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 A NICE HADITH:

Intercession on Day of Judgment

The Holy Prophet (pbuh) (said to Hazrat-e Fatemeh):

On the Day of Judgment, you shall intercede for the ladies and I shall intercede for the men; every person who has wept over the tragedy of Husayn (as), we shall take him by the hand and lead him into Paradise.

Bihar al‑Anwar vol. 94 pg. 192,

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salaam,

Dear friend we have a famous narration from the holy prophet which is near to that you've said. this is the narration in Arabic:

ان لقتل الحسین حراره فی قلوب المومنین لن تبرد ابدا

and this is the source of it:

مستدرك الوسائل، ج 10ص 318

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Imam Ali a.s  , Advise to Imam Hassan a.s (reportedly)

 

. Do not seek help or protection from anybody but Allah. Reserve your prayers, your requests, your solicitations, your supplications, and your entreaties to Him and Him alone because to grant, to give, to confer and to bestow, as well as to withhold, to deprive, to refuse, and to debar, lies only in His Power. Ask as much of His Blessings and seek as much of His Guidance as you can.

 

Letter 31 Nahjul Balagah

http://www.nahjulbalagha.org/Nahjul-Balagha-Letters/nahjul-balagha-letter-31.html

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[MOD NOTE: This excellent reply is to an inappropriate post above that was removed.]

Please do not reject hadiths just because you dislike the meaning. It may be authentic, and this one certainly is. In which case, you'd be condemning the words of the ma`sum.

 

Other chains to the same hadith in Basa'ir:

 

 

(17) حدثنا إبراهيم بن هاشم (ثقة) عن يحيى بن أبي عمران(حسن الرواية) عن يونس (ثقة) عن جميل (ثقة) قال سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول:

(19) حدثنا محمد بن الحسين(ثقة) عن عبد الرحمن بن أبي هاشم (ثقة) عن سالم [بن مكرم] (ثقة) عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال:

(20) حدثني محمد بن عبد الحميد (ثقة) عن سيف بن عميره (ثقة) قال حدثني أبو سلمة [سالم بن مكرم] (ثقة) قال: سمعت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام يقول:

(21) حدثنا أحمد بن محمد (ثقة) عن الحسن بن علي الوشا (ثقة) عن أحمد بن عايذ (ثقة) عن أبي خديجة [سالم بن مكرم] (ثقة) عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال:

 

The meaning is that there are no laymen in religion. Learning and seeking correct knowledge is an obligation upon all people; and if you are unconcerned about seeking the truth, you are scum and require awakening.

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“And those whose souls the Angels take while they are oppressive to themselves; they say, ‘What state were you in?’ They say, ‘We were weak in the land.’ They say, ‘Was not God’s earth wide, that you may migrate in it?’ So the abode of those people is Hell, and evil an abode it is, except the powerless among the men, women, and children who neither have access to any means nor are guided to any way; so perhaps God may pardon them, and God is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Pardoning.” (4:97-99

“I visited Imām Muhammad Ibn `Alī al-Bāqir (as) with my brother Ĥumrān, or with my other brother Bukahīr. I said to the Imām, ‘We measure people with a measuring tape: Whoever is a Shī`a like ourselves, whether among the descendants of `Alī or otherwise, we forge a bond of friendship with him (as a Muslim and one who will achieve salvation), and whoever is opposed to our creed, we dissociate from him (as a misguided person and one who will not achieve salvation).’” The Imām said, “Zurārah! God’s word is more truthful than yours; if what you say is correct, then what about God’s words where He says, ‘Except the powerless among the men, women, and children who find no way out nor find a path?’ What about those who are referred to God’s command? What about those regarding whom God says, ‘They mixed good deeds and other, evil deeds?’ What happened to the people of the heights (a`rāf)? Who, then, are the ones whose hearts are to be inclined?” Ĥammād, in his narration of this event from Zurārah , narrates that he said, “At this point the Imām and I began to argue. Both of us raised our voices, such that those outside the house heard us.” Jamāl Ibn Darrāj narrates from Zurārah in this event that the Imām said, “Zurārah! [God has made it] incumbent upon Himself that He take the misguided (not the unbelievers and deniers) to Heaven.”

