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Reza

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  1. Completely Agree
    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Humanism   
    With a history of colonialism and orientalism, and where Islamic discourse has been imposed on it issues of Eurocentric Christianity (as if it’s their own), where do you see the Islamic and Christian positions genuinely differ on these issues you describe, or are they both lumped together as “dogma”? Any nuances?
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    Reza reacted to Ali in Leaked video from the latest ShiaChat.com Admin Meeting   
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    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in The difference between pantheist and non-pantheist supplication   
    Faith is not blind. It always has a basis, and is based on deep reflection. To consider faith and evidence as mutually exclusive is disingenuous.
    Everyone has a personal journey, and per your criteria and standards, you do not believe in God or that the Qur’an is the book of God, while for others, what has been provided to them is sufficient for belief. 
    There is no compulsion in religion and to each their own. Everyone has to choose what to stake their life on. 
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    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in The difference between pantheist and non-pantheist supplication   
    The degree of pickiness is a subjective assessment. Nonetheless, you are imposing your methodology on the Qur’an, and basing it on that standard. Why is your methodology for validity better than the one the Qur’an provides for itself? Is trust in your methodology not the very essence of faith as well, the concept you decry?
    Have you read the numerous verses where the Qur’an replies to its doubters?
    Perhaps I’m not too aware of the nuances, but for all practical applications, atheism and pantheism are distinctions without a difference, especially when both are compared to theism.
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    Reza got a reaction from hasanhh in Did Quarantine unveil ppl’s true colors?   
    I wonder how many people’s lives haven’t changed much (ie they already lived secluded lives at home before pandemic).
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    Reza got a reaction from shia farm girl in Did Quarantine unveil ppl’s true colors?   
    I wonder how many people’s lives haven’t changed much (ie they already lived secluded lives at home before pandemic).
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    Reza got a reaction from Ali2196 in Hard time staying shia   
    Abu Bakr was elected to a dunya position. Ali was still the true leader, whether or not it was recognized or formalized in society at large.
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    Reza got a reaction from Hameedeh in Why the hate?   
    Truth will always prevail over false propaganda, even if it seems insurmountable.
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    Reza got a reaction from Diaz in Why the hate?   
    Truth will always prevail over false propaganda, even if it seems insurmountable.
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    Reza got a reaction from ShiaofAli12 in Why the hate?   
    Truth will always prevail over false propaganda, even if it seems insurmountable.
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    Reza got a reaction from Hameedeh in Corona depression   
    We’re all dealing with it, hang in there.
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    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Humanism   
    Is this from a random word generator? 
  14. My Prayers
    Reza reacted to Akbar673 in Please recite a Surah Fateha for my Grandmother.   
    This past Friday my Grandmother passed away at the age of 98 peacefully in her sleep. I would like to request the Momineen here to recite a Surah Fateha for her please. I was fortunate enough to be able to have a Grandparent in my life almost to the age of 50 and was thankful that my children were able to spend time with the Great-Grandmother. In all my years, I never knew her to miss a single wajib prayer or fast, nor did she ever miss an Aamal or the opportunity to not help the needy while impressing upon all of her family the importance of Azadari. Sadly, she is no longer with us.
    Would the readers here please recite a Surah Fateha for Syedunnisa Begum Bint Syed Muhammad Kazim Musavi. It will be greatly appreciated by all of the members of our family. Also, if you could recite 2 rakat of Namaz e Wahshat for her (even though she was buried in India last Friday).
    Jazakallah Khair in advance !!!
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    Reza got a reaction from hasanhh in Humanism   
    Is this from a random word generator? 
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    Reza reacted to Abu Hadi in Islam and the West   
    Salam, 
    I am giving a series of lectures in my family group about this topic. I thought I would post my notes and thoughts here so that maybe other brothers and sisters could get the benefit / offer feedback. This is a series of lectures. I am posting the first one. 
    Ch.1 The Frame
     
    In any discussion of any topic, it is important to understand that a discussion is always framed. It exists within a certain structure. It is limited to one or a set of topics. It is also bounded by premises, which are agreed upon by those who enter into the discussion. 
     
    In one way, these limits are logical. We cannot discuss everything at one time, nor can we discuss all possible angles and outcomes of a topic. We, as human beings, are limited in terms of our intellect, our time, and our capacity to express ideas. So frames are important and essential, because of our limits as human beings. But the frame of something is not the reality of it. The frame is only a tool that we use in order to get to the reality of something, given our limits. When we find that our frame of something is not fitting with the reality of the thing, we can edit our frame, expand it, contract it, relabel it, or throw it out completely and create a new frame. For example if you are building a house, the goal is to build the house. If you have a hammer you are using to build the house, the hammer is just a tool, it is not the goal. So if the hammer’s handle becomes bent, or the head becomes chipped, you either repair the hammer or throw it out and get a new one. You don’t stop building the house. You continue with a new hammer.
     
