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  1. 3 points
    Thats so kind of you bro. Me and my friends used to have LAN parties spanning days. Tournaments. Massive ownage and resulting hootings that would wake up the neighborhood. Then I found a job and we used to hire a gaming cafe and play all night on saturdays. And then, I got married. :( My wife is a completely unrealistic, highly educated, spoiled brat, only sister of three brothers and daughter of a high ranking military man. I get to do all the work, all of it. From earning money to fixing leaks in the house and putting up with her nonsense. I have become like a Djinn entrapped in a bottle floating in a sea. So... with a heavy heart, I have to decline the sweet offer. But its the thought that counts and I appreciate that. You have reminded me of that time.
  2. 3 points
    -when you bump old topics -when you havent entered the chat since a long time and you feel like a VIP as soon as you enter. Everyone saying salam :P
  3. 2 points
    a human

    Quotes [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    (bismillah) The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘If you feared Allah with the fear that He is worthy of, you would be taught the knowledge after which no ignorance ever remains.’ [Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 5881] Imam Ali (AS) said, 'The [valid] opinion comes from balanced judgment, whilst the impetuous and rash opinion is a vile foundation indeed.’[bihar al-Anwar, v. 78, p. 81, no. 76] Imam Ali (AS) said, ‘Verily you will be put in tense perplexity and be finely filtered, until you are turned upside down; then certain people will surpass [others] after having lagged behind, while those who were ahead fall back.’[bihar al-Anwar, v. 5, p. 218, no. 12]
  4. 2 points
    Gentleness and Leniency (Rifq wa Mudara) (By Allama Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Tabatabai ra.) This is the most important of matters which the wayfarer must observe, because even a small negligence in this regard, aside from the fact that it may halt the wayfarer's progress and advancement, may totally put an end to his journey for ever. At the beginning of his journey the wayfarer finds in himself more than an expected amount of eagerness and zeal, or during the course of the journey he feels a lot of enthusiasm and yearning during the manifestation of formal revelations of Divine Beauty (tajalliyat‑e suriyyeh‑ye jamaliyyeh), and, as a result, he decides to be diligent in performing the acts of worship. Thus he may spend most of his time in prayer and lamentation, performing every rite and trying to learn something from everyone, taking mouthfuls out of every kind of spiritual nourishment. This kind of practice is not only not beneficial, it is harmful. Because, as it imposes a heavy schedule of worship on the lower soul (nafs), it suddenly reacts as a result of the pressure placed upon it and breaks down. As a result without having drawn any results the wayfarer is deprived of all activity, and he does not find any inclination in himself to perform even the smallest of supererogatory acts. The secret behind this excess and the following breakdown is that the criterion and standard in performing supererogatory rites was taken to be one's temporary interest and zeal, leading the soul to be overloaded. When that interest and zeal subside and that intense flame becomes dimmer, then the soul, being tired from the heavy burden, suddenly plays truant throwing the journey's burden to the ground either at the outset of the journey or in the middle of it. It develops an aversion for the journey and becomes impatient with bearing the supplies needed to carry out the journey or to continue it. Hence the wayfarer must not be misled by his passing zeal, but he should, with care and foresight, correctly estimate his own spiritual resources and the requirements of his trade and profession, as well the extent of his capacities. He should select an act that he can continue and is somewhat lighter than his capacity, and. confine himself to it, and engage in it until he derives the complete benefit that accrues to his faith from that action. On this basis, when engaging in worship the wayfarer must stop at a point when there is still interest left in him and the inclination to continue, so that this desire remains in him and he always find himself eager to perform worship. The case of the wayfarer's engagement in worship is like that of the man desirous of having a constant appetite for food: first he must select a food that suits his taste and then stop eating before he has eaten to his fill so that he continually feels an appetite. It is to this gentleness and mildness that the advice of Hadrat Sadiq (`a) to Abd al‑Aziz Qaratisi relates: O Abd al‑Aziz, verily faith has ten degrees, like the steps of a ladder, which one climbs step by step .... When you see someone who is at a lower step than yours, lift him up gently to yourself and don't put a burden upon him which would strain him to the breaking point. On the whole that which can be concluded from what has been said is that a worship is effective in wayfaring which arises solely and exclusively from inclination and interest, and to this refers the statement of the Imam. Do not force worship on yourself (making it unpleasant).
  5. 2 points
    eThErEaL

    Muslim Prayer

    I never pray for anyone's harm. Even those who oppress me, I pray for God to guide them. Because the Quran says that God's mercy is "all-encompassing". In fact, in our canonical prayers (al-Fatiha) we are taught to pray on behalf of every single entity which exists. We are taught that if we curse the oppressors and we ourselves are oppressive in any single way, then we too get cursed.
  6. 2 points
    Son of Placid

    Who Is On The Right Path?

