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5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM
Posted: 3 years ago
I've been translating secretive scripture written in the Middle East after the rise of Islam and noticed very impressive theological refutations of Islam that Muslims have failed to adequately answer to this day and can be modernly conceptualized.

1- Kaaba. How is it possible for God to have a house (as most Muslims call it) or a prayer-direction when he is omnipresent? And why would out of all temples and houses should He choose a very primitive black cube that doesn't even compare to the pyramids and temples created by pagan and polytheists when God is the Most Glorious and Arrogant (as the Qur'an describes him). Is it not an insult to God to narrow him down and minimize him to a small and primitive house covered by a carpet whether in prayer direction or reference?

2- Pilgrimage. What's the wisdom in shaving heads, wearing white robes, going in circles and throwing stones when that's translated as insanity and losing one's mind, and is a pagan tradition to begin with? And why would God even require or need pilgrimage when he is complete and above tyranny and superiority complexes? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped and circled under?

3- Hell. A loving and merciful father would not want his children to suffer even if they abandoned him, stabbed him in the back and were completely separate from him. He would die himself and not let his children burn or stand in harm's way. But a loving father is nothing in comparison to God the Most Merciful that is full with love and mercy by the Qur'anic depiction. So how can God do an infinitely cruel act which is to burn disbelievers and change their skin when it burns out as the Qur'an says? This sort of evil can only be imagined by a criminal and not a sane and loving person. So how come a sane and loving God would even use this as a threat or have this hellfire installed to those he created and be the Most merciful? And how is not praying or following theism such a great crime to deserve such harsh punishment? We do not even have punishments for disbelief of such cruel natures in backward religious societies.

4- Heaven. The heaven of Allah seems based around women, wine, fruit, feasts and entertainment, which is a culture of degeneracy. How could an omniscient God create such heavens built around basic human needs and not address in his Qur'anic depictions any of the spiritual needs and the general spiritual depth of a human being? Where are the verses about science, knowledge, philosophy , sports, art and philanthropy in heaven?

5- Qur'an. How can it be considered to be inspired from a complete God when it is full of linguistic errors, stylistic oddities, inconsistency in flow and lack of structure? Why is it shallow in depth and meaning and mostly just threats to disbelievers of hellfire, and not going into the intricacy of nature, time and life such as the works of Eastern religions which it fails to compare to in meaning and depth? How is it possible for it to be the words of God when the speaker stoops to insulting the enemy of Mohammad, Abu Lahab and his wife with derogatory terms? Why would God send a third book when it's a bad method of communication with his worshipers and would split his followers into different factions (Sunni, Shiah, Ahmadi)? Is it not an insult to attribute such a book to God and claim that his main argument or method of communication is through a book that different people interpret differently due to vague language and structural weakness? Is it not an insult to depict God as he is depicted in that book as concerned with Mohammad's wives and problems and spreading hate and contempt to Christians, Jews and Polytheists and working toward his prophet's interest/marriages in life? Why would God need a prophet to begin with or go in such ridiculous earthly matters when he is Exalted Above All?

6- Prayers. I mentioned how it doesn't make sense to pray in one direction when God is omnipresent and in all directions. But why would a God that is perfect and complete need five daily reminders of praise for his greatness, or act like master over you, when you're less than bacteria in comparison to Him. Is it not like a human playing with ants except God is way above a human than a human is above an ant? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped? Moreover, if you're always connected with God through your kindness and moral goodness, is it not better for him than crying out for him on five occasions and a better sign of your devoutness? And if you're always connected to him, what's the need for reaching out through prayer?

7- Jihaad. Why would God need anyone to fight wars for him when he is omnipotent and omniscient? And how can God have prophets that slaughter others, order others to be slaughtered and carry swords? How can warlords be his prophets and how can he encourage wars when the Qur'an depicts him as the Most Merciful? And if Mohammad was his final prophet, how is possible for Mohammad to be in that many wars and military campaigns if he is the prophet of the Most Merciful? And why do prophets (like Mohammad) need to carry swords if God is on their side?

