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Revert1963

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  1. I believe that initially all religions are the same, or use to be the same: Sura An-Nahl 16:36 وَلَقَدْ بَعَثْنَا فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ رَّسُولًا أَنِ اعْبُدُوا اللَّهَ وَاجْتَنِبُوا الطَّاغُوتَ ۖ فَمِنْهُم مَّنْ هَدَى اللَّهُ وَمِنْهُم مَّنْ حَقَّتْ عَلَيْهِ الضَّلَالَةُ ۚ فَسِيرُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ فَانظُرُوا كَيْفَ كَانَ عَاقِبَةُ الْمُكَذِّبِينَ "And We have indeed sent a Messenger to every Ummah (community, nation) (saying): "Worship Allah (Alone), and shun the Taghut (all false deities). " Then among them were some whom Allah guided, and among them were some who deserved to be left to stray. So travel through the land and see the end of those who denied (the truth)." So what is special about Islam? Sura Al-Ma'ida 5:45 وَأَنزَلْنَا إِلَيْكَ الْكِتَابَ بِالْحَقِّ مُصَدِّقًا لِّمَا بَيْنَ يَدَيْهِ مِنَ الْكِتَابِ وَمُهَيْمِنًا عَلَيْهِ ۖ فَاحْكُم بَيْنَهُم بِمَا أَنزَلَ اللَّهُ ۖ وَلَا تَتَّبِعْ أَهْوَاءَهُمْ عَمَّا جَاءَكَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ ۚ لِكُلٍّ جَعَلْنَا مِنكُمْ شِرْعَةً وَمِنْهَاجًا ۚ وَلَوْ شَاءَ اللَّهُ لَجَعَلَكُمْ أُمَّةً وَاحِدَةً وَلَٰكِن لِّيَبْلُوَكُمْ فِي مَا آتَاكُمْ ۖ فَاسْتَبِقُوا الْخَيْرَاتِ ۚ إِلَى اللَّهِ مَرْجِعُكُمْ جَمِيعًا فَيُنَبِّئُكُم بِمَا كُنتُمْ فِيهِ تَخْتَلِفُونَ "And unto thee have We revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee. For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ." What will happen to the other religions? Sura Al-Hajj 22:17 إِنَّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَالَّذِينَ هَادُوا وَالصَّابِئِينَ وَالنَّصَارَىٰ وَالْمَجُوسَ وَالَّذِينَ أَشْرَكُوا إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَفْصِلُ بَيْنَهُمْ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ شَهِيدٌ "Verily, those who believe, and those who are Jews, and the Sabians, and the Christians, and the Zoraoastrians, and those who worship others besides Allah; truly, Allah will judge between them on the Day of Resurrection. Verily, Allah is over all things a Witness." So I think that all religions are true to a certain point at which they has all to varying degrees been corrupted. The Quran has been send to confirm what is true in those religions. Of cause the difference is that secularism does not grant the Quran that status, but that dosn't matter. There isn't any compulsion in religion.
  2. I think that what some people might misunderstand is what he wrote about the "Red Shia." The way I understood it is that he is talking about the Shia who is ready to stand up against oppression and injustice and eventually ready for martyrdom. The red is the color of the blood and therefore of martyrs. It does not refer to the color of the communist flag. I think the problem with Marxism is that it builds on materialism just like Capitalism. So the focus of Marxist as well as Capitalists is to compete in piling up material things in this world. The focus, in my understanding of the Quran, should be the afterlife. Of cause you might say that in Islam it is allowed to run your own private business in order to provide for the welfare of your family. However, as far as I understand the Sura 102, when you start competing in piling up, like what Capitalists do you are doing damage to your afterlife. Which of cause is why we should give to charity. Apart from that as far as I know some variants of Marxism and Socialism allow for privately owned businesses to some extend.
  3. In my country Christmas celebration is a strong family tradition so I always attend out of respect for my parents. They would be really sad if I wasn't there. Some converts I know use the hollyday as an oportunity to go to Karbala. I would have liked to go to (even though this year I think it is restricted because of Covid) However i choose to be with my parents for the traditional holyday. Pork and alcohol is not that much of an issue. They don't eat much port anyway and eventually they have accepted that I don't drink alcohol. Even though my parents was maybe not to happy about me becoming Muslim they have accepted it. They have even been to the local mosque with me. My brother was cool about it though. He doesn't eat pork either for animal welfare reasons. He had Muslim friends growing up though some might say that those particular individuals was not the best of company and not the best of Muslims, but that is an other story.
  4. After the French revolution the Calvinist thinker and Counter-Revolutionary reformer, Jacques Mallet du Pan, coined the phrase: "like Saturn, the Revolution devours its children." Of cause referring to the power struggle between the original French revolutionaries. So I was entertaining the idea of comparing the 1979 Islamic revolution of Iran with the 1917 Bolshevik revolution of Russia If we compare Vladimir Ilyich Lenin to Imam Khomaini as the leader and founder of the revolution then we could compare Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin to Sayyid Ali Hosseini Khamenei as the successor. Would it then be unreasonable to then compare Grand Ayatollah Sayed Mohammad Shirazi as the Leon Trotsky of the Islamic Revolution? At least in the sense that he had fallen from grace and has been the instigator of an alternative Islamic movement in the Shiite diaspora like Trotskism with the communist movement? Of cause I am not trying to equate Islam with communism nor the personal traits of the individuals in the pictures, (that would be a totally separate debate), only the social mechanisms at play in the two different revolutionary situations.
