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The Star Wars allegory
« on: April 14, 2013, 05:17:24 AM »
The Star Wars allegory

Weird as it may sound, Star Wars is an excellent example which can be used to describe Islam. There are many things that are pretty similar between the Truth and the fictional story of Star Wars.

Below is a list of things which make astounding similarities between the Truth and Star Wars, I will further explain each parameter later:

The struggle is between the Light side of the Force and the Dark side of the Force in Star Wars, which may represent the Holy Spirit of God and the Evil Spirit of Satan in reality. People can decide which path they will take, although sometimes they are manipulated to join the evil side.

The Force itself can be translated to the Spirit, which is used by the two factions, although in reality the Holy Spirit is more hidden than in the fiction, but both forces are extremely potent and powerful.
The use and training of the Light side of the Force leads to a high moral character, good soul and apparently eternal life. The same is true for being in the Light of God, as God?s Holy Spirit will give the same benefits as the use of the Light side of the Force in Star Wars.

The Dark side of the Force has the same effect on people as Satan?s whispers and soul possessions in reality. Those afflicted encounter a moral breakdown, which will lead into a full possession by the lure of the Dark side and they will become utterly evil. Those affected as driven by their lusts, arrogance, selfishness, pride, and all other negative features.

Clarification of difference between fiction and reality

Of course, Star Wars is not the reality and this allegory is merely to present a theory that this motion picture may be a viable source of inspiration. The ?hocus pocus? does not occur, although God can occasionally show a Force-like power on Earth such as lightning strike a group of people, Moses lifts his staff and the sea opens up, or something like this.

What was the aim of this allegory is primarily the philosophical aspect of this series of movies, such as in the mental development.
The Dark side of the Force is apparently stronger than the evil spirit of Satan, which means in reality that Satan does not possess as much power as in Star Wars. Satan does not possess the ?magic? of the Force as in Star Wars, as compared to God?s side of the Truth, and hence he can only use the manipulative aspect of the Dark side, which however is strong enough to destroy most of mankind, as we can observe in our own real world.

The philosophical aspect

I have always been fascinated by the philosophical aspect of the Light side of the Force and the goal to reach an inner peace within oneself, which is exactly the same one as in Islam.

The spiritual aim by righteousness and self-control through meditation seems to lead to more peace within the soul than the evil means of the Dark side, which seem to cause the users to be somehow depressed and broken down, unhappy, and they seem not to be able to control their own destiny.

I have been thinking about the possession of souls and that Satan can do this. When someone has ?been turned to the Dark side? in Star Wars, it is difficult to convert them back to the Light side again, thus the Dark evil spirit has possessed the victims.

I will write about the specific faction in an own part of this article.

The Light side of the Force (God?s side)

To choose the Light side means living in harmony and peace from deep within the soul, once you are able to reap the benefits, i.e. begun to feel the Holy Spirit/the Force flow within you. The Force seems to help you on your path towards this destiny as long as you continue to perform righteous acts.

One should believe that enough Faith can move a mountain, just like is being taught by Jedi Masters in Star Wars. If you can get enough certainty with the Faith, I am sure there could be a possibility to accomplish that, since sanctioned by God one can do anything as long as God allows it.

Now, it may not be God?s will that you are to move a mountain, but you should have the mind to it. My personal motto: ?Everything is possible, nothing is impossible? has taken me far on my own path. The main point in this phrase is to believe that anything can happen, even if considered impossible by human science. I believed like this for perhaps 15 years, before I came to the point I am today, 2013, and it seems to have paid off, I only faintly believed in God, although I was certain that the world must have a Creator.

Traditional Christianity, which was the only religion widely available where I lived, turned me off from becoming more active in on my religious career, although I gradually turned to the Light over the years.

Back to the topic, the faith in the Force basically means the same. You need to believe that something is possible for it to happen.
In the beginning of a religious path, the feeling of the Holy Spirit is very faint and probably not even noticeable, but someone who is further blessed by the Lord (meaning part of the Holy Spirit is inside of him) will begin to sense things not been felt before. The Truth will become clearer and one will feel lighter and that he is walking along the beach with the Lord (my parable), meaning God will offer his support in times of hardship or even with the everyday agenda. Opportunities can seem clearly sanctioned by God and one is now feeling like living with the Holy Spirit flowing through the veins.
This is why a person must be patient and steadfast, because one may not feel the benefits of the Holy Spirit/God until after quite a while. And God will put each person to various trials along the way, to see which persons are truly worth infusing with part of His Holy Spirit. Of course, God can remove His spirit from anyone as He pleases if this person misuses his position.

