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  1. What can religious people do that atheists can't, like whats the point of it
  2. I’m writing this while I'm crying. I'm so tired.. I have always been this hopeful person, that always saw the good things in people, in situations, in everything, all that because of my faith. I believed that I had a strong faith, making always due, prays, doing my thing. Lately I’m just tired of everthing and everyone. I feel like im lost and doesn’t know what to do. Everything is just, blank.. The problems that I prayed for before (last years and the years before) aren’t gone. Things are just the same and even worse. I’m afraid of myself.. Afraid of losing my faith. Afraid of losing hope.. Feel like I don't have any hope anymore in life.. I'm hating myself for thinking like that. I feel guilty.. I shouldn’t think like that. But then I think about my life and my timeline, and wallah, I’m trying very hard to think about good things that happened in my life (for my family, sisters, brother, school, friends).. NOTHING! seriously nothing.. Is this life? Should it be like that, when every Islam always talks about happiness. Wallah I'm trying to be content with all the problems, and everything.. But.. I even tried to speak to the local sheikh here, but he wasn't of much help.. I hate the "why me", but always wondering, why is life so hard on me. And I know some of you will blame me and tell me to be patient. I've been patient since I was 13 years old, and now I'm 25 years old.. It’s so hard.
  3. I struggle with : being patient, thinking positively, praying, accepting my existence, forgetting my past, and lots more.... BUT im still living
  4. Salam alakum, This is my first post on here so hello all. My question is in reference to the holy imam's quote below which I am sure many of you have heard: Imam al-Sadiq (A.S) said, ‘The world is the prison of the believer, the grave is his fortress and Paradise is his final abode. The world is the Paradise of the disbeliever, the grave is his prison and the Fire is his final abode.’[al-Khisal, p. 108, no. 74] My question to you is... to what extent do you really feel that the world is a prison? I ask this because alhamdilAllah as somebody who has a happiness, health and an amazing family I feel that I would rather not be here a lot of the time and would rather die. Is this something you can relate to? (If not, I should probably get some help with my mental I am genuinely interested in people's thoughts!
  5. SalaM, There IS life after DEATH: Scientists reveal shock findings from groundbreaking study: Quantum Physics proves there is an afterlife : Quantum Physics proves that death is an illusion:
  6. Salaam, I have seen many supposed Imam Ali a.s quotes but two that I particularly like are "Life consists of two days, one for you and one against you. So when it's for you don't be proud or reckless, and when it's against you be patient, for both days are a test for you" and "It is in the changing of circumstances in life that the essence of man is revealed." However, I cannot find any references or sources to attribute these sayings to Imam Ali a.s. which leads me to believe that they were not actually said by him. If anyone could provide references/source for either of these quotes, I would be very very grateful. Ya Ali Madad
  7. Below is a lesson taught to a child by her parent. It explains the power & the affect that words can have. A lesson we all need to remind ourselves daily. My daughter start middle school tomorrow. We've decorated her locker, bought new uniform. Even surprised her with a new backpack. But tonight, right before bed, we did another pre-middle school task that is far more important than the others. I gave her a tube of toothpaste and asked her to squirt it onto a plate. When she finished, I calmly asked her to put all the toothpaste back into the tube. She began exclaiming things like, "But I can't!" and "It won't be like it was before!" I quietly waited for her to finish, and then said the following, "You will remember this plate of toothpaste for the rest of your life. Your words have the power of life or death. As you go into the middle school, you are about to see how much weight your words carry. You are going to have the opportunity to use your words to hurt, demean, slander & wound others.You are also going to have the opportunity to use your words to heal, encourage, inspire and love others. You will occasionally make the wrong choice. I can think of 3 times I have used my own words carelessly and caused harm. Just like this toothpaste, once the words leave your mouth, you can't take them back! Use your words carefully. When others are misusing their words, guard yours. Make the choice everyday that life-giving words will come out of your mouth. Decide tonight that you are going to be a life-giver in middle school. Be known for your gentleness and compassion. Use your life to give life to a world that so desperately needs it. You will never, ever regret choosing kindness." Source:
  8. Hope is a powerful thing! It can turn the tides. It gives a reason to live & to thrive for a better future while despair, is what kills it all. Desmond defines hope as, Hope is being able to see that there's light despite all the darkness Every living thing has a spark of hope in it, that pushes it forward, especially humans that work so hard for tomorrow with the hope of being alive even without any certainty. As they say, Where there's life, there's hope! That little whisper in your heart telling you to try something out even if it seems hard, is hope! Abraham Miller said, A man begins to die when he starts to lose hope. So, keep that little spark glowing in yourself & spread it all around you, to help others, to give them a reason to live, to strengthen their will. In Avatar, book 2, General Iroh advises his nephew, You must never give in to despair. Allow yourself to slip down that road & you surrender to your lowest instincts. In the darkest times, hope is something you give yourself. That is the meaning of Inner Strength. People that give into despair are the ones that lose all hope. Unable to bear the pains & misery, they let go of life. They're the ones that we lose, some of them being our brothers & sisters. So, the next time you meet someone who's losing hope, try not to let it happen. Give them a reason to live & help them out. Every life counts!
