Updated: Feb 15
Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem - "O Allah, please forgive me."
Adding this page to my site most likely in some way, but condensed and with some of my own words and thoughts typed out first (political)...Hard to remember what all I was thinking this one morning...
Previous things I haven't posted or shared yet:
Email: Mon, Jan 16, 11:46 AM (9 days ago) to me
Ukraine, rife with corruption...
https://www.rt.com/russia/569796-ukrainian-foreign-legions-celebrity-conwoman/ Google her name - so called "reliable" "mainstream" news sources ->
https://www.rt.com/business/569787-eu-russia-diesel-crisis/ https://www.rt.com/news/569907-fapa-taiwan-us-lobbying/ https://www.rt.com/russia/569912-ukraine-latest-missile-barrage/ https://www.rt.com/russia/569916-ukraine-dnepr-apartment-building/ https://www.rt.com/russia/569936-ukraine-cold-war-medvedchuk/ https://www.rt.com/business/569930-world-economic-forum-davos/ Long article - Wagner Group - https://www.rt.com/russia/569761-soledar-and-wagner-music/
https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2023/jan/24/us-electric-vehicles-lithium-consequences-research - We need democracy - real democracy on these issues. Our politics suck (-> Economics at Work - "After the elections, what now?") our democracy is a joke. Obviously, we don't even have any political discussion on these issues. Most everything with a bad look unto the politicians and their horrible politics gets swept under the rug (of course). Personally, am for increasing public transportation with it being electrified and low emissions. Even for more "authoritarian" action that would make high-speed rail lines possible, if that's possible (is hard to do in America - because of our highly built-up environment and infrastructure already in place and property right laws as well.
Actions like these etc. that some would call "communist" or authoritarian. You can call it not nice and authoritarian or whatever, and that's fine but if the benefits outweigh the bad then I think it can be worth it especially when the benefits are so much greater than the small temporary hurt or dislike of some individuals. I mean, one could also say it's not "nice" to be against slave owners back in the slavery days "not nice"..."your hurting me and my business". The Gov. can give money to people so they can move elsewhere and for recompensation of losses. Just common sense and decency regarding that. Obviously investing in American infrastructure and infrastructure projects and industry, sure. Am down on the political spectrum (not authoritarian) but not too libertarian personally...I see more of a problem with protecting people from greed and capitalism, corporations, corporate take over, money being the end all be all...
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Continuing...from "A Modern Day Debt Jubilee" Blog post.
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Very nice, good video, good speech (watched some of it):
"God's purpose in giving the third angel's message to the world is to prepare a people to stand true to Him during the investigative judgment. This is the purpose for which we establish and...
Peace be to the good people around the world including China (Allah says, "We created you with different colors, languages etc (races). so you can get to know one another"): I feel it's such a tragedy we're being programmed to be afraid of other people.
"The other". The immigrant threat, the Muslim threat, the Chinese threat, the Russian threat, the socialist threat, the communist threat...
What people are really afraid of is having their ego and their beliefs and worldviews challenged because that makes one uncomfortable because it is like challenging a person about how-who that person thinks that they are.
When actually, we're all capable of change and these things don't fundamentally change who one really is as a person (that is, if a person feels upset towards other or another people or person who doesn't share their worldview, etc. and they don't want to even listen to that person or rejects the person themselves on those grounds).
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Uplifting - for Muslims especially - (it is amazing if you think about a person who does their prayers every day for sooo many years and years - Allahu Akbar - "Allahu Inni Allaha" ("and keep duty to Allah"))
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Yeah...they still put out some good content (Democracy Now) even if their reporting on the War in Ukraine is quite maddening; along with other topics of world affairs and news. I did not watch the above tribunal seeing that it was Amy Goodman leading the tribunal (on Julian Assange) and the fact that it's two hours long and is not going to make a real difference. Go to the courts if you really want to put power to the test...I don't know why or how nobody seemingly does so or can't or how these other courts (in Britain) are even ruling in favor of the U.S. government when it seems basic civil rights and journalistic rights are just being thrown out the window. Is it a bunch of political crap (posturing, "optics") or is it just a real sense of caring and ethical integrity?
