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  1. Wow - all it took was to watch 1 video for you to consider leaving Shiism. I hope you don't watch any videos on why Hinduism is right and decide to convert again. You can just as well come out and ask us to answer this video without claiming to be someone you are not. I think you just want everyone to watch the video. Regardless of who you are, I have news for you. There is nothing in this video that has not been discussed before. Leaving aside the obvious fact that this person is reading from a script, the 10 reasons are quite superficial and ridiculous. 01) Shias don't focus on Allah: One of the signs of a momim (shia) is that he/she should prays 51 rakah per day. 02) Access to hadiths Shias and sunnis genuinely disregard each others sources for obvious reasons. And yet there are plenty of mutawatir (accepted by both) to discuss Islam. 03) Acceptance of Companions We have completely different criteria for companions. In Shiism, companions are not hit by a magic wand and become great nor do we bury our head in the sand about the grave errors by Companions. Authentic sunni hadith tell us that companions will go astray and they did. 04) Access to Ahlul-Bayt's real teachings Do we even have to go there? 05) Taqiyah free Ahlul-Bayt Their teachings are prescribed per the situation. when you find a discrepancy, let's discuss 06) Access to context of Quran No prominent shia scholar believes in tahreef of Quran. There are more sunni references to quran tahreef than shia ones. 07) Reliable books of tafseer Tafsir Al-Qummi by Mohammad bin Ali bin Ibrahim Al-Qummi (?? - 919 AD) Tafsir Ayyashi by Mohammad ibn Masoud Ayyashi (died 932 AD) Tafsir Furat Kufi by Furat Ibn Ibrahim al-Kufi [Wikidata] (died 964 AD) Tafsir al-Nu'mani by Muhammad b. Ibrahim al-Nu'mani (died 971 AD) Al-Tibbyan Fi Tafsir al-Quran by Shaikh Tusi (995 AD - 1067 AD) Majma' al-Bayan by Shaykh Tabarsi (1073 AD - 1153 AD) Tafsir Safi by Mohsen Fayz Kashani ( ?? - 1680 AD) Al-Burhan Fi Tafsir al-Quran by Syed Hashim al Bahrani (died 1696 AD) Tafsir Noor al-Thaqalayn by Abd al-Ali ibn Juma Aroosi [Wikidata] (died 1701 AD) Tafsir al-Mizan by Allamah Tabatabai (1903 AD - 1981 AD) Al-Bayan Fi Tafsir al-Quran by Abu al-Qasim al-Khoei (1899 AD - 1992 AD) Fasal Khizab by Mufti Jafar Hussain (1914 AD - 1982) Tafsir Anwar e Najaf fi Asrar Mushaf [Wikidata] by Hussain Bakhsh Jarra (1920 AD - 1990 AD) Tafsir Nemooneh by Naser Makarem Shirazi (1927 AD - Present) Faizan Ur Rehman by Muhammad Hussain Najafi (1932 AD to present) Tasneem Tafsir by Abdollah Javadi Amoli (1933 AD to present) Tafsir Rahnama by Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani (1934 AD - 2017 AD) Al Kauthar fi Tafsir Al Quran by Mohsin Ali Najafi (1938 AD to Present) Tafseer e Masoomeen (عليه السلام) compiled by Wilayat Mission 08) Access to Prophet's biography Hayat-Al-Qulub - biography of Prophets 09) Trust in Hadith compilers. Bukhari has more ahadith from Huraira who was beaten up for lying than for Ali Al-Siddique. 10) Realistic Karbala Narrative Simply read the narrative by Abu Miknaf and countless books that details a very realistic narrative of the events of Karbala. Please, please stay shia now or may be making a video will convince you
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  2. Salam Alekum(Peace be upon you), I am a revert myself. I was baptized and confirmed in the Lutheran Church (Missouri Synod if that makes any difference) and reverted to Islam when I was 20 years old after studying the religion for 2 years.. I grew up in Southern California and my first language is English, although I speak and understand some Spanish (being raised in California) Here are some of my thoughts on your above questions. 1) You don't have to understand everything about the Quran to say the Shahada. Most native speakers of Arabic (unless they have studied the religion in a formal, systematic way, which is a small minority) don't understand the Quran fully, or even partially. So in that sense, there is no difference between you as a Native English speaker and an Arabic speaker. The Arabic that most Arabs know is colloquial Arabic, which is basically a different language from formal Arabic, known as 'Fusha' that the Quran was written in. This was the Arabic language as it existed 1400 years ago during the time of Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h). This is sometimes also called Quranic Arabic. Of course, in terms of grammar and vocabulary there is some overlap with colloquial Arabic, but they are different languages, basically. For example, in Lebanese / Palestianian / Syrian / Jordanian colloquial Arabic the Phrase 'What do you want' is 'Shu badak'. In Quranic / Formal Arabic it is 'Ma tureed'. So as you can see there is alot of difference. The important thing, when it comes to the Shahada is to understand the meaning of what you are saying. The meaning of the Shahada, also called the Shahadatain (two witnessing) is that There is nothing worthy of worship except for God, God with a capital 'G' proper noun. God with a capital 'G' in arabic is Allah, a shortening of the phrase 'Al' (definite article) and 'ilah' (god). So the meaning of Allah is The God, i.e. the One and only God. The second part (the second witnessing) is that Muhammad(peace be upon him) is the Messenger of God. Prophet Muhammad was sent by God to guide humanity and whatever he said was true and correct and from God Almighty. This includes the Quran since we don't believe that Muhammad(p.b.u.h) wrote the Quran but God wrote the Quran using Muhammad(p.b.u.h) as a conduit or a channel in order to convey the Quran to humankind. So if you believe that Muhammad is a Messenger of God, then this includes believing in his Message which is the Quran and his Progeny, the Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)). As per the famous hadith from Prophet Muhammad, 'I am leaving with you two weighty things, The Quran and My Progeny (Ahl Al Bayt). If you adhere to both of these you will never go astray'. So the Quran in the written Message of Prophet Muhammad and the Ahl Al Bayt are the living, breathing Message of Prophet Muhammad, which is the Message of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If you believe this, then you are muslim, whether you know Arabic or not. Now, of course, learning the formal Arabic, fusha will help you deepen your knowledge of the religion, but it is not necessary to become a muslim. As for the proofs of the Prophethood, we can discuss those in another thread if you want to open one. If you don't believe that Prophet Muhammad was a Prophet, sent by God, then it is better to hold off doing the Shahada until you believe this, as this is a necessary belief in order for your Shahada to be accepted by God. 2. The community is more or less welcoming, depending on where you live and which masjid you attend. I would agree that, in general, the Shia communities are less welcoming than the Sunni communities. There are some reasons for that which might not be apparent to you at this point, but none of these reasons are 'iron clad' excuses not to be welcoming. About 70% of the reverts to Islam are women who were introduced to Islam thru a marriage relationship with a muslim man. Once these women are married, they are absorbed into whatever community there husband is a part of (Lebanese, Indo-Pak, Iranian, etc) and become an 'honorary' member of that community. So if you go to a masjid, there might be two or three reverts in the same masjid, but you would never know they existed. That fact, along with the fact that the revert community is very widely dispersed geographically is a challenge and probably one of the reasons why most people think reverts are a very small percentage of the muslim community in Western Countries. They are not the majority, but they are a significant minority within most communities. As far a having friends, I will admit this is probably the most challenging part of the reversion process. Yes, you will make friends, either reverts or other muslims, and this won't be a problem in the long term, but in the short term it can be a problem because you will, most likely end up losing non muslim friends who don't want to adjust themselves to your new beliefs. You may also lose some family members, again short term, because almost always when your family sees that you are not a 'terrorist', a 'wacko' and basically the same person you were before with just some slight differences (that are visible to them) they will want to reconnect. When you revert, you don't get a 'personality transplant' or a 'brain transplant'. You are still you, but with some extra (good) features and hopefully minus some previous bad features. 