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Joshua Bin Medellin

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  1. Alaykum salaam brother Thank you for this very clear post on the words of Prophet Isa(عليه السلام) from the Book of John. It's critically important to know what scripture Jesus((عليه السلام).) refers to when he cites them for those who are conversing with him. In this particular passage (John 10:34 where Jesus recites Psalm 82:6) I notice that many Bibles don't refer to the actual scripture (where in many other cases they do of other scripture). This is problematic for the ordinary reader and follower of Christian scripture, because one does not have a reference, nor is any reference cited, therefore no active investigation or follow up is seen to be encouraged for the said reader. From the perspective of the Qu'ran, I had to relook at Jesus(عليه السلام) words in the New testament from a completely different structure and narrative, than the one the New Testament gives. I was just thinking today, before reading this post, how these very words was meant not to be taken literally, but as like a metaphor. However Brother Abu Nur I believe you hit the nail on the head with Psalms 82:6 with regards to being the agents and representatives of God which is more than a metaphor. It's an active role in the service of Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), as can be seen by Jesus(عليه السلام) asking those who did not believe to then believe in his works if they do not believe in what he says.
  2. Assalaamu alaykum brothers and sisters, Last night I had a dream that starts off not as you think - perhaps more of my personal issues, but then develops into what may have been a vision of the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain((عليه السلام).) I dreamt the following. I found myself sitting (as on the floor) in a room (something like a bedroom/studio room with a bed) and one of my nieces enters carrying a large rabbit, holding it by the ears with her hands. I see that the rabbit is alive, but it is diseased and full of pus scabs, which seem to be contagious as I saw it had spread to my niece, but only on her hands. She tries to give me the rabbit but I push it away. She doesn't seem to understand why i'm pushing it away and why I don't want to see it or have it. She relents and I look at my phone and happen to see someone has made nasty comments to me on some app that they didn't want me to see. At this point, I have my niece leave the room and she says "this doesn't make sense!" and I feel in my heart saying "One day you will, Insha'Allah". At this point I am again sitting and this time before me I see the head of a man with a beard. He has sad brown/hazel eyes and he is talking, but i don't understand the words coming out of his mouth, but I felt I knew they were words of righteousness. And i knew who I was seeing, just innately, I knew this was Imam Hussein ((عليه السلام).) as he was on the day of Ashura, his helmet off and speaking to his attackers in a most loving, wisdom filling way. I saw a hand with a knife stab him in the forehead and a gash wound appeared on the Holy Imam's head, but he didn't look hurt and he continued to speak words to his attackers. Because he was still talking, I saw another knife stab the Imam in the face on his left check (from my perspective to the right of his face) and still the Imam spoke undeterred. Another knife into just under his head/neck area. And still the Imam spoke. Then I saw there was a gap between where his two front teeth would have been in and I saw a hand plunging a knife into the mouth of Imam Hussein((عليه السلام).) and I saw blood gush forth out of it and then the dream seemed to evaporate and I woke up. This I dreamt yesterday and woke up at 6pm. I'm not sure if this is related, but a few weeks ago while on break at work, I had my eyes closed when a series of images came to my mind very briefly and vivid. I saw what seemed to be a scene of a battle (perhaps Karbala) and then the next image was seeing my entire vision of butterflies (monarch-like butterfiles) as if a curtain that had just dropped, and then the next image I saw the face of what seemed to be a young warrior, with iron-like helmet, looking at me, but I know he wasn't looking at me personally, but was looking past me (and for some reason i knew he was seeing the battle of Karbala) and his look was that of summoning courage to join the fray to fight for the Imam((عليه السلام).), but fear prevailed all around him and in that brief moment of seeing this image I felt he his decision would mean the end of his life in this world and propel him to the Hereafter. As to what these mean, Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows best. Alhamdulilah and to Allah we all return.
  3. Salaam brother and Shukran! Alas perhaps maybe one day there might be subtitles, but it's good to know that it exists and is viewable. Masha'Allah. Definitely has me interested in learning about Imam Mahdi ((عليه السلام)) and how he was born and become more acquainted with all the other previous Imams((عليه السلام).)
