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  1. How to suppress anger?

    I have personally had very little experience with uncontrollable anger. It generally takes a lot to anger me. However, on the rare occasions that I do become angry, I always bite my tongue. It is important to not release negative thoughts. Proverbs 15:1 tells us that a "soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger." While a lot of people say it is unhealthy to keep your emotions in, it is healthier to release your emotions in a more positive way, even if that means holding one’s tongue for a time (Ecclesiastes 9:10). Speaking while angry will not only make oneself and others angrier, but it will also spoil the opportunity to grow spiritually and in health. Proverbs 16:24 tells us that kind words "are like a honeycomb, sweetness to the soul and health to the body." However, while verbal expression should be controlled, God Almighty knows what is in your heart. Psalm 19:14 pleads: "Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O Lord [Jehovah], my rock and my redeemer." Psalm 4:4 tells us to be " angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent." To answer your question, we can simply look to the words of King Solomon, who wrote that "[g]ood sense makes one slow to anger, and it is his glory to overlook an offense." In other words, use good sense. Do not react to what you see on the surface, rather, make sure to understand a situation before making a reaction. We, as humans, lack full understanding of every situation we encounter. It is in our best interest to not react quickly, which leads to anger.
  2. Very good post, I enjoyed it. You may enjoy reading my article that discusses the origin of the trinity leading up to the Council of Nicea: http://unitarianresourcecenter.blogspot.com/2016/03/origin-of-trinity.html
  3. Low tolerance towards ignorants.

    The average Christian doesn't seem to display a significant understanding of Christianity, I agree. "Proper" education can be interpretational, as I assume it is in this instance. I am imagining a "proper" education to a Muslim is very different than that of a Christian in regard to theology.
  4. Low tolerance towards ignorants.

    I have to disagree here. There are plenty of educated Christians.
  5. I believe that highly fictitious and slanderous statements like these can be done without.
  6. Low tolerance towards ignorants.

    There are people that find it easier to trust what they are told no matter who is telling it. They are right to some degree. As a Christian, I meet plenty of people who are ignorant of the Bible and creeds, but that is not so bad. I am willing to try and explain things to them. However, the problem is that many do not care to have you explain anything to them, as they believe they already know. Those people are the ones that can make me frustrated at times, as I know they will continue to try and spread their ignorance, but beyond frustration it makes me feel dejected. I believe it is the understanding of Muslims that it is up to Allah to soften their hearts (Surah Al-Baqarah, verses 6, 7). In Christianity, we hold a similar view, but we also adhere to what Jesus said in Matthew 28:19, which reads: "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit," (NIV) I try and get people out of their ignorance, even if they are ignorant of something I am not affiliated with. I have had to correct many non-Muslims regarding Islam and I have had to correct protestants regarding Catholicism. Ignorance is never appropriate, which is what makes me hold my tongue when it comes to topics I do not fully understand. In regard to what you said about ignorance of Islam, I agree. Many people lack any genuine understanding of Islamic development and history. In the west, groups like ISIL, the Taliban, etc. are blasted on the media. The media does rightly portray them as radicalized Muslims, but when people only see radicalized Muslims, it is not hard for them to lose track of real Muslims. Another problem is the west's involvement in the middle east. People perceive Muslims as war mongering individuals who only want to create chaos and take US military servicemen's lives. This, once again, is in part to them media's reporting. The best way to combat ignorance is to simply address it as you see it. Maybe we can plant a seed in those ignorant individuals in hopes that it will blossom into a meaningful understanding. I plead with you not to be low in tolerance or lose your temper with people who match the description you gave. They have existed for centuries and will continue to exist, unfortunately. God bless.
  7. Wow, thank you! An absolutely direct and clear answer, which is what you seem to always provide. I appreciate your input and am glad you provided it.
  8. "Apostasy is punishable by death if you rebel against the religion, trying to turn people away. (Alot support this one)" If I may try and follow up on this, can you provide some examples? Let's say someone leaves Islam and becomes a Christian missionary? Should they be punished with death?
  9. I believe you might be onto something. You stated the following as a requirement for death: "actively engaged with the enemies of the prophet in order to opress the muslims." Can you expand on this idea? Let's say that someone leaves Islam and becomes a Christian missionary. Would this be considered the apostasy that results in death?
  10. And what are your thoughts on the subject? I get the impression you would agree with the position an Imam must be present by your previous statement: "The hadith do say that only the Imam will punish him, so the law is meant when Imam Mehdi (as) appear, not for current time."
  11. Have you read the comments of the article?
  12. Thank you for the well thought out and direct answer. I will keep your advise in mind as I continue my studies. God bless.
  13. I am trying to be impartial. As a non-Muslim, I trust anyone who identifies as "Muslim" as being a "Muslim." As a non-Muslim, I do not feel I should try and define who is and is not a Muslim. I apologize for any hurt feelings I may have created.
  14. Okay, so I believe I understand. You would agree that apostates should no longer be killed in places such as Saudi Arabia?
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