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  1. 3 points
    Chair Pundit

    What If I Can't Believe...

    Curiously... this particular argument is never used against those who choose to be bachelors. Why? Is it religiously mandated to get married and reproduce? No. Then why use such an argument against the homosexual? It not only serves as a double standard, but it's also an outright inconsistency.
  2. 3 points
    (salam) What every major jurist said before Majlisi in a fiqhi issue is not necessarily the criteria to determine whether something is permissible or not. Based on their own ijtihad the previous jurists deemed it impermissible. Based on Majlisi's ijtihad [he didn't just randomly deem it permissible, he has reasoning for it] he deemed it permissible and the subsequent jurists seem to have had no issue with it either. The real question is, do you know what the reasoning of Majlisi and the subsequent jurists till today is? If you do, then refuting that would be better time spent, than assuming that just because a few jurists said something in the past and after a certain jurist something new was said and carried on, the former is thus correct and the latter wrong. There are dozens upon dozens (if not hundreds) of such rulings that a previous set of jurists had a certain opinion on, but the later scholars didn't. This is simply an incorrect method to judge an issue of jurisprudence. Your points about conformism or politics and what not, I actually completely agree with it and thus I also accept many things that the qudama perhaps believed in, but perhaps present day scholars don't. However those are mostly theological discussions and not fiqhi. Furthermore, it is not because since the qudama said it then that is my sole reason to accept it - it is merely one contextual clue for a bigger picture. I am not a mujtahid to be able to do my own ijtihad and use these historical, anthropological and sociological points in my own ijtihad to derive and suggest that something is permissible or impermissible in ahkam. After Majlisi we have had centuries of jurists (majority of them) who have had to look at the same issue and while knowing those historical points full-well, continued to deem it permissible, thus I would be more determined to figure out why that is. Otherwise you are suggesting that they are all merely doing taqleed of the Majlisis and that they do not actually have any ijtihad in this specific issue themselves. Are you kidding me. Mufeed is probably the first one to "innovate" the idea that Sahw al-Nabi did not happen - something that was completely accepted by the mainstream body of Muslims up until his time, whereas Saduq said that those who deny it are going towards Ghuluw. As a matter of fact, Mufeed is probably the first one to innovate a lot of new theological concepts which were against the views of many scholars and companions of the Imams (senior or junior) or perhaps were not even ever discussed or mentioned. Where do you draw the line and what is your criteria - being older in history or coming later in history is only looking at one aspect of thing, but it is not some end-all answer. Even Sheikh Mufeed says there is nothing rationally speaking, that prevents us from rejecting the possibility of a word or two being added to the Qur'an, such that even the most eloquent people would not be able to determine that something additional was added. Of course he says that Allah would have to point it out to us, but the point was that he also says the possibility of such tahreef is there. His time-era and context was completely different and it would be fair to say that he was an innovator of his time (in a good sense generally speaking). There is no reason to not assume that given the context Majlisi had, Mufeed might have done very similar things (at least in Fiqh). The issues regarding these topics are not so simple and straightforward all the time. Yes generally speaking we can say tahreef did not happen, but that is a very vague answer. What does tahreef mean, what type of changes are we speaking about, what type of alteration can't happen and based on what? Rational principles, narrations? Are there any rational issues with some verses of the Qur'an missing? What difference do a missing Qur'anic verse and a verse that is abrogated have? I don't want to sit here and discuss the issue of tahreef, I have no opinion on it my self yet, but I do know that if one wants to sincerely dedicate time to these subjects for a greater understanding, they should expect to be spending a few years easily studying it properly before reaching some sort of solid conclusion. There is too much to study and take into consideration before jumping to conclusions. Wassalam
  3. 3 points
    Reza

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    I've always loved palm trees. The look of them is amazing. I'm putting one up here. Even though the Saudis have RUINED it for all us, I'm putting one up regardless.
  4. 3 points
    We should become more reflective of our souls, as opposed to accepting "labels" and attributing to them to ourselves. Because, often times what happens is that we begin to believe these so much and they become embedded into our conscious. Sometimes this can result in leniency on self criticism and therefore stunt our progress in growing spiritually. What is really the purpose of what "A" thinks of me? or the impression that I gave "B"? Some people here said it, sometimes they take me to be "so and so" but in reality I'm something else. So this just proves my point. It's important to focus on the goal, and trying to distance ourselves from conforming to current labels or beliefs that people have attributed to 'you' (regardless if true or not). Unless of course if they are tactfully aiming to point out your weakness (which is only for the betterment of your soul) Because in all honesty: Who is "he", who is "she", who are "you", who am "I"?
  5. 3 points
    Salaam, www.eastessence.com is a website with very affordable prices and excellent quality modest clothing. Usually my choice. But for work I am only required to wear a a t-shirt, that is representative of the university library. Which I wear over my long manteus. So I get quite a lot of stares. But oh well :P
  6. 3 points
    Al-Englisi

    What If I Can't Believe...

