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  1. 21 points
    Asaalaalaikum, Im glad to say that im now a SHIA! Alhamdulillah! Why did I take this decision? Because I've been reading and contemplating and reflecting about Islam and my beliefs. One thing I have especially been thinking about is Islamic history. I look at the lives of the sahaba and I realize there are many virtues in their lives, however the sahaba in general are clearly not healthy examples to follow and I believe that the Ahlulbayt is the clearest and PUREST path to the true sunnah of Rasoolullah (saw)! This is because although the sahaba such as Umar ibn al Khattab and Abu Bakr did many good things and made genuine efforts towards Islam, it is clear that they are not the best examples for me to follow. For example, Abu Bakr was the first person to do Takfir as he declared war on those not willing to pay zakat, Its clear that the sahaba have categories: I believe that many sahaba had flaws in their character but were still overall good people as they strived for Islam with everything they had. However there are some sahabas that are just very bad in character. For example Khalid Ibn al Walid was the commander of the muslim army for many years and many sunnies glorify him because of his military accomplishments, but clearly he had no morals. He killed many innocent people and even killed a muslim man and raped his wife. DISGUSTING! I cant follow someone like that! I think that If someone takes Khalid Ibn AL Walid as a role model they will end up joining ISIS, Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Another example of a despicable sahaba is Muawiya which I'm sure I don't need to talk about. ON THE FLIP SIDE..... The Ahlulbayt are cleary of a higher status,and the division of the ummah from the start is very clear. Now I'm a follower of Ali (as), Hassan (as), Hussain(as), Zain UL abadeen (as) and Zayd ibn Ali (as)!!!! By following these individuals I truly believe that I will be a follower of MUHAMMAD RASOOLULALH (saw). However one may ask the question, why do I need to be shia to love the ahlulbayt?? My answer is that yes, sunnies do also love the ahlulbayt, but the problem of sunnism is that they dont condemn sahabas who committed oppression! I will never be a supporter of ANY tyrant and oppressor! the following hadith payed a big part in me becoming Shia: "The Messenger of God sent Khalid b. al-Walid to the people of the Yemen inviting them to Islam, and I was among those who went with him. He persisted in the matter for six months, but they did not respond, so the Messenger of God sent 'Ali b. Abi Talib and ordered him that Khalid and those who were with him should return, but if any of them would like to follow him he should allow them. Al-Bara' said, "I was one who followed 'Ali, and as we reached the borders of the Yemen the people got the news. They gathered around him and 'Ali led us in the morning prayer. When he had finished [the prayer], he lined us up in one row. Then he moved before us, praised and extolled God, then read to them the letter of the Messenger of God. All of Hamdan embraced Islam in one day, and he wrote to the Messenger of God about it. When the Prophet read 'Ali's letter he fell down, prostrating himself to God. Then he sat up and said, 'Peace be upon Hamdan, Peace be upon Hamdan' [After the conversion of Hamdan] )he people of the Yemen followed in succession with their acceptance of Islam" - narrated by Tabari. alhamdulillah! Its time to take a stand, to take my own path! The iranan author Ali Shariati says: "My father chose my name, my ancestors chose my last name, thats enough. I myself choose my way!". I was born a hanafi sunni but now im a Shia. Furthermore, the Quran says: "(53:38) No soul shall bear the burden on another" (Wa La tazitru waaziratu wizra ukhra).
  2. 21 points

    I’m married!

    I got married last night to my best friend!! I’m SO happy! I can’t believe I’m officially a married woman now!!!
  3. 14 points

    I’m engaged!

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh! I can’t believe it! I was NOT expecting a proposal today! Now I wish I had done my nails a few days in advance. Lol. Pics coming soon!!!!!!! I don’t know what else to say other than I’m SOOOO excited to be marrying my best friend!!! I think I’m still in shock!!!
  4. 11 points

