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  1. My mental health has been on the slide for a while, so I just took in my stride. Although bravo to those who took the lockdown so seriously - obviously not the whole killing thing, but it if was driving them that mad and they still stayed home rather than going out for walks or finding a tree to take shade under whilst reading a book or any other outdoor activity that got you out of the house, it shows how seriously they were taking this whole Covid thing
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  2. If we were to be just, then we should not just quote the Qur'anic verses which seem to agree with your position that the Prophet and Imams know all things. As it is clear from other numerous Qur'anic verses, that the Prophet did not have knowledge in certain matters. For example, quoting from this article:
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  3. Abu Hadi

    #Cancel Netflix

    Yes. He is basically saying what every other marjaa has said before. This is the principle that anything that becomes a conduit or channel for haram activities to come into your life becomes haram itself. For example, if you find yourself drifting toward any media you are getting thru a particular source, and that media has haram content, then this source also becomes haram. The game platform Steam could be haram for some people, not for others. Twitch could be haram for some, not for others, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, etc. If the platform contains halal content and haram content (like Netflix), then it is halal or haram for the person depending on which type of media the person is watching. The fatwa doesn't have to do with Netflix specifically. BTW, I thank the OP for making this thread and I think these types of threads are good to alert brothers and sisters to some of the filth and garbage that is on Netflix so they can avoid it. This is a practical form of Amr Bil Maroof wa Nahiya Al Munkhar (enjoining good and forbidding evil).
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  4. I would vote for zuljenah who cried and didn’t drink water even when thirsty because bibi sakeena didn’t drink water. about dogs my mum told me they were made to protect Adam as when he was being attacked and the giant dogs would just eat up the enemies but take the story with a grain of salt.
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  5. Yep nothing surprising there from Cherub. Whatever he says about Twelver creed should automatically be checked first.
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  6. Who said the chapter headings of al Kafi represent Twelver creed? The Imams? Is this a consensus and necessary belief that all Twelver scholars have said that the chapter headings of al Kafi represent the necessary beliefs of Twelver creed? The chapter headings simply summarize the general topic that the ahadith in the chapter will pertain to. Those ahadith could be weak or inauthentic. If the chapter only contains narrations which are weak and narrated by ghulat, how can the chapter heading be considered creed? Yep, weak hadith.
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  7. It seems like this guy has nothing better to do than to constantly misrepresent Twelver creed. Refer to this thread, where brother @Ibn al-Hussain who is well versed in Twelver theology as he has been studying in the seminaries in Qum for many years now, explains that the belief that "the Imams know everything" is not what Shi'as believe: https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235063650-were-the-prophets-marriages-to-aisha-hafsa-a-colossal-mistake/?do=findComment&comment=3238340 See here as well: https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235063650-were-the-prophets-marriages-to-aisha-hafsa-a-colossal-mistake/?do=findComment&comment=3238355 Shaykh al-Mufid actually says that the only consensus among us is that the Imams have knowledge of all the rulings, but beyond that, there is a difference of opinion. So Mr. Cherub here is lying about Twelver doctrine.
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  8. I wonder how many people’s lives haven’t changed much (ie they already lived secluded lives at home before pandemic).
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  9. I think it has been a different experience for different peoples depending on their family dynamics and overall relationship among each other. Our family for example bonded more together. I got to spend more time with my kids, understand them better as well as connect more with my wife and over all alhumdulillah our family as a whole have fared well mashallah. I think not having to deal with a lot of external toxic environment gave us peace of mind and added more patience and calmness to our lives. I think overall if your relationship is well then you're doing well, but if there is sour relationship amogt family members then those same people got stuck together during Quarantine then I'm sure it can be a recipe for increased stress, anger and overload of negativity unfortunately resulting in domestic violence or divorce. May Allah bae haqae 14 masomeen(عليه السلام) forgive our sins and guide us all to the right path Ameen.
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  10. Mainly due to a lack of proper research. The earlier and more credible accounts of Karbala by our historians/scholars are found in Kitab Maqtal al Hussain of Abu Mikhnaf, Kitab al Irshad of Al Mufeed and Al Luhoof of Ibn Tawus. However, the much later work Rawdat al Shuhada of Kashifi which I believe was written in Persian resulted in the 'rawzeh khaani' (taken from the title of the book) and the subsequent popularization of doubtful/inauthentic narratives. This work has been criticized by our scholars (the madhab of Kashifi himself is not even clear, he was said to appear more sunni oriented among the sunnis and shia oriented among the shia). Nevertheless the popular narratives remained and became somewhat engrained. It's the responsibility of each speaker to carefully select and analyze their sources rather than to rely on what is commonly heard or narrated. Sometimes the most popular or common narratives turn out to be the less authentic ones (e.g 'Every day is Ashura, every land is Karbala' which it turns out may not even be a hadith, let alone a weak one, or 'Seek knowledge even if you have to go to China').
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  11. Br. Ibn Al Hussein started there were many fabrications and exaggerated stories about Karbala. Why is this the case? Why is it being recited on the pulpit? Does the Shi’a religion really get its religion from the killers of Imam Husayn (عليه السلام) and those that felt guilty for not assisting Imam Husayn (عليه السلام) in the battle (the Tawwabin)? Hence we see all the matam, due to the guilt of our forefathers?
