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Posts on Facebook / The Balance of the Quran
« on: May 31, 2020, 08:45:23 PM »
Direct Facebook Link:
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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 »
Direct Facebook Link:
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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 / 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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https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1646038878866566


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.

016.069
"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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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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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.


Image source: Unknown



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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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Posts on Facebook / Summarised Responses to 5 Popular Claims
« on: June 12, 2019, 03:20:30 AM »
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SUMMARISED RESPONSES TO 5 POPULAR CLAIMS:


  • The Quran was compiled by the same men that compiled the Ahadith
  • The compilation of the Quran was also a human effort after the death of the prophet
  • The Quran was transmitted in the same manner as Ahadith
  • You need Ahadith to pray salaat
  • The Quran only provides broad guidance. The Ahadith are required for the details

Please see link below:

http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2758.0

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Direct Facebook Link:

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THE QURAN AND THE AHADITH WERE NOT TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER

Unfortunately, a common, yet false accusation against the Quran is that it was transmitted in the same manner as the Ahadith.




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1. THE QURAN WAS COMPILED BY THE SAME MEN THAT COMPILED THE AHADITH

FALSE

The Quran as a canon was compiled and propagated in the prophet’s presence en masse (mutawaatir - through multiple chains) during his lifetime.  This would have been transmitted by the Prophet himself (foremost), his contemporaries and entrusted entourage.

The canonised hadith as we know them today are the works of fallible men centuries removed from the prophet and the immediate generations of people that came into contact with the prophet. [1], [2], [3]


2. THE COMPILATION OF THE QURAN WAS ALSO A HUMAN EFFORT AFTER THE DEATH OF THE PROPHET

FALSE

These claims are sourced from secondary sources (such as Ahadith), not the Quran. The Quran’s own testimony provides clear evidence that the entire Quran was complete (15:87; 15:91; 17:88; 17:106; 30:58; 36:2; 5:3) and hand written by the noble scribes during the life of the prophet (80:013-16). [4]


3. THE QURAN WAS TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS AHADITH

FALSE

The Quran was propagated from the source (revelation to the prophet) by multiple chains en masse. The Ahadith corpus was propagated in the main as 'ahad transmissions' (limited corroboration, single source of evidence), simply by word of mouth allegedly across entire centuries. 


4. YOU NEED AHADITH TO PRAY SALAAT

FALSE

No Muslim learns to pray from a complete hadith. There is not one hadith in the entire corpus of the Ahadith canons that teaches a Muslim the complete salaat as it is practiced today from start to finish.

Salaat is a traditional practice from the time of Prophet Abraham (2:128), practiced by the people of the Book even before Islam was revealed in Arabia to the Prophet's contemporaries and then continued en masse generation to generation. This is an unbroken practice across the Abrahamic creeds. Past noble personalities such as Mary were simply expected to assimilate with the existing prayer practice of her day (3:43), as were the Jews of the time of Prophet Muhammad (2:43). [5]


5. THE QURAN ONLY PROVIDES BROAD GUIDANCE. THE AHADITH ARE REQUIRED FOR THE DETAILS

FALSE

The Quran claims to be a ‘tibaina le kulle shaye’ (clear explanation for all things) for matters of religion (16:9). Nothing is omitted from the Book (6:38) for necessary religious guidance for believers and God never runs out of words (31:27). The Quran further claims to be a Book which is explained in detail (fussila - 41:3; mufassal 6:114; tafsil 12:111)  and thus, the sole source of religious authority for believers. [6], [7]

The secondary source corpus such as Ahadith can indeed provide many insightful details which may assist present day Muslims to understand how early Muslims practiced their religion, but this does not warrant it the status of ‘authority’. That status belongs only to the revelation, the Quran. [8]




REFERENCES:

[1] WAS THE QURAN REALLY TRANSMITTED IN THE SAME MANNER AS THE HADITH?
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/en%20masse/enmasse%20FM2.htm
[2] TIMELINE
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/timeline/timeline%20FM2.htm
[3] WHAT DOES 214 YEARS FEEL LIKE?
http://quransmessage.com/charts%20and%20illustrations/214%20years/214%20years%20FM2.htm
[4] THE COMPILATION OF THE QURAN
http://quransmessage.com/articles/the%20compilation%20of%20the%20quran%20FM3.htm
[5] HOW CAN WE LEARN PRAYER IF WE DON'T HAVE HADITH TO TEACH US?
http://quransmessage.com/articles/prayer%20without%20hadith%20FM3.htm
[6] HOW THE QURAN DESCRIBES ITSELF
http://quransmessage.com/articles/how%20the%20quran%20describes%20itself%20FM3.htm
[7] THE QURAN STANDS ALONE AS SOLE RELIGIOUS GUIDANCE
http://quransmessage.com/articles/quran%20sole%20guidance%20FM3.htm
[8] QURAN-CENTRISM
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2622

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General Discussions / Tolerance is a Two-Way Street
« on: June 08, 2019, 03:26:50 AM »
Tolerance is a Two-Way Street






REFERENCE:

[1] Homosexual Acts between Women (Lesbian Acts)
http://quransmessage.com/forum/index.php?topic=2750.0


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Direct Facebook Link:

https://www.facebook.com/joseph.a.islam/posts/1451194928350963


076:009
"We feed you only for the countenance / sake of God. We do not wish from you any reward or gratitude."

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Posts on Facebook / Life of this World is a Diversion
« on: June 07, 2019, 06:20:00 AM »
Direct Facebook Link:

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029:064
"And this life of the world is nothing but a 'diversion' (Arabic: laha) and a 'play / game / sport / pastime' (Arabic: la'ib). And indeed, the home of the Hereafter - surely THAT IS THE LIFE! If only they knew"

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