I would like to make a few things clear for people on this thread. First, the Crescent moon and star do not represent Allah, They were implemented by
the Ottoman Turks, and I believe they are byzantine in origin. This was well after the time of the prophet Mohammad, and has only become synonymous
with Islam in the last few centuries. Furthermore, the Islamic states which use this on their flag are very few. Secondly, another poster stated that
Muslims are not told to seek Truth, whereas Christians are. I'd like to say that this is untrue. Yes, the Quran is perfect, but in the Quran there
are many meanings ex. the literal, the metaphoric, the esoteric. And Allah, God, Yahweh, etc. tells us Muslims to never accept things at face value
and always strive for the Truth in all things.
I know I am a rare specimen in the Islamic faith. I read the Quran, the Bible, Torah I ascribe to the belief that humans are all psychic, and that God
is Love. Also, that God is within us all, and though we are not God, we can strive to reach human perfection. I meditate, and try to enhance my
chakras. Not what you would call a conventional Muslim by any means. I was born Muslim and will always be a Muslim. But Im also aware that each
worships in his/her own way.
I say that my Muslim and Christian and Jewish brethren are completely missing the spiritual aspects of these holy tomes brought down to us divinely,
and have lost the true focus of what our prophets intended us to learn. Be they Son of God, or plain Human, or Illiterate merchant. It matters not
what they were, but how they acted, what they taught. I think people have missed the point, and I think that people don't accept that each can
worship God in their own way, and instead of focusing on their neighbours salvation, they should focus on their own. And it is a neverending journey,
so there is no having time afterwards to worry about their neighbour. you have yourself to worry about.
And as for Muslims nowadays, I personally think the Prophet would be ashamed of most. The Quran implicitly states in a manner not open to further
interpretation, that it is not on us but on God to decide who is going where and experiencing what. And it states multiple times that it is NOT just
Muslims who will experience heaven, but people of all creeds and even then not many will get in at first. This includes Muslims, not all muslims are
going at first. And furthermore everyone will be raised from damnation and taken to heaven. That is Gods Love.
Not to be off topic here, I would like to address a few things concerning the mahdi. The mahdi never appears in the Quran. NEVER. Not once. Nor is the
dajjal(anti-christ) mentioned directly. only once in an offhand manner. And not by name, by indirect reference. The only thing involving the mahdi, is
prophet mohammads' sunnah. BTW, Sunni's believe 100% in the Mahdi, he is not coming just for Shiaas, the guy who posted that info is wrong. Allah
told us that the Injil( Bible) is Divine. Therefore all revelations and prophecy are Gods Word. There is no need to speak of End Times Events, other
than signs of Qyamah (Judgment Day) in the Qur'an because its already in the Bible. If you look at the OT and then the Qur'an, its about the same
thing. Except one is for Isaacs people and one is for Ismail. Isaacs people deviated so God sent to them Jesus. After God put Isaacs people in good
order and gave to them Christianity, it was time to focus on Ismails descendants. It was told in the OT that Ismail would have a great nation bestowed
upon him as well, because he too was of the seed of Abraham. (those of you inclined towards believing in occult symbolism and TPTB "informing"us
through movies, take a look at a macauly caulkin movie from the nineties, The Good Son, see what you can see
) I myself can see how we all fit
together in this beautiful picture. Anyone who would like to discuss this further, please contact me at Email Address Removed
Peace. Love. Understanding.
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