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I received this email as a forward and was actually quite impressed since we usually are dualistic in our thought process:

An atheist professor of philosophy speaks to his class on the problem science has with God, The Almighty. He asks one of his new students to stand and…

Prof: So you believe in God??
Student: Absolutely, sir.
Prof: Is God good?
Student: Sure
Prof: Is God all-powerful?
Student: Yes.
Prof: My brother died of cancer even though he prayed to God to heal him. Most of us would attempt to help others who are ill. But God didn’t. How is this God good then?
Hmm?

(Student is silent)

Prof: You can’t answer, can you? Let’s start again, young fellow. Is God good?
Student: Yes
Prof: Is Satan good?
Student: No
Prof: Where does Satan come from?
Student: From…God
Prof: That’s right. Tell me son, is there evil in this world?
Student:Yes
Prof: Evil is everywhere, isn’t it? And God did make everything. Correct?
Student: Yes
Prof: So who created evil?

(Student does not answer)

Prof: Is there sickness? Immorality? Hatred? Ugliness? All these terrible things exist in the world, don’t they?
Student: Yes, sir
Prof: So who created them?

(Student has no answer)

Prof: Science says you have 5 senses you use to identify and observe the world around you.
Tell me, son…Have you ever seen God?
Student: No, sir.
Prof: Tell us you have ever heard your God?
Student: No ,sir.
Prof: Have you ever felt your God, tasted your God, smelt your God? Have you ever had any sensory perception of God for that matter?
Student: No, sir. I’m afraid I haven’t.
Prof: Yet you still believe in Him?
Student: Yes
Prof: According to empirical, testable, demonstrable protocol, science says your GOD doesn’t exist.
What do you say to that, son?
Student: Nothing. I only have my faith.
Prof: Yes, Faith. And that is the problem science has.
Student: Professor, is there such a thing as heat?
Prof: Yes.
Student: And is there such thing as cold?
Prof:Yes.
Student: No sir. There isn’t.

(The lecture theatre becomes very quiet with this turn of events.)

Student: Sir, you can have lots of heat, even more heat, superheat, megaheat, white heat , a little heat or no heat. But we don’t have anything called cold. We can hit 458 degrees below zero which is no heat , but we cant go any further after that. There is no such thing as cold. Cold is only a word we use to describe the absence of heat .We cannot measure cold. Heat is energy. Cold is not the opposite of heat , sir, just the absence of it.
(There is a pin-drop silence in the lecture theatre)
Student: What about darkness, Professor? Is there such a thing as darkness?
Prof: Yes. What is night if there isn’t darkness?

Student: You’re wrong again, sir. Darkness is the absence of something .You can have low light, normal light, bright light , flashing light…But if you have no light constantly , you have nothing and its called darkness, isn’t it? In reality, darkness isn’t. If it were, you would be able to make darkness darker, wouldn’t you?

Prof: So what is the point you’re making, young man?
Student: Sir, my point is your philosophical premise is flawed.
Prof: Flawed? Can you explain how?
Student: Sir, you are working on the premise of duality. You argue there is life and then there is death, a good God and a bad God. You are viewing the concept of God as something finite, something we can measure. Sir, science can’t even explain a thought. It uses electricity and magnetism, but has never seen, much less fully understood either one. To view death as the opposite of life is to be ignorant of the fact that death cannot exist as a substantive thing. Death is not the opposite of life: Just the absence of it.
Now tell me, Professor. Do you teach your student that they evolved from monkey?
Prof: If you are referring to the natural evolutionary process, yes, of course , I do.
Student: Have you ever observed evolution with your OWN eyes, sir?

(The Professor shakes his head with a smile, beginning to realize where the argument is going)

Student: Since no one has ever observed the process of evolution at work and cannot even prove that this process is an on-going endeavor, are you not teaching your opinion, sir? Are you not a scientist but a preacher?