    Bismillah Accepting something is different to practicing it. What is rationally wrong with concepts such as Taqlid? The concept may not even be considered one of Shia Islam. It is not something that represent our religions (part of its identity), at least to a fallible. Taqlid is the third and lowest of three choices. It is just a method to find out our religious obligations, both to God, ourselves, and to other creation. I don't think you would be against the notion of Taqlid (in and of itself), if you understood it to be a tool. It doesn't define whether you are Shia or not. Plus it is more action related and less belief related. Regarding Homosexuality/Lesbianism and the religious impurity of dogs, well these are not matters that we may be able to rationally comprehend (leaving aside attempts to argue against the former by citing the possibility of an end to human civilisation), and nor do we need to. No matter how much we prove things scientifically, at the end of the day, some things have a particular ruling that we just won't be able to understand - and nor are we required to. This part of the religion is called Ta`abbud, we do so because God said so. After we accept God, His religion, prophet and message, then when it comes to rulings truly being delivered by them, we submit. In regards to the permissible and impermissible acts, well you're just required to know those that affect you on a day to day basis, other than that we have many general governing principles that can be applied in countless situations. If you live according to the book of laws, without waswaas, then it really isn't that difficult, and is actually very easy to act according to Islamic rulings in many cases. A lot of difficulties, from my experience, come when people misunderstand the rulings or try and become more catholic than the pope. I'm similar to you in that my approach is primarily humane, and then religious. But i try and draw lines for myself. These things, if they do not lead back to rejecting the Prophet, or God, will not take you out of religion. You can have difficulty believing something, and wish not to practice it, but don't reject it unless you are certain of it being false. Just some thoughts that came to this weak mind at these strange hours.
  7. 2 points
    The Green Knight

    Guess What It Is?

    Marriage.
  8. 2 points
    Ignorance at its finest.
  9. 2 points
    Ironic, that he tends to pick and choose fatwas from [a] marjas and then when you claim your marja who is the MOST PROMINENT marjas in the imami shia find no fault with it, then he starts to follow his own whims on the matter. I find that hypocritical to be honest.
  10. 2 points
    After we eradicate both, the school of ahlulbayt a.s will surely flourish inshAllah. We have the best aqeedah, the best tawheed, the best take on historical events and on saheeh narrations of Muhammed pbuh , the school that truly does put the proper importance and follows the ahlulbayt a.s
  11. 2 points
    Martyrdom

    Guess What It Is?

    Shiachat
  12. 2 points
    I do not know whether to laugh or cry at your post..
  13. 2 points
    starlight

    Guess What It Is?

    this world ....
  14. 2 points
    Reza

    What If I Can't Believe...

    People are tested in different ways. The issues you're most concerned about might not be as concerning to others, and vice versa. Life bias, upbringing, etc might make certain things easier/harder for you to accept than others. Yet, a general religious framework forces all of us to create a principle-based consensus, transcending your time/culture/personal biases. In life, I've seen various people take issue with things encompassing the whole spectrum. Even stuff that you wouldn't find the least bit controversial, stuff that seems clear as day to most people. Yet, for them, they struggle immensely in the muck of ambiguity, doubt, and denial. Ranging from core theological questions like prophethood, imamate, tawheed itself, to "alcohol is ok in moderation, it's not hurting me", and so on. What is hard for you might be easy for others, and what is easy for you might be hard for others. But in the end, real conclusions and peace of mind has to be achieved. Just hope its the right kind.
  15. 2 points
    Since I don't have time to read all the books of Islam and what the classical scholars say ,I prefer follow one whom I can trust and he is my marja . Again ,You are making the issues hard brother . I am asking you a question : Should I follow my marja in Fiqh or you ?
  16. 2 points
    Lol, history is fun! Without studying history, I never would have found Imam Ali(as).
  17. 2 points
    Yup, it's all Khomeini's fault all those people died. Saddam told his soldiers to go for a friendly walk and Khomeini just used this as an excuse to start a genocidal war. And then he gassed the people in Halabche because they're Kurds and Khomeini was a pure perzhian and he didn't like that. Saddam fought hard for peace after two years of the Khomeini war -- because Saddam was always a warrior for peace -- but Khomeini's aggressive aims would not allow him to negotiate peace even with such a trustworthy man as Saddam! So then nobody in Iran wanted to go fight so Khomeini went personally to the schools and took all the kids to the front lines and threw some candy into mine fields so the kids would go after them. And he gave Abbas Doran that shahadat mission because Abbas was gaining too much popularity and was about to initiate a coup. So Khomeini wanted him out of the picture but set it all up so that Abbas supposedly went "voluntarily." In 1986 Iran had barely any more aeroplanes, tanks, and artillery pieces because Khomeini used the sc.rap metal from most of them to build gas chambers for MKO members who were advocating Islamic democracy. Saddam saw this situation and decided to gift the Iranian people the Faw peninsula because he was so sad in his heart that the Iranian people lived under such a ruler. And the Iranian people were so furious with Khomeini's dirty doings that at his funeral, they wanted to rip his cadaver apart out of revenge. The regime tried to mislead the people as to the actual date of the funeral because they knew their revenge would cause a revolution. But the people were wise to it and proceeded to try to prevent the burial because Khomeini was actually a Sikh and so they didn't want him to get an Islamic burial because that's totes haraam. etc... Hashtag: TrueFacts
  18. 2 points
    notme

