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  1. 10 points
    Wa alaykum assalam, By the night when it covers, and by the day when it appears, and by He who created the male and female: Surely, your efforts are diverse. (92:1-4 Will try to answer this question in a few stages. 1. We are all from Adam, and Adam is from dust. The base identity of every person is that he or she is a creation and servant of God. Regardless of one's sex, race, or even religious beliefs, all humans are created to manifest the glory of God. The Quran and hadith often refer to all human beings as `ibad (servants), all of which abide by His will (30:26). The natural intuition of the human being is submission to Allah - it is what the `aql inclines towards. Indeed all of creation is a sign of Him, and all of creation worships Him. Humans have been given a will, and with that will, a human can either reach his natural telos by developing his intellect, mastering language, and representing God; or by giving into ignorance and base appetites. In this sense, man is both celestial and earthly, spiritual and natural. All humans have a common, meek, worldly state, but the goal is to humbly ascend back to God. 2. Sex and gender are different. Sex refers to one's biological anatomy, while gender refers to one's social identity. The two are interconnected and do not vary independently, but it's important to make the distinction. Before the 1960s, gender was mainly a grammatical term used to describe words and inanimate objects - most languages have masculine and feminine tenses, and gender was not really used to describe people. Later, gender was used to describe the socially-constructed identities and behaviours associated with manhood and womanhood. So men as a gender had "masculine traits" (strong, independent, hard-working, etc.), and women had "feminine traits" (nurturing, emotional, etc.) Similarly, individuals would mix and match these traits, saying that they were male with some effeminate qualities or interests, or females with masculine qualities or interests. With the idea of gender fluidity, some feminists and LGBT activists began claiming that gender, which is largely social, can change willingly or unwillingly, and so one can be anatomically male but have a female gender, or be anatomically female and have a male gender. 3. Islam is, generally, sexually dimorphic. This means that there is an explicit recognition of two sexes. The Quran speaks of the male and female, believing men and believing women, and in some cases, different laws and guidelines are given to the two sexes. The implication is that, the two sexes are equal but different - both are human, both are servants, both have free will, both are capable of the highest good and the lowest evil, but due to their biological, psychological, physiological, anatomical, chemical, and social differences, there are some legal differences between the two. Our sex is not our essential identity, it is [philosophically] an accidental quality, and so the dimorphic laws that exist are not there to put one sex above the other, but rather they are there for our own worldly interests. In one narration, Imam ar-Rida (as) was asked why women inherit less than men, and his reply was that women receive a mahr, and a husband's wealth is distributed to his family. So inherent in his reply is some principle of equity. 4. As Muslims, we should probably ignore most of the debates on "gender". There is currently an obsession and fixation on the 70+ genders, "masculine" women, "effeminate" men, non-binary people, transsexuals, gender neutrality, what aspects of gender are socially-constructed and what aspects are biological, etc. Some of this is a pushback against the Victorian era's very elaborate version of what a male is and what a female is. The logical conclusion of all of this is to put gender aside. What is solid much more solid than gender is sex, which has a chromosomal basis - 99.98% of people are sexually dimorphic, and the exceptional mutations are not a "spectrum". The Imams of Ahl al-Bayt (as) have even given guidance on those few people who are born with both sexual organs - they have said that the working/functional genital is the sex of the baby; and so the other genital can be discarded or ignored. What is even more essential than sex is specie, and what is even more essential than specie is our status as a creation. 5. By putting gender aside, it does not mean that sex does not exist. Western Liberal Individualism makes the individual the basic agent of society. Their abstract of the philosophical individual is basically an androgynous, raceless, religionless, ageless blank person, who should be given as much freedom and agency as possible, so long that it does not harm anyone. All debates in Western society, from guns to taxes to drugs to gay rights, are just fine-tuning of this abstract of the free individual. We however do not subscribe to this paradigm. Even those thinkers who produced this paradigm (John Stewart Mill and others) didn't claim that it was the end-all be-all metaphysical truth of human existence. We believe that Allah created us to know Him (51:56), and the first step to knowing Him after we have established His Existence and the validity of His Messenger (s) is to submit to Him. Then, it is to trust Him, then it is to always be wary of Him, then it is to know Him. Part of understanding this reality is accepting the fact that there are sexes, and that sexes are not just a figment of our imagination - they really exist, and they are different. 6. There are rules, and there are exceptions. The rule in warfare is that men are more physically and emotionally capable for conscription. The exception is that boys and elderly men are not fit for warfare, and so they are not conscripted. Many similar rules and exceptions apply to issues of sex. One problem with the neomasculine movement is that not all men are Arnold Schwarzenegger, and in Islam not all men have to be. Similarly, not all women are soft and motherly, and Islam does not dictate that they need to be this way. Find what you are comfortable with, so long that it fits within Islamic ethics and justice. Technically, in the shari`a, a woman does not even need to cook, clean, or breastfeed her kids, all of that is her prerogative. 7. Although there are exceptions, be mindful of extreme ideologies. Human nature does not change overnight, no matter how progressive or "woke" a society is. Some of these ideologies have become a gateway drug to apostasy, and women (and now MGTOW men) are reaching for them because they can't find help or answers in our community. There is much more to say on the subject, but this is a start.
  2. 10 points
    People being inspired by someone's looks, need to rethink their purpose in life.
  3. 8 points
    Hameedeh

    Thoughts 2018

    Congratulations to ShiaChat members who were Popular Contributors last week. We appreciate you! @ali_fatheroforphans @Ashvazdanghe @Shi3i_jadeed @skyweb1987 @IbnSina @Mansur Bakhtiari @Islandsandmirrors @Son of Placid @Mohamed1993 @Irfani313 @Enlightening Inspirations @Arminmo @Akbar673 @Salsabeel @A Muslim Artist
  4. 7 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Shia and sunnis

    When you've tasted the pure teachings of Ahlulbayt (as), there is nothing that can replace it. When I was young, I use to have these random thoughts, that maybe we're wrong after all. I wasn't certain in the Imamate, Ahlulbayt (as) etc. However the more I gain knowledge the more I realize that the madhab of Imam Jafar Al Sadiq (as) is the only madhab which is based on rationality and truth. We Shias have absolutely nothing to lose by following the teachings of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)'s pure household. Allah will not punish us for not respecting the companions who didn't treat Ahlulabyt (as) in the best way. Our position is rational - to not respect those who didn't support Ahlulabyt (as). Sunnis have a lot to lose, by praising certain companions who have not been on the side of Ahlulbayt (as). Their position is not based on logic, as they support their enemies, relying on guess work that everything was alright after the demise of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). In addition, they reject Imamah which is a universal law created by Allah. In the Quran Allah says that he will raise us with the Imam of our time. What will Sunnis argue?
  5. 7 points
    LaurenW

    starting from scratch

    Salaam Alaikum, I am a recent revert and am brand new to Shiachat and have enjoyed reading through the posts and learning so much! I'm struggling to find programmes or community events for new Shia sisters in London, every event for reverts I find is aimed at Sunnis or are held at Sunni mosques. I'm trying to find ways to reach out and make friends and build a new community, especially with Ramadan coming up it would be great to find support away from the internet. I'd appreciate any suggestions or tips people could make to help me! I'm lucky to live quite close to many shia islamic centres but it can be intimidating going in there alone and trying to strike up conversations but maybe I need to be more brave
  6. 7 points
    IbnSina

    What is masculinity and femininity?

