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  1. 6 points
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  2. 3 points
    RepentantServant

    My faith is diminishing.

    Salam everyone. A few months ago in November, I wrote a forum about my stress and what I was going through. Fast forward to today, things have changed. Alhamdulillah I found a job, I've been saving money. Things have been going alright financially and what not. I just want to clarify that I'm 23 years old. I haven't missed a prayer for years. And I don't drink alcohol. In my previous post, I had said that my faith and relationship with Allah was strong. I talked to him a lot and He has done so much for me. I am aware of all this. It was literally within the past 1-2 months where at times, I have been so high on spirituality and worship to Allah, where I was making sure I didn't sin one bit. All I did was listen to Qur'an and dua. I didn't even want to listen to music. I tried not to check out any girls either. I made sure to watch my tongue and not swear. You know what I mean? I was very mindful of even the smallest of things, for Allah's sake. Because the spirituality felt so good. I loved it. I wanted more. And I know that these little things would slowly diminish that. Believe me, I've been there. I've felt spiritual highs before. It was only within the past 2 months, that I've had really high faith and high remembrance of Him. But in the past few days, I've been so restless. My faith and spirituality is being attacked like never before. I don't know what's going on with me. I'm so lost. I'm all over the place. Like yesterday, I was in my room having a breakdown and I was very close to not praying. I started contemplating just stopping my worship and prayer all together. The whispers from Satan are just horrible. The most evil thoughts about my life and Allah were going through my head. Its so weird because it was literally last week where I was crying out to Allah after Ishaa prayer and begging for forgiveness etc. etc. & I was at a spiritual/blissful high. The past couple months I've prayed and cried out to Him & attained beautiful spiritual highs. But then in almost an instant, it all has turned upside down. I feel like I'm not finding what I'm looking for through Allah. Its just a repetitive cycle of crying out to Him, feeling good after for a bit, then a couple weeks later, back to being stressed again. This has happened many times in the past 3 or 4 months. & now it has gotten to the point where I have no more energy to fight it. I'm growing restless. I can't find tranquility. I can't find any peace in me. I'm too stressed for some reason. I don't know why I'm like this. This struggle I'm fighting is draining me. Before when I used to have breakdowns, I can always come to Allah, speak my mind and ask for help. But now, there is this resistance in me. I've been contemplating just stopping my worship and prayer completely, and I know this is wrong. I know that. I know that it isn't the right way to think. I know that. But at the same time, I'm starting to not care anymore. I'm tearing apart inside. I'm so restless. Today after zuhr and asr prayers, it was so hard for me to make dua to Him. I don't know why. I've never felt like this before. I can't even believe that my faith has just turned upside down so quickly. I don't know why I'm like this. A few months ago I was broke, no job, with no direction of a future ahead of me. Then Alhamdulillah, I found a job, and I've been saving money. Things have been going well, and I thought that would be it. But no, for some reason, it isn't enough. Maybe I'm greedy. Maybe I just expect too much. Maybe I keep stressing about not being where I want to be in life. Maybe I'm stressing about my directionless future again. (I don't work any specialized high paying job, its just something to help me get by for now). Its human nature to want more and more. We're never satisfied. I don't know. I'm just torn apart right now. This struggle of mine, is tearing apart my faith. I'm literally hanging on by a thread sometimes. Maybe I'm being tested. Maybe its just me. I don't know. But if I'm being tested, then I'm failing this test for sure. I know I am. I even told Allah today after prayer that I was sorry. I told Him I'm sorry I'm failing this test or whatever it is that's happening. I have very little fight left in me. Its draining me. I'm running out of energy to fight it. I've become so restless. I can't keep my emotions in check. The messed up part is that I keep thinking to myself that if I can't find what I'm looking for through Allah, then I find myself thinking that I'll go through other means. I keep thinking to myself that I'll maybe stop praying and my worship. And I know this is wrong. I know its a very big sin to cut yourself off from the source of all goodness in this universe. I know all of this. Believe me, I do. But at the same time, I'm just so restless. I just don't care anymore. I can't seem to find what I'm looking for. I don't have much in this world and I haven't accomplished much. My faith is all I have. But this struggle of mine is diminishing my faith. I just keep going through this cycle of going through this stress, going to my prayer mat, crying out to Allah, feeling good after for a little bit, then back to the same thing all over again. It just keeps happening again and again. I'm growing restless. I was watching a lecture last night where the Sheikh said to turn your hardship into worship. This is something I've been doing for a while. But for some reason, the past few days, I haven't been doing that. Its been difficult for me to talk to Allah. Its been difficult for me to pull out my prayer mat, and cry out to Him. I used to always do this. Now I just have this resistance in me that has been preventing me from doing so. I watched a lecture last week where the Sayed said that worshiping Allah and praying your Salat is something that will make Allah more likely to answer your dua. I've been praying for years now, I've been making dua for so long about what it is I'm looking for. I haven't had any of that. I just don't get it. And yes, I know that maybe I'm not ready, or it isn't the right time, or I won't be able to handle it and all that. I've heard it all. But at the same time, I just don't understand what He's trying to tell me. I have yet to have any clarity or guidance. I just keep getting more and more restless. I'm not having any peace inside me. I'm honestly on the verge of stopping my worship altogether. I know its wrong, believe me, I do. But I'm at the point where I just don't care anymore. I'm hanging on by a thread. I just don't understand how my faith diminished so quickly. Like Alhamdulillah, sometimes I'm good. But I know it won't last long. I don't know what my body or mind is trying to say. I don't know what's going on with me. I don't know why I am the way I am. I don't know why I'm thinking like this. I don't know why I'm so restless. I don't know why I can't find peace. Its getting really hard to fight these thoughts and evil whispers of Satan. If I'm being tested, then I'm failing and I know it. I remember this Sayed said a good dua to make it to ask Allah for problems that don't diminish your faith. Now again, I don't know if this struggle is from Allah, but this is the first time that I remember, where I'm going through a struggle that is directly attacking my faith. Its diminishing my faith. Its just horrible. I'm being so real with you guys right now, I have no peace in my heart whatsoever. I'm so restless. I'm extremely anxious. When I used to be like this, I'd cry out to Allah and I'd feel a bit better after. But now, I haven't even really cried out to Him like I used to... this is how I know its become bad. I don't know what to do. Me comming on here is like my last cry for help. And yes, I know there are millions of other people in this world who have it way harder, I get that. But at the same time, I just can't seem to get it together. I don't know why I can't seem to win this fight. I don't know why I'm letting Satan win. But I'm tired. I'm just so tired. I'm restless. I'm just so restless. I'm anxious. I'm just so anxious. I can't seem to find any inner peace. My faith is diminishing.
  3. 3 points
    Darth Vader

