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i consider myself as a free spirit. or you could call it an atheist.
i have interest in spirituality.
the first on attract me is taoism. a illustrative book by tsai shih chung about the sayings lao zi, zhuang zi, lie zi. Tao is about way of life.
then i also found buddhism, zen and meditation is also interesting.
the four noble truth about sufferings, ignorance. our denial of sufferings. www.buddhanet.net
and mostly because taoism and buddhism gives freedom, so they more a like philosophy rather than religion.
i also learn about christianity, but i don't like the holy bible, the priests, i only learn from the story lifetime of Jesus Christ and mother Theresa.
i don't know much about islam and hinduism. except that islam means 'surrender' and they practicing it by pray 5 times a day. hinduism all i know is the 'no violence' by mahatma gandhi.
well i guess the details is different then the title of question.
but from all of what i learn, it is about love and compassion, humanity.
i also interested in science, astrology, tarot, other traditional beliefs like paganism, etc. i also respect to some animism and traditional belief/tradition in way they take care and live in balance of nature, our mother earth.

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Sûrat Al-Furqân
(The Criterion) XXV
In the Name of Allâh,
the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
1. Blessed be He Who sent down the criterion (of right and wrong, i.e. this Qur’ân) to His slave (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) that he may be a warner to the ‘Âlamîn (mankind and jinn).
2. He to Whom belongs the dominion of the heavens and the earth, and Who has begotten no son (children or offspring) and for Whom there is no partner in the dominion. He has created everything, and has measured it exactly according to its due measurements.
3. Yet they have taken besides Him other alîhâh (gods) who created nothing but are themselves created, and possess neither harm nor benefit for themselves, and possess no power (of causing) death, nor (of giving) life, nor of raising the dead.
4. Those who disbelieve say: "This (the Qur’ân) is nothing but a lie that he (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) has invented, and others have helped him at it. In fact they have produced an unjust wrong (thing) and a lie."
5. And they say: "Tales of the ancients, which he has written down: and they are dictated to him morning and afternoon."
6. Say: "It (this Qur’ân) has been sent down by Him (Allâh) (the Real Lord of the heavens and earth) Who knows the secret of the heavens and the earth. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful."
7. And they say: "Why does this Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) eat food, and walk about in the markets (as we). Why is not an angel sent down to him to be a warner with him?
8. "Or (why) has not a treasure been granted to him, or why has he not a garden whereof he may eat?" And the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) say: "You follow none but a man bewitched."
9. See how they coin similitudes for you, so they have gone astray, and they cannot find a (Right) Path.
10. Blessed be He Who, if He wills will assign you better than (all) that - Gardens under which rivers flow (Paradise) and will assign you palaces (i.e. in Paradise).
11. Nay, they deny the Hour (the Day of Resurrection), and for those who deny the Hour, We have prepared a flaming Fire (i.e. Hell).
12. When it (Hell) sees them from a far place, they will hear its raging and its roaring.
13. And when they shall be thrown into a narrow place thereof, chained together, they will exclaim therein for destruction.
14. Exclaim not today for one destruction, but exclaim for many destructions.
15. Say: (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) "Is that (torment) better or the Paradise of Ete - nity which is promised to the Muttaqûn (the pious - See V.2:2)?" It will be theirs as a reward and as a final destination.
16. For them there will be therein all that they desire, and they will abide (there forever). It is a promise binding upon your Lord that must be fulfilled.
17. And on the Day when He will gather them together and that which they worship besides Allâh [idols, angels, pious men, saints][1]. He will say: "Was it you who misled these My slaves or did they (themselves) stray from the (Right) Path?"
18. They will say: "Glorified be You! It was not for us to take any Auliyâ’ (Protectors, Helpers) besides You, but You gave them and their fathers comfort till they forgot the warning, and became a lost people (doomed to total loss).
19. Thus they (false gods - all deities other than Allâh) will belie you (polytheists) regarding what you say (that they are gods besides Allâh): then you can neither avert (the punishment), nor get help. And whoever among you does wrong (i.e. sets up rivals to Allâh), We shall make him taste a great torment.
20. And We never sent before you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) any of the Messengers but verily, they ate food and walked in the markets. And We have made some of you as a trial for others: will you have patience? And your Lord is Ever All-Seer (of everything).
