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Prophecies of the Quran / The Daaba = Oil?
« on: November 05, 2016, 11:32:27 PM »
Salam,

I was watching a documentary on oil and how its presence has caused the entire communication and transportation revolution, as well as the fact that oil is the result of organic creatures being buried for thousands or millions of years inside the earth.

With this information in mind, I would like to re-examine the prophecy of "The Creature" and the understanding of 27:82

A "Daaba" according to the Quran is land based organic life (made of water 24:45) and is considered, along with birds, as creatures that will return to God after their death (6:38).

27:82 "And when the sentence has fallen upon them, We will extract for them organic matter from the earth, to let them communicate. Indeed, the people are unaware regarding Our signs."

We also read from 27:82 that the "Daaba" will come out from "within the earth," which is not a place where any such creature lives as all land animals dwell "on the earth" and not "in the earth". As such, I read this prophecy as one concerning oil which is the remains of organic land animals, coming from within the earth, and which has enabled "communication" of the people through the various inventions and technologies that have been produced by it.



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Archeology & History / Gog & Magog: Fission & Fusion
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:26:06 AM »
Salam/Peace,

I have been re-reading the topic of "Gog & Magog" which occurs in Sura 18:93-99 & 21:96 and have come to a different conclusion than previously held (my previous conclusion was that Gog & Magog are either two rivers of water or lava which were causing havoc to a specific people.

My current understanding is that God & Magog are the nuclear reactions of fission & fusion, which I hope to explain by running through the verses of the story of Zul Qarnain:

18:92 Then he followed the means.
18:93 Until he reached an area that was between the two barriers, he found within it a people who could barely understand anything said.

The first interaction Zul Qarnain has with Gog & Magog is when he comes across a people who have barricaded themselves within two walls. The description the Quran gives us is that these people "could barely understand anything said" (18:92). At first glance this suggests that there is a language problem, however, these people are able to communicate with Zul Qarnain and speak of engineering matters (18:94), which implies that they have an actual defect that was noticeable to Zul Qarnain that affected their brain functions.

18:94 They said: "O Two Horned One, Gog and Magog are corrupters of the land, so shall we make a tribute for you that you will make between us and them a barrier?"
18:95 He said: "What my Lord has given me is far better. So help me with strength and I will make between you and them a landfill."

The communication with these people indicates that they are having a problem with "yajooj & majooj" which are causing "decay/fasad". They do not ask Zul Qarnain to kill them (assuming they were people) which is a possibility as Zul Qarnain has an army at his disposal and did not hesitate to kill people who were doing wrong 18:86-87, however they ask for him to build them another "wall".

The answer of Zul Qarnain is interesting in that he refuses their suggestion to build a "wall" and tells them what they need is a "landfill/radma".

18:96 "Bring me dense metal," until he leveled between the two sides. He said: "Blow," until he made it into fire. He said: "Bring me tar so I can pour it over."

The landfill is made using "zubr alhadeed" which is "hard/dense metal" and is then covered with tar. Now, unless Gog & Magog were all gathered and put into a pit, this is clearly not talking about people...

18:97 So they could not penetrate it, and they could not advance in it.
18:98 He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord. But when the promise of my Lord comes, He will make it rubble. And the promise of my Lord is truth."
18:99 And We left them until that day to surge like waves on one another. And the horn was blown, so We gathered them together.

Gog & Magog were contained using a dense metal and structure that stopped them penetrating and reaching out. A seal that will remain until the promised time when they will be unleashed again. They particles/molecules continue to react with one another which indicates a shelf life of thousands of years...

In conclusion: A nuclear reactor/core was exposed, causing deformations and radiation sickness to the surrounding people who were also engineers. The people did not know how to contain the radiation until Zul Qarnain came along and buried the nuclear material using lead lining. 

However, the secret of nuclear power will return as part of God's prophecy that God & Magog emerge again.

21:96 Until Gog and Magog is opened, and from every angle they will come forth.

There is also a link that the Jews will be behind this emergence of the nuclear reaction as Sura 17:4 predicts they will cause "fasad/decay" twice on earth (fasad is the same word used for Gog & Magog)
   
Food for thought...

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Salat & Zakat (The Contact & Purification) / Salat = Education-Process
« on: October 08, 2016, 11:41:43 PM »
Salam,

I thought I would share this post to explain why I have shifted the translation of Salat to "Education-Process" whereas previously it was "contact-prayer".

The problem with Salat was to find a "unified meaning" that fits all occurrences of the word and its verbs - a task which has been elusive over the years. Contact-prayer as a translation worked in some verses, and failed in others (like when God Yussali on the prophet, or the birds do "salat" 24:41).

The reason I have settled on Education-Process is because the Salat as I read from the Quran is a way of learning information that can then be acted on. For example:

29:45 Recite what is inspired to you of the Book and carry out the Salat, for the Salat prohibits immorality and vice; but certainly the remembrance of God is the greatest. God knows everything you do.