Source: Usool A-Kafi, Volume 2, Chapter 164, Hadith #3

حسن كالسحيح

Hasan like a Saheeh

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“And those whose souls the Angels take while they are oppressive to themselves; they say, ‘What state were you in?’ They say, ‘We were weak in the land.’ They say, ‘Was not God’s earth wide, that you may migrate in it?’ So the abode of those people is Hell, and evil an abode it is, except the powerless among the men, women, and children who neither have access to any means nor are guided to any way; so perhaps God may pardon them, and God is Ever-Forgiving, Ever-Pardoning.” (4:97-99

“I visited Imām Muhammad Ibn `Alī al-Bāqir (as) with my brother Ĥumrān, or with my other brother Bukahīr. I said to the Imām, ‘We measure people with a measuring tape: Whoever is a Shī`a like ourselves, whether among the descendants of `Alī or otherwise, we forge a bond of friendship with him (as a Muslim and one who will achieve salvation), and whoever is opposed to our creed, we dissociate from him (as a misguided person and one who will not achieve salvation).’” The Imām said, “Zurārah! God’s word is more truthful than yours; if what you say is correct, then what about God’s words where He says, ‘Except the powerless among the men, women, and children who find no way out nor find a path?’ What about those who are referred to God’s command? What about those regarding whom God says, ‘They mixed good deeds and other, evil deeds?’ What happened to the people of the heights (a`rāf)? Who, then, are the ones whose hearts are to be inclined?” Ĥammād, in his narration of this event from Zurārah , narrates that he said, “At this point the Imām and I began to argue. Both of us raised our voices, such that those outside the house heard us.” Jamāl Ibn Darrāj narrates from Zurārah in this event that the Imām said, “Zurārah! [God has made it] incumbent upon Himself that He take the misguided (not the unbelievers and deniers) to Heaven.”

Source: Usool A-Kafi, Volume 2, Chapter 164, Hadith #3 (See Image above from previous hadith, Hadith #3)

حسن كالسحيح

Hasan like a Saheeh

 

God bless you, and may Allah swt forgive me for my hasty comments. I shall never again make a hasty comment until i get the full truth and deeper meaning. God bless you once again and i apologise to everyone.

Brother Tawheed313, the rulings for the mustad`afeen are different. Should I bring narrations concerning the oppressed ones? I think it will be much better. BRB.

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(bismillah)

 

Holy Prophet Muhammad  al Mustafā (S.A.W.W) said:
 
“Brighten up your houses through the recitation of the Qur’an, and do not make them (your homes) like graves, similar to what the Jews and Christians have done (by not performing the prayers and worship of God in their house and limiting this to the Synagogues and Churches).”
 
[Reference: Usulul Kafi, Volume 2, Page 610]

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(It is narrated from) al-Saadiq عليه السلام, Ja’far ibn Muhammad, from his father عليه السلام, from his grandfather عليه السلام: The Messenger of Allaah صلى الله عليه و اله said: The light (Nũr) of Faatimah عليها السلام was created before the creation of the earth and the heaven. Some of the people said: “Prophet of Allaah, does that mean she’s not a human?” He صلى الله عليه و اله said: “She is human hawraa’” They said: “O Messenger of Allaah how is it possible that she is a human hawra’?” He said: “Allaah created her from His light before he created Adam when there were only spirits, so when he created Adam she was revealed to Adam” They said: “O Prophet of Allaah and where was Faatimah?”. He said: “She was in a place below the Throne”. They said: “O Prophet of Allaah what was her food?”. He said: “Glorifying, hailing and praising (Allaah). So when Allaah سبحانه و تعالى created Adam and brought me from his offspring, Allaah wanted to make her from my offspring so he made her an apple in heaven and Jibraeel عليه السلام presented her to me saying “Asalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah Wa Barakatahu O Muhammad”, I said “Wa Alaykum Asalaam Warahmatullah my beloved Jibraeel”. He said: “O Muhammad your Lord sends you his blessings”. I said: “From him all blessings come and to him do they all return”. He said: “This apple is a gift to you from Allah from heaven”, so I took it and held it to my chest. He said: “O Muhammad Allah glorified be He says eat it”. So I split it and saw a shining light and was taken aback. He said: “O Muhammad why don’t you eat? Eat it and don’t be afraid, for that light is “al-Mansurah” (the aided) in the Heavens and “Fatima” on earth”. I said: “My beloved Jibraeel why is she called al-Mansurah in the Heavens and “Faatimah” on earth?”. He said: “She is called Faatimah on earth because she saved (fatamat) her Shia from the fire, and because her enemies have not (fatama) loved her. In the heavens she is “al-Mansura” because of the words of Allaah سبحانه و تعالى ‘On that day will the believers rejoice, with the aid of Allaah, He aids whom he wishes’, meaning the aid of Faatimah to her lovers.“

