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  1. 103 points

    A New Years Gift to You!

    Happy 2017 Everybody! Enjoy the largest tag tower ever created, designed by me but created by YOU! Find your personalized enscribed brick of the tower here! @Ali @Abbas. @Ya Aba 3abdillah @repenter @Qa'im @hameedeh @Administrator @Abu Hadi @Dhulfikar @H2O @Haji 2003 @Haydar Husayn @Khadim uz Zahra @magma @Muhammed Ali @notme @starlight @Cake @Heavenly_Silk @ShiaChat Moderator @Gaius I. Caesar @Hamzah313 @baradar_jackson @IbnSina @Martyrdom @kamyar @Pearl178 @Shaykh Patience101 @Abraram @Aabiss_Shakari @Marbles @Ruq @Darth Vader @mina @Ibn al-Hussain @Chaotic Muslem @Ali Musaaa :) @Abu Tufayl @Akbar673 @AnaAmmar1 @Laayla @DigitalUmmah @uponthesunnah @haideriam @shiaman14 @-Enlightened @Propaganda_of_the_Deed @LeftCoastMom @King @Gypsy @Shia_Debater @hasanhh @E.L King @zainabamy @Sapphire @Ali Mahdi @Sumayyeh @narsis @Al-Hassan @Al-Mufeed @Ali-F @Kamranistan @Hasan0404 @Bakir @Brained @Noah- @kadhim @IbnSohan @Maryaam @Wise Muslim @GreyMatter @wolverine @placid @Son of Placid @pwwnd123 @alidu78 @YAli @sidnaq @Fresh-imaan @Shiawarrior313 @Hassan Y @StarryNight @Jimmy Boy @Hussein_Valerio @yusur317 @ErikCartman @j.angel @kirtc @Struggling_onn @LinkZelda @hayaah @Irfani313 @apofomysback @Irfan1214 @Niloofar @sefket83 @ali_fatheroforphans @Zendegi @Islandsandmirrors @Aftahb @Afsaneh14 @Aladin from Azra tribe @Engineer73 @ChattingwithShias @Mansur Bakhtiari @habib e najjaar @Ibn Al-Shahid @HumanForLife @Enlightened Follower @SoRoUsH @The_Bible @Replicant @silasun @Islamic Salvation @coldcow @zeesh_ali110 @Caliguy @Zahra1 @Ali.Isa @A true Sunni @Wahdat @Nader Zaveri @jannahismygoal @Ethics @Rasul @P. Ease @Saintly_Jinn23 @BabyBeaverIsAKit @Miss Wonderful @Jebreil @.InshAllah. @shiasoldier786 @aliasghark @Lover of Ahlulbait (ams) @ireallywannaknow @Basim Ali @Noor al Batul @Inquisitor @alHussein @skamran110 @certainclarity @alirex @Jahangiram @power @Naz_ @reisiger @realizm @Servidor @mesbah @Tonks @beardedbaker @lalala123 @S.M.H.A. @eThErEaL @Ibn Al-Ja'abi @Al-Hussayni @Christianlady @SlaveOfAllah14 @Fatima Hussain @Hidaren @Rohani @amirhosein_88 @ElAhmed @skylight2 @saas @enigma313 @Mahdi servant.01 @hezbul-ghaaleb @iCambrian @Convertible @Logic @Golden-crowned @alisayyed @gentleman. @Murtada @Panzerwaffe @pyaro @RiseOrDie @rkazmi33 @Ozzy @JawzofDETH @tawakkal @Anisa Bandeh Khoda @myouvial @HayderM @Auriba @amr @Jaabir @Shian e Ali @Shia farm girl @iraqi_shia @strength=Abbas @Faruk @abbas110 @Ya_isa (عليه السلام) @Khudayar @maes @David66 @wmehar2 @Amina @Highflyer @Haydar Karrar @sadegh @Journey of Truth @syeduddin @Al Hadi @QiiQii @Jaffery15 @sayedamir2000 @It's me hello @Lordofgemini @000 @forte @Mzwakhe @saeid tavakoli @SO SOLID Shia @Deewan @mostafaa @yam_110 @The Light @Salati AbdulQadir @Quisant @ShiaBwoy @AnotherShepherd @mayf321d @Purged @andres @Ron_Burgundy @Mahdi_theguideforall @aliyah21 @gerashi_mp @diyaa110 @Yasmin P @Nadia. @313 Seeker @shiarevert_1628 @yashia @Fatima NMA @rotten_coconut @Nocturne @shreek @~RuQaYaH~ @ephemeral @yasahebalzaman.313 @Sadat110 @salman1 @JasmineAila @Abdul Majid @ice unicorn @thuglife @sakura1994 @layman @onereligion @Fish @Syed.Dynasty @110_Fatima @Asr @Syed Hussain @Ali Hamieh @Kilij @Inception @humanbeing101 @Alireza Huseini @Shaikh Hakim @Musa Sadr @Jay @Pearl3112 @Mohamed1993 @NormaL_UseR @Janaat @Renaissance_Man @Chipkali @ChristianVisitor @Fahad Sani @Mahdavist @MuhammadXII @Inconsolable @Wisdom007 @Night_Inshallah @Mahdi Mortezapour @Jawid Akbari @Nataly @Learner2526 @Rectify @Jafar moh @Jahangiram @Belle @Kamaaluddeen al-Ismail @Muslim3388 @Amber Saif @MuhammedAli @Al-Qibli @Palabras @Semanta @shia2000 @Habil Ali @Sol 7 @Ali Ruh @Hashasheen217 @Aquib Rizvi @zahraaa1 @Zuljenah@TimeforM @Danish-Ali @ireallywannaknow@Netzari@goldenhawk@Zakariya Ali@Quiet one @mesbah@Peer@chitown@humanbeing101@ElAhmed
  2. 95 points

    Mutah Experiences

    (bismillah) (salam) Alhamdulillah, we were at the same university and had two classes together, so we would talk to each other before and after our classes. I was a Christian and found out he was a Muslim. He explained that Muslims don't date, but if they want they can get married temporarily. He said later they can marry permanently OR break their temporary marriage IF they can't get along. He never tried to hold hands, hug or kiss me, so I knew he was a complete gentleman. His piety was impressive, and this made me more interested in him and his beliefs. I felt that I could trust him and he would never harm me. He shared a house off campus with three other guys, and I lived in the woman's dorm with another girl. He and I used to go for a walk and just talk, to get away from our roommates. We set the time of our mut'ah marriage as four years. We thought this would be long enough for both of us to earn our bachelor degree. Four years made me feel secure that he was not just using me for a few days or a few weeks. I'm sure that if he had wanted a shorter time, less than one year, I would have been reluctant to marry him by mut'ah. We both agreed on the four years time limit and everything was good. On the weekends we began looking for an apartment. After six months of mut'ah marriage, we found a place near the campus and started living together. Our life became really pleasant. I no longer had to say goodbye in the evening and watch him walk away. We walked to the university in the morning and came back to the apartment for lunch. We went to the university in the afternoon and came back later. We had homework to do, of course. We had chores to get done, but it wasn't difficult because we helped each other. We cooked dinner together and saved half of it to eat for lunch the next day. After dinner we would sit and talk about anything we wanted, but usually it was about Islam. Sometimes we would discuss the Bible and the Qur'an. He was always patient to answer questions that I had about Islam. He translated some of the writings of Dr. Ali Shariati for me. I particularly liked his translation of the Four Prisons of Man, because it was not like anything I had read before. Later on, we bought his Hajj book and I thoroughly enjoyed reading that in English. One day I was ready to say my shahada and after I repeated the words, he took me to the sink and taught me how to take ablution. Then he taught me how to pray. Elahy shukr! To make a long story short, we were married permanently and now we have three sweet kids, mashAllah. If my experience sounds like a fairy tale, I can only say that Alhamdulillah, it was, because my husband was a momin. Ok, that is all. Don't ask me any personal questions! I've said too much already. I want to remain anonymous at ShiaChat! I just wanted to explain to those who don't believe in mut'ah that it is halal and is a blessing for couples.
  3. 72 points
    (bismillah) Dear brothers and sisters. Lately I have noticed that Shiachat and it's members, including me have changed for the worse. Shiachat in itself is just a website, but it is also the biggest shia community. Granted that it is digital, but in todays day and age, it is equally reflective and mirrors what shias believe and how they behave than it does in physical life. Perhaps even more. However, we are in a bad spot here. I am talking about the behavior and conduct of shiachat members, and their lack of understanding the effects of their words. Both how it affects other shias and how it looks in the eyes of our enemies. I am saying shiachat member, because I myself am a member and take equal part in this act. Some points: 1. Issue: We are constantly criticizing the Ulama. Now this in itself is ok, but everyone knows by now that it has gotten way out of hand. We all have different marjas, and we all have different opinions on their actions. But that does not give us the right to cause turmoil in public. Shiachat, is public, and the worst thing we can do is to show the enemies of AhlulBayt that we have such low opinions about each other. It often turns into personal insults and really bad behavior in the name of criticizing. What this does is create hatred towards each other, and nothing.....NOTHING, pleases the wahabis more than this. I have witnessed now from a discussion that i had with a wahabi that we are in bad shape. He specifically pointed out shiachat, and i had nothing to defend our behavior with. It truly broke my spirit, hence me making this thread. 1. Solution: No matter how the Marjas behave and how much we disagree, we must remember we are in the same camp. Marjas are our generals and we are the soldiers. The generals might disagree, and some generals might misbehave. But that does not give us the right to disrupt the peace between ourselves. The only thing we have in this world is Allah, Ahlulbayt and our brothers and sisters in faith. Let us now focus on creating threads that show the unity we have. Let us create threads that are intellectual and smart in purpose. Let us create posts and threads that promote Shia Islam, not tare it down. This is what discomforts the wahabis and whoever is against the Ahlulbayt. This is what causes their despair and strikes fear in their heart, our strong unity. If we happen to create threads that show sings of getting out of hand, it is the responsibility of every shia to respond with respect and behavior that the Ahlulbayt has taught us. Speak gently, and if someone disagrees, then respond respectfully and with dignity. If someone does go out of hand, let's all join in and stop such behavior. I am certain, that when Imam Mahdi looks upon our behavior as of late, and i am sure he does, he is extremely disappointed. There is nothing wrong with holding back and controlling what you want to say. Let us respect each others marjas and ulama, no matter how much we disagree, and show the world that we stand united regardless. I know it might sound cheesy, but this is the way it should be. If you don't believe in the Marja of your fellow brother or sister, at least believe in the brother or sister themselves and love them mainly because they love AhlulBayt. This is the code of Ziyarat Ashura! 2. Issue: Nationalism! Even though we perhaps never mention the nationality that we have a problem with, the undertone is there. What is this nonsense? Since when did Allah or Ahlulbayt love anyone for their passport and place of birth? It is clear as day that we have issues with nationalities, and sometimes it comes off as a joke, but any sane person that understands linguistics and how it is used, will see that there is a nationalistic tension between members. 2. Solution: Again, it is the responsibility of shia members to stop this. Everyone must join in and firstly correct their on behavior, secondly be smart and noticing such things, and finally speak out in a proper manner about it. 3. Issue: The urge to answer. We can see that sometimes someone creates a thread about Yasser Habib, or Nasrullah, or Shirazis, Khamenei, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, etc etc. And we have this urge to show our disgust with the article or case that the thread starter is presenting. 3. Solution: Control your urge as much as you can. You don't have to answer negatively to it every time, there is no purpose to it other than starting a big mess. I am not ordering, i am merely asking in the name of Allah and everything that we hold dear, namely the AhlulBayt whom are dearer to us than our parents and our lives that we start changing. Pitch in and be constructive. Our main enemy is wahabis whom are killing Shias day in and day out, and they laugh and point their dirty fingers at us. This is the platform we can use to do our part in showing that no matter how much we disagree on certain issues, we won't let them have the pleasure of seeing it or taking joy from it. I hope you take this into consideration. Wasalam
  4. 69 points
    Abu Hadi

    I Finished My Book

    Salam Alekum Brothers and Sisters, I finally finished my book. The topic is the Quranic view of Jesus, Prophet Isa(p.b.u.h). I thought about selling it on Amazon, etc, but I think it is better to dedicate the effort in service of Imam Al Hujjat Al Qaim(may Allah(s.w.a) hasten his return). InShahAllah, you will learn something from it. It is a good book, especially for reverts to Islam from Christianity to use to discuss issues with their family. I think I covered most issues between Muslims and Christians regarding Prophet Issa(a.s) If anyone has comments they can post them here. Also I would like to thank certain members of SC (you know who you are ) for kind words and encouragement. Salam Also, most of the Arabic to English translations were mine, or mine with help from my father in law. I hope they are more clear than the typical Arabic to English translations you see. http://www.shareglob...ThruOurEyes.pdf
  5. 54 points

    Stop Idolizing Bashar Assad

    Ive noticed some members actually idolizing and praising Bashar Assad. This is very dangerous for you and your future/akhira. You have to realize that Bashar Assad is not some one to idolize. He is a leader who has done many wrong things - however as it stands, his presence and remaining in Syria (or at least the current system - him or not) is better for the region - in fact the world actually, than a takeover by western/gulf arab sponsored takfiris. However - please realize that no religious person in their right mind (scholar or layman) would ever actually think that Bashar is a leader of ours or an example to follow in any way. He is just a figure that we have to deal with, and dealing with him is better than dealing with any of the other figures at the moment. Your akhira is very precious don't think that because we work with some one or we have treaties with him etc that it means that we agree with all his actions/his life style/view points or take him as an ideal leader of any kind. Its just like how rasool Allah made treaties with and worked with various people when it was necessary - to include many of the famous munafiqeen.
  6. 53 points
    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
  7. 52 points
    Habil Ali

    Just Said The Shahada!

