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  1. 1) The first one Allah is trying to remind them of his favor upon them, later,after their disobedience and killing prophets, the covenant got broken with them and Allah cursed them. ‪Quran 5:13‬ ‪So for their “breaking” of the covenant We “cursed” them and made their hearts hard. 2) the 2nd one says Allah gave the land “conditionally” to them:” if you don’t turn your back on me”, which they did. 3) the last one only says Allah will gather them at judgment day.
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  2. A good person can come from a bad family. And a bad person can come from a good family. Ultimately It's you who defines yourself
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  3. Salaam I saw some comments on YouTube using these verses to defend Zionism. What is our response? “Remember Moses said to his people: "O my people! Call in remembrance the favour of Allah unto you, when He produced prophets among you, made you kings, and gave you what He had not given to any other among the peoples. O my people! Enter the holy land which Allah hath assigned unto you, and turn not back ignominiously, for then will ye be overthrown, to your own ruin." (5:20-21) And We said thereafter to the Children of Israel, "Dwell securely in the land (of promise)": but when the second of the warnings came to pass, We gathered you together in a mingled crowd. (17:104)
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  4. @Diaz Brother , Bitcoin is mostly used by criminals nowadays and used in platforms such as the Deep Web . Basically , on these type of platforms transactions for guns , murder and so on are done with bitcoin, in order for it not to be traced is by doing money laundry .It's a weird feeling because this money is being laundered by criminals by hosting investment opportunities for strangers . This is just my opinion , I wouldn't do it .
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  5. يَا أَيُّهَا النَّاسُ إِنَّا خَلَقْنَاكُم مِّن ذَكَرٍ وَأُنثَىٰ وَجَعَلْنَاكُمْ شُعُوبًا وَقَبَائِلَ لِتَعَارَفُوا ۚ إِنَّ أَكْرَمَكُمْ عِندَ اللَّهِ أَتْقَاكُمْ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّهَ عَلِيمٌ خَبِيرٌ O mankind, indeed We have created you from male and female and made you peoples and tribes that you may know one another. Indeed, the most noble of you in the sight of Allah is the most righteous of you. Indeed, Allah is Knowing and Acquainted. (Quran 49:13)
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  6. @BleedKnee thank you akhi. Agree totally.
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  7. Here's the thing, I never genuinely cared for LGBT+ stuff until only a couple of years ago. Main reason being, that what started out as simply advocating for tolerance and legal rights of individuals who just have a different set of morals became a demand for a wholesale change of society. The LGBT+ discourse has gotten to a point of advocating for a kind of post-humanity, where you take the individual and push them to an extent where all socially enforced concepts (like gender) become obsolete. Where were start out at a completely blank page like in a videogame. You see that with folks who are now raising their kids without ever acknowledging their gender until their old enough to tell them what they identify to organizations actually getting in legal trouble for consistently using the term 'mother' rather than 'parent who has given birth'. There is an endpoint to this, the eradication of our humanity. Honestly, the old Christian folks here in Canada who used to talk about how gay marriage would lead to the end of the family don't seem cooky anymore. Even to some public gay figures like Glenn Greenwald. I really suggest that people watch this interesting post by Christian man Johnathan Pageau on queer theory and postmodernism, you get a good sense of what I'm trying to get at here.