    When it comes to framing, a good deal of this is set by the language we are using to try and understand something. For example, when we speak of Islam, we say it is a religion. The word religion in English, carries with it a premise that we are discussing God, or what we believe to be God. It also carries with it certain sensory data we hold in our brain that we associate with the word. This word has both a denotative (dictionary) meaning and a connotative (associative) meaning. We think of religion, and certain ideas pop into our head. If a person is Catholic, maybe a priest at the alter, our first communion, a cross, an images of Jesus from a painting of Michael Angelo.That connotative meaning is specific to us. The word religion also has a shared, cultural connotative meaning. All these images, sounds, etc would revolve around and reinforce the cultural connotative meaning of the word. 
     
    You can find out what the cultural connotations are by telling someone ‘Let’s talk about religion’. Then start a conversation about charging someone interest on a loan. You will quickly find out that in English, or in the West, that is outside the frame of religion and the person will quickly challenge you or become confused, or ignore you. The other response might be for them to ask you why you chose to group that topic with the topic of religion, i.e. a person who is seeking to understand your perspective, but that response is unlikely. 
     
    In the Arabic language, Islam is a ‘deen’, and the word religion does not exist in the Arabic language. ‘Deen’ roughly translates to ‘the way someone conducts themselves in their life, including their actions, their thoughts, and their beliefs’’. So this definition, or this frame is much larger in Arabic, and the Islamic world in general outside of the Arabic speaking world understands Islam as a deen and not a religion. So in the frame of the muslim world, it is very normal and natural to talk about charging interest on a loan in the frame of ‘deen’ and there have been many Islamic discussions on this topic. 
    So my main interest on this topic is ‘How did we get this cultural frame around religion in general and Islam specifically ? ‘. Did it happen merely by a series of random events which took place in Western Countries that shaped our idea of religion and Islam, or were there forces at work behind the scenes which shaped, and continue to shape our ideas about these topics and created these frames. Is the frame that is set around these ideas in Western Society in accord with the reality of these topics, and if it is not in accordance with the reality of these topics, how to we adjust our frame or throw it out completely and create a new one. Finally, why is it important to understand these topics, i.e .what benefits would we gain from engaging in the effort to try to understand them. 
     
    The frame around the idea of religion and the idea of Islam was created for us by forces within our culture. Just like the surface of the earth, i.e. what we see with our eyes, was shaped by forces within the earth that we can’t see with our eyes. The height and location of mountains, the depth of oceans and lakes, the placement of countries and continents. These forces have certain strengths, and certain times which they act upon the surface. 
     
    The greatest force which shaped both our understanding of religion in general and Islam in particular, in the Western World, was the institution of the Catholic Church. It is important to understand the history of the institution as well as the forces which rose up in the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries to challenge this institution and the final victory of these forces over the Catholic Church. InshahAllah, in the next section, I will be discussing this topic. Salam.
  17. Completely Agree
    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in The "woke" Muslim   
    “Left” and “right” are Eurocentric terms, and each encompass broad ideologies, of which Islam may have occasional overlaps of agreement, disagreement, or neutrality with them. 
    Your characterizations of the “left” and “right” will be disputed by some self-declared members of that same group, and they’ll say you’re not describing it properly.
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    Reza got a reaction from notme in The "woke" Muslim   
    “Left” and “right” are Eurocentric terms, and each encompass broad ideologies, of which Islam may have occasional overlaps of agreement, disagreement, or neutrality with them. 
    Your characterizations of the “left” and “right” will be disputed by some self-declared members of that same group, and they’ll say you’re not describing it properly.
  19. Completely Agree
    Reza got a reaction from Mohammadi_follower in Ashura celebrations in Morocco   
    With that logic, why do funerals exist?
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    Reza got a reaction from wolverine in Ashura celebrations in Morocco   
    Are the celebrations because of the Islamic new year, or is there a more insidious origin story? I would be inclined to believe the former if it was the first of the month, but the tenth? That’s suspicious.
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    Reza got a reaction from wolverine in Ashura celebrations in Morocco   
    With that logic, why do funerals exist?
  22. Completely Agree
    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Humanism   
    Why keep the term and claim it for yourself when it has become as loaded as it is? It’s not an essential word to keep in your vocabulary. There are much better words out there. 
    Absolute surrender to God is predicated on the idea that without the sustainment of God even for a moment, we would cease to exist. 
  23. Completely Agree
    Reza got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Humanism   
    Humanism could be relatively neutral or positive terminology within a God-believing context, but has been co-opted to be synonymous with human supremacy and human exclusivity. It’s a rhetorical and insinuating term. 
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    Reza got a reaction from Bakir in Humanism   
    Atheists and agnostics have taken the word for themselves, and their definition is the predominant one. It’s a rather small concession for Muslims though. 
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    Reza got a reaction from Diaz in Ashura celebrations in Morocco   
    With that logic, why do funerals exist?
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