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  1. You can find misplaced piety everywhere, amongst Shias, Sunnis, amongst people of other religions and also atheists. Your statement suggests that Shias have some sort of monopoly in this type of behaviour and that could perhaps be described as a 'misplaced generalisation'.
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  2. Salamualaykum, If you have any Dua requests, post them here, and i, and perhaps others will pray to Allah on your behalf. Please tonight, pray for my health, by studies and work, and my family. This is the most likely night of destiny (soon in my region). This is also a message that i forgive every single individual, whether i know you have done wrong to me, or i do not know. I also ask you all have it in your hearts to forgive me.
    4 points
  3. I'd say the world is more concerned with "Sunni bizarre acts" than Shi'i ones. Take a look at the Middle East.
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  4. This topic exploded in such a short time. It’s impossible for readers to catch up, (and for moderators to read), especially since posts are long and detailed. Since things seem overly heated, and it is Ramadan (don’t want people saying things they may regret), topic closed for now.
    4 points
  5. And when My servants ask you, [O Muhammad], concerning Me - indeed I am near. I respond to the invocation of the supplicant when he calls upon Me. So let them respond to Me [by obedience] and believe in Me that they may be [rightly] guided. --- This verse is so clear that you can and it is better to ask Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى directly.
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  6. According to Shaikh Murtaza Ansari & Shaikh Suduq, the best aamaal during this night is to acquire religious knowledge.
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  8. People will defend these irrational acts simply because they fall under the category of "azadari". That word is the magic phrase to turn off everyone's brains. You see how the same people who find taraweeh to be from the devil (essentially a systematic approach to completing the Quran in the Holy Month) defend praying salah on fire. This is the world we live in today...haha
    2 points
  9. Brother, i'm showing an inferiority complex by stating some acts are so far from rational behaviour, against our Fitrah in reason and sense, and by virtue of the act in and of itself brings ridicule to the Madhab in a manner which evokes universal disgust from Shia and non-Shia alike? It might be halal to bark like dogs and crawl around shrines as some do, but is that how we carry ourselves out as rational human beings?
    2 points
  10. What's the problem with this exactly? I mean I find it very odd and I personally wouldn't do something like this. Are you saying its haram? If so according to which maraji'? You need to stop caring so much about what kuffar and nawasib think of us, that's a sign of an inferiority complex. Dare I say you need a little bit of an American attitude.
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  11. Sumerian

    Majoos exposed!

    @Intellectual Resistance just follow your marja. It isn't hard. Why must everything be so difficult? If your marja says you can jump over anything, then follow him. If your marja says no, then don't. I'm not a marja, I have no say in this manner.
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  12. difference of opinion. 34. Question: If the ahlul khibra have difference of opinion in determining the a'lam mujtahid or just say that following any one from the given number of mujtahids is sufficient, can a person apply the fatwa of one mujtahid in one issue and another mujtahid in another until it becomes clear for him who is the a'lam? Answer: This question has three parts: d. First: That some ahlul khibra announce that "it is sufficient to follow one specific mujtahid or of a group of mujtahids." This has no religious value at all. e. Second: That the ahlul khibra announce that two or more mujtahids are equal in knowledge and piety (in the sense of being careful in deriving the laws [from their sources]), then a lay person has the option of acting according to the views of any one of the mujtahids in all the issues. However, as a matter of precaution (ihtiyat) in some issues, if possible, one could act in such a manner as to fulfill the requirements of both views; for example, in the case of praying concessionary qasr and full (tamam) prayers. [That is, praying the same prayer in qasr as well as in tamam forms.] f. Third: That some ahlul khibra announce that mujtahid 'a' is the a'lam whereas others among the ahlul khibra announce that mujtahid 'b' is the a'lam. This can have two situations: i. A person knows that one of the two mujtahids is the a'lam but he does not know which one specifically. This is a very unusual situation and it has been discussed in detail in Minhaju 's-Saliheen, question No. 9. ii. A person does not know which of the two is the a'lam in the sense that he thinks both are equal in knowledge. This refers back to the second of the three parts mentioned above, provided that the person is unable to identify the more Godfearing of the two mujtahids. If he is able to identify the more Godfearing of the two mujtahdis, he must follow the fatwa of that mujtahid. https://www.al-islam.org/a-code-of-practice-for-muslims-in-the-west-ayatullah-sistani/taqlid-following-jurist
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  13. Your thread is the equivalent of starting a thread like, what is better, Du'a al-Tawassul or Du'a Al-Samaat? Bro, it's a meaningless discussion.
