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  1. 103 points

    A New Years Gift to You!

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

    Mutah Experiences

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

    I Finished My Book

    Salam Alekum Brothers and Sisters, I finally finished my book. The topic is the Quranic view of Jesus, Prophet Isa(p.b.u.h). I thought about selling it on Amazon, etc, but I think it is better to dedicate the effort in service of Imam Al Hujjat Al Qaim(may Allah(s.w.a) hasten his return). InShahAllah, you will learn something from it. It is a good book, especially for reverts to Islam from Christianity to use to discuss issues with their family. I think I covered most issues between Muslims and Christians regarding Prophet Issa(a.s) If anyone has comments they can post them here. Also I would like to thank certain members of SC (you know who you are ) for kind words and encouragement. Salam Also, most of the Arabic to English translations were mine, or mine with help from my father in law. I hope they are more clear than the typical Arabic to English translations you see. http://www.shareglob...ThruOurEyes.pdf
  5. 55 points
    Salaam alaykum, I am very proud to present the culmination of nearly ten years of research on the Twelfth Imam, al-Hujja b. a-Hasan, al-Mahdi, al-Qa'im, the Patron of Time, peace be upon him. This is by far the most comprehensive English work on the subject. It is a compilation of the most ancient and most reliable hadiths on the Mahdi from Twelver Shīʿī sources. Learn about the birth of the Twelfth Imam, his occultation, his ambassadors, his inevitable return, Islamic eschatology, and much more. Paperback now available on Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790653827 E-book available: https://www.amazon.com/Rise-Qaim-Appearance-Established-Narrations-ebook/dp/B07L2K8GW2/ref=sr_1_sc_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1543840819&sr=1-1-spell&keywords=the+rise+of+fthe+qa'im Big big thanks and duas for those who helped me in this project. Namely, @Abu Nur @Ibn al-Hussain @Cake @Abu Tufayl @Hannibal May you be rewarded for your assistance. ---------------------------- "... an essential compendium concerning the concept of the Mahdi in the English language ... A highly welcomed effort, it is useful for researchers as well as those wanting to understand the idea of the Mahdi within the context of the classical literature on the subject." -- Sayyid Hussain Makke "... a fresh and insightful approach to the translation of traditions concerning the twelfth Imam and the rising of the Qa’im ... it is my hope that this work will be of benefit to all seekers of knowledge who wish to become further acquainted with the Twelfth Imam (ajt) and his coming." -- Shaykh Vinay Khetia "A long awaited and much-needed work for the English-speaking world. In an age where skepticism regarding religious beliefs is prevalent, the author has collected many of the reliable traditions on the subject of the Mahdi (a) and has made them readily accessible." -- Sayyid Ali Imran "The most comprehensive hadith compilation about the twelth Imam present in the English language." -- Dr. Taymaz Tabrizi "Trained in both secular academia and in the sciences of the seminary Bilal Muhammad combines the very best of both worlds especially when it comes to his methodological rigour in selecting the narrations of this work." -- Dr. Francisco Luis
  6. 54 points

    Stop Idolizing Bashar Assad

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

    Just Said The Shahada!

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

    My First You Tube Video

    Salam, My First Youtube video. Let me know what you think.
  9. 49 points

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Salaam everybody: Here's an opportunity to increase blessings throughout this community and throughout the whole world. I remember seeing old threads from years past about salawat pledges, but this thread will be slightly different. The only goal of this thread is to post the salawat as often as we can, and nothing more: اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli `ala muhammadin wa ali muhammadin O Allah: (please do) bless Muhammad and the Household of Muhammad Rules of this thread: 1. All members are encouraged to post the salawat as often as they like, English or Arabic (but only once per post please) 2. Like as many posts as possible (reciting it yourself out loud while you like the post) 3. No other discussions or statements please, this is purely for salawat only Let's see how long this chain will go, and how much blessing we can all accumulate from posting and liking. More information on the salawat: http://www.duas.org/salwaat.htm I'll get started: Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa ali Muhammad
  10. 48 points
    (salam) This is a public service message to the community at large in regards to an individual who is purporting to be a scholar of the howza. I am aware of the sensitive nature of these types of subjects, and I am only doing this as a duty for the believers to not become misguided by such individuals. This particular individual has been warned by others about his behavior but thus far has not heeded these words. His own statements and behavior actually expose him on their own, and when reading the things that he writes one can see clearly already that he is not a person who carries the akhlaq and wisdom of Ahlulbayt (as). However what is important here is he is damaging the institution and the Maraja in the eyes of the people. This individual is going by the name of "Brother Tawheedi". He has set up for him self a facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/BrotherTawhidi As well as a twitter page: https://twitter.com/BrotherTawhidi He is also in the process of starting his own website, which (alhamdulillah) at this point is not functional: http://www.tawhidi.com/ He has been speaking at various venues internationally.
  11. 48 points
    Ali Musaaa :)

