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  1. 19 points

    Why i Reverted

    Salam Alaykoum ! i am orignally from Romania , having also polish background . I reverted back in the holy Month of Muharram of 2015 in the Iranian Mosque of Montreal Elhamdulilah . I was Christian before taking my Shahada but i studied Every religion before making my choice . I onky knew about Ahlus Sunnah at first but when i started learning the early history i couldn't remain sunni(no disrespect intended to Sunnis ) . i feel blessed to have converted because i feel that some Born Shias do not appreciate fully the beauty and Wisdom of Ahlul-Bayt (As) . My parents being from the balkans associated My Islam to the Turks and their invasion and oppression of Romania. But i explained to them that The Iranians Shias were allied with us against Turks at that time . They did not take it too well but elhamdulilah The persona of Imam Ali (As) kept me strong as i recalled all that he had to go through and all those years of loneliness he endured , truly it breaks the heart so this kept me strong Elhamdulilah
  2. 14 points
    Salam everyone, The wahabbis have launched a new website for 'discussion and analysis' (apparently) of Nahjul Balagha but in reality to cast doubts about the book in the minds of people and possibly bring changes in it so do not consult this site for study of Nahjul Balagha nor download the book from the link. http://nahjul-balagha.net http://nahjul-balagha.net/english-pdf/ I would especially like the reverts and our young Shia brothers and sisters to be aware of this. Please spread the word if you can. Thank you.
  3. 11 points
    Salam alaykum all, To help the Shia community more readily access our own books' information, I made a website with the four major Shia Hadith books. The site allows you to browse, search and share Shia Hadith. Please check it out and let me know any feedback. http://www.fourshiabooks.com
  4. 10 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations to ShiaChat members who were Popular Contributors last week! Thank you! @ali_fatheroforphans @skyweb1987 @Ashvazdanghe @Wholehearted Shi'a @shia farm girl @Hussaini624 @Smiles786 @shadow_of_light @islam25 @Sirius_Bright @Laayla @YAli Thank you Team members. We appreciate you. @Gaius I. Caesar @starlight @Ibn Al-Ja'abi @ShiaChat Mod @Dhulfikar @notme @Hassan- @Abu Hadi @Qa'im
  5. 9 points
    So what? That is already enough. That is already part of religion if you can find from saying of the Prophet Muhammad (saws). Are people so blind to reject 12 Imamateh that is already established by Prophet Muhammad (saws) because you can't find 12 names, or follow 12 imams after nabi, or Follow Ali after nabi in Qur'an? This is nothing but Salafi nonsense.
  6. 9 points

    What do you do when you're home alone?

    I would think to myself "Now is the time to put my feet up and read a book or watch a movie" but then I would remember that people at ShiaChat might be saying something really great and I would miss it. I would be here.
  7. 9 points