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  8. Salam Brother, I think the big misconception amoung our Sunni brother and Sisters is that Shia is another sect, like the Wahabis or the Sufis, etc. In fact, we are just simply following what Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) told us to do, according to the most credible and reliable sources we have. The center of our religion is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Since Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) commanded us to follow Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) always and forever, this is what we do, in obedience to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). When Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) said (at Ghadir Khum) 'Of whoever I am his Leader (maula) this Ali is his Leader (maula)', then we followed Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) ibn Abi Talib. We didn't question that statement, or look for weird, alternate meanings to the word 'maula' apart from the obvious meaning, given the context it was said in. Our religion is Islam. Islam means to submit your will to the will of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) when there is a difference between the two wills. The most unfortunate thing that ever happened in Islamic history, and what divides muslims, up till today, is the fact that there were some prominent Sahaba who, when they heard the famous statement of Ghadir Khum, chose to twist around the words of Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and give this statement an alternate interpretation. Then, when they were ordered to leave with the Army of Usama, they disobeyed Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and stayed in Medina. Rasoulallah knew that they (those Sahaba) were planning a coup, because they didn't accept the leadership of Imam Ali(s.w.a) so they did what they did and hijacked the leadership of the Ummah, taking it from the hands of those whom Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose (Rasoulallah and after him Imam Ali((عليه السلام))) to the hands of those who wanted the Leadership for their own motives. All the issues we are having today, the root of them is that decision of those Sahaba to do what they did. This isn't cursing, this is simply a fact of history. You can read about it yourself if you look carefully at the events immediately following the death of Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h), a period of history which our Sunni brothers do not look into, or do not look into enough Shiism can be summed up in one word, Islam. The true meaning of the word Islam. This is why I am a Shia. If you look at the leadership of Iran, in general, they are driven by the Haqq. Wherever the Haqq is that is where they are. The only reason this stands out is because the other leaders in the Muslim world stand, not for Haqq, but for whatever will preserve their own power. They are interested in maintaining their own power and control, and this is their focus, not the Haqq. So this is why you see them bowing before the interests of the US / UK/ Israel / etc and putting these interests above the interests of their own people. They have the mistaken idea that it is those nations who determine the power structure in the world and in their country, whereas this power structure is determined by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) only, and He(s.w.a) uses, both the Muslim and the Kafir to carry forward His(s.w.a) plans, and the duty of the leaders is only to preserve and revive the Haqq, and not to stay in power, since it only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who determines who stays in power and who doesn't. Just because the leadership of Iran is the only leadership that 'gets this' ,currently, does not change the facts.
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  9. It's definitely a part of life. Even the Masumeen ((عليه السلام)) were not free from such people. A momin with intellect knows how to deal with them in a way that brings them closer to Allah.
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  10. I do. Stick around SC, you will find company here.
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  11. notme

    Loneliness

    I care. Do you have any hobbies? What kind of things do you enjoy? Do you live with family?
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  12. Sanitary and living conditions for an estimated 2,000 homeless people along Los Angeles’ Skid Row are so severe that the United Nations recently compared them to Syrian refugee camps. How does extreme poverty persist in one of the country’s most expensive real estate markets? NewsHour Weekend Special Correspondent Simon Ostrovsky reports. This is part of an ongoing series of reports called 'Chasing the Dream,' which reports on poverty and opportunity in America. Detroit, MI Recently Detroit filed for a Chapter 9 bankruptcy due to its colossal $18 billion dollars in debt. It's the largest American city thus far to go belly up. Detroit was once the most prosperous city in America by a wide margin. Decades ago it was even referred to as "the Paris of the West" due to its tremendous architectural beauty. Unfortunately since the 1950's the city has steadily declined in population and per capita income and increased in unemployment and crime rate. Detroit is now not only one of the most dangerous cities in America, but the entire world for a number of factors including murder rate and police response times averaging over an hour. Seven out of eight murders in Detroit go unsolved, allegedly due to exceptionally low police resources. The city is also plagued with an average of over 30 arson fires per day with many that don't get put out for hours due to severely inadequate fire department resources. It's sad to see a once magnificent city brought to its knees through government corruption and failed philosophies, fading local industries, moral decay and so on. Hopefully Detroit will find a path to real change and climb its way back to becoming the world class city it once was. If you find this Super Ghettos of Detroit video interesting then make sure to give it a thumbs up and post a comment below and say what you think.
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  13. Al-Hassan

    Investment in bitcoin

    As others have said, buy and hold for the long term. You need to do your due diligence first and invest only in money you are prepared to lose. Recently bitcoin price dropped heavily and there were people that bought heavily at the top before the correction and suffered major losses. So never buy heavily at once (easier said than done), but instead in small chunks from time to time and never follow the steps of the FOMO crowd. Crypto will most certainly be globally accepted in the foreseeable future, it just needs a little time. I would compare it with paper money, since paper money gradually became accepted hundreds of years ago and not immediately. Some people at the time were not mentally prepared to replace gold and other metals with paper but that obviously changed as time progressed. I think the same cycle will occur with crypto.
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  14. I believe that they are trying to weaken men further so there are no uprisings. They blame the “patriarchy” for being against lgbtq. They want us to submit to their rule without question. It’s why toxic masculinity is trending as a weapon against men. It’s brilliant I must say but obviously I am opposed to it.