    My Journey To Islam

    Salaam Brothers/Sisters Guys, it is rather lengthy but please read if you are interested :) My name is Ali. I am 17 years old and I live in NSW Australia. The main reason why I began to search for a religion is because I wanted to find the path to God. I needed a way to change my self because I was not happy with who I was. I felt sometimes that I am just terrible to people and I felt really bad for all the conflict and fighting that occurs in my family and sometimes friends. I spoke with a few friends about this and they said if anything, people are bad to you not the other way around. But I wasn't so sure. After finding Islam, I knew that it was my way out. To start living a proper life and to be an example to the people around so that one day inshAllah they might accept Islam to. So here's my story I was baptized as a catholic, but never learnt the religion. My parents were Spanish and Portuguese so they had strong ties to the catholic religion but they were not very religious at all. I never went to church, except for weddings, baptisms ect.. So I never had a proper education on the religion. Just as I was writing this I remembered an event that happened last year that is related to my story but to be honest, I can't remember if it was after I had researched Islam or before... But I think it was before. In my scripture class there was this old man and this young man, both teaching Christianity to the kids in my class. I was in the room and I kept shooting questions at him because of what he said. He was saying how he knows how is going to Heaven because he accepts Jesus as his boss and saviour. I was disagreeing with him on other things he said and afterwards I felt really stupid because he is properly right and pretty much the same religion I was in and I wanted to learn more about it and become a Christian but for some odd reason I was arguing with the teacher. When I first uncounted Islam it was through independent research online... I looked at all sorts of weird things... And eventually found the religion of Islam. I looked at it and it seemed to me like the last thing I would be interested in. And when I looked into Islam even more... I was horrified at it. People (mainly christians) said that Muslims worshipped a mood god called "Allah" and that an Arab man called Muhammad was a pedophile. May God forgive me. This scared me about islam. But that still didn't stop me doing further research. Eventually I found the Quran and saw all the amazing things inside it... I was in disbelief... But then every time I found something that made me closer to Islam there was something that drew me away from it. All through my childhood I would pray to god and ask him to help me... Even though I wasn't practicing a religion. Every night I would pray and when I didn't I would feel bad for not. After seeing the teachings of Islam I saw things that were weird or strange and out of ignorance one day I just said: "I'm going to become a Christian because Islam it too strange and different". At this stage I was really confused, upset, and I didn't have clue what to do. I aslo kept this all to myself so no one else knew what I was doing. One night I remember I was in my room about to go to bed and I was in a really upset state. I was quite emotional and I remember asking God to help me. I said please make this decision for me because I didn't know what to do. I asked him if Christianity is the right religion and you are Jesus or his son or whatever... then make me a Christian but if Islam is the right religion than make me a Muslim. I was after a sign of some sort cause I didn't know what to do. But I was still leaning towards Islam but doubt was still in my mind. After this I was quite emotional and then just went to sleep. Then things started to get really weird... After this. The next few days all I could think about was Islam.. It consumed my mind. The Quran, Muhammad, Allah, the religion.. All of it.. I couldn't explain it. All I was interested in looking up on the Internet was Islam. When I did research I found out the truth.. About Islam, Muhammad (pbuh) and everything else... I had found the source of the religion and judged it on it's teachings and not on some of it's followers like some people do unfortunately. Islam just made so much sense. I am so glad I wasn't a practicing Christian because it would of been so much harder to let go of it and become a Muslim.. I see all the time on the net, Christians who are presented with Islam and the miracles of the Quran but can't accept Islam because of the doctrine they have followed their whole lives. Then because they cant explain it, they often attempt to insult islam and the Prophet.They don't want to accept that what they believe in is wrong, and I am so grateful that I had nothing to let go off.. I pretty much had nothing to lose but everything to gain. Then on a website this man at the start if this year I think, I got in touch with a man named Najib. The website had a story about a man who embraced Islam and it was really beautiful. If you like I will post the link on here and you can see the story of the man and also my comments I made and I explained my situation there and I was overwhelmed with the support I got from Muslims.. People I didn't even know. It amazed me how well they treated each other. Anyway someone offered to help me and I got in contact with him and we have been speaking over MSN every weekend since the start of this year. He helped me so much and answered all of my questions for me. I owe him a lot for his help. Not too long after that I started to think that I really want to become a Muslim and one night when I was staying a friends place. I told two of my friends something.. Can't really remember how exactly i said it, but they guessed straight away and said are you going to become a Muslim? I was like... How did you guess that? haha. I was shocked and didn't really give them a straight answer. I was like, idk maybe.. And they said that would respect me if I did but one said I would have to be prepared for people who would say stuff to me about my beliefs and religion. Then the other one said, as long as you don't treat woman badly I am happy with you and your decision. I told them that Muslim men well good ones..would never harm their wives.. As Muhammad said: "the best among you, are the ones who are kind to their wives" or something along those lines. After I spoke to them I felt so much better but I still needed to tell my family. I just realized how much I have written now haha so I will trim it down from this point and get to the end. From then on I would speak with Najib every weekend or try to haha. It was hard with the times but he was in Holland but we managed. Every time I spoke with him it made me feel like nothing else really mattered. Just learning about Islam cleared my head and took my worries away. I had read bits and pieces of the Quran online but I wanted to buy a Quran myself and read it. So one day when we had an excursion for school I went and knew I had a chance to look at the book store. I waited til there was no one from my school in the bookshop (I was paranoid in someone seeing me buy a Quran) and went in and had a look. I must of went in and out a thousand times, not even joking. I looked at the religion section and found nothing on Islam and no Quran. I was upset but for some reason as I left I decided to look again. I was looking and looking and didn't find anything. I left the store again and I went back in later on to look at something else maybe check out a different book. But I found my self looking at the same section as before haha. But when I was looking I saw a shiny blue letters on the book and it said "The Qur'an" I couldn't believe it. I was in there looking for so long and didn't see anything and when I thought it wasn't there it almost appeared. I picked it up and flicked through the pages. I hesitated and I'm thinking... Is this a good translation? Who the guy who wrote it ect... Should I really buy it?? So I went out side AGAIN :/ haha and sat on a bench and on my phone I googled the translation of the Quran. I figured it's the only Quran there so I might as well take this opportunity and buy it, so I went back and bought it. As I was putting it in my bag, one of my friends asked what book did I buy? And I said the best book in the world haha. And then he started to try and open my bag... And I was like freaking out. I didn't want him to see what I bought even though chances are he wouldn't if know what it was.. Or maybe he would but I didn't want to take that chance. So for the next few months I read little bits of the Quran. I had to read it in secret because my family didn't know about this. During the holidays me and my brothers would go to out grandparents place some days and went I did I brought the Quran with me and went up stairs and read for hours when I should of been doing study and work for school :P but I didn't want to stop reading. I was determined to finish it. One day while up stairs I was reading the Quran and I know before you read it, its good to say... Sorry can't remember the exact words. But like ask God for protection against satan whilst reading the Quran but that time I must of forgot. So I was reading and then I hear this banging sound on the door to the room. It wasn't like a tap or anything and to be honest the first time it happened it scared the [Edited Out] out of me.. It was a big THUD and I was like... What the? Then again.., Bang! I'm thinking what is going on? So I got up and went and opened the door... I couldn't tell what was making the noise. So I shut the door and then continued reading the Quran. It happens again and I was like oh my goodness this is so annoying! So I got up again and looked out of the door... And nothing. Then I thought it might be really windy outside and the door near the window could be banging not mine.. So I looked and all the windows were closed.. And then I thought.. Hmm, this is weird.. So then I remembered that before reading the Quran I didn't ask God for protection from Satan and I was like... Sitting in the room with the Quran thinking... YOU HAVE GOT TO BE JOKING!! Then the banging got faster.. I'm thinking... If he is banging on my door I'm screwed! I actually thought Satan was banging on the door of my room,, hahaha I couldn't explain where the noise was from... And for some reason I had enough and went to open the door... I seriously don't know how I brought my self to do it cause I was convinced that someone or something was before the door banging... So I opened it and nothings there... I was so confused haha and angry. I was like what the hell is going on!?!?! Then I went down stairs and saw that only one of my brothers were there. So I said where is Luis? And my brother Joel said I don't know. And then I thought... If this is him doing it I am going to kill him! Haha So I go up stairs again and then I see my younger brother lying under my grandparents bed, hiding from me Hahaha he was the one banging the noise I told him I was freaking out cause i didn't know what it was and he was just laughing at me haha. Afterwards I