    Here is the short and correct answer: Ali and Fatima.
  7. 7 points
    notme

    Thoughts 2018

    All the old people in my neighborhood are having their beautiful big trees cut down. I was told by another neighbor that this one was planted by his wife when they first moved to the neighborhood. I don't understand why they want to cut down perfectly healthy trees that give them shade and make their properties beautiful, especially the ones planted by now-deceased loved ones. I noticed a little grove starting in an untended window planter on the side of my barn. I think I'll pot them individually and plant the ones that grow in my yard to replace the ones in the neighborhood that have recently been removed. Then maybe in 50 years my family will have them cut down.
  8. 6 points
    Happy birthday (Imam Hussain(as) Imam Sajad (as) & Hazrat Abbas (sa) Ali Akbar (sa)) https://youtu.be/G7bYwDM369k
  9. 6 points
    Indigo

    Need prayers to get married

    Im in my late 20s, woman. Live with mom and dad. I have completed college and have a career. I’ve had the intention to get married for some years now. I have met a few people but nothing came of these meetings. I’ve never been in a relationship. In my community its improper for girls or their families to approach men, and I would never dream of doing so, or pursuing something online. People tell me that I need to wait and have faith in God. This waiting game is affecting my faith. Would appreciate your prayers.
  10. 6 points
    Hameedeh

    Thoughts 2018

    Innaa lillahi Wa Innaa Ilayhi Raaji'oon. "Indeed to Allah we belong, and to Him we return." Holy Qur'an 2:156. (fatiha). Condolences for you and your family.
  11. 6 points
    Aflower

    Thoughts 2018

    @IbnSina Sorry for your loss. May Allah give your wife and your family strength at this difficult time. It's probably a bit late, but I found this thread on SC:
  12. 6 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Thoughts 2018

    Yeah man, being friends with someone from another faith is so important. I'm glad you both are friends Internet is just a horrible place (if you get brainwashed) as it starts to control your perception on everything. For example, I'd watch some Salafis at speakers corner (the filthy aggressive ones) and then I have an impression that every Salafi is ignorant, short-tempered, rude, hateful etc. However I have come across very tolerant and lovely Salafis (Yes, even the practicing ones) and they accept me for being a Shia. Being friends with them, having banter, eating together, praying together makes me realize that there is just so much room for unity. I don't want the internet to turn me into a hateful being, like it has done to so many other people. There is just so much hate in this world, be it through social media, youtube comment section etc. All we need to do is to understand each other. It's also a good sign that you joined Shiachat, you are an open-minded fellow brother in humanity
  13. 6 points
    notme

    US-UK-France Launch Attacks on Syria

    What a waste.... Does Puerto Rico have electricity fully restored? Is the water safe to drink in Flint, Michigan? Has the infrastructure been improved beyond a "D" grade? Are our schools improved to be at least on par with the rest of the "first world"? $100mil... what a waste.
  14. 6 points
    Son of Placid

    Thoughts 2018

    It was during Ramadan that I connected with a Muslim coworker. Before that I didn't know what a Muslim was and didn't know there was more than one kind. We talked, we prayed together, we agreed together. Not once did either of us feel the need to convert the other. I had to come here to find out we had things to argue about.
  15. 5 points
    We shouldn't be too obsessed with traditional masculinity or femininity, to a point where we assign gender roles. Assigning gender roles is a bit absurd imo. Let people live and why should we force them to feel that aren't qualified to be Masculine or Feminine. I hear some ridiculous statements from "masculine" men that guys who cry are weak. Who are we to set these traits? These are definitely social constructs. However I do admit that biologically we can draw the line between femininity and masculinity - in a general sense, not in a sense that "women should stay in the kitchen" etc.
  16. 5 points
    Yes, Imam Ali (as) and Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) are guided by the direct command of Allah. Therefore the Quran being revealed didn't make them Muslims. I believe the exact timing of when Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) decided to make the message of Islam public, was according to the plan of Allah.
  17. 5 points
    Qa'im

    Your everyday outfit?

