People of the Book – Final part

People of the Book, we may have different politic opinions, different tastes, different ways of seeing things… But we have something in common; One God that unites us.

The teachings that all those messengers brought to us, were pushed away, distorted, forgotten, ignored. They suffered for nothing. They were attacked, killed, imprisoned, beaten, for nothing.

They advised us, they warned us about the Day where no one will be able to help no one; The Day of judgment. Who among the Christians still believe in the Day of the reckoning? Just a few. No one believes in hell anymore . Yet the Bible warned us. And the Quran warned us even more!


You would never have read this if you weren’t meant to read it. So think deeply on what you’ve spent days reading. Don’t let it get in from one ear and out from the other. If you have any question that is floating in your mind, just ask. I’ll be glad to belp you understand.

Quran 4:171-175
O People of the Scripture! Do not exaggerate in your religion, and do not say about God except the truth. The Messiah, Jesus, the son of Mary, is the Messenger of God, and His Word that He conveyed to Mary, and a Spirit from Him. So believe in God and His messengers, and do not say, “Three.” Refrain—it is better for you.
God is only one God. Glory be to Him—that He should have a son. To Him belongs everything in the heavens and the earth, and God is a sufficient Protector.
The Messiah does not disdain to be a servant of God, nor do the favored angels. Whoever disdains His worship, and is too arrogant—He will round them up to Himself altogether.
But as for those who believe and do good works, He will pay them their wages in full, and will increase His grace for them. But as for those who disdain and are too proud, He will punish them with an agonizing punishment. And they will find for themselves, apart from God, no lord and no savior.
O people! a proof has come to you from your Lord, and We sent down to you a clear light.
As for those who believe in God, and hold fast to Him, He will admit them into mercy from Him, and grace, and He will guide them to Himself in a straight path.

What about … #24

For centuries people have pondered the meaning of dreams. Early civilizations thought of them as a medium between our earthly world and that of the gods. In fact, the Greeks and Romans were convinced that dreams had certain prophetic powers, and some people still believe it. Some search these prophetic powers into the Bible, some on fortune tellers while others on specified magazines. While there has always been a great interest in the interpretation of human dreams, it wasn’t until the end of the nineteenth century that Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung put forth some of the most widely-known modern theories of dreaming. Freud’s theory centred around the notion of repressed longing — the idea that dreaming allows us to sort through unresolved, repressed wishes. Carl Jung (who studied under Freud) also believed that dreams had psychological importance, but proposed different theories about their meaning. Since then, technological advancements have allowed for the development of other theories. One prominent neurobiological theory of dreaming is the “activation-synthesis hypothesis,” which states that dreams don’t actually mean anything: they are merely electrical brain impulses that pull random thoughts and imagery from our memories

The proposed link between our dreams and emotions is highlighted in a recent study published by Matthew Walker and colleagues at the Sleep and Neuroimaging Lab at UC Berkeley, who found that a reduction in REM sleep (or less “dreaming”) influences our ability to understand complex emotions in daily life – an essential feature of human social functioning.

Thus, we know that dreams are generated in the right inferior lingual gyrus (located in the visual cortex), or transmitted through this particular area of the brain, which is associated with visual processing, emotion and visual memories. Taken together, these recent findings tell an important story about the underlying mechanism and possible purpose of dreaming. Dreams seem to help us process emotions by encoding and constructing memories of them. What we see and experience in our dreams might not necessarily be real, but the emotions attached to these experiences certainly are. Our dream stories essentially try to strip the emotion out of a certain experience by creating a memory of it. This way, the emotion itself is no longer active.This mechanism fulfils an important role because when we don’t process our emotions, especially negative ones, this increases personal worry and anxiety. In fact, severe REM sleep-deprivation is increasingly correlated to the development of mental disorders. In short, dreams help regulate traffic on that fragile bridge which connects our experiences with our emotions and memories.

So if science can’t interpret dreams, who can pretend to be able to do so? Dreams can make sense only to the dreamer. But as we’ve seen, dreams are what connects our experiences with our emotions

People of the book – part 17

And give orphans their properties, and do not substitute the bad for the good. And do not consume their properties by combining them with yours, for that would be a serious sin.


Those who consume the wealth of orphans illicitly consume only fire into their bellies; and they will roast in a Blaze.


Worship God, and ascribe no partners to Him, and be good to the parents, and the relatives, and the orphans, and the poor, and the neighbor next door, and the distant neighbor, and the close associate, and the traveler, and your servants. God does not love the arrogant showoff.


O you who were given the Book! Believe in what We sent down, confirming what you have, before We obliterate faces and turn them inside out, or curse them as We cursed the Sabbath-breakers. The command of God is always done.
God does not forgive association with Him, but He forgives anything less than that to whomever He wills. Whoever associates anything with God has devised a monstrous sin.


O you who believe, remember God with frequent remembrance.
And glorify Him morning and evening.
It is He who reaches out to you, and His angels, to bring you out of darkness into the light. And He is Ever-Merciful towards the believers.
Their greeting on the Day they meet Him is, “Peace,” and He has prepared for them a generous reward.


