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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. No, I propose that we all grab pitchforks, round up all the virgins and then burn them in a huge wicker man while Olivia Newton-John's 'Physical' plays in the background. Also, I've not seen that episode! *cue Simpsons marathon*
  2. That's your view. Thanks for sharing. Since it's already been established that we have vastly differing views of what a 'real' man is, I'm sure you won't be surprised if I don't agree. I have absolutely no problem with a man who wants all those things, as long as as he abides by God's law, doesn't impose his own personal biases on others and refrains from judgmental generalisations. I do however, find the implication that wanting those attributes in a wife somehow makes him a 'real' man extremely questionable. As far as I'm concerned people are free to live their lives however they want. It's
  3. I think you may be looking for a concept similar to Judaism's 'Noahide laws' which I don't think exists in Islam, but someone more learned may correct me on that. Slightly off topic, but I've always read that one of the main theological differences between traditional Christianity and Islam was that Christianity preached 'salvation through faith' (orthodoxy - taken to extremes by branches such as Calvinism) whereas Islam preached 'salvation through works' (orthopraxy). That's not to say Islam doesn't consider one's faith to be of importance, or that, as Soroush pointed out, it is not of the ut
  4. What story? Interesting bit of trivia about Bafgh, they filmed scenes from one of the historical epics there. It was either Imam Ali (as) or Rooze-Vaghe'e I think. Can't remember which though.
  5. Oh yeah I totally agree. It's 'wimpy' to be so upset about the young people around you falling into sin that you risk the ire of your community and eventual ostracisation because you try to revive the sunnah of the Prophet in the face of backward cultural bigotry and archaic, misogynistic values. Especially when you practice what you preach and let your daughter do the same. That doesn't take guts at all. You're right, a man with any 'jealousy/honour' would have locked me up in my room and married me off to the next decent suitor. That's what REAL men do. I hope I never meet a man who adheres
  6. I appreciate your concern. As you said, everyone is free do as they choose. To each their own.
  7. You seem like a sweet person speaking out of concern. There are a few points I have to make however: 1) I struggle to see how you managed to infer even half of what you did from my post. You've severely misunderstood most of what I said. 2) I mean no offence by this, but most of what you've written reflects a painfully narrow world-view. I'll reiterate; people are different. Just as you cannot comprehend why I want to live my life the way I do, I cannot comprehend the appeal of what you're telling me a relationship should be. Rather, I can understand it, as socialisation has taught me that peo
  8. That's really interesting, it would be fascinating to do some sort of study to look at the after-effects of shock in this area. If it is shock, would you rather it wear off or not?
  9. I think your sarcasm is rather uncalled for. How did you assume I mean that Islam 'got in the way'? I believe my tendencies aren't something to indulge in, which is why I'm trying to live my life within an Islamic framework. If I thought of Islam as something that simply got in the way, I wouldn't have upended my life to start practicing. I see it as the truth and something that enriches my life beyond recognition, but everyone has their personal tests that they need to overcome. Of course mine are going to be different from yours. I wrote you a rather venomous reply but I stopped myself befo
  10. No of course not. You'll forgive me if I don't have the time or energy to outline the issues I have with the etymology of the word and the historical epistemology of its various conceptualisations; as you can tell by this thread I'm not feeling my best! But the most personal and arguably most important reason is because it connotes permanence and I find that difficult. I'm polyamorous at heart, but obviously given the limitations put on women I make do with serial monogamy. I find the idea of spending the rest of my life with a single person incredibly depressing. Using the word 'husband' for
  11. I find the whole thing with music really confusing. I come from what most people would consider a very religious family, but we all learnt to play instruments from childhood and my sister and I were brought up on European and Iranian classical music, as well as the indigenous music of various cultures. I play the classical violin and cello, my sister plays the santoor, my mum plays the daf, tar and sehtar, my dad plays the piano and kamanche and my aunt is the fastest flamenco and electric guitar player I've ever met. We had extremely limited contact with muslims outside my family and I rememb
  12. Same here. Do you have low blood pressure? Rh negative blood tends to occur more often in isolated communities like the Basque or Mizrahi Jews so it's thought to be a mutation, but a very strange one. That's why there are so many crazy theories regarding its origins. Only about 15% of the population have it apparently. O- is also considered the 'purest' blood type, because of the lack of all main antigens and its status as universal donor for red blood cells.
  13. I really want to know now! Hala namishe beged? (That's my Yazdi accent. I know, it rocks. :P) I like to think I've visited all the whole province, but I probably haven't. Taft and Bafgh are my favourites though.
  14. No they didn't say anything about perforation. Apparently as my body was trying to expel it it had turned sideways with one arm becoming lodged into the floor of the uterus? Or something along those lines, I felt rather faint as she was explaining so I may have misunderstood. She did say that I went to the hospital in the nick of time because another round of contractions like the ones I had would have meant them fishing it out of my abdominal cavity. At that point I needed to sit down and have some sugar.... I got sent home with antibiotics and and told to stay in bed for a week. :lol: I wa
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