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  1. 13 points
    A resounding and empathetic no. One needs to look at how Imam Zain al-Abidin (عليه السلام) and how he wept for his father and family after Karbala. In my personal experiences, I've had many heartbreaks and the pain never goes away, but like an incurable disease, I'm managing it with hobbies, positive thoughts, family, Islam and good friends. I'll never get over being looked or treated differently for being disabled. I will never forget family I never said bye to, being betrayed numerous times or watching family wither and die from cancer. Time does not heal, it simply manages the pain and puts it in a tidy, little box. To quote Maya Angelou: "But still, like dust, I'll rise."
  2. 12 points
    Salam, I do think that a lot of women out there can be oblivious when it comes to the behaviour of men. I think women need to be educated to understand the psychology of men and how their brain functions. The things I am going to say may also relate to women, but in my opinion, this is something which refers to men a bit more. I may even sound harsh at times, but trust me, I am trying to be honest. Also, I'm not saying this is always the case as there's always exceptions. Firstly, being excessively charming, sweet, nice to men, be it in real life or over the text, puts you in a vulnerable position. I do not deny the fact that you may have pure intentions, but sometimes being overly nice allows men to develop certain feeling towards you, even if it may be extremely subtle. It’s an entirely different story if you are interested in a specific guy and want to show a bit of your care and affection towards them, obviously within boundaries. However, being excessively nice to every John, Bob and Harry, is not the best way to carry yourself. It’s okay to be blunt at times. Let men out there know that you’re not easy. Secondly, there is a social experiment conducted which you can find on Youtube – ‘Guys and Girls Can’t Be Friends’. Even according to psychology, it is not possible for those who are non-mahram to each other to be ‘friends’. Women can sometimes be oblivious when it comes to this reality. Be careful when a brother is playing around with you. You have no idea how the brain of a man works. There may be exceptions due to age barrier etc. but the majority of guys out there will develop some feelings towards you and an emotional attachment. I wouldn't call this lust, but it could be an excessive admiration, love or even attraction. Even if your friendship is dead-ended, and a guy knows there is no potential for halal growth, he may be carelessly taking short-term temporary pleasure by talking to you the way he would speak with his mates. It's just a heads up for every sister out there. What are your thoughts?
  3. 12 points
    Many of the topics I discuss may be somewhat undesirable for many Muslims. It's not only in ShiaChat, but in my local community. I may be wrong, but there is indeed a good intention behind this, partly based on my very own experience. I was raised by a very strict father, and I was even stricter than him in terms of religion (never missed the 51 rakats nor daily morning duas, nor allowed leisure time based on anything else than philosophical and theological books). Yet still I exploded and fell into sin because I wasn't realizing I was repressing my ideas and my nafs unjustly, and I felt proud of that. Many youth within our communities develop a lot of questions and doubts regarding not only their religion, but their social customs, roles, interactions, taboos, etc. And oftenly, they don't separate religion from that, because both come from the SAME source: parents. At certain point, these customs start clashing with their goals and lifestyle (haram partying, early arranged marriages, etc.). If it wasn't for these clashes, they wouldn't start questioning their faith, how they experiment it, how their families follow Islam, etc. Can't go sleep to my friend's house, nor go partying with friends, nor avoid arranged marriage with an Iraqi or whatever culture I feel little to no connection to it, etc. These youth may also, at the same time, be discriminated for being Muslims, and judged by ideas conmonly defended by Muslims (views on feminism, women's role in society, lgbt issues, etc.). This is an unevitable secularist force, that we may shun with bad words, or start talking openly about it. And this is done with reasonable ideas (not merely based on Islam, because Westerners know no Islam). We have to shield youth with a mentality and a logic that may make them able to argue and defend the ideas they were educated in by Islam, IN CASE they feel comfortable with them (otherwise they just don't believe in Islam, and that is up to Allah to guide or not guide people). The point of all this is not to change Islam, but to leave the doors of debate always open, with good manners instead of prejudices against Western ideas, nor censorship, nor backwards mentality. This, my friends, will encourage youth not to develop an extreme reaction against Islam and their culture altogether when circumstances are against them. And this reaction, the more extreme it is, the harder it is to return to Islam. And we will want to return, for sure we will, when the strength of youth is not present, nor the ferocity of innovative ideas, nor revolutionary movements nor the passion of making new friends and develop new ideas. When sickness and weakness, and the shadow of death is our only companion in solitude, when we feel really useless, at that time, we will want to go back to the God we unjustly forgot. Many SCers have precisely contacted me when they started feeling doubts, when they started "that phase". I'm not so much worried with the phase, but with the idea of forgetting God and Islam, closing the door. We may have our times where we forgot our prayers, focus on friends and work and fun. But be careful with leaving religion completely forgotten. Always keep something with you, leave the door open, consider you will want to go back and focus on your faith. Leave that good niyyah in you. There may be many points you feel hard to accept, many of them probably social rather than religious (as the recently discussed women's social issues). Be open, discuss whatever you like, share your opinions, find someone to hear them. Don't feel apart, don't feel an alien within the Islamic community, as it is more diverse and more welcoming than you would ever expect if you keep trying. You will find people like you, who hold a special place for Islam in their hearts, with whom you will feel not alone, and you will see that the beauty you found in this religion isn't necessarily linked with what may make you hate your life, your origins or your family's customs. Youth in my local community have almost entirely left Islam. Saying this because it's way easier and less hard to prevent this than to fix it. Let's put things easier for youth to speak out their doubts, their worries, their desires and interests in life, let's try to judge less, let's make an effort to understand nowaday mentality, see why it matters and why it convinces so many youth people. It's hard to reach conviction without doubt. Doubt is the principle of any talib al ilm. So instead of repressing your doubts and yourself out of external pressure, consider being open, question anything that clashes with your life, and use your reason to find the best of all ideas and approaches. In this convenient way, pressure won't kill you nor make you have undesirable reactions towards your society, family, religion, and, in the end, against yourself.
  4. 12 points
    Salaam I’m an 18 year old Shi’a Syeda and am looking to get married soon as Islam has encouraged the virtues of marriage and the Ahlul Bayt have emphasised the blessings of marriage especially that at a young age. But I’m a disabled person in a wheelchair and I often wonder if anyone would want to marry a girl like me. Whether I would add anything of value to my husband’s life. Whether Islam has said anything about this? Any advice would be appreciated JazakAllah
  5. 10 points
    I am in a wheelchair too and wonder the same thing, my advice to you is to not concern yourself with caste or culture, follow Islamic principles and Islam will reward those will be in our lives as our spouses.
  6. 10 points
    Hi all, I posted on this site when I was pregnant with my son last year for advice. I fell pregnant to a Shia Muslim man and he decided he wanted nothing to do with me or his son because of his family circumstances (hes not married). His reasons for not wanting to see his son are because he did not want a child and his family would disown him if they found out. He also stated he did not want to be with me (after a 3 year relationship) which was all one sided and kept secret from his family. I posted on this site asking advice on whether to tell his parents or not. I decided not to tell his parents as I did not want him to be left without a home. I tried everything in my power to have him in my sons life. However, his decision was final. I accepted the fact that he did not want anything to do with us. He helps finanically and I appreciate this more than anyone will ever know. I finally reached out to his sister when my son was 7 weeks old. To my surprise she wanted to see us both and have a relationship with my son. She confirmed that his mother and father (father more so) would not allow their son back into their lives if they found out about me and my son. I finally told my sons father that I reached out to his sister and he is fine with that. However, he still does not want anything to do with my son. Sorry for the long post! I thought I would just give a little background information about my situation. I have thought about converting to Islam for a long time now. I have family who are Muslim who I do not have a relationship with due to personal family reasons and have always wondered about what my life would be like if I did see them and I was brought up in Islam. I would like to know more about Shia Islam and read books before I make my decision. So I guess I am looking for books, websites and any one in my area - London, who could kindly help. Any advice would be greatly appreciated Thank you
  7. 9 points
    Abu Hadi

