Jump to content
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!) ×
Guests can now reply in ALL forum topics (No registration required!)
In the Name of God بسم الله


Popular Content

Showing content with the highest reputation since 02/20/2019 in all areas

  1. 25 points

    New Shia App - ShiaHub

    Salaam everyone, I've been working on an app past couple of months, and just published it. It is free, and has no ads. Here are some of the features: Qur'an with translations by Shia translators (3 english, 3 Farsi, and 3 Urdu), Aga Puya tafsir, and 4 Shia Qur'an reciters Variety of Duas and Ziyarat with multiple reciters and english translation Unofficial browsers for Shiavoice, Shiamultimedia, ShiaTV, and al-Islam.org Live Shia TV channels Compilation of links of maraji' books Prayer times and adhan, with 3 different calculation methods, 2 midnight methods, and 4 adhan recitations It is currently only available for Android, and can be found here: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.husseinabdallah.shiahub Thank you
  2. 22 points

    Duas for Ayatullah Sistani

    Salam, Request for Dua Unfortunately his eminence Ayatollah Sistani twisted his left leg yesterday which resulted in fracture. He will undertake an operation today. All believers are requested to pray for his heath and safety
  3. 21 points
    martyred in Baghdad, he must have been assassinated. Al fatiha for his soul.
  4. 21 points

    forgive me for Ziarat

    Salam I will go to Ziarat of Karbala & other holy site about a week from this Thursday please forgive me
  5. 20 points
    Salaam everybody: Here's an opportunity to increase blessings throughout this community and throughout the whole world. I remember seeing old threads from years past about salawat pledges, but this thread will be slightly different. The only goal of this thread is to post the salawat as often as we can, and nothing more: اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin O Allah: (please do) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad Rules of this thread: 1. All members are encouraged to post the salawat as often as they like, English or Arabic (but only once per post please) 2. Like as many posts as possible (reciting it yourself out loud while you like the post) 3. No other discussions or statements please, this is purely for salawat only Let's see how long this chain will go, and how much blessing we can all accumulate from posting and liking. More information on the salawat: http://www.duas.org/salwaat.htm I'll get started: Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
  6. 19 points

    My mother is no more.....

    Dear co-members, With a very heavy heart I am penning down these few words that my mother Mrs. Kaniz Murtaza,bint e Fazal Imam left for heavenly abode on Dec 30th 2019. Inna lillahe wa inna ilahe rajeoon. I rushed to Lucknow from Doha to see her for the last time and came back today only. She was my first teacher who taught me Arabic for the purpose of Qur'an recitation even before she sent me to the nursery class. Right now I can not write what all is coming to my memories . I lost my father 10 years ago on 28th Dec 2009. A thread "ab main yateem hun " was written then in this Urdu Section. I request you to recite sura e fateha for her. بجز فردوس ہو سکتا نہیں مسکن کہیں انکا کنیز مرتضیٰ تھیں اور کنیز فاطمہ تھیں وہ کنیز مرتضیٰ مرحومہ بنت فضل امام مرحوم اہلیہ سید مرتضیٰ حسین رضوی مرحوم wassalam syed iqbal Rizvi sharib
  7. 17 points
    Happy Eid everyone!!! I'm happy to announce on this joyous occasion that I've just launched a website that contains and displays the Hadith from the Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام). The link is: https://ahlulbayt-hadith.com/. Reason for making this website: So far I've been using https://www.al-islam.org/ and their website is great. However, it can be hard to only search for ahadith as there are many other content that gets parsed in their website. For this purpose, I thought that it might be useful to have a website dedicated solely to the hadith of the Ahlulbayth (عليه السلام). Additionally, the sunni hadith books have such websites so I thought that we should also make our hadith books available online. Current features: Over 3000 hadiths from Usul Al-Kafi with complete chains and references. The ability to search by keywords through the hadiths. Navigate from one hadith to the next. Features that I plan to add soon: Bihar Al-Anwar and other classic Shia hadith books Arabic ahadith Complete hadith book viewer in the browser Screenshot: Please check this website out and let me know if you have any suggestions for improvement or any comments!
  8. 17 points
    Asalamualikum everyone, I have a request to make. My dad is currently admitted in the hospital. He has interstitial lung disease and was denied a transplant. We’re still waiting to hear back from one last center. He’s incredibly weak and the doctors are recommending hospice. I am in desperate need of Dua’s. My dad is the whole reason I adhere to Shi’a Islam as much as I do. He’s been my rock, my biggest supporter through everything in my life. I can’t cope with the thought of losing him. Please please pray for us. And if you have any recommendations as to what I can read for a Mojza I would sincerely appreciate it. Thank you.
  9. 17 points

