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  1. Islamic Spirituality & The Creation Plan Of God

    A'salam alaykim, brother! All these articles you have been posting really melt my heart! Where are you finding them? If there's a database, I'd love to see it. If not, keep posting anyway! Because even thought they don't get a lot of replies they are really, really appreciated. Thank God that you share them with us! Peace
  2. Well Done Usa I Guess America Will Be Doomed Soon...!

    I find it a little funny that Wulfhere thinks the United States is so mighty, but we (United States citizens and Westerners in general) are destroying our countries and our ourselves from the inside, despite the supposed precipice we stand stand upon. Yeah, we've got enough firepower to turn this world into a cold, dead place should Allah allow it, but if you think there's might in that, you're mistaken. It's a sign of weakness. It's a sign of misdirected fear. Meanwhile, we (Muslims) only fear God, and our brothers and sisters and in the countries subugated by our (Western) empire are still standing strong. There's a sign in that, whether you want to recognize it or not. Muslims are not destroying the United States. The United States is destroying the United States, and also dooming every other country that follows her to destruction. Look through history at all the mighty empires and what became of them: they themselves were weak from the inside because they turned away from God and His laws. As an American, I find it really sad what has become of my country. But I'm not oblivious to the policies our leaders are carrying out and I'm not going to be blinded (insha'Allah) by our lies and deceit. God is indeed the best of planners. That's not a hate speech. It's not a threat. It's the plain and simple truth. Even if all the Muslims were taken out of the picture, Allah would still remain and punish those who make mischief in the land and practice lies and deceit. It's not Muslims that need to be feared. It's God.
  3. I Want To Marry A Revert Muslim

    A'salam alaykim! I liked your story a lot and that you are trying to do so much good by calling others to Islam. God knows, it's so hard to do sometimes! I hope that He will bless you for all of your efforts and guide you to the good things that you want in this world, but keep your love for Him and the Hereafter closer to your heart. Mashallah, you seem like a really good person! (I hope I used "mashallah" correctly there.) I don't really have much advice for you about getting married. I myself want to get married someday should it please Allah, but I can't see that happening anytime soon. It's really cool to hear that you want to marry a revert, though! So many brothers at masjid say "get married!" to me and I'm like, "uh...do you have a daughter?" in my mind! I would never say that! But no matter what happens I still try to make God my #1. He's the One I want to love with all my heart for the rest of my life, so if He doesn't let me have a wife that's fine with me, because I have my Wonderful Lord. I love Him so much. Please take care and I pray that God will bring you nearer to Him and keep your heart open to His plans for you, and let you always walk in peace.
  4. Order By Google Free Bible...

    I think that's a very childish thing to do. You know what Allah thinks of those who create mischief in the land.
  5. Qur'an Burning Church Has Only 12 Members!

    Yes, as bad as all this seems it could actually be a blessing in disguise. There's no telling how many people Allah may guide to the Qur'an if they just think, "I wonder what this Qur'an is about and why they wanna burn it. I should read it!" Insha'Allah I hope that Allah will let this happen on a mass scale and that He will just give the ummah patience and grace in this situation. I just want peace.
  6. Fasting And Sick

    Wa'alaykim a'salam, sister, and fondest greetings to you! I say you should stick it out and keep fasting. You seem strong, anyway! You have such a good opportunity right now to prove your love for Allah, and He could bless you so much for it. Ramadan's just two more days! That's nothing! Just keep your mind on God and talk to Him and insha'Allah He will help you through it. He's awesome like that! I would do it, keep fasting I mean. I'm kinda jealous of your situation! :sl: May God bless you and help you through it! Oh, and when you can break fast eat an orange or drink some orange juice to get the vitamin C. That really helps with colds, insha'Allah. Peace
  7. Is There A Way To Delete Posts?

    Ah, I see. Thanks! Peace
  8. The Issue of Image and Drawing in Islam

    If you knew the symbolic meaning of the eye, the power it gives to the evil ones and how they use it, you wouldn't want to draw it. Remember that they can see us from places where we cannot see them...
  9. Art Of De-conditioning