21. And those who expect not a Meeting with Us (i.e. those who deny the Day of Resurrection and the life of the Hereafter) said: "Why are not the angels sent down to us, or why do we not see our Lord?" Indeed they think too highly of themselves, and are scornful with great pride.[1]
22. On the Day they will see the angels - no glad tidings will there be for the Mujrimûn (criminals, disbelievers, polytheists, sinners) that day. And they (angels) will say: "All kinds of glad tidings are forbidden to you," [none will be allowed to enter Paradise except the one who said: Lâ ilâha illallâh, "(none has the right to be worshipped but Allâh) and acted practically on its legal orders and obligations. See the footnote of V.2:193)].
23. And We shall turn to whatever deeds they (disbelievers, polytheists, sinners) did, and We shall make such deeds as scattered floating particles of dust.
24. The dwellers of Paradise (i.e. those who deserved it through their Islamic Monotheistic Faith and their deeds of righteousness) will, on that Day, have the best abode, and have the fairest of places for repose.
25. And (remember) the Day when the heaven shall be rent asunder with clouds, and the angels will be sent down, with a grand descending.
26. The sovereignty on that Day will be the true (sovereignty), belonging to the Most Gracious (Allâh), and it will be a hard Day for the disbelievers (those who disbelieve in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism).
27. And (remember) the Day when the Zâlim (wrong-doer, oppressor, polytheist) will bite at his hands, he will say: "Oh! Would that I had taken a path with the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم).[2]
28. "Ah! Woe to me! Would that I had never taken so-and-so as a Khalîl (an intimate friend)!
29. "He indeed led me astray from the Reminder (this Qur’ân) after it had come to me. And Shaitân (Satan) is to man ever a deserter in the hour of need." [Tafsir Al-Qurtubi]
30. And the Messenger (Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) will say: "O my Lord! Verily, my people deserted this Qur’ân (neither listened to it, nor acted on its laws and teachings).
31. Thus have We made for every Prophet an enemy among the Mujrimûn (disbelievers, polytheists, criminals). But Sufficient is your Lord as a Guide and Helper.
32. And those who disbelieve say: "Why is not the Qur’ân revealed to him all at once?" Thus (it is sent down in parts), that We may strengthen your heart thereby. And We have revealed it to you gradually, in stages. (It was revealed to the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم in 23 years.).
33. And no example or similitude do they bring (to oppose or to find fault in you or in this Qur’ân), but We reveal to you the truth (against that similitude or example), and the better explanation thereof.
34. Those who will be gathered to Hell (prone) on their faces, such will be in an evil state, and most astray from the (Straight) Path.[1]
35. And indeed We gave Mûsâ (Moses) the Scripture [the Taurât (Torah)], and placed his brother Hârûn (Aaron) with him as a helper;
36. And We said: "Go you both to the people who have denied Our Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.)." Then We destroyed them with utter destruction.
37. And Nûh’s (Noah) people, when they denied the Messengers, We drowned them, and We made them as a sign for mankind. And We have prepared a painful torment for the Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers).
38. And (also) ‘Âd and Thamûd, and the Dwellers of Ar-Rass, and many generations in between.
39. And for each (of them) We put forward examples (as proofs and lessons), and each (of them) We brought to utter ruin (because of their disbelief and evil deeds).
40. And indeed they have passed by the town [of Prophet Lût (Lot)] on which was rained the evil rain. Did they (disbelievers) not then see it (with their own eyes)? Nay! But they used not to expect any resurrection.
41. And when they see you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم), they treat you only in mockery (saying): "Is this the one whom Allâh has sent as a Messenger?
42. "He would have nearly misled us from our âlihah (gods), had it not been that we were patient and constant in their worship!" And they will know when they see the torment, who it is that is most astray from the (Right) Path!
43. Have you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) seen him who has taken as his ilâh (god) his own vain desire? Would you then be a Wakîl (a disposer of his affairs or a watcher) over him?
44. Or do you think that most of them hear or understand? They are only like cattle - nay, they are even farther astray from the Path (i.e. even worse than cattle).
45. Have you not seen how your Lord spread the shadow. If He willed, He could have made it still - But We have made the sun its guide (i.e. after the sunrise, the shadow shrinks and vanishes at midnoon and then again appears in the afternoon with the decline of the sun, and had there been no sunlight, there would have been no shadow).
46. Then We withdraw it to Us a gradual concealed withdrawal.
47. And it is He Who makes the night a covering for you, and the sleep (as) a repose, and makes the day Nushûr (i.e. getting up and going about here and there for daily work, after one’s sleep at night, or like resurrection after one’s death).
