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  1. 7 points
    As someone who grew was a child in the days before social media was 'a thing'. I can't help but think social media is forcing us to live in a 'bubble' surrounded only by those who agree with us. When you go on facebook, youtube, even google news, these sites show you content by default that matches with your past viewing / searching habits. So, for example, if you are a democrat, you will see links from Washington Post / NY Times at the top of your search pages. If you are a Republican, you will see Fox News, NY Daily News, Washington Times, etc. You will start to think after a while that everyone agrees with you, because that is all you see. Then become shocked and annoyed when you hear another point of view. Is social media making us not only less intelligent, but less tolerant ? I was at our holiday lunch at work and I sit next to this middle aged white lady who I have worked with for almost a year. We got along very well / had a good working relationship. Then one of my other coworkers and I were having a political discussion and I said something about Trump and how he seems to do things mostly for his own benefit. It didn't seem like a strong or outrageous comment, but I could see this lady's face turning red and she has been avoiding me since that lunch about 1 week ago. So I started thinking, 'There are alot of people, even alot of Americans who don't particularly like Trump, she must of heard something like this before. But then I thought, Maybe she hasn't. Got me to thinking. BTW, I don't think any different / less of her because now I know she is a Trump supporter. But maybe not everyone thinks like I do ?
  2. 7 points
    [Update #3] Salam brothers and sisters. Sorry I haven’t been keeping you all updated as much but I have some great news! I can do all my daily prayers Fajr, Zuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib and ‘Isha. My local shi’a community which consist of about 80+ people have accepted me and are constantly inviting me around to their homes for prayer and meals which I am very grateful for. I am so thankful to all of you here and those who are in my community. Praying to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is the best thing but praying with a brother beside you is even greater.
  3. 6 points
    يقول لك جعفر بن محمد: ما حملك على أن رددت شهادة رجل أعرف بأحكام الله منك و أعلم بسيرة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم منك Ja’far b. Muhammad says to you - what made you reject the witness of a man [i.e. Muhammad b. Muslim] who is more aware of the Ahkam of Allah than you and more knowledgeable about the Sirah of the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم than you!? [Imam al-Sadiq challenging Ibn Abi Layla who was the Qadhi of Kufa] فما يمنعك من محمد بن مسلم الثقفي فإنه قد سمع من أبي و كان عنده وجيها What prevents you from [going to] Muhammad b. Muslim al-Thaqafi - for he had heard [narrations] from my father and had a most favorable position with him [Imam al-Sadiq answering Abdallah b. Abi Ya’fur who had asked for a reference point to ask questions to when he cannot meet the Imam directly] فقال: الثقفي الطويل اللحية ؟ فقلنا: نعم قال: أما إنه لقد كان مأمونا على الحديث و لكن كانوا يقولون إنه خشبي He said: al-Thaqafi - the one with the long beard? We said: Yes. He said: as for him - then - he was trusted in the matter of Hadith, but they used to say that he is a Khashshabi (derogatory term for Shi’as) [Sharik voices his opinion of Muhammad b. Muslim inadvertently revealing the size of his beard] The Greatest Companion of the Two Imams If someone were to ask the question: Who was the greatest companion of the two Imams al-Baqir and al-Sadiq? What would be the answer? The Big Four The starting point has to be four individuals. حمدويه، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، عن سليمان بن خالد الأقطع قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: ما أحد أحيا ذكرنا و أحاديث أبي عليه السلام إلا زرارة و أبو بصير ليث المرادي و محمد بن مسلم و بريد بن معاوية العجلي و لو لا هؤلاء ما كان أحد يستنبط هذا، هؤلاء حفاظ الدين و أمناء أبي عليه السلام على حلال الله و حرامه، و هم السابقون إلينا في الدنيا و السابقون إلينا في الآخرة Sulayman b. Khalid al-Aqta said: I heard Aba Abdillah عليه السلام saying: There is no one who has enlivened our remembrance and the narrations of my father عليه السلام except for Zurara, Abu Basir Layth al-Muradi, Muhammad b. Muslim and Burayd b. Muawiya al-Ijli. If it wasn’t for them then there wouldn’t be anyone who could derive these [i.e. the Ahkam]. They are the protectors of the religion and the trustees of my father عليه السلام upon the Halal of Allah and His Haram. They are the foremost to us in this world, and the foremost to us in the hereafter. حمدويه بن نصير، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن محمد بن أبي عمير، عن جميل بن دراج قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول: بشر المخبتين بالجنة بريد بن معاوية العجلي و أبو بصير ليث بن البختري المرادي و محمد بن مسلم و زرارة، أربعة نجباء أمناء الله على حلاله و حرامه، لو لا هؤلاء انقطعت آثار النبوة و اندرست Jamil b. Darraj said: I heard Aba Abdillah عليه السلام say: Give glad tidings of paradise to the humble - Burayd