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  12. That doesn’t invalidate my argument that the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم temporarily suspended his political authority to judge – at least in the matter of Bani Quraizah – and transferred that authority to sayyidina Saad b. Mu’adh رضى الله عنه. Hence before his judgment, sayyidina Saad wanted to confirm that whatever his judgment might be, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم would be bound by it, and the Prophet replied in the affirmative. After Saad b. Mu’adh announced his judgment, the Prophet صلى الله عليه وسلم simply informed him that his judgment coincided with the will and happiness of Allah, that was coincidental, but he did not tell him before the judgment that he must judge in a certain way.
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  13. Unfortunately, Some people openly curse them. Most Marja's say its Haram to do it openly. So we can maintain the peace between each other and when (I have seen these people) a Shiite curses Abu Bakr, etc, The Person will counter and Curse Imam Ali (عليه السلام) (Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) forbid me and every person from doing such a thing).
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  14. The sunni claim for choosing a caliph by consultation is not confirmed by verses of quran as there is no example of a prophet / leaders/ caliph /imams / successor that was chosen by the people by consultation. Choosing the rightful leaders. Prophets/ caliphs/ imams is the right of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and no one has this right. The link can be seen with the examples of chosen leaders/ cliphs/ prophets/ iamsm by Allha saw according to the verses of quran. https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235068041-prophet-%D8%B5-was-elected-through-consultation/?do=findComment&comment=3308425 Thus what happened after the prophet Muhammad saww for the selection of the successor(Calif Abubakr) is considered an innovation or bidda in the religion in violation to the established principles of the quran. وَمَا كَانَ لِمُؤْمِنٍ وَلَا مُؤْمِنَةٍ إِذَا قَضَى اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ أَمْرًا أَن يَكُونَ لَهُمُ الْخِيَرَةُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِمْ ۗ وَمَن يَعْصِ اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ فَقَدْ ضَلَّ ضَلَالًا مُّبِينًا It is not for a believing man or a believing woman, when Allah and His Messenger have decided a matter, that they should [thereafter] have any choice about their affair. And whoever disobeys Allah and His Messenger has certainly strayed into clear error. (33:36) https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235068041-prophet-%D8%B5-was-elected-through-consultation/?do=findComment&comment=3308427 All the evidences from the verses of Quran have been presented in this thread that verify completely in line with the verses of Quran and relevant hadith that the Prophet appointed Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as Caliph, Wasi, successor, Mawla and Wali of believers after him. The twisting the meaning of Wali and Mawla as lover or friend does not work as the same meaning for the prophet and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) have been used in verses of quran as well as the relevant hadith. The verses for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) being the Mawla and wali of believers means that they are to be obeyed unconditionally. Like Say: "If you love Allah, then follow me and Allah will love you and forgive your sins." (Surah Al `Imran: 31) "Say, 'Obey Allah and the Messenger'. But if they turn away, [know that] Allah does not love the disbelievers." (Qur'an 3:32) "Whoever obeys the Messenger obeys Allah. If some pay no heed, We have not sent you to be their keeper." (Qur'an 4:80) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَرَسُولَهُ وَلَا تَوَلَّوْا عَنْهُ وَأَنْتُمْ تَسْمَعُونَ وَلَا تَكُونُوا كَالَّذِينَ قَالُوا سَمِعْنَا وَهُمْ لَا يَسْمَعُونَ 8:20. “O' you who have Faith! Obey Allah and His Messenger, and do not turn away from him while you hear (him).” 8: 21. “And be not like those who say: ‘We heard’, but they do not hear (indeed).” As for those who disobey Allah and His Messenger and overstep His limits, We will admit them into a Fire, remaining in it timelessly, forever. They will have a humiliating punishment. (Surat an-Nisa`: 14) The believers` reply, when they are summoned to Allah and His Messenger so that he can judge between them, is to say, "We hear and we obey." They are ones who are successful. (Surat al-Nur: 51) The same principle applies to the 3rd Wali ie Imam Ali as. Who is Wali after Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the prophet sa.w. Numerous hadith defines this truth. Now on the other hand there is no hadith mentioning any of the 3caliphs as caliph / ruler / ulil Amr after the prophet thus their claim of being righteous and true successor is clearly false and thus rejected. We have seen gymnastics of words for rejecting the truth but the incapability of someone to provide the evidences from verses of quran and hadith validates their claims as conjectures, baseless and false. wasalam
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  15. News reported so many cases of divorce and domestic violence during quarantine. Did anyone else notice this in their own lives and relationships?
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  16. @Ali2196, everyone’s threshold is different. You might think what someone is going through is small compared to others , but to that person going through that situation it could be equivalent to what your friends went through. If someone is at a brink of doing something stupid like suicide and a small amount of drink can calm them at that moment- then why not. The key is it would be used as a last resort-a temporary and used in the manner of treatment and discussed with an expert physician like the leader stated.
