Posts Tagged ‘ religion ’

God created all of us , then who created God??

My blog friend Indian Pundit has an interesting post A Question to All Religious People

He asks “God created all of us , then who created God??”

Interesting question,which I never thought about till this day..Well,this is my answer..

If I say – for the sake of argument – that someone created Allaah, then you would ask me, Who created the creator of the creator? Then, who created the creator of the creator of the creator?! And so on, ad infinitum. 🙂 What do I do then?

I am not able to compare Allah to His creations. So the question can not be answered as such ,as Allah is completely Exalted and far above mortal description; He is not “like” His creation.

My undertsnading of “Who created Allah is based on the below chapter

Translations of the Qur’an, Surah 112: AL-IKHLAS (SINCERITY)

Total Verses: 4 Revealed At: MAKKA

  • 112.001 Say: He is Allah, the One and Only;
  • 112.002 Allah, the Eternal, Absolute;
  • 112.003 He begetteth not, nor is He begotten;
  • 112.004And there is none like unto Him.

Well,to be honest,thatz all I know and I have never thought of such a question till this moment of my life.. 🙂

Please share your thought..You don’t need to be a religious person to answer this question,right?

Thanks for the post IP 🙂

When the disbelievers (those who don’t believe in Allah)come to you and ask you if you believe in God, you would logically reply: “Yes.”

Then they would ask you: “Can your God do anything?”

You would say: “Yes.”

Then they would ask you: “Can your God make something huge?”

You would say: “Of course.”

They would say: “Can your God make something so big that nothing can move it?”

Then you would say: “Yes.”

Then they would say: “You mean that your God could make something so big that nothing could ever move it?”

Again, you say: “Yes.”

Then they say: “So big that even your God can’t move it?”

Now you have a problem. Either you answer: “Yes.”

They will say: “Then that means your God cannot do everything. Because now there is something that your God cannot do. He cannot move the object.”

But if you answer: “No.” They will simply say: “Then this is something that your God cannot do.”

This is a similar problem to the one you have mentioned. This is the idea of a god that is having problems with his own creation. The concept of Allah in Islam is that He is never compared to His creation. He merely says: “Be.” And it is. So, Allah does not operate like a human or anyone or anything within His creation. Within the laws of creation is the rule that nothing moves except that there is a fulcrum, a lever and a force. Allah does not have to use a fulcrum and lever to move anything. One of His attributes is that He is “Al-Qawiyy” (The All Powerful).

So, He is the Power. He does not come under the rules of His creation. He makes the rules. He operates within His own rules; He changes His rules as He pleases, and according to the way He deems fit. That is the understanding of the Muslims. Read more

Understanding the world of Scientology…

To me,the name Tom Cruise had always been associated with the term Scientology.Apart from having a vague idea that Scientology refers to a religion,I never bothered to know more..Today,a google  ad promted me to look into that dark area..I must say that it’s weird, indeed weird…

Scientology is a religion/cult/applied religious philosophy  created by L. Ron Hubbard (a science fiction writer), starting in 1952. The beliefs and practices of scientology are based on Hubbard’s own extensive writings and taped lectures. Scientology claims to focus on psychological techniques that people can use to make their lives better.

As such, it has very little to say about God, the Afterlife or other religious concepts.Scientology does not give any doctrine about God. Hubbard refers to God as the Eighth Dynamic, which is also known as Infinity. According to him, Scientologists who progress to the Eighth Dynamic may come to their own conclusions regarding the Supreme Being; and Hubbard’s emphasis is on man.

Hubbard’s researches led him to the belief that a human is made up of three parts: the body, the mind, and “the thetan”.

  • The body includes the brain, the purpose of which is to carry messages. It is comparable to a switchboard.
  • The mind consists essentially of pictures. It is the accumulation of life’s experiences, perceptions, decisions and conclusions.
  • The “thetan” is the soul, which is the true essence of a human being. Hubbard wished to avoid the term “soul”, as it has too many meanings. So he coined the term thetan to refer to it. A thetan is that which is aware of being aware, the identity which is the individual.

