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    Hi All There comes a time when us oldies have to let the younglings decide the future of the forum. Not that I am quitting yet but it is always a roller coaster ride trying to manage family, work, studies and SC at the same time. Therefore, I see having young blood with passion and commitment as an essential element to the long-term survival of this forum. We have to continue to pass the torch. Which is why the Admin team has decided to select @magma as part of their team. I would like to make specific mention of our other senior mods in the team who are also well deserving of the title. But I didn't bother them with the responsibility at this stage in consideration of the fact that they are for the most part in my situation (if not worse). In comparison, Magma has plenty of energy and time to devote to SC. So please join me in welcoming Magma as our new Admin. The brother has earned this title with his sheer commitment and devotion to the forum. Before making him an admin, my advice to him was as follows. This standard applies to all Admins so please free to let us know if you feel that we are falling short of these characteristics. Always align your decisions with our vision and mission statement. Avoid decisions reflecting a conflict of interest and personal vendetta. Think of the greater good of the Shia community (specifically) and the Muslim community (in general). Ignore personal attacks from members as well as mods. Always base your decisions on merit and principles that can be equally applied in other similar situations.
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    1.Psychosomatic disorders- Use of cold water Take a bath with cool water, and especially pour it over the head; Imam Ali (a.s.) says, ‘Whoever has grief that he is unable to identify, let him wash his head. Imam Ali (as) Bihal ur Anwaar Caloric vestibular stimulation (CVS) is a technique which has recently been proven as an effective method to treat psychiatric and neurologic disorders(conversion disorder, thalamic syndrome and spinal pain to name a few) In CVS the outer ear is irrigated with cold water. This results in stimulation of the vestibular nerve which goes to the brain and stimulates areas of the higher brain centres which then alleviate the patient's symptoms. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4040883/ https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/truth-through-cold-water https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18521097 2. Depression-Cure with grapes Imam Sadiq (‘a) has said: “Nabi Nuh Úáíå ÇáÓáÇã complained to God about feeling sad. Allah revealed to him, eat of the black grapes for it removes sadness.” [Makarimul Akhlaq, Vol. 1] Grapes are rich in a chemical known as "Resveraterol" which has anti depressant properties which are comparable to popular anti depressant medication 'flouxetine'(Prozac). Contrary to what most people are made to believe reseveratrol is found in both red and white grapes. http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1110093114000350 https://medicalxpress.com/news/2015-03-resveratrol-depression-related-behaviors-rats.html 3. Grief - get rid of bad smell from clothes and body Imam Ali (a.s.) says, ‘Washing one’s clothes takes away grief and sorrow. There is a strong link between odor and emotion and washing the clothes and removing bad smells can bring about a change in the emotional state of a person. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3794443/ 4. Melancholy and sadness -Remember Allah. Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) says, ‘If grief increases, you should mention “there is no power save in Allah. - Bihar ul Anwaar. At least two randomized clinical trials have found that psychotherapy supplemented with teachings from the Koran and Islamic prayer was effective in treating depression and bereavement among religious Muslims in Malaysia, compared to traditional therapy. http://www.karger.com/Article/Abstract/288954 "Verily, in the remembrance of Allah, do hearts find rest''. Quran 13:28 Recitation of the verses of the Holy Quran even without understanding the meaning leads to an increase in the Alpha waves in the brain. Alpha electrical activity in the brain is indicative of relaxed and restful awareness. http://ojie.um.edu.my/filebank/published_article/8893/Final_9 ZH.pdf http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7478752/?reload=true http://www.patheos.com/blogs/scienceonreligion/2012/05/muslim-prayer-may-increase-alpha-waves-in-the-brain/
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    Everybody: The Admins, Mods, and Developers at ShiaChat would like to acknowledge the active members of SC who have stood by the site for ages. They have been bestowed the title of "Veteran Member". It's a title of honor only, and doesn't give any other special privileges. For now, to qualify, a member must be: 1. An Advanced member in good standing who joined before Dec. 31, 2007. 2. Has a relatively high post count. 3. Is still presently active. The full list of inductees are here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/search/?&type=core_members&joinedDate=any&group[21]=1 @.InshAllah. @A true Sunni @Aabiss_Shakari @Akbar673 @Ali Mahdi @baqar @Darth Vader @eThErEaL @Ibn al-Hussain @iraqi_shia @Islamic Salvation @Laayla @lalala123 @Marbles @NormaL_UseR @P. Ease @Panzerwaffe @realizm @Renaissance_Man @Son of Placid @SoRoUsH Thanks, SC Team
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    10 Days in Iran

    I had been planning to go to Iran for a long time and finally made it a priority for me in 2016. Since I wanted to mix in sightseeing and pilgrimage in the same trip, I decided to go on my own instead of in a group. As it turned out, getting an individual visa for Iran when traveling from the US is a real hassle. We need to get permission from the Iran Foreign Ministry and then apply for the visa at the Iran Mission housed within the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC. After struggling for almost 3 weeks, I was able to find Taha Ziyarat Group (tahaziyarat@gmail.com) based out of Toronto that obtained the necessary approval for me for $90. Once I got my approval, I sent my passport off to the Iran Mission in Washington. I did have to follow up with them almost daily to ensure they processed my visa application expeditiously. I received my passport 4 days before flying out. While I was waiting for the visa approval, I booked my flights on Qatar Airways for a bargain price of $700 return to/from US-Tehran. For in-country arrangements, I know a maulana (NAJ) there who arranged everything for me based on my budget. Finally, the big day came and I left for Iran on Wed Mar 23rd arriving in Tehran late Thu evening (Mar 24th). NAJ had arranged for a driver to pick me up and drive straight to Qum instead of spending the night in Tehran. The drive from IKA (Imam Khomeni Airport) to Qum took about 90 minutes. The driver barely spoke English but knew where to pick me up from and where to drop me. We arrived at Qum International Hotel around 1245am (Fri Mar 25th). The hotel was about a *** US hotel, higher for Iran. Day 1 (Fri): We prayed fajr in our room and went back to bed. Since breakfast was included in our price, we went down for breakfast around 9a – nice long buffet. NAJ contacted me around 10am and picked me up from the QIH around 1030a to take me to the Roza of Masooma-e-Qum. We walked to the roza and were there at 1035a. The hotel is the closet one to the roza. NAJ showed us around the haram and provided us some background about Masooma and her roza. From 1130a – 2p, we were on our own to recite ziyarat, salah-e-jumah and dua. I wandered around the roza and made my way to the masjid adjoining the roza. It is an absolutely beautiful mosque. They had beautiful recitations of the quran and then some speeches followed by Azaan. The Jumah khutba was recited by an Ayatollah in Farsi (of course) and then namaz-e-jumah. Although I did not understand most of the khutba, one thing that was unmistakable was the ‘marg-al-Amreeka’ chants (down with America or death to America). They were loud and boisterous. Shrine of Bibi Masooma Qum (as). After salah-e-jumah, NAJ took us to the Suffrah of Masooma where were had a decent meal of rice with spinach with potatoes. We went to our hotel after lunch for some R&R and then returned to the haram for maghribain. After namaz, NAJ took us around the bazaar outside the haram. The clothing looked like they were from the 70s and 80s. Religious paraphernalia including irani chador were well stocked and affordably priced. Almost evey other shop sold halwa-suhan. Day 2 (Sat): We spent most of this day driving around to the various ziarats around Qum. Bait Al-Noor. Musallah of Masooma (as). This is where she spent time praying. Shrine of an Imamzadeh (Son of an Imam). Shrine of Hz. Hamza bin Musa Kazim (as). Day 3 (Sun): This was by far the most hectic day of the trip. We left around 5am to drive from Qum to Isfahan. It was about a 4-hour