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  1. pious bloody law clerks... no heart... no compassion... I'm out.
  2. This isn't a struggle of identity politics or a culture of micro aggressions. Simply put, and the left is the only side correctly identifying this phenomenon, and has been since Karl Marx. It is a class struggle. The battle lines are 1/10 of 1% who own nearly everything versus everyone else. Coalitions will form along different lines and based on different grievances, but at the root of it all, the cause is the same: the richest continue to lie, cheat, steal, and feel entitled to rig the global power structure against everyone else. And they do this by re-writing laws to favor their causes, ensure permanent majorities, and build bought-off oligarchies. Ever notice that the same people always tend to win? I recognize all other struggles as being offshoots of the same larger struggle. Simply put: as a Muslim, I will not stand by and watch the LBGT community be persecuted. As I've said so many times, leave the judging of to Allah (S W T) and stand up for anyone who fears for their own safety or who isn't treated with the basic human dignity that we all should expect. If those who don't stand up against oppression are as guilty as the oppressor (as Imam al Hussein (AS) famously said), then I would think that it is a moral obligation to stand up for all who are oppressed. I'm not condoning homosexual behavior, but neither am I condemning it. That is up to Allah (S W T) to judge. I will keep my interpersonal relations halal, but make bloody well sure I'm standing up for anyone and I do mean anyone who fears for their safety or well-being.
  3. Salaam sister, and to @Ali Emanoil Mustafa as well. I also struggle with depression. I'm a huge believer in the value of cognitive therapy. I'm sorry for all the struggles, brother. May Allah (S W T) reward you for not lashing back at the provocations and may He guide your family to this deen. One thing that helped me in my struggles was the MBTI (myers-briggs) personality test. It should be called a cognitive function test. I forget, sister @Islandsandmirrors - are we both the same type? I know we are both on PerC as well. Anyway, if you are interested, check out 16personalities.com/test to take the test. Once I found out my type, it was another tool in dealing with my own head. It helped me a ton, and I hope it helps you. Please feel welcome to reach out if you need moral support! R
  4. Hello! I actually went through something similar in that I had a lot of questions and something drew me toward Islam. I happened to be in the seminary program for the Episcopal church at the time, so I know full well that moment of questioning the central doctrines of post Nicaea Christianity can be terrible. I remember the hours of intense agony over it, praying tearfully for guidance. Alhamdulillah (the praise be to God) I received it. I will be more than happy to help answer any questions you may have about Islam. Please don't be put off by my avatar. I am far left (obviously), but some things are massively more important than politics, especially seeking God. If I can answer anything at all, please feel welcome to ask, either here or by direct message. One worry I have is that when someone, specifically from our region of the world looks into Islam, there is a hodge-podge of info out there, but not all is reliable. Many critics, thinking they are doing a good thing, attack Islam based on out-of-context quotes of the Qur'an or the traditions and teachings of Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his family). I will gladly help with a western-friendly explanation (I am not a scholar) of the Qur'an, how it was revealed, and obstacles that a non Arabic speaker has to understanding it. No matter what else you may read of Islam, please always remember that Islam does not mean peace. It does have peace in the word. Islam is a peaceful faith, but it is OK to fight back, as our brothers standing up to the Zionist transgressors do, but it is important to know the limits and the rules and not to transgress them. The easiest way I can describe the essence of Islam, and if you only take one thought from this, it's this one: Islam means the complete submission to the will of Almighty God in peace and sincerity. We believe that we have a place in the universe and a purpose, and that is to live according to His commandments. Our purpose is to worship God, and we can do that in our daily prayers, and (I believe) with correct intention, any act of kindness or goodness can be an act of worship. God calls Himself Allah, and so do we. Allah is an interesting word in Arabic because it is what is known as a perfected word. It cannot be pluralized, nor does it have gender. Like Whom the word represents: there is only Allah (may He be glorified and praised) and although we say "He," this is a rule of grammar and not an assertion that God is masculine. Allah (may He be glorified and praised) is beyond all human descriptions. Jesus (peace be upon him) explains it perfectly when he says: hear O Israel; the LORD your God is One, and you shall love Him with all your mind, heart, and strength. And the second commandment is