    Need Prayers please

    Alsalam alaikum dear brothers and sisters, My brother is very ill, he gets unbearable bone pains randomly in his body. His fingers are swollen and they get purple, and doctors are saying that he might have a life long condition and that there is no cure for his condition. He is unable to live his life normally. He is so exhausted all the time. I've only got my family, I have no friends or anyone else.My parents and my siblings are so worried. Our peace of mind and heart is kind of lost. I believe that there are very good people on this forum and you guys have Ahlul Bait (عليه السلام). 's love in your hearts so please please please pray for my brother that he gets well. His condition is not diagnosed yet so please pray that he doesn't have the illness that doctor are referring to. I believe that Prayers and dua can change destiny and prevent death as well. I believe in miracles. My brother is just 21. So please pray for him, that his pains stop and he gets well. In time of distress I always turn to this forum and its members and it helps a lot. May Allah give health and long life to my brother sadka Ahlul Bait (عليه السلام). please pray for him. Faith moves mountains,right. And it's Ramadan. Allah will listen to someone's prayers insha'Allah. May Amir ul Mumineen (عليه السلام). help us, may he cure my brother, fulfill our hopes and give us happiness. Ameen Sum Ameen. I am so scared but hopefull. Please remember my brother and my family in your prayers. Thank you.
  10. 16 points
    This is the language of kuffar historians. If you believe in his Prophethood the best you can say is that you don't understand his, and by extension God's, decision.
  11. 15 points
    Sad, embarrassing and highly irresponsible. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) have mercy on the deceased and grant patience to their families.
  12. 15 points


    Assalam alaikum, I have taken the decision to leave ShiaChat, I have mostly enjoyed my time here and despite coming from a different walk of life have felt welcomed and supported by many of you. I have learnt a lot since joining, about your beliefs, and in a way about mine too. I've just hit a dark point in my life where mentally I don't know how much diesel is left in the tank anymore. It leaves me not knowing what more I can say or do, when cracks appear I try to fix them and when I fix them more appear. Please don't feel the need to write any responses, but if you want to say takbir or send salawat on the Prophet and his family that'll be nice. To you, my siblings in Islam assalam alaikum wa rahmatullah wa barakatu. @Hameedeh jazak Allahu kheir, I am ready to be unregistered, may Allahu bless you and the team for your hard work on ShiaChat.
  13. 15 points
    Qasim Amin

    How I became A Shia Muslim

    This is my story on how I became a Shia Muslim. I became a Shia Muslim recently with help from friends and from ShiaChat. To begin with, I grew up in a heavily Anti-Shia society, where loads of allegations were stirred up against Shias. Some of these allegations were like Shias mixing blood with food and spitting in water etc. At first I began to believe this until I was in 7th grade, where I met a Shia person for the first ever time in my life. I had a long conversation with him about Shia Islam and he cleared many doubts, which Inclined me to be more kind to Shias. However, Some of my Sunni Friends told me that Shias are like Hindus and they whip themselves and etc, and because of this I became Anti-Shia for a while and I avoided Shias in my School. Eventually, I made many Shia friends and Sunni friends in 8th grade, yet we rarely talked about Sects in Islam, until 10th Muharram of this year. My Shia friends debated with some Sunnis over Ali (AS)' Imamate and how he should have became the first Khalifa. And I was surprised to see that My Sunni friends were Cursing Ali ((عليه السلام)) and praising Khwarij groups. They started to label people as Kafir and Munafiq and they eventually broke ties with my Shia friends. I was shocked that they insulted a Member of the Ahlul Bayt and I remained in confusion for quite some time, until my Shia friends told me to read Kitab Al Kaafi and other Shia books so I could understand them even better than what I heard from Sunnis. As I started to read Kitab al Kaafi, I became so interested in it, that I preferred some of its Ahadith over Al Bukhari. I eventually told my Shia Friends that I wanted to become a Shia. I took their advice and they told me to search online. I returned to them and I told them that I became a Shia and I believe in the Wilayat of Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) and in Usul Ad Din. (Thanks to Shia Chat.) They told me to stay in a State of Taqiyyah and to not tell my family until a few years later when I move out. Ever since I have became Shia, I have adapted the Shia Method of Praying and I have talked a lot about Shia Islam with them. May Allah bless them for helping me see the Truth and may Allah Bestow his mercy on us all. Ameen.
  14. 15 points

