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October 20, 2023, 04:24:44 pm Zainab_M: Right sister Heba.  Gaza hospital bombing has the fingerprints of Israel all over it.  For Israel this is no big crime.  They have done this and much worse many times in the past and intend to do the same and worse many more times in near future.
October 20, 2023, 04:20:20 pm Heba E. Husseyn: Catching Zionist lies isn't hard. Soon after Gaza hospital bombing killing and maiming hundreds, Israel was quick to accuse Islamic Jihad of a misfired rocket.  That didn't sound plausible because IJ does not have such sophisticated bombing devices.  Zionist lie was fully exposed when anglican archbishop of Jerusalem,Hosam Naoum,  said today that 3 or 4 days prior to boming Israel had warned Gaza hospital to evacuate. Yet CIA claims in its flawed analysis that the rocket did not come from Israel.  But conveniently does not explain how Israel could have known 4 days earlier that a "misfired" rocket from IJ was coming.  Yet on the basis of this flawed & bias analysis of CIA, Biden is comforting Israel he believes Israel didn't do that war crimes bombing.
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Posted on: October 14, 2023, 10:04:18 pm
Posted by: mettle guy
I get it.  I didn’t think of this before but now when I think, it adds up and makes sense.
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 10:00:34 pm
Posted by: Heba E. Husseyn

Yes that is correct and it’s an interesting point to raise.  That approach of theirs is a gesture of hate toward post revolution Iran.  Just because the country is presently known as the Islamic Republic of Iran, so the supporters of the former Shah prefer to call it Persia.

It needs to be known that supporters of pre-revolution Iran or supporters of the former Shah did not and do not identify themselves as Muslims.  They identify themselves as the descendants of ancient Persians.  They are much closer to the Zoroastrian culture than the Islamic culture.  The son of the Shah, Reza Shah jr, who lives in the USA has named himself Cyrus Reza Pahlavi.   Cyrus was the pagan-Zoroastrian founder of the Achaemenid dynasty in old Persia.
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 09:56:19 pm
Posted by: mettle guy
It is also confusing why supporters of Shah insist on calling themselves “Persians” and not Iranians when it was the Shah himself who chose the name Iran as replacement for Persia.
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 09:45:08 pm
Posted by: Haleed
Very interesting annotation.  thank u again.
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 09:38:53 pm
Posted by: Zainab_M

Not really.  Present-day Iranians don’t call themselves “aryans.”  The notion of being aryan is basically un-Islamic, in that, its concept alludes to superiority based on race.  Such an idea is wholly wrong and in modern times no one bothers about it.  Most people don’t even know what it means. 

According to a myth there was some nation or tribe in very ancient, prehistoric times, residing across the belt of the Caspian sea stretching westward up to Europe and eastward up to northern India.  These people supposedly spoke some archaic (presently unknown) language which was said to be a mix of Indo-European languages.  These people were called Aryans, and as this stupid myth proliferated, these so-called Aryans were fantasized as tough warlike people with sharp features and very fair skin.  In Germany during WW2 the aryan myth fanned the Nazi ideology with greater hype claiming Germans were "Aryans" and all "aryans must have blue eyes."  Though India is a dark skin nation, yet they utilized the “Aryan” myth to deepen their repugnant tradition of the caste system, and according to the “Aryan” rhetoric the darker skinned Indians suffered still more as people of the lower caste.

This is how falsifications only contribute in ruining the world. 

Briefly put, Aryan story is a fiction that triggered racism, the ancient style. The Aryan people never really existed, in that, no one has yet been able to pinpoint who they were or where precisely they resided as a prehistoric community.
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 09:07:21 pm
Posted by: Haleed
Thankx for this info.  Does that go to say that Iranians are same as Aryan people?

Posted on: October 14, 2023, 08:59:45 pm
Posted by: Zainab_M

The term Persia was replaced with the word Iran in 1935 by the former monarchic-dictator, late Reza Shah Pahlavi. He announced to everyone within and outside the country to use the term ‘Iran’ instead of Persia, referring to the ethnic ancestry of the region.  The word Iran derives from ‘Arya’ which means ‘land of the Aryans.’

The word ‘persia’ was derived from a Latin word “persis” or “parsa” which was the Greek terminology for old Persia.  Thus, in ancient Persia, its south-west region was called Pars or Persis.  This place was the seat of Zoroastrianism in ancient Persia.  Presently in Islamic Iran, this region comprises of the south-west province of Fars or the Fars province (its modern name) along the Persian Gulf. 
Posted on: October 14, 2023, 08:30:46 pm
Posted by: Haleed
When was the name “Iran” decided to replace the term “Persia” ?