3. The punishment for apostasy is not death. This is only the opinion of the Salafi / Wahabi jurists. We Shia don't accept this, except under very specific conditions which don't apply to you and don't apply to 99% of those who have done this. At the same time, you need to understand that we don't believe faith is a 'stand alone' concept. Faith and works are interwoven together in your spirit. If you practice Islam your faith will become stronger, which will affect your actions and your actions will become better. It is virtuous cycle in which both these reinforce each other. That is why whenever someone became Muslim, Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) Prophet Muhammad would first have the new revert take the ritual bath / shower called 'ghusl' and teach them two rakats (units) of the muslim prayer, called Salat in Arabic. This is so they could start acting on their new faith from the beginning so that it would become stronger. I have never heard of a case of someone leaving Islam without first leaving the main practices of Islam (Prayer, Fasting, Charity, etc). You've probably hear the phrase 'Rome wasn't built in a day'. I think this is applicable to your questions. It is not necessary to understand everything, or even most things about the religion in order to become muslim. If you believe there is nothing worthy of worship except God and that Muhammad is the Messenger of God then you are a muslim, whether you recognize yourself as one or not. To be a Shia, you need to add the belief that Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) is the Wali of God. The word Wali , in this context, means the one appointed by God to protect and strengthen and support the religion of Islam and the Ummah (muslim community) after Prophet Muhammad. The only question after that is what kind of muslim will you be.
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  3. Assalam Alaykum everyone! Now before I begin, it is very important that I need to state this and for the reader to keep this mind while reading the below: Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has created the human being and everything attached to that human being such as sexual desires, intellect, etc. Thus, what I want you the reader to realize is that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) created the intellect for a reason and that we must use it as he says this in the Quran, think and not follow blindly what our forefathers follow. Points: 1) The Prophet had always appointed a successor behind him EVEN when he left his own house (agreed by Sunnis), how in the world could he leave the WORLD without appointing a successor??? Use your intellect. 2) If the Prophet left the leadership for people to decide (election as Sunnis believe), why was there no election committee? And the funny thing is the people didn’t even decide, it was just a few who were with Abu Bakr and Omar at Saqifah who decided (agreed by Sunnis) the greater people had no say in it whatsoever. Use your intellect. 3) Not a single prophet or messenger out of the 124,000 had a successor who was chosen by people or had an election, you will find all of those successors were chosen by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), which is what the Shia believe for the final Prophet as well. Use your intellect. 4) Lets say we were to imagine the prophet left the leadership for an election, why was there no election for Omar’s Caliphate? Abu Bakr literally handed the Caliphate to Omar, his best friend, not a single person had a say in it. Sunnis believe this too, it’s funny because if a Christian were to look at their “election system” they would burst out laughing. A similar thing happened for Uthman’s Caliphate as well, anyways, please use your intellect. 5) Why did Khalid bin Walid who is praised by Sunnis as the commander of Abu Bakrs army, murder Malik bin Nuwayrah and sleep with his wife in the same night when he refused to pay zakat to Abu Bakrs caliphate and said he would only pay it to Ali bin Abu Talib? This scenario is in Sunni books and tafasur. Can give reference if someone ask. Jazakullah, There are tons of other points which I have researched but I wanted to give some for the people who may have a weak Shia foundation or those who are hesitant to convert to Shia Islam. The Prophet said in a hadeeth: This religion will be split into 73 sects, all will go to Jahannam, and 1 will go to Jannah. I myself swear to you by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), this sect is the sect which had remained loyal to the Prophets successor after his death, this man is called Ali ibn Abi Talib. Man kunto mawla, fa hatha Aliyyun mawla. ”Who ever I am his leader, Ali is also his leader!” Wassalam.
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  4. How strange, I have a feeling if he had dedicated his lecture to exposing the current oppressors in modern revolutionary style, you would have applauded his performance. Exposing the people of innovation and kufr, whether they are from pre-historic times or whether they are in our current times is a beautiful thing. This is bara'ah, and it is a moral duty, otherwise why do we expose Yazid (la)? Why does the Holy Qur'an mention the stories of the tyrants such as Fir'aun (la) and others? Why are we commanded by our Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) in our most authentic of narrations to expose the people of bid'ah? Now you might aswell say, the biography of Yazid (la) is more relevant to Imam Al-Husayn's (عليه السلام) life, but that would be mistaken from two angles, 1) The people you mentioned and Yazid (la) were the enemies of the same Household, just as Yazid (la) was the enemy of Husayn (عليه السلام), they were also the enemies of Husayn (عليه السلام). 2) In Ziyarat Ashura, we curse those who created the grounds and foundations for the martyrdom of Imam Al-Husayn (عليه السلام). No doubt that some of whom you mentioned did create those grounds. And you should have pleasure when you expose any fasiq or munafiq, this is the sign of bara'ah, anything out of hatred for fisq and disobedience to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and His Commands is necessary. And know that among you is the Messenger of Allah . If he were to obey you in much of the matter, you would be in difficulty, but Allah has endeared to you the faith and has made it pleasing in your hearts and has made hateful to you disbelief, defiance and disobedience. Those are the [rightly] guided. [49:7] There are many things to criticise Sayed Ammar on, but exposing "certain figures" isn't one of them. I would agree with you on one angle, which is to leave the polemics aside. It would be much better if he used our own books to expose those certain figures, instead of engaging in futile arguments with the mukhalifeen.
    8 points
  5. -Enlightened

