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forte

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  1. 2 minutes ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

    @King and @forte

    Thank you so much for your responses, because someone like me, who needs to take medication for life, is constantly fighting against the stigma for Bipolar Disorder and the stigma against mental illness. Thank you both for explaining what I’ve wanted to say regarding the matter. 

    And as a Bipolar Disorder sufferer, it’s hurtful to see the backward thinking on mental illness. Inshallah the few who oppose medication at all costs will come to their senses. 

    @Laayla Btw, Starlight did mention in her post that medication is necessary for some individuals. In case you missed it, re-read her post. 

    Congrats to you for having the courage to stand up against this cultural stigma.  Thankfully, this ignorance is slowly but surely waning.  

  2. I am not sure what is fair or not fair as to who can marry a non Muslim, but where the real issue that really cannot be ignored is when you need to decide in what faith to raise your children.  And if the (opt out?) plan is for the kids to choose their religion when they get older, they would have to be schooled in both and also practice both from a very young age. It will quickly become apparent that some religious dogmas and teachings are definitely not Islamic (and vice versa).  This would be confusing and stressful for everyone.

  3. 15 minutes ago, IbnSina said:

    I dont care what they were charged for in US court later on.

    You have two ears and when you use them, what do you hear people say? When you heard the news on TV, what did they call it?

    What they are in fact doing is creating a public opinion saying that muslims = terrorists and terrorists = muslims.

    Lots of people have big mouths and try and influence people with their uneducated and moronic opinions.  These opinions gain power when they are repeated by others.  It is best not to repeat them.

    I mentioned the Arab refugee in Edmonton, Canada as there has been a big effort from the community to understand his behaviour and the potential impact on the Somali community there.  Everyone came together in a vigil to support the community after this happened, Somali and non Somali alike... in a search for understanding and to maintain a united, safe community for all... please read ... http://edmontonjournal.com/news/local-news/vigil-against-violence-brings-community-together-after-terror-attack  This is the kind of action that needs to be repeated.

  4. @IbnSina

    Not necessarily.

    As for Charlottesville,

    Apparently there is no such charge as domestic terrorism (only international terrorism) and the term is used only as a descriptor.  http://www.npr.org/2017/08/14/543462676/why-the-govt-cant-bring-terrorism-charges-in-charlottesville

    They guy was charged with a hate crime in addition to all the other charges against him so he will probably be put away for years numbering in the triple digits.

    As for an Arab extremist,

    This guy http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/terrorism-charges-edmonton-attacks-1.4316450  has an Arab name (he is a migrant claiming refugee status from Somalia) and had an ISIS flag in the car that he used to mow down a policeman before jumping out and stabbing him.  He also got a truck and ran over four others.  Despite his rhetoric and extremist ideology he is not being charged with terror related charges.   

  5. 1 hour ago, hasanhh said:

    Too early to speculate on Paddock's behavior.

    There are two things l'd like to know:

    1] How did he get all these weapons and ammunition in the hotel?

    2] Will the autopsy show he had a stroke(s) or his toxicology report shows mentally destabilizing build-up of chemicals (like from kidney infections). [My father's behavior and thinking changed and changed again after each of his strokes.]

    You are right in that many things can impact our brain, especially we age.  He has no previous on-going history of violent behaviour or interest in guns.

    When he was a child, his father was an armed robber who had a violent criminal life and had been diagnosed as a "psychopath".  https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation-now/2017/10/02/las-vegas-shooter-dad-10-most-wanted-list/724116001/  

    My theory is genetics + environment as a child + aging = instability.  No matter how much you try and distance yourself from your heritage and upbringing, even with schooling and accomplishments, you are always impacted to some degree by your past. This may increase as you age and you find you cannot distract yourself as much as you can when you are younger and more active in your life.  Anyway, he obviously was not doing well mentally. 

  6. 5 hours ago, iCambrian said:

    Probably [edit], perhaps no friends, no family. No career driven goals. No Belief in God, no faith. Perhaps no one to love, no one to show him love.

    he wanted to end his life, and simply found a way to do so that made the news.

    Not quite.  He is now reported (by his brother) to be a retired accountant who was a multi-millionaire property investor.  Liked gambling and taking vacations with his girlfriend.

    http://miami.cbslocal.com/2017/10/02/las-vegas-gunman-shooting-country/

  7. 5 minutes ago, notme said:

    Strictly speaking, it was all within protocol. Melania wasn't required to cover at the Vatican either. Maybe she chose to because she is Catholic. I've heard that Ivanka converted to Judaism though, and she's wearing some sort of veil too, so who knows. 

    Does anyone remember in 2015 when Donald tweeted that it was a disgrace that Mrs. Obama didn't cover when she met King Saud? I can't help but wonder whether he changed his mind or he thinks his wife and daughter are also disgraceful. 

    I think Catholics in the Vatican are technically in church and need to dress to respect that (also she is Christian and would follow Christian protocol for the Vatican).  In Saudi she was not in a mosque and in any case was not required to cover her hair because she is not Muslim.  

