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  1. 16 points

    The Matrix is a System

    If I told you that missionaries were going to your child's school everyday, preaching their religion and teaching that Islam is backwards and evil, you would be deeply concerned, right? Well, libertine missionaries have already infiltrated the schools, the universities, the textbooks, the TV shows, the labour unions, and the HR departments. Their ideology teaches your kids everyday: 1. Naturalism: Everything that exists is material. All that is true must be observable to the five senses, repeatable in a lab setting, and published recently by a secular Western university. This sidelines ethics, metaphysics, and spirituality as unimportant, folkloric, superstitious, metaphorical, or simply mad. All non-naturalistic truths are just perspectives and opinions that are equally valid or invalid. 2. Power and chance control the world. There is no Logos, no dialogue, and no supernatural force. Suffering is meaningless, and comes from individuals, institutions, and nature - it is not a trial, it is not a purification, it is not person-building, and it is not a supernatural punishment. 3. Individualism: Everyone is in constant competition for their own material interests. Society is just an amalgamation of individuals with their own independent goals. Forget the "Umma", the "Church", or even familial or tribal associations. Economic prosperity is more important than family and community. If you decide to get married - if it suits your selfish interests - then "economic independence" must precede marriage, even though Allah encouraged early marriage and promised to give sustenance to couples and parents. 4. History must only be observed through a socio-economic lens. Muhammad (s) was, at most, a "social reformer", military leader, and founder of a global religion. Anything more is just a personal belief and perspective beyond the scope of reason. 5. Religion is a non-rational private conviction, practiced only at home and in a place of worship. It is completely separate from all public affairs, even though politics should never be separated from ethics, and ethics is related to religion. Most religion is mythology, and mythology is no different than storytelling. 6. Your identity is whatever you individually feel. It is not negotiated with your surroundings, nor is it demarcated by anything physical. You can choose your name (first and last), your racial/ethnic/tribal affiliation, your sex, your gender, your style, and your mode of expression. "As long as you're not hurting anyone" (a very relative statement), anything goes. 7. Your sexuality should be celebrated and expressed publicly, no matter how deviant it is from global norms. Thou shalt not judge anyone's sex life or lack thereof. Sexual identity permeates our politics, our associations, and our fashion, and is either just as important or more important than our religious identity. These 7 values are reinforced everyday, and have become the basis of our conscious and subconscious beliefs and actions. Not only is it difficult to transcend this matrix, but it is resilient to change and unyielding to resistance. So, how will our children maintain an Islamic worldview amidst all of this noise? If their schools, universities, and workplaces all operate under these 7 values, then wouldn't they simply see the way of their parents as old-fashioned and socially irrelevant? According to Pew, 77% of children who are raised Muslim in America still identify with Islam as adults. That means 23% leave Islam altogether. How much of that remaining 77% actually maintain an Islamic worldview; how many even practice their religion? What will our communities look like in a few generations? The answer to these looming problems must be in the formation of Islamic re-education. Not a simple reactionary return to dogma, but an intellectual re-evaluation of the problems of modernity and postmodernism, and an intelligent integration of Islamic education and spiritual rehabilitation.
  2. 16 points
    If we said anything close to this about Ali (as) they would've called it shirk.
  3. 13 points
    The saying usually goes “like father like son”. However, in the case of Abraham and Ishmael it should be “like son like father”. In the Qur’an, their names are written as ʾIsmāʿīl (إسماعيل) and ʾIbrāhīm (إبراهيم). It seems rather banal to those of us used to reading these names, it is an etymological peculiarity. In the original Hebrew, these names are Yišmaʿel (יִשְׁמָעֵאל‎), meaning “God Heard”, and ʾAbrāhām (אַבְרָהָם), meaning “Father of Nations”. While Yišmaʿel is Arabicized typically from Hebrew, ʾAbrāhām is not. The initial alef is pronounced with a kasrah in the Arabic rather than a fatḥah like in the Hebrew. More notably, the final alef becomes a yāʾ in the Arabic. This has even confused Muslim philologists who have listed such variants of the name as ʾAbrahām, ʾAbrāhum, and ʾAbraham. The philologist and orientalist, Arthur Jeffrey, in his “The Foreign Vocabulary of the Qur’an”, records several theories as to why this might be the case concluding that the best possibility is that ʾIbrāhīm was put onto the same pattern as ʾIsmāʿīl’s name when being Arabicized – something the Qur’an has done with other names. Though it seems semantical, it is relevant to understanding the style of the Qur’an. This topic and others like it have to do with the history of Arabic, which, like the history of any language, is important in providing context to linguistic phenomena, and consequently better cementing our understanding of the Qur’anic text. While great efforts are made by Muslims to have mastery over Arabic grammar, there seems to be a gap in our collective understanding of this topic. Arabic is now a global language spoken by 290 million native speakers found from Morocco to Khuzestan and Central Asia, and it is used as a liturgical language by over a billion people. In the 9th-century BC, though, it was an obscure Semitic language spoken by an equally obscure ethnic group of nomadic herders and mercenaries from the South Syrian desert. As such, I intend on writing a series of brief blog posts, which will give an overview of the history of the Arabic language. In due course, we shall also examine interesting features of and notable oddities in the language, such as the one I mentioned at the beginning of my introduction. These posts will not necessarily be chronological so that the task of writing is easier. Since a language exists only due to people being there to speak it, I will also be writing general points about the history of the Arab people. This will not be comprehensive, rather, it will simply complement our primary discussion on the Arabic language. I hope that by reading this series you will grow to love the subject as much as I do, and by its completion, have deepened your knowledge of the Arabic language and the Qur’an.
  4. 12 points

    ShiaChat Upgrade 2017! We Did It!

    Hello: As you can see, the site has changed! The admin team is proud to announce our upgrade to IPS Board Version 4.2, the latest version of the software. This adds new features, improves site look and function, and will hopefully fix some outstanding issues (like the frequent Gateway 504 error). Further information about new IPS 4.2 features can be found here: https://invisioncommunity.com/news/invision-community-42-r1030/ Changes bring new adjustments and exciting new opportunities to enhance the site. Some things you may have noticed: Changes to the look of the homepage - more compressed look, slight color changes, "Recent Posts" box at top, Poll of the Week, expanded list of Popular Contributors. Three options of homepage viewing - traditional table view, grid view, and the new fluid view (accessible at home page near "Start New Topic") New reaction system of likes - Like, Sad, Confused, Haha, Thanks Empty profile pictures now replaced with a letter. Some minor display changes in the mobile version. The admin team is open to any feedback concerning this upgrade, and responding to that feedback as appropriate. Based on some feedback already, we've re-integrated the chatroom with the upgrade and added a "New Topics" feature on the home page. This is a work in progress. Some issues may be immediately fixable, while others may need a new software version. Also, be aware there's always an adjustment period, and we all may have differences of opinions. But we'll work hard to accomodate as much as we can. Thanks!
  5. 11 points