    Thoughts 2021

    Today was my love's birthday!!! Love him so much! ❤️❤️❤️ He runs behind me and calls me "Mama" . My baby just turned two
    7 points
  6. I was reading an announcement and it seems that one of the great marjas of Najaf passed away today, September 3rd 2021. May Allah bless our scholars, ameen.
    7 points
  7. The YouTube channel "Sunnah Discourse" is built upon criticising, trying to disprove, mocking and insulting Shi'ism and Shia Muslims and scholars. Literally every single video is "Shia bad", "Shia wrong", "Shia ex-convert", "Shia mushriks", "Shia belief destroyed", etc... Not to mention their disrespectful thumbnails. I mean imagine the purpose in your life being to wake up in the morning and simply showing the world how much you hate Shi'ism, not to mention their videos are just lies, lies and more lies everywhere. Compare that to the channel "Dhul Fiqar al-Mahgribi" (it's an Arabic channel), where he responds to those lying Salafis, bringing and showing in every single video proof and evidence from their own books, all the while speaking respectfully. Of course he shows no respite to whoever insults and blatantly lies about Shi'ism, and on top of that he's such a funny man. If only one video made you have doubts about Shi'ism, a single minute of Dhul Fiqar al-Maghribi will put you back on track and remove all of your doubts. Other than that, @ShiaMan14 explained shortly some of the points presented by the video.
    7 points
  8. Bismillah Ta'la In Islam, Sexual Health is defined as having enough sexual activity in order to fulfill the human needs of love and intimacy with a loving partner of the opposite gender AND at the same time refraining from any type of sexual activity which may be counter productive to one's spiritual, emotional, or physical health. These types of activities are clearly defined in the religion as some of the haramat (such as adultry, masturbation, homosexual activity, etc). The lack of sexual health can lead to a person experiencing many difficulties in their life and their afterlife, so it is an important subject because it can affect someone for all of eternity. In most of the books and lectures I have read on the subject of sexual health, a great deal of emphasis is placed on haramat, and this is of course necessary, but not much emphasis on the other side of the equation, i.e. what you need in terms of sexual activity in your life in order to be healthy in this area. I think one of the reasons for this is that this need can vary widely from person to person. For one person, 'enough' might be once a month. For another, 'enough' might be 3 to 4 times per week. The main point on this subject, which needs to be understood, is that 'enough' is a level of activity where neither of the partners feel 'deprived' of this essential part of life and also neither one feels like they are being taken advantage of or used just as an object, i.e. a means to an end rather than as a human being who is taking part in an intimate relationship. Usually, it is the man who feels 'deprived' and the women who feels 'used as just an object' but this of course can switch around in some cases. There are many hadith on this subject that address these issues that we should be familiar with. A person who feel deprived of sex and sexual pleasure cannot be said to be healthy, spiritually. Since we believe that the mind, body, spirit, emotions, etc are all connected and part of our 'nafs' our spiritual essence, lack of health in one area will ultimately affect the other areas. We must be healthy in all areas in order to be said to be 'healthy'. Feeling 'deprived' can lead someone to leave the religion of Islam, or commit violent acts toward others, as we have seen recently. It can lead one to become hopeless and feel that there is no way out from their cycle of sinning based (partially) on this feeling of deprivation. This is why there are several aspects of Islam that are well known and might differ from other religions. The purpose of these aspects is to counter this feeling of deprivation. The most well know aspect is the flexibility of Islam with regards to marriage. First, Temporary (fixed term) marriage is allowed and encouraged, in many situations but not all. I don't want to turn this thread into another 'Mutah allowed?' topic. It is allowed and encouraged in many situations ,and the hadith on this are clear. Second, marriage doesn't require witnesses, unlike divorce. Of course, having witnesses to marriage is preferable but it is not required. This is to encourage people to get married, in any type of circumstance. Third, according to my research, marriage is the most mustahab of all the mustahabat (recommended acts). It is so highly encouraged, that it is very close to being wajib (required). This is according to many hadiths that have already been posted here many times. Fourth, a women, in permenant marriage, is not allowed to deny her husband sex unless she is ill, just gave birth, menstruating, in a public place or a place where privacy is not guaranteed, or at a time when intimate relations are haram, such as when they are fasting during Ramadan. Other than that, she is not allowed to deny him this. There are other ways in which the religion of Islam is very 'Pro sex' and the religion and authentic religious teaching go to great lengths to make sure noone feels deprived. A women, or man, who feels that they are merely an object and are not in an intimate relationship with a partner who loves them and cares about them is the other aspect to sexual health. This is another aspect which is often overlooked in many lectures on the subject. There are many hadith and even book written by Sayyid Fadlallah(رضي الله عنه) and others who talk about this subject of intimate relations and how feelings and emotions should be respected in the process. There are many hadith about how the man should approach sex with his wife, and how he should make her feel special before the 'act' like telling her kind words, having a slower 'lead up' to the act, often called foreplay, and respect her wishes as far as things which she likes and doesn't like as part of it. He should also not just get up and leave afterward, but should stay with her and hold her and talk to her in a kind way (if she likes that). He should also choose a time of day or night to do this when she is not stressed or anxious and she is not busy with other things which she needs to do. Most of the time, men who are kind and caring and considerate to their wife(s) in general don't have many problems in this area, while others who are generally not kind and considerate to their wife(s) generally do. It is not something that can just be conjured up in the bedroom and the forgotten about during the other 23 hours in the day. A man who wishes to be healthy in this area should try and figure out how he can make his wife(s) feel safe and secure in the relationship and feel like she is valued and respected in general, and this should be his first area of focus. If he does that, then doing this in the bedroom will come easily and naturally to him. \
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  9. Haq Ali (عليه السلام) Mola. Remember there was a Salafi named Night Claw here who debated us here at shiachat but failed to prove the claims of tunni defense and ts .net made regarding Ghadeer e khum? We proved to him that what he said had no basis and that topic Alhumdulillah is available to all people accessing shiachat. Linking topic to add more weight to your post!
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  10. Alhamdulillah, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect us all from problems and difficulties. Remember that we are tested not only through what we lack but also what we have. If Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has blessed you with good health, money and intelligence then make sure you use these for positive and beneficial purposes, rather than wasting them away. Perhaps these will be the means for you to help those who are in need.
    7 points
  11. You're right, they don't need toys or gifts, they need food, clothes and possibly supplies for school. As far as I understand, it was their family's decision to come to United States; The Taliban had a history of genocide against the Hazaras, there are still mass graves from Mazar-i-Sharif and Yakawlang. At least these children will never have to worry about being slaughtered being Shia, never worry about being called "kafir " or a "Mongol". They won't be "Brown Muslims", they will be Afghan-Americans. From what I read, the Muslim community is Washington D.C. is pretty strong with Shia and Afghan communities in nearby Virginia and Maryland. I'm sure some families and sheikhs are aware of the orphans.
    6 points
  12. @Cool I agree fully with what you say, none of these points have anything to do with the fundamentals of religion. What I have observed however, in real life, is that there are people who are negatively influenced by such side-issues or misconceptions and end up leaving the religion. Of course this is their own loss and foolishness. However by addressing these points (1) and ensuring that we don't make these mistakes (2), we can hopefully educate the people and help them to strengthen their and our own faith.
    6 points
  13. Shia is based on Tawheed Adl Nubuwah Imamah Qiyamah Any issues with these?
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  14. Salaam alaikum. If you would be kind to list the ten points we can discuss them inshaAllah.
    6 points
  15. Umm Salama asked the Prophet Muhammad [s], "May my father and mother be sacrificed for you! If a woman married two different men in her life, and they both died, and they went to Paradise, which of the two will she be with?" The Prophet replied, "O Umm Salama, she will choose the one who had more beautiful character and was better to his family. O Umm Salama, surely, beautiful character will achieve the good of this world and the Hereafter." 110 - في كتاب الخصال عن موسى بن إبراهيم عن أبيه رفعه باسناده رفعه إلى رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ان أم سلمة قالت له: بأبي أنت وأمي، المرأة يكون لها زوجان فيموتان فيدخلان الجنة لأيهما تكون؟فقال: يا أم سلمة تخير أحسنهما خلقا و خيرهما لأهله، يا أم سلمة ان حسن الخلق ذهب بخير الدنيا والآخرة. (al-Khisal)
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  16. I think he is trying to appeal more to the youth of today, although he is getting older (like everyone) and soon might need to try for another demographic, lol. As someone who is in their 40s (not teens or 20s) his style was not the most appealing to me. At the same time, I haven't heard anything from him that I can prove is factually inaccurate or wrong. Anyone who is spreading the message of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)) in an accurate way and is not doing anything haram (tatoos and hair implants are not haram, although they might not appeal to you) is something good for the community. Like when he talks about English Football clubs, this is something as an American I can't related to at all. We all grew up watching NFL (American Football, i.e. the real Football, lol) or Baseball. I don't take him as a source on sports, lol. But as far as spreading out the authentic teaching of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)), he is doing a good job at this, and this is the more important thing. He is doing these things , like with the baby, to increase the emotional content of the lectures, and these majalis should be emotional, i.e. you should connect emotionally with the tragedy of Karbala and not just on an intellectual level. I think I know what he is trying to do. As long as noone is harmed in the process and he is not saying anything false regarding the events of Karbala, I don't see anything wrong with it. I sincerely believe that it is the emotional connection with the Tragedy of Karbala that has sustained us (Shia) as a community over the centuries and millennium and not just the intellectual (Ilmiyyat) connection with this event. This is something that we have that is unique. Other Muslims know about the tragedy of Karbala and some might even accept our interpretation of events, i..e that it wasn't just a 'fitna' but that it was a crime against humanity and against the religion what the cursed ones (Muawiya, Yazid, Umar ibn Saad, Shimr, Harmala, etc) did. But it is just another fact they have in their head, like 2 + 2 = 4 or that the earth is round. They don't have the emotional connection, so how much this fact, by itself, benefits them is debatable. We have the emotional connection. Anything we can do to increase this emotional connection is good, again provided that we are not believing in things that are false. Alhamduillah, today we have many choices, in the English Language, as to which speakers and which majalis we listen to. I think everyone should choose the one that appeals to them, so long as these speakers don't say things that are not true regarding the events.
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  17. that's paradoxical =P Non alcoholic drink*. Or... just a drink. Anyway @ OP I don't see an issue with it, though I am not particularly inclined to buy it, I may or may not try it. For those who claim it is imitating the kuffar, you best hop off everything made by kuffar, from clothes to their cheese to cars and halal beef bacon, and whatever else. Perhaps your shoes are an imitation of kuffar culture for all you know. Don't half of us work in a mixed gender work setting, i.e. kuffar culture? Say bye to your pay check I guess. See how ridiculous that mentality can get?
    5 points
  18. notme