    Lol, immature and inappropriate coming from you. There has been no benefit from anything you've posted so don't think you have a seat on any judgement stance... My biggest problem with embracing Islam is being slotted with the likes of you(s). You don't get it, do you.
  7. 2 points
    This is wrong on so many levels. Don't do anything llegal-- that means don't have a greencard marriage. If you get deported because you did things legally, so be it. You're a Muslim, that means being ethical. A greencard marriage is unethical-- which violates Islamic principles. Come to the US the LEGAL way. I've heard of greencard marriages where the guy will marry the girl for a greencard without telling her that's why he is marrying her. PLEASE do not ruin a girl's life by marrying her for just a greencard. Marriage is so much more sacred than that. Bottom line, follow the laws and don't commit fraud.
  8. 2 points
    It is narrated in Hadith that the best of Dinar (money unite) is a Dinar that a man spent on his family. It is also narrated that when sa'd died, 70 thousand angel walked in his funeral. When prophet stood by his grave he said " And the likes of Sa'ad are hugged by grave" The mother of Sa'ad did not understood so prophet told her that Sa'ad is experiencing the pressure of grave (sort of punishment) because Sa'ad was not "soft spoken" with his family. It is narrated that whoever entered the market, bought an accessory thing(s) for his family , he will be like a man carrying sadaqah to a needy family. He preferably should start with females, whoever made his daughter happy he will be like freeing an enslaved child from the children of Isma'il, whoever made a son's eye delighted he will be like a one whose eyes cried from fear of Allah and whoever cried from fear of Allah, Allah will grant him heavens. I know that these sort of hadiths are rarely distributed which is shame, you will hardly hear them from pulpits or read them in books. Best scholars that spoke about these issues are: Syyed Hadi Mudarrisi, Taqi Falsafi and Habib Kadhimi. All of them write or lecture in Arabic only sadly. The rest will most of time take the approach of "blame it all on women, the woods of hell fire". They take Qawammah as honorary right not as responsibility that they will be asked about in the day of judgement. There is also the story of a pious companion of the prophet who died, prophet refused to perform the prayer in his funeral until one of the companion went to pay the debt of that man. There is also a story about a pious man who got heaven like grave except for a scorpion that bite him every day because he did not paid back a loan. I think another good point to make is that : It is good deed to forgive people who died or are alive, it is a sort of Sadaqah.
  9. 2 points
    @some, Let's not be so confrontational in our da`wa. Here we see the clash of two approaches to God. In Christianity, sexual relations as a whole are seen as a worldly temptation that distracts one from the worship of God. CLynn said that one cannot be fully devoted to his family and to God at the same time. In Islam, devotion to your family is devotion to God. There is a recognition in Islam that sex is a lot like eating food, drinking water, and sleeping at night - it keeps people functioning. However, all things have regulations. I cannot eat forbidden foods, and I shouldn't eat/drink in excess. Likewise, sex is only had in controlled circumstances - marriage. In Islam, following these regulations is a form of worship of God, even if they benefit me in this life as well. While the Islamic approach is more "convenient" or even "natural", Christians see it as a lower state of mind. But Muslims would say here that celibacy is not a higher state of mind, because it cuts out a human need that Allah has instilled in us.
  10. 2 points
    101 y0u d0IV7 3\/3|\/ K/\/0VV VVH47 Y0u 4R3 54Y1/\/G
  11. 2 points
    you know ur from shiachat when your posts tripled after the "thoughts" thread first started :lol:
  12. 1 point
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IQ3BdR0xxtk
  13. 1 point
    Abraram

    Thinking While Prayers

    Salam un Aliekum Readers, I am glad to start a thread on a discourse regarding Namaz. We all try to prostrate infront of our God in Namaz but the question is: What to think while praying Namaz?Some say to focus on wordings of the Namaz but my answer to them is quite natural. If I try to focus on wordings in every namaz then it will make namaz boring i.e same wordings in every Namaz.. but Namaz is a mairaaj of momin and has to be something that is to be making a person nearer to God. Can anyone share some quotes regarding thinking while Namaz or Does anyone know that what Ayatollahs and Marajai thinks while praying Namaz. Please share it in detail so that it could bring us nearer to God.
  14. 1 point
    (bismillah) I'm quoting my own post from here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235019364-my-debate-with-farid-exposing-the-lies/ I'm going to bolden the relevant parts to this thread. On a side note, we're still waiting for Farid to defend his religion's system of Jarh and Ta`deel that was exposed by Samahat al-Shaykh Muhammad al-Sanad دام ظله. Please see my signature's link. vv في أمان الله والسلام على من اتبع الهداة عليهم السلام
  15. 1 point
    amirhosein_88