    Suit and tie every Friday to remind the students that jum`a is a special day
  18. 5 points
    The third day is a very happy day, Sheikh Tusi, in the book of Mesbah, has said: On this day, Hazrat Hussain ibn Ali (as) was born and on this day, Tuqih (Handwritten)of Sharif was sent to Qasim bin Alaa Hamedani, the attorney of Imam Hassan Asgari (peace be upon him) came as: Iman Hussein (as) was born on the third day of Sha'bān on the Thursday , then fasting that day, and read this prayer: اللَّهُمَّ إِنِّي أَسْأَلُكَ بِحَقِّ الْمَوْلُودِ فِي هَذَا الْيَوْمِ الْمَوْعُودِ بِشَهَادَتِهِ قَبْلَ اسْتِهْلالِهِ وَ وِلادَتِهِ بَكَتْهُ السَّمَاءُ وَ مَنْ فِيهَا وَ الْأَرْضُ وَ مَنْ عَلَيْهَا وَ لَمَّا يَطَأْ [يُطَأْ] لابَتَيْهَا قَتِيلِ الْعَبْرَةِ وَ سَيِّدِ الْأُسْرَةِ الْمَمْدُودِ بِالنُّصْرَةِ يَوْمَ الْكَرَّةِ الْمُعَوَّضِ مِنْ قَتْلِهِ أَنَّ الْأَئِمَّةَ مِنْ نَسْلِهِ وَ الشِّفَاءَ فِي تُرْبَتِهِ وَ الْفَوْزَ مَعَهُ فِي أَوْبَتِهِ وَ الْأَوْصِيَاءَ مِنْ عِتْرَتِهِ بَعْدَ قَائِمِهِمْ وَ غَيْبَتِهِ حَتَّى يُدْرِكُوا الْأَوْتَارَ وَ يَثْأَرُوا الثَّارَ وَ يُرْضُوا الْجَبَّارَ وَ يَكُونُوا خَيْرَ أَنْصَارٍ صَلَّى اللَّهُ عَلَيْهِمْ مَعَ اخْتِلافِ اللَّيْلِ وَ النَّهَارِ اللَّهُمَّ فَبِحَقِّهِمْ إِلَيْكَ أَتَوَسَّلُ وَ أَسْأَلُ سُؤَالَ مُقْتَرِفٍ مُعْتَرِفٍ مُسِي ءٍ إِلَى نَفْسِهِ مِمَّا فَرَّطَ فِي يَوْمِهِ وَ أَمْسِهِ يَسْأَلُكَ الْعِصْمَةَ إِلَى مَحَلِّ رَمْسِهِ ، God, I ask you for the right birth of the day that was promised to his martyrdom before he raised his voice and before his birth, the heavens and everyone in it, the earth and whatever it is, he throws upon him while he is still a step in the world He had not died, the dead was tears, the servant of the family, the help-begotten, the day of return, the reward of his testimony that the Imams are of his generation, and healing is in his hand, and victory is with him on his return, and of his successors from his family after his uprising and his absence, To take revenge and blood, and to satisfy Hazrat Jabbar and the best companions of the religion to be true, Peace be upon them, along with the passing of night and day. God! I appeal to you rightly and ask you to ask for a guilty guilty guilty and a bad guy, he will seek refuge in the affairs which he has missed today, عَلَى مُحَمَّدٍ وَ عِتْرَتِهِ وَ احْشُرْنَا فِي زُمْرَتِهِ وَ بَوِّئْنَا مَعَهُ دَارَ الْكَرَامَةِ وَ مَحَلَّ الْإِقَامَةِ اللَّهُمَّ وَ كَمَا أَكْرَمْتَنَا بِمَعْرِفَتِهِ فَأَكْرِمْنَا بِزُلْفَتِهِ وَ ارْزُقْنَا مُرَافَقَتَهُ وَ سَابِقَتَهُ وَ اجْعَلْنَا مِمَّنْ يُسَلِّمُ لِأَمْرِهِ وَ يُكْثِرُ الصَّلاةَ عَلَيْهِ عِنْدَ ذِكْرِهِ وَ عَلَى جَمِيعِ أَوْصِيَائِهِ وَ أَهْلِ أَصْفِيَائِهِ الْمَمْدُودِينَ مِنْكَ بِالْعَدَدِ الاثْنَيْ عَشَرَ النُّجُومِ الزُّهَرِ وَ الْحُجَجِ عَلَى جَمِيعِ الْبَشَرِ اللَّهُمَّ وَ هَبْ لَنَا فِي هَذَا الْيَوْمِ خَيْرَ مَوْهِبَةٍ وَ أَنْجِحْ لَنَا فِيهِ كُلَّ طَلِبَةٍ كَمَا وَهَبْتَ الْحُسَيْنَ لِمُحَمَّدٍ جَدِّهِ وَ عَاذَ فُطْرُسُ بِمَهْدِهِ فَنَحْنُ عَائِذُونَ بِقَبْرِهِ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ نَشْهَدُ تُرْبَتَهُ وَ نَنْتَظِرُ أَوْبَتَهُ آمِينَ رَبَّ الْعَالَمِينَ. God! Peace be upon Muhammad and his family, and gather us together with him, and accompany him in heaven and eternal place. God! Celebrate our recognition as one of ours, so bring us closer to that holy Imam, and give us one day friendship and love affair with us, and give us to those who submit their command, and when they are taken His name will be sent to him by Salavat, and for all his successors and his chosen family, those who have been helped by you to the number twelve, those bright stars, and the divine rules of all mankind, O God! Forgive us on this day for the best forgiveness, and for any refrainment for us, as you have given Hossein to Muhammad, and forbearing to his cradle, and we will be refugees to his grave after his martyrdom. We are waiting for his return, Amen, the Lord of the Worlds. After this prayer, you are reading the prayer of Imam Hussein (AS), and this is His last prayer on the day when his enemies were raised, that is, the day of Ashura اللَّهُمَّ أَنْتَ مُتَعَالِي الْمَكَانِ عَظِيمُ الْجَبَرُوتِ شَدِيدُ الْمِحَالِ غَنِيٌّ عَنِ الْخَلائِقِ عَرِيضُ الْكِبْرِيَاءِ قَادِرٌ عَلَى مَا تَشَاءُ قَرِيبُ الرَّحْمَةِ صَادِقُ الْوَعْدِ سَابِغُ النِّعْمَةِ حَسَنُ الْبَلاءِ قَرِيبٌ إِذَا دُعِيتَ مُحِيطٌ بِمَا خَلَقْتَ قَابِلُ التَّوْبَةِ لِمَنْ تَابَ إِلَيْكَ قَادِرٌ عَلَى مَا أَرَدْتَ وَ مُدْرِكٌ مَا طَلَبْتَ وَ شَكُورٌ إِذَا شُكِرْتَ وَ ذَكُورٌ إِذَا ذُكِرْتَ أَدْعُوكَ مُحْتَاجا وَ أَرْغَبُ إِلَيْكَ فَقِيرا وَ أَفْزَعُ إِلَيْكَ خَائِفا وَ أَبْكِي إِلَيْكَ مَكْرُوبا وَ أَسْتَعِينُ بِكَ ضَعِيفا وَ أَتَوَكَّلُ عَلَيْكَ كَافِيا احْكُمْ بَيْنَنَا وَ بَيْنَ قَوْمِنَا [بِالْحَقِ ] فَإِنَّهُمْ غَرُّونَا وَ خَدَعُونَا وَ خَذَلُونَا وَ غَدَرُوا بِنَا وَ قَتَلُونَا وَ نَحْنُ عِتْرَةُ نَبِيِّكَ وَ وَلَدُ [وُلْدُ] حَبِيبِكَ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ الَّذِي اصْطَفَيْتَهُ بِالرِّسَالَةِ وَ ائْتَمَنْتَهُ عَلَى وَحْيِكَ فَاجْعَلْ لَنَا مِنْ أَمْرِنَا فَرَجا وَ مَخْرَجا بِرَحْمَتِكَ يَا أَرْحَمَ الرَّاحِمِينَ . O God, you are high and mighty, and in great chastisement, there is no need of generations; you are all-consuming; all you desire is abundance; your mercy is near to the servants; your promises are right, your perfect blessing, and the good test, when you read so close. You are grateful to whatever you create, so that you repent, you will be able to give it to whatever you want, and to gain what you seek, if you give thanks, and if you remember, you will read from your need. , And I will seek you by your need, and I will take refuge in you and I will cry for your grief, and help you in the perfection of disability. And I will trust in you for the sake of my affairs; judge between us and our people, that they may deceive us, and deceive us, and abandon us for help, and we will be disobedient to us, and we And while we are the Prophet's Prophet and your beloved son, Muhammad b. Abdullah, that you have chosen him as a mission, and relied on your revelation, let our work open and make way for trouble. Merciful Most Merciful. Ibn Ayash said: I heard from Hossein ibn Ali ibn Sufyan Büşffri, who said: Imam Sadiq (AS) called this prayer on this day and also said this prayer on the third day of Sha'ban, the birthday of Imam Hussein (peace be upon him). http://www.erfan.ir/mafatih104/اعمال-روز-سوم-شعبان-کلیات-مفاتیح-الجنان-با-ترجمه-استاد-حسین-انصاریان (play button for recitation is available at above of Text) Another link without recitation http://portal.anhar.ir/node/932#gsc.tab=0
  19. 5 points
    Pearl178

