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AbdusSibtayn

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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Gaius I. Caesar in What are your honest opinions on Atatürk?   
    Ataturk is a loser and in my humble opinion, all nationalists are self-centered and naive losers. They only care about themselves and their people in an idealized, often romanticized light. What is there to admire about such disgusting and narcissistic people?
    Sure he modernized Turkey, but father of the Turks?  No, that's just rosy propaganda to make him infallible and absolve him of his crimes against Armenians, Azeris and Greeks. 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Mohamed1993 in Taxes and Developing countries   
    I suspect the issue is too much tax on the middle-class and poor, and the rich just have enough resources to evade them. I think the problem however is that the government cannot provide all the jobs, so if investors feel they are taxed too heavily then they will just not invest heavily in the country and then the issue is do the middle-class and poor remain jobless instead of earning crappy wages, which is bad but better than nothing. 
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Sirius_Bright in Thoughts 2018   
    [CONTROVERSY ALERT: NOT INTENDED TO RAKE UP A DEBATE. THE STATEMENT IS HIGHLY PERSONAL AND SUBJECTIVE AND THE READERS ARE AT LIBERTY TO COMPLETELY DISAGREE]
    Ever since I became Muslim and joined the school of Aal Muhammad (as), I have dabbled in a modest amount of metaphysical stuff to understand Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and gain proximity to Him.
    But there is nothing like performing the amaal prescribed by the Ahlul Bayt(as) when it comes to gaining ma'rifah and qurbah. There is nothing like reading the Qur'an and their ahadith if one wishes to gain true gnosis. Each passing day convinces me that the kernel of irfan is nothing else but zuhd and it'at of Allahسُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, through which the servant ascends higher and higher through the various spiritual stages (maqaamaat), until the state of annihilation or fanaa is achieved, when his entire being is subsumed in the divine will, and what remains is that state of subsistence (baqaa) where his will becomes identical with the will of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. All that remains within the slave is not him, but 'Him'.
    Music, stylized and synchronized rituals, and flamboyant turbans and robes are all mere artifices. Those who have tasted the fruit alone know its sweetness.
  4. Completely Agree
    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from starlight in Thoughts 2018   
    [CONTROVERSY ALERT: NOT INTENDED TO RAKE UP A DEBATE. THE STATEMENT IS HIGHLY PERSONAL AND SUBJECTIVE AND THE READERS ARE AT LIBERTY TO COMPLETELY DISAGREE]
    Ever since I became Muslim and joined the school of Aal Muhammad (as), I have dabbled in a modest amount of metaphysical stuff to understand Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and gain proximity to Him.
    But there is nothing like performing the amaal prescribed by the Ahlul Bayt(as) when it comes to gaining ma'rifah and qurbah. There is nothing like reading the Qur'an and their ahadith if one wishes to gain true gnosis. Each passing day convinces me that the kernel of irfan is nothing else but zuhd and it'at of Allahسُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, through which the servant ascends higher and higher through the various spiritual stages (maqaamaat), until the state of annihilation or fanaa is achieved, when his entire being is subsumed in the divine will, and what remains is that state of subsistence (baqaa) where his will becomes identical with the will of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. All that remains within the slave is not him, but 'Him'.
    Music, stylized and synchronized rituals, and flamboyant turbans and robes are all mere artifices. Those who have tasted the fruit alone know its sweetness.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Ralvi in Who is your lookalike?   
    Not really.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to notme in Should couples have licenses to have kids?   
    It is tempting say yes when you've seen so many parents who neglect or abuse their children, intentionally or due to issues like poor health or extreme poverty, but in reality, who should we trust to determine who should have children? Should wealth be a prerequisite? Even knowing that children growing up in middle class and wealthy families tend to lack empathy and suffer more mental and behavioral problems than children in working class families? Should health? Some of the best parents I've known were physically disabled or had a diagnosed mental illness. Lifestyle choices? Who decides and on what criteria? 
    So basically, no. But I like the idea of requiring parenting classes, and also it would improve conditions for everyone if nobody were in extreme poverty and everyone got the medical care that they need. 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to shia farm girl in Should couples have licenses to have kids?   
    As salaamun aleikum,
    I think, if it would be at all possible to implement fairly,  that all would be parents should attend mandatory classes pre-pregnancy, or immediately once it is known a child has been conceived.