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  17. @Ali_Hussain, @guest 2025 , @Cherub786, @ShiaofAli12
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  18. Yes, I do prefer the MB over Communists. But that doesn’t mean I like the MB, I oppose them ideologically and politically too. It’s just that Communists and other radical Leftists are the worst of the worst. BTW, am I to assume you personally lean toward Marxism? The truth is, secular nationalists and Communists have no leg to stand on in talking about massacres. These are the people that have massacred millions upon millions just in the previous century. What is a massacre of some hundreds or even thousands by Islamist fanatics and Jihadists in comparison to that? Even today, its the Baathist regime of Syria that massacred its own people, and uses the pretext of “we’re fighting Wahhabis and Jihadists”, while killing women and children. Hamas was a promising alternative to PLO terrorism, but they made the same blunder that you rightly criticize them for. This is why I’m ideologically opposed to MB and political Islamism, although as I said before, they are much more palpable than Communists, radical Leftists, and secular fascists. See, we are just too ideologically at odds with each other to even see eye to eye. You are a Marxist secularist anti-imperialist, whereas I hate Marxism, I am a conservative, fundamentalist Muslim, and I prefer Western imperialism. We’re literally on the polar opposite ends of the spectrum. I believe the IRI uses this anti-imperialist, anti-West rhetoric to gain credibility on the “Muslim street”. But the truth is, the IRI is seriously against the West because of its own national and economic interests. I am 100% pro-West, pro-America, so that’s why I don’t like Iran. I also am aware of the fact that in the beginning of the revolution, during Khomeini’s tenure, there was a squandered opportunity to bring Iran over to the pro-West camp and direct its energies against the USSR instead. Even Ahmadinijed during the Revolution opposed the US embassy takeover because he said it will benefit the Soviets and their Leftist agents in Iran. I don’t know why they completely transformed into an anti-West regime when that was never necessary. Iran is a puzzle to me, because I don’t understand their language, and because they are a very insular country that censors their internal political reality to the rest of the world. Thus, I’m not familiar with the intricate details of Iran’s real agenda and geopolitical strategy. I just judge by what is apparent which is that Iran is clearly an anti-West regime that is also responsible for spreading sectarianism in the Middle East.
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  19. But the Qur'an admonishes the Sahaba all the time. If Shias started selling post cards with those ayats, would that be a hate crime?
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  20. I have so many questions about this. 1. Who is ahlul bidah in this Hadith? Mu’awiya? Yazid? Anyone who brings anything new to the religion—e.g. sunnis do tarawih, ahmadia are innovators? Do they have to be intentionally trying to destroy the religion for us to curse them etc.? 2. Al Khoei (rah) discusses the permissibility of lying against them given that it’ll stop their fitna. But how do we know whether it’ll stop their fitnah or backfire and make people think I’ll of Islam. 3. Did the Prophet or Imam refer to any individuals as donkeys, pigs or anything? Did imam Ali (عليه السلام) call A’isha this stuff? @MaisumAli @Mahdavist
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  21. Salam Alaikum, Is there anyone I can PM for help? I don’t really want to post this on a public forum so those who may have a similar issue to me and then change the way they see things for the worse when it is not my intention to do so, but the gist of what i need With is in the title. if not is it actually permissible to post this on a public forum where the world can see and could influence some others?
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  22. Pearl178

    #Cancel Netflix

    @Abu Hadi So both fatwa's that we received are pretty much the same (that it is halal to subscribe as long as it is used for permissible/halal use and it only becomes haram to subscribe to it if a person cannot stop himself or his family from watching haram content). The fatwa I have is dated 22 Muharram 1442 (10th September 2020).
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  23. if a take the shadah, insane or unsoud mind due to- jinn or shir would ones shahah bee ivalid?
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  24. Before we begin this discussion, you should read all the sermons and letters Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) wrote between Medina and Karbala. His intent was clear from the onset.
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  25. His words are not hujjah, nor are representative of Twelver creed. I can bring you 50 other scholars who say the opposite. As I already mentioned, Shyakh al-Mufid literally says that there is no consensus on the extent of the Imams knowledge besides knowledge of Islamic rulings. Don't make me laugh more, you are really embarrassing yourself now. A weak hadith means it is part of Twelver dogma. How comedic is that. A weak hadith is not even consider in fiqh, let alone aqeedah.
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  26. Hadith is Weak according to Allamah Majlisi and Behbudi
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  27. Because the Quran was revealed to the Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم We believe this fact before we even approach the Quran. It doesn’t make sense because you aren’t quoting the entire Ayah. You are quoting half of the Verse, like someone quoting the Quran “do not approach Salat” while omitting what follows “when you are intoxicated”. The Verse says “Your friend is only Allah and His Messenger and the believers” So where is the problem? Do we have any friend other than Allah, His Messenger, and the Believers? Perhaps not yours, but He certainly is my Friend.
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  28. I find it kinda hypocritical how we bring in our own opinions and logic simply cos we follow the views of a particular group of maraja. If every single maraja agreed that tatbir was allowed, then I would love to see whether Shias would still shame those who do tatbir. Very interesting. At the end of the day the laymen should refrain from giving such strong opinions. It's a matter of choice who does tatbir. Reputation of Shias are at stake? I still see people joining our madhab despite tatbir. If Allah wants to guide others, he will.
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  29. Imam al Husayn (عليه السلام) brought his Family because he wanted to show the Ummah that Banu Ummaya ruling the Islamic Ummah is a terrible thing. History narrates what the people of Syria did to the Family of Imam al Husayn (عليه السلام).
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  30. You said I believe the "terms" are identical. I do not believe the terms are identical. I believe the terms have different meanings. The attributes are identical. Additionally, you clearly were implying in the post that you think that the terms have different meanings, while I do not. Everyone can see how deceitful you were.