What do the words Iran and Persia mean?
Posted on: October 12, 2023, 11:57:54 pm
Posted by: Kerim Saad
True, thank u
Posted on: October 12, 2023, 11:55:28 pm
Posted by: N. Truth Seeker

No, it doesn't mean that.  There is nothing wrong with wanting to buy a house or car etc.  You just have to remember two essential points here.  First, even the best of luxuries acquired by multi billionaires in this world are temporary.  Those luxuries won't be with us forever neither will they help us to acquire maghfirah in the permanent world.  Therefore in our effort to achieve material benefits we must keep things in perspective.  Secondly,  we need to keep in mind the Halal principles as we go about our efforts to improve the quality of our lives.  We should not be overly ambitious nor overstretch ourselves financially which can deteriorate the quality of our souls and subsequently interfere with the strength of our Faith.
Posted on: October 12, 2023, 11:48:42 pm
Posted by: Kerim Saad
Is the interpretation of desiring the harvest of the Hereafter in verse 42:20 abstaining from worldly desires and ambitions like seeking promotions at workplace, buying a house you like or buying a car or good clothes or good food?
Posted on: October 11, 2023, 12:21:40 pm
Posted by: Zainab_M

Ameen ya Rab.
Posted on: October 11, 2023, 11:57:58 am
Posted by: N. Truth Seeker

Ameen ya Allah, ameen.
Posted on: October 11, 2023, 10:13:02 am
Posted by: pk
Thank you for your clarification on the topic of Carthaginians, who are long gone and through the blessing of Allah , have been replaced by the Islamic nation of Tunisia at present.

Yes absolutely Sr Zainab with regards to your closing statement . Jazakallahu khayran for the reminder during this especially trying times for the Muslim community in Palestine and Kashmir. Only Allah is our protector and He is certainly the greatest of protectors. May the ummah find peace and comfort amidst the inhumane rages of oppressors, under the grace of Allah Taala. May every unrepentant oppressor find themselves in the humiliating surrender of defeat in this world , and everlasting torment in the hereafter. Ameen.


Posted on: October 10, 2023, 09:39:25 pm
Posted by: Zainab_M

Yes, Carthage was the ancient pre-Islamic name of Tunisia. The people of Carthage were called Phoenicians in approximately 1,000 BCE.  Tunis was the capital of the Carthagian Empire which, as you correctly mentioned, was defeated by the Romans in approximately 200 BCE.  Since the Romans converted to Christianity around 380 CE, therefore when the Roman empire confronted and defeated the Carthage empire, the former were also pagans like the latter.  Viewing ancient history chronologically as best as humans can, I would presume that during the Carthage era the people of the tribe of Bani Israel were living as slaves within the apartheid system of the Pharaohs in ancient Egypt.  There isn't much documentation available with historians and researchers on pre-historic times other than speculation.  Only Allah Almighty has the precise details.

The Phoenicians were also spread across Lebanon, Syria (aka Levant) and Palestine.  Their wealth mainly came through sea trade routes having their harbors on the Mediterranean. 

Phoenicians of ancient Carthage were pagans as in pre-Islamic times the entire Middle Eastern region consisted of pagans similar to ancient Europe.  Different parts of the Middle East and North Africa followed slightly differing types of paganism, but they were all polytheists.  From what I read, the Phoenicians followed the same category of polytheism as the ancient  Canaanites .. Canaan was the old, pre-Islamic name of today’s Gaza and other parts of Palestine in the West Bank.

The language spoken by the Phoenicians of Carthage was Punic which was reportedly spoken in most parts of pre-Islamic North Africa. Punic is supposed to be a variation of the old Amizigh (aka Berber) language . It continued to be used in North Africa until the 6th century when Islam began to spread and gradually Arabic became the first language.

Tunisia at present is a nice and progressive Muslim country particularly after their Jasmin revolution in 2011.

In regard to Persia, as we all know this region is no longer called "Persia."  It is currently (since 1979) the Islamic Republic of Iran.  In ancient times Azerbaijan (north of Iran) and Khorasan were also parts of Persia and remained within  Persian territory until well after the Muslim conquest of Persia shortly after 632 CE during the era of the Rashidun.  Islam spread in Persia at the time of the second righteous Caliph, Umer bin al-Khattab, who defeated the the Sassanid Empire which was also pagan-Zoroastrian like its predecessor, the Achaemenids.   Azerbaijan got separated from Persia (Iran) in mid 1900s by the Russian invasion and occupation of the territory.  At present Azerbaijan is an independent Muslim state, but perhaps because of the remnants of Russian influence, it officially does not call itself an Islamic Republic like Iran.  It is simply known as the Republic of Azerbaijan;  however it’s basically the government that is secular, not the people.  Majority of Azerbaijanis remain Faith-based and close to their Islamic traditions. 