    My faith is diminishing.

    Your problem is that you expect Allah to help you with everything in this life in a way you imagine He should. That is not going to happen. Unless there is no place in the afterlife for you. I used to think and expect like you do until I read a book, by Sulaym bin Qays. In it I read a long hadith which explained that the highest level of hardships in this life befalls the persons of highest ranks in faith, beginning with the Prophets and Imams and then their foremost followers. It explained that always when a Prophet was sent to the people there were always two kinds among people, one who accepted the message and believed, and those who did not believe or only pretended to believe. So then Allah would empower the other kind and give them all the things life has to offer while eliminating their place in the afterlife as these hypocrites and unbelievers ruled over with injustice or oppressed or killed the believing folk. The believers would lose their sins and become pure as a result and their sins are carried over to the unbelievers. There are also plenty of other hadiths supporting the main theme of this. For instance believers would get worried if no hardships would befall them for a while. Think about that.
  4. 3 points
    My understanding, and I'm a poor mathematician but a semi-acceptable observer, is that numbers are finite and beyond the highest number, we are just dealing with symbolic representations and theories. A googolplex is finite, beyond the finity of numbers mathematicians use things like Aleph-0, which I know nothing about other than it's not a number, I can't buy Aleph-0 boxes of Barfi and its usage is probably not useful to explain anything beyond theory. To the human mind, while we like to think of infinite quantities, we cannot comprehend let alone write down what an infinite number looks like without resorting to using something that doesn't even resemble a number anymore. Does the human need to know the existence of 999 duotrigintillion googolplexes? Not really, and such figure has no significance other than comparison and theory. Are 999 duotrigintillion googolplexes even a correct number? I wouldn't know, and most people wouldn't, because we have finite understanding and there is no proof that numbers are infinite, we can theorise, but that wouldn't be answering your question. So really, according to the realms of the human mind at least, numbers are finite, and I think that suits humans just fine. Now, if you'll all excuse me, I need to go count some sheep... One, two, three, fou...
  5. 3 points
    I tried to PM you this but I am unable to send messages as my account is relatively new. First and foremost, I'd like to apologize. I am sorry that you had to go through something like this. No one deserves this kind of sexual abuse, especially a child who doesn't know better. You should know, and I can't stress this enough, that this is NOT your fault in ANY way. You did not say or do anything that could have led him to do this to you, and if for a second you believe that you had even a 0.05% hand in what he did to you, then let me tell you very confidently that you do. No blame of any kind will ever be imparted on you, even if you feel your silence led to its occurrence. Now, I'd like to advise you to seek psychological or psychiatric treatment if you aren't already. I know in our society this is not taken very seriously, but sexual abuse of any kind is very damaging to our psyche and causes lifelong emotional upset. I speak from experience as I too was sexually abused at a young age, and it has damaged my psychological well-being. I seek counselling on an interim basis (when things go bad) though I feel I have a better grasp of it now. I also didn't tell my parents because I was ashamed and thought I had something to do with it, but my therapist made me realize that I was blaming myself for something that was effectively beyond my control. You need to realize this too. You also should find a therapist who you feel you can speak freely with, as open, honest conversations are key to gaining useful insight into your life and your psychological well-being. You don't have to bring it up to your brother, and neither do you have to feel shame when facing him. He probably remembers what he did, and may or may not feel regret over it and is likely not willing to bring it up either due to the shame. You do not owe anything to him and unless you feel YOU will be better off confronting him, YOU do not need to confront him.
  6. 3 points
    Once admin have concluded sufficient advice has been given, can they please close the thread? Not saying hide/delete, just stop the discussion from going any further. Further comments is just inevitably leading to misinterpreting what people are saying and causing fitnah. This is not the month.
  7. 2 points
    Oh I have one actually, his name is Biscuit, will be 3 years old in September, had him since he was a tiny kitten.
  8. 2 points
