Divine assistance is not simply political victory but leaving private sins

عن عبد الله بن الفضل الهاشمي، قال
سألت أبا عبد الله جعفر بن محمد (عليه السلام)، قال: قلت: قوله عز و جل:
{ وَمَا تَوْفِيقِيۤ إِلاَّ بِٱللَّهِ }
………
متى خلى بينه و بين المعصية، فلم يحل بينه و بينها حتى يركبها، فقد خذله و لم ينصره و لم يوفقه 
Quran 3:160
Tafsir Al-Bahrani
The narrator of this narration is Thiqah according to six Sunni scholars of Hadith.
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To American Jews: Is a modern Maimonides possible?

To American Jews about the concept of a chosen race or community: The concept of a chosen community is based on spiritual responsibility. According to primogeniture this has now shifted to Ishmaelites due to their universal mission not based simply on a chosen DNA but special spiritual responsibility. So, the question is whether Judaism can tackle the intellectual challenge of modernity? Is a modern Maimonides possible. Islam has many modern Maimonides. If we do not employ our smartness to spiritual and ethical ends, then we contribute to a cruel and hedonistic Machiavellian world rather than a blessed 21st century Zion.

 

Are Tawhid and trinity supra-logical or illogical?

Response to a pedantic query about the concept of supra-logical truths: If Tawhid/unitarianism had not been intelligible, prominent scientists like Isaac Newton and George Boole would not have been unitarians. But what is supra-logical is to encompass the full nature of divinity what Hawking called the mind of God while also asserting that science will always be progressing making encompassing even created nature an endless journey. Like the vision in the Night of Ascent was a vision of truth that factually happened but not an encompassing vision. The question of encompassing vision in Hereafter is open to curiosity and Scriptural dialogue in classical Muslim scholarship.

Sufi music by pious South Asian modernists

O Most Generous One, O Greatly Forgiving One, O Most Merciful One,
O Most Mighty One, O You Whose Favour is quickly achieved
May I always remain pleased with what You have granted me
O Most Generous One, O Greatly Forgiving One, O Most Merciful One,
O Most Mighty One, O You Whose Favour is quickly achieved
May I always remain pleased with what You have granted me

This rosary of repentance that lies around my neck
Please turn this into a means of heartfelt prayer and praise of Your perfection
Please turn this into a means of heartfelt prayer and praise of Your perfection
Please turn this into a means of heartfelt prayer and praise of Your perfection

O God, I ask You by Your Divine Mercy
O Majestic One
My head is bowed in regret and shame at my actions,and my heart is grief-stricken
If You don’t hear my plea, who else would I appeal to?
You are the all-Hearing and all-Seeing Answerer of Prayers
You are the all-Hearing and all-Seeing Answerer of Prayers
You are the all-Hearing and all-Seeing Answerer of Prayers

You are the Lord of Bilal’s call to prayer
You are compassionate and You are also formidable
And You are the one who commands the universe to ‘Be’, and it is
You are the Lord of Muhammad Mustafa
God is Great
You are the Lord of Ali Murtaza
God is Great
The Lord of the Straight Path
God is Great
The Lord of the Ka‘bah
God is Great
I see the Ark of Noah
I drown in the sea of repentance

O Merciful One
Please grant me closeness to Yourself
O Generous One
Please disregard my misdeed
O Merciful One
I am a seeker of Your Divine Mercy
O Generous One
I am Your flawed and sinful slave

We are fated to burn in the river of fire
But if you become our support, we can be saved

You are the light that I became blind to
By committing witting and unwitting sins, I gained nothing

If You cast Your merciful gaze towards me, this difficulty too shall pass
You are the Benevolent, the Knower of Unspoken Prayers, the Clement
You are the Benevolent, the Knower of Unspoken Prayers, the Clement

You are the Lord of Zulqarnain’s wall
You are the Lord of the Prophet’s night journey
You are the Lord of Ishmael and of Hagar’s well
You are the Lord of Abraham
God is Great
You are the Lord of Gabriel
God is Great
The Lord of the angels
God is Great
The Lord of the fountain of Kausar
God is Great
Make us the humble servants of your true slaves
O Supremely Great One, O Fulfiller of Needs

I haven’t the capacity to picture the Day of Resurrection
My deeds are not the kind to win Your favour and mercy
I plea that You grant me closeness to Yourself
Have mercy on this miserable beggar standing at Your door

When all my grand schemes fell apart, I came to the realization
That You alone determine what happens in Your kingdom
For the sake of Your beloved Muhammad, please hear this humble prayer of mine

You are the Nourisher, the Reckoner, the Resplendent
You are the Nourisher, the Reckoner, the Resplendent
You are the Lord of Ali and Hamza’s masterful strikes
You are the lord of Moses’s staff
You are present wherever we may turn
You are the Lord of Jesus
God is Great
You are the Lord of Mary
God is Great
The Lord of the Prophet’s companions
God is Great
You are the Lord of the Five Holy Persons
God is Great
I see the Ark of Noah
I drown in the sea of repentance

