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  1. 6 points
    certainclarity

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    Salam, And let those who do not find the means to get married be chaste ( 24:33) The most important means for a proper marriage is the means of taqwa in the potential spouse, not financial status or looks, if you don't come across such means, stay chaste, until Allah enriches you out of his bounty, whether that enrichment is being content without a spouse or with a spouse.
  2. 5 points
    I will be attending a talk this weekend which will address the Muslim's role (if any) in politics. I'm assuming the talk will limit itself to British politics, but what I've written below applies to (secular) Muslim majority countries as well. There are three aspects to answering this question: Religiously, we need to asses the role of one's world view viz his/her interaction with society The intellectual foundations of political activity of Muslims living in the West/East What I call the 'Clash of the Paradigms', which deals with the religious movements' failure to provide practical solutions to society's needs. I will touch on the first aspect in this post, the rest will follow after I've attended the event. The Religious Aspect Society plays a direct role in the spiritual development of a believer, since there are a number of existential perfections¹ that are unattainable unless one cooperates and interacts with others. An individuals' worldview is key to correct behaviour that will ensure those spiritual stations are achieved. For the materialists, however, technological development and pursuing worldly pleasures is the only perfection, and his behaviour will reflect that accordingly. A religious person with a superficial faith in God, will have his eyes set on pleasures in the afterlife. He is motivated to adhere to religious laws, because he knows it's his key to enter paradise and avoid hell-fire². True perfection, however, lies in attaining nearness to God. This worldview encourages the believer to search out and attain behaviours that will bring him nearness, and avoid everything that might create a barrier and veil between him and his Lord. Therefore, correct religious knowledge is essential to correct behaviour, in turn ensuring correct faith. As a person progresses in this path, he will realise that higher levels of perfection will require bigger sacrifices and harder struggles. Only those with strong resolve, patience and a true yearning for that closeness to God will ensure he evolves spiritually³. The articles of faith ('aqeedah) are essential to shaping a person's world view and behaviours. A person who believes in the separation of religion and political activity, will not be motivated to pursue the establishment of social justice in this world. He has his eyes set on the afterlife, and will focus on the personal religious duties (to the minutest details) to ensure he avoids hell-fire. He will tell himself that it's the religious establishment's responsibility to sort out all his problems. Unfortunately, he would have most likely inherited this worldview from said religious establishment (his parents would ensure this reactionary vision is ingrained in his mind). In order for us to contribute to society and interact at the socio-political levels, we will have to correct this superficial view of our faith, and move towards a deeper understanding of its concepts. The one-dimensional understanding of Islamic doctrines, where the emphasis is on juristic laws and personal religious duties (which have become rituals in most cases), is limiting us as individuals as well as communities in the diaspora. Ideologically, western concepts have taken over and dominated our thinking, where Islamic doctrines have failed to fill that gap, that yearning for a deeper understanding of the world. And once a person's worldview is confused with neo-liberal concepts, it becomes an uphill struggle to 1) change that worldview, and 2) for that person to live by an Islamic understanding of the world. Even in Muslim majority countries, you will find this to be the dominant trend. Individual Muslims performing their obligatory religious duties, yet refrain from social contributions and cooperation, not due to any physical hindrances or lack of talents, but because their worldview is focused on 'material' gains in the afterlife! In short, if we are serious about a revival of the stagnant state we are in, and are keen to contribute positively at the socio-political level (in the UK or elsewhere), we need to correct our worldview first, move away from legends, falls concepts and outright fabrications, and truly believe that with sincerity we can change the world ('O ye who believe! If ye help Allah, He will help you and will make your foothold firm' -47:7). Once we, as a collective, appreciate that this isn't utopian fantasy talk, that our purpose is to evolve in the 'arc of ascent' towards perfection, we'll start to realise that this is only achievable if we characterise ourselves with the divine Names. Once this mindset is widely accepted, and becomes part of the collective subconscious, the idea of social justice will manifest itself naturally and organically, as each individual will have become a physical manifestation of the divine Name 'The Just'. ¹ I have spoken about this in detail in my other blog here. ² '..., and a group worshipped God out of desire for paradise, and that is the worship of tradesmen;...' - part of a narration by Imam Ali (as) in Nahjul Balaghah, Vol4, pg53 (Arabic edition) ³ Some people are willing to dedicate some of their time, usually at a personal level, however refrain from spending their money when the need arises. That is because his docility is limited, which in turn is due to the low goal he has set himself.
  3. 5 points
    Gaius I. Caesar

