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  1. I know this is a shot in the dark, but I'm trying to find a lecture I heard in 2011 or so. I have a listing of it as "Islam 101 - MCC.mp3". About two hours long. The speaker was an American leader (I think MCC was one of the Muslim Community Centers) and he gave a very comprehensive overview of Islamic beliefs. He was speaking to non-Muslims. If that rings a bell with anyone, please let me know.
  2. Where Are The Orignal Qurans?

    There are millions who have the entire Quran memorized today. Memories in the pre-written era were indeed legendary. But even today, it is easy to find people who have the whole Quran memorized.
  3. Where Are The Orignal Qurans?

    In one very real sense, the original Quran is kept in the memories of the centuries of hafiz who have faithfully memorized it and passed it on. That is the real Quran.
  4. I'm having a hard time understanding this hadith: Hadith Al Buhkari vol. 9:57 Some Zanadiqa (atheists) were brought to 'Ali and he burnt them. The news of this event, reached Ibn 'Abbas who said, "If I had been in his place, I would not have burnt them, as Allah's Apostle forbade it, saying, 'Do not punish anybody with Allah's punishment (fire).' I would have killed them according to the statement of Allah's Apostle, 'Whoever changed his Islamic religion, then kill him.'" Critics say "how barbaric - someone wants to leave Islam and you kill him". Although the Quran does not proscribe any earthly penalty for apostasy, the Hadith Buhkari has a whole section on it and the prescription is death. This seems really cruel to non-Muslims and I've had this thrown in my face a few times.
  5. Do Muslims Read The Bible?

    My question might be better put as "do Muslims typically read parts of the Bible"? I reverted from Christianity so I am already very familiar with the Old and New Testament. In the Old Testament, the Torah has much corruption and I think it's mostly replaced by the Quran. Many of the other books are Jewish history or prophecy which is not particularly relevant. But what about the Psalms? It has been a while since I have read them but I think many of them would still be relevant to Muslims. It seems to me that of all the books in the Bible, the Psalms are the book that is least corrupted and most relevant to Muslims. Thoughts?
  6. Would You Marry Someone You Met Online?

    I did. Three years ago :sl: However, we met and dated for a while before we got married. And we were both in our 40s.
  7. Usa Hidden Agenda

    Constitutional, but illegal...quoting Wikipedia: "Article 1 of the United States Constitution lists issuing letters of marque and reprisal in Section 8 as one of the enumerated powers of Congress, alongside the power of taxation and the ability to "declare War." However, since the American Civil War, the United States has consistently agreed to be bound by the terms of the 1856 Paris Declaration forbidding the practice, and the ban is today considered part of the customary laws of war. Although technically permitted under the US constitution, issuing a valid letter of marque is a war crime under both US and international law."
  8. Questions About Islam's Beliefs

    'tyranny' is a pretty meaningless word. Would you consider the ancient israelite monarchy "tyrannical"? The word "democracy" does not appear in the Old Testament or the New Testament. As an American, I have nothing against democracy, but the idea that it somehow comes from God is silly.
  9. Camel Urine As Medicine

    Different issue. The dog's saliva is more a matter of ritual purity rather than medicine. To compare, there are all sorts of things in Judaism that make one ritually impure. BTW, views on dogs in Islam are not universal: masjidtucson(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/books/SP/2001/dec/page4.html
  10. Camel Urine As Medicine

    I know a Russian woman who lives in central Russia who is in her 70s. When I got a bad gash (cut) on my leg, she advised me to rub urine in it. She could not explain why but said it would help. That woman has probably never met a Muslim in her life. Urine is a very sterile liquid and I suspect in that part of the world, it was used as an antiseptic rinse. (It's true - urea is slightly acidic and very sterile) I didn't do it by the way :-) But I'm just pointing out that urine as a medicinal liquid goes far back in the history of many cultures.
  11. This may seem to be a silly question but... When we say the name Muhammad (referring to the Prophet), we say "peace be upon him". I understand that is an honorific...but in a sense...he doesn't really need it does he? Muhammad is assuredly in Jannah. So why do we say pbuh and not "he was great", "I agree with the Prophet", or some different saying? "pbuh" sounds like we are hoping he finds peace, when of course, he already has it. Just something I thought about :sl:
  12. Why Islam's Denial Of Christ's Crucifixion?

    If he was crucified, then he's dead, and he can't come back as the Messiah at the end of time. Jews do not believe Jesus (pbuh) was the Messiah. Christians believe he was and rose from the grave. Muslims believe he will be the Messiah. Jesus (pbuh) was assumed into heaven and will return in the last days as the Messiah. We believe that all things - all things - die. Even the angel of death will die (last) on the final day. All prophets (peace be unto them) died or in Jesus's case, will die in the end time. If you are truly interested, google for Siraj Wahhaj's lecture "Jesus: Prophet of Islam" (I would post a link but don't have enough posts here yet, but it's on google video, youtube, etc.) He explains the beliefs very well and he's an entertaining speaker.
  13. Questions About Islam's Beliefs

    Muslims view people like al-Qaeda the same way Christians view people like the Ku Klux Klan. I think that pretty well summarizes it.
  14. You have known a jinn for quite some time...? :sl:
  15. Thinking Of A Name...

    I read that "Abdur Rahman" would be Arabic for "Servant of the Beneficient". What would be the same thing for Raheem? Servant of the Merciful? Abdur Rahmeem? I see that "Abdul" (servant) changes (to the genitive), but am not far along enough in Arabic to know if "Abdur Raheem" would be correct. Also, what would "Dipped in Jannah" be in Arabic? Shukran!