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Submitted by bayezid (Bangladesh), Dec 14, 2008 at 09:23

before you understand these i am afraid you have to check for cultural indoctrinations in your own self. if GOD is referred to as the all powerful, or the just, or the destroyer or the creator, and for that you start thinking thta these are masculine concepts, then you are way off track. the way we view the sexes today are due to our small cultural teachings. in many cultures men are expected to be calm and docile generally while women are welcomed to be a little tempermental and hot blooded. yet in different other cultures we have the men who are rough, angry and loud whereas the women are sheepish and mild. its simply a cultural complex which has led you to pass such a verdict.

i dont have anything against the english language. i was simply saying that it isnt enough to capture the meanings in arabic. people that know arabic know this fact. that is why in arabic there is an exclusive pronoun for GOD while in english we have to simply make do with he or she.
i was merely pointing out to you that muslim dont view GOD as being trapped in a gender or possessing one. GOD is holy and beyond all. if you could grasp god or ecxplain HIM, then he isnt god, is he.

theres one big problm with secular thinking. its this that they dont really understand the so called religions and simply pass them off as opinions. so obviosuly theres gonna be a problem when people take this wrong approach to religion. i mean, religion is info from GOD, it isnt similar to me choosing red over black or vanilla over strawberry.

the difference you see in religions today isnt what you think it is. all the prophets prior to muhammad peace be upon him brought a message for their people only. although it always came from god, the message was for specific groups of people. moses fr israelites, jesus too for the israelites, abraham for his people in babylon, noah for the pre deluge people. in none of their scriptures u have it said that this is for mankind. islam is different. ALLAH declares openly that this book is for mankind. regrdless of backgound. muhammad is messenger to all. and not just arabs. so problems here are created by us. if we still cling to laws that no longer work whos fault is that? and obviously the integrity of the scriptures have to be mainatained. we cant have people misinterpreting what GOD said in the scripture. so clearly theres problem and obviously religion isnt to blame. its people.

we think it is befitting us to view infinity with our own finite senses. tell me that this isnt stupid. we live in our own cultural trappings and then judge religion with it. for example, in america, casual sex is commonplace phenomenon. but thats a practice that can be scrutinised. it is not without faults. but it is regardless an american way of life. but when the issue of right and wrong comes it is a different story. and religion deals with right or wrong. are we nodding yet? its simply a question of value assessment. which do you value. GOD's orders or your own desires.

of course we can grasp ourselves. i may not know myself better than GOD does, which again shows HIS superiority over us ll, but as for being humans, i think we all know what it is to be humans. our basic nature is to make sense of things. we like order, not chaos. we like carved out roads, not wild gulches or uncharted landscapes. what i mean is we can be defined by these characteristics.. these are the best characteristics in us all. we know we crave for purpose and this is what makes us human.

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