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  1. @EiE you portray things as if the muslimeen of our time have done great services and shown great commitment. In reality as a global ummah we have abandoned our core principles. We neglect our brothers in need and waste time and energy fighting one another. We have made the dunya our master and are have been surpassed by non Muslim nations in humanity and humanitarianism, welfare, social and technological progress. I don't see ourselves as a people who are willing to abandon our daily comforts, put aside our petty conflicts and support the Imam of our time. It is hardly surprising that the return has not yet occurred.
    9 points
  2. Haji 2003

    Thoughts 2022

    Found out last week, after an angiogram, I have a lesion in the LAD (left anterior descending coronary artery). After googling to know more, discovered that the LAD is called the widowmaker.
    9 points
  3. Wa alaikum as salam I am interested in seeing the reaction from the Muslim world. Last week anti Iran protestors burnt a Quran in front of the Islamic center of Hamburg in Germany, yet most of the normally vocal Muslims kept silent perhaps because they were confused how to react to the confrontation to an Iranian linked mosque (forgetting that the Quran is not an Iranian or Shiite book, rather a universal book dear to all Muslims) Somehow I think the militant elements that usually get emboldened by such events will take a meeker approach when it is suggested that Iran was involved. Apparently burning the Quran or insulting the Prophet becomes less problematic for some Muslims when it Iran is in the picture.
    8 points
  4. Thank you for the invitation to such an important albeit short discussion. Reason for why there must be an Imam at all times: [Shakir 17:71] (Remember) the day when We will call every people with their Imam; then whoever is given his book in his right hand, these shall read their book; and they shall not be dealt with a whit unjustly. This should suffice your ask for a rational and intellectual reason why an Imam is required at all times.
    8 points
  5. Bismillah Ta'la. Happy Eid Al Ghadeer to all the Mumineed and Muminat, wherever you are in the world. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) pour down His Peace, His Blessing, His Honor, and the best and most profound of his treasures on Muhammad was Ahl Muhammad and may the world continue to be guided by the spirit and the miraculous character, honor, integrity, bravery, and determination in the way of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) of Ali ibn Abi Talib((عليه السلام)). 'Of whosoever I am his leader, this Ali is his Leader. Oh Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), befriend whoever befriends him and be an enemy to whoever makes him an enemy. ' Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h) said at Ghadir Khum.
    8 points
  6. No it doesn't because there is a difference between disagreeing and insulting. By all means, disagree and even criticize Islam, but when you start insulting then don't be surprised if among two billion Muslims, somewhere there happens to be one who decides they won't let it pass.
    7 points
  7. He raises an interesting point though, which is that the Catholic church failed to draw the line anywhere and as a result lost credibility in the eyes of their own followers. This is why he and many other Christians consider their religion 'dead', because it stands for absolutely nothing anymore.
    7 points
  8. How odd that not a single narration about Saqifah mentions this fact? Even more odd was Abu Bakr's reaction at being elected caliph. Saqifah should never have happened in light of these authentic narrations.
    7 points
  9. When she plotted against Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) revealed: إِنْ تَتُوبَا إِلَى اللَّهِ فَقَدْ صَغَتْ قُلُوبُكُمَا 66:4 Perhaps she repented, then she fought war with Imam Ali (عليه السلام), which is tantamount to fighting with Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), then she repented (according to Sunni Sources) Then she again came out of her mule, denying the burial of Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) beside his grandfather. There was a whole story, arrows being thrown over his coffin. Perhaps some would say she repented again. Here is what Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says about repentance: وَلَيْسَتِ التَّوْبَةُ لِلَّذِينَ يَعْمَلُونَ السَّيِّئَاتِ حَتَّىٰ إِذَا حَضَرَ أَحَدَهُمُ الْمَوْتُ قَالَ إِنِّي تُبْتُ الْآنَ وَلَا الَّذِينَ يَمُوتُونَ وَهُمْ كُفَّارٌ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ أَعْتَدْنَا لَهُمْ عَذَابًا أَلِيمًا {18} [Shakir 4:18] And repentance is not for those who go on doing evil deeds, until when death comes to one of them, he says: Surely now I repent; nor (for) those who die while they are unbelievers. These are they for whom We have prepared a painful chastisement
    7 points
  10. Doubts such as these often result from a misunderstanding of Imamah within the Twelver theology that sometimes even us Shi'a fall prey to. In our belief, the function of the Imam is not merely to teach the religious sciences, or to rule over the community, or to lead his followers in a war (albeit all of these are important functions). The Imam, as the 'hujjah' of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on earth, is primarily the medium or the channel through which Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) 's grace is dispensed among His creation; he is the 'Wāsitā al-Fayd'. There are verses in the Quran which state that the presence of the Prophet (SAWA) is why Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) doesn't send down his wrath upon the transgressors ;in another verse the Sahaba are being asked to channel their tawbah through the Prophet (SAWA) 's tawassul. In yet another group of verses Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) makes the Prophet SAWA the co-dispenser of His bounties among the faithful (remember the verse where single believers are being asked to guard their chastity and be patient until 'Allah and His Prophet' bestow them with their grace?) Is there shirk in these verses? No. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the Bestower, the Prophet SAWA is the channel through which His grace and mercy are bestowed on His creatures. After the Prophet SAWA's physical death, the Imam as his successor takes on this role. So as for what the Imam (aj) has been doing over the past 1200 years, the answer is, acting as the channel for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) 's grace on us. Praying for his followers, as well as praying and interceding on behalf of those who ask for his help. As his own tawqee says, "Were it not for us, calamities and difficulties would have trampled over all of you. "
    7 points
  11. I haven't finished listening to the lecture, I am about 1/2 way thru. The term 'British Shiism' is sort of misleading. The implications of that term, at least the way I understand it, is that there is a different form of Shiism that exists in Britain. What he is talking about in the lecture are Shia who happen to live in Britain. I enjoy his lectures, and I admire Sayyid Ammar for his efforts in spreading the message of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)). I disagree with him on certain points, though. I think he is being a little naive in thinking that the CIA / MI6 have not infiltrated the Shia community in the UK and they are not recruiting 'assets' within the community to do their bidding. They definitely are doing that and will continue to do that. This is their modus operandi, going back many decades. They are fully supported by the US / UK governments are given huge budgets to do this, and are most effective at doing this within their home countries, because they understand these countries better than anywhere else. So to say they have been 100% ineffective at doing this is a little on the naive side. So when Sayyid Hassan or Imam Khameni accuses certain 'ulema' (notice the air quotes) who live in the UK of being agents of CIA / MI6, they have both a logical basis and evidentiary basis to do that. They don't do it just to create fitna. Especially Imam Khameni is very familiar with how they operate and he lived thru a period of history where the CIA basically controlled Iran thru the proxy Reza Pahlavi and SAVAK. So he knows very well how they operate and has much more detailed knowledge of this than probably anyone. He saw all the evidence and documents with his own eyes. So to just dismiss this out of hand is not very logical. Imam Khameni is not accusing the ulema in general in Britain as being CIA/MI6 agents. It is only certain individuals, who everyone probably knows who I am talking about. And I never got a 'pay packet' from Iran, I don't expect to, and where I live if I did get one, I would go directly to jail, do not pass go, do not collect $200 (A monopoly reference for those who are not familiar with this). I think most Shia love and respect Imam Khameni and before him Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) because of their adl, taqwa, ilm, tawakul, and their bravery and courage to stand up against the enemies of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the enemies of Imam Zaman(a.f.s) in all circumstance, even in extremely difficult circumstances. They are examples for us and worthy of respect and emulation. For most of us, this love and respect has nothing to do with money. I would also say the same for the love of Sayyid Sistani, Sayyid Al Khoei(رضي الله عنه), and Sayyid Fadlallah(رضي الله عنه)(who the Israelis tried to assassinate at least 5 times, once by blowing up an entire city block just to try to get to him) has a similar basis and also has nothing to do with money. These great ulema have proven their worth and worthiness to be emulated beyond any doubt. We are not divided into 'teams' in the Shia community. The vast majority of Shia in the UK are good and sincere people. There are a few 'bad apples' we need to call out and they deserve to be ostracized.