drive. I was surprised how much of the Iranian country was desert. The deserts in the Middle East countries (UAE, Saudi) have a lot of fine yellow sand. Iranian deserts are more rocky than sandy. Upon entering Isfahan, we visited the shrine of Masooma Zainab bint Imam Musa Khadim (as) – Masooma Qum’s younger sister. Next stop was the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. We spent a few minutes here and then walked to Allama Majlisi’s tomb nearby. His house and surrounding are well preserved. Next was the more secular part of the Ishafan visit. We went to Naqsh-e-Jahan (half of the world) which is the main plaza of Isfahan. The weather was great and since the Nawroz holidays were still going on, it was packed with people. Within Naqsh-e-Jahan is the Ali Qapu Palace Panamoric View from Ali Qapu Palace Balcony of Naqsh-e-Jahan Since it was almost lunch time, we stopped by a street restaurant selling A’ash After lunch, we went to the Vank Cathedral. This Christian monastery was established in 1606. It contains some amazing art work. From here, we went to Khaju Bridge for some more sightseeing. At this point, we were too tired to do anything else so we headed back to Qum – 4 hour journey mostly spent napping. Day 4 (Mon): After a hectic day, sleep was going to be the primary thing on the agenda for this day but there was too much to do. We prayed fajr at the mosque next to Masooma-e-Qum’s shrine: Mosque adjacent to Masooma-e-Qum's shrine And then went back to our hotel for more sleep. We had breakfast and got ready for another fun-filled travel day. We started off by going from Qum to Mashad-e-Ardehal. This site contains the tomb of Sultan Ali son of Imam Muhammad Baqir (as) and brother of Imam Jafar Sadiq (as). Sultan Ali was brutally killed here by his enemies. From here we drove to a hilltop/mountaintop with streams running down. We had to walk down about 500 meters and got a great view of a waterfall. The most distinct feature of this area of the smell of rose water distilleries all over the place. You could get rose water for a variety of needs including simple hot rose water tea. The other distinct item being sold was fresh bee hives dripping with honey. And yes, we tried hot rose water tea with honey. From here, we went to the city of Kashan. Our first stop was an ancient archeological site called Tepe Sialk. The Sialk ziggurat Note: Entrance for most places have an Iranian Rate and a Foreigner rate (up to 3X in places). We had our driver buy the tickets and we would walk in with him talking to us in Farsi. Yes – very sneaky indeed. I excused myself by convincing myself that since both my wife and I are of Iranian descent, we qualify for the discount. Final stop of our day trip to Kashan was to the oldest extant garden in Iran known as the Bagh-e-Fin or Fin Garden. Although this was a less hectic day than the trip to Isfahan, we were still pretty tired so we drove back to Qum, had a 12-in falafel sandwich, prayed maghraibain at the haram and went to bed. Day 5 (Tue): The past couple of days had left us tired so we decided to take it easy. We went to the haram for fajr then went back to bed. We woke up just in time to catch breakfast and then went to the local market (wish I took pictures). From there we went for zohrain at the mosque adjacent to Masooma’s shrine. After a quick bite to eat, we left for the Koh-e-Khizr aka Mountain of Khizr. What was supposed to be a light day in terms of exercise became a very intense and steep climb to the top of Koh-e-Khizr. It was well worth it in the end because we got a great view of the entire city of Qum if not the whole province. Got more daunting as we got closer. For the record, the old gentleman in the pic IS NOT ME City/Province of Qum. Needless to say the climb down was nowhere near as arduous as the climb up. There was a small food vendor about half from the top. On our way up, we bought some water from him and then ice cream on the way down. After resting by the car for a few moments, we drove nearby to the Masjid-e-Jhamkaran, located on the outskirts of Qum. A brief history of this grand mosque is that it has long been a sacred place, at least since 373 A.H., 17th of Ramadan (22 February 984 C.E.), when according to the mosque website, one Sheikh Hassan ibn Muthlih Jamkarani is reported to have met Muhammad al-Mahdi along with the prophet Al-Khidr. Jamkarani was instructed that the land they were on was "noble" and that the owner — Hasan bin Muslim — was to cease cultivating it and finance the building of a mosque on it from the earnings he had accumulated from farming the land. As we had been told, the mosque starts getting filled up from about 5pm and gets fuller and fuller as the evening progresses. I am not sure if it was because of Nawruz season but it definitely had a very 'carnival' and festive feel to it. People had spread out their rugs all across the mosque courtyard and were reveling with family and friends. There was hot tea brewing and koobideh with naan being shared by one and all. Quran and then different duas were being recited, followed by maghribain and then more duas. We left around 830p to go back to our hotel. Mosque sparely populated around 4pm. Crowded!!! (730pm). Day 6 (Wed): Today was the big day when we would finally make our way to Mashad. We had packed the previous night so we left right after fajr – and yes, I skipped breakfast!!! First stop was First stop was an almost 2 hour drive to Ayatollah Khomenei’s mausoleum. It is located to the south of Tehran in the Behesht-e Zahra (the Paradise of Zahra) cemetery. Construction commenced in 1989 following Khomeini's death on June 3 of that year. It is still under construction, but when completed will be the centerpiece in a complex spread over 5,000 acres, housing a cultural and tourist center, a university for Islamic studies, a seminary, a shopping mall, and a 20,000-car parking lot. The Iranian government has reportedly devoted US$2 billion to this development. It is definitely one of the largest and most beautiful mausoleums I have come across. Visitors reciting fatiha for Ayatollah Khomenei. Please recite surah fatiha for Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini. Next stop was the Astana Bibi Shehr Bano. On the ground level there is a cave which according to legends was the place where Zuljinah brought Bibi from Kerbala, and she was there until hostile people to Bani Hashim got news of her being there, and they tried to catch her. She climbed the hillock and then vanished in a mountainous wall. Now a zarih has been constructed together with prayer rooms for men and women. Zarih of Hz. Shehr Bano. View of other side of Tehran. who was a fifth generation descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī and a companion of Muhammad al-Taqī. A piece of paper was found in his pocket outlining his ancestry as being: ‘Abdul ‘Adhīm son of ‘Abdillāh son of ‘Alī son of Husayn son of Zayd son of Hasan ibn ‘Alī.Shah Abdul AzeemNext stop was the Shrine of Adjacent to the shrine, within the complex, include the mausolea of Imamzadeh Tahir (son of the fourth shia Imam Sajjad) and Imamzadeh Hamzeh (brother of the eighth Twelver Imām - Imām Reza). From here, we drove around the City of Tehran including the famed part known as Rey. I am fairly well traveled but I have to say that Tehran is one of the most picturesque cities I have visited. Situated in close proximity of the Alborz range and its majestic peak Mount Damavand , being the highest in Iran with a height of 18,550 feet ,it is a mega city of about Thirty Million People. You can see hundreds of buildings at the foot of the mountain. Not a bad view to wake up to every morning. After driving around for a couple of hours, our driver dropped us of at Tehran’s Mehrabad Intl Airport which is primarily used for domestic travel. The airport is in the heart of Tehran or at least within the city. The airport has a small cafeteria that serves hot meals of the local variety. They also have a coffee shop and ice cream parlor. After a 2-hour wait, we finally boarded our short (1-hr) flight to Mashad. The flight was as uneventful as all flights can be. I did enjoy a small boxed-meal they offered everyone despite the short flight. It made up for the breakfast that morning J. Naj had arranged a friend of his (Ali) to be our tour guide for the stay in Mashad. Since Ali’s English was a little weak, he brought along his sister (Afsanay) who was quite fluent in English. We checked into our Hotel (Hotel Omid). It is definitely one of the nicer hotels in Mashad. View of shrine from our hotel room balcony. We quickly refreshed and headed over to the Shrine of Imam Reza (as). Much to our pleasant surprise, the shrine was not as packed with zawar as we expected. It could have been the weather or Nawruz. About to enter the main hallway of the Shrine for the first time. Goose bumps. As salaam alai ka Ya Ghareeb Al Ghuraba (as) One of the many courtyards within the Shrine Complex of Imam Ali Reza (as). Day 7 (Thu): Although our intention was to go to the haram in Imam Al-Reza (as) for fajr, it