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  14. They will be blind to every proof you give them. To them "means" specifically means Ali (as). They will use that ambiguous verse to the grave.
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  15. Okay, so what is the issue here? I don't see anyone disputing either one, two or three. All the brothers here want is for you to stop attacking them for them using waseelah when they supplicate, and you just said you also do tawassul. 1- Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is the best one to call, but there is no issue in calling Him through his beloved creations, and it might even increase the chance of the istajaba of your Du'a. 2- Yes, but we can seek waseelah to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى to grant us those things, or ask the Imams (as) to do du'a for us in order to fulfill these things. 3- Sure. This whole thread was a non-issue created for no reason at all, and I'm sure your intention is not to annoy anyone, but there is a reason why brothers @ShiaMan14 and @Sirius_Brightare annoyed when they see these threads. You really come off as more Catholic than the Pope. Let it go bro.
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  16. Surah Ar-Rad, Verse 43: وَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُوا لَسْتَ مُرْسَلًا قُلْ كَفَىٰ بِاللَّهِ شَهِيدًا بَيْنِي وَبَيْنَكُمْ وَمَنْ عِندَهُ عِلْمُ الْكِتَابِ And those who disbelieve say: You are not a messenger. Say: Allah is sufficient as a witness between me and you and whoever has knowledge of the Book. (English - Shakir)
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  17. Who is your marja? I have my answer ready to the question above. Plus your topic is not about the last 3 seconds but in general.
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  18. Please remember each other in your duas tonight, the last and most likely of laylatul Qadr.
    2 points
  19. Absolutely and there is no doubt in this. There have always been some Shias who have sought to not out and out call the Imams 'gods' but say things like Allah the Almighty created the universe, and then left he running , delegation of sustenance, granting of all prayers to their jurisdiction. This way, they could revel in their ghuluw and exaggeration without being out and out Mushriks. This doctrine is known as Tafweed and i'm sure you've read about it: Shaykh Mufeed: CHAPTER ON EXCESS AND DELEGATION (AL-GHULUWW WA 'T-TAFWĪD) Abū Ja‘far says: "Chapter concerning the denial of Excess and Delegation." ash-Shaykh al-Mufīd says: 'Excess' (al-ghuluww), linguistically means 'exceeding the limit and turning aside from the true goal'. Allãh, the Almighty, says: O, People of the Book! Do not exaggerate in your religion, nor utter aught concerning Allãh save the truth. [4:171] Hence, He forbade exceeding the limits concerning the belief in the Messiah, and warned against turning aside from the true goal in speech, and declared the Christians' claims about him excess, since they went beyond the limit, as we have explained. The Extremists (al-Ghulãt) among those who outwardly profess Islam, are those who attribute divinity and prophethood to the Commander of the Believers and Imãms of his progeny, peace be upon them, and ascribe to them privileges concerning their status in this world and the world to come, by which they go beyond the limit and turn aside from the goal; hence they are evil-doers and infidels whom the Commander of the Believers *has sentenced to death, and the stake;* also the Imãms, peace be upon them, have branded them with unbelief and departing from the pale of Islam. [...] The adherents of the doctrine of delegation (al-Mufawwidah) are a group of extremists who are distinguished from the others by their peculiar claim that though the Imãms are created, originated beings, and not eternal, yet they ascribe to them creation and sustaining. Also, they maintained that Allãh, the Exalted, created them and ceased to create, delegating to them the creation of the world and what lay therein. [...] Indeed, it is a sufficient sign of excess to claim that the Imãms are not created beings, and that they are divine and eternal, since the only logical conclusion of this assertion is excess; that the Imãms are the creators of bodies, originators of substances, and bring into existence accidents which are beyond human power. We need no more than this to judge or to ascertain their position without the signs which Abū Ja‘far, holds the marks of excess. It has been reported in a sahih (authentic) hadith (in Rijal Kashi, Volume 2, Page 614) from Abdullah b. Muskan, who said: Hajar b. Zaidah and Aamir b. Khaza'a al Azdi entered upon abi Abdullah (as) and said to him: "May we be your ransom, indeed al Mufadal b. Umar says that you people (i.e. the Imams) provide rizq (sustenance/blessings) to the people."......Imam (as) said: "Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى la'nah (damnation) be on him, I dissociate from him." Narrator asked: "Should we also say la'nah on him and dissociate from him?" Imam (as) said: "Yes!"