That is why I have the question of why, on the topic of Ukraine, do they censor themselves since they call for such an antiwar stance in general and flirt around with the truth (around the issues with the war in Ukraine?) Well, obviously... they're either getting bullied by government agencies or getting paid by government agencies. At this point, there is no excuse for them to be ignorant of the history of the U.S. meddling in Ukraine, they know it; they just won't do actual reporting on this and other issues which is a real disservice to the public and even the safety of the public. All of the institutions that don't report the truth are in a way complicit in death and war one could say, to a degree,.. yes. If you are not for Truth then...(by Allah/God - you have failed - you are lost and your work is for naught - that's the truth. As for believers (whatever religion or faith you have), well, obviously, all of your work could be lost - Allah tells us in the Qur'an S.W.T. - but also that, He is The Merciful and we can work off our sins and be forgiven (work goodness -> humble, righteous and upright) as for the wicked, it seems they are driven (by God of course) to doing more and more despicable deplorable things and having very little light in their hearts (goodness, mercy, compassion for others, etc.) ):
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- A sheikh who withholds knowledge and sharing what he knows and understands of the world, I think, is obviously not right - "be true". "don't be arrogant" either, that's true - but if you know or think you know and truly understand, and work to understand, have worked to have good understanding and still withhold - well that could lead people in the wrong direction then; truly. Fear Allah Most High. Wal Asr...
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------------------------- Other things looking at ...(1/25/23) Thinking about the merger of circular economics with Islamic economics....would be very dynamic -> recognizing the fact that things are always changing in reality, that a system only reverberates around equilibrium in a way...and that nature provides clues - take inspiration from nature - circular - theres not waste etc. There is vertical AND horizontal growth (vertical like the self or the nation state) Horizontal in the interconnected nature of things and reality (nothing lives in a vacuum or...you know, we aren't meant to just be all the self but to help each other out. - theres levels as well. The ground level, the surface, the 2nd level, the 3rd level the 4th level...)
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That should be enough to spur serious action (outrage - for good action, to protect our kids and kids kids futures of a decent life here on Earth and within the United States itself) for environmental clean up and to shift away from non-critical plastic usage (circular economy shift makes much sense).
China chip sanctions - (will only intensify China's own independence and development within...but, it is complicated (of course)):
https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2022-12-12/china-tries-to-push-back-on-us-chip-sanctions-with-wto-case - What gives the United States the right to infer upon all the nations and companies of the world what to do and who to do business and trade with? - Of course, this is an example of the shift from "neo-liberalism" and "free trade" to economic (and militaristic) nationalism. What this also tells you is that the WTO is subservient to the United States (the U.S. makes the rules - and has since WWII, it made the WTO and the IMF and World Bank). When the U.S. bosses the WTO to take an action the WTO says "Yes master". - How otherwise would it be possible for a world trade organization to go along with such sanctions? Is that preferable to world progress, sustainability and peace? - Of course not.
Choking off China’s Access to the Future of AI
New U.S. Export Controls on AI and Semiconductors Mark a Transformation of U.S. Technology Competition with China
On October 7, 2022, the Biden administration announced a new export controls policy on artificial intelligence (AI) and semiconductor technologies to China. These new controls—a genuine landmark in U.S.-China relations—provide the complete picture after a partial disclosure in early September generated confusion. For weeks the Biden administration has been receiving criticism in many quarters for a new round of semiconductor export control restrictions, first disclosed on September 1. The restrictions block leading U.S. AI computer chip designers, such as Nvidia and AMD, from selling their high-end chips for AI and supercomputing to China. The criticism typically goes like this:
China’s domestic AI chip design companies could not win customers in China because their chip designs could not compete with Nvidia and AMD on performance.
Chinese firms could not catch up to Nvidia and AMD on performance because they did not have enough customers to benefit from economies of scale and network effects.
Because of the new export controls, revenues that formerly flowed to U.S. chip companies will now go to Chinese chip companies, offering a viable path to economies of scale and competitive performance.
In the short term, this policy will significantly harm Chinese AI data center companies.
However, blocking U.S. AI chip designers from selling their world-leading chips is actually good for China in the longer term because it will strengthen China’s domestic chip design ecosystem.
While the reasoning in this criticism is sound, it does not imply that the Biden administration’s actions are self-defeating. Rather, it shows how the policy as disclosed in September was incomplete. A policy like this would not make sense if that is the only step the administration planned to take. Clearly something was missing, and industry experts have been waiting for the other shoe to drop ever since.
