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  1. question again

    Religion (whether it is ultimately from God or whether man created it) is believed in through social conditioning. There is just no way around it. For example, Democracy, Darwinism, Human Rights, Liberalism, America, Islam, Judaism, Living-to-Gamble, Living-to-Acquire-Wealth, Hedonistic-Lifestyle, are all religions. Every way of life is a religion (whether or not you want to call it that or not). Adopting a particular religion is all a matter of being socially conditioned. Even if one converts, it can possibly be mere social conditioning. There are no absolutes here; most of the time one isn't just a Muslim, or just a Jew or Just a Hedonist, or just an "American". Most of us are a blend of these religions, but we end up calling ourselves by whatever we fancy so that we can fit in with our particular surroundings. A person who calls himself a "Muslim" may be living as a Muslim for a fraction of his day (for example, when he sincerely prays, or when he sincerely fasts, or when he sincerely follows the Sunnah, or when he is sincerely kind to his neighbor etc..). but for the remainder of his day, he might be a hedonist and therefore a follower of the religion of hedonism. He might only be calling himself a Muslim because it just works out better for him in society or with the community or family he is affiliated with. He might have excellent reasons for why he calls himself a Muslim, but the motives for why he even uses excellent reasoning might ultimately be to preserve his identity as a Muslim. In any case, everyone seems to have more or less good reasons for their religion.
  2. Salamun Alaykum, Thank you for sharing this quote. Tawhid is asserting that God is at once, Transcendent and Immanent, the one and only absolute Object and the one and only absolute Subject. Tawhid is asserting, at once, the Tanzih (incomparability of God) and the Tashbih (the similarity of God), His remoteness and His nearness, His Majesty & His Beauty, His Wrath and His Mercy, His HIddeness & His Manifestness. "He is He and we are we" = Transcendence, Remoteness, the One and Only Divine Object, the Hidden, the Majestic. "He is us and we are He". = Immanence, Nearness, the One and Only Divine Subject, the Manifest, the Beautiful.
  3. Is the soul of man Godly?

    Yes. You are correct. But also very very wrong. Keep us in your prayers dear brothe ror sister. As for me you and everyone here will need to excuse me because I feel that I am officially done done with ShiaChat. Take care masalama ethereal
  4. Is the soul of man Godly?

    I think even a a child in Day Care should be knowing that God created us. Did you honestly think I don't know that? When I speak of reality I am speaking of reality plain and simple. Not this or that reality. Not our reality. Not his or her reality. Not even Some so called "God's reality". I simply mean, reality as such. Now God does not have a reality. This is because God IS reality. God IS what it means TO BE REAL. You can even say that the reality of each and every thing is God. God Is reality AS SUCH. Now, why is this? Because reality has no limit(s). Reality has no bounds. If there is anything at all which is absolute it is what we mean by reality. It gets more interesting. Whatever it is that you truly understand by reality or being or existence, that is the degree to which you understand God. If you feel that reality is limited in your existential and practical day to day life, that means you unconsciously but effectively limit God. The fact of the matter is that reality is not a thing. Reality is therefore unlimited or unbounded. There is nothing outside of reality and there is nothing inside reality. reality is not outside nor inside anything. Reality simply is. There is nothing other than reality, for if there is anything other than reality then that thing which is other than reality would have to be real and therefore a kind of reality. So there is nothing but reality, reality is all there is. And nothing can block the presence of reality. And this is why everything around you is nothing except that it is a reality. There is is only one reality because nothing other than reality can divide or distinguish one reality from another reality. All differences we experience are due to our illusory ignorance of the Oneness of Reality.
  5. Is the soul of man Godly?

    Yes. I see what you mean. I found it odd when he kept saying Jews are favored. So perhaps you have a point and that you are correct that these are different Jews. Wallahu alam.
  6. Is the soul of man Godly?

    So, by "reality" I mean "to be real" or "to exist", "to have being". Are you saying God is beyond being real, beyond existing, beyond being? I don't disagree with this statement.
  7. Is the soul of man Godly?

    maybe you are taking this too personally.
  8. Is the soul of man Godly?

    So you have limited Him to being beyond. This is where your mind is now failing you. You need to start using your heart (and not just your mind). If you don;t use your heart at all, you will be just a short distance away from denying His existence altogether. In fact, you might as well say He doesn't exist Since God is beyond existence and beyond reality.
  9. Is the soul of man Godly?

    Brother, The answer depends on which Muslim you ask. If you ask your avg Shia on Shiachatter the answer will probably be that "Muslim Shias do not believe we are a part of God". There is truth to this, but it is not absolutely correct also. It is true because God is not made of parts. If God is not made of parts then how can we make up a part of God? This avg shiachatter position is also incorrect because this Jewish man speaking does not mean to imply that God has parts! He is using the word "part" is a very lose and metaphorical way. This is obvious for anyone who is even in the slightest way mystically inclined.
  10. Is the soul of man Godly?

    If that is the case then He is also beyond being beyond. He is also beyond being "beyond our absolute understanding". If you negate an attribute of God, you also must negate the negation of the attribute.
  11. Is the soul of man Godly?

    Oh then also: "Real and reality not applying to Him" also does not apply to Him. "Him being beyond our comprehension" also does not apply to Him.
  12. Is the soul of man Godly?

    He is out of reality? He is not real? Isn't this more like what an Atheist would say?
  13. Is the soul of man Godly?

    This dichotomy between soul and spirit is illusory.
  14. Is the soul of man Godly?

    God is Reality. There is nothing which, if real, is not God. And the spirit (ruh) is precisely what makes it possible for us to REALize this. There is nothing other than God. If we think there is anything other than God (which most of us do), then this only goes to prove that we are ignorant. And we believe in our ignorance because our ignorance is an illusion.
  15. Fou'ad and Qalb

    There is Sadr / Qalb / Fuad Sadr is the most outward aspect of our heart (which is why it is also better translated as chest rather than heart). This is what Shaytan has access to (refer to Surat Nas, where the demons whisper into the Sudoor / chests of people). Sadr can be infiltrated by demons. Qalb is used to refer to the heart in a general way. It can be hard or soft. It can have humility orbit can be arrogant. It can be rusted or it can be polished. Outside the Quran, Fuad is used to indicate a deeper and more inward region of our heart which certain people have access to (due to their level of ma'rifa). Outside the Quran, Fuad is always used to refer to the heart but in a positive light, a more actualized heart, a heart that has been awaken. But within te Quran fuad is used in a negative contexts. You can easily do a quick gooogle search to finance our more details.
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