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  1. I haven't been on this forum very long, but it seems to me like every other day I see a post where you want someone to either 1. Disprove a sunni argument 2. ask about a conversion 3. ask about a sunni lecturer or why our lecturers cannot compare (based on your previous posts) If you don't mind me asking, why are you you so adamant about this topic? As per this discussion, I 100% agree with @Hassan- "No informed and educated Shi'i would ever convert to a Sunni."
  2. Yeah that's understandable, problem is that if you're investing in stock and are not willing to take a gamble (if you are considered anything other than a "naive investor" then you will go through the financial statements with a fine comb. By doing so, you would discover most of what I have mentioned (it's hard for a public company to hide it's investment and it's income sources). Unfortunately, I haven't been able to find an expert in the subject either.
  3. would it also depend on what he is hiding his identify for?
  4. I think the issue can get a little more complicated than that. Are you aware of any ruling that indicates what to do if the company you invest in diversifies it's income and then becomes haram? Personally, I think that a lot more research has to be done in this field by our scholars or if the research has been done to at least define most possible scenarios. For example, let's say I invested in XYZ a perfectly halal company. XYZ, two years from now, decides to buy stock in ABC a Haram company. This would mean that a portion of XYZ's income becomes haram thus meaning the stock you invested in becomes haram? Or what if XYZ decides to issue bonds or decides to issue another company a loan? Another problem, would be, given the scenario above, if my securities do in fact become haram, what happens to the investment? Do I sell it? If I do sell it and it's at a gain, is that gain Halal for me? Lastly, assume the following. I have purchased Halal XYZ stock that pays no dividend. XYZ invests in haram. Can I hold the stock with the expectation that XYZ will divest from the haram stock in the future?
  5. ***WARNING: Highly Explicit Content - Do Not Watch Youtube Video if you want to avert your ears from bad words*** Kevin Gates - The Prayer, he uses surah al-fatiha in his song
  6. Isn't it the addiction that is Haram and not the act itself because the addiction increases the degree of harm caused? "However, with the protection from serious harm (for example, by smoking less frequently), there is no problem in it." So going Shisha once in a while with friends and family or at a get together is halal vs smoking on a daily basis which would be haram? Please correct me if I am wrong.
  7. That's exactly what I'm implying, it makes no sense to us but a lot of people think this way. They ask us to denounce the terrorists because the terrorist are muslim but when we do denounce them they say that we are lying because we are Muslim and we are trying to protect our brothers regardless of the number of lives we have lost. Sort of like when other groups of Muslims use Taqiyya against Shias to disprove anything we try and say no matter how much evidence we bring. Are you aware of any other terrorist attacks on muslims in Canada (I cannot remember any)? Because Quebec tends to be pretty radical and racist (specially outside of Montreal). I'm sure if the PM was anything like Trump, their would be a lot more of these attacks within Quebec. There's something I would love to have your opinion on, If the PM denounces Saudi Arabia, do you think terrorist attacks within Canada would increase? A couple of years ago it was proven that their are terrorist recruitment camps within Canada "The controversy surrounding Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s March, 2011 visit to a Montreal mosque that had been identified in a leaked U.S. Department of Defence report as an al-Qaida recruitment centre, just won’t go away. It now turns out as early as 2006 the mosque in question was well known in Quebec as a hotbed of Islamic extremism, and where the Imam and congregation was committed to jihad and hatred towards non-Muslims. -. The CBC documentary also revealed the mosque Trudeau would later visit had issued fatwas from a radical Saudi cleric asking for Muslims to kill any Muslim who does not practice the rituals of their faith (meaning someone like me)." Worst part is, this mosque is still open and running (Assuna mosque, Montreal).
  8. People are getting fed up of seeing radical attacks all over the world. Take a look at our neighbors, it is now the Muslims that are being attacked. Why? because their leaders are taking a radical stance against Islam. The PM has a big influence on the population and the way the media portrays minorities, plus as an added benefit he is not muslim which gives him credibility because he isn't "defending his religion" but defending a group of people of another faith (adds to the legitimacy of his claims). His words are actually helping more than you perceive, if someone labelled as a criminal tells you he is not one would you believe him? In the same scenario, if a judge (someone independent from the criminal world) tells you someone labelled as a criminal is not one, would you tend to believe it more? I do agree that the Prime Minister should denounce Saudi Arabia but that is just a personal opinion and would not stand in the economical and political world. They are allies & they are our biggest exporter in the middle east. To a politician, the "hit" from a "possible" terror attack is nothing compared to the hit our GDP and political relationships would take. This cannot be pinned specifically to Trudeau, if any one else was in power the same situation would arise. Canceling the deal with Russia is a lot easier because of the fact that the US, Israel, Saudi and the EU are mostly against them. How many countries are against Saudi? Iran and Russia.
  9. Cancelling the arms deal with Saudi Arabia would not make sense economically nor would it make sense politically specially when our biggest ally and the biggest buyer of our exports is the USA. If he would have cancelled the arms deal on the basis of human rights abuse it would make America, ally #1, look bad + it would show the world that Canada's contracts and negotiations are worthless. I don't know of any Shias in my area that claim he is a "saint" but we sure are happy that he makes the effort to include us in his congratulations rather than vilify the Muslim population at any opportunity that presents it self.