    Thank you so much guys. You guys are like my online family :).
  8. 9 points

    Sayed Ammar Nakshawani

    The following are the few glimpse about the life education and religious work of Sayed Ammar Nakshawani 1. Birth: 1981 2. Family background: - He is the grandson of Murtadha Nakshawani, (who served as a representative of GrandAyatollah Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei in the holy city of Najaf in Iraq. In 1987) his family migrated to England, United Kingdom - He is a direct descendant of Muhammad SAAW through Musa al-Kadhim, the seventh Twelver Shia Imam. - He is also the nephew of Sheikh Baqir al-Irawani, one of the highest ranking Shiite jurists of the 21st century 3. Education: - BSc in Psychology and Law in 2003 – University of London - MA from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran - Phd from University of Exeter – England Religious studies: - Studied in the Islamic Seminaries of Damascus, Syria in the precincts of the sanctuary of Zainab, the granddaughter of Holy Prophet Muhammad, from 2009 – 2012 - Studies include Arabic Grammar, Hadith Studies, Logic, Science of Jurisprudence, History, Theology, Mysticism and Quranic Sciences - These subjects included the study of works of classical scholars such as Ibn Aqil, Rumi, Sibawayh, Baladhuri, Tabari, Ibn al-Athir, Masudi, Yaqubi, Baqillani, Qadi Numan, Sijistani, Ibn Arabi, Allama al-Hilli, Sheikh al-Mufid, Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, Shahid al-Awwal and Shahid al-Thani, Sharif al-Murtadha and Sharif al-Radhi, Suyuti, Ibn Taymiyyah, Ibn Qayyim al–Jawziyya, Dhahabi, Kashi, Najashi as well as contemporary scholars such as Sadr, Sobhani, Yazdi, Abdul Hadi al-Fadhli, Taleqani, Beheshti, Khoei, Mutaharri, Shariati, Muzaffar as well as his uncle Baqir al- Irawani. 4. Teachers: He studied under Ayatollah Milani, Sheikh Bahmanpour, Sheikh Elmi, Sheikh Vaezi, Dr Toussi, Sheikh Ahmed Qabalan, Sayed Alaa al Halabi, Sheikh Mukhtar al-Tunisi, and Prof Ezzati. According to a license posted on his website, he holds the intermediate scholarly rank of Hujjat al-Islam. 5. Occupation: Professor 6. Titles: - He serves as the Imam Ali Chair of Shia studies at Hartford Seminary, the oldest seminary in the United States, and is the first ever academic chair in the United States devoted to the study of Shi'ism. - He serves as the Special Representative to the United Nations for the Universal Muslim Association of America (UMAA). In this role, he promotes women's rights initiatives, social development, and religious tolerance. Nakshawani uses this position to speak out for the preservation of cultural heritage, historical art and architecture, and ancient literature. As Special Representative, he engages in interfaith dialogue with leaders of a variety of faith communities, and advocates on behalf of Islam - He is a member of the International Qurʾanic Studies Association. 7. Important Events: - 500 Most Influential Muslims: In 2014, Nakshawani was included in the list of The 500 Most Influential Muslims (also known as The Muslim 500, an annual publication first published in 2009) in the "Preachers and Spiritual Guides" section. - Prolific Islamic Scholar: A 2009 report by the Change Institute said that at the age of 27, Nakshawani represented the arrival of a new generation of persuasive and articulate Muslim intellectuals and personalities who are able to gain leverage amongst young Muslim audiences because they speak in a language that appeals to them...an increasingly significant figure amongst Shi'a youth both in the UK and internationally. 8. Initiatives: Sayed Ammar continues to promote a contemporary understanding of Islam and dispelling myths about Shi'ism through interfaith and intrafaith initiatives under the mentorship of leading scholars in the Muslim World. He travels frequently to Iraq to consult with scholars including Ayatollahs Ali al-Sistani and Bashir al-Najafi, and others. His uncle Mohammad Jawad al-Irawani sits on Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's Expediency Discernment Council. He also routinely convenes with al-Sistani's representative Sheikh Fadhel al-Sahlani, in New York City. Sayed Ammar has appeared on news media including TV channels such as the BBC, Ahlulbayt TV, Press TV, Al Zahra, Al Anwar, Kerbala TV, Hidayat, Wilayat, Ahlebayt and Safeer TV. 9. Shia Sunni Unity at Columbia University The "Muslim Student Association of Columbia University". Archived from the original on 18 May 2012. held a lecture by Sayed Ammar Nakshawani on the importance of uniting Sunni and Shia Muslims. “There needs to be dialogue in order to bridge the gap,” Nakshawani said in his lecture. “For so many years, when Shiites and Sunnis tried to bridge the gap, the Shiite would look through his lens. The Sunni would look through his.” In his address, Nakshawani asked the audience to put aside political and theological differences between Sunnis and Shiites and focus on the group’s shared fundamental beliefs, such as the oneness of Allah, Muhammad’s role as the prophet of Allah, and the five pillars of Islam. "Take off your lenses and see through the eyes of someone else," Nakshawani said. He criticized he speeches of Sunni and Shiite clerics who use phrases such as "atheist sinners" and "infidels" to incite hatred of other sects. 10. Lectures: Muharram Lecture Circuit and Ramadhan Lecture Circuit, These are arranged on yearly basis 11. Website: www.sayedammar.com https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ammar_Nakshawani
  9. 9 points
    Gaius I. Caesar

    Why i Reverted

    Salaam and bun venit, it is good to have you. Please, enjoy your stay at Shiachat. I am a revert/convert too as well, couldn't remain Sunni either.
  10. 9 points
    You think they are together, but their hearts are diverse. That is because they are a people who do not reason. (59:14)
  11. 8 points
    I have often encountered Christian and Jewish believers who deny the authenticity of the Islamic tradition that Avraham [A.S.] went to the region of Makkah; I find the etymological argument the easiest to prove the validity of the narrative. Although most Arabic etymologists admit that the etymology of Makkah [مكة] is elusive and unknown, they tend to overlook the legend behind the city. According to the Islamic tradition, Avraham [A.S.] left Hajar [A.S.] and Ishmael [A.S.] in the valley; after their water ran dry, Ishmael [A.S.] began to cry for thirst. Hajar [A.S.] left the boy under a shrub and searched for water- with no success. After hours of searching, the boy began to cry. Hajar [A.S.] intensified her search- with no further success; believing the boy would die, she began to cry too. Eventually, after severe thirst took hold, the boy became agitated and began kicking and struck the ground; at this point, water sprang forth and began to bubble up- from the Hebrew zimzam [זמזם] which meant to buzz, hum, or vibrate. The city is known by two names: Bakkah [بكة] and Makkah [مكة]; Bakkah came from the Hebrew Pa’al participle Bokeh [בוכה] which meant weeping- so named from the weeping of Hajar [A.S.] and Ishmael [A.S.]; Makkah came from the Hebrew verb nakah [נכה] conjugated as a Hiph’il participle Makeh [מכה] meaning striking- so called from Ishmael [A.S.] striking the ground with his foot and initiating the miracle of the Zamzam well. The Arabic ta marbuta [ة] is equivalent to the Hebrew vowel letter Qametz He [ה ָ ] and the Hebrew feminine He [ה] ending; in Hebrew, Bakkah would be written [בכה] and Makkah would be written [מכה]. Changing a Hebrew participle, or any noun built upon an imperfect verb, into a noun would require only the final syllable to be changed to the Qamets He [ה ָ ] ending. The Hebrew backdrop to the story of Ishmael [A.S.] and Makkah is interwoven in the ancient names of the city and well- which are not tenable by Arabic etymologies.
  12. 8 points

