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Assalamu alaikum, JazaakAllahu Khairan for the article, thought provoking for many I'm sure.

 

Assalamu alaikum.

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its the same article we wrote for the dawah stall in leicester so feedback from the sisters would be very useful as i am sure it could be improved

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Thank you for linking to the article. It is interesting, and many of the ideas are familar to me through Christian versions of (you are not allowed to post links yet)"you can't post links until you reach 50 posts_en.wikipedia(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/wiki/Complementarianism"]complementarianism[/url].

 

And I suppose that this is a solution, so long as one thinks that the problems it solves are worth the restrictions it imposes. I am sure there are many who would think so, who would perhaps even embrace these restrictions and not even feel them as being imposing. But there are others who would chafe at it and would rather either put up with the problem or else find an alternate solution to it (I say this without judging whether there is an alternate solution).

 

Having said that, I will now offer some supplemental commentary in the interest of offering some feed back on the article. I can't promise it will be as helpful as having the input of a woman, but I at least there is a chance it could help you further improve or clarify the work. I don't see this so much as debating it as much as constructive criticism, although we can certainly discuss the merits of the criticism, and naturally we may not see eye to eye on all of it. So much for my preface, let's talk about the article:

People in the UK often believe Islam to be an oppressive religion towards its women...but how much is this a true portrayal of Islam and how much is it propaganda?

I think this is good for rhetorical effect, but someone may point out that there are other possibilities than an objectively true portrayal of Islam and propaganda. Perhaps some societies represent themselves as being Muslim have cultural practices that are considered oppressive towards women. These wouldn't necessarily be part of Islam, but would still be seen that way by many who are not familiar with Islam except through these examples.

If Islam was truly so oppressive why are three times as many women entering into Islam than men?

This might have been a legitimate conclusion to draw if there weren't built in biases towards women entering Islam. The prime example of this would be that Muslim men can marry non-Muslims, and so can bring their spouses into close contact with the religion, while Muslim women cannot. The attraction of being the same religion as your spouse is a strong pull, and would offer greater opportunity to listen with an open mind to the message of Islam.

Almighty God, in his wisdom has made the men and women different in our species, each having a role to play, each having different complementary strengths and weaknesses.

This will probably work as a rough generalization, but immediately has trouble once we begin to consider individuals within the sexes. At this level, we have to take into account the persons talents and inclinations. And again, obviously a different way of looking at this is through the lense of individualism instead of complementarianism. Individualism would say that it is acceptable for women to adopt the complementarian role if they want, but it should be left to the decison of the individual whether to choose that role or else seek to adopt a different one, perhaps one not based on gender identification.

Men are stronger than women physically, but a woman often has more tolerance to pain, the women excel at more artistic subjects such as English, where as the men excel at more logical tasks such as Mathematics or Geography

Again, similar questions about basing an individuals role on generalities.

the men and women of this world are different, so it would be manifestly unjust to impose the same responsibilities upon them.

Generalities again. Also, I think I, and anyone who views this issue through individualism, would agree with you that it would be unjust to impose a role on someone. But they would argue that basing roles on gender identification is also a form of imposition, and that the only way to avoid imposing roles is to allow the individual to choose their own.

men are a degree above them...This degree does not mean men are superior to women. But that they have a role of leadership and responsibility over the family in accordance with their own strengths

I have heard this argument before from Christian complementarians. And I think it could be a legitimate distinction, but it seems like a difficult one to maintain, or rather an easy one to blur, and that it has been used as an excuse for a lot of abuse directed towards women. Also, some would feel that a leadership role that is privileged on gender. I also understand that leadership does not necessarily mean benefits to the leader, but the association throughout history between the two is fairly strong, and so even if it is not a logical relationship, it is as close to a de facto one as you are going to find in social relations. I realize that it also comes with responsibilities, but the individualist would argue that it should be the choice of the individual whether to take on those responsibilities in order to have access to the potential benefits.

But all of these things attract men’s attention and makes men feel she is asking for attention whether she wants it or not.

But much of this is contexual, the symbolism of clothing. A mini skirt does not make me think a woman is asking for my attention. If it is unsightly, it makes me think she needs a better sense of fashion, but that is about it. On the other hand, most street prostitutes are clearly signalling their intentions through their clothing and behavior, in large part because the symbolism is a shared element of the culture and so is clearly communicated, and interpreted, by both parties.

