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Shahrukh K

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    Shahrukh K reacted to khamosh21 in Atheists, I want to know why you believe in what you believe in.   
    alright... i haven't been able to stop thinking about this guy's analysis...  barely was able to sleep... so help me understand this... there is SOMETHING there that we are able to perceive... our mind interprets that something as different objects, or in other words our mind assigns meaning to that something like we assign meaning to China?...
    however he also says and i think you said our mind constructs reality, if we are not looking at something it stops existing... however there has to be something there for our mind to interpret it, has to have been there from before.
    also what is "consciousness" how is it defined... 
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from eThErEaL in The Problems with Satan and God’s Misguidance   
    Satan is just another name for Allah’s power of manifestation, His power of form-projection. It is Allah’s Power of manifestation, which remains eternally with Him, whether there is a manifestation or not; and it is also the actual world of forms which results from that power.
    In reality you were never born and never shall die. But now you imagine that you are, or have a body and you ask what has brought about this state.
    Why this suffering ?
    Why this test ?
    Why Allah created me ?
    Within the limits of illusion the answer is: satan (desire) attracts you to a body and makes you think as one with it. But this is true only from the relative point of view. In fact, there is no body, nor a world to contain it; there is only a mental condition, a dream-like state, easy to dispel by questioning its reality.
    The whole world is under the delusion of Satan; for this Satan of Allah is very difficult to penetrate. Only those who take refuge in Allah go beyond it. 
    Why Allah let satan do it ?
    That is another discussion. 
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    Shahrukh K reacted to Mohannad_Haydar_Matar in The best shia translation of the quran into english.   
    Salam, excuse my ignorance but what is the difference between Sunni and Shia Quran translation?
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    Shahrukh K reacted to Syed Ali Mehdi Shah Naqvi in Is it possible to marry a sunni?   
    If they know about the right of Ali (عليه السلام), and still support their enemies, then its haram for both shia man / woman to marry any sunni.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to Nightclaw in Is seal Halal?   
    They [pinnipeds] are carnivores with the same digestive system as walruses and other semi-predatory animals. However, they are not inherently prohibited due to the fact that they do not follow the category of animals that are forbidden and they do not necessarily cause harm upon consumption. They actually provide a list of proteins and nutrition - but the taste may differ from person to person.
    With this, I will say I am no person to give a fatwa. However, judging based off of the prohibitions and permissibility Allah and His Messenger has set forth, I would be inclined to say that they are allowed - providing they do not do any harm to the body and are slaughtered in the permissible way.
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from shia farm girl in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    Exactly,
    As a shadow appears when light is intercepted by the body, so does the person arise when pure self-awareness is obstructed by the 'I-am-the-body' idea. And as the shadow changes shape and position according to the lay of the land, so does the person appear to rejoice and suffer, rest and toil, find and lose according to the pattern of destiny. When the body is no more, the person disappears completely without return, only the witness remains and the Great Unknown. 
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from shia farm girl in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    Oh yes the state we are in is unnatural.
    Everybody is born with his own desires and fears. 
    The story where Adam (mankind : me, you everyone) went near the cursed tree (desires) and ate from it (fruit of the tree: fear) soon afterwards he started to identify himself with his body.
    Spiritual journey means that i have to go back to my natural state where i do not associate myself with a body. What is my natural state ? In my original state i am desireless and fearless.
    Whatever is the desire even homosexuality by itself is not right or wrong. It is nothing but striving for happiness. Having identified yourself with a speck of a body you feel lost and search desperately for the sense of fullness and completeness you call happiness. Remove the speck and your eyes will be flooded with light. The light is there -- waiting. The eyes are there -- ready. The darkness you see is but the shadow of the tiny speck. Get rid of it and come back to your natural state.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in 12ver Shiaism | A Minor Sect?   
    Hey Zainuu,
    So you have to be politically active as a Muslim?  So, is it a sin not to vote?  Is it a sin if you don’t aspire to be a political reformist?  
    this is precisely the corruption of Shia Islam, namely the politicization of Shiaism.  Converting Shia Islam into a political movement.  
     
