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thepeacemaker

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  1. Based on the verses from the Quran, the indication is that the period between moment of death and resurrection will simply be like sleeping and waking up - a feeling of a few hours or even less. Quran verses: 10.045 - One day He will gather them together: (It will be) as if they had tarried but an hour of a day: they will recognise each other: assuredly those will be lost who denied the meeting with Allah and refused to receive true guidance. 017.052 - "It will be on a Day when He will call you, and ye will answer (His call) with (words of) His praise, and ye will think that ye tarried but a
  2. No it does not. Let me illustrate with an example. Let's say your neighbor came and took over your house using an excuse that his uncle kicked him out from his. You won't care less whether his story is true or false because it has nothing to do with his taking over your house. What his uncle did to him is his personal matter to resolve, not yours. By insisting that his uncle did not kick him out of his house, you would inadvertently be giving the message that had he really been kicked out of his house then he has a right to yours. So you would be shifting the argument to something that is comp
  3. FYI, your information is incorrect. Gay/Lesbian marriages are NOT allowed in India. The court simply stated that homosexuality is no longer a crime. This ruling makes perfect sense since in a secular and democratic system like in India, it is not the government's job (as much as possible) to dictate morality and sin. In many developing countries, children grow up with their parents and teachers controlling every part of their decision-making allowing barely any room for self-reflection and independent thought. That is part of the reason why most middle eastern and south asian countries don't
  4. >And all the men come for the kheer and cholay.. What party poopers y'all are! Going over to someone's place for puris and other goodies surely beats sitting at home flippin' channels. Not sure about the sawab angle tho with the feeding of overweight relatives in majalis, nazars, kundays, etc. If the idea is to feed someone for sawab then better give away food to those who truly need it ..poor, homeless, etc.
  5. Nahjul-Balagha: Excerpts from Hadrath Ali's advice to his son Hasan A.S. in the form of Will: (Letter No. 31 in Nahjul Balagha): 'Trust in Allah and let your mind seek His protection in every calamity and suffering; because you will thus entrust yourself and your affairs to the Best Trustee and the Mightiest Guardian. Do not seek help and protection of any body but Allah. Reserve your prayers, your requests, your solicitations, your supplications and your entreaties to Him and Him alone. Therefore the best thing for you to do is to seek guidance of the one who has created you, Who maintains an
  6. Can someone from Iran share with us what are the other TV news channels in Iran? And how many of those are privately owned?
  7. If free and fair polls/surveys were allowed, we won't even be having this discussion. What I don't understand is where are the 40 million ballots sitting at? If the govt counted 40 million votes in 2-3 hours, why don't they simply form a committee of 1000 people from all groups and recount the vote randomly making sure that the votes are by people who exist. Even if constitution designates a certain agency to recount, there should be nothing to stop independent observers sitting behind those guys monitoring the count.
  8. If forty million votes were counted in a matter of a few hours, why doesn't the govt just spend one more day and count all those votes again in the presence of all parties involved, match them up with the voter ids to make sure those voters exist, and get it over with? Did anyone make a demand for that option in Iran?
  9. Of course local elections and govt receive more interest because local decisions have a greater impact on peoples' everyday lives. That has nothing to do with your earlier statement. It is best to avoid making audacious and bizarre claims based on "every American" one knows.
  10. Can you please provide statistics on which you base your claim.
  11. Lower turnout is not necessarily a sign of a weak democracy. In fact, it can mean the opposite. Many people in the US don't care to vote because they experience a fairly stable, relatively prosperous life style with unparalleled freedom of speech and religion. Ironically, the voting participation get higher when things start going bad and the incumbent needs to be replaced.
  12. I suppose you are referring to this wise quote - "Hurry! Before we all come back to our senses!". Let me assure you that 'King Julien' of Madagascar is a certified momin with the necessary amount of facial hair and a pious looking hat.