The feminists made the mistake of trying to be like the men

This is a mistaken understanding of feminism, or rather, a mistaken understanding of the unity of feminist thought. Some feminists clearly did think that their goal was to be like men, because they perceived the masculine role as being a largely beneficial one for men and disadvantaging for women. But other feminists did not share this perception, or rather wanted to reconceptualize gender so that it simultaneously rejected the superiority of males (something the previous view implicitly accepted) and allowed for women to determine their own goals and social role while still maintaining their femininity (although how this is defined or expressed is also open to some interpretation).

Instead Islam changes societies perception of the value of the role of the women, making her the centre of the family

This is good, if in fact the woman wants to be the center of the family. But some women may not want the role, or may want it in one period of her life and not in another. It is this flexibility that the individualist thinks is ultimately beneficial to women, both individually and collectively, in that it allows them the freedom to choose and so live a role that satisfies their proclivities and inclinations. I understand, however, that there is clearly drawbacks to such a system, in that the freedom to choose also means the freedom to choose poorly and suffer the consequences. The individualist would respond that not only do the benefits outweigh the risks (a subjective assessment, I agree), but that this freedom is still compatible with a woman choosing to surrender her decision to the guidance of a complementarian belief system, such as Islam, and that the individualist approach honors both perspectives by giving women the freedom to either choose the individualists approach or the complementarians.

Islam honours women, gives them their natural role in accordance with their nature and treats them as equal but different citizens in society.

Finally, there are two assumptions in this association with natural role and nature. The first is questioning whether nature really does dictate a specific role, and second, whether we should be limited in our choices by nature (the process that determines our sexuality). Obviously how one answers this question is going to be determined largely by one's perspective on gender and social relationships. Also, I think the language of equal but different might not be the best, at least not in America, where it was used to justify racial segregation. Others might question even if it is possible to be equal if the differences are determined not by the individual, but imposed by society. Although I have my doubts about that argument, it does appear to me that maintaining equality while prescribing differences is a difficult task that often seems to lose the more delicate details and become inequality. Perhaps Islam has found a way to both balance these two and maintain that balance in a human setting (practical, not just theoretical). But I understand the individualists concern for a slippery slope and how some may perceive this danger as warranting an approach the in their view better safeguarded the womans liberty to personal self-determination.

 

Well, that's enough of my nit-picking. I hope it is helpful.

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But that they have a role of leadership and responsibility over the family in accordance with their own strengths

 

Odd, then that what are acknowledged as the brighter periods of British history occurred under Queen Elizabeth I and Queen Victoria.

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brighter periods? if you measure brightness in the blood and exploitation of others then yes.

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You were talking, I assume, about the 'natural abilities' of women as leaders. Both Elizabeth and Victoria seem to to have fulfilled their job descriptions (enhance the power and wealth of their nation) extremely well. Much like Alexander or Suleiman.

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maybe that is your definition of a good leader, it is not mine, such a definition of a leader of a nation can only lead to a shallow materialistic nation - an evil degraded nation.

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maybe that is your definition of a good leader, it is not mine, such a definition of a leader of a nation can only lead to a shallow materialistic nation - an evil degraded nation.

I am sure you have some examples of good leadership in mind. Do you mind sharing them, with perhaps a brief description for why you chose them? I know this seems like a an off topic request, but it is very interesting. If you think it will distract from the original subject, could you start a new one about leadership?

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muhammad (saws),

 

because he increased taqwa (fear and consciousness of God) and good deeds. the fruits of the noble society he helped make was not measured in gold or other material pocessions (although a lot that came the muslims way also) but in the total transformation of a society from one even worse than that today to the most noble and just society ever since.

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The following is from Michael Hart's book and lists Prophet Muhammad as the most influential man in History. A Citadel Press Book, published by Carol Publishing Group

Ranking of the twenty from the list of 100:

 

1. Prophet Muhammad

2. Isaac Newton

3. Jesus Christ

4. Buddha

5. Confucius

6. St. Paul

7. Ts'ai Lun

8. Johann Gutenberg

9. Christopher Columbus

10. Albert Einstein

11. Karl Marx

12. Louis Pasteur

13. Galileo Galilei

14. Aristotle

15. Lenin

16. Moses

17. Charles Darwin

18. Shih Huang Ti

19. Augustus Caesar

20. Mao Tse-tung

 

Find out why this non muslim chose Muhammad (saws) as the most influential leader in history (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 yetamaana(contact admin if its a beneficial link)/ismailim.html"]HERE[/url]

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But that isn't what you are talking about. I don't want to derail your thread further, but you said that women did not have 'natural abilities' to be leaders. That is not the case, as Elizabeth, Victoria and many others clearly show.

