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  1. 5 points
    repenter-gone4awhile

    Iran-Contra affair

    Let me maake this really simple for everyone to understand. Iran is divided into 3 political power forces. The neutrals, they are few and often don't get attention. The "Seculars" These are your Rafsanjanis, Rohanis, Zarifs The Hezbollahis, Wf, Mesbah yazdis, khatamis (not the president), Raisis From the beginning of the revolution it was very clear for Imam Khomeini who these were, but like history shows, sometimes people have to witness things themselves. When Iran contra happened, they didn't tell Imam Khomeini. It was not until their plane landed that Imam Khomeini was notified and he gave the order that negotiation with them is not allowed. When they landed they came with a cake and a gun, and on the cake there was an image of a "key" which is a political sign of opening for negotiation. Notice how the Roohani camp also show them holding cardboard keys. These are the same gang that betrayed Imam Khomeini then, and betray Ayatollah Khamenei now(nuclear issue among other things) So when people say "Iran" they need to first understand what Iran is. It's like someone saying Iraq killed kurds and Iranians. No, Saddam and his followers did, Iraq didn't. So everything Iranian officials did and still do must not be labled as something in agreement with Hezbollah/WF/revolution, just like how not everything abu bakr and omar did should be regarded as something the prophet approved of or in agreement with Islam, or what saddam did should be regarded as what iraqis agreed with.
  2. 4 points
    If you are truthful then Congrats, but always rememeber this, we have a saying in farsi, im sure it exists in other forms in other languages too: It's important to live in allegiance with Ali, but it's far more important to die in allegiance with Ali! The worst thing one can do in this life, is breaking bayah. The thing that destroyed many men throughout history was that they broke their bayah with the Prophet and his Family.
  3. 3 points
    Asaalaalaikum, Im glad to say that im now a SHIA! Alhamdulillah! Why did I take this decision? Because I've been reading and contemplating and reflecting about Islam and my beliefs. One thing I have especially been thinking about is Islamic history. I look at the lives of the sahaba and I realize there are many virtues in their lives, however the sahaba in general are clearly not healthy examples to follow and I believe that the Ahlulbayt is the clearest and PUREST path to the true sunnah of Rasoolullah (saw)! This is because although the sahaba such as Umar ibn al Khattab and Abu Bakr did many good things and made genuine efforts towards Islam, it is clear that they are not the best examples for me to follow. For example, Abu Bakr was the first person to do Takfir as he declared war on those not willing to pay zakat, Its clear that the sahaba have categories: I believe that many sahaba had flaws in their character but were still overall good people as they strived for Islam with everything they had. However there are some sahabas that are just very bad in character. For example Khalid Ibn al Walid was the commander of the muslim army for many years and many sunnies glorify him because of his military accomplishments, but clearly he had no morals. He killed many innocent people and even killed a muslim man and raped his wife. DISGUSTING! I cant follow someone like that! I think that If someone takes Khalid Ibn AL Walid as a role model they will end up joining ISIS, Al Qaeda or the Taliban. Another example of a despicable sahaba is Muawiya which I'm sure I don't need to talk about. ON THE FLIP SIDE..... The Ahlulbayt are cleary of a higher status,and the division of the ummah from the start is very clear. Now I'm a follower of Ali (as), Hassan (as), Hussain(as), Zain UL abadeen (as) and Zayd ibn Ali (as)!!!! By following these individuals I truly believe that I will be a follower of MUHAMMAD RASOOLULALH (saw). However one may ask the question, why do I need to be shia to love the ahlulbayt?? My answer is that yes, sunnies do also love the ahlulbayt, but the problem of sunnism is that they dont condemn sahabas who committed oppression! I will never be a supporter of ANY tyrant and oppressor! the following hadith payed a big part in me becoming Shia: "The Messenger of God sent Khalid b. al-Walid to the people of the Yemen inviting them to Islam, and I was among those who went with him. He persisted in the matter for six months, but they did not respond, so the Messenger of God sent 'Ali b. Abi Talib and ordered him that Khalid and those who were with him should return, but if any of them would like to follow him he should allow them. Al-Bara' said, "I was one who followed 'Ali, and as we reached the borders of the Yemen the people got the news. They gathered around him and 'Ali led us in the morning prayer. When he had finished [the prayer], he lined us up in one row. Then he moved before us, praised and extolled God, then read to them the letter of the Messenger of God. All of Hamdan embraced Islam in one day, and he wrote to the Messenger of God about it. When the Prophet read 'Ali's letter he fell down, prostrating himself to God. Then he sat up and said, 'Peace be upon Hamdan, Peace be upon Hamdan' [After the conversion of Hamdan] )he people of the Yemen followed in succession with their acceptance of Islam" - narrated by Tabari. alhamdulillah! Its time to take a stand, to take my own path! The iranan author Ali Shariati says: "My father chose my name, my ancestors chose my last name, thats enough. I myself choose my way!". I was born a hanafi sunni but now im a Shia. Furthermore, the Quran says: "(53:38) No soul shall bear the burden on another" (Wa La tazitru waaziratu wizra ukhra).
  4. 2 points
    Israel is trying to bait Iran to use Hezb in Lebanon to attack them so that they can have that same excuse and mantra of having to invade lebanon again like they did in 2006 when two of their soldiers were trespassing and captured in Lebanon and what followed was a full scale war.
  5. 2 points
    I think a more apt question should be "Which one has more people following their guidance?" We all know about what the Ahle Bayt (AS) have taught as to what to avoid and what to engage in. We also know about what the Shaytan tries to decieve us with regarding what to do and what to avoid. Which one has a greater proportionate following? Do we follow in the footsteps of the Ahle Bayt (AS) or do we give in to the temptations of the Shaitan?
  6. 2 points
    repenter-gone4awhile