felt so stupid for thinking that Satan was behind my door banging.. That night I spoke with Najib and told him what had happened and he just couldn't stop laughing haha... I felt like such an idiot afterwards but I just couldn't explain what the banging was from. But eventually I finished reading the Quran and a few weeks later I broke the news to my mum. I had decided that it was time and I just couldn't out it off any longer. In my room before I went and spoke with her. My hands were sweating and my tummy was felling so sick... I was sooooo nervous. I had never done anything like this before and it would be the biggest shock to my mum. So I told her that night and to say the least, she didn't take it well. She cried when I told her and I was so upset that I had brought her to tears. But I said I've made my decision a long time ago and that there isn't much you can do to change my mind. She thought all Muslims were terrorists and hated western life and all this other stuff. I explained everything to her and then gave her some PDF files to read about islam. So now that I have told mum I can finally do it :D I told Najib what happened and he was zoo excited to hear that I can say shahadah. The next weekend it was a Saturday morning and it was really late online for him over there but he said he will stay up so I can say it in the morning. Eventually mum goes: "we are leaving in ten minutes" and I'm like :| NO WE NOT Hahah and I went and told her that I am going to say the shahadah online now and she said ok but be quick. S then I came back to the laptop and said the Shahadah online with Najib. My mum and brothers were already inside the car waiting for me and I'm like... Najib.. I got to go, like right now haha so I shut down the laptop and ran out side to get in the car before they left without me haha that was last week. After I said the shahadah, I felt really weird. I couldn't explain it but it just felt odd... I told Najib and he asked was it like weight being lifted off your shoulders? And I said yeah it kind of did.. But I think it was just in my head, but I wasn't sure haha Next on my list to tell was dad. I knew he wouldn't take it well, don't think he likes Muslims to say the least. But last Friday I told him. He was in disbelief. He just laughed and said: bulls$@t Dylan, your not a Muslim. I was trying not to laugh at his response and said: but I'm yeah.. Dad I am.. And he said... For a second I thought you were going to tell me you were gay. Hahaha I had quite a laugh then. I said so aren't you glad I said I'm Muslim and not gay? And he said.. I don't know which is worse Hahah. For someone that hears bad news or takes it as bad news, dad always tries to turn it into a joke. I'm laughing and I'm trying to explain that I'm not kidding. He just didn't understand why.. So I showed him so information and explained things to him. So because my parents are separated I had to tell them at different times. Mum now Alhamduliliah is so supportive and happy for me :) she really is happy that I have done this. I think likes the part of Muslims having to obey their parents :P But I've been really good to her since I've become a Muslim and hopefully one day she and dad will see the good and happiness in me and want that too. inshAllah So yeah, that's my story. I apologize for writing so much but that is close enough to the whole thing whole thing and I felt like I needed to explain everything to someone at least once. Currently now I'm still struggling but inshallah Allah will make for me a way out. What it came down to was the fact that the Quran was just too perfect to come from any other saw than God, and I can remember the day when I was reading about Islam outside looking on my iPod touch ( so no one could see what I am doing haha) and reading through the miracles of the Quran... It took my breath away and it was then that I decided that I have to be a Muslim. I recommend to anyone who wants to read a beautiful reversion story, to go to: http://islamicsunrays.com/becoming-muslim-in-america/ It is here were I got into contact with Najib and if you read the comments below you will see what I have written about my situation at the time. I as so impressed about how caring Muslims can be and so many offered to help. Unfortunately we have people from our Ummah who are harming the Muslims with the bad actions and their wrongs are affecting us all. One Muslim does something wrong and we all have to suffer. It's not fair I know, but all the negativity about Islam in the media, may very well be the handiwork of Satan in an attempt to prevent people from finding the true path. As you can see... Satan is failing because I was able to join the Religion of God and see through the rubbish of the media and so are many others everyday. That is why Islam is the fasting growing religion and no one is able to put out the light of God: "They want to extinguish the light of Allah with their mouths, but Allah refuses except to perfect His light, although the disbelievers dislike it." Qur'an 9:32 If you have any comments or wish to ask me anything regarding my journey to Islam I would love to hear them :) Salaam
  12. 47 points
    (salam) I would like to present some good news to you. As you know, I reverted in Ramadan 2011, and since then haven't talked much about it to my relatives. I did speak to my classmates, but TBH they don't care much about Islam, and weren't interested to know about the Ahlulbayt. However, this time two of my cousins came to my city (they live in a different city). I was apprehensive about telling them about my decision, since they are extremely religious, and come from a religious family, and think of themselves as Wahhabis (ie, they are against graves, etc.) However, I pioneered a new way of telling them about Shiaism. In short, I first interrogated them abut Imam Ali (as), and his descendants. When they are unable to tell, then I showed them the hadith of Thaqalayn. They had known all their lives, "Quran and Sunnah", but I showed them that it was actually "Quran and Ahlulbayt". I also showed them the 733 sources of Ghadeer Khumm from the al-islam/ghadir website. By this time they were properly spooked out, and then, for the final blow, I showed them the video of Syed Hadi Modarresi refuting the Saudi Grand Mufti, in which the Grand Mufti praises Yazid live on TV. That was what finally kicked them off their own Wahhabi beliefs. Then I showed them the Quran verses of fasting till night, wiping the feet, and paying Khums. At this point, they were all despairing, and openly admiting that they were one of the 72 wrong sects. Then I dropped the bombshell, that Shia follow the Ahlulbayt, fast till night, wipe their feet and pay Khums. Then, luckily, they openly admitted that Shia were right, and took the decision to become Shia. I'll show you the video of the Saudi Grand Mufti praising Yazeed. Keep in mind that this bright spark has been responsible for 2 converts upto now in just my own family, and who knows how many worldwide. So, in short, after myself converting two of my very religious, university student/graduate cousins have reverted to Shiaism too.
  13. 46 points
    [Mod Note: Some links to books and articles have stopped working, so there is an ongoing project to search for a replacement link and make an edit. Thanks for your patience.] Since everyone's been asking for e-books [and articles] on a lot of threads lately, I've decided to put them all in one place. Tawhid Allah - the concept of God in Islam by Yasin T. al-Jibouri [PDF] God and His Attributes by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Knowing God by Mujtaba Musavi Lari [PDF] Fundamentals of Knowing God by Reza Berenjkar [PDF] A General Look At Rites* by Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr Justice of God by Naser Makarem Shirazi [PDF] Tradition of Mufaddal [PDF] Hadith of Halila God: An Islamic Perspective by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Al-Tawhid and Its Social Implications by Ali Khamene'I [PDF] Divine Justice or The Problem of Evil by Javad Shayvard [PDF] Does God Exist?* Who is the Law-Maker?.doc by Al-Balagh Foundation Does God Exist? by Akramulla Syed Islam and the Shi'ite Creed (Usool al-Deen) Invitation to Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Discovering Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini [PDF] Tenets of Islam* by Shaykh Tusi Rationality of Islam by Abu'l Qasim al-Khu'I [PDF] Inner Secrets of the Path* by Haydar Amuli Invitation to Islam: A Survival Guide by Thomas McElwain Islam and Religious Pluralism by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Man and Universe by Murtadha Mutahhari [PDF] Shi'a by Muhammad Husayn Tabataba'I [PDF] An Introduction to Islam by Bashir Hassanali Rahim Islam by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Need of Religion* by Sa'eed Akhtar Rizvi [PDF] Inquiries about Islam by 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 Basic Beliefs of Islam by QMM Kamoonpuri [PDF] Faith and Reason* by The Porch of Wisdom Cultural Institution The Children's Book on Islam by Ibrahim Amini Islamic Doctrines Simplified by Al-Balagh Foundation Asl ash-Shi'ah wa usuluha or Origin of Shi'ite Islam and its Principles by Muhammad Husayn Al Kashif'ul Ghita' [PDF] The Roots of Religion by Dar Rah Haqq's Board of Writers The Hereafter- Ma’ad by Dastghaib Shirazi [PDF] Shia-Sunni Dialogue The Shi'ite Apologetics by Reza Husayni Jassab Shi'ism in Sunnism by Muhammad Reza Mudarrisi Yazdi [PDF] Peshawar Nights by Sultanu'l-Wa'izin Shirazi [PDF] Al-Muraja'at by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Al-Nass Wal-Ijtihad by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi [PDF] Questions on Jurisprudence by Abd al-Husayn Sharaf al-Din al-Musawi Then I Was Guided by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] The Shi'ah are (the real) Ahl al-Sunnah by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] To Be With the Truthful by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] Ask Those Who Know by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi [PDF] All Solution Are With The Prophet's Progeny by Muhamed al-Tijani al-Samawi Inquiries About Shi'a Islam by Moustafa al-Qazwini Spurious Arguments About The Shia by Abu Talib at-Tabrizi Shi'ite Islam: Orthodoxy or Heterodoxy? by Luis Alberto Vittor [PDF] Wahab'ism and Monotheism by Ali Al-Kurani Al-Amili The Truth About The Shi'ah Ithna-'Asheri Faith by As'ad Wahid al-Qasim Wahhabism by Ja'far Subhani A New Analysis of Wahhabi Doctrines by Muhammad Husayn Ibrahimi Glimpses of Shi'ism in the Musnad of Ibn Hanbal by Dr.. Sayyid Kazim Tabataba'I Shi'ism in Relation to Various Islamic Sects by Abulqasim Gorji Shi'ism: Imamate and Wilayat by Muhammad Rizvi [PDF] The Shi'ites Under Attack by Muhammad Jawad Chirri [PDF] The Twelve Successors by Murtada al-'Askari Mu'tamar 'Ulama' Baghdád or The Conference of Baghdad's Ulema by Muqatil ibn 'Atiyyah Devils Deception of the Nasibi Wahabis Abdul Hakeem Oranu Inter-Religion Dialogue Search for Truth* by S.V. Mir Ahmad Ali [PDF] A Closer Look at Christianity by 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
  14. 46 points