    Leaving ShiaChat

    It’s time to move on with my life and move on to greener forums, focus on my career, and my personal life. Thank you to the few members who have made this place a memorable and great experience. Your friendship, wisdom, and your support means so much to me. You know who you are — I will miss you guys dearly. Islandsandmirrors
  15. 15 points
    Salam, Thank you for the interactions and discussions here on ShiaChat. I enjoyed it very much and learned a lot. There was always an amount of love and respect no matter the disagreements and diffirences of opinions. I love you very much, maybe even more than followers of other sects and denominations in Islam. But as I am a father who has to take care of a family I have to set priorities. Islam was, is and will always be my greatest passion. Maybe once I earn a six figure income I have more time to discuss things on ShiaChat. Just wanted to give you my Salam. May Allah bless you all, Yours sincerely, Ibrahim Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin wa `ala Ali Muhammadin kama sallaita `ala Ibrahima wa `ala Ali Ibrahima Innaka hameedun Majid
  16. 15 points
    Wa alaykumu salaam Religious leaders should avoid all situations which could lead to allegations. E.g. they should not meet women in any private places.
  17. 15 points
    Assalam Alaikum. I just want to start by thanking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for pushing me foward into the right direction. I’ve accepted that the Prophets sunnah is Ahlul Bayt and that his succesor are non other then Ali ibn abi talib and his descendents (عليه السلام) coming from a salafist background, I have to be honest and say that the notion of asking people who are gone is still hard for me to accept. Nonetheless, I can’t deny the fact that the Prophet sawa instructed us to follow his Ahlul Bayt. As I mentioned in a previous post. My people are hardline salafist so and Shia Islam is a completly foreign concept to them. So theres no way I can tell anyone im close to that Ive become a Shia anytime soon. To make matters worse, there arnt really many Shia were I live in the united states. There are only two Shia mosques in a nearby city and the closest one is a 30 minute drive. I didnt even know they existed until I did some research. Due to the small amount of Shias were I live. I can only assume that everyone who attends those mosques is from the same ethnicity and probably knows each other on a first name basis. I have bad social anxiety so going there would be a huge step outside of my comfort zone. Not to mention, ive heard stories of people who became Shia and didnt feel very welcomed by their new community. Now im not expecting anybody to hug and kiss me and throw themselves at my feet. But a basic amount of respect wouldnt be a bit too much to ask for would it? As much as people like to deny it racism is a huge affliction that affects the ummah inwardly and outwardly and id be lying if I said it wouldnt hurt to turn your back on your community and risk ostracism only to be turned away by the new one. Honestly, I don’t even think I could blame my people for turning me away in a sense since A year ago, I wouldnt hesistate to do the same to another person who became Shia. Even if this were to happen I hope it wont shake my faith in Ahlul Bayt as God knows the amount of times they were Alone and people turned on them yet never waivered in faith even for a bit. Unfortunately I don’t have the patience and piety of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) Maybe im being a bit too extreme and unrealistic so I hope you read this with a bit of empathy. Your prayers and advice would be very much appreciated. Jazakum Allah khaiyr
  18. 15 points
    Salaam I’m an 18 year old Shi’a Syeda and am looking to get married soon as Islam has encouraged the virtues of marriage and the Ahlul Bayt have emphasised the blessings of marriage especially that at a young age. But I’m a disabled person in a wheelchair and I often wonder if anyone would want to marry a girl like me. Whether I would add anything of value to my husband’s life. Whether Islam has said anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated JazakAllah
  19. 14 points
    I'm humbled to announce my new book, a product of the COVID-19 quarantine: "The Muhammadan Cure: The Modern Science of Prophetic Medicine". All praise is due to Allah. "The Muhammadan Cure" compares the medicinal and dietary advice of the Prophet Muhammad ﷺ to contemporary medical findings. It provides a detailed ethical, symbolic, and scientific commentary to dozens of hadiths that pertain to dietary regimen. The book contains over 130 citations to medical journals and scientific articles. "The Muhammadan Cure" includes traditional and natural remedies for conditions such as heart disease, cancer, obesity, high blood pressure, diabetes, Alzheimer's, depression, leprosy, kidney disease, tooth decay, osteoporosis, gout, constipation, labour-related complications, infantile colic, erectile dysfunction, and much more. Please note that this work is not meant to replace your doctor or your dietician. Ṭib al-Nabī (“Medicine of the Prophet”) is a vast genre of literature. This book reviews only a small sample of this genre, but the results are eye-opening. Much of the ancient prescriptions given are consistent with the conclusions of controlled studies being published in medical journals today. This should be no surprise to any Muslim, as the Prophet ﷺ received his message from God Almighty. My hope is that this work will inspire readers to do further research into this topic. Food-related illnesses and conditions are rampant in the worldwide Muslim community, and our Prophet ﷺ found it important enough to speak on this topic in great detail. A healthy regimen, after all, is a daily commitment, like prayer. The book is available now for only $9.99. You can find it here: US: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086PTDH6L?ref_=pe_3052080_397514860 Canada: https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B086PTDH6L/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?keywords=the+muhammadan+cure&qid=1585887914&sr=8-1 UK: https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B086PTDH6L/ref=mp_s_a_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+muhammadan+cure&qid=1585887974&sr=8-1 Kindle: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B086R8GTNJ/ref=sr_1_1?dchild=1&keywords=the+muhammadan+cure&qid=1585960962&sr=8-1
  20. 14 points