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  20. How can any person help you when it is Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى trough His Will that choose to help or not? I mean the intention should always be that it is Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى who truly helps.
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  21. You mentioned Russia's interests, Iran's interests, but not Syria's interests. The Jewish lobby in Russia is very strong just as its counterpart in the US- AIPAC. But they are no existent in Iran. We saw recently how the little carrot of thawing relations with West (Putin-Trump summit and EU convergence with Russia) Russia made concession to Israel....so if you are a Syrian policy maker- who would you chose as an ally? Iran which has stood by it through thick and thin and would never sell Syria out...or Russia who could trade Syria any minute as part of a so called grand deal with the US? Seeing the cartoonish political psyche of most Arabs who are often attracted to big guns, I am sure you'd pick Russia...and this upside down logic that is the norm in the Arab world has them where they are today- occupied.
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  22. Just remember that the Imams also told us to ask Allah through them: Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from his father from ibn abu 'Umayr from Mu'awiyah ibn ' Ammar who has said the following: "Once abu 'Abd Allah, recipient of divine supreme covenant, on his own initiation said to me, 'O Mu'awiyah, bear in mind that a man once came to Amir al-Mu'minin, Ali ibn abu Talib, recipient of divine supreme covenant, complaining of the delay for the answer to his prayer. Amir al-Mu'minin, Ali ibn abu Talib, recipient of divine supreme covenant, asked, "Why do you not pray with the quick for acceptance supplication (prayer quickly accepted)?" The man then said, 'Please tell me what that supplication is?' The Imam told him to say, 'O Lord, I plead before You through Your great name, the greatest one, the glorious one, the magnanimous one, the one treasured and hidden, the light of the truth, and the clear authority in the argument. It is a light with light, a light from a light, a light in a light, a light over a light, a light above all lights, a light that illuminates all darkness, crumbles down all hardships, all condemned devils and every hardheaded tyrant. (It is such) a light that the earth cannot hold and the sky cannot not withstand. With it every frightened person feels secure, every magician's magic will turn invalid, and the transgression of every transgressor, the envy of every envier will turn ineffective. Due to its greatness the ocean splits open, the ships sail in safety when the angel speak with it, the waves will have no way to it and that is Your greatest of great, glorious of glorious name, the great light with which You have named Yourself and with it You have established Your power over Your Throne. I turn to You through Muhammad and his family and I plead before You to grant al-Salat (favors) upon Muhammad and his family, to provide me help in such and such of my needs. (One then should mention his wishes)"' (Al Kafi, Kitab ad-Dua, Ch.60, H.17) Grading: Hasan (Mira'at ul Uqool 12/455) It is a narration from him (narrator of previous Hadith) by his father from al-Husayn ibn Sa'id from Fadalah from Aban and Mu'awiyah ibn Wahab who have said the following: "Abu 'Abd Allah, 'Alayhi al-Salam, has said that when you stand up for Salat (prayer), say this: 'O Allah, I consider Muhammad, O Allah grant compensation to Muhammad and his family worthy of their services to Your cause, to be in front of me in Your presence along with my wishes and needs and I turn to You through him. For the sake of his position before You, grant me honor in this and the next world and include me among those near You. Make my Salat (prayer) accepted through him, my sins forgiven and my prayer and wishes granted. You are forgiving and merciful.'"" (Al Kafi, Kitab as-Salat, Ch,19, H.3) Grading: Hasan (Mira'at ul Uqool 15/96) From Abd Allah bin Sinan from Abi Abd Allah (عليه السلام) said: “Adam (عليه السلام)said: ‘O Lord, by the right of Muhammad, Ali, Fatimah, al-Hasan, and al-Hussain, forgive me.’ So Allah revealed to him (عليه السلام): ‘O Adam, and what do you know about Muhammad?’ So he (عليه السلام) said: ‘When I was created, I raise my head and I saw on the arsh (throne) written – Muhammad, the Messenger of Allah, Ali Amir al-Muminin’” (Qisas al-Anbiya by al-Rawandi,Pg 55,H 26) Grading: Sheikh Ahmad al-Mahoozi:"Saheeh Sanad" http://discovershiaislam.blogspot.com/2013/01/making-dua-in-right-of-muhammad-wa-aley.html