    Identity Politics

    Activists today talk much of identity politics. Identity politics, also called identitarian politics, refers to political positions based on the interests and perspectives of social groups with which people identify. You may have heard people "identify as a gay person", or "identify as a black nationalist", or "identify as a vegetarian", or identify themselves with a certain race, nationality, creed, economic class, or ideology. They are then expected to behave and dress according to the mores of that identity. Discovering oneself is indeed a necessary process in the journey of life. It is common for Westerners to travel around Europe, flirt with Indian mysticism, or teach in east Asia in an effort to "find" themselves. So what is our true Islamic identity? One may say Shia, but to be a Shia of `Ali (a) means much more than to belong to a certain minority community. The Shia are an elite nucleus of believers. One may say Muslim, but even prophets Ibrahim (a) and Isma`il (a) had to pray for Allah to make them into Muslims - submitters to the will of Allah. The answer to this question may be in the famous saying, “Whoso knows his self, assuredly knows his Lord.” There are differences of opinion on the true meaning of this quote, but the commentary of this saying that this servant finds most consistent with the tradition is that of Shaykh al-Awhad Ahmad al-Ahsai. He says that the statement expresses conditionality (ta`leeq) to gnosis. The prophets, messengers, and deputies had a self-awareness, believing that their selves were a part of a grander creation, whose origin is Allah. He cites 41:53, 18:51, and a du`a’ of the 12th Imam that put the nafs alongside the rest of creation as temporal signs of an eternal God. Ahsai brings forward a similar hadith attributed to the Prophet Dawud, in which he says “Whoso knows the ignorance of his self, assuredly knows the strength of his Lord. And, whoso knows the incapacity of his self, assuredly knows the power of his Lord.” This is an expression of the weak, limitedness of man, which thus highlights the strength and capacity of Allah. This means that one must acknowledge the fact that he was created, and therefore, he is a finite and limited being in need of a Creator and Sustainer. One must realize the limits of his own power and his intelligence to understand He who is All-Powerful and All-Knowing. That is the beginning of the process of ma`rifa - cognizance of the Divine - where one surrenders himself in faith and in action to Absolute Perfection. So the true identity that a person must recognize is that they are a created servant who is in total need of God. We say "ashhadu anna Muhammadan `abduhu wa rasuluh" in the tashahhud, which acknowledges the servitude of Muhammad (s) to his Lord. This servitude is the key to true greatness, because one who is a slave to God cannot be a slave to worldliness. All people surrender, whether to their own desires or to an outside force, but if one's reliance is completely on Allah, he will be free from obeying others. One who fears only Allah does not fear anything else, which elevates his status in the creation. It is out of Prophet Muhammad's sincere service to Allah that made him the best of creation. Returning to postmodern identity politics: identifying yourself with what you eat or who you have sex with is very shallow. Food and sex are functions of the lower self. Identifying with a race is identifying with an accidental characteristic of yourself rather than your essential nature. As much as these "groups" may be relevant in today's world, we should not be fixated on `asabiyya (tribalism, group mentality), which was the underlining feature of jahiliyya. Identity politics can blind us from ethics, which is rooted more in verbs and adverbs than in nouns and pronouns. It can cause irreparable division and segregation. And finally, it can cause us to lose focus of our purpose and goal: ma`rifa. "And I did not create the jinn and mankind except to worship Me." (51:56)
  13. 8 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations to Popular Contributors last week! @skyweb1987 @ali_fatheroforphans @Wholehearted Shi'a @aliyah21 @Mansur Bakhtiari @father @Yaaqov Ben Yisrael @Ron_Burgundy @Hussaini624 @Laayla @AmirAlmuminin Lover @Smiles786
  14. 8 points


    Salam, Praying for you. How come I didn't see this earlier. Brother I was in a similar situation 6 yrs back when I was pregnant with my son,albeit even earlier in the pregnancy. I started reciting Ziyarat e Ashura with Dua e Alqama everyday and Alhumdollilah my son was born healthy 4 months later (only 3 weeks premature)when the doctors were sure I would have him in 48 hours max(I was in labour,had no idea how it went away)
  15. 8 points

    Muslim Men and Their Actions

    Salam. I don't like to post something negative, but if your sister is going to marry him, she might have a problem with him. Not only is he not religious (looking at nude photos on Instagram) but he might compare your sister's body to those porn starlets and not be happy with her after the honeymoon. Honestly, your sister should find someone else to marry who is not addicted to porn photos.
  16. 8 points

    Thoughts 2017

    A lesson for every man or woman who claims to be Muslim, "If a man takes fasting to mean closing his mouth to food but opening it for backbiting, such fasting will be of no benefit and have no effect." - Ruhollah Khomeini, the Greatest Jihad, p. 26
  17. 8 points
    ShiaChat Mod

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations ShiaChat Members who were Popular Contributors last week: @Islandsandmirrors @Ashvazdanghe @yusur317 @skyweb1987 @Enlightening Inspirations @IbnSina @shiaman14 @Salsabeel @Wholehearted Shi'a @Akbar673 @Sirius_Bright @Mansur Bakhtiari
  18. 8 points

    Thoughts 2017

  19. 7 points
    I am very happy now! She is called Yeganeh. She was kidnapped 6 years ago when she was just 2/5 years old, in Khorramshahr, a city in south of Iran. During these years her family tried much to find her but they failed. No clue was found. I followed her news on net and checked her mother's page. She was too sad and asked people to pray for her little daughter. She wrote that she was not fine at all. 3 days ago, on 17th of Rabi-al Awwal, she asked the Prophet(s) to give her an eidi (a gift given on eids). And after 2 days, he did! He gave her a nice gift: her beloved daughter! She was found yesterday. A family in Tehran, 900 kms away from her original hometown, looked after her during these years and they didnt know that she had been kidnapped. They identified her after they saw her photos on social networks. They called her Nazanin Ruqayya. I love her photo. Her face is very innocent. But every time I looked at her I felt sad. When you looked at her eyes, you would ask yourself where she is now, if she is alive, if she has a good life, if it is possible to find her after 6 years (she was 2.5 and now her face must have changed a lot and she must have forgotten her family). Last night before sleeping I checked my cellphone and I saw the other photo ( the recent one) on a page but I didnt know this was her so I didnt notice it. Then I opened another page and suddenly read the news about her. I really didnt expect it! (because I was a little disappointed). The girl in the other photo resembled her so the news were not fake. I was so happy that I couldnt sleep. I slept around 5 am! (just imagine how glad her mother is now). Today is a happy day! Thank you God! Thank you!
  20. 7 points
    Abu Hadi

