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ATereskov

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  1. Should I Reveal My Past Life?

    I'm not a Muslim, but I'd like to add a little to this if that's okay? The advice you have received seems quite sound. I believe God gives us the position we are in for a reason. You have been given an opportunity for a new life as you have said. That is a gift that not many get so there must be a reason. Perhaps it's because you have been following your religion these last three years that you are given this opportunity? A chance to see that doing what you believe to be right is something that brings more long term benefits (the loving relationship with your potential wife for instance) than the short term benefits gained from living outside of your religion :) I hope things work out for you two! - Anna
  2. American Terrorist Arrested For Burning Texas Mosque

    This is so sad :( I remember a few years ago in Cleveland (kinda close to where I live) they had someone drive a car through the front of the Masjid (or masjid? I've heard both terms used. Is there a difference?). I was heartbroken. A lot of Jewish centers are also facing similar discrimination recently in America. I really don't understand why people can't leave people alone to practice their religion. It's despicable that anyone should have to feel threatened for believing what they believe. Recently I was speaking with some Muslim women at my community college who were wearing the full face veil, and I was asking them if they had felt any pushback since Trump became president. I was shocked to learn that people threw water bottles at their car on the highway while driving home from university one day. If they had hit their window they could have been seriously hurt. It broke my heart. These ladies are just trying to do what they feel is right for their spirituality...and they have to worry about their safety on a daily basis. You all are pretty inspirational who hold to your faith when facing all these kinds of discrimination. Can you recommend any ways that non-Muslims can be good 'allies' to Muslims?
  3. How To Respond To Profile Feed

    Oh! Nevermind. I think I just hit that threshold of posts :)
  4. How To Respond To Profile Feed

    I did, but I think I need more posts? I don't have permission to access the message system. Is there a certain number of posts I need to make for that? I can't remember if I read that in the rules when I registered or not. I'll have to take a second look if I can find them. Also, I'm not being rude if I don't respond till later. I can't make anymore posts until 9pm this evening :) - Anna
  5. Hello :) I received a very kind reply from a Muslim Sister offering to help introduce me to Islam, but I don't know how to reply to her (it was on my profile feed). Is there a manual for this forum system so I can respond? I'd like to take her up on her offer for an email exchange, but I'm not sure how to do that. - Anna
  6. Hmm. This is pretty interesting. I haven't gotten to that chapter yet (I'm reading the Quran in English right now), but I'm probably going to try and take a peek ahead at this chapter tonight :) I'm interested to see the context around it. I've always felt that sleep and death are quite a similar phenomenon, but I'm no doctor so I can't say really. I'm going to look into this individuals works too. Can you recommend anything of his on the subject? So far, I've really enjoyed my time with the Quran. I've spent some time meditating on little verses like this when they strike me as particularly relevant. I especially like the tidbits that have been added like "Verily, in this are signs for people who think deeply." It's really helpful to have some hints as to where one should spend more time in contemplation vs. where one should either enjoy the story or lesson. Thanks for sharing! - Anna
  7. Thank you all for the recommendations! I've been spending some of this afternoon on the https://quran.com site and it's really helpful :) Thank you for passing that along dot. I'm assuming it'll take some time to work through this, but if I run into any areas where I need some help I'll be sure to post back :) Thanks again! - Anna
  8. Hello everyone :) So, I am looking for an English translation of the Quran that I can spend some time reading through. I have worked through the Everyman's Library Edition, but I felt a bit like I had just read a KJV Bible. I am really not a fan of reading Holy Books in languages other than the original, but I don't have a good enough grasp on Arabic to even try to approach the Quran in anything but English. I was searching online this afternoon, and I happened upon "Holy Quran in Today's English" by Yahiya Emerick. I was wondering if anyone has read through this version before? Is the translation done well and is it reliable enough to give a non-Muslim a decent enough introduction? I'm looking to understand Islam overall at this point so as long as it clearly expresses the overall beliefs etc I'll be happy. :) I'm not really intending to use it for academic/philosophical study. Just personal reflection etc. Any advice would be welcome to other English translations as well if anyone knows of decent ones :) Thanks! - Anna
  9. Here To Explore Islam

    Absolute truth, Thank you for the link to the books! You don't have to ask me twice to explore free books ;P Thanks for the warm welcome as well :) I've been poking around the newbie area, and you all seem very friendly and helpful! Best wishes! Anna
  10. Here To Explore Islam

    Hello everyone, I am joining this forum to learn more about Islam, and to meet some practicing Muslims. I am from the USA, and we have a very negative stance against Muslims which I feel is unfair considering what I have read on my own, studied at university, and learned from friends who are - while not perhaps actively practicing - born Muslims. I figure it is better to come to those who live the religion themselves than listen to all the rhetoric spewed by hateful politicians. I have some interest in Islam myself (I have begun reading the Quran, studying a little Arabic, and I picked up a book called "The Ideal Muslimah" which is interesting), but as of right now I am comfortably practicing religion simply through observance of following the Will of God (they are all the same God anyway right? At least that is what I believe.). My family is Jewish, but I don't have much to do when them in that regard. They are Orthodox, and to be honest that is not my cup of tea. I don't really practice, but it's the closest understanding I have to religion as a point of reference so please understand I'm not trying to push Judaism if I refer to it. Just using it as a reference so I can understand some concepts that are perhaps a bit more foreign to someone without a basis in Arabic. I studied philosophy at University (I never managed to finish my degree though) so I'm always up for a bit of philosophical discussion; however, I get enough debate so let's please keep it civil :) I'm 28, female, and married. I don't have any children, and I work as a software engineer (really putting that Philosophy training to use huh ;P Maybe the logic). I'm also a Linux hobbyist and online privacy/security advocate (training for my LPIC1 at the moment so maybe I can make sys. administration a carrer :D). I also like to knit, play guitar, and write. Anyway, that's my brief introduction. I'm quite glad I found this forums as some of the other options seemed less populated/less active. I like to just join one forum per topic (LOL I have way tooo many forums memberships to keep track of these days it seems since I work from home a lot). I'm looking forward to meeting some of you, and learning more about Islam :) Best wishes, Anna
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