or a tot. The Kitab-al-Haq, the Book of Truth (Haq) one of the titles of the Holy Qur’an condemned in the strongest terms not only the evil of alcohol but also items 2, 3, and 4 namely “gambling.” “fortune telling” and “idol worship,” with just a single stroke —
Satan’s plan is (but) to excite enmity and hatred between you, with intoxicants and gambling, and hinder you from the remembrance of Allah, and from prayer: will ye not then abstain?
(SURA MAIDA) Holy Qur’an 5:91
When this verse was revealed, wine barrels were emptied in the streets of Madinah, never to be refilled. This simple straightforward directive has created of the Muslim Ummah (religious community) the biggest society of teetotaller1 in the world.
1. Teetotaller: A person who abstains completely from all alcoholic drinks.
U.S.A. FAILS WITH “PROHIBITION”
The question arises, how is it that this Spirit of Truth — the Holy Prophet Muhummed (pbuh) succeeded with one verse whereas mighty America with the brain power of the nation and the money power of the Government, supported by its powerful propaganda machinery failed with “Prohibition,” 1 the law outlawing alcohol?
Who coerced the American nation to enact prohibition? Which Arab nation threatened this mighty power with if you do not prohibit alcohol in your country. We will not supply you with oil? Not the Arabs as there was no such thing as oil as a “POLITICAL INSTRUMENT” in the hands of the Arabs during the twenties to egg the United States. It was an intellectual awareness among the American (founding) fathers, based on study and statistics which brought them to the conclusion that intoxicants must be banned. They failed, notwithstanding the fact that the overwhelming majority of the nation was Christian, and that it was they who had voted their Congressmen into power. It is rightly said that that which comes from the brain (intellectually) tickles the brain, but that which comes from the heart and soul of a man, will move the heart. The verse just quoted above from the Holy Qur’an on prohibition, had and has the power for change; we will allow Thomas Carlyle to reveal the source of that power:
“IF A BOOK COME FROM THE HEART. IT WILL CONTRIVE TO REACH OTHER HEARTS; ALL ART AND AUTHORCRAFT ARE SMALL AMOUNT TO THAT. ONE WOULD SAY THE PRIMARY CHARACTER OF THE KORAN IS THIS OF ITS GENUINENESS, OF ITS BEING A BONA-FIDE BOOK.”
1. Prohibition: The era from 1920 to 1933 in which the sale, trade and consumption of alcohol was outlawed in the United States as a result of a long campaign by church groups, women’s organizations, temperance societies and the Anti-Saloon league. It sparked off bootlegging, which gave a strong financial arm to organized crime. Congress repealed the Act in 1933, after strong public opinion dismay at its failure. These were also the years in which the infamous Al-Capone made his first debut.
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