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    a human

    Maarifat Ulnafs

    (bismillah) (salam) (wasalam)
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    I would just spend all my time praying I guess...What else would I do if I was going to die in a month?
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    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Imam Khamenei is the most precious gift of our time Ayatullah Taqi Misbah yazdi :wub:
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    O Christians And Jews !

    Eastern Orthodox are the same as Catholics. They venerate the Blessed Virgin equally to us.
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    No it is not jaiz. Why? It is intended to spread immorality for profit. And they will not be having hijabi images on their website, of course.
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    O Christians And Jews !

    And there is none of the people of the Scripture (Jews and christians) but must believe in him ['Îsa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), as only a Messenger of Allah and a human being] before his ['Îsa (Jesus) عليه السلام) or a Jew's or a Christian's] death (at the time of the appearance of the angel of death). And on the Day of Resurrection, he ['Îsa (Jesus)] will be a witness against them. O people of the Scripture (christians)! Do not exceed the limits in your religion, nor say of Allah aught but the truth. The Messiah 'Îsa (Jesus), son of Maryam (Mary), was (no more than) a Messenger of Allah and His Word, ("Be!" - and he was) which He bestowed on Maryam (Mary) and a spirit (Ruh ) created by Him; so believe in Allah and His Messengers. Say not: "Three (trinity)!" Cease! (it is) better for you. For Allah is (the only) One Ilah (God), glory be to Him (Far Exalted is He) above having a son. To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is in the earth. And Allah is All-Sufficient as a Disposer of affairs. What nonsense are you talking about placid? God stipulated that he is only ONE Say, "He is Allah , [who is] One, Allah, the Eternal, Absolute; "He begets not, nor was He begotten; "And there is none co-equal or comparable unto Him." So what nonsense are you going on about trying to prove that Quran is pushing forward trinity? Are you seriously that illiterate?
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    Liberal "muslims On Sc And Solution

    Perhaps I wasn't clear in delivering my point. Renewing Islam (tajdeed) does not mean reforming Islam. Reform would imply changing or modernizing the religion, which is absolutely unjustifiable. Tajdeed is re-establishing the religion; giving fresh life to it without sacrificing its principles. But see, that's my entire point - renewing Islam does not mean "reforming" it, or making it more liberal, or changing its precepts in any way. Homosexuality is a great example. It is unislamic, and no one can change that, but how have our communities addressed it? The only thing I've ever heard about homosexuality in the masjid is "ew, it's gross!" But that's not an intellectual response, and clearly, even some Muslims aren't buying it. Liberals have produced thousands of books, documentaries, and websites on the subject. We have the truth, so why not present it in the best manner and instead of behaving like children? I never said Islam was an eastern, lesser, sensationalistic religion. I'm saying that much of the Muslim community behaves in a way that makes Islam appear that way to non-Muslims and young Muslims. Surely we all have friends or family that are less religious, or even apostates. Some leave religion to pursue a corrupt lifestyle, yes. But how many have left because the communities don't cater towards their needs? This is true, the Prophet (pbuh) said that the Muslims will follow the same paths as the Christians and the Jews. But I don't like confusing Muslims with Islam. Some people who deviate from our communities have legitimate (and even Islamic) reasons for doing so. There's things we can do to bring these people back, and bring new people into the fold. Do you believe Islam is currently being presented "the way Ahlulbayt wanted it to be presented"? At all? My comparison was not to put feminism above or equal to Islam... read my previous sentence. Islam needs to be presented in a way where both intellectuals and common people can appreciate it. Different mediums need to be developed to achieve both ends. Feminism is an example of a cultural movement that has roots in both academia and in pop culture. To feminists, all other systems are archaic and obsolete. The onus is on us to show that our system is better than theirs.
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    any of you brothers ever seen this ?
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    (salam) firstly I will never go to a quack and make it worse secondly I will treat it and cure it myself :Inshallah using the many cures and methods that I have access to . thirdly , I would be grateful at the lesson that :Allah swt has provided me with and see this as a test from him to increase my patience and decrease my bad habits. I would not let a small thing like this effect me from being with my :Imam (as). ws
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    That's not true, millions turn their life around not even knowing anything about ahlul bayt (a).
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    O Christians And Jews !

