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Gaius I. Caesar

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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from PureExistence1 in Halloween is for the Dead   
    @Laayla I mentioned that some of history in a previous thread. Thanks for showing me, by the way
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from 3wliya_maryam in silent pain   
    Silent pain-
    is the petrichor after the rain
    The sky's clear ichor, it threatens to stain
    Them walls and cobblestones
    The hadiths say when it rains, we shall then atone
    Among the malls and hardware stores
    As the cold seeps into our bones
    Hissing our names
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in silent pain   
    Silent pain-
    is the petrichor after the rain
    The sky's clear ichor, it threatens to stain
    Them walls and cobblestones
    The hadiths say when it rains, we shall then atone
    Among the malls and hardware stores
    As the cold seeps into our bones
    Hissing our names
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to ShiaMan14 in Umrah from the US Guide   
    @Gaius I. Caesar - salaam brother.
    As promised.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from PureExistence1 in Pyramids, aliens & God   
    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.)
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Pyramids, aliens & God   
    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.)
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Laayla in Saudi cinema   
    I think it is time to do a cartoon on Mr Bone Saw and Erdogon.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from ShiaChat Mod in A voice from 1920   
    It was a different time, back then.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Hameedeh in Define Happiness   
    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
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from A Muslim Artist in Some Etiquettes when talking about Religion   
    @A Muslim Artist Are you going to expound upon this subject in a new blog? I really liked what I read, bro.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Fatimiyyeh in Define Happiness   
    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.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from yasahebalzaman.313 in Define Happiness   
    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.
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to yasahebalzaman.313 in Define Happiness   
    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.
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Fatimiyyeh in Define Happiness   
    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
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Panzerwaffe in Abu Amra al-Ansari - A Forgotten Man Pt. I   
    Jazakallah bro 
    You have mentioned  a man forgotten by shias 
    I hope in part 2 you also include his reply to muawiyah when he was sent as an envoy  by imam.roughly its Something like "my master is most entitled to leadership by his excellence , early sacrifices and close kinship with messenger of God". That reply summarizes the shia ideology in its most nascent stage 
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Haji 2003 in Vietnam Airlines   
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to ShiaMan14 in The Spy Who Conned Them   
    When everyone swore allegiance to Abu Bakr, Abu Sufiyan wanted the caliphate to remain among the children of Abd-manaf. Aba Sufiyan then told `Ali: “O aba al-Hasan, extend your hand that I may pledge allegiance.” But `Ali refused his offer so abu Sufiyan recited poetry depicting the pitiful situation of the two men which led `Ali to rebuke him: “By Allah you only seek to cause trouble and you’ve always wished harm to befall Islam. Leave us, we are not in need of your advice.” (Tabari, Ibn abi al-Hadid).
    Imam Ali (as) said that Abu Sufiyan always wished harm to befall Islam.
    Abu Bakr, Umar and Uthman gave the aided Abu Sufiyan and his progeny and are the primary reason for the rise of the Bani Ummayya. 
    As such, aiding the enemy of Islam should be considered treason, shouldnt it?
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    Gaius I. Caesar got a reaction from Mansur Bakhtiari in Islam and Feminism   
    Men are masculine, yes.  Men can be providers, yes. Men and women have physical and mental differences, yes.
    But you forget that both men and women are human at the core and it goes against the law of nature to be abused by either sex. Both genders have the capability to abuse each other, yes. 
    Men can and do get abused, I speak from experience but what is totally wrong is thinking that it is a sign of weakness in men. Humans don't fit in this rigid "view" of yours. If I said to my mother what you wrote here: She most certainly would have given me a hearty piece of her mind and then some. Qaim is right, your words are merely a cop-out. 
    Alhamdulillah, even though my parents weren't Muslim, I thank Allah for them, they gave me a good head on my shoulder and I am thankful that I didn't turn out like you. I wasn't impressed with your tirade about God-given rights either.
    Here's a hint: They are God-given, we must absolutely careful with our rights, they are God-given. We will be questioned on this, so you can't do whatever you want with them. 
    May Allah forgive me if I'm wrong but you are not a part of the solution but a part of the problem. As long as people have the same attitude as you, nothing will change when it comes to abuse of men and women. It's a societal ill and should be dealt with. 
    Imam Hussain (as) once said: "If you neither believe in religion nor fear the hereafter, then at least be free from tyranny and arrogance"
    Tell me, does it make sense to have people in society who are not free from tyranny and arrogance of an abusive spouse at home? Is it beneficial for society?  
    The answer for me is a resounding no, crime begins at home and it starts with abuse. After all, what's stopping these abusers from harming the rest of society? Nothing as far as I can see. 
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to zainabamy in The attractiveness of IS/Daesh   
    Really interesting thoughts brother, I wonder if the numbers of people joining Daesh have changed at all due to the fact the Iraqi army are making ground. I hardly hear anything about people joining on the news now. 
