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Posts on Facebook / The Balance of the Quran
« on: May 31, 2020, 08:45:23 PM »
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THE BALANCE OF THE QURAN

I always felt a sense of disequilibrium when attempting to understand the depiction of God through the beliefs and theological interpretations of others.

At times the Divine felt too wrathful with a disproportionate lean on His anger and His retribution. At other times, the balance was lost when God appeared inordinately passionate, almost compromising His sense of judgement and need for justice.

At times He seemed to part with preferential treatment towards certain chosen individuals or people and in other circumstances He felt too aloof from His Creation to even care.

It was only when I critiqued the Quran, I found a balance unparalleled, a depiction of God which spoke to my soul, my innate sense of justice and what God should be.

It is here I found authenticity, integrity and truth.


RELATED:

[1] GOD ALMIGHTY
https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/297057980431336

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Posts on Facebook / Messengers Amongst You
« on: May 31, 2020, 08:42:20 PM »
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MESSENGERS AMONGST YOU

007:035
"O ye Children of Adam! whenever there come to you messengers from among you, rehearsing My verses to you, those who are righteous and mend, on them shall be no fear nor shall they grieve"

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Posts on Facebook / Re: Quransmessage.com Website Access
« on: April 12, 2020, 02:59:59 PM »
Wa alaikum assalam Student,

I am well with the grace of our Lord and trust that you and your family are too, particularly amidst these unprecedented times.

Regards,
Joseph

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Wa alaikum assalam

The objective of the call is to signify the onset of a prayer routine. As long as the statement is 'true', I don't see a problem with this. This is no different from making use of any prophetic name and calling him the messenger of God in a call to prayer.

I note 2 underlying concerns from your question:


1. Making use of another name with God in spaces of worship

This is arguably pertaining to 'false deities', statements that are not true or unwarranted. There are verses in the Quran that clearly state that along with Allah (as a Supreme God), there had been common belief of 'supporting' deities.

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“If indeed you ask them who is it that created the Heavens and the Earth, they would be sure to say, "Allah". Say: "Then do you see what you invoke besides Allah? Can they, if Allah wills some penalty for me, remove His penalty? Or if He wills some grace for me, can they keep back his grace?" Say: "Sufficient is Allah for me! In Him do the trusting put their trust"”


2. Using the messenger’s name so as to imply a distinction between the messengers:

If this is the intention of the caller to prayer (muezzin), then this is incorrect. However, if this is simply a profession of truth and not intended to show distinction, then I see no problem in this.

Even though the practices may have altered, I do not believe that the early believers in the company of the Prophet would have ever wanted any distinctions to be drawn between him and other messengers as the Prophet himself would have arguably curtailed that view with clear narratives from the Quran.

As to if today's call to prayer is exactly the same as or even similar to the one at the Prophetic time, I would incline to agree that it is as something that finds its provenance/mention in the Quran would have arguably continued en masse as a practice and stabilised.

This is different from the Ahadith canons which were arguably not inked until centuries after the death of the Prophet.


I hope this helps, God willing.

Regards,
Joseph

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Posts on Facebook / The Pandemic
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:21:25 PM »
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THE PANDEMIC

He has shown all of us His power ... But how many will take heed?

This is no doubt a stark warning from Him. This could have easily have been a lot worse. He is undoubtedly the controller of affairs, the Master of the Universe. This is surely a time to ponder and change our ways for the better.

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Posts on Facebook / Quransmessage.com Website Access
« on: April 12, 2020, 01:16:18 PM »
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Quransmessage.com WEBSITE ACCESS

Dear All,

I'm receiving a higher than usual number of emails/messages from individuals that appear not to be able to access the QM website/forum.

http://quransmessage.com

Can you kindly confirm if the site is accessible from your region / country please by browsing a few random pages on the site.

JazakAllah Khair

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Posts on Facebook / Good Mental Health
« on: January 05, 2020, 06:28:31 PM »
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GOOD MENTAL HEALTH

The impact of poor mental health on one's psychological / physiological well-being can never be underestimated.
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In the following verse, the Prophet appears to be warned of the dangers/impact of undue mental stress through sustained grief and sorrow whilst also intimating cause and effect which is undoubtedly tied with individual responsibility to ensure good mental health.
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018:006
"Then perhaps you would KILL YOURSELF through grief over them, [O Muhammad], if they do not believe in this message, [and] out of sorrow."

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Posts on Facebook / Bees and Fruits
« on: June 27, 2019, 05:00:04 PM »
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BEES AND FRUITS

Please kindly see the article [1] below which addresses the following criticisms made against verse 16:69, mostly by critics of the Quran.

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"Then eat of from all the fruits and follow the ways of your Lord made smooth. There comes forth from within their bellies a beverage of many colours, in which there is healing for mankind. Indeed, there is a sign in this for a people who reflect."

CRITICISM:

1 - Bees don't eat fruits
2 - Bees don't convert fruits to honey

For those of you interested in a summary response, please see the conclusion of the article.


