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  1. According to one hadith (mentionned in the original post), Y/M will be out for a while but will cause destruction only when people abandon Hajj. It's the only one though. Doubts about the veradicity of Yajuj and Majuj's story in the Qur'an. As for the dust, it seems that the barrier is in a montanious region, not in a desert with a lot of dust for example. Also, the dust would need to be very thick and should stay in place despite winds. And the barrier's outline (I.e. a straight and perfect construction) would still be visible from above, especially in contrast with the surrounding mountains. But the biggest question is, if Gog and Magog are still behind that barrier, in a mountanious region (not in the jungle where the tree leaves provide shelter), then satellites would detect an enormous amount of people chilling in the open in a sort of pass. Interesting. In which country is the fortress located? To me it looks like Yajuj and Majuj are a sort of tribe or people that cause corruption. Many people are mufsideen nowadays but they aren't necessarily from this tribe. As for the guards of London, it seems like they were two historical figures in the past while Yajuj and Majuj in the Qur'an two groups of people.
  2. Come on guys, anyone? In short, the question is: is it possible that Ya'juj and Ma'juj are already out and, if yes, what are the evidences of that in the Qur'an and ahadith?
  3. Yes, I agree this is where "belief" comes in play. There are people better suited than me to help you answer this question and, at the end of the day, I think it's only by your own research and efforts that you can come to a conclusion. Knowing that there is a Creator is already the beginning though, so you are already quite "advanced" when compared to some people. I think the belief in the "rest" comes down to comparing Islam to other religions. Personnaly, I find that Islam is the most rational religion out there. I don't have a deep knowledge of other religions of course but from what I know that's the conclusion I came to.
  4. Salam everyone, Lately I'm having a lot of doubts because of Ya'juj/Ma'juj story. A) the story of Dhul Qarnain (عليه السلام) and him building the wall against Gog/Magog ressembles other stories like those in the Alexander Romance and the Syriac Alexander Legend. Of course, it could be that those stories are based on a true event, hence the ressemblance. This isn't my main concern. B) the main issue -- which I want to discuss here -- is that we don't know the location of the barrier of Dhul Qarnayn (عليه السلام) despite the fact that such a barrier made out of iron and copper would be easily visible using satellites. Since G/M are so numerous (1000 times the number of Muslims according to some ahadith) they would also be quite easy to spot, being located behind that barrier. So, I was wondering whether it is possible that Ya'juj and Ma'juj are already out in the world (released from the barrier) and that they'll attack only at the end of times. If that's possible then I think my doubts would decrease. The quranic verses on that subject are the following: I searched (sunnii) hadiths and that's what I found out typing "Gog", "Yajuj" and then "Ya'juj": - Abu Sa`id Al-Khudri narrates in one hadith (I didn't find any other) explicitly stated that people would continue performing Hajj and Umra AFTER the release of Gog and Magog and that the Hour would come only when Hajj is abandoned (https://sunnah.com/bukhari/25/79) - Many other ahadith (up to 9 I think, but all from the same original narrator) say that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) informed Zaynab that an opening was made into the wall. She then asked " Shall we be destroyed even though there are pious persons among us?" and the Prophet said "Yes, when the evil person will increase" (https://sunnah.com/bukhari/60/26). To me it looks like these ahadith is telling us that we'll be destroyed as soon as G/M are released. - There is a couple of ahadith narrated by Abu Hurrairah in which G/M will not escape until they utter "Inchallah" and it seems as if they will cause destruction as soon as they are released (https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/155) - Then there are different versions talking about the coming of Jesus (عليه السلام). One hadith tells the story of Hazrat Isa (عليه السلام) fighting against the Dajjal and, after the latter is defeated, the release of G/M. From the wording it seems like the release of G/M and they killing everyone happens at the same time (https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/150). There is also a similar hadith but it simply indicates that "the people will return to their own lands and will be confronted with Gog and Magog people": we can't infer anything from this narration (https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/156). Four other similar ahadith instead mention that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will warn Isa (عليه السلام) and order him to take the Muslims to Tur in safety and then Gog and Magog will emerge and they will, as Allah describes, "swoop down from every mound." : again we can't infer anything based on that (https://sunnah.com/ibnmajah/36/150). --> to sum up, there are a few verses about the barrier and I'm not sure if they could be interpreted as God already having freed G/M. As for the ahadith, we have only one hadith explicitely stating that the moment of release of Ya'juj/Ma'juj and the moment they'll cause destruction are separated in time but all the other ahadith make it seem like G/M won't wait at all and will destroy everything as soon as they are released. So, according to you, brothers and sisters, is it possible to interpret the verses and ahadith in the way I mentionned above?