    7 points
  12. Here we go again. They have created their own religion, btw. The fact that they call it 'Islam' or a 'Mosque' doesn't really matter to me. The only thing that bothers me is that they are doing false advertising that might deceive some naive / ignorant muslims. Other than that, I don't care. They are in Germany, and this sort of thing is legal there. I don't think any muslim who has a little knowledge of the religion and has even a small amount of taqwa would attend this place, I'm not calling it a mosque. This has happened many, many times in Islamic history where someone has created a religion, then called it Islam. A few recent examples are NOI (Nation of 'Islam') in the US, Bahai in Iran, many groups making an American/Australian/European 'version' of Islam, etc. This is not a new thing, and these religions usually have a very short lifespan and a small following, but they shouldn't call it a 'Mosque' and they shouldn't call themselves 'muslims' (small caps). That is my only issue with it.
    7 points
  13. I don’t think you've met many Albanian Muslims... Also: I mean, you might get chased down the alley in Varanasi if you said something off the mark about their god(s). Or they might create a fuss over a movie - like they did with Padmavat. Muslims have been killed in India just because someone spread a rumor that they ate beef.
    6 points
  14. Salaam, Intolerance in the matters of faith is a good thing and natural at the same time. If you are a believer, you will be naturally intolerant towards the insult of any prophet (S). Christianity is dead. Tolerance of christians is a sign of the death of christianity. Liberals don't tolerate when it comes to the liberal values. Hindus don't tolerate when it comes to the Hindu values. Why in world should we muslims tolerate when it comes to our values? As I said, a person who can tolerate the insult of his religious sanctities is either spiritually dead or weak enough in Imaan to take a stand. I don't care if anyone likes it or not. Every action has a reaction. Questions and genuine objections must be answered with debates and dialogues. Mocks and insults must be condemned through protests and demonstrations. Serious attacks on Islam to create a fitna by means of anything must be answered with arms and violent actions. Rushdie's book was a serious attempt to create fitna. And although, he has become popular but he can never escape now from the cause of his fame. He can never escape the controversy surrounding this book. And rational people and clear headed people who followed the events after this book can easily see the falling curtains of evil. This is why fatwa makes sense. And what I see even today is that even though a billion dollar industry is working behind empowering the apostates and anti-muslims but the returns are very low. In fact, it is only exposing the hypocrisy of the west.
    6 points
  15. I would like to extract my rational & intellectual reason from Quran al-Hakeem. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has said in Quran: اللَّهُ الَّذِي خَلَقَ سَبْعَ سَمَاوَاتٍ وَمِنَ الْأَرْضِ مِثْلَهُنَّ يَتَنَزَّلُ الْأَمْرُ بَيْنَهُنَّ لِتَعْلَمُوا أَنَّ اللَّهَ عَلَىٰ كُلِّ شَيْءٍ قَدِيرٌ وَأَنَّ اللَّهَ قَدْ أَحَاطَ بِكُلِّ شَيْءٍ عِلْمًا {12} [Shakir 65:12] Allah is He Who created seven heavens, and of the earth the like of them; the decree continues to descend among them, that you may know that Allah has power over all things and that Allah indeed encompasses all things in (His) knowledge. As the verse mentions the descension of "Amr", that would automatically mean that there has to be the "Sahib e Amr" on Earth. Who can act upon & according to the Amr of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). The need of the presence of "sahib e amr" is further authenticated by other verses of Holy Quran, some of them are as under: وَجَعَلْنَاهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا وَأَوْحَيْنَا إِلَيْهِمْ فِعْلَ الْخَيْرَاتِ وَإِقَامَ الصَّلَاةِ وَإِيتَاءَ الزَّكَاةِ ۖ وَكَانُوا لَنَا عَابِدِينَ {73} [Shakir 21:73] And We made them Imams who guided (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of the alms, and Us (alone) did they serve; While this verse mentioning the Prophets as "sahiban e amr" (bearers of the amr). So this is my rational & intellectual reason for the need of Nabuwah. وَجَعَلْنَا مِنْهُمْ أَئِمَّةً يَهْدُونَ بِأَمْرِنَا لَمَّا صَبَرُوا ۖ وَكَانُوا بِآيَاتِنَا يُوقِنُونَ {24} [Shakir 32:24] And We made of them Imams to guide by Our command when they were patient, and they were certain of Our communications. This verse specifically mentioning the Imams of Bani Isra'il who were not Prophets. They are also mentioned in 5:12 too. The word used in 5:12 for them is نَقِيبًا. Which comes from root ن ق ب The word Nuqaba is the plural form of Naqib which has variety of meanings including "knowledgeable and aware of secrets", "guardianship & trust-keeping"etc. This verse points towards the fact that there exist a system of guidance where Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) also appoints some of His chosen servants to act as guide for their nation, as representatives of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) (in the form of bearers of divine covenant known as Imamate) & his messenger. In Islamic understanding, this system of guidance is known a wilayah. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) being the sole owner of wilayah, chose & appoint his sincere & devoted servants to guide people and/or to guard the religion itself and the teachings of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) . Hence we see in Quran the verse of Wilayah which further testify this fact: إِنَّمَا وَلِيُّكُمُ اللَّهُ وَرَسُولُهُ وَالَّذِينَ آمَنُوا الَّذِينَ يُقِيمُونَ الصَّلَاةَ وَيُؤْتُونَ الزَّكَاةَ وَهُمْ رَاكِعُونَ {55} [Shakir 5:55] Only Allah is your Vali and His Messenger and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow. These "Awliya Allah" we know as Imams are the mukhlas servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), these are the truthful ones (sadiqeen), these are the purified ones, guided ones whom Satan cannot misguide & neither do they follow their low desires. They only follow & act upon the divine command, and therefore they are the true leader of Islam. Having said that, I have just mentioned just "one" logical & intellectual reason for the necessity of Imam being the bearer of "Amr e ilahi" which never cease to descend. I can write a whole book on that subject, the reasons are so many that they may need more than 1000pages to compile them all.
