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    Daily life for Londoners:
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    Abbas.

    The accusations of the atheist's

    I do not see it as a 'crooked accusation'. I see it as a genuine question and concern and I respond as follows: Stephen's argument revolves around the premise that we have been created as a reflection of God in this universe. Therefore, any fault within this system of creation is a fault and a weakness of the entity of God. But a fundamental principle of Abrahamic religions is being ignored here. What Stephen completely ignores is the Abrahamic principle that this Earthly life is a short-term livelihood in which Men/People (human beings) have been given half the authority so as to choose their fate + that of their fellow beings, and the remaining half is beyond their control. This is how human beings are tested with their super powers of will and determination + non-superpower of fate..... So when someone is born blind or with a bone cancer..... yes the Earthly suffering is great in magnitude and in comparison to many others living a normal life. But those of us with more blessings, are more liable for every step/decision we take......In simple words, those who suffer and receive fewer opportunities in this world are less likely to be questioned a lot on the day of judgment [the ultimate goal of this life being].
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    Sindbad05

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1. Mosque of Kuba, although before that Prophet PBUHHP also participated in the reconstruction of Kabatullah. 2. Masjid-e-Zarar. 3. I do not know. 4. That person is her lost husband for which she hired person to fast and pray which become invalid and the husband and wife become unlawful to each other. 5. Umm-ul-Qara and Bakkah.
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    Well spotted brother, I checked al-Majlisi's commentary in Mirat al-'Uqul, he doesn't clarify this point, however there are other indications that you might be right, the names of Allah have been used a slogan in other battles and the definitive article was dropped (in the Arabic of this same narration). Because in Arabic, when the 'particle of evocation' yaa' is used, the definite article is dropped, so if you were calling on al-Rahman, you would say Ya Rahman, and so if you are calling on al-'Ali you would say Ya 'Ali etc. There is a short explanation here Example from hadith are: ويوم بني قريظة (يا سلام أسلمهم) And (on) the day of Bani Qarizha (it was) Ya Salam make them submit هُوَ اللَّـهُ الَّذِي لَا إِلَـٰهَ إِلَّا هُوَ الْمَلِكُ الْقُدُّوسُ السَّلَامُ الْمُؤْمِنُ الْمُهَيْمِنُ الْعَزِيزُ الْجَبَّارُ الْمُتَكَبِّرُ ۚ سُبْحَانَ اللَّـهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ He is God; there is no god but He. He is the King, the All-holy, the All-peaceable, the All-faithful, the All-preserver, the All-mighty, the All-compeller, the All-sublime. Glory be to God, above that they associate! (59:23) However, I think that the strongest proof that you are right in the context of the call, let's look at Khaybar: The fort was situated on a mountain, why would they call have been on Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him, to come down from on high? It doesn't make any logical sense. It would be interesting to see what proof these people would bring to back up their point that it is referring to Imam 'Ali, peace be upon him.
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    Don'tMakeAس

    Did the Prophet(ﷺ) respect Aisha?

    The interesting thing about this narration is that it 'Aisha herself who is narrating it. So when the narration tells us that 'Aisha "silenced" Zaynab bint Jahsh, that divine inspirations only came in her bed, that the people of Medina used to bring gifts to the Prophet when he was with her, and that she was the Prophet's favorite, it is more of a self-praising boast than anything else.
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    Salam Notme, Poverty is a result of many factors, including human greed and natural catastrophes. Jesus Christ knows that greed is a negative human condition and natural catastrophes will come. Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places - Matthew 24:7 (NIV) While granted this a very brief and general prophecy, it's definitely being fulfilled. I personally find this claim very hard to believe (same as I would find it very hard to believe if this claim was made in Christian history). The fact is, there are always poor people somewhere in the world, due to the greed of other people and/or due to natural disasters - like earthquakes, famines, hurricanes, etc. Could you please give an example? Thanks. Yes, but it requires a massive mentality change. It requires the 1%, as Sanders calls them, to voluntarily decide to give up much of "their" wealth and pass it around in a wise and fair way. Love and educating. Not violence. Not killing. Not forcing. True. Awesome question. They can educate themselves on what to do to help themselves out, without relying on foreigners. Personally, I think it's not helpful to just give to a charity organization without making sure that the organization truly uses the money or supplies to help the people. Sadly, some organizations use donations for the members, not for the people in need. So, I think it's extremely important for people to help others personally, not via an organization - blindly trusting in that organization to use the donations wisely. Jesus Christ gives great advice on how: (I boldened some and separated longer paragraphs into shorter paragraphs.) “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. 35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ ... 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine you did for me.’ - Matthew 25:34-36, 40 (NIV) Jesus Christ also said, “So when you give to the needy, do not announce it with trumpets, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and on the streets, to be honored by others. Truly I tell you, they have received their reward in full. 3 But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, 4 so that your giving may be in secret. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you. - Matthew 6:1-4 (NIV) Peace and God bless you
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    Hameedeh

    Allah's Creation

    When I was a child I knew that a daisy was a white flower. When I saw flowers that looked like these, I asked my Mom what it was. She said, 'Painted Daisy.'
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    eThErEaL

    My sister is an athiest...

