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  1. One of the controversial issues among Muslims is the relationship of Shi’as and Sunnis. There has been some conflicts between Shi’as and Sunnis during the Islamic history. We can find some ideas in religious texts that could be construed in a way that help to this conflict. Of course, there are many examples of the teachings in Quran and Hadiths that call Muslims for unity and brotherhood. How do you think we (Muslims) should understand Islam in the world today? What is our religious obligations toward other Muslims (from other sects)?
  2. That is right. Indeed, all the obligations that we have are because of the order of God. But since we believe that God is al-Hakim (the most wise), his orders should have some reasons. Learning these reasons, can help us to follow his commands in a more suitable way and act based on knowledge and al-Ma'rifah.
  3. Muslims are required to fast a month (Ramadan) in every year. We should stop eating, drinking and some other actions during the day and we are allowed to eat, drink, etc. again at evening. If one ask that why we should do so, what might be our answer? I want to put this question forward, so that every body can share his/her idea and we finally be able to have different reasons for fasting. In this way, we'll be able to fast in a more meaningful way and to improve our understanding about fasting.
  4. “I have only been sent to perfect good manners (/moralities)” (Bihar al-anwar, vol: 68, p: 382) This is a famous hadith (narration) from the holy prophet of Islam. I think this is one of the key concepts that Islamic teachings should be understood according to it. The hadith shows what is the goal of prophet hood, what is the aim of inviting people to Islam. In contrary to some groups that try to present a vicious and violent image of Islam, this is a narration from the prophet of Islam that clearly expresses his goal which is morality and ethics. When we consider this
  5. Some points: - I think there is a misunderstanding about what I said. I didn't mean to defend all traditional religion in one post. That is simply impossible. I am not discussing about religious beliefs, rituals etc. My question was clear. Is it possible/ consistent to have meaningful life without believing in "god" and "life after death". - There are some religious ideas that we may or may not find it Convincing but the question is in more basic level. If we don't believe in God and life after death, how can we imagine a meaningful life? How can we justify all the suffer
  6. O Allah, bless Muhammad and his family, and hear my supplication when I supplicate to You, and hear my call when I call You, and turn to me when I whisper to You; because I had escaped to You and I stand before You, in need to You, imploring You, hoping the reward You have for me; and You know what is in my heart, and You are aware of my wish, and You know me; and my route and my destination, and what I want to start my speech with, and what I want to utter my requests, and what I hope for my destination, are not hidden to You. And O my master, Your decisions about what will be on me, til
  7. Thank you for taking part in the discussion. I think there is a clear difference between claiming and proving. One can claim that his life is meaningful but he should be able to give an image of an ideal life that is meaningful and show how his current life is following that pattern. In the other word, What is the definition of meaningful life according to Dawkins? And do you think his definition is sufficient for the concept of "meaningful life"?
  8. That's right. For knowing about the usage of a product, we need to be aware of its manual. Then, we'll be able to use it properly and know it better. However, I think this question goes beyond this level. Not only our actions and behaviors but also our insights, understanding and search for meaning depend on a divine grace. If we confine ourselves in this material world, and limit out life to this universe, then finding a meaning for life is very difficult (if not impossible). If we don't believe in God and the hereafter, what can justify tolerating all these sufferings, evils a
  9. Thank you for your answer I think if we want to find a true meaning for life, we have no way other than following God. If we look at this material world and consider all the limitations, evils, sufferings, etc. what can lead us to meaning if we don't benefit from the divine light? So, I am with you that the best way for having meaningful life is to follow God and obey his orders but I seriously doubt the possibility of meaningful life without God. Do you think it is possible?
  10. What is the meaning of life? This is a very important question that every body has to answer it. The question can be posed in different ways: What is the purpose of life? Why we should tolerate all the evils and sufferings in this life? Is it reasonable to continue this life? Many thinkers have tried to answer to the question. Some believed that there is no meaning in life. Others believe that life is not hallow and meaningless. But even those who think that life is meaningful, are divided into two groups: 1. Those who believe that we need to God for having a meaningful life 2.
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