was raining too hard with heavy winds to walk so we prayed in our rooms and went back to sleep. We woke up to this view: After a world class buffet breakfast, we met up with Ali and Afsanay to go to Nishapour. Once again, it was a very scenic drive. The mountain-desert country just has a certain serenity about it. On the way, we saw small villages celebrating nawroz in their own way. Our first stop was at the Qadamgah – where the footprints of the Holy Imam Al-Reza (as) can be found. Adjacent to it is a small stream said to bring benefits of all kinds to the zawar. Panoramic view of the building housing the footprint. Just before entering the area of the qadamgah is a small caravansary which use to house people back in the day. There were probably abour 20-25 room like the one shown above. Very basic room with a hearth in the middle. The rooms were considered high end. Outside the caravansary, there was just the open shelter (pretend there is no room just the outer part). Next stop was to the mausoleum of Bibi Shatitay. The legend goes that Imam himself came there and led the Namaz-e-janaza prayers for her. We made a brief stop at the historic Shah Abbas Inn/Caravansary which has been converted into several small shops selling jewelry or souvenirs. Nishapur is famous for its turquoise stone (firoza). Next stop was the shrines of Imamzade Mahruq bin Muhammad Al-Baqir bin Sajjad (as) and Ebrahim bin Ahmad bin Moosa bin Jafar (as). A short walk from here was the tomb of Omar Al-Khayam – one of the most influential thinkers of the Middle Ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. A short drive from here was the mausoleum of Abu Hamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim aka Attar Nishapuri - a Persian Muslim poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Nishapur who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism. If memory serves me right, next to Attar’s tomb was an archeological site from thousands of years ago. It was going through extensive renovations at the time. Our last stop was a very famous local restaurant called Emirat Restaurant. Undoubtedly the best lamb koobideh I have ever had!!! My wife and I had some very interesting conversations with Ali and Afsanay. They were both fascinated by our lives in America. They had no qualms about asking me my salary; the size and cost of our house; they were surprised if not shocked that it was okay for my wife to go grocery shopping by herself and it was perfectly safe. They were under the impression that any woman who stepped out of her house by herself was 'asking for it'. I thought it was hilarious. Now that I think about it, everything the Western media does to paint Muslims in a certain light happens in Iran too but backwards. The Western media takes 1 bad Muslim story and tries to apply it to all Muslims. The Iranian media takes a bad Western story and applies it to all Westerners. This was just my observation and nothing more. We had some other interesting conversations but those are for another day and another time. We drove back to Mashad and spent the evening the haram of Imam Al-Reza (as). Day 8 (Fri): We prayed fajr at the haram and went back to bed; then woke up to this beautiful view. Beautiful view of Roza of Ima Ali Reza (as). Since it was Friday, we stayed in our room until 11a or so and then headed to the haram again. Good thing we went early because it was fuller than we had seen since we got there. So I got a good spot in the mosque adjacent to the haram. I heard the Friday sermon (understood bits and pieces) and the “Death to American” chants, then prayed juma followed by Asr. Mosque adjacent to Imam Ali Reza's (as) shrine. Next was one of the most essential parts of the trip. One may not get this opportunity all the time. We had to take our passport to the office of Pilgrims situated in the Haram of Imam Ridha’s (as). They marked our passport and gives us a ticket for the meal. At the restaurant, they feed almost 4000 Zuwar each day. Thousands of Iranians must wait for years before they get a chance to have a meal at this restaurant. Lunch at Imam's restaurant (dastakhawan) Following lunch, Ali and Afsanay picked us up for some sightseeing. We drove around Mashad, saw her university and then went to ziarat nearby Ziarat near Mashad Iranian country side. Notice the marked difference in scenery from the previous pictures. On our way back, we stopped at an ice cream parlor for some traditional Persian ice cream. The last stop was a nearby pewter mountain. I was amazed to see people climbing it without any concern for safety. It was rainy and slick. Mrs ShiaMan14 bought a very nice souvenir. We came back, rested for a bit and then went to the haram for salah. Day 9 (Sat): This was the day to head back to Tehran. We spent the entire night at the haram until fajr. Then came back to get some rest. We got up after a couple of hours, had some breakfast and packed. We took all our luggage downstairs and went back to the haram for zuhrain. We also did the farewell ziarat, rushed back to the hotel since Ali was waiting for us. We got to the Mashad International Airport around 245pm for a 530p flight - plenty of time. Just as Ali left us, NAJ gave me a call informing me that my flight had been cancelled so he booked me on the last flight to Tehran (happened to be the cheapest option). This is when panic set in. If the last flight got cancelled, I would miss my flight from IKA to Doha and the subsequent flight to US. I could see on the monitors that there were several flights from the time now until my new flight time although all of them were on a different airline than mine. I called NAJ to ask if my ticket could be changed and he said it would not be possible. So I saw the flight I wanted about 1.5 hours later and went to their sales office. First, they couldnt understand why I wanted another ticket when I already had one. My farsi and their english were too awful to understand each other but nevertheless they allowed me to buy 2 tickets. Next problem - I did not have any Iranian Rials on me and the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT did not have a Money Exchange! So I had to call Ali back to see if he had any rials that he could give me in exchange for dollars. By this time, he was about 20 minutes away so we had to wait for him to come back. In the meanwhile, the Sales Agent agreed to take my dollars at a fairly decent exchange rate. Basically, I bought 2 one-way tickets from Mashad to Tehran for about $100. Just as we finalized the transaction, Ali came back and I had to explain the whole thing to him as well. He, too, was confused as to why I would buy another ticket when I already had one. Anyway, we finally put all that behind us, checked-in and were on our way to Tehran. After an uneventful journey to Tehran, we drove all the way to Qum to sepnt about 3-4 hours in Qum at NAJ's house. We freshened up, ate a really nice meal and got ready to leave. Day 10 (Fri): We left Naj's house around 1am and reached IKA by 215am. Since this was the last or day after Nawruz holidays, the airport was jam packed. It took an hour to check-in, the security lines were considerably shorter so in another 15 minutes, we were at our gate. Boarding started just around fajr, so we prayed quickly and boarded our Qatar Airways flight to Doha. I was a bit nervous about returning to the US from Iran but had no problems whatsoever. A very placid end to a very hectic but thoroughly enjoyable trip. Summary: Iranians are a very joyous and happy people. There was no patch of grass where we didn't see a family setting up a picnic be it as a roadside or a courtyard of a shrine. I really wish relations between Iran and the West improves so the people can really experience the rich, colorful and impressive history, geography and culture Iran has to offer. Our entire 10 day trip cost about $1,600/pp. It was money well spent.
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    When I was young enough, When I had lots of friends, Some were mischievous, Some were great, In that time, when I was mentally insecure, I prayed to God, to help me through a cure, God favored me with a family, that loved Ahle bait, That was hard on me, when I rushed to a futile trait, Sometimes, I complained to strangers about my family, Sometimes, I felt ashamed to be locked in so heavily, Meanwhile, I searched for friends from outside world, Soon, I found out there is little humanity left in this sinful fold, Some, I saw calling me to indecency, Some, I saw bullying me, I rushed to house of Zahra a.s, and wept so hard, Her family embraced me, and said i am stronger than my odd, I wept and asked her, if you disliked my coming to your gate The whole house smiled said, it is never too late, In that house, I was gifted with so many things, Muhammad PBUHHP gave me confidence Zahra a.s gave me eyes shyness and shame, Ali gave me Wisdom, Hassan gave me patience, Hussain gave me Hope, Since then, I have vowed deep within spirit of mine, Not to lose that treasure, that brought my soul back into body of mine.
