Lesson In Empathy #2: Questioning Vs. Accusing About Cultures.

Let’s get one thing straight. We will not get rid of culture in people. If we did, it would strip everyone of self identity and as a formless spirit-that’s great. As a human in a body in the physical world-that’s dystopian society.

Just imagine for a second a place where all humans were made to wear the same clothes (probably a neutral color), not be able to hold festive cultural celebrations, (no more Day of the Dead taco celebrations, or pub crawls for St. Patrick’s Day). We would look possibly different, but our accessories and clothes would be stripped away to stop any feelings of separation. It sounds a bit like the Giver, Big Brother, etc. This to me is not unity, this is oppression of the human spirit.

Quite possibly there could be a positive idea, but it may also cause a bit of a dullness and not a “zest” in life that we have today.

What I advocate for is to be able to rise above perceptions of different cultures and traditions and start to see all mankind as One. The Quran teaches that, and so do many other religious texts. It is time we start living this way. We do not have to look the same, or even think the same. But we do have to SEE the same things with our spiritual minds and hearts.

Example 1: People on the internet, or in person like to say things about other people’s cultures and religions..WITHOUT being knowledgeable about them. Now, there is no way that we can be knowledgeable about ALL cultures, traditions and customs. We don’t have enough time on the clock for that, but we can stop ourselves from saying anything definite without knowledge. We can start to ask more questions, than accuse people of things.

The wrong way of speaking:

Person unknowledgeable about Hindus: “All Hindus hate Jesus! I heard that from somewhere…”

*notice keyword is: heard. That means this person does not have direct knowledge about the subject and this is as accusatory statement with the exclamation point versus a question mark.

So here is what a conversation would have to look like from a person more aware to prevent wars:

Person unknowledgeable about Hindus:  “Do all Hindus hate Jesus? I believe I heard that from somewhere, but not sure if it is true or not. Can you explain your beliefs more?”

 

Do you see the incredible difference in humbling oneself to ask another to give them knowledge about something unknown to them, so that they can learn the truth and bring it forwards?  It really makes a difference how you speak to people. If you are not sure about a subject, or don’t have firsthand experience with it, please ask people if you have concerns, stop accusing and causing anger on the web or on the street. I am confident this behavior happens MORE on the web, that is why there is a lesson in punctuation here for writing.

We need to start to explore each other’s worlds more and in turn find many different dimensions to earth with its people. This is having empathy for others as well as stopping yourself from looking like the fool.

If you don’t know. Ask. Don’t make accusations first. The Quran teaches that you can never judge unjustly and I consider making accusing statements even judging, so please be mindful of this and watch what you say or write about people different from you. Try to look at things from their point of view.

 

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A Real Muslim Sister.

From a real Muslim. Muslims don’t want to stop education…true ones look towards knowledge as a gift from God.

“Even if I had a gun, I would not shoot them. This is something I learned from Muhammad. From Jesus. From Gandhi. From Martin Luther King Jr…”

Free Will and the Choice to Be Ignorant.

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I saw this on facebook and all it did was make me sad. The unsuspecting person who doesn’t care much about the truth, may take this as the truth. I know it was shared in jest by a friend on facebook. But I realized  that it is very inaccurate and not only rude, it’s plain false and the wrong interpretation. I will show both the Quran and the Bible’s side to show just how dangerously wrong this meme is.

Let me show you the truth of the Quran:

Quran 2: 190-192

190. And fight in the cause of God those who fight you, but do not commit aggression; God does not love the aggressors.

191. And kill them wherever you overtake them, and expel them from where they had expelled you. Oppression is more serious than murder. But do not fight them at the Sacred Mosque, unless they fight you there. If they fight you, then kill them. Such is the retribution of the disbelievers.

192. But if they cease, then God is Forgiving and Merciful.

These lines above DO NOT talk about Christians at all. They are talking about the  pagan Mecca tribes that were attacking the muslims that were growing and spreading Islam, because belief in one God was paramount to stopping the polytheist religious worships that were dividing the nation apart and permitting immorality such as child sacrifice. In order to get this information that I have, you have to look at what is happening in 600AD at this time in the Middle East. 

Quran 4:154-156

154. And We raised the Mount above them in accordance with their covenant, and We said to them, “Enter the gate humbly”, and We said to them, “Do not violate the Sabbath”, and We received from them a solemn pledge.

155. But for their violation of their covenant, and their denial of God’s revelations, and their killing of the prophets unjustly, and their saying, “Our minds are closed.” In fact, God has sealed them for their disbelief, so they do not believe, except for a few.

156. And for their faithlessness, and their saying against Mary a monstrous slander.

Guess what? This is obviously talking about the Jews who killed the messengers and violated the rules that Moses established. The pharisees were the ones who arrested Jesus and also slandered Mary’s name calling her terrible things all to make themselves more powerful at the time and to make Jesus seem less in influence to others. We know this in History that some Jews followed Moses’s commandments and some others started to worship the Golden Calf. There are witness accounts of the Mount Sinai being raised above the Hebrews as a promise from God to say they will be destroyed if they stray once again. Once again-NOT talking about Christians. 

Shall I go on?

