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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?
  16. In any case it would be a stupid thing to do, trading the afterlife for material gains in this world.
  17. 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?
  18. 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.
  19. 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
  20. "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.
  21. 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.
  22. I wouldn't put it like that. What I am trying to do is to state the fact that all the religious texts are written in a patriarchal language. I use to belong to a polytheist religion and we had the same problems there with sayings ascribed to God. It is a challenge for the believer if God is found to condone oppressive power structures. Be it patriarchal or otherwise. I don't think that God does this. Especially because Islam emphasizes submitting to Allah only and not to any taghut. This is the core of tawheed. However Allah is not equal to his religion. Allah is perfect where as religion is corrupted to varying degree. That is why I think we have to ask our selves all the time what is from Allah and what is from corruption. And if something is from Allah but still seams unfair we have to search for an explanation. Like for instance what you mentioned your self that apparent unfairness may reflect the differences between the genders or difference in society. But I think that these are questions that we all have to reflect on.
  23. The grade of that hatith is Dhaeef. It is a weak hadith
  24. All religions are sexist. (Maybe except modern religions such as Wicca that are designed especially to be feminist). Even non-Abrahamic religions are sexist. All the religious texts I can think of are written in a patriarchal language. The question is if this reflect that the tradition of these religions is written by men and therefore represents a "male discourse" or is it because God is inherently sexist? All religions has been subject to corruption. Even in Islam there is no way of denying that hadiths has been fabricated in the same way that the texts of other religions has been corrupted. In other words is the sexism in Islam and other religions a consequence of the corruption or is it the will of Allah? As Muslims we must believe that the Quran is the unaltered word of God. Unfortunately there are passages in the Quran that is less favorable for women, So does that mean that Allah is at least a little bit misogynistic? Maybe but the Quran is not even close to the misogyny of certain hadith in both the Sunni and Shia tradition. So are these hadiths fabricated?
  25. I am well aware that religious texts will sometimes be bast understood when we take them allegorically, but you still claim that God has fathered children through a woman. Whether he had sex or it was artificial insemination is really beside the point. You still claim a physical family relationship. If I am not mistaken there is a hadith (I don't remember the reference) where The prophet Mohammed(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is accused of worshiping a "Muslim trinity" - the three gods called Allah, Al Rahman and Al Raheem. This is an amusing hadith because all Muslims know that this is not thee gods, but the name of God; Allah and two qualities of God; Al Rahman and Al Raheem - The Most Gracious and The Most Merciful. When we look at the Hindu trinity; Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva it should be easy to see from an Islamic point of view that this is similar to the above mentioned hadith of the "Muslim trinity" because all three names are qualities of God. Brahma is the Creator that correspond to Allahs name al-Khaliq in Arabic, Vishnu is the Sustainer - Ar-Razzaaq in Arabic and Shiva is the Vanquisher - al-Qahhar in Arabic. Even if you talk to some Hindus they will say that God is one and that the Hindu trinity are avatars of the one God. Some Hindus will fight over whether Brahma, Vishnu or Shiva are the real God and who of the two others are the Avatars. The main division in Hinduism is over this question. The Christian trinity on the other hand messes it up even further. Not only do you separate Gods name from the two qualities of God; his word and his spirit, You also throw a human being into the equation claiming that "God came down from heaven to be born as a human being." Let be that you limit God by suggesting that he "came" from one place to an other. The claim that God took a human form is similar to the Hindu God Ram, who might have been a real person and a prophet like Jesus, but which the Hindus claim is God incarnated. Ram most certainly lived long before Jesus, so it is not the Hindus who copied Christianity here. Whether Christianity copied Hinduism directly I don't know but the idea was clearly there before Christianity. So how is it that the Christians would gladly designate Hinduism as polytheism or even "pagan" while having so much of a beam in their own eye that they can't see that Christianity is the same thing?
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