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General Discussions / Apps for reading the Quran on the go
« on: July 26, 2019, 06:19:13 AM »
Peace to all.

I am looking for a good Android app for comparative English translation reading of the Quran.

Preferably devoid of destracting commentary from non Quranic sources.

All this while I was using the excellent "Quran Translations" app by Mercan Software, but the owner seems to have abandoned the project since 2015. Unfortunately this app, in its current outdated state, is not compatible with newer phones.

I once saw a post somewhere that Islamawakened.com was producing an app. But I can't seem to find it published anywhere on their webpage or on Google's Playstore.

Suggestions are much appreciated.



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Discussions / Re: Atheists are more righteous they say
« on: March 12, 2019, 10:57:55 AM »
Though I do not say for certain, I would also submit that the enlightenment of what is right and wrong, i.e. morality, is intertwined with the realization that God exists.

That is because one who has access to God's morality (from the soul) also accesses other innate natures of the soul, and therefore must be in awareness of the primordial contract taken by the soul with God (7:172 - 173).

On this basis it would seem to me that those who deny God's existence yet proclaim morality likely do not have access to true moral guidance. They may have a vague pseudo understanding of right and wrong, but it would be prone to intense and devastating immorality.

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General Discussions / "Muhammad was not from Mecca" by Sam Garrans
« on: March 07, 2019, 05:09:34 PM »
I post below the link to a youtube video by Sam Garrans in which he summarizes points made in the book "Qur'anic Geography" by Dan Gibson

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=inJ1mCIsz5A

He argues that Muhammad was not from Mecca based on Quranic descriptions of the geography.

I would appreciate it if anyone here could critique his points.

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I meant 'overly' not 'overtly'. I am too much in the habit of typing out forum messages and editing them later, which I can't seem to do in this forum.  ;D

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General Discussions / Use of the word 'Eternal' in article 'Time & Space'
« on: December 31, 2018, 04:24:50 AM »
The use of the word 'Eternal' in the info-graphic bothers me. Link here: http://www.quransmessage.com/articles/timeandspace%20FM3.htm

The reason being that 'Eternal' would seem to imply perpetual continuity within the boundaries of time, and a major point of the article is that God does not exist within that which He created - i.e. time.

May I suggest 'Uncreated and Timeless' as an alternative?

Actually I am not very sure if even Timeless is appropriate! A thesaurus does not seem very helpful somehow as all similar words are either a measure of, or in relation to, time.

Or perhaps it is better to just use 'Uncreated' and add nothing more. IMO this would be most appropriate, and yet I also understand that use of 'Eternal' is to illustrate the meaningless nature of time in relation to God.

I know this is just an exercise in semantics and I apologize for being overtly pedantic.

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Thanks for your reply. My thoughts as follows:

1. The Quran does not name the prophet's children.
2. I am not saying that a child could not be given the name Muhammad, Ibrahim or similar. I am only referring to the use of Muhammad as a prefix. For example, would the name 'Muhammad Ibrahim' be problematic?
3. With reference to your two meanings of 'making distinction between prophets': I wonder if use of prefixed name 'Muhammad' would be in breach of point 1.

Thanks

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When a boy is born it is common practice to prefix the given name with the name 'Muhammad'.

The use of the name 'Muhammad' is traditional, in deference to the prophet. It would not typically be the name used to refer to the child, and it usually only manifests itself in official documents.

Would the use of 'Muhammad', in this traditional sense, be in violation of God's command to make no distinction between prophets?

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General Discussions / Re: An alternative rendering of Surah Qadr
« on: June 28, 2018, 10:52:00 AM »
Salaams,

I believe you are referring to chapter 53 and not 54.

I am curious to know if the Arabic in 2:185 suggests in any way that the revelation of the Quran in Ramadan only refers to a beginning or start?

Despite tradition being what it is this translation of Surah Qadr would seem more meaningful to me. However if anyone here can provide additional verification that this alternate translation is justifiable then I would be much grateful.

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General Discussions / An alternative rendering of Surah Qadr
« on: June 26, 2018, 10:37:03 AM »
I have found this alternative rendering of Surah Qadr which I found extremely interesting.

https://lampofislam.wordpress.com/2018/06/10/lailatul-qadr-night-of-meditation/

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Discussions / A logical basis for why God exists
« on: June 12, 2018, 03:21:25 AM »

https://tomwoods.com/ep-272-am-i-a-dummy-for-believing-in-god/

The 30 minute podcast episode in the link above explains a logical basis for believing why God must exist. The logic is based on Aristotelian philosophy.

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@niaz

You've made an important distinction. Thank you kindly for your perspective.

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Thank you for your insightful opinion. Much appreciated!

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Women / Re: Women's issues.. Again
« on: March 27, 2018, 06:02:46 PM »
Having said the above we note that the Quran does provide some resistance to polygamy, and also showcases believers who were in a monogamous marriage. In addition polygamy has become a jarring concept in a modern discourse. For these reasons perhaps it should be discouraged. In any case with modern technology and conveniences the monogamous arrangement is more viable now than it has ever been in history.

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I was pondering over verse 7:163 about the people who broke the Sabbath to fish and who were subsequently punished for this transgression.

According to Google, the Sabbath is a day on which trade and work is to be abstained from. From my understanding this is to be strictly observed by believers. I do not know the Quranic definition so please correct me if I am wrong on this.

In 62:9 God calls believers to abstain from trade and assemble for prayer. The wording used for this verse is somewhat variable, for example:

Translation by Monotheist Group: "O you who believe, if the contact-method is called to on the day of assembly, then you shall hasten towards the remembrance of God, and cease all selling. This is better for you, if you only knew."

The use of the word 'shall' suggests a strong command to leave off trade and assemble for prayer.

, and yet the translation by...

Mohamed Sarwar: "Believers, on Friday when the call for prayer is made, try to attend prayer (remembering God) and leave off all business. This would be better for you if only you knew it."

...which sounds more like a recommendation.

Most translations do not use 'shall' or 'try', which implies to me that the order to assemble is a command, but the latter "This would be better for you if only you knew it" suggests that, like the giving of charity, it devolves to a status of being a strong recommendation.

So my question is this: Is this command to abstain from trade, though shorter in time period, similar to the command to observe the Sabbath?

In some places I have lived I have observed many Muslim traders continue business during Jummah prayers with reduced staff perhaps, and those who remain pray the noon (zuhar) prayers instead. Do these people wrong themselves through a misunderstanding of the Quranic command to assemble for prayer?

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Women / Re: Women's issues.. Again
« on: December 27, 2017, 11:05:16 AM »
There are advantages to polygamous marriages in terms of child upbringing and maintenance of household.

No family can survive without an income. The need for a breadwinner forces at least one family member (usually the man) to be away from the family for great parts of the day, sometimes weeks or months. A lone woman to take care of multiple children is a most difficult task. Polygamous marriages solve this problem.

For example there is more support taking care of children. If the mother of a child has trouble breast feeding another could possibly assist. The stress of upbringing, household work, cooking etc. is reduced.

It is common in modern families that the grandparents and family members assist with child upbringing. With polygamous marriages such intervention becomes less necessary.

I think that it is possible that polygamous marriages lead to family units that are more self reliant and stable. The singular marriage rather appears to be more of an artificial social construct and a relatively recent development in Western society.

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