    Sounds like an interesting conversation. Just encourage her way of thinking and tell her that it is good she has challenging questions. In the mean time you should keep reading and researching. I have very simple answers though 1) Evil people wouldn't want to be in paradise because their constitution would NOT enable them to take pleasure in paradise. Paradise is a sacred place and God cannot force those who don't like the sacred to be in a sacred place. 2) God = Ego-free God = selflessness Tell her she already believes in God is she truly believes in being self-less and ego-free. 3) Hell or paradise is not a place God puts our souls in. Hell and Paradise is simply our soul discovered. God simply lets us see who we are (and that becomes a Hell or Paradise).
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    notme

    Thoughts 2016-2017 (Archives)

    You can upload a photo to an image hosting site, then tell Google to search for similar images. It's not foolproof, but it's not terrible.
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    AnumAhmed

    Tips and Advice for Hajj

    Across the globe, millions of Muslims prepare to embark on the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj. Hajj is a fundamental pillar of Islam, hence holding immense significance in the lives of all Muslim believers. Muslims who are physically fit and financially stable are required to perform Hajj at least once in their lifetime. This holy journey for Muslims requires planning from before and the utmost preparation. Let’s take a look at the following tips and advice that can help turn your Hajj experience into a memorable and rewarding journey. 1.Ask Allah Before you start planning for Hajj, say Bismillah (In the name of Allah) and supplicate to Allah. This will allow you to ask Allah for the time, strength and ability to gather resources for the upcoming Hajj pilgrimage this year. It is only HE that can make anything possible in this universe. 2.Start inquiring about any legal documentation In order to perform Hajj, a number of legal documents are required. This includes a Visa to travel to Saudi Arabia, valid passport, and any paperwork regarding residency in your country. Legal documentation requires time so it’s best to begin planning early. This can all be done by contacting the Saudi Embassy in your locality or simply by discussing the matter with any travel agent dealing in privagte hajj packages. 3.Read about how to perform Hajj It’s essential to know about Hajj before embarking on this spiritual journey. Various guidebooks, pamphlets, online materials are available for Muslims to read and gain thorough knowledge on how to perform Hajj. This includes knowing about the different rituals, how and when they are performed, as well as things to avoid and things that are recommended for Hajj. Other than this, a handbook of various Duaas (supplications) that are to be read during Hajj should be kept safely to read when required. 4.Keep physically fit Hajj is a physically demanding journey. Believers are required to walk long distances in heated conditions, as well as run up and down Safaa to Marwa. These are just few examples of the rituals required for Hajj. All Muslims should prepare for Hajj by starting to eat healthy and walk for a minimum of 30 mins each day. A medical checkup should also be performed. 5.Stay in touch with those who have performed Hajj It’s always great to stay in contact and converse with family and friends who have been on Hajj. Sharing their experiences with you can give you an overview of the journey; rituals performed and added tips for a successful Hajj pilgrimage. 6.Make an important checklist for things to carry The following items are great to have with you at all times: •Money in your own currency as well as Saudi Riyals •Mobile phone •Extra pair of rubber slippers •Gloves •Small water bottle •Scissors and nail clipper •Sleeping bag/mat •Address and contact number of the hotel/ Kafila you are residing in. Emergency contact names and numbers should also be with you at all times. •Your identification card/ information •Appropriate clothing for men(Ehram) and women •Small cloth bag for collecting stones for the ritual of Hajj Hajj is a beautiful passage that requires careful thought and planning from before. Muslim believers should gain as much knowledge and information about Hajj so they can make the best out of this divine journey.
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    YA MUHAMMED! H 8236, Ch. 16, h 1 [Al Kafi, V5] Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn abu Nasr from Mu‘awiyah ibn ‘Ammar who has said the following: “Abu ‘Abd Allah, ‘Alayhi al-Salam, has said that our slogan on the day Badr was, ‘O victory of Allah,come close! come close!’ The slogan of Muslims on the day of ‘Uhud was, ‘O victory of Allah, come close!’ On the day of banu al-Nadir it was, ‘O Holy Spirit, bring comfort!’ On the day of banu Qaynaqa‘ it was, ‘O our Lord, no one is able to defeat You!’ On the day of Taef it was, ‘O Ridwan! (name of a certain angel)’ Our slogan on the day of Hunayn was, ‘O banu ‘Abd Allah! O banu ‘Abd Allah!’ On the day of al-Ahzab it was, ‘Ha Mim, They cannot see!’ On the day of banu Quraydah it was, ‘O Peace Giver, make them surrender!’ On the day of al-Muraysi‘ which is also called the day of banu al-Mustliq it was, ‘Is the matter not in the hands of Allah!’ On the day of al-Hudaybiyah it was, ‘May Allah condemn the unjust!’ On the day of al-Khaybar, also called the day of al-Qamus it was, ‘O Ali, come upon them from on high!’ On the day of victory it was, ‘We are the servants of Allah, indeed, indeed!’ On the day of Tabuk it was, ‘O the One! O self-sufficient!’ On the day of banu al-Maluh it was, ‘Higher, higher!’ On the day of Siffin it was, ‘O Assistance of Allah!’ The slogan of al- Husayn, ‘Alayhi al-Salam , was, ‘O Muhammad!’ Our slogan is, ‘O Muhammad!’ Graded Hasan, by Alama Majlisi [Mirat al uqul] Unfortunately, the vast majority of shia's have never come across this hadith nor even know about the slogans. I didn't until yesterday.
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    LeftCoastMom