The thetan can exist entirely independent of the body and the mind. Through a process called “exteriorization“, a thetan can leave the body but still control the body. A person who is able to practice exteriorization is called an Operating Thetan or OT.

 Scientology does not teach any belief about an Afterlife, but speaks of the idea of being born again into another body, similar to the Hindu belief of reincarnation.The writings and recorded spoken words of L. Ron Hubbard on the subject of Scientology collectively serve as its scripture. His writings on the subject comprise of more than 500,000 pages, including dozens of books and over 2,000 tape-recorded public lectures.

Ok,now something more interesting…

 th-scientologyDeveloped by  L. Ron Hubbard, and practiced by followers of Scientology,Dianetics is a set of ideas and practices regarding the metaphysical relationship between the spirit, mind and body. “Auditing” in the context of Dianetics and Scientology is an activity where a person trained in “auditing” listens and gives auditing commands to a subject, which Scientologists refer to as a “preclear”. Those who study Scientology materials and receive auditing sessions advance from a status of Preclear to Clear and Operating Thetan.The state of Operating Thetan (OT) is a spiritual state above Clear.There are eight publicly-known OT levels, OT I to VIII. The highest level, OT VIII, is only disclosed at sea, on the Scientology cruise ship Freewinds.At OT III is the story of Xenu.Xenu is a galactic ruler who, 75 million years ago, brought billions of people to Earth, stacked them around volcanoes and blew them up with hydrogen bombs 🙂 The thetans then clustered together, stuck to the bodies of the living, and continue to do this today. These events are known as “Incident II” or “The Wall of Fire,” and the traumatic memories associated with them are known as the “R6 implant.” The Xenu story prompted the use of the volcano as a Scientology symbol. The Xenu story is part of the Church of Scientology’s secret “Advanced Technology”,normally only revealed to members who have already contributed large amounts of money.

 

Enough of complicated fatcs,I always wondered  why celebrities are interested in scientology..

Scientology has had a written program governing celebrity recruitment since at least 1955, when L. Ron Hubbard created “Project Celebrity”, offering rewards to Scientologists who recruited targeted celebrities.The Church of Scientology operates special Celebrity Centres.Celebrities are secretly being given Scientology auditing courses without charge. These courses regularly cost up to $1,000 per hour

But then I think the reason that celebrities would be interested is because it’s a religion that fits pretty well with a celebrity kind of personality. It’s very individualistic. It celebrates your individual identity as ultimately divine. It claims to give you ultimate power over your own mind, self, destiny, so I think it fits well with an actor personality. And then the wealth question: These aren’t people who need more wealth, but what they do need, or often want at least, is some kind of spiritual validation for their wealth and lifestyle, and Scientology is a religion that says it’s OK to be wealthy, it’s OK to be famous, in fact, that’s a sign of your spiritual development. So it kind of is a spiritual validation for that kind of lifestyle

Recognised in a few countries,banned in a few,scientology continues to be a religion of the rich…

It took me more than four hours to compile this and it’s enough and more for the day..Overdose of scientology will plunge me into depths of Xenu’s world… grrrrrrrrrrrrrrr

 

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In the late 1940s, pulp writer L. Ron Hubbard declared:

“Writing for a penny a word is ridiculous. If a man really wants to make a million dollars, the best way would be to start his own religion”

Hubbard later created the Church of Scientology…

 

🙂 🙂 🙂

Dear Readers,what do you think of veil/pardha/hijab?

These days,I am not feeling so well..Also,a cooking bug has infected me and i want to cook something new every now and then.So,I am wandering on the internet like a hippe (err,does that comparison make any sense **scratches head**) I am really sorry to all my dear readers who have commented but I am yet to reply..I have learned lot from you all and I am thankful too you for spending time to read my rants 🙂

 

 Today,I would like you all to speak about ‘What do you think of hijab/Pardha/veil of muslim women?’..This is a plain question and you are free to say what you have it in your mind..The first and last rule here is to be honest  🙂 There is no such thing as ‘Am I right,Am I wrong,What will she think,Am I being prejudiced,Am I judging somebody’ etc etc etc..I ask,because I want to know more and share more..I thought of making this post as a poll or like type,but then again,it would make it difficult for those of you who would like to talk more on this subject..It would be great if you had made a post on this,but even otherwise,it would still be great if you comment here 🙂

 

 Finally,do make sure to answer one single question ‘ What do you think of those women who don’t wear veil’..Do you think of them as less religious,or rebellious,or stupids??

