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  1. "fair" Skin In Qu'ran

    Asalamu Alaikium Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakathu, I hope inshAllah this Ramadan is going well for all. Since it is Ramadhan, I am making sure I fully comprehend what the Qu'ran means and to fully comprehend it. However, I have an issue with few lines that disturbed me. In the Qu'ran there are a few cases were the maidens of paradise are mentioned as being "fair" as interpreted in the English context from the Arabic. In Surah Rahman (55), lines 70-72 is an example of this "Wherein (are found) the good and beautiful - Which is it, of the favours of your Lord, that ye deny? - Fair ones, close-guarded in pavilions -" Now trying to eliminate any doubt of racism...please tell me otherwise or what the Arabic word is and what it really means? The reason why I ponder is that these lines are often misinterpreted by various "Islamic" communities throughout the world as a preference for light skin for females, which leads to retarded norms such as so called "fairness"/bleaching creams. jazakh`Allah , Fellow Muslim
  2. I Am So Depressed That It Hurts

    Asalamu Alaikium Warahmatullahi Wabarakathuhu, I am having so many things happening right now. First of all, I am having school problems. I went to university at a distant school, and was doing well there. Then I transferred to another school closer to home and I am struggling. The environment is competitive, the students do not like helping out one another, and I have a hard time making friends because everyone is so self-involved. I am majoring in a subject that will help me graduate ASAP so I can get out of this hell and it's a subject that my parents want me to major in because they are idiotic jac*a*** south asian parents that only worry if I can make a lot of money. They were not proud of the fact that I had a gift in the social sciences and humanities that Allah SWT allowed me to have, I could have majored in International Development and still went to medical school. At times I want to strangle my father for not letting me do this..so many people told him this but he ignored the advice and made me go down a road 10X harder for me. Why do these idiots like seeing my struggle? I wish I could divorce them. I wish I can kill myself rather than having to live with them. They won't let me get married to a good Muslim man, but they would allow me to date and wear bad clothes as long "as I get good grades". I'm thinking about running away now. I HATE HATE HATE MY PARENTS. Because of what they are forcing upon me, I have to major in Biochem with a low GPA that doesnt show how hard I work and jeopardizes my chances at med school, and even if I wanted to switch to International Studies, they'd scream at me and call me a failure, cut off funding for me because it would take me longer to do. I HATE THEM! DEATH IS BETTER THAN LIVING IN THIS HELL! I can't even relate to other Muslims here at my school because they come from rich, normal loving families, they know JACK about what I am going through.
  3. I Am So Depressed That It Hurts

    Asalamu Alaikium, I am okay now Alhamdullilah. jazakhAllah for all your help!
  4. I Am So Depressed That It Hurts

  5. I Am So Depressed That It Hurts

    Yeah, sorry I should not have cussed so much...I'm just SO angry inside...externally I look calm...but internally I feel so dark...
  6. Re-introducing Myself!

    Assalamu Alaikium Okay I am here to reintroduce myself after being away for a long long time. It's really sad because one day I went to this site and saw a blank page and thought the forums were closed or something. Lol so one day, recently, I come back and scroll down and see the everything was already there. Yeah, sad I know. I am in a university in the states was born and raised here :-/ , and hope to make the most of the forums Insh'Allah. Nice to meet you!
  7. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    Assalamu Alaikium, Well, this is a general question based on something I have been observing for a while, and something the other people have already known for a while as well. Well the thing was that I realized that I am being treated worse by Arabs (even my cousin brother was thought of as a "dirty Bengali" and my relatives in Saudi Arabia have been called "servants") there is a ton of tension between South Asians and Arabs, how Arabs give other Arabs preferential treatment, not being friendly, etc. But don't get me wrong I have met some nice Arabs, it's just that some of the genral opinions of others are painful to me and as well as others. Is this really what the state of the Ummah has come to? To be honest I am afraid of talking to other Arabs for fear of being looked "down upon". So what do you all think? Want to share some happy stories, like of how an South Asian ended up marrying an Arab, or vice versa? How your best friend is someone not of your own race? How one finally looks past ethnicity? etc. Racism is forbidden in Islam, and this is one of the barriers obstructing the unity we need pretty badly. I love Islam and my brothers and sisters! Jazakh'Allah Wasalam Alaikium
  8. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    It's the shortage of *skilled* labor.
  9. Torture To Muslims By Arab Countries...