    Your everyday outfit?

    And abaya
  20. 5 points
    yusur317

    Double Standards

    Salam I think a lot of brothers here are misunderstanding the purpose of this topic. Ignoring the grave sin of using Nakshawani as an example, she asks why there is little attention paid to a man's dress code. I will be digressing, but I just wanted to add some things. Because I don't think reflecting the treatment of women and projecting it onto men, will help either gender. I just wish for men to understand how difficult it is for a woman to accept or even love her hijab. We struggle a lot, ... we do. This is why I sometimes feel a little envious of men. So I just hope you come understand and empathise. Allow a woman to freely dissect, understand and develop her relationship with the hijab. We aggressively reinforce a female uniform, but there is none for a man to adhere to. A woman wears her religion like a banner, but a man is free to assimilate and even marry of different people (ahl alkitab). A man who is better/well received outside our community and with greater cultural freedoms within our community, can't begin to understand a woman's struggle. Wherever she turns, she is hurt. Hijab when forced, is no different to branding a girl. She won't associate it with worship. The Hijab will make her stand out among her peers, so she needs to posses confidence to tolerate that. If her skin colour didn't separate her, her hijab will forever remind her she is different. Her peers won't hesitate to help remind her either. Almost everything becomes about the hijab, the religion, politics and her culture. I see no problem for this if a mature teen/woman decides to wear the hijab, but a young girl of 9 years is still growing and barely understands. She still needs to establish her confidence and character without judgement from peers or society. If it's forced and she feels that isolation and discrimination, she will develop hate towards it and anger towards her parents. She hears mean comments from her peers and mean comments from her community. She's left stuck in-between pleasing neither and falling into a pit of spiralling confusion. Eventually she's left with one thought, "What's the point?" ... I think many of us have met women who have decided to remove the hijab. This is not a decision that would have been made over night. Hijab is a 'till death do us part' commitment. To remove it, is almost like a divorce; it's caused by a poor/dysfunctional relationship (with the hijab). Anyway.... I digress. I just wanted to voice some of my thoughts ...
  21. 5 points
    laithAlIRAQI

    Thoughts 2018

    What difference will it make if I'm 20 or 25? at the end of the day, I'm gonna get married one day. Marriage is highly recommended and a sunnah, so delaying marriage would be stupid if you have found a good girl. The girl is Iraqi and sunni tho, but I have nothing against it.
  22. 5 points
    laithAlIRAQI

    Thoughts 2018

    I think I've finally found a potential spouse, She's my sisters friend. My mom, sister and aunts are going to "propose" on Saturday.
  23. 5 points
    ShiaChat Mod

    Thoughts 2018

    Sorry for your loss. May Allah comfort you and your family.
  24. 5 points
    skyweb1987

    Forgot I was Fasting

    "Among the acts that invalidate fasting is intentionally eating and drinking. So, if a person who is fasting eats or drinks by mistake (e.g., he forgot that he was fasting) and not intentionally, his fasting is in order and there is no penalty upon him." Sawm: Fasting » General Rules by Seestani https://www.sistani.org/english/book/46/2035/ Your fast will be in order unless you further take any action that invalidates the fast.
  25. 5 points
    Ashvazdanghe

    Your everyday outfit?

    Streetwear with jeans
  26. 5 points
    laithAlIRAQI

    Your everyday outfit?

    Streetwear
  27. 5 points
    Salsabeel

    Abu Bakar

    These are not the words of my Master (asws). How can he say that while these two are those who ran away in the battle of "Uhad", failed to defend Prophet (S) & failed to respond to his call. And these two were not present at the time of burial of Prophet's body. How can he say that while Prophet has said these words about him: "Ali is from me and I am from Ali and no one represents me except Ali." (Sunnan Ibi Majah, Hadith # 119) "Your position to me is like the position of Aaron to Moses, except that there shall be no Prophet after me." (Bukhari Vol 5, Book 59, Hadith # 700. Muslim, Book 31, Hadith # 5913) "I am the city of knowledge & Ali is its gate", This is very important because Quran commands us to enter in the houses through gates: وَلَيْسَ الْبِرُّ بِأَنْ تَأْتُوْاْ الْبُيُوتَ مِن ظُهُورِهَا وَلَـكِنَّ الْبِرَّ مَنِ اتَّقَى وَأْتُواْ الْبُيُوتَ مِنْ أَبْوَابِهَا "and it is not righteousness that one should enter the houses at their backs, but righteousness is this that one should guard (against evil); and go into the houses by their doors" (2:189)
  28. 5 points
    Heavenly_Silk

    Thoughts 2018

    Surah Mulk is very beneficial for the deceased to be recited after Isha salah.
  29. 5 points
    LaurenW

    starting from scratch

    Thank you so much! I know I need to get the courage to just attend prayers and programmes but it is daunting. I'm going to make it my goal for the week to go to the centre at least one day this week inshallah
  30. 5 points
    No, you just married a bad person, this woman doesn't represent Shias. There are liars and tricksters in every religion, even in Sunni families and communities. Besides if you did what I said above , you would not be hurting her but protecting yourself. ^ This why you can't just fall for a woman on Facebook. Again, people don't usually do this. It is also the reason why I am skeptical when anyone portrays themselves as exceptionally pious.
  31. 5 points
    We can all confirm that America has nothing to do with humanity. Indeed, America is the great satan.
  32. 4 points
    Salam, Just watched the latest video by Islamic Pulse and I felt the need to share this specific clip from the video. The clip is from 16:18 to 16:45~. He makes a very phenomenal point which is whyI'd like to hear what people think about the point he's made and educate me their views. He makes a lot of good points in the video but this one was directed at the Muslim scholars and Muslim people. The video should start at 16:18 if not, just skip to 16:18, it's a short clip Also, re-watched it and I'd like you to watch from the same video; 20:33 - 20:46
  33. 4 points
    Ani