    Lack of morals (rant)

    Bismillah Ta'la فَاذْكُرُونِي أَذْكُرْكُمْ وَاشْكُرُواْ لِي وَلاَ تَكْفُرُونِ Remember Me, and I will remember you and be grateful to Me and do not deny Me. Holy Qur'an 2:152 So on this site, you are seeing the result of not taking the advice (above) from the Holy Qur'an. When people attempt to construct their own moral system based on their limited knowledge, what their parents told them, what they saw on a tv show, what is in 'fashion' at the time, etc, the result is that they are left to their own devices. This is the root cause of lack of morals.
  8. 9 points
    Salam he physically is helping us , his position is like as times that our Imams were in prison but they were helping & guiding Shias from long time prisons & they never missed contact with their Shias only difference is that he is not in any prison of any tyrant & doesn’t has pledge of any tyrant on his shoulder but as Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام) said is like as sun behind clouds & still benefits us althought we don’t have have access to him & can’t see him but he is still present remotely in our life
  9. 8 points
    starlight

    Seriously Mohammed Hijab?!?

    Arguing with ignorant people is a waste of time.
  10. 8 points
    313.

    I don't know

    About 6 months ago I lost my mind I don’t know how to explain it but I can’t think clearly like the way I use to I lost my memory my knowledge my mindset and my personality I don’t really know how it happened and I’ve been having panic attacks and mental break downs the for almost half a year almost everyday I don’t know why this happened it was after Ramadan I remember being a good person and religious and trying to get closer to Allah and this happened all of a sudden I’ve been making Duas non stop and taking medication and trying to convince myself that Allah is helping me but I’ve relaized that I’m just lying to myself...I’ve experienced stuff like this many times the past few years and gotten over it but this is the worst I’m to the point where I feel like I just hate Allah and don’t want to pray anymore and I feel like he’s just ignoring me or he’s not real this is really serious I don’t know what to do
  11. 8 points
    Yeah you really have to trust someone before meeting them irl. That's the thing people can turn out to be completely different people. It probably can shock you. I personally met @Ruqaya101 and @3wliya_maryam as they were at my uni, and they were legit the same as they are online.
  12. 8 points
    I might make an exception for you and just a few others. It's easy to pretend to be one person online and be totally different in real life. It's also shockingly easy to online-stalk someone who mistakenly trusts you.
  13. 8 points
    notme