Source: Ma`ani al-Akhbaar, Shaykh al-Sadũq, pages 396-397

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No one can claim as FOLLOWER of the Prophet until  he gains the marafa't of Ahl albayata as and Imams  and follows them as per hadith thaqlayn, 

 

Also this is necessary to follow the sunna of the prophet in order to obey Allah 's command. By neglecting the importance, spiritual leadership and authority of Imam as chosen by Allah no claim is acceptable in the religion for obeying Allah swt.

 

Otherwise, This is rather the  policy of the satan to keep away the people from the religion the Islam.

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'Ali ibn Ibrahim, from Muhammad ibn 'Isa, from Yunus, from Jameel, from Abu 'Abdillah (as): "I (Jameel) heard him saying: "The people are in three categories: The scholar, the student, and the scum. We are the scholars, our Shi'a are the students, and the rest of the people are scum."

Source: Kitaab al-Kafi

 

Hadith with different wordings

 

(1)

 

[“He says that one day Imam Ali caught hold of his hand and took him out of the city. When they reached a secluded place known as Jabbin, Imam Ali heaved a deep sigh and said: "Kumayl, the hearts are receptacles. The most retentive of them are the best. Therefore remember what I tell you.The men are of three types: a Divine scholar, a pupil seeking salvation and a buzzing fly". (See Nahjul Balagha, Saying 146).

 

According to Imam Ali's terminology a divine scholar is not an ordinary scholar, although we often apply this term indiscriminately. He means a scholar 100 per cent devoted to Allah. In this sense perhaps this term can apply only to the Prophets and the Imams. The second group is that of the pupils who receive knowledge from the first group. The third group is of those "who have not sought the light of knowledge and have not resorted to a strong support." ]

Chapter 37: Imamat from the Viewpoint of the Imams Man and Universe

Ayatullah Murtadha Mutahhari

 

http://www.al-islam....viewpoint-imams

 

(2)

 

[“People are of three types: One is the scholar and divine; then the seeker of knowledge who is also on the way to deliverance. Then (lastly) the common rot who run after every caller and bend in the direction of every wind. They seek no light from the effulgence of knowledge and do not take protection of any reliable support.”]

Saying #. 147: Amir Al-Mu'minin's Conversation With Kumayl Ibn Ziyad An-Nakha'i

Nahjul Balagha (Peak of Eloquence)

 

http://www.al-islam.org/nahjul-balagha-part-2-letters-and-sayings/selections-sayings-and-preaching-amir-al-muminin-ali#hadith-n-147-amir-al-muminins-conversation-kumayl-ibn-ziyad-nakhai

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A number of our companions from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid al-Barqi from his father from an-Nadr b. Suwayd from Yahya al-Halabi from Ibn Muskan from Zurara b. A`yan.

He said: I heard Abu `Abdillah عليه السلامsaying: Verily Allah is devoid of His creation and His creation is devoid of Him. And all upon which the name of “thing” befalls – apart from Allah – it is created. And Allah is the creator of everything. Blessed be the one who nothing is like unto Him. And He is the All-hearing, the All-seeing. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 220)

(sahih) (صحيح)

`Ali b. Ibrahim from his father from ibn Abi `Umayr from `Ali b. `Atiyya from Khaythama from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.

