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Gaius I. Caesar

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  1. On 11/7/2018 at 5:46 PM, Haji 2003 said:

    There is more evidence accumulating that they did have the methods for transporting stones e.g. the discovery recently of a ramp.

    https://edition.cnn.com/travel/article/giza-pyramids-ramp-scli-intl/index.html

    For me, the value of a human Egyptian civilisation is that it highlights how you can have a belief system that, for many centuries keeps coming up with amazing technology and artefacts.

    And yet in the fullness of time, the significance of Egypt for later generations has been to provide the realisation that as far as their religion was concerned, other than providing modern day Egypt with a tourism industry, it was pretty much a waste of time.

    As far as we are concerned today, there are and have been ideologies (such as capitalism and democracy) that may serve to motivate people to achieve great things in the short term and indeed much longer than that, but in the millennia to come they may be seen as anachronistic.

    My question is where are the quarries? Surely, large copious amounts of limestone had to come from somewhere and I am not convinced they were transported by water (The stones were half a ton to a ton in weight.)

  2. 1 hour ago, Haji 2003 said:

    I thought I'd start off short and pithy. So they're all 3 cells long at the moment. But the format does lend itself to more complex expression.

    The problem is that right now, it is akin to a sentence being cut off or unfinished thoughts. I am confused because it feels incomplete. To quote Zehra: "What is the point of that",  it is like talking to a person who constantly stops talking mid-sentence. Baffling and quite annoying.

    I like it so far, needs better flow and build up though. I hope I wasn't too harsh.

    P.S. What Rachel said is more consistent with that of an atheist. An agnostic would said "I don't necessarily believe in religion or know if there is an afterlife, but we brought the hardwood coffin with velvet trim to respect my mother's wishes".

  3. 29 minutes ago, yasahebalzaman.313 said:

    السلام عليكم Brother :) Long time! Hope you're well.

    Not everyone interpret self restraint as happiness, some don't even understand why they should say no to something they Want. What I'm saying is this rule doesn't apply to everyone, it applies on the believers and not all of them also. For surely when doing it at first you will feel bitterness, but if you stay steadfast on it in a way that you'd really be happy with what God is giving you and convinced that this is all you need, then you'd achieve contentment and satisfaction.

    True, I like the way you think. Masha'Allah :)

    Those few who don't understand why they should say no or maybe later to things that they want obviously weren't raised right by their parents. We're going to see more and more of this behavior in the US as my generation comes of age.

  4. Happiness is misunderstood,it is the feeling of contentment from practicing self-restraint. The right to say no, I won't give into my desires. Ultimately, it is the true definition of freedom. Imagine that, the ability to choose or make your own decisions being the definition of happiness and freedom.

    And religion plays a part in practicing self restraint, sis

  5. 1 hour ago, Qa'im said:

    Yes, the term extends to the blind and those with cloudy vision as well. "Bleary-eyed", as mentioned in 20:102, refers to the clouding of the cornea, giving it a blueish or grayish tinge. This condition can cause blindness.

    So the hadith you mentioned would be more accurately translated as having the Prophet (saws) say "Marry the blind woman, for in her is faith"?

    2 hours ago, Qa'im said:

    It was an insult to call someone a "son of a blue-eyed woman",

    And am I correct in assuming that the insult implies that the person being insulted might be illegitimate? 

  6. 29 minutes ago, Qa'im said:

    As for the hadith about marrying blue-eyed women, this is because the Arabs viewed blue-eyed women negatively. It was an insult to call someone a "son of a blue-eyed woman", and so the Prophet said "marry the blue-eyed woman, for in her is faith."

    Didn't "blue-eyed" mean to be blind to the Arabs?

  7. 40 minutes ago, YAli said:

     They all drink, and talk crap. And we are also expected to fly to the US a couple times a year for meetings, and my last trip there... well daytime at office went by, and then evening time we had a ''office quiz'', They were all drinking, men and women all mixed, sometimes making sexual remarks, and then some guy gets up and starts stripping (luckily not fully naked). And you are really expected to attend these. 

    Where I live, if you pull that crap at work,expect to be out on the streets tomorrow. We've fairly conservative but I know what you are talking about.

     

    52 minutes ago, YAli said:

    So in terms of integration... honestly... if my wife wanted to work in a corporate company, i would so NO WAY IN HELL. NO. I DON'T GIVE A DAMN. I HAVE SEEN ENOUGH OF WHAT GOES ON.

    Just know that what you witnessed is highly frowned upon in certain parts of the USA, no matter how many times the media tries to normalize it. It's not the norm nor is it "tame". You could have easily reported them actually. 

    I really don't think  "Sharia Zones" are the answer,  they're basically Muslim "Chinatowns" from what  E.L King told me.  It sounds nice living inside  but we can't afford it because it's a big "kick me" sign to the right wing nutters.