b. Muawiya al-Ijli, Abu Basir Layth b. al-Bukhtari al-Muradi, Muhammad b. Muslim and Zurara. Four noble-ones and trustees of Allah upon his Halal and Haram. If it wasn’t for them the traces of prophethood would have perished and been destroyed. حمدويه، عن محمد بن عيسى بن عبيد و يعقوب بن يزيد، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن أبي العباس البقباق عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام أنه قال: أربعة أحب الناس إلي أحياء و أمواتا، بريد بن معاوية العجلي و زرارة بن أعين و محمد بن مسلم و أبو جعفر الأحول، أحب الناس إلي أحياء و أمواتا Imam al-Sadiq عليه السلام said: The most beloved persons to me - whether alive or dead - are four: Burayd b. Muawiya al-Ijli, Zurara b. A’yan, Muhammad b. Muslim and Abu Ja’far al-Ahwal. They are the most beloved persons to me - alive or dead. Knowledge Elevates If one wishes to narrow it down further then it has to be between Zurara and Muhammad b. Muslim. This is because of their prodigious scholarly output. With close to two thousand reports quoted on his authority in the four main collections of Shi‘ite Hadıth and many more in others, Muhammad b. Muslim was one of the most prolific transmitters of Shi‘ite Hadıth. This is why he was unanimously considered as one of the Ashab al-Ijma [‘People about whom there is consensus’]. قال أبو أحمد: فسمعت عبد الرحمن بن الحجاج و حماد بن عثمان يقولان: ما كان أحد من الشيعة أفقه من محمد بن مسلم Abd al-Rahman b. al-Hajjaj and Hammad b. Uthman said: there was no one from the Shia more knowledgeable (in the Diin) than Muhammad b. Muslim. His knowledge was not of the theoretical type, which in any case is not true knowledge, but of the type which is translated into action. وقيل: إنه كان من العباد في زمانه It is said that he was one of the greatest worshippers of his time. Biographical Details His full name was Abu Ja’far Muhammad b. Muslim b. Rabah (d. 150 AH, when he was about seventy years old). From Kufa. A Miller. The Client of Thaqif [a tribe based in Ta’if]. He was One-eyed. al-Najashi says about him: وجه أصحابنا بالكوفة، فقيه، ورع، صحب أبا جعفر وأبا عبد الله عليهما السلام، وروى عنهما، وكان من أوثق الناس The eminent head of our companions in Kufa. Jurisprudent. Pious. He attached himself to Aba Ja’far and Aba Abdillah عليهما السلامand narrated from them. He was the most trustworthy of people. Long Period of Study Muhammad b. Muslim says about his tutelage under the Imams: حدثني حمدويه بن نصير، قال: حدثنا محمد بن عيسى، عن ياسين الضرير البصري، عن حريز، عن محمد بن مسلم قال: ما شجر في رأيي شئ قط إلا سألت عنه أبا جعفر عليه السلام، حتى سألته عن ثلاثين ألف حديث، وسألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن ستة عشر ألف حديث Nothing crossed my mind except that I asked Aba Ja’far عليه السلام about it, until I had asked him about thirty thousand narrations. I also asked Aba Abdillah عليه السلام about sixteen thousand narrations. قال محمد بن مسعود، حدثني علي بن محمد، قال حدثني محمد بن أحمد، عن عبد الله بن أحمد الرازي، عن بكر بن صالح، عن ابن أبي عمير، عن هشام بن سالم، قال: أقام محمد بن مسلم بالمدينة أربع سنين يدخل على أبي جعفر عليه السلام يسأله، ثم كان يدخل على جعفر بن محمد يسأله Hisham bin Salim said: Muhammad b. Muslim stayed in Madina for four years entering upon Abi Ja’far عليه السلام and asking him questions, then he used to enter upon Ja'far b. Muhammad عليه السلام to ask him. Why Choose to be a Miller? Muhammad b. Muslim chose the lowly profession of a miller not because of any material need, but because of the Imam’s command to ‘humble himself’. The Imam advised him to do this because he knew that his great knowledge combined with affluence could make him arrogant. قال أبو النضر: سألت عبد الله بن محمد بن خالد عن محمد بن مسلم فقال: كان رجلا شريفا موسرا، فقال له أبو جعفر عليه السلام: تواضع يا محمد، فلما انصرف إلى الكوفة أخذ قوصرة من تمر مع الميزان، وجلس على باب المسجد الجامع، وصار (جعل) ينادي عليه، فأتاه قومه فقالوا له: فضحتنا، فقال: إن مولاي أمرني بأمر فلن أخالفه ولن أبرح حتى أفرغ من بيع ما في هذه القوصرة، فقال له قومه: إذا أبيت إلا أن تشتغل ببيع وشراء فاقعد في الطحانين، فهيأ رحا وجملا وجعل يطحن Abu al-Nadhr said: I asked Abdallah b. Muhammad b. Khalid [al-Tayalisi] about Muhammad b. Muslim - he said: He was a noble and wealthy man so Abu Ja’far عليه السلام said to him: ‘humble yourself O Muhammad’, so when he returned to Kufa he took a date-basket and a weighing scale and sat down at the door of the central mosque and began calling out [for people to come buy]. His tribesmen came to him and said to him: You have disgraced us! He said: My master has ordered me [to do something] so I will not disobey him nor will I depart until I finish selling what is in this basket. His tribesmen said to him: If you refuse giving up buying and selling then at least sit together with the millers [a more respectable profession], so he prepared a mill-stone and a camel and began grinding.
  4. 5 points
    Social media is programming us in a way. It makes us feel that the "popular view" is the "right view". There are some positives but overall it is making us less intelligent. I personally have deleted the Facebook app. It really messes with your thinking and gives you a false reality. You see one racist comment with a thousand likes and you feel that it is the reality.
  5. 4 points
    Ivaylo