  5. Maybe I didn't formulate my reply correctly. What proves that I exist (I'm taking myself as an example not to be self-centered but because it makes things easier) is the fact that I'm having those thoughts, that I'm hearing the sounds my keyboard makes as I type this and see the letters appear on screen, that I can remember what I ate this morning and where my house is located, etc. I definetely agree that I'm not just a bunch of thoughts but defining the "I" is not an easy task. What is easy however is coming to the conclusion that I, whatver that means, definitely exists. Once it is established that I exist, then there must be a cause for the I. After all, I have no reason to think that I created myself: quite the contrary in fact, as I don't remember how the weather was 5000 years ago for instance. Of course, I never said I and God were the only beings in existence. I simply used that thought experiment to show how uncertain life is except for those two things, since the OP is afflicted with doubts about the existence of God. It could very well be that everything I perceive through my senses exist and there is no reason to think otherwise actually. But, eThErEaL, as a Muslim, why do you reject my reasoning? I wasn't trying to prove the rest, I was only answering the question n°3 ("lastly... please do provide some simple proofs of Allah's existence").
  6. I did not read the whole discussion but I am going to end it right there, with this one answer: I think, therefore I am. And if I am, there is a Superior Being who made me. I never found a single atheist able to withstand that argument, it's an atomic bomb that just blows their minds (pun intended). Think about it: you don't know for sure if the world around you exists since you can only perceive it through your senses (mostly sight, hearing and touch). It might be a sort of big dream or a simulation (if you assume you're actually in the future or something). Although there is no reason to think the world isn't real, the fact is you can't prove 100% that the world is real. However, I can prove 100% (not 99,999% but litterally one-hundred percent) that I exist and, therefore, the Creator exists also.
  7. As salamu aleikoum, I made a promise to feed X number of poor people. But people in the West are less needy than those in muslim countries. My question is simply whether it is permissible to send money to a relative in a muslim country so that they can buy/prepare food and feed the poors for me. Or do I absolutely need to give the food in person?
  8. As salamu aleikoum, In the past, during an exam, I forgot to bring a pen. I asked another person (a muslim I think, if that makes a difference) whether I could borrow him one. He agreed and I said I would give it back after the exam if I saw him. He said I could keep it. Still, I insisted that I would give it back -- yeah, I'm awkward Anyway, I still have his pen with me and I used it many times. I was planning to give him another pen (same model). But giving it back would weird, especially since he is only an acquaintance and I don't know him that well. Just imagine seeing the other guy after several weeks and saying "Hey, how is it going? Here, the pen I promised to return!". So, my question is: is it permissible to not fulfill the promise? I did not promise using the name of Allah swt nor is the pen an expensive object.
  9. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabir_ibn_Hayyan Jabir ibn Hayyan was a student of Imam Sadiq as. He is one of the greatest muslim scientists that ever existed. I would even say one of the greatest scientists in the world: according to Wikipedia (french) he even predicted that a nuclear fission would be devastating. Atomic bombs for example function by nuclear fission if I'm not mistaken.
  10. The quote from Imam Ali as is perfect in this context, you reminded me of it. Your story is another illustration that atheists are looking for an excuse to do as they like and that they often had a bad experience with religion. I heard an atheist teacher say that she decides how to act according to whether she will be able to 'look in the mirror' afterwards or not. Another atheist on the internet claimed that 'everything we do has consequences'. Those kind of moral rules of thumb are obviously flawed. A lot of those people are able to live with themselves after stealing or killing innocents, finding all sort of excuses. Similarly, not everything we do has direct consequences (e.g. stealing does not necessarily means you get caught or that someone witnessed your misdeed). The so-called 'morals' and 'values' if an atheist varies from one individual to another. No wonder that atheists are almost a majority in UK prisons despite being a minority in the population.
