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Destinee replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 3:47 pm

Josie: 

1. I distinctly remember telling you about this before, haha, but here we go again:

- The Qur'an has quite a few mathematical marvels 
- The Qur'an does not contradict established facts, scientific or historical
- The Qur'an understands the huma psyche
- The Qur'an has unparalleled literary wonders, e.g. its usage of near synonyms, eloquence
- The Qur'an has no inner contradictions
- The Qur'an confirms the reliable traditions of previous books
- The Qur'an is reasonable; it addresses mankind's intellect
- The Qur'an provides arguments for itself, i.e. it is "self-aware"
- The Qur'an claims to be from God Himself
- The Qur'an completely changed the lives of a bunch of desert Arabs in less than 23 years
- The early revelations of the Qur'an claimed that the Quraysh would be punished by God if they continued with their immorality, giving examples of past destroyed cities; after 10 years, this was fulfilled
- The Qur'an is relevant for every generation
- The Qur'an has a style unlike any other book that truly inspires fear and awe; it is very compelling
- The Qur'an has been preserved, as God said He would in the Qur'an itself
- The Qur'an provides moral guidelines, most of which are based on common sense
- The Qur'an has resonates within me, especially when it is recited
- In effect, there is no other option but that it is from God Himself Also, Islam is a beautiful religion. :) Pure elegance.

2. Women cover their hair. People who don't think that it is not required in Islam (their personal belief, not based on sect), or they don't want to for whatever reason.

Some people's parents DO force them to. *Shrug* They shouldn't, but they do. That is a very small minority, less than 6% I would say. Generally this holds true when the headscarf becomes part of a culture, rather than a religious duty done out of love and obedience to God.

Peace.

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Josie_Jo replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 4:47 pm

Destinee:

 

1. Well, I'm sorry! I just forget things easily. It's the truth, though. D:

 

Uhh, what's huma psyche? There's math in the Quran? How do you know the Quran is God's book? There are no contradictions in the Bible, either. Why did you choose the Quran?

 

2. Oh, alright. I understand now. :)

 

I'm kind of religion-lost these days.

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malatov2 replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 5:04 pm

what about the flat earth parts

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malatov2 replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 5:08 pm

sufi's are muslim right?

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Josie: 

1. Haha, no worries. :)

The human psyche is kind of like the personality, or the understanding of the human mind. It's hard to explain. Think of psychology: the study of the psyche. :)

The Bible has contradictions. I'm guessing you haven't read the Bible... :)

I know the Qur'an is God's book for the reasons I listed above. & when you read it you know, but that requires actual impartiality, while I'm afraid most people read it to criticise. I "chose" it because it's God book--there's no better reason. 

There's mathematical marvels which are pretty amazing if you know how the Qur'an was revealed. It was revealed in bits and pieces, in all sorts of situations, over a course of 23 years. Oftentimes, it deals with actual events, so it's not like Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) sat down one day and decided to write it out (he was illiterate anyway). If he made it up, he made it up on the spot. 

Bearing that in mind, check it out:

- The words "paradise" and "h.ell" are each repeated 77 times
- The words "man" and "woman" both appear 23 times.
- The word "zakah" (charity) is repeated in the Qur'an 32 times and the number of repetitions of the word "blessing" (barakah) is also 32.
- The number of times the words, "world" (dunya) and "hereafter" (akhira) are repeated is the same: 115

etc...

This is, actually, for me simply interesting. Not really proof of divinity, but it's certainly fascinating. :)

Peace.

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Malatov: 

The Qur'an never says the Earth is flat. I know which verses you are referring to, and the Arabic word (which is the language the Qur'an is in) does not mean or even imply 'flat'. That is just people trying to find errors where there are none. :)

Yes, Sufis are Muslim. :) But some of the things some Sufis have been said to do are not Islamic (there's a lot of Western hype surrounding Sufis anyway, just like Buddhism and Yoga). 

Peace.

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Josie_Jo replied...
Dec. 17, 2011 at 7:04 pm

Destinee:

 

1. Well, no. I haven't really read the Bible. I know about it, but I've never really read it as a whole. (Imagine me reading the Bible. I'd have to look up every other word in the dictionary.) And I'm pretty sure I told you this before, that I haven't read the Bible.

 

About how some words are repeated so many times . . . why does that matter? I don't understand how or why it matters that "man" and woman" appear 23 times in the Quran. Did you count or something? :)

 

3. A third question . . . is there an idea of Purgatory in Islam? Is there an idea of clearing away your sins?

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 18, 2011 at 7:51 pm

Josie: 

1. Yep. :) That was my point. Read the four gospels -- you'll see the contradictions.

It doesn't matter i.e. it doesn't provide one with guidance, but it's a bit odd considering that this book was revealed over a course of 23 years, and Muhammad (pbuh) managed to keep a tally of the amount of times he repeated the words that have an obvious connection. 

Me? No. Others? Yes. :)

3. You clear away your sins by repentance in this life. Most minor and unintentional sins are washed away by prayer, fasting, etc. The major ones require repentance. No, there isn't Purgatory, not as far as I am aware. :)

Peace.

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Imaginedangerous replied...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 6:20 pm

How do you repent?

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Josie_Jo replied...
Dec. 19, 2011 at 7:48 pm

Destinee:

 

Oh, cool! Islam sounds cool. :) Don't worry, though. I think Catholicism is cool, too. It's just that . . . my parents never taught me about religion. They say I can believe whatever I want.

 

1. Why do you have to say 'pbuh' after you say Muhammad? Is it a religious thing? What does 'pbuh' mean? Is it an Arabic word?