    Thoughts 2021

    It was a preliminary interview with the recruiter, and it was successful; he will pass my information to his client. He has a few other clients who might also be interested in hiring me if the first doesn't work out, but he's most enthusiastic about the one in particular. I hope his client decides to give me a chance. I'm looking for remote civil engineering work, which is perfectly feasible, but old civil engineers are extremely resistant to anything new. I still don't know anything about the company. If it's some war contractor, I'm going to be angry.
    5 points
  19. I became less active on SC right after getting COVID, almost left the place. My unvaccinated cousin get got out of ICU, she is still on oxygen though.
    5 points
  20. As salaamu alaikum, welcome to the forum. 1. Without a doubt, studying the language of the Quran in order to better understand the Holy Book is a great endeavour. We should all strive to do this. However, do not let this work in progress become an obstacle to accepting Islam. The earliest Muslims accepted the faith even before the entire Qur'an was revealed. A billion plus accept Islam today, on the basis of the Oneness of Allah (Praised and Exalted is He) and their belief in the Prophethood of Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). Consider this a starting point from where one continues to seek knowledge and closeness to Allah. 2. In countries of immigration, such as the US, the Shia community has traditionally been one of immigrants who sometimes might have been looking for cultural familiarity together with religious gatherings. The Shia in such places are mostly passive when it comes to da'wah and tabligh. However this is changing rapidly and today I expect you will find more and more people who grew up in the same society as yourself. Once you visit the different religious centers and get to know the crowd I am sure you will discover some like minded people among them. 3. The discussion on apostasy is long and debated. The short answer is, regardless of whether one believes that it is punishable or not, your own case and most of our cases are of people who don't live under a government claiming to follow islamic law. So in fact, there is no system in place to execute these punishments if indeed they were applicable, which in the scenario you described wouldn't be anyway (there is a distinction between the apostate who leaves the religion and the one who actively opposes it, but this topic probably needs a thread of it's own)
    5 points
  21. Diaz

    Thoughts 2021

    I’m sorry that I’m bringing only bad news, I know majority of you guys are pious believers so that’s why I request you all to pray for my mother’s relative who passed away before yesterday. May allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) have mercy on here and may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect us and bless us for here and afterlife.
    5 points
  22. notme

    Thoughts 2021

    It's my birthday and my grandmother's birthday today. She has accomplished 97 years. If you'd like to gift me, I request duas for my grandmother's continued health, and that when her time comes to leave this life, her passage to the next is the least painful that it can be, for Grandma and for those who love her.
    5 points
  23. Wa alaikum as salam There's not really any evidence to support this idea that something must be explicit in the Qur'an in order to be a fundamental belief. The teachings of the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) are considered to be binding upon us. The Qur'an itself commands obedience to the prophet. Therefore, if he ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) says that Ali (عليه السلام) is his successor, and that he leaves behind the Qur'an and the Ahlulbayt which we must hold on to, then we follow this command in the same way as we would follow a verse of the Qur'an.
    5 points
  24. SoRoUsH

    Thinking of leaving Shiism

    Ultimately, Faith/ایمان is a matter of the heart. You cannot force it in or out of your heart. What is most likely bothering you isn't some random video on YouTube. You've probably felt something before; a Shia (family or friend) has probably hurt you before, emotionally, and used Shi'ism to do so. That emotional hurt probably shook your heart a bit, and you're now looking to settle your heart again. So, though it's good to read and think intellectually about these issues, I would recommend you sooth your heart via good deeds, selfless deeds; and do them for the sake of Allah and His messenger ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). It's not always bad to question and wander. Getting lost and finding your way back could be quite enlightening. Always have a good opinion of Allah, and always take care of your heart and your spirit by being kind and compassionate/حلیم. Think long-term. It's okay to not have answers to your questions right away. All the best
    5 points
  25. ^ Which is what that channel preys on, as I understand it. Sunni Defence/Defense caters and tries to appeal to people who don't do their research or have doubts. Also most of their debates devolve into ganging up, intellectual dishonesty and screaming matches,. Farid is a member of this channel, by the way, @Mahdavist and @ShiaMan14.
    5 points
  26. Abu Hadi

    Is marriage wajib?

    Salam Brother, I think I know enough about your story from previous posts to speculate what you mean by this. Please correct me if my assumptions are wrong. Your life before Islam seems similar to mine in many ways. I had the same concerns as you have regarding marriage. I also don't want to 'confess' in an open forum, but I will just say that those things made it more difficult for me early in my married life. At the same time, we go thru these spiritual struggles, whether we are married or single. You can't avoid them, as they are part of this dunya. Saying I am going to live in this world and avoid spiritual struggles / periodic crisis is like saying I am going to live on this earth without eating or drinking. You can avoid it for a while, but eventually it happens. You will either choose a meal and eat it, or you will be force fed thru a feeding tube. Either way, it will happen. Marriage is that spiritual test that you choose voluntarily. Being single is like the test that is forced on you against your will. That's how I think about it anyway. I was talking to my wife who grew up in a completely different environment than I did. Mother, father, brothers, sisters. Father worked and supported the family. Mother stayed at home and took care of the kids. Middle class family (in Lebanon). Her father paid for her to go to religious (Shia) school in suburbs of Beirut. She had no 'experiences' before marriage and never even talked to a boy (outside of 'hi, Salam Alekum) who wasn't mahram to her before she got married. She never went anywhere without either her father or one of her brothers going with her. She basically went to school, came home, and socialized only with family. She never did anything that typical American teenagers do. She never experimented with 'substances', never went to a punk rock show, etc. She is very intelligent, and very curious about the world, and other peoples experiences. This is one of my favorite things about her, but it is also a spiritual test. Now never having done any of those things, with no challenges to overcome, you would expect her spiritual life to be calm and serene, but it isn't. She constantly wonders about what it would have been like to live my life as a teenager and young adult (which was completely different from hers and took place on the opposite side of the world) and feels like she 'missed out' on something because she never had any of these experiences. Every time we talk about it, I tell her 'No it wasn't a big deal, you didn't miss anything, there are alot of 'bad' parts of these experiences that you would never want to go thru, etc'. Some of the things that happened, I don't tell her because I don't want her to worry about me too much(even though these things happened years ago). No matter how much I tell her about this, she only 'half way' believes me and thinks that there is some spectacular part of my life that she was denied. So she is constantly wondering about this. This is her test. It's different than mine. Mine is probably more like yours. What I am trying to say is that most of the things that we think about and worry about as part of our spiritual test are actually just fantasy land and nonsense that is racing around in our mind. It has no reality to it. It is a test. We will go thru tests no matter what we do. It's better to go thru tests and trials with someone who you have a deep love and respect for, as a partner who you can lean on at certain times, and who also leans on you at other times. This kind of relationship is something I don't think anyone should be without. At least keep yourself open to marriage. Don't say 0% chance. Maybe change 0% to 1% and maybe things might start to happen which pull your life into a better place.
    5 points
  27. Diaz

    Thoughts 2021

    My neighbors uncle passed away yesterday, please pray for him. May allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) have mercy on him.
    5 points
  28. Mahdavist

    Vaccine phizer

    As @wolverine has mentioned it's not a case of the vaccine being haram. Rather Iran did not want to import their vaccines from hostile countries in case of targeted contamination.
    5 points
  29. Abu Hadi

