Who Is Allah?

Who Is Allah?

There are 256422 comments on the The Brussels Journal story from Aug 24, 2007, titled Who Is Allah?. In it, The Brussels Journal reports that:

“Allah is a very beautiful word for God. Shouldn't we all say that from now on we will name God Allah? [...] What does God care what we call him?”

From the desk of Soeren Kern on Fri, 2007-08-24 11:56 Europeans love to mock the salience of religion in American society. via The Brussels Journal

Join the discussion below, or Read more at The Brussels Journal.

Seeker

Lowell, MA

#194051 Oct 30, 2013
Alex WM wrote:
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That horrible murderer killed an innocent old man and bombed a few mosques in UK.
Tell me the verses he quoted or the Jesus is great screams that he said.
Alex WM wrote:
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Also murdering innocent villagers several times a day in Iraq and Afghanistan using “neat killing machines” does not make those killings any better than the crazy meat cleaver boys.
Excuse me, but in the case of both countries it is well known that far more Muslims were killed by fellow Muslims than US soldiers ever did. And innocent villagers? They weren't involved in any hanky panky? Hmmmm..... Impossible, right?
Alex WM wrote:
<quoted text>
Just because we kill people using drones does not make us any better.
Well, let's see. If a drone ends up making a mistake killing innocent civilians while going after some not so innocent people, that is deemed a mistake. But when someone who wants to bomb a market or mosque kills innocent civilians, there is no mistake made at all because they were the INTENDED targets. And you don't see any difference at all?
Seeker

Lowell, MA

#194052 Oct 30, 2013
Alex WM wrote:
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The problem here is very complex.
Accounting or cooking the books is an art in itself.
And so are stories.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#194053 Oct 30, 2013
Alex WM wrote:
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The problem here is very complex.
Accounting or cooking the books is an art in itself.
All sorts of charges can be levied against the funds....how much can be off set? how long is a piece of string?
Even Petro dollars were put through this mill.
Don't forget currency exchange rate manipulation and risk..various costs ...plus Forward Exchange contracts...Interest swaps..FRA's and many little mechanisms to eat into the funds....
What the villagers get would be nothing once all the "trumped up" charges have been levied.
These are done by "mirrors"...now you see it..and now you dont!
America and even my country are masters in the art of fleecing from the "third world".
Understood, but they should still try. The courts are there to get to the bottom of things. I wonder if Frijoles is a judge?
Alex WM

London, UK

#194054 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:
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No, he came to Kuwait, and looted it, and I don't remember them inviting him. And there was never a treaty signed after that, there was only a conditional ceasefire, and the conditions of the ceasefire is that Saddam submit to weapons inspections, and he breached that ceasefire by kicking the inspectors out. There was never any treaty ever signed, and therefore the first war was never officially over. That is a little fact that nobody seems to want to mention.
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You need to prove that one. I don't recall Saddam putting his money in US banks. But if you are correct, then surely you can substantiate that.
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Overcharging the Iraqis? It was the US taxpayers that ended up paying for it all. And now Iraq has a good budget surplus, while the US is heavily in debt. And Iraq would be in great shape right now, if they stopped killing each other.
You really need to learn more about Kuwait and Iraq and how america was ready with a kuwait reconstruction plan long before saddams "invasion"!
He was given tacit approval by USA who later denied it..because they needed to get in there to make money.
Saddam was just a cat's paw....for US to use and abuse.

Here is a tiny snippet about the crocodile tars shed by USA...
"Last month, the Treasury Department seized $1.7 billion in Iraqi government cash sitting in banks on U.S. shores since the Persian Gulf War. About $1.4 billion will go to rebuild Iraq, with the other $300 million held for U.S. prisoners of war from the Gulf War."

http://usatoday30.usatoday.com/money/world/ir...

Do you really think the money will go to the citizens?

America blows up the country...SCREWS iraq with cost of repairs...always OVERCHARGNING them because its a captive market..
America keeps almost ALL the money and throw a few crumbs at us here...

But t
Seeker

Lowell, MA

#194055 Oct 30, 2013
HughBe--- I see 2 parts to your question. I have not addressed the first part and such a thing has never entered my mind. Explain Jesus being lifted up before His crucifixion.

Sure, no problem. From the Quran.

4:157 (Y. Ali) That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-

4:158 (Y. Ali) Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-

I thought you would have been aware of these verses.
Alex WM

London, UK

#194056 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:
<quoted text>
Tell me the verses he quoted or the Jesus is great screams that he said.
<quoted text>
Excuse me, but in the case of both countries it is well known that far more Muslims were killed by fellow Muslims than US soldiers ever did. And innocent villagers? They weren't involved in any hanky panky? Hmmmm..... Impossible, right?
<quoted text>
Well, let's see. If a drone ends up making a mistake killing innocent civilians while going after some not so innocent people, that is deemed a mistake. But when someone who wants to bomb a market or mosque kills innocent civilians, there is no mistake made at all because they were the INTENDED targets. And you don't see any difference at all?
Seeker, if a murderer does not say anything loud, that makes it all ok, does it?

