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To Sayed Rafey: The onus of proof is on the one who postulates existence of something

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Submitted by Plato (United Arab Emirates), Jul 23, 2007 at 07:26

>>Dear Plato, Where is your evidence that soul does not exist? And Yes honest Prophets (May peace and blessings on them) has told us the things which we otherwise are unable to feel and I believe on Prophets and their news.<<

Sayed don't you know that proof of non-existence can never be demonstrated. If I say prove to me that the Loch Ness monster does not exist how will you go about it. You can only demonstrate its existence by capturing one or photographing it. There is no way to demonstrate its non-existence. So now I tell you that there is my Spirit hovering above your head while you read this. What is your evidence that my Spirit is not watching you.

By postulating the existence of something and then asking to prove it does not exist is silly in the extreme. The soul is on par with angels, jinns, Allah, fairies, ghosts, Satan, paradise and hell. All unreal mental constructs flowing the fertile imaginations of ancient story tellers.If you postulate the existence of something the onus is on you to prove its existence and not on the one who questions it.

>>And if you analyze, there is a difference when person is alive and when he is dead or soul taken away from body.<<

When a person or any living thing dies all that happens is that the chemical reactions in the body that keep it alive like cell division, metabolism, energy flow etc come to an end. When plants die the same thing happens. Where are the souls of plants taken away to?

>>And if you analyze, there is a difference between a person's manners who is close to teachings of Prophets and the one who is away from it. Hence the hint that, teachings of Prophets nourishes man's heart and mind.<<

Let us analyze the teachings and behaviour of the Prophet. Read some material from Ibn Ishaq's Sirat Rasul allah.

Ishaq:326 "Allah said, ‘No Prophet before Muhammad took booty from his enemy nor prisoners for ransom.' Muhammad said, ‘I was made victorious with terror. The earth was made a place for me to clean. I was given the most powerful words. Booty was made lawful for me. I was given the power to intercede. These five privileges were awarded to no prophet before me.'"Ishaq:327 "Allah said, ‘A prophet must slaughter before collecting captives. A slaughtered enemy is driven from the land. Muhammad, you craved the desires of this world, its goods and the ransom captives would bring. But Allah desires killing them to manifest the religion.'"Ishaq:517 "Khaybar was stormed by the Apostle's squadron, fully armed, powerful and strong. It brought certain humiliation with Muslim men in its midst. We attacked and they met their doom. Muhammad conquered the Jews in fighting that day as they opened their eyes to our dust."

What nourishment for your heart do you derive from these teachings of the Prophet, Sayed Rafey? For instance killing prisoners to manifest Islam does sound a bit over the top don't you think?

And as always Allah knows the Best.! And my Spirit is watching you as you read this!

Regards

Plato

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