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yellow billed magpie

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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Ruq in Can You Identify This Animal?   
    As you can see, it appears to have no ears and no tail
    and is up a tree
    in the snow
    with the look of love in its eyes.

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    yellow billed magpie got a reaction from Peace! in Can I Pet A Bird ?   
    Salaam Aleikum Lol! The reason for Corkys attitude difference between your father and you is because Corky was a male. Male birds naturally have a better relationship with female owners,which is why he was so receptive to you,yet defiant to your father.It goes the same for men that have female birds as pets as well.Most of the time the female birds will be aggressive to female humans. This is the reason why my crow Geronimo, is aggressive towards male humans.He is very protective and possessive of me and attacks my husband when he tries to get close to me,and pokes the ankles of men,lol- ( I think I was blessed with my female Cockatiel, as she is friendly with men AND women)My girlfriend had a lovebird she hand fed and raised from a chick, and one day her rather large construction worker husband sat on the bird and killed her   so I can totally relate to your story about 'the fat man', unless you were saying he ate the bird :o 
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    yellow billed magpie got a reaction from Peace! in Can I Pet A Bird ?   
    Salam Aleikum-
    LOL! Birds can be SO mischievious and not even mean! My dad was mowing the grass by my bird cage and later he says to me, "Elizabeth, you have a really rude bird in that cage-every time I pass by there it says " hi weird!". I said, No, dad-Shes not rude,lol! Shes saying " Hi, WEER!" Her name is Weer-she is mimicking what she hears me say whenever I see her-Whenever I see her, I say HI WEER Lol-And then my poor mom-one day when Weer first started talking, my mother was alone on the property ( we live in the country)and she kept hearing the voice of a little girl speaking. She thought my friend had come to visit with her 6 year old daughter, but there were no cars in the driveway. My mother was very confused and worried, untill she caught Weer talking to herself a while later 
    .I used to work at a feed store and my male crow, Geronimo, would roam the store all day amusing himself with whatever he could find that was of interest to him, be it stalking the baby chicks, chasing the customers (he used to poke the ankles of male customers for some reason, but would let women pet and hold him) or trying to incite fights with the adult chickens through the wire of their cages. One day,my boss got really angry with him,and me also-After my boss had spent many hours breaking down 50 and 100 pound bags of seed into smaller 5 and 10 pound bags to put on the shelves, Geronimo had come along and poked holes in ALL the bags on the lowest shelf, lol_Not only was there a huge mess, but all the bags had to be re-sealed.Guess who had to re-seal them? Crows have the intelligence of a 4-5year old child, so basicly just imagine a 5 year old running loose in a store without adult supervision.Yup-thats my crow I always think of why Allah placed such intelligence as that in a bird... 
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    yellow billed magpie got a reaction from Ruq in Can I Pet A Bird ?   
    Salam Aleikum-
    LOL! Birds can be SO mischievious and not even mean! My dad was mowing the grass by my bird cage and later he says to me, "Elizabeth, you have a really rude bird in that cage-every time I pass by there it says " hi weird!". I said, No, dad-Shes not rude,lol! Shes saying " Hi, WEER!" Her name is Weer-she is mimicking what she hears me say whenever I see her-Whenever I see her, I say HI WEER Lol-And then my poor mom-one day when Weer first started talking, my mother was alone on the property ( we live in the country)and she kept hearing the voice of a little girl speaking. She thought my friend had come to visit with her 6 year old daughter, but there were no cars in the driveway. My mother was very confused and worried, untill she caught Weer talking to herself a while later 
    .I used to work at a feed store and my male crow, Geronimo, would roam the store all day amusing himself with whatever he could find that was of interest to him, be it stalking the baby chicks, chasing the customers (he used to poke the ankles of male customers for some reason, but would let women pet and hold him) or trying to incite fights with the adult chickens through the wire of their cages. One day,my boss got really angry with him,and me also-After my boss had spent many hours breaking down 50 and 100 pound bags of seed into smaller 5 and 10 pound bags to put on the shelves, Geronimo had come along and poked holes in ALL the bags on the lowest shelf, lol_Not only was there a huge mess, but all the bags had to be re-sealed.Guess who had to re-seal them? Crows have the intelligence of a 4-5year old child, so basicly just imagine a 5 year old running loose in a store without adult supervision.Yup-thats my crow I always think of why Allah placed such intelligence as that in a bird... 
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Divine Love in Adam And Eve   
    Salaam to all brothers and sisters
    God never creates natural things directly! there are always intervening natural processes in between. we should really stop thinking of God as a humanistic potter or craftsman. The theory of Evolution and Natural Selection are strongly backed up by anthropological and genealogical findings and are undeniable.
