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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. @Enlightened Follower yes! such a beautiful way to think of Him.
  2. @Bakir Sister*. If anything comes to mind, I'll let you know. And thank you hun
  3. It baffles me how you, a complete stranger, can have such a similar journey as me. All the writers you mention, I revered for years only to realize just how much of the world's truths I was compromising in affirming their philosophies. And though they are viable in their own right, they are surely not as well rounded as the truths my faith offers. <3
  4. Salam my dear, your question is making a lot of sense. I used to identify as a pantheist before I fully re-embraced Islam again and for me, the oneness of God has always meant that the plurality of all that existed and exists in the universe, has to, by default of cause and effect, extend to one cause, or one reality that is unconditioned in every sense. Everything emanating from this reality is contingent upon the oneness or wholeness of the first and ultimate reality. I believe everything and even the absence of everything is permeated by the essence of this ultimate reality. Tawheed is not a concept that was introduced by our 3 faiths of the book. No, it's quite ancient, explicitly introduced by Lao Tzu and his Taoist teachings. The human mind naturally gravitates to a source that began all, that cannot be questioned, assigned with attributes, or what have you, because it is above all all, but within all. It is agreeable to the human disposition to say that everything we see or seem has a purpose. An atheist, though pious in every way, maintains a faith that relies on the affirmation that this world and everything about it came from nothing, which can reduce life to nothing more than a sequence of empirical data. This affirmation also allows for so many consequences that can viably justify a volatile lifestyle, as in "without God, all is permissible." An atheistic world view has the potential to assume that we are responsible for each our moral framework that is profanely executed and isn't divinely appointed. Meaning what? Meaning, anyone with a sharp volition can project their version of morality onto the world. Imagine the horror, if everyone thought this way. If everyone deified their ego, the world would be in absolute chaos, more so than it is now. Compassion/empathy, for example, seems to me a universal standard that is prevalent as such in every region of the world. However, it fails to mean much when I do not believe that compassion is contingent upon a unicity that connects us all. That unicity is bound by the belief in an ultimate reality, in a God, in one God, that aligns our horizontal reality with a vertical purpose. Even Hindus who are considered "polytheists" believe in an ultimate reality, that can easily be understood as God. They call this indefinable and transcendent source, Brahman. This Brahman, is one and cannot be anything other than one. It is the culmination of everything and nothing, the synthesizer of all. And the Hindus who escape the cycle of reincarnation through enlightenment, get to finally return to Brahman and be one with Him. I hope this makes sense because I feel like I'm not explaining it clearly.
  5. "On Being Young- a Woman- and Colored." -Marita Bonner. Read this short essay. It'll give you the feels. -R speaking @only1
  6. Okay, enough sakhafa. Women have signed this silent contract to being submissive, that all these gender roles have somehow, someway, become our default. I want the woman who- in the grace of her stance- can command the attention of critical audiences and whose aura incites respect and provokes eager ears. I want her to captivate the minds of people with a tongue that speaks fiercely and without hesitation. Her confidence should emanate as an honest emblem of her will. Her sharp eloquence should be manifested in gestures that don't remind us of a modesty that has unfortunately become synonymous with a furtive type of subservience. I want power and charisma without comparisons to masculinity. I want her femininity to remind men of strength. She existed once before. And that is all.
  7. @only1 No, the limelight is where you need to be. How else will we dissolve a clearly patriarch biased system? We need you to be the female Ammar Nakshawani. I have faith in you. ;)
  8. There is so much truth to this. It saddens me that we don't have prominent women leading intellectual discourses, like our men. You have to be the one @only1. You're credible, reliable, a good source of knowledge and wisdom. Go up on that Manbaar and I'll happily fangirl and stalk your life away. I Gotchu.
  9. Music is one of the greatest manifestations conjured by our symbolic consciousness. It is evidence of creativity, beauty, and life! Why must we judge it so harshly? And why generalize all music? It's ridiculous. What people consider music all over the world is so wonderfully varied, as it should be and a fatwa declaring it to be categorically haram just seems wrong to me. Music is art and there's good and bad art. Let the philosophers of axiology debate over what is and isn't, who cares. My point is, music is a powerful tool, like all art is; it has the potential to be a conduit to fruitful meditation that can increase your empathy, sense of peace, and certainly your creative faculties. And best of all, it suspends your will, arresting the moment in blissfulness and nothing else... Those moments in which I resign to a moment have made me feel God more potently than anything else, whether or not music was a means to Him.
  10. I've had similar doubts. In fact, exactly the same and then some, but I came to realize that the answers to these doubts are truly as obvious as the questions. The inquiries your curiosity has posed shouldn't be a reason for you to doubt the whole of an entire religion. Muslim intellectuals have had these questions and addressed them for centuries; it's an undying dialogue my dear. Don't be disheartened just because the answers don't seem so readily available. They will be if you search in the right places. I used to think my skepticism is cause not to submit and not to call myself a Muslim, but I swear to you, the vagueness of our understanding on certain issues isn't nearly a reason to dismiss the viability of an entire religion. I was foolish to think my questions had no answers. With that being said, Islam isn't the only truth, though it can definitely be, if you believe in it as a holistic system governing all that is of relevance to you. Knowing Allah, or God, can emanate from any invocation of the human spirit, which is a variegated and multi-lingual extension of the One. One can answer your questions as a Muslim or as a Taoist, but what makes it all vary is faith and a whole lot of style.
  11. our rivers know too well what sanguine means.
  12. let the keyboard warrioring begin.. tehe
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