  4. Assalaamu alaykum Has anyone seen the animated film that is apparently about the mother of Al-Mahdi((عليه السلام).) "Princess of Rome" Any thoughts on this? I'd like to view it, but not sure where I can find a copy. it looks good! https://www.mp4.ir/embed?Watch=2061-1109669650
  5. I see hmm. I'll have to look into this more. Thank you for letting me know. Dr. Saleem then is a Sunni Scholar I then understand it?
  6. I'm glad the article cites the source and reference, but the link seems to be broken.
  7. Assalaamu alaykum Thank you for sharing this article by Dr. Shehzad Saleem. I find his research to be superb, especially his Collection of the Qur'an to be informative and very in-depth. I wonder what others think of him? Also, I think this article on the fine arts is great, being an artist myself, I often wonder what kind of art am I permitted to create? So reading this source of information from Dr. Saleem is a breath of fresh air. Alhamdulilah and all things return to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
  8. LebaneseDane, Assalaamu alaykum What an incredible dream! I wish I knew it's meaning and I wish someone here would be able to help out.I came across this while searching for dreams on Imam Hussain((عليه السلام)) wanting to know what such a dream might signify. Thank you for sharing Masha'Allah!
  9. Assalaam Malaikum brothers and sisters! It's been a little time since I last posted. I've had another dream that I'd like to share and wonder if anyone would like to offer insight into what it may mean, insha'Allah? I just had it this morning and I can only share with you what I vividly remember and it was towards the end of the dream. I am a man by the way, in case that matters. In the dream I found myself in a house not familiar to myself and it was very messy, not taken care of properly. I found myself standing before a sink (almost like a long kitchen sink that can be found in restaurants that hold a lot of dishware at once) and behind me standing was a woman I recognized as knowing (but in real life I know no one with her facial characteristics) and she was in pain, in pleading for me to help her, guide her. She indicated her eyes, and while I knew she could physically see, it seemed her eyesight was failing her. She was becoming blind and I worried for her mental health. I found compassion for her and told her "Please close your eyes." as I felt having them open (even though blind) was causing her pain (emotional/mental). I then saw her left hand - or rather her left palm which had a hole in it, but no blood. I took a piece of cloth and wrapped her left hand and then I had her embrace me from behind (her right arm over my right shoulder/neck and her left arm under my left arm and upper ribcage to clasp together in front of my chest) I then slowly guided her in her own home calling upon Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to invoke the blessings of the Ahlulbait(عليه السلام). I never prayed in a dream before and mentioning the Family of the Prophet (عليه السلام) and their blessings upon this woman whom I was guiding is something new to me. I woke up soon after. Thank you for reading Alhamdulilah
  10. An insightful resource of Islam within the context of the Bible would be by the Christian author Thomas McElwain and his "Islam in the Bible". It may not answer all one's question but it is a good starting point and investigative inquiry into the Imamate found within the context of the Bible. It's free to view or download as a pdf at al-islam: Islam in the Bible
  11. Assalaam Malaikum, My apologies. Correction: Micah 6:6-8 rather than just Micah 6:6.
  12. Mercy and forgiveness is the essence of the teachings of Prophet Isa((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). The Beatitudes has "Blessed are the Merciful for they will be shown mercy." Matthew 9:13 quotes Hosea 6:6 and Micah 6:6, that Mercy is needed rather than sacrifice, and thus Prophet Isa((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) fulfills and upholds the Law of Musa((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and Abraham((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). The Qur'an confirms this in 57:27 of the essential message of Prophet Isa((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) via our beloved Prophet Muhammad((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). The Authority of Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Allah's attributes of Compassion and Mercy are confirmed at the beginning of every surah of the Qur'an.
  13. My view is that if "All lives matter" it would be reflective of a just society. A just society would be a peaceful society. When there is no peace, there is no justice. Injustice must not stand or become law of the land (rule of law). Black lives matter! Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) abhors injustice.
  14. Dave, Followerer of the way In John 1:21 and John 1:25 the question is ask of John if he was the Christ, Elias, or the Prophet? John denies all three. But I heard somewhere that Jesus ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) later revealed that John was indeed Elias. These verses show that the Jews were not just looking for the Messiah but also looking for the Prophet which is Muhammad((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)).
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