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  1. Sure, but a Muslim is still encouraged to free that slave. It's a signal that doesn't say slavery is haram but rather strongly disliked. However one couldn't end it immediately for practical reasons, so you have these verses and a plethora of hadith supporting their freeing. You can't call slavery "slavery" in an Islamic context. You couldn't beat a slave without freeing them for example.
  2. Teach one to endure hardship, learn to understand the others perspective, build character with whom you marry. Or rely on the fact you can keep feeding your delusions in finding a perfect fit when you yourself are ugly and refuse to change by divorcing left and right? Risk having children without a parent or growing up being born under a Mutah marriage, unable to pinpoint responsibility/accountability etc. make sense to you? You know because we assumed premarital sex can lead to all sorts of problems like [Edited Out] kids, problems during upbringing, ah Well, here I go again with my own opinions. Should probably just keep my mouth shut.
  3. Save for indentured servants, do you see slavery existent in Iran, Pakistan, Jordan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Egypt, Tunisia, Chechnya, India, etc. practiced by the majority of the muslim world these days? Case and point: Did we not show him the two paths? He should choose the difficult path. Which one is the difficult path? The freeing of slaves. Feeding, during the time of hardship... [90:10-14] Righteousness is not turning your faces towards the east or the west. Righteous are those who believe in God, the Last Day, the angels, the scripture, and the prophets; and they give the money, cheerfully, to the relatives, the orphans, the needy, the traveller, the beggars, and to free the slaves... [2:177] The Quran lists the penalty for various misdemeanours as freeing of slaves, see 4:92, 5:89, 58:3. It also implies distribution of community/collective charities would contribute towards freeing of slaves: The charities are to go to the poor, and the needy, and those who work to collect them, and those whose hearts have been united, and to free the slaves, and those in debt, and in the cause of God, and the traveller. A duty from God, and God is Knowledgeable, Wise. [9:60] The only method mentioned in The Quran for gaining captives (more correctly termed 'prisoners of war', not slaves) is during warfare, after which they must be released or ransomed. Keeping them is not an option: Therefore, if you encounter those who deny the truth (in warfare), then bring about the captives until when you have subdued/overcome them, then strengthen the bind. Then after either grace/favour or ransom, until the war lays down its burdens. That, and had God willed, surely He would have gained victory Himself from them, but He tests some of you with others. And those who get killed in the cause of God, He will never let their deeds be put to waste. [47:4] Interestingly, in the above verse, it implies a preference for taking captives rather than killing the enemy in warfare. As can clearly be seen, taking all of the above verses of The Quran into account, it would lead to a gradual reduction in slave numbers and eventually abolish slavery.
  4. To their perspective it's not a command of Allah swt. You can't impose that expectation on them. The proofs presented in general are not acceptable to Sunni's and unfortunately many Shia marjae rulings on Mut'ah vary, from it should be practiced during an extreme last resort involving contexts such as war, to everyone should be encouraged to do it everywhere. This doesn't help the situation. Including myself, I don't find the reasonings (at least the ones presented to me on here) to be sufficient. Though I'm not single and hopefully not ugly, while being happily married.. XD
  5. Slavery for certain was gradually phased out.
  6. Some say Truth can be determined by what most people believe when faith and subjectivity isn't to be considered. Observable in all religions and sects. Including Islam. Truth is subjective because of perception. There are no fundamental proofs that can bring one side toward the other, only an internal subjective inclination (which could be or should be enough to distinguish a believer from a non believer, but to what degree?) ....Others say truth is the gun in one's hands. Put a gun in all the Wahabbi extremists hands or some fundamentalist and then take a gun away from all of those different from they. Their truth becomes reality and the rest of ours fade to nothingness and will cease to exist. True truth can only come from a place of authority devoid or subjectivity, which is one who has absolute power. That is God, if not the person with the most power. Power can't be quantified alone in weapons though.
  7. Probably would have been a much more efficient to just quote that part, whoops... XD.. ahh.
  8. Did anyone here read the entire response /fatwa? Not that I agree with it, but it stipulates that a great harm must be certain to be dealt to an enemy that are not women and children. Enemy needs be defined, and great damage is defined as enough to turn the tides of war. and there must be certainty. Also, this seems to only apply to war, not against civilians. It would still take a deranged Wahabbi or extremist who twist fatwas like this and bomb innocents/civilians. If you want to apply Mufti Desais comments here, it would mean it is permissible to execute an act of fighting such that yourdeath is certain granted you inflict severe casualties on the opposite side" perhaps blowing yourself up on in front of Hitler, or other a high ranking officer/general, or taking out artillery that's inflicting heavy casualties on your allies. I don't interpret that as a suicide attack most especially on civilians. Which is what we see now a days. Don't forget the Quran also says to only fight those who fight you, and give peac when theenemies inclines towards peace. So suicide bombings in sufi/shia shrines, mosques, non Muslims, other belevers, cannot be justified in any sense. Below is the part of the excerpt the OP posted from the link: "In modern-day suicide bombings the attacker is not killed by the enemy, nor does he actively attack the enemy. Instead the bomber detonates an explosive that kills himself first, and then the enemy. So it is the bomber who absorbs the brunt of the explosion. This type of attack is clearly different to the former methods of attack where the fighter would launch himself at the enemy, kill a few before being killed. In today’s ‘suicide attacks’ the attacker kills himself and then the enemy. In most cases, the killing of the enemy is not guaranteed, as events have proven. At times these suicidal attacks did wreak major havoc among the enemy but these successes are few and far between. Based on this we would say that if the attacker is almost certain or has full confidence that he will be able to inflict heavy losses on the enemy then he will be allowed to resort to this mode of attack with the intention that the explosive is being detonated at the enemy or for the purpose of blowing up the enemy. There should never be the intention of killing oneself or blowing up oneself. If the chances of major damage are slim or almost nought, then this type of attack will not be permissible. Heavy losses mean such damage that will make it difficult for the enemy to continue normal aggression against Muslims, or will instil such fear in them that they will desist from causing further harm to Muslims. Just killing a handful or Kuffaar, and inviting further and heavier aggression from their side does not seem to be justification for the permissibility of such suicidal operations.. Another condition, which applies to all forms of combat, is that women and children should not be targeted or killed in such an operation. This was the express command of Rasulullah (Sallallaahu Alayhi wa Sallam)."
