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  1. Happy 2017 Everybody! Enjoy the largest tag tower ever created, designed by me but created by YOU! Find your personalized enscribed brick of the tower here! @Ali @Abbas. @Ya Aba 3abdillah @repenter @Qa'im @hameedeh @Administrator @Abu Hadi @Dhulfikar @H2O @Haji 2003 @Haydar Husayn @Khadim uz Zahra @magma @Muhammed Ali @notme @starlight @Cake @Heavenly_Silk @ShiaChat Moderator @Gaius I. Caesar @Hamzah313 @baradar_jackson @IbnSina @Martyrdom @kamyar @Pearl178 @Shaykh Patience101 @Abraram @Aabiss_Shakari @Marbles @Ruq @Darth Vader @mina @Ibn al-Hussain @Chaotic Muslem @Ali Musaaa :) @Abu Tufayl @Akbar673 @AnaAmmar1 @Laayla @DigitalUmmah @uponthesunnah @haideriam @shiaman14 @-Enlightened @Propaganda_of_the_Deed @LeftCoastMom @King @Gypsy @Shia_Debater @hasanhh @E.L King @zainabamy @Sapphire @Ali Mahdi @Sumayyeh @narsis @Al-Hassan @Al-Mufeed @Ali-F @Kamranistan @Hasan0404 @Bakir @Brained @Noah- @kadhim @IbnSohan @Maryaam @Wise Muslim @GreyMatter @wolverine @placid @Son of Placid @pwwnd123 @alidu78 @YAli @sidnaq @Fresh-imaan @Shiawarrior313 @Hassan Y @StarryNight @Jimmy Boy @Hussein_Valerio @yusur317 @ErikCartman @j.angel @kirtc @Struggling_onn @LinkZelda @hayaah @Irfani313 @apofomysback @Irfan1214 @Niloofar @sefket83 @ali_fatheroforphans @Zendegi @Islandsandmirrors @Aftahb @Afsaneh14 @Aladin from Azra tribe @Engineer73 @ChattingwithShias @Mansur Bakhtiari @habib e najjaar @Ibn Al-Shahid @HumanForLife @Enlightened Follower @SoRoUsH @The_Bible @Replicant @silasun @Islamic Salvation @coldcow @zeesh_ali110 @Caliguy @Zahra1 @Ali.Isa @A true Sunni @Wahdat @Nader Zaveri @jannahismygoal @Ethics @Rasul @P. Ease @Saintly_Jinn23 @BabyBeaverIsAKit @Miss Wonderful @Jebreil @.InshAllah. @shiasoldier786 @aliasghark @Lover of Ahlulbait (ams) @ireallywannaknow @Basim Ali @Noor al Batul @Inquisitor @alHussein @skamran110 @certainclarity @alirex @Jahangiram @power @Naz_ @reisiger @realizm @Servidor @mesbah @Tonks @beardedbaker @lalala123 @S.M.H.A. @eThErEaL @Ibn Al-Ja'abi @Al-Hussayni @Christianlady @SlaveOfAllah14 @Fatima Hussain @Hidaren @Rohani @amirhosein_88 @ElAhmed @skylight2 @saas @enigma313 @Mahdi servant.01 @hezbul-ghaaleb @iCambrian @Convertible @Logic @Golden-crowned @alisayyed @gentleman. @Murtada @Panzerwaffe @pyaro @RiseOrDie @rkazmi33 @Ozzy @JawzofDETH @tawakkal @Anisa Bandeh Khoda @myouvial @HayderM @Auriba @amr @Jaabir @Shian e Ali @Shia farm girl @iraqi_shia @strength=Abbas @Faruk @abbas110 @Ya_isa (عليه السلام) @Khudayar @maes @David66 @wmehar2 @Amina @Highflyer @Haydar Karrar @sadegh @Journey of Truth @syeduddin @Al Hadi @QiiQii @Jaffery15 @sayedamir2000 @It's me hello @Lordofgemini @000 @forte @Mzwakhe @saeid tavakoli @SO SOLID Shia @Deewan @mostafaa @yam_110 @The Light @Salati AbdulQadir @Quisant @ShiaBwoy @AnotherShepherd @mayf321d @Purged @andres @Ron_Burgundy @Mahdi_theguideforall @aliyah21 @gerashi_mp @diyaa110 @Yasmin P @Nadia. @313 Seeker @shiarevert_1628 @yashia @Fatima NMA @rotten_coconut @Nocturne @shreek @~RuQaYaH~ @ephemeral @yasahebalzaman.313 @Sadat110 @salman1 @JasmineAila @Abdul Majid @ice unicorn @thuglife @sakura1994 @layman @onereligion @Fish @Syed.Dynasty @110_Fatima @Asr @Syed Hussain @Ali Hamieh @Kilij @Inception @humanbeing101 @Alireza Huseini @Shaikh Hakim @Musa Sadr @Jay @Pearl3112 @Mohamed1993 @NormaL_UseR @Janaat @Renaissance_Man @Chipkali @ChristianVisitor @Fahad Sani @Mahdavist @MuhammadXII @Inconsolable @Wisdom007 @Night_Inshallah @Mahdi Mortezapour @Jawid Akbari @Nataly @Learner2526 @Rectify @Jafar moh @Jahangiram @Belle @Kamaaluddeen al-Ismail @Muslim3388 @Amber Saif @MuhammedAli @Al-Qibli @Palabras @Semanta @shia2000 @Habil Ali @Sol 7 @Ali Ruh @Hashasheen217 @Aquib Rizvi @zahraaa1 @Zuljenah@TimeforM @Danish-Ali @ireallywannaknow@Netzari@goldenhawk@Zakariya Ali@Quiet one @mesbah@Peer@chitown@humanbeing101@ElAhmed
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  2. (bismillah) Dear brothers and sisters. Lately I have noticed that Shiachat and it's members, including me have changed for the worse. Shiachat in itself is just a website, but it is also the biggest shia community. Granted that it is digital, but in todays day and age, it is equally reflective and mirrors what shias believe and how they behave than it does in physical life. Perhaps even more. However, we are in a bad spot here. I am talking about the behavior and conduct of shiachat members, and their lack of understanding the effects of their words. Both how it affects other shias and how it looks in the eyes of our enemies. I am saying shiachat member, because I myself am a member and take equal part in this act. Some points: 1. Issue: We are constantly criticizing the Ulama. Now this in itself is ok, but everyone knows by now that it has gotten way out of hand. We all have different marjas, and we all have different opinions on their actions. But that does not give us the right to cause turmoil in public. Shiachat, is public, and the worst thing we can do is to show the enemies of AhlulBayt that we have such low opinions about each other. It often turns into personal insults and really bad behavior in the name of criticizing. What this does is create hatred towards each other, and nothing.....NOTHING, pleases the wahabis more than this. I have witnessed now from a discussion that i had with a wahabi that we are in bad shape. He specifically pointed out shiachat, and i had nothing to defend our behavior with. It truly broke my spirit, hence me making this thread. 1. Solution: No matter how the Marjas behave and how much we disagree, we must remember we are in the same camp. Marjas are our generals and we are the soldiers. The generals might disagree, and some generals might misbehave. But that does not give us the right to disrupt the peace between ourselves. The only thing we have in this world is Allah, Ahlulbayt and our brothers and sisters in faith. Let us now focus on creating threads that show the unity we have. Let us create threads that are intellectual and smart in purpose. Let us create posts and threads that promote Shia Islam, not tare it down. This is what discomforts the wahabis and whoever is against the Ahlulbayt. This is what causes their despair and strikes fear in their heart, our strong unity. If we happen to create threads that show sings of getting out of hand, it is the responsibility of every shia to respond with respect and behavior that the Ahlulbayt has taught us. Speak gently, and if someone disagrees, then respond respectfully and with dignity. If someone does go out of hand, let's all join in and stop such behavior. I am certain, that when Imam Mahdi looks upon our behavior as of late, and i am sure he does, he is extremely disappointed. There is nothing wrong with holding back and controlling what you want to say. Let us respect each others marjas and ulama, no matter how much we disagree, and show the world that we stand united regardless. I know it might sound cheesy, but this is the way it should be. If you don't believe in the Marja of your fellow brother or sister, at least believe in the brother or sister themselves and love them mainly because they love AhlulBayt. This is the code of Ziyarat Ashura! 2. Issue: Nationalism! Even though we perhaps never mention the nationality that we have a problem with, the undertone is there. What is this nonsense? Since when did Allah or Ahlulbayt love anyone for their passport and place of birth? It is clear as day that we have issues with nationalities, and sometimes it comes off as a joke, but any sane person that understands linguistics and how it is used, will see that there is a nationalistic tension between members. 2. Solution: Again, it is the responsibility of shia members to stop this. Everyone must join in and firstly correct their on behavior, secondly be smart and noticing such things, and finally speak out in a proper manner about it. 3. Issue: The urge to answer. We can see that sometimes someone creates a thread about Yasser Habib, or Nasrullah, or Shirazis, Khamenei, Hezbollah, Iran, Iraq, etc etc. And we have this urge to show our disgust with the article or case that the thread starter is presenting. 3. Solution: Control your urge as much as you can. You don't have to answer negatively to it every time, there is no purpose to it other than starting a big mess. I am not ordering, i am merely asking in the name of Allah and everything that we hold dear, namely the AhlulBayt whom are dearer to us than our parents and our lives that we start changing. Pitch in and be constructive. Our main enemy is wahabis whom are killing Shias day in and day out, and they laugh and point their dirty fingers at us. This is the platform we can use to do our part in showing that no matter how much we disagree on certain issues, we won't let them have the pleasure of seeing it or taking joy from it. I hope you take this into consideration. Wasalam
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  3. Salam Alekum Brothers and Sisters, I finally finished my book. The topic is the Quranic view of Jesus, Prophet Isa(p.b.u.h). I thought about selling it on Amazon, etc, but I think it is better to dedicate the effort in service of Imam Al Hujjat Al Qaim(may Allah(s.w.a) hasten his return). InShahAllah, you will learn something from it. It is a good book, especially for reverts to Islam from Christianity to use to discuss issues with their family. I think I covered most issues between Muslims and Christians regarding Prophet Issa(a.s) If anyone has comments they can post them here. Also I would like to thank certain members of SC (you know who you are ) for kind words and encouragement. Salam Also, most of the Arabic to English translations were mine, or mine with help from my father in law. I hope they are more clear than the typical Arabic to English translations you see. http://www.shareglob...ThruOurEyes.pdf
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  4. Salaam everybody: Here's an opportunity to increase blessings throughout this community and throughout the whole world. I remember seeing old threads from years past about salawat pledges, but this thread will be slightly different. The only goal of this thread is to post the salawat as often as we can, and nothing more: اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin O Allah: (please do) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad Rules of this thread: 1. All members are encouraged to post the salawat as often as they like, English or Arabic (but only once per post please) 2. Like as many posts as possible (reciting it yourself out loud while you like the post) 3. No other discussions or statements please, this is purely for salawat only Let's see how long this chain will go, and how much blessing we can all accumulate from posting and liking. More information on the salawat: http://www.duas.org/salwaat.htm I'll get started: Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
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  5. Salaam alaykum, I am very proud to present the culmination of nearly ten years of research on the Twelfth Imam, al-Hujja b. a-Hasan, al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, the Patron of Time, peace be upon him. This is by far the most comprehensive English work on the subject. It is a compilation of the most ancient and most reliable hadiths on the Mahdi from Twelver Shīʿī sources. Learn about the birth of the Twelfth Imam, his occultation, his ambassadors, his inevitable return, Islamic eschatology, and much more. Paperback now available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790653827 E-book available: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Qaim-Appearance-Established-Narrations-ebook/dp/B07L2K8GW2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543840819&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+rise+of+fthe+qa'im Big big thanks and duas for those who helped me in this project. Namely, @Abu Nur @Ibn al-Hussain @Cake @Abu Tufayl @Hannibal May you be rewarded for your assistance. ---------------------------- "... an essential compendium concerning the concept of the Mahdi in the English language ... A highly welcomed effort, it is useful for researchers as well as those wanting to understand the idea of the Mahdi within the context of the classical literature on the subject." -- Sayyid Hussain Makke "... a fresh and insightful approach to the translation of traditions concerning the twelfth Imam and the rising of the Qa’im ... it is my hope that this work will be of benefit to all seekers of knowledge who wish to become further acquainted with the Twelfth Imam (ajt) and his coming." -- Shaykh Vinay Khetia "A long awaited and much-needed work for the English-speaking world. In an age where skepticism regarding religious beliefs is prevalent, the author has collected many of the reliable traditions on the subject of the Mahdi (a) and has made them readily accessible." -- Sayyid Ali Imran "The most comprehensive hadith compilation about the twelth Imam present in the English language." -- Dr. Taymaz Tabrizi "Trained in both secular academia and in the sciences of the seminary Bilal Muhammad combines the very best of both worlds especially when it comes to his methodological rigour in selecting the narrations of this work." -- Dr. Francisco Luis
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  6. Ive noticed some members actually idolizing and praising Bashar Assad. This is very dangerous for you and your future/akhira. You have to realize that Bashar Assad is not some one to idolize. He is a leader who has done many wrong things - however as it stands, his presence and remaining in Syria (or at least the current system - him or not) is better for the region - in fact the world actually, than a takeover by western/gulf arab sponsored takfiris. However - please realize that no religious person in their right mind (scholar or layman) would ever actually think that Bashar is a leader of ours or an example to follow in any way. He is just a figure that we have to deal with, and dealing with him is better than dealing with any of the other figures at the moment. Your akhira is very precious don't think that because we work with some one or we have treaties with him etc that it means that we agree with all his actions/his life style/view points or take him as an ideal leader of any kind. Its just like how rasool Allah made treaties with and worked with various people when it was necessary - to include many of the famous munafiqeen.
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  7. Today, in the presence of my husband and his friend, I became a Shi'a. Allahu akbar! :D
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  8. [Mod Note: Some links to books and articles have stopped working, so there is an ongoing project to search for a replacement link and make an edit. Thanks for your patience.] Since everyone's been asking for e-books [and articles] on a lot of threads lately, I've decided to put them all in one place. Tawhid Allah - the concept of God in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri [PDF] God and His Attributes by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Knowing God by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Fundamentals of Knowing God by Reza Berenjkar [PDF] A General Look At Rites* by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr Justice of God by Naser Makarem Shirazi [PDF] Tradition of Mufaddal [PDF] Hadith of Halila God: An Islamic Perspective by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Al-Tawhid and Its Social Implications by Ali Khamene'I [PDF] Divine Justice or The Problem of Evil by Javad Shayvard [PDF] Does God Exist?* Who is the Law-Maker?.doc by Al-Balagh Foundation Does God Exist? by Akramulla Syed Islam and the Shi'ite Creed (Usool al-Deen) Invitation to Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Discovering Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Tenets of Islam* by Shaykh Tusi Inner Secrets of the Path* by Haydar Amuli Invitation to Islam: A Survival Guide by Thomas McElwain Islam and Religious Pluralism by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Man and Universe by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Shi'a by Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'I [PDF] An Introduction to Islam by Bashir Hassanali Rahim Islam by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Need of Religion* by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Inquiries about Islam by Mohammed Jawad Chirri [PDF] Introduction to Islam* by Islamic Humanitarian Service Islamic Doctrine* by Abdul Hussain Muhammad The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Shi'ism, The Natural Product Of Islam by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr The Faith of Shi'a Islam by Muhammad Rida al-Muzaffar Faith and Reason* by The Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution The Children's Book on Islam by Ibrahim Amini Islamic Doctrines Simplified by Al-Balagh Foundation Asl ash-Shi'ah wa usuluha or Origin of Shi'ite Islam and its Principles by Muhammad Husayn Al Kashif'ul Ghita' [PDF] The Roots of Religion by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers The Hereafter- Ma’ad by Dastghaib Shirazi [PDF] Shia-Sunni Dialogue The Shi'ite Apologetics by Reza Husayni Jassab Shi'ism in Sunnism by Muhammad Reza Mudarrisi Yazdi [PDF] Peshawar Nights by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi [PDF] Al-Muraja'at by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Questions on Jurisprudence by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi Then I Was Guided by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] The Shi'ah are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] To Be With the Truthful by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] Ask Those Who Know by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] All Solution Are With The Prophet's Progeny by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi Inquiries About Shi'a Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini Spurious Arguments About The Shia by Abu Talib at-Tabrizi Shi'ite Islam: Orthodoxy or Heterodoxy? by Luis Alberto Vittor [PDF] Wahab'ism and Monotheism by Ali Al-Kurani Al-Amili The Truth About The Shi'ah Ithna-'Asheri Faith by As'ad Wahid al-Qasim Wahhabism by Ja'far Subhani A New Analysis of Wahhabi Doctrines by Muhammad Husayn Ibrahimi Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal by Dr.. Sayyid Kazim Tabataba'I Shi'ism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects by Abulqasim Gorji Shi'ism: Imamate and Wilayat by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] The Shi'ites Under Attack by Muhammad Jawad Chirri [PDF] The Twelve Successors by Murtada al-'Askari Mu'tamar 'Ulama' Baghdád or The Conference of Baghdad's Ulema by Muqatil ibn 'Atiyyah Devils Deception of the Nasibi Wahabis Abdul Hakeem Oranu Inter-Religion Dialogue Search for Truth* by S.V. Mir Ahmad Ali [PDF] A Closer Look at Christianity by Mohammed Qasem [PDF] Book Review: Islam and Christianity by Ali Quli Qara'I Book Review: Whose Justice? Which Rationality? by Alasdair MacIntyre by Dr.. Muhammad Legenhausen Islam In The Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] The Bible, The Qur'an and Science by Maurice Bucaille Bible Contradictions [PDF] Shi'I beliefs in the Bible by Thomas McElwain [PDF] Women In Islam Versus Women In The Judaeo-Christian Tradition: The Myth & The Reality by Sherif Muhammad Abdel Azeem [PDF] Mary and Jesus in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri Extracts From Correspondence Between A Muslim And A Christian by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi A Closer Look at Christianity by Barbara Brown Converts to Islam by Zainab Islamic History Kitab al Irshad [on Imam Ali al Murtadha (a) ] (Broken Link?) by Shaykh Mufid [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Mujtaba (a) ] [PDF] [on Imam Hussain ibn Ali al Shaheed (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Ali ibn al Husayn (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Muhammad ibn Ali al Baqir] [PDF] [on Imam Ja'far ibn Muhammad al Sadiq] [PDF] [on Imam Musa ibn Ja'far al Kadhim] [PDF] [on the martyrdom of Imam Ali ibn Muhammad al Hadi (a)] [PDF] [on Imam Hasan ibn Ali al Askari (a)] [PDF] [on Imam al Asr (ajf)][PDF] Hayat al Quloob Vol.1* Vol.2* Vol.3* by Allama Baaqir Majlisi [Vol 1 - Stories of previous Prophet (pbut), Vol 2 - Stories of Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), Vol 3 - Stories of the AhlulBait [a]) A Restatement of the History of Islam and Muslims by Ali Asgher Razwy [PDF] The Message by Ja'far Subhani [PDF] General Invitation by Ja'far Subhani An Introduction To The Political Upheaval At Medina On The Death Of Muhammad, The Prophet Of Islam* by Muhammad Sultan Mirza [PDF] Fadak in History by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr [PDF] Story of The Holy Kaba and It's People by S.M.R. Shabbar [PDF] Me'raj - The Night Ascension by Faidh al Kashani [PDF] Abdullah Ibn Saba' and Other Myths by Murtada al-'Askari [PDF] History of the Caliphs by Rasul Ja'farian Four Centuries of Influence of Iraqi Shi‘ism on Pre-Safavid Iran by Rasul Ja'fariyan A Glance at Historiography in Shi'ite Culture by Rasul Ja'fariyan History of Shi'ism: From the Advent of Islam up to the End of Minor Occultation by Ghulam-Husayn Muharrami The Origins and Early Development of Shi`a Islam by S.H.M.Jafri Background of the Birth of Islam by Mohammed Hosseini Beheshti [PDF] Prophets of Islam [صلى الله عليه واله وسلم] and Prophethood The Life of Muhammad by Baqir Shareef al-Qurashi [PDF] A Glance at the Life of the Holy Prophet of Islam by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers Beacons of Light by Abu Ali al Fadl ibn al Hasan ibn al Fadl at Tabarsi [PDF] Muhammad and His God Before the Revelation by Hatem Abu Shahba Taharah & 'Ismah of The Prophets, Messengers, Awsiya', And Imams by Hatem Abu Shahba The Life of Muhammad The Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophecies About The Holy Prophet of Islam in Hindu, Christian, Jewish and Parsi Scriptures by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Prophethood by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad is the Last Prophet by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Seal of the Prophets and His Message by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] The Infallibility of the Prophets in the Qur'an by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] Muhammad, the Messenger of God: A Brief Biographical Sketch by Muhammad Rizvi Muhammad by Yasin T. al- Jibouri Military Management in the Battles of the Prophet (s) by Muhammad Dhahir Watr Prophet Muhammad S - a Brief Biography by Al-Balagh Foundation The Unschooled Prophet by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Glimpses of the Prophet's Life* by Talip Alp [PDF] About The Prophet Muhammad (P.B.U.H) by Tebyan The Voice of Human Justice by George Jordac [PDF] Prophet Muhammad - a mercy to all creation The Prophet Adam by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'Amili Moses in the Qur'an and Bible by Ali Musa Raza Muhajir The Prophets of Islamby Muhammad Hussain Shamsi The Prophets, their Lives and their Stories by Abdul-Sahib Al-Hasani Al-'amili Allah's She-Camel and the Story of Our Prophet Salih by Kamal Sayyid Acknowledgements: sisters Hameedeh, SpIzo, _Naz and several others. Thank you so much for helping me collect the links. VERSES OF GHADIR.doc Al Hadith al Qudsi.doc Fascinating Discourses of the 14 Infallibles.doc Who is the Law-Maker?.doc
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  9. Salam, My First Youtube video. Let me know what you think.
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  10. (salam) This is a public service message to the community at large in regards to an individual who is purporting to be a scholar of the howza. I am aware of the sensitive nature of these types of subjects, and I am only doing this as a duty for the believers to not become misguided by such individuals. This particular individual has been warned by others about his behavior but thus far has not heeded these words. His own statements and behavior actually expose him on their own, and when reading the things that he writes one can see clearly already that he is not a person who carries the akhlaq and wisdom of Ahlulbayt (as). However what is important here is he is damaging the institution and the Maraja in the eyes of the people. This individual is going by the name of "Brother Tawheedi". He has set up for him self a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BrotherTawhidi As well as a twitter page: https://twitter.com/BrotherTawhidi He is also in the process of starting his own website, which (alhamdulillah) at this point is not functional: http://www.tawhidi.com/ He has been speaking at various venues internationally.
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  11. [This will be a series of blog entries on the history of ShiaChat.com; how it was founded, major ups and down, politics and issues behind running such a site and of course, the drama! I will also provide some feedback on development efforts, new features and future goals and objectives] Part 1 - The IRC (#Shia) Days! Sit children, gather around and let me speak to you of tales of times before there was ever high-speed Internet, Wi-Fi, YouTube or Facebook; a time when the Internet was a much different place and 15 yearold me was still trying to make sense of it all. In the 90s, the Internet was a very different place; no social media, no video streaming and downloading an image used to take anywhere from 5-10 minutes depending on how fast your 14.4k monster-sized dial-up modem was. Of course you also had to be lucky enough for your mom to have the common courtesy not to disconnect you when you’re in the middle of a session; that is if you were privileged enough to have Internet at home and not have to spend hours at school or libraries, or looking for AOL discs with 30 hour free trials..(Breathe... breathe... breathe) - I digress. Back in 1998 when Google was still a little computer sitting in Larry Page and Sergey Brin’s basement, I was engaged in endless debates with our Sunni brothers on an IRC channel called #Shia. (Ok, a side note here for all you little pups. This is not read as Hashtag Shia, the correct way of reading this is “Channel Shia”. The “Hashtag” was a much cooler thing back in the day than the way you young’uns use it today). For those of you who don’t know what IRC was (or is... as it still exists), it stands for Internet Relay Chat, which are servers available that you could host chat rooms in and connect through a client. It was like the Wild West where anyone can go and “found” their own channel (chat room), become an operator and reign down their god-like dictator powers upon the minions that were to join as a member of their chat room. Luckily, #Shia had already been established for a few years before by a couple of brothers I met from Toronto, Canada (Hussain A. and Mohammed H.). Young and eager, I quickly rose up the ranks to become a moderator (@Ali) and the chatroom quickly became an important part of my adolescent years. I learned everything I knew from that channel and met some of the most incredible people. Needless to say, I spent hours and dedicated a good portion of my life on the chatroom; of course, the alternate was school and work but that was just boring to a 15-year-old. In the 90’s, creating a website was just starting to be cool so I volunteered to create a website for #Shia to advertise our services, who we are, what we do as well as have a list of moderators and administrators that have volunteered to maintain #Shia. As a result, #Shia’s first website was hosted on a friend’s server under the URL http://786-110.co.uk/shia/ - yes, ShiaChat.com as a domain did not exist yet – was too expensive for my taste so we piggybacked on one of our member’s servers and domain name. The channel quickly became popular, so popular that we sometimes outnumbered our nemesis, #Islam. As a result, our moderator team was growing as well and we needed a website with an application that would help us manage our chatroom in a more efficient style. Being a global channel, it was very hard to do “shift transfers” and knowledge transfers between moderators as the typical nature of a chatroom is the fact that when a word is typed, its posted and its gone after a few seconds – this quickly became a pain point for us trying to maintain a list of offenders to keep an eye out for and have it all maintained in a historical, easily accessible way. A thought occurred to me. Why not start a “forum” for the moderators to use? The concept of “forums” or discussion boards was new to the Internet – it was the seed of what we call social media today. The concept of having a chat-style discussion be forever hosted online and be available for everyone to view and respond to at any time from anywhere was extremely well welcomed by the Internet users. I don’t recall what software or service I initially used to set that forum up, but I did – with absolutely no knowledge that the forum I just set up was a tiny little acorn that would one day be the oak tree that is ShiaChat.com. [More to follow, Part 2..] So who here is still around from the good old #Shia IRC days?
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  12. Hameedeh