    Possible Revert

    Hello and Welcome to ShiaChat ! The requirements to become a Muslim are 1) There is nothing worthy of worship except God (Allah). God with a capital 'G', the One True God and that God has no partners, children, or associates in his Being or Essence. 2) Muhammad(peace and blessings be upon him) is the Messenger of God. If you believe these two things on your own, without compulsion, then you are a Muslim. So it sound like, from what you said, that you are already a Muslim. If you believe that the Holy Quran is Divine, i.e. from God then the Quran is the most excellent teacher about these 2 points, 1 and 2. So if you believe in the Holy Quran then that means you believe in those two points, i.e. you are a Muslim. So congratulations, you and the man you plan on spending your life with are the same religion. At the same time, there are some other aspects of the religion, which we call the Five Pillars, that you need to learn about in order to become a better Muslim. There are five pillars of belief and five pillars of practice. The five pillars of belief are 1) Tauhid. The Oneness of God 2) Adl. Divine Justice. The means that God is always just and never is unjust or oppresses anyone 3) Nabuwwat. Belief that God sends his Message to ManKind thru Prophets. The first of them was Prophet Adam and the last is Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them) 4) Imamate. Belief that God establishes His Authority on Earth thru Divinely appointed leaders called Imams. 5) Alim Al Ghaib. Belief in the unseen world (heaven, hell, barzakh(the intermediate world), angels, Day of Judgement) according to what we are taught by Prophets and Imams. Five Pillars of Practice are 1) Tauhid. Same as for beliefs. In this sense, it is doing everything with the intention of getting closer to God. Not in a physical sense, but a spiritual one 2) Salat. Establishing Prayer, i.e. the Five Daily Prayers 3) Saum. Fasting during the Month of Ramadan 4) Hajj. Making the Pilgrimadge to Mecca at least once in your lifetime 5) Zakat. Giving charity to the needy. There are obviously alot more details to each of these. Please feel free to ask.
    5 points
  30. سلام I have not watched or cared for Ammar for years. I just couldn't accept his new image as one that is scholarly and modest; with all of the tattoos and the hair implant. A man's style, what he wears on the outside, manifests something about what he thinks and feels on the inside. I feel there's a direct link between his provocative image and his provocative lectures. I worry that he's more into being provocative and "out there" than being humble and modest. I feel there's a healthy middle ground between looking like a traditional scholar and looking too Western and "cool." I tried watching him this year, but I couldn't last more than a few minutes. I'm sorry if this an unpopular opinion. But if I had a young teenage son, I wouldn't want him to look and dress and be like Ammar. Sorry!
    5 points
  31. Being someone who grew up in the West, I went thru periods of my life that were trouble free / worry free. I also went thru other periods of my life that were full of difficulties. What is a test / trial depends on your perspective. If you think of tests / trials only as hunger, not having a home, no running water, etc, then yes most people in the 'West' don't have these sorts of trials although there are some that do. The biggest trial / test for Muslims living in the West is staying away from sin / haram, as it is everywhere, easily accessible, and most types of sin / haram are normalized in the wider society under the guise of 'doing what makes you happy' unlike some other places in the world. If you can make it thru this part of the test, living in the West, then you have passed the major portion of the trial. Most of the muslims who have left the path of Islam and being followers of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)) in the 'West' have left for that reason. There were certain sins that they got used to, and are common and accepted in society (like a women not wearing hijab, drinking alcohol, taking drugs without a prescription, gambling, etc) and they couldn't leave those sins once it became a habit. I worked with a guy (true story) that didn't fast during Ramadan although I knew his parents were Muslim (and they fasted) and he was born in a Muslim country. When I asked him why he didn't fast, he said 'I need my large coffee from 7/11 to function first thing in the morning. I can't do without it and still work'. They looked at the society and saw that these things were accepted so they thought there must be something wrong with the religion of Islam, rather than looking at the society and seeing all the problems that are caused by these things and not thinking there is something wrong with the society. Once they started seeing defects in themselves and ascribing that to the religion rather than the society that accepts these things, this is when they 'crossed over' to the other side and became a kafir, in reality, although they might still claim to be muslim/a. So this is the major part of the test. Dying in the belief in 'La illala IllaLa, Muhammad Rasoulallah, Alian waLiAllah' (No god but God, Muhammad is the Messenger of God, Ali in the Wali of God) despite everything in society that pulls you in the direction to not believe this. That is actually 'the' test. If you can pass that test, then you have passed all the other ones.
    5 points
  32. Not much, this is a ruse to begin another slaughtering of Shias, by acting legitimate and "moderate", they hope the world will back off and look away when the Taliban takes off the mask. Nobody should be fooled by them, a leopard cannot change its' spots. @Abu Nur @The Green Knight @Lion of Shia
    5 points
  33. Personally I hope for the best and believe there is a slight chance that this version of the Taliban is a bit less extreme than the version from the 90s. However I'm not holding my breath, apparently there are already stories of abuses but I haven't seen any reports about this and so am not sure about their authenticity. Another two decades of a foreign led war will be pointless as the Taliban are clearly by far the strongest force in the country and if the Afghan people really don't want to be under their rule they will need a homegrown resistance movement. We should keep the Afghan people in our prayers, especially the Hazara.
    5 points
  34. Your argument follows logically from your premise, but your premise is wrong. Yes, if people were born homosexual then it would be unjust for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to punish someone for something they had no control over. People are not born homosexual. This is a myth that is not backed by any scientific evidence. I have posted about this many times in the past. Just to restate briefly, There have been studies done with identical twins (monozygotic) in which one is homosexual and the other isn't. If you were 'born' homosexual, then monozygotic twins are identical genetically. When they are born, they are the same. So then you would expect either both to be homosexual or neither one to be. That isn't what the studies find. So this is strong evidence against this myth that people are born homosexual There has also been an attempt, for about 20 years now, with millions of dollars spent, to find the 'gay gene'. In other words, a single gene or a combination of genes that determine whether someone is homosexual or not. After many studies, some of which have been posted here, nothing of that kind has been found. They have found some genetic sequences that 'predispose' someone to be homosexual, meaning that they are more likely than the average person to be homosexual if they have this sequence of genes. At the same time, these sequences do not 'determine' whether someone is homosexual or not, since there are many people who have these sequences of genes and are not homosexual. There is a big difference between 'genetically determined' and 'genetically predisposed'. For example, if you have two 'X' Chromosomes, you will be female. This is genetically determined. If you have an 'X' and a 'Y' chromosome, you will be male. This is genetically determined. If you have a certain genetic sequence, your body will produce a large amount of melanin. Then you will be dark skinned. This is genetically determined. If you have another genetic sequence, your body will produce less melanin, then you will be lighter skinned, this is genetically determined. I could go on. There are many things that are genetically determined. Being homosexual is not one of them. I could go on and on with the evidence, but you probably get the point. To say that someone is born homosexual means being homosexual is genetically determined. There is no evidence for that.