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  23. In regards to Syria, the only words that should be important on such matters is that of the Syrian govt. When Iran does not let US or Israel dictate policies for it, I doubt they'd let Russia do it...Without Iran's contribution Russia's Syria campaign would not have been half as successful as it is today. I believe the reason for such statements are solely political (coughPutinTrumpSummitcough) and bares no weight on the ground....a psy op.
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  24. You have to question the mental health of anyone who would even debate this issue, the Qur'an is so clear about this that any antagonism towards this concept is pretty much the same as having antagonism toward the Qur'an.
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  25. Salaam, Does the person you are giving khums to have the permission of Ayatollah Sistani to take khums?
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  26. Brother, read the traditions of our Aimmah. It is wajib upon you to directly call on Allah. To directly beg Allah is one of the best forms of worship. Your absolute prime method of Dua should be to call upon and beg Allah for your needs, and look at the beautiful supplications taught to us by our Aimmah in this regard. It is Wajib to beg him, praise him, cultivate a deep connection with him through Dua. The Imams have absolutely forbidden the belief that Allah is too great to talk to, rather they have absolutely made necessary upon us to beg to Allah, to praise Allah, to supplicate to Allah and have warned those who do not do so of a terrible consequence.
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  27. I'm not commenting on things like Ya ali Madad but there is no problem in not saying it, and i've never said it in my life. Ask Allah for the sake of Muhammed and his purified progeny, and send Salwat on Muhammed and his purified progeny. Look at Kitab al-Kafi, Book of Dua, and just follow what Muhammed (saw) and the Imams (asws) have taught: http://www.fourshiabooks.com
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  28. In all honestly tawasul has always been something that is difficult for me. I know about it and have heard all the arguments for it, but is there any wrong if I don't do tawasul? I've always just made my duas to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى directly. Just wondering if one can identify as shia and not do tawasul?
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  29. I do not see how what I do would prevent me from doing what you do at the same time. Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى makes his signs manifest in dunya thru the people He send for us, and I am remembering them.
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  30. I can understand where you are coming from, but no matter how great Allah is, the Prophet and Imams, and actually Allah himself have made it Wajib to beg Allah, talk to Allah, call on Allah, supplicate to him with beautiful words. I actually talk to Allah about all of my problems. I talk to him about my life more than i talk to anyone else. The beauty is, despite his infinite greatness, he has love , mercy, and kindness for an insignificant slave like me, and is there for me when all others have deserted me. How beautiful to cry out to someone who knows the innermost secrets of your heart, and has power over all things, and by your very call and cry showers you with bounties and mercy? Dua is our way of having a deeper relationship with Allah. We exist to know , serve and worship him, and it is one of the best forms of worship.
