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In the Name of God بسم الله

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  1. I can't seem to edit my post to include some more on why I chose what words I did, so here is another. Also I forgot to add that I don't know Arabic, though I have read every translation of Fatihah I could find. Praise God, Lord solely overall : For the sake of rhythm I shortened the more traditional 'praise be to (unto) God' into 'Praise God'. I felt that it didn't affect the meaning of the original Arabic, though like I said, I don't Arabic and used translations. And this is the same for the second half, as I thought 'solely overall' expressed a better sense of God being Lord in every dim
  2. I am hoping someone could give me their thoughts and suggestions on my translation of Suratul Hamd (fatihah). I wanted to have an english translation I could recite to a melody, like in arabic, but I couldn't find one, so I am working on making my own. For God, His Grace and Goodness: Praise God, Lord solely overall, Mercy Primordial, Compassion Primeval, The Jury on Judgment Day. It is You that we worship, and to You alone we pray. See us to the straight path, The path of those who You have favored, Those not woeful nor wayward.
  3. In my humble opinion it's erroneous to say this is a 'revealed history.' Just like with Islam, that you have to start with the Qur'an and not jurisprudence made centuries later, so too you have to start with yourself when considering life. Ask yourself, does any man experience what I cannot? If I accept that someone has experienced something beyond normal human experience then I merely take his/her word for it, and thus it is not definite. It remains my opinion. It is my opinion that the Holy Prophet did not experience anything out of the ordinary because otherwise humankind would have made
  4. Thanks. So was he black? When I google-translated "al-Thumali" it translated as "residual." I don't speak arabic so I'm wondering if his name says anything about where he came from. And it is interesting you mention him serving Musa al-Kadhim since I have also read he had served Isma'il al-Mubarak. I guess I'm trying to find out what is authentic and what is not, not that I'm taking any position :rolleyes:
  5. YAM SA What can anyone tell me about the life story of Abu Hamza al-Thumali? I read he was a mawla (freed slave) from Kufa. Was he was african, if so where from exactly? I know he served Zayn al-Abideen and Muhammad al-Baqir, but what happened to him after that? Could you please provide references too. Thanks.
  6. Salam Humbly and with utmost respect: I think you are totally right and I hold the same interpretation. I believe this narrative is a parable describing our relationship with our living Imam, and Satan's actions are what constitutes disbelieving. Even though the Imam is like a parent, defending and nurturing his flock, Satan cannot bring himself to humility and surrender his will. This parable puts into context a tradition I once read, "Around every believer there are ten satans." You might also want to check out the parable of Saul (Talut). It is somewhere in the latter half of the seco
  7. Salam Ya 'Ali Humbly and with utmost respect: Why not look to the Qur'an? “It is God Who placed the sea at your service, that ships may run therein by His command, and that you may seek of His bounty – perhaps you will render thanks. And He placed at your service what is in the heavens and the earth – all of it from Him. In this are signs for a people who reflect. [45:13]” “Have they not observed the sky above them and how We erected it and decked it out, how free of cracks it is? And the earth, how We spread it out and placed in it towering mountains, and caused it to sprout forth of
  8. I guess it depends on what you make of the Koran. Most people will give you a textbook answer to your question because it's what conformity and their culture demands of them. However take this, it's an answer not given for sake of conformity nor culture, and it's that the law is arbitrary—it doesn't matter, not really. I mean this respectfully because it's very real, being free of doubt. The Koran tells us to examine our surroundings when making judgments and not solely rely on our personal affirmations. That being said, it seems perfectly clearly the notion of the Koran as being dictat
  9. Do you like the old time religion?Do you like having a system of beliefs and values that never change? Doesn't a boy grow into an old man and yet remain the same man? What is religion if it doesn't change with us? The only thing constant in religion is the Imam of the time. And for that reason the religion grows, it burgeons. The Imam of the time is the catalyst within religion, a necessity to fulfill the covenant between believer and imam. “To you has come a messenger, from among your number, Aggrieved by the hardship you suffer, Concerned for you, Tender and compassionate towards the believe
  10. Salaam Basmala With utmost respect, love and compassion I say to you, my brother, Judging by your avatar, because of the beard cut in traditional Muslim fashion and the traditional hat, you believe in traditional Islam. But traditional does not mean authentic because tradition is merely what is popularly handed down, and that's no measure of correctness. Correctness is demonstrated through evidence and reason. Perhaps your avatar is not a photo of yourself, but why you've chosen to use it and why you've submitted an unsubstantiated, unproductive post leads me to assume you like rigidity. That
  11. I think you may be right, as it seems probably possible, but that means nothing with regards to the qualities of the Imam. It doesn't matter if the Imam of the time descends from the Holy Prophet, what matters is that he believes he descends from him. “Or were you witnesses when death came to Jacob?” In no way can Aga Khan prove his lineage. What the Imam of the time can prove however is that he acts in accordance with Islamic principles. “Abraham said: ‘And also my descendants?’ God said: ‘Evildoers shall not enjoy My covenant.” In my opinion, the mind of the Imam is the true treasure of mank
  12. Humbly and with utmost respect, Religion is religion and the concept of posthumorous resurrection does not change what religion is, and that is Tawhid, or nondualism. Everything is one, undivided. Think about it, if everything was one then statements like "Wherever you turn there is the Face of Allah..." and "He is closer to you than your jugular..." would mean just that. Language is a barrier which captures and shapes our reality. For example, in English it is popularly said, "I came into this world..." when "I came out of this world" would be more appropriate, as in "God it was Who caused yo
  13. Humbly and with utmost respect, It seems you are talking about legend. Thanks for responding.
  14. Basmala Salam Love8, don't you see? You have been greatly blessed by God and His mercy. The angels are sounding their trumpets and congratulating you over this, and there is much excitement in heaven. You are indeed on the straight path and continuing down it would be wise. You see, God has blessed you by showing you what sadness is. By His mercy you've been granted witness of it and when you become happy again (because you will) you'll have contrast between the two. And through this insight you'll understand what mercy truly is, and what suffering truly means. In this you will see the face of
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