    Ethics Book List

    [MOD NOTE: The project of adding PDF links for every book will continue.] (bismillah) (salam) People want to discuss and learn. Here is a list of books, in no particular order, that might be useful. Akhlaq e-A'imma, Morals & Manners of the Holy Imams AS. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/akhlaq-al-aimma-morals-manners-holy-imams-maulana-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Ethics and Spiritual Growth. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/ethics-and-spiritual-growth-sayyid-mujtaba-musawi-lari Jami' al-Sa'adat (The Collector of Felicities). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jami-al-saadat-the-collector-of-felicities-muhammad-mahdi-ibn-abi-dharr-al-naraqi Moral Values of Qur'an, a Commentary on Surah Hujurat. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/moral-values-of-quran-tafsir-hujurat-ayatullah-dastaghaib Code of Ethics for Muslim men and women. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/code-ethics-muslim-men-and-women-sayyid-masud-masumi Qalbe-Saleem, Immaculate Conscience. Get PDF https://www.al-islam.org/qalbe-saleem-immaculate-conscience-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi Adabus Salat, The Disciplines of the Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/adab-as-salat-disciplines-of-prayer-second-revised-edition-imam-khomeini Self Building, An Islamic guide for Spiritual Migration towards God. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/self-building-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Spiritual Discourses. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/spiritual-discourses-murtadha-mutahhari al Siraj: The Lantern on the Path To Allah Almighty. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-siraj-the-lantern-on-the-path-to-Allah-almighty-husain-ibn-ali-ibn-sadiq-al-bahrani The Elixir of Love. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/the-elixir-of-love-muhammad-rayshahri Awsaf al Ashraf, The Attributes of the Noble. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/vol11-no3-no4/awsaf-al-ashraf-attributes-noble-shaykh-khwaja-nasir-al-din-al-tusi Concentration in Prayer. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/concentration-in-prayer-jameel-kermalli Last Will & Testament. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/wasiyatnama-last-will-testament-ayatullah-shaikh-abdulla-mamkani Diseases of the Soul. (No PDF link. Can download at the site.) https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/diseases_soul/ Anecdotes of the Ahlul Bayt. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-ahlul-bayt-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Jihad al-Akbar, The Greatest Jihad: Combat with the Self. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/jihad-al-akbar-the-greatest-jihad-combat-with-the-self-imam-khomeini Struggle against the Self (jihad al-nafs). [PDF only] https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/jihad.pdf Du’a (Supplication). Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/dua-supplication-sayyid-zafar-hasan-amrohi Sexual Ethics in Islam and in the Western World. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/sexual-ethics-islam-and-western-world-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari Principles Of Marriage & Family Ethics. Get PDF http://www.al-islam.org/principles-marriage-family-ethics-ayatullah-ibrahim-amini Rafed.net Ethics articles: https://en.rafed.net/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&id=78&Itemid=843
  15. 43 points
    [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?
  16. 42 points
    (salam) As many of u may know, i have past that is different from how i am right now. I have been a member here june this year, and many of my posts confronts that im a convert to Shia islam. As im writing this text, it makes me remember high school where i wrote english essays, and my english may be a bit... uhh... bad! And my story on how i converted may not be full of actions. I beg the apologize of every reader. I were born in a sunni muslim family. In my younger days i were learing alot about Islam, which were the basics every parent learn their child. I knew i were a muslim, i knew about Allah and our Prophet, and the 5 pillars. I live in a European country, and in primary school i had a some education about Islam (it were just a summary about the basics that i were teached by my parents). So i werent actually focusing much on that subject and i were good to take the word on my classes to teach a bit more about Islam to my classmates and teachers. I actually remember one day when i were 10-12 years old, that my father were watching the Turkish news (as we r originally from Turkey), and one of the cases were probably about Ashura (i dont remember that well). I were wondering about the whole case and started to ask my father about what was happening. He started to tell me a bit about the split in Islam, that we had sunni, shia and many more. Then he continued to tell me about Shia islam (look, i didnt learn about different sects in Islam before i were about 10 years!). When i asked him about which i belonged to, he answered sunni. And i felt from that day, that i had a mission to learn more (which 10 years old kid would think about it, but trust me, i did!). Later on, i started on high school where the religion subject were a bit more detailed. When the topic came to Islam, we where again presented to the basics, but also about the different sects. I could read about sunni and shia, and the most confusing part were that i were more convinced about the belief of Shia. But i were kind of ignorant and didnt mind it, because «our elders may have knew much better on why we have chosen sunni islam». In the end of high school, i got contact with a Iraqi girl that were Shia muslim, and the topic came to Shia islam. She were telling be alot of info about them and absolutely adored the way i were just listening and not making discussions about how wrong she was. She gave me books, linked to videos etc. just to help me learn more. I did want to learn, but unfortunally i were focusing too much on school that i «didnt have time for it». So for 2 years ago i met my best friend, who were also a Shia muslim. We could talk for 2-3 hours a day about Shia islam and i were more and more attacted to it (and know i werent busy with all other less important things, as i were older). I started to agree more on her points and started to read the books my Iraqi friend gave me. I were also good on doing research on the internet (i were actually using SC that times, but werent a member). One year ago, while i started to forget about my interest about Shia islam, i had a dream that i were in the middle of a big crowd. I remember really well that i screamed «Ya Allah, Ya Muhammed, Ya Ali», and i were hearing the crowd saying the same. I were confused when i woke up, and i didnt tell anyone immediatly. My life didnt go that well either on that time. Somethings didnt just work out, and i were having a hard time. I wanted to seek more comfort on my religion and i knew alot about Shia islam and were agreeing about it. My dream, my feelings about it etc. were going through my mind. I converted, and believe me, since that day my life have been so much more better. I have felt more connections with Allah. I cant even describe how my life and the way i looked on life, were changed (some ppl here may think that im exaggerating, but this is what i felt!). If i have said something wrong or offended ppl, please forgive me. May Allah be with u all. :) (wasalam)
  17. 39 points

