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General Issues / Questions / Islamic Posters?
« on: June 23, 2014, 03:03:34 PM »
Salaam all,

This was on the front page of /r/islam today.
I would insert the picture directly, but it is quite large and doesn't fit well in the thread window.  And I don't feel like resizing it.

I decided to look up the site the poster came from, was not disappointed.

What do free-thinking brothers and sisters think of this poster and site?



Discuss Latest World News / Runner-Up Religions in the US by state
« on: June 21, 2014, 07:56:10 PM »

This is an interesting article and map that may intrigue some ppl.

As you can see, Islam has pretty strong representation in many parts of the midwest and east.


Off-Topic / Hijabi Subreddit
« on: June 16, 2014, 01:34:46 PM »
Peace to everyone,

Sisters of our community.  I'd just like to drop this link in here.  If you have a reddit account, and use it, you might want to drop someone some advice before she lets the best advice she receives be: 2 - Her husband should give his permission, because the husband has the right to have children. There must also be consultation with the doctor, to find out whether these pills are harmful or not.

Here's a link to the thread:


Prophets and Messengers / Perfection of Prophets
« on: June 15, 2014, 11:10:21 AM »
So I know that in Sunni Islam the perfection of prophets, especially Muhammed, is something that is preached.  Where in the Qur'an does it state that prophets are perfect people?

Having just read 2:260

When Abraham prayed, "Lord, show me how you bring the dead back to life," the Lord said, "Do you not yet believe?" Abraham replied, "I believe but want more confidence for my heart." God told him, "Take four birds, induce them to come to you, cut and scatter their bodies leaving parts on every mountain top, then call them and they will swiftly come to you." Know that God is Majestic and Wise.

I feel like that is a clear example of Ibrahim being critical of God and working towards becoming a stronger believer.  No different than what we do through our examination of Qur'an.  However, if he was indeed "perfect", he would be 100% aware of God and need no further proofs.  I take that as evidence that prophets are not perfect men, but are rather flawed men with strong faith and a strong desire to serve Allah as best they can.

Where are the specific ayats that give credence to the idea that all prophets are 100% flawless beings?  Even Adam, the first of us, sinned.  And Allah is Most Forgiving is he not?  Wouldn't that title be excluded from Him in reference to prophets since they are perfect (in traditional belief)?

General Issues / Questions / Quran Alone AMA
« on: June 12, 2014, 10:03:25 PM »
Who did this?

A Quran Alone subreddit might be useful in community building.  As well as getting trolled, death threats, and all the other fun you can expect when ignorant people are challenged.

Can someone explain to me the base of Ijtihad?  I understand it to be independent critical thinking toward the Quran.  However I've seen it applied differently by different Muslims with different views.  Can someone explain to me the base meaning, and how it has been used by the various sects/philosophies of Islam?

General Issues / Questions / Ambition and the Quran
« on: June 01, 2014, 10:37:50 PM »
Peace everyone,

I'm wondering what, if any, verses deal with ambition in respect to modesty.  Specifically, I'm talking about where wealth/status/material things are sought past the point of sustenance.

I know Isa referred to the difficulty of the wealthy in reaching heaven in:
Matthew 19:23-26

23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, ?Truly I tell you, it will be hard for a rich person to enter the kingdom of heaven. 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.? 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astounded and said, ?Then who can be saved?? 26 But Jesus looked at them and said, ?For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible.?

And Matthew 20:1-16. 
?For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard. 2 After agreeing with the laborers for the usual daily wage, he sent them into his vineyard. 3 When he went out about nine o?clock, he saw others standing idle in the marketplace; 4 and he said to them, ?You also go into the vineyard, and I will pay you whatever is right.? So they went. 5 When he went out again about noon and about three o?clock, he did the same. 6 And about five o?clock he went out and found others standing around; and he said to them, ?Why are you standing here idle all day?? 7 They said to him, ?Because no one has hired us.? He said to them, ?You also go into the vineyard.? 8 When evening came, the owner of the vineyard said to his manager, ?Call the laborers and give them their pay, beginning with the last and then going to the first.? 9 When those hired about five o?clock came, each of them received the usual daily wage. 10 Now when the first came, they thought they would receive more; but each of them also received the usual daily wage.11 And when they received it, they grumbled against the landowner, 12 saying, ?These last worked only one hour, and you have made them equal to us who have borne the burden of the day and the scorching heat.? 13 But he replied to one of them, ?Friend, I am doing you no wrong; did you not agree with me for the usual daily wage? 14 Take what belongs to you and go; I choose to give to this last the same as I give to you. 15 Am I not allowed to do what I choose with what belongs to me? Or are you envious because I am generous?? 16 So the last will be first, and the first will be last.?

I remember in the Quran a similar verse regarding wealth and its affect on reaching Paradise, but I don't remember specifically which. 

Anyways, I know that some lessons aren't repeated in the Quran and fall under the "affirming that which came before" clause...but I'd like some wisdom specifically on ambition.


Introduce Yourself / Peace to everyone, this is my first post.
« on: June 01, 2014, 05:49:54 PM »
Assalaamu Alaikum,

African-American checking in.  I reverted to Islam in January of 2012.  I was raised by a Catholic father and Southern Baptist mother, but I was never particularly religious.  I read the bible as a youth and didn't feel any true connection to it, nor did I feel any obligation to participate with my parents' religion.  In January of 2012, I read the entire Quran in 1.5 weeks, and performed the Shahada the day I finished. 

On this site, God-willing, I'll find a critical thinking community of believers who can share ideas and grow together.  I've spent time in several mosques since reverting, never quite feeling ok with the bitterness, hatred, and ignorance that I heard amongst my brothers in passing, direct conversations, or in Khutbahs.  That has led to me feeling quite isolated from my brothers in the mosque.

I work with 3 other Muslims, all from Iraq(2 Sunni, 1 Shi'ite), and they are all very open-minded and provide me with encouragement to find my own way.  I read extensively in my free time, and would love any suggestions from anyone to help me get closer to Allah, and further understand our other brothers and sisters in Islam, even if we don't agree with them.


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