    Iran-Contra affair

    So let me get this straight. You make a tradeoff with the enemy.........You have something of theirs, they want it back, so you take something from them. What's the problem? And just a tip, when looking into a controversial affair that is between muslims and non muslims, the least one can do is look into the case from both views. All i see here is reports and articles from nytimes etc.
  7. 2 points
    notme

    Iran-Contra affair

    But calling is garbage isn't going to work - you have to refute it. Shia are a thinking people. Words without substance will never sway them for long.
  8. 2 points
    Sorry I drifted... Israel is sending in all their slaves to fight their wars for them. But you dont even recognize that zionists control the world... I remember our early debates where you would just make fun of me because I would mention freemasons and illuminati.. I call them zionists, but they exist and they control every politician and business man in the west. And they work directly to bringing the dajjal's rule on earth(NWO). and so far they have done a pretty damn good job with so many shias here completely blind to their deception.
  9. 2 points
    I cannot understand how you do not see that every action the USA does is actually done for Israel. How you fail to recognize that the people pulling the strings are all zionists. You think Trump makes decisions? He follows scripts given to him. Who writes the scripts? Why is USA in Syria? Why... is USA... in Syria? Why are they not in Uganda, Nigeria, Philippines... all have dictators. Nigerian boko haram kidnapped a whole school,, killing thousands.. did we see the USA send one commando to Nigeria? So why Syria? Have you not noticed everything the USA has done in the past 50 years is for the security and defense of Israel? Why do they hate Iran? What has Iran done to the USA? Name one attack from Iran to the USA? The USA is against Iran simply because Iran is against Israel. If the Israeli loving shah was still in power the USA would have no problem with Iran. Honestly me having to explain this to you feels to me like I have to talk to you like a small kid. These things are beyond obvious. What does Israel have to lose??? Do you think Israel doesnt know there will be a future war with Hizbullah and Iran? In the past decades Israel would just fly over, bomb us.. and smile.. and there was not a damn thing we can do about it.. They bombed Lebanese bridges, power plants, runways... every 2 or 3 years they would fly over, bomb a power plant, and just go... any UN resolutions? any International condemnation? none... we couldnt do anything. No air defense, no political leverage. Until today we suffer from, daily power cuts. But one thing Israel cannot do is attack us on land. in 2006 1 Hizbullah soldier alone took out 17 merkava tanks. He is a martyr now. Sounds fake yea, well what do you think we mean by there were miracles in the 2006 war. The Israelis pounded us with airstrikes for 1 month and then decided to do a land offensive. They couldn't pass an inch, suffered heavy losses and stopped the war. Now. if you go back just before the Syrian war, USA and Israel were trying to pressure Russia into not selling S-300s to Iran.. Russia held off at first and then decided to give Iran the S-300s... not a year later this mess started .Could it not be that Zionists realized the s-300s could be transferred from Iran to Hizbullah? Through where? the only land bridge is Syria... Would that not explain every time the terrorists suffered a loss in Syria, like madmen Israelis would bomb convoys and military caches in Syria? Do you not see how they are foaming at the mouths. The have enslaved the Saudis to send Isis and it failed. Now they are thinking of a plan B. This is plan B. Did you not hear Sheikh Bhajat and AYt Khamanei say that Israel will be gone in the next decade? Do you not think we are in the time of the reappearance? How long do you think it is? How long do you think you can live in a world where a school teacher gets sued for a calling a boy "him". lol That is my own example. How long bro do you think it is before his reappearance?
  10. 2 points
    Haji 2003