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muhammad (saws),

 

because he increased taqwa (fear and consciousness of God) and good deeds. the fruits of the noble society he helped make was not measured in gold or other material pocessions (although a lot that came the muslims way also) but in the total transformation of a society from one even worse than that today to the most noble and just society ever since.

I should have specified that I was looking for examples beyond the obvious one of Muhammad. You saying Muhammad is sort of like a Christian saying Jesus. It tells us about your religious affiliations, but not much else.

 

Also, frankly, I'm not interested in why a non-Muslim chose Muhammad any more than I am why a non-Christian might pick Jesus. I don't agree with the ordering of his list anyway, which only demonstrates that these things are fairly subjective once you get beyond saying someone is obviously significant in history and start ranking them according to their significance.

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Obama won the Peace Prize he must be the person who worked for peace the most. This should give someone an idea of how well subjective lists work out.

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Men are stronger than women physically, but a woman often has more tolerance to pain, the women excel at more artistic subjects such as English, where as the men excel at more logical tasks such as Mathematics or Geography, and no one would claim men and women are the same emotionally.

 

In Australia the legal profession is becoming dominated by women and the medical profession will be next, judging by the trend in enrollments in medical schools. To get into law school you have to be among the very best at the Year 12 exams. To get into medical school you have to be among the very be at the Year 12 exams, and the subjects required by medical schools include mathematics and chemistry. On the other hand the majority of the best-known Australian painters, authors and poets are men.

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Asslamu alikum ,,

 

I as a muslima , i think Islam is the most religion which respects the women , it gives women their full rights .

 

For example :

 

1- The Hijab : is a protection for the women ..

 

This is just an example ,,

 

 

Thank you brother for sharing this article ..

 

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In Islam what is the reason for the Hijab. In Western Society we do not have to wear one, as most of you know. I see no need for a Hijab men are able to control them selves. I believe God enables people to control them selves, it is only those who rage against sound reason that would consider rape.

 

I agree that things like pornography are wrong and should be banned. God has perfect plans for people, plans that do not involve endless unfulfilled fantisies. In some cases I know of criminals who said pornography led them to their crimes of the rape an murder of women.

 

I had a look around today and all the women I saw were modistly dressed, infact it is very rare to see a woman not dressed with some modisty. I believe women love to make them selves look buetiful and to deny them the right too dress how they like, to me, goes against their very nature.

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Salaam

 

Hijab, I believe, means full covering including the veil. If men are able to control themselves then why is there so many reports about women being harassed, young girls being sexually assulted? You might be able to control yourself but unfortunately this is not the case for the rest of the male population. And if they are dressed so modestly then should you really be looking at them? What if they didn't want you staring? So if a muslim women is properly covered then you wouldn't have anything to look at. Plus a women's body is her own personal and private space.

So men who don't tell their daughters, sisters, mothers, wives etc to cover up answer me this: if someone comes to your house and demands to see your money, your bank statements, your gold would you show it to them? Now most sane people would say no right? Also all your female relations are precious to you right? So why show your wives, daughters, mothers etc to the whole world? Are they not more precious and dear to you then worldly things? So why expose them?

And Islam doesn't deny a women to beautify herself. Islam GAVE women their rights WAY before 'society' did. Imagine your wife is gorgeous, beautiful, has a great body and she totally works for you why would you want other men looking at her for? Would you want other men flirting with her? Course not! She's yours right? So this is the honour Islam gives to women! Now as a teenager who absoloutly loves wearing the veil and covering totally I find it more respectful when a man walks past me and puts his head down not when he walks past, looks back and whistles or comments on the size of my butt or my legs! I find it insulting!! And I'm sorry but even if you were just staring casually to see how women dress modestly today I would find it very disturbing! So women wearing hijab tells men 'look I'm off limits for you so don't even think about approaching me!' Now THAT'S liberation!!

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In Islam what is the reason for the Hijab.

