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  1. The problem is that we have too many shia centers who are giving the podium (minbar) to those who claim to be self-taught. That is fine and well - nothing wrong with being self-taught - but when one goes out and spreads this self-taught knowledge, where are the checks and balances that an alim who has studied in a hawza has to go through? Sure a self-taught individual MAY be able to narrate who others have stated (here to one needs an ijaza - strictly speaking) - but they cannot indulge in their own ijtihad - because they are not a mujtahid. Somehow our communities' standard of knowledge has gone so low - that self-taughtness is good for a minbar - but lets see how many of the same who study in universities to become doctors, engineers etc - would agree that they can also be self-taught. And lets see how many would allow their children to be treated by a self-taught "doctor" (i.e. quack) . According to wikipedia: "He studied in the Islamic Seminaries of Damascus, Syria in the precincts of the sanctuary of Zainab, the granddaughter of Holy Prophet Muhammad, from 2009 - 2012" So that's it ... he studied for three years apparently in Syria. How did he become such a celebrity? Yeah, he has some degrees from western universities - but those do not count towards becoming a mujtahid - that's like saying an MD degree a non-recognized/certified "university" is the same as a certified / accredited university - they are not the same... that is why there are licensing requirements / standards. And there is within Shi'a Islam as well. Thankfully so! Look at the state of affairs amongst Sunnis where anyone can just pronounce themselves a "sheikh" .
  2. is Ammar Nakhswan a mujtahid, even a low level scholar? if not, what does it matter what he thinks - anyone can promote themselves to a position of getting invited to give talks - doesn't mean much. i
  3. e-hawza: is it worth it?

    Depends on your level - if you already know Arabic and/or Farsi - if not then a few hours a day on learning those languages would put you in good shape for Qum and/or Najaf. And then it depends on what you are studying in the university , can any of your coursework complement hawza studies? you could take one course a semester - and that won't be too taxing - and then once you're ready to go non-virtual hawza - you'll be ahead.
  4. It looks like it was shown on Turkish TV and then subtitled in the various languages ... got silly Turkish soap operas commercials - and car banners that pop up from time to time ... still good to watch. Very nicely made. Majid Majidi is awesome.
  5. If you can understand Urdu - you can listen to Allama Jawad Naqvi's Friday khutbas on this topic see
  6. Shias In Latin America

    I'll give the info re: Shi'a centers in Latin America (you gonna have to google to fine the websites etc. though :-)) In general you won't find the Islamophobia that you may experience in the "west" in Latin America - although there may be plenty of ignorance - that is due to a lack of knowledge, generally the "masses" - not the light skinned/white elites - are very receptive , and welcoming. Mexico City has a Shi'a Center, Chiapas (San Cristobal - and elsewhere) has Sunni centers. La Paz (Boivia) has a Shi'a Center Chille also does, but I'm not sure of the location/city ... Quito, Ecuador has a very active Shi'a center - they regularly hold educational seminars . Colombia also has very active Shi'a centers enjoy your trip/travels.
  7. North America: Eid discussion

    Eid Mubarak all ... I think this was an issue of different scholars interpreting the fatawa on moonsighting differently, and also about thinking in terms of political entities (i.e. countries) when it comes to the sighting... The fatawa are not really based on when a certain country is to begin a new month / eid, but rather on geographical regions. Thus it is perfectly reasonable to assume that geographically vast countries such as US and Canada will have multiple geographical regions (three or four time zones for one thing...) . And thus there will be on occasion multiple eid days in one such country. Imam Khamenei had provided answers to much of the issues that caused the confusion ... i.e. that the moon should be sighted based on possibility of sighting the moon ... Thus Brazil would count for the entire southern region of the US - going up to central/northern california. However, since the moon was also sighted in regions that were even further outside of that possibility ... most of the US would celebrate Eid today...
  8. North America: Eid discussion

    Ah ... finally everyone is on the same page ... :-) the visibility curve is what led to the AIM announcement - which was correct not for the entire US - but for that portion of North and South America that shared the same possibility of sighting the moon - which is the same for Brazil as it is for the southern portion of the US going up to central/northern california ! Which also corroborates the Sunni borthers reports of sighting in Hayward (San Francisco area ) ... all good that ends good have a happy eid everyone !
  9. The crescent was seen in a variety of different state ... the sunni site info i posted, i consider them to be reliable - they have no problem going against other Sunnis -and have very strict standards... they also have close affiliation with a masjid that often has unity programs with Shi'as (including Al Quds day) ... so I trust them. They have said that the crescent was seen in Miami, and in northern california - this corresponds correctly with the visibility map, that the moon could be seen with optical aid.
  10. North America: Eid discussion

    Q: What does the beholding of the same horizons actually mean? Which areas are deemed as having the same horizon? A: It means that they are the same as to how possible/impossible it is to sight the crescent. see the visibility map - re: Brazil btw - in reading Imam Khamenei's fatwa on moonsighting - he uses the term two just individuals - he does not use the term two Shi'a --- although I believe Ayat. Sistani does ...
  11. North America: Eid discussion

    Crescen[Edited Out]ch has received and confirmed reliable reports that the new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted by naked eye on the evening of Saturday, June 24th by moon-sighters in Chile (Iquique), Guyana, Miami, and in Hayward (San Francisco Bay Area). This marks the start of the month of Shawwal, and we will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, June 25th, insha'Allah. We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan. * Crescen[Edited Out]ch.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed naked eye sighting of the new crescent moon. Last Updated: June 24, 2017 23:47 MDT Posted: June 24, 2017 23:46 MDT sunni site
  12. This is from a Sunni site - they are strict in their confirmation process ... and use the naked eye ruling ... "Crescent.w.a.t.c.h has received and confirmed reliable reports that the new crescent moon of Shawwal has been sighted by naked eye on the evening of Saturday, June 24th by moon-sighters in Chile (Iquique), Guyana, Miami, and in Hayward (San Francisco Bay Area). This marks the start of the month of Shawwal, and we will be celebrating Eid al-Fitr on Sunday, June 25th, insha'Allah. We wish everyone in all places at all times a blessed Eid Mubarak. May Allah accept your fast and all your efforts during Ramadan. * Crescent.w.a.t.c.h.org adheres to the traditional principle that Islamic lunar months begin and end based on the confirmed naked eye sighting of the new crescent moon." Last Updated: June 24, 2017 23:47 MDT Posted: June 24, 2017 23:46 MDT
  13. what is "an area" in which the moon has to be seen?
  14. Lots of reports of sightings in Florida and elsewhere mostly from Sunnis ... nothing impossible or miraculous about seeing the hilal in north america - just had to be "perfect conditions" i.e. no clouds/ fog etc. on the horizon etc. ... there is a big wide swat of southern US where the moon could be seen under those conditions, as well as in large parts of Mexico, Central and South America. Eid Mubarak
  15. The "civilization" that Islam initially emerged in is almost exactly the same as what is now the "west" - The accommodation to jahiliya is what the Qur'an warns against. "... This jahiliyyah is the opposite of the wisdom that is guided by prophets and by God. When wisdom- one that benefits from the support and guidance of prophets- dominates humanity’s life, life will become blissful. We should pursue this. The day when this does not exist, that is to say, the day when human wisdom ceases to be the dominant force; lust, rage and selfish desires will become dominant. If this happens, humanity will burn in the hot furnace of disasters as we have witnessed this throughout history and as we are witnessing it today. " http://english.khamenei.ir/news/3763/The-struggle-between-the-Prophet-s-followers-and-followers-of
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