While you write,have a piece of my healthy Pizza (there isn’t any mozarella cheese and the dough is of wheat flour)  and Cappichino muffins

 

cheeseless-pizza

 

cappichino-muffins

 

Good day to all..

 

p.s:

 

Those who copy my pictures will burn in hell 😉

Feminism Tag..but Am I a feminist?

Cris has passed me the Feminism tag..No particular rules,just to write on my views on the topic..Well,this is a complicated topic and I hope my rant will do some justice on its own..Do share your views..

 

 

Feminism had always been a hot ‘n’ hate word.. I have seen people around me mock at some women “Ah, she is a feminist ”..So basically, I was seasoned to think that being a feminist is a bad choice and that being a feminist means to hate men. Lately, after having granted the badge of being an ‘adult’, I notice that whenever I make some affirmative statements about controversial subjects on women, people say “Oh,so you are a feminist! ” So now ,I have learned that being a feminist means to care for women, and I have come out of my delusion that being a feminist is not a bad choice, but that, it is a responsibility of every single women..

 

 

Feminism in itself is a broad topic, which includes various movements, theories and philosophies.. My small brain can’t process lot of theories at the present moment, so I’ll restrict myself to the small world I see around me..

 

To me, life is not about equality, but about Justice and Fairness.. I don’t think and I don’t want to become like a man..By wearing a jeans or by cutting my hair short, won’t make me ‘equal’.. What I want is justice and fairness in opportunities. I find it odd sometimes that we women want equality of pay,but still we want 3 years maternity leave..I am still to find a woman who can move the same number of bricks as a man in a definite period of time.. Men and women are different from each other and instead of outdoing each other, I think we should compliment each other..

 

 

 

Let me see what are those things that I care for and will it make me a feminist..

 

 

It is a strange fact that in India, we worship women as Goddess, but at the same time, treat them as slaves, with mere property value..The moment a baby is conceived in the womb, it is tagged a value. A baby boy  is tagged more worthy that  a baby girl. So,we have enough and more reasons to kill it inside the womb itself so that the baby doesn’t suffer once she arrives in this world..How easy solution!! More than men,I feel women are their own enemies..It is the mother, the mother in law and gang who hates to have a girl as their grand child. .Everybody wants a boy..Oh well, I have already ranted about it and the evil feminist in me prays that all those people would cry loud in their life once when their holy son don’t get a bride to marry,as to preserve their holy tradition.. I still haven’t got any logical solutions as how to dumb off the excess 3.5 crore surplus men in India..

 

 

If talking against this female infanticide is feminism, yes I am a feminist..

 

 

 

What sense does it make of me to rant on female infanticide,when the basic system of marriage itself is a messed up one..We are so obsessed with the idea of marrying a whole family, instead of marrying a guy we love..Urban societies count only to a small percentage ,and among the majority ,love marriage is still a taboo and shame..There is nothing wrong in arranged marriages, provided both parties, hell not the both families, but the guy and gal, are happy about it. .But what is the absolute percentage difference between forced and arranged marriages.. Few days back,my cousin brother put off his engagement.. Marriage proposal from a known girl’s family had been forwarded through relatives and he was pressurized by his family to agree upon the relationship.. True, nobody forced him verbally ,but the mental pressure was there..They got engaged and since then, he was all gloomy.Finally, last day he told his parents that he wants to give up the relationship as he can’t find any wavelength similarities between him and the girl..The girl was aboslutley a good one..Just that characters don’t macth,for him being an introvert and her,a social one..At the end of the day, though it was mess and shame to beak an engagement,I find it good as it would have been a disaster if they got married.. Breaking an engagement is more better than a divorce.. But remember that, in this case,the rejecting party was the boy..I wonder how much the same is feasible from a girl’s side.. Few days later ,everybody is glad that the boy made his choice..But if it was a girl,I am sure she was to be labeled a outcast,anti-cultural bla bla bla girl..Do you have a doubt? Why is it that girl’s choice/opinion is less worthy than a man’s freedom of choice?

