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  1. Calm down David, there are literally thousands of sunni tribesmen participating in this operation, Imam Hussain's name is sacred to both shias and sunnis :)
    4 points
  2. With all due respect are you really in a position to be raising objections about Nader's translations? How proficient are you in Arabic, and on what basis do you seek to project doubt onto his blog and criticise the quality of his translations? The brother isnt perfect. No one, not even himself claimed to be. We all have short comings. But this weird opposition to him that some people here have is, frankly, a little pathetic.
    4 points
  3. David66

    Happy Memorial Day

    Happy Memorial Day Hasanhh. May our future be a more peaceful place. All the Best, David
    4 points
  4. (bismillah) (salam) Pretty basic question, What is the best strategy for one to use to abstain oneself from sinning? Living in the western countries is not very helpful as satan has more tools to distract you and get you trapped. May Allah swt encompass us all with his infinite mercy and favours. YA ALI
    3 points
  5. Believe it or not, some people are more important than others.
    3 points
  6. ^ Another photo that looks similar has the caption: BIBI AND AL NUSRA: Netanyahu visits a wounded Islamic terrorist fighter receiving medical care in Israel (Image: Information Clearing House). http://www.globalresearch.ca/wall-street-journal-israel-caught-red-handed-aiding-al-qaeda-in-syria/5441114
    3 points
  7. notme

    Happy Memorial Day

    I don't, personally, but I have friends who do. I'm an Army veteran myself, but don't know any currently active military service members. I'm not very social.
    3 points
  8. Aftahb

    Agreed

    “This place where you are right now, God circled on a map for you.” - Hafez (ra) the tomb of Hazrat Khwāja Shams-ud-Dīn Muhammad Hāfez-e Shīrāzī (ra)in Shiraz, Iran
    2 points
  9. When I started to study the early history of Islam and got confused of all the inconsistencies and contradictions. I asked Allah for help by repeating the sixth verse of Surah al-Hamd over and over again. Not long after that I came in touch with Shia islam and I thank Allah for that blessed day.
    2 points
  10. From the security's point of view, the situation is very good. In general, the standard of living of the shia muslims is just like that of the other average indians. That is good news, considering the amount of discrimination and oppression we generally have to face. This is a vast topic and many things can be said. But one negative point in India is the lack of religious education among the shia muslims. The madrassas are few and far between. Majalis are supposed to be a good source of knowledge, but their effectiveness is as occasional as a knowledgeable Indian maulana. Sometimes, I get so frustrated that I feel like becoming a maulana myself. In fact, I probably will, God willing.
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  11. Muslim brain capabilities in Pakistan and India are same. Majority don't care to get high education, Hardly in 3-4 years someone from Muslim family will came into topper list. Regarding safety , Muslims are some how safe in India as compare to Pakistan. The first drawback in pakistan is due to involvement in Afghanistan issue and taking grant from USA. The policy failed and all citizens are suffering. I don't think they can come out from that situation bcoz none of them want to get rid from it. Its a matter of cash actually. India is having there own internal issues .. Majority population in India is Hindu. Due to that Sunni and Shia are not able to fight or they both will come into problem. But still some cities are having these problem like Lucknow, Moradabad etc Overall India is safer then Pakistan , bcoz Wahabism is not much effected here. But still Wahabism is fastest growing Psychology in Major sect of Islam. I found my friends who were doing Nazar, Niyaaz , Fateha, Quran Khani etc left it after there father or mother expired. There beard are having one side hair in Bangladesh and another in Pakistan and down to Sri lanka. I am North Indian so i can't write much about South India. But i lived 2.5 years in Kerala hardly i found any Shia over there , most of them are from School of Imam Shafi (ra) and they are organizing 12th Rabi'ul Awwal with all city decorated and from Morning onwards Salwaat o Salaam on Rasool Allah (pbuh). Kerala muslims are very much religious punctual in Salaat and not having much grudge towards Ahle Tashio, may be bcoz they are not aware of it. I was praying with them in Morning prayer in mosque near my resident and Zuhr asr in another near office, then Maghrib Isha in any other mosque depends on where i am at that time. No body object me ever , but yes one time mosque near my resident people circled me one day after jamaat and asked few questions. I guess they were planning from many days but bcoz there language and my language were barrier in between us, that day someone from Mumbai they got who become mediator in between us. And that day i told them about 5th School and they enjoyed it. First they think i am Khoja. But later they shows impressions like they understand .. but still i have doubt they know or not.
    2 points
  12. Stay hydrated Try not to overeat at iftar Always eat suhur Eat nutritious foods during eating times, maybe take vitamins too Try to preserve energy during the day, don't overexert yourself
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  13. revertdundee

    Browser?

    I generally jump between Firefox, Tor Browser and chrome, depending on what i am doing. As for bookmarks, to keep them organised I create seperate folders for topics relating to the sites I want to bookmark. Makes it easier for finding them again
    2 points
  14. I have found myself going back to playing Skyrim recently - such a brilliant game, you can really loose yourself in it for hours
    2 points
  15. So the one called 'Rabb' in the Holy Qur'an is Ali (as), are you serious?
    2 points
  16. Tatbir is not practised by the vast majority of shias and there you can see that google is not a hujja.
    2 points
  17. Me, I am an a American Muslim, Saintly_Jinn23, repentant and notme are American as well. My great grandfather fought in Iwo Jima, although he didn't die in battle, he did develop cancer directly related to breathing in the chemicals in smoke grenades and flares; That's what killed him.
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  18. walaikum salam 1) keep up salat and be present. 2) contemplating on death in abundance. 3) avoid watching tv channels where you know they will have scantily clothed women and men. 4) majority of websites come w ads which can draw you towards sinning. avoid them at all costs. 5) read nahjul balagha as much as you can. 6) read recite Qur'an with presence of heart. 7) meditation. take 5 minutes out of your busy schedule and meditate. meaning sit and just breathe. staying w your breath and not getting carried away by the thoughts which come in your head. 8) dua after prayer. hadeeth has it that constantly look at your hands. lift them and supplicate. 9) do not indulge in vulgarities w your friends. no matter how harmless it may seem. just dont do it. hold your tongue. 10) send blessings on the Prophet (sawa) and His Ahl (as)
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  19. Protect America from who though? No one is attacking USA. No one will attack America. And no soldier protected America during 9/11. American soldiers are not for defense, they are strictly offensive. American soldiers are used to go overseas and attack.
    2 points
  20. alirex

    Browser?