    My father makes me wish/pray to die

    Alsalam Alaikum brother and sisters My father married me to my cousin an abnormal person( but my father doesn't accept it) i have decided to divorce him but my father says that in order to save my dad's respect i should stay in nikah with him for 5 or 10 years.i am in my late 20s.and it is a very sad situation. So i wanted to ask is it right for my father to ask this for me...i have refused him...but he wants to punish me ,my siblings and my mother because of my decision. Is it right for my father to bound me like this ?to ask this for me ? It's not like i want to get married after i get the divorce...but doing it on my own or doing it forcely there is a huge difference. And by Allah i assure you that there is no other male in my life.i took this decision because after nikah and after knowing my husband i lost my peace of mind, the sanity of my mind...i was miserable so i prayed to Allah to save me from him and Allah gave me enough strength to take this decision and be strong.these 7 months have been so hard .i break every day because my father doesn't want to do anything for me. He is waiting for me to change my decision which i never will Inshallah.Because if i dont think about me no one will. So my father now keeps saying that to save his respect infront of his family and friends he wants to keep going on like this ...and not telling anyone that i want to divorce and he told my aunt that she can marry my cousin to someone else till in nikah to me. I could have agreed but this is wrong and if i stay firm and tell him that i will not go by his decision he will not let my elder sister get married..he says he is not our father anymore.he might even leave my mum.so it all comes on me. So the only situation that can save my family and my dad's respect is if i die..i prayed to Allah to die...i told my dad to kill me...but nothing.it's an endless torture. I was suffering when i hadn't taken the divorce decision...i was miserable so i decided that i should suffer and be miserable alone..i will not destroy another person's life.because i cannot take care of him and thats what they expected me to do. I was contemplating suicide....tried to find a way to halal suicide but there is not.i am not thinking about suicide anymore so no worries. i am only saving myself.he told me to not say anything about the divorce to my husband because he might get more crazy...i don't talk to him...i dont do anything for him...but he keeps going on like everything is fine.i am in such a state that i can not even sleep.my head is heavy.i have been praying day and night to Allah by Sadka Ahle Bait A.S. to help me...and i know inside me that Allah will i just don't know when. I don't know what to do.is my father's respect more important than my life ? I told him that he should help me...he said No he can not.he is not strong enough. he can not leave his sister and nephew.he loves them dearly.more than his own family.there is the society culture..i don't understand any of these things. He could easily tell everyone about his nephew's mental condition and make it a reason for divorce but he doesn't want to tell anybody.my family and his are the only one who know about his condition.they hid it in such way. These 7 moths i have been keeping sabr..and it is very hard..i break everyday but keep praying to be strong.As Allah SWT says in Quran to seek help from Prayer and patience. I have been doing everything i can but nothing seems to change. My aunty knows everything but they don't want their son to come back to Pakistan they want him to get settled in eu.and dad wants to help him do that.he says thats the only way he can save his respect.it could take 5 to 10 years and he wouldn't let me divorce him. And he aspects me to accept it because i need a roof and food. Is it right ? Is this what a girl is supposed to do ? Don't i have the right to be happy ? Or to have peace ? Please guys pray for me... Pray that my father miraculously helps me and doesn't break my family. I talked millions of time to my father ...cried .. touched his feet...he doesn't wanna help me.so there is nothing that i could say that he might change. His respect is more important to him than his own daughter who has no ine else...but instead of helping me he has taken the responsibility of his nephew. My head is always sore...maybe if i keep going on like this i will get a disease and die.there is nothing left for me in this world.i have only my siblings and my mother.but they will be fine after me...i know.Allah will take care of them.Inshallah I am reading NahJul Balagha for the first time which gives me strength and patience and i know that this life is temporary.so i want to die and be over with it. I exercised patience despite trouble in breathing -Hazrat Ali A.S. P.S. there is no need to tell me to reconsider on my divorce decision because i have come a long way.i don't accept him as my husband.i asked Allah for forgiveness i know Allah doesn't like divorce...but Allah knows my situation.he knew my state of mind/heart.i don't have enough strength to be such person's wife. -i am sorry to have written so much.thanks for reading
  34. 4 points
    Reza

    Your everyday outfit?

