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  1. I guess it was a rush to judgement that all four murder victims were Shia. Or maybe one man's family was so scared that they denied he was a Shia. What a tragedy this was. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) give comfort to those who are without their loved ones.
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  2. I am making assumptions and for that if I'm wrong I apologize in advance respected brother ( who enjoys shaking things up and presenting contrarian views often quite abruptly) I think as is common among those who grow up in the west and have only seen craven political and religious leaders with either complete lack of morals and ethics, or have fluid situational ethics....they realize that rarely are any of their leaders worthy of any respect, including religious leaders. However, brother I think you must highly unaware of the person of whom you speak. Now we had this discussion of Marjae/scholars and communications with Imam e Zamana. Being the highly rational educated post enlightenment type of individual who is skeptical of such events happened in the twenty first century, you don't belive in such things. Even though there are hundreds of such meeting and communications with leading scholars documented by people who would never risk their Aakhiraa to falsely attribute statements to Imam e Zamana, knowing he is alive, present and Allah's Hujjat on Earth. However be that as it may, I will not convince you, and you're free to choose your beliefs and I respect those choices. However, please my brother don't bring Imam Khomeini down to the level of craven cowardly western politicos because you have not had the chance to meet such illustrious marajae ( again assumption) especially the Irafaani types or don't really know anything of their lives and how the lived. Will now share a couple of stories from his life, please feel free to think that they're completely fictionalized, but allow others to believe. An old sheikh from Mazandaran used to be negative about the Imam for no apparent reason, and even said to some people: “Don’t go to Imam’s classes.” Imam used to go to class every day at a quarter past ten. In order that Imam would not be alone, I used to come in a hurry in order to go to class with him. One day, I saw that the old Sheikh was kissing the outer door of Imam’s house and crying. With surprise I looked at him. When the Sheikh saw me he said: “All praise is due to Allah who guided us to this, and we would not have found the way had it not been that Allah had guided us.”1 I asked: “What’s happened?” He said: “Are you going to class? Is Agha coming to class?” I said: “Yes.” He said: “I will also come to the mosque for class.” At that moment the door opened and Imam came out. We both set off to the mosque with Imam, but out of embarrassment, the Sheikh came to the mosque from another street. I was sitting at the door of the mosque and Imam was busy giving a lesson. The Sheikh came and sat next to me and said: “You know that I used to be negative towards the Imam, but one night I saw in my dream that I was in the presence of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) and a number of people were sitting in a circle in order. I looked at them one by one and saw that the physiognomy of each one was according to their age. They said the 12th one was Imam Mahdi (aj); holy light (Nur) was shining from him and he was very beautiful and spiritual and was sitting at the end of the line. Then scholars from the past came out of the holy grave of Ardabili2 one by one. When each one of these scholars entered, the 12 people honoured them. I suddenly saw that Imam Khomeini entered from the door and you also were behind him. When the 12th person saw Imam, he stood up, then the 11th also stood up, then I saw that all of them stood up. Thereafter all of them sat but the 12th remained standing and said: “Ruhullah (Spirit of Allah)!” Imam Khomeini gathered his robe together and said: “Yes.” Agha said: “Come forward.” Imam Khomeini came forward quickly. When he reached Imam Mahdi (aj), I saw that for 15 minutes his ear was near the mouth of Imam Mahdi (aj) and orders were being given and the Imam said: “Yes, I have done that, or inshallah I will do that.” For exactly 15 minutes Imam spoke quickly into the ear of Imam Khomeini. When this finished, Imam Khomeini moved slightly away and Imam Mahdi (aj) went to sit. Imam Khomeini waved his hand and the 11 people bowed down and Imam Khomeini walked out backwards (i.e. did not turn his back on them) and did not go to the shrine. I asked: “Why didn’t Imam Khomeini go to the shrine?” They said: “Imam Ali (عليه السلام) is sitting here, where should he go?” ”3 Ne’matullah Jazairiye Husayni Hazrat Baqiyatullah has commanded so: One day I was at the house of Agha Fadhl Lankarani, one of the teachers of the Islamic Seminary in Qom. He narrated from one of his friends that: “We were with the Imam in the holy city of Najaf and the conversation turned to Iran. I said: “What is your command about removing the Shah from Iran? One cannot remove a tenant from his house, and you want to want to remove the Shah of the nation?” Imam sat silent. I thought maybe he hadn’t heard me. I repeated my words. Imam got upset and said: “So-and-so! What are you saying? Would Hazrat Baqiyatullah Imam Mahdi (aj) tell me anything wrong? The Shah must go.”4 Hujjatul Islam Kausari Now the jaded and cynical will quickly dismiss such events and anecdotes, but please don't deny others the chance to belive Our Imam provides guidance to our leaders. I will kindly ask that you at least peruse or skim https://www.al-islam.org/rays-sun-83-stories-life-imam-khomeini-ra Now again those being cynical and jaded will dismiss all 83 stories as Lionazation of a political leader, but I encourage people to know who Imam Khomeini was as a person before offering great proclamations and Judgements . @Ashvazdanghe brother love ya, but not every Iran diss or Imam Khomeini diss is because of ZioNazis agency. Since you live in Iran and are more familiar with how the true spiritual leaders behave , you are quick to defend, but not everyone has that experience.