    There are many browser out on the basis of 5 engines. Mozilla Chrome Internet Explorer Safari Opera Firefox was very famous until chrome not came into market. I m using almost all browser. Comodo Icedragon and Comodo Dragon are flavour on basis of mozilla and chrome. Both are having "private mode " as well as "Virtual Mode" Baidu Spark Browser is new. you can get almost all browser from here : http://filehippo.com/software/internet/browsers Firefox is having plugins which can easy import export your bookmarks. So its a good idea to take backups on weekly basis. Also you can export passwords of sites you logged in through plugins.
    2 points
  21. A person in the city of Islam (Baghdad) told me: the occultation (of Qaim) is prolonged and it is worrying us. Many people have turned away from the obedience because of this prolongation. What is happening? I replied: The practices of earlier Um mahs (nations) will become prevalent in this Ummah one by one as narrated in many traditions of Holy Prophet. Prophet Musa had gone away from his Ummah to meet Allah for thirty nights. However the Almighty Allah extended his stay by ten days and he returned after forty nights. This extension of ten days was enough to hamper the faith of Musa’s Ummah. They became hard-hearted and turned away from the order of their Lord and Prophet Musa. They disobeyed his successor, Prophet Harun. They oppressed him and even intended to slay him. They began to worship a golden calf which mooed like a bull. Samiri told them: This calf is your lord and the lord of Musa. Prophet Harun advised them and stopped them from worshipping the calf. He said: يَا قَوْمِ إِنَّمَا فُتِنتُم بِهِ وَإِنَّ رَبَّكُمُ الرَّحْمَنُ فَاتَّبِعُونِي وَأَطِيعُوا أَمْرِيقَالُوا لَن نَّبْرَحَ عَلَيْهِ عَاكِفِينَ حَتَّى يَرْجِعَ إِلَيْنَا مُوسَى O my people! you are only tried by it, and surely your Lord is the Beneficent God, therefore follow me and obey my order. They said: We will by no means cease to keep to its worship until Musa returns to us. - Soore Taha (90-91) وَلَمَّا رَجَعَ مُوسَى إِلَى قَوْمِهِ غَضْبَانَ أَسِفًا قَالَ بِئْسَمَا خَلَفْتُمُونِي مِن بَعْدِيَ أَعَجِلْتُمْ أَمْرَ رَبِّكُمْ وَأَلْقَى الألْوَاحَ وَأَخَذَ بِرَأْسِ أَخِيهِ يَجُرُّهُ إِلَيْهِ And when Musa returned to his people, wrathful (and) in violent grief, he said: Evil is it that you have done after me; did you turn away from the bidding of your Lord? And he threw down the tablets and seized his brother by the head, dragging him towards him. - Soore Araaf (150) This incident is very famous and ther e is nothing to surprise us that the ignorant ones of this Ummah will find it difficult to sustain their faith in this prolonged occultation of the Imam of the Time. They will turn away from the belief they had accepted without any reason. They will not take any lesson from this saying of the Almighty Allah: أَلَمْ يَأْنِ لِلَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَن تَخْشَعَ قُلُوبُهُمْ لِذِكْرِ اللَّهِ وَمَا نَزَلَ مِنَ الْحَقِّ وَلَا يَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْكِتَابَ مِن قَبْلُ فَطَالَ عَلَيْهِمُ الْأَمَدُ فَقَسَتْ قُلُوبُهُمْ وَكَثِيرٌ مِّنْهُمْ فَاسِقُونَ Has not the time yet come for those who believe that their hearts should be humble for the remembrance of Allah and what has come down of the truth? And (that) they should not be like those who were given the Book before, but the time became prolonged to them, so their hearts hardened, and most of them are transgressors. - Soore Hadid (16) The person asked me: What has the Almighty Allah revealed about him (the Qaim)? I replied: The Almighty Allah says: المذَلِكَ الْكِتَابُ لاَ رَيْبَ فِيهِ هُدًى لِّلْمُتَّقِينَالَّذِينَ يُؤْمِنُونَ بِالْغَيْبِAlif Lam Mim. This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil). Those who believe in the unseen... - Soore Al Baqra (1-3) That is those who believe in the Qaim and his occultation. Source : http://www.duas.org/pdfs/Kamal-Al-Deen1.pdf ( Kamaaluddin wa Tamaamun Ni’ma - Shaykh as-Saduq )
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  22. 'And they will all be from Quraish' sounds like propaganda to me. It was probably 'and they will all be from my progeny' or something like that. The 'Quraish' version is an edited one and a justification for the reigns of the first three caliphs, the Umayyads and the Abbasides.
    2 points
  23. H 498, Ch. 13, h 4 Ahmad ibn Mahran has narrated from ‘Abd al-‘Azim ibn ‘Abdallah al-Hassani from Ali ibn Asbat and al-Hassan ibn Mahbub from abu Ayyub from abu Khalid al-kabuli who has said that he asked Imam abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) about the meaning of the words of Allah, the Most Holy, the Most High, in the following verse of the Holy Quran. "Those who believe in him, honor and help him, and follow the light which is sent down to him, will have everlasting happiness." (7:157) The Imams (a.s.) said, "O abu Khalid, the light in this verse, I swear by Allah, means the Imams. O abu Khalid the light of the Imam (a.s.) in the hearts of the true believers is more bright than the light of the sun in midday. It is they who brighten the hearts of the true believers and Allah withholds their light from reaching whomever He would will, thus, their hearts become dark and Allah covers them with the darknesss."
    2 points
  24. Qa'im

    Change Of Qibla?