48. And it is He Who sends the winds as heralds of glad tidings, going before His Mercy (rain); and We send down pure water from the sky.
49. That We may give life thereby to a dead land, and We give to drink thereof many of the cattle and men that We had created.
50. And indeed We have distributed it (rain or water) amongst them in order that they may remember (the Grace of Allâh,) but most men (refuse to accept the Truth or Faith and) accept nothing but disbelief or ingratitude.
51. And had We willed, We would have raised a warner in every town.
52. So obey not the disbelievers, but strive against them (by preaching) with the utmost endeavour with it (the Qur’ân).
53. And it is He Who has let free the two seas (kinds of water): this is palatable and sweet, and that is salt and bitter; and He has set a barrier and a complete partition between them.
54. And it is He Who has created man from water, and has appointed for him kindred by blood, and kindred by marriage. And your Lord is Ever All-Powerful to do what He wills.
55. And they (disbelievers, polytheists) worship besides Allâh that which can neither profit them nor harm them; and the disbeliever is ever a helper (of the Satan) against his Lord.
56. And We have sent you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) only as a bearer of glad tidings and a warner.
57. Say: "No reward do I ask of you for this (that which I have brought from my Lord and its preaching), save that whosoever wills may take a Path to his Lord.
58. And put your trust (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) in the Ever Living One Who dies not, and glorify His Praises, and Sufficient is He as the All-Knower of the sins of His slaves,
59. Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them in six Days. Then He (Istawâ ) rose over the Throne (in a manner that suits His Majesty). The Most Gracious (Allâh)! Ask Him (O Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم , concerning His Qualities: His rising over His Throne, His creations, etc.), as He is Al-Khabîr (The All-Knower of everything i.e. Allâh).
60. And when it is said to them: "Prostrate yourselves to the Most Gracious (Allâh)! they say: "And what is the Most Gracious? Shall we fall down in prostration to that which you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) command us?" And it increases in them only aversion.
61. Blessed be He Who has placed in the heaven big stars, and has placed therein a great lamp (sun), and a moon giving light.
62. And He it is Who has put the night and the day in succession, for such who desires to remember or desires to show his gratitude.
63. And the (faithful) slaves of the Most Gracious (Allâh) are those who walk on the earth in humility and sedateness, and when the foolish address them (with bad words) they reply back with mild words of gentleness.
64. And those who spend the night in worship of their Lord, prostrate and standing.[1]
65. And those who say: "Our Lord! Avert from us the torment of Hell. Verily its torment is ever an inseparable, permanent punishment."
66. Evil indeed it (Hell) is as an abode and as a place to rest in.
67. And those who, when they spend, are neither extravagant nor niggardly, but hold a medium (way) between those (extremes).
68. And those who invoke not any other ilâh (god) along with Allâh, nor kill such person as Allâh has forbidden, except for just cause, nor commit illegal sexual intercourse - and whoever does this shall receive the punishment.[1]
69. The torment will be doubled to him on the Day of Resurrection, and he will abide therein in disgrace;
70. Except those who repent and believe (in Islâmic Monotheism), and do righteous deeds; for those, Allâh will change their sins into good deeds, and Allâh is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful.[2]
71. And whosoever repents and does righteous good deeds; then verily, he repents towards Allâh with true repentance.
72. And those who do not bear witness to falsehood, and if they pass by some evil play or evil talk, they pass by it with dignity.
73. And those who, when they are reminded of the Ayât (proofs, evidence, verses, lessons, signs, revelations, etc.) of their Lord, fall not deaf and blind thereat.
74. And those who say: "Our Lord! Bestow on us from our wives and our offspring the comfort of our eyes, and make us leaders of the Muttaqûn(the pious. See V.2:2)."
75. Those will be rewarded with the highest place (in Paradise) because of their patience. Therein they shall be met with greetings and the word of peace and respect.
76. Abiding therein - excellent it is as an abode, and as a place to rest in.
77. Say (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم to the disbelievers): "My Lord pays attention to you only because of your invocation to Him. But now you have indeed denied (Him). So the torment will be yours for ever (inseparable, permanent punishment)."
Sûrat Ash-Shu‘arâ
(The Poets) XXVI
In the Name of Allâh,
the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful
1. Tâ-Sîn-Mîm.
[These letters are one of the miracles of the Qur’ân, and none but Allâh (Alone) knows their meanings.]