like unto it: you shall love your neighbor as you love yourself. On this hangs the Law and the Prophets. And we believe that Jesus (peace be upon him) was a mighty prophet who came with blazing miracles and truths to a stubborn people. He taught love and compassion, and mankind's knowing our place before our Lord, and he also taught that we cannot simply follow rules once a week and be OK- the entire basis of the Judaic law he taught and which Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family) preached as God commanded him to emphasize again and again the rights of the Creator and of His creation, and beautifully illustrate deen. Deen is mistranslated as religion, but it really means "way of life," in the same way that Christians talk about "walking the walk as well as talking the talk." Deen is exactly that, and all that Islam is is living properly and correctly as our Creator wants us to; being completely submissive to His law, and trusting that He is the Most Gracious and the Most Merciful and that all that He wants for us is best for us in this life and the next. Lastly, and I know many non Muslims ask about how non Muslims are treated by Muslims, and I believe Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (peace be upon him) says it perfectly when he says that: people are of two types; they are either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity. Anyway, if you have questions, and I can answer them, I will be glad to. If there was anything good in my thoughts, it is from Allah (may He be praised and glorified above all that is associated with Him), and all errors are mine (astaghfirullah- God forgive me), and may we all be guided to truth and the ultimate success. In shaa Allah (God willing). Peace be with you, R
  5. Please substantiate your statement. Do you mean my statements about Putin and Assad? History will judge both to be. You are correct about fighting DAESH not making one a war criminal. What does that is disregard for the rules of the Geneva convention. Things like using civilian areas to hide weapons, dropping chlorine barrel bombs on ... well anyone, prisons where dissidents are tortured, etc., targeting medical facilities, ordering your military to strike targets twice to ensure that the civil defense groups pulling people out of rubble. If you'd like to discuss it more, then I will be glad to, but I ask that you not make cavalier blanket statements about what is misinformation and the impact it has on others. My entire academic background leading to my under grad political science and graduate degrees in international relations, I believe does qualify me to voice a position on the matter, and to simply allege misinformation and its consequence, well OK that's your opinion and I respect your right to it. Sorry. As it happens, I am correct and I can prove it. I get the sense that everyone here has a giant love of Assad and Putin because they stand up to the west. An enemy of an enemy is not a friend. I am interested in why you believe my point is wrong, but as for setting back these forums? Not possible. Maybe we can have another 1000 threads about masturbation and mutah, or why if you don't beat yourself bloody every Muharram, your a mukasir with no love for Imam Hussayn (AS). But frankly, I feel SC is lots of 15 year old keyboard warriors and I'm about a centimeter away from asking the admins to delete me again.
  6. Stein. Usually I write in the Queen of England, but this time I voted for Stein.
  7. Good points, but on the endorsement matter; he was very nuanced with that. He simply said that a trump presidency would be a disaster (fact) and that we must not have that. He supported her, but did not endorse her. In fact the result of their meetings was the most left wing platform ever for the Dems. I think that we need to break this 2 party mess. Washington warned against it; it isn't sanctioned in the constitution, etc. As for Israel... Sanders was pretty silent on the issue as a whole. That was disappointing to me too, but I don't think he is pro Israel. I can't see him going to jail for civil rights protests here and supporting Zionist apartheid at the same time, but I agree that it was disappointing. Look further into it- he never endorsed Clinton directly. The Democrats screwed him though, and screwed us all. I won't lay it all on Debbie Wasserman-Schultz, but the party seemed intent on handing Clinton the nomination. I called out my senator at a town hall over his support of Clinton over Sanders despite RI Democrats voting for Sanders overwhelmingly. I still wouldn't be surprised if trump is the dajjal
  8. eh... sorry brother- I have to watch those after work. Videos are blocked here. I will though for sure. I suggest looking into Senator Sanders, though. He is the only elected official in this country that I think actually is honest. Not perfect, but honest. Chomsky is brilliant, and I've been a fan of his since Manufacturing Consent. Howard Zinn was brilliant though. People's History of the United States is the most honest history book I think I've ever read. It is amazing. Anyway, I don't want to appear discourteous by not responding to the videos- got about 10 hours before I'm home again though. ugh.
