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  1. 13 points

    Appeasing Sunnis

    Salaam, Anyone else notice a trend that there are some shias who are too worried about what Sunnis think of us? These are shias who hate on other shias because they perceive their actions to be something the Sunnis disapprove off. When the issue of bayat (allegiance) came up, Imam Hussain (as) did not say "well 99% of Muslims have given bayat so I should as well. What will they think of me otherwise?". He said, "One like me can never give bayat to one like Yazid." He really didn't care what anyone else did or say. If you are comfortable and confident about being a Shia, it doesn't matter what Sunnis think of us. Stand tall and hold your head up high - you are a shia.
  2. 10 points

    Thoughts 2018

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  3. 9 points
    So Guys, I am only Trying Shia Islam of ONLY FOR 6 MONTHS. If I will Like it I will follow it. If I don't like it I will leave it. On the request of @Hussaini624 @Gaius I. Caesar @Hamodiii @Ashvazdanghe
  4. 9 points

    Your Own Captured Photos

    I visited an exhibition yesterday made by my friends honoring the lebanese and iranian martyrs. Here are some pictures, Enjoy them! The 3rd picture is for a shaheed his name is Ahmad al Hajj, They say he had a very close relationship with ahlulbayt. He used to visit arbaeen every year! He used to pay for people aswell as a charity to take them to iraq. The last time he visited Imam l hussein he in the masjid till 3 am, when he went home he told his family that next year i won't be visiting imam l hussein, instead i will be next to him. He has a 10 year old daughter, she dreamt that imam l mahdi came to her and wiped her forehead. (Usually that's a sign that the kid is an orphan). Hence, after 4 months of the zyara He died in the battlefield. The 7th picture is a helmet for a shaheed who's blood is still on it. and you can see the small hole of the bullet that killed him. Next to it lies a paper written by another martyr in arabic who was speaking to God, It says: I, sir, do not want the paradise of rivers, of immortality and of bliss, not out of greediness of what you have, but of what is better than all of this, My paradise sir, is next to Aba Abdillah al Hussein. The last picture is for an iranian, مفقود الأثر, meaning he's either captured and imprisoned or killed by the enemies and buried by them. This martyr is missing since last month of ramadan on the borders between iraq and iran. His mother cried so much that he once came to her in her dreams, he told her ''mother don't cry anymore i'm happy where i am, Sayeda fatima al zahraa(As) come to visit me everyday!''
  5. 9 points
    ShiaChat Mod

    Thoughts 2018

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  6. 9 points
    The decision by the govt of Australia is not surprising. This trend has been going on for a while now. But I would tell your brother, that as muslims, we cannot 'vote' for something that is against our religion. We are not taking away their right, if they live in Australia, they now have the legal right to do this. That doesn't mean we have to agree with it. Imam Sadiq(a.s) said regarding 'Amr bil Maroof wa nahiya Al Munkhar' enjoining good and forbidding evil, that it is the duty of every muslim to do this. (I am paraphrasing here). If we see something that is Al Munkhar (wrong/ unjust / bad) we should change it with our hands. If we can't change it with our hands, we should speak against it with our tongues. If we can't speak against it with our tongues, then we should disassociate ourselves from it in our hearts, and this is the weakest form of faith. What I have found is that those of us who live in Western Countries where this stuff is legal, and more of the 'Al Munkhar' (for example marijuana) is becoming legal every day, have a duty to speak out against it, at least. Most of us are not in the position to change it with our hands (we are not in the government), so the least we can do is use our tongues to speak out against it as much as we can. We can do this at the present time without our lives or property being taken. If we fail to do this, then we are going to be partially responsible for the evil consequences for this which will inevitably hit the places where we live (and it is already starting to hit). In another hadith, Imam Sadiq(a.s.) said that there are three doers of a deed (three groups), the one(s) who do it, the ones who help them in it, and the ones who are satisfied with it in their hearts, and these three are partners(in doing the deed). He was explaining why Allah(s.w.a) destroyed the people of Salih, although there was only one person who actually did the deed (of killing the she camel). So if we fail to do 'Amr bil Maroof....' then eventually, gradually, we will move toward the position of being satisfied with evil and then we will be included with the people of evil and not the people of good.
  7. 8 points
    While learning languages is a great endeavor, you want to make sure you learn in a sustainable and productive way. Simply dedicating a solid week to writing sentences won't be enough. You need to also understand how the individual words in the sentence come together to form the sentence, in other words, learn the grammar of the language, this alongside doing practical learning such as translating, writing sentences, speaking activities, and reading. And you want to actually create a schedule and stick to it, that means studying the language a certain amount of times a week -- preferably daily -- and consistently sticking to it. That means you should also pick a language you're interested in because you'll need to keep motivation up, especially during the moments you feel like you're not learning anything or it gets boring. One week challenges might be fun and you might learn somethings but if you really want to learn a language well then keep all this in mind. For those wanting to learn Arabic I'd recommend you check out the reprint of the madeena books (seven books now rather than the original three). I personally liked Wheeler Thackston's grammar of Quranic Arabic, Alan Jone's grammar of Quranic Arabic is also very good and more palatable for people who don't know anything about grammatical terms. Wright's grammar is a good intermediate grammar. For Farsi I liked Lambton's Persian Grammar, Thackston also has a good book. I've also heard good things about the Easy Persian website. ___________________________________________________ And while we're in the business of recommending languages, I'd recommend Syriac to those interested in early Islamic history and/or want to understand the types of Christianity the Prophet would have encountered. Thackston's grammar of Syriac, Coakley's paradigms, and Noldeke's Compendious Grammar as a reference for syntax would leave you with a pretty good understanding of the language. And maybe Ancient Egyptian just for fun (refer to Alan Gardiner's grammar).
  8. 8 points
    Abu Hadi

