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  1. The thing to understand about dreams is that they are very symbolic and thus subjective. But based on what you have said I think that the lions represent forces attacking you in your life, be they internal from your own mind, or external - as we have enemies out there from amongst the jinn and humans. And the fact that you called on Hazrat Abbas and he responded and came and drove away the attack, and that the dream had a good vibe, is all a sign that it was a true dream. So you should take this message from it that just as you called out to Hazrat Abbas in your dream for help and he helped you, so in your life you should call out to the Ahlul Bayt, and through them to Allah, to help you overcome your problems.
  2. Is it Haram?

    Salaamun Alaykum, It is not haram brother. If it was haram how would people owning businesses make money - they buy at one price and sell for a higher price.
  3. Why did God...

    If that was this was the case then who led Iblis astray? The answer is his own nafs led him astray. So Satan and the other shayateen play a secondary role. Even if Satan wasn't there Adam would still have eventually tripped up, because he wasn't perfect like the perfection of the immaculate five, whose names he had seen written on the Arsh of Allah. So the real question which you are asking is that why did Allah make creatures (like humans and jinn) who are free to choose wrong? Why didn't He just make everyone perfect and put them all in to Heaven? And the answer is that by coming down in to the dunya and striving hard to reach heaven people have the potential to reach an incomparably higher level than if they had been just created perfect and put in to heaven. So Allah had intended for Adam to come down to the earth all along: 'And when your Lord said to the angels, I am going to place in the earth a khalif' (2:30) Then after coming down to the earth, realizing his own imperfection and repenting he reached an even higher level than he had before, and so Allah chose him and made him a prophet: ' Then his Lord chose him, so He turned to him and guided (him).' (20:122)
  4. This is a very nice question which you have raised. There are numerous ahadith which speak of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe. I will just quote two as a sample: 1- I asked Imam Baqir (as) about a particular saying of Allah, so he said:…perhaps you think that Allah only created this one world! Or you think that Allah didn’t create any mankind other than you?! Yes, by Allah! Allah created a thousand thousand worlds and a thousand thousand Adams, and you are in the last of those worlds and those Adams. (Al-Tawhid & Al-Khisal) 2- From Imam al-Sadiq(as): Beyond this Sun of yours there are forty other suns in which there are a great many creation, and beyond your moon there are forty moons in which there are a great many creation, they do not know whether Allah created Adam or not... (Al-Basair)
  5. Dream Interpretation?

    Salaamun Alaykum, Given that Shayateen can come in the form of deceased relatives it may be a little tricky do determine the nature of the dream. However as long as nothing they say or advise goes against the Quran and Sunnah then one should be able to benefit from such encounters. Make a point of doing wudhu before going to sleep and of reciting the Maudhatayn and Ayat al-Kursi.
  6. Dream Interpretation?

    When a person goes to sleep, their soul leaves their body, as it says in the Quran: "God takes the souls at the time of their death, and those that die not during their sleep; then He withholds those on whom He has passed the decree of death and sends the others back till an appointed term; most surely there are signs in this for a people who reflect." (39:42) So a person's soul goes to the spiritual realm and thus they dream - where for the majority of people these dreams are just concoctions of their memories, vastly enlarged, due to the immense creative power of the soul being freed up from having to deal with many functions of the body. However, as a person goes higher up the ladder in their level of belief and practice, from time to time they experience true dreams, where they might meet a deceased person, or a living spiritual teacher, or an angel, or see the future etc. These kind of dreams have a completely different kind of vibe than the normal mixed up dreams, and are clear, coherent and spiritually powerful - that is how they can be recognized. There are also Satanic dreams where a person is visited by demons - not in demonic form of course, because they can shape shift, who try to misguide the person and lead them astray. That is why dreams of other than the prophets do not have authoritative value in Islam. But believers who have reached a higher level of faith personally benefit greatly from dreams, as it is related from the prophet Muhammad: In the last age, the dreams of a believer will be 1/70th of prophethood.
  7. It is the act of penetration itself.
  8. Why did Allah invent mental illness?