    Plus Mulla Sadra's theory of Substantial Transformation which is accepted by all later shiite philosophers (including Allame Tabataba'ee, Morteza Motahhari and Imam Khomeini etc) argues for a general evolutionary transformation which pushes matter into more developed forms and ultimately leads to the origination of human soul from the material body. that is about 4 centuries ago this shiite genius of philosophy suggested a theory with amazing (and factual) similarities to that of modern natural scientists. Quran's discussion of creation has also very obvious evolutionary implications that can't be missed
    So i think it's really time to stop believing in the common mythical picture of Adam and Even having been picked up by meteorites or something and brought down here onto the Earth from far away galaxies. Holy Quran is replete with metaphorical expressions and we should not take them as literal. Many of us seem to be walking in the footsteps of Wahhabis who believe God having hands or being set on a throne? isn't it that same superficial way of interpreting Quran which fails us in the face of mounting scientific evidences to the contrary?
    I think brother Nad_M holds the most reasonable view of Adam and Eve's creation. Adam and Eve were an outcome of a natural process of creation and they were not also the first humans here on Earth (as also confirmed by a hadith from Imam Ali as that suggests hundreds of other human generations existed before Adam). The possibilities are that their sons could have married the previous inhabitants of Earth “houries from Jinna” perhaps.
    And on the question of racial diversity of humans I think the Old Testament has much to offer. An American Christian political writer Eustace Mullins in his book The Curse of Canaan attempts to trace back the origins of human races back to Adam and Eve and other species. He does this by a careful examination of scriptural sources such as Old Testament and Book of Enoch. The story of Noah in OT explicitly mentions racial mixing of Adam’s off springs by “fallen angels” who inhabited Earth long before Adam was created. While the ancient scriptures can’t be seen as completely reliable but through comparatively examining them by reliable scientific and Islamic evidences we may be able to hypothesize the question down into some more likely theories about the origins of Adam and Eve and how their off spring spread into different races. ultimately Allahu A’lam.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Nad_M in Adam And Eve   
    Adam is generally taken to be the first man, but nowhere in the Quran is it said that Adam was the first man or that there was no creation before him. The Quran only speaks of Adam as being the first human given the ability of vicegerency on Earth.
    When the Quran speaks of the creation of the human race, it speaks of a gradual process originating with an extract/sulala of earthly elements 15:26,23:12,37:11,55:14 and water 21:30,24:45,25:54 fashionned and formed 40:64,64:3 before man was made complete and assigned his role of vicegerency 20:55,22:5,7:11"And certainly We created you, then We fashioned you, then We said to the angels: Prostrate to Adam". This verse does not negate the possibility that the whole human race went through a process of evolution from basic earthly elements, that then became capable of reproduction through procreation and that at one point, one individual (Adam) was fully, physically evolved and was consequently made complete with a spirit from God becoming the first vicegerent:
    40:67-8,35:11,32:7-9"and He began the creation of man from dust.
    Then He made his progeny of an extract, of water held in light estimation.
    Then He made him complete and breathed into him of His spirit, and made for you the ears and the eyes and the hearts; little is it that you give thanks".
    In 71:17 the Quran parallels the growth of man out of the earth like a plant does.
    As said in 38:71-2, Allah announces to the angels that He will create a mortal, and that when this mortal becomes complete with the spirit from God, to prostrate before him. The last step of human evolution is thus linked in the Quran not only to its physical completion but also to mankind having being filled with a spirit to become God's vicegerent 2:30. It is to be noted that just as the first man was created out of earth, then passing through various stages of creation, the clay model adopted the shape of a living man of flesh and blood, and then his progeny spread by means of the sperm-drop, so was the first jinn created from a pure flame of fire, or a fire free of smoke, and then the species of jinn spread from his progeny 55:14-15,15:26-27. Though even now our body is entirely a compound of the earthly substances, these substances have taken the from of flesh and blood and after being made a living body it has become quite a different thing from a mere lump of clay. The same also is true of the jinn. Their being also is essentially fiery. But just as we are not a mere lump of earth, so also they are not a mere flame of fire.
    Just as Adam was created through the word "BE", the Quran speaks of the entire universe having originated with the creative word "be" 2:117 meaning without resistance and in total submission 41:11, but this does not preclude process, just as Jesus, Yahya or Adam's creations with "be" do not exclude a gradual process 3:47,59.