    Today, in the presence of my husband and his friend, I became a Shi'a. Allahu akbar! :D
  8. 50 points
    Abu Hadi

    My First You Tube Video

    Salam, My First Youtube video. Let me know what you think.
  9. 48 points
    Ali Musaaa :)

    My Journey To Islam

    Salaam Brothers/Sisters Guys, it is rather lengthy but please read if you are interested :) My name is Ali. I am 17 years old and I live in NSW Australia. The main reason why I began to search for a religion is because I wanted to find the path to God. I needed a way to change my self because I was not happy with who I was. I felt sometimes that I am just terrible to people and I felt really bad for all the conflict and fighting that occurs in my family and sometimes friends. I spoke with a few friends about this and they said if anything, people are bad to you not the other way around. But I wasn't so sure. After finding Islam, I knew that it was my way out. To start living a proper life and to be an example to the people around so that one day inshAllah they might accept Islam to. So here's my story I was baptized as a catholic, but never learnt the religion. My parents were Spanish and Portuguese so they had strong ties to the catholic religion but they were not very religious at all. I never went to church, except for weddings, baptisms ect.. So I never had a proper education on the religion. Just as I was writing this I remembered an event that happened last year that is related to my story but to be honest, I can't remember if it was after I had researched Islam or before... But I think it was before. In my scripture class there was this old man and this young man, both teaching Christianity to the kids in my class. I was in the room and I kept shooting questions at him because of what he said. He was saying how he knows how is going to Heaven because he accepts Jesus as his boss and saviour. I was disagreeing with him on other things he said and afterwards I felt really stupid because he is properly right and pretty much the same religion I was in and I wanted to learn more about it and become a Christian but for some odd reason I was arguing with the teacher. When I first uncounted Islam it was through independent research online... I looked at all sorts of weird things... And eventually found the religion of Islam. I looked at it and it seemed to me like the last thing I would be interested in. And when I looked into Islam even more... I was horrified at it. People (mainly christians) said that Muslims worshipped a mood god called "Allah" and that an Arab man called Muhammad was a pedophile. May God forgive me. This scared me about islam. But that still didn't stop me doing further research. Eventually I found the Quran and saw all the amazing things inside it... I was in disbelief... But then every time I found something that made me closer to Islam there was something that drew me away from it. All through my childhood I would pray to god and ask him to help me... Even though I wasn't practicing a religion. Every night I would pray and when I didn't I would feel bad for not. After seeing the teachings of Islam I saw things that were weird or strange and out of ignorance one day I just said: "I'm going to become a Christian because Islam it too strange and different". At this stage I was really confused, upset, and I didn't have clue what to do. I aslo kept this all to myself so no one else knew what I was doing. One night I remember I was in my room about to go to bed and I was in a really upset state. I was quite emotional and I remember asking God to help me. I said please make this decision for me because I didn't know what to do. I asked him if Christianity is the right religion and you are Jesus or his son or whatever... then make me a Christian but if Islam is the right religion than make me a Muslim. I was after a sign of some sort cause I didn't know what to do. But I was still leaning towards Islam but doubt was still in my mind. After this I was quite emotional and then just went to sleep. Then things started to get really weird... After this. The next few days all I could think about was Islam.. It consumed my mind. The Quran, Muhammad, Allah, the religion.. All of it.. I couldn't explain it. All I was interested in looking up on the Internet was Islam. When I did research I found out the truth.. About Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) and everything else... I had found the source of the religion and judged it on it's teachings and not on some of it's followers like some people do unfortunately. Islam just made so much sense. I am so glad I wasn't a practicing Christian because it would of been so much harder to let go of it and become a Muslim.. I see all the time on the net, Christians who are presented with Islam and the miracles of the Quran but can't accept Islam because of the doctrine they have followed their whole lives. Then because they cant explain it, they often attempt to insult islam and the Prophet.They don't want to accept that what they believe in is wrong, and I am so grateful that I had nothing to let go off.. I pretty much had nothing to lose but everything to gain. Then on a website this man at the start if this year I think, I got in touch with a man named Najib. The website had a story about a man who embraced Islam and it was really beautiful. If you like I will post the link on here and you can see the story of the man and also my comments I made and I explained my situation there and I was overwhelmed with the support I got from Muslims.. People I didn't even know. It amazed me how well they treated each other. Anyway someone offered to help me and I got in contact with him and we have been speaking over MSN every weekend since the start of this year. He helped me so much and answered all of my questions for me. I owe him a lot for his help. Not too long after that I started to think that I really want to become a Muslim and one night when I was staying a friends place. I told two of my friends something.. Can't really remember how exactly i said it, but they guessed straight away and said are you going to become a Muslim? I was like... How did you guess that? haha. I was shocked and didn't really give them a straight answer. I was like, idk maybe.. And they said that would respect me if I did but one said I would have to be prepared for people who would say stuff to me about my beliefs and religion. Then the other one said, as long as you don't treat woman badly I am happy with you and your decision. I told them that Muslim men well good ones..would never harm their wives.. As Muhammad said: "the best among you, are the ones who are kind to their wives" or something along those lines. After I spoke to them I felt so much better but I still needed to tell my family. I just realized how much I have written now haha so I will trim it down from this point and get to the end. From then on I would speak with Najib every weekend or try to haha. It was hard with the times but he was in Holland but we managed. Every time I spoke with him it made me feel like nothing else really mattered. Just learning about Islam cleared my head and took my worries away. I had read bits and pieces of the Quran online but I wanted to buy a Quran myself and read it. So one day when we had an excursion for school I went and knew I had a chance to look at the book store. I waited til there was no one from my school in the bookshop (I was paranoid in someone seeing me buy a Quran) and went in and had a look. I must of went in and out a thousand times, not even joking. I looked at the religion section and found nothing on Islam and no Quran. I was upset but for some reason as I left I decided to look again. I was looking and looking and didn't find anything. I left the store again and I went back in later on to look at something else maybe check out a different book. But I found my self looking at the same section as before haha. But when I was looking I saw a shiny blue letters on the book and it said "The Qur'an" I couldn't believe it. I was in there looking for so long and didn't see anything and when I thought it wasn't there it almost appeared. I picked it up and flicked through the pages. I hesitated and I'm thinking... Is this a good translation? Who the guy who wrote it ect... Should I really buy it?? So I went out side AGAIN :/ haha and sat on a bench and on my phone I googled the translation of the Quran. I figured it's the only Quran there so I might as well take this opportunity and buy it, so I went back and bought it. As I was putting it in my bag, one of my friends asked what book did I buy? And I said the best book in the world haha. And then he started to try and open my bag... And I was like freaking out. I didn't want him to see what I bought even though chances are he wouldn't if know what it was.. Or maybe he would but I didn't want to take that chance. So for the next few months I read little bits of the Quran. I had to read it in secret because my family didn't know about this. During the holidays me and my brothers would go to out grandparents place some days and went I did I brought the Quran with me and went up stairs and read for hours when I should of been doing study and work for school :P but I didn't want to stop reading. I was determined to finish it. One day while up stairs I was reading the Quran and I know before you read it, its good to say... Sorry can't remember the exact words. But like ask God for protection against satan whilst reading the Quran but that time I must of forgot. So I was reading and then I hear this banging sound on the door to the room. It wasn't like a tap or anything and to be honest the first time it happened it scared the [Edited Out] out of me.. It was a big THUD and I was like... What the? Then again.., Bang! I'm thinking what is going on? So I got up and went and opened the door... I couldn't tell what was making the noise. So I shut the door and then continued reading the Quran. It happens again and I was like oh my goodness this is so annoying! So I got up again and looked out of the door... And nothing. Then I thought it might be really windy outside and the door near the window could be banging not mine.. So I looked and all the windows were closed.. And then I thought.. Hmm, this is weird.. So then I remembered that before reading the Quran I didn't ask God for protection from Satan and I was like... Sitting in the room with the Quran thinking... YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING!! Then the banging got faster.. I'm thinking... If he is banging on my door I'm screwed! I actually thought Satan was banging on the door of my room,, hahaha I couldn't explain where the noise was from... And for some reason I had enough and went to open the door... I seriously don't know how I brought my self to do it cause I was convinced that someone or something was before the door banging... So I opened it and nothings there... I was so confused haha and angry. I was like what the hell is going on!?!?! Then I went down stairs and saw that only one of my brothers were there. So I said where is Luis? And my brother Joel said I don't know. And then I thought... If this is him doing it I am going to kill him! Haha So I go up stairs again and then I see my younger brother lying under my grandparents bed, hiding from me Hahaha he was the one banging the noise I told him I was freaking out cause i didn't know what it was and he was just laughing at me haha. Afterwards I felt so stupid for thinking that Satan was behind my door banging.. That night I spoke with Najib and told him what had happened and he just couldn't stop laughing haha... I felt like such an idiot afterwards but I just couldn't explain what the banging was from. But eventually I finished reading the Quran and a few weeks later I broke the news to my mum. I had decided that it was time and I just couldn't out it off any longer. In my room before I went and spoke with her. My hands were sweating and my tummy was felling so sick... I was sooooo nervous. I had never done anything like this before and it would be the biggest shock to my mum. So I told her that night and to say the least, she didn't take it well. She cried when I told her and I was so upset that I had brought her to tears. But I said I've made my decision a long time ago and that there isn't much you can do to change my mind. She thought all Muslims were terrorists and hated western life and all this other stuff. I explained everything to her and then gave her some PDF files to read about islam. So now that I have told mum I can finally do it :D I told Najib what happened and he was zoo excited to hear that I can say shahadah. The next weekend it was a Saturday morning and it was really late online for him over there but he said he will stay up so I can say it in the morning. Eventually mum goes: "we are leaving in ten minutes" and I'm like :| NO WE NOT Hahah and I went and told her that I am going to say the shahadah online now and she said ok but be quick. S then I came back to the laptop and said the Shahadah online with Najib. My mum and brothers were already inside the car waiting for me and I'm like... Najib.. I got to go, like right now haha so I shut down the laptop and ran out side to get in the car before they left without me haha that was last week. After I said the shahadah, I felt really weird. I couldn't explain it but it just felt odd... I told Najib and he asked was it like weight being lifted off your shoulders? And I said yeah it kind of did.. But I think it was just in my head, but I wasn't sure haha Next on my list to tell was dad. I knew he wouldn't take it well, don't think he likes Muslims to say the least. But last Friday I told him. He was in disbelief. He just laughed and said: bulls$@t Dylan, your not a Muslim. I was trying not to laugh at his response and said: but I'm yeah.. Dad I am.. And he said... For a second I thought you were going to tell me you were gay. Hahaha I had quite a laugh then. I said so aren't you glad I said I'm Muslim and not gay? And he said.. I don't know which is worse Hahah. For someone that hears bad news or takes it as bad news, dad always tries to turn it into a joke. I'm laughing and I'm trying to explain that I'm not kidding. He just didn't understand why.. So I showed him so information and explained things to him. So because my parents are separated I had to tell them at different times. Mum now Alhamduliliah is so supportive and happy for me :) she really is happy that I have done this. I think likes the part of Muslims having to obey their parents :P But I've been really good to her since I've become a Muslim and hopefully one day she and dad will see the good and happiness in me and want that too. inshAllah So yeah, that's my story. I apologize for writing so much but that is close enough to the whole thing whole thing and I felt like I needed to explain everything to someone at least once. Currently now I'm still struggling but inshallah Allah will make for me a way out. What it came down to was the fact that the Quran was just too perfect to come from any other saw than God, and I can remember the day when I was reading about Islam outside looking on my iPod touch ( so no one could see what I am doing haha) and reading through the miracles of the Quran... It took my breath away and it was then that I decided that I have to be a Muslim. I recommend to anyone who wants to read a beautiful reversion story, to go to: http://islamicsunrays.com/becoming-muslim-in-america/ It is here were I got into contact with Najib and if you read the comments below you will see what I have written about my situation at the time. I as so impressed about how caring Muslims can be and so many offered to help. Unfortunately we have people from our Ummah who are harming the Muslims with the bad actions and their wrongs are affecting us all. One Muslim does something wrong and we all have to suffer. It's not fair I know, but all the negativity about Islam in the media, may very well be the handiwork of Satan in an attempt to prevent people from finding the true path. As you can see... Satan is failing because I was able to join the Religion of God and see through the rubbish of the media and so are many others everyday. That is why Islam is the fasting growing religion and no one is able to put out the light of God: "They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it." Qur'an 9:32 If you have any comments or wish to ask me anything regarding my journey to Islam I would love to hear them :) Salaam
  10. 47 points
    (salam) This is a public service message to the community at large in regards to an individual who is purporting to be a scholar of the howza. I am aware of the sensitive nature of these types of subjects, and I am only doing this as a duty for the believers to not become misguided by such individuals. This particular individual has been warned by others about his behavior but thus far has not heeded these words. His own statements and behavior actually expose him on their own, and when reading the things that he writes one can see clearly already that he is not a person who carries the akhlaq and wisdom of Ahlulbayt (as). However what is important here is he is damaging the institution and the Maraja in the eyes of the people. This individual is going by the name of "Brother Tawheedi". He has set up for him self a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BrotherTawhidi As well as a twitter page: https://twitter.com/BrotherTawhidi He is also in the process of starting his own website, which (alhamdulillah) at this point is not functional: http://www.tawhidi.com/ He has been speaking at various venues internationally.
  11. 47 points
    (salam) I would like to present some good news to you. As you know, I reverted in Ramadan 2011, and since then haven't talked much about it to my relatives. I did speak to my classmates, but TBH they don't care much about Islam, and weren't interested to know about the Ahlulbayt. However, this time two of my cousins came to my city (they live in a different city). I was apprehensive about telling them about my decision, since they are extremely religious, and come from a religious family, and think of themselves as Wahhabis (ie, they are against graves, etc.) However, I pioneered a new way of telling them about Shiaism. In short, I first interrogated them abut Imam Ali (as), and his descendants. When they are unable to tell, then I showed them the hadith of Thaqalayn. They had known all their lives, "Quran and Sunnah", but I showed them that it was actually "Quran and Ahlulbayt". I also showed them the 733 sources of Ghadeer Khumm from the al-islam/ghadir website. By this time they were properly spooked out, and then, for the final blow, I showed them the video of Syed Hadi Modarresi refuting the Saudi Grand Mufti, in which the Grand Mufti praises Yazid live on TV. That was what finally kicked them off their own Wahhabi beliefs. Then I showed them the Quran verses of fasting till night, wiping the feet, and paying Khums. At this point, they were all despairing, and openly admiting that they were one of the 72 wrong sects. Then I dropped the bombshell, that Shia follow the Ahlulbayt, fast till night, wipe their feet and pay Khums. Then, luckily, they openly admitted that Shia were right, and took the decision to become Shia. I'll show you the video of the Saudi Grand Mufti praising Yazeed. Keep in mind that this bright spark has been responsible for 2 converts upto now in just my own family, and who knows how many worldwide. So, in short, after myself converting two of my very religious, university student/graduate cousins have reverted to Shiaism too.
  12. 46 points

    Ethics Book List

    [MOD NOTE: The project of adding PDF links for every book will continue.] (bismillah) (salam) People want to discuss and learn. Here is a list of books, in no particular order, that might be useful. Akhlaq e-A'imma, Morals & Manners of the Holy Imams AS. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/akhlaq-al-aimma-morals-manners-holy-imams-maulana-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Ethics and Spiritual Growth. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/ethics-and-spiritual-growth-sayyid-mujtaba-musawi-lari Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jami-al-saadat-the-collector-of-felicities-muhammad-mahdi-ibn-abi-dharr-al-naraqi Moral Values of Qur'an, a Commentary on Surah Hujurat. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/moral-values-of-quran-tafsir-hujurat-ayatullah-dastaghaib Code of Ethics for Muslim men and women. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/code-ethics-muslim-men-and-women-sayyid-masud-masumi Qalbe-Saleem, Immaculate Conscience. Get PDF https://www.al-islam.org/qalbe-saleem-immaculate-conscience-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi Adabus Salat, The Disciplines of the Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/adab-as-salat-disciplines-of-prayer-second-revised-edition-imam-khomeini Self Building, An Islamic guide for Spiritual Migration towards God. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/self-building-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Spiritual Discourses. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/spiritual-discourses-murtadha-mutahhari al Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-siraj-the-lantern-on-the-path-to-Allah-almighty-husain-ibn-ali-ibn-sadiq-al-bahrani The Elixir of Love. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/the-elixir-of-love-muhammad-rayshahri Awsaf al Ashraf, The Attributes of the Noble. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol11-no3-no4/awsaf-al-ashraf-attributes-noble-shaykh-khwaja-nasir-al-din-al-tusi Concentration in Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/concentration-in-prayer-jameel-kermalli Last Will & Testament. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/wasiyatnama-last-will-testament-ayatullah-shaikh-abdulla-mamkani Diseases of the Soul. (No PDF link. Can download at the site.) https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/diseases_soul/ Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-ahlul-bayt-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jihad-al-akbar-the-greatest-jihad-combat-with-the-self-imam-khomeini Struggle against the Self (jihad al-nafs). [PDF only] https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/jihad.pdf Du’a (Supplication). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/dua-supplication-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/sexual-ethics-islam-and-western-world-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Principles Of Marriage & Family Ethics. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/principles-marriage-family-ethics-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Rafed.net Ethics articles: https://en.rafed.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=78&Itemid=843
  13. 43 points