8. Zakaat. This charity system is in the hands of religious institutions and we've seen how they build fancy mosques next to poor neighborhoods and support violent and radical movements. It's clearly a system that has not eradicated poverty in any Islamic country, even rich and evangelically Islamic ones such as Saudi Arabia. Why would God not want you to give to the poor directly, and perhaps instead of money, to give them jobs and education and not actual coin so that they earn their own from their hard labor and personal effort? And how can charity be of the heart when it is made a religious obligation and done out a fear of defying an Islamic tenet than helping a poor person out of genuine philanthropy?

9- Fasting. How is it useful when it is simply sleeping in the day and eating in the night for many? And why would God require it? Is the human unable to feel with the less fortunate unless he starves himself (or in this case change his eating hours)? And wouldn't doing it for a week or a month once carry across the message to even the most spoiled? So why do it for a month every year and would God want you to harm your health and well-being with odd eating hours that defy nature? Is it not better to fast the whole year from sin and degeneracy by limiting what you eat and giving to the needy instead of a month of giant nightly feasts?

10. Halal and Haram. How is eating pork haram but eating hyena meat halal? The latter feeds upon carcasses and is a carnivore. And why would God provide delicious meat but command you not to eat it such as bacon? How is a dog unclean or haram when he is just a pet like every other pet, and when modern dogs are as small and clean as cats?

It seems the Muslim doesn't need any of his tenets, rituals or mythological beliefs as they are redundant and unreasonable. He could follow a rather simpler set of moral characteristics that go better with a reasonable and merciful God:

1- Honesty.

2- Brotherhood and kindness to his fellow man regardless of religion or race.

3- Humility.

4- Being spiritually connected to God by thought and not by rituals and practices.

I really wonder how an intelligent person can not read beyond his indoctrination and see that Islam is clearly a man-made religion with a lot of loopholes, redundancies and human influence, and that one can individually find a better moral and spiritual pathway to himself if he believes God exists.
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5/13/2017 5:01:13 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:

there is too many points and many more stuff inside these questions lol better if you do for every point a post i think but anyways...

I've been translating secretive scripture written in the Middle East after the rise of Islam and noticed very impressive theological refutations of Islam that Muslims have failed to adequately answer to this day and can be modernly conceptualized.


1- Kaaba. How is it possible for God to have a house (as most Muslims call it) or a prayer-direction when he is omnipresent?

we call every mosque "house of God". that doesnt mean God "dwells" in every mosque, thats an expression figure of speech, where the remembrance of God is found there. its little suprrise you as an arab not know there are many expressions in the arabic language in this nature?

the Quran says wherever you turn there is God (2:115). perhaps prayer-direction is for unity, in the prayer its not a game where everybody do what ever they want how to pray and when there is rules you know its not salad everybody doing what ever they want...

And why would out of all temples and houses should He choose a very primitive black cube that doesn't even compare to the pyramids and temples created by pagan and polytheists when God is the Most Glorious and Arrogant (as the Qur'an describes him). Is it not an insult to God to narrow him down and minimize him to a small and primitive house covered by a carpet whether in prayer direction or reference?

we believe it was built first by the first human being Adam but rebuilt over and over again... its not the size that makes it important nothing to do with it.


2- Pilgrimage. What's the wisdom in shaving heads, wearing white robes, going in circles and throwing stones when that's translated as insanity and losing one's mind, and is a pagan tradition to begin with?

we believe propehts of God brought some rituals relating to the kabba like for example the circaling around the Kabba. but in time poeple moved away from the true teaching of God and invented and inserted things in the retuals. before Islam the pagans used to circle it naked... that doesnt its origin its pagan. time by time in different centuries prophets were sent when ever the poeple moved away from the teaching of the prophets and inserted things beside the things they have from God.