    I wear whatever is not too tight. When I was younger, I never understood the big deal with matching colors. Now I get it.
  35. 4 points
    ireallywannaknow @ireallywannaknow "Remember the days you prayed for the things you have now."
  36. 4 points
    Congratulations for the birth of Imam Hussein AS. http://www.duas.org/shaban/3shaban.htm For the birth of Imam Ali Zainul Abideen AS. http://www.duas.org/ziaratimamzainulabideen.htm For the birth of Abul Fadl al-Abbas AS, brother of Imam Hussein AS. http://www.duas.org/hzabbas.htm
  37. 4 points
    كان من غلمان أبي شاكر الزنديق، وهو جسمي ردي He was a student of Abi Shakir the Zindiq and a wretched corporealist - Sa’d b. Abdallah al-Qummi (d. 301) was not a fan of Hisham A Body Unlike Other bodies Would not considering God to be a body be likening Him to his creatures (who happen to be bodies)? It is to avoid this that Hisham formulated his compromise as demonstrated in the report below: محمد بن أبي عبدالله، عن محمد بن إسماعيل، عن علي بن العباس، عن الحسن ابن عبدالرحمن الحماني قال: قلت لابي الحسن موسى بن جعفر عليهما السلام: إن هشام بن الحكم زعم أن الله جسم ليس كمثله شئ، عالم، سميع، بصير، قادر، متكلم، ناطق، والكلام والقدرة والعلم يجري مجرى واحد، ليس شئ منها مخلوقا فقال: قاتله الله أما علم أن الجسم محدود والكلام غير المتكلم معاذ الله وأبرء إلى الله من هذا القول، لا جسم ولا صورة ولا تحديد وكل شئ سواه مخلوق، إنما تكون الاشياء بإرادته ومشيئته من غير كلام ولا تردد في نفس ولا نطق بلسان Muhammad b. Abi Abdillah – Muhammad b. Ismail – Ali b. al-Abbas – al-Hasan b. Abd al-Rahman al-Himmani who said: I said to Abi al-Hasan Musa b. Ja’far عليهما السلام: Hisham b. al-Hakam asserts that ‘Allah is a body - there is nothing like Him. All-Knowing, All-Hearing, All-Seeing, All-Powerful, Master of Speech, Speaker. Speech, power and knowledge are of the same type (essential attributes), nothing of them is created’. He (the Imam) said: Woe be upon him! Does he not know that a body is limited, and that speech is distinct from the Speaker. I seek refuge in Allah and disassociate to Allah from this doctrine. (He is) Not a body nor a human form. No delimitation (applies to Him). Everything apart from Him is created. The things are brought into existence by His intention and will, without speech, or deliberating in Himself, or intoning by tongue. This indicates that while Hisham maintained that God was a body he tried to escape the error of Tashbih (likening God to His creatures) by defining God as a body incomparable to any thing else and therefore beyond imagination. While we should affirm that He is a body (because God is something) we cannot describe the body further. This makes it clear that all the lurid anthropomorphic descriptions attributed to him are false. In fact, he was a severe opponent of some of the traditionalist among the Shia and the school of Hisham b. Salim which relied on spurious narrations to ascribe Human form (shape) to God i.e. they understood ‘God creating humans in His image’ literally. أبي، عن البزنطي، عن الرضا عليه السلام قال: قال لي: يا أحمد ما الخلاف بينكم وبين أصحاب هشام بن الحكم في التوحيد؟ فقلت: جعلت فداك قلنا نحن بالصورة للحديث الذي روي أن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله رأي ربه في صورة شاب! فقال هشام ابن الحكم بالنفي بالجسم. فقال: يا أحمد إن رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله لما اسري به إلى السماء وبلغ عند سدرة المنتهى خرق له في الحجب مثل سم الابرة فرأى من نور العظمة ما شاء الله أن يرى، وأردتم أنتم التشبيه، دع هذا يا أحمد لا ينفتح عليك منه أمر عظيم My father – al-Bazanti – al-Ridha عليه السلام who said: O Ahmad, what is the difference between you and the followers of Hisham b. al-Hakam concerning Tawhid? I (Ahmad) said: May I be made your ransom - we hold the position of ‘the human form’ because of the report which is narrated from the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله that he saw his Lord in the form of a youth! While Hisham b. al-Hakam denies that and upheld ‘the body’. He said: O Ahmad, when the Messenger of Allahصلى الله عليه وآله was made to ascend to the heaven and reached the ‘Furthest Lote tree’, the veils were rent for him the size of a needle’s eye, and he saw of the Light of sublimity what Allah wished him to see. But you seek by this Tashbih (ascribe an image to him). Leave this O Ahmad, lest something dreadful befall you on account of it. Hisham’s views came to be summed up in the famous dicta: He is a body unlike other bodies (هو جسم لا كالأجسام) An Example of Hisham’s Argumentation None of Hisham’s written works, including his Kitab al-Tawhid (كتاب التوحيد), are available to us. This makes it difficult to speak of his thought as a whole. Instead, we have to rely on fragmentary evidence, such as the report below, to provide insight into his mode of argumentation. This is done with the caveat that generalizations must be avoided because the narrators might not be conveying the nuance of Hisham’s complex system accurately. Furthermore, Yunus b. Dhabayn is a particularly unreliable narrator (accused of Ghulu) and could very well be biased against Hisham. محمد بن أبي عبدالله، عن محمد بن إسماعيل، عن الحسين بن الحسن، عن بكر بن صالح، عن الحسن بن سعيد، عن عبدالله بن المغيرة، عن محمد بن زياد قال: سمعت يونس بن ظبيان يقول: دخلت على أبي عبدالله عليه السلام فقلت له: إن هشام بن الحكم يقول قولا عظيما إلا أني أختصر لك منه أحرفا فزعم أن الله جسم لان الاشياء شيئان: جسم وفعل الجسم فلا يجوز أن يكون الصانع بمعنى الفعل ويجوز أن يكون بمعنى الفاعل فقال أبوعبدالله عليه السلام: ويحه أما علم أن الجسم محدود متناه والصورة محدودة متناهية فإذا احتمل الحد احتمل الزيادة والنقصان وإذا احتمل الزيادة والنقصان كان مخلوقا قال: قلت: فما أقول؟ قال: لا جسم ولا صورة وهو مجسم الاجسام ومصور الصور، لم يتجزء ولم يتناه ولم يتزايد ولم يتناقص، لو كان كما يقولون لم يكن بين الخالق والمخلوق فرق ولا بين المنشئ والمنشأ لكن هو المنشئ فرق بين من جسمه وصوره وأنشأه، إذ كان لا يشبهه شئ ولا يشبه هو شيئا Muhammad b. Abi Abdillah – Muhammad b. Ismail – al-Husayn b. al-Hasan – Bakr b. Salih – al-Husayn b. Sai’d – Abdallah b. al-Mughira – Muhammad b. Ziyad who said: I heard Yunus b. Dhubyan saying: I entered in to see Abi Abdillah عليه السلام and said to him: Hisham b. al-Hakam holds a grave position. I will summarize it for you in a few words - He claims that ‘Allah is a body, because there can only be two things: ‘body’ and the ‘action of a body’. It is not possible for the Maker to be defined as an action, but it is permissible to define him as an actor’. Abu Abillah عليه السلام said: Woe be upon him - does he not know that a corporeal body is limited and transient (comes to an end), and that a human form is limited and transient. When he allows the possibility of limits (bounds) then he has allowed the possibility of increase and decrease, and if he allows the possibility of increase and decrease then that one is a created. He (Yunus) said: What should I believe? He said: Not a corporeal body nor a human form. He is the embodier of bodies and the fashioner of forms. He has no constituent parts nor does He perish. He does not increase nor decrease. If He were as they say then there would not be any difference between the creator and the created, nor a difference between the originator and the originated. However he is the originator who differentiated between those whom he made into a body, and others to whom He gave form and those He