    What can be done to combat poverty?

    True, the first world needs to stop using everyone else as a resource/ garbage dump. This means the lifestyle will have to change.
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    from what I have noticed is that wahabis think he was "good" or they say we neither love or hate him. Sufi/sunnis on the other hand either avoid the topic completely, criticize him, and a bunch of other stuff, basically they(sufi/sunnis) aren't really clear on what their position is and they aren't openly united on a position.
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    notme

    What can be done to combat poverty?

    I think poverty feeds corruption and corruption feeds poverty. Re. micro level: help how? Obviously assist in an emergency, but what about long term? Provide education for poor relatives? Buy a house for a poor community member? Or what? In particular, how do you decide who to help and in what way? And how do you make sure your help results in a permanent improvement? And what about situations in which entire communities are in poverty and have no family member or neighbor to give them a hand?
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    Don'tMakeAس

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    5. 90 years? I can't believe I don't have these memorized anymore. The names were drilled into our heads as kids at Sunday Madressah. Third one is Husayn bin Rawh, correct?
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    ShiaMan14

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1) Badr, Uhud, Khandaq, Khyber 2) 313 3) Friday 4) Hz Sakina (as) 5) Do not know. 6) Some say Egypt, some say Damascus and others say Karbala. Actual location is not known definitively.
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    Husayni

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    1. What are the first 4 battles Ali (a.s) participated in? 2. How many people were with Muhammad on the day of Badr? 3. On what day of the week will Imam Mahdi (a.f) emerge? 4. Who was Imam Hussain (a.s) most attached to most of his life, who did he show the most love to? 5. How many years did Asma bint Abu Bakr live? 6. *Hard one - Where is the actual location of Imam Hussain's (a.s) head?
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    Sindbad05

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    I have to read almost all books of Islamic history so that I never fail
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    ShiaMan14

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    3) The Fatimid dynasty (dont know the exact name). Saludin ended it. 4) Bloodied shirt for sure and his stamp??? 5) Killing Uthman 7) No idea. 8) No idea.
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    Don'tMakeAس

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    #1, #2, and #4 are all correct! Bakkah is correct. I'm not sure if um al-qara is mentioned in the Qur'an (you might be right). I had balad al-ameen as the second name. #3 is still up in the air! @Sindbad05 Your turn! Pop us some questions.
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    ShiaMan14

