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A holistic understanding of the Arab

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Submitted by Joan Ribi (Malta), Oct 13, 2016 at 12:36

To understand one must take a holistic approach:
In preislamic arabia, there was a social focus on poerty. The good poet was held in high esteem.
Poerty requires a strong basis in imagination. The literature lauds Arab poerty for flights of imagination.

With this tool let your imagination fly and acquire all you want:
The pleasures promised in paradise feed the yearnings of the poor destitute men (who were the followers of Muhammed), for water, wine and women.

With this tool Muhammed lay claim to a chunk of the world by claiming he visited the farthest mosque, ie wherever this furthest mosque was.

Throw into the mix, a lack of skills for rational argument.

Hey presto, you own Jerusalem.

We have also seen a reference to the moon, due to the taking of samples which was likened to the word shaq/shaqqa. But the word Shaqqa (also shaqq) actually means an existing crack. In those days it would mean a crack in a wall or a rock but also one 's bottom has a vertical crack. Requires a good imagination to understand the Arab mind.

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