Feisal ๐Ÿช Kamil Profile picture
Homosapiens, lower-case m muslim, LFC, Prog-rock, Sci-fi buff.
5 Oct
The reason I believe
1) the Qur'an is true is that it describes what people we see around do, in real-time, to a high degree of accuracy.
2) traditional Islam is not in the Qur'an.

This thread is a witness:
God: Here's a book of guidance for *anyone* who wants to live a righteous life (2:2)
Muslims: This is OUR book, and you "non-Muslims" have no right to interpret it. Can't even touch it, actually, if it's in Arabic.
(what about non-Muslim Arabs, how do they read?)
God: There is no compulsion in The Way (2:256)
Muslims: if you change your religion, you should be killed. If you have doubts, you should undergo rehabilitation. If you speak against it, you can be persecuted.
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12 Sep
The average Malay Muslim has been told so often that he is incapable of understanding the Qur'an on his own, that he is utterly dependent on someone else's interpretation to the point that the interpretation is now akin to the word of God Himself.

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As a result, these man-made interpretations cannot be questioned, and a different understanding of the verses cannot be comprehended or processed.
To be fair, there is no real basis for comparison, because he thinks he will not be able to understand a pure translation.
Because these interpretations have been accepted for centuries, the Qur'an is anchored to the period in which the interpretations were made, instead of being interpreted in light of the currently available evidence.
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20 Aug
It's hard to defend your faith against detractors because there are so many similarities between the Taliban / ISIS and traditional Islam
Quran โœ…
Sunnah & Hadith โœ…
Ijma' (consensus) โœ…
Qiyas (analogy) โœ…

Even the attestation of faith is the same โœ…

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In Shafi'i-centric Malaysia, there is even some amount of support for the Taliban.

So how can you glibly say "They are not Islam" to non-Muslims?

Are you even allowed to declare others who call themselves Muslims "non-Muslims"?
The minutiae of faith and actions are opaque to non-practitioners. Even practitioners themselves quibble over matters (hence ijma'), so how do you expect non-Muslims to know these fine details?
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11 Aug
Are you one of those Muslims who get upset and defensive when non-Muslims and atheists accuse Muslims of being obsessed with sex?

Let's consider the translation of the Qur'an - 78:31-33 is a good example in this case.

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78:31
ุฅูู†ูŽู‘
indeed
ู„ูู„ู’ู…ูุชูŽู‘ู‚ููŠู†ูŽ
for the righteous
ู…ูŽููŽุงุฒู‹ุง
success

78:32
ุญูŽุฏูŽุงุฆูู‚ูŽ
Gardens
ูˆูŽุฃูŽุนู’ู†ูŽุงุจู‹ุง
grapevines

78:33
ูˆูŽูƒูŽูˆูŽุงุนูุจูŽ
And splendid companions
ุฃูŽุชู’ุฑูŽุงุจู‹ุง
well-matched,

78:34
ูˆูŽูƒูŽุฃู’ุณู‹ุง
and a cup
ุฏูู‡ูŽุงู‚ู‹ุง
full.
Word-for-word translation:

78:31 Indeed, for the righteous, success!
78:31 Gardens, grapevines,
78:31 And splendid companions, well matched,
78:31 And a cup, full.

Simple, and straightforward.
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10 Aug
What is wrong with traditional Qur'an translations?

Here's the Arabic: ูˆูŽูƒูŽูˆูŽุงุนูุจูŽ ุฃูŽุชู’ุฑูŽุงุจู‹ุง (78:33)
Phrases: ูˆูŽูƒูŽูˆูŽุงุนูุจูŽ (And splendid companions), ุฃูŽุชู’ุฑูŽุงุจู‹ุง ( well-matched)

Translation: And full-breasted [companions] of equal age ๐Ÿคฆ๐Ÿปโ€โ™‚๏ธ

qurano.com/en/78-an-naba/โ€ฆ
Is God not fair to women?

Actually, there is no specification of gender in the preceding verses at all - in fact, God mentions "For those who were mindful", meaning any and all genders get companions

Let's read from 78:31...
78:31 For those who were mindful of God there is a great achievement,
78:32 gardens and grapevines,
78:33 splendid companions, well-matched,
78:34 and a full cup.
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24 Jun
We're never going to solve Islamic banking without going back to first principles and defining riba properly according to the Qur'an.

God has allowed trade and forbidden usuryโ€ฆ (2:275)

So what is usury? Watch the video!