    Mary, properly revered as the Blessed Virgin Mary, has a special place for us Catholics (and Orthodox). Careful though, when we say Venerate, we do not mean Worship. There is a big difference. We only Worship God, that's it. Protestants (and some ignorant Muslims) assert we worship Mary (a-la God) and Idols/Icons/Statues etc. There are two types of Reverence in Christian Theology (or rather Catholic and Eastern Orthodox). Latria and Dulia. We Worship GOD Alone (Latria), however, we respect and honour/venerate the Blessed Virgin Mary (Dulia). This is not merely splitting hairs as some Protestants tell me. There is a big difference. Latria is a worship that can only be offered to God, while Dulia is a reverence given to Earthly creatures, so to speak. I have seen Icons, or rather representations, of Imam Ali in some Shia homes, are Shia worshipping Imam Ali? no ofcourse not. The Blessed Virgin Mary has a special place in our hearts because she is: 1 - Sinless / Immaculate 2 - Ever Blessed Virgin who bore Jesus Christ
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    O Christians And Jews !

    Well actually Jesus (as) is the Word made flesh in Christian theology, so Placid does advocate the trinity.
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    (salam) Source: Dailymail UK
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    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    So it rings, i receive a call..Anxious, nervous, I was gonna fall.. Into what I have been dreaming since YEARS. And I hear the news with joyful tears Dear master, meet your servant. At your gate in just 40 days
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    Sounds like you're just mad because some of us have manners or a different point of view. 1. It's okay to try to discuss the flaws you feel exist in others' thought in a polite and educated manner, it's another thing to just stroke yourself and act superior while disregarding anybody's opinion but your own when people call you out for behaving in an uneducated or narrow minded manner. 2. This is an international forum for Shia Muslims from all walks of life and cultures as well as those with personal and academic interest in the faith. If you can't handle some of them having different political or spiritual views than your own or wanting to discuss controversial subjects because they are relevant to their life, you need to leave. 3. This is ShiaChat, not IranChat. None of us are obligated to excessively laud over Iran and we have every right to criticize or question certain things Iranians do or have done that we feel may be contrary to the Islamic ethos it professes. Not all of us idolize Ayatollah Khomeini or consider the Supreme Leader to be our marja-i taqlid and just because we don't think the Iranian Revolution of '79 was the absolute greatest thing since sliced bread doesn't mean we are supporting the enemies of Islam or Ahlul Bayt. Seriously, this kind of attitude makes you sound like those hardcore Israeli apologists who think that any Jew who says the treatment of the Palestinians by Israel is unfair is automatically a self-hating Jew. Just because some people here think that maybe Iranian authorities shouldn't hang teenage homosexuals from metal cranes doesn't mean we are justifying American sanctions on an independent nation that is not threatening anyone outside its borders that isn't threatening it already. you need to get a clue, brother.
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    The only effective medicine will help these kids turn their life around is the teachings of ahlul byte(as).
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    No one said you must cry rivers. But if it does not make you want to cry then you have lost your human worth im afraid. Part of what it means to be a shia is to care for and to take care of others, regardless of faith or anything else. Crying is something special Allah has given us. It connects us and helps us understand one another. It makes you want to do something, its a driving force. It takes arrogance and animal behavior from you. You become a compassionate person, kind to others... It shows the situations of a select group of children (African Americans) in the west of Chicago. Probably the most run down and unfortunate place in all of America. It documents their thoughts and how a day in their life goes.