And why would God even require or need pilgrimage when he is complete and above tyranny and superiority complexes? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped and circled under?

everything we do its for our benefit. God doesnt need any prayers fasting pilgrimage... its only for yourself as the Quran says.


3- Hell. A loving and merciful father would not want his children to suffer even if they abandoned him, stabbed him in the back and were completely separate from him. He would die himself and not let his children burn or stand in harm's way. But a loving father is nothing in comparison to God the Most Merciful that is full with love and mercy by the Qur'anic depiction. So how can God do an infinitely cruel act which is to burn disbelievers and change their skin when it burns out as the Qur'an says? This sort of evil can only be imagined by a criminal and not a sane and loving person. So how come a sane and loving God would even use this as a threat or have this hellfire installed to those he created and be the Most merciful? And how is not praying or following theism such a great crime to deserve such harsh punishment? We do not even have punishments for disbelief of such cruel natures in backward religious societies.

why God is evil? ofcourse he is the most loving. why dont you see the other side? just by doing nothing (compared this life to the infinite afterlife) you will get eternal pleasure (which the mind cant comprehend, never seen or heard alike- its from the hadith...) what you just have is to worship God for this little life you have and get eternal bless.. how is that evil? the thing is by intentionally disbelieving in God makes you to go to hell.

btw there are scholars like Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya who argued for limited hell-fire (https://en.wikipedia.org...)
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4- Heaven. The heaven of Allah seems based around women, wine, fruit, feasts and entertainment, which is a culture of degeneracy. How could an omniscient God create such heavens built around basic human needs and not address in his Qur'anic depictions any of the spiritual needs and the general spiritual depth of a human being? Where are the verses about science, knowledge, philosophy , sports, art and philanthropy in heaven?

lol in heaven you would do whatever you want. there are many hadiths are Quranic verses about this.


5- Qur'an. How can it be considered to be inspired from a complete God when it is full of linguistic errors, stylistic oddities, inconsistency in flow and lack of structure? Why is it shallow in depth and meaning and mostly just threats to disbelievers of hellfire,

too many generalizations and stuff. and im not an arab to answer these assertions prehaps you shold find somebody who learn Arabic Quran. watched some debates about this but its not for me.

and not going into the intricacy of nature, time and life such as the works of Eastern religions which it fails to compare to in meaning and depth? How is it possible for it to be the words of God when the speaker stoops to insulting the enemy of Mohammad,

....

Abu Lahab and his wife with derogatory terms? Why would God send a third book when it's a bad method of communication with his worshipers and would split his followers into different factions (Sunni, Shiah, Ahmadi)? Is it not an insult to attribute such a book to God and claim that his main argument or method of communication is through a book that different people interpret differently due to vague language and structural weakness?

Abu Lahab who tried to kill the prophet day and night...

shiah and sunnies separated not because the Quran. they have different hadiths and incidences in history which caused some muslims to depart from the mainstream. its not unique to Islam for every group of poeple you would find stuf like that.

Is it not an insult to depict God as he is depicted in that book as concerned with Mohammad's wives and problems and spreading hate and contempt to Christians, Jews and Polytheists and working toward his prophet's interest/marriages in life?

anything in the Quran is like moral code for the muslims to imitate.. there are lessons to learn. its not for entertainment you know.

Why would God need a prophet to begin with or go in such ridiculous earthly matters when he is Exalted Above All?

because you cant understand God will it doesnt mean hes wrong by what he did. anything has a purpose.
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5/13/2017 6:04:48 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:

6- Prayers. I mentioned how it doesn't make sense to pray in one direction when God is omnipresent and in all directions. But why would a God that is perfect and complete need five daily reminders of praise for his greatness, or act like master over you, when you're less than bacteria in comparison to Him. Is it not like a human playing with ants except God is way above a human than a human is above an ant? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped? Moreover, if you're always connected with God through your kindness and moral goodness, is it not better for him than crying out for him on five occasions and a better sign of your devoutness? And if you're always connected to him, what's the need for reaching out through prayer?

again we pray becasue it benefit us in many things. God doesnt need anything. it brings poeple to assemble 5 times a day for pray black or white, rich or poor. it has the system to eradicate racism. the prophet said dont leave gaps between your shuolders when you pray for not letting the "devil" come between you. the devil here is not a ghost flying around. its your pride,envy, hate, jealousy... "hes black hes white" poor or rich.