    Virtues of the Prophet

    Ws, from another thread:
  6. 10 points
    Introduction It is sometimes claimed that the Shia do not have reliable narrations from their own books for the centerpieces of their faith. All this does is expose the ignorance of the claimant. Below is one such reliable narration which includes parts of the prophet’s speech when returning from Hijjatul Wida. It includes both Hadith al-Wilaya and Thaqalayn. This is not to say that this event relies on the analysis of an individual chain, in fact, it is so widely dispersed in our corpus and theirs, making it a viable candidate to be deemed Mutawatir. The Text of the Hadith محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد، عن محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن محمد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطاب ويعقوب بن يزيد جميعا، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن معروف بن خربوذ، عن أبي الطفيل عامر بن واثلة، عن حذيفة بن أسيد الغفاري قال: لما رجع رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله من حجة الوداع ونحن معه أقبل حتى انتهى إلى الجحفة فأمر أصحابه بالنزول فنزل القوم منازلهم، ثم نودي بالصلاة فصلى بأصحابه ركعتين، ثم أقبل بوجهه إليهم فقال لهم: إنه قد نبأني اللطيف الخبير أني ميت وأنكم ميتون، وكأني قد دعيت فاجبت وأني مسؤول عما ارسلت به إليكم، وعما خلفت فيكم من كتاب الله وحجته وأنكم مسؤولون، فما أنتم قائلون لربكم؟ قالوا: نقول: قد بلغت ونصحت وجاهدت فجزاك الله عنا أفضل الجزاء ثم قال لهم: ألستم تشهدون أن لا إله إلا الله وأني رسول الله إليكم وأن الجنة حق؟ وأن النار حق؟ وأن البعث بعد الموت حق؟ فقالوا: نشهد بذلك، قال: اللهم اشهد على ما يقولون، ألا وإني اشهدكم أني أشهد أن الله مولاي، وأنا مولى كل مسلم، وأنا أولى بالمؤمنين من أنفسهم، فهل تقرون لي بذلك، وتشهدون لي به؟ فقالوا: نعم نشهد لك بذلك، فقال: ألا من كنت مولاه فإن عليا مولاه وهو هذا، ثم أخذ بيد علي عليه السلام فرفعها مع يده حتى بدت آباطهما ثم قال: اللهم وال من والاه، وعاد من عاداه، وانصر من نصره واخذل من خذله، ألا وإني فرطكم وأنتم واردون علي الحوض، حوضي غدا وهو حوض عرضه ما بين بصرى وصنعاء فيه أقداح من فضة عدد نجوم السماء، ألا وإني سائلكم غدا ماذا صنعتم فيما أشهدت الله به عليكم في يومكم هذا إذا وردتم علي حوضي، وماذا صنعتم بالثقلين من بعدي فانظروا كيف تكونون خلفتموني فيهما حين تلقوني قالوا: وما هذان الثقلان يا رسول الله؟ قال: أما الثقل الاكبر فكتاب الله عزوجل، سبب ممدود من الله ومني في أيديكم، طرفه بيد الله والطرف الآخر بأيديكم، فيه علم ما مضى وما بقي إلى أن تقوم الساعة، وأما الثقل الاصغر فهو حليف القرآن وهو علي بن أبي طالب و عترته عليهم السلام، وإنهما لن يفترقا حتى يردا علي الحوض. قال معروف بن خربوذ: فعرضت هذا الكلام على أبي جعفر عليه السلام فقال: صدق أبوالطفيل رحمه الله هذا الكلام وجدناه في كتاب علي عليه السلام وعرفناه. [al-Saduq from] Muhammad b. al-Hasan b. Ahmad b. al-Walid from Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Saffar from Muhammad b. al-Husayn b. Abi al-Khattab and Ya`qub b. Yazid from Muhammad b. Abi Umayr from Abdallah b. Sinan from Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh from Abi Tufayl `Amir b. Wathila from Hudhayfa b. Asid al-Ghiffari who said: We were with the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله when he was returning from his farewell pilgrimage. He went forth until he reached Juhfa where he ordered his companions to decamp. The call for prayer was made and he led his companions in a two-unit prayer. After that he turned his face to them and said: The Kind and All-Aware has informed me that I am to die and you too will one day die. It is as though I have been called and have responded. I am to be asked about that which I was sent with for you and also what I leave behind in your midst including the Book of Allah and His proof - and you too shall be asked - so what are you going to reply to your Lord? They said: we will say ‘you have conveyed, counselled and struggled, so may Allah reward you on our behalf the best of rewards’. Then he said to them: do you bear witness that there is no God but Allah and that I am the messenger of Allah? that the Paradise is a reality, the Fire is a reality and the resurrection after death is reality? They said: we bear witness to that, he said: O Allah witness what they say. Behold! I make you witnesses that I myself bear witness that Allah is my Mawla, and that I am the Mawla of every Muslim, and that I have a greater claim over the believers than their own selves, do you admit to that and bear witness to it about me? They said: yes, we witness that to be true about you. He said: Behold! To whomsoever I am a Mawla then Ali is also his Mawla, and he is this one, and he took Ali by the hand and raised it with his own hand until their armpits became visible, then he said: O Allah – be a guardian to whomever takes him to be a guardian, and be an enemy to whomever takes him to be an enemy, aid the one who aids him and abandon the one who abandons him. Behold! I will proceed you but you will catch up with me at the reservoir – my Lake-fount – tomorrow. It is a Lake-fount whose breadth is like the distance between Busra and San`a. In it are goblets made of silver like the number of stars in the sky. Behold! I will ask you tomorrow about what you did in regards that which I made Allah bear witness to - over you - in this day of yours when you reach my Lake-fount. And also about what you did with regards the ‘Two Weighty Things’ after me, so take care of how you will preserve my legacy in them when you meet me. They said: and what are these ‘Two Weighty Things’ O the messenger of Allah? he said: as for the greater weighty thing then it is the Book of Allah Mighty and Majestic, a rope extending from Allah and myself in your hands, one end of it is by the hand of Allah and the other end is in your hands, in it is the knowledge of what has passed and what is left until the Hour comes. As for the smaller weighty thing it is the ally of the Qur`an, and that is Ali b. Abi Talib and his descendants عليهم السلام – the two will not separate until they return to me at the Lake-fount. Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh said: I relayed these words to Abi Ja`far عليه السلام so he said: Abu Tufayl has spoken the truth - may Allah have mercy on him - we have found this speech in the book of Ali and do recognize it. Alternate Chains أبي، عن علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن أبي عمير جعفر بن محمد بن مسرور، عن الحسين بن محمد ابن عامر، عن عمه عبد الله بن عامر، عن محمد بن أبي عمير محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل، عن علي بن الحسين السعد آبادي، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن عبد الله بن سنان، عن معروف بن خربوذ، عن أبي الطفيل عامر بن واثلة، عن حذيفة بن أسيد الغفاري بمثل هذا الحديث سواء قال مصنف هذا الكتاب أدام الله عزه: الاخبار في هذا المعنى كثيرة وقد أخرجتها في كتاب المعرفة في الفضائل. My father – Ali b. Ibrahim – his father – Muhammad b. Abi Umayr Ja`far b. Muhammad b. Masrur – al-Husayn b. Muhammad b. A`mir – his uncle Abdallah b. A`mir – Muhammad b. Abi Umayr Muhammad b. Musa al-Mutawakkil – Ali b. al-Husayn al-Sa`dabadi – Ahmad b. Abi Abdillah al-Barqi – his father – Muhammad b. Abi Umayr ---> Abdallah b. Sinan – Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh – Abi al-Tufayl A`mir b. Wathila – Hudhayfa b. Asid al-Ghiffari The author of this book [al-Saduq] said: the reports with the same meaning are numerous, and I have gathered them in the book ‘al-Ma`rifa fi al-Fadhail’ Reference Al-Saduq, Al-Khisal, ed. `Alī Akbar al-Ghaffārī, 2 vols., (Qum: Mu’assasah al-Nashr al-Islāmi, 1403 AH), vol. 1, pg. 65, Hadīth # 98 [Chapter on the Number Two: The Questioning about the ‘Two weighty Things’ on the day of Judgment] Diagrammatic Representation Breakdown of Narrators i. al-Saduq (d. 380) جليل القدر ... حافظاً للاحاديث، بصيراً بالرجال، ناقداً للاخبار، لم ير في القمّيين مثله في حفظه وكثرة علمه [al-Tusi] Esteemed in status … had mastery over the Hadith and insight about the narrators [of Hadith]. His like has not been seen among the Qummis