 

In Islam what is the reason for the Hijab?

 

O Prophet! Tell thy wives and daughters, and the believing women, that they should cast their outer garments over their persons (when abroad): that is most convenient, that they should be known (as such) and not molested. And Allah is Oft- Forgiving, Most Merciful. Al Qur’an…33:59

 

So the most important reason that why Muslim women observe hijaab is that, The Hijab is an act of obedience to Allah SWT and to His Messenger Muhammad (SAW). He (SWT) says:

"It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And

whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed strayed in a plain error." (Qur'an 33:36)

 

In Western Society we do not have to wear one, as most of you know.

 

Do you know that Hijaab is in Bible too? Surprised…!!! [using large font size is not allowed] :sl:

 

Simply open the Bible to the First Epistle to the Corinthians, chapter 11. Read verses 3-10. (for your convienience, I have copied them for u):

But I would have you know that the head of every man is Christ and the head of the woman is the man, and the head of Christ is God. Every man praying or prophesying with his head covered, disgraces his head. But every woman praying or prophesying with her head uncovered disgraces her head, for it is the same as if she were shaven. For if a woman is not covered, let her be shaven. But if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut off or her head shaved, let her cover her head. A man indeed ought not to cover his head, because he is the image and glory of God. But woman is the glory of man. For man was not created for woman, but woman for man. This is why the woman ought to have a sign of authority over her head, because of the angels.

I see no need for a Hijab

 

Look if u people don’t want to obey the commandments of your scriptures either because you don’t know your scriptures or u don’t want to obey them…don’t… But we are MUSLIMS, and our nature is:

We hear and we obey…

 

The answer of the Believers, when summoned to Allah and His Messenger, in order that He may judge between them, is no other than this: they say, "We hear and we obey": it is such as these that will attain felicity…Al Qur’an…24:51

 

Peace to all who follow guidance…Al Qur’an

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i couldnt have said it better myself!! lol

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In Islam what is the reason for the Hijab. In Western Society we do not have to wear one, as most of you know. I see no need for a Hijab men are able to control them selves. I believe God enables people to control them selves, it is only those who rage against sound reason that would consider rape.

 

I agree that things like pornography are wrong and should be banned. God has perfect plans for people, plans that do not involve endless unfulfilled fantisies. In some cases I know of criminals who said pornography led them to their crimes of the rape an murder of women.

 

I had a look around today and all the women I saw were modistly dressed, infact it is very rare to see a woman not dressed with some modisty. I believe women love to make them selves look buetiful and to deny them the right too dress how they like, to me, goes against their very nature.

 

Well men have their own set of rule. Men are required to grow a beard and there is rules on how men should cut their hair.

 

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Men cannot wear gold or silk or pierce their ears. Men cannot wear tight clothes.

 

In the Bible women are expected to cover their hair too...

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I guess in regard to wearing head coverings I see it as not practical in todays society, but I can't really judge you for wearing it, if even the bible seems to agree with you. However for me this is the verse I think applies:

 

Php 3:15 And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you.

 

If it really is a matter that needs attention then God can make it clear to me.

 

You said

We hear and we obey…
that is good and the right way to respond to God. The question that I have for you is, how do you know you are obeying God? I say this not in regard to head coverings but as a general question. I know that I serve the living God, and I can share with you why I know, and it is not just stories from a book. But first ask your self, what proof do I really have that I serve God in truth.

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You said that is good and the right way to respond to God. The question that I have for you is, how do you know you are obeying God? I say this not in regard to head coverings but as a general question. I know that I serve the living God, and I can share with you why I know, and it is not just stories from a book. But first ask your self, what proof do I really have that I serve God in truth.

 

How Muslims know that we are obeying God? Thats easy, we follow the Qu'ran and the Hadiths. The Qur'an and the Hadiths sets out how Muslims should live their lives. If a Muslim goes against the scriptures, then Muslims believe it is going against how God wants people to live their lives.

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"It is not for a believer, man or woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decreed a matter that they should have an option in their decision. And

whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger, has indeed strayed in a plain error." (Qur'an 33:36)

 

Every time I quote a verse from the Bible, u start playing gymnastics with it…

 

Earlier under the thread 'so called biblical prophets’ when I quoted Leviticus, Ch. No.12, Verse No.1 to 5, ( a verse with gross scientific error,) u said… It has symbolism!

when I gave u references from bible regarding prohibition of pork, u quoted Math. 15:11... !