    The primary opposition to the theory of evolution, from both Muslim and Christian dogmatists, is that they hold that it challenges the dignity of man. The proponents of this idea fail to recognize that both their scriptures hold that man was created from dust, and other earthly insignifant lifeless materials whose combination by the Best and Wise Creator resulted in a wonderful being endowed with consciousness, and the Quran in multiple places argues how man was created from sticky fluid, i.e. semen, 76:1"a thing not worth mentioning" 19:67,18:32-7,36:77,16:4"He created man from a small seed and lo! he is an open contender" .
    When Satan argued against God regarding man, he stated that he was better because man was created from mud, and he, from fire 7:12.
    Man is ultimately defined by his will and desire. It is not the origin of a thing that matters per the Quran, but the final reach of a thing. As John the Baptist said in the NT, when rebuking the Rabbis and Pharisees, God can create children of Abraham out of stone.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Muhammad Ibrahim in Inside Prophet(s)'s Grave   
    Because they're kaffir and want to hide any and all evidence of Islam, which is also why they destroyed:
    - The house the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was born in
    - The house of Mawlid where Muhammad is believed to have been born in 570. Originally turned into a cattle market, it now lies under a rundown building which was built 70 years ago as a compromise after Wahhabi clerics called for it to be torn down.
    - The house of Khadija, Muhammad’s first wife. Muslims believe he received some of the first revelations there. It was also where his children Fatimah and Qasim were born. After it was rediscovered during the Haram extensions in 1989, it was covered over and it was made into a library.
    - House of Muhammed in Medina, where he lived after the migration from Mecca.
    - Dar al Arqam, the first Islamic school where Muhammad taught.[13] It now lies under the extension of the Masjid Al Nabawi of Madinah.
    - Qubbat’ al-Thanaya, the burial site of Muhammed's incisor that was broken in the Battle of Uhud.
    - Mashrubat Umm Ibrahim, built to mark the location of the house where Muhammad’s son, Ibrahim, was born to Mariah.
    - Dome which served as a canopy over the Well of Zamzam.
    - Bayt al-Ahzan of Sayyida Fatima, in Medina.
    - House of Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq, in Medina.
    - Mahhalla complex of Banu Hashim, in Medina.
    - House of Ali where Hasan and Husayn were born.
    - The mosque at the grave of Sayyid al-Shuhada’ Hamza bin Abdul Muttalib.
    - The Mosque of Fatima Zahra.
    - The Mosque of al-Manaratain.
    - Mosque and tomb of Sayyid Imam al-Uraidhi ibn Ja‘far al-Sadiq, destroyed by dynamite on August 13, 2002.
    - Four mosques at the site of the Battle of the Trench in Medina.
    - The Mosque of Abu Rasheed.
    - Salman al-Farsi Mosque, in Medina.
    - Raj'at ash-Shams Mosque, in Medina.
    - Jannat al-Baqi in Medina, completely leveled.
    - Jannat al-Mu'alla, the ancient cemetery at Mecca.
    - Grave of Hamida al-Barbariyya, the mother of Imam Musa al-Kazim.
    - Grave of Amina bint Wahb, Muhammad’s mother, bulldozed and set alight in 1998.
    - Graves of Banu Hashim in Mecca.
    - Tombs of Hamza and other martyrs were demolished at Uhud.
    - Tomb of Eve in Jeddah, sealed with concrete in 1975.
    - Grave of the father of Muhammad (pbuh), in Medina.
    Surah Al-Kahf, Ayah 21:
    "And thus did We make (men) to get knowledge of them, that they might know that Allah's promise is true and that as for the hour there is no doubt about it. When they disputed among themselves about their affair and said: Erect and edifice over them - their Lord best knows them. Those who prevailed in their affair said: We will certainly raise a Masjid over them."
    Tafsir:
    "The king and his followers differed in what they saw. Some said lets build an edifice just as was there. Others said lets build a Masjid at the mouth of the cave. This dispute came after knowledge of their death, according to Ibn 'Abbas. The idol worshippers of that time wanted to build an edifice to hide them from people (because it was a sign of God)."
    "'Those who prevailed in their affair...' is a reference to the God-believing king and his companions because they built a place of worship whereby people could know of these signs and get the blessing of praying at this sacred place."
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Aale Mohammad in Inside Prophet(s)'s Grave   
    I had my camera snatched twice but I managed to get it back each time. With great difficulty, I was still able to take a number of photos. The picture below shows the locked door of the huge room inside which is the grave of the Prophet(s). This is the only entrance to the room and it was originally the gate of Hazrat Ali(as)'s home. The entire area is otherwise sealed with the green steel wall.
    The second photo is the back wall of the room. The white pillar type structure slightly to the left side attached to the green wall is the place where the Prophet(s) used to read Salat-ul-lail. The area enclosed inside the railing is part of the house of Hazrat Ali(as) and is the place where Ayat Tatheer was revealed.