The above paragraphs are pretty much the same in the saga of Star Wars, so no need to write additional text for that. Just replace the Holy Spirit with the Force instead and you have Star Wars. It seems as if some people are capable of being infused by the Holy Spirit to a greater extent than others too, i.e. their souls seem to sustain more. The Holy Spirit seems to be causing some fatigue on the soul and body of the receiver, until fully adapted/trained.

Once blessed by God, one gains a better understanding to distinguish between right and wrong, and can, sanctioned by the Holy Spirit, pretty much always make the righteous choice. Once absolutely certain it is difficult to divert from the Path of Light.
The last portion of this section of the article will tell some more or less important tips regarding to search for the Truth. In order to fully open up for God is to live in a state of prayer through the whole days, meaning you should remain slightly in a meditative state even while not meditating and praying. This is, somehow, like allowing one to feel the Force within oneself before attempting anything, and thus remain conscious of God all times.

Constant meditation/praying to God will allow to more easily remain in a state of prayer, even outside of this practice.
Praying a lot or spending a lot of time meditating will not affect ordinary life as God will repay you more than you spent. Blessings and divinely sanctioned opportunities will arise. If you like Star Wars, you will also feel somewhat like a Jedi Knight (he he he).
But forget about the Star Wars titles and that kind of stuff, this is real life and not fiction!

Never feel it is silly to meditate for hours per day, but make use of the intensified state and reflect upon what you have learned, not only sit around with a zeroed mind. Involve the Lord in your meditation and allow Him to inspire you. Think about religious issues or life issues, and what the most righteous thing to do next is, plus other similar things.

Remember, meditative state can be reached in many unconventional ways, not always the traditional. Most important is to reach your true self and think clearly, and be open for inspirational communication with the Lord.

The Dark side of the Force (Satan?s side)

This side is not as fancy as in fiction, but despite this, most people seem to choose this path.

The path of the Dark side leads to the destruction of one?s soul, losing all of God?s spirit and completely obeying the dark lord, Satan, or Sith as in Star Wars. Satan promises the subconscious soul lots of things, but will only fulfill one and that is the destiny of total demise. Afflicted souls will feel powerful, driven by their egos and are not prevented by such petty things as being good to others. They can easily use cynical ways to reach personal goals and even hurt others both mentally and physically.

Most of these people are greedy and wealthy and are not willing to share, and they have often acquired their wealth through foul play.
The only protection against Satan/Sith is to call to God and begin perform righteous deeds before one has wandered too far. Another being can, helped by the Holy Spirit, sometimes turn someone from the Dark side. However, the evil grip of Satan is clouding the mind of the victim and it takes quite a lot to free this person from Satan?s possession.

I have thought that, members of religious sects that are not sanctioned by God and are actually worshiping Satan and he is clouding their minds so badly they cannot see anything but their own ?truth?. You can compare that with Emperor Palpatine in Star Wars, although in one of the space flight simulators where he says: ?Peace and order will be restored throughout the galaxy?, of course a lie, but he believes in it so strongly that he think he is righteous.
The Sith actually believe that this strict discipline and inhuman living is the truth and the correct way to prosperity. Draw that parallel with sects of the real world and they think their version of the religion will lead to peace and prosperity, sometimes by such extreme measures as killing disbelievers and other obvious actions influenced by the Dark side.

This is the same dangerous thinking as the Sith in the Star Wars saga. So these ?believers? are not worshiping God, because He will not accept the worship from people with such unrighteous thinking, and they are rather lead astray by the evil one and his followers.

They implement strict rules making God?s religion look like a military camp with inhuman routines. They are more afraid of doing ?haraam? or ?makruh? than worshiping God, to the extent of completely forgetting what God stands for and obsessively follow the alleged sunnah of the prophet (which is Satan instead), while God has never forbidden anything except things that are explicitly made clear in the Quran.

God is not forbidding anyone from having their own personality and integrity, hence one does not have to imitate a prophet who lived over a thousand years ago. His worshipers does not all have to look like Muhammad-clones with authentic beard and hairstyle.
The above is just like the Sith faction and their camps you can find if you play one of the Star Wars ? Knights of the Old Republic games.