  11. Sometimes the best answer is to not answer and simply dismiss their answer with a smile. As a chinese philosopher once said "He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know." If they are so sure He does not exist, why would he try so hard to convince you? I've never heard someone tell me "hey, by the way, the sky is blue and the sun yellow". Those people WANT a world without God, to do whatever they want. They are blindly following their passions. That's why 99.9% of the time you can shake their disbelief by simply using arguments of authority like citing famous personnalities who believe in a Creator (like George Lemaitre, Newton, Blaise Pascal or of course Einstein), teaching them that most scientists in the West are believers or even simply being a nice person and succesful person in general. Atheists, when their parents aren't too, are almost always people who had a negative experience with religion or simply a bad life. Problems with religious people (their parents or a priest for example), difficult moments in life they blaim on God (death of a loved one, accident, etc.) and so on. Did you notice how proud and full of themselves atheists generally are (not agnostics but those few atheists)? An atheist is like a video game character who becames self-aware and starts denying their creator, because they think it's impossible for anything to exist without electricity. Or because he does not like the game.
  12. Actually it's strange because to me, oil does not contain water. You could let oil under the sun for weeks and it wouldn't evaporate. Therefore, I wonder if oil really can transfer najasat (but if you got actual traces of najisul ayn on you, it will be najis, whether dry or wet, obviously).
  13. But there is this part in the hadith: It will be said to it: ‘Go back where you came from.’ Apparently, those are supposed to be Allah's swt words. Which would mean that God orders the sun (not the earth) to move to a certain place. Same thing with in this passage of the other version: Arise! Enter upon the morning rising from your setting place’. Here also, the order is given to the sun, not the earth. I agree however that 1) it's possible that the Prophet saw just explained it that way to someone from the 7th century. The mission of Prophets are to guide people, not to explain to them the way the world works. 2) or that the words reported were not 100% identical to those mentionned in the hadiths. After all, there are several versions of this hadith, with different wordings. The narrator, with his understanding from the 7th century, may after all not remember the exact words which were used if they did not make sense to him.
  14. Because the hadith is only refering to the movement of the sun. The hadith even makes reference to "And the Sun runs on to its place of settlement. That is the determination of the Mighty the Knowing. [Sûrah YâSîn: 38]". It seems to indicate that the sun is the one which is moving and the earth is stationnary. I personnaly interpret the above mentionned verse as meaning that the Sun runs to its term but the hadith, to me at least, seems to go towards geocentrism and to interpret Yasin:38 accordingly. But again, maybe there is another interpretation, especially after reading the hadith in arabic.
  15. The prostration isn't a issue. As you pointed out, we cannot understand the way the sun prostrates, it is not like a human's prostration, with the head on the ground. The issue is rather when the hadith reports Allah swt command to the sun to go back where it came from. If the sun has to go back from where it came from, then it means that the sun is the one which is rotating around the earth. Unless there is another interpretation of course, like the sun going back from the point in the galaxy where it came from and that resulting in the sun rising from the West from Earth's perspective. The verb which is used in the verse comes from a root which can indeed also refer to an ostrich egg (or the ostrich preparing its nest, I don't remember). But the verb itself simply means to spread. The reason the same root is used is probably because the ostrich spreads the earth in order to lay its eggs, it prepares the earth. This verse therefore likely means that Allah swt prepared the earth for us. Most likely, it refers to the earth one can see and not the globe in its entirety. That's also why the earth is sometimes refered to as a "bed" in the Quran. It means that the earth one can see and on which one lives (not the globe) has been prepared like a "bed". It does not mean that the Earth is flat or anything, as some may claim. That's why I say the Qur'an has no problem with the earth being a sphere. In my opinion, it does not mention the shape of the earth, although some verses, like the verse talking about the alternation of the day and the night, might be interpreted as meaning that the Earth is a sphere: http://www.speed-light.info/miracles_of_quran/earth.htm Especially the verse talking about God's challenge to jinns and humans to escape the اقطار (aqtar) of the heavens and the earth. The word used means either sides, regions or diamaters. And diameter is used to measure a circle.
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