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Qa'im in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    A brother sent me this blog article from bhooka bhariyya about the Imams recommending white women for marriage:
    http://realtashayyu.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/the-ideal-wives.html?m=1
    A few points about the translation. Firstly, as we know, abyad in classical Arabic usage is not the same as "white" today.
    He translated سمراء  as "white and rosy", when samra' literally means "tanned".
    He translated الأوراك as "large round [well shaped] hips and buttocks", but it simply means "wide hips", and that is because many women would die in childbirth in those days.
    He translated مربوعة  as "big and round [well shaped] buttocks", but its meaning is closer to "curvy" (body type).
    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."
    There are plenty of hadith about marrying wheat-coloured women as well which were not shared in this article, and so the bias of the author must be noted.
    These translations are unprofessional, inaccurate, and can also be damaging to the faith of dark skinned women.
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Qa'im in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    Fabulous, the article has been critiqued on its use of the word "Muslim" and "Caucasian", which were normative and not technical. This blog obviously touched a nerve with some people, which to me makes it a big success.
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Soldiers and Saffron in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    Thank you for this very necessary information!
    I liked everything about it except for this sentence:
    "Muslims have a very complicated relationship with white folks  "
    People who are called/calls themselves muslims are people who follow/adhere to the ideology/religion called Islam. As such muslims are not a race and can consist of white people as well. By using the word muslim and middle eastern without any difference you are playing into the game of the enemies of Islam who would like to cover their racism by calling middle eastern and north african people muslims instead of arabs. Saying you hate muslims is much more acceptable in todays political climate than to say that you hate arabs, because that would be racism. 
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Qa'im in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    As I have noted earlier, abyad according to the dictionary definitions I have provided is not the same as the 20th century understanding of "white" (i.e. Caucasian people). The reference above does indeed say that their skin would be abyad, but that is probably a reference to the clarity of her skin, purity in youth, and lack of blemishes, discolouration, bumps, wrinkles, and burns. Al-Dhahabi's reference even says "white" means "tawny" (bronze), which is a more Mediterranean complexion. A "hooriya" literally means "a contrasting one", and an abyad person in classical Arabic is someone with fair skin and dark hair. White faces in the Hereafter refers to noor. Pale skin in Arabic is actually musfar and not mubyad.
    Either way, the Hereafter is not something you can imagine. You should probably ask yourself what makes you hung up on the colour of the hooriya. I don't see anyone arguing over what kind of wine Paradise would have, but I have angered multiple people over this blog (usually young South Asian and Arab men/boys), which just exposes our community's undue obsession with whiteness. I have seen Muslim girls rejected by their inlaws because of their dark colour, called the N-word, and light-skinned Muslims treated like royalty. I've seen western women treated like war booty. I am very light skinned myself, and I'm given a pedestal in some communities. A very famous speaker whom I will not name brags about his temporary marriages with European women, saying that it was "the Sunna of Imam al-`Askari" (even though Narjis was probably not European). It's really hard to deny that this is a big problem.
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Abu Hadi in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    My father in law, who is an alim, explained it this way. 
    First, we should not focus on this subject. We all have a long way to go to get there, Paradise, if we ever manage to get there. Getting too much into these discussions is counter productive, at this point. That is why the Holy Quran did not go too much into details regarding the Hour Al Ayn. It is sufficient for us to know at this point the these women exists and that they are pure and pleasing to us. 
    Second, each houriat is 'custom made' for her husband. So if her husband likes white skin, European features, blond hair, etc, then she will be that way. If he likes darker skin and darker hair, she will be that way. The sole purpose of her existence is to please her husband, so whatever pleases her husband, that is what she will be like. 
    There is no purpose in focusing on this, though, because this doesn't exist on earth, in this dunya. The purpose of a wife, in the dunya, is not only this purpose. She has many other responsibilities, to her children, parents, family, community, and to herself and most importantly to Allah(s.w.a). Sometimes there is concordance between these responsibilities, sometimes not. The marriage relationship in this dunya is mostly a test and a responsibility, and we get some pleasure out of it here and there. But in the next world, marriage has a different purpose, and spouses have a different purpose. Since this is something we have never experienced, we are not expected to fully comprehend it. 
    It is sufficient to know that it exists, and is a reality and act as a motivation for us to be good, and obey Allah(s.w.a) so that someday we may get this. 
     
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    Gaius I. Caesar reacted to Yoel in Talmud and Zionism   
    Not at all! You greatly entertained my blog entry.

    As for 'Isa the son of Maryam - who is, let me repeat again, not the prophet Joshua bin Nun, but an entirely different person - please define in some meaningful way what do you mean by "accepting" 'Isa the son of Maryam. Who is, let me repeat again, again and again, not the prophet Joshua bin Nun, but an entirely different person? 

    Which type of Christian missionary are you, by the way?  Never heard of this particular missionary position.
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