    It is sad the cultural vilification wolves (and sharks) get, especially in European folklore which contributed to their persecution and near extinction. It was only later many realised their presence in the food chain was beneficial for eco systems and the environment (less grazing, destruction of plant wild life, etc). They were successfully reintroduced in Yellowstone. There is also debate to gave them back in Scotland, which has not yet materialised. Such beautiful, misunderstood creatures.
  9. 2 points
    Salam. What happened to you was an injustice and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows that you did not deserve what he did to you. Yes, I know someone who was sexually abused by a cousin when she was 4 years old and she suffered a lot of mental pressure thinking about what happened and wondering if she said or did anything that caused that to happen to her. For months at a time she would block "the event" from her mind but at least once or twice a year she would get anxious if her family traveled to her grandparents house, because her cousin might be there, too. So once again she would remember what happened when she was 4. She did get married and have children, however she was very protective of them and would never leave them alone with anyone who might harm them. He most definitely remembers that he hurt you, unless he mentally blocked it from his mind. I hope that you are not still living with him! How old are you now?
  10. 2 points
    Alhamdulilah, In the end or shall we say in the beginning also, what were numbers? If Allah says be and it is! What was the need for any numbers? Numbers aren't even infinite since there was only Allah before everything.
  11. 2 points
    Salam I think you misunderstood me. I am not seeking any forgiveness from the answer of any marjaa. Nor I am waiting for their reply to feel forgiven. However it is important to know what the rule is regarding this matter because we cannot automatically assume that since taraweeh is biddah, so it would be "haram" to even join that congregation with forada intention. It is likely that it will be forbidden, but one has to know the actual rule.
  12. 2 points
    Salam Thank you AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola. For your kind words and acknowledging the situation I was in. Every Shia understands Taraweeh is an innovation and no Shia would attend it under normal circumstances. My situation was however quite unusual in that I was a guest at someone's house and was asked by a group of Sunni men to join them for taraweeh, before the dinner. Because they had suddenly made this plan and were leaving immediately, they gave me little time to think or to come up with my own excuse to avoid it. Nevertheless, they asked me repeatedly and I kept on refusing again and again. I even said to the host that I will go back home (this meant refusing to have dinner with them). At this the host looked very sad when he realised that I wanted to leave without having food with them. He said to me " please don't do this. " At that point, in just those few seconds I had to make a decision... 1. I thought whether I knew of any fatwa which categorically makes joining taraweeh haram (even with fourada niyyah). I didn't remember any fatwa like that in the few seconds that I had. 2. I had to decide very quickly whether it would be Islamically appropriate to decline having food with your host after attending his house. 3. I recalled that Syed Sistani recommends Joinning Sunnis in jammat for unity. With these three thoughts in my mind, and with the Sunni men getting in their cars, and the host waiting for me to get in his car aswell, I made the decision to go with them. At the taraweeh, I made my personal intention and read my own prayer. As soon as I got the opportunity, I left the mosque and went outside. Later when the host finished as well, we went back to his place for dinner. While I pretended to join them in taraweeh, I sent curses to the one who began this biddah in the first place. I regretted standing with them and I had an inner feeling that I had most certainly done a wrong action - that this is like supporting biddah. I felt extremely unhappy with my decision to attend the taraweeh and wished I had categorically down right refused the host by saying that Shias do not read taraweeh. But did I have time to explain this at that moment when he was stood waiting for me to get into car...? I don't know. Later, I asked a few scholars who all said that taraweeh cannot be attended under any circumstances at all - unless one has to practice taqqiyah. This made me even more regretful and I feel disgusted of my action. However the scholars did not quote any exact fatwa making taraweeh categorically haram to attend for Shias. I then sent the same question to Najaf.org and Sistani.org. They normally reply quickly when the question is simple - but it's been several days and I haven't received any reply from either office. Could it mean that although it is easy to understand that taraweeh should be avoided so as not to support this biddah, the actual fatwa making it haram may not be that simple?. I will continue to await their reply and seek forgiveness from Allah.
  13. 2 points
    notme

