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  1. notme

    Thoughts 2021

    It was a preliminary interview with the recruiter, and it was successful; he will pass my information to his client. He has a few other clients who might also be interested in hiring me if the first doesn't work out, but he's most enthusiastic about the one in particular. I hope his client decides to give me a chance. I'm looking for remote civil engineering work, which is perfectly feasible, but old civil engineers are extremely resistant to anything new. I still don't know anything about the company. If it's some war contractor, I'm going to be angry.
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  2. You know, some people really should understand some concepts regarding the Imams and avoid having a false impression that the attributes they have equate to shirk, kufr, bid'ah, etc... This reminds me of a person that cherry picked this hadith from Biharul Anwar: http://shiaonlinelibrary.com/الكتب/1473_بحار-الأنوار-العلامة-المجلسي-ج-٤٢/الصفحة_191 روي أن أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام كان قاعدا في المسجد وعنده جماعة من أصحابه، فقالوا له: حدثنا يا أمير المؤمنين، فقال لهم: ويحكم إن كلامي صعب مستصعب لا يعقله إلا العالمون، قالوا: لا بد من أن تحدثنا، قال: قوموا بنا فدخل الدار فقال: أنا الذي علوت فقهرت، أنا الذي أحيي وأميت، أنا الأول والآخر والظاهر والباطن It was narrated that the Commander of the Faithful, peace be upon him, was sitting in the mosque with a group of his companions, and they said to him: Tell us something, O Commander of the Faithful. He said: I am the one who rose and subsided, I am the one who gives life and causes death, I am the First and the Last, the Apparent and the Hidden. How can he say this ? This is KUFR ! Subhanallah, you only have to continue reading the hadith: فغضبوا وقالوا: كفر! وقاموا، فقال علي عليه السلام للباب: يا باب استمسك عليهم، فاستمسك عليهم الباب، فقال: ألم أقل لكم: إن كلامي صعب مستصعب لا يعقله إلا العالمون؟ تعالوا أفسر لكم، أما قولي: أنا الذي علوت فقهرت فأنا الذي علوتكم بهذا السيف فقهرتكم حتى آمنتم بالله ورسوله، وأما قولي: أنا أحيي وأميت فأنا أحيي السنة وأميت البدعة، وأما قولي: أنا الأول فأنا أول من آمن بالله وأسلم وأما قولي: أنا الآخر فأنا آخر من سجى على النبي صلى الله عليه وآله ثوبه ودفنه، وأما قولي: أنا الظاهر والباطن فأنا عندي علم الظاهر والباطن، قالوا: فرجت عنا فرج الله عنك. They got angry and said: KUFR! And they stood up, and Ali, peace be upon him, said to the door: O door, hold on to them, so the door held on to them, and he said: Did I not tell you: My words are difficult and difficult, and only the knowledgeable can comprehend them? Come, I will explain to you, as for my saying: I am the one who rose and subsided, [that means that] I am the one who raised you with this sword, and I defeated you until you believed in God and His Messenger. And as for my saying: I revive and kill, I revive the Sunnah and kill innovation, and as for my saying: I am the first, I am the first to believe in God and embrace Islam, and as for my saying: I am the last, I am the last one who shrouded the Prophet, may God bless him and his family, with his clothing and burial. As for my saying: I am the apparent and the hidden, then I have the knowledge of the outward and inward. They said: You explained it to us, God bless you. I can also cherry pick some Sunni hadiths that apparently promote shirk and kufr, why don't you take a look: https://sunnah.com/bukhari:3532 قَالَ قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏ "‏ لِي خَمْسَةُ أَسْمَاءٍ أَنَا مُحَمَّدٌ، وَأَحْمَدُ، وَأَنَا الْمَاحِي الَّذِي يَمْحُو اللَّهُ بِي الْكُفْرَ، وَأَنَا الْحَاشِرُ الَّذِي يُحْشَرُ النَّاسُ عَلَى قَدَمِي، وَأَنَا الْعَاقِبُ ‏"‏‏.‏ Here the Holy Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) says that he has 5 names: Muhammad, Ahmad, al-Mahi, al-Hashir and al-'Aqib. So he is al-Mahi, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can truly erase sins and disbelief ? So he is al-Hashir, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can raise and gather the dead ? So he is al-'Aqib, while I thought that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the last and the one who'll remain forever ? But of course I'm not going to say any of that, because I know that this hadith has been explained, the same way the hadith from Biharul Anwar has been explained, and that these attributes are not of the same level of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). I wish you could also do the same.
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  3. notme

    Thoughts 2021

    My son is taking his road test for driver license. I request duas for his success and that he doesn't wreck my car. Also, I have a preliminary telephone interview for a job tomorrow morning. Please pray for my success if this is the right job for me. It's through a recruitment agency so I know nothing about the company. Edit: he passed! But still request duas for interview tomorrow.
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  4. Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) once said it is better to be with good company than it is to be alone, and it is better yet to be alone than with bad company. People who would alienate a brother in faith are people of bad company.
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  5. Haji 2003

    Doing your own 'research'