  13. "People have only as much liberty as they have the intelligence to want and the courage to take." - Emma Goldman
  14. Not only a high blogging rate, they have the highest brain drain too. Every other Iranian youth seems wanting to run away to some other country ..and I don't blame them. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iran%27s_brain_drain FTA: "According to the International Monetary Fund, the Islamic Republic of Iran has the highest rate of 'brain drain' among 61 developing and less developed countries it measured.[1] [2] More than 150,000 Iranians leave the Islamic Republic every year,[2] and an estimated 25% of all Iranians with post-secondary education now live abroad in 'developed' countries of the OECD.[1]
  15. Ahmedinejad may have well gotten the majority of the votes but in a system where basic freedoms like conducting a simple poll are restricted, the perception is very damaging. Even in a developing country like India, the people accepted the results because they knew which party was expected to win based on a wide variety of independent polls and surveys. For most people outside of the Middle East, curbs on basic freedoms like these are incomprehensible.
  16. Standing on roof tops and estimating candidate support would perhaps not be counted by statisticians as a sound way to make estimates. Have no polls or surveys been conducted by professional statisticians in all of Iran leading up to the elections? Conducting election surveys is allowed in Iran, isn't it?
  17. One question to the Iranian folks on the forum currently living in Iran - what were the polling/survey percentages for the candidates leading up to the election? In the US, we had a number of organizations doing surveys all over the country so the actual result of the election was not too far from the surveys. Surely, the independent Iranian media must have been doing the same and one can compare the surveys to the result and come to conclusions.
  18. I fail to understand this obsession by some Muslims (thankfully they're only a few) with denying the holocaust. Even if one million innocent people were killed that's bad enough. Holocaust has nothing to do with Muslims and raking that issue only distracts from legitimate causes and grievances. Anyway fyi... ---------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holocaust Victims and death toll Victims Killed Source Jews 5.9 million [180] Soviet POWs 2–3 million [181] Ethnic Poles 1.8–2 million [182][183] Romani 220,000–1,500,000 [184][185] Disabled 200,000–250,000 [186] Homosexuals 5,000–1
  19. In more than a decade of attending Friday sermons in the US, not ONCE did I hear the speaker mention the atrocities in Darfur even though the victims here are Muslims too. Perhaps the fact that the perpetrators are Arabs has something to do with it. Many Muslims, especially those who come from Muslim majority countries, frame issues not in terms of justice vs injustice or right vs wrong but as Muslim vs non-Muslim, and therein lies the problem. Ahmedinejad with the war criminal Bashir
  20. Can you please provide a list of large scale anti-government protest rallies in Saudi Arabia by the Sunni majority in the last many years? Dictators and authoritarian regimes suppress protests and imprison people but that doesn't stop people in other countries from protesting anyway and in many cases (mostly non-Muslim majority countries) gaining freedom and establishing democracies. In essence, that means they're either spineless or happy with the status quo. Either way, they cannot blame anyone else for their condition. Heck, many Shia clerics even after coming to the US speak out against de
  21. The ones who complain about Egypt and Saudi being non-democratic are almost always non-Egyptians and non-Saudis. No government can force democracy on these countries. It is up to the people of those countries to rise up and kick their dictators out and if they really wanted to do so then no amount of suppression could stop them. A large part of the problem has to do with the Sunni philosophy of believing that it is a sin to rebel against a Muslim leader. As for the US or any other govt (even Iran), they have to deal with whoever is in power in such countries. The speech was surprisingly candid
  22. Based on fossil records, humans existed since at least 200,000 years [1]. It would be hard to imagine that this 15 meter grave structure survived 200,000 years of floods, earth quakes, storms, fires, wars, human activity, etc. And all that is assuming that the grave top structure represents the actual size of the body underneath. Moreover, the grave if belonging to Prophet Adam or his family member would most likely exist somewhere in Africa. It is understood that the humans today are the tallest they have ever been and are further growing in each generation due to better nutrition. Source: [1
  23. Why make it sound like some conspiracy? Mainstream media reports what people want to hear. Frankly, with all of peoples problems even here in the US, the last thing they want to hear is on going sufferings of people they cannot do anything much to help anyway. Muslims especially love to blame West, East, North, South and everything else under the sun for their problems. "White people" make them fight as if they're little dummies hanging by strings. Fact of the matter is most Muslims even after coming to the West simply do not grasp the concept of tolerance. Until they learn to tolerate and res
  24. Utter lack of tolerance? ...not a result of Islamic ideology rather of Muslim understanding of Islam.
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