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Joshua Bin Medellin

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  1. 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 restaura
  2. 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
  3. Assalaam Malaikum, My apologies. Correction: Micah 6:6-8 rather than just Micah 6:6.
  4. 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(س
  5. 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.
  6. 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)).
  7. I found this while checking my Qur'an Tafsir notes: When one is not sure one is not allowed to speak on behalf of the Qur'an. Imam Baqir (as): Say the things you know (about the Qur'an), and regarding what you don't know say: "God knows better." Sometimes a person tries to interpret a verse and he falls from the heavens, due to his wrong interpretation. (Al-Kafi, Volume 1, p. 42)
  8. Assalaam malaikum OrthodoxTruth, Thank you for your prompt response. The discussion debate is between me (Muslim) and a Christian whose position is more of a Protestant. It's rather difficult because I sense that there is not much open heartedness to the Qur'an from him and it is hard to talk about him without him actually here on the forums. I'm sure though that in responding to one issue he may have, more will take its place. Point of the post however for my satisfaction is to get a more understanding behind Samiri and it seems it is as you say that there isn't a consensus to who he is
  9. Salaam brothers and sisters, Bismillah I'm in a discussion with a Christian who is challenging me on the "fallacies" of the Qur'an, and has picked out Surah Ta Ha 20:85-95 with regards to the word Samiri. His understanding is that it means Samaritan and I see in some English translations of the Qur'an it is mostly as Samiri. His point is that Israelites led astray by a "Samaritan" is a fallacy because the Samaritans as people did not exist until 500 years after Moses (عليه السلام) when the city of Samara was founded. By implication he means that this points out that the Qur'an is false
  10. Assalaam Malaikum, Just to follow up - I believe that at least the priest portion of my dream may have come true. I'm being asked questions about my journey to Islam by two people who I know via family and who themselves are deeply rooted in the Christian faith, but one more than the other. I think the short stature of Imam Ali(عليه السلام) may have to do with my own limited knowledge, or that I need to expand my knowledge base. In any case, the overall feeling I get is that they do not want me to be a Muslim, but they don't come out and say that. It's all one directional type of conversat
  11. Salaam Qa'im, Thank you so much for posting the link to the article about Malcolm X and The Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام). It is most fascinating. I also saw that there are articles on that website about Muslim perspectives on Paul that are excellent as well. Again thank you for these articles Alhamdulilah!
  12. Malaikum salaam, Thank you for your very well thought out response to my dream. I hadn't heard of Umm Kulthum before and had not realized this is a controversial aspect between Muslims. If it was her I wonder what she may represent - perhaps something controversial unknown? Imam Ali(عليه السلام) didn't seem to have much expression, but I sensed he welcomed me. I will focus on the weakness that the dream seems to relate to. Again thank you! It's very insightful!
  13. Assalaam Malaikum brothers and sisters, On the evening of 16 Shaban 1441 (April 9, 2020 I believe) I had the following dream: I dreamt I saw Imam Ali bin Abu Talib (عليه السلام) at my place of work. I saw him and felt strongly it was him although he stood between 1 and a half foot - to 2 foot tall. I was walking towards him and saw him looking at me - but I couldn't make out any distinguishing features or even colors of his garb - it was as if he was suspended off the ground about a foot high. He wore a robe with a belt and sash along with a sword. Next to him I saw a small girl (like she w
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