(In The Name of Allah, The Most Merciful, The Most Kind.)
Over the past few days in the Syrian conflict, the Syrian Government’s forces have become more aggressive in their attacks on the rebel forces in Aleppo. The plight of civilians these attacks have caused has caused global outrage. There are the theists who have asked everybody to #Prayforsyria because that somehow helps. While the criticism of praying for innocent victims is usually “it doesn’t do anything to help the problem” that is not what we’ll discuss here. We are going to discuss the morality behind who it is people are praying to: God. Continue reading →
Coming from a Sunni-Sufi background, there was a great emphasis on dreams and visions in my religious upbringing. People would have conscious “visions” and dreams of Prophets, angels and jinns coming before them and sending them a message about the truth, dreams etc. This would have potentially dangerous effects because if a religious authority had a dream that someone he knew was fornicating, that person would get into unwarranted trouble. Even though it could easily have been just a dream.
We called these visions “Kashf” and they were believed to be messages from Allah and the Prophet.