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Discussions / Salaam
« on: February 23, 2017, 09:01:54 PM »
Assalam Alaikum wR wB my dear brother Joseph,

Insha'Allah as is well a your end.  Over the years, you probably have received numerous accolades for the extraordinary work you do to convey to the masses the wonderful message of the Qur'an.  You can add my sincere appreciation of your work to that list of grateful people.  It was by sheer serendipity that I stumbled across your site yesterday and browsed through a couple of your explanatory articles (I was not not looking to review any particular Quranic topic) and that was enough to ignite my curiosity.  I do plan to frequent your site to quench my spiritual thirst.

The humility in your assertions are infectious and your instructions to not follow you or your work blindly speaks volumes of your spiritual sincerity.  I am also delighted to learn that you are not affiliated to any institution , religious group, or sect etc.   I am a mature individual and in the "fall" season of my professional career.  However, I am a novice in my spiritual career and recently started my journey to better understand the essence of Islam and the true message contained in the Qur'an.  I have work to do, in terms of getting rid of the cultural junk that was placed in my head in the name of religious studies by my early mullahs in India.  In course of my spiritual journey, I hope I get to know a little bit more about you.

By the way, up to now, I have resisted getting a personal Facebook account.  But I will get one now just to access your FB posts!

May Almighty shower His choicest blessing on you and your family.

Jazak Allah Khairan.

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Discussions / Thank you for http://www.quransmessage.com - From Canada
« on: September 20, 2016, 02:25:11 PM »
Hi,

I just want to say Thank you for creating this site.
While reading information from your site, I felt someone read my mind, summarized it and posted on your website.

There are so many other people who are guided like you and I just hope that we all make difference in lives of our brothers/sisters and communities we live in for our better future here and hereafter.

Keep doing the good work!

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Discussions / Your Website Inspired Me!
« on: July 23, 2016, 04:16:24 PM »
Brother, may Allah swt continue to inspire you and reward you for your efforts. In part, your site has inspired me to create my own. I reverted to Islam in 2002 and want to help others that are considering Islam to enter for the right reasons. I myself took 12 years to fully understand what it meant to be a Muslim because I was misguided many times by those born into Islam, that know not of the struggles a revert faces in fundamentally changing their own life and very being for the sake of Islam and Allah swt.

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Discussions / Want to Assist You in Your Cause
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:29:59 PM »
Dear Joseph,

I would just like to offer my time and expertise to (y)our cause. I have found much solace and rejuvenation from your research and writings - much of which falls in line with my own thoughts. As a revert, I have had a hard time reconciling logic and reason with established traditions and secondary source influence.

It's been particularly hard keeping the faith while seeing an ever increasing misrepresentation of the truth in the media (as a revert, I often face the brunt of questioning from family, who cannot seem to understand nor be able to separate truth from manipulated information as easily)

As a result, I would like to offer my time towards anything you are in need of:

I have a [Identifying details removed]
I have years of experience in [Identifying details removed]

Please let me know if, God willing, I can provide any support and I will be happy to do so.

All the very best and blessings,

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Discussions / Thankyou!
« on: July 17, 2016, 07:28:07 PM »
Assalamualaikum

Dear Joseph

I wanted to send you a personal thankyou after discovering your website and library of articles.

Having converted to Islam 23 years agop, my journey has been one of highs and lows. I have been forever grateful to have been introduced to Islam and the effect it has had on my life. I cannot imagine where I would be now if I had not been captivated by the evening Azan in a tropical country so long ago.

However, I have been let down by muslims many times, pulled and persuaded that this is right, that is wrong, you must do this or not do that.

Many times I have felt lost and confused. What the Quran says and what people say have often seemed to oppose each other.

So many of the articles I have read on your site have really made me think and re-adjust how I see myself as a muslim.

May Allah bless you for the work you have done

Salam

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Discussions / Your Quran's message site
« on: July 01, 2016, 03:55:23 PM »
Dear Joseph

Salam alaika. How do you attain all the wisdom and energy to produce a very comprehensive and sincere delivery of the message in the quran. I salute you! I appreciate any updates. JazakAllah Khair. Allahumma salli alaika.

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Good Evening Mr. Josephislam,

I would like to ask you a question about what you feel (in light of the "mood" of the Quran) about watching movies, tv shows, etc. Do you feel watching movies,tv shows would agree with the mood of the Quran or disagree with it. Of course, the answer is a "it depends". This is where I would like you to share your understanding on the matter.

