Once she delivered she said, “O my Lord, behold, I have delivered a female child.” But God knew more about what she delivered. And the male is not the same as the female. “I have named her Mary, and I commit her and her offspring to Your protection from Satan, the Rejected.” (Quran 3:36)
Commentary of Quran can come from almost anywhere and from almost anyone (whether they know it or not). I heard this interesting Freakonomics podcast titled “Women and Not Men” and it reminded me of the phrase in the verse above “And the male is not the same as the female.”
Below is the intro to the podcast that you can listen to here.
“Women are different from men, by a lot, in some key areas. For example, data show that women don’t: drown, compete as hard, get struck by lightning, use the Internet, edit Wikipedia, engage in delinquent behavior, or file patents as much as men do – and these are just some of the examples. Another way women are different from men? They have made significant economic gains and yet they are less happy now than they were 30 years ago. So, how do we explain this paradox? In this episode of Freakonomics Radio, Stephen Dubner looks at some of the ways that women are not men. Later in the hour, Dubner talks to Harvard psychologist Steven Pinker about his research on the history of violence. Pinker has a surprising and counterintuitive thesis: violence has declined and the world is a much more peaceful place than it has ever been.”
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“And how will it harm them if they had faith in God and in the Last Day, and if they spent from what God has given them for sustenance? And God has full knowledge of them.” “God is never unjust in the least degree. If there is any good, He doubles it, and gives from His own presence a great reward.” 4:39-40
When we, for example, give to support the United Nations Refugee Agency’s (UNHCR) work in Syria and the refugee camps where thousands of Syrian families are arriving each day, by doubling our good, God is effectively matching our donation.
“If any of your women are guilty of lewdness, take the evidence of four witnesses from among you, against them. And if they testify, confine them to houses until death claims them, or God ordains for them some other way.” “If two men among you are guilty of lewdness, punish them both. If they repent and change, leave them alone, for God is Oft-Returning, the Merciful Redeemer.” (4:15-16)
The suggestion of homosexuality (4:16-17) and incarceration (4:15) so close together makes me wonder what connection there is between homosexuality during incarceration and homosexuality in the free population. And perhaps since prisons are separated by gender, and most sexual activity in prisons is conducted with a same-sex partner, often in contradiction to a person’s normal social sexual orientation, then perhaps diverting men and women from incarceration will help bring down the homosexuality rate (read more).
“Does the human being think that he will be left without purpose?
Was he not a drop of sperm emitted?
Then he became a clinging clot that God made and fashioned with proportion;
And made from it two sexes, male and female.
Has God not the power to give life to the dead?”
Submitted by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin:
So many today seem to doubt the reality, or even the possibility, of life after death. We are so engrossed and enamored by the material life that many of us can’t seem to fathom anything else. Yet, most of us know we are so much more than skin, bones, blood, cars, and houses; that we all have a spirit or soul that is more inherently us than is our flesh, and that spirit is our true essence.
Oftentimes, we are conscious of that spirit leaving the body, in our thoughts, imaginations, dreams, and anticipations. We can move back into the past, up into the future, and through apparent barriers in the present while our bodies remain stagnant. Do we really think that the death of our lesser selves requires the demise of our greater self?
And why does it matter? When one accepts that life doesn’t end with death, your perspective of the life on this side broadens and deepens. The mad pursuit for the immediate, the temporal, the superficial, and the egotistical subsides. When we embrace the faith that this life is connected and interwoven into the next, and how we live here affects our circumstances in the next life, then our efforts here become more authentic and altruistic.
The verses above bring to mind the unimaginable wonder of human life development which we take for granted, but if a sperm drop can become a man and a women, and it certainly does, how can I intelligently reject the possibility of life beyond death. Of course, it would be difficult to describe life in this world to a baby still in it’s mother’s womb: ‘there’s going to be air, light, food, and people who love you out there’, ‘yeah, sure’. But there is, and thank God that nature gets the baby prepared.
The gift of free-will and choice obligates us to get ourselves ready for the life beyond. And we do so by choosing to live upon those principles that are essential, yet transcendent, such as Truth, Justice, Freedom, Love, Mercy, and Peace.
You will live more than once. May you believe it and make the most of this life and harvest the best of the next.
“And why would you refuse to fight in the cause of God and for those who lack power and are oppressed?- Men, women, and children whose cry is, ‘Our Guardian Evolver, rescue us from this place whose people are oppressors, and raise for us, from You, one who will protect, and raise for us, from You, one who will help.’ ” (Quran 4:75)
Watch the Video of Asad gassing his own people.
“..And devoted alongside those believers will you find those who say, “We are Christians,” because among these are scholars and those who engaged in service to God and humanity, and they show restraint.” (5:82)
Submitted by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin
It has been fifty years since the March on Washington and Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s soaring and simultaneously sobering “I Have A Dream” speech. Fifty years! I was only 13 years old and just entering the last eighth grade class at Booker T. Washington High, here in Atlanta. That speech, tragically framed with the murders of the four young girls in the Birmingham 16th Street Baptist Church bombing the next month and the assassination of President John F. Kennedy two months after that, permeated the next five years of our high school lives. Every graduation and yearbook reflected on that speech during the next five years of those troubling and changing times. One month before our graduation, Dr. King was murdered. Our graduation theme became “The Impossible Dream”.
”I Have A Dream” has been an integral part of my life and who I am, but there are two other King Speeches that have impacted me and my sense of being just as much. One year exactly before his assassination, Dr. King delivered one of the most riveting, thoughtful, and global perspectives at Riverside Baptist Church in New York, entitled ‘Beyond Vietnam’. If you haven’t heard or read this speech lately or ever, it is a must! It was this speech, explaining in precise factual, philosophical, and scriptural detail why he was against the war in Vietnam and American aggression, that illuminated and actualized a revolutionary worldview for me and so many others. Dr. King said, “I am convinced that if we are to get on the right side of the world revolution, we as a nation must undergo a radical revolution of values.”
He insisted that America needed to have a true revolution of values, to shift us from a thing-oriented society to a people-oriented society, to make us uncomfortable with the glaring contrast of poverty and wealth, to enable us to give up the privileges and pleasures that come from the immense profits of overseas exploitation, to ward off the triple evils of racism, extreme materialism, and militarism, and to “call for a worldwide fellowship that lifts neighborly concern beyond one’s tribe, race, class, and nation”. If you wonder what Dr. King would be saying in 2013, re-read that speech!
The third of the three speeches that shaped and guided my life and energies was his last. A few hours before his assassination in Memphis before a packed church of sanitation workers and brave souls, Dr. King spoke of the otherside. He said he had been blessed by God to go upon the mountain and see the Promised Land. That speech expanded my world and my reality beyond what I could touch, taste, smell, see, or hear. That speech opened the door for me to the spiritual realities of our existence and the inherent interconnectedness of this world with the next. It liberated me from the fear of death and the myths of purposelessness and meaninglessness. It restored and expanded my soul.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was indeed a Dreamer, but he should never be regarded as a Sleeper. He was awake to G-d, to justice, to decency, to truth, and to humanity. May his words stay alive within us and may his legacy obligate our Nation.
Submitted by Imam Plemon T. El-Amin
“Avoid harmful deeds, open or secret. Those who earn sin will get due reward for their earnings.” 6:120
Research concerning the effects of pornography is concerned with multiple outcomes. Such research includes potential influences on rape, domestic violence, sexual dysfunction, difficulties with sexual relationships, and child sexual abuse. Viewers of novel and extreme pornographic images may become tolerant to such images, which may impact sexual response. Viewers may also become addicted to pornography. [read entire article]