in terms of memorization and extent of knowledge. ii. Muhammad b. al-Hasan b. Ahmad b. al-Walid (d. 343) شيخ القميين وفقيههم ومتقدمهم ووجههم ... ثقة ثقة، عين، مسكون إليه [Najashi] The Shaykh of the Qummis, their jurist, foremost representative and eminent head …Thiqatun Thiqa, Ayn, relied upon … iii. Muhammad b. al-Hasan al-Saffar (d. 290) كان وجهاً في أصحابنا القميّين، ثقة، عظيم القدر، راجحاً، قليل السقط في الرواية [Najashi] He was an eminent head among our Qummi associates, Thiqa, great in station, given precedence, having very few lapses in narration. iv.a Muhammad b. al-Husayn b. Abi al-Khattab (d. 262) جليل من أ صحابنا، عظيم القدر، كثير الرواية، ثقة، عين، حسن التصانيف، مسكون إلى روايته [Najashi] Esteemed among our companions, great in station, prolific in narration, Thiqa, Ayn, able in authorship, his reports are relied upon. iv.b Ya`qub b. Yazid (d. n/a) كان ثقة صدوقا [Najashi] He was Thiqa, truthful. v. Ibn Abi Umayr (d. 217) كان من أوثق الناس عند الخاصة والعامة، وأنسكهم نسكا، وأورعهم وأعبدهم، وقد ذكر الجاحظ في كتابه في فخر قحطان على عدنان بهذه الصفة التي وصفناه، وذكر أنه كان واحد أهل زمانه في الأشياء كلها [Tusi] He was the most trust-worthy of people from both the Khassa [Shias] and `Amma [Sunnis], the most ascetic of them, the most scrupulous in abstaining from sins, and the most worshipful. al-Jahiz mentioned him in his books about the superiority of Qahtan compared to Adnan with this description which we have quoted and also said: he was matchless among his contemporaries in all aspects. vi. Abdallah b. Sinan (d. n/a) ثقة، من أصحابنا، جليل لا يطعن عليه في شئ له كتاب ... روى هذه الكتب عنه جماعات من أصحابنا لعظمه في الطائفة، وثقته وجلالته [Najashi] Thiqa, from among our companions, esteemed, he is not criticized in anything, he authored the book … a large number of our companions transmitted these books on his authority because of his greatness in the sect and his trust-worthiness and merit. vii. Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh (d. n/a) أجمعت العصابة على تصديق هؤلاء الاولين من أصحاب أبي جعفر، وأصحاب أبي عبداللّه عليهما السلام وانقادوا لهم بالفقه، فقالوا أفقه الاولين ستّة: ... ومعروف بن خرّبوذ ... [Kashshi] The whole sect is unanimous in deeming truthful the following foremost ones amongst the companions of Abi Ja`far and Abi Abdillah and yielding to them in matters of jurisprudence, so they said: the most judicious of the foremost ones are six: … Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh … [He is from Ashab al-Ijma] viii. `Amir b. Wathila (d. 100) أدرك ثماني سنين من حياة النبي صلى الله عليه وآله ولد عام أحد [Tusi] He experienced eight years in the life of the prophet صلى الله عليه وآله having been born in the year of the battle of Uhud (3 AH) وكان أبو الطفيل رأى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله، وهو آخر من رآه موتا [Kashshi] Abu Tufayl saw the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله and he was the last one to die among those who had seen him. Al-Barqi included his name among the closest companions [Khawass] of Ali. He participated in all the three battles of Jamal, Siffin and Nahrawan. He later joined Mukhtar’s uprising and was the carrier of the banner in that army. ix. Hudhayfa b. Asid محمد بن قولويه قال: حدثني سعد ابن عبد الله ابن أبي خلف، قال: حدثني علي بن سليمان بن داود الرازي، قال: حدثنا علي بن أسباط، عن أبيه أسباط بن سالم قال: قال أبو الحسن موسى بن جعفر عليهما السلام: إذا كان يوم القيامة نادى مناد: أين حواري محمد بن عبد الله رسول الله، الذين لم ينقضوا العهد ومضوا عليه؟ ... ثم ينادي المنادي: أين حواري الحسن بن علي عليهما السلام ابن فاطمة بنت محمد بن عبد الله رسول الله؟ فيقوم ... وحذيفة بن أسيد الغفاري ... [Kashshi] Muhammad b. Qulawayh – Sa`d b. Abdallah b. Abi Khalaf – Ali b. Sulayman b. Dawud al-Razi – Ali b. Asbat – Asbat b. Salim: Abu al-Hasan Musa b. Ja`far عليهما السلام said: when it will be the day of judgment a caller will cry out: where are the disciples of Muhammad b. Abdallah the messenger of Allah who did not break the covenant and passed on while faithful to it? … then a caller will cry: where are the disciples of al-Hasan b. Ali عليهما السلام the son of Fatima the daughter of Muhammad b. Abdallah the messenger of Allah? then will stand up … and Hudhayfa b. Asid al-Ghiffari … Corroboration for Connection of the Chain A part of the upper chain [Ma`ruf > Abu Tufayl & Abu Tufayl > Hudhayfa] have occurred in a number of narrations in Sunni sources some of which are highlighted below: وقال علي حدثوا الناس بما يعرفون أتحبون أن يكذب الله ورسوله حدثنا عبيد الله بن موسى عن معروف بن خربوذ عن أبي الطفيل عن علي بذلك [al-Bukhari] Ali said: report to the people what they recognize – do you wish that Allah and his messenger be rejected. Ubaydullah b. Musa narrated this from Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh from Abi Tufayl from Ali. As a sidenote, the later `Aimma spoke several statements similar to this which we understand to be about Taqiyya. However, since they do not see this Athar from Ali in this interpretive lens they have become confused about its exact meaning. This is also the only time Bukhari narrates from Abu Tufayl [this is because he was a ‘Rafidhi’ companion]. وَحَدَّثَنَا مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ الْمُثَنَّى، حَدَّثَنَا سُلَيْمَانُ بْنُ دَاوُدَ، حَدَّثَنَا مَعْرُوفُ بْنُ خَرَّبُوذَ، قَالَ سَمِعْتُ أَبَا الطُّفَيْلِ، يَقُولُ رَأَيْتُ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم يَطُوفُ بِالْبَيْتِ وَيَسْتَلِمُ الرُّكْنَ بِمِحْجَنٍ مَعَهُ وَيُقَبِّلُ الْمِحْجَنَ [Muslim] Muhammad b. al-Muthanna: narrated to us Sulayman b. Dawud: narrated to us Ma`ruf b. Kharrabudh who said: I heard Aba al-Tufayl saying: I saw the messenger of Allah circumambulating around the House and touching the Rukn with his stick and then kissing the stick. This proves Sima`a between Ma`ruf and Abu al-Tufayl [i.e. that the former had indeed hear directly from the latter and that they were contemporaries] and also the Suhba of Aba al-Tufayl [i.e. that he was a companion]. حَدَّثَنَا أَبُو خَيْثَمَةَ، زُهَيْرُ بْنُ حَرْبٍ وَإِسْحَاقُ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَابْنُ أَبِي عُمَرَ الْمَكِّيُّ - وَاللَّفْظُ لِزُهَيْرٍ - قَالَ إِسْحَاقُ أَخْبَرَنَا وَقَالَ الآخَرَانِ، حَدَّثَنَا سُفْيَانُ بْنُ عُيَيْنَةَ، عَنْ فُرَاتٍ الْقَزَّازِ عَنْ أَبِي الطُّفَيْلِ، عَنْ حُذَيْفَةَ بْنِ أَسِيدٍ الْغِفَارِيِّ، قَالَ اطَّلَعَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم عَلَيْنَا وَنَحْنُ نَتَذَاكَرُ فَقَالَ ‏"‏ مَا تَذَاكَرُونَ ‏"‏ ‏ قَالُوا نَذْكُرُ السَّاعَةَ ‏قَالَ ‏"‏ إِنَّهَا لَنْ تَقُومَ حَتَّى تَرَوْنَ قَبْلَهَا عَشْرَ آيَاتٍ ‏"‏‏ فَذَكَرَ الدُّخَانَ وَالدَّجَّالَ وَالدَّابَّةَ وَطُلُوعَ الشَّمْسِ مِنْ مَغْرِبِهَا وَنُزُولَ عِيسَى ابْنِ مَرْيَمَ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَيَأْجُوجَ وَمَأْجُوجَ وَثَلاَثَةَ خُسُوفٍ خَسْفٌ بِالْمَشْرِقِ وَخَسْفٌ بِالْمَغْرِبِ وَخَسْفٌ بِجَزِيرَةِ الْعَرَبِ وَآخِرُ ذَلِكَ نَارٌ تَخْرُجُ مِنَ الْيَمَنِ تَطْرُدُ النَّاسَ إِلَى مَحْشَرِهِمْ ‏‏ [Muslim] Abu Khaythama Zuhayr b. Harb narrated to us, also Ishaq b. Ibrahim and Ibn Abi Umar al-Makki – and the wording is from Zuhayr – Ishaq said: Ishaq reported to us and the rest said: narrated to us Sufyan b. Uyayna from Furat al-Qazzaz from Abi Tufayl from Hudhayfa b. Asid al-Ghiffari who said: the prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم looked in on us while we were discussing, he said: what are you discussing? They said: we are discussing the Hour, he said: it will not come about until you see ten signs before it, then he mentioned the Smoke, the Dajjal, the Beast, the rising of the sun from its setting place, the descent of Isa b. Maryam صلى الله عليه وسلم, Gogg and Maggog, and three sinkings of land, a sinking in the East, a sinking in the West, and a sinking in the Arabian peninsula, and the last of them is a fire which originates from Yemen and rushes the people to their gathering place [Mahshar].
  7. 9 points