(The class is in uproar)

Student: Is there anyone in this class who has ever seen the Professor’s brain?
(The class breaks out into laughter)
Student: Is there anyone here who has ever heard the Professor’s brain, felt it, touched or smelt it? No one appears to have done so .So, according to the established rules of empirical, stable, demonstrable protocol , science says that you have no brain, sir.
With all due respect, sir, how do we then trust your lectures, sir?

(The room is silent. The professor stares at the student, his face unfathomable.)

Prof:I guess you’ll have to take them on faith, son.
Student: That is it sir…The link between man & God is FAITH. That is all that keeps us moving & alive.

Disclaimer: Obviously there are flaws in the student’s argument. The fact that the Professor is talking and even functioning proves he has a brain…however, I think that if that part didn’t exist, it would have made his argument stronger. The idea that there are things even in the human body which scientists can’t figure out because it is way too perfect is another aspect we should consider when thinking of the existence of God.

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After being married two months and pretty much consistently cooking with an amazing sous chef :), I have come to realize that I consistently use the same seasonings in my cooking.

Those are:

-Cumin- One day I was eating vanilla ice cream and my younger brother passed by and said, “Why don’t you add some cumin to that?”

– Limes- I love limes and I never buy lemons.

– Sazon- probably the best thing Goya makes- I like to add it to rice, but you can add it to almost anything

– Onions- Growing up, I hated the smell of onions, especially since I smelled like food going to school…and plus, if you got too close, the tears would start running…but when I started cooking for myself, I realized how essential onions really are. They are probably the base for almost every delictable dish I make 🙂

– Crushed Garlic- I needed to buy a garlic crusher because it’s really hard to get the scent of garlic off your hands when you chop them yourself

-Tomatoes- I realized that it’s a lot better to make your own sauce than to use a marinara- usually the marinara sauces have sugar in them and it tastes a little off- I did not realize this until I looked at the ingredients on the label

-Thyme- Thyme is the type of seasoning that reminds you of oregano but smells better..mmm

-salt and pepper- I like the grinder pepper 🙂

Vine Ripened Tomatoes are the Best!

Vine Ripened Tomatoes are the Best!

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Devil Pee

Last week’s khutba was about the detrimental effects that laziness has on us, especially when it comes to delaying or missing prayer. In the khutba there was the mention of this hadith,

Found in Sahih Bukhari, Volume 4, Book 54, Number 492:

Narrated ‘Abdullah: It was mentioned before the Prophet that there was a man who slept the night till morning (after sunrise). The Prophet said, “He is a man in whose ears (or ear) Satan had urinated.”

Growing up, my brother and I were made privy to this hadith at a very young age. It was a great way to annoy each other on the weekends and shout to the sibling fast asleep, “Shaytan is peeing in your ear!!” We came to the definite conclusion that Devil Pee was ear wax.

Now, twenty years later, I reflect on the same hadith and think that whether the hadith is literal or metaphorical does not make it any more appealing. I say metaphorical because I couldn’t help but make the analogy between animals who urinate in order to claim their territory and the Shaytan doing the same to us. This is his way of saying, “You could not get up to praise your Lord. You are now my property.”

It’s amazing how the Qur’an and the sayings of the Prophet Muhammad (sas) appeal to everyone. If there are people who work better by thinking of the reward (ie, their book in their right hand), there are a great number of verses and hadith that speak to that person. For fajr in particular:Abu Hurairah (May Allah be pleased with him) reported: The Messenger of Allah (PBUH) said, “There are angels who take turns in visiting you by night and by day, and they all assemble at the dawn (Fajr) and the afternoon (`Asr) prayers. Those who have spent the night with you, ascend to the heaven and their Lord, Who knows better about them, asks: `In what condition did you leave My slaves?’ They reply: `We left them while they were performing Salah and we went to them while they were performing Salah.”’
[Al-Bukhari and Muslim].

Yet, there are still others who are driven to obey through punishment (ie the book in their left hand). So, when we reflect on the verses describing the Hell-fire, we should consider how many people those verses actually saved from the Hell-fire.

The same holds true for Devil Pee.

May we use these ahadith of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) to improve ourselves and the communities around us 🙂

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