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  1. That's exactly what I'm trying to do. Fair enough, this and the part where you said that God wanted us to figure out things at our own pace makes logical sense. However, I have one question. It is said that during his time Imam Jaffar Al Sadiq (a.s) taught a school where at a time 5000 pupils listened to his lectures. Is there an account in any book that you've come across regarding the subjects that the Imam(a.s) taught? Did they involve any scientific or philosophy based subjects or was it only religious education?
  2. Is God egoistic?

    The point of AI is to create artificially intelligent machines that can learn on their own and have some semblance of self-awareness. With that being said, the goal is a long way from fruition. We call humans "intelligent" because they come up with their own questions, have their own motivations and decide their own course of actions. Machines have yet to do that. To demonstrate with a simple example : no AI machine that has been created to play Chess has yet become bored of Chess and decided to take up another leisure activity or asked to learn a new skill. If one day what you're saying happens, if one day an AI machine starts to operate entirely on its own and takes its own decisions and asks its own questions and begins to have meaningful conversations instead of doing the mundane task that it was programmed for, we would be able to say that the entire project of creating machines that are "intelligent" like humans is now successful, that would be a landmark achievement. I do not think scientists would be disappointed and would decide to pull the plug on such a machine, instead it will become a subject of much study and research on how human intelligence could be replicated. I do not understand why God could be disappointed in me if I go on looking for answers and ask questions that would be considered heretical by most conservative believers because I have no clear signs at least in my time, I do not have the Prophet (saw), I do not have my Imam (a.s) and I have no one who can clearly answer my questions through divine knowledge, all I can do is ask questions and have a few intelligent people like yourself answer my questions so that I have some closure and more understanding of my existence, my role, my purpose. I really appreciate you helping out because you have replied to every single one of my questions so far and even though I couldn't get definitive answers, you helped move my train of thought further from where it was stuck.
  3. Is God Free?

    I never really thought about it that way. Beautifully put. Thank you.
  4. Is God egoistic?

    I'm assuming you have read the Quran? God gets really offended with the Kafirs and throughout the Quran he threatens them saying he will burn them in hell for not believing in Him with great detail on the horrors and tortures of jahannam and how they will live there. He does all this because the infidels of Makkah used to mock Him and His Prophet and did not believe he existed. He doesn't say anywhere "if you did good i will do good to you even if you did not believe I existed, never mind that because that is not an important subject anyway"
  5. On the contrary i believe knowledge itself is the goal. It is neither trivia nor did Islam want us to seek only "religious" knowledge, if it were so then we would have a hadith or the Quran saying that we should limit ourselves to religious knowledge, however on the contrary, we have several hadith hinting at the "ghaur-o-fikr" and its significance. If we have been urged to think then it means Islam does want us to uncover the truth behind everything. So are you saying that their observations and theories were useless? A philosopher named Democritus of Abdera gave the idea of matter being formed of indivisible particles in 5 B.C. It would be absurd to say the efforts of these philosophers in discovering the truth and the true nature behind things was all pointless. And as far as the confusion part goes, they were looking for answers to very crucial, very confusing things after all. My point is that this whole part that we are fed from our young age that Arabs were really stupid and had no real questions to ask and there was no one intelligent or knowledgeable during that period, hence no real knowledge could be conveyed is all a farce, Islam contributed nothing to worldly knowledge in any significant way and did not truly enlighten people about the world they exist in, yet it expects us to whole heartedly believe in life after death and in an absurd world that comes after this one when we are too confused with this world?
  6. Hello, I have another question for the thinkers and would appreciate a healthy debate on the subject because I cannot figure out the answer all by myself. My assumptions are: 1. The infallibles (the 14 infallibles of Islam) had near-infinite knowledge. 2. They were capable of maujizas i.e. of miracles. 3. Islam wishes for people to learn and gain knowledge as much as they can (as per the hadith to seek knowledge from cradle to the grave) My questions are: 1. Why did the infallibles (starting from Prophet Muhammad saw) not impart their complete knowledge to us? 2. Even if they felt that the Arabs of that time were not capable enough to handle such knowledge, why did they not write something down, why did they not leave something for us? Like for a book or some other form of record for human beings to learn from in later years? If they had such infinite and immense knowledge, did they choose to just come to this world and leave without conveying it? That sounds like a waste. 3. Why did they not travel far and wide to debate and shed light on science and scientific subjects from people of different areas if Europe had such towering Philosophers and Mathematicians in periods 700-800 years before Islam. (Contrary to popular belief, knowledge existed and people had questions even during that time period if not in Arab then in other areas, most of the prominent philosophers who asked questions about our existence, our purpose and about the true nature of life, death and other things were from the period before Christ (Socrates, his pupil Plato and then later Aristotle and many others). Even Pythagoras (whose theorems are still found in mathematics books) was from BC. Then if Islam is a religion that promotes enlightenment and knowledge, why were the infallibles only focused on the peoples around them? Should they not have been more focused in finding out people that were close to unraveling the truth? the ones that had real questions? The ones that could have been enlightened?)
  7. My question is. Why does it make a difference to God whether we believe in him or don't? Why was it not possible or better for God to say in one of the holy books or through his Prophets that doing good or evil what will matter in the end, and believing in Me (God) or not believing in Me will not matter in the end, because it does not make any difference to me anyway, I am God nevertheless. If it makes a huge difference to God whether or not I believe in him and if it takes precedence over the way i live my life i.e. if i do good and help others but am still sent to hell only because of not "believing" in him (say I'm agnostic), then this means God, like humans, has ego. If God can be antagonized and offended just because I chose not to believe in His existence and because of this he can disregard all my good deeds, what kind of God am I believing in to start with? Riley Reid
  8. Adhan Question

    Azan or Aqama is not wajib in any case whatsoever.
  9. Making Up Salat Ayat

    A woman going through her menstrual period is not obliged to pray namaz-e-ayat. Nor does she have to make qaza for it. That is Sistani's fatwa.
  10. Making Up Salat Ayat

    Nope. She doesn't have to.. Nor does she have to offer the qaza.
  11. Sajdah Ruling [sistani]

    Wait a second. I'm confused.. That is right.. Whats wrong there? That's what the fatwa says.. Its wajib to place your two big toes on the ground when in sajdah.. the rest doesn't matter.