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I actually became Muslim from an Christian background, although my mother is a secular atheist. It's funny that a good quantity of Muslims take a literal approach to the teachings of Islam, when the Quran itself states that it teaches by metaphor, allegory, thus sign; the Quran is even...
To be honest ZooGirl, I tend to think that if you were able to 'leave' Islam you probably hadn't understood Tawheed properly, and if you didn't grasp Tawheed, then whatever you thought your religion was, it probably wasn't Islam.
You're obviously on a journey, and once you fully grasp Tawheed...
To be honest, one can still see when a sister is stunning even with Hidjab and Niqab. Beautiful eyes and an imagination can be more alluring than a pair of daisy dukes. It takes more than a veil to combat the male mind, :D astagfir Allah.
To be honest I've never fully looked into the difference between the schools of jurisprudence, but I have been told on multiple occasions by people that listen to my opinions that I am closest to Hanafi. I'll watch this thread with interest.
That's not true Terry...it's much easier to have a perve at some women than at others!!! i.e. shape, legs, curves. They very much dress differently in this regard.
There's an Islamic saying in regard to beautiful women; 'The first look is for yourself, the second look is for Shaitan'
Just to pick up on this analogy (a sign of sorts), it is because what is simple with small quantities, becomes less simple with larger works. Having a formula that can work in exchange with other formulae, actually saves working for longer problems.
In basic maths it does seem labourious, but...
Well the circle seems to be quite important, it figures in some of the primary rituals of the religion.
Then to be honest I'm not sure what you mean, it is as if you imply that somehow Muslims are blind to sign and symbol, when they exist everywhere around us. The compass representing...
I was a christian, and I'm sure you see just as many signs and symbols as me, you just might not interpret them as such.
There's an interesting quote, but it seems not to be borne out by this thread
'Christians have the symbol of the cross, Muslims have it's doctrine'