Similar to Star Wars, a person on the Dark side of the power does not seem to have eternal life, such as those on the Light side.

When Obi-Wan is killed by Darth Vader on the Death Star, Vader looks utterly surprised that his body just disappeared, i.e. the spirit instantly left the body and reached another world, although in the real life dead people have no connection with this world once gone.

This allegory in conjunction with the Game Allegory

Playing Star Wars ? Knights of the Old Republic gives a feeling more in detail how you can perceive that light side points vs. dark side points are rewarded. Even answering something rude in a conversation gives Dark Side points, and the same goes for the reality. God gives you a negative score if you answer something bad in a conversation, God does not leave anything out from your ?report card?. The lesson with this allegory as well as my previous Game Allegory is that nothing is left uncounted; hence we must always be aware of how we come about with other human beings.
The Truth is as exact as this computer game, since God will save every act, every utterance, in a log saved until the Last Day.

I recommend playing ?SWKOR? for further insight into what I meant in the allegory presented in this article. But if you do not like games then the allegory I wrote is sufficient for you. And of course real life should be sufficient for you, in case the above article was too dull for you.

Ending

This allegory can be expanded and is far from completed. I wrote it during several hours a Sunday afternoon, but since I have family and other important matter to attend to I could not continue any further. However this article is saved as a document on my computer for further work.

It shows that Star Wars can teach us a lesson in how to live our lives and how similar it is to Islam. The article can also show a little on how Satan works when he manipulates entire civilizations into living unrighteous and petty lives and into being evil-minded. He can partially and fully possess a human being, probably what happened to Mr. Adolf Hitler in the beginning of the 20th century, when he wreaked havoc on whole Europe during this period. This Nazi-Germany portrayed a perfect image of how the Empire in Star Wars works and what kind of discipline it wants. The Nazis present another parable actually which can be connected to Star Wars.

The life God wants us to live represents quite perfectly the life of a Jedi on the Light side of the Force. You can find lots of inspiration by watching and analyzing Star Wars, and probably many other similar motion pictures, but I found none like Star Wars so far.

In fact, Terminator 2 also teaches something, when the Terminator is talking to John Connor about mankind and that it is self-destroying. Of course, Terminator does not teach us that much except from some few things.

Remember, even Buddhism can teach anything with all their meditation and focus on soul development. That is what Islam should be focused on too, meditation and soul development, rather than trying to please God by inventing very strict rules and concentrating so intensively on them that they take up more time than reflecting on God and his marvels.

?Hmm... what is ?Haram? for me now and what is ?Halal?? What does the scholars say? Would it maybe be Makruh if I do this? Does my beard look exactly like Muhammad?s now? Did I pray exactly 3 rakah last time??

Thoughts like this overwhelm a traditional Muslim to the extent not healthy instead of just living in the way of God, performing righteous deeds along the way. You must live with the flow of the Force, not let your thoughts distract your actions.
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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #1 on: April 14, 2013, 07:16:53 AM »
Did you catch how the Jedi Counsel remarked: "A Sith Lord was encountered? There hasn't been any Sith in a thousand years. Surely we would have known if the Sith had returned!"

If you look at the Jedi Counsel collectively as the Seers (eyes) of Adam's Body that have ruled and reigned over a Golden Age society (Zion) for a Millennia, then you can see that the death of an Adam truly is due to His eyes growing "dim". George Lucas seems to me to have depicted the death of an Adam.
While the Qur'an contains critical truths, it is completely meaningless without the foundation of the Torah and the teachings of Jesus Christ.
Also, there are additional sacred texts that have been given since the Qur'an that if dismissed will simply deny oneself of the promised blessings foretold.

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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2013, 12:19:00 PM »
Peace kalixguru,

I had almost forgot about this thread I made.

Well, you can draw some parallel to the real world by that statement from the jedi council. How naive humans can be having Satan living among them and not "seeing" him (sensing his presence).

Before they have sensed his presence, Satan has already taken them over (like mind-control) and subconsciously control them.

I sometimes think about Hitler and his manipulation of the German people through politics and that is also basically what Emperor Palpatine was doing. That is why I feel the dark side of the Force is like the power of Satan.