    No one is saying that there is no such thing as a political dimension to Islam.  No one is saying that.  But it is quite a different thing to maintain that Islam is political.  Understand the difference?  
    islam is not political, but politics does have a role to play in Islam.  
     
     
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from Justsomeone in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    Exactly,
    As a shadow appears when light is intercepted by the body, so does the person arise when pure self-awareness is obstructed by the 'I-am-the-body' idea. And as the shadow changes shape and position according to the lay of the land, so does the person appear to rejoice and suffer, rest and toil, find and lose according to the pattern of destiny. When the body is no more, the person disappears completely without return, only the witness remains and the Great Unknown. 
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in No belief in duas   
    If you have an issue, just surrender that issue to God.  This is what prayer is.  
    Resign ALL of your affairs to God.  Don’t expect things to go the way you wish them to go.  A pre-condition to praying to God and asking from Him is to firstly be humble by being a poor servant and by recognizing your need.  You cannot do this by having expectations. You have to first of all surrender and resign your affairs (all of it) to God.  Recognize that you are not in control and that He alone is in control.  
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from Justsomeone in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    Oh yes the state we are in is unnatural.
    Everybody is born with his own desires and fears. 
    The story where Adam (mankind : me, you everyone) went near the cursed tree (desires) and ate from it (fruit of the tree: fear) soon afterwards he started to identify himself with his body.
    Spiritual journey means that i have to go back to my natural state where i do not associate myself with a body. What is my natural state ? In my original state i am desireless and fearless.
    Whatever is the desire even homosexuality by itself is not right or wrong. It is nothing but striving for happiness. Having identified yourself with a speck of a body you feel lost and search desperately for the sense of fullness and completeness you call happiness. Remove the speck and your eyes will be flooded with light. The light is there -- waiting. The eyes are there -- ready. The darkness you see is but the shadow of the tiny speck. Get rid of it and come back to your natural state.
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from Randle McMurphy in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    You do not have the free will to become what you are it is the will of God. Being a homosexual is just a sign that you are far far away from the truth and reality. The homosexuality is only a desire belong to this body, real You is faultless sinless desireless and fearless.
    The purpose of life is to know your real self but you stick to the idea that you are nothing but the body.
    When you witness that your desire of homosexuality start to fade away, that will be the sign of start of self realization.
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from shia farm girl in Why is being homosexual a sin in Islam?   
    You do not have the free will to become what you are it is the will of God. Being a homosexual is just a sign that you are far far away from the truth and reality. The homosexuality is only a desire belong to this body, real You is faultless sinless desireless and fearless.
    The purpose of life is to know your real self but you stick to the idea that you are nothing but the body.
    When you witness that your desire of homosexuality start to fade away, that will be the sign of start of self realization.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to khamosh21 in Justice of Allah when it comes to free will   
    Will drop this discussion as it is derailing the thread... but i have a number of issues, may discuss some other time
    Imagine a game of billiards/pool. Now imagine God is playing this game, and He does play the game within the limitations of the table, stick, and the rules... as this is God, it also means He knows all the infinite possibilities on how to play a slow, or fast, perfect or imperfect game, and every combination there ever can be.
    Can God sink all the balls in one hit? Yes.
    Can God all the balls into one hole? Yes.
    Can God play a turn by turn game? Yes if He wishes.
    Can God play a game where only half the balls go in and others remain on the table? Yes.
    Easy to understand so far I hope. This is where it gets interesting...
    For every decision God takes, they end up predetermining the position of all the balls. For example God decides He will break the balls slowly, He knows exactly where the remaining balls will land, and so forth. Or he hits them hard, knowing all the infinite combinations of the game.
    Now apply this to human beings. God started the universe and knew exactly what will happen from the initial shot... His every decision impacted our free will. E.g. His decision on who to choose as Prophets, when to send them. Who the Prophets married. Letting satan live to misguide us. Who to keep alive and when to let someone die. which animals to make. and every decison He takes which includes everything. Yes we have free will, but whatever decisions God takes, it impacts the game.
    So question is, what is God's end game? did He figure out a way to maximize the final output of goodness? what percentage of humanity attains what He wants? how many humans fall to hell and how many to heaven... this was predetermined from the first shot God took. you get to choose within a very limited scope, and free will is a function of knowledge + predetermined factors in your life.
     