Even if the murderer said anything, the media will not give out the info as the media is hell bent on bashing muslims.
You NEED to look at independent sources for your news.
Alex WM

London, UK

#194057 Oct 30, 2013
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeker----So far, he won't tell anybody why he would not convert to Islam
HughBe--- I believe that you are struggling with the idea of converting to Islam. Your struggle reminds me in principle of Frijoles' struggle when he was struggling with his homosexual desires/attractions and in the end he gave and became a FULL convert.
Alex---WOW!!!!
That was again a GREAT and WISE comment,dear HughBe.
I can relate to Seeker in some ways.
The more I resisted Islam the greater the attraction became, so I was a bit like Seeker.......going completely Anti until I submitted the Will of my creator in peace and humility.
Hats off to you dear brother believer in God.
HughBe--- What must I say, Alex? I found your words funny and satisfying.
What more can I say!
God has given you wisdom, dear brother.
I know you are using it "wisely" and "generously"!
Peace.
Seeker

Lowell, MA

#194058 Oct 30, 2013
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeker----So far, he won't tell anybody why he would not convert to Islam
HughBe--- I believe that you are struggling with the idea of converting to Islam.
Now why would I be struggling with that and why would anybody ever think that? Perhaps you have not seen all of the holes that I point out in the Quran on a daily basis.
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
Your struggle reminds me in principle of Frijoles' struggle when he was struggling with his homosexual desires/attractions and in the end he gave and became a FULL convert.
Alex---WOW!!!!
That was again a GREAT and WISE comment,dear HughBe.
I can relate to Seeker in some ways.
The more I resisted Islam the greater the attraction became, so I was a bit like Seeker.......going completely Anti until I submitted the Will of my creator in peace and humility.
So you did finally convert to Islam? I don't understand why you wouldn't just come out and say that. If you did convert, you are not supposed to hide that fact or be ashamed to admit it if people ask you about it straight up as I have.
Alex WM

London, UK

#194059 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:
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And so are stories.
Seeker most of the stuff i give on Mid East can be verified...but i am sorry I don't have time to look for links.
It does not mean that my claims cannot be substantiated.
Alex WM

London, UK

#194060 Oct 30, 2013
HughBe wrote:
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Understood, but they should still try. The courts are there to get to the bottom of things. I wonder if Frijoles is a judge?
True, but when we refer to "they"......they (the present leaders) are also puppets planted by USA.
The Iraqi leaders since 2003 have been puppets...they would not dare challenge their puppet masters.
The question may arise in 30 years when a new regime takes over..but it will all be history!
Your comment about judge is valid and noted!
Alex WM

London, UK

#194061 Oct 30, 2013
Goodnight and God bless.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#194062 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:
HughBe--- I see 2 parts to your question. I have not addressed the first part and such a thing has never entered my mind. Explain Jesus being lifted up before His crucifixion.
Sure, no problem. From the Quran.
4:157 (Y. Ali) That they said (in boast), "We killed Christ Jesus the son of Mary, the Messenger of Allah.;- but they killed him not, nor crucified him, but so it was made to appear to them, and those who differ therein are full of doubts, with no (certain) knowledge, but only conjecture to follow, for of a surety they killed him not:-
4:158 (Y. Ali) Nay, Allah raised him up unto Himself; and Allah is Exalted in Power, Wise;-
I thought you would have been aware of these verses.
1. I have read your post but I have not seen an EXPLANATION of
" Jesus being lifted up before His crucifixion."

2. Why would I be aware of those verses? Explain your reason for making such a comment.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#194063 Oct 30, 2013
Alex WM wrote:
<quoted text>
True, but when we refer to "they"......they (the present leaders) are also puppets planted by USA.
The Iraqi leaders since 2003 have been puppets...they would not dare challenge their puppet masters.
The question may arise in 30 years when a new regime takes over..but it will all be history!
Your comment about judge is valid and noted!
All is understood.

Blessings, Alex.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#194064 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:
<quoted text>
Now why would I be struggling with that and why would anybody ever think that? Perhaps you have not seen all of the holes that I point out in the Quran on a daily basis.
<quoted text>
So you did finally convert to Islam? I don't understand why you wouldn't just come out and say that. If you did convert, you are not supposed to hide that fact or be ashamed to admit it if people ask you about it straight up as I have.
Seeker----So far, he won't tell anybody why he would not convert to Islam

HughBe--- I believe that you are struggling with the idea of converting to Islam.

Seeker---Now why would I be struggling with that and why would anybody ever think that?

HughBe--- I do not know the reasons for such a struggle. However, it seems to me that there is a BIG struggle.

My reasons for thinking that way includes your frequent reference to conversion to Islam. I view its application to me as a projection. Why? I have told you explicitly and indirectly many times that I am a Christian and yet you persist with this conversion agenda.

Seeker-- Perhaps you have not seen all of the holes that I point out in the Quran on a daily basis.

HughBe--- More likely I have not read any of your HOLES.

HughBe---Your struggle reminds me in principle of Frijoles' struggle when he was struggling with his homosexual desires/attractions and in the end he gave and became a FULL convert.

