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  1. 6 points
    هلك الناس أجمعون قلت: من في الشرق و من في الغرب؟ قال: فقال: إنها فتحت على الضلال All the people were destroyed. I said: whomever was in the east and the west? he said: it (the whole earth) was opened up to misguidance هلكوا إلا ثلاثة ثم لحق أبو ساسان و عمار و شتيرة و أبو عمرة فصاروا سبعة All were destroyed except three - then they were joined by Abu Sasan, Ammar, Shatira and Abu Amra, so they became seven [Ja`far al-Sadiq] Did the Sahaba Apostatize? There are narrations which indicate that all the companions were destroyed except three, these were then joined by four others, so they became seven who were saved. However, most of the scholars have understood this Halak [destruction] to be that of Dhalal [misguidance] i.e. perished in Salvific terms, not Kufr [disbelief] - which is the opposite of Islam. Who are the three? They are the pillars of the Madhhab. They are explicitly named in some of the narrations below: أبي بصير قال: قلت لأبي عبد الله عليه السلام: ارتد الناس إلا ثلاثة: أبو ذر، و سلمان، و المقداد؟ قال: فقال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: فأين أبو ساسان، و أبو عمرة الأنصاري؟ [al-Kashshi] Abi Basir said: I said to Abi Abdillah عليه السلام: all the people turned back except for three - Abu Dhar, Salman and Miqdad? Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said: so where is Abu Sasan and Abu Amra al-Ansari?! أبي بكر الحضرمى قال: قال أبو جعفر عليه السلام: ارتد الناس إلاثلاثة نفر سلمان وأبو ذر والمقداد. قال: قلت: فعمّار؟ قال عليه السلام: قد كان جاض جيضة ثم رجع ... ثم أناب الناس بعد فكان أول من أناب أبو ساسان الانصاري وأبوعمرة وشتيرة وكانوا سبعة فلم يكن يعرف حق أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام إلاّ هؤلاء السبعة [al-Kashshi] Abi Bakr al-Hadhrami said: Abu Ja`far عليه السلام said: the people turned back except three individuals - Salman, Abu Dhar and Miqdad, I said: what about Ammar? He عليه السلام said: he wobbled a bit then he returned [to the truth] … then the people repented after that, so the first ones to return [to the truth] were Abu Sasan al-Ansari, Abu Amra, Shatira, and they became seven, none recognized the right of the commander of the faithful عليه السلام except these seven. 'then the people repented after that, so the first ones ...' This shows that it was not just these seven, rather, these were the foremost of them. علي بن أبي طالب عليهم السلام قال: خلقت الارض لبسبعة بهم ترزقون وبهم تنصرون وبهم تمطرون منهم سلمان الفارسي والمقداد وأبو ذر وعّمار وحذيفة رحمة اللّه عليهم. وكان علي عليه السلام يقول: وأنا إمامهم وهم الذين صلوا على فاطمة صلوات الله عليها [al-Ikhtisas] Ali b. Abi Talib عليه السلام said: the earth was created for seven, because of them you are given sustenance, and because of them you are assisted, and because of them is rain made to fall on you, among them are Salman al-Farsi and al-Miqdad and Abu Dhar and Ammar and Hudhayfa - may Allah have mercy on them. Ali عليه السلام used to say: and I am their Imam, and they are the ones who prayed [Salat al-Mayyit] upon Fatima صلوات الله عليها The Three had a higher status than the Four حمران قال: قلت لأبي جعفر عليه السلام: ما أقلنا لو اجتمعنا على شاة ما أفنيناها قال: فقال: ألا أخبرك بأعجب من ذلك قال: فقلت: بلى قال: المهاجرون و الأنصار ذهبوا إلا (و أشار بيده) ثلاثة [al-Kashshi] Humran said: I said to Abi Ja’far عليه السلام - how few we (the Shias) are! if we gather to eat a sheep we will not be able to finish it, he (Humran) said: so he عليه السلام said: should I not inform you of something even more bewildering? he (Humran) said: I said: yes (do so), he said: the Muhajirun and the Ansar all diverted (i.e. went astray) except for - and he gestured with his hand - three. In al-Kulayni’s variant the narration continues: قال حمران: فقلت: جعلت فداك ما حال عمار؟ قال: رحم الله عمارا أبا اليقظان بايع وقتل شهيدا، فقلت في نفسي: ما شئ أفضل من الشهادة فنظر إلي فقال: لعلك ترى أنه مثل الثلاثة أيهات أيهات Humran said: may I be made your ransom - what is the status of Ammar? He said: may Allah have mercy on Ammar Aba al-Yaqdhan, he pledged allegiance and died a martyr, I said in my heart: what thing is better than martyrdom, so he [the Imam] looked at me and said: perhaps you think that he [Ammar] is like the three [in status], how far! how far! [from truth that opinion is]. Does this mean all others became apostates? The crux is the meaning of Ridda (ردّة) in these narrations. Whether it is to be understood in a linguistic sense or the technical sense of apostasy. If the latter is taken then it means all the Sahaba became Kafir [out of Islam] for not sticking to Ali. Irtidad in the linguistic sense refers to ‘turning back from something’. It has been used with this meaning in a number of verses such as: فَلَمَّا أَن جَاء الْبَشِيرُ أَلْقَاهُ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ فَارْتَدَّ بَصِيرًا قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ (i) So when the caravan herald [fore-runner] came he threw it on his face so he returned to seeing, he said: did I not say to you that I know from Allah what ye do not (12:96) قَالَ الَّذِي عِندَهُ عِلْمٌ مِّنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ (ii) The one who had knowledge of a part of the Book said: I will bring it to you before your glance returns back to you [i.e. you blink and open your eyes again] (27:40) مُهْطِعِينَ مُقْنِعِي رُءُوسِهِمْ لاَ يَرْتَدُّ إِلَيْهِمْ طَرْفُهُمْ وَأَفْئِدَتُهُمْ هَوَاء (iii) Racing ahead, their heads bowed down, their glances not returning back to them [i.e. unblinking] and their hearts void (14:43) Whenever Irtidad from the Diin - ‘turning back’ from the Diin i.e. apostasy in the technical sense is meant, the Qur`an qualifies it by explicitly mentioning Diin. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ (i) O you who believe, whoever turns back from his Diin from among you then Allah will bring about a people whom He loves and they love Him (5:54) وَمَن يَرْتَدِدْ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَيَمُتْ وَهُوَ كَافِرٌ فَأُوْلَئِكَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ (ii) And whoever among you turns back on his Diin and dies whilst being a Kafir then those are they whose deeds have been nullified in the world and the hereafter (2:217) It is clear that the narrations about the Irtidad of the Sahaba are not qualified by Diin. To understand that meaning from it would require further proof. The Chosen Interpretation The Irtidad in the narrations should be understood [in light of other narrations] as people turning away, after the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله, from what they had made incumbent on themselves in his صلى الله عليه وآله lifetime, when they gave the Bay`a to Ali b. Abi Talib as the leader of the believers i.e. Irtidad from Wilaya not apostasy from Islam. Instead, they decided to give the Bay`a to someone else because of expediency and other reasons. This was a betrayal of epic proportions that opened up the door of misguidance and innovation in the Diin, however, they had not exited the apparent Islam, nor were all on the same level of liability for this. This interpretation is aided by the following texts: أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: كان الناس أهل ردة بعد النبي صلى الله عليه وآله إلا ثلاثة. فقلت: ومن الثلاثة؟ فقال: المقداد بن الأسود، وأبو ذر الغفاري، وسلمان الفارسي، رحمة الله وبركاته عليهم، ثم عرَف أناسٌ بعدَ يسير. وقال: هؤلاء الذين دارت عليهم الرحا وأبوا أن يبايعوا، حتى جاؤوا بأمير المؤمنين مكرَهاً فبايع، وذلك قوله تعالى: وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلاَّ رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَابِكُمْ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىَ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللّهَ شَيْئًا وَسَيَجْزِي اللّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ (i) [al-Kafi] Abi Ja`far عليه السلام said: the people were the people of Ridda after the prophet صلى الله عليه وآله except three. I said: who are the three? He said: al-Miqdad b. al-Aswad, Abu Dhar al-Ghiffari and Salman al-Farsi, may Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon them, then the people came to know after a while [the truth], these [three] are those around whom the banner revolved and they refused to give Bay`a [to Abu Bakr], until when they brought the commander of the faithful عليه السلام by coercion and he gave the pledge of allegiance, and that is His words the Elevated - “Muhammad is not but a messenger, messengers have come and gone before him, if he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels, and whoever turns back on his heels then he will not harm Allah a thing and Allah will recompense those who are grateful” (3:144). The narration indicates that the uniqueness of the three was that they did not give the Bay`a to the usurper because of knowing the true status of Ali, it was only when Ali was forced to give the Bay`a, and he did [for the Masliha which Allah willed], that the three also agreed to do it. The meaning of 'then the people came to know after a while ...' is that some people recognized their fault, and acknowledged that the commander of the faithful was the most rightful person to assume leadership. That all the others apart from the three were paralyzed by fear is shown in the narration below: أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: جاء المهاجرون والأنصار وغيرهم بعد ذلك إلى علي عليه السلام فقالوا له: أنت والله أمير المؤمنين وأنت والله أحق الناس وأولاهم بالنبي عليه السلام هلم يدك نبايعك فوالله لنموتن قدامك! فقال علي عليه السلام: ان كنتم صادقين فاغدوا غدا علي محلقين فحلق علي عليه السلام وحلق سلمان وحلق مقداد وحلق أبو ذر ولم يحلق غيرهم؛ ثم انصرفوا فجاؤوا مرة أخرى بعد ذلك، فقالوا له أنت والله أمير المؤمنين وأنت أحق الناس وأولاهم بالنبي عليه السلام عليه السلام هلم يدك نبايعك فحلفوا فقال: إن كنتم صادقين فاغدوا علي محلقين فما حلق إلا هؤلاء الثلاثة قلت: فما كان فيهم عمار؟ فقال: لا؛ قلت: فعمار من أهل الردة؟ فقال: إنّ عمارا قد قاتل مع علي عليه السلام بعد ذلك (ii) [al-Kashshi] Abi Ja`far عليه السلام said: the Muhajirun and Ansar and others came after that [the coup at Saqifa] to Ali عليه السلام and said to him: you are by Allah the commander of the faithful, and you are by Allah the most rightful person and closest to the prophet, put forth your hand so that we can pledge allegiance to you, for by Allah we are going to die in front of you [in your defense], Ali said: if you are truthful then come to me tomorrow having shaved your head [which would visually identify the ‘rebels’ to the authorities], so Ali shaved, so did Salman, Miqdad and Abu Dhar, and no one else did, then they came a second time after the first and said: you are by Allah the most rightful person and closest to the prophet, put forth your hand so that we can pledge allegiance to you, and they swore an oath, he said: come to me tomorrow having shaved your head if you are truthful, so no one shaved except three. I said: Ammar was not among them? He said: No, I said: Ammar is from the people of Ridda? He said: Ammar fought together with Ali after that. This reaffirms that the uniqueness of the three is related to them not giving in and remaining with Ali to the end as far as his right is concerned. Note also how Ammar is not included among the Ahl al-Ridda, even in a historical sense, because of his later support for Ali. In fact, one of the reasons behind Ali accepting to give Bay`a after his show of dissent was so that the masses do not renounce the faith totally. Recall that the Islamic polity was still unstable and there were a lot of Arab tribes whose allegiance had been personally to the prophet and not the Diin per se, the Jahiliyya was not far from their psyche. أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: إن الناس لما صنعوا ما صنعوا إذ بايعوا أبا بكر لم يمنع أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام من أن يدعو إلى نفسه إلا نظرا للناس و تخوفا عليهم أن يرتدوا عن الاسلام فيعبدوا الاوثان ولا يشهدوا أن لا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وكان الاحب إليه أن يقرهم على ما صنعوا من أن يرتدوا عن جميع الاسلام وإنما هلك الذين ركبوا ما ركبوا فأما من لم يصنع ذلك ودخل فيما دخل فيه الناس على غير علم ولا عداوة لامير المؤمنين عليه السلام فإن ذلك لا يكفره ولا يخرجه من الاسلام ولذلك كتم علي عليه السلام أمره وبايع مكرها حيث لم يجد أعوانا (iii) [al-Kafi] Abu Ja'farعليه السلام said: When the people did what they did - when they gave allegiance to Abu Bakr, nothing prevented the commander of the faithful عليه السلام from calling to himself (i.e. gather support to rival them publicly) except his fear for the people - that they would apostate from Islam, and begin worshiping the idols anew, and reject witnessing that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is his messenger; and it was more beloved to him to acquiesce to what they had done rather than them apostatizing from the whole of Islam. Verily, those who clambered upon this (opposing Ali for rulership) have been destroyed. As for the one who did not contribute anything to that (opposing Ali for rulership) and entered into what the people entered into without knowledge (about his status) nor enmity towards him then this act of his does not make him a disbeliever, and it does not remove him from Islam, and this is why Ali kept quiet about his matter (status), and gave allegiance while displeased, when he could not find any supporters. The narration makes it clear that had the Imam fought for his leadership i.e. a civil war it would cause irreparable damage, this is because of the tenuous position that Islam had, even the outward Islam (the Islam of the Shahadatyn) would have been wiped out. There were a lot of external and internal enemies waiting for this infighting to make sure that the whole foundation of Islam crumbles. Conclusion The Umma became, for the most part, misguided after their prophet. This is something that had also happened to the communities of past prophets. But this misguidance should not be understood to have taken all of them out of Islam as a whole, rather, by ignoring a central commandment of the prophet they have done a great sin which struck a blow to the pristine Islam. Furthermore, the protagonists differ relative to their role in the fiasco. Some were quite unaware of the whole thing and lacked full knowledge of the Haqq of Ali and his Ma`rifa, this could be because they were blind to the order of the prophet (total ignorance); had some doubts; did not have the ability to influence the outcome because of some constraints [swept away by the wave of events]; or because they showed cowardice and faltered in coming to Ali’s aid. Others later acknowledged their mistake and made up for it in the following years. All these in their different categories can be said to be the majority. Their fate in the next world of “realities” is left to Allah On the other hand, there were those who administered the whole thing. They had full knowledge of what the prophet had ordered them and what the divine commandment required them to do. They also knew the position of Ali. Despite this, they fought against this explicitly. These are those who should be treated as apparent Muslims in the daily life in this world [according to most scholars]. This is, after all, how Ali himself treated them, praying in their mosques, visiting them in sickness, helping them out when they faced challenges, eating with them etc. part of which is Taqiyya and safeguarding the greater principles of Islam, but they are undoubtedly people of the fire in the next world. Note that this interpretation is dependent on the position of differentiating between the Dharuriyat of the Diin and that of the Madhhab and considering the Shahdatayn alone to be enough in making someone a Muslim [unless taken out for some other reason]. Whilst this is a popular position among scholars today, it has had its detractors among the scholars of the past, one of them being someone like Shaykh Yusuf al-Bahrani, who considered the rejectors of the Wilaya as Kafirs with the fullest implication this has [even in this world].
  2. 5 points
    notme