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  3. The original topic should be updated. https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235015698-shia-killings-official-thread/
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  4. Yes brother that is what I meant. There isn't an ijma on this, even among classical scholars. Some accept this idea while others reject it.
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  5. Frankly brother that's complete and utter ( udder? ;) ) male cattle feces, and with the utmost respect, you need to get called out on it. That's pure projection in my medical opinion, and is very common in the West, where I grew up when discussing politicians and religious leaders.
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  6. Salam Grand Aytollah Sistani & Imam Khamenei & in sismilar fashion rest of Shia marjas likewise Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi have deemed "peaceful non-Muslims" from people of book pure (Tahir) but on the other hand all of them have deemed rest of non-Muslims likewise Hindus , Buddhists & in similar fashion rest of pagans as impure (Najis) ,whether they are peaceful or not. "Wudu as obligatory for touching Qur'an" has been made obligatory based on clear order from prophet Muhammad (pbu) & all of infallible Imams which all of Marjas just have refelected it in their Risala as obligatory ruling. "Folding arms in Qiyam" in similar fashion of Wudu in no2 has been forbidden by prophet Muhammad (pbu) & all of infallible Imams which Shias only allowed do it for Taqiya between their enemies which no Marja can give a Fatwa against it.
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  7. This is so very true, and was a beacon of light among the marjae. He was however appreciated among those who lived in Lebanon and the western world.
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  8. Salam this is origianl text of Fatwa in Persian/Farsi which has been issued in which english translation is correct . Tuesday, February 14, 1989 1989-02-14 قمری:Lunar الثلاثاء، ٧ رجب ١٤٠٩ ۱۴۰۹/۰۷/۰۷ 1409-07-07-07 Lunar year (Seventh day of seventh month [ Rajab ] of lunar year of 1409 ) Sun calendar : 1367/11/25 ( 25 of 11th month [ Bahman ] of solar year of 1367 ) http://www.imam-khomeini.ir/fa/C207_44691/_فتوای_قتل_سلمان_رشدی،_نویسنده_کتاب_کفرآمیز_آیات_شیطانی
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  9. I get the sinking feeling from this recent series that Skeikh Azhar is getting kind of seduced into the orbit of the Red Pillers. I find some of the word usage shifting in that direction. That would be an unfortunate development. This rhetoric of “restoring/reviving masculinity” is seductive and sounds pretty innocent, even uplifting. Unfortunately in practice, too often it’s just a code word for “regaining control over women.” This whole zero-sum attitude that someone has to be running the show has to go. How about no one “dominates?” How about two people just partner together to support each other as they each need to be supported and fight the battles of life together. Isn’t that beautiful?
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  11. May they Rest In Peace and may allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) curse the murderers eternally.
