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  1. Hadith At-Thaqalayn [Chains]

    It seems as though a large body of sunni's concede the line 'and they will never separate until they meet me at the pond/ reach the pond'. Even if one denies the prophet [saw] said '...if you follow them you shall never go astray", the line of never separating ensures that the relationship between the Quran and Ahlulbayt, both towards each other and towards the large body of muslims, is not about merely looking after, but one of guidance, truth, and the road and way to Allah [saw]. It severely weakens the notion the Ahlulbayt were merely mentioned to the people of Medina so they could receive their Khums and be looked after, because the wording implies something far more significant.
  2. Do Shias Love Ali (Ra) More Than Muhammad (Sa)?

    Ali ibn Abi Talib [as] represents the distinction of the followers of Muhammed wa ale Muhammed [asws]. He is the first of the Imams, the one who had his position usurped [of being the technical caliph], and the root of imamah from Muhammed [saw]. He is the closest to the Prophet [saw] and reflection of his sunnah. That is why there is an emphasis on him, not to malign the prophet [saw] but to shine a bright light onto the true path to the Prophet [saw] which goes through Ali ibn abi Talib [as] and the aimmah asws, the second thiqal [weight]. However, there are some shia's who go into excess and begin to say and do things Ali ibn Abi Talib [as] never asked them to do, or even warned them against doing. There are also some who certainly do not give the prophet [saw] enough importance.
  3. NEW DEBATE Muhammad Hijab vs Shia Academic

    Shia's should not get into these debates which then go onto youtube for the following reasons: 1. The debates are about rhetoric, and enable the salafi's and or sunni's to make one liners or statements that they know when heard by layman audiences, can cause controversy. The debates are more semantics and facade than substance. 2. Only a skilled debater, who not only is willing to punch back, but is well learned in both sunni/shia aqeedah and ahadith, and is able to match the rhetoric should get involved, and they should not be from groups i consider the more extreme side of modern day shia islam. 3. Even if the shia brother in the video did a good job and stuck to the topic, clearly, the result of the debate is for the majority who watch it , a battle of rhetoric and catchy lines and emotions and drifting away from the topic.
  4. Brother Jebreil made a very effective point when he said watch the lamentations of imam Hussain [as] because you replace one intense emotion with another. It can be a dua, a powerful speech, a memory, anything you can try to muster and bring and call on. That must be as powerful.
  5. You've got to treat this like a battle: 1. In the long term, try to begin to get ready for marriage, by looking after yourself in terms of your mental, physical and spiritual aspects. Work hard and begin the path. 2. Post Quran verses in your room, never be on a computer when you are alone but rather try to be on one when you are in a public gathering [as often as is possible]. 3. Lower your gaze at all times. This includes news anchors, people at the store. Although exercise sense with this as well - don't go into any extremes here. 4. That desire is strong, and you need to replace it with another emotion that is stronger. Think - what is powerful for you? What feeling do you have that overrides the feeling or emotion of doing the act?
  6. @Jebreil That advice is actually excellent. It almost viscerally forces one to build shields and defences at every stage, and actually make an internal fight into an external one.
  7. from hinduism to islam?

    Someone converts from Hinduism to Islam, but which kind of Islam ? Salafi, Ashari, Jaffreri? From Vishnu, do they now believe in an Allah who has direction, parts, moves, has two feet? No doubt, may Allah guide all to monotheism, but may Allah keep guiding them to pure monotheism.
  8. from hinduism to islam?

    A general comment aimed at some [not you Sidnaq]: Pains me to see fellow shia's deluding themselves into confusing 8th century Arabia where we had to perform Taqqiyah[at times though it varied] and be careful about public and open Dawah, and 21st Century America, Canada, UK etc. To those shias who are promoting others to stay at home and not propagate, kindly take your apathy to your homes with you, and the rest of the shias will give a care. They turn our madhab into a cult, and then want to stagnate its propagation.
  9. Iraqi officer killed after hugging suicide bomber

    "I see the lives for which i laid down my life, peaceful, prosperous, useful and happy...it is a far, far better thing that i do, than i have ever done...it is a far, far better rest that i go to, than i have ever known" May Allah grant him Jannah and i pray with every fibre for him to curse those who were involved in the radicalisation of this militant at any level Allah [swt] wishes to hold accountable, from spreading hatred and bigotry against shias, to promoting his ideology.
  10. Has dhakku died? *Rumour*