    Ethics Book List

    [MOD NOTE: The project of adding PDF links for every book will continue.] (bismillah) (salam) People want to discuss and learn. Here is a list of books, in no particular order, that might be useful. Akhlaq e-A'imma, Morals & Manners of the Holy Imams AS. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/akhlaq-al-aimma-morals-manners-holy-imams-maulana-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Ethics and Spiritual Growth. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/ethics-and-spiritual-growth-sayyid-mujtaba-musawi-lari Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jami-al-saadat-the-collector-of-felicities-muhammad-mahdi-ibn-abi-dharr-al-naraqi Moral Values of Qur'an, a Commentary on Surah Hujurat. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/moral-values-of-quran-tafsir-hujurat-ayatullah-dastaghaib Code of Ethics for Muslim men and women. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/code-ethics-muslim-men-and-women-sayyid-masud-masumi Qalbe-Saleem, Immaculate Conscience. Get PDF https://www.al-islam.org/qalbe-saleem-immaculate-conscience-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi Adabus Salat, The Disciplines of the Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/adab-as-salat-disciplines-of-prayer-second-revised-edition-imam-khomeini Self Building, An Islamic guide for Spiritual Migration towards God. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/self-building-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Spiritual Discourses. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/spiritual-discourses-murtadha-mutahhari al Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-siraj-the-lantern-on-the-path-to-Allah-almighty-husain-ibn-ali-ibn-sadiq-al-bahrani The Elixir of Love. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/the-elixir-of-love-muhammad-rayshahri Awsaf al Ashraf, The Attributes of the Noble. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol11-no3-no4/awsaf-al-ashraf-attributes-noble-shaykh-khwaja-nasir-al-din-al-tusi Concentration in Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/concentration-in-prayer-jameel-kermalli Last Will & Testament. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/wasiyatnama-last-will-testament-ayatullah-shaikh-abdulla-mamkani Diseases of the Soul. (No PDF link. Can download at the site.) https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/diseases_soul/ Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-ahlul-bayt-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jihad-al-akbar-the-greatest-jihad-combat-with-the-self-imam-khomeini Struggle against the Self (jihad al-nafs). [PDF only] https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/jihad.pdf Du’a (Supplication). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/dua-supplication-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/sexual-ethics-islam-and-western-world-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Principles Of Marriage & Family Ethics. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/principles-marriage-family-ethics-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Rafed.net Ethics articles: https://en.rafed.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=78&Itemid=843
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  13. Wa'alaykum Assalam wb. Beautiful thread! اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad
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  14. (salam) As many of u may know, i have past that is different from how i am right now. I have been a member here june this year, and many of my posts confronts that im a convert to Shia islam. As im writing this text, it makes me remember high school where i wrote english essays, and my english may be a bit... uhh... bad! And my story on how i converted may not be full of actions. I beg the apologize of every reader. I were born in a sunni muslim family. In my younger days i were learing alot about Islam, which were the basics every parent learn their child. I knew i were a muslim, i knew about Allah and our Prophet, and the 5 pillars. I live in a European country, and in primary school i had a some education about Islam (it were just a summary about the basics that i were teached by my parents). So i werent actually focusing much on that subject and i were good to take the word on my classes to teach a bit more about Islam to my classmates and teachers. I actually remember one day when i were 10-12 years old, that my father were watching the Turkish news (as we r originally from Turkey), and one of the cases were probably about Ashura (i dont remember that well). I were wondering about the whole case and started to ask my father about what was happening. He started to tell me a bit about the split in Islam, that we had sunni, shia and many more. Then he continued to tell me about Shia islam (look, i didnt learn about different sects in Islam before i were about 10 years!). When i asked him about which i belonged to, he answered sunni. And i felt from that day, that i had a mission to learn more (which 10 years old kid would think about it, but trust me, i did!). Later on, i started on high school where the religion subject were a bit more detailed. When the topic came to Islam, we where again presented to the basics, but also about the different sects. I could read about sunni and shia, and the most confusing part were that i were more convinced about the belief of Shia. But i were kind of ignorant and didnt mind it, because «our elders may have knew much better on why we have chosen sunni islam». In the end of high school, i got contact with a Iraqi girl that were Shia muslim, and the topic came to Shia islam. She were telling be alot of info about them and absolutely adored the way i were just listening and not making discussions about how wrong she was. She gave me books, linked to videos etc. just to help me learn more. I did want to learn, but unfortunally i were focusing too much on school that i «didnt have time for it». So for 2 years ago i met my best friend, who were also a Shia muslim. We could talk for 2-3 hours a day about Shia islam and i were more and more attacted to it (and know i werent busy with all other less important things, as i were older). I started to agree more on her points and started to read the books my Iraqi friend gave me. I were also good on doing research on the internet (i were actually using SC that times, but werent a member). One year ago, while i started to forget about my interest about Shia islam, i had a dream that i were in the middle of a big crowd. I remember really well that i screamed «Ya Allah, Ya Muhammed, Ya Ali», and i were hearing the crowd saying the same. I were confused when i woke up, and i didnt tell anyone immediatly. My life didnt go that well either on that time. Somethings didnt just work out, and i were having a hard time. I wanted to seek more comfort on my religion and i knew alot about Shia islam and were agreeing about it. My dream, my feelings about it etc. were going through my mind. I converted, and believe me, since that day my life have been so much more better. I have felt more connections with Allah. I cant even describe how my life and the way i looked on life, were changed (some ppl here may think that im exaggerating, but this is what i felt!). If i have said something wrong or offended ppl, please forgive me. May Allah be with u all. :) (wasalam)
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  15. as-salaam `alaykum, I wanted to dedicate this thread to various foods the Ahl al-Bayt have recommended and their specific benefits. وعن علي بن محمد ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبان ابن عبد الملك ، عن إسماعيل بن جابر ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إنا لنبدأ بالخل عندنا كما تبدؤون بالملح عندكم وإن الخل ليشد العقل . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We start our meals with vinegar like you start yours with salt, and surely vinegar strengthens the intellect." (al-Kafi) "Acetic Acid bacteria helps memory and response times in middle-aged and elderly patients" https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jaam/6/7/6_7_60/_article محمد بن يحيى ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى عن محمد بن سنان ، عن موسى بن بكر قال : قال لي أبوالحسن ( عليه السلام ) : مالي أراك مصفرا ؟ قلت : وعك أصابني ، فقال : كل اللحم ، فأكلته ، ثم رآني بعد جمعة وأنا على حالي مصفرا ، فقال لي : ألم آمرك بأكل اللحم ؟ فقلت : ما أكلت غيره منذ أمرتني ، قال : كيف تأكله ؟ قلت : طبيخا ، قال : لا كله كبابا ، فأكلته ، ثم أرسل إليّ فدعاني بعد جمعة فاذا الدم قد عاد في وجهي ، فقال : الآن نعم . Imam Musa al-Kadhim [a] said to a man, "Why is it that you are looking pale?" The man said, "I am ill." The Imam [a] said, "Eat meat." So he ate meat, and after a Friday, the man was still looking pale. The Imam [a] said, "Did I not command you to eat meat?" The man said, "I have not eaten anything other than it since you commanded me." The Imam [a] said, "How did you eat it?" The man said, "Cooked." Imam al-Kadhim [a] then said, "No, eat it as a kebab." So he ate kebab, then the Imam sent [a man] to him and called him after a Friday, and behold, the blood had returned to his face. (al-Kafi) "Conclusions: Minced beef is more rapidly digested and absorbed than beef steak, which results in increased amino acid availability and greater postprandial protein retention. However, this does not result in greater postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates." http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/98/1/121.long وعن محمد بن علي ، عن ابن بقاح ، عن الحكم بن أيمن ، عن أبي اُسامة ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : قال رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) : عليكم باللحم ، فإن اللحم ينمي اللحم ، ومن مضى به أربعون صباحا لم يأكل اللحم ساء خلقه ، ومن ساء خلقه فأطعموه اللحم The Prophet Muhammad said, "Eat meat, for flesh makes flesh grow. Whoever has forty mornings pass by him in which he did not eat meat, his nature is worsened. Feed meat to he whose nature is worsened." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/eat-your-meat-the-muscle-building-bounty-of-beef-and-fish.html ـ محمد بن يعقوب ، عن محمد بن يحيى ، عن محمد بن موسى رفعه ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، أنه قال : سويق العدس يقطع العطش ويقوى المعدة ، وفيه شفاء من سبعين داء ، ويطفئ الصفراء ، ويبرد الجوف ، وكان إذا سافر ( عليه السلام ) لا يفارقه ، وكان يقول ( عليه السلام ) إذا هاج الدم بأحد من حشمه يقول له : اشرب من سويق العدس ، فإنّه يسكن هيجان الدم ، ويطفئ الحرارة . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "Lentil stew cuts off thirst and strengthens the stomach. There is a cure from seventy ailments in it, and it extinguishes the yellow bile and cools the abdomen. Drink lentil stew, for it calms the eruption of the blood, and extinguishes the heat." (Wasa'il) Lentils are high in magnesium, which improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. They also remove bile in the digestive tract, and stabilize blood-sugar levels: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=52 http://www.livestrong.com/article/410170-is-lentil-soup-healthy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله : من استعمل الخشبتين امن من عذاب الكليتين . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Whoever makes use of the two pieces of wood (the toothstick and toothpick) is safe from the affliction of the kidneys." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Link between chronic kidney disease and poor oral hygiene: http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/6/1/218.full وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالاهليلج الاسود فانه من شجر الجنة طعمه مر وفيه شفاء من كل داء . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Upon you is the black myrobalan, for it is from the trees of Paradise. Its taste is bitter, and in it is treatment for every malady." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Black myrobalan treats asthma, constipation, hair loss, heartburn, gum pain, graying hair, mouth ulcers, vaginal inflammation, and more: https://natural-herbal-remedies.knoji.com/black-myrobalan-medicinal-properties-greying-and-losing-of-hair-remedy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : اسقوا نساءكم الحوامل الالبان فانها تزيد في عقل الصبي . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Give your pregnant women milk to drink, for it increases the intellect of the child." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Children with mothers who drank milk during pregnancy have a higher IQ: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10072366/Drink-milk-to-increase-childs-IQ-pregnant-women-told.html عنه، عن أبى يوسف، عن القندى، عن المفضل بن عمر، عن أبى عبد الله (ع) قال: ذكر له الحمى فقال: إنا أهل بيت لا نتداوى إلى بافاضة الماء البارد يصب علينا، وأكل التفاح. Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We, the Ahl al-Bayt, do not treat a fever except by pouring cold water on ourselves and eating apples". (al-Mahasin) Apple water as a home remedy for fevers: http://health.howstu...for-fevers2.htm وعن علي بن الحكم ، عن أبيه ، عن سعد ، عن الاصبغ ، عن علي ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إن نبيا من الانبياء شكا إلى الله قلة النسل في امته ، فأمره أن يأمرهم بأكل البيض ، ففعلوا ، فكثر النسل فيهم . وعن نوح بن شعيب ، عن كامل ، عن محمد بن إبراهيم الجعفي ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : من عدم الولد فليأكل البيض ، وليكثر منه . وعنهم ، عن سهل بن زياد ، عن على بن حسان ، عن موسى بن بكر ، قال : سمعت أبا الحسن ( عليه السلام ) يقول : كثرة أكل البيض تزيد في الولد Imam `Ali said, "A prophet from the prophets complained to Allah about the paucity of progeny in his nation, so He commanded him to command them to eat eggs. So they did and the progeny became many in them." Imam Ja`far said, "Whoever lacks in offspring, then let him eat eggs and he is to do much of it." Imam Musa said, "Much eating of eggs increases one in offspring." Poached or soft-boiled eggs are high in Vitamin D and B6, which spur the production of progesterone, a hormone necessary for pregnancy. Eggs also contain B12 and selenium, which increase sperm count. وعن عدة من أصحابنا ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبيه ، ( و ) عمرو بن إبراهيم جميعا ، عن خلف بن حماد ، عن يعقوب بن شعيب ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : لدغت رسول الله ( عليه السلام ) عقرب ، فنفضها ، وقال : لعنك الله فما يسلم منك مؤمن ولا كافر ، ثم دعا بملح ، فوضعه على موضع اللدغة ، ثم عصره بإبهامه حتى ذاب ، ثم قال : لو يعلم الناس ما في الملح ما احتاجوا معه إلى ترياق. A scorpion stung the Messenger of Allah , so he shook it off and he said, "Allah curse you, neither a believer nor a kafir is safe from you." Then he called for salt, and placed it on the place of the sting. Then he pressed it with his thumb until it dissolved. Then he said, "If the people knew what was in salt, they would not have need of theriac with it." (al-Kafi) Salt alleviates the pain of bug bites due to its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-mosquito-bites.html اسحاق بن ابراهيم عن ابي الحسن العسكري عليه السلام : حضرته يوما وقد شكا إليه بعض إخواننا فقال : يا ابن رسول الله إن أهلي يصيبهم كثيرا هذا الوجع الملعون قال : وما هو قال : وجع الرأس قال: خذ قدحا من ماء وإقرأ عليه ( أو لم يرى الذين كفروا أنّ السماوات والارض كانتا رتقاً ففتقناهما وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حيّ أفلا يؤمنون) ثم اشربه فإنه لا يضره إن شاء الله تعالى A man said to Imam `Ali al-Hadi [a], "O son of the Messenger of Allah! My people are inflicted much with a cursed pain." The Imam asked, "And what is it?" The man said, "Headaches" The Imam said, "Take a glass of water, and recite upon it 'Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?' (21:30). Then, drink it, for it will not be harmful, God-willingly." (Tibb al-A'immah by an-Nisapuri) Water-deprivation causes headaches: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14979888 وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالكرفس فانه ان كان شيء يزيد في العقل فهو هو . The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "Eat celery, for if there is a thing that increases the intellect, then it is it." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Celery reduces inflammation in the brain and memory problems: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101013122601.htm وعنه ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى ، عن القاسم بن يحيى ، عن جده الحسن بن راشد ، عن أبي بصير ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قال أمير المؤمنين ( عليه السلام ) : الدهن يلين البشرة ، ويزيد في الدماغ ، ويسهل مجاري الماء ، ويذهب القشف ، ويسفر اللون. Imam `Ali عليه السلام said, "Ointment softens the skin, increases in the brain, eases the stream of fluids, takes away coarseness of skin, and brightens the colour." الحسن بن الفضل الطبرسي في ( مكارم الأخلاق ) قال : كان النبي ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يحب الدهن ويكره الشعث ، ويقول : إن الدهن يذهب البؤس ، وكان يدهن بأصناف من الدهن ، وكان إذا ادهن بدأ برأسه ولحيته ، ويقول : إن الرأس قبل اللحية ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يدهن بالبنفسج ، ويقول : هو أفضل الأدهان ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إذا ادهن بدأ بحاجبيه ، ثم شاربيه ، ثم يدخل في أنفه ويشمه ، ثم يدهن رأسه ، وكان يدهن حاجبيه من الصداع ، ويدهن شاربيه بدهن سوى دهن لحيته. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله used to love ointment and dislike dishevelment, and he would say, "Ointment removes misery." And he would anoint with (different) types of ointment. When he anointed, he began with his head and his beard, and he would say, "The head is before the beard." And he صلى الله عليه وآله used to anoint with violet. And he would say, "It is the best of ointments." When he صلى الله عليه وآله anointed, he began with his eyebrows, then his mustache, then he would enter into his nose and smell it, then he would anoint his head. And he would anoint his eyebrows from the headache, and anoint his mustache with ointment equal to the ointment of his beard. Lavendar oil helps your body produce antioxidants, which fight toxins and pollutants in your body. It prevents your body from increasing its blood glucose levels. It prevents liver and kidney dysfuncton. It alleviates migraines, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, trauma, and postpartum disorder. It reduces the development of Alzheimer's disease. It fights bacterial and fungal disorders. It speeds the healing of burns, cuts, s[Edited Out]es, sores, and wounds. http://draxe.com/lavender-oil-benefits/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : إذا ولدت المرأة فليكن اول ما تأكل الرطب الحلو والتمر فأنه لو كان شيء افضل منه اطعمه الله تعالى مريم حين ولدت عيسى عليه السلام The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "If a woman gives birth, then let the first thing she eats be sweet fresh dates and dried ones, for if there were a thing better than it, Allah would have fed it to Mary when she gave birth to Jesus." (Tubb an-Nabawi) "Dates fruit consumption during late pregnancy has been shown to positively affect the outcome of labour and delivery without adverse effect on the mother and child.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28286995 محمد بن يعقوب ، عن علي بن محمد بن بندار ، عن أبيه ، عن محمد بن علي الهمداني ، عن حنان ، قال : كنت مع أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) على المائدة ، فناولني فجلة ، فقال : يا حنان ! كل الفجل ، فإن فيه ثلاث خصال : ورقه يطرد الرياح ، ولبه يسربل البول و وأصله يقطع البلغم A man was with Imam Ja`far [a] sitting at a table, and the Imam handed him a radish. The Imam said, "Eat radish, for there are three characteristics in it: its leafage banishes flatulence, its kernel causes urine to descend, and its root cuts off phlegm." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) Radishes are a good treatment for gastric problems and urinary disorders: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html Radish juice is the best home remedy for phlegm and mucus: http://www.jemsrecipes.com/radish-juice-best-home-remedy-for-phlegm/ https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html بى رحمه هللا قال: حدثنا محمد بن ابى القاسم عن محمد بن علي الكوفي عن عبد هللا بن عبد الرحمان االصم، عن الهيثم بن واقد، عن مقرن، عن أبى عبد هللا عليه السالم قال: سأل سلمان رحمة هللا عليه عليا صلوات هللا عليه عن رزق الولد في بطن أمه، فقال: ان هللا تبارك وتعالى حبس عليه الحيضة فجعلها رزقه في بطن أمه Salman [r] asked `Ali [a] about the sustenance of a child in the belly of its mother. The Imam replied, "Allah withholds her menstruation, and He makes it a source of its sustenance in the belly of its mother." (`Ilal ash-Shara'i`) "The endometrium is the innermost glandular layer and functions as a lining for the uterus, preventing adhesions between the opposed walls of themyometrium, thereby maintaining the patency of the uterine cavity. During the menstrual cycle or estrous cycle, the endometrium grows to a thick, blood vessel-rich, glandular tissue layer. This represents an optimal environment for the implantation of a blastocyst upon its arrival in the uterus. The endometrium is central, echogenic (detectable using ultrasound scanners), and has an average thickness of 6.7 mm. During pregnancy, the glands and blood vessels in the endometrium further increase in size and number. Vascular spaces fuse and become interconnected, forming the placenta, which supplies oxygen and nutrition to the embryo and fetus."
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  16. If there is a single atom of credibility left in this website, hameedeh would be a mod already. Here is someone who basically has a mental rolledex of everything that goes on on Shiachat, who never once has broken the rules of the site herself, whose posts contribute to the website, who gets along with everyone and is akhlaqi with everyone, ... So what are you waiting for, loozers?
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  17. (salam) I wanted to devote a thread to documenting and discussing possible references to the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and his Pure Household (as) in pre-Islamic literature. I will focus my attention on Jewish, Christian, Gnostic, and Ebionite texts. There are many sites and threads that deal with "Islam and the Bible", which deal with many overused and redundant arguments. This thread will look more into some of the lesser-known references, but I will also be revisiting classics like Deuteronomy 18:18, Isaiah 42, etc. So for the sake of time, I will divide this series into parts. Part 1: Introduction (bismillah) الَّذِينَ آتَيْنَاهُمُ الْكِتَابَ يَعْرِفُونَهُ كَمَا يَعْرِفُونَ أَبْنَاءهُمْ وَإِنَّ فَرِيقاً مِّنْهُمْ لَيَكْتُمُونَ الْحَقَّ وَهُمْ يَعْلَمُونَ "Those unto whom We gave the Scripture recognize (this revelation) as they recognize their sons. But lo! a party of them knowingly conceal the truth". (2:146) There are many references in the Qur'an and the hadith literature to there being an expectation among the Christians and the Jews for the coming of our Prophet (pbuh). Our books say that the People of the Book were expecting a prophet named Ahmad (61:6), who would be the Seal of Prophets, with a unique birthmark upon his shoulder or his back. I will start this thread off by posting Shi`i and Sunni references to the expectation of the Prophet's coming, as talked about in the Islamic oral tradition. حدثنا أبي رضي الله عنه قال : حدثنا علي بن إبراهيم ، عن أبيه ، عن ابن أبي عمير ، عن إبراهيم بن عبد الحميد ، عن الوليد بن صبيح ، عن أبي عبد الله عليه السلام قال : إن تبعا قال للأوس والخزرج : كونوا ههنا حتى يخرج هذا النبي ، أما أنا فلو أدركته لخدمته ولخرجت معه . My father رضي الله عنه narrated. He said: `Ali b. Ibrahim narrated from his father from ibn Abi `Umayr from Ibrahim b. `Abd al-Hameed from al-Walid b. Sabeeh from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: Tub`a said to Aws and Khazraj: Remain here until this Prophet appears. As for me, if I were to meet him, I would serve him and arise with him. Tub`a here is Abu Kariba Tub`a al-As`ad, who was the king of the Himyari Kingdom in Yemen. He ruled from 390-420 CE, and he was an Arab convert to Judaism. Before his conversion, he fought Byzantine influence in Hijaz and even destroyed Yathrib. The Jews of Yathrib then persuaded Tub`a and his troops to convert to Judaism. Tub`a's successors also became devout Jews, and Judaism began to flourish among the pagans of Yemen. Aws and Khazraj here are two Jewish tribes who moved from Yemen to Medina. In this narration, Tub`a is ordering these tribes to remain in Yathrib until the Prophet is forced to flee there. Regarding this hadith, Shaykh as-Saduq (ra) says: "Tub`a the king [of Yemen] was among those who knew the Holy Prophet and was in anticipation of his advent because he had received information about it. He knew that in the near future a prophet would arise in Mecca and migrate to Yathrib (Medina)". When reading the words "this Prophet" (هذا النبي), the following Biblical passage comes to mind: Now this was John’s testimony when the Jewish leaders in Jerusalem sent priests and Levites to ask him who he was. He did not fail to confess, but confessed freely, “I am not the Messiah.” They asked him, “Then who are you? Are you Elijah?” He said, “I am not.” “Are you that Prophet?” He answered, “No.” (John 1:19-21) Here, the Jewish scholars come to the Prophet Yahya to ask him about his identity. The Jews had been expecting several prophetic figures, including the Saviour. They were expecting the second coming of Ilyas, the Messiah, and "that Prophet". Yahya denied being any of these awaited figures. The Jews then said, “Why then do you baptize if you are not the Messiah, nor Elijah, nor that Prophet?” (John 1:25) According to this Gospel, the Jews in the first century CE were expecting the coming of three. Who is "that Prophet"? Let us look to a Christian exegesis: 1:19-28 John disowns himself to be the Christ, who was now expected and waited for. He came in the spirit and power of Elias, but he was not the person of Elias. John was not that Prophet whom Moses said the Lord would raise up to them of their brethren, like unto him. He was not such a prophet as they expected, who would rescue them from the Romans... (Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary) To be continued ...