    Note: I'll be updating the initial entry with additional points over time, as discussions elsewhere on Shiachat help me to flesh out the original arguments. The popularity of 'do your own research' This is a phrase that we are increasingly hearing. It sounds good, since it refers to going out and gathering information in order to make informed decisions. It's part of the consumer capitalist culture we have been brought up with which holds that capitalists should be able to sell whatever they want and people should be free to make their own (informed) choices. The downside for individuals is that should something go wrong, they can be held to blame for their own actions. Do your own research and wider capitalist /liberal democratic ideology Of course reality does not work that way and capitalists know this and hence their preference for a laissez faire economic model that emphasises low levels of regulation. Why? Ordinary people are notoriously bad at gathering information, analysing it and then making use of it. This is why people continue to smoke after the link with cancer has been proven and why the cigarette industry is happy to go along with whatever restrictions are placed on it (except for outright bans). This is why firms that sell fatty and sugary foods are happy to place information on their packaging (the more complicated the better) rather than have taxes imposed or even outright bans. Capitalists encourage people to 'do their own research' because they know that most of the time people will get it wrong. Capitalist models of behaviour change are ones that say to people you are ultimately free to choose based on the informed choices that they choose to make. Those of us who live in the West have been sold this model since the Second World War and the ideological battle with countries that choose to have a higher level of government diktat and to this end capitalists have been aided by liberal democrats. In reality that worldview works where there is no external threat to a society. When such a threat arises, as in a plague like the coronavirus, the governments have to exercise high levels of control if their priority is the greater public good. Where other priorities exist, such as the economic welfare of elites, governments' messaging may again focus on individual responsibility and open up the field for those who recommend 'doing your own research'. What happens when people do their own research When anti-vaxxers for example tell others to do their own 'research', they are either being naive or deliberately taking advantage of others. Because what do you research? What papers do you read and do you trust what they have to say? People tend to read what is understandable to them and for most people that will be the polemic in a blog rather than scientific papers. Reading the latter requires a certain minimum education and indeed patience and time, that most people do not have. So they end up reading material published by conspiracy theorists which is easy to read, but which glosses over technical issues and may just even be wrong. The following quotation is from a scientist who says that his work has been misused by conspiracy theorists and he explains why: https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2021/sep/07/virologist-work-anti-vaxxers-covid So why do people fall for the 'do your own research' baloney? Because it makes them feel powerful. Following a comment below I feel I should clarify what I mean by 'powerful', since it's possible to misconstrue what I mean. My usage of the term is closer to what social psychologists may refer to as 'behavioural control'. This term is used to reflect situations such as for example being able to cook with healthier ingredients because someone has taught you how to do so. The conspiracy theorists however subvert what is good and noble into something wholly unethical. They encourage people to believe that they have behavioural control by making simple what is complex, by misinforming, using anecdotes where statistics would be more relevant and so on. And the reason for doing this is to make their message easier to understand, more interesting to watch, share and more likely to elicit an emotional reaction. Nevertheless having processed such YouTube videos people feel that they have done their 'research' and that they can now make an informed choice. The choice making seems more 'rational' and in a cultural and educational environment where we have been brought up to celebrate rationality this seems like a good thing, in and of itself. So in comparison to following government edicts to wear face masks, the 'own research' crowd watch some videos and consciously choose not to do so on the basis of information that they have gathered. They are therefore exercising behavioural control over their lives in a manner that they could not previously. And when challenged they can cite 'evidence' that supports their position - further enhancing their behavioural control. The reality is of course, that wearing a mask costs very little in terms of money and behaviour change. There are many benefits to others in addition to any to the wearer. But the anti-maskers are told that wearing a mask is some kind of subjugation to government control. Choosing not to wear a mask because someone tells you that you'll breathe more CO2 as a result, sounds like an informed decision that gives you control over your own life. God, nihilism and the human condition This new section was inspired by the following post: At one extreme then, the individual can feel that there is so much in the way of different perspectives, error on all sides etc. that we simply cannot identify what is the right course of healthy behaviour and what is not. In my opinion that reflects a worldview which questions God's benevolence. In my opinion the theist would always believe that God provides us with the critical faculties that enable us to follow the right course of action. The human condition in my view is one where we have to endeavour to find what that right course of action is - and it takes cognitive effort and it requires us not to give in to emotion or laziness. And just as the above increasingly become more challenging in a more technologically advanced world, so the tools that we have available to help us increase in their sophistication and effectiveness. Technology allows us to keep a record of who said what and when. In the case of covid-19 we know who downplayed the seriousness of the virus from the start (likely because of their need to protect their economic interests) and we also know who recommended an abundance of caution because they knew that in the long-run a healthy population will be better off economically. Those people who took the virus seriously encourage mask wearing, social distancing and vaccinating. That information can be used to follow individuals on social media, who have the medical expertise and benevolence to support your interests. Once you follow a reliable expert you can: See who else they follow And you can then also follow the health experts they follow Conclusion Few if any people are capable of 'doing their own research'. Ultimately it becomes a matter of choosing who you decide to believe. And in that regard it becomes a matter of assessing someone's character, their education, and their track record. People who believe in the concept of taqlid know exactly what the issues are here.
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  6. * Safar 7 is a special date in Islamic history. Some say that it is the day that Imam Hassan al-Mujtaba AS was martyred, but most say that he was martyred on Safar 28, the same day as Prophet Muhammad SA. Safar 7 is the day that the 7th Imam AS was born, however since that day falls in between Ashura and Arba'een, the birthday of Imam Kazem AS is not celebrated, but his life is remembered and ziyarahs are recited. https://www.al-islam.org/brief-history-fourteen-infallibles/ninth-infallible-seventh-imam https://www.al-islam.org/brief-history-fourteen-infallibles/fourth-infallible-second-imam#al-hasan-ibn-ali-al-mujtaba-peace-be-him
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  7. realizm

    halal money

    I think you will come across something regarding pork, which is the red line if I am correct. But hey, there's rules and concrete life...
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  8. So when Imams (عليه السلام) says that they are the names of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), it never even means The names of Allah of absolute. And how could it be because they are only ment for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to regonize Him. It would be wonderful to know the authenticity of the narration, if possible.
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  9. Unclear if issue here is 'mut`ah with non hijabi' or 'mut`ah with unchaste girl'.
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  10. -Enlightened

    Thoughts 2021

    This looks extremely interesting! Go women in engineering! I'm sure you'll get picked for the remote position . Sending prayers
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  11. Sometimes I figure You're there But You're everywhere You're close to the vein You're in the heart I have trouble grasping these things I guess since You're in the heart And You're the beginning of all creation I'll start writing from my heart The heart never deceives I learned Unless I deceive myself Then I'm a hypocrite Where I'm afraid to step forward into the light Holding light Bearing my honor Not knowing what's on the other side It's a strange feeling knowing chivalry is not dead Though now I wonder where did my light go wondering where words went wondering where my insight went And I realized I've been forbidden from typing anymore for now Naturally, I would call for help, but it's only Allah's help which will help. Well family too. We all get by. But my eyes with sadness saw a road ahead. And with some hesitation I started walking Despair is ill-fitting. Lacking hope in Allah's Mercy is worse.
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  12. notme

    halal money

    Take the work. You can serve anything except alcohol, which I doubt any school canteen will have. It's perfectly halal income. If you have doubts, you can portion out some of your earnings to give in charity.
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  13. -Enlightened

    Thoughts 2021

    Did you get the job? and congratulations on passing
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  14. Or let's talk about Wahabism, and how it erased all traces of tawasul that was present in the whole Arabian peninsula, as it was in Africa, Europe and Asia beforehand. Wait, it seems the whole Sunni World was kafir until the 19th century?
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  15. Peace, سلام—this is a deep deep philosophical concept and a hard one to wrap our minds around as laypeople—my understanding of "Man-yahdihillahu fala mudilla lahu wa man-yudlilhu fala hadiya lah" (Roman Transliteration) i.e. "Whomever Allah guides, no one can misguide, and whomever Allah misguides, no one can guide" (English Translation) is the equivalent of saying, "every action has an equal and opposite reaction" (Newton's third law of motion)—from a micro perspective Iblis is rightly reprimanded for not prostrating before Adam and disobeying Allah—from a macro perspective Iblis is a cog in the larger cosmological tapestry or scheme playing a necessary role / function—more later (God-willing).
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  16. Salams bro, Thoughts on Satan being an “agent” of God under Irfan?
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  17. Also, among the signs of the reappearance of al-Qāʾim Āl Muḥammad (a) is old pagan religions and Satanism rebounding in popularity.
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  18. Satanists operate through stealth and deceit—this is their hallmark—they appear rational and coherent outwardly— they want people (potential adherents) to reach certain philosophical conclusions and they'll use seemingly rational arguments to achieve this goal—the intricacies of their language is geared to nudge you into compliance—agnosticism is the prerequisite class for atheism—atheism is the prerequisite class for atheistic Satanism ("self-spirituality" or "self-religiosity")—atheistic Satanism is the forerunner to full-blown theistic Satanism or devil worship—Satan leads humanity astray through infinitesimal degrees until his ultimate aim is realized.
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  19. Come come now—all mainstream Sunnis (you obviously adhere to Salafism or one of its offshoots) acknowledge sentient beings being brought into existence in a timeless, placeless region before the creation of the physical universe—the original covenant made between Allah and mankind which marked the beginning of initial creation according to Islamic theology—this took place before the creation of the heavens and the earth—Allah assembled all of creation and informed them of the truth of His existence—all Muslims believe in this event. He has been studying, planning, observing, assessing and he (a) will arise on the command of his Lord—he abides by Allah's timetable and not by your or my schedule.
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  20. Northwest