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  15. The covenant is conditional...incumbent on Children of Israel to fulfill certain rights and obligations...since they reneged over and over and over Allah made contract null-and-void...Ismaelites were chosen thereafter...if you get a chance, read Imam Muhammad Al Asi's tafsir on Surah Al-Baqarah
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  16. As I have pointed out we may have different understanding here. That appeared to be the case exactly. وَنَادَىٰ نُوحٌ رَبَّهُ فَقَالَ رَبِّ إِنَّ ابْنِي مِنْ أَهْلِي وَإِنَّ وَعْدَكَ الْحَقُّ وَأَنْتَ أَحْكَمُ الْحَاكِمِينَ {45} [Shakir 11:45] And Nuh cried out to his Lord and said: My Lord! surely my son is of my family, and Thy promise is surely true, and Thou art the most just of the judges. There is a big difference in desiring something and supplicating for something. As the verse clearly indicates it was a supplication of Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام) because God has promised him to save his "Ahl". And he made this supplication to make it clear for ever that any relationship to the prophets without spiritual excellence does not justify the use of the term "ahl" ul Bayt. Without this supplication, it would remain a mystery for everyone as to why God has not saved the son of Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام) So I totally reject the idea that Prophet Nuh (عليه السلام) "desired" that God should save his son. Not at all.
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  17. I think this also should not be. My little girl likes rainbows and kitty cats, and also rockets and space, and my long haired little boy likes flowers and bunnies and dinosaurs and robots. Neither of them (if I have any say) will be asked about girlfriends or boyfriends any time before it might become an actual issue. I don't allow any mockery for liking or not liking the "correct" things Let children be children. Teach them to love and respect others, with all the differences, and we can avoid making them think about sex before they are old enough to process what it means. Just teach your kids to be always kind, and to love justice and stand up for the oppressed. Everything else will come in its time.
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  18. I usually love reading your responses on this forum but this one kind of struck me as uncharacteristic, and I'll explain why. You said children should just be children and should not be sexualized. I agree that no one should VIEW children as sexual beings, and the cartoon linked here does not involve children in their images from what I can see on the site. However, you should also note that since the moment children are young, they are made aware of their gender by the toys we give them and the jokes we make about them (e.g. usually little children as a joke in Pakistan were asked "do you have a girlfriend?" by their family members to try and get a laugh out of it") all of which point towards heteronormativity. By having these sorts of representations, at least children who are conflicted about their sexuality will be able to realize that there are others like them. Also, before you say children are too young to be conflicted about their sexuality...my friend informed me he was 10 years old when he realized he was interested in men, so children have a sense of that stuff pretty early on, and they are conditioned by their environment which promotes heteronormativity. Most these shows do is give children REPRESENTATION!
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  19. This lgbtq movement i feel is a cover for trying to sexualise kids and really push paedophile agendas , neither is right but even they are being used as scapegoats for the real agenda ie normalising paedophilia
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  20. The imams dealt with many jurisprudential issues differently according to the situation for example during imam Ali caliphate era I read a Hadith where a prostitute was brought to him for punishment and he asked her why she was doing this , she said she had no money to eat and was poor to the point that she couldn’t eat so she traded what she could for money to buy food, so he didn’t punish her at all and I think he provided her a government type weekly fund or monthly to buy basic needs other case where a thief was brought to imam and even though Quran says to cut offf the hand the imam ordered his one finger to be cut off from one arm and he wasn’t someone who stole from necessity another case their again of somebody who stole because they didn’t have food and he wasn’t punish well rather given money to buy food so it was on a case by case and circumstances was considered of that person I mean remember that case where the prophet found out a person who worked in the mourge was practising necrophilia even he wasn’t punished in fact he was only sent away and he even asked to be burned alive if I remember cause of how disgusted he was with himself and wanted it to stop , he was forgiven no punishment and apparently changed his actions don’t remember how it ended but definitely forgiven and not punished, the prophet was even is shocked by that when he found out he was shaken and went away in his own for a while and hence that verse of no matter what humans do God can forgive it and His mercy is greater etc was revealed and what comforted the prophet after he heard that and was shaken by how evil humans can be so I suppose it depends on the situation, if a person was a raging homosexual pushing his way refusing to accept it as wrong or detesting it or denouncing it etc probably would receive the full punishment of death, but if a person was caught and was regretful hated it was looking for a way out trying to stop it then would be different how he is dealt with
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  21. It is not mere possibility. There are things which are self evident. So the statement "whoever obeyed Prophet, has obeyed Allah" itself is self evident that there is no difference in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) & Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) except that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is a servant of Allah & is His creation. Hand of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) becomes the hand of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) as per the verse of chapter 48. Hands of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) are His knowledge & power. I can go to the conclusion by this way too. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is the mazhar of Allah's knowledge & power. If Imam Ali (عليه السلام) is known as "Yadullah" do we assume this yad has no power? Or that its power is lesser then Allah? Hand is a symbol of full control and power. تبارك الذى بيده الملك
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  22. Wa alyklum al Salam sister! Age didn't and still doesn't matter.