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  31. Damn. Sorry to hear about that. I certainly do think because everyone is being forced to stay at home more than usual existing tension tends to blow up.
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  32. @notme wow!!!!! It makes me wonder about the people whose parents make them marry at such a young age....what their statistics were during this quarantine.
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  33. l personally have not seen any of this, even in my neighborhood.
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  34. Kabala is not just a thing of the past. It sends a message for all people in this world to stand up for justice and against materialism, greed, lust, exploitation and tyranny. To answer the call of Hussain and to fight the thing that Yazid stood for and being prepared to die for the things that is right. And yes; the crying and being emotional relates to the over all message. It makes me feel the difference between the dunya and the Ahirah. The world is a place that make you suffer and if you suffer in the world you will have bliss in the afterlife. Where as if you seek the pleasures of the dunya you will suffer in Ahirah. Ok some people don't care about justice and only think about partying and buying their next Mercedes and don't want to hear about "fire and brimstone," but as the Quran says, some people just don't want to listen.
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  35. Continued from last post, So Abu Bakr admits to Uncovering Fatima (عليه السلام) and her house and that he didn't want to become Caliph, he wanted either Abu Bakr or Umar.
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  36. The Shia Islam is not based on Ghula principles, thus we reject any narrations coming from them or the principles they held. If our books hold such a narrations that fall to ghulat, then such a narrations are lies and are not part of what Imams (عليه السلام) have teaching us. Because such a people will be responsible if they are aware that they are lies and still recite them. If not, then there is no blame for them. The reason why there is exaggerated and lies about the Karbala is because it is an emotional mourning that have been practiced more than 1300 years, in such a time exaggeration and lies occurs.
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  37. Now what's even funnier. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) states in the Sermon of Shaqshaqiya that, Abu Bakr said to the people the Umar is his successor, but didn't want the Caliphate in the 1st place. Now Sunnis will say, 'That's Nahj al Balagha, Bring the Sunni source.' Here you go,
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  38. If someone has been following Pakistani current affairs, this protest and even TLP is nothing serious. In the 90s we have faced the peak of murders of the Shia ulama, doctors, officials. We and the orthodox Sunni too. Our security forces have fought the armed wings of such foreign puppeteered mullahs and the nation lost a lot of lives and property. The weird wild west of Pakistan, the Federally Administered Tribal Area (FATA) and the innocents living there also suffered as the army conducted vast operations to root out the fanatics and put an end to the proxy war. Luckily they did not get the chance to back them properly or so openly as they did with the "moderate rebels" / Daesh / ISIS in Syria and thankfully we broke their backs. They struck at our schools, killed innocents, bought politicians, used alliances of political parties and figures. It was a very big mess. Still is. They have many journalists on payroll. The civilian govt in the past had the army's biggest HQ and the central command under surveillance since '13 by using the civilian intel agencies under direct control of the PM. A PM promised power by the US gov under Bush administration, as can be read in Condi Rice's book. We saw mega corruption scandals unfold. We saw traitors in the army as well as in civilians. We witnessed the anti-state activities of the judiciary. "The Messiah" (still in power) a certain chief justice let go of hundreds upon hundreds of apprehended terrorists. We saw great criticisms and demonization of our army by our so-called own simultaneously. We faced off critical external threats simultaneously like Pulwama and the downing of Indian flies aircraft. Salvoes of baseless propaganda all around. Now, these days we have a new breakaway subsect of Shia led by "Zakireen" who are illiterate and illiterate people followed them and bad mouthed taqleed and ulema. They went ahead and openly insulted Sunni figures from their pulpits against the orders of the scholars. On the other side, the TLP leadership over the recent years has proven to be an emerging troublesome pawn being used against the state. Khadim Rizvi. Enough said. I am rather happy. Now they can only protest. No longer can they systematically kill our ulema and people with influence or conduct bomb blasts at our processions or other terror strikes. They feel offended by the speeches of the self proclaimed, fake "neo-akhbari" zakireen like Asif Raza Ghalvi, who are both "Akhbari since they detest sholars" and also Ghaali because they just love ghuluw and exaggerations. They are renegades. Two puppets struggling with each other hard while on foreign payrolls to try and start sectarian strife. Thankfully they won't succeed. International powers, most probably with India at the front, will have to try very, very hard in order to see any glimpse of the results they want which is to bring suffering to my nation. Inshallah even then they will fail.
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  39. No, definitely not in the scenario you described. There is absolutely no basis from the Shari’ah to allow someone to drink and get intoxicated in order to “numb” their emotions or deal with stress.
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  40. Tatbir makes Shias look bad. If you search up Shia, the first thing you see is something related to tatbir. People should just ask themselves, if Imam Hussein (عليه السلام) or if any of the Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) saw this, would they approve? Definitely not. Okay maybe you're trying to express love for Imam Hussein (عليه السلام), but is this really the best expression of love. People are actually turning away from Shiaism because of this. Tatbir just doesn't make sense, light taps on the chest is fine, but having blood being split in this way is extremely wrong.
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  41. Musa(عليه السلام) made Aaron(عليه السلام) his successor when he went away for 40 days(In the Quran), but the people of Musa Threatened to kill Aaron (also in the Quran) and started Worshipping a cow! How could God let them do that?
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  42. It changed my life, that's for sure. Thanks for sharing the book!