  9. Life comes in phases. Each phase has its own difficulties, goals and provisions. The only default reason that has to be sought is to establish the rule of Allah in the form of obeying His teachings through the Quran, having firm faith and restrain deep mindful thinking. More Info: Purpose of Muslim Life
  10. What is Islamic life? Before defining the Islamic life it is very helpful to know the meaning of Islam . “Islam” literally means surrender, it means that a believer must completely gives up his own will and subjects his thoughts, ideas, and deeds to the will and teaching of a higher power, in other word, Islam means that we, as a Muslim, must trample under feet our own will, and follow God’s commands. So, Islamic life means that we must follow and put in to practice Islamic law and regulation during our life time to reach prosperity and perfection. To follow Islamic commands we should become familiar with the life style of the holy prophet, peace be upon him and his family, and Ahlul Bayt , peace be upon them, because, the holy prophet is the best role model for us as the holy Quran said “ in the Apostle of Allah there is certainly for you a good exemplar, for those who look forward to Allah and the last day’’ (33-21) . In the same way, Ahlul al-Bayt are the best role model for us, in reality, if we put in to action the infallible orders, our life will turn to Islamic life because after the demise of the holy prophet , peace be upon him, they were the only religious authority in Muslim community, and people were directed to refer to them to know their religious duty as the holy prophet explicitly said ‘’ I left among you two precious gifts The Holy Quran and my progeny they will go together till the day of judgment, and they will never be separate from each other’’
  11. Salam to you all brothers and Sisters. Recently, i came across some inspirational stories on the net which I'd like to share with you all (here on SC) but with time, inshaAllah. So these stories teaches some lessons about life in one way or the other and they're mostly very short and interesting. Again, it would be more interesting if you could all share your stories too (that's if you come across any story on the net or somewhere). InshaAllah, some members would benefit from what you shared. Thanks.
  12. Salam, everyone. I have recently been having difficulties knowing what I wanted to do with life. I always say yes I'm gonna do this then I quit it.. i often feel very overwhelmed fast then just quit. I don't have an income or a career then I'm thinking of doing. I don't have much of a social life either. And at the moment I have alot of pressure from my family. I want to start my own life but I don't know where to begin.. also I've been having trust issues with certain someone that they tell me to not worry. I always think the worst with everything. I wish I can have an income from home where I can do something I like and rreceive income. Please if anyone can help me with this.. i am at a really low point in life and it will help. Salam i hope anyone can help.. sorry if I bored you but I really don't have anywhere else to go
  13. My prayers have been answered. Finally the lectures were posted on youtube, and believe me it is not a disappointment. What profound lecturers they are! I highly recommend watching them. At very least just watch the first lecture posted, I believe it is very beneficial. Before someone asks me to give a summary of each lecture, I will be happy to give a snippet, nothing more nothing less ^_^ I want you to watch the lecture for yourself and find out. (If I do not have a summary it is because I am still watching it or have not gotten to it) (wasalam) 1. Balance of Life & Soul - Br. Hassanain Rajabali -Lecture revolves around purpose of life, trials, certainty pertaining to religion, todays problems of the world: social (vulnerabilities), political, and economic 2. Balance of Life & Soul - Br. Hassanain Rajabali 3. Balance of Life & Soul - Br. Hassanain Rajabali
  14. Intro: Our Purpose (Hajj Hassanain Rajabali) - Night 1 Universality of Islam (Hajj Hassanain Rajabali) - Night 2 Is supplication enough? (Hajj Hassanain Rajabali) - Night 3
  15. (salam) I've been working with my father in the family business and have tried to expand our company by landing some lucrative deals. I know, I know, sounds very materialistic, but I want to inject the earnings back into the company because we love what we do. However, so far, all my father and I receive are disappointments and slumps, not catching a break. We tried to participate in two government tenders which, if we won, would give our company a boost. But there is SO.MUCH.CORRUPTION. on SO.MANY.LEVELS. with collusive douchebags on the inside. I just hate life. We had been planning to do these two tenders for nearly SIX DAMN MONTHS and we get screwed over by money hungry fiends. I was going to pay off my school loans with the money we would earn and now I'm back to square one. This has landed me in despair. Has anyone got duas for me which I can recite? Perhaps for a better livelihood and bread-winning? tl;dr - Life sucks and I hate it.
  16. That you're going to die very soon? (with these points) - you're not more than the age of 25 - you've family responsibilities although you're not married - you do religious stuff but god has not pardoned you and death is the punishment soon coming towards you Now What to do?