REFERENCES:

[1] BEES AND FRUITS
http://quransmessage.com/articles/bees-fruits%20FM3.htm
[2] Honey Bees Eating Fruits - QM Forum Thread
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2768.0

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General Discussions / Re: Honey Bees eating fruits
« on: June 24, 2019, 03:52:07 PM »
Dear brother Athman,

As-salamu alaykum

JazakAllah Khair for your important elucidation with which I wholly concur.

Having read your response, I have felt that the article should now include an excerpt of the rose-coloured sorrel and the Lubia reference, rather than just the reference to the page of the lexicon, particularly as it is relevant to the crux of the article.

Therefore, thank you very much for your post which has proved very useful and I am sure, to others too.

Regards,
Joseph
 

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General Discussions / Re: Honey Bees eating fruits
« on: June 24, 2019, 12:29:43 AM »
Wa alaikum assalam Baandaar,

Please kindly see article below:

BEES AND FRUITS
http://quransmessage.com/articles/bees-fruits%20FM3.htm

Regards,
Joseph


Facebook Link to relevant post: https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1465919100211879

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Posts on Facebook / The Dilemma is Real
« on: June 20, 2019, 03:19:22 PM »
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THE DILEMMA IS REAL

Alas, the Quran is deemed sufficient and complete a guide to challenge the scriptures, millennia of scholarship and traditions of other religions and creeds, yet no sooner has 'the convert' / 'revert' entered the folds of Islam, they are confronted with a predicament.


Source: Thank you to the kind, generous soul that drew the illustration for me. You know who you are. May God bless you always.





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Wa alaikum assalam

Just because there has not been any evidence discovered that can date something prior to a particular point in time, does not mean that it did not exist (absence of evidence is not evidence of absence). There could be a number of reasons for this.

This is no different from claiming that as no concrete evidence has ever been discovered of a settlement large enough to support the concept of an Exodus of Prophet Moses's people that this did not happen and hence, historical references of such an event in both the Biblical and the Quranic record are errant / false. Or, that because the insurmountable fortification built by Dhul Qurnain and his manpower has never been discovered (18:94-97), that this event is also false.

Notwithstanding that it is not of the Quran's intent to provide timelines with specific dates of reigns / events, it is still purporting to be a historical record of sorts.

Rather, why did you not seemingly allow for the possibility that despite the belief that the chain of armour predates to about 500 BC, the Quran actually provides evidence that the skill to produce such armour actually existed prior to that date?

Why did you not seemingly allow for the possibility that in 7th century Arabia, evidence may have actually existed, but become obscured / masked over time? For example, sites such as Petra where habitations/dwellings were carved into rock faces were discovered in 1812 by Johann Ludwig Burckhardt and the site of Mada'in Saleh was not accessed until thereafter by Charles Montagu Doughty. Yet, the Quran was aware of the existence of such constructs over a thousand years earlier (15:82, 26:149, 7:74) and even suggests that they were often frequented by the primary audience of the Quran. Would it then be correct for someone in let us say the 15th or 16th century (prior to Petra's discovery or that of Mada'in Saleh), to suggest that the Quran made a historical error because no such habitation had ever been found in that period?

Another example would be that of the Ark of the Covenant (2:248). Because we have no evidence of it today, by the same logic, would it be correct to assume that it did not exist? Especially, something of such religious significance? The ruins of Lot's communities were clearly visible to the Arabs of the 7th century (15:76). Yet, there is dispute of its exact location today. Would it be correct then to assert that these communities did not exist?

We need to be very careful when interpreting historical events (particularly when inferring an accurate timeline), simply based on what we can muster as tangible evidence today.

Hopefully, this will provide some food for thought, God willing.

Regards,
Joseph

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Posts on Facebook / Re: Feedback Regarding Quora Sought
« on: June 16, 2019, 07:46:17 PM »
Dear brother Ahmad,

JazakAllah Khair for your input  :)

Regards,
Joseph

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Posts on Facebook / Is it Really Science?
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:57:41 PM »
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IS IT REALLY SCIENCE?


If Islam's secondary source Ahadith literature was really founded on 'scientific principles' as it oft- claimed, they would arguably, still be subject to ongoing intellectual scrutiny and rigorous analysis today.

Why is it forgotten that science inherently expects the continuous testing of principles, a systematic ongoing intellectual endeavour to refine knowledge. Why is it forgotten, that when great Muslim mathematicians, astronomers, and philosophers are lauded, that their fields of work have been continuously advanced and refined.

I wonder how many from the Muslim academic clergy today take a ‘scientific’ approach when they encounter their literature or when they speak about 'science' and the secondary source literature in the same stroke.

I often find 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 10 to be absent.


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Posts on Facebook / Feedback Regarding Quora Sought
« on: June 15, 2019, 11:54:41 PM »
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Dear All,

I have been requested a number of times now by various people to also share Q&A responses on Quora.

Does anyone here use Quora and / or have any thoughts / experiences on this as a platform in general?

Any feedback welcome.

With peace and regards,
Joseph

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