    [5199] 1 ـ محمّد بن الحسن بإسناده عن علي بن الحسن الطاطري ، عن ابن أبي حمزة ـ يعني محمّداً ـ عن معاوية بن عمّار ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قلت له : متى صرف رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إلى الكعبة ؟ قال : بعد رجوعه من بدر . 1 – Muhammad b. al-Hasan by his isnad from `Ali b. al-Hasan at-Tatari from Ibn Abi Hamza – meaning Muhammad – from Mu`awiya b. `Ammar from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: I said to him: When did the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله change to the Ka`ba? He said: After his return from Badr. [5200] 2 ـ وعنه ، عن وهيب ، عن أبي بصير ، عن أحدهما ( عليه السلام ) ـ في حديث ـ قال : قلت له : إنّ الله أمره يصلّي إلى بيت المقدّس ؟ قال : نعم ، ألا ترى أنّ الله يقول : ( وما جعلنا القبلة التي كنت عليها إلاّ لنعلم من يتّبع الرسول ) الأية !؟ ثمّ قال : إنّ بني عبد الأشهل أتوهم وهم في الصلاة قد صلّوا ركعتين إلى بيت المقدس ، فقيل لهم : إنّ نبيكم صرف إلى الكعبة فتحوّل النساء مكان الرجال ، والرجال مكان النساء ، وجعلوا الركعتين الباقيتين إلى الكعبة فصلّوا صلاة واحدة إلى قبلتين ، فلذالك سمّي مسجدهم مسجد القبلتين . أبو الفضل شاذان بن جبرئيل القمي في الرسالة الموسومة بـ ( إزاحة العلّة في معرفة القبلة ) عن أبي بصير ، مثله . 2 – And from him from Wuhayb from Abu Basir from one of the two of them عليه السلام in a hadith wherein he said: I said to him: Allah commanded him to pray towards the Holy House (Jerusalem)? He said: Yes, do you not see that Allah says “and We did not appoint the qibla you were upon, except that We might know who followed the Messenger” al-ayat (2:143). Then he said: The Banu `Abd al-Ashhal came to them while they were in salat, they had prayed two rak`at to the Holy House. So it was said to them: Your Prophet has changed to the Ka`ba. So the women transferred to the place of the men, and the men to the place of the women, and they made the remaining two (rak’at) towards the Ka`ba and prayed a single salat towards the two qiblas. So because of that, their mosque was called the mosque of the two qiblas (masjid al-qiblatayn). Abu ‘l-Fadl Shadhan b. Jibra’il al-Qummi in the epistle named Izahat al-`Illa fii Ma`rifat ‘il-Qibla from Abu Basir likewise. [5201] 3 ـ وعن معاوية بن عمّار قال : قلت لأبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) : متى صرف رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إلى الكعبة ؟ قال : بعد رجوعه من بدر ، وكان يصلّي في المدينة إلى بيت المقدّس سبعة عشر شهراً ثمّ أُعيد إلى الكعبة . 3 – And from Mu`awiya b. `Ammar. He said: I said to Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام: When did the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله change to the Ka`ba? He said: After his return from Badr. And he was praying in Medina to the Holy House for seventeen months, then he reverted to the Ka`ba. [5202] 4 ـ محمّد بن يعقوب ، عن علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن أبن أبي عمير ، عن حمّاد ، عن الحلبي ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : سألته هل كان رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يصلّي إلى بيت المقدس ؟ قال : نعم ، فقلت : أكان يجعل الكعبة خلف ظهره ؟ فقال : أمّا إذا كان بمكّة فلا ، وأمّا إذا هاجر إلى المدينة فنعم ، حتّى حوّل إلى الكعبة . 4 – Muhammad b. Ya`qub from `Ali b. Ibrahim from his father from Ibn Abi `Umayr from Hammad from al-Halabi from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: I asked him: Did the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله pray towards the Holy House? He said: Yes. So I said: Would he put the Ka`ba behind his back? So he said: As to when he was in Mecca, then no. And as to when he migrated to Medina, then yes, until he shifted to the Ka`ba.
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  26. I know exactly what you mean and in my search for the truth I knew deep in my heart that all those rumours about shia islam were false for the fundamentals of shia islam are truthful and logical. Abu Bakr was not chosen by Allah but by people and the way caliphs succeeded eachother were so inconsistent and mutable to even a point were the latter caliph persecuted the former (Abbasides and Umayyads) that I couldnt take it serious anymore. Imamah on the other hand is so consistent clear and logical. The point that I want to make clear is that somebody who doesn't care about the truth will never see through the lies no matter how hard you try your best with hard evidence. In the end it is the guidance of Allah that one should recognize and follow. While the disbeliever will only grow in disbelieve. I am talking about non-shia's who fight shi'ism and those who are fed by pictures you posted.
    1 point
  27. Christianlady