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  23. That's true. You can look at some of the Prophets as example, 1 family member of them, didn't follow the right path.
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  24. Salam. Do you know how old Lady Khadija AS was when she married our Prophet Muhammad SA?
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  25. Abbas.

    Touching namahram for job

    Laws are subject to a variety of exceptions. Quranic verse 16:100 refers to an exception, "He who disbelieves in Allah after his belief in Him, (is the liar) except he who is compelled while his heart remains steadfast with the faith (has nothing worry)..." Quranic verses 3:28–29 also refer to an exception. How did you infer the last bit of your conclusion? i.e. "...no matter for whatsoever reasons"? The Imam did not say that the exception of clothing was the only exception available in every scenario until Qayamah. His answer was relevant to the inquirer's material facts.
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  26. Abbas.

    Touching namahram for job

    Such questions indicate possible issues that may need a review in light of an individual's background, past events, and existing symptoms. Instead of discussing them in a public forum with non-experts, I suggest booking an appointment with a doctor and getting a reference letter to see a relevant professional. W.s
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  27. Abbas.

    Touching namahram for job

    Communicating with or physically touching male patients out of professional necessity is generally permissible, unless it can conveniently be avoided. Scholars may also consider societal norms, law of the land (e.g. gender discriminatory laws + organisational policies), and compulsory or recommended learning requirements and training of individuals within a profession etc.
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  28. Have you ever studied your personal behaviors when you are sick & when you are healthy? I don't understand why people become abusive with you within a month or two! @rkazmi33
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  29. Thank you for your reply brother. You talk with sense and you have taken the words out my mouth about Iran. It really is admiring and inspiring how they are dealing with the challenges they face. A real example to the world of courage, bravery and strong belief. These are the words you attach to Ahl Bayt. I’ve read in Sunni books about how the enemies of The Prophet Muhammad (Peace and Blessing Be Upon Him) respected him even when they clashed with him. It was because of how truthful he was and how he dealt with matters. I can’t see this type of light anywhere in the world like I see it in Iran. You have to be blind to think Allah is not protecting them. With USA having all the money and weapons yet they can’t even get a sneaky foot in. They can only surround from outside. As far as I have seen every Muslim country has made mistakes in my lifetime and some to this even have got worse. Iran hasn’t made a mistake since the revolution began. Their leaders have never pushed any agenda except for people to turn to the Quran. How can a sane man not look at this and feel like this is an example for the ummah regardless who you are. That’s why I ask “some things never change?” Now when I look into the Shia side of things and Sunni side of things I naturally feeling more in line with Shia side because the Sunni side have similar writings but explained with a “sugarcoat”. I look up today at the world and I’m seeing the same thing. The followers of Ahl Bayt are struggling in the path of Allah today yet they carry on, they have faith and knuckle down, not as rebels but as a nation. Not like jihadist with an Adidas T-shirt and a AK47, but like a proper set up nation with ranks and positions all beating the same heart beat. That’s what I see in Iran. It’s not wrong for us Muslims to be moving with the times but we must do it in the way of Islam as how it was when it began. Iran is the only nation I see who did it with perfection. I really can’t find fault in it. i look towards the Sunni leaders of today they are puppets. I don’t need to explain about the Saud family because a Muslim knows they are a scam and should have been hanged a long time ago. I look at how a majority of the Sunni look up to erdogan yet do not see the fact that he is a nato ally. They fall for his beautiful speech. Yet actions speak louder than words. If they treat today like this, where they fail to see the bigger picture and just hurdle at the beautiful speech