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    Spread by the Sword?

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم Not only is Islam the second-largest religion in the world, but it is the world’s fastest growing religion. With globalization and the influx of Muslim immigration to the West, many people are reluctantly meeting Muslims for the first time. Fear of the unknown is common, but that fear is constantly perpetuated by images of violence in the Muslim world. As a visible minority with little political leverage, the Muslim community is an easy target for xenophobes, warmongers, and nationalists. The Muslim world is the needed bogeyman for the military-industrial complex, private security companies, and isolationist politicians to thrive. Rather than trying to understand the complex imperial and economic variables that cause violence in the Muslim world, it is both simpler and more cunning to resort to generalized arguments about Islam. This view, however, overlooks the many scientific and philosophical contributions Muslims have made to Western civilization. More importantly, it distorts the reality of the Muslim civilization’s mostly-tolerant history. The centuries-old narrative that Islam was “spread by the sword” is still popular today, and it causes Muslims living in the West to be looked at as a suspicious Trojan horse waiting to Islamize the world. It is therefore necessary for us to deconstruct this worldview. This paper will briefly explore the rise and expansion of Islam, and demonstrate that tolerance and plurality were founding principles of Islamic ethics. Since the early days of the Prophet Muhammad’s ministry, Islam’s relationship with non-Muslim communities has been notable. Shortly after the Muslim migration to Medina (then known as Yathrib) in 622 CE, the Prophet drafted the Constitution of Medina. This charter put an end to tribal infighting in Medina, created a new judicial system, guaranteed the mutual protection of Muslims and non-Muslims, and established a new “Community of Believers (mu’mineen)”. (Gil, 2004, pp. 21) This community would include the Jewish tribes of Medina, while still recognizing their distinct identity and laws. Although Bernard Lewis claims that the Constitution of Medina was a unilateral proclamation by Muhammad, (Lewis, 1993, pp. 22) Muslim sources generally referred to it as a pact between the Muslims and the Jews following the two pledges at `Aqaba. Furthermore, Wellhausen, a German orientalist, regarded this charter to be a multilateral agreement negotiated between all of the involved groups. (Gil, 2004, pp. 22) The Prophet Muhammad also ratified writs of protection to other communities. The Ashtiname of Muhammad, which was written by `Ali b. Abi Talib upon the commission of Muhammad, granted privileges to the Christian monks of St. Catherine’s Monastery in Egypt. (Ratliff, 2012, pp. 63) The document guarantees that Christians are not to be overtaxed, plundered, disturbed, or coerced into marriages. (Morrow, 2013) These covenants demonstrate that the Prophet pursued a peaceful and tolerant coexistence with other communities, and made his followers accountable to ethical principles of justice. The Prophet Muhammad very plainly stressed the equality of all people, regardless of tribe, colour, class, or ethnicity. While rights differed among subgroups of society, the Islamic civilization held no concept of the natural subordination of individuals or groups. (Hamid, 1982, pp. 127) Conversion to Islam only required a simple declaration of faith, while becoming a member of the ancient Greek polity was only possible for Greek male property owners. (Hamid, 1982, pp. 127) The egalitarianism of the Quranic message was attractive to many who sought social refuge from the caste system and other forms of subordination. (Eaton, 1992, pp. 117) The Caliphate’s medieval conquests, which occurred after the Prophet Muhammad, are the main source of agitation among those suspicious of Muslims. It should be noted that `Ali b. Abi Talib, who is considered the rightful successor to Muhammad by Shia Muslims, refrained from taking part in these conquests, despite being renowned as a great warrior. There should be no doubt that there were incidents that occurred during early expansion that are not in line with the teachings of the Prophet, especially during the ridda wars and the Battle of `Ulays. The Shia Imams consistently held the Caliphate accountable during mistrials and in moments of nepotism; and they struggled to establish social and economic justice in the Muslim world. But, the frame that the Islamic conquests were wholly or mostly negative is a Eurocentric view that does not account for other pieces of the puzzle. Many ancient texts document extensive Judeo-Christian support for the Muslim conquests of Byzantium and Persia. Jews in the Levant had expected a redeemer who would deliver them from the Roman occupiers. (Crone, 1977, pp. 3-6) The Romans had destroyed the Jerusalem Temple in 134 CE, outlawed Jews from living within ten miles of Jerusalem, disbanded the Jewish high court, taxed the Jews heavily, and persecuted them for siding with the Persians. This torment ignited a messianic fervour among medieval Jews, leading to a widespread anticipation of a saviour. One of the earliest non-Muslim references to the rise of Islam is the Doctrina Jacobi, a Greek Christian anti-Jewish polemical text written in 634 CE, just two years after the passing of Prophet Muhammad. The text describes “overjoyed” Jews celebrating the Muslim arrival in Byzantium. (Crone, 1977, pp. 3) Moreover, The Secrets of Simon ben Yohai, a Jewish apocalyptic text written between the seventh and eighth centuries CE, tells of the emergence of an Ishmaelite “prophet according to God’s will” who would save the Jewish people from their oppressors. (Crone, 1977, pp. 4-5) The Islamic conquest of the Levant would restore Jewish access to Jerusalem and establish a polity that would include Muslims, Christians, and Jews alike. The Pact of Umar II, a writ of protection extended by `Umar b. `Abd al-`Aziz in the seventh century, promised safety and the right to worship to Jews, Christians, and Zoroastrians in exchange for the payment of the poll tax (jizya). (Berger, 2006, pp. 88) While some orientalists have criticized the Pact’s prohibition on riding horses, Muslim clothing and building high structures, these stipulations may have been placed to prevent insurrections against Muslim garrisons, rather than to humiliate or subordinate non-Muslims. The Muslim treatment of non-Muslims was similarly commended by Near Eastern Christians. John bar Penkaye, an East Syriac Nestorian writer of the late seventh century, praised the Muslim overthrow of the Sassanid dynasty. In his Summary of World History, he writes, “We should not think of the advent [of the children of Hagar] as something ordinary, but as due to divine working. Before calling them, [God] had prepared them beforehand to hold Christians in honour, thus they also had a special commandment from God concerning our monastic station, that they should hold it in honour … God put victory in their hands.” (Pearse) This early Christian account documents the just conduct of Muslim rulers, likening it to divine intervention. Furthermore, after the Byzantines had seized control of Egypt and put the Coptic Patriarch Benjamin I of Alexandria into exile, the Muslim conquerors restored Benjamin I’s authority and brought order to the affairs of the Coptic Church. Many cultures were drawn to Islam’s magnetic social appeal. Indonesia, which is the country with the highest population of Muslims, encountered Arab merchants in the thirteenth century. Along with the arrival of Muslim commercialism, Islamic stories and symbols were introduced to the population through traditional wayang puppet shows. (Hamish, 2011, pp. 46-51) In the Indian subcontinent, Islam provided social mobility to lower castes, giving people equal rights and freeing them from total subservience to the Brahmans. The transformative power of Sufism was also attractive to many Hindus who sought ascetic, mystical brotherhoods. (Lapidus, 1988, pp. 363) Sufi and Shia saints continue to be revered by Hindu and Sikh poets in India. Although the Muslim empires had a tumultuous relationship with European Christians over the centuries, sizable Christian and Jewish communities with ancient origins continued to thrive in the Muslim world. Moorish and Ottoman confrontations with Christendom have propelled the misconception that Islam was spread by the sword. The fact is, however, that the conversion of the Near East to Islam occurred very gradually. By 800 CE, only 18% of Iraq’s population was Muslim. (Brown, 2016) Furthermore, Egypt, Spain, and the Levant did not attain a Muslim majority until the eleventh century. (Brown 2016) This means that the Muslims were a minority in the heartlands of their own civilization for hundreds of years. While poll taxes and other social pressures certainly promoted conversion to Islam, ancient churches, synagogues, temples, and other relics were maintained. Judeo-Christian populations even had rights to printing presses and European books in the Ottoman Empire – a privilege rarely granted to Muslims. (Brown, 2016) 14% of the Middle East