    The police doesn't allow anyone to even touch the green wall, so they have constructed book racks in front of it. Inside the grill, the room is extremely dark but I was able to see that there is another similar grill inside. Practically speaking, it is impossible to see the actual grave of the Prophet(s) from the outside, until and unless you walk through the gate. Only few selected individuals who do the cleaning are allowed to enter.
    The third pic shows the front wall of the room. My camera was snatched just about when I was taking this pic. Some people try to leap forward to touch the grill if the policemen aren't looking, but it is risky.



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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Ruq in Am I A Muslim?   
    ooOOOoo...get you! (joking) =)
    I dont think the issue is about submission, surely all muslims agree that your aim is to submit to God. The issue at hand is what submitting means and this depends on how you interpret Quran/ahadith and how your conscious/subconscious will understand/reckon/accept that information and how that filters through into the way you think/feel and live your life. I dont think this process ends, we're all at one stage or another in it and there is no cookie cutter muslim machine we can pop ourselves into and all emerge the other side agreeing with each other. So investigate the things that trouble you and approach it from as many angles as you can. Dont rush, the process is the most important thing and your intention to find truth.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to beardedbaker in Human Instincts And The Hereafter   
    (salam) (bismillah)
    A question that has caused a lot of debate amongst scholars and philosophers, is on the matter of human instincts in this world, and the reason for their creation in us, viz. the analogies portrayed in the Quran with respect to the different kinds of tasteful food and drink and procreation. It is well established by both science and religion that the reason we have the instincts that we have in this world, ie desire for food and sex, is to keep us alive and to continue our species, respectively, but why are we still promised similar matters in the Quran, in a world with different laws? In the hereafter, we will be immaterial beings, living eternally, so there is no need for food and sex. Even if it is for the sole purpose to satisfy urges, won't boredom set in after a while?
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Mikael in The Worst Age Of Man   
    (bismillah)
    (salam)
    The world, inherently, would be a nice place. This is so because it is one of the creations of Allah, the Exalted, and not one of those creations which was in anyway lazy in obeying His commands. A post (Sufi comics) by another member gives the same concept.
    However, I do agree that peace is almost non-existent in the world as a whole. And people are participating more in sins and vices. This is also understandable, as we are told in our ahadith that to the end of the world, vices will be widepsread. How much we are nearing the end, and whether or not this is the lowest man can get in his spiritual state, is another thing.
    But, we should not be negatively affecting our selves by thinking of how low a state man is in now, because if we did, then we will be prone to feelings of hopelessness, depression, widepsread mutual hatred etc which are different types of sins. So, if we do this, we fall into sinning.
    Rather, we should take respite in Allah, the Lord of the worlds, and seek the company of Imam az Zaman (as). Once we do this, then we are away from sins, while finding the world and its inhabitants to be the signs of Allah.
    (wasalam)
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Hassan kachal in The Worst Age Of Man   
    Good post, And this is essentially the point.
    All those who posted about how great things are mainly focused on things like scientific and technological advances, which are no doubt important. Yet there's been no mention of morality, and it is on that front that mankind is seriously at a loss.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Mr. Elephant Tusk in The Worst Age Of Man   
    Man's in the lowest point of morality since the beginning of time, largely due the media, the indecency of those who wish to make easy money and the lack of religion in the world. One example os America, 80% of Americans claim that they're Christian, but in reality only 15 to 20 percent of them are really practicing. So in reality, only abou 20 percent of Ameicans are rally practicing Christians. And this is just one example.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to -SeeKeR- in The Worst Age Of Man   
    This story just proves the point that the more progress man has made the more animal like he/she has become. And it is just because of this that its the worst age, having all the resources, knowledge etc. yet not being human. I wonder at the posters who feel that humanity is progressing and moving to one of the best times. What good is all this progression if its not making humans reach their best BUT rather their worst. Currently all the knowledge is having a counter effect.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to -Enlightened in The Worst Age Of Man   
    (salam)
    I agree with your post . I also agree with some other members that said that technology is really advanced . However ,the level of faith /having a pure spirit is being lower from generation to generation and people put more importance to materialism (money specially) , which is the number 1 reason of making wars and having troubles. People can not live in harmony without strong faith and we are convinced that Islam is the right path . Most of the people in the west get a bad Image on it due to the terrorism ,and it might explains the end of times ?! Probably :unsure: (Allah Alam).
