some people call al israa, 17, Banu isra'il, because of the below...theres more than one source Bob,nothing in religion or scripture is about history, supremacism or servitude or license to punish, but you try telling that to people, they won't believe you...but still not seeing the Biblically endorsed supremacism..but then I have the whole trilogy
"(2-8)Before this We had given the Book to Moses and made it a means of guidance for Banu Isra'il 2 with this Command: "Do not make .any other guardian than Myself.3
You are the descendants of those whom We bore in the Ark with Noah,4 and he was truly a grateful servant". Besides this, We forewarned the Banu Isra'il in the Scriptures:5 You will work great mischief twice in the land and will become overbearingly arrogant.6
When the occasion of the first of the two mischiefs came, We raised against you such of Our servants who were very mighty and formidable; so they penetrated through all parts of your country. This was a warning that was bound to be fulfilled.7
Then after this We afforded you an opportunity to over-power them and helped you with abundance of riches and children and increased you far more in numbers than before.8 Behold! If you did good it proved to be good for yourselves and if you committed evil it proved to be bad for your own selves. Then, when the time came for the fulfillment of the second warning, We set other enemies on you so that they might disfigure your faces and enter into the Temple just as the former enemies had entered and destroyed whatever they could lay their hands on.9
Now again your Lord may show compassion on you; but if you again repeat your former behavior; We will again visit you with. Our punishment, for We have prepared Hell to serve as a prison-house for the ungrateful people.10"
As Milarepa said "if you looking for a Buddhist don't bother checking the monasteries, you never find them there"
in a spirit of ecumenical distress, here is the Dalai Lama pointing out the problem with institutions ( run by men ), the "author" of The Tibetan Book of Living and Dying, after the letter of the 8 and the affair of Mimi is now in hiding ( how disgraceful, I have known him since I was a kid), and of course after the shocking crisis of his regent, many years ago now Trungpas son is standing down from Shambala, the Dalai Lama, makes the obvious point..in my experience the Vajrayana organizations chew up vulnerable women, dark days in Lodeve.
anything you are dependent upon will hurt you one way or another
"oh my Guru, I must follow whatever my Guru says, that's totally wrong..should not follow" D.L.
“But, at the end of the day, this is a huge injustice,” Mas’ad said.
there is a strong strain of memory, perhaps not in America, but all over the rural people of Europe of great injustices visited upon them, due to a peculiar compulsion I have developed, as I mentioned Rob Spencer I would to like resolve him in "Spencer The Rover", the voice of the ahl al ard, the Coppers of Rottingdean
"This song was composed by Spencer the Rover,
Who'd travelled most parts of Great Britain and Wales,
There had been much reducing which caused great confusion,
And that was the reason a-rambling I went."
wonder how it ends, only good things last forever.
"no, it’s like i’ve never heard of “the Jewish people” as being seen as the world’s “moral compass”. "
It is a very peculiar claim,
"and lest we think this glorification of ones moral importance is limited to jews and christians: "
While true the piece you linked I think is not making quite that claim, someone mentioned wahhabists, sure they make that claim and worse, but I have Abdullah ed-Dagistanis "Mercy Oceans" a Naqshbandi Sufi ( the sweet Muslims) manual in which inter alia he claims that "God will not question Ladies about their doings (going out to funerals and getting all made up and other stuff) but will question their fathers, brothers and husbands" its from a 1980 commentary seems problematic to me, but I obviously take your point.
In his work "The Tibetan Tradition of Mental Development" (which as summation of religion I would tend to agree with) Lama Geshey Ngawang Dargyey defines the 2nd Paramita Tsultrim which is Morality he says it has 3 elements, trinity ahoy,
A. Avoid breaking vows
B. Being of benefit to others ( no guesswork required there are 11 ways of helping others which I shall not list)
C. the motivation in all acts of Bodhicitta (of which the relative aspect is to "long to attain Enlightenment for the benefit of others", and in its ultimate aspect is immersion in Shunya, not as bad as it sounds good in and of itself)
"All the Paramitas may be applied while practising Morality. One may practice giving while keeping pure morality unsullied by the Hinayana attitude of thinking only of oneself."
oh damn so mahayanists are the hinayanists moral compass, tricky thing morality, I don't mess with it but
" Even if a person does not know what virtue is and how to accumulate it or what non-virtue is and how to avoid it, if he has less selfishness, he automatically has more good heart."
Lama Zopa navigating by the stars.
I. M. Husaini "The Moslem Brethren" Beirut 1956,
"The Reformers of Egypt" MA Zaki Badawi Croom Helm 1976
and some guy in the NYT
"We are not terrorists. The Muslim Brotherhood’s philosophy is inspired by an understanding of Islam that emphasizes the values of social justice, equality and the rule of law. Since its inception in 1928, the Brotherhood has lived in two modes: surviving in hostile political environments or uplifting society’s most marginalized. As such, we have been written about, spoken of, but rarely heard from. It is in that spirit that I hope these words find light"
As a result of my father being in the Muslim Brotherhood prior to 1954, he severed ties on that seminal date but was stripped of citizenship, he refused to take another nationality and it was returned by Sadat and that hurt him more than anything, he was an admirer of Nasser and cordially loathed Sadat and I am currently unable to go Egypt because of that association, genes don't always help it seems, not for us anyway.
"These are national identities, and were recognized as such in the 1921 Carlsbad Resolution of the World Zionist Congress, and in the Mandate as explained in 1922 in the Churchill White Paper"
What District Officer Fincham means to say is that the issue of Palestine should be settled according to the parameters set by and needs of the Zionist colonizing movement and Her Majestys' Government,
having previously advanced your solution without even having heard of the name Abu Sitta, you give the distinct impression of still not being able to take the Palestinian case seriously or even to address them, while touting your "solution" at Juan Coles site and others, what contacts have you had with Palestinian scholars or representatives?
"Peoples’ national identities are important to them"
the whole middle east is a complex mosaic of "identities" which you subsume under "Arab", Palestinians are Palestinians, that they are "Arabs" is incidental, you give a very strong impression of not knowing what you are talking about, can you not hear that the Arabs are talking you should listen and address them rather than trying to sell your non-solution solution in an attempt to foster discord among Palestinians and their foreign supporters and wellwishers, don't you think?
what does Mike Tarazi think of your solution, have you asked him?
"Arabs" are not soft jigsaw pieces that you can cram into any structure that you please.
he wrote this in 2004, not very radical but you are more than a decade behind the curve, Officer.