    Blessed With A Son

    (asslamoalaikum) On 13th of January, 2012 i am blessed with a son. May Allah include him in His worshipers. May Allah enlighten his heart with His Noor, Emaan, and Maarafat e Muhammad (sawaw) and Aal e Muhammad (a.s) particularly Imam e Zaman a.s. May Allah include him in the army of Imam e Zaman a.s.
  18. 38 points
    (salam) Now gather ‘round And I’ll run it down Ok, most of you know that I'm not Shi'ite, by technicality and default, I am a Sunni (although I personally identify with the term "Muslim", as I believe this is the correct and legitimate name for followers of the Prophet s.a.w - and not the previous two). I have been a Sunni all my life, (with what you can call a brief flirtation with Salafism in my more rebellious and confused teen years), for the most part of my years, I've been very much closed-minded to Shia Islam, both intentionally and unintentionally through ignorance and the fact that I just accepted the propaganda and misconceptions that we are fed. As you know, the average Sunni doesn't know jack [Edited Out] about Shia Islam, and has hardly ever had contact with an actual Shi'ite in real life. I was pretty much like this- give or take with a basic understanding of what they believe, mixed in with some of the usual cliche criticisms we throw at them. I guess it all changed when I got to know a Shi'ite girl some years back for the first time, knowingly at least. Of course the discussion of sectarian differences came into play and from such heated discussions, or arguments if you will, I began to see an alternative narrative to what I was used to - especially in regards to the key events surrounding the Prophet's death. The whole rift with Abu Bakr and Fatima, the divisions amongst the Sahabah in who they supported, the incident at Fatima's house, her death and secret burial, the battle of the Camel, etc.. and the whole Ghadir Khom event prior to all this too. It was both very intriguing, yet at the same time frustrating, that I couldn't really find a satisfactory Sunni refutation for many of these points - and I was under the assumption because we were the right sect, that our evidences would be so manifest - yet little did I realise, that even within our own sources, especially Bukhari, there was much evidence for what Shi'ites believed had happened. It seemed to be painting these saintly images of key Sunni figures, in perhaps ways that didn't always match up with other hadiths. There was certainly something dodgey going on, especially at the time of the Prophet's death. I didn't admit it of course, but deep down I knew I didn't have anything against what she had thrown my way. In anycase, I chose to stick with what I believed, as it just was my comfort zone, and I buried what I had come to know in the far depths of my mind. I had since cut off contact with that person for whatever reason, but as it happened, I don't even know why, these questions resurfaced and I began to revisit a lot of the issues we used to speak about, in my own time - yet this time, I began to look at things objectively and without the biased lens I had been looking through previously. It was also only then, did I remember that person confidently telling me that she was certain I'll be Shi'ite one day - I remembered laughing at such an idea, as at the time, it was literally 100% an uncertaintiy and unthinkable. Still, I tried to brush these thoughts away. However, the more I looked into things, the deeper I got, and it got to a stage where I knew I was lying to myself by believing in the narrative I was most familiar with - I guess a person truly knows something is right or the truth, if they try to fight against it - and I did try for a few more years to suppress this different perspective I had begun to see. I began to frequent this site as an observer primarily, although much of what I know was still from those initial conversations I had, and other research, external to this site. I think when I really began to form a more solid opinion or stance was when I looked at the incident of Karbala and the matrydom of Imam Hussain in detail - I had always just known the surface details and never felt any real emotion (I just didn't get why Shias got so emotional over this), but I realised, any objective and neutral person could see who was on the side of good and who was on the side of tyranny and injustice - for too long we as Sunnis are too scared to take a side if a conflict involved two "Companions", likewise with the Battle of the Camel. In anycase, when I read more of the dreadful treatment of the female and children survivors of that incident, I really started asking myself - if the Shias claim they support the Prophet and his family... just who the hell have we been supporting all this time? It's been a gradual process of unravelling and basically turning a lot of what I believed upside down, as well as changing the ways in which I had previously looked in adoration at some Companions. What I can say is this much: Although the Prophet s.a.w didn't explicitly say who his "Khaleefah" would be, I do believe that Ali ra was the rightful sucessor, and that his claim was usurped, and that there is far greater evidence pointing to his claim than anything of the sort in light of Abu Bakr's claim. The Ahlul Bayt, were indeed wronged and oppressed, especially by people who claimed to love the Prophet s.a.w - there is no denying this. For the most part, it is the Shias who have also been oppressed by the Sunnis, and it continues to this day. This being said, although I believe in the rightful claim of Ali r.a, I still have these inherent reservations when it comes to fully embracing the whole Imamat concept and Infallibility, and of the Hidden Imam. I understand the Quranic verse of purification, but I still don't know if this is explicitly saying that the specifically defined Ahlul Bait are Infallible. I've been one who only viewed the Prophet s.a.w as Infallible - although I do understand that only his true sucessors could be Infallible like him, with an esoteric understanding of the Quran. I guess, being from a Sunni background, I find it difficult to embrace this deep idealism, as Sunnis are more familiar with a sort of realism, that suggests, the Khulafah, although not neccessarily pious or infallible, are the right people for the job, and the most qualified in practical terms. It is from this perspective, I acknowledge that Abu Bakr - minus his grave wrongdoings, as a Caliph, had to fight against many internal initial threats to the early Islamic community, such as the false prophets who began to emerge, and those who refused to pay zakat, etc.... and importantly, in terms of the religion of Islam - it's military expansionism, which would be followed on by suceeding caliphs. In hindsight, how could we know how things would have turned out, if a younger Ali became first Caliph? Would he have ordered the military expansion that the previous Caliphs did, if in the same position? Beause we know his time of Caliph, unfortunately was mostly preoccupied with internal fitnah first from Aisha and then from Muawiyah. How would sucessive Imams carried out their role of leaders of the Ummah - were the Imams supposed to be Caliphs simultaneously? I guess, like many Sunnis I still have this worldly justification for ourselves, in our military success and expanionism, and sheer numbers (and more ethnic diversity in comparison)- I know numbers do not equate to being on the truth, but it sure is comforting when you know you're a majority. I wouldn't expect anyone to understand that, well maybe ex-Sunnis, and I'm sure many Shias have at some point or another reflected on the larger number of Sunnis and had some anxiety or doubts at some point in time. I do however, find it interesting, being a minority on this forum, it makes a change being a minority for once. Speaking of, it would be most interesting to see how Sunnis who became Shias managed with these issues, I'm sure being formerly sincere Sunnis, they had to reconcile some of these same points - in addition to praying in a slightly different way...... how did it feel praying differently to what you believed was the correct way? I'd also find that seemingly difficult to get used to. I haven't really told anyone I know personally about these growing inclinations I have, apart from one relative, and perhaps hinted it to a few people, but no real concrete steps as yet. I am still hoping to learn more as I continue my research. Sunni Islam is not enough alone that is for sure, there are a lot of holes it seems - though many simply are in blissful ignorance - I wish I could find a sort of solution or closure to this, maybe it is possible to still be Sunni whilst accepting that Ali should have been Caliph?... I'm not sure I'd formally declare myself as Shi'ite, as I still have issues seeing myself as Sunni still. Ideally I'd like to have the truth, and I do hope I find that equilibrium, because right now, I'm in a somewhat state of limbo. Well that was good to get out of my system. It would be most interesting to hear from former Sunnis but any thoughts or opinions are welcome.
  19. 38 points