    I am leaving Shiaism

    The first question should be, what is “shianism”. Never heard of that before. There’s no such thing as being anonymous when you reject orthodox Islam as an alleged Hawza student, in “multiple countries”, who apparently gave lectures. State your identity so one could check your credibility before commenting on your arguments. As for whatever was already posted, if Shia rituals and customs are “Savawid made”, then Sunni ones likewise are created by the Umayyads, Abbasids, Seljuks, Ottomans and others. Shia Islam is as “Imam’s centred”, as Sunni one is centred around Sahaba and the Caliphs. Sunnis even believe that whatever Umar said, was revealed as a Quran. Umar; lay person, polytheist before Islam, grave sinner. I’ll rather follow the Imams (peace be upon them all) and their morality.
  21. 14 points
    "A beautiful, balanced, and inspiring book." - Dr.... John Andrew Morrow My brand-new book, "All the Perfumes of Arabia", is available now on Amazon. “All the Perfumes of Arabia” is a Muslim self-help book that is founded upon the prophetic example. The book explores themes of redemptive suffering, mental and physical health, personal responsibility, family life, and more. There are also chapters dedicated to renewing and re-purposing our faith in Islam. Each chapter uses perfume notes to reintroduce readers to aromatherapy, an age-old Islamic medicinal custom. Not only can every heart heal, but the prophetic model allows you to reclaim your life and heal the world. “All the Perfumes of Arabia” re-orients the reader toward Islamic gnosis and praxis, making ancient wisdom applicable and practical in daily life. Discover the Arabian treasure and rediscover your soul. Very humbled that Allah gave me an opportunity to see this day. I have spent over a year putting into words everything that I have learned in relation to Islam and self-help. As someone who has struggled with anxiety and depression, I discovered that our tradition is a source of healing. I went head-first into these issues blind, with little awareness and guidance. But Allah was always there and He always carried me through. I learned so much in the process. We always needed a book for young Muslims and converts to navigate these problems practically and renew their faith. Inshallah, I am hoping this can help at least one person. If you have a moment, please share and spread the word -- may you share in the reward. Amazon.com https://www.amazon.com/dp/1675566399/ref=sr_1_2… Amazon.ca https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1675566399 Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1675566399 Kindle (only $9.99): https://www.amazon.com/dp/B082Z723C8
  22. 14 points
    Oh come on sister. 1. You reverted to Islam and stood steadfast despite all the difficulties that came your way. 2. You raised kids like a super Mom. 3. You found love and got married MashaAllah 4. You set up a home with your husband and kids. 5. You did so many brilliant home DIYs. I can go on and on!!
  23. 14 points

    A Shia who infiltrated ISIS

    Came across this story a while back: and https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/world/middleeast/Iraqi-spy-isis.html This gave me goosebumps. Imagine being surrounded by men who'd kill you without hesitation if your identity were known. He was later discovered and killed, but not before he had foiled dozens of attacks. Other stories on the guy: https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/terrorism-study/the-isis-spy-who-saved-baghdad-from-30-bombing-missions/ https://alshahidwitness.com/Iraqi-spy-infiltrated-daesh/
  24. 14 points

    Karbala Stampede

    Salaam, It is with regret that there is news coming from Karbala that 31 people have died in a stampede in Karbala when a rod/barrier broke. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ) There are also about 100 injured so please pray for them. أَمَّنْ يُجِيبُ الْمُضْطَرَّ إِذَا دَعَاهُ وَيَكْشِفُ السُّوءَ
  25. 14 points
    Maybe the Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) wanted to teach his Ummah how to live with a disobedient wife while still being kind and merciful. Imagine if all of his wives were like Hazrat Khadija (sa) and today some Muslim man ended up with a difficult wife, he would turn around and say 'I can't live with her and still fullfill her rights', 'I am going to lose my faith if I continue'. 'I won't be able to stop myself from slapping or hitting her when she disobeys me' I cannot progress in life or in my religion while having such a tyrannical person in my home' Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) showed you can still be merciful, just, religious kind with a spouse who isn't.
  26. 14 points
    We've lost one of the most knowledgeable of scholars today. A great student of Sayed al-Khoe'I and hugely instrumental for the rights of Shi'as in Afghanistan. Please recite surat al-Fatiha and may Allah grant him a great place in jannah. https://www.tolonews.com/afghanistan/well-known-cleric-sheikh-asif-mohseni-passes-away انا لله و انا الیه راجعون
  27. 14 points
    Abu Hadi


    Bismillah Ta'la I had this idea a while ago and wanted to do this on Twitter, but I'm not on twitter that much so I don't have any sort of decent following on this platform. But here is the idea. I will write this for anyone who wishes to use that hastag and start the campaign. I don't care if I get credit for it, lol. #FreedomFriday is basically about religious freedom. In the US, and most European Countries, Christians have the day off on Sunday to go to Church, Jews have Saturday to go to Synagogue. Most companies give their employees time off for these activities. As Muslims now represent significant minorities in most Western Countries, including the US, it is only fair and Just to give us our right and allow us to fulfill our religious duty. As many of you know, attendance of the Friday prayer is wajib if you can hear the athan or you live within so many miles of a masjid. At the same time, many brothers struggle with this issue of getting the time off from their employers to attend Friday Prayers, even though this is a requirement for them. We cannot say that we really have religious freedom unless Muslims are given the same rights as Christians and Jews to attend their weekly worship service at the correct time. #FreedomFriday is an initiative to push National, State, and Local Legislation to require companies to accommodate the needs of their Muslim employees by giving them time off on Friday to attend the Friday Prayers. This windows of time, between 12pm and 330 pm on Friday is a time which should be reserved for this purpose. No employee should be penalized by their employer if they request this time off to attend to their religious obligation. Also, employers should not schedule any meetings or significant events during this time. Also, they should not force employees to use their vacation or sick time in order to attend the Friday prayers. We cannot rely on employers to voluntarily do this. It must be legislated at a National, State, or Local level. We as Muslims, need to push for this and stand up for our rights. If we don't stand up for ourselves, who will stand up for us. We need to start the discussion around this issue so that the next generations can benefit.
  28. 14 points
    Well. You can start with being "polite" and being "respectful" by not referring to it as the "Shia religion". You are insinuating it is distinct from Islam, especially by claiming you "became" a Muslim aged 15, as if being Twelvers are not.
  29. 14 points