    Trump's Jerusalem decision

    The Biblical 'Israel' has nothing to do with the present day political entity known as the 'State of Israel'. The Christians were tricked by Theodore Herzl and the original Zionist clan. The Biblical Israel refers the the Kingdoms of David and Soloman(a.s) who were just rulers who ruled according to the laws of God. The present day State of Israel is run by secular Jews from New York and con artists from East Europe who are looking for land and political power. Two very different things. If I call a rabbit a turtle, that doesn't make the rabbit a turtle, it just makes me look silly.
  21. 7 points
    I try to write as much as I can because I have a book I want published soon.
  22. 7 points
    When I have absolutely nothing to do I find I waste a lot of time holding my fridge door open looking for some answers lol.
  23. 7 points


    @Ron_Burgundy duas for your wife and child. inshaAllah labor will be stopped and the little one will have time to develop normally.
  24. 7 points


    Bismehe Ta3ala, Brother Ron Assalam Alikum, Allah protect your family from all harm. Insh'Allah they come home in good health. M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah
  25. 7 points
    Salaam Alaykum I don't think there is absolute trustful news source in this world. I personally trust these two sources: http://www.khamenei.ir http://www.presstv.com I think that even these two websites are not %100 trustful. People who make news on these websites are normal guys like you and me, and we are not infallible persons.
  26. 7 points

    Thoughts 2017

  27. 7 points
    His lectures were so helpful in making my decision to convert to Shi’a Islam.
  28. 7 points
    Apart from the advice by other brothers, you can start doing a course or a certification which will help you in your further studies and will assist you in understanding things better. You can also utilize the time for knowing your religion better. Look for an Islamic classes or sit with a scholar. There's one good online class if you want to give a try (It's free). https://www.almuntazaruniversity.com Finally when you have time, why not go for Ziyarat?
  29. 7 points
    I've intended for this post to be a placeholder until I publish my next entry on the linguistic history of the Arabic language until the early Islamic period. I've adapted it from a post I made elsewhere. It represents an early phase in my research on the religions in pre-Islamic Arabia, it's rather informal but so is the nature of my research right now. InshaAllah it'll be added to, corrected, and fixed as time progresses. The presence of Christianity in Arabia was already centuries old by the time the Prophet was born. Historical Arabia was identified as a region spanning from the Eastern banks of the Nile to the Euphrates and as far north as the Syrian desert. According the Socrates Scholasticus, the Byzantine ecclesiastical historian, not the Athenian philosopher, a Queen Mavia (ماوية) of the Ishmaelites, who reigned from the late fourth century to the early fifth century, converted to Christianity. She went on to appoint a Bishop named Moses, another "Saracen" (Arab) who led a monastic life and was reputed to preform miracles. Eusebius writes about an Arab Monarchian named Beryllus, Bishop of Bostra. He believed that Christ was a distinct divinity but only possessed the Divine nature of God the Father after the incarnation. Origen of Alexandria converted him back to "orthodoxy" (in the lower-case sense of the word, not upper-case sense referring to the Orthodox Churches). It seems that by the birth of Prophet Muhammad there was a major presence of various "heretical" Christian groups. A misattributed dictum of St. Theodoret of Cyrrhus states that "Arabia hæresium ferax", "Arabia is the bearer of heresies". Scholars have attempt to identify the groups present in Arabia using antique and mediaeval sources and the Qur'anic description of their doctrines. Theophilos Indus, an Arian Bishop sent by Emperor Constantius II to Asia via Arabia as a missionary. He is reported to have converted the people of Himyar to Arianism. He was Heteroousian, a follower of the theologian Aetius, who denied that Christ and God the Father were of the same substance. It's possible that Arianism survived in the region. There was also a presence of Severan Monophysites, followers of Severus of Antioch who believed in the "natural union" of Christ's two natures, concentrated on the Red Sea coast (Hijaz and Yemen). The Julianists, a group closely related to the Docetists, are of particular interest due to their rejection of Christ having died on the cross -- a view also found in the Gnostic Apocalypse of Peter (where Christ is in a tree and laughing at whoever is being crucified). Irfan Shahid states Ashab al-Ukhdud (People of the Ditch) that the Qur'an mentions were Monophysites. Their account is also mentioned in text called "The Book of the Himyarites", a Syriac work which was translated into English by Axel Moberg. Their leader was St. Arethas (Harith) was written about in the 7th century text Acta Sancti Arethæ/Martyrium Sancti Arethæ. There was also a Nestorian presence in Arabia. The Prophet was aware of this and the Qur'an even employs the Nestorian idea of "Isa b. Maryam" to deny that Christ is the Son of God. The aforementioned Book of the Himyarites also has a passage were Dhu-Nuwas employs Nestorian terms to refer to the Christology of the "majority of Christians" (in his realm). Though Monophysitism did become dominate after the fall of Dhu-Nuwas, Nesotrianism returned with the conquest of South Arabia by the Sassanids. In the lifetime of the Prophet, Nestorian missionaries from Najran would go to Ukadh to preach, and Prophet Muhammad encountered one who left an impression on him, Quss b. Sa'idah al-Iyyadi. He was possibly a bishop of Najran. Irfan Shahid mentions this as a matter of fact in "Islam and Oriens Christianus". However, he's also argued against this position in his entry on Quss b. Sa'idah in the Brill Encyclopaedia of Islam, saying that it was just a conflation of several facts about him and the Episcopate of Najran. Shahid believes there also might have been an Ethiopic Christian presence. This is based on what seems to be Ge'ez terms being used by the Qur'an, such as Nasara rather than Masihiyyun, Isa rather than Yasu'. Though in the case of the latter Arthur Jeffery demonstrates how this could have also happened as a result of natural linguistic corruption when the word transferred from Syriac to Arabic. References and Further reading: Irfan Shahid's article "ISLAM AND ORIENS CHRISTIANUS: MAKKA 610-622 AD" represents a bulk of the research here, I would highly recommend it. You might also want to check out Irfan Shahid's series on Byzantium and Arabia. Gabriel Said Reynold's The Qur'an in its Historical Context (both parts one and two) might also prove useful. And Darren M. Slade's article "ARABIA HAERESIUM FERAX (ARABIA BEARER OF HERESIES): Schismatic Christianity’s Potential Influence on Muhammad and the Qur’an ".
  30. 7 points