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Saturn is supposed to be spectacular this week. I hope the weather and my children allow me to see it.
  19. 2 points
    What on earth is this? I experienced racism and bad remarks in Iraq too, does that mean Iraqis are racist? Im supposed forget all the nice gestures, the salams, the hospitality because some iraqis were racist? Sometimes i want to find you guys and beat some sense into you, with an iron rod. Can we try to increase the level of our posts and threads please? At least try?
  20. 1 point
    In the name of Allah, the most beneficent, the most merciful. *IN THE ADHAN The third Shahadah is something you will find never missed out in almost every single Adhan, so much so it is pretty much part of the Adhan. However, to examine the origins of the third Shahadah - and this may come as a shock to many- we need to look at our most eminent scholars who lived very close to the time of the Imams a.s, who would have been exposed to bidahs and deviance's. Now, some individuals are going to say: "It is not part of the adhan , we recite it for the intention of seeking nearness to Allah swt". Before i go on, let me add, i believe in wilayah, i believe in the twelve chosen imams of the ahlulbayt a.s, the preservers of the sunnah of Muhammed pbuh, and Ali a.s is the rightful successor of Muhammed pbuh as ordained by Allah swt. And therefore i want to copy what the Imams a.s did without adding innovations. Holy Quran: "And when it is said to them, "Follow what Allah has revealed," they say, "Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing." Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided?" However, such a view is flawed on the following premises: 1. Why did our Imams a.s, nor their companions, nor our classical scholars ever adhere to this view, or ever were informed of the added benefit of reciting it ? 2. Why did our Imams a.s not add it with the intention it is not part of the adhan, and its to seek nearness to Allah swt? 3. The fact is the 3rd shahdah being added into the Adhan came from the ghulaat who were upon ghuluw - without a doubt we can give great historical weight to this statement, and it is even testified by our classical scholars. 4. So that begs the question, why are we still doing it? Chances are, if you lived among the great shia scholars in the past, you would have never added this in the Adhan and they would have forbidden it. You may be shocked at reading the following: Allaamah Hillee(The man who wrote works on Shiism, and Ibn Taymiyyah wrote his famous refutation Minhaaj as sunnah) One of our great classical scholars (d. 726 AH) has said about the 3rd testimony in the Adhaan and Iqaamah: و لا يجوز قول «إن عليا ولي اللَّه» و «آل محمد خير البرية» في فصول الآذان، لعدم مشروعيته "And it is NOT permissible to say إن عليا ولي اللَّه and آل محمد خير البرية since there is no ruling for it in the sharee'ah" Source:1. 'Allaamah Hilli, Nihaayah Al-aHkaam fee ma'rifah al-aHkaam, vol. 1, pg. 412 ere is what Al-Toosi (one of our great reported scholars) (d. 460 AH) had to say about the 3rd testimony in the adhaan. و أمّا ما روي في شواذّ الأخبار من قول: «أشهد انّ عليا وليّ اللّه و آل محمّد خير البريّة» فممّا لا يعمل عليه في الأذان و الإقامة. فمن عمل بها كان مخطئاTranslation: "The are some odd (shaadh) reports of saying أشهد انّ عليا وليّ اللّه and آل محمّد خير البريّة. You must NOT do it in the Adhaan and Iqaamah. And whoever does this action is in mukhTi (error)" Source:1. Al-Toosi, Al-Nihaayah fee Mujarrad Al-Fiqh wa Al-Fataawaa, pg. 69 Sheikh Al Sadooq is one of our great scholars! He lived not too long after the major occultation, and infact, living so close to the time of the Imams a.s relative to the others means he had the ability to see historically events, when they originated and so on. He testifies that the addition of the third Shahadah in Adhan has come from a form of Ghullah, and that may Allah swt curse them! Here is what Al-Sadooq (d. 381 AH) has said concerning the 3rd testimony. Here are his actual words. هَذَا هُوَ الْأَذَانُ الصَّحِيحُ لَا يُزَادُ فِيهِ وَ لَا يُنْقَصُ مِنْهُ وَ الْمُفَوِّضَةُ لَعَنَهُمُ اللَّهُ قَدْ وَضَعُوا أَخْبَاراً وَ زَادُوا فِي الْأَذَانِ مُحَمَّدٌ وَ آلُ مُحَمَّدٍ خَيْرُ الْبَرِيَّةِ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَ فِي بَعْضِ رِوَايَاتِهِمْ بَعْدَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُولُ اللَّهِ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيّاً وَلِيُّ اللَّهِ مَرَّتَيْنِ وَ مِنْهُمْ مَنْ رَوَى بَدَلَ ذَلِكَ أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيّاً أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ حَقّاً مَرَّتَيْنِ وَ لَا شَكَّ فِي أَنَّ عَلِيّاً وَلِيُّ اللَّهِ وَ أَنَّهُ أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ حَقّاً وَ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً وَ آلَهُ صَلَوَاتُ اللَّهِ عَلَيْهِمْ خَيْرُ الْبَرِيَّةِ وَ لَكِنْ لَيْسَ ذَلِكَ فِي أَصْلِ الْأَذَانِ وَ إِنَّمَا ذَكَرْتُ ذَلِكَ لِيُعْرَفَ بِهَذِهِ الزِّيَادَةِ الْمُتَّهَمُونَ بِالتَّفْوِيضِ الْمُدَلِّسُونَ أَنْفُسَهُمْ فِي جُمْلَتِنَاTranslation: "This is the Authentic / Correct (SaHeeH) adhaan; nothing is to be added or subtracted from it. The mufawwidah's (form of ghullah), may Allaah curse them, have fabricated traditions and have added to the adhaan مُحَمَّدٌ وَ آلُ مُحَمَّدٍ خَيْرُ الْبَرِيَّةِ (Muhammad and the family of Muhammad are the best of mankind) twice. In some of their traditions, after saying أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّداً رَسُولُ اللَّهِ (I bear witness that Muhammad is the Prophet of Allaah) (they add) أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيّاً وَلِيُّ اللَّهِ (I bear witness that 'Alee is the Walee of Allaah) twice. Among them there are others who narrate this أَشْهَدُ أَنَّ عَلِيّاً أَمِيرُ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ (I bear witness that 'Alee is the commander of the faithfull) twice. There is NO doubt that 'Alee is the walee of God and that he is the true commander of the faithful and that Muhammad and his family, peace be upon them, are the best of creatures. However, that is not [part] of the original adhaan. I have mentioned this so that those who have been accused of concocting tafweed and have insulated themselves in our ranks should be known." Source:1. Al-Sadooq, Man Laa YaHduruh Al-Faqeeh, vol. 1, pg. 290 - 291 Credit to Nader Zaveri, a man accused of attacking shi'ism but himself is perhaps the biggest advocate for pure shi'ism:http://www.revivingalislam.com/2010/06/3rd-testimony-in-adhaan-and-iqaamah.html An Ayatullah who is among the ranks of a marajah himself giving the following Fatawah(Modern day Fatwa's) Grand Ayatullah Sheikh Muhammed Hussain Najafi Grand Ayatollah Allama Shaikh Muhammad Hussain Najafi (Arabic/Persian/Urdu/Punjabi: آية الله العظمی علامہ الشیخ محمد حسین النجفي) (born April 1932) is a Twelver Shi'i alim from Pakistan and has been elevated to the status ofmarjiyyat. At present, there are two maraji of Pakistani descent, the other one Basheer Hussain Najafi. As Basheer Hussain Najafi has chosen to reside in Najaf, Iraq, Muhammad Hussain Najafi is the only marja' on Pakistani soil, running a Hawza in Sargodha.[1] He was included in the lists "The 500 Most Influential Muslims" for the years 2010 and 2011 Question # 1: Why is it not permitted by you to say "Ali-un-Waliullah" in azan? If we don’t say this, what is the difference between us and the others? Answer: It is established through all Shia books of Hadith, Fiqh, etc. that the azaan which was made a creed by Allah, which Allah then revealed through Jibrail (as) to the Holy Prophet (SAWAW), which the Prophet (SAWAW) first taught to Hazrat Ali (as), which Hazrat Ali (as) then taught to Hazrat Bilal (ra) and he continued to pronounce it until the demise of the Holy Prophet (SAWAW), that azaan consisted of 18 sentences i.e. this sentence was not included in it. It was the azaan which the Imams of Ahl-e-Bait (as), starting from Hazrat Imam Ali (as) until the Ghaibat-e-Kubra of Hazrat Imam Mahdi (as), used to pronounce and let others pronounce. Therefore, we also pronounce the same azaan. As far as difference with others is concerned, the difference of "Hayya ala khair-il-amal" is enough. For us it is an integral part of azaan, while the Sunni brothers have excluded it from azaan. http://www.sibtain.com/en/Questions_Answers_Azan.aspx I will look at what Grand Ayatullah Fadllulah r.a said too and post it inshAllah
  21. 1 point
    Haydar Husayn

