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Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Is it not possible that "right hands possess" is a metaphor for those engaged to be married?

May the Almighty see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

4:94 O you who believe, if you strike in the cause of God, you shall investigate carefully. And do not say to he who greets you with peace: "You are not a believer!" You are seeking the vanity of this world; but with God are many riches. That is how you were before, but God graced you, so investigate carefully. God is expert over what you do.

22:67 For every nation We have established rites which they are to fulfill. So do not let the matter fall into dispute. And call upon your Lord, for you are on a guidance which is straight.

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.

5:69 Surely those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Sabians, and the Nazarenes, whoever of them believes in God and the Last Day and does good works; then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve.

22:17 Surely those who believe; and those who are Jewish, and the Sabians, and the Nazarenes, and the Zoroastrians; and those who were polytheists; God will separate between them on the Day of Resurrection. For God is witness over all things.


So...the Almighty knows best who is a believer, that is not for us to say who is and who isn't. The various faiths and philosophies have varying rites, as we have our own, and this is okay and not to be an area of contention. Lastly truth and a positive outcome on Judgment Day is not limited to those who call Islam their deen.

I'd argue that since all Prophets (peace upon them all) came with the same message, if a Christian is one who follows the teachings and example of Jesus, then anyone who follows the teachings and example of Muhammad is also a Christian (in that definition of Christian).

Anyone who worships the message has gone far astray, as has anyone who worships a messenger or asks for the intercession of either. Those who blindly follow what they find others doing, whether here or anywhere else is setting themselves up for a disappointment. On the other hand, reasoned discourse benefits many ISA, and can provide leads for others to check and verify for themselves.

May ALLAH see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi   

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Questions/Comments on the Quran / Re: Pork is HALAL
« on: March 28, 2019, 12:22:58 AM »
Greetings and peace, all  :group:

I'm having trouble (pardon the pun) digesting 33 pages of this post.

Some food for thought:

2:259 Or the one who passed through a town which had become ruins. He said: "How can God possibly revive this after it had died?" So God put him to death for one hundred calendar years, then He resurrected him. He said: "How long have you stayed here?" He said: "I have stayed here a day or part of a day." He said: "No, you have stayed here for one hundred calendar years! Look at your food and drink, they have not changed, but look at your donkey! And We will make you a sign for the people; and look at the bones how We let them arise, then We cover them with flesh." So when it was clear to him what happened, he said: "I now know that God is capable of all things!"

Bones and fat are distinct from flesh/meat. I won't rehash the guidance distinguishing fat from flesh.

22:67 For every nation We have established rites which they are to fulfill. So do not let the matter fall into dispute. And call upon your Lord, for you are on a guidance which is straight.

It doesn't much matter if there is a scientific or health reason to abstain from eating the flesh of swine or not.

If alcohol is forbidden to believers, is Kosher wine halal? If shellfish are forbidden in the Old Testament but expressly allowed in the Qur'an, how is this reconciled? Does the Qur'an expressly say that feces is forbidden to eat??? Seriously, the Qur'an is a guide for the deen and not a cookbook.

5:69 Surely those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Sabians, and the Nazarenes, whoever of them believes in God and the Last Day and does good works; then they will have nothing to fear nor will they grieve.

If the above refer to religion and not ethnicity, I don't think that diet is of primary concern. This being said, diet can be a rite (which we are to fulfill and not turn into a matter of dispute).

I'm interested in developing peccary as a meat alternative to pork.

May ALLAH see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and peace, all  :group:

* Assuming that the description of heaven is literally exactly what it is described and not symbolic or vague or a metaphor or something other than the literal reading.
* Assuming that people who are "heaven worthy" live in heaven with their soul and body and not purely souls or a purified form of what regular people of earth currently are.
* Assuming that people who are "heaven worthy" think the same way as regular people of earth

I can't think of a reply for all this
(i mean no point in going further)


13:35 The example of Paradise which the righteous are promised, is that rivers flow beneath it, and its provisions are continuous as is its shade. Such is the abode of those who were righteous, while the abode of the rejecters is the Fire.

47:15 Is the example of Paradise; that the righteous have been promised with rivers of pure water, and rivers of milk whose taste does not change, and rivers of alcohol that are delicious for the drinkers, and rivers of strained honey, and for them in it are all kinds of fruits, and a forgiveness from their Lord; like that of those who abide in the Fire, and are given to drink boiling water that cuts-up their intestines?


It seems clear to me that Paradise is described not literally but metaphorically. It is a nice place and is described as such in terms that we can grasp.