    Collapse of Afghanistan

    To be brutally frank, Iran should not fall into the false dichotomy that the Western liberal Establishment is presenting: either the Taliban or postmodernist “woke” degeneracy. The Taliban and “woke” are two sides of the same proverbial coin, funded and backed by the same “hidden hands.” The problem with many critiques of the Taliban is that they sound more like Western agitprop than anything from an Islamic or even social-conservative background. During the twenty-year-long NATO-led occupation of Afghanistan, the “post-Taliban” puppet regime in Kabul, while secretly coddling the Taliban and Co. vs. Shias (and everyone else), sought to divide the population into Taliban supporters and anti-Islamic liberal reformists. For example, during the late 1990s many people criticised the Taliban for banning musical instrumentation and heroin, when according to my research Islam seemingly bans both of these. Western feminist influence also seemed particularly strong under both Karzai and Ghani, both of whom patronised liberal Western journalists and NGOs. (Of course, those same Western journalists and organisations always found ways to justify the Taliban as well when the “chips were down.”) So much of the anti-Taliban discourse revolves around Western liberal constructs such as feminist views of women’s rights, music, alcohol, dress codes, and so on. Very little attention is focussed on the Taliban’s crimes against Shia Hazara and other non-Taliban, non-Pashtun minorities, nor is much of an effort made to criticise the Taliban from an Islamic rather than Western liberal worldview. As a mere outsider looking in, I find Iranian media’s perspectives on the Taliban to be very inconsistent and contradictory, much like Iran’s dealings with allegedly “moderate” Sunni Islamists such as the Ikhwanis (Muslim Brothers) and their ilk such as Turkey’s Recep Tayyip Erdoğan (AKP). Quite frankly, all too often outlets such as PressTV et al. merely sound like the Democratic Party’s overseas apparatus, with its support for the Sunni Ikhwanis as a supposed “alternative” to Daesh et al., even though the MB’s fronts, including the Turkish-based “FSA,” served as conduits for Western/Zionist arms to those very Takfiri outfits in Libya, Syria, Egypt, et al. One also sees all the usual anti-Trump talking points and mindless support for BLM/ANTIFA, open borders in the West, etc. even though those very groups/agendas tie in with anti-Islamic globalist forces, including Sunni Takfiri and Zionist, that are no less dangerous to Iran. For example, very few Iranian sources have have mentioned Khashoggi’s very close ties to the CIA/MI6/Mossad, pro-Ikhwani Saudi factions, Turkey/Qatar, Osama bin Laden (the West’s Operation CYCLONE in Afghanistan), and other anti-Shia, sectarian, Wahhabi–Salafi circles for decades prior to his “assassination.” Yet in the geopolitical maelstrom Khashoggi has seemingly been turned into some sort of saintly martyr vs. the evil Saudis, even though he was always tied to the Western liberal Establishment and MIC through Soros and Bezo’s pro-Clinton/-Obama rag The Washington Post, which is hardly any less Zionist—arguably more homogeneously so—than the less influential pro-Trump factions within the bipartisan U.S. elite. One would think that Iranian media would be less Westernised and naïve, but for whatever reason that does not seem to be the case.
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  21. Tawassul .. Does Shia Worship Ahlulbait as By Biskit - YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SRrYXk-3i_0 Tawassul: Do Shias Worship Idols? | BISKIT | English https://www.shiatv.net/video/1604159847 Do Shias Worship Ahlulbayt? | Shaykh Bahmanpour | English https://www.shiatv.net/video/217748875 https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235072096-thinking-of-leaving-shiism/?page=4
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  22. In Shia Islam we believe to both of it as we agree we that there is no barrier between us & Allah for asking help from him but on the other hand Allah has ordered us to do it through 14 infallible intermediators as prophet Muhammad (pbu) & his blessed daughter & 12 infallible Imams (عليه السلام) which current mediator is Imam Mahdi (aj) which we receive blessing of Allah through him because Allah himself has preferred this procedure for us instead of following tyrants likewise MBS . I totally disagree with this because Imam Mahdi (aj) will return Islam to it's original teaching of prophet Muhammad (pbu) which he will clean it from innovations of three caliphs before Imam Ali (عليه السلام) which him & his two sons have been martyred in way of cleaning Islam from Innovations by enemies of true & original Islam & he will also clean it from innovations of cursed Ummayids & Abbasids & Ibn Taymiah & M. Abdulwahab . You always repeat same rhetoric about "do not associate anything with Him " nevertheless you can't recognize who is Wasila/intermediator & mix it with your deviated definition of Shirkology.
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  23. lover