    Thoughts 2018

    Let's face it, he's getting married to have sex, not to look at your face.
  11. 2 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Thoughts 2018

    Just because an angry emoji is introduced, don't use it like an immature kid for any answer you disagree with. Just saying.
  12. 2 points
    Wa alaikum as salam, Brother you raised very valid question and it proves that you are learning things rather having blind faith in anything. Learning is part and parcel of life and we must continue our journey of getting educated until we reach in grave. There are very certain reasons because of which Imam Ali (as) never took part in any war during the first three calpihs and I can summarize as below- 1. First three caliphs were not legitimate one and they had usurped the rights of AhleBait (as) and for further reading on the subject you can read Sermon in Nahjul Balgha especially Khutba e Shiqshiqya and its commentary. 2. Fighting under army of any of these 3 caliphs would have means that Imam Ali (as) accepted them as his leader and caliph. He had been offered role of commander of muslim army several times but he refused to take any positions. 3. Islam believes in spreading message of love and compassion and convert people's heart rather forcing them to convert under the blade of swords..Converting people with swords will create society of hypocrites and not of Momen and Islam needs momin not munafiq. Banu Umayya clan is best example of munafiq who got converted to Islam after conquest of Makka due to threat to their life. Some people believe that Imam Ali (as) pledged his allegiance to AbuBakr after 6 months. that is completely rubbish, he just withdrawn himself from robe of caliphate and was busy teaching people essence of Islam. He even refused to accept allegiance of muslim community after murder of Usman but accepted after much deliberations and acceptance by the community that they will obey his all commands. Talha and Zubair were first to pledge allegiance to Maula Ali (as) and first to break their Oath. Few people used to write in their historical claims that they were forced to pledge allegiance though Imam Ali (as) never forced allegiance on anyone. Ibn Umar refused to pay his allegiance and Maula Ali (as) didn't force him at the time when Talha and Zubair paid allegiance. 4.Expansionist ideology of different caliphs and muslim rulers is not teaching of Islam and hence Maula Ali (as) refused to take part in any of wars under first 3 caliphs.
  13. 2 points
  14. 2 points
    I have not denied the fact that his followers were cooperating with the government, dear brother, and perhaps under his (as) own advice. I may be mistaken, but nor do I think that all his followers were impoverished, Salman (ra), Uthman ibn Hunayf (ra) and some others were working for the government in administrative capacity, plus the Imam(as) also earned his livelihood, I can't recall them at the moment, but I have read hadiths in Sunni Sihah that mention him caring for camels and tending to palm groves as late as the reign of Uthman ibn Affan, he had grown up sons who could support him, etc etc. As it is, his needs were very few, his lifestyle very frugal, so he could make do with little money. Of course people are going to have different interpretations of history, and weigh different evidences differently; that's the reason why denominational differences exist in the first place. I admit that i don't know much about this issue, maybe someone more knowledgeable can answer your questions. Salam.
  15. 2 points
    Shi3i_jadeed

    Would you marry her?