remained Christian by 1910, with significant populations in Syria, Palestine and Egypt. (Brown, 2016) On the other hand, Christendom had a relatively poor record with minorities. Although Iberia was mostly Muslim in the fifteenth century, all Muslims were expelled or forced to convert to Christianity in 1526. (Brown, 2016) In 1609, 3-4% of Spain’s population consisted of Christian descendants of Muslims, who were also expelled under King Philip the Third. Anti-Jewish pogroms were also common in pre and post-Enlightenment European history. While there are many ancient Christian communities in the Muslim world, there are practically no ancient Muslim communities in the Christian world, despite Islam’s long history in Spain, Portugal, Sicily, and Eastern Europe. In recent decades, the Muslim world’s relationship with its non-Muslim minority communities has suffered. Colonialism, neo-imperialism, military dictatorships, and poor economies have sometimes caused the alienation and scapegoating of ethnic and religious minorities in the Muslim world. In June 2014, the so-called Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), which rose out of the destabilization of Iraq and Syria, routed Christians out of Mosul. This genocide marked the end of over a thousand years of continuous Muslim-Christian coexistence in the region. While ISIL’s actions are a black mark on modern Islamic history, ISIL’s main military and ideological opponents are other Muslims in the region and around the world. This paper demonstrates that normative Islam seeks unity under common ethical principles. It is vital for Muslims to revive an equitable, pluralistic and tolerant worldview, not just because diversity is strength, but because it is the ethos of our civilization. Bibliography Berger, Julia Phillips., and Sue Parker. Gerson. Teaching Jewish History. Springfield, NJ: A.R.E. Pub., 2006. Print. Pearse, John Bar Penkaye, Summary of World History (Rish Melle) (2010). N.p., n.d. Web. 9 July 2016. Crone, Patricia, and Michael Cook. Hagarism: The Making of the Islamic World. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1977. Print. Http://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4L23Z_agh1qeV_odQfV6Vg. "Dr. Jonathan AC Brown - The Message of Peace Spread by the Sword - UMaine IAW 2016." YouTube. YouTube, 2016. Web. 9 July 2016. Eaton, Richard Maxwell. The Rise of Islam and the Bengal Frontier, 1204-1760. Berkeley: U of California, 1993. Print. Gil, Moshe, and David Strassler. Jews in Islamic Countries in the Middle Ages. Leiden: Brill, 2004. Print. Harnish, David D., and Anne K. Rasmussen. Divine Inspirations: Music and Islam in Indonesia. New York: Oxford UP, 2011. Print. Lapidus, Ira M. A History of Islamic Societies. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1988. Print Lewis, Bernard. The Arabs in History. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1993. Print. Morrow, John A. The Covenants of the Prophet Muhammad with the Christians of the World. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print. Ratliff, Brandie, and Helen C. Evans. Byzantium and Islam: Age of Transition, 7th-9th Century. New York, NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2012. Print. ʻInāyat, Ḥamīd. Modern Islamic Political Thought. Austin: U of Texas, 1982. Print.
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    There is no way that a person on a sincere journey of seeking truth won't have questions - no matter how knowledgeable they get. Nevertheless, they may come to a realization that online forums aren't the best place to receive certain answers, and that one may need to go through more formal ways to acquire certain types of knowledge. Some may not ask certain questions in public because they fear their questions can end up confusing misinformed people who occasionally read these forums, and perhaps even lead them astray. Wasalam
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    May Allah keep Ayatollah Sistani for us. https://themuslimvibe.com/muslim-current-affairs-news/middle-east/the-fatwa-you-didnt-hear-about-that-should-be-going-viral
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    Here's an intelligent response by brother Muzaffer from Islamic Pulse:
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    Before I Begin

    Writing well is hard, but writing is even harder. So I have come back to bring back the cravings we can all associate with this forum. The need to sit down and compose. Either somebody needs to know the truth but is incapable, so we are called upon by the 'inner voice' to set them straight. Or we are bored and so is somebody else and two is all you need for a tango of words. Now the urge is easy to feed but difficult to purge. Having purged it, however, I am immune from that inner voice and boredom no longer brings me here. So why am I here? To write what I feel needs to be written, and nothing churns out letters faster than the sensation of sharing a piece of yourself. Sharing is the soul of relationships and relationships are the sole escape from loneliness. First God, then believers in God - love Him and then thy neighbour in faith - and we shall have lived. God knows, others know, and you may know that I am a young father blessed with daughters, the eldest who is only just beginning to read and write. Alhamdulillah.Young but aware of the storms that sweep through the modern world and lay it bare of virtue, with my dwelling in the West, and some say the East is fast collapsing too, I have begun to fear for generations yet to come, and for my progeny yet to see the light of day. Were we not told in bygone times of nights in which believers sleep and wake as unbelievers? How should I appear on that fearful Day should I be father to thankless sons and faithless daughters? Perish the thought, and prithee, Lord, perish the very possibility! Doubts grow like weeds, certitude wanes, everything holy recedes. The city of opinion is a metropolis now, and every half-wit peasant claims a right to believe - or disbelieve. Scholars are isolated and scholarship is in disarray as the secular floods society with freedom - and unfreedom. We were forewarned of a Great Confusion, a Heera, but up until now the Ghayba was a man stumbling in darkness and ignorance, lost in a town. Today the man is lost in the Sahara, in the daylight of science and the white heat of technology, without a holy star in sight to be guided by. We have only with us an ancient astrolabe, covered with rust from non-use, rickety from abuse, but the only compass in a sea of sand and illusion. And we have with it a lore of how to read it, by my lords who knew best how to handle it. My daughter, I should like to say, here is the astrolabe which God revealed in sweet Arabic, and here the words that teach the way to make it work, and bequeath this to your children as I have bequeathed it to mine. With it, pass through the Sahara with her sandstorms and ignore her illusory temptations, until you arrive at the oasis that your forefathers have promised you, and may you meet them beneath the shade and by the pond. These are then letters to my daughter who will not read them for a long while, and may not see the reason for such solemnity until she is a mother herself, Godwilling. But I write what I think I need to write, and share with you the passions of a man who loves to see his child live her eternity in God's paradise. Today is a good day to begin this blog. It is 3rd of Jamaadi al-Thaani, a date on which by some account the sweetest of daughters, the highest of ladies, the purest of women, followed the footsteps of her father to the undeserved grave very fast. Has a father known so deep a daughter's love, or a daughter a father so impatient to meet her? Has kin ever been so close and life so cruel? That noble father sent her the glorious gift of the Tasbihaat, a treasure ever since for the followers of the House. I emulate his example and send a gift to my rosebuds who will grow by the grace of God and by His guidance wear the scent of heaven and be raised from the earth as roses to bloom in the gardens of bliss. These letters that I send compose together a commentary on the finest verse of the Koran. Shall I then strike a similitude? A necklace bejewelled by gemstones that lie scattered in our hallowed books; it is stringed by the silken tones of the Arabic tongue; from it hangs a locket of exquisite artistry, fashioned by the Hand of God Himself; in that locket is a liquid; that liquid is an aromatic oil; that oil is distilled from the sweetest musk of the Far East and and the damask rose of the West, which trains of camels have borne through desert sands in caravan trails and brought to Arab hands; every reach of the world is distilled in this Arab Word, and this is a verse, and every verse is sweet, but the sweetest that comprehends them all is bismillahirrahmanirrahim . And that is why my daughter, you should not be sad not to wear the scent on the streets where strangers walk about. For you will see, as the Sunna shows, that any neck laced by the bismillah is graced with all the perfumes of Arabia. 3rd Jamadi al-Thani
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    Bismillah May Allah swt bless the leader by the right of ahlul beit as and give us basira.