    Christian America Now ~70%

    You've missed my point. I'm not talking about how devout American Christians are, but rather whether their beliefs fit into what has traditionally being referred to as orthodox Christianity. Many Muslims may not be that devout, but most have fairly orthodox views within an Islamic context, and would not openly and shamelessly oppose traditional Islamic beliefs. This can't be said about too many American Christians these days.
  22. 1 point
    I was expecting a thread related to the bad effects of smoking and the ways one can get rid of this nasty habit, it wasn't that effective, after all.
  23. 1 point
    Ibn al-Hussain

    What If I Can't Believe...

    (salam) I read through your posts, but I think the answer may be hidden in understanding and actually dissecting your claim to having belief in Allah, Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt. Do you mean you believe that they just existed and were some historical figures and that Allah [swt] simply created you and then left it as it is - or are you actually submitting to them? Because if it is the latter, then there are a lot of things you will and should accept based on ta'abbud (meaning, simply because they said so and you know they have said so), since you have accepted them knowing that they have authority and all the other traits that they possess. If you accepted and believed in them due to some other reasons that do not imply being ta'abbudi to them, then please mention them. Not being able to understand something as opposed to rejecting something because you are not able to understand something are two different things. The former is okay and we strive to understand these things, but the latter is not a correct approach at all. Also a lot of statements that you have written, how are you reaching such conclusions? Such as hate isn't part of Islam? Hate is a natural emotion and response to something within us. Islam has not asked us to completely suppress these natural emotions. It has helped us facilitate them and guided us to use and express them at the right times. Your other statement "As Muslims, aren't we supposed to be loving towards people irrespective of their...sexual preferences?" - where did you get this from? I mean these statements are very big verdicts - something you are essentially making life decisions on and willing to not accept things of the religion that I would say no religious scholar (not some dodgy scholars) to date has had any disagreement upon, InshAllah - and we need to really know what basis do they have and what basis do you have for them and why should others agree with it? Do you have a Qur'anic verse, a narration, a principle that you have understood from the Qur'an or the narrations, a rational or philosophical argument for it? What is humane? Would need a good definition and some examples of humane vs. inhumane (just for a better understanding). Are the examples that define being humane subjective, or something that is fixed and defined for all times, eras and cultures? Are humans naturally able to tell and feel what is humane and what is not? Just a few questions by which I think the members will be able to discuss the root of the issues rather than focus too much on specific examples. Wassalam
  24. 1 point
    starlight