    Question - converting to (Shia) Islam

    Hi all, I'm new on here. I'm of Christian background but have been studying Islam for a couple of years now. After reading the Quran, listening to many lectures, reading articles about the history and theology of Islam etc. I have come to believe that if I'm going to embrace Islam, it's going to be through the Shia school of thought. My issue is though that I have recently moved to Barcelona, Spain and don't have any Muslim friends here. I have been trying to find any Spanish Shia groups on facebook or anything like that but with no success. Barcelona is the city with the biggest number of Muslims in Spain but it's been amazingly difficult to find any Muslim organizations (Shia in particular). I also don't speak Spanish so that makes it even more difficult. I'm wondering, do you guys think it would be ok to just say the Shahada on my own? I know that intent is the most important thing when it comes to faith... I would appreciate any and all advice.
  6. 4 points
    We're you from? I'm a Spanish guy living in Barcelona! There's a small Shia mosque in the center of Barcelona, and also a small group of Afghan Shia's community, we could show up in there!
  7. 3 points
    notme

    Age for child to have smartphone

    My 15-year-old has a basic phone that doesn't even have a camera. It's good for calls and texts, which is what phones are for. The rest of the features are too easy to misuse. He can get those for himself when he is adult. My 17-year-old doesn't want a phone.
  8. 3 points
    Keyvan Farsiani

    Dua make for my mother

    I just wanted to give my brothers and sisters a uppdate. Alhamdullilah against many odds she is getting better. She is still weak but much better. I will keep all of you in my prayers, thank you for the support.
  9. 3 points
    Salam everyone, The wahabbis have launched a new website for 'discussion and analysis' (apparently) of Nahjul Balagha but in reality to cast doubts about the book in the minds of people and possibly bring changes in it so do not consult this site for study of Nahjul Balagha nor download the book from the link. http://nahjul-balagha.net http://nahjul-balagha.net/english-pdf/ I would especially like the reverts and our young Shia brothers and sisters to be aware of this. Please spread the word if you can. Thank you.
  10. 3 points
    @Wholehearted Shi'a Very inspiring story man!! I don't know how I missed this thread. May Allah bless you
  11. 3 points
    @YAli If your sister doesn't have a strong base in Islam, then don't risk it by giving her a smartphone. Like @Wholehearted Shi'a said, there is a lot of content out there which will mess with children who aren't mature enough. Some users here and being very lenient and they know nothing about your sister to start with.
  12. 3 points
    Its isnad analyses are somewhat misleading. Here is an example:
  13. 3 points
    I would be very concerned about giving a phone to a young person with everything that is online, especially in the western world. I would base it solely on maturity level. If he or she is intelligent and responsible that would be good enough for me but for someone who doesn’t have such traits the online world can be a dangerous thing.
  14. 3 points
    Hassan-

    Iraq not part of any axis

    It blows my mind how people call themselves shi'a but at the same time criticize/insult Iran and forget all the things Iran is doing/has done for the Shi'a ummah.
  15. 3 points
    Hassan-