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Salaam guys, I don't where to post but I feel my imaan slipping away from me right now. Duas would be appreciated right now, kind of in a bad place right now. I am not one to make such posts right now but I don't feel emotionally well and I don't know what to do.
  4. 4 points
    Salam, Allah's priority can be known thru, what he has made wajib on you then the mustahab. Seeking knowledge of religion is wajib , praying is wajib, fasting is wajib, character building is wajib, getting married is mustahab, unless you feel you will fall into sin. If one is not really needy physically, emotionally , financially for a spouse, better to concentrate on the wajib, and if a good God conscious man comes and asks for you in marriage , you can do the mustahab. Wish you all the best.
  5. 4 points
    Marbles

    Mothers finding spouses

    Mahr and dowry are not synonymous with the Pakistanis. Dowry is a translation of jahez, which is a massive gift bonanza that bride's family gives her. It includes jewelry sets, cloths, bed, A/Cs, refrigerators, sofa sets, cutlery - basically everything a household needs. The bigger the dowry the more desirable a proposal. It is expected that brides would bring some things if not everything. This is absolutely terrible; it shouldn't be so; brides shouldn't be expected to bring anything besides personal gifts from their families. This is separate from mahr which is stipulated in the nikah contract and which the man gives to the woman. Edit: @IbnSina and @Semiramis
  6. 4 points
    Ruq

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    @Abu Hadi
  7. 3 points
    LoL, please do not ban this guy! Pure entertainment! Keep it up buddy, this is gold!
  8. 3 points
    kamyar

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Say to the believers they should lower their gaze: قُل لِّلْمُؤْمِنِينَ يَغُضُّوا مِنْ أَبْصَارِهِم Modesty isn't just for women. Men should be modest too.
  9. 3 points
    Hameedeh

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    I disagree. Single people can stay away from sin. It's difficult, but not impossible.
  10. 3 points
  11. 3 points
    5a49

    Mothers finding spouses

    I dont trust my mother in buying me a shirt of her taste, how would I tell her find me a wife?
  12. 3 points
    Takalluf

    Mothers finding spouses

    I agree I've seen it too often happening in Pakistani families Pakistani mothers miss out on great women because of silly things - their caste/appearance/social or economic status (some of the ones ive seen:one girl is a shade too dark-another one's family cannot give her all the dowry the boy's family demands -another isn't a "full blooded syed"-this one is urdu speaking while our family is punjabi and so on) This leads to sisters who are being denied (for reasons that are often withheld from them) developing a sense of inferiority and self esteem issues Often the women they pick are ill suited for their sons because they only look for superficial qualities as well
  13. 3 points
    Semiramis

    Mothers finding spouses

    salam I was discussing about this issue just yesterday... Being played by a boy is 100 times much better than being hurt emotionally by his mother...Mothers can not find well-matched spouse .Qualities that mothers are looking for are most of the time illogical cuz they find no defect in their sons... They just can consider some skin-deep qualities.. like appearance n financial status..though in Islam the man should be supportive n breadwinner n it has been told : وَلاَ تُمَلِّکِ الْمَرْأَةَ مِنْ أَمْرِهَا مَا جَاوَزَ نَفْسَهَا، فَإِنَّ الْمَرْأَةَ رَیْحَانَةٌ، لَیْسَتْ بِقَهْرَمَانَة About appearance even they should be well-matched n mothers never care about this sort of things....n the qualities which are more important such as humanity, taqwa, educational status will be considered afterwards
  14. 3 points
    Semiramis