    Discrepancies of men and women

    Islam assigns the role of Head of the Household to men. As such, all that a married man earns, he owes to his household. Men and women both are required to be comfort and security to each other. That is the extent of Islamically assigned gender roles, nothing more. All other assignments are either cultural, or have arisen out of convenience. Imam Ali wrote a letter about how to be a leader. Everyone should read it.
  14. 7 points
    Salaam, This will be a long read so get ready. All started in early 2018 before my GCSEs. One of my cousins messages me (let's give her a fake name eh Amina at the time she is 18/19 this year and I'm 15/16). We start to message a bit here and there, the 2 years ago (2016) I actually visited her in a holiday to Pakistan. Anyway as the weeks went by you can guess what happened I started to kind of like her. Then the GCSEs rolled around and I did quite well in them and I turned 16 on the results day and at this point I still haven't confessed anything to anyone (just briefly mentioned it to my Mom and Sister). Now let's skip to just after the summer holidays (September time) during that entire year messaging was on and off and by now I really really like her. It was around this time I also found out that I would be going to Pakistan and staying at her house for a wedding (December time) , but the weird thing is from this point to December there was little/no contact with her. But eventually the Christmas holidays came round and I got to Pakistan, at the airport Amina and her family were there, the moment I laid eyes on Amina, I knew I had fallen in love. But I never told anyone and kept it quiet for the whole trip. During the stay I made sure that I spent as much time with her as possible without actually doing anything or giving anything away. You see the only time I would spend with her is at restaurants (I would always insist that we took the WHOLE family along just so she would come too) (with the whole family) or sitting in the house (again with the whole family) in the whole trip I must've exchanged a few sentences here and there, there was one time when she bought me tea though. I must've drank 200 cups while I was down there just for an excuse of going to the kitchen which was next to her bedroom) midly creepy? I know). Anyway wedding happened we came home and that. Then I realised that this cannot go on forever and I must speak to my Mom now that I'm actually in love with her... So I spoke to my Mom and she said to basically work my way into getting an answer. If Amina would be interested in marriage or whether she wouldn't be interested in marriage with me. The fateful day came I remember the exact message she sent she said "I'm not feeling comfortable and I'm not interested in love". I cannot even begin to describe the physical and emotional pain I went through. Her messages were sent at midday on the 27/01/19 and I cried from that time until I went to sleep and if humans could cry in their sleep I would be crying during my sleep too. Physically I felt sick I could not stop the tears and I had an immense headache, my eyes hurt and just felt like dying. The next day the said sorry and I cried uncontrollably for an hour, I never meant for her to feel sorry. I remember that day I had an exam but I took the day off, she got angry about that.... But then she discussed the situation with me and I wrote an entire essay about why I love her, she then said "I will give u one chance." I was overjoyed understandably. Then we talked boy to girl for sometime. I learned she was very interested in studying and education and she would only be interested in love after that which which would be about 5 years from now... And she just wanted to speak normal, I told her that this was sad to hear and she became sad then too, she said "This love creates disturbance in your studies." It was hard to hear this but she said that she promises to think about love after she completes all her studies. But then I failed some exams and had to shut everything down to try harder in college, we even said our goodbyes.... After the next set of exams finished I messaged her again but the conversation was dead she wasn't saying anything her only response was "Hm" (which is very common amongst Pakistanis in messaging apparently). I told her I need to ask some serious questions now and she breaks her promise about thinking about love after her studying, at this point I was surely contemplating suicide, I told her I wanted to die. On that night I went to the window to kill myself but I was saved. I asked her if I should wait for her after her studying or forget about her forever she said "Plz leave me, Plz" That was it. Her final words? "Allah Hafiz". That was 71 days ago today and the pain has not since ceased. It is simply unexplainable unless you have been through the same thing (God FORBID THAT ANYONE GO THROUGH THIS). I was hoping things would've settled down by now but they haven't. Now even my Mom and Sister (who went through something similar) cannot relate and are tired of my sadness and my occasional outbursts of depression. I want to move on but I can't. How do you stop loving someone who you loved so much? Ali~Jay
  15. 7 points
    Abu Hadi