    Iraq not part of any axis

    Masha'llah how ignorant you are sister. Without Iran do you think Iraq would have survived? If not for Iran the Iraqi's would be slaves for ISIS right now. If not for Iran Syria would have been controlled by ISIS and Saudi, and my country (Lebanon) along with my family there would have been next. Who do you think provided weapons to the Iraqi's to liberate ISIS completely from Iraq? Iran. Who do you think provided soldiers to help the Iraqi people liberate ISIS from Iraq? Hezbollah. Everyone is doing there part as one united shi'a army, but here you are blaming Iran for all the problems that happen in the middle east just like what the Zionists do. it isn't about Iran or Lebanon or Iraq, it's about the Shi'a from all over the world being united to fight the terrorists that threaten our land and shrines. I advise you to think before you post.
  16. 3 points
    Salaam Alaykum Brother Welcome to Islam. People who convert to Shiite has one or several good habits that made them guided by Allah. It makes me jealous sometimes Brother doing Shahadatayn شهادتین can be performed by yourself. If you want to do it in a mosque and celebrate it, I found this mosque in Barcelona: https://www.facebook.com/ImamBargahAlQaimBarcelona/ You can talk with Imam of any Shia mosque to arrange a religious gathering at the mosque for your Islam Embracing. I hope you doing well. If you need help, you can shoot me a message.
  17. 3 points
    Masha’Allah! Another person who through being open minded in a world against Islam wants to embrace the path of the Ahlulbayt. I recommend you try meet with your local community and like many brothers have provided always seek further knowledge about the faith. Good to see many more westerners embracing the path of justice, truth and equality, the path of Shi’a Islam the path of the Ahlulbayt.
  18. 3 points
    Walaykum Salaam, may Allah grant your mother cure and grant you and your family the ability to bear this trial patiently, it must be a hard time for you. Here is a Dua brother, though i could have picked many others [read from the start of the red part]: Imam Jaffar Sadiq (as) said: "O Lord, You are my trustee in every distressful condition. You are my hope in all suffering, You are for me in all of my problems, (You are) my trustee and my resources. How many were the distressful conditions wherein the heart weakened, patience ran thin, people near left out and the enemies rejoiced all matters were exhausted? You assisted me in the matters that I had brought before You and complained about them to You, turning away from everyone besides You and You changed it into happiness, removed the hardships and sufficed it (in its removal). You are the patron of all blessings, the provider of all help, the end of all interests, all praise belongs to You a great deal and thanks to You in addition." Source: Kitab al-Kafi , the chain is Saheeh. English translation source: http://www.fourshiabooks.com/hadith/al-kafi/6/60/5
  19. 3 points
    Famous people that converting to Shia Islam(Laurn booth sister in-law of Tony Blair & Sean Stone the son of Oliver Stone) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkXSAi7Ykn8 http://www.laurenbooth.org/
  20. 2 points
    As Salam Aleykum Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and confirm his belief in Islam. Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers.
  21. 2 points
    Most peaceful and serene place I visited was Santorini, Greece in December.
  22. 2 points
    New members read this topic! http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235038227-salam-and-welcome/
  23. 2 points
    ShiaChat Mod

    Dua make for my mother

    Alhamdulillah! Praying for your dear Mother.
  24. 2 points
    Ron_Burgundy

    Age for child to have smartphone

    But them Nokia 3310... In case of emergency they could reach out to you. And in case of fight they could use this as a weapon. Kids won't mess with you kid man.
  25. 2 points
    skyweb1987

    Kitab Sulaym bin Qays Al-Hilali

    The authenticity of the book of Sulaym bin qays can be judged by the reply given at the following link: http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa21721 @Salsabeel
  26. 2 points
    Haji 2003

    Thoughts 2017

    This is her today at the Bagh-e-Fin in Kashan. Introduction to SC? When she is older.
  27. 2 points
    Qa'im