    missing someone

    Salaams All, I am a 25 year old girl, and I lost my dad on the 9th of June 2017. My Dad's death happened at home, His head on my lap, His hand in mine. His final moments with me. It has been so long, I have tried various amaal, various suras, but I still can not take the scene out of my head, nor can I accept the fact, that my dad is no more. I can not sleep, cannot eat. and I cry most of the time. Can anyone advice me what to do? How to stop from hurting?
  5. 11 points
    I have started my own little project of translating the lectures of Sayed Sabah Shubbar, not a translation of his entire lectures because that would take too long but only parts of his lectures that I find interesting. His lectures contain a sea of knowledge, he talks about almost everything that's related to fiqh matters and dissects every issue in great detail for the laymen to understand. His rulings are all based on what the maraji' say, especially from a Sayed Sistani and Sayed Khoei point of view. Since there are many Shi'as that don't understand Arabic, I decided to translate parts of his lectures that I have listened to. I started 2 days ago so my channel only contains 4 videos, but as I keep translating more videos I will keep updating this thread. The Types of Kafirs If the husband is harming the wife Are Ahlul Kitab najis? What is iddah rajiyyah? Justice between the wives How to purify kitchen items from a dog's saliva? What happens if a man accuses his wife of adultery? What happens when you divorce the same women 9 times?
  6. 10 points
    Wa alaykum assalam, By the night when it covers, and by the day when it appears, and by He who created the male and female: Surely, your efforts are diverse. (92:1-4 Will try to answer this question in a few stages. 1. We are all from Adam, and Adam is from dust. The base identity of every person is that he or she is a creation and servant of God. Regardless of one's sex, race, or even religious beliefs, all humans are created to manifest the glory of God. The Quran and hadith often refer to all human beings as `ibad (servants), all of which abide by His will (30:26). The natural intuition of the human being is submission to Allah - it is what the `aql inclines towards. Indeed all of creation is a sign of Him, and all of creation worships Him. Humans have been given a will, and with that will, a human can either reach his natural telos by developing his intellect, mastering language, and representing God; or by giving into ignorance and base appetites. In this sense, man is both celestial and earthly, spiritual and natural. All humans have a common, meek, worldly state, but the goal is to humbly ascend back to God. 2. Sex and gender are different. Sex refers to one's biological anatomy, while gender refers to one's social identity. The two are interconnected and do not vary independently, but it's important to make the distinction. Before the 1960s, gender was mainly a grammatical term used to describe words and inanimate objects - most languages have masculine and feminine tenses, and gender was not really used to describe people. Later, gender was used to describe the socially-constructed identities and behaviours associated with manhood and womanhood. So men as a gender had "masculine traits" (strong, independent, hard-working, etc.), and women had "feminine traits" (nurturing, emotional, etc.) Similarly, individuals would mix and match these traits, saying that they were male with some effeminate qualities or interests, or females with masculine qualities or interests. With the idea of gender fluidity, some feminists and LGBT activists began claiming that gender, which is largely social, can change willingly or unwillingly, and so one can be anatomically male but have a female gender, or be anatomically female and have a male gender. 3. Islam is, generally, sexually dimorphic. This means that there is an explicit recognition of two sexes. The Quran speaks of the male and female, believing men and believing women, and in some cases, different laws and guidelines are given to the two sexes. The implication is that, the two sexes are equal but different - both are human, both are servants, both have free will, both are capable of the highest good and the lowest evil, but due to their biological, psychological, physiological, anatomical, chemical, and social differences, there are some legal differences between the two. Our sex is not our essential identity, it is [philosophically] an accidental quality, and so the dimorphic laws that exist are not there to put one sex above the other, but rather they are there for our own worldly interests. In one narration, Imam ar-Rida (as) was asked why women inherit less than men, and his reply was that women receive a mahr, and a husband's wealth is distributed to his family. So inherent in his reply is some principle of equity. 4. As Muslims, we should probably ignore most of the debates on "gender". There is currently an obsession and fixation on the 70+ genders, "masculine" women, "effeminate" men, non-binary people, transsexuals, gender neutrality, what aspects of gender are socially-constructed and what aspects are biological, etc. Some of this is a pushback against the Victorian era's very elaborate version of what a male is and what a female is. The logical conclusion of all of this is to put gender aside. What is solid much more solid than gender is sex, which has a chromosomal basis - 99.98% of people are sexually dimorphic, and the exceptional mutations are not a "spectrum". The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (as) have even given guidance on those few people who are born with both sexual organs - they have said that the working/functional genital is the sex of the baby; and so the other genital can be discarded or ignored. What is even more essential than sex is specie, and what is even more essential than specie is our status as a creation. 5. By putting gender aside, it does not mean that sex does not exist. Western Liberal Individualism makes the individual the basic agent of society. Their abstract of the philosophical individual is basically an androgynous, raceless, religionless, ageless blank person, who should be given as much freedom and agency as possible, so long that it does not harm anyone. All debates in Western society, from guns to taxes to drugs to gay rights, are just fine-tuning of this abstract of the free individual. We however do not subscribe to this paradigm. Even those thinkers who produced this paradigm (John Stewart Mill and others) didn't claim that it was the end-all be-all metaphysical truth of human existence. We believe that Allah created us to know Him (51:56), and the first step to knowing Him after we have established His Existence and the validity of His Messenger (s) is to submit to Him. Then, it is to trust Him, then it is to always be wary of Him, then it is to know Him. Part of understanding this reality is accepting the fact that there are sexes, and that sexes are not just a figment of our imagination - they really exist, and they are different. 6. There are rules, and there are exceptions. The rule in warfare is that men are more physically and emotionally capable for conscription. The exception is that boys and elderly men are not fit for warfare, and so they are not conscripted. Many similar rules and exceptions apply to issues of sex. One problem with the neomasculine movement is that not all men are Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in Islam not all men have to be. Similarly, not all women are soft and motherly, and Islam does not dictate that they need to be this way. Find what you are comfortable with, so long that it fits within Islamic ethics and justice. Technically, in the shari`a, a woman does not even need to cook, clean, or breastfeed her kids, all of that is her prerogative. 7. Although there are exceptions, be mindful of extreme ideologies. Human nature does not change overnight, no matter how progressive or "woke" a society is. Some of these ideologies have become a gateway drug to apostasy, and women (and now MGTOW men) are reaching for them because they can't find help or answers in our community. There is much more to say on the subject, but this is a start.
  7. 10 points
    People being inspired by someone's looks, need to rethink their purpose in life.
  8. 10 points

    Warning to all Muslim Women

    This isn't evidence that women need to rush out and get married. This is evidence that, statistically speaking, men are shallow and probably best to avoid! Most women will agree, it's better to be alone than with a man who doesn't appreciate your value and would happily trade you in on a newer model if he could. If you happen across a not shallow man who defies this statistic, better grab him up though, ladies, regardless of your age. Chances are slim you'll encounter another in your lifetime.
  9. 10 points

    Punish Muslim Day Event

    Muslims in the U.K though have responded with a "Love a Muslim day" on that same day (3rd April).
  10. 9 points
    Son of Placid

    Thoughts 2018

    It was during Ramadan that I connected with a Muslim coworker. Before that I didn't know what a Muslim was and didn't know there was more than one kind. We talked, we prayed together, we agreed together. Not once did either of us feel the need to convert the other. I had to come here to find out we had things to argue about.
  11. 9 points

    Whats stopping me from becoming a Shia???