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Salaam everybody: Here's an opportunity to increase blessings throughout this community and throughout the whole world. I remember seeing old threads from years past about salawat pledges, but this thread will be slightly different. The only goal of this thread is to post the salawat as often as we can, and nothing more: اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin O Allah: (please do) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad Rules of this thread: 1. All members are encouraged to post the salawat as often as they like, English or Arabic (but only once per post please) 2. Like as many posts as possible (reciting it yourself out loud while you like the post) 3. No other discussions or statements please, this is purely for salawat only Let's see how long this chain will go, and how much blessing we can all accumulate from posting and liking. More information on the salawat: http://www.duas.org/salwaat.htm I'll get started: Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
  14. 43 points
    [Mod Note: Some links to books and articles have stopped working, so there is an ongoing project to search for a replacement link and make an edit. Thanks for your patience.] Since everyone's been asking for e-books [and articles] on a lot of threads lately, I've decided to put them all in one place. Tawhid Allah - the concept of God in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri [PDF] God and His Attributes by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Knowing God by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Fundamentals of Knowing God by Reza Berenjkar [PDF] A General Look At Rites* by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr Justice of God by Naser Makarem Shirazi [PDF] Tradition of Mufaddal [PDF] Hadith of Halila God: An Islamic Perspective by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Al-Tawhid and Its Social Implications by Ali Khamene'i [PDF] Divine Justice or The Problem of Evil by Javad Shayvard [PDF] Does God Exist?* Who is the Law-Maker?.doc by Al-Balagh Foundation Does God Exist? by Akramulla Syed Islam and the Shi'ite Creed (Usool al-Deen) Invitation to Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Discovering Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Tenets of Islam* by Shaykh Tusi Rationality of Islam by Abu'l Qasim al-Khu'i [PDF] Inner Secrets of the Path* by Haydar Amuli Invitation to Islam: A Survival Guide by Thomas McElwain Islam and Religious Pluralism by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Man and Universe by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Shi'a by Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'i [PDF] An Introduction to Islam by Bashir Hassanali Rahim Islam by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Need of Religion* by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Inquiries about Islam by Mohamad Jawad Chirri [PDF] Introduction to Islam* by Islamic Humanitarian Service Islamic Doctrine* by Abdul Husain Muhammad The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Shi'ism, The Natural Product Of Islam by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr The Faith of Shi'a Islam by Muhammad Rida al-Muzaffar Basic Beliefs of Islam by QMM Kamoonpuri [PDF] Faith and Reason* by The Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution The Children's Book on Islam by Ibrahim Amini Islamic Doctrines Simplified by Al-Balagh Foundation Asl ash-Shi'ah wa usuluha or Origin of Shi'ite Islam and its Principles by Muhammad Husayn Al Kashif'ul Ghita' [PDF] The Roots of Religion by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers The Hereafter- Ma’ad by Dastghaib Shirazi [PDF] Shia-Sunni Dialogue The Shi'ite Apologetics by Reza Husayni Jassab Shi'ism in Sunnism by Muhammad Reza Mudarrisi Yazdi [PDF] Peshawar Nights by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi [PDF] Al-Muraja'at by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Questions on Jurisprudence by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi Then I Was Guided by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] The Shi'ah are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] To Be With the Truthful by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] Ask Those Who Know by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] All Solution Are With The Prophet's Progeny by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi Inquiries About Shi'a Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini Spurious Arguments About The Shia by Abu Talib at-Tabrizi Shi'ite Islam: Orthodoxy or Heterodoxy? by Luis Alberto Vittor [PDF] Wahab'ism and Monotheism by Ali Al-Kurani Al-Amili The Truth About The Shi'ah Ithna-'Asheri Faith by As'ad Wahid al-Qasim Wahhabism by Ja'far Subhani A New Analysis of Wahhabi Doctrines by Muhammad Husayn Ibrahimi Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal by Dr. Sayyid Kazim Tabataba'i Shi'ism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects by Abulqasim Gorji Shi'ism: Imamate and Wilayat by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] The Shi'ites Under Attack by Muhammad Jawad Chirri [PDF] The Twelve Successors by Murtada al-'Askari Mu'tamar 'Ulama' Baghdád or The Conference of Baghdad's Ulema by Muqatil ibn 'Atiyyah Devils Deception of the Nasibi Wahabis Abdul Hakeem Oranu Inter-Religion Dialogue Search for Truth* by S.V. Mir Ahmad Ali [PDF] A Closer Look at Christianity by Mohamed Qasem [PDF] Book Review: Islam and Christianity by Ali Quli Qara'i Book Review: Whose Justice? Which Rationality? by Alasdair MacIntyre by Dr. Muhammad Legenhausen Islam In The Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] The Bible, The Qur'an and Science by Maurice Bucaille Bible Contradictions [PDF] Shi'i beliefs in the Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] Women In Islam Versus Women In The Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth & The Reality by Sherif Muhammad Abdel Azeem [PDF] Mary and Jesus in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri Extracts From Correspondence Between A Muslim And A Christian by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi A Closer Look at Christianity by Barbara Brown Converts to Islam by Zainab Islamic History Kitab al Irshad [on Imam Ali al Murtadha (a) ] (Broken Link?) by Shaykh Mufid [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Mujtaba (a) ] [PDF] [on Imam Hussain ibn Ali al Shaheed (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Ali ibn al Husayn (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al Baqir] [PDF] [on Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al Sadiq] [PDF] [on Imam Musa ibn Ja'far al Kadhim] [PDF] [on the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al Hadi (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Askari (a)] [PDF] [on Imam al Asr (ajf)][PDF] Hayat al Quloob Vol.1* Vol.2* Vol.3* by Allama Baaqir Majlisi [Vol 1 - Stories of previous Prophet (pbut), Vol 2 - Stories of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), Vol 3 - Stories of the AhlulBait [a]) A Restatement of the History of Islam and Muslims by Ali Asgher Razwy [PDF] The Message by Ja'far Subhani [PDF] General Invitation by Ja'far Subhani An Introduction To The Political Upheaval At Medina On The Death Of Muhammad, The Prophet Of Islam* by Muhammad Sultan Mirza [PDF] Fadak in History by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Story of The Holy Kaba and It's People by S.M.R. Shabbar [PDF] Me'raj - The Night Ascension by Faidh al Kashani [PDF] Abdullah Ibn Saba' and Other Myths by Murtada al-'Askari [PDF] History of the Caliphs by Rasul Ja'farian Four Centuries of Influence of Iraqi Shi‘ism on Pre-Safavid Iran by Rasul Ja'fariyan A Glance at Historiography in Shi'ite Culture by Rasul Ja'fariyan History of Shi'ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation by Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami The Origins and Early Development of Shi`a Islam by S.H.M.Jafri Background of the Birth of Islam by Mohammad Hosseini Beheshti [PDF] Prophets of Islam [صلى الله عليه واله وسلم] and Prophethood The Life of Muhammad by Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi [PDF] A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet of Islam by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers Beacons of Light by Abu Ali al Fadl ibn al Hasan ibn al Fadl at Tabarsi [PDF] Muhammad and His God Before the Revelation by Hatem Abu Shahba Taharah & 'Ismah of The Prophets, Messengers, Awsiya', And Imams by Hatem Abu Shahba The Life of Muhammad The Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophethood by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad is the Last Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Seal of the Prophets and His Message by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] The Infallibility of the Prophets in the Qur'an by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad, the Messenger of God: A Brief Biographical Sketch by Muhammad Rizvi Muhammad by Yasin T. al- Jibouri Military Management in the Battles of the Prophet (s) by Muhammad Dhahir Watr Prophet Muhammad S - a Brief Biography by Al-Balagh Foundation The Unschooled Prophet by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Glimpses of the Prophet's Life* by Talip Alp [PDF] About The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) by Tebyan The Voice of Human Justice by George Jordac [PDF] Prophet Muhammad - a mercy to all creation The Prophet Adam by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'Amili Moses in the Qur'an and Bible by Ali Musa Raza Muhajir The Prophets of Islamby Muhammad Hussain Shamsi The Prophets, their Lives and their Stories by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'amili Allah's She-Camel and the Story of Our Prophet Salih by Kamal Sayyid Acknowledgements: sisters Hameedeh, SpIzo, _Naz and several others. Thank you so much for helping me collect the links. VERSES OF GHADIR.doc Al Hadith al Qudsi.doc Fascinating Discourses of the 14 Infallibles.doc Who is the Law-Maker?.doc
  15. 42 points
    (salam) As many of u may know, i have past that is different from how i am right now. I have been a member here june this year, and many of my posts confronts that im a convert to Shia islam. As im writing this text, it makes me remember high school where i wrote english essays, and my english may be a bit... uhh... bad! And my story on how i converted may not be full of actions. I beg the apologize of every reader. I were born in a sunni muslim family. In my younger days i were learing alot about Islam, which were the basics every parent learn their child. I knew i were a muslim, i knew about Allah and our Prophet, and the 5 pillars. I live in a European country, and in primary school i had a some education about Islam (it were just a summary about the basics that i were teached by my parents). So i werent actually focusing much on that subject and i were good to take the word on my classes to teach a bit more about Islam to my classmates and teachers. I actually remember one day when i were 10-12 years old, that my father were watching the Turkish news (as we r originally from Turkey), and one of the cases were probably about Ashura (i dont remember that well). I were wondering about the whole case and started to ask my father about what was happening. He started to tell me a bit about the split in Islam, that we had sunni, shia and many more. Then he continued to tell me about Shia islam (look, i didnt learn about different sects in Islam before i were about 10 years!). When i asked him about which i belonged to, he answered sunni. And i felt from that day, that i had a mission to learn more (which 10 years old kid would think about it, but trust me, i did!). Later on, i started on high school where the religion subject were a bit more detailed. When the topic came to Islam, we where again presented to the basics, but also about the different sects. I could read about sunni and shia, and the most confusing part were that i were more convinced about the belief of Shia. But i were kind of ignorant and didnt mind it, because «our elders may have knew much better on why we have chosen sunni islam». In the end of high school, i got contact with a Iraqi girl that were Shia muslim, and the topic came to Shia islam. She were telling be alot of info about them and absolutely adored the way i were just listening and not making discussions about how wrong she was. She gave me books, linked to videos etc. just to help me learn more. I did want to learn, but unfortunally i were focusing too much on school that i «didnt have time for it». So for 2 years ago i met my best friend, who were also a Shia muslim. We could talk for 2-3 hours a day about Shia islam and i were more and more attacted to it (and know i werent busy with all other less important things, as i were older). I started to agree more on her points and started to read the books my Iraqi friend gave me. I were also good on doing research on the internet (i were actually using SC that times, but werent a member). One year ago, while i started to forget about my interest about Shia islam, i had a dream that i were in the middle of a big crowd. I remember really well that i screamed «Ya Allah, Ya Muhammed, Ya Ali», and i were hearing the crowd saying the same. I were confused when i woke up, and i didnt tell anyone immediatly. My life didnt go that well either on that time. Somethings didnt just work out, and i were having a hard time. I wanted to seek more comfort on my religion and i knew alot about Shia islam and were agreeing about it. My dream, my feelings about it etc. were going through my mind. I converted, and believe me, since that day my life have been so much more better. I have felt more connections with Allah. I cant even describe how my life and the way i looked on life, were changed (some ppl here may think that im exaggerating, but this is what i felt!). If i have said something wrong or offended ppl, please forgive me. May Allah be with u all. :) (wasalam)
  16. 39 points

    Blessed With A Son

    (asslamoalaikum) On 13th of January, 2012 i am blessed with a son. May Allah include him in His worshipers. May Allah enlighten his heart with His Noor, Emaan, and Maarafat e Muhammad (sawaw) and Aal e Muhammad (a.s) particularly Imam e Zaman a.s. May Allah include him in the army of Imam e Zaman a.s.
  17. 38 points
    (salam) Now gather ‘round And I’ll run it down Ok, most of you know that I'm not Shi'ite, by technicality and default, I am a Sunni (although I personally identify with the term "Muslim", as I believe this is the correct and legitimate name for followers of the Prophet s.a.w - and not the previous two). I have been a Sunni all my life, (with what you can call a brief flirtation with Salafism in my more rebellious and confused teen years), for the most part of my years, I've been very much closed-minded to Shia Islam, both intentionally and unintentionally through ignorance and the fact that I just accepted the propaganda and misconceptions that we are fed. As you know, the average Sunni doesn't know jack [Edited Out] about Shia Islam, and has hardly ever had contact with an actual Shi'ite in real life. I was pretty much like this- give or take with a basic understanding of what they believe, mixed in with some of the usual cliche criticisms we throw at them. I guess it all changed when I got to know a Shi'ite girl some years back for the first time, knowingly at least. Of course the discussion of sectarian differences came into play and from such heated discussions, or arguments if you will, I began to see an alternative narrative to what I was used to - especially in regards to the key events surrounding the Prophet's death. The whole rift with Abu Bakr and Fatima, the divisions amongst the Sahabah in who they supported, the incident at Fatima's house, her death and secret burial, the battle of the Camel, etc.. and the whole Ghadir Khom event prior to all this too. It was both very intriguing, yet at the same time frustrating, that I couldn't really find a satisfactory Sunni refutation for many of these points - and I was under the assumption because we were the right sect, that our evidences would be so manifest - yet little did I realise, that even within our own sources, especially Bukhari, there was much evidence for what Shi'ites believed had happened. It seemed to be painting these saintly images of key Sunni figures, in perhaps ways that didn't always match up with other hadiths. There was certainly something dodgey going on, especially at the time of the Prophet's death. I didn't admit it of course, but deep down I knew I didn't have anything against what she had thrown my way. In anycase, I chose to stick with what I believed, as it just was my comfort zone, and I buried what I had come to know in the far depths of my mind. I had since cut off contact with that person for whatever reason, but as it happened, I don't even know why, these questions resurfaced and I began to revisit a lot of the issues we used to speak about, in my own time - yet this time, I began to look at things objectively and without the biased lens I had been looking through previously. It was also only then, did I remember that person confidently telling me that she was certain I'll be Shi'ite one day - I remembered laughing at such an idea, as at the time, it was literally 100% an uncertaintiy and unthinkable. Still, I tried to brush these thoughts away. However, the more I looked into things, the deeper I got, and it got to a stage where I knew I was lying to myself by believing in the narrative I was most familiar with - I guess a person truly knows something is right or the truth, if they try to fight against it - and I did try for a few more years to suppress this different perspective I had begun to see. I began to frequent this site as an observer primarily, although much of what I know was still from those initial conversations I had, and other research, external to this site. I think when I really began to form a more solid opinion or stance was when I looked at the incident of Karbala and the matrydom of Imam Hussain in detail - I had always just known the surface details and never felt any real emotion (I just didn't get why Shias got so emotional over this), but I realised, any objective and neutral person could see who was on the side of good and who was on the side of tyranny and injustice - for too long we as Sunnis are too scared to take a side if a conflict involved two "Companions", likewise with the Battle of the Camel. In anycase, when I read more of the dreadful treatment of the female and children survivors of that incident, I really started asking myself - if the Shias claim they support the Prophet and his family... just who the hell have we been supporting all this time? It's been a gradual process of unravelling and basically turning a lot of what I believed upside down, as well as changing the ways in which I had previously looked in adoration at some Companions. What I can say is this much: Although the Prophet s.a.w didn't explicitly say who his "Khaleefah" would be, I do believe that Ali ra was the rightful sucessor, and that his claim was usurped, and that there is far greater evidence pointing to his claim than anything of the sort in light of Abu Bakr's claim. The Ahlul Bayt, were indeed wronged and oppressed, especially by people who claimed to love the Prophet s.a.w - there is no denying this. For the most part, it is the Shias who have also been oppressed by the Sunnis, and it continues to this day. This being said, although I believe in the rightful claim of Ali r.a, I still have these inherent reservations when it comes to fully embracing the whole Imamat concept and Infallibility, and of the Hidden Imam. I understand the Quranic verse of purification, but I still don't know if this is explicitly saying that the specifically defined Ahlul Bait are Infallible. I've been one who only viewed the Prophet s.a.w as Infallible - although I do understand that only his true sucessors could be Infallible like him, with an esoteric understanding of the Quran. I guess, being from a Sunni background, I find it difficult to embrace this deep idealism, as Sunnis are more familiar with a sort of realism, that suggests, the Khulafah, although not neccessarily pious or infallible, are the right people for the job, and the most qualified in practical terms. It is from this perspective, I acknowledge that Abu Bakr - minus his grave wrongdoings, as a Caliph, had to fight against many internal initial threats to the early Islamic community, such as the false prophets who began to emerge, and those who refused to pay zakat, etc.... and importantly, in terms of the religion of Islam - it's military expansionism, which would be followed on by suceeding caliphs. In hindsight, how could we know how things would have turned out, if a younger Ali became first Caliph? Would he have ordered the military expansion that the previous Caliphs did, if in the same position? Beause we know his time of Caliph, unfortunately was mostly preoccupied with internal fitnah first from Aisha and then from Muawiyah. How would sucessive Imams carried out their role of leaders of the Ummah - were the Imams supposed to be Caliphs simultaneously? I guess, like many Sunnis I still have this worldly justification for ourselves, in our military success and expanionism, and sheer numbers (and more ethnic diversity in comparison)- I know numbers do not equate to being on the truth, but it sure is comforting when you know you're a majority. I wouldn't expect anyone to understand that, well maybe ex-Sunnis, and I'm sure many Shias have at some point or another reflected on the larger number of Sunnis and had some anxiety or doubts at some point in time. I do however, find it interesting, being a minority on this forum, it makes a change being a minority for once. Speaking of, it would be most interesting to see how Sunnis who became Shias managed with these issues, I'm sure being formerly sincere Sunnis, they had to reconcile some of these same points - in addition to praying in a slightly different way...... how did it feel praying differently to what you believed was the correct way? I'd also find that seemingly difficult to get used to. I haven't really told anyone I know personally about these growing inclinations I have, apart from one relative, and perhaps hinted it to a few people, but no real concrete steps as yet. I am still hoping to learn more as I continue my research. Sunni Islam is not enough alone that is for sure, there are a lot of holes it seems - though many simply are in blissful ignorance - I wish I could find a sort of solution or closure to this, maybe it is possible to still be Sunni whilst accepting that Ali should have been Caliph?... I'm not sure I'd formally declare myself as Shi'ite, as I still have issues seeing myself as Sunni still. Ideally I'd like to have the truth, and I do hope I find that equilibrium, because right now, I'm in a somewhat state of limbo. Well that was good to get out of my system. It would be most interesting to hear from former Sunnis but any thoughts or opinions are welcome.
  18. 38 points