    Ilhaam on nafs as mentioned in 91:8

    في تفسير علي بن إبراهيم قال: أخبرني أبي عن سليمان الديلمي عن أبي بصير عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال: سألته عن قول الله عز وجل: ” والشمس وضحاها ” ونقل نحو ما نقلنا عن الروضة وفيه متصل بآخر ما نقل أعني ” إذا جلاها ” وقوله: ونفس وما سواها قال: خلقها وصورها فألهمها فجورها وتقواها أي عرفها و ألهمها ثم خيرها فاختارت In Tafsir `Ali b. Ibrahim: My father reported to me from Sulayman ad-Daylami from Abu Baseer from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام: He said: I asked him about the saying of Allah عز وجل, “By the Sun and its brightness” (91:1). And he narrated something similar to what we mentioned from ar-Rawda. In it, at the end of what we transmitted, meaning, “when it displays it” (91:3), His saying, “And by the soul and He who proportioned it” (91:7), he said: He created it and formed it, “And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness” (91:8) – meaning, He made it recognize, He inspired it, then He gave it free will, and it chose. في أصول الكافي باسناده إلى حمزة بن محمد الطيار عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام حديث طويل وفيه يقول عليه السلام وقال: ” فألهمها فجورها وتقواها ” قال: بين لها ما تأتى وما تترك In Usul al-Kafi: By its isnad to Hamza b. Muhammad at-Tayyar from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام in a long hadith in which he عليه السلام said: He says, “And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness” (91:8). He said: He clarified for it what it should do and what it should abandon. في مجمع البيان وروى زرارة وحمران ومحمد بن مسلم عن أبي جعفر وأبى عبد الله عليهما السلام في قوله: ” فألهمها فجورها وتقواها ” قال: بين لها ما تأتى وما تترك وفى قوله: قد أفلح من زكاها قال: قد أفلح من أطاع وقد خاب من دساها قال: قد خاب من عصى In Majma` al-Bayan: And Zurara and Humran and Muhammad b. Muslim reported from Abu Ja`far and Abu `Abdillah عليهما السلام, regarding His saying, “And inspired it [with discernment of] its wickedness and its righteousness” (91:8). He (they) said: He clarified for it what it should do and what it should abandon. And regarding His saying, “He who purifies it has succeeded” (91:9), he said: He who obeys has succeeded. “And he who corrupts it has failed” (91:10), he said: He who disobeys has failed.
  28. 2 points
    Salam. Actually I was in my teens when people started going online, so my 'generation' is kind of the border between generation 'x' and the millennials / gen y / digital natives. So I have a clear memory of pre / post social media eras. It is true that before social media became popular, you had basically the big three network ABC, NBC, CBS and their affiliates who 'owned' the media landscape. At the same time, there was still alternative media at that time (Cable stations, many smaller radio stations, magazines) and underground media. The only difference between then and now is that it is a lot easier to get your message, whatever that is, in front of millions or billions of people almost instantly. But those who wish to hide information from people did not stop. It is still just as easy to hide things, but it is now done using a different technique. In the old days, it was possible to actually 'hide' information, i.e. make sure noone knew about it. Now it is just as easy to hide information by creating 'static', to release the information, then surround it with fake information so that all of it seems fake, even the things that are true, or all of it seems true, even the parts that are fake. This is the technique that is being used now. I can give you thousands of examples of this, but here is one that will be clear to most people. If you google 'Sept 11 conspiracy theories', the first few links you will get Wikipedia, etc, shows that the most common conspiracy theory is that the two towers and tower 7 were brought down by a controlled demolition, i.e. not by plane impact and the resulting fire as the government says. This is a well established fact backed by thousands of different professional opinions including many hundreds of architects and engineers and others with a high degree of credibility. But if you look into the issue further, you will also see many theories connected to Sept 11 that have almost no evidence connected to them, such as who exactly was responsible for doing the operation that brought down the buildings. So there is enough evidence to say that they 'official account' of what brought the towers down is basically bs, but at the same time we don't know exactly how they were brought down or who did it. Most people are uncomfortable with having partially answered questions in their mind. The people who deliberately create static play on that aspect of human nature, very effectively. So if they decide that the official story is bs, they will immediately jump onto one of the 'bandwagons' of conspiracy theorists who are selling their 'complete package' of who, what, when, where, and why (like Alex Jones for conservatives minded people and the 'Loose Change' brand for more liberal people, you can google 'Loose change 9/11' if you haven't already heard of this ). These 'packaged' conspiracies contain alot of things that are not true or at least are not proven, along with things that are proven. So people will either embrace the whole 'package' and end up mixing truth with falsehood or will reject the whole package, in which case you are rejecting the part that is true. So you are either accepting falsehood or rejecting truth, both of which are bad. So along with the truth, there is static which is also accepted and which eventually undermines the truth. After my 'journey' thru the maze of 9/11 and other conspiracy theories, I eventually became comfortable with the fact that I know some things and there are other things I don't know and will probably never know until the Day of Judgement. If you can get comfortable with saying 'I don't know' but at the same time seek knowledge with a sincere intention, then you will be ok on the Internet and social media. Otherwise, it will do more harm that good. IMHO.
  29. 2 points
    Brother, are you using voice recognition for typing your messages ? Because this transliteration of shahada has nothing to do with the true shahada. I feltdo I had to let the brother know. @Ivaylo congratulations on your choice. Shia Islam is truely a beautiful path. Shahada should be uttered this way, : «Ash-hadu an La ilaha illAllah wa ash-hadu anna Muhammad rasulullah». This means acceptance of Allah (the exalted) as only God and of Muhammad (peace be upon him and his family and progeny) as His final messenger. You can also recite «wa ash-hadu anna Aliun waliullah», this means acceptance of the wilaya of Ali (peace be upon him).
  30. 2 points
    IbnSina

    Iraq not part of any axis

    Your thought pattern is absolutely disgusting. Are you that uneducated that you cannot come to a conclusion as of what would have happened if Iran would not intervene? Truly you are not only ignorant but you are also ungrateful to your neighbors. When daesh(la) was mere kilometers from Baghdad, who saved your country? Do you know what would have happened if the government if Baghdad would have been removed by daesh(la)? I truly feel sorry for you, you have taken selfishness to a new level and you do not see that this is a humanistic fight for the people in middle east to rid it of terrorism, whether its in Syria, Iraq or Afghanistan but you only care about the Iraqi people right? Who cares about the rest? Who cares about haqq and batil right? If it was not for the loving brothers in Iran who came to their neighbors in their time of need and if it was not for brave men like Seyyed Sistani(Iranian) who wisely called for the creation of the Hashd then your entire country would not only have been in ruins and all the women raped but it would have also been split up into 3, southern Kurdistan, northern Iraq(sunni) and southern Iraq(shia) and all of them would be a much weaker entity by themselves more prone to being oppressed and forced into whatever direction its israeli masters decide. This is a fight for the muslims of the world, for uniting the shias of Ali(as), for making our Imam(ajf) proud of us, to put away primitive ideas of nationalism and unite under the banner of al-Islam. But I guess for someone who defines their religion as "Agnostic Shia" whatever the hell that means, these things are too hard to understand.
  31. 2 points
    Salam.That is wonderful news! It's great that your community is so friendly. Alhamdulillah.
  32. 2 points
    hasanhh

    Merry ( Happy) Christmas

    l agree. However, we are judged my our intentions. lf your intention is to remember there is a Messiah who comes after Hojatallh, then "o.k." lf your intention is to culturally imitate, then you are frittering away your imam. lf you are recognizing or a participant in the evilgelical 'son of god' and or 'mother of g." then its haram. So l send out 'islamically correct' or 'neutral' Xmas cards and maybe a present to my uncles, but that is it.
  33. 2 points
    Sumerian

