calf worship

An epidemic of complacency

I’m going to share a little secret with you about humanity. Well, it’s not so much a secret considering it’s an extremely obvious and loud truth, but humanity and myself included in this statement, has become so complacent when it comes to Jesus.

Like seriously, I often get to the end of the day and remember Jesus and am like ‘oh yeah… hey God, sorry i forgot about you today’ when i may have legitimately been busy but i would have spent ages that day browsing on social media instead of even considering about spending some time with my saviour who literally died for me. It’s awful and shameful how complacent I have become about the love God has for me and how swept up in unimportant things I can get. My priorities are naturally not right and I’m sure I’m not alone in this.

Humans have been showing signs of complacency and apathy since way back. You can take one look at the story of Moses and the Israelites wandering through the desert and see that this is an epidemic that started way back. The Israelites had a pillar of cloud by day and fire by night that went ahead of them and showed them the way to the promised land. They had a tangible and visual expression that Jesus was with them and they still became complacent and melted all their gold to make themselves a golden calf to worship rather than pay attention to the one leading them through a potentially deadly desert.

We may mock the Israelites for this moment of extreme weakness but we are often no better. I find that in seasons of hardship and pain that I rely on God way more than I do when everything is relatively good. But should this be the case? Should I neglect my God and try handle things on my own even when the season is relatively peaceful? My answer to this is no. God deserves our constant love and more than a one sided relationship.

This is an epidemic and I honestly am going to bite back my pride here and say that social media and technology has a big part to play in this in today’s world. Yes, that’s right, a blogger just criticised all social media, but as a Christian who is trying to get healing over this epidemic that has me in its grasp I feel that I needed to share this as I’m sure some of you will recognise this in your lives too.

I’m not saying quit social media, I’m simply encouraging that we all take a look at our habits and see how much time we are spending on mundane things rather than turning our attention to the author and creator of our very being.

The internet and social media are great, as are other interests and distractions but nothing will ever compete with the completeness and fullness we find in spending time with our Jesus.

He adores His children, but I can feel His heart is slightly broken at our complacency that has been an epidemic in the making since the Israelites and their golden calf. He just wants us to come spend time with Him, even when it’s busy, even when you’re smooth sailing. He is always important, He is always waiting for our prayers.

-31women (Gabi)

[Al-Mudhill/The One who Degrades]
Allah has made His own way of exalting and degrading man. Those exalted by Him are bought low in no time by Him. We should constantly pray to Allah for exalting us and for protecting us from degrading us in both this world and the next. Faith and devotion to Him are the means for attaining honour and for escaping dishonour. “You take sovereignty away from whom You will.” ﴾3.26﴿
Allah humiliates those who disbelieve in Him or who disobey Him, “Indeed, the ones who oppose Allah and His Messenger - those will be among the most abject.” ﴾58.20﴿ “Thus does Allah place defilement upon those who do not believe."﴾6.125﴿
Humiliation may be theirs in this life. As for those who worship false gods, "Indeed, those who took the calf [for worship] will obtain anger from their Lord and humiliation in the life of this world, and thus do We recompense the inventors [of falsehood].” ﴾7.152﴿
Moreover, eternal disgrace will be their fate in the Day of Judgement “"Indeed disgrace, this Day, and evil are upon the disbelievers” ﴾16.27﴿
Once a man is humiliated and disgraced by Allah, he will never be honoured. “But upon many the punishment has been justified. And he whom Allah humiliates - for him there is no bestower of honor."﴾22.18﴿
This is what happened to the Jews: "And they were covered with humiliation and poverty and returned with anger from Allah [upon them]. That was because they [repeatedly] disbelieved in the signs of Allah and killed the prophets without right. That was because they disobeyed and were [habitually] transgressing.” ﴾2.61﴿
Allah does not like pride in His servants.

Exposing The lies about Fasting on the Day of Ashura

By all standards, the day Imam Hussain, the grandson of the beloved Prophet Muhammad, was killed was a great tragedy. Indeed, it was the greatest tragedy. He was martyred, along with his family members, simply because he stood against injustice.

The family of Yazeed (the Banu Umayyah) and the family of Ziyad rejoiced the day he was killed. Not only did they celebrate the day of Ashura, but they turned it into a tradition for subsequent years. They would gather their family and friends and rejoice at the martyrdom of Imam Hussain.

While fasting is a great form of worship, we the Shia have valid reservations regarding the fast of Ashura. It is always recommended to fast, anytime throughout the year (except Eid), but the problem is that there is a history of politics behind the fast of Ashura.