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    salam n merci for sharing your opinion... It was a good relief I hate being blamed for not having spouse by people around but i really liked your guidance n it will help me to handle this situation hereinafter...
  15. 3 points
    Salam, As you mentioned marriage becomes, obligatory, if you feel , you will fall into sin. This is the case mainly for men. If a female, is not needy emotionally, financially or physically, there is no harm,in staying single. The fact now a days people fall into more sin, when they get married, by harming their spouse,physically and/or emotionally,and it takes years for them to recover, and not only not complete half their religion but destroy even what they had safe guarded. So unless you get proposed by a man who is God fearing, it may not be the wisest thing to do specially if you are not falling into sins by not getting married. What is definitely obligatory for both women and men is seeking knowledge of religion according to your time and mental capacity. If you don't you are committing a sin whether married or unmarried.
  16. 2 points
    em

    What makes meat halal or haram?

    salaam, There are over 74 illnesses specifically associated with the consumption of pork including some that are life threatening. today they run pork under radiation and so on that kills some of the parasites or bacteria on it. but then it comes with other problems. pork (especially the way it is raised today) is unhealthy and bad for the kidney, heart, etc, etc. The pig eats everything. it'll eat is own dung. Allah knows best why it is forbidden in the Quran. Inorder for meat to be halal, it has to be slaughtered in a halal way as well. The name of Allah has to be read over it, the animal must be given drink of water before being slaughtered, must be faced towards the Qibla and the jugular vein and wind pipe has to be cut. so animals being flogged to death, suffocated, and such are haram to eat and also animals that haven't had the name of Allah read over them are haram. then aside from pork there are other meats are also haram to eat like bear, snake, worms, etc. brother i would stay away from non halal meat. There are many clear reasons why some meats are made haram even if they don't appear to be harmful up front. Halal meat is both healthy for the human to eat, and calls for the ethical treatment and slaughter of animals. you can look at these links for more info. http://www.al-islam.org/islamic-laws-ayatullah-ali-al-husayni-al-sistani/slaughtering-and-hunting-animals http://www.halalforhealth.com/why_halal.html http://muslimvoices.org/halal-food-good/
  17. 2 points
    narsis

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    Bismillah. Salaam. There was the upmost oppression over Shias in the time of Hārūn al-Rashīd and Maʼmūn that no one was able to even refer to Imams' residence to ask a question. So there such a very dreadful situation does not allow one to propose to the girls of the house of Ahlulbayt (a.s.), in addition to the martyrdom of Imam al-Kādzim (a.s.) and forcing Imam Rizā (a.s.) by Maʼmūn to travel to Khurāsān and being far from his sisters. With Duas. Narsis.
  18. 2 points
    With all due respect to brother simple-muslim, but sister zainabamy is right. To learn that please refer to these resources: 1. Ibn Shabbah Numyarī, Tārīkh al-Madinah al-Munawwarah; akhbār al-Madinah al-Nabawiyah, vol.3, p.930, pub. Fahīm Muhammad Shaltout; Jaddah/1979 – pub. Ofset; Qom, 1368 H.S. 2. Yaʻqūbī, Tārīkh; vol.2, p.162. 3. Tabarī, Tārīkh; vol.4, p.233. 4. Ibn Qutaibah, al-Imāmah wa-l-Sīāsah; vol.1, p.26-27.
  19. 2 points
    Sumayyeh

    Mothers finding spouses

    I like the the route mentioned in the Op, because like the points mentioned above, it can prevent abuse, and is more of a sure-fire way to ease the process since both families are involved from the beginning. But that is just one route, and too limiting. I think that when it comes to marriage, all options should be on the table--but that the stipulation of involving the families from the beginning--should be there. So, if someone sees someone at uni (for example), or at a Muslim event for youth, or friend of a friend, or sister of a friend, or whatever the case may be....where you see someone that seems like they may be a good match--you can approach them--as long it's done in a respectful manner for both parties. Kheyr Inshallah.
  20. 2 points
    Chinali