 

 

If talking against this oppression of freedom of choice for girls alone is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

Not to speak of those girls who are seen as doomed ones and a shame for parents ,simply because they haven’t got married before 25 years ..No matter how much one sugarifies it,a married off girl is seen as a burden moving away..Some parents coat sugar on it saying burden of ‘responsibility’.. uh..I wonder why can’t people expect women to remain unmarried, if they choose to. Agreed that a woman is made to be  a mother, but what is an individual doesn’t like it.. Why is it that simply for the sake of society ,one is made to let go her freedom of choice.A divorcee is labeled a woman who is not good enough to ‘adjust’ and move on with life.. An unmarried women is stereotyped as a women with love-faliure or with uterus disorders..Gosh..Many among us need to get a life seriously..

 

 

If talking against this stereotyping of unmarried or divorced women is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

 

 

Having agreed upon marriage , may it be arranged, or love or forced, then comes the next tag, DOWRY..It is the mother in laws who are mostly greedy about dowry..I wonder why are they so obsessed about it..I have not seen any MIL using dowry for her sake,but still she wants lot of dowry for her son..Maybe , she wants to feel proud and gossip among family circle, for having paid so much for her valuable holy son..I have heard MIL’s saying “We don’t want money..But what will we say when relatives ask on how much money and gold daughter in law brought home..So if you don’t want your daughter to feel belittled, give as much as possible during marriage itself.”..Hell,don’t tell me this happened in stone ages, no it happened a month ago..I wonder why men are still not ashamed to take money from a stranger girl’s father’s pocket as to build a life for their own..I feel bad and odd for those parents who feel that without dowry,their daughter is a piece of crap. I have heard men saying “There is no problem in taking dowry, afterall,we look after your daughter for a lifeitime”.. Uh,is that a privilege???? Women cook,do laundry,do housekeeping, give you physical pleasure, give you babies, take care of your babies and your parents ,does everything without grumbling ,but with happiness and you are pricing her for all these works? If you ,(not all but some men) are so bothered about the money you spent on your wife, just take it as a salary for all the work she does..I wonder why life is all about money to some people..I need my husband,he needs me..We compliment each other..It is when we take each other for granted,that we find the other ,a burden..So,my humble request to those men who say that wife is a burden,please don’t get married..Nobody is forcing you..Indian women have enough men to choose from..Please don’t marry them for the sake of dowry and burn them later..Let them  live a life..

 

 

If talking against this burden-isation of girls is feminism, yes I am a feminist..

 

 

I was reading about literacy rates among women .According to 2001 census,female literacy rate in India is 54.16%..Much lower than male literacy rate.Many reasons are accounted for the low rate of education among females..

 

  • Gender based inequality.
  • Social discrimination and economic exploitation.
  • Occupation of girl child in domestic chores.
  • Low enrolment of girls in schools.
  • Low retention rate and high dropout rate

 

 

If talking against this discrimination to these girls alone is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

 

Even if a girl is educated and is employed,in practical sense, I have seen very less financial freedom,if that is what is indented by empowerment through employment. I have personally seen women give the whole of their salary to husband and in rare cases,mother in law..I have no clue why they do so..i don’t mean that women needn’t spent on family.Of course they should share,and here again earning members compliment each other..But in case where husband thinks that wife’s money is his right and can be spent in whatever way he wishes to,I think that unfair and injustice to the woman involves..Not to talk of those men who think that even if the  wife is working,it is her sole duty to manage house and kids and that entering the kitchen is a shame or attack on manhood..

 

 

If talking against this restriction in financial freedom is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

 

 

In the arena of politics,I understand that except in Parliament, women have 3% reservation in seats..But what is the rate of women who exercise this right EFFICENTLY and EFFECTIVELY? I have seen many Panchayat members, females acting as dummies for their huband. He is puling strings and she is just acting like a puppet. So, what is the whole intention of political empowerment all about?