    What can be done to combat poverty?

    In the Bible Jesus is reported to have told one of his followers "we will always have the poor" but do we have to? I've read that during a time in islamic history, it actually became difficult to find a poor person to give charity. Among certain ethnic communities today there is virtually no poverty. Can this lifestyle of helping and uplifting each other be done on a global scale? If so, how do we overcome political, linguistic, and ideological boundaries, respecting differences but not allowing them to divide us? More than 700 million people live in extreme poverty, and must continually struggle to even meet basic needs. 70 percent of the world's extremely poor people live in southern Asia and sub-saharan Africa. These regions are not resource poor, they've just historically been mismanaged and abused under colonialism. There are agencies that help, or try to help anyway, but often they lack coordination with other agencies and knowledge of local conditions and economies. Quite often their help is only short term benefit. Sometimes it makes things much worse in the long run. 1. What can people and leadership in these subsistence poor areas do to help lift themselves out of dire poverty? 2. What can the average person in a middle class or higher family do to improve our world by improving the situation of the extremely poor in our own communities and abroad? 3. What can you do? What will you do?
  3. 4 points
    @repenter has been standing guard infront of the Bank of ShiaChat since approximately 1992. Hasn't stopped to eat, drink, sleep, or even defend WF. With all due respect, you wouldn't stand a chance. A rare photo (colourized): This had to be taken from a safe distance.
  4. 3 points
    Shaykh Patience101

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    الإمامُ عليٌّ (عَلَيهِ الّسَلامُ): العِلمُ ضالَّةُ المُؤمِنِ . Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Knowledge is the lost property of the believer.’ [`Uyoun Akhbar al-Ridha] "اُطلبوا العلم وَلو بخوض اللُّجَج" Imam as-Sadiq (a.s.) said, "Seek knowledge even as far as going to the depths of seas." [Bihar al-Anwar] Given the spectacular stagnation of the other quiz thread, I've opened up this one so we can all start fresh! Remember: No googling, and if you don't know the answer to a question, leave another one behind for someone else to take a crack at. Here are my first couple: 1. What was the first mosque built by the Prophet? [seerah] 2. What is the name of the first mosque built by hypocrites? [seerah] 3. Which two tribes formed the majority of the kuffar fighting against the Muslims at the Battle of Hawazin? [seerah] 4. In a House, a wife is sitting with her husband. In that house, one person is praying while the other is fasting. Someone from outside enters the house and the husband and wife become unlawful to each other. The prayers and fast also become unlawful. Who was the person entering the house? [fiqh] 5. What are the other two names given to the city of Makkah in the Qur'an? [qur'an] I'm going to tag in everyone who participated in the last thread - if you can't answer these, post your own! @starlight @notme @E.L King @Gaius I. Caesar @eloquence @Al-Hassan @magma @Sumayyeh @habib e najjaar @Moiz Shah @Zahra14
  5. 3 points
    You will find the answers to the above proxy issues in these posts. These issues have been discussed with the same people, now posting the same under different screen names. Real issues always comes down to the Wilayat and at deeper level at the Understanding of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his progeny). http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235038954-bida-in-adhan/#comment-2926567 http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235034558-can-hazrat-abbas-as-now-grant-our-duas/ http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235039326-wilayah-takwiniyah/ http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235040072-what-do-we-shias-regard-as-ghuluwexagerration/ http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235039418-important-the-forum-is-infiltrated/#comment-2929949 It has been pointed out that Theology and Fiqh need different approach. Faith is understood with the Qur’an, Hadith and Actions of the Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him and his Progeny) and Ahlul Bayt(as), Dua’s and Ziyarat. Utilizing your God given Intellect. To cofine it to only available “books” is a trap that has run its course and needs to be pointed to. Main issues are often attacked through proxy issues using Fiqh. (we need to be aware of this strategy). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Dqz_hrNzFGo
  6. 3 points
    LeftCoastMom