On October 7, the other shoe dropped. The Biden administration announced a massive policy shift on semiconductor exports to China as well as revised rules for how the lists of restricted parties are managed. In recent decades, U.S. semiconductor policy has been primarily market driven and laissez faire. With the new policy, which comes on the heels of the CHIPS Act’s passage, the United States is firmly focused on retaining control over so-called “chokepoint” (or as it is sometimes translated from Chinese “stranglehold”) technologies in the global semiconductor technology supply chain.
The most important chokepoints in the context of this discussion are AI chip designs, electronic design automation software, semiconductor manufacturing equipment, and equipment components. The Biden administration’s latest actions simultaneously exploit U.S. dominance across all four of these chokepoints. In doing so, these actions demonstrate an unprecedented degree of U.S. government intervention to not only preserve chokepoint control but also begin a new U.S. policy of actively strangling large segments of the Chinese technology industry—strangling with an intent to kill.
The Biden Administration’s Four Semiconductor Policy Chokeholds
There are four interlocking elements of the new policy targeting different segments of the semiconductor value chain, and all elements must be understood simultaneously to grasp the scope of what the Biden administration plans on achieving. In short, the Biden administration is trying to (1) strangle the Chinese AI industry by choking off access to high-end AI chips; (2) block China from designing AI chips domestically by choking off China’s access to U.S.-made chip design software; (3) block China from manufacturing advanced chips by choking off access to U.S.-built semiconductor manufacturing equipment; and (4) block China from domestically producing semiconductor manufacturing equipment by choking off access to U.S.-built components.
These actions demonstrate an unprecedented degree of U.S. government intervention to not only preserve chokepoint control but also begin a new U.S. policy of actively strangling large segments of the Chinese technology industry—strangling with an intent to kill.
Strangle the Chinese AI and supercomputing industries by choking off access to high-end chips.
The highest levels of leadership in both the United States and China—including Chinese president Xi Jinping—believe that leading in AI technology is critical to the future of global military and economic power competition. China is a global leader in AI research, AI commercialization, and AI-enabled military technology. China’s strategy of “military-civil fusion” is designed to ensure that the best Chinese commercial AI technology is always available to the military and that the military’s linkages to China’s commercial industry are deeply interwoven. As a result of military-civil fusion, U.S. sanctions and export controls cannot effectively target China’s military (which the United States has historically been very willing to do) without also targeting Chinese commercial industry (which the United States has historically been more reluctant to do).
To date, targeted U.S. efforts to allow commercial Chinese access to high-end chips while blocking military access have had weak results. For example, in 2015, the Obama administration blocked U.S. chipmaker Intel from selling its high-end Xeon chips to Chinese military supercomputer research centers such as the National University of Defense Technology (NUDT). While this policy ended direct sales from U.S. companies to the Chinese military, it was completely ineffective at stopping indirect sales to the shell companies that helped the Chinese military evade export controls. China’s NUDT has not only built new globally leading supercomputers after the restrictions went into effect, but those new supercomputers still use the latest and greatest (and banned) Intel Xeon chips. More broadly, examinations of Chinese military equipment of all types have found them to be extremely reliant on U.S. chips.
For high-end AI and supercomputing chips, the Biden administration has essentially given up on trying to thread the needle between refusing to let U.S. technology help China’s military while promoting U.S.-China commercial trade. High-end AI chips can no longer be sold to any entity operating in China, whether that is the Chinese military, a Chinese tech company, or even a U.S. company operating a data center in China. The Biden administration is essentially saying to China: “If your policy is military-civil fusion, then the only realistic way of implementing our policy of no military end use is to end all sales to China, and we are now willing to take that step.”
It took a long time for the United States to get here. After decades of ratcheting Chinese government provocations—including state-sponsored corporate espionage, forced technology transfer, market access restrictions, export control violations, human rights atrocities in Xinjiang, undermining democracy in Hong Kong, the deployment of AI-enabled surveillance megaprojects, and the development of AI-enabled lethal autonomous weapons—the Biden administration is saying, “enough is enough.” This is not a policy of decoupling (yet), but it is proof of the United States’ unwillingness to remain tightly coupled to the Chinese technology sector under previous conditions.