 

 

If talking against this mockery of political freedom is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

 

 

Religiously and spiritually speaking, I wonder why God is more obsessed with men, though it is women who prays more and does rituals for His sake. Women can’t enter some temples and many mosques.. They can’t perform rituals..Arabs and other muslims don’t believe me when I say that women are not allowed to pray in mosques in majority places in India..They never heard of such a thing..Its just some holy men here who want to keep women out of as much places as possible..Let people decide themselves whether they want to enter the temple or masjid..Why do we want to act moral policie even within the premises of God’s house..

 

 

If talking against this moral policing of religious freedom is feminism,yes I am a feminist..

 

 

Gosh,this is such a long post..I hope atleast a few people will read it in complete.. What we need is freedom from ourselves and the first step is to be financially independent and then from cultural restrictions..Culture in itself is beautiful,it makes life worthwhile and personalized ..But some stone age aspects as like ‘womanhood is in housekeeping and child bearing” and that ‘working woman is not a complete women as she pays less attention to family and house’ ,’boy is more holier than girl’ etc etc etc are simply stereotypes and its high time we get rid of all those things..

 

 

 

These are my thoughts on feminism..With this post,I will be taking a break from the world of blogging..Life is taking a turn and we are not very sure of which road we are heading upon..I hope everything ends up well soon and do include me in your prayers..I thank all of you for your kind and generous support and encouragement..I have learned lot and I have met some great people through my e-life..I don’t know how have you perceived my thoughts,but I never meant to be communal or biased..My apologies for all those hurtful words I said.I wish you all happiness and success in life..Good day..Peace.

“Why do muslim women have to beg for their rights?”

“My question is: Why should a woman beg for her rights? When God has bestowed rights on women, why cannot men give those rights gracefully to women?”

 

Last day, I happened to come across an article on indianmuslims.in.This very question from the author made me think over the very broad yet a heartfelt issue. Before I move forward, I want to make it evident that I never talk for feminism, but for femininity.

 

As the author says, the typical mindset of people relating Islam and Muslim women to “oppressed behind the veil”,”polygamists”,”shout ‘Talaq talaq talaq’ and divorce your wife”,”extremists”,”women inherit only half of what men recieve”..and so goes the list. To a greater extent, I would not blame them for having such an opinion on Islam.Well,how many muslims came forward and talked to them?We just keep pointing fingers,”They are wrong”.I would like to think it the other way,”Are we right?”.

 

Islam is a religion, in which there is no place for priesthood.Well, is that the way it is as of now? Today,we have lot of Mullahs and Kathibs issuing random fatwa’s on even the silliest of matters.(not to mention some gross fatwa’s like that of adult breastfeeding).When I say this, I give them all due respect they deserve. They have dedicated their life on studying Islam and its teachings. But thatz it. They are not dictators who can tell me how I should do this and that. Allah has blessed me with something called BRAIN, with some chambers in it for LOGIC and REASONING.I wonder why most of the Muslims today find it very uneasy to read the Quran and hadiths, understand it and act accordingly, rather than referring to fatwa’s every now and then. If we were to act and live as puppets, do you think it was difficult for Allah to make the world revolve around just like software which has a set of instructions designed to meet a pre-determined purpose.Instead, I believe it is the other way round. We human beings are to use our knowledge and wisdom and live as we perceive what is before and after us.

 

I just said all this just to imply that the current scenario of Muslim women as of today happened just because of so-called priesthood. Islam was the religion that gave status to women than just being a piece of flesh. But as of today I perceive Islam as a religion that treats women just as a piece of flesh, take for instance, she should cover from head to toe lest, even a small part of skin or hair will lead to men lusting them and finally will get them raped.UH???Is this what Allah and His Messenger (pbuh) was talking about??

 

Just for instance, I would like to refer to this article which talks about a new marriage contract in India

http://www.womensenews.org/article.cfm?aid=3692

“Because of widespread illiteracy, women are simply not aware of the rights that Islam has provided them with,” says Ambar. “Divorce, for instance, is a long, drawn-out process. Yet the practice of triple ‘talaq,’ where men can divorce their wives by pronouncing talaq at one go, has ruined the lives of many women who have been left by their husbands, sometimes for the flimsiest of reasons like putting extra salt in the food.”