    Evangelical Christians

    اتَّخَذُواْ أَحْبَارَهُمْ وَرُهْبَانَهُمْ أَرْبَابًا مِّن دُونِ اللّهِ وَالْمَسِيحَ ابْنَ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا أُمِرُواْ إِلاَّ لِيَعْبُدُواْ إِلَـهًا وَاحِدًا لاَّ إِلَـهَ إِلاَّ هُوَ سُبْحَانَهُ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ In The Name of God Most Gracious, Most Merciful 9:31 They have taken their rabbis and their preists / pastors as well as the Christ, son of Mary-for their lords beside God, although they had been bidden to worship none but the One God, save whom there is no deity: the One who is utterly remote, in His limitless glory, from anything to which they may ascribe a share in His divinity! The Phenomenon of Evangelical Christianity is important for us as muslims to understand for two reasons. 1) For purposes of Dawa. The segment of Evangelical Christians who are going thru their doubting phase (to be explained later) are the most likely to accept Islam, since many of them are sincere people who believe in God, are seeking God, and understand why having a religion is important for them 2) For those in the West, for the purposes of understanding their neighbors, work collegues, etc. 3) For understanding our enemies. The Evangelical leadership in the US are the main source of support for Zionism, both ideaologically and financially. Zionism would not exist with Jewish Zionists alone, since they are a small population. InShahAllah, I will go into these points in detail Brief History of Evangelical Christianity in the US Evangelical Christianity began in the US in the mid 1960s. It began as a reaction to a group of Left Wing movements collectively and popularly known as the 'Hippie' culture. This particular group of Christians saw the hippies as a existential threat to their religion and values. This counter hippie movement eventually split off into two movements, a secular one (The Conservative Movement) and a religious one (The Evangelical Movement). There is alot of cooperation between these two groups and some say that they are actually the same group. IMO, they are different because they have different goals. Evangelicals became a powerful movement in the United States mostly because of television. In the early days of the movement, you had very charismatic tv personalities such as Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggert, Oral Roberts, etc, who understood the medium of television and knew how to create a 'show' and how to use the doctrines of Christianity skillfully in order to raise large sums of money which enabled them to further expand their power and influence. How were they able to do that 1) Television. This is the most important one. In the 1960, television was a fairly new phenomenon and people were just starting to understand the power of this device to reach a wide audience (millions of people). Before television, it had not been possible to get a message out to millions of people at once. Marketers and Advertisers were just starting to understand how to use television in order to sell products and they were developing many techniques to do this which are still used today. The first evangelical organizations used these same techniques developed by advertisers in order to sell their 'brand' of Christianity to a wide audience. They 'brand' themselves as the 'Christian saviours' of America and American culture from the 'Satanic' influence of the Left, hippies, Muslims, and other influences they brand as "Satanic" (this branding changes from time to time as to what groups they include as 'Satanic') 2) Fund Raising. In the United States, a religious organization such as a church can apply for what is known as 501c3 status, which means they tell the IRS that they are a religious organization that doesn't retain profits after their fiscal year end. If they can prove that to the IRS, then they are considered a 'tax exempt' organization meaning the organization doesn't pay taxes. The Evangelical organizations used this tax exempt status as well as other techniques in order to raise huge sums of money which they then used to influence government and politicians as well as build wildly lavish lifestyles for the upper echelons of the organization(s). The techniques they used to raise these funds were The Three T's A. Tax exempt status(mentioned above) B. Television (now Internet and other media). C. Tithing. They made up the doctrine of tithing. This doctrine says that all Christians must give 10% of their gross income to the church. This may sound like khums but it is much different. They give 10% of their income before taxes and before their expenses. Which means that if they make $20,000 per year, they are required to give $2,000 to the church. If you are a poor family with 4 or 5 kids (which many of these Evangelicals are) this $2,000 may be the difference between your family living in a safe area or an unsafe area. It might mean the difference between your children going to college or not going. This 'tithing' concept is not in the Bible and was never mentioned by Jesus(p.b.u.h)(Giving charity and helping the poor is mentioned but not in this way). D. 'Prosperity' doctrine. This is another doctrine that was made up by Evangelicals in order to raise funds for their upper leadership. It says that your rizk(sustenance) comes to you thru them (The Evangelicals). So if you send them money, they will pray for you and then you will become rich. The more money you send, the richer you will get. This is, of course, not mentioned in the Bible at all and something that was made up by these groups in order to raise more money. 3) Political Power. The Evangelical Organizations use their funds in order to influence politicians and gain other types of influence. Like was said above, they are also huge contributors to the Zionist cause and this is how Zionists get the majority of their money. The Evangelical organizations also use their money to influence policies of the Republican party in order to get things that they want such as them keeping their tax exempt status (the most important thing to them) and keeping the IRS away so that they don't look too closely into exactly how they spend the money they get. The appeal of Evangelical Christianity Evangelical Christianity has an appeal to its members. They are getting something out of it, otherwise they wouldn't be involved. This is human nature. We as muslims believe that every human being has a 'God seeking' nature and they are trying to have a relationship with God based on their background and their level of understanding. You will find the vast majority of Evangelicals come from two types of backgrounds 1. Raised in a Conservative, Christian household. They are comfortable in this environment and are looking for a religion that enforces the values that they were raised in(so they never have to question these values). This is called the 'normal case' and is common to all religions. 2. Raised in a Christian household, and at some point 'went astray' and are looking for forgiveness and some sort of a family structure. For these people, the Evangelical churches represent a 'ready made' family structure and social support system thru which the members can seek out a relationship with God. This is something that is very appealing to most people, and if they find it, and they feel that they 'belong' and 'fit in', they will do almost anything to stay in that 'club' including ignoring alot of things that are going on within the 'club' that maybe contradict the values this organization claims to stand for. The Evangelicals are also good at maintaining 'The Bubble' meaning that once someone joins this organization, the organization tries to get rid of or turn down the volume of any people or voices that are outside the organization. They tell their members to only listen to certain news, only read certain books, and even only read the versed of the Bible that they are told to read by their pastor (Most Christian organizations do not encourage their members to read the Bible 'cover to cover' as we as Muslims are encouraged to read the Quran). As long as you stay within 'The Bubble' then everything makes sense. I could go on about this, but I think this is a very basic introduction to the phenomenon of Evangelical Chrstianity
  9. 8 points
    Spending more time on my deen to get closer to Allah.
  10. 8 points
    The main point here is that although hijab is wajib, disrespecting a women who is not wearing it by talking about her, making assumptions about her morals, etc, do not help with the goal of convincing her to wear it. It will just push her away and make her less likely to wear it, in most cases. We should post encouraging words and realize that we all do sins and we all have areas of our religion that we need to work on. To the sisters who are not wearing hijab, I would say if you're not ready to wear it, at least uphold the Islamic morals of haya and modesty, and try to dress in a way that doesn't show your body to non mahram. If you do this, you will gradually move toward the hijab, and this is a natural progression.
  11. 8 points

