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  2. Who said I believe in what Khamenei and Sistani say? And who said I attacked you? You were misleading others.
  3. Also, there’s a Hadith by our 11th Imam, Imam Hasan Askari (a): Another important hadith: Let me know if you wish to know about the references.
  4. I really enjoyed and benefited from reading the document below so thought to share it here with you all. I highly encourage everyone to read it: The Sun Behind the Clouds AUTHORS(S): Allamah Muhammad Baqir Majlisi TRANSLATOR(S): Afzal Sumar Al-’Allama al-Majl isi ’s Thoughts on the Ahadith Identifying the Twelfth Imam as “The Sun Behind the Clouds”. Translated by Afzal Sumar One of the common narrations relayed to convey the role of Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام) during his occultation is the analogy of the ‘Sun behind the Clouds’. In this text, Allamah Majlisi sheds the light on this tradition and provides key points to explain the meaning and significance of the meaning behind this similitude. °°°°°° In what follows, is a sample of traditions, which compare the Twelfth Imam (a) to the sun behind the clouds during the period of his occultation. Thereafter, follows the commentary on these traditions by al-’Allama al-Majlisi. • Imam al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) is attributed to have said the following, as reported in the Amali of Shaykh al-Saduq, who records the tradition by means of a chain that terminates at al-A’mash: ‘the Earth has not been devoid of a representative of God, since God created Adam (as); a representative that was either visible and well-known or invisible and concealed. The Earth will (likewise) not remain devoid of such a representative of God till the occurrence of the Hour for if it were to remain devoid of a representative from God, then God would not be worshipped!’ (A man by the name of) Sulayman said: ‘I asked al-Sadiq (عليه السلام), ‚So how does mankind benefit from an invisible and hidden representative?‛ He replied ‚just as they benefit from the sun when the clouds hide it!‛1 • The following tradition is reported in the book al-Ihtijaj from Shaykh al- Kulayni who in turn reports from Ishaq bin Ya’qub, that a message arrived for him from the Sacred Precinct through the intermediary of Muhammad bin ‘Uthman, which said: ‘As for the reason for the occurrence of the concealment, God, the Exalted, the Majestic says: You who believe, do not ask about matters which, if made known to you, might make things difficult for you...‛ (5:101) All my forefathers had to bear the burden of the pledge of allegiance to the tyrants of their time, however when I will rise, whenever that will be, there will not be the pledge of allegiance of any of the tyrants on myself. As for the question of benefiting from me, during my concealment, then that will be similar to the benefit obtained from the sun when the clouds hide it from sight. Indeed, I am the security for the inhabitants of the Earth just as the stars are a security for the inhabitants of the heavens. So refrain from questioning regarding that which does not concern you. Do not burden yourself with that which has been made sufficient for you; (instead) increase the supplication for the hastening of the relief for in that lies your relief. Peace be on you Ishaq bin Ya’qub and on those who follow the guidance’.2 • The following tradition is recorded in the book Ikmal al-Din wa Itmam al- Ni’ma of Shaykh al-Saduq with a chain that ends at the companion of the Prophet, Jabir bin ‘Abdillah al-Ansari who asked the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) as follows: ‘will the Shi’a benefit from the Qa’im (عليه السلام) during his concealment?’ He replied: ‘Indeed! By the One who charged me with the office of Prophethood, they will benefit from him and be enlightened by his light and guardianship during his concealment just as mankind benefits from the sun even when the clouds have enveloped it’.3 Al-’Allama Muhammad Baqir al-Majlisi comments on these traditions as follows: The similitude of the Imam to the sun when it is enveloped by the clouds, as he is described in these traditions, indicates several things. 1) The light of existence, knowledge and guidance reaches the creation through him (I.e., the Imam) as it is established in detailed traditions that they (I.e., the Ahlul Bayt) are the ultimate reason for the existence of creation. Therefore had it not been for them, the light of existence would not have reached others. It is by their blessings, mediation and intercession that information and knowledge becomes manifest to the creation and afflictions and tribulations are averted from them. Had it not been for them, the creation would have deserved various punishments due to their evil deeds, but as God says: ‘But God would not send them punishment while you are in their midst...