    Muslims in the Entertainment World

    Your last statement in your post reminds me of an incident that happened to me a few years ago. I had a work colleague at that company (I don't work there anymore) and we were working on the same project so we used to talk. As with most people, our conversations revolved around work and I would ask him where he worked before he came to that company. He was vague for a while and then after a few months of working with him, he confided in me that he used to work for the CIA in PsyOps (The Psychological Operations unit of the CIA). He was vague about this and didn't tell me for a while, because despite what many people outside the United State think, even within the US the CIA has a very bad reputation for being an immoral and shady organization and most people who work for them will never admit it. I'm surprised he did. Anyway, I asked him, because he worked in Psyops and I had read about past CIA operations within the US like 'MKUltra' and I asked him if they had ever been successful in inventing a 'brainwashing machine'. He nodded his head, very casually and said they did, and pointed to the T.V. that was mounted in the corner. I kind of laughed and didn't really think about his statement for a few years and then started thinking about all the proliferation of media that has happened in the last few years and the fact that most people are looking at a screen (either a phone, tv, computer) for the majority of their waking hours. Then I started to think about who produces the vast majority of the content they are looking at and what types of effects it must have, the repetition of looking at things over and over again that people instinctively will reject (like graphic violence and strong sexual content) but then after a while it becomes 'normal'. This is exactly the kind of brainwashing I think this guy was talking about. I honestly don't know what the solution is except to say that if some content is against your morals as a Muslim, to not watch it, period. It is sometimes hard to avoid but we need to try to do that. Most people don't, unfortunately.
  16. 7 points
    Heavenly_Silk

    Thoughts 2019

    Congratulations to all momineen on the wiladat eve of the Imam of our time (ajtfs).
  17. 7 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Thoughts 2019

    Today this middle aged women (early thirties) was crying in the bus. I walked in the bus and sat at the back, and she was sitting two rows in front of me. Not a single person bothered to console her. People were casually on their phones as if their world was more important than hers. I approached her and asked her why she's upset and crying, turns out her niece was in a critical state. It was honestly so sad when I asked her, as her mouth was shaking and she was crying. But simply asking her that one question "is everything okay?" gave her so much comfort, I could sense it. Eventually she got off after a few stops and waved at me. Just a short message which I hope we all take from this. Don't be so isolated from the world, and always be in your own head. Talk to people, smile, be it even with strangers. You never know how you'll make someone's day.
  18. 7 points
    Aww I’m so sorry to hear about that. I’m sure it must have been very scary. I would though like to meet @notme, @Hameedeh, @ShiaMan14, @2Timeless, @Bakir, @ali_fatheroforphans In real life.
  19. 7 points
    saas

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    72 pages of 1420+ virtuous blessings we shall not cease we shall not slumber Allahumma salli `ala Muhammadin wa Aleh Muhammad, wa ajjul farrajahom
  20. 6 points
    memoryblack

    Marjas are Fallible

    only the Prophets and Ahlul Bayt are infallible
  21. 6 points
    Block her from all of your social media. Do not message her for any reason. Let yourself hurt. Do something small everyday to help yourself feel better (doing something nice for someone, helping your mother, take some alone time, etc), try to keep your thoughts positive. Pick up a hobby, see different friends, spend time with family, go to the mosque. Therapy may be a good choice to try to let everything out with someone who is qualified. The most important thing to remember is that the pain will go away. At first it comes in waves and it feels like you’re drowning but one day it feels a little less weighty and you feel like you can breathe better. Eventually it won’t be something that will hurt but a distant memory. Take this as a lesson. Think about what happened and what you can learn from it. Don’t forget to rely on Allah and his boundless love and mercy. Take care of yourself, no one else can as well as you.
  22. 6 points
    ASSLAM O ALAIK I born in Sunni family and I am Sunni Muslim, is it possible to change my sect? I want to become Shia. and my family is not like this thing, I need your people help what can I do for becoming Shia Muslim.
  23. 6 points
    It doesn't matter. Buddhist extremist or Islamist terrorists or White Supremacist terrorists, they all are going to fry side by side in hell.
  24. 6 points
  25. 6 points
    Every one of these principles that are loved by Allah (s.wt) are mentioned in the Qur'an. So we must follow them if we truly love Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and if you want Him to truly love you. 1. Allah loves those who do good to others. (give right advice, become friendly, help people achieve good things (ihsan = offer good to others), be a source of peace and reconciliation not enmity or separation, tries to reduce conflict, be a good listener to peoples problems. 2. Allah loves those who oftly repent. The moment a Muslim notices a behaviour or approach which is disliked by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) he will at least do something about it. Ask for forgiveness and be seriously firm to not do it again. He must not view the sin as something insignificant 3. Indeed Allah loves those who are pure. Allah loves those who are pure in terms of ghusl and wudhu'. He also loves those who purify their souls from negative attitudes from all vices. 4. Indeed Allah loves those who are pious Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) ordered and commanded us to do certain things so we are always there and anything he dislikes and made forbidden, he is never available. There are different levels to piety and the pinnacle of it is 'Isma which is Infallibility, which is only available to the Prophets ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).a) and the Ahlul Bayt ((عليه السلام)) 5. Indeed Allah loves those are patient. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) orders us to be patient when making a decision or taking actions by always weighing the benefits and disadvantages of an action. Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) has said that "Patience is in accordance to the faith, as the head is in accordance to the body". As the body is useless without the head, faith is useless without patience. So Imam Ali ((عليه السلام)) implies that patience is essential to your faith in Allah (s.wt). 6. Indeed Allah loves those who trust in him. You must do everything you can do to achieve the result but you must always end it with insha'Allah because everything lies in the hands of him. Never think that you are the absolute determiner of your fate. You must rely on the will of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) 7. Indeed Allah loves those who observe maximum justice. You must forbid what is evil and enjoin what is good. Reference:
  26. 6 points
    starlight

