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Behind the Scenes with Tax Protestors Ed and Elaine Brown

He doesn't like to call it a compound, so I won't. It does have 10 inch thick concrete walls, though. When I heard that Ed Brown was allowing visitors to his "home" in New Hampshire, I had to visit.

Ed and Elaine Brown are a pair of famous tax protestors who are evading arrest in a standoff with the feds.

I exited the highway and passed a Wal Mart. Soon the road became only one lane each way. Soon it was winding through farmland. Shortly after it became a dirt road. The RV hopped over the potholes as veered left onto their street.

Belief in Divine Decree

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The sovereignty of the heavens and the earth belongs to Allâh. Allâh’s Will is all-pervading and nothing good or evil falls outside its orbit. It is His Will that prevails everywhere. Not even a leaf stirs without His Will andnot a sparrow falls to the ground unless He wills so. He is Wise and Loving, and whatever He does must have a good motive and meaningful purpose although our limited intellect may fail to understand it fully. The concept of predestination in Islamdoes not mean the helpless abandonment of human beings to an unwelcome fate. The basic principle of predestination and freewill is that man is neither completely the master of his fate nor is he bound to the blind law of predestination. The idea that Allâh has a foreknowledge of everything does not imply that human beings have been completely deprived of the freedom of action. The knowledge given to man to discriminate between good would be of no useif he had no choice to act on his own. Man would not be subjected to questioning on the Day of Judgment if he were not ultimately responsible for his actions. He would not be rewarded or punished for matters over which he had no control or freedom. He would not be held accountable for histransgressions if he were not endowed with freewill and if everything happens according to divine decree. Right and wrong have been clearly defined and man has been endowed with intelligence to distinguish between them. There are two paths before him and he has been provided with the freewill to choose either ofthem. The uphill path leads to salvation, whereas the downhill path leads to eternal torment and ruin.

"Let him who will believe, and let him who will, reject (it): for the wrong-doers We have prepared a Fire. " [The Qurân Ch: 18 Al-Kahf, V: 29]

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