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  1. What!!! So you really like when the United States invade and bomb other countries and leave them in total chaos the way they did in Somalia, Iraq, Afghanistan, Libya, Yemen and Syria? What is the next country you would like them to invade? Iran? China? Russia? Saddam was definitely not the best of Gods creatures, but why did 1 million Iraqis have to die to get rid of him? Why did they have to bomb Faluja with depleted uranium and white phosphorus? Why did they have to stir up sectarian tension and pave the way for Daesh? Why did they have to assassinate Mohandes and Solemani? Why are thy now attacking the Hashd al-Shaabi?
  2. I find it saddening that this question always end up being discussed from the two opposing viewpoints. Either the liberal "do as you like" or the conservative prejudice. Only a very few such as Mariam17 has actually been arguing from the Quran. I think this is sad because I think the Islam is in need of a ballanced discussion of these things that go beyond both the liberal "do as you like" and the conservative prejudice. In the west the LGBTQ+ is an umbrella term that lumps homosexuality, transgender and gender activism into one grab bag category. This may give the false impression that it is all the same. However the Quran only mentions homosexuallity. This may be why Ali Khamenei and Imam Khomaini in their fatwas on this subject allows for gender change in certain individuals. As far as I have read these scholars of fiqr is trained all through their hawsa studies not to let their own opinion or prejudice influence their rulings, but only what the Quran and verified authentic hadiths tell them. Homosexuality is really not a big issue in the Quran. It is mentioned in two cases. One is (mulitble mentions) in connection with the people of the prophet Lut and one is about chastisement of indicensy in Sura Al-Nisa 4:15-16 Every time the story of the People of Lut is mentioned it is in a compilation of examples where God in the past has destroyed people who rejected a prophet and the message he delivered. These compilations that is repeated several timers in the Quran relates to the Prophet Muhammeds(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) own problems with the Qureysh in Mecca rejecting him and the message he brought to them. So the foremost purpose in telling the story of Lut in the Quran is to tell the Qureysh that Allah may flatten their city if they reject the prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Now could the story of the People of Lut tell us something about Gods opinion on homosexuality? Yes it might, but it is only secondary to the purpose of why it is in the Quran in the first place. The Story of the People of Lut is not a fiqr ruling. That is something that has been deduced by scholars later. So what was the message of Lut to the people of his city? In Sura Al-A'raf 7:81 "Indeed you come to men with desire instead of women! Indeed, you are a profligate lot." He is clearly accusing them of having same sex intercourse. Furthermore he designates them as "مُّسْرِفُونَ" a word that has been translated as "exessive," "profligate" or "libertine" To day we might even say "sex-positive." and what do they respond to Lut and his family? Sura Al-A'raf 7:82 "Expel them from our town! They are indeed a puritanical lot." (or people who purify them selves) Sura An-Naml 27:55-56 is along the same lines. In Sura An-Naml 27:54 it says: "[We also sent] Lot, when he said to his people, ‘What! Do you commit this indecency while you look on?" This is clearly done in public. In sura Al-Ankabut 29:29 he says "What! Do you come to men, and cut off the way, and commit outrages in your gatherings?" Here he is once again accusing them of having same sex intercourse but further more doing it in gatherings, clearly more than two people. So not only was it done in public, they also did it in groups. But then they they answer "Bring down us Allah’s punishment, if you are truthful." This means that they are daring him to show the power of Allah something the Quraysh also scorn Muhammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) with. In other words they completely disregard Allah and do not believe in his punishment. This is also what sura Al-Qamar 54:33 says: "And the people of Lot denied the warnings." and in 54:36 "He had already warned them of Our punishment, but they disputed the warnings." So I think we can assume from this that the message that Lut tried to deliver was that same sex intercourse is wrong. Doing it in public and with several partners is even worse. However the reason why God destroyed the town was because of their arrogance, their disregard for a pious prophet and their unbelief in Allahs punishment. So what does the Quran say about chastisement? According to Sura Al-Nisa 4:15-16 The obligatory 4 credible witnesses should be presented. And if those guilty of indecent acts / homosexual acts repent they should be left alone, because Allah is all-clement, all-merciful. (At least the first time they are caught.) Again the question is how do you get 4 credible witnesses to an act that takes place between two people in the confines of their own bedroom? Either it is because the indecent acts is done in public for more than 4 people to see or these 4 people have some explaining to do as to why or how they ended up in the closet in somebody else's bedroom where they could see what was going on. A situation that most likely will render them not credible. There may be a lot in this to criticizes the modern LGBTQ+ culture in the west, but in essence what should be criticized it the sexualisation of public spaces. People having sex in public "cruising areas." Drag queens reading stories for children. Queer activists attempt to abolish gender. The sexual display of Pride Parades and so on. However what people do in the confine of their own bedrooms is between them and God. How people chose to self identify is their own business. If people who self identify as something with in the LGBTQ+ framework then ask your self if they are arrogance, disregard pious prophets or display unbelief in Allahs punishment. If they are doing that you can chose to turn away from them like Lut did, but if they are not arrogant and show love for God and the prophets why should you then turn away from them? Prejudice should not have a place in Islam. Sura Al-Hujurat 49:12 "O you who have faith! Avoid much suspicion; indeed some suspicions are sins. And do not spy on one another or backbite. Will any of you love to eat the flesh of his dead brother? You would hate it. Be wary of Allah; indeed Allah is all-clement, all-merciful." Imam Jafar Al Sadiq said: "If you see something you don’t like in a brother, try to find 1-70 excuses for him. And if you can’t find an excuse, say 'There might be an excuse, but I don’t know it.'" So homosexual inclinations may be a test and an ordeal for the homosexual, but think about that maybe the existence of LGBTQ+ people may be the way Allah is testing your prejudice.