  9. Don't get me wrong- Israeli and Saudi influence are a problem. no doubt. Boehner inviting naziyahu to address congress was insanity. The thing is that the Americans won't move unless there is a clear and present danger that has been demonstrated. Sadly, the Israeli and Saudi issues are things that aren't universally agreed to be a problem. Congressional Republicans would block any anti-Israel action. In democracy, majorities matter more than truth. Oddly enough, I heard a speech with the Aga Khan where he said that democracy does not automatically equal good governance.
  10. Just want to say that you, @Islandsandmirrors, and he ever legendary @Gaius I. Caesar are my favorite SCers at the moment. I feel like there is a bias here toward Russia because Russia backs Assad, and Assad is friendly with Iran. To me, Assad and Putin are both criminals with no regard for human life, only holding onto power in Assad's case, and a drive to rebuild Imperial Russia in Putin's case. Neither are good men. Clearly there was enough Russian influence in the election to warrant an investigation; of course this attorney general (confederate hobbit) will never investigate, and I doubt thay Lyin' Ryan or Mitch McConnell (fun fact- my mom's maiden name is McConnell; I investigated to make sure I am NOT related to that fascist... Alhamdulillah I am not) will appoint an independent commission to investigate. Anyway... we are in the collective mess we are because people are able to seek out "news sources" that feed their confirmation bias. There should be no liberal or conservative news. There should just be the news. Senator Sanders is the only member of the US Congress who has been consistent and demonstrated consistent integrity and supported just causes throughout his career and I think he is absolutely right to call for an investigation into ANY foreign influence in the election here. Sadly, the experiment of 1787 failed in 2017 when they handed power to a tyrant who is far more dangerous than George III.
  11. Salaam alaikum The only thing that I would argue is that so many Muslims seem to portray it as an action that could have been prevented, or somehow universally the fault of the person who did it. I see that as blaming the victim. Suicide is the ultimate irrational act. To take one's own life is contrary to the survival instinct our Creator put in all of us. With that said, I have to believe that there are cases where the person who ended their life was unable to be rational due to mental illness exacerbating and magnifying their problems, or what about a person who is horribly abused and just can't take anymore of it? I understand the reasoning, but the reasoning still lacks compassion. I cannot and will not believe that Allah (S W T) the Most Merciful would look at His creation who had suffered so greatly through either mental illness to the point that they ended their own life and then cast them into hell. I'm not justifying suicide, but that argument makes it sound like Allah (S W T) is somehow limited by human logic. Yes the person took away their own chance to repent, but who is to say that Allah (S W T) couldn't or wouldn't take pity on such a poor wretched soul? I just come back to the same point where the law seems devoid of any heart. There is a hadith (forgive me - I can't remember the narrator or the details) that talks about RasulAllah (S A W A S) and one of the companions seeing a woman in a total panic after her child got lost. They help her to find it and as she is joyfully and tearfully united with her child, RasulAllah (S A W A S) tells the companion that Allah (S W T)'s love for His creation is so great that that mother would sooner cast her child into hellfire than He would. Alhamdulillah.