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  18. عدة من أصحابنا، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن علي بن الحكم، عن سيف بن عميرة، عن عبد الملك بن أعين، عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: أنزل الله تعالى النصر على الحسين عليه السلام حتى كان [ ما ] بين السماء والارض ثم خير: النصر، أو لقاء الله، فاختار لقاء الله تعالى. Imam al-Baqir said: Allah تعالى sent support for al-Husayn عليه السلام until it filled that which was between the heaven and the Earth. Then he was left to choose: victory, or meeting Allah. So he chose to meet with Allah تعالى. Who is Hussain? I will tell you who he's not. He's not Mahatma Ghandi, he's not Nelson Mandela, he's not Malcolm X. Husayn is Husayn, and I feel that we are misunderstanding the purpose and the meaning of his sacrifice. There are many good, noble people in our history who rose up to fight for rights - Zayd and Nafs az-Zakiyya would be prime examples - but Imam al-Husayn did not stand up to fight for human rights. He did not even fight to gain the Caliphate. The hadiths make clear that Husayn knew exactly what would happen: he and his loved ones were going to die. Allah even gave him the option on the battlefield, saying, I will destroy your enemies if you so choose. However, Husayn chose to meet Allah instead. Had the fight been about human rights, then Husayn would've chosen to destroy his enemies and establish his government. But, he knew that sacrifice was his calling. There is no doubt that Imam al-Husayn's (as) movement was one based on justice. Amr bil ma`roof was the foundation of his decision, and Karbala' was a cosmic battle between good and evil, the Imam of Guidance and the Imam of Disbelief, the Shi`a of Ahl al-Bayt and the Shi`a of the devil. But we know that all ma`sumeen did amr bil ma`roof, and even Husayn's predecessors rose up and were martyred. Had he been fighting for rights, then it begs the question: what differentiates Husayn from Zayd if they were both martyrs of the exact same circumstance? What makes the death of Husayn so pivotal when those better than him were also martyred? Modern society has been separated from the anthropology of sacrifice. Those who understand the symbols of sacrifice will better understand the meaning of Husayn's movement. Those who do not understand Shii Imamology will instead see the Imam as a Guevara or a William Wallace figure, who was killed at the beginning of his social justice mission. We're living in a time where Husayn's movement has become "everyday" and "everywhere" while the classical Shi`a truthfully said that "no day is like your day". The difference between the two is that the former demotes Husayn's sacrifice to everyday struggle, while the latter emphasizes the magnitude of the day. Our job as Muslims is to properly analyze and understand what happened and why it happened, which requires a thorough investigation of the hadith literature on this topic. The sacrifice starts with Isma`il. The Quran says regarding Ibrahim, "And we have ransomed him with a great sacrifice” (37:107) The Ahlul Bayt confirm that it was indeed Isma`il that was chosen for sacrifice, and that he was replaced with a ram. But one authentic narration by Imam ar-Rida [a] identifies that the real sacrifice here was Husayn, who replaced Isma`il and Ibrahim lamented over this. Husayn was dearer to Ibrahim than his own son was, because Husayn would be the grandson of the greatest Messenger and the Master of the Youth of Paradise. After passing this test, Allah made Ibrahim an Imam, and gave the divine covenant to him and his family. This link between sacrifice and covenant is an important one. 94 - في عيون الأخبار حدثنا عبد الواحد بن محمد بن عبدوس النيشابوري العطار بنيشابور في شعبان سنة اثنين وخمسين وثلاثمأة، قال: حدثنا محمد بن علي ابن قتيبة النيشابوري عن الفضل بن شاذان قال: سمعت الرضا عليه السلام يقول: لما أمر الله تعالى إبراهيم عليه السلام ان يذبح مكان ابنه إسماعيل الكبش الذي أنزل عليه، تمنى إبراهيم عليه السلام أن يكون قد ذبح ابنه إسماعيل بيده وأنه لم يؤمر بذبح الكبش مكانه ليرجع إلى قلبه ما يرجع إلى قلب الوالد الذي يذبح أعز ولده بيده فيستحق بذلك أرفع درجات أهل الثواب على المصائب، فأوحى الله عز وجل إليه: يا إبراهيم من أحب خلقي إليك؟قال: يا رب ما خلقت خلقا هو أحب إلى من حبيبك محمد صلى الله عليه وآله، فأوحى الله عز وجل: يا إبراهيم هو أحب إليك أو نفسك؟قال: بل هو أحب إلى من نفسي، قال: فولده أحب إليك أو ولدك؟قال: بل ولده، قال: فذبح ولده ظلما على يدي أعدائه أوجع لقلبك أو ذبح ولدك بيدك في طاعتي؟قال: يا رب بل ذبحه على أيدي أعدائه أوجع لقلبي قال: يا إبراهيم ان طايفة تزعم أنها من أمة محمد صلى الله عليه وآله ستقتل الحسين عليه السلام ابنه من بعده ظلما وعدوانا كما يذبح الكبش، ويستوجبون بذلك سخطي، فجزع إبراهيم عليه السلام لذلك فتوجع قلبه وأقبل يبكى، فأوحى الله تعالى إليه: يا إبراهيم قد فديت جزعك على ابنك إسماعيل لو ذبحته بيدك بجزعك على الحسين وقتله، وأوجبت لك أرفع درجات أهل الثواب على المصائب، وذلك قول الله عز وجل وفديناه بذبح عظيم ولا حول ولا قوة الا بالله العلي العظيم. “When Allah ordered Abraham [a] to slaughter the ram that was brought to him in the place of Ishmael, Abraham [a] had hoped to have slaughtered Ishmael by his hand rather than being ordered to slaughter the ram in his place. This was so that he may regain the feeling in his heart that a father’s heart feels when he slaughters the dearest of his sons by his hand. He wanted to attain the highest of levels from the people of good deeds upon this calamity. So Allah revealed to him, “O Abraham, who is the most beloved of My creation to you?” Abraham said, “O Lord, you have not created a creation who is more beloved to me than your beloved Muhammad .” So Allahrevealed, “O Abraham, is he more beloved to you, or yourself?” Abraham said, “Of course, he is more beloved to me than my own self.” Allah said, “So is his son more beloved to you, or your son?” Abraham said, “His son, of course.” Allah said, “So [what is more painful to your heart:] his son being slaughtered oppressively upon the hands of his enemies, or the slaughtering of your son by your hand in obedience to me?” Abraham said, “O Lord, his slaughter upon the hands of his enemies is more painful to my heart.” Allah said, “O Abraham, a faction that alleges that it is from the Nation of Muhammad will kill his son al-Husayn [a] after him oppressively and with aggression, just as a ram is slaughtered. And by that, my wrath upon them will become obligatory.” So Abraham lamented over that. His heart was pained by that, and he began to weep. So Allah revealed to him, “O Abraham, I have ransomed your lamentation upon the slaughtering of your son Ishmael with your lamentation upon Husayn And so the highest of levels from the people of good deeds has become obligatory for you for this calamity." The Prophet calls himself the son of the two offerings, because both his father Abdullah and his forefather Isma`il had survived their respective sacrificial moments. The Prophet's position as a descendant of two offerings boosts his status as a prophet and a recipient of the divine covenant. حَدَّثَنا أَحْمَدِ بْنِ الحُسَيْن القَطَّانُ قالَ أَخْبَرنا أَحْمَدِ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ سَعِيدُ الكُوفِي قالَ‏عَلِيِّ بن الحُسَيْنِ بْنِ عَلِىِّ بْنِ الفَضّال، عَنْ أَبيهِ قالَ سَأَلْت أَبَاالحَسَن عَلِىِّ بْنِ مُوسَى الرِّضا عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ، عَن مَعْنى‏ قول النَّبِي صلي اللَّه وَآلِهِ أَنَا ابْنُ الذّبيحين قَالَ يَعْنِي إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنَ إِبْرَاهِيمَ الْخَلِيلِ‏ عَلَيْهِ السَّلامُ وَعَبْدَ اللَّهِ بْنَ عَبْدِ الْمُطَّلِبِ “I asked Abul Hasan Ali b. Musa ar-Rida [a] about the meaning of the statement made by the Prophet (s), ‘I am the son of the two offerings.’ Imam ar-Rida [a] said, ‘That means that the Prophet (s) was the descendant of both Ishmael, the son of Abraham - the friend of God (s) and Abdullah - the son of Abdul Muttalib. The Hajj itself is a ritual centred around sacrifice. It recounts the story of Ibrahim and Isma`il everywhere. Pilgrims shave their heads, which is an important symbol of sacrifice. To shave your head for someone is to pledge allegiance to that person - you are giving them your head and your neck. When the Prophet took the bay`a of his companions at the Tree of Ridwan, the companions needed to shave their heads to complete the bay`a. Likewise, after the death of the Prophet, Imam Ali asked the companions to shave their heads to express their loyalty to him, but very few did so. The Hajj ends with the sacrifice of life of an animal. These are all important symbols that we belong fully to God, and that our lives are in His hand. Animal sacrifice is a sacrifice of your own ego and your lower, animalistic self. At the end of Hajj, you come out sinless, which is a rebirth after the sacrifice. حدثني ابي رحمه الله، عن سعد بن عبد الله، عن احمد بن محمد بن عيسى، عن محمد بن سنان، عن الحسين بن مختار، عن زيد الشحام، عن ابي عبد الله (عليه السلام)، قال: زيارة الحسين (عليه السلام) تعدل عشرين حجة وأفضل من عشرين حجة (2). Imam as-Sadiq [a] said, "Visitation of al-Husayn [a] is equal to twenty Hajj. Rather, it is more than twenty Hajj." Even the salat has sacrificial symbology in ruku`. Imam `Ali in `Ilal ash-Shara'i` says that the ruku` is gesture where one offers his neck to Allah, saying, "O Allah, I believe in Your Oneness even if my neck is struck." تأويله آمنت بوحدانيتك ، و لو ضربت عنقي Now let's go to Husayn. Sacrificial animals are marked at birth. Likewise, in one hadith, the Imam was marked for sacrifice the day Sayyida Fatima gave birth to him. In return, the Prophet says, Allah will make the Imams from his progeny. Again, we see the relationship between sacrifice and covenant: even though Imam al-Hasan was of a higher status, the Imams would come from Husayn's progeny due to his sacrifice. حدثنا محمد بن موسى بن المتوكل رضي الله عنه قال : حدثنا عبد الله بن جعفرالحميري قال : حدثنا أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى قال : حدثنا الحسن بن محبوب ، عن علي بن رئاب قال : قال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام : لما أن حملت ( 2 ) فاطمة عليها السلام بالحسين عليه السلام قال لها رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله : إن الله عز وجل قد وهب لك غلاما اسمه الحسين ، تقتله أمتي ، قالت : فلا حاجة لي فيه ، فقال : إن الله عز وجل قد وعدني فيه عدة ، قالت : وما وعدك ؟ قال : وعدني أن يجعل الإمامة من بعده في ولده ، فقالت : رضيت . Imam as-Sadiq said: When Fatima عليها السلام became pregnant with al-Husayn عليه السلام, the Messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله said to her: Allah عز وجل has gifted a male to you whose name is al-Husayn. He will be killed by my Umma. She said: I do not need it. He said: Allah عز وجل has made a promise to me regarding him. She said: And what did He promise you? He said: He promised me that He will cause the Imamate after me to come from his loins. So she said: I am pleased. The colour red is also associated with blood sacrifice, and the Prophet receives red mud from Karbala to symbolize the inevitable killing of Husayn. Other narrations describe Imam al-Husayn with a red cloak. In Judaism, a red ribbon was tied around a ram for sacrifice on Yom Kippur. As for Yom Kippur, it is the 10th day of the 1st month of the Hebrew Calendar, while Ashura is the 10th day of the 1st month of the Muslim calendar. The Jewish Yom Kippur is called the Day of Atonement, and the High Priest would make a sacrifice at the Temple, and select the Passover lamb. There is some disagreement on the exact date of Ashura. Abu Baseer says in an authentic tradition that it took place on a Saturday ( قال: أبو جعفر عليه السلام: يخرج القائم عليه السلام يوم السبب يوم عاشورا يوم الذي قتل فيه الحسين عليه السلام ). This was also the position of Shaykh al-Saduq and Shaykh al-Mufeed. But the 10th of Muharram does not take place on a Saturday in 61 AH, which is the generally accepted year of the event. It does, however, take place on Saturday in 62 AH, and according to the historian Hisham al-Kalbi, this is the real year that Ashura took place. If this is true, then Ashura took place on the exact same day as Yom Kippur and on the Sabbath that year. This makes for some spectacular sacrificial parallels between Judaism, Christianity, and Islam. The Imams constantly compared the death of Husayn to that of a ram, because the two are voluntary sacrifices to God by beheading. ( إن كنت باكيا لشئ، فابك للحسين بن علي بن أبي طالب (عليه السلام)، فإنه ذبح كما يذبح الكبش ) Sacrifices are often performed by initiates of an order. Likewise, Husayn was beheaded by Shimr, who had previously been a Shi`i who fought alongside Imam `Ali. Husayn journeyed to Karbala by cutting his own Hajj short. He left the Hijaz before performing the ritual sacrifice of Hajj. Perhaps he would become that sacrifice himself? He left the holy land and was sacrificed in Karbala, another holy and consecrated land. The narrations say that the best observance of the Day of `Arafat is in Karbala. أبي عن سعد عن النهدي عن علي بن أسباط يرفعه إلى أبي عبد الله (ع) قال إن الله تبارك و تعالى يبدأ بالنظر إلى زوار قبر الحسين بن علي ع عشية عرفة قال قلت قبل نظره إلى أهل الموقف قال نعم قلت و كيف ذاك قال لأن في أولئك أولاد زنا و ليس في هؤلاء أولاد زنا Imam as-Sadiq [a] said: Allah looks at the visitors of the grave of al-Hussain b. Ali (as) the night of `Arafah." The narrator asked: "Before those in '`rafah?" The Imam (as) replied: "Yes." The narrator continued asking: "And how is that?" The Imam (as) said: "It is because there are sons of fornication (awlad al-zina) in the people of 'Arafah, but there are none in these (meaning the ones in Karbala)." From these clues and many others, it is clear to me that Husayn is the true lamb of God, who sacrificed himself on behalf of his Shi`a to receive the covenant and blessing of God. Husayn was the one volunteered to give his head so that the world may have Imams. Our crying, mourning, and visitation is an act of association of Husayn so that we may be recipients of the fruit of his sacrifice. Karbala would become the connection between the celestial world and this one. عن أبي جعفر عليه السلام «قال : أيّما مؤمنٍ دَمَعَتْ عيناه لِقَتلِ الحسين عليه السلام دَمْعَةً حتّى تَسيل على خَدِّه بَوَّأه الله بها غُرفاً في الجنّة يَسكنها أحقاباً. Imam al-Baqir said: Any believer whose eyes shed tears for the murder of al-Husayn till they roll (down) his cheek, Allah will make him dwell in rooms of Paradise where he will there for long ages. The early Shi`a of Iraq certainly understood these symbols, because they were coming from cultures and religions where the anthropology of sacrifice were well known. Our world is far removed from this anthropology, and so our connection to Husayn has been through social justice. The problem is that this is purely a horizontal understanding of Karbala, and not a theologically vertical one. It is not as consistent with the sources, and it makes the Imam into a political reformer rather than the Great Sacrifice. Both Imam ar-Rida and Imam al-Mahdi did takfeer of those who denied that Husayn had died. There were some who believed that Husayn was raised up the same way Jesus was raised up. However, this would constitute kufr, because Husayn's sacrifice was the very foundation of the Abrahamic and Muhammadan covenants. يا بن رسول الله وفيهم قوم يزعمون أن الحسين بن علي عليهما السلام لم يقتل وانه ألقى شبهه على حنظلة بن أسعد الشامي، وانع رفع إلى السماء كما رفع عيسى بن مريم عليه السلام ويحتجون بهذه الآية. ولن يجعل الله للكافرين على المؤمنين سبيلا فقال: كذبوا عليهم غضب الله ولعنته وكفروا بتكذيبهم لنبي الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم في اخباره بان الحسين عليه السلام سيقتل، والله لقد قتل الحسين وقتل من كان خيرا من الحسين أمير المؤمنين والحسن بن علي عليهم السلام، وما منا الا مقتول، وانى والله لمقتول بالسم باغتيال من يغتالني أعرف ذلك بعهد معهود إلى من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم أخبره به جبرئيل عليه السلام عن رب العالمين عز وجل، واما قوله عز وجل: (ولن يجعل الله للكافرين على المؤمنين سبيلا) فإنه يقول: لن يجعل الله لهم على أنبيائه عليهم السلام سبيلا من طريق الحجة. A man said to Imam ar-Rida [a], "O son of the Messenger of Allah! There is a community that claims that al-Husayn b. `Ali [a] was not killed, but rather, his likeness was placed upon Hanthala b. As`ad ash-Shami, and that he was raised to the heavens just as Jesus the son of Mary [a] was raised. And they use this verse to support it, 'and never will Allah give the disbelievers a way over the believers' (4:141)" The Imam replied, "They have lied. The anger and the curse of Allah is upon them. They have disbelieved because they have belied the Prophet's saying that al-Husayn [a] will be killed. By Allah, al-Husayn was killed, just as those better than al-Husayn were killed, such as the Commander of the Faithful and al-Hasan b. `Ali. There is not one from us except that he is killed. I, by Allah, will be killed with poison by the assassins of he who will assassinate me. I know this because of a covenant entrusted to me from the Messenger of Allah . He was informed of it by Gabriel [a] from the Lord of the Worlds. As for His saying, 'and never will Allah give the disbelievers a way over the believers' (4:141), He is saying: Allah will not give them a way over His prophets [a] from the path of the Proof." Remember that many of our major narrators come from these Judaeo-Christian backgrounds: Zurara, `Ali b. Mahzayar, Yunus b. `Abd ar-Rahman, Abdullah b. Ja`far al-Himyari, al-Bazanti, `Ali b. Asbat, most of the Ansar (Abu Sa`eed al-Khudri, Jabir b. Abdullah, etc.) 2 of the martyrs of Karbala: John and Abu Wahab al-Kalbi, were Christians. There were things these people recognized in Husayn and in Shiism that we have unfortunately lost. Imam al-Husayn knew that he and his companions would die, and he even chose this. Allah gave him the option to defeat the empire, but he knew that it was not the time. محمد بن يحيى، عن أحمد بن محمد، عن ابن محبوب، عن ابن رئاب، عن ضريس الكناسي قال: سمعت أبا جعفر عليه السلام يقول - وعنده اناس من أصحابه -: عجبت من قوم يتولونا ويجعلونا أئمة ويصفون أن طاعتنا مفترضة عليهم كطاعة رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله ثم يكسرون حجتهم ويخصمون أنفسهم بضعف قلوبهم، فينقصونا حقنا ويعيبون ذلك على من أعطاه الله برهان حق معرفتنا والتسليم لامرنا، أترون أن الله تبارك وتعالى افترض طاعة أوليائه على عباده، ثم يخفي عنهم أخبار السماوات والارض ويقطع عنهم مواد العلم فيما يرد عليهم مما فيه قوام دينهم؟! فقال له حمران: جعلت فداك أرأيت ما كان من أمر قيام علي بن أبي طالب والحسن والحسين عليهم السلام وخروجهم وقيامهم بدين الله عز ذكره، وما اصيبوا من قتل الطواغيت إياهم والظفر بهم حتى قتلوا وغلبوا؟ فقال أبو جعفر عليه السلام: يا حمران إن الله تبارك وتعالى قد كان قدر ذلك عليهم وقضاه وأمضاه وحتمه على سبيل الاختيار ثم أجراه فبتقدم علم إليهم من رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله قام علي والحسن والحسين عليهم السلام، وبعلم صمت من صمت منا، ولو أنهم يا حمران حيث نزل بهم ما نزل بهم ما نزل من أمر الله عز وجل وإظهار الطواغيت عليهم سألوا الله عزوجل أن يدفع عنهم ذلك وألحوا عليه في طلب إزالة ملك الطواغيت وذهاب ملكهم إذا لاجابهم ودفع ذلك عنهم، ثم كان انقضاء مدة الطواغيت وذهاب ملكهم أسرع من سلك منظوم انقطع فتبدد، وما كان ذلك الذي أصابهم يا حمران لذنب اقترفوه ولا لعقوبة معصية خالفوا الله فيها ولكن لمنازل وكرامة من الله، أراد أن يبلغوها، فلا تذهبن بك المذاهب فيهم. A man said to Imam al-Baqir [a], "May I be your sacrifice! Have you deliberated regarding what occurred from the rising of `Ali b. Abi Talib, al-Hasan, and al-Husayn? They came out and rose up for the religion of Allah; how much they suffered from their deaths at the hands of the tyrants – they were defeated, murdered and overpowered." So Abu Ja`far al-Baqir [a] said: "Allah had destined that for them; decreed it, approved it, and necessitated it – it was beyond choice. It thus occurred and the knowledge of it had come to them from the Messenger of Allah. `Ali, al-Hasan, and al-Husayn rose whilst knowing [the consequences]. By its knowledge, there were those of us who remained silent. Had they, whilst facing what Allah made them face and suffer defeat at the hands of the tyrants, asked Allah to remove their suffering and implored Him to destroy the kingdom of the tyrants, He would have answered their prayers and granted it for them – then, the decree would have removed the tyrants and their kingdom would end faster than the dispersal of threaded beads under pressure. That which they endured was not because of a sin they committed or a punishment for opposing Allah, rather, it was a deliverance and a bounty from Allah, who wished for them to attain it. Do not allow them (i.e. the people) to take you away from the [correct] path." وحدَّثني أبي ـ رحمه الله ـ وجماعة مشايخي ، عن سعد بن عبدالله ، عن عليِّ بن إسماعيل بن عيسى ؛ ومحمّد بن الحسين بن أبي الخطّاب ، عن محمّد بن عَمرو بن سعيد الزّيّات ، عن عبدالله بن بُكير ، عن زُرارة ، عن ابي جعفر عليه السلام «قال : كتب الحسين بن عليِّ مِن مكّة إلى محمّد بن عليٍّ : بِسم الله الرَّحمن الرَّحيم ؛ مِن الحسين بن عليٍّ إلى محمَّد بن عليٍّ ومَن قَبِلَه مِن بني هاشم ؛ أمّا بعد فإنَّ مَنْ لَحِقَ بي اسْتُشْهِد ، ومَنْ لَم يَلْحَقْ بي لم يُدرِكِ الفَتْح ؛ والسَّلام When he was in Mecca, Imam al-Husayn [a] wrote to his brother Muhammad b. al-Hanafiyya. He said the following: "In the name of Allah the Beneficient the Merciful: From al-Husayn b. Ali to Muhammad b. Ali and those who are with him from the Children of Hashim [in Medina]. Verily, one who joins me will be martyred, and one who does not join me will not attain the Victory. Peace." وعنه، عن الحسن بن محبوب، عن أبي حمزة الثمالي قال: قلت لابي جعفر عليه السلام: إن عليا عليه السلام كان يقول: " إلى السبعين بلاء " وكان يقول: " بعد البلاء رخاء " وقد مضت السبعون ولم نر رخاء !. فقال أبو جعفر عليه السلام: يا ثابت إن الله تعالى كان وقت هذا الامر في السبعين، فلما قتل الحسين عليه السلام إشتد غضب الله على أهل الارض، فأخره إلى أربعين ومائة سنة، فحدثناكم فأذعتم الحديث، وكشفتم قناع السر، فأخره الله ولم يجعل له بعد ذلك عندنا وقتا، و * (يمحو الله ما يشاء ويثبت وعنده أم الكتاب) *. قال أبو حمزة: وقلت ذلك لابي عبد الله عليه السلام فقال: قد كان ذاك. And from him from al-Hasan b. Mahbub from Abu Hamza ath-Thumali. He said: I said to Abu Ja`far عليه السلام: `Ali عليه السلام used to say, “Tribulations till 70 AH”, and he used to say, “after the tribulations is prosperity”, and yet 70 AH has passed and we have not seen prosperity! So Abu Ja`far عليه السلام said: O Thabit, Allah تعالى had set a time for this affair in 70 AH, but when al-Husayn عليه السلام was killed, Allah’s anger with the people of the Earth intensified. So He delayed it till 140 AH, and we narrated to you [regarding it] and you publicized the narration, so the secret was disclosed. Allah thereafter has not set any time for it that we know of. And, “Allah erases what He wills and establishes [what He wills]; and with Him is the Original Book” (13:39). We all know the story of the Prophet Salih, and Karbala' is an inner dimension of that story. Like many stories of the Qur'an, this one has parallels with that of the Prophet and his Ahl al-Bayt. Salih was the Arab prophet to Thamud, just as Muhammad was the Arab prophet to his people. The people of Thamud idolaters worshiping a rock/mountain, and the Meccans were worshiping idols in the Ka`ba. As a sign, Salih brought a beautiful pregnant she-camel out of this rock. Likewise, Husayn accompanied the Prophet, and he was beautiful ("husayn" means "endeared beauty"). Salih ordered the good treatment of the she-camel, and the Prophet ordered the good treatment of Ahl al-Bayt. The she-camel provided milk (and ancient symbol for eternal life), and Husayn provided the deen. The camel was prevented from drinking the water of Thamud, and Husayn was prevented from water. The camel was struck and killed by the worst person of Thamud, and Husayn was struck and killed by the worst person of the Umma. The camel was survived by an offspring, and Husayn was survived by an offspring. Both the camel and Husayn were a blessing and a sign to the community, and the community neglected their rights and killed them. حدثني محمد بن الحسين الاشناني قال : حدثنا عباد بن يعقوب قال : أخبرنا مورع بن سويد بن قيس قال : حدثنا من شهد الحسين ، قال : كان معه ابنه الصغير فجاء سهم فوقع في نحره ، قال : فجعل الحسين يأخذ الدم من نحره ولبته فيرمى به إلى السماء فما يرجع منه شئ ، ويقول : اللهم لا يكون اهون عليك من فصيل ( ناقة صالح) Imam al-Husayn [a] was with his young son when an arrow struck his neck. So Husayn took the blood of his neck and his chest and threw it in the air, and none of it returned. He said, "O Allah, do not allow this to be less significant to You than the she-camel of Salih [a]." Allah does not need anything from us - He does not need our salat, zakat, or a`mal. The religion's a`mal are all human expressions to approach the Divine. Sacrifice is a religious expression that is rooted in Islam - it is in the stories of the prophets (Habil and Qabil's offerings, Isma`il's sacrifice and Eid al-Adha, the Baqara, in the bay`a of Ridwan) in the salat, in the Hajj, and elsewhere. It is a demonstration of full submission and full adherence to Allah's will. Sacrifice is done to achieve God's favour and His proximity. The Imams were always addressed with "may I be your sacrifice" or "may my mother and father be sacrificed for you" because true allegiance is only when you are ready to put your life on the line. From this post, we see the connection between the sacrifice and the covenant (mithaq/`ahd): Ibrahim and his righteous descendants become Imams only due to his sacrifice, which was rooted in Husayn taking the place of Isma`il. Even the Prophet's own prophethood was preceded by two offerings to Allah. So, the Prophet marked Husayn for sacrifice at birth, and in return, Allah made the Imams from his progeny - I believe there is an association between these two things, because there is always a connection between (1) sacrifice, and (2) covenants/oaths/allegiances. The Hajj is only complete with an animal sacrifice, after which we are reborn with no sins. These symbols are all over the Husayni literature. Husayn knew and willingly chose to meet his Lord on the 10th of Muharram, because a "political" islah and takeover of the Caliphate was not his mission. Imam `Ali and Imam al-Hasan were Caliphs, but their enemies prevented them from rectifying the Islamic Umma. Husayn's mission was to exemplify Islam in his fight - the full submission to the will of Allah. It was an expression of uplifting divine justice and personal responsibility at any cost. But it was also the ultimate act by which we could have the Imamate. Our mourning of him is our expression of associating ourselves with him (walaya), so that we may be counted among the covenant of Ahl al-Bayt. Once we become Muslims, and submit to our duties, and develop a ma`rifa of Allah through His Imams, and form a strong relationship with them, crying is a strong personal way to demonstrate kinship and love to Husayn. The hadiths promise that even one small tear for the Imam will result in a forgiveness of our sins, and one true visitation of our Imam will result in many Hajj. Considering the connections between Hajj and Husayn, the sacrificial and covenant dimensions here should be obvious. Husayn's movement had two legs: justice and sacrifice. If you cut one out of the narrative, the entire narrative falls. What highlights Husayn's movement is his act of sacrifice, which undergirds the Imamate of Ibrahim (as) and his family. Husayn, in his sacrifice, fulfilled the inner meaning of Hajj, which is full subservience and selflessness towards Almighty God Allah. Again and again, the hadiths present the parallels between Hajj and Imam al-Husayn, whose visitation equals many Hajj, because he is the epicentre of Hajj. And Allah knows best.
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  19. Allah Humma Salle Ala Muhammadin Wa Aal-e-Muhammad, Wa Aj'jil Faraja Hum
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  20. You've got to be kidding me.