    6 points
  16. Salaam Aleikum, Our dear Brother Bilal Muhammad @Qa'im great presentation in Blogging Theology
    6 points
  17. Many people seem to be viewing this case through the prism of the Enlightenment. According to this paradigm, killing for religious reasons is deemed “intolerant” and a relic of “uncivilised” and “superstitious” times, or as a resort to the baser instincts of human nature, that is, emotion over intellect. After all, the Enlightenment introduced the notion of religious, if not political, pluralism, in addition to Deism and liberalism. The problem is that this notion does not apply to most of human history, yet (post-)modernity acts as though its standard is the pinnacle of human rationality. Nevertheless, the Enlightenment also introduced the concept of the autonomous individual, based on individualism, as opposed to the traditional viewpoint in which the individual is an organic unit, part of the community. The Enlightenment turned man into an abstraction and made “rights” absolute rather than relative, even though “rights” have always been relative in all times and places. Ironically, Muslims themselves made themselves vulnerably by adopting Enlightenment-derived standards in attacking the traditional dominance of (Trinitarian) Christianity. By criticising the “intolerance” and “savagery” of Christendom, and by demanding religious and political pluralism, they inadvertently opened the door for anti-Islam forces to apply the same standards to Islamic “barbarism.” By no means am I defending Rushdie or his ilk, but I think the atheistic libertines have long sought to pit religious communities against one another, and to encourage lines of thought that undermine all basis of authority and solidarity, especially communal. By constantly attacking the Christian right and its allies, Muslims have left themselves vulnerable to Rushdie and his ilk. So there is plenty of blame to assign.
    5 points
  18. I agree with everything @Abu Hadi has written on this thread. A nobody got massive attention and popularity just because he was insulting the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) albeit from much of it from sunni resources. Rushdie is considered one of the finest, British literary figures and was given a knighthood in 2007. This was essentially Elizabeth and Britain slapping 1bn Muslims across the face. The fatwa was not issued because Salman Rushdie became apostate but because he became an apostate who was creating "fasad fil ardh" which is punishable by death in Islam. The timing of the stabbing sure is odd and so is the person who committed this act of revenge. A young man from a broken home not known to be an Islamist. This is just as odd as the Muslim couple with a young child who went on a shooting spree in California. I actually sorry for the young man who had his whole life ahead of him. Allah knows best.
    5 points
  19. It's not about artworks. Didn't you listen to anything that was posted in this thread ? Saying that 'muslims' are going into a rage about artworks is a severe and blatant misrepresentation of the issue. Most objective people who have read the book agree that it cannot stand on its own as a piece of art / literature. It's just not that good. So the issue is not about artworks at all. This 'literature' was printed and distributed en masse all over the Muslim world and it was publicized everywhere. This was done deliberately to incite the Muslim masses and provoke a reaction which could then be depicted in the Western Media in order to slander Muslims, Islam, and the Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h). Rushdie was the main collaborator in this scheme, and that is what he will forever be known for, not for his writing skills (which are mediocre at best). That was the goal, and that is what we have a problem with, not the 'art'.
    5 points
  20. Brother, I invite you to please fully read the following two links, in this order: 1) https://www.al-islam.org/principles-faith-usul-al-din-husayn-wahid-khorasani/divine-leadership-imamat 2) https://www.al-islam.org/principles-faith-usul-al-din-husayn-wahid-khorasani/twelve-imams
    5 points
  21. Here see Imam Ali (عليه السلام) surely had idea that he was appointed as imam at Ghadeer: حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا علي بن الحسين السعد آبادي، عن أحمد بن أبي عبد الله البرقي، عن أبيه، عن محمد بن سنان، عن المفضل بن عمر، عن أبي الجارود زياد بن المنذر عن جابر بن يزيد الجعفي، عن جابر بن عبد الله الانصاري قال: خطبنا علي بن أبي طالب عليه السلام فحمد الله وأثنى عليه، ثم قال: أيها الناس إن قدام منبركم هذا أربعة رهط من أصحاب محمد صلى الله عليه وآله منهم أنس بن مالك، والبراء بن عازب، والاشعث بن قيس الكندي، وخالد بن يزيد البجلي، ثم أقبل على أنس فقال: يا أنس إن كنت سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يقول: "من كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه" ثم لم تشهد لي اليوم بالولاية فلا أماتك الله حتى يبتليك ببرص لا تغطيه العمامةوأما أنت يا أشعث فان كنت سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يقول: "من كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه" ثم لم تشهد لي اليوم بالولاية فلا أماتك الله حتى يذهب بكريمتيك، وأما أنت يا خالد بن يزيد فان كنت سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يقول: "من كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه اللهم وال من والاه وعاد من عاداه" ثم لم تشهد لي اليوم بالولاية فلا أماتك الله إلا ميتة جاهلية، وأما أنت يا براء بن عازب فان كنت سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله يقول: "من كنت مولاه فهذا علي مولاه اللهم وال من والاه وعاد من عاداه" ثم لم تشهد لي اليوم بالولاية فلا أماتك الله إلا حيث هاجرت منهقال: جابر بن عبد الله الانصاري: والله لقد رأيت أنس بن مالك وقد ابتلى ببرص يغطيه بالعمامة فما تستره، ولقد رأيت الاشعث بن قيس وقد ذهبت كريمتاه، وهو يقول: الحمد الله الذي جعل دعاء أمير المؤمنين علي بن أبي طالب علي بالعمى في الدنيا ولم يدع علي بالعذاب في الآخرة فاعذب، وأما خالد بن يزيد فانه مات فأراد أهله أن يدفنوه وحفر له في منزله فدفن، فسمعت بذلك كندة فجاءت بالخيل والابل فعقرتها على باب منزله، فمات ميتة جاهلية. وأما البراء بن عازب فانه ولاه معاوية اليمن فمات بها ومنها كان هاجر Ali ibn Abi Talib (MGB) delivered a sermon, recited praises and glorifications of God. Then he stated, ‘O people! There are four individuals among the Prophet’s companions here. These four well-known companions of God’s Prophet are Anas ibn Malik , Al-Bara ibn Azib, Ash’ath ibn Qays and Khalid ibn Yazid al-Bajaly. Then Ali (MGB) turned to Anas (ibn Malik) and said, ‘O Anas! You heard God’s Prophet (MGB) say, ‘This Ali is the master of whomever I am the master of.’ However, you are not testifying to my Mastery today. May God strike you with whiteness (vitiligo ) that shall not be hidden by a turban.’And you O Ash’ath! You heard God’s Prophet (MGB) say, ‘This Ali is the master of whomever I am the master of.’ However, you are not testifying to my Mastery today. May God not take away your life before both your eyes go blind!’And you O Khalid ibn Yazid (al-Bajaly)! You heard God’s Prophet (MGB) say, ‘This Ali is the master of whomever I am the master of. O my God! Be friends with whomever is his friend, and be the enemy of whoever is his enemy.’ However, you are not testifying to my Mastery today. May God not take away your life except as it was in the Age of Ignorance!’And you O Bara ibn Azib! You heard God’s Prophet (MGB) say, ‘This Ali is the master of whomever I am the master of. O my God! Be friends with whomever is his friend, and be the enemy of whoever is his enemy.’ However, you are not testifying to my Mastery today. May God not take away your life except in the place where you emigrated from!”Jabir ibn Abdullah al-Ansari added, “I swear by God that I saw Anas ibn Malik who had become ill with vitiligo so badly that he could never cover it up with his turban. I saw Ash’ath ibn Qays with his both of his eyes blind. He kept on saying, ‘I praise God who fulfilled the curse of Ali ibn Abi Talib (MGB) on me in this world and that Ali (MGB) did not curse me to be tortured in the Hereafter!’ Also when Khalid ibn Yazid (al-Bajaly) died, his next of kin buried him in the house. When the Kondeh tribe heard about this, they brought a horse and a camel and slaughtered both in his house as it was the common practice during the Age of Ignorance!’ And Al-Bara ibn Azib was appointed as the governor of Yemen by Muawiyah. He died in the place where he had migrated from.” Ref: Al-Khisal You said hadith is vague or it doesn't mean leadership, Ali himself had no clue etc... Then why is Ali (عليه السلام) getting angry over people not testifying to a mere vague hadith that proves nothing? ( dont come up with nonsense that our books are not hujjah, i'd say your books are not hujjah for us. I quoted these to.prove hadith of ghadeer is not vague according to shias )
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  22. I don't think your example of verse *dont raise your voices * fit here since its an order generally for everyone just like you said but paying zakat while praying isn't a general order for everyone. I'm sorry if this sounds harsh, but you are nothing. You don't believe so what? You can't exclude authority from wilayah of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). your refusal from accepting it is no proof. Neither for you, nor for us. And your books are not hujjah upon us. We have authentic narrations in Ehtejaj where imam (عليه السلام) used all of those hadiths to prove his leadership and our shia books are full of it Alhumdulillah. Way more than one so called authentic hadith that goes against apparent meanings of hadith Al-Ghadeer. Seems made up to me. Also you have weak narration that say Ayah Baligh 5:67 was revealed at Ghadeer and Hasan narration of Shahr bin Howshab from Abu Hurreira that Ayah Ikmal e deen was revealed after Rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) said Man kunto maula at ghadeer. Just by saying hadith is vague, doesnt make it vague. Just read the whole hadith it clearly proves leadership of Ali (عليه السلام). How many have transmitted hadith of ghadeer? According to shias, there are barely 104 Companions ( sunnis would bring number way down complaining they dont have chain to all and many are weak ) right? So out of 1 million Companions, you barely got 100 transmitting hadith Ghadeer and here you pretend like all the people transmitted it hahahaha. Do you even know that some of your scholars consider hadith transmitted by 4 Companions to be a mass transmitted hadeeth? With that low number of people out of million, it can be said they hid and when got the chance, they secretly transmitted it. Dont fool people, be realistic
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  23. For my fellow brothers, the following article is worth reading: https://www.al-islam.org/prohibition-recording-hadith-causes-and-effects-sayyid-ali-al-shahristani/first-reason
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  24. That's an incorrect assessment on many counts. First of all we need to clarify what methodology we are using to qualitatively/quantitavely pronounce Islamic slavery as 'harsher'. If the methodology is to go by historical comparison of their respective social positions,then the claim holds no water.Only a small subsection of the slaves meant to be harem guards were made into eunuchs, while the vast majority founded local self-sustaining communities. There are also many factual inaccuracies involved. The article cited above doesn't take into account the fact that a large number of Turks and Persians themselves were traditionally military or domestic slaves (consider the Ibn Bagha -Turkic and Barmakid-Persian clans under the Abbasids), so by mutilating the whole picture by separating the Hamito-Semitic Muslim slaves from other traditionally 'servile' ethnic groups (who they claim were 'master' races, which they were not) they are being dishonest. And if we really want to compare the two pictures, then we must note that the Afro-Muslim slaves had better legal protection and clearly defined rights (income, resting hours, maintenance, manumission, even inheritance under special circumstances) which were judicially enforceable, as did the Turko-Iranian slaves, which the New World black slaves did not. They ate, wore and lived under the same roofs as their masters while the New World slaves were treated worse than chattel (Ref: Jonathan Brown,Islam and Slavery) . Legislation such as the Jim Crow laws, and the practice of Apartheid in European colonies in Africa and the New World persisted right into the twentieth century. Nothing even remotely similar has ever existed in the Muslim world, early or modern. They also had greater success in social mobility and were readily admitted into the ruling class. One only needs to look at the sheer number of Black African and Turko-Iranian dynasties that began to dot the map of the islamicate world by the 3rd Century AH itself- the Tunnids, the Showa Sultans, the Sultans of Ghana, the Sultans of Dawaro, the Gaoid kings, the Kanemids (all Black Muslim dynasties), the Samanids, Barmakids (Persians), Yaminids, Seljuks, Mameluks (Turks), all of these originated as royal retainers of servile origins and made it into the ruling class. Arguably,there are more ruling dynasties of black African origins than of any other ethnic group in Islamic history. This fact, along with the fact that self-sustaining Black communities survive in today's Muslim communities outside Africa to our own times- the Akhdam in Yemen and the Siddis in the Indian Subcontinent, is sufficient to discredit the lie that the reproductive rights of the communities of servile origins were trampled upon by the early Muslims. In comparison,how long did it take for the African Americans to win suffrage rights, let alone getting to rule over non-blacks? How long did it take for the USA to get