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  1. Thanks I think you misunderstood, my fault for not clarifying. What I meant was that people did convert to Islam, but the caliph told them to keep their old religion as he couldn't handle the deluge of new converts for various reasons of his own. I wanted a reference for this historical happening.
  2. Salaam, I've read that some Muslim rulers preferred that the conquered citizens follow their old religion in order to ensure the flow of revenue into their treasuries. Can anyone provide references for this? Thanks.
  3. Asalamu alaykum I have read that the argument from beauty for God's existence goes like this (link is below for reference): I have two question about the first point. Firstly, why is it true; I can't see why it's necessarily the case that everything beautiful could conceivably be more beautiful?. An example of this is the holy face of Rasool Allah (swt) - it must always be as physically beautiful as a face could be. Secondly, in general, Allah swt is capable of creating something that is physically beautiful without room for improvement - how do we know that we're not looking at counter-examples like that when we draw such an argument? I find this phrasing a good description though: (http://bahaiteachings.org/does-god-exist-the-argument-from-beauty)
  4. Celebrating the Noble Prophet's (s) birth is clearly a means of expressing love, it is a manifestation of people's affection towards the AhlulBayt (as). This is what Allah swt calls us to: "Say, I do not ask of you any reward for it except the affection for {my} near relatives" [42:23]. Holding such a ceremony is a way of paying tribute and honouring him. It refreshes the splenderous memory of the Holy Prophet (s) and hails his lofty station. This pleases Allah swt, does Allah swt not say in the Qur'an "Those who believe in him, honour him, and help him and follow the light that has been sent down with him, they are the felicitous" [7:157]. Notice that of the four attributes of the righous is that they honor the Holy Prophet (s). The aim of Muslims in celebrating his birth is obviously to exalt the Prophet (s). His lofty station is a model of perfection and virtue and by celebrating this we express our loyalty to him and our obediance to Allah swt. Allah swt says "Did we not exalt your name?" [94:4]. Thus such ceremonies where the Prophet's name is exalted are obeying Allah swt. Extract from The Shia Rebuts by Sayyid Rida Husayni, Question 26: “Said Jesus son of Mary, ‘O Allah! Our Lord! Send down to us a table from the sky, to be a festival for us, for the first ones and the last ones among us and as a sign from You, and provide for us; for You are the best of providers’.” [5:114] Hadrat ‘Isa (‘a) requests a heavenly table-spread from God to celebrate the day of its coming down. Now, when a revered prophet like Jesus (‘a) celebrates the day of sending down the heavenly table-spread, which brings physical enjoyment to people, can we say that Muslims’ celebration of the day of sending down divine revelation or the birthday of the Holy Prophet (S), who is the savior of mankind and the cause of human societies’ survival, an act of polytheism {shirk} or innovation in religion {bid‘ah}?! Also, the practice of celebrating his auspicious birth has been ongoing for a long time with the aim of refreshing the memory of the Holy Prophet (s) (Husayn ibn Muhammad ad-Diyar Bakri, Tarikh al-Khamis (Beirut), vol. 1, p. 223.). Above I've summarised the full rebuttal, which can be found here: The Shia Rebuts by Sayyid Rida Husayni Question 26: Is celebrating the birthday of the saints {awliya’} of God a kind of polytheism and innovation {bid‘ah}?) Link: http://www.al-islam.org/shia-rebuts-sayyid-rida-husayni-nasab/question-26-celebrating-birthday-saints-awliya-kind-polytheism#fref_d85e5ea9_3
  5. Celebrating the Noble Prophet's (s) birth is clearly a means of expressing love, it is a manifestation of people's affection towards the AhlulBayt (as). This is what Allah swt calls us to: "Say, I do not ask of you any reward for it except the affection for {my} near relatives" [42:23]. Holding such a ceremony is a way of paying tribute and honouring him. It refreshes the splenderous memory of the Holy Prophet (s) and hails his lofty station. This pleases Allah swt, does Allah swt not say in the Qur'an "Those who believe in him, honour him, and help him and follow the light that has been sent down with him, they are the felicitous" [7:157]. Notice that of the four attributes of the righous is that they honor the Holy Prophet (s). The aim of Muslims in celebrating his birth is obviously to exalt the Prophet (s). His lofty station is a model of perfection and virtue and by celebrating this we express our loyalty to him and our obediance to Allah swt. Allah swt says "Did we not exalt your name?" [94:4]. Thus such ceremonies where the Prophet's name is exalted are obeying Allah swt. Extract: Also, the practice of celebrating his auspicious birth has been ongoing for a long time with the aim of refreshing the memory of the Holy Prophet (s) (Husayn ibn Muhammad ad-Diyar Bakri, Tarikh al-Khamis (Beirut), vol. 1, p. 223.). Above I've summarised the full rebuttal, which can be found here: The Shia Rebuts by Sayyid Rida Husayni Question 26: Is celebrating the birthday of the saints {awliya’} of God a kind of polytheism and innovation {bid‘ah}?) Link: http://www.al-islam.org/shia-rebuts-sayyid-rida-husayni-nasab/question-26-celebrating-birthday-saints-awliya-kind-polytheism#fref_d85e5ea9_3
  6. Shia Outreach