- Okay, so it is alright for the U.S. to do whatever it wants - Occupying Syria, destroying Libya, helping and supporting the atrocities of the Saudi regime and Isreal, having and developing bioweapons (having bioweapon labs in Ukraine), covering up war crimes and prosecuting those who expose them, trying to sanction countries to hurt them so much that their people may start revolutions against governments that the United States doesn't like...
- "A.I. enabled surveillance megaprojects" - The United States itself spies on its citizens. So how can we in the West criticize another country's government, that openly does so and has their own whole different culture and Gov. development and developments. when the U.S. itself covertly spies on all of its citizens and even people of the world? - "people of the world?" - Yes, the U.S. is against restrictions (in smartphones), like they have in China, that limit or would prohibit company's abilities to be spied on by Google (in android smartphones) - pretty sure is the same for Apple smartphones as well.
- Google is trying to spy on you, Microsoft is trying to spy on you, Facebook is trying to spy on you, Snapchat is trying to spy on you, TikTok is trying to spy on you, Amazon is trying to spy on you, Twitter is trying to spy on you...
- Yes, A.I.-enabled lethal autonomous weapons are scary. Why don't we work to ban their usage and development then at the global level?
" Earlier reporting, based on official Department of Commerce letters sent to Nvidia and AMD, assumed that the export control restrictions applied only to those companies and their current model of high-end AI chips. In reality, the rules set a performance threshold for what sorts of chips can be sold to China, and everything above the performance threshold requires the seller to seek an export license from the Department of Commerce. However, policymakers have told all sellers that license applications for sales of such chips to China will face “a presumption of denial.” Thus, this new policy is de jure a new license requirement but de facto a ban. Because the United States is broadly invoking the foreign-direct product rule, this export license requirement applies not only to Nvidia and AMD but to any would-be competitors around the world.
The performance threshold requires two conditions to be met. The chip must be both a very powerful parallel processor (300 tera operations per second or higher) and have a very fast interconnect speed (600 gigabytes per second or higher). By only targeting chips with very high interconnect speeds, the White House is attempting to limit the controls to chips that are designed to be networked together in the data centers or supercomputing facilities that train and run large AI models. China will still be able to buy massively parallel computer chips that are optimized to work in individual computers, such as those that are included in video game consoles.
At present, Nvidia and AMD are among a small set of chip designers in the world with sufficiently advanced technology to make chips in this category, but there are Chinese firms that are not far off. However, in the case of Nvidia, its competitive dominance is based not only on the performance of its chips but also on the strength of the software ecosystem that is based upon Nvidia standards, particularly Nvidia’s CUDA software ecosystem. CUDA makes it much easier for programmers to write massively parallelized software (as all modern AI software is) and ensures backward and forward compatibility so that older chips can still run newer software and vice versa. Any customer who seeks to stop using Nvidia chips has to leave the CUDA ecosystem, which requires solving a lot of incredibly hard software problems for which CUDA already provides free answers. Those free answers reflect billions of dollars of investment in the CUDA platform by both Nvidia and its customers.
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Really interesting in that video, to look at that different measuring stick of G.D.P. - looked more real to me.
Thank you much Institute for New Economic Thinking, have learned much...
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Been wondering, just how big is Russia compared to the United States? :
How big is Russia compared with the USA? The U.S. is approximately half the size of Russia when compared by their landmasses. According to NationMaster.com, Russia is 1.8 times larger than America.Nov 22, 2022
How big is China compared to the United States?
United States is approximately 9,833,517 sq km, while China is approximately 9,596,960 sq km, making China 97.59% the size of United States. Meanwhile, the population of United States is ~337.3 million people (1.1 billion more people live in China).
What is largest country in the world?
Russia The largest country in the world is Russia with a total area of 17,098,242 Km² (6,601,665 mi²) and a land area of 16,376,870 Km² (6,323,142 mi²), equivalent to 11% of the total world's landmass of 148,940,000 Km² (57,510,000 square miles).
Watched this morning (1/26/22):
GEORGE GALLOWAY ⎹ and The Mother Of All Talk Shows With #MOATS guests: @ChrisHedgesChannel and @LoriSpencer Burns Night with George 00:00 05:40 - 07:55 MOATS Introd
This led me to look up, look at Lori Spencer and I clicked this (looked interesting):
Medicare For All: A Debate - Really good video - good people, truthful people and conversation here, is really good.