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  12. Statement on the Targeted Killing of Shia Muslims in New Mexico Dear Community Members, Peace be upon you, The Muslim community of North America is shocked by the killing of four Muslims, three Shia and one Sunni, in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The most recent of these crimes occurred in the days commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (p), just three days before Ashura, and it has caused apprehension and fear, particularly in the Shia Muslim community. As such, the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America expresses its deepest sympathies to the victims' families and strongly condemns and decries this targeted attack at the hands of an extremist who reportedly harbored hate and prejudice toward Shia Muslims. Such hatred is perpetuated by clerics who fan the flames of sectarianism and religious intolerance and incite their followers, even here in North America, by labeling other Muslims as infidels. Thankfully, during this tragic and heartbreaking situation, there is a renewed sense of hope in the unequivocal condemnation by a number of prominent Sunni scholars of the view and mentality that Shias are infidels. We ask the Shia Muslims of North America to stay united and firm in fighting this prejudice and hatred of any kind, and to be vigilant in their communities, especially during these nights of commemorating the Master of Martyrs Imam Hussain (p). We also extend our gratitude to the broader Sunni leadership for showing their support against the false takfiri mentality which seeks to vilify Shia Muslims and others who do not conform to their extreme views of Islam. If Almighty Allah is asking us to join with the Ahlul Kitab “on a common word” of monotheism, we as Muslims must join with one another on the common tenets of faith: monotheism, the Holy Quran, Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)&hp), his authentic sunnah, and the qiblah, and to foster closeness through our common practices of salat, zakat, fasting, pilgrimage, and upholding what is just and rejecting evil. Finally, let us improve engagement, both among ourselves and with others, and work together to address and remediate the causes of these heinous acts, eradicate extremism of any kind and promote dialogue, as Allah states in the Holy Quran, “Cooperate in piety and Godwariness, but do not cooperate in sin and aggression, and be wary of Allah.” - The Council of Shia Muslim Scholars of North America
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  13. Allahumma salli ala muhammadiw wa ali muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum Rabbinee lima anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqir Allahumma innee urreedu an atazawwaja faqaddir lee minan nisaa-I a’fihunna farjajan wa ah’fadh’ihunna lee fee nafsihaa wa awsa-i-hunna lee rizwan wa a-dhamahunna lee barakatan fee nafsihaa wa maaleee faqaddir lee minhaa waladan tayyiban tajaluhoo khalafan saalihan fee hayaatee wa ba`da mawtee. Oh Allah! I desire to marry, so arrange for me a woman from those who willingly abstain from what is unlawful and who safeguards her soul for my sake and because of her, not only my means of sustenance will increase, but also make there be in it abundance and also make it sure that she will give me a virtuous son, who will be a noble successor in my life and after my death. Ya Rabb, help me in finding a good wife in the same boat as me, who also understands and accepts me as I am. May she find peace and be filled with joy wherever she goes. May she have the strength and courage to find me, love me and live with me. May she find and be filled with much wisdom and clarity in her words and from her experiences. May she in her kindness, share these experiences with me and help us grow together. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Rabb, You alone know what is truly in my heart. You alone know my struggles and pain, Al-Wadud. I feel unbearably lonely and do not wish to incur Your displeasure by remaining unmarried, Al-'Aziz
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  14. ayo cockroaches in London. I'm in west london, and I've essentially never seen a cockroach here. its nasty seeing them when I'm in Iran but this time I go, pray for me to become a changed man and challenge my mortal enemy, the cockcroach that flies.
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  15. Abu Nur

    Kufr VS. Shirk

    Jazakallah Khayran, at last a definite definition of word Kafir that I have always tried to find and understand. It took me years to find this one. Shaytan can influence people to think they are kafirs just because of doubts or the actions mentioned in Qur'an that caused people to be kafirs. Sometimes when people read Qur'an, they could start to compare themselves to evil actions of those mentioned in Qur'an and make very horrible conclusions that they could be kafirs too. This will cause them doubts and grief and this is one of the Shaytan weapon. Shirk is very important to learn about because it is one of the most common thing Muslim could do without their realization about it.
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  16. There are some that we don't know their fate, but as for the two, we have an hasan hadith where even Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) his angels and people sends la'nah over them.
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  17. Ukraine issues new ban on Russian language Ahh, so banning the language of your enemy, I see? But hang on, I though this was the war for democracy? Or is it democracy when someone agrees with you, and discrimination when they disagree? Oh, that's it. https://www.rt.com/russia/560957-ukraine-schools-russian-courses/
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  18. The picture begs to differ. Putin is the one who is supplying Iran with all its weapons. Were it not for Russia, Iran wouldn't exist. Furthermore, if we follow where these weapons go, we find that they end up in Palestine with Hamas and Islamic Jihad. It's Russian weapons that strengthen the Palestinian resistance. Russia is keeping Palestine alive. Besides, Russia has been helping fight the Americans in Syria for years. It has protected, and is protecting, Muslims from the oppression and violence of the West. So much so that there have been thousands of Syrians begging to fight for Russia in Ukraine. And do you know who Ramzan Kadyrov is? The commander of the Russian Chechen army? He's a Muslim, a commander of Muslims, fighting with Russia against Ukraine. And he loves Putin. So Putin isn't against Muslims, rather he's with us. One only needs to glance at Iran and Syria to see that.
