If you search on Google for "Sheikh Ahmed Ali" you find two videos on the first page, of which the following is one. This kind of sermon -- in a Mosque in Britain -- is clearly designed to scare young Muslims into being religious (to avoid God's punishment). In Islam there are many forms of punishment awaiting sinners and disbelievers. These include difficulties/calamities in this world, punishment of the grave and finally, all kinds of torment in hell. Other religions/cults also discovered the power of scare tactics and employ them in similar ways. Of course, religions also offer the carrot providing infinite pleasure in paradise. Perhaps I'll write another blog post for the pleasures of heaven awaiting good believers. (72 virgins and all..)

The following is a talk delivered by this highly articulate English-speaking scholar here in Leicester, UK. For more lectures by Shaykh Riyadh ul Haq, see the YouTube channel for AlKawtharAcademy. I sometimes wonder how (othewise) intelligent men like this scholar can believe all the absurd dogma that they preach.

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Comment by Sameer on July 1, 2010 at 2:04am

1. Punishment of the grave
2. Hellfire

Good movie names.......
Comment by Murtad Fitri on May 15, 2010 at 8:59pm
Here's another sermon by Sheikh Ahmed Ali (an imam from Bradford, UK) about hellfire: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWTehIeCOUU
Comment by Murtad Fitri on May 2, 2010 at 2:28pm
Very well said Sandy.
Comment by Sandy on May 2, 2010 at 12:26pm
What a bizarre moral framework. Reward and punishment have nothing to do with leading a good life, being compassionate, ethical, fair or just. It just depends on whether you're a believer or not. And there's no sense of proportionality -- reward or punishment is eternal.



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