O prophet! We have sent you as a witness, and a bearer of good news, and a warner.
And a caller towards God by His leave, and an illuminating beacon.
And give the believers the good news that for them is a great reward.
And do not obey the blasphemers and the hypocrites, and ignore their insults, and rely on God. God is a sufficient protector.

Some Quranic verses.


Even though Islam teaches respect for women, for parents, kindness toward the needy and the orphan, to be just in our business, to be respectful toward the people of the book, to be tolerant…. It is stigmatised by some people due to their lack of knowledge and hate toward something they don’t understand. Among these people, are those who nourish the hatred in our politician’s mind.
This next part is about a person not known by many but whose influence is still in power

What about… #19

Human beings disagree over many things here on earth, we have different opinions, different interests, different obstacles. Some say that the cholesterol is our foe, while others say it’s North Korea or even Terrorists,  but in truth we have only one common enemy which causes all our trouble and misery;  The Devil.

We’re all acquainted to “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” right? So that makes of us ALL friends. The problem arise when we aren’t aware that this entity swore to spend its existence to ruin ours.

Who doesn’t sin? Even the best amongst us sins, the difference is who has a conscience to repent and who doesn’t. The human being who doesn’t have a conscience doesn’t know that he has sinned, so he will keep doing the same ill over and over. He has no regrets, the devil is so close to his mind and conscious that he’s blocking any goodness that the person might have by his treacherous certainty. So half of the blame is upon us who accept the devil’s temptation.

Now who is this Enemy of ours who gives us too much importance to waste its existence among us?

The Holy Scriptures tell us a good amount of information on the matter, for instance:

Genesis 3:24

Now the serpent was more crafty than any of the wild animals the Lord God had made. He said to the woman, “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?”

The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat fruit from the trees in the garden, but God did say, ‘You must not eat fruit from the tree that is in the middle of the garden, and you must not touch it, or you will die.’”

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it. Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden. But the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?” He answered, “I heard you in the garden, and I was afraid because I was naked; so I hid.” And he said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten from the tree that I commanded you not to eat from?” The man said, “The woman you put here with me—she gave me some fruit from the tree, and I ate it.”

Then the Lord God said to the woman, “What is this you have done?”

The woman said, “The serpent deceived me, and I ate.”

So the Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly   and you will eat dust  all the days of your life. And I will put enmity  between you and the woman,   and between your offspring[i] and hers; he will crush[j] your head, and you will strike his heel.” To the woman he said, “I will make your pains in childbearing very severe; with painful labor you will give birth to children, Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.”

 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat food from it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are  and to dust you will return.” Adam[k] named his wife Eve,[l] because she would become the mother of all the living. 

The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken. After he drove the man out, he placed on the east side[m] of the Garden of Eden cherubim and a flaming sword flashing back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.

 

James 4:7

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

Ephesians 6:11

Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil.

Revelation 20:10 

And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever

Acts 26:18

To open their eyes, so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.’

 

Al Araf 7: 11-27

We created you, then We shaped you, then We said to the angels, “Bow down before Adam;” so they bowed down, except for Satan; he was not of those who bowed down.

He said, “What prevented you from bowing down when I have commanded you?” He said, “I am better than he; You created me from fire, and You created him from mud.”

He said, “Get down from it! It is not for you to act arrogantly in it. Get out! You are one of the lowly!”

 He said, “Give me respite, until the Day they are resurrected.”

 He said, “You are of those given respite.”

He said, “Because you have lured me, I will waylay them on Your straight path.

Then I will come at them from before them, and from behind them, and from their right, and from their left; and you will not find most of them appreciative.”

 He said, “Get out of it, despised and vanquished. Whoever among them follows you—I will fill up Hell with you all.

 And you, Adam, inhabit the Garden, you and your wife, and eat whatever you wish; but do not approach this tree, lest you become sinners.”

But Satan whispered to them, to reveal to them their nakedness, which was invisible to them. He said, “Your Lord has only forbidden you this tree, lest you become angels, or become immortals.”

 And he swore to them, “I am a sincere advisor to you.”

So he lured them with deceit. And when they tasted the tree, their nakedness became evident to them, and they began covering themselves with the leaves of the Garden. And their Lord called out to them, “Did I not forbid you from this tree, and say to you that Satan is a sworn enemy to you?”

They said, “Our Lord, we have done wrong to ourselves. Unless You forgive us, and have mercy on us, we will be among the losers.”

He said, “Fall, some of you enemies to one another. On earth you will have residence and livelihood for a while.”

 He said, “In it you will live, and in it you will die, and from it you will be brought out.”

 O children of Adam! We have provided you with clothing to cover your bodies, and for luxury. But the clothing of piety—that is best. These are some of God’s revelations, so that they may take heed.

 O Children of Adam! Do not let Satan seduce you, as he drove your parents out of the Garden, stripping them of their garments, to show them their nakedness. He sees you, him and his clan, from where you cannot see them. We have made the devils friends of those who do not believe.
Unfortunately to turn things worse, lots of other demons are at his service, he’s not alone to spread evil around the world.

