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    reisiger got a reaction from shia farm girl in Moslem Shriners (Freemasonry)   
    Masonry is definitely open to Muslims.  The requirement to believe in God is written in such a way that it sounds almost Islamic.  Masons refer to Allah (s w t) in terms that describe Him as being ineffible, infinite in perfection and wisdom...
     
    There are some scholars and clerics who say that out of caution one should not join, but the reason for that is largely because Masonic rituals and so forth are secret.  I can tell you this: there is nothing un Islamic in them.  They point to the universe as being proof of the Creator, and they explain things in allegories.  The whole allegory of Masonry is a system of degrees presented essentially in the Hiram Abiff legend.  It's a morality tale.  Hiram Abiff is the every man and he is at work in building the temple of Suleiman (as) when he is killed.  He is killed because he refuses to break his oaths and betray the trusts he has been given.  The moral of the story is that we are all building our own spiritual edifice and we will be judged for what we do in this life by the criteria of our individual faiths.  Freemasonry is not a religion.  It does not offer a plan for salvation.  It is merely a social fraternity built on the concepts of faith, charity, and brotherly love.
     
    I am almost reluctant to admit as much because of how much misinformation there is out there, but if you or anyone has questions, I am a Freemason as well, and I will be happy to answer them.  It is not a religion.  It is open to all who believe in God (Masons don't specify anything beyond general ways to describe Him so that they can be inclusive of the three monotheistic faiths).  You'd be amazed how much dawah a Muslim can make in a place like that.  Years ago, like centuries ago, Masonic ritual was strictly Christian, but as the fraternity grew local jurisdictions adapted it to suit their needs.  Masonry can be well understood as a reaction to the "enlightenment" period.  As radicals on the European continent were burning churches and blaming all of society's ills on religion, there were a lot of men who were about the notion of universal equality of humankind under God who refused to let faith be removed from the public space, so they held onto it.  Many American masons say "freedom of religion does not mean freedom from religion."
     
    Anyway, I will answer any questions so long as they aren't conspiratorial.  Anyone who believes the conspiracy is welcome to come watch us try to plan the annual picnic. 
     
    Allah (s w t) knows best.
     
    (wasalam)
    R
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    reisiger got a reaction from Murtaza1 in Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin
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    reisiger got a reaction from Imraan in Al-Islam.org Website   
    (salam)
    That is a great blessing indeed!  I need to learn more about the Imams (AS).  Wallahi I need to learn more in general!
    Anyway, I wish I had Muslim family.  I'm working it; trying to make dawah to my family, but sadly they are either so jaded by a belief that religion is nonsense, or in the case of my mom, she's just comfortable with it because it's familiar.  In the first case, I think it's because I come from a Roman Catholic family, and many of us in our own way and time came to feel that it was man made and full of idolatry and lies.  Even though I didn't believe there was truth in the religion in which I was raised, I didn't disbelieve in Allah (s.w.t.), and subhanallah, He (s.w.t.) guided me to the Deen and it seems that He has continued to guide me toward the proper path in Islam.  That makes me so grateful, but I would be lying if I said I've never cried over fear for my family being in a loss on the Last Day. 
    Anyway, so yeah, I wish I had more Deen in my family.  My wife has softened her stance on the issue; she has progressed from being an athiest to an agnostic and often says that Islam is undoubtedly the most reasonable and best of faiths, but she can't make that jump.  I make du'a every day, and I've asked her to just make that first step.  Mashallah.  I will continue making du'a though.  I know that Allah (s.w.t.) knows all and will answer it in His (s.w.t) own way and time.  So I don't despair of that, but yeah, it'd be great to not be the lone ranger out here. lol
    Anyway, I agree on the name thing.  I wasn't trying to pay to change it, and thankfully nothing in my birth name is Christian.  So that was fortunate. 
    Al-Islam is great!  May Allah (s.w.t.) reward all who work on that site for the amazing work they do.  It just might help a revert like me who has a whole lot still to learn!
    (wasalam)
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    reisiger got a reaction from ShiaChat Mod in Your Username Or Avatar   
    Salaam alaikum,
    The funny thing about your avatar is that a friend of mine on another site used the same one forever.  I was like oh snaps it's Art!
    Mine is from a painting of the Dutch landing at Tafelbaai in South Africa. I love SA very much although I have yet to get there, and I speak some Afrikaans, as well. My name is the Afrikaans word for "traveller." Anyway, the South Africa thing started by accident. My wife and I were going to the Netherlands and we wanted to learn a bit of the language and try to listen to some Dutch language radio and I accidentally stumbled on a song Ons vir Jou Suid-Afrika, and it was just amazing. It isn't quite martial music, but it's definitely not the sort of music one would listen to at a bar, club or anything haram.
    Anyway, I started learning Afrikaans after that. The goal is to use that as a bridge to learning proper Dutch (95% of the words in Afrikaans are Dutch, but the grammar is a lot simpler) and inshAllah getting OUT of the US for good one day!
    True story.
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    reisiger got a reaction from KeepYourGoodHeart in Do Muslims hate Christians?   
    Peace be with you,
    No Muslim should hate any Christian or Jew.  It would be contrary to the teachings of the Qur'an, the Prophet Muhammad (SAWAS) and the Imams (AS).
    I wish I could find the source for it, but I remember reading a story about Imam Ali ibn Abi Talib (AS) and a companion of his.  They passed by a church and the companion grumbled about how much shirk (associating partners with God) was committed there, and the Imam (AS) said: think about how many times God was mentioned, praised, and worshipped.  Ultimately his point was that whatever differences are between Christians, Jews, and Muslims, we all worship the same God who will judge rightly and fairly based on our sincere beliefs in Him.  Even if we were wrong; if we sincerely believed what we believed as truth and in good faith held to it, we' cool. And that is completely in line with the Qur'an.
    My favorite quote from the Imam (AS) is this: of the people, they are of two types.  They are either your brothers in faith, or your equals in humanity.
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    reisiger got a reaction from wmehar2 in Question about sufis   
    Salaam alaikum,
    One of my favorite lecturers, and he is a Sufi-  Shaykh Noorudeen Durkee calls the so-called Sufis you are describing the "goofy-Sufis." The path of Tariqah is not (in my unscholarly opinion) is not intended to replace the Sharia; it is intended to enrich it and shed light upon it. Without the esoteric, the exoteric is just an act, but without the exoteric, the esoteric has nothing in which to take root.
     