a black president, while the early Muslims were accepting black kings and governors of slave origins? If the plantation slaves were allowed to reproduce, it wasn't out of benevolence, but only because it's much cheaper to bear new slaves than to buy new ones. From the first generation of Muslims having respected religious heads like Bilal ibn Rabah, Ammar ibn Yasir, his parents Sumayya and Yasir,the female sahabiyya Umm Ayman (Radiallahu anhum ajma'in), to atleast three of our later Imams, al-Jawad, al-Naqi and the Imam of our age, al-Mahdi (alaihim assalam ajma'in), all people of black or partially black servile origins, the early Muslims were accepting black ex-slaves or their children born of Arab fathers as their religious heads. What was the fate of mixed-race children born of black/colored slave mothers under the Latin Southern/Central American 'casta' scheme and the racial pyramid of Anglo-Saxon North America? A black/colored Pope or Archbishop is an unthinkable reality even today. The Umm Walad (the female slave who bears her master a child) has the status of a permanent wife and her child is legitimate and inherits from his father under classical Islamic law, and this wasn't mere legal fiction because we see many of them rise to become Regent-Queens in Islamicate polities; can the same be claimed for the slave concubines and their offspring in the supposedly 'Enlightened', 'Modern', 'Republican' countries of the New World? Last but not the least, any critique of the region's colonial past in the West is seldom a part of mainstream discourse, and is largely confined to the ivory towers of the academia. The Germans are one possible exception. I have seen Britain's school textbooks myself, especially the history textbooks. Not a hint of the country's sickening imperialist past. Similarly a vast majority of the Americans don't know what their domestic and foreign policies have done or is doing. The erasure of inconvenient truths is systemic. Make no mistake. I am not even remotely arguing for absurdities like 'whites are inherently racist' Or other such nonsense. I am a revert myself and have no clannish,tribal or ethnic sympathies myself. I have no love lost for reverse-racism or the revanchist logic that the children shall bear the burden of what their forefathers did. All the same, this shouldn't lead to denialist knee-jerk responses whose tenor is 'well if the Europeans/Americans did it, so did the others'. No. The others did not do the same. This is ahistorical. Judge the fallacy of equating the two experiences from this fact alone- non-Arab Muslims continue to survive and thrive in the regions they were indigenous to; they have largely preserved their original languages and cultures. All they have done is to embrace a new religion and mould it according to their regional needs. Can the same be said about the Native Americans and black Africans in the former Euro-American colonies? Let alone the fact that they have lost their original language and culture by far (most of them speak Portuguese or Spanish in Latin America, English in North America, or the language of their European colonizer country in Africa), large swathes of their populations don't even exist today. They did not survive the colonialist onslaught. How can we even draw an analogy between the two experiences?
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  25. The argument rests on three premises 1) Imams / Caliphs (i.e. leaders for the entirety of the Ummah) are appointed by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and not chosen by the people. The proof of this is in Holy Quran in at least two places, that I know of. The appointment of Talut as a 'malik' (King with authority) for Bani Israel and the appointment of Prophet Ibrahim as an Imam by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) after he had been chose as a Prophet. 2) Imams are chosen to guide the people in the absence of a Prophet (Nabi or Rasoul) and they have the same authority and function as a Prophet. There are many instances of this in Quran (Haron being appointed by Musa when he went to Mt. Sinai) as well as in Islamic history. 3) Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) was the one chosen by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to lead the people as the Imam after the passing away of Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h). The problem with these types of discussions that we have with the Sunni brothers is that they start with point #3 and try to dismiss it on a 'technicality', i.e. it doesn't appear in this book or that book or we have a certain hadith which contradicts it, even if this hadith may be suspicious. You need to start with point #1 and accept it, from Quran. Then you need to go to point #2, to see the logical necessity of having a leader and a guide in the absence of a Prophet. If you don't accept those, you will never accept #3 no matter how much evidence there is for it. We take the acceptance of #3 as an inductive case. In other words, we look at the totality of evidence that points to #3 being true. Ghadir needs to be looked at in the context of all the other proofs that came before it including manzila, ayat of wilayat, mubahilat, battle of Khandaq, etc, etc, then you can look at Ghadir and the revelation of 5:3 in context. If you look at the totality of the evidence, rather than just picking apart certain hadith or certain isnad, you will find the truth. If you want to look at one event in isolation and not consider what came before it or after it, you will never get to the truth.
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  26. https://iqraonline.net/from-the-narration-of-ghadir-to-eid-of-ghadir/
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  27. It is not from the sunnah of the Ahl al-Bayt (s) to hit oneself in an organized congregational manner, neither in a majlis nor within a public gathering. Any solitary examples of the wife of Ibrahim (a) crying and striking her face or the ladies accompanying Imam Hussain (a) hitting their heads and throwing dust are meant to be understood as singular, live reactions in face of extraordinary sorrows. To turn their natural human reactions into contemporary grouped events akin to religious coteries and cults, where the very image of one's religion is now wailing and self-harm, is probably enough to repel anyone away from your religion. Shi'a 'ulema have not prohibited this. At most, they have had to prohibit blood letting forms of self-harm, and even that is not a consensus. I assume the reason is because due to the fact that these assemblies of mourning did not exist in such manners during the lifetime of the Imams (a), they did not really speak to them - not explicitly at least. These are personal gestures of mourning, just at the very individual level, and there isn't enough ground to argue for the prohibition of lamenting in these ways.
