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RELIGIOUS BELIEF SURVEY

This is not about gender discourse BUT I’VE MADE A SURVEY AND I WOULD REALLY APPRECIATE IF YOU GUYS TAKE IT!! 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeqBl2z4E3DsejXfR9_O_1rGgZdlTUc21Qai9kLgxPb9y1cNw/viewform?fbclid=IwAR2jFl6cg8NJIB1Pq-hZmk1e1b_S1pA2Ly_xjrlQnA_YrOS77ENHgTPkaC4 

If there are any errors please tell me and I will correct them

Allah calls Himself Al-Muqtadir— The Omnipotent, The Powerful Determiner— on two occasions in the Quran. Al-Muqtadir is the One who has the power and he ability to do whatever He decides. His Power enforces all decrees and His decree prevails in every situation!

 The Omnipotent, The All-Determining

Both muqtadir and qadeer come from the  root qaaf-daal-raa, which points to four main meanings. The first meaning is to have the power to accomplish, to be capable. The second is to measure, to distribute something, or to make manifest. The third is to decree or to ordain and the fourth is to prevail.

This root appears 132 times in the Quran in 11 derived forms. Examples of these forms are taqdiru (“is decreed”), qadran (“a measure”), and maqdooran (“destined”).

Allah ‘azza wajal refers to Himself with the active participle muqtadir four times in the Quran, of which two mentions of Muqtadirin, (The) Powerful One, Most Powerful, or the Omnipotent.

Linguistically qadeer, qaadir, and muqtadir are all derived from the root qaaf-daal-raa, all pointing to the all-prevailing and perfect Power of Allah ‘azza wajal. Muqtadir is the intensive form of the root which refers to the use of supreme power to actively enforce whatever His wisdom decides. The ‘mu’ at the beginning of the word in Arabic refers to a means, or theembodiment of an action, which results in translations as the do-er or the one who is, eg Muslim, one who submits.

Al-Muqtadir Himself says: … They denied Our signs, all of them, so We seized them with a seizure of one Exalted in Might and Perfect in Ability [Quran, 54:42) … In a seat of honor near a Sovereign, Perfect in Ability. [Quran, 54:55]

How Can You Live By This Name?

1. Never think you can depend on your own powers.

Your tawfeeq (ability) is from Al-Muqtadir only, your success is not because of yourself but because He enabled you to accomplish matters.  When you show your need for Him, Al-Muqtadir will support you but when you think you can depend on your own power for even the blink of an eye, He will abandon you. And let not those who disbelieve think that they can outstrip (escape from the punishment). Verily, they will never be able to save themselves[Quran, 8:59] We often take this ayah as not for us as we are no disbelievers, but how often do we fall into the trap of thinking that ‘our children are good, because we raised them well’ or ‘I have this job, because I am clever.’ Always humble yourself by thinking: all I have is from Allah Al-Muqtadir!

2. Practise your belief.

When someone is diagnosed with a fatal disease, they should still think, Allah ‘azza wajal is able to do all things! It is easy to say, Allah is capable to do all things, but do you really live by this? The companions of Musa said: ” We are sure to be overtaken. Musa said: “Nay, verily with me is my Lord. He will guide me. [ Quran, 26:61-62] He was alone facing many enemies, but his belief in the determining power of Al-Muqtadir was unshakable, let this be your example when you feel overpowered or hopeless and tell yourself: Allah is really able to do all things and He will guide me through this!

3. Be grateful for the hidden blessings. 

Al-Muqtadir forces each and everything in this world to happen according to His infinite wisdom. There is a reason behind everything and only as a believer can you benefit from each situation in your life, good or bad.  Allah had completed and perfected His Grace upon you, (both) apparent and hidden [Quran, 31:20] Thank Al-Muqtadir each day for His hidden blessings!

4. Remember the dua of the Prophet Yunus.

But he cried through the darkness: Laa ilaaha illaa anta [ none has the right to be worshipped but You, subhanaka [Glorified and Exalted are you], innee kuntu min adh-Dhaalimeen [truly, I have been of the wrong doers]. So We answered his call, and delivered him from the distress. And thus We do deliver the believers [ Quran, 21: 87-88] By narrating this story in the Quran Al-Muqtadir made this event into a daily life lesson for every believer: no matter how dark your situation is, turn to Al-Muqtadir, recognize His position, realize your position and He will give you a way out.

