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Revert1963

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  1. I am sorry if my post offended you, my dear, but unless you are also Guest Zen, then I did not respond to your post. I am not condemning you. We have all done things that we shouldn't do and what you will do is in the end a question between you and Allah. He is the most merciful, the most compassionate. I can understand that you have some problems to deal with. I have a bit of autism too so I can understand. But I believe that the problems we have in our lives is for us to grow, become wiser and stronger. I may have had more freedom in my life not to be bothered so much by the pressure to get married that parents always put on their children, but that doesn't mean that I have had a perfect life. I have been suffering from lag of self esteem and never been so lucky as to have any children. Now I am just a crazy old cat lady. I don't have a perfect husband and I have seen my share of abuse, violence and neglect. Especially at times when I did not insist on clear boundaries. If you do not stand up for your self it is easy for other people to take advantage of you and do thing to you that is most unfortunate. Men does abuse women and sometimes women even abuse men, but don't blame Islam for it. Abusing someone go's against Islam and if you want to insist on clear boundaries you can outline it in your marriage contract. If he violates the marriage contract, the marriage is void. If you don't want any children you can make that a precondition if you want. Maybe you will have difficulty finding a husband, but at least you then have an excuse to tell your parents. As for forced marriages, it also go's against Islam. You can not be married away without your consent. I understand that there might be some social pressure, but that is all about putting up your boundaries. Forced marriages, abuse and social pressure is culture. Not religion. If your parents or husband are using religious arguments, then study the religion and find your arguments against theirs. You have your rights according to the religion and your husband and parents are obliged to respect that. If you have an abortion in secret and someone finds out about it, then it just becomes more difficult for your to find religious arguments to benefit your situation.
  2. For me it is the other way around. For most of my life I have be pro-choice as they say in America. I live in a European country similar to yours where abortion is legal and is seldom questioned and if any body do they are branded as backwards, ignorant or bigoted. So even though I from a very early age understood that abortion is actually killing a human being, I accepted it as one of these cases where society allows for the taking of an other persons life. I know that some pro-choice'rs claim that a little blood clot is not a human being, but they are really just kidding them selves to avoid the bad conscience. If that little blood clot had been allowed to live it would have become a human being. And from a religious perspective God has a purpose with every human being that is born in this world. What changed my mind is that I started to take religion more seriously. I understood that the killing of an innocent is a sin. I don't think that you can find any religion that allows for murder of an innocent. It is different with self defense, Which is an other case where society allows for the taking of an other persons life. That does not involve an innocent person and is to avoid a greater harm. However an unborn fetus is the most Innocent there is. Even if it is begotten by rape or incest. In these cases the child is not to blame. If you want to make an argument against Islam in this case you can call out the hypocrisy of some Muslims that for cultural reasons often put the blame on the child instead of on the rapist. Not against the Marja who rightfully makes the point that killing an unborn child is murder. Of cause, coming from Europe my self, I know all the arguments for the pro-choice. That people will just have the abortion anyway and with dirty wire hangers that will make them sick and so on. That is all good and fine, but it still doesn't change that abortion is murder. The most effective remedy against having an unwanted baby is not to have sex outside marriage. That is difficult for the Europeans that has thrown God out the window. My parents was not very religious when i grew up and I pretty much adopted there secular views on abortion, alcohol, premarital sex and so on. I have lived that lifestyle, astagfirullah, and I have been hurt by it. Little by little God made me realize that it was wrong and it is much better not to do these things.
  3. Does Akhbaris even exist anymore? I thought that school was abandoned more that 200 years ago.
  4. When prominent Shia Maraja, like even emam Khomaini has ruled it legal for a transperson to undergo surgery I doubt that they would consider transpeople najis. Homosexuality is an other matter. That is clearly forbidden in the Quran, but I don't even think that homosexuals is considered najis per say. As far as I know, only their acts are najis. LGBTQ is a westerns grab bag term. The type of transperson that emam Khomaini allowed to undergo surgery does not necessarily belong to the LGBTQ crowd.
  5. Do you know that North Mythology has a god called Ali or Vali? However that came about, it is still Shirk to worship Ali as a god. Even though some Alawites is said to do it and I believe that the Bektash Sufi syncretic faith does that too. I think this very well illustrates the process of how people gradually corrupts monotheist religions into polytheism. There is still a lot of recognizable similarities in Norse Mythology though. Judgment day which is called Ragnarok and what many people don't know is that the vikings actually prostrated in prayer. Modern day Neo-Paganism is a different ballgame though. That is more akin to Satanism or even Atheism. I am thinking of having a prayer niche in the corner of my living room that is facing the qibla. I think I would have it in the way it is in the mosque with Persian mosaics. Even if it is just painted on. You can of cause also just have a Quran on a reading stand open to show your favorite Sura. I wouldn't over do it with Ramadan kitsch and stuff though and absolutely no images. I don't even think I would have a cartouche of the Imams(عليه السلام) and the prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Having come from polytheism like your self I am a little wary of inadvertently committing Shirk.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. It it not beyond Muslims to have an alternate agenda. Even those who come across as pious could have that.
  11. 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.
  12. Who would you prefer as a ruler; Gereta Thunberg or John Bolton?
  13. 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
  14. 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.
  15. Ask your self who these Caliphs was? Where they good Muslims? Did they live according to Islamic values? the Umayyads? the Abassids? the Ottomans? Was the Khilafa ever anything apart from an imitation of the Byzantines and the Sassanian royalty? Was the Khilafa ever Islamic? Where in the Quran does it say that the Muslim ummah needs to establish a Khilafa? Is the Khilafa anything but taghut?
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