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  1. The answer to your question all hinges on what you define as a 'politician'. That will define your answer. By praising Muawiya(la) for his 'unparalleled political wisdom' and 'immaculate decision making', you are defining a 'politician' as someone who does anything and everything (halal, haram, good, bad, wicked, etc) in order to gain and maintain temporal political power. If that is how you define 'politician', then yes Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) was a failed politician. So you did your post with your question and your answer already 'answered' before anyone responded. Which makes me question your motives for posting it in the first place What you are not addressing is the fact that the vast majority of people, and the vast majority of Muslims even, do not define a politician in that way. A politician, common definition, is someone who uses the mechanism of the State (the capital, labor, armed forces, land, natural resources, etc) in order to server and improve the lives of the people who live within that State and to serve as a moral and ethical example to the people. Their primary goal is to serve the people, not themselves and their very small group of supporters only. If that is how you define politician, then Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) was definitely the most successful politician in history. The moral and ethical example part I probably don't need to go into because Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) was universally acknowledged as such. The 'using the mechanisms of the State in order to improve the lives of the people' is that part that was began by Imam((عليه السلام)) but unfortunately he only had a very short time because he was fought against at every turn by the likes of Muawiya and his ilk who were only concerned with establishing and maintaining their own power and priveledge. The main point of contention, and the reason why Muawiya fought Imam Ali((عليه السلام)), was because he (Imam Ali) wanted to distribute the Bayt Al Mal (funds from the public treasury) with equity and justice in society and wanted to appoint governors and judges based on their morals, ethics, competancy, and qualifications for the position rather than on their relationship to some ruler or Sultan appointed by the former Caliphs. Muawiya saw this equitable distribution as a threat to his power, because he used the Bayt Al Mal as a 'slush fund' to bribe various 'strong men' within the society to support him, and didn't use it for it's intended purpose, which was to improve the lives of the citizens of the State. There are too many examples to cite here, but the point is that Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) goal was to establish justice and equity in society and he was consistent in every way in moving toward that goal from the second he became Caliph up till the day he was assasinated. There is no politician in history who was more consistent and constant in moving toward this goal, while maintaining the highest ethical and moral standards for himself and those directly around him. He is often cited by Western Politicians in this regard, when it is convenient for them to do so.
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  2. Salam Alaykum Everyone, Long time! Inshallah you all are well. Happy New Year!
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  3. I wish all my friends on this forum God's blessings and guidance for the new year. May God be always with you and hold you by your right hand. I painted this picture thinking of God's invitation to step from the old into the new with him.
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  4. Haji 2003

    Thoughts 2022

    I thought it would be good to start with an oldie, but a goody, that reflects the current state of the world.
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  5. Question: Can one blame the Shia’s for killing Imam Husain ((عليه السلام))? Who is responsible for this tragedy of killing the grandson of the Prophet? Answer: Please consider the following facts: 1. This claim is self-contradictory! Shi’a means ‘follower’. How could one follow a leader but fight against him? A follower fights for his Imam, not against him. 2. Almost all historians have reported that when Imam Husain ((عليه السلام)) left Mecca to Kufa, Yazid wrote a letter to the governor of Kufa, Obaydullah Ibn Ziad, ordering him to ‘either behead (Imam) Husain or take him as a slave!” and Ibn Ziad killed the Imam and sent his head to Yazid. (al-Zahabi, vol 3. P.305). Therefore, Yazid is the main perpetrator of the tragedy of Karbala. 3. Most of those who fought Imam Husain ((عليه السلام)) in Karbala had come from Kufa. However, it is not true that most of the Kufans at that time were Shi’a. Ibn Abil-Hadid, the famous Sunni historian reports: “Mo’awiyah declared an announcement that whoever narrates a Hadith on the virtues of Abu-Torab (i.e. Imam Ali ((عليه السلام))) and his family, his blood is not respected. This rule cost the Kufans the most, as there were many Shi’a residing in Kufa. Mo’awiyah appointed Ziad Ibn Abih as the governor of Kufa to kill the Shi’a of Kufa or send them in exile. As a result, most of the renowned Shi’a left Kufa.” (Ibn Abil-Hadid, vol. 11 p.44). The above incident took place almost 7 years before the tragedy of Karbala. 4. Here are the names of the most famous murderers of Karbala: Omar Ibn Sa’d, Shimr Ibn Ziljoshan, Shabath Ibn Reb’ee, Hajjar Ibn Abjad, Amr Ibn Hajjaj, Harmala Ibn Kahel. These are among the people who when Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) opposed Salat al-Tarawih to be held in congregation (during his reign in Kufa), they opposed the Imam and cried: “Tradition of Umar (is being ignored!), tradition of Umar (is being ignored!” (Ibn Abil-Hadid, vol. 12 p.283). Would you call such people Shi’a?! 5. I think the best person to answer that question is Imam Husain ((عليه السلام)). He never referred to the criminals of Karbala as his followers or ex-followers! Rather he called them the Shi’a (followers) of the children of Abu-Sofyan: On the day of Ashura when the holy Imam saw that they are intending to raid his tents, he shouted at them: “Woe to you O’ Shi’a (followers) of the children of Abi-Sofyan! If you do not adhere to any religion nor fear Resurrection Day, then (at least) act manly in your worldly affairs.” (al-Kharazmi, vol.2 p.38). 6. The murderers of Karbala also never introduced themselves as the lovers of Husain ((عليه السلام)). They rather said: “Surely, we fight you for our hatred towards your father”! (al-Qondoozi, p.346). They also called Imam Husain ((عليه السلام)) a liar!: “O Husain, O liar son of a liar!” (Ibn Athir vol.4 p.67). 7. Which lover, let alone follower. Would slay the infant of his beloved Imam?! Which lover, let alone follower, would ride his horse on the chest of his beloved Imam and proudly cry: “We leveled the chest and the back”?!! (Ibn Athir, vol.4 p.80). 8. The late Seyyed Mohsin al-Amin very correctly said: “God forbid! That the murderers of Imam Husain ((عليه السلام)) be his Shi’a. Some of those who killed the Imam were people of greed with no real faith, some had allegiance to the evil-doers, some just followed their chiefs who were allured by the love of Donya, but there were no Shi’a or lovers of Ahlul-Bayt among the criminals of Karbala.” (A’yanu-Shi’a, vol. 1 p.585) Answered by: Sheikh Mansour Leghaei
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  6. Consciously ask the Angels that are with you to join you in salaat each time you pray, whether in jamaat at the Masjid or alone at home, this may help....
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  8. I have been married to my third husband since 2014. I was 40 years old when we married. Ladies, there is no too old.
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  9. Ain-Al Hayat