    Thoughts 2019

    15 Shaban, Wiladat of Imam(عليه السلام) of our time Mubarik to everyone. It's a beautiful golden full moon in my part of the world. May Allah hasten his return. Humble request to everyone to remember me in your duas.
  27. 6 points
    Laayla

    Being Muslim and Gay

    Let's say a corrupt sheikh went ahead and married two people of the same sex, it would still be invalid in the eyes of God. Even if the whole world 7 billion people all agreed with same sex marriage, in God's laws it is INVALID. God hasten the appearance of Imam Mahdi. M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah
  28. 6 points
    Islandsandmirrors

    Polygamy

    The problem with men getting second wives is that usually haram is committed prior, with the second wife before marrying, and it’s kept in secret. I don’t think Muslim men would do multiple wives justice. They wouldn’t treat their wives all fairly with as much affection and care as the other. The only group who only seem to treat their wives well are Mormon Fundamentalists. Nothing is kept secret between them. And they seem surprisingly accepting and happy.
  29. 6 points
    Follower of Ahlulbayt

    Polygamy

    I think in our times, especially in the west, marrying a second wife would be problematic. If you can get the first wife's permission, then go for it. But if the first wife doesn't give you permission, although you can still marry a second wife, obviously there is a high chance that the first marriage will end in shambles.
  30. 6 points
    starlight

    If a Shi'a runs for office in the U.S.