7- Jihaad. Why would God need anyone to fight wars for him when he is omnipotent and omniscient? And how can God have prophets that slaughter others, order others to be slaughtered and carry swords? How can warlords be his prophets and how can he encourage wars when the Qur'an depicts him as the Most Merciful? And if Mohammad was his final prophet, how is possible for Mohammad to be in that many wars and military campaigns if he is the prophet of the Most Merciful? And why do prophets (like Mohammad) need to carry swords if God is on their side?

life is not teddy bearry lovey easy life. its not Christianity where you have only to believe and let evil poeple slap you like a punching bag and turn the other side. your questions are really strange... you take general stuff without any background and comment on it like its the final words. what do you except to do with evil poeple? not everybody is an angel. what you going to do with criminals?

8. Zakaat. This charity system is in the hands of religious institutions and we've seen how they build fancy mosques next to poor neighborhoods and support violent and radical movements.

what it got to do with Islam? the prophet lived in very small house (his mosque too) and when he was the ruler of Arabia he lived like a poor man. when Umar Ibn Khatab ask him why he lives like that when the emperor of Rome lives A lavish and extravagant life and he can live better than that he replied, God gave them their's and he gave me mine. if you read his life he didnt ate like a king, there was no smoking coming from his place for weeks (if i remember correctly) meaning no food being cooked. what these stuff have to do with islam.

It's clearly a system that has not eradicated poverty in any Islamic country,

lol when islam was emerge in its first years they were feeding also the birls because they didnt find any poors.

even rich and evangelically Islamic ones such as Saudi Arabia.

oh really Saudi Arabia? they trying to hide the poor population out of the side of the public. Saud is the puppet the British put there. they are living like kings while there masses are struggling to live funny joke.

Why would God not want you to give to the poor directly, and perhaps instead of money, to give them jobs and education and not actual coin so that they earn their own from their hard labor and personal effort?

so superficial accusation. who say charity is only giving money and let them live without working?

And how can charity be of the heart when it is made a religious obligation and done out a fear of defying an Islamic tenet than helping a poor person out of genuine philanthropy?

why its not genuine philanthropy and "out of fear"? the Quran teachs you one of the good things (moraly good) to do is to be compassion and help the poor.

btw.. on your explanation by no objective moral standards what you mean by "genuine philanthropy"? you help the poor because you feel good about yourself? you know how much that sounds selfish? no different from a psychopath who harm others the poor because he feel good about it.


9- Fasting. How is it useful when it is simply sleeping in the day and eating in the night for many?

fasting has many benefits for example psychologically it shows you how the poor really feels without food. thats the real "philanthropy" comes from. islam is about deeds. as i said its not christianity "loving" everybody with words. socially it brings poeple to gather to eat regardless rich or poor.

And why would God require it?

God doesnt.

Is the human unable to feel with the less fortunate unless he starves himself (or in this case change his eating hours)? And wouldn't doing it for a week or a month once carry across the message to even the most spoiled? So why do it for a month every year and would God want you to harm your health and well-being with odd eating hours that defy nature?

"harming your health" lol

Is it not better to fast the whole year from sin and degeneracy by limiting what you eat and giving to the needy instead of a month of giant nightly feasts?

so flat... another benefit is teaching you to be patient. makes you more stronger. doing thing on regular times makes (like prayer) you to be a person doing this stuff on time. theachs you not to delay. its has is effect on your life.


