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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. God's "image" is spirit (Ruh). Judaism agrees on this too btw. Forget about Christianity with it's crude anthropomorphic parody of a 'god'. It's not authentic but in the book of Genesis (Beresheit) 2:7, it reads: וַיִּיצֶר֩ יְהוָ֨ה אֱלֹהִ֜ים אֶת־הָֽאָדָ֗ם עָפָר֙ מִן־הָ֣אֲדָמָ֔ה וַיִּפַּ֥ח בְּאַפָּ֖יו נִשְׁמַ֣ת חַיִּ֑ים וַֽיְהִ֥י הָֽאָדָ֖ם לְנֶ֥פֶשׁ חַיָּֽה way·yî·ṣer YHWH ’ĕ·lō·hîm ’eṯ- hā·’ā·ḏām, ‘ā·p̄ār min- hā·’ă·ḏā·māh, way·yip·paḥ bə·’ap·pāw niš·maṯ ḥay·yîm; way·hî hā·’ā·ḏām lə·ne·p̄eš ḥay·yāh. YHWH God formed man from the dust of the earth. He blew into
  2. This is a very awesome thread. I've found parallels between Islam and Taoism myself. You may also find this book an interesting read: http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=D2028AFCBB41CA2E18A16960B7D31FAF The metaphysical connections go even deeper but I don't have the time to write it all out at the moment.
  3. http://gen.lib.rus.ec/book/index.php?md5=655E474BAF2BB7CD4AFA4457EBE88CE0
  4. Tasawwuf (which is Shi'ite btw, you're very mistaken) is not what I am asking here. I am asking about the esotericism of Sunnism, surely it must be billowing with it. I'd like to see it.
  5. I'd love to know what great esoteric (batin) knowledge you think Sunnism has that Shi'ism doesn't. Surely there must be something so profound and deep there that for whatever reason you think Shi'ism is lacking. So spill the beans, I'd love to hear it.
  6. Shia Islam is not about political authority, it's about spiritual authority. Anyone can have political authority but it is subservient to spiritual authority, something only The Prophet (عليه السلام). and the Imams pbut have. The materialist ambitions of the proto-Sunni caliphates has nothing to do with the Ahl Bayt. Sunnism is very much post-Umayyad, built out of the wreck of the Umayyads and Abbasids and their ideologies, you're smoking pot if you think that Shi'ism is a 'diversion from mainstream Sunni Islam", when Sunnism took until the 9th century to even come into existence and even late
  7. "Shi'ism may be revolutionary, violent, and political at its core" - What the heck, it's not violent and political at it's core. It is revolutionary though. Blood is on the hands of Sunnis every century. At it's core it is rather introverted compared to Sunnism, it is innately philosophical and esoteric (batin) at it's core, as archetypally represented by Ali himself. In comparison to Sunnism where material power is the raison d'être, Shi'ism is about knowledge ('ilm and Marifa). Like with Ali though, the warrior spirit is still present, as within Sunnism, but very much in a more refined and w
  8. Trying to fit Islam into the boxes of modern fallacious political paradigms is a big mistake, Islam is far more nuanced than the left or the right. I think Shi'ism though does have clear leftist tendencies, in regards to it's historical social awareness and revolutionary spirit against tyranny, and ecological views towards nature. That said, both Shi'ism and Sunnism, and the Qur'an in general, emphasize a lot of aspects in common with concerns of the left and right but is not easily pigeonholed into either. Certain things related to identity politics for the most part is irrel
  9. Most people are obsessed with sex irregardless of their religion, even more than in past eras, it seems to be symptomatic of this schizophrenic modern age we are living in. All of this has root in Protestant Christianity and is a virus that has continued to spread in various forms. Good video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFoZalAc8p0 It takes a good grasp at psychology, philosophy and history to understand what is really going on here. When it comes to sex itself, it's just a natural part of life and is totally ok and moral in all religions initially. Most relig
  10. The Sikh view of God doesn't differ from an authentic Islamic view, except for that Sikhs don't believe in the Prophetic tradition (and NO, the Gurus aren't akin to Prophets or even Imams in their religion) but Prophets and Imams aren't "God" so again the theology itself doesn't differ. The Gurus in Sikhism are more like Saints, mystics and philosophers in Islamic and Christian tradition. Their collected scripture (the Si Guru Granth Sahib) is also not considered the "Infallible word of God", it's more akin to the book of Psalms in the Tanakh and Imam Zayn Abadin's glorious al-Sahifa al-S
  11. From the book "Essentials of Sikhism": Read this, chapter 2, starting pg25: http://globalsikhstudies.net/pdf/essentials.pdf
  12. You bring up a very good, solid point here actually. I think it relates to the Nur al-Muhammadi, or the 'Eternal Imam', the first created essence by God, the lesser Light, that manifests as all the Nabis, Rasools and Imams in history. This thing is also mentioned in the Ayat where it says that there is never a time that God hasn't had a messenger on earth.
  13. Allah isn't an 'entity', angels are entities. Calling Allah an entity would be Shirk. The notion of the Absolute creating another Absolute is contradiction of terms. If there are two Absolutes, then they are logically not-absolutes and rather conditioned by the Absolute. It doesn't matter what ratio you 'draw', it will always be governed by the Absolute - as-Samad, so to speak. This also brings to mind Surah 21:22, which is not a comment on Allah making more Allah, but a comment on the nature of polytheism.
  14. God encompasses all things. But to avoid the trap of Pantheism Imam Ali (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) says: "He is with everything but not in physical nearness. He is different from everything but not in physical separation. He acts but without connotation of movements and instruments. He sees even when there is none to be looked at from among His creation. He is only One, such that there is none with whom He may keep company or whom He may miss in his absence." (https://www.al-islam.org/nahjul-balagha-part-1-sermons/sermon-1-praise-due-allah-whose-worth-cannot-be-descrive)
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