    Muhammad PBUH - majid majidi

    Salam brothers and sisters. Waited long long time for this movie but never found except trailers on the internet please if someone have a link to the complete version of movie with subtitles or dubbed at least in Arabic please share it here. Thanks a lot dear brothers and sisters love and peace salam
  21. 2 points
    starlight

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Lol, I don't remember it either, though for different reasons. Back in med school we studied three things that happen in old age, one is loss of memory. I will post the other two when I remember them.
  22. 2 points
    Assalam aleikum, I've really enjoyed looking at everyone's rings. Here is my Aqeeq ring that I ordered from Turkey. It has the names of Allah (swt), Muhammad (saw), Ali (as), Fatima (as), Hassan (as) and Hussain (as) engraved around the stone. And I have to admit I have my eye on a few other rings...
  23. 2 points
    Stillwater is water that's stillborn Whispering is heard from the willow Seeing you hiding behind the willow Mourning thousands of sweet fine tears In the soft glow of morn' Your teeth clatter from discreet fear Hidden behind a tree of sorrow The graceful and misty blue willow Hides a human being- who's stillborn
  24. 2 points
    zainabamy

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    Salam aleikum, To so many people marriage has become an obligatory thing to do and a sign of success. This just isn't the case. You've not failed in anyway if you're not married or don't want to.
  25. 2 points
    "Never" said the brave dashing hero As a ginormous ink blob laughed And menacingly mocked with the words "This needs to stop right now" Such a deadly and crippling blow After all, without his dual swords The very tools of his craft The hero is just a zero
  26. 2 points
    -.- Someone really should start a rally to correct the marriage disasters we have in the Muslim world. Mahr is a fundamental thing to proper and legal islamic marriage, It can be as little as dollar or as much as trillion. There are no limits but there is ts necessity to be given, else the marriage is not properly islamic. No need to lol, i did not make the laws, I am just stating what's the law. Wa alaykum assalam. There is , islamically speaking, no such obligation to make the mother the one who look for a man. There is no prohibition in islam for a man to seek a woman directly nor for a woman to seek the man directly. It is part of halal talk given it s devoid of flirting ( just be technical : I want to marry you). But cultures sometimes forces themselves. Cultures are not fixed and sacred and can change with time. As long as you are looking for believing woman, the means to reach her should all be fine as long as they are halal. Regarding my opinion lol Man.. when i hear my mom speaking about potential brides to my brothers, me and my sisters are like : if these are prerequisites , by the izza of Allah we will never get married LOL tall or short or fat or too thin, long or short hair, thick hair curly hair black white , talk too much, talk too little, chick, shabby her father is this her father is that, her seventh grandfather had a genetic disease , her 11th grandmother was not good XD better that NSA profiling.
  27. 2 points
  28. 2 points
    hasanhh

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    ^^^^^ I kept my copy of this article by Robert Fisk.
  29. 2 points
    @Sumayyeh That fob translation tho
  30. 2 points
    Hameedeh

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    Brother Gaius, read "audhu billahi min ash-shaitanir rajeem" to keep Shaytan away from you. This is a book by Ayatullah Dastghaib RA. http://www.al-islam.org/istiadha-seeking-Allah-s-protection-from-satan-ayatullah-dastaghaib-shirazi
  31. 2 points
    Abu Hadi

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    @Ruq Very Nice, MashahAllah. That made my day.
  32. 2 points
    Ruq

    Favourite Word Of The Day

    Mellifluous: sweetly or smoothly flowing; sweet-sounding. From the Latin 'mel' (honey) + 'fluere' (to flow).
  33. 2 points
    Salam, It's a blessing to die in prayer in any mosque, let alone Masjid Al Haram..
  34. 2 points
    Bismillah. Salaam. These articles may help you to find your answer: http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa1162 http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa2851 http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa11818 With Duas. Narsis.
  35. 2 points
    narsis

