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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. I have a cousin who actually left Islam because of 4:34. How could an Omnicient God be so irresponsible and use the word Dharaba in this verse? Did not this Omnicient God know that 95% of Muslims would interpret it to mean beat women? Could not this Omnicient God have used a less ambiguous word? The Qur'an claims that there are two types of verses, decisive and allegorical, so why are the so called decisive verses like this one so ambiguous? I told my cousin that there is an alternative for you to leaving Islam and that is to study and accept the reformist views on the topic suc
  2. Islam is a faith. It asks for faith. If there was any objective verifiable evidence for the validity of Islam it would not require faith at all. The Prophet had a responsibility primarily to prove to his people that his claim was true. He did not bring a miracle. The Qur'an is not a miracle because it has no miraculous data in it that would serve as objective verifiable evidence that his claim was true. That prediction about the Roman's is so vague and general it practically means nothing. The romans in different parts of the world were constantly winning and losing battles. Why
  3. I am not picky. Show me any objective verifiable evidence that the God of traditional islam actually exists or that the Qur'an is really from this God. I don't think you can produce anything except by induction. Deduction is objective. Inductive is speculation/probability/faith. This left me only 2 alternatives. Atheism or Pantheism. Atheism claims all there is is the universe. The pantheists says the exact same thing except that the universe is also intelligent and conscious because we could not possibly be intelligent and conscious if our source was not. God is all there is an
  4. Often the Arabs asked Prophet Muhammad for a miracle and he would tell them wait, I am also waiting. If God wills He will send a sign, etc. At the end of 23 years nothing supernatural came. The Qur'an says that supernatural signs came to previous Prophets which verified the prophecy of previous prophets. I am not a person of faith. I equate faith with stupidity because faith is to accept something as true without verifiable objective evidence. This also happens to be the definition of stupidity, believing in things without evidence. Therefore I say the Prophet Muhammad did not produc
  5. The God of theism does not exist, a God that is external to this world who watches and judges. Most theists look at the world and say, gosh none of this could have come into being on its own so there must be some unseen God who created all this and us. Those theists fail to consider another option and that is that the Universe itself is God and besides God there is no external God watching and judging and counting the wishes of humanity, approving some request and not others, like a Santa Clause in the North Pole. Theists worship an imaginary God that does not even exist.
  6. The non-pantheist believe and has faith that there is a God and He listens to prayers and grants wishes. It is similar to children asking Santa Claus for gifts and Santa magically comes flying on a sleigh and delivers those gifts. I spend much of my life in the non-pantheist prisons of the mind and I want to share something about pantheistic supplication. To the Pantheist the Universe is God and as we all are part of the Universe we are all part of God. Look at Ruhullah a name of Jesus. Did he supplicate to God to make the miracles happen or did he do them himself? Th
  7. If one is arrogant he should humble himself. If one has low-self esteem he should learn to love himself and raise himself. Islam is a middle path. To have no humility (arrogance) and also to have too much humility (low self esteem) are evils. Virtue is the center between these two extremes. Self annihilation and deprecation are innovations of the Sufis. They have no grounding in the Qur'an. Many Sufis always talk about Jihad al Nafs etc. Most of them don't even know what they are talking about. The key of Jihad al Nafs is not to efface your self but to keep it clean of all inordinate desi
  8. I have been reading this book, https://etheses.bham.ac.uk/id/eprint/7827/1/Alsamaani17PhD.pdf and the author Nader Ahmed M. Alsamaani says something very interesting: "Contrary to mainstream scholars, however, I maintain that even though the advocates of wahdat al-wujud may all agree that existence is one, they differ in their interpretations of this claim. Some affirm pantheism, while others advocate other positions such as acosmism or panentheism." I subscribe to the 1st interpretation, that Wahdatul Wujood is not acosmism nor panentheism, but pure pantheism. Pantheism says ex
  9. What do you think al 'Izzatu lillah wa lirasulihi wa lil Mumineen means? If what you say is true then we should say al 'Izzatu lilla wadhillatu lirasulihi wal mu'mineen. Just look at the name of your Prophet. What does it mean? The praised one (not the humble unpraised one). Does that sound self-deprecating to you? Look at the name 'Ali. Does that sound like a self-deprecating name? Dhillah is not a virtue in Islam. It is a vice. 'Ali allegedly said Halaka man lam ya'rif qadrah. Has perished the one who does not know his worth. It would have been much easier to say if you think you hav
  10. You might find my post interesting where I try to explain why duality mindedness is hell (takes u away from God).
  11. According to Mullah Sadra in his book Asraar al Ayaat and other works, the Tawheed of the 'Awaam is Laa ilaaha illallah, but the Tawheed of the Khawaas is La Huwa illa Hu. For many years this supplication attributed to Imam Ali intrigued me: https://www.google.com/search?q=%D9%8A%D8%A7+%D9%87%D9%88+%D9%8A%D8%A7+%D9%85%D9%86+%D9%84%D8%A7+%D9%87%D9%88+%D8%A7%D9%84%D8%A7+%D9%87%D9%88&oq=%D9%8A%D8%A7+%D9%87%D9%88+%D9%8A%D8%A7+%D9%85%D9%86+&aqs=chrome.0.0j69i57j0l3.14599j0j7&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8 Nothing exists but God. So what does that mean? Does that mean w
  12. To me Spinoza was to Judaism what Mullah Sadra was to Islam. This was a very interesting discussion about it. https://islam.stackexchange.com/questions/1010/is-pantheism-as-defined-by-spinoza-compatible-with-islam also see https://www.google.com/search?q=pantheism+sadra
  13. If what you say is correct, those sayings of the Imams that were recorded first hand by scribes would not be called hadeeth but imla إملاء. If you still don't accept what I am saying give me a few examples of saying that have no intermediary narrators between them and are not classified as Mursal, but Sahih by Shia jurists. I have not seen a single example of that all my life so please educate me. As for the literature on what happened to shia islam with the rise of Shaykh Tusi just google it. Here is a good starting point. It should be noted that despite the presence of biographical w
  14. The original Islam of the Ahlul-Bayt is not Qur'an and Hadeeth based. It is Qur'an and 'Aql based. It was Shaykh Tusi who changed that. The majority of of Shia scholars before Tusi said relying on solitary to make laws in Islam is haraam. That makes perfect sense to me because if the Ahlul-Bayt intended Islam to be Qur'an and Hadeeth based they would have done a better job in writing and compiling their sayings. On the contrary Muslims have Zero writing of any of the infallibles. All they have is hearsay hadeeth compiled centuries after the demises of the infallibles. Modern shia sc
  15. I have read the interpretations of 4:34 of the Qur'an and what troubles me is the over-whelming majority, more than 99% of Muslim scholars of the interpret the verse to mean, hit them (women). What troubles me even more is Muslim scholars can easily explain to women that the woman can put "No hitting is permitted under any circumstance whatsoever" in their marriage contracts, but I have never seen a single Muslim scholar tell that to women in my whole life. Most women are simple minded. They don't know their options. Someone needs to tell them their options and Muslim scholars sadly are d
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