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Discuss Latest World News / Writer Kassim Ahmad Passes
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:17:22 PM »
I just read that Kassim Ahmad from Malaysia has passed away at the age of 82.

Kassim is best known for his work “Hadith: A Reevaluation”, a critical study on the authority of the Hadith as a source of Islam.

May our Lord accept his soul with mercy and admit him to the gardens of Eden for his struggle and his work...

Pilgrimage (Hajj) / 2:185
« on: September 07, 2017, 08:50:17 AM »

Has anyone noticed that verse 2:185 is a "Pilgrimage" and not a "fasting" verse?

2:185 The month of Ramadhan, in which the Qur'an was sent down as a guide to the people and a clarification of the guidance and the criterion. Those of you who are witnessing the month shall fast therein; and whoever is ill or traveling, then the same count from different days. God wants to bring you ease and not to bring you hardship; and so that you may complete the count, and magnify God for what He has guided you to, and that you may be thankful.

22:37 Neither their meat nor their blood reaches God, but what reaches Him is the righteousness from you. It was thus that He has commissioned them for you, so that you may magnify God for what He has guided you to, and give news to the good doers.

The "witnessing" here appears to be the witnessing of the Pilgrimage and not just the crescent moon/month:

22:28 So that they may witness benefits for themselves, and mention the name of God in the appointed days over what He has provided for them of the quadruped livestock. So eat from it and feed the needy and the poor.

This could explain why 2:185 appears to be a repetition of 2:184 (whoever is ill or travelling), but lacks the third condition (those who can do so with difficulty).

From 2:196 we know that there is fasting during the pilgrimage period:

2:196 And conclude the Pilgrimage and the visit for God. But, if you are prevented, then provide what offering is affordable; and do not shave your heads until the offering reaches its destination. Whoever of you is ill or has an ailment to his head, then he may redeem by fasting or giving a charity or a rite. When you are secure, then whoever enjoys the visit until the Pilgrimage, then he shall provide what offering is affordable; but for he who cannot find anything, then the fast of three days during the Pilgrimage and seven when he returns; this will make a complete ten-this is for those whose family are not residents to the Sacred Temple. And be aware of God, and know that God is severe in retribution.


Questions/Comments on the Quran / Abram Vs Abraham
« on: September 05, 2017, 03:06:00 AM »

In looking at some videos, it was highlighted that the Quran uses two spellings for the Prophet Abraham.

"Abram/Ibrahm" in all of Chapter/Sura 2.

"Araham/Ibraheem" in all the remaining Chapters/Suras.

It is amazing none of us had ever noticed this before, but it is remarkably in-line with the story of Abram/Abraham from the Torah:

  3 At this, Abram fell face down on the ground. Then God said to him, 4 “This is my covenant with you: I will make you the father of a multitude of nations! 5 What’s more, I am changing your name. It will no longer be Abram. Instead, you will be called Abraham,[a] for you will be the father of many nations. 6 I will make you extremely fruitful. Your descendants will become many nations, and kings will be among them! (Genisis 17:3-6)

Articles for FM / New Articles Suggestions
« on: August 09, 2017, 12:37:41 AM »

Please use this thread to post links to articles from other websites that you think should be shared on Free-Minds, or to suggest ideas for new articles, or to post articles that you have written and wish to be posted.


Projects / Conferences / Events / Arabic Text Quran
« on: June 07, 2017, 10:33:12 PM »

I am working on a combined English/Arabic version of The Message.

Does anyone have access to the Arabic text of the Quran in Word or other Indesign friendly format?

Projects / Conferences / Events / Quran App
« on: April 16, 2017, 10:54:20 PM »

I am looking to create a downloadable App for the Quran translation (preferably with Arabic text as well).

The English translation we have has been modified to different formats .sqlite, .josn, .xml, .txt, .pdf

Anyone here have a reference to point me in the right direction?



Prophecies of the Quran / The Daaba = Oil?
« on: November 05, 2016, 11:32:27 PM »

I was watching a documentary on oil and how its presence has caused the entire communication and transportation revolution, as well as the fact that oil is the result of organic creatures being buried for thousands or millions of years inside the earth.

With this information in mind, I would like to re-examine the prophecy of "The Creature" and the understanding of 27:82

A "Daaba" according to the Quran is land based organic life (made of water 24:45) and is considered, along with birds, as creatures that will return to God after their death (6:38).

27:82 "And when the sentence has fallen upon them, We will extract for them organic matter from the earth, to let them communicate. Indeed, the people are unaware regarding Our signs."

We also read from 27:82 that the "Daaba" will come out from "within the earth," which is not a place where any such creature lives as all land animals dwell "on the earth" and not "in the earth". As such, I read this prophecy as one concerning oil which is the remains of organic land animals, coming from within the earth, and which has enabled "communication" of the people through the various inventions and technologies that have been produced by it.