    I'm not sure what is meant by "abusing" mut'a . If a man and woman agree to be married for a day or more or less to fulfill their sexual desires, that is perfectly permissible. If a Muslim man contracts mut'a with a kitabi woman that's perfectly permissible as well. The difference between having a nikah contract and zina is like the difference between halal meat and haram meat.
  16. 2 points
    Arminmo

    More powerful: Iblees or Imams

    Quran 38:82,83 [Iblees] said, "By your might, I will surely mislead them all Except, among them, Your chosen servants."
  17. 2 points
    Ws, Powerful over who? The Imams(as) are infallible so ibliss(la) is powerless against them.
  18. 2 points
    The totality (jumlah) of contingent existence, that is, the universe, whether it is finite or infinite is a set, cannot itself be necessary. A totality subsists through the existence of its parts. We are essentially saying a necessary existent, that for whom existence cannot not be, has its existence contingent on its parts, an obvious absurdity. Contingent existents can be thought to fail to exist as their existence is equidistant between necessity and impossibility, with nothing in their essence demanding they exist (like a necessary existent, which we would be attempting to ascertain the existence of through such an argument) or precluding their existence all together (like an impossible existent, e.g., a square circle). It is therefore conceivable that every single thing which exists in the totality of existence, that is, the universe, could fail to exist all together since it is only contingent. Since a set subsists only through the existence of its parts we would effectively have a necessarily existent universe, which is contingent on the existence of its contingent parts, not existing, since being a totality demands the presence of parts, yet somehow at the same time existing necessarily (since there cannot be a condition where a necessary existent fails to exist). As such, the totality of existence, that is, the universe, cannot be the necessary existent thought of in this argument. Refer to Jon McGinnis' "The Ultimate Why Question: Avicenna on Why God Is Absolutely Necessary" found in The Ultimate Why Question: Why There is Something At All Rather Than Absolutely Nothing (ed. John F. Wippel, pp. 65-83, for this matter specifically, refer to pages 72 and 73). Because of what seems to be other misconceptions of this type of argument, I recommend you read the rest of the work as well as the SEP and IEP articles on cosmological arguments to understand what exactly they are actually trying to do. This is also useful in clarifying the aims of the arguments.
  19. 1 point
    Reza

    [TRASH PIT]Fake news about Iran!

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  20. 1 point
    trans

    Need help with being Transgender

    Salaam, The problem is when social stigma leads to ostracism or even threats of violence. Thank you so much for all of this. I can't express my gratitude enough.
  21. 1 point
    Ashvazdanghe

    More powerful: Iblees or Imams

    Yes he can ,he is from Jins so he can easily go everywhere in sky 1 but sky2to 7 is forbidden for all Jins from birth of Prophet (pbu) but Imams are stronger today is that day that Imam Ali (as) lifted gate of Khaybar that nobody except him doesn’t have such power even Marhab that was overpowered by Ibliss(la)
  22. 1 point
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Christianity

    "Indeed, it is We who sent down the Qur'an and indeed, We will be its guardian." (Quran 15:9) Humans can be arrogant - they will interpret religion the way they want. History has shown that even Muslims have tried to interpret the verses of Quran to suit the Caliphs of their time who wanted nothing but power. Verses that were related to our infallible Imams (as) were interpreted in very smart way to take away the honor Allah had bestowed on them. History is full of ignorant, arrogant and self-absorbed people who never wanted to accept the true message of Islam. Although the Quran is unaltered, it's message is definitely altered for those who don't hold on to the teachings of Ahlulabyt (as) and our 12 Imams (as). Likewise, the bible (I don't mean to offend anyone here) is full of stories written by arrogant men who wanted to bring down the honor Allah had bestowed on certain Prophets (as). Stories such as Prophet Lut (as) committing incest etc. is against reason and logic. The concept of trinity is also a perfect example that man due to his limited IQ (thousands of years ago) decided to come up with an idea that Jesus may of come to Earth in the form of God. Reason, faith and submission suggests that Quran is unaltered and Bible is corrupted.
  23. 1 point
    repenter-gone4awhile