    Islamic Quizzes V2.0

    wa alai kum salaam brother, the others are easy. #4 is a tough one. I think the wife's first or previous husband returns so the current marriage is void thus they are unlawful to each other. I am not sure why the prayers and fast would become unlawful though. Was the person praying salat for the husband who returned hence there would be no need for salah??? but would it be unlawful?
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    The Prophet (s) respected all his wives because he was simply the Prophet of Allah, the most respectful person with the best akhlaaq. Below is a hadith that I would like to show you of an example of how the Prophet (s) treated his two wives Aisha and Hafsa when they disrespected him and accused him of having bad breath. One of the wives of the Prophet (s) was Zaynab bint Jahash. She knew that her husband was fond of honey. She, therefore, obtained the variety of honey which he liked very much. It so happened that Zaynab was the most beautiful of the wives of the Messenger of Allah. He thought very highly of her. This was a cause of some anxiety to Aisha, she feared lest he gave all his love to Zaynab, to the exclusion of his other wives. Therefore, she and Hafsa, a third wife of the Prophet, worked out a scheme the purpose of which was to make him dislike honey. The rest of the story is told by Aisha herself. Bukhari has quoted her in his Book of Talag (Divorce), and Book of Tafsir (of Sura Tahreem) as follows: I and Hafsa made this plan that when the Messenger of Allah visits any one of us, she should tell him that his mouth reeks with "maghafeer." (maghafeer is something sweet to taste but has a pungent and unpleasant odor. Prophet Muhammad (s) was very sensitive on this point. He hated strong odors). It so happened that Hafsa was the wife he visited first. As soon as he entered her chamber, she said: "O Messenger of Allah! Your mouth has the odor of maghafeer." He said: "I did not eat maghafeer. But when I was with Zaynab, she gave me some honey to eat. It is possible that the honey had the odor of maghafeer. But in future, I shall not eat honey." Here two wives of Prophet Muhammad - Ayesha and Hafsa -are seen working against a third wife - Zaynab. Zaynab had not done any harm to Ayesha and Hafsa. She was a cousin of the Prophet; he was the son of her maternal uncle. She loved him and he loved her. She knew his likes and dislikes, and kept a certain variety of honey at home which she knew, was his favorite. Muhammad's love for Zaynab kindled the flames of jealousy in the heart of Ayesha. To quell those flames, she hatched a scheme with Hafsa against Zaynab and implemented it. Apparently, these two ladies did not trust their husband for fairplay. They thought that he was being partial to Zaynab - perhaps at their expense. If they had trusted him, they would not have hatched such a scheme. Then this verse was revealed right after ‘O Prophet! Why do you ban (for you) that which Allah has made lawful for you . . . If you two (wives of Prophet) turn in repentance to Allah,’ (66:1-4) The Prophet (s) knew about their little game they are playing, but being the man he is, he said he will not eat that honey anymore. There are a lot more hadiths of Aisha doing and saying similar things which I will not put here since my post will be too long, but regarding who the best wife of the Prophet (s) was, it was Khadija. Narrated Aisha: I did not feel jealous of any of the wives of the Prophet as much as I did of Khadija though I did not see her, but the Prophet used to mention her very often, and whenever he slaughtered a sheep, he would cut its parts and send them to the women friends of Khadija. When I sometimes said to him, "(You treat Khadija in such a way) as if there is no woman on earth except Khadija,”he would say, "Khadija was such-and-such, and from her I had children." Khadija was the foremost believing woman, to whom Gabriel gave Greetings, and was given the glad tidings of Paradise. Sahih Bukhari Hadith: 9.588
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    Brother if the girls father is an imam than he might want to do it the way I told you. I am married and my wife's father was also an imam and thats how we did it. Imams are a little different than most ppl and they dont need to ask others about you because many of them can read your personality after a couple minutes.
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    S.M.H.A.

    Why do us Shia say " Ya Ali Maddad! "

    Before we can discuss Ya Ali(as). Real question is, Can you say Ya Muhammad(Peace be upon him and his progeny) Madad/ Adrakni/Help?
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    Cool

    Why do us Shia say " Ya Ali Maddad! "

    I would like to present before you a portion of verse of Qur'an: Surah Al-Anfal, Verse 72: وَإِنِ اسْتَنصَرُوكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ فَعَلَيْكُمُ النَّصْرُ إِلَّا عَلَىٰ قَوْمٍ بَيْنَكُمْ وَبَيْنَهُم مِّيثَاقٌ وَاللَّهُ بِمَا تَعْمَلُونَ بَصِيرٌ and if they seek aid from you in the matter of religion, aid is incumbent on you except against a people between whom and you there is a treaty, and Allah sees what you do. (English - Shakir) It is incumbent upon the Vali to help. The exception is also mentioned here in this verse. What do you brothers think about this verse?
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    Abdul Batin Bey

    marriage and students

    That's my problem too in the USA, not too many Shia around.
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    Bakir

    What can be done to combat poverty?