    Eco Tips

    I have a possible solution AND it would save money! Nut "milk" is expensive to buy or to make from scratch. Oat milk is expensive to buy ready made, but very cheap to make. Oats are about 85¢ per lbs, without even shopping around. If my calculations are correct, a pound of oats will make just over a gallon of "oat milk" and my kids seem to like it. Of course, it doesn't have the calcium and vitamins A and D that they add to cow milk, but it might be worth a try as a partial replacement since the kids drink far more than they need for health anyway. The oats that I buy come in cardboard boxes, which are recyclable or compostable.
  14. 1 point
    Reza

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    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
  15. 1 point
    aaaz1618

    Confusion about Oneness of God

    I would take it to mean that Allah knows us inside and out, sees what we do privately and publically, what we think and what we do. Hence the verse saying He is cognisant of all things. I believe it has something to do with Allah's Omnipresence, He is not limited to knowing the outside aspects of life, but also knows the inside aspects like thought, intentions, plans etc.
  16. 1 point
    https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/may/21/Iran-us-latest-news-threat-diminished-says-defense-secretary
  17. 1 point
    Salam walaikum Allah created the concept of infinite. Anything used to describe Allah is not Allah it’s just an attribute. Nahjul Balagha Praise is due to Allah whose worth cannot be described by speakers, whose bounties cannot be counted by calculators and whose claim (to obedience) cannot be satisfied by those who attempt to do so, whom the height of intellectual courage cannot appreciate, and the divings of understanding cannot reach; He for whose description no limit has been laid down, no eulogy exists, no time is ordained and no duration is fixed. He brought forth creation through His Omnipotence, dispersed winds through His Compassion, and made firm the shaking Earth with rocks.
  18. 1 point
    I don't recall any fatwa from Sayed Sistani recommending to join Sunnis in congregation for unity. You know the situation better but in no circumstances a sin is allowed except taqaiyah. You should have refused there. I would compare this to a very good Christian friend asking to take a sip of alcohol. Both are sin, both should be rejected, no matter your relations. Never a good idea to make creation happy against creator.
  19. 1 point
    Ali~J