    Dietary And Medicinal Hadiths

    as-salaam `alaykum, I wanted to dedicate this thread to various foods the Ahl al-Bayt have recommended and their specific benefits. وعن علي بن محمد ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبان ابن عبد الملك ، عن إسماعيل بن جابر ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إنا لنبدأ بالخل عندنا كما تبدؤون بالملح عندكم وإن الخل ليشد العقل . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We start our meals with vinegar like you start yours with salt, and surely vinegar strengthens the intellect." (al-Kafi) "Acetic Acid bacteria helps memory and response times in middle-aged and elderly patients" https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jaam/6/7/6_7_60/_article محمد بن يحيى ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى عن محمد بن سنان ، عن موسى بن بكر قال : قال لي أبوالحسن ( عليه السلام ) : مالي أراك مصفرا ؟ قلت : وعك أصابني ، فقال : كل اللحم ، فأكلته ، ثم رآني بعد جمعة وأنا على حالي مصفرا ، فقال لي : ألم آمرك بأكل اللحم ؟ فقلت : ما أكلت غيره منذ أمرتني ، قال : كيف تأكله ؟ قلت : طبيخا ، قال : لا كله كبابا ، فأكلته ، ثم أرسل إليّ فدعاني بعد جمعة فاذا الدم قد عاد في وجهي ، فقال : الآن نعم . Imam Musa al-Kadhim [a] said to a man, "Why is it that you are looking pale?" The man said, "I am ill." The Imam [a] said, "Eat meat." So he ate meat, and after a Friday, the man was still looking pale. The Imam [a] said, "Did I not command you to eat meat?" The man said, "I have not eaten anything other than it since you commanded me." The Imam [a] said, "How did you eat it?" The man said, "Cooked." Imam al-Kadhim [a] then said, "No, eat it as a kebab." So he ate kebab, then the Imam sent [a man] to him and called him after a Friday, and behold, the blood had returned to his face. (al-Kafi) "Conclusions: Minced beef is more rapidly digested and absorbed than beef steak, which results in increased amino acid availability and greater postprandial protein retention. However, this does not result in greater postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates." http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/98/1/121.long وعن محمد بن علي ، عن ابن بقاح ، عن الحكم بن أيمن ، عن أبي اُسامة ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : قال رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) : عليكم باللحم ، فإن اللحم ينمي اللحم ، ومن مضى به أربعون صباحا لم يأكل اللحم ساء خلقه ، ومن ساء خلقه فأطعموه اللحم The Prophet Muhammad said, "Eat meat, for flesh makes flesh grow. Whoever has forty mornings pass by him in which he did not eat meat, his nature is worsened. Feed meat to he whose nature is worsened." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/eat-your-meat-the-muscle-building-bounty-of-beef-and-fish.html ـ محمد بن يعقوب ، عن محمد بن يحيى ، عن محمد بن موسى رفعه ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، أنه قال : سويق العدس يقطع العطش ويقوى المعدة ، وفيه شفاء من سبعين داء ، ويطفئ الصفراء ، ويبرد الجوف ، وكان إذا سافر ( عليه السلام ) لا يفارقه ، وكان يقول ( عليه السلام ) إذا هاج الدم بأحد من حشمه يقول له : اشرب من سويق العدس ، فإنّه يسكن هيجان الدم ، ويطفئ الحرارة . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "Lentil stew cuts off thirst and strengthens the stomach. There is a cure from seventy ailments in it, and it extinguishes the yellow bile and cools the abdomen. Drink lentil stew, for it calms the eruption of the blood, and extinguishes the heat." (Wasa'il) Lentils are high in magnesium, which improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. They also remove bile in the digestive tract, and stabilize blood-sugar levels: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=52 http://www.livestrong.com/article/410170-is-lentil-soup-healthy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله : من استعمل الخشبتين امن من عذاب الكليتين . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Whoever makes use of the two pieces of wood (the toothstick and toothpick) is safe from the affliction of the kidneys." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Link between chronic kidney disease and poor oral hygiene: http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/6/1/218.full وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالاهليلج الاسود فانه من شجر الجنة طعمه مر وفيه شفاء من كل داء . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Upon you is the black myrobalan, for it is from the trees of Paradise. Its taste is bitter, and in it is treatment for every malady." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Black myrobalan treats asthma, constipation, hair loss, heartburn, gum pain, graying hair, mouth ulcers, vaginal inflammation, and more: https://natural-herbal-remedies.knoji.com/black-myrobalan-medicinal-properties-greying-and-losing-of-hair-remedy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : اسقوا نساءكم الحوامل الالبان فانها تزيد في عقل الصبي . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Give your pregnant women milk to drink, for it increases the intellect of the child." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Children with mothers who drank milk during pregnancy have a higher IQ: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10072366/Drink-milk-to-increase-childs-IQ-pregnant-women-told.html عنه، عن أبى يوسف، عن القندى، عن المفضل بن عمر، عن أبى عبد الله (ع) قال: ذكر له الحمى فقال: إنا أهل بيت لا نتداوى إلى بافاضة الماء البارد يصب علينا، وأكل التفاح. Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We, the Ahl al-Bayt, do not treat a fever except by pouring cold water on ourselves and eating apples". (al-Mahasin) Apple water as a home remedy for fevers: http://health.howstu...for-fevers2.htm وعن علي بن الحكم ، عن أبيه ، عن سعد ، عن الاصبغ ، عن علي ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إن نبيا من الانبياء شكا إلى الله قلة النسل في امته ، فأمره أن يأمرهم بأكل البيض ، ففعلوا ، فكثر النسل فيهم . وعن نوح بن شعيب ، عن كامل ، عن محمد بن إبراهيم الجعفي ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : من عدم الولد فليأكل البيض ، وليكثر منه . وعنهم ، عن سهل بن زياد ، عن على بن حسان ، عن موسى بن بكر ، قال : سمعت أبا الحسن ( عليه السلام ) يقول : كثرة أكل البيض تزيد في الولد Imam `Ali said, "A prophet from the prophets complained to Allah about the paucity of progeny in his nation, so He commanded him to command them to eat eggs. So they did and the progeny became many in them." Imam Ja`far said, "Whoever lacks in offspring, then let him eat eggs and he is to do much of it." Imam Musa said, "Much eating of eggs increases one in offspring." Poached or soft-boiled eggs are high in Vitamin D and B6, which spur the production of progesterone, a hormone necessary for pregnancy. Eggs also contain B12 and selenium, which increase sperm count. وعن عدة من أصحابنا ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبيه ، ( و ) عمرو بن إبراهيم جميعا ، عن خلف بن حماد ، عن يعقوب بن شعيب ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : لدغت رسول الله ( عليه السلام ) عقرب ، فنفضها ، وقال : لعنك الله فما يسلم منك مؤمن ولا كافر ، ثم دعا بملح ، فوضعه على موضع اللدغة ، ثم عصره بإبهامه حتى ذاب ، ثم قال : لو يعلم الناس ما في الملح ما احتاجوا معه إلى ترياق. A scorpion stung the Messenger of Allah , so he shook it off and he said, "Allah curse you, neither a believer nor a kafir is safe from you." Then he called for salt, and placed it on the place of the sting. Then he pressed it with his thumb until it dissolved. Then he said, "If the people knew what was in salt, they would not have need of theriac with it." (al-Kafi) Salt alleviates the pain of bug bites due to its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-mosquito-bites.html اسحاق بن ابراهيم عن ابي الحسن العسكري عليه السلام : حضرته يوما وقد شكا إليه بعض إخواننا فقال : يا ابن رسول الله إن أهلي يصيبهم كثيرا هذا الوجع الملعون قال : وما هو قال : وجع الرأس قال: خذ قدحا من ماء وإقرأ عليه ( أو لم يرى الذين كفروا أنّ السماوات والارض كانتا رتقاً ففتقناهما وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حيّ أفلا يؤمنون) ثم اشربه فإنه لا يضره إن شاء الله تعالى A man said to Imam `Ali al-Hadi [a], "O son of the Messenger of Allah! My people are inflicted much with a cursed pain." The Imam asked, "And what is it?" The man said, "Headaches" The Imam said, "Take a glass of water, and recite upon it 'Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?' (21:30). Then, drink it, for it will not be harmful, God-willingly." (Tibb al-A'immah by an-Nisapuri) Water-deprivation causes headaches: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14979888 وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالكرفس فانه ان كان شيء يزيد في العقل فهو هو . The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "Eat celery, for if there is a thing that increases the intellect, then it is it." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Celery reduces inflammation in the brain and memory problems: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101013122601.htm وعنه ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى ، عن القاسم بن يحيى ، عن جده الحسن بن راشد ، عن أبي بصير ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قال أمير المؤمنين ( عليه السلام ) : الدهن يلين البشرة ، ويزيد في الدماغ ، ويسهل مجاري الماء ، ويذهب القشف ، ويسفر اللون. Imam `Ali عليه السلام said, "Ointment softens the skin, increases in the brain, eases the stream of fluids, takes away coarseness of skin, and brightens the colour." الحسن بن الفضل الطبرسي في ( مكارم الأخلاق ) قال : كان النبي ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يحب الدهن ويكره الشعث ، ويقول : إن الدهن يذهب البؤس ، وكان يدهن بأصناف من الدهن ، وكان إذا ادهن بدأ برأسه ولحيته ، ويقول : إن الرأس قبل اللحية ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يدهن بالبنفسج ، ويقول : هو أفضل الأدهان ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إذا ادهن بدأ بحاجبيه ، ثم شاربيه ، ثم يدخل في أنفه ويشمه ، ثم يدهن رأسه ، وكان يدهن حاجبيه من الصداع ، ويدهن شاربيه بدهن سوى دهن لحيته. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله used to love ointment and dislike dishevelment, and he would say, "Ointment removes misery." And he would anoint with (different) types of ointment. When he anointed, he began with his head and his beard, and he would say, "The head is before the beard." And he صلى الله عليه وآله used to anoint with violet. And he would say, "It is the best of ointments." When he صلى الله عليه وآله anointed, he began with his eyebrows, then his mustache, then he would enter into his nose and smell it, then he would anoint his head. And he would anoint his eyebrows from the headache, and anoint his mustache with ointment equal to the ointment of his beard. Lavendar oil helps your body produce antioxidants, which fight toxins and pollutants in your body. It prevents your body from increasing its blood glucose levels. It prevents liver and kidney dysfuncton. It alleviates migraines, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, trauma, and postpartum disorder. It reduces the development of Alzheimer's disease. It fights bacterial and fungal disorders. It speeds the healing of burns, cuts, s[Edited Out]es, sores, and wounds. http://draxe.com/lavender-oil-benefits/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : إذا ولدت المرأة فليكن اول ما تأكل الرطب الحلو والتمر فأنه لو كان شيء افضل منه اطعمه الله تعالى مريم حين ولدت عيسى عليه السلام The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "If a woman gives birth, then let the first thing she eats be sweet fresh dates and dried ones, for if there were a thing better than it, Allah would have fed it to Mary when she gave birth to Jesus." (Tubb an-Nabawi) "Dates fruit consumption during late pregnancy has been shown to positively affect the outcome of labour and delivery without adverse effect on the mother and child.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28286995 محمد بن يعقوب ، عن علي بن محمد بن بندار ، عن أبيه ، عن محمد بن علي الهمداني ، عن حنان ، قال : كنت مع أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) على المائدة ، فناولني فجلة ، فقال : يا حنان ! كل الفجل ، فإن فيه ثلاث خصال : ورقه يطرد الرياح ، ولبه يسربل البول و وأصله يقطع البلغم A man was with Imam Ja`far [a] sitting at a table, and the Imam handed him a radish. The Imam said, "Eat radish, for there are three characteristics in it: its leafage banishes flatulence, its kernel causes urine to descend, and its root cuts off phlegm." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) Radishes are a good treatment for gastric problems and urinary disorders: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html Radish juice is the best home remedy for phlegm and mucus: http://www.jemsrecipes.com/radish-juice-best-home-remedy-for-phlegm/ https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html بى رحمه هللا قال: حدثنا محمد بن ابى القاسم عن محمد بن علي الكوفي عن عبد هللا بن عبد الرحمان االصم، عن الهيثم بن واقد، عن مقرن، عن أبى عبد هللا عليه السالم قال: سأل سلمان رحمة هللا عليه عليا صلوات هللا عليه عن رزق الولد في بطن أمه، فقال: ان هللا تبارك وتعالى حبس عليه الحيضة فجعلها رزقه في بطن أمه Salman [r] asked `Ali [a] about the sustenance of a child in the belly of its mother. The Imam replied, "Allah withholds her menstruation, and He makes it a source of its sustenance in the belly of its mother." (`Ilal ash-Shara'i`) "The endometrium is the innermost glandular layer and functions as a lining for the uterus, preventing adhesions between the opposed walls of themyometrium, thereby maintaining the patency of the uterine cavity. During the menstrual cycle or estrous cycle, the endometrium grows to a thick, blood vessel-rich, glandular tissue layer. This represents an optimal environment for the implantation of a blastocyst upon its arrival in the uterus. The endometrium is central, echogenic (detectable using ultrasound scanners), and has an average thickness of 6.7 mm. During pregnancy, the glands and blood vessels in the endometrium further increase in size and number. Vascular spaces fuse and become interconnected, forming the placenta, which supplies oxygen and nutrition to the embryo and fetus."
  19. 38 points