  17. What a lecture. The whole lecture makes you shiver... May Allah increase all of our lives inshAllah and if we have to die, may we die in goodness and in piety. Watch his other lectures here:
  18. I believe this lecture is very worth listening and sharing, especially in todays communities. Share and send it to everyone. It touches every single factor, from our role, our mannerism, friendship, parenting, drugs, purpose of life, the significance of Karbala, prophethood and imamate, Allah swt, everything. Please take time to listen to this. Very profound and emotional. Eltimas-e-dua (wasalam) Lecture starts at 1 hr and 5 minutes. You can find his other recent 2014 lectures here:
  19. Salam everyone, I have a question regarding the destiny of ones life. I am sort of confused about life . I don't understand if God controls things and if he does,how much does he control them. It confuses me because sometimes I feel like when I try to change things in my life , theres no result , even though i keep trying and hoping for a change. I surely don't try to change things that are unchangeable . So it lefts me with dispair , so i start asking myself if it's Gods willing, and if it is .. Is it for the best? Do i have to stop trying because maybe when God will want something to happen to me it will happen ? I'm just very confused. Hope I was clear with my questionning!
  20. Unfortunately there are people in this world who are in poverty. People without homes and without clothes, without food and water etc. How are these people expected to prayer to God. I understand that this is a very small minority of the world's population but how is someone living in a poor country in Africa expected to prayer when they don't even have water to perform wuduh. Or a woman/man expected to cover their bodies when they don't have clothes? I don't know maybe these people are let off because of their situation, I'm not suggesting God forces us to do things we can't, but I was wondering what your opinions are?
  21. (wasalam)
  22. Subhanallah. These lecturers are more worth while, that when you hear about the deen of Allah, in your sights is one of the greatest servants of Allah. inshAllah I will try and post every lecture. They are being uploaded here: May Allah bless you all in this holy moth. Eltimas-e-dua (wasalam) These are series with sayed Mustafa al-Qazwini about Ramadhan, and the deeds which all Muslims should do in this holy month, however, some of the behavior which muslims have to behave in their lifetime will be highlighted in these series as well. 1st Night: LIVE from Karbala with Sayid Mustafa al Qazwini-1st Ramadhan 1435, 30-06-2014 In this episode He speaks about the benefits of the holy month of Ramadhan regarding self-control and experiencing the feeling of poverty. He highlights that The ninth month of the Islamic Hijri calendar, Ramadhan. holds a special significance for Muslims around the world. It is in this month that Muslims attempt to let go of the worldly pleasures and decide to reorient themselves towards being better humans — humans that are not so lost in the pursuit of their desires that they cannot sense the needs of others. The cruelties that man shows towards his own body round the year are redressed in this month. The body is allowed to rejuvenate and repair the damage caused during the rest of the year. Conscience, that guiding light, is strengthened and prepared to shine through the dark alleys of human greed. And the soul is provided with the spiritual nourishment that it needs to connect with its creator. Although he mentioned many obvious benefits for fasting have been observed both by spiritualists as well as scientists, by this episode the viewers can find that Muslim fasts because God has so commanded. This, while it may seem dogmatic, is inherently cogent. A command of an omniscient god cannot possibly be wrong because if it was then He wouldn't be omniscient. However, this holds good provided it can be established through reason that it is indeed His command. This is one of the fundamental rationales of the Islamic thought and the foundation of its call to acceptance because faith built on unreasonable premises is unworthy of submission. 2nd Night: Live from Karbala with Sayid Mustafa al Qawini - 2 Ramadhan 1435 - 01-07-2014 The topic of this episode is the relationships between people, or in another words brotherhood and sisterhood and friendship between them. He highlights onto the advantages of them as well as how can we be able to be friends and to be a good brothers or sisters of others. He says that Allah the almighty and the prophet, peace be upon him, ordered us to be a good brothers or friends of each other, and he proves that by some of the prophet's quotes and some of the verses of the noble Qura'an. However, he will highlights onto some of the fruitful topics in the coming episodes of these series. 3rd Night: Live from Karbala with Sayid Mustafa al Qazwini - 3 Ramadhan 1435 - 02-07-2014 This episode is a continuation of the previous episode, which is about brotherhood and sisterhood and friendship. But he adds the behavior which we should behave toward our friends and brothers and sisters. He advises people to treat their friends or brothers kindly and dont hurt them in any way by mentioning some of the sayings of the imams, peace be upon them all. 4th Night: Live from Karbala with Sayid Mustafa al Qawini - 4 Ramadhan 1435 - 03-07-2014 He continues to talk about brotherhood and friendship which is the topic of the last two episodes. In this show he advises us to chose the suitable friend and he teaches us how do we behave with them in a way that Islam ask us to do. 5th Night: Live from Karbala with Syid Mustafa al Qawini - 5 Ramadhan 1435 - 04-07-2014 In this episode also he continues to speak about friendship and brotherhood, but here he highlights onto the feeling between friends and brothers. He clarifies that how for a person to know the feeling of his friend. according to the saying of the imams and the prophet, peace be upon them all. Also he compares between the real love between friends and physical one, which is between male and female.
  23. (bismillah) (salam) I will post all his lectures available this month of ramadan on this thread. If you are looking for a summary of the videos, you have to watch it, sorry :) . The videos may not be the best quality but the speaker's words are elegant, and thats what matters, so please watch. If a better quality is found I will post. (wasalam) For the first 15 days he will be at the SABA Islamic Center. Their schedule (7:50pm California time) is posted and may have a live stream as well, if you want to watch Rajabali's lectures before they are uploaded online: 1st of the holy month: 2nd of the holy month:
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