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    Salam all, I felt like sharing my thoughts and experience with why I chose to follow Wilayet el Fakih. I am an ex sunni Lebanese living in Beirut. I grew up in a secular house with no religion. It was late in life that I decided to educate myself on the actual sunni-shia issue, and it was almost instant that I said that I am of shee3atu Ali a.s. It was actually right after I started reading nahjul balagha. I already was shia in political thought. Growing up I realized that KSA was an oppressive, evil and zionist entity and realized most sunni countries have sold out to the zionists. Most of them being run by dictators, while we the people live in 3rd world conditions and poverty. AL hamdellah I am actually from a middle class family with dual citizenship and have had the privilege of seeing most of the western world. After trying out living in the US, I left and came back and said this is my home. The USA is losing its religion, and the society there are turning slowly into zombies.. with exceptions of some communities ofcourse. But I missed my family and the social life of Lebanon, so I decided to come back. My shia mother being from south Lebanon, has a brother who is around 75 years old, my uncle. This uncle is a hero. He fought Israelis, and his children fought Israelis, and now takfiris. Literally, they are in Syria right now giving their lives for Ahul Beyt. These uncles and cousins have always been family to me when I was sunni, never did they treat me bad, nor try to convert me or anything.. my uncle simply would tell me stories. Stories of how his house was demolished 3 times in his life time by Israeli jets and shelling. Where everyone in the neighborhood gave up and moved to Beirut. Not him, he spent his life savings hundreds of thousands of dollars to rebuild his house. He never left, he never gave up his right to live on his land. Now, it is no secret that Iran supported hizbullah in Lebanon. They sent us weapons and money without which Israel would have half, if not all of Lebanon right now. My support to Wilayat el Fakih was not because of that. I am simply an observer trying to understand shiism. I had not yet picked a marja, but was leaning towards Iran because all the heroes I knew did. Lecture after lecture, book after book.. I reached a book written by Imam Khomeini (ra). It was only after reading this book that the wisdom and light emanating from it convinced me that this man is guided by Allah swt. Is it a surprise? That the same man that led the revolution, is the author of this great book? Instantly I thought to myself thats it, I follow Wilayat el Fakih. With out even knowing what it was. And sub7anallah all the fatwas that came from it actually aligned perfectly with what I believe. I did not choose my marja because i cherry picked which fatwas i liked or didn't like. Now here is my problem. I am more educated now on what WF is. And after some experience with SC I realized that there alot of ppl accusing WFers of being rabbid and takfiris, or support an oppressive regime. No one put a gun to my head. I didn't sign any paper or say any oath. I simply decided to support them with my heart. What changed only is that I go to those mosques and husseineyes and gatherings. There is no difference. Do I care that people dont support WF, ofcourse not, people support zionism in Lebanon. But do I defend it if it is being criticized? no. BUT if it is being criticized by a SHIA, who thinks tatbir and lanat are more important. Then this drives me insane. These people have the gull to criticize WF, after all it has done for shiism and ahul beyt. Simply because they dont allow these cavemen to cut their heads open and make islam look bad, or not allowed to curse omar out loud, as if ayt.Khomeini and ayt.khamanei love omar and aisha. This atomic bassira in these people who think its more important to show how much they love the ahul el beyt by bleeding even though it makes us look bad, than actually supporting the only entity in the world that opposes and fights the same people Imam Hussein a.s used to fight. And criticize the ones DYING and actually BLEEDING defending SHIA SHRINES. I tell you may Allah forgive for your idiocy. And while WF is trying to save the SHIA and SUPPORT them from the oppressive regimes, you are only making more enemies. No one is asking you to fight! or shed blood. But at least support your brothers morally who are protecting your own people!
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    Salam, Ya Ali (as) Madad, Lanat upon the enemies of the Ahlulbayt (as) Aliun Wali Allah Wajib BAR MUQASSIRREEN LANAT in light of the martyrdom of the Lady of Light, Sayyeda Tahira (SA), lets come together to earth thawaab together and send la'an upon the enemies of Allah (within the rules of SC, of course) oh allah! curse those who Lady Fatimah (sa) remained angry with until her death! oh Allah! remove your mercy from the ones who brought fire to her house, and use that fire to burn them constantly until the day of judgement, then cast them into the pits of hell!
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    Assalam Aleykum... My story starts when i was born into a Catholic-Agnostic family in Venezuela (also know "Little Venezia"). Even though I was baptized, i never practice the catholicism but i was forced to go church and learn about Catholicism. at 13 years old was agnostic and 17 years old, i study all religions (Judaism, Buddhism, hinduism, shinto, Orthodox Christianity, Coptic Christianity) and the Islam was the last religion on study. The history of Islam was something that impressed me at that time and so much that I had hidden that issues like Islam are not very well seen in Venezuela. It was when I read about the Battle of Karbala that it surprised me and served as inspiration for a series of events such as my political activism and the university. Reading a lot about Islam, I learn of many branches in which the "Shias" struck me and investigate a little more but with difficulty since the capital of my country the only mosque and information center on Islam is Wahabi. It was at the age of 18 that I decided to convert to Shia Islam and to this day I try to adapt according to Islamic teachings. That my family, a little conservative, assimilate was not easy: my mother always told me to return to Catholicism until I finally accept my conversion to Islam. Well, that's my short story, now I'm learning more about Islam Shia on my own as I may be the only Shia in my city.
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    The problem is that more often than not its not constructive criticism but smug comments without actually thinking what they are saying. When WF and its supporters have given so much blood(and yes, most people don't know how much blood) and sacrificed so much to keep the sanctuaries of Ahlulbayt safe, to keep shias from getting murdered by ISIS, from keeping shias being slaughtered by Zionists, and things such as Saudi not being more vile than they already are, and same with Bahrain. You can't expect them to sit back and watch people tarnish it with really unthoughtful comments. And i've said this before, and it's up to the individual to believe it or not, but WF supporters have had long experience with criticism and we know more often than not when its genuine and for the purpose of learning and dialog vs when its smug and sleazy.
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    I have a problem they showed it at all. They shouldn't have bothered with it to start with. But to be fair, it wasn't "just arms". I don't encourage anyone to google what she was wearing, but it wasn't "just arms". And final thoughts, who cares what others think as long as what is done is wajib and protects the society.