    There were companions of Imams (عليه السلام) who worked for the tyrannical Ummayad rulers after being instructed by the Imam (عليه السلام) to do so. Nothing wrong being in the system to fight the system, or using your authority to protect Shia Islam and it's followers.
  31. 6 points
    al-Kafi, Usool al-Kafi volume 1, Book about People with Divine Authority, Chapter 8, hadeeth number 11: Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Salih ibn al-Sindi from Ja'far ibn Bashir from Abu Salama who has said the following: “I heard Imam Abu ‘Abd Allah say, ‘We are the ones obedience to whom is obligatory by the commands of Allah. People have no other choice except to recognize us. They will not be excused for not recognizing us. Those who recognize us are the true believers and those who refuse to acknowledge our Divine Authority are unbelievers. Those who do not recognize us and do not reject us are straying and lost until they return to guidance and affirm the fact that Allah has made obedience to us obligatory. However, if they die in their straying condition Allah will deal with them the way He would will.’”
  32. 6 points
    No, the the wounds become a part of who you are and life moves along at is own pace. When it hurts all the time, sometimes you forget to notice, but it's always still there.
  33. 6 points
    Names & Merits of the Chapter Sūrah al-Takāthur is the 102nd chapter of the Qurān and it has been referred to by five different names: Al-Takāthur Sūrah allatī dhukira fīhā al-takāthur – this is how Sharīf al-Raḍī has referred to it Sūrah Alhākum as mentioned in Bukhārī, or Alhākumu al-Takāthur as mentioned in some traditions Orientalists use its number (102) to refer to it Ālūsi reports from Ibn Abī Hātim that the companions of the Prophet (p) would call it al-Maqbarah(or al-Muqbirah) A number of traditions also speak about the merits of this chapter. Shu’aib al-‘Aqrqūfī narrates from Imam al-Ṣādiq (a) who said: Whoever reads Alhākum al-Takāthur in the obligatory prayers, then the reward of one-hundred martyrs is written for him. One who reads it in a supererogatory prayer, then the reward of fifty martyrs is written for him. Forty rows of angels pray along with him in his obligatory prayer.2 It is definitely very difficult to comprehend these type of traditions – how could one receive such a great reward by merely reciting it in prayers. Perhaps this is why Shaykh Makārim Shīrāzī in his Tafsīr Nemūnehsays that this reward is only given when one also acts on it. Though the tradition itself does not say anything about acting on it and simply says this reward is given to anyone who reads it in the obligatory or supererogatory prayers. In another tradition, Durust narrates from Imam al-Ṣādiq (a) who cites the Prophet (p) saying: Whoever reads Alhākum al-Takāthur before sleeping, they will be protected from the punishment from grave. Reasons for Revelation We do not have any early reliable records of when and why this chapter was revealed. In the second century hijrī we have some reports that suggest this chapter was revealed in the context of a conflict taking place between two tribes from the Anṣar, namely Banū Haritha and Banū Ḥarith. This conflict was such that it led each tribe to show-off in front of one another, claiming and demonstrating which of them was better than the other. In another report, it says it was revealed for two clans of the Quraysh – Banū ‘Abd Munāf and Banū Sahm b. ‘Amr, who were arguing over petty issues. Other than these two reports, we do not have anything else reliable to which we can resort to in order to give this chapter further historical context. Continue Reading Full Post: https://www.iqraonline.net/brief-commentary-on-surah-al-takathur/ Wasalam
  34. 6 points
    Ya Abbas I’m Here. It was a dream come true. I made a nazr (vow) if LAbbas ((عليه السلام).) would allow my son to speak and understand I would bring him there. That was two arbaeens ago. He couldn’t speak and was ranked at a 10 month old baby level intellectually. When we came back he was scored at higher rank than his age range and started speaking. Now I brought him there to say thank you.” [Sh.Mateen Charbonneu] See this Instagram video by @innervoicebeir
  35. 6 points
    Salam.... Anyone can physically walk to a shrine / grave. If you are invited, you will get spiritual upgrading. If you are not invited, you gain nothing spiritually, but still you can walk in to the shrine or grave of Imam. If we go to Hajj, the same thing will happen. If you are invited, there will be a change in the person spiritually. If you not invited, you just see a black cube structure. A flood can damage the cube structure, but flood cannot damage Kaabah, the house of Allah. House of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is unseen. I was once in Sanxiao, Yang Xiao province China about 15 years ago...working for a week at a plant. One night, I had a dream. In the dream I saw a person came to me and asked me to visit him. The next day I passed a street on the way to the plant and saw a chinese Muslim restaurant. I went to that restaurant in the late afternoon to eat halal food (I was hungry because halal food was not easy to get). Next to the restaurant, there was a historical compound. You have to pay USD 20 to enter. I decided to enter. At the entrance, the guard told me, I don't need to pay, because I am a Muslim. To my surprise, in that huge gated compound there were hosting ONLY a small ancient mosque and grave yard. I prayed inside the mosque and I visited the graveyard. It were graves of first group of early Muslims who spread Islam to China. There was once particular grave with a dome and I was allowed to enter through a back door (Chinese Government don't allow anyone to enter) with the help a Chinese guardian at that grave (His name is Ali ...). The grave belongs to 16th generation of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)...I saw written lineage beside the grave that went through Imams upto the Prophet. I thank Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for allowing me to visit grave and the invitation through a dream the night before. Ali told me that I was the 2nd person who visited the grave (despite thousand that visited every year). He seem to know that I am coming and allowed me to enter through a back door. There were many things happened after that and were personal and not to be shared. I was in Mashad too in 1998, there were events that occured. I won't shared. I believed if a person is invited to visit an Imam, there will be spiritual uplift. Somethings will happen to that particular person. Same thing for Hajj. Those who are not invited, nothing can prevent them from going to grave of Imam or bomb the grave. But they cannot spiritually visit the Imam...not invited. No spiritual benefits. Wassalam.
  36. 6 points
    No, the occultation does not negate the concept of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) attending a successor. Because the purpose of occultation is so the people start to crave a saviour and will not take for granted an Imam again. That's what I think, at least. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows best.
  37. 6 points
    Allahumma salli ala muhammadiw wa Ali muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum. Astaghfirillah
  38. 6 points
    God is unlimited in the sense that we are talking about a being or presence that transcends any human notion of culture, science, logic, society and/or rationality. He is beyond our frame of reference. He has no body, is omnipotent, ommidirectional, self-sufficient and just willed Himself into existence. A creator that said "Be" and the world began (2:117) How could she try to understand God through logic and science when He transcends our constantly evolving views on science? She has to understand that any theological issues about the existience of God must be understood through metaphysics. Can we measure, prove or rationalize an ommipotent,omniscient figure that is transcendent and has no beginning or end? What else in nature has these same qualities? Hence Islam is "submission" and we are "submitters" to God. From our perspective, there is no option but to conclude and "submit" that there is a God.
  39. 5 points
    As salaamun aleikum, This "Ramy" movie is a Hulu movie. Hulu is owned by Hulu LLC, a joint venture between The Walt Disney Company and Comcast. Through the acquisition of 21st Century Fox, Disney acquired Fox's partial ownership, giving it a 60% stake when the deal closed on March 20, 2019, vs. 30% for Comcast. Robert A. Iger is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. As Chairman and CEO, Mr.. Iger is the steward of one of the world's largest media companies and some of the most respected and beloved brands around the globe. Iger was born to a Jewish family in New York City. Heres a little info about Comcast and how large of a net theyve cast in the media: https://www.investopedia.com/articles/markets/101215/top-4-companies-owned-comcast.asp If this movie was ANY good for the Muslim population or the image of Islam, I guarantee you it WOULDNT be allowed to air. Thats just not how things are done with the media/elites. Theres an agenda at hand, and a major part of it is the destruction of Islam,Muslims and modality in any way possible, including the implantation of insidious ideas into the minds of the younger generations. Thats realy the prime place to attack. If they ruin this generation, there WONT be a next for them to worry about. At the very least, it will work to degrade and deterioate the religion and family conditions slowly. Ive been Muslim for almost 10 years now, and in just the last 5 years, I have seen the behavior, dress/attire and basic manners at the masjid I attend slip and slide downhill. I believe its partly because the media is a major means of moulding,influencing and forging the minds of people. Most of what happens is very subconscious. This is very noticeable in simple things like peoples cleanliness and the way the youth treat their parents and dress. They make people comfortable with nastiness/uncleanliness and all sorts of other vulgar behavior, so it appears acceptable. Then, people start to conduct their lives in the same way...imagine how good it would be if things were reversed and they only showed good wholsome things? But thats not the case. We are all in ALOT of trouble as long as this form of "entertainment", more like literal programming, is allowed to be a part of and affect our lives. W/s
  40. 5 points
    ali_fatheroforphans