    End of ISIS

    Gen. Soleimani congratulates Ayatollah Khamenei, Muslim world for end of ISIS https://en.isna.ir/news/96083017322/ Tehran (ISNA) - In a letter to the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei Khamenei, the Commander of IRGC Quds Force Major General Qassem Soleimani announced the end of ISIS's domination over Islamic lands. Following the historic victory of Iraq and Syria's resistance movement over the sedition of Takfiri terrorism and the end of ISIS's domination, which manifested by lowering the flag of this American-Zionist group at Abu Kumal--the last key area in the hands of ISIS--General Soleimani issued an important message to Ayatollah Khamenei. The following is the full text of Major-General Soleimani's message to Ayatollah Khamenei: In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful "Indeed, we have opened for you (Prophet Muhammad) a clear opening." Quran: 1, 48) To the dear and brave Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Khamenei: Salamun Alaikum, Six years ago, a dangerous plot like the ones at the time of Amir al-Mu'minin (as), which prevented the Muslims from truly understanding the Pure Islam of Muhammad (pbuh), this time, mixed with the poison of Zionism and arrogance, covered the Islamic world like a devastating storm. This devastating and poisonous sedition was created by the enemies of Islam with an aim of initiating widespread war within the Islamic world and a fight among Muslims. The evil movement, under the name of the "Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant," managed, in the early months, to deceive tens of thousands of Muslim youth from both countries, causing a very dangerous crisis for the influential and crucial countries of the Islamic world: "Iraq" and "Syria." They occupied hundreds of thousands of square kilometers of land from these countries along with thousands of villages, towns, and provincial centers; they destroyed thousands of factories, manufactures, and major infrastructure of these countries--including roads, bridges, refineries, wells, gas and oil lines, and power plants; they destroyed or burned important cities with valuable historical monuments and national civilizations by bombing them. Although it is not possible to calculate all the damage caused yet, the preliminary investigation estimates damages to be around $500 billion. In this event, there were extremely horrendous crimes that could not be shown, which included the following: decapitation of children, skinning men alive before their families, taking young girls and women hostage and raping them, burning people alive and group massacres of hundreds of young people. People of these countries, astounded by this poisonous storm, became part of them or victims of the takfiri criminals, and millions of other Muslims left their homes and were displaced throughout other cities and countries. In this dark sedition, thousands of mosques and sacred centers of Muslims were destroyed or ruined, and sometimes a mosque along with the Imam and all the people in it were blown up. More than 6,000 young people, deceived in the name of defending Islam, blew themselves up by way of suicide bombings, using explosive vehicles at city squares, mosques, schools, even hospitals and public places of Muslims; as a result of these criminal acts, tens of thousands of innocent men, women, and children were martyred. To be continued https://en.isna.ir/news/96083017322/Gen-Soleimani-congratulates-Ayatollah-Khamenei-Muslim-world
  31. 7 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Thank you, everyone! @skyweb1987 @Afsaneh14 @Bakir @laithAlIRAQI @King @Khomeinist @forte @Irfani313 @A Muslim Artist @kirtc @Islandsandmirrors @monad@SunniBrother @Chaotic Muslem @Islamic Salvation
  32. 7 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Some of the pictures I took from ziyara and the walk.
  33. 6 points
    Sisters In Islam


    In Islam. no one is superior except through piety and moral conduct. men and women are equal but not identical. each has their own special task and abilities together, they create wonder Imam Ali Khamenei - "If the culture of respecting women is firmly established, many problems of our society will be solved and women will not be oppressed" Lets empower our women by liking and sharing this page: https://www.facebook.com/Sisters-In-Islam-Ahlulbayt-School-of-Thought-385767358246015/
  34. 6 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Finally my new aqeeq ring arrived
  35. 6 points