    Allah is greater than what?

    حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل، قال: حدثني محمد بن بحيى العطار، عن سهل بن زياد، عن ابن محبوب، عمن ذكره، عن أبي عبدالله عليه السلام قال: قال رجل عنده: " الله أكبر " فقال: الله أكبر من أي شئ؟ فقال: من كل شئ. فقال أبوعبدالله عليه السلام: حددته! فقال الرجل: وكيف أقول؟ فقال: الله أكبر من أن يوصف A man was with Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] when someone said "Allahu akbar" (God is greater). The man said, "Allah is greater than which thing?" The person said: "Everything". Imam as-Sadiq [a] said: "You have limited Him." So the man said: "How then should I say?" So he [a] said: "Allah is greater than that He be described." (Kitab al-Tawhid)|
  8. 9 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations to all momineen on the birth of Imam Reza (a.s).
  9. 9 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Salam Alaikum guys This is going to be my last post for a long while. I won't be back on this site until Spring/Summer 2018. I will miss you all a lot until then, and I sincerely ask that you all remember me in your prayers. If there's anyone I've offended in any way then please forgive me. With duas, Brother Silasun
  10. 9 points
  11. 8 points
    Just move out and get far, far away from your father. Horrible human being, absolutely sick in the head. Just so you know, what your father is doing is oppression; It is not tolerated by Allah. Anyone who says otherwise is also sick in the head and you should never listen to them. Your dad is never going to change either, so leave him. You are in danger.
  12. 8 points

    Women moving out of parents home

    As if the local imams are any good. Seriously, how our shia 'imams' handle social issues is sickening. Move out, take your mother with you too if possible.Islam doesnt allow oppressing or abusing people.Don't listen to people who try to tell you otherwise.
  13. 8 points


    You are certainly within your rights to only consider marriage to a very beautiful woman, but you might miss your ideal spouse by narrowing your search too much. If you are sure you don't want to marry the woman your mother suggests, tell her immediately. Don't drag it out - it would be cruel to the woman if she is really interested in you, and only will create more frustration in your family if you delay and then reject. But keep in mind that life will consist of many compromises.
  14. 8 points
    English Pakistani Sunni scholars pilgrimage Imam Reza holy shrine (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Twenty Sunni scholars from Pakistan living in England went on pilgrimage of Razavi Holy Shrine in Razavi Karamat Ten Days Celebration. According to Astan News, head of this group said, “A 20-person group including prominent and effective religious scholars residing in England visited Mashhad and Razavi Holy Shrine”. Ja’far Najm stated, “After visiting Razavi Holy Shrine, the group met with Hujjat al-Islam wa al-Muslimin Imami, Educational Assistant of Razavi University of Islamic Sciences, and got familiar with activities, fields of study, establishment method and cultural activities of this university”. He recognized Imam Reza’s (A.S.) Holy Shrine as a center for unity of Muslims and added, “In addition to receive spiritual emanations, pilgrimage of Sunni Muslims in this holy place consolidates Muslims’ unity”. On the sideline of his visitation in Razavi Holy Shrine, Seyyed Amir Hossein Naqvi, another member of the group stated, “Grandeur and vastness of this holy place is exemplary and unexplainable. Devotion and affection toward Imam Reza (A.S.) is like an elixir which close our hearts to each other, despite of our different Islamic sects”. Birmingham’s Friday leader said that western countries try to tarnish Islam’s face by forming and supporting Wahhabism and Isis. He also added, “Unity among Sunni and Shia Muslims has to be followed seriously so that we can resist against evil plots of the enemy”. “Thanks to God, I have had the success of visiting Razavi Shrine for a few times. However, I am very happy today because my current visitation is happening in Karamat Ten Days Celebration”, he stated. Qur’an museum was introduced by Birmingham Friday Leader as one of the most equipped museums in the Islamic world. He also added, “This museums’ Qur’ans can be found nowhere and it has perfectly shown greatness of Islamic culture to the people of the world”. It is worth mentioning that the group visited Astan Quds Razavi’s physical education institute on the first day of its presence in Mashhad. It should also be mentioned that during their presence in Mashhad, members of this group also met with Ayatollah Noori Hamedani. http://en.abna24.com/news/iran/english-pakistani-sunni-scholars-pilgrimage-imam-reza-holy-shrine_845238.html
  15. 8 points

    Tafsir Noor al-Thaqalayn: 10 Surahs

    Salaam alaykum, Alhamdulillah, I have completed the tafasir of 10 Surahs from the hadith-based tafsir "Noor al-Thaqalayn" by Shaykh al-Huwayzi (d. 1112 AH). The tafsir focuses on the hadiths of the Ahl al-Bayt that correspond to each surah of the Quran. I have translated about 150 pages of content into English from this book, and I plan on continuing soon inshaAllah. In the mean time, you can check out the completed chapters here: http://www.iqraonline.net/translations/tafsir-noor-thaqalayn/
  16. 7 points

    Please read

    I am curious: what is the punishment Allah has given you if you don't mind sharing? You sound like you are very depressed. You should go see a doctor. Or you should go for ziyarat. If you are worried about your sins, go for ziyarat and ask for forgiveness there. InshahAllah you will get peace of mind. Meanwhile, listen to a majlis and cry during masaib. I have heard your sins are forgiven when you cry during masaib. Also, try fasting and asking for forgiveness.
  17. 7 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations to Popular ShiaChatters during the week August 01 - August 08. @Sindbad05 @shiaman14 @Mohamed1993 @ali_fatheroforphans @Ya_isa (as) @Basim Ali @Ron_Burgundy @Fakeha @Laayla
  18. 7 points