    Marjas are Fallible

    I don't think any of our maraja claim to be infallible in the first place. It's very rational that they are in a better position than us to derive rulings because they spent all their lives studying the traditions of our Imams (عليه السلام). There is a chance that one of their rulings may be incorrect (even if the chance is 1%), but it gives us no right to arrogantly reject the laws. On the day of judgement we will be held accountable because we had no knowledge of the rulings yet we were willing to reject them. That's the reason why taqleed is wajib on us, we can''t create our own rules. Yes, everything in our books of fiqh isn't 100% correct but it is our duty to follow the rules as a precaution, and anyone with some rationality will agree. Our maraja say- "According to the research I have done, these are the rulings and here are the proofs etc.". No one claims to be infallible.
  41. 5 points
    Propaganda_of_the_Deed

    ShiaChat Dogs Fanclub

    Akita Inu (Japanese Akita) Chow Chow (looks like a teddy bear) Samoyed Siberian Husky Alaskan Malamute puppies Last but by no means least, Pomeranian
  42. 5 points
    OrthodoxTruth

    Seriously Mohammed Hijab?!?

    Salam, all the brothers and sisters already have replied more than correctly on this subject. We are immune to anti-Islamic propaganda because we had and still have over 1300 years to deal with it. Our scholars of the past and present have written countless SCHOLARLY books refuting propaganda thrown at us, as well as the arguments for the alleged validity of points brought up by the People of Ignorance. I will just address few of the two points; First of all, Iran formally invited Saudi ulama countless times to a theological debate in Arabia, Iran or on the neutral grounds. The invitations were never accepted. Secondly, the Sunni (including Wahhabis/Salafis) rulers of Sunni majority countries fanatically and blindly reject the Islamic Revolution not only from the sectarian point of view, after all it was a Shia majority country that overthrew it’s long time, Western supported puppet, and not the Sunnis, but because the Islamic Revolution from the onset calls for the overthrow of the tyrannical regimes that spend the Ummah’s wealth on worldly desires instead of Islam. The Sunni “kings” and dictators fear losing ultimate powers to the rule of a true Islamic system. Holy Qur'an non-stop calls for justice and “deen over dunya”, something that the rulers of Sunni majority countries reversed. Thirdly, the video (I’m not going to waste my time on another primitive propaganda) supposedly mentions Syria allegedly changing the demographics. How is it possible when Sunnis make up 75-80% of the citizens and tens of thousands of them died and still die fighting for Assad and their secular state, is known only to the propaganda creators. Before the 20 century, there were virtually no borders among the Arab states and everybody moved from place to place. The concept of Arab borders and nationalisms are both children of the Europeans and then secular, non-Muslim pan-Arabists. Something that the Wahhabis allegedly reject, whenever it suits their needs of course. At the end I would like to remind my “dear” anti-Shia propagandists that the Shia demographics is actively being changed since over 1300 years; Rida wars, then Umayyads, Abbasids, other dynasties engaging in genocide, all the way to modern Bahrain, “Saudi” Arabia, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Yemen, Iraq. The Shia grow is not only hampered by the physical violences, killings and tortures by state and non-state actors, but also by forced migrations, forced conversions, enforced lack of possibilities (lack of access to qualified healthcare, education, positions of power such as teachers, professors, military men etc.), constant psychological abuse such as widespread propaganda and stereotypes. I’ll give few first hand examples from Iraq. Basically from the beginnings till 2003, the country was ruled by the Sunnis despite having a Shia majority. Saddam alone is responsible for the killings of over 400,000 (not included Iraq-Iran war and the invasion of Kuwait) Shia Iraqis; women, children and men. Add to it people who survived tortures and mistreatments and inherited physical and psychological problems that will be passed down for generations to come, putting enormous strain on the families and the healthcare system. Let’s not forget also about hundreds of thousands of Shia Iraqis forcibly expelled to Iran, on the alleged accusations of being “Iranians”. Almost quarter of a century of changing Shi’ite demographics just from one country. Let’s not be munafiqun about realities.
  43. 5 points
    realizm

    Seriously Mohammed Hijab?!?

    Brother, understand here that Shias are tired of discussing with people who think they know more about the sunnah than us, when their beliefs include disobedience to the Prophet himself (sawas). Also please, these guys even have beef with one another, why should we waste our time ?
  44. 5 points
    starlight

    Seriously Mohammed Hijab?!?