Regarding another valid point you stated ..

..  Their defeat and destruction under the hands of pagans should be a cause of sadness and an event to heed lessons from, in my view.

I fully understand you and I concur.  Actually this aspect is explicated in the last few lines of sister Heba's response which I quote below.

Through these Verses Allah Almighty expounds His Laws in the moral and political spheres of human life .. laws of life & death, righteous & unrighteous, action & inaction as ordained by Him as the consequences of our deeds.

"Indeed, Allah changes not the condition of a folk until they (first) change that which is in their hearts;"  13:11 Surah Ar-Ra'd.

Those who make effort earn the reward, and the laggards lose regardless of their social status, creed or race.

In this temporary dunya, even if disbelievers work hard to achieve their goal, it might be granted to them by Allah Almighty because the concept of justice takes top priority in the Sight of The Almighty. 

Let me quote a few more Verses from the Noble Quran to appreciate this aspect better.

“Whoso desires the harvest of the Hereafter, We give him increase in its harvest. And whoso desires the harvest of the world, We give him thereof, and he has no portion in the Hereafter.”   42:20 Ash-Shura.

Desiring the harvest of the Hereafter refers to believers who take every step in in this world with the thought and awareness of Allah in their hearts.  Desiring the harvest of the world alludes to those who never have the thought of The Almighty in their hearts, and thus whatever efforts they make to acquire their goal remains confined within this temporary world.  And because this is a fleeting world, as soon as the time arrives for the Final Journey, all earthly privileges are abruptly stamped as ‘date expired.’  Whatever they possessed in this world is left behind and in the permanent Hereafter they can expect nothing.   What a tragic loss that will be for the heedless.

Exactly the same message has been conveyed by The Almighty in Verses 18, 19 and 20 of Surah Al-Isra with little more details, quote:

“Whoso desires that (life) which hastens away, We hasten for him therein what We will for whom We please. And afterward We have appointed for him hell; he will endure the heat thereof, condemned, rejected.  And whoso desires the Hereafter and strives for it with the effort necessary, being a believer; for such, their effort finds favor (with their Rab).  Each do We supply, both these and those, from the bounty of your Rab.  And the bounty of your Rab can never be walled up.”  17:18-20  Al-Isra.

Subhan’Allah, the articulation of words that comes from Allah The Greatest cannot be matched by any other source.  The Beauty of the Noble Quran is unprecedented. 

The same aspect is further elucidated by The Almighty in Surah Al-Baqrah Verse 126 as follows:

“As for him who disbelieves, I shall leave him in contentment for a while, then I shall compel him to the doom of Fire - a hapless journey's end!”  2:126  Al-Baqrah.

Hence, we might see many disbelievers leading a happy and easy life in this world, probably they worked hard for some material benefit, so Allah Almighty granted it to them.  But that material gain only stays within the boundaries of this earthly dunya while the human soul has to travel all the way to the next permanent world to face the Final Judgement.   

In a similar context The Almighty also reminds us of the importance of being impartial because partisanship interferes with the concept of justice.  Quoting Verse 42  of Surah Al-Maidah:

“If then they have recourse unto you (Muhammad) judge between them or disclaim jurisdiction. If you disclaim jurisdiction, then they cannot harm you at all. But if you judge, judge between them with equity.  Indeed, Allah loves the equitable.”  5:42 Al-Maidah.

During the Prophet’s (pbuh) time many idolaters, Jews and Christians came to the him (pbuh) to discuss their worldly problems asking him to judge between them and their enemies or rivals, wanting the Prophet’s (pbuh) verdict.  Thus, The Almighty advises the Prophet (pbuh) with two options in  this matter .. that he should either refuse to preside over their case altogether, or,  if he decides to preside then his decision must be impartial and fair regardless of his personal feelings.  Equitable means fair and impartial.  The original Arabic word for equitable in the Noble Quran is bil-qis'ṭi  (بِالْقِسْطِ ).

May Allah Azz’wajal keep us protected with His guidance in order to succeed in the Hereafter.  Nothing can be more important than that. Ameen.

We at MV also request all our guest members to please make lots of dua for our suffering sisters and brothers in occupied Palestine and occupied Kashmir who are going through very, very hard times because of endless tyranny by the respective occupying governments.
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