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  21. During this occultation, there are unique trials, tests, tribulations, confusions and perplexities. Imam ar-Rida (as) said in two narrations that the Shi`a will be "refined (yuftanoon) just as gold is refined; purified just as gold is purified". (يفتنون كما يفتن الذهب، ثم قال: يخلصون كما يخلص الذهب.) When gold is taken out of the ground, it is black. During the refinement process, in order to rid it of excess minerals, it must be burned until nothing remains except pure gold. Likewise, during the occultation, "years will come that will perish them, a sword that will kill them, and a disagreement that will scatter them" (يأتي عليهم سنون تفنيهم، وسيف يقتلهم، واختلاف يبددهم ). In the same hadith, as-Sadiq says this process will continue until 300+ true Shi`a are left. If you read the narrations on what constitutes a true Shi`a of Ahl al-Bayt, it's a very high bar that many of us will never reach. Beyond the 313 companions of the Mahdi, he will have no less than 10,000 others in his army, who will be people of taqwa, but not at the same level of yaqeen as the 313. These are the people that survive the tribulations, which will cause many Shi`as and Muslims to deviate under the heat. Not only are we supposed to "await the relief day and night" (ليتوقعوا الفرج صباحا ومساء), but awaiting the relief is considered a part of the relief (إنتظار الفرج من الفر ). This is a time period where we can gradually develop our relationship with the Imam and be counted from his followers without even fighting alongside him. The reward of one who recognizes him is like that of those who will be in his pavilion (ومن عرف إمامه ثم مات قبل أن يرى هذا الامر ثم خرج القائم عليه السلام كان له من الاجر كمن كان مع القائم في فسطاطه ). Another spiritual instruction given to us for the occultation is to hold our tongues and stick to our homes (حفظ اللسان ولزوم البيت ). This is an indicator to the outward corruption and schism of this time period. The more time spent in the markets/malls, for example, the more likely we are to see/hear/do/buy things that are bad for our relationship with God and His representative. This is becoming increasingly the case with nudity, music marketed towards our desires, and a global culture that maximizes our ego and materialism. Now, if you've read in between the lines, there's a trend here. Recognition of the Imam is not just knowing his name and biography. True recognition is to have an experiential relationship with him; so much so that you begin to take on his characteristics. Imam as-Sadiq (as) says, regarding the true Shi`a, "They are those, whose lives are so simple, whose abodes move from place to another, who, if they are seen they, will not be known, if they are absent, they will not be missed, if they become ill, they will not be visited, if they propose to a woman, they will not be married, and if they die, their funerals will not be attended. It is they, who divide their wealth among them, who visit each others' graves, and who never disagree even if their countries are different.” (أولئك الخفيض عيشهم، المنتقلة دارهم، الذين إن شهدوا لم يعرفوا، وإن غابوا لم يفتقدوا، وإن مرضوا لم يعادوا، وإن خطبوا لم يزوجوا، وإن ماتوا لم يشهدوا، أولئك الذين في أموالهم يتواسون، وفي قبورهم يتزاورون، ولا تختلف أهواؤهم وإن اختلفت بهم البلدان). This isn't an instruction to be aloof, but rather, it's describing the state of the true believers of this time. They will be supporters of one another and have close ties, but to the outside world, it is as if they do not even exist. They are not recognized by their merit, and that's exactly what is happening now. The good is seen as evil, and the evil is seen as good, and so consequently, the Shi`a are despised, rejected, unrecognized, not missed, not visited, and not felt for. Sound familiar? This is a part of the tawalla and tabarra. Anyone can pray, fast, perform Hajj, and give alms, but the true Shi`i is the one who has a direct relationship with his Imam and disassociates from his enemies. During the time of Husayn (as), when he was calling his supporters to come with him to Karbala, it did not suffice to say "I am going to stay in Medina, pray more tahajjud, write up some fiqh manuals". The true supporter had to live Husayn's life and die his death. Those who didn't regretted that, and they became the tawwabun. During the time of as-Sadiq, he became a teacher and educator in theology and jurisprudence, and likewise, his companions were not off joining revolutions - they were students of his and teachers of the people. What I find fascinating is that the 313 live the life of the Hidden Imam. That is, they live simply, they are unrecognized, they are forgotten, they support one-another, and they seclude themselves from the overspreading darkness of this world. They feel the Imam's suffering and fear, and live it. But, their proximity to Imam will allow them to all travel to Mecca prior to his coming. They will be the first to give bay`a to the Imam upon his appearance. Then, they take on the new characteristics of the Imam: utmost strength, courage, initiative, and they abandon taqiyya. Then, with the Imam together, they bring justice and peace to a world fraught with tyranny and injustice.
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  22. (bismillah) As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, The last time I tried posting my story, I got to the end of my second paragraph when my browser crashed, so Insh'Allah I will be able to finish it this time, and post it. A couple of people throughout this site have asked me about my journey to Islam, and eventually Shi'ism, and so I have decided to make one long post explaining everything, so that next time someone asks, I can just link them to this instead of trying to explain quickly. This post will have four main sections Insh'Allah: About myself, my religious history, how I came to (Sunni) Islam, and how I changed to Shia Islam. It's a bit of a strange story, with a lot of bumps in the road, and a lot that I am not proud of, but here goes nothing . . . About myself Hi there! My name is Michael :) I was born and raised (for the most part) in the city of Everett, Washington, USA. I spent my childhood in Marysville by I've lived back here in Everett for the past 6 (almost 7) years. My parents are divorced, and have been since I was a baby. I cannot remember a time when they weren't fighting. Now a days my father lives across the country, in Nebraska and I haven't seen him in 6 years. I am much closer with my paternal grandma (my last remaining grandparent) who lives in Oklahoma. I visited her this last Winter while on break from school, and I really enjoyed my time there. I like my mum a heck of a lot more than I like my dad (for various reasons), but I often feel that I am not good enough for her. Most of my friends say the opposite is true, and that she is a terrible mum, but that can't possible be true; she's my mum <3 I guess I have always been a "spiritual" person, obsessing over religion and whatnot my whole life, so I guess that my conversion to Islam isn't all that surprising. My religious history I was always raised in a Christian household, but the denomination has changed several times. I was baptized as an infant in the Episcopal Church (Anglican), but I don't think I've ever been to an Episcopal service apart from the one time I went with my father. While I was a young child, my mom had a job at some other church (United Church of Christ -- or something like that, I can't remember really), and so every Sunday we would go and she would supervise the nursery. I remember a bit of this, as I was allowed to play in there. After a while, my mom quietly switched us to Pentecostal (First Assembly of God) due to the church she worked at beginning to bless gay marriage (or commitment ceremonies, something like that), which she did not approve of. Most of my memories of the Pentecostal church are negative ones. I went with the children to Sunday school, which always bore me. I had no interest in hanging with the other children and singing songs and learning Bible lessons. I was perfectly happy with my mum as my sole friend. I had a very bad experience at this church, which I am not comfortable posting in public, but it turned me away completely. I doubt I will ever be the same, because of this experience. Soon after, we moved to the city I live in now and went to a megachurch for a short while. I actually liked this church because for the youth services, at least, it was more of a nightclub than a church. We spent maybe 5 minutes having a gospel lesson and then the rest of the time was listening to loud music, playing xbox and pool, and other stuff that teenagers like to do. I was only like 10-11, but I liked it even then. At the age of 11, a couple Mormon missionaries came by our apartment, and we became Mormons. It was the Mormon church that had the greatest hold on us, as my mum has had terrible finances since we moved the first time, and they help her out by paying rent and whatnot. It was at the age of 14 that I began to look into Islam. I will detail that part of my life in the next section, but I do want to add a little more to this one. Between that time and now, I have drifted in and out of Iman, and I have investigated nearly every possible religion out there. I investigated other forms of Christianity, Sikhism, Baha'i Faith, Hinduism, and I even dabbled in Witchcraft. The reason I switched around so much was probably due to two things. First, my mother has always been a drifter, so I probably inherited that from her. I also never felt truly right in any of these religions, so I moved onto the next one rather quickly. While I was 15 years old, I attended a Biblical Prophecy seminar with my mother put on by the Seventh-day Adventist church. After a while of going to the SDA church and having lessons and whatnot, my mum became a member but I did not. I like how they try to get to the true message of Christianity, instead of having some dumb agenda, but I still don't think it's true. Anyway, onto the interesting stuff . . . . How I came to (Sunni) Islam Between the ages of 13 and 14, I was an active member of a Harry Potter fan site (it was a web forum) where you could talk with other members and whatnot. I became pretty good friends with several people, and one of these was a Muslim. I was honestly only vaguely aware of her religion, and it really didn't matter that much to me, as I was a faithful Mormon, but this would later prove key. I had a bit of a falling out with her after I made up lies in order to receive attention (a bad habit of mine) and she discovered. Nowadays I only regularly talk to one friend I made on there, and I keep somewhat in contact with about 4-5. As a Freshman in High School, the family finances became a bit tight and we had to lose the internet. So as an alternative, everyday after school I would take the city bus to the local shopping mall, and sit in the coffee shop that was inside Borders book store and use their wifi (I had a laptop I would take). I think the reason I was able to open up to Islam at this point was because I was becoming less and less interested in mine, Mormonism. Anyway, I eventually found her profile on Facebook (the girl I mentioned earlier). I wasn't particularly looking or anything, but she popped up as a mutual friend or something. I remembered that she was Muslim, so I decided to investigate. I picked out a book at that bookstore called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam" (or something similar) and started reading. I never actually bought the book lol, I just read it in the store. I was impressed with a lot of the beliefs, and decided to start researching Islam online. I joined an Islamic web forum, which although didn't help me much then, it proved an invaluable tool later on. I also found the local mosque and contacted the guy in charge. After a while, I decided to go to the mosque and become a Muslim. I was absolutely not ready for it. I knew next to nothing about Islam (at least compared to what I know now . . .lol), but I went anyway. It was on Eidul Adha 1430 (November 27, 2009) and we prayed Maghrib in jamaat. The Imam gave me a ride home, and taught me how to say As-Salaamu Alaykum. Eventually, I decided I wanted a Qur'an (LOL I didn't even have one yet) so I asked the Imam where I could buy a copy. He told me that I could get one for free at the mosque. He described what it looked like, and said I could just take it next time I was around. The story behind this, is absolutely by the will of Allah. My mother and I needed to move pretty soon by then, so we were going to go looking at apartments. She told me to meet her at the office of one of the apartments we were going to look at. That apartment, was right across the street from the mosque. I took my backpack with me, and while on my way to the apartment, I quickly sneaked into the mosque, took the Qur'an, put it in my backpack, and went over to the apartments before she could get there and see me. Alhamdulilllah!! We eventually moved into that apartment, and I started going to the mosque slightly more, but I didn't really have high iman. It was at this point where I dabbled in witchcraft the most . . . It was a really low point in my life. That's really it, to be honest . . . I have never been a good Muslim. I don't think I've ever read all five prayers in a single day. I haven't been to a masjid since last Eidul Fitr. I am a really terrible Muslim, and a hypocrite. My change to Shia Islam There are basically three main things that helped me understand Islamic history properly, which then led me to Shi'ism. The first is a book entitled After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton. As the title suggests, it is a book that discusses the history of how the split happened, and why it happened. I saw how the Caliphs came into power, and how that was never Muhammad's intention. I won't go too deep into it, but I highly recommend it for ANYONE. It's a great book. The second thing that led me to Shia Islam was a girl in my English class. I found out that she was Shia after she asked me my religion. I asked her some basic questions like "Why do you guys beat yourselves?" and "Why do you worship stones?". She was always patient and answered my questions in the best way possible. The third, was this website itself. I had so many questions, in fact I still do. But the truth, is for sure the truth, and Insh'Allah I will find the answers to my questions soon. As for the present, I guess I consider myself Shia. I have never been to a Shia mosque, and I don't have any Shia friends. Ever since my reversion to Islam, I have been a really bad Muslim, and I feel so bad about it. Please make Du'a that I will be guided. Well, that's my story. There is a lot I wanted to remove from it, but I wanted to be totally honest. I hope you all do not think less of me . . .
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  23. Assalam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu, So I've had a few members ask me how I became a Shi'a and they have said that I should share it with everyone. So here it goes... get a cup of tea and a biscuit. I first learnt about Islam when I was engaged to a Muslim guy, who wasn't practising. I was intrigued by his religion and began to do my own research. The only things I knew about Islam where things that I had seen in the media and so I didn’t have a very positive opinion on this religion. However, I soon realised that there was so much more to this faith than I could ever have imagined. I realised that everything I knew about Islam was completely false. Instead I was presented with a faith that was logical, beautiful, fair and miraculous. I found a God who was so worthy of worship and so merciful to his creation and a Prophet (pbuh) with a beautiful and pure heart. So after doing a bit of research I decided I wanted to become a Muslim and began to practise. I took things very slowly. I learnt my prayers and began to pray everyday and read Qur’an. I practised fasting, started to be more charitable, gave up pork and begun to give up alcohol among other things. I was very very happy and felt I was nearly ready to take my shahdah. But things happened. The first thing was I left my fiancé. He had started being increasingly abusive to me and it got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. This completely shattered me - he and his family were the only Muslims I knew properly. I had tried several times to find a mosque to make friends there as my fiancé lived abroad but every time I went to the mosque, I was treated with disrespect and made to feel like I wasn’t welcome there. This hurt me so much and I didn’t understand why. I always dressed and acted so conservatively when I visited the mosque but I was always excluded. I was so lost and quickly got angry with God about all these things that were happening to me. I panicked because I felt I could not follow Islam anymore. So foolishly I looked for excuses to leave the faith. I ignored everything I had learnt and went back to being ignorant about Islam. Astagfirullah (may Allah forgive me) I did and said some terrible things against God and his Messenger (pbuh). So instead I became a Christian. I had many Christian friends so I decided it made sense to convert. I had this idea in my head that all Muslims were like my ex and the men at the mosque and that Christians were nice and friendly people. I found excuses to make me believe in the Christian doctrines and for almost a year I lived quite happily as a Christian. But yet again things changed. As I fully recovered after a difficult few months, I began to miss Islam. I missed the excitement of Ramadan, learning Arabic and above all I began to miss prostrating to God. I began to contemplate my choices and I realised that I had been completely unfair to God and Islam. I left Islam because of a few ignorant and hurtful people who did not embody the ideal Muslim in anyway. I realised that if the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was alive and spoke to these men, he would have told them that they were doing wrong because he said to never hurt or disrespect a woman for she is special to Allah. And I realised that truly in my heart, I did not accept Jesus (pbuh) as God. From reading the Bible, I loved Jesus with all my heart but truly the idea of him being God is so illogical to me. The only reason why I turned to Christianity is because I felt like I had nowhere left to go, not because I thought it was the truth. So one day after watching an Islamic lecture, I felt the need to pray. So I washed myself and prayed 2 rakats. And after that I called out to God because I fully believed that I had made some terrible mistakes. I asked God to forgive me of not trusting him and of the terrible sins I had committed. And for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was in the right place. I decided to take things really slowly and began by increasing my knowledge. At the time, the only path I considered was Sunni Islam. My ex fiance and his friends had told me all about the Shi'as and said some truly disgusting things about them. But one day I was watching Islamic lectures on You Tube and accidendly started watching a lecture by Dr Sayed Ammar Nakshawani. When I realised that it was a Shi'a video I wanted to turn it off, but a huge part of me refused and I kept watching. The arguments and set up were alien to me, but they did make sense. This sent me on a path where I watched more of his videos. First I watched his series on the misconceptions about the Shi'a and everything I had ever been taught was a lie. I couldn't believe how logical and truthful the beliefs of the Ahlulbayt (as) were. They made more sense to me to anything that I had studied before. After that, I watch his series on the 14 Infallibles and loved learning about the Ahlulbayt (as). I suffer with Bi-Polar and at times get dangerously depressed and managed to find some comfort in learning the difficulties Ahlulbayt (as) went through. It gave me hope that if for example Imam Karzim (as) never gave up on Allah (swt) when we was imprisoned and tortured, then I could do the same with my problems. I think the final straw for me wanted to become a Shi'a was when I learned the fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as). I had heard of Hussain before but every Sunni scholar who had talked about him just said he is just another martyr and nothing special. What they failed to add was Hussain was murdered by so called fellow Muslims and wallahi it is shameful to call him just another martyr when our Prophet (saw) weeped knowing what would happen to Hussain at Karbala. But the thing that shocked me the most was what happened to Zahra (as). When I found out about her land being stolen and her house being attacked, believe me I was disgusted and ashamed that I had believed she had just died from grief. Wallahi the evidence is even in the books of Ahlul-Sunnah. This pain hurt me so much. So this is how I refound Islam and I feel so lucky. My name is Amy and I'm not going to officially change my name but I have adopted the nickname of Zainab. This is because when I heard Lady Zainab's (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam Mahdi (as), may Allah hasten his return, as Zainab (as) was to Hussain (as). Al hamdulillah. Last time wallahi I wanted to convert for a man. But now I want to do it for God and God alone. Al hamdulillah.
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  24. Send salawat blessings on the holy prophet and his progeny at least 100 times a day as a gift to the imam of the time (afs)
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  25. (salam) all :Marajas unanimously agree that friendship between male and female is permissible provided they are husband and wife. ws
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  26. As the school-term comes to an end, and there was some time that I could spare for my self, I've thought a lot about how my views on life, religion, man's relationship with God, and the world around me, have changed over the years. This is going to be a pretty random rant - but I guess that is what blogs are for . As of now, it has been 4 years since I moved to the seminary in Qom, and while there are many brothers and sisters here who spent many years on ShiaChat, many of them have either asked for their accounts to be deleted, with all of their posts, or have completely abandoned the forum all together or visit once in a while. I'm one of the handful of those who have not asked for my account to be deleted. All my posts from my early teenage years to now mid and late-20s are there. Personally, I never felt I had anything to hide - my posts are pretty much who I am. One can clearly see the early phase of an excited teenager learning a thing or two about the religion, with very deep-rooted presumptions about life, to a hyper kid getting accustomed to a some-what celebrity status, loved & hated by so many, to then entering university life and maturing up (some may disagree ), and eventually entering into the work-force, married, moving to a different country, kids etc. While browsing through my earliest posts back in 2004, I was really able to just reflect on not just how much I have changed, but even how much influence (positive or negative) people on this forum have had on me. Of course this was not happening in a vacuum. I was interacting with all sorts of people - albeit behind a screen. There are so many real names, user-names, and names that I don't even remember - all of them - that I can recall, and in hindsight, see how each and everyone of them played a role in the development of my ideas, the stances and decisions I made in life, the open-mindedness I developed, or even the doubts I may have developed over various issues, and the questions that would remain unanswered for months and years. This is very obvious for me even while I study in the seminary. The questions I may ask, the extent of tolerance I may show, the critiques I may mention, the willingness to really question some of our "famous" theological or historical views - some of these things make other students and at times even teachers really uncomfortable. Nevertheless, I believe this is in part due to what transpired on this forum and I am happy for it. This forum was like a large community center. It wasn't a community center for a specific ethnicity, or a culture, or converts or a specific gender. This forum for a large part was a community for those who either didn't have access to a real community where they lived, or were not satisfied with the communities that they belonged to. I believe it represented quite accurately the state of the Shi'a (primarily in the West) for a large part. It collectively represented the views that persisted and continue to persist amongst the Shi'a. Unfortunately, it is this portion of the Shi'a populous that often gets unnoticed outside of virtual reality. The inability of those leading us (for the most part) to really dissect and decipher the state of an average Shi'a's mindset, has really been one of the major issues for our communities in the West. The ignorance towards the epistemological framework that an average Shi'a growing in the West acquires through the education system or simply by living there, the delusional presumption that somehow a sub-culture contained within the 4-walls of a building will be able to preserve itself and overcome a dominant culture outside, the satisfaction of merely entertaining the audience with shallow lectures & speeches - while not addressing important and crucial matters: the cure for all of this seems to be have been missing in the last few decades, primarily due to ignorance towards it. On a rare encounter I may have with a lost-long SCer, Its interesting to see how many stayed religious as they were, or were irreligious and become religious, or remained irreligious, or how so many are now going through a faith crisis as they have grown and began questioning and pondering over life's crucial mysteries. Reflecting back on what views I held and what views I hold now, nostalgia overtook me and I started browsing through old posts, old pictures, audio and video files that I still have saved from a decade ago (had a seriously good laugh over some audio files of @SO SOLID SHIA I still have with me). It is really weird how all of a sudden around 2012/2013 the forum just died. As if everyone switched off their plugs and disappeared. People definitely have to move on with their lives, no doubt about that. Of course there were some people who left much earlier, but this sudden silence is really absurd and that it wasn't replaced with a new batch of talented, and educated individuals is really hard to explain. Perhaps those members who are still lingering around from the early 2000s ( @Gypsy @DigitalUmmah @Darth Vader @Abbas. @Haji 2003 @Abu Hadi @Wise Muslim @Qa'im @notme) and are still in touch with those who have left, maybe they can work on a ShiaChat Reunion of some sort. Perhaps get in contact with old members and request them to make a moment's appearance and leave some remarks on what they are up to in life! What changes have taken place in your lives, in your views, in your lifestyle - if any? There were some members I had such a great time with, and it felt as if we would remain friends forever. It would be great to be able to reconnect with them. @Baatil Ka Kaatil @Matami-Shah @Zain @Hasnain @Abdulhujjah @Peer @fyst @Syedmed @Nida_e_Zahra @hmMm @SpIzo @venusian @sana_abbas @fatimak @HR @asifnaqvi @Bollywood_Hero @phoenix @blessing @zanyrulez @wilayah @Hajar @Zuljenah @LaYdee_110 @fadak_166 @raat ki rani @Friend of All @queenjafri @Simba @Path2Felicity @3ashiqat-Al-Batoul @-Enlightened @karateka @A follower @hameedeh @lethaldefense @kaaju barfi @Friend of All @Ya Aba 3abdillah ...there are dozens of other members if I keep going.
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  27. -Enlightened