    If you are truthful then Congrats, but always rememeber this, we have a saying in farsi, im sure it exists in other forms in other languages too: It's important to live in allegiance with Ali, but it's far more important to die in allegiance with Ali! The worst thing one can do in this life, is breaking bayah. The thing that destroyed many men throughout history was that they broke their bayah with the Prophet and his Family.
  12. 9 points

    Thoughts 2018

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  13. 9 points
    One dangerous point that comes up in these discussions is that terrorism against Shi`i civilians are almost justified because of "cursing the sahaba". The presenter said a couple times, "if they were cursing Imam Ali, we'd feel like killing them too". Firstly, this is a false equivalency: the standard Sunni believes Abu Talib, Abdullah, and Amina are in hell; our Imams in some cases were cursed by names from the pulpits, but do you know of any incidents where Sunnis were killed for these beliefs, even in Shia-majority societies? Secondly, the Shia victims are often blamed in these terrorist attacks ("they shouldn't have been cursing"), almost as though cursing justifies murder.
  14. 8 points

    Shia and sunnis

    When you've tasted the pure teachings of Ahlulbayt (as), there is nothing that can replace it. When I was young, I use to have these random thoughts, that maybe we're wrong after all. I wasn't certain in the Imamate, Ahlulbayt (as) etc. However the more I gain knowledge the more I realize that the madhab of Imam Jafar Al Sadiq (as) is the only madhab which is based on rationality and truth. We Shias have absolutely nothing to lose by following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s pure household. Allah will not punish us for not respecting the companions who didn't treat Ahlulabyt (as) in the best way. Our position is rational - to not respect those who didn't support Ahlulabyt (as). Sunnis have a lot to lose, by praising certain companions who have not been on the side of Ahlulbayt (as). Their position is not based on logic, as they support their enemies, relying on guess work that everything was alright after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). In addition, they reject Imamah which is a universal law created by Allah. In the Quran Allah says that he will raise us with the Imam of our time. What will Sunnis argue?
  15. 8 points

    The Divine Will

    The first creation of Allah is His will (mashi’a). The mashi’a is a created light that operates on the realm of the creation and interacts with the rest of creation. Since the mashi’a is subject to change and affect, it is separate from His Unified and Unknowable Essence. علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن عمر بن اذينة، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: خلق الله المشيئة بنفسها ثم خلق الاشياء بالمشيئة. Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq (as) said, “Allah created the will (mashi’a) by its self. Then, He created the things by the will.” The mashi’a is one entity (ذات بسيطة) with four degrees (معلقات). These four degrees are His will (mashi’a), His desire (irada), His determining (qadr), and His actualization (qada). 3يا يونس تعلم ما؛ المشيئة قلت لا قال هي الذکر الاول فتعلم ما الارادة قلت لا قال هي العزيمة على ما يشاء فتعلم ما القدر قلت لا قال هي الهندسة و وضع الحدود من البقاء و الفناء قال ثم قال و القضاء هو الابرام و اقامة العين Imam ar-Rida (as) said, “O Yunus! Do you know what the will (mashi’a) is?” Yunus said, “No.” Imam ar-Rida (as) said, “It is the first utterance (الذکر الاول). So do you know what the wish (الارادة) is?” He said, “No.” The Imam said, “It is the invitation to what He wants. So do you know what determining (qadr) is?” He said, “No.” The Imam said, “It is designing and organizing the parameters from beginning to end. And actualization (qada) is the confirmation and the establishment of the thing.” The mashi’a and the desire (irada) both denote the same object. However, when used together, they refer to different degrees within the mashi’a’s process. The first degree is the wish for a thing, the second degree is the assertion of that wish, the third degree is the organization of the parameters needed to bring about that wish, and the fourth degree is its execution. All of these levels are really one process, but in our understanding, it takes place in four stages. Mashi’a is a unity of action (fi`l) and reception (infi`al). While irada, qadr, and qada are masculine activities, the mashi’a is feminine in its receptivity to all of these active phases. This way, the mashi’a constitutes both self-acting and self-receiving. This reality is called the Great Depth (العمق الأكبر). Shaykh Ahmad al-Ahsa’i uses the term “the Kaf that Encircles Itself” (الكاف المستديرة على نفسها) to describe the duality of the mashi’a, because a circled letter Kaf resembles the yin-yang, and a yin-yang represents the complementary nature of contrary forces. The mashi’a is compared to Adam and Eve, the first promulgators of their species, through whose dimorphic reproduction all people came into existence. There are two types of divine actions (ja`l ilahi) in the Quran: formative action (جعل تكويني) and designative action (جعل تشريعي). Formative action refers to creating, establishing, and building. Allah says, “[He] who made (ja`ala) for you the earth as a bed and the sky as a ceiling” (2:22). Designative action refers to divine selection and legislation. Allah says, “Allah has made the Ka`ba, the Sacred House, an establishment for mankind.” (5:97) These two actions are further duplicated inversely in a dialectical process, which we will describe later. The mashi’a exists on the sempiternal plain (سرمد), which is a created level of infinity that is beyond the rest of creation. Allah, however, is Eternal (أزل), and therefore beyond sempiternity. In Allah’s Essence (ذات), there is no action; and He is beyond understanding. In the hierarchy of creation, the mashi’a is the first barrier (hijab), and there is nothing beyond it.
  16. 8 points