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  31. Its hard for me to relate to the magnitude of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. Its easier for me in my day to day problems as a human to relate to the humans sent by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, when I think of hardships I say no day like your day Ya Aba Abdilllah! Ya Hussein! When I think of strength and showing strength I say Ya Ali! or Ya Abalfazl! Me calling their names makes me remember them and their hardships and that inspires me because they were also humans like me.
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  32. The Ghali is someone who exaggerates the status of the `Aimma and considers them to be beyond what they really are. The Tali is the one who falls short in recognizing the true status of the `Aimma [i.e. their Wilaya]. They are juxtaposed again in the report below except that the Tali here is labelled Muqassir. و عنه، قال أخبرنا الحسين بن عبيد الله، قال أخبرنا أحمد بن محمد بن يحيى العطار، قال حدثنا أبي، عن أحمد بن محمد بن خالد، عن العباس بن معروف، عن عبد الرحمن بن مسلم، عن فضيل بن يسار، قال قال الصادق عليه السلام احذروا على شبابكم الغلاة لا يفسدونهم، فإن الغلاة شر خلق الله، يصغرون عظمة الله، و يدعون الربوبية لعباد الله، و الله إن الغلاة شر من اليهود و النصارى و المجوس و الذين أشركوا. ثم قال عليه السلام إلينا يرجع الغالي فلا نقبله، و بنا يلحق المقصر فنقبله. فقيل له كيف ذلك، يا ابن رسول الله قال لأن الغالي قد اعتاد ترك الصلاة و الزكاة و الصيام و الحج، فلا يقدر على ترك عادته، و على الرجوع إلى طاعة الله عز و جل أبدا، و إن المقصر إذا عرف عمل و أطاع And from him [al-Tusi in his Amali] who said: reported to us al-Husayn b. Ubaydullah who said: reported to us Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Yahya al-Attar who said: narrated to us my father from Ahmad b. Muhammad b. Khalid from al-Abbas b. Ma'ruf from Abd al-Rahman b. Muslim from Fudhayl b. Yasar who said: al-Sadiq عليه السلام said: be cautious with your children so that the Ghulat do not corrupt them, for the Ghulat are the worst creatures of Allah, they belittle the greatness of Allah, and ascribe lordship to the slaves of Allah, by Allah! the Ghulat are more worse than the Jews and the Christians and the Magians and those who polythize, then he عليه السلام said: the Ghali returns to us (i.e. from his heighty beliefs) but we do not accept him, while the Muqassir catches up to us (i.e. our real station) so we accept him, so it was said to him: how is that O son of the messenger of Allah? he عليه السلام said: because the Ghali gets used to forsaking the Salat and the Zakat and the Siyam and the Hajj, so he is not able to leave this habit of his and return to the obedience of Allah عز و جل - ever, as for the Muqassir - if he recognizes (i.e. the true status of the Aimmah) he acts upon it and obeys.
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  33. salam, "Doubt is a product of ignorance." Imam Ali(as) "people are the servants of the world & religion by their tongues. Till such time that they know that religion does not carry any harm for them, they would move & spin around it. But when the TEST comes then the REAL religous ones are(to be seen) actually few in number." Imam Hussain(as) [day of ashura]... ws
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  34. salam, please everyone pray for me so Allah forgive me and help me in the future with everything. and also pray for my family. thank you so much
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  35. http://en.wikishia.net/view/Tabarri
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  36. Wa alaykum assalam I have two requests, I would really appreciate if you can make dua for both of them: Please pray that Allah softens my heart and never allow me to abandon Islam or the right path. I find hard to accept many things about religion and I just ignore them for now because I don't want to leave Islam. I really need to soften my heart and never go astray. I want a sincere belief, not only because my parents taught me that Islam is the right path. The other request is to pray to Allah that reunite me with my beloved one and allow me to marry him in a halal way. Please note the emphasis on halal. May Allah forgive all the sins of the sincere hearts and grant them Jannah, Inshallah I'm also included
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  37. Indeed. The night has just descended upon us here and i will not be responding until tomorrow. I recommend all users focus on what is more important this night and refrain from even being on Shiachat.
