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  1. Naming Muslim Children 'ishaaq'

    :sl: I've always thought so. Ilyas (Elijah or Elias) though was an actual prophet. Personally I think Isa is the most uncommon name among Muslims, but I may be mistaken.
  2. Slap Bush

    This is the closest we can get to slap the both of them around! :sl:
  3. As salaam alaikum Indeed, to the Lord do we belong and to Him is our return. May He bestow His ceaseless mercy and grace upon the victims and their grieving families. Surely we need to know the facts, but at the same time we cannot question every single suicide bomber. Suicide bombing is a cold reality, and our deliverance rests in the hands of Allah, Majestic in His praise, which depends on our faithfulness and obedience to Him. Wa' salaam
  4. Slavery

    :sl: And if any of your slaves ask for a deed in writing (to enable them to earn their freedom for a certain sum), give them such a deed if ye know any good in them: yea, give them something yourselves out of the means which Allah has given to you. But force not your maids to prostitution when they desire chastity, in order that ye may make a gain in the goods of this life. {The Light: 33} I'm curious as to why the Lord encourages the freeing of slaves and actually makes it a virtue, if indeed He is as cruel as llogical assumes?
  5. Perfection Through Islam (my Book)

    :sl: You're going to publish this?
  6. Is Hell In Islam Eternal?

    :ws: Not a problem. Allah (swt) is Ar-Rahman: He forgives all sins. Besides, the insaan is predisposed to forgetfulness, and we all make mistakes as none of us are perfect. The Holy Prophet (saas) alone is flawless. BTW, if I may ask, what books has your aunt written on Islam? I haven't read anything from any female scholars except the works of Aisha Bewley. Jazak Allah khayr wa' salaam
  7. And what evidence have you collected to debunk such a conclusion? Natural sensory experience does not apply to the First Cause because it is believed that natural sensory experience was in itself originated by the First Cause (i.e 'God'). Of course, you won't follow. Just turn your attention to Eoin's post where he claims that creation scientists believe a "creature" made the universe whereas I've already indicated that 'God' is a spiritual, unscientific name used when referring to the actual uncreated and transcendent Primal Cause. The following is excerpted from my blog.
  8. Is Hell In Islam Eternal?

    :sl: sister Layna, I thank you for your input but I'm afraid the ulema are unanimous in their ruling the suicide is not an act of Kufr but rather a major sin. (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_qa.sunnipath(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=2985&CATE=24"]SunniPath[/url] (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetIslam.tc/ask-imam/view.php?q=7631"]Ask Imam[/url] I haven't a clue though where you got the idea that suicide is tantamount to disbelief. This may be a dichotomy between two or more hadiths but not every dichotomy entails contradiction. The matter is that we don't understand the Arabic word(s) used by the Holy Prophet (saas) when he spoke of punishment lasting 'forever' in the context of suicide. If the same word(s) used in those hadiths are also used in the Qur'an, then we're in a sticky situation. If the scholars themselves are unable to solve the problem, which is doubtable, then the question whether or not Hell is eternal becomes validated. My apologies if I have added an extra spark to this fiery debate. :sl: Wa' salaam
  9. Is Hell In Islam Eternal?

