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General Issues / Questions / Was Moses the first believer?
« on: November 09, 2016, 01:41:58 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Peace upon all Prophets.

7:143 So when Moses came to Our appointed time, and his Lord spoke to him, he said: "My Lord, let me look upon you." He said: "You will not see Me, but look upon the mountain, if it stays in its place then you will see Me." So when his Lord revealed Himself to the mountain, He caused it to crumble; thus Moses fell unconscious. When he awoke, he said: "Glory to You, I repent to You and I am the first of those who believe."

Was Moses the first believer, or was his statement fallible? Is "first" a confusing translation for "foremost" or "strongest-in-faith?"

2:130   And who would abandon the creed of Abraham except one who fools himself? We have selected him in this world, and in the Hereafter he is of the righteous.

2:131 When his Lord said to him: "Submit," he said: "I submit to the Lord of the worlds."


Abraham long predates Moses. Was Abraham a submitter (and Prophet) and not a believer?

49:14 The Nomads said: "We believe." Say: "You have not believed; but you should say: 'We have submitted', for belief has not yet entered into your hearts." If you obey GOD and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. GOD is Forgiver, Merciful.

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi


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General Issues / Questions / Homosexuality LGBTQI and the deen
« on: October 21, 2016, 07:11:40 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Homosexuality is defined as attraction to the same sex. It doesn't matter if the attraction is acted upon or not.

ALL known species that are capable of sexual reproduction also engage in homosexuality. This includes gnats and mosquitoes as well as larger and more complex animals.

Acknowledge that AQ (Al Qur'an) is not ridiculous.

Acknowledge that physical evidence is not ridiculous.

Refute that ALLAH created people differently, as is stated in AQ 30:22.

30:22 And from His signs is the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the difference of your tongues and your colors. In that are signs for the world.

Refute that ALLAH gave us signs in nature, as is stated in AQ 2:26 and 2:164.

2:26   GOD does not shy away from putting forth the example of a mosquito, or anything above it. As for those who believe, they know that it is the truth from their Lord. As for the rejecters, they say: "What does GOD intend with this example?" He strays many by it, and He guides many by it; but He only strays by it the wicked.

2:164   Surely, in the creation of the heavens and the earth, and the differences between the night and the day, and the ships that sail in the sea for the benefit of the people, and what GOD has sent down of water from the sky so He brings the earth back to life after it had died, and He sent forth from it every creature, and the dispatching of the winds and the clouds that have been commissioned between the earth and the sky are signs for a people who comprehend.


Refute that ALLAH created homosexual animals, as are found in nature.

Refute that AQ 29:29 lists reasons aside from male homosexuality that the people of Lot might have been destroyed.

29:29 "You approach the males, and you sever the way, and you bring all vice into your place." But the only response from his people was to say: "Bring us the retribution of God, if you are being truthful!"

Refute that the women among the people of Lot were innocent of male-male sex.

Refute that the women among the people of Lot were destroyed alongside the men among the people of Lot.

Refute that there is no compulsion in the deen, as is stated in AQ 2:256.

2:256 There is no compulsion in the system; the proper way has been clarified from the wrong way. Whoever rejects evil, and believes in GOD, indeed he has taken grasp of the strongest hold that will never break. GOD is Hearer, Knower.

Refute that homosexuality is depicted in cave paintings that physically exist that have been dated to be around 12,000 years old.

Refute that homosexuality existed at least 5,000 years ago among humans in Mesopotamia, as is found among physical existing evidence.

Refute that the people of Lot were destroyed around 1953 BCE.

Refute that circa 3000 BCE is before 1953 BCE.

Refute that over a thousand years span the time between the recorded homosexual acts in Mesopotamia and the time that the people of Lot were destroyed.

Refute that AQ 7:80 refers to lewdness "such as none of the worlds had done before."

7:80   And Lot, he said to his people: "Do you commit immorality such as none of those of the worlds had done before?"

Acknowledge that no person alive was present among the people of Lot.

Refute that AQ 17:36 states not to uphold what one has no knowledge of.

17:36 And do not uphold what you have no knowledge of. For the hearing, eyesight, and heart, all these you are responsible for.

Acknowledge that physical evidence can comprise knowledge.

Acknowledge that knowledge is better than conjecture.

Refute that AQ 16:116 states to not forbid what ALLAH has not forbidden, that doing so is a lie, and that those who invent lies about ALLAH will not succeed.

16:116 And do not say, as to what your tongues falsely describe: "This is permissible, and that is forbidden;" that you seek to invent lies about GOD. Those who invent lies about GOD will not succeed.

Homosexual acts are beyond the category described in AQ 4:2-24.

4:24   And the emancipated from the women-except those committed to by your oath-is GOD's decree over you. And it is permitted for you to seek beyond this category that you employ your wealth, to be emancipated, not for illicit sex. So, for those of them you find pleasing, then you shall give them their dowries as an obligation; and there is no sin upon you for what you agree on after the obligation. GOD is Knowledgeable, Wise.

