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GD41586

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  1. I see what you did there. I'm looking forward to the remake, but I keep hearing of cast & crew shakeups that might delay or outright prevent the production. Did you know that those books were to credit for me beginning to research Islam?
  2. @Ashvazdanghe that's very interesting how I don't follow Khamenei at all, but he has said the same things about social media that I have been saying for a while. I'd have to point out that if he believes that Islamic faith is the religion that is the most under attack on the internet, that he must not read the comments left on the YouTube videos of Christians. These comments, if you took the words "Jesus/Bible" & replaced them with "Muhammad/Quran" would almost certainly cause some sort of violent reprisal (which I don't condone because I don't believe that religion nor the God who establishes it to need humans to defend it's/his honor & see as brutal and antithetical to the nature of a merciful higher power). You see, political correctness from the Western left teaches that Islam is a religion tied to having "brown skin" & thus, they do not criticize it lest they be called racist despite Islam by what I see not sharing any values with Western leftist secular ideology (LGBTQ "pride", the soft bigotry of low expectations for people of color, atheism, "feminism" aka misandry, communism, hatred of anything traditional, abortion, etc) I guess the saying "great minds think alike" is true. I'd love to have a conversation with the Imam & see what he would have to say about some of my other ideas.
  3. Bro Waseem, Allow me to clarify and explain my reaction to your post, because your goals in using social media are of course admirable. Seeking and spreading knowledge seem like a given and the proper motivation for someone to use social media (Facebook in this case); but Facebook has a huge underlying flaw (or a perfectly engineered danger depending on how we view it). Since the way that FB makes money is to deliver targeted advertising by showing you products and services that it believes you will like based off of the profile it builds from the data it collects from you, the flaw/danger I speak of is how the algorithm gets you trapped in the "filter bubble" where you are only exposed to information that will keep you engaged with the platform and keep you clicking. The truth about Facebook is that we can think that we are disseminating and receiving knowledge, but because of this very filter bubble we may (and most times, are) only being exposed to the stories and information that we want to read and therefore could be missing out on truth that the algorithm reads as being something we disagree with, thus it won't be shown to us. This also happens with content we share with others: people don't like what you have to say so they don't unfriend you, but mark that they "don't like this content" or "show me less like this" which works as a means to effectively turn off the voice or filter out similar opinions or stories. Facebook claims that it is very concerned about "fake news" (which means opinions that run counter to the leftist political opinions of it's owners and those of the other silicon valley technocrats) but this is largely in reaction to the platform being used to rally support for Donald Trump in 2016 and of course, doesn't seem to matter at all when the fake news happens to be misrepresented statistics or "reporting" that skews heavily to the left. FB does function as a utility to make long lasting friendships as Myspace did before it-- I have a friend I talk to almost daily that I've never met in person but had first encountered on Myspace back in 2008 from Anchorage, Alaska; so I agree with that. I'm not saying that people who use FB are "bad" either, quite the opposite-- many of the people who try to use FB as a means to spread and seek knowledge have nothing but the best of intentions. I'm simply saying that I don't trust FB's ability to be impartial in the nature of the content it delivers because only showing me what I like or agree with could be keeping me from being exposed to valuable information that would provoke critical thought or even change my mind about a situation or topic that I am ignorant to or misinformed about in reality. As someone who is particularly sensitive to the effect of living in a "post truth society" where there are "multiple truths", this is why I am very suspect of getting important information (or sharing important information I may have a critical opinion of) on the platform. If FB were to take steps to mitigate the problem of the filter bubble & feedback loop, I'd be much more apt to make an account again because it certainly is a convenient way to stay in touch with friends and family who are separated by long distance.
  4. I'd like to know just so that I can prioritize my life for once.
  5. Tuesday 18 Dec 2018: Finish the book I am reading.
  6. I hope this is not too personal, but what is it that you believe that everyone wants you to be? Oftentimes when we consider changing ourselves because we believe that others want us to "be" someone else, we are projecting our own insecurities about ourselves onto others. Usually, these expectations that we believe others to hold are not grounded in any sort of reality.
  7. Is Allah not all forgiving and most merciful? That's one of the things that stood out to me the most from my limited knowledge of the Quran.
  8. Here's a fact that's not really openly acknowledged about evangelicals: while they claim that they "love Jews" and they go to great lengths to try and establish links between Judaism and their uniquely half-baked American churches; most of this is lip service to not get called on the fact that they live in anticipation of the day that Jesus Christ returns on his White Horse and mercilessly slaughters all of the remaining Jews (and Muslims, Catholics, Orthodox Christians and the mainline Protestants) before locking them up in hell forever and throwing away the key. People like Ray Comfort & Kirk Cameron just to name two. The more you learn about Evangelical Christianity-- if you possess even a shred of critical thinking skills, you quickly realize exactly how absurd and based in a deeply patholigcal misanthropy it is. I mean granted, there are a fair number of aspects of Islam that I am struggling to make sense of (most of which seem to either come from Hadith, fiqh, or are cultural practices that get lumped in with Quran) but the main theological points of Islam on a broad sense seem to be based in more sound logic than pretty much every doctrine of Evangelical Christianity.
  9. Males are raped and abused all the time. Oftentimes it's worse for a male victim of rape or sexual abuse because he is made to feel like less of a man, or labeled a homosexual or if the abuse came from a female, that he should have "enjoyed it". Prisons are one of the most common places where male on male rape occurs in the US, but men are also raped in bars (go figure) and private residences.
  10. Please keep me in your prayers, SC.