‛ (8:33) We have experienced innumerable times when matters become difficult and complex, when avenues get blocked, when we find ourselves distant from God, the Most High and when the gates of abundant flow of blessings become obstructed, that then when we seek their intercession and solicit and beseech by means of their light, those difficult matters get solved in proportion to the spiritual connection achieved with them at that time. This is observed by the person whose inner eyes have been coloured by God with the light of faith. 2) When the sun is hidden behind the clouds, it continues to bring benefit to mankind. Nevertheless mankind continues to wait expectantly for it to reappear from behind the clouds so that they may benefit more from it. Similar is the state during the Imam's concealment. The sincere ones from his partisans await his re-appearance all the time and in every epoch and do not give up hope in him. 3) The denier of his existence despite the abundant proofs of his existence is like the denier of the existence of the sun when the clouds hide it from sight. 4) Sometimes the disappearance of the sun behind the clouds is better for the servants (of God) than its manifestation. Similar is the case with regards to the Imam’s concealment, which is better for them (I.e., the servants of God) in those periods and therefore he is hidden from them. 5) A person attempting to look at the sun is unable to do so when it is completely devoid of cloud cover and such a person may even go blind. The same is the case with the Imam’s august personality. His manifestation may prove detrimental to their (I.e., the servants of God) sight and may prove to be the cause of their blindness from the Truth. Therefore, their faithful consideration of the Imam during his concealment may be compared to the viewing of the sun by a person when it is shrouded by the clouds and hence the person is safeguarded from harm. 6) The sun may come out from behind the clouds and some may be able to view it while others not. Similarly, it is possible for the Imam to manifest himself to some during his concealment and not to others. 7) They (I.e., the Ahlul Bayt) are like the sun with respect to its general benefit and only such as are blind do not benefit from them as is mentioned in the Qur’an: ‚…those who were blind in this life will be blind in the Hereafter, and even further off the path!‛ (17:72) 8) Just as the rays of the sun enter houses depending on the number of windows and apertures available in it and in proportion to the existence or lack of obstacles thereof, so similar is the case with regards to the benefit obtained by creation from the light of their guidance. It is in proportion to the obstacles and impediments removed from their senses and consciences, which are the windows to the desires of the self, and in proportion to the removal from their hearts of thick and dense rings of prohibitive material till they reach the stage when they are beneath the sky, completely enveloped by the rays of the sun from all sides and without any clouds in between. I have here, clarified and explicated for you eight reasons regarding these traditions which compare the Imam to the sun hidden behind the clouds. God had clarified to me eight more reasons due to His grace but words fail me to be able to convey them. May it be that God elucidates for us and you a thousand doors of knowledge from His knowledge, opening up a thousand more doors from every door.4 1. Cited in Bihar al-Anwar, volume 52, chapter 20, page number 92. 2. Cited in Bihar al-Anwar, volume 52, chapter 20, page number 92. 3. Cited in Bihar al-Anwar, volume 52, chapter 20, page number 92. 4. Cited in Bihar al-Anwar, volume 52, chapter 20, page number 93. https://www.al-Islam.org/articles/sun-behind-clouds-allamah-Muhammad-Baqir-al-majlisi
  5. It's natural in the west to be islamaphobic. A simple example being Native English see pubs(bars) as a british cultural institution. In Muslim area they tend to go out of buiness. They see this as a slow form of invasion and take over. It's a major clash. It's a clash that cannot have a middle ground. As Muslims such as myself don’t compromise our beleifs and our happy at the site of pubs closing. *Pubs are just one aspect.
  6. Zaidi use Hafs mostly as it's the most popular. But hadith point to qalun bei g the most authentic.
  7. How am I misleading anyone brother? Did Imam Khamenei not declare it Haram? And did Sayed Sistani not say do it privately? Not once have I given my opinion, only referred the the maraji', and you have came and attacked me. I also know people like Shaykh Vahid Khorosani consider it highly mustahhab, but that is not what OP was asking for, was it? Note: The Imam Khamenei fatwa is widely available online. The Sayed Sistani fatwa I've learned from several scholars over the year, whom I trust, so if you don't want to trust it, be my guest. The closest Sayed Sistani fatwa I can find online is the following, but doesn't really prove what I'm saying: From https://www.al-Islam.org/mutual-respect-peaceful-co-existence-among-Muslim/2-abusing-insulting-leaders-Sunni-madhhab From Imam Khamenei you can view here: http://english.Khamenei.ir/news/3905/Ayatollah-Khamenei-s-fatwa-Insulting-the-Mother-of-the-Faithful
  8. If by cursing you mean using offensive language, then it is forbidden ( no difference whether you do it publicly or in private).