    Bahlool

    Salamun alaykum. Lets clarify the dates: - Harun al-Rashid: 145-193 AH; Caliphate: 170-193 AH - Buhlul: d. 190 (or 197) AH - Abu Hanifa: 80-150 AH So there are some stories in which both Harun and Buhlul are mentioned. This is OK as they were contemporaries. Historically, Abu Hanifa and Buhlul could meet each other as well. However, in that famous debate between Buhlul and Abu Hanifa, the Caliph can not be Harun since (as you mentioned) Harun became Caliph 20 years after the demise of Abu Hanifa. But it does not mean that such debate did not take place at all. As far as I researched, there is no mention of the name of the Caliph or governor in that debate; rather, it is said that they went to the Caliph or governor. However, if some have specifically referred to Harun in that debate they had made a mistake and I believe this mistakes stems from the fact that Buhlul and Harun share some stories and perhaps some have assumed that the same Harun has been the Caliph in that debate. Wa Allah -u- A'lam.
  16. 1 point
    amirhosein_88

    Building Mosques Over Graves....

    Salamun alaykum. It is a very lengthy and complicated discussion and, I believe, it is not such easy to answer as we may assume. But what saddens me (and perhaps you) is that we are not tolerant enough to hear other views and to reply in a friendly manner while we as the followers of Ahl al-Bayt, are expected to follow their example in discussion. When we as Shi'a are not ready to tolerate each other how can we expect others to tolerate us? This unfortunate phenomenon is found in some other threads as well. Let's be more tolerant.
  17. 1 point
    eThErEaL

    How Can A Human Becoma A "god"

    Yes...so what i was saying was that Buddhism does recognize the Divine Being! ...Buddhism approaches God by emphasizing the Essence of God, hence the silence. And this is VERY OBVIOUS.at least for some of us.. :) if anyone is interested in learning more, here is a study endorsed by Islamic Scholars and the Dali Lama. And for my dear Christian friends here is a study by D.T. Suzuki (a Zen Scholar and practitioner) comparing Christianity with Zen. enjoy! Ethereal
  18. 1 point
    mahdi servant.01

    Simple Story, Great Lessons

    " And ask them about the town which stood by the sea; when they exceeded the limits of the Sabbath, when their fish came to them on the day of their Sabbath, visibly on the surface of the water, but on days when they were not keeping Sabbath they would not come to them. Thus did We test them because of the transgressions they used to commit.(7: 163 ) As it is obvious this is a well known story recounted in Quran. For a long time I have been wondering and questioning myself that how these kind of stories which form a large fraction of Quran (almost 2/3of it) could benefit us? To just read a story and condemn those who disobeyed Allah laws rebuking them for being weak willed! How would my life style be changed, my desires be controlled, my heart be obedient with reading Quran that is full stories like this??? One day I heard the same story in a different manner. More tangible and actual ! In a way I found my self one of those who were disgusting to me for the simple test they refused of ! Right in a session I said : to be not included in Allah curse as they are, there must be a change in our life otherwise we almost close to what they did, of course the circumstance and things are different but the case is the same!! I want to share what I heard with you and have your idea if you do not mind! …when the lecturer ended up with the story he tried to explain their( the people of Sabbath) situation describing what exactly happened for them: he said consider your business is fishing and you used to provide all you need easily because there is a short branch of river in your neighbor . So you have no problem preparing what your family need. But suddenly you are told that you could no longer do fishing at Saturdays but it is allowed in the rest of the week. Suppose that fish are matched with this ruling against you, as in the Quran mentioned: "…when their fish came to them on the day of their Sabbath, visibly on the surface of the water, but on days when they were not keeping Sabbath they would not come to them" . How much we could bear and tolerate such situation, specially when your children and wife scolding you of being work less, inept, clumsy etc. Right in such complex situation, not to know having your family satisfaction or Allah, this thought comes to your mind that by putting a net at the entrance of river branch in every Saturday in order to prison fish and have them available in other days, you could combine btw both Allah and your family will! What would you do???!! Honestly I think this way we cannot easily rebuke the people of Sabbath!! May be we do the same in our day and age!! So … there must be a change in our life style!! Say: If your fathers and your sons and your brethren and your spouses and your kinfolks and property which you have acquired, and the business you fear may suffer and dwellings which you like, are dearer to you than Allah and His Messenger and striving in His way, then wait till Allah brings about His command And Allah does not guide the transgressing people(9: 24 ) your ideas would be appreciated
  19. 1 point
    I'm telling you what girls want/like. It's your job to figure the rest out. I won't do ALL the legwork for you, where's the fun in that ;)?
  20. 1 point
    Reminds me of constatine :P
  21. 1 point
    Ali-F