    I am very sick with some form of stomach virus & slept all afternoon, evening, and night yesterday after getting violently sick around 2pm yesterday.

    I feel better today than I did yesterday, but my skin still has that "creepy clingy" feeling that lets me know that I am not yet recovered.

    1. Laayla

      Laayla

      وَإِذَا مَرِضْتُ فَهُوَ يَشْفِينِ

      26:80 and when I fall ill, is the One who restores me to health,

      Insh'Allah you feel better soon. God bless you and bring you back to good health

      You are a valuable member to this site.  I'm very happy you decided to come back and join us.

      M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah

  11. Most of my friends are "nones"-- they aren't affiliated with any religion yet aren't atheists. Some are christians. I don't know any Muslims in real life anymore. I could be wrong. A lot of people who are religious in modern America keep it within the walls of their homes so as not to be mocked by the rest of society or worse, be labeled as "bigots" and lose their jobs.
  12. Hmm... Very few people ever comment on my pictures But yes, that is why these apps have a block feature: because people believe that their opinions absolutely *must* be heard and agreed with by others, which just so happens to be another major negative of social media: narcissism and an unwarranted sense of self importance.
  13. Stop using social media, yes. The tech companies are agents of this Dajall you speak of. Social media was designed to deliver dopamine hits when people like your content, much like the pharmacological action of crack cocaine: a short term high that quickly fades and gets you hooked quickly, so that you spend as much time on social media as possible where the technocrats mine data on you and create a very detailed profile of who you are and then use this to feed content back to you that they know you will like so that you are never exposed to new ideas or opposing views. They do this so that the can sell advertising space for lots of money to the highest bidder and trigger you into materialism and consumerist desires. It's also posited that social media has made people more withdrawn from one another as well as much less civil/far nastier and this is evident when seeing the types of comments that flood YouTube about religion from bitter and hate filled atheists as well as people threatening one another and slandering other's families over politics on Facebook. Furthermore, children and teens commit suicide frequently as a response to bullying on social media. I don't use Facebook at all. I still use Instagram, but it's less bad because people don't really comment the way they do on YouTube and Facebook.
  14. I would love to visit Iran someday, but I don't ever see myself leaving the United States permanently. How could I inspire hope and shine a light to the spiritually starved United States if I moved away? That wouldn't help my country, but subtract one more person who wants to change it for the better and get our morals back on track, one less person who can stand and fight against hopelessness, depression, addiction, materialism, the destruction of the family, and the elites in ownership of my nation who persecute and oppress the rest of the world? I believe I have a mission here, so I will stay.
  15. Shiachat friends, be careful. Something about OP doesn't strike me as particularly genuine. 1. "She" is showing her hair 2. "She" mentions the need to Ally with "Orthodox Christians" and then immediately qualifies that statement with (Russian) ... There are 14 separate autocephalous Orthodox Christian churches, not just "Russian" and the Moscow Patriarchate is currently in a bit of a quarrel with the rest of the autocephalous Orthodox churches because Kirill has been involved in numerous corruption scandals and is pretty much known for being the pocket of Vladimir Putin,as well as for advancing the idea that the Moscow Patriarchate should ascend to be the "Orthodox pope" which flies in the face of the very concept of autocephalous patriarchates. Why not Ally with Orthodox christians from Ukraine or Greece? Why not Serbia, Alexandria, Cyprus, Romania or the rest of these churches? Why just Russia, especially when Kirill wants to ascend to be "first" among the patriarchs like a pope? EDIT: "She" hasn't posted here since May 22, 2016. In "her" OP, she makes me statement about fighting against "America, NATO, and Turkey". Now why would a Muslim want to open a community to observation and harrassment by telling them to "fight against America, NATO and Turkey" when Muslims are already having to constantly denounce terrorist activity by "Muslims" against America and "NATO"? Who was NATO organized to contain, hmm? Also, "her" English shows a pattern of having trouble with definite articles. Normally I wouldn't criticize someone's English, but there is one language group that seems to have a very serious *ahem* peculiar difficulty with definite articles when speaking English. (Also, so many of you in Iran, India, Pakistan and other countries seem to have a very serious grasp on definite articles in English). Friends, I am a Ukrainian-American who speaks very little Ukrainian, but knows enough to realize that Ukrainians aren't the only ones who have a severe difficulty with English definite articles. There is another language that also does, one very similar to Ukrainian... Something is suspect to me, friends. God bless every one of you, stay safe, and pray for peace. I love you.