2. These are the Verses of the manifest Book [(this Qur’ân), which was promised by Allâh in the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel), makes things clear].
3. It may be that you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) are going to kill yourself with grief, that they do not become believers [in your Risalah (Messengership) i.e. in your Message of Islâmic Monotheism].[1]
4. If We will, We could send down to them from the heaven a sign, to which they would bend their necks in humility.
5. And never comes there unto them a Reminder as a recent revelation from the Most Gracious (Allâh), but they turn away therefrom.
6. So they have indeed denied (the truth - this Qur’ân), then the news of what they mocked at will come to them.
7. Do they not observe the earth - how much of every good kind We cause to grow therein?
8. Verily, in this is an Ayâh (proof or sign), yet most of them (polytheists, pagans who do not believe in Resurrection) are not believers.
9. And verily your Lord, He is truly the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
10. And (remember) when your Lord called Mûsâ (Moses) (saying): "Go to the people who are Zâlimûn (polytheists and wrong-doers) -
11. "The people of Fir‘aun (Pharaoh): Will they not fear Allâh and become righteous?"
12. He said: "My Lord! Verily, I fear that they will belie me,
13. "And my breast straitens, and my tongue expresses not well. So send for Hârûn (Aaron) (to come along with me).
14. "And they have a charge of crime against me, and I fear they will kill me."
15. (Allâh) said: "Nay! Go you both with Our Signs. Verily We shall be with you, listening.
16. "And go both of you to Fir‘aun (Pharaoh), and say: ‘We are the Messengers of the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists),
17. "So allow the Children of Israel to go with us.’ "
18. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said [to Mûsâ (Moses)]: "Did we not bring you up among us as a child? And you did dwell many years of your life with us.
19. "And you did your deed, which you did (i.e. the crime of killing a man) while you were one of the ingrates."
20. Mûsâ (Moses) said: "I did it then, when I was ignorant (as regards my Lord and His Message).
21. "So I fled from you when I feared you. But my Lord has granted me Hukm (i.e. religious knowledge, right judgement of the affairs and Prophethood), and made me one of the Messengers.
22. "And this is the past favour with which you reproach me: that you have enslaved the Children of Israel."
23. Fir‘aun (Pharaoh) said: "And what is the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists)?"
24. [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: "The Lord of the heavens and the earth, and all that is between them, if you seek to be convinced with certainty."
25. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said to those around: "Do you not hear (what he says)?"
26. [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: "Your Lord and the Lord of your ancient fathers!"
27. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said: "Verily, your Messenger who has been sent to you is a madman!"
28. [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: "Lord of the east and the west, and all that is between them, if you did but understand!"
29. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said: "If you choose an ilâh (god) other than me, I will certainly put you among the prisoners."
30. [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: "Even if I bring you something manifest (and convincing)?"
31. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said: "Bring it forth then, if you are of the truthful!"
32. So [Mûsâ (Moses)] threw his stick, and behold, it was a serpent, manifest.
33. And he drew out his hand, and behold, it was white to all beholders!
34. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said to the chiefs around him: "Verily! This is indeed a well-versed sorcerer.
35. "He wants to drive you out of your land by his sorcery: what is it then that you command?"
36. They said: "Put him off and his brother (for a while), and send callers to the cities;
37. "To bring up to you every well-versed sorcerer."
38. So the sorcerers were assembled at a fixed time on a day appointed.
39. And it was said to the people: "Are you (too) going to assemble?
40. "That we may follow the sorcerers [who were on Fir‘aun’s (Pharaoh) religion of disbelief] if they are the winners."
41. So when the sorcerers arrived, they said to Fir‘aun (Pharaoh): "Will there surely be a reward for us if we are the winners?"
42. He said: "Yes, and you shall then verily be of those brought near (to myself)."
43. Mûsâ (Moses) said to them: "Throw what you are going to throw!"
44. So they threw their ropes and their sticks, and said: "By the might of Fir‘aun (Pharaoh), it is we who will certainly win!"
45. Then Mûsâ (Moses) threw his stick, and behold, it swallowed up all that they falsely showed!
46. And the sorcerers fell down prostrate.
47. Saying: "We believe in the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
48. "The Lord of Mûsâ (Moses) and Hârûn (Aaron)."