    New Layout Experiment

    Hello, everyone: You may have noticed a change in the homepage. To improve the ShiaChat experience, we are having a live experiment with Fluid View. From the homepage, you can view all the new topics for the entire site at once. To filter to specific forums, click the boxes on the sidebar (desktop) or click the "Showing Topics from all forums" button on top (mobile). This is modeled after Reddit, where you immediately access topics from the home page. This saves the extra click of going to a forum first, then browsing the topics to click on. Here you have the ability: 1. View all new topics at once. OR 2. Filter only new topics from multiple forums at once that you like, rather than one at a time. If you only want Politics and Social, or only Theology and Sunni/Shia to show up, you can do that. Big changes always take getting used to, but we'll see. If after a period of time, the response is overwhelmingly negative, then it can be returned to the previous setting. But lets give it a chance. You may like it, and newcomers may prefer it too.
  36. 6 points

    Premarital intercourse

    In fiqh, the first reason for the istiHbaab of marriage is to exit sin. Bachelorhood almost always means that one is in a state of sin, either due to masturbation, gazing at women, fornication, adultery, prostitution, or homosexuality. Marriage takes one out of that state, because the outlet of a person's sexual attention becomes their partner(s). There are also many narrations about how the salat of a married person is worth much more than the salat of a bachelor - again, this is an encouragement to marry. Bachelorhood is makrooh, because it is more likely to lead to the sins mentioned above. Some narrations say that hell mostly consists of bachelors. Marriage is a relationship that is (1) before God, and so it has a divine bedrock, rather than simply a materialistic or emotional foundation. (2) It is signed with accepted permissions, and not just based on pick-up tricks or lust. (3) Rights are guaranteed for each partner and their children. Bachelorhood prevents humans from developing their realized natural potential. Humans are to become selfless in their spiritual development. The hadiths say that the best father is one who is good to his family, forgiving of them, works hard for them and gives them a generous amount of sustenance. A bachelor on the other hand works for himself, and does not develop the same sense of responsibility, patience, hard work, mercy, and selflessness in his singlehood. As for women, they are born with wombs as a part of their anatomy, and their realized natural potential is to become mothers, who are also selfless, giving up sleep/food/clothing/safety for the protection of their offspring. Without marriage, they may never develop the same qualities that a mother has just by being a mother. Having children is mustahab - some hadiths say that having many children will make the Prophet proud on the Day of Resurrection - so there is a civilizational aspect to having children (adding more Muslims to the Umma). Without marriage and children, a low birth rate will decimate a civilization. Its culture would die out, its old folks would not be looked after, its economy would fall apart, etc. This is a problem in Japan today, where the birth rate is low and no real immigration system has been put in place. In parts of Europe where the birth rates are low, Muslims are likely to becoming the majority population by the next century, because fewer Europeans are choosing to marry and/or have children. Sex is also considered a good deed in Islam, and a hikma may be because it is both healthy for the self and doing good for your partner. Rather than just "breaking up" or leaving suddenly ("ghosting"), Islam has a system of divorce which is much less whimsical. Divorce is very makrooh, and so there are many rules around it. A man cannot divorce his wife when she is on her period, a man has to support his wife during her `idda, a man must take responsibility for the sustenance of the children after the divorce, a woman cannot initiate a divorce except through a judge or a khulu` process, a man and woman can claim their own respective properties, and a couple must have two witnesses for the divorce to be valid. So, a marriage is robust, it has gravitas, it has rights, it is more structured and less fluid than a "relationship". Divorce is also makrooh because it often prevents children from growing up with both of their parents around. It also creates a public feud between at least two families and their associates. There is also a smaller chance of a divorcee getting remarried. And so very few divorces are painless. Without marriage, children born out of wedlock will almost always have a missing parent, and there are many studies on the affects of fatherlessness (for example) on a child. They are more likely to get into crime, illicit relationships, drugs, and develop mental disorders. There is also a sense of exclusivity in marriage that does not exist in modern relationships. In a relationship, there is no prevention of you or your wife having a secret relationship on the side, or cheating for one night, or breaking up and your wife having a new partner the next day. If there are other wives, the money and time of the husband is divided equally between them, which means that secondary wives cannot be secretive affairs. If there is cheating, it is a sin and it is punishable by law. If there is divorce, it is done institutionally (not through a text lol), and an `idda must be observed. If everyone got married rather than got into several relationships in their lifetime, there would be a lot less STDs around as well. I hope this was helpful.
  37. 6 points
    We are giving brother @ManofIslam our resources and arguments about why we believe shi’a Islam is the path of righteousness, justice and truth. The brother can look at the resources we have provided and compare them with Sunni sources. Once he gains a reasonable knowledge of the history and theological differences of both Sunni and Shi’a (which I highly recommend the brother does) he then can ask himself these questions and decide for himself. We are not compelling him, he has come to shia chat asking why we believe what we believe and we have provided. I find the more you know the more you feel satisfied with your final decision. Masha’Allah.
  38. 6 points


    You are in our prayers, inshallah they will be fine and healthy in no time.
  39. 6 points

    Should I be a Shia or Sunni Muslim?