    Syria Is Crying

    Hello Musa Sadr, :( May God rescue Syria and bring love to drive out the hate. Peace and God bless you
    1 point
  28. I didn't mean that tomorrow or the day after tomorrow he arrives (Even he might reappear tomorrow), Imminent which is the exact meaning invoked by Imams about his reappearance, does not point out to a specified date, it only says that don't think of it as far but it's near. They wanted to keep us alert. "Probably he would come next day." this is what a Shiite ought to have in mind. They consider it is far away!while We see it as nearby.
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  29. ^^^ brother ethics .. the only person on this forum who blocked me has even changed meanings of the Quran in the past according to his whims. Here is his own interpretation, neither based on Arabic (nor the translations), nor on any hadith or 'expert' opinion, on verse 6:76 "So when the night covered him, he saw a star. He said, "This is my lord." But when it set, he said, "I like not those that disappear." 6:76 tafsir e-ethics: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/234977907-all-prophets-pbut-made-mistakes/?p=2733526 btw, in and around that post there are many other examples. (especially this thread i just posted) such as the definition of the word hanifa .. turned into an absolute statement: anyway, thought i'd post this as a reaction after ethics posted this statement i agree
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  30. replace ahlulbayt (as) with Umar and you'll have nasibism.Lol
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  31. Still working on this one. It was especially chemistry heavy in the middle, but now I'm back in a more comfortable zone, with just a bit of physics and some easier chemistry. The whole book is very speculative, as might be expected. It does, probably by accident, give a good appreciation of the miracle that is life. I did take a break to read the Space Odyssey series, by Arthur Clarke. The first book, 2001, was pretty enjoyable sci-fi, but the other three declined in quality. It was easy light reading, else I wouldn't have made it through all four. I'm also rereading through Household Tales, by the brothers Grimm. I need some bedtime stories for my little ones.
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  32. Hello Where do I go from here, Lol. Seriously though, some Muslims say that Adam (the first man) was a Muslim too, though Muhammad wasn't born until 570 AD. Personally, I define a Muslim as someone who follows Muhammad and the Qur'an. No problem. Could you please give an example? Thanks. Good! I don't hate Jews either. I love them. They are my neighbors! I love Muslims as well; they are my neighbors too! Why not? Go meet a Jew! :) They are people like you and me. You might actually make a good friend. God knows. :) (I have.) Ok Peace and God bless you
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  33. This is no surprise. 2 Thessalonians 2:3 Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
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  34. ireallywannaknow

    Browser?

    I think the way it works is that you set the system restore to a date that everything was working fine (and you still had all your bookmarks) and the computer will go back to the way it was on that day. I think it is a process where you have to restart you computer and stuff. I'm not sure though, I'm not very computer savvy. Have you googled to see if anyone has had their bookmarks disappear on Google Chrome and what they did about it?
    1 point
  35. So you don't have any reference to back up your claim, gotcha. Also, weak is not the same as fabricated. I would have figured that a smart Rijalist like yourself would understand that. Shi'a Islam doesn't deny the same applies to Jesus or any of the other prophets. The difference between Shi'a and the general view of Christianity on this issue is that Christians believe God or God's son was sent to save humanity through his foretold death on the cross and that the exclusive role as savior and redeemer is invested in him, which is why Protestants don't like Catholics' veneration of saints or their placing a complimentary role in the Virgin Mary as well because this from their point of view contradicts that fundamental doctrine of Christ as the only intercessor. Shi'a Islam holds that Ahlul Bayt are the primary redeemers among God's creations and not the exclusive redeemers as the duty was shared among all the prophets and saints to varying degrees. Plus, all the prophets are simply manifestations or reflections of Muhammad's own light and the light of Ahlul Bayt throughout history albeit through the medium of the souls of those prophets who also existed as lights in the beginning with Ahlul Bayt before taking on mortal form to guide the lost and ignorant souls of the rest of mankind through their intercession and prophetic messages. So, really if you replace Ahlul Bayt with Jesus (pbuh) you don't get Christianity, you still have Shi'a Islam since the same principles apply to a certain extent to Jesus and his mother as well. Not only that, but my previous statement applies to Shi'a Islam more because Christians do not believe God created the world for Christ, they believe Christ created the world for his own glory, because they believe he himself is the God of the Israelites. The former position was rejected by the Church because it suggested a subordinate position for Jesus to God rather than seeing him as God himself and one with the Father as God.
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  36. http://www.washingtonsblog.com/2015/05/newly-declassified-u-s-government-documents-the-west-supported-the-creation-of-isis.html this one has screenshots of the document
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  37. Ok, can you give me one person who worships these graves you speak about??? These stories have been created to divert attention from the crimes that certain individuals committed with the Ahlul baith and to make their Shias look bad and to confuse the common and average person about Shiaism:
    1 point
  38. Abu Hadi

