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General Issues / Questions / Bakka/Mecca
« on: December 15, 2014, 03:10:36 AM »
Salam/Peace,

Just to share my understanding for the benefit of others.

I used to believe that Bakka and the Restricted Sanctuary were one in the same.

My understanding after much study is that they are two distinct locations.

Bakkah = Jerusalem (the site of the first sanctuary established for the people and the location of Abraham's test)

Restricted Temple/Restricted Sanctuary = Mecca (the site of the second temple and the location of Lot as well as many events mentioned in the Quran)

Mecca was destroyed by a meteor shower, from which the black stone of the Kaaba is taken.

The sanctuary/temple of Mecca was a stopping point for Pilgrims and is an acceptable site for making the animal sacrifice for those who cannot continue the journey.

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Archeology & History / People of Noah
« on: April 28, 2014, 12:53:53 AM »
Peace,

Just a thought. The calendar mentioned for Noah's people (1,000 years less 50 calendar years) teaches us that their year cycle was longer than a normal luni-solar year.

If we work out "x" in the equation: Time spent = 1,000- (50 * "x"), then the maximum number that can be used is "19".

Therefore, Noah spent 1,000 - 950 = 50 years amongst his people.

What is interesting is that the 19 year cycle, known also as the "Metonic Cycle", is a perfect mathematical fit of the lunar and solar cycles (the new moon comes back to the same solar day every 19 years).

I would also add that, the description of Noah's peoples gods describes a Sphinx (Lion, Steed, and Eagle).

Using the above data should help archeology pinpoint some of the remnants of this lost civilization.

My own view is that the Great Sphinx and the Pyramids of Giza - completely out of place and time for the Pharonic dynasty - are the remnants of this lost/drowned civilization.

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General Issues / Questions / Articles
« on: February 01, 2014, 02:09:38 AM »
Peace,

If you are aware of any articles dealing with Islam that belong on this site, kindly post the link or article to this thread.

Regards,

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Projects / Conferences / Events / North America Conference
« on: November 10, 2013, 11:06:47 PM »
Peace,

Brother Zeshan is working on putting together a North American conference to bring together those who accept the Quran as their only source of law/guidance.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/599971636706633/

Objective:
To establish Unity amongst the different movements and groups primarily Reformists, Modernists, Quranists, Progressive Muslims, and any other group organization that takes the book of Allah as their source of Peace and Guidance. To bring all the people off Facebook and off the message boards onto the ground to unite together in person.

I note that there are already plans for a conference in Canada for 2014 - perhaps the two efforts can be merged.

Regards,

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Free-Minds.Org / ProgressiveMuslims.Org / Quran Translation Name?
« on: October 11, 2012, 01:01:33 AM »
Salam,

I would like to get some feedback.

The translation we have on this site is named "The Quran - A Monotheist Translation".

Once upon a time it was named "The Message - A Translation of the Glorious Quran".

Just by looking at the name, which is the more attentive to a casual glance?

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Projects / Conferences / Events / Non Profit Organization
« on: June 25, 2012, 04:34:02 AM »
Peace,

This subject was brought up on several other threads, but I thought I would raise it again for the sake of progression.

It would be beneficial to have a registered non-profit organization set-up either under the name "Monotheist Group" or "Free-Minds" (or any other name) that would act as the central hub for charity work and development of study groups and God Alone temples.

Can we start by identifying which are the best countries to concider to be the location for such a hub?

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General Issues / Questions / God Alone Flag Design
« on: February 06, 2012, 10:27:17 PM »
Peace,

I was interested in looking at a flag symbolizing the God Alone movement...Below are three versions of pretty much the same theme:

- The blue at the top and botton represent the rivers of heaven; (5:85);
- The central theme is "God Alone" (7:70, 39:45);
- The double rectangle or octogon represent the throne of God which is "carried by 8" (69:17).

Would love to see other designs or ideas...



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Jinn & the Paranormal / Alladin's Lamp
« on: January 31, 2012, 10:35:07 PM »
Peace,

Just thinking out loud - to those who like me belive Jinn are creatures made of energy.

In Arabic folklore, you have a Jinn being trapped inside a lamp - the story of Alladin and the Lamp.

What caught my attention is that the Quran speaks of Jinn, who attempt to listen to the heaven, being defeated with "projectiles".

72:8 “And we touched the heavens, but found it full of powerful guards and projectiles.”
72:9 “And we used to sit in it in places of listening, but anyone who sits now finds a projectile seeking him.”

More importantly, it says that these projectiles contain "copper":

55:35 He sends against both of you projectiles of fire, and of copper; so you will not succeed.

So, it would seem that the Jinn "as energy beings" can be absorbed or captured using copper (like electricity) - therefore, the old folklore of Alladin's lamp may actually have been based on some truth if the lamp was made from copper.

Just food for thought...

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Europe / Turkey Meetup
« on: December 27, 2011, 04:44:45 AM »
Peace,

I will be travelling to Istanbul on vacation with family from January 6th-14th 2012. If any of the brothers/sisters would like to meet-up, please contact me via PM.

Regards,

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Projects / Conferences / Events / Malaysia Meetings (July 2011)
« on: July 19, 2011, 10:00:36 PM »
Peace,

I wanted to share with you all some of the pictures of the gatherings/meetings that took place in Malaysia during my visit in July.

The Malaysian group were kind, welcomming, and warm hearted people who took me into their homes and treated me as a long lost brother. I was both honored and humbled by such display of Quranic behaviour.

My thanks to those special people who helped organize and arrange such gatherings dedicated to the praise of God alone :)


Meeting in Penang arranged by Ashraf - great minds!


The legendary Kassim Ahmad.


Author of Quranic translation (in Malay), brother Othman Ali.


Dinner on the last night hosted by brother Chin Soon and his lovely wife Lina.

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