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    Salaam brother ﻣﺤﻤﺪ ﺑﻦ ﻳﺤﻴﻰ، ﻋﻦ ﺃﺣﻤﺪ ﺑﻦ ﻣﺤﻤﺪ، ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﺤﺴﻴﻦ ﺑﻦ ﺳﻌﻴﺪ، ﻋﻦ ﺍﻟﻨﻀﺮ ﺑﻦ ﺳﻮﻳﺪ، ﻋﻦ ﻳﺤﻴﻰ ﺍﻟﺤﻠﺒﻲ، ﻋﻦ ﺍﺑﻦ ﻣﺴﻜﺎﻥ، ﻋﻦ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺍﻟﺮﺣﻴﻢ ﻗﺎﻝ : ﻗﻠﺖ ﻷﺑﻲ ﺟﻌﻔﺮ ‏( ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ‏) : ﺣﺪﺛﻨﻲ ﺻﺎﻟﺢ ﺑﻦ ﻣﻴﺜﻢ، ﻋﻦ ﻋﺒﺎﻳﺔ ﺍﻷﺳﺪﻱ ﺃﻧﻪ ﺳﻤﻊ ﻋﻠﻴﺎ ‏( ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ ‏) ﻳﻘﻮﻝ : ﻭﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻻ ﻳﺒﻐﻀﻨﻲ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺃﺑﺪﺍ ﻳﻤﻮﺕ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺑﻐﻀﻲ ﺇﻻ ﺭﺁﻧﻲ ﻋﻨﺪ ﻣﻮﺗﻪ ﺣﻴﺚ ﻳﻜﺮﻩ ﻭﻻ ﻳﺤﺒﻨﻲ ﻋﺒﺪ ﺃﺑﺪﺍ ﻓﻴﻤﻮﺕ ﻋﻠﻰ ﺣﺒﻲ ﺇﻻ ﺭﺁﻧﻲ ﻋﻨﺪ ﻣﻮﺗﻪ ﺣﻴﺚ ﻳﺤﺐ، ﻓﻘﺎﻝ ﺃﺑﻮ ﺟﻌﻔﺮ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﺍﻟﺴﻼﻡ : ﻧﻌﻢ، ﻭﺭﺳﻮﻝ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﺻﻠﻰ ﺍﻟﻠﻪ ﻋﻠﻴﻪ ﻭﺁﻟﻪ ﺑﺎﻟﻴﻤﻴﻦ “Once I said to abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, that Salih ibn Mitham narrated to me from ‘Abayah al-Asadi who had heard Ali, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, say the following: ‘By Allah, everyone who dislikes me and dies in such condition, can see me at the time of his death but with dislike. Everyone who loves me and dies in such condition, can see me at the time of his death with love.’ Abu Ja‘far, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, then said, ‘Yes, and the Messenger of Allah on his right side.’” Sanad: Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from al-Nadr ibn Suwayd, from Yahya al-Halabiy from ibn Muskan from ‘Abd al-Rahim who said the above hadith Source: Furu’ Al-Kafi, Volume 3, Chapter 84, Hadith #5 Grading : Bahboody says it is Sahih ( ﺻﺤﻴﺢ); Sheikh Hadi Najafi terms it having a Good chain ( ﺍﻟﺮﻭﺍﻳﺔ ﺣﺴﻨﺔ ﺳﻨﺪﺍ ) https://purifiedhousehold.com/seeing-imam-ali-as-the-prophet-sawa-at-time-of-death/
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    A well deserved member designation. Best Wishes to our long time members!
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    I think the earliest reference to the hadith is in Kanz al-`Ummal, hadith 28697. The book however was written in the 16th century by a Sunni Indian scholar, and the hadith is weakened by Sunnis. The meaning of the hadith is correct, but the verbatim words were probably not said by the Prophet, and Allah knows best.
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    Well done Magma! I'd appreciate if you can begin your Sultanate on a positive by banning Repenter and installing me as a moderator. Thanks, iltemase dua.
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    There is degeneracy on both sides of the political spectrum. You see it everywhere: swearing is more accepted now, nudity is everywhere, self-mutilation (piercing and tattoos) are more common, the hook-up culture, systematic greed, more people choosing not to marry or have children, more parents abandoning their children. You even see it in Western architecture - gray box skyscrapers that reflect utility rather than beauty. The rampant social decay reflects the general downward spiral of this civilization. Western people's primary identities in the 20th century were at least somewhat intellectual (capitalists, Marxists, nationalists, Christian, etc.), now people's identities are focused on what they eat (vegetarians), who they have sex with (LGBT), what colour they are (white nationalists, black nationalists, etc). That is a downward vertical fall from a higher self to the lower, appetitive and animalistic self. Our responsibility is to be the civilized alternative that is juxtaposed to this fickle adolescent behaviour. Speak eloquently, dress modestly, act chivalrously, assist the oppressed and impoverished, promote traditional art and architecture, and take on the individualism and hedonism in society rather than letting it take us over.
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    Maybe they ask a person directly, rather than opening up a thread; or ask privately, rather than publicly. It's hard to fathom someone that has gained knowledge without asking questions of any sort.
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    بِسْم الله الرحمن الرحيم There are many people today that look down upon Iran, Sayed Ali Khamenei, and Ruhollah Khomeini (may Allah Swt bless them) of our greatest allies. When there are 1000000 bad social norms in our western countries no one complains. When there is one law of modesty in Iran, everyone complains, does anyone see anything wrong with that? Also, at a time of fitnah like today, would it not be appropriate for bad websites that are linked to haram and fitnah be blocked from Iran? From what is causing a moral decline in our countries, do you think a country that is thriving like Iran needs to allow a moral decline to also occur and allow all this immorality and allow everyone to dress like animals, allow anything to be on the media and call it "freedom" then wreck children, the family structure and the whole society? Iran is a holy place, if nobody wants to follow the rules, they are free to go. Many people that I have seen that have fled Iran drink, take drugs, and live a western life and want to live a perverted life which is why they come here. Others come here for factors such as work and are religious, a lot of these people do not blame Iran but praise Iran and the Islamic revolution. We should be more optimistic about our allies that are trying the best in the cause of Allah Swt, and are trying to uphold the truth, also to try to be in the best interest of the people, considering the times we live in and considering the fitnah.
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    I have many heros among people other than Ahle bait a.s which play a role of advice for me and I call them my hidden friends: 1. Hazrat Lal Qalandar Shahbaz 2. Shah Abdul Latif Bhittai 3. Baba Bulleh Shah 4. Sir Syed Ahmed Khan. 5. Allama Muhammad Iqbal 6. Muhammad Ali Jinnah 7. Ayotullah Rohullah Khomeini The day when I heard Ayotullah Rohullah Khomeini was when I took admission in a primary school. I did not know him before that until I was aware that he is follower of Ideas of Imam Hussain a.s. In distant city which is far far away from Iran, and a child which was not born during his revolution, it seems an ordinary situation to be unaware of him. The first thing which attracted me towards Ayotullah Khomeini was Imam Hussain a.s because he always spoke about Ideals of Ahle bait a.s and sacrifice of Imam Hussain a.s. This drew me so near to him that I begin to see in him Malik al -Ashtar of our time, who only submits to the voice of Imam a.s and anyone who spoke against, him hurt me and whatever I listened against him, I found them to be fabrications against his personality. I did not care people what they consider him, what I see is that he is the only person from whom I hear the ideas and wisdom of Imam. Once I heard a sign nearing end of ghybah of Imam e Zamana a.s and that said: "The time when Imam's ghybah will end before that a Hasani or Hussaini syed will rise and fight against Dajjal of his time and that Dajjal will come from Isfahan". I am not sure about this and hope that Allah will forgive my mistake but I have thinking in my mind that "This syed" was "Ayotullah Khomeini" and "that Dajjal" was "Ex-Shah of Iran" although some may say that Shah was not from Isfahan but who knows this shah's ancestor had roots in Isfahan or the earlier Isfahan extended to his birth place. May be these my views be read by many of those who must be figuring about my views to analyze my personality both among my friends and foes and although I think that my foes are much stronger than my friends even if that be the condition, I am with my friends who are weak but are believers and support the same cause as that of Imam Hussain a.s that is to support the person who is helping Ahle bait a.s. And it is my duty to stand along the cause of Ayotullah Rohullah Khomeini because he is supporter of Ahle bait a.s and he did not want anything except Islam to be on throne and my cause is the same. Even though our foes may seem stronger in everything but they have a weaker side too and that is more vulnerable than our weakness and that weakness is their unbelief. A laugh of caged Momin due to belief in Allah whose arms and feet are nailed by the enemies frightens the hearts of disbelievers so much that they melt inside and one that example is "Mytham-e-Timar".
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    When you are done with life......