    It's A Pakistani Thing :d

    1. beating heat like a boss 2.living without electricity...... no big deal 3.This gear stick is no ordinary gear stick....lol 4.because you don't want me to lose my cool 5. because we take car security seriously Anyone for a pool party?? Bike that just hit puberty
  25. 1 point
    Jahangiram

    Assassination Of Ayatollah

    This was a re-enactment done somewhere around sadr city apparently.
  26. 1 point
    I agree with brother Taweed. If we consider ourselves followers of Ali and the Imams (as) then we should act like they did. If neither Ali nor the Imams recited the third shahada then I say we shouldn't either. Two people will perish on account of Ali. His enemies and his extreme lovers. The median way is always the right way. Those who say they will follow their marja regarding this, they can do as they please but considering that Alamah Hilli, Sheikh Sadooqh and al-Tusi are far greater scholars than any of the current marjahs, I choose to follow their verdict bearing in mind that whether to recite the shahada or not isn't time-dependent. It's an almost eternal verdict. And to those who say it's not a big issue I say it's a big issue. It's about fighting bidahs.
  27. 1 point
    Reza

    What If I Can't Believe...

    Side note, why does everyone assume someone is a "brother" until proven otherwise? If I don't know for sure, I just wouldn't mention anything. Just found that interesting. Anyway, carry on.
  28. 1 point
    What the heck is this ??? Only Allah is the forgiver of sins
  29. 1 point
    hasanhh

    Reuse, Reduce, Recycle

    (salam) I owned this vacant house when we moved. Took 5 years to sell it. When I went to get the mail, I'd throw all the junk mail into the garbage can. Then I noticed that I would have a full can after 6 months. I took this picture of such a can. The metal garbage can was 36 maybe 38 inches high --forget the diameter-- and sure enough after another 6 months it was full of junk mail. This much junk mail when no one lived there. :cry:
  30. 1 point
    Hameedeh

    What Are Your Hobbies?

    To me fiction is just made up stuff, and since I had to read so much fiction in high school and university, I love reading nonfiction. Islamic, history, self-help, etc.
  31. 1 point
    You cannot compare the two. Those who worshipped Aliع and attributed to him the Divine qualities of Allahس ascribed to Islam, they initially knew the Quran and Sunnah as well as it's position on Shirk. Furthermore, they were warned more than once by Amir Al-Mu'mineenع to refrain from what they were doing and ordered them to leave Medina just as he expelled Abdullah bin Saba'. Still even after numerous warnings, they did not listen and insisted on continuing with their blasphemous acts. Hence the Hujjah had been established upon them to not commit these acts. On the other hand, those who worship 'Isa, Brahma or Vishnu are not Muslim to begin to know the Hujjah for it to be established upon them so how can the Hadd be applied to them? This is no different than asking why it's not fair that every Christian, Hindu or Athiest Zani who commits Zinnah should be killed if the Muslim Zani who is found guilty is killed, even though no Muslim disagrees that the Had is applied to the Zani or the homosexual guilty of the act. Two different cases that cannot be compared. Anyways, I do not see how this is an issue conflicting with Allah's Divine justice that the Imam burnt such people to death. This is especially considering the fact that at the end of the day, we affirm that the Imamع being a Ma'sum made his judgement based on the Shari'ia of Allah and what ever Allah ordered we should accept. Plus, the people of Lut were completely destroyed by a rain of fire and turned into ashes or the fact that Jahanam is eternal are much more harsher than what the Imam did to those Ghulat. Trying to rationalize against an order of the Ma'sum that has been firmly established in the Quran,Sunnah and based on historical evidence is fruitless and will not lead one to certainty other than speculation. As for Abu Bakr, Umar, Khalid Ibn Walid and ISIS burning innocent people, then this cannot be compared with the Imam's burning of the Ghulat. The actions of these people are not justified since they are not establishing their judgements based on the Shari'a of Allah as opposed to the Imam who did. That is, those whom the Imam established the Hadd on, Allah saw them to be evil deserving the punishment, where as those whom Abu Bakr, Umar and Khalid burned were not all necessarily seen as evil by Allah deserving to be burned or killed during the Ridda war and after that. Hence they are guilty for killing the life of innocent people due to them acting based on their own fallible judgements and not based on what Allah Ta'Allah ordered.
  32. 1 point
    Bakir

    What If I Can't Believe...