     
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    Shahrukh K reacted to khamosh21 in Justice of Allah when it comes to free will   
    Allah can change our fate... but does it make sense?
    For example, imagine your fate is to die tomorrow.
    You pay charity, and Allah changes your death date.
    Option A - Allah didn't know you will pay the charity when He initially wrote the your death for tomorrow - this option is not possible.
    Option B - He already knew that you would pay charity, and He knew He would change the initial date He wrote - so what was the point of writing the the initial date if He already knew He would change your fate?
     
    Let me add this to the billiards analogy. Imagine you are playing this game of billiards with God. Whatever moves God makes, He knows your move already. Even though He doesn't directly influence how you will hit the ball, that is left to you - but with every move God makes, He knows exactly how you will respond - so indirectly He knows the outcome of the game and how every move of His effects you and your free will and your choices.
    This analogy can also be applied to for example nations that were destroyed by God. What was the point of creating them if they really had no chance of surviving, as God already knew the nation would eventually be destroyed. You might argue that some people gained salvation, whereas others choose to deny the truth. So it was worth it for those that were saved?
    continuation of above after this reply...
    So again the question than becomes what is God's endgame... and let me rephrase this for you in more theological terms - what is the purpose of Creation and why did God create us. I know the answers, but they don't make sense to me in the overall picture of creation. The answer typically given is to create something that has the infinite potential to know God and attain His Mercy. Amazing considering how many people will suffer extreme forms of torture for eternity. It is like the billiards game, if hell is the left side of the table, and heaven the right, than God's initial shot and every decision effects which side of the table each ball will go to.
    I don't demand to see God, as He can't be seen... I ask to see things which have the potential to be seen such as the effects of sins and worship, angels, heaven, hell, etc etc. Isn't it strange that the retribution for asking beyond intellectual proofs, beyond the words of the Prophets seemingly imaginary concepts, the retribution is punishment? what kind of Mercy is this and what type of test is this?
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in What Is The Self?   
    READ: "SUFI PATH OF KNOWLEDGE" BY WILLIAM CHITTICK.
    YOU WILL LOVE IT!
    ILL GIVE YOU A SAMPLE OF WHAT HE WRITES:
    ""We ourselves are included among the things of the universe. So "How can I find God?" also means: How can I remove those veils that prevent me from me from being God in that respect where the "He" must be affirmed. "Finding", it needs to be repeated is never just epistemological. It is fundamentally ontological. Being precedes knowledge in God as in the world; nothing knows until it firsts exists. And as the oft-quoted Sufi saying maintains, "None knows God but God." Both knowledge and being are finding." (p 4)"
    So if you continue reading from this book, your questions will start melting away. God willing.
    Peace be with you
    MK
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in What Is The Self?   
    Ask yourself who you are. what is the "I"? is this "I" the sum of all your mental acts? in other words are you merely the sum of all your mental acts? no. there is something that unifies all your mental acts and connects them. there is something that gives you your identity. you are not many things. you are just one thing. what is this one thing? can it be your mental acts (which is more than one)? No. so there is something which is more basic than all your mental acts which underlies them and unifies them. in fact, whatever this one thing is, it is the condition of possibility for you undergoing mental acts. this one unifying thing is what I would call my spirit (or God?).
    I am just confused about what the relation of the spirit is to God. This is the way i see it.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in What Is The Self?   
    yeah, great stuff you all shared.
    we are microcosms. as was just mentioned, we have a ruh and a body. and in between our ruh (spirit) and our body is the soul (nafs). our soul is in flux and is not static. dependning on our actions, the soul either becomes more body like or becomes more spirit like. our goal is to recognize that we are not merely bodily beings. our goal is to create a distinction between our ruh and our body by realizing we do have a ruh which is special nature. which is luminous and angelic. God says: "have not the disbelievers beheld that the heavens and the earth were all bound up, and then We tore them apart-and from water fashioned every living thing" (Quran). the erath is our body and the heavens is our spirit. we need to tear apart our spirit from our body (with God's help of course, hence the "We tore them apart"). by creating the distinction then the soul or nafs grows by recieving water (ingredients for existence and being alive) from God. by recieving water then only we become alive, living.
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    Shahrukh K got a reaction from eThErEaL in Justice of Allah when it comes to free will   
    Everything happens by itself, quite spontaneously. But man imagines that he works for an incentive, towards a goal. He has always a reward in mind and strives for it.
    The only free will you have is to undertake self-enquiry. Free will and destiny exist only as long as the idea ‘I am the body’ is there.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in Justice of Allah when it comes to free will   
    Actually, we are not free.  We are enslaved and robotic creatures (like animals, in a way).  We think or imagine we are free, but it is VERY easy to figure out we are not free.  The reason is because all of us can easily acknowledge that we are not free in our dreams (it s easy to acknowledge we are not free in our dreams because we do silly unimaginable things that when we wake up, we tell ourselves, phew.. that is definitely not me, and that was not something I would not normally do right???).  So we conclude that we are not free in our dreams. But why are we free in our waking state?  I mean, it feels the same!  Even while you are dreaming you think you are free.  How do you know you are free right now.  Well, actually we are not free.  This is why you don't control your thoughts.   For example:  Try not to think of a chicken.  you see, you just thought of a chicken because you don't control your thoughts. 
    So, we are not free but we need to realize who really is free.  and that is God alone.  Only God is Free.  our freedom lies in the recognition that He alone is free.  And God so happens to be the only real Self there is! 
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in Atheists, I want to know why you believe in what you believe in.   
    exactly!   Look at al the concepts in our mind about what China is and how almost nothing of it  resembles what we see from the sky.  Exactly. The mind believes in all sorts  of things and China is just one small tiny example.  We do that with what we mean by “self”, “other than self”, “my body”, “my place”, “your place”  we do this with EVeRYTHING.  
     