Here we read that the Salat prohibits immorality and vice, yet, we all know people who pray that cheat, lie, and steal - obviously the prayer aspect did not help. However, when we think of Salat as "knowing the law" then we can see that this knowledge "education-process" will stop people from immorality and vice - an attribute that God gives himself directly:

16:90 God orders justice and goodness and that you shall help your relatives, and He prohibits immorality and vice and transgression. He warns you that you may remember.

Also, "education" was the only word whose verb could use in all related verses (God educates the prophet, the prophet educates the believers, the birds know their education, Shuayb is instructed by his education, etc.).

We are to carry out the Salat to "learn the law" - a process that then helps us avoid sin and transgression, makes us stronger believers, and better human beings.

I hope the above clarification helps.

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Questions/Comments on the Quran / Orphan Vs Fatherless
« on: October 02, 2016, 11:00:06 PM »
Salam,

I am thinking of using "fatherless" instead of "orphans" in the translation (The Message). the reason is that orphans is specific to a person who has lost parents, while fatherless is a person who's father may be dead but also may be alive but has abandoned him/her.

The Quran speaks of adopted children in 33:5 and says "if you do not know their fathers, then to your brothers in the system" (this indicates the father could be unknown and therefore not orphan).

What do you think?

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Pilgrimage (Hajj) / How Many Pilgrimages Each Year?
« on: September 13, 2016, 09:18:50 PM »
Peace,

I would like to raise a question that perhaps some here can help me with.

In the Quran, we are told that the Pilgrimage is "known months" (2:197).

We also know that in the year, there are 4-months that are "restricted" (9:36).

We also know that the Pilgrimage kicks off the 4-restricted months (9:3).

We also know that the first Pilgrimage is called "the greater pilgrimage" (9:3)

We also know that the Pilgrimage is linked to the "crescent moon" (2:189).

Base on the above, I would assume that there could be 4 pilgrimages per year, or even 8 pilgrimages (noting that each lunar month has 2 crescent moons - one at the beginning an one at the end). However, what throws me off is the statement of Moses where he is made to promise to stay in Mediyan for "8 pilgrimages" but is then told "if you stay for 10, then it is you choice" (28:27) - why did they use a multiple of 2 when speaking about the pilgrimage?

My question: Is it 2 pilgrimages (the greater Hajj an the lesser Hajj) each year? Or is it 4 pilgrimages, or is it 8 pilgrimages?
 

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Science / Sun is in motion
« on: July 31, 2015, 09:45:12 PM »
i liked this video. It may not be 100% accurate, but it gives a better outlook on our solar system than the old textbooks.

https://www.facebook.com/neelwafurat/videos/945349145528330/

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Islamic Calendar & Ramadhan. / Ramadhan = ?
« on: June 28, 2015, 02:06:50 PM »
Peace,

This topis has been debated up and down, but I would like to re-ignite the discussions since we are in that time of year when the majority of Sunni/Shia are fasting and people who follow the Quran are inclined to rethink the topic everytime this happens.

There are a few schools of thought presented:

1. The Sunni/Shia rotating lunar calender which has the fast for the entire month;
2. The Summer/full moon school of thought which has a fast of 3-10 days or one full month (depending on interpretation);
3. The Winter fast which some (myself included) adhere to and which carries a fast of 10 days.

Here is the literal translation of the main verses:

2:183      O you who believe, fasting has been decreed for you as it was decreed for those before you, perhaps you may be righteous.

2:184      A few number of days. Whoever of you is ill or traveling, then the same number from different days; and as for those who can do so but with difficulty, they may redeem by feeding the needy. And whoever does good voluntarily, then it is better for him. And if you fast it is better for you if only you knew.

2:185      A month of scorching, in which the Qur’an was sent down, as a guide to the people and as clarifications of the guidance and the criterion. Whoever of you attests to the month shall fast it; and whoever is ill or traveling, then the same number from different days. God wants to bring you ease and not to bring you hardship; and so that you may complete the count, and magnify God for what He has guided you, that you may be thankful.

The view I have presented on this forum is that the fast is a "few number of days" and that this number is 10 based on the wording "complete the count". The complete count we are told elsewhere in 2:196 is 10.

The reasons I have gone with winter is the birth of Jesus which we are told occurred in the Summer (around August-September) when the dates are ripe in 19:25 as we know Jesus was conceived in the Night of Decree as the Angels and the Spirit came down to Maryam (an event which only happens in the Night of Decree) = December.

Also, if we consider that December 20/21 is the longest night of the year - then that falls in-line with the mercy of God being extended for the longest period to His servants during that night.

Finally, for any of you who have fasted in the Summer - you will know that there is great hardship if you work a normal day and don't just lay in an air conditioned room - a contrast from the fast of Winter and the rule that God does not want to bring us hardship (2:185).

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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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