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Abu Umar

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  1. Salaams, There's definitely some twisted (edited out) in Sahih al-Bukhari for sure, and other Sunni books... As a community, we should be prepared, willing and able to refute these arguments and sources, because our true enemies are using the very same to justify every form of evil on the face of this Earth in the name of Islam. Critics of Islam then claim that the apparent silence of the moderate majority of Muslims (who are either too terrified to say/do anything or have other reasons to stay out of it) indicates our tacit approval of this very evil thing and very evil people... Doesn't it all just make you so furious? WS
  2. Salaam, Without getting into it, I suggest the OP study The history of Lebanon, especially from the 70's on... This line of reasoning is fallacious. Takfiri monsters like Da'ish and Taliban that kill Shi'a like dogs on the side of the road (at least claim) to do those things also. Providing basic needs and services doesn't somehow excuse or negate support for (or even participation in) terrorism; in fact, it's one of the oldest excuses in the book... WS
  3. Salaams, I prefer a strongly-spiced chai and usually have 2-3 cups a day. I like its amazing, complex flavor, but it isn't a party without ginger and cardamom... I drink coffee on occasion, too, mainly because it's free (and good) at work. I've noticed that coffee gives me a short, intense burst of energy followed by a big crash afterwards, whereas tea is much more "smooth sailing" (for lack of a better term). Anyone else? Lapsang Souchong is also good when I get the (somewhat rare) hankering for tea straight up, or with honey. All this talk of tea has made me realize that I need another cup of tea. WS
  4. Salaams, I agree with what's been said above, and have also never heard of this ritual...I would put the money in a bag or something though, as money is usually very, very dirty... WS
  5. Salaam, I saw this a while back, on Idaho public TV (of all places)...disturbing! Group-based martial arts and combat training have great potential when utilized as means of instilling confidence, discipline, strength, a sense of community and camaraderie, etc., The hateful, violent, irrational spewing at the mouth that practitioners are subjected to between physical exercises is what makes these kinds of places truly dangerous. If things get violent and students must actually resort to using their training and knowledge, any kind of "safety net" of objectivity/morality/sound judgement has been wiped out by the torrent of garbage and nonsense they were subjected to at camp. Extraordinary evil then ensues; such groups and individuals are easy prey to shaitan ir-rajeem and become his foot-soldiers... Naudhubillah! WS
  6. Salaam Brother, Hey now, that hit a little too close to home; I resemble that remark! WS
  7. Salaam, Your argument not only makes a false equivalency and a false dilemma; it also rests upon a slippery slope! Sexual relations between consenting adults are categorically different from both pedophiliac and necrophiliac "relations" for reasons that should be obvious when one considers the definitions of these terms. Please don't ask me to spell them out... The inclusion of (and tolerance towards) gays in society in no way dictates that the other sick and disturbing behaviors that you mentioned will also become openly included in and tolerated by the same society. Again, consensual gay sex is not in the same category of behavior as raping children or corpses for (what should be) very obvious reasons... I was with you there right up to the very end, and then I burst into uncontrollable, incredulous laughter... You misunderstood the point I was trying to make; my apologies for the unclear language...What I was trying to say is that homosexuality is not a mental health issue in the same way that addiction and depression are mental health issues... At least on this point we can both agree! Have a wonderful day everyone, WS
  8. Salaam, I understood the OP to mean that he can't stop/go against something that is in his nature. I know that what I'm about to say won't win me any friends here, but here goes any way... Being gay is not a "mental health issue" or a "personal problem" that can be "treated" or "overcome" in a similar fashion to depression or addiction; no amount of "counseling" or "treatment" will "cure" a gay person of their "disease." I'm greatly saddened (but not surprised at all) by the horrific treatment of homosexuals (and other minorities) by and within the global Ummah. As a whole, we are so closed-minded, judgmental and downright vicious towards anything (even remotely) "different" that it's pathetic. Many of us in/from the West or non-Muslim lands are all-too-familiar with the experience of being marginalized and demonized because we are "different" or from the "wrong" group, and yet many of us won't hesitate to unleash the same treatment (and much, much worse) upon those who are "different" and "wrong" from within our own ranks... There are enough of my own very real and very serious sins to keep me awake at night; at this point in my life, I have neither the time nor the luxury to worry about the "sins" being committed by consenting adults behind closed doors... Peace and blessings to all, Salaam
  9. as-Salaam 'Alaykum, At the end of the day (and no matter who "wins"), isn't it sad to you that we feel the need to impose one "system" or another upon our fellow human beings? No matter what currency or economic system, we're all still slaves... I don't know, something about the whole mess strikes me as violent, amoral and nihilistic... WS
