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    • I’m just beginning this process now myself. If you are seeking someone through a traditional matchmaker, you generally provide pictures and information about yourself and your preferences, and the matchmaker will decide when to present two individuals profiles to each other. If both are willing they will connect the phone numbers. I believe that everything that occurs between this point and the actual marriage, is dependent on culture. Length of getting to know each other, engagement, etc etc
    • Salam brothers and sisters, Im a shia muslim and im confused on the opinion on men wearing gold chains in islam, im not sure if its haram or makrooh, can someone please clarify this to me from a shia perspective
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      “Such are some of the stories of the unseen, which We have revealed unto you, before this neither you nor your people knew them. So persevere patiently, for the end is for those who are righteous”. (11:49).   “And they ask you about Dhul-Qarnayn. Say: ‘I will recite unto you a remembrance of him’.” The beginning phrase of this verse shows that the story of Dhul-Qarnayn had been being discussed among people before they came to the Prophet (S) and asked their differences and ambiguities from him. Who is Dhul-Qarnayn?   c) Cyrus the Great: This is a relatively new theory presented by the famous Islamic scholar AbulMakarem Azad that most experts tend to accept as the true identity of Dhul-Qarnayn.[13] Cyrus was a Persian king and descendant of Achaemenes (Hakhamanish) living in the sixth century b.c. In contrast to the other two theories, there are chances that Dhul-Qarnayn was actually Cyrus the Great. He was a monotheist (Zoroastrian) with an unaltered religion that could easily be found in both East and West Persia.[14] Some of the reasons for why Dhul-Qarnayn can be Cyrus the Great: 1- He was a monotheistic believer that was familiar with God 2- He was a just and kind king that cared for his people 3- He was hard on transgressors and enemies 4- Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) had given him the means to all things 5- He bore religion, intellect, good deeds, virtues, wealth and glory 6- He had an expedition to the West and conquered Lidya as well 7- He travelled to the East and reached "مطلع الشمس" (where the sun rises) and met a wild desert dweller there   8- Cyrus built a dam in the Daryal Gorge that lies in the Caucasus Mountains, near the city of Tiflis.[15]   It should be noted that the title of Dhul-Qarnayn has been mentioned in both the Quran and the Torah.  Basically, what these two books have to do with Dhul-Qarnayn is that according to hadiths, those asking the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) about Dhul-Qarnayn were either the Jews themselves or the Quraysh with the encouragement of the Jews, trying to put him on the spot with a hard question and prove that he isn't a prophet. Therefore, the Dhul-Qarnayn the Quran speaks of is the same Dhul-Qarnayn that the Torah speaks of.   It is clear that in the Torah, Dhul-Qarnayn is Cyrus the Great, because he dreamed of Daniel as a ram plowing the West with one horn and the East with another, meaning that he would take over both, as according to the prophecy of Isaiah, Cyrus would become the “Eagle of the East”, meaning that he was the fierce warrior of the East.[16]   Abul-Makarem Azad Hindi says: “It is possible that the story of Daniel is only a myth, yet what the Quran mentions is surely true and has taken place. Contemporary historians have attested to Cyrus’s great, just and virtuous personality.”[17]   The link between two horns and Cyrus:   In the 19th century, a statue of Cyrus was discovered near the river of “Morghab” relatively the size of a full-sized human, depicting Cyrus with two spread wings like those of an eagle, and a crown with two horns like those of a ram. A group of German scientists travelled all the way to Iran just to see this statue, which is a great specimen and sample of ancient stone-carving. After comparing traits mentioned in the Holy Book with those seen in the statue, these historians reached a conclusion about why Cyrus was called Dhul-Qarnayn (The bearer of two horns), and also why his statue had wings like those of an eagle. All of these clues led to the conclusion about who Dhul-Qarnayn was in history (Cyrus the Great).[18]   Historians have also listed some moral attributes for Cyrus. For instance, Herodotus, the Greek historian writes: “Cyrus was a generous and very kind and gentle king, not thinking of accumulating wealth like other kings.”[19]   Others have also written: “Cyrus was a smart and kind king, possessing both the greatness of kings and the virtues of the wise. He had high determination and a dominant being, his slogan was to serve humanity and [one of] his characteristics was to be just; humility and humbleness had taken the place of pride and arrogance in him.”[20]   On this basis, there is no doubt that Dhul-Qarnayn was Cyrus the Great and today, many Islamic researchers and commentators have reached the same conclusion; that the Dhul-Qarnayn mentioned in the Quran is none other than the Dhul-Qarnayn mentioned in the Torah.   Was Cyrus a Prophet?   There is also a difference of opinion here amongst Islamic scholars as well. According to Allamah Tabatabai, in some hadiths, he has been introduced as a human[21], while in others he has been considered a heavenly angel.[22] Nevertheless, most scholars believe him to be a human. Many hadiths tell us that he wasn’t a prophet, but a righteous servant of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).   Imam Baqir (عليه السلام) has said: “Dhul-Qarnayn wasn’t a prophet, but was a righteous servant that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loved.”[23] Who are the people of Gog and Magog? Where did they end up? What were the actions taken by Dhul-Qarnayn against them?  
    • I'm not sure if this is the correct forum for this question. If not I'm sorry it was a mistake. What is the process of having an arranged marriage? How are matches made and what is the process to get married once the decision is made? I'm looking for someone who is willing to have at least one child quickly or immediately after the marriage. I'm going to start seriously look within about a year or longer to give me time to straiten my finances out. when I'm ready what is the traditional way to find someone and what is the marriage process as well?
    • As salaamun aleikum, Does anyone know the salaat that is supposed to be done for the necklace containing the hirz of Imam Jawad? I also need the farsi translation of the dua that is supposed to be recited. The english is: O Light, O Proof, O Manifest One, O Illuminating, O Lord Be enough for me in the face of evil/harm, and the problems of my time/era And I ask you for salvation on the Day when the trumpet shall be blown’   jazakAllahkheyr
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