Saturday, March 18, 2017

Does a lie or theft one has commited in the past make a person evil?

Please skip this next paragraph to get a detailed explanation. As promised, I will give short answers when I can to get to the point!

Response to this video, and to others who use this same way of thinking:

TTP Summary: Telling a lie does not make you a liar deserving damnation, nor does one become a thief if they have stolen once in their lives. Just as telling the truth at times does not make someone an honest man, and one who gives in charity or returns a stolen good does not necessarily make one a generous saint.
This logic is silly and we must call out those who do it.

Full Discussion
Recently I saw a video on the internet entitled "A Baptist tries to convert an agnostic to Catholicism" on youtube1 in which Todd Friel showed casual religious encounter with two students in which a Baptist and Agnostic interacted. At the very end, C, informs them that they are bad people, as they both have stolen and lied in their lives.

I am honestly tired of hearing these type of simple-minded caricatures. This really goes back to the notion of whether or not humanity is born into a state of evil, and consequently, needs a savior to erase this evil. I will answer a part of the video, and the logic for this answer will suffice as evidence for the rest of the video.  Mr. Friel tells these young adults that since they have stolen in their lifetime, and they are both thieves. Furthermore, he states that since each one of them has told a lie, that both of them are liars.

This is honestly one of the silliest assertations made by many Evangelicals today. If telling a lie once, or even 20 times, makes a person a liar, then it should also be accepted that a good deed can make such exaggerated enormous descriptions. I wish I was there.  The students should have said that they have told the truth at times. Or perhaps they have donated goods to the needy, or to whoever was a victim of theft. Would that then make them truthful, and charitable people? Not necessarily. Doing something bad does not necessarily doom one to being an evil person, just as a good act does not necessarily make a person a saint.  Mr. Friel needs to do this so he can create a huge theological point, which can then set him already on the winning side of Christianity as a true believer. This is obviously nonsense, and its time that people call  these people out on this. Please contact me if any clarifications are needed.

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Debate Ettiqute

While doing my general research regarding what is going in the world of religious debate, something bothers me.Debate etiquette. Honestly when I talk to people with different points of view, if the person I am arguing with cannot stop interrupting me, then I am sorry. I am moving on to another person or going to do something more productive. I have asked people now to at least go back and forth from 1 to 3 minutes to make a point, for example. Otherwise, I think that nobody is benefitting and that energy that could opportunities that could otherwise be used in exchanging valuable information. is lost. Some good examples of this can be seen online in youtube videos in places like Speakers' Corner in the UK.
I would love to visit the place one day just to see all that energy in person. But I think that a huge percentage of the people there might move on rather than engaging in very informal discussion rules. I think one thing that additionally benefit from this experience would be to allow each side to repeat what they think the other side is saying so that there are no misunderstands and so that one would not lose time and energy arguing against a position that the other side is not actually trying to see.  But I think I would go crazy after a while. Anyway, I just thought I would share this tiny tidbit of info to perhaps discuss issues with a greater degree of mutual respect for one another. In the Quran God Almighty says:
وَلَا تَسْتَوِي الْحَسَنَةُ وَلَا السَّيِّئَةُ ۚ ادْفَعْ بِالَّتِي هِيَ أَحْسَنُ فَإِذَا الَّذِي بَيْنَكَ وَبَيْنَهُ عَدَاوَةٌ كَأَنَّهُ وَلِيٌّ حَمِيمٌ
[ ص: ٣٢٥]

"Good and bad ways of acting are very different. Use good deeds as a response to bad ones and you may be surprised that your adversary may become your best friend!" Quran Interpreted 
More Later!

Saturday, October 15, 2016

definition of sitdown argument [or sit-down sit-down]

While I am just starting now to answer some questions and to make statements regarding, you know, the subject in the title of the web page, I need this definition online so nobody can steal it. So please ignore this post, it is just a formality:

Definition of:

-also known as sit-down argument

-an argument that is so potent that the opposition is better off just sitting down and shutting their mouth before they embarrass themselves.

Sunday, September 11, 2016

A new mission/focus

The religion of Islam is under severe scrutiny  at this moment. If you are in the world of podcasts/youtube debates/twitter/facebook you probably already  know this. I have decided to dedicate much more time to clarifying issues and objections raised against Islam, and topics closely related to it. My largest focus will be 2 subjects: answering critics/criticisms against Islam, and answering questions about Islam. Regarding the latter I am in contact with scholars who will help me or check what I write since I am not a trained scholar by any University or Program. What I know is from what I have read from my teachers and in regards to other religions, what I have heard on youtube or their own writings or podcasts. For example, William L. Craig, who is considered by many to be the most prominent Christian Apologist in the English speaking world,  has audio lessons of classes, debates available online, podcasts, books and more. In one's studies one must be fair and seek clarification regarding issues from all the resources the person has made available to answer any particular issue. My next post will contain information about where I get my information on Islam, and also introductory information regarding Christian apologist attacks, and attacks on Islam from those that come from other traditions.  Sorry for the long post!

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Question from Jason in Dallas

Question: I wanna know and understand how a book can come 600 years after the crucifiction and contradict our historical sources which all attest to the fact that Jesus was Crucified by Pilate?

Thank you for posing this question. I am going to give you a quick answer, and you can read more about this specific issue in an essay I am writing. Anyway, now to the question. Muslims believe that the Quran was revealed by God to the Prophet (pbuh). So the number of years makes no difference. It could have been 600 or 6000 years after the event, and there would be no problem, as it was God the Almighty who has stated this. So the question itself is really a simple minded objection. I am not saying you are simple minded, but when Christian apologists use this objection, knowing full well that Muslims believe the Quran to be the word of God should have been enough to cause a refrain in posing such a weak objection. Thats the short answer. The long answer dealing with this and many other issues related to it will be in a short essay that will be put on the site at a later date. I hope this answers your question. If you have any additional questions please let me know.

Peace and Regards,
Magdi "Max"

Friday, March 11, 2016

Other Articles and essays from other websites

Peace everyone!

I wanted to add that although my personal responses will be short, I will be frequently adding the 

essays of other scholars, so please forgive me if they sometimes are longer than my normal posts.


Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Introduction to IslamTTP

Peace be unto you all (Asslamu Alaykum),

After a long break, I've decided to revive this page.

The purpose of this page:
1)To answer both the most common and the most difficult RELIGIOUS questions, AS SUCCINCTLY AND AS BRIEFLY AS POSSIBLE. I believe most issues do not need paragraphs, but only a few sentences to explain the issues.

 2) To Answer questions relating to Islam using only the Quran and Sunnah (meaning the established religious practices promoted by the Prophet Muhammad, may God's peace and blessings be upon him).

3) To answer questions on any subject in which Islam is mentioned in relation to other religions, This includes addressing apologetic attacks against Islam and promoting the teachings of Islam as the true religion of God Almighty.

4)To answer questions on Muslim sectarian issues between the many schools of thought.

5)Finally, I am just going to repeat what I said at the beginning. My aim is to give readers answers in a straight to the point fashion. No need for long essays. Since truth stands out clearly from falsehood, then explaining what is true should be obvious enough and should not require lengthy and wordy explanations.

I ask God almighty to always guide me in this effort, and that He keeps my heart always open to what is objectively and clearly true, and to always lead me along the path of His liking.

Posts will be made soon.