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Wa'alaykum Assalam wb. Beautiful thread! اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad
  30. 13 points
    Gaius I. Caesar

    I am leaving Shiaism

    I'm intrigued, please explain this further. I agree that the Imams were God centric but where will you go? You won't find God centrism in the Ismailis or the Sunnis. The teachings of the Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) are far, far older than the Safavids who weren't really even Shia or Muslim in practice. As for rituals, some of the practices and customs during Muharram are pagan-like and seem to be mainly pre Islamic and cultural in origin. However my faith in the Qur'an and Ahlulbayt isn't rattled by such grotesque practices. I wonder what gave you doubt?
  31. 13 points

    Ramadhan Mubarak Y'aII

    lnshallah, we will all have a good Ramadhan. The best to you all.
  32. 13 points

    Are you working? POLL

    I am a doctor - seeing Covid patients almost daily.
  33. 13 points
    Salam, Have you heard about the fact that the US drone killed 30 Afghan civilians recently? Apparently no one cares. Where's everyone? Is it because it doesn't fit the western imperialist agenda? Is it because you don't have an opportunity to bash Iran. Honestly I've seen some people on social media who act like they care because now all of a sudden because they have a point to make (when Iran accidentally shot down the plane). What is this selective empathy? Do we really feel this sadness inside us when people die? If we do, then why are we so selective? These so called "Muslims" don't even care about what's happening to our Shias brothers and sisters in India? I haven't even heard one Arab, Iranian or middle eastern notable leader raise their concerns. Muslims in India are being tortured by Modi and no one gives a damn. Shame on you people. General Solemaini got martyred and some of our Shias couldn't even unite cause of their nationalism. The man who killed ISIS and saved so many innocent people from being killed! Yet some Shias were so salty towards his death. Some Shias took that moment to bash Iran instead of uniting. Now all these keyboard warriors are taking interest like they feel hurt. Just because it gives you a chance to attack Iran, doesn't mean you care about all those innocent people killed. Just reflect this horrible state. The world is turning us into monsters who are so selective. It's all about poltiics, no one genuinely cares about innocent people being killed. Again, shame on you people.
  34. 13 points
    Haji 2003

    Namaz - e - Wahshat

    Please update this thread with: the name of any Marhoomeen (and their father's name) for whom these prayers can be recited. the day/time/timezone of burial (so people in other timezones know when to pray) http://www.duas.org/wahshat.htm
  35. 13 points

    The Dream Women - In my opinion

    You said it yourself, 'dream woman' Males can keep dreaming. Just like the females can keep dreaming of their buff, beard wearing highly regarded professional who's got a house and two cars and goes to Karbala every year and is a guest speaker at Ahlul Bayt tv every now and then. It's easy to forget one's own imperfections and flaws when seeking the perfect partner. As people grow older, they come to the realisation that you have to make do with what you have. We're all far from perfect. The true magic is finding someone you can trust and learn to grow with and together learn from your mistakes.
  36. 13 points
    So you're saying you want to use and mislead someone? No I can't recommend that. How would you feel if someone did the same to you? Always treat people the way you would want to be treated. Just be honest. If Allah wills and you do the work, you'll find someone suitable. If not, consider the temporary celibacy to be your trial.
  37. 13 points

    Let's make Eid Ghadeer plans!

    Salam everyone! Eid Ghadeer is just around the corner. There are very few of us who live in a Shia society and for most of us Eid Ghadeer can be like any other day apart from the celebration at our mosque and that too if one happens to live close enough, but there are other things that can be done to reap the benefits of this great day. So everyone let's join in and make some plans and niyyah of doing something(other than joining in the milads at Islamic centre) that day to please the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Imam(عليه السلام) It can be one of the Amaals from Mufatih, any good deed, a promise to stop a bad habit or cultivate a new good one. I just watched a video by Agha Panahiyan and he talked about giving food to people on the day of Ghadeer and quoted a narration from Imam Ali,"feeding people on this day is like giving food to ten hundred thousand Prophets." So right now I have made a niyyah that I will feed some people on Eid Ghadeer, InshaAllah.
  38. 13 points
    Abu Nur

    A Serious Warning

    Salaam Aleikum, We are right now living the current time where the Qur'an verse describe it following: And let them not be like those who were given the Scripture before, and a long period passed over them, so their hearts hardened; and many of them are defiantly disobedient. Now Muslims are turning away from religion in masses. This is the time where our heart have become hard by following our desires and thus turning away from religion. This is the time where most of the people are going to drown and only few of them will hold on the ark of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام). Be very careful of your duties about Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and don't take them lightly because it is so easy to follow the wicked paths that are all around us. This is the time where people will be leaded with corrupted groups and leaders as a punishment of them disobeying Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
  39. 13 points