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    TAWTHIQ AMM Tawthiq given to a specific (named) individual is Tawthiq Khass, but if it (i.e. Tawthiq) is given to unspecified (unnamed) individuals coming together under a general principle then it is Tawthiq Amm. Examples of Tawthiq Khass are obvious, most of the Tawthiqat given by the Shaykh and al-Najashi are of this kind, for example, the Shaykh saying – al-Hasan b. Mahbub (is) Thiqah. As for Tawthiq Amm, we will go through the following examples: 1. Tawthiq of the narrators in Tafsir al-Qummi Tafsir al-Qummi is a narration-based commentary of the Qur’an, it has recently been published in Najaf in two volumes, its author is Ali b. Ibrahim al-Qummi (d. 217), and he (Ali b. Ibrahim) was one of the Shaykhs of al-Kulayni - from whom al-Kulayni narrates a lot in al-Kafi. This book has a long introduction in which the following passage can be found: ‘And we will quote and report that which has reached us and has been narrated by our Shaykhs and Thiqat on the authority of those whose obedience has been made obligatory upon us by Allah …’ A number of learned scholars have inferred from this statement that all the individual narrators who occur in the chains of this book are Thiqah (according to Ali b. Ibrahim al-Qummi), among these (scholars) is Sayyid al-Khoei. He (al-Khoei) refutes the possibility that al-Qummi (in the passage) aimed to declare only his direct Shaykhs as Thiqah, arguing that al-Qummi through these words - wished to establish the authenticity of his Tafsir, and that hinges upon the Wathaqa of all the narrators who occur in it - not just those from whom he narrates directly. Based upon this, al-Khoei ruled that all the narrators found in the chains of the Tafsir are Thiqah, provided that they are not separately weakened by someone else – in which case the Tawthiq of that narrator (based on al-Qummi’s Tawthiq Amm) cannot be depended upon, this is because the rule for accepting the Tawthiq of a narrator is that he (the narrator) should not also be the subject of a conflicting Tadh’if. If this Tawthiq Amm is enforced - it will result in 620 narrators who are otherwise unknown to be ruled as Thiqah. And this is refuted because: the original manuscript of the book (Tafsir al-Qummi) is not in our hands, and we cannot guarantee that the published edition which we have access to is in its entirety identical to the original Tafsir al-Qummi, rather there are some indicators which point to it being a combination of Tafsir al-Qummi and other works, so, for example, the following phrases occur repeatedly in it ‘returning to the Tafsir of Ali b. Ibrahim’, or ‘returning to the narration of Ali b. Ibrahim’, or ‘the narrative version has returned to that of Ali b. Ibrahim’ etc. Going over these points - we acquire ‘general knowledge’ that it (the Tafsir) is a mixture of Tafsir al-Qummi and other than it, this being the case, there is no way to differentiate and separate it (so as to apply the Tawthiq Amm only to those narrators found within Tafsir al-Qummi), and thus all of it is to be discarded (for this purpose).[1] 2. The Narrators in Kamil al-Ziyarat Kamil al-Ziyarat is a book authored by one of our earliest scholars Ja’far b. Muhammad b. Qulawayh - with the aim of collecting the Ziyarat. In his short introduction to the book he writes the following: ‘And we have known not to give credence to all that is narrated on their authority in this topic (Ziyara) or otherwise, rather, what has come down to us from the side of the Thiqat from among our companions – may Allah have mercy on them by His mercy – and I have not taken out in it a Hadith narrated from the odd-ones among the men …’ The author of al-Wasail (Shaykh