    Iran-Contra affair

    In war, also soft war, it is not a problem to trade or make deals with the enemy. The problem arises if the enemy abuses the deal, so one has to be smart. Iran had some simpletons and still does that will make such mistakes. Such as the nuclear deal. Back then the Iran Contra affair was not a bad deal, however they broke their treaty like they did with nuclear deal now, and also sneakily involved Israel which Imam Khomeini was furious about. The link i pasted is Imam Khomeinis letter to Rafsanjani where he explains his opinion and position and more.
  24. 1 point
    Are you insane? Is life in Crimea any worse than what it is in Iraq? Are Ossetians worse off today than the Libyans or Georgians for that matter? What of the democratic leaders that destroyed Iraq or Libya costing millions of lives and collapse of entire societies? What of color-revolutions? What is your definition of credibility? Whatever is thrown at you by corporate media? You are what folks call the illiterate-intellectual.
  25. 1 point
    Fatima Zehra110..

    I’m married!

    Congratulations May God bless you with lots of happiness and joys.....
  26. 1 point
    Laayla

    Rolex or Lamborghini

    Bismehe Ta3ala, Assalam Alikum I would decline the gift. I'm not for sale. M3 Salamah, Fe Amin Allah
  27. 1 point
    Sisterfatima1

    Rolex or Lamborghini

    Can I have a jet instead to fly where I need to go
  28. 1 point
    hasanhh

    Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    A tasteful red, white and blue.
  29. 1 point
    Never give out personal information to him he said some disturbing things in chatroom
  30. 1 point
    AbdusSibtayn

    Would you marry her?

    Dear sister, try going hungry for 10 days and then having sabr when a full course meal is laid before you. Try not thinking about it, not gazing at it. You have lots of heavenly fruits, dishes and drinks waiting for you in jannah. Things are easier said than done, sister. The desperation is not about doing mutah, it is about the fear that their physical desires will lead them to commit some haram act, and suppressing the desires never works; all the frustration will pile up and erupt in the future in an uglier form, and all hell will break loose. A person with carnal desires who is not marrying is living in a state of perpetual sinning- impure thoughts, haram fantasizing,haram glances, and all that. But your average undergraduate guy/girl does not have the means to get married and raise a family, and hence mutah comes in. I agree though, that married men with healthy wives have no reason to seek sexual gratification elsewhere.
  31. 1 point
    Imams. Iblees is not even the dung off a person’s shoe.
  32. 1 point
    That is old enough to let him shoot one himself --if he/she was properly taught how.
  33. 1 point
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  34. 1 point
    People have too much time to make absurd comments.
  35. 1 point
    So sick about those channels playing 80s and 90s movies. Everytime I turn on the TV for other than casting YouTube videos, I end up losing my evening and going to bed late. Today was Jumanji. Lately, Lethal Weapon, Coming to America, Die hard. And other classics you just cannot ditch !
  36. 1 point
    Husayni

    Non mahram

    Imam Ali (as) rarely spoke to non-mahram women, and they say that when he (as) did, it never exceeded five words. (unless they were important and necessary conversations, like religious help since he is the imam of course) And according to hadiths of the prophet and imams, and according to our maraji', speaking about anything that is not needed at ALL, is haram. All jokes/joking tone speaking are haram with non mahrams, respectfully or not. Allah knows best. He would not have gave us this ruling if there were not a reason. And the reason is truly clear, if we would only reflect.
  37. 1 point
    Just an observation - This type of rigid, intolerant, harsh, Wahabi style, self deduction, declaring AhleKitab this or that, goes against the teachings of the Holy Quran itself. Simply put, Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى knew the future and HE knows it till the end of the days. He knows it because HE wrote the future. So when Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى declared it halal to marry people of book 1400+ years ago, HE already knew that in 2018 - there will be such claims as there is no difference between idolater and Ahle Kitab, while in the Quran you can marry AhleKitab and eat their food. Our Nabi (PBUT) did that and he was married to Ummul Momineen Maria Qubtia - a Coptic Christian. Can you provide me a reference if she converted to Islam? It doesn't matter who says it but what is declared Halal in Quran is Halal till the end of the days and no one can declare that haram based on their deductions or the time frame of this world that they live in, while what is Haram in Quran is Haram till the end of the days and no one can declare that halal.
  38. 1 point
    Akbar673