    5 points
  35. lol, what he has said is clearly understood brother. I think we have no difference in "taking knowledge" from even a kafir, as hikmah is considered as the lost treasure of momin. "Made it (Imamate) general". Am I that poor in understanding english? For us whether he claim or not, it is equal because of the fact that he was the only son of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) remained alive after Karbala. And we have reports which confirm his Imamate. Secondly, it is our belief that Earth cannot remain without the Hujjah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), this belief is authenticated by several sahih ahadith available with us. And Imam Sajjad (عليه السلام) was the only son of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), therefore he is the Imam & the Hujjah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on Earth after Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) Regarding your assertion "nor did he designate", I have proved you on your debate thread # 4 by quoting from two books that Zayd Shaheed believed Imam Baqir (عليه السلام) as his Imam. Should I requote those ahadith which looked lies to you? Here they are: كفاية الأثر(:ص296 ـ 297):. عن أبي بكير انه قال لزيد: يا بن رسول الله هل عهد إليكم رسول الله متى يقوم قائمكم؟ قا: (يا أبا بكير انك لن تلحقه وان هذا الأمر يليه ستة أوصياء من بعد هذا وأشار إلى الباقر ثم يجعل الله خروج قائمنا فيملأها قسطاً وعدلا كما ملئت ظلماً وجوراً قلت يا ابن رسول الله الست صاحب هذا الأمر؟ فقال: انا من العترة... روى ابن شهر آشوب في المناقب ان الامام زيد (عليه السلام) اشار إلى الإمام الباقر بأبيات وقال: ثوى باقر العلم ملحد ***** امام الورى طيب المولد فمن لي سوى جعفر بعده ***** امام الورى الاوحد الامجد أبا جعفر الخير انت الامام ***** وانت المرجى لبلوى غد ابن شهر آشوب، المناقب: 197، ط دار الأضواء، بيروت.
    4 points
  36. For understanding what Imamate actually is, you correctly reached to 2:124. And you will find there Imamate mentioned as "divine covenant". The speciality of this divine covenant is that it would not reach to unjust. Now whenever anyone discussing Imamate, specifically Imams from Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام), he would be referring to that "divine covenant which would never reach to unjust": قال لا ينال عهدي الظالمين 2:124 I don't know how you have missed this important part!! Now stay right here with me for a while. What Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has said is that "My covenant will not reach to unjust" what does that means? First of all, are we able to find out who is unjust & who is not? I think any sensible person will hands up and will excuse that he cannot judge whether a person is unjust or not. Because it would require knowledge of the unseen, lets go along with Quran. You must have seen the story of Prophet Musa (عليه السلام) & Khizr (عليه السلام) mentioned in chapter 18 of Quran. Khizr (عليه السلام), although was mentioned as a servant of God on whom God bestowed His mercy & taught him knowledge from Himself, but he appeared as zalim before Musa (عليه السلام) as he made a whole in a boat, killed a boy etc. And Musa (عليه السلام) was unable to remain patient after watching his actions,which apparently, are looking as zulm. And finally they separated after Khizr (عليه السلام) mentioned him the ta'vil of his actions. Was Khizr ended up as Zalim before Musa (عليه السلام)? No What made Musa (عليه السلام) believe that Khizr (عليه السلام) was not a zalim but an obedient servant of God? The "knowledge" in the form of ta'vil which Khizr (عليه السلام) shared with him in the end of story. So one need a comprehensive knowledge for knowing whether a person is unjust or not. And this comprehensive knowledge is lacking in common humans so the divine covenant of Imamate cannot be a thing which could ever come under human domain so that they may elect or select Imam for themselves. So coming back to the point again, Imamate is a divine covenant which will never reach to unjust. What does that mean? What does it mean to not be unjust? Lets take the opposite, for instance, it means that the the bearers of divine covenant would be the ones who are "just". What that "just" would mean? Infallible??? Or something else? Since we are not discussing infallibility, so I am leaving this subject, but this very verse holds evidence of infallibility too, that's what I wanted to stress. So the bearers of divine covenant must be "just". To further show you what is meant by "unjust", I would like to share few verses: وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن كَتَمَ شَهَادَةً 2:140 وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن مَّنَعَ مَسَاجِدَ اللّهِ أَن يُذْكَرَ فِيهَا اسْمُهُ وَسَعَى فِي خَرَابِهَا 2:114 وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّنِ افْتَرَى عَلَى اللّهِ كَذِبًا أَوْ كَذَّبَ بِآيَاتِهِ 6:21 وَمَنْ أَظْلَمُ مِمَّن ذُكِّرَ بِآيَاتِ رَبِّهِ فَأَعْرَضَ عَنْهَا وَنَسِيَ مَا قَدَّمَتْ يَدَاهُ 18:57 The above are few verses which mentions what is meant by being unjust. Hiding testimonies, hindering people from remembrance of God, liars, turning away from divine signs and even forgetfulness etc. What is meant by being Just, if we just summarize the whole Quran, and start negating each and every trait of zalimeen, we would be able to understand what is meant by being Just. And I would like to encourage you to do that research yourself. Insha Allah you will learn a lot and will reach to the truthful ones. Now your question, What exactly did he gain that he didn’t have before? Apparently, you can say that he gained another station, another divine covenant which apparently, seems greater than Prophethood, that God Almighty has given it after taking a test from his Prophet. I am needing a break here as my other responsibilities are not allowing me to continue. Will be back after a while Insha Allah. Meanwhile you are free to submit your input to what has been written by me. Wassalam!
    4 points