Hurr) understood from it (the passage) that Ibn Qulawayh sought to establish the Wathaqa of all those whom he narrates from in the book (whether direct intermediaries or not). Sayyid al-Khoei in his previous opinion had also agreed with him, whereby, he had ruled that whoever occurs in the chains of the aforementioned book is Thiqah as long as his Wathaqa is not opposed by a weakening (Tadh’if) from another quarter. It has been said that the Tawthiq of 388 narrators can be established if we choose to enforce this Tawthiq Amm. And this is refuted because: the level of interpretation that we can be certain of from the passage of Ibn Qulawayh is that his Tawthiq Amm covers those from whom he narrates directly, and we cannot positively determine whether he extends it to mean all the narrators in the book or not (thus we limit ourselves to what we are sure of), and this position is what Sayyid al-Khoei himself later reverted to, going back on his former position in the latter years of his honored life.[2] 3. The Direct Teachers of al-Najashi A number of learned scholars have ruled for the Wathaqa of all the direct teachers of al-Najashi. This is on the basis that - it has become apparent from a number of biographical entries [in his Fihrist] that he (al-Najashi) had imposed upon himself the condition of not narrating from someone who is not Thiqah. So, for example, in the entry on al-Jawahari, he (al-Najashi) said: ‘I saw this Shaykh, and he was a friend to me and my father, and I heard a lot (of Hadith) from him, and I saw our Shaykhs weakening him, so I did not narrate on his authority anything, and I left him …’ And in the entry on Ibn al-Bahlul, he (al-Najashi) said: ‘And he was in the former period of his life stable, then he changed, and I saw a majority of our companions criticizing him and weakening him … and I saw this Shaykh, and I heard from him a lot (of Hadith), then I halted narrating on his authority, except by an intermediary between me and him’ And if it is asked: what is the benefit of establishing the Wathaqa of the direct teachers of al-Najashi while being aware that he does not have book on Hadith? The Answer will be: the benefit will become apparent in regards the narrations found in al-Tahdhib and al-Istibsar, for al-Shaykh al-Tusi mentioned a number of Usul (primary Hadith note books) that reached him through the intermediacy of Ahmad b. Abdun and Ibn Abi Jiyd, and no Tawthiq Khass is available for these two, but it is observed that they are also from the direct teachers of al-Najashi (apart from being teachers of al-Tusi), so based upon this Tawthiq Amm - their Wathaqa will become established, and the narrations that come down by their route will gain probative force. 4. The occurrence of Banu Fadhal in the chain Banu Fadhal i.e. al-Hasan b. Ali b. Fadhal, and Ahmad b. al-Hasan b. Ali b. Fadhal, and Ali b. al-Hasan b. Ali b. Fadhal – were from the Fathiyya. And the Fathiyya were a sect that professed belief in the Imama of Abdallah al-Aftah – the son of Imam al-Sadiq. Because of the large number of narrations from them, and the corruption of their Aqeeda, some of the Shia sent a question to Imam al-Askari asking him what their stance should be in regards these narrations, so he answered them: ‘take what they narrate and leave what they believe’. It is due to this that a number of the learned scholars, among them al-Shaykh al-Ansari, had ruled that whenever a narration has one of the Banu Fadhal in its chain – then it is a Hujjah to be acted upon, even if it contains Dhuafa between the Bani Fadhal and the Imam (based on the instruction of the Imam). A large number of scholars have rejected this notion – explaining that the answer from the Imam simply makes clear that there being narrations narrated by those who are corrupt in Aqeeda does not stand in the way of accepting these narrations if some conditions are met, the most that can be inferred from the answer is that the Imam allays caution against the Banu Fadhal in particular and not something more than that.