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  1. Bismillah As salam alaikum In Safi-ur-Rahman al-Mubarakpuri's Ar-Raheeq Al-Makhtum (The Sealed Nectar), it says that the Prophet freed his slaves before dying (Chapter titled The Journey to Allah, the Sublime, page 477 in the english version). "On Sunday, a day before he died, The Prophet saws set his slaves free, paid as a charity the seven Dinars he owned and gave his weapons as a present to the Muslims (477)." As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
  2. Bismillah As salam alaikum May news like this keep us trudging for the sake of Allah. ALLAHU AKBR! As salam alaikum
  3. Bismillah The hijab is not a religious symbol as the west sees it like a cross. It is a method that muslim women use to protect their modesty. For some removing the hijab in front of nonpermissible men is like some Western women removing their tops in public. You may find this absurb but remember that you were not brought with the level of modesty. Try wearing the other person's shoes... or head scarf if you will. Peace
  4. Bismillah "I don't know what the consequences are of premarital sex is Dan, can you elaborate ?" Number one I think would be a child. I fully believe that the best environment for raising children is with both the father and mother. Second would be greater risks of diseases. Those outside of marriage are more likely to have multiple partners than those who are married. More likely being the key words. Third is the emotional baggage that one obtains through various intimate and sexual encounters. This is mostly an oberservance of myself and my peers. It is hard to deny that previous relationships affect how one behaves in later ones. There could be more but these are the ones right off the top of my head. Of course in my religious beliefs there are much more consequences such as the grave sin and the drifting away from God. These are the consequences that I worry about the most. I mentioned these other things though so that you would hopefully agree with them.
  5. Bismillah As Salam alaikum. Is there anyway someone could translate this for me or at least give me a summary, please? jazak Allah Could some background information be provided as well? Sorry. May Allah Reward you for helping me! As Salam alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu
  6. Bismillah The Prophet no longer married anyone else after the revelation that only four wives were permitted. I know you will say that this is quite convenient. But the nature of the revelation, its style grace, and grammar is such that Arab speaking people agree that at the very least there is nothing like the qur'an before or since. This is one of the signs that it is from Allah. The minute amount of arabic that I have learned gives me glimpses of this miracle. I know you will probably not go out and learn arabic so you will have to accept the uniqueness of the Qur'an in the realm of language as a given. It is used in many nonmuslim arabic classes due to its remarkable majesty. "As a mans wife gets older, the wife's libido slows down, the mans doesn't, (he's still as horny at 50 as he was at 20) and perhaps wants to satisfy his urges with a more willing partner." I have actually read research claiming the opposite, not to say there are not some randy old men out there. As a man gets older his testasterone levels drop, which changes the estrogen to testasterone ratio. As a woman gets older and experiences menopause her estrogen levels drop, changing her estrogen to testasterone ratio. This ratio is part of the urges that people feel. The greater the test to estr ratio,the more lustful one feels. The less test to estr,there is less sexual desire. I could be more detailed about the endocrinology but this is more of a side bar than a main point. A quick frowning occured at the mention of Iran but no metaltisity going on here. (like my new word :confused: ) I used to work for a youth rehabilitation center (kid jail) for fourteen to seventeen year olds. Not one of them was a virgin. I am not looking for a fourteen year old wife or anything close to it. I live in a country where the age of marital consent is eighteen and I abide by that law. My point is that youths are having sex at this young age now. I have no real stance because I never have reflected on this issue. I may have to do that. My question though is what is better youths committing to one another at an early age or having to wait and suffer the consequences of premarital sex? Once again, I have not thought about this but this discussion provoked this question. Insha'Allah there was something productive in all that? Astaghfirullah
  7. Bismillah No. You do not seem to undestand the FACT that Sunni and Shia are very different in many many ways. I have no knowledge about Shia to where I would feel any level of comfort discussing their methods and beliefs. I also do not approve of Shia and Sunni being lumped together as the same type of Islam. That is why I have not responded. I have tried to express this before and I guess was unsucessful in putting it in a manner in which you would understand how I feel. Allah Forgive me.
  8. Bismillah As Salalm alaikum It seems our ummah has fallen into the habit of wanting to fix problems after they occur instead of preventing them in the first place. If you keep the television and radio out of the house while the children are younger, they are less likely to gravitate towards it later. That though calls for sacrifice on our parts. We have to give up OUR televsion watching. Children follow their parents. Many good brothers at the masjid talk foundly of their fathers who were good role models for them growing up. We need to stop just speaking Islam and actually live it. As Salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
  9. Bismillah Are the wearing of crosses and crucifizes also banned? Yarmulkes allowed also? To me this would point out bias or an attempt at true secularism.