    I'm absolutely in the same boat for most things (and maybe even more lol). My approach to religion was and still is humane, and many times I think I wouldn't have accepted Islam if I knew and understood more of it. So right now I'm blocked as well... there are things I truly like from it, but others are just hard to believe or against my personal previous humanistic beliefs. Also, the muslim community over all doesn't help and tempts me to leave Islam rather than keep studying it. I honestly want to believe there is a mid term, a progressive, humane and academic approach to Islam. Otherwise I know for sure that faith won't grow in my heart.
  33. 1 point
    Plenty of sahih hadith make it clear that with a few exceptions, the Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt know all that is in heavens and the earth, what is manifest and concealed and what will transpire until the Day of Judgment. Allah has given them this knowledge by his grace and power but Allah has, however, withheld some knowledge from the Masumeen. Allah is the possessor of all knowledge and he discloses however much of it to whom He wills but among the created things, those who have been given the most knowledge have been Before Prophethood is irrelevant, because the Prophet still retained the knowledge he had since the moment of his creation as a light before Allah (s.w.t.) and the Prophet was not ignorant of monotheism and the basic truths, which the commentary on those verses you quoted confirms. His ascension to Prophethood should be seen as according more or less to the Socratic/Platonic maxim that all knowledge is essentially recollection. The Prophet existed as a light or soul in the world of light. Eventually he lived the life of a mortal yet pure human being and throughout his life as he made his way to and through the station and duties of Prophethood among mortal men, he re-acquired the knowledge his soul already had essentially known by the grace and permission of Allah. Everything the Prophet (as) learned from Allah as a Prophet he had already learned once before because it was through his light which Allah had created first that Allah (sw.t) created everything. His work as a Prophet (pbuh) among us was simply him re-obtaining that knowledge through Allah's guidance until he reached a fully awoken state, which some might place as sometime before or after the Heavenly Ascension (Me'raj). The same could be said of the Imams. Up til a certain point, they know less and by Allah's aid, they eventually reach the station where they know everything intuitively as mortals that they knew as the lights created by Allah in the beginning of creation. The beginning of this process is at birth and a differentiation should be made between the conscious mind and the unconscious mind or soul of Ahlul Bayt. The former obtains the knowledge sealed by Allah within the latter over time, but even at birth the prophets and imams instinctively or intuitively know more than any other creature with Allah's help and were purified of any such ignorance that leads normal men to shirk or sin. This does not mean they know everything or that they are the "possessors" of the knowledge, that is that they know it all themselves per se, but only that they know more than any other creature of God with Allah's help and divine guidance. Interesting that in the previous verses you saw fit to cite the commentary arranged by Imani and yet here you choose not to cite it: http://www.al-islam.org/enlightening-commentary-light-holy-quran-vol-6/section-13-hypocrites-among-bedouins#surah-tawbah-verse-101 “…and from among the people of Medina (there are also some who) have grown bold in hypocrisy…” This meaning, which is seen in the abovementioned verse about the hypocrites of ‘inside’ and those of ‘outside’, maybe refers to this aspect that the inside hypocrites are more experienced, and naturally more dangerous, in their job than the outside hypocrites. Therefore, the Muslims must intensively be careful of them, although they should not neglect the outside hypocrites either. That is why, immediately after that, Allah says: “…You do not know them, (but) We know them…” This indication, of course, is to the ordinary and common knowledge of the Prophet (S), but there is no contrust that he (S) becomes utterly aware of their secrets through Divine revelation and by His teaching. This indication, of course, is to the ordinary and common knowledge of the Prophet (S), but there is no contrust that he (S) becomes utterly aware of their secrets through Divine revelation and by His teaching. Various hadith also attest to the fact that the Prophet (pbuh) was well aware of the future trechery of Abu Bakr and Umar ibn Khattab as warned Imam Ali, his family and his partisans of the events that would transpire Say: "I know not whether the (Punishment) which ye are promised is near, or whether my Lord will appoint for it a distant term."He (alone) knows the Unseen, nor does He make any one acquainted with His Mysteries,-"Except a messenger whom He has chosen: and then He makes a band of watchers march before him and behind him, --Surah 72:25-27 And (O people!) your companion is not one possessed; And without doubt he saw him in the clear horizon. Neither doth he withhold grudgingly a knowledge of the Unseen. --Surah 81:22-24 The Messenger of Allah (as) said: "I am the City of Knowledge, and ‘Ali is its Gate. So whoever intends to enter the City and the Wisdom, he should enter from its Gate." Al-Husayn has narrated from (Muhammad) ibn 'Abdallah from Muhammad ibn Sinan from al-Mufaddal from Jabir ibn Yazid who has said the following. "Abu Ja'far (a.s.) said to me, 'O Jabir, the first thing that Allah created was Muhammad (saww) and his offspring who are the rightly guided guides. They existed in 'Ashabah (form ) of light in the presence of Allah." I then asked,"What is 'Ashabah?" The Imam (a.s.) said, "It is the shadow of light, the lighting bodies without the spirit. It was supported by one spirit which is the Holy spirit. In that state he and his offspring worshiped Allah and for this reason He created them forbearing scholars, conscientious pure one who worship Allah through prayer, fasting, prostration, speaking of His Glory and the acknowledgment that He is the only Lord. They perform prayers, perform Hajj and fast." Source:Al-Kafi,Vol 1,Pg 442, H 10 The chain of narrators should not be a problem here again as the content of this narration is repeated in various other narrations also. It has been narrated to us by Ahmad Bin Muhammad, from Al-Hassan Bin Mahboub, from Saleh Bin Sahl Al-Hamdany and someone else, from Yunus Bin Zibyan, who has said: Abu Abdullah (as) said: "When Allah (swt) Intends to Capture the soul of the Imam (as), and Creates an Imam (as) after Him, He Sends down a drop of water from beneath the Throne, to the Earth. It reaches the Imam (as) from a fruit or a vegetable when He eats that particular fruit or that particular vegetable, from whom Allah (swt) creates the seed of the Imam (as) who will stand after him (as)." "Allah (swt) Creates from that drop (of water), the seed in the back, then Transfers it to the wife of the Imam (as). It stays there for forty nights. When forty nights pass by for Him, He hears the voice as if forty months have gone by. There is found written on His right shoulder, "And the word of your Lord has been accomplished truly and justly; there is none who can change His words, and He is the Hearing, the Knowing". [6:115] "When He comes out on the Earth, He is Given the wisdom, and adorned with knowledge, and the dignity, and covered in prestige, and a lamp of Light is Made for Him by which He recognizes the conscience and He sees by it the deeds of the servants." Source: Basaair Al-Darajaat, Vol. 9, Chapter. 7, Hadees. 4 Ali ibn Muhammad has narrated from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Musa ibn al-Qasim ibn Mu‘awiya and Muhammad ibn Yahya from al-‘Amrakiy ibn Ali altogether from Ali ibn Ja'far from abu al-Hassan Musa (a.s.) who has said the following. Imam abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) has said, ‘Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, created us and He made our creation the best. He formed us and made our the best. He made us the treasurers of in His heavens and His earth. For us the tree spoke and with our worship Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, is worshiped. Had we not been in existence Allah would not have been worshiped. Source: Al-Kafi, Vol. 1 Pg. 193 Note: Authentic Hadees as per Chain of narrations. Mirat Al-Uqool - Allama Majlisi Vol. 2, Pg. 349 It has been narrated to us Muhammad Bin Abdul Hameed, from Yunus Bin Yaqoub, fromMansour Bin Haazim, who has said: I said to Abu Abdullah (as), "The people mention that with You is a Parchment the length of seventy cubits in which is all that is needed for the people, and this is the knowledge." Abu Abdullah (as) said, ‘This is not the knowledge, but these are the effects from the Messenger of Allah (saww). The knowledge is what takes place every day and night." Source: Basaair Al-Darajaat, Vol. 3, Chapter. 11, Hadees. 3Narration is Authentic/Saheeh as per the chain of narrators. There are multiple narrations with the same meaning. Ali bin Muhammad from Sahl ibn Ziyad from Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Ibrahim from Ali ibn Hammad from al- Mufaddal who has said the following. "I asked abu 'Abdallah (a.s.), "How did you exist when you existed in the shadows?" The Imam (a.s.) said, "O Mufaddal, we were in the presence of our Lord and there was no one else in the green shadow.We would speak of His Glory, Holiness, acknowledge Him as the Lords and speak of His Majesty. There was no angel even of the ones close to Allah or a living being except us in His presence until He decided to create all things. He then created whatever He wanted, in the He wanted of the angels and others then completed the knowledge of that to Us." Source:Al-Kafi,Vol 1,Pg 441, H 7 Reference: http://www.marefateahlebait.com/know-the-ahlul-bait/knowledge-of-the-imam/sources-of-the-knowledge-of-the-imam-s-as Abu Ja’far (as) said: "Verily, the Greatest Name of Allah consists of seventy three units (Harf). Asaf possessed only one unit of it, and when he spoke it (i.e., used it) the ground between him and the throne of Bilqis (the Queen of Sheba/Saba) folded/subsided so that he could take the throne with his hands, and then the ground opened out and returned to what it was originally in less than the twinkling of an eye. We (Ahlul-Bayt) have seventy two units of the Greatest Name, and one unit remained with Allah which is kept exclusively in His knowledge of Unseen (Ilm al-Ghayb); and there is no efficacy or power except by Allah, the High, the Great.” Source: Usul al-Kafi, Kitab al-Hujjah, Tradition #613 Reference: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235029797-extent-of-the-knowledge-of-the-masumeen/
  34. 1 point
    andres