    Thoughts 2018

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  12. 8 points

    When did men stop being men

    Yeah, blame it on the women. Would a righteous,self respecting,well brought up 'man' act different if girls around him were behaving like drama queens or trying to act like starlets. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى has appointed men as leaders, then why do they let their behaviour be dictated by how women around them are acting? How we conduct ourselves should not be controlled by people,that alone shows weakness of character. A gentleman will always treat her woman with respect at least in public. The conflicts can be settled in private. If a woman is having melt down or lost control over her emotions that's no excuse for the man to act likewise.
  13. 7 points
    Salam Alaykum SubhanAllah... I just had to share this And they ask us why do we believe in imamate? I can't believe each and every one of them was murdered...
  14. 7 points
    Shah Khan @Shah Khan "Interested in Islamic History, Islamic Jurisprudence, Astronomy, Mathematics, Health in Islamic Perspective. Biology."
  15. 7 points

    Sunni to Shias on ShiaChat

    This topic will be a compilation of posts from people that converted from Sunnism to Shi'ism on this website. The list below was obtained from a quick Google search to find the posts, but there are definitely hundreds of more convert posts on the forums that I haven't included in the list, but inshAllah I will keep updating the list from time to time. In Taqiyya Journey from Sunni to Shia Wants to say the Shahada Proud Shia Another Proud Shia Unsure how to tell family Unsure how to tell family #2 Had the courage to tell the family Respected & Intellectual member Believes in the purity of the 12 imams Respected & Intellectual member Wants to be shia embracing shiism Proud Shia Young Shia convert The procedure Learning about Shiism opened her mind Alone in a sunni family Follower of Ahlulbayt Rough life being shia Wants to meet shias Lover of Ahlulbayt Couldn't stay Sunni anymore Used to be Anti-Shia Alone Shia in the family Shias are the only people that fight Zionism The truth was hidden from her Conversion story Why he became Shia The truth made everything easier ex-Salafi Christian to Sunni to Shia Shiism can convince anyone Convinced shiism is right Shiism is the right path 4 years of research Conversion story Conversion story #2 Conversion story #3 ex-Salafi Difficulty coming to the true path Her and her parents converted to Shiism Losing her/his Sunni friends Embraced Shiism Shia adhan touched her heart Mother to shiism Shiism was the logical way Difficult to join a shia community Muharram intrigued her Being Sunni is like living in an illusion His family was not happy ex-Salafi Only Shiism made sense Blessed to be Shia Her and her husband joined Shiism Found the true path Somalian Shia His family was displeased Her and her mother converted to shiism Wants to convert to shiism Shiism is with the true path His mother embraced shiism Used to be anti-Shia Conversion story ex-Sunni Joined Shiism after marrying Shia man Christian to Sunni to Shia Sunni lectures never talk about the Ahlulbayt His ancestors went from Sunni to Shiism Half of her family joined Shiism Her parents were in shock Sunnism is irrational She only found peace with the Ahlulbayt In taqiyya from nasibi parents ex-Salafi
  16. 7 points
    King @King "When a thread goes off track, he might ignore and reply to the OP."
  17. 7 points
    I don't mind getting into this discussion as long as some parameters are defined. The discussion on this should not be by "appealing to authority", and if you do appeal to authority you do it only to put forth the arguments and evidence of a scholar - OR - you bring your own personal arguments and evidence based on what you have understood. This way the discussion will be concentrated on the argument itself, and not on who is making the argument. For example, I don't care if numerous scholars have a problem with Wahdat al-Wujud or if Shaykh Hurr al-Amili or Ayatullah Ishaq Fayyaz consider Ibn Arabi a heretic or Ayatullah Hasanzadeh considers him a Shi'a, or if Aristotle wrote about Logic, or if Hisham bin al-Hakam wrote a refutation on Aristotle or anything of that sort. What matters to me is the reasoning for why one believes such a thing. Naturally, this requires one to take a step back and strip the views of these highly respected scholars from holding any sanctity, and consider them open to invalidity. Another point I want to mention is that in order to engage in this discussion, one needs to look at it as a complete outsider. Consider yourself a non-Muslim, a person who has nothing at his or her disposal except tools of knowledge that all humans share (intellect, sensory knowledge, experimentation, knowledge by presence). Try to discard as much baggage as you can with regards to what you think you have understood from religious texts about God or anything else. In other words, if you want this discussion to go anywhere, don't enter it dogmatically and don't take any premise for granted (except self-evident axioms). If any non-axiomatic premise is being taken for granted, then that needs to be made clear, so that participants know that this is a premise being taken for granted simply because both sides agree to it (thus, it will not require a separate discussion of its own). For example, a self-evident axiom may be: I exist, but the axiom: a reality external to me also exists may not be self-evident, but given both participants agree to it, we can take it for granted for the purpose of the discussion. All this is much easier said than done, even if we may tell ourselves otherwise.The discussion concerning intellect vs. revelation or transmitted knowledge ('aql vs. naql) is a challenging one that has not been completely settled even until today. Thus it is important to clarify what we mean by all terms