    Dietary And Medicinal Hadiths

    as-salaam `alaykum, I wanted to dedicate this thread to various foods the Ahl al-Bayt have recommended and their specific benefits. وعن علي بن محمد ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبان ابن عبد الملك ، عن إسماعيل بن جابر ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إنا لنبدأ بالخل عندنا كما تبدؤون بالملح عندكم وإن الخل ليشد العقل . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We start our meals with vinegar like you start yours with salt, and surely vinegar strengthens the intellect." (al-Kafi) "Acetic Acid bacteria helps memory and response times in middle-aged and elderly patients" https://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/article/jaam/6/7/6_7_60/_article محمد بن يحيى ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى عن محمد بن سنان ، عن موسى بن بكر قال : قال لي أبوالحسن ( عليه السلام ) : مالي أراك مصفرا ؟ قلت : وعك أصابني ، فقال : كل اللحم ، فأكلته ، ثم رآني بعد جمعة وأنا على حالي مصفرا ، فقال لي : ألم آمرك بأكل اللحم ؟ فقلت : ما أكلت غيره منذ أمرتني ، قال : كيف تأكله ؟ قلت : طبيخا ، قال : لا كله كبابا ، فأكلته ، ثم أرسل إليّ فدعاني بعد جمعة فاذا الدم قد عاد في وجهي ، فقال : الآن نعم . Imam Musa al-Kadhim [a] said to a man, "Why is it that you are looking pale?" The man said, "I am ill." The Imam [a] said, "Eat meat." So he ate meat, and after a Friday, the man was still looking pale. The Imam [a] said, "Did I not command you to eat meat?" The man said, "I have not eaten anything other than it since you commanded me." The Imam [a] said, "How did you eat it?" The man said, "Cooked." Imam al-Kadhim [a] then said, "No, eat it as a kebab." So he ate kebab, then the Imam sent [a man] to him and called him after a Friday, and behold, the blood had returned to his face. (al-Kafi) "Conclusions: Minced beef is more rapidly digested and absorbed than beef steak, which results in increased amino acid availability and greater postprandial protein retention. However, this does not result in greater postprandial muscle protein synthesis rates." http://ajcn.nutrition.org/content/98/1/121.long وعن محمد بن علي ، عن ابن بقاح ، عن الحكم بن أيمن ، عن أبي اُسامة ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : قال رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) : عليكم باللحم ، فإن اللحم ينمي اللحم ، ومن مضى به أربعون صباحا لم يأكل اللحم ساء خلقه ، ومن ساء خلقه فأطعموه اللحم The Prophet Muhammad said, "Eat meat, for flesh makes flesh grow. Whoever has forty mornings pass by him in which he did not eat meat, his nature is worsened. Feed meat to he whose nature is worsened." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) http://www.bodybuilding.com/fun/eat-your-meat-the-muscle-building-bounty-of-beef-and-fish.html ـ محمد بن يعقوب ، عن محمد بن يحيى ، عن محمد بن موسى رفعه ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، أنه قال : سويق العدس يقطع العطش ويقوى المعدة ، وفيه شفاء من سبعين داء ، ويطفئ الصفراء ، ويبرد الجوف ، وكان إذا سافر ( عليه السلام ) لا يفارقه ، وكان يقول ( عليه السلام ) إذا هاج الدم بأحد من حشمه يقول له : اشرب من سويق العدس ، فإنّه يسكن هيجان الدم ، ويطفئ الحرارة . Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "Lentil stew cuts off thirst and strengthens the stomach. There is a cure from seventy ailments in it, and it extinguishes the yellow bile and cools the abdomen. Drink lentil stew, for it calms the eruption of the blood, and extinguishes the heat." (Wasa'il) Lentils are high in magnesium, which improves the flow of blood, oxygen, and nutrients throughout the body. They also remove bile in the digestive tract, and stabilize blood-sugar levels: http://www.whfoods.com/genpage.php?tname=foodspice&dbid=52 http://www.livestrong.com/article/410170-is-lentil-soup-healthy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله : من استعمل الخشبتين امن من عذاب الكليتين . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Whoever makes use of the two pieces of wood (the toothstick and toothpick) is safe from the affliction of the kidneys." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Link between chronic kidney disease and poor oral hygiene: http://cjasn.asnjournals.org/content/6/1/218.full وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالاهليلج الاسود فانه من شجر الجنة طعمه مر وفيه شفاء من كل داء . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Upon you is the black myrobalan, for it is from the trees of Paradise. Its taste is bitter, and in it is treatment for every malady." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Black myrobalan treats asthma, constipation, hair loss, heartburn, gum pain, graying hair, mouth ulcers, vaginal inflammation, and more: https://natural-herbal-remedies.knoji.com/black-myrobalan-medicinal-properties-greying-and-losing-of-hair-remedy/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : اسقوا نساءكم الحوامل الالبان فانها تزيد في عقل الصبي . The Prophet Muhammad said, "Give your pregnant women milk to drink, for it increases the intellect of the child." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Children with mothers who drank milk during pregnancy have a higher IQ: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/health/news/10072366/Drink-milk-to-increase-childs-IQ-pregnant-women-told.html عنه، عن أبى يوسف، عن القندى، عن المفضل بن عمر، عن أبى عبد الله (ع) قال: ذكر له الحمى فقال: إنا أهل بيت لا نتداوى إلى بافاضة الماء البارد يصب علينا، وأكل التفاح. Imam Ja`far as-Sadiq [a] said, "We, the Ahl al-Bayt, do not treat a fever except by pouring cold water on ourselves and eating apples". (al-Mahasin) Apple water as a home remedy for fevers: http://health.howstu...for-fevers2.htm وعن علي بن الحكم ، عن أبيه ، عن سعد ، عن الاصبغ ، عن علي ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : إن نبيا من الانبياء شكا إلى الله قلة النسل في امته ، فأمره أن يأمرهم بأكل البيض ، ففعلوا ، فكثر النسل فيهم . وعن نوح بن شعيب ، عن كامل ، عن محمد بن إبراهيم الجعفي ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : من عدم الولد فليأكل البيض ، وليكثر منه . وعنهم ، عن سهل بن زياد ، عن على بن حسان ، عن موسى بن بكر ، قال : سمعت أبا الحسن ( عليه السلام ) يقول : كثرة أكل البيض تزيد في الولد Imam `Ali said, "A prophet from the prophets complained to Allah about the paucity of progeny in his nation, so He commanded him to command them to eat eggs. So they did and the progeny became many in them." Imam Ja`far said, "Whoever lacks in offspring, then let him eat eggs and he is to do much of it." Imam Musa said, "Much eating of eggs increases one in offspring." Poached or soft-boiled eggs are high in Vitamin D and B6, which spur the production of progesterone, a hormone necessary for pregnancy. Eggs also contain B12 and selenium, which increase sperm count. وعن عدة من أصحابنا ، عن أحمد بن أبي عبدالله ، عن أبيه ، ( و ) عمرو بن إبراهيم جميعا ، عن خلف بن حماد ، عن يعقوب بن شعيب ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) ، قال : لدغت رسول الله ( عليه السلام ) عقرب ، فنفضها ، وقال : لعنك الله فما يسلم منك مؤمن ولا كافر ، ثم دعا بملح ، فوضعه على موضع اللدغة ، ثم عصره بإبهامه حتى ذاب ، ثم قال : لو يعلم الناس ما في الملح ما احتاجوا معه إلى ترياق. A scorpion stung the Messenger of Allah , so he shook it off and he said, "Allah curse you, neither a believer nor a kafir is safe from you." Then he called for salt, and placed it on the place of the sting. Then he pressed it with his thumb until it dissolved. Then he said, "If the people knew what was in salt, they would not have need of theriac with it." (al-Kafi) Salt alleviates the pain of bug bites due to its anti-septic and anti-inflammatory properties. http://www.top10homeremedies.com/home-remedies/home-remedies-for-mosquito-bites.html اسحاق بن ابراهيم عن ابي الحسن العسكري عليه السلام : حضرته يوما وقد شكا إليه بعض إخواننا فقال : يا ابن رسول الله إن أهلي يصيبهم كثيرا هذا الوجع الملعون قال : وما هو قال : وجع الرأس قال: خذ قدحا من ماء وإقرأ عليه ( أو لم يرى الذين كفروا أنّ السماوات والارض كانتا رتقاً ففتقناهما وجعلنا من الماء كل شيء حيّ أفلا يؤمنون) ثم اشربه فإنه لا يضره إن شاء الله تعالى A man said to Imam `Ali al-Hadi [a], "O son of the Messenger of Allah! My people are inflicted much with a cursed pain." The Imam asked, "And what is it?" The man said, "Headaches" The Imam said, "Take a glass of water, and recite upon it 'Have those who disbelieved not considered that the heavens and the earth were a joined entity, and We separated them and made from water every living thing? Then will they not believe?' (21:30). Then, drink it, for it will not be harmful, God-willingly." (Tibb al-A'immah by an-Nisapuri) Water-deprivation causes headaches: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/14979888 وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : عليكم بالكرفس فانه ان كان شيء يزيد في العقل فهو هو . The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "Eat celery, for if there is a thing that increases the intellect, then it is it." (Tubb an-Nabawi) Celery reduces inflammation in the brain and memory problems: https://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/10/101013122601.htm وعنه ، عن أحمد بن محمد بن عيسى ، عن القاسم بن يحيى ، عن جده الحسن بن راشد ، عن أبي بصير ، عن أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) قال : قال أمير المؤمنين ( عليه السلام ) : الدهن يلين البشرة ، ويزيد في الدماغ ، ويسهل مجاري الماء ، ويذهب القشف ، ويسفر اللون. Imam `Ali عليه السلام said, "Ointment softens the skin, increases in the brain, eases the stream of fluids, takes away coarseness of skin, and brightens the colour." الحسن بن الفضل الطبرسي في ( مكارم الأخلاق ) قال : كان النبي ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يحب الدهن ويكره الشعث ، ويقول : إن الدهن يذهب البؤس ، وكان يدهن بأصناف من الدهن ، وكان إذا ادهن بدأ برأسه ولحيته ، ويقول : إن الرأس قبل اللحية ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) يدهن بالبنفسج ، ويقول : هو أفضل الأدهان ، وكان ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) إذا ادهن بدأ بحاجبيه ، ثم شاربيه ، ثم يدخل في أنفه ويشمه ، ثم يدهن رأسه ، وكان يدهن حاجبيه من الصداع ، ويدهن شاربيه بدهن سوى دهن لحيته. The Prophet صلى الله عليه وآله used to love ointment and dislike dishevelment, and he would say, "Ointment removes misery." And he would anoint with (different) types of ointment. When he anointed, he began with his head and his beard, and he would say, "The head is before the beard." And he صلى الله عليه وآله used to anoint with violet. And he would say, "It is the best of ointments." When he صلى الله عليه وآله anointed, he began with his eyebrows, then his mustache, then he would enter into his nose and smell it, then he would anoint his head. And he would anoint his eyebrows from the headache, and anoint his mustache with ointment equal to the ointment of his beard. Lavendar oil helps your body produce antioxidants, which fight toxins and pollutants in your body. It prevents your body from increasing its blood glucose levels. It prevents liver and kidney dysfuncton. It alleviates migraines, anxiety, sleep disturbance, depression, trauma, and postpartum disorder. It reduces the development of Alzheimer's disease. It fights bacterial and fungal disorders. It speeds the healing of burns, cuts, s[Edited Out]es, sores, and wounds. http://draxe.com/lavender-oil-benefits/ وقال صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم : إذا ولدت المرأة فليكن اول ما تأكل الرطب الحلو والتمر فأنه لو كان شيء افضل منه اطعمه الله تعالى مريم حين ولدت عيسى عليه السلام The Prophet Muhammad (s) said, "If a woman gives birth, then let the first thing she eats be sweet fresh dates and dried ones, for if there were a thing better than it, Allah would have fed it to Mary when she gave birth to Jesus." (Tubb an-Nabawi) "Dates fruit consumption during late pregnancy has been shown to positively affect the outcome of labour and delivery without adverse effect on the mother and child.” https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28286995 محمد بن يعقوب ، عن علي بن محمد بن بندار ، عن أبيه ، عن محمد بن علي الهمداني ، عن حنان ، قال : كنت مع أبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) على المائدة ، فناولني فجلة ، فقال : يا حنان ! كل الفجل ، فإن فيه ثلاث خصال : ورقه يطرد الرياح ، ولبه يسربل البول و وأصله يقطع البلغم A man was with Imam Ja`far [a] sitting at a table, and the Imam handed him a radish. The Imam said, "Eat radish, for there are three characteristics in it: its leafage banishes flatulence, its kernel causes urine to descend, and its root cuts off phlegm." (Wasa'il ash-Shi`a) Radishes are a good treatment for gastric problems and urinary disorders: https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html Radish juice is the best home remedy for phlegm and mucus: http://www.jemsrecipes.com/radish-juice-best-home-remedy-for-phlegm/ https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/vegetable/health-benefits-of-radish.html بى رحمه هللا قال: حدثنا محمد بن ابى القاسم عن محمد بن علي الكوفي عن عبد هللا بن عبد الرحمان االصم، عن الهيثم بن واقد، عن مقرن، عن أبى عبد هللا عليه السالم قال: سأل سلمان رحمة هللا عليه عليا صلوات هللا عليه عن رزق الولد في بطن أمه، فقال: ان هللا تبارك وتعالى حبس عليه الحيضة فجعلها رزقه في بطن أمه Salman [r] asked `Ali [a] about the sustenance of a child in the belly of its mother. The Imam replied, "Allah withholds her menstruation, and He makes it a source of its sustenance in the belly of its mother." (`Ilal ash-Shara'i`) "The endometrium is the innermost glandular layer and functions as a lining for the uterus, preventing adhesions between the opposed walls of themyometrium, thereby maintaining the patency of the uterine cavity. During the menstrual cycle or estrous cycle, the endometrium grows to a thick, blood vessel-rich, glandular tissue layer. This represents an optimal environment for the implantation of a blastocyst upon its arrival in the uterus. The endometrium is central, echogenic (detectable using ultrasound scanners), and has an average thickness of 6.7 mm. During pregnancy, the glands and blood vessels in the endometrium further increase in size and number. Vascular spaces fuse and become interconnected, forming the placenta, which supplies oxygen and nutrition to the embryo and fetus."
  20. 38 points