    Salaam brother, You should choose one or the other intelligently rather than based on a few conversations and online forums. The big distinction between Shia Islam and Sunni Islam is who should be followed after the Prophet. If you think the Sahaba should be followed, then Sunni Islam is to be followed. If you think the AhlulBayt are to be followed, then Shia islam is it. Keep in mind, the Prophet (saw) said he is leaving behind the Quran and his AhlulBayt so it is pretty clear to us who should be followed. As a general rule, if you believe in the following, then you are Shia: Tawheed - belief in the oneness of Allah. Adl - belief in the justice of Allah Prophethood - Belief in the finality of Prophethood with Prophet Muhammad (saw) Imamate - The successors of the Prophet start with Imam Ali (as) and that there are 12 of them Qiyamah - Belief in the Day of Judgement. Inshallah, you will find guidance.
  40. 6 points
    Wasalam I am pacing around the house like a caged tiger, exercise and stream boondocks while eating junk food. I am happy though that i have a job to go to and study to occupie my mind with.
  41. 6 points
    I read Quran, call my friends and family, thinking about myself, working out, and checking mosque website to see if they have any program for that day. I also like fixing and upgrading cars, so I watch youtube videos and check autoparts for prices.
  42. 6 points
    Mansur Bakhtiari

    How did Fatimah (sa) die?

    Bismillah Salamu Alaikom everyone. Lately some people have been doubting the martyrdom of Sayyida Fatimah (sa), at the hands of Umar. Some Sunni's go as far as claiming we don't have a SINGLE authentic narration which narrates this. I decided to look into it, by checking the compilation "al-hujum ala bayt Fatimah (sa)," which you can find online in Arabic. Alhamdulillah I investigated the chains of narrators and found this Sahih hadith detailing the full incident. There are many others too, however I haven't had too much time on my hands, but Inshallah I will add some others soon. Dala'il al-Imamah, Muhammad bin Jarir Tabari al-Imami, Page 134 43 / 43 - حدثني أبو الحسين محمد بن هارون بن موسى التلعكبري قال : حدثني أبي قال : حدثني أبو علي محمد بن همام بن سهيل قال : روى أحمد بن محمد بن البرقي عن أحمد بن محمد الأشعري القمي عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي نجران عن عبد الله بن سنان عن ابن مسكان عن أبي بصير عن أبي عبد الله جعفر بن محمد ع قال : ولدت فاطمة ع في جمادى الآخرة يوم العشرين منه سنة خمس وأربعين من مولد النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله). وأقامت بمكة ثمان سنين وبالمدينة عشر سنين وبعد وفاة أبيها خمسة وسبعين يوما . وقبضت في جمادي الآخرة يوم الثلاثاء لثلاث خلون منه سنة إحدى عشرة من الهجرة . وكان سبب وفاتها أن قنفذا مولى عمر لكزها بنعل السيف بأمره فأسقطت محسنا ومرضت من ذلك مرضا شديدا ولم تدع أحدا ممن آذاها يدخل عليها . وكان الرجلان من أصحاب النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) سألا أمير المؤمنين أن يشفع لهما إليها فسألها أمير المؤمنين ع فأجابت فلما دخلا عليها قالا لها : كيف أنت يا بنت رسول الله ؟ قالت : بخير بحمد الله . ثم قالت لهما : ما سمعتما النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) يقول : " فاطمة بضعة مني فمن آذاها فقد آذاني ومن آذاني فقد آذى الله " ؟ قالا : بلى . قالت : فوالله لقد آذيتماني . قال : فخرجا من عندها وهي ساخطة عليهما Narrated from Abul Hussain Muhammad b. Haroon b. Musa al Tala'kabari, from my father, from Abu Ali Muhammad b. Hammam b. Suhail from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al Barqi from Ahmad b. Muhammad al Asha'ri al Qumi, from Abdur Rahman b. abi Najran, from Abdullah b. sinan, from ibn Muskan, from abi Basir, from Abi Abdillah Ja'far b. Muhammad (as), who said: Fatima was born on the 20th of Jamadiul Akhir, when the Prophet (pbuh) was 45 years old. She resided in Mecca for 8 years, and in Medina for 10 years. She lived for 75 days after the death of the Prophet (pbuh). She died on the 3rd of Jamadi al Thani, 11 AH. The cause of her death was that Qunfuz, the slave of Umar, struck her with the handle of his sword as per Umar's order, which caused the miscarriage of her unborn son Muhsin and she became extremely sick. She did not allow anyone from her oppressors to approach her. The two men (who had oppressed her) were from the companions of the Prophet (pbuh). They requested Ali (as) to intercede to Fatima for them. Ali (as) asked her and she replied (granting them permission to talk to her). So when they approached her, they (audaciously) asked her: “How are you, O daughter of the Prophet (pbuh)?” She replied: “I am fine, by the grace of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى.” Then she confronted them: “Had you both not heard the Prophet (pbuh) say: Fatima is a part of me, whoever angers her angers me, and whoever angers me angers Allah??” They said: “Indeed.” She said: “So by Allah you have angered me." Abul Hassan Muhammad bin Haroun at-Tal'akbari, also known by the kunya of Abu Ja'far Mentioned in Mu'ajam Rijal al-Hadith (Volume 22, Page 97) by Sayed al-Khoei as "fadhil," (eminent) Harun bin Musa at-Tal'akbari As you can guess, he is father of the first narrator, meaning of course the two narrators would have met and known each other. Harun bin Musa is a major narrator and hadith scholar, so he also had a good memory for narrating hadiths. He is mentioned as Thiqah (reliable) by Rijal an-Najashi Page 439 Rijal at-Tusi Page 516 Abu Ali Muhammad b. Hammam b. Suhail Reliable/Thiqah: Rijal an-Najashi, Page 379 Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Khalid al-Barqi Another well known narrator of hadith and scholar. Reliable: Rijal an-Najashi, Page 76 Rijal Ibn Dawud, Page 40 Fihrist at-Tusi, Page 53 Khalasah al-Aqwal, al-Hilli, Page 15 Ahmad bin Muhammad bin ‘Isa al-Ash'ari al-Qummi Yet another scholar and major narrator in this chain of narrators. Reliable: Rijal at-Tusi, Page 351 Khalasat al-Aqwal (Allamah Hilli), Page 62 Tanqih al-Maqal (Sheikh Abdullah al-Mamaqani, Volume 8, Page 235 Abdur Rahman bin Abi Najran Reliable Rijal an-Najashi, Page 235 Abdullah bin Sinan Reliable: Rijal an-Najashi, Page 214 Ibn Muskan Full name is Abdullah bin Muskan. He was a companion of the first narrator, though I forgot to write down this source, I will find it soon Inshallah. Reliable: Rijal an-Najashi Page 214 Abi Basir Major narrator and scholar. His name is Yahya bin al-Qasim al-Ati. Reference: Mu’ajam Rijal al-Hadith (Sayed al-Khoei), Volume 21, Page 34 He is also referred to as Yahya bin al-Qasim and Abu Basir al-Asadi. Reference: Mu’ajam Rijal al-Hadith (Sayed al-Khoei), Volume 21, Biography 13559 Reliable (under the name of Yahya bin al-Qasim): Rijal an-Najashi, Page 441 It is disappointing that we have certain individuals within the Shia community which reject this tragic event, despite the fact that we have 'Ijma of our early scholars on this happening, and the many narrations in this regard. This narration is very clearly authentic, as the narrators included many scholars of hadith, and we can know pretty well that each of these narrators would have met the others. I will continue Inshallah to look into the narrations of this incident and provide more later on. Everyone else please post as well, to end this ignorance from spreading in our community. And may Allah's peace and blessings be upon Muhammad and his pure progeny.
  43. 6 points
    for me,coz im a mom for three girls,the older one is 7 years old,my holiday would be when they are at school and the third one is sleeping..thouhg,i would read a book or get a nap..mom's holidays differ from students' ones
  44. 6 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Unity Week is the week that Muslims celebrate the birthday of Prophet Muhammad SA. This year Unity Week is December 1 through December 7. Some Muslims believe that the Holy Prophet SA was born on Rabi al-Awwal 12 and Shias believe he was born on Rabi al-Awwal 17. Ayatullah Khomeini RA originally designated Unity Week so that all Muslims could celebrate during the whole week instead of arguing over when the Prophet SA was born. May Allah accept your remembrance of Prophet Muhammad SA throughout Unity Week.
  45. 6 points