    Hameedeh For Mod: Reloaded

    If there is a single atom of credibility left in this website, hameedeh would be a mod already. Here is someone who basically has a mental rolledex of everything that goes on on Shiachat, who never once has broken the rules of the site herself, whose posts contribute to the website, who gets along with everyone and is akhlaqi with everyone, ... So what are you waiting for, loozers?
  20. 37 points
    (salam) I wanted to devote a thread to documenting and discussing possible references to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his Pure Household (as) in pre-Islamic literature. I will focus my attention on Jewish, Christian, Gnostic, and Ebionite texts. There are many sites and threads that deal with "Islam and the Bible", which deal with many overused and redundant arguments. This thread will look more into some of the lesser-known references, but I will also be revisiting classics like Deuteronomy 18:18, Isaiah 42, etc. So for the sake of time, I will divide this series into parts. Part 1: Introduction (bismillah) الَّذِينَ آتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَاءهُمْ وَإِنَّ فَرِيقاً مِّنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ "Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize (this revelation) as they recognize their sons. But lo! a party of them knowingly conceal the truth". (2:146) There are many references in the Qur'an and the hadith literature to there being an expectation among the Christians and the Jews for the coming of our Prophet (pbuh). Our books say that the People of the Book were expecting a prophet named Ahmad (61:6), who would be the Seal of Prophets, with a unique birthmark upon his shoulder or his back. I will start this thread off by posting Shi`i and Sunni references to the expectation of the Prophet's coming, as talked about in the Islamic oral tradition. حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال : حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن ابن أبي عمير ، عن إبراهيم بن عبد الحميد ، عن الوليد بن صبيح ، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال : إن تبعا قال للأوس والخزرج : كونوا ههنا حتى يخرج هذا النبي ، أما أنا فلو أدركته لخدمته ولخرجت معه . My father رضي الله عنه narrated. He said: `Ali b. Ibrahim narrated from his father from ibn Abi `Umayr from Ibrahim b. `Abd al-Hameed from al-Walid b. Sabeeh from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: Tub`a said to Aws and Khazraj: Remain here until this Prophet appears. As for me, if I were to meet him, I would serve him and arise with him. Tub`a here is Abu Kariba Tub`a al-As`ad, who was the king of the Himyari Kingdom in Yemen. He ruled from 390-420 CE, and he was an Arab convert to Judaism. Before his conversion, he fought Byzantine influence in Hijaz and even destroyed Yathrib. The Jews of Yathrib then persuaded Tub`a and his troops to convert to Judaism. Tub`a's successors also became devout Jews, and Judaism began to flourish among the pagans of Yemen. Aws and Khazraj here are two Jewish tribes who moved from Yemen to Medina. In this narration, Tub`a is ordering these tribes to remain in Yathrib until the Prophet is forced to flee there. Regarding this hadith, Shaykh as-Saduq (ra) says: "Tub`a the king [of Yemen] was among those who knew the Holy Prophet and was in anticipation of his advent because he had received information about it. He knew that in the near future a prophet would arise in Mecca and migrate to Yathrib (Medina)". When reading the words "this Prophet" (هذا النبي), the following Biblical passage comes to mind: Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you that Prophet?” He answered, “No.” (John 1:19-21) Here, the Jewish scholars come to the Prophet Yahya to ask him about his identity. The Jews had been expecting several prophetic figures, including the Saviour. They were expecting the second coming of Ilyas, the Messiah, and "that Prophet". Yahya denied being any of these awaited figures. The Jews then said, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor that Prophet?” (John 1:25) According to this Gospel, the Jews in the first century CE were expecting the coming of three. Who is "that Prophet"? Let us look to a Christian exegesis: 1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans... (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary) To be continued ...
  21. 37 points
    You've got to be kidding me.
  22. 36 points

    My Story

    (bismillah) As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, The last time I tried posting my story, I got to the end of my second paragraph when my browser crashed, so Insh'Allah I will be able to finish it this time, and post it. A couple of people throughout this site have asked me about my journey to Islam, and eventually Shi'ism, and so I have decided to make one long post explaining everything, so that next time someone asks, I can just link them to this instead of trying to explain quickly. This post will have four main sections Insh'Allah: About myself, my religious history, how I came to (Sunni) Islam, and how I changed to Shia Islam. It's a bit of a strange story, with a lot of bumps in the road, and a lot that I am not proud of, but here goes nothing . . . About myself Hi there! My name is Michael :) I was born and raised (for the most part) in the city of Everett, Washington, USA. I spent my childhood in Marysville by I've lived back here in Everett for the past 6 (almost 7) years. My parents are divorced, and have been since I was a baby. I cannot remember a time when they weren't fighting. Now a days my father lives across the country, in Nebraska and I haven't seen him in 6 years. I am much closer with my paternal grandma (my last remaining grandparent) who lives in Oklahoma. I visited her this last Winter while on break from school, and I really enjoyed my time there. I like my mum a heck of a lot more than I like my dad (for various reasons), but I often feel that I am not good enough for her. Most of my friends say the opposite is true, and that she is a terrible mum, but that can't possible be true; she's my mum <3 I guess I have always been a "spiritual" person, obsessing over religion and whatnot my whole life, so I guess that my conversion to Islam isn't all that surprising. My religious history I was always raised in a Christian household, but the denomination has changed several times. I was baptized as an infant in the Episcopal Church (Anglican), but I don't think I've ever been to an Episcopal service apart from the one time I went with my father. While I was a young child, my mom had a job at some other church (United Church of Christ -- or something like that, I can't remember really), and so every Sunday we would go and she would supervise the nursery. I remember a bit of this, as I was allowed to play in there. After a while, my mom quietly switched us to Pentecostal (First Assembly of God) due to the church she worked at beginning to bless gay marriage (or commitment ceremonies, something like that), which she did not approve of. Most of my memories of the Pentecostal church are negative ones. I went with the children to Sunday school, which always bore me. I had no interest in hanging with the other children and singing songs and learning Bible lessons. I was perfectly happy with my mum as my sole friend. I had a very bad experience at this church, which I am not comfortable posting in public, but it turned me away completely. I doubt I will ever be the same, because of this experience. Soon after, we moved to the city I live in now and went to a megachurch for a short while. I actually liked this church because for the youth services, at least, it was more of a nightclub than a church. We spent maybe 5 minutes having a gospel lesson and then the rest of the time was listening to loud music, playing xbox and pool, and other stuff that teenagers like to do. I was only like 10-11, but I liked it even then. At the age of 11, a couple Mormon missionaries came by our apartment, and we became Mormons. It was the Mormon church that had the greatest hold on us, as my mum has had terrible finances since we moved the first time, and they help her out by paying rent and whatnot. It was at the age of 14 that I began to look into Islam. I will detail that part of my life in the next section, but I do want to add a little more to this one. Between that time and now, I have drifted in and out of Iman, and I have investigated nearly every possible religion out there. I investigated other forms of Christianity, Sikhism, Baha'i Faith, Hinduism, and I even dabbled in Witchcraft. The reason I switched around so much was probably due to two things. First, my mother has always been a drifter, so I probably inherited that from her. I also never felt truly right in any of these religions, so I moved onto the next one rather quickly. While I was 15 years old, I attended a Biblical Prophecy seminar with my mother put on by the Seventh-day Adventist church. After a while of going to the SDA church and having lessons and whatnot, my mum became a member but I did not. I like how they try to get to the true message of Christianity, instead of having some dumb agenda, but I still don't think it's true. Anyway, onto the interesting stuff . . . . How I came to (Sunni) Islam Between the ages of 13 and 14, I was an active member of a Harry Potter fan site (it was a web forum) where you could talk with other members and whatnot. I became pretty good friends with several people, and one of these was a Muslim. I was honestly only vaguely aware of her religion, and it really didn't matter that much to me, as I was a faithful Mormon, but this would later prove key. I had a bit of a falling out with her after I made up lies in order to receive attention (a bad habit of mine) and she discovered. Nowadays I only regularly talk to one friend I made on there, and I keep somewhat in contact with about 4-5. As a Freshman in High School, the family finances became a bit tight and we had to lose the internet. So as an alternative, everyday after school I would take the city bus to the local shopping mall, and sit in the coffee shop that was inside Borders book store and use their wifi (I had a laptop I would take). I think the reason I was able to open up to Islam at this point was because I was becoming less and less interested in mine, Mormonism. Anyway, I eventually found her profile on Facebook (the girl I mentioned earlier). I wasn't particularly looking or anything, but she popped up as a mutual friend or something. I remembered that she was Muslim, so I decided to investigate. I picked out a book at that bookstore called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam" (or something similar) and started reading. I never actually bought the book lol, I just read it in the store. I was impressed with a lot of the beliefs, and decided to start researching Islam online. I joined an Islamic web forum, which although didn't help me much then, it proved an invaluable tool later on. I also found the local mosque and contacted the guy in charge. After a while, I decided to go to the mosque and become a Muslim. I was absolutely not ready for it. I knew next to nothing about Islam (at least compared to what I know now . . .lol), but I went anyway. It was on Eidul Adha 1430 (November 27, 2009) and we prayed Maghrib in jamaat. The Imam gave me a ride home, and taught me how to say As-Salaamu Alaykum. Eventually, I decided I wanted a Qur'an (LOL I didn't even have one yet) so I asked the Imam where I could buy a copy. He told me that I could get one for free at the mosque. He described what it looked like, and said I could just take it next time I was around. The story behind this, is absolutely by the will of Allah. My mother and I needed to move pretty soon by then, so we were going to go looking at apartments. She told me to meet her at the office of one of the apartments we were going to look at. That apartment, was right across the street from the mosque. I took my backpack with me, and while on my way to the apartment, I quickly sneaked into the mosque, took the Qur'an, put it in my backpack, and went over to the apartments before she could get there and see me. Alhamdulilllah!! We eventually moved into that apartment, and I started going to the mosque slightly more, but I didn't really have high iman. It was at this point where I dabbled in witchcraft the most . . . It was a really low point in my life. That's really it, to be honest . . . I have never been a good Muslim. I don't think I've ever read all five prayers in a single day. I haven't been to a masjid since last Eidul Fitr. I am a really terrible Muslim, and a hypocrite. My change to Shia Islam There are basically three main things that helped me understand Islamic history properly, which then led me to Shi'ism. The first is a book entitled After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton. As the title suggests, it is a book that discusses the history of how the split happened, and why it happened. I saw how the Caliphs came into power, and how that was never Muhammad's intention. I won't go too deep into it, but I highly recommend it for ANYONE. It's a great book. The second thing that led me to Shia Islam was a girl in my English class. I found out that she was Shia after she asked me my religion. I asked her some basic questions like "Why do you guys beat yourselves?" and "Why do you worship stones?". She was always patient and answered my questions in the best way possible. The third, was this website itself. I had so many questions, in fact I still do. But the truth, is for sure the truth, and Insh'Allah I will find the answers to my questions soon. As for the present, I guess I consider myself Shia. I have never been to a Shia mosque, and I don't have any Shia friends. Ever since my reversion to Islam, I have been a really bad Muslim, and I feel so bad about it. Please make Du'a that I will be guided. Well, that's my story. There is a lot I wanted to remove from it, but I wanted to be totally honest. I hope you all do not think less of me . . .
  23. 35 points
    Assalam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu, So I've had a few members ask me how I became a Shi'a and they have said that I should share it with everyone. So here it goes... get a cup of tea and a biscuit. I first learnt about Islam when I was engaged to a Muslim guy, who wasn't practising. I was intrigued by his religion and began to do my own research. The only things I knew about Islam where things that I had seen in the media and so I didn’t have a very positive opinion on this religion. However, I soon realised that there was so much more to this faith than I could ever have imagined. I realised that everything I knew about Islam was completely false. Instead I was presented with a faith that was logical, beautiful, fair and miraculous. I found a God who was so worthy of worship and so merciful to his creation and a Prophet (pbuh) with a beautiful and pure heart. So after doing a bit of research I decided I wanted to become a Muslim and began to practise. I took things very slowly. I learnt my prayers and began to pray everyday and read Qur’an. I practised fasting, started to be more charitable, gave up pork and begun to give up alcohol among other things. I was very very happy and felt I was nearly ready to take my shahdah. But things happened. The first thing was I left my fiancé. He had started being increasingly abusive to me and it got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. This completely shattered me - he and his family were the only Muslims I knew properly. I had tried several times to find a mosque to make friends there as my fiancé lived abroad but every time I went to the mosque, I was treated with disrespect and made to feel like I wasn’t welcome there. This hurt me so much and I didn’t understand why. I always dressed and acted so conservatively when I visited the mosque but I was always excluded. I was so lost and quickly got angry with God about all these things that were happening to me. I panicked because I felt I could not follow Islam anymore. So foolishly I looked for excuses to leave the faith. I ignored everything I had learnt and went back to being ignorant about Islam. Astagfirullah (may Allah forgive me) I did and said some terrible things against God and his Messenger (pbuh). So instead I became a Christian. I had many Christian friends so I decided it made sense to convert. I had this idea in my head that all Muslims were like my ex and the men at the mosque and that Christians were nice and friendly people. I found excuses to make me believe in the Christian doctrines and for almost a year I lived quite happily as a Christian. But yet again things changed. As I fully recovered after a difficult few months, I began to miss Islam. I missed the excitement of Ramadan, learning Arabic and above all I began to miss prostrating to God. I began to contemplate my choices and I realised that I had been completely unfair to God and Islam. I left Islam because of a few ignorant and hurtful people who did not embody the ideal Muslim in anyway. I realised that if the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was alive and spoke to these men, he would have told them that they were doing wrong because he said to never hurt or disrespect a woman for she is special to Allah. And I realised that truly in my heart, I did not accept Jesus (pbuh) as God. From reading the Bible, I loved Jesus with all my heart but truly the idea of him being God is so illogical to me. The only reason why I turned to Christianity is because I felt like I had nowhere left to go, not because I thought it was the truth. So one day after watching an Islamic lecture, I felt the need to pray. So I washed myself and prayed 2 rakats. And after that I called out to God because I fully believed that I had made some terrible mistakes. I asked God to forgive me of not trusting him and of the terrible sins I had committed. And for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was in the right place. I decided to take things really slowly and began by increasing my knowledge. At the time, the only path I considered was Sunni Islam. My ex fiance and his friends had told me all about the Shi'as and said some truly disgusting things about them. But one day I was watching Islamic lectures on You Tube and accidendly started watching a lecture by Dr Sayed Ammar Nakshawani. When I realised that it was a Shi'a video I wanted to turn it off, but a huge part of me refused and I kept watching. The arguments and set up were alien to me, but they did make sense. This sent me on a path where I watched more of his videos. First I watched his series on the misconceptions about the Shi'a and everything I had ever been taught was a lie. I couldn't believe how logical and truthful the beliefs of the Ahlulbayt (as) were. They made more sense to me to anything that I had studied before. After that, I watch his series on the 14 Infallibles and loved learning about the Ahlulbayt (as). I suffer with Bi-Polar and at times get dangerously depressed and managed to find some comfort in learning the difficulties Ahlulbayt (as) went through. It gave me hope that if for example Imam Karzim (as) never gave up on Allah (swt) when we was imprisoned and tortured, then I could do the same with my problems. I think the final straw for me wanted to become a Shi'a was when I learned the fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as). I had heard of Hussain before but every Sunni scholar who had talked about him just said he is just another martyr and nothing special. What they failed to add was Hussain was murdered by so called fellow Muslims and wallahi it is shameful to call him just another martyr when our Prophet (saw) weeped knowing what would happen to Hussain at Karbala. But the thing that shocked me the most was what happened to Zahra (as). When I found out about her land being stolen and her house being attacked, believe me I was disgusted and ashamed that I had believed she had just died from grief. Wallahi the evidence is even in the books of Ahlul-Sunnah. This pain hurt me so much. So this is how I refound Islam and I feel so lucky. My name is Amy and I'm not going to officially change my name but I have adopted the nickname of Zainab. This is because when I heard Lady Zainab's (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam Mahdi (as), may Allah hasten his return, as Zainab (as) was to Hussain (as). Al hamdulillah. Last time wallahi I wanted to convert for a man. But now I want to do it for God and God alone. Al hamdulillah.
  24. 35 points
    (salam) all :Marajas unanimously agree that friendship between male and female is permissible provided they are husband and wife. ws
  25. 34 points

    Shiachat Akhlaq !

