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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 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
  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(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Allah's attributes of Compassion and Mercy are confirmed at the beginning of every surah of the Qur'an.
  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. Eid Mubarak brothers and sisters!
  8. 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)
  9. 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 exactly. The Qur'an states it and that's it. I thank you for the comments that The Qur'an preserves the original message. I think that is an important point. I appreciate the information about Ibn Kathir as I hadn't realized he is not considered an authority. I typed out how his name was on the book verbatim. I'm guessing this book is Sunni. Again thank you for your thoughts and opinions on the matter.
  10. 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 and that Muhammad(عليه السلام) has gotten this wrong. My thoughts are that the Word of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) are not fallacious and can only be considered Truth as revealed to Prophet Muhammad (عليه السلام). I'm still learning and reading the Qur'an on my own - and nowhere near an expert but I believe the Revelations to Prophet Muhammad (عليه السلام) to be True. I do not know Arabic very well. I do understand however the Qur'an was specifically revealed to the Prophet (عليه السلام) in Arabic and that what was revealed was always intended to be there by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). I was reading "Stories of the Prophets (Peace be upon them)" by Imam Imaduddin Abul-Fida Isma'il Ibn Kathir Ad-Dimashqi where its commentary states page 418 regarding Musa(عليه السلام) and the Israelites being led astray: I am wondering if the name Samiri is by coincidence just happens to be similar to the word Samaritan? From my own understanding the Samaritans were a people who through the passage of time since Moses(عليه السلام) were themselves Jewish but intermingled with other Kingdoms of their time and took polytheists for their spouses. When they were brought together again they were told that in order to be accepted in the religion of Moses (عليه السلام) they had to leave their spouses, but it also seems that they never fully seemed to integrate themselves back into the Jewish way of life. They remain observant only of the Pentateuch (and none of the Prophetic Writings), and considered to be non-Jewish by the rest of the Jews and inhabited the region known as Samara. So Samaritan practices were not the same as Judaic practicices but still maintained that they were keepers of original Mosaic Law. I am wondering if Samiri then is more of a descriptive adjective to describe a role rather than to describe as an ethnicity as a thread on Imam Ali (عليه السلام) and Hasan al-Basri seems to suggest: Imam Ali (عليه السلام) and Hasan al-Basri (ie someone who comes in the name of something, in this case the follower of Musa(عليه السلام), but in deed a corrupter of religion) I hardly know anything about Hasan al-Basri so please forgive any and all my ignorance on the matter. Anyone have any thoughts on Samiri? Thank you again for your time and patience. Alhamdulilah!
  11. 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 conversation as if they want to know how much about what I know on Islam but they don't answer my questions I have for them. Naturally I feel bothered by this. Thank you again for the dream interpretations Masha'Allah Alhamdulilah!
  12. 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!
  13. 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!
  14. 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 was between 4-6 years old) come out in front of him peering out at me. She had a curious look and had a smile on her face. I then noticed beside Imam Ali (عليه السلام) was a large cup of what looked like toxic poison chemical of some sort. I felt thirsty and knew that if I drank from this large cup that it wouldn't hurt me. The dream then changes - I saw a cousin of mine who introduced to me a woman I never seen before who wore red and drove a red car. Before she drove off we were discussing a possible time to meet for a date. She left and I realized I was in park of sorts where I had to walk along hills of grass and noticing that on my left foot I wore sandal/shower slipper and on the right I wore a sneaker/shoe. I was aghast at this. I continued to walk towards a pool of water with two spring fountains coming out of it and seeing a Christian Priest walk around it. For some reason I knew the name of the Spring Fountains: the one I saw on my left was Fatima (عليه السلام), and the one on the right was Zainab (عليه السلام) I woke up soon after. Would anyone know how I could interpret this dream or know what it may mean? Thank you.
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