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  1. Thoughts 2018

    Ibn Placid pleaseeeeee
  2. Thoughts 2018

    Someone post some good memes pls
  3. al-Muraqabah - Sheikh Shomali

    Translation by @The Persian Shah (http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/234979768-allameh-tabatabai-qs-q-a/) Question of a 22 year old youth to Allameh Tabataba`i [QS] To his eminence Grand Ayatullah Allamah Tabatabai, Salam alaykum Wa Rahmatullah Wa Barakatuhu. I am a youth 22 years of age and you are probably the only person who could answer my question which I am about to ask. I live in an environment where my carnal desires and false hopes have dominated and imprisoned me; this has affected my path towards Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and slowed me down getting close to Him. My request from you is to tell me what act I should perform in order to overcome my carnal self, to break this omnious spell and to become governed by felicity? Please, I do not want any advice, rather I need practical instructions for victory. The answer which Hadhrat Ayatullah [QS] wrote behind that same letter: In the Name of God, The Beneficent, The Merciful, Salam Alaykum, In order to be successful and achieve the goal you have written on the reverse of this paper it is necessary, summoning up will-power and manifesting repentance, for you to turn to self-vigilance (muraqiba) and self-introspection (muhasiba). In the following manner: Every day in the morning when you wake up from sleep, make a firm and serious intention that you will consider in any action that you will perform the pleasure of God – exalted be His Name. Then in that case, what ever action you want to perform you will consider it’s otherwordly benefits, such that if there is no otherworldy benefit, you will not perform it – regardless of whatever it may be. And you will continue this state till the night, the time for sleeping. At the time of sleeping, you will spend 4 or 5 minutes thinking about the actions you have performed during the day, considering each one by one – whichever you found was accomplished in conformity with the pleasure of God, express gratitude, and whichever was a transgression, seek forgiveness - and continue this procedure every day. This method despite being difficult in a whimsical state [at the beginning], and bitter to the taste of the carnal self – but it is the key to salvation and liberation. And every night, before you sleep if you can, read the ‘musabbahat’ chapters [the chapters which start with praising God] that is: The chapters Hadid, Hashr, Saff, Jum`a and Taqabun, and if you couldn’t, recite only the chapter of Hashr and after 20 days of being occupied in this manner, write the states of yourself in a letter for me. Insha` Allah you will be successful. Mohammad Hussain Tabataba’i
  4. Salam Alaikum Two excellent lectures delivered by Sheikh Shomali on the topic of al-muraqabah (self-vigilance), based upon letters that Allamah Tabatabai wrote to two youths.
  5. Find another way of encouraging her which will be more successful. Teenagers are magnets of love and attention. If you don't spend enough time with her and she doesn't feel comfortable enough with you then she wouldn't listen to your advice. Women are not obligated to read their prayers loudly. Try to find a gentle way of correcting the recitation e.g. by showing her video clips of people praying. The go to word is gentleness. Gently remind her - it shouldn't always be so direct. The last thing that I would suggest is that you find some interest or hobby that she has and spend time engaging in it together. This will help develop your friendship, and then she will naturally develop a liking to you and your ideas. May Allah grant both you the best of imaan and success.
  6. Thoughts 2017

    The words of Isa (as): “And dutiful to my mother, and He has not made me insolent, unblessed.”(Surah Mariyam 19:32) وَوَصَّيْنَا الْإِنسَانَ بِوَالِدَيْهِ إِحْسَانًا حَمَلَتْهُ أُمُّهُ كُرْهًا وَوَضَعَتْهُ كُرْهًا وَحَمْلُهُ وَفِصَالُهُ ثَلَاثُونَ شَهْرًا حَتَّى إِذَا بَلَغَ أَشُدَّهُ وَبَلَغَ أَرْبَعِينَ سَنَةً قَالَ رَبِّ أَوْزِعْنِي أَنْ أَشْكُرَ نِعْمَتَكَ الَّتِي أَنْعَمْتَ عَلَيَّ وَعَلَى وَالِدَيَّ وَأَنْ أَعْمَلَ صَالِحًا تَرْضَاهُ وَأَصْلِحْ لِي فِي ذُرِّيَّتِي إِنِّي تُبْتُ إِلَيْكَ وَإِنِّي مِنَ الْمُسْلِمِينَ We have enjoined on man kindness to parents; but if they strive to make thee join with Me that of which thou hast no knowledge, then obey them not. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what ye used to do. (Surah Ahqaf 15-16) وَاخْفِضْ لَهُمَا جَنَاحَ الذُّلِّ مِنَ الرَّحْمَةِ وَقُل رَّبِّ ارْحَمْهُمَا كَمَا رَبَّيَانِيصَغِيرًا And make yourself submissively gentle to them with compassion, and say: “O my Lord! have compassion on them, as they brought me up (when I was) a child." (Surah Isra 24) Mammy
  7. Thoughts 2017