[3] 5. The narration of one of the three (from someone) It is said that one of the three – Muhammad b. Abi Umayr, Safwan b. Yahya and al-Bazanti – if they narrate from someone than that is evidence for his Wathaqa (the one they narrate from) i.e. all those they narrate from are Thiqah. Proof for this is cited from the passage of al-Shaykh al-Tusi in his book Udda al-Usul: ‘And if one of the two conflicting narrations is Musnad and the other Mursal, we look at the condition of the one who is making the Irsal (narrating it in that disconnected fashion i.e. without naming his intermediary), so if it is known that he is someone who does not make Irsal except from the Thiqah, then there is no way to prefer the other (Musnad) report over his, and this is why the Ta’ifa has equated between that which has been narrated by Muhammad b. Abi Umayr, and Safwan b. Yahya, and Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Abi Nasr, and others apart from them of the Thiqat – those whom they have known do not to narrate either with Ittisal or with Irsal except from those whom they consider Thiqah – and between those (narrations) narrated by others apart from them with a (complete) chain’. Using this as evidence, the majority have ruled that the Marasil of Ibn Abi Umayr and likewise Safwan and al-Bazanti are like their Masanid (no difference between the two forms).[4] And Sayyid al-Khoei has argued against this, despite it being the popular position, using the argument that the notion that these figures do not narrate except from the Thiqah is a matter that cannot be discovered except tracing it back to the three themselves, but they have not claimed this, nor has anyone attributed words with this import to them, that they ever said: ‘we do not narrate except from the Thiqah’. This being the case, it becomes necessary to conclude that the origin of the attribution of this equivalence by the Shaykh to the companions is his Hadas (cognitive function) and to his Ijtihad, and not to his Hiss (sensory observation or relay). And what supports this is the lack of anyone else making a similar claim from among the Qudama apart from the Shaykh, and there is no hint of its practical application in Fiqh. And the Tawthiqat Amma [pl. of Tawthiq Amm] are not limited to these which we have mentioned, rather there are other examples which we shall treat in detail in the coming parts. NOTES: [1] A scholar like al-Dawari believes that we can separate the present published edition of Tafsir al-Qummi into its constituent parts, Tafsir Abu al-Jarud and the original Tafsir al-Qummi, he also maintains that the redactor who combined the two Tafasir preserved certain markers to indicate this. Granting him this, there is still the question of whether the introduction was actually written by Ali b. Ibrahim al-Qummi. [2] In the view of the translator, the understanding of Sayyid Ali al-Husayni al-Sistani as documented in the treatise ‘La Dharar wa La Dhirar’ by his son Sayyid Muhammad Ridha al-Sistani who transcribed his opinions from the audio lectures of the former provide a more natural understanding of Ibn Qulawayh’s words in his introduction, and result in there not being any Tawthiq Amm, not for the direct Mashayikh or any other narrator in Kamil. [3] The Riwaya which contains this answer from al-Askari is itself considered weak in chain, furthermore, the prominent members of Banu Fadhal who are also narrators have independent Tawthiq Khass and do not require this for their Tawthiq. [4] In other words, if Ibn Abi Umayr or another member of the trio narrates from someone they do not mention (eg. by saying: an rajul an al-Sadiq) then this Mursal narration is considered at the same level as the Musnad narration of other normal narrators - this is because the majority believe that they had imposed upon themselves not to narrate from any except from the Thiqah, so whether we know their intermediaries or not – it does not harm the narration as they (the unknown intermediaries) are Thiqah regardless.
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    Don't Be A Frog!