    (salam) I noticed that the akhlaq of some of our shia members in this forum aren't good. Some of them act very rude and immature. We have the mods that are doing a great job, Alhamdulilah .. but its also the job of the members to behave well. It is our duty to represent the Shia Faith with the best of manners. There are 10,000 different guest who visit this site every day and we have to show them the best of Akhlaq. When I used to troll on the sunni forums, everyone was so much respectful to each other . Everyone was there to learn and not to fight, to enter an ethical discussion , not a debate. Some ethical rules :) : -Begin your post with Salam Alaikom -When the member is asking for advice, please help him and wish nothing but the best -Dont be rude to other members by cracking lame jokes just to show-off that you're cool -You're not infallible , so accept the fact that you may be wrong sometimes..dont turn the topic into a fight by trying to prove yourself right -Show the best of manners in front of the non-Muslims. Always help them, wish them "peace". -Write neatly. Just like you try to represent yourself in a job interview to have a good reputation, here you are carrying the flag of Isam on the internet (the most powerful tool for information nowadays) ,so write neatly , check your spelling and your punctuations. -Try to smile :) (dont overuse the emoticon though) -More to come :excl: EDIT : Actually, lets use this topic to bring our own ethical rules to the list and apply them , to improve ourselves here's another one that just popped my mind : - When you are banned , just accept the fact that you're banned. dont come back under another username to ask for reasons . Dont rebel.. it is not the end of the world if you are banned. If you really wanted to access shiachat for knowledge, then use your banned week opportunity to read books, listen to lectures..
  26. 33 points

    Mutah Experiences

    Id like this thread to only be about ppls actual experiences of Muta and not about the technicalities of halal/haram/makruh/mustahab ways of going about it. My experience was a positive one. My hubby and i had a 1 year muta when we first met. It enabled us to live together and be emotionally, mentally and physically intimate and get to know each other properly whilst we decided if we had something that we could make permanent. We said the marriage formula under a tree in a park (the botanical gardens were closed) on a beautiful spring day. My dowry was that he read to me at least once a week, preferably religious texts, although more often than not it ended up being silly stories, which i love also because he does all the voices and is very expressive. Anyway, it worked for us. It was a healthy, practical, responsible and positive way to go about things in my view, there was no deception involved or manipulation, just 2 ppl who were falling in love and wanted to get to know each other in a deeper sense and experience the dynamics of living together before making a serious long term commitment to one another with all the responsibilities that entails. We both saw it in this circumstance as a way of halal 'dating' if you like and im very happy that this option was open to us. Please post if you have an experience of muta and say whether it was a positive/negative/neutral one.
  27. 33 points

    Because She Doesn't Work

    Because Your Wife DOES NOT WORK....???" The following are Questions and Answers between Husband (H) and A Psychologist: P : What do you do for a living Mr. Bandy? H : I work as an Accountant in a Bank. P : Your Wife ? H : She doesn't work. She's a Housewife only. P : Who makes breakfast for your family in the morning? H : My Wife, because she doesn't work. P : At what time does your wife wake up for making breakfast? H : She wakes up at around 5 am because she cleans the house first before making breakfast. P : How do your kids go to school? H : My wife takes them to school, because she doesn't work. P : After taking your kids to school, what does she do? H : She goes to the market, then goes back home for cooking and laundry. You know, she doesn't work. P : In the evening, after you go back home from office, what do you do? H : Take rest, because i'm tired due to all day works. P : What does your wife do then? H : She prepares meals, serving our kids, preparing meals for me and cleaning the dishes, cleaning the house then taking kids to bed. From the story above, who do you think works more??? The daily routines of your wives commence from early morning to late at night. That is called 'DOESN'T WORK'??!! Yes, Being Housewives do not need Certificate of Study, even High Position, but their ROLE/PART is very important! Appreciate your wives. Because their sacrifices are uncountable. This should be a reminder and reflection for all of us to understand and appreciate each others roles. All about a WOMAN .... When she is quiet, millions of things are running in her mind. When she stares at you, she is wondering why she loves you so much in spite of being taken for granted. When she says I will stand by you, she will stand by you like a rock. Never hurt her or take her wrong or for granted...
  28. 32 points

    I Love You All

    I love all my brothers and sisters in Islam :wub:
  29. 31 points

    Snowy Holy Shrine

    salam Alaikum All Today Mashhad was covered by a heavy snow! so as I was at the holy shrine, took some pictures ...just share them with you: Eltemase Dua Entrance gate of Inqilab courtyard Enqelab courtyard Jomhoury courtyard heading to Hedayat Courtyard Hedayat courtyard - before heavy snow Razavi university (Mirza Jafar yard) - inside the holy shrine
  30. 30 points
    Made by bro Ale Imran, and winning the 2013(?) Shiachat creativity competition. From this thread:http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235014887-sc-comp-post-videos-here/ Like this post if you also want a sequel to the video! :)
  31. 30 points
    Muhammed Ali

    Hameedeh Appreciation Thread

    Sister I am sorry to do this to you :) You work harder than all the other moderators and admins combined. You praise and thank the mods for their work in the moderator appreciation thread (in the mods forum). So now we need a thread just for you. Can the people please say lots of nice things about her? :) You are not allowed to lock this thread, otherwise I will get repenter to reopen it.
  32. 29 points

    Thank You Everyone!

    Whoa!! What a roller coaster ride this past week's been. Whoops of joy, endless hours of going through member's list screening for potential voters, feeling my heart sink at losing a vote one minute and overwhelmed by the love and support shown by the members the next, countless trips from my office to the bougainvilleas growing outside the Anatomy department to check for new posts(that's the only place at work where phone signals are strong enough to browse web :p)coworkers expressing concern at me being so jittery all of a sudden, a burnt omelette while trying to think of replies :d ,several sleepless nights, thumping in the chest when refreshing page to check for votes..... I never imagined this whole thing would be so intense,so draining on one hand and equally exhilarating at the other... but it was worth it... Every minute of it. I want to thank all those members who put their trust in me by voting for me and also those who didn't because with every lost vote my resolve to win this became stronger. I am grateful to all those who supported me, a very BIG THANKS to Marbles for being with me throughout the campaign, for working with me through member's lists and for providing me with excellent advice all along. I would also like to thank Darth Vader, insearchoflight, Nooralbatul, skamran110, GC, AnaAmmar,Iamhussaini for their support. Thanks to the other candidates for making this such a superb experience. I learned so much from all of you. I learnt the 'Power of Cake' :p who got 10% votes without even trying, Khadim uz Zahra for sticking to the campaign right till the end, Silasun for sprinkling the otherwise grim thread with jokes and of course Magma :d bro that was one helluva of a campaign, Congratulations! SC would definitely benefit from a mod like you. Last but not the least I want to thank the whole Mod team for giving democracy a chance :D especially bro Abbas for putting in time and effort to arrange the elections. Looking forward to working with you! I will always try my best to be of service to the SC members and hopefully will be able to bring some positive changes to this great website. Please keep me in your duas. Thank you again all of you.
  33. 29 points
    Salam Alaykum, I had the tawfeeq of going to Iraq for ziyarat during Arbaeen and had the chance to meet Ayatullah Sistani (ha) with my group on January 5, 2013. He gave a brief talk to us and advice especially for believers living in the west. Here are some of the points that I remember from his talk that I think everyone can benefit from: - In the beginning he welcomed us all and prayed for us that our ziyarat be accepted. He then began by giving advice on the importance of purifying ones self. He said it is of utmost importance that we work hard towards purifying our nafs and that success in this life comes from that. He then quoted the verse: "Successful are the ones who purify themselves" (Qur'an 87:14). - He then spoke about the importance of having good akhlaq. He said the whole purpose of prophethood and all the prophets was towards perfecting our manners and akhlaq with each other. He quoted the hadith of the Prophet (saw): "I have not been sent except to perfect the moral attributes". He said we should give great importance to how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters and should be the best in character with them. - He tied this into the best way to spread the religion of Ahlulbayt (as) in the west is through our character and morals. He quoted the hadith by Imam Sadiq (as): "Call people towards us with something other than your tongue". He said we should see everyone as being part of us and not being separate from us. We should treat each other the way we want to be treated. He then quoted the hadith by the Prophet (saw): "Want for your fellow brother/sister what you want for yourself. Hate for your fellow brother/sister what you hate for yourself". - He spoke about the importance of seeking knowledge as it is the foundation and basis of our religion and that knowledge is not confined to only religious knowledge. But the worldly knowledges are also important if we can use them to benefit the Islamic Ummah and that we should excel in all fields of knowledge. Once we have this knowledge we should teach it to our fellow brothers and sisters. He emphasized about how we are all one and that we should see others children as our own. If their parents cannot teach their children something and we have that knowledge, we should teach their children as if they are our own. - He then spoke about that there is a threat trying to grow within Shias that is trying to separate us from the Maraja. He said to be wary of it and that is trying to break us apart and separate us from Islam. He gave the example that when we get sick we don't write our own prescriptions but we go to a doctor and we follow the prescription that the doctor gives us because he is more knowledgable in medicine than us. He said the maraja are just like doctors of our soul and that it is because they have studied years all the knowledges such as Rijal, Hadith etc that they can tell us what is halal and haram based on the teachings of Ahlulbayt (as). - He finally said that he prays especially for the believers in the West every morning after Fajr that we remain steadfast and successful in our religion. Someone asked Ayatullah Sistani (ha) about his health, he replied: - Being 82 years old, he has no complaints about his health Alhamdulillah he is doing very well right now. He said the only thing that bothers him is that he has not left his home in years to go outside due to the situation and that does take a bit of a toll on him. But besides that he is doing well. Someone asked about why he doesn't start a Hawza in the west such as in London, he replied: - He had spoken before to some people who run Shia institutions there but he said there we can only teach the basics and preliminaries. Students from the west who truly want to learn to be scholars should come to Najaf as all the resources and teachers are here and everything is established. Alhamdulillah Ayatullah Sistani looked very well and good in health and spoke very nicely. If you want to read my whole experience of what it felt like meeting him, you can read it here at my new blog: http://wisdomful.blogspot.com/. I also had chance to meet Grand Ayatullah Taqi al-Modarresi and Grand Ayatullah Bashir al-Najafi. I have a brief video of Ayatullah Modarresi which I'll upload and share soon and write about what they had to say some other time. If anyone has any questions about my trip feel free to ask. Iltimase dua
  34. 28 points

    ShiaChat Member of the Week!

    Every Friday (Eid-e-Jome), during God's most blessed day of the week, Moderators or Administrators will select one member as the "ShiaChat Member of the Week". Throughout the following week, everyone is encouraged to: Show that member general mercy and compassion, and an open, welcoming embrace. Make that member feel special and honored. Like that member's posts whenever possible. Withhold any grudges or divisive arguments with that member, if you have any. Once we pick a member, we'll put up their name, avatar picture, and give a few brief words here on this thread. No other prizes or anything beyond that. Nothing grand here. It's a very simple recognition. This thread will be locked to keep things simple. Stay tuned for this coming Friday, when the first person will be selected. Check the thread often, you could be selected next!
  35. 28 points
    (bismillah) (salam) Fancy a free book delivered right to your door? Guess what, The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) offers various free books for Muslims and Non- Muslims around the world. Just pick a topic and email iro@imamrezashrine.com or imamrezashrine.8@gmail.com with your postal information and wait for their response. Spread the word because this offer is open for both Muslims and Non muslims throughout the world. A large variety of hard back books in various language are available. (wasalam)
  36. 28 points

    We've Made Shiachat Great Again

    Salaam my dear friends, my colleagues, fellow youth, my elders, my fellow believing men and women, my fellow dreamers, future trolls, and alienated masses from the world over: Today is a marvelous day. We've made ShiaChat great again. I want to thank Abbas for initiating and organizing this great exercise of the people's will. I want to congratulate starlight on becoming a fellow colleague, and I'm sure we'll work well together. I want to thank the other participants (Cake, Khadim, silasun) for taking part and putting ideas and perspectives to the table. I want to thank my most vocal supporters (mina, apo, Summayeh, StarryNight, baradar, and others) for helping me out in the frontlines. But above all, I want to thank YOU. In order of increasing importance, there is winning an election, winning an argument, and winning the dream. And we will win. There are things we can do to make this site more engaging, more friendly, more amiable, and into a better community. Be sure about it. Things will happen slowly but surely, with work, patience, deliberation, perspective, and vision. Anticipate great things in our future. I am open to suggestions and thoughts. Whatever your persuasions, viewpoints, thoughts, or beliefs, if you are a genuine, well-intentioned human being who follows and respects the rules of this site, you are welcome here and have my blessing. Peace!
  37. 27 points

    Ahl Al-Bayt Daily

    (salam) I'll be sharing one hadith every day on this Facebook page. "Like" if you're interested, and spread the word :) InshaAllah we could spread the wisdom of the Prophet (pbuh) and his family (as). https://www.facebook.com/AhlAlBaytDaily
  38. 27 points

    If this post gets...

    If this post gets.... 3 likes - I will post a funny emoticon 5 likes - A new Battle! thread 10 likes - Virtual cakes for everyone 20 likes - I will respond to EVERY tag. No questions asked. For one day. 40 likes - I will change my profile pic to anything you want for one week, selected among proposals here. 50 likes - SC will automatically give this topic Popular status (see Hameedeh's post below). 70 likes - I will change my forum name to anything you want for one week, selected among proposals here. 100 likes - I will shave off my hair on my head, try any food you guys want, and run outside in the freezing cold with no coat for 30 minutes
  39. 27 points

    100+ Reliable Hadiths On The Mahdi

    قيام القائم The Rise of the Qa’im ظهورالمهديفيرواياتمعتبرة The Appearance of the Mahdi in Established Narrations This is a continuation to my last thread, which you can check out here: http://www.shiachat....ble-traditions/ Essentially, I have been working on a hadith collection, which gathers narrations from classical books about the Mahdi. I've gone through books like al-Kafi, Kamal ad-Deen, Tahdheeb, and others, and graded hundreds of ahadith on the topic. The most reliable traditions were then translated and collected into a short collection for you all - called, Qiyam al-Qa'im. It is still a work in progress, but so far, 65 established narrations have been gathered on various subjects regarding the 12th Imam (as). The chapters are as follows: 1. Preliminaries 2. Recognition of the Imam 3. The Birth of the Imam 4. Tafsir Regarding the Imam 5. Fiqh Regarding the Imam 6. The Occultation of the Imam 7. The Sufyani 8. The Uprising of the Imam 9. The Imams' Companions You can check out Qiyam al-Qa'im here: http://www.tashayyu....s/qiyam-al-qaim Any suggestions, comments, questions, or mistakes, can be posted in this thread. Thanks!
  40. 26 points

    Not Married? Keep Busy.

    Not Married? Keep yourself busy! Please, instead of thinking how many unIslamic things there are in this video, just remember the good things.
  41. 26 points
    As Salam Aleykum Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and confirm his belief in Islam. Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers.
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    Congrats Veteran Members!

