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  1. Salam, A lot of people give personal opinions in regards to Jannah, and even ignore what the Quran and Ahlul bayt (as), have said about it. According to what I have heard from scholars who talk about jannah, is that it is going to be physical and spiritual. People who will live in there, will experience physical pleasures, such as eating, drinking, relaxing, intercourse etc, which is far more greater than the pleasures we experience in this world. In addition, there will also be spiritual pleasures and according to scholars I've listened to, is that spiritual pleasures are more better than physical pleasures in Jannah. And according to one of our classical scholars, it is wrong to believe that Jannah, is a place where we are all souls, because that is a Christian belief that, God will turn us humans into angels in Paradise. It is unislamic to have that kind of perception of Paradise, because it is important to believe in a physical resurrection. I don't remember which scholar it was. I had a link to the book, but cannot find it. If anyone has the link, then please post it.
  2. A few questions about prayers

    @Hassan- Great reply. I checked Ayt Sistani's fatwa closely and yeah, I noticed it's only wajib to say it loudly/silently for the surahs. Thanks a lot for clarifying.
  3. 1- I've seen two different pronunciations for the tashahud, so I'm confused, because Arabic is not my mother tongue. Which is correct "ash hadu ana muhammadan abduhu wa rasuluh" or "ash hadu ana muhammadan abdahu wa rasuluh"? Is it abduhu or abdahu? 2- About praying loudly and silently. I know that for fajr, all of it should be prayed loudly. For dhuhr and asr, you pray silently all of it. For maghrib and isha, the first two rakats are loud, and the rest is silent. The question is when you pray silently, should you say everything silently, including the niyat, takbeeratul ehram and the two surahs of the Quran?
  4. Force Hijab

    @Sumerian Salam, What if the muslim who repents for neglecting his salat, and tries to make up for all the missed salat, but dies before completing all of it? Will there be exceptions?
  5. Just like good deeds and repentance cleans one from sins. Is it true the other way around, that certain sins can wipe out all good deeds? For instance, I heard a lecturer say that if a muslim is going through trials in their life and if they complain about their situation by saying, "Why me?" or "Why is God making me suffer?", Allahسُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, will wipe out all their good deeds and will no longer try them, because he/she failed the test. This is just an example, I've heard, but I'm not sure of anything else. Is this true? Cause it sure is frightening and it kinda makes me feel that, if someone like me can ever be successful in religion.
  6. Small Mistakes In Wudu

    (salam) I wanted know whether if you do these mistakes during wudu, does it make your wudu invalid? 1- wiping your head twice, because I doubted that if I wiped properly or not, does this make your wudu invalid? 2- When wiping your head, do you have to stop at the hairline where the roots of the front hair are? and if you mistakingly go over that hairline, is your wudu invalid and you have to start all over? 3- After washing your hands from the elbow to your fingertips, you must not wet your hands again to wipe your head and feet. What if I mistakingly do wet my hands unintentionally because I wasn't paying attention to what I was doing, does it make my wudu invalid and I have to start all over again? I know, they might sound stupid, but I'm a person who doubts alot, I have this mental problem where I doubt alot. I did wudu three times today one after another just because I thought I didn't do it right and I got so frustrated. :mad: And I can't perform salah when I'm angry.
  7. Music in ramadan?

    Thanks for explaining, brother.
  8. Music in ramadan?

    I still haven't understood what is meant by "Entertainment purposes". By "entertainment purposes", does it mean music which is suitable for haram gatherings, e.g. concerts, nightclubs etc? Or does it include listening to music for your own fun. For example, there is a catchy music/theme from a video game, is listening to it for your own entertainment, haram?
  9. Wa alykom asalam, It was one year ago, that I wrote this, and really I cannot recall clearly what was going through my mind at the time. Who knows, I might have made an assumption based on a few lectures/videos of him I've watched. May AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì forgive me if I've attributed wrong things to him. If you think he doesn't have those beliefs, then ok. Nonetheless, I still think he's quite extreme and he should calm down a bit. Other than that, he's really good at debating.
  10. music

    Does that mean if a music has lyrics or words, but it's not about haram stuff, can we listen to it? Cause I thought that any music that has words in it, is haram.
  11. My sister became a Sunni

    Yeah, fair enough. Well, it is what it is. I just had the feeling that this is very close to the sunni way of salah, except that shia women should not fold their hands, so it was a bit disturbing at first glance. Anyway, it's in line with the teachings of Ahlul bayt(as) and scholars confirm this, so who am I to say this is weird. Thanks for clarifying.
  12. My sister became a Sunni