I agree and was right (IMO) that a mixed healthcare system would be best (IMO). - Quite crazy that in some countries, the State can determine who lives and who dies. That's the kind of so-called "socialism" or "communism" that I don't like. "Authoritorian".
A lot of those European countries, those socialist democratic countries, they're leaders seem quite corrupt and weak as well. That's no good, socialism that uh, produces like too weak of people and leaders, just concerned about themselves and trying to stay in power (obviously). Servants - of money. Of power. Of their own materialism. Not good. By Allah. Horrible. That's not the way. Being owned by corporations (neo (new)- feudalism) - capitalist ideology and rigid holding to ideology can be very detrimental as well..."Be fluid. Flow like water" -> "You have to know when to hold on and when to let go". "Be nice" - "Have good character". Wal Asr...that's the way, it is not easy...we're all humans... :
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From : Blasphemy Laws and Free Speech with Hamza Tzortzis Blogging Theology
sometimes we have to be positively assertive and you know give people a good Shake right also the Quran says
8:14 say this is my way I invite to God to Allah with Insight with bosira with deep
8:19 knowledge with with with uh with being Sapient right that's what it means
8:24 Sapient deep knowledge and having Insight also the Quran says in the the
8:31 chapter the al-fur Khan uh chapter four Khan I believe chapter 25 when Allah
8:36 subhanahu wa ta'ala says and strive against them be he so the Arabic is with
8:42 it which means the Quran a great striving a great striving so commentaries on this
8:51 include that you're using you're not using the Quran to hit people by the way less than the kind of struggle and
8:56 striving we're talking about if you had struggle is a profound might multi-layered concept and this context
9:03 is using the arguments of the Quran using the quranic values using the quranic perspective and so on and so forth so I wanted to have that as a
9:11 preliminary note which is very important the second always a very important reminder
9:16 the second note is think about it you know Muslims as a matter of aqaeda as a
9:22 matter of creed that we must love the prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam more than our own selves more than our
9:27 mothers more than our fathers and you know there's so many reasons why we should love him but the easiest kind
9:34 of one-line statement is well
9:41 the most loving the prophet sallam is his khabib his his
9:48 his he he loves the prophet Salam right he is the the love of Allah so how could
9:56 we not love that which the most loving loves it's as
10:01 simple as that right there's nothing else that we need to say really there's so much more but from that perspective
10:07 you know we we love the prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam and love includes respect and honoring and
10:13 defending and interestingly there is a prophetic tradition that is authentic that is narrated in tiramidi where
10:21 reported that the prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam said whoever defends the reputation of his brother God Allah
10:28 would defend his face from the hell fire on the day of Resurrection
10:33 sorry I get choked up so what about the prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam right
10:39 you know we're not talking about any ordinary brother and we have obviously love and respect for our brothers and
10:45 sisters in Islam but what about the prophet salallahu right what about defending his honor and his reputation
10:52 right which is uh something to think about the final preliminary note is
10:59 you know interestingly the prophet saws he taught us to have the most Sublime
11:06 character and when you look at the life of the Prophet sallam you know we say the person is a mercy to all the worlds
11:14 he was compassionate and kind and wise and brave and courageous and strong and
11:20 he was the best father and the best husband and the best so and so he was the best at everything right in every
11:27 kind of function and in and domain of human activity he excelled and these are not just slogans by the
11:34 way and these These are based on his life and when you consider the the moral variables and the context and how he
11:41 responded to certain situations you're like subhanallah right he passed that test you know it's easy to be like a new
11:46 age spiritualist and say one must be compassionate and loving and kind you know with all due respect they don't
11:53 have the ability to be anything else because they're relatively you know they don't have the physical stature or they
11:58 don't even have the social economic power so you know they're morally naive from that perspective you have no other
12:05 choice but to be nice you know the true test of character is when there is a particular context and how you react and
12:12 we see this with the process in the conquest of Mecca right the conquest of Mecca when there was a general amnesty
12:20 and he there was no Bloodshed and he said this is a day of mercy and when he
12:26 was going into Mecca on his riding Beast right he was overwhelmed by humility
12:33 overwhelmed by understanding that the success was from Allah alone right just like what he says in the Quran when