  37. Bismillah. This is one of the most common accusations of Ahl-Sunnah that Shias don't have Ahadith of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Rather almost all hadiths of Shias End upto their Imams (عليه السلام) i:e Imam Al-Baqir, Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq and others ( عليهم السلام ). Therefore the ikhtelaaf between hadith is ikhtelaaf between fatawa of their Imams not problems with hadith , taqqayah or anything. On a live call or podcast, questioner asked Moulana Ishaq that a shia has sent me a hadith regarding this that Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام) said My Hadith is Hadith of my Father, Hadith of my Father is hadith of my GrandFather, hadith of my Grand father is hadith of Hussein (عليه السلام), hadith of Hussein (عليه السلام) is hadith [ upto ] hadith of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Hadith of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), is word of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). To which Moulana Ishaq Responded, that this isn't correct since this hadith is only attributed to Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) and source of mentioned hadith is Al-Kafi and even Allama Majlisi Graded it weak in Mirat-ul-uqool. Therefore according to Moulana ishaq, this claim of shias isn't proven and isn't even established in their hadiths. Ok now before going into quoting Hadeeth and discussing the chain, i would like to mention that Shias 12vers believe in Infallibility of 12 Imams which has been established in their sources. Each Imam is successor of the previous one and is heir of his knowledge. Therefore, even if we accept that this hadith is weak, our claim is still established and what Moulana Ishaq said isn't true at all. Because if we prove from sahih sources that Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) inherited knowledge of All Prophets (عليه السلام), then Ali (عليه السلام) inherited Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) 's knowledge and so on for same imams, then our claim of shias would stay firm and established. Now lets have a look into Al-kafi and see if this hadith / claim is supported by Sahih hadiths [ as per Mirat ul-uqool ]. 1ـ عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ عَنِ النَّضْرِ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ عَنْ يَحْيَى الْحَلَبِيِّ عَنْ بُرَيْدِ بْنِ مُعَاوِيَةَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ مُسْلِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) قَالَ إِنَّ عَلِيّاً (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) كَانَ عَالِماً وَالْعِلْمُ يُتَوَارَثُ وَلَنْ يَهْلِكَ عَالِمٌ إِلا بَقِيَ مِنْ بَعْدِهِ مَنْ يَعْلَمُ عِلْمَهُ أَوْ مَا شَاءَ الله. 1. A number of our people has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from al-Nadr ibn Suwayd from Yahya al-Halabi from Burayd ibn Mu‘awiya from Muhammad ibn Muslim from abu ‘Abdallah ((عليه السلام).) who has said the following. “Ali ((عليه السلام).) was a man of knowledge and knowledge is inherited. Whenever a man of knowledge dies he leave another man of knowledge behind who possess his knowledge or whatever Allah wants.” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/11) Imam (عليه السلام) said whenever a man of knowledge dies, he leaves behind a man who possess his knowledge it means that Ali (عليه السلام) left someone behind right? Hassan (عليه السلام) o Hussein (عليه السلام). who were inheritors of his knowledge therefore there word, is without a doubt word of Ali (عليه السلام) but what about Ali (عليه السلام)? Here have another hadith: 2ـ عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ حَمَّادِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ حَرِيزٍ عَنْ زُرَارَةَ وَالْفُضَيْلِ عَنْ ابي جعفر (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) قَالَ إِنَّ الْعِلْمَ الَّذِي نَزَلَ مَعَ آدَمَ (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) لَمْ يُرْفَعْ وَالْعِلْمُ يُتَوَارَثُ وَكَانَ علي (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) عَالِمَ هَذِهِ الامَّةِ وَإِنَّهُ لَمْ يَهْلِكْ مِنَّا عَالِمٌ قَطُّ إِلا خَلَفَهُ مِنْ أَهْلِهِ مَنْ عَلِمَ مِثْلَ عِلْمِهِ أَوْ مَا شَاءَ الله. 2. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Hammad ibn ’Isa from Hariz from Zurarah and al-Fudayl from abu Ja‘far ((عليه السلام).) who has said the following. “The knowledge that came with Adam was not taken away. Knowledge is inherited. Ali ((عليه السلام).) was the knowledgeable person of this nation (Muslims). No one from us have ever left this world without leaving behind one like him in knowledge or what Allah wanted.” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: حسن - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/12) So as per this Hasan Sahih narration, it has been proven that with Ali (عليه السلام), was knowledge of Prophets (عليه السلام) because he inherited it and definitely it was inherited from Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). But still people might say what about other imams and that there should be something more clear. Here have some more: 4ـ أَحْمَدُ بْنُ إِدْرِيسَ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ عَبْدِ الْجَبَّارِ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ بْنِ يَحْيَى عَنْ شُعَيْبٍ الْحَدَّادِ عَنْ ضُرَيْسٍ الْكُنَاسِيِّ قَالَ كُنْتُ عِنْدَ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) وَعِنْدَهُ أَبُو بَصِيرٍ فَقَالَ أَبُو عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) إِنَّ دَاوُدَ وَرِثَ عِلْمَ الانْبِيَاءِ وَإِنَّ سُلَيْمَانَ وَرِثَ دَاوُدَ وَإِنَّ مُحَمَّداً (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) وَرِثَ سُلَيْمَانَ وَإِنَّا وَرِثْنَا مُحَمَّداً (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وَآلِه) وَإِنَّ عِنْدَنَا صُحُفَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ وَأَلْوَاحَ مُوسَى فَقَالَ أَبُو بَصِيرٍ إِنَّ هَذَا لَهُوَ الْعِلْمُ فَقَالَ يَا أَبَا مُحَمَّدٍ لَيْسَ هَذَا هُوَ الْعِلْمَ إِنَّمَا الْعِلْمُ مَا يَحْدُثُ بِاللَّيْلِ وَالنَّهَارِ يَوْماً بِيَوْمٍ وَسَاعَةً بِسَاعَةٍ. 4. Ahmad ibn Idris has narrated from Muhammad ibn ‘Abd al-Jabbar from Safwan ibn Yahya from Shu‘ayb al-Haddad from Durays al-Kunasi who has said the following. “I was in the presence of abu ‘Abdallah ((عليه السلام).) and abu Basir also was there. The Imams ((عليه السلام).) said, “David inherited the knowledge of the prophets. Solomon inherited David. Prophet Muhammad (s.a.) inherited Solomon and we inherited Muhammad (s.a.). With us are the pages of Abraham and the tablets of Moses.” Abu Basir then said, “This is the knowledge.” The Imams ((عليه السلام).) said, “O abu Muhammad, this is not the knowledge. The knowledge is what happens in the nights and in the days, day after day and hour after hour.” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح على الظاهر - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (20/ 3) A Sahih hadith from Imam Jaffer Al-Sadiq (عليه السلام) as per Mirat Ul Uqool in which he said that we inherited knowledge of Prophets (عليه السلام). which is i believe enough to prove that our claim that Hadith of Imam (عليه السلام) isn't merely his fatwa but word of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and comes from Knowledge of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and source of knowledge of Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is the Almighty Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Here is another hadith without Abu Baseer since Moulana Ishaq probably didn't like Abu Baseer, that proves the same: 6ـ مُحَمَّدٌ عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدٍ عَنِ الْحُسَيْنِ بْنِ سَعِيدٍ عَنِ النَّضْرِ بْنِ سُوَيْدٍ عَنْ عَبْدِ الله بْنِ سِنَانٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ الله (عَلَيْهِ السَّلام) أَنَّهُ سَأَلَهُ عَنْ قَوْلِ الله عَزَّ وَجَلَّ وَلَقَدْ كَتَبْنا فِي الزَّبُورِ مِنْ بَعْدِ الذِّكْرِ مَا الزَّبُورُ وَمَا الذِّكْرُ قَالَ الذِّكْرُ عِنْدَ الله وَالزَّبُورُ الَّذِي أُنْزِلَ عَلَى دَاوُدَ وَكُلُّ كِتَابٍ نَزَلَ فَهُوَ عِنْدَ أَهْلِ الْعِلْمِ وَنَحْنُ هُمْ. 6. Muhammad has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from al-Husayn ibn Sa‘id from al-Nadr ibn Suwayd from ‘Adallah ibn Sinan who has said that he asked abu ‘Abdallah ((عليه السلام).) the following about the meaning of the words of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High. “We have written in the psalms which We had revealed after the Torah. .” (21:105). What is al-Zabur and what is al-Dhikr?” The Imams ((عليه السلام).) said, “Al-Dhikr is with Allah and al-Zabur is what He gave to David.” Every book that was revealed is with the people of knowledge and we are the people of knowledge.” Grading: Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (3/21) Thus, we see from All these narrations that it has been authentically established from Shia soucres that words of Aima (عليه السلام), is word of Allah Almighty! Thus with this much support from Sahih sources, Hadith which was weakened by Moulana Ishaq gets authenticated as well. InshaAllah in next post, i'll discuss authenticity of that report.
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  38. Cool