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  43. Three Minutes of Judgement Day is potentially life-changing. A relative sent it to me and said Please read ASAP!
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  44. Most people are obsessed with sex irregardless of their religion, even more than in past eras, it seems to be symptomatic of this schizophrenic modern age we are living in. All of this has root in Protestant Christianity and is a virus that has continued to spread in various forms. Good video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UFoZalAc8p0 It takes a good grasp at psychology, philosophy and history to understand what is really going on here. When it comes to sex itself, it's just a natural part of life and is totally ok and moral in all religions initially. Most religions explicitly place importance on the concept of "the family" and there is no doubt why, it is representational of life itself, it is meaningful (aka the penis and the vagina equal a child in traditional societies), and it's pleasure has a sociological belonging. In past societies though we didn't have contraception, so there is a whole bag of worms there. The inevitability of intercourse conceiving a child in ancient and traditional societies meant that sex out of marriage was immoral because it created societal chaos (and was a problem for men keeping track of who is and who isn't their offspring - as well as susceptibility to catching diseases by sleeping around). At the same time, homosexuality was not taken seriously back then but was considered immoral because it served no role, it was a sexual excess. Now in the modern world all these roles have been inverted and it has instilled an immense sense of vertigo. Following with the tragic win of capitalism over other economic models, everything we do think say and feel has been commodified, consumerism and milked out of us; sex is no exception, neither is even family. Everything has become parody and satire of itself. There is a strong tension between traditional and liberal views, even though such terminology is symptomatic of modernity and not traditional ideological signifiers. Part of why there may be a meme about "Muslims being obsessed with sex" is rooted in a liberal (and cultural-liberal) apathy towards morality itself, where empathy is taken only to the extreme (instead of a balanced view). As for sexual urges, whether male or female, it's completely natural but in the wise words of Imam Ali: "Surely, God put intellect in the angels but not desire, and he put desire in the beasts but not intellect, and he put both of them in the children of Adam (mankind). So whoever's intellect overcomes his desire, then he is better than the angels, and whoever's desire overcomes his intellect, then he is worse than the beasts" - Imam Ali ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم))
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  45. I would respond in this way. Every human society, and people of every religion are obsessed with sex. Just like every society and people of every religion are obsessed with other desires which are strong and innate, inborn in people, like the desire for wealth, desire for status / position, desire for respect, etc. Human beings are driven by desire, and it is the main driver of human behavior. There are some desires, such as the desire for sex, that can either be helpful or harmful to the individual and society depending on how this desire is dealt with by the person and by society. Those things mentioned in the original post(Don't shake hands, hair, music, etc) are there to give a muslim the ability to control this desire so that this desire will benefit them and not harm them. The only beneficial way to express this desire, according to Islam, is with one's spouse, in private. So for one spouse, either the man or the women, to close off this route, which is the only route, without a good reason is considered a sin in Islam. I think it's pointless to try to superimpose Western, contemporary norms over Islamic norms. If someone doesn't understand the ideas behind Islamic norms (rules) and the underlying premises of these, of course they won't understand them. If someone does not understand them, and is not trying to understand them, then tries to explain them using different premises, other than the Islamic premises, then they will become confused and confuse others. There are some groups in Western society (such as the Zionists and their agents) who are deliberately trying to create confusion around these issues. I, myself, love good comedy and good irony, but when it is used, like in the above, to mock Islam and Islamic values, then we shouldn't listen or participate in it, IMHO. I would also say it's ironic that someone who is defending Western Society, which allows sexual or graphic content to be displayed on every street corner, in every shop, on billboards on the side of the road (things which you generally don't see in Muslim countries) accuses Muslims with being obsessed with sex. If an alien would get off a space ship and look around at Times Square in New York, or Hollywood Blvd in California and then immediately go to a place like central Tehran or Cairo, which society would they think is obsessed with sex ? Also, with regard to the hijab and this 'obsession', Ahmad Deedat had a good answer to this in one of his debates. Here is the video. It is kind of Prophetic (the speech he gave was back in the 1980s).
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  46. Lying to disprove an innovator (or anyone else) is a completely wrong-headed strategy, particularly these days. Rather than having the advantage of defending the truth, you put yourself at risk being exposed as a liar, and losing your credibility, as well as casting doubt on anything else you say. If you get caught lying once, then why should anyone believe anything else you have to say? And why lie when you are on the side of truth anyway? It's hard to believe that such a dubious strategy could ever have been suggested by the Prophet SA, particularly given the emphasis placed on his own truthfulness and the Qur'anic injunctions on debating others, as well as presenting proof for your arguments. Invite to the way of your Lord with wisdom and good instruction, and argue with them in a way that is best. Indeed, your Lord is most knowing of who has strayed from His way, and He is most knowing of who is [rightly] guided. [16:125] Does this sound compatible with using foul language and making up lies?
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  47. A few points on what she said in the video: What kind of idiot would get offended by a film about Noah? If true, it just goes to show how 'tolerant' atheists really are. I doubt anyone is going to use a film as evidence for the Great Flood. She has an issue with the film being portrayed as ficitional. I wonder if she had that issue with the Da Vinci Code, which so many people seem to think has some kind of basis in fact, and actually use it in their arguments against Christianity. Like a typical young atheist moron, she can't stop herself from swearing when talking about religion. If all these other cultures mention a great flood, then maybe, just maybe, there is a common origin to these stories? For instance, an actual flood? Lastly, many Christians would take the flood to be local, and have some arguments to back it up, but she didn't address that point of view at all. Obviously, it's not quite so easy to make fun of.