What about his entity? It’s not really described in any of the Holy Scriptures but the Devil isn’t a material being, he must be a kind of spirit with an energy capable of interfering with our own minds and lives.

So instead preaching hate let’s gather our strength to fight the one who really hates us; Lucifer.

What about… #18

Why do I bother blogging?

Have you ever felt that you’re lost in a world of 7 billion people? Have you ever had the feeling that you’ll die some day and your existence will be forgotten by the humanity? Who cares about your thoughts, your beliefs, your memories? Not many. I believe that each voice is a mind, a soul. Better it to be good or peaceful, but a voice is a person’s feeling and belief; it counts.

We’re in a selfish world were the “I” dominates the “We” or the “They”. We use the terme “We” when we’re defending a cause which goes along with our thoughts. And we use “They” when we refere an action to someone else who doesn’t affect us in any way. So I’ll skip the “We” and I’ll speak on my name from now on.

Sometimes I feel disconnected from the world, and the only thing that binds me to it, is the sharing of ideas with others. I happen to ask myself what I’m doing here, nobody cares about what I think or what I feel. It’s in those moments that I feel the urge to write whatever crosses my mind, it keeps me distracted from my daily routine and loneliness that brings me down sometimes. But I know that it’s normal, we are all a little alike. The world is too wide, it possess 7 billion  opinions and ideas. I am just a soul among others who have passed away and didn’t leave any trace of their existence. So that’s why I share some of my thoughts with the world, to feel that I’m a voice as well, and I can make myself heard if I want to. Some would say that I’m losing my time for nothing and I could have done something useful instead. Perhaps. But at least I know that I’m part of a community who loves to write as I do, and that gives me a sense of belonging.

Peace.

What about… #17

There is so much disorder in our lives which turns our world into a very tight planet.

Issues absorbs our brain’s concern so that we are convinced that other’s problems are minor compared to ours. We are at the center of THE world, we don’t acknowledge  that we’re a mere invaluable fraction of Earth. What if earth could speak? What would she say? Are we doing the right thing for us and for our fellow humans? Our interest come first in every situation. We have to gain something from every opportunity. Is that the right thing to do? Probably yes, because opportunities are meant to be caught, otherwise why naming them opportunities, right? But, every opportunity isn’t one if we don’t make of it an opportunity. So what’s the point of speaking about it? It’s that what we believe to be opportunities are in fact co-incidents (read this post for more info) that our brain suggests as something valuable, not to miss. While if we look with our soul/consciousness, we’ll notice that the moment in question or the opportunity is nothing more than a lapse in time which doesn’t affect us unless we take advantage of it. The brain controls our actions, thoughts and deeds, while our soul keep an eye on us to help us achieve the best of our potential.

The world is big enough for everyone, there is no need for wars, disputes, jealousy… Thinking about other’s problems can help us be more altruistic and use the opportunities for the good of all the people around us.

What about…. #16

My faith doesn’t prevent me from being what I want to be

For those who are not yet aware of my religion, I’m a muslim.
Unfortunately Islam is stigmatized by some for being a religion of war, anti feminism,  dressing everyone in black,  or even of hate. Which is totally absurd. Those clichés were invented by people who have little knowledge about the Islamic faith.

To tell you the truth, some muslims have bestowed these clichés upon themselves; traditions, misunderstanding, hate and dictatorship have turned some believers into rebels who wish to enhance their belief into something that never existed before.

Let me explain: Me for instance, I’ve never worn a headscarf, I’ve never been dressed in black, I wear short skirts and bright colors, I wear make-up everyday; even on Sundays and that doesn’t prevent me from being a muslim. Does it? Of course not. The Quran isn’t a Cosmopolitan magazine suggesting what to wear and how to use make-up. It teaches us how to behave, to learn, to seek knowledge, to help those in need, to respect everyone; whatsoever its religion, to do the best of ourselves for our sake and those around us, to explore, to invent, to teach, to make peace, to respect the woman and to give her her rights, to respect the orphans and to help them till their adulthood, to stop saying bad things, to give charity; whatsoever its faith…. I can’t make a list of all the good that the Quran teaches us. So all of the mischiefs and crimes committed in the name of a religion, were all made by human beings who wanted to support their actions by introducing God as their mentor. How diabolic this is? 

Here follows a few pictures found online about how muslim women or men dress in different cultures.

Look at the way the headscarf is worn, most of the Turkish women wear them like this.

In Malaysia women wear short sleeves while it is forbidden in other countries.

In Morocco you can see this kind

And that kind.

Now you might have seen this in your country

While famous people are not less muslim.

The way you dress has nothing to do with your faith, you could wear a monk’s robe and be a thief. Your actions, your inner belief makes of you, who you are; a person, a human being belonging to a certain religion which only God can judge. Some Christians or Deists are more Muslims than some born such as. The early Christians didn’t have the same belief as the people do now, they were closer to Jesus’ teaching back then, so they were more monotheist.

So Islam doesn’t stop anybody from being what he/she wants to be. The believer is free to do whatever she/he wants as long as it’s not evil.