    Happy New Year!

    Salam un alykum Happy New year everyone May this new year brings a lot of peace, prosperity & happiness to the Muslim world. May ALLAH protect us. Hope everyone is doing well:)
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  10. Diaz

    Happy New Year!

    Happy new year everyone, may allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) shower is blessing on us and on our loved ones, and May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) give us a sign this year of the arrival of imam mahdi (عجّل الله تعالى فرجه الشريف), this world is really filled with corruption only.
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  11. Meedy

    Happy New Year!

    Salam, Happy New year to you and everyone as well. InshAllah and hopefully this year becomes better than the last year.
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  12. Mental illness. Bad temper. Treats the waiter badly. Treats anyone badly. Does not communicate with family. Has only horror stories about past friends or relationships. Fantasizes about violence. Signs of narcissism. Signs of obsessive behaviors. Stalking. Being inconsiderate of your feelings or needs. Moodiness. Lying. Threatening. Spending excessively. Laziness. Apathy about the world. Stupidity. Basically, anything that you wouldn't want to live with is a "red flag". Do not ignore them.
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  13. Hi, I tested positive for Corona, had and still have symptoms. I'm vaccinated too. Don't take your health for granted. Wa Salam and take care
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  14. I have not been a practicing person until my 30 but I have had general sense & understanding of faith due to living in a muslim country aka Iran which by increasing my knowledge I have became a regular practicing person which I try to remain a practicing person inshaAllah .
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  15. Diaz

    Thoughts 2022

    Pls everyone pray for me, I’m planning to search for a job but I still can’t find any. Plus I’m not sure if this year I can join any university because we are having a lot of financial problems.
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  16. notme

    Thoughts 2022

    Starting next week and until May, I'm going to be super extra busy with classes, work, and volunteer work, in addition to taking care of my family. But in the summer I'm planning a driving tour of the United States. I'm definitely going to want to see Grand Canyon and Sequoia National Forest. Any other great spots to visit? Right now it looks like I'll be driving and camping, and only my two youngest children want to come with me. And then for my second ever in my life vacation, I want to fly somewhere in 2023. Where in the world should I vacation for a few weeks in June, July, or August?
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  17. root