    Nikah

    An area or land that is currently a warzone. Currently, Syria is considered a Dar ul Harb.
  39. 1 point
    Salaam, Is it too much for me to ask if you were born a Muslim and then became Shiaa? I dont know how to tell my family I am trying to become Shia. Last time I mentioned I was learning about what it is to be a Shia, my family all shouted at me and an argument ensued.
  40. 1 point
    Salam @Mawdudi Enquiries about Shia Islam Shiainthecity revert guide BISKIT| complete Islamicpulse series
  41. 1 point
    Hi Anti regime groups hide themselves behind beautiful names as human rights ,etc to spread fake news.
  42. 1 point
    @Sumerian Brother, this is a discussion board so you can't ask people not to reply to you, however, I hope those who have a beef with you (and staff members) don't reply.
  43. 1 point
    Aflower

    I'm failing

    Salam Sister, @rxdbx I hope you are well IA. I really feel for you sister. Sorry that I can't write a proper response right now as I am in the middle of doing something but I hope that you find these two links useful. Stay strong. I know it's easier said than done. Please do read up on burnout. Sometimes it's better to just accept that your mind is over saturated as it needs a break than to keep pushing yourself. Almost everyone suffers from burnout at some point in their life and it is nothing to be ashamed about. I know it's sometimes hard for our folks to understand this. May be you should consider speaking to a doctor. If they give you a doctors note your college/school may be able to positively adjust your marks taking into consideration any medical conditions your doctor may site. It will also enable your parents to understand that you are not just lazy but it is down to extenuating circumstances. Finally, please consider if you simply dislike the subjects that you are studying. If you don't truly have your heart in your subjects then it is very hard to motivate yourself to study them. Have you considered changing subjects? I'm from the UK and I have studied beyond post grad so I know how challenging it can be to try to multi task everything we need to do in our day to day life and to study simultaneously. You won't be the first, or the last to be feeling what you're feeling. Please remember that the first step towards making progress is being honest with yourself about the reality of your situation. So, you are already on your way up. I have a gazillion books on how to study more effectively, motivation, etc. etc. If you need more info then message me. In the meantime - try to rearrange and organise your study area as a cluttered house (or study room in your case) leads to a cluttered mind. Also, a healthy body leads to a healthy mind.Try to eat at least 8 portions of organic fruit and veg a day and drink lots of water. Go for long walks and let the breeze flow through your hair (edit - obviously if you wear a headscarf then let the breeze flow on your face). Take care of your skin (may be treat yourself to a girlie get together and pamper yourself with homemade face masks). Be in the company of positive and like minded people and laugh out loud. Wear nice parfume - it can be so uplifting. Fill your room with nice smelling candles etc.too. My house always smells delicious/calming/fresh/invigorating - I use different aromatherapy oils depending on what mood I'm trying to create and I assure you it always works. Be happy. If you feel like a million bucks on the inside it will definitely have a positive effect on your overall well being. As others have already mentioned above, praying can be particularly spiritually elevating at times like this. You are in my prayers. Best wishes.x https://eduadvisor.my/articles/tired-studying-read-motivational-quotes-get-fired-study-now/ https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/basics/burnout
  44. 1 point
    That's good. But be careful brother.
  45. 1 point
    Believe or not believe the article, concern or not concern about the world, control or uncontrol the world all is not my concerns. http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/49147.htm Mass Deception and the Prelude to World War By Colin Todhunter April 05, 2018 "Information Clearing House" - In Libya, NATO bombed a path to Tripoli to help its proxy forces on the ground oust Gaddafi. Tens of thousands lost their lives and that country’s social fabric and infrastructure now lies in ruins. Gaddafi was murdered and his plans to assert African independence and undermine Western (not least French) hegemony on that continent have been rendered obsolete. In Syria, the US, Turkey, France, Britain, Saudi Arabia and Qatar have been helping to arm militants. The Daily Telegraph’s March 2013 article “US and Europe in ‘major airlift of arms to Syrian rebels through Zagreb’” reported that 3,000 tons of weapons dating back to the former Yugoslavia had been sent in 75 planeloads from Zagreb airport to the rebels. The New York Times March 2013 article “Arms Airlift to Syria Rebels Expands, With CIA Aid” stated that Arab governments and Turkey had sharply increased their military aid to Syria’s opposition fighters. This aid included more than 160 military cargo flights. Sold under the notion of a spontaneous democratic uprising against a tyrannical political leader, Syria is little more than an illegal war for capital, empire and energy. The West and its allies have been instrumental in organising the war as elaborated by Tim Anderson in his book ‘The Dirty War on Syria’. Over the last 15 years or so, politicians and the media have been manipulating popular sentiment to get an increasingly war-fatigued Western public to support ongoing wars under the notion of protecting civilians or a bogus ‘war on terror’. They spin a yarn about securing women’s rights or a war on terror in Afghanistan, removing despots from power in Iraq, Libya or Syria or protecting human life, while then going on to attack or help destabilise countries, resulting in the loss of hundreds of thousands of civilian lives. Emotive language designed to instil fear about potential terror attacks in Europe or myths about humanitarianism intervention