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Peace Asifzaheer,

Read some books:

Ten Myths About Israel - Pappé, Ilan [192p]
The Ethnic Cleansing Of Palestine - Pappé, Ilan [320p]
Plowshares Into Swords - Mayor, Arno J. [432p]
The Iron Wall - Shlaim, Avi [704p]

Or anything by Norman G. Finkelstein or Noam Chomsky about this topic.

Peace.

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Asia/Middle East/Africa / Meetup Indochina
« on: October 04, 2019, 03:02:12 AM »
Peace,

The coming 6 months I’ll be traveling through Indochina. I’d like to meet up with members from Thailand, Laos, Vietnam or Cambodia. I’m not yet sure whether I’ll be heading as far south as Malaysia and Indonesia.

I’m male, 35/36 years old, and I am from Belgium (with Moroccan roots).

 :handshake:

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Questions/Comments on the Quran / Re: Who Created God?
« on: September 22, 2019, 08:48:24 AM »
Peace NK,

How do you guys tackle this question?


CHILDREN’S Q&A

If the god created everything, who created the god? How can it be no one?

What is north of the North Pole?

Of course, children (and sometimes adults) will be perplexed by this question.

The answer is that the North Pole is what defines “north” for us. Therefore, the question itself is meaningless.

It is the god who created and defined the concept of “creation” itself and what it means to us. Our knowledge about the concept of creation is what he willed that we know:

2:255. ...and they do not envelop/know a thing from his knowledge, except with what he willed...

As a result, we can only comprehend some of the god’s attributes through what he tells us about himself in the great reading.

If I want to learn about you and hear what you have to say about yourself, for example, what you like and don’t like, then the best way is to ask you and not ask somebody who never saw or met you.

Nobody else other than the god can tell you absolutely true information about the god. That is why it is important to study the god’s written words, the great reading, and learn Arabic. It is also important to study the god’s unwritten words, which is the natural world that he created, by learning science, math, etc. at school. With this purpose in mind, everything that you do serves the god.


I wonder why the god created me.

The god created you and me, and every human to serve him:

51:56. And I did not create the fantasies and the humankind except to SERVE ME.

Our purpose in life is to fulfill the promise we made to serve the god:

36:60-61. Did I not entrust/make a covenant with you, Adam’s descendants, that you do not serve the devil, he truly is for you a clear/evident enemy, and that you SERVE ME, that is a straight path?


If the god already knows who is going to heaven or hell, why doesn’t he just put them there? If the god already knows I am going to do a bad thing tomorrow, how can I not do it? Why will the god punish me for it?

Think of it like a story where you can choose among several paths what happens next.

The god is the author of the book called life. He already created and knows all possible endings and paths. We only get to choose which path to take. The path of serving the god (the straight path) is the only path that leads to a happy ending.

If we could read ahead to the ending of the story, we would all select the path that leads to a happy ending and avoid the one that leads to a sad ending. People who choose the wrong path do it not because of the author but because they are not reading the story correctly.

The great reading is like a “cheat sheet” that tells us about the endings and helps us choose the path that leads to a happy ending and avoid the many paths that lead to a sad ending.

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Discuss Latest World News / Alternative Media
« on: August 15, 2019, 04:18:58 AM »
Peace all,

I was wondering where members of this forum generally get their news from.

Some interesting and good news sites:

CounterPunch
Current Affairs*
Democracy Now!
FAIR
The Grayzone
The Intercept
Jacobin
Truthdig**

Noam Chomsky (subreddit)
Norman G. Finkelstein (official website)


* watch for articles by Nathan J. Robinson (editor in chief), possibly the best political analyst today.
** watch for articles by Chris Hedges.

Peace.

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Off-Topic / Re: Missing text, partial or full. It needs to be fixed.
« on: July 08, 2019, 04:15:14 AM »
Peace admin & mods,

This is a real problem. Not only are some posts missing, many post have sentences missing or whole paragraphs. I then have to log in and quote the author to see what’s missing (like Sardar showed), WHEN I suspect something is missing (because it’s not always obvious).

See for example this post and the following two.

There are thousands more.

Please fix this. Thank you.

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Projects / Conferences / Events / Re: Hola Scriptura!
« on: June 29, 2019, 01:26:21 PM »
Peace rh,

Were you thinking that the locations are very specific right away, or that people who are somewhat close can chat for a bit, and then mutually agree to show their precise location if they so wish?

The latter of course. I wouldn’t want people to have to give up their precise location and throw it online, just the town/city.

Anyway, I tried freelancer.com and had some offers. But I also had some time to think about the idea. And to be honest, the whole map thing now just seems stupid.

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Europe / Re: Holland in the House
« on: June 27, 2019, 02:57:11 PM »
Vrede KTHRN,

Wat vinden jullie anders van een discord groep?

Ben dit net even gaan opzoeken. Ik heb me geregistreerd en er één aangemaakt; vredestichters.

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Hadith Discussions / Quran & Hadith
« on: May 22, 2019, 03:52:58 PM »
HADITH
A reported, that B narrated to him from C, who said that he was informed by D, that he heard from E, who told him on the authority of F, that G related to him from H, who said: The prophet said...

QURAN
And if you obey most of those on the earth they will lead you away from the path of the god; that is because they follow conjecture, and that is because they only guess.

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Projects / Conferences / Events / Re: Hola Scriptura!
« on: May 21, 2019, 02:36:00 PM »
Peace all,

I’ve seen post after post, thread after thread from members trying to connect, meet, organize, etc. I read stories from members who feel lonely and yearn to meet likeminded people. I know people are joining Facebook groups. I know there are several Quran-centered forums.

But imagine an app where you simply have to zoom in on your region to see all those who live in or around your neighborhood.

We can do this. If such an app existed, it would (god willing) spread like wildfire. We’d post it in all the Facebook groups, on all the forums and send it to all likeminded people we know. And then it’s just a case of “I got people I know, who got people they know.”

The only downside (or problem rather) I can see would be concerning privacy. But this can be worked out. For starters, we’d use OpenStreetMap instead of Google Maps.

What other pros or cons do you see? Maybe also just call it “Hola!” or we can choose another name (e.g. Free-Minds).

Come on! Keep this thread alive until we bring this about.

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