  10. Salaam, Haha, you beat me to it! Seriously though, who else would it have been? Hope everyone reading this has a truly blessed day, inshaAllah... WS
  11. as-Salaam 'Alaykum, I never really understood why doing as-Sadl in namaz was such a big no-no, either. Or for that matter, why resting one's forehead on a turbah or other natural substance is so heavily frowned upon...that being said, I pray like a Ma'aliki, so there really aren't any big differences in how we pray to begin with... I'm beginning to think much of the criticisms are simply knee-jerk reactions to anything "shia," regardless of the legitimate bases many of these practices have in the original Islamic sources. Only Allah SWT knows best... WS
  12. Salamun 'Alaykum! Thanks for sharing this excellent movie. May we all be counted among the friends of the Prophet's (SAWS) most blessed household! WS
  13. Salaam, Please don't take offense to this reply brother, but where have you been getting your info on plants from? Hashish is made from the collected and compressed trichomes knocked off ganja leaves/flowers/etc and usually doesn't contain elephant dung (unless you've got an elephant problem, I suppose). Leaving all of the arguments for and against its prohibition aside, pure hash has been employed as a safe and efficacious intoxicant/sacrament/medicine/etc since before recorded history. There hasn't been a single, legitimate documented case of anyone ever dying or overdosing on or from it, ever (so far as I'm aware). Tobacco is also a medicinal plant whose medicinal/religious/shamanistic use by man dates back into prehistory, and nevertheless I agree with you in stating that its not quite the same as ganja. Unlike ganja, harvesting tobacco with one's bare hands will result in dry-retching, tachycardia, hypertension and potentially even DEATH. There is a reasonable known lethal dose for nicotine (75 mgs would be enough to kill most people), but not for THC (the estimates are ridiculous, you should check it out). Also unlike hashish, tobacco is powerfully addictive (despite it's toxicity) and has been directly linked to numerous serious health problems. It is declared legal for sale and consumption by the U.S. Federal Government, which makes boat loads of money in tax revenue from the tobacco industry. I could go on and on about how the two aren't the same, but you get my drift... Brother please do your own research and seek accurate and legitimate information for yourself. Better yet, start a garden and get to know some plants yourself, but wear gloves if you're worried? j/k wasalaam
  14. as-Salaam 'Alaykum, I'm well aware that what I'm about to say isn't very popular, but here it is...I was always taught (by wwII vets mainly) that the preferred option is to LEAVE NO PRISONERS (noncombatants notwithstanding)...My grandfather (may Allah be well pleased with him) swore that this policy was the ONLY way the U.S. was able to wrestle control of the pacific away from the Japanese Imperial Forces. They were given specific orders to TAKE NO PRISONERS...send these takfiri (expletive deleteds) straight to hell, from whence they came! Allah HU!!! WS
  15. as-Salaam 'Alaykum Sweeping generalizations much? I, for one, am thankful we have people qualified enough to discern the spiritual condition of the majority of inhabitants an entire hemisphere! Do you really think "The West," and (by extension) everyone in it, is (or should be) scared of this man? In and of itself, a single individual with the authority to send millions of people to the deaths is not necessarily a good thing. How successful were all those declarations of Jihad during the Iran-Iraq war in the 80's? I wasn't aware that the war against these Takfiri monsters has already been won...Why don't we worry about winning this war before worrying about projecting fear and insecurity upon "The West?" WS
  16. Salamun 'Alaykum, Naudhubillah, such utter disregard for human life, and all in the name of Islam! What these savages are doing is worse than shirk! Allah SWT have mercy upon us! WS
  17. Salamun 'Alaykum, The love and idolatry of money over human life itself is a primary cause of all this suffering. An honest assessment of the ethical, spiritual and financial systems within which current and former gangsters, killers and dope dealers operate is required to get a better idea of where all this death and suffering come from. It goes something like this: very few individuals (and especially those from lower socio-economic classes) have enough capital to pay for their dope (in addition to other goods and services) up front (or at least in quantities sufficient enough to turn a profit); therefore, pretty much everyone (on the distribution side of things, at any rate) gets their (edited out) fronted to them on credit, and turn around and likewise front the same stuff out on down the line, all the way to the street pushers. The street pushers (for the most part) are the ones doing "honest" work, exchanging small quantities of goods for hard cash and funneling essentially all major proceeds "up the line" of distribution. At any point in this chain, if someone messes up a front and is unable to repay the debt in the agreed-upon time frame, they are dealt with most severely. When you combine such an ethical/enomical system with a population that is generally content to "get high on its own supply," then you've got a recipe for unmitigated disaster... O Allah (SWT)! Have mercy upon your sinful servants for their violence, avarice and greed! WS
  18. as-Salaam 'Alaykum,I concur! I just don't get it, the 'Iraqi gov't can't find some old MIGs, MANPADS, T-33s etc, and simply take care of business with these savages? What, Browning can't hook 'em up with some heavy machine guns? The US military has plenty of (often quite dated, IMO) military hardware just sitting there idle; they can't just loan some of it out for a while? As for desecrating the shrines of the blessed Aimmah (alayhemus-salaam); haven't these devils been merrily destroying sacred places for a while now? WS