  12. 1000X this ^^^ A free and independent press is vital to the function of any sort of a democracy, as it informs the electorate on the issues of their day. Failure to do so renders it impossible for said electorate to exercise the franchise properly, and either a lack of information, media slant, or outright propaganda get in the way of that. Now I know it is very common in the US to call the media liberal, but I'm calling shenanegans on that. In 1983, 90% of the media in the US were owned by 50 companies. Today, 90% of the media are owned by 5. (Ashley Lutz These 6 Companies control 90% of the Media in the US: Business Insider June 2014) This consolidation of the media industry into fewer and fewer hands has been allowed for ideological reasons and has resulted in one of the most grossly misinformed electorates I can imagine. When we hear phrases like "alternative facts" and "post truth age," better believe we are being lied to and the corporate media is the Joseph Goebbels of the 1%. They've not stolen elections; we've simply handed them over based on lies and a massive failure of the 4th estate. When the press and the judiciary are no longer independent, you have an authoritarian state, and sadly, the US is taking a goose-step down bad memory lane.
  13. I know there is debate over music, but one of the best lyrics I ever read was written by a Muslim, and it's simple enough: God forbid you ever had to walk a mile in their shoes. Then you really might know what it's like to have to lose. As for whether people can be punished... Allah (S W T) can do whatever He likes. That's the awesome thing about Him: He always does the right, just, and compassionate thing. The thought that a person would be suffering from mental disease, try to end their own life, and then be punished for it, well that would seem to make Allah (S W T) unjust or unkind. anybody want to suggest that about Him? I sure don't.
  14. Salaam alaikum! Your words are beautiful and so true. Thank you for sharing them. I don't mean to sound like I'm dismissing fiqh. Without the esoteric, the exoteric is mundane ritual. Equally empty as any other mundane ritual. Without the exoteric, the esoteric has nothing in which to take root. But thank you for expressing this so eloquently!
  15. And brother, please know that when I say these things, I say them with an eye on the Judgment for all of us. We know what is haram, but if we must, let's hate the act, but love the person, as they are either our brother in faith or equal in humanity. I don't want it on my conscience that I should have spoken up about being more compassionate. Allah (s w t) knows my weaknesses, and He knows what a wretched sinner I can be, but I hope that every person who showed me an act of kindness when I was in pain frees them from jahannam. And I hope to encourage people to live kindly and to love even the most wretched of sinners, even though we hate the haram.
  16. We may never know the reason a person chooses to do such a thing, but it is important to understand the difference between empathy and sympathy. Sympathy is to feel compassion or sorrow or pity for another, but empathy is to be able to put yourself in their place. Based on what I've read here, there are not many empathic people responding to this thread. Maybe Allah (s w t) does not give us more than we can bear, but who are we to say "oh well I can't feel bad for that?" Another human being ended their own life. People should notice. People should be upset. To simply say "oh that's a sin; I don't feel sorry," well I can't see that ending well for the person who doesn't feel sorry. Auzubillah. We have empathy for someone who committed a haram act because we too are flawed and imperfect beings, equally capable of doing haram acts, and indeed doing them regularly, because they too are sons or daughters of the children of Adam and if we do not take pity on those among Allah (s w t)'s creation who suffer, then why should we expect mercy from Allah on Qiyyamah?
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  18. None of you can ever know the pit of anguish and despair that makes one contemplate ending one's own life. God forbid your minds be so twisted by anguish and heartache that the thought of death seems a happy release. God forbid the weight of sorrow and depression become so much for you to bear that you don't feel like you can go on and your own mind turns against you like that. Have I ever threatened suicide? Never. Have I thought about it? More times than I can tell you. It isn't an excuse. It isn't because I'm too soft or too pampered and over sensitive. The lack of empathy and compassion I see in the modern Islamic community.. it's like everything is fiqh fiqh fiqh, what does your marja say? wajib wajib, makruh, halal, haram, halal, haram... pious legal clerks like the Jews and the Christians became. I'm just so disappointed. I truly hope you never face such struggles, and if you do, may you find people who are more compassionate and understanding than most of you are.
  19. LOL smells like a Kellyanne Con-job/Sean Spicy Alternative Fact! now with 100% less truth. God help me this world has lost its bloody mind.