are used as a pretext to wage imperialist wars in mineral-rich countries and geostrategically important regions. Part of the battle for the public’s hearts and minds is to keep people confused. They must be convinced to regard these wars and conflicts as a disconnected array of events and not as the planned machinations of empire. The ongoing disinformation narrative about Russian aggression is part of the strategy. Ultimately, Russia (and China) is the real and increasingly imminent target: Moscow has stood in the way of the West’s plans in Syria and both Russia and China are undermining the role of the dollar in international trade, a lynchpin of US power. The countries of the West are effectively heading for war with Russia but relatively few among the public seem to know or even care. Many are oblivious to the slaughter that has already been inflicted on populations with the help of their taxes and governments in far-away lands. With the reckless neoconservative warmonger John Bolton now part of the Trump administration, it seems we could be hurtling towards major war much faster than previously thought. Most of the public remains blissfully ignorant of the psy-ops being directed at them through the corporate media. Given recent events in the UK and the ramping up of anti-Russia rhetoric, if ordinary members of the public think that Theresa May or Boris Johnson ultimately have their best interests at heart, they should think again. The major transnational corporations based on Wall Street and in the City of London are the ones setting Anglo-US policy agendas often via the Brookings Institute, Council on Foreign Relations, International Crisis Group, Chatham House, etc. The owners of these companies, the capitalist class, have off-shored millions of jobs as well as their personal and company tax liabilities to boost their profits and have bankrupted economies. We see the results in terms of austerity, unemployment, powerlessness, privatization, deregulation, banker control of economies, corporate control of food and seeds, the stripping away of civil liberties, increased mass surveillance and wars to grab mineral resources and ensure US dollar hegemony. These are the interests the politicians serve. It’s the ability to maximise profit by shifting capital around the world that matters to this class, whether on the back of distorted free trade agreements, which open the gates for plunder, or through coercion and militarism, which merely tear them down. Whether it is the structural violence of neoliberal economic policies or actual military violence, the welfare of ordinary folk around the world does not enter the equation. In an imposed oil-thirsty, war-driven system of globalised capitalism and over-consumption that is wholly unnecessary and is stripping the planet bare, the bottom line is that ordinary folk – whether workers in the West, farmers in India or civilians displaced en masse in war zones like Syria – must be bent according to the will of Western capital. We should not be fooled by made-for-media outpourings of morality about good and evil that are designed to create fear, outrage and support for more militarism and resource-grab wars. The shaping of public opinion is a multi-million-dollar industry. Take for instance the mass harvesting of Facebook data by Cambridge Analytica to shape the outcomes of the US election and the Brexit campaign. According to journalist Liam O’Hare, its parent company Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL) has conducted ‘behavioural change’ programmes in over 60 countries and its clients have included the British Military of Defence, the US State Department and NATO. According to O’Hare, the use of the media to fool the public is one of SCL’s key selling points. Among its activities in Europe have been campaigns targeting Russia. The company has “sweeping links” with Anglo-American political and military interests. In the UK, the interests of the governing Conservative Party and military-intelligence players are brought together via SCL: board members include “an array of Lords, Tory donors, ex-British army officers and defense contractors.” O’Hare says it is clear is that all SCL’s activities have been inextricably linked to its Cambridge Analytica arm. He states: “International deception and meddling is the name of the game for SCL. We finally have the most concrete evidence yet of shadowy actors using dirty tricks in order to rig elections. But these operators aren’t operating from Moscow… they are British, Eton educated, headquartered in the City of London and have close ties to Her Majesty’s government” So, what are we to make of the current anti-Russia propaganda we witness regarding the nerve agent incident in Salisbury and the failure of the British government to provide evidence to demonstrate Russian culpability? The relentless accusations by Theresa May and Boris Johnson that have been parroted across the corporate media in the West indicate that the manipulation of public perception is everything and facts count for little. It is alarming given what is at stake – the escalation of conflict between the West and a major nuclear power. Welcome to the world of mass deception à la Edward Bernays and Josef Goebbels. US social commentator Walter Lippmann once said that ‘responsible men’ make decisions and have to be protected from the ‘bewildered herd’ – the public. He added that the public should be subdued, obedient and distracted from what is really happening. Screaming patriotic slogans and fearing for their lives, they should be admiring with awe leaders who save them from destruction. Although the West’s political leaders are manipulating, subduing and distracting the public in true Lippmannesque style, they aren’t ‘saving’ anyone from anything: their reckless actions towards Russia could lead towards a war that could wipe out all life on the planet. Colin Todhunter is an extensively published independent writer and former social policy researcher based in the UK and India. The views and opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect those of Information Clearing House.
  46. 1 point
    Hamodiii