we use as to diminish possible misunderstanding and confusion. --- To start off, I will make my own position clear: When I use the word intellect ('aql), on the onset, I am referring to the mere ability to conceptualize and put together concepts in order to formulate and assent to propositions and syllogisms. The intellect itself can perceive certain realities, while other realities it itself knows it cannot perceive them on its own. The latter are things that are more often than not, particularities. For example, there is no way to say that a man named Muhammad (p) was a Prophet in Arabia through purely rational reasoning. You will have to resort to transmitted knowledge (history, narrations, affirming the miracle of the Qur'an yourself etc.) alongside your intellect to conclude that a man named Muhammad (p) was actually a Prophet. That being said, the intellect is one of the most important criteria I possess to judge the truth or invalidity of any given proposition. As my back-up to establishing this claim, I can also refer to numerous traditions in Shi'i hadith works that reiterate the same thing. For me, if revelation and the traditions hold any value, they hold value if we have: 1) certainty that they were actually uttered the way we have them at our disposal today, and 2) certainty with regards to their intended meanings. We don't have both of these for more than 90% of the traditions or verses (I believe #1 even applies to some of the verses of the Qur'an due to Qira'at differences) - thus they are called prima-facie or apparent meanings. So, when it comes to the Qur'an and Hadith you are more often than not, dealing with speculative knowledge and very little certain knowledge. So to put it in simple terms, the premises I hold to be true are: 1) The intellect is the most valuable tool we have for 2 reasons: a) it can be used to judge the validity and invalidity of many propositions, especially universal propositions, and b) one can formulate arguments by it to convince others of their beliefs, and thus engage in dialogue or debate (something that cannot be done through knowledge by presence, or spiritual visions - unless both of those are also turned into propositions by the intellect and turned into syllogisms). If you were to begin from scratch, this will be the tool that will get you to God (alongside knowledge by presence), and beyond that it will get you to Islam while swifting through transmitted knowledge. 2) The intellect realizes the authority of revelation and the words of an infallible, specially in particularities and theological matters that cannot be perceived by the intellect 3) We have two challenges at our disposal: a) majority of the traditions are speculative from the perspective of us determining whether they were uttered in those exact words, and b) majority of the verses and traditions are speculative from the perspective of us determining their exact intended meaning - so they they are considered prima-facie or apparent meanings, leaving them open to many possible interpretations The above 3 are my basic premises and presumptions - if anyone disagrees or has a question, feel free to ask and I will try to respond. Given the above 3 premises, if one can prove Asalat al-Wujud and subsequently Wahdat al-Wujud on purely rational grounds, they will have no choice but to accept it, even if their speculative understanding of the Qur'anic verses or traditions tells them it cannot be true - because certainty triumphs speculation. Questioning the intellect in those scenarios is problematic, because the intellect was the very tool by which they arrived at religion to begin with. To question the certain-findings of your own intellect because of a speculative report or a speculative understanding of a verse and a tradition should necessarily dent your trust in your own intellect, and it should even lead to you questioning your whole religion. This works out to be exactly like the notion of infallibility that the majority of Shi'i scholars accept. They arrive at the conclusion (primarily through the intellect first) that the Prophet was infallible and therefore all traditions that we have on Sahw al-Nabi are rejected by them completely. Anyone who has done research on this knows that the traditions on Sahw al-Nabi are not just 1 or 2, but well over 10, and not to mention they also exist in Sunni works. Yet, because these scholars claim to have proven with certainty that the Prophet was infallible, they have no choice, but to either 1) reject these traditions altogether, or 2) find an explanation for them (in the case of Sahw al-Nabi, they say the narrations were uttered in Taqiyyah). In the case of Asalat or Wahdat al-Wujud, Shi'i scholars do the exact same thing, and inshallah when we get to it, I can quote numerous traditions or verses that these scholars quote to show what they arrived at with their intellect is also present in transmitted knowledge. If there are any traditions that seem to go against Wahdat or Asalat al-Wujud, they will be forced to either reject them, or explain them away in a way in which they can be reconciled with the certain findings of their intellect. So to conclude: The Qur'an and Ahl ul-Bayt can't be flawed, but our understanding of what they meant and what we have at our disposal (with all the issues that these traditions came down to us) can be flawed, highly subjective, and deficient. Our intellectual conclusions are flawed when there is a fallacy in our argument (and I mean fallacy in a very general sense which also includes absence, limitation, and subjectivity of our knowledge with respect to somethings), otherwise, no, I don't believe the intellect can be flawed. Based on these outlines, we can move on to the actual discussion of Asalat al-Wujud if the members are interested. Wasalam
  18. 7 points
    Sorry, but what a jerk! Tell him you are not going ahead with the marriage because you deserve someone better.
  19. 7 points