  20. Ya Allah, there are some misguided and frankly foolish people here. Isn't the beauty of the deen that we live a certain way in general and it is applicable to our relations with all people, not preferential treatment for our own tribe like Bani Israel does. I was just honestly shocked at the foolishness of thinking it's ok to backbite a non Shi'i. People need to get educated. I wish the block feature even blocked their quoted posts. Salaam alaikum, brother. This! 1000x this!!! I will say that if my first encounters with Islam or Muslims were with some of the people on this site (who thankfully land on my ignore list immediately), I would still be Christian.
  21. There is a lot going on here, and your points are well taken. I know that it can be maddening to deal with Hadith literature; many narrators in classical Sunni ahadith are taken with a grain of salt or rejected outright. Abu Hurayrah is one that is tough for me. He is frequently quoted, but because he narrates more hadith than all other narrators, and he did not spend much time at all with Prophet Muhammad (s a w a s), the Shi'a are skeptical. I find that Sunnis tend to point to his narrations as well as emphasizing certain sahaba that we believe made mistakes. I prefer the approach the Sufis take in not cursing the Sahaba- did they make mistakes? I believe so, but I believe that it's more important to follow the truth- as Prophet Isa ibn Maryam (AS) taught: you will know a tree by its fruit. I remember the passage you mentioned. It seemed to me that the point was that at the Judgment (in Revelations), those who professed to believe but who did not do as they were taught to faced punishment. That is definitely present in Islam as well. When those who did things to gain acclaim rather than to please God will be dragged on their face into hellfire. The peace that passes all understanding seems very similar to the concept of imaan. We can define it as faith, but English is deficient in this regard. Think St. Theresa of Avila- that almost ecstatic rapturous state brought on by pleasing God. I think at a certain level, what many have described as evidence of sainthood was either "the peace" or imaan. Both to me simply mean to love and worship God correctly and sincerely, and always striving to perfect that worship. About the return of Isa- it is an article of faith that we believe he will return. When he does, he will not be returning wielding the authority of a Prophet (in the sense of someone who brings new law or abrogates the old- his time has passed in that regard). Imam al Madhi will be the rightful successor to Prophet Muhammad (S A W A S) and Prophet Isa (AS) will recognize him as the leader. I guess the best example I can point to is when a former president and a sitting president attend the same functions- both are presidents, but only one is vested with authority at that time. Eschatology is very heavy stuff, and potentially labyrinthine, so there are many sources that sound reputable but aren't and there is also a lot more speculation on this topic and more opinions than any other. And yet every Prophet who was asked about the End said that they did not know and only God knows that answer.
  22. Sounds like a gas bubble. Take a deep breath in- as far as you can go with it. You can actually feel the little SOBs pop, and then it's all good. I had that and I was like "am I having a heart attack?!" I knew it wasn't muscle pain because ... well just shush and don't judge my lax gym habits of late. :P
  23. That sounds more like there is a hedonistic culture that indulges all manner of perverse acts, including bacha bazi (auzubillah), but there is a very important distinction in my mind between someone who is a hedonist and does whatever they want and someone who was born with homosexual tendencies and urges. In the case of the latter, they may choose to never indulge that, seeing it as a test or whatever, but for the rest of them, that is disgusting hedonism and nothing more.
  24. Why on earth would someone CHOOSE a lifestyle that is considered a sin by the major religions? Why would someone choose a lifestyle that is persecuted and hated? Think of Great Britain- it's never been a punishable offense to be Jewish, Muslim, or Christian, but it has been to be homosexual. I can't prove the science either way, but we need to stop worrying about what others are doing in their bedrooms; let that be between them and Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, and let's worry about our own corner of the planet. Like Prophet Isa ibn Maryam (AS) is taught to have said to the crowd ready to stone the "adultress" the he who is without sin may cast the first stone. Perhaps we should learn that before we condemn others. The same Prophet declared that: the Lord your God is but one Lord; you shall love Him with all your heart mind and strength; and the second is like unto it: love your neighbor as you love yourself. On these hang the Law and the Prophets. In my own journey from Christianity to Islam, I have considered that we are required to believe in Isa (AS) as an article of faith. I believe that what we know as the Bible is mostly gone to history, but those basic truths about devotion to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì alone and showing love and compassion without restriction to His creation are the basic truths upon which all is built. As Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib so beautifully says: people are of two types: they are either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity. Even if same-sex stuff n things is wrong, and I believe it is a sin, who are we to judge the sinners? Do we not all sin somehow and in some way? Maybe it's better to just be a decent and non judgmental human being rather than going on a massive hate crusade. I think Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì would be more pleased by us living as well and in line with the deen as we can and showing compassion toward others. Let's leave the judging to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì. I trust in His mercy and compassion far more than any mortal, and the hate I read here makes me glad some of y'all aren't in charge of the universe.
