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  1. Salam guys, If anyone knows about majalis in downtown or know someone who does, please let me know ASAP! Thanks!
  2. ^ Brother, would you care to shed further light on his teachings?
  3. In essence, like a monkey who's rewarded a snack after each instruction that it follows correctly?
  4. Note: U.A. stands for 'unacceptable answer' 1. If God created us, certainly He also shaped our brains and the ways we process thoughts. Ultimately, any decision we make is a product of His doing. Is free will then, an illusion? (U.A: God has shown us all the paths, good or bad, it is up to us which way we choose) 1. Everything is 'predetermined' and God is All-Knowing of what we do. Why then, do we participate in a pointless exercise whose outcome is already known and predetermined? (U.A: Even though Allah is all-knowing, it is our choice to do good or bad, and Allah doesn't influence us in any way) 3. What is the purpose of our creation? 'Allah has created us to worship Him'. Did God already not have countless angels and jinn to worship Him? (U.A: He created us so we can experience all the good things in the world and have a chance to go to Heaven) 4. What then would be the concept of an 'ideal world'? Would it be one in which each and everyone sat down in prayer and nothing else? In that scenario, any effort made for advancement in this world would be contradictory to the sole purpose of human creation. (U.A: God knew this world would never be perfect)
  5. A fellow sunni brother posted this. Thoughts? "Why Sunni seems to accept Ali's murderers as the rightful caliphs, personally i see this as a dark spot in the political history of Islam, which the historians call as the Age of Fitna (Slanders), where accusations & fabrications flew every which way, to the extent that one has to strain oneself to ascertain the veracity of each historical claims during this period. What made me stick my vote with the Sunni though was from seeing how each significant parties collect themselves after the dust settles. The Sunni body of scholars started to detach themselves from the political scenario and thrives thru scholastic consensus despite attempts of interference & influence by the ruling monarchies of the day. Shia on the other hand not only maintained theocratic rule, but also indoctrinated the infallibility of the imamates, thus letting the imams run rampant with their own ideological mutations, resulting in the wild differences between the shia sects we see today, whereas rigorous check & balance against the Quran & Sunnah was maintained within the Sunni scholarship such that the madzhabs were still a cohesive whole theologically while acknowledging jurisprudential differences across different political climates. Another reason for me sticking with the Sunni camp is due to its body of scholars exhibiting cool-headed pragmatic rational thinking in their judgments, whereas shia imams seems to instigate hatred & rile emotions at every opportunity, reminding the followers again and again of the abuses experienced by the Ali family (some sects even commemorate the day of Ali's death by having their followers bash their own head to a bloody mess in mourning) and exhorting them to always curse & blaspheme the other companions of the Prophet. Any religious authority who claims to be invincible from scrutiny and incites hatred wouldn't get any respect from me."
  6. Haha I hope not, its harmless discussion...I think.
  7. Recently I stumbled upon the story of Theo Van Gogh, a Dutch filmmaker famous for his anti-Islamic film called 'Submission' which portrayed the religion in bad light and showed how Islam allows for women abuse and domestic violence. He was assassinated by Dutch-Moroccan Muslim Mohammed Bouyeri, for which he is serving life imprisonment in Netherlands. For more information on them : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theo_van_Gogh_(film_director) http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohammed_Bouyeri http://www.sociosite.org/jihad_nl_en.php A Somalian born woman named Ayaan Hirsi Ali also helped in the film's making was threatened as well in a note pinned to Van Gogh's dead body. This is what she has to say about Islam: "Just like Nazism started with Hitler's vision, the Islamic vision is a caliphate — a society ruled by Sharia law – in which women who have sex before marriage are stoned to death, homosexuals are beaten, and apostates like me are killed. Sharia law is as inimical to liberal democracy as Nazism." In this interview, she said, "Violence is inherent in Islam – it's a destructive, nihilistic cult of death. It legitimates murder." She even went on to say in a magazine statement: " Hirsi Ali said that Islam must be defeated and that "we are at war with Islam." She said, "Islam, period. Once it’s defeated, it can mutate into something peaceful. It’s very difficult to even talk about peace now. They’re not interested in peace."" Ever since reading all this, I've been wondering if killing Van Gogh was justified. Jihad is a pillar of Islam and fighting for the cause of Allah against the disbelievers has been going on since the times of our prophets. However such actions does make Islam look more like a terrorist movement than a religion of peace, and causes people like these to talk rubbish about Allah's words. What are your thoughts/opinions? Please let me know in the comments below. P.S. The reason I came upon this article is because I was researching a Quranic aya'h in which Prophet Ayyub is commanded to 'strike/beat' his wife with grass blades. The forum can be found here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235024051-does-the-quran-condone-domestic-violence/#entry2721363
  8. I'm thoroughly enjoying this post. What a marvelous way to look at the Divine Creation! Although eThErEaL's argument about things not being made of atoms totally flew over my head.
  9. You seem like the kind of person I can sit down with and have long, serious discussions. about depth and perception of this life and Hereafter. :)

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    2. thuglife


      Haha Idk, I only asked a couple people lol

    3. triploli


      I liked your concept about time and the Designer. I think these are some of the minor things that if one truly ponders about, he'd have no doubt about there being the hand of God in everything. Isn't?

    4. thuglife


      Exactly man. Just look around you, this life is a dream.

  10. "And take in your hand a bundle of thin grass and strike therewith (your wife), and break not your oath . Truly! We found him patient. How excellent (a) slave! Verily, he was ever oft-returning in repentance (to Us)!" (38:44)
  11. A maulana on TV told a story about how during Ghazwa-Badr, Hazrat Ali beheaded a prisoner from AFTER the war ended, because he had is some way disrespected the Prophet pbuh (I'm guessing while the war was on) If someone knows if this is a legit story, then please let me know by giving some reference book/hadith. But if it's true, it contradicts another story, which says that once a man went off at Hazrat Ali, but he didn't 'go to battle' with him because that would make it personal. Now don't say he had to kill the prisoner because disrespecting the Propher pbuh wasn't personal. Also, a Christian friend of mine pointed out that Islam has promoted barbarism throughout times (nauzobillah) by going on wars, doing killing and bloodshed. I tried explaining that it was all in self-defense, but it got me wondering, have all the instances of killing in our history justified by some agreeable cause? Or do you think there have been examples of unjust murders?
  12. "Say (O Muhammad ): "If the Most Beneficent (Allah) had a son (or children as you pretend), then I am the first of Allah's worshippers [who deny and refute this claim of yours (and the first to believe in Allah Alone and testify that He has no children)]." [Tafsir At-Tabari]. (43:81) Say, [O Muhammad], "If the Most Merciful had a son, then I would be the first of [his] worshippers." (43:81) If God had a son, he would worship the Prophet p.b.u.h. first, or is that the Prophet p.b.u.h. would worship the son? Please explain.
  13. I agree with Syed Faridoon Taha, Yazid did a lot of things that we do today that should be considered haram (eating,drinking,fighting in batt;e etc). Also, Ayatullah Sistani says ANYTHING that can be used for gambling is haram. So basically, if you placed bets on cricket, football or even UNO cards, do they become haram too?
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