    Jaw Surgery in 6 days.

    I got my surgical tads removed today by my surgeon. It wasn’t too uncomfortable because they used local numbing. I could feel them remove the mini-screws, though, which was weird. Now there are small holes where the tads were that will close-up with time. They want me to work on my range of motion. My range of motion is great and he says that based on how things have progressed, I should be able to get it back fairly quickly. I can open my mouth wide at 25 mm (about three fingers.) and they want me to open to 38 mm (four to five fingers.) I have been given new exercises to help with that. I also have to work on side to side range of motion and I almost have full range of motion moving my jaw to the right. Thankfully, I have much better range of motion than most people at this stage post-op (even though I was wired-shut.). Next appointment is in a month because things are going great
  20. 7 points

    Thoughts 2018

    Hope my whole family goes to heaven! Hope Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is pleased with them! Thank you Allah for giving me a family! Thank you! Thank you, Allah!
  21. 7 points
    Imagine what difference knowledge can make to your perception if you are willing to acquire it with an open mind and a honest heart.
  22. 7 points
    As a mother, she will have a big impact on the children. If she doesnt wear hijab then her daughters are unlikely to aswell. For me thats not acceptable
  23. 7 points
    Yes there is. There are many, Here's one. إِنَّنِي أَنَا اللَّهُ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا أَنَا فَاعْبُدْنِي وَأَقِمِ الصَّلَاةَ لِذِكْرِي "Verily, I - I alone - am God; there is no God but Me. Hence, worship Me alone, and be constant in prayer, so as to remember Me! Quran 20:14 As for your other points about Jesus(peace be upon him). I am willing to discuss these if you promise to stick to only this point (Did Jesus say he was God in the Bible) and not try to as they say in Arabic 'take a stick from every valley'. Otherwise I will let others continue with this.
  24. 7 points
    With all due respect, It surprises me how people can ever dare to believe in such an irrational idea that "Jesus is son of God in a literal sense"
  25. 7 points

    When did men stop being men

    The worst are the ones who are respectful and hold doors and all while trying to win a woman's affection, then leave her to carry the burden and care for the children once he has her. Those males don't deserve to be called men. They barely even qualify as human. (I really hate deceivers.)
  26. 7 points

    Are there any Mutah networks?

    Nikah, whether temporary or permanent, is not just a mean of rightfully fulfilling the sexual requirements & urges. The important point in them is that the male partner have to bear the responsibility & has to do the justice. For instance, the responsibility of sustenance/food, clothing etc. The responsibility of becoming biological father and then the responsibility of the offspring etc. Its not just sex. Its responsibility everywhere.
  27. 7 points
    Salam alaykum all, To help the Shia community more readily access our own books' information, I made a website with the four major Shia Hadith books. The site allows you to browse, search and share Shia Hadith. Please check it out and let me know any feedback. http://www.fourshiabooks.com
  28. 7 points
    Just thinking about Allah in general challanges my mind a lot. I know logically, philosophically and morally that Allah exists and there is absolutely no doubt about it. However just thinking about the fact that Allah has always existed is just magnificent and something my mind can never comprehend.
  29. 6 points