    Eco Tips

    Salaam, A few years back they made having recycling bins compulsory for us, but that was stupid since they rarely come to even pick them up. We have 3 cars all running on fuel so that's not good, although there is the yearly MOT in which they check if your emissions are too high. Then there's the electricity, anything idle is switched off water is used sparingly as well as the gas. Oh and I've also got about 10 trees in the garden and I've actually planted 3 saplings lately too. The thing is people go on about converting to electricity when fossil fuels are still being used to generate the electricity in the first place. So is it really carbon neutral?
  20. 1 point
    Isn't there some kind of skype counselling of some sort you can find? Edit: found an article which features different online counselling sites https://www.bbc.co.United Kingdom/bbcthree/article/c4c9c3ce-16d0-4c96-979c-5d142713b384
  21. 1 point
    Irish Muslim convert: Qur'an has logical answers to fundamental questions May 20, 2019 - 7:03 PM News Code : 942917 Source : IQNALink: A Muslim convert from Ireland said he has found logical answers to life’s fundamental questions in the Holy Qur'an. Speaking Saturday night at a program at the Rahyaftegan (those who found the right path) Section of the 27th Tehran International Qur'an Exhibition, Ahmad Jones said the Qur'an tells one what the purpose of life is, what humans’ responsibilities are and how social relations should be like. As for his familiarity with Islam, Ahmed said he first learned about the religion in a trip to Tunisia at the age of 10. His visit coincided with the holy month of Ramadan and the spirituality of the month and people’s compassion and kindness touched him at the time, he said. Years later, making friends with an Iraqi classmate encouraged him to learn more about Islam and ultimately become a Muslim. http://en.abna24.com/news//irish-Muslim-convert-Qur'an-has-logical-answers-to-fundamental-questions_942917.html https://rahyafteha.ir/en/ http://www.shiafrica.com/news/en
  22. 1 point
    Alhamdulilah, Ah Ok my fault, Alhamdulilah, perhaps I did misunderstand you. Well anyhow whatever the answer is Insha’Allah you will come out more knowledgeable Muslim because of the experience and seeking all out knowledge of the situation. Insha’Allah have a blessed Ramadhan.
  23. 1 point
    At 13, he may not be baligh but if he was engaging in a sexual act, then he would atleast be mumayuz and could be liable to some punishment (but that would depend on a lot of factors, including whether witnesses would be required, and whether he realised that his action could be punishable etc). Once a non baligh boy who was maybe 11-12 years old commited a theft. He was caught and brought to Imam Ali (عليه السلام). The Imam did not cut his hand but instead chopped off some flesh from the sides of his fingers. This means a 13 year old could get punishment too for zina (provided all conditions are fullfilled).
  24. 1 point
    I’m praying from my bottom of my heart that no war happens. Inshallah everything is going to be alright.
  25. 1 point
  26. 1 point
    If U doubt that ur period is finished, just do the ghusl n fast . If u see any brown discharge or anything then you'll know the period isn't finished yet . But if U don't observe anything , then just stay fasting. Do this so u don't miss any fast by mistake
  27. 1 point
    Trying to connect with the Muslim community more in real life. I try to stay active by volunteering at our Shia community if I have time, also by attending youth programs. Also this Ramadan I made it a goal to always meet someone new when I have iftar at my university with fellow Muslims. If I'm sitting down with a complete sranger, I would try to talk to him and get a decent convo flowing.
  28. 1 point
    Trying to focus on my studies atm trying to continue working out even tho I’m hella tired and it’s Ramadan
  29. 1 point
    Better still, stand in prayer in the comfort of your own home where people aren't going to take swipes at you and glare at you for not being 'one of their own'. Why be involved in taraweeh and make yourself a target to people's ignorant attitude?
  30. 1 point
    Heavenly_Silk