then I’m more in belief that their versions are questionable. Even Sunni history I don’t agree with everything what the ottomans did. They made mistakes. They got humiliated by British forces who took them down and made them surrender in Palestine. The Sunni version of Hagia Sophia is that it is a masjid and rightfully so will remain that way. I believe Constantinople was taken wrongly by Sultan Mehmet II and the taking of the Hagia Sophia church was so wrong. So so wrong. The hypocrisy I see and the double standards is that they cry for Palestine and Al Aqsa but do the same out of blindness to the Christians. How we Muslims view Al Aqsa or Makkah Madinah the Christians view Hagia Sophia on this level. So I’m seeing a very corrupted Islam from the Sunni side of things. This is why Shia have differences with them. On the other hand I see Shia doing what a believer would do. With honour, sacrifice and love for Allah and His creation. Im shocked to see that a majority have fallen for the 2 metre distanced salaah in congregation which I highly object yet I see they are in the millions doing this. They have this magical belief that something good will come something good will come but they keep falling into a darker and darker hole without even realising. It’s the Shia I see shining even with all the sanctions and stand offs. I am yet to see the true essence of Islam come from sunnis because it’s just all talk and beautiful speech but excuses when it comes to standing up to oppression and tyranny.
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  30. Meedy

    Loneliness

    We're here for everyone. You said "Who Cares Right" well guess what God cares. It is good you're trying to find places where you can let your feelings and thoughts out. Where everyone can provide advice to each other to help one another. Have a shower/ Talk to God/meditate/Keep your head up/Talk to us and Don't forget to Smile. Maybe provide a little bit of information about your situations so we can understand and give related advice to such situations.
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  31. Yup. I’ll leave you with a stoic quote: “It’s silly to try to escape other people’s faults. They are inescapable. Just try to escape your own.” — Marcus Aurelius
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  32. Children should just be children. Sexualizing them is probably damaging and certainly unnecessary. I'm all for human rights and "live and let live" but little kids don't need to be thinking about sexuality and gender. This was on the YouTube channel though, not the TV channel. Everyone knows you can't let kids watch YouTube unless you prescreen each video.
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  33. He may be unknown but the source code of his work is open source and transparent. You can read it and compile it yourself, and run a network node. This is the beauty of his work - not even he can take back control of the network. He was unknown because he feared governments. You can read his forum posts here: https://bitcointalk.org/index.php?action=profile;u=3 Being unknown isn't a problem in Islam. Remember Nabi Khidr {a} and Imam Mahdi {a} are said to do works for the public even when unknown. So many other people work online for the benefit of the people without giving their identity away - including you. As far as the morality of a fixed currency that has no central authority is concerned, ask yourself: Would you rather use the US dollar which is used to fund wars, which can be hyper inflated and is created using riba when the fed creates it and lends it to institutions and the government? All these Muslims saying Bitcoin is haram but they have no qualms using the US Dollar, the British Pound and the Chinese Yuan? Instead they should ask themselves if it is a risky investment, if it is technologically sound, if it will gain mass adoption, is it safe to store etc.
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  34. Salam It has happened since Salaedin Ayubi has stated shia genocide in Egypt & rest of north African countries which under Taqyia a large group of Shias has joined to sufi groups which through long time majority of them forgot their faith & has became sunni sufis which in Egypt there is a slang that they are sunnis with shia soul inside.
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  35. This is what we need to do, but as far as I can tell, we have no idea how. For the past 500 years, "Western Society" has focused on siphoning the maximum monetary value out of people and things and the planet. We've forgotten how to value intrinsically.