    Everything I was thinking was said in that post lol
  10. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    I'd have to disagree with the unemployment part. They would be plenty employed back home, but of course money is tempting so they are being brought to another place. Which kinda strange as it takes away a lot of the labor force especially needed in poorer countries than say Saudi Arabia or the Gulf States.
  11. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    And Malaysia is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. DO you currently live there sis rayhana?
  12. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    Yesh Astaghfirullah, I'm sorry you had to experience that! I guess the only way to deal with this is the way your husband did, with kindness and patience. One of my extremely good friends is a Chinese convert, I am absolutely fascinated by Muslim China. Aghhh How I want to travel everywhere!!!
  13. Racial Issues In Our Own Ummah

    Assalamu Alaikium I agree there are so many woman and children being trafficked into these Gulf countries for prostitution, and even marriage. Not to mention the many Bangladeshi, Indian, and Pakistani children being tied to the backs of camels during races so that their screams would make the camels go faster. Often killing the child or injuring them. *sigh* I would have avoided this topic, but it''s something that needs to be brought out into the open and not hidden. Walikium Asalam.
  14. Brothers (or Sisters) In California..

    Assalamu Alaikium yeah I live in california Wasalam Alaikium
  15. Question About Marriage

    Assalamu Alaikium Just wondering--According to Islam, can someone get married without parental permission? Like they want to get married for the sake of staying away from haram, but the parents will not allow it because they want them to finish university. Since when did marriage hindr education?!?! Just wondering. Jazakh'Allah! Walikium Asalam
  16. I'm An Idiot

    Assalamu Alaikium Dear World, I hate myself. I wish my life was over. Why do I exist? What role do I play in this society if I am a failure? I don't even deserve to live. I was born in the wrong time, the wrong country, the wrong culture. Why do have this kind of character? I don't even belong in this kufiristan. I want to be out of here, with my own family to raise. I still have not heard any replies from the universities in my state. When everyone else has. Two of mine are delayed. I don't even know where my future is heading. By the way things are going, it looks like everything in going to just crash and burn. When will I ever be able to show my potential? When will my parents ever be proud of me? They deserve that feeling after working so hard for me. Now how will they face other desis when they ask "where is she going for university?" while their own kids go to a big nice brand name school. The mistakes from two years back are the ones I am paying for now. Right when I thought I changed into a better person it feels like my penalty is waiting for me at the wrong time. Why can't I be secure for once? I try to believe in my iman but it seems like everywhere I walk and turn, there are more hardships for me to face. When will Allah swt ever be happy with me? What did I do to deserve all this? Should I run away? To a Muslim country? But that would make my parents even more disappointed in me. I don't like living in this h*llhole of a world. I study for a test last week and what do I get? an F. Why did I even try. No matter how hard I try nothing works. I end up losing. I wish I could end my life but no. it's against our religion. HEE HEE. yeah who woulda thought I would be talking like this. You tell me. I don't know what to believe anymore. I'm sick and tired of these "tests" and "trials" to increase my iman. When does it stop? Somebody please help me. My soul feels like its dying all of a sudden.
  17. Question About Marriage

    oh and is it permissible for a woman to do so?
  18. Esra Hit By A Car.. Subhan'Allah

    Assalamu Alaikium Oh Allah! please watch over my sweet little sister Esra :-( I love her so much. May easy times come for her!!! Walikium Asalam
  19. I'm An Idiot

    Assalamu Alaikium! Dear brothers and sisters, Thank you for your sweet and sound advice. It truly meant so much to me and made me feel as if I were part of a larger and more beautiful family, and that is the family of the ummah. There is nothing like the Islamic Sisterhood and Brotherhood and I feel so honored to be a part of this. Insh'Allah we will overcome all our obstacles and come to serve the ummah in the best way possible and shun evil the best way we can. As for my problem, it was certainly a test for me. I learned that the worldly desire that you cling on to the most, is the one Allah (swt) will test you the most with. True, I may have to struggle the next two years at the community college and the transfer to a better school Insh'Allah. But you never know when this could actually be a blessing in disguise. Only Allah (swt) knows and I do not know. I was just going through a difficult time this week, and who knows if there is more to come. I will just keep praying that I will remain in a state of peace in my mind and never forget that I am never alone and that Allah (swt) is hopefully on my side. Only He knows my suffering and only He decides what my rewards and punishments are in due time. Now, after thinking about it and taking heed of your guys' advice, I embrace the future with open arms. The people I hope to help Insh'Allah with my knowledge will not know that I failed in my early years in life, they won't know the past I had, but what they would like to know is how I can help them. They won't care about what kind of person I was in the past--but what kind of person I am right at that instant. And for that moment what I need to work on as of now. Although my parents will be embarrased when other aunties and uncles ask where I am going for college, at least I know they love me. And Insh'Allah Allah (swt) will give them peace at heart and mind in due time. Jazakh'Allah everyone. Walikium Asalam
  20. I'm An Idiot

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  21. Quran Recitators

    Assalamu Alaikium I was wondering if anyone knew of any recitors that recite the Quran but in a very concise fashion. Allah swt forgive me for saying this, but I don't want to listen to a recitor as if they were singing a song, so a Surah may take 30 mins while it should take 10, and I end up losing concentration. Thank you for your help! Walikium Asalam
  22. Where did the trinity come from?