    Lol. If you think you can evoke a response from people here with your post, you are mistaken. Really, no one here has that much time for a video made by someone who not only has zero formal religious education but is very deficient in Akhlaq. And when we layman Shia wouldn't then why would our scholars? We have better things to do with our time.
  45. 5 points
    1. There is no concept of people chosen leader as successor of the Prophet for the guidance of the people in Qur'an. Shia has their leader who is 12th successor of the Prophet Muhamamd (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). 2. Do you believe only Imam Al Mahdi as is in ghabah? I quote the examples that we believe and have not seen those like Angels, Prophets, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and others. 3. Do you believe the Prophet Esa as is alive for more than 2000 years? He will come and pray behind the Imam Mahdi as as per hadith both in Shia and Sunnis. if the Prophet of bani Israel coming as follower is alive then the infallible Imam from the progeny of the chief of the Prophets Muhamamd saaqw is also alive. He is not separated from the Qur'an that the book for all generations then it is again a predominant proof that Imam is alive. Do you not believe that the Prophet Khizer as is alive fort thousands of years? wasalam
  46. 5 points
    Yes some of your scholars say that she couldn't have died being angry with him, but the fact remains that there are authentic narrations that this was the case. Albani concedes that too and rejects narrations of reconciliation that some of your scholars cling to as they are weak. There really is no argument about that. This does present a dilemma to the Sunni world because how can the leader of the women in Paradise and the daughter of the H. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) get angry if someone said that her father did not leave her any inheritance? Surely she should have been very grateful that Abubakr saved her from obtaining a land and eating from it what was never meant to be hers. It would have been usurping. It is either that she heard and knew with absolute certainty from her father that Fadak was left for her, or that she was disappointed that her father did not leave her anything and got angry with Abubakr for breaking the bad news to her. Of course as Shias we cling to the former as it does not befit the character of the leader of paradise to act in this manner. Unless of course her right was denied from her. You mentioned that if non Muslims read this reaction of hers, they may doubt her personality. I wonder why you didn't consider that if non Muslims read this about her, they may doubt Abubakrs statement? As Shias our position is simple. The leader of paradise and the daughter of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) himself could not have mis heard her father about inheritance nor gotten angry with someone who potentially saved her from eating from a ghasbi land. As a Sunni your position is the opposite.
  47. 5 points
    Sure brother, I'd also like to meet you. Other SCers, I'd like to meet. @Marbles @ShiaMan14 @DigitalUmmah @Ashvazdanghe
  48. 5 points
    Salam Fadak wasn’t inheritance , it was given by order of Allah by Prophet (pbu) to Lady Fatima (sa) as worldly reward of mother of believers Lady Khadijah (sa) for her economic sacrifice for spread of Islam & was from ‘Anfal’ that Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said in Qur'an clearly that only belongs to Prophet Muhammad (pbu) that he gifted by order of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) to her daughter ,the act of first caliph was stealing property of Lady Fatima (عليه السلام) by force & using a fabricated Hadith by himself that before confrontation before Lady Fatima (sa) nobody even Abuhuraira wasn’t aware from the Abubakr Hadith or something similar like this that later Imam Kazim (عليه السلام) described borders of it as whole of Islamic land that was under command of Abbasid caliph that was main motivation for martyrdom of Imam Kadhim (عليه السلام) that his word doesn’t spread in Islamic society.
  49. 5 points
    notme

    At the brink of an emotional meltdown

    Well you and your husband are adults, and if you need to move out, you should. If your parents want to do this thing for you, let you live rent free, that's nice of them, but they also need to be aware of your need for privacy and to be able to relax at home.
  50. 5 points
    starlight

    Feminine and masculine traits

    @notme Sister apologies for derailing your thread but an explanation is in order. Men and women come with different traits and together they form a team. As in all teams be it workplace, sports or home there can be only one captain, one leader which the others follow otherwise it will be a mess with no productivity or forward progression. Being a leader isn't just a privilege as it might appear to some people it is more of a responsibility and a burden. In the team comprising a husband and wife, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) made husband the leader. We do not need to debate on this,Qur'an 4:34 says it clearly who is the leader and who is the follower. The problem comes when women see this obedience and submission as being weak or giving up control over their lives or as if they acting like feeble minded humans. I assure you that's not the case. In submitting and obeying to your husband, you are making a conscious decision with a free will to follow the commands of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) .A strong, independent, smart women CHOOSING to follow what Allah says is anything but weak and unintellectual. By choosing you obey your husband, you and him become a team.Him the leader, you the team team member. You become his ally, his loyal companion and in doing so you do not give away your power. Instead his power also becomes your power and vice versa. You two join forces to battles the harsh dunya. I can never understand why women assume obeying as giving up power. Maybe it's because women never know their real powers? Feminism has told women that real power lies in wearing the pants in the household and being CEOs in corporate world. Well, nothing wrong with the latter but greet your man with a smile when he comes back home after a long day of work, dress up nicely for him, wear some perfume, serve him a nice meal, tell him how important he is to you and see him go all powerless. See, you have the power now sisters :D Do Khadija, Fatima(عليه السلام), Zainab,Ummal Baneen, Lubaba appear as weak, powerless puppets of women to you? On the contrary, they were one of the most powerful women in the history of mankind. But see how they behaved with their husbands. Fatima(عليه السلام) gives birth to a daughter,O Fatima, what will you name her? "ask Ali, whatever he says" Zainab wants to go to Karbala with Imam al- Husayn(عليه السلام), she asks her husband, will you give me the permission? Both Khadija and Lubaba were women who were independently managing the affairs of their lives before they got married to Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Abd al fadhl(عليه السلام) respectively. Look at their lives, how they behaved with their husbands and how their husbands cherished and loved them in return. Women have SO MUCH power even by staying in the background, only if they realise.
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