Killing the very grandson of the Prophet was a major crime, so Banu Umayya attempted to shift the focus of the people for the day of Ashura. Possessing power and money, they spread to the Muslims that Ashura is a blessed day. They did so by indoctrinating their people that on Ashura God saved Prophet Musa and his people from the pharaoh. He saved Prophet Ibrahim from the fire of Namrud, and so on. To thank God for that blessed day, they encouraged the people to fast on Ashura.

Here are several points that demonstrate how the hadeeths which speak of the fast of Ashura are fabricated. The Prophet probably never said them, but they were forged after him.

First:
There are several hadeeths in Sahih Bukhari, Sahih Muslim, and Tirmidhi which tell us when the Prophet arrived Medina, he saw the Jews fasting, Upon knowing the reason why they were fasting, he said we the Muslims are closer to Musa, so we should also fast. If you analyze these hadeeths, you will realize that they all go back to these four narrators who supposedly narrated them directly from the Prophet:
1- Ibn Abbas
2- Abu Musa Al-Ash’ari
3- Abu Huraira
4- Mu’awiya

The Prophet came to Medina the first year of the Hijra. As for Ibn Abbas, he was born three years before Hijra, which makes him four years old when the Prophet supposedly said this Hadith. In the Science of Hadith, the narration of a four-year-old boy is generally not accepted.

As for Abu Musa, he came from the tribe of Banu Ash’ar in Yemen. He became Muslim before the Hijra, but he was not seen in Medina till the battle of Khaybar in the seventh year after Hijra. The Prophet had sent him to Yemen to preach to his tribe. Hence, Abu Musa was not in Medina in the first year of Hijra, so how could he possibly narrate this hadith?

As for Abu Huraira, he also was not seen in Medina until after the battle of Khaybar in the seventh year of Hijra. He also came from Yemen.
As for Muawiya, the son of Abu Sufyan, he became Muslim in the eighth year of Hijra, so how could he narrate a hadith from the Prophet seven or eight years before he became Muslim?
Some of the hadeeth go back to Ibn Zubayr, who was also a young boy when the Prophet entered Medina.
Therefore, it is quite clear that all the narrators of this hadith were either not in Medina at the time, or they were young boys, so how can we possibly accept such a hadith?

It is pretty convincing that the hadith was forged later on by Bani Umayya.

Second:

Let’s look at the word “Ashura” which is mentioned in the hadith.

According to Ibn Al-Atheer, there are two meanings to Ashura: an old meaning and a new meaning. The old meaning, which was during the Arab’s time and the Prophet’s time, meant the tenth day of any month. The new meaning surfaced after Imam Hussain was killed on the tenth of Muharram. After that, Ashura came to be known as the tenth of Muharram, but before that it was simply the tenth day of any month. So when the Prophet supposedly said this hadith, he just said Ashura, and he didn’t say the tenth day of which month.

This demonstrates that the hadith was forged after the day of Ashura, and it slipped from the mind of the ones who forged it that before Ashura, the word had a different, more general meaning.

Third:

Today, go to any Jew, even their scholars, and ask them: Do you have a fast on the day which God saved Moses, or a day which corresponds to the tenth of Muharram? They don’t, and they will tell you that even in the past they didn’t have such a fast. They fast on Yum Kippur, the day when Moses returned from Mt. Sinai and realized that his people were worshipping the calf. To expiate for their sin, they fasted, but they have no fast they day God saved them from the pharaoh. But the hadith in the books of Saheeh tells us that it was a tradition of the Jews, and they would all fast that day.

If you even look at the day the Jews fast, it never corresponded with the tenth of Muharram when the Prophet came to Medina. It corresponded with Muharram on the 28th year after Hijra.

Fourth:
It seems the one who forged the hadith was not aware of how the Islamic Calendar originated.

During the time of Umar, since Muslims wanted a set date to refer to, he created the Hijri calendar by seeking the advice of Imam Ali. So they decided to make the starting point the migration of the Prophet, and they made the first month Muharram.
However, the Prophet entered Medina in Rabi-ul-Awwal, not in Muharram, and so the one who probably forged the hadith assumed that the Prophet entered Medina in Muharram because that is when the calendar starts.
So the hadith tells us the Prophet when he first entered Medina he saw the Jews fasting on Ashura, but the Prophet didn’t enter Medina in Muharram, he did so in Rabu-ul-Awwal, ten months before Muharram! There’s a clear discrepancy here.