Quran 3:110

 You are the best community that ever emerged for humanity: you advocate what is moral, and forbid what is immoral, and believe in God. Had the People of the Scripture believed, it would have been better for them. Among them are the believers, but most of them are sinners.

Looking at the lines and then this meme it does not say Muhammad called Christians “dirty losers”. It actually says that during this new era of 600s AD, the peaceful muslims worshipping one God, WITHOUT a church structure and priesthood are the untainted people of the time. They are the new chosen ones to help spread the messages of the “scripture” before the revelations of the Quran. Since the Quran is only in the third chapter at this line, it obviously means that the previous scripture is the original gospel known as the Bible that was the wisdom given to Jesus and his disciples. 

Unfortunately like in every religion, there are people who say they believe in God and the words given to them, but they are sinners. These lines are not saying Christians are dirty losers, it is saying corruption and manipulation within the church structure now will make muslims be more discerning of who are their true brothers and sisters or who will back stab them not understanding that Islam will lead the Christians, Jews and Muslims towards peace just as it says in 2:62 of the Quran.

Quran 2:62

Those who believe, and those who are Jewish, and the Christians, and the Sabeans-any who believe in God and the Last Day, and act righteously-will have their reward with their Lord; they have nothing to fear, nor will they grieve.

The next line to take a look at on this meme suggesting the Quran is calling Christians dirty losers is:

2:121

Those to whom We have given the Scripture follow it, as it ought to be followed-these believe in it. But as for those who reject it-these are the losers.

This line talks about the people who do not follow the Bible and the words of God, are the losers of Heaven. If they are rejecting God after given the scripture through Jesus and the disciples, then these are the people who reject God-definitely NOT Christians.

Let’s take a look at the Christian side now of the meme:

Duet 13:6-10

If your very own brother, or your son or daughter, or the wife you love, or your closest friend secretly entices you, saying, “Let us go and worship other gods” (gods that neither you nor your ancestors have known, gods of the peoples around you, whether near or far, from one end of the land to the other),do not yield to them or listen to them. Show them no pity. Do not spare them or shield them. You must certainly put them to death. Your hand must be the first in putting them to death, and then the hands of all the people. Stone them to death, because they tried to turn you away from the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

This is speaking about  stoning the pagans like the Ancient Greeks, and Egyptians because of the religious oppression that they put on the Christians and other monotheists, not the Arab Muslims at all. 

Revelation 2:16

15‘So you also have some who in the same way hold the teaching of the Nicolaitans.16‘Therefore repent; or else I am coming to you quickly, and I will make war against them with the sword of My mouth. 17He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.’

I don’t see any part in this verse saying Muslims are going to burn in hell. The name “Nicolaitans” is derived from the Greek word nikolaos, a compound of the words nikos and laos. The wordnikos is the Greek word that means to conquer or to subdue. The word laos is the Greek word for the people. It is also where we get the word laity. When these two words are compounded into one, they form the name Nicolas, which literally means one who conquers and subdues the people. It seems to suggest that the Nicolaitans were somehow conquering and subduing the people. So they were Greeks, not Arab muslims.

Matthew 15:26

25But she came and began to bow down before Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26And He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the dogs.”27But she said, “Yes, Lord; but even the dogs feed on the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.”…

Obviously this is talking about actual DOGS, not at all muslims, or even other human beings. This is because Jesus was trying to teach that although animals are special beings, food for your children should never be given to animals over a human. 

 

So do you see how damaging this ONE meme is to the mind and soul? There are many tests around the internet like this today. They are mirrors for your own soul to understand where you are and for God to look at. If you take something at face value without researching further to seek the truth, then that is a choice.

We are so smart these days. Technology gives us knowledge at the tips of our fingers today. It is important to discern where you get your info. There are religious texts all over the web in many different languages. If you want to check my references then go here:

http://www.clearquran.com.

http://biblehub.com/revelation/2-16.htm

 

But PLEASE realize that your free will has to do with also making the choice to use the God given mind you were given and not follow people blindly astray into hate and division.

It’s your choice to remain in the dark or come into the light.

 

 

We Can All Stop ISIS Right Now.

Yes, this is the truth. We all have the power to stop ISIS right now if we really wanted to. It starts first with everyone getting on the same page. Americans and others around the world calling for extermination of Muslims, need to go read the Quran, OR simply follow my blog, OR any other muslim who speaks about the Quran and interprets it. But to be honest, the best way to educate yourself is to read it yourself. I know..it’s 500 pages, but trust me. It’s a page turner. Soon as it gets to the End of the Universe, it will have you by the seat of your pants and you won’t want to put it down.

I read the Quran in 48 hours the first time reading it. I could not stop.

After everyone removes their ignorance and carries knowledge with them, then Americans and others who have the knowledge given to them can all start to speak out against ISIS being a FASLE FORM of ISLAM. We can all take away their power and show the error of their interpretation by banding together in one large group.

Through using the weapon of using truth and education, we can actually stop ISIS in their tracks. But it must be on a massive scale so that there is no more “islamphobia”, now it is simply a revealing of the truth.

These terrorists would lose all power because now we would all know the truth, and could no longer persecute against Islam, but rather look at the individuals and in turn make them take a deeper look at themselves.

If they were really muslims, then they would fear what God thought of them and their actions in the face of other’s peaceful ones.

Are you ready to let the truth free worldwide?

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