In case you can answer. I thank you in advance.

In case you can't, I'd like to thank you for your previously made efforts and tell you they expanded my horizons and I can say in some ways have brought me closer to Allah.

For this, I thank Allah and thank you for endeavoring to become the manifestation of His will.

Peace.

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To Joseph

From my observation by exploring alphabetically in all words in Quran  Sa means the way. The established way, the way it works, the way should to be taken, the way to achieve and others. And Ma means energy flow makes something works, moves from one state to another state, something required to work.Ma is noun and Maa is verb.

So Samaa means to run, to make the way works.

Similar with Saba'a. It means to develop any kinds of efforts to gain, to reach goal. 'Ain is to make evident, clear, observable. Waa means of the authority to act and Ti means final, no other movements. For all it is Allah authority to to bring to final state whatever efforts to reach state of something. Wal ardh means the act of interest charge to change.

This conclusion comes from exploring alphabetically its Quanta so it will have the same meaning in wherever this alphabet in Quran.

Sorry, really i never learned Arabic language.Comes from reading Quran with heart so may be right may be wrong but needed to be considered,

I hope.

Tq.

Salaam

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Discussions / Thank you Brother Joseph:-)
« on: June 24, 2016, 05:31:23 AM »
Peace be upon you and many thanks my brother for this fine work! A work inducing a re-contemplation of Allah's Signs. Yes indeed, this "revival" is very much needed !

May you be blessed for your efforts and may Allah, glory to Him, guide us further into His Light...ameen.

Was'Salaamu alayk war Rahmatullaahe wa Barakaatuh:-)

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Discussions / Personal Experiences from a Sister
« on: June 23, 2016, 10:52:25 PM »
Dear Brother Joseph,

Assalamu alaykum.

I apologize for not responding right away as I was preparing for work when I received your message. It's truly my pleasure to share that particular experience to you. I hope you don't mind if I add a prelude to it; something which I think would make you understand more why things happened.

My father's a Muslim while my mom used to be a Christian but converted after marriage, and with my father as an exception, our family spent most of our lives being surrounded by Christians. I do not wear a hijab or pray the traditional prayer (although at some point our father would convince us to start practising it), used to fast but never strictly aimed at completing the whole month, and entirely ignorant on Islamic history and practices, more so hadiths. In other words, I (even other members of the family) would never qualify for a Sunni, Shia, or any other popular sect's definition of a Muslim. My father, however, despite his kids being like that, continued to adhere to his practices--praying five times daily, and even fasting alone at times.

It was only during my college years when our parents really tried to push us to do the ritual prayer as opposed to my and my siblings' "Christian-inspired" method (which I learned is called dua just a few years back, wherein, as I understand, one simply talks to God). This was because my father started reading articles shared online in forums, to which he was initially convinced that only three (or was it two, I apologize for forgetting) prayers were required of us. So I started praying twice (or thrice) a day. There might be several instances when my father have stumbled upon various views and considered it for some time maybe, details of which I know nothing about. All i know is he spent years of thinking before the next thing happened.

What became a turning point in our lives not later than two years was when my father came upon Aidid Safar's book. According to him, he struggled with Aidid's ideas at first, even thought it was absurd. But eventually, after a lot of months reading various views particularly those in free-minds, my father started to accept a "deviant" perception of what Islam is really about. He stopped doing all rituals and practices, but continued reading the quran regularly. We naturally followed the head of the family, more so with us looking up to him as a very patient, humble, virtuous man. So we kind of became the Muslim version of born-again Christians. Islam but with all "rituals" taken away.

I was so intrigued by the book that made a man abandon practices he religiously adhered to for more than 50 years. So finally I downloaded and read Aidid Safar's book. This was in 2012.

I cried because it felt liberating for me. It was too radical in my opinion but still i knew it got to me. Easy maybe because I did not have a solid foundation that would otherwise make me resist. I was quite convinced to a point when I felt like I wanted to share it to everyone! So I proceeded to search for reviews for and against his views. So I read and read and read until I found free-minds.org on my own, then eventually your blog. From all of these, I learned a lot including about the existence of hadiths (its nature and how it crept into Islam); liberating ideas but still my mind has held on to Aidid's views of rituals being unquranic. Eventually, my mind got so confused that I decided to lie low for awhile (still not sure whether that was a good or a bad decision though; I still wonder what I could have learned had I proceeded, but anyway, it's something I can no longer change).

