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Recently, the grand mufti of Al-Azhar, the highest and most authoritative religious institution in Egypt, has issued a fatwa stating that he cannot declare Daesh non-Muslims. He has received a flurry of criticism and colorful comments due to his refusal to state that Daesh are outside the fold of Islam.
What came to mind amid reading and hearing this torrent of criticism, however, was a mixture of confusion and sympathy—yes, you read that right: sympathy. The declaration of Daesh as...
I've been away from the forums for some time and in that time I've been doing a lot of thinking, reading, research and general contemplation on who I think God is, what I believe and why. It has led me to move away from Christianity as a whole (I've come to the conclusion that any link I have to it is purely cultural rather than it being a source of any sort of faith), away from Islam (another religion I'd considered but found to have many issues with) and several other religious paths....
Your righteousness is righteousness forever; and your law is true. Psalm 119:142
For my hope is in your rules. Psalms 119:43
So shall I keep Your law continually, forever and ever. And I will walk at liberty, for I seek your precepts. Psalms 119:44-45
Mainstream doctrine says God freed us from freedom.
The law of Yahweh is perfect, reviving the soul; Psalms 19:7
Can perfect be made more perfect? Mainstream doctrine teaches Gods law changed.
There is a reason God says I am against the...
During my childhood, the way my conservative Muslim parents chose to raise and teach me was inspired primarily by Sunni Islamic teachings. They taught me to pray five times a day, fast during Ramadan at the very least, and treat them with respect according to Islamic rules.
But there is a lot more depth to the Qur'anic code of conduct than praying, fasting, and treating parents with respect; it is a full-fledged code of conduct. To this day, even after becoming an anti-religious atheist, I...
More judgmental ignorance:
According to the Religion News Service, the Vatican handed down their ruling this week. It concluded that “transsexual behavior itself reveals, in a public manner, an attitude opposite to the moral imperative of solving the problem of sexual identity according to the truth of one’s own sexuality.”
Huh? What does that even mean and how exactly does that pertain to...
Many Christians will claim that faith is the same as trust. Furthermore, many claim a nonbeliever has faith in science or his car is parked where he left it. This seems very problematic to me given the definition we find for faith is found in Hebrews 11:1; “Faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things unseen”. In other words, your confidence IS the evidence offered for things that cannot be seen. Something intangible as the "confidence" one has in something, is the...
We have to be able to separate cultural Christians from those that actually believe in the teachings of Jesus. We can't do that by asking if people are Christian. The term "Christian" doesn't mean anything anymore. We must look to what people actually believe about the teachings of Jesus in order to discern who truly believes in him. If the polls below on divorce, sex out of marriage, and homosexuality are correct, it's clear that the majority of Americans do not agree with the teachings of...
Dear Friends Salam,
These are some of my recent findings from Shia Sources, (mainly Bihar-alanwar) regarding Resurrection of the Dead, Judgment Day and revival. You can find most of them here:
They are verses of Quran, each one followed by an interpretation given by Infalible Shia Imams. I highlighted the parts related to questions:
“…until they see what they were threatened with, either the punishment...
This seems fantastic to me. A group of Muslim scholars (albeit from "the West"), who are addressing the problems of modern Islam, and seem to be addressing those problems honestly!
I'm especially interested in hearing what the Muslims at RF think about this declaration, but of course everyone can pile on
(I have to confess they had me when they mentioned the UN Declaration of Human Rights.)
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