  8. 1 hour ago, Abu Hadi said:

    Abuse means beating, threatening them with bodily harm, defrauding them, stealing from them, etc. Doing something to them which will harm them in a real way. Repeatedly telling them is not abuse. 

    Also, in the Islamic definition fasiq does not translate as 'sinner'. If fasiq was 'sinner', then we are all fasiq because all of us have committed sins. Fasiq, there is no word to word translation, but it basically means someone who does a sin openly and denies the fact that it is a sin and doesn't ask Allah(s.w.a) for forgiveness for the sin. 

     

     

    Verbal harassment is abusive and can cause a lot of harm and it does affect people in a "real" way.  Teen suicides due to bullying are usually due to verbal abuse (Also, gay youth are 4 times more likely to commit suicide than other youth).  Most husband abuse is verbal based.  Verbal abuse is very powerful and very real.

  9. Covering up rumours and innuendos is what the Catholic Church did with their pedos priests. The best solution to them was to pretend it never happened and move the priest to another school or church and say nothing in warning to the new setting. This protection or forgiveness or wahtever it was, worked for a while until the numbers of people victimized grew and grew and the legal system held them accountable.  

    Anytime youth are involved with a leader and esp a religous leader, all rumours and seemingly strange behaviour (and this behaviour does appear to be strange) need to be fully investigated and not ignored.  Leaders and educators of children have absolute unfettered access to vulnerable children and need to be held to the highest standard with no apologetics.  

  10. 17 minutes ago, King said:

    That is one stubborn Sheikh.  The least he could have done was to admit that smiling through those descriptions was in poor taste.  This whole ordeal is a personal victory for him as he will be lauded within shia circles as a defender of truth but overall this whole episode for shias as a whole has generally negative implications. I am quite certain the gay journalist is quite happy too.

    I think it is a very serious subject discussing punishements.I dont get the smiling and then laughing either...?  

  11. On October 11, 2016 at 0:03 PM, silasun said:

     

    The penal code does not apply outside of an Islamic country and inside an Islamic country if people come to know that a male has been involved physically with another male then they have to report that to the authorities and they have to look into it. And if it is established by the authorities then they carry out the punishment, but an individual has no right to carry it out himself and if they do that’s a sin.

     

    I am confused about the statement in blue.  If people have knowledge through talk in the community that a person is homosexual, then they are to report it to the authorities?  

  12. 1 minute ago, realizm said:

    Except that history will remember these as the methods of those who were their victims.

    History remembers who the perpetrators were as they kept exceptionally detailed reports of what they did, to whom and when.  The perpetrators were the Nazi regime. That does not mean that there were not war crimes committed in other places and other times but it also does not diminish the horror of the holocaust.  Zionist war crimes are also horrific and, in addition, they are ongoing.  They are also well documented by written reports, eye witness accounts and increasingly by film.  This documentation is recognized and publicized by international courts and watchdogs. The victims of the holocaust have now become what they have reviled.

  13. On August 16, 2016 at 11:36 AM, realizm said:

    At least Hitler and the Nazis did not use car bombs, poisonings and snipers to assassinate their enemies.

    ???  The Nazi regime was extremely creative and thorough with the inhumanity they dealt out to their victims.  Car bombs, poisonings and snipers would have been the least of it.  

  14. It is more complicated than that. Non Muslims were complaining that they were picking up the slack and so were working more than the Muslims and that it was unjust for them which could be true. Also, the workers were saying that they were taking washroom breaks but actually were prayer breaks so that they were being dishonest. The management said they had worked out prayer times with the workers but that the agreement was not being followed.  There is probably a little truth in all peoples versions. Anyway they are losing good paying low skill jobs that assistance payments will not match. And, the irony of it as just pointed out, they are working in a meat plant that is not halal so it is a confusing mess. There is probably something else going on.

  15. 2 minutes ago, LeftCoastMom said:

    It wouldn't be upsetting to me nor anyone in my family nor most folks I know. None of us are Muslim. It was not a " history lesson". It was a lesson on world religions. I would expect my child to write the statements of faith for the religions that had them as a matter of information. In fact, I myself have them in my old notebooks.

     If you think having someone of another faith write it is offensive....different matter. But that's not the angle you are arguing.

    That is very benevolent of you.  But I can assure you that the great majority of Muslim parents would have a huge problem with their kid coming home from public school with a written out declaration of faith stating "there is no God but Jesus, the son of God, the saviour of mankind".

    And that is exactly the "angle"I am arguing... but I am done.

  16. 6 minutes ago, LeftCoastMom said:

    It wasn't them declaring their faith in anything. It was a calligraphy assignment. You think writing something makes you believe it? You should have been turned into a Christian on your above post, then. It had no meaning for them. That said, it was not a good choice for a lot of reasons. But let's not learn about each other's religions at all. Then we'll be "safe."

    That makes the world so much better.

    What I wrote above was within the context of what I was explaining to you and was obviously not a declaration of faith.  To me, my declaration of faith is not a trivial matter and should not be treated as such.  It is really obvious that having kids write “There is no god but Allah; Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah” in a history lesson would be upsetting to parents of a different faith.  If you cannot see this than there is no point arguing.  

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