49. [Fir‘aun (Pharaoh)] said: "You have believed in him before I give you leave. Surely, he indeed is your chief, who has taught you magic! So verily, you shall come to know. Verily, I will cut off your hands and your feet on opposite sides, and I will crucify you all."
50. They said: "No harm! Surely, to our Lord (Allâh) we are to return.
51. "Verily we really hope that our Lord will forgive us our sins, as we are the first of the believers [in Mûsâ (Moses) and in the Monotheism which he has brought from Allâh]."
52. And We revealed to Mûsâ (Moses), saying: "Depart by night with My slaves, verily you will be pursued."
53. Then Fir‘aun (Pharaoh) sent callers to (all) the cities.
54. (Saying): "Verily these indeed are but a small band.
55. "And verily, they have done what has enraged us.
56. "But we are a host all assembled, amply fore-warned."
57. So, We expelled them from gardens and springs,
58. Treasures, and every kind of honourable place.
59. Thus [We turned them (Pharaoh’s people) out] and We caused the Children of Israel to inherit them.
60. So they pursued them at sunrise.
61. And when the two hosts saw each other, the companions of Mûsâ (Moses) said: "We are sure to be overtaken."
62. [Mûsâ (Moses)] said: "Nay, verily with me is my Lord. He will guide me."
63. Then We revealed to Mûsâ (Moses) (saying): "Strike the sea with your stick." And it parted, and each separate part (of that sea water) became like huge mountain.
64. Then We brought near the others [Fir‘aun’s (Pharaoh) party] to that place.
65. And We saved Mûsâ (Moses) and all those with him.
66. Then We drowned the others.
67. Verily in this is indeed a sign (or a proof), yet most of them are not believers.
68. And verily your Lord, He is truly the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
69. And recite to them the story of Ibrâhîm (Abraham).
70. When he said to his father and his people: "What do you worship?"
71. They said: "We worship idols, and to them we are ever devoted."
72. He said: "Do they hear you, when you call on (them)?
73. "Or do they benefit you or do they harm (you)?"
74. They said: "(Nay) but we found our fathers doing so."
75. He said: "Do you observe that which you have been worshipping -
76. "You and your ancient fathers?
77. "Verily they are enemies to me, save the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists),
78. "Who has created me, and it is He Who guides me.
79. "And it is He Who feeds me and gives me to drink.
80. "And when I am ill, it is He who cures me.
81. "And Who will cause me to die, and then will bring me to life (again).
82. "And Who, I hope, will forgive me my faults on the Day of Recompense, (the Day of Resurrection).
83. My Lord! Bestow Hukm (religious knowledge, right judgement of the affairs and Prophethood) on me, and join me with the righteous.
84. And grant me an honourable mention in later generations.
85. And make me one of the inheritors of the Paradise of Delight.
86. And forgive my father, verily he is of the erring.
87. And disgrace me not on the Day when (all the creatures) will be resurrected.
88. The Day whereon neither wealth nor sons will avail,
89. Except him who brings to Allâh a clean heart [clean from Shirk (polytheism) and Nifâq (hypocrisy)]."
90. And Paradise will be brought near to the Muttaqûn (the pious - See V.2:2).
91. And the (Hell) Fire will be placed in full view of the erring.
92. And it will be said to them: "Where are those (the false gods whom you used to set up as rivals with Allâh) that you used to worship.
93. "Instead of Allâh? Can they help you or (even) help themselves?"
94. Then they will be thrown on their faces into the (Fire), they and the Ghâwûn (devils, and those who were in error).
95. And the whole hosts of Iblîs (Satan) together.
96. They will say while contending therein,
97. By Allâh, we were truly in a manifest error,
98. When We held you (false gods) as equals (in worship) with the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists);
99. And none has brought us into error except the Mujrimûn [Iblîs (Satan) and those of human beings who commit crimes, murderers, polytheists, oppressors].
100. Now we have no intercessors,
101. Nor a close friend (to help us).
102. (Alas!) If we only had a chance to return (to the world), we shall truly be among the believers!
103. Verily in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
104. And verily, your Lord, He is truly the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
105. The people of Nûh (Noah) belied the Messengers.
106. When their brother Nûh (Noah) said to them: "Will you not fear Allâh and obey Him?
107. "I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
108. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
109. "No reward do I ask of you for it (my Message of Islâmic Monotheism); my reward is only from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
110. "So keep your duty to Allâh, fear Him and obey me."