    All you can do is your best to contribute either by donations/help or by teaching a profession/creating jobs. However, when you see the big picture, poverty in the world is highly tied to a corrupt world system that prefers to make bombs instead of schools (considering the latter is more effective than anything else) and invest over 6 trillion dollars (of public taxes) in condemning societies, destroying future, and creating terrorist groups. With such a cancer in the world, I feel shame by the sole intention of suggesting or even thinking about how third world countries could confront their poverty.
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    Hameedeh

    Modesty

    The Prophet (S) said: “The most favorable of you and the nearest to me on the Day of Resurrection will be the most well-mannered and the most modest. The remotest of you to me on the Day of Resurrection will be the bigmouth and the proud.” [Bihar ul-Anwar; vol. 15 part 2 page 209] https://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=12181
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    ShiaMan14

    Heart attack Dua

    Salaam. I think Jawshan-e-kabir has some dua for heart.
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    Of course. I always watch in the original audio no matter the langugae. That way I can better appreciate the tonal quality of the acting. Dubbing just ruins it for me. Besides, we can get angrezi subs for virtually everything out there.
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    Pearl178

    Thoughts 2016-2017 (Archives)

    People sometimes forget their anxieties loneliness and problems in general amongst the noise and people that you mention. The night tends to be a reminder of all that to some.
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    Muhammed Ali

    My sister is an athiest...

    Tell her not to ever get angry with people who do bad things to her. It's not their fault. Also tell her to go out in the streets and protest against the criminal justice system.
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    hasanhh

    questions about dreams

    Dreams like this are "what the mind expects". So it is your imagination.
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    baqar

    Quranic Dua's For Parents

    They ask you what you should spend. Say, "whatever good you spend should be for parents, relatives, orphans, those in need and wayfarers. And whatever good you do, God is surely aware of it. [2:215] And We have enjoined on man to be good to his parents but if they wish that you join with Me that of which you have no knowledge, then do not obey them. Unto Me is your return and I shall tell you what you used to do. [29:8]
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    LeftCoastMom

    Have a Blessed Holy Week

    They are doing just fine. Zayn is growing rapidly! He seems to be " grabbing onto life with both hands"!
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    guest051217

    Malala yousafzai

    You are a lecturer, and evident proof women can excel in pakistan. You know the education system well, being an educator and probably are witness to many women doing well. Those other school children were not given Visa's because Mala was the one shot in the head and the one who became an international symbol. It was unlucky 'luck' for her. I believe the international community should try to help in pakistan, and not take away valuable pakistani children who will undoubtedly one day contribute to the country there. In the UK, anyone can get an education. While it is 9000 a year [before it was 3000, and before that 1000 and before that free], the government pays our fee's for the entire duration, as well as our living costs. We only pay back the loan once we earn over a certain ammount and the 'interest' is almost 0. Even if the fee's themselves may be lower in pakistan, i don't believe the government does that. I am not picking on Pakistan, because the US itself has a flawed system.
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    ali_fatheroforphans

    Malala yousafzai

    May Allah guide you to the straight path.
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    starlight

    Malala yousafzai

    I don't know if she is an agent or not but I am not her fan. I find her story hard to believe. Why is she so favoured by the west? Hundreds of children have been killed in the northern areas of Pakistan and she(and her two friends) are the only ones who get free entry,health care and education in the west. What exactly did she do to deserve a Nobel prize when people like edhi were overlooked? I am not happy with how malala is playing into the hands of the west and promoting an image of Pakistan that is far from truth. Things might not be very good here but they certainly aren't as bad as she portrays.Each year thousands of girls go to colleges and universities and leave with degrees in medicine, engineering and technology without getting shot in the head.
  41. 1 point
    Qa'im

    Is it wrong to want to marry her?