    Imams

    After Muhammed died the revelations preserved on all sorts of material and orally were compiled into the Quran. Maybe they were all found and maybe no false ones were included. This is a matter of belief. But when translators today deliberately alters the word of the Quran to promote their own idea, this makes me wonder if this could not also have happened in Uthmans time. Are there no Muslims that react against the addition by Khan? Or is it OK just as long as it reflects what the religious leaders have figured out must have happened?
  35. 1 point
    Islamic Salvation

    Rijal Al-Kashi

    حدثني حمدويه، قال حدثني الحسن بن موسى عن سليمان الصيدي، عن نصر بن قابوس قال، : كنت عند أبي الحسن (عليه السلام) في منزله فأخذ بيدي فوقفني على بيت من الدار، فدفع الباب فإذا علي ابنه (عليه السلام) و في يده كتاب ينظر فيه، فقال لي يا نصر تعرف هذا قلت نعم هذا علي ابنك، قال يا نصر تدري ما هذا الكتاب الذي ينظر فيه قلت لا، قال هذا الجفر الذي لا ينظر فيه إلا نبي أو وصي 848. Narrated to Hamduwayh who said: narrated to me al-Hasan b. Musa from Sulayman al-Saydi from Nasr b. Qabus who said: I was with Abi al-Hasan (al-Kadhim) عليه السلام in his house when he took me by the hand and made me stand outside a room in the house - so he opened the door and I found Ali his son and in his hand a book which he was looking into (studying), so he said to me: O Nasr do you know this one? I said: yes, this is Ali your son, he said: O Nasr do you know what that book is which he is looking into? I said: no, he said: that is the Jafr – which no one looks into it except if he is a prophet or a successor.
  36. 1 point
    The pursuit of happiness.. so motivational everyone should watch
  37. 1 point
    Hamzah313

    How Do You Better Yourself?