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  19. The other important footnote in this history which some Sunni brothers fail to admit, is that Umar also left the condition that they should kill the person who failed to agree with the group. The committee on succession was set up to murder Imam Ali and make Uthman Khalifa. Within the electoral committee, if a man disagrees with the majority, he merits death, even if he is a friend of the Prophet of Islam; even if he fought at Badr; and even if he is a “Companion of the Tree.” Nothing can save him. I often wonder if the Khalifa who appointed Muawiya a known enemy of early Islam and a pseudo Christian convert thru one of his Christian wives, had actually been subverted, been paid off or was being blackmailed. Ibn Abd Rabbeh writes in his famous book, Iqd-ul-Farid (The Unique Necklace), Volume II, page 203, that many years after Muawiya was firmly established on the throne, and had consolidated his position as the khalifa of the Muslims, he posed, one day, the following question to one of his courtiers: Muawiya: You are a wise, intelligent and knowledgeable man. I would like to know what in your opinion, exactly, was the cause of the civil wars of the Muslims. The Courtier: The murder of Uthman. Muawiya: No. The Courtier: Ali's accession to the throne. Muawiya: No. The Courtier: Then I will request the Commander of the Faithful to enlighten me in this regard. Muawiya: Well, I will tell you what was the real cause of the civil wars of the Muslims. All the conflicts and civil wars of the Muslims had their origins in the electoral committee which Umar appointed to choose a khalifa.
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  20. Nope, I meant people started buying it and reviewing it, check the reviews on Amazon, they are not reviewing it, just posting some statement about the incident.
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  21. When one commits a sin, they're not believers (while they are commiting the sin.) عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنِ اِبْنِ أَبِي عُمَيْرٍ عَنْ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ حَكِيمٍ قَالَ: قُلْتُ لِأَبِي اَلْحَسَنِ عَلَيْهِ اَلسَّلاَمُ اَلْكَبَائِرُ تُخْرِجُ مِنَ اَلْإِيمَانِ فَقَالَ نَعَمْ وَ مَا دُونَ اَلْكَبَائِرِ قَالَ رَسُولُ اَللَّهِ صَلَّى اَللَّهُ عَلَيْهِ وَ آلِهِ لاَ يَزْنِي اَلزَّانِي وَ هُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ وَ لاَ يَسْرِقُ اَلسَّارِقُ وَ هُوَ مُؤْمِنٌ الکافي ج ۲، ص ۲۸۴ Not being a Mu'min does not imply one is a Kafir. When one commits a sin, such as Zina, during the act the Spirit of Faith (روح الایمان) leaves him, and when the spirit is not in one's heart, while the spirit has left the body, one is not a Mu'min. After the act, the spirit may return, Allah willing. عَلِيُّ بْنُ إِبْرَاهِيمَ عَنْ أَبِيهِ عَنْ حَمَّادِ بْنِ عِيسَى عَنْ حَرِيزٍ عَنْ زُرَارَةَ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ عَلَيْهِ اَلسَّلاَمُ قَالَ: وَ اَللَّهِ إِنَّ اَلْكُفْرَ لَأَقْدَمُ مِنَ اَلشِّرْكِ وَ أَخْبَثُ وَ أَعْظَمُ قَالَ ثُمَّ ذَكَرَ كُفْرَ إِبْلِيسَ حِينَ قَالَ اَللَّهُ لَهُ اُسْجُدْ لآِدَمَ فَأَبَى أَنْ يَسْجُدَ فَالْكُفْرُ أَعْظَمُ مِنَ اَلشِّرْكِ فَمَنِ اِخْتَارَ عَلَى اَللَّهِ عَزَّ وَ جَلَّ وَ أَبَى اَلطَّاعَةَ وَ أَقَامَ عَلَى اَلْكَبَائِرِ فَهُوَ كَافِرٌ وَ مَنْ نَصَبَ دِيناً غَيْرَ دِينِ اَلْمُؤْمِنِينَ فَهُوَ مُشْرِكٌ . الکافي ج ۲، ص ۳۸۳ A necessary criterion for one to be Kafir is for them to remain upon الکبائر (Greater Sins). الکبائر are those for which hellfire is obligated. I made the following post a while back. https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235075001-kufr-vs-shirk/
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  22. Dude just read the top review on Amazon, they are recents reviews.
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  23. Thanks brother for your valued input. It is quite strange that at another thread, Sunni brother asked from us in his query (for Imamate & its rational & intellectual need) why Quran & Sunnah are not sufficient? It appears that Quran & Sunnah are not sufficient for them that's why the assertion was made in the form of actions of Abu Bakr & Umar. This apparent bid'ah stopped after the third caliph who was killed by a mob, otherwise we might see in historical records another addition i.e., actions of Abu Bakr, Umar & Uthman. And they، in that manner, would not allow the caliphate to reach to the hands of Ahlul Bayt عليهم السلام.