    Remaining unmarried in Islam

    Bismillah. Salaam. Marriage primarily is Mustahab but if refraining from it leads to sin, it becomes Wājib. Imam Reza (a.s.) told a woman who was about to reach to perfection without getting married: do not do that! If refraining from marriage possess some perfections, Lady Fatima (a.s.) was more deserving to do that to reach to perfection; الشيخ الطوسي بِالْإِسْنَادِ إِلَى أَخِي دِعْبِلٍ عَنِ الرِّضَا ع قَالَ: إِنَّ امْرَأَةً سَأَلَتْ أَبَا جَعْفَرٍ ع فَقَالَتْ أَصْلَحَكَ اللَّهُ إِنِّي مُتَبَتِّلَةٌ فَقَالَ لَهَا وَ مَا التَّبَتُّلُ عِنْدَكِ قَالَتْ لَا أُرِيدُ التَّزْوِيجَ أَبَداً قَالَ وَ لِمَ قَالَتْ أَلْتَمِسُ فِي ذَلِكَ الْفَضْلَ فَقَالَ انْصَرِفِي فَلَوْ كَانَ فِي ذَلِكَ فَضْلٌ لَكَانَتْ فَاطِمَةُ ع أَحَقَّ بِهِ مِنْكِ إِنَّهُ لَيْسَ أَحَدٌ يَسْبِقُهَا إِلَى الْفَضْل‏. (Bihār al-Anwār, vol.100, p.219, H.13) And there are many many Ahādīth condemning unmarried state. If you are interested to see those let me know to translate some for you. With Duas. Narsis.
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  37. 2 points
  38. 2 points
    Tensed and stressed and missing childhood, Wondering why kids wanna grow up.
  39. 2 points
    I have submitted before (which can now be deleted) but I thought maybe I could add something which will symbolise that this is not only a "Shia" website, but a "Chatting" website, so I added a little speech bubble.
  40. 2 points
  41. 1 point
    Hello to every one... I'm just a new member n so glad to find a shia forum on the net.........Is remaining single haram in Islam???? In your eyes what would happen if a girl stays single for her whole life...
  42. 1 point
    Ali_Hussain

    Thoughts (2010-2016) [ARCHIVE]

    These are pictures of a young Iranian boy with cancer whose dream is to become a police officer, and he was able to be a police officer for a day, insha'Allah he will get to fulfill his dream in the future. It really warms the heart to hear stories like this, sometimes all it takes in a minimal amount of effort to bring a little bit of joy to someone's life, but we are unwilling even to do that, though it doesn't cost us anything, nice to see that there are still some decent people out there. Allahu Akbar
  43. 1 point
    Hameedeh

    Qur'an Verse Of The Day

    الَّذِي جَعَلَ لَكُمُ الْأَرْضَ فِرَاشًا وَالسَّمَاءَ بِنَاءً وَأَنْزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاءِ مَاءً فَأَخْرَجَ بِهِ مِنَ الثَّمَرَاتِ رِزْقًا لَكُمْ ۖ فَلَا تَجْعَلُوا لِلَّهِ أَنْدَادًا وَأَنْتُمْ تَعْلَمُونَ {22} [2:22] Who made the earth a resting place for you and the heaven a canopy and (Who) sends down rain from the cloud then brings forth with it subsistence for you of the fruits; therefore do not set up rivals to Allah while you know.
  44. 1 point
    A note ill make, In todays time, there are few if any, experts in any field of science that do not recognize truth in common descent of mankind and other animals. I take the example of Michael Behe. A staunch creationist, a leading figure of the largest scientific creationist movement that has ever been, and an expert in microbiology with advanced research relating to the theory of evolution. Even Michael Behe, recognizes truth in common descent between mankind, other apes and other lifeforms. Regardless of what people believe about the Dover trials, even if we were to have views as his are, at most, we would only be troubled by "some" of the biomolecular processes that drive darwinian evolution. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Not even Michael Behe, would look at the fetus of a turtle, chicken, fish and human, and say that the similarities (and differences) are not due to relatedness in ancestors. So, anyone can bicker all they want here on a religious forum. But in the end, the theory of evolution, even if someone doesnt accept it as the 100% full explanation behind common descent, still holds much truth and provides great insight into the origins of mankind and other life forms.
  45. 1 point
    em

