King urges Jordanians to embrace values of tolerance, compassion

By JT – Dec 22,2015 – JORDAN TIMES

His Majesty King Abdullah addresses the nation in a televised speech on Tuesday (Photo courtesy of Royal Court)


AMMAN — His Majesty King Abdullah on Tuesday congratulated the nation on the occasions of Prophet Mohammad’s birthday and Christmas, calling on both Muslims and Christians to embrace the values of compassion and tolerance shared by the two faiths.

Following is the full text of the King’s address, which was broadcast live on Jordan TV Tuesday night:

In the name of God and praise be to Him; and peace and blessings be upon our Prophet Mohammad,

My brothers and sisters, my dear sons and daughters,

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

I am delighted to congratulate you all, as we celebrate the birth of our Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him, and as our Christian brothers and sisters celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, peace be upon him. I wish you all and our beloved Jordan many happy returns.

This year, the birthday of our great-grandfather Prophet Mohammad, peace and blessings be upon him, coincides with Christmas. 

We mark these two special occasions while our region faces the most difficult of times. Many of the countries in the Middle East, and indeed the world, suffer from the spread of extremism and violence, and deviation from the true principles and teachings of Islam and Christianity. 

On the eve of these two occasions, we must remember that Islam is a religion of compassion, and that what brings Muslims and Christians together are common values, which are profoundly opposed to the practices of khawarej, the outlaws of Islam.

God says in the Holy Koran: “We did not send you, except as a mercy to all the worlds” [Al Anbiya 21:107].

Let this be a reminder that the mercy of Islam is for all mankind; for it is truly a religion of compassion to all.

As we reflect on this, we thank God that our blessed and giving country has never witnessed division. We all live under the umbrella of equal citizenship that binds us together. We firmly believe that Arab Christians are an integral part of our past, present and future. Ever since the great battle of Mutah, Arab Christians have been an essential partner in building our culture and civilisation and in defending Islam.

Be assured that with our solidarity and determination, we will continue to stand strong and united against the evils of terrorism and extremism which target the entire world. This is the very reason why we ought to be proud of our model of religious harmony ¾ a way of life long embraced by our fathers and forefathers, and one which our next generations must, God willing, continue to protect and cherish.

Wishing you all many happy returns.

Peace, God’s mercy and blessings be upon you.

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    Majesty King Abdullah is embracing the true Islamic teaching. He does not follow the ancient Islamic laws or ancient interpretation of Islam,

    His wife and daughters do not wear hijab at all,or they do not cover their hair with cloths.
    He is embracing Liberal-progressive Islamic teaching as I do.

    we believe that the ancient Islamic laws can be reformed or corrected as Allah and prophet Muhammad (pbuh) say in Al Quran as followings;

    (QS 3; 159). It is part of the Mercy of Allah that thou dost deal gently with them. Wert thou severe or harsh-hearted they would have broken away from about thee; so pass over (their faults), and ask for (Allah’s) forgiveness for them; and consult them (Jews,Christian etc ) in affairs (of world). Then when thou hast taken a decision, put thy trust in Allah. For Allah loves those who put their trust (in Him).

    QS 42; 38-39.Those who hearken to their Lord, and establish regular prayer; who (conduct) their affairs (Jews,Christian,others ) by mutual Consultation; who spend out of what We bestow on them for Sustenance; (38) And those who, when an oppressive wrong is inflicted on them, (are not cowed but) help and defend themselves.

    QS .13:11.Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own soul)
    Hadith; About Dunyaa ( world’s affairs) you know better than me. (Muslim)

    But Conservative Muslim Scholars from Saudi Arabia and others still follow the ancient Islamic laws. They believe that Islamic laws will valid forever.

    For example;
    1. woman have to cover her hair in public place
    2. woman receive 1/2 inheritance from man.
    3. woman is forbidden to be leader, woman is forbidden to seat side by side with man, and shake hand.
    4. Non Muslim is forbidden to hold a position of Minister or president etc.
    5. Muslim is forbidden to eat meats that non Muslim slaughter.
    6. Bank Islam forbid non Muslim to be employee.
    7. Islamic states have to implement the Islamic sentence in public such as beheading, hanging, cut off hand,and flogging etc.
    7. Muslims should establish the caliphate system QS 2;30 and forbid the system of secular-Democracy.
    8. Apostate, blaspheme, gay-Lesbian should be punished to death.
    9. Muslims are forbidden to use Non Muslim Bank ((riba).

    10. woman is forbidden ti sing a song at public place or on TV

    There are some more ancient Islamic laws are written in the book of Hadith.

    Muslim really need a reformation of interpretation of Islam in 21 st Century. If Muslim still follow the ancient Islamic laws, I believe that Muslim can not live in peace, harmony with others.

    May Allah guide us all to the right path of Islam in 21st century, Amen

    Was Salam
    with all love

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