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Nightingale

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  1. I have to admit, I haven't been around much at all the last while...between my work, my life being all crazy and everything just seeming to weigh upon me, I let things slip for awhile. I hope all my old friends are well and I wish you all the best. :)


  2. Brother Younes,

     

    to those of us here in the US it isn't unexpected. This is what comes from a fringe right-wing pseudo-fascist part of the Republican Party deciding that they want to be respected when they haven't done anything to earn respect. Most of these people are Islamophobic, racist, sexist, hate-filled people who don't truly deserve to hold a seat in the government. But that's what we get. These people are the ones that want to make it illegal for anyone but Christians to be allowed to participate, especially white Christian males.

     

    That's my take on it. Of course, I am just a muslimah who does her job and tries to keep food on the table. Nevermind that I worked for several years for some of these stupid Republicans before I had had enough.

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  3. wa alaykum assalam,

     

    I'm not sure on Dearborn itself as I've never been there. Though I have seen how large of a Muslim population they have. Another place to consider, if you want to stay in the Southern area (which you might not) is northern Virginia. From Fredericksburg up to DC, there is a growing Muslim community (and Fredericksburg is not too expensive to live in as far as I recall). Jobs are pretty plentiful in the area from what I know as well.

     

    Just what I know personally. I do know some people from outside Dearborn, but they haven't spoken to me since my reversion. I know that Michigan was very hard hit and still coming back from the recession.


  4. To be honest, slavery still exists in Christian countries around the world right now. Just a few months ago, a major sex slave ring run by supposedly Christian people was toppled here in Richmond, Virginia. Sex trafficking takes place in many countries including all developed western countries and nothing is done about it.

     

    (Btw, as a historian I will denounce your statement that Europeans were against slavery as early as the 10th Century. The European countries were the ones RUNNING the slave trade up through the 1860s.)


  5. I also converted from Christian to Islam. Although, I wasn't Catholic like the other two sisters in this discussion. I was raised southern Baptist. But I too struggled with the divinity of Jesus and I prayed on it and became Muslim. One thing that I think really helped me though was the information I got from Muslims while I searched, though they didn't pressure me at all, unlike some other groups I could name.

     

    Information is never a bad thing. Learn all you can. Then ask God to guide you.

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  6. First off, I am going to say this and I know it isn't standard but it is my gut feeling. I have met other transgender Muslims, whether anyone wants to admit it or not. They aren't evil and they don't do this by choice, I truly do believe that. I also believe that Allah does give us tools to correct issues that are scientifically proven. Allah doesn't make mistakes, yet people are born with numerous defects.

     

    There is a blog written by a woman who lives not far from me which sums up my feelings pretty well. She isn't a scholar, but her husband and herself are both very intelligent and Islamically sound. They also are very good people who give wonderful advice (her husband I believe tends to give sermons at least once a month at area masjids). I don't know all answers. I do know I had issues as well, which I am not willing to go into in public. But we are all created by God.

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  7. The Crusades were brutal, and in fact were genocidal. The Christian crusaders killed not just Muslims but Jews indiscriminately. Also, Christians were the worst examples of anti-Semitism that existed in my knowledge as a historian.

     

    We are also forgetting probably the worst atrocities EVER committed by people and I wasn't going to bring them up until you mentioned the scale of attacks. Why? Because these reigns of terror were committed by Atheists. Ever heard of Stalin? Considering where you're from, I would think you have. How many millions did Stalin kill, outside of war? He was an avowed atheist. One can also argue that Hitler was a bit of an atheist, as he turned against Christian principles.

     

    What I am saying is...NO group is perfect and NO group can be the sole blame of things. You decry Muslims because according to everyone, 19 men killed almost 3000 civilians. Yes, that is heinous (and I lost friends in the Twin Towers). You criticize Muslims in Palestine for suicide bombings (which I am against as well), but make no mention of the terrorist attacks perpetrated by Jewish extremists throughout the area starting even before israel ever existed. There are always two sides to a story.

     

    I mentioned the Irish issue because I actually have family members who took part in it. Until 9/11, no one had really paid all that much attention to extremist Muslims, simply because there weren't that many (and still aren't). Now all of a sudden, all the world's ills are due to Muslims. Imagine that...


  8. Guan Yu, I have to take exception to what you say about no other religion producing violent attacks like Islam. If you go back throughout history, Catholics have actually committed more violence than just about any group. Take for example everything from the Crusades (which were definitely the Catholic church being violent), the Inquisition, and you can bring it forward to the sectarian violence that has engulfed Ireland for decades if not centuries. That's just one point.

     

    Also, there are extremists from such peaceful groups as Buddhists and Hindus that go around murdering, raping, etc. At least have the decency to admit when you're wrong about this.

