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    Random Islamic Questions

    Prostitution exists at all levels of society in all societies in the world throughout most of recorded history (I am unsure if there was prostitution in hunter-gatherer societies and early agricultural societies, but there probably were people who lived off their capacity to provide sexual pleasure). As to the topic itself, it is haram for certain. After all they're fornicating and if they solicit (many do) then they're enticing others to fornicate too. On the other hand if they have been coerced by gangsters or loan sharks (often is the case in poorer communities), then it is an entirely different situation as they aren't necessarily acting on their own free will. And Islam isn't a black and white religion, and in their desperation people turn to desperate measures, they are more than often products of circumstance. Whether or not Allah forgives them is entirely up to Him. One of the most notable Hadith with regards to ethics mentions how the Prophet (PBUH) told the story of a prostitute who gave a thirsty dog water from her shoe in order to quench its thirst, and how Allah granted her a place in Jannah as a reward. So to sum up: yes its generally haram, no we don't know if Allah will punish them for it. Generally speaking though as fellow human beings we should show sympathy for people in such situations, and where possible, try and alleviate their suffering.
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    Just stopping by to say hi and see who is around. So, crazy to think of the time I spent on here and now I only keep in touch with very few.
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    just ran for 25 minutes, 1st time ever in my life, cudnt even run 60 secs in September lmao
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    Good topic! I think it goes back to the idea of getting what we feel we 'deserve.' Like I wouldn't personally be able to grasp why significantly bad things happen to genuinely good people. But that's something I'll never understand because I am not the one causing these things to happen and they're pretty much out of my control. There are people who have treated me bad and I personally did nothing to deserve that kind of evil treatment, so when bad things happen to these people, I don't take any particular joy in it, but it certainly doesn't surprise me that bad things are happening in their life. I personally feel if they could just even have the courage to apologize or show remorse, there wouldn't be as much bad things happening to them. That's just my theory. I guess we just associate good with good and bad with bad, especially if it's something personal to us. Kind of a tangent but even a word like 'deserve' gets complicated. Like we are born into any particular situation, without our choice, and some traits are inherent. So I've noticed, some people can just naturally be a good person, they don't have to try or work as hard as others. So how did they 'deserve' good things if they were given those traits of a good person? And same goes for people with predominately negative traits. Or even the environmental factors that led them to be a bad person, how did they 'deserve' any of it?
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    List of food I can now make: chicken korma, muttar keema, aloo subzi, shrimp thai curry, pizza...and rice of course...and eggs. #YESSSS
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    'Tis the season to hear back from PhD admission committees. Please deploy a du'a or two in this direction!
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    Assalaamu Alaikum, My name is Salmah, I am kinda new, but kinda old..I used to be on here back in the days, from around 2008 I believe. So yeah, let's see how this goes
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    Solar Eclipse 2017

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    Solar Eclipse 2017

    I looked without the glasses. :/ Then I borrowed someone's solar eclipse glasses, and it looked so cool!! You see this orange thing behind the shadow of the moon!
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    When Bad Things Happen to Bad People...

    There's that cliché question "why do bad things happen to good people?" that seems to perplex many (I'm not perplexed by it, FYI). But it implies that good things should happen to good people and that we're okay with bad things happening to bad people. I don't think I'm any happier with bad things happening to bad people, though. I'm not aiming to understand the Problem of Evil here, but only wanting to gauge whether others feel similarly. My feeling could be one related to privilege. I.e. I might be happy if bad things were happening to bad people if I were in a war context, or if I felt a victim to something. But in my context, I think I'm very open to understanding others' points of view (and there basically always is another point of view). I see everyone as their own little world unto themselves. It would be nice if each were happy. And if "evil" people lost their ability to do evil, but punishment is something else. I get the sense that not everyone feels that way and people generally like the idea of revenge, punishment (maybe it's accountability), etc..
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    Career change

    If it was an incident at work, shouldn't you be changing workplace rather than career?
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    Cubster's Eating Records

    everything in moderation
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    Cubster's Eating Records

    Also you might be wondering - why the body even converts sugar to fat. The thing is that our body uses sugar to create/release energy. Energy is used for any form of movement basically, like your heart beat or running around etc. However when we consume too much sugar - much more than we need to live at the present moment - our bodies have this ingenious method of storing that extra sugar in the form of fat. The great thing about fat is that it's really efficient at storing energy - which is why it's hard to burn off. It's like having a large surplus of money. Now money is like sugar - it can be quickly used to buy things you need presently like food, gas or electric. Money is great in that sense - it provides a fast way of trading goods. Now imagine I have 100000 dollars but only need 100 to live. I wouldn't want to waste all that extra money by chucking it away. It's how your body treats all that extra energy. Therefore, I can choose to store that money in assets like land or gold. Here - land and gold represent fat (otherwise I risk getting mugged or inflation devaluing my money). Now while this is a useful survival tactic - when food becomes readily available you can see how this can lead to problems - people keep eating food and our bodies keep on storing it as fat. Every time you look at a pizza you have to realise that most of that pizza will be converted into fat and you might have to do some cardio (pretty soon after) to burn that sugar before it turns into fat.
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    Cubster's Eating Records

    Too many samooosas in the first log.
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    Addiction to prayer

    there is a manner and method for prayer (Islamically speaking). If the addiction is due to an illness such as OCD then of course, the addiction is bad. If the addiction is what others perceive, but it's in fact due to an elevated spiritual status, its not bad.
  16. 3 points

    Halal Nail Polish, Is it legit?

    Lol, I can't resist! From their website: https://www.786cosmetics.com/how-it-works/ This is basically bull crap . Under lab conditions here could mean anything. The nail polish film could be made as thin as they wanted. Way more thinner than any practically applied nail polish film. The diffusion chamber could be set to have unusually high pressure to push the oxygen molecules over long period of time. And even then, they were only able to push oxygen through the film. Even with all the lab set-up, they are unable to say they made water permeate the film. Furthermore, a gas molecule and liquid molecule behaves very differently. Their theory is unfounded and lacks rigour and proof. Most importantly, the fiqh position requires water to be able to wet the skin (and nails) during wudu. Unless that happens, their product is just plain lie.
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    The Meathead Thread

    We don't know the connection. What we know is consuming more saturated fat (meat, eggs) doesn't cause heart disease. Trans-fat does cause heart disease. Omega-3 helps heart and many other diseases (because there is a deficiency of that in modern western diet). eat fish. get (halal/vegan friendly) supplements. A whole another dimension are missing from the quoted studies: processed foods and its additives and preservatives. A separate line of studies shows processed food is the number of factor that discriminates between healthy people and unhealthy people. A good guideline to follow would be eat home cooked stuff and avoid processed food, including bread, snacks, packed meat, etc. Eat vegetables of course. Avoid sugar and tobacco. honestly we are living in a time with lots of confusion surrounding food, equivalent to the confusion regarding tobacco back in the 40s-60s. Only good bet right now is to go back to a diet similar to that which was prevalent pre-heart disease-epidemic (pre 40s). Read more: Good calorie, bad calorie - a well referenced research book
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    Happy birthday Spider! *grabs her partyhat*
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    Folks, my hometown is flooding. Apparently there is a hurricane or something on its way or almost there. We've never had anything like this that I can remember, almost everywhere is underwater. My fam seems to be okay but no one is home yet and I'm worried about my cats too. Fat Oliver can't jump much so he may be stuck outside in the bush cos he won't be able to get in the house. Duas requested.
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    Cubster's Eating Records

    The midsection is bound to get bigger if you don't exercise on a regular basis. It could be something as basic as walking for 1-2 miles per day. Given desi genetics, I think that's our biggest problem. We don't move around and our midsection just gets bigger and bigger.
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    Cosmological Argument

    the unbiased thing would be to find out if quran is beautiful or not by exerting some effort. Nouman Ali Khan is trying to make it accessible for non arab english speakers. http://www.nakcollection.com/quran-gems--miracles.html and this is also a partial answer to spider regarding "things that points to"
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    MM annual feedback jamboree duplex

    Can we have a philosophy subsection to discuss philosophy
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    What's new

    flowers are the symbols of heaven so I interpreted it that way...right??
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    What's new

    bonjour mon amis mon frere ma suer ma pan au chocalat de cafe au cote
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    I think I have inverse bulimia. I eat and eat and eat, but just don't do the whole throwing up bit afterwards. Almost everything makes me hungry and the last/next meal is never far off my mind. Imam Ghazali's work on 'Breaking the Two Desires' is about our sexual/'food' desires and I really think the latter is not given as much attention as it should. I heart food way too much.