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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Folks, this guy is only here to insult your religion and waste your time. Don't fall for it.
  2. Because Christianity is not a religion of practice in the way that Islam is, it doesn't have a concept that can be neatly compared with bidaa' as Muslims understand it. Yes, there might be practices Christians recognize as not inherent to the faith in its earliest forms. But Christians don't necessarily see that as problematic per se, because in Christian practice, there's not a belief that believers must adhere to some perfect, pure, original form of worship in every detail in order for their worship to be accepted. (There may be some exceptions, obviously, but the general principle sta
  3. Nasrak haz aldinni and yaa wa3ad Allah. Of the older ones, yaa aba 3bdallah and hyhaat yaa ma7tel.
  4. This sounds like a question that would be worth asking both a religious authority and someone who knows about the psychology/physiology of dreaming. Hasanhh I believe what you're referring to is called "lucid dreaming," but I'm not sure from Askari's description if that's really what he's referring to.
  5. Perhaps I'm missing something as a non-native Arabic speaker, but could this not simply be a figure of speech, the way in English we might refer to someone as having a lustful eye or a wandering heart? Obviously in those cases the reference to the organ is a figurative allusion to an attribute of their owner. But as common sayings, they're useful for concisely illustrating a point. It makes me wonder if the phrase "lying forelock" or "sinful forelock" might have been a similar figure of speech, or close enough to others to be commonly understood, by the community of the prophet at the tim
  6. I'd add that there are also many people who've reached atheism because they've been mistreated by, or seen too many cases of shoddy behavior by, religious people — often in the name of religion. That's probably why many come off as hostile or arrogant. If you grow up in a place where people cite scripture as an excuse to beat their wives and children bloody or harass people of a different race, or where they steal or kill and then use their faith in Jesus as a get-out-of-hell-free card because their sect says they'll be saved on the basis of faith alone regardless of their actions, it can
  7. I could probably join in if it's on Saturday. Time of day would be flexible for me.
  8. Apparently none of those guys were really Hezb. Prothero doesn't know what he's doing. He's been in the region for years and doesn't speak any Arabic, and he doesn't know the Party. Read this (from Dr. As'ad AbuKhalil's blog): http://angryarab.blo...-hezbollah.html. on paintballing with Hezbollah A well-placed source in Lebanon sent me this. The source is in a position to know but I can't reveal more on it. But I want to add this: Mitch is more than welcome to respond to this and I would be willing to post his response in full. Here it goes: "Mitchell Prothero's latest story on paintballi
  9. It's not the people coming on 2 week vacations, most of the time, that you seriously need to worry about. And anyhow, say Lebanon required visas for a short stay. What do you really think the Lebanese intell services would turn up in the process of reviewing a routine visa app? The US intelligence community does know how to create enough of a "cover story" to get past amn al-3am. (That's not saying much. If you have any experience with amn al-3am, you know what I mean :rolleyes:.) The level of investigation that it would take to reveal professional foreign agents before they entered the countr
  10. "Out of business" as in no longer able to operate with any level of effectiveness -- "busted," so to speak. It's impossible to keep them and their informants out of the country, but it's not impossible to keep them out of the loop.
  11. I'm guessing I'm not the only one here who can make an educated guess as to which Pizza Hut that would have been. Dummies. :rolleyes: I love this part: "In 2010, U.S. counterintelligence officials determined that the CIA's Lebanese agents could be traced the same way, the source said. But the station chief allegedly ignored the warning. 'He said, 'The Lebanese are our friends. They wouldn't do that to us,'' the source said." What the hell do they think the Hezb guys they're spying on are, Swedish?? Just shows you how completely oblivious they are about the nation they're operating in and its
  12. This is not a scholarly opinion by far, but I say get the papers so that you can move back home without worry and without freaking out your family. Your family members in the US are probably just worried that if you return to Iran without US citizenship, you could at some point get barred from re-entering the States to see them, right? I know a family that happened to. One of the parents left the country, and then tried to reenter and was denied entry and banned (because, apparently, of some kind of visa problem that the family didn't understand). Now the family will be separated -- for at lea
  13. Here's the oath: "I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state or sovereignty, of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the armed forces of the United States when requ
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