    Reporting father

    Salam, if you’ve previously read my abusive father thread, then you know that sometimes my father beats me or my Mom up. last night he startes beating my mom up, punching, kicking, and hitting her. He Threatened to divorce her, and he wouldn’t let her leave, he went to the kitchen and said that he was going to Get a knife and kill her. Then he told me and my little sibling to Get out of the house and go to my grandmothers. This was happening around 12 am last night. I was begging Him to stop, and he was screaming at her and everything. Then when we were Thrown out, my little sibling decide we would fall the police, so we called and Said that he was going to kill her, and that he was beating our mom up. They went up and took him to stay with the police for the night. And They did interrogation and I said that he didn’t beat me up now, but he has done it previously, and I said every detail. I was crying and in panic. After we went back up my mom started covering up for him, and lying, on top of that right after the police went she called my uncles, they’re my fathers brothers, we don’t have any family from my moms side here. Everyone told me and my sibling to lie so that he doesn’t get sentenced to jail, but we had already told the police, my dad is returning today and I’m terrified, of him beating me up or killing me bc we called the cops. My mom is blaming us for ruining our and her life with calling the police. My uncles are blaming my mom and asking us why we did it, and saying that now we’ll lose our house and money and he’ll lose his job and maybe end up in jail. I feel so scared. Please pray for me, I’m so scared. I don’t even know anymore whether I did the right thing. I’m terrified of when he’s returning, please make as many duas as you can.
  40. 13 points
    A resounding and empathetic no. One needs to look at how Imam Zain al-Abidin (عليه السلام) and how he wept for his father and family after Karbala. In my personal experiences, I've had many heartbreaks and the pain never goes away, but like an incurable disease, I'm managing it with hobbies, positive thoughts, family, Islam and good friends. I'll never get over being looked or treated differently for being disabled. I will never forget family I never said bye to, being betrayed numerous times or watching family wither and die from cancer. Time does not heal, it simply manages the pain and puts it in a tidy, little box. To quote Maya Angelou: "But still, like dust, I'll rise."
  41. 12 points
    Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq (a) often encouraged his companions to ask from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). He once said to Maysar, his companion : O Maysar! Supplicate, and do not say the affair has been destined. Surely there are ranks with Allah which cannot be reached except through asking. If the servant (of Allah) closes his mouth and does not ask, he will not be given anything, so ask and you will get. O Maysar, the door that is knocked often is most likely to open.
  42. 12 points

    New Hadith Browsing Site

    Salaam everyone, The Thaqalayn Discord server and I have been working on a Hadith browsing site, which is ready here: http://thaqalayn.co/index.php/ahadith So far it's only Al Kafi, using the Hube Ali translation, but inshallah in the future we will be adding more books. Would be great if you guys could check it out. Thank you, 7ssein
  43. 12 points
    Innalillahi Wa Inna Ilayhi Raji'un - the renowned historian and scholar Sayyid Ja'far Murtadha Amili has passed away a few hours ago. For those unfamiliar, his biography: http://en.wikishia.net/view/Al-Sayyid_Ja'far_Murtada_al-'Amili Wasalam
  44. 12 points
    Abu Hadi

    Hurricane Dorian

    Salam. This looks like it is going to be a bad one. It is supposed to hit on the East Coast of Florida somewhere between North Miami /Dade and Orlando on Monday. I am urging brothers and sisters who live in that area to get out now. Go as far north and West as possible. Some of you don't know this but that entire area is basically at sea level and there is supposed to be a tidal surge at the same time the storm is going to hit, which will make it especially bad. There are many brothers and sisters who live in that area, I know some of them. Please make dua for them and ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to protect them in this time of trials. I will try to post updates on this thread.
  45. 12 points
    In other words "I am not Mr..Perfect but yet I demand someone who is perfect and expect my permanent wife to be perfect" Brother, a word of advice for you. I have been reading your posts. You need to learn a lot about understanding humans and respecting women before you should marry or you can end up harming yourself and another person.
  46. 12 points