    Thank You Shia Chat Team

    Well thank you to all members like yourself that have participated in making the site what it is.
  31. 1 point
    Congrats to ShiaChat members who were Popular Contributors April 16 - 30! @Propaganda_of_the_Deed @OrthodoxTruth @ali_fatheroforphans @7ssein @Ali~J @aaaz1618 @BowTie @AmirioTheMuzzy @3wliya_maryam @Islandsandmirrors @ireallywannaknow @Bakir @Nevsevug @aaljibar Thank you to Team members who were popular contributors April 16 to 30. @starlight @Ashvazdanghe @Qa'im @Akbar673 @Abu Hadi @Heavenly_Silk @Sirius_Bright @Hameedeh @ShiaChat Mod @notme @Hassan-
  32. 1 point
    Laayla

    My faith is diminishing.

    @RepentantServant Bismehe Ta3ala, Assalam Alikum brother, If I can recommend this video for you, less than an hour of your time. It reminds you of the Day of Judgement and advise from Imam Ali ibn Moussa Reza. How do we know if Allah is pleased with us? M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah
  33. 1 point
    Who is behind disunity? https://youtu.be/K6MIg9d6syc
  34. 1 point
    I think some of us are neglecting the dangerous and detrimental characteristics of the Shirazi movement/British Shia (whatever its name is). I am going to list some of these dangerous behaviors and characteristics: 1. They are using Ahlulbayt against Ahlulbayt: While it’s clear that Imam Ali corporated with Caliphs, while we know in many cases he helped and even defended them, while we know our Imams asked us to respect Sunnis, pray along with their tribe, visit their sick people, attend their funerals, so on and so forth (Read the contents in this link to see how wide the extent of Islamic Unity is), we are seeing people in this movement saying: ” there is no unity between us and the followers of X and Y who oppressed Ahlulbayt”, “Unity with Sunnis is a political scam”, “Unity doesn’t make sense, unless they follow the path of Ahlulbayt” etc. Clearly these are against what Ahlulbayt did and what Ahlulbayt want us to do. The same can be said about their behaviors regarding disrespecting Sunnis’ respected symbols. Yes, we too know what they did to Ahlulbayt. We too know who deserves to be cursed. But... 2. They have a habit of creating controversy over differences: Differences between scholars are natural. Scholars have various differences over several issues and or individuals – Irfan, tatbir, Rumi, Wahdat Wojoud, Ibn Arabi, fiqhi issues etc. But you rarely see them making a big deal out of it or make takfir on others. However, you see people in this movement making differences political and even make takfir on other scholars – which comes from their takfiri ideology. They even don’t call Iran, Islamic Republic, but Republic of Iran. This is ridiculous. 3. They are castrating Shia and making it safe to the oppressors: While we are asked to be “اشدا علی الکفار” and “للظالم خصم”, oppressors don’t regard this movement as a danger to them. Shia is identified with its special characteristics in fighting tawaghit and oppressors. Emerging a group among us that is acting against these characteristics is there to distort this identity. This is one example, out of many (it's about Shirazis' hussayniah in London): It’s not just that. Not only are they benign toward our enemies, but also: 4. They are regarded as hope for enemies to pursue their goals: Fit for enemy's agenda... Maybe now we can know where these so many media tool they have come from, can't we? We are also seeing them doing what enemies seek in regard to Ummah unity -- a good tool for enemies to add fuel the fire of differences among us and Sunnis. 5. They, willingly or unwillingly, are endangering the lives of Shias: For some Sunnis, being a Shia is a crime -- an unforgivable crime which allows them to kill you. That’s why we are being killed since the very beginning just for being Shia. But there is an important “but” here. For many other Sunnis, being a Shia alone is not considered a crime, but if you disrespect their holy figures then yes, you must be killed. I translate remarks by head of a terrorist group in Eastern Iran, named Abdul-Malik Rigi (more than 150 Iranian citizen were killed and more than 300 were injured by this group – let’s not talk about how he was being supported by the US and how he was arrested): Also we should not forget when Daeshis were killing Shias in Speicher mass