10. Halal and Haram. How is eating pork haram but eating hyena meat halal? The latter feeds upon carcasses and is a carnivore. And why would God provide delicious meat but command you not to eat it such as bacon? How is a dog unclean or haram when he is just a pet like every other pet, and when modern dogs are as small and clean as cats?

halal and haram... speaks the guy who has objective morality. beside that for every halal and haram there is a reason behind it.


It seems the Muslim doesn't need any of his tenets, rituals or mythological beliefs as they are redundant and unreasonable. He could follow a rather simpler set of moral characteristics that go better with a reasonable and merciful God:

dont take offend your questions are so superficial without giving any background and stupid.


1- Honesty.

2- Brotherhood and kindness to his fellow man regardless of religion or race.

3- Humility.

4- Being spiritually connected to God by thought and not by rituals and practices.

we are not robots. the system teachs you how to be a good human being in deeds and believe, what you talking about is christianity where there is no deeds only words. same logic.


I really wonder how an intelligent person can not read beyond his indoctrination and see that Islam is clearly a man-made religion with a lot of loopholes, redundancies and human influence, and that one can individually find a better moral and spiritual pathway to himself if he believes God exists.

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5/14/2017 1:33:53 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:
I've been translating secretive scripture written in the Middle East after the rise of Islam and noticed very impressive theological refutations of Islam that Muslims have failed to adequately answer to this day and can be modernly conceptualized.

1- Kaaba. How is it possible for God to have a house (as most Muslims call it) or a prayer-direction when he is omnipresent?

The God commands us to pray with the body direction toward to the Kabba.

2- Pilgrimage. What's the wisdom in shaving heads, wearing white robes, going in circles and throwing stones when that's translated as insanity and losing one's mind, and is a pagan tradition to begin with?

Pilgrimage is the command from the God.


3- Hell. A loving and merciful father would not want his children to suffer even if they abandoned him, stabbed him in the back and were completely separate from him.

We are not the children of God. Hell is real no matter what.


4- Heaven. The heaven of Allah seems based around women, wine, fruit, feasts and entertainment, which is a culture of degeneracy.

We can do nothing. it is what the true heaven is, no matter what.



5- Qur'an. How can it be considered to be inspired from a complete God when it is full of linguistic errors, stylistic oddities, inconsistency in flow and lack of structure?

Quran has no error.


6- Prayers. I mentioned how it doesn't make sense to pray in one direction when God is omnipresent and in all directions.

We need the prayer for our own benefit.


7- Jihaad. Why would God need anyone to fight wars for him when he is omnipotent and omniscient?

We need jihad for our own benefit.


8. Zakaat. This charity system is in the hands of religious institutions and we've seen how they build fancy mosques next to poor neighborhoods and support violent and radical movements.

The God commands us to pay the zakah. we don't know why.


9- Fasting. How is it useful when it is simply sleeping in the day and eating in the night for many?

The same answer, Allah commands us to fast.


10. Halal and Haram. How is eating pork haram but eating hyena meat halal?

We don't know why the God regulates our dietary.
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5/14/2017 2:23:28 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:
I've been translating secretive scripture written in the Middle East after the rise of Islam and noticed very impressive theological refutations of Islam that Muslims have failed to adequately answer to this day and can be modernly conceptualized.

1- Kaaba. How is it possible for God to have a house (as most Muslims call it) or a prayer-direction when he is omnipresent? And why would out of all temples and houses should He choose a very primitive black cube that doesn't even compare to the pyramids and temples created by pagan and polytheists when God is the Most Glorious and Arrogant (as the Qur'an describes him). Is it not an insult to God to narrow him down and minimize him to a small and primitive house covered by a carpet whether in prayer direction or reference?
Response: Prayer direction is for Muslims to be united in their prayer. Not a direction to pray to Allah. Since the purpose is unity, it does not how fancy the kaaba looks as Allah is not vain. As long as it is not defilement.
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5/14/2017 2:42:05 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:

2- Pilgrimage. What's the wisdom in shaving heads, wearing white robes, going in circles and throwing stones when that's translated as insanity and losing one's mind, and is a pagan tradition to begin with? And why would God even require or need pilgrimage when he is complete and above tyranny and superiority complexes? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped and circled under?