#IslamicBanking

And afterwards, we will find that conventional banking, with the policies that are reasonably good and equitable, is already Islamic, without needing specific labels.
And there is no need to compel people to use it either because the right way is clear from error.
But it's really difficult to get people to do so.

Even Islamic Banking experts who know there is something definitely wrong with it โ€“ and prefer to use conventional banking โ€“ are still not willing to find out what the Qur'an is actually saying.
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22 Jun
So there's this huge flood one day, and an entire town looks like it's going to be swallowed up by the waters. And the Police and Rescue Agencies are running all over the place trying to get people to safety.
So they send the rescue boat over to this house where a guy's sitting on the roof with the water lapping around his ankles and they say "Come on, quickly, there isn't much time"
To which he says "Nah, it's ok, God will provide"
About an hour later they're zooming past in the boat again and they notice the guy's still there, only the water's up to his waist... "Quick" they say, get in the boat, it's going to get worse before it gets better.
"Nah, don't worry - God will provide"
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18 May
Practical Solution from the Qur'an for the Palestinian.

The conflict that began after WW2 has not shown any signs of ending towards peace, but only continuous sufferings by both parties.

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Unfortunately, it is the Palestinians who are receiving the biggest blow in this conflict while Israel continues to dominate through its systematic aggression and expansion activities.
Hamas, Fatah, PLO have all failed to offer practical solutions to the Palestinians but remained with the same approach that had never delivered practical solutions, while the Israelis continued to expand their territories.
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1 May
God says โ€œDo good and I will reward you. Every deed, even as small as a mustard seed will be counted. I am the best accountant, trust me.โ€

Muslims do not trust God.

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They trust those they have appointed associates of God, who tell them doing this gets you so many points, doing that gets you so many points... and if you'd do this on a certain day, night, or month, you get so many extra points.
God says โ€œI will teach you, explain to you, and guide you if you ask for it. I have the truth and the best explanation, and you will not find a Guide better than Meโ€

Muslims do not trust God.
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29 Apr
Present-day Muslims who do not study history think that Quranists are a new movement.

However, the ๐˜”๐˜ถ'๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ป๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ด (in the 8th century) and ๐˜ˆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ-๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ขฬ„๐˜ฎ before them, were opponents of Imam Al-Shafiโ€˜i ...

thread > The Mutazila and Ibn Hanbal
...and his principle that the final authority of Islam was the hadith of Muhammad, so that even the Qur'an was "to be interpreted in the light of [the hadith], and not vice versa."
๐˜ˆ๐˜ฉ๐˜ญ ๐˜ข๐˜ญ-๐˜ฌ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ขฬ„๐˜ฎ argued to the contrary, that the book of God was an explanation of everything (16:89), and that verses in the Qur'an ordering Muslims to obey the Messenger meant that Muslims should obey the Qur'an, which God had revealed through Muhammad.
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16 Apr
My New Year Message

Zaid Ibrahim (5 Jan 2020)

Malays say they are falling behind other ethnic groups in many fields. They seem to think that it is all because the non-Malays are in control of the economy and the country.
The solutions offered to them by their political and religious leaders are the same; they were told that they must unite and that they must follow the real teachings of their religion. It is the same advice given to them all these years since independence.
It did not work out to help the Malays and the poor. How much more unity can the Malays achieve, and how much more Islamic can they be?

I wish to offer the Malays a new practical solution to their problems.
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12 Apr
In the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and even 80s, we were closer towards developing a Malaysian identity. Much like what Singapore has successfully done.

Singaporeans (even the Chinese) are Singaporeans first.
Then in the late 70s, we were inflicted with the "religious" creep.

We also had the "ketuanan" creep.

In between, we had the "language" creeps.

Now after 40 years of all this creep, we are becoming a creepy nation. Full of creeps.
Sadly all the creeps are still going nowhere. As more and more time passes they are becoming more and more disenfranchised and removed from the real world.

They are becoming less and less relevant.

Why can't these folks just be normal human beings?
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2 Nov 20
I want to talk about irrational behaviour.

Recently, I raised the issue of child marriage amongst Muslims, and I asked this "scientist" how old he believed Aisha was when she was married to Prophet Muhammad. He said "9".
We "know" this because it is mentioned in the hadith that the marriage was when she was 6, but the consummation took place when she was 9.

Then I said I do not believe that because ...
1) the Qur'an has laid down guidelines on how to determine if a girl is eligible to marry (not the onset of menses - but the ability to manage their own finances, the ability to give their own consent, and the ability to enter into a legal contract) AND
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30 Oct 20
Yes to freedom. If it were me, I'd say Samuel Paty is a martyr of freedom.