111. They said: "Shall we believe in you, when the meanest (of the people) follow you?"
112. He said: "And what knowledge have I of what they used to do?
113. "Their account is only with my Lord, if you could (but) know.
114. "And I am not going to drive away the believers.
115. I am only a plain warner."
116. They said: "If you cease not, O Nûh (Noah) you will surely be among those stoned (to death)."
117. He said: "My Lord! Verily, my people have belied me.
118. Therefore judge You between me and them, and save me and those of the believers who are with me."
119. And We saved him and those with him in the laden ship.
120. Then We drowned the rest (disbelievers) thereafter.
121. Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
122. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
123. ‘Âd (people) belied the Messengers.
124. When their brother Hûd said to them: "Will you not fear Allâh and obey Him?
125. "Verily I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
126. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
127. "No reward do I ask of you for it (my Message of Islâmic Monotheism); my reward is only from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn, and all that exists).
128. "Do you build high palaces on every high place, while you do not live in them?
129. "And do you get for yourselves palaces (fine buildings) as if you will live therein for ever.[1]
130. "And when you seize (somebody), seize you (him) as tyrants?
131. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
132. "And keep your duty to Him, fear Him Who has aided you with all (good things) that you know.
133. "He has aided you with cattle and children.
134. "And gardens and springs.
135. "Verily, I fear for you the torment of a Great Day."
136. They said: "It is the same to us whether you preach or be not of those who preach.
137. "This is no other than the false tales and religion of the ancients, [Tafsir At-Tabarî]
138. "And we are not going to be punished."
139. So they belied him, and We destroyed them. Verily in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
140. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
141. Thamûd (people) belied the Messengers.
142. When their brother Sâlih said to them: "Will you not fear Allâh and obey Him?
143. "I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
144. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
145. "No reward do I ask of you for it (my Message of Islâmic Monotheism); my reward is only from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
146. "Will you be left secure in that which you have here?
147. "In gardens and springs.
148. And green crops (fields) and date-palms with soft spadix.
149. "And you hew out in the mountains, houses with great skill.
150. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
151. "And follow not the command of Al-Musrifûn [i.e. their chiefs: leaders who were polytheists, criminals and sinners],
152. "Who make mischief in the land, and reform not."
153. They said: "You are only of those bewitched!
154. "You are but a human being like us. Then bring us a sign if you are of the truthful."
155. He said: "Here is a she-camel: it has a right to drink (water), and you have a right to drink (water) (each) on a day, known.
156. "And touch her not with harm, lest the torment of a Great Day should seize you."
157. But they killed her, and then they became regretful.
158. So the torment overtook them. Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
159. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
160. The people of Lût (Lot) (-who dwelt in the town of Sodom in Palestine) belied the Messengers.
161. When their brother Lût (Lot) said to them: "Will you not fear Allâh and obey Him?
162. "Verily I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
163. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
164. "No reward do I ask of you for it (my Message of Islâmic Monotheism); my reward is only from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
165. "Go you in unto the males of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind),
166. "And leave those whom Allâh has created for you to be your wives? Nay, you are a trespassing people!"
167. They said: "If you cease not O Lût (Lot)! verily, you will be one of those who are driven out!"
168. He said: "I am, indeed, of those who disapprove with severe anger and fury your (this evil) action (of sodomy).
169. "My Lord! Save me and my family from what they do."
170. So We saved him and his family, all,
171. Except an old woman (his wife) among those who remained behind.
172. Then afterward We destroyed the others.
173. And We rained on them a rain (of torment). And how evil was the rain of those who had been warned!
174. Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
175. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
176. The dwellers of Al-Aikah [near Madyan (Midian)] belied the Messengers.
177. When Shu‘aib said to them: "Will you not fear Allâh (and obey Him)?
178. "I am a trustworthy Messenger to you.
179. "So fear Allâh, keep your duty to Him, and obey me.
180. "No reward do I ask of you for it (my Message of Islâmic Monotheism); my reward is only from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists).
181. "Give full measure, and cause no loss (to others).
182. "And weigh with the true and straight balance.
183. "And defraud not people by reducing their things, nor do evil, making corruption and mischief in the land.
184. "And fear Him Who created you and the generations of the men of old."
185. They said: "You are only one of those bewitched!
186. "You are but a human being like us and verily, we think that you are one of the liars!
187. "So cause a piece of the heaven to fall on us, if you are of the truthful!"