    Thoughts 2018

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  17. 8 points

    Iran-Contra affair

    Let me maake this really simple for everyone to understand. Iran is divided into 3 political power forces. The neutrals, they are few and often don't get attention. The "Seculars" These are your Rafsanjanis, Rohanis, Zarifs The Hezbollahis, Wf, Mesbah yazdis, khatamis (not the president), Raisis From the beginning of the revolution it was very clear for Imam Khomeini who these were, but like history shows, sometimes people have to witness things themselves. When Iran contra happened, they didn't tell Imam Khomeini. It was not until their plane landed that Imam Khomeini was notified and he gave the order that negotiation with them is not allowed. When they landed they came with a cake and a gun, and on the cake there was an image of a "key" which is a political sign of opening for negotiation. Notice how the Roohani camp also show them holding cardboard keys. These are the same gang that betrayed Imam Khomeini then, and betray Ayatollah Khamenei now(nuclear issue among other things) So when people say "Iran" they need to first understand what Iran is. It's like someone saying Iraq killed kurds and Iranians. No, Saddam and his followers did, Iraq didn't. So everything Iranian officials did and still do must not be labled as something in agreement with Hezbollah/WF/revolution, just like how not everything abu bakr and omar did should be regarded as something the prophet approved of or in agreement with Islam, or what saddam did should be regarded as what iraqis agreed with.
  18. 8 points

    More powerful: Iblees or Imams

    Quran 38:82,83 [Iblees] said, "By your might, I will surely mislead them all Except, among them, Your chosen servants."
  19. 8 points
    Imam Hussain did not die to become caliph. In fact none of the imams fought to take back their rightful caliphate. Yazid ibn Muawiya demanded allegience from Hussain, which he refused saying ‘a person like me cannot pledge allegiance to a person like you’. For this reason Hussain gave his life to protect the sanctity and message of prophets and imams before him, hence he was a martyr.
  20. 8 points
    Remember that every person will join their own group in Day Of Judgement, and your chose is excellent, and may Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى resurrection you with Prophet (saws) and His family (as), the only salvation left in this world. A man arrived from Khurasan to visit Imam Muhammad al-Baqir [a]. He traveled on foot. He exposed his shins and feet; both were heavily chapped. The man said, "Nothing brought me here from whence I came except the love of you, the Family of the Prophet." The Imam replied, "By Allah! Even if a stone were to love us, He would raise it with us [on the Day of Judgment]. Is the religion anything other than love? Surely, Allah says, 'Say: If you have come to love Allah, then follow me. He will love you.' (3:31) - He loves whomsoever migrates to them (the Ahl al-Bayt). Is the religion anything but love?" عن بريد العجلي قال: كنت عند أبي جعفر (ع) إذ دخل عليه قادم من خراسان ماشيا فأخرج رجليه وقد تغلفتا وقال: أما والله ما جاءني من حيث جئت إلا حبكم أهل البيت, فقال أبو جعفر (ع): والله لو أحبنا حجر حشره الله معنا, وهل الدين إلا الحب إن الله يقول: {قل إن كنتم تحبون الله فاتبعوني يحببكم الله} وقال: {يحبون من هاجر إليهم} وهل الدين الا الحب (Mustadrak al-Wasa'il)
  21. 8 points

    Laws on dress code LGBTQ+

    Islam recognizes two genders: male and female. Which gender a person is depends on their anatomy, not their psychology. The laws of dress remain the same, regardless of which gender a person thinks he or she is, so no, in general a woman is not required to cover her whole self around a woman who calls herself lesbian or who thinks she is a man inside a woman's body. However, if there is fear of creating lust or falling into sin, she should. A person must use their own judgement sometimes. The fact is, these things are just not a part of Islam.
  22. 8 points