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  36. Imam Ali (AS): Do not sit at the table where there is wine because man does not know when his death will come and whenever one of you wants to eat, he should sits on the ground like servants and eats. Tuhaf al-'uqul p 104 Imam Ali (AS): None of you should drink water while standing, which causes pain that has no cure. Tuhaf al-'uqul p 97 http://loghmeh.ir/Pages/News-1079.aspx Imam Sadegh (عليه السلام) said: Extend sitting at the table for a long time because it is not consideredas your lifetime. Imam Sadegh (عليه السلام) says: Do not eat while walking except due to compulsion. https://article.tebyan.net/280595/خوردن-و-آشامیدن-از-نگاه-دین http://hadith.net/post/10390/غذاخوردن/p192/ https://hawzah.net/fa/Magazine/View/3674/3707/19613/آداب-غذا-خوردن-و-آشامیدن-در-اسلام-(1) https://en.wikishia.net/view/Tuhaf_al-'uqul_(book)
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  37. Muzara'h & Musaqa'h Muzara'h (Farming) literally means cooperation in agriculture. The parties in this contract are the owner (farms) and the agent.Muzara'h is defined in the Civil Code as: A farm is a contract under which one of the parties gives land to the other party for a certain period of time to cultivate it and divide the yield https://wikifeqh.ir/مزارعه https://vakiltop.com/blog/مزارعه-و-مساقات/
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  38. Work & Investment » Questions and Answers https://www.sistani.org/english/book/46/2053/
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  39. https://www.shiavault.com/books/islamic-business-ethics/chapters/12-7-3-your-business-b-2-haram-business-and-trade/ https://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01227/ https://www.al-islam.org/a-code-of-practice-for-muslims-in-the-west-ayatullah-sistani/work-investment
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  40. Buy and hold, you will see major gains and also losses. If it stresses you out to see your money drop 50%, bitcoin isnt for you. Dont put in any money that you will need in the near future. Whatever crypto you buy, plan to keep that money invested for years ideally.
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  41. Don't know why we go to kaaba for hajj when we have local masjids. They are all houses of Allah.
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  42. Thanks for response brother. If we are to accept non-duality, I think the counter argument to the above question would be that whilst these philosophies have elements of truth, Islam is the most updated version of this truth where Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) inherited the knowledge of all of the Prophets (عليه السلام) before him (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Thus, Islam takes you to the Divine at a much faster speed than other religions like a highway compared to other long-winded roads. Further, other religions may have changed and may have corruptions like the trinity: ”Woe, then, to those who write the book with their hands and then say: This is from Allah, so that they may take for it a small price; therefore woe to them for what their hands have written and woe to them for what they earn.” (Quran 2:79) What I don’t understand is that if only Allah exists (see bold), isn’t this in and of itself indicative of non-duality? If we (creation) are the act or attributes of Allah, we know in Shi’a philosophy His attributes are not separate from His essence, so again we arrive at non-duality. I have heard that Sufis even consider it a form of shirk to affirm one’s own existence! Also, wouldn’t duality be affirming two realities, the reality of God and the reality of God’s act à la creation? But reality has no boundary, concept, limitation etc. Please do correct me if I’m wrong dear brother as my knowledge is poor. Yes they use the example of the snake and the rope: Sheikh Sekaleshfar described it as such (in a lecture called la Ilaha illallah): someone goes to a clothing shop, he sees hats, pants, shirts, jumpers, sweaters. All the Sufi sees is one thing — thread. Thus creation is something measured- with shape size and other things we ascribe etc. It does NOT come from no-thing (nothing is not, does not exist!). All of these these creations / “existents” are a defined manifestation of a limitless reality - pure existence / existence qua existence / Allah / Hu/ Brahman / Necessary Being ... This was a difficulty I had. If I remember correctly Sheikh Sekaleshfar alluded to God existentiating existents from pre-eternity. Brother @eThErEaL (former member) explained that the period before and after creation is in and of itself a duality created in our mind! I have heard some (I think Alan Watts) even say that time is an illusion! This Q&A between the Imam al Ridha (عليه السلام) and Imran may shed some light: Full debate can be found here: https://en.wikishia.net/view/Text:Imam_al-Rida's_(a)_Debate_with_Imran_al-Sabi (Special thanks to Br. @Ashvazdanghe. Wallahu A’lam