    Umaa 2015 ... My Thoughts

    I went ahead and listened to some speeches of Reza Aslan I also watched some videos of the convention and saw some of the scholars who were there including Sayyid Qazwini (Hassan and I think Mustafa), Sayyid Ammar, Sayyid Al Milani, Sayyid Ammar Nakshawani, etc. Of course, these are all respected scholars amoung the vast majority of the Shia and of course no Shia would have a problem with discussions concerning the Masoom, etc. That 99% were in hijab I am skeptical about, since even at Muslim Congress, I don't think it is 99%, but I'll take your word for that. You, and others, have not addressed the main objection that brothers and sisters are bringing up regarding this group. Lets leave aside the past issues with Wolfowitcz, going to the White House, etc. If UMMA says that they are not doing that anymore, I will give them the benefit of the doubt on that, brother to brother. The main objection is regarding the Elephant in the Room. This is the Elephant in the Room for Shia in our Times. The Islamic Republic of Iran and the issue of Wilayat Al Faqih. It seems that they do not want to discuss this issue at all and pretend that neither the Islamic Republic of Iran or Wilayat Al Faqih even exists. In a community where there is a large amount of support across ethnic and national lines for both IRI and WF, this seems disingenuous at best and deceptive at worst. If your opinion is that Iran is an evil state and they are committing crimes right and left against muslims and others, then come out and say that and bring evidence. If you support, then I understand why you can't say too much about that in the US without being targeted, but at least we can have a healthy discussion on the subject. To continuously ignore the subject, and make believe as if it doesn't exist, harms the credibility of the organization and casts a cloud of dishonesty and deception over the members who may not be that way. If you don't believe in WF and believe that IRI is a harm to the Shia, we are still brothers, we can have a civilized discussion on the issue, as I have had many, many times. I am not saying go around waving a Hezbollah Flag or an IRI flag (actually I have asked brothers and sisters in the past not to do that if you live in the US or UK) but open the subject and have discussions regarding these issues such as Syria, Iraq, Yemen, Pakistan, which are going on now and affecting the lives of many millions of followers of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s). How an organization could speak about Imam Husain(a.s) and yet ignore the actions of the Yazids and Muawiyas of our time, I can't understand. The message of Imam Husain is universal and timeless, and we can apply it in the context of current issues. That is something we should all be talking about. Salam.
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  39. ^ One man can be the mujaddid for thousands or millions of people. May Allah SWT release all of our captives. InshaAllah
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  40. You can pray while sitting or even lying down. If you can't bow and kneel, incline your body or head as sujud and ruku. If even this isn't possible, turn your eyes downward to indicate intention. As for hijab, put a scarf on your head and neck and cover your body with the bedsheets as well as you are able. The hardest part is wudu while on monitors, but you do your best and Allah is most gracious. If you are unable to get up from the bed to use running water, you can ask a family member or nurse to bring you some surface for tayammum. I also follow Sayyid Sistani and was recently in the hospital for two days for surgery. Bring the things that you will need or want, do your best, and if you happen to miss some prayers, you will have to make them up. Before you register or while you are registering, make sure you will have access to halal or vegetarian food. If the hospital can't provide it, make sure their policy doesn't prevent someone from bringing it for you.
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  41. Taqqiyya, according to the teachings of our Imams(a.s) is only practiced either 1) Because of a direct order of the Imam 2) If your life or property are threatened. In other words, if you believe that there is a very good chance that if you tell them they will kill you or severely injure you or seize your property, then you must do taqiyya. I am also a revert to Islam from a Christian upbringing (I am American and grew up in California). When I first reverted most of my family was Christian, actively participating in the church, and my grandfather, who raised me after my mother and father divorced when I was young, was a church elder and this was an actively Evangelical Church (think Billy Graham, etc). So they told me I was going to hell, kicked my out of their house, and cut me off from my inheritance (they were wealthy at the time). I didn't have contact with them for a few years, but eventually we started talking again, and now the connections are reestablished, but it is still not the way it used to be before I reverted, because we were a very close family and I used to see them almost every day. There will be some difficult years as far as your family goes. But you are a grown man and hopefully financially independent. That is a blessing from Allah(s.w.a) because their tactics as far as making you go back to their way are limited. They know that, and that is why they are bringing up the ISIS issue. IT is an emotional reaction. They are very upset now and are lashing out. Change is always difficult, even if it is good change. If Taqqiyya doesn't apply here, then the longer you wait the more difficult it will be when you tell them. If you like, you can email me at migration313@gmail.com (I run the site migration313.org). I would like to help you if I can. We can have a teleconference on skype with your family to talk about these issues, if they are willing to talk. Try to preserve your marriage if you can. Salam.
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  42. Salam, I'll make a sincere attempt to answer your questions, but God knows best. 1. If God created us, certainly He also shaped our brains and the ways we process thoughts. Ultimately, any decision we make is a product of His doing. Is free will then, an illusion? (U.A: God has shown us all the paths, good or bad, it is up to us which way we choose) Although agree with the post above that it is not in the spirit of true inquiry to pose a question and then stipulate answers that you find unacceptable, I guess I am in luck in that my response to this question is not off limits according to you. Your question takes for granted the assumption that our actions are the product of our brain chemistry. According to you, human action boils down to the output that is spit out by a wholly material biological computer after having processed an input. Where does the soul even come into that picture, let alone God. If you believe your question is valid, case closed; we are all soulless, mindless robots; emotions are not real; spirituality is absurd. Now, that is clearly not the case. Everyone intuitively knows this. We all know that we have personal agency and can choose things for ourselves. You are not compelled to respond to my post one way or the other. The faculty of imagination alone makes it clear that our minds are not simply the sum of a finite number of neural pulses. Now for the weighty