  16. I'd say that you're also #5.5 "The non creepy liker" because you post rather than just creeping the forum & usually what you post is succinct and right to the point and almost always has thought provoking content from an external source. You're one of my personal favorite users because the videos you share have taught me more than the reading I do on my own does. Interacting with you is a big part of why I no longer believe American propaganda about Iran & Iranians and as a result, have seen myself as a potential Muslim.
  17. Then there is me, who bounces all over the place from the sociopolitical dissident ranter to the well meaning but often ignorant emotional bookworm. It's almost my new year, though and hopefully, a new me with it.
  18. I gave up on giving up on Friday morning after watching the story of Karbala, having been so deeply emotionally moved by what I saw and then realizing that it wasnt some grand old legend but a real, historical happening that took place closer to the present era than the stories of Paul that I grew up with. I need to get my own house completely in order before I can criticize the rest of the world, according to a modern intellectual I follow online, but does that mean that this absolves me from calling out the problems I see in American society at large? I'm honestly not even sure where I can begin nor where should I begin come tomorrow morning. I was going to go to the Methodist Church, but it's such a "rock concert" environment that it is beyond difficult for me to feel close to God there and the moral guidance is very vague; a lot of "You have to give all you've got for Jesus" type stuff... But with no real instructions or examples of exactly what that entails, so I sit for an hour, hear some emotionally charged alternative rock style Jesus songs and leave feeling like "Well that was cute but now it's time to go back out into the world & get ready to look for yet another job on Monday". I've got a lot of "figuring things out" that I need to do, but I have no one in the community to really go to for guidance so I'm kind of just spinning my wheels and waiting for a breakthrough or stroke of inspiration that I fear isn't going to arrive, but I need to figure it out before the New Year.
  19. @ali_fatheroforphans Is your sleeping area completely pitch black? Do you turn off (I mean off, not muted) your electronic devices before you retire? These two factors are incredibly important.
  20. If you live in America, you can go to a private spot to pray in any public school at the appointed time and no one can legally stop you or tell you that you are "disrupting class" because you have a guaranteed right to do this under the very first amendment to the US Constitution. A school can get into *severe* trouble if they even make the slightest effort to prevent you from doing this because it is a gross and blatant violation of the law of the land & it does not matter where I the USA that you live nor does it matter who is President. We call this an "inalienable right" that our constitution clearly states to come from God and people need to begin understanding this in the workplace and at schools and that it applies to every single person of any religion. However, if you live outside the US, I have no clue what your rights are and I'm sorry about that.
  21. OP, please don't do it. This is a decision that you cannot take back and there absolutely will be people who will miss what you bring to their lives, even if it doesn't seem like it and they don't tell you. I struggle with suicidality frequently because I have a sickness of the mind that tries to convince me that I am completely alone, no one likes or understands me, that there is absolutely no hope that I'll ever be happy because I "know too much about how the world is". My mind goes to war against itself because of this sickness and these thoughts and moods seem so real that sometimes I actually do believe that I am right and completely forget that I am living with an illness that does this to me. 1. Surround yourself with people, even if you would rather be alone. 2. Get physical exercise/activity 3. Eat whole foods-- not fast ones. Eat a balanced diet. 4. Try to find hobbies as well as a support group for people who struggle with suicidality, because it's a real illness that medical professionals are beginning to understand, which brings me to my next point: 5. Seek PROFESSIONAL medical help from a psychiatric doctor. Too many people who kill themselves do so because they were too ashamed to seek treatment from qualified professionals. Do not become one of them, you don't have to. If you ever want someone to message with your concerns who will not judge you or even try to fix you, someone who will read and only respond if you want a response, my inbox is always open. Please, if you ever need to vent when you feel this way, vent to me because I suffer with this disease too & it has already taken an extremely close friend who I'd give the world to spend even one more hour with. Be like Hussein (as). Keep getting up with everything you have left in you.