    Following on instagram does not mean they are interested in one another. Anyway, the solution is quite simple - you haven't had a serious conversation with her since you two were 10 or younger. So, formally propose to her and her parents. If they say no, then accept their decision. If they say yes, then you'll be able to get to know her, and see if she is good for you. Your post put a lot of emphasis on her being pretty to you - you have to understand that this is called attraction or infatuation, and it is not real love. You don't know the girl, people can change a whole lot from 10 to 16. The world is full of pretty women, but many of them will do you more harm than good. So if you do have a chance with her in the future, actually try and get to know her and not just her looks. And if she says no, leave her family alone. Don't lose hope in finding someone else out there. The world will never run out of other options, and some may be much better. So don't let this issue bother or worry you too much.
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    This guy was a fraud and poor student since day one in the Hawzah (and thus was kicked out), and he continues to be a fraud until today. My mere 1-2 hour exchange with him back in 2010 December in Qom resulted in nothing but me learning a bunch of Persian swear words and seeing a world-class flirt in action. ------- Welcome to the Weird World of Australia's 'Fake Sheikh', Mohammad Tawhidi by Chloe Patton http://www.abc.net.au/religion/articles/2017/04/11/4651763.htm Mohammad Tawhidi waves regally from the back of a black car marked "VIP" as it makes its way through a city street lined with hundreds of screaming, flag-waving young South Koreans uniformly clad in white. With his gold-trimmed white robes and pointed turban, the man who calls himself both an Imam and Sheikh cuts an elegant figure as a minder guides him out of the car, past more jubilant Koreans and television cameras, and into the surreal surrounds of an Olympic stadium filled to capacity, where tens of thousands of seated spectators holding coloured cards form a gargantuan human LCD screen. Here he is ushered to pose for photographs with other similarly well turned-out men of faith, all of whom have been flown in from religious communities across the globe to take part in the World Alliance of Religions Peace (WARP) summit. But the cheer squads are not really here for Tawhidi, and this is not really a peace conference. These ecstatic young Koreans are members of an allegedly dangerous religious cult taking part in a highly regimented North Korean-style stadium extravaganza to pay tribute to their controversial leader, Lee Man Hee. Welcome to the thoroughly weird world of Mohammad Tawhidi, the man the mainstream Muslim community has dubbed Australia's "fake sheikh." Anointed as a religious leader by the tabloid media, this Shia extremist is using its newspapers and television programs to wage a sectarian war against Australia's majority Sunni community. And their audiences can't get enough. Ayaan Hirsi Ali has called for Tawhidi to be "elevated to celebrity status" to counter the influence of Waleed Aly, who she accuses of "having a stake in a Muslim Brotherhood-type of organisation." A skim through the headlines of the past fortnight indicates she needn't have bothered: Tawhidi has already made it. The enemy of my enemy ... Tawhidi first came to public attention through a series of claims about Muslims conspiring to establish a taxpayer Caliphate "right here, under our noses," where streets would be re-named after terrorist murderers. He demanded that the Australian government ban the construction of mosques and community centres and establish a body dedicated solely to investigating Muslims. Regaling Andrew Bolt with the horrors awaiting non-Muslim Australians under this Caliphate, Tawhidi claimed that tax evaders will be beheaded: "they put his head in a pot, they eat it, then they rape his wife that same night." Bolt was visibly delighted when Tawhidi declared that Sahih al-Bukhari, the most sacred Sunni text after the Qur'an, must be banned. The formula was clearly a winner: Tawhidi returned to Bolt's program the following week, this time lending support to Ayaan Hirsi Ali's crusade to see all Islamic schools forcibly closed. If the unusualness of a Muslim cleric aligning himself with Bolt and Hirsi Ali should provoke a close inspection of Tawhidi's credentials as a religious leader, either none is being undertaken or the spectacle of man dressed up as a cleric delivering epithets more at home at a white nationalist rally is proving simply too good to resist. The name of Tawhidi's organisation - the Islamic Association of South Australia - should be an immediate indication that something is not quite right: its resemblance to the real peak representative body for South Australian Muslims - the Islamic Society of South Australia - could be seen as a ploy to derive legitimacy through mistaken identity. Deliberate or not, the Rotary Club of Adelaide was certainly taken in by it, proclaiming him to be the South Australian Muslim community's "top man." Tawhidi is not recognised as an Imam or Sheikh by either the Australian National Imams Council or its South Australian equivalent, nor is he affiliated with any Australian mosque or prayer centre. The only religious instruction he offers is a self-described "university standard" Islamic Studies class delivered from a rented classroom at the University of South Australia. Course content posted online includes rambling refutations of the Big Bang and the theory of human evolution. A video he has shared on social media depicting a sparrow repeatedly fluttering against another sparrow gives a taste of his views on the latter. The caption reads: "Watch how this bird performs CPR on another bird, something we humans won't learn without an educational training course; so who taught that bird?" Tawhidi's sectarian project Unsurprisingly, Tawhidi's tales about Sunni Muslims' shadowy plot to instate Caliphate have been enthusiastically embraced by the far-Right, including Reclaim Australia. Perhaps less expected is the extent to which Tawhidi himself has courted such groups. In the lead-up to last year's federal election, he made offerings of roses to roadside anti-Muslim Liberty Alliance and One Nation posters, as if the face of Pauline Hanson belonged not to Australia's most recognisable anti-Islam campaigner, but a titian-haired deity. While it is certainly odd for a Muslim cleric dressed in full regalia to be making such an unmistakably religious gesture towards Islamophobes, the politics behind it are not completely unheard of. Evangelical Christian minister Danny Nalliah's Rise Up Australia party has a substantial non-Anglo membership, yet enthusiastically embraces Reclaim Australia's overtly racist rhetoric, including its denunciation of multiculturalism. Like Tawhidi, members of Nalliah's group are able imaginatively to erase themselves as targets of far-Right extremism because it serves as a means to address what is, for them, a theological grievance. Never mind that when a young Sri Lankan man is bashed on a train or a Muslim woman has her