    Thoughts on Iran

    Ok, that is a tough question. There are parts of the government which I sometimes support and sometimes i don't depending on who is in place at that current time. - Specially the Executive branch and Parliament, sometimes they are very competent and care for the Nation and it's people, other times they are useless, and in my opinion sometimes traitors to the worst degree. - I wish that the Judicial system had more power, but that is just my wish and does not necessarily mean that I'm right in that wish. - I very much so support the Assembly of Experts institution. - The Idea of Guardian Council is very good. In the end you have to be more specific unfortunately, because it's a very broad question. Iran from 1979 to present day has changed a lot. If you consider 1979 and too mid 90s Iranians population was very "greyish", meaning a lot of people where somewhere in the middle. Now it's more black and white in my opinion. We also have what we call "ريزش و رويش" which roughly translates to "Fall and rise". We say every revolution has a "fall and rise". Meaning some people will fall off after a while (become atheist, don't care anymore, etc etc). But at the same time it will also have a rise, meaning people who join and follow and dedicate their lives. It's very easy to see the falls, because it's often loud. People who fall off religion and faith, are often loud about it. But those who rise and get's added to it are more often than not behind the curtains. You only see them in certain occasions such as when Covid hit, the thousands of young Basijs and revolutionary youth that volunteered day in and day out. Suddenly it was visible. Or when ISIS started, the thousands of youth that volunteered to go fight, you didn't see much of the atheists or Zoroastrians then. At the same time there are thousands of religious youth that do volunteer work daily in addiction centers, hospitals, schools, when natural catastrophes happen. But you don't see that, because it's silent and they don't wear a sign on their backs saying "hey look at me, im religious and im helping"
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  18. Salaam, To give a concrete example: لى: السناني، عن الاسدي، عن النخعي، عن عمه النوفلي، عن علي بن سالم عن أبي بصير، عن أبي عبد الله الصادق عليه السلام قال: إن الله تبارك وتعالى لا يوصف بزمان ولا مكان ولا حركة ولا انتقال ولا سكون، بل هو خالق الزمان والمكان والحركة و السكون والانتقال، تعالى عما يقول الظالمون علواكبيرا. Al Sinany, from Al Asady, from Al Nakhaie, from his uncle Al Nowfaly, from Ali Bin Salim, from Abu Baseer, ‘From Abu Abdullah Al-Sadiq having said: ‘Allah Blessed and Exalted can neither be described by the time, nor a place, nor movement, nor transfer, nor transition, nor sleep. But, He is the Creator of the time, and the place, and the movement, and the sleep, and the transition. Exalted is He from what the unjust ones are saying, Lofty, Great’’. 2 - شا، ج: روي أن بعض أحبار اليهود جاء إلى أبي بكر فقال له: أنت خليفة رسول الله على الامة ؟ فقال: نعم، فقال: إنا نجد في التورية أن خلفاء الانبياء أعلم اممهم، فخبرني عن الله أين هو ؟ في السماء هو أم في الارض ؟ فقال له أبو بكر: في السماء على العرش، It is reported that one of the Jewish Rabbis came to Abu Bakr and said to him, ‘Are you the Caliph of Rasool-Allah upon the community?’ He said, ‘Yes’. He said, ‘We find in the Torah that the Caliphs of the Prophetsas are the most knowledgeable of theiras communities, so tell me about Allah, where is He? Is He in the sky or in the earth?’ Abu Bakr said to him, ‘In the sky upon the Throne’. قال اليهودي: فأرى الارض خالية منه، فأراه على هذا القول في مكان دون مكان ! فقال له أبو بكر: هذا كلام الزنادقة، اعزب عني وإلا قتلتك، فولى الرجل متعجبا يستهزئ بالاسلام، The Jew said, ‘But (then) I see the earth empty from Him, and I see Him, based upon this word, to be in a place besides a place!’ Abu Bakr said to him, ‘This is a speech of the atheists. Be distant from me or else I will kill you!’ So, the man turned around wondering, mocking with Al-Islam. فاستقبله أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فقال له: يا يهودي قد عرفت ما سألت عنه وما اجبت به وإنا نقول: إن الله عزوجل أين الاين فلا أين له، وجل من أن يحويه مكان، وهو في كل مكان بغير مماسة ولا مجاورة، يحيط علما بما فيها، ولا يخلو شئ من تدبيره تعالى، وإني مخبرك بما جاء فيكتاب منكتبكم، يصدق بما ذكرته لك فإن عرفته أتؤمن به ؟ Amir Al-Momineen faced him and said to him: ‘O Jew! I have recognised what you asked about and what you have been answered with, and we are saying that Allah Mighty and Majestic is ‘where’ of the whereness, therefore there is no ‘where’ for Him, and He is more Majestic than for a place to contain Him, and He is in every place without an adjacency nor a vicinity. He Encompasses knowledge with whatever there is in it, and there is nothing empty from the arrangement of the Exalted, and I shall inform you with whatever has come in a Book from your Books, ratifying with what I have mentioned to you. So, if you recognise it, will you believe in it?’ قال اليهودي: نعم، قال: ألستم تجدون في بعض كتبكم أن موسى بن عمران كان ذات يوم جالسا. إذ جاءه ملك من المشرق فقال له: من أين جئت ؟ قال: من عند الله عزوجل، ثم جاءه ملك من المغرب فقال له: من أين جئت ؟ قال: من عند الله عزوجل، The Jew said, ‘Yes’. He said: ‘Aren’t you finding in one of your books that Musa Bin (son of) Imran was seated one day when an Angel came from the east, so heas said to him: ‘Where are you coming from?’ He said, ‘From the Presence of Allah Mighty and Majestic’. Then an Angel came from the west, and heas said to him: ‘Where are you coming from?’ He said, ‘From the Presence of Allah Mighty and Majestic’. ثم جاءه ملك آخر، فقال له: من أين جئت ؟ قال: قد جئتك من السماء السابعة من عند الله عزوجل، وجاءه ملك آخر فقال: من أين جئت ؟ قال: قد جئتك من الارض السابعة السفلى من عند الله عزوجل، Then another Angel came, and heas said to him: ‘Where are you coming from?’ He said, ‘I am coming from the seventh sky from the Presence of Allah Mighty and Majestic’. And another Angel came and heas said: ‘Where are you coming from?’ He said, ‘I have come from the seventh lowest firmament from the Presence of Allah Mighty and Majestic’. فقال موسى عليه السلام: سبحان من لا يخلو منه مكان ولا يكون إلى مكان أقرب من مكان، فقال اليهودي: أشهد أن هذا هو الحق المبين، وأنك أحق بمقام نبيك ممن استولى عليه. So, Musaas said: ‘Glorious is the One Who, there is no place empty from Him, nor does He happen to be closer to a place than a (another) place’. The Jew said, ‘I testify that this, it is the manifest Truth, and you are more deserving of a place of your Prophetas than the one who is ruling over it’’.232 3 - شا، ج: روى الشعبي أنه سمع أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام رجلا يقول: والذي احتجب بسبع طباق، فعلاه بالدرة، ثم قال له: يا ويلك إن الله أجل من أن يحتجب عن شئ، أو يحتجب عنه شئ سبحان الذي لا يحويه مكان، ولا يخفى عليه شئ في الارض ولا في السماء، Source: Bihar al anwar, Volume 3, The Book of Tawheed Ch 14 H2 https://hubeali.com/books/English-Books/BiharAlAnwaar/BiharAlAnwaar_V3.pdf#page351
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  19. For me, I haven’t seen the Prophet or the Imams. But once I was convinced of God, and about His perfection in every which way from the angle of my personal understanding (of course He is way beyond my comprehension), among many things that point to His perfection, I thought of His insistence of Guidance. And once I came to realize how important this Guidance thing is for Him, so much so that He won’t even talk to me without making the Prophet a medium in between Himself and me, I thought it would be stupid if He would allow the Guidance to discontinue. Tell you the truth I won’t even consider Him a true God if he had left gaps in His guidance system. Cutting the long story short, continuation of Guidance from Prophet to Prophet-like made me a Shia from the Aqeeda wise.
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  20. Dear friend, I chose Shia Islam because I prefer to take my deen from the Ahlul-Bayt. They had zero hope of gaining position and sacrificed what little they had to stand against the wealth and secularism of the growing Islamic empire. In them I find an example that calls me to seek knowledge, to sacrifice my material wealth for the well-being of others, and to always work on my character. To me it’s about the relationship that I have with the Imams, and about how I can honestly say I’m a more patient, honest, and mannered person for having learned from their example. Wa Allahu a’alam
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  21. Probably some differences in the understanding of the level of infallibility. But I doubt it’s major. but differences in opinion on the level of infallibility exists even for prophets. From my research and attending lectures, infallibility is due to knowledge. We are all “infallible” to some degree because of our knowledge. We wouldn‘t do X or Y because we have knowledge of somethings, be it from experience or second hand knowledge. Our level of “infallibility” is very low. Sometimes we have knowledge but lack taqwa. Even when we know something is bad, we may still do it. We can still commit sins, but there is a very high probability we won’t commit some sins, like murder or grand theft because we know the consequences here and the hereafter. Also, we have hijab which prevents us on seeing what awaits us, be it good or bad, The Imams’ infallibility is based on knowledge and wisdom that Allah has bestowed upon them, it’s not as if they are prevented from sinning. They have clearer vision and can see what’s ahead.
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  22. Salam. Yes, keep taking all the antibiotics for your tooth. Dentists in the US give 7 to 10 days of antibiotics when your tooth is pulled out. Also it takes 2 weeks to heal, so please rest as much as you can and try not to worry. Praying for you and your family.
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  23. Tell the friend to give the money back to whoever he / she stole it from. If they refuse to do that, don't hang around with them anymore. They're not trustworthy. You don't want to be around untrustworthy people because eventually they will end up doing something bad to you.
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  24. سلام Here's a Hasan narration: مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ يَحْيَى عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنْ عَلِيِّ بْنِ اَلْحَكَمِ عَنِ اَلْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ أَبِي اَلْعَلاَءِ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اَللَّهِ عَلَيْهِ اَلسَّلاَمُ قَالَ: كَانَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ لَحِماً يُحِبُّ اَللَّحْمَ . Source: الکافي ج ۶، ص ۳۰۹ Simple and concise! The prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) ate meat and loved meat. There's nothing spiritual or moral about being a vegetarian. (When Halal meat is available.)
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  25. It could be. Depression is often lack of hope that the future will be better. If we aim for Paradise we are working toward a better future, but sometimes we struggle along the way. Loneliness, lack of opportunities, lack of social and community ties, family problems, sins, all can lead to depression.
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  26. notme