    yes.
     
    even the notion of “life” is itself constructed by our mind.  The notion of “death” is constructed by the mind. The notion of “genes” and health” etc etc
    So if if everything is just a mental concept (or can be boiled down to mental concepts), what exactly is REAL!!  Is reality just a mental concept?  
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in Atheists, I want to know why you believe in what you believe in.   
    A mind (or mind stuff, like mental thoughts, sensing, and feeing) exists only within consciousness or awareness of it.  So, minds (mind-stuff) depends on consciousness.  Consciousness is not limited to any particular mind or to minds.  When you are in deep sleep, there literally is NO MIND.  But there is consciousness and the proof of there being consciousness in deep sleep is simply because there is certainty of there being no mind (there is certainty of deep sleep occurring)!  A certainty is awareness!  So, either there is consciousness of mind or there is consciousness of no-mind.  In both cases there is still consciousness.  Consciousness is eternal and boundless.  It is another name for reality or Being as such.      
    And God is consciousness / awareness!
    But again, I don't believe in a world independent of minds.  It is a useless belief.
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in Atheists, I want to know why you believe in what you believe in.   
    I don’t believe in cracks.  
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    Shahrukh K reacted to Mohamad Abdel-Hamid in Justice of Allah when it comes to free will   
    Salam,
    Hello everyone, there's a question that I've been thinking of for a while. If Allah gave us free will, and he never forces us to do something, then why will we be punished if we don't follow his commands? I feel like Allah created us and told us: you're free to do whatever you want, but if you don't do what I command you to do, then I'll punish you. Why then give us free will in the first place? 
    Now I truly believe with all my heart that noone is more just, wise and kind than Allah, so maybe I misunderstood the concept of free will? 
    I seek repentance in Allah if I insulted him in any way, as it was not my intention. Thank you for reading, if someone could enlighten me please about this topic?
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    Shahrukh K reacted to eThErEaL in Would You Forgive your Son’s Murderer?   
    Is Shiism a Religion of Forgiveness?
    Doesn’t seem like it.
    These are Sunnis who understand about forgiveness.  Do Shias do this?  It seems like Shias are all about seeking revenge, justice.  
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