    Attack at Saudi Arabia Shia Masjid

    again? this is very sad to see. shias are being persecuted for their beliefs.
  46. 1 point
    apofomysback

    Surahs for rizq and other issues

    http://www.duas.org/i_d_rizq.htm It says reciting Surah Yaseen in the morning and Surah Waqia at night can help increase rizq.
  47. 1 point
    https://amp.twimg.com/amplify-web-player/prod/source.html?video_url=https%3A%2F%2Fvideo.twimg.com%2Fext_tw_video%2F690915425836765184%2Fpu%2Fvid%2F480x480%2FWGgycmkWZppCfG3V.mp4&content_type=video%2Fmp4&scribe_playlist_url=http%3A%2F%2Ftwitter.com%2FNationalZoo%2Fstatus%2F690915532539838464%2Fvideo%2F1&image_src=https%3A%2F%2Fpbs.twimg.com%2Fext_tw_video_thumb%2F690915425836765184%2Fpu%2Fimg%2FrOctvGf1O_XqDmdf.jpg&video_owner_id=17045060&language_code=en&media_id=690915425836765184&json_rpc=1
  48. 1 point
    The standard opinion in the Madhab on this issue is that the Imams have been given by Allah the knowledge on the occurrence of their death and also the permission to choose when they want their death to take place. There are a number of Ahadith that touch on this, such as the following: 1 - محمد بن يحيى، عن سلمة بن الخطاب، عن سليمان بن سماعة وعبدالله بن محمد، عن عبدالله بن القاسم البطل، عن أبي بصير قال: قال أبوعبدالله عليه السلام: أي إمام لا يعلم ما يصيبه وإلى ما يصير، فليس ذلك بحجة لله على خلقه. From Imam al-Sadiqع, he said: Any Imam who does not know of what will befall him and when, then this is not a Hujjah(proof) of Allah over His creation. [al-Kafi] 8 - عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن الحكم، عن سيف بن عميرة، عن عبدالملك بن أعين، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: أنزل الله تعالى النصر على الحسين عليه السلام حتى كان [ما] بين السماء والارض(4) ثم خير: النصر، أو لقاء الله، فاختار لقاء الله تعالى. From Imam al-Baqirع, he said: Allahسبحانه وتعالى brought down victory(over Yazid and his army) upon Hussainع until he(Hussain) was between the heavens and the earth. Then Hussain was granted a choice between victory or meeting Allah, so he chose to meet Allah. [al-Kafi] There are more here: http://www.alseraj.net/maktaba/kotob/hadith/kafi1/html/ara/books/al-kafi-1/111.html It's not suicide, because suicide in the context of Islamic Law is a person deliberately killing himself/herself while acknowledging that Allah prohibited it for them to do so, and that He did not grant them permission to decide on the fate of their death. This is not the case for the Imams, because Allah already granted them permission to decide when they want their death to occur, as per Hadeeth. That is, Allah 'Azawajjal with His knowledge of the future events already informed His Prophets and the Imams about their fate and other future events that they would be involved in, as well as granting them the choice of either delaying the occurrence of their death, or making it earlier. Almost all the Imams(as) like Imam Hussain(as) requested Allah(swt) to make their death sooner rather than delay it so that they can reunite with Him earlier.
  49. 1 point
    iCambrian

    Did We Go To The Moon?

    The guy in the video above does not deny the success of manned apollo missions to the moon, far from it. I dont know why you insist on posting deceptive videos darth. Its just embarrassing. You guys are almost as bad as that peace seeker guy with his "the world is flat" topic.
  50. 1 point
    Marbles

    The Nostalgia Thread

    The beauty from pre-smart phone days that accidentally kindled my photographic instincts. It's 3.2 MP camera with Carl Zeiss lens was so good not even modern ones compete with it.
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