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Sunday, November 2, 2014
“If your two brothers were fighting with sticks, would you give one of them a knife?” Olha Bereza
Hi again from the shores of the Salish Sea. Every once in awhile, I come across an article which speaks to an important subject far better than we could. This is one of those.
A Canadian friend asked me to describe my religion to her. This is how I simply described my simple religion.
Islam is a very simple religion. Islam includes only five simple letters: I S L A and M.
Islam means the submission to God (Allah, the most merciful, the most compassionate).
The Muslim is the one who believes in Islam. Islam has been built on 5 – main pillars. As Muslim:
- I witness that Allah is one and only one; and Muhammad is Allah’s prophet and the last prophet.
- I pray five times a day.
- I fast the month of Ramadan (29 or 30 days/ year).
- I pay Zakat (Kind of alms).
- I perform Hajj (pilgrimage) if I can (in terms of health and wealth capabilities).
According to prophet Muhammad’s definition in different colloquies, a Muslim must be:
- Tidy and neat
- Smart and wise
- Not idiot. (Not like the ones we watch them on the CNN and the Fox news).
- Supportive to and peaceful with his/ her neighbors.
- Gracious with the weak, the young, and the elders.
- Strong and brave in the right.
- Fair and does not accept the injustice.
- Rich in terms of moral and wealth (or should seek to be wealthy via the good deed).
According to the real Islam:
- The Muslim believes in all divine religions with no exception.
- The Muslim believes in all God’s prophets with no distinctions.
- The Muslim believes in God’s angels.
- The Muslim believes in the destiny of God.
- The Muslim believes in the life, the death, and the life after death (the Heaven).
According to the real Islam:
- There are no differences between males and females in human rights and human duties within a dynamic cyclicality. In simple words: the long life duties = the long life rights in evenness.
- There are no differences between the rich and the poor in terms of the allocation of the endowments of life because God is just.
- There are no differences among people. All people have equal rights and equal opportunities in life.
What Jihad means in Islam
Jihad means “struggle for a good goal”. The Muslim parents struggle to pave the way to a better future for their children. When I study har, I struggle in life for a better future. When I work hard I struggle in life for a better future.
The defense when I get attacked to protect my soul, my people, and my homeland is recommended in Islam but attacking and killing peaceful people is considered a heinous crime in Islam and it’s impermissible by all means and cannot be justified under any circumstances.
What Halal (permissible) or Haram (impermissible/ forbidden) means in Islam
Everything is halal in Islam unless it’s said obviously in Quraan (The holy book in Islam) and the Sunnah (The prophet’s legacy) that it’s forbidden or it’s limited in numbers or boarders.
- Muslims don’t drink wine because it’s said obviously in Quraan that “Don’t touch wine”.
- Muslims don’t eat pork because it’s said obviously in Quraan that “Don’t eat pork”.
- Muslims cannot have sex outside the marriage wedlock because it’s said obviously in Quraan that ”Do not come near the adultery”. And so on.
Islam is a simple religion that draws a good path for people and they are free to follow that path or to divert from that path. If they follow the path of Islam they are called before God ”Muslims”. If they choose to not to follow that path they are called before God ”Non-Muslims” but no one can judge them but God.
What Infidels mean in Islam
Infidels in Islam mean ”the evils” (malefactors). The infidel in Islam doesn’t mean the atheist as it’s wrongly translated to different languages.
Is Islam a religion of peace?
To me Islam is a practical religion. It’s not for peace or for violence. It’s just a practical religion that helps the Muslim to have a systematic life from day 1 to the last day in life. A Muslim is not an angel or a devil. A Msulim is just a human-being who follows the path of Islam as much as he/she can.
I consider myself lucky that I have a system in life as a Muslim woman but I don’t feel that I am better or less than anyone else.
I am Muslim and I don’t care of those idiots who hijacked my religion. They don’t represent me or my religion.
I hope if I could describe Islam in simple words to my Canadian friend and I hope if she could perceive it also that simple.
Founder: ECO-ENA: Economics & ECO-Engineering Associate, Inc., Canada
This cannot come as the best of news. Keyless cars ‘targeted by thieves’
I think we should all read this. Children and the Risk of Ebola
This is a chilling read. ISIS and Vietnam
ISIS & THE WAR ON TERRORISM
This is long overdue and we are glad to see it. New counterterrorism powers already coming in cyber-bullying bill
If this is what it takes to protect the country, I’m sorry, but I go along with it. We don’t have that many people to lose to this disease or any other. Canada will not issue visas to residents of countries with Ebola outbreaks
Sam: Good morning, Felina. Aren’t you the vision out here on that new rug, looking all spiritual and stuff. Pretty cool, Lass.