    Thoughts (Temporary Placeholder)

    Ordering this....
  7. 3 points
    Haji 2003

    Thoughts (Temporary Placeholder)

    Daily life for Londoners:
  8. 3 points
    I do not see it as a 'crooked accusation'. I see it as a genuine question and concern and I respond as follows: Stephen's argument revolves around the premise that we have been created as a reflection of God in this universe. Therefore, any fault within this system of creation is a fault and a weakness of the entity of God. But a fundamental principle of Abrahamic religions is being ignored here. What Stephen completely ignores is the Abrahamic principle that this Earthly life is a short-term livelihood in which Men/People (human beings) have been given half the authority so as to choose their fate + that of their fellow beings, and the remaining half is beyond their control. This is how human beings are tested with their super powers of will and determination + non-superpower of fate..... So when someone is born blind or with a bone cancer..... yes the Earthly suffering is great in magnitude and in comparison to many others living a normal life. But those of us with more blessings, are more liable for every step/decision we take......In simple words, those who suffer and receive fewer opportunities in this world are less likely to be questioned a lot on the day of judgment [the ultimate goal of this life being].
  9. 3 points
    Guys I randomly fell on an article online of a photographer who was in Syria during the latest attack and it just broke my heart. He was there he saw everything the picture of him crying describes the level of horror the country is going through. I feel bad because I am currently bothered about what my life isn't offering me and not giving me what I want whereas they are people and children living hell on earth. I feel like a very selfish person but at the same time, I don't know how to help. Even if I want to give zakat I want to give a good amount but as a student who lives at their parent's house, I don't really have something to give except prayers. Does someone feel the same ? What is the best way to help people in need when you are just a teenager? I beg Allah to help all the Syrians and all the people in need especially children and women. I beg for Allah to send blessings upon them and to give them a safe land Ameen
  10. 3 points
    Ali_

    Strong proposition raised by an atheist

    First, religions(islam,christianity,judisim) arent man made but prophets introduced them and they are humans, this person is the same as these mentioned in the quran: وَقَالُوا أَسَاطِيرُ الْأَوَّلِينَ اكْتَتَبَهَا فَهِيَ تُمْلَىٰ عَلَيْهِ بُكْرَةً وَأَصِيلًا surat furqan 5-8 5. And they say: "Tales of the ancients, which he has written down, and they are dictated to him morning and afternoon." 6. Say: "It (this Qur'an) has been sent down by Him (Allah) (the Real Lord of the heavens and earth) Who knows the secret of the heavens and the earth. Truly, He is Oft-Forgiving, Most Merciful." 7. And they say: "Why does this Messenger (Muhammad ) eat food, and walk about in the markets (like ourselves). Why is not an angel sent down to him to be a warner with him? 8. "Or (why) has not a treasure been granted to him, or why has he not a garden whereof he may eat?" And the Zalimun (polytheists and wrong-doers, etc.) say: "You follow none but a man bewitched." Also, for the quran, if you understand arabic you will be sure that it is impossible for a human to make a quran, so our book alone is evidence of the existence of good, the quran holds many secrets and you can type in google: miracles of the quran, and read
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  13. 2 points
    A common Islamophobic complaint is that while Muslims may lobby for rights in Western countries, this is hardly reciprocated in the Middle East. Specifically, attention is drawn to Saudi Arabia where the rights of Christians and Jews appear to be the most restricted. It's worth, therefore, to consider what the situation was like before the arrival of the house of Saud on the scene and the impact of its installation (helped by Wstern powers) on non-Muslims in the Arabian peninsula. The following extracts are taken from the notes of a European traveller. Travels through Arabia and other countries in the East, M. Niebuhr (captain of engineers in the service of the King of Denmark). English translation 1792. So, there were Jews in Medina in 1792 and they clearly enjoyed autonomy. So Jews also had positions of influence. The differences in tax rates may offend contemporary sensitivities, but they were clearly no different to the way minorities were treated in many other countries of the time. What may merit further investigation is whether the Jews (and Christians) in Arabia suffered the pogroms that were periodically inflicted on the Jews of Europe in that period.
  14. 2 points
    They try to reform a religion that was completed, a seal was put on. Nothing can be added and subtracted. However, today we have kuffaar trying to reform our religion, it's therefore really important for us to teach our children about our religion so our future generation can establish it. Teach our children the fundamentals i.e., tawheed, kufr bit taghoot and the most important tool, of course the Arabic language! Children grasp languages really quick, so we should teach our children about the religion and its fundamentals! Watch the entire video!
  15. 2 points
    Mansur Bakhtiari

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1. Masjid Nabawi in Medina 2. Embarassing.... 3. Jews of Khaybar, forget the other. I swear I knew this stuff!!! 4. Ex-wife? 5. Al Mubarakah and Al Munawarah? These are the names I always hear. I know two. Umar ibn Said and Husayn ibn Rawh. 1. Badr, Hudaybiyah, Khaybar... don't know the others 3. Friday. I remember from his ziyarat. 2. 70?? I'm not good with numbers 4. Shahrbanu or Sukayna. One of his wives for sure. 5. 90 6. Hussain Mosque, Cairo ???/16 I'm guessing 10-12. Got to brush up on this. When I first got religious I read the books on history. Now I have forgotten. This is fun
  16. 2 points
    3) Correct! al-Muizz li-Dinillah, an Ismaili Shia Imam and Fatimid Caliph established it, while the Sunni 'hero' Salahuddin ended its reign on top of the scientific world (even banning prayers inside the mosque). 4) Blood-stained shirt is right. He also put the 'chopped fingers' of Uthman's wife (which impressively managed to make the journey of thousands of kilometers across the scorching Arabian desert without decaying) on display. 5) That's right. Marwan killed Talha shortly after saying that he's here now trying to avenge Uthman's murder while he was the foremost of the rebels clamoring for Uthman's death just a short while back. Might have to reveal 7) and 8) soon.
  17. 2 points
    Sindbad05