Imam Chalgoumi has been for very long years now the voice of respect and tolerance, always standing up for republic laws and values.
He's also a stark defender of the Jewish community, fighting antisemitism that others try to revive. He fights for the spiritual side against the political ideology some want to impose on France.
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11 Oct 20
Einstein and the God of Spinoza

When Albert Einstein gave lectures at U.S. universities, the recurring question that students asked him most was: "Do you believe in God?"

And Einstein always answered: "I believe in the God of Spinoza".
Baruch de Spinoza was a Dutch philosopher and considered one of the great rationalists of 17th-century philosophy, along with Descartes.
(Spinoza) : God would say:

Stop praying.

What I want you to do is go out into the world and enjoy your life. I want you to sing, have fun and enjoy everything I've made for you.
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5 Oct 20
Would You Permit Me?

A Poem by Nizar Qabbani (1923-1998)

In a country where thinkers are assassinated,
and writers are considered infidels and books are burnt,
in societies that refuse the other,
and force silence on mouths and thoughts forbidden,
and to question is a sin,
I must beg your pardon, would you permit me?

Would you permit me to bring up my children as I want,
and not to dictate on me your whims and orders?
Would you permit me to teach my children that the religion is first to God,
and not for religious leaders or scholars or people?

Would you permit me to teach my little one that religion is about good
manners, good behaviour, good conduct, honesty and truthfulness,
before I teach her with which foot to enter the bathroom
or with which hand she should eat
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4 Oct 20
Hilariously ridiculous ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿคฃ

Muslims, if you are being told this, please challenge the person telling it to you - even common sense tells you that following anything blindly is stupid, and Islam does not teach you to be stupid.
Not to mention contradicting the Qur'an in 2:171 (The likeness of such blind followers is that of a herd of sheep which hear the shepherdโ€™s call, but hear in it nothing more than a sound and a shout. Deaf, dumb, blind, for they do not use their reason), ...
... 17:36 (You shall not uphold that which you have no knowledge of), and exhortations of the Qur'an to use Reason in 2:44, 2:76, 3:65, 6:32, 7:169, 10:16, 11:51, 12:109, 21:10, 21:67, 23:80, 28:60, 36:62, 37:138.
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3 Oct 20
The Qur'an tells us in a specific verse to use the Qur'an alone.

17:46 - We place shields around their minds, to prevent them from understanding it, and deafness in their ears. And when you preach your Lord, using the Qur'an alone, they run away in aversion.
Traditional Translation

17:46 - And We have placed coverings on their hearts and a heaviness in their ears lest they understand it, and when you mention your Lord alone in the Qur'an they turn their backs in aversion.
So which is it?

Is the Qur'an saying "Lord alone" or "Qur'an alone"?

To find out we need to look at the Arabic transliterations.
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23 Sep 20
Attorney General: A Call to Seek #JusticeForAdelina - Sign the Petition! chng.it/Bc2LcGXb via @Change
Adelina Lisaoโ€™s case, a young Indonesian domestic worker who passed away on the 11th February 2018 due to organ failure as a result of abuse and neglect, has caught the eyes of many across nations.
This petition demands for Ambika MA Shan to be charged separately under Section 304 of the PC which provides for deaths caused by culpable homicide not amounting to murder or those caused by negligence. The prosecution is looking to correct this grave miscarriage of justice.
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14 Sep 20
Malaysia First: Restoring Sabah's Rights / Memulihkan Hak-hak Sabah -

Sign the Petition! chng.it/7888KKVw via @Change
We, the undersigned members of Malaysia First and other signatories, hereby petition the Federal Government of Malaysia to immediately:
1. With complete transparency, declassify and release the final report of Cabinet Special Committee on Malaysian Agreement 1963 (MA63) under the Pakatan Harapan Administration; AND
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9 Sep 20
Imam Al-Syafie states:
"If a man commits adultery with a woman and gives birth to a daughter, then the man can marry either the woman or his daughter. This is because Allah only makes the mahram relationship based on halal marriage onlyโ€. [Al Syafie, Ahkam al-Quran, p. 189] Image
Imam al-Khatib al-Syirbini said: A woman born of adultery, intentional or not (rape) ... then the law of both of them is halal because it is considered foreign as there is no respect for adulterous sperm. โ€ [Mughni al-Muhtaj, 4/287].
The final opinion of the al-Syafie school, the seeds resulting from non-sharia intercourse have no legal value.
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