I appreciate that the wine is very symbolic in its meaningWell the wine is watered down, and usually only drunk on special occasions. Its also very symbolic in its meaning, But it will take very long to explain and would Hijack this thread and interfere with our popcorn and beer drinking
here is a basic explaination of Islam taken from the link I posted above:Wow, I read seven pages of this hoping to gain some insight into Islam. I hope someone with a better attitude is willing to post about it at some point in time.
Muslims believe there is the one almighty God, named Allah, who is infinitely superior to and transcendent from humankind. Allah is viewed as the creator of the universe and the source of all good and all evil. Everything that happens is Allah's will. He is a powerful and strict judge, who will be merciful toward followers depending on the sufficiency of their life's good works and religious devotion. A follower's relationship with Allah is as a servant to Allah.
Though a Muslim honors several prophets, Muhammad is considered the last prophet and his words and lifestyle are that person's authority. To be a Muslim, one has to follow five religious duties: 1. Repeat a creed about Allah and Muhammad; 2. Recite certain prayers in Arabic five times a day; 3. Give to the needy; 4. One month each year, fast from food, drink, sex and smoking from sunrise to sunset; 5. Pilgrimage once in one's lifetime to worship at a shrine in Mecca. At death -- based on one's faithfulness to these duties -- a Muslim hopes to enter Paradise, a place of sensual pleasure. If not, they will be eternally punished in hell.
For many people, Islam matches their expectations about religion and deity. Islam teaches that there is one supreme God, who is worshiped through good deeds and disciplined religious rituals. After death a person is rewarded or punished according to their religious devotion.
So you get to sleep with your family and wife and daughters, like your prophet... I think it skip thanks.The ultimate goal is Paradise but the main goal is to be reunited with our maker. The "sensual pleasures" are merely a reward for good deeds and imagine. that is going to be for ever and ever dude! eternal hapiness and bliss!!!!!
Is this the myth about 72 dusky virgins waiting for you in Paradise??The ultimate goal is Paradise but the main goal is to be reunited with our maker. The "sensual pleasures" are merely a reward for good deeds and imagine. that is going to be for ever and ever dude! eternal hapiness and bliss!!!!!
And I must admit, I'm only joking around here.. I've got nothing against Islam, You believe how you want.. But I do have something against other people who try and force thier "religon" on others, no matter if you are Muslim, Jewish, Christian, or even an Athiest..I began to sob with great sorrow and shame. All my life I had been told that Muhammad was the most perfect and ideal moral example for mankind and yet the Qur'an had a good number of examples of how the "revelations" could be so self-serving to the prophet himself!