    Revert & need help :(

    Salam everyone, I am 16 year old sister & new to this site and Shia Islam. I feel kind of lame coming on here to write this lol but I just have no idea where to start and what to do?? I'm like stuck and want to wear hijab, pray openly & go to mosque but my parents are extremely islamophobic and I'm scared but right now even though im in a dark place Allah SWT, The Quran and the Ahlulbayt AS are the only things giving me light & keeping me going. I feel like I have no one because in my town there's barley any Muslims & the only shia mosque is an hour away.
  19. 7 points
    As Mumin and Muminat, we should give others the benefit of the doubt. If she says she was only with Mahram and it wasn't beer, then we should believe that. Some people will say that's being stupid and naive and from the image it's clear what she is doing. But we don't know the context of the photo. So better to be on the safe side. And spreading around information about haram things people do in private (if they are muslims) is gheeba (if what she was drinking was actually beer, she wasn't doing it in public, according to her).
  20. 7 points
    Young Greek teacher converts to Islam in Razavi Holy Shrine (AhlulBayt News Agency) - Coincident with the birthday of Hazrat Masoumeh (A.S.), the Greek teacher converted to Islam in the Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (A.S.). The young Greek teacher influenced by his Muslim students converted to Islam. "I grew up in a Christian religious family and I always had questions that I did not find their answers," Gracious, 34, from Philadelphia, said about changing his religion. "Many students in my schools are Muslim immigrants, and relationship with them caused that a window to the facts opened for me", he continued. Stating that the lifestyle and behavior of these children gave me a great lesson, the Muslim convert added, "This friendly relationship with the students brought me a lot of advantages and made me familiar with the religion of Islam and the Shi’ite in particular.” "With respect that most of these immigrants have migrated illegally to Greece, they live in difficult conditions yet they keep trying to learn," said Gracious. The Greek young man emphasized, “This effort is rooted in their deep inner religious beliefs and their faith in God, the One for whom they perform prayer every day to talk with, and fast in the hot and long days of the summer.” Noting that Christians have a specific day and place to speak with God and pray, he added, "But Muslims do not have special time or place to worship, unlike Christians who worship only in the church, and they can supplicate with God at any moment and this is the greatest advantage of Islam.” "I believe Islam is a peaceful religion and tries to have a good relationship with all", the Greek teacher stated. He expressed satisfaction that the Greek government has promised to construct a mosque in Greece, and added, “Despite the opposition of the Greek Orthodox Church, I hope that the doors of the mosque will be opened to the Greek Muslims in the future.” "I'm glad that on such a day and place I converted to Shi’ite Islam. I ask Reza (A.S.) for a beautiful and peaceful life. Noting that today the extensive domination of media over the world does not allow for keeping relationship with other countries, Muhammad Jawad Hasheminejad said, “The imperialism-running media do not allow people to have good relations with each other; yet, the same media have enabled the people of countries to communicate with each other and learn about one another’s culture.” He stressed that in this turbulent space, the media can be an effective means of showing the facts to other countries and revealing the reality of Islam to all. It is notable that at the end of the ceremony, a volume of Qur’an and several religious books were donated to this Muslim convert by the Management of the Non-Iranian Pilgrims of Astan Quds Razavi. http://en.abna24.com/news/iran/young-greek-teacher-converts-to-islam-in-razavi-holy-shrine_844474.html
  21. 7 points
    @notme @starlight @Mohamed1993 @Ron_Burgundy @Qa'im @Heavenly_Silk @Hameedeh I wrote this question to Sistani: Here's the answer I was given: I think I will not be investing in medical marijuana but in case anyone wants to know, apparently marijuana prescribed by a specialist for medical purposes is halal.
  22. 7 points
    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم الحمد لله رب العالمين حَمْدًا يُوافِي نعمه ويكافئ مزيده Those who have spent time poring over old tomes in the way of medieval scribes can witness to the pleasure and solace that delving into their words can give. There is no greater joy in noticing hidden links and joining the dots as it were - gaining in confidence that the `Aimma were building for us a supra-structure of the Deen the bricks of which fit intricately. It is hoped that through this blog: wisdom might be uncovered that jurists looking for the law might have overlooked, the socio-historical context of those times can be brought into sharp relief, obscure lexical etymology of words can be highlighted, but perhaps more importantly - an invitation can be given to all and sundry to aid a translator who can sometimes find himself at sea in the face of the daunting challenges such as having to explain away abstruse passages, mystical-philosophical language and the pre-modern cosmology that runs through our corpus. The Ahadith of the `Aimma are rich in connotation and different individuals who come to it bring different perspectives based on their back-ground (no one can have all the tools to decode every implication). This should be encouraged as it enriches understanding and can flesh out meanings not considered before, especially those that are relevant to our times. Despite this, not every subjective thinking which we have can be elevated and considered definite. Caution should prevail and the Shuruh of the Ulama [as found in numerous Hashiya] should be given preference. We have to adopt a highly critical attitude towards our own theories if we do not wish to argue in circles: the attitude of trying to refute them. – Karl Popper, The Logic of Scientific Discovery “When I use a word,” Humpty Dumpty said, in a rather scornful tone, “it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.” – Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass
  23. 7 points

    Like to know the list of Imams

    First, Ayatollah Khamenei is NOT an Imam. The 12 Imams are: Ali bin Abu Talib (as) Hasan bin Ali (as) Hussain bin Ali (as) Ali bin Hussain (as) Mohammad bin Ali (as) Jafar bin Mohammad (as) Musa bin Jafar (as) Ali bin Musa (as) Mohammad bin Ali (as) Ali bin Mohammad (as) Hasan bin Ali (as) Mohammad bin Hasan (Imam Mahdi) (as) That is the complete and final list.
  24. 6 points

    New Feature...Clubs!

    Everyone: In case you didn't think things were awesome enough, we are delivering yet again. This time, with a new feature called Clubs. Clubs are like a site within the site. Somebody forms a club, invites members, and those members get access to special content --- forum topics, image galleries, files, calendars, and blogs within the club page. As you can see, there are many creative possibilities. A club can be formed around anything. An academic club. A hadith club. A book club. A debate club. A specific interest like weight lifting, sports, cooking. Any profession like doctors, engineers, IT people. A geographic location with info about local events, like a UK club, a Pakistani club. Fans of a certain person, team, or group. A brothers/sisters only club. And the list goes on. Clubs can be publicly viewable or private, open or closed, with a range of privacy and access settings. Any member may start a club, but they will have to be approved by a site moderator. They will then bring members into the club. With time, we'll see if regular members can open clubs. The rules of conduct pertaining to the rest of the site apply to Clubs as well. Clubs can have their own leader, and their own appointed moderators among members. However, keep in mind that ShiaChat admins and mods have access to all Clubs, including private ones, even if they're not a member. Clubs may be accessed at the top of the Homepage. Soon, activity from current clubs will be accessible from the home page, just like other material is. Club data will also be present on your Activity Monitors and Notifications. Two clubs have been formed already, by brothers repenter and Qa'im. Check them out. http://www.shiachat.com/forum/clubs/ For further information on how Clubs work, check out the IPS website: https://invisioncommunity.com/news/new-clubs-r1017/
  25. 6 points

    WHO Changed Things Agan' ?

    Alright! Who Changed Things Again ? l had to log back in and the first thing l find is a letter size change. THEN l SEE somebody added this Big Block "H" in MYYYYYY Avatar Block? And it is NOT even an lsIamic GREEN. Or Black. lt's a Communist ...errrr...Chr!stian ...errrr.... Crazy ....errr....Capital Conspiracy. SC is not North Korea. We do not deserve Trump Terror.
  26. 6 points

    The Grand Ayatollah

    This documentary looking at the Shia Religious Authority as represented by Grand Ayatollah Sayed Ali al-Sistani in Najaf and the many projects set up by him. The documentary explores were some of the Khumus money is spent..
  27. 6 points

    Hadith authenticity

    What is the following hadith authenticity? The Holy Prophet (S) said: “On the Day of Judgement there would be people whose good deeds will be as heavy as the mountains of Tahama. Inspite of this it would be ordered that they be tossed into the fire of Hell.” Upon this someone said, “O! the Prophet of Allah (S), were these people performing Salāt (prayers)?”, “Yes, they used to pray, and fast, and also spend a part of the night in worship. But, whenever they chanced upon something which gave them pleasure, they used to rush to it without thinking whether it was right or wrong.”
  28. 6 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Thank you SC mods and SC owner. I never liked any place on net more than SC
  29. 6 points
    The American college of pediatricians published a document ruling that transgenderism in children is child abuse. The paper also implies that transgenderism is a mental illness even in adults. I know it is obvious to Muslims, but it's a big fad nowadays among seculars. http://www.acpeds.org/the-college-speaks/position-statements/gender-ideology-harms-children
  30. 6 points

    Why do we hate Bilal Ibn Rabah?