    40 minutes ago, YAli said:

    We need this constant engagement from the higher level such as politicians, and also on the ground with strong Muslims like you, where you engage with your Christian friends and work colleagues etc. 

    Again, all without compromising what Allah has made halal and haram. 

    I agree with you a hundred and ten percent. We need to stop being insular, it's going to harm Muslims in the worse way possible. 

  8. 11 hours ago, E.L King said:

    Why are those the only two options?

    Because either option prevents the media from the vilification of our communities. 

    Living separated from the rest of society is exactly what  the media wants so they can rile people up about the "decay" of "Western/Christian/American, etc."

    It puts a big target on our backs, it gives the far-right an enemy and someone to blame for society's ills.

    11 hours ago, E.L King said:

    The Western media sometimes call them "Sharia Zones".

    This language is exactly what you don't want the media saying. People have been enough lies to fear "Sharia Zones ", they are afraid of them because the media tells them to be afraid.

    You have no idea what I see or hear about Muslims from my friends and family who are Christian or right wing. It's really scary and a ticking time bomb. 

    I don't know how I can make it any clearer for you. Why do you think Europe has Pegida or Golden Dawn? Where do you think Britain First  or the English Defence League popped up from? 

    They are all opposed to the so-called "Islamification" of Europe.

    It's an big societal issue when the media which is more powerful than it has ever been, gives them a reason or justification to attack, spray paint and vandalize mosques, antagonize hijabis and burn Qurans as a political statement.

     If we are separate from society,we make ourselves easy pickings for these people.

    And if we remain isolationist, it sends a message of "Go ahead, we're not going to fight back" and then it will get worse from here.

    You might not agree with me, but you have to admit,  these are all pretty valid concerns and that we are at a point where we cannot afford to isolate ourselves any longer. We have to speak out.  

  9. 31 minutes ago, E.L King said:

    I see, well I am sorry to say this but there are only two feasible options that I see. 1.) Intergration while keeping the deen,it will save a lot of heartache and frustration  and 2.) Hijrah, although not everyone can go  or willing to adapt to  Iran, Lebanon, Iraq or Kuwait. Can't go to Qatar or Saudi Arabia obviously or really any Sunni majority country. 

    Heck, I read a post saying that Western converts are not really wanted in the Middle East. If there's any truth to it, where will we go now? So that would just leave intergration and we can do it while remaining true to Islam.

    I really don't see separation working too well for us unfortunately @E.L King

     

  10. 7 minutes ago, E.L King said:

    What does what I said have to do with Da'wah? My post has nothing to do with religious preaching and preaching against sin.

    All I said is that Muslims shouldn't be involved in liberal vs conservative battles. 

    Pro-police vs pro-BLM is another one of these useless issues that Muslims don't need to be into. IMO

    I believe isolation from politics is a good thing for Muslims in the West in the current time. Don't you?

    No, not really but you should have mentioned that earlier in your comment to prevent people like me from misunderstanding you. 

    It's common sense. 

    If we want a decent life in the West, we must speak up and not let liberals or conservatives use us or oppress us. Does that make sense to you?  You understand where I'm coming from with this? 

    All it takes for evil to succeed is for good men to do nothing, brother. 

  11. 2 hours ago, E.L King said:

    I don't believe Muslims should outreach to other people at all. I think isolation is the best thing, we shouldn't be troubled by the problems of the others. 

    So I guess we can forget about dawah and spreading the message of Islam; The only way you can accept the prophethood of Muhammad (saws), the wilayah of Ali (as) and the sacrifices of the Ahlulbayt (as) is to be born into it.

    No more reverts either, we can't be troubled by people who take the time to explore and accept our deen.

    No more speaking out against far-right clowns, Islamophobia and Zionist politicians and their policies. 

    After all, we can't be bothered according to you. Isolation is the best policy, right. 

    I'm sorry to say but I am offended by what you said. This is nothing more than a slap in the face to me as a revert.

    I might make a personal struggle to get rid of ignorant thinking like yours in the Ummah because I didn't convert to Judaism 2.0, I converted to Islam which rejects such nonsense like a chosen race and being born into religion through and through.

    Before you accuse me of twisting your words out of their context, reread what you wrote and understand what I wrote above is exactly how I perceived it.

    Wording is everything if you don't want to want to be misunderstood, brother. 

    I'm very disappointed in you, that's all I can say.

  12. @beardedbaker Please go into more detail about the Asuwada principle, I have been very curious about Nigeria and the Shia community there since last year. This is truly a breath of fresh air unlike the continuously argumentative threads about tatbir being debated ad nauseum.

    I am eager to learn more about Nigeria and understand it better.  

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