    Christianity

    People try to go way too deep, and I can't blame them, but think logically. Allah created us, and put us on Earth to have a purpose, and gave us religions to follow. Serval books were sent down, and If I want to follow a book, then It has to be perfect, and the messager will be in fit to spread the truth, and Allah knows truly that we need leaders to follow on Earth, and those leaders needs to be perfect in my opinion, and me reading about ahlulbayt, I can't see another way. People tend to complicate things for ourselves, when Islam is actually easy. I don't have to explain christianity, It speaks by itself. I mean why run a race you already won? Show your religion through actions, not words. - Imam Sadiq (as)
  47. 1 point
    Arkon

    Christianity

    For one, The Bible was written down a long time after Isa [AS], Secondly - Many scholars acknowledge that the bible is changed and even mark some verses to show this Was from Jesus for sure and such and such wasn't. And Lastly, The amount of contradictions in the 4 canonical books are insane... To think a man wasn't making mistake after mistake while writing this is absurd.
  48. 1 point
    God is unique and their is only one who is gracious and merciful. Do we not all remember the first commandment of the prophet Moses? "Thou shalt have no other gods but Me" As a former Christian it was easy for me to convert to Islam because as @ali_fatheroforphans has said the Muslims love and follow Jesus. Reading the Quran and early Roman imperial manipulation of Christianity was one of the many driving forces that helped me find truth in a new religion (Shi’a Islam) and made it very clear to me why Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى gave us another prophet and the twelve Imams to guide us. I certainly haven’t ignored the truth...I needed to discover it first before i could follow it.
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