    Where Did The Trinity Come From ? The three monotheistic religions - Judaism, Christianity, and Islam - all purport to share one fundamental concept: belief in God as the Supreme Being, the Creator and Sustainer of the Universe. Known as "tawhid" in Islam, this concept of the Oneness of God was stressed by Moses in a Biblical passage known as the "Shema," or the Jewish creed of faith: "Hear, O israel: The Lord our God is one Lord." (Deuteronomy 6:4) It was repeated word-for-word approximately 1500 years later by Jesus when he said: "...The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O israel; the Lord our God is one Lord." (Mark 12:29) "Muhammad came along approximately 600 years later, bringing the same message again: "And your God is One God: There is no God but He, ..." (The Qur'an 2:163) Christianity has digressed from the concept of the Oneness of God, however, into a vague and mysterious doctrine that was formulated during the fourth century. This doctrine, which continues to be a source of controversy both within and without the Christian religion, is known as the Doctrine of the Trinity. Simply put, the Christian doctrine of the Trinity states that God is the union of three divine persons - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit - in one divine being. If that concept, put in basic terms, sounds confusing, the flowery language in the actual text of the doctrine lends even more mystery to the matter: "...we worship one God in Trinity, and Trinity in Unity... for there is one Person of the Father, another of the Son, another of the Holy Ghost is all one... they are not three gods, but one God... the whole three persons are co-eternal and co-equal... he therefore that will be save must thus think of the Trinity..." (excerpts from the Athanasian Creed) Let's put this together in a different form: one person, God the Father + one person, God the Son + one person, God the Holy Ghost = one person, God the What? Is this English or is this gibberish? It is said that Athanasius, the bishop who formulated this doctrine, confessed that the more he wrote on the matter, the less capable he was of clearly expressing his thoughts regarding it. How did such a confusing doctrine get its start? TRINITY IN THE BIBLE References in the Bible to a Trinity of divine beings are vague, at best. In Matthew 28:19, we find Jesus telling his disciples to go out and preach to all nations. While the "Great Commission" does make mention of the three persons who later become components of the Trinity, the phrase "...baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost" is quite clearly an addition to Biblical text - that is, not the actual words of Jesus - as can be seen by two factors: 1) Baptism in the early Church, as discussed by Paul in his letters, was done only in the name of Jesus; and 2) The "Great Commission" was found in the first gospel written, that of Mark, bears no mention of Father, Son and/or Holy Ghost - see Mark 16:15. The only other reference in the Bible to a Trinity can be found in the Epistle of I John 5:7, Biblical scholars of today, however, have admitted that the phrase "...there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one" is definitely a "later addition" to Biblical test, and it is not found in any of today's versions of the Bible. It can, therefore, be seen that the concept of a Trinity of divine beings was not an idea put forth by Jesus or any other prophet of God. This doctrine, now subscribed to by Christians all over the world, is entirely man-made in origin. THE DOCTRINE TAKES SHAPE While Paul of Tarsus, the man who could rightfully be considered the true founder of Christianity, did formulate many of its doctrines, that of the Trinity was not among them. He did, however, lay the groundwork for such when he put forth the idea of Jesus being a "divine Son." After all, a Son does need a Father, and what about a vehicle for God's revelations to man? In essence, Paul named the principal players, but it was the later Church people who put the matter together. Tertullian, a lawyer and presbyter of the third century Church in Carthage, was the first to use the word "Trinity" when he put forth the theory that the Son and the Spirit participate in the being of God, but all are of one being of substance with the Father. A FORMAL DOCTRINE IS DRAWN UP When controversy over the matter of the Trinity blew up in 318 between two church men from Alexandria - Arius, the deacon, and Alexander, his bishop - Emperor Constantine stepped into the fray. Although Christian dogma was a complete mystery to him, he did realize that a unified church was necessary for a strong kingdom. When negotiation failed to settle the dispute, Constantine called for the first ecumenical council in Church history in order to settle the matter once and for all. Six weeks after the 300 bishops first gathered at Nicea in 325, the doctrine of the Trinity was hammered out. The God of the Christians was now seen as having three essences, or natures, in the form of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. THE CHURCH PUTS ITS FOOT DOWN The matter was far from settled, however, despite high hopes for such on the part of Constantine. Arius and the new bishop of Alexandria, a man named Athanasius, began arguing over the matter even as the Nicene Creed was being signed; "Arianism" became