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Mariam Masihi

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    salam al-Masih. i am a Christian, and a devoted follower of al-Masih Jesus. i am interested in discussing with Muslims our faiths, and sharing our stories.<br /><br />please feel free to send me an e-mail. my address is mariam.masihi @ gmail . com<br /><br />God bless you, and keep you, in His grace and sustaining love.
  1. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    interesting. thank you, Yusha. can i ask, why does al-Masih have to come and defeat the false Masih? why doesn't Allah directly defeat this false Messiah? why use or send Isa?
  2. Hi

    welcome!
  3. Do You Like Fox News?

    ah, i don't worry too much about what FOX News says. or NPR. i tend to listen to Christian radio for the songs and Biblical lectures. the best response to a world view one finds foolish is to do one's best to live peacefully and respectfully in the opposite way.
  4. "freedom" is a pretty broad term, Gnuneo. many Muslim argue that the burqa, niqaab, and hjab do more to liberate women than the freedom of dress allowed in many western countries. and that Sharia law is much more just, respectable, and efficient than a western-style secular democracy. many Muslims say they would feel much more free in the west if they were allowed to set up Sharia courts to try Islamic cases, and chose to live a halal, sunah lifestyle in their own Muslim neighborhoods without government interference. there are also people in these western countries who are not Muslim who would feel threatened and put-upon if these Muslim wishes were met, and allowed. they would feel that their own freedoms or political and social way of life was being threatened or challenged. i agree that national laws against certain kinds of dress and religious expression should not try to masquerade as "freedom of expression". "freedom" to suppress and outlaw religious dress and "freedom" to impose it are both different ways of trying to "liberate" a people, and do what is best for them in that government's eyes. however much a person dislikes either definition of freedom, if we allow one in one country, why not logically allow the other in another country?
  5. "islamic Idol"

    i think it really depends. in all likelihood, i see one conservative talent show forming (sans things like guitars, potentially risqué humor, and women singers), with a number of less conservative shows also being created and aired in protest. a more conservative show *could* attract a lot of contestants, and viewers, and be popular with non-Muslims interested in Islamic culture and arts. talents such as Quran-recitation, nasheed-singing, and percussion performances would probably be the top performance varieties.
  6. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    thank you, Younes.
  7. in reality, it's pretty obvious that "secular" in the French context means "anti-religious". and that freedom of expression does not extend to women wishing to wear conservative Islamic garb. at the same time, theocratic Islamic governments could be called "anti-secular", or "anti-anti-religious". and they, too. would in all likelihood ban a man from wearing clothes not in sync with national Islamic dress policy. politically, that is the law of the land. if the French anti-religious, secular (or however they describe themselves) government wants to give Muslim women the option of taking off their burqa or niqaab or finding another country to live in, how is this in principal different or worse from a Taliban-lead Afghani government giving women the option to wear a burqa or niqaab, or find some where else to live?
  8. "islamic Idol"

    there might be.... but could such a show please everyone? there are Muslim jurists who rule that musical instruments of any kind, and women singing in public, are both haram. that leaves out most instruments as well as muslima performers. you'd also probably have less conservative Muslims protesting those rules, and asking for guitars and female performers to be allowed. also, if stand-up comedy were allowed, there would be restrictions as to what kind of content is ok humor-wise, and what can and can't be joked about. then there would be Muslim who'd oppose the whole idea, and say so. it may happen, but i don't see it happening in a way that would make everyone happy, or be resolved quickly.
  9. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    Younes ~ thank you, brother. so these sources and beliefs are derived from the hadith narratives?
  10. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    Gnuneo ~ i do understand where you're coming from on these fronts, yet i'd respectfully disagree. suffice to say that the concept was certainly there pre-Nicaean council, as were copies of the Gospels, epistles, and other texts central to Christian faith.
  11. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    yes, thank you, Younes. i heard a hadith from a dawah speaker, at one point, saying that on the Day of Judgment Mohammad will intercede for the entire Muslim Ummah before Allah's throne. but according to Islamic belief, Mohammad has no earthly role to fulfill during al-Masih's earthly reign, and prior battle with al-Dajjal?
  12. but it goes both ways, Gnuneo. many Muslims applaud the Taliban and KSA government for enforcing public dress codes according to national Islamic standards, yet are outraged over France banning the niqaab and burqa. why? women or men who do not wish to wear Islamic clothing have the option not to live in or become citizens of conservative Islamic theocracies. likewise, a conservative Muslim who does not wish to adhere to French secularist policies regarding public dress has the option of not living in or settling in France as a citizen. the reality is that Islamic theocratic nations seem to have every right in the world to enforce whatever public dress codes they like in the name of religion, and people who have a problem with it are free to leave, or live elsewhere. but a Muslim woman who wishes to defy French secular, anti-religious dress codes in public has the right to defy the would-be law of that country and cry for her rights as a French citizen? should a woman who moves to Afghnaistan and wants to wear a tank-top and shorts in public have the right to cry about her rights as an Afghani citizen when the Taliban arrest her?
  13. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    Younes ~ i see. thank you, brother. where will Mohammad be, according to Islamic belief, during the last days?
  14. Dajjal (Anti-Christ)

    while i differ as to your take on the Book of Revelation and the Biblical words of Jesus in the Gospels, i take it that we can both now agree that the notion of an anti-Christ is not something Constantine invented or introduced to Christian thought?
  15. well.... in Afghanistan, the Taliban leaders have made it illegal for a woman *not* to wear a full covering when out in public. refusal to do so often results in punishment. why should France, an independent country, be disallowed from banning dress it deems unacceptable or incompatible with French secular values, if countries like Afghanistan or KSA can make it illegal to publicly dress in a way which goes against national Islamic values?
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