  3. What I was thinking about is that there is this narrative that Hijab is backwards, conservative and oppressive to women, but does it have to bee that way? In my country in Europe in the 70's, believe it or not, wearing a headscarf was a sign of women's liberation. Often associated with particular colors such as purple or a tie and dye pattern. It went out of fashion by the 1980's though, but it show that these connotations can change over time. Whether you see the Hijab as "progressive or modern" is a question of how you define those words. One could argue that protecting one self from sexual objectification is progressive and that standing up for justice and against oppression and Islamophobia is progressive.
  4. As a layperson I would not know why sheiks priorities like they do and it may even be different from the mosque you go to and the one I go to, but as I see it these tree event in the beginning of Islam is essential in the way that Islam turned out. Maybe I will make some Sunnis angry by saying this, but these events has created two tracks in Islamic history. One track is that of worldly power which is the Khalifa and one track of the preservation of the deen. Through the centuries where the Caliphs has been obsessed with the worldly power, the Imams of the Ahl ul Bayt has meticulously preserved the Sunnah of the prophet. Where would the Sunni madhabs be if it was not for imam Jafar al Sadiq? Karbala, Fadak and Ghadir Khumm is about injustice done to the true believers by the worldly power. In this way it embodies the Quranic message and exemplify sin against virtue and those who put false gods in place of Allah against those who act with justice. Maybe the Khalifa had a purpose in its time by spreading Islam, but there has only been one caliph who ruled with justice, Amir al Mu'mineen, Imam Ali ibn abi Talib (عليه السلام) And there will only be one in the future that will rule with justice, the Imam Mahdi(عليه السلام), but that will not be until the end of time. This is because worldly power will corrupt. So to me it makes completely sense. This of cause doesn't mean that we shouldn't focus on Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). As a matter of fact I don't see it as separate. Allah is of cause much bigger than the Ahl ul Bayt, much bigger that Islam and much bigger that religion because he is limitless. However the events of Karbala, Fadak and Ghadir Khumm is an essential part of his divine plan and he is the best planner. Well anyway that is just my 5 laypersons cents on the matter.
  5. I think his lecture on Youtube is free. Even though some of them is quite lengthy I often enjoy listening to them. But I know he is controversial to some. Maybe a little to "good looking" or "glamour boy" -ish for some peoples taste. I think that Islamic Pulse which I also enjoy listening to had some beef about him at some point. But so what? If you get something positive from a lecture take what is positive and leave the rest. I will definitely prefer Nakshawani to any of the Sunni equivalents like Ali Dawah or Mufti Menk.
  6. Does that mean that hijab couldn't be "progressive or modern?" I think it depends on how you arrange it, what colors or motives it has on it. To day maybe, but in previous times it has been the culture on all continents. Yes also in other religions than Islam, but for the same reasons. Many non-practicing Muslims wear hijab for different reasons like culture, fashion, fitting in, belonging to a group. There are also practicing Muslims who doesn't wear it because in their interpretation of the Quranic verses regarding hijab it is not Wajib. Only Mustahab or even just Mubah. It is a matter of debate because the Quran doesn't directly tell women to cover the hair. Only indirectly. Then it becomes a question of what your marja or some other scholar says.
  7. The reason why men is allowed to have 4 wives is because their brain is often located in the endowment they have between their legs.
  8. In many western countries It can be a problem finding a job as a hijabi. I have a friend who just started her own business. She use to wear hijab but took it of in order to get more costumers. I think some entrepreneur consultant advised her to do that. It is like there is a pressure on Muslims not to take religion seriously.
  9. If it is a spectrum between being secular and being Salafi, the big question is at what point do you find the middle of the road? I think it would be easier if there was just one issue, but with my self I know that with some issues I am closer to the Salafi and with some issues I am closer to the secular.
  10. God has no form and plus you’re blaspheming God by saying that. The true God "behind the masque" is limitless and beyond comprehension. That is what I believe anyway. He is though also able to do what ever he wants. I certainly do not mean to blaspheme against God. I say astagfirullah if I have ever done so. A number of years ago Jesus came to my dreams, but he is definitely separate from God. This ended after God gave me a vision where he showed me that there is no other true god but him and that he is the only one capable of bringing salvation. I do not claim to have prophetic revelations.(astagfirullah) When God speaks to me it is only because he wants to guide me out of my ignorance or to warn me of my inattentiveness.
  11. I think the Wahabis believe that God has arms and legs for some reason. I believe that he might show him self like that to people. He sometimes show him self to me in dreams like that, but I understand that it is just a "masque" for the courtesy of my limited understanding. The true God "behind the masque" is limitless and beyond comprehension. That is what I believe anyway.
  12. I was wondering if there is a list of Hadiths that is agreed upon by both Shia and Sunni scholars? I am thinking about what would constitute the lowest common denominator between Sunni and Shia. It would be nice in a debate to establish a basis where both Sunnis and Shias could say that this is what we agree upon and take the discussion from there.
  13. What is the "broad Abrahamic meaning?" Hell in Islam and Christianity is pretty similar and it has a lot of similarity to hell in Buddhism, Hinduism and Zoroastrianism, but there is no Hell in Judaism. Liars, murderers and adulterers go to hell in most religions including Islam, providing they do not repent. The only real difference is shirk. At least in Buddhism and Hinduism, but even that is debatable.
  14. This is such a twisted subject. May Allah guide her to the right path.
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