    :sl: It is stated in sahih hadiths that those who commit suicide shall remain in Jahannam 'for ever', or 'for aye'. How congruous is this with the hadith below? Is not a believer who happens to kill himself counted as one among those who say, "la ilaaha il Allah"? What is the interpretation of this and how does this fit into your dialogue?
  10. Peace Ben, Precisely. 'God' is an intangible force that transcends space and time for it was 'God' that originated them in the first place. How so you ask? The impediment here is the finiteness of the created human brain; it isn't designed to comprehend the metaphysical and the atemporal. Only in revelation lies the secret of a 'higher power'. Anthropomorphist influence is a major hindrance in accepting this as I have clearly outlined in my new IF blog, which you are free to check out. Regards, Joseph
  11. In the Name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful As salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh and welcome to my blog. This will be my first entry insh'Allah. If anyone would like to discuss or comment on anything please do so by accessing my profile or opening a thread relative to the topic. Thank you. Anthropomorphism: The Root Cause of Atheism [using large font size is not allowed] Why God is Misconceived[using large font size is not allowed] A young girl once asked her mother what she thought about God -- is He an actual reality… or a man made invention? Her mother answered, “Shall I believe in an old white bearded man blasting thunderbolts down from the skies??†######you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_img.tfd(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/wn/DA/64DE1-anthropomorphism.jpg[/img] (Na'udhubillah) Is this your notion of God? So why do we believe in a supreme being? The question is not why, but how. How do we believe in the creator? The world points to a god in the sky / heavens, a god who made us ‘in his own image’. It is undeniable that even today most theists ascribe to a belief in a deity which possesses human (created) qualities and characteristics. In Biblical literalism, we find circles who hold that God is a human-like being, justified, in error, by their misinterpretation of Genesis 1:27. But not all Christians and Jews hold this view. In Islam too it is my observation that most Muslims worship Allah as a god with physical attributes though beyond that of human beings. Almost every Jew, Christian, and Muslim will point upwards with their finger toward the sky when asked, “where is God?â€. Although inherently an invalid question in Islamic theology, the vast majority of us are unaware of this. Anthropomorphism, or more precisely theantropism, is the term Muslim scholars have used to refute superstitious beliefs which humanize the divine attributes of God. The following is from Wikipedia: They repudiate that which they cannot fully comprehend {Qur'an 10:39} Creation[using large font size is not allowed] Proponents of atheism assert that we cannot accept God because we cannot define what God is. This may be true since the essence of God is above comprehension, but what is still important is that we can define what God is NOT. In hope, we shall ultimately conclude that the idea of a creator is far from a logical fallacy, even if unproven to exist. Confirming he is unable to perceive God via the physical senses, the atheist concludes that believing in God is not indifferent to believing in mythical deities, such as the ancient Greek gods, or their oft-repeated parable of the god of gods Zeus. What astounds me the most is that, even today, granted all the knowledge science has provided us, particularly the science of physics, most of those versed in this science including physicists who have studied the details of energy and matter for years are still opposed to the proposition of an unseen Prime Mover in control of the cosmos. Physics defines energy as a physical quantity yet maintains that matter can neither be created or destroyed. Why is this? Theologists ask that if matter can exist uncreated as a substance then what is there to suggest that a higher power beyond the realm of physics does not? The atheist’s answer to this is illogical, and that is: because it can’t. Again, what about matter? Answer: because it does. This is similar to when theists insist that God exists because He does. Neither of these answers actually solve the mystery. The initial cause of existence cannot be observed or measured by scientific method, and this is an intrinsic truth. Regardless, how do we explain our existence? There had to be an origin beyond the pale of science. An origin we must admit inconceivable in order to accept. The source of this origin is the only thing that cannot be created or annihilated. The Qur’an proclaims that matter had a beginning and the universe was once a singularity before the formation of the ‘heavens and the earth.’ This refers to the theory of the Big Bang. Have not those who disbelieve known that the heavens and the earth (universe) were of one piece (singularity), then We parted them, and we made every living thing of water? Will they not then believe? {The Prophets: 30} God Explained[using large font size is not allowed] Here I have assembled a simple syllogism that will perhaps shed some light for those who engage in deep thought. The following is a set of principles that are to be assumed or considered true in contention to arrive at a rational conclusion. I commence by proposing the First Cause to be infinite in perfection. Subsequently we are able to deduce a number of principles from that Infinite Perfection. The Infinitely Perfect is thus Perfectly Transcendent. Transcendent above all creation including time, space, and matter. The Infinitely Transcendent is omniscient. All-knowing, all-encompassing, self-sentient in a way determined for our brains incapable to perceive by intellect. The Perfectly Omniscient is omnipotent. All-powerful, able to enforce its will in ways creation cannot not understand. Ergo: Allah (God) exists as an intangible force free of all flaws. 'He' does not have a form or shape because He created form and shape. He is neither masculine nor feminine. He does not exist inside or outside the universe; a location. He is neither physically omnipresent nor absent, yet He is everywhere by His knowledge and Spirit. He does not ‘speak’ through sound waves therefore His speech is soundless, not to be conceived of. He does not ‘see’ with eyes for He created sight. He does not ‘hear’ as we hear. As your read this it is in your human nature to somehow, in some way, picture the Divine in your head. These images arise out of the finiteness of the human mind and should be shook off once experienced. If we are in agreement with the chief attribute of Perfection we can easily digest the concepts of Transcendence, Omniscience, and Omnipotence. As you can notice, we have no choice but to agree with each of the three principles if we presume the First Cause to be infinitely perfect. They are inter-connected and shield one another. It is therefore my understanding that most people, atheists in particular, are misled by anthropomorphic tendencies in doctrine relating to God, which is why they (the atheists) have linked God to a deity among the fables of the ancients. As a believer, I do not serve God by attempting to imagine or see Him, but rather by having to envision His all-encompassing vision of me. Islam has come to abolish such superstition and myths, for Islam is Truth. Verily, ''Truth has arrived and falsehood perished..." No vision can grasp Him, but His grasp is over all vision: He is above all comprehension, yet is acquainted with all things {The Cattle: 103}
  12. Help Please!

