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Hayy ibn Yaqzan

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  1. Thank you for reaching out to a safe space & Muslim community, anonymously, out of concern for your brother. I know that you are of course closer to him than we are, but it is heartwarming to see the level of concern & distress you have for him. With the additional context, I think we have to consider that even though it makes us feel a particular way, disgust / shame / anger / betrayal, it is our duty as Muslims & servants of Allah not to act based on these feelings - but instead to act based on how we understand Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) would be pleased with us.
  2. Alaykum Salaam, Certainly does sound like your brother is always attempting to be a good example and a positive force in the lives of you & your family. When we encounter the sins or shortcomings of others, especially if they are not causing an injustice to others, and the person appears to be on the right path - we are usually taught to cover over those shortcomings, to protect the dignity of everyone involved. When we think about things which we may have done in private, or thoughts and feelings which we might be ashamed of, we also hope that if someone were to discover th
  3. Salaam un Alaykum, Lately, I have needed to face up to some challenges & demons which have been affecting my Mental Health negatively. Not wanting to dwell on the specific details right here & now; I have another related question in mind, which hopefully will help with my decision on what steps I should take next: I would be very interested to hear from you, if anyone is willing to share, your opinion on how comfortable you are as a Muslim (or a person of any faith), in talking about your Mental Health needs with a professional? At present I feel a strong inner co
  4. وَعَلَيْكُمُ ٱلسَّلَامُ , This is so cool! Masha'Allah, it's brilliant to see how your practice is developing - I had very little visibility into Pyrography until you mentioned your kit here. I've seen work done with fancy Laser-Cutters before, but they don't have the same charm & heart, that you bring by doing something by hand. I wonder, did you use your Brown Paper drawing like a transfer/stencil for the design? Or was this a freshly drawn piece? Definitely, as an Artist, when you do something that uplifts you and gives you joy, by expressing your faith, it's going to hon
  5. Alhamdulillah, Masha'Allah, How could I not be grateful, that by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)'s grace & permission, (to the best of my knowledge); My limbs are responsive & under my control, My tongue & mind are unimpeded in communication, My eyes & ears allow me to witness to the signs that he has sent for me to consider. I mean, these are some of the basics - but I'm really glad that you've prompted me to remember these tonight. I have not been tested with involuntary disconnection from a community of Muslims, or from Family - which is a significant
  6. I would be really interested to see your interpretations of those things you mentioned! and please do preserve your works of ballpoint on brown paper bag. Maybe you can keep them safe in a private folder, or sketchbook? To me at least, I consider these really beautiful. There are other creatively inclined people I can think of who would gain inspiration from these too - even though (and maybe because of the fact) they seem so temporary, raw, fragile and 'off the cuff' - straight from your heart & mind, onto the brown paper. The idea of 'biblical themed trading cards' resonate
  7. Wa Alaykum Salaam, Your posting of your concerns on this forum, really says something! (That's my initial thought). Alhamdulillah, so glad to hear that you've been accepted into Medical School, and that it was something that you were hoping for! Masha'Allah - surely you must be in the position you are now in, for a purpose? (Also just want to take a sec. to celebrate your achievement & Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى))'s support for you to get here- sometimes we don't celebrate our youth & Ummah enough when they achieve something so positive, and recognise that it woul
  8. Those interested may appreciate this talk by the Sheikh, given to a mostly Shia-identifying audience, during Shahre Muharram. The detailed style of speech does require one to be attentive & awake, in order to follow it (a soothing & detailed lyric, one of the virtues of being a British academic). My observations & appreciation mostly comes from noticing the large amount of work that he has put into cultivating an 'authentic Anglo-Islamic tradition' (paraphrasing here) - and I'm not so well read on his theology or other views. Hope this is informative & useful.
  9. اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ وَ عَجِّلْ فَرَجَهُمْ Allah Humma Salle Ala Muhammadin Wa Aal-e-Muhammad, Wa Aj'jil Faraja Hum Oh Allah! Send Your Blessings to our Prophet Muhammad and his Ahlul Bayt and Hasten the Faraj. My thanks to Sister @Hameedeh for bettering my understanding of the Salawaat, a long time ago.
  10. Salaamun Alaykum, The way you flesh out a scenario for consideration, I find quite useful, and helpful, when approaching economic & social behaviour questions. It brought my mind back from the nebulous abstract principles being discussed, into a more practical frame; so you have my thanks. I haven't been in the Crypto/DApp/DAO space for a while - but to my understanding and knowledge - you're exactly right in your scenario. There are real, known, and well understood disparities which are inherent and currently unavoidable for Decentralised Technologies - Even though arguably
  11. Out of Iranian Cinema, the only feature I remember having seen is Taxi Tehran by Jafar Panahi It was a lot of fun - and while it isn't necessarily Theological in its content - it is an interesting social commentary on life as a filmmaker in contemporary Iran. If you're looking for high-production value film/TV with Islamic themes - but you're not picky about the nationality, I can enthusiastically suggest the "Yunus Emre" & "Dirilis: Ertugul" series, made in Turkey. (I wrote a mini-review in another thread, here)
  12. Not really playing anything on a regular basis anymore - but I kinda want to be... I suppose I'm feeling a bit alienated by all the current gaming experiences that I'm aware of (except weirdly maybe the Civilization series? ) It could just be that life at the moment leaves little room / justification for spending time on virtual worlds and playing in cyberspace; But I also have a niggling feeling that if there was a title or experience available, that did resonate much more strongly with where my thoughts are in life right now - then I would totally be dedicating more time to it -
  13. I would really like to understand a variety of views on this topic; I think that this might be one of the core ideas that we grapple with, day to day, as Muslims. For sure there are individuals through history who have been able to discuss this with more eloquence & depth than I have put forward - but this phrasing of the question seems significant for our contemporary context. Some views that immediately come to mind (although there are many more than these): A) Self-Interest is a natural & emergent part of human nature and the way we have been created (Fitra) - so there i
  14. I think that there's some good advice to really take to heart, from some of the earlier answers; If I was to make an observation on your elaboration of the situation brother @SeekingHeaven - Life at the moment, as you're experiencing it does not seem to have a lot of Love in it. (Although you yourself may have a great capacity for love). Intimacy & connection is natural and vital - connection between brothers, family, friends. Being able to look around you in life and say "Alhamdulillah - I am pleased with this solidarity that my Lord has provided me with". In that int
  15. Wa Alaykum Salaam, I have the feeling that the English phrasing in the passage is accidentally ambiguous and can be unfortunately read in different ways. My understanding would be that it should be read as: That is to say that in 80. - it is stated that it is Makrooh to sit for urinating (and other excretion actions) WHILST facing the wind, or on a road side etc. Not to indicate that the sitting is the issue, but that the context and place of the sitting is significant. My reading of 81. leads me to understand that the issue is with the urinating while standing itsel
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