May the Almighty see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and peace, all  :group:

From a Qur'anic standpoint, I don't see anything wrong with it. Would a blind person be discouraged from an eye transplant? Are we going to be like the people of Moses (peace upon all Prophets) when they kept asking for details on a calf? Even if sperm or egg were donated, the other half would be biologically related to the couple. Yes, adoption is meritorious--but it isn't the only way.

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.

The almighty has allowed science to progress. We shouldn't neglect the gifts of the Almighty, such as modern medicine.

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi


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Science / Re: Quran says time travel is possible??
« on: July 29, 2018, 07:55:19 AM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Scientists made photons go 310 times faster than the speed of light 18 years ago.

https://abcnews.go.com/Technology/story?id=99113&page=1

Scientists have also succeeded in making light move slower in a vacuum than the so-called constant for the speed of light.

https://phys.org/news/2016-03-optical-slower.html

Of course some other particles can move faster than the speed of light in a particular medium. Cherenkov radiation comes to mind.

My understanding of 27:40 is that the Almighty is not governed by what we consider to be the "laws" of science.

2:117 Initiator of the heavens and the earth, when He decrees a command, He merely says to it: "Be,' and it is.

From a perspective of scientific theory, the speed of light doesn't have anything to do with time travel. That's just a trope.

ISA, time travel is possible. I surmise that not only is energy and mass related (931.5 MeV per u), but energy and space time are also related. ISA one day we will succeed in displacing space time with focused energy. The thing is, the energy necessary to displace space time would also be capable of disassociating matter--you'd have to "cut a hole" around the matter. I postulate that any mass displaced in space time would have to be replaced with the exact same mass--else the theory of conservation of energy just found an exception. Evidence for the theory of relation of energy and space time? How about black holes exploding, the "Big Bang", and expanding universe. Black holes may very well explode because the energy "congeals" into space time until the pressure overcomes the forces holding the black hole together. I don't agree with the theory of the Big Bang--I think that was only a black hole exploding. In any case, where did the space time come from if not from the explosion? An expanding universe also supports the theory that space time is interchangeable with energy.

Thought experiment: the energy in a watch battery is enough to time travel. The thing is, the area of effect would be much much smaller than the nucleus of an atom. It isn't necessarily the amount of energy involved, it is the amount of focus/energy density.

Anyway, enough of my ramblings.

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi


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Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

AQ tells us all that we need for the deen. It doesn't contain recipes, car repair, industrial processes and formulas. We aren't told the particulars of delivering a child, raising crops, etc. Some aspects of human sexuality just don't have a lot to do with the deen--the deen encompasses them in totality. It would stand to reason that we should avoid extremes in all things.

17:29 And do not make your hand stingy by holding it to your neck, nor shall you lay it fully open so you become in despair and regret.

We can also learn from creation.

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.

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

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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General Issues / Questions / Re: What about Agnostic?
« on: February 06, 2018, 04:47:45 PM »
Greetings and Peace, all  :group:

Has the following been considered?

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

49:14 The Nomads said: "We believe." Say: "You have not believed; but you should say: "We have submitted;' until belief enters into your hearts." And if you obey God and His messenger, He will not put any of your works to waste. God is Forgiver, Merciful.

An agnostic may be interpreting/struggling for/seeking knowledge. Isn't it more honest to embrace something only after giving it considered and diligent thought?  :hmm

ISA, agnostics will come to the deen. Those who are not currently of the deen may later ISA embrace monotheism, so we should refrain from behavior/speech that would tend to repel those who might be seekers--whatever their current system (or lack thereof).

May ALLAH see fit to Guide all seekers.

 :peace:

~Abdul-Hadi

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Greetings and peace, all  :group:

@imrankhawaja: Thank you, I'm doing alright. May the Almighty see fit to bless you and your loved ones.

I have an opinion on the matter, but it is conjecture and not worth writing. Nobody now alive was a witness. To me, it doesn't matter much, except in "How can I apply this to my life?" That part is obvious. If the details are not given to us, it is probably because they are not of import.

Surah 80 may or may not be referring to a Messenger or Prophet (peace upon them all).

11:27 seems to reinforce Surah 80, because 80:7 states that the rich man does not want to purify. 11:27 further reinforces 80:8-9, because the blind man is seeking and concerned, and the blind man is likely to be counted among the lowest.

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

Abdul-Hadi

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General Issues / Questions / Re: Why is nakedness shameful?
« on: January 13, 2018, 05:22:13 PM »
Greetings and peace, all  :group:

I've just finished reading about studies that show how shame of nudity is due to social conditioning.
So why does the Qur'an tell us to dress modestly if it has no real purpose?

Modesty is relative. In a naturalist environment, nudity is modest--in Saudi Arabia in public, not so much. But we are also admonished to act and be modest.

ALLAH knows best.

 :peace:

Abdul-Hadi

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