    Collapse of Afghanistan

    Dr. Abolfazl Fateh wrote in a note on the Iranian media's stance on the recent events in Afghanistan: In the Name of God Dear media colleagues Greetings and courtesy In the neighborhood of our dear Iran, these days there are rapid developments that can't be ignored, and which have to potential to affect Iran and the future of the region. It seems that these developments have many complexities and many of its dimensions have not been clarified yet, so taking any approach to this peripheral puzzle requires reflection. At the same time, there are efforts to quickly improve the public opinion towards the Taliban with one-sided and sometimes manipulated information, and to accuse or criticize any critical view of the Taliban. These approaches are astonishing. Every sane person with historical and far-sighted experience acknowledges that the Taliban, no matter how much they have changed and become rational and civilized, has a long way to go before they can become a reliable party! The Taliban came to power during a long war and, of course, eventually through an agreement with the United States and the support of Pakistan. Of course, the Taliban also had agreements with Iran, China, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and so on. But whatever these agreements are, they were made against the will of the Afghan people, and Iran does not have a major role in it. There is no need to rely too much on these vague and, of course, fragile agreements, and to give up on everyone in order to welcome or satisfy the Taliban. Experience has shown that currents in the transition period are very different from the period of rule and show many cycles in the path of expansion and consolidation of domination. In addition, the history of the region is full with (stories of) deception, betrayal and strife. Another important point is that if we research the historic happenings of Afghanistan, we will find extremism, deviation, corruption, betrayal, violence and dependence. This harsh heritage will not disappear overnight either! And, of course, the Taliban is not the representative of the Afghan people and is not considered an independent and 100% genuine movement, but has been an affiliated movement so far. Even now, it has an amalgam of the ideas of the Haqqani movement, al-Qaeda and ISIS in its margins, and it is not clear to what extent it wants or can separate its account from them in the long run. In such a situation, although there is no doubt that we should be happy with the defeat and withdrawal of the United States and NATO from Afghanistan, whose hands are stained with the blood of the nations of the region, we do not have to turn public opinion in favor of the Taliban and thus change their history of violence and bloodshed. Nor is it necessary to sever ties with other currents in Afghanistan, such as the Panjshir and Ahmad Massoud resistance movements and turn them (our) enemies. Among the many millions of immigrants who have been guests of Iran and Pakistan and other places over the years and have returned to their homeland or are still living in Iran and Pakistan and other countries. There are ethnic groups, which share both the same languages and religions (with Iran) and that have been backed by Iran during these difficult years, and who do not have a positive view of the Taliban and have not forgotten the violence of this group (against them), even if their (current) policy might be that of patience and silence. It is not necessary to introduce anyone who is non-Taliban - both in Afghanistan and in Iran - as Zionist and American. And of course, this does not mean unnecessary conflict with the Taliban, which should be seriously avoided. The seemingly anti-American argument of the Taliban is not the right criterion for allying with it. If so, why have we distanced ourselves from them in these twenty years, or have we not sided with the Soviets in those days since the beginning of the revolution? And if their mere being Muslims is the criterion, why have we had a cultural-political conflict with the deviant current of Wahhabism for decades, and we have paid such a high price because of it. What is the difference between the two in deviant ideas? Comprehensive and reassuring criteria must be met. The media that wants to put all of Iran behind the Taliban, be careful what it does if the Taliban adopt the methods of al-Qaeda and ISIS or Wahhabism tomorrow, or become the tool of this and that and implement the plan of others? One can have strategic patience and a forward-looking view. Politicians, decision makers and national security officials can take a strategic and far-sighted approach with a strategic view and see the long-term interests of Iran and the Shiites and the people of Afghanistan and the region, take the precautionary approach and take a conditional and step-by-step approach. A kind of dual policy of political contact with the Taliban, while criticizing and pushing it to reform and change it more and more. Developing such a policy requires us to believe that the people of Afghanistan need an independent and inclusive government. It is one thing for the people to surrender to the Taliban because of the inefficiency and corruption of the Ghani government and for the sake of the US occupation, or for fear of chaos and crimes created by Taliban, and what their choices are. The other thing is what their real will is. Therefore, the Taliban must be taught through various political means to obey the establishment of a national government and to adopt the approach of independence from foreigners, even Pakistan and China. The Taliban must be taught that it has no right to monopolise power and establish tyranny, and that it must respect Afghan men and women and the internal affairs of Afghanistan, including the happenings in Panjshir, and pursue dialogue, and that it has no right to justify violence and genocide. As we have seen during the US presence, the Taliban have repeatedly killed their oppressed people in the name of targeting the Americans or because of remaining silent in the face of American occupation, just as the US has repeatedly killed people in the name of targeting the Taliban. It targeted the oppressed and the unarmed. We know that the East is experiencing a long period of tyranny. From China to Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and the UAE, and even in Russia and Turkey, with recurring presidents, democracy has seemed like a joke. The Middle East and its environs are hotbeds of rivalry and sometimes rivalry between governments and regimes that claim different ideological and religious discourses or systems and, ironically, often display the worst aspects of their religion(ideology/madhhab). With the domination of the Taliban, thousands of possible incidents might take place in the name of Islam. It is our duty and we are able to preach moral values, human rights and democracy in any case, and to beware of the day when the Taliban, with its religious and political justifications, may impose black tyranny, beat the people of Afghanistan, including the Shiites, and pull them in dirt and blood. In such a situation, a pragmatic approach dictates that instead of obstructing and ridiculing the Taliban opposition and critics of official behavior, and instead of clean-washing the Taliban in Iran, it is better to let civil society and public opinion do their work. What is the reason for the silence of civil institutions in such developments, whose cultural and human nature is not less than its political nature? Therefore, there is no need to oppose the gatherings in front of the Pakistani embassy or violently disperse the protesters against Pakistan and the Taliban. There is nothing wrong with informal politics and civil society making their own decision, if official politics agrees with the Taliban for whatever reason, which must be thoroughly explained. In Western countries, which unfortunately support the sovereigns of the region with a double standard, the media do not force them to support these sultans or their dictatorial values. Ironically, they explicitly state that they support these rulers for their own interests, not their values, and at the same time the media will have their own positions, criticisms and revelations towards these governments. Didn't the media rise up against this decision after the brutal assassination of Khashoggi, when the Trump administration tried to cover up Bin Salman? Didn't the media turn against Netanyahu's massacres during the Gaza war, when the US government fully supported Israel? Now, why do we have to face so much turmoil and imposition in the political and media environment due to the sudden shift in the position of official or partisan groups in Iran towards the Taliban? It is a strange and new habit that some of us change our positions overnight and we want everyone to be like this and if we reach a result in the slums, everyone will be obedient. While the elites should be the voice of the people, the voice of oppression, the voice of humanity and the voice of freedom. This situation may be due to the double standard. The dialogue approach is the right one, both domestically and internationally, and should be pursued. Dialogue is not just a method, it has effects. But when dialogue with the Taliban is accepted with that dark record, but dialogue is prohibited at the domestic or other international levels, or when the Taliban is properly invited to the inclusive national government, but within the majority of the people and the candidates are elected. They will be deprived, or when the Taliban are excommunicated until yesterday and made a saint overnight, and when the Panjshiris are national heroes until yesterday and today they are traitors, Americans and separatists! Like its domestic example, where the import of vital vaccine products was forbidden to some until yesterday and is a symbol of arrogance and lawful today; The result of such behaviors is a very strong distrust of the approaches and