    Something We Don Talk About Enough

    Yes, here. http://www.promisedsavior.com/book/Dastgheib-The%20Hereafter.pdf
  22. 1 point
    baqar

    How Can A Human Becoma A "god"

    Let us not get personal, my friend.
  23. 1 point
    Jasmin

    Quotes [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Imam Al-Sadiq (as) "The most perfect human beings from the point of view of reason are those who are best in moral conduct"
  24. 1 point
    Ali Musaaa :)

    How Can A Human Becoma A "god"

    I will not execute my burning anger; I will not again destroy Ephraim; for I am God and not a man, the Holy One in your midst, and I will not come in wrath. [Hosea 11:9]
  25. 1 point
    (salam) Help me complete the list :) you know you're from ShiaChat when.. -everybody gets interresting on the chatroom, when you MUST leave -The only topics discussed at the chatroom are Shia/sunni stuff and marriage -You wonder how did they chose Al-mufeed as a mod. -You struggled in 2008-2009 and 2010 to get 50 post so you can join the chatroom..and noticed that it didn't exist. -You are mistaken as a brother when you're a sister -70% of the users are urdu, 25% are arabs. -If you're an arab,you took 10 years to discover the meaning of '' naray hydri '' :yaali: some more ?
  26. 1 point
    David66

    Who Is On The Right Path?

    Hello, LOL, welcome to the Judaism / Christianity / Islam Dialog Forum herenow477. When someone cries "Islamaphobia." I will only need to refer to you and some of your post. All the Best, David
  27. 1 point
    herenow477

    Who Is On The Right Path?

    truth hurts doesnt it? Christianity as created by St Paul is a religion dedicated to paganism, it has nothing to do with Jesus, it is the "anti christ" you take the laws of the old testament and throw them all out, turn people into alcoholics, and now days they dont even condemn homosexuals anymore, everything is go , the chruches are empty here look at the articles http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2332998/One-country-religions-telling-pictures-The-pews-churches-just-yards-overcrowded-mosque.html http://www.canberratimes.com.au/comment/empty-churches-tell-a-story-20130912-2tn00.html http://www.gatestoneinstitute.org/2761/converting-churches-into-mosques Christianity is finally met its doom, it has come to an end. By the next two generations the rest of the Christians will either become atheists or Muslims or buddhists , and the only places left where Christians will exist is nun covenants that will become as scarce as water in the desert now you can take that as offensively as you like , but the truth is truth and truth sometimes hurts Churches churches today Mosques all around the world , also this picture is actually the carpark of the mosque because the mosque was full and they had to put people outside in the car park to accommodate the worshipers. Pictures speak a 1000 words
  28. 1 point
    Yasmeena

    Link A Video

    Salam, I had this problem at first. What I used to do is post the link of the page.For example this is a video you wanted to post a while ago: http://m.youtube.com/watch?v=8UJtBp_CjDY Now all you have to do is click on the share button under the video and copy the link that is there which is the link for watching the video (if you are on your phone or tablet the share button and link can be found by clicking the small arrow on the top right corner of the screen). By putting this link in you posts youll get this:
  29. 1 point
    Ali-F

    Handshake Rejection | Videos

    Salam alaykum Do you wonder how to reject a handshake? Watch these videos :) Btw, if anyone have a story about their rejection, then tell. I need this :) I think I will do a japanese handshake i.e bow down.. Anyways: Yahya Touré - Manchester City star. Iranian man Probably salafist - no handshake to you - but what the heck does the host do? if he is a muslim, why did he then shake his hands? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Eepgu1ExTdo Even this jew doesnt shake hands And this one, lol, it seems that he wanted to shake his hands with the woman - watch for yourself Post more :)
  30. 1 point
    You cannot compare the two. No doubt that racial discrimination against non-Arabs does exist in Saudi and the rest of the Arab countries, but it's existence is caused by ignorant people and not merely by the religious authority there or the constitution. In other words, in Saudi, you don't see religious clerics going out in public in large masses and protesting against their government to kick out non-Arabs out of their country. However in Israel it's not the same. If you were to watch the video fully, you will learn that even that the constitution as well as their religious clergy support the racial discrimination against black people.
  31. 1 point
    Ali-F

    Your Own Captured Photos

    Salah in Bahrain. Ayatollah Abul Qasim al-Khoei sitting in the mimbar.
  32. 1 point
    Suffering, isnt necesserily a bad thing, and its not always suffering that we want to stop, but rather we want to stop the things that cause suffering. With that said, I dont really agree with any of these.
  33. 1 point
    Kernel of the Kernel, Tabattabai: "Wird" consists of verbal adhkar and awrad, and their quality and quantity depends on the prescription of the teacher. For they are like medicines, which are beneficial for some people and harmful for some others. It is often seen that the wayfarer engages in two dhikrs, one which turns his attention toward plurality and the other toward Unity, and as they are said together they neutralize one another without yielding any result. However, the teacher's permission is required for awrad concerning which there is no general permission. But as for those for which a general permission exists, there is no problem. Wird is of four kinds: outward and inward (khafi), and each of them is either general or exclusive. The outward dhikr is not given much significance by the people of the Way, for outward dhikr consists of verbal chanting without attention to the meaning and is in reality no more than oscillation of the tongue. And since the wayfarer's quest is for meaning, and nothing else, outer dhikr will have no benefit for him.
  34. 1 point
    eThErEaL

    Who Is On The Right Path?