  9. I define evil as those who seek to take away for peace. And good as those who seek peace /harmony. It stands to reason these cannot be achieved by being self centered. Which can be argued as one having an empathetic element.... however I think possessing knowledge or intelligence is also as a possible factor. Ignorance is a dangerous quality and can lead to assumptions that tip dominoes over and create a dangerous gain reactive/explosive scene. Ignorance can lead to a negative or peace deterioration, not necessarily making a person evil. Should humans be constantly make an effort to be less ignorant and less presumptive on their ideas being correct in how the world shall be ?
  10. If she Thinks Allah will punish someone unfairly or that someone is going to be punished when their upbringing is the reason for a do wrong, then I'm glad she's not Allah swt. Who does she know is in hell that fits her criteria? How does she know? Doing something good for the same of someone else is good for those of understanding, but there are people who aren't of understanding who must be instructed to do good to others for benefit other than Allah's reward. And who told her that hell fire is eternal ?
  11. The way I've reconciled my relationship with an enemy, is to be their friend within boundaries, overlook excusable actions on their part and gain intimacy. First dilemma is identifying who is a real enemy. I would say an enemy is one that who consciously plots against you. The Quran tells us to be just with our enemies, because they may become close friends. You don't want to mistakenly identify the wrong entity as your enemy, because that's when you've become your own worst enemy. So we're told by God forgiveness is better, leniency, tolerance, are preferred even when we have a right to capital punishment of our enemies. So perhaps the answer is, when the day comes we have power over our enemies, we will be lenient with them as they were not for us. At least that's what I think so far :/
  12. And convincing my wife to take extracurricular time to devote to studying all of this. I'll have to begin a double life. It was difficult enough learning Arabic, much less struggling to learn Greek from my heritage. Now I'll have to cope with my future potential kids learning Albanian and picking that up.
  13. You make several points but If I put myself in that man's shoes, 1400 years ago, that is a very tough call. Najhul Balagha of Ali sermon 126 says never to disunite, and fight each other, too. Disunity between two muslims and taking the Peace side over the fighting side even if to an oppressor isn't a blameworthy decision if it means risking the Muslim ummah exposure to the Byzantines and other enemies to exploit. I don't curse or put blame on people who have lamented their decision to willingly give bay'ah to a tyrant, because he would force them by the sword as he has done already. Joining Imam Hussein AS would also mean fighting "muslim" vs "muslim" , I don't think its fair to blame every muslim who wasn't there to back them up in a fight that was an ambush/surprise attack to begin with. I think there are far too many details that we don' t have 100% clarity to be making any of these kinds of assumptions. What I can be certain though, is that I do believe the Prophet SAW wished Imam Ali AS to be the Caliph after he, and that Muawiyah was a tyrant, but I do not believe these have basis in the root of all Muslims belief to get to Paradise. Disclosure.
  14. One cannot be Muslim without accepting the Books of Revelation, specifically the Injeel, Torah, and other's who we may or may not know about. You must be one of those whom the below passages refers to starting 3:113: They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer]. They believe in Allah and the Last Day, and they enjoin what is right and forbid what is wrong and hasten to good deeds. And those are among the righteous. And whatever good they do - never will it be removed from them. And Allah is Knowing of the righteous. And various other verses (2:62, etc.) Applicable verses may be: Lo! We did reveal the At-Taurah, wherein is guidance and a light, by which the prophets who surrendered (unto Allah) judged the Jews, and the rabbis and the priests (judged) by such of Allah's Scripture as they were bidden to observe, and thereunto were they witnesses. So fear not mankind, but fear Me. And barter not My revelations for a little gain. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are disbelievers. — Quran, sura 5 (Al-Ma'ida), ayat 44[1] And We prescribed for them therein: The life for the life, and the eye for the eye, and the nose for the nose, and the ear for the ear, and the tooth for the tooth, and for wounds retaliation. But whoso forgoeth it (in the way of charity) it shall be expiation for him. Whoso judgeth not by that which Allah hath revealed: such are wrong-doers. — Quran, sura 5 (Al-Ma'ida), ayat 45)[3] Narrated Abdullah Ibn Umar: A group of Jews came and invited the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) to Quff. So he visited them in their school. They said: AbulQasim, one of our men has committed fornication with a woman; so pronounce judgment upon them. They placed a cushion for the Apostle of Allah (peace_be_upon_him) who sat on it and said: Bring the Torah. It was then brought. He then withdrew the cushion from beneath him and placed the Torah on it saying: I believed in thee and in Him Who revealed thee. He then said: Bring me one who is learned among you...... Then a young man was brought. The transmitter then mentioned the rest of the tradition of stoning similar to the one transmitted by Malik from Nafi'(No. 4431). — Abu Dawood, Sunan Abu Dawood[11] Salaam/Shalom alaykum, with blessings upon you dear brother I wish I had the kind of knowledge/training you do on these topics.
  15. Easier said than Done, but man would that be great.