  10. Understood, but that is not coming up with a new business model in the way the OP is asking (he may clarify his stance, maybe I'm understanding his needs wrongly @DigitalUmmah). An example he gave was peoples salaries being based on the good they do which would break out of the business models currently available (unless that already exists). The business model you are currently defining is a form of Social Entrepreneurship. This is exactly like people who advertise that their products are "fair trade". Let me clear up what I meant by buyer / seller. The reason that these terms where used was to demonstrate the fact that someone is receiving something while someone is giving something up. I did not mean it in a literal sense if that clarifies my previous post. After your explanation, the problem rests with the definition of charity. As @notme defines it "Generosity is giving without expectation of return", and I hold the same views as he/her. After reading your second point the flaws still exist in my opinion. First of, you are advertising your generosity to try and run a marketing campaign that may help fund further acts of generosity by increasing your sales. 1. Although notme's definition of generosity may not be held by everyone, if we where to include this definition then the business advertising their generosity is not doing so for good rather it is doing so to create a revenue stream even if it will use a portion of that increase in revenue to continue to generously give. This method is well describe in Social Marketing. Since notme's definition of generosity may not be universal, refutation of this point will be left at your discretion because I cannot back up this point with evidence since it is a personal view. 2. The individual who is using social marketing will analyse the return on his investment. After the initial expense of good will, and advertisement of the fact that he has incurred such good will expense, will he be able to maintain or increase his expense if this does not lead to an increase in sales? For the sake of argument, let's say his expenditure does not lead to an increase in sale through advertisement of his good deed, will he still be willing to make the investment the following year? Surely any business person will look at his ROI. 3. If a business starts advertising it's generosity, it may have an initial positive impact. If a second business adopts this method it may as well benefit through a positive impact. But once it becomes a norm to adopt this practice, the impact will not be great enough to benefit from an increase in demand for your product since the increase will be minimal or non existent. This will lead to a win / lose situation. The second point I wanted to touch upon is the divine aspect. I agree with you that charity is not meant to be win/lose but win/win through the hope of gaining God's pleasure. But as you have mentioned the incentive decrease when the mindset is not the case. Furthermore, if we look at larger corporations then we cannot take this mindset into account since the decisions are governed by multiple people. It might make sense to the CEO and not to the CFO but the decision lies with the BOD. Due to this, it is hard to believe that the majority will agree to a win/win situation due to the incentive of God's pleasure. For this argument to work, your shareholder's have to be religious, your BOD has to be religious and upper management must also be religious. The model you propose is a good model for early adopters but it is not a model that is sustainable in the long run, it cannot be applied universally (it might work in religious societies) nor is it revolutionary (model is well described in social entrepreneurship and social marketing). If we where to forget every single point except for the marketing impact + the fact that large corporations cannot make decisions based on one individuals religious belief, I don't see how this will work.
  11. I don't see how it is an error to view the transaction in such a manner. There are tangible gains/losses (as discussed tax credits) and intangible gains/losses (as discussed sawab or goodwill) on the side of the buyer and on the side of the seller. If the person donating does not gain tangibly or intangibly then as a rational person he would not give. In our discussion we are referring to a lose/win situation because unless the person donating receives a tangible reward AND if he does not get a feeling of doing good (marginal utility) then he will be in a lose situation. What I am trying to get at here is that a lot of people lack moral compass and do things for their sole benefit. To get a society to donate completely, you must instill a reward whether it be tangible or intangible for doing such acts. But the fact that you need a reward to instill a good act defeats the purpose of the act itself because it cannot be considered charity when you are giving and expecting to receive. I fail to grasp what your third paragraph is getting at. This is just investing by definition. I might decide to invest in technology to gain returns / use economies of scale or economies of scope / invest in equities but what does this have to do with donations?
  12. Honestly, I think such a system defeats the purpose of charity. You are supposed to donate from the goodness of your heart, having such a system turns charity into a complete business transaction that would only be used if it made sense money wise i.e. if I donate X amount of dollars, how much is it saving me annually. The sole benefit I see in this is that the wealthy would have a reason to give money if they aren't willing to do so through "goodness". This is called Tax credits in our society or Khums and Zakat in Islamic societies. The added benefit in adding religion to the equation is that "sawab" can help push donations without having to recompense the wealthy through something tangible. In the first part of your text, you mention wages being based on the good they can do. Isn't this the same as a regular job? Depending on how efficiently you can do good within a set time frame = Donation of time = Salary. It's the same as working / investing efficiently within a set time frame = Salary = donations.
  13. I don't know about the other countries, but what you guys are describing is in line with tax credits. In Canada, if you donate to charities, you are eligible to receive a tax credit. Not only does this credit entice / encourage the wealthy to donate, it also benefits them. It's a win / win situation for the poor and the wealthy within the framework set by the government. If only two parties where involved in a transactions (buyer / seller), then it would be impossible to create a system where both parties benefit from good acts since essentially one person is losing money while one is receiving. In our case, because a third party is present (buyer / seller / government) this third party can set up subsidies to encourage good acts.
  14. Making a plan is extremely useful to me when it comes to being creative. List your goals / objectives / resources etc. From there start brainstorming and list every single idea you can come up with (I like making a bubble diagram). Everyday return to this list and add any ideas that come to mind. Scratch off any idea that you think will not work (do not delete off the list). As time goes by, your ideas will have changed and developed into something feasible (feasibility is based on your set goals / objectives / resources). It is also important to not delete the ideas off the list (rather scratch them off) as they can serve as the basis for a new idea. I'm a very visual guy so by having everything written down in bubbles / list form helps me come up with new ideas and develop my previous ideas further. Also, remember that not every idea will be developed instantaneously, it is a long process and frustration is part of the game. I also like to use the smart rule when it comes to setting your goals. Your goal should be Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant and Time Bound.
  15. It is being legalized for recreational use, available to the general public. As you have mentioned it will be sold as an intoxicant.