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  28. lol, typical sunni mindset, a gross inability of understanding as well as the use of intellect. And I know the reason why Imam of the time become a matter of confusion for you and what has made you away from him: و يجعل الرجس على الذين لا يعقلون This inability of using intellect is a "rijs" and "rijs" is a thing which has been kept away from Ahlul Bayt عليهم السلام، so I cannot help you anymore. No reason whatsoever could help you as long as this "rijs" is there with you. Infact 11 Imams already did all these duties which are specifically related to their "tashri'i guidance" role. They did all these duties as per divine command and as per the instructions/sunnah of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). The duties & role of Imam (عليه السلام) is not limited to tashri'i guidance as mentioned you earlier, there is a takwini guidance as well. You need to learn a lot about what is tashri'i & what is takwini role. And it was also pointed you out that the Prophet and/or Imam (عليه السلام) is not the absolute guide, with the help of verses of Quran. The absolute guide is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Prophet/Imam act according to His will. How many times you want me to answer your childish question? Imam e Zamana, being the "Baqiyyatullah", is still guarding the religion and still is the reference in religious and social affairs in place of RasulAllah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) just like our 11 Imams were. For he is the one on whom the promise of God would come true: هُوَ الَّذِي أَرْسَلَ رَسُولَهُ بِالْهُدَىٰ وَدِينِ الْحَقِّ لِيُظْهِرَهُ عَلَى الدِّينِ كُلِّهِ وَلَوْ كَرِهَ الْمُشْرِكُونَ Don't ever think that by making the Ahlul Bayt weak by killing them and by grabbing their authority to rule & act as leaders, you become successful. Here is the divine promise: وَنُرِيدُ أَن نَّمُنَّ عَلَى الَّذِينَ اسْتُضْعِفُوا فِي الْأَرْضِ وَنَجْعَلَهُمْ أَئِمَّةً وَنَجْعَلَهُمُ الْوَارِثِينَ 28:5 Hazrar Baqqiyyatullah (عليه السلام) has been chosen by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for this very role as well. Now search for months what is the takwini role of Imam, why he is known as baqiyyatullah and mustad'if. And also start beating your head & chest to activate your brain as well as intellect, so that you can understand the following verse: قُلْ أَرَأَيْتُمْ إِنْ أَصْبَحَ مَاؤُكُمْ غَوْرًا فَمَنْ يَأْتِيكُمْ بِمَاءٍ مَعِينٍ 67:30) Say: Have you considered: If (all) your water were to disappear into the earth, who then could bring you gushing water? Wassalam!!
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  29. @Alif rahman and @Hasani Samnani I have edited your posts which both unfortunately contained inappropriate comments. Kindly continue your discussion without insults.
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  30. I really like the following narration as establishing that he’s actually here in the world and not off in some mysterious alternate realm somewhere: https://thaqalayn.net/hadith/1/4/80/4 “4. Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Husayn from ibn Abi Najran from Fadalah ibn Ayyub from Sadir al-Sayrafi who has said that he heard abu ‘Abdallah ((عليه السلام).) say the following. “In the (case) of the person in charge of this task (Leadership with Divine Authority, the twelfth Imam ((عليه السلام).)) there is a similarity to Yusuf (Joseph) ((عليه السلام).).” I then said, “Are you, O Imam, speaking of his life time or his disappearance.” The narrator has said that the Imam ((عليه السلام).) then said, “ What then is it that certain swine-like people of this nation refuse to acknowledge? The brothers of Yusuf were grand children of the prophets. They did business with Yusus, conducted traded with him and spoke to him. They were his brothers and he was their brother but they could not recognize him until he said, I am Yusu and this is my brother.” Why should then (certain people of) this condemned nation refuse to accept if Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Gracious, in a certain time would do to the possessor of His authority what He did to Yusuf? Yusuf was the in charge of Egypt and there was a distance of twenty eight days of journey between him and his father. If he wanted to inform him (his father) he could have done so. Jacob and his sons journeyed after they heard the good new for nine days from their Bedouin home to Egypt. Why then this nation would refuse to accept if Allah, the Most Majestic, the Most Gracious, would do to the person who possess His authority what He did to Yusuf? That he would walk in their market place and step on their furnishings until Allah will grant him permission to reappear in public as He did to Yusuf as they said, “Are you really Yusuf?” He said, “Yes, Yusuf I am .”” So he has been here is the world all this time, walking around, talking to people, doing things. As for exactly what he has been up to, the most basic answer is “I don’t know and none of us know.” But it must have been some mix of tasks related to helping advance mankind, all while operating under some sort of assumed name(s). I see him as a catalyst for helping orient and guide other people to advance human greatness. Networking. Building networks of people. Teaching people. Inspiring intellectuals to breakthrough insights. Building wealth and investing in research or good projects or being a patron to people doing good work. Helping found institutions. Counselling political leaders—like Yusuf—to help them be better than they otherwise would be. I tend to picture him as one of those behind the scenes figures who help make the world working tirelessly a few steps outside the spotlight. But ultimately God knows best.
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  31. of deed), It is mostly the salah. And the greatest part of it to nearness is sajdah: وَاسْجُدْ وَاقْتَرِب “But prostrate thyself; and draw near (to God-Almighty).” (96: 19)5
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  32. Please never ever try to limit Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), it is a brotherly advise. These two are among His infinite means to guide humanity. You seems to deny not only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) but also the Qur'an & tge Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) as well. That is indeed shameful. So Allah not only made Ibrahim (عليه السلام) an Imam but also promised that the covenant will continue in his progeny. He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) also said that His covenant will not reach to the unjust: وَإِذِ ابْتَلَىٰ إِبْرَاهِيمَ رَبُّهُ بِكَلِمَاتٍ فَأَتَمَّهُنَّ ۖ قَالَ إِنِّي جَاعِلُكَ لِلنَّاسِ إِمَامًا ۖ قَالَ وَمِنْ ذُرِّيَّتِي ۖ قَالَ لَا يَنَالُ عَهْدِي الظَّالِمِينَ 2:124 You are totally unaware of the fact that Imamate is a divine covenant (عَهْدِي) which will never reach to unjust. You also seems to unaware of Quran: وَيَقُولُ الَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ لَوْلآ أُنزِلَ عَلَيْهِ آيَةٌ مِّن رَّبِّهِ إِنَّمَا أَنتَ مُنذِرٌ وَلِكُلِّ قَوْمٍ هَادٍ 13:7 So there is indeed a guide for every nation whether you see him or not. Dare rejecting these verses. You also seems to deny the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) who in his life time, introduced Imam Ali (عليه السلام), Imam Hassan (عليه السلام) and Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) as Imams. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also foretold the 12 Naqeebs or 12 Khalifas or 12 Imams. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also introduced in his life time the person you know as Mehdi (ajtf wa (عليه السلام)) The bearers of this divine covenant are mentioned as Ummatan wasatan, Khayra Ummatin in Quran and the same are mentioned as witness over the deeds of people & Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) being witness over them: وَكَذَلِكَ جَعَلْنَاكُمْ أُمَّةً وَسَطًا لِّتَكُونُواْ شُهَدَاء عَلَى النَّاسِ وَيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ عَلَيْكُمْ شَهِيدًا 2:143 فَكَيْفَ إِذَا جِئْنَا مِن كُلِّ أمَّةٍ بِشَهِيدٍ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ عَلَى هَـؤُلاء شَهِيدًا 4:41 وَمِمَّنْ خَلَقْنَا أُمَّةٌ يَهْدُونَ بِالْحَقِّ وَبِهِ يَعْدِلُونَ 7:181 وَيَوْمَ نَبْعَثُ فِي كُلِّ أُمَّةٍ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْهِم مِّنْ أَنفُسِهِمْ وَجِئْنَا بِكَ شَهِيدًا عَلَى هَـؤُلاء 16:89 And in the following verse, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is directly addressing the Imams of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) وَجَاهِدُوا فِي اللَّهِ حَقَّ جِهَادِهِ هُوَ اجْتَبَاكُمْ وَمَا جَعَلَ عَلَيْكُمْ فِي الدِّينِ مِنْ حَرَجٍ مِّلَّةَ أَبِيكُمْ إِبْرَاهِيمَ هُوَ سَمَّاكُمُ الْمُسْلِمينَ مِن قَبْلُ وَفِي هَذَا لِيَكُونَ الرَّسُولُ شَهِيدًا عَلَيْكُمْ وَتَكُونُوا شُهَدَاء عَلَى النَّاسِ 22:78 So who is witness over you now? Or do you believe all the above verses are lie (na'udobillah) and there is no witness over "nass"? I can quote many more verses. But I think nothing could benefit you & nothing can cure your blindness. The thing pointed to you was that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) acted/guided upon the command of Allah and so do the Imam. You were curious of the role of Imam of time, so I have mentioned you one of his role as being witness over people and Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) being witness over him. And it is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who has assigned him this role. And he is still doing this job. Again, how many times should I say that neither the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) nor the Imam (عليه السلام), guide people on their own. Don't you know the term بِأَمْرِنَا? An Imam guide people upon the divine command as mentioned in many verses of Quran. Secondly, guiding is not his only task. And lastly what is the evidence with you that 12 Imam is not guiding? And please don't mention your silly responses like not issuing the fatwas, not answering people etc. Just look at the Khidr's (عليه السلام) role being abd of Allah whom Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has bestowed mercy & knowledge from Himself. No one knew his role and tasks what he was doing before Musa (عليه السلام) reach to him. This "alam e takwin" seems beyond your comprehension.