Fifth:
The prophet knows more about the Shariah of previous Prophets such as Prophet Musa, and he doesn’t need the Jews to teach him that. The Prophet is also higher than copying what the Jews would do.

Sixth:
How come there is so much emphasis on the fast of Ashura around the world? Thousands of speeches are dedicated to it, millions of pamphlets are distributed encouraging people to fast on Ashura, and so on. There are many other days throughout the year which are highly recommended to fast, such as the 27th of Rajab, but how come you don’t see a single pamphlet or speech encouraging it?

This shows that this is a political thing, originally designed to focus the attention away from the Martyrdom of Imam Hussain, and to consider it a blessed day. I don’t know how anyone can stand on the Day of Judgment before Prophet Muhammad and consider the very day his grandson was slaughtered a blessed day.

Thus, based on these reasons we Shia have our reservations on the fast of Ashura. Banu Umayya were behind it, and considering it a blessed day is not an offence to us the Shia, but an offence to Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him and his family.


— Syed Baqir Al Qazwini.

25 Days of Christmas (Day 10- Jeon Jungkook) Smut Part

The first part/ fluffy part to this scenario is here.

Group: BTS

Pairing: Jungkook x Reader

Genre: Smut

“Thank them again for me” you said, sitting down on the couch. After your dinner with Jungkook the two of you decided to go back to your place and he would spend the night. After all, he had promised to spend “Christmas” with you. Jungkook sat next to you and leaned back against the chair. 

“Working with them under a short time limit is like torture” Jungkook said. He exhaled with a smile and you laughed. “But you put up with all of it for me” you grinned, leaning over to kiss him. You started to break away from the kiss but he pulled you in. His tongue invaded your mouth, exploring every inch, and you let him dominate the kiss. His hands moved to your waist as he gently pushed you back against the couch. The kiss was slow but passionate as his hands carefully rubbed at your sides. 

Your arms went around his neck and you spread your legs, his body easily resting between them. He moved to take his shirt off and you began pulling off your dress. He brought his lips back to yours as his hand moved to unlatch your bra. His lips moved to your collarbone, spreading warmth as they went along. As his lips brushed along your torso, covering every portion but your breasts, his fingers slid your panties down. His tongue traced around your nipple before taking the whole thing into his mouth. Your hand went to the back of his head and his hands went to his pants. 

He was obviously in no rush as he slowly removed his pants underwear. His mouth then moved to the next nipple, licking around the area before sucking it into his mouth. You began taking slow, deep breaths, the pleasure of his mouth sending goosebumps over your body. Jungkook kissed down to your stomach and from your stomach to your calf muscles. His lips worshipped every inch of your body before even daring to touch your inner thighs. By that time, you were a panting mess, just waiting patiently for Jungkook.

His lips finally reached your inner thighs and he nipped and sucked at the skin there. His lips traveled higher, reaching your lower lips and you whimpered. He kissed your clit before bringing his tongue out, gently flicking the sensitive bud. It was almost as if he were french kissing you, his skilled tongue and lips working together to push you over the edge. You grabbed onto his head as your legs trembled and you came, filling his mouth with your juices.

Jungkook hovered his body over you and grabbed his penis. He teased the head over your clit and traced it over your hole, making you moan. He smiled down at you, pleased at the sound. He slowly slid into you, filling you. He bent his body down and locked his lips with yours as he slowly slid out. Again, his kiss was slow and meticulous as he pushed back into you. Your lips stalled on his and your eyes closed in pleasure. He moved his lips to your neck and you moaned as his penis moved in and out of you.

His breath turned ragged in your ear but he continued his slow pace, holding back. Your hips moved to meet his slow thrusts and he groaned, burying his head in your neck. “Jungkookie~ harder” you moaned. He pulled out almost completely before slamming back into you.

You screamed out and he groaned as he continued his hard thrusts. His pace was still slow but his thrusts were lethal. You bit your lip as he thrust into you until you couldn’t take it anymore. “Faster” you pleaded. 

In an instant, Jungkook’s hips snapped into action, fucking you into the couch. He groaned loudly as he pumped into you hard and fast. You were passed moans. You were passed groans. You were passed panting. The only sound that came out of your body was a series of letters sewn together as your second orgasm of the night took over. 

Jungkook continued his thrusting until he erupted. He sat back in the chair, exhausted. You moved to him and kissed his lips, a smile forming on your face.

This would surely be a memorable first Christmas.