    Why i Reverted

    hi the persons that born shia like me doesnt understand the value of borning as Shia but when I see your undrestanding shia islam make me proud that I'm a shia muslim & remove many doubts in my hearts&mind
  46. 6 points

    going to a gay wedding

    Salaam brother, Your friend is doing a haraam act. Therefore, participating and encouraging such a thing would definitely be haraam.
  47. 6 points
    As Salam Aleykum Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and confirm his belief in Islam. Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers.
  48. 6 points

    Imam `Ali and Surah Zilzal

    Imam `Ali and Surah Zilzal http://www.bibifatima.org/english/blog/2009/11/11/imamali/ It is narrated from Fatima (Peace upon her) that: In the time of the caliphate of Abu Bakr an earthquake occurred in the city of Medina. People, worried and afraid tried to take refuge in Abu Bakr’s and `Umar’s house, but Abu Bakr and `Umar were themselves frightened and were going to `Ali’s (Peace upon him) house. Everyone followed Abu Bakr and `Umar to `Ali’s (Peace upon him) house. When they reached Ali’s (Peace upon him) house, `Ali (Peace upon him) came out of the house in a normal state and was not worried or frightened. He went forward and the people followed him until they reached a hill. They all sat at the top of the hill and were looking at the buildings and houses of Medina and saw that its walls were violently moving due to the intensity of the earthquake. `Ali (peace upon him) stated, “It is apparent that this incident which you are witnessing has frightened you?!” The people said, “How can we not be frighten when we have never seen such an earthquake before?!” Fatima (Peace upon her) stated: `Ali (Peace upon him) moved his lips [and whispered something] and then hit the ground with his hand and said, ”What is the matter with you, be calm!” The ground became calm. People were more amazed at seeing the act of Imam `Ali than the earthquake. Imam `Ali stated, “Were you surprised with what I did?” The people said, “Yes.” Imam `Ali (Peace upon him) stated, “I am that human being about whom Allah the most excellent and noble has stated: {When the earth is shaken with her (violent) shaking, And the earth brings forth her burdens, And man says: What has befallen her?} (Zilzāl, 1-4), I am the human being who asks the earth why it is shaking, what has happened? {On that day she shall tell her news, …}. The ground will [then] inform me [of all its news].”
  49. 6 points
    People never change. It's wrong to expect people to change. Listen to your father. We girls are driven by emotions and can't see through men the way other men can(your father in case) He is very controlling and manipulative, this isn't love. Don't confuse his controlling tendencies with being protective as we women tend to do. People who love you trust you, support you and don't put you through emotional roller coasters. Leave him. Trust me you won't regret it.
  50. 6 points
    If you want your wife to wear hijab, then find someone who already wears hijab. If you force your wife to wear hijab after you get married, that is an oppression on her which she was definitely not expecting.