God bless you kalixguru and anyone happen to discover this thread.
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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #3 on: July 22, 2013, 09:11:15 AM »
Salaam.

Great post.

Genius! Brilliant! Fantastic!

Tbh I found this topic while I was so bored by searching the word "Hitler"  >:D
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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #4 on: July 22, 2013, 05:09:01 PM »
Salaam  diamantinehoneybunch,

Thanks. This thread does not seem to be that popular, but it is nice to see someone appreciates it. Funnily, it was in fact Star Wars which drew me closer to God. The spiritual aspect of Star Wars is motivating and can become deep if you philosophize on it. I believe God's Holy Spirit works somewhat like the 'Force' in Star Wars but more the real thing.

Sometimes it feels like George Lucas was unaware that God influenced him to add pieces of Truth, but certainly it must just be a coincidence. The aim in the training of the Jedi is exactly the way a muslim should take as well regarding the spiritual aspect, and a muslim should fight for the same reason: "to uphold the balance in the Force". :jedi:

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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #5 on: July 22, 2013, 06:55:06 PM »
lol

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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #6 on: July 23, 2013, 01:07:57 PM »
Good post Padawan..
You're getting better at learning the way of the Force :)

For his Star Wars universe, George Lucas mainly inspired by "Eastern Philosophy" specifically Taoism..
The "Light Side" and "Dark Side" of  The Force is a straight parallel of "The Yin" and "The Yang" in Taoism.

And the invention of it's main storyline of "Anakin Skywalker who are prophesied to bring balance to To The Force" (Which turns out that Anakin was serving the Light Side of the Force during the first part of his life and turned towards serving the Dark Side of the Force during the second part of his life) bore many resemblance to the "Yin Yang" balance concept in Taoism.

Life is a choice and every choice has it's own implication.
Light side or dark side? it's all up to you

"When people see things as beautiful,
Ugliness is created.
When people see things as good,
evil is created.

Being and non-being produce each other.
Difficult and easy complement each other.
Long and short define each other.
High and low oppose each other.
Fore and aft follow each other."

-- Tao The Ching

"And of everything, We have created in pairs so that you may reflect"
-- Quran 51:49

May The Force Be With You

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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #7 on: July 23, 2013, 05:54:42 PM »
Peace,

"Obi-Wan once thought like you do. You don't know the power of the Dark Side"

Luke: "You're coming with me. I will not leave you here. I've got to save you." Anakin: "You already have, Luke.

This last conversation they have is emotionally touching. He saved him from the grip of Shaytaan and seemingly forgiven by God for all evil because he brought balance to the Force eventually. The last tiny portion of willpower made him throw the demon Palpatine over the railing. There was still good in him.

I always try to mix up my religious belief with what I see in these spiritual aspects of philosophical movies.

God bless you
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« Reply #8 on: July 23, 2013, 06:20:45 PM »
Nice post Man of Faith

You're sharp in term of remembering movie quotes.I usually and yes neither of the quotes entering my brain.
Already watching all the series, but don't know for why until now I always forgot to watch Revenge of the Sith.

Adopted another advices outside Quran is ok, as long we not set equal to Allah, and that all advices and phylossophies did not contradict the Quran.

Plus thank Jafar for mentioning verse 51:49, connect with yin-yang indeed.

Salaam


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Re: The Star Wars allegory
« Reply #9 on: July 25, 2013, 04:07:38 PM »
Peace,

"Obi-Wan once thought like you do. You don't know the power of the Dark Side"

Luke: "You're coming with me. I will not leave you here. I've got to save you." Anakin: "You already have, Luke.

This last conversation they have is emotionally touching. He saved him from the grip of Shaytaan and seemingly forgiven by God for all evil because he brought balance to the Force eventually. The last tiny portion of willpower made him throw the demon Palpatine over the railing. There was still good in him.

I always try to mix up my religious belief with what I see in these spiritual aspects of philosophical movies.

God bless you

Aww, I like how you find the references to Quranic themes, because they are natural themes that are part of our humanity. Although, I do not view shaytan as an actual person, I understand what you mean. I sometimes hear lyrics of songs and how that song can be reinterpreted as though it's for God rather than to a person.
The above post may no longer represent my beliefs based on evidence and considering such topics further.
I no longer follow a "Quran only" approach.
I would simply say I follow Islam.