    Losing faith in Shiism

    I feel like I'm losing faith in shiism. So many things such as the building of shrines above the graves of the Imams never made sense to me and people calling out Imam Ali and not Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is reminiscent of what Christians do as in calling out Isa. Channels such as the Sunni defense and anti majos also negatively effects my faith. The thought of there being a chance that we could somehow be Mushriks by taking part in these things are quite concerning. Also things such as prominent Sunni scholars of the past whom are very educated have given fatwas denouncing Shias as being kafirs. In addition things such as the claim Shias are the dominant sect in Iran because of the invasion of the safavids and how a persian nationalist contributed to this as well is also very concerning. Also the claim that Shia hadith is inauthentic and there being anonymity in them unlike Sunni hadith with chains of narrators and clarity. What most worries me is the shirk committed by the aforementioned shrine visiting and the thought this is good for your religion and calling other than Allah. Need help quickly, thank you.
  47. 12 points
    A physicist, model(lol, yes very briefly) fashion designer, advertising business journalist, stay at home pampered wife. :P Ironically, the only two things I abolutely didn't want to be were doctor and teacher. I ended up being both. The good thing is I am enjoying it.
  48. 12 points
    https://www.albawaba.com/editors-choice/us-scientist-accuses-Muslims-fasting-Ramadan-‘wrong’-1284527 Popular astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson has gotten into hot water with Muslims on social media after telling them they are breaking their Ramadan fasts 'too soon'.
  49. 12 points
    I have a few comments (or rather a stream of consciousness) to make: The Takfiri/Salafi propaganda against the Shi'as is well-known, their petro-dollar funding and their obsession with attacking Tashayyu' - even over very petty and cultural practices - is very obvious and clear, and more dangerously, them disguising themselves as mainstream Ahl al-Sunnah is a strategy they are well known for. A response to them would be a video showcasing how as a matter of fact there are many Ahl al-Sunnah schools of thought who are very much against the Takfiri/Salafi/Wahhabi mentality, both in the East and as well as in the West - including very reputable and credible Sunni scholars. This should be highlighted very much so in polemics. As a matter of fact, the paradigms of the current world are on our side, and if the views of their scholars are exposed, they can be seriously damaged - the view of Imam Khomeini (q) or even other Shi'a scholars is a joke compared to what they have in their books. I am no fan of Shirazi or Yaser Habib type scholarship and neither with their obsession of cursing the companions - it is actually sickening for me to see their arguments, relying on utterly weak and often times fabricated traditions, particularly given the historical backdrop of how the practice of cursing in Proto-Tashayyu' was foremost a reaction to the public cursing initiated by Mu'awiyah (the first to institutionalize cursing of the companions), and then this reaction developed over the centuries, with the Kaysani movement, then during the late Umayyad period and so on (the history of how this practice developed and then got attributed to Shi'I identity is a discussion all on its own). Its epitome was during the Safavid period - where it got real bad - and it then died down from the time of Ayatullah Borojerdi and of course after the Islamic Revolution. If you notice, the Salafis live foremost in history. Majority of their quotes from influential Shia scholars go back to what scholars had said centuries ago - particularly the Safavid era (like what Majlisi says, or what Karaki says or Ne'matullah Jaza'iri said, or what Mufid said, or what Saduq said and so on), or at the very earliest they rely on material from the middle of the last century (like this quote from Imam Khomeini). But, because they are engaged in propaganda, they strip these quotes and present them, and the audience has no idea about the different notions that dominated the world at those times or what were the scholarly backgrounds of these scholars (for example if you understand the era and personalities of Majlisi, Ne'matullah Jaza'iri or Karaki you will realize that what they were saying was not absurd at all for their times and the type of interpretation they were doing from the religious texts). You can very easily do the same with their scholarship if the game is being played dirty. This is similar to Islamophobes taking out laws and narrations that talk about slavery and present them - they have to resort to works written centuries ago generally to argue their case. This is polemics for you. However, that is the past, even if it was 50-70 years ago, it is still the past. Today there is no doubt that within Iran, Shia Sunni unity is promoted, including in the seminaries and it is the official state position, and there are annual unity conferences held with hundreds of Sunni scholars and influential figures invited to these conferences. There are indeed Sunni mosques in Iran where there is a significant population of Sunnis (for example, like in Shiraz, there are 2-3 mosques, most famous of them being Masjid Rasul Akram). These sort of arguments, whether Iran has mosques or not where Sunnis are leading the congregation, are petty arguments only made to appeal to the viewers emotions. There is no doubt that there are more Sunni mosques in Iran than there are Shia mosques in all of the Middle East put together - Saudi Arabia has a couple where there is a high concentration of Shi'as and that's about it. This is typical of any Muslim country today, and nothing to do with Shia Sunni unity which has been Iran's official stance. At the same time, not once did any Shi'a scholar claim that by unity we meant compromising our beliefs. This is also reflected in Iran, for example with the commemoration of Fatimiyyah which marks the attack on the house of Fatima (s). The Shias have their beliefs and they hold on to them, and yes it is not hidden that the Shi'as have issues with certain companions of the Prophet (p) and that the narrative we accept is one of usurpation of the caliphate. However, going on to say that Taqiyyah Mudarati is a type of Nifaq (hypocrisy) is also absurd. Muslims generally and practically do Taqiyya Mudarati all the time when living in the West, when engaging with non-Muslims or even when Salafis have to engage with Shi'as in the West (Taqiyya does not only concern speech, but even actions, and we all know that many Salafis consider the blood of Shi'as to be permissible to be spilled - however they cannot carry this out because of Taqiyya as their lives and the lives of their families will be endangered in the West, and they will face serious consequences if caught, end up in jail, lose their governments benefits and so on). This is specifically true for Salafis, who according to their Fiqh are more severe and aggressive than any other Islamic school of thought (even against other Sunni schools), yet they do Taqiyya Mudarati all the time in front of the disbelievers and even other Muslims who they disagree with, so that they can live in harmony without causing trouble for themselves. Their own fatwas say you cannot befriend polytheists and disbelievers, yet they do Taqiyyah all the time while living