For those that claim homosexuality is a disease...

48:17 There is no burden on the blind, nor is there any burden on the cripple, nor is there any burden on the sick. And whoever obeys GOD and His messenger, He will admit them into gardens with rivers flowing beneath them; and whoever turns away, He will punish him with a painful retribution.

This topic has been discussed at length in previous threads:

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9601872.msg269936#msg269936

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9605571.0

http://free-minds.org/forum/index.php?topic=9603761.msg296560#msg296560

Here are some other links:

http://www.biolbull.org/content/149/2/365.short

http://rierc.org/social/paper162.pdf

http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2004/07/0722_040722_gayanimal.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_animals_displaying_homosexual_behavior

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homosexual_behavior_in_animals

http://www.amazon.com/Biological-Exuberance-Homosexuality-Diversity-Stonewall/dp/031225377X

http://wtfarthistory.com/post/14618191022/paleolithic-homos-come-out-of-the-cave

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khnumhotep_and_Niankhkhnum

In any case, a person can be LBGTQI and follow the deen...even though the "haters gonna hate."

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Can people earn the sins of others, or do they only carry their own sins?

6:164 Say: "Shall I seek other than God as a Lord when He is the Lord of everything?" And every soul earns what is for it, and none will carry the burden of another. Then to your Lord is your return and He will inform you of what you disputed in.

5:28   "If you stretch your hand to kill me, I will not stretch my hand to kill you, for I fear God, Lord of the worlds."
5:29   "I want you to have both my sin and your own sin, and you will then be among the dwellers of the Fire. Such is the recompense of the wicked."


May ALLAH see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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General Issues / Questions / Food blessed "in Jesus' name"...would you eat?
« on: February 23, 2014, 06:55:04 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Provided that there were no other possible objections to the food, would you eat food that has been previously prayed over "in Jesus' name?"

If it is the food provided but one is not starving or forced, what are the individual views on this matter?

5:3 Forbidden to you is that which is already dead, and the blood, and the meat of pig, and what was dedicated to other than GOD, and that which has been strangled, and that which has been beaten to death, and that which has fallen from a height, and that which has been gored, and that which the wild animals have eaten from except what you managed to rescue, and what has been slaughtered on altars, and what you divide by the arrows of chance. This is vile. Today the rejecters have given up from your system, so do not be concerned by them, but be concerned by Me. Today I have perfected your system for you, and completed My blessings upon you, and I have approved submission as the system for you. So, whoever is forced by severe hunger and not seeking sin, then GOD is Forgiving, Merciful.

6:145 Say: "I do not find in what is inspired to me to be unlawful for any eater to eat except that it be already dead, or running blood, or the meat of pig - for it is foul - or what is a wickedness, dedicated to other than GOD." But whoever is forced to, without seeking disobedience or transgression, then your Lord is Forgiving, Merciful.


Although I do not try to make a spectacle of my beliefs, I chose not to eat the food provided (my attendance was mandatory) when this happened to me. This was my understanding of the matter--what's yours?

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Do you believe in a messiah/Messiah, and if so, what does it mean to you?

In the anointed sense of the word, there have doubtless been such persons. I don't believe that the Almighty has/had sent regents/rulers--but I do believe that the Almighty has sent Prophets and Messengers (Peace upon them all). Surely some human rulers had Guidance, but this isn't quite the same as being a divinely appointed ruler.

In the past, I've read the article linked below. Some of it seems no better than hadith--but some of it is directly from the Old Testament and is worth considering in context.

http://www.aish.com/jw/s/48892792.html

Any thoughts?

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Forum Suggestions / Search suggestion
« on: December 30, 2013, 04:08:19 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Would it be possible to enhance the search function? In particular, it would be appreciated (if possible) if one had the option to search Subject/Title only.

Much thanks.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Science / Virgin Births
« on: September 13, 2012, 12:25:32 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Just discovered this recent article regarding "virgin" births. WOW!

Excerpt from article:

"I think the frequency is what really shocked us," Booth added. "In the copperhead population, we detected one instance in 22 litters, whereas in the cottonmouths, it was one in 37 litters. Essentially, somewhere between 2.5 and 5 percent of litters produced in these populations may be resulting from parthenogenesis. That's quite remarkable for something that has been considered an evolutionary novelty, even by me up until this finding."

http://www.mnn.com/earth-matters/animals/stories/virgin-births-may-occur-regularly-in-the-wild

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Discuss Latest News/Events / 1,500 y.o. Bible turns up in Turkey
« on: February 27, 2012, 03:54:39 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

I'll wait for the science to verify...but this could be the start of something good.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2105714/Secret-14million-Bible-Jesus-predicts-coming-Prophet-Muhammad-unearthed-Turkey.html

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Job Seekers/Business / An idea for a business, (especially for Afghanistan)
« on: December 22, 2011, 02:43:06 AM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

The idea is to build propane powered appliances in Afghanistan. Refrigerators would be a good start, but chest freezers, air conditioners, and other appliances could follow.

