Salam (peace) to everyone,
After looking at all the threads we have here I noticed there is 1 constant theme to ALL OF THEM and that theme can be summarized in 1 word as DIVISION. While I respect everyone's opinion (at least the ones that are laced with hate and profanity) I think it's time for at least 1 thread of unity. At the end of the day, we are all people here and I am almost 100% sure that putting our religious differences aside, we will probably agree on most things. So, my suggestion and intent of this thread is not division but, rather unity. Unity by putting our differences aside and let's try to talk/discuss things that we hope the majority would agree on. Let's not sit there and bombard anyone with questions about prove this or how do you or any of that nonsense that we can do in any other thread. The goal of this thread is for us to try and agree on as many things as we possibly can through debating with the intention of agreeing, not disagreeing. I honestly don't know exactly how this thread will go and don't have a step by step "rules or guidelines" other than let's all try and be as respectful as possible.
I will start with my first 2 general statement. And the reason I say it's a "general" statement because, if we really wanted we can dig deep in to any statement and find circumstances under which we will disagree with it. I hope this thread does NOT end up talking or discussing theism or atheism. While general statements about a religion are perfectly acceptable, let's not get in to a debate or disagreement about a religion.
So my first 2 general statement is
1) Muslims and Atheists believe in living life to the fullest. Based off some of the replies in other threads this statement might come as a shock to people but, yes Islam does teach and Muslims are told to live life to its fullest, within the Islamic context of course.
2) Almost everyone on both sides (theists and atheists) believe in being a good person is important. By good I mean helping the poor, standing up for the weak, defending the oppressed and being honest among other things as well.
So I hope my examples provide a little direction of what my goal is out of this thread.
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