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  48. CHAPTER FOUR : Allah IN THE BIBLE The suffix “IM” of the word “ELOHIM” is a plural of respect in Hebrew. (Remember that in Arabic and Hebrew there are two types of plurals. One of numbers and the other of honor as in Royal proclamations. Since the plural of honor is uncommon in the language of the European, he has confused these plurals to connote a plurality in the “godhead,” hence his justification for his Doctrine of the Holy Trinity – the Father, Son and Holy Ghost). Hence ELOHIM = ELOH + IM. Now I want you to perform an exercise. Do you see the words: YA-HUWA ELOH-IM? Place your left hand index finger on the first two letters “YA” meaning oh! and the other index finger on the “IM” a plural of respect. What you now have remaining in Huwa Eloh or Huwa Elah. El in Hebrew means god, and Elah or Eloh also stands for the same name – god. Therefore, “Huwa el Elah” or HUWA ‘L LAH, which is identical to the Quranic expression – Huwal lah hu (meaning: HE IS Allah) of the verse QUL HUWAL LAH HU AHUD Say: He is Allah the One and Only; (Holy Quran 112:1) The above exercise proves that El, Elah and Elohim are not three distinctly different words. They all represent the single Arabic word Allah. This is not my wishful thinking. Please see below. It is a photostatic reproduction of a page from the English Bible, edited by Rev. C. I. Scofield,D.D., with his Bible Commentary· This Doctor of Divinity is well respected among the Bible Scholars of the Christian world. He is backed in his “NEW AND IMPROVED EDITION” of this translation by a galaxy of eight other D.D.’s: Rev. Henry G. Weston, D.D., LL.D., President Crozer Theological jeminary. Rev. W. G. Moorehead, D.D., President Xenia (U.I,) Theological Seminary. Rev. lames M. Gray, D.D., President Moody Bible Institute. Rev. Elmore Harris, D.D., President Toronto Bible Institute. Rev. William !. Erdman, D.D., Author “The Gospel of John,” etc. Rev. Arthur T. Pierson, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher, etc. Rev. William L. Pettingill, D.D., Author, Editor, Teacher. Arno C. Gaebelein, Author “Harmoney of Prophetic Word,” etc. I have not listed the above luminaries to awe you. They have been unanimous in supporting Rev. Scofield in his “New and Improved” commentary. Please note that in their comment No. 1 below left, they concur that – “Elohim, (sometimes El or Elah meaning God)” and alternatively spelled “Alah” (line three, third word). All the eight D.D.’s above could not have been blind in dittoing the spelling “Alah” for God. How far were they from the Arabic word spelled – Allah – in English, I ask you dear reader? This is Allah’s handiwork, but the Devil (I must give him a capital “D,” he deserves it) was not slow in making a quick come-back through his agents. He succeeded in firing all the D.D.’s responsible for that debacle, and had them replaced by nine others with more impressive degrees than the previous lot. You will find them in the recent reproduction of “The New Scofield Reference Bible.” You will not be able to lay your hands anymore on the Bible with “Alah” in it. The Devil has seen to that. MY ONLY PLEA I had made some public statements regarding my discovery of the word “Alah” as alternatively spelled from the usual Christian spelling “Elah.” My plea to the Christians was this that spell the word as you like, with an “A” or an “E”, with a single “L” or double “LL’s”, but for goodness sake pronounce the word correctly, as we Muslims do. Because even with its proper Anglicized spelling – A L L A H: “IT IS SO FAR FROM ITS ARABIC ORIGINAL, WHEN PRONOUNCED WITH A THIN ENGLISH CONSONANT AND FEEBLE VOWELS, THAT MANY AN ARAB MUSLIM WOULD FIND IT UNRECOGNIZABLE.” Says Rev. Kenneth Cragg, the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem in his book, “The Call of the Minaret,” page 36. As much as the Englishman has the right to dictate to us as to how his language is to be sounded, surely we Muslims have as much right to demand a common courtesy when taking the name of God. We do not wish the word Allah to go into limbo like the “Yahuwa” of the Jews. More than 6000 times the formula “YAHUWA ELAH,” or ya”HUWA ALAH,” or “HUWALLAH,” (He is Allah!) occur in the Hebrew manuscripts of the Jewish Bible, commonly called the “Old Testament,” by the Christians. If this fact is openly acknowledged by the learned men of Christianity and broadcasted as Rev. Scofield had done then the day for Muslims and Christians to worship God together would not be far distant. But the Devil will not have it. Vested interests are involved. Instead of pronouncing the word ALAH correctly, they would rather have the whole word omitted. QUICK ABROGATION “Now You See It” – “Now You Don’t” is an old, old gimmick in the West. Compare the above and see how cleverly, how deftly the new band of missionaries expunged the word “Alah” from the “Authorized King James Version” of the Scofield translation of the Bible. As a guide to one of the largest Mosques in the Southern Hemisphere, the JUMA MUSJID, Durban, my companions and I are often asked by the tourists, “Why Allah?” “Is He another God?” The answer of course is “NO!” There is not another god. The Muslim creed, the Kalima is: “There is no god except Allah!” makes this explicit; every Muslim must utter this unequivocal statement. And the second half of the Kalima: “Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah,” excludes even Muhammad (pbuh) from being associated with Allah in His Divinity. We are made to say, so to say – NOT EVEN