    الحسن بن علي عن جعفر بن محمد، عن عبد الله بن ميمون، عن جعفر عن ابيه، قال قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله، احشر يوم القيامة على البراق، وتحشر فاطمة ابنتي على ناقتي العضباء القصواء، ويحشر هذا البلال على ناقة من نوق الجنة، يؤذن اشهد ان لا اله الا الله، وان محمد رسول الله، فإذا نادى كسي حلة من حلل الجنة . The Messenger (s) said, "I will be gathered on the Day of the Resurrection upon the buraq, and my daughter Fatima will be gathered upon my she-camel al-Adba al-Qaswa. And, this Bilal will be gathered upon a she-camel of Paradise, calling the adhan, 'I testify that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah.' So when he calls, he will be attired in a garb from the garbs of Paradise." ( Mustatrafat as-Sara'ir, Nawadir al-Musannaf) Well we know that Bilal (ra) left the Hijaz permanently after the passing of the Prophet (pbuh), and refused to perform the adhan anymore. Then: كما ذكر ابن منظور في مختصر تاريخ دمشق 2\208 أنه قدم المدينة إثر رؤيا رأى فيها النبي يذكره بالزيارة، فطلب المدينة، وهناك لقيه الحسن والحسين وسألاه الأذان، فلبى لهما، ولكن البكاء والغصة منعاه من الإكمال، وبكت المدينة كلها ذلك اليوم. He came to Medina because of a dream in which he saw the Prophet telling him to visit [his grave]. So he came to Medina, and there he met al-Hasan and al-Husayn, and they asked him to perform the adhan. So he answered them [and made the adhan], but the weeping and heartbreak prevented him from completing it. And all of Medina wept that day. I have only seen good things said about Bilal in Shii sources. In Kashi it says: 1 - بلال. روى الكشي عن ابي عبد الله محمد بن ابراهيم قال: حدثني علي بن محمد بن يزيد، قال: حدثني عبد الله بن محمد بن عيسى، عن ابن ابي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، عن ابي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: كان بلال عبدا صالحا وكان صهيب عبد سوء . Imam Ja`far عليه السلام said: Bilal was a righteous slave and Suhayb [al-Rumi] was an evil slave. Shaykh al-Saduq narrates in Man La Yahduruhul Faqih: .وروى الصدوق ، في باب الاذان والاقامة من الفقيه : الجزء 1 ، الحديث 872 ، عن أبي بصير ، عن أحدهما عليهما السلام ، أنه قال : إن بلال كان عبدا صالحا ، فقال : لا أؤذن لاحد بعد رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ، فترك يومئذ : ( حي على خير العمل ) . In the chapter of the adhan and iqama in al-Faqih, volume 1, hadith 872, from Abu Baseer, from Imam al-Baqir or Imam as-Sadiq عليهما السلام that he said: Bilal was a righteous slave, and he did not give the adhan for anyone after the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله, so that day "hurry to the best deed" (hayya `ala khayr al-`amal) was abandoned. In the same chapter, there is a mursal hadith that says: وروى أيضا مرسلا ، في هذا الباب ، الحديث ( 906 ) : أنه لما قبض النبي صلى الله عليه وآله ، امتنع بلال من الاذان ، وقال : لا أؤذن لاحد بعد رسول الله صلى عليه وآله ، وأن فاطمة عليها السلام قالت ذات يوم : إني أشتهي أن أسمع صوت مؤذن أبي صلى الله عليه وآله فبلغ ذلك بلالا ، فأخذ في الاذان . .( الحديث ) When the Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله passed away, Bilal refrained from the adhan, and he said: I will not give the adhan for anyone after the Messenger of Allah صلى عليه وآله. And Fatima عليها السلام said that day: "I wish to hear the voice of the mu'adhin of my father صلى الله عليه وآله", so that was said to Bilal, and he gave the adhan. I recall hearing that Bilal gave the adhan for `Ali b. Abi Talib (as) in Mecca during a visit, but I cannot find a source for that. We have a few of Bilal's hadiths in our books. Bilal was not a major narrator of course. Here is one in Wasa'il ash-Shi`a: وبإسناده عن عبدالله بن علي ، عن بلال ـ في حديث ـ قال : سمعت رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم ) يقول : المؤذنون امناء المؤمنين على صلاتهم ، وصومهم ، ولحومهم ، ودمائهم ، لا يسألون الله عز وجل شيئاً إلا أعطاهم ، ولا يشفعون في شيء إلا شفعوا.
  31. 6 points


    How can these people debate in such a ridiculous crowd and environment. It resemble more like those rap battles.
  32. 6 points
    In a longer sahih hadith, Imam al-Baqir (as) interpreted the verse: “and honour him and help him, and follow the light which is sent down with him: they are the successful” (7:157) – meaning, those who abstained from the worship of jibt and taghut; and the ‘jibt’ and ‘taghut’ are fulan, fulan and fulan, and ‘worship’ is the people’s obedience to them. ( فقال: " الذين آمنوا به (يعني الامام) وعزروه ونصروه واتبعوا النور الذي انزل معه اولئك هم المفلحون " يعني الذين اجتنبوا الجبت والطاغوت أن يعبدوها والجبت والطاغوت فلان وفلان وفلان والعبادة طاعة الناس لهم ) Jibt and Taghut are two idols of Quraysh. Jibt means “sorcery, magic”, and Taghut means “arrogant”. The word fulan in Arabic means “someone”. The three fulan refer to the first three Rashidun Caliphs. This hadith compares the Quraysh’s worship of these idols to the people’s obedience to these three individuals.
  33. 6 points

    Life does not really exist

    Two quick comments. He says its difficult to define life. Well its difficult to define a lot of things, including science (look up the demarcation problem)... therefore science doesnt exist? He says there's no clear cut off the separates life from non-life. For the sake of argument, lets grant this is true. Why does there have to be a clear cut off? Theres no clear cut-off that separates the colour red from the colour orange, or a table from a pile of logs, or even a good argument from a bad argument: Is a good argument one that 51% plausible, or 60% plausible, or 90% plausible. If its 51% plausible, why not 50.9% etc. Therefore there are no arguments, and the argument he gave doesnt exist?
  34. 6 points
    Gol gappey
  35. 6 points
    I don't know, maybe because they are ignorant morons who lack critical thinking skills?
  36. 6 points
    This brother Sayyid Hamid did very well in the debate. Hijab was visibly uncomfortable and angry throughout most of it. He said that he finally understood Hamid's argument at around the 36:30 mark, and after that point, things went really downhill for Hijab. At 44:30 or so Hijab just wanted to end/leave the debate because he wanted an ayah right then and there about 12 Imams. The thing is there is no use discussing the rest of the Imams until we establish that `Ali (as) is the wasi of the Messenger (s), and not just for the sake of argument, but after actual conviction in the matter. Shi`as already have to babysit in these debates by using only Sunni sources that modern hyperskeptical Salafis accept as sahih, and clearly, even Hijab is more skeptical in rijal than al-Albani, because he was just weakening things that other Salafis strengthened. As for Hijab's point that أَنْتَ خَلِيفَتِي " (anta khalifati) means "You (Ali) are my (the Prophet's) leader", the literal translation is actually "You are my vicegerent". Khalifa secondarily means leader, but primarily it is someone who represents the Prophet in the Prophet's absence. The formal title of the Caliph was "Khalifat Rasul Allah", which does not mean that he was the leader of Prophet Muhammad (s), but rather that he is the Prophet's representative and successor who rules in his stead. Furthermore, the hadith clearly says "You are my vicegerent over every believer after me" أَنْتَ خَلِيفَتِي فِي كُلِّ مُؤْمِنٍ مِنْ بَعْدِي, and the "min ba`di" is addressing what will happen after RasulAllah, and not just during his lifetime. These debates come and go. Eventually, the Sunni side realizes that giving Shi`as airtime just makes honest people more curious.
  37. 5 points

    Favourite Hadiths

    In Al-Kafi: الكافي: عن علي، عن محمد بن عيسى، عن يونس، عن جميل، عن أبي عبد الله عليه ‌السلام قال: سمعته يقول: يغدو الناس على ثلاثة أصناف عالم ومتعلم وغثاء فنحن العلماء وشيعتنا المتعلمون وسائر الناس غثاء from Ali from Muhammad b. Isa from Yunus from Jamil from Abi Abdillah عليه ‌السلام who said: I heard him saying: "The people rise up (every morning) being in one of three categories: knowledgeable scholar, student seeking knowledge or scum. So we are the scholars and our Shia are the students and the rest of the people are scum."
  38. 5 points
    I'm bipolar, and I'm normal. In fact, people are never able to tell I have this mental illness unless I tell them. Bipolar people act generally normal unless they are manic and their ideas are racing out of their mouths. Over 50% of Bipolar people deal with alcohol abuse as a way to numb their intense feelings and rollercoaster of emotions. For people who have never experienced the pain of being bipolar, you can't tell her to just stop drinking and expect her to stop. You need to help her feel understood and accepted by encouraging her to enroll in a 12-step program to recovery and sobriety. And then you can talk about religion. But if you talk about religion now, she might just grow to resent you.
  39. 5 points

