Living The Quran Deification Al-Ankabut (The Spider) Chapter 29: Verse 17 (partial)
"You worship only idols instead of God, and thus you invent a mere falsehood. Surely those that you worship instead of God do not have power to provide for you ..."
The pronoun used in the verse and translated as those
is the pronoun used for living beings. So this shows that, as in all
the polytheistic societies, the idols or statues usually represented
some beings whom people respected and then exalted and deified, such as
angels, the jinns, Prophets, heroes, or statesmen. The Prophet Abraham
(upon him be peace) meant both those beings represented by idols and the
idols themselves. Later generations began to forget the beings whose
statues were made for deification, and rather came to deify and worship
the statues themselves. However, besides some beings, people would
personify many powers or things, such as spirits and "forces of nature,"
and attribute God's power or acts to many false deities or adopt many
deities, to each of which they would assign a Divine act or power. We
should note that paganism or idolworship has not ceased. It continues in
many explicit or implicit forms.
Understanding the Prophet's Life Beyond Reasonable Doubt
Anyone, be it the individual or the state, accusing a person
of an offence must prove it beyond a reasonable doubt. The burden of
proof lies on the plaintiff, a principle which is based on the following
The burden of proof is on him who makes the claim, whereas the oath [denying the charge] is on him who denies. [Bayhaqi]
The plaintiff, in other words, may ask the court to put the
defendant on oath if the latter denies the claim. If the claimant is
required to prove his allegation, then it would follow that until such
proof is forthcoming, the defendant is presumed to be innocent. This is
also upheld in another hadith which provides:
If men were to be granted what they claim, some
will claim the lives and properties of others. The burden of proof is on
the claimant, and an oath is incumbent on him who denies. [Muslim]
With roughly 7 trillion
cells working in concert, your body is an extraordinary thing that
should be respected, not a merry-go-round on which everyone gets a ride.
It doesn't make sense to share the most intimate parts of yourselves until you are fully committed to each other.
Intimacy without commitment is like getting something for nothing; it
goes against a basic principle. What is a committed relationship? A
marriage is the best form I know. With a marriage, you get a legal
document, a public celebration, a ring, a recognized union, and a deep
promise to love each other through health and sickness.
What about a high school
relationship where you're truly in love? Does that count as committed?
Not really. There is no legal agreement, no celebration over your union,
no shared rent payment. You aren't doing the dishes, cleaning the
laundry, or paying the bills together. You break up, move, go to
college, start liking someone else, and so on.
Everyone disagrees with what the terms hooking up or friends with benefits
really mean, but basically they are nothing more than
no-strings-attached s e x ual encounters of some type. In reality, it's
just a way to use each other's bodies for pleasures without any
expections or commitment - fast, easy and unfulfilling.