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  1. Youre more likely to be traumatised if you don’t get a circumcision than if you do. For example, HIV diagnosis can be traumatic, and you're much more likely to gey HIV is you're not circumcised
  2. @Ibn al-Hussain a very sobering analysis of the challenges we are facing. You have studied this from a fiqhi perspective - what do you think is the solution or correct approach ?
  3. It doesn't really answer your question but this is relevant
  4. Thanks for clarifying , I assumed this is what you believe but it wasnt clear to me from the posts in this thread. I think without this common sense explanation many people would read the traditions and assume the Imams believed women were inherently inferior to men which of course isnt the case.
  5. Salam brother, perhaps you could expand on this with reference to the traditions you cited? For example , do you think women today as a group are inferior to men just in virtue of being women, and that we should oppose their advice etc.
  6. By non-matter I assume you mean absence of anything, as creating matter from non-matter doesnt involve a contradiction as far as I can see. Assuming thats what you mean, it depends what you mean by 'from'. If you mean it in the same sense as 'the carpenter created the table from wood' then that is incoherent, as absence of anything isnt a thing that can be used to make anything, unlike wood which is a thing that can be used to make lots of things. But thats not what we mean when we say 'God created the universe from nothing'. We simply mean that there was no prior substance or 'stuff' that God used to fashion the Universe out of.
  7. The solution is to make a distinction between types of cause. A table doesnt come from nothing - it is made by a carpenter. The carpenter is the efficient cause. The table is made of wood, this is the material cause. When we say the Universe cannot come from nothing, we mean that it cannot come by itself without any cause whatsoever. The atheist wants us to believe that it began without a pre-existing material cause and without an efficient cause. When we say that God created the Universe from nothing we simply mean He created it without pre-existing matter, not that it had no cause whatsoever.
  8. The parents are certain that the child will commit evil unless the child dies young. It would be very odd to say that the parents are only justified to procreate because their child might die young! A better question is if I knew my son is going to hell, would it be morally permissible to procreate? The answer is, I think, it depends. If I knew that my son's existence will lead to greater good, perhaps because he will have pious offspring, or perhaps because he will inspire people directly or indirectly to be good and so increase the overall value of the world, then it would be morally permissible to procreate. Personally I don’t think I would have it in me to procreate because I would find it too upsetting. But what I would do and what is morally right to do are not the same thing.
  9. The parents also know that their child will commit some evil, with a very high degree of probability. The only thing that would stop that from happening is if the child dies young (as young children cannot sin), but if the child dies young then that would be a source of significant distress for parents and others. So the parents know the following disjunction with certainty: either my child will commit some evil, or there will be significant distress. The whole point is that knowing that your action will result in some evil does not make the action wrong. And its not simply the case that we appeal to some unknown wisdom. We see concrete examples of evil leading to greater good. For example suffering at the hands of a tyrant can cause an individual to become more patient, or give them an opportunity to show courage and bravery. These are all good things and require the existence of evil for them to occur. Also remember the dialectic here. You are presenting evil as an argument against the existence of God. All I have to do is show that it is very much possible for God to allow evil and be morally justified in order to undermine the argument. I do not need to show what the specific justification in each case is
  10. Creating the conditions that allow evil to happen isnt sufficient for blame. For example, we know that pretty much every human commits evil, but that doesnt mean that procreation is evil. Procreation creates some of the conditions for evil - without people there is no evil. On the other hand, selling weapons to dictatorships knowing they will use them against innocent people is evil. Both create some of the conditions for evil, but in one case the action is good but in the other its wrong. In the case of procreation, you might say that whilst you know the child will do some evil, overall the world is better if we procreate than if we don’t. Or you might say just giving a child an opportunity to learn and grow and freely choose good is a very valuable thing that outweighs and evil that results. Similarly, allowing humanity to freely choose good, and to shun and fight evil makes humanity overall more valuable.
  11. What makes it an injustice - whos rights are violated? Certainly not the rights of the evil people as they freely chose evil. This is false, as it implies that Saddam was not blameworthy (but you already agreed he was). This is because Saddam did not have 'full and complete knowledge', and if that is necessary for free will as you claim, then he didn't have free will, which means we can't blame him for what he did. The point is that complete knowledge is not necessary for free will. All that is necessary is sufficient knowledge. If someone really does lack sufficient knowledge and it is not their fault, then Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wont punish them, as stated by verses in Qur'an.
  12. If our experiences fully determine our choices then free will is an illusion and there is no such thing as moral responsibility or obligation. Then it would be wrong to blame Saddam, Hitler etc for what they did! So our experiences don't fully determine our choices. He gave us free will because its valuable- it means that we aren't robots. And it gives us the opportunity to freely choose good. A necessary side effect of this is that some people freely choose evil, but thats just what happens if there is true free will. God shouldn't be blackmailed into not creating free creatures just because some would choose evil.
  13. Particles don’t come from nothing. What you might be referring to is thenm coming from a quantum vacuum. This isnt nothing - its a sea of fluctuating energy: According to present-day understanding of what is called the vacuum state or the quantum vacuum, it is "by no means a simple empty space".[1][2] According to quantum mechanics, the vacuum state is not truly empty but instead contains fleeting electromagnetic waves and particles that pop into and out of existence.[3][4][5] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vacuum_state
  14. I am not certain that this is right, so Im going to throw it away as it's useless : )
  15. Salam brother it looks like you put your trust in a girl who didn't deserve it, and she let you down. Have you thought maybe it's for the best you didn't get into that uni? Sometimes we want things that are ultimately not good for us. Have some patience, try and be content with the good that you have and trust in God
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