He said: Verily, Allah is distinct from His creation, and His creation is different from Him. All that can be identified by the name “thing” apart from Allah تعالى is a creation; and Allah created all things. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 221)

(hasan) (حسن)

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Abu `Ali al-Ash`ari from Muhammad b. `Abd al-Jabbar from Muhammad b. Isma`il from `Ali b. an-Nu`man from Suwayd al-Qalla’ from Abu Ayyub from Abu Baseer from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.

He said: Allah عز وجل has two types of knowledge: one is that which no one knows but He, and the other is that which He taught His angels and His messengers. Whatever He taught His angels and His messengers عليهم السلام we also know it. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 656)

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Verily, the Exalted God detests foul-mouthed, scurrilous people.
 
اِنَّ اللَّهَ تَعَالى يُبْغِضُ الْفَاحِشَ الْمُتَفَحِّشَ.
 
HEIGHT OF RHETORIC (NAHJ AL-FASAHAH) 
WISE SAYINGS OF THE HOLY PROPHET MUHAMMAD (.P.B.U.H.), p.311.

 

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The Messenger of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said: “When you will find people of bid`ah (innovation) and doubt/suspicion after me, do baraa’ (disassociation) from them and increase in your insults (sabihim) to them, and oppose (them) and bring evidences against them so they may not become greedy in bringing fasaad (corruption) to Islam. You must warn people against them and do not learn their bid`ah (innovation). Allah will write for you hasanaat (good deeds) for this, and will raise you darajaat (levels) in the next life.’”

Source:

1. Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 2, ch. 159, pg. 375, hadeeth # 4

Grading:

1. Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is SaHeeH (Authentic)

à Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 11, pg. 77

****

[Others who said it is authentic]

1. al-FaaDil al-Kaadhimi (d. 1065), Masaalik al-Afhaam 'ila Ayaat al-Ahkaam, vol. 2, pg. 397

2. Shaheed al-Thaani (d. 966), Masaalik al-Afhaam ila TanqeeH Sharaa'i` al-Islaam, vol. 14, pg. 434

3. al-Majlisi I (al-Majlisi's father), RawDah al-Muttaqeen, vol. 9, pg. 327

4. Muhaqqiq al-Sabzawaaree (d. 1090), Kifaayah al-Ahkaam, vol. 1, pg. 437

5. `Abd al-`Ala (d. 1414), Mahdhab al-Ahkaam, vol. 16, pg. 134

6. `Abd Allaah al-Jazaa'iree (d. 1173), al-TuHfah al-Suniyyah, pg. 83

7. Yoosuf al-Bahraani, al-Hadaa'iq al-NaaDirah, vol. 18, pg. 164

8. al-Hussayn bin Aal `Asfoor al-Bahraani, Sadaad al-`Ibaad, pg. 446

9. Muhammad Mujaahid al-Tabataba'i (d. 1242), al-Munaahil, pg. 259

10. Ahmad al-Naraaqi (d. 1245), Mustanad al-Shee`ah fee Ahkaam al-Sharee`ah, vol. 14, pg. 162

11. Murtada al-Ansaari (d. 1281), Kitaab al-Makaasib, vol. 1, pg. 353

12. al-Khoei, MisbaaH al-Fuqaahah, vol. 1, pg. 354

13. Jawad al-Tabrizi, Irshaad al-Taalib 'ila al-Ta`leeq `ala al-Makaasib, vol. 1, pg. 162

14. Jawad al-Tabrizi, Asad al-Hadood, pg. 235

15. Abu Talib al-Tabrizi, al-Ta`leeqah al-Istidilaaliyyah, pg. 430

16. al-Sayfa al-Mazandaraani, Daleel Tahreer al-Waseelah, vol. 2, pg. 174

17. al-RooHaani, Fiqh al-Saadiq, vol. 14, pg. 296

18. al-RooHaani, MisbaaH al-Fuqaahah, vol. 1, pg. 379

19. Muhammad Sa`eed al-Hakeem, MisbaaH al-Minhaaj, pg. 359

20. `Alee al-Namaazee al-Shahroodi, Mustadarak Safeenah al-Bihaar, vol. 1, pg. 303 & vol. 8, pg. 202