    Wa alaikum as salaam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh brother Islamy, Would you feel better if I told you that you might have a condition called OCD? Check out the link below: (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_you are not allowed to post links yetgawaher(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/index.php?showtopic=31940"]The Imp of the Mind[/url]. Recite the last three suras of the Qur'an when you retire to bed at night. Keep saying, A'udhu billahi Sami Aleem mina shaytaanir rajeem (I take refuge in Allah the All-Knowing, All-Hearing from Satan the condemned) every time these thoughts enter your mind. Also recite Ya Rabbi innee maghloobun fantasir (O Lord, help me as I am overwhelmed). Remember that Allah (swt) does not care about your thoughts, because you cannot control them. The more you try to resist and fight them off the stronger they get. Let them be, even if they seem like kufr. Allah won't blame you if you give in to your thoughts, whatever they may be, as long as you don't act upon them. If you come to believe that you have OCD (Obsessive - Compulsive - Disorder) then you need to see a psychiatrist and start taking medication. OCD is actually quite common among Muslims and is not a form of psychosis (insanity / craziness). It would also be great if you could find a Muslim psychologist (therapist). If there is none available in your area than I can refer you to my own Islamic psychologist who treats patients long distance over the Internet. I will pray for you insh'Allah. Do keep us updated and make du'a, Wa' salaam
  13. Question For Reverts

    :sl: It pains me to see non Muslim folks striving with all their strength to disprove the messengership of Muhammad (upon him be peace & blessings) all in vein, without even learning about the man. They think the Qur'an is an account of the Holy Prophet's life. If you want proof that Muhammad is the final apostle of God you're going to have to dig into the earliest sources of his life. Nobody here can guide you to the truth, they can but convey the message that God has promised to protect until the Momentous Day. As for the revelation, the Lord calls it a "Qur'an", meaning "recital" in Arabic. The Recital was recited to Muhammad (pbuh) orally by Gabriel, piece by piece, hither and thither, over the course of twenty three years. And if you take a 'translation' for the real Qur'an you haven't even tasted the Word. Few have turned away from the original Qur'an after learning its language and meaning. Then, and only then, can they examine the inimitable speech of God. Joseph
  14. Hi Ben, and welcome to Gawaher friend Sincerity is the road to knowledge and understanding, and sincerity is precisely what I find above. Good luck then on your quest, perhaps our dialog will indeed prove fruitful in the end. All the best, Joseph
  15. Unnecessary. You've summed it up with Surah 2:6-7: This verse reinforced by Surah 10:39: Friends, try an Islamic course or two on the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), the revelation of the Qur'an and the divine wisdom of Islam. Judging a book by its cover never fails to mislead. Odobknarf and I shall resume posting on our blogs, God willing. Those who wish to read any of them and happen to disagree are free to open a thread for open discussion. My first blog entry will start with the nature of the 'entity' we call God; the rationale behind its belief and its disbelief, and my personal thesis concerning the validity of (mono)theism. Inevitably, this will lead to further examination of the prophethood of Muhammad (pbuh) and the veracity of the Qur'an. All the best, Joseph
  16. Brother, again, it all comes down to opening your rigid mind and agreeing to learn and study the life of Muhammad (saas). If one is not willing, he is uninterested. End of story.
  17. Zionism; Why Is It Even A Concern?