    Thank you

    I just want to say thank you. I haven't really ever felt accepted by a community so reading comments and the support you all have for each other is amazing. Inshallah all of you are happy and doing well today!
  23. 8 points
    I never wanted to get involved in this thread, but given this video is coming out of the "Hawzah" and is somewhat representative of the Western students in Qom, I believe a few points needed to be mentioned. Disclaimer 1: I am not in anyway linked to Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi - I have nothing to do with him, and I am not a fan of his academic discussions (I found them to be relatively weak in fact). Disclaimer 2: I have nothing against the government of Iran, but I acknowledge the fact that it is still a very young nation post-revolution and a lot of theoretical discussions regarding governance, ethics and Shi'i jurisprudence are still only being uncovered and understood, let alone ironed out systematically. Shi'a scholarship has had close to no political experience of such nature, and our jurisprudence is at least a few centuries behind Sunni jurisprudence when it comes to advanced discussions on law, rights, responsibilities, benefits and harms etc. Many books regarding the political lives of the Imams (a) or even the Prophet (p) have only been written in the last few decades, historically you will be hard-pressed to find books discussing and analyzing the political lives of the Imams - because the topic was so irrelevant as the Shias were not in such a position. All this work is very recent, and we have a long way to go. This is coupled with tons of real issues that exist internally and the corruption that exists amongst politicians and as well as some of the scholarly circles - but my point here is that none of this demands discussion regarding a 'regime' change or 'toppling the regime' or that Sayyid Khamenei is not the deserving person to be leading. That would be counter-productive and catastrophic for the Shia community all around the world. The benefits that have sprung out from the revolution are far too many to count - this is very obvious, to me at least. --- First and foremost, after speaking with a number of students here, I can assure you that most of them were in disagreement with this video and it being published (for various different reasons) and some of them even angry. Secondly, the video has numerous factual mistakes and if they were going to launch such an aggressive attack, it behooved one to ensure there were minimum flaws in what they are presenting. For example, Allahyari has nothing to do with Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi, and in fact, neither does Tawhidi as he has said a few times his views are different to his teacher. In fact on his website, the Royal Institute ( https://imamtawhidi.com/royalinvestigation/ ) document says: Imam Tawhidi maintains views which may differ to the opinions of his former teachers as he does not claim to be their deputy or representative in any way. Or http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2018/02/09/exclusive-imam-of-peace-warns-followers-of-detained-iranian-cleric-will-rain-down-on-khameneis-regime/ : In a recent Tweet he wrote: Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi has also a number of times distanced himself from Mujtaba Shirazi - based on colleagues who have gone and questioned him about this. Some of the people that Mujtaba Shirazi cursed, Sayyid Sadiq has had relationships with them or at the very least shown respect to them - such as visiting the house of Ayatullah Behjat when he passed away. His office even distanced themselves with what the Fadak TV goons did at the Iranian embassy in London as his representative said these people may have been loyalists, but attacked the embassy independently (similar to what loyal followers of Sayyid Khamenei have done multiple times in Iran, whether it be an embassy or an office of a Marja'). Now, why doesn't Sayyid Sadiq come out and openly condemn these people instead of doing it in private gatherings, or to individuals who ask him directly, or through his official representatives - I don't know. There are many things scholars believe in and are proponents of, but they don't come out and openly say them. A lot of these types of questions can be raised about Sayyid Khamenei himself. Why speak in vague terms. Why not just come out and point out who these individuals are and make it clear that Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi himself is to be blamed - perhaps he doesn't want to get involved, or sees that things might get worse or because a lot of times these are personal attacks on him he doesn't want to come out and say something as it may come across as him abusing his position of power - I don't know, but we can only speculate all day long. You have another senior Ayatullah in Iran who has been going around for a few years saying Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi gets funding from Saudi Arabia and England, but then says we cannot show the evidence yet. I don't know if speaking in such a manner is healthy or rather creates more speculation, rumours and gives anyone permissibility to go around making claims and then saying 'I can't show you the evidence yet'. The victim here is the average Shia in the West, who is left confused with nothing to judge by but vague attacks and claims made here and there, and those who are loyalists to either camp will remain loyal or continue to follow blindly whoever it is they respect, look up to, and trust their words. Secondly, bringing Nakshwani into it at the end seemed like nothing but a desperate attempt to discredit him - most students in the seminary of Qom are not fans of Nakshwani's overall personality and style at all. Perhaps a lot of their issues with him are justified. In this video, instead of attacking him on legitimate concerns they may have, they decided to paint him out as anti-unity and then even ended up trying to link him with UMAA with something they did back in 2003-2004 and throwing in a few pictures of his with Tawhidi and Sayyid Sadiq (which really means nothing - I can show you pictures of individuals who are not anti-government sitting with Sayyid Sadiq in his office). Unfortunately, an average Western student in Qom will not be able to engage with Nakshwani on an academic topic (let alone people like Allahyari or Yasir Habib who will eat them alive), so the issue becomes that of finding other ways to discredit him, even if it means hitting below the belt, like was done in this video. Thirdly, the main team of Islamic Pulse in Qom is not interested in studying the Islamic sciences in depth or intensively. In fact not only have one or two of their team members expressed this to me explicitly, or those who previously worked there and then left for the very same reason (i.e. the work demand are a lot and do not allow you to study as much as a student should be if there is any intent on becoming a scholar), but more than one individual can affirm that their primary agenda in Qom is not to study, but rather to engage in a soft-war with the enemies of the Islamic government, the system of Wilayat al-Faqih and the Wali al-Faqih. While this may be a noble cause, their lack of studies and depth of the Islamic sciences and understanding of the history or context in which some of these discussions take place is blatantly obvious in some of these videos (whether it is this specific one or some of the Biskit ones or any other ones where they themselves decide to engage their audience on an Islamic topic). In other words, the number of mistakes they make in these type of videos is far more than the amount they can pinpoint from speeches of Ammar Nakshwani (who most seminarians in Qom will say makes a lot of mistakes off the pulpit - and I agree that he does, but who doesn't). Allow me to give a simple example regarding how complicated even just the theoretical discussion on "unity" is (let alone practical and how we are to implement it), just so people on here can think about it from a different perspective. The notion of interfaith or interreligious dialogue or unity is a modern phenomenon that sprung out of the modern secular state. For much of human history, there was no concept of interfaith or interreligious unity, because it made no sense to be on good terms with someone you fundamentally and theologically disagreed with and considered them to be hell-bound. The mainstream Shi'i theological view is no different. You can pick up any scholar from the classical period, up until recently with the likes of Sayyid al-Khu'i and Imam Khomeini, and you will find that everyone (minus perhaps a few reformist scholars in contemporary times) believed that Sunnis, in reality, are like disbelievers and polytheists, whose actions are not accepted and we only treat them as Muslims apparently in this world. In fact, Shaykh Yusuf al-Bahrani went as far as to say that Sunnis are Najis even apparently. This was a basic theological premise that scholars of a religion had regarding others (including Sunni scholars towards us). This theological premise then, of course, begins to show in your jurisprudence when it is allowed to backbite the Sunnis because they are not considered our brothers and believers - mu'min (many jurists believe this ruling to be from the necessities of our Fiqh - the only major jurist who was against it, as far as I know, was Muqaddis Ardebelli and he was pretty much a Sayyid Kamal al-Haydari of his time and jurists like Sahib al-Jawahir critiqued Ardebelli very harshly), it tells you to not physically defend them in a jihad if they are being attacked (because it will result in you in aiding misguidance), it allows you to accuse them falsely and condemn or curse them, and as a matter of fact it leaves no room for you to discuss "unity" with them. I personally suggest - those who are interested in the topic of Shia-Sunni unity - to really investigate the matter in more depth. What is the nature of unity that we keep bringing up? Is it a real unity or is it temporary and only apparent? Can unity even be achieved through an internalist perspective of religion, or do we need to base it on something outside of religion (for example the ethical principle of nobility that all humans enjoy)? If it can be achieved through an internalist perspective, do we need to do ijtihad in our theological stance - something some scholars have pushed for in order to make sense of unity and proximity? On the tongues of an average Shia, if unity means to come together on common grounds to fight against the enemies, what happens once this goal is achieved? Does unity lose its relevance at that point since an external enemy no longer exists and the only enemy now is an internal one who you fundamentally disagree with and believe is hell-bound? Often times the problem is rooted in the words we use themselves. For example, unity is a very vague word and I assure you it is a lot more complicated than just saying, it is to unite on common grounds without compromising our beliefs. Research into the history of when the discourse on unity and proximity in the Islamic world began (you don't have to look too far, maybe maximum a 100-150 years ago). Look into the socio-political factors that pushed some scholars to bring this discussion up, who these scholars were (Sunni and Shi'a) and help yourself get a better understanding of the arguments of those who are pro and anti-unity. After all that, then try to understand the notion in the context of global politics and Iran's role as a representative of Twelver-Imami Shi'ism. Unfortunately, I do not have the time to expound on this any further, but those who can read Arabic, this might be a good start for them: http://hobbollah.com/articles/التعدّدية-المذهبية-مشروع-التقريب-وإش/ Wasalam
  24. 8 points