5. Value the importance of peace of mind.

The decree of Al-Muqtadir comes from perfect knowledge and power and it controls our daily life. You are making hundreds of choices each day responding to many different situations, and each time you have the choice: do I turn to Allah or do I turn away from Him? You can get angry, or try to have patience. You can swear or remain quieit, you can backbite or you can talk good about others. Al-Muqtadir says: Verily, in the remembrance of Allah do hearts find rest [Quran, 13:28] Al-Muqtadir gives money, power, intelligence and beauty to people, but He decrees true peace of mind to His believers only! So with every choice you make throughout your day, remember Allah.

Wallahu ta’alaa ‘alem.

O Allah, Al-Muqtadir we know that Your power enforces all decrees.  Guide us to practise our belief in your All-ability and capability, make us grateful for all aspects of your decree for us,  save us from arrogance and adorn us with tranquil hearts who remember you abundantly, ameen!

So I know that we are almost done with the first month of the new year, but I have decided to add another New Years Resolution/Goal to my list. I want to be able to further define my religion/spirituality. I was raised catholic, and honestly cannot say I am anymore. I know that I believe in a higher power but that is it. I want to branch off of that basic idea more this year. I want to research and experience other religions and spiritualities. I want to discuss it more with other. I also want to reach in to myself and ask myself questions so that I can figure out what I believe. 

June 11th, 1973

[continued]


Neurosis is that realization that you can control your behavior and that your behavior can either make you loved and alive or hated and threatened.


My father was the ultimate controller. He could approve or disapprove of me, of my existence. Punishment was the result of disapproval. Violence– threats– fear– hatred.


In the madness that was presented to me as religion [and which I later chose for myself in Catholicism]. God was given the role of authoritarian– the life giver– just as father dispensed approval. Except if I weren’t careful, I might wind up in a fiery eternal pit– death, suffering. 


So we spend our lives trying desperately, neurotically to get daddy– god– boss– mommy– wife– world– to love us– because withdrawal or lack of that love threatens our (my existence).

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MY ISSUE WITH RELIGIOUS YT CONTENT

So recently I stumbled upon a few videos on youtube regarding religion…and before I start with my rant I have to clarify something: No, I do not have an issue with religion. I consider myself an atheist but I’ve always openly respected all kinds of religious beliefs. Growing up, my parents were nice enough to let me choose whatever I wanted to believe in. I actually took this very serious and started looking up different religions and reading what they were all about on a day to day basis as a 7 year old (imagine that). And even though my parents were not catholic they let me be part of the religion classes in school, because as I said that wanted me to decide what was right for me and what wasn’t (which I’m very thankful for btw) and after a few years I decided okay this is not something I believe in, BUT, and here comes the big BUT I respect it. If you believe in god - I’m cool just don’t try to convince me and manipulate me into thinking I’m wrong for choosing to not have any religious beliefs. So no I respect all beliefs. 

What triggered me to write this were a couple of youtube channels that popped up on my feed and it got me thinking. I’m also not saying that there shouldn’t be any religious channels on yt, you do you, if you feel like making religious content because that would attract a specific audience whom you want to get in touch with and share your opinions with - that’s fine but some of these videos seemed borderline crazy to me. And I am sorry that I have to phrase it like that but what I saw and heard concerned me and worried me big time. I don’t really know how I feel about people, especially the younger generation, watching these videos, thinking that being a feminist is bad, thinking that dressing modestly is the norm and that showing your body in any shape way or form is a sin…And there are a lot of non-religious channels who promote or scam their young fans and that’s really fucked up but my biggest issue is, that these people were mostly trying to convince and brainwash you into thinking that this is the only way to live your life. They were openly stating their hatred towards the LGBTQ+ community. Don’t you dare have sex before you’re married - because that my friend makes you a terrible person and some of them were even making up things that aren’t in the bible but that they think, god would expect them to do (i mean c’mon taking it a little bit too far there aren’t ya). Obsessing over guys as a teenage girl - no,no,no what the fuck are you doing it’s not normal, you should be able to control that. Everybody on the outside is terrible - the world is full of liars and by saying “The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want”,  you’re going to keep away all evil and satan, because every single person we meet out there is practically satan. And don’t you dare ever thinking about being a feminist and fighting for your rights, because that is just purely wrong. 

DON’T TRY TO MANIPULATE PEOPLE. If this is your way of living, great, good for you, but some things are just better left unsaid.