question: is this perception of free will an illusion? As was stated in an earlier post, the answer to this question is both yes and no (but more so "no" in the areas that interest you the most). Allah is the only absolute and only His Divine Reality has absolute free agency ( There is no free agent except for The Free Agent). Humans, being made in His image, have free agency to the extent in which they participate in th Divine Reality. To the extent that humans engross themselves in the transient, mundane and illusory trappings of material things, the divine attribute of free agency becomes ever more difficult to see; one feels trapped and ensnared in the laws of cause and effect. Thus, the closest approximations of truly free agents in our world are those who most completely imbibe and manifest the Divine Reality. The Prophets, Imams and Awliya who act as the locus of manifestation of Allah's divine attributes are the only ones among us who have relatively unfettered free will. As average human beings struggling in this world, we fall somewhere in between. We exercise freedom in our decisions but are for the most part ensnared by our nafs' attachment to base things. There are things that we have absolutely no freedom in: we cannot choose the time and circumstances of our birth, we cannot disregard the laws of physics, we cannot live forever, we cannot choose the time of our death (leaving aside suicide which is wholly another topic). The hybrid position of man is captured excellently by the anecdote of Hazrat Ali when asked about free will and predestination, in which he first told the questioner the raise his right leg off the ground, to which the questioner complied. Hazrat Ali stated that the mans action was an exercise of free will. He then told the questioner to keep his right leg up and raise his left leg in the air. The questioner obviously could not comply. Hazrat Ali stated that the mans limitations were an exercise of pre-determination. 1. Everything is 'predetermined' and God is All-Knowing of what we do. Why then, do we participate in a pointless exercise whose outcome is already known and predetermined? (U.A: Even though Allah is all-knowing, it is our choice to do good or bad, and Allah doesn't influence us in any way) Once again, your question contains some significant assumptions. The primary assumption being that everything is predetermined. Everything is not predetermined if you come to the conclusion that humans do have some form of free will. God's knowledge of what has happened, what is happening and what will happen does not change the fact that you have free will. The problem I have with this question, it presuppose a very anthropomorphic view of God. The Ultimate Being Beyond Being is not sitting in some Celestial theater room watching the universe progress through time. God is beyond time and for the All-Knowing time is just another form of extension like mass or space. Just like the earth and the sun simultaneously exist into different spatial dimensions, our past, present and future simultaneously exist for a being beyond time. The concept of predetermination only exist when time is viewed in a linear fashion as experienced by human beings; The suffix pre- or post- do not apply to Allah. Just because God exists beyond being and beyond time and has knowledge of all things, that does not mean that our choices are pointless. Our choices have concrete effects and repercussions on our material and spiritual worlds. In a way, I guess I am answering with your unacceptable answer. But just because an answer is difficult to swallow, it doesn't make it unacceptable. 3. What is the purpose of our creation? 'Allah has created us to worship Him'. Did God already not have countless angels and jinn to worship Him? (U.A: He created us so we can experience all the good things in the world and have a chance to go to Heaven) God was a hidden treasure and he wanted to be known. Allah has told us that it is in His essence (dhat) and in His nature to be known, to create and to manifest in His creation. Allah is al-Khaliq, al-Mubeen, al-Hazir, al-Zahir and al-Batin. Only Allah truly exists and all other existences are relative and contingent upon the manifestation of The Divine for their continued existence. For Allah to be known as a creator their must be a creation. For him to be known as a sustainer there must be something to sustain, for him to be known as one who covers transgressions there must be people who transgress. The means by which these divine qualities are known in the world is through creation itself, including the sustenance provided by the rain, the soil, an employer and a parent, the kindness shown by animals who serve us and the human kindness shown to friends, family and strangers. These qualities may be more directly experienced after death in a spiritual reality, but they are also mediated through a form of creation. It is the manifestation of Allah in each of us that recognizes these qualities which are then amplified in the heart of one who is pure. The heart remembers it's origin, laments at its sundering from its origin and rejoices when it encounters a manifestation of the Divine (or in other words, something real). This remembrance is the ultimate reason for human existence. Dhikrullah, is the best of all prayers according to our Prophet and the Imams. Constant dhikr does not mean man should cloister himself; it means that humans are to yearn for a glimpse of the divine, act in a manner so as to bring about a manifestation of the divine qualities in the world and rejoice in remembrance when such manifestations are recognized by their hearts. 4. What then would be the concept of an 'ideal world'? Would it be one in which each and everyone sat down in prayer and nothing else? In that scenario, any effort made for advancement in this world would be contradictory to the sole purpose of human creation. (U.A: God knew this world would never be perfect) I don't really understand the question here. Now if by ideal we mean perfect, then I'm going to have to disappoint you with something "unacceptable". Nothing is perfect except for God and if this world was perfect it would be God and therefore would not exist. Since this world is not God, the existence of the world is relative and must be imperfect. When. Light is refracted through a Crystal, The individual colored beams of light that emerge can never approximate the pure unadulterated light which initially passed through the Crystal, either in power or wavelengths. The heart of one with a pure soul which reflects all of the multi-faceted and refracted jewels of Allah's hidden treasure is the closest approximation to perfection in this world. You may think it is blasphemous to say, but if we were all purified in this manner there would be no need for formal prayer. We would all be in constant remembrance of God; we would nurture, sustain, be kind to, and cover the transgressions of everything and everyone around us. We would see the divine and everything and be content. But such a state has only been reached by a select few in this world, and it is nice and see you hope that we all reach such a state, which surpasses all of the minor forms of heaven, in the Ridwan of Allah. If humans were to act in such a sanctified manner en mass, what couldn't be accomplished. No one would go hungry. Philosophical and scientific energies would be expended on projects that would sustain the environment and help mankind. The sky's the limit. But once again, such absolute perfection is metaphysically impossible.