21. Haadi al-Najafi, Mawsoo`ah aHaadeeth Ahl al-Bayt, vol. 2, pg. 25

22. al-Turayhi, Majma` al-BaHrayn, vol. 3, pg. 343

23. Muhammad Taqi al-Isfahani, Mikyaal al-Makaarim, vol. 2, pg. 259

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From `Abd Allāh bin Sinān said, I asked Abā `Abd Allāh, Ja`far bin Muhammad al-Sādiq (عليه السلام), I (narrator) said: “Are the angels better (afDal) or the children of Adam? So he (عليه السلام) said that Amīr al-Mu’minīn, `Alī bin Abī al-Tālib (عليه السلام) said: “Verily, Allāh (عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ) has composed in angels `aql (intellect) and no desire, and he composed in beasts desire and no intellect, and he composed in the children of Adam both (`aql and desire). So whoever (lets) `aql overcome his desires, he will be than the angels, and whoever (lets) his desires overcome his `aql, he is will be worse than the beasts”

Source: al-Sadūq, `ilal al-Sharā’i` (Najaf: Manshurāt al-Maktabah al-Haydariyyah, 1385/1966), vol. 1, ch. 6, pg. 4 – 5, hadeeth # 1

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Several of our companions from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid from Muhammad b. `Abd al-Hameed from al-`Alaa’ b. Ruzayn from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.

He said: Beware of contemplation (tafakkur) about Allah. When you intend to regard His greatness, then look to the greatness of His creation. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 250)

(sahih) (صحيح)

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The Holy Prophet (S) said: "Train your children in three things: the love of your Prophet, the love of his progeny, i.e. Ahlul Bayt, and recitation of the Qur'an."

Al-Jami'-ul-Saghir, vol. 1, p. 14

 

http://www.al-islam.org/a-bundle-of-flowers-sayyid-faqih-imani/love-ahlul-bayt
 

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From Aboo Khaalid Al-Kaabulee (Kankar) from Abee Ja`far (عليه السلام): He said: (asked about the words) «God tells a parable in which there is a company of quarrelsome people and only one of them is well disciplined. Can they be considered as equal? » (39:39).

He (عليه السلام) said: «The quarrelsome ones» are because the first ones gather the different ones in his leadership and they did la`nah (curse) and did bara’a (disassociate) from each other. «The well disciplined man» is the first in the matters of his right as well as his Shee`ahs (followers).

Then He (عليه السلام) said: “The Jews after Moosa (عليه السلام) separated into 71 sects of which one is in Jannah (i.e. Heaven) and the (remaining) 70 sects are in the fire (i.e. Hell).

And the Christians after `Eesa (عليه السلام) separated into 72 sects of which one sect is in Jannah and the (remaining) 71 (sects) are in the fire.

And this Ummah after the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) separated into 73 sects and 72 sects are in the fire and one sect is in Jannah and from the 73 sects, 13 of the sects plagiarize/impersonate friendship and wilayah of us (the Imaams), and 12 sects from it are in the fire, and one sect is in Jannah, and the (remaining) 60 sects from the rest of the people are in the fire”

Source: Al-Kulayni, Al-Kaafi, vol. 8, pg. 224, hadeeth # 283

Grading:

1. Al-Majlisi said this hadeeth is Hasan (Good) à Mir’aat Al-`Uqool, vol. 26, pg. 153

2. Al-Haadee Al-Najafee said this hadeeth has a Mu`tabar (Valid/Esteemed) Isnaad

à Mawsoo`ah aHaadeeth, vol. 8, pg. 399

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Abu Ja`far Muhammad b. Ya`qub reported to us. He said: A number of our companions narrated to me – from them was Muhammad b. Yahya the perfumist – from Ahmad b. Muhammad from al-Hasan b. Mahbub from al-`Ala b. Razin from Muhammad b. Muslim from Abu Ja`far عليه السلام.

He said: When Allah created the intellect, He interrogated it. Then He said to it: Draw near. So it drew near. Then He said to it: Go back. So it went back. Then He said: By My glory and My majesty, I have not created a creation that is more beloved to Me than you. And I have not perfected you but in one whom I love. Truly you do I command and you do I forbid. And you do I punish, and you do I reward.