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    Salamualaykum to all, This is contained in Kitab Al Kafi, Volume 8 [unaccessible to the majority of english speakers who don't have the printed translation]: [H14451,h3] This hadith is Saheeh i believe, as per Alama Majlisi's grading in Mirat al Uqul [or Hasan] "Abu Al-Hassan, Musa, [as] has said that Amir al-Mu'minin, Ali [as], would give good advice to his companions, and say: "I ask you to remain pious before Allah, because it is the bliss for a hopeful speaker of Truth and the shackle for a runway refugee. You must realize piety with an inner realization and speak of Allah purely and sincerely so you can live the best life and follow with it the road of salvation. Look at the world with the look of those who maintain restraint against commiting sins who leave it for good. This world dislodges the established status and causes pain to the affluent and protected. (You must be like) one who does not expect from it return of those who have gone and does not know what it will bring, for which one may patiently wait. Misfortune and comfort in it are connected and living in it is destruction, thus happiness in it is blurred with sadness and living in it moves to weakness and fragility. It is like a garden, in which the pasture is dense and has attracted onlookers. Its drink is sweet, its soil is fine, and roots pressing into the soil are excited inside. Its branches drip moisture until the herbs reach their due time and its fingers level, winds get excited under the leaves and frightens what is in good order and passes the day as Allah has said: '(Muhammed), say to them "The worldly life resembles the (seasonal) plants of earth that blossom by the help of the water which Allah sends from the sky. After a short time all of them fade away and the winds scatter them (and turn them into dust). Allah has power over all things."(18:46) Think about the world and about the many things that attract you and the scarcity of that which benefits you"
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    Thank you to Veteran members of the Team! @Ali @Abbas. @repenter @Qa'im @Ya Aba 3abdillah @Haji 2003 @Abu Hadi @Dhulfikar @Muhammed Ali
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    I am feeling my age now. Twinges in my hips and definite arthritic fingers from repetitive strain injury from typing on shiachat Does this mean I have to behave lol
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    The purpose of the thread is to analyze the differences between Sahabi / companions of the prophet saww and the members of the Ahl albayat in academic manner. Few are outlined below: 1- The members of the Ahl albayat of the prophet saww are covered by the prophet under the cloak / kissa. while no companion / sahabi can come under it 2. The members of Ahl albayat are taken alone by the prophet saww in Mubahila against the Christians and no companion / sahabi can come with the prophet for such representation 3. The members of Ahl albayat are never separated from quran but the companions / sahabi do not have such affiliation with the quran 4. The members of Ahl albayt alone can come at the back of the prophet in his prayer and companion / sahabi remain in their prayer behind the prophet saww as their Imam. ......Many more. Wasalam
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    Well Islamic or not, celebrated in my house for centuries. Time is 6:28:40 am on Monday Mar 20.
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    Oh wow...Now, I feel like that one guy who doesn't know when to leave the party... I still remember making my login...oh sooooo long ago... but Thanks for the Title !!!! (even though I'm sure I have the lowest post count of anyone in the group...lol)
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    congratulations @magma Imam Ali’s Letter to Malik al-Ashtar: The Richest Treasure
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    One of my sons complained about the shower water being cold. I said, "It's not too cold -- there is a little boy in Afghanistan taking a bath in a cold river, because he has no shower." Sometimes when I think of it, I wish that I hadn't said that. However, children need to learn to be grateful for everything. Things could always be worse. Alhamdulillah for the blessings Allah has bestowed on us. ♥ May your days be sunny, your nights restful, and your heart satisfied with the blessings that Allah has given you. Think Positive. ♥
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    Bismillah Salam Here are some thoughts and updates about how my coloring page is coming along. - It had some momentum at first... I was averaging 1 finished coloring page a month. Now it's been like 5+ months and nothing... I just feel like I have little time and even littler inspiration these days. Deep down I am still passionate about the idea... but it doesn't manifest itself. - I hired my niece a few months ago to help me produce more pages more quickly and offer a variety of styles. She is an artist herself, so the idea was that she can come up with sketches/ designs, send them to me, and then I turn them into a finished coloring page. She gets $5 per finished design and a % of every sale of that coloring page. She did do one for me so far, but she is very busy as well so I understand if she can't produce much. (Anyone else interested?) - I actually am working on a design right now. I am excited about it, I think I will like how it comes out when finished. Probably because it is based off of one of my old (and favorite) paintings. - I learned that I am absolutely terrible at promoting myself. I just don't like it. I even made an Instagram because I heard that it's good for this type of stuff, but I dislike posting. I'm very shy and hate attention. Hmm... how will that work with my entrepreneurial side? - I've made 8 sales in all. Every time I get an email saying I made a sale, I get so happy! Even though I literally make pennies off of every sale lol. But that's fine, I don't do this for the monies. I think that's all for now. Here are the 2 coloring pages that I have completed since my last blog. Link to shop: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TzahArt
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    All Guests @WeAreFamily "In honor of the new guest subforum, the Guest Lounge, we acknowledge the large invisible and anonymous masses, the solitary collective that comprises the most important member of all."
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    There really isn't another equivalent. I'm a Sunni and I use shia chat because it's the only terrorist free Muslim forum. Also shia chat has people of all faiths and sects of Islam unlike the Sunni forums that are mainly Salafi, Hanafi and extremeist with a few others who are bullied to leave the forum.
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    Ron_Burgundy @Ron_Burgundy "Always classy, mashAllah"
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    Why do you disrespect Majlisi you nobody. Its not only Majlisi but rather it is the consensus of almost all greatest Islamic scholars whether Sunni or Shia that Abu Bakr and Umar did ghastly deeds unbefitting a believer and on too many occasions to call it mistakes. Jalal Ud Din Suyuti, Ahmad bin Hambal, Tabari, Ismail Bukhari, ALL of them narrate accounts that prove the Shaykhain were thoroughly evil and highly hate-able individuals worthy of infinitely various and far more weighty curses than human beings can imagine.
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    @Ibn al-Hussain Thank you for ruining it for me. We were having so much fun with this thread. I had almost finalised a deal with a publishing house for my book '101 ways to cook a wife'.
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    Over the years I have noticed that the more knowledgeable members (and even many with less knowledge - like myself) tend not to open threads to ask questions. Why is that? Is it because they think that no one else can give them knowledge? Is it because they fear for their reputation as a person of knowledge? Is it because the ordinary person expects the knowledgeable to be beyond the asking of questions? I see it not just on the forum but even in person. People who study a few subjects and know very little about other subjects, tend not to ask others who may have more knowledge about the latter. Often they don’t even ask about subjects that interest them. I don’t know if we can call these people true students of knowledge. Always wanting to answer but never wanting to ask. And maybe it's not completely their own fault?
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    Correct me if I am wrong but Imam Khameini contributed a lot to the well-being of the Ummah and Shia muslims in particular. Do not bite the hand that feeds you.
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    Saudi Arabia launches its first Girls Council - with only men on stage Saudi Arabia creates a girls council to empower women — but where are the girls? Saudi Arabia’s New ‘Girls Council’ Looks Like It’s Missing One Critical Element ShiaChat without Shias? Gunfight without guns? Dinner without food? the list could go on and on...
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    let them try, they will get erased off the map.
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    Imam Raza (a.s) said: 'The greatest gain for a man is a faithful woman who, when she sees him, becomes happy and protects his property and her own honor in his absence'. Ask your husband to come back or take you with him. I am shocked that you two have been living apart for seven years! Your child is growing up and needs to have his father around him.
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    Cut all contact with this man. He knows you are married, his behavior is inappropriate! Your husband must come live at home. Convince him, but you probably should avoid telling him all the details.
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    People borrowing my stationery. I am terribly possessive about my stationery. My pens, notebooks and sticky notes are my life!