    Medicine or Islam

    Salam Why not become a doctor then go out Iraq/syria to use your medical knowledge to help people? You would be able to make a much bigger impact than if you went with no skills Also there is nothing stopping you from studying religion now whilst you study medicine.
  25. 7 points

    starting from scratch

    Salaam Alaikum, I am a recent revert and am brand new to Shiachat and have enjoyed reading through the posts and learning so much! I'm struggling to find programmes or community events for new Shia sisters in London, every event for reverts I find is aimed at Sunnis or are held at Sunni mosques. I'm trying to find ways to reach out and make friends and build a new community, especially with Ramadan coming up it would be great to find support away from the internet. I'd appreciate any suggestions or tips people could make to help me! I'm lucky to live quite close to many shia islamic centres but it can be intimidating going in there alone and trying to strike up conversations but maybe I need to be more brave
  26. 7 points

    What is masculinity and femininity?

    Here is the short and correct answer: Ali and Fatima.
  27. 7 points

    Thoughts 2018

    All the old people in my neighborhood are having their beautiful big trees cut down. I was told by another neighbor that this one was planted by his wife when they first moved to the neighborhood. I don't understand why they want to cut down perfectly healthy trees that give them shade and make their properties beautiful, especially the ones planted by now-deceased loved ones. I noticed a little grove starting in an untended window planter on the side of my barn. I think I'll pot them individually and plant the ones that grow in my yard to replace the ones in the neighborhood that have recently been removed. Then maybe in 50 years my family will have them cut down.
  28. 7 points
    Abu Nur

    Reminding to Shia's to whom Support

    Salaam Aleikum, This is a very important reminder for any Shi'as that are not aware of the seriousness of supporting the unjust leader even when they admit his evilness and think what they do is not supporting the unjust leader. We remember our Imam Musa al-Kadhim (as) and his companion Safwan b. Mihran (ra) in the hadith: Safwan had many camels and he made a living by renting them, and this was why he was known as "al-Jammal". One day he went to Imam al-Kazim (a). The Imam (a) told him: "everything about you is good except one thing!" He asked: "may I be thy ransom! What is it?" The Imam (a) said: "that you rent your camels to this man (that is, Harun, the Abbasid caliph)". Safwan said: "I do not do this out of avarice and foolishness. I rent my camels to him because he goes to hajj rituals. I do not serve and accompany him. Instead, I send my servant to him". The Imam (a) asked: "does he owe you anything?" Safwan replied: "yes". The Imam (a) asked: "do you want him to live as long as he can pay his debts to you?" Safwan replied: "yes". Then the Imam said (a): "if a person wants them to live, then he is one of them, and a person who is one of them (the enemies of God) will go to the Hell". After the conversation with Imam al-Kazim (a), Safwan al-Jammal sold all of his camels. When Harun heard the news, he summoned Safwan and told him: "I am told that you have sold all of your camels. Why did you do so?" He replied: "because I am too old and senile, and my servants cannot manage to do this". Harun said: "no way! I know that you have sold your camels at the order of Musa b. Ja'far (a), and had you not been a long companion of mine, I would kill you".
  29. 7 points
    It's a few missiles, that'll probably be all.
  30. 7 points