 

Why is this still happening? Is it the way Islam talks about divorce, rant Talaq 3 times and move on as you like.Well,see that priesthood-less Islam talks about divorce.

 

Divorce must be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances. The laws relating to divorce together with the relevant verses from the Quran are given below:

·       Appoint an arbitrator

[4:35] If a couple fears separation, you shall appoint an arbitrator from his family and an arbitrator from her family; if they decide to reconcile, GOD will help them get together. GOD is Omniscient, Cognizant.

·       Wait 4 months cooling off before divorce

[2:226-227] Those who intend to divorce their wives shall wait four months (cooling off); if they change their minds and reconcile, then GOD is Forgiver, Merciful. If they go through with the divorce, then GOD is Hearer, Knower.

·       If the estranged couple chooses separation they must go through with it equitably. There must be two equitable witnesses witness the divorce before GOD

[65:2] Once the interim is fulfilled, you may reconcile with them equitably, or go through with the separation equitably. You shall have two equitable witnesses witness the divorce before GOD. This is to enlighten those who believe in GOD and the Last Day. Anyone who reverences GOD, He will create an exit for him.

·       and after the divorce, the women should be provided for

“For divorced women Maintenance (should be provided) On a reasonable (scale). This is a duty On the righteous. (The Noble Quran, 2:241)”

Well, is that how it is being followed!!

WE have lot of hadiths twisted and crushed to suit many perverted men’s reqiurements.Can anybody tell me where in Quran Allah says you can sent email or SMS, with a rant “Talaq talaq talaq, I divorced you honey, Bye”[p.s: I am not a Quran-only gal.I believe in authentic hadiths]

 

“It bans dowry customs and marriages between minors–women under 18 and men under 21–and calls for compulsory payment of “meher,” or dower to the wife by the husband.”


Dowry system in India began in Hindu culture as an alternative to provide for daughters, as they did not have any share in inheritance of property.Well, doesn’t Islam provide laws for sharing property among daughters? The law of “Half-of-what men receive”, is applicable only if the father pass away without leaving a will.Otherwise,he can distribute his properties however he likes among his kids.Interestingly,THE Hindu Succession (Amendment) Act, 2005 ,has addressed these issues of inheritence.But will the dowry system vanish in any near centuries to come?Muslims have been religiously following this culture by proudly demanding/offering money and gold and pay Rs 501/- as mehar for the sake of fulfilling the Islamic law.Indeed,they are very religious!!

 

Now, let us move to the interesting part of the article I referred to.

“The All India Muslim Personal Law Board and its Shia counterpart have dismissed the contract as “useless and a publicity stunt.”   This is where the magic hands of priesthood works.”The All India Muslim Personal Law Board allowed triple talaq and divorce by e-mail, for example, and did not prohibit polygamy. The Shia law board’s version prohibits triple talaq but also allows “muttah,” or temporary, marriages for men and has no provisions for marital payments to women. “

 

I agree about ‘not prohibiting polygamy’.We can’t make something haram what Allah made halal.But alternatively,we can get rid of polygamy by empowering women by educating them and providing a mean of generating revenue so that they’ll never feel weak and can provide for family and kids even in case of mishappenings.But what about ‘allowing divorce by e-mail,triple talaq’,’mutah-aka-prostitution’ and like?Let us not debate over endless fairy tales on hadiths that allow mutah.Clearly,it has been prohibited by Prophet(pbuh).

 

Women can demand for including the provision of “not getting a second wife” in their marriage contract.Also,hardly any muslim woman know that she has the right to divorce,”Khula,” the wife’s right to seek divorce from her husband, allowed under specific grounds. These include the husband being involved with other women, missing for more than four years, being mentally unsound or having HIV/AIDS.

 

 

It is indeed really sad that the women are forced to remain in dark ages, when it comes to education and having a career. I agree that a woman is a mother, a wife, a daughter and much more. But then again, there is something beyond too, being productive, contributing to the society in her own small ways, making a difference to the world and say “I care for you too”…

 

I am aware that somewhere along the post, I lost focus and started being on emotional side. But I prefer not to edit. because this is what my thoughts are all about..

 

Good day!!