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1. Mosque of Kuba, although before that Prophet PBUHHP also participated in the reconstruction of Kabatullah. 2. Masjid-e-Zarar. 3. I do not know. 4. That person is her lost husband for which she hired person to fast and pray which become invalid and the husband and wife become unlawful to each other. 5. Umm-ul-Qara and Bakkah.
  18. 2 points
    There are a number of clear points of conflict in the story. 1. The lead character starts off with an aversion to killing, he ends by recognizing the need to do this, even if it is a child. 2. Selena presents a fairly ruthless position at the start of being willing to kill in a heartbeat, at the end she doesn't and shows that not letting your emotions get in the way is difficult. 3. There are some observations into animal testing along the way. I don't think it's relevant to the storyline to go into the reason why the rage virus was being developed. The fact is that it is and the issue is whether releasing the monkeys is a solution. The movie's position seems to be a very clear NO. Once infected the monkeys are simply carriers of disease (they can't be saved), just as passengers on a hijacked plane have to be considered by the pilots charged with shooting them down as riders on a missile. Bearing the above in mind, I could go so far as to say that this could be seen as a subtle form of government propaganda against the animal rights activists who do this sort of thing. Bear in mind that unlike Muslim terrorists who get all the attention it was actually the animal libbers who stopped a British company, Huntingdon Life Sciences, from pursuing a perfectly legal activity (animal testing). There is also an ironic reference to testing in the movie. The scientists are testing this virus on monkeys but at the end when civilisation, has ended the soldiers are reduced to testing how long someone can survive by using humans. Again another justification for using animals? 4. The treatment of the women also raises various ethical and moral questions. The soldiers are all that remain of society, but their biological needs have to be met. What happens to gender relations in such an environment? The movie takes the (feminist?) orthodox way out, but the question remains. I am not so worried about the action sequences, they illustrate that even the British army (given how disciplined it is held to be in this country) would face problems of control in extreme situations. And remember that our protagonist is only able to overcome the soldiers by using a zombie as a bio-weapon, further muddying considerations of right and wrong. Overall, I like this genre when it is thoughtfully done, e.g. Contagion (which also comes across like a piece of CDC infotainment at times), and which is more credibly executed, because it questions some of the assumptions we have about society, rules and culture and how fragile these may be. 28 days shows this up at the start by the lead character picking up pound notes on the street, not realising that they no longer have any value. As in all zombie movies looting is normal.
  19. 2 points
    The decline of feudalism was a multi-faceted phenomena caused by a combination of factors, as is almost always the case in history. These include, but are not limited to, the Black Death (and other diseases such as cholera), the Crusades, the spread of Enlightenment ideas, revolutions and warfare across Europe, the growth of mercantile trade, and the final nail in the coffin, the Industrial Revolution- if you consider the fact that feudalism persisted in other European countries long after the Magna Carta was signed in England, the foremost of these being France. The Ancien Régime retained features very similar to those found in earlier incarnations of feudalism, as late as 1790. The system was bound to fail even without the presence of some of these factors.
  20. 2 points
    Well spotted brother, I checked al-Majlisi's commentary in Mirat al-'Uqul, he doesn't clarify this point, however there are other indications that you might be right, the names of Allah have been used a slogan in other battles and the definitive article was dropped (in the Arabic of this same narration). Because in Arabic, when the 'particle of evocation' yaa' is used, the definite article is dropped, so if you were calling on al-Rahman, you would say Ya Rahman, and so if you are calling on al-'Ali you would say Ya 'Ali etc. There is a short explanation here Example from hadith are: ويوم بني قريظة (يا سلام أسلمهم) And (on) the day of Bani Qarizha (it was) Ya Salam make them submit هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّـهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ He is God; there is no god but He. He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable, the All-faithful, the All-preserver, the All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime. Glory be to God, above that they associate! (59:23) However, I think that the strongest proof that you are right in the context of the call, let's look at Khaybar: The fort was situated on a mountain, why would they call have been on Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him, to come down from on high? It doesn't make any logical sense. It would be interesting to see what proof these people would bring to back up their point that it is referring to Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him.
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    The interesting thing about this narration is that it 'Aisha herself who is narrating it. So when the narration tells us that 'Aisha "silenced" Zaynab bint Jahsh, that divine inspirations only came in her bed, that the people of Medina used to bring gifts to the Prophet when he was with her, and that she was the Prophet's favorite, it is more of a self-praising boast than anything else.
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    How? This is too vague to be useful. Can you elaborate? I think in order for outside help to work long-term, the locals will have to contribute. Agreed. Little changes lead to big changes. If everyone who could, did, it would make a whole different world. @Christianlady you've written a thorough and well thought out post, and I'll discuss the rest later. Right now I'm quickly responding before I take my little one to the public library. I do want to respond to this one comment: It wasn't the world, just the city and it's vicinity. Before easy travel and communication, the world was much smaller for most people. We have the technology now to make every human in the world our neighbor, if not for shallow differences like political boundaries, language, and ideology.
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    You dont need the father especially since your a guy if I was you I would talk to a local imam that is trustworthy and fears Allah and seek their advice.
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    Salam Notme, Poverty is a result of many factors, including human greed and natural catastrophes. Jesus Christ knows that greed is a negative human condition and natural catastrophes will come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places - Matthew 24:7 (NIV) While granted this a very brief and general prophecy, it's definitely being fulfilled. I personally find this claim very hard to believe (same as I would find it very hard to believe if this claim was made in Christian history). The fact is, there are always poor people somewhere in the world, due to the greed of other people and/or due to natural disasters - like earthquakes, famines, hurricanes, etc. Could you please give an example? Thanks. Yes, but it requires a massive mentality change. It requires the 1%, as Sanders calls them, to voluntarily decide to give up much of "their" wealth and pass it around in a wise and fair way. Love and educating. Not violence. Not killing. Not forcing. True. Awesome question. They can educate themselves on what to do to help themselves out, without relying on foreigners. Personally, I think it's not helpful to just give to a charity organization without making sure that the organization truly uses the money or supplies to help the people. Sadly, some organizations use donations for the members, not for the people in need. So, I think it's extremely important for people to help others personally, not via an organization - blindly trusting in that organization to use the donations wisely. Jesus Christ gives great advice on how: (I boldened some and separated longer paragraphs into shorter paragraphs.) “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ ... 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:34-36, 40 (NIV) Jesus Christ also said, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV) Peace and God bless you
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    H 3052, CH 1, h 6 Abu Ali al-Ash’ari has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Jabbar from ibn abu Najran from Sayf al-Tammar who has said the following: “I heard abu ‘Abd Allah, recipient of divine supreme covenant, saying, ‘You must plead before Allah for help; you cannot seek nearness to Allah by any means better than pleading before Him for help. Do not leave your small needs without pleading before Allah for help, just because they are small; both small and large needs are in the hands of One and the same One.’”
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    Salaam brother, Pray for early reappearance of Imam e Zamana (atfs). He's the key to bring in world peace. Pray for him continuously. Allah sent Hazrat Moosa (a.s.) 300 years early as a result of prayers of people.
  27. 2 points
    von Lohengramm