  22. You aren't kidding there. Part of the reason why churches fall out of love with me so quickly is specifically because I *won't* give them 10% of my gross monthly income, even when I am steadily employed (which is rarely). At my best thusfar, I've earned $13 hourly and have a lot of medical debts I'm still paying off in addition to costs of food, gasoline, my prescriptions (they aren't cheap), car insurance, and other debts and bills. I usually don't give churches much, maybe $10-20 a week unless I have a really good run but what I do give a lot of is my manpower and time, which I believe should be credited against my "sin" of not tithing because finding family age adults who are willing to volunteer for one event is hard enough let alone finding a volunteer who "comes when called". To be perfectly honest, a lot of the churches in my locality could be doing a great deal more for their communities in terms of community service but the pastors tend to have much larger houses and more luxurious cars, all of the newest iPhones and tablets than I am able to have as well as drawing very nice salaries (your average Evangelical pastor in the Southwest Florida earns more than a tradesman) & this has always seemed extremely suspect to me. When I began noticing all of the "independent/non-denominational" churches popping up in storefronts, vacant buildings, and minimalls over the past decade, I put two and two together and determined that starting your own church is usually done down here as a way to make a fast buck without working even a ten hour week or providing a good or trade to the community. These churches last for a year or two and then people catch on and leave, downgrading the church to a core of "true believers" who meet at a house for a few months and then eventually split up due to "doctrinal differences" (read: power and leadership struggles) at which point, the core members go their separate ways. There are three that used to be less than a mile from my house that did this from 2012-2017 & many more in the surrounding twenty mile radius. There are three masjids from Sarasota south to my city, Port Charlotte/North Port. However, only one is within reasonable distance from my house (12 miles) and that one tends to have a sizeable amount of the types of brothers who do exactly the things that you were warning against in your initial post and make sure to do them with in a zealous manner that fully signals their "virtue" to any others who might be watching and often with an extremely unpleasant attitude: this is why I no longer go to this masjid and am still very "on the fence" because these guys are actually flat out intimidating to me & I feel like they don't want me to be there or are suspect of my motives for some reason. It is extremely uncomfortable and that makes me sorrowful because I am looking for the community where I will be embraced and find mentors who can help me to feel comfortable taking that step. However... As I type this, I had the thought pop into my head that just maybe, *I* am supposed to suffer through it and do my best to be that specific guy we are talking about once I take shahada and get myself acclimated to that way of life. I don't know, because that sounds extremely full of myself and presumptuous to say, but I am really hoping I figure it out before the new year.
  23. Thank you. Thank you, THANK YOU! Not only was the first post in this thread the best one I have seen this week (or possibly ever) on this forum, but the post I have quoted above is precisely why I believe that Islam can "save" America. I would like to offer up some thoughts and encouragements to you: 1. From what I gather as a working class American "on the streets", Evangelical Christianity is absolutely not bringing in millions of new converts every year. The "nones" are the fastest growing religious demographic and that is in part to the Evangelical churches and by extension most of Christianity's willingness to compromise to the Hollywood culture on the grounds of morality. Nothing is objectively true besides "y'all need Jesus" and even then, it's usually only framed with "because it will improve your life" with no explanation of how or why they believe this occurs by entering their churches. Many Christian denominations are extremely lenient now on vices that would have been unimaginable in the 1990s because of the cultural spread of secularism/atheism and the false idea that it "frees" and "liberates" people (I'd argue the opposite, that it makes them slaves to their own selfish desires). 2. To win the hearts of Americans, zakat/khums and other acts of community service absolutely *must* become a massive priority. We are living in a time where Americans are more disconnected from one another than ever due to longer work hours, social media, the breakdown of the family, and of course, the rise of what I call the "YouTube atheist" mentality. This is evidenced by the severe increase in rates of drug addiction, suicide, and mental health diagnoses across the nation and particularly in the smaller, more "salt of the earth" communities of the Eastern seaboard and Midwest as people are losing their hope and there is no faith community there to inspire them to be like Imam Hussein (as) and "get up, keep fighting" when they are at their lowest points of despair (and the despair in our society is palpable despite being the "Greatest Nation