    Shiachat Akhlaq !

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

    R.I.P. Placid

    For those who remember Placid. He passed away Feb 28th at 90 3/4 years old. He was 20 years a small town Blacksmith , 27 years operations manager in a rescue mission, drugs and alcoholism, 25 years retired. His income never reached poverty level, yet he gave his tithe, and able to give much beyond that to people and organizations in need. He studied the word of God every day since I can remember. He also ministered in some way every day since I can remember. Quite often it was just me, and it was a lecture. His years as a blacksmith, was before masks became a thing and caught up with him in his 60's and became progressively worse. Dec 23rd he was hospitalized for 32 days, out for two weeks, back in last Thursday, died at 3:10pm Monday in his sleep. His years on Shiachat were influential. He looked for unity rather than division and found it. He loved you all.
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  29. ImAli

    Because She Doesn't Work

    Because Your Wife DOES NOT WORK....???" The following are Questions and Answers between Husband (H) and A Psychologist: P : What do you do for a living Mr. Bandy? H : I work as an Accountant in a Bank. P : Your Wife ? H : She doesn't work. She's a Housewife only. P : Who makes breakfast for your family in the morning? H : My Wife, because she doesn't work. P : At what time does your wife wake up for making breakfast? H : She wakes up at around 5 am because she cleans the house first before making breakfast. P : How do your kids go to school? H : My wife takes them to school, because she doesn't work. P : After taking your kids to school, what does she do? H : She goes to the market, then goes back home for cooking and laundry. You know, she doesn't work. P : In the evening, after you go back home from office, what do you do? H : Take rest, because i'm tired due to all day works. P : What does your wife do then? H : She prepares meals, serving our kids, preparing meals for me and cleaning the dishes, cleaning the house then taking kids to bed. From the story above, who do you think works more??? The daily routines of your wives commence from early morning to late at night. That is called 'DOESN'T WORK'??!! Yes, Being Housewives do not need Certificate of Study, even High Position, but their ROLE/PART is very important! Appreciate your wives. Because their sacrifices are uncountable. This should be a reminder and reflection for all of us to understand and appreciate each others roles. All about a WOMAN .... When she is quiet, millions of things are running in her mind. When she stares at you, she is wondering why she loves you so much in spite of being taken for granted. When she says I will stand by you, she will stand by you like a rock. Never hurt her or take her wrong or for granted...
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  30. (bismillah) (salam) Fancy a free book delivered right to your door? Guess what, The Holy Shrine of Imam Reza (AS) offers various free books for Muslims and Non- Muslims around the world. Just pick a topic and email iro@imamrezashrine.com or imamrezashrine.8@gmail.com with your postal information and wait for their response. Spread the word because this offer is open for both Muslims and Non muslims throughout the world. A large variety of hard back books in various language are available. (wasalam)
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  31. I love all my brothers and sisters in Islam :wub:
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  32. Qa'im