positions and approaches of the government and the polarization of society, the effects of which are also evident in a vital issue such as Afghanistan. Let's skip and get to the heart of the matter; No official institution in Iran agrees with military intervention in Afghanistan. However, there are serious and deep differences on the issue of how to adopt political, cultural and media positions that guarantee the long-term national interests of Iran, the interests of the Shiites, Islam, the people of Afghanistan and the region. From Herat to Kabul and the people of Panjshir and the people of other parts of Afghanistan will be our neighbors forever, so in any case we must support the people of Afghanistan and treat governments appropriately. In this direction, we need to take a smarter approach at all levels, using the perspective of a wider range of elites, as well as a more open and independent media space that can represent all internal discourses. I am skeptical of the large amount of weapons that were deliberately given to the Taliban, but I personally am not too worried about the Taliban's threat or security impact on Iran, because, thank God, Iran's capable and intelligent military forces will not allow them such move. Also the Taliban can't allow enmity with its neighbors as they will be economically dependent on them. It is feared that in order to justify the official policy, may God forbid, media might fall into the trap of justifying the Taliban and to clean-wash the face of this organization. It is feared that some people will gradually become not only savages, but also followers of the discourse, behavior, and approach of the Taliban and their emirate officials, which, unfortunately, we have already seen in the background, and the approach of those who believe that victory is achieved through (exposing people to) fear. Those who do not tolerate the slightest protest, and excommunicate anyone other than themselves, and justify violence and genocide. Those who consider values, civil and human rights, the constitution, legitimate freedoms, privacy, elite thinking, and elections as a joke or a one-sided game merely to impose their power! If God forbid this happens, this is the danger of a great threat to Shiism and a danger to the identity for Iran. Peace be upon you and may God have mercy on you and bless you ابوالفضل فاتح Sunday, September 12, 1400
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  24. In regards to the community, you don't need to join a mosque. I'm born-shia, living in the USA now and I've been secluded from all mosques, i completely understand when you say that they're not welcoming if you're not "from them" , i can relate .. plus, its covid so you don't want to mix with people either. Shiachat.com is a great online community and you'll always feel welcomed here
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  25. Maybe this youtube chanal would help. Personally I don't find it to be such a big problem. There are plenty of good translations out there. I use the Tanzil Quran Navigator a lot. It has a number of translations to choose from in many languages. But even if you understand the Arabic text you also has to read the commentary - the Tafsir. (In Christianity they call it "Exegesis.") I am told that even if you understand the Arabic words many of them has a bunch of meanings that you would need the Tafsir in order to pick the right one(s).
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  26. I don't know if this really counts but just putting this out there. I am a born Shia, lived all my life in a country with a sizeable Shia population but never had even one IRL Shia friend or even an acquaintance. Just never happened. The only Shia social circle I have is SC. I believe it's the same for @notme who is revert. Having a family who practises the same faith, of course, make a huge difference but just saying you can still have non Muslim or sunni friends and still be a Shia. Over time you might get some Shia friends or you might not. Either way don't let it stand in the way of following a school of faith you believe in otherwise.
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  27. This is interesting, as it implies that the “Panjshir Resistance” was being backed by the U.S., in order to undermine China and its partner Pakistan, in line with the possibility that I mentioned previously. Many members of the “Panjshir Resistance” seem to have strong ties to Western liberal MSM, and the West is currently eager to provoke splits within the Taliban, including by sponsoring Takfiri sectarian elements such as Daesh (ISIS)-K, along with other anti-China, anti-Taliban forces such as the Uighur ETIM, the Uzbek IMU, and the Pakistani Taliban (TTP). The West is clearly hoping to break up Afghanistan along sectarian, ethnic, and tribal lines, in order to prevent China’s BRI from linking Pakistan, Iran, and Russia’s neighbours via Afghanistan. So maybe the U.S. and its proxies are simultaneously supporting the “Panjshir Resistance” and Takfiri elements in order to facilitate the destabilisation and partition of Afghanistan, thereby undermining the Taliban in Kabul and also creating problems for Afghanistan’s neighbours, while forcing the Taliban to rely more on their old GCC backers than on China. Clearly, the West is aghast at its defeat in Afghanistan, and resents the fact that China now has more clout than NATO does in Afghanistan, along with the fact that Pakistan is now more fully in China’s orbit than the GCC‘s. This also explains the recent uptick in anti-Chinese terrorism against Chinese-led infrastructure projects in Pakistani Baluchistan (e.g., that which links to the Port of Gwadar, a centrepiece of CPEC). There is nothing the U.S. resents more than the fact that China now has more sway over the Taliban than the GCC. So the U.S. and Company may for once be manipulating the Uzbek/Tajik forces in the north as well as anti-Taliban, Wahhabi–Salafi, foreign-backed “splinters” in the south, in order to prevent the Taliban from coming under China’s sway, as well as to pressure Pakistan into siding with the GCC as opposed to China. Basically, the U.S. wants to synergise all the anti-Taliban forces in Afghanistan in order to score geopolitical points vs. China and also undermine the growing ties between Pakistan and Iran, while sidelining Russia’s successful role in the region. So far, however, China and its “friends” seem to be winning the battle vs. the U.S. and its lackeys in Afghanistan. This outcome would be preferable for minorities in Afghanistan, and better for Pakistan, Iran, and Russia, as opposed to the West. The old unipolar Zionist hegemony of the West is dead, and a new multipolar order is de facto ascendant, both regionally and globally. Ironically, China is now the primary champion of free trade and industrial capitalism, not the “woke,” anti-industrial, “cultural-‘Marxist‘” West.
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  28. this is shia belief in contrast with your selfmade sect by cherrypicking from Holy Quran & denying divinity of prophet Muhammad (pbu) & Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام).
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  29. Salam It has no relation to claiming that Allah needs "anybody's assistance " but on the other hand everything has been created by Allah through light of prophet Muhammad (pbu) & his Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) which in any era whole of creation is dependent to existence of one of Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) which now whole of creation is dependent to existance of Imam Mahdi (aj) due to will of Allah while Allah is independent from everyone & everything but on the other hand Imam Mahdi (aj) is the most dependant creation to Allah which whole of creation is dependent to Allah through him. It's about all of Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) from first creation of Allah as prophet Muhammad (pbu) to Imam Mahdi (aj) which Imam Mahdi (aj) has been described exactly same as prophet Muhammad (pbu) in all of aspects in both of sunni & Shia narration by prophet Muhammad (pbu) himself which all infallible Imams (عليه السلام) have confrmed that prophet Muhammad (pbu) is superior to them & rest of prophets.
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  30. Let me remind you that you said "knowledge". Now you are making it specific to hadith & jurisprudence. No, it is absurd to say. Why? Because we have indeed اختلاف on this very assertion that the designated Imams are 3. How can he even say that in that sense while there are many ahadith of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) mentioning Imam Mehdi (عليه السلام) in both Sunni & Shi'i books? Who introduced Mehdi (عليه السلام) as Imam well before his birth? Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) So how can the designated Imams were 3? Now Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) introduced Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) & Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) as Imams along with their father Imam Ali (عليه السلام). Do we have two Imams at the same time after Imam Ali (عليه السلام)? Or do we have 3 Imams of time after the wafat of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)? Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) nominated Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as his successor, Imam Ali (عليه السلام) nominated Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) as his successor, Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) nominated Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) as his successor and Imam Hussain nominated Imam Sajjad (عليه السلام) as his successor..... And the chain goes on to Imam Mehdi (عليه السلام). Perhaps you are excluding Imam Sajjad (عليه السلام), Imam Baqir (عليه السلام) from "the entirety of Ahl ul Bayt (عليه السلام)" We can say the same for you because zaidiyyah were failed to recognize Imam of time after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) whose obedience is made obligatory to them by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). من مات ولم يعرف إمام زمانه مات ميتة جاهلية 1. Yes you do deny. Your books contain this contradiction. A confession is present right there that you don't have an Imam whose obedience is obligatory after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام). 