Felina: Thank you very much, love of my three lifetimes. You may join me, if you like. I am communing with this Allah that so many humans hold in such high esteem.
Sam: Beautiful rug, Sweetheart. Feels nice under paw, out here watching the world wake up and talking to the Creator by a different name.
Felina: Precisely, Samuel. It is very important to be comfortable with having tea with royalty.
Sam: You’ve been studying up on this some, haven’t you, Felina?
Felina: I have. I thought that I would need to become a member of the association in order to communicate with its chief executive. I find, instead, that all I need to do is share the same values. Then it does not apparently matter whether I worship at a mosque, a temple a cathedral or that little brown church in the wild wood.
Sam: You are as wise as you are alluring, Sweetheart. And a credit to every thing that swimmeth, creepeth, flyeth and cavorteth on the planet.
Felina: That is why I am Queen of the Deep Reaches. And thank you, my loyal subject, for a tribute as eloquently rendered as it is humbly deserved.
Sam: Like I understood half of that. But the half I did understand sounded like a compliment.
Felina: So was the other half, dear.
Sam: Oh, okay. I was a little slow on that uptake.
Felina: Some were meant for speed, Samuel. My mate was built for comfort. That is also worth thanking Allah, Buddha, God and Elvis for each day. And I do.
Sam: It does not get any better in these mountains than that, folks. And on that note, Felina?
Felina: And on that note, Gentle Readers, until next week, then, may the wind be always at your back and may the Creator keep you forever safe in the palm of Her paw.
If our species produced more individuals like this one, it would be a better world for us all. Malala donates Nobel prize money to build war-damaged Gaza school
But at least perhaps the most prestigious university in America is dealing with it. Handling of Sexual Harassment Case Poses Larger Questions at Yale
Under “better late than never?” Pompeii Relic Returned 50 Years On
I hope this was really necessary. It sounds just a little Orwellian to me. It makes me wonder if J. Edgar’s ghost isn’t running the show at the Bureau. Report Reveals Wider Tracking of Mail in U.S.
Sometimes knowing the right way is also about learning from the wrong way. Postcard from San Francisco: How not to build a parklet
Sometimes I really do not miss being a motorized North American. Weak Oversight, Deadly Cars
EXPLORATION, HISTORY, SCIENCE & TECHNOLOGY
If you are germ-a-phobic, reading this is probably not a good idea. If you want greater understanding, reading this is probably a good idea. Ebola and the Vast Viral Universe
And here is yet another chapter in the saga of the world’s biggest boring machine, still stuck in the Seattle “underground”. Shells near Bertha from settlers, not tribes
Will we continue to be masters of our machines or will they ~ like the plot of some sci-fi film ~ take over us? Our Machine Masters
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THE GREEN AGENDA
Here’s another good reason for indulging my favorite food group. To Improve a Memory, Consider Chocolate
We revisit this from time to time and will until there is no longer any need. Faces of Breast Cancer
I submit this with a profound prejudice for the substances in question. Video: What’s In It | Chocolate Candy
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My Captivity ~ In 2012, Theo Padnos was kidnapped in Syria by the Nusra Front. After months of beatings and torture, he was certain he would be executed. Instead, he lived to tell this tale.
It is an America gone mad from the addiction to war and desperate for resources beyond her own borders. A military dictatorship controls the country and life is grim. The Republic is fighting for its very survival and for decades, especially with Latin America.
This is the world of the United States Coast Guard cutter Testament, a cybernetic patrol boat, and her six-person crew. Her mission, and those of her sister craft, is simple.
Quench the rebellion and stop the flow of Americans seeking refuge in Canada. Kill when expedient. Deliver the survivors to the Bellingham Re-Education Center.
A simple operational order and one which has served America well. Until Testament
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I found this very moving and very sad. A Tale of Two Primates
Because of their place in the eco-system and also because I think they are very cool, this is good news. Giant Tortoise ‘Miraculous’ Recovery
This has got to thrill people who live in the Big Apple. New frog species found in the urban jungle of New York City
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