    Have you ever heard that if you put a frog in the cold water in a pot, and heat it gradually, when the water boils, the frog dies but doesn’t jump out to rescue itself! The reason is that the temperature changes little by little so the poor frog gets used to it and doesn’t understand its killing it! The problem begins when we think that we think enough, but we don't! The way I see it, everyone s brain has an autopilot system, but the only thing about it is that it's too difficult to turn it off. It's called habit. When we like something we just do it and after a while it becomes a habit and it runs itself, so you don’t feel that you need to think about it. The only time the pilot wakes up, is when it crashes into a mountain! Set the alarm clock before you fall asleep! If you get used to reconsider your habits, it works like an alarm clock and it will wake you up even if you are in the habit of doing something. Find your alarm clock. A frank friend or a big mirror, it doesn’t matter. Find something that wakes you up.
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    Use Of Taweez By Ahlebayt

    As salam alaykom. can anyone tell me whether taweez are allowed in Islam? And whether the ahlebayt used them? jzk.
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    Chaotic Muslem

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Pictures ….! Don't forget us from your Du'a
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    Son of Placid

    Why Don't You Keep Sabbath?

    Just wondering, but are you asking Christians why they don't keep the same Abrahamic laws that Muslims don't?
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    Salaam, Is there a private restroom, perhaps in the handicap bathrooms, that you can use? As others have mentioned, I think you have to use water, if enough is available. See, one thing with hardships is that once you do it enough times, it often becomes easier. People will get used to it, and come to think nothing of it, in shaa'llah. Whenever you do wudhu, think of Imam Husayn and how they tortured our A'immah (as). That shall give you more courage. If I may quote a non-Muslim here: “The more real you get the more unreal the world gets. ” -John Lennin ------------ Understand that MANY have called our Prophets and Imams crazy and magicians, etc. The closer you get to haqq, it will look crazy to the general populace. Personally, when I started learning about the faith, I wasn't too confident. After I started learning more, I cared lesser and lesser what others thought. Reflect on that a bit.
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    Chaotic Muslem

    Silence, A Virtue

    Imam Sajjad was asked "Which is better, silence or speech?" imam Sadiq replied "If both were free from maladies then speech is better than silence ………….Allah sent the prophets and saints with speech (message), You don't get access to hannah through silence, Wilayah is not made obligation by silence, Hell won't be avoided by silence, all of that can be through speech. I would not equate the sun with the moon, you describe the virtues of silence through speech but you do not describe the virtue of speech with silence. سئل السجاد (ع) عن الكلام والسكوت أيّهما أفضل ؟.. فقال (ع): لكلّ واحدٍ منهما آفات ، فإذا سلما من الآفات فالكلام أفضل من السكوت ، قيل :كيف ذلك يا بن رسول الله (ص) ؟!.. قال : لأنّ الله عزّ وجلّ ما بعث الأنبياء والأوصياء بالسكوت ، إنّما بعثهم بالكلام ، ولا استحقّت الجنّة بالسكوت ، ولا استوجبت ولاية الله بالسكوت ، ولا تُوقّيت النار بالسكوت ، إنّما ذلك كلّه بالكلام ، ما كنت لأعدل القمر بالشمس ، إنّك تصف فضل السكوت بالكلام ، ولست تصف فضل الكلام بالسكوت
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    That does not mean we completely destroy our values to please the so called "updated Western civilization", as some are suggesting. Supporting acts of the people of Prophet Lut (a.s), for example.
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    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Congratulations, sister! Inshallah you will have a wonderful trip. Please remember us in your duas, and ask our Imam (as) to invite those of us to him who have never visited before :wub:
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    Hello, Based on your comments to those that have responded to your thread, I think you really do not care about varying definitions of love. It seems you only wanted to create a forum where you could bash others with different views. I think, should you create another thread, I will pass it by. All the Best, David
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    Wisdom Lion

    Study: Beards Can Prevent Skin Cancer

    good post
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    So sad. I wish I could take them all out of their misery. May Allah be with them and help them with their struggle.
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    2 + 3 X 4 =

    The answer is 14.
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    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Current Gerneral Rule for the truth on major events: 1. Listern to Western MSM 2. Take opposite position
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    Love is the selfish desire to be selfless to someone
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    Hello, This sentence from the Bible's New Testament section has always been one of my favorite sentences defining love. "Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never fails...But now faith, hope, love, abide these three; but the greatest of these is love." 1 Corinthians 13:4-7,13 All the Best, David
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    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Glad to hear it :D Change is good. Otherwise you stagnate.
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    Chaotic Muslem

    Scholarly Freebies At Oxford

    A massive treasure trove of scholarly gems, normally locked up tight behind fully operational internet security and authentication, will be available April 13-19 in honor of National Library Week. These riches—online books and databases—are products of Oxford University Press. A common username/password pair will provide access to any visitor from the U.S. or Canada to the OUP online resources, excluding journals, during National Library Week. http://global.oup.com/academic/librarians/national-library-week/;jsessionid=B1F3B3BC3AF28FAA7036500F5376DEA0?cc=us〈=en&
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    How Long Imam Mahdi Will Live?