    I have been witness to MANY people in my own life who end up not having a clue what they are doing in terms of the way they treat their kids and the damage they inflict upon them at extremelly early ages, be it ignorantly or intentionally. When someone tries to advise them, they get all offended and ego takes over, which doesnt do anyone any good, especially the children. "NO ONES GOING TO TELL ME HOW TO RAISE MY KID!" Really? Even if youre doing it WRONG and its going to cause harm on the child?? This has got to be one of the most close minded things to say:/
    If classes were made mandatory, it may save some kids from abuse and a life of multiple problems as an adult...the thing is, who would design these classes and decide what is appropriate to teach parents? I dont have ANY faith that it could be properly implemented in the USA...
    W/s
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to ireallywannaknow in Should couples have licenses to have kids?   
    People who abuse and misuse kids shouldn't have them but otherwise that would be such a huge violation of human rights to deny people childbearing/rearing. 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to hasanhh in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    Agree. ln the early 70's computerese started to alter the language. Keywords, flowchart, prompt(as now used), . . .
    Some 'words' were later displaced: Command, CRT, Entry, . . .
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Ralvi in Who is your lookalike?   
    You don’t have that god awful laugh do you now? XD
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Hameedeh in The Rise of the Qaim - paperback and ebook   
    Congratulations, dear brother! May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى reward you for your efforts!
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Abdul-Hadi in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Akbar673 in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from Abdul-Hadi in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    Also, social media interactions rarely translate into real-life contacts. Having a huge friends list does not guarantee real-life sources of help and support.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from ireallywannaknow in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    One more disturbing thing is the infusion of the 'chatbox' language in our day to day conversations. The linguistic proficiency of the young generation has taken a heavy blow.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from ireallywannaknow in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    Also, social media interactions rarely translate into real-life contacts. Having a huge friends list does not guarantee real-life sources of help and support.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to ireallywannaknow in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    I know no one is going to take the time to watch/listen to this but if you do you will find it interesting. Worth listening till the end. 
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to dragonxx in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    Summary of some of the points made in the video:
    ·       Social media causes conditioning.
    ·       Fashion industry was founded by homosexual men. The ideal profile for them is young teenage male figures, and so girls were made boy-like in their physique (i.e. anorexic). This resulted in women believing this is what men want, despite studies clearly stating otherwise. Similarly in terms profiling, social media was founded by all men (not a single woman) who were schizoids, most of these men were asexual or had very little sexual activity; this profile of men is narrowly defined and social media was created in their own image - this tool was therefore geared to schizoid, asexual, white men. This technology with a very specific psychological profile is now being used by people outside this psychological profile, and this is where conflict arises.
    ·       Screen time decreases happiness, self-esteem, life satisfaction, as well as enhancing depression and anxiety.
    ·       63% of all instagram users are unhappy - likely the platform made them unhappy, not the other way.
    ·       Teen suicide climbed by 31% since 2010, and today is the leading cause of death in teens up to the age of 24, which is intimately connected to social media.
    ·       Pathological envy is a form of aggression, and all social media encourages aggression via algorithms.
    ·       Social media was deliberately created to foster hatred, aggression, bullying, fake news etc. in order to foster addiction and increase usage.
    ·       Ex-Chief Engineer of Facebook admits it was designed to cause addiction, and foster hatred.
    ·       Twitter limited the number of characters since it was created. Aggressive speech acts are much shorter than non-aggressive speech acts according to studies.
    ·       The "network model" was specifically chosen in order to exert network effect by social media - it spreads the fastest. Unlike hierarchy model, or curated model like forums, this model will get people addicted.
    ·       Social media in new role models such as school shooters, cults, psychosis, mass hysteria, etc.
    ·       There was never a moment in history until social media that there is such a large group that are becoming mentally ill (over 1 billion people).
    ·       We have no tools to treat people with internet addiction. What if a group sue for lack of disability benefits as a result of this diagnosis?
    ·       Internet addicts are akin to zombies.
    ·       The amount of face-to-face interactions among teens dropped by 70% in the last decade.
    ·       Many teenagers despite sitting next to each other still communicate via social media.
    ·       Homosexual orientation has tripled in less than 6 years - one of the reasons is social media. Social media enhances like-minded people interactions; easier to interact with people who think like you and agree with you.
    ·       People are literally -(explicit word that starts with F)- themselves, or rather an archetype of.
    ·       Selfies today constitute 60% of all activity on social networks.
    ·       51% of internet users watch porn once a day for the purpose of masturbation. When looking only at males, this figure stands at 90%.