originated, for nothing is like Him nor is He like anything. To Recap: Hisham’s view was that God is ‘something’ and as such ‘an existent body’. As a body, God can be a carrier of ‘characteristics’, namely His attributes (Sifat) which, are neither He Himself nor are they not He Himself; therefore, they have no independent existence and according to their nature are action. Or put somewhat differently: there is nothing except bodies and their action (fiʿl). But action is also always caused (fiʿl); for this reason God cannot be action (fiʿl). Therefore, He is a body. One can also turn this the other way round; action, can only come forth from a body; therefore, God must be a body. The Influence of Abu Shakir al-Daysani The argument above is so close to what is attributed to Abu Shakir al-Daysani that a link between the two cannot be avoided. Consider the words of the latter reproduced below (from Qadi Abd al-Jabbar’s Mughni): وحكى عن أبي شاكر انه ... يثبت الحركة ويزعم أنها صفة للتحرك لا هي هو ولا غيره وأنكر ان تكون شيئا او تكون لا شيء وقال ان التغاير والقول بأنه شيء لا يقعان الا على الأجسام والحركة ليست بجسم He held that there is action (movement) and maintained that it is an attribute of acting (by the Actor) and is neither identical with the latter (the Actor) nor different from Him. He would neither concede that it is something nor that it is nothing. By way of explanation he said: Mutual difference and being designated as ‘something’ are only valid for bodies; action, however, is not a body. Note the same dichotomy between body and the action of a body, as well as the notion that only a body can be referred to as ‘thing’. It is not surprising then to encounter a report that makes their association explicit: علي بن محمد، قال: حدثني محمد بن أحمد، عن العباس بن معروف عن أبي محمد الحجال، عن بعض أصحابنا، عن الرضا عليه السلام قال: ذكر الرضا عليه السلام العباسي، فقال: هو من غلمان أبي الحارث يعني يونس بن عبد الرحمن، وأبو الحارث من غلمان هشام، وهشام من غلمان أبي شاكر الديصاني، وأبو شاكر زنديق Ali b. Muhammad – Muhammad b. Ahmad – al-Abbas b. Ma’ruf – Abi Muhammad al-Hajjal – one of our companions – al-Ridha عليه السلام. al-Ridha عليه السلام mentioned al-Abbasi and said: He is one of the students of Abi al-Harith, that is Yunus b. Abd al-Rahman, and Abu al-Harith is one of the students of Hisham, and Hisham is one of the students of Abi Shakir al-Daysani, and Abu Shakir is a Zindiq. This example of shared language should not be taken to mean that Hisham was a blind-follower for he was a theologian in his own right. Hisham sought to re-frame the statements of the Imam into a coherent system while interacting with other thinkers of the time. Proof of this can be demonstrated by the fact that he authored the book Radd ‘alal-zanadiqa (كتاب الرد على الزنادقة) refuting Abu Shakir and his peers. In fact, the main influence of Abu Shakir on Hisham was confined to his theories on the natural world, what we might label ‘physics’. His theory of the interpenetration (mudakhala) of bodies corresponds, as is known, to the dualist belief in the mixture of light and darkness. Hisham’s support of this theory entailed the rejection of atomism in favour of infinite divisibility of matter and the thesis that bodies may pass from one place to another without moving through the intervening space (tafra). Who was Abu Shakir? It is appropriate at this juncture to delve a bit more into this enigmatic person. Abu Shakir figures in many debates with Imam al-Sadiq in our literature. The historicity of these encounters cannot be confirmed. He is presented as a proto-Atheist who doubts the createdness of the world. The most popular question he is supposed to have asked the Imam was whether God could fit the whole world in an egg without enlarging the egg or making the world smaller. Abu Shakir has been labelled a Zindiq. The exact connotation of this term is open to debate as it lacks a precise definition and has been used in different contexts over time. The word generally means apostate or freethinker but can also have a much more precise meaning of ‘Manichean’ (followers of Mani). The latter was a religious movement well-known for its Dualist cosmology as a model for explaining the world i.e. the idea of two principles which ‘mixed together’ and caused everything to emerge from them. In this case, the latter interpretation seems better supported in light of the fact that Abu Shakir has been referred to with the title ‘al-Daysani’. The Daysanites were distant followers of one called Bardesanes (Ibn Daysan) who died six years before Mani was born. Ibn al-Nadim says that Bardesanes ‘was called Daysan after the river near which he was born’. Bardesanes (d. 223) had indeed lived in Edessa as ‘the son’ of the Daysan which flowed through the city and occasionally overflowed its banks. His school lived on in Edessa into the late 7th or early 8th century. Bardesanes was a major influence on Mani and his followers became virtually indistinguishable within the larger Manichean tradition. All these streams subscribed to variations of the same dualist cosmology. Abu Shakir lived in a Kufa that was a boiling pot wherein diverse traditions mixed. It was a mileu without rigid boundaries between different sects and where borrowing was rampant. What were seen as heresies and persecuted by certain rulers were tolerated by others. Abu Shakir became infamous for his polemics and was finally crucified in the Khilafa of the Abbasid Caliph al-Mahdi before the year 785. The Correct Position What was the Aimma’s position in this debate? The answer is very clear from the reports presented. They never spoke using Greek-influenced neo-platonic terminologies. They rejected the use of the term ‘body’ for God, pointing out the fact that any ‘body’ would by definition be finite and mortal - qualities which do not apply to God. What is not understood is how Hisham answered this charge. How was he able to reconcile between the truism that every body by definition has constraints (limits) with his conception of God? It is possible that he felt his statement ‘a body unlike all other bodies’ was inclusive of transcending the limits inherent in other bodies. But if that were case then what would be the the sense of holding God to still be a body. Does not the term lose significance? God must share one or some aspects with other bodies for the word to retain meaning. What aspect would that be? It is possible that his acceptance of the system of Abu Shakir and Jahm was so complete that he felt that the definition of any ‘thing’ (shayy) as ‘existent body’ (jism mawjud) was axiomatic. A starting point which must be accepted before any further theological speculation can continue. God had to be a thing because if He was not then he was nothing, from which follows ‘God was a body’ in his system. What kind of body? A body unlike any other body. But still a body in at least some sense. And that is the rub of the problem. To be continued ...
  38. 4 points
    “So whoever does an atom’s weight of good will see it, and whoever does an atom’s weight of evil will see it.” (99:7,8) according to this beautiful verse of the #HolyQuran , watch your steps on #socialnetworkshttps://goo.gl/ueRncV#salamislam #newmuslims #islamiclife
  39. 4 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Your everyday outfit?