     

    Yes, there are some Muslims who have committed heinous acts. But each time that happens, the majority comes out and strongly condemns it. Not that the media wants to tell you that. The media operates in an Us vs. Them world. And they seek to sensationalize. I also know atheists who go around committing violent attacks against theists. So should I say that all atheists then are bloodthirsty killers? That's what you seem to imply when you paint with overly broad brushes.


  9. To be honest, Obama has been waiting for his chance to go after Iran in support of israel. I think starting a fight with Syria that escalates to actual "boots on the ground" to prevent a repeat of Kosovo and such...in his mind...will allow him to put pressure on Iran. And give the warmongers in the US congress and their Military Industrialist allies the provocation they need to attack Iran as well.


  10. Personally, as an American...while the scenes from Syria and Egypt both make me upset...I don't want to see the US get involved (even with a no-fly zone). For one, it will bring nothing good. The US needs to stop pushing into everyone else's sovereignty and getting involved when it suits their purposes (meaning the US government). Believe me, the people here in the US are against the constant wars, drone strikes, etc.

     

    The reason I am against even a no-fly zone is this: The only members of my extended family that accept me for being Muslim are Air Force officers. Two are AF pilots who both saw action in Afghanistan and Iraq (and both are very upset by things they were ordered to do by their superiors). The other is a combat PJ. Which is the guys that get sent in if a downed pilot or spec ops team needs to be extricated from trouble. So my family would be put in harm's way for nothing good.

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  11. The problem Redeemed is that you say that for Christians and yet most wife-beaters in the South proudly proclaim themselves Christian, even throwing Pauline theology out as the basis of why they beat their wives. And the church says NOTHING against them.

     

    And yet you love to paint ALL Muslims as being supportive of beating their wives. There's a disconnect there.


  12. That's my point iceHorse, generalizations are always wrong. I have had rednecks here attack me and call me a traitor, a terrorist, someone who deserves to die simply because I'm Muslim. I've also had self-professed rednecks hold the door for me, nod politely and act very gentlemanly.

     

    Same applies for Muslims. So I always find it annoying when people try to claim that all Muslims are this evil "other" that has to be eradicated. You don't want to know what I hear, even from one or two of my subordinates at work about how thrilled they are with all the deaths in Egypt and Syria and so on. How we (meaning Muslims) deserve it because we're not western. THAT is the problem that people who try to pigeonhole everyone into labels cause.


  13. With free speech, it's a slippery slope. People here where I live have made threats against stations carrying advertisements for the new network Al-Jazeera America. To the credit of one of the personalities (Jimmy Barrett of WRVA here), he denounced people up in arms about the US government allowing Al-Jazeera in this country because it is free speech. Too many people in the US especially seem to think that free speech is only for their side of the argument.

     

    And both sides of the political spectrum are truly bad at women's rights and minority rights if you want to be completely honest. Secularists have made comments that "blacks are the most disgusting dangerous creatures around" for instance. I believe in science, but I do believe that Allah gifted us with the knowledge to have and cherish science. He is the creator of all things.


  14. Can you point out iceHorse, where are Muslims trying to make Sharia dominant over other secular laws in non-Muslim majority countries? For instance, here in the US, no Muslim group is advocating replacing the Constitution with Sharia at this time. It is people like Robert Spencer, Pamela Geller and David Yerushalmi who are crying wolf at Sharia.

     

    As you pointed out, most things covered are civil matters. Already in the US, Jews and Catholics are permitted to use their own law systems in civil matters. A fact that Mr. Yerushalmi constantly forgets about mentioning. Also, from what I have heard from Islamic scholars, Sharia covers Muslims, and non-Muslims aren't held to the same standards. That's what I've been told by Islamic scholars and heard from many others.


  15. Yesterday's shocker was Cardiff winning against Man City. Granted, it was in Cardiff but still. Well done to the Bluebirds (who are wearing red?). Tottenham totally dominated from what I saw against Swansea really, should have had quite a few goals, but looking good. And the referee was crap of course.

     

    It will be interesting to see how Manchester United and Chelsea do today.

     

    From an American's perspective, I think that once Sunderland start clicking, Altidore will do well there. Howard and Guzan have both been good (Guzan unlucky against Liverpool) and things are progressing well for them. I too think WBA is in trouble. Over 2/3 of their goals last year came through Lukaku in some way. They don't have that this year, so unless they replace it, they're as good as gone.


  16. Here's the one that really stumped them. (And since I initially was going to respond to your initial post in which you were condescending and basically calling me a liar, I will refrain from doing such to you.)

     

    How can there be three elements that exist as one at the same time with God? If God is the creator of all things, if that was the case, why doesn't anything else in nature have the ability to have three elements exist as one? For example, water. Water cannot exist in solid, liquid and gaseous form at the same time, it's impossible. Yet I have seen Christians use water as the basis of their explanation of the trinity. (Even the Catholic bishop did.)

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