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  10. Salam he/she can free a slave or feeds 60 poor person that for everyone it must be 750 grams(مد Mod) & if until next Ramadan doesn't fast based on precautionary act for each day feeds one person (one mod) مسأله ۱۶۷۹ ـ اگر روزه رمضان را عمداً نگیرد، باید قضای آن را بجا آورد و برای هر روز دو ماه روزه بگیرد، یا به شصت فقیر طعام بدهد، یا یک بنده آزاد کند، و چنانچه تا رمضان آینده قضای آن روزه را بجا نیاورد ـ بنا بر احتیاط لازم ـ برای هر روز یک مُد طعام نیز کفاره بدهد. problem 1679 https://www.Sistani.org/persian/book/50/71/
  11. Nigeria's Shia protesters: A minority at odds with the government After much bloodshed, rallies continue as prominent Shia leader Ibrahim El Zakzaky languishes in prison. https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/features/nigeria-Shia-protesters-minority-odds-government-190421221658598.html
  12. I wholeheartedly agree with your view on nationalism and racism. We humans are all mixed to some degree and I don't see why we shouldn't be. While I agree with your statement, I would much prefer to live in the same country with reformist Iranians rather than with any of those other dudes. Especially not the last 3. Like Ashvazdanghe said they were/are enemies of Ahlul Bayt. Reformist Iranians don't subscribe to takfiri ideology. Whether reformist Iranians will be forgiven on the day of judgement is for Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to decide. Not me.
  13. Ashvazdanghe

    Hijri dates

    you can follow hijri date of the place that you are living in it but for start & end of Ramdan must follow your Marja.
  14. Yemen risks 'massive resurgence' of cholera: Oxfam http://en.abna24.com/news//yemen-risks-massive-resurgence-of-cholera-oxfam_937682.html April 20, 2019 - 6:46 PM News Code : 937682 Source : AFPLink: Oxfam has warned that war-torn Yemen risks a "massive resurgence" of cholera, with around 195,000 suspected cases of the disease recorded so far this year. Blasts, airstrikes rock Tripoli amid fierce fighting http://en.abna24.com/news//blasts-airstrikes-rock-tripoli-amid-fierce-fighting_937787.html April 21, 2019 - 4:31 PM News Code : 937787 Source : Press TVLink: Several airstrikes and explosions have reportedly shaken the Libyan capital of Tripoli as fierce fighting continues between Libya’s UN-backed government troops and forces loyal to renegade general Khalifa Haftar.
  15. Speaking to people of Shoureh Village; Pres. Rouhani: I assure people in flood-hit areas that gov’t stands by them http://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-I-assure-people-in-flood-hit-areas-that-gov’t-stands-by-them_937684.html http://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-we’ll-build-more-beautiful-powerful-better-chammehr_937672.html http://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-reconstruction-of-pol-dokhtar-ma’moulan-other-flood-hit-villages-on-gov’t-agenda_937671.html April 20, 2019 - 6:49 PM News Code : 937684 Source : President.irLink: President Rouhani said that the government is determined to compensate the repair the damages in the flood-stricken areas.
  16. Tehran's Friday Prayers Leader; Senior cleric warns of Europe's unreliability in face of US anti-Iran measures http://en.abna24.com/news//senior-cleric-warns-of-europes-unreliability-in-face-of-us-anti-Iran-measures_937533.html April 19, 2019 - 4:33 PM News Code : 937533 Source : MehrLink: Tehran's interim Friday prayers leader Kazem Sedighi warned the Iranian officials not to be deceived by Europe’s promises, saying that while the US animosity is apparent, the Europeans are also practicing deception today. At coordination meeting of Lorestan Disaster Management Taskforce; Pres. Rouhani: Gov’t, other branches, armed forces, public institutions always alongside people http://en.abna24.com/news//pres-rouhani-gov’t-other-branches-armed-forces-public-institutions-always-alongside-people_937669.html April 20, 2019 - 4:34 PM News Code : 937669 Source : President.irLink: Stating that housing reconstruction plans must be developed based on the reoccurrence of floods, the President said, “The Red Crescent, EMS, executive officials, IRGC, Army, Basij, and Police did a great job in dealing with the recent floods in the country”. Iranian, Pakistani Foreign Ministers discuss counter-terrorism http://en.abna24.com/news//iranian-Pakistani-foreign-ministers-discuss-counter-terrorism_937674.html April 20, 2019 - 6:14 PM News Code : 937674 Source : TasnimLink: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and his Pakistani counterpart, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, held talks on a host of issues, including the latest efforts to combat terrorism in the Middle East region
  17. I tend to agree with you. It is known that Imam Ali (عليه السلام) when reading ayat al Noor, used to recite 'Allah nawwarus samawati wal ardh' instead of 'Allah noor us samawati wal ardh'. Meaning 'Allah enlighted the skies and Earth', not 'Allah is the light of the skies and Earth'. Does this Qirat fit into an accepted Qirat ?