    Thoughts 2022

    There's covid in my house now. Two of my kids are sick and tested positive. The rest of us are fine. Hopefully we stay that way and these two recover quickly.
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  27. Salam, Let put couples of scenarios: 1. According to a person's belief, he directly ask several Gods to grant him his request for help. 2. According to another person belief, he directly ask to The God to grant him his request for help. 3. According to another person belief, there are Gods and representatives of Gods. He make a request to representatives and for them to ask Gods or anyone of the Gods to grant him his request. 4. According to another person belief, there is only One God and there are few representatives of God among us. He request from the representatives to ask The God for help on his behalf. He believe that the representatives are naturally very close to God because God constantly communicating with His representatives. The communication between God and His representatives never been cut off as long as God wishes because they are considered Alive. Meaning they are not disconnected from both God or humans. Scenario 1 and scenario 3, are not allowed based on 72:18, 18:14, 28:88, 27:117 (as Bro @Muslim2010 clearly stated) Scenario 2 is a common understanding and accepted by muslims. Scenario 4 only accepted by certain muslims who believe in waseela and tawassul. Muslims who accept scenario 2 and scenario 4, believe in Oneness of God. The only difference is the mean in bringing the request to The God. Direct or in certain occasions using the Representatives as the mean. Wallahualam.
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  28. Salam, I didn't take my religion all that seriously until I was about 19. I think the thing that guided me was that I always had a sense of feeling bad when I did bad things whereas others would get used to their sins and not think about it anymore. I was also never pleased with my level of piety and honest with myself, while my classmates would give themselves a passing mark and deem themselves worthy of Heaven. So even though I wasn't religious, the natural attitude that Allah instilled in me always pointed me in the right direction. Then when I got older I became more and more burned and disillusioned by the dunya, until finally when I became sick of it I decided to go in the direction where I knew I was supposed to go all along. Getting closer to God should be natural. Sometimes you do have to go through a bit of pressure, but probably not how you're experiencing. My advice is to focus on what you like and run with it, then as a consequence all the other aspects of worship will get pulled along. So if you like charity, start a charity club at your school (I really wish I did that). If you like Quran, start learning and memorizing it. If you like history, focus on that. Do the thing that naturally resonates with you and doesn't feel like a chore. If you're not sure, focus on avoiding sins. That should propel you towards God at 400mph. Don't worry about others. As far as you're concerned the only people who exist in the universe are you and Allah.
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  29. History testifies that those influential people who were the key element in agitation against Uthman include Talha, Zubair, Aisha (the mother of believers), Abdurrahman Ibn Ouf, and Amr Ibn al-Aas (the army commander of Muawiyah). A) Talha Talha Ibn Ubaydillah was one of the biggest agitator against Uthman and was the one who plotted his murder. He then used that incident for revenge against ‘Ali by starting the first civil war in the history of Islam (i.e., the battle of Camel). Abzay said: I witnessed the day they went in against Uthman. They entered the house through an opening in the residence of Amr Ibn Hazm. There was a skirmishing and they got in. By God, I have not forgotten that Sudan Ibn Humran came out and I heard him say: "Where is Talha Ibn Ubaydillah? We have killed Ibn Affan!” Reference: History of al-Tabari, English version, v15, p200 Marwan Ibn al-Hakam who was in the ranks of Talha, saw Talha is retreating (when his army was being defeated in the battlefield). Since he and all Umayad recognized him and al-Zubair as the murderers of Uthman, he shot an arrow at him and severely wounded him. He then said to Aban, the son of Uthman, that: "I have spared you from one of your father’s murderers.”Talha was taken to a ruined house in Basra where he died. References: - Tabaqat, by Ibn Sa’ad, v3, part 1, p159 B) Al-Zubair al-Zuhri, another important Sunni narrator who is famous for his dislike of Ahlul-Bayt, reported the following dialogue of Imam ‘Ali with Zubair and Talha before the start of battle of Camel: "‘Ali said: ‘Zubair, do you fight me for the blood of Uthman after you killed him? May God give the most hostile to Uthman among us the consequence which that very person dislikes.’ He said to Talha: ‘Talha, you have brought the wife of the Messenger of God (Aisha) to use her for war and hid your wife at your house (in Medina)! Did you not give me your allegiance?’ Talha said: ‘I gave you the allegiance while the sword was on my neck.’ Reference: History of al-Tabari, Arabic version, Events of year 36 AH v4, p905 C) Aisha Talha and Zubair were not the only collaborators against Uthman. Sunni history tells us that Talha’s cousin, Aisha, was collaborating and campaigning against Uthman as well. The following paragraph also from the History of al-Tabari shows the cooperation of Aisha with Talha in overthrowing Uthman: While Ibn Abbas was setting out for Mecca, he found Aisha in al-Sulsul (seven miles south of Medina). Aisha said: "O’ Ibn Abbas, I appeal to you by God, to abandon this man (Uthman) and sow doubt about him among the people, for you have been given a sharp tongue. (By the current siege over Uthman) people have shown their understanding, and light is raised to guide them. I have seen Talha has taken the possession of the keys to the public treasuries and storehouses. If he becomes Caliph (after Uthman), he will follow the path of his parental cousin Abu-Bakr.”Ibn Abbas said: "O’ Mother (of believers), if something happens to that man (i.e., Uthman), people would seek asylum only with our companion (namely, ‘Ali).”Aisha replied: "Be quiet! I have no desire to defy or quarrel with you." Reference: History of al-Tabari, English version, v15, pp 238-239 Many Sunni historian reported that Once Aisha went to Uthman and asked for her share of inheritance of Prophet (after so many years passed from the death of Prophet). Uthman refrained to give Aisha any money by reminding her that she was one those who testified and encouraged Abu-Bakr to refrain to pay the share of inheritance of Fatimah (sa). So if Fatimah does not have any share of inheritance, then why should she? Aisha became extremely angry at Uthman, and came out saying: "Kill this old fool (Na’thal), for he is unbeliever." References: - History of Ibn Athir, v3, p206 D) Amr Ibn Al-Aas Amr Ibn al-Aas (the number 2 person in the government of Muawiyah) was one of the most dangerous agitators against Uthman and he had all the reasons to conspire against him. He was the governor of Egypt during the reign of the second Caliph. However, the third Caliph dismissed him and replaced him with his foster brother, Abdullah Ibn Sa’d Ibn Abu Sharh. As a result of this, Amr became extremely hostile towards Uthman. According to Tabari, when Uthman was besieged, Amr settled in the palace of al-Ajlan and used to ask from people about the situation of Uthman: ..Amr had not left his seat before a second rider passed by. Amr called him out: "How is Uthman doing?”The man replied: "He has been killed.”Amr then said: "I am Abu Abdillah. When I scratch an ulcer, I cut it off. (i.e., when I desire an object, I attain it). I have been provoking (people) against him, even the shepherd on the top of mountains with his flock.” Then Salamah Ibn Rawh said to him: "You, the Qurai[Edited Out]es, have broken a strong tie between yourselves and the Arabs. Why did you do that?”Amr replied: "We wanted to draw the truth out of the pit of falsehood, and to have people be on an equal footing as regards the truth.” Reference: History of al-Tabari, English version, v15, pp 171-172 The divider of Muslims ignored what is well known in the history of Islam which was reported by important Sunni reporters. The revolt against Uthman was as a result of the efforts of influential companions in Medina, such as Aisha, Talha, Zubair, Aburrahman Ibn Ouf, and Amr Ibn al-Aas. The murder of Uthman provided a nice scapegoat for those who were fighting over more power, while serving under the government of Uthman. They were mainly his relatives, the Umayad, such as Muawiyah and Marwan, who thoroughly took advantage of Uthman’s life as well as his death. Imam ‘Ali said in the battle of Camel: "Truth and falsehood can not be identified by the virtue of people. First understand the truth, you will then realize who is adhering to it.”(Nahjul Balaghah, by Imam ‘Ali) https://www.al-islam.org/shiite-encyclopedia/companions-who-murdered-uthman Thus all your statements are just false conjectures baseless and without any evidence, these conjectures against Imam Ali (عليه السلام) stand rejected. wasalam
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  30. you must provide a reference for your batalant lie not me because you have fabricated such nonsense about Imam Hasan (رضي الله عنه) & Muhammad ibn Abu bakr (رضي الله عنه) which every Shia knows him as loyal follower of Imam Ali(عليه السلام) which have good relation with Imam Hasan(عليه السلام)which you have fabricated a lie in name of Imam Hasan(عليه السلام) for humilation of Muhammad ibn Abu bakr (رضي الله عنه) then consequently Imam Ali(عليه السلام).
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  31. Salam this is typical wahabi defending of cursed Muawiah by calling his rebel against legal caliph & causing deviation in Islam & misleading muslims by justifying it as Ijtihad & justifying his innovation in religion & rulership by appointing his cursed son as his successor against condition of peace treaty with Imam Hasan (عليه السلام) for total destroying of Islam which only sacrifice of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) has saved Islam from total destruction by enemies of Islam likewise cursed Muawiah & his cursed son & successor . This is clearly a batalant lie which just came out from deluded mind of a Nasibi (Enemy of Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) as common abusive language & propaganda of Wahabist against Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام)
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  32. notme

