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Personally I think there are so many problems with being a believer. When you say “I believe” you are fundamentally saying, “I am unwilling to admit that I do not know”. The seeker is willing to admit he doesn’t know! The believer is unwilling to make this admission. He draws conclusions about what is not yet within his experience. A believer may make assumptions about the day of the judgement! Further, the moment you believe something, you are in conflict with the opposing belief. You can postpone it with moderate talk. But conflict is inevitable. Isn't it that Abu Darda reported: Did Imam Ali (عليه السلام) not affirm in his last will, I do not see how one can attain ultimate bliss by believing in something that they do not know, by not having the courage nor commitment to seek what is true and just by wanting to assume something. The fundamental human nature is to seek, isn't it how we grow? But then why have faith in something? Well, personally, belief is a big no-no to me but faith is a big yes-yes! It is because faith is something that happens along the spiritual path. It is not something that is forced upon your mind. Belief is brainwashing; faith is a realization through experience. Faith is about recognizing that there is an intelligence in the universe that is beyond our limited logic, and seeking ways to access that. But right now, unfortunately, faith has been misunderstood to mean rigid dogma. How is Belief different from Faith? Even further, the word mistranslated into English as believer has the roots, hamza-meem-nun, meaning to have faith. Of course, "belief" is a synonym to "faith" in English, but languages like Arabic are fundamentally different from languages like English. Arabic is a language where a single word is capable of a multitude of meanings while English is a language where different words can have an exact same meaning! It must be understood that Classical Arabic is too accurately grammatized and too literal. However, the language was still very young at the time the Qur'an Sharif was written. The language of the sacred text carries no such smartness or cleverness as its Classical form because its propounder, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), was himself just too simple. That being said, with very less grammar and much sense of colloquialism there were naturally many different meanings of a single word but even so, inter-related. It is only the gift of the so-called 19th century western philosophers and translators that the essence of spiritual processes were corrupted. Now, I understand why Benjamin Franklin had said, "Give me twenty-six lead soldiers and I will conquer the world." Indeed, Edward Bulwer-Lytton agreed that "The pen is mightier than the sword." Today, along with the so called religious scholars of their own religion, the English translators since 17th century have harmed much of the philosophies of the world. English is a widespread language that has emerged out of the need to communicate and it has the least vocabulary to become a translated target-language. It lacks the vast memory and moods found in languages like Arabic. English is a language for materialistic purposes only! What Qur'an has to say about Islam? Qur'an itself refers to Islam as Din - While the word "religion" would again connect Islam with a certain form of theism, Din is an Arabic word with its root being d-y-n, meaning ‘to dissolve.’ Thus, the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) himself is telling that Islam has nothing to do with any belief-system, rather it is about submission to the whole of the creation and becoming one with it and obviously it needs faith to walk such a truthful path and dissolve. This is why Allah has the name Al-Ahad - The Unifier. For me, Islam is not a Religion but a Way of Life and a Spiritual Quest and I am not a believer but indeed faithful to Islam. What are your views?
Is reconciliation means 'islah' in Arabic ? I know i do not really understand deeply about the meaning of this word. But as mere human, human needs to reconciliate among each other in term of each of their ideology, politic, economic, social, culture, military, defense and security (... please add more). Ideology - means to understand, acknowledging the way of thinking, philosophy of each other human among different geography and tribes/nations by learning and acknowledging those while holding/taking in spirit of Surat al'Ashr (believe in Allah SWT, doing the right, good, proper things, advicing each other while holding/taking patient/shabr.) Politic - means to understand, acknowledging the way of action, tendency of each other human among different geography and tribes/nations by learning and acknowledging those while holding/taking in spirit of Surat al'Ashr (believe in Allah SWT, doing the right, good, proper things, advicing each other while holding/taking patient/shabr.) Needs more thinking about the meaning of others, i.e economic, social, culture, military, defense and security ... ... I hope this post shall give a dust of help for the return of our Imam a.s., Imam Mahdi a.s., al muntadzar.
SALAM TO ALL I AM SEARCHING BOOKS OF"" ALLAMA SYED ALI AZHER"' AND "' ALLAMA SYED ALI HAIDER NAQVI""(BOTH FATHER AND SON) , THEY START MONTHLY RISALA"' ISLAH"" FROM KHUJWA ,BIHAR INDIA BEFORE 1900. THEY WERE BOTH MUNAZIR AND ALIM. THEY WROTE MANY BOOKS IN REPLY OF SUNNI/WAHABI ULEM AND ABOUT THE SEERAT OF MUHAMMAD O ALE MUHAMMAD(PBUH). BUT THEIR BOOKS ARE RARE. SO PLZ HELP ME TO FIND THEIR BOOKS.
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