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  33. It is not you who assign duties to Imam, when to start benefitting humanity in both ways or in one way at any time, mind that. It is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who assign them the duties. If you have any doubt, go read the story of Musa (عليه السلام) & Khidr (عليه السلام) in Chapter 18. Well before you apply any specific meaning to the this, know that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is الظاهر too. As mentioned in the verse of Al Hadid: هو الاول هو الأخر هو الظاهر هو الباطن So what does ظاهر or apparent means here? Present physically so that you may see Him? Or have you ever seen Him (i.e., Allah)?
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  34. Salam alaikom Hamdullah I found a list of lectures this Muharram. Here's the link: https://shia-lectures.com/ May Allah bless you all and grant you all Jannat al-Firdaus.
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  35. I was checking this one out in my headphones while finishing up my work day today. Sayyed Ammar is one of those speakers I’m a little mixed about depending on the talk, though no one can really doubt his well-honed power and skill as an orator. But this one I liked a lot. The brief folk history of the development of the Shia community in England was beautifully and lovingly researched, and it’s cool to give shoutouts to these sort of oft-forgotten pioneers of communities. I thought it was a devastatingly effective counterpoint and retort to the partisan mouth-running of certain limp bizkits on YouTube who shall remain unnamed. ;) I very much appreciated the message near the end about how whether we’re liberal or doctrinaire conservative or somewhere in between, Fadlallah or Shirazi or Seestani or Khamenai or whatever in taqleed, we have to remember the lost art of the manners of ikhtilaaf, focus on what we all share in common in terms of basic beliefs and love of the ahlul bayt, and be humble and keep in mind that none of us have this all figured out and none of us have a mainline to the Imam to say we’ve got it right and someone else doesn’t.
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  36. I will give you props, little Alif, you supercharged Ashvazdanghe, and he brought the flame. He often goes off on tangents ( we still love him), but this time he brought some amazing historical proofs of our loving Imam and how many times he's guides, saves and rescues us from certain death. Powerful moving stories of our Imam, and his love for his followers, his benevolent nature and guidance, if you cannot accept after all those long proofs which you found too hard to read, since I doubt english is your native language, your chance of Hadayat unfortunately is very difficult. But we will still pray for you brother
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  37. Regardless of who planned for the virus, the reality is that it is here and people need to consider how they will respond to it. I agree with the following comment that monkeypox holds no moral judgement about who is sleeping with whom: https://www.theguardian.com/world/commentisfree/2022/jul/26/i-saw-signs-of-monkeypox-at-berlins-pride-parade-but-that-doesnt-mean-its-a-gay-disease But it does seem to make a moral judgement about how many people someone is sleeping with.
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  38. I am born and raised a sunni Muslim, my family are against Shias, I don't think they would ever let me marry one (qadr Allah). They have the idea that Shias are kuffar and they do a lot of haram and they do not follow the way of rasool (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). I have a friend who is Shia and he always talks to me about Shia Islam. He was also originally a sunni Muslim but reaslised Shia Islam was the correct path 2 years ago. His family are Iraqi hence, they are more open to Shia Islam as they also have some relatives who are Shia. He talked to them and also managed to convert them. My family are Palestinian and there are not many Palestinians whom are Shia thus my family are not as accepting. My friend and I are talking about Shia Islam and I am much more open minded to Shia Islam than I was before. I did not used to like Shias and also thought they were kuffar and practiced the wrong things but my friend has changed my mind Alhamdulilah. I have tried to change my parent's minds about Shias to make their beliefs not seem as bad as they think they are but they are quite stubborn on their thoughts. I do sometimes have doubts about Shia Islam and have thoughts such as if Sunni Islam was correct and I went onto the wrong path but on the other hand I think if sunni Islam is incorrect but if I stayed sunni then I would also be on the wrong path so I do feel a bit stuck. I have asked Allah to guide me to the right path which I do believe is Shia Islam however, I do still sometimes have some doubts such as what if some of these things are bid'a3 such as when they beat their chests for Imam Hussein (رضي الله عنه) (correct me if I'm wrong) which I understand why they do it but I occasionally have some doubts. Or such as with the adhan when they say Ali is the frind of Allah (or something like that, correct me if I am wrong). I pray and do wudu like a Shia but I cannot fast later as I know some Shias do fast later than Sunnis and there are also different parts of Shia and I need to look more into that as my friend is also stuck with what to follow e.g. some Shias who follow Sistani may start Ramadan a day later then Sunnis or start Eid a day later than Sunnis which I cannot do as I do not want my family to know that I am Shia otherwise I would get into trouble. All my other friends are also against Shias and if I were to convert I know I would get a bad reaction and I would be looked down upon. I want to marry a Shia but I am not sure how to tell my parents as I know they would not let me but I do not want to marry a sunni as he may divorce me because of my beliefs in Shia Islam and my family and friends would then find out who I really am. I want to marry my friend since he is a Shia whom I do know well but I do not know how to come clean to my parents about that either. (He does want to marry me too if my parents would accept and we do not talk on a personal level it is more that of debates between sunni and shia.) Thank you for taking the time to read this and it would be much appreciated if you shared any possible solutions
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  39. Never. I'll be 49 on my next birthday and I'm amazed that I'm still optimistic and trying to make the world around me a better place for everyone. I've done plenty of regrettable things in my life, but I'm still learning and trying to be my best self. It seems most people my age are so old and negative. I will never let myself be that way, insha'allah. Congratulations and happy birthday!