    ·       Psychological regression - people are brought into primitive defence mechanisms such as splitting.
    ·       Social media is comparable to tobacco in the aspect of conditioning; it's literally designed to do that.
    ·       Social media will likely be banned at some point in the future.
    ·       Increases suicide by 31%.
    ·       Why not implement a usage clock where after 2 hours for example you would be blocked from Facebook or twitter?
    ·       Humans fear being isolated more than anything, being very social creatures and all.
    ·       "If I post a banana peel I will get more likes than if I post a quote from Aristotle"
    ·       Social media forces you to conceal your identity and conform to an ideal which is a narcissistic ideal.
    ·       When you post a selfie, your anxiety shoots up, because you are exposing yourself and making yourself vulnerable to people who don't even know you or care about you, including haters.
    ·       "Digital natives" (those born with a tablet and social media in their hands) are doomed, there is no world outside social media, their world is social media and there is no reality outside of this. They are prone to making disastrous decisions not grounded in reality, which may lead to catastrophes such as Donald Trump getting elected.
    ·       There is no difference in principle between simulation and reality. Reality is a simulation made of carbon atoms. Simulation is a simulation made of other material.
    ·       Social media is anything but social - needs automized, lonely, hermit-like individuals.
    ·       The users are the employees of social media - it's supposed to be a content platform but you make the content where you do everything. Twitter and Facebook are dumb idiotic spaces, doing nothing but obeying your input, you are working for them. 24 hours after posting a tweet, it expires, you get no likes, you need to post again.
    ·       Love, intimacy, real relationships, togetherness, all are threats to social media as they take the eyeballs away from social media.
    ·       Social media has exponentially multiplied the amount of negative interactions and pain from the hatred directed at people posting various things - this causes these individuals be averse to real-life intimacy because the pain that may be experienced there would be far greater than the social media intimacy where only small parts of people are presented.
    ·       If you want old-fashion love, emotions, true intimacy, then we are forced by social media to develop multiple personalities in the case of those who have a job on social media, they need to create a parallel life where they have real-life interactions such as through working with teams, having another job, etc.

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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Ashvazdanghe in The True Toxicity of Social Media   
    How social media behavior of Muslims is on a decline -Sheikh Mohamad Al hilli (what you do on social media can be harmful)
     
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Qa'im in The Rise of the Qaim - paperback and ebook   
    Alhamdulillah, the book is a bestseller in three categories on Amazon. It is currently #3 in Shiism, #37 in Islam, and #38 in Islamic History.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from ali_fatheroforphans in Who is your lookalike?   
    Joshua Gad. Somewhat Seth Rogen also.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from MohammadAli1993 in Umar's statement of shirk   
    Yeah, brother. We all know that. The joke is on the neo- Kharijites who say, "Anybody who invokes the help of someone other than Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is a mushrik!! Read the ayah 'Iyyaka nasta'een', ya mushrik!! May He guide you or break your back, ya mushrik!!"
  23. Completely Agree
    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from .InshAllah. in #49 Does the Muslim World Need More Philosophers or Scientists?   
    'More' in the sense that more than the numbers we have presently. Not more of one at the expense of the other.
    I would prefer going with philosophers, because, in the present situation, Islam faces the greatest ideological challenge and existential threat from colonial and post- colonial modernity, dealing with which requires a deeper epistemological engagement with it. This is a task for which we need more philosophers and social scientists.
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    AbdusSibtayn got a reaction from ZethaPonderer in #49 Does the Muslim World Need More Philosophers or Scientists?   
    'More' in the sense that more than the numbers we have presently. Not more of one at the expense of the other.
    I would prefer going with philosophers, because, in the present situation, Islam faces the greatest ideological challenge and existential threat from colonial and post- colonial modernity, dealing with which requires a deeper epistemological engagement with it. This is a task for which we need more philosophers and social scientists.
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    AbdusSibtayn reacted to Silas in The sanctions have returned   
    But believe me, American Jews are for the most part Zionist and anti-Muslim in the extreme, despite their public declarations.
    There is a small minority on the far-left that tries to use Muslims in their diversity projects, but that is a small number.
    Take this for example: a Muslim group puts up a billboard honoring emergency personnel in Gaza, and the Jews in the state immediately demand it be taken down
    https://www.mintpressnews.com/boston-billboard-honoring-gaza-first-responders-removed-over-claims-of-anti-semitism/252014/
     
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