    Your Own Captured Photos

    Went to Greece for two weeks for a university project. Athens: View from the Acropolis Corinth: ^The Acrocorinth, which is an hour walk to the top. And I climbed it with a cold. At the top An Ottoman mosque. Olympia (not much to see there): Delphi: There were more I wanted to post but Photobucket wouldn't allow me to upload some of them for whatever reason.
  28. 2 points
    Hameedeh

    Allah's Creation

    When I was a child I knew that a daisy was a white flower. When I saw flowers that looked like these, I asked my Mom what it was. She said, 'Painted Daisy.'
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    This information has been provided to non Shia's. (Shia's know this already). So, why would there be any question as to why, we do what we do is very concerning. Our Mothers have done a great job in transferring the love of Mawla Ali(as). We do say, Ya Ali(as), Ya Ali Ya Wali, and now that we are adults we have found this to be true. So, we testify to it. What seems to be the issue here? Can someone articulate their real concern(s), and why would this be their business to worry about? ***** 1] Muslim Shahada (Muslim-Testament of Faith) Ash-hado an la ilaha illAllah (I bear witness that there is no God But Allah) Wahdahoo la shareeka lah (The one, Who has no Partner) Wa ash-hado anna Muhammadun abdohoo wa Rasoolullah…..(and I bear witness that Muhammad is His Slave and Messenger. Ash-hado an Aliyun Waleeullah, Wasi-o-Rasoolilah (I bear witness that Ali is the Wali of Allah, rightful executor of the Will of the Prophet) 2] Adhan[ Call to Prayer], from Muslim Mosques, repeat the Three testimony of Faith-Five times a Day for All to hear. Allahu Akbar... ... ...... . (Allah is great) Ash hadu an la ilaha illal lah . . . . . . . . . . (I testify that there is no deity but Allah) Ash hadu anna Muhammadan Rasu lul lah . . . . . . . : . . (I testify that Muhammad is Allah's Messenger) Ash hadu anna Amirul Muminina'Aliyyan Waliyyullah ……..(i.e. I testify that the Commander of the Faithful Imam Ali (Peace be on him) is the vicegerent of Allah) ***** Maybe Shia's need some basic education, The life of Imam Ali: The esoteric dimension and reality - Sayed Ammar Nakshwani
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    Dua Faraj video.
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    eThErEaL

    My sister is an athiest...

    Sounds like an interesting conversation. Just encourage her way of thinking and tell her that it is good she has challenging questions. In the mean time you should keep reading and researching. I have very simple answers though 1) Evil people wouldn't want to be in paradise because their constitution would NOT enable them to take pleasure in paradise. Paradise is a sacred place and God cannot force those who don't like the sacred to be in a sacred place. 2) God = Ego-free God = selflessness Tell her she already believes in God is she truly believes in being self-less and ego-free. 3) Hell or paradise is not a place God puts our souls in. Hell and Paradise is simply our soul discovered. God simply lets us see who we are (and that becomes a Hell or Paradise).
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    Try phoning them. A librarian can usually override the system-mandated due date if you give them a good enough excuse.
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    Despite what Wikipedia might say about them having some sort of Sufi-influenced beliefs, the reality is that Deobandis on the ground are just a product of a slightly watered-down, sub-continental, and Hanafi form of Salafism/Wahhabism. The Deobandi Movement has also always been a major recipient of Saudi Arabian funding in Pakistan and India, and is one the major vehicles by which the global Saudi exportation of Wahhabism is occurring. From what I have observed on a local level in Pakistan, Deobandis tend to be less extreme and takfiri than Salafis, and also slightly more critical of terrorism. They also have very small differences with the Salafiyyah in terms of fiqh, such as the fact that they do not yell "ameen" at the top of their voices after Surah al-Hamd is recited in salah (as pure Salafis do). However, the vast majority of their beliefs and practices are virtually identical to those of Salafis.
  34. 2 points
    hasanhh

    Thoughts (Temporary Placeholder)

    l read of the same thing. Wish l could remember for you. Edit: l found one. Search "app" + "plant identification" and you'll find a FREE one on Androoid.
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    starlight

    Thoughts (Temporary Placeholder)

    I never knew one could get rich by selling a pair of sneakers!
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    notme

    Thoughts (Temporary Placeholder)