  5. It it not beyond Muslims to have an alternate agenda. Even those who come across as pious could have that.
  6. There is never just 2 options. Neither. In many electoral systems it is not uncommon to choose the least unfavorable candidate out of two choices.
  7. Who would you prefer as a ruler; Gereta Thunberg or John Bolton?
  8. Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has called on Afghanistan’s authorities to punish the perpetrators behind the Friday terrorist attack targeting worshippers at a packed Shia mosque in the northern Afghan city of Kunduz. https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/10/09/668184/Leader-urges-Afghan-officials-to-punish-Friday-attack-perpetrators Iran’s President Ebrahim Raeisi has voiced concerns about the persistence of terrorist acts in neighboring Afghanistan, saying it is no secret that the growth of the Daesh terrorist group, which claimed responsibility for the latest terrorist act in Afghanistan, was a US job. https://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2021/10/09/668171/Iran-s-president--US-backed,-planned-Daesh-growth-in-Afghanistan
  9. The western society is inherently corrupt, but there was always corruption. Even in Islamic history. Think about Caliphs such ad Harun Al Rashid or Mammoon or Yazid for that matter. What kind of life did they live? However I think there is a tendency, especially among conservative Muslim to focus on the carnal sins (zina) and ignore economic sins. While many Muslim parents would condemn their children for being gay where as they would love them to be venture capitalists. Both is giving in to worldly desire. Thinking that one is worse that the other is hypocrisy.
  10. In any case it would be a stupid thing to do, trading the afterlife for material gains in this world.
  11. I have no trouble believing that the Taleban is fully capable of committing massacres and other atrocities, however the Amnesty International does not have a very good track record. Their trustworthiness was not particular high during the Syrian conflict. My own experience with them is that they don't fact-check information given to them when the information suits their agenda. So I was wondering; do we have more trustworthy sources reporting this?
  12. I am trying to explain to you why Imam Khomaini issued the fatwa that allowed for a person to undergo surgery to unveil their true gender. I am mainly relying on information that can be found in this article: احکام و آثار تغییر جنسیت از دیدگاه امام خمینی Unfortunately it is behind a pay wall, but you can read the first part of the article if you register for free. My premise is that Imam Khomaini did not do this in order to make homosexuals "normal" by changing their gender, like it is thought in the west. Nor did Imam Khomaini do this in order to promote the LGBTQ+agenda like some Sunni extremists would claim. Imam Khomaini did not think that such a procedure has any jurisprudential problems in Islamic law. In other words he could not find any basis for ruling that surgery to unveil a persons true gender is a sin. I think that according to Islam, Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is able to create what ever he wants. Therefore I think that Imam Khomaini considered it quite possible that Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has created persons with the genitals of one gender and the brain of an other. Exactly parallel with intersex people / Hermaphrodites. I think that what blocks you from understanding Imam Khomaini's view is that you view this condition in the light of the western LGBTQ+ concept. However when Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) creates challenges for people it is not always about abstaining from sin. Creating a person with ambiguous genital or a person with just one arm or with no legs certainly is challenging for these people, but prohibiting them from remedy their physical condition is not a part of the challenge. In Imam Khomaini's view it is the same way with persons who's genitals does not match their brain.
  13. This is not difficult to prove. Just pick up a Quran and read. It is clearly spoken to men, where as when it speaks of women it says something like "tell your women..." one example is the one below: I am not even talking about the difference in judgement in the two verses, that could be debated, but the Quran is here talking to the men and about the women as if the women is not present and the ones who has to act upon this is the men. However this is not unique for the Quran. The Bible and religious texts from other religions does the same thing. So the Quran is not worse that other scriptures in this regard. As Muslims we must believe that the Quran is preserved in (or at least very close to) its original form, but Islam is more than the Quran. The hadith is also a part of the religion of Islam and so is the various Madhabs, Sufi Orders, Schools of Aqidah, sects and the whole social construction of the Muslim Ummah. I think it is pretty clear to most that not all hadith are sahih and a lot of them are fabrication. Furthermore Muslim scholars does not agree among them selves and have an opinion different from God. Even though God send the Quran to correct the corruption in other religions, according to the Quran, he did also send his message to the other religions before they went astray. So all religion has gone astray to some degree even though Islam had preserved his message in the Quran. I think that we just agreed that the Quran is the preserved message of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). In the Quran he writes the following: Even though the meaning of the word misogyny can be debated, this verse is clearly not in line with modern emancipation. No I do not say that feminists are infallible and there are a lot of feminist I do not agree with. I believe in God to the degree that I am certain about his existence and I am aware that I am nothing without him. That is why his opinion matters a lot to me. I feel though that he ought to be fair. Otherwise he would just be a tyrant. That is why I am in a constant debate with him about such verses as Sura An-Nisa 4:34
  14. "Assisted suicide" is the taking of an other persons life. This is clearly prohibited in the Quran. The same could not be said about an operation to unveil a persons gender. Would you consider it impossible for God to create a person with female genitals and a male brain? Even though there is a big overlap I think most people would agree that there is differences between men and women. Also in the way we think. There are even reports that differences in male and female thought patterns has shown up on brain scans. This would suggest that person with, say, female genitals and a male brain is not "normal biology." I think that Imam Khomaini was aware that he could not rule out the existence of such a condition and there for he could not automatically assume that the person that sought his permission undergo surgery was delusional. I therefore find it unlikely that Imam Khomaini had any ulterior motives, neither to promote the LGBTQ+agenda nor to make homosexuals "normal" by changing their gender.
  15. Well we never know, do we? I think that a lot of Muslim men would like him to be (or think he is). At least according to the definition of misogyny by some contemporary feminists.
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