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    • Salam Is it just me? I see a massive numbness among people and governments when it comes to Yemen. Sure there is the strict media blackout about it but very disturbing news does trickle through on some outlets. When will humanity help those innocents, many millions of them starving, small children, schools being bombed. I feel ashamed. https://www.mintpressnews.com/saudi-arabia-tripled-theft-yemen-oil-amid-price-war-russia/269209/
    • Through the collective you find the individual. It builds the individual by making them focus on the collective.
    • I think there may be some misunderstanding here. Here is an example of how the theory works: if a white person makes an argument based on genetics for why black people are inferior, that is considered racism, because the white person belongs to the 'oppressor' group, while if a black person makes a mirror image argument, then that wouldn't be racism, because they belong to the 'oppressed' class, and axiomatically can't be called racist. See for example: http://www.aclrc.com/myth-of-reverse-racism   What is incorrect? I didn't claim that Jews in Europe had it as bad as Blacks in America (although the medieval period was pretty brutal, and the threat of persecution was always real even during the better times). The point was simply that a shared history of oppression doesn't necessitate that the bonds of trust break down. I would be interested in hearing a causal argument for how that would happen.
    • Collective. 1. Islam was sent to reform the society and the Islamic teachings lay great emphasis on Akhlaq, keeping ties with family, rights of neighbours, taking care of orphans and widows.  2. Even in ibadaats there is emphasis on kinship, family, following a community for eg more Sawab for Jamaat prayer, rewards for serving Iftaar to people in the community, zakat for taking care of the less fortunate etc 3. Amr bil Ma’roof NahiAnil Munkar is an obligatory act and all the nations that had been destroyed as a punishment from Allah met their fate only after they got corrupted as a society. Development of nafs and divorcing the dunya are very desirable traits to achieve and definitely individualistic but they cannot be achieved if a person neglects the people around him. These are like sprinkles and icing on the top with the cupcake underneath being the social aspects of religion.
    • I believe that the only way for the readers to see Surah 5:49 in the light of God’s plan of salvation from the beginning to the end, is to know more about the history, and the failure of the first agreement. --- 5:49 “If God had so willed, He would have made you a single people.” Or, “Had Allah willed He could have made you one community.” --- And if that had been the case we would be part of Judaism, keeping the laws given to Moses. --- Or we would be rebellious idolaters who were outside of the family of God, and lost. To continue with the history of the Jewish priests after they failed to serve God, there was another prophecy given, of God’s plan for a new covenant or ‘agreement with mankind.’ --- But since He could no longer rely on men to serve the holy office of High Priest, He did something else. We find in the seldom read book of Zechariah these words in Zechariah 3:8 Hear now, O Joshua the high priest, you and your colleagues who [usually] sit before you—for they are men who are a sign or omen [types of what is to come]—for behold, I will bring forth My servant the BRANCH. --- Joshua was the High Priest after the captives returned from Babylon to Jerusalem and rebuilt the temple.  God looks back and said, ‘You and your colleagues are building a temple of the Lord.” --- Zerubbabel was the Governor and Ezra was the scribe.   6:12  And say to him, Thus says the Lord of hosts: [You, Joshua] behold (look at, keep in sight, watch) the Man [the Messiah] whose name is the BRANCH, for He shall grow up in His place and He shall build the [true] temple of the Lord. 13 Yes, [you, Joshua, are building a temple of the Lord, but] it is He Who shall build the [true] temple of the Lord, and He shall bear the honor and glory [as of the only begotten of the Father] and shall sit and rule upon His throne. And He shall be a Priest upon His throne, and the counsel of peace shall be between the two [offices—Priest and King]. --- This was done once before in the person of Melchizedek when the priesthood began in Salem, --- with the giving of the law to Abraham, including the responsibility of tithing. Abraham had come to Melchizedek, the King, after a victory over his enemies and this happened in Genesis 14:18 “Melchizedek king of Salem [later called Jerusalem] brought out bread and wine [for their nourishment]; he was the priest of God Most High, 19 And he blessed him and said, Blessed be Abraham by God Most High, Possessor and Maker of heaven and earth, 20 And blessed, praised, and glorified be God Most High, Who has given your foes into your hand! And [Abraham] gave him a tenth of all [he had taken].” --- Notice it said Melchizedek, King of Salem, --- and again, “He was the priest of God Most High.” --- so the two offices of King and Priest were together, as they were again with the coming Messiah, Christ. --- And one more Scripture, Zechariah 13:7 “Awake, O sword, against My shepherd and against the man who is My associate, says the Lord of hosts; smite the shepherd and the sheep [of the flock] shall be scattered.”  This is another reference to Jesus Christ who was to come as a ‘Shepherd’ and ‘Associate’ of the Lord of hosts, which I will explain later.
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