    You can upload a photo to an image hosting site, then tell Google to search for similar images. It's not foolproof, but it's not terrible.
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    إن بيانا تراءى له الشيطان في أحسن ما يكون صورة آدمي من قرنه إلى سرته The Devil appeared to Bayan in the most handsome form that a human can have from the top of the head to the navel [Ja`far al-Sadiq] God caused the holy pre-existent spirit which had created the whole of creation to dwell in flesh that He desired [Shepherd of Hermas] He keeps appearing every now and again ... he takes Adam’s clothes off and puts it on again [Epiphanius] Bayan b. Sam`an and the Bayaniyya The status of the Imam was a question that was fiercely debated in the second century of the Islamic Era before the different positions crystallized. It is important to go back to history to hear the different voices in the debate. This is relevant because we find some unease to this day between what is believed in the popular Shi`i consciousness and our literary sources. One such key figure who participated in developing a peculiar Imamology was Bayan b. Sam`an. Who was Bayan? Bayan b. Sam`an (most likely from the South Arabian tribe of Nahd) was a seller of straw in Kufa. We would classify him as a Ghali and he was indeed cursed by the `Aimma. He is said to have associated himself with Hamza b. `Ammara, a speculator about the divinity of Ibn al-Hanafiyya [heading a splinter of the Kaysaniyya]. Bayan later attached himself to the claim of Abu Hashim the son of Muhammad b. al-Hanafiyya. What did the Bayaniyya believe? We do not have any extant documentary evidence that comes directly from Bayani circles, but we have early statements of contemporaries reformulating their beliefs, we also have the entries of the heresiographers whose work it was to classify different sects based on their belief-systems. The concept of a Demiurge In a report in al-Kashshi, Hisham quotes Bayan as saying: إن بيانا يتأول هذه الآية وَ هُوَ الَّذِي فِي السَّماءِ إِلهٌ وَ فِي الْأَرْضِ إِلهٌ، أن الذي في الأرض غير إله السماء، و إله السماء غير إله الأرض، و أن إله السماء أعظم من إله الأرض، و أن أهل الأرض يعرفون فضل إله السماء و يعظمونه فقال: و الله ما هو إلا الله وحده لا شريك له إله من في السماوات و إله من في الأرضين 'Bayan interprets this verse “and He is the one who is God in Heaven and God on Earth” (43:84) that the one on Earth is not the God of Heaven, and the God of Heaven is not the God of Earth, and that the God of Heaven is greater than the God of Earth, and that the people of the Earth recognize the merit of the God of Heaven and magnify Him' This is an important piece of evidence, because it shows that the sectarians were influenced by the concept of the Demiurge in their cosmology. I use this word in the sense of a second divine power in heaven. This power could assume many different names like Wisdom of God, Spirit of God, Logos, Metatron etc. It owes its origins to Gnosticism [and Middle-platonic notions], which had a long pre-Islamic pedigree in the melting pot that was Kufa. Gnosticism presents a distinction between the highest, unknowable God and the lesser power that was pre-existing with the unknowable God. The latter is the ilah al-ard [lesser god] in Bayan’s terminology, the site of God's power on the Earth. The real unknown God is so distant and incomprehensible to humans that they can only know him through a lesser being which can interact with matter. Who is the Lesser God on Earth? The Bayaniyya held that the Imam was deified because of housing the indwelling Demiurgic divine-light particle. This particle transmigrated (Tanasukh) i.e. passed down - from the Biblical patriarchs, to the Prophet Muḥammad, to the Shiʿi Imams. قال بيان بالهية علي عليه السلام، وأن جزءا إلهيا متحد بناسوته، ثم من بعده في ابنه محمد بن الحنفية ثم في أبي هاشم ولد محمد بن الحنفية، ثم من بعده في بيان هذا In other words, the bodies of prophets and `Aimma were receptacles to be filled with a divine spark or Spirit. It would at some point leave the body of the Imam when he dies and transmigrate to another. All the supernatural abilities of the Imam derives from being a host to the divine particle, without it the Imam is just an ordinary human. I term this a “possessionist” Imamology. Anyone who has studied early Jewish-Christian Christologies will notice how closely those parallel what has been presented here. This particle is said to have passed through Ali > Ibn al-Hanafiyya > Abu Hashim and potentially Bayan himself. Al-Baghdadi says in al-Farq bayn al-Firaq: ان بَيَانا قَالَ لَهُم: ان روح الْإِلَه تناسخت فى الانبياء والائمة حَتَّى صَارَت الى ابى هَاشم عبد الله ابْن مُحَمَّد بن الْحَنَفِيَّة ثمَّ انْتَقَلت اليه مِنْهُ يعْنى نَفسه فَادّعى لنَفسِهِ الربوبية على مَذْهَب الحلولية Bayan said: the Divine Spirit transfused into the prophets and the `Aimma until it reached Abi Hashim Abdallah b. Muhammad b. al-Hanafiyya then it went into me [i.e. he deified himself]. al-Shahristani says in al-Milal wa al-Nihal: قال بيان: حل في علي جزء إلهي، واتحد بجسده، فيه كان يعلم الغيب اذا اخبر عن الملاحم وبه قلع باب خيبر Bayan said: The divine particle transfused into Ali, and united with his physical body, with it [in this divine particle] did he know the knowledge of the Unseen when he used to inform others about the trials [at the end of times] and by it [not his physical body] was he able to uproot the door of Khaybar. What is the Implication of this? In essence, the Bayaniyya and many other Ghulat were marked out from other 'orthodox' Muslim communities in that they did not close the door to prophecy. Prophecy continues because the access to the divine realm did not end with the Muhammad. Since they deified the Imams, anyone who is a legitimate deputy of this Imam-god would be a “prophet”. At first, Bayan saw himself as the “prophet” of the one with the divine spark. Sa`d b. Abdallah says in his al-Maqalat that Bayan sent a letter to al-Sadiq announcing his prophethood and commanding him among other things “to surrender so as to be safe … for you cannot know where God will place his prophethood .. and whoever warns has been excused”. The Imam ordered the messenger who brought the letter, a hapless man called Umar b. Abi Afif al-Azdi, to eat the letter in front of him, and that was his reply. There are clues, however, that he later evolved from this position and claimed to have possessed the spark himself. Consequently, he claimed to have access to special kind of knowledge which enabled him to predict the future [as a corollary] among other powers. Interpretation of the Qur`an The Ghulat in general are characterized by dabbling in Ta`wil [esoteric interpretation of the Qur`an]. The Bayaniyya, in particular, developed a literalist anthropomorphic interpretation of the Qur`an. They considered the unknowable God as being a Man of Light based on Q. 24:35. This Man of Light has various constituent parts e.g. having a hand based on Q. 48:10. In this vein, they considered that all will be destroyed [including God’s other parts] except for His face based on Q. 28:88. Apocalyptic Expectations A key feature of most of the Ghulati groups was the belief in the return of the dead before the day of judgment initiated by the eschatological return of of the expected messianic deliverer. The Bayaniyya believed in the Raj`a of Abu Hashim as the Mahdi. The End In 119/737 AD, Bayan and another Ghali al-Mughira b. Sa`id joined forces and rose in revolt against the Umayyad governor of Iraq, Khalid b. `Abdallah al-Qasri. The rebellion was quickly put down and the leaders as well as some of their followers were executed and then burned. As the Imam says: كان بيان يكذب على علي بن الحسين عليه السلام، فأذاقه الله حرَّ الحديد، وكان المغيرة بن سعيد يكذب على أبي جعفر عليه السلام فأذاقه الله حرَّ الحديد Bayan used to lie about al-al-Sajjad عليه السلام and al-Mughira b. Sa`id used to lie about al-Baqir عليه السلام so Allah made them to taste of the heat of the iron [put to the sword].
  38. 1 point
    [This will be a series of blog entries on the history of ShiaChat.com; how it was founded, major ups and down, politics and issues behind running such a site and of course, the drama! I will also provide some feedback on development efforts, new features and future goals and objectives] Part 1 - The IRC (#Shia) Days! Sit children, gather around and let me speak to you of tales of times before there was ever high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, YouTube or Facebook; a time when the Internet was a much different place and 15 year old me was still trying to make sense of it all. In the 90s, the Internet was a very different place; no social media, no video streaming and downloading an image used to take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how fast your 14.4k monster-sized dial up modem was. Of course you also had to be lucky enough for your mom to have the common courtesy not to disconnect you when you’re in the middle of a session; that is if you were privileged enough to have Internet at home and not have to spend hours at school or libraries, or looking for AOL discs with 30 hour free trials..(Breathe... breathe... breathe) - I digress. Back in 1998 when Google was still a little computer sitting in Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s basement, I was engaged in armchair jihadi-like debates with our Sunni brothers on an IRC channel called #Shia. (Ok, a side note here for all you little pups. This is not read as Hashtag Shia, the correct way of reading this is “Channel Shia”. The “Hash tag” was a much cooler thing back in the day than the way you young’uns use it today). For those of you who don’t know what IRC was (or is... as it still exists), it stands for Internet Relay Chat, which are servers available that you could host chat rooms in and connect through a client. It was like the Wild West where anyone can go and “found” their own channel (chat room), become an operator and reign down their god-like dictator powers upon the minions that were to join as member of their chat room. Luckily, #Shia had already been established for a few years before by a couple of brothers I met from Toronto, Canada (Hussain A. and Mohammed H.). Young and eager, I quickly rose up the ranks to become a moderator (@Ali) and the chatroom quickly became an important part of my adolescent years. I learned everything I knew from that channel and met some of the most incredible people. Needless to say, I spent hours and dedicated a good portion of my life on the chatroom; of course the alternate was school and work but that was just boring to a 15 year old. In the 90’s, creating a website was just starting to be cool so I volunteered to create a website for #Shia to advertise our services, who we are, what we do as well as have a list of moderators and administrators that have volunteered to maintain #Shia. As a result, #Shia’s first website was hosted on a friend’s server under the URL http://786-110.co.uk/shia/ - yes, ShiaChat.com as a domain did not exist yet – was too expensive for my taste so we piggy backed on one of our member’s servers and domain name. The channel quickly became popular, so popular that we sometimes outnumbered our nemesis, #Islam. As a result, our moderator team was growing as well and we needed a website with an application that would help us manage our chatroom in a more efficient style. Being a global channel, it was very hard to do “shift transfers” and knowledge transfers between moderators as the typical nature of a chatroom is the fact that when a word is typed, its posted and its gone after a few seconds – this quickly became a pain point for us trying to maintain a list of offenders to keep an eye out for and have it all maintained in a historical, easily accessible way. A thought occurred to me. Why not start a “forum” for the moderators to use? The concept of “forums” or discussion boards was new to the Internet – it was the seed of what we call social media today. The concept of having a chat-style discussion be forever hosted online and be available for everyone to view and respond to at anytime from anywhere was extremely well welcomed by the Internet users. I don’t recall what software or service I initially used to set that forum up, but I did – with absolutely no knowledge that the forum I just setup was a tiny little acorn that would one day be the oak tree that is ShiaChat.com. [More to follow, Part 2..] So who here is still around from the good old #Shia IRC days?
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    LeftCoastMom