killing, they were shouting “ثار لام المومنین عایشه (blood/revenge for mother of believers Aisha)” “ثار لام المومنین عایشه” is a natural respond to “عایشه فی النار’’. Do those who are promoting the ceremonies where these things are being said know the consequences of their activity? Does Sadiq Shirazi know this? Do his sons know this? Do his followers know this? If only you knew Persian: http://www.ansarclip.ir/video/6582/مستندی-گویا-از-نقش-شیعه-انگلیسی-در-کشتار-شیعیان/ Add to the list how they are playing with the marjaiaiah position (remember they even advertised for their marja on this very site, does a marja need to be advertised in this way), the picture of Shia they are presenting and … Although many other things left to be said about this movement (maybe in another time), its goal, its agenda and its activity, aren’t these things enough for all of us to see this movement as a danger to Islam and Shia?
  35. 1 point
    The fact interfaith dialogue was left aside by the marja`iya for centuries, and that fellow muslims were treated as kafirs does not mean that it is not an important topic, 1/ because of the example our Imams gave us on how to deal with them, and 2/ taking into consideration the corruptions our books and even our marja`iya underwent throughout history and subsequent dynasties.
  36. 1 point
    BTW, there is nothing new here. It has always been British policy to divide and conquer. So they have created these fake mullahs to divide us. I firmly believe as long as we stay true to our marajae and our azadari, they will never be able to divide us.
  37. 1 point
    @shiaman14 Tatbir and "Death to America" chant are completely different areas which we shouldn't compare. The "Death to America" chant is a political chant which has history associated with it - something which means a lot to the Irannians who fought for freedom. I think we as foreigners never understand what Irannians went through and as long as America continues to be evil, then the "Death to America" chant is totally understandable. Tatbir is something Sadiq Al Shirazi labels as "recommended" meaning he is linking it to religion with no basis - we are to be rewarded if we engage in tatbir. Majority of our great scholars have a strong stand against it and it surely sets a bad image for Shias, as people think it has a religious basis.
  38. 1 point
    The lecture wasn't just about Khalid bin Walid, who himself according to Bukhari murdered people until the Prophet (saw) said: "By Allah i am free from what Khalid has done (three times)". Rather it was one which directly labelled Abu Bakr and Umar as terrorists, compared them to Hitler, Saddam and their ilk, and was delivered in such a manner i don't think is sensible in any way. It caused enormous outrage, especially in the UK, and had a big impact. I had to answer , and i was honest to Sunnis who questioned me and said you're right, this was out of order and against what our major scholars have advised us as to how to engage in these sorts of dialouge. As a lecture in and of itself, it was also quite weak. I have a lot of respect for Sayed Ammar, twice in my life when i've been literally bed bound, his lectures have gotten me through difficult periods and he has done a lot of good. However, he is fallible and i feel he might want to reconsider his approach and return to the old Sayed Ammar.
  39. 1 point
    Actually Ammar has become more politically active now than before which is reflected in his speeches. He is (was) promoting the shia agenda in the US.
  40. 1 point
    While we know what the chant "Death to America" means, it is naive to imagine that all Americans know what that means. All they see are millions shouting this slogan at the top of their voices.
  41. 1 point
    It’s true but influence of media is very heavy on them & in media it is interrupted as death to people for common people which have trust to media.
  42. 1 point
    zeinab94

    Tell Me Something Good For Once

    Allah SWT <3 "Those who believe and whose hearts are set at rest by the remembrance of Allah; now surely by Allah's remembrance are the hearts set at rest." [13:28] shakir translation
  43. 1 point
    sunrise_786

    Tell Me Something Good For Once

    Allah is the merciful of the merciful and he forgives all sins.
  44. 0 points
    MartyS

    Is this not the Judgment of God?