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  43. Asalamu Alaykum brother PureEthics, I hope that your Ramadan is going well for you Inshallah. You brought up a few points that I will address for the purpose of learning and discussion. 1- The opinions of later scholars vs early scholars. (Ikhtilaf al-masaa'il fi furu' wa usul) 2- Infallibility ('Isma) in regards to sahw (forgetfulness) and it's relevance to the preservation of the Sharia. 3- The attributes of the Imams (as). The opinions of the early scholars are indeed not something that is infallible, nor is what the later scholars hold infallible, what I intended by noting the opinion of the early scholars is that this opinion is a valid opinion. It wasn't just held by Shaykh Saduq (qs), but also by Shaykh Ibn Qiba Ar-razi, Shaykh Murtada, Shaykh At-Tusi, the scholars of Qom and the majority of the scholars at that time. So it is indeed a valid opinion, it isn't something that is "foreign" nor something that should be looked at as blasphemous. Another issue I wanted to bring up is that beliefs change over time with in any school of thought on the face of the earth, what may be a prominent belief now was not so in the past, and what is a prominent belief now may change in the future. So the "flavor of the month" and "phases of majority" that the school of thought goes through doesn't really hold any type of legal (shari') nor rational (aql') authoritativeness (hujjiya). If someone asks "doesn't thing mean your religion changes, and doesn't this mean that your religion is wrong?". The answer to this question is threefold, I would answer by saying that these are changes in the small matters of the school of thought and not matters that are the foundations of the school, also the beliefs of 'Isma now and back then are really not that different, so in essence it an an issue of a furu' (branch/small mater), and lastly we are humans beings and of course sometimes we will get it right and sometimes we will get it wrong, the reality is that the material and guidance is there, we as humans beings who make up this school of thought are trying to follow and understand these truths as best as possible, sometimes we are closer, sometimes we are spot on, and sometimes we miss the mark, this doesn't mean the "school of thought is wrong". Just like when the Shia khawas (specific close friends of the Imams) made errors in beliefs the Imams corrected them. Regarding sahw (forgetfulness) and it's necessity of absence for the preservation of the Sharia then it's again, something easily explained and should not shake the heart of the believer. An Imam being guided 100 percent in the preservation of the Sharia and theology is not contracted by an Imam making mistakes in his daily life activities, and this is something obvious. If they make an error, Allah shows us this error, he guides them to show us how they corrected this error and the benefit we receive from observing and learning from this error (such as the ahkaam of the prayer of the forgetful one). The Imam being guided absolutely in giving fatawa and answering masaa'il 100 percent correctly is not contradicted by for example adding in extra raka' in dhur. I'll give a good example, let us suppose we have a shaykh who is an expert in Fiqh, the best in the world, and you wish to make a book upon his classes on how to preform salah. As you expected everything he said was correct regarding salah since he is the best in the world regarding fiqh, you now use the book and pray correctly. The next day you and this same Imam are praying salah dhur and he accidentally by his human nature forgets and adds another raka', the question would then arise, does this negate his authoritativeness in his knowledge or lower the authoritativeness in the rulings he gave you? Of course not, hence sahw in prayer is quite irrelevant and a small issue that isn't really necessary to the preservation of the sharia. The Imams are infallible in teaching us our religion, this includes showing us how to pray, if they make a mistake in prayer it is because Allah is teaching us our religion through them on how to formulate the hukm for forgetfulness in salah, simple folks.
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  44. The later Shia and the early Shia have differed in a bit in their conception of infallibility and what it means, infallibility is that Allah protects them from sin and protects and guides them in teaching the sharia in the absolute sense, this may include ilham(inspiration) for new information or just guidance in answering a question like the way Allah will guide a teach to teach his son. The early Shia would see it this way, the Imams (as) learned from their fathers the religion and the general principles of fiqh, via these general principles they were guided by Allah to answer every single fiqh question, and by the general and specific principles in belief they would answer questions pertaining to belief, all of this with an absolute guidance from Allah so that they would not err. They can forget, they do not control the atoms of the universe, they weep, they use the bathroom, they aren't made of "light". They were indeed sinless in that, they were such great human beings that they had the choice to sin but they did not, when you are to such a degree as this, Allah guides in the absolute sense. The Ilham they receive is the way we receive it as well, as they say in the Arab world "the heart of the believer is his proof/indicator", however their "indicators" were much more powerful and on an entire level. Stop getting yourselves worked up and causing doubts in your religion from something so small and easily explained. Also as Ali Musa said, our intellect is to serve hadith and to defend it, not to reject, when we use our intellect to reject things it is because we extracted principles for example, of the impossibility of anthropomorphism from the Islamic texts and using this we deny hadith that promote Allah having these ugly attributes intellectually.