  18. Nonsense, which Twelver “scholars” say that “there is no difference between an Imam and a Nabi except the name”? When our ahadith clearly outline the difference. And it’s the Sunnis that have a hadith stating “if there was a Prophet after me, it would be Umar.” Ahmadis just built upon Sunni narrations, and have one more Prophet. We don’t equal Imams, Prophets and Messangers, nor we have any more Prophets after the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله‎‎). This is a very serious slander in my opinion.
  19. Muhammad b. Yahya from Ahmad b. Muhammad from al-Husayn b. Sa`eed from Hamad b. `Isa from al-Husayn b. al-Mukhtar from al-Harith b. al-Mughira from Humran b. A`yan. He said: Abu Ja`far عليه السلام said that `Ali عليه السلام was a muhaddath, so I went to my companions and said: I have come with strange news. They said: And what is it? So I said: I heard Abu Ja`far عليه السلام say that `Ali عليه السلام was amuhaddath. They then said: What did you do? Would that you had asked him about who would speak to him (I.e. `Ali). So I returned to him and said: I have narrated to my companions what you had narrated to me, and they said, “What did you do? Would that you had asked him who would speak to him”. So he told me: An angel would speak to him. I said: Are you saying he was a Prophet? He said, while gesturing with his finger like this (I.e. in the negative): Rather, he was like the companion of Sulayman, or like the companion of Musa, or like Dhul Qarnayn, or what has been said to you: Among you is one similar to him (I.e. similar to Dhul Qarnayn). (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 707) Sa`ad b. `Abd Allāh[6] narrated from Aḥmad b. Muḥammad b. `Īsa from `Alī b. al-Nu`mān from Hārūn b. Khārijah from Abī Baṣīr[ from Abī Ja`far (عليه السلام) said, “Dhu’l Qarnayn was not a Prophet, but he was a righteous slave, he loved Allāh, and Allāh loved him. He was an adviser of Allāh, and Allāh advised him. He commanded his people to taqwa of Allāh, and they hit him on the (side) of his head, and he disappeared from them for a time, then he returned to them and they hit him on his other (side) of his head, and there is among you who is upon his sunnah (tradition)”
  20. I have heard of scholarly quotes that effectively say that there is no difference between an Imam and a Nabi except the name and that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is Al-Khatim Nabiyeen. I would argue this is problematic because then it makes Twelvers hardly any different to Ahmediyyah (who believe in a non-law-giving Prophet after the Prophet (SAW)), but to each their own I guess....
  21. You say one thing and then try and retrace some. Did the Ancholi Baqir Nisar hit hard that you decided to up the ante and skew to the personal. Don't , it is a sign of weakness and frustration and losing the argument. Please don't think you bring something new to the table which the other scholars were unaware of. They have over the centuries sifted all the authentic material and have only drawn those 3 points of view. 1. Imams(عليه السلام) are superior to all Prophets(as0 except for Prophet Muhammad(sawws).....only Imams, kindly note very carefully 2. Only Ulul Azm Prophets(عليه السلام) are superior to the 12 Imams(عليه السلام)....Hazrat Isa(عليه السلام) is one of them, just in case Baqir Nisar or Tassaduq say something else 3. All Prophets(عليه السلام) are superior to the Imams(عليه السلام) and then we have the Qiyas warped conjectural views of Baqir Nisar Zaidi of Ancholi or Tassaduq Hussain of Lahore and their adherents. So my dear brother what you profess is not a Shia view so kindly tell me what new madhab is this?
  22. The Imam recited following verse from the Holy Qur'an Sura al-Haj [22:52]
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