    Everybody: The Admins, Mods, and Developers at ShiaChat would like to acknowledge the active members of SC who have stood by the site for ages. They have been bestowed the title of "Veteran Member". It's a title of honor only, and doesn't give any other special privileges. For now, to qualify, a member must be: 1. An Advanced member in good standing who joined before Dec. 31, 2013. 2. Has a relatively high post count. 3. Is still presently active. The full list of inductees are here: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/search/?&type=core_members&joinedDate=any&group[21]=1 @.InshAllah. @A true Sunni @Aabiss_Shakari @Akbar673 @Ali Mahdi @baqar @Darth Vader @eThErEaL @haideriam @Ibn al-Hussain @iraqi_shia @Islamic Salvation @Laayla @lalala123 @Marbles @Muhammed Ali @NormaL_UseR @P. Ease @Panzerwaffe @realizm @Renaissance_Man @Son of Placid @SoRoUsH @hasanhh @placid @abbas110 @Abu Tufayl @abuzahra @Ali_Hussain @AliSaleh @Bakir @BaqiyatullahY @Basim Ali @beardedbaker @Christianlady @doobybrother @Fatima NMA @Fink @Hassan- @Inconsolable @ireallywannaknow @Last Chance @Lion of Shia @Murteza @Noah- @power @Quisant @RiseOrDie @Rohani @rotten_coconut @Ruq @Saintly_Jinn23 @Syed Demanding @Syed.Dynasty @Wise Muslim @ZhugeLiang @yam_110 @Mohammed-Mehdi @shadow_of_light @husainshahid @Fink @skylight2 @myouvial @Martyrdom @Wahdat @Ayuoobi @Chaotic Muslem @AnaAmmar1 @David66 @coldcow @rkazmi33 @Ali-F @monad @Jahangiram @Ibn Al-Shahid @kamyar @Sumerian @forte @sayedzeeshan @Greg Potemkin Thanks, SC Team
  43. 26 points
    Abu Hadi

    Hajj 2016 by Abu Hadi

    Salam Alekum, I am now coming to you live from the Holy City of Mecca. This is my first time. We have done Umra Tamattu and are going on Friday to Arafa to begin the Hajj. I have done the first tawaf and here are my thought on this. There are some things I can say now and some I can say later. The things I can say now are that just seeing the Kaaba for the first time was something I cannot describe. It is nothing like on T.V., for those of you who have been to Mecca know what I am talking about. The best words I can use to describe it are awe inspiring. The Kaaba is radiating a spiritual energy at an intense level. It pulls you in like a moth being pulled into a flame. When you approach for tawaf you become dissolved in it. Time stops, any thoughts of the outside world stop, pain stops, hunger stops, fear stops. You realize that only love, goodness, happiness, peace, and brotherhood / sisterhood are real. You feel like everyone around you is your close family, sister, brother, aunts, uncles, although they may look different, speak different, and be from a different country. This happens in an instance, and it is not the results of any actions by any person or any structure or any group. You realize that Allah(s.w.a) is real, and everything else is from Him(s.w.a). He has no partners and associates, and noone to compete with him for power or glory. He(s.w.a) is completely in control of everything, and every step you took in your life and every action you did had a purpose and a plan, and it is part of a larger plan from Allah(s.w.a) to draw you close to Him(s.w.a). You have realized this in the past but it become a certainty then. That is the best I can describe it, though I cant describe it. It is something to be experienced, not to be talked about. Words fail completely when it comes to this. I did two rakats at Kaaba for my friends on SC. InShahAllah, every one of you can go and have same beautiful, wonderful, majestic experience, soon. I will post more as I progress thru the Hajj.
  44. 26 points
    To Allah we belong and to Him we shall return. Brother His_Eminence named Lateef has passed away. Please recite fatiha and quran if possible, may Allah reward those who'd care to recite something for this brother. http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?/user/48642-hiz-eminence/ http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?/user/41015-7swordz/ "O son of Adam, you are but a matter of days; each time a day goes by, a part of you is gone." - Imam Hussain a.s
  45. 26 points
    You are a sunni. The problem with sunnis is that they are willing to overlook the unacceptable crimes of some people, i.e. the so called sahabah. The sunnis don't stop with these 'sahabah', they do the same with their ulama and political leaders That is why I said that we have become like sunnis. The correct path is to have high standards for our leaders. The worst among the sunnis are wahabis. Their leaders have the worst akhlaq. Brother Tawhidi would make a good wahabi sheikh. BTW this is not an attack on sunni people themselves since most humans are like that, and there are some good sunni people. It is a criticism of a mindset that refuses to admit the severe sins of it's leaders.
  46. 26 points
    guest 34193