    Fantastic article. Thank you for sharing and may Allah's blessings be upon you. In this regard I feel that Nietzsche was on the right track, but like the author of the article, I feel that he got caught up along the way. Analysis of the self is one of the most important aspects of our journey, but without a proper frame of reference it is all too easy to fall into the trap of over-empowering the ego and finding oneself lost to its demands. This is what happened to Nietzsche. He became lost in himself, and never made it to the critical realization that Truth was to be found outside of him. The author's idea that positive development comes from denying the self is perhaps the most essential step in reaching transcendence, no matter how impossible that may be in this world. Perfection is what we must strive for - though we will never reach it - as God is the only One Who is perfect. Precisely because the conditioned man is not even himself, and has not reached the evolutionary point in which he can think of his self or actions critically. Brilliantly stated. A few years ago, when I began to understand that I was on a spiritual journey, I had the epiphany that I had to "unlearn" everything that I had been taught: twenty-two years of indoctrination at that point! I came to a place in my life where I realized that I didn't even know who I was, only that everything I was was not me. The analogy of the onion is quite apt. I remembered who I was as a child and how I felt, and how incredibly beautiful my innocence was, yet all of that seemed lost to me. I knew that somewhere underneath all my pain, negativity, and bad habits that my true self was still there, as nature had intended. (I was not Muslim back then, so the concept of God was foreign to me. However, I did appreciate and love the purity and stark reality of nature as untouched by mankind, and I had begun to understand that I was a part of it, though not quite sure how.) Over the course of the next three years I started to analyze myself, my motives, my behaviors, and my thoughts, to learn how I "ticked", and experimented with methods of self-correction. I inherently knew that by doing this I would somehow find the part of me that was lost beneath the years of social conditioning that I had allowed to consume me. It was not a simple task. In fact, I gave up many times. But I always dusted myself off and got back on that proverbial horse. It wasn't until God let me find Him that the task became frighteningly all too real and important for me to ever give up again. This was my biggest struggle, staying positive. The things that God revealed to me left my reality so very dark and alienating, terrifying, but I can't help but be thankful to Him for it. My fight to regain the ground I had lost strengthened me in ways I had never dreamed of, until the day came that I learned to put my fear before Him, instead of the world. This is what lead to finding positivity again and helped me in my conversion. I have since found myself at times facing the world as I would have when I was five years old: in awe, fearless, in love...happy. It is indeed the most difficult task, but I am living proof that Allah does ease it for us with His help, mercy, love, and kindness. (Please do not think that I am boasting, I'm still a mess...just a much tidier mess!) I pray that everyone (especially the modern ummah) recognize the importance of striving for constant self-improvement and setting increasingly higher mental and spiritual goals. The road is not easy, but we must not give up, for the future of our selves and mankind is in jeopardy. May God bless and guide and send peace to all.
  10. Muslim Response To Koran Burnings On 9/11

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  11. No Compulsion And Apostasy

    Sister Redeem, A'salamu alaykim! I must apologize to you for getting a little heated there... Thank Allah that you wrote this the way you did and that you provided the information in the way you did. My mind opened up my mind a little bit! May God bless you and may He bring us closer together. Peace
  12. Is There A Way To Delete Posts?

    Oki doki! Thanks for clearing that up! Still I take it there's no way for me to delete it on my own? Peace
  13. Hi! I voted this morning but didn't have the gumption to actually write anything...now I do! The study of philosophy was a major stepping stone on my personal path to Islam. I took a Philosophy 101 class in college and besides Sociology and Astronomy, it was one of the few classes I actually gave my full attention to and enjoyed. What's really cool about philosophy is that in the right hands, it urges the student (whether in school or learning on their own) to question the fundamentals of existence and contemplate the answers. I think this goes hand-in-hand with what Islam is all about. Western Philosophy is really interesting because one finds a full spectrum of the possibilities of human thought. We've got those who place most of their emphasis upon morality and what it means to lead a moral life to the very antithesis of that: those who lived their life essentially seeking temporal pleasures and when studying the life of the philosopher in question, evidence as to what that sort of life leads to. Socrates, for example, questioned everything and urged other people to question things as opposed to just accepting what we have become and what we are a part of. He paid the ultimate price for this - his life - in his quest for personal and social truth. On the other hand, we have the likes of Nietzsche whose search for meaning ultimately lead him to destroying himself. There is a great lesson in both of these cases. There is a danger in philosophy if it winds up in the hands of a student who is not self-actualized...that instead of thinking for himself, he takes on the viewpoint of a philosopher without the intent of finding his own answers and finds contenment in the answers of others. I think this goes against what philosophy's all about: at its core its mental exercise, stretching the mind to its fullest extent in order to find the meaning of life, which obviously isn't the same for everyone. I think there is a place for Western Philosophy in Islam, just as much as there is a place for Islamic Philosophy in the West. It can tear down walls and aid in explaining why Eastern and Western cultures are so different today, and lead to better understanding of our brothers and sisters all over the world. I particularly like Plutarch and Socrates. I think every Muslim can gain wisdom from the works of these men. Here's a link (I'm excited I can do this now!) to Plutarch's Moralia: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetbostonleadershipbuilders(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/plutarch/moralia/index.htm"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetbostonleadershipbuilders(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/pl...ralia/index.htm[/url] and also to a short BBC documentary on Socrates: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetsprword(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/videos/philosophy/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetsprword(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/videos/philosophy/[/url]. That BBC series also takes on other Western philosophers, but I must warn that the other parts in the series can be offensive. the sad clown, I think you might find this link interesting as well: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetmuslimphilosophy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/"]you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetmuslimphilosophy(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/[/url]. There are several articles there in English about Muslim philosophers and their works. I hope you enjoy it. Peace!
  14. Salam, So my computer must have been acting up and I accidently posted the same message two times in a row and I got flagged/reported for it. I wasn't trying to flood the board or anything. Is there a way for me to go back and delete the extra message? Thanks
  15. That actually tells me a lot more about you than it tells you about me :sl: