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  1. Omar

    Leaving "Islam"

    This was the natural direction for the path that you followed. You are right, you cannot reconcile foolishness and irrationality with what is logical and rational. Insecurity ruins any person, and any person who holds irrational views will always be insecure because subconsciously they realize how indefensible their views really are. If you cannot desire for another person what you would desire for yourself, then you are a hypocrite, and this goes against the nature of our soul, which we understand to be based on truth. Therefore, such a person either becomes an extremist or abandons their positions all together. Both are arguably extreme acts nonetheless, and both potentially irrational depending on what ones motivation was and how truly well informed they were. But the journey does not end there. There is a notion among Islamic scholars regarding Islamic law, and it is that the law was created to serve humans, humans were not created to serve the law. If the law is not improving the quality of life for all people then it must be abandoned. That is the Islamic spirit, one that is regarded as blasphemous by the majority of Muslims. This is because the majority of Muslims are irrational and insecure, and do not understand their religion. But that goes for the majority of mankind. The greatest fitnah to humanity is literally ignorant people who raise their voices. What I mean by this is such people who speak and act out of turn unjustly, who seize power and influence and oppress others. By your posts I can see that you value logic and reason. Although I think you've used some of it incorrectly in your debates with Musa, I think it's commendable that you have undertaken the path to understanding and using it. Many of us have followed a similar path as your own. For this reason I would recommend that you remain Muslim, partly because it can provide a strength that is not normally found in the human will. However you should leave what you think you understand about religion and Islam. Study the works of Socrates, Parmenides, and many of the early Greek philosophers and their works in order to strengthen the powers of your mind. Some of their writings will also help you to understand the logic and rationality behind many Islamic rulings, such as the refraining from alcohol and premarital sexual experiences, undoubtedly two great factors that influence the course of peoples lives especially in our society. Study the writings of the inheritors of Greek philosophy, namely the Muslims such as Farabi and Ibn Sina and Al Ghazali. Even if you don't want to be Muslim, always keep an open mind and continue to study. Temper yourself so that you can distinguish between motivations that stem from your ego and motivations that stem for your spirit.
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    Good Idea, Bad Idea: Prayer

    I remember when we were kids, because we only had one computer my brothers and I would basically fight to get it. So when it came time to pray the person who prayed the fastest and therefore finished first would get the computer. I did not like to do that so I would just pray in the door way so even if they finished first they could not pass in front of me.
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    The Value of Beauty

    My two cents. In beauty there is truth, and in truth there is beauty. When you recognize something that is beautiful, you recognize that it is 'right', that it pertains to the truth. As logical as humans are, our logic is not our defining quality, rather it is one of our defining tools as humans. Our defining quality is our ability to recognize beauty. That ability is our spiritual link to Al-lah, the ultimate reality and truth. Our ability then is to recognize Al-lah in an intimate way. It is no wonder then that there is a liberating quality to anything that we find profoundly beautiful, as it is from the comprehension of truth that sets us free.
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    Cartoons: Halal?

    There are plenty of threads that have discussed this already. Please refer to those as much has been said regarding this topic.
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    Scholors/Speakers of our times

    From what I have read, loud dhikr is based on the sunnah of the Prophet, peace and blessings be upon him, as well as some verses in the Qur'an and the teachings of the Saints. It is true that there are deviants who affiliate themselves with the Naqshabandi tariqa and also claim to engage in loud dhikr, but their error does nothing to invalidate the Naqshabandi or the practice of loud dhikr, just as the errors of deviant Muslims does nothing to invalidate Islam.
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    Scholors/Speakers of our times

    That is a silly answer. Are you sure he said that? There has always existed between the different tariqa's a difference of opinion regarding the methods of dhikr, particularly between loud dhikr, silent dhikr, and dhikr of the heart. The different tariqa's primary differences lie in what they hold to be the most superior form of dhikr, not what is halal and what is haram. All have traditionally considered all of those forms of dhikr as completely permissible. Interestingly enough, among the different Buddhist schools of thought the same debate exists regarding what is considered the greatest form of meditation, loud forms versus silent forms, but all agree that they are all acceptable. Jalaladin as-Suyuti mentioned in an article called "Natijat al-Fikr fi Jahri-dh-Dhikr," the Benefits of Loud Dhikr, twenty-five authentic hadiths which mention doing loud dhikr. Imam Ahmad narrated, "Abu Huraira reported that the Prophet (s) said that Allah says, 'I am with my servant when he remembers Me and by his remembrance of Me his lips move." Commenting on this hadith, Imam Nawawi said, "Allah is with the one who remembers Him and calls Him in his heart, and calls Him on his tongue, but we must realize that the dhikr of the heart is more perfect. The rememberer made dhikr of the tongue in order to reflect the occurrence of the dhikr in his heart. When the love of Allah and His Remembrance overwhelms the heart and the spirit, the tongue is moved and the seeker brought near." Sheikh Amin al-Kurdi said, "That is why our Naqshbandi masters have chosen the dhikr of the heart. Moreover, the heart is the place where the Forgiver casts his gaze, and the seat of belief, and the receptacle of secrets, and the source of lights. If it is sound, the whole body is sound, and if it is unsound, the whole body is unsound, as was made clear for us by the chosen Prophet (s). source One only needs to put this into consistent and introspective practice in order to realize such truths. I'm sure that many people have many questions regarding dhikr of Allah, but once you put it into practice you will find the answers yourselves.
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    Is drawing forbidden in Islam if its educationally based?

