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  1. 6 points

    Spiritual Highs

    Al-Islam.org has a good collection of books on Irfan and spirituality. I would suggest you go through them. Dr..Farrokh Sekaleshfar's lectures are very good too. There is no quick fix, one remedy for all type of an answer to the question you asked. You will have to find the answer yourself -your own way of knowing and getting close to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) A few general things I can suggest are:Start praying Salat ul layl -be in wudhu all day and night.
  2. 4 points


    أَلاَ بِذِكْرِ اللّهِ تَطْمَئِنُّ الْقُلُوبُ Salam, The blessed verses of Sura Mubarka-e-Talaq are my pick me ups. The promises made therein put complete peace in my heart & energize me. Let me present those profound verses: وَمَن يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَل لَّهُ مَخْرَجًا وَيَرْزُقْهُ مِنْ حَيْثُ لَا يَحْتَسِبُ وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يَجْعَلْ لَهُ مِنْ أَمْرِهِ يُسْرًا وَمَنْ يَتَّقِ اللَّهَ يُكَفِّرْ عَنْهُ سَيِّئَاتِهِ وَيُعْظِمْ لَهُ أَجْرًا Translation: And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah, He will make for him an outlet, And give him sustenance from whence he thinks not And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah He will make easy for him his affair. And whoever is careful of (his duty to) Allah, He will remove from him his evil and give him a big reward. What else do we want! Isn't it a complete solution to our every problem?
  3. 3 points

    Spiritual Highs

    Jazakumallah. In addition to these words I would humbly like to add that I think it's important not to 'seek this high', I.e try and look for a way to get a certain feeling. We should try inshaAllah to worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) selflessly and out of the love of Him and His worship. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide us all on this endeavour. Wallahu a'lam
  4. 3 points
    While we're on measuring religiosity, whats the standard for men to get measured up?
  5. 3 points
    The exact same thing happened to me once. I told my children to stay in the other room and I called over a couple of friends from the nearby village and they killed it with a stick. DO NOT use hands or feet or come into its striking range of a couple of feet, snakes strike in the blink of an eye. When hitting it with