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    • Basic Members (those under 25 posts) can set reactions on posts like others. Should this be eliminated/restricted?
    • Salaam Placid,  No that doesn't have any impact on the argument. It is obvious that the order would not be to guard a part of the book. The verse ahead where warning comes up for the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) indicates that this warning came so as to make a reminder for the past. It is not from me actually. I shared a commentary on the verse and on verse 3:187 which indicates the same.   
    • 1. It doesn’t make sense to allow a public discussion about a hidden inappropriate post that is itself not publicly viewable for exact referencing and confirmation (summarizing and paraphrasing is not enough). That’s self-defeating. 2. It’s not righteous or just to allow insufficiently-informed third parties to observe or participate in deliberations without hard primary evidence accessible to them. At that point, it has nothing to do with interpreting or enforcing the rules, but mob justice to prop up and support those who share similar biases or is the most charismatic. If everyone can "be" a mod simultaneously, then really nobody is. Mods are specifically assigned and designated for a reason. They are entrusted with more data (private and public), and hence serve as its protector. Even if everyone has an opinion or form of input, that special access is what separates an authorized enforcer from a pundit who can only react (and pontificate) after the fact, and only of what's publicly visible (also known as the "tip of the iceburg") 3. Members have the right to appeal and say what they want in PM to staff. If the only intention is to inquire about an action or reverse a warning, then doing so quietly and privately is the most effective way for reaching a positive outcome, and genuine people know that. Anyone insisting on making it public is more interested in creating a spectacle, and collecting sympathizers for a metaphorical battle, which is irrelevant in the process of adjudicating rule violations, is needless obstructionism, and has no value other than encouraging charlatans with victim complexes to exploit cynicism, fear, and confusion to fool and manipulate others for their personal agenda.  4. “Taking people to the side” and speaking privately on personal indiscretion is a well known tradition to protect someone’s honor and reputation. People tend to not want their dirty laundry in public, and for those who allow their controversies to be exposed, usually regret it later (unless they are a committed troll). Same for those who let emotions dictate their actions. Somebody gets angry about something, then posts recklessly and inattentively, and that will be remembered by others as an embarrassment for that person. Even if that person grows up and repents, the shame will always be there to a degree, because the past can never be fully erased. Privacy and personal integrity is very important, and cannot be easily brought back if lost. Those who go to prison, with their names spread out everywhere, their mug shot photo on public display, will have a hard time being full trusted by society or getting a decent job again, even if they fully repent and pay their dues back in full. That's the hard truth. How many of these people wish they were justly punished secretively and anonymously, with their dignity redeemable? 5. Integrity is not just a personal, but of communal importance. The site aims for a respectable and civil reputation, and readers expect things are run appropriately with positive intent, despite natural mistakes or drama along the way. Actively undermining the integrity of the site by inciting grievance and accusation through improper channels to seed chaos, doubt, or division is not acceptable. Attempts to conflate this with honest feedback, sincere truth seeking, or genuine critique of constructive intent is disingenuous gas-lighting. "Exposing maliciousness" is taken to its extreme intent, where the ends justify the means, and rhetoric becomes more hyperbolic (mods being compared to tyrants in an oppressive state for example).  6. Publicly declared laws and actions set by public figures can be scrutinized and discussed publicly. In terms of handling specific violations by private individuals, there is a process. Countries and governments have courts with judges and lawyers before someone is "judged" and "sentenced". We at ShiaChat have a system of report discussions among mods, private warnings, and appeals by private messaging led by volunteers (with kids running around). The worst punishment a ShiaChat staff can give is removal of someone's privileges from a privately owned forum that one voluntarily enters with implied consent of modest rules (popularly known as a  "ban"). Yet, there is little to stop a banned member from still lurking around, reading topics, anonymously posting as a guest, and maintaining contact with members off site. Banned members are not "exiled", ex-communicated, or dehumanized, but simply relieved of their contractual abilities due to a violation of that contract, decided through the process that exists. Forced into the ether by their own action. 