    Is this wrong?

    salaam sister, Here is some soft love advice and tough love advice. Heed either or neither Soft love: You are better off than 50% of the people in this world and 50% of the people are better off than you so be thankful that you are better of than the 50% and be patient and hopeful that Allah may make your situation even better inshallah Tough love: Since we are sharing college sob stories, I worked 20-40 per week while taking a full load of classes. More often than not, my lunches were a bag of microwave popcorn and coke. On fancy days, a friend of mine and I would buy an up-size burger meal at McDonalds where he would eat the burger and I would eat the fries (before we knew about the beef extract in fries thing) and we would share the drink. I, literally, had the worst car on campus - the gas guage was broken meaning I had to remember to fill up eat every 250m or get stuck without gas. Heck, my car had an old t-shirt for a seat cover. Moral of the story is that no matter how sad your life is, I bet someone on SC has a sadder life story. So stop feeling sorry for yourself and get on with life.
  40. 5 points

    Why we shouldn't skip prayers!

    I know many of us (believers) have been through this, and I personally experienced my boat sinking and I know it is tough getting it back up. But if you won't understand why you have to get back up then you're definitely going to drown. My point of bringing this topic up is not to scare you away by telling you about the torment of hellfire or the agony in the grave, surely I'll do that by the end of our short exchange, but before everything else I want you to know what benefits and positive change prayers can bring to your life! BENEFITS OF PRAYING There are actually a lot; me and you could go on and on about how practicing Islam can benefit you and the people around you, but this once, let me just mention a few of those that I experienced first-hand. Health Prayer can be a source of exercise for most people. It keeps check on your physical fitness. All the obligatory acts in prayers benefit greatly to ones health. For example, going to ruku and sajda and tash'had saves one from back pain and knee-joints pain. Prayer also wards off many illnesses. Down to Earth When you go down in sujood, it gives you a feeling of how small and insignificant you are in front of all the blessings and creations of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. He made so much, and still blesses you and showers upon you from good. Prayer kills your ego and brings you closer to Allah and the reality. Focusing on how you're alone in this world, and how only Allah is your supporter and benefactor even in the time of adversity. Strengthens the heart and the belief Prayer gives you the strength that you are lacking when facing adversity. It becomes a driving force when met with a lot of short-comings. It strengthens ones resolve to keep moving forward and facing new challenges while knowing that Allah never burdens a soul more than what it can bear. Closeness to Allah When we recite the verses sent down to us Humans by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, we naturally feel close to Him. His words are the reflection upon our own-selves. When we make dua to Him and kneel down to Him, it shows that we are ready to give in our desires for pleasing Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. And that: He is the only "one" we can turn to in the time of adversity... There's nobody else, is there? Countenance and Spiritual Pleasantness Did you know that prayers make your face and spirit brighter? Who wouldn't want their face glowing with happiness and zeal. This not only allows others to look at you in good light but also brings a smile to their faces (especially your family). And it takes off a lot of tension from their shoulders (for some reason). Keeps you away from sins and keeps sins away form you Now this is note-worthy, because both sound just about the same. So where lies the difference? The difference is that there in you will come a sense of responsibility and a sense of accountability once you start praying. You will become more aware of your performance near Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, and you'd want to please him more and more. Who wouldn't want beautiful reward from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى?And alternatively, Allah will keep you away from sins with his authority over you if he finds your actions pleasing. And no doubt, he is the most merciful and the most benevolent. Along with oft-forgiving. Gets rid of laziness and grooms punctuality Most of the time we are extremely lazy when it comes to our responsibilities and obligations. But once we start being punctual in prayers habitually, we (Insha'Allah) will become more aware of the limited time we have and the utilization of it. Prayer somewhat grooms the instinct of time within you. When you start praying five times a day, you'll begin to realize if you're spending the remaining time the right way. You will have thoughts like: Am I fulfilling my religious obligations correctly? Is Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى going to be pleased enough with the current me? Have I been listening to every words my parents say? Have I done the job that I must in time? Sense of Accountability I know I am kinda repeating myself here, but I couldn't just skip this point. Because this one is very significant when it comes to prayers. In our daily life, if we skip a prayer, do you know how many things go wrong then? How many times we attempt sins and bad acts? Have you ever reflected upon them?Prayer gives you a chance of reflection. And in the future it keeps you intact and in-check that you don't fall astray to bad acts from Satan. Keeps you pure and clean Before going to prayer, you remember, that you have to be Tahir (pure from any impurity). Thus this single remembrance can keep you more than enough clean and pure. Also, performing ablution three-to-five or more so times a day, protects you from Satan and his devilish whispers. Takes away nightmares and bad dreams I am sure many of us had nightmares or dreams that were bad, something you wish you'd never seen. But if you sleep after doing a wudu, and with faith that Allah and His angels will protect you from such dreams (that come from Satan), you'll be protected. WHAT DOES THE QURAN SAY ABOUT PRAYERS? I hope this thread will open your eyes to the importance of prayers and will bring you closer to Allah. If I made a mistake somewhere in the text, then it is solely from me. Forgive me, as I am only human. P.s. Thanks to my brothers and sisters here, they gave me confidence enough to post my material here. lol. I have some serious confidence issues. :P Anyways, thanks to everybody for reading and supporting! Jazak Allah Khair. Hope it will be helpful to at least a single soul!
  41. 5 points
    From Robert Fisk: http://www.independent.co.uk/voices/al-jazeera-saudi-arabia-israel-policy-terrorism-isis-iran-prince-mohamed-netanyahu-a7885851.html
  42. 5 points
    إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعون She spent more than 50 years and fought for leprosy. People used to throw their leper kids in garbage and she used to pick them up and treat them. She was such a great lady and we need people like her.
  43. 5 points

    Fighting ?

    Prophet Muhammad saw had 9 swords al-Ma'thur,al-Rasub, al-Battar, hatf, Qal'i, al-Mikhdham, al-Qadib, al-Azb and Dhu al-Faqar There are 19-27 ghazwat, like abwa,badr,ahud, soweeq, bni-nazeer,zat-alrqa'a, bni-mastalq,haneen, tabook, wadi-alqra, ahzab bni-lehiyat..
  44. 5 points

    The evolution of Shi'ism

    What points were you curious about specifically? I know Abdolkarim Soroush and his son Dabbagh Soroush. They're more motivated by Western philosophy and anti-Iran politics than by genuine religious understanding. Abdolkarim is trying to be this Muslim Erasmus/Luther, but he really isn't much different than other non-practicing Iranian academics in Western universities. As for his point that the difference between Sunnism and Shiism is the finality of prophethood: this is disingenuous because many Sunnis (perhaps most) believed in maHfooth awliya' who performed karamat and kashf (infallibility, sainthood, miracles, and divine inspiration). It is wrong to assume that the Sealing of Prophethood = Cosmic Despair. The Seal even for Sunnis did not mean the end of divine vicegerency, as the Mahdi or even the Caliphs would fulfill that role. The root difference between Sunnism and Shiism is the question of authority. For Sunnis, divine authority went to the Umma as a whole, which has the right to choose a divine vicegerent (khalifatullah), and the sahaba of which are all `adil and authoritative, and the consensus of the scholars is considered divine law, and the qiyas and ra'y of the scholars is acceptable in fiqh, etc. For Shi`is, the divine authority of the Prophet (s) passed to a man and not to the Umma as a whole. The latter is more Quranic, as it contains no concept of "people's rule" in divine matters; rather Allah's sunna is to appoint a vicegerent to lead the people, and demand that the people submit to that man. And Allah's sunna does not change (33:63).
  45. 5 points

    Thoughts 2017

    Congratulations to Popular Contributors this past week: @shiaman14 @Sirius_Bright @ali_fatheroforphans @eThErEaL @Islamic Salvation @.InshAllah. @Fakeha @Akbar673 @Marbles
  46. 5 points

    how do you eat your oreos?

    Pehle lick karen.... Phir dunk karen... Oreo ke saath chichori harkaten karte rahen, khayen mat.
  47. 5 points
    People try to dig hard into proofs of Allah's existence. People like to put their best efforts in using scientific facts of Allah's existence. Some of us may think that it is hard to prove Allah's existence to Athiests, Agnostics, etc. Some tend to wonder, what proofs do I have?. Verily I see the proof of Allah's existence in my life daily, yearly. The Trees, The Plants, The Rain, The Sun, The Moon, The Sky. The birth of Men and Women from the womb. Lifespan, Death. The capabilities of Humanity. The Conscience. Good, Bad. Verily these are the Signs of Allah's existence. Those whom are truly willing to submit to Allah will accept these proofs.
  48. 5 points
    Aquib Rizvi

    Virtues of the Prophet

    Assalaamualeykum, 3 - أحمد بن محمد، عن محمد بن الحسن، عن علي بن إسماعيل، عن صفوان بن يحيى، عن ابن مسكان، عن الحارث بن المغيرة، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: سمعته يقول: قال رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله: نحن في الامر والفهم والحلال والحرام نجري مجرى واحد، فأما رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وعلي عليه السلام فلهما فضلهما. Ahmad ibn Muhammad has narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Hassan from Ali ibn Isma‘il from Safwan ibn Yahya from ibn Muskan from al-Harith ibn al-Mughirah who has said that he heard abu ‘Abd Allah (as) say the following: “We, in the matters of commands, understanding, lawful and unlawful are all alike and the same. However, the Messenger of Allah (s) and Ali (as) have their own additional virtue and excellence.” Source: Al-Kafi by Kulayni, Vol 1, Pg 275, H 3. Grading: Allamah Majlisi:"Hasan" (Mirat ul Uqool 3/178) 175 - محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن الحكم، عن معاوية بن وهب، عن أبي عبد الله (عليه السلام) قال: ما أكل رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) متكئا منذ بعثه الله عز وجل إلى أن قبضه تواضعا لله عز وجل وما رأى ركبتيه (2) أمام جليسه في مجلس قط ولا صافح رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) رجل قط فنزع يده من يده حتى يكون الرجل هو الذي ينزع يده ولا كافأ رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) بسيئة قط قال الله تعالى له: " إدفع بالتي هي أحسن السيئة (3) " ففعل وما منع سائلا قط، إن كان عنده أعطى وإلا قال: يأتي الله به، ولا أعطى على الله عز وجل شيئا قط إلا أجازه الله إن كان ليعطي الجنة فيجيز الله عز وجل له ذلك، قال: وكان أخوه من بعده (4) والذي ذهب بنفسه ما أكل من الدنيا حراما قط حتى خرج منها والله إن كان ليعرض له الأمران كلاهما لله عز وجل طاعة فيأخذ بأشدهما على بدنه، والله لقد أعتق ألف مملوك لوجه الله عز وجل دبرت فيهم يداه (1) والله ما أطاق عمل رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) من بعده أحد غيره، والله ما نزلت برسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) نازلة قط إلا قدمه فيها ثقة منه به وإن كان رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) ليبعثه برايته فيقاتل جبرئيل عن يمينه وميكائيل عن يساره، ثم ما يرجع حتى يفتح الله عز وجل له. Muhammad Bin Yahya, from Ahmed Bin Muhammad, from Ali Bin Al-Hakam, from Muawiya Bin Wahab, who has narrated the following: Abu Abdullah said: ‘The Rasool Allah did not eat whilst leaning, since he was Sent by Allah Mighty and Majestic, up to his passing away. He was modest for the Sake of Allah Mighty and Majestic, and no one ever saw his knees is a gathering at all. And the Rasool Allah did not shake hands with a man at all by pulling his hand from his hand until the man would pull his own hand from his hands. The Rasool Allah did not recompense anyone with evil at all. Allah the High Said to him: “[23:96] Repel evil by what is best”, so he did it. And he never denied any beggar at all. If he had it with him he would give it,or else he would say: 'Allah will give it'. And he did not give anything at all on the Authorisation of Allah Mighty and Majestic except that Allah Authorised that for him even it was paradise, Allah Mighty and Majestic Authorised that for him. He said: ‘And his brother (Ali) from after him, by the One Who Took his soul, did not eat anything at all Prohibited in the world until he exited from it. By Allah, if two matters were presented to him in both of which was the obedience to Allah Mighty and Majestic, he would take the one which was more difficult upon his body. By Allah, he freed a thousand slaves for the Sake of Allah Mighty and Majestic, from the work of his own hands. By Allah, no one could endure the deeds of the Rasool Allah after him, apart from him. By Allah, there did not descend upon the Rasool Allah any (difficulty) at all except that he was the foremost in facing it, being a reliable one from him for it. And whenever the Rasool Allah sent him with his flag, so Jibraeel would fight on his right and Mikaeel on his left. Then he would not return until Allah Mighty and Majestic Granted victory to him’. Source: Al-Kafi by Kulayni, Vol 8, Pg 164, H 175. Grading: Allamah Majlisi:"Saheeh" (Mirat ul Uqool 26/30) علي بن إبراهيم، عن أبيه، عن حماد بن عيسى، عن حريز، عن زرارة قال: قال أبو جعفر (عليه السلام): إذا أذنت فافصح بالالف والهاء وصل على النبي كلما ذكرته أو ذكره ذاكر في أذان وغيره (حسن) Ali bin Ibrahim from his father (Ibrahim bin Hashim) from Hammad bin Isa from Hariz (bin Abdillah) from Zurara (bin A’yan) who said : Abu Ja’far (a.s) said : "When you say the Adhan (make sure you) pronounce clearly the Alif and Ha’a (the letters), and send salutations upon the prophet (s.a.w.w) whenever you mention Him, or (whenever) another one mentions Him in the Adhan or otherwise." Source: Al-Kafi by Shaykh Kulayni, Vol 3, Pg 303, H 7. Grading: Allamah Majlisi:"Hasan" (Mirat ul Uqool 15/84) Wa aleykumsalaam.
  49. 5 points

    What do I look like?

    No, she only wishes she were me. It's all about the space. I had to look up the name of the actress too. It was much more common when she was famous and I was much younger. Strangers used to come up to me and say: "do you know you look like that one daughter in that show Roseanne?" My response:
  50. 5 points

    I'd become Shia immediately if...

    The last time I checked, intercession was not a pillar of Shiism. It is an optional practice of some Sunnis and some Shi`a. The Shi`a who practice intercession do not believe that the intercessor has any power independent of Allah. There are members on this forum who strongly disagree with intercession, but still consider themselves fully Shi`a. As long as you recognize the Imams and follow their teachings, you will succeed. If you believe our school is true, and you believe in the rights of Ahl al-Bayt, then it is upon you to convert. By the way, even salat is a form of tawassul. Tawassul is often compared to shirk, but to be honest, there will always be an intermediary between one and God. The names of Allah are created and separate from Him, and our words, actions, and rituals are all mediums between us and Him. As Imam al-Hadi once said, we share no medium with Allah, because that would be tashbeeh. We are creation, and we interact with creation - the Creator in His Essence is only known though His created signs. The Infinite God acts through the finite. Allah gives life, by allowing His created Spirit to breathe a soul into our bodies. Allah ends life, by allowing His created angel to remove our soul from our bodies. Allah delivers rizq to us through created means. So tawassul and ziyara, like salat, zakat, sawm, hajj, and other good deeds, are ultimately a path to God. They are all different means through which He is reached. A truly "direct" relationship is not plausible. As long as one believes that all created things have no power in and of themselves, then tawassul can only be an intercession to God, and not calling on a separate deity. Otherwise, the same argument can be made about all of our good deeds.