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  1. Islamic View On The Bill Of Rights

    I am following the Original Post. Look into your heart, what brought you to take side by Allah? I think you answered the question, can you deny the same to others? (please be kind) From what I understand, Sharia was deduced by scholars, it is like the 10 commandments (That influence American Law) , Jesus didn't give 10 commandments, it was a monk who deduced them. What I am saying, is, these 'laws' are human constructs, so, keep a mindful perspective.
  2. Do You Trust Science?

    I like science, it is a good method. What I question is the scientific method, itself; how about we create an even more sophisticated method, and go from there?
  3. Who I Am

    Peace be upon you, I am blessed to be a revert for your same time. Out here, there are people who care. Peace be upon you, antarctican Welcome.
  4. Christian Topics

    I cited, as I joined the forum, the instance where a lady touches the hem of isa ( and peace upon him ) 's garment. The quran... states again and again... among the christians.... those who see the path, and abide most closely therein, are the closest among us. Remember... again and again... it is not those that argue about faith that gain the most knowledge. This forum is for learning. peace upon you all, antarctican
  5. Why Did God Make It So Hard For Us Humans?

    In my opinion, it helps to take the focus off of the self to think about questions that are so fundamental. To begin, It is not 'us' that has the purpose. It is true, that if we do not fulfill god's purpose for our creation, then another human being will fill our role. " XXXV. 16-17. If He so pleased, He could blot you out and bring in a new creation. Nor is that (at all) difficult for God. " This beckons to a point made by dot, "We must be alert at all times, in case our Lord Al-mighty decided to take us back while in a weak moment." I think these questions are questions to the same root, "Why are we not already doing what we know we should be doing?" Reflect upon this for one moment, " IV. 79. Whatever good, (O man!) Happens to thee, is from God; But whatever evil happens to thee, is from thy (own) soul. " So, it seems that "Why did God make it so hard for humans? " can be answered rhetorically, "Why do humans make it so hard for themselves?" . There is a Confucian saying, Wei Wu Wei, meaning " do; not, do. " I am going to reference Wikipedia, because this concept is a bit difficult to put into my own words. "Wu Wei has been translated as the " art of letting-be ". ...that is.. beings (or phenomena) that are wholly in harmony with the Tao behave in a completely natural, uncontrived way. Tao philosophy recognizes that the Universe already works harmoniously according to its own ways; as a person exerts their will against or upon the world they disrupt the harmony that already exists. (Wikipedia Wu_Wei) Here is where we stand; " We cause our own suffering from our rebellion against nature " and to add to this... the Second Noble Truth(Buddha) , the cause of suffering is Desire. To conclude this thought; "Our desires cause our own suffering by leading to rebellion against nature". So I say, to the original poster, in the last thread ( This question is from another thread ). Why do YOU think that we may not be fulfilling our purposes? I'll leave by encouraging everyone to ask themselves the same question, and then look at the world around YOU; look at the allures of our civilizations and ponder.. Where is the true task at hand? Be mindful, antarctican
  6. A New Welcoming

    Thanks for your time brother.
  7. A New Welcoming

    Will I ever be able to edit the post again?
  8. A New Welcoming

  9. A New Welcoming

    I took the correct of the two in my hands. Sorry for any confusion.
  10. My approach to faith had never been one for yearning. My outlook concluded that, " I would live my life in the same manner, be it I had a certain faith, or not ". Be a good person, that’s what I 'believed' in. I had moved into a new neighborhood when I was eight years old and a neighborhood peer asked, “are you Christian"? I thought for a moment, "I am, what I am”. I immediately answered, "No". I went home, confused and asked my older sister and her friend what it meant to be a Christian. I have Christian relatives, however, my immediate family did not prescribe to any particular teaching. Instead, my father conveyed a message of humility and instilled in me, equality for all persons. When I dabbled in the occult as a youngster, my father confronted me. He told me it was a phase; he too had asked many fundamental questions of existence. In this, and through time, he informed me of why his children were raised in a home without religion. My parents wanted to see their children reach personal conclusions, with as little coercion as possible; and so they sent me unto the path with the certainty of their love. Growing up many adults saw me as being very bright minded, yet, I lacked a focused sense of motivation. So... I had a motivation issue. But... I've always been a deep thinker and as the years went by I became increasingly steady in the practice of meditation. By the methods of practice, I had arrived to the teachings of the 'Pure Land Sutras'. As my practice developed it took the form of nothing I would call 'religion' but instead, ' a practice of mindfulness and compassion '. I went off to university after high school. Two sisters lived across the hall, whom I did not meet for the first month(Ramadan). Eventually we met. They had deduced my imperfections, but never gave me a hard time, and accepted me as a friend. I had continued my practice; 'mindfulness and compassion'. There was a time of coming to awareness. Slowly, I united ‘where’ and ‘who’ I was. Over the course of a few weeks I became conscious of political, social, and scientific, philosophies that I never felt I 'had'. Here I was, realizing my individual, along with its complex rationalities. There came unto me a feeling of dread, that people had deceived me, and an intense feeling of being misled by popular culture. We all have the answers to our questions, but we must look into our hearts with intention. This pseudo-enlightening, caused great grief. I spiraled into a phase where everything appeared to be 'out of control'. One Night I had made a cup of tea, knocked on the door across the hall and one of the two sisters let me in. Our conversation quickly came to that of our faith. I described the tenets of Buddhism, and heard the five pillars of Islam. As we boiled down the conversation we came to concepts of nature, and the passage of time. As I was struggling to formulate and 'Islamic perspective' of science, the sister looked at me, and with the truth she could muster said, "I don't know, but there are answers for you. They exist". And so my life continued... Still attempting to find order within this burning illumination; I fell into a life of detachment, rarely catching a glimpse of the sun. One day, upon entering my bedroom, the shades on the window were raised only enough to allow a gleaming light (from the sun) to reflect off of the windowsill, and into my eyes. I thought, "This light, is breathtaking, it must be wonderful outside". A few days later, from my window, reflected a most surreal light. I felt this urge, " Go! Make haste outside, walk on the earth ". I walked outside. It was a beautiful day in spring. Flowers and leaves seemed vibrantly colored; the main feature was life, and it appeared out of all places. The air was soft and supple. The wind was dancing with delicate orbs. The world was resonating, "This is my earth". As I walked inside, gravity forced me to the light. I remember immediately recalling the sister saying, "There are answers for you". Here, I felt inspired to read Qur’an. I immediately went to the bookstore to obtain the text of Qur’an. While still struggling to find order in my chaos, I had been unto the straight path for some time. The child I was still lacked the zeal of life. I made my appeal to our god, Most High. I wished only to be heard; with true sincerity, may I find the will to live. An immediate insight What is: ' to do with a purpose ' ? ---- I said "intention". What is: ' to convey with intention ' ? ---- I said " will ". Say: ' Does god reveal his creation with intention '? ---- I said " yea ". So : ' God be thy will. And indeed, so is he for all of creation. ' ---- I said " Glory to God
  11. A New Welcoming

    Hello, I am 22 years of age, from the United States. As a revert, this foum is my first introduction to the community of faith. Peace, antarctican