2. What is the point of having Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) when He fundamentally does nothing to help Muslimeen? This sort of argument would bury the whole emaan, so beware my brother. As I have pointed out earlier, we believe in tashri'i & takwini guidance. Imam,.according to us, is the bearer of wilayat al-takwiniyah. You seems to totally reject the concept of takwini guidance with your this argument and hence putting a question mark on Allah's system of guidance. Infact, Imam of our time is fulfilling his duties according to the will of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Even if apparently, the door of tashri'i guidance is closed for a time being, the door of takwini guidance is still open. مَا أَصَابَ مِن مُّصِيبَةٍ إِلَّا بِإِذْنِ اللَّهِ وَمَن يُؤْمِن بِاللَّهِ يَهْدِ قَلْبَهُ وَاللَّهُ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عَلِيمٌ 64:11 This hadith is mentioning the tashri'i role of Imam. The takwini role is mentioned here: عن أبي حمزة قال: "قلت لأبي عبد الله عليه السلام: أتبقى الأرض بغير إمام؟ قال عليه السلام: لو بقيت الأرض بغير إمام لساخت" (الكافي ج1 ص179). روى الحمويني بسنده: "عن سليمان الأعمش بن مهران عن جعفر الصادق عن أبيه عن جده علي بن الحسين رضي الله عنهم قال: نحن أئمة المسلمين وحجج الله على العالمين وسادات المؤمنين، وقادة الغر المحجلين، وموالي المسلمين ونحن أمان لأهل الأرض كما أن النجوم أمان لأهل السماء وبنا يمسك السماء أن تقع على الأرض إلا بإذنه، وبنا ينزل الغيث وتنشر الرحمة وتخرج بركات الأرض، ولولا ما على الأرض منا لساخت بأهلها ثم قال: ولم تخل منذ خلق الله آدم (عليه السلام) من حجة الله فيها أما ظاهر مشهور، أو غائب مستور، ولا تخلو الأرض إلى أن تقوم الساعة من حجة، ولولا ذلك لم يعبد الله. قال سليمان: فقلت لجعفر الصادق رضي الله عنه: كيف ينتفع الناس بالحجة الغائب المستور؟ قال: كما ينتفعون بالشمس إذا سترها السحاب" (فرائد السمطين للحمويني ج1 ص45 وينابيع المودة للقندوزي الحنفي ج3 ص361). Wassalam
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  31. lol, what he has said is clearly understood brother. I think we have no difference in "taking knowledge" from even a kafir, as hikmah is considered as the lost treasure of momin. "Made it (Imamate) general". Am I that poor in understanding english? For us whether he claim or not, it is equal because of the fact that he was the only son of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) remained alive after Karbala. And we have reports which confirm his Imamate. Secondly, it is our belief that Earth cannot remain without the Hujjah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), this belief is authenticated by several sahih ahadith available with us. And Imam Sajjad (عليه السلام) was the only son of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), therefore he is the Imam & the Hujjah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on Earth after Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) Regarding your assertion "nor did he designate", I have proved you on your debate thread # 4 by quoting from two books that Zayd Shaheed believed Imam Baqir (عليه السلام) as his Imam. Should I requote those ahadith which looked lies to you? Here they are: كفاية الأثر(:ص296 ـ 297):. عن أبي بكير انه قال لزيد: يا بن رسول الله هل عهد إليكم رسول الله متى يقوم قائمكم؟ قا: (يا أبا بكير انك لن تلحقه وان هذا الأمر يليه ستة أوصياء من بعد هذا وأشار إلى الباقر ثم يجعل الله خروج قائمنا فيملأها قسطاً وعدلا كما ملئت ظلماً وجوراً قلت يا ابن رسول الله الست صاحب هذا الأمر؟ فقال: انا من العترة... روى ابن شهر آشوب في المناقب ان الامام زيد (عليه السلام) اشار إلى الإمام الباقر بأبيات وقال: ثوى باقر العلم ملحد ***** امام الورى طيب المولد فمن لي سوى جعفر بعده ***** امام الورى الاوحد الامجد أبا جعفر الخير انت الامام ***** وانت المرجى لبلوى غد ابن شهر آشوب، المناقب: 197، ط دار الأضواء، بيروت.
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  32. So we are expanding tawassul from "only Allah" to "Allah + alive" and now "Allah + Alive + inanimate objects belonging to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)". I question my sunni brethren who are more attached to the Prophet's belongings than his family. I hope you realize that the Ahlul Bayt are important because they belong to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and dare I say we're more important than his tupperware.
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  33. So let's leave Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام) aside and have the same discussion on Hz Isa (عليه السلام). Valid? has the stance changed from "Ask no one but Allah for help" to "Ask Allah and anyone alive for help" because the ayah you quoted was very specific? Any time any Muslims asks anyone for help, is he/she committing shirk? Not one of us has said "Dont ask Allah for help". The discussion is more around is it okay to ask non-Allah for help. That is a Y/N question. Did you know that the sahaba did tawassul with the Prophet's (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) cloak, tupperware and also called upon Ibn Abbas to pray for rain since he was related to Allah. So clearly the precedent for tawassul was set by the sahaba.
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  34. The statement actually never ended here, it continues as follows: هل بيننا وبينكم اختلاف في علي بن أبي طالب ثم بعده الحسن بن علي ؟ أو هل اختلفنا من بعده في الحسين بن علي ؟ أو هل اختلفنا في علي بن الحسين ؟ أو هل اختلفنا في محمد بن علي ؟ أو هل ظهر منهم رغبة في الدنيا ؟! او طلب اموال الناس ؟ إلى قوله : فلو أردنا أن نجحد الحقّ لجحدناهم من بعد الحسين بن علي، وصيّرناه في أهل بيت النبي (صلى الله عليه وآله) عامّةً Ref: الزيدية في اليمن (ص 17 ـ 18) عن كتاب (الردّ على الروافض من الغلاة ـ المخطوط ـ ص 264 ـ 265). Is there a difference between us and you regarding Ali bin Abi Talib, then after him, Al-Hassan bin Ali? Or did we differ after him about Hussein bin Ali? Or did we disagree about Ali bin Al-Hussein? Or did we disagree with Muhammad ibn Ali ? Or did they show a desire for the world?! Or ask for people's money? To his saying: If we wanted to deny the truth, we would have denied them after al-Husayn ibn Ali, and made it general among the people of the Prophet (peace and blessings of God be upon him and his family). Now since you are bringing Al-Hakim, I am quoting from him and from others: روى الحافظ ابن عساكر، بسنده، عن سفيان بن عُيَيْنَة، عن أبي الزبير قال: كنّا عند جابر، فدخل عليه علي بن الحسين، فقال له جابر: كنت عند رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)، فدخل الحسين، فضمّه اليه وقبّله وأقعده إلى جنبه، ثم قال: يولد لابني هذا ابن يقال له « علي بن الحسين » إذا كان يوم القيامة نادى مناد من بُطنان العرش: « ليقم سيّد العابدين » فيقوم هو تاريخ دمشق ص 26 الحديث 34 وروى ابن المديني عن جابر أنه قال للامام الباقر محمد بن علي، وهو صغير: « رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله) يسلّم عليك » فقيل له: وكيف ذاك ؟ قال: كنت جالساً عنده، والحسين في حجره وهو يداعبه، فقال: يا جابر، يولد له مولود اسمه عليّ، إذا كان يوم القيامة نادى مناد: « ليقم سيّد العابدين » فيقوم ولده، ثم يولد له ولدُ اسمه محمد، فإنْ أدركْتَه ـ يا جابر ـ فأقرئه منّي السلام منظور (17: 234). Now from your own books: روى السيد الموفق بالله قال: أخبرنا أبوالحسن علي بن أحمد: أخبرنا أبوأحمد الحسن بن عبدالله: أخبرنا الحسن بن علي بن زكريا: حدثّنا العباس بن بكّار: حدثّنا أبوبكر الهذلي، عن أبي الزبير، عن جابر قال: سمعت رسول الله (صلى الله عليه وآله)يقول: يُولَد للحسين ابنٌ يُقال له علي، إذا كان يوم القيامة نادى مناد: ليقم سيّد العابدين كتاب الاعتبار وسلوة العارفين (ص 185) ورواه الشهيد المحلّي أنـّه (صلى الله عليه وآله) قال: إذا كان يوم القيامة نادى مناد: « ليقم سيّد العابدين » فيقوم عليّ بن الحسين الحدائق الوردية (ص 137). Are these sufficient?
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  35. This clause itself is the bid'a invented by the Zaidiyyah. Otherwise please provide the نص for this clause from Quran or from the hadith of Aimma e Tahireen (عليه السلام)
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  36. Well he doesn't mentioned any of the Imam. He just mentioned the traits/qualities and by this statement, Imam Sajjad (عليه السلام) automatically become your Imam whose obedience was obligatory.
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  37. You are displaying nothing but contradictions. The نص for the Imamate of Imam Ali bin Hussain (عليه السلام) can be found in your own books: يظهر من كلام الهادي إلى الحق يحيى بن الحسين (المتوفّى 298) أنه يلتزم بإمامة السجاد (عليه السلام)بالنصّ على الوصية إليه حيث ذكره باسمه الصريح، فقد قال: إن الله عزوجل أوصى بخلقه على لسان النبي الى عليّ بن أبي طالب، والحسن، والحسين، وإلى الأخيار من ذريّة الحسن والحسين، أولهم علي بن الحسين، وآخرهم المهدي، ثم الأئمة في ما بينهما This statement clearly indicates that the bequest was to Imam al-Sajjad (peace be upon him) as it was for his father, uncle and grandfather, by appointment from God Almighty, so he (peace be upon him) is one of the guardians whom God chose for leadership and was established for them by divine choice. One statement has made your argument naught. Whatever you bring is of no use while your own books contains this evidence for twelve imams: في ( التحف شرح الزلف) قال : ( واعلم أن الله عز وجل جعل خلف النبوة من أبناء نبيه في اثنى عشر سبطا ، قال الامام الرضا (ع) : أن الله عز وجل أخرج من بني إسرائيل يعقوب بن اسحاق بن ابراهيم اثنى عشر سبطا ، ثم عد الاثنى عشر من ولد إسرائيل ، وكذلك أخرج من ولد الحسن والحسين اثنى عشر سبطا ... لا ينقطع عقبهم إلى انقطاع التكليف ، وهم بمنزلة أسباط بني إسرائيل حجة الله على خلقه وأمان أهل الأرض من استيصال عذابه ) انتهى Reflect on his saying: God’s proof over His creation and the safety of the people of the earth. Wassalam!!
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  38. -Enlightened