hijab yanked off, the offenders do not stop to check whether he is actually Christian or she is Shi'i. Tawhidi's theological grievance is of a sectarian variety rarely seen in Australia, and this is perhaps part of the reason it evades scrutiny. Visually referencing Iranian posters of Iranian Ayatollahs, one of the many self-aggrandising memes posted to Tawhidi's social media accounts depicts him in profile with the caption "Islam without Imam Ali (a.s) is simply Isis." In Tawhidi's black-and-white worldview, anything other than the Shia Twelver Islam that he follows is the terrorist ideology. Sunni Muslims "just want to live in the caves like they did 1400 years ago," he told 2UE's Ben Fordham. While Shia Muslims may share his understanding that Imam Ali is the true inheritor of Prophet Mohammed's legacy, the majority of Australia's Shia community does not conflate Sunni Islam with terrorism. Tawhidi's theological outlook places him firmly on its extremist fringes. Paradoxically, it is precisely the genuineness of Tawhidi's commitment to his sectarian project that fuels a public persona steeped in phoniness. And this has made him perfect fodder for even bigger phonies. Whether he was aware of it or not, when he headed to Korea for his 2016 "world peace tour," he was about to cross paths with one of the most successful merchants of religious fakery in the world. An "alliance into one religion"? Established in 1984, Lee Man Hee's Shincheonji Church of Jesus the Temple of the Tabernacle bears a strong resemblance to the better known Unification Church, popularly known as the "Moonies." For decades, both churches have been accused of brainwashing members and creating front organisations using deception to infiltrate other churches both in Korea and the West. The peace summit Tawhidi attended was hosted by Heavenly Culture, World Peace, Restoration of Light (HWRL) and a string of peace-themed groups, all of them controlled by Lee's Shincheonji Church. Unbeknown to the overseas invitees, the event was known within Korea not as a peace conference, but the 6th Shincheonji National Olympiad, a four yearly mega-party to celebrate Lee's birthday. A Korean media blackout on Shincheonji activities meant that for many invitees, the realisation that they had been co-opted into a cult leader's elaborate vanity project only dawned on them when they walked into the stadium. Martin Bergsma, the president of a Dutch youth NGO, said he found it difficult to extricate himself once the penny dropped; HWRL had paid 80% of his airfare and kept him under tight control when he got there, he said. Other participants shared Bergsma's experience of being pressured to sign a document declaring their submission to a single merged religion, effectively a pledge of allegiance to Lee. Speculating on the reason for the expensive and logistically complicated charade, Bergsma believes it generated "excellent propaganda material for the South Korean people, showing that Man Hee Lee has supporters from all over the world." The Church certainly made mileage out of the handful of attendees who did sign up to Lee's vision of a global religion - Tawhidi included. Shincheonji have quoted him as saying, "This WARP Summit is an event blessed by God because it is every religious person's wish to achieve peace through an alliance into one religion." If Tawhidi was perturbed by his name being attached to a pledge to do away with Islam, it did not show. While other attendees took to the internet to warn about the bogus event, Tawhidi instead made his involvement the centre of his public persona. Proclaiming himself "the Imam of peace," he plastered his social media accounts with images of himself posing with fellow attendees, often making the distinctive "L" shaped hand gesture associated with the cult. He also proudly showed off his "gold medal for world peace." There is no mention of who bestowed this honour upon him, but the medallion bears a striking resemblance to a cheap Korean good luck trinket. Believing a lie All of this would be amusing if not for the dogged determination of certain sections of the Australian media to further his cause without scrutiny. When Islamic television station One Path exposed Tawhidi as a fake, the evidence it presented was not only ignored, the very fact that it had investigated Tawhidi's claim to be a Muslim leader was twisted to suggest it was persecuting him as a Shi'i. Even a video of Tawhidi railing against Muslims who had mocked his peace-loving credentials on social media by circulating a photograph of a blood-drenched Tawhidi holding a dagger was presented as further evidence that Muslims were upset with him for exposing their Caliphate plans. (The image is likely to have been taken at a Shia tatbir ceremony, where participants self-flagellate with blades until they bleed in an annual mourning ritual.) His extraordinary accusation in the video that the Muslim community had offered him $3 million to buy his silence not only went unexamined, it was simply left out. The only fact-checking that appears to have been carried out to date concerns Tawhidi's most recent claim that he has been "escorted into hiding by the police." A police spokesperson told the Australian that "there have been no incidents relating to the removal of a person from a mosque or similar place." This did not take any of the wind out of the story's sails, however, and other media outlets quickly went on to state it as fact. And this is what is most disturbing about the whole Tawhidi phenomenon: in the pantomime that is media coverage of Islam and Muslims, it is far easier to be fake than real. The ridiculous spectre of 2% of the population seizing control and boiling heads in pots - disturbingly similar to Nazi propaganda about Jews cooking and eating babies - is easier to countenance than any real analysis of the dynamics shaping Islam in Australia. A giant exercise in bias confirmation, anything that does not fit the narrative is deemed to be "carrying water for the Islamists." The spaces where Muslims can even point this out - let alone put forward alternative views informed by genuine engagement with the community - are receding, washed away by a rising tide of paranoid nationalism. The result is a community that turns in on itself, working through its problems in the micro-public arenas of social media, student associations and community politics. While this will not result in anything like the establishment of an Australian Caliphate, it is hardly a recipe for social wellbeing. Chloe Patton is a Melbourne-based researcher and writer. Her doctoral research was an ethnographic study of young Australian Shi'i Muslims. She was formerly a research fellow at the International Centre for Muslim Understanding at UniSA and at the Institute for the Study of Muslim Civilisations at the Aga Khan University, London.
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    Some people think 'Sham' means Damascus. Remember that 'Sham' in hadith literature was the land now encompassing Syria, Jordan, Lebanon and Palestine. So saying that 'Sham' means Damascus or even Syria is not complete.
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    notme