    I remember seeing a survey where the question was '' What do we need to remove in order for the world to say in peace ? '' and most of the people ticked ''religion'' :wacko:
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Hussien in The Worst Age Of Man   
    (bismillah)
    I disagree. I believe that we live in one of the best times of human history. We age and live longer. We have defeated the most numbers of diseases that have killed human beings through out history. We are more conscious, we are more knowledgeable, and we are more informed than any other time in human history. If human life is related to humanity, then we live in the most humane period of human history because we have managed to create a world for 7 billion people. No other time in human history has the human population exploded so suddenly and so extensively- i.e. today we are the most humane. I further believe that since the machines have been an integral part of our successes and achievements, the age of machines (industrial age) is the age thats beyond good and evil. For we have also never been this savage as we are today where loss of human life is not an accidental possibility but a must of our status quo and way of life. Good and Evil are two faces of the same coin. The more you sow, the more you reap- both good and evil. The more we try to do good, the more we will do bad. inaction as our best action... collectively speaking that is.
    Whats alarms me personally is the speed at which the machines are taking over our lives. We are on the verge of loosing our choices and our humanity... tipping the gravity of man further towards his evil tendencies.
    (wasalam)
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to -SeeKeR- in The Worst Age Of Man   
    I would agree.
    In age of ignorance people were 'jahil' because they were ignorant while nowadays people are 'jahil' despite knowing everything!
    Humanity has come to its worst point, might sink further, until Imam(ajtf) reappears. Most people and societies seem like animals to me.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to alimasta in The Worst Age Of Man   
    salam alaikum,
    Mankind has always had a past in which human beings exploit and kill other human beings. But are we in the worst age of man. I believe so, because the propensity of badness so to speak is now global - due to of course enhanced communication - internet, tv, films - feeding man's base desires, and exporting cultures around the globe. As well as that we are in the age in which people think in terms of nihilism, totalitarioanism, utalitarianism, skepticism, aetheism - hence a country can bomb another country if thousands die it is Ok as long as the outcome is beneficial in some way for whoever. I believe we are in a bad age, an immoral age, worse than that of Jahiliyyah. Because as a theist, a Muslim, humankind has totally forsaken the Divine. Sometimes on a personal level I look around and I feel sickened as to what humans have become. But usually I keep these views to myself because at the end of the day I believe every human being makes his/her own choice and fights his/her own battles - and the only rope I want to hold on to is that of Ahl al-Bait (as)
    you agree?
    wsalams
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Shia_Debater in Lack Of Sincere Intention In Acts Of Worship   
    (bismillah)
    (salam)
    I would say it sounds like shaytaan is getting to them through these thoughts. Even when I pray at home if no one is near me I think to myself its for the sake of Allah (swt) then if someone comes near I think now I am praying for their sake or making my voice sound better in recitation for their sake etc.. but that is just what shaytaan wants me to believe, in reality whether that person was there or not I would still be doing the prayer and in the same manner.
    What I would say is, that person should do their prayers, and they will see that their intention is most likely not for anyone else but Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, infact being worried that your intention may not be for Allah (swt) is a sign in itself that you want to only pray to please Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì.
    (wasalam)
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Peace! in Can I Pet A Bird ?   
    That was a great post, mashAllah! My little mynah birdie would still be here, if I had someone like you to ask for advice.  
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to BillyJo in A Hadith That Makes No Sense! (adult Content)   
    I read the hadith in Arabic and ignored the English. What I understood from the hadith is legit and that is a married woman had sex with her husband and right after she had sex with him she took semen and played with it around the other lady's vagina and she got pregnant. This isn't a true story, the people who asked wanted to see the knowledge of the Imam if this had truly happened so he answered them.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to BlackWave in Where Is Original Quran?   
    The Sann'a manuscript found in Yemen is the oldest manuscript of the Quran, according ot this wikipedia article:-
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sana%27a_manuscript
    "Radiocarbon testing indicates that the parchment, and hence the lower text, most likely dates from within fifteen years of the death of the Prophet Muhammad"
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Sapphire in How To You Perceive Beauty?   
    My perception of beauty is my MOM!!!!!!!!!!!!! (LOVE YOU MOM) :wub:
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Peace! in How To You Perceive Beauty?   
    My own perception of beauty: Anything and anyone that touches the very core of my being, my heart and soul, and help lead the way to a higher plane of consciousness – that’s Beauty.
    Thus I would say that all of Allah’s creation can in that sense appeal to my intrinsic aesthetic sense, if I am in a receptive mood.
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    yellow billed magpie reacted to Blissful in How To You Perceive Beauty?   
    My perception of beauty? The smile of a child or an old person, the petal of a rose, the spontaneous and discreet things people do that they think no one notices - and the smile they get when they notice you looking. That to me, is beautiful.
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