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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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Science / Atheism as mental deviance?
« on: September 19, 2011, 07:49:55 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Hot off the presses...

Evidence has been presented that links higher order autism to atheism. You can't make this stuff up!

Not all atheists have autism of course--but autism is more prevalent among atheists than other belief sets.

http://blogs.discovermagazine.com/gnxp/2011/09/atheism-as-mental-deviance/

ALLAH knows best

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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General Issues / Questions / Disbelief versus Unbelief
« on: September 05, 2011, 01:04:14 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

AQ addresses disbelief  >:D. Does it address unbelief  :confused:? The meanings can be distinct :hmm. Definitions vary but here is the gist:

•belief: an opinion that a certain proposition is true
•unbelief: lack of an opinion regarding a certain proposition
•disbelief: an opinion that a certain proposition is false

source: http://www.secularplanet.org/2006/04/unbelief-disbelief.html

3:176 And do not be saddened by those who rush into disbelief. They will not harm GOD in the least. GOD does not wish to make for them any share in the Hereafter, and they will have a painful retribution.

Why the word rush? The wording is deliberate, so it must have meaning. Perhaps it means "eager persons" and in this context "eager to go to hell?"

4:140 And it has been sent down to you in the Book, that if you hear the revelations of GOD being rejected and mocked, then do not sit with them until they move on to a different narrative; if not, then you are like them. GOD will gather the hypocrites and the disbelievers in Hell all together.

2:161 Surely, those who have disbelieved and then died as disbelievers; they will be cursed by GOD, and the angels, and all the people.

What about agnostics/soft atheists/unbelievers who claim/believe that not enough information exists to make a definite claim? Do they not uphold 17:36?

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

Please provide as much Quranic evidence as possible for any claims in response(s).

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Questions/Comments on the Quran / AQ 2:62...doesn't state GOD alone.
« on: September 03, 2011, 11:33:42 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Questions are underlined.

2:62 Surely those who believe; and those who are Jewish, and the Nazarenes, and the Sabians, whoever of them believes in GOD and the Last Day and does good works; they will have their recompense with their Lord, and there is no fear upon them, nor will they grieve.

The passage does NOT state "GOD alone." GOD does not run out of words, and AQ is deliberate in every word. Does the above passage apply to polytheists or not?  

98:6 Those who rejected from the people of the Book and the polytheists are in the fires of Hell abiding therein, those are the worst of creation.

In this passage, are polytheists lumped in with rejecters from the people of the Book--or are rejecters among the polytheists lumped with rejecters from the people of the Book?

AQ warns against polytheism--it is not part of the deen. Not everybody on earth subscribes to the deen in AQ. Are the warnings against polytheism only for the followers of the deen?

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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