    I dress a bit like this (my jeans aren't ripped lol), just make the top jumper black.
  40. 4 points
    Abu Hadi

    Would you marry her?

    It is a mustahab act because it is marriage and marriage is a mustahabat in itself. If, for example, a guy has mutah with 10 different women at once and these relationships involve lying to them or not following the rules regarding non mahram or not fulfilling the terms of the contract he has with each one of them, then the lying is a sin, not following the rules of non mahram is a sin, and not fulfilling his contract with them is a sin, but the marriage itself is still mustahab(assuming the marriage is a valid aqd). Ask anyone who is knowledgeable regarding fiqh and they will tell you this also. The problem comes when people assume that either the brother or sister who is doing aqd of mutah is also doing those other things. Some are but some are not, just like some who are permenantely married (zawaj nikha) do those things, others do not. The origin of the dislike of mutah and the thinking of mutah as not 'real marriage' comes from Omar Al Khattab, not from Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) or Imams of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s). Imam Ali(a.s.) said in a famous hadith, 'If it wasn't for the act of Omar (prohibiting mutah), noone of the muslims would ever do zinah(adultry) except for the most wicked amoung them'. And betting is haram, but If it wasn't I would bet anyone on this site that 90% of the brothers and sisters on this site who are in their late teens or older and still single, marriage is actually wajib for them because they are either doing haram or inclining toward haram because they are not married. The ruling that marriage becomes wajib when a person (man or women) is falling into haram as a result of being single is common to all marjaa that I am familiar with. So mutah in some cases is wajib, (if a person is falling into sin and not able to get permenantely married) whereas Sunnah Salat and Mustahab fasting is never wajib. So they are different, you are right. You are also right that probably many on this site do Mustahab Fasting and do Sunnah Salat and probably very few do mutah(I am not saying it is not good to do Mustahab fasting and Sunnah Salat, of course it is very good to do these things). But that is culture, not Islam and it doesn't change the preceding facts.
  41. 4 points
    Hassan-

    Fasting (Roza)

    If you travel for 22km past your city’s borderline, it becomes permissible to break your fast. Don’t worry you do not need to pay kaffaarah by fasting 60 days, that’s only for when you break your fast without travelling or without a valid excuse. Your only duty is to perform its qada before the next following month of Ramadan begins.
  42. 4 points
    He is a model/ actor . It's so annoying that all these celebrities in Pakistan have become religious role models for people in Pakistan. If people are learning religion from celebrities, then what will happen to religion? Female celebrities wearing hijab while breaking all rules of social hijab. I especially hate those female celebrities, who are getting married and having babies. They all hire full time help at home, but they act like perfect house wives in their interviews and they give condescending lectures to women on their responsibilities. Recently one actor declared his second marriage and now he is acting like he is the most religious person while everyone else is secular. And now people are suggesting that Pakistani men should follow his example and do second marriages. Learning Islam from celebrities, I can only say La haula wala Quwwat.
  43. 4 points
    Aflower

    Thoughts 2018

    Ina lilah wa ina ilahi raji'oon Ali Naqvi I had been reading this deceased brothers post about Imam Ali's children and thought that it was very useful. I decided to read his other posts too and that's when I learnt that he'd sadly passed away. Even though I wasn't on ShiaChat at the same time as him, I felt deeply saddened to learn this. Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I was pondering over how much I had benefited so much from this deceased brothers posts. That's when it dawned on me that we leave a permanent footprint behind on SC that people read, follow and potentially benefit from even when we are no longer here. May Ali Naqvi's soul rest in peace InshAllah.
  44. 4 points
    Gaius I. Caesar

    istikhara and divorce

    What terrible advice, if this was your sister,mother or daughter. you would be deeply upset to know that they were in this situation with their husband. Divorce is a legit option in this situation.
  45. 4 points
    Islandsandmirrors

    istikhara and divorce

    Strangling someone is inexcusable behavior. He needs to learn how to control his temper. Honestly, I have never heard of anyone who strangles his spouse after a number on her phone. It’s not normal. however, I will say that now I’m recently married, I wouldn’t recommend divorce so easily. (Marriage is something truly binding and feels different than being in a relationship.) But rather, couple’s counseling. Sadness and anger toward your husband, if you don’t try to get help, will result in more fights and resentment might build-up. Try to allow open communication with your spouse.
  46. 4 points
    He’s actually not that handsome
  47. 4 points
    Regarding chemical weapons, I don't think the United States, which has chemical weapons itself, is a legitimate enforcer of the removal of chemical weapons. Something about not commenting on the mote in your brother's eye while you have a branch in yours.
  48. 4 points
    Heavenly_Silk

    starting from scratch

    I totally understand where you're coming from. I am also from the UK and converted to Shia Islam a few years ago. It can be very daunting going to shia Islamic centres when you don't know anyone but generally people are pretty friendly. I will send you a PM with details of people you may be able to contact inshallah.
  49. 4 points
    Abu Hadi

    pornography

    There is free software you can use 1) http://www.k9webprotection.com/ 2) http://www.opendns.com/ Also paid , Anti Virus software such as McCaffe, AVG, etc has features that filter adult content. Make sure on every computer your kids have access to that you are an admin (priveledged user) and they are regular (non priveledged) users. That way, they can't disable the software. This is the main mistake most parents make. They install the software and the kids disable or delete it. Also, you should never let your computers have a device with a screen (phone, computer, laptop, tablet) in a closed room where you cannot get into (i.e. a locked door). If you allow your kids to go in their room and lock their door and you have to unlock the door to get in, you are taking a big risk of them getting into this habit or other bad habits.
  50. 4 points
    (I commented on some of these points from your last post, but just to reiterate) 1) pentagon released information of observed routes of Syrian military jets during their attacks. Indicating their attack. Observed routes during attack doesn't tell you anything, by itself. SAA was flying sorties at the time and hitting targets with conventional bombs. They admitted this. It is a war, btw. There was no evidence presented, either then or now, that these were anything except conventional bombs. 2) Russia claimed that Syria didn't use chemical weapons, rather they just bombed a chemical weapons facility and the toxic chemicals just happened to have spread around and killed innocent people The same committee that is investigating now has said all along that both sides have chemical weapons, both Assad and (however many there are now) ABC armed groups fighting in Syria against Assad. Some chemical weapons, like chlorine gas, is very easy to make with the same chemicals that are used to clean swimming pools in the US. When I was in college, I was a pool boy and made chlorine gas by mistake and almost killed myself (but that is another story). Something like sarin is a little more difficult to do but still WWI technology. What Russia said at that time was that they hit a chemical weapons cache of some armed group by mistake. They didn't know it was there, obviously those groups don't go around telling people where they store these things. So the Russian explanation may or may not be true, but it is plausible. 3) Also, if I had invested in a chemical weapons program, and I was in the middle of a multi year civil war, i wouldnt necessarily give up on my arsenal which I have invested time, research and finances into, just because some foreign nations said not to. Assad went to great lengths in 2014 to get rid of his chemical stockpiles and this was verified by several international committees. Didn't do him much good though. Assad doesn't need chemical weapons, he is winning with conventional bombs and artillery. He doesn't need to risk Western Military intervention to kill a few more people. This is not the case with the other armed groups that are in Syria now, including Nusra, ISIS, and Al Qaeda, who have an open border with Turkey directly to their North and have shown to most people's satisfaction that they have no problem whatsoever with killing large numbers of innocent people. Frankly, Syria is a big mess now and there isn't much chance of getting good information out of there regarding this incident. But what I object to is the assumption without evidence that it is Assad, and only Assad who is responsible for the use of chemical weapons. This was assumed by the Western Media last week Saturday before there was one shred of evidence.
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