    Personally speaking, don't read too much into what i have said about how people refer to them, it is complicated, and there is no one rule fits all, i fully accept that. His followers may refer to him as Dhakku or other titles and names, but my point is, you won't catch them using Alama, Mawlana, Ayatullah, or anything honorific, or even Muhammed Hussain Najafi, etc. Eitherway, you've all made fair points.
  11. Sushi

    Shia Father, and 'ex' sunni mother. I still have the copies of Nahjul Balagha my mother bought when researching.
  12. Has dhakku died? *Rumour*

    Tbh, usually the ones who say 'khamanei' or 'khomeini' without 'sayed' or 'ayatollah' are often sayed shirazi followers. And the ones who say 'shiraz' without saying 'sayed' or 'ayatollah' are often the followers of sayed Khomeini/Khamanei. Yes, i know many Sayed Shirazi followers call him shirazi, and the same with the others, but there is definitely a trend to remove any honorific title from a scholar one does not like or ascribe to. In this case, i've often noticed mallangs and the ones DU says are dancing and singing at his death refer to him as Dhakku, rather than any other honorific title, while his followers often do both - refer to him by his honorific titles and Dhakku. But i will fully accept, it's more complicated and i can't generalise. I study these trends, so what i say is a more nuanced perspective, rather than a rule per say.
  13. Has dhakku died? *Rumour*

    Believe me on this one, a number of shias find it absolutely acceptable to directly ask Ali ibn abi Talib [as] to forgive their sins, grant them health, grant them sustenance, grant them children. @DigitalUmmah I have a lot of respect for you brother, and you have said before you find the above acceptable [maybe other than forgiving sins]. Could you help illustrate my point to brother Ibn Al Shahid?
  14. Has dhakku died? *Rumour*

    1. He forbids men, women and children from taking blades and knives and cutting themselves. He states clearly, as followers of the ahlulbayt, we must not act in a way which shows us to be barbaric people. We must act in a manner which is in harmony with the firah and inner nature of the human being - tolerance, moderation, and truth. 2. He states that, rather than saying "O Ali, please grant me a baby and forgive my sins!" we should reserve our inner most pleas to our creator, Allah, and approach him as our Imams and Prophet [saw] taught us to. The way we seek tawassul is to say "O Allah, I ASK YOU FOR THE SAKE OF [BIHAAQI] MUHAMMED WA ALE MUHAMMED." 3. He states that, given it is unanimously accepted the third shahadah is not part of the adhan, and given our Imams asws never added it to the adhan nor instructed us to recite it as part of the adhan, and classical scholars - our greatest- like Saduq, Tusi, and even later ones like Al-Hilli, forbade anyone adding it to the Adhan and reciting it, the modern day shia practise of reciting 'Ali un wali-ullah' in the adhan thus should not be done, and people who claim to recite it but say they do it with the intention it is not part of the adhan are being disingenuous. You can not add someone and recite it like it is the adhan for every adhan and then claim it is not part of the adhan. He merely states - don't go ahead of Ali [as], recite the adhan he recited, not more not less. The above three have angered communities who go to extremes, such as the malang community, who have performed Lanah upon him, and claimed he is a devil and some perhaps even that he is the son of adultery.
  15. The real shia Adhan

    Lets just try to get back to basics here: 1. The Imams [asws] never added the third Shahadah and never told their followers to [as per evidence we have]. 2. The early scholars in shia islam never did it, and many of our best scholars in fact, told us that the origin for addicting into the adman came from the ghulat. Shaykh As Saudi [ra], Shaykh Tusi [ra], in fact most jurists until pre-Alama Majlisi did not add it and many warned others against adding it 3. It was only adopted by the Majlisi's, as part of safavid Iran and this is how it crept into mainstream shia islam and found popularity. So the choice is really yours: 1. Recite and verbalise the Adhan the way the Prophet [saw] and Imams verbalised it, no more no less, whatever intention you have to 'add it' or 'not add it' as part of the Adhan. 2. Recite the Adhan with additions the very people who fabricated falsehoods out of mistaken love or perversity with respect to the Imams [asws] and were cursed by them added. You can show me Fatawah, but the matter remains that if you had been born pre-majlisi, you would have been quoting Saduq, Tusi, etc, who were all against it. Really what is the difference between you and someone who blindly follows because of accident of what time era they are born with, and someone who is willing to reflect and think independently?