    Herenow... I look at Cylnn, Son of Placid and other Christians here, and they have more adab or courtesy in the way they write and discuss than most of the Muslims here. What does that say? Grow up please.
  35. 1 point
    CLynn

    How Can A Human Becoma A "god"

    Greetings baqar, Good observances. Here, as with all religion, we must distinguish between 'Buddhism', and what Buddha taught. I'm fairly certain that the Buddha(Siddartha) taught that God is found within. Here is another thing to consider... the concept of reincarnation... What do you suppose Yshwe(Jesus) meant when He said, in my Father's house are many mansions? You see I find the concept of reaching higher levels(or planes of existence) entirely possible, and not incompatible with what Yshwe was saying. asalaam, CLynn
  36. 1 point
    I was curious if anyone on Shiachat with experience in graphic design and typesetting would be interested in collaborating to produce some introductory pamphlets to Twelver beliefs. I ride the bus a lot and I often see pamphlets for Jehovah's Witnesses and other organizations like this. And at my school, Hare Krishnas occasionally visit and hand it brochures and the like and this all had me thinking that perhaps instead of always expecting non-Muslims to read these large books by scholars, which can be rather daunting for common people whose curiosity doesn't really extend much beyond "well, what do you believe?" I think if we want to spread Shia Islam, it would be in our best interests to create more easy to read pamphlets that speak on the sufferings and deeds of our Imams. Something easy for people who are uneducated or just uninformed on Islam or Shia Islam. I think we need more stuff that deals specifically with introducing Shia Islam to non-Muslims who may not know anything about Islam at all, but which isn't 200 pages long. Something like 20 pages long that is straight to the point. I thought that it might help if we could make three pamphlets. One which deals with the Fourteen Infallibles and basic concepts of of Shi'ism in general in a language the average English speaker can understand. And then another dealing specifically with Imam Hussain (as) and one other dealing specifically with Ali ibn Abi Talib (as). Making them as easy to print out and nice looking and sending them to local masjids in the West to distribute to interested parties I think would do a lot of good and as of yet, I haven't noticed anyone else to have really put much effort into such a project. A lot of stuff printed are larger books which mostly feel geared towards those with some knowledge of Islam already. And sometimes they can be a little dry when, growing up in Ameica surrounded by Christians, I think we need to focus on producing things that are simple and direct but appeal to the pathos of individuals. Then once that interest is generated, people can be redirected towards larger more comprehensive works, but for common people who don't spend much of their extra time reading large books and who have shorter attention spans for such things unless it has really grabbed their attention, I think it's necessary to take a more simplistic approach. Common people respond much better to narrative storytelling and so I think we need introductory materials to non-Muslims that are less scholarly and instead try to convey a moral or an ideal through the imagery of an emotionally packed narrative and wisdom sayings.
  37. 1 point
    amirhosein_88

    Big Trouble

    Salamun alaykum. Take it easy bro since there is no need to have witness/witnesses for marriage in the first place. Furthermore, so far as you are not sure about the truth you can not accuse anyone. Based on the teachings of Ahl al-Bayt, we must think good of our Muslim brothers and sisters as much as possible. Happy marriage!
  38. 1 point
    I am from the lineage of Imam Musa Kadhim (as), therefore, to you, by your own principle, I am Ahl ul Bayt. Now send me a million dollars and swear an oath of allegiance or burn forever.~
  39. 1 point
    Qa'im