    #26 Amr bil Ma'roof

    I would advise them. They must stop themselves.
  30. 6 points
    Even if we ignore Saddam's oppression, he was probably the worst leader in modern history for many reasons. - He took over Iraq officially in 1979 - He starts the 8 year war with Iran in 1980 - Iraq's economy is terrible after the war, so he decides to invade Kuwait in 1990 - He is kicked out of Kuwait in 1991, and the international sanctions which destroyed Iraq begin. Iraq now has no ally or helper. Iraqi airspace is fully controlled by the United States. - The sanctions and pressure remain until 2003 when he is overthrown. That is basically his entire Presidency, Iraq as a nation gained nothing but destruction from his rule.
  31. 6 points
    Reproduced below is a conversation between Ibn Abbas and Umar bin Khattab, recorded by Ibn Athir in his Tarikh al Kamil. Allama Mutazili has also recorded it in his Sharh al Nahj al Balagha, vol. 3, p. 107. Umar said: "O Ibn Abbas, do you know what made the ummah deprive you (Bani Hashim) of the khilafat after Muhammad?" "The ummah," he continued, "did not want to see both the prophethood and the caliphate resting with you (Bani Hashim) for fear that you might injure the interests of the nation and trample her at your will. The Quraysh, therefore, chose the caliphate for themselves. They made a right decision and were successful in getting it." Ibn Abbas said: "Regarding your remarks that the Quraysh chose the caliphate for themselves, that they were right and were successful in obtaining it, I have to observe that the Quraysh would have been right and none would have questioned their claim to the caliphate or been jealous of them only if they had chosen it for themselves in accordance with the will of Allah. As to the remark that the Quraysh did not want to see both the prophethood and the caliphate resting with us (Bani Hashim), I remind you of the words of Allah, who described a nation that disliked Allah's choice: 'This is because they disliked what Allah caused to descend and so Allah destroyed all their deeds (Muhammad: 9)." Umar said: "Woe to you, Ibn Abbas, you have been reported to have said that we deprived you (Bani Hashim) of the caliphate through jealousy, injustice and oppression." Ibn Abbas said: "As to injustice and oppression, all educated and uneducated persons know it to be so. As to jealousy, there is no wonder if you, as children of Adam, are jealous of us who are (also) his children." Umar said: "By Allah, you (Bani Hashim) have always been jealous." Ibn Abbas said: "You should not attribute the impurity of jealousy to the hearts of that group of persons from whom Allah has kept away all sorts of impurities and uncleanliness and purified them with a thorough purification."
  32. 6 points
    Some people asked the meaning. One person said: I’m sorry I don’t know what this means but I know it holds value to you .. so it’s wonderful 112,014 likes (I wonder if some people liked it, even though they don't know the language. ) Somebody posted this, so it might be a translation: our life consists of two days. One, when this day is useful. And don’t be so proud of yourself when this comes. And second, when this day is harmful for you, and do your best to be patient until this day ends.
  33. 6 points
  34. 6 points
    Be wary of women, get the heck out of South Carolina and remember, you are really smart. You don't give yourself enough credit, you have ambition and a vision that you don't realize yet. Be prepared for betrayals and heartbreak from family.
  35. 6 points

    Thoughts 2018

    Reminder to all brothers and sisters who are living in countries which were struck by an earthquake today(India, Pakistan, Afghanistan etc) or having a lunar eclipse; one namaz e Ayaat is obligatory for each of these events( as per Sistani) Here is the method for Namaz e Ayaat https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2258/
  36. 6 points
    No signs of respect. Imam Ali never taught us this, he carried Aisha back home out of respect of our prophet. Sunni are not our brothers, we should see them as ourselves, despite the fact we may disagree about their version of Islam. Thank you.
  37. 6 points
    The thing which I would advise to my younger self is that "Maturity does not come with age, it comes with High Observation Skill and Practical Experience. Saying that Maturity comes with age is a MYTH. Work Harder, Dream Bigger and become a Legend. Prove yourself you are a Respectable Gentleman of high status. Always be nice to others. Be nice even to those who are not nice to you. Never forget someone's good action which he/she did for you. Use your tongue LESS, Use your hands MORE. Spread Love and forgiveness. Never take revenge for Personal rights. ALWAYS FORGIVE."
  38. 6 points
    I have to agree with @hasanhh, Hillary was a lying snake, at least Trump is too stupid to act differently from what he is and the whole world can see him for what he is.
  39. 6 points

    How tall are you?

    Thank you for saying this^^^ @Intellectual Resistance I have been following this thread and I wanted to add a few things. You perception of girls rejecting men only because of height is wrong, nor it is as important a parameter as you are thinking.Being south asian myself I can safely south Asian girls are NOT obsessed with 6foot tall guys. Imam Ali (as) wasn't the tallest of men Afaik. Instead of making efforts to increase height which DO NOT yield significant results in most cases brothers should make efforts to excel in piety, akhlaq and their education/career. Taking care of your health, staying fit is advisable for both men and women but their is absolutely NO need to bend over backwards to achieve a certain height or complexion, or a certain bank balance to conform to the standards of the society. If we do that means we are not only agree with the superficial standards set by the society but are also contributing to it.
  40. 6 points

    Loudly crying during salah

    Crying during your prayer is okay if you are thinking about Allah SWT. If while you are praying you are crying because you are sad that you lost your ring (for example), that crying would make your prayer void.
  41. 6 points