in the West pretending to be friends with the disbelievers - otherwise they know very well according to their Fiqh, they are living in Dar al-Harb/Dar al-Kufr, they do not consider the disbelievers to have any sanctity, their women can be taken as slaves, their husbands can be killed and so on and there is actually no problem with that for them. If they are following the law of the land, it is only due to Taqiyyah. These double standards should also be highlighted in polemics. As for Imam Khomeini's (q) view, there is no reason to deny what he wrote. However, you can definitely make an argument that scholars alter their opinions all the time during the course of their life. Anyone who has studied a little will see this is a very common phenomenon in scholarship, both Sunni and Shi'a scholarship. At times you can find different contradicting opinions by one scholar in various books, because they had written them over the course of their lifetime, and these opinions changed. We are not talking about a time where there is the internet, where someone could very simply go back and edit their post or article online. This is a book he hand wrote which consists of more than 1200 pages. It was simply not common for a scholar to go back and edit something they had written like that even if they altered their position - this is as I said, is very common in Sunni and Shi'a scholarship. Imam Khomeini's (q) Kitab al-Taharah was written around the 1950s, this is almost 3 decades before the revolution. His comments in al-Makasib al-Muharrama were also from the 1950s. Do we realize how much a person's opinions can change in 30 years? How can you establish that he held the same view three decades later - particularly after all what he went through and with the development and realization of his political views - when you have conflicting comments from him and the fact that he ended up becoming one of the biggest proponents of Sunni Shia unity in the Shi'I world? Finally, it should also be mentioned that the Iranian government has nothing to prove to the Sunni world when it comes to giving a lending hand to the oppressed Sunnis - of Palestine) or elsewhere - and the Middle East puppet governments and those being funded by them should die of shame for even making accusations suggesting otherwise. With the kind of connections IP has, they can very easily showcase Sunnis in Iran who have very positive things to say about the Iranian government to counter the propaganda of SDL, or perhaps even attend the annual Shia-Sunni unity conference and highlight or interview influential Sunni scholars to make their case. This I believe would be very much beneficial. Wasalam
  50. 12 points
    Many of the topics I discuss may be somewhat undesirable for many Muslims. It's not only in ShiaChat, but in my local community. I may be wrong, but there is indeed a good intention behind this, partly based on my very own experience. I was raised by a very strict father, and I was even stricter than him in terms of religion (never missed the 51 rakats nor daily morning duas, nor allowed leisure time based on anything else than philosophical and theological books). Yet still I exploded and fell into sin because I wasn't realizing I was repressing my ideas and my nafs unjustly, and I felt proud of that. Many youth within our communities develop a lot of questions and doubts regarding not only their religion, but their social customs, roles, interactions, taboos, etc. And oftenly, they don't separate religion from that, because both come from the SAME source: parents. At certain point, these customs start clashing with their goals and lifestyle (haram partying, early arranged marriages, etc.). If it wasn't for these clashes, they wouldn't start questioning their faith, how they experiment it, how their families follow Islam, etc. Can't go sleep to my friend's house, nor go partying with friends, nor avoid arranged marriage with an Iraqi or whatever culture I feel little to no connection to it, etc. These youth may also, at the same time, be discriminated for being Muslims, and judged by ideas conmonly defended by Muslims (views on feminism, women's role in society, lgbt issues, etc.). This is an unevitable secularist force, that we may shun with bad words, or start talking openly about it. And this is done with reasonable ideas (not merely based on Islam, because Westerners know no Islam). We have to shield youth with a mentality and a logic that may make them able to argue and defend the ideas they were educated in by Islam, IN CASE they feel comfortable with them (otherwise they just don't believe in Islam, and that is up to Allah to guide or not guide people). The point of all this is not to change Islam, but to leave the doors of debate always open, with good manners instead of prejudices against Western ideas, nor censorship, nor backwards mentality. This, my friends, will encourage youth not to develop an extreme reaction against Islam and their culture altogether when circumstances are against them. And this reaction, the more extreme it is, the harder it is to return to Islam. And we will want to return, for sure we will, when the strength of youth is not present, nor the ferocity of innovative ideas, nor revolutionary movements nor the passion of making new friends and develop new ideas. When sickness and weakness, and the shadow of death is our only companion in solitude, when we feel really useless, at that time, we will want to go back to the God we unjustly forgot. Many SCers have precisely contacted me when they started feeling doubts, when they started "that phase". I'm not so much worried with the phase, but with the idea of forgetting God and Islam, closing the door. We may have our times where we forgot our prayers, focus on friends and work and fun. But be careful with leaving religion completely forgotten. Always keep something with you, leave the door open, consider you will want to go back and focus on your faith. Leave that good niyyah in you. There may be many points you feel hard to accept, many of them probably social rather than religious (as the recently discussed women's social issues). Be open, discuss whatever you like, share your opinions, find someone to hear them. Don't feel apart, don't feel an alien within the Islamic community, as it is more diverse and more welcoming than you would ever expect if you keep trying. You will find people like you, who hold a special place for Islam in their hearts, with whom you will feel not alone, and you will see that the beauty you found in this religion isn't necessarily linked with what may make you hate your life, your origins or your family's customs. Youth in my local community have almost entirely left Islam. Saying this because it's way easier and less hard to prevent this than to fix it. Let's put things easier for youth to speak out their doubts, their worries, their desires and interests in life, let's try to judge less, let's make an effort to understand nowaday mentality, see why it matters and why it convinces so many youth people. It's hard to reach conviction without doubt. Doubt is the principle of any talib al ilm. So instead of repressing your doubts and yourself out of external pressure, consider being open, question anything that clashes with your life, and use your reason to find the best of all ideas and approaches. In this convenient way, pressure won't kill you nor make you have undesirable reactions towards your society, family, religion, and, in the end, against yourself.
  • Create New...