    Salam, brother. As said, 'rajah' is a well known concept in Islam. However, if you deny it, it is not haram for you. Rajah is not one of the "firoo'al'deen". Sayed al-Khoei said that there is no reason to reject it, because it is firmly established. Sheikh Muhammad al-Hilli speaks about it here: Part 1: Part 2:
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    O Christians And Jews !

    Explanation of another verse that was mentioned, in its context, --- 2:138. 136 Say (O Muslims): We believe in Allah and that which is revealed unto us and that which was revealed unto Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and unto Him we have surrendered. 137 So if they believe as ye believe, they are indeed on the right path; but if they turn back, it is they who are in schism; but God will suffice thee as against them, and He is the All-Hearing, the All-Knowing. 138 (Our religion is) the Baptism of God: And who can baptize better than God? And it is He Whom we worship. 139 Say: Will ye dispute with us about God, seeing that He is our Lord and your Lord; that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that We are sincere (in our faith) in Him? 136 is like a ‘statement of faith’ of what Muslims believed. 137 --- So if others believe (as we do) in all the Prophets, including Jesus, then we are on the right track. 138 --- Our religion is “The Baptism of God.” --- I have not heard of Muslims baptizing with water, but this has to refer to ‘the total submersion of one, in dedication to God.’ In surrendering to God, ‘Baptism’ is a symbol of abandoning the old life for the new, and in this case, --- it applies to both the conversion experience of Christians, and the total submission of Muslims to God, which is what Islam means, is it not? 139 ---This asks the good questions. --- Will you argue with us about God, --- seeing He is our Lord and your Lord? This is it. --- There is one God, so we should seek harmony. --- Satan is our common enemy, --- but immature people (who don’t understand the bigger picture) do Satan’s work by promoting division, rather than harmony. And the last part of 139, “(Don’t you know) --- that we are responsible for our doings and ye for yours; and that we are sincere (in our faith) in Him?” The harmony and responsibility of each is shown in another verse in Surah 5: 48 And unto thee (Muhammad) have We (God) revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and a watcher (guardian) over it. So judge between them by that which Allah hath revealed, --- (and follow not their desires away from the truth which hath come unto thee). --- For each We have appointed a divine law and a traced-out way. Had Allah willed He could have made you one community. But that He may try you by that which He hath given you (He hath made you as ye are). So vie one with another in good works. Unto Allah ye will all return, and He will then inform you of that wherein ye differ. --- (This verse is at the end of a long context on the ‘light and guidance’ given to Jews and Christians, and it shows how ‘God made us as we are.’ It says, FOR EACH WE HAVE APPOINTED A DIVINE LAW AND A TRACED-OUT WAY --- So we are to follow the Scriptures given to us, are we not? If Jews still live by the OT, then they are to do a good job of it. As Christians, we believe in all the Prophets of the OT, and we believe in John the Baptist and Jesus who brought in God’s new plan of salvation, so Christians are to be totally committed to God, --- or they are hypocrites to say they are Christians. Muslims need to be Muslims, and should believe in all the Prophets as it says in 2:136, and in the former Scriptures as the truth, as it says in 5:48. And we are to ‘vie’’ with one another in good works, --- That means ‘to outdo one another as in a race’ --- in doing ‘good works.’ Wow, --- What a world that would be.
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    O Christians And Jews !