 

 

I guess in regard to wearing head coverings I see it as not practical in todays society,

WHAT…![using large font size is not allowed] Do mean your god’s word is not practical today??? In other words Bible is not Valid in present times???

 

but I can't really judge you for wearing it, if even the bible seems to agree with you

 

I think the problem in judgement is that it is somewhat consistent with Islam.

 

However for me this is the verse I think applies:

 

Strange! some verses apply to you and some don’t :sl: … By the way how do you decide…? If bible commands women to cover head, you say the verse isn’t practical in today’s society… so according to you the society is the deciding factor ! :sl:

 

You said

We hear and we obey…

that is good and the right way to respond to God. The question that I have for you is, how do you know you are obeying God? I say this not in regard to head coverings but as a general question.

 

Allah swt Gives us the Answer in Glorious Qur’an…

 

This is the Book (the Qur'ân), whereof there is no doubt, a guidance to those who are Al-Muttaqûn [the pious and righteous persons who fear Allâh much (abstain from all kinds of sins and evil deeds which He has forbidden) and love Allâh much (perform all kinds of good deeds which He has ordained)].

Who believe in the Ghaib and perform As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and spend out of what we have provided for them [i.e. give Zakât , spend on themselves, their parents, their children, their wives, etc., and also give charity to the poor and also in Allâh's Cause ].

And who believe in (the Qur'ân and the Sunnah) which has been sent down (revealed) to you (Muhammad Peace be upon him ) and in [the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), etc.] which were sent down before you and they believe with certainty in the Hereafter. (Resurrection, recompense of their good and bad deeds, Paradise and Hell, etc.).

They are on (true) guidance from their Lord, and they are the successful.

Al Qur’an …2:2-5

 

It is not Al-Birr (piety, righteousness, and each and every act of obedience to Allâh, etc.) that you turn your faces towards east and (or) west (in prayers); but Al-Birr is (the quality of) the one who believes in Allâh, the Last Day, the Angels, the Book, the Prophets and gives his wealth, in spite of love for it, to the kinsfolk, to the orphans, and to Al-Masâkin (the poor), and to the wayfarer, and to those who ask, and to set slaves free, performs As-Salât (Iqâmat-as-Salât), and gives the Zakât, and who fulfill their covenant when they make it, and who are As-Sâbirin (the patient ones, etc.) in extreme poverty and ailment (disease) and at the time of fighting (during the battles). Such are the people of the truth and they are Al¬Muttaqûn (pious)…Al Qur’an…2:177

 

I know that I serve the living God, and I can share with you why I know, and it is not just stories from a book. But first ask your self, what proof do I really have that I serve God in truth.

 

The proof is Al Qur’an…

Say (O Muslims), "We believe in Allâh and that which has been sent down to us and that which has been sent down to Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ'il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya'qûb (Jacob), and to Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya'qûb (Jacob)], and that which has been given to Mûsa (Moses) and 'Iesa (Jesus), and that which has been given to the Prophets from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him we have submitted (in Islâm)."

So if they believe in the like of that which you believe, then they are rightly guided, but if they turn away, then they are only in opposition. So Allâh will suffice you against them. And He is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.

[Our Sibghah (religion) is] the Sibghah (Religion) of Allâh (Islâm) and which Sibghah (religion) can be better than Allâh's? And we are His worshippers.

Say (O Muhammad Peace be upon him to the Jews and Christians), "Dispute you with us about Allâh while He is our Lord and your Lord? And we are to be rewarded for our deeds and you for your deeds. And we are sincere to Him in worship and obedience (i.e. we worship Him Alone and none else, and we obey His Orders)."

