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  1. I was going to write a whole thing (my BA was in Politics and History with a focus on Central and South East Europe from 1914 - 2001). However, I think God says it better than I ever could: Chapter Name:Al-Maeda Verse No:8 يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ كُونُواْ قَوَّامِينَ لِلّهِ شُهَدَاء بِالْقِسْطِ وَلاَ يَجْرِمَنَّكُمْ شَنَآنُ قَوْمٍ عَلَى أَلاَّ تَعْدِلُواْ اعْدِلُواْ هُوَ أَقْرَبُ لِلتَّقْوَى وَاتَّقُواْ اللّهَ إِنَّ اللّهَ خَبِيرٌ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ {8 O ye who believe! stand out firmly for Allah, as witnesses to fair dealing, and let not the hatred of others to you make you swerve to wrong and depart from justice. Be just: that is next to piety: and fear Allah. For Allah is well-acquainted with all that ye do. (Yusuf Ali translation) Sister if you want good, revisionist historiography with regards to the Zionist movement and the founding of Israel, there's always Ilan Pappe (a trained and highly credible historian). What (if any) are Ken O'Keefe's credentials as a professional historian? Can you point me to any peer-reviewed books or articles in academic journals by this individual? I despise Benny Morris's politics but he's another one of Israel's 'New Historians' that's still worth checking out. Avi Shlaim is superb as well (decent chap too when it comes to his political opinions in my opinion). People like Ken O'Keefe are a stain on the noble movement for Palestinian rights and justice. However, don't take my word for it. Send an email to Professor Asad Abu Khalil (aka the Angry Arab), with that ahistorical garbage. See what his response is. Here's a link to his superb site: http://angryarab.blogspot.co.uk/ You'll find his contact details there. Should you do so and should he respond, please post the response here.
  2. Salaams, I think for me personally when the text is a translation into English, then style (the how of the translation as it were) can either help or hinder my ability to get into the substance of the text. I define a good translation as something that renders the original language into contemporary idiomatic English (obviously not slang though).
  3. Once again a very nice and informative posting Qa'im. Thank you. Just to add to Shaykh Patience101s comment, the Deobandis are Maturidi in name only. Check out the guys below, they're close to Shaykh Atabek Shukurov, a genuinely Maturidi Hanafi scholar from Uzbekistan. Shaykh Atabek gives greater weight to the opinions of Abu Hanifa as opposed to a much later scholar like Ibn Abidin (a major authority to latter day Hanafis.) Ibn Abidin was a great admirer of ibn Taymiyyah and gave great weight to his juristic and theological opinions (which should always set alarm bells ringing): https://asharisassemble.com/ Essentially, that site contains some serious (in my opinion) take downs of contemporary Deobandism and its divergence from classical Hanafism (especially Abu Hanifa's theological and juristic positions).
  4. Thanks for the clarification
  5. On the day of judgement (as humanbeing101 says) I'm going to be begging for Divine mercy for myself (for sure). If I face only the pure Justice of God in this life and the next then it's game over for me frankly. Went with justice in the poll. Between humans we need more justice (in terms of the past and present we have a massive justice deficit in our earthly affairs).
  6. Having just woken up I mistakenly voted Karbala. For discussion with a Sunni, however, Ghadeer is the more logical starting point (agree 100% with Pearl178). For non-Muslims definitely Karbala (work my way back to Ghadeer).
  7. Salaams, I was wondering if someone with knowledge could clarify something for me. As Twelvers, is Zamakhshari's Al-Kashshaaf an acceptable source for deriving an understanding of Quranic verses for us? I know the tafsir itself is not available in English but can anyone recommend some good academic works in English on this tafsir?
  8. Salaams Qa'im, Thank you for the informative post (much appreciated). What are the criteria for establishing a hadith or concept as being mutawater (widely narrated)? What's the cut off point between mutawater and ahad? It's my understanding that anything established via mutawater traditions is definite knowledge (i.e. text of Quran) and anything established via ahad traditions is probable knowledge. Is my understanding correct? If so, is one free (i.e. one's Islam is still intact) to not accept notions like the bodies of Prophets, Imams, saints and martyrs being preserved from decomposing in the grave? I'm guessing this idea is established via single-authority traditions? Finally, are the traditions relating to the splitting of the Moon of a mutawater or ahad nature? Apologies for all the questions brother.
  9. I voted extrovert. In person I come across as an extrovert. In reality that's just a cover for my deep insecurity (I would imagine that's the case with most extroverts). I find it easy to make conversation with strangers so long as they reciprocate, I won't push it if someone doesn't want to (prefer not to make people uncomfortable). Also I'm happy not to be the centre of attention or feel the need to dominate a conversation (was terrible when I was younger, did lots of debating society, theatre acting and directing at school and university, probably didn't help matters, makes one a bit of a loudmouth). I've mellowed with age in that regard (plus actively worked/work on toning myself down). However, when I'm at a low point I go into seclusion, like don't leave my flat for days seclusion (no face-to-face contact with people, phone off, only speak directly with very close family). All in all, I think it's better to be an introvert (not in an extreme hermit like way) from a religious perspective. Many arifs say don't speak too much, seen quite a few hadith to that effect. Introverts: you're generally better people in terms of spirituality and pleasing God than us extroverts.
  10. Lol makes a lot of sense (re desis and cricket and complex week long wedding events). Yeah I only have pious parties at mine (no music, no women, no laughter...we munch in silence after a couple of Juz of Quran). Just out of interest are Pathans into cricket as well? I see them more as rugby people. It's a sport that's taking off amongst Caucasus mountain people (Pathans seem a lot like us, hence my assumption).
  11. Ah but if a bunch of mates come round and you take out the PS4 (or Xbox for those inclined that way), what are you gonna play? ProEvo or Fifa versus whatever cricket cricket game there is for consoles (is there even such a thing)? Just out of interest, how come football isn't a thing in the Indian subcontinent? Genuinely curious about that.
  12. Have to disagree about the not getting bored re cricket, especially when it comes to test matches. You brake for tea! It goes on for more than a day! Add in a hot summer's day (especially if you're fielding) and we're in snoozeabad. 20/20 cricket is definitely better when it comes to pace. Still doesn't beat (most) football matches when it comes to speed and excitement.
  13. Salaam Fahad, Yes but for a 22 year whose 'empire' is no more than a small prayer room, it's a bit much is it not?
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