    Ahl Al-Bayt In Judeo-Christian Literature

    Continued. So in the last of couple posts, we've been looking into the eschatological language of the Book of Enoch and its possible reference to our Holy Prophet. The new possible location of Sinai is also very significant. In this post, I plan to conclude my section on Enoch by sharing what I believe are references to the Ahl al-Bayt. Chapter 2 of the book is very Qur'anic - the stars, orbits, seasons, and the Earth are described as precisely calculated natural signs of Allah. In chapter 3, we find the following: Observe and see how (in the winter) all the trees seem as though they had withered and shed all their leaves, except fourteen trees, which do not lose their foliage but retain the old foliage from two to three years till the new comes. At first sight, this verse seems to be referring to trees. Some trees shed their leaves in the winter, while others retain their foliage. Deciduous trees bear fruit and lose their leaves in the winter, while coniferous trees do not shed their greenery for 1-5 years on average. However, there are possibly some inner meanings that can be explored here. We know for certain that there are more than fourteen species of coniferous trees in the Middle East, including different types of cedar, fir, junipers, cypress, palm, pine, spruce, and yew trees. Enoch is a book of gnostic secrets and allegories. The verse above is the entire chapter, making it the second shortest chapter in this section. While chapters 1 and 5 explicitly describe the messianic age, 2-4 briefly cover some natural signs, one wonders if the two are connected. The Gnostic communities in the Irano-Semitic world were delved into the metaphors and the symbology of books like Enoch. The parts of the world that were most affected by these scriptures were more receptive of Islam, and they were particularly receptive to the Shi`i and Sufi trends. So, could these trees be metaphorical? Absolutely, and Allah knows best. It wouldn't be the only time trees were used as metaphors. Throughout the scriptures, trees have referred to people. In Matthew 12:33, Jesus says, "Make a tree good and its fruit will be good, or make a tree bad and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit." In Matthew 7:18, he says, "A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, and a bad tree cannot bear good fruit." In these verses, the trees are individuals, and their fruit are their actions (what they "produce"). This metaphor can be seen in other verses of the Bible and other non-canonical books as well. Going back to Enoch chapter 3, all trees wither and die in the winter season, while 14 trees remain green at all times. In Biblical language, this means that all people die or are destroyed, except for fourteen everlasting individuals. These fourteen people would be none other than the fourteen ma`sumeen - Muhammad, `Ali, Fatima, al-Hasan, al-Husayn, Zayn al-`Abideen, al-Baqir, as-Sadiq, al-Kadhim, ar-Rida, al-Jawad, al-Hadi, al-`Askari, and al-Qa'im, peace be upon them all. The Qur'an inherits this same metaphor in Surat Ibrahim: "Have you not considered how Allah presents an example, [making] a good word like a good tree, whose root is firmly fixed and its branches [high] in the sky?" (14:24) This verse was interpreted by Ja`far as-Sadiq in the hadith below: عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن سيف، عن أبيه، عن عمرو بن حريث قال: سألت أبا عبد الله عليه السلام عن قول الله: " كشجرة طيبة أصلها ثابت وفرعها في السماء " قال: فقال: رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله أصلها، وأمير المؤمنين عليه السلام فرعها، والائمة من ذريتهما أغصانها وعلم الائمة ثمرتها وشيعتهم المؤمنون ورقها، هل فيها فضل؟ قال: قلت: لا والله، قال: والله إن المؤمن ليولد فتورق ورقة فيها وإن المؤمن ليموت فتسقط ورقة منها. Several of our companions from Ahmad b. Muhammad from `Ali b. Sayf from his father from `Amr b. Harith. He said: I asked Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام about the saying of Allah, “… as a goodly tree, its root set firm, its branches reaching into the sky” (14:24). He said: So he said: The Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله is its root, and Amir al-Mu’mineen عليه السلام is its branches, and the Imams from their progeny are its twigs, and the knowledge of the Imams are its fruits, and their believing Shi`a are its leaves – is there anything more? He said: I said: No, by Allah. He said: By Allah, when a believer gives birth, a leaf sprouts on it; and when a believers dies, a leaf falls from it. (al-Kafi, Volume 1, hadith 1157) Here, we see that the ma`sumeen are being represented as a heavenly tree, with the believing Shi`a represented by the tree's leaves. Note that in both Enoch and this hadith, the foliage of the tree fall off and are replaced. However, in both cases, the tree always remains green, because there are believers in every era. The tree is everlasting, and it never shrivels and dies, unlike other trees. Remember the eschatological language of Enoch. In these chapters, God foretells the imminent End Times and the coming of the messianic age and the final kingdom. The only individuals that would live unscathed by Allah's chastisement would be the hujaj (the surviving trees) and their followers (the foliage). Meanwhile, the enemies and competitors of the Imams (the dying trees) would be destroyed. Continuing with chapter 5: But ye -ye have not been steadfast, nor done the commandments of the Lord, But ye have turned away and spoken proud and hard words With your impure mouths against His greatness. Oh, ye hard-hearted, ye shall find no peace. Therefore shall ye execrate your days, And the years of your life shall perish, And the years of your destruction shall be multiplied in eternal execration, And ye shall find no mercy. In those days ye shall make your names an eternal execration unto all the righteous, And by you shall all who curse, curse, And all the sinners and godless shall imprecate by you, And for you the godless there shall be a curse. And all the . . . shall rejoice, And there shall be forgiveness of sins, And every mercy and peace and forbearance: There shall be salvation unto them, a goodly light. And for all of you sinners there shall be no salvation, But on you all shall abide a curse. But for the elect there