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    • Every time i read these blog-posts i feel my IQ increases a little. May Allah reward you on behalf of sharing this knowledge with us. Eagerly awaiting the release of the Atoms post inshAllah, whenever you deem it appropriate. 
    • I liked this post. I believe it has a solid base to say humanism is a conclusion of individualism, but I somehow think that merely because individualism may result in harm for the soul, it doesn't mean that humanism by itself will, or that it will necessarily lead to the perpetuation of individualism in oneself. I think we naturally develop that individualistic approach in our life, and deciding to take distance from it must be a consequence of our convictions. In this case, these can be religious and spiritual convictions (eg Islamic convictions), but also ones developed by people and the way they understand the meaning of life (humanism). What I am saying is that humanism doesn't necessarily leads to individualism, as far as I can understand.
    • Hobbes and John Stuart Mill cane long, long before Ayn Rand or even Marx.
    • i dont think individualism came from Christianity, not even the dysfunctional version.  More likely to be the work of Ayn Rand which is probably somehow related to Mrxism
    • The Report by the Commission on the Measurement of Economic Performance and Social Progress is interesting. As you pointed out, the Muslims don't monetize everything they do. There is not one Muslim country in the top 15 of the Wikipedia "List of countries by GDP (nominal)." In the "List of countries by GDP (PPP)" Indonesia, Turkey and Saudi Arabia squeezed into the top 15 by tweaking the statistics. I did not read the whole report that you linked, but the words that stood out to me were "Quality of Life" and "Sustainable Development and Environment." Surely the Islamic societies are cognizant of these as well. I hope that there are studious intellectuals who are reading that document and thinking how they can help improve their own society. 
    • Ah, ok. Thanks for the feedback. I'll try and elaborate the dialogue more. No, you weren't harsh. My inspiration had been cartoons such as this one:
    • The problem is that right now, it is akin to a sentence being cut off or unfinished thoughts. I am confused because it feels incomplete. To quote Zehra: "What is the point of that",  it is like talking to a person who constantly stops talking mid-sentence. Baffling and quite annoying. I like it so far, needs better flow and build up though. I hope I wasn't too harsh. P.S. What Rachel said is more consistent with that of an atheist. An agnostic would said "I don't necessarily believe in religion or know if there is an afterlife, but we brought the hardwood coffin with velvet trim to respect my mother's wishes".
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Laayla

What Now?

Bismehe Ta3ala,

Assalam Alikum.

Whenever the topic of death arises, people try to stay away from the discussion.  For many, it is an uncomfortable subject, but Sub7an'Allah Allah always reminds us about it in the Quran.

"Allah does not give any breather (or let up) to anyone for death when its fixed time comes." (Surah 63:11)

 

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Every person (nafs) will taste death, ....." (Surah 3:185)

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"... no one knows (where) in what land (or place) he will die". (Surah 31:34)

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Wherever you may be, death will overtake you, even if you should be within towers of lofty construction. But if good comes to them, they say, "This is from Allah "; and if evil befalls them, they say, "This is from you." Say, "All [things] are from Allah ." So what is [the matter] with those people that they can hardly understand any statement? (Surah 4:78)

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In Lebanon, we are constantly reminded of death.  Whether it is the martyrs, family members, or from accidents death is heard about in a daily basis.  

I have a vivid image of death.  I saw a dead mouse once.  First, I didn't notice it, but there was a wretched smell.  I was looking to see where it was coming from.  I found it hidden between fake flowers.  I wanted to dispose it, and I got a metal utensil to put it in a plastic bag.  Of course, I wrapped my scarf around my nose, because the stench was unbearable.  I saw it's yellow front teeth sticking out.  But what was the eye opening image that I was left with?  It was the hundreds of white maggots that was crawling out of it.  

I was crying and talking to myself at that point.  Is this how I will end up?  That my grave will be a house of maggots? (bayt al dood)

Oh God have mercy on us.  

God sends us so many warnings and signs throughout our life time. We are not for this world.  Every living thing will experience death.  A fact of life, if only people realize there time in this world is limited, would so many crimes, and evilness exist? Unfortunately, many people see death as far away and live carefree.

If more people would focus about where they will eventually end up, I think this world would be an easier place to live in.  But people plan 30, 40, 50 years ahead and will do whatever it takes to reach there goals.  But the real question is, "What have you done for yourself for the Hereafter?"

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah

Laayla

Where Has the Haya Gone?

Bismehe Ta3ala,

Assalam Alikum.

One of the many reasons why I love living among the Shias in the Dahiya is some sisters hold majalis at their homes and invite neighbors, friends, and family.  Majalis, is a gathering where we listen to a recitor who describes the events that unfolded of the martyrdom of the Ahulbayt.  The third narration of the martyrdom of Sayyida Fatymah is taking place now and this specific majalis are entitled "Fatamiyya."

Great reverence is given to Sayyida Fatymah.  We learn from her how to be the devoted mother, wife and daughter.  She perfected how to worship God.  She also perfected in haya (modesty/shyness) and 3iffa (chastity).

 Western culture promotes individualism with attitudes of "mind your own business" and "to each his own."  Yet, Prophet Mohammad teaches us كلكم راع وكلكم مسئول عن رعيته  Every one of you is a shepherd and is responsible for his flock."

Time and time again when hijab is brought up you can see so many camps for or against hijab.  Even those who do observe hijab, it is not followed by what Allah wants but according to their liking or latest fashion accessory.  When Muslim sisters and brothers bring up the topic they are encouraging sisters to complete their hijab.  It is not a matter of self righteousness or hypocrisy to advise the sister.  Of course the person advising should first know the rules of observing hijab and secondly they themselves are wearing it correctly. 

Imam Ali said,"Chastity is the zakaat of beauty and grace." (Ghuraral Hekam)

The labels "haram" or "moral" police are thrown around too.  I can understand why these words would be used for individuals who are belligerent or who make it out to embarrass you, which is not the way we approach anyone about any matter.  Both ways are wrong and incorrect!  Always approach with kindness, warmth, and gentleness and NEVER in front of a crowd.

Finally, I just want to address that we should never look at any sin lightly.  Many of the sins we might fall into we see it disparagingly.   We should always work on improving ourselves in obeying Allah swt.  Don't look at any sin lightly and brush it off as it was nothing.  One of those sins is when sisters beautify themselves in front of non mahrams.  Yes, God loves beauty and beauty is not a sin, but when a sister enhances her looks by makeup, racy clothing, finger nail polish in PUBLIC (key word, in front of strange men) all this is haram and you are sinning.  

In closing, a du3a from our beloved Imam al Mahdi.

O Allah!
· Award dignity and peace of mind to old people,
· Confer repentance and turning away from sin to our young people,
· Bestow modesty and chastity to our women.

وَعَلَىٰ مَشَايِخِنَا بِٱلْوَقَارِ وَٱلسَّكِينَةِ

وَعَلَىٰ ٱلشَّبَابِ بِٱلإِنَابَةِ وَٱلتَّوْبَةِ

وَعَلَىٰ ٱلنِّسَاءِ بِٱلْحَيَاءِ وَٱلْعِفَّةِ

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