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  38. It is a sugar coated sour statement
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  39. I don't have a problem with a Dua whereby: 1. I address Allah first. 2. I ask someone to pray to Allah for me, rather than directly grant me something. I will not ask the Prophet (saw) to grant me risq, children and health. I will ask him to pray to Allah for me, and ask Allah to accept his prayer and intercession. 3. I ask Allah for the sake of Muhammed and his purified progeny, and pray through them.
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  40. Whats your opinion on tawassul. For example, when you go for ziyara, and I am assuming that you do, do you perform tawassul? Do you ask the Imams(as) to pray for you as you show them your respect?
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  41. I would tread a little carefully in the shirk aspect as I don't believe even Ya Ali Madad is shirk, if someone has the right intention. I understand this is how we are intuitively made to feel (in my view) and this is how i felt for a long time. What i am arguing here is about best practise. Why do people think it's acceptable to make Duas without addressing Allah the Almighty, first and foremost? Do you know there are Shias who cry out to Imam Ridha for children directly? Shias who beg him for health, and sustenance directly? I.E 'O imam Ridha i beg you for wealth and the ability to have a good career'.
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  42. That's for the Syrians to decide, not me. They need to pick someone who will ensure their national security interests are met and someone who will respect their sovereignty. It is clear however, that Iran wants a force in Syria after the war ends so that deal more damage against Israel in case a war between the two does happen. While Russia wants to ensure their access to the Mediterranean remains unharmed, and their Naval Bases remain intact.
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  43. Russia simply wants Assad to be their guy, while Iran wants Assad to be part of an anti-Israeli axis. Russia doesn't care about Iranian-Israeli animosity, but it doesn't want this animisity to hinder its interests.
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  44. إِنَّمَا تُنذِرُ مَنِ اتَّبَعَ الذِّكْرَ وَخَشِيَ الرَّحْمَن بِالْغَيْبِ فَبَشِّرْهُ بِمَغْفِرَةٍ وَأَجْرٍ كَرِيمٍ
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  45. @Intellectual Resistance, One can debate with you on the notion i.e., Allah alone is sufficient for me. If you believe Allah "alone" is sufficient for you and for all people, I am open to debate with you.
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  46. Reza

    Israel Gaza Conflict

    JUNE 1, 2018 Burying the One-State Solution in Palestine/Israel GREGORY SHUPAK Share The one-state solution is the idea of bringing justice and peace to Palestine/Israel by having all inhabitants of historic Palestine—the land that includes Israel, the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza—living in one, binational country, where everyone has equal rights and political matters are settled on the basis of one person, one vote. This arrangement differs from the two-state solution, which would partition historic Palestine into two states divided along ethno-religious lines, and contrasts with present conditions, in which Palestinians live as second-class citizens inside Israel, and under Israeli occupation in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza—the last of which is subject to a merciless siege. The one-state option is gaining traction, but media coverage consistently suggests that the only possible scenarios for Palestine/Israel are either the two-state solution or the continued regime of Israeli occupation, colonization andapartheid. Wall Street Journal (4/13/18) A Wall Street Journal opinion piece by Israeli author Yossi Klein Halevi (4/13/18) says that “partition is the only real alternative to a Yugoslavia-like single state in which two rival peoples devour each other,” even though that quite clearly is not the “only real alternative”; there are numerous binational or multinational states whose peoples have not “devoured each other,” including Malaysia, Switzerland and South Africa. A Reuters report (4/30/18) on US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo saying that he is “open to a two-state solution” lists the failures of this approach, noting: However, the article fails to note that maintaining ethnic supremacy is not a justifiable rationale for denying an internationally recognized human right like the right to return to one’s home. It also excludes the idea of everyone living across historic Palestine being part of one, democratic country as