Why this idea? Electricity is not currently reliable/available in all places in Afghanistan--but propane is abundant and inexpensive. Refrigeration will decrease waste and increase food safety. It will create jobs and allow more business. Building in Afghanistan will create jobs and manufacture affordable appliances close to the customers. Even though it is intended that this business would pay more than the typical wage expected for this type of business in Afghanistan, even doubling the going rate will cost far less to manufacture locally than it would to build and ship from elsewhere.

If memory serves, the going price for a "standard" fridge in Afghanistan is about $360 US. With economies of scale, a dedicated manufacturing plant in Kabul could probably turn out finished products for less than $300 US. There are about 30 million people living in Afghanistan. If just 1% of the population buys a fridge each year, that is 300,000 customers! With a $50 markup per unit, a factory costing 5 million US dollars could return $15 million each year after all costs! Sell more, make more.

In order to combat corruption from interfering with business, I propose a twofold strategy.

1. Sell partnership in the business to officials who might otherwise interfere. If they buy into the business, they won't interfere because it will destroy their earnings--and draw the ire of other (potentially powerful) investors.

2. The business should donate generously through religious institutions. If a politician interferes (and thus disrupts the donations) the religious institutions would create such an outcry that not even the highest politicians in the land could withstand it.

In order for the business to be secure, I propose the following strategy:

1. The business should be located in a more secure area, such as Kabul. This is also necessary for the workforce and for the availability of electricity.

2. The workers will be paid through an Islamic bank--not in cash at the factory. The bank will create many new accounts through the employees, and will likely own part of the factory. The bank will provide interest free loans to qualified customers to buy appliances--the customer pays a little money up front for the appliance (they take the appliance home), and pay a little money each week or month until the appliance is paid for in full. As the business does well, the bank will also do well. Here is an example: the bank owns 1/5 of the business. Many would-be customers can't afford to outright buy a $360 fridge. The bank loans (with no interest!!!) $310 (the buyer paid $50 down) and the buyer pays the bank back $10 a week to buy the fridge. More refrigerators are sold. The bank has not only created a giant customer base, but it has also made a lot of money off of the appliances--not off of servicing loans/interest. It is a win/win situation that doesn't take advantage of anyone.  :bravo:

3. The business will be owned and operated by Afghans, not foreigners. It would only exacerbate security problems for, say, an American to run the show. :) Whoever runs it has to live locally anyway.

Problems (technical and otherwise):

1. How much will altitude effect refrigeration? (Research)

2. How to set up the factory to transition to make electrical appliances if ISA the electrical system in Afghanistan improves. (Plan ahead and use experts)

3. How to protect the investors if the government nationalizes the business. (Make the money back fast!)

4. Which products first and how much? Can the factory meet demand? If not, what about competition?

5. How many investors, and for how much?

Benefits of this idea:

1. It creates jobs. Building the factory, supplying the factory (many small businesses would be created), transporting raw and finished goods to and from the factory, manufacturing the appliances, selling the appliances, repairing the appliances, providing fuel for the appliances, as well as the new businesses that the appliances would make available (restaurant, grocer, etc).

2. It produces a needed product.

3. It legitimately accumulates wealth that could be used for other beneficial projects. A plant manufacturing ammonia would be an excellent start (fertilizer for farms, industrial explosive for mining, raw materials for other processes). A business creating fine marble products would be another idea. Afghanistan has some of the world's finest marble--but a lot of it is made into bulk inexpensive products. With investment, statues, fireplace mantles and a plethora of other products could be manufactured and marketed worldwide.

Examples of marble products and retail prices: http://www.italianmarble.com/

4. It helps to stabilize the financial structure in ways other than job creation. As the banks grow in legitimacy, they can help start other businesses.

Other thoughts:

Experts (probably will be non-Afghan) should plan the factory and help it get set up.

There are other neighboring countries that could manufacture--but it would help Afghanistan the most to do it locally.

The supply situation will solve itself. People WILL beat a path to sell materials to the manufacturing plant. If copper coils are used, people will start making copper coils if the factory will buy them.

Land in Afghanistan is very expensive to buy--not very expensive to lease.

Until my family can raise money, I can do nothing except propose an idea, wait patiently, and refine a plan. Then again, I'm not in love with money. If anyone can use this idea--KEEPING WITH THE DEEN, may ALLAH see fit to grant what is best! Use the idea.

Please comment. If you are an Afghan, or from Afghanistan and interested in helping, your comments are especially desired.

May the Lord bless you and keep you.
May the Lord make his face to shine upon you, and be gracious to you.
May the Lord lift up his countenance upon you, and give you peace.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Forum Suggestions / Article spelling error
« on: September 27, 2011, 08:21:48 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

"Science" is misspelled "Sceince" under articles.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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