  10. Bismillah open, Lord thine eyes, and see You read this as only a prayer? To attribute to God what He does not attribute to Himself is a horrible sin in Islam and this phrase is saying that God needs to open His eyes to see. Did God ever tell us that they were closed? How is this assumption made when God tells us that He is All-Seeing? If you lose something and ask for help and the other person says, "Open your eyes and look." Do you not take offence at that? How much greater an offence to tell God that. I would like you to keep filling me in on the other verses. I want to know about how God has to be commanded to wake up. I am also curious about His poor judgement in messengers in the Bible. In Islam these are actually false accusations attributed to Allah's prophets. Hope the business is doing good.
  11. Bismillah II Kings 19: 16 Lord, bow down thine ear, and hear: open, Lord thine eyes, and see: and hear the words of Sennacherib, which hath sent him to reproach the living God. - He is All-seeing and All-Hearing in Islam and Glory to Him! does not have to be reproached. Psalm 44: 23 Awake, O Lord! Why do you sleep? Rouse yourself! Do not reject us forever. -Allah never sleeps and does not require rest in Islam. Far above our weaknesses is He. Psalm 78: 65 Then the Lord awoke as from sleep, as a man wakes from the stupor of wine. -Not only is God sleeping but is stupified like a drunkard?!? Subhanallah! Does this not horrify anyone what is being attributed to The Perfect One? I Kings 11: 9-10 The LORD became angry with Solomon because his heart had turned away from the LORD , the God of Israel, who had appeared to him twice. 10 Although he had forbidden Solomon to follow other gods, Solomon did not keep the LORD's command. Genesis 9: 23 When he (Noah) drank some of its wine, he became drunk and lay uncovered inside his tent. 22 Ham, the father of Canaan, saw his father's nakedness and told his two brothers outside. II Samuel 11: 2-5, 14-17 One evening David got up from his bed and walked around on the roof of the palace. From the roof he saw a woman bathing. The woman was very beautiful, 3 and David sent someone to find out about her. The man said, "Isn't this Bathsheba, the daughter of Eliam and the wife of Uriah the Hittite?" 4 Then David sent messengers to get her. She came to him, and he slept with her. (She had purified herself from her uncleanness.) Then [1] she went back home. 5 The woman conceived and sent word to David, saying, "I am pregnant." 14 In the morning David wrote a letter to Joab and sent it with Uriah. 15 In it he wrote, "Put Uriah in the front line where the fighting is fiercest. Then withdraw from him so he will be struck down and die." 16 So while Joab had the city under siege, he put Uriah at a place where he knew the strongest defenders were. 17 When the men of the city came out and fought against Joab, some of the men in David's army fell; moreover, Uriah the Hittite died. -The All-Knowing God does not know that His servants will perform such henious acts? Solomon, the polytheist, Noah, the foolish drunkard, and David, the adultering murderer all slipped past the Knowledge of Allah as He was choosing who would lead his people and call them to righteousness? Psalm 89: 39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant and have defiled his crown in the dust. -In Islam, Allah never breaks His Promises. Is this not a sign of weakness that one must lie in order to succeed? Psalm 89: 46-49 46 How long, O LORD ? Will you hide yourself forever? How long will your wrath burn like fire? 47 Remember how fleeting is my life. For what futility you have created all men! 48 What man can live and not see death, or save himself from the power of the grave [5] ? Selah 49 O Lord, where is your former great love, which in your faithfulness you swore to David? -God is hidden and has left men to fed for themselves? Then why are there prophets and revelations? Just wanted to share. Peace
  12. Bismillah So just this one is wrong? Not bad.
  13. Bismillah Science cannot even tell me if it is going to rain tomorrow. The closest we get is percentages. A barometer and windsock tell me about as much as the weather man does and these have been around for centuries. Doplar radar and weather stations just tell us what is coming by looking to the west. Easterly wind and rain in the west? Most likely going to rain here tomorrow. What does science actually do anyway? It describes what is already occurring. Magnetic fields and electricity have been around possiblely since the beginning of earth. These were not made only "discovered" like Columbus discovered America. Sometimes these discoveries either prove to be wrong or faulty. Look at atomic weapons. Wow. Something so powerful that it cannot be used. Not really a weapon, more of a bluff. Cocaine and anphetamines were seen as miracle drugs at the time of discovery. Whoops. Ask doctors about the body. There are tissues and organs in there that they still do not know what they do. Any cures lately? I still get sick from the flu and common colds. Been around for as long as man has been studying medicine. I can get a flu shot. Goody! I can just get a long cold instead of the feverish flu. At least I only have to get it once right? Where did AIDS come from? What about cancer? Apparently everything causes that now. It is a type of faulty thinking that people have fallen into. More technology and more science equals better. How? There are still wars only with scarier weapons. Do you feel like you have more free time with all the time saving devices? Not me. Study science and you will find out how little it answers and how many more questions it raises.