    To tell the truth, I was quite shocked when I first read this a while ago and it's still hard for me to believe that this is a way shia women should do their salat. I'm not saying I deny this, but it's shocking, because due to the belief that praying with hands down is the correct way and never imagined there would be a separate way for women. I mean doesn't this look weird for women to put their hands on their private parts during salah. What if they pray in public? Wouldn't this draw attention? If I were a women, and I prayed like this, I would feel extreme shame even within my family members. Supposed to? Or is it recommended?
  13. Is it allowed to ask AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì to send his wrath and punishment on someone who has taken your rights or has deceived you in this world? If yes, are there any surahs/duas to be recited, so AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì can destroy your enemies? The rights of my family and I are taken and I feel helpless. It feels like I am being oppressed and I can't do anything.
  14. Asking Allah(swt) to punish someone

    No worries brother. The suggestion is good.
  15. Asking Allah(swt) to punish someone

    I know forgiveness is beautiful and all, but the person who has wronged me, should AT LEAST apologise and feel remorse for their actions, so I can forgive. I personally don't think it's right to let a wrongdoer get away with it. Say the person who has wronged me, comes one day and tells me that he feels terrible for doing an act of injustice to me and he/she is willing to change. Then, I might be stone-hearted not to forgive.
  16. Asking Allah(swt) to punish someone

    May AllahÚÒ æÌá deal with the oppressor of your family. That's what I wonder sometimes. I think if AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì really loves one of his slaves, He will punish him/her to make them stop doing that act. It's a form of mercy in disguise. That would make sense, when you see evil people's lives getting better and better in this world. Their hereafter might be the worst. Inshallah, I pray that someday, everything would be ok.
  17. Salam, I heard many times that if you doubt you haven't been forgiven on the day of Arafat during Hajj, it is the biggest sin. Extremely beautiful, BUT does this include sins that are rights of the people? For example, I'm quite certain there are muslims who go to Hajj that usurping people's rights is like drinking water for them and they are not willing to apologise are redeem for it before going to Hajj. There are people who have not and will not hesitate to usurp the rights of orphans, widows, the poor and the desperate. Will those sins be forgiven as well? Or is it just the sins that are between Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and the creation?
  18. I want to start a business and since it's my first time, I fear the risks it might have, so I decided to do istikhara with the Holy Quran. I followed method number 8 in the following link: http://www.duas.org/istikhara.htm The first time I did it, the result was verse: 32:21: “And indeed We make them taste of the nearer chastisement (in this world) before the greater chastisement (in Hereafter) that haply they may return (to Allah).” Then, I doubted in my heart that I might not have done it correctly, I did it again and the second time, the result was: 11:107: “And if Allah afflicts you with any hurt, none can remove it but Him. And if He intends any good for you, none can repel His favor. He causes it to reach whomsoever of His servants He pleases, and He is the Forgiving, the Merciful.” The first verse is talking about divine punishment and the second verse is about Allah(swt)'s mercy. Should I just stick with the first one? If so then I don't think it means anything positive. Does it mean I should refrain from starting a business and it might not be good for me.
  19. Quran istikhara results

    I don't know, there's huge uncertainty involved in starting your first business. Isn't that something doubtful? Well, it's something good, since it's a means for providing sustenance, maybe I should just rely on Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and go for it.
  20. For those of you who don't know what nowroz is. Nowroz is the first day of spring and is a new year, which is celebrated mainly in Farsi speaking countries like, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan etc. This time of the year is when the sunni ulama in those countries (mainly in Afghanistan), basically will talk against nowroz and say that celebrating it, will make one a kafir. Furthermore, they say that if you make new clothes, clean your house, cook delicious meals, visit each other etc on this day, you are outside the fold of Islam. In general, they argue that it goes against Islamic beliefs and the sunnah of RasulAllah (saww). My question is, is this true? Did the imams speak against celebrating Nowroz? If not, then how can I refute the claims they make academically?
  21. Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?

    I don't want to turn this into a debate, but it's not fair to say that Shia Islam had Persian influence. What about the Arab shias? A lot of them, might not have a clue about nowroz, so it's just a cultural thing. Even the normal sunnis (non wahhabis), in Afghanistan, which is a majority sunni country (about 80-85%) celebrate nowroz. So are you going to say sunnism had Persian influence? PS: The religion of the Prophet (saww) is Quran and Ahlulbayt according to mutawatir hadith. Is that a Persian influence too?
  22. Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?

    Wa alaykom salaam, Yes, I agree. Nowroz is just a cultural thing. As a matter of fact, I think we should not associate it with religion.
  23. Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?

    I'm thinking it's because of their hatred towards shias. We have a narration which says that Ghadeer took place on this day or it could've coincided with this day of nowroz. As far as I know, in Afghanistan (not sure of other countries), shias raise alams in ziyaras on this day in honour of Amirul Momineen (as). So, that is why I think that's the reason they(sunni alims) try their hardest to declare kufr on anyone who tries to partake in these celebrations. Besides their own view that nowroz is haram, they go an extra mile to demonise this tradition.
  24. Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?

    Yeah, there are some really wacko wahhabis out there. Thanks for correcting me. Yeah a lot of countries celebrate nowroz, not just Farsi speaking countries.
  25. Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?

    The information was good. Thanks.