188. He said: "My Lord is the Best Knower of what you do."
189. But they belied him, so the torment of the day of shadow (a gloomy cloud) seized them. Indeed that was the torment of a Great Day.
190. Verily, in this is indeed a sign, yet most of them are not believers.
191. And verily your Lord, He is indeed the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful.
192. And truly, this (the Qur’ân) is a revelation from the Lord of the ‘Âlamîn (mankind, jinn and all that exists),
193. Which the trustworthy Rûh [Jibrîl (Gabriel)] has brought down
194. Upon your heart (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) that you may be (one) of the warners,
195. In the plain Arabic language.
196. And verily, it (the Qur’ân, and its revelation to Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) is (announced) in the Scriptures [i.e. the Taurât (Torah) and the Injeel (Gospel)] of former people.
197. Is it not a sign to them that the learned scholars (like ‘Abdullâh bin Salâm رضي الله عنه who embraced Islâm)[1] of the Children of Israel knew it (as true)?
198. And if We had revealed it (this Qur’ân) unto any of the non-Arabs,
199. And he had recited it unto them, they would not have believed in it.
200. Thus have We caused it (the denial of the Qur’ân) to enter the hearts of the Mûjrimûn (criminals, polytheists, sinners).
201. They will not believe in it until they see the painful torment.
202. It shall come to them of a sudden, while they perceive it not.
203. Then they will say: "Can we be respited?"
204. Would they then wish for Our Torment to be hastened on?
205. Tell Me, (even) if We do let them enjoy for years,
206. And afterwards comes to them that (punishment) which they had been promised,
207. All that with which they used to enjoy shall not avail them.
208. And never did We destroy a township but it had its warners
209. By way of reminder, and We have never been unjust.
210. And it is not the Shayâtîn (devils) who have brought it (this Qur’ân) down.
211. Neither would it suit them, nor they can (produce it).
212. Verily, they have been removed far from hearing it.
213. So invoke not with Allâh another ilâh (god) lest you should be among those who receive punishment.
214. And warn your tribe (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) of near kindred.[1]
215. And be kind and humble to the believers who follow you.
216. Then if they disobey you, say: "I am innocent of what you do."
217. And put your trust in the All-Mighty, the Most Merciful,
218. Who sees you (O Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم) when you stand up (alone at night for Tahajjud prayers).
219. And your movements among those who fall prostrate (to Allâh in the five compulsory congregational prayers).
220. Verily He, only He, is the All-Hearer, the All-Knower.
221. Shall I inform you (O people!) upon whom the Shayâtîn (devils) descend?
222. They descend on every lying, sinful person.
223. Who gives ear (to the devils and they pour what they may have heard of the Unseen from the angels), and most of them are liars.
224. As for the poets, the erring ones follow them,
225. See you not that they speak about every subject (praising people - right or wrong) in their poetry?
226. And that they say what they do not do.
227. Except those who believe (in the Oneness of Allâh - Islâmic Monotheism) and do righteous deeds, and remember Allâh much, and vindicate themselves after they have been wronged [by replying back in poetry to the unjust poetry (which the pagan poets utter against the Muslims)]. And those who do wrong will come to know by what overturning they will be overturned.

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If you are interested in Buddhism I have a great book to recommend to you. "Pure Heart, Enlightened Mind-the Zen journal & letters of Maura "Soshin" O'Halloran". It is a book written by a woman who wanted to be a Zen master. She lived with and as a monk from 1979-1983. It is a journal of all the pain, suffering, and finally spirituual peace and enlightenment. It truly is a beautiful and amazing story. Sadly, she died in 1983 on her way home in Thailand in a bus accident.

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So I guess abdalmuhyi's answer is NO
I like learning about buddhism, Zen or taoism, but I am not actively learning right now.

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If you are interested in Taoism read (The Inner Chapters) by Zhuang Zi.

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You will find that the religions of the far east have a different approach to their interaction with people and the cultures in which they developed to those here in the west. Buddhism as an example, developed out of a reaction to Hinduism and through its evolution now cannot be considered a religion in the true sense of the word. This is because there is no deity or God in Buddhism which one has to worship. Rather the Buddha taught that whether there is a God(s) it has no direct bearing on ones karmic life and development as a good human being. Taoism is much the same in that it is a philosophy more than a religion, with the reverence being in the laws of nature, and obeying and observing them, people will be closer to their true nature which leads to a more evolved, fulfilled and prosperous life.

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