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John Coltrane and Bilal Philips: Two Converts’ Paths

A Love Supreme: "May we never forget that in the sunshine of our lives, through the storm and after the rain—it is all with God—in all ways forever.”

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Robert Spencer

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March 15, 2013 - 7:00 am
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A Love Supreme, a work of passion, intensity, fervor, grace, and nobility, is a map of the spiritual journey in four parts: “Acknowledgment,” the recognition of the need for a change in one’s life; “Resolution,” the decision to make that change; “Pursuance,” the effort to follow the new path; and “Psalm,” the attainment of peace and gratitude to God for it. It is a seminal work of modal jazz, a masterpiece of improvisation, and a searching, stirring, soaring, spiritual document. John Coltrane died at age forty, less than three years after completing it. To this day, although both before and after A Love Supreme he made a great deal more music that approached its quality, it has endured as his monumental achievement.

Bilal Philips still lives. He has gained controversy for advocating death for homosexuals. According to the National Post, he also “defends child marriages, wife beating, polygamy and killing apostates.”

But as far as Bilal Philips is concerned, his heart is clean and pure, for death for homosexuals and apostates, the beating of disobedient women, child marriage, and polygamy are all in accord with Islamic law, and thus pleasing to Allah. He no longer sullies his soul with the seductive sounds of wind and string instruments.

Which conversion – that of John Coltrane or that of Bilal Philips – bore more fruit, for the convert himself, and for those around him, and for society as a whole?

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Robert Spencer is the director of Jihad Watch and author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad. His latest book is Arab Winter Comes to America: The Truth About the War We’re In.

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Those basement clubs in NYC must have been something. Would love to go back in time to listen to the music -- scotch on the rocks in one hand with a lucky strike burning in my ash tray. Ah, pre Bloomberg NYC. Laughing at eternity
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A God who gives us life, just to have us bow at his 'awesomeness.' Sounds maturbatory to me, not creative.

A God who gives us life and offers us a path to his discovery. inspiring us by his creation so that we can, of our will offer new creation, not in competition with, but in celebration of his gifts...IS GOD.
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"A man with an experience is never at the mercy of a man with a argument." It appears Mr. Phillips is doing nothing but going along with the crowd simply because he's in rebellion. Islam is not a religion that has anything at all to do with the Jehovah God we serve. Yahweh, the Lord Jesus Christ, The One True God, in Three Persons. Phillips has been deceived and is on the wrong path, unfortunately. The True God we serve would NEVER condone the murder of ANYONE, and it's all based on the death and resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. I think Mr. Phillips needs to understand that God is the ONLY giver of life and death. Allah is nothing but an imaginary idol, and if he ever was a person, his bones are in the ground along with every one of the world's idols. But Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, and now alive and living in His people. the Scriptures plainly say in Psalm 150 to PRAISE THE LORD, with stringed instruments, trumpet sound, harp and lyre, as well as resounding cymbals. Coltrane answered God's call on his life, but his flesh was weak and the enemy took him from us at a very early age. But he is in heaven with Jesus now!
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Bilal Philips conversion and abandonment of music illustrates why I believe Islam to be stuck in the 7th century.
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Powerful piece.
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