Alex---WOW!!!!That was again a GREAT and WISE comment,dear HughBe.
I can relate to Seeker in some ways.
The more I resisted Islam the greater the attraction became, so I was a bit like Seeker.......going completely Anti until I submitted the Will of my creator in peace and humility.

Seeker---So you did finally convert to Islam? I don't understand why you wouldn't just come out and say that.

HughBe--- Poor Seeker.
HughBe

Kingston, Jamaica

#194065 Oct 30, 2013
Alex WM wrote:
Goodnight and God bless.
Rest well, Alex.

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#194066 Oct 30, 2013
Alex, BMZ, Maat and Hugh are religious fanatics.

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#194067 Oct 30, 2013
Seeker wrote:


JOEL THUMBS UP wrote:

Alex the gay crackpot needs a cute 12 year old boy to massage his cracks and outgrowths. LOL

Careful JOEL THUMBS UP,

If you keep talking that way, before you know it Alex will have his thumb up your butt, and then something else after that. The second part is his secret surprise.
Alex is deranged, impoverished, poorly educated (up to high school) and most certainly gay.

I wonder what pleasure all you guys get in endlessly discussing religious scriptures none of which knows about the ultimate reality of nature, self and being with the main attraction being a talking, abusive, cursing, warring and threatening God and irrational, violent, ignorant and hallucinating prophets serving as their pimps on earth?

The main thing that counts where religion is concerned is realization - direct experiences of uniting the individual self with the supreme self. This is the true meaning of religion.

Otherwise, better become a humanist or an ethical atheist.

If realization is beyond your capacity, fine. Turn humanist or become universal in this way - If at all religion forms a part of your life then make it a point to go for synthesis - drawing the best parts from every text/practice and fusing that to form a nice composite and then study that from a logical perspective and include in this eclectic mix the best discoveries of science and infuse all of this with empathy, compassion and love and there you get a fine philosophy of life that can do wonders for your synapses, hormones, relationships and general health and take you great places in life in every positive sense.

This synthetic approach would augur well for individual and global peace instead of fanatically clinging to any one book and arguing endlessly over it.

Finally, remember there's nothing to be proud of narrow identities " I am a Jew", I am a Buddhist" and so on - all that is mumbo jumbo, ignorance and false pride leading to madness and bigotry

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#194068 Oct 30, 2013
typo

I wonder what pleasure all you guys get in endlessly discussing religious scriptures none of which knows ANYTHING about the ultimate reality of nature, self and being with the main attraction being a talking, abusive, cursing, warring and threatening God and irrational, violent, ignorant and hallucinating prophets serving as their pimps on earth?

JOEL THUMBS UP

Since: May 13

Location hidden

#194069 Oct 30, 2013
Shamma, Maat, MUQ and Alex are the biggest fanatics online.
Seeker

Lowell, MA

#194070 Oct 30, 2013
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeker----So far, he won't tell anybody why he would not convert to Islam
HughBe--- I believe that you are struggling with the idea of converting to Islam.
Seeker---Now why would I be struggling with that and why would anybody ever think that?
HughBe--- I do not know the reasons for such a struggle. However, it seems to me that there is a BIG struggle.
My reasons for thinking that way includes your frequent reference to conversion to Islam. I view its application to me as a projection. Why?
How about because of the behavior that you exhibit here that not only I have noticed, but others have as well? Do you think that could possibly be a reason? Oh no, impossible, right? LOL!!!
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
I have told you explicitly and indirectly many times that I am a Christian and yet you persist with this conversion agenda.
Well, when I ask you whether you believe Jesus was crucified and resurrected or not, it is an easy question. But you never seem to want to simply say YES, he was. So I am the bad guy for thinking something is wrong when someone doesn't just answer a simple question in a simple manner? Okay.
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
Seeker-- Perhaps you have not seen all of the holes that I point out in the Quran on a daily basis.
HughBe--- More likely I have not read any of your HOLES.
Well then maybe you should read them before you comment about what I think. That wouldn't be a very bad idea, would it?
HughBe wrote:
<quoted text>
HughBe---Your struggle reminds me in principle of Frijoles' struggle when he was struggling with his homosexual desires/attractions and in the end he gave and became a FULL convert.
Alex---WOW!!!!That was again a GREAT and WISE comment,dear HughBe.[/QUOTE}

And here comes captain wisdom that is so wise that he thinks that Jesus got oral sex with the Samaritan woman at the well.

[QUOTE who="HughBe"]<quo ted text>
I can relate to Seeker in some ways.
The more I resisted Islam the greater the attraction became, so I was a bit like Seeker.......going completely Anti until I submitted the Will of my creator in peace and humility.
Seeker---So you did finally convert to Islam? I don't understand why you wouldn't just come out and say that.
HughBe--- Poor Seeker.
Well fine, poor me. But you still won't come out and say it. And that's a fact so far. So what is anybody supposed to think about your evasive behavior? YES is a shorter answer to type than "Poor Seeker", but I guess that YES just isn't in your vocabulary. So instead, everybody gets to see the Shirley Temple tap dance.

That's okay, I should quit right now. It is obvious that I should not be asking you straight forward questions that I will never get a straight forward answer to. I get the game by now. Thanks for letting me play.

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