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  1. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    Brother I have been reading your posts for years. No need to act like you have not judged other muslims.
  2. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    Judging other Shias is off limits, but judging other muslims is mustahab? Love the bias and the tribal mentality.
  3. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    I can bring you clearer verses that triumph that. But you will not accept them because you already have a preconcieved idea of you want to beleive. Anyhow, I do not believe wilayat or azadari are anywhere near tawheed. Just open up the holy book every day. Each page the idea of tawheed jumps out at you. You cannot say the same about any other function.
  4. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    Of course you see azadari as the pinnacle of Islam. That view by the majority is what has led us to this black hole. You think Shias are thriving? You must be delusional. When you search Shia Muslim or Shia Islam, nothing but horrifying images pop up. Hence, I respectfully, yet strongly disagree with that notion that azadari is the most importion aspect of Islam. Imam Hussain did not sacrifice his life so a sect would be created in his honor. Quran condemns sects as a matter of fact. As well as sahih traditions of the Holy Prophet (saw) and Imam Ali (as). What Imam Hussain (as) did want was the ummah to unite under his banner. When you say that azadari is the most important function of Islam, that is doing nothing but creating divisions. You know there is no base to that, except purely emotions and maybe some random Hadith from Bihar ul Anwar. If you were to ask Imam Hussain, what is the most important function of Islam, I guarantee he would say tawheed, as he was one of the best slaves of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى.
  5. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    I have a feeling you have a limited view of Azadari. Azadari to you is basically whatever the Safavids innovated. Nothing more, nothing less. You should come to terms with the fact that azadari has changed over time and will continue to change. But I agree, read that book
  6. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    Right. So Karbala is not limited to chest beating and blood letting. It is light years beyond that. The problem is that we have created such a dogmatic illustration of Karbala that outsiders only see our wicked barbaric rituals when it comes to it. Also, some people only care to protect their rituals instead of the actual message of Karbala. Karbala is not safeguarded by these rituals as some may perceive. Rather it is these practices and rituals which keep millions away from ever getting a quench of Imam Husain (as).
  7. Understanding Muharram and 'Ashura

    Our salvation depends on the expression of grief of Karbala? That's a bold statement. Please present proof.
  8. Why we do matam?

    You seem offended brother. No worries. I am exiting this discussion.
  9. what is the central core message of Islam

    Tawheed, adl between the creator and the creation, as well as adl between creation with other creation. The other pillars are supplemental to that core message.
  10. Why we do matam?

    Khums plays a big role in rulings from marjahs, yes. It is also a power play as well. For example, cigerettes. Does it require a marjah to conclude it is poison and equivalent to slow suicide? Or can you come up with it yourself without confirmation from the marjahs? I am firm in my belief that marjahs do not prohibit tobacco or cigerettes in fear of losing their muqallid as they know most of their muqallids smoke. They play it safe by labeling it makrooh. I believe the sensitive matter of zanjeer is also the same way in terms of preserving muqallids. I hope this is not offensive by the way. I am by no means an akhbari, but I also do not agree with the conventional shoulder everything on the marjah taqlid.
  11. Why not Ziyarah to Masjid al Aqsa?

    Unfortunately, I have not been. I do plan on it iA.
  12. Why not Ziyarah to Masjid al Aqsa?

    I am speaking from what is see from my community in the USA. Trump is Israel's puppet, so no issues barring people to visit Bayt al Muqadas from my community. Yet know one goes.
  13. Why we do matam?

    You have to understand that marjahs hold a political position as well as religious. I am by no means bashing the marjah institution, but they are not infallible. I look to them for guidance on fiqh, but at the end of the day I have a brain for myself and I do not buy this whole transfer of sin game that we think Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى will let us play on the final day. Each individual is responsible for their own actions in this world. If you think you can ride the taqlid train to being spotless on the day of judgement, where everything you did wrong goes on the shoulder of your Marjah, then every Christian, Jew, etc will have a pretty clean slate too. Also, Agha Khamenei has a much stronger pull on his people than does Agha Sistani. That is why he declared blood matam haram. He will lose marginal following by this fatwa. Whereas, in Agha Sistani's case, his grip on his following is not as strong. He will lose a substantial amount of people to other marjahs who allow blood matam by banning blood matam. Why else do you think he remains silent on it? You have to see these issues from a holistic view and not just from one angle. Yes, they are marjahs and they know more than us. In contrast, there are various opinions and various socioeconomics tied to their fatwas as well.
  14. Why we do matam?

    That is fine my brother. That must mean that folding your arms for prayer and taraweeh must also be valid since it is permitted in Masjid al Haram and Masjid an Nabawi? That is the land where the Holy Prophet (saww) and his family (as) are buried. Again, I do not mean any disrespect. I think you are capable of challenging yourself better than that.
  15. Why not Ziyarah to Masjid al Aqsa?

    I love these thought invoking posts. This is something that I have also pondered over. I know individuals who have visited Iraq 6 unique times, but yet have visited Mecca/Medina. Al-Aqsa is not even a thought. So here is my understanding of the situation: Al-Aqsa has been sold off to the Sunnis in the sectarian auction. We have speakers who preach that visiting Karbala is equivalent to 1000 Hajj. Unfortunately, our crowds are emotional more than they are rational so they fall for this point system-based deen trap. The mimbar is something very few challenge. And when the mimbar is implicitly telling you to visit Iraq over Mecca/Madina, the demand for Iraq goes up, the demand for Mecca/Median goes down, and ultimately, the demand for Al-Aqsa is obsolete. Simple socioeconomics. Again, this is just my take on the matter. I like to take into account all factors, not just political climate. I knew people from my community who visited Karbala during Saddam's reign. I do not know anyone from my community who has visited Al-Aqsa in the last 20 years.