MUHAMMAD is god, or object of worship. It is Allah, and Allah alone who is the Only Tue God. UNIQUE NAME FOR UNIQUE GOD “We Muslims prefer the Arabic word Allah to the English word God, because this English word God is often misused or misapplied,” I explain to my non-Muslim visitors to the mosque, on their so-called “Oriental Tour” as arranged by the Durban Publicity Bureau, I continue, “On your last port of call, you will be ending off at a Hindu house of Prayer, called a Temple, and there, you might rightfully point out to your children the idols and the images found, as ‘the gods of the Hindus’, and if a Hindu overhears you; he will not mind, he will not be offended, because what you said to your child is actually what he believes. Then, again, we speak of the gods of ancient Greece; of gods and goddesses, who ate and drank, who wrangled and plotted; carried away the wives of other gods. “Further, in English, if some gentleman was to look after somebody’s child as a guardian, we would say that he is a “godfather” to the child, and the woman – a “god- mother” to the child. And if one tried to be a bit too funny, a bit too clever, one would say -’What do you think of yourself, are you a tin god!’ We spell god with a capital “G” (God), and we spell god with a small “g” (god), which creates in your minds grades and grades of divinities.” This Arabic word, Allah, is never used in any other sense. There is no such thing as an “Allah-father” or an “Allah-mother” or a “Tin-Allah.” Allah is a unique word for the only God. Arabic, like every other language, also has its rules of grammar, but in Arabic you cannot make a plural form for Allah, nor can you make a feminine of Allah. All this is very unlike the English word, God. If you want to make a plural, just add an “s” (Gods); You can make God feminine by adding “dess” (goddess); and you can make God diminutive by adding “ling” (godling). Look at the sheer mockery the Westerner has made of the word “GOD,” and how his fertile imagination has run riot and havoc in denigrating the Glory and Majesty of the Incomparable Creator, sustainer and Cherisher of all the worlds as recorded in the Oxford Dictionary: You have a variety of choices in the list above. Take your pick like that old woman who lit one candle to St. Michael and another to the Devil. So that whether she went to Heaven or to Hell she would have a friend. Jupiter the god of Heaven Pluto the god of Hell Mars the god of War Neptune the god of the Sea and Zeus the god-father of them all with his many wives and many children. His Hercules, his Appolo, his Horus, his Isis and Osiris. Sheer mythology and rank blasphemy, but to a people who believed in mythology, mythology was no mythology; it was empirical truths. And this terminology of the West blended itself well to paganistic theology, with their “gods” and “goddesses.” BUT Allah IS FREE FROM ALL CORRUPTIONS. YOU CAN DO NOTHING WITH THIS WORD IN THE LANGUAGE OF THE ARAB. YOU CANNOT MANIPULATE IT IN ANY WAY! PEARLS OF FAITH Here is a passage of great sublimity, summing up in marvelous terse verses the Asma-ul-Husna, the Most Beautiful names of Allah. Allah is He, than whom there is no other god Who knows (all things) both secret and open; He Most Gracious Most Merciful. Allah is He than whom there is no other god the sovereign the Holy One the Source of Peace (and Perfection). The Guardian of Faith the Preserver of Safety the Exalted in Might the Irresistible the Supreme: Glory to Allah! (high is He) above the partners they attribute to Him. He is Allah the Creator the Evolver the Bestower of Forms (or colors). To Him belong the Most Beautiful Names: Whatever is in the heavens and on earth doth declare His Praises and Glory: and He is the exalted in Might the Wise. (Holy Quran 59: 22-24) Where is there in the religious literature of the world anything to compare with this! “Allah” IN EVERY BIBLE AND IN EVERY LANGUAGE There is no difficulty in our agreeing that in the languages of the world, every nation has given a distinctive name to God. Most of these names are attributive names, describing some aspect of God. But the proper name for God Almighty in the Semitic languages, i.e. in the mother-tongues of Moses, Jesus and Muhammad (Peace be upon them all) is Allah! This name is still extant in the Christian Bible in every language of the world. The Christians are boasting that they have translated their Bible into over fifteen hundred languages, more specially the translation of the New Testament. In every Gospel that I have scrutinized in the various languages I find the word “Allah” preserved – English or Afrikaans, Zulu or Swahili. Why not check up in your own dialect to prove me wrong. I would love to hear from you. If what I claim is Gospel Truth, then how is it that the whole Christian world of over 1,200,000,000 people have not been aware of it. This is what effective programming or brain-washing can do. They have been trained NOT to see the obvious. Did not Jesus bewail: “Seeing, they see not, and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.” (Matthew 13:13). FROM THE LIPS OF JESUS I ask my Christian visitors, “Do you remember your Gospel narrative, that when Christ was supposed to have been on the cross, he cried out with a loud voice: “ELOI, ELOI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? which is, being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me?” (Mark 15:34). The above is a translation from the Greek manuscripts “ACCORDING TO ST. MARK.” Obviously his Hebrew has a Greek accent. Because, his