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  24. its best to ask a therapist about how to do your exposure and response therapy, but it doesn't mean you need to make something impure. Usually something will trigger the ocd, it might be thoughts, or a certain place you go to etc. Part of exposure and response is to not do anything purposely, meaning not to give in to the anxiety and compulsively wash. Its the most effective treatment for ocd. Whilst you're doing it and feeling the anxiety, imagine God's mercy and imagine yourself drowning in it and imagine his love for you. Imagine how he wants ease for you.. For example your anxiety might urge you to wash something even if you don't know if its najis or not, so part of the therapy is to purposely not do anything. the therapy doesn't include making something impure on purpose. If you know something became najis and you are 100% sure of it then you should wash it. The question is how. What you could do is this. Buy a hosepipe that is able to connect to your kitchen sink and attach a spray thing at the top(you might have to buy an adapter to connect to the sink) NO Leak Garden Hose Nozzle Spray Gun Heavy Duty, Metal Water Sprayer for Powerful Watering and Misting - 8 Pattern Spraying for Cleaning, Car Washes : Amazon.co.uk: Garden & Outdoors something like the above. use some kind of baby wipes to get rid of the semen that is visible on the object, if you've already taken off the semen and there is none left on the object you can skip this step. The place will still be najis, which is ok, because what you can do is briefly spray the thing, wall or seat etc. that is najis, because kurr water(that comes from the tap) instantly purifies a najis area. You only need a brief spray, as soon as the water hits the najis area it becomes tahir. You can dry the place after if you wish as well although this has no effect on taharah and najasah. You should do this for items you can't take to the bathroom sink and wash under the tap like walls, or heavy objects etc. If the object is small purify it in the bathroom sink by letting tap water flow on it after you remove the semen on it here you can ask questions to the office of sayed khamenei to clear this part up for you: Question on religious matters :: Leader.ir if you still struggle with masturbation: My Tazkiyah - My Tazkiyah Please pray for me
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  25. False flags are very rare, in reality, though they do happen. To plan and carry out a false flag requires an extreme amount of planning and resources, which are out of reach for most except the very wealthy and powerful. You can't assume something is a false flag without evidence. There is no evidence that I have seen that this is a false flag. The IRI has denied any connection to this attack, and I would tend to believe that since they have nothing to gain from it at this point, being they are in a very sensitive phase of negotiations with the P5+1 over the reinstatement of the 2015 nuclear deal. It could have been someone on the other side Mossad/CIA/MI6 trying to use this attack to scuttle the deal. But again, there is no evidence for that, so we can't assume that is the case. We can only see it for what it is, at this point. A brother who believes it is his duty to carry out the fatwa of Imam, so that's what he did.
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  26. This is where the whole edifice falls down. Rational choice theory assumes that individuals are able to collect and analyse all the necessary information. They're not. A lot of modern society is based on this fallacy from the regulation of industries such as advertising and gambling and fast foods to the way that democracy works in many western countries. The reason the fallacy persists is because there's a lot of money to be made from stupid people who think they're smart. You might think I am exaggerating here. Look at the text below, it's from the website of a firm offering spread betting services. The same text appears on their advertising. They tell potential clients that 76% of their existing clients LOSE money. But there are enough people who ignore the warning and set up accounts anyway to make the advertising worthwhile and this business profitable. Those people setting up accounts think they are smarter than those who lose money. But 73% of them will likely lose money. Now you might be wondering why a firm would tell prospective customers that there is a high likelihood they will lose money using its services. Well it's because the government regulator believes in rational choice theory. The regulator believes that provided people are given clear information they will make decisions that are in their best interests. The spread betting firm, like the online gambling firms and the alcohol industry and the tobacco industry, say, "yeah ok, we'll put up the warnings", because they know full well that rational choice theory is nonsense.
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  27. It's just a matter of having a discussion between your husband and your father in law. You can do it for 1, 2 years just a test and see how it goes. Islamically the health of the wife and family is upon the man. Your husband is not gonna cut off ties with his dad. He visits and help him during the week. Don't overthink or don't make religious rulings complicated. Islam made it easy and clear
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  28. It's sickening that it took carnage after carnage for the conversation around our everyday lived reality to even start. Just imagine that if things such as these are happening in the West where these guys don't enjoy state support, what they are capable of in the Middle East and countries like Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan. Ya Shi'a, for the sake of Hussayn (عليه السلام) whom you all so fervently mourn this month, please, please ,please stick together. It's not a choice anymore. It's a compulsion. Please contribute to the #ShiaGenocide trend and awareness campaign.