    Hameedeh For Mod: Reloaded

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

    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.
  24. 36 points

    My Story

    (bismillah) As-Salamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu my dear brothers and sisters in Islam, The last time I tried posting my story, I got to the end of my second paragraph when my browser crashed, so Insh'Allah I will be able to finish it this time, and post it. A couple of people throughout this site have asked me about my journey to Islam, and eventually Shi'ism, and so I have decided to make one long post explaining everything, so that next time someone asks, I can just link them to this instead of trying to explain quickly. This post will have four main sections Insh'Allah: About myself, my religious history, how I came to (Sunni) Islam, and how I changed to Shia Islam. It's a bit of a strange story, with a lot of bumps in the road, and a lot that I am not proud of, but here goes nothing . . . About myself Hi there! My name is Michael :) I was born and raised (for the most part) in the city of Everett, Washington, USA. I spent my childhood in Marysville by I've lived back here in Everett for the past 6 (almost 7) years. My parents are divorced, and have been since I was a baby. I cannot remember a time when they weren't fighting. Now a days my father lives across the country, in Nebraska and I haven't seen him in 6 years. I am much closer with my paternal grandma (my last remaining grandparent) who lives in Oklahoma. I visited her this last Winter while on break from school, and I really enjoyed my time there. I like my mum a heck of a lot more than I like my dad (for various reasons), but I often feel that I am not good enough for her. Most of my friends say the opposite is true, and that she is a terrible mum, but that can't possible be true; she's my mum <3 I guess I have always been a "spiritual" person, obsessing over religion and whatnot my whole life, so I guess that my conversion to Islam isn't all that surprising. My religious history I was always raised in a Christian household, but the denomination has changed several times. I was baptized as an infant in the Episcopal Church (Anglican), but I don't think I've ever been to an Episcopal service apart from the one time I went with my father. While I was a young child, my mom had a job at some other church (United Church of Christ -- or something like that, I can't remember really), and so every Sunday we would go and she would supervise the nursery. I remember a bit of this, as I was allowed to play in there. After a while, my mom quietly switched us to Pentecostal (First Assembly of God) due to the church she worked at beginning to bless gay marriage (or commitment ceremonies, something like that), which she did not approve of. Most of my memories of the Pentecostal church are negative ones. I went with the children to Sunday school, which always bore me. I had no interest in hanging with the other children and singing songs and learning Bible lessons. I was perfectly happy with my mum as my sole friend. I had a very bad experience at this church, which I am not comfortable posting in public, but it turned me away completely. I doubt I will ever be the same, because of this experience. Soon after, we moved to the city I live in now and went to a megachurch for a short while. I actually liked this church because for the youth services, at least, it was more of a nightclub than a church. We spent maybe 5 minutes having a gospel lesson and then the rest of the time was listening to loud music, playing xbox and pool, and other stuff that teenagers like to do. I was only like 10-11, but I liked it even then. At the age of 11, a couple Mormon missionaries came by our apartment, and we became Mormons. It was the Mormon church that had the greatest hold on us, as my mum has had terrible finances since we moved the first time, and they help her out by paying rent and whatnot. It was at the age of 14 that I began to look into Islam. I will detail that part of my life in the next section, but I do want to add a little more to this one. Between that time and now, I have drifted in and out of Iman, and I have investigated nearly every possible religion out there. I investigated other forms of Christianity, Sikhism, Baha'i Faith, Hinduism, and I even dabbled in Witchcraft. The reason I switched around so much was probably due to two things. First, my mother has always been a drifter, so I probably inherited that from her. I also never felt truly right in any of these religions, so I moved onto the next one rather quickly. While I was 15 years old, I attended a Biblical Prophecy seminar with my mother put on by the Seventh-day Adventist church. After a while of going to the SDA church and having lessons and whatnot, my mum became a member but I did not. I like how they try to get to the true message of Christianity, instead of having some dumb agenda, but I still don't think it's true. Anyway, onto the interesting stuff . . . . How I came to (Sunni) Islam Between the ages of 13 and 14, I was an active member of a Harry Potter fan site (it was a web forum) where you could talk with other members and whatnot. I became pretty good friends with several people, and one of these was a Muslim. I was honestly only vaguely aware of her religion, and it really didn't matter that much to me, as I was a faithful Mormon, but this would later prove key. I had a bit of a falling out with her after I made up lies in order to receive attention (a bad habit of mine) and she discovered. Nowadays I only regularly talk to one friend I made on there, and I keep somewhat in contact with about 4-5. As a Freshman in High School, the family finances became a bit tight and we had to lose the internet. So as an alternative, everyday after school I would take the city bus to the local shopping mall, and sit in the coffee shop that was inside Borders book store and use their wifi (I had a laptop I would take). I think the reason I was able to open up to Islam at this point was because I was becoming less and less interested in mine, Mormonism. Anyway, I eventually found her profile on Facebook (the girl I mentioned earlier). I wasn't particularly looking or anything, but she popped up as a mutual friend or something. I remembered that she was Muslim, so I decided to investigate. I picked out a book at that bookstore called "The Complete Idiot's Guide to Islam" (or something similar) and started reading. I never actually bought the book lol, I just read it in the store. I was impressed with a lot of the beliefs, and decided to start researching Islam online. I joined an Islamic web forum, which although didn't help me much then, it proved an invaluable tool later on. I also found the local mosque and contacted the guy in charge. After a while, I decided to go to the mosque and become a Muslim. I was absolutely not ready for it. I knew next to nothing about Islam (at least compared to what I know now . . .lol), but I went anyway. It was on Eidul Adha 1430 (November 27, 2009) and we prayed Maghrib in jamaat. The Imam gave me a ride home, and taught me how to say As-Salaamu Alaykum. Eventually, I decided I wanted a Qur'an (LOL I didn't even have one yet) so I asked the Imam where I could buy a copy. He told me that I could get one for free at the mosque. He described what it looked like, and said I could just take it next time I was around. The story behind this, is absolutely by the will of Allah. My mother and I needed to move pretty soon by then, so we were going to go looking at apartments. She told me to meet her at the office of one of the apartments we were going to look at. That apartment, was right across the street from the mosque. I took my backpack with me, and while on my way to the apartment, I quickly sneaked into the mosque, took the Qur'an, put it in my backpack, and went over to the apartments before she could get there and see me. Alhamdulilllah!! We eventually moved into that apartment, and I started going to the mosque slightly more, but I didn't really have high iman. It was at this point where I dabbled in witchcraft the most . . . It was a really low point in my life. That's really it, to be honest . . . I have never been a good Muslim. I don't think I've ever read all five prayers in a single day. I haven't been to a masjid since last Eidul Fitr. I am a really terrible Muslim, and a hypocrite. My change to Shia Islam There are basically three main things that helped me understand Islamic history properly, which then led me to Shi'ism. The first is a book entitled After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam by Lesley Hazleton. As the title suggests, it is a book that discusses the history of how the split happened, and why it happened. I saw how the Caliphs came into power, and how that was never Muhammad's intention. I won't go too deep into it, but I highly recommend it for ANYONE. It's a great book. The second thing that led me to Shia Islam was a girl in my English class. I found out that she was Shia after she asked me my religion. I asked her some basic questions like "Why do you guys beat yourselves?" and "Why do you worship stones?". She was always patient and answered my questions in the best way possible. The third, was this website itself. I had so many questions, in fact I still do. But the truth, is for sure the truth, and Insh'Allah I will find the answers to my questions soon. As for the present, I guess I consider myself Shia. I have never been to a Shia mosque, and I don't have any Shia friends. Ever since my reversion to Islam, I have been a really bad Muslim, and I feel so bad about it. Please make Du'a that I will be guided. Well, that's my story. There is a lot I wanted to remove from it, but I wanted to be totally honest. I hope you all do not think less of me . . .
  25. 35 points
    Assalam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu, So I've had a few members ask me how I became a Shi'a and they have said that I should share it with everyone. So here it goes... get a cup of tea and a biscuit. I first learnt about Islam when I was engaged to a Muslim guy, who wasn't practising. I was intrigued by his religion and began to do my own research. The only things I knew about Islam where things that I had seen in the media and so I didn’t have a very positive opinion on this religion. However, I soon realised that there was so much more to this faith than I could ever have imagined. I realised that everything I knew about Islam was completely false. Instead I was presented with a faith that was logical, beautiful, fair and miraculous. I found a God who was so worthy of worship and so merciful to his creation and a Prophet (pbuh) with a beautiful and pure heart. So after doing a bit of research I decided I wanted to become a Muslim and began to practise. I took things very slowly. I learnt my prayers and began to pray everyday and read Qur’an. I practised fasting, started to be more charitable, gave up pork and begun to give up alcohol among other things. I was very very happy and felt I was nearly ready to take my shahdah. But things happened. The first thing was I left my fiancé. He had started being increasingly abusive to me and it got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. This completely shattered me - he and his family were the only Muslims I knew properly. I had tried several times to find a mosque to make friends there as my fiancé lived abroad but every time I went to the mosque, I was treated with disrespect and made to feel like I wasn’t welcome there. This hurt me so much and I didn’t understand why. I always dressed and acted so conservatively when I visited the mosque but I was always excluded. I was so lost and quickly got angry with God about all these things that were happening to me. I panicked because I felt I could not follow Islam anymore. So foolishly I looked for excuses to leave the faith. I ignored everything I had learnt and went back to being ignorant about Islam. Astagfirullah (may Allah forgive me) I did and said some terrible things against God and his Messenger (pbuh). So instead I became a Christian. I had many Christian friends so I decided it made sense to convert. I had this idea in my head that all Muslims were like my ex and the men at the mosque and that Christians were nice and friendly people. I found excuses to make me believe in the Christian doctrines and for almost a year I lived quite happily as a Christian. But yet again things changed. As I fully recovered after a difficult few months, I began to miss Islam. I missed the excitement of Ramadan, learning Arabic and above all I began to miss prostrating to God. I began to contemplate my choices and I realised that I had been completely unfair to God and Islam. I left Islam because of a few ignorant and hurtful people who did not embody the ideal Muslim in anyway. I realised that if the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was alive and spoke to these men, he would have told them that they were doing wrong because he said to never hurt or disrespect a woman for she is special to Allah. And I realised that truly in my heart, I did not accept Jesus (pbuh) as God. From reading the Bible, I loved Jesus with all my heart but truly the idea of him being God is so illogical to me. The only reason why I turned to Christianity is because I felt like I had nowhere left to go, not because I thought it was the truth. So one day after watching an Islamic lecture, I felt the need to pray. So I washed myself and prayed 2 rakats. And after that I called out to God because I fully believed that I had made some terrible mistakes. I asked God to forgive me of not trusting him and of the terrible sins I had committed. And for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was in the right place. I decided to take things really slowly and began by increasing my knowledge. At the time, the only path I considered was Sunni Islam. My ex fiance and his friends had told me all about the Shi'as and said some truly disgusting things about them. But one day I was watching Islamic lectures on You Tube and accidendly started watching a lecture by Dr Sayed Ammar Nakshawani. When I realised that it was a Shi'a video I wanted to turn it off, but a huge part of me refused and I kept watching. The arguments and set up were alien to me, but they did make sense. This sent me on a path where I watched more of his videos. First I watched his series on the misconceptions about the Shi'a and everything I had ever been taught was a lie. I couldn't believe how logical and truthful the beliefs of the Ahlulbayt (as) were. They made more sense to me to anything that I had studied before. After that, I watch his series on the 14 Infallibles and loved learning about the Ahlulbayt (as). I suffer with Bi-Polar and at times get dangerously depressed and managed to find some comfort in learning the difficulties Ahlulbayt (as) went through. It gave me hope that if for example Imam Karzim (as) never gave up on Allah (swt) when we was imprisoned and tortured, then I could do the same with my problems. I think the final straw for me wanted to become a Shi'a was when I learned the fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as). I had heard of Hussain before but every Sunni scholar who had talked about him just said he is just another martyr and nothing special. What they failed to add was Hussain was murdered by so called fellow Muslims and wallahi it is shameful to call him just another martyr when our Prophet (saw) weeped knowing what would happen to Hussain at Karbala. But the thing that shocked me the most was what happened to Zahra (as). When I found out about her land being stolen and her house being attacked, believe me I was disgusted and ashamed that I had believed she had just died from grief. Wallahi the evidence is even in the books of Ahlul-Sunnah. This pain hurt me so much. So this is how I refound Islam and I feel so lucky. My name is Amy and I'm not going to officially change my name but I have adopted the nickname of Zainab. This is because when I heard Lady Zainab's (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam Mahdi (as), may Allah hasten his return, as Zainab (as) was to Hussain (as). Al hamdulillah. Last time wallahi I wanted to convert for a man. But now I want to do it for God and God alone. Al hamdulillah.
  26. 35 points
    (salam) all :Marajas unanimously agree that friendship between male and female is permissible provided they are husband and wife. ws
  27. 34 points
    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.
  28. 34 points

    Shiachat Akhlaq !

    (salam) I noticed that the akhlaq of some of our shia members in this forum aren't good. Some of them act very rude and immature. We have the mods that are doing a great job, Alhamdulilah .. but its also the job of the members to behave well. It is our duty to represent the Shia Faith with the best of manners. There are 10,000 different guest who visit this site every day and we have to show them the best of Akhlaq. When I used to troll on the sunni forums, everyone was so much respectful to each other . Everyone was there to learn and not to fight, to enter an ethical discussion , not a debate. Some ethical rules :) : -Begin your post with Salam Alaikom -When the member is asking for advice, please help him and wish nothing but the best -Dont be rude to other members by cracking lame jokes just to show-off that you're cool -You're not infallible , so accept the fact that you may be wrong sometimes..dont turn the topic into a fight by trying to prove yourself right -Show the best of manners in front of the non-Muslims. Always help them, wish them "peace". -Write neatly. Just like you try to represent yourself in a job interview to have a good reputation, here you are carrying the flag of Isam on the internet (the most powerful tool for information nowadays) ,so write neatly , check your spelling and your punctuations. -Try to smile :) (dont overuse the emoticon though) -More to come :excl: EDIT : Actually, lets use this topic to bring our own ethical rules to the list and apply them , to improve ourselves here's another one that just popped my mind : - When you are banned , just accept the fact that you're banned. dont come back under another username to ask for reasons . Dont rebel.. it is not the end of the world if you are banned. If you really wanted to access shiachat for knowledge, then use your banned week opportunity to read books, listen to lectures..
  29. 33 points

    Mutah Experiences

    Id like this thread to only be about ppls actual experiences of Muta and not about the technicalities of halal/haram/makruh/mustahab ways of going about it. My experience was a positive one. My hubby and i had a 1 year muta when we first met. It enabled us to live together and be emotionally, mentally and physically intimate and get to know each other properly whilst we decided if we had something that we could make permanent. We said the marriage formula under a tree in a park (the botanical gardens were closed) on a beautiful spring day. My dowry was that he read to me at least once a week, preferably religious texts, although more often than not it ended up being silly stories, which i love also because he does all the voices and is very expressive. Anyway, it worked for us. It was a healthy, practical, responsible and positive way to go about things in my view, there was no deception involved or manipulation, just 2 ppl who were falling in love and wanted to get to know each other in a deeper sense and experience the dynamics of living together before making a serious long term commitment to one another with all the responsibilities that entails. We both saw it in this circumstance as a way of halal 'dating' if you like and im very happy that this option was open to us. Please post if you have an experience of muta and say whether it was a positive/negative/neutral one.
  30. 33 points
    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.
  31. 33 points