    Quote: Not sure what to think about this supposed sectarian cleansing [...] part of me is remembering the source of this article As you said. As we speak swathes of Shia are on the front lines having answered the call of the Marja'ia, civilians who have left their lives behind to defend their country from daesh. Article makes zero mention of it and instead lies about "militias" of Shias who are "ethnically cleansing" the south. It is the Shias who are being ethnically cleansed as we speak. They also say Quote: For centuries, Iraq's multi-faith tradition has been preserved under Sunni leadership; now, as Sunni fanatics assault that tradition So the "Sunni" "leadership" of saddam is to be hailed for upholding Iraq's centuries-old multifaith tradition and then they line daesh up with Sunnis by calling them "Sunnu fanatics"?! Agenda-driven sectarian writing.
  7. https://twitter.com/malhilli/status/668856682844463104
  8. Istikhara

    Ws wr wb, Not exactly what you asked for but I think this might be useful: http://www.al-islam.org/istikhara-seeking-the-best-from-Allah-muhammad-baqir-haideri
  9. Salamu alaykum, An extract from the book Principles of Faith (Usul Al-Din) by Ayatollah Wahid Khurasani (http://www.al-islam.org/principles-faith-usul-al-din-husayn-vahid-khorasani) Section on Divine Unity (Tawhid) What is it about the 'division between two gods' which means it itself has to be a god?
  10. The Devasted Shias In Malaysia

    Saddening to see. May Allah swt give them strength during these strenuous times and destroy those Umayyad oppressors.
  11. Missed Prayer And Fasting

    Ws wr wb According to Sayed Sistani: http://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2276/ And if it is not possible for him to fulfil any of these, he should give Sadaqa according to his means and seek Divine forgiveness. And the obligatory precaution is that he should give Kaffarah as and when he is capable to do so. This must be fulfilled according to the specific criteria specified by the Marja. Al-Ayn Social Care Foundation is a charity that has direct authorisation (ijaza) from Sayed Sistani for receiving your kaffara payments, thus they can fulfill the conditions on your behalf. They have an online form for it: http://www.alayn.co.uk/civicrm/contribute/transact?reset=1&id=3
  12. Eid Prayers In London On Friday

    Asalamu alaykum, Eid Mubarak. Could you please let me know which Shia centres will be performing Eid Prayers tomorrow in London (including Hillingdon)? If you also know what time the prayers are, and the postcode, that would be helpful. I know the Hujjat centre are. But I am coming from outside London and their centre is a bit far to get to. Thanks very much.
  13. Letter4U Discussion Thread

    Ws wr wb, Thanks. The link you posted above doesn't work?
  14. Hadiths On Insulting

    Thanks very much for sharing.
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