Response: Pilgrimage and other things accustomed to it is for unity. So it's not a necessity to Allah but a system of unity and tradition for Muslims.

3- Hell. A loving and merciful father would not want his children to suffer even if they abandoned him, stabbed him in the back and were completely separate from him. He would die himself and not let his children burn or stand in harm's way. But a loving father is nothing in comparison to God the Most Merciful that is full with love and mercy by the Qur'anic depiction. So how can God do an infinitely cruel act which is to burn disbelievers and change their skin when it burns out as the Qur'an says? This sort of evil can only be imagined by a criminal and not a sane and loving person. So how come a sane and loving God would even use this as a threat or have this hellfire installed to those he created and be the Most merciful? And how is not praying or following theism such a great crime to deserve such harsh punishment? We do not even have punishments for disbelief of such cruel natures in backward religious societies.

Response: Islam teaches that all people were in another spiritual state and was giving the option to earn the reward of Paradise by being tested in this life as humans and be rewarded based on our deeds. We had the option to say no. We could have chose to be a rock . Yet We CHOSE to become humans in order to receive the reward of paradise. Once we made the choice, the memory of this agreement is washed away and we are now born into this world as humans and the test begins. Since we chose these conditions. Allah is not unjust in making Hell a punishment since we chose to be tested in this life and based on our deeds, earn the reward of Paradise or Hell.

4- Heaven. The heaven of Allah seems based around women, wine, fruit, feasts and entertainment, which is a culture of degeneracy. How could an omniscient God create such heavens built around basic human needs and not address in his Qur'anic depictions any of the spiritual needs and the general spiritual depth of a human being? Where are the verses about science, knowledge, philosophy , sports, art and philanthropy in heaven?

Response: Paradise itself suffices spiritual needs because you are in Paradise. So the question makes no sense. Satisfying the human needs also satisfies spiritual needs because all humans have a spirit. If I eat good food, I am full and satisfied, and such a good feeling keeps my spirit feeling good. The same applies to sex, drinks, etc.. Paradise also does not include violence or evil people and evil and bad things, which also uplifts the spirit.
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5/14/2017 3:37:49 PM
Posted: 3 years ago
At 5/13/2017 6:42:22 AM, Roukezian wrote:

5- Qur'an. How can it be considered to be inspired from a complete God when it is full of linguistic errors, stylistic oddities, inconsistency in flow and lack of structure? Why is it shallow in depth and meaning and mostly just threats to disbelievers of hellfire, and not going into the intricacy of nature, time and life such as the works of Eastern religions which it fails to compare to in meaning and depth? How is it possible for it to be the words of God when the speaker stoops to insulting the enemy of Mohammad, Abu Lahab and his wife with derogatory terms? Why would God send a third book when it's a bad method of communication with his worshipers and would split his followers into different factions (Sunni, Shiah, Ahmadi)? Is it not an insult to attribute such a book to God and claim that his main argument or method of communication is through a book that different people interpret differently due to vague language and structural weakness? Is it not an insult to depict God as he is depicted in that book as concerned with Mohammad's wives and problems and spreading hate and contempt to Christians, Jews and Polytheists and working toward his prophet's interest/marriages in life? Why would God need a prophet to begin with or go in such ridiculous earthly matters when he is Exalted Above All?

Response: There is no error or indecency in the Qur'an supported by your own failure to quote and prove otherwise. Furthermore, the Qur'an is guidance the Prophet is an example to follow and people have free will to choose to follow or not. So it's not an insult to Allah that people do not follow and do what is best for them. They only hurt themselves.