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    reisiger got a reaction from maes in Christian American trying to understand Islam   
    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
     
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    reisiger got a reaction from LeftCoastMom in American Muslims and Islam Drift Apart   
    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.
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    reisiger got a reaction from rkazmi33 in American Muslims and Islam Drift Apart   
    pious bloody law clerks... no heart... no compassion... I'm out. 
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    reisiger got a reaction from rkazmi33 in American Muslims and Islam Drift Apart   
    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.
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    reisiger got a reaction from Al Hadi in Ayt Khamenei's Letter To The Youth Of The West   
    Mashallah I only wish I could have clicked "love this" rather than "like this."  Thank you for sharing!
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    reisiger got a reaction from Irfani313 in American Muslims and Islam Drift Apart   
    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.
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    reisiger got a reaction from notme in American Muslims and Islam Drift Apart   
    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.
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    reisiger reacted to Marbles in Post Your Favourite Poems   
    This setting of houses and cafes, the neighbourhood
    where I gaze and where I stroll, for years and years.
    I have fashioned you in joy and in sorrow,
    through so many happenings, out of so many things.
    You've been wholly transformed into feeling, for me.
    ~ C.P. Cavafy
    translated from the Greek.
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    reisiger got a reaction from Ali Emanoil Mustafa in I cant find Hapiness...   
    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
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    reisiger reacted to Heavenly_Silk in Post Your Favourite Poems   
    Beloved of hearts, like You, Ive no one,
    So pity now this sinner coming to You.
    O my hope and my peace and my joy...
    the heart can love none other, but You.
    ~ Rabia Basri
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    reisiger got a reaction from Islandsandmirrors in I cant find Hapiness...   
    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
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    reisiger reacted to Islandsandmirrors in I cant find Hapiness...   
    If depression is genetic, I highly recommend seeking treatment.
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    reisiger reacted to Undeserving but faithful in Christian American trying to understand Islam   
    Guest Justice Lover,
     
    I feel Trump has some serious issues, and he is controlled by Zionists in many ways.  I'm very glad Clinton is not in office, but i cannot say I am a Trump supporter.
    I do not want to say I am a white nationalist because of many of the ways that they represent themselves I find very distasteful.  I do carry respect for men like David Duke for standing up to the evils of Zionism, but i cannot say i am a part of their group.  However, i do have a very strong European-American identity, and refuse to accept the farce of white guilt, and uncontrolled multiculturalism throughout the West that is engineered to make us easier to control via division.
     
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    reisiger got a reaction from wolverine in Hungry Men Can Eat Their Wives: Saudi Grand Mufti   
    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.
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    reisiger reacted to Mansur Bakhtiari in Example for post-millenials   
    Salam
    You my think that post millenials have no successful people in their generation. But you have been proven wrong.
    Danielle Bregoli. The now millionaire began her path to richeese in her pre-teens as an "out of control child," as described by her mother. Her mother went on Doctor Oz to try and slow down this teens path to fame, but to no avail. That was where she hit it big, by trying to fight "deez hoes" in the audience and asking them to "cash her outside."
    Now she is a @'##^'^^÷&×*¥#(#? ('('(#  millionaire. We are a depressing generation.
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    reisiger reacted to hasanhh in So this just happened at Concordia   
    Canada -according to my past reading- is overwhelmed by Amerikan broadcast media.
    So is this "infectious" or an "infestation" ?
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    reisiger reacted to Gaius I. Caesar in Bernie Sanders is showing he's no different   
    I agreed with everything you said but what's this right here? King George III wasn't really a tyrant, he was just heavy handed with taxes and wanted to recover losses from the French and Indian War and the wealthy as usual didn't want to pay taxes.
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    reisiger got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Bernie Sanders is showing he's no different   
    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. 
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    reisiger got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Bernie Sanders is showing he's no different   
    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
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