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"I’ve got a whole stack of books in my cart. Most of them are advance copies. I know a place where they get thrown out."
“How many books have you read?”
“So why are you homeless?”
“I’ve tried to work a job a bunch of times. But then I get sad, and then I get high, and things fall apart.”
In Islam there is absolutely no difference between men and women as far as their relationship to Allah is concerned, as both are promised the same reward for good conduct and the same punishment for evil conduct. The Quran says:
"And for women are rights over men similar to those of men over women." [Noble Quran 2:228]
The Quran, in addressing the believers, often uses the expression, ‘believing men and women’ to emphasize the equality of men and women in regard to their respective duties, rights, virtues and merits. It says:
"For Muslim men and women, for believing men and women, for devout men and women, for true men and women, for men and women who are patient and constant, for men and women who humble themselves, for men and women who give in charity, for men and women who fast, for men and women who guard their chastity, and for men and women who engage much in Allah’s praise, for them has Allah prepared forgiveness and great reward." [Noble Quran 33:35]
This clearly contradicts the assertion of the Christian Fathers that women do not possess souls and that they will exist as sexless beings in the next life. The Quran says that women have souls in exactly the same way as men and will enter Paradise if they do good:
"Enter into Paradise, you and your wives, with delight." [Noble Quran 43:70]
"Who so does that which is right, and believes, whether male or female, him or her will We quicken to happy life." [Noble Quran 16:97]
The Quran admonishes those men who oppress or ill-treat women:
"O you who believe! You are forbidden to inherit women against their will. Nor should you treat them with harshness, that you may take away part of the dowry you have given them - except when they have become guilty of open lewdness. On the contrary live with them on a footing of kindness and equity. If you take a dislike to them, it may be that you dislike something and Allah will bring about through it a great deal of good." [Noble Quran 4:19]
Considering the fact that before the advent of Islam the pagan Arabs used to bury their female children alive, make women dance naked in the vicinity of the Ka’bah during their annual fairs, and treat women as mere chattels and objects of sexual pleasure possessing no rights or position whatsoever, these teachings of the Noble Quran were revolutionary. Unlike other religions, which regarded women as being possessed of inherent sin and wickedness and men as being possessed of inherent virtue and nobility, Islam regards men and women as being of the same essence created from a single soul. The Quran declares:
"O mankind! Reverence your Guardian-Lord, who created you from a single person, created, of like nature, his mate, and from this pair scattered (like seeds) countless men and women. Reverence Allah, through Whom you demand your mutual (rights), and reverence the wombs (that bore you); for Allah ever watches over you." [Noble Quran 4:1]
The Prophet of Islam (peace and blessings be upon him) said, “Women are the twin halves of men.” The Quran emphasizes the essential unity of men and women in a most beautiful simile:
"They (your wives) are your garment and you are a garment for them." [Noble Quran 2:187]
Mamberamo River by (y4Nu4R)
So, with all of this about Paul Walker dying, I really feel the need to bring a little awareness to this issue. About two weeks ago, Staff Sergeant Vazquez, a green beret, was KIA in Panjwai district (in Kandahar province), Afghanistan after being hit by an IED during a dismounted (on foot) patrol.
Sorry to be a downer, or whatever, but I feel this was greatly over shadowed. While there was all of this coverage on Paul Walker, the death of a green beret (a very select few in the American military) was completely unheard of, save his local news paper, the Green Beret foundation, and a few military-focused publications.
The real reason why this upsets me (call me selfish) is that he was in the area near where I served my deployment to Afghanistan. I’ve seen the things that he’s seen, and not a lot of it is pretty. All I want to do is raise a little awareness for what this man and his family, friends, and unit have gone through.
This is literally the most single self absorbed/ selfish post i have ever seen good christ.
Sorry to come off as a dick but seriously the guy was a soldier and the amount of atrocious reports I know about what soldiers have done to the Afghan people and its children make me feel like saying who gives a fuck. At least Paul Walker was doing something positive by raising money for charity for people affected by the disaster in the Philippines in the best way he could. He also affected us through his films by giving us a momentary escape from this shit world and allowing us to dream and feel happy. This soldier may have killed who knows how many people in the name of what, patriotism?! So fuck your post
untitled - by: (Jon Herbert)