    Chess

    It seems some fuqaha thought the reason for tahreem is that it was considered a gambling tool. Brother @Ibn al-Hussain explains it well in this post:
  34. 2 points
    Here is a cool website I found about Islam in Spanish. http://www.lacasadelprofeta.com/
  35. 2 points
    Without Iran, Iraq would be finished. Do you think Arab states who pay heavily into intelligence operations aimed to sow the seeds of disunity want any good for the Rafidha's in Iraq? I say Rafidha because that is how they see Iraqis and Iranians. We are Majoosi, Zoroastrian cancer as far as they are concerned. Once they've succeeded in sowing the seeds of disunity, discord and the rest of it, do you think they are going to put a shiny crown on the heads of Iraqis ? SubhanAllah, don't be fooled brothers and sisters. I hear some claim Sayed Khamanei owns a 90 Billion dollar oil field, and is filthy rich, and would rush to America if he had the chance - and i heard this said by respectable members on Shiachat who will not be named. Sadly, as for some of the descendants of Sayed Khomeini and Sayed Khui, let me not backbite but say the apple has fallen very far from the tree. There is a Fitnah and either we stand together, or we all will suffer together. However, yes, let us turn neutral. Let us be neutral the way the majority of Muslims were with Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). Let us turn neutral the way the Ummah was in response to the call of Hasan and Hussain ibn Ali (as). That's because 'neutral' has always worked for us. Eitherway, let countries make their own decisions and show their real colours. Allah is a witness. However i believe Abadi is playing it smart here. Don't show opponents all your cards.
  36. 2 points
    Hameedeh

    Merry ( Happy) Christmas

    I have seen that, too. Maybe some people who are newly arrived from another country want to "get in the Christmas spirit" and not let others think they are different or a Scrooge. My own family (Christian members) used to think our Muslim children were "deprived" since we never had a Christmas tree and gifts under it. I kept explaining that we have other holidays and gifts at different times of the year, but no tree.
  37. 2 points
    Brick phone till they graduate. So smartphone after age 15+
  38. 2 points
    3.156. - 3.157. Muhammad b. Muslim al-Thaqafi and Abu Kurayba https://sites.google.com/site/mujamalahadith/vol1/book-of-narrators/muhammad-b-muslim-al-thaqafi-and-abu-kurayba [1/175] رجال الكشي: محمد بن قولويه، عن سعد بن عبد الله بن أبي خلف القمي، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن عبد الله بن محمد الحجال، عن العلاء بن رزين، عن عبد الله بن أبي يعفور قال: قلت لأبي عبد الله عليه السلام: إنه ليس كل ساعة ألقاك و لا يمكن القدوم، و يجي‏ء الرجل من أصحابنا فيسألني و ليس عندي كلما يسألني عنه، قال: فما يمنعك من محمد بن مسلم الثقفي فإنه قد سمع من أبي و كان عنده وجيها [1/175] Rijal al-Kashshi: Muhammad b. Qulawayh from Sa’d b. Abdallah b. Abi Khalaf al-Qummi from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Isa from Abdallah b. Muhammad al-Hajjal from al-Ala b. Razin from Abdallah b. Abi Ya’fur who said: I said to Abi Abdillah عليه السلام - I cannot meet you at all times and it may be impossible to travel [to reach you], it happens that a man from among our companions comes and asks me - but I do not have something [an answer] for everything that he asks me about [what should I do?]. He عليه السلام said: What prevents you from [going to] Muhammad b. Muslim al-Thaqafi - for he had heard [narrations] from my father and had a most favorable position with him. NOTES: Even a highly knowledgeable companion like Abdallah b. Abi Ya’fur is referred to Muhammad b. Muslim in cases where his knowledge falls short. This should be enough to get an estimate of the status of Muhammad b. Muslim. [2/176] رجال الكشي: حمدويه بن نصير، عن محمد بن عيسى، عن الحسن بن علي بن فضال، عن عبد الله بن بكير، عن زرارة قال: شهد أبو كريبة الأزدي و محمد بن مسلم الثقفي عند شريك بشهادة و هو قاض، فنظر في وجوههما مليا ثم قال جعفريان فاطميان فبكيا، فقال لهما ما يبكيكما قالا له نسبتنا إلى أقوام لا يرضون بأمثالنا أن يكونوا من إخوانهم لما يرون من سخف ورعنا، و نسبتنا إلى رجل لا يرضى بأمثالنا أن يكونوا من شيعته، فإن تفضل و قبلنا فله المن علينا و الفضل، فتبسم شريك، ثم قال إذا كانت الرجال فلتكن أمثالكم، يا وليد أجزهما هذه المرة (ولا یعودا ثانیة) قال فحججنا فخبرنا أبا عبد الله عليه السلام بالقصة فقال ما لشريك شركه الله يوم القيامة بشراكين من نار [2/176] Rijal al-Kashshi: Hamduwayh b. Nusayr from Muhammad b. Isa from al-Hasan b. Ali b. Fadhal from Abdallah b. Bukayr from Zurara who said: Abu Kurayba al-Azdi and Muhammad b. Muslim al-Thaqafi gave witness in the presence of Sharik while he was the judge [of Kufa]. He [Sharik] looked at their faces for a moment and then said: two Ja’faris and Fatimis! so they began crying. He said: What makes you cry? They said to him: You have attributed us to a group who are not pleased with the likes of us being counted among their fellows because of what they see of the deficiency in our worship, and you have attributed us to a man [Ja’far] who is not pleased that the likes of us be associated among his Shia [followers], but if he [Ja’far] does us a favour and accepts us then he has our gratitude. Sharik smiled and said: If there be men then they should be like you. O slave - permit them this time around [accept their witness] but not next time. They said: We made the pilgrimage [in its season] and recounted to Abu Abdillah عليه السلام the incident so he said: What is with Sharik!? May Allah partner him up [lace him up] with two strips [lit. sandal laces] of fire on the day of judgement. NOTES: Sharik wanted to refuse their witness because of their being Ja’faris and Fatimis. شركه الله يوم القيامة بشراكين من نار This is a word play (pun) by the Imam from the word Sharik --> Sharrakahu llahu yawm al-qiayama bi Shirakayni min nar. Excessive righteousness is what defined the Shia. Even the likes of Muhammad b. Muslim feel deficient to be called with the label, yet we take it lightly.
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  40. 2 points
    The Syrian civil war wasn't just a win for Russia but also the Syrian people and their sovereignty, Iran, Shi'a dignity and those who wish to maintain peace and stability within the region by promoting unity. It has been a massive defeat for Zionism, Wahhabism, US Interests and the foreign mercenaries that were hoping to divide before they could conquer.
  41. 2 points
    Wow, congrats on your path to Haq . May God always bless you. I would say to recite the Shahada, and then perhaps go to a Shia mosque and let him know that you wish to become Muslim. I believe the Shahada is done in front of witnesses. Then, I would suggest to incorporate Islam (like praying) into your life slowly, without overwhelming yourself. Start by praying Fajr for a certain period of time, then, when you’re ready, pray zhuhr. And repeat this until you feel comfortable and ready to pray the five daily prayers in one day. Always remember that people are here for you, and take it slow.
  42. 1 point
    I wouldn't visit there now but I really enjoyed France as a child, stayed in Paris and it was a big, beautiful capital with a quaint and mysterious charm to it. The best pizza I've ever had was in Paris.
  43. 1 point
    Ayuoobi