    Check out this link, it offers a good explanation on the wisdom behind the prohibition of creating pictures, and this revolves around anything with idol status. http://www.javedahmadghamidi.com/index.php/associate_authors/view/regarding_the_prohibition_of_portraits_and_pictures
  8. Every time someone gets excited about Sheikh Abdul Hakim Murad I become happy. Allah has given him so much wisdom mashAllah. No matter how many books exist that disseminate religious knowledge, truly with the passing of such people religious knowledge will continue to disappear.
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    It is as if Sheikh Abdul Hakim had given an entire tafsir of the hadith, “Islam began strange, and it will become strange again just like it was at the beginning, so blessed are the strangers.” The modern worlds disapproval of us is a sign of our legitimacy. And how can it be any other way when such a world is enamored with material acquisition and the pursuit of illusions while our world is enamored with Allah and acquiring His intimacy.
  10. I think that the role of the wali, as self explanatory as it is by the title, is to act as a guardian over the daughter, to protect her rights and her interests, and these are defined and according to what Allah has revealed. As soon as that guardian acts in a way that is not in her best interest due to reasons such as personal insecurity, culture and so on, he has betrayed her trust and therefore also his covenant with Allah, and therefore is no longer valid nor qualified as a wali. I think the article makes mention of an ordered list of alternative walis in the event that the first wali is no longer available and/or qualified.
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    Is drawing forbidden in Islam if its educationally based?

    Well the issue about image making is about creating figures for the purpose of shirk/worship. This can apply to anything, paintings, drawings, and even photographs. It is the intention of creating such a thing that makes it blameworthy. For example, even the strictest literalists believe that painting a picture of an inanimate object is halal, such as a mountain. But if this painting was for the purpose of worshiping that mountain, even though the image is of an inanimate object itself, I would believe that this is haram. So in that way I don't think it really matters whether it was a snapshot or a drawing.
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    Is drawing forbidden in Islam if its educationally based?

    Yeah I agree with Hussain, any layman can copy and paste ahadith to support a point of view. If deriving rulings was that easy then you would not need the scholars. For example, http://www.witness-pioneer.org/vil/Books/Q_LP/ch2s3pre.htm#Islam%20Prohibits%20Statues This is just one example. Here there is a deeper dimension to the ahadith on pictures, which is ascertained through both the context and the specificities of the words and their meanings. Only the true meaning of the ahadith can be understood when both context and words are understood. Just posting a hadith, especially if it is just in English (assuming that is not sufficient), is or may in fact be a distortion of the intended meaning of the Prophet's words. More care must be taken when quoting ahadith, there should be more humility due to the fear of misrepresenting the Prophet.
  13. Check out a program called intermittent fasting at www.leangains.com I've been using this diet for over a month now, and I have lost some fat and gained some muscle. Even though I am lighter I am much stronger, and I feel much healthier. It's also known as the warriors diet as it is based on a similar type of diet that people a thousand years would have. Basically the theory is that, our ancestors would not have access to 5 meals a day, and yet they would still be able to work throughout the day and even fight battles in the evening. Throughout the day they would normally have two small meals, very small (roughly 25% of their total caloric intake). After fighting their battle, the warriors would always have a large feast and this meal would be 50% of their total caloric intake, so it is a huge meal. Then you would fast for 16 hours between that large meal and the first meal of the next day. So basically you are fasting for 16 hours, but it's not a total fast since you can still have water, tea and anything else that doesn't have calories and carbs. Also when you do workout, you will be pretty hungry, and you will be pretty hungry anytime before that final huge meal. But you get used to it, which is good. I think there is much blessing and wisdom in hunger. But it's interesting because I can eat a huge meal before going to bed and not feel bloated or anything. I sleep fine, and when I wake up I'm hungry and I feel like I made some progress. I will have to modify this for Ramadan however, but it shouldn't be a problem. As long as you're getting the right amount of calories and protein you shouldn't lose muscle. So for my sehri meal it's going to be 50% of my total caloric intake and I will workout about 2 hours before iftaar, which will be the other 50% of my total caloric intake. Such a diet is designed to burn fat and build muscle. Just be sure to exercise sometime during that time period between sehri and iftaar, preferably within two hours of iftaar. It's interesting though but the author of this diet also made mention of the Muslims during the time of the Prophet, peace be upon him, and how it is similar to their diets. He may have been talking more about Ramadan though and how fasting is good for you even if you workout, and how the body handles food after strenuous work and fasting.
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    do we make islam too complicated?

    I think AHM said it best when he said, "Without Law we can make no ablution from our sins; but without Spirit there is no water". People attempt to practice Islam for different reasons, known or unknown to themselves. Hamzah Yusuf once said that the law was created to serve humans; humans weren't created to serve the law. If the law isn't serving humans anymore, meaning that it is not of benefit and is instead detrimental, then it must be discarded. And we have examples of that, such as if in a specific circumstance in order to survive we must consume the flesh of swine it becomes permissible. Ultimately, our approach to Islam is that it should be spiritual in nature first and foremost, as a way to return to God and also to benefit mankind. From there, just as Pomok quoted AHM, the religion would then feel aligned to our fitra. The religious sciences themselves are complex, but in terms of practicing, if we have a comprehension of our fitra and a relationship with Allah the religion should be easy. Sometimes I feel as if Muslims have abandoned common sense in order to live according to religious expectations that are none other than concoctions of religious ignorance.
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    Can I retake Shahadah?

    It is good practice to affirm and reaffirm the shahadah every day.