    Thoughts 2018

    Have a job interview tomorrow, I'm feeling nervous. Can you guys make a dua that it goes well (inshallah).
  31. 7 points
  32. 7 points
    Best part about this nazar or any community wide nazar is the perfect opportunity to meet random Shia families and making new friends. You are meeting just to hang out, eat some snacks together and sit there on your friend's table meeting people who you have never met before, all in the name of Ahlulbayt AS. Remember to carry your phone so you could save them to your contacts. Needless to say, forget about Irani/Iraqi origin Shia, they are from majority Shia countries so they don't know the benefits of this nazar. They ought to learn from Indo/Pak Shia how to network among Shia as minority. This event has yielded me greatest numbers of friends among Shia from the most random of places.
  33. 7 points
    "Great one" Next time just ask the question. Don't come and post a question that features an insult directed toward Imam Hussain (as) and criticize Shia beliefs. I assume you're an insane Wahhabi because only those people would be stupid enough to attack the integrity of the Prophet's family.
  34. 7 points
    Salam, I have been watching this very well done, in depth, and informative lecture series by Maulana Rizwi in Toronto. I will post the videos here. If anyone has questions or would like to discuss, please post on this thread. It is rare to find lectures of this caliber and detail on this topic in English.
  35. 7 points

    How to Select a Marja

    Dear brothers and sisters: This question keeps popping up among the young and old in general and also in relation to various plots against Wilayat Faqih (be it Khamenei in Iran/Leb or Sistani in Iraq); I noticed this timely Hadith... About 1300 years ago, even before the ghiaba of the 12th Imam, our 6th Imam, Imam Jaffar As Sadiq AS had instructed us exactly how to pick our Marja. I apologize in advance for all the double quotes but I wanted to translate exact word to word so as to keep it real. Someone asked Imam Jaffar As Sadiq AS, “I’m confused and perplexed between the two religious leaders (faqih), who should I pick?”. Imam AS replied, “from the two, select the one who is more just (aadil), more truthful, has more knowledge of the deen, and practices more on the side of caution (taqwa)”. The person probed further and asked, “what if I still could not discern between the two,” on which Imam AS replied, “then pick the one who you see has bigger following among the religious people”, on which the person asked, “what if I still couldn’t recognize the one followed by the religious majority”, on which 6th Imam AS replied, “then look for the one who is preferred by our enemies and discard him and select the one who our enemies are more terrified of”. Usool Al-Kafi V1 P67-68 if you read any random news outlet, you will know who the aggressors are more terrified of? Our Duty: as we pick our Marja, we must not disrespect or invalidate others who we do not pick, they are the ulema of the school of Ahlulbayt AS too. Please do not be the feeder of discord among Shias.
  36. 7 points

    New Display Name

    Alaikas Salaam brother, You already have a good display name. Sounds to me like a Marvel superhero. Shiaman, You are the hero Shiachat needs.
  37. 7 points
    A lot of the things that Mr. Peterson says are simple common sense. And with the very strong left-liberal (I think that's the correct term for today's phenomenon; as they are neither classical leftists nor classical liberals but they are a mishmash of the two) current in the Western world, I think it was natural that such an intellectual would come to the forefront and gain a large following. And in terms of drawing people away from far-right, fascist ideologies, or drawing people away from destructive things like pornography consumption, etc... his impact has more certainly been positive. Likewise, his critiques of the absurdities of the modern left-liberals are mostly, spot on. But obviously, we do not need him as a source of reverence/emulation (which I know none of y'all are suggesting). And although I am no expert on all his views by any means, he certainly has many evident flaws in his ideas. If I were an important person who had influence, I'd say: let's invite him to our masjid. Let's talk to him. He clearly has some misconceptions about what we believe in, but he is also clearly an intelligent man. I think it would be cool if he were invited to the masjid, allowed to speak, and asked questions about some statements he has made about our religion.
  38. 6 points

    Need prayers to get married

    Im in my late 20s, woman. Live with mom and dad. I have completed college and have a career. I’ve had the intention to get married for some years now. I have met a few people but nothing came of these meetings. I’ve never been in a relationship. In my community its improper for girls or their families to approach men, and I would never dream of doing so, or pursuing something online. People tell me that I need to wait and have faith in God. This waiting game is affecting my faith. Would appreciate your prayers.
  39. 6 points

    Thoughts 2018

    Innaa lillahi Wa Innaa Ilayhi Raaji'oon. "Indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him we return." Holy Qur'an 2:156. (fatiha). Condolences for you and your family.
  40. 6 points

    US-UK-France Launch Attacks on Syria

    What a waste.... Does Puerto Rico have electricity fully restored? Is the water safe to drink in Flint, Michigan? Has the infrastructure been improved beyond a "D" grade? Are our schools improved to be at least on par with the rest of the "first world"? $100mil... what a waste.
  41. 6 points
    They plan, and Allah plans. And Allah is the best of planners. (Quran 8:30)
  42. 6 points