    Salawat Forgiving All Sins?

    If you doubt the power of the salawaat, send 3 salawaat after each waajib salah, and ask Allah to grant you sincerity in your salawaat. Do this for 40 days and I dare you to tell me you still have not received its benefit. اللهم صل على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما صليت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم، إنك حميد مجيد، اللهم بارك على محمد وعلى آل محمد كما باركت على إبراهيم وعلى آل إبراهيم إنك حميد مجيد
  44. 1 point
    To be honest, i don't think Muslims, if they are made to understand Evolution would have any problems with it. The only issue is people claiming that the way the vast majority of evolution occurred was through random mutation, chance (even though Dawkins doesn't like to say it is) and the common sense basic fact of natural selection. I don't think from an objective stance that is sufficient. I also don't believe there is evidence that this was the driving force behind evolution. Furthermore , i believe theologically speaking God was the guide, the originator, and the real creator , if we were to assume common descent. When Muslims hear 'Evolution' many think that it means a process of absolutely random mutations , and natural selection, and that God has no hand whatsoever in creating, but that chance is the real creator, and lucky happenings are weeded out by the blind guide of natural selection. We see Atheist proponents of it claiming it their own and using it in debates, their their own version and interpretation and that causes an opposite and equal reaction to it.
  45. 1 point
    Hameedeh

    Thoughts 2017

    [Mod Note: This video was reported for singing. View at your own discretion. If you find a video offensive, turn it off.]
  46. 1 point
    Jin Jin

    Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Kids in Church "Adam and Eve had an ideal marriage. He didn't have to hear about all the men she could have married, and she didn't have to hear about the way his mother cooked.
  47. 1 point
    Qa'im

    Shia thought on Female Circumcision

    I'm having trouble understanding your logic Gaius. You're totally okay with all Muslim men cutting off their foreskin, but you're not okay with a woman choosing to get a hoodectomy? Many Western women choose to get it to relieve pubic pain and improve sexual satisfaction.
  48. 1 point
    repenter

    Shia thought on Female Circumcision

    I'm not sure you are in a position to say if its unnecessary or not. Did you even bother to read what it says? People finding it difficult to achieve pleasure do it. What if you had this issue and there was a way to treat it? Would you like it if you got disowned and divirced due to wanting to fix this?
  49. 1 point
    Hameedeh