shall be light and joy and peace, And they shall inherit the earth. And then there shall be bestowed upon the elect wisdom, And they shall all live and never again sin, Either through ungodliness or through pride: But they who are wise shall be humble. And they shall not again transgress, Nor shall they sin all the days of their life, Nor shall they die of (the divine) anger or wrath, But they shall complete the number of the days of their life. And their lives shall be increased in peace, And the years of their joy shall be multiplied, In eternal gladness and peace, All the days of their life In this excerpt, Enoch returns to the topic of the apocalypse. Three stanzas are dedicated to the godless evildoers, who shall die, and be destroyed - like the withering trees. They shall be cursed by "all who curse", much like the ayah, "Verily, those who disbelieve, and die while they are disbelievers; on them is the curse of Allah and of angels and of the people combined." (2:161) Then the text describes the righteous, who will be given mercy and whose sins will be forgiven. After a brief interlude about the evildoers, Enoch brings up "the elect". Remember that in Isaiah 42, the Servant was called "the elect", and I presume that this word is the same bakhiyr mentioned earlier. The elect ones - also translated as the chosen ones - were not ordinary righteous believers; rather, these are individuals that God has made a covenant with. As we established in post #11, the same title was given to Abraham, David, and Moses. Isaiah applies the title to the Servant, and as we have also established, there would be multiple "Servants". The verse says, "But for the elect there shall be light and joy and peace, and they shall inherit the earth". This is undoubtedly a quotation of Psalms 37:11, where Allah tells the believers to be patient in the face of evil and oppression, and to refrain from anger and jealousy of their wickedness. They are asked to be forbearing, as evil would soon disappear and they would inherit the Earth. Enoch's reference to Psalms 37:11 is very significant. Enoch would've been the second religious scripture to use this expression, followed by the Gospel of Matthew in the 1st century CE, followed by the Qur'an in the 7th century. But, unlike the other scriptures, Enoch calls the inheritors "the elect" as opposed to "the meek" or the "righteous servants". This is fine, because the variations all compliment our understanding of the hujaj. They are chosen by Allah because they are His meek, forbearing, and righteous slaves. Post #4 shows that the Ahl al-Bayt made the claim to this prophecy in hadiths of Imam `Ali, Zayn al-`Abideen, Imam al-Baqir, and Imam al-Kadhim (as). The next stanzas describe these elect ones: they are to be bestowed with wisdom, they are to live - which in Biblical language means that they will not be punished by God -, they are to never sin, and they shall be humble. The parallels here to the Imams of Ahl al-Bayt should be obvious. They are bestowed with the wisdom (hikma) of the Qur'an and the Sunna, they are to live forever in paradise and Allah is pleased with them, they are the infallible and protected representatives of Allah, and they are the forbearing and meek servants. May the blessings and peace of Allah be upon Muhammad and the Family of Muhammad.
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    This piece of information is false and frowned upon by most analysts who follow the Syrian Civil War. The only groups who reference SOHR are mainstream journalists like those in Al-Jazeera, BBC, and the Guardian to name a few. Pro-opposition SOHR, which is ran by Syrian [Rami Abdulrahman] from his home in Coventry [uK] and claims to be in contact with some 200 activists who help him to record the causalities, well before I continue I'd like to point out that not even the UN, an international organization with billions of funding and a wide range of intelligence systems could keep up with the causalities, now to determine who the dead belong to is a whole new story. This is an article from SOHR website dated 13/03/2014 [last month] http://syriahr.com/index.php?option=com_news&nid=16470&Itemid=2&task=displaynews#.UzxuxPldXh7 The article claims the civilian causalities to be 73,783. yet now the number has changed to 50,000, and that change only came about when the UN released the number 150,000 this month. ​Since SOHR is not constrained to any real organization, the author could play with statistics as much as he likes According to this 1 month old SOHR article, rebel causalities are 23,389, yet less than a month later the number has changed to 38,000. It seems like SOHR is modifying their numbers to make it more realistic, with all the videos and reports from Syria, nobody will ever believe the number of dead rebels to be 23,000. Not even the rebels themselves. SOHR does NOT consider rebels who took up arms as fighters, and when killed they are added to the civilian toll. SOHR only considers Army defectors and Jihadi Islamists as fighters. SOHR considers government workers are fighters because there were instances of them keeping weapons in their offices. Another reason why many analysts refuse to take SOHR seriously. SOHR has deleted several articles off its website and facebook page since 2012. Manipulation!! So lets do some calculations based on the old and new numbers from good old SOHR: Civlian dead: 73,000 Government soldiers dead: 58,000 hezbollah and other shia dead: 1,000 syrian rebels dead: 38,000 islamists (foreign) dead: 10,000 unidentified dead: 3,000 total = 183,000 since SOHR has changed the number of civilians to from 73,000 to 50,000, and since we know that SOHR counts fighters as civilians, we can now add the subtracted number of civilians back to the rebel deaths where they rightfully belong: 73,000 [1 month old SOHR claim] - 50,000 [recent SOHR claim] = 23,000 23,000 [civilian fighters] + 38,000 [real fighters] = 61,000 now lets add those 10,000 foreign islamists/mujahideen so the total number of dead rebels and their Islamist allies = 71,000 dead FSA/Nusra/IF/and all their allies numbers are numbers, both sides can play with them. But SOHR is a big fail, they should delete old information before publishing new records.
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    Marbles

