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The basis of Islam is reality. The prophet was a guide because he was very close to reality and wanted to bring others close to reality as well. God is the Ultimate reality. The message of the prophet to human kind was one that would empower them. It would empower them because it was based on reality.

Everything in this world is related to everything else. Example 1: “Six degrees of separation” rule says that “Any person needs a maximum of six people in between to connect to any other person B on this planet”. Example 2: “Story of how the parents of President Nixon met”. A man fell over a banana peel that was thrown by somebody else and went to the laundry where he met a woman. They fell in love, got married and their son became the president of the United States of America. If that banana peel had not been thrown there the course of the world might have been a little different. This very well could be the story of everybody on this planet!

Not only is everything related to everything else but it’s all very well ordered based on a certain set of rules. Evidence 1: Science is based on rules that have allowed human kind to make such tremendous progress. Evidence 2: The prophet understood these “rules/meta-rules of reality” enough to be able to change society from a delta of -10 to a delta of +10.

Now while the former example shows of progress on the empirical/material level the latter example shows progress in the form of “man’s enlightenment”.

I think these rules to reality have the properties:
1. Singular i.e. one set of rules
2. Universal i.e. exist in all parts of universe
3. Constant i.e. these rules don’t change with time

There is a unity to these rules and meta-rules that point to God and once again the message of the prophet was to discover this reality. We should discover this reality in order to be able to “predict and control” our environment to the point we can. We cannot “predict and control” beyond a certain degree because of the limitation of our cognitive system. One way of saying which is that in a chess game for example the best chess player can only see moves to a couple of moves ahead and not more than that! Although we have limited cognitive abilities we are in a world where these “rules of reality” are “always consistent” and so what lies beyond our abilities to process in order that we are able to deal with this what we must do is to be resign ourselves to be sincere, to evolve and to continually trying to “hit the mark”. We must try to do this in a way that is manageable such that we do not over burden ourselves because to overburden ourselves in this way would be a personality flaw that psychologists call “the flaw of being a perfectionist”.

This ultimately is what good is and what will bring about happiness!

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2) I should be able to fall in love with her and her with me … 7 on a scale of 10.

First criteria:

10 on a scale of 1-10 for this criteria because I consider my family my second self. The better my partner will be at making my family the best the better off my second self will be. Who doesn’t want to aim for the best? In accordance with this she should have the best of the characteristics that every home maker should have:

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Second Criteria:

Description of scale:

5: passes the basic crite…