12:39 Allah says that says indeed My Success comes from Allah alone the prophet salallahu he had the ability
12:46 and one would argue maybe even the legal and moral justification to sort them all
12:53 out because they were oppressing them they they were fighting him they were torturing his his companions and so on
13:00 and so forth but he walked in to Mecca the conquest of Mecca with his
13:06 head you know I think almost touching his the saddle of his writing Beast he was overwhelmed right and he was humble
13:13 now he had the ability to do something totally different but look how he entered Mecca with humility and with
13:20 with rahma with intense Mercy right there was a general amnesty there are other nuances but there's no need to
13:26 talk about them now generally speaking General amnesty and it was it was an expression of prophetic Mercy prophetic
13:34 forgiveness and prophetic humility so he although he had the ability to do
13:40 something totally different likewise when it came to the the Battle of uhud
13:46 right one of the famous battles when in you know many of the scholars they
13:51 discussed this battle and they say this was like a failure it was a loss right and in actual fact it was one of the
13:58 greatest things for the community in retrospect because if we if the Muslims
14:03 were successful in that battle then the lesson would have been actually if you disobey the prophet sallallahu you're
14:10 going to be successful right yeah one of the greatest lessons of that
14:15 is if you move away from obeying the prophet if you move away from connecting with the prophet salaam with obeying his
14:22 commands and understanding them and then you're not going to have success so when you come closer to the Sunnah closer to
14:28 the way of Allah closer to Allah you're going to have success which is very interesting connected to the whole
14:33 concept of love because Allah says in the Quran say to the prophet sallam say if you love Allah then follow me meaning
14:40 follow the prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam and Allah will love you and forgive your sins so following the
14:47 person is actually a key to opening the door of Allah's special love right so in
14:52 the Battle of he the person was injured right he was injured and
14:59 this is uh he he was basically reported that he
15:05 said that you know someone uh it was said that oh messenger of Allah
15:10 pray against the the king the idolaters and the message of Allah said verily
15:18 indeed unquestionably I was not sent to invoke curses but rather I was only sent
15:24 as a messy think about this this is a battle that was lost there was a grave
15:29 mistake where the uncle of the Prophet was was killed and you know Reports say
15:36 that he was mutilated sahaba were killed the prophetam was injured right and you
15:42 just finished battle and when we're talking about Batu here we're not talking about the kind of distance you don't even see your enemies they're like
15:48 ants and you press a button which there is a kind of dehumanization going on we're talking about you know swords
15:54 right we're talking about you know that the kind of uh profound intimacy and I don't mean this in a positive way of
16:01 that time I've got no at no point in the theater was the prophet I said I'm so
16:06 close to being killed uh as he was and during the Bible so it's absolutely immediately after that experience as
16:13 well exactly so and what how does he respond I was not sent to invoke curses but rather I was sent as a messy and what's
16:20 interesting here is is he justified to make Dua and say oh Allah you know destroy the enemies one
16:27 word argue maybe that is the case but in this context look how he responds which shows what the max said what the
16:35 goal of these situations are and the goal of warfare in Islam is not to
16:40 destroy people and to curse people but there is a higher maksad there's a higher goal which obviously you could
16:46 discuss with someone far more qualified on blogging theology in the future so I wanted to mention this because
16:52 when we articulate these things and we want to defend the honor of the Prophet Salam we should do so in a way that is
16:58 in line with the Sunnah in line with the mercy of the Prophet sallallahu aligned with the hikmah the wisdom of the
17:04 prophet sallallahu alaihi wasallam and you know we have to understand who are you standing in for and we forget that
17:10 as people who want to share The Message of Islam we think it's just about me no we are standing in for someone
17:16 we are standing in for the prophet sallallahu just thinking about that is
17:21 overwhelming that's who we're standing in for he he passed away the sahaba have passed away the tabian
17:29 have passed away we are standing in for these people just thinking about that as a kind of
17:35 connection between yourself sharing Islam and the best people to have walked this planet that would drastically
17:42 create a paradigm shift in how you should express yourself and how you should be we are standing in from the
17:48 prophet salallahu alaihi wasallam so let's do this
Ash hadu illah Ill LAllahu - Ash hadu anna Muhammad Abdoolu Ra Rasool-Allahu. Allah Akbar Allah Akbar.
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