    Imamate in the Quran

    In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. Islam is the straight path and our Umma is the intermediate nation. Our religion was established to satisfy our needs in this world and the next. Out of His infinite majesty and mercy, Allah revealed His religion to humanity to give us a perfected means of organizing our lives and societies. As humans, we require systems in the spheres of politics and legislation, health and sanitation, social and familial relationships, and philosophical and spiritual fulfillment – and Islam has delivered all of that. Throughout the continual development of human civilizations, Allah has steadily built Islam through His communication with the nations. Imamate is a contentious doctrine that has been debated among Muslims since the passing of the Prophet Muhammad (s). Imamate pertains to the issue of perpetual divine guidance and leadership after the sealing of prophethood. In Shiism, Allah selects a vicegerent (khalifa) for every era, who acts as the channel through which one knows his Lord and his religion. This vicegerent represents God's authority on Earth, and his obedience is obligatory. Allah raises such a leader from among us due to His lutf and His bounties. Since the Qur'an is the last and final Book to be revealed to mankind, it must have explicit support for the concept of Imamate. Of course, this Imamate must be congruent with the fact that Allah had sealed His Books with the Qur'an and His prophethood with Muhammad (s). Islam is complete “This day have I perfected your religion for you and completed My favour unto you, and have chosen Islam for you as a religion.” (5:5) At the end of the mission of our beloved Prophet, Allah revealed this verse to convey to the believers that our religion has been completed. Whatever the Prophet made halal will be halal until the Day of Resurrection, and whatever the Prophet made haram will be haram until the Day of Resurrection. The word for “perfected” here is akmaltu, which means that the religion has been finalized and it cannot further be perfected or completed. A full moon cannot be more than full – when full, it has reached its maximum potential. However, the completion of our religion does not amount to cosmic despair. Allah has not cut Himself off from the creation and never will. He continually blesses us with favours (ni`am). The end of revelation (wahi) does not equal the end of appointed leadership (imamah), inspiration (ilham), and miracles (karamat). The word for “completed”, in reference to the verse above, is atmamtu, which refers to a favour that is given, but can be given again. If I pay a sum, I can still increase that sum thereafter. The order of Imamate is a further ni`ma that Allah has left amongst us so that we can better understand the Book and the Sunna. If you believe that Allah will send the Mahdi in the End Times, then you have already accepted the Imamate, because the Mahdi is a divinely-appointed leader of the Muslim Umma, who is protected by Allah, who comes after the Seal of Prophets, who comes from his family, who interprets the religion of Allah and miraculously overcomes all injustices. The Imam's authority is divinely mandated "O you who believe! Obey Allah, and obey the messenger and those of you who are in authority (ulil amri minkum); and if you have a dispute concerning any matter, refer it to Allah and the messenger if you are (in truth) believers in Allah and the Last Day. That is better and more seemly in the end." (4:59) Notice how both the Messenger and the Wali al-Amr share the same "obey" (obey the messenger and those in authority). This expression means that the obedience we give to the Wali al-Amr must be the same as that which we give to the Messenger (s). The Messenger has more rights over us than we have over ourselves (33:6), so someone with that same authority over the Umma cannot simply be a ruler, or a scholar. Allah would not make us follow something unless it was failsafe, and always on His path, much like the Prophet (s). This leader would be the universal leader of the Umma, just as the Prophet was. The term ulil amr shows up again in the same Surah: "Will they not then ponder on the Qur'an? If it had been from other than Allah they would have found therein much incongruity. And if any tidings, whether of safety or fear, come unto them, they noise it abroad, whereas if they had referred it to the messenger and those of them who are in authority, those among them who are able to think out the matter would have known it. If it had not been for the grace of Allah and His mercy you would have followed Satan, save a few (of you)." (4:82-83) Here, we see that the Messenger (s) and the Ulil Amr are tied directly to the tidings of safety (heaven) and fear (hellfire), and given authority in the interpretation of the Qur'an. Again, a Wali al-Amr is not just a man with a crown - it is someone with a spiritual significance in the religion. So he heads the government, and he is the uppermost scholar in the religion. Are these leaders selected by the people or by God? In the Qu'ran, individuals are appointed to divine ranks by divine mandate (ja`l ilahi). A prime example is the leadership of Talut (Saul), who was not a prophet, but a divinely-appointed king of the Children of Israel: "Their prophet said to them, ‘Allah has appointed Talut as king for you.’ They said, ‘How can he have kingship over us, when we have a greater right to kingship than him, as he has not been given ample wealth?’ He said, ‘Indeed Allah has chosen him over you, and enhanced him vastly in knowledge and physique, and Allah gives His kingdom to whomever He wishes, and Allah is all-bounteous, all-knowing.’" (2:247) The example above demonstrates that Allah elects whomever He wills to the seat of leadership. The people do not have a choice, and the mandate of Allah superior even if the people are averse. From the ayah above, we also know that there is a connection between the vicegerent and knowledge, as Talut would only be suited for this position had his knowledge been superior. Rewind to the khilafa of Adam: "When your Lord said to the angels, ‘Surely I am going to set a vicegerent (khalifa) on the Earth,’ they said, ‘Will You set in it someone who will cause corruption in it, and shed blood, while we celebrate Your praise and proclaim Your sanctity?’ He said, ‘Surely I know what you do not know.’ And He taught Adam the Names, all of them; then presented them to the angels and said, ‘Tell me the names of these, if you are truthful.’They said, ‘Immaculate are You! We have no knowledge except what You have taught us. Surely You are the All-knowing, the All-wise.’ He said, ‘O Adam, inform them of their names,’ and when he had informed them of their names, He said, ‘Did I not tell you that I indeed know the Unseen in the heavens and the earth, and that I know whatever you disclose and whatever you were concealing?’And when We said to the angels, ‘Prostrate before Adam,’ they prostrated, but not Iblis: he refused and acted arrogantly, and he was one of the faithless." (2:30-34) These verses demonstrate a number of key points: (1) The khalifa is mandated by God (ja`l ilahi). (2) The verse indicates no clear specificity to Adam. (3) The verse does not distinguish between political and spiritual authority. Rather, the two are intermingled. (4) Like the verse about Talut, this verse again makes a connection between the khilafa and knowledge, which implies that this position is only applicable to he who has the best knowledge. (5) Even after Adam taught the angels the names, the angels remained below the rank of Adam, due to his divine mandate. (6) There is an important connection between submission to Allah and subservience to His vicegerent, as the angels prostrated to Adam and sought his counsel in their service to Allah. Imam as a rank The actual rank of 'Imam' has been mentioned explicitly in the Qur'an. "And when his Lord tested Abraham with certain words, and he fulfilled them, He said, ‘I am making you the Imam of mankind.’ Said he, ‘And from among my descendants?’ He said, ‘My covenant does not extend to the unjust.’" (2:124) Again, there is a clear divine mandate in this verse. In other verses, Abraham is identified with prophethood (nubuwwa), messengership (risala), friendship (khulla), but in this verse, Imamate is a separate station. There is also a link between the Imamate and a covenant (`ahd), which belongs to Allah and not the people. Abraham asks about a continuity of this Imamate among his progeny, which partially occurs, on the condition that it does not reach the unjust (thalimeen). This means that injustice and Imamate cannot be combined (thulm is a mani` of khilafa), and therefore an Imam cannot be a doer of evil. "The day We shall summon every group of people with their Imam, then whoever is given his book in his right hand —they will read it, and they will not be wronged so much as a single date-thread." (17:71) All people will be raised on the Day of Resurrection with their leader and rolemodel. Whether the person is one of the Imams of Guidance, or one of the Imams of Disbelief, all will be raised in groups and sent to Paradise or Hell (see verses 39:71, 39:73, and 99:6). The verse is an allusion to the continuity of Imamate, as each people will have their Imam. While some will translate the word "Imam" here as "book" or "record", the verse says that every group will have a singular Imam. If the verse said "Imams" (a'imma), there would be a stronger case for "records", because every individual will receive their own personal record. However, this is not the case - the people will be gathered with whomever they followed in this life. The Prophet Muhammad (s) and the Imams do not just play a role in this world, but rather, they are advocates and intercessors in the next world. Those who follow the obligations of Islam and fulfill the directives of the Imam of their time will be granted this intercession by Allah's mercy. The Imam is a guiding sage "It is He who has revealed the Scripture to you, wherein are clear revelations - they are the substance of the Book - and others [which are] allegorical. But those in whose hearts is a disease pursue that which is allegorical, seeking [to cause] dissension by seeking to explain it. None know its explanation except Allah and those who are firmly grounded in knowledge (rasikhuna fil `ilm). Say: We believe therein; the whole is from our Lord; but only men of understanding really heed." (3:7) The verse above indicates that only Allah and those delved into knowledge have a firm understanding of the Qur'an. To argue that only Allah understood the Qur'an is to suggest that Allah would accompany His final messenger to humanity with an ambiguous message. It is imperative that the Prophet had full knowledge of the Qur'an, but this verse says that he shares this comprehensive knowledge with others. An investigation into history will conclude that no companion (sahabi) other than `Ali b. Abi Talib Úáíå ÇáÓáÇã claimed to know the interpretation to the entire book. He explicitly claimed and demonstrated that he had knowledge of every ayah, where it was revealed, and more. This article has already established that the khalifa is he who is superior in his knowledge, and as the phrase suggests, the rasikhuna fil `ilm are not just learned scholars (`ulema'), but individuals plunged into knowledge. “So ask the People of the Reminder if you do not know.” (16:43, 21:7) Furthermore, on the same theme of knowledge: Allah ordered the Muslims to ask the People of the Reminder about religious affairs. The alternative interpretation to this verse is that it is referring to the rabbis and priests, but would Allah ask the Muslims to seek religious knowledge from those who call to another religion? The Qur'an says that those who know are never equal with those who do not know (39:9). "You are only a warner, and for every community there is a guide”. (13:7) Every community will have its guide. The Messenger of Allah (s) was the one sent to the world as a warner, but there are communities and generations that would flourish after the passing of the Prophet from this world. There is absolutely no indication in the Qur'an that the sealing of prophethood would result in the cessation of divine guidance through vicegerents. "And amongst them We appointed Imams to guide [the people] by Our command, when they had been patient and had conviction in Our signs." (32:24) This verse refers to the leadership of the twelve sons of Israel. The Qur'an puts clear emphasis on the divine mandate of leaders in many verses, including this one. Furthermore, this verse establishes a relationship between the Imams and guidance (huda). Allah appoints a leader through whom He provides counsel and enlightenment to His subjects. "Surely Allah chose Adam and Noah, and the Family of Abraham and the Family of Imran above all the nations" (3:33) It is not the believers who uplifted and chose the families of Abraham and Imran above all people, but Allah. The chosen ones are not only the prophets, but other members of these divine families - and this will be made clear later in this article. Note the importance of familial succession in the stories of many prophets (Abraham, Ishmael, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, David, Solomon, Imran, Zecharia, John, and Jesus, peace be upon them all). Sainthood in the Qur'an "Whoever obeys Allah and the Messenger —they are with those whom Allah has blessed, including the prophets and the saints (siddiqeen), the martyrs and the righteous, and excellent companions are they!" (4:69) A point pertinent to this verse is the presence of the saints (siddiqeen). A siddiq in Arabic is one who believes everything that a trustee has given to him. In the context of Islam, it would be one who has infallible certainty in the message. This ayah distinguishes the siddiq from the righteous (saliheen), which implies that these are two separate ranks or categories. All of the other groups referenced are distinct, and so it would be redundant if a siddiq and a salih were virtually the same. Perhaps a better way to understand the Qur'an's usage of this word is to find other references to it. The word is never applied to ordinary believers. "The Messiah, son of Mary, was no other than a messenger. Messengers had passed away before him. And his mother was a saintly woman (siddiqa)" (5:75) This verse identifies Mary as a siddiqa. As a non-prophet, Mary had special qualities, including being chosen (istafa) above all the women of her time (3:42), being protected from the devil (3:36), giving birth to Jesus miraculously, and communicating with the angel. The siddiqeen therefore are not ordinary righteous believers, but protected, chosen believers with supernatural qualities - saints. There are other appointed non-prophetic figures in the Qur'an who were given miraculous qualities, such as al-Khidr (whom the Qur'an only calls an `abd), Dhul Qarnayn, Luqman, and the Sleepers of the Cave. This protection from Satan is significant, as it is also mentioned in the following verses: “He said, ‘My Lord! As You have consigned me [Satan] to perversity, I will surely glamorize [evil] for them on the Earth, and I will surely pervert them, except Your pure ones (mukhlaseen).’” (15:39-40) Satan's misguidance will reach all people except those whom Allah has selected. A noteworthy detail is the Qur'an's usage of the word mukhlas rather than mukhlis, which implies that these servants will be innately pure by design. Since Mary fits this description, this form of ikhlas (absolute protection from evil) cannot be exclusive to the prophets. "And We have already written in the Psalms after the Reminder that the Earth will be inherited by My righteous servants." (21:105) This verse is one of the few direct references in the Qur'an to the previous revelations, which plainly say that "The meek shall inherit the Earth" (Psalms 37:11, Matthew 5:5). The verse makes the most sense when it is combined with the concept of Imamate, who inherit the stewardship over Earth one-by-one. The khilafa is a divinely-mandated agency over the world, and inheritance is a trust that is passed down continually from one generation to the next. Without this doctrine, it begs the question: who is the righteous servant that inherited the Earth after the Prophet, and who is this person today? Love of Ahl al-Bayt The love and the authority of the Ahl al-Bayt is decreed explicitly in several places: "Say: 'No reward do I ask of you for this except the love of those near of kin'" (42:23) When looking at this ayah, compare it to other similar verses in the Qur'an. No other prophet asked for a reward from his community for relaying the revelation - on the contrary, the prophets explicitly asked for nothing at all: see 10:72, 11:29, 12:104, 25:57, 26:109, 26:127, 26:145, 26:164, 26:180, and 34:47. This formula was only changed in this verse for the Prophet Muhammad (s), adding that his reward is the love of his family. The word for love in this verse is muwadda, which implies a mutual love and not just a one-way love (hub). For one to have muwadda with the Ahl al-Bayt, the Ahl al-Bayt must be pleased with that person. This relationship cannot be half-hearted lip service. Loving those who rose up to fight the Ahl al-Bayt is, by definition, dishonouring this verse of the Qur'an. Love for the Ahl al-Bayt is a fulfillment of the supplication of Abraham: “(Abraham said) Our Lord, I have settled some of my descendants in an uncultivated valley near Your sacred House, our Lord, that they may establish prayer. So make hearts among the people incline toward them and provide for them from the fruits that they might be grateful.” (14:37). Abraham settled Ishmael in the valley of Mecca, and prayed that the people would love his descendants. Of course, this would not apply to all of his descendants, as Allah's covenant does not encompass the thalimeen (2:124). Hence, the verse must refer to a select group of individuals from the descendants of Ishmael, including (but not limited to) the Prophet (s). "Or do they envy people for what Allah has given them of His bounty? But we had already given the family of Abraham the Scripture and wisdom and conferred upon them a great kingdom (mulkan)." (4:54) Continuing on the theme of familial succession, the mulk belongs to these chosen descendants of Abraham, who have been given the final revelation and the wisdom necessary to lead the Umma. Lastly, there is the verse of purification: "And abide in your houses and do not display yourselves as [was] the display of the former times of ignorance. And establish prayer and give zakah and obey Allah and His Messenger. Allah intends only to remove from you the impurity, O Ahl al-Bayt, and to purify you with [extensive] purification." (33:33) The grammatical inferences of this ayah must be noted. The first two sentences concern the wives of the Prophet, and they are written in the feminine form. The last sentence, however, is written in the masculine plural form. This means that the individuals in the third sentence are not the same as those in the first two sentences, who are exclusively female. A masculine plural can include women as a part of the group, but several sahih ahadith infer that the wives of the Prophet are not included in the Ahl al-Bayt. The verse therefore sets the inner circle of the Prophet's blood relatives (his bayt) as a pure example that his wives' households (buyut) should look up to. Allah actively wishes to remove all impurity from the Ahl al-Bayt. One of our ahadith indicate that the chief impurity that the Ahl al-Bayt have been guarded from is doubt (shak). This ties to the idea that the Ahl al-Bayt are the mukhlaseen of 15:39-40, whom Satan can never deviate. Conclusion There are many other ayat, exoteric and esoteric, that establish the concept of Imamate in the Qur'an, alongside the many proofs in the hadith literature. The purpose of this article is to understand the Qur'an's intricate logic regarding leadership. Leadership in the Qur'an is intimately tied to knowledge, appointment, purity, family, supernatural qualities, and love. Future articles will explore more primary sources on the topic of Imamate, God-willingly. May Allah grant the readers with the intercession of the Ahl al-Bayt. Part 2: The Virtues of Imam Ali
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  33. Made by bro Ale Imran, and winning the 2013(?) Shiachat creativity competition. From this thread:http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235014887-sc-comp-post-videos-here/ Like this post if you also want a sequel to the video! :)
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  34. Sister I am sorry to do this to you :) You work harder than all the other moderators and admins combined. You praise and thank the mods for their work in the moderator appreciation thread (in the mods forum). So now we need a thread just for you. Can the people please say lots of nice things about her? :) You are not allowed to lock this thread, otherwise I will get repenter to reopen it.
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  35. Hameedeh

    ♥ Marriage ♥

    Marriage is not easy. You have to get to know each other. You are used to doing everything your own way. Now you need to compromise. Share with each other. Give and take. If you take more than you give, it won't be as sweet. Do not expect more from your spouse than your spouse will need from you. Life is good. It's better when you are together. If you both do your best. ♥ May your days be sunny, your nights restful, and your heart satisfied with the blessings that Allah has given you. Think Positive. ♥
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  36. ShiaMan14

    10 Days in Iran