    Let's try walking on water.

    Right. It was not simply a matter of faith, but also obedience. You don't decide you want to walk on water; Allah says go and you go.
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    Inquisitor

    Your Own Captured Photos

    This thread brings me joy and I haven't posted here in a while. So I decided to share some of my snaps from the Arba'een trip this year to Iraq. Enjoy! ***** This guy's beard. Like a king. : I love falafel, so this was my go-to snack each time I felt hungry. The brown tamarind chutney was amazing : Every second spent at the shrine of Imam Ali (a.s) was a super experience. People from all over the world congregate and pay respect to the Imam, ask for the fulfillment of their needs and spend their time praying. Any amount of time spent here just wasn't enough. Some photos of the shrine of Imam Ali (a.s) : After praying, I'd take a break and venture out to grab something to eat. I love bakery items and the Iraqi food served to the pilgrims was excellent. Their hospitality is truly unmatched. May Allah bless them immensely : This last picture here is from the journey from Najaf to Karbala on foot. Incredible experience. The walk should be one thing on everybody's bucket list. Truly unforgettable : If you seem to have liked the photos, please pray for the early appearance of Imam az-Zamaan (atfs) and keep me in your dua' too
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    sarry86

    Not Married? Keep Busy.

    Same here
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    SayedAA

    Not Married? Keep Busy.

    It's tough being a practicing Muslim Brother in the sexualized societies we live in, but its a test from Allah nonetheless. If you struggle with taming your desires, you have to keep busy and remember, are you worshiping Allah or your privates? This is one of the toughest phases males go through, especially Muslim brothers who keep chaste, but if you can overcome your nafs, your marriage and future relationships will have so much barakah.
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    j.angel

    Not Married? Keep Busy.

    I'm afraid to watch because I know I'll cry
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    قُلْ يَا عِبَادِيَ الَّذِينَ أَسْرَفُوا عَلَىٰ أَنْفُسِهِمْ لَا تَقْنَطُوا مِنْ رَحْمَةِ اللَّهِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ ۞ يَغْفِرُ الذُّنُوبَ جَمِيعًا ۚ إِنَّهُ هُوَ الْغَفُورُ الرَّحِيمُ Say, "O My servants who have transgressed against themselves [by sinning], do not despair of the mercy of Allah . Indeed, Allah forgives all sins. Indeed, it is He who is the Forgiving, the Merciful." [39:53]
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    وَنُرِيدُ أَن نَّمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ And We desire to bestow a favour upon those who were deemed weak in the land, and to make them the leaders, and to make them the heirs. (Surah Qasas: 5) Imam Ali ibn abi Talib says in the Nahj al Balagha that "those who were deemed weak" refers to the Ahl ul Bayt. When Imam Muhammad bin Hasan al-Mahdi would appear and Islam would be established in the whole world with his coming, the entire earth would be ruled by him and all disbelievers will vanish from the face of the earth.
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