    Because She Doesn't Work

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

    I Love You All

    I love all my brothers and sisters in Islam :wub:
  33. 31 points

    Free Books Right At Your Door

    (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)
  34. 31 points

    Snowy Holy Shrine

    salam Alaikum All Today Mashhad was covered by a heavy snow! so as I was at the holy shrine, took some pictures ...just share them with you: Eltemase Dua Entrance gate of Inqilab courtyard Enqelab courtyard Jomhoury courtyard heading to Hedayat Courtyard Hedayat courtyard - before heavy snow Razavi university (Mirza Jafar yard) - inside the holy shrine
  35. 30 points
    Made by bro Ale Imran, and winning the 2013(?) Shiachat creativity competition. From this thread:http://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235014887-sc-comp-post-videos-here/ Like this post if you also want a sequel to the video! :)
  36. 30 points
    Muhammed Ali

    Hameedeh Appreciation Thread

    Sister I am sorry to do this to you :) You work harder than all the other moderators and admins combined. You praise and thank the mods for their work in the moderator appreciation thread (in the mods forum). So now we need a thread just for you. Can the people please say lots of nice things about her? :) You are not allowed to lock this thread, otherwise I will get repenter to reopen it.
  37. 30 points

    Give a Salawat! [OFFICIAL THREAD]

    Wa'alaykum Assalam wb. Beautiful thread! اللّهُمّ صَلّ عَلَى مُحَمّدٍ وَآلِ مُحَمّدٍ Allahumma salli ‘ala Muhammad wa Ali Muhammad
  38. 29 points
    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
  39. 29 points

    Thank You Everyone!

    Whoa!! What a roller coaster ride this past week's been. Whoops of joy, endless hours of going through member's list screening for potential voters, feeling my heart sink at losing a vote one minute and overwhelmed by the love and support shown by the members the next, countless trips from my office to the bougainvilleas growing outside the Anatomy department to check for new posts(that's the only place at work where phone signals are strong enough to browse web :p)coworkers expressing concern at me being so jittery all of a sudden, a burnt omelette while trying to think of replies :d ,several sleepless nights, thumping in the chest when refreshing page to check for votes..... I never imagined this whole thing would be so intense,so draining on one hand and equally exhilarating at the other... but it was worth it... Every minute of it. I want to thank all those members who put their trust in me by voting for me and also those who didn't because with every lost vote my resolve to win this became stronger. I am grateful to all those who supported me, a very BIG THANKS to Marbles for being with me throughout the campaign, for working with me through member's lists and for providing me with excellent advice all along. I would also like to thank Darth Vader, insearchoflight, Nooralbatul, skamran110, GC, AnaAmmar,Iamhussaini for their support. Thanks to the other candidates for making this such a superb experience. I learned so much from all of you. I learnt the 'Power of Cake' :p who got 10% votes without even trying, Khadim uz Zahra for sticking to the campaign right till the end, Silasun for sprinkling the otherwise grim thread with jokes and of course Magma :d bro that was one helluva of a campaign, Congratulations! SC would definitely benefit from a mod like you. Last but not the least I want to thank the whole Mod team for giving democracy a chance :D especially bro Abbas for putting in time and effort to arrange the elections. Looking forward to working with you! I will always try my best to be of service to the SC members and hopefully will be able to bring some positive changes to this great website. Please keep me in your duas. Thank you again all of you.
  40. 29 points
    Salam Alaykum, I had the tawfeeq of going to Iraq for ziyarat during Arbaeen and had the chance to meet Ayatullah Sistani (ha) with my group on January 5, 2013. He gave a brief talk to us and advice especially for believers living in the west. Here are some of the points that I remember from his talk that I think everyone can benefit from: - In the beginning he welcomed us all and prayed for us that our ziyarat be accepted. He then began by giving advice on the importance of purifying ones self. He said it is of utmost importance that we work hard towards purifying our nafs and that success in this life comes from that. He then quoted the verse: "Successful are the ones who purify themselves" (Qur'an 87:14). - He then spoke about the importance of having good akhlaq. He said the whole purpose of prophethood and all the prophets was towards perfecting our manners and akhlaq with each other. He quoted the hadith of the Prophet (saw): "I have not been sent except to perfect the moral attributes". He said we should give great importance to how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters and should be the best in character with them. - He tied this into the best way to spread the religion of Ahlulbayt (as) in the west is through our character and morals. He quoted the hadith by Imam Sadiq (as): "Call people towards us with something other than your tongue". He said we should see everyone as being part of us and not being separate from us. We should treat each other the way we want to be treated. He then quoted the hadith by the Prophet (saw): "Want for your fellow brother/sister what you want for yourself. Hate for your fellow brother/sister what you hate for yourself". - He spoke about the importance of seeking knowledge as it is the foundation and basis of our religion and that knowledge is not confined to only religious knowledge. But the worldly knowledges are also important if we can use them to benefit the Islamic Ummah and that we should excel in all fields of knowledge. Once we have this knowledge we should teach it to our fellow brothers and sisters. He emphasized about how we are all one and that we should see others children as our own. If their parents cannot teach their children something and we have that knowledge, we should teach their children as if they are our own. - He then spoke about that there is a threat trying to grow within Shias that is trying to separate us from the Maraja. He said to be wary of it and that is trying to break us apart and separate us from Islam. He gave the example that when we get sick we don't write our own prescriptions but we go to a doctor and we follow the prescription that the doctor gives us because he is more knowledgable in medicine than us. He said the maraja are just like doctors of our soul and that it is because they have studied years all the knowledges such as Rijal, Hadith etc that they can tell us what is halal and haram based on the teachings of Ahlulbayt (as). - He finally said that he prays especially for the believers in the West every morning after Fajr that we remain steadfast and successful in our religion. Someone asked Ayatullah Sistani (ha) about his health, he replied: - Being 82 years old, he has no complaints about his health Alhamdulillah he is doing very well right now. He said the only thing that bothers him is that he has not left his home in years to go outside due to the situation and that does take a bit of a toll on him. But besides that he is doing well. Someone asked about why he doesn't start a Hawza in the west such as in London, he replied: - He had spoken before to some people who run Shia institutions there but he said there we can only teach the basics and preliminaries. Students from the west who truly want to learn to be scholars should come to Najaf as all the resources and teachers are here and everything is established. Alhamdulillah Ayatullah Sistani looked very well and good in health and spoke very nicely. If you want to read my whole experience of what it felt like meeting him, you can read it here at my new blog: http://wisdomful.blogspot.com/. I also had chance to meet Grand Ayatullah Taqi al-Modarresi and Grand Ayatullah Bashir al-Najafi. I have a brief video of Ayatullah Modarresi which I'll upload and share soon and write about what they had to say some other time. If anyone has any questions about my trip feel free to ask. Iltimase dua
  41. 28 points

    ShiaChat Member of the Week!

    Every Friday (Eid-e-Jome), during God's most blessed day of the week, Moderators or Administrators will select one member as the "ShiaChat Member of the Week". Throughout the following week, everyone is encouraged to: Show that member general mercy and compassion, and an open, welcoming embrace. Make that member feel special and honored. Like that member's posts whenever possible. Withhold any grudges or divisive arguments with that member, if you have any. Once we pick a member, we'll put up their name, avatar picture, and give a few brief words here on this thread. No other prizes or anything beyond that. Nothing grand here. It's a very simple recognition. This thread will be locked to keep things simple. Stay tuned for this coming Friday, when the first person will be selected. Check the thread often, you could be selected next!
  42. 28 points

    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.
  43. 28 points

    ♥ 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. ♥
  44. 28 points

    We've Made Shiachat Great Again

    Salaam my dear friends, my colleagues, fellow youth, my elders, my fellow believing men and women, my fellow dreamers, future trolls, and alienated masses from the world over: Today is a marvelous day. We've made ShiaChat great again. I want to thank Abbas for initiating and organizing this great exercise of the people's will. I want to congratulate starlight on becoming a fellow colleague, and I'm sure we'll work well together. I want to thank the other participants (Cake, Khadim, silasun) for taking part and putting ideas and perspectives to the table. I want to thank my most vocal supporters (mina, apo, Summayeh, StarryNight, baradar, and others) for helping me out in the frontlines. But above all, I want to thank YOU. In order of increasing importance, there is winning an election, winning an argument, and winning the dream. And we will win. There are things we can do to make this site more engaging, more friendly, more amiable, and into a better community. Be sure about it. Things will happen slowly but surely, with work, patience, deliberation, perspective, and vision. Anticipate great things in our future. I am open to suggestions and thoughts. Whatever your persuasions, viewpoints, thoughts, or beliefs, if you are a genuine, well-intentioned human being who follows and respects the rules of this site, you are welcome here and have my blessing. Peace!
  45. 27 points

    Ahl Al-Bayt Daily

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

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

    (bismillah) I'm opening this thread to test the waters on an idea I've been considering whether it might warrant a more substantial home than this thread would provide. The idea is this, pose whatever fiqh questions you might have and I will, in sha Allah, attempt to answer them in accordance with what the ancient scholars have ruled on these issues. Keeping that in mind, please don't ask things that are clearly of a modern nature (e.g. cloning, copyright laws, etc) as that is going past the purpose of this thread which is to share their views, and not indulge in deductions of my own. My primary source for this would be `Allama Hilli's Mukhtalif ash-Shi`a wherein he extensively goes over the issues that the ancient Imami jurists have had different views on in fiqh. Again, this is more of an experiment at this stage to see if something more substantial can/should come out of it, in sha Allah.
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