    Thoughts 2022

    Governor of Virginia is trying to kill us. He signed an executive order banning mask and vaccine mandates. On Friday, 20 of about 60 teachers at my workplace were out sick and children are dying at rates we've never seen before. Of course the federal government is not better - ending the tracking of covid infection and death rates. They're trying to kill us. I'm going to get sick and possibly die for $17/year, which isn't even enough to live. Worse yet, maybe I'll be fine and children will die. Several of my students are sick.
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  33. Muslims in Uhud lost because they didn't listen to the Prophets orders, they disobeyed him due to money and loot. Muslims in Siffin lost for the same exact reason in essence.
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  34. You'll have to try harder than that
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  35. He was offered the caliphhood on the condition he follows the way of Abu Bakr and Umar, and he rejected it. Even though at that point in time the most important thing that could happen in the world was Imam Ali (عليه السلام) becoming caliph, he rejected the position because in Islam the ends do not justify the means. Allah knows what is wrong with you to try to be blind to the ocean of light that this man possesses, light that Sunnis also deeply appreciate. He was the hero of every battle, the third Muslim of all time, one of the Prophet (عليه السلام)'s earliest supporters, the husband of the Prophet (عليه السلام)'s daughter, assassinated while in salah, a depth of wisdom and knowledge, and you're sitting here trying to see him in a negative light. Not even the most bitter salafis and wahabis cross this line. Is it because you're jealous of him? Do you hate the truth itself? Allah knows what disease you have. edit: We should also be careful when handling these agents. They always have ulterior motives. Maybe he means to mock us, to start a flame war, to insult us, to prey on the weak-minded. Whatever the case, don't take threads like these at the surface-level.
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  36. For Political thoughts of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) the following extracts are presented for your information: Only a few know about his political thought, governance model and the role played by him in evolving the Islamic jurisprudence after the death of Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). In fact, his political thought essentially paved the way for the establishment of a somewhat democratic, egalitarian and welfare-based polity during the Rashidun Caliphate. Nahj al-Balagha (peak of eloquence) is the most celebrated collection of sermons, letters and narrations attributed to Hazrat Ali. The political thought of Hazrat Ali formed the underlying basis for a welfare Muslim state. In fact, a number of universally-acknowledged elements of good governance can well be traced back to this five-year Caliphate period (656-661 AD). Nahj al-Balagha includes a famous letter written by Hazrat Ali to Maalik Ashtar, his newly-appointed governor in Egypt. Containing a set of useful instructions, this letter was primarily aimed at ensuring the efficient and people-centric governance in the province of the Caliphate. In this letter, Hazrat Ali exhaustively elaborated and discussed some important aspects of public governance. Therefore, for all intent and purposes, this letter is a great charter of good governance. This letter thoroughly reflects the underlying priorities, policies and practices of the Caliphate towards its subjects. Sternly believing the justice to be the principal basis for the state and the society, Hazrat Ali laid great emphasis on the efficient dispensation of justice in the Caliphate. He was equally convinced that “an un-Islamic government may last for a while, but tyranny cannot be endured at all.” He stated, “No nation or society, in which the stronger does not discharge its duty to the weaker, will rise to high position”. Former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan has observed, “The Caliph Ali Bin Abi Talib is considered the fairest governor who appeared during human history (After the Prophet Muhammad). So we advised Arab countries to take Imam Ali as example in establishing a regime based on Justice, democracy and encouraging knowledge.” So the governance model of Hazrat Ali continue to serve as a guiding beacon for the rulers and governors through the ages. Indeed his political thought can also go a long way in establishing a democratic, egalitarian and just polity. https://nation.com.pk/14-Jun-2017/political-thought-of-imam-ali 6 Acts of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) that prove politics and ethics can be combined Policy-making features in the mannerisms of Imam Ali (as): 1. He would never use deception and imposture in politics: One of the characteristics of his politics is that it was free of any deception and trickery. The Commander of the Faithful ((عليه السلام).) has narrated: "If it were not for piety, I would be able to use tricks better than all deceitful Arabs." [al-Kafi, Volume 8, page 22] When comparing himself with Muawiyah, he says: "I swear to God that Muawiyah is not cleverer than me." [Nahjul Balaghah, Sermon 200] But what should Ali do, while he is committed to piety and morality when his hands and his tongue are tied?--This is the method of the Commander of the Faithful ((عليه السلام).). 2. He was patient and tolerant in practising politics: 3. Even with the enemies, he would speak with logic: 4. In politics, he would never resort to lying: 5. He would refute flattery: 6. He would not treat all his opponents the same: He stood against Muawiyah as well. When they put the Holy Quran on their spears, the Commander of the Faithful said, "By Allah, this is a trick and deception. They do not believe in the Holy Quran.” And when Khawarij confronted him with their reliance on the outward aspects of religion, they recited the Holy Quran in a plaintive and sad tone in front of the Commander of the Faithful ((عليه السلام).), Hazrat stood up against them. This discussion exemplifies the political behavior belonging to the Commander of the Faithful ((عليه السلام).). When we delve deeper, we see that the political behavior of that great Imam corresponds, exactly, with his spiritual behavior. In all capacities, the Commander of the Faithful ((عليه السلام).) is that same man, Ali ibn Abi Talib, who is peerless throughout the world. https://english.khamenei.ir/news/5492/6-Acts-of-Imam-Ali-as-that-prove-politics-and-ethics-can-be According to the Imam, a good governor is someone who dedicates himself to the service of the people, attend to the affairs of the weak and the poor, and take appropriate measures to combat such social ailments as bribery, corruption, injustice and insecurity. In one word, he would direct all his efforts in protecting human dignity of his citizens, and in dispensing justice and humanity in the society. The letter of Imam Ali (a) to Malik al-Ashtar on the matter of governance entails all the basic philanthropic ideals and principles necessary for the effective enforcement of justice in the society. He truly did not leave anything unsaid in this regard and has informed us of all that was necessary for us to know. Therefore, by following these directives of Imam Ali (a), the Muslim community can lay the foundations of an ideal society, which would then serve as an exemplar for other communities around the world. wasalam
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  37. to Shiachat. Thanks for asking these questions, I am sure other members will attempt to answer them soon. Do remember that there are various resources on the internet that can be very useful e.g. al-islam.org for texts, duas.org for audio. If you search for Shia salah on YouTube you will find quite a few examples of people reciting prayers for different times of the day.
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  38. Abu Hadi