  19. as-Salaam 'Alaykum, While there are wild divergences in scriptural interpretation within Christianity (and religion in general, IMO), the 14th chapter of the gospel of John (and especially the first half) could be interpeted quite easily as a specific place where Yeshua ben Yosef (AS) allegedly identifies himself exclusively not only as the Son of God, but also The Father Himself (astaghfirullah)... WS
  20. Salamun 'Alaykum, There have to be some serious equipment/funding issues within the Iraqi gov't/military (and in collusion with corrupt officials within said establishments) for these takfiri monsters to just walk through the country so fast. Where was the heavy artillery/machine guns? Air support? Running an army costs money, and when your country is broke (that's a whole other issue) and staffed by underpaid and underequipped personal in addition to individuals with greater unholy allegiance to other institutions, you've got a recipe for disaster... Seriously, just 2,000 lb./laser-guided missile/machine gun fire these scum off the face of the Earth already, you can do it... WS
  21. Salamun 'Alaykum, As with all tryptamines, side effects with DMT are dose-dependent and include elevated blood pressure, wildly dilated pupils and increased heart rate. If you accidentally take too much (and this is especially true when the drug is consumed orally, combined with a mono-amide oxidase inhibitor, such as Syrian Rue), you could potentially DIE from a heart attack, coronary embolism, stroke, etc...this stuff is no joke! If you decide to freebase an extracted form of the drug (the same way you'd smoke crack), it is much easier to control your dose, but there are additional issues to worry about. "Cooking" DMT out of the source material is a potentially "dirty" exercise (depending on your cook), and might potentially include some very nasty chemicals, such as Sodium Hydroxide (caustic soda) and Naptha (Zippo lighter fluid)! Needless to say, I highly doubt these would be considered Halaal for consumption in any way, shape or form. Lets face it, no matter how hard you try, how good of a chef you are, or how good your lab is, there are always trace residues of this [Edited Out] left in your final product, and where do you think it all goes when you smoke it? I can tell you from very, very (very!) painful personal experience that there are no shortcuts to enlightenment or inner peace. If you insist upon experimenting with this (and similar) compounds, I am in no position to judge, given my personal history. But please, be careful, do your own research and (most importantly) don't accept a counterfeit spiritual experience for the "real deal!" Be safe! WS
  22. As-Salaam 'Alaykum, I'm not of aware of there being any way to make vinegar without utilizing the process of fermentation at some point. The word, "vinegar," is itself derived from an old french term meaning, "sour wine..." Prophet Muhammad (SAWS!) was himself very fond of vinegar, and there are numerous ahadith which testify to this fact...www.deenislam.co.uk/food3.html WS
  23. As-Salaam 'Alaykum, Prophet Muhammad (SAWS!) was granted a special dispensation via Qur'an 33:50 to marry more than four wives at a time. If memory serves, at one point he had nine wives at once. As the functional head of the nascent Islamic state, it was imperative that Muhammad (SAWS!) be permitted to marry more than four wives at once, as such unions were a means of cementing inter-tribal relations and basically served as peace treaties. Also, marrying the widows of believers who had fallen in battle defending the faith was a way of honoring their sacrifice. WS
  24. Salamun 'Alaykum, I can't help but think Pam Geller has something to do with this...I would check her site, but I'd rather not risk getting Israeli spyware on my laptop! The U.S. gov't has supported, currently supports, and will continue to support fascist far-right paramilitary groups with penchants for racism (and much, much worse) both directly and indirectly in basically every corner in the world. A hallmark of U.S. foreign policy has been to disregard the blatant gross human rights violations these groups inflict upon their own and other populations. "Vital national interests" are given priority over the very lives of human beings; those business and defense contracts are more important... In the experiences of the Palestinian Arab Christians I had the pleasure of befriending in my youth, Israel is also an absurdly racist (and worse) country. Why aren't the makers of this ad running another ad alongside this one, demanding an end to U.S. aid to Israel? I'm sure we could find some really, really nasty verses from the Tanakh right-wing nutters skew to justify the genocidal behavior in the Holy Land... WS
  25. Salamun 'Alaykum, Many many moons ago, I attended the local masjid for an Eid (ul-Fitr, if memory serves...).I was approached by a young gentleman who asked if I would be willing to give an elderly relative of his a ride home. I replied in the affirmative, and before I knew it I had an elderly (Uzbeki, as it turned out) gentleman in the passenger's seat, eager to get home... Apparently, most everyone assumed that I was Russian at that Masjid, so of course it was also assumed that I spoke Russian Fluently and therefore would be the most suitable person to give this old man a ride home. Both assumptions were completely false, but I nevertheless managed to get the poor old man home in one piece. I learned lots of Russian in that ten minute car ride... WS
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