Or say you that Ibrâhim (Abraham), Ismâ'il (Ishmael), Ishâque (Isaac), Ya'qûb (Jacob) and Al-Asbât [the twelve sons of Ya'qûb (Jacob)] were Jews or Christians? Say, "Do you know better or does Allâh (knows better… that they all were Muslims)? And who is more unjust than he who conceals the testimony [i.e. to believe in Prophet Muhammad Peace be upon him when he comes, written in their Books. (See Verse 7:157)] he has from Allâh? And Allâh is not unaware of what you do." Al Qur’an…2:136-140

 

"But no by your Lord, they can have no Faith, until they make you (Muhammad (SAAW)) a judge in all disputes between them, and find in themselves no resistance against your decisions, and accept (them) with full submission." (Qur'an 4:65)

 

Peace to all who follow guidance…

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I will share what I believe and it is fairly simple God wants us today to experience him, that does not mean that every second of the day we will be aware of God. But he does want us to be aware of him for our selves. We are not to rely soley on a book or the writtings of others. This is not to say that we should deny the fact that there is scripture; but there are so many religions all saying they are from God that we must have the wisdom to call upon God to show us daily the truth, for our individual lives. We all need to admit we can not rely upon just writtings to say we KNOW God.

 

Now for what I said I know. One thing that the bible says is:

 

Joe 2:28-29 "And afterward, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your old men will dream dreams, your young men will see visions. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days.

 

If the bible is false then those things will not happen God will not pour out his Spirit on all (willing) men. Mahummad never said this, from my experience of reading the Quran he denied the need for the miraculous in the today experience. Which begs the question "Did he really hear from God".

 

So has this Spirit been poured out on me. If it has you would expect something from God to happen in my daily life. Well it has the following things have happened:

 

A woman I prayed for was instantly healed of a back complaint, and it remained good, it did not go back to being sore.

 

One morning I got up and walked into the hall and I heard a voice say "How would you like to be stabbed in the Valley". The Valley was the rough end of town, and the voice scared me a little, I wondered if I had done something to offend God. I had planned to go down to the Valley to ask people out to church as was my habit at the time. In the end I went anyway regardless of the fear. I walked up to the first person I met and asked him if he would like to go out to church. He said to me "I am an atheist, I don't believe in God". I just said "fine", but hoped to change his mind. He then proceeded to unbutton his shirt and showed me scar marks up and down his chest and stomach. He said to me, "I was attacked by a knife wielding man in the Valley some time ago and spent months recovering in hospital, How could God allow that to happen to me". Then I knew why God had said in the morning "How would I like to be stabbed?". God understood this man, but had a good plan for him. Some weeks latter this man came out to church and became a Christian.

 

Some time after the second Gulf War an Australian man Douglas Wood was captured by terrorists in Iraq, who made demands for a ransom or he would be executed. I set about fasting and praying for his release, I said to God "You know where he is....tell me". Three words entered my mind ABC, Bizaar and "A-meal". I thought "I am going crazy what has all that got to do with him. Bizaar I though "this is Bizarre". I thought maybe "A-meal" is a town so I searched a map of Iraq for a town of that name, but found nothing that really matched. Some time latter Douglas Wood was freed by US troops who came across his captors. It was not until latter that I actually discovered what the three words meant. I was on a forum libertyunites.us and came across a post by a user called ABC in the post she appealed to the captors to release Douglas Wood because he had gone to a/or the Bazaar and bought food for homeless people and had provided them with "A-meal". I believe God saw this action too and blessed Douglas Wood with an escape from his captors.

 

One time I thought about suing some one but felt bad about it because I did not want to give a bad impression about what a Christian is like. So I prayed and asked God to show me clearly what to do. Latter that day I opened my bible at random, selecting a random verse and it opened to 1Co 6:7 "Nay, already it is altogether a defect in you, that ye have lawsuits one with another. Why not rather take wrong? why not rather be defrauded?" So I knew what God was thinking, no lawsuit. From this I do not believe God was saying all law suits are wrong just this one was.

 

One day I was witnessing to a Muslim and he asked me why we ate pork. I used the verse out of the bible which says "It is not what enters the mouth that defiles a man but what comes out of the mouth". After some general discussion I finished for the night. I asked God to give me a verse from the bible to encourage me. I opened the bible at random and selected a random verse. It opened to the exact same verse that I had used with the Muslim. The one about food not defiling. So I knew that God was approving of what I had been talking about.

"What goes into a man's mouth does not make him 'unclean,' but what comes out of his mouth, that is what makes him "unclean.'"- Mat 15:11

 

These are all examples of God being involved in my life. So I can safely know that I am walking on the right path way, why because Jesus in the Bible says to "Love God", and "Love others". Which is not wrong. Any religion that asks that has at least stumbled upon a truth. But How do I know I am right and other religions are wrong, I have experience with God. My experience makes me know that I am doing the right thing.

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