(sahih)

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Abu Ja`far عليه السلام said: All of the beasts of the Earth send their blessings upon the seeker of knowledge – even the fish in the sea.

Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام said: All things seek forgiveness for the seeker of knowledge – [even] the fish of the seas and the birds in the atmosphere of the sky.

Source: Basa`ir ad-Darajat

Grading: Both of the narrations are Sahih (authentic).

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Kitab Al Kafi - Forgiveness


 


1791–1. ‘Alī ibn Ibrãhīm (–) his father (–) Ibn Abī ‘Umayr (–) ‘Abdullãh ibn Sinãn that Abū ‘Abdillãh (‘a.s.) said:


 


"The Messenger of Allãh (ṣ.a.‘a.w.a.w.s.) said, in one of his sermons: 'May I inform you of the best natural disposition of (this) world and the


Hereafter?: i) To foregive whoever wronged you; ii) to establish relation with the one who has cut off relation with you; iii) to do good to someone


who has done evil to you; and iv) to grant someone (a favour) who has deprived you.' "


Hasan like Saheeh Graded by Alama Majlisi


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The Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him and his progeny) said: “The first thing that Allah made obligatory upon my Ummah was the five prayers; and the first thing from their acts of worship that shall be taken up will be the five prayers; and the first thing that they will be questioned about will be the five prayers.”

 

 قَالَ رَسُولُ اللٌّهِ )ص):أَوَّلُ مَا افْتَرَضَ اللٌّهُ عَلى أُمَّتِي الصَّلَوَاتُ الْخَمْسُ وَ أَوَّلُ مَا يُرفَعُ مِنْ أَعْمَالِهِمْ الصَّلَوَاتُ الْخَمْسُ وَ أَوَّلُ مَا يُسْأَلُونَ عَـنْهُ

الصَّلَوَاتُ الْخَمْسُ 

Kanzul `Ummal, Volume 7, Tradition 18859

http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=8543

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    • well, for me personally right now...  I don't know how to prove hadith.  I sincerely honestly dont. Just because a hadith doesn't contradict the Quran doesnt mean its not fabricated.  People intending to twist and corrupt need merit or truths to spin a lie.  One can use something true in the quran like say Umar,   who says I believe in this verse " [verse]" and a good follower of it, but you don't know if he did, for example. It's difficult, and dang near impossible to "follow" and prove those hadiths are true (well, really impossible). I'm just thinking here and presenting my ideas. I would think A hadith that doesn't comtradict the Quran is off to a good start in terms of authenticity.  Reading hadith to understand historical context even if its not authentic actually may be beneficial.  It may explain and connect dots, for understanding why things happened the way they did. Though I've proven (in my personal perspective my long essay of a post) that Muhammad SAW did not err in delivering the message, but may have very well have subjectively  "err'd" in other matters (like when Allah indicates directly that the prophet may be disobeyed by women if they determine his command was not good) (60:12) And then you have 9:50 above, do you think its a good idea to follow any hadiths?  Maybe read them to gain historical understanding but follow them? Eh, its up to you or anyone to make that determination for themselves. I can't judge.   
    • A westernized version of islam? What does that actually mean?  The only interpretation/things I can think of are negative.  Does it mean a version of islam where western culture and values are integrated into it? I do not see the need for that. In the middle east, where you see muslims lacking in any area it is not because they do not apply "good" western values, its because they are applying the bad things of their own culture, meanwhile not caring about what Islam says. Dishonesty, cheating, poor work morale, back talking, not caring for the poor, being unfair, corruption in politics, these are things you might find in the middle east, but they are not because islam is lacking anything, it is because people are not adhering to it, why? Because that would take effort and sincerity. I do not think islam per say is lacking anything and that it needs to change a single inch in any direction. Times change, that is true, but humans does not.
    • Good luck in organic chemistry. My daughter was selected to do a STEM summer in a native Ed. program a few years back. Loved it. The term was not around when I was in school because I'm older than dirt now. But I did pass regular chem.
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