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Ibn Maymun

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  1. I’ve studied the Jewish Bible in depth, as well as many of the major sources of Jewish tradition. I’ve read through the Gospels and most of the Epistles, as well, but don’t know them in depth.
  2. I like the Study Qur'an and the translation by Ali Quli Qara'I.
  3. @baqar A very fair and good point. However, your question wasn’t “is the Shia community perfect?”. Your question was “isn’t just wanting to grow closer to God enough”? I didn’t offer a detailed critique of their approach. I offered a response to your question and said that only some Sufis took the attitude that I described, while others were exemplary in their conduct. Saying that we should focus on ourselves is true, but it doesn’t actually address the central question of whether wanting to serve God is enough to turn an action into a bonafide way to serve God. Please also note that I
  4. Hi @baqar This is usually the question - if I’m intending to serve God and show Him that I love Him, what’s the harm? Doesn’t that make it okay? I could completely ignore my family. I could quit my job, run out on all of my social obligations, and go to a cabin somewhere and spend my days praying. I’d be abandoning young kids and my wife. Would that be okay if I did it to show God that I loved Him? What if Ibrahim went to sacrifice his son, and then heard the command to stop, but then sacrificed his son anyway because he just wanted to show God how much he loved him? Would
  5. I find this passage particularly helpful in illuminating the understanding of Sufism from a Shia perspective, as well as the relationship between the two schools of thought. https://www.al-islam.org/light-within-me-mutahhari-tabatabai-khomeini/preface-allamah-muhammad-husayn-tabatabai
  6. @Mohamed1993 @Haji 2003 I’m not advancing those arguments. I’m describing a type of uneducated political activist that I’ve interacted with and whose opinion will shift with the political wind. I bring them up to see what kind of education is being done - because conviction is rooted in knowledge - and to get a sense of how deep that conviction runs.
  7. @Mohamed1993 I’m talking about Palestinian supporters who are unable to address the fact that over a million Jews were displaced from Arab countries, the argument that Jordan was the Palestinian state, who look dumbfounded when you talk to them about Amin al-Husseini’s collaboration with Hitler. There are people who claim to support Palestine but who have no comprehension of the Israeli counterargument. I know because at one point in my life I used to argue with such people and would watch them either crumble or revert to getting loud. As I said, this isn’t all or even most support
  8. Hi @salam23, Great question. Doubt is a normal part of the human experience. The problem with it comes when you get lazy or dishonest about your doubt, instead of getting to the root of your questions. If you have theological, legal, or ethical questions, then take those questions as a call to deepen your understanding of religious teachings. Too often we treat religious teachings as something imposed upon us, rather than try to understand their wisdom and truly make them our own. However, a person could be forgiven for doing just that. We live in a time where the hypocrisy of
  9. On the whole, people are lazy about forming their opinions, preferring to let opinion makers package the news for them in easy to consume portions that they can share on Facebook with only a message reading “So Much This“. However, I’ve noticed what you’ve noticed - the pro-Palestine echo chamber seems to be growing. Which isn’t to say that there aren’t many principled supporters of the Palestinian cause, but there are just as many who are fickle and repeat talking points with zero grasp of history. Others are so far down the apocalyptic rabbit hole that they’re never going to go ag
  10. I just read this article: http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/262154/trump-embassy-to-palestine-jerusalem?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+tabletmag+(Tablet+Magazine) There does seem to be much wider support for the Palestinian cause in the USA than in previous decades. Do you think it cuts deep enough that a president would consider an embassy to Palestine, particularly in Jerusalem? Thoughts?
  11. Shalom @Christianlady I couldn’t agree with you more in this statement - no matter what, God’s will is done. But that said, God gives us a great deal of freedom to choose the wrong or the good, to gain wisdom or to act on ignorance. Biblical prophecy is only sometimes absolute - check out Jonah for an example of conditional prophecy - but I’d agree, this one seems to be coming true before our eyes. But will it unfold the way that people seem to imagine it will? I doubt it. This prophecy is particularly nuanced and the people who derive comfort from it may well be completely off-b
  12. Hey, your opinion on Zechariah is your opinion on Zechariah. It might have been written by one author or four authors. I would still read and pay attention to this particular passage about the day when the nations bring war to Jerusalem. It seems to be shaping nutty American foreign policy. And yet, oddly, American and Israeli policy seem ignorant of what it's actually saying.
  13. The death of King Josiah is estimated to be in 609 BCE, well before the beginning of Zechariah’s prophetic career around 520 BCE during the reign of King Darius of Persia. During Zechariah’s mission, Jews were returning to the land of Israel but were not an independent kingdom. The mourning is likened to the mourning of Israel after the defeat and death of King Josiah. The prophecy refers to a time yet to be and works together with later chapters. This section of Zechariah is definitely one of the more interesting prophecies in the Bible. I’d encourage you to read it all if you haven’
  14. I got married for mixed reasons. My wife was a very good friend of mine. I also really found her attractive and so I overlooked several places of incompatibility in our personalities. Honestly, if I had been older and a bit wiser, we probably wouldn’t have gotten married. That said, marrying my wife was the best thing that could have happened to me. Our disagreements provided the catalyst for personal development for both of us. Now we’ve been married for over a decade and I wouldn’t have it any other way.
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