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  1. Some of the recommended prayers:
  2. An account of the Night Ascension by Faydh al-Kashani:’raj
  3. Preface of The Night Ascension by Mullah Muhsin Fayz al-Kashani’anic-roots-mi’raj The Prophet of Islam (S) began his historical night journey, along with the trusted protector of the revelation, the Angel Jibra'il from the house of Umm al ­Hani, the daughter of his uncle and sister of Amir al‑Mo'minin 'Ali (a.s.) in the blessed city of Makkah. With the aide of his steed al‑Buraq, he traveled to Bayt al‑Muqaddas, which (at that time) was located in the country of Jordan and is also known as Masjid al‑Aqsa (the Furthest Masjid). He disembarked at this place and in a very short period of time, visited various places inside the Masjid ‑ including Bayt al‑Laham, the birthplace of `Isa al‑Masih (a.s.), in addition to the houses and other important places of the various Prophets. In some of these places, he even recited a two Rak`at Salat. In the next stage (of his journey) he traveled from this spot to the heavens, where he was witness to the celestial bodies and the entire universe. He spoke with the spirits of the (previous) Prophets and the Angels; he saw from very close both Paradise and Hell; and the various stages and levels of the people of Paradise and those in Hell. It was these unknowns of the creation, the secrets of the origin of the Universe, the expanse of the world of creation, and the unlimited power of Allah the Highest, that he was given complete knowledge of. Subsequently, he continued on with his journey until he reached to the region known as Sidratul ' Muntaha, a place that was covered in grandeur and magnificence. It was from this same path that he traversed that he returned, and upon coming back, once again visited to Bayt al‑Muqaddas, proceeded on to Makkah and then to his home. On the return trip, he came across a trade caravan from the tribe of the Quraish who during their journey had lost one of their camels which they were searching for. The Prophet (S) drank from the water that the people of the caravan had with them and by the rising of the morning sun, reached back to the house of Umm al‑Hani. Upon his return, the Prophet (S) told Umm al‑Hani of the secrets (that he saw) and that evening, in a gathering of the people of the Quraish, lifted all the curtains of the secrets of the Mi’raj and his journey and opened their minds to this event. The word of his travels spread from mouth to mouth amongst all the groups, and now more than ever, the Quraish were upset (with him). The Quraish, as was their old‑time habit, belied the Prophet (S) and in the gathering, a man stood up and asked if there was anyone in Makkah who has seen Bayt al‑Muqaddas so that he could ask the Prophet (S) in regards to the physical building. Not only did the Prophet (S) describe the physical particularities of Bayt al ­Muqaddas, rather, he even informed them of the event that took place between Makkah and Bayt al‑Muqaddas ‑ and it was not long after that the travelers (of that caravan) reported the exact events (as had occurred).
  4. In commemoration of the Night Ascension of the Holy Prophet (S). Congratulations to the believers on the anniversary of the Night Ascension. It is also the anniversary of the start of the Prophetic Mission.
  5. @LeftCoastMom Why use sarcasm against the Donald? He knows science. He's got the best science. Just ask him about uranium.
  6. I don't think I would have taken Islam seriously in terms of practice if it wasn't for this website. This website taught me a few things: 1. That it's really important to learn lots of philosophical/ jurisprudential/ spiritual etc etc jargon so that you can impress other people. I say that because I found some people engaged in discussions which were way above their league - the e-jurists and e-urafa'. Of course, that's not a criticism of some of the very knowledgeable members who have contributed to this website over the years. It's a criticism of those who don't have good intentions. 2. That Shia women are either illiterate, have no interest in religion... or that there is a problem in Shia communities (and the SC website as a whole) with not encouraging women into academic religious discussions. I find it quite sad that there aren't many religious articles being written by sisters on this site. Of course, there are some very interesting sisters here (I will name notme - not because I agree with her more than any other member, but I find her to be intelligent and very relateable. I still reserve the right to disagree with her posts .... taqlid is for infallibles [/and maraja']!) but it would be nice to see them venture into academic discussions. 3. That Islam is a system of life. This is the most important thing that I have learnt. I have definitely been able to develop myself morally whilst using this website. -- 4. Don't get on the wrong side of the admins:
  7. Last I checked there were no Iraqi moderators. I think that needs redressing. I can help the super-admins repent for this sin if needed...
  8. I'm glad to see that somebody else has brains about him GC. I'll amend it. I hate all of you except GC equally. GC's my SCer hating yardie ya'll!
  9. I personally dislike all of you equally...........
  10. To the OP: I think that such threads are uncalled for. Jeremy Corbyn seems to be a decent man but there is no need to bring religious obligations into it.
  11. I think Jez is a tad different bro. He spoke on the anniversary of the revolution at the S. Khamenei affiliated centre here, speaks on al-Quds day etc. The far right here call him Jezbollah or Jamas lol. He has a good track record, albeit with a bit of LGBTQWERTY in the mix which is a big shame. I think I will vote Labour. Or I won't vote at all/spoil my ballot, just to make a point.
  12. The answer is in sustainable development. It has numerous elements - education (Jeffrey Sachs emphasises on education of women), environment, corruption-free governments (perhaps democracy is the answer, or at least part of it) etc. Sachs is somebody who has done a lot of work in this area - I have a somewhat untouched copy of The Age of Sustainable Development on my shelf. Perhaps other members can contribute some of his writings.
  13. I find people justifying muta' as being mustahab quite problematic. I do believe it is mustahab in itself, but then so is wearing kohl for men in public. We override the second because it is damaging for the image of a believer in this part of the world (don't say raaina, say andhurna!) How can it be mustahab for a married person to engage in it when the end result is a destroyed marital relationship and a ruined reputation? There are so many other ways to fulfill desire with one spouse, so I doubt that there is much moral justification in the 21st Century. Even when it comes to unmarried people, I still find the issue quite problematic. I don't think that Western Muslims should engage in it. I really do believe that it isn't hard to acquire the self control to avoid these sins. Sayed Khamenei has said that mutaah leading to vile consequences (without justification) is haram and this would be the view of other scholars. Of course, if you fear committing sin then the fuqaha say it is obligatory to marry, albeit on a fixed term basis.
  14. Abro@E.L King It seems that it's allowed to have a chin strap but not allowed to have a French beard. That's what I gathered when I phoned S. Sistani's London to see if I could carve at the area of my beard between my lip and chin. It's the S. Muneer al-Khabaz look lol.