on Earth™" because it is not a physical despair, but a far worse spiritual one). As a matter of fact, use the stories of Imam Hussein (as) and Karbala as often as possible to inspire Americans, because I know that these stories did a lot for me yesterday morning and the story of Karbala is something that will be extremely familiar to Americans that come out of the "Jesus Christ/Crucifixion" tradition and I truly believe, will actually inspire the generation of men whose masculinity is being warred against by the left wing secularist movements. American men NEED the story of Hussein (as) and Karbala to get their act together and to be unashamed of their masculinity again. Not to insult Jesus, but the Evangelical story of the crucifixion doesn't exactly give us that and this is why I believe men are abandoning Christianity in droves. 3. BTC- Be Teaching CONSTANTLY. A massive problem that is killing American Christianity and proving it a failure to make Americans in to better human beings is the lack of teaching in our churches. We go on Saturday night/Sunday morning and maybe Wednesday evening to hear feel good fuzzy bunny sermons that do not teach us how to live as better human beings or why we should live this way. As Muslims, your challenge will be more difficult because Islam is a complete system to order one's life by and thus, requires a lot of study to fully understand and practice (where I am currently at in my journey towards Dar Al Islam). The spiritual murder of America is taking place because church doors are open maybe five hours a week. The doors of the Masjid need to be open and someone knowledgeable, both male and female, has to be there to teach and answer questions for as many hours as possible during the day and evenings as Islam is up against the entire American and Zionist propaganda system 24/7 which is why people go out of their way to slander the prophets, wear shirts that taunt Muslims (in Hope of an angry reaction to further make Islam look "backward and medieval"), and generally be as rude and uncouth as possible. It has already happened to Jews and Christians in the majority of society and although I believe fighting back physically in anger is and will always be wrong because religion cannot be compelled (or it will be insincere), resisting with superior logic and forgiveness (supplication for the souls of these poor deceived people!) is something that Christianity simply did not do and is why it lost the culture war. 4. Bring Americans in gently. We are an enslaved and brainwashed people and most of us do not accept that we are. We are addicted not only to recreational pharmaceutical drugs, but drugs of entertainment like video games, dancing, television (yuck!) and most of all, popular music. These issues should not be the first ones addressed (aside from drugs, because they kill and decimate families) but should be gently and gracefully spoken about when the subject comes up and as the person begins to go deeper in their faith, because these conditionings are extremely difficult to break... Trust me on this (and pray for me, please). I'll stop here for now, but please Dar Al Islam--- America needs you in 2019 more than any society has ever needed Islam in the history of the world. We need you to cut our satanic chains and replace them with the beautiful bonds of Allah and we need this to start as soon as possible. Help us, please.
  24. I probably do a lot of things that you would disagree with, being a Westerner from birth and never having left the USA. Having said that, your post reminds me of my exact resentments toward the culture of the very country I was born and raised in, because it didn't always used to be this way even as recently as the 2008. There has been a coordinated and concentrated effort for these things to happen and I would absolutely love to preach a sermon about exactly why and how cultural tolerance for the "LGBTQ Movement" has completely decimated my society from a moral and cultural perspective, but I'll probably do that as a post on my own page so as not to derail this thread. The one thing I absolutely can promise you is that if *your* nations allow this moral black plague to gain a foothold in the society, the first thing it will do is come for your children and it's pretty much "over" about ten to twenty years after that. I am promising you this because I've watched it happen in America over the course of my lifetime. I beg you to keep standing up for the natural order of how God made man + woman, because that battle is lost in my nation.
  25. I have absolutely zero fashion sense although in some strange way, I must believe that I do because I *do* make the choices about my clothing provided it looks good on me and doesn't seem too flashy. I wear a lot of T Shirts (no V necks) and knee-covering/lower hanging shorts because Florida is sticky and hot most of the year. I only tend to wear tank tops around the house or in the yard because they make me feel naked otherwise. I pick my clothes based on what will hold up the best for work, games of disc golf, and above all, what I can afford. People say "You dress like you're still in high school" but I rarely if ever go out for non work or shopping means, so I thankfully don't have to put much of an emphasis on what I wear.
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