  14. Bismillah No you cannot. If a muslim is telling you that you cannot complare, who are you to tell them that yes you can? The United States claims to be a democracy but the reality is that it is a representative republic. The point I was trying to make about Ireland and Scotland was missed as well. I know little about Scotland. I know little more about Ireland. If I started to compare the two and you said that I could not, I would have to take your word on it due to the obvious fact that you are more privy to information. Catholics would beg to differ if you claimed that the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints was the same so that everything they did you claimed the other did as well. Have you done any research on Shi'ite besides what you see on television? There are major schisms between Sunni and Shi'ite. Check it out. It seems that your vacation let your mind go back it its old thinking pattern, nitpicking the little and not listening to what is being told to you. If you are hear to learn, then why is it that when someone tells you something you say they are wrong? If you know everything already and your mind is made up, then why waste your time? I purposely did not respond to your request because this is a major claim on your part which must be cleared up before further discussion can continue.
  15. Bismillah I have noticed the number one country that you use for Islam is Iran. That is a Shi'ite government. I am not. I'm Sunni. What they do, condone, say, or how they act cannot be used in a dialogue with me. I would not use Ireland as a source of information to talk about Scotland. No matter how close people associate them.
  16. Bismillah No. Islam addresses what Jesus will say on Judgement Day.
  17. Bismillah Maryam 19: 88-95 They say: "The Most Gracious has betaken a son!" Indeed you have put forth an evil thing At it the skies are about to burst, the earth to split asunder, and the mountains to fall down in utter ruin, That they attributed a son to The Most Gracious. For it is not consistant with the majesty of The Most Gracious that He should beget a son. All of the beings in the heavens and the earth come to The Most Gracious as a slave. He does take an account of them all, and has numbered them exactly. And everyone of them will come to Him singly on the Day of Judgement.
  18. Bismillah So if I go off topic, I get called on it. If you go off topic and want to make a point and get called on it, you tell people that they are evading. What causes these ions to polorize? What makes heat evaporate water? How does chlorophyll get energy from the sun by being green? What ignited the sun? What started the Big Bang? According to the law of inertia, things at rest tend to stay that way. Children are innoculated from some diseases but why not the others? What cannot medicine rid us of these other diseases? Science does not have an answer for everything and never will. A couple hundred years ago people were claiming that science would answer all the questions and there are still questions. "How about the role of women being nurses, doctors, caregivers for the elderly, science, positions in government, teachers?" Yes. They do. Mothers are all of these things as well.
  19. Bismillah I have no problem with being wrong.
  20. Bismillah http://www.unfpa.org/swp/2000/english/figures/ Figure 7 This is the best I could do without sitting on the computer all day. Servers were either slow or inadequate, like only giving percentages for a single county. If it is that important,could you look it up and share with us?