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  43. We should strive towards Islamic Unity, but we should do it based on truth, not through a kind of "well, let's just ignore all our differences and pretend we're all exactly the same." That's not really unity, that's brushing things under the rug. Islamic Unity can only happen when all Muslims unite on the basis of truth and justice, but as long Muslims have different views on what the truth is or what justice is, that unity will always be distant or imperfect. According to the Shi'a view, truth and justice can only be found in their perfection through Ahlul Bayt. The idea that we can have a true Islamic Unity without emphasizing the role of Ahlul Bayt is impossible for us and this presents a problem Do we forget about Ahlul Bayt for the sake of political correctness and so as not to disrupt unity, even when justice and faith call us to bear witness to the truth? Do we expect the Sunnis to "Shi'ify" themselves enough to our liking in the name of unity? I don't think it's fair for us to expect the Sunnis, who comprise a large and much more independent majority, to take the time and effort to recognize and conform to the sensitivities of a minority they really don't need. I also find it disgraceful that we have Shi'a who feel a need to suck up to the ministers of Satan that run countries like Saudi Arabia just to preserve a facade of unity that people like al-Saud have no interest in maintaining unless it serves their own selfish interests above all. The Imams supported acting humbly and behaving in a dignified manner even before one's enemeies, but they never supported flattering or appeasing unjust rulers for personal gains. What? The proponents of "unity" expected us to give condolences to the Saudis for the death of King Abdullah? The man that at least shares part of the blame for the destruction of Syria and the deaths of countless people, Muslim and non-Muslim, worldwide. What a joke. If the idea of unity is bowing down to Sunnis, turning the other way when we see crimes against humanity and apologizing for our existence, you can keep that unity to yourself. I agree with you, but I also agree with Darth_Vader that we need to be realistic and know our priorities. There is no reason we should be putting so much effort into unity with the Sunnis and not as much or more effort into unity among the Shi'a? We have so many issues that divide our own communities: ethnic rivalries, political differences, legal differences, sectarian differences, etc. which need to be addressed. A Sunni mosque in America you can find Pakistanis, Arabs, American whites, blacks, etc. And you'll find that some of them are Malikis, Hanbalis, Hanafis, undecided, etc. But in the Shi'a communties here different individual mosques exist on every other block for Lebanese, Iraqis, Iranians, Indians, Khojas, converts, you name it because none of them feel welcome with each other. Plus, in spite of some fatwas that declare Ismailis to be Muslims and fellow Shi'a by some scholars, there's still distrust and apprehension with regards to them. And the few remnants of the Zaydis face extinction at the hands of the Wahabis and their American supporters. If we set about towards unity with Sunnis prematurely, we will only find ourselves prey to those among them who wish either to exploit us or shame and force us into conforming with their doctrines. However, if we focused our efforts towards creating greater solidarity among ourselves as Shi'a, we would be more equal in terms of power and influence to the Sunni powers that be so as to protect ourselves and ensure our religion is recognized and respected. We don't have to come to perfect agreement on everything, but wouldn't it be easier for us to seek unity with the Sunnis if were a powerful, financially stable and independent minority rather than one which Sunni countries are forced to put up with just because they can't find an ethical or efficient means to get rid of us or our blasphemies? I think once we show that in spite of our numbers we are intelligent and determined enough to provide for ourselves with or without the Sunnis help and can be influential and powerful in our own right, Sunnis will be forced to respect us and come to the table and talk with us because we actually have something to offer. At the present state of things, the Sunni community doesn't need the Shi'a and were all the Shi'a to be wiped out, their nations would get along just fine. And Shi'a suffering isn't immediately relevant to most Sunnis who have probably never even met a Shi'a when their countries are suffering from their own trials and tribulations. Some people might say that Iran has done a good job bolstering the Shi'a community and this is true to some extent, but in terms of Iran's foreign and domestic policies, it's much more interested in making everyone conform to its ideology or bust and it is much more interested in seeking "Sunni-Shi'a unity," that ultimately benefits Iran's economic or political interests. Iran often turns a blind eye or at least bumps down the suffering of other Shi'a worldwide on its priority list if these don't immediately serve its economic or geo-political goals. And it has little tolerance for people within its own borders who don't conform to its own standards of political correctness. That's why the Palestinians will always take priority over the Pakistani, Asian or Arab Shi'a who aren't immediately relevant to its own progress and why those who question the Supreme Leader or the institution of his office will get locked up or put on house arrest on trumped up charges. While the Iranian Republic has increased some of the affluence of the Shi'a community, it doesn't exactly have a real Pan-Shi'ite agenda but it's more concerned with exporting its political ideology and increasing its own individual influence. What gains have been made for the Shi'a community by its successes tend to be residual, either because the Iranian government saw that its best interests lay in addressing a particular Shi'ite concern or because of the private actions of Iranians motivated by faith.
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  44. The gathering itself is not a problem nor is the "entertaining" aspect of it. What matters is whether the gathering falls under the "lahwi mutrib" category. Sistani fatwas on music make it clear that "entertainment" in terms of deriving pleasure or enjoyment from something is not the problem but vain entertainment without legitimate purpose or sense, which is usually what is referred to in the fatwas dealing with "entertainment and amusement gatherings." But a pleasurable gathering is not a problem itself. Otherwise, people enjoying themselves at dinner or majlis with friends and family would be guilty of wrong just for getting together and being happy.
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  45. U mad? Yes I'm mad HAHAHAHAH, get it?
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  46. ^ the problem here is not Brazil , it's Abadan .