    Thoughts 2021

    Today was my love's birthday!!! Love him so much! ❤️❤️❤️ He runs behind me and calls me "Mama" . My baby just turned two
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  39. Salaam alaykum, I am very proud to present the culmination of nearly ten years of research on the Twelfth Imam, al-Hujja b. a-Hasan, al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, the Patron of Time, peace be upon him. This is by far the most comprehensive English work on the subject. It is a compilation of the most ancient and most reliable hadiths on the Mahdi from Twelver Shīʿī sources. Learn about the birth of the Twelfth Imam, his occultation, his ambassadors, his inevitable return, Islamic eschatology, and much more. Paperback now available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790653827 E-book available: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Qaim-Appearance-Established-Narrations-ebook/dp/B07L2K8GW2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543840819&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+rise+of+fthe+qa'im Big big thanks and duas for those who helped me in this project. Namely, @Abu Nur @Ibn al-Hussain @Cake @Abu Tufayl @Hannibal May you be rewarded for your assistance. ---------------------------- "... an essential compendium concerning the concept of the Mahdi in the English language ... A highly welcomed effort, it is useful for researchers as well as those wanting to understand the idea of the Mahdi within the context of the classical literature on the subject." -- Sayyid Hussain Makke "... a fresh and insightful approach to the translation of traditions concerning the twelfth Imam and the rising of the Qa’im ... it is my hope that this work will be of benefit to all seekers of knowledge who wish to become further acquainted with the Twelfth Imam (ajt) and his coming." -- Shaykh Vinay Khetia "A long awaited and much-needed work for the English-speaking world. In an age where skepticism regarding religious beliefs is prevalent, the author has collected many of the reliable traditions on the subject of the Mahdi (a) and has made them readily accessible." -- Sayyid Ali Imran "The most comprehensive hadith compilation about the twelth Imam present in the English language." -- Dr. Taymaz Tabrizi "Trained in both secular academia and in the sciences of the seminary Bilal Muhammad combines the very best of both worlds especially when it comes to his methodological rigour in selecting the narrations of this work." -- Dr. Francisco Luis
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  40. Hameedeh