O Merciful One, O Generous One
O Merciful One, O Generous One
O Merciful One
Please grant me closeness to Yourself
O Generous One
Please disregard my misdeed
O Merciful One
I am a seeker of Your Divine Mercy
O Generous One
I am Your flawed and sinful slave
Please grant me closeness to Yourself
Please disregard my misdeed
I am a seeker of Your Divine Mercy
I am Your flawed and sinful slave
Please grant me closeness to Yourself
Please disregard my misdeed
I am a seeker of Your Divine Mercy
I am Your flawed and sinful slave.

Modern western atheism is based more on greek paganism than scientific objectivity

The percentage of atheists among philosophers is higher than percentage of atheists among scientists which shows that greek paganism has greater role in modern atheism than objectivity.

 

Sohail Khan Islam is much closer to paganism and farther away from modernism.
Ishmael Abraham Do you mean traditional culture? Modern unitarians would be better than traditional greeks.
Peter Bell My middle daughter is a professional philosopher (by career) at the University of Syracuse in northern New York State. I think she would corroborate your statement here. There are a few very conservative philosophers in the field, but they stand out because of their difference from most of their peers, who as you say tend toward atheism. Physical science has a way of exposing its students to the raw natural world of creation as we find it, which is a window into the wisdom and goodness of the divine. Philosophy has no such direct window, and the arguments in favor of abstract paganism present themselves as equal to the arguments in favor of the imprint of the divine in human thinking. Gnosticism rears its ugly head in philosophy and metaphysics in a way that it can’t succeed in doing in the sciences — they deal much too directly in the refreshing reality of Creation as we find it, and that has a powerful way of revealing the Creator.
James Lay More like philosophers haven’t been convinced of theological arguments. As for the physical sciences, the majority of physicists tend to be atheist or agnostic.
Ishmael Abraham If you include Muslim and Jewish scientists, theists would be the majority. I am such an applied scientist.
Peter Bell James Lay The line between philosophy and metaphysics and theology is not big and black and unchanging, but very fine and variable. Often the differences are merely semantic.
Peter Bell Ishmael Abraham Statistically you could be right about theists being in the majority, though there are a lot of science environments in academia and government that operate on a strictly regulated secular basis. In some cases believing scientists feel the need to disguise their faith or go “underground.”

Ishmael Abraham Secularism is all about self-censorship, where people feel ashamed to be identified with God due to IQ shaming dominant in academic culture.
Peter Bell Ishmael Abraham Yes, it is. The pressure is very strong. I learned in public academic settings in Canada that the strength of one’s internal commitment to one’s faith can be sufficient to energize a positive, consistent, faith-filled witness even in the shaming and censoring environment. We are exhorted in our texts to stand strong against opposition to our faith and stance for the truth, and we have access to the power of grace by the Spirit to enable us to do this. May you have the power of your convictions activated to support the consistency of your testimony!

Dalai Lama, gay ‘marriage’ and Islam

Islam teaches that people would regret in future: If only we listened. Dalai Lama is open-minded to Islam but supports gay rights against Buddhist ascetic ideals.

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Peter Bell I have had a very strong feeling against the Dalai Lama, but I am beginning to warm up to him. He does seem to have some things to say that are worth listening to and considering. And I think you’re right that he is open to many of the helpful insights of Islam.
Peter Bell Also, to your point of him supporting gay rights against Buddhist ascetic ideals — well, the movement in support of this is current among many Christians (against Christian ascetic ideals) and Muslims (against Muslim ascetic ideals) and many other folks as well. This does not make him a bad Buddhist but perhaps simply a modern one.

Ishmael Abraham Bad Buddhists may not be accurate, but I am sure about a similar person being a bad Christian and a bad Muslim contrary to those who do not follow the narrow road.
Peter Bell I know many Christians who completely agree with you on this, and many (including some in my own family) who do not agree and who think these movements (away from the Abrahamic traditions) are justified and are consistent with their faith in God.
Ishmael Abraham Their justification shows the dangers of pervasive antinomianism in western culture. May Yeshua and Yahweh prevail in west instead of Saul.
Peter Bell The pervasive antinomianism (which, like you, I do see everywhere) is basically a reaction against the even more radically pervasive legalism that drives people away from the grace of Yahweh expressed in Yeshua. The question of whether Paul is an accurate vessel of the life and message of Yeshua is far bigger than we can cover in a Facebook chat. Neither legalism nor antinomianism open the way for us to contact the living God and share in His life. He has taken our judgment on himself and in its place returned grace to us. This is not Paul’s idea but is woven throughout the themes of the gospels as well.
Ishmael Abraham May God bless everyone with eternal life of grace and commandments.