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  47. CONTINUED FROM PART 1........ Objection 4: Report of ‘Fatima is a part of me’ was regarding proposal of Ali (a) to the daughter of Abu Jahl D. Miswar bin Makhrama is the sole witness of this incident It is interesting that among all those companions only this six year old child heard the Prophet and quoted him. It is not clear why the rest of the companions of the Prophet while being present in the Majid did not hear this story and did not narrate it? E. Refuting this fiction through the verses of QuranIn addition to the very difficult problems that are mentioned above, when this tradition is posed before the criterion of the Holy Quran, it is found wanting in that case also. It becomes clear that it is in no way compatible to the teachings of Quran; because Quran has clearly issued permission for men to practice polygamy and it has declared: فَانكِحُواْ مَا طَابَ لَكُم مِّنَ النِّسَاء مَثْنَى وَثُلاَثَ وَرُبَاعَ“…then marry such women as seem good to you, two and three and four.” (Surah Nisa 4:3) And we see that the Messenger of Allah (s) has followed this practice; also in fact he was the practical demonstration of this divine command, whereas the topic of the report of Miswar bin Makhrama is that the Messenger of Allah (s) has considered it unlawful for Ali (a), his son-in-law to choose a second wife.Can the Messenger of Allah (s) make something, which the Almighty Allah has allowed, to be unlawful?Also, there are many other fundamental doubts, like:1. Juwairiya had not accepted Islam till that time.2. Juwairiya considered her father, a prophet.3. Juwairiya was inimical to Amirul Momineen (a) as he had eliminated her father.For the sake of brevity, we abstain from going into details.Now, with reference to the deep malice of Juwairiya to the killer of her father and other points, which are mentioned about her, can it be imagined that she would have liked to become the wife of the killer of her father or that Amirul Momineen (a) would have liked to propose to a woman like Juwairiya? CLICK HERE FOR MORE ARTICLES Polemical reply: Why Uthman married the daughter of the Prophet and daughter of the enemy of God at the same time?Even if we overlook all the points mentioned above, which were rational rebuttals of Wahabis, and state the polemical reply as well, it should be said:In the report of Bukhari, regarding the proposal of Amirul Momineen (a), it is mentioned that:The Messenger of Allah (s) says: I do not make a legal thing illegal, nor do I make an illegal thing legal, but by Allah, the daughter of Allah’s Apostle and the daughter of the enemy of Allah, (i.e. Abu Jahl) can never get together (as the wives of one man).[1]This is in the condition that the fabricator has forgotten that by fabricating this fiction, before insulting Amirul Momineen (a) he has put Uthman bin Affan, the third Caliph of Ahle Sunnat under question, because he had after marrying the daughters of the Prophet (suppose we accept that they were daughters of Prophet), not once, but a number of times married daughters of the enemies of Allah at the same time.If it was really unlawful to marry daughters of the Prophet and daughters of enemies of Allah, how Uthman bin Affan committed this act a number of times? Did the fabricators of this fiction fulfill the conditions of this fiction? Since Ramla binte Shaybah is one of the wives of Uthman whom he married in Mecca and she was of those who moved to Medina with Uthman. Ibne Abde Barr has written concerning this:Ramla, daughter of Shaybah was of those who moved to Medina with their husband, Uthman.[2]And Shaybah, father of Uthman’s wife was an enemy of the Prophet of Islam (s); he was killed during the Battle of Badr, as Ibne Hajar has written concerning this:Ramla, daughter of Shaybah…her father was killed during the Battle of Badr while he was an idolater.[3]On the other hand, Ramla, at the time of migration to Medina, was the wife of Uthman as Ibne Hajar has mentioned further:Abu Umar has mentioned her account and said: She was an emigrant lady who migrated to Medina with her husband, Uthman.[4]And she was the wife of Uthman till his assassination as Shaibani has written in this regard:Uthman was assassinated while Ramla, daughter of Shaybah, was his wife.[5]If in fact marrying the Prophet’s daughter and daughter of Allah’s enemy had been prohibited, why the Holy Prophet (s) did not prohibit this act? And according to the claims of Ahle Sunnat, the Holy Prophet (s) married his two daughters, one after another, to Uthman?Wahabis would be compelled to either accept that the story of proposing to Abu Jahl’s daughter is basically false or accept that Prophet’s daughters were not married to Uthman or accept that Uthman committed a sinful act and in fact marriage of Prophet’s daughters to Uthman was unlawful and the marriage of Uthman to them was unlawful.In addition to the above doubts, this fiction more than that it should insult the status of Amirul Momineen (a) is insulting to the position of the Messenger of Allah (s), because as mentioned before, polygamy is lawful for all Muslim men subject to special conditions, and they can have four permanent wives at a time, but according to this fiction, the Messenger of Allah (s), in spite of the fact that the Almighty Allah considers him to be the supreme model of good morals, should be so partial to come to the Masjid dragging his cloak on the ground and say with absolute partiality: If Ali wants to marry Abu Jahl’s daughter, he should divorce my daughter!As a result of this, with reference to that which is mentioned so far, it has become very clear that the proposal of Amirul Momineen (a) to Abu Jahl’s daughter is a fiction, which Bani Umayyah have fabricated to make the Caliphs share in crimes; that by fabricating these fictions, they wanted to imply that if Umar and Abu Bakr distressed Fatima Zahra (s), Amirul Momineen (a) has also committed this act. [1] Al-Jami as-Sahih al-Mukhtasar (Sahih Bukhari), Vol. 3, Pg. 1132, Tr. no. 2443, Muhammad bin Ismail Abu Abdullah Bukhari Jofi (d. 256 A.H.), Edited: Dr. Mustafa Dibul Bagha, Daar Ibne Kathir, Yamama – Beirut, 3rdedition, 1407 – 1987.[2] Al-Istiab fee Marifatul Ashab, Vol. 4, Pg. 1846, Yusuf bin Abdullah bin Muhammad bin Abde Barr (d. 463), Darul Jeel, Beirut, 1412, First edition, Edited: Ali Muhammad al-Bajawi.[3] Al-Isabah fee Tamizus Sahaba, Vol. 7, Pg. 654, no. 11186, Ahmad bin Ali bin Hajar Abul Fazl Asqalani Shafei, Edited: Ali Muhammad Bajawi, Darul Jeel – Beirut, First edition, 1412 – 1992.[4] Al-Isabah fee Tamizus Sahaba, Vol. 7, Pg. 654, no. 11186, Ahmad bin Ali bin Hajar Abul Fazl Asqalani Shafei, Edited: Ali Muhammad Bajawi, Darul Jeel – Beirut, First edition, 1412 – 1992.[5] Al-Kamil fit Tarikh, Abul Hasan Ali bin Abil Karam Muhammad bin Muhammad bin Abdul Karim Shaibani (d. 630 A.H.), Vol. 3, Pg. 75, Darul Kutubul Ilmiya – Beirut – 1415 A.H. Second edition, Edited: Abdullah Qadi.
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  48. (salam) You- A poem for Ahmed. Each morning comes, the day is new. Can't wait to rise, just to see you. The cutest boy I've ever seen. So innocent, so pure, so clean. A smile lights up your pudgy face. You're in my arms; a warm embrace. Auburn hair and eyes of blue, Such joy I get from holding you. God's creation, fresh and new. I thank Him for creating you. Your tiny fingers, tiny toes, Rosy cheeks, and button nose. Those sparkling eyes look up in wonder. Soft lashes curl, above and under. When you were born, only God knew How happy I was to meet you. I love you so, and this is true: Id give my life to protect you. So as you learn and as you grow, There is something you should know- I'll love you till my days are done, My heart, my life, my boy, my son. ws
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