 

And why do you follow Muhammad 'pbuh' --- look I'm saying 'pbuh', too! :) How do you know he's a real prophet? I keep hearing people say he's perfect. How do you know he's perfect?

 

3. Oh, alright. :) Interesting! So, answer Imagine's question. How do you repent?

 

4. I have so many questions. Sorry! I'll try to make this my last. So sorry for annoying you! I hope you don't hate me.

 

Okay, so you know how you have to pray 5 times per day? (I learned about the 5 pillars of Islam. I remember them all! Aren't you proud of me? :) ) Do you have to pray 5 times a day? What if you don't?

 

Again, don't kill me. :)

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Oozeworld replied...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 10:52 am

What is Sha.riah Law?  How connected is it to Is.lam?

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AnonRight replied...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 11:22 am

What happened to Flora? Destinee kinda just stole her thread over the past year...........lol. 

 

Actually I have been wondering about one thing.

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Josie_Jo replied...
Dec. 21, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Destinee, how come you never answer this thread? Did I ask a wrongly forbidable question about Islam or something, and you're trying to ignore it?

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 4:53 am

LOL, Jo, of course not. I'm just really busy nowadays...might get to it on the weekend.

Sorry you guys! Peace.

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 4:54 am

And haha, AnonRight, what can I say? :) Actually, I haven't seen Flora in around 5 months, so I guess she's left us at TI. :(

Go ahead and ask your question. :) I'm happy to answer if it's within my power, and if not, then I'll find out God willing. Peace.

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Josie_Jo replied...
Dec. 22, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Oh okay. Good! :) I didn't want to be asking anything against Islam, that's all, haha. :) Plus, I have tons of more questions. I bet you regret bringing up this thread now, don't you? :)

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 12:01 pm

Actually, no, I don't Josie. :) I'll answer your questions first (my apologies to everyone else). I'm also a bit annoyed at how I can't space stuff out anymore, so if I'm abrupt, that's why. :) Plus, I just came from a 12 hour flight + 6 hour stopover....

<i>Josie:</i>

1. Muslims wish peace upon all of God's prophets because of their sacrifice and piety. We admire them, and out of respect we wish them peace. :) Yes, it's a religious thing...

We follow Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) because he was God's messenger. God didn't choose an imperfect messenger, you know. :) He made mistakes, yes, but God corrected him in the Qur'an. We know he's a real prophet because of his character (did you know his two titles were "The Truthful" and "The Trustworthy? Kind of like how Richard was "The Lionheart"...); because of the Qur'an which claims he's the prophet, and since we know the Qur'an is the truth because of the aforementioned reasons, this part is also true; and because what "he" (God) said came true: "his" (God's) enemies were punished, and "his" (God's) religion spread across the world....

3. Quick overview being you SINCERELY pray to God for forgiveness and avoid doing it again. If you have harmed someone, e.g. if you stole something and want to repent, you have to ask the person whom your wronged for their forgiveness, or fix the damage you did to the best of your ability. :) God forgives those who repent....

4. Haha, good job! Yes. You have to. If you don't, you repent and make up for the prayers you missed, assuming it was by accident. If on purpose, you have to SERIOUSLY try harder to pray.

If you believe in God, then you WILL pray. If a person doesn't pray, he/she is not a Muslim. Hypocrisy is to claim to believe in God but then not obey His commands. Prayer saves a person from committing major sins. It is a chance to interact with God. It is a time to be humble and submissive. Praying 5 times a day keeps you in constant awareness of God, the Most High, the Most Gracious. It reminds you of your purpose in life. It is "practising piety". If you're a football player, you practise football everyday. So if you follow God, you "practise" His teachings.

So yes, a Muslim MUST MUST MUST pray 5 times a day. :)

Peace.

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 9:54 pm

<i>Oozeworld:</i>

"Shariah" is basically Islamic law, or the rules that God has laid down for humans because, of course, God has authority over us as our King and Sovereign Lord. In essence, they are a bunch of laws that Muslim societies implement in order to maintain justice and social balance. They refer to both the collective and the individual duties, because a society cannot do good if the people within it are not good, and to be good one must follow God.

For instance, prayer is part of Shariah. It has been defined by God as an obligation, therefore it is Shariah. Not eating pork is another law; God has forbidden it, therefore it is Shariah. Not committing murder (and the options when it comes to punishing murder) are part of Shariah. Witnesses for accusations of in.fidelity are part of Shariah, and the punishment for proven a.dultery is part of Shariah. Not taking interest is part of Shariah. Not gambling or drinking is Shariah. Family law pertaining to divorce or inheritance is part of Shariah. Charity rates are part of Shariah. Implementing this on a wide scale (assuming that the majority of the population is Muslim) is the responsibility of the people.

One of the principles of Shariah (and of fiqh--Islamic jurisprudence) is that everything is permissible unless expressly forbidden by God and His prophet. Hence, all food is permissible, except for pork, already-dead meat, meat that is beaten or strangled, etc. Harmful things have been forbidden by God. Hence, it is in a society & individual's best interests to obey God to the best of his/its abilities. Following Shariah is a part of Islamic worship, because in not f.ornicating (for instance), one is following God. In marrying, one is avoiding f.ornicating, therefore that is worship too. Essentially, Shariah is the moral code & its implementation that has been ordained by God for a righteous way of life.

Peace.

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Archy replied...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 9:56 pm

Hey Destinee.

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Destinee replied...
Dec. 24, 2011 at 9:59 pm

Hi Arch. :)

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