    Thoughts 2022

    There are literally so many places, that there is no way you can see them all. I think before you go, you need to decide what are the most important things to you, then see those. You said the Grand Canyon, Redwoods, and Pacific Ocean. Let me just give you a few tips. There are a few things around the Grand Canyon, that are also worth seeing. If you are in the area. The main one is Chaco Canyon, which is on the way to the Grand Canyon if you are coming from the East, it's off Highway 40. Its an amazing place. The other one is Joshua Tree National Park, which is on the way between Arizona and California If you want the full 'Pacific Ocean' experience, I suggest staring somewhere around Downtown L.A. and driving up Highway 1(Pacific Coast Highway). If you want to see the Redwood Trees, you'll have to drive North on PCH. It will take about 8 hours to get to the Bay Area (San Francisco) if you drive strait thru. Of course you'll want to stop at a few places. At least stop in Santa Barbara to see the old Spanish Missions. Then from San Francisco, it's another 4 to 5 hours driving North to get to the Redwoods. There's alot of Historic sites in San Francisco, the main ones are the Presidio, Golden Gate Bridge, and Alcatraz. A big tip that will save you alot of trials and tribulations. If you want to drive Highway 1, your main concern should be traffic. If you leave at the wrong time, you could be stuck for hours in gridlock. I suggest getting to Downtown L.A. either early in the morning, around 5 a.m. or in the late morning, around 11 a.m. Then when you get North to around Santa Cruz, hitting the Bay Area after 7p.m. (if you get into the Bay Area during rush hour (6 - 10am or 4 to 7 p.m.) be prepared to be stuck in a traffic nightmare). Then you can stay the night in the Bay Area and leave for the Redwoods in the morning. Once you pass the Mountain View area, there isn't much traffic the rest of the way to the Redwoods, so you don't need to worry about it, unless they are doing road construction on the 1 or the 101 (an alternate Route you can take to the Redwoods that goes thru some very nice nature areas. The other tip is that the area between Arizona and California, the Mojave Desert is very hot. Even in winter it is hot during the day. So when you are driving in this area make sure your car is in good shape (you really, really, don't want to break down here. It is hot, no water, and almost no people, except a few very small towns), you have alot of water and some kind of a sun hat or sunscreen if you plan on being outside for a period of time.
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  39. Something that has really been helping me lately is to focus on the intention. I firmly establish a will to pray and I consciously and deliberately think about what it is I want to do. So dhuhr time comes and I verbally think "I'm going to pray 2 salats. I'll pray dhuhr, and then I'll pray asr." And I think it with a firmness, as if this is a decision I've made despite the protests of people. With anything, if you start off strong you're likely to end it strong, and the beginning of the salah is not al-Hamdu, it's the intention. I think once my nafs understood that this is something I insist on and want to do it respected my will. I don't even have to necessarily want it, just making the active decision to pray gives you a resoluteness and firmness. I try to think that this isn't an obligation, it's something that I decided to do. It sounds crazy but please try it, you may be surprised like I was
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  40. I saw those five types of art (Landscape, Floral, Seascape, "Still Life" and "Street Scene") on another site, so I used those in the poll. There are many others (Abstract, Animals, Portraits, etc.). Too many choices make some people annoyed.
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  41. Last Chance