    As baqar has already mentioned, however many verses there may be reprimanding Jews & Christians, those verses do not apply to every Jew or Christian. Besides, you totally ignore the many verses that are in rebuke of Muslims. And what about Muslims? Muslims killed the Prophet's grandson and 18 members of his family in one day. They took the grand-daughters of the Prophet in custody, kept them in prison and tortured them. All our Imams were killed by Muslims. Not one of them was killed by a non-Muslim. And what are we doing now. In 2013, 8000 (eight thousand) Shias were killed by other Muslims in Iraq alone. And add to that the number of Muslims killed in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Syria. Christians may be bad but we are not all that good either. My friend, my sincere advice to you is to go easy on them. Do argue your points with them firmly and fiercely but please do so in a manner that convinces them. I am not trying to criticize you. Just that we should all try to give non-Muslims a better understanding of Islam in a dignified manner. I am sure you are a good Muslim and you will take my advice well. Thanks, brother
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    This was posted in another thread. inshAllah you benefit from it. Its a must watch :)
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    Salaam, Im sorry to hear about your situation, but i hope Allah swt makes things easier for you inshallah, becuase you have a good intention of praying for Him, so dont let that go :). My personal opinion about the wudhu is to do it before you leave for school. As for prayer go outside or in a nearby park or just open grass and pray there.
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    Doing Tayamum Instead Of Wudhu

    Salamun alaykum Your considerable anxiety over wudhu and generally the religion is admirable. The verse you mentioned is the 6th of the chapter Al-Ma‘idah: يأيها الذين ءامنوا إذا قمتم إلى الصلوة فاغسلوا وجوهكم و أيديكم إلى المرافق و امسحوا برءوسكم و أرجلكم إلى الكعبين و إن كنتم جنبا فاطهروا و إن كنتم مرضى أو على‏ سفر أو جاء أحد منكم من الغائط أو لامستم النساء فلم تجدواْ ماء فتيممواْ صعيدا طيبا فامسحوا بوجوهكم و أيديكم منه ما يريد الله ليجعل عليكم من حرج و لكن يريد ليطهركم و ليتم نعمته عليكم لعلكم تشكرون O you who have faith! When you stand up for prayer, wash your faces and your hands up to the elbows, and wipe a part of your heads and your feet, up to the ankles. If you are junub, purify yourselves. But if you are sick, or on a journey, or any of you has come from the toilet, or you have touched women, and you cannot find water, then make tayammum with clean ground and wipe a part of your faces and your hands with it. Allah does not desire to put you to hardship, but He desires to purify you, and to complete His blessing upon you so that you may give thanks. (5/6) As I searched the fatwa books, your situation is not mentioned and also there is no general rule and justifications for doing tayammum in such case. Tayammum has some particular situations mostly related to not having water. Moreover, taqhiya may be a good justification but it seems that your situation is not as difficult as taqhiya to perform tayammum. Being looked in a strange way is not completely compatible with the taqhiya. On the other hand, time consuming wudhu would not be a reason for tayammum unless you don’t have time. So if you are in a shortage of time and you don’t have enough time to make wudhu, you can do tayammum instead. As a jurisprudential discussion you can postpone your wudhu until you are in shortage of time so then you can do tayammum. In this case your tayammum and your salāt is correct but you’ve committed the sin of postponing wudhu. You mentioned that making wudhu and performing prayer is forbidden in some schools. If that is your situation and they may dismiss you when notice, so you will have a good reason for tayammum. But I think that is a rare case. Then keep in mind that you should perform your prayers and you never can ignore it and say I will do qadha. Even if you are not allowed to perform in complete way so as much as possible whether toward qiblah or not, whether in standing or moving, whether with ruku‘ and sujud or by signing or implying with gesture or fingers. Finally if I were you I would try making wudhu in advance like when I was at home.
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    lame lame lame lame lame, if i were a man and she would become my wife i would tell her to reblog useful stuf instead of men. what's the point of men even
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    Who Is Ahmad Al Hassan?

    Debate between Syed Farqad al-Qazwini and some of the followers of Ahmad Ibn al-Hassan:
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