  25. Until the philosophy which hold one race superior And another Inferior Is finally And permanently Discredited And abandoned Everywhere is war Me say war. That until there no longer First class and second class citizens of any nation Until the colour of a man's skin Is of no more significance than the colour of his eyes Me say war. That until the basic human rights Are equally guaranteed to all, Without regard to race This is a war. That until that day The dream of lasting peace, World citizenship Rule of international morality Will remain in but a fleeting illusion to be pursued, But never attained Now everywhere is war - war. --------------------------------------------------------------------- I don't know what to say bro, other than it is every bit as bad as we think. And if I get told to get a grip again by a college student, I'm gonna say some ish that gets me banned for life, dig? I'm not venting at you, but with you. They are trying to build their effed up vision of what this country should be, and you know what? I hope that @LeftCoastMom is still around here to see this, but there is NO ONE who should have the gall to complain about immigrants UNLESS they are among the Native American tribes who had their land and nations taken away by imperial powers bent on making the world in their image. Want to talk about people who come to your country, take everything; don't try to assimilate, refuse to learn the language? White Umerkka, I'm looking at you. What about your ancestors? I know my great grandmother came here and never became a citizen. Oddly that wasn't a big deal because she was white and spoke French. God forbid they come from anywhere else or have a darker complexion. When I look at these people, all I can wonder is: do they hate the the Qur'an and Islam because Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì tells us directly that we are to take care of the poor and that were made into different tribes and nations that we might get to know one another, and that the best among us is the most pious. And RasulAllah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå æÓáã taking Bilal the black former slave and asking him to call the people to prayer... Islam smashes racism, and we have the best example in the character of the greatest man who ever walked this earth, may Allah's peace and blessing be upon him and his righteous progeny. We have my absolute favorite quote from Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS): people are of two types; they are either your brothers in faith or your equals in humanity. Subhanallah! Islam is the ANSWER. And you see it proven in so many ways, not the least of which being the level of antipathy these modern day Yazids direct at it. May Trump and Yazid share the same dark pit of jahannam. My answer is this: live the deen, but become ungovernable. They want to deport our brothers and sisters in humanity? Well then tip off the community before it happens. Watch each other's backs. Teach those who live in fear that the Muslims are those from whose mouths and whose hands they need fear no danger. Show up at town halls and rallies. Be heard. Confront ignorance directly and never back down.. if they want a war, bring it. Let ours be a war of ideas and compassion. Let ours be a war where we fight not for our own gain, but for those who do not have a voice. For those who are bullied, for those who are denied basic human dignity, those who these arrogant fools call "illegals." No human being is illegal; to say as much shows as much arrogance as iblis. To believe we are better than others because of our skin color, language, or any such nonsense. Auzubillah! No I am not a white self loather. I am an honest man who is sick to the core with the knowledge that so many of my brothers and sisters in this world, throughout the entirety of human history have been so brutally subjugated, dehumanized, lied to, beaten, murdered, and hated by people who looked like me, and for what? For wanting to be treated as co-equal human beings? It breaks my heart to just consider that. It makes my blood pound in my ears to think that the country I love is in the grip of evil men, and there are so many willing supporters with the same agenda of hatred. I hate even more that this is what has been happening to the world for decades now due to American military and economic hegemony, and it's now just our turn to get screwed like everyone else. Become ungovernable.
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