    • Hi I'm back and will answer as much as comfortably possible for now. Which religious fanatics of any religion did not do the same? But Catholicism was and still is more successful than almost any religion, because God chose for them to be so.  I highly doubt the number 60% is true, and would love to see the evidence for this. The 30 year war started when a roman Catholic diplomat was thrown out of a window of a tower in Prague i believe. My ancestors were successfully involved in this war, and were recognised by the current emperor Ferdinand II for their services. At the same time we also fought the Muslims from the orient who also were killing people for being pagans. I have family ancestral letters describing that it was routine for muslims to impale local priests of villages that were conquered, if they didn't surrender willingly. Still I chose Islam, because it is obvious that not every action done in the name of a religion, must have anything to do with that religion. People fight amongst each other, and between religions, but a Christian regardless of sect, has the opportunity to be a good person, as they can follow the way of Christ, with bible at hand.    As much as crimes were committed by SOME catholics for missionary purposes, that would usually only work with populations that truly had religions which were more pagan than the catholic religion. Islam is a path, and sometimes an imperfect doctrine is the path to a better one in a right direction. Cathlicism is in other words in all probability closer to islam than the mostly nature and ancestor worshipping folk of pre-columbian (who was apparently crypto Jewish ) of the Americas, and the aboriginal tribes of other continents too. Even with the trinity and son of God story. I believe it is all a preparation for the final victory of God. My problem is your sweeping generalisations that are not historic fact! So that is actually. ..... I wrote for about an hour after this and it all got erased for some mysterious reason when this window refreshed. It is really sad because I had answered every single detail that you addressed.  The reason y it got refreshed was because I went to another window to get a YouTube video after responding to your last part.  God didn't want me to tell you all these things apparently, but maybe in good time I can repeat it all. For now I will leave it at that and make a basic summary of points: 1 - A church consists of people and not just one man. So if a politically powerful person takes a decision in the name of the church, it does not include the good elements of the church 2 - church is based on teachings of christ that include thou shalt not kill and love your enemy. Give the other cheek, etc. That is the reason why atheistic movements like communism and atheism are champions when it comes to mass killing and crimes. The bible ties the hands of satan.  3 - pedophilia etc is a problem everyhere including especially wahabi muslims. 4 - your information on your background and the Roma is extremely interesting. In the German speaking region they are known as Zigeuner. 5 - I asked you what happened after the french illuminatinement period during and after the illuminati masonic revolution.  6 - if I think of anything else I said,  will let you know. Ah yes, my families from both sides were victim to communist socialist satanic influences, and thankfully we have knowledge of how the world was so much better before ww1 for instance. Most educated families of today have maybe one or two generations of literacy, so most people don't know that the world was actually better when religious kingdoms ruled versus todays mostly godless governments. 7 - I was sharing with you some theories I studied about the link between roma - aria - Atlantic pre deluge survivors of nephelim (jinn), who sprang up in Iraq Region after Noah landed with his ship, and then they migrated to India etc. BTW jinn is not something necessarily bad, as most people think.  
    • I don't think I can describe what reality is.  I don't know what reality is (positively).   I only know what it is not.  I know it is not this or that thing.  I know it is not anything that has a boundary or limit.     There is birth and death for things in the phenomenal world.  If you are a phenomenon (a thing which appears) in the world then you are susceptible to birth and death. The background in which phenomenal things appear within and disappear from, this background is reality as such (which as we said earlier, cannot be described positively for it has no boundaries, or limits).   If you see yourself as a feeling, a body, a thought, or a sensation, then yes, you can say that you certainly did not exist.  Feelings, Body, Thoughts, Sensations are phenomenal things that appear within the background of reality which itself is not susceptible to cause and effect or birth and death.  Don't take my word for it!  I don't expect you to "believe" in what I am saying. But you can easily get at least a glimpse of this so called "background" within which things appear and disappear by simply meditating.    
    • Allahumma salli ala muhammadiw wa ali muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum Rabbinee lima anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqir Audhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem دع كل الشتائم ضدي تُعاد سبعة أضعاف. Astaghfirillah Ya Allah, protect my sister from further harm and abuse Ya as-Sadiq, pray on my behalf, to Al-Haqq that my friend is guided to Islam and healed of her headaches. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Kadhim, pray to As-Sabur on my behalf that me and my brother in Islam are rewarded with a wife each and also that he can find the strength and to overcome his sadness. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Ridha, pray to Al-Wadud on my behalf that she gets peace of mind, verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Taqi, pray to Al Hakim on my behalf that my burden is lessened and I get the strength to take this deen and the sanctity of my life seriously. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) I ask nothing more than for our happiness and well-being. May we all be protected from the plague by Your permission.
    • From Imam Jaffer as Sadiq (عليه السلام), who narrated from his father, who narrated from his ancestors (عليه السلام), who heard from Amir al Momineen Imam Ali (عليه السلام) : One who is able to implement these three things, all the blessings are within it: Sight Silence Speech Complete Hadith with explanation:  
    • Nah whatsapp is a better option imo. Discord would make it like an anonymous chat group. There needs to be some connection, you need to know what the other person looks like etc. I don't see why brothers would be afraid to exchange numbers with each other.
    • وَمَا تَشَآءُونَ إِلَّآ أَن يَشَآءَ ٱللَّهُ رَبُّ ٱلْعَـٰلَمِينَ .. and you do not will, unless that Allah wills. 81:29
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