    Wafat of Sayyidah Ma’sooma in Qom

    Lady Fatima Masuma (a) of Qum Get PDF https://www.al-islam.org/lady-fatima-masuma-of-qum-masuma-jaffer
  50. 1 point
    I am a convert to Shiism from Sunnism, but my conversion took place about 9 years ago, and so it is difficult for me to get back into the mindset of what initially brought me over, as I have matured and developed so much throughout the years. In Islam in general, I liked that it was a sophisticated, full-circle, holistic, and comprehensive worldview and way of life. It never leaves one without guidance, on nearly every aspect of one's life, from the mundane to the complex. How to make the best out of life and society is all delineated in a relatively clear and consistent way. Some may find that constricting, but I think order is the highest function of human life, in that our minds incline towards Order (categorization, systematization, theorization, discipline, cleanliness, organization, language, and logic). These are some of man's highest expressions, and we feel dissatisfied with confusion, disorganization, and laziness. Ethics is but a branch of aesthetics, and in order and symmetry we find beauty and peace. Despite its vast complexity, Islam appealed to every part of the world, and was practiced closely and consistently for many centuries, which suggests that the regimen it brings is constructed to fit human nature and human convention. It is a robust tradition in a world that is constantly changing to the whims of the masses and the market. I can't fathom something like that being fabricated by one man or a group of men, because that would require superhuman foresight and clairvoyance. There is also an insistence on preserving the teachings as they are, so this was not a religion that was founded by accident over a long period of time by many different influences, this was truly (in its essence) the teaching of one man, who saw the completion of his religion in his lifetime, over a 23 year period. In Shiism I found myself drawn to the men and women who were able to manifest those highest principles of Islam in their wisdom, nobility, chivalry, modesty, eloquence, discipline, mercy, justice, bravery, devotion, self-reflection, and countless other qualities. They truly were the Speaking Quran. But they were not only teachers who talked the talk, but actually walked the walk. They suffered in indescribable ways, by murder, imprisonment, exile, robbery, the loss of friends and relatives; but in the midst of that suffering, they maintained their composure and their humanity, and kept to the virtues that they espoused. Most of us just give up and retire if we are insulted or mildly threatened, but they encountered incredible hardship and remained moving forward until their martyrdoms. Their lives were not recorded by anonymous authors decades or centuries after the fact; they were surrounded by thousands of students that documented their lives and were dazzled by their character. They taught me that love is paired with suffering, that intelligence is paired with humility, that words are paired with beauty (in calligraphy, in eloquence, in poetry, in scripture), that justice is paired with mercy, that hardship is paired with purification, that hope is paired with fear; and you see these tropes consistently throughout all of our books and the lives of the ma`sumeen. Outside of the overstated scientific miracles of the Quran, I found that it was a very precise and mathematical work with incredible depth. Every stroke carries meaning, and the smallest change of vowels or words can ruin the entire structure of the book. Maybe Arabic is not your mother tongue, but if you understand Arabic, I suggest you take a chapter of the Quran, then compare it to a chapter from the Arabic Bible, or an Arabic newspaper article. I have tested this with non-Arabic non-Muslim speakers and even they can distinguish the Quran from these other writings just by listening to them all read plainly. Sunni speakers like Nouman Ali Khan have a lot of interesting videos in English on the Quran's literary structure, but one simple example that I am very impressed by is the chiastic ring-composition of Surat al-Baqara, or the amount of times certain words are used: Beyond that, the Quran's focus on ethical lessons through rhyming stories makes it very memorable, practical, and appealing to our minds (Jungian psychology and Joseph Campbell's monomyth), and this is often more effective than the Bible's structure, which focuses much more on detail, names and places, genealogy, and chronology. The Quran has a timeless element to it. The prophecy that Muhammad (s) claimed for himself was that he was the fulfillment of Deuteronomy 18:18 - that is to say, he was the Prophet Like Unto Moses - and there were many uncontrollable circumstances in his life that made him similar to Moses. They were both raised in aristocratic homes rather than their parental home, they both attained prophethood at 40, they were both forced to flee from their homeland, they were both law-givers, they both took part in combat against polytheists, they were both were accepted by their respective peoples, they both achieved victory in this world, and they both had an "Aaron" - who was their eloquent, blood-related vizier, and the father of their descendants. There are many other biblical prophecies that came long before the Prophet which seem to indicate the events of his life, Isaiah 42 is a prominent one, which speaks of the coming of a man who will guide Arabia from polytheism. The Prophet described the signs of the End Times with a spooky level of precision: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d8JQqXf-Jv8 Our books were written during the times of the Imams, often under their approval and supervision, and so there are strong historiographical arguments that our sources truly reflect what the Imams espoused. This includes the many miracles attributed to them. This is in contrast to many other religions, where myth develops long after the historical figures have perished. The qualities of the enemies of the Ahl al-Bayt are often in stark contrast to them. While the Imams walked the walk, they had foes that were, even according to neutral sources, conceited, gluttonous, cunning, selfish, corrupt, degenerate, and scared of everything. A good exercise is to look at the life of Imam Ali, and then look at the lives of those who fought them - look at any sources you'd like on either, and you'll still see what true belief and true hypocrisy does to a person. If Imam Ali was the chief student of Muhammad (s), who was with him from the beginning of the message till the end, then I too want to follow Muhammad (s), because Ali (as) had all of the characteristics that I want in myself, and even his detractors could not find a single aspect of his personality to criticize.
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