Archeology & History / Gog & Magog: Fission & Fusion
« on: October 09, 2016, 12:26:06 AM »

I have been re-reading the topic of "Gog & Magog" which occurs in Sura 18:93-99 & 21:96 and have come to a different conclusion than previously held (my previous conclusion was that Gog & Magog are either two rivers of water or lava which were causing havoc to a specific people.

My current understanding is that God & Magog are the nuclear reactions of fission & fusion, which I hope to explain by running through the verses of the story of Zul Qarnain:

18:92 Then he followed the means.
18:93 Until he reached an area that was between the two barriers, he found within it a people who could barely understand anything said.

The first interaction Zul Qarnain has with Gog & Magog is when he comes across a people who have barricaded themselves within two walls. The description the Quran gives us is that these people "could barely understand anything said" (18:92). At first glance this suggests that there is a language problem, however, these people are able to communicate with Zul Qarnain and speak of engineering matters (18:94), which implies that they have an actual defect that was noticeable to Zul Qarnain that affected their brain functions.

18:94 They said: "O Two Horned One, Gog and Magog are corrupters of the land, so shall we make a tribute for you that you will make between us and them a barrier?"
18:95 He said: "What my Lord has given me is far better. So help me with strength and I will make between you and them a landfill."

The communication with these people indicates that they are having a problem with "yajooj & majooj" which are causing "decay/fasad". They do not ask Zul Qarnain to kill them (assuming they were people) which is a possibility as Zul Qarnain has an army at his disposal and did not hesitate to kill people who were doing wrong 18:86-87, however they ask for him to build them another "wall".

The answer of Zul Qarnain is interesting in that he refuses their suggestion to build a "wall" and tells them what they need is a "landfill/radma".

18:96 "Bring me dense metal," until he leveled between the two sides. He said: "Blow," until he made it into fire. He said: "Bring me tar so I can pour it over."

The landfill is made using "zubr alhadeed" which is "hard/dense metal" and is then covered with tar. Now, unless Gog & Magog were all gathered and put into a pit, this is clearly not talking about people...

18:97 So they could not penetrate it, and they could not advance in it.
18:98 He said: "This is a mercy from my Lord. But when the promise of my Lord comes, He will make it rubble. And the promise of my Lord is truth."
18:99 And We left them until that day to surge like waves on one another. And the horn was blown, so We gathered them together.

Gog & Magog were contained using a dense metal and structure that stopped them penetrating and reaching out. A seal that will remain until the promised time when they will be unleashed again. They particles/molecules continue to react with one another which indicates a shelf life of thousands of years...

In conclusion: A nuclear reactor/core was exposed, causing deformations and radiation sickness to the surrounding people who were also engineers. The people did not know how to contain the radiation until Zul Qarnain came along and buried the nuclear material using lead lining. 

However, the secret of nuclear power will return as part of God's prophecy that God & Magog emerge again.

21:96 Until Gog and Magog is opened, and from every angle they will come forth.

There is also a link that the Jews will be behind this emergence of the nuclear reaction as Sura 17:4 predicts they will cause "fasad/decay" twice on earth (fasad is the same word used for Gog & Magog)
Food for thought...

Salat & Zakat (The Contact & Purification) / Salat = Education-Process
« on: October 08, 2016, 11:41:43 PM »

I thought I would share this post to explain why I have shifted the translation of Salat to "Education-Process" whereas previously it was "contact-prayer".

The problem with Salat was to find a "unified meaning" that fits all occurrences of the word and its verbs - a task which has been elusive over the years. Contact-prayer as a translation worked in some verses, and failed in others (like when God Yussali on the prophet, or the birds do "salat" 24:41).

The reason I have settled on Education-Process is because the Salat as I read from the Quran is a way of learning information that can then be acted on. For example:

29:45 Recite what is inspired to you of the Book and carry out the Salat, for the Salat prohibits immorality and vice; but certainly the remembrance of God is the greatest. God knows everything you do.

Here we read that the Salat prohibits immorality and vice, yet, we all know people who pray that cheat, lie, and steal - obviously the prayer aspect did not help. However, when we think of Salat as "knowing the law" then we can see that this knowledge "education-process" will stop people from immorality and vice - an attribute that God gives himself directly:

16:90 God orders justice and goodness and that you shall help your relatives, and He prohibits immorality and vice and transgression. He warns you that you may remember.

Also, "education" was the only word whose verb could use in all related verses (God educates the prophet, the prophet educates the believers, the birds know their education, Shuayb is instructed by his education, etc.).

We are to carry out the Salat to "learn the law" - a process that then helps us avoid sin and transgression, makes us stronger believers, and better human beings.

I hope the above clarification helps.

Questions/Comments on the Quran / Orphan Vs Fatherless
« on: October 02, 2016, 11:00:06 PM »

I am thinking of using "fatherless" instead of "orphans" in the translation (The Message). the reason is that orphans is specific to a person who has lost parents, while fatherless is a person who's father may be dead but also may be alive but has abandoned him/her.

The Quran speaks of adopted children in 33:5 and says "if you do not know their fathers, then to your brothers in the system" (this indicates the father could be unknown and therefore not orphan).

What do you think?

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