  21. Bismillah Start over. We are in two completely different places. I am not talking about Islam at all and its take on this topic. There was a point that I was trying to make (and I forgot why). Even if a person does not believe in God, one cannot deny that the primary purpose of sex is the procreation of the species. That is all. The feelings and urges that result are to make sure that this occurs. No sex. No more humans. Right? That was the only point. From the standpoint of Islam, it also serves to create a bond and results in pleasure but in a lawful manner inside marriage. That way if any children result from this relationship, there is a better chance that they will be provided for. "So, can I interpret that a womans role in Islam is soley to produce kids ?" I would hope by now that you would know better than this. If you ARE serious, I will let a woman answer just to show that she can do more than just make babies. "Is contraception allowed ?" Depends on the type. I know that some Companions used the Early Withdrawal method and the Prophet allowed this by not forbidding it. I heard that barriers may be used but I am unsure about this one. Anyone else know? As muslims though we are told to not worry about how many children we have because Allah will always Provide for us. Peace
  22. Bismillah He's baaaack. How've you been? Once again, you are using an exception to validate an entire argument. The main reason that these people are feeling these urges is do to hormones. Hormones that they have no control over the release of. These hormones make sure that procreation occurs and thus survival of the species. The feelings that result are solely secondarly. Now a person may choose to make those feelings primary and have procreation not even be part of the act. It does not change the origin of those urges and feelings. Peace
  23. Bismillah As salam alaikum jazak allah One of the points has hit home for me due to recent events: 25. The believers are but a single Brotherhood. Live like members of one family, brothers and sisters unto one another [49/10]. Unfortunately as an ummah we do not adhere to this one for the most part. It is one of our great failings, to hear about our brothers and sisters around the world suffering and at most many only feel pity and at worst feel nothing because they are not of the same culture, ethnicity, or race. I was confronted with an aspect of this division and apathy in my community. Some of us were celebrating the graduations of our brothers and sisters from the local university. Others were celebrating Eid. The former included a sample of the diversity that this ummah has to offer. The latter was of only one culture from those from one region of the world. Not one invitation to those outside of this clique and when one brother wanted to join he was chided for not being invited. Alhamdulillah, he went anyway. He said, "Any time muslims gather, I am there." If we want to advance this ummah, there are two very simple ways in which to do this. By simple, I mean that it requires little effort with great results. One is going to be obvious. Unite. I do not necessarily mean military or in mass gatherings. I mean more of the effort of making every muslim that we encounter feel as a brother, a companion. Dole out those smiles even if we do not feel happy. It is a form of charity! Earn those graces. Do not discount the effect of a sincere smile and a genuine "As salam alaikum." We must try to feel the meaning of these words, this blessing. We are asking Allah to send His Peace, His Serenity, His Calm, His Comfort upon our loved one, the one whom we love because he loves Allah. In return we get the same. If not in a returned greeting, then in the angels asking Allah to give us the same because what we ask for our brother, angels ask for us in return. Reaching out to one another, Insha'Allah will lay the foundations for this deen to raise the true brotherhood up once again. The second requies a little more effort. The effort though will produce great effects. Basically, go to the mosque for fajr prayer, consistently. This act will purify our hearts. It will strengthen our iman. It shows Allah that we are willing to obey and are ready to serve Him. It also shows the rest of the world what Islam truly is. A high ranking Israeli official said that they will worry about muslims when they show up in numbers at fajr like they do for jummah prayer. If one reflects upon this, the reasons become apparent. Jazak Allah Khair for your post. It added to my knowledge and reflection as well as got me to write about what has been rattling in my mind for some time. O' Allah raise us up to the level of Your deen. Let us be ready to serve and obey. Let us be guided by Your Light to The Truth and to Paradise. Allah Forgive me. As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu
  24. Bismillah I also remember the hadith that speaks of the times to come when women will out number men 50 to 1. You can see the trend of more women to men now. I am not saying that this is THE reason but something to remember. (I would not refute a hadith.) More women in general will also mean more women in hell. Allah Knows Best. Astaghfirullah. As salam alaikum
  25. Bismillah As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu Do you want to know how our ummah can take a major step in waking up? Rid ourselves of this stranger! The amount of free time that one gets from eliminating televion is amazing. Some may argue that they recieve the news and other information from this tainting box. Go to the library. It is free here and they have all kinds of books and free newspapers and magazines to catch up on current events. Time how long the television is on a day in your house. It should frighten you. The majority of haram temptations and sins flow from this device. Everything has music to it. Every show and commercial exudes sexuality. It mocks religion. It encourages the mindless pursuit of sports and celebrities. These have become the new idols. I get sick hearing my brothers discuss this football team or this basketball player. "But brother, sports help us train for jihad." Yeah? How much activity did you get watching someone else exercise? I have never heard of anyone benefitting from others' exercise. Which jihad were you going to participate in anyway? The pious ones are the ones who go forth. Do you think they got pious by memorizing all of this year's baseball stats? I personally have cut my watching WAY down with the intention of eliminating it. Try to only watch programs that you want and turn of the TV when they are over. Whittle this time down gradually. Know that you are doing this for Allah for He said, "I have not created jinn and mankind except that they should worship me." Also remember that the people in television shows and in movies are adults playing children's game. They are playing greater versions of dress-up and house. These events and troubles are not really happening to them, yet they play. Are not our own worries great enough that we do not need some people pretending some for us? When I went for Umrah, I went to the top of a roof and saw a sea of satellite dishes pumping unIslamic ideals into the minds of hundreds of thousands of muslim minds. Save yourselves and your families. What good is it to raise your children with certain values to have them all undone hours a day by the babysitter box? May Allah free us from the grip of Shaytan' influence. May we become free thinking once again. May we worship Allah as we are made to worship. Allah Forgive me. Allah Save me from the Hellfire. Astaghfirullah. Alhamdulillah As salam alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu