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    The Coin of al-Rida Historical accounts and reports in our books of Hadith confirm that al-Ma`mun had coins minted in the name of al-Ridha after appointing him as his crown prince. These became a collectors item among the Shia being considered portents of Tabarruk especially to be carried during a journey. The Imam would bestow this as a memento to some of the believing Shia who came to visit him. The Shia were pacified by this move of al-Ma`mun and many of them had expectations that the rule will finally revert back to its rightful place after more than a hundred years of usurpation. حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن أيوب بن نوح قال: قلت للرضا عليه السلام: إنا لنرجو أن تكون صاحب هذا الامر وأن يرده الله عزوجل إليك من غير سيف، فقد بويع لك وضربت الدراهم باسمك، فقال: ما منا أحد اختلفت إليه الكتب، وسئل عن المسائل وأشارت إليه الاصابع، وحملت إليه الاموال إلا اغتيل أو مات على فراشه حتى يبعث الله عزوجل لهذا الامر رجلا خفي المولد والمنشأ غير خفي في نسبه [Kamal al-Diin] Muhammad b. al-Hasan b. Ahmad b. al-Walid – Muhammad b. Hasan al-Saffar – Ya`qub b. Yazid – Ayub b. Nuh who said: I said to al-Ridha عليه السلام: we hope that you are to be the man of this matter (the promised ruler from Ahl al-Bayt), and that Allah عزوجل returns it to you without fighting - for you have been given allegiance to, and the coins have been minted with your name on them. He said: there is not one of us to whom letters have been written, questions have been asked, fingers have been pointed at, and monies have been sent to, except that he will be killed or will die on his bed until Allah عزوجل will send for this matter a man of hidden birth and origin whose lineage is not unknown. طاهر بن بن عيسى، عن جعفر بن أحمد، عن عليّ بن محمّد بن شجاع، عن محمّد بن الحسين، عن معمّر بن خلاد قال: قال لي الريّان بن الصلت بمرو و كان الفضل بن سهل بعثه إلى بعض كور خراسان فقال: احبّ أن تستأذن لي على أبي الحسن عليه السّلام فاسلّم عليه و اودّعه، و أحبّ أن يكسوني من ثيابه و أن يهب لي من دراهمه الّتي ضربت باسمه ... [al-Kashshi] Tahir b. Isa – Ja`far b. Ahmad - Ali b. Muhammad b. Shuja` - Muhammad b. al-Husayn [b. Abi al-Khattab] – Muammar b. Khallad who said: al-Rayyan b. al-Salt said to me in Marw after al-Fadhl b. Sahl [Ma`mun’s vizier] had dispatched him to some of the villages in Khurasan: I would like you to seek permission on my behalf from Abi al-Hasanعليه السّلام [to allow me to meet him] so that I can greet him and bid him farewell. I would also like it if he could give me a piece of clothing from among his clothes and gift me a few of his silver coins that were minted in his name … أخبرني محمد بن يونس الأنباري قال حدثني أبي: أن إبراهيم بن العباس الصولي دخل على الرضا لما عقد له المأمون وولاه العهد، فأنشده قوله: أزالت عزاء القلب بعد التجلد ... مصارع أولاد النبي محمد (صلى الله عليه وسلم) فوهب له عشرة آلاف درهم من الدراهم التي ضربت باسمه، فلم تزل عند إبراهيم، وجعل منها مهور نسائه، وخلف بعضها لكفنه وجهازه إلى قبره [al-Aghani] Muhammad b. Yunus al-Anbari – his father who said: The poet Ibrahim b. al-Abbas al-Suli came in to see al-Rida when he was appointed by al-Ma`mun and made the crown prince and recited the following verse: The grief of the heart has receded after enduring … the repression against the sons of Muhammad Al-Rida gifted him ten thousand silver coins which were minted in his name, Ibrahim held on to them and used them as dowry for marrying his wives and left some of them behind to purchase his shrowd and for the carrying of his body [to the grave]. The wonderful thing is that archaeologists and scholars of numismatics have discovered a few pieces of this coin which is considered a rarefied item. Below is an image of the coin: General Information Period: The Abbasid Caliphate, 132-218 H/750-833 AD, Ruler: Abu Ja‘far ‘Abd Allah al-Ma’mun ibn al-Rashid, (194-218 H/810-833 AD) Place of Mint: Samarqand in Central Asia (present-day Uzbekistan) Date: 202 H (817-818 AD) Metal and denomination: Silver dirham Weight and measurement: 2.87 g / Ø 25.5 mm Legend and Design OBVERSE Field la ilah illa / Allah wahdahu / la sharik lahu / al-mashriq “no god but God, unique, He has no associate, East Inner margin bism Allah duriba hadha’l-dirham bi-samarqand sana ithnatayn wa mi‘atayn “in the name of God this dirham was struck in Samarqand the year two and two hundred” Outer margin muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi “Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions” Sura 9 (al-Tawba), v. 33 (in part) REVERSE Field lillah / muhammad rasul Allah / al-ma’mun khalifat Allah / mimma amara bihi al-amir al-rida / wali ‘ahd al-muslimin ‘ali ibn musa / ibn ‘ali ibn abi talib / dhu’l-riyasatayn “for God, Muhammad is the messenger of God, al-Ma’mun is the Caliph of God, among the things ordered by the Prince al-Rida, Recipient of the Oath of the Muslims ‘Ali ibn Musa ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Possesser of the Two Headships” Margin muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun “Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions, even though the polytheists may detest it” Sura 9 (al-Tawba), v. 33
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    @Heavenly_Silk has been promoted to a blue Moderator. Everyone give their congrats!
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    Fight, whenever required, to defend the cause of Allah. When you think of defending the cause of Allah do not be afraid that people will laugh at you, censure your action or slander you. Fearlessly and boldly help truth and justice. Bear patiently the sufferings and face bravely the obstacles which come in your way when you follow truth and when you try to uphold it. Adhere to the cause of truth and justice wherever you find it. Try to be well versed with Islamic Jurisprudence and theology and acquire a thorough knowledge of the canons of this religion. - From the last will of Ameer ul momineen Imam Ali (as) اللّهُمّ الْعَنْ قَتَلَةَ أَمِيرِ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ
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    The grass is greener on the other side... By the way, there are Sufis/`Irfanis/Shaykhis in Shiism. There's no absence of spirituality in the teachings of Ahl al-Bayt, even if it is absent in some of our communities. The answer to your suffering is not to turn on your heels. You have to translate your suffering into meaning, purification, forgiveness of sin, gratitude, and coming closer to Allah and His hujja. Everyone in this world suffers, there is no person that doesn't suffer. Some sufferers use an anesthetic, but our bodies build tolerance to such drugs. It is the same with suffering, you must go to the root of the issue. You must distinguish between your personal satisfaction and the satisfaction of Allah. If you think that you can sell your religion to adopt a feel-good soothsayer theology, then that will only take your further from Allah and make your condition worse. Once you sincerely acknowledge the truth of Ali (as), Fatima (as), and their children, you realize that belief is not a choice, it is a responsibility. You either give the Ahlul Bayt their rights or you abandon them. What you're saying now is that you'd rather take aqeeda, fiqh, and tafsir from other than its origin, just to attain a spiritual high. You may not know the weight of this now, but when you hear the taraddi of Mu`awiya, and the sidelining of all of the Imams after al-Husayn (as), and the takfir and mocking of their followers, I would hope that the antennas go up. Don't let the silver-tongued devil deceive you into thinking that all of this will make your life better. You must heed back to the message of the Quran, hadith al-thaqalayn, hadith al-ghadeer, the robbing of the khilafa and Fadak, the sacrifice of Husayn (as), and the coming of the Mahdi (ajtf). It should be apparent that this misguidance stemmed from your clinging to Sunni speakers. In the past, you've even refused to hear suggestions of Shia speakers, so it's natural that you'll take on the characteristics of your rolemodels and surroundings. If you just give these speakers another chance, you might realize that the answers to your problems have been in front of you all along.
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    Salam, Ramadan Mubarak Everyone!! From what I have observed, theses are the different types of users that exist in Shiachat according to me. 1) The Hadith Ones - There are plenty of these. They have great structured answers where the hadith starts in Arabic followed by English translation. 2) The Comedians - They always havr to give straightforward and funny replies. These users manage to sneak humour in literally every post, even the ones with serious content. 3) The Therapist- These users are not much in number but I have noticed some. These users are very good in making other users feel better by showing empathy in comments. These users offer great medical and psychological advice. 4) The Sunni-Shia Obsessed Users- These users are obsessed with questioning Sunnis and majority of their content revolves around this. 5) Political Dudes- Obsessed with politics as the name suggests. 6) Creepy Likers- Lol they don't post much content, however they like everyones comment. Shiachat doesn't lack much of these. 7) Responsible Ones- Mainly the mature users who are always reliable to turn to in advice concerning social/family issues. 8) The Fatwa Ones- Don't mess with these users because they will catch you out with various fatwas of different scholars. 9) Cool Science Users- Their mind revolves around science. These users are very interesting and come up with all these cool posts. 10) Spiritual/Dreamy Users- These are in their own dream world. These users might also be great poets. Pretty sure their are many more types , but I could only think of these. Feel free to fit yourself in any category.
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    £400m...for Buckingham Palace but no money for poor people's fire alarms'
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    hahahahahahahahahaha how, exactly? its not our way. shia fight battles in the maidaan when the enemy is in front of us. it is the way of the non shia to bomb markets and schools and public spaces, to murder civilians and non combatants, then claim that they are mujahid and their dead are shaheed. My father was in Iraq during the Iraq/ Iran war. he was amazed at the iranians. see, the Iraqi would fly their planes over to Iran and drop bombs at night then fly back. the Iranians would go on the tannoys and announce to towns "we are going to bomb this place on X day at Y time, all civilians are requested to leave the area". this is the difference between how shia make war, and how non shia make war. may Allah give victory to IRI. an attack on Iran is an attack on all of us.
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    Salam, If I hurted someone then forgive me. Have a blessed Ramadan all and may our efforts be rewarded. Not because of ourselves but because of the Rahma of our Lord who makes us capable doing it. Allahuma salli aale Muhammad wa aali Muhammad
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    Just seen the whole video. Yes Im biased towards shia, but lets understand the tactics used by the hijab guy - this debate was specifically about the content of his video. He knew and had plenty of time to prepare since there was a lot of background organisation. Its not a case of him claiming he only had 2 days. In fact it was him who approached the team at rafida.org. he knew full well he was going to be defeated, so prepared about a million strawman arguments to distract from the points of the discussion. Sayed shobayri stuck to the verbal agreement and prepared to discuss the video. Hijab came with points not related to the video, which sayed shobayri wasnt prepared for. Thos isnt a victory for the sunni, it just (yet again) demonstrates their treachery and lack of akhlaaq. You just cant trust these people to be honourable. A perfect example of this was hijabs reliance on the mistranslated book by sayed khomeini. All he had to do was say "sure, i will admit the source was not reliable" but instead he went on the offensive and completely blew past the point, instead talking about shia chains of the quran etc. - He was way more eloquent than sayed shobayri, and had a better strategy such as standing up, using his hands while speaking, energy in his voice etc. For a lot of people this counts more than the facts or the truth. Its why politicians are voted in by their appearance. Sayed shobayri came for an academic discussion. Hijab came for a show. The sunni didnt even bring a single book. Unfortunately most people will judge based on showmanship. - the salafi storming in was clearly a set up by hijab. It was a private meetimg that most shia didnt even know about in a secluded location. Did those wobblers "randomly" walk past and notice shia? Hijab could barely keep the smirk off his face. He was fully aware all along "i thought they were with you" seriously? Allahs curse upon the liars. - there should have been a moderator. As soon as hijab started going off on a tangent, the moderator should have intervened. So in terms of actual academic discussion, akhlaaq and truthfulness, the shia won by a mile. But in terms of showmanship & hot air and drama, which unfortunately what the non shia only know how to judge on, hijab won. I would suggest next time a moderator is chosen, a neutral aadil, to ensure the agreed upon topics are stuck to, and each side only responds to direct questions. Sayed shobayri didnt cover himself with glory when directly challenged why shia use sunni chains regarding the complilation of the quran. Its a learning curve though, no harm done. i think next time will be better inshaAllah
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    A building doesn't need to be decorated with gold and silver in order to be beautiful. In fact, generally I'd say that doing such things is in bad taste, particularly if in the proximity of poverty. The Prophet (s) built the first mosque in an extremely simple way. The Kaaba itself was built in a simple way. I think we would be better off taking inspiration from those examples, rather than of shallow materialistic ideals of beauty.
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    Well, I am not a sister but I wouldn't never judge you for your past. But what troubles me, is wanting to escape the past. The past is past, unchangeable. But Allah will always forgive you, and I know that this sounds corny but you definitely find someone who accepts you as you are now and doesn't judge you for your past. My advice to you is this: Live in the now; Yesterday is already gone and tomorrow may never come. Don't let your regrets or worries stop you from living life to the fullest.
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    Salam aleikum, my brothers in the faith of Abraham. I am an American born Jew of Israeli/Moroccan ancestry. Growing up I didn't participate much in my own religion, so curiosity led me at the age of 18 to explore Orthodox Judaism. Ultimately I wasn't satisfied or convinced by it, and I returned to a secular way of life. At this point I began to really delve into philosophy, specifically the Western philosophical tradition, but something felt like it was missing from my worldview. Fortunately, I discovered the writing of Rene Guenon who wrote books promoting the validity and importance of the world's spiritual and religious traditions. His way of thinking influenced me greatly. I then started to explore the ideas of many different world religions, but a deep-seated bias against Islam kept me from studying their ideas despite the fact that Guenon himself was a revert to Islam. While finding many profound things in all of these traditions that I read about, they always seemed somehow incomplete or inadequate. Then I finally acquiesced and decided to give a look into Islam, but with a detached frame of mind and with no serious intention of ever becoming a Muslim. I quickly became engrossed by the Islamic world view, impressed by the completeness and perfection of its religious content, and humbled by the magnificence of its history and the greatness of its personages. But it has been reading the Quran (I am currently at the 46th Surah) that has impressed me above all. I need not explain to you the wonderful qualities that this book possesses, as that must be something all too evident for you, and it's not something I feel capable of expressing. As such, I have become convinced that there is no tradition on Earth equal to Islam, and that the Quran is a book that can be relied upon for guidance in this life. It is precisely this aspect of "guidance" that I felt was conspicuously lacking from other traditions. Further consideration has led me to conclude that Shi'a Islam is the more reliable branch. Briefly, my reasoning is as follows: as a non-Muslim I wish to learn what it means to be a Muslim and who better to learn from then the Ahl al-Bayt and those who were their direct students? Just like if someone wished to learn French he would ideally prefer to go to France itself in order to learn from the locals rather than learn from those who merely know it through reading textbooks. The reliability of the transmission of the holy book of Islam as well as the transmission of teachings regarding it is one of the things that set Islam apart from other faiths, so naturally I had to apply that same criteria when judging between the different branches within Islam itself. Allama Tabatabai's book "Shi'i Islam", as well, has helped in clarifying many Shi'i points of view for me. At this point I wish I still had some substantial objection to Islam, or some excuse to disregard it, but I don't. And my desire for the truth is greater than my fear of what others will think. I'm unsure of where I go from here. How do I know if I'm ready to convert? I feel like I've barely scratched the tip of the iceberg, and I want to know more. What do I do about my family situation? If they find out they would be shocked and devastated, and probably cut off all relations with me. Can one just show up at a local masjid at any time? I don't know any Shi'a masjids in my area or which ones to go to―would it matter if I just went to a regular Sunni masjid or "Islamic Center"? Is anyone here from Los Angeles? Maybe we can talk through email. It would be nice to know someone in my area. Ramadan Mubarak
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    @Sirius_Bright @starlight @King @AnaAmmar1 @shiaman14 @Heavenly_Silk @Brained @Haji 2003 Pakistan 338/4 (50 ov) India 158 (30.3 ov) Pakistan won by 180 runs Pakistan won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy
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    Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un! Allahs curse be on trump, al saud, israel and all their allies and dirty dogs following their dog masters.
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    Surprise! Religious people on a religion forum. Welcome to shiachat.
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    The founders of shiachat @Ali and @Ya Aba 3abdillah
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    The recent election in the UK has shown that as far as the media are concerned, there is no place for politicians that hold conservative religious views in British politics. Tim Farron is the leader of the Liberal Democrat party, and generally has a track record of voting in favour of 'LGBT rights', and has voiced his complete support for LGBT causes. However, he also happens to be a self-professed evangelical Christian (i.e. someone who takes his religion seriously), and as such his personal views have been subject to a lot more scrutiny than those of other politicians who have 'worse' voting records on these issues, even if they are Christians, but who don't take their religion so seriously. One example would be the prime minister Theresa May, who claims to be a Christian, and who has a record of voting against a lot of pro-LGBT legislation (until recently anyway). So rather than being judged for his voting record, Tim Farron has been judged for his private religious beliefs, and has essentially being asked to disown them: For the media, it's not enough for him to say that homosexuality isn't a sin, he has to say that gay sex isn't a sin. Sadly, in the end he had to cave in: What happened to freedom of conscience? It's a shame he couldn't just come out and defend his right to have personal religious views, and argue that what he considers a sin or not is irrelevant. If we apply the standard held against him to Muslims, it would be impossible for any Muslim to be involved in British political life. Aside from a Muslim's views on social issues, what about simply believing that drinking alcohol is a sin? Would that be allowed, or would it put in question whether a Muslim politician could be impartial in matters concerning alcohol? This whole situation just shows how far to the left Britain has moved on social issues that it is not even possible for a Christian to run for public office without being questioned on their personal moral views.
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    I grew up fairly lower middle class, so I have more in common with non-rich people of color than I do with middle class white people. Yes, I've faced discrimination all my life. I wasn't dressed right, I had the wrong accent, I was socially awkward. Then when I converted to Islam and started interacting with more Muslims it became so much worse, worse than I ever would have imagined. Maybe that's how it always has been for non-white non-rich people. I don't know, but it's certainly increased my empathy. I've had friends who were very sweet and compassionate, and had absolutely no idea when they were making unfair assumptions about different races, ethnicities, economic classes. Maybe it's not possible for humans with different experiences to understand each other. Maybe the only way to see each and every human being as a real individual person is to know them, talk with them, listen without assuming.
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    Notice how western news calls these men "gunmen". Why is the word terrorist not used here?
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    Problem with these "western" forces is that they never understand shias. You slap shias....they wont turn the other cheek. Result of thia incident will only mean more involvement from Rev forces, kataib and hezbollah, not less.
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    I'm not going to go into conspiracy theories, as we don't have all the facts; But 2 weeks ago Trump visits KSA and Israel, completely bows down to King Salman and Netanyahu, repeated claims are made about Iran being the greatest threat, Iran's elections are criticised in the most authoritarian state in the world, Saudi/UAE/Bahrain cutoff ties with Qatar over its relationship with Iran, a CIA plan is released on the NYT on toppling the "Iranian regime", today the US attacks pro-Iranian militias in Syria, and now this, Am I crazy or is this a lot of things happening together for it to be a mere coincidence?
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    Brother I question everything. To the extent that it may even scare people if they questioned existence and life like I do (or have done in the past). I would be against the Nike hijab because it is Nike. Many of the 'liberal' youth are against Nike and wish to boycott it too. Slave labour is a real issue. Some people don't want to advertise for a corrupt capitalist organisation. Also I am sure that hardly any conservative shia on this forum will oppose women doing sports. What they will oppose is bad hijab when doing it. I.e. they consider certain clothing to be too revealing. I don't think that is close-minded at all. Rather it is close minded to not even entertain the thought that maybe such clothing is too revealing. It has nothing to do with youth or old age. Some old people will have no problems with revealing hijab and some youth will do. However if as you say they were ridiculing her, then its a very bad thing to do. They do not know in what state her mind is (assuming that they do not know enough about her). Brother the spiritual state of a person can affect their views. When people become very religious and avoid sins their desires become more in line with Islam. When sins are commited, they have negative attitudes about Islam - to the extent that they start hating people of religion. Try it. It's worth experimenting to see how sins and good deeds change our attitudes.
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    Here is another one, these nawasibs are so ridiculous! Lets see what they quoted and the result of it, by Shiapen: Imam Jafar Sadiq (as) praised Abu Bakr and Umar (Ahqaq ul Haq) Reply One: The Hadith actually condemns the Shaykhayn Let us quote the actual wordings: أنه سأل رجل من المخالفين عن الإمام الصادق عليه السلام وقال: يا ابن رسول الله ما تقول في أبي بكر وعمر؟ فقال عليه السلام: هما إمامان عادلان قاسطان كانا على الحق وماتا عليه فعليهما رحمة الله يوم القيامة ، فلما انصرف الناس قال له رجل من خاصته : يا ابن رسول الله لقد تعجبت مما قلت في حق ابي بكر وعمر! فقال: نعم هما إماما أهل النار كما قال سبحانه ((وجعلناهم أئمة يدعون إلى النار)) وأما القاسطان فقد الله تعالى ((وأما القاسطون فكانوا لجهنم حطبا)) وأما العادلان فلعدولهم عن الحق كقوله تعالى ((ثم الذين كفروا بربهم يعدلون)) والمراد من الحق الذي كانا مستولين عليه هو أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام حيث أذياه وغصبا حقه عنه ، والمراد من موتهما على الحق انهما ماتا على عداوته من غير ندامة عن ذلك ، والمراد من رحمة الله رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله فإنه كان رحمة للعالمين وسيكون خصما لهما ساخطا عليهما منتقما منهما يوم القيامة An opposed man (Sunni) asked Imam Jaffar as-Sadiq and said: O Allah’s apostle son what do you say about Abu Bakr and Umar? He replied: they are two Imams Adel and Qaset, they were upon the right, and died on it, therefore may Allah’s mercy be upon them on the Day of Judgment. When the people left, a man from his retinue (Shia) said: O Allah’s apostle son I’m wondering from what you have said about Abu Bakr and Umar! He replied: yes they are two Imams calling for hellfire as Allah said ((And We made them Imams who call to the fire)) 028.041 The Qaset is Allah almighty said ((And as for those who are unjust, they are firewood for hell)) 072.015 and the Adel that because they switched from the truth as Allah almighty said ((Yet those who disbelieve ascribe rivals unto their Lord)) 006.001. What I meant by this was that they were upon the right in that they seized the right of the commander of believers. What I meant by they died on it that they died was on enmity without repentance. What I meant with mercy be upon them that the mercy is Allah’s apostle because he was a mercy to mankind and he will be a rival for them on the Day of Judgment. Readers can hence see how cunningly Nawasib quote the Shia text and convert words of condemnation into praise. The key Arabic words used in the Hadith have two meanings and perhaps this gave the Nawasib the opportunity to twist and turn the interpretation of the Hadith accompanied with a partial quotation. Reply Two: Hadith is weak The chain is disconnected therefore the tradition is weak.
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    Thank you to all our TEAM members. @notme @Heavenly_Silk @Reza @Gaius I. Caesar @Shaykh Patience101 @Haydar Husayn @Qa'im
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    Wa alaykum as-salaam, It is good to hear from you, dear cousin, and your path to illumination. This is a time of the year when many Muslims reopen the Quran and complete it, discovering many pearls of wisdom that they did not find in their previous reading. If you are a fan of Guenon, you may be interested to read the works of Henry Corbin and Amir-Moezzi. You are spot-on about the Ahl al-Bayt. Unfortunately, our dear and beloved Prophet Muhammad (s) has been caricatured, in part due to the actions of the Caliphs that came thereafter. But the Ahl al-Bayt exemplify the Prophet's character, and in them you see his wisdom, beauty, chivalry, modesty, moderation, and conviction reflected. If your heart has accepted the message of the Quran, then it is indeed time to convert. It is of course a big decision, one that you must be sure about, but at the same time, one must take precaution and avoid procrastinating if he feels that he already believes. No one stops learning, because there is no way for us to exhaust an ocean of light. As for your family, it is permissible to keep your conversion a secret, especially if there is fear of backlash. Cutting blood ties is one of the biggest sins in this religion, and so it is best to be in a position where you can service your parents. Make much prayer for them. We have been taught that the recitation of the Quran will remove burdens from our parents in the Hereafter, even if they are disbelievers. You may someday want to share your faith with them, but for now, it is best to secure your own deliverance. There seem to be plenty of Shia mosques in LA. You google them, check their websites for any programs. Most Shia mosques will be pretty active with events at this time of the year.
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    How about we also include descriptions of style and personality in addition to just looks & physical appearance? Would be more fun right? I'll start with admin/mod special. @starlight A soft-spoken white coat dispensing medical knowledge on the go. Walks with a brisk step, so always leaves the company behind, children run to catch up with her but can't. Will humour you twice but put her foot down the third time if you're being a brat. A total mother and a mentor. Knows a whole lot more than she lets on. People make a big mistake when they underestimate her. @Haji 2003 Clean-shaven but with a beard inside, hates strong breezes as they disturb his hair, doesn't have a mohr mark but wishes he did, his colleagues think he's easy to get along but the opposite is true. Drives a rickety old car but wouldn't hesitate to place an order for a tailor-made suit from Savile Row. @Hameedeh A graceful aunt who has taken it upon herself to solve all the problems of SC. Nothing escapes her gimlet-eyed observation. Kind and generous, big-hearted and quiet, but an aunt who never understands you and whom you never understand. @Heavenly_Silk She is too nice to be true, because she never says a harsh word. She's a hijabista with flower-patterned rainbow scarves, loooong tops, high boots, LV handbag A copy (but no make up and nail polish). Very talkative. Doesn't clean her laptop because she says she is not tech savy. If she could help it she would turn her house into a zoo - that's how much she loves animals. Lately she's been dreaming of performing another umrah. @repenter Rough and tough-looking hulk, you wouldn't know he's got a fine sense of humour just by looking at him, can walk 3 days in a desert without food and water, anyone who challenges him will regret for the rest of their lives. Eating chilies is his alternative for morning tea. Isn't a dragon but can breath fire. @Reza Pointed-chin, unbrushable hair, thin as a stick, spends hours before a mirror, worries about his pimples. Works very hard for SC, some might say too hard for an unpaid position. Perfectionist and painfully so, gives attention to detail. He is from Mars, sense of humour is from Jupiter. @notme If you see a post or a question that requires urgent answer or advice, you immediately know that a definitive response is on the way, that's how sis notme rolls. Prolific is the word that comes to mind. Slight in built but strong in character, knows how to weather the worst storms with a smile. Firm of foot, athletic, indefatigable, and a very fast typer. @Khadim uz Zahra SC humour bot, fun guy, but very serious inside. Remains a mystery to those who try to get to know him. He was Shakespeare's apprentice in previous life but claims it was Galileo. The claim is unverifiable so we have to take his word for it. He is also thin, darkle, and too intelligent for his own good.
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    Continuing with our yearly tradition on ShiaChat, we'll be using a mega-thread to post the lectures of the various Shia scholars out there, as they are given this Ramadhan 2017. Hopefully, we can all use this thread to gain knowledge and wisely spend our time in this holy month. As before, please feel free to share any lectures/talks you can find, but also please try to make sure that you share lectures of this year. Let's try to get as wide a range of scholars and topics we can. All of this is contingent on all of us working together to keep this thread updated! Pre-Ramadhan Info Sayed Moustafa Al-Qazwini- Life of Imam Ali (Promo) Sayed Ammar Nakshawani Dr Sayed Fadhil Milani Please post any other scholars who you know of that will be giving lectures on video in this coming month! Past Years:
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    And what time is better for amr bil ma`ruf wa nahi `an al-munkar? Tawhidi has sold himself out to anti-Islam activists and apostates, and traded his Muslim brethren and the shari`a for a cheap price. Why don't you ask him to spend time doing du`a' and istghfar instead of appearing on anti-Islam channels and website? He's got a lot to repent for, and this thread is a public testament. Let this be a lesson that there is little meaning to cursing Mu`awiya if you manifest his cunning mischief. Just as there are those who pay lip service to Ahl al-Bayt, there are those who parrot the curses of their enemies, while taking on all of their qualities.
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    I've sent a Twitter DM to Shirazi's office, along with screenshots of evidence of Tawhidi's treachery. Let's see if they tweet back!
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    Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim وَقَالَ الشَّيْطَانُ لَمَّا قُضِيَ الأَمْرُ إِنَّ اللّهَ وَعَدَكُمْ وَعْدَ الْحَقِّ وَوَعَدتُّكُمْ فَأَخْلَفْتُكُمْ وَمَا كَانَ لِيَ عَلَيْكُم مِّن سُلْطَانٍ إِلاَّ أَن دَعَوْتُكُمْ فَاسْتَجَبْتُمْ لِي فَلاَ تَلُومُونِي وَلُومُواْ أَنفُسَكُم مَّا أَنَاْ بِمُصْرِخِكُمْ وَمَا أَنتُمْ بِمُصْرِخِيَّ إِنِّي كَفَرْتُ بِمَآ أَشْرَكْتُمُونِ مِن قَبْلُ إِنَّ الظَّالِمِينَ لَهُمْ عَذَابٌ أَلِيمٌ Quran 14:22 And when everything will have been decided, Satan will say: "Behold, God promised you something that was bound to come true! I, too, held out [all manner of] promises to you -but I deceived you. Yet I had no power at all over you: I but called you-and you responded to me. Hence, don't blame me, but blame yourselves. It is not for me to respond to your cries, nor for you to respond to mine ; for surely, I have never admitted that there was any truth in your vain belief that I had a share in God's divinity." Verily, for all evildoers there is grievous suffering in store. One of the obligations of this Holy month is to examine our lives and our actions up to this point and see where we went wrong. For sure, all of us have made mistakes during this past year. As many wise men have said, a mistake does not become an error unless we refuse to learn from it. Since we are not supposed to 'confess our sins to other than Allah(s.w.a)' in Islam, I will look at some common mistakes made by younger muslim/as in the West (where I live) in order that we lessen the occurrence of these. Mistake #1, Arrogance قَالَ اللَّهُ عَزَّ وَجَلَّ الْكِبْرِيَاءُ رِدَائِي وَالْعَظَمَةُ إِزَارِي فَمَنْ نَازَعَنِي وَاحِدًا مِنْهُمَا قَذَفْتُهُ فِي النَّارِ Allah the Almighty said: Pride is my cloak and greatness is my garment, so whoever competes with me regarding these two will be thrown into the Hellfire. Source: Sunan Abu Dawud 4090, The greatest and most insurmountable barrier between us and Allah(s.w.a) is Arrogance and haughtiness. It is related in many hadiths that any person who has an atom of arrogance, haughtiness, or racism (another form of arrogance) in his heart will never even smell the smell of paradise which can be smelled at a distance of 1000 years journey. Surely the main characteristic of those whom the Quran condemns, i.e. the worst people and beings ever to exist, had common traits and those were arrogance, haughtiness, racism and prejudice. The first act of arrogance and prejudice was committed by Satan himself and it is the cause of him getting dismissed from the company of the angels. قَالَ مَا مَنَعَكَ أَلاَّ تَسْجُدَ إِذْ أَمَرْتُكَ قَالَ أَنَاْ خَيْرٌ مِّنْهُ خَلَقْتَنِي مِن نَّارٍ وَخَلَقْتَهُ مِن طِينٍ ( [And God] said: "What has kept thee from prostrating thyself when I commanded thee?" Answered [Satan]: "I am better than him: You have created me out of fire, whereas him You have created out of clay قَالَ فَاهْبِطْ مِنْهَا فَمَا يَكُونُ لَكَ أَن تَتَكَبَّرَ فِيهَا فَاخْرُجْ إِنَّكَ مِنَ الصَّاغِرِينَ 7:13 [God] said: "Go down from this [state] -for it is not for you to show arrogance here! Go out, then: you will remain amoung the humiliated" At the same time, the Prophets of Allah(s.w.a) and Imams of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) were those who share a common characteristic of being the most humble before God. In their hadith and duas, they state over and over again that they are nothing and only Allah(s.w.a) is great and the source of all greatness. They considered themselves as one of the people and not above them. Here is a small excerpt from the Munajat (whispered supplication) of Imam Ali(a.s) My Lord, O my Lord, You are the Master and I am the Slave, and who else can be merciful to the slave except the Master? mawlaaya yaa mawlaaya antal mawlaa wa anal a’bdu wa hal yarh’amul a’bda illal mawlaa مَوْلايَ يا مَوْلايَ أَنْتَ الْمَوْلىٰ وَأَنَا الْعَبْدُ وَهَلْ يَرْحَمُ الْعَبْدَ إِلّا الْمَوْلىٰ My Lord, O my Lord, You are the Owner and I am the one owned by You, and who else can be merciful to the owned except the owner? mawlaaya yaa mawlaaya antal maaliku wa anal mamlooku wa hal yarh’amul mamlooka illal maalik مَوْلايَ يا مَوْلايَ أَنْتَ الْمالِكُ وَأَنَا الْمَمْلُوكُ وَهَلْ يَرْحَمُ الْمَمْلُوكَ إِلّا الْمالِكُ My Lord, O my Lord, You are the Mighty and I am the low, and who else can be merciful to the low except the Mighty? mawlaaya yaa mawlaaya antla a’zeezu wa anad’ d’aleelu wa hal yarh’amud’ d’aleela illal a’zeez مَوْلايَ يا مَوْلايَ أَنْتَ الْعَزيزُ وَأَنَا الذَّليلُ وَهَلْ يَرْحَمُ الذَّليلَ إِلّا الْعَزيزُ My Lord, O my Lord, You are the Creator and I am the creature, and who else can be merciful to the creature except the Creator? mawlaaya yaa mawlaaya antal khaaliqu wa anal makhlooqu wa anal makhlooqu wa hal yarh’amul makhlooqa illal khaaliq مَوْلايَ يا مَوْلايَ أَنْتَ الْخالِقُ وَأَنَا الْمَخْلُوقُ وَهَلْ يَرْحَمُ المَخْلُوقَ إِلّا الْخالِقُ My Lord, O my Lord, You are the Glorious and I am the miserable, and who else can be merciful to the miserable except the Glorious? Iblis(Satan) is not an angel, but a being known as the Jinn. They share the characteristic with humans in that they have free will, desire, and intellect. Because Satan knows we have these characteristics, and he blames us (human beings) for his expulsion from the company of angels and those near to God, he is always trying to get us to twist those faculties of free will, desire, and intellect in a way that causes us to become arrogant, so that we can share his fate of being amoung the lost and humiliated. Overcoming Arrogance The first step to overcoming arrogance is to realize that you are not immune from becoming arrogant. All of us are just as susceptible to falling into this trap. Whatever quality that you have that differentiates you from others, whether it is knowledge, wealth, social status, race, culture, lineage, looks, youth, skill, charitable acts, large amount of time spent in religious devotion, etc, Satan will come to you at some point to try to convince you that you are better than others because of that, and because you are better than others, or even better than a specific person or group of people, therefore you have the right to treat them in a way that is not just and fair and not in keeping with Islamic Aklaq (manners). If this arrogance is not manifest in concrete action, it may become manifest in thoughts, such as judging others. While we can condemn specific actions of people, we should never use these actions to draw a decisive conclusion about them, such as 'that is a bad person', 'they are going to hell', etc. Noone knows this except Allah(s.w.a) and if the person is still above ground and breathing, they have the ability to repent and change their life around and they might end up in a higher level of paradise than we are. The arrogance may never be manifest in actions, but may stay in your heart and if you die with this arrogance and racism and prejudice in your heart, it will be a huge liability against you on the Day of Judgement and may push you into hellfire. The way to get rid of it is, second, to do certain actions which decrease arrogance. There are many recommended and some required actions in Islam which can do this. Giving charity anonymously is one of the best ones and also giving charity to the point where it affects your life, i.e. giving enough where you have to give up some of the 'extra' things which you love. Visiting the sick is another one, it shows you that you are always in a precarious state and only kept healthy by the grace and mercy of Allah(s.w.a). Another is thinking about death and attending funerals. Another is helping brothers and sisters with their needs, even if helping them will cause some loss and some inconvenience or may expose you to a (reasonable) amount of risk. Helping your muslim/a brothers and sisters with their needs is counted as the greatest tool we have to avoid arrogance. May Allah(s.w.a) protect all of us from the greatest barrier to guidance from Him(s.w.a), which is arrogance. "The piece of dirt you were born on is no better than the piece of dirt I was born on, because every piece of dirt belongs to Allah(s.w.a) and you did not choose where you were born and neither did I. " Abu Hadi.
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    Awww poor gay Mullah... Lol @ BBC documentaries. Nice MSM propaganda. What's next ? "Meet the paedophile teacher who was forced to quit his job at a kindergarten". "Shocking: cannibal nurse fired from hospital for eating habits judged as extreme by her bosses".
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    No, we are equal to everybody else in the world and also subjected to racism as well. It's just that some place too much value in our lack of melanin.
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    Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all Muslims had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the Muslim community, so the Pope offered a deal. He'd have a religious debate with the leader of the Muslim community. If the Muslims won, they could stay in Italy; and if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or leave. The Muslim people met and picked an aged and wise Mufti to represent them in the debate. However, as the Mufti spoke no Italian and the Pope spoke no Arabic, they agreed that it would be a "silent" debate. On the chosen day the Pope and Mufti sat opposite each other. The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. The Mufti looked back and raised one finger. Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head. The Mufti pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine. The Mufti pulled out an apple. With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the Mufti was too clever. The Muslims could stay in Italy. Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what had happened. The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God! Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin. He beat me at every move and I could not continue!" Meanwhile, the Muslim community gathered to ask the Mufti how he'd won. "I haven't a clue," the Mufti said. "First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger. Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Muslims and I told him that we were staying right here!"" And then what?" asked someone, "Who knows?" said the Mufti. "He took out his lunch so I took out mine".
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    I think Shias are much more aware of the teachings of Sunnis, at least in the realm of hadith, than Sunnis are of Shias.
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    I was thinking why one salwat so I am sending 14 for the greatest 14. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa ali Muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum.
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    An Instance of Imami Ta`wil There is a difference between Tafsir and Ta`wil. The Qur'an has many interpretive layers and no one knows them all except Allah himself and the 'Rasikhuna fil Ilm' [those deeply entrenched in knowledge]. Below is one instance of the Imam unveiling an inner meaning of a part of the verse which is not at all apparent upon a literal reading. It should make us all take a step back from the claim that we can fully understand the Qur`an without their guidance. الفقيه: باسناده عن عبدالله بن سنان قال: أتيت أبا عبدالله عليه السلام فقلت له: جعلني الله فداك ما معنى قول الله عزوجل: ثُمَّ لْيَقْضُوا تَفَثَهُمْ قال: أخذ الشارب وقص الاظفار وما أشبه ذلك، قال: قلت: جعلت فداك فإن ذريحا المحاربي حدثني عنك أنك قلت: ثُمَّ لْيَقْضُوا تَفَثَهُمْ لقاء الامام وَلْيُوفُوا نُذُورَهُمْ تلك المناسك، قال: صدق ذريح وصدقت، إن للقرآن ظاهرا وباطنا ومن يحتمل ما يحتمل ذريح al-Faqih: Via his chain to Abdallah b. Sinan who said: I came to Aba Abdillah عليه السلام and said to him: may Allah make me your ransom, what is the meaning of the words of Allah Mighty and Majestic: “then they should remove their untidiness” (22:29), he said: trimming the mustache and cutting the nails, I said: may I be made your ransom, Dharih al-Muharibi narrated to me quoting you as saying: “then they should remove their untidiness” means ‘visit the Imam’ and “fulfill their vows” refers to ‘[perform] the pilgrimage rites’, he said: Dharih was right and so are you, verily for the Qur’an there is an exoteric and esoteric [layered meanings], and who can bear what is borne by Dharih? Commentary The verse in question is in Surat al-Hajj. It contains instructions to those making the Hajj. It says: “Then they should remove their untidiness, fulfill their vows and circumambulate the Ancient House” (22:29) The apparent meaning of ‘remove their untidiness’ is for a pilgrim to groom himself, and this would involve acts like trimming the mustache and cutting the nails, this is also what we find in the answer of the Imam to Abdallah b. Sinan. However, he had given a different answer to Dharih consonant with the latter's spiritual maturity. As is well known - the `Aimma used to answer the people based on the levels of their ability. Abdallah b. Sinan had heard this different meaning from Dharih and wanted to confirm it from the Imam himself. This is when the Imam reveals to him the exterior and interior meaning of the verse. The Imam also notes that he does not disclose the inner meaning to everyone but only those who have the capacity to handle it. و على هذا فالمراد بالتفث أو قضائه تطهير البدن و القلب و الروح من الأوساخ الظاهرة و الباطنة، فيدخل فيه المعنيان معا إذ الغسل و حلق الشعر و قص الأظفار تطهير للبدن من الأوساخ الظاهرة، و لقاء الإمام تطهير للقلب من الأدران و الأوساخ الباطنة التي هي الجهل و الضلال و الصفات الرديئة و الأخلاق الدنية al-Majlisi: The point of intersection between the two meanings is to interpret removal of dirt as achieving cleanliness from all that which blemishes a human whether it be in his physical body, his heart or soul. Bathing, trimming the hair and cutting the nails would be cleanliness of the body from physical dirt, while meeting the Imam and hearing his piercing words would be cleaning the heart from spiritual dirt such as ignorance, misguidance, repulsive attributes and base character. وجهة الاشتراك بين التفسير والتأويل التطهير فإن أحدهما تطهير للبدن عن الأوساخ الظاهرة وما يجري مجراها والآخر تطهير للقلب من الأوساخ الباطنة التي هي الجهل والضلال والعمى Faydh al-Kashani: The two meanings are related one being Ta`wil and the other is Tafsir both related to cleanliness. One is through removing the outward dirt while the other is through removing ignorance and blindness [spiritual defects]. ووجه الاشتراك التطهير فان ما قاله عليه السلام لذريح فهو تطهير الباطن وما قاله لعبد الله بن سنان هو تطهير الظاهر والاول هو التأويل والباطن والثانى هو التفسير والظاهر Sayyid Hassan Khorasan: What the Imam said to Dharih is a purification of the inner self and what he said to Abdallah b. Sinan is a purification of the outer self. The former is an example of an esoteric Ta`wil while the latter is an example of an exoteric Tafsir. One of the most important obligations to be fulfilled during the pilgrimage is to meet the Imam. This is what the Ashab used to do, taking advantage of the crowds to seek out the Imam and ask him questions without any fear. Hajj season is also where the early Sufara used to meet up with the Last Imam.
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    @Hameedeh @notme @Laayla @DigitalUmmah @Gaius I. Caesar @shiaman14 @Heavenly_Silk Etc....lol...wanted to tag just about everyone Soooo...as I was discussing privately with Hameedeh, the tribes have been doing some of their own investigations into the civil rights abuses against the Water Protectors at Standing Rock. ( There are still around 800 folks ,natives and allies ,going to court facing charges for the peaceful protest. One of the folks I was most concerned about was freed a couple of days ago due to " lack of evidence" that he was doing anything illegal. File that one under prayers answered.) I am up early continuing my reading of the tome of info dropped on my desk yesterday from the tribal office regarding the use of mercenary " Black Water" -type organizations ( they have offices in Iraq and Afghanistan) against the natives in that conflict. ( Apparently we are " insurgents".) Usually I try to keep these conversations on the native net, where this info is more fruitfully discussed. However, in the documents leaked from this ...ahem..." Security" organization mentioning the groups they were most concerned with at SR, they specifically mentioned a group of Palestinians ( no surprise there) AND "the Shia".... including a group of " Shia females". Not much detail yet but..There was a group of "Shia females "at Standing Rock running interference with the powers that be to try to keep my relatives safe? ( cyber fist bump) YAAAAAS! QUEENS!
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    Never despair of the mercy of Allah. The fact that you know you have done wrong, and regret it is a good sign. It's when people no longer care that they are really in trouble. Just focus on cutting out on these sins, and whatever you do try not to neglect your obligatory prayers and fasts. All of us sin to some greater or lesser extent, but sinning isn't a reason to make things worse by neglecting our obligations, and if you are strict about things like hijab, praying, and fasting, then you will find it much harder to sin. And whoever does evil or acts unjustly to his soul, then asks forgiveness of Allah, he shall find Allah Forgiving, Merciful. [Qur'an, 4:110] Will they not then turn to Allah and ask His forgiveness? And Allah is Forgiving, Merciful.[5:74] Whoever brings a good deed, he shall have ten like it, and whoever brings an evil deed, he shall be recompensed only with the like of it, and they shall not be dealt with unjustly. [6:160] And keep up prayer in the two parts of the day and in the first hours of the night; surely good deeds take away evil deeds this is a reminder to the mindful. [11:114] Yet surely your Lord, with respect to those who do an evil in ignorance, then turn after that and make amends, most surely your Lord after that is Forgiving, Merciful. [16:119] Say: O my servants! who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving the Merciful. [39:53]
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    I hope all the Muslims here have a blessed Ramadan.
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    I'm sorry you're going through this sis. Know that I'm here for you. I know you're going through a lot Sister, but get this: I went over 10 years without true friends and have been ignored and abused by others. Only recently has my life turned around. And I suffer from GAD and Bipolar Disorder, which went undiagnosed for YEARS and made my quality of life terrible. Although my life is improving little by little sometimes I lose sight of the blessings that I have. Every time I want to complain that I people I know are transferring and graduating earlier than I have, I think to myself that I have received treatment for my disorders when only 4/10 recieve treatment for their depression and anxiety, and that my parents were completely supportive and understanding of my need for treatment, and most people don't have that. i know you must feel misunderstood and frustrated and hurt because your family doesn't seem very helpful or understanding, but try to surround yourself with people who will allow you to feel a sense of belonging and acceptance. I highly suggest group therapy because you'll meet people who are going through the same feelings of loneliness as you are. and sister, as much as you may not like hearing this, sometimes medication might be also what is needed to manage your sysmtoms of anxiety and helplessness. I would also suggest journaling as a way to therapeutically release whatever pain you feel as it immediately takes away its power to hurt you. My PM is always open, sis, if you need someone to talk to.
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    Bismehe Ta3ala, Assalam Alikum Sister Sidnaq, You are sooooo cute in your honesty. I like your boldness sister. Sister, when we start making changes, we will see our environment also changing. I suggest you get busy and find something you like and do. Boredom easily causes fights, so you need to keep yourself occupied. Does your center need volunteers for the holy month of Ramadhan? Are you into baking and learning how to make desserts? What about craft projects? Do you like little children? You can be a role model for them and teach them about deen or help them make projects. The key point sister is to be proactive. Do something. Don't just stick around the house and wait for someone to get angry or frustrated. I don't know how old you are, but there are scholarships available for teens who volunteer in the community. If you like politics or want to write Islamic articles you can get involved by writing a topic of your choice. Check with Islamicinsights.com Don't expect people to change, we have no control over that. We have control over ourselves. We can react in a positive way or negatively. Go to your local library and check out books of your leisure. I don't know if you like classical books like Jane Eyre and To Kill a Mockingbird or more pop cultural books like HP. Most importantly, out of all the options I said above, the best now is to open Quran and try to complete the 30 sections within 30 days. This is a wonderful goal where you will benefit in dunya and akheera. I wish you the best lil sis M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah BTW, you live in the biggest shia community in Toronto, contact youth centers in your area and help out. There you will meet friends and serve the community. Send them a message or call them and see how you can get involved. You never know who will meet, unless you go out and try. I promise Internet will not make you happy, you need to have connections with human beings and build relationships.
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    There are no words in any language spoken by man which can do justice and proper merit to the Ahle Bayt. Their magnificence transcends any worldly descriptions.
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    Prophet Muhammad (S) said: "Behold! My Ahlul-Bayt are like the Ark of Noah. Whoever embarked in it was saved, and whoever turned away from it was perished". No one has understood the true Islam without understanding Ahlulbayt (as).
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    Tawhidi is strange. After the Iran attack, he posted up a status of how Iran got karma as the terrorist state falls victim to terrorism. Tawhidi then deleted his status as people realized it was a horrible and unsympathetic comment. My point is that this guy is crazy in the head and to me he doesn't seem professional at all.
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    There are many thwarted attacks we do not hear about. In Lebanon, I have heard that alot of attempts are made but stopped by hizbullah (almost daily at some point) that weren't publicized. Don't under estimate the security. If it werent for them we would hear about alot more attacks.
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    Salam bro, the answer to most of your questions is "ignorance". I as a born sunni was never told the history, or any details, only a very basic story. Lack of knowledge keeps most sunnis sunni. 2.At the time people who followed their pockets and fear of political status much like today followed the caliph. To reject him and his right meant to go against the establishment and lose your job/money etc... they feared the material world more than they feared God. misinformation and disinformation was at works too, but a guided muslim would have seen past these. 3. Not sure if it was an order, but Ali a.s refrained from starting a civil war. 4. i dont know. they would justify other things by saying the prophet's uncle was abu lahhab so family meant nothing... but then again that doesnt make much sense to compare him to Ali a.s 5. I heard she asked Ali a.s to keep her death place and location a secret so that the sahaba do not reap benefits(hassanat) of praying over her grave.
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    There are some downsides to this. In the same way that some can be misguided by other speakers, misguidance can take place when delving into other books if your faith is uncultivated. A personal issue I had after reading the Sihah as-Sitta was that, in the following months and years, I would remember a hadith, but forget if it came from a Sunni source or a Shii source. Furthermore, we Shi`a are pretty unfamiliar with our own books. We can cruise the Sahihayn looking for fada'il of Ahl al-Bayt, but most of us cannot even name the Four Books if asked directly. Both the pro-unity and pro-sectarian crowds spend a lot of time quoting Sunni literature, a behaviour which I can't help but feel stems from a need to constantly compare ourselves to Sunnis - yet Shii books rarely even come to mind to most Sunnis. Yes I agree that it is better not to be ignorant about other "theories", but start with your own theory, understand it, digest it, and put it into action; then look at other systems if needed.
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    Lol and I thought it was another new element in the periodic table after Nihonium and Moscovium.