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Sep 17, 2020 10 tweets 3 min read Read on X
I will shortly be tweeting about the spiritual significance of #RoshHashanah for Muslims. Both Judaism and Islam share so much but Rosh Hashana has so much of its spiritual significance in the Islamic faith as much as in the Jewish one.
The key things that any Muslim will identify with #RoshHashanah are “Yom Ha Din”, “Shofar” and perhaps the verse recited in the selichot “El Melech Yoshev al kise Rachamim”...
Rosh Hashanah is also called Yom Ha din (day of judgment) or in Arabic, Yawm Al Din يوم الدين. Muslims supplicate God 5 times a day by reciting the Quranic Surah that includes “مَالِكِ يَوْمِ الدِّينِ”
“El Melech Yoshev al kise Rachamim”...#meaning “Sovereign God sitting on the throne of mercy” in God rules through “Rachamim”, or mercy rather than “din”, or judgment. Muslims start their prayers by “in the name of God, the merciful, the compassionate”.بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
This part of the Selichot is identical to Quranic verse الرَّحْمَنُ عَلَى الْعَرْشِ اسْتَوَى - merciful God sat on the throne. Neither the Jewish nor Islamic liturgy referred to God as “judge” when it come to him giving judgment (on day of judgement)but rather Rachamim or Rahman
The Shofar is also referred to in the Muslim tradition and in the Quran as being associated with Yom Din (Day of judgment, or Rosh Hashanah). On the Shofar, which is blown 101 times on Rosh Hashanah to remove judgement, Muslims can get a Quranic explanation in Surrah 39 vs 68...
وَنُفِخَ فِي الصُّورِ فَصَعِقَ مَن فِي السَّمَاوَاتِ وَمَن فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلَّا مَن شَاء اللَّه The Trumpet (Sor/shofar) will (just) be sounded, when all that are in the heavens and on earth will swoon, except such as it will please Allah
I hope we all, Jews, Muslims Christians and of all, any or of no faith will be judged mercifully on this new year, 5781. #shanatova #RoshHashanah
Jews start their year by calling Muslims “a great nation”, and Muslims refer to Jews in the Quran as the chosen people. That’s what mutual recognition is about. It is eternal and I am glad our generation is rediscovering this.

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1. Reconstruction of Gaza in 3 years;
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We are talking of extreme corruption, never seen on this level anywhere. Plundering the national wealth of Qatar and in the process killing thousands of innocent workers, funding Hamas and Alqaeda and industrial scale human rights abuses, all enabled by FIFA. #Qatar2022
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