    Warm greetings! I have pondered the question, How does Jesus save us? I believe His death on the cross paid the penalty for my sins, which cancelled my debt to God, makes me forgiven, sets me free. But there is more. He said of Himself... "I have come into the world as light, so that whoever believes in me may not remain in darkness. If anyone hears my words and does not keep them, I do not judge him; for I did not come to judge the world but to save the world. The one who rejects me and does not receive my words has a judge; the word that I have spoken will judge him on the last day. For I have not spoken on my own authority, but the Father who sent me has himself given me a commandment-what to say and what to speak. And I know that his commandment is eternal life. What I say, therefore, I say as the Father has told me." - John 12:46-50 Peace and blessings!
  45. 0 points
    Salam. Others have already made good replies, while others I do not agree with. One point of caution: If a Shia attends Taraweeh with the Sunnis, some Shias might backbite him which could lead to missed opportunities in life such as jobs, networking and marriage.
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    MartyS

    Is this not the Judgment of God?

    Hi, Ashvazdanghe, I understand. We don't either. For me, to live is Christ; but to die is gain. I agree... We know that physical death will come to us all, and it is not to be feared. But spiritual death will be eternal separation from God, the "second death." I believe that we share a love for Revelation... Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! Over such the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ, and they will reign with him for a thousand years. - Revelation 20:6 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire. - Revelation 20:14-15 But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulfur, which is the second death." - Revelation 21:8 Grace and peace, MartyS
  47. 0 points
    Yeah, I hear they like eating chilled out cats that do dhikr and drink Turkish tea on a Tuesday afternoon.
  48. 0 points
    I believe such topics shouldn't be censored at all. Rather the contrary, this should have much more visibility, as it's more common than it seems. I have heard of some cases, some close to me. The last one, the son of two close friends was sexually abused by his friend who was 5 years older (he was 7 and his friend 12). All parents know and the kid is getting psychological assistance. The family is destroyed and in rage. It was difficult for him to understand this as some sort of abuse, but it was. As for the older kid... What he has done is a crime, and he is conscious of how wrong it is, but discussing this issue with my friends, we really wonder to which point do kids at this age consider the consequences of their actions. I believe they can separate right from wrong, but not really understand the consequences fully. This destroys you. Mostly, you won't be able to see sex as something kind or lovely, but as something violent. And what's worse, you may only enjoy it through violence (domination, for instance). I don't believe it is strictly necessary to talk about it, but I don't know the case. I have also lived early "sexual" experiences with a close friend (I was 12), but he was my age and it was more out of curiosity and nothing explicit nor significantly physical. We never talked about it, and I think we both had different ways to normalize it. Yet for a few years, I felt that as some sort of secret I should consciously avoid speaking about, and I indeed felt somehow ashamed or dirty (and thats normal, we are talking about penises here, which we associate to urine and that is dirty for us). At 14, my brother asked me to measure his penis with a ruler. Again, nothing sexual, yet when we speak about family and genitals, it is extremely disgusting. My brother has always been a psychologically unstable person and a year ago we casted him out of home due to his schizophrenia and violence towards us. The thing is, once you overcome it, which is something that require time (it may be a few years, or half your life), you don't really need to talk about it. Maybe psychological help can be useful, to fully understand and accept what happened in the past, to be able to leave it at the past. But what's most important, to be able to enjoy sex in a healthy way. The problem with sexual abuses is not forgetting them. They crush us in a thousand pieces, and we have to repair our heart again in order to be a psychologically healthy person. To change our brain sexualizing violence and hate is probably the hardest part of factual recovery from this. While typing this, I also realize that I certainly passed through this, for instance, with the penis measurement thing, as it is something that I, a few years later in life, repeated out of desire with other guys as some sort of absurd sexual game.
  49. 0 points
    You're welcome
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