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  40. notme

    Thoughts 2022

    I hope your family gets to keep you around for a long time.
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  41. I saw my father in law this morning, we have Islamic Lessons every Sunday at his house for adults. We are studying Nahjul Balagha now. As I have said before, he is an Alim, studied for 20 years under the late Sayyid Fadlallah((رضي الله عنه)). I asked him about this thread specifically, because I wasn't 100% sure of my answer, whether they are kafir in the fiqh sense. Here is a summary of the discussion. 1. I asked him if they were kafir because there is a well known ruling that anyone who rejects any ayat in the Holy Quran is kafir. Obviously, there are many ayat in the Quran that are universally accepted amoung ulema as forbidding homosexuality, many of these have already been posted on other threads. He said unless you ask them about a specific verse(Surat 26, 160-174, Surat 11, 77-84, Surat 29 28-35, etc) and they say 'I don't believe in that, or I reject that' specifically, you cannot say they are kafir. They need to specifically reject a specific verse, or the whole or the Quran by a verbal declaration that you hear with your own ears to say they are kafir. He said they are fasiq (someone who does haram openly or allies themselves with those who do haram openly). That means they are not adl (just). So you cannot pray behind them, you cannot marry your daughters to them (According to the universally accepted hadith that says 'Anyone who marries their daughter to a fasiq has done Kat'a Al Rahim'), and out of ihtiyyat you cannot pray jamaat with them, and if they allow women to pray in front of men or beside men, it is haram to pray jammat in that way and your salat it batil(not accepted by Allah(s.w.a)). In addition, you cannot enter into a business contract with them, and all the other rules that apply to fasiqeen (plural of fasiq) apply to them. This was his answer.
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  42. Need to follow this very closely, if this was directed towards Shia an arrest of culprit will likely lead to acknowledgement of what online materials led to such hate. Surprised no video evidence has been found thus far. American Muslim Bar Association (Shia Lawyers):
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  43. الصحيح من سيرة النبي الأعظم للسيد جعفر مرتضى العاملي Al Saheeh Men Seerat Al Nabi Al A‘dham by Sayyed Jafar Murtadha Al ‘Amili 35 volume work in arabic of the seera in which he evaluates every narration on the life of the Prophet.
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  44. I don't think there will be something like the Civil War of 1860 - 1865 again. That era of warfare has passed. What I think will happen is something like Jan 6, 2021 but on a larger scale. This time, maybe some members of Congress will be killed. There will be 'small fires' all over the place, some of which will become larger fires. Basically a continuous cycle of civil unrest. I think Trump is a big part of it, but Trump isn't the whole thing. There are lots of mini Trumps out there, who are willing to step in and take his place. If Trump dies or goes to jail, it will not all end. There is a large portion of the U.S. population that feels disconnected from the rest of the country, and feels that the traditional views of God, faith, family values, (i.e. Evangelical Christianity) is under attack. Those people aren't going anywhere, anytime soon, with or without Trump. There are many amoung the 'Left' who are hard core atheists and work toward eliminating religion completely from public life. The actions of these people also add fuel to the fire.
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  45. To reconcile, follow these three principles: 1. Don't limit rationality to visibility and physicality. Include metaphysics in your rational examinations. 2. Use logic to seek inconsistencies and contradictions in claims and arguments. 3. Do not confuse rationality with logic. The former encompasses induction, whereas the latter mostly roams around deduction. Using these three principles you can include miracles into a rational thought process and you can exclude and reject many claims about miracles and gods as illogical.
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  46. He is not in ghaybah in the sense that you have implied. A good analogy I Iike to use is when you add sugar into your cup of tea or salt in your food, you can no more see the sugar or salt, but you can certainly taste them. The taste, in this analogy, is the equivalent of the guidance you are speaking of. I like to think of the ghaybah in that sense - where we do not percieve the Mahdi (a) with our eyes and we understand that his identity (or our ability to recognize him) is unknown to us, yet we actively participate in thinking about him, doing our best to live up to his ways and the ways of his forefathers. The Prophets of Allah (a) underwent ghaybah as well, in distinct ways and to different extents. The Prophet (s) was in a kind of ghaybah during the first 40 years of life, albeit not physically - as in he was not 'invisible' and his essential prophetic reality was not completely unreachable or unknowable to those around him - but the Arabs of Mecca who were acquainted with him really just knew him as the 'trustworthy merchant' or the 'orphan of Abdullah'. This ties in well with the verse (93:7), "and He found you lost and guided [you]", where the 'lostness' is referring to his (s) identity being lost. We can extract some ideas, some ingredients, and improve our beliefs of the ghaybah through this sort of understanding.
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  47. Assalamu alaykum, I can't tell you what to do regarding your parents unfortunately, but just regarding a few of the issues you mentioned: Beating the chest isn't a Bid'a as it isn't part of religion in and of itself, it's simply an expression of mourning. Not everyone includes Alliyun Walli Allah (though the overwhelming majority do). I've seen top scholars omit it from the adhan. Breaking the fast later is more due to precaution as there are different reports on the time of maghrib. Many jurists agree with the Sunni opinion though, so no issues there. I'm sure there will be people who are closer to the socio-familial issues you mentioned who can advise you better, but in my mind you have to ask yourself what the alternative is - you keep quiet about your beliefs and live your life in secret? However, could I suggest you take more time to consider your beliefs and your feelings, and, without being patronising, whether they might be related?
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  48. Jordan Peterson and the Abrahamic Accords (1 hour)—A decent breakdown of Peterson's address to Muslims by Sheikh Omar Baloch—1.) Abrahamic Accords is all about Israel and Arab countries curbing the influence of Iran and Shi'ism 2.) Hamza Yusuf and Abdullah bin Bayyah rubber stamp UAE/Israeli normalization 3.) Israelis should seek out neo-Nazi pen pals etc.
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  49. The concept of ”Ismah” in the light of the Qur'an: The Infallibility of the Prophets in the Qur'an by Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi Get PDF
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