    Thinking of leaving Shiism

    I was talking with reference to 10 points mentioned in the video and then what he shared as his problems: can you see where the problem lies? A person can be a shia without believing that any attack ever happened at Syeda Fatima's (عليه السلام) house. A person can still be a shia without accepting what people are saying about Syed Shirazi or Qazwini. A person can still be a shia without practicing Taqaiyyah or without believing on infallibility. This makes me think what, according to him, makes a person shia? It appears to me he is not shia at all. A shia is a person who accepts the wilayah of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) and the sons from his progeny and who follows them.
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  39. I can make a similar video with these 10 points and the title would be: "10 Reasons to leave Sunnism" @Baseer why listening to slanderers. By asking these questions, who have obvious and visible answers, this person is just trying to spill fitna. Most and ai mean maximum content on Sunnah Discourse is full of Nasibiyat. Don't get into all these Fitna. Shiism has many loopholes and same but rather even greater are there in Ahl Sunnah. But I know that everyone would ask me to answer this. So, let me give brief answers for all: 1. A focus on Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)): It is not Shia theology and Aqeeda which has low focus on Allah. It is the deviant shia people who are like that. Shiism is purely derived from Quran and Shiism is strictly focussed upon Quran (Kitab Allah) and Iterat. Nahj ul Balagha (if you read) is a beautiful wonder that is full of dhikr Allah. Sahifa Sajjadiyah is a blessed book of duas and there is no match to that book in the entire Islamic literature. Purely focussed upon Allah. 2. Access to Hadiths: Although a problem but not that huge. We do have access to huge volumes of hadith with regards to our Aqeeda in Wilayat. When you have 12 hujjats after Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and words of all are undisputed and crucial then we will obviously match the compilations and scholarly works with respect to that. So, see where the times of our earliest scholars lie and see where the hadith compilation and research has begun. When it comes to problems in hadith. Well, they are everywhere because corrupt nasibis and ghaalis were all around busy in confusing people. 3. Acceptance of Companions: Again, a difference here lies between the shia literature and the shia public. Shia Aqeeda has great respect for companions. In fact, we value them so much that we cannot allow there names to be taken along with hypocrites. Isn't it an insult to Ibn Abbas (رضي الله عنه) (For eg) if we say his name in one breath and Muawiya's name in another breath (with the same respect). Which logic would allow you to say: "Hazrat Ammar is in Jannah along with 'Hazrat Muawiyah'? Read the Quran and you will find the verses that say: "Is the reward of ones who do good and the ones who are evil equal?" So, doesn't Quran challenge this rhetoric. So, Shia aqeeda has a true love for Sahaba. Separating them from the hypocrites. 4. Access to Ahlulbayt's teachings : A baseless accusation not worth answering. 5. Taqiyyah free Ahlubayt : This is a strawman. Assuming that Taqiyyah is something not a part of our faith. While in reality it is proven from Quran. I had a back and forth word with a salafi on Shiachat itself where he did nothing except laying vile accusations on all shias of lie. This happened to the point that he even said that,"I don't know if you are doing taqiyyah right now or not." So, Taqiyyah is in our aqeeda and even many many Sunnis do it. Especially, in India when they are attacked by Hindutva goons, even the most extremist Sunnis hide if they sell or purchase beaf. They even have given official fatwa from all institutes that cow meat is haram for Indian muslims. This much just for life. Isn't it taqiyyah? 6. Access to the context of Quran: Again, a problem of people and not aqeeda. Shia teachings focus the most on Quran. Even the most wonderful tafsirs written on Quran are there: Tafsir Al Mizan - Allama Tabatabai Majma ul Bayan fi Tafsir al Quran - Sheikh Tabarsi Tafsir Al Burhan, Tafsir al Qummi. These are the popular ones only. You will find tafsir of Quran in volumes from many Shia scholars of every era. No one can write a tafsir without understanding the context. 7. Refer to point 6. And please tell me how many are there on the other side of the fence? Read Tafsir Ibn Kathir and also Tafsir Majma ul Bayan. Read Tafsir Tafhim al Quran by Maududi and read Tafsir Al Mizan. Compare and answer which is aligned with Quran more. 8. Access to Prophet's Biography: There are many books written on Seerat un Nabi. The Message by Ayatullah Jaffer Subhani. Sunan an Nabi by Allama Tabatabai. There are many others. Enough to prove that this is wrong. 9. Trust in Hadith compilers: Shia compilers can be trusted easily. I foind this point a bit vague and blurry. What do you mean here? Sheikh al Kulayni was a thiqa in Shias as well as Sunnis. 10. Realistic Karbala Narrative : It is not that we don't have a realistic narrative. But the azadari is dominated by thosecwithout knowledge and thus it appears as if Karbala isn't real. Wrong and unrealistic practices. Mixing of emotions with history has caused this trouble. This point is genuinely the nearest to be a critic among all. But definitely not a reason to leave an aqeeda. May Allah bless you and everone and may Allah protect the faith of brother @Baseer
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  40. Wā ‘alaykum as-Salam, yes they are.
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  41. Salaam Aleikum You need to point out the issues you have so you can also discuss it with us. It is pointless to paste a video and not at all join in conversation.
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  42. notme

    Thoughts 2021

    Please pray for my son and his colleagues. His workplace supervisor tested positive for COVID-19 and now they all are going to quarantine until they've been tested. And if he's got it, quite likely my whole household does along with the entire households of all the other people working there, so hopefully that supervisor is the only one who has it and she recovers quickly.
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  43. I went for a walk, and just so happened to look up and see a bird I've never seen before. I knew it was probably an owl of some sort, so when I got back home I looked up "species of owl in Florida" and it's apparently a short-eared owl. These are rare and elusive birds, so I'm not sure what it was doing in my neighborhood of all places, perched on the power lines. I tried to get a quick picture of it with my phone, but it flew off. Isn't Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) creation beautiful and amazing? I love seeing rare birds. My profile picture is a species of rare bird (for Florida) that was in my yard a while back (Indigo Bunting). I haven't seen one since.
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  44. As for gay legal marriage, I think it's none of the secular government's business who is married to who. Marriage in general should not be regulated, so long as it's non-coercive and between consenting adults. If my husband wants to take four wives or if my lesbian neighbor wants to marry her girlfriend, why is that any concern of a secular government? It's clearly forbidden for Muslims to engage in homosexual acts.
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  45. http://www.everyayah.com/data/images_png/49_12.png O ye who believe! Avoid suspicion as much (as possible): for suspicion in some cases is a sin: And spy not on each other behind their backs. Would any of you like to eat the flesh of his dead brother? Nay, ye would abhor it...But fear Allah: For Allah is Oft-Returning, Most Merciful. Holy Quran 49:12 Thread has become a fitna fiesta. Closed pending review
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  46. Ok you self studied Islam, you believe anyone who disagrees is uneducated and you cant even remember the names of the Sunni caliphs ? Sorry but this sounds dodgey. What exactly have you studied ?
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  47. I absolutely love how his speeches are structured like academic lectures. This is a big plus for me. My daughter sometimes actually sits with a notebook and pen to take notes. Among the shias it were the staunch WF followers that first started speaking up against him. How come? He isn't the one who has been raising objections on the marja or azadari practises of other shias. Hmmm.. so instead of listening to how Ali Asghar was slaughtered like an animal, how Abbas(عليه السلام) lost both his arms, how the bodies were trampled under the hoofs, how the tents were burnt you'd prefer watching documentaries? Bro, I try and teach my children about our history and they know a few things so I was surprised how excited they were after listening to the majalis about pen and paper and Usama's army 'but our islamiyat book(the sunnis one that they do in school) and teacher tells a different story so that's what happened!' and then they wanted to check out Sahih alBukahri and let me tell you it's not just the children who don't have a knowledge of these things. I had four people contact me during the first ten days, three sunnis and one Shia all over thirty years of age. One of them said I had no idea Hazrat Fatima(عليه السلام) died so young, another was doubtful if Abu Bakr and Umar really disobeyed the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). I was happy to direct two of the more open minded sunnis towards his lectures ( there might be a conversion story soon!) One was shocked to learn that sunni version of Hadith Thaqalyn(Quran and Sunnah) doesn't exist, even in sunni books, another thing I learnt from Sayed Ammar's lecture so these things do carry value.
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  48. Calling him a Christian would actually be compliment to this Laeen dude. At least Christianity has a belief in God, in some form, and some sort of a system of values and ethics. Muawiya showed over and over again by his behavior that he is considered a muslim (with the smallest of 'm's) only to keep the social order, i.e. we are not allowed to do takfir on someone as long as they claim to be a muslim. His actions show he had nothing to do with Islam, or any other religion, or any other system of ethics or values that are Divinely based. His actions showed only one thing, that he hankered after the dunya only, and couldn't care less about anything else. If this is not clear to the people, then to tell you the truth I have no interest in discussing with them. There is mountains of evidence for this, even from Sunni sources. If others refuse to look at it, its their problem. He was single handedly responsible for the deaths of thousands of mumineen and muminat, and the oppression of millions. He will have his place in hell alongside Farou3n and his laeen son. I am sure of that. My only wish is that I would have been alive at that time so that I would have been the one to shank him thru the heart and send him there. As the poets say ' I would use profanity to describe him, but there are not enough profane words in the English language to adequately describe him'
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  49. Lol hoping for the Taliban to change and become good guys is like expecting Saudi Arabia to suddenly be nice to Shias and other minorities, rebuild Jannatul Baqi and Jannatul Mualla, stop bombing Yemen and ceasing to spread and fund Wahhabism internationnally (aka it's never gonna happen). There is no "new Taliban", otherwise why would people be so afraid and do everything to flee and escape by the thousands, to such an extent that they literally hold on to a plance hoping to escape, but end up falling and dying (may Allah have mercy on these souls) ?!?!?! As I said before, if they actually changed, then alhamdulillah. But if they're the same, then it's no surprise. Zionist Israel was, is and will remain terrorist. The American government was, is and will remain terrorist. Saudi Arabia was, is and will remain terrorist. Al-Qaeda/ISIS/Boko Haram were, are and will remain terrorists. It's no surprise then that the Taliban were, are and will remain terrorists.
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  50. Took me a while to think about it, but most importantly, I regret not being married. On the flip side, I am grateful that I am not married to the wrong person, alhamdullilah.
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