    Fatawa Of The Ancients

    (bismillah) I'm opening this thread to test the waters on an idea I've been considering whether it might warrant a more substantial home than this thread would provide. The idea is this, pose whatever fiqh questions you might have and I will, in sha Allah, attempt to answer them in accordance with what the ancient scholars have ruled on these issues. Keeping that in mind, please don't ask things that are clearly of a modern nature (e.g. cloning, copyright laws, etc) as that is going past the purpose of this thread which is to share their views, and not indulge in deductions of my own. My primary source for this would be `Allama Hilli's Mukhtalif ash-Shi`a wherein he extensively goes over the issues that the ancient Imami jurists have had different views on in fiqh. Again, this is more of an experiment at this stage to see if something more substantial can/should come out of it, in sha Allah.
  47. 25 points
    Salam. This is a response to the twelvershia.net's article "The Teachers: Their reliability and variety" (http://twelvershia.net/2014/06/04/the-teachers-their-reliability-and-variety/). I am posting this in this hadith forum, as I feel that my discussion is more concerned with discussing matters of hadith; I am not interested into getting into a polemical debate, as those things are usually a waste of time. Rather, I am posting this for the benefit of our brothers and sisters. (If a moderator disagrees, s/he may feel free to move this topic). Summary In their article, the author of the article makes the following points: -Bukhari reports hadiths from alot more people than Kulayni. -The people that Bukhari reports from are more geographically-distributed than the people that Kulayni reports from, who are mostly from Qum -Kulayni did not travel to Kufa, (implied: and a number of other places), otherwise he would have reported from them significantly, and he reports from only two Kufans -Bukhari reports from trustworthy people, while Kulayni reports from mostly unknown and non-popular people -A list of those that Bukhari reported from, with the grading of trustworthiness for each individual, is provided. Also provided are the quantities of individuals per level of grading of trustworthiness. For example, Bukhari reported from 188 trustworthy narrators, 88 honest narrators, etc. And, also provided are the quantity of individuals per geographic location. And, the precise number of hadiths that Bukhari reported from the one whom he reported the most from in his Sahih book. This is then repeated for Kulayni. -Therefore, this means that Bukhari put much greater effort into authoring his book. -Kulayni relied upon a "small set of people" that lived in a "little town" called Qum. Therefore, the chance of a conspiracy is greater, as opposed to the chance that Sahih Bukhari is a result of a conspiracy. If Bukhari had been fabricating narrations in his book, then various people around the Muslim-dominated lands at that time would have openly accused him of lying and fabricating. -"A scholar as popular and famous as Bukhari can’t have done that, for if he did then all of those 300 scholars from around the Islamic world would openly accuse him of lying and attributing fabrications to them" and "Bukhari was praised and welcomed by the scholars and their students" -Bukhari's book is a "safer option" because the highest amount of narrations per a single direct narrator to Bukhari is 4%, while the same for Kulayni is 30%. So, if `Ali bin Ibrahim al-Qummi, the biggest direct reporter to Kulayni, was not actually trustworthy, then "it would almost be like destroying Al-Kafi in its entirety". I summarise these into the following main point: Bukhari reported directly narrated from narrators that were geographically-diverse, larger in quantity, and many more of them were trustworthy. My response Praise be to Allah, and I seek refuge in Him. Blessings be upon Muhammad and his selected Ahlulbayt. The problem with this article is that the author compares the Sunni work, Sahih al-Bukhari, to the Shia work, al-Kafi, based on a number of premises that are not necessarily true. These premises are inferred from a certain Sunni rijali perspective of Sahih al-Bukhari, and then presumed to be equally relevant to al-Kafi. The reality, though, is that Kulayni and Bukhari were from different sects, had different intentions, different methodologies, were in different circumstances, etc. For example, Bukhari's Sahih was intended to be a book of narrations, on a variety of subjects, that were considered definitely reliable, purely by the standards of `ilm ar-rijal. In contrast, Kulayni's work was intended to be an encloypedia of narrations on a variety of subjects, from which reliable narrations could be taken; (the belief that Kulayni wrote that his book was entirely sahih is not worth considering here and would completely diverge the discussion). In other words, Kulayni's focus was more on collecting narrations on every relevant topic to one's life, while Bukhari's focus was more on sihha. Even though both of them intended, to some degree, to be comprehensive and quote reliable narrations, Kulayni quotes narrations that are weak, contradictory, isolated, not to be acted upon etc. and said in his own introduction that he intended the book to fulfil requirements: providing all that is needed in terms of the instructions and guidance of the Infallibles [a]. Whereas, Bukhari quotes only that which he considers reliable, and, unlike Muslim bin al-Hajjaj (the author of Sahih Muslim), selects for inclusion in his book the hadiths that he wants its reader to act upon, as it was a more "legally-charged" work - hence also the legal commentary, whereas Kulayni very rarely speaks in his own work. So, the focuses ultimately diverge. Another example is that their methodologies differ. As already mentioned, Bukhari included the ahadith that were reliable by their chain, whereas Kulayni clearly wasn't restricting himself to this, since he quotes many hadiths that pass through weak narrators. Thus, to complain that Kulayni reported directly from narrators that were fewer in number, less geographically-diverse, and that less of them were trustworthy than those that Bukhari narrated from, presumes that Kulayni set out with the same methodology as Bukhari, and with the same focus as Bukhari, and so on. If Kulayni did, then yes, Kulayni's results were inferior to Bukhari. However, these presumptions are false. This probably requires some expansion to truly grasp the understanding that is necessary here. So, I will try to be more specific. I hope some of the points are not too subtle. To be specific: With regard to the comparision between Kulayni reporting from a smaller number of narrators than the number that Bukhari directly reported from, then this presumes that Kulayni was serving as the "primary" collector of these narrations in al-Kafi and the primary one to collect them together. We can categorise the Shia works of hadith into three "generations" of works. The first were the usul and similar works, which were either composed by the Imam's companion or his student or their like, with very short chains back to the Imam. The second were the compilations that gathered together a number of the usul. A famous example would be Nawadir al-Hikma by Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Yahya. Some of these second generation works were organised properly - often by topic - and some were not. For example, the Nawadir of Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa and the Kitab al-Mashaykha were organised into chapters by Dawud bin Kura. The third were the works that absorbed and selected from various second generation works. Two very famous examples of these would be al-Kafi and Man La Yahduru al-Faqih. (The division of works and their authors into this three categories is rough, and not black-and-white; hence, for example, sometimes second generation authors report from second generation authors). So, in some ways (and not all), Muhammad bin Ahmad bin Yahya, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa, and others like them, are the ones who should be compared to Bukhari, not Kulayni; because although Kulayni exerted much effort in collecting, selecting, compiling and organising al-Kafi, he was relying on the second generation works that had already collected many of the primary works together. Kulayni would be better compared, in this specific context, to someone who collected some of the (Sunni) Five/Six Books together, or collected from them and included other narrations. For example: 949 - محمد بن عبد الله بن جعفر بن الحسين بن جامع بن مالك الحميري أبو جعفر القمي كان ثقة وجها كاتب صاحب الأمر عليه السلام و سأله مسائل في أبواب الشريعة قال لنا أحمد بن الحسين: وقعت هذه المسائل إلي في أصلها و التوقيعات بين السطور. و كان له إخوة جعفر و الحسين و أحمد كلهم كان له مكاتبة. و لمحمد كتب منها: كتاب الحقوق كتاب الأوائل كتاب السماء كتاب الأرض كتاب المساحة و البلدان كتاب إبليس و جنوده كتاب الاحتجاج. أخبرنا أبو عبد الله بن شاذان القزويني قال: حدثنا علي بن حاتم بن أبي حاتم قال: قال محمد بن عبد الله بن جعفر: كان السبب في تصنيفي هذه الكتب أني تفقدت فهرست كتب المساحة التي صنفها أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي و نسختها و رويتها عمن رواها عنه و سقطت هذه السنة الكتب عني فلم أجد لها نسخة فسألت إخواننا بقم و بغداد و الري فلم أجدها عند أحد منهم فرجعت إلى الأصول و المصنفات فأخرجتها و ألزمت كل حديث منها كتابه و بابه الذي شاكله. Rough translation: Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin Ja`far bin al-Hussain bin Jami` bin Malik al-Himyari. Abu Ja`far, al-Qummi. He was trustworthy, eminent (wajh). He wrote to the Sahib al-Amr (i.e. Imam al-Mahdi) [a] and asked him (about) issues (masa'il) regarding the matters of Shari`ah (i.e. fiqh). Ahmad bin al-Hussain (Ibn al-Ghada'iri) said to us: These issues have reached me in their original form, with the signed (answers) in-between the lines. And he had brothers, Ja`far, al-Hussain, Ahmad, all of whom had correspondance. And Muhammad has books. From them: Book of Rights, Book of Initiators, Book of the Sky, Book of the Earth, Book of the Land (Misaha) and Countries, Book of Iblis and his armies, Book of Proofs. Abu `Abdullah bin Shadhan al-Qazwini related to us; he said: `Ali bin Hatim narrated to us; he said: Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin Ja`far said: The reason for my compilation of these books (is) I had inspected the collection of the books of al-Misaha which Ahmad bin Abi `Abdillah al-Barqi had composed, and its manuscript, which I had reported it from the one who reported it from him, but the books were lost from me in this year, and I did not find a manuscript for it. So, I asked our brothers in Qum, and in Baghdad, and in Rayy, but I did not find it with one of them. So, I returned to the usul and the musannafat, and I extracted and placed every hadith from them into its book and chapter which resembled it (originally). This example serves to show that Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin Ja`far al-Himyari, may Allah have mercy upon him, used to have the kitab al-Misaha of Ahmad bin Abi `Abdillah Muhammad bin Khalid al-Barqi, which was a second generation work, based on the usul and their like - i.e. the first generation works. When this work was lost to Himyari, then upon looking for another copy and being unable to find one, he re-made the book by returning to the usul and musannafat and composing something similar to it. Kulayni is a third-generation author who drew upon Barqi, the author of the famous large hadith collection named al-Mahasin, which was a second-generation work, and he drew upon other second-generation works. The very nature of second-generation works - that is, they compile together many smaller usul - means that the number of second-generation works would be far smaller in number. Hence, third generation authors would be referring to second generations works, which would be fewer in number and larger in size. So, although Kulayni is ultimately drawing upon hundreds of primary generation works, he is doing so mostly through second generation works, which combine them and hence are fewer in number. So, Kulayni is taking much from second generation works, literally quoting the hadiths in them, and then giving his turuq (paths of transmission) to them. Kulayni has no need to give as many paths as he can for the book he quotes from. He only needs one tariq that he depends upon, or one tariq that has a qarina to safeguard the transmission. (The reader will remember that Kulayni's ultimate focus was not on proving reliability by chain. Even if it hypothetically were, then a single reliable tariq in his eyes would suffice). For example, Ibrahim bin Hashim would be an example of a second generation author, who Kulayni heavily takes from. Kulayni has no need to give multiple turuq to Ibrahim, and instead gives one tariq - the intermediary of `Ali bin Ibrahim bin Hashim, who is trustworthy. For some narrators, it seems evident that Kulayni has access to multiple paths, but will give one path, or will give a different number of paths in different places. Likewise, we know that Tusi had multiple paths to the books that he depended upon for his Tahdhibayn, and similarly, Saduq also had multiple paths to the narrators and their books that he depended upon for his al-Faqih, as is clear from their Mashaykha works. Similarly, Najashi says in his introduction to his Fihrist that he does not mention all of the paths that are available for books. In addition, some of these second-generation works were well-known or famous, and hence multiple paths and even, arguably, a transworthy intermediary-transmitter, were not truly necessary, as anyone could refer to these books. (Although, this would be arguably diminished if the manuscripts differed substantially depending on the reporters). For example, when it comes to a narration of Ibn Mahbub, found in its complete form in Tahdhib volume 7 p400 #6, Kulayni quotes it in 3 (or maybe 4) parts in al-Kafi. In two instances, he gives the path of "a number of companions from Sahl, and also `Ali bin Ibrahim from his father, both from Ibn Mahbub", and in a third instance, he adds "and Muhammad bin Yahya from `Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa, all from Ibn Mahbub". So, in actual fact, Kulayni drew upon many more sources for narrations, than simply his direct shuyukh (pl. of shaykhs), and these include books by the following major shuyukh of the Shi`a (let alone the ones who were less important): Ibn Abi `Umayr, Hammad bin `Isa, Ibn Mahbub, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin Abi Nasr, Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa, Ibn Faddal senior, Safwan bin Yahya, Muhammad bin al-Hussain bin Abi al-Khattab, al-Fadhl bin Shadhan, and others. Many of the intermediaries that Kulayni uses to get to the narrators that he draws upons are really not much more than shuyukh al-ijaza, i.e. narrators who are mostly serving as intermediary transmitters of works, rather than as actual collectors of hadiths. For example, Ibrahim bin Hashim heard much from many shaykhs, while his son, `Ali bin Ibrahim, depended mostly upon the narrations that his father and al-`Ubaydi had collected; so, `Ali bin Ibrahim serves more as a shaykh al-ijaza for Kulayni to Ibrahim bin Hashim (and `Ubaydi). (Any attempts to diverge this into a discussion regarding the trustworthiness of Ibrahim are evidence of either insincere tactics or missing the point). Another example is Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa who travelled in search of hadiths, whereas one of the transmitters of his narrations to Kulayni, the aforementioned Dawud bin Kura does not narrate a single hadith in Wasa'il ash-Shi`a, except for those that he, amongst others, narrates to Kulayni from Ahmad bin Muhammad bin `Isa. So, to judge Kulayni's utilisation of sources in compiling his book by looking solely at his direct shuyukh would be incorrect. Many of these narrators, who served as sources for Kulayni, were famous, and it was impossible for Kulayni or his intermediaries to have fabricated narrations and ascribed them to them. For example, Himyari junior, when he recomposed kitab al-Misaha, did not find that the relevant contents of the usul and musannafat contradicted what he had found in Barqi's kitab al-Misaha. Likewise, Tusi did not find that al-Kafi contradicted the books by the authors it quotes from. And so on. Indeed, Kulayni's book, al-Kafi, was widely circulated from the beginning. Those who narrated it from him, in the immediate generation after Kulayni, include: Abu Ghalib az-Zurari, Ja`far bin Muhammad bin Quluwayh, Ibn Abi Rafi`, Harun bin Musa at-Tala`kubari, Abi al-Mufaddhal ash-Shaybani, Ahmad bin `Ali bin Sa`id al-Kufi, Ahmad bin Ibrahim adh-Dhamiri, `Abd al-Karim bin `Abdullah bin Nasr, Muhammad bin Muhammad bin `Asim al-Kulayni, `Ali bin Ahmad bin Musa and Muhammad bin Ahmad as-Sinani, and others. Many of these names belong to famous, major shuyukh of the ta`ifa (i.e. the Imami Shi`a sect), and who lived in different areas. Despite its circulation, no-one accused al-Kafi of having many narrations that could not be found in the works by authors that al-Kafi took from, nor did they accuse it of having discrepancies with what was found in the works of the authors it quoted from. The usul and their like were available for a long period of time afterward, as were a number of the second-generation works. Rather, instead, he was graced with the rare "awthaq-nas" ("(the) most trustworthy of the people") strengthening, as found in the rijali work Fihrist an-Najashi, whose author was the student of multiple rijali shuyukh such as Ibn Nuh and al-Ghada'iri - and indeed this rare strengthening was even specified to be in regard to the matter of hadith ("awthaq an-nas fi al-hadith wa athbatahum"). None of the big shuyukh from the main cities of Shia narrators criticised Kulayni's trustworthiness or al-Kafi's trustworthiness - and he was quoting from the books of deceased famous narrators from their own main cities. On that note, the author's description of Qum as a "little town" is erroneous, even just in its implications alone. Arguably, the three most important cities for the Shia Muslim narrators, in the later Imams' lives and for a time afterward, were Qum, Baghdad and Rayy; (this is corroborated by what Himyari junior says above). It was not just a "small town" (even if that was its physical size, although it seems to be more accurate to call it a city), but one of the most important centres of Imami Shi`im for a period, and there were many Qummi narrators, from whom the best of them were amongst the greatest shuykh of the ta`ifa. In-fact, as the centuries have passed, although some level of criticism seems to have been raised against Muhammad bin `Ali bin al-Hussain by a few or so of the scholars, using a relatively very small number of evidences, no Imami scholar (to my limited knowledge) has levelled a real criticism against the trustworthiness of Kulayni. Hence, it is no wonder that Kulayni was described as "awthaq an-nas fi al-hadith wa athbatahum" by Najashi, who is close to his time with two generations in-between he and Kulayni, and the Shaykh of the scholars in Rayy ("our companions") in his time, and the most eminent (wajhahum) of them. Also, as per what I have read from Dr Jonathan Brown's work: Bukhari's Sahih and Muslim's Sahih were not immediately famous like they would become later; (in-fact, the concept of a Sahih book even offended some of the leading rijali shuyukh like Abu Zur`a). For example, Bukhari was initially more well-known for his Tarikh than his Sahih. Also, Firabri appears to be the main transmitter of Sahih Bukhari. Although Ibrahim bin Ma`qil an-Nasafi and Hammad bin Shakir also transmitted Sahih Bukhari, their specifics transmission do not reach our time, and their transmissions differed with Firabri's by two or three hundred narrations. Ibn Hajr tries to reconcile this by suggesting that Bukhari narrated his Sahih while in draft form to the other two, and narrated the finished version to Firabri. (With that said, there is a report that Fibrari's copy was partially in draft form as it had some sections, with a number of chapter headings lacking hadiths, or hadiths with no chapter headings). So, despite all the bravado about the multiplicity of chains and sources, it seems that the version of Bukhari's book has reached us today, reaches us through one transmitter. I will note here that I disagree with listing some of the names of those that Kulayni reported from as Kulayni's "teachers". Yes, Kulayni reported a few hadiths from some of them, and hence they would be commonly called "shaykhs" of Kulayni. However, the reality is that Kulayni wasn't taking many narrations from them, nor using them as shaykh al-ijaza. Rather, he just wanted to include a couple of specific hadiths that they had, even if they had many narrations. For example, on the list is Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin Ja`far al-Himyari, who Kulayni quotes 8 hadiths through. So, they are not really a teacher of Kulayni or someone Kulayni depended upon. Thus, criticising the proportion of thiqat to total number of narrators isn't correct. It would be more correct to analyse the proportion of thiqat of narrators that Kulayni actually depended upon, and not just selected a handful or two of narrations (for whatever specific purposes, as one might try to discern by looking at specific cases) from. The incorrect analysis and proportion by the author also ignores how much of Kulayni's narrations were corroborated. On this train of thought, it is important to point out that just because Kulayni did not take from certain major shuyukh in cities such as Kufa, then it does not prove that Kulayni did not travel there in search for knowledge, for Kulayni did not take from certain major shuyukh even in Qum. The author ends up cheating in his aim to lower the status of Kulayni/al-Kafi when he gives the variety of Kulayni's shuyukh and imposes a particular criterion that rules out "most" (as per the author's own words) of those Kulayni reported from: "Variety in his teachers (excluding unknown narrators): [...]". Rather, the author should include all of those Kulayni reported narrations from, even if they are majhul, so that we can see how diverse those whom Kulayni took from are. It does not matter whether they are known to be thiqa or whether their tawthiq has not been reached us; what matters here is how geographically diverse they are. A more correct listing (taking into account my exclusion of those he reported very little from as mentioned earlier) (excluding those who are "new" in his `iddas): -`Ali bin Ibrahim al-Qummi (Qum) (thiqa fi al-hadith, thabit, mu`tamid, sahih al-madhhab) -Muhammad bin Yahya al-`Attar al-Qummi (Qum) (shaykh of our companions in his time, thiqa, `ayn) -Ahmad bin Idris al-Qummi (Qum) (he was thiqa, a faqih amongst our companions, sahih ar-riwaya) -Al-Hussain bin Muhammad bin `Amir (Qum) (thiqa) -Muhammad bin Isma`il an-Nisaburi (Nishapur) (majhool `ala adh-dhahir) -`Ali bin Muhammad `Allan al-Kulayni ar-Razi (Rayy) (thiqa, `ayn) -Humayd bin Ziyad (Kufi who resided in Ninevah (Mousal, Iraq)) (thiqa, `alim, jaleel, wasi` al-`ilm, thiqa) -`Ali bin Muhammad bin `Abdullah bin `Imran (Qummi) (thiqa, fadhil, faqih) -Ahmad bin Muhammad al-`Asimi (his origin was Kufi, and he resided in Baghdad, and reported from the Kufi shuyukh) (thiqa fi al-hadith, khayran) -Muhammad bin al-Hasan at-Ta'i ar-Razi (Rayy) (majhool) -Muhammad bin Ja`far al-Asadi al-Kufi (Kufi who resided in Rayy) (thiqa, sahih al-hadith, but he reported from dhu`ufa' and believed in jabr and tashbih) -Ahmad bin Mihran (?) (Kitab adh-dhu`ufa' weakened him) -Muhammad bin Ja`far ar-Razzaz al-Kufi (Rayy/Kufa) (it appears that he was indeed thiqa, except he has no proper entry and hence tawthiq was not recorded; however, Abi Ghalib relied upon him, as did Ja`far bin Muhammad bin Quluwayh). Therefore: Qum = 5; Nishapur = 1; Rayy = 3/4; Ninevah = 1; Baghdad = 1; Kufa = 0/1. So, there are 13 significant shaykhs in total, with 9 thiqat, 1 probable-thiqa, 2 majhools, and 1 dha`if. As for Muhammad bin al-Hasain at-Ta'i, he is one of the shuyukh al-ijaza of Kulayni for Sahl bin Ziyad, reporting not too much from others in al-Kafi. As for Muhammad bin Isma`il, he is the shaykh al-ijaza of Kulayni for al-Fadhl bin Shadhan, and both Muhsini and Dawari both advance arguments for the reliability of what is reported from him in al-Kafi. So, Kulayni reports most of his ahadith through mostly trustworthy and popular teachers. So, from his immediate shuykh, he took mainly from Qum and Rayy, two of the three most important cities of Shi`i narrators. He also did take from the Iraqis, as two of his shaykhs are there. Using only two teachers from Iraq as major sources in al-Kafi does not prove that Kulayni did not travel to Iraq (Baghdad/Kufa/Ninevah/etc) and collect narrations from shaykhs there. Afterall, he reported directly from two Iraqis, and that is in itself evidence that he took from them! As for the author's statement that "Surely, Al-Kulayni would have narrated from more teachers in Al-Kufa, which was a center for hadith studies at the time, if he had been there", then this is only speculation, and it is countered by evidence, where, for example, we see Kulayni not utilising much the narrations of some of those in Qum, such as Himyari and Saffar, despite these two have many many narrations.. It is also worth pointing out that Kulayni, in his introduction to al-Kafi, makes two statements of interest showing that he had access to more narrations, and that he could have gained more narrations. First, he says that he made kitab al-hujjah longer (i.e. included more hadiths), which implies that he could have made the other books longer. Second, he says that if God wills, he hopes/intends to make a bigger book. Lastly, Kulayni's book was entitled "al-Kafi" (the sufficient), not "al-Wafi/al-Kamil" (the abundantly sufficient/the complete); what Kulayni included his book certainly fulfilled this title. And of course, as pointed out before, Kulayni's sources extend beyond his direct shuyukh, as his direct shuyukh were mostly serving as shuyukh al-ijaza. For example, Kulayni tapped into the the narrations of Ibn Abi `Umayr the Baghdadi via `Ali bin Ibrahim from his father. Additionally, it is very important to remember that the Shi`a ta`ifa, and thus its `ulema, and from amongst them the hadith narrators, was many times smaller than the Sunnis. They were also less geographically diverse (which is partly due to their smaller numbers). For example, it can be argued that one of the reasons why Qum thrived in its (classical) prime was because it was mostly inhabited by Shi`a and was semi-autonomous (and hence encountered less oppression and bothering from Sunnis). Thus, it is not only natural, but even expected, that the Sunnis had many more hadith narrators than the Shi`a, and that they would be more diversly distributed across the Muslim-dominated lands. So, inferences regarding numbers made from such a comparision would clearly be faulty. Furthermore, it is of incredible irony that the author of the article would try to fault Kulayni with some imaginery scenario where a very trustworthy narrator, who Kulayni heavily relies upon, magically becomes weak, and how this makes al-Kafi a less "safe option", when much, if not most, of Sahih Bukhari ends up at the same handful of sahaba, of whom the `adalah of a number of them is problematic, whose dhabt is not necessarily established, whose reporting of the Prophet hadiths is mostly/heavily marasil due to their young ages/entering Islam late/etc. (sometimes from each other!), etc. (I will not go into detail as this is not the place for it in order to avoid diverigng from the topic at hand). `Ali bin Ibrahim is described as "thiqa fi al-hadith, thabit, mu`tamid" which all relate to his trustworthiness and reliability; so, his trustworthiness is established, and imaginery fantasy scenarios where something was not as it was, are a waste of time; we have a hujjah for his reliability. On the other hand, the possibility that one of these handful of sahaba in themselves, or his/her narrations, is not actually trustworthy, due to the aforementioned issues, is much more likely. If indeed if this was the case, then Sahih Bukhari would lose many hundreds of hadiths. When we remember that Sahih Bukhari has only ~4000 Prophetic hadiths in it (~7000 with repeats), then a significant portion of Sahih Bukhari that would be lost, due to the lack of corroboration at the level of the sahaba. For example, if we say that Abu Hurayra has ~1000 narrations (including repeats) in Sahih Bukhari, then 14% of the book is lost. So, this does not make Bukhari's book "a much safer option", as, first, the likelihood of one of these handful of sahaba being not being trustworthy has some significant likelihood (higher than `Ali bin Ibrahim not being thiqa), and second, a significant portion of Sahih Bukhari, which is smaller, would also be lost. (Any argument about how Sahih Bukhari contains more hadiths from the Prophet than al-Kafi are clearly irrelevant as, to the Shia, the Prophet and Imams [a] are all authoratative sources of the Deen, and the knowledge of the Imams was generally obtained through their family line back to the Prophet . Such an argument would again be making the same type of error as the article of this author: taking premises for one case and trying to force them upon another case). Also, there is a certain threshold where discussion about fabrication becomes rather pointless. For example, Kulayni relied upon multiple, corroborated sources written by some of the most famous narrators of the Shia, who lived in various areas, and so even if he technically reported from less people than Bukhari, and reported from people who were less variously distrubuted, that does not mean we should have a fanciful discussion about fabrication or "safer option", as the threshold for Kulayni, his shuyukh, and Kulayni's sources has already been met, and even surpassed. Furthermore, Kulayni sometimes quotes multiple similar hadiths that corroborate each other. For example, in the very first chapter (/book) of al-Kafi, Kulayni quotes multiple hadiths that are similar, some of which are variations, or alternatively-reported, for some words ascribed to the Imam. So, by seeing that multiple sources, that he has drawn upon, have reported the same or similar wording or purport, then this collectively acts as corroboration. So, even though Kulayni reported from dhu`ufa' in al-Kafi, like Sahl bin Ziyad, the narrations are often corroborated. Therefore, the inference that Kulayni put in a lesser effort is based on faulty presumptions and implicit evidences that are open to reinterpretation. Kulayni put 20 years of his life into compiling al-Kafi, which means he did indeed put a lot of effort into making al-Kafi. Bukhari put 16 years into compiling his Sahih book, and his Sahih book is far smaller than al-Kafi (not due to any lack of available sahih/hasan hadiths, as Bukhari himself is reported to have said that he did not collected all of the sahih hadiths, and Muslim, for example, includes other sahih hadiths in his own Sahih book). I apologise for any mistakes. I will emphasise that some of my points have subtley to them, making their understanding crucial. So, one who makes a reply such as calling the above paragraphs "excuses for weaknesses in Shia hadith", or otherwise, will not only be factually erroneous due to what has been explained above, but also probably indicate a lack of sufficient understanding. Wasalam.
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