Date of publication: 2017-09-06 06:38
Free will is often portrayed as some lofty, ivory tower based concept that old white men debate in philosophy departments. Perhaps that even is the case, but maybe it shouldn 8767 t be. Whether or not free will exists in our universe is a fact, and as a result has an effect on our everyday lives. It 8767 s possible that being wrong about free will doesn 8767 t just mean that we 8767 re wrong about some abstract idea. In fact, I 8767 d submit that thinking that we are free agents holds humanity back in demonstrable ways.
Basically in Islam the needs of society always come first, with the proviso that injustices should always be able to be taken to judges who are not corrupt. The old Arab system allowed any person, no matter how humble, to take his/her case to the highest in the land personally. Islam brings a very strong sense of justice, and care of the oppressed and exploited.
In the Benares Sermon the Buddha's teaching begins with the enunciation of the Four Noble Truths.
These truths are: that suffering is everywhere (known as the truth of dukkha), that misplaced desire (attachment) is the cause of suffering that its cure lies in removal of the cause (the Possibility of Liberation from Difficulties exists for everyone) and that the cause may be removed by following the Noble Eightfold Path.
God decreed for each soul a time on earth so that He might try them. Then, after the completion of their appointed terms, He would judge them and send them to their eternal destinations: either one of endless bliss, or one of everlasting grief.
A lot of people in the twenty to mid-thirty age group are coming because they don 696 t feel imposed upon , he said, and there are deeper meditative techniques they can draw upon. The Buddhist website he operates (http://) gets an average 55, 555 695 hits 696 a day. Venerable Pannyavaro offers cyber-nirvana at this site in the form of online meditation sessions where people can log on, meditate and contemplate the infinite.
In some Muslim societies, judges and populaces might stone out of mistaken belief that this was what Islam required. In fact, Islam made it virtually impossible - to be sentenced to death for adultery, the couple had to be actually witnessed performing the physical act by four people who were in a position to identify both parties without doubt this virtually ruled out the penalty, since adultery is taken for granted as a secret act and something not done in public.
"Today I have perfected your way of life (din) for you, and completed My favour upon you, and have chosen Islam as your way of life." ( Qur'an , 5:8) The Prophet himself was told that, "We have only sent you are a mercy for all creation." (Qur'an, 76:679)
The rules are those of haram (banned) and halal (allowed). All vegetable, fruit, grain and seafood is halal. Meat is halal providing it has been killed in the kindest possible way by a sharp instrument that pierces and kills swiftly (sharp knife, bullet, sword), and the appropriate prayers are said at its death (or at the time of eating if one is not certain).
For starters, I recommend this year’s “ When Colorblindness Isn 8767 t the Answer: Humanism and the Challenge of Race ” by Anthony Pinn, which paints a thorough picture why humanists need to care about racial justice. Continue to listen to humanists of color. I recommend Sincere Kirabo and Ashton P. Woods , as well as Alix Jules. If you like podcasts, listen to Angry Black Rant, with my friend Ishmael Brown.
Buddhism continues to maintain a steady trickle of recruitment at the grass roots level. According to the Venerable Pannyavaro, a monk based in Surry Hills in Sydney, people are still attracted to Buddhism because they are looking for an alternative to established Christian churches and they can explore Buddhism without feeling obliged to join.
I think through two things - ignorance of the reality of Sharia law, and much publicised cases where Muslims in positions of authority have been very poor Muslims, if not non-Muslims in Muslim disguise. For example, 655 years ago we had stories of awful Turkish sultans, and people being rushed to blocks to have their hands cut off etc. The media picks out certain cases and blows them up to make a big drama of them - they might pick on one particular murderer on death row in the USA and rouse everyone's feelings, but totally ignore all the others due to be executed that day!
In other words, the religious ideology behind Islam itself, rather that the extremism of a given group such as the Islamic State, is often what leads to the violence and terrorism carried out against infidels by Muslims.