so-called originals were written in Greek. But listen to Matthew, who is supposed to have written his Gospel originally in Hebrew, which was aimed at the Jews. St. Jerome, an early Christian father of the 4th and 5th centuries after Christ, testifies as follows: “MATTHEW, WHO IS ALSO LEVI, AND WHO FROM A PUBLICAN CAME TO BE AN APOSTLE, FIRST OF ALL THE EVANGELISTS, COMPOSED A GOSPEL OF CHRIST IN JUDEA IN THE HEBREW LANGUAGE AND CHARACTERS, FOR THE BENEFIT OF THOSE OF THE CIRCUMCISION WHO HAD BELIEVED.” Naturally, Matthew’s accent would be more Semitic (Hebrew and Arabic) than that of Mark. Matthew records the same scene as Mark 15:34, but note the variation of the dialect: Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI? that is to say, My God, My God, why hast thou forsaken me’? (Matthew 27:46). Please memorize the words – “Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani.” (Eli – pronounced like L and I in English) Utter the words – ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI; ELI, ELI, LAMA SABACHTHANI, to your Christian friends and neighbors and ask them whether these words – “Eli, Eli,” sounds like “Jehovah, Jehovah!” to them? No! is the answer if they are not deaf. Ask further, whether “Eli, Eli,” sounds like “Abba, Abba!” (meaning father, father! in Hebrew) to them! Again the reply will be “No!” if they are not deaf. Can’t they see that the cry is to Allah? “Eli, Eli – Elah, Elah, Allah, Allah!” Let them hear these words from your lips and watch their reactions. No honest person can help agreeing with you. ALLELUYA! Now ask your Christian friend, if he had heard the word – “ALLELUYA.” No Christian worth the name will fail to recognize it. Whenever the Christian goes into ecstasy, he exclaims – “Alleluya! Alleluya!”, just as we Muslims might exclaim the Takbir – “Allahu Akbar! Allahu Akbar!” Ask him, what is Alleluya? Take him to the Book of Revelation, the last book of the New Testament, Chapter 19; we are informed there that John the disciple of Jesus, saw a vision, in which he heard the angels in heaven singing, Alleluya, Alleluya. Ask him again, what is Alleluya! Is it “hip, hip, hooray; hip, hip, hooray!” Are angels in heaven singing – hip, hip, hoorays to God? Every time when God creates a new galaxy, do the angels exclaim – “hip, hip, hooray!” When He explodes a super-nova, do the angels say, “hip, hip, hooray!”? How absurd! Then what is Alleluya! The last syllable “YA” is a vocative and an exclamatory particle in both Arabic and Hebrew meaning “OH!” In other words YA = OH, (the vocative); and YA = (!), a note of exclamation, or an exclamatory particle, or as is more commonly known an exclamation mark. The Semite, both Arab and Jew, begins with the exclamatory particle or exclamation mark. The Westerner, in his language ends with the exclamatory particle or exclamation mark, e.g. Stop! Go! Fire! Bang! Let us repeat the above Tasbih (words of praise) as an Arab or a Jew: ALLE-LU-YA will be YA-ALLE-LU because, as explained above, YA is always at the beginning in both Arabic and Hebrew. YA ALLE LU would be YA ALLA HU: Meaning, “OH Allah!” (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise) “OH Allah!” (You are the Only Being Who deserves worship and Praise). Unbiased Christians will not fail to recognize Allah as none other than his – El, Eli, Alle, Elah, Alah, Allah. Call upon Him by any name, for His are the Most Beautiful names, as long as those names are not contaminated and as long as they do not conjure up in our minds the images of men or monkeys howsoever glorified they might have been. THE CONCEPT OF “GOD THE FATHER” There are many beautiful attributes of God, which are common to both the Holy Quran and the Holy Bible. A lengthy thesis can be written on this. But a very interesting facet I have discovered in this that among the 99 attributes of God given to us in the Holy Quran the word “Father” is not one of them. If the Holy Prophet was the author of the Holy Quran as his adversaries allege, then how could he have avoided the term – Father – for God, for twenty-three years of his prophetic life! Abb, meaning father in Arabic (Abba in Hebrew), is an easier word than Rabb, meaning Lord and Cherisher; yet the attribute Rabb abounds in the Last and Final Revelation of God. The reason for the omission of the word Abb (father) for describing God Almighty is obvious: MANKIND HAD DENIGRATED THAT BEAUTIFUL CONCEPT OF THE LOVING Father in Heaven to being the Father of the “only begotten son” – to being physically like a human being, because begetting is an animal act, belonging to the lower animal functions of sex. UNIQUE TO THE QURAN AND CONCLUSION Say: “Shall I take for my protector any other than Allah the Maker of the heavens and the earth? And He is that feedeth but is not fed.” (Holy Quran 6:14) No creature who is ever in need of earthly food can be “ATNATU!” If you can make the worshippers of the “man-gods” to apply this touchstone to their heroes, you can retrieve millions from the impending Hell-fire. Learn a lesson from the Australoid (give him one last look on the frontispiece), who despite his abject primitiveness still stands high above the millions of the civilized men and women of both East and West who strut the world today. GLORY BE TO Allah! And Peace and Salutations upon His Messenger Muhammad for conveying the Message of Cod to mankind. May Allah make us worthy to be his followers, Ameen! courtesy: http://www.institutealislam.com/what-is-his-name-by-sheikh-ahmed-deedat/
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