    I had been planning to go to Iran for a long time and finally made it a priority for me in 2016. Since I wanted to mix in sightseeing and pilgrimage in the same trip, I decided to go on my own instead of in a group. As it turned out, getting an individual visa for Iran when traveling from the US is a real hassle. We need to get permission from the Iran Foreign Ministry and then apply for the visa at the Iran Mission housed within the Pakistani Embassy in Washington, DC. After struggling for almost 3 weeks, I was able to find Taha Ziyarat Group (tahaziyarat@gmail.com) based out of Toronto that obtained the necessary approval for me for $90. Once I got my approval, I sent my passport off to the Iran Mission in Washington. I did have to follow up with them almost daily to ensure they processed my visa application expeditiously. I received my passport 4 days before flying out. While I was waiting for the visa approval, I booked my flights on Qatar Airways for a bargain price of $700 return to/from US-Tehran. For in-country arrangements, I know a maulana (NAJ) there who arranged everything for me based on my budget. Finally, the big day came and I left for Iran on Wed Mar 23rd arriving in Tehran late Thu evening (Mar 24th). NAJ had arranged for a driver to pick me up and drive straight to Qum instead of spending the night in Tehran. The drive from IKA (Imam Khomeni Airport) to Qum took about 90 minutes. The driver barely spoke English but knew where to pick me up from and where to drop me. We arrived at Qum International Hotel around 1245am (Fri Mar 25th). The hotel was about a *** US hotel, higher for Iran. Day 1 (Fri): We prayed fajr in our room and went back to bed. Since breakfast was included in our price, we went down for breakfast around 9a – nice long buffet. NAJ contacted me around 10am and picked me up from the QIH around 1030a to take me to the Roza of Masooma-e-Qum. We walked to the roza and were there at 1035a. The hotel is the closet one to the roza. NAJ showed us around the haram and provided us some background about Masooma and her roza. From 1130a – 2p, we were on our own to recite ziyarat, salah-e-jumah and dua. I wandered around the roza and made my way to the masjid adjoining the roza. It is an absolutely beautiful mosque. They had beautiful recitations of the quran and then some speeches followed by Azaan. The Jumah khutba was recited by an Ayatollah in Farsi (of course) and then namaz-e-jumah. Although I did not understand most of the khutba, one thing that was unmistakable was the ‘marg-al-Amreeka’ chants (down with America or death to America). They were loud and boisterous. Shrine of Bibi Masooma Qum (as). After salah-e-jumah, NAJ took us to the Suffrah of Masooma where were had a decent meal of rice with spinach with potatoes. We went to our hotel after lunch for some R&R and then returned to the haram for maghribain. After namaz, NAJ took us around the bazaar outside the haram. The clothing looked like they were from the 70s and 80s. Religious paraphernalia including irani chador were well stocked and affordably priced. Almost evey other shop sold halwa-suhan. Day 2 (Sat): We spent most of this day driving around to the various ziarats around Qum. Bait Al-Noor. Musallah of Masooma (as). This is where she spent time praying. Shrine of an Imamzadeh (Son of an Imam). Shrine of Hz. Hamza bin Musa Kazim (as). Day 3 (Sun): This was by far the most hectic day of the trip. We left around 5am to drive from Qum to Isfahan. It was about a 4-hour drive. I was surprised how much of the Iranian country was desert. The deserts in the Middle East countries (UAE, Saudi) have a lot of fine yellow sand. Iranian deserts are more rocky than sandy. Upon entering Isfahan, we visited the shrine of Masooma Zainab bint Imam Musa Khadim (as) – Masooma Qum’s younger sister. Next stop was the Jameh Mosque of Isfahan. We spent a few minutes here and then walked to Allama Majlisi’s tomb nearby. His house and surrounding are well preserved. Next was the more secular part of the Ishafan visit. We went to Naqsh-e-Jahan (half of the world) which is the main plaza of Isfahan. The weather was great and since the Nawroz holidays were still going on, it was packed with people. Within Naqsh-e-Jahan is the Ali Qapu Palace Panamoric View from Ali Qapu Palace Balcony of Naqsh-e-Jahan Since it was almost lunch time, we stopped by a street restaurant selling A’ash After lunch, we went to the Vank Cathedral. This Christian monastery was established in 1606. It contains some amazing art work. From here, we went to Khaju Bridge for some more sightseeing. At this point, we were too tired to do anything else so we headed back to Qum – 4 hour journey mostly spent napping. Day 4 (Mon): After a hectic day, sleep was going to be the primary thing on the agenda for this day but there was too much to do. We prayed fajr at the mosque next to Masooma-e-Qum’s shrine: Mosque adjacent to Masooma-e-Qum's shrine And then went back to our hotel for more sleep. We had breakfast and got ready for another fun-filled travel day. We started off by going from Qum to Mashad-e-Ardehal. This site contains the tomb of Sultan Ali son of Imam Muhammad Baqir (as) and brother of Imam Jafar Sadiq (as). Sultan Ali was brutally killed here by his enemies. From here we drove to a hilltop/mountaintop with streams running down. We had to walk down about 500 meters and got a great view of a waterfall. The most distinct feature of this area of the smell of rose water distilleries all over the place. You could get rose water for a variety of needs including simple hot rose water tea. The other distinct item being sold was fresh bee hives dripping with honey. And yes, we tried hot rose water tea with honey. From here, we went to the city of Kashan. Our first stop was an ancient archeological site called Tepe Sialk. The Sialk ziggurat Note: Entrance for most places have an Iranian Rate and a Foreigner rate (up to 3X in places). We had our driver buy the tickets and we would walk in with him talking to us in Farsi. Yes – very sneaky indeed. I excused myself by convincing myself that since both my wife and I are of Iranian descent, we qualify for the discount. Final stop of our day trip to Kashan was to the oldest extant garden in Iran known as the Bagh-e-Fin or Fin Garden. Although this was a less hectic day than the trip to Isfahan, we were still pretty tired so we drove back to Qum, had a 12-in falafel sandwich, prayed maghraibain at the haram and went to bed. Day 5 (Tue): The past couple of days had left us tired so we decided to take it easy. We went to the haram for fajr then went back to bed. We woke up just in time to catch breakfast and then went to the local market (wish I took pictures). From there we went for zohrain at the mosque adjacent to Masooma’s shrine. After a quick bite to eat, we left for the Koh-e-Khizr aka Mountain of Khizr. What was supposed to be a light day in terms of exercise became a very intense and steep climb to the top of Koh-e-Khizr. It was well worth it in the end because we got a great view of the entire city of Qum if not the whole province. Got more daunting as we got closer. For the record, the old gentleman in the pic IS NOT ME City/Province of Qum. Needless to say the climb down was nowhere near as arduous as the climb up. There was a small food vendor about half from the top. On our way up, we bought some water from him and then ice cream on the way down. After resting by the car for a few moments, we drove nearby to the Masjid-e-Jhamkaran, located on the outskirts of Qum. A brief history of this grand mosque is that it has long been a sacred place, at least since 373 A.H., 17th of Ramadan (22 February 984 C.E.), when according to the mosque website, one Sheikh Hassan ibn Muthlih Jamkarani is reported to have met Muhammad al-Mahdi along with the prophet Al-Khidr. Jamkarani was instructed that the land they were on was "noble" and that the owner — Hasan bin Muslim — was to cease cultivating it and finance the building of a mosque on it from the earnings he had accumulated from farming the land. As we had been told, the mosque starts getting filled up from about 5pm and gets fuller and fuller as the evening progresses. I am not sure if it was because of Nawruz season but it definitely had a very 'carnival' and festive feel to it. People had spread out their rugs all across the mosque courtyard and were reveling with family and friends. There was hot tea brewing and koobideh with naan being shared by one and all. Quran and then different duas were being recited, followed by maghribain and then more duas. We left around 830p to go back to our hotel. Mosque sparely populated around 4pm. Crowded!!! (730pm). Day 6 (Wed): Today was the big day when we would finally make our way to Mashad. We had packed the previous night so we left right after fajr – and yes, I skipped breakfast!!! First stop was First stop was an almost 2 hour drive to Ayatollah Khomenei’s mausoleum. It is located to the south of Tehran in the Behesht-e Zahra (the Paradise of Zahra) cemetery. Construction commenced in 1989 following Khomeini's death on June 3 of that year. It is still under construction, but when completed will be the centerpiece in a complex spread over 5,000 acres, housing a cultural and tourist center, a university for Islamic studies, a seminary, a shopping mall, and a 20,000-car parking lot. The Iranian government has reportedly devoted US$2 billion to this development. It is definitely one of the largest and most beautiful mausoleums I have come across. Visitors reciting fatiha for Ayatollah Khomenei. Please recite surah fatiha for Ayatollah Sayyid Ruhollah Mūsavi Khomeini. Next stop was the Astana Bibi Shehr Bano. On the ground level there is a cave which according to legends was the place where Zuljinah brought Bibi from Kerbala, and she was there until hostile people to Bani Hashim got news of her being there, and they tried to catch her. She climbed the hillock and then vanished in a mountainous wall. Now a zarih has been constructed together with prayer rooms for men and women. Zarih of Hz. Shehr Bano. View of other side of Tehran. who was a fifth generation descendant of Hasan ibn ‘Alī and a companion of Muhammad al-Taqī. A piece of paper was found in his pocket outlining his ancestry as being: ‘Abdul ‘Adhīm son of ‘Abdillāh son of ‘Alī son of Husayn son of Zayd son of Hasan ibn ‘Alī.Shah Abdul AzeemNext stop was the Shrine of Adjacent to the shrine, within the complex, include the mausolea of Imamzadeh Tahir (son of the fourth shia Imam Sajjad) and Imamzadeh Hamzeh (brother of the eighth Twelver Imām - Imām Reza). From here, we drove around the City of Tehran including the famed part known as Rey. I am fairly well traveled but I have to say that Tehran is one of the most picturesque cities I have visited. Situated in close proximity of the Alborz range and its majestic peak Mount Damavand , being the highest in Iran with a height of 18,550 feet ,it is a mega city of about Thirty Million People. You can see hundreds of buildings at the foot of the mountain. Not a bad view to wake up to every morning. After driving around for a couple of hours, our driver dropped us of at Tehran’s Mehrabad Intl Airport which is primarily used for domestic travel. The airport is in the heart of Tehran or at least within the city. The airport has a small cafeteria that serves hot meals of the local variety. They also have a coffee shop and ice cream parlor. After a 2-hour wait, we finally boarded our short (1-hr) flight to Mashad. The flight was as uneventful as all flights can be. I did enjoy a small boxed-meal they offered everyone despite the short flight. It made up for the breakfast that morning J. Naj had arranged a friend of his (Ali) to be our tour guide for the stay in Mashad. Since Ali’s English was a little weak, he brought along his sister (Afsanay) who was quite fluent in English. We checked into our Hotel (Hotel Omid). It is definitely one of the nicer hotels in Mashad. View of shrine from our hotel room balcony. We quickly refreshed and headed over to the Shrine of Imam Reza (as). Much to our pleasant surprise, the shrine was not as packed with zawar as we expected. It could have been the weather or Nawruz. About to enter the main hallway of the Shrine for the first time. Goose bumps. As salaam alai ka Ya Ghareeb Al Ghuraba (as) One of the many courtyards within the Shrine Complex of Imam Ali Reza (as). Day 7 (Thu): Although our intention was to go to the haram in Imam Al-Reza (as) for fajr, it was raining too hard with heavy winds to walk so we prayed in our rooms and went back to sleep. We woke up to this view: After a world class buffet breakfast, we met up with Ali and Afsanay to go to Nishapour. Once again, it was a very scenic drive. The mountain-desert country just has a certain serenity about it. On the way, we saw small villages celebrating nawroz in their own way. Our first stop was at the Qadamgah – where the footprints of the Holy Imam Al-Reza (as) can be found. Adjacent to it is a small stream said to bring benefits of all kinds to the zawar. Panoramic view of the building housing the footprint. Just before entering the area of the qadamgah is a small caravansary which use to house people back in the day. There were probably abour 20-25 room like the one shown above. Very basic room with a hearth in the middle. The rooms were considered high end. Outside the caravansary, there was just the open shelter (pretend there is no room just the outer part). Next stop was to the mausoleum of Bibi Shatitay. The legend goes that Imam himself came there and led the Namaz-e-janaza prayers for her. We made a brief stop at the historic Shah Abbas Inn/Caravansary which has been converted into several small shops selling jewelry or souvenirs. Nishapur is famous for its turquoise stone (firoza). Next stop was the shrines of Imamzade Mahruq bin Muhammad Al-Baqir bin Sajjad (as) and Ebrahim bin Ahmad bin Moosa bin Jafar (as). A short walk from here was the tomb of Omar Al-Khayam – one of the most influential thinkers of the Middle Ages. He wrote numerous treatises on mechanics, geography, mineralogy and astronomy. A short drive from here was the mausoleum of Abu Hamid bin Abu Bakr Ibrahim aka Attar Nishapuri - a Persian Muslim poet, theoretician of Sufism, and hagiographer from Nishapur who had an immense and lasting influence on Persian poetry and Sufism. If memory serves me right, next to Attar’s tomb was an archeological site from thousands of years ago. It was going through extensive renovations at the time. Our last stop was a very famous local restaurant called Emirat Restaurant. Undoubtedly the best lamb koobideh I have ever had!!! My wife and I had some very interesting conversations with Ali and Afsanay. They were both fascinated by our lives in America. They had no qualms about asking me my salary; the size and cost of our house; they were surprised if not shocked that it was okay for my wife to go grocery shopping by herself and it was perfectly safe. They were under the impression that any woman who stepped out of her house by herself was 'asking for it'. I thought it was hilarious. Now that I think about it, everything the Western media does to paint Muslims in a certain light happens in Iran too but backwards. The Western media takes 1 bad Muslim story and tries to apply it to all Muslims. The Iranian media takes a bad Western story and applies it to all Westerners. This was just my observation and nothing more. We had some other interesting conversations but those are for another day and another time. We drove back to Mashad and spent the evening the haram of Imam Al-Reza (as). Day 8 (Fri): We prayed fajr at the haram and went back to bed; then woke up to this beautiful view. Beautiful view of Roza of Ima Ali Reza (as). Since it was Friday, we stayed in our room until 11a or so and then headed to the haram again. Good thing we went early because it was fuller than we had seen since we got there. So I got a good spot in the mosque adjacent to the haram. I heard the Friday sermon (understood bits and pieces) and the “Death to American” chants, then prayed juma followed by Asr. Mosque adjacent to Imam Ali Reza's (as) shrine. Next was one of the most essential parts of the trip. One may not get this opportunity all the time. We had to take our passport to the office of Pilgrims situated in the Haram of Imam Ridha’s (as). They marked our passport and gives us a ticket for the meal. At the restaurant, they feed almost 4000 Zuwar each day. Thousands of Iranians must wait for years before they get a chance to have a meal at this restaurant. Lunch at Imam's restaurant (dastakhawan) Following lunch, Ali and Afsanay picked us up for some sightseeing. We drove around Mashad, saw her university and then went to ziarat nearby Ziarat near Mashad Iranian country side. Notice the marked difference in scenery from the previous pictures. On our way back, we stopped at an ice cream parlor for some traditional Persian ice cream. The last stop was a nearby pewter mountain. I was amazed to see people climbing it without any concern for safety. It was rainy and slick. Mrs ShiaMan14 bought a very nice souvenir. We came back, rested for a bit and then went to the haram for salah. Day 9 (Sat): This was the day to head back to Tehran. We spent the entire night at the haram until fajr. Then came back to get some rest. We got up after a couple of hours, had some breakfast and packed. We took all our luggage downstairs and went back to the haram for zuhrain. We also did the farewell ziarat, rushed back to the hotel since Ali was waiting for us. We got to the Mashad International Airport around 245pm for a 530p flight - plenty of time. Just as Ali left us, NAJ gave me a call informing me that my flight had been cancelled so he booked me on the last flight to Tehran (happened to be the cheapest option). This is when panic set in. If the last flight got cancelled, I would miss my flight from IKA to Doha and the subsequent flight to US. I could see on the monitors that there were several flights from the time now until my new flight time although all of them were on a different airline than mine. I called NAJ to ask if my ticket could be changed and he said it would not be possible. So I saw the flight I wanted about 1.5 hours later and went to their sales office. First, they couldnt understand why I wanted another ticket when I already had one. My farsi and their english were too awful to understand each other but nevertheless they allowed me to buy 2 tickets. Next problem - I did not have any Iranian Rials on me and the INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT did not have a Money Exchange! So I had to call Ali back to see if he had any rials that he could give me in exchange for dollars. By this time, he was about 20 minutes away so we had to wait for him to come back. In the meanwhile, the Sales Agent agreed to take my dollars at a fairly decent exchange rate. Basically, I bought 2 one-way tickets from Mashad to Tehran for about $100. Just as we finalized the transaction, Ali came back and I had to explain the whole thing to him as well. He, too, was confused as to why I would buy another ticket when I already had one. Anyway, we finally put all that behind us, checked-in and were on our way to Tehran. After an uneventful journey to Tehran, we drove all the way to Qum to sepnt about 3-4 hours in Qum at NAJ's house. We freshened up, ate a really nice meal and got ready to leave. Day 10 (Fri): We left Naj's house around 1am and reached IKA by 215am. Since this was the last or day after Nawruz holidays, the airport was jam packed. It took an hour to check-in, the security lines were considerably shorter so in another 15 minutes, we were at our gate. Boarding started just around fajr, so we prayed quickly and boarded our Qatar Airways flight to Doha. I was a bit nervous about returning to the US from Iran but had no problems whatsoever. A very placid end to a very hectic but thoroughly enjoyable trip. Summary: Iranians are a very joyous and happy people. There was no patch of grass where we didn't see a family setting up a picnic be it as a roadside or a courtyard of a shrine. I really wish relations between Iran and the West improves so the people can really experience the rich, colorful and impressive history, geography and culture Iran has to offer. Our entire 10 day trip cost about $1,600/pp. It was money well spent.
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  37. In this thread i will post a collections of Hadith from the book “Combat with The Self” (Jihad al-nafs) by Muhammad n. al-Hasan al-Hurr al-‘Amili. Ayatollah Bahjat adviced the youths ‘to read and practice one hadith daily from the Chapter of Jihad al-nafs in Wasail al-Shi’a of Shaykh Hurr al-Amili. Chapter 1: The Divine Obligation to Combat the Self Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] said that the Holy Prophet [saws] dispatched his soldiers to battle to fight the enemy and, upon their triumphant return, said; “Greetings on those who have successfully carried out the "Minor Combat" (jihad al-asghar), but have yet to engage themselves in the "Greater Combat".” He was asked: “O Prophet of Allah [sWT]! What is the "Greater Combat"? ” to which he replied: “Combat with the self ”. al-Kafi v.2, p. 12, no. 3., Similar Amali al-Saduq p. 377, no. 8; Ma’ni al-Akhbar, p.160, no.1 Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] said: "Take responsibility for your self, for if you do not, nobody else will." al-Kafi v.2, p. 12, no. 3. Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] said to a man : “Indeed you have been made the doctor of your self, the ailment has been made manifest to you, you know the marvel of health and have been shown the cure, and yet look at how you treat your soul!” al-Kafi v. 2, p. 329, no.6 Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] addressed a man, saying: “Consider your heart to be a kind friend and a dutiful son, and your knowledge a father whom you can follow, and your self (nafs) an enemy that you fight and your wealth a destitute woman whom you would repel.” al-Kafi v. 2, p. 329, no.7; al-Faqih, v.4, p.294, no.889 Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] said: “He who does not have a preaching heart, a reproaching self and a guiding friend will be easily overcome his enemy.” al-Faqih, v.4, p.287, no.862 Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] narrated on the authority of the Imams before him, that the Holy Prophet [saws], in his advice to Imam ‘Ali [a], said: “O ‘Ali, the best thing about self-struggle is when a person wakes up with no desire to wrong anyone.” al-Faqih, v.4, p.254, no.821 Imam Ja'far al-Sadiq [a] said : “He who has complete control over himself (nafs), when he desires something as well as when he fears something, when he is angry as well as when he is pleased, Allah [sWT] prohibits the Fire of Hell from touching his body.” al-Faqih, v.4, p.286, no.856, Thawab al-A’mal, p. 192, no. 1. Imam ‘Ali Amir al-Mu’minin [a] said: “The warrior is the one who combats his inner self.” Al-Majazat al-Nabawiyyah, p. 201, no. 157
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  38. starlight

