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Off-Topic / Came across this Facebook group today...
« on: November 14, 2017, 06:47:56 PM »

I found this group today. I've been Google translating (which I know isn't very accurate at all) but it's the best I can do. I find it fascinating.

Matrimony / What do you think about "Meet Quranites"?
« on: August 25, 2017, 07:47:40 PM »
For those who don't know what I'm talking about:

I think the site has a great concept. However I can't agree with the annual charge. I understand paid subscription dating sites (and traditional Muslim marriage sites) ask users to pay a lot more, but 25 USD seems like a lot when we have such a small "following" (at this time, less than 100 users are registered with the site).

Your thoughts? Are you on it, or will you be using it?

Peace all,

I've heard the following claim a lot recently from Muslims who support the hadith collections: that we (people who follow Qur'an alone) are hypocritical, simply picking and choosing what we want to believe, because we reject hadith but accept the information provided in classical Arabic dictionaries. The argument is that this information all comes from hadith, so we should be accepting of hadith.

If anyone is interested, you can watch the following video: (Only need to watch from the 32:11 mark to the end of the video, so it will only take about 7 minutes to watch.)

I found this thread Wakas started a while ago that was interesting, but I couldn't find anything else on the topic.

So why should we accept the classical Arabic dictionaries then? Does anyone have compelling arguments or research on this matter (preferably with reputable sources)? Perhaps something more that deals with the history?


Questions/Comments on the Quran / The Rights of Children
« on: September 21, 2016, 06:25:24 AM »
Peace all,

Just have to get something off my chest here.

Is anyone else bothered by the fact that there is not a direct statement in Qur'an that says to be good to our children?

We are told not to kill our children, and that our children are a test, yes. But why not be good to them too?

Off-Topic / So... I made a subreddit
« on: September 10, 2016, 01:50:17 PM »

I think design-wise it turned out pretty well.

I regret the name now but can't change it or abandon it so I'm just going to roll with it. Hoping it will get the word out anyway.

If anyone wants to subscribe or post something, go ahead. :D

I'm also planning on requesting ownership of /r/quranism as soon as I get my karma up. Insha'Allah I'll get control of that subreddit as well.

Peace all,

The following excerpts are from Pagans & Christians: The Personal Spiritual Experience, by Gus DiZerega. Pages 7-8, 16:

“For us, Divinity manifests within the world and in part as the world. The world is never completely separate from the Sacred, and therefore possess intrinsic value that we are obligated to respect, and which is quite independent of our own preferences. Its value stems in part from the fact that the world is more intimately a part of the Divine than a mere creation. Ultimately, it is not an object.

"This insight helps us understand why all Pagan religions recognize female as well as male aspects of Divinity. The image of the Goddess giving birth to the world is a much more intimate and interrelated conception of the creative process than the image of the Divine potter who is forever separate from his product. The child is separate from, but also a part of, its mother. To the extent the Sacred manifests through the world, the world is sacred.

"Two similar theological terms describe this dimension of Pagan spirituality: pantheism and panentheism. The difference between the two words is that a pantheist conceives of the world (i.e. the physical universe) as Divinity in its totality, whereas a panentheist conceives Divinity’s relationship to the world as being more akin to that of the mind or soul to the body. From a panentheistic perspective there is an aspect of God that is transcendent to the world in a way that is not the case with pantheism. Panentheism conceives the Divine as both transcendent and immanent, rather than merely immanent or merely transcendent.

"At the level of mere words, the distinction between pantheism and panentheism seems clear, but these verbal distinctions become less certain in practice, not least because philosophers and theologians disagree as to what the mind and soul really are. Similarly, the physical universe as we now know it is not really physical in any sense we can grasp. Ultimately it is composed of energies, and we are not sure what energy is, either. Further, there is no adequate physical theory of consciousness, so it is not all that clear just what is meant by “the world” in pantheism. These are crucial questions for pantheists and panentheists, so it is hardly surprising that the matter remains unresolved. It shall probably always remain so. What is agreed among most Pagans, however, is that Divinity manifests throughout the world such that nothing in the world can be said to be truly and completely distinct from the Divine.”

“Polytheism is the most misunderstood characteristic of Pagan religions. Often people believe that polytheism implies denying the existence of a single source from which everything comes. Historically, it rarely has. A great many Pagan faiths acknowledge that there is an ultimate source for all that is, even while acknowledging other spiritual entities and powers with whom it is appropriate to relate. Some Native Americans call this source Wakan Tanka, Orenda, or the Great Mystery. Traditional Neo-pagan Wiccans refer to the Dryghton, “the original source of all things.” Behind the myriad Gods of Hinduism lies the Atman. Platonism, Neoplatonism, and Stoicism, the dominant philosophical/religious views of Pre-Christian Western Classical civilization, spoke of a One or Ultimate Source, often described as the Good, from which everything came, even the Gods. Yoruba spirituality recognizes Oloddumare as the ultimate divine ground for all that is."

Looking to post more material later, Insha'Allah. :) If you find this information interesting, let me know what you think. :peace:

Off-Topic / Great Video
« on: August 31, 2016, 04:11:16 PM »

Really insightful video IMO.

Health & Fitness / Living with someone who smokes and drinks
« on: August 28, 2016, 09:39:11 PM »
Peace all,

I'm currently dorming with someone who frequently enjoys smoking, drinking, and partying. She seems like a very nice person so far, very relaxed and open. But her lifestyle choices have hit me hard and overwhelmed me and I'm still trying to grasp reality as it is. My last roommate never had any desire to smoke or drink, so I'm still in shock that I have to live with such a radically different person. She smoked in our room tonight; she wouldn't have smoked directly in the room, but our roommate was sleeping in the next room. (I am hoping that it is an isolated incident, and if not, I'll get to sleep earlier so they're not wanting to smoke directly in the room when I'm there.)

I personally don't care that my roommate drinks or smokes, but I'm concerned about her trying to push it on me one day. Now I know I won't fall to peer pressure because the thought of consuming either one of these products terrifies me. But I hate peer pressure.

Is it bad that I'm allowing her to do this? Should I not? I feel like I don't have a choice at this point. The year, and decisions, have already been made.

I guess in part I'm hoping that my tolerance of her lifestyle choices will lead to us getting along well enough (I really need that), and that God willing, she won't even care that much towards my obviously different lifestyle choices because I tolerate and respect hers? I am hoping that this is the case, as I am not looking for any pressure nor trouble.

Any advice? :/

Free-Minds.Org / ProgressiveMuslims.Org / Forum Signatures
« on: August 13, 2016, 09:16:51 PM »
Peace all,

I was writing a forum signature tonight and read the following:

But when I tried to submit my updated profile information, with a smiley in my signature, I received the following error message:

Which is it? I imagine there's a textual error in the first picture?

Also, why is there only a 200 character limit on signatures? I see members with signatures that definitely appear to exceed that limit.

Thanks. :)

General Issues / Questions / Bodily Resurrection
« on: August 12, 2016, 04:31:02 PM »
I've seen this topic has been discussed a few times in this forum, but there has been no thread that is specifically dedicated to the subject.

What's members' views on a physical, literal, or bodily resurrection on the Day of Judgment?

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