    Allah changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts; and if Allah wills misfortune for a folk there is none that can repel it, nor have they a defender beside Him. {13:11)
  18. Here we have a man who takes Islam for a joke and refuses to study it because he says he "doesn't need to". Not only does this disgrace the face of atheism but it reinforces the theists' despised though often true argument that most atheists are bullheaded and arrogant. This petty debate was a waste of my time. Case closed.
  19. Saudi Arabia

    :sl:, Aburafay, welcome back to IF and good to see you again What exactly is meant here when you say "the girl was in a car with a boy who was not her mahram"? If the girl did not have sex with the boy then there is no punishment prescribed for this in Shar'iah. If she was, however, having sexual intercourse with the boy, four witnesses are required for her to be charged in this instance. Is this what happened? Wa' salaam
  20. Vanilla Extract...!

    :sl: Today I discovered that my favorite yogurt contains gelatin. I sure did enjoy them very much for well over a year. :sl: This is why we have to try and remember to check the ingredients in the products we buy before we buy them. Wa' salaam
  21. Well, this is the final time I will ask you to produce your proof. Can you demonstrate to us how much you know about the miraculous life of Muhammad (pbuh), from your compendium of "knowledge"? You have given me a link showing a bunch of guys fishing, fishing in a river somewhere in Illinois. Well I'll be! I asked you if the little fishies at the very bottom of the ocean could observe or demonstrate the world of life above the ocean. The answer is obviously no. Sure. The book will show and explain why Muhammad (pbuh) is actually a Messenger from God. Anyone who studies his marvelous life with an open mind is likely to embrace Islam with a passion. If you are bullheaded then nothing can convince you, and for that you have only yourself to blame. So leave them in their error till a time. {23:54}
  22. Again, you're evading the true topic at hand. And again, you have refused to enlighten us on your four marvelous sources of knowledge about the life of Muhammad (peace be upon him). Can the fish in the ocean demonstrate what is beyond or above the ocean? Now we're not asking you to produce "three billion" pages of the information required. You can start by reading Martin Lings' famous seerah Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources. You would also do better examining some of the works of Karen Armstrong and her studies on the Messenger of God (pbuh). It won't kill you, nor take you a lifetime to learn. 010.039. But they repudiate what they cannot fully comprehend...
  23. Is Hell In Islam Eternal?

    :sl: Muhammad, This is where my confusion kicks in - It is affirmed that anyone with the kalima (la ilaha il-Allah) in their heart will ultimately be released from Jahannam. I have two questions I've come up with about it. 1. "There will come out of Hell everyone who says (in this life): 'la ilaha il-Allah,' and has in his heart good equal to the weight of a barley grain...". Does this include non Muslim people who practice righteousness and believe in the unity of God while at the same time rejecting Muhammad (saas)? The passage doesn't mention anything about the blessed Prophet (saas). 2. In the Hadith as you've cited above, it is narrated that one who commits suicide shall be punished forever and ever. How is this so if this person was a believer, with 'la ilaha il-Allah' in his heart and good equal to the weight of an ant? Inhs'Allah I'll have to consult my shaykh(s) and hear what they have to say. I am only a layman, my knowledge is a joke in comparison to the knowledge of our respected Ulema. Wa' salaam
  24. Sorry I actually meant to write 'aggregated', not aggravated. :sl: BTW, where's Cat?
  25. Is Hell In Islam Eternal?

    Salaam, No need to apologize. It was actually rather rude for others like myself for leaving you hanging here. The one reason I delayed a response is because I sent a message to SunniPath regarding disbelief and the eternity of Hell. They haven't answered me yet, but one thing's for sure - they had probably never encountered such a question before. That's not to say they are clueless about it, but I'm eagerly anticipating their reply. Regards, Joseph