    Thoughts 2018

    Ramadan is just amazing. Suddenly every act of worship becomes so much more meaningful. We find it so joyful to practice taqwa. The thought of sinning doesn't even cross our mind, as we literally surrender our souls to Allah. Waking up for Suhoor, talking to family, praying after the azan etc. Is just so spiritually uplifting. Seeing family members pray and do something for the sake of Allah, regardless of what level they're at in terms of piety, is just satisfying. Ramadan unites families and it teaches them to not view faith as just an individual thing. Nowadays it makes me sad how disunited my family is in terms of religion, no discussions, no duas, no lectures etc. It just seems that the spirit of unity that Islam promoted is just not there anymore. I really miss Ramadan. Honestly, Ramadan is just a blessing, no exaggeration. There is so much in this blessed month if we just contemplate even for fraction of a second. We all need to already start preparing for Ramadan, mentally, physically and spiritually. Don't let this blessed month pass without achieving nearness to Allah.
  43. 6 points

    Forced Positivity

    There's a lot of love in this place. We are here for our friends.
  44. 6 points

    Forced Positivity

    Good answers. We care about people. That's why we are here.
  45. 6 points
    Its a consistent pattern throughout history with the prophets. Moses "left" his people and put Aaron in charge, the people instead followed samiri and worshiped the golden calf. Early on after the accession (or death) of Christ, large amounts of Christians had abandoned his message and had instead followed Paul and worshiped Christ. It is similar with this nation as well, they left the wilayah of Amirul Mumineen (as) and instead followed Abu Bakr and Umar. When you take this into account your questions become meaningless. I could just as well say, how could the Israelites worship the golden calf after seeing miracles and being miraculously saved by God?
  46. 6 points
    Abu Hadi

    Persian girl was the youtube shooter?

    There are a few unusual behaviors that are becoming severe and widespread. When these converge under the right circumstances they lead to things like this. 1) Extreme Arrogance. 2) Extreme Narcisism 3) Loose grip on reality 4) Lack of or lack of concern for family / community 5) Easy access to powerful weapons These behaviors exist in all societies and are not unique to the US. But I think there are two factors which amplify this phenomenon, particularly in this country. First is the lack of community. This society is full of 'loner' types who kind of exist in their own universe and have very little concern or connection to those around them. This unique type of lonerness is probably only possible in a society where you can basically live autonomously if you want to. You can go to work, live alone, come home to your own apartment, act any sort of strange way you want to and, especially if you live in a big city or a extremely rural area, probably noone will bother you or even know what you are doing. This leads to increase isolation and further loosens someone's grip on reality. This kind of living autonomously is not possible everywhere in the US. There are certain places with very strong and in tact communities, but there are also large swaths of the country where this doesn't exist. I think this is the main issue. It also doesn't help that it is easy to buy guns. But I don't think that is the main issue. Someone with a gun or even many guns who doesn't have most of the above factors is not really a danger to anyone. There are lots of other countries where it is even easier to get guns and they don't have these sorts of incidents taking place on almost a daily basis. The extreme arrogance and narcisism and also lack of concern for family and community is a side effect of having no religion or a very weak faith in God(s.w.a). If you have no or very weak faith, your ego becomes out of control and you think of yourself as god. I feel sorry for her family, because they will now be branded for a long time. I don't think they should have released her last name.
  47. 6 points
    No, it's not obligatory, though it is highly recommended. The Prophet even says that getting married is like completing half your religion, and so while it's not an absolute necessity, it is one of the most recommended acts in Islam. Moreover, if you fear that you will fall into sin, then it immediately becomes obligatory for you to marry. As I explained above, it is possible but for most people, it is an extremely unlikely scenario. Moreover, what you said about men is not true; marriage is highly recommended for both men and women, and staying single is not recommended for either sex. If his wishes contradict the laws of Islam, or prevent you from fulfilling your religious obligations, then you can ignore his wishes. If, however, his wishes are neutral (for example, he wants you to wear a yellow shirt everyday), then you should try and abide by them. Though, of course, a healthy marriage is based on mutual understanding between the two partners, and he should respect your wishes, just as you should respect his. You can include a clause in the marriage contract which gives the woman a right to divorce, though, yes, by default only the man has the right to divorce. However, if he is abusive as you've suggested, the woman can seek the help of the local (Islamic) judge/scholar/representative of the marja', who can dissolve the marriage. This is known as khula. Islam does not tolerate domestic violence, and this is a sufficient grounds for the local judge to dissolve a marriage.
  48. 6 points
    Those that wish to stay within the fold of Islam stay in Islam no matter where they live. Those that wish to leave the fold of Islam will leave no matter where they live. Its a sign of how strong your iman is. You can have the most irreligious people living in Najaf and have the most pious Muslim living in Las Vegas. Its not about where you live but what is in your heart. Again, its a reflection of your strength and iman. (and since when is a website called The American Conservative a valid place to quote from?)
  49. 6 points
    For all their planning and strategy, they couldn't even achieve their objectives in Syria. They will fail bigly inshallah if they attack Iran. They can plan all they want but Allah is the best of planners.
  50. 6 points

    Would you marry her?

    It doesn't bother me one single bit, sister. Take that from a young guy in his early twenties. She has done nothing wrong. And I would appreciate the fact that she is that candid about her past, instead of brushing her past and her genuinely human needs under the carpet like some pseudo-pious people do. When I as a young man am allowed to take recourse to mutah to fulfill my desires while avoiding haram, what moral right do I have to deny her that opportunity, and object to the fact that she has made use of that opportunity?