    Salaamun Alaykum sister, Allah made mental illness for the same reason that he made physical illness. If we never felt any physical pains then we would not know that there was something wrong inside our bodies, and people would be dying left, right and centre of diseases without treating them. In the same way, a mental illness indicates that there is something wrong in the immaterial, inner side of the person. And the key to attaining mental balance and well being is to practice Taqwa. My advice to you is to start by learning the Arabic language - this will open up for you the full power and meaning of the verses of the Quran and the narrations of the Prophet and his family, which will go a long way towards taking your iman to a much higher level, which in turn will give you peace on the inside. Also, read Sura al-Jinn everyday in your room. Read it aloud, not quietly.
  9. Should i study in Iran ?

    Salaamun Alaykum wa Rahmatullah, A couple of questions before answering: 1. Are your mother and sister also Muslim? 2. Do they depend on you?
  10. Re-incarnation

    Salam, Reincarnation is something which has not been dealt with directly in the sources of Islam. That is why the Islamic scholars throughout the ages have resorted to intellectual proofs to show that reincarnation is not possible. However, upon thorough inspection it is found that their proofs do not hold much ground. For example, Mulla Sadra, in his philosophy, goes to great and intricate lengths to prove that the soul is جسمانية الحدوث و روحانية البقاء (bodily in origin and spiritual in continuation). And he does this because if he was to admit that the soul doesn't begin with the body but existed spiritually before the body, this would mean that reincarnation would be theoretically possible. But the truth of the matter is that it is very clear from the ahadith that the soul existed in a higher world before coming in to this world. Although, the overall impression that one gets upon studying the Quran and the ahadith is that there is no such thing as reincarnation. Hence why the scholars have made such efforts to disprove it. In any case, the fact that the Quran and the Ahlul Bayt have remained silent on the subject should be taken as an indication that it is not important and thus we shouldn't spend alot of time on it. I have only come across one hadith which directly mentions reincarnation: قال المامون للرضا يا ابا الحسن ما تقول في القاءلين بالتناسخ؟ فقال الرضا من قال بالتناسخ فهو كافر بالله العظيم يكذب بالجنة و النار Al-Mamoun said to Imam al-Ridha(as): What do you say about those who believe in reincarnation? He replied: Whoever believes in reincarnation has disbelieved in Allah the Great and belied Paradise and Hell. It should be noted though that when interpreting ahadith, the meaning of terms used in them should be taken as the meaning which was understood by the people of that time, as they are ones to whom the Imam was speaking. And I am assuming that what was understood by reincarnation then was the Hindu concept of a constant cycle without any Day of Judgment in the picture.
  11. Cursed Ghulat?

    Salaam, There were two types of companions cursed by the Imams: 1. Those who revealed to others about the Imam what they were not supposed to, so the Imam was forced to curse them in public out of taqiyya. 2. The Ghulat, who went astray from the religion and raised the Imams to godhead. They were cursed because of their kufr, which is clear from what they claimed.
  12. The number 23 (23 hours) doesn't have any significance, it's just an example. (ref. Ibn al-Shahid quote from Seestani)
  13. Near Death Experience in Shia aHadeeth

    A point to note is that in near death experiences (NDEs) people do not die permanently, they die and them come back, and this fact is obviously known from beforehand to those in the higher world who receive them. Whereas the ahadith which you have mentioned are about people who die for real, or are about to. NDEs are therefore more akin to mystical experiences and should be treated as such, i.e. they should be treated as fallible experiences which most likely contain truth and falsehood in them mixed together.
  14. When should you break your fast?

    Salaamun Alaykum, Sunnis and Shias say the Maghrib adhan at different times (the Sunni one being earlier). So if you break your fast when the Shia adhan comes then you are fine.
  15. Why Isnt Any Imam Mentioned In The Quran?

    The Qur'an doesn't mention Imam Ali by name because the enmity towards him was such that they would have distorted the Qur'an after the Prophet just to remove the mention of Ali from it, and such a thing could not be afforded with the final revelation to mankind. Instead, when one analyses the verses of the Qur'an, their commentary and the context of their revelation, one finds that everything is mentioned about Imam Ali in the Qur'an except his name!
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