a legitimate alternative to partition. The Los Angeles Times (5/13/18) ran an op-ed in which Halevi, a staunchly Zionist Israeli researcher, says of Palestine/Israel that it’s necessary to “acknowledge that two rightful claimants share this tortured land between the river and the sea,” but the two-state solution is the only one he considers, ignoring the possibility of everyone living on that “tortured land between the river and the sea” doing so as equals. The editorial board of the Independent (5/15/18) writes that the Trump administration’s decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem “has killed stone dead any remaining hopes of peace and a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians,” without recognizing that the two-state solution isn’t the only measure that might be taken to create a just peace. In the New York Times’ editorial (5/14/18) on Israel’s mass murder of 62unarmed Palestinians on May 14, the paper takes for granted that dividing historic Palestine into two states along ethnic lines is the answer, criticizing “successive right-wing Israeli governments” for expanding “Jewish settlements in the West Bank, on land Palestinians expected to be part of any Palestinian state,” as well as blaming Trump for failing to urge “a peace formula in which” Palestinians and Israelis “would negotiate core issues” such as “establishing boundaries between the two states.” Washington Post (5/20/18) The Washington Post (5/20/18) ran an op-ed by Daniel B. Shapiro, an advisor to President Obama, entitled “Don’t Let This Gaza Crisis Go to Waste” (a phrase so ridiculous he may as well have coined the term “massacre-tunity”). Shapiro, who blames Israel’s killing of unarmed Palestinians on Hamas, supports the embassy move but says it should have been done “in the broader context of US efforts to end the conflict in a two-state solution, in which Palestinians could also realize their ambitions for a capital in East Jerusalem.” This phrasing wrongly suggests that the two-state outcome is the one to which all Palestinians aspire. In Thomas Friedman’s piece (New York Times, 5/22/18) endorsing the May 14 atrocity, he (in the manner of a colonial schoolmaster) instructs Palestinians that Israel might stop slaughtering them if all 2 million residents of Gaza go to the fence between the Strip and Israel carrying an olive branch in one hand and in the other a sign written in both Hebrew and Arabic that says, “Two states for two peoples: We, the Palestinian people of Gaza, want to sign a peace treaty with the Jewish people — a two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, with mutually agreed adjustments.” Later, he criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for For Friedman, the only choices are two separate states or a single “apartheidlike situation,” as the option of having all residents of the land live in one country, based on the principle of one person, one vote, is excluded from his framework. Note also that “increasingly impossible” is an oxymoron; if partition is already impossible, the only thing that is increasing is the obviousness of this fact. (One could also point out that an “apartheidlike situation” already obtains in Palestine/Israel, and is more succinctly described as “apartheid.”) These cases are consistent with longer-term trends. A search of the last five years of the New York Times’ archives using the media aggregator Factiva finds 1,077 articles with the terms “Israel,” “Palestine” (and variants) and “two state solution.” Pairing “Israel,” “Palestine” and variants with “one state solution” yields 93 results. The same queries of the Washington Post produce 283 articles that mention the two-state solution and 18 with references to the prospect of one state. In the Wall Street Journal, the ratio is 595 to 20 for two states/one state. By suppressing the one-state idea, the media are hampering the public’s capacity to comprehend and debate the full range of possible ways to reach a just and viable resolution to the question of Palestine, and to act accordingly. https://fair.org/home/burying-the-one-state-solution-in-palestine-israel/
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  48. Omg! Sarcasm at its peak.. brother I only asked a simple question.. didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feeling. i posted this question only because I got confused by rulings of different Marjas where one say u can and another one says you can’t. I wanted to be sure what exactly I was supposed to do.
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  49. Imam Ali (as) said: "Those who treat prayer lightly are like women who abort their fetuses; they can neither be called pregnant nor having children." -Bihar al-anwar vol 84 p284
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