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  45. My point was to illustrated that you can't use your reason alone to distinguish what is true or false. 1. You believe in the need for an Imam to be present to guide people, yet at the same time you believe the Imam is in Occultation (which directly contradicts the purpose of the Imam in the first place). I don't see an issue with this because I submit to the A'immah (as) and their Lord. The texts speak of the need and purpose of the Imam yet these same texts also discuss the event of an occultation. I don't even want to touch your second paragraph after you compared prayer, with all the intricate details of Fiqh relating to it, to engaging in the act of Zina. The Prayer is an act we are commanded to carry out, Zina is something we are told not to engage in. You only need to be told once not to do something, bit different than the command to carry out a specific task. Your comparison is really absurd. This is just a thread. There is no need to speak with such emotion and attack people. The Prophet (s) reportedly said: Difference of opinion is a mercy for my nation.
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  46. I apologize. But I am not trying to spread an "Agenda". I'm just informing you that many hadiths narrated from our imams(as) say that the prophet indeed did forget in prayer, and they also cursed those who deny that. Your words "What kind of a chosen leader/prophet of God forgets how to pray?" don't really mean much, given our imams(as) said the opposite. Verse 53:2, does not mean what you are claiming. Tafseer from opinion really needs to stop from the Muslims today. Unfortunately, most people quote verses without going to the ones who are supposed to explain the verses to us. Part of a long hadith in Amali al-Saduq: فقال المنافقون عبد الله بن أبي وأصحابه: لقد ضل محمد في محبة ابن عمه وغوى، وما ينطق في شأنه إلا بالهوى! فأنزل الله تبارك وتعالى (والنجم إذا هوى) يقول الله عز وجل: وخالق النجم إذا هوى (ما ضل صاحبكم) يعني في محبة علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام ....So the hypocrites – Abdullah Bin Ubay and his companions – said, ‘Muhammad has strayed in his love for his cousin and has erred, and he does not speak in his praise except with the (personal) desire’. So Allah, Blessed and High Revealed [53:1] I swear by the star when it goes down The Mighty and Majestic and the Creator of the star is Saying, when He Breaks it [53:2] Your companion does not err, Meaning, (he has not erred) regarding the love for Ali Bin Abi Talib(as).... Sheikh Saduq(ra) obviously had a valid position on this.
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  47. While we should give Sheikh Sadooq the respect due to an early scholar of our religion, we should not take his opinions as necessarily law if reason, logic and tradition tell us he was mistaken. In the early years after the minor occultation, questions like whether The Prophet (pbuh) could "forget" were hot issues of debate and some Imami scholars disagreed with others on the extent of infallibility as well as the supernatural powers of the Ahlul Bayt. Funny enough, i think Sheikh Sadooq even called those who believed the Imams and The Prophet never forgot "ghulat." In fact, Qom and Baghdad/Kufa differed from one another in that Qom Imamis at the time were becoming more rationalistic, emphasizing the more down-to-earth human characteristics of the Imams, while the Iraqi Shia were more occult and mystically oriented and tended to emphasize the more superhuman qualities and cosmic nature of the Ahlul Bayt and wilayat al-Taqwinnah
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  48. 1. It's not talking about forgetting how/when to pray. It's forgetfulness during the prayer, which happens to all of us once in a while. 2. Many of these narrations are authentic, but the scholars who disagree with them say they were narrated in Taqiyyah, they didn't call it "rubbish". 3. You can't attack someone for simply copy-pasting narrations. 4. Calm down.
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  49. ^... Firstly, his post was not off topic as you described it. He took issue with one part of the lecture. Secondly, I'd be very careful if I were you. Need I not remind you are fasting? You really shouldn't be out right rejecting Ahadith just because they don't confirm to how you want to imagine the religion ought to be. This isn't a matter you're going to solve. Scholars have disagreed on this issue for a longtime now. Your 'rational' approach is incoherent, brother. It's time to subject your intellect to the texts themselves and not let your flawed human 'intellect' decide what you want to be part of your religion. You are indirectly creating your own criteria and standard. Anything that doesn't conform with that must be 'wrong', 'illogical' etc. Question: why do we need infallible leaders? The answer you are about to give is contracted by the Ghayba itself. If you want to dismiss things because they are 'illogical' to you, then you might as well reject the Ghayba as well. Your human mind is flawed. God isn't. Let's not dismiss things because we merely don't understand it at first. Question 2: If God is the One who caused the Prophet to forget in order for us to learn how to rectify our mistake, then what is the issue?
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