    Her Name is Fatima

    Her Name is Fatima An orphan is the name of a child who lost his mother, But what is the name of a mother who loses a child? Crushed between the door and the wall along with the souls of Hassanain, Robbed of her child, her right, her husband's, she fights through the pain. Her name is Fatima. The one whose essence mankind will never reach, For God Himself has shielded her with a protection that none can breach, Mistress of my soul and the women of the worlds, With her name and her hand the secret of this life unfurls, The strength of my heart and the strength of Haidar, The strength of the lion who conquered Khaybar, For who else can converse with such beauty and power, Fight the usurpers after the loss of Mohsen, the wilted flower? Her name is az-Zahra, the radiant light, illuminating a path, For those who want to see and be away from God's wrath, For he who angers az-Zahra has evoked the Messenger's displeasure, And no doubt, God's own wrath which follows is that beyond any measure, For who is so aligned with the will of her Creator, Which woman did He create, that other than her there is no greater? Her name is al-Batool, unsurpassed in every way, Be it the chastity, the virtue, or the worship she did display, No man equalled her strength the day she fought her right, Look around you now- see the destruction of Fatima's might. For which woman could have such eloquence and knowledge of the Book? Fadak was hers then and now, no matter what they took. Quoting the verses to them that were revealed to her very door, Every lie, every plot of theirs and tactic, into shreds she tore. For she is as-Siddiqa, the truthful, no matter who calls himself this too, A name is just a name but the truth lies in what we do, Ali is with the truth, truly this is no lie, And the truth is with Ali, but she will shortly die, Leaving behind a house that is both so full and bare, Full of Ali's grief, but of a mother's warmth, left bare, A homely nest no more, for its mother is no longer, A house that used to buzz with life, now remains mourning and sombre. Hassan holds her feet and Hussain cries on her chest, An imagine after which the heart of Ali will never find rest, Zainab and Kulthum sob as they await the darkness of night, One final farewell they crave before facing a new plight. And Ali...? A broken man, half a human, dealt his biggest blow, He sits with his head in his hands, and tears of anguish now freely flow. The lion, the warrior, the hero that roared with such might, Now quietly sobs for her pain and her loss, a flame of grief now alight. Two souls intertwined...now world's apart, A long journey of loneliness Ali has to start, Her orphans, her prayer mat, the memories of her days, With these he will survive, and he now says... 'A flower, nipped in the bud. From paradise it came, and to paradise it went, but has left its fragrance in my mind'.
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  42. Plant-based meat is presumably halal, since it has no real meat in it. However, the news report about KFC says they will fry their plant-based chicken in the same oil as their haram chicken.
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  43. Islamic Republic of Iran is one of the only true free countries on the planet (doesn't take marching orders from NATO, IMF, World Bank etc.)…it's the best thing to happen to the Muslim world since the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire...Iran is a throwback to the Islamic Golden Age...it serves as a source of inspiration to a countless number of idealists around the world...it thumbs its nose at the powerful while assisting the downtrodden and destitute...while everyone is scrambling and trampling over one another in an attempt to flatter the "democratic", "industrial" superpowers, Iran forces the Western world to take a hard look at itself in the mirror...Iran's making inroads into science (fastest-growing scientific output)...it fosters Islamic unity and discourages sectarianism...it celebrates diversity and protects ethnic and religious minorities in the region and abroad...Tehran serves proudly as chief antagonist and proponent of spiritualism to the onslaught of Western-led ideological materialism currently enveloping the world.
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  44. A very interesting interview indeed, and some good commentary from Daniel. When it comes to Dr. Peterson, I am reminded of the statement by the great American thinker Richard M. Weaver " Every man in a culture has three levels of conscious reflection: his specific ideas about things, his general beliefs, and his metaphysical dream. The first constitutes his worldliness, the second is applied to certain choices as they present themselves and the third which is the most important is his intuitive feeling about the immanent nature of reality. " The Muslim has embraced a metaphysical dream, and has an intuitive sense of God and reality--in a fundamental sense. It could be said that some Christians have embraced this dream as well, but the secular, agnostic, skeptic, or vacillating intellectuals have not gotten past specific ideas and general beliefs. One can have strong beliefs and convictions (democracy, human rights, scientific truth), but none of that touches on the immanent nature of reality, and therefore never approaches God (or even considers God--the ultimately real). Dr. Peterson has not crossed into that metaphysical dream yet. Peterson uses the language of psychoanalysis and Jungian ideas as a system through which he views the world--in Kenneth Burke's words, it is a "terministic screen", and he fails to see how arbitrary and hollow it can be. What is an "unconscious"? What is ego or Id? If Peterson says he will address a person according to that person's preferred pronouns, is he not in denial of truth? Neither Muslims nor Christians are told to engage in half-truths or lies to placate the whims of others.
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  45. islamicmusic

    Thoughts on Iran

    In the Islamic Republic; Muslims, Jews and Christians are more free to and encouraged to practice their religions. Unlike the western governments where atheism and its immorality-LGBT-capitalism-interests-alcohol etc. rule over and silence the mosques, synagogues or churches.
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  46. I like to add my view also. I have spent more than 15 years in searching of sunni and shia principles and i have come to know that the verification of the principles of Shia belief provides that these are inline with the verses of Quran and acceptable hadith. Through i am a born shia but i have spent the time to know the shia principles and belief and found them inline with the truth. Thus i like to spend my life following the prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and his purified progeny (12 imams) in order to be successful in the life of this world and life after wards / Akhira. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide us and keep us on the straight path (Sirate Mustaqeem)Ameen. wasalam
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  47. Shi'ism is: Epistemologically more robust. Metaphysically, more coherent and complete. Ethically, more attractive and digestible.
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  48. I think that would qualify as 'worse' than what we have now, which is nothing. At the same time, although this might be their plan, I don't think it will work. What I think is the most likely scenario (which I stated earlier), is that they try to execute this 'plan' (of making Saudi less religious, more 'pluralistic', their definition of this word) and this will lead to a huge backlash and we will end up with a more extreme form of Wahabism which will then become dominant in the area. We have the example of Iran in the late 70s. Since Iran is a Shia country, and we had a leader like Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) to lead the movement, we ended up with IRI. Had Iran not been a Shia country (predominantly) or had Iran not had a leader like Imam Khomeni, it could have gone another direction. Hijaz is a Sunni region. Shia are a small minority there. So whatever movement happens will not be based on the teachings of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)), barring some extreme miracle (which could happen but is not likely in terms of probability). So this leaves us with either watered down, secular Islam, which is not Islam actually, or a more extreme version of Wahabism, which is also not Islam. I think the second is more likely because every time something is forced on a population, there is always a backlash in the other direction. MBS and his gang don't know any way except force. So they will end up, in the end, using force, and then the backlash will happen.
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  49. No because that would contradict the prerequisite I mentioned that God is perfect. Perfection precludes mistakes. Going along with 313_Waiter's theme, what kind of God sends a guide who misguides? =P In a more relatable way, would you pour acid on your eyes? No because it's easy for you to perceive the potential harm and torment that would result. Likewise, when you're a Prophet of God, or God's chosen one, or God's chosen guide, you perceive even the most minor sins in the same way. Imam Ali ibn Hussein ((عليه السلام)) used to shake every time he performed wudhu in fear of standing before Allah. It's all about the insight. Contrast the toddler exploring the dangers of a fire to the adult who has experienced its effects.
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  50. Dear friend, My personal aspiration is to focus on learning a small passage a day with tafseer (3-5 ayat). Then I reread and review the surah up to that point. Yes, it’s a small amount of new material each day and is slow going, but it’s very thorough and entirely manageable to accomplish.
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