a catch-word from that time onward for anyone who did not hold to the doctrine of the Trinity. It wasn't until 451, at the Council of Chalcedon that, with the approval of the Pope, the Nicene/Constantinople Creed was set as authoritative. Debate on the matter was no longer tolerated; to speak out against the Trinity was now considered blasphemy, and such earned stiff sentences that ranged from mutilation to death. Christians now turned on Christians, maiming and slaughtering thousands because of a difference of opinion. DEBATE CONTINUES Brutal punishments and even death did not stop the controversy over the doctrine of the Trinity, however, and the said controversy continues even today. The majority of Christians, when asked to explain this fundamental doctrine of their faith, can offer nothing more than "I believe it because I was told to do so." It is explained away as "mystery" - yet the Bible says in I Corinthians 14:33 that "... God is not the author of confusion..." The Unitarian denomination of Christianity has kept alive the teachings of Arius in saying that God is one; they do not believe in the Trinity. As a result, mainstream Christians abhor them, and the National Council of Churches has refused their admittance. In Unitarianism, the hope is kept alive that Christians will someday return to the preachings of Jesus: "...Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and Him only shalt thou serve." (Luke 4:8) Islam AND THE MATTER OF THE TRINITY While Christianity may have a problem defining the essence of God, such is not the case in Islam. "They do blaspheme who say: Allah is one of three in a Trinity, for there is no god except One God." (Qur'an 5:73) It is worth noting that the Arabic language Bible uses the name "Allah" as the name of God. Suzanne Haneef, in her book WHAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT Islam AND MUSLIMS (Library of Islam, 1985), puts the matter quite succinctly when she says, "But God is not like a pie or an apple which can be divided into three thirds which form one whole; if God is three persons or possesses three parts, He is assuredly not the Single, Unique, Indivisible Being which God is and which Christianity professes to believe in." (pp. 183-184) Looking at it from another angle, the Trinity designates God as being three separate entities - the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. If God is the Father and also the Son, He would then be the Father of Himself because He is His own Son. This is not exactly logical. Christianity claims to be a monotheistic religion. Monotheism, however, has as its fundamental belief that God is One; the Christian doctrine of the Trinity - God being Three-in-One - is seen by Islam as a form of polytheism. Christians don't revere just One God, they revere three. This is a charge not taken lightly by Christians, however. They, in turn, accuse the Muslims of not even knowing what the Trinity is, pointing out that the Qur'an sets it up as Allah the Father, Jesus the Son, and Mary his mother. While veneration of Mary has been a figment of the Catholic Church since 431 when she was given the title "Mother of God" by the Council of Ephesus, a closer examination of the verse in the Qur'an most often cited by Christians in support of their accusation, shows that the designationof Mary by the Qur'an as a "member" of the Trinity, is simply not true. While the Qur'an does condemn both trinitarianism (the Qur'an 4:17) and the worship of Jesus and his mother Mary (the Qur'an 5:116), nowhere does it identify the actual three components of the Christian Trinity. The position of the Qur'an is that WHO or WHAT comprises this doctrine is not important; what is important is that the very notion of a Trinity is an affront against the concept of One God. In conclusion, we see that the doctrine of the Trinity is a concept conceived entirely by man; there is no sanction whatsoever from God to be found regarding the matter simply because the whole idea of a Trinity of divine beings has no place in monotheism. In the Qur'an, God's Final Revelations to mankind, we find His stand quite clearly stated in a number of eloquent passages: "...your God is One God: whoever expects to meet his Lord, let him work righteousness, and, in the worship of his Lord, admit no one as partner." (Qur'an 18:110) "...take not, with God, another object of worship, lest you should be thrown into Hell, blameworthy and rejected." (Qur'an 17:39) ...Because, as God tells us over and over again in a Message that is echoed throughout All His Revealed Scriptures: "...I am your Lord and Cherisher: therefore, serve Me (and no other)..." (Qur'an 21:92)
  23. Al Muhajiroun site

    Asalam Alaikium I was wondering what was the name of the new Al Muhajiroun site again? you can pm it to me if you want. Walikium Asalam
  24. Photographic memory

    Asalam Alaikium One of my classmates has a photographic memory. Seriously, I'm sure we all know someone that does. He reads everything once and gets 100% on all the tests. While here I am, I struggle to retain information. Wait actually, I never tried it as I dont really fully read the chapter :D In all seriousness though, I am sure there is some kinda practice, or technique one must do or establish in order to attain such an ability. Does anyone else know information about this or websites, etc. Thanks!