    Practice what you know, and Allah will teach you what you do not know.
  38. 1 point
    Ruq

    Ate/Eating/Will Eat?

    ^ water melon between bread? ...i guess thats better than eating chalk or endless pickled eggs.
  39. 1 point
    hasanhh

    What Are Your Hobbies?

    (salam) My favorite hobby is SC ---particularly discussing "evil, spikey hair" :dry:
  40. 1 point
    This one is more emotional : Girl reaction when seeing Leader
  41. 1 point
    Ameen

    If Abu Bakr Was Right ..

    First of all you don't need to feel sorry for us, infact I feel sorry for your lack of knowledge and understanding about Islam and the Quran because your belief and faith is based and evolves around saving and protecting the concept of Khilafath, which prevents you from thinking with sense and logic.
  42. 1 point
    This thread is for meta discussions about what is better or worse to watch either from a personal, moral, ethical or religious perspective. The other thread will just focus on movie reviews.
  43. 1 point
    kamyar

    Iraqi Shias In Mashhad 2015

    آنان که ولایت را نشناخته اند سخت در کار ما مانده اند : شهید سید مرتضی آوینی Those who have not understood the welayah are extremely amazed at our affairs : Shahid Seyed Morteza Aviny I guess it can answer your question .
  44. 1 point
    Ayatollah Khomeini manipulated Iranians? Worthless cause? You have the right to have your own opinion, but i won't allow you to talk about a marja like this, nor step on the blood of shuhada. Many people want you booted out of here, and you are pushing it, calm the hell down or you're gone. Get a grip.
  45. 1 point
    Noor al Batul

    If Abu Bakr Was Right ..

    Not commenting on the brother's post but: the Aimmah [a] are considered to be the speaking Quran - that's not an exaggerated belief (I do believe that Imam Ali [a] called himself this during the battle of Siffeen - or was it one of his Shia who did?). I guess the wording of the brother seems confusing in this regard. I also have a question in general: Isn't Imam Jafar's [a] "relation" to Abu Bakr through Muhammad ibn Abi Bakr [r], who in return had been raised by Imam Ali [a] and had been a loyal Shia? I don't understand how this could ever be used as an argument for Abu Bakr's greatness (keeping aside that relationships in general don't say anything). Sorry if I got anything wrong - do correct me in that case. (wasalam)
  46. 1 point
    Racism exists everywhere. Whats the point of this article? To make people think Iran is 'more' racist than others. Black ppl/asians get abused on trains and busses every now and than in the UK, shouldnt the guardian be writing about that?
  47. 1 point
    Ya Allah!! I cant understand y ppl think Iran is racist!! I m an IranianI LIVE IN IRAN! And I m saying this: We LOVE all nations,we RESPECT all nations! All RELIGIONS,all SECTS! We live in Iran FREELY! Al hamduliAllah ALL things r GREAT! IRAN IS SAFE! WE LOVE SAYYED ALI KHAMENEI we WANT this system! We WANT ISLAMIC REPUBLIC. we VOTED for it OURSELVES. we CHOSED it OURSELVES khalas
  48. 1 point
    bro have you gotten to where the Akatsuki enter the series?
  49. 1 point
    _Fatima

    How Do You Better Yourself?

    Assalamu Aleikum wb. There are several ways to better one self. One of the most effective ways is through our five daily obligatory prayers. After each prayer one needs to deeply ponder and reflect upon the purpose of their existence in this world and to always remember that death is the final abode. After performing each prayer, one should be left with an open heart and mind and this will effectively shape the human being. Therefore, we should aim to improve our self after each daily prayer, instead of improving our self everyday. One practical step is to keep a notebook and set out some objectives each day and give a mark for each category. If needed make comments and evaluate your progress. This will bring control into one's life and make one feel determined in reaching their purpose. If you feel there are areas you cannot improve with your best ability, step a penalty for yourself. For example, one of your objectives is to not get angry, your penalty should be dedicating one hour to ponder and reflect over a specific chapter of the Holy Quran with understanding. In the same way, you can set yourself a reward for your good actions. Lastly, the most importantly aspect is understand that Allah swt help will always be there for you and to those who strive towards his light. "As for those who strive in Us, We Shall surely guide them in Our ways, and God is indeed with the virtuous." Quran Kareem [29:69] Surat Al-`Ankabūt - The Spider. May one always strive towards Allah swt path with an open heart, mind and with full pleasure and determination. (wasalam) [Edited]: Spelling error :/
  50. 1 point
    Anything long is good and beautiful :) I believe it looks classy and professional. I get many compliments from non-Muslim women at my office about my cardigans and the hijab alhamdillah <3
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