6- Prayers. I mentioned how it doesn't make sense to pray in one direction when God is omnipresent and in all directions. But why would a God that is perfect and complete need five daily reminders of praise for his greatness, or act like master over you, when you're less than bacteria in comparison to Him. Is it not like a human playing with ants except God is way above a human than a human is above an ant? Isn't it an insult to God to depict him as attention-seeking and desperate for being worshiped? Moreover, if you're always connected with God through your kindness and moral goodness, is it not better for him than crying out for him on five occasions and a better sign of your devoutness? And if you're always connected to him, what's the need for reaching out through prayer?

Response: Allah does not need prayer. We need prayer to remember Allah and to show love and appreciation to Allah, which in turn gives us peace and earns the blessings of Allah.

7- Jihaad. Why would God need anyone to fight wars for him when he is omnipotent and omniscient? And how can God have prophets that slaughter others, order others to be slaughtered and carry swords? How can warlords be his prophets and how can he encourage wars when the Qur'an depicts him as the Most Merciful? And if Mohammad was his final prophet, how is possible for Mohammad to be in that many wars and military campaigns if he is the prophet of the Most Merciful? And why do prophets (like Mohammad) need to carry swords if God is on their side?

Response: Allah does not need anyone to fight for him. We need to fight in self-defense against those who do injustice in society and fight us in order to restore peace.

8. Zakaat. This charity system is in the hands of religious institutions and we've seen how they build fancy mosques next to poor neighborhoods and support violent and radical movements. It's clearly a system that has not eradicated poverty in any Islamic country, even rich and evangelically Islamic ones such as Saudi Arabia. Why would God not want you to give to the poor directly, and perhaps instead of money, to give them jobs and education and not actual coin so that they earn their own from their hard labor and personal effort? And how can charity be of the heart when it is made a religious obligation and done out a fear of defying an Islamic tenet than helping a poor person out of genuine philanthropy?

Response: Zakat does give to the poor directly. Otherwise, we would see that everyone is poor. We do not. That means that zakat is given to the poor. Whether some people choose to blow their finances or some people decide not to feed the poor does not mean that zakat as a whole does not directly give to the poor.

9- Fasting. How is it useful when it is simply sleeping in the day and eating in the night for many? And why would God require it? Is the human unable to feel with the less fortunate unless he starves himself (or in this case change his eating hours)? And wouldn't doing it for a week or a month once carry across the message to even the most spoiled? So why do it for a month every year and would God want you to harm your health and well-being with odd eating hours that defy nature? Is it not better to fast the whole year from sin and degeneracy by limiting what you eat and giving to the needy instead of a month of giant nightly feasts?

Response: The greatest love comes from sacrifice. A billionaire who gives 100 dollars is not as heart-felt as one who gives 100 dollars and only has 150 dollars. That is the usefulness of fasting. It teaches not only self-discipline and self- control, but teaches us to be more loving and appreciative through sacrifice by being self-less.

10. Halal and Haram. How is eating pork haram but eating hyena meat halal? The latter feeds upon carcasses and is a carnivore. And why would God provide delicious meat but command you not to eat it such as bacon? How is a dog unclean or haram when he is just a pet like every other pet, and when modern dogs are as small and clean as cats?

Response; No one says eating hyena meat is halal. Secondly, the Prophet himself was a vegan at best, and only ate meat when it was cooked and served to him or out of necessity. This should be the only reason for eating meat. Secondly, the reason for why pork is haram is because of the diseases of the pig and the pig is one of the most disgusting animals. By setting this criteria, it makes those that eat meat conditioned to eat only that which is healthy, and out of necessity, and that which is killed in a graceful manner and not just beaten to death or die of itself, and that which is prayed over by Allah. Thus pig is not the only meat that is haram, as any meat outside of this condition is prohibited. However, pig is the only animal that is forbidden, regardless.

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