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  29. Fadlallah was great for all of this (aside from the English part). Sadly, he was not appreciated enough in his day and passed too soon. Have you ever considered following more of an institutional marjaiyyah? As in considering the institution of marjaiyyah as a whole as a pool of qualified guidance you can call on for their insight into different issues? Then you don’t have to worry about picking one but you can still feel comfortable you’re getting opinions that have a basis to them.
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  30. Roger Waters opinion about the war and the Minsk agreement
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  31. So if someone disagrees with Khomeini, that must mean they're under some kind of "American" influence? Why do you have to impose this binary on others? That if I am in this camp, then I must always oppose the other camp. I'm sorry, but not everyone is obsessed with Khomenei or Iran. We have it in us to call out something for it is. Stop making this about Zionism or being American or listening to mainstream media. Some of us look beyond all of that as well.
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  32. I mean, this underlines some of the absurdity of the position of those who want to hyperventilate about this. If this character of “the imam” is a figure in one of the main characters’ dream sequence, and the character is not even called Khomeini, nor is the country in the dream sequence even called Iran, isn’t that your problem for up and concluding it’s literally Khomeini? I mean, duh, yes, obviously the similarity is there to some extent and intended. But you can’t literally say “it’s Khomeini” and act like he did. Artists have been playing this sort of game of dancing on the edge since forever, including in the Islamic world. You may not like the portrait, and Khomeini may not have liked the portrait (rulers rarely do enjoy being on the receiving end of this) but Rushdie played by the rules of the game in terms of respecting that minimal level of distanced fictionalization, the artist’s version of “plausible deniability.” Fact of the matter is Khomeini was being a poor sport and cheated at the accepted rules of this ancient game of artist vs political leader. And in so doing he kinda proved Rushdie’s point. Jailing or killing an artist for a veiled portrait is pretty much textbook how a tyrant would have handled it, no? If he wanted to combat the perception as a tyrant, that’s literally the worst way to do it. I think this bit about the book and the “Imam” figure really highlights what the fatwa was really about. It wasn’t about “blasphemy.” That’s just a line for the masses. Really it’s about political posturing (“I’m the true leader of all the Muslims look at me make this fatwa”), and getting even for this portrayal.
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  33. There is no doubt that Rushdie is an ignorant and stupid filth. A waste of oxygen However, he was an irrelevant hack whose time in the spotlight was long gone. He had faded into obscurity and nobody was paying attention to him. This stabbing is making him relevant again, and it's really bad optics for shias. Now we'll be put in the same category as the wahabi extremists
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  34. Walaikum as salam dear brother, You have raised many points. I will try and address some of them inshaAllah. -Your first question was about the designation of Ali (عليه السلام) as the prophet's rightful successor. I would say that if one has accepted that the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) named Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as his rightful successor (on more than one occasion) then this in itself is a strong proof that this was a divine appointment which the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) transmitted as a messenger of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Refer to the opening verses of Surah al Najm. -Regarding infallibility, again Surah al Najm is a good reference. The extent and definition of infallibility is a subject of discussion among scholars. While some contemporary scholars extend it to include being free or all errors and mistakes even if they aren't related to guidance and religious affairs, others (most famously Sheikh al Suduq) had a view which is closer to what you have described. I think as a minimum all shia accept that the ma'soomeen (عليه السلام) were free from sin and misguidance. -Quran: the importance of the quran is clear from our narrations and teachings. What you have mentioned might be an issue among some people and some circles but this is not related to the beliefs and teachings of Shiism. -Intercession: I agree with you that supplicating to other than Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is not an act that has a religious basis and I also don't think that this is what is meant by tawassul. I have not found this act in the teachings and narrations of shiism and it seems to be a trend rather than a part of shi'i belief. -Cultural practices: these practices differ from person to person and community to community. I dont see this as a twelver vs zaidi issue. -La'nah: opposition to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) , his messenger and the aimmah is something that we condemn regardless of who the perpetrator is. The belief itself is bara'ah, or disassociation, rather than la'nah itself. -Regarding Zurarah someone has already shared an article above. Also there is an interesting online presentation this weekend that might cover this: https://www.mizaninstitute.org/legacy
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