    Quotes [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    "If Jesus had been killed twenty years ago, Catholic school children would be wearing little electric chairs around their necks instead of crosses". __Lenny Bruce
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    mesbah

    Something I Find Very Disturbing.

    I'm sure sectarianism in Islam (sunni/shia) and sectarianism in shia (zaydi/isma'ili/wagifi/akhbari...) These sectarianisms are in the best interest of Zionists and imperialists. And I won't be surprised to know they support and encourage such sectarianism by any direct and indirect means they have. And about our wagifi brothers! Great! In this chaos of sectarian hate, we only needed them to re-exist! Don't you get suspicious?
  43. 1 point
    baradar_jackson

    Your Own Captured Photos

    Bazaar of Qom China:
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    Salam aleykum, inshAllah, I really want Muslims to think and research, not just follow whatever and however. Muslims must ask Allah for guidance, if anyone wants to know anything, let them ask Allah to guide them to the truth, Allah is The Guide then who'll guide us except Allah? We know Muslims were colonised for very long time, how do we know that what we know is fact and true? Zionists have devised massive plans for a very long time and they are now boasting and posting their stuff all over the net, it makes them feel good, so why don't people research that material to see that what I say is true. Imam Mahdi could be the Imam of the shia version, I totally agree on this possibility; it is logical and I have no reason why not to accept him as such if that is the case. But I also as I said know that he will unite the Ummah and will explain to them the Din as it is in its original form, this is all transmited as well by the Ahlul Bayt (as) in shia hadith, as well by the Sahaba (ra). I really want good for the Shia, this is why I make Du'a may Allah Azza wa Jal have mercy, bless, guide and strengthen you all Shia for Imam Mahdi, as well all believers and sincere of the Ummah, Amin Allah.
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    TheIslamHistory

    Muslim Prayer

    Heavens no. I wish to though. But I have memorized fair of amount of prayers (Supplications) Such as "Ziarat ale yaseen" (Visiting the households of Yaseen). But many people have memorized it, from how many times they have read it. In Arabic 90% of the words in the supplication Rhyme with each other so it becomes not that difficult to memorize (This goes for all the Supplications From the prophet and his Households Peace be upon them all). But one must understand whether your prayer is long or short, it is the intention that counts really. God hears everything and knows everything better then the everything it self. So keep in mind no doubt, it is your pure kind hearted intention that will make your prayers and Supplications Successful. (wasalam) :)
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    timeless

    You Know You're From Shiachat When...

    you know you're from ShiaChat when.. people pretend to be the opposite gender and try to confuse you :wacko:people sprout random facts about you and you think they are stalking you but really they have read some of your postsyou think people are stalking youlose track of the conversation in the chatroomcan never talk in the chatroom when Al Mufeed is there because he doesnt stop talking (lol)cannot upload files :dry:think that Jawhara is upto something with her trademark smiley - :shifty:get kicked out of the chatroom when the mod (guess which one? :P) that is present thinks your conversation is boring :Dhave nocturnal habits and sleep at fajiryou play the double letter and colour game :D all that i have picked up and i have only been here for 2 weeks!!!
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    Maryaam

    You Know You're From Shiachat When...

    When brand new posters reveal the most painfully honest and sometimes sordid, gut wrenching details about their “friend’s” marriage breakdowns or infidelities…and then disappear after 10 posts or so. :unsure: When 90% of the posters are male. :mad: When mutah is the topic of the post 5 times out of 10. :wacko: When men indicate thawab is why they want mutah marriages-a-many, but are nearly physically sick at the thought of a female family member receiving the same thawab. :!!!: When members who give themselves the initials “BJ” appear to be obsessed with homosexuality. :P When the other10% (female posters) form quick and intimate bonds through an instant female knowingness of each other. :angel: Where you become convinced that menses is a blessing….. :huh: Where Arabs, Pakistanis and Iranians all ultimately form an Islamic connection that supersedes race and culture :wub: …but then find other things to fight about instead. ^_^
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