    Safar 9 - Battle of Nahrawan

    Safar 9 is the Battle of Nahrawan.
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  41. Salam , They call themselves as " The Assembly of Light Bringer" as Christian rebels against any christian domination whether evangelist or catholic or etc which according the them they worship Satan/Lucifer as rebellious fallen angle which has wanted to bring harmony & peace & knowledge for humans in contrast with tyrant God which holds humans in darkness & ignorance & chaos based on deviations in Christian teachings which similarly they deny teachings of Islam too as devoted christian rebels against church(s) of God.
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  42. So, what has he done or achieved so far? Was not it his mission to lead Humanity to the Truth? What has he been doing for last 1200 years??? You are in for a surprise; he actually will clean up the mess created by Baqir Majlisi. In link given by you above there is an incident given where Hz. Umar bin Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) performed wasilah through the Blessed Prophet’s (peace be upon him) uncle Al Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) for rain. "In the year 17 `Umar enlarged the Prophetic Mosque. That year there was a drought in the Hijaz. It was named the Year of Cinders (`am al-Ramada). `Umar prayed for rain for the people by means of al-`Abbas. Ibn Sa`d narrated from [the Sahabi] Niyar al-Aslami that when `Umar came out to pray for rain, he came out wearing the cloaks (burd) of the Messenger of Allah, upon him blessings and peace. Ibn `Awn narrated that `Umar took al-`Abbas's hand and raised it up, saying, 'O Allah, we seek a means to You with the uncle of Your Prophet to ask that You drive away from us the drought and water us with rain'...." Al-Suyuti mentions the context of this event in his Tarikh al-Khulafa' (Beirut, 1992 Ahmad Fares ed. p. 140): Note: Hz. Al Abbas (may Allah be pleased with him) was alive. More importantly Hz. Umar bin Khattab (may Allah be pleased with him) did not go to the grave of the Blessed Prophet (peace be upon him) to perform the Wasilah!!!!! And it must have less than 50 meters away!!! Wasalaam
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  43. How can anyone exist before Creation? So how can ‘Hujjat of Allah’ be there before Creation? So ‘Hujjat of Allah’ was “present before creation, he is present along with the creation and will be present after the creation.” Are you not claiming that he in Omnipresent? You are putting him on same level equal to Allah Almighty!!!!!! Before the Creation there nobody else but Allah Almighty! By your logic, if 12th Imam was there before Creation – he was not created because he was there before the creation!!!!!!!!!!!! You are putting him on par with Allah Almighty!! In you previous post you made him and others Divine too!!!! I hope you can you see how wrong you are? But earlier you had stated that whole Creation is DEPENDENT on Allah him! You had put him as a barrier between “Us and Allah Almighty”! See for yourself! Very confusing, isn’t it? Yes, see what happens when one complicates religion with additional add-ons! Please show me from the Blessed Qur’an where is this order! Clear-cut order, not just some mambo jumbo.
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  44. What lies are YOU spewing? Sirat al-Najat 2/452: يقول الخوئي: الروايات المتواترة الواصلة إلينا من طريق العامة والخاصة قد حددت الأئمة عليهم السلام باثني عشر من ناحية العدد ولم تحددهم بأسمائهم عليهم السلام واحداً بعد واحد، حتى لا يمكن فرض الشك في الإمام اللاحق بعد رحلة الإمام السابق، بل قد تقتضي المصلحة في ذلك الزمان اختفاءه والتستر عليه لدى الناس؛ بل لدى أصحابهم عليهم السلام إلا أصحاب السر لهم، وقد اتفقت هذه القضية في غير هذا المورد والله العالم 453 كتاب صراط النجاة ج2 ص Al Khoei says : The authentic mutawatir narrations that reached us through the public (’Ammah - Mainstream Muslims) and private (Khassah – Twelver Shia) paths have defined the imams, peace be upon them, to twelve in terms of number and did not specify them by their names, peace be upon them one by one, so that suspicion cannot be imposed on the later Imam after the previous Imam's journey, but it may require interest at that time that he hid and concealed it among the people. But among their companions, peace be upon them, except those who have the secret for them and this issue has been agreed upon in other than this resource. Sirat al-Najat 2, p. 452-3
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  45. He’s saying we haven’t differed in taking knowledge from these great personalities, as for the Hadiths you mentioned Imam Sajjad isn’t any ordinary personality. However, there isn’t anything you shared which remotely mention him عليه السلام being a designated Imam.
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  46. Sure, Hadith 1: Ibn Qawlawiyah, with his chain, narrated from Abi Dharr Al-Ghafari said: I saw the messenger of Allah - صلى الله عليه واله وسلم - embracing Al-Hassan, and Al-Hussein - عليهما السلام - while he says: He who loves Al-Hussein, Al-Hussein, and their progenies sincerely; the fire will not touch their faces even if his sins are as much as the grains of sand, unless his sin was a sin that removes him from faith. Source: Kāmil al-zīyārāt, 49 Grading: Saheeh Hadith 2: Sheikh Al-Tūsī narrates, with his chain, from Abī Baseer, narrated from Abī ‘Abdullah Ja’far b. Muhammad عليهما السلام, from his forefathers, from ‘Ali عليه السلام, he said: The Messenger of Allah (Peace be upon him and his progeny) said: O’ ‘Ali when I was taken to the heavens the angels came to me from every heaven with glad tidings… He looked at the third and chose Fatema over the women of the worlds, he then looked at the fourth and chose Al-Hassan and Al-Hussein, and the Imams from their sons over the men of the worlds. Source: Āmālī Al-Tūsi, 642 Grading: Saheeh Hadith 3: Al-Hakim Al-Hiskani narrates with his chain from Abī Hāmza Al-Thumālī, from ‘Ali b. Al-Hussein, he said: I was sitting alongside him (‘Ali b. Al-Hussein) and two men from Al-‘Iraq came to him saying: O’ son of the Messenger of Allāh we have came to you so that you could inform us of some verses in the Holy Quran. He said: And what are they? They said: The saying of Allāh - Exalted is He - {And we have caused to inherit the book those whom we have favoured from our servants}… He said [Al-Sajjad]: Who unsheathes his sword and calls to the way of his Lord. Source: Shawāhid Al-Tanzīl [2/157] Note: Unsheathing the sword means to make your call to Imāmate known, as for the interpretation of the verse in question it is 35:32. What Imam Sajjad عليه السلام is doing, is that he’s interpreting the third stage of the three mentioned in 35:32, the third being the foremost in deeds and that is the one who is deserving of Imāmate from the Ahl al-Bayt عليهم السلام Hadith 4: Sheikh Al-Saduq narrates with his chain from Abī Hāmza Al-Thumālī, he said: We were sitting in Masjid Al-Haram with Abī Ja'far (عليه السلام) when two men from Al-Basrah came to him, the said: O' son of the Messenger of Allah we would like to inquire over a matter, he said to them: Ask of that which you came seeking: Inform us of the saying of Allah: {And so, We have bestowed this divine writ as a heritage unto such of Our servants as We chose: and among them are some who sin against themselves; and some who keep half-way [between right and wrong]; and some who, by God’s leave, are foremost in deeds of goodness: [and] this, indeed, is a merit most high} [35:32] He said: It has been revealed regarding us the Ahl al-Bayt, Abī Hāmza said: May my father and mother be ransomed for you, who are those who keep the half-way? He said: He who worships Allah until certainty reaches him, I said: Who is the foremost in deeds of goodness? He said: He who calls to the way of his Lord, enjoins good and forbids evil; and does not become to the deviators a supporter, and not for the traitors an aid, and does not accept the rulership of the open sinning rulers unless he fears for himself, his religion, and does not find any supporters. Source: Ma'ani Al-Akhbar يروي الشيخ الصدوق بإسناده ، عن أبي حمزة الثمالي قال : كنت جالسا في المسجد الحرام مع أبي جعفر (عليه السلام) إذ أتاه رجلان من أهل البصرة فقالا له : يا بن رسول الله إنا نريد أن نسألك عن مسألة فقال لهما : اسألا عما جئتما . قالا : أخبرنا عن قول الله عز وجل : (ثم أورثنا الكتاب الذين اصطفينا من عبادنا فمنهم ظالم لنفسه ومنهم مقتصد ومنهم سابق بالخيرات بإذن الله ذلك هو الفضل الكبير )) إلى آخر الآيتين . قال : نزلت فينا أهل البيت. قال أبو حمزة فقلت : بأبي أنت وأمي فمن … ، المقتصد منكم ؟ قال : العابد لله ربه في الحالين حتى يأتيه اليقين . فقلت : فمن السابق منكم بالخيرات؟ قال : مَن دَعا والله إلى سَبيل ربه وأمرَ بالمعروف ، ونَهى عن المنكر ، ولم يَكُن للمُضلِّين عَضُداً . ولا للخَائنين خَصيما ، ولم يَرض بحُكم الفَاسقين إلاّ منْ خَافَ على نَفسِه ودِينه ولم يجد أعْوَاناً)) [ معاني الأخبار:105] Grading: Saheeh
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  47. Nonsense. Atheism is increasing but the vast majority of atheists are not Satanists, not explicitly anyway.
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  48. Ok, maybe true probably not, but that thing that people are calling satanism is not what you would think. They're just atheist, mostly ex-Christians, who want to have weekly gatherings. Their stated community morals and values are the same as in most religions. I mean, there is actual satanism, but it's not common.
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