    What sort of an Arab man eats strawberries and apples? I only care about shawarma and bateekh. Sometimes bateekh with shawarma. But apples and strawberries? What do you think I am, an 11 year old girl...?
  8. Please bare in mind that this is a very specific prescription to somebody who was old and ready advanced in spiritual wayfaring. No young person should be sleeping less than 6 hours a night - it is dangerous. Also, the issue of food is again very specific to that scholar. If young adults have only 2 meals a day then they might become sick and weak. This isn't a prescription for a young adult though. Please use your judgement when it comes to these very specific pieces of mystical guidance which haven't been given as advice to everybody.
  9. Thoughts 2017

    Does anyone have any special pill i can take to sleep for the next 4 weeks and then wake up? I hate exams. I hate studying for exams. I hate everything. Please someone come and save me I need shawarmaaa I need zaytoon I need bateekh I need some peng pair of Nike air max kicks HELP
  10. Bro, you need to just take it easy and learn something about conflict management. This sort of public feud that you are involved with all of the time is not one of the traits of a believer. You don't always have to respond. Walk away and be the bigger man if you think others are being disrespectul to you.
  11. Thoughts 2017

    What is this oves thing that you speak of? Brother, I fell asleep at 9:00AM the other "night". I really don't know what' going on with my sleep cycles lol
  12. Farsi (Only) Noha / Latmiyya

    That moment when you find a version of ageh divooneh nadide that is better than marhum Sayyed Javad Zaker's version. Why on Earth Alimi hasn't recited his own version as a standalone latmiyyah is beyond me. Sooooo beautiful: Watch from 4:50
  13. Thoughts 2017

    Feeling stressed out for my exams in 3 weeks. Why do I always overwork and then burnout? I have no motivation to study right now - just want to draw some legendary graphs on MATLAB or program Arduino or sumthin. Lucky me - one of my exams is basically a fun test about things that fly. Awesome! Playing X-Plane counts as revision! Another is electronics. I looooove electronics. It's so beautiful. So beautiful. And I've already bribed the examiner to give me 25%. 25% I tell you! I just love multiple choice exams. Especially when they're not negatively marked. Then there is some stuff about heat transfer. Too abstract and philosophical for an ignoramus like me. Big word, I know. Luckily the last 4 lectures were actually applying our understanding to physical problems. I love physical problems. Lovely! Especially when they involve engines. Love engines. Especially when they're attached to a plane! I love me some turbojets. MMMmmmmm. Last is maths. I love me some maths. It's so beautiful. Everything works so well. I jusssst looooove vectors and vector calculus. MMMmmmmm how beautiful. They just work so perfectly. And I can't sleep. #lifeofsilasun

    So many people jumping to crazy conclusions over nothing... The irony is that many of you always remind others of the importance of being calm and tacit, so why the profanity and anger in your responses? It's better if we don't use our emotions and instead use our intellects - rather than slinging mud and backbiting the most honourable of defenders of Islam today.7 049:012 O ye who believe! carefully avoid suspicion; verily, some suspicion is a sin. And do not play the spy, nor backbite each other; would one of you like to eat his dead brother's flesh?--why! ye would abhor it! then fear God; verily, God is relentant, compassionate. Nobody thought about the verse commanding believers not to have bad assumptions about each other, and instead decided to jump in with your false accusations and backbiting. But I guess you'll just ignore my comments and continue.