    Struggling with insecurity

    Salam, Sister. You are married to him but living apart until your wedding reception. You haven't started living together yet and you already think he is going to leave you. Yes, this is an irrational thought. Everyone has an irrational thought sometimes. The difference between all of us is how we deal with these negative thoughts. Some of us dismiss an irrational thought and don't let it torture us. It's just a bad thought, not the truth. Some people think irrational thoughts are from Satan and some think it is a medical problem. Some people, like me, think it doesn't matter how this irrational thought came to us, we should learn to deal with it. For people who can afford to go to a therapist, this is a good option to talk about mental health issues with someone. For those who cannot afford therapy, they can work on their mental health by speaking to a friend or relative. When an irrational thought pops into your head, you don't need to believe it. This bad thought which hurts you should be ignored. When you think a bad thought, such as "he is going to leave me" then tell yourself something to stop that thought. Remind yourself that you always show kindness and loving attention to your husband so he wouldn't have any excuse to leave you. Or you could just tell yourself something short, like "I am loved" which pushes out the "he will leave me" bad thought. Or don't say anything at all but just take a deep breath. I have a relative who closes her eyes and breathes deeply, then she opens her eyes and smiles. Maybe she is thinking of a time and place that makes her happy. Just get back into the positive thoughts and be kind to yourself.
  42. 6 points
    Sunnis always do this. Any virtue of Ali (as) they try to attribute to shaykhayn or other than them. For instance they call Abu Bakr as-siddiq when Ali (as) said in sunni traditions "I am the servant of Allah and the brother of the messenger of Allah. I am the greatest truthful one (siddiqul akbar) and no one claims this after me except a liar. I prayed for 7 years before the rest of the people"
  43. 6 points
    I don't care what anyone says, because I know for a fact that Imam Ali (as) was in a different league. Just study the sayings of Abu Bakar and compare it with the eloquence and perfection of Imam Ali's (as) words. You don't have to be a scholar to recognize the beauty of Imam Ali's words. (as) Dua Kumayl itself should be a proof that Imam Ali (as) was special and a million times more knowledgeable.
  44. 6 points

    Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    Had this though in Sri Lanka: Lemon-Mint with 7-Up mocktail - very refreshing
  45. 6 points
    Unacceptable, what do you mean by this? Most people are not Muslims in the West. They are more apt to give her grief for wearing hijab, so I don't blame her if she decides not to wear it. To wear a hijab is a sign of bravery for me, but I can't help be concerned about nasty people giving hijabis a lot of trouble. Look at this: https://www.freep.com/story/news/local/2016/11/12/hijab-wearing-u-m-student-threatened-being-set-fire/93726806/ https://www.buzzfeed.com/mbvd/muslim-woman-wearing-hijab-set-on-fire-in-new-york-city?utm_term=.yk855Kv8Qp#.gv6BBQ4aly ^This has become more prevalent ever since Trump became president. This is what worries me.
  46. 6 points

    Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    Twenty three. I have twenty three varieties of tea.
  47. 6 points
    Abu Hadi