    Thank You Everyone!

    Whoa!! What a roller coaster ride this past week's been. Whoops of joy, endless hours of going through member's list screening for potential voters, feeling my heart sink at losing a vote one minute and overwhelmed by the love and support shown by the members the next, countless trips from my office to the bougainvilleas growing outside the Anatomy department to check for new posts(that's the only place at work where phone signals are strong enough to browse web :p)coworkers expressing concern at me being so jittery all of a sudden, a burnt omelette while trying to think of replies :d ,several sleepless nights, thumping in the chest when refreshing page to check for votes..... I never imagined this whole thing would be so intense,so draining on one hand and equally exhilarating at the other... but it was worth it... Every minute of it. I want to thank all those members who put their trust in me by voting for me and also those who didn't because with every lost vote my resolve to win this became stronger. I am grateful to all those who supported me, a very BIG THANKS to Marbles for being with me throughout the campaign, for working with me through member's lists and for providing me with excellent advice all along. I would also like to thank Darth Vader, insearchoflight, Nooralbatul, skamran110, GC, AnaAmmar,Iamhussaini for their support. Thanks to the other candidates for making this such a superb experience. I learned so much from all of you. I learnt the 'Power of Cake' :p who got 10% votes without even trying, Khadim uz Zahra for sticking to the campaign right till the end, Silasun for sprinkling the otherwise grim thread with jokes and of course Magma :d bro that was one helluva of a campaign, Congratulations! SC would definitely benefit from a mod like you. Last but not the least I want to thank the whole Mod team for giving democracy a chance :D especially bro Abbas for putting in time and effort to arrange the elections. Looking forward to working with you! I will always try my best to be of service to the SC members and hopefully will be able to bring some positive changes to this great website. Please keep me in your duas. Thank you again all of you.
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  39. Salam Alaykum, I had the tawfeeq of going to Iraq for ziyarat during Arbaeen and had the chance to meet Ayatullah Sistani (ha) with my group on January 5, 2013. He gave a brief talk to us and advice especially for believers living in the west. Here are some of the points that I remember from his talk that I think everyone can benefit from: - In the beginning he welcomed us all and prayed for us that our ziyarat be accepted. He then began by giving advice on the importance of purifying ones self. He said it is of utmost importance that we work hard towards purifying our nafs and that success in this life comes from that. He then quoted the verse: "Successful are the ones who purify themselves" (Qur'an 87:14). - He then spoke about the importance of having good akhlaq. He said the whole purpose of prophethood and all the prophets was towards perfecting our manners and akhlaq with each other. He quoted the hadith of the Prophet (saw): "I have not been sent except to perfect the moral attributes". He said we should give great importance to how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters and should be the best in character with them. - He tied this into the best way to spread the religion of Ahlulbayt (as) in the west is through our character and morals. He quoted the hadith by Imam Sadiq (as): "Call people towards us with something other than your tongue". He said we should see everyone as being part of us and not being separate from us. We should treat each other the way we want to be treated. He then quoted the hadith by the Prophet (saw): "Want for your fellow brother/sister what you want for yourself. Hate for your fellow brother/sister what you hate for yourself". - He spoke about the importance of seeking knowledge as it is the foundation and basis of our religion and that knowledge is not confined to only religious knowledge. But the worldly knowledges are also important if we can use them to benefit the Islamic Ummah and that we should excel in all fields of knowledge. Once we have this knowledge we should teach it to our fellow brothers and sisters. He emphasized about how we are all one and that we should see others children as our own. If their parents cannot teach their children something and we have that knowledge, we should teach their children as if they are our own. - He then spoke about that there is a threat trying to grow within Shias that is trying to separate us from the Maraja. He said to be wary of it and that is trying to break us apart and separate us from Islam. He gave the example that when we get sick we don't write our own prescriptions but we go to a doctor and we follow the prescription that the doctor gives us because he is more knowledgable in medicine than us. He said the maraja are just like doctors of our soul and that it is because they have studied years all the knowledges such as Rijal, Hadith etc that they can tell us what is halal and haram based on the teachings of Ahlulbayt (as). - He finally said that he prays especially for the believers in the West every morning after Fajr that we remain steadfast and successful in our religion. Someone asked Ayatullah Sistani (ha) about his health, he replied: - Being 82 years old, he has no complaints about his health Alhamdulillah he is doing very well right now. He said the only thing that bothers him is that he has not left his home in years to go outside due to the situation and that does take a bit of a toll on him. But besides that he is doing well. Someone asked about why he doesn't start a Hawza in the west such as in London, he replied: - He had spoken before to some people who run Shia institutions there but he said there we can only teach the basics and preliminaries. Students from the west who truly want to learn to be scholars should come to Najaf as all the resources and teachers are here and everything is established. Alhamdulillah Ayatullah Sistani looked very well and good in health and spoke very nicely. If you want to read my whole experience of what it felt like meeting him, you can read it here at my new blog: http://wisdomful.blogspot.com/. I also had chance to meet Grand Ayatullah Taqi al-Modarresi and Grand Ayatullah Bashir al-Najafi. I have a brief video of Ayatullah Modarresi which I'll upload and share soon and write about what they had to say some other time. If anyone has any questions about my trip feel free to ask. Iltimase dua
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  40. Every Friday (Eid-e-Jome), during God's most blessed day of the week, Moderators or Administrators will select one member as the "ShiaChat Member of the Week". Throughout the following week, everyone is encouraged to: Show that member general mercy and compassion, and an open, welcoming embrace. Make that member feel special and honored. Like that member's posts whenever possible. Withhold any grudges or divisive arguments with that member, if you have any. Once we pick a member, we'll put up their name, avatar picture, and give a few brief words here on this thread. No other prizes or anything beyond that. Nothing grand here. It's a very simple recognition. This thread will be locked to keep things simple. Stay tuned for this coming Friday, when the first person will be selected. Check the thread often, you could be selected next!
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  41. هلك الناس أجمعون قلت: من في الشرق و من في الغرب؟ قال: فقال: إنها فتحت على الضلال All the people were destroyed. I said: whomever was in the east and the west? he said: it (the whole earth) was opened up to misguidance هلكوا إلا ثلاثة ثم لحق أبو ساسان و عمار و شتيرة و أبو عمرة فصاروا سبعة All were destroyed except three - then they were joined by Abu Sasan, Ammar, Shatira and Abu Amra, so they became seven [Ja`far al-Sadiq] Did the Sahaba Apostatize? There are narrations which indicate that all the companions were destroyed except three, these were then joined by four others, so they became seven who were saved. However, most of the scholars have understood this Halak [destruction] to be that of Dhalal [misguidance] i.e. perished in Salvific terms, not Kufr [disbelief] - which is the opposite of Islam. Who are the three? They are the pillars of the Madhhab. They are explicitly named in some of the narrations below: أبي بصير قال: قلت لأبي عبد الله عليه السلام: ارتد الناس إلا ثلاثة: أبو ذر، و سلمان، و المقداد؟ قال: فقال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام: فأين أبو ساسان، و أبو عمرة الأنصاري؟ [al-Kashshi] Abi Basir said: I said to Abi Abdillah عليه السلام: all the people turned back except for three - Abu Dhar, Salman and Miqdad? Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said: so where is Abu Sasan and Abu Amra al-Ansari?! أبي بكر الحضرمى قال: قال أبو جعفر عليه السلام: ارتد الناس إلاثلاثة نفر سلمان وأبو ذر والمقداد. قال: قلت: فعمّار؟ قال عليه السلام: قد كان جاض جيضة ثم رجع ... ثم أناب الناس بعد فكان أول من أناب أبو ساسان الانصاري وأبوعمرة وشتيرة وكانوا سبعة فلم يكن يعرف حق أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام إلاّ هؤلاء السبعة [al-Kashshi] Abi Bakr al-Hadhrami said: Abu Ja`far عليه السلام said: the people turned back except three individuals - Salman, Abu Dhar and Miqdad, I said: what about Ammar? He عليه السلام said: he wobbled a bit then he returned [to the truth] … then the people repented after that, so the first ones to return [to the truth] were Abu Sasan al-Ansari, Abu Amra, Shatira, and they became seven, none recognized the right of the commander of the faithful عليه السلام except these seven. 'then the people repented after that, so the first ones ...' This shows that it was not just these seven, rather, these were the foremost of them. علي بن أبي طالب عليهم السلام قال: خلقت الارض لبسبعة بهم ترزقون وبهم تنصرون وبهم تمطرون منهم سلمان الفارسي والمقداد وأبو ذر وعّمار وحذيفة رحمة اللّه عليهم. وكان علي عليه السلام يقول: وأنا إمامهم وهم الذين صلوا على فاطمة صلوات الله عليها [al-Ikhtisas] Ali b. Abi Talib عليه السلام said: the earth was created for seven, because of them you are given sustenance, and because of them you are assisted, and because of them is rain made to fall on you, among them are Salman al-Farsi and al-Miqdad and Abu Dhar and Ammar and Hudhayfa - may Allah have mercy on them. Ali عليه السلام used to say: and I am their Imam, and they are the ones who prayed [Salat al-Mayyit] upon Fatima صلوات الله عليها The Three had a higher status than the Four حمران قال: قلت لأبي جعفر عليه السلام: ما أقلنا لو اجتمعنا على شاة ما أفنيناها قال: فقال: ألا أخبرك بأعجب من ذلك قال: فقلت: بلى قال: المهاجرون و الأنصار ذهبوا إلا (و أشار بيده) ثلاثة [al-Kashshi] Humran said: I said to Abi Ja’far عليه السلام - how few we (the Shias) are! if we gather to eat a sheep we will not be able to finish it, he (Humran) said: so he عليه السلام said: should I not inform you of something even more bewildering? he (Humran) said: I said: yes (do so), he said: the Muhajirun and the Ansar all diverted (i.e. went astray) except for - and he gestured with his hand - three. In al-Kulayni’s variant the narration continues: قال حمران: فقلت: جعلت فداك ما حال عمار؟ قال: رحم الله عمارا أبا اليقظان بايع وقتل شهيدا، فقلت في نفسي: ما شئ أفضل من الشهادة فنظر إلي فقال: لعلك ترى أنه مثل الثلاثة أيهات أيهات Humran said: may I be made your ransom - what is the status of Ammar? He said: may Allah have mercy on Ammar Aba al-Yaqdhan, he pledged allegiance and died a martyr, I said in my heart: what thing is better than martyrdom, so he [the Imam] looked at me and said: perhaps you think that he [Ammar] is like the three [in status], how far! how far! [from truth that opinion is]. Does this mean all others became apostates? The crux is the meaning of Ridda (ردّة) in these narrations. Whether it is to be understood in a linguistic sense or the technical sense of apostasy. If the latter is taken then it means all the Sahaba became Kafir [out of Islam] for not sticking to Ali. Irtidad in the linguistic sense refers to ‘turning back from something’. It has been used with this meaning in a number of verses such as: فَلَمَّا أَن جَاء الْبَشِيرُ أَلْقَاهُ عَلَى وَجْهِهِ فَارْتَدَّ بَصِيرًا قَالَ أَلَمْ أَقُل لَّكُمْ إِنِّي أَعْلَمُ مِنَ اللّهِ مَا لاَ تَعْلَمُونَ (i) So when the caravan herald [fore-runner] came he threw it on his face so he returned to seeing, he said: did I not say to you that I know from Allah what ye do not (12:96) قَالَ الَّذِي عِندَهُ عِلْمٌ مِّنَ الْكِتَابِ أَنَا آتِيكَ بِهِ قَبْلَ أَن يَرْتَدَّ إِلَيْكَ طَرْفُكَ (ii) The one who had knowledge of a part of the Book said: I will bring it to you before your glance returns back to you [i.e. you blink and open your eyes again] (27:40) مُهْطِعِينَ مُقْنِعِي رُءُوسِهِمْ لاَ يَرْتَدُّ إِلَيْهِمْ طَرْفُهُمْ وَأَفْئِدَتُهُمْ هَوَاء (iii) Racing ahead, their heads bowed down, their glances not returning back to them [i.e. unblinking] and their hearts void (14:43) Whenever Irtidad from the Diin - ‘turning back’ from the Diin i.e. apostasy in the technical sense is meant, the Qur`an qualifies it by explicitly mentioning Diin. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ مَن يَرْتَدَّ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَسَوْفَ يَأْتِي اللّهُ بِقَوْمٍ يُحِبُّهُمْ وَيُحِبُّونَهُ (i) O you who believe, whoever turns back from his Diin from among you then Allah will bring about a people whom He loves and they love Him (5:54) وَمَن يَرْتَدِدْ مِنكُمْ عَن دِينِهِ فَيَمُتْ وَهُوَ كَافِرٌ فَأُوْلَئِكَ حَبِطَتْ أَعْمَالُهُمْ فِي الدُّنْيَا وَالآخِرَةِ (ii) And whoever among you turns back on his Diin and dies whilst being a Kafir then those are they whose deeds have been nullified in the world and the hereafter (2:217) It is clear that the narrations about the Irtidad of the Sahaba are not qualified by Diin. To understand that meaning from it would require further proof. The Chosen Interpretation The Irtidad in the narrations should be understood [in light of other narrations] as people turning away, after the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله, from what they had made incumbent on themselves in his صلى الله عليه وآله lifetime, when they gave the Bay`a to Ali b. Abi Talib as the leader of the believers i.e. Irtidad from Wilaya not apostasy from Islam. Instead, they decided to give the Bay`a to someone else because of expediency and other reasons. This was a betrayal of epic proportions that opened up the door of misguidance and innovation in the Diin, however, they had not exited the apparent Islam, nor were all on the same level of liability for this. This interpretation is aided by the following texts: أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: كان الناس أهل ردة بعد النبي صلى الله عليه وآله إلا ثلاثة. فقلت: ومن الثلاثة؟ فقال: المقداد بن الأسود، وأبو ذر الغفاري، وسلمان الفارسي، رحمة الله وبركاته عليهم، ثم عرَف أناسٌ بعدَ يسير. وقال: هؤلاء الذين دارت عليهم الرحا وأبوا أن يبايعوا، حتى جاؤوا بأمير المؤمنين مكرَهاً فبايع، وذلك قوله تعالى: وَمَا مُحَمَّدٌ إِلاَّ رَسُولٌ قَدْ خَلَتْ مِن قَبْلِهِ الرُّسُلُ أَفَإِن مَّاتَ أَوْ قُتِلَ انقَلَبْتُمْ عَلَى أَعْقَابِكُمْ وَمَن يَنقَلِبْ عَلَىَ عَقِبَيْهِ فَلَن يَضُرَّ اللّهَ شَيْئًا وَسَيَجْزِي اللّهُ الشَّاكِرِينَ (i) [al-Kafi] Abi Ja`far عليه السلام said: the people were the people of Ridda after the prophet صلى الله عليه وآله except three. I said: who are the three? He said: al-Miqdad b. al-Aswad, Abu Dhar al-Ghiffari and Salman al-Farsi, may Allah’s mercy and blessings be upon them, then the people came to know after a while [the truth], these [three] are those around whom the banner revolved and they refused to give Bay`a [to Abu Bakr], until when they brought the commander of the faithful عليه السلام by coercion and he gave the pledge of allegiance, and that is His words the Elevated - “Muhammad is not but a messenger, messengers have come and gone before him, if he dies or is killed, will you turn back on your heels, and whoever turns back on his heels then he will not harm Allah a thing and Allah will recompense those who are grateful” (3:144). The narration indicates that the uniqueness of the three was that they did not give the Bay`a to the usurper because of knowing the true status of Ali, it was only when Ali was forced to give the Bay`a, and he did [for the Masliha which Allah willed], that the three also agreed to do it. The meaning of 'then the people came to know after a while ...' is that some people recognized their fault, and acknowledged that the commander of the faithful was the most rightful person to assume leadership. That all the others apart from the three were paralyzed by fear is shown in the narration below: أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: جاء المهاجرون والأنصار وغيرهم بعد ذلك إلى علي عليه السلام فقالوا له: أنت والله أمير المؤمنين وأنت والله أحق الناس وأولاهم بالنبي عليه السلام هلم يدك نبايعك فوالله لنموتن قدامك! فقال علي عليه السلام: ان كنتم صادقين فاغدوا غدا علي محلقين فحلق علي عليه السلام وحلق سلمان وحلق مقداد وحلق أبو ذر ولم يحلق غيرهم؛ ثم انصرفوا فجاؤوا مرة أخرى بعد ذلك، فقالوا له أنت والله أمير المؤمنين وأنت أحق الناس وأولاهم بالنبي عليه السلام عليه السلام هلم يدك نبايعك فحلفوا فقال: إن كنتم صادقين فاغدوا علي محلقين فما حلق إلا هؤلاء الثلاثة قلت: فما كان فيهم عمار؟ فقال: لا؛ قلت: فعمار من أهل الردة؟ فقال: إنّ عمارا قد قاتل مع علي عليه السلام بعد ذلك (ii) [al-Kashshi] Abi Ja`far عليه السلام said: the Muhajirun and Ansar and others came after that [the coup at Saqifa] to Ali عليه السلام and said to him: you are by Allah the commander of the faithful, and you are by Allah the most rightful person and closest to the prophet, put forth your hand so that we can pledge allegiance to you, for by Allah we are going to die in front of you [in your defense], Ali said: if you are truthful then come to me tomorrow having shaved your head [which would visually identify the ‘rebels’ to the authorities], so Ali shaved, so did Salman, Miqdad and Abu Dhar, and no one else did, then they came a second time after the first and said: you are by Allah the most rightful person and closest to the prophet, put forth your hand so that we can pledge allegiance to you, and they swore an oath, he said: come to me tomorrow having shaved your head if you are truthful, so no one shaved except three. I said: Ammar was not among them? He said: No, I said: Ammar is from the people of Ridda? He said: Ammar fought together with Ali after that. This reaffirms that the uniqueness of the three is related to them not giving in and remaining with Ali to the end as far as his right is concerned. Note also how Ammar is not included among the Ahl al-Ridda, even in a historical sense, because of his later support for Ali. In fact, one of the reasons behind Ali accepting to give Bay`a after his show of dissent was so that the masses do not renounce the faith totally. Recall that the Islamic polity was still unstable and there were a lot of Arab tribes whose allegiance had been personally to the prophet and not the Diin per se, the Jahiliyya was not far from their psyche. أبي جعفر عليه السلام قال: إن الناس لما صنعوا ما صنعوا إذ بايعوا أبا بكر لم يمنع أمير المؤمنين عليه السلام من أن يدعو إلى نفسه إلا نظرا للناس و تخوفا عليهم أن يرتدوا عن الاسلام فيعبدوا الاوثان ولا يشهدوا أن لا إله إلا الله وأن محمدا رسول الله صلى الله عليه وآله وكان الاحب إليه أن يقرهم على ما صنعوا من أن يرتدوا عن جميع الاسلام وإنما هلك الذين ركبوا ما ركبوا فأما من لم يصنع ذلك ودخل فيما دخل فيه الناس على غير علم ولا عداوة لامير المؤمنين عليه السلام فإن ذلك لا يكفره ولا يخرجه من الاسلام ولذلك كتم علي عليه السلام أمره وبايع مكرها حيث لم يجد أعوانا (iii) [al-Kafi] Abu Ja'farعليه السلام said: When the people did what they did - when they gave allegiance to Abu Bakr, nothing prevented the commander of the faithful عليه السلام from calling to himself (i.e. gather support to rival them publicly) except his fear for the people - that they would apostate from Islam, and begin worshiping the idols anew, and reject witnessing that there is no God but Allah, and that Muhammad is his messenger; and it was more beloved to him to acquiesce to what they had done rather than them apostatizing from the whole of Islam. Verily, those who clambered upon this (opposing Ali for rulership) have been destroyed. As for the one who did not contribute anything to that (opposing Ali for rulership) and entered into what the people entered into without knowledge (about his status) nor enmity towards him then this act of his does not make him a disbeliever, and it does not remove him from Islam, and this is why Ali kept quiet about his matter (status), and gave allegiance while displeased, when he could not find any supporters. The narration makes it clear that had the Imam fought for his leadership i.e. a civil war it would cause irreparable damage, this is because of the tenuous position that Islam had, even the outward Islam (the Islam of the Shahadatyn) would have been wiped out. There were a lot of external and internal enemies waiting for this infighting to make sure that the whole foundation of Islam crumbles. Conclusion The Umma became, for the most part, misguided after their prophet. This is something that had also happened to the communities of past prophets. But this misguidance should not be understood to have taken all of them out of Islam as a whole, rather, by ignoring a central commandment of the prophet they have done a great sin which struck a blow to the pristine Islam. Furthermore, the protagonists differ relative to their role in the fiasco. Some were quite unaware of the whole thing and lacked full knowledge of the Haqq of Ali and his Ma`rifa, this could be because they were blind to the order of the prophet (total ignorance); had some doubts; did not have the ability to influence the outcome because of some constraints [swept away by the wave of events]; or because they showed cowardice and faltered in coming to Ali’s aid. Others later acknowledged their mistake and made up for it in the following years. All these in their different categories can be said to be the majority. Their fate in the next world of “realities” is left to Allah On the other hand, there were those who administered the whole thing. They had full knowledge of what the prophet had ordered them and what the divine commandment required them to do. They also knew the position of Ali. Despite this, they fought against this explicitly. These are those who should be treated as apparent Muslims in the daily life in this world [according to most scholars]. This is, after all, how Ali himself treated them, praying in their mosques, visiting them in sickness, helping them out when they faced challenges, eating with them etc. part of which is Taqiyya and safeguarding the greater principles of Islam, but they are undoubtedly people of the fire in the next world. Note that this interpretation is dependent on the position of differentiating between the Dharuriyat of the Diin and that of the Madhhab and considering the Shahdatayn alone to be enough in making someone a Muslim [unless taken out for some other reason]. Whilst this is a popular position among scholars today, it has had its detractors among the scholars of the past, one of them being someone like Shaykh Yusuf al-Bahrani, who considered the rejectors of the Wilaya as Kafirs with the fullest implication this has [even in this world].
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  42. Salaam my dear friends, my colleagues, fellow youth, my elders, my fellow believing men and women, my fellow dreamers, future trolls, and alienated masses from the world over: Today is a marvelous day. We've made ShiaChat great again. I want to thank Abbas for initiating and organizing this great exercise of the people's will. I want to congratulate starlight on becoming a fellow colleague, and I'm sure we'll work well together. I want to thank the other participants (Cake, Khadim, silasun) for taking part and putting ideas and perspectives to the table. I want to thank my most vocal supporters (mina, apo, Summayeh, StarryNight, baradar, and others) for helping me out in the frontlines. But above all, I want to thank YOU. In order of increasing importance, there is winning an election, winning an argument, and winning the dream. And we will win. There are things we can do to make this site more engaging, more friendly, more amiable, and into a better community. Be sure about it. Things will happen slowly but surely, with work, patience, deliberation, perspective, and vision. Anticipate great things in our future. I am open to suggestions and thoughts. Whatever your persuasions, viewpoints, thoughts, or beliefs, if you are a genuine, well-intentioned human being who follows and respects the rules of this site, you are welcome here and have my blessing. Peace!
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  43. Hawza Life Before I started a Hawza life I used to do lot of research online How to get admission and stuff but I’ve never get enough information about it. So today I’ll tell you all the steps. Ps: It’s better to have some worldly education (At least High school or even Masters) not because they will not accept you.But If you have worldly education, you’ll have better understanding of Islamic Knowledge. Al Mustafa International University Iran Is the head of all Hawza’s across the globe Almost all Hawza’s are under Al Mustafa University Admissions There is no specific time to get admission you can take whenever you want. If you have any of following passport you might not get admission as quick (Pakistani, Indian) not because that they are racist but actually there are lot of Pakistani's Indians studying here and there space is almost full for these countries. How to get Admission? There are three ways to get admission 1: If there is a Jamatul Mustafa branch in your country you should contact them and fill the admission forum and wait till they accept you and send your student visa. 2: Apply Online on “rsampa.miu.ac.ir . Fill the forum and wait till they contact you (Normally it will take around 3-9 months) 3: Visit Iran for Ziarah and visit Jamatul Mustafa in Qom and fill the online forum and wait till they do your work (it’ll take about a month) They might provide you temporary accommodation After you get admission They will provide you temporary accommodation and after that they will send you to Farsi Learning School. You’ll have 4 options 1: Qom 2: Mashhad 3:Esfahan 4: Ishtian You can choose from following!!!From where you want to learn Farsi and Tamhedia(Basic Islamic Laws) Rooms are quite normal you’ll get your own bed with a small wardrobe. And you’ll have to live with other 7 students in one room Timing Breakfast: 7:15am Class: Usually it’s from 8am to 1pm Lunch: After 1pm Dinner after Maghribain/ 8pm Lights off 11pm What will they provide? Hostel Pocket money 48 Dollars (per month) 3 time food (Thursday only 2 times and Friday no food) Health Insurance Ps: For married couple things are quite different They have limited houses for couples (You might have to wait for your turn) To Rent a house it may cost you around 45$ a month for 2 rooms but you’ll have to gave Rehen(Security) this depends on House/Area where you’re living it might be from 2000$ to 15000$ (You’ll get this money back when you’ll leave the house) What will you do after finishing Persian & Tamhedia? Then you’ll have to choose which Madrasa you want to go. There is only Two options Farsi or Arabic Madrasa for advance Islamic Studies For Example: Imam Khomenai University, Hujjatiya (They are Farsi Madrasas) Ahlulbayt & Imam Sadiq (as) Madrassa are Arabic Madrasas In these Madrasa they will teach you advance Islam. Can I get a job after becoming a Scholar? Well first of all remember that you're on Allah's way and sacrificing yourself for Allah you shouldn’t think that you won’t get a job. There are options if you want to live in Iran as a student they’ll provide you money (Hardly enough). Other than that there are few other options For Example: You can be a writer, You can be a Translator, You can be a public speaker (most of the Hawza students becomes speaker) You can go back to your country and serve your community. Ps: If any sister wanted to start a Hawza life there are also Hawza's for sister ,,, Bint ul Huda in Qom etc Best of Luck If you still have any questions, feel free to ask! Remember me in your Prayers
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  44. The Coin of al-Rida Historical accounts and reports in our books of Hadith confirm that al-Ma`mun had coins minted in the name of al-Ridha after appointing him as his crown prince. These became a collectors item among the Shia being considered portents of Tabarruk especially to be carried during a journey. The Imam would bestow this as a memento to some of the believing Shia who came to visit him. The Shia were pacified by this move of al-Ma`mun and many of them had expectations that the rule will finally revert back to its rightful place after more than a hundred years of usurpation. حدثنا محمد بن الحسن بن أحمد بن الوليد رضي الله عنه قال: حدثنا محمد بن الحسن الصفار، عن يعقوب بن يزيد، عن أيوب بن نوح قال: قلت للرضا عليه السلام: إنا لنرجو أن تكون صاحب هذا الامر وأن يرده الله عزوجل إليك من غير سيف، فقد بويع لك وضربت الدراهم باسمك، فقال: ما منا أحد اختلفت إليه الكتب، وسئل عن المسائل وأشارت إليه الاصابع، وحملت إليه الاموال إلا اغتيل أو مات على فراشه حتى يبعث الله عزوجل لهذا الامر رجلا خفي المولد والمنشأ غير خفي في نسبه [Kamal al-Diin] Muhammad b. al-Hasan b. Ahmad b. al-Walid – Muhammad b. Hasan al-Saffar – Ya`qub b. Yazid – Ayub b. Nuh who said: I said to al-Ridha عليه السلام: we hope that you are to be the man of this matter (the promised ruler from Ahl al-Bayt), and that Allah عزوجل returns it to you without fighting - for you have been given allegiance to, and the coins have been minted with your name on them. He said: there is not one of us to whom letters have been written, questions have been asked, fingers have been pointed at, and monies have been sent to, except that he will be killed or will die on his bed until Allah عزوجل will send for this matter a man of hidden birth and origin whose lineage is not unknown. طاهر بن بن عيسى، عن جعفر بن أحمد، عن عليّ بن محمّد بن شجاع، عن محمّد بن الحسين، عن معمّر بن خلاد قال: قال لي الريّان بن الصلت بمرو و كان الفضل بن سهل بعثه إلى بعض كور خراسان فقال: احبّ أن تستأذن لي على أبي الحسن عليه السّلام فاسلّم عليه و اودّعه، و أحبّ أن يكسوني من ثيابه و أن يهب لي من دراهمه الّتي ضربت باسمه ... [al-Kashshi] Tahir b. Isa – Ja`far b. Ahmad - Ali b. Muhammad b. Shuja` - Muhammad b. al-Husayn [b. Abi al-Khattab] – Muammar b. Khallad who said: al-Rayyan b. al-Salt said to me in Marw after al-Fadhl b. Sahl [Ma`mun’s vizier] had dispatched him to some of the villages in Khurasan: I would like you to seek permission on my behalf from Abi al-Hasanعليه السّلام [to allow me to meet him] so that I can greet him and bid him farewell. I would also like it if he could give me a piece of clothing from among his clothes and gift me a few of his silver coins that were minted in his name … أخبرني محمد بن يونس الأنباري قال حدثني أبي: أن إبراهيم بن العباس الصولي دخل على الرضا لما عقد له المأمون وولاه العهد، فأنشده قوله: أزالت عزاء القلب بعد التجلد ... مصارع أولاد النبي محمد (صلى الله عليه وسلم) فوهب له عشرة آلاف درهم من الدراهم التي ضربت باسمه، فلم تزل عند إبراهيم، وجعل منها مهور نسائه، وخلف بعضها لكفنه وجهازه إلى قبره [al-Aghani] Muhammad b. Yunus al-Anbari – his father who said: The poet Ibrahim b. al-Abbas al-Suli came in to see al-Rida when he was appointed by al-Ma`mun and made the crown prince and recited the following verse: The grief of the heart has receded after enduring … the repression against the sons of Muhammad Al-Rida gifted him ten thousand silver coins which were minted in his name, Ibrahim held on to them and used them as dowry for marrying his wives and left some of them behind to purchase his shrowd and for the carrying of his body [to the grave]. The wonderful thing is that archaeologists and scholars of numismatics have discovered a few pieces of this coin which is considered a rarefied item. Below is an image of the coin: General Information Period: The Abbasid Caliphate, 132-218 H/750-833 AD, Ruler: Abu Ja‘far ‘Abd Allah al-Ma’mun ibn al-Rashid, (194-218 H/810-833 AD) Place of Mint: Samarqand in Central Asia (present-day Uzbekistan) Date: 202 H (817-818 AD) Metal and denomination: Silver dirham Weight and measurement: 2.87 g / Ø 25.5 mm Legend and Design OBVERSE Field la ilah illa / Allah wahdahu / la sharik lahu / al-mashriq “no god but God, unique, He has no associate, East Inner margin bism Allah duriba hadha’l-dirham bi-samarqand sana ithnatayn wa mi‘atayn “in the name of God this dirham was struck in Samarqand the year two and two hundred” Outer margin muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi “Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions” Sura 9 (al-Tawba), v. 33 (in part) REVERSE Field lillah / muhammad rasul Allah / al-ma’mun khalifat Allah / mimma amara bihi al-amir al-rida / wali ‘ahd al-muslimin ‘ali ibn musa / ibn ‘ali ibn abi talib / dhu’l-riyasatayn “for God, Muhammad is the messenger of God, al-Ma’mun is the Caliph of God, among the things ordered by the Prince al-Rida, Recipient of the Oath of the Muslims ‘Ali ibn Musa ibn ‘Ali ibn Abi Talib, Possesser of the Two Headships” Margin muhammad rasul Allah arsalahu bi’l-huda wa din al-haqq li-yuzhirahu ‘ala al-din kullihi wa law kariha al-mushrikun “Muhammad is the messenger of God who sent him with guidance and the religion of truth that he might make it supreme over all other religions, even though the polytheists may detest it” Sura 9 (al-Tawba), v. 33
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  45. Qa'im

    Ahl Al-Bayt Daily

    (salam) I'll be sharing one hadith every day on this Facebook page. "Like" if you're interested, and spread the word :) InshaAllah we could spread the wisdom of the Prophet (pbuh) and his family (as). https://www.facebook.com/AhlAlBaytDaily
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  46. Salaam. As someone who has seen a little bit of success in the corporate world, I would like to take this opportunity to offer career advice to college-going and recent graduates of ShiaChat who are about to embark on their careers. 01) Don't start planning and looking for a job when you have less than 2-3 months left of college. Job-hunting begins when you have about a year left to graduate. Identify companies you would like to work for; try to network with people to belong to these companies. 02) Create a LinkedIn Profile and keep it updated. Try to connect with people in Talent Acquisition (TA) within the companies you are interested in working for. 03) Inquire about internship opportunities within these companies even if the internships are unpaid. The experience and networking opportunities should be well worth it. 04) Career planning does not mean looking for your next job. Career planning is planning for your last job before retirement and then working your backwards to your current position. This leads to an important exercise. You have to ask yourself - "Where do I want to be in 45 years?" (45 years if starting career around 22 and working until 67). If you don't know, then work on it - think about it, evaluate your degree and see if it will help you, look at successful people with your degree. How far did they get in their careers? 05) Once you've figured out where you would like to be in 45 years, work your way backwards in 5 year intervals to different positions you will need to hold in order to get to the next level. Let's take an example within IT. You are 22 and graduating today with a degree in programming and plan to retire as CIO. Career planning would go something like: CIO (62 - 67) IT Director (56 - 61) Senior Manager (50 - 55) Department Manager (44 - 49) Project Manager (38 - 43) Team Leader (32 - 37) Programmer Analyst (27 - 21) Programming Specialist (22 - 26) It is important to note that first position and last position should be fixed. You should be flexible about all other positions in between. When evaluating new job opportunities, the first question you should ask is whether the new position will help you get to your end goal or not. If not, look elsewhere. 06) I mentioned 5 year intervals. If you are stuck in the same position for 5 years, then your career has become stagnant. Ideally, you should receive a promotion every 2.5 years or so. This does not necessarily mean a title change as much as increasing and/or different responsibilities. 07) Don't change jobs too frequently (every 18 months or so). It looks bad on a resume. 08) Don't be afraid to move laterally if it will help your end goal. Example, if you are stuck as a PM in a company and you know there is no upward mobility, then it is okay to find a PM position in another company if there is chance for growth. 09) For the most part, your degree will only help you get your first job. After that, it's what you make of yourself. 10) Never leave a position on bad terms. The corporate world is a lot smaller than you think. Most people think of the corporate ladder as a straight ladder bottom to top. A more appropriate description is that a corporate ladder is more like a Donkey Kong Maze: You have to navigate your way through the stumbling blocks to reach the top. "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?" is a very common interview question. You are almost guaranteed a job if this question is asked and you tell them that you have planned your career until retirement nad explain how this position would help you get there. I hope this helps. Feel free to reply here with questions or PM me. But my first question back will be "Where do you see yourself in 5 years?"
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  47. Reza

    If this post gets...

    If this post gets.... 3 likes - I will post a funny emoticon 5 likes - A new Battle! thread 10 likes - Virtual cakes for everyone 20 likes - I will respond to EVERY tag. No questions asked. For one day. 40 likes - I will change my profile pic to anything you want for one week, selected among proposals here. 50 likes - SC will automatically give this topic Popular status (see Hameedeh's post below). 70 likes - I will change my forum name to anything you want for one week, selected among proposals here. 100 likes - I will shave off my hair on my head, try any food you guys want, and run outside in the freezing cold with no coat for 30 minutes
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  48. I read a Jewish joke the other day (it went something along the lines of:) A rabbi and a taxi driver arrive at the gates of heaven, an angel comes to greet them and immediately ushers the taxi driver through the gates, leaving the rabbi waiting. This infuriates the rabbi, who says "How is it possible that he enters heaven before me, he is just a taxi driver, whilst I am a rabbi, a scholar of G-d's religion, I dedicated my life to Him!" The angel replies "You gave boring sermons, when you preached, you turned people away from G-d, whereas he was an erratic and dangerous driver, when passengers were in his car, they feared for their lives and prayed and remembered G-d a lot"
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  49. قيام القائم The Rise of the Qa’im ظهورالمهديفيرواياتمعتبرة The Appearance of the Mahdi in Established Narrations This is a continuation to my last thread, which you can check out here: http://www.shiachat....ble-traditions/ Essentially, I have been working on a hadith collection, which gathers narrations from classical books about the Mahdi. I've gone through books like al-Kafi, Kamal ad-Deen, Tahdheeb, and others, and graded hundreds of ahadith on the topic. The most reliable traditions were then translated and collected into a short collection for you all - called, Qiyam al-Qa'im. It is still a work in progress, but so far, 65 established narrations have been gathered on various subjects regarding the 12th Imam (as). The chapters are as follows: 1. Preliminaries 2. Recognition of the Imam 3. The Birth of the Imam 4. Tafsir Regarding the Imam 5. Fiqh Regarding the Imam 6. The Occultation of the Imam 7. The Sufyani 8. The Uprising of the Imam 9. The Imams' Companions You can check out Qiyam al-Qa'im here: http://www.tashayyu....s/qiyam-al-qaim Any suggestions, comments, questions, or mistakes, can be posted in this thread. Thanks!
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