    What can be done to combat poverty?

    True, the first world needs to stop using everyone else as a resource/ garbage dump. This means the lifestyle will have to change.
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    shiaman14

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1) Badr, Uhud, Khandaq, Khyber 2) 313 3) Friday 4) Hz Sakina (as) 5) Do not know. 6) Some say Egypt, some say Damascus and others say Karbala. Actual location is not known definitively.
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    Spend something from your pocket money. I do that as well, I am jobless but I give away charity from the pocket money which I get. Allah AWJ says that give away what ever is possible. And even if there be nothing for you to spend then you must show good behavior and try to bring people together and eliminate bigotry and extremism which is also a kind of charity about which Prophet PBUHHP spoke to us.
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    Al Hadi

    My sister is an athiest...

    None of these things even if hypothetically speaking she was right and that is the biggest if I have ever said. None of this would disprove the existence of God. It's just about people and hell pretty much. But I see the arguments people have put here have pretty much destroyed her points. man you need to really talk to your sister see what's influencing her and tell your parents maybe she is watching a stupid speaker like Sam Harris or Bill Mahr or other morons like that. You need to try to guide her man it's going to be hard but try.
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    Shaykh Patience101

    Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    Pierogies: A History http://www.polskafoods.com/polish-food/facts-history-about-pierogi
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    ali_fatheroforphans

    marriage and students

    It also guards you against sin. Parents don't realise how many men could of been saved from years of sinning (not being able to control sexual desires) had they gotten married at a young age.
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    Faruk

    Let's try walking on water.

    Creating and maintaining the universal laws is the greatest miracle.
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    King

    Is it wrong to want to marry her?

    lol dude in 5 years you will laugh at yourself for ever thinking some girl you barely know is all that. What you are experiencing is normal, but it will pass.
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    قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ ۞ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." [39:53]
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    وَنُرِيدُ أَن نَّمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ And We desire to bestow a favour upon those who were deemed weak in the land, and to make them the leaders, and to make them the heirs. (Surah Qasas: 5) Imam Ali ibn abi Talib says in the Nahj al Balagha that "those who were deemed weak" refers to the Ahl ul Bayt. When Imam Muhammad bin Hasan al-Mahdi would appear and Islam would be established in the whole world with his coming, the entire earth would be ruled by him and all disbelievers will vanish from the face of the earth.
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