    Feel like I lost my iman

    Salam Br, If you have done sins, we have all done sins. There is no one living right now that can say they never committed sins, except Imam Mahdi(a.f.s). Everyone else is a sinner. I am the same as you, there is no difference between us. The key is to never lose hope in the mercy and forgiveness of Allah(s.w.a). Imam Sadiq(a.s) was asked, what is the most hopeful verse in the Holy Quran. He(a.s) replied with the following قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَى أَنفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِن رَّحْمَةِ اللَّهِ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ ‘O you servants of Mine who have transgressed against your own selves! Despair not of God’s mercy: behold, God forgives all sins - for, verily, He alone is much-forgiving, a dispenser of grace!’ ” Holy Quran 39:53
  48. 6 points
    Imam Ali (as): "There will be a people who will carry knowledge around with them, but it will not pass beyond their shoulders. Their inner most thoughts will contradict what they display in public, and their actions will contradict what they know."
  49. 6 points
    I think it’s sad, since you never know what another person is going through. Many nonhijabis have considered wearing the hijab, and no one’s personal opinion should override the person’s journey to become closer to Allah. Many brothers reject girls based on her not wearing hijab, not considering her character qualities or general compatibility. Islam is not a religion of appearances. Islam is a religion on how to perfect one’s character.
  50. 6 points
    Based on my extremely limited induction, an average Shi'a youth in the West (though this is definitely not limited to the West) is going through a lot of epistemic challenges in their life. Living in an area and in an era where perceptions of morality seem to have changed, dealing with laws that often times seem irrelevant, dealing with laws that often times seem unethical, encountering theological and philosophical challenges whose responses may not fit well within a Western epistemic framework that has naturally been shoved down their minds, and trying to reconcile all these feelings and perceptions with a version of religion that was taught to them by parents who immigrated from the East, and was constantly spread from the pulpits by scholars who also came from the East. Couple this with the geographical distance from the center of scholarship, and lack of access to scholars, many of them who are perhaps addressing these issues - all of this becomes a recipe for an epistemological crisis. We can count the highly qualified Shi'i scholars - those who are really experts in their given field - in the West on two hands. The rest of the vast majority of scholars are followers themselves, but with a bit more grasp on the subject matter than laymen. This is not always their fault - maybe many of them did initially come to the seminary to reach that level; but it was the fault of the system that doesn't seem to have any intentions of producing legitimate scholars out of foreign students nor does it have a suitable syllabus for Western students. So you have at many times mediocre scholars at best, trying to address some very complicated issues, but in reality have not truly understood the challenge or the response themselves. One of the greatest challenge that Islamic scholarship is still dealing with is modernity. For a thousand years, the derivation of Islamic law was based on the premise that we had empires and civilizations. Where religion was a sign of your citizenship, not your ethnicity. The average age for a border in the Islamic world is the 19th-20th century - see this really interesting infographic (https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/7ne62v/the_date_of_origin_for_almost_every_international/) This is around the same time when so-called reformist voices (as we understand them today) within the Islamic world also started speaking up. With the demise of dynasties and the caliphate - where religion had relevancy over ethnicity and nationality, and a lot of laws were derived based on this presumption - now you were dealing with the concept of a modern nation state. A state where religion was secondary, and ethnicity or culture were fundamental. When once it made sense for 'Allamah Majlisi to come and say that non-Muslims should not be allowed to leave their homes on rainy and snowy days in Safavid Iran since they will make everything and every Muslim they come into contact with najis, because the dhimmis were rightfully treated as secondary citizens (perhaps in modern terms, one can say they had a green-card, but without all the benefits of a citizen) - stops making sense since your religion doesn't dictate whether you are a citizen or not any longer (even in Iran). When once apostasy from religion made complete sense as treason, stops making sense in the modern world since religion isn't relevant - allegiance and treason with respect to the state became relevant. When once wars were fought between religions, many subsequent laws made sense, but as wars slowly stopped being fought between religions, and rather between states & nationalities, a lot of subsequent laws went out the window. Please note I am of course talking in general terms, otherwise you will find instances where what I have written above is not absolutely true (post or pre-20th century). In any case, the challenge at this point was, what do we do? There is an intense debate amongst scholars on what to do here - sometimes one side labeling the other as sell-outs, while one labels the other as backward minded. You have two camps of scholars here: those who maintain that traditional laws and traditional interpretations should continue to be implemented the way they had been for a hundreds of years, and then you have those who argue that the subject-matter of many of these laws has changed in our day to day reality and thus some of these laws have truly become irrelevant. Not because the law itself had an issue, but rather the conditions under which it was implemented no longer exist. What I have seen is that those who maintain the first position end up with contradictions in some of their laws, and this is inevitable - because you really cannot deny that the world we are dealing with has changed. The second camp is often accused for justifying and being complicit in their support for the incorrect premises of modernity and secularism, by passing verdicts that makes living comfortable and adjustable in modern societies. Of course, the second side also ends up slipping into territory without realizing the full implications of it (for example, as you have mentioned in your original post, is Sayyid Kamal not aware of the agenda of extremist feminists and the implications of some of their ideas? Maybe he truly isn't, since he has not lived in such a society. Perhaps if he lived in a Scandinavian country he would be witness to the detrimental effects of some of these ideas). Nevertheless, the latter category can argue that their laws are not necessarily because they theoretically accept secularism or consider the premises of modernity to be ideal, and rather, the two are not necessarily mutually inclusive. In other words, one can give a verdict in accordance to the current context of the world, while still maintaining that the current situation of the world is not ideal. As I mentioned above, there is an immense debate on this topic, and both sides have strong arguments that cannot be taken for granted. Also, with respect to the second group, I am not including those scholars who are confirmed sell-outs, but rather legitimate scholars who have posed arguments that are worth looking into. For example, as far as I am concerned, Sayyid Kamal falls into the second group (there are many others though). Let me give you another example. Why is it that we take a three-fold division to religious propositions for granted (theology, jurisprudence, and ethics)? What I mean by this is, what is the difference between jurisprudence (fiqh) and ethics (akhlaq)? Don't both ethics and jurisprudence tell us to "do" or "not do" something - in which case shouldn't it all fall under one of the categories (you can call it fiqh or akhlaq, doesn't matter)? Why is it that we have things that are permissible legally speaking, but are so detested ethically by societies and individuals that they are essentially treated as haram? Is our fiqh unethical? Do we find God, Prophet or the Imams emphasizing this difference in the religious texts - in the Qur'an or Hadith? Isn't the end goal of both fiqhi and akhlaqi propositions the same? Do we not have narrations saying, if one doesn't possess a certain ethical trait, or manifests a certain immoral trait, they will be destroyed or be punished in the hereafter. How is this different than the reports that talk about being punished if one does a haram act? Why can't this division - that is so ingrained in the minds of Muslim - be questioned and looked into? Some research has shown that this division was a natural consequence of the development of Sunni jurisprudence during the Umayyad and 'Abbasid dynasty - where ethical propositions and jurisprudential propositions became distanced for one reason or another. Given how much of our structure for Usuli and Fiqhi discussions was adopted from the Ahl al-Sunnah, it appears this division was one of those things we naturally adopted and continued to stick with it for hundreds of years. Today many scholars (many of them are also from that first camp I defined above) are realizing that this division was a big blunder. Once again, the discussion on this is extremely detailed and complicated - I am simply citing it here so that brothers and sisters are not so quick to attack scholars from different camps, and realize the strength of some of the arguments made by scholars who they may not agree with. Strength does not mean the argument is without flaw, but rather it possess enough merit for one to seriously consider it and look into it further. As for your actual inquiry, regarding how to follow different opinions held by credible scholars - this is something some of the Western students in the seminary do often discuss a lot. What do we present to the people back home? People are at different levels of understanding, and it is difficult to give a unified response to all of them. For example, someone like @silasun who is actually pondering over this matter (because many may not even be bothered by this question), they need to look more into religious epistemology and the philosophy and epistemic value of taqlid in human life. There are books written on this subject, but unfortunately nothing in English that I know of. Becoming acquainted with something like this puts a lot of things and a lot of beliefs a person has into perspectives. Most importantly, it helps become less dogmatic. A friend of mine is shortly starting a blog that will be very related to the inquiry @silasun has - InshAllah I will share the link here once he posts up some entries. Wasalam