I ended up lying low for more than two years (since late 2013 if my memory serves me right) and was somehow content with the articles I read via facebook, most of which are quran-centric (towards which my current views lean) and some generic/universal. It was only this year that I started listening to that part of me which would like to try doing the practices I have abandoned/not practised for so long. This was because I felt like I am not content of how "connected" I feel with God. So far I have discerned the logic behind the frequency of prescribed prayer, a BIT of fasting (because I suffer from ulcer since my university years), bit still struggles with why the prayer has to follow certain movements or direction, especially the Hajj.

Looking back at the Aidid experience, it can be likened to being jolted awake, but just like after every jolting moment, my mind/perception eventually normalized. However radical his views are, I still consider having learned of it a blessing because somehow it shook me from my long overdue trance.

I just want to continue seeking for answers with the guiding principle that God made the deen easy for everyone and to always get the best interpretation of things. The past four years made me realize that the more I seek it (although I do get a LOT of eye-opening messages), the more I realize I know very little of the Truth.

I will surely get back to reading your articles for a perspective that's both different and similar to what I have now. I hope I have not bothered you with my long narration. Thank you very much as always.

And, just so you know, the reason why I continue reading your posts/articles is because out of all the individuals whose views got to me in some way, you are THE most humble and respectful of other views. The way I feel towards how you come across is how I would like other people to feel towards me; to affect people the way you probably affect most of us who have come across your articles.

I am saying all of these with all honesty and purely out of my enormous gratitude to you.

God bless you, Brother Joseph.

Sincerely,

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Discussions / Wanting to be Your Student ...
« on: June 18, 2016, 10:30:07 PM »
Dear Joseph,

My journey of Islam started finding the truth and reading books on Islam & it's history on the formation of different sects. A year back co-incidentally I found your site and started reading them. Initially I was very apprehensive to accept the truth but later I realised that following only God's scripture is the only truth and not the Islamic secondary source.
I Love the way you present Islam in its pure form and the immense knowledge on Quran. I have a humble request to you.. I would like to be your student and learn more on how the Quran has to be understood and spread the true essence of Quran and its message.

Please guide me the way Allah has guided you..

Thank you.
Brother in faith

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Discussions / From Holland ...
« on: June 18, 2016, 02:27:07 AM »

Asalam ou 3alaykoum Joseph

I am from Holland and I have read some of your articles on quransmessage.com. May Allah bless you, you are the perfect example that one can only understand the Quran the best when he has knowledge, iman and he is critical. WAllah i hope and pray that your way of explaining Quranic content will reach the whole world. It hurts me so much to see the so called Islamic ''scholars'' spread an evil message while the Quran is the word of God and He is te Most Merciful. May Allah bless you my brother and may  our sins be forgiven this Ramadan!

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Discussions / Writing a Book?
« on: May 31, 2016, 03:24:29 AM »
As salamu alaykum,

Have you considered writing a book ? With your eloquent English and Quranic knowledge a lot will benefit from what you have to write.

I can highly recommend you consider the above.

Barak'Allah Fikum brother.

Your Brother

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Discussions / Fajr (and so Sehri) time
« on: May 31, 2016, 03:22:14 AM »
Salaamun Alaykum,
Brother Joseph,

Mashallah, I'm very much benefiting from your simple but logical powered analysis of the Quran on web site. At many times I was surprised and at many places I'm simply shocked and dumbfounded - Fasting until Layl is one such along with but no-less is Sehri/Fajr time. Your analysis of ayah of zakat is absolutely brilliant and Hajj anytime during 4 months is simply superb.

Jazak Allah Khair and May God bless you and increase your Imaan to perfection.

Sincerely,

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Discussions / From Australia ...
« on: May 31, 2016, 03:18:37 AM »
Peace be upon you brother Joseph. I sincerely trust that this email finds you in good health.

I have been reading a number of your articles and must admit that I find them all very informative and also pretty radical when compared to the "run of the mill" explanations given to us by so many "learned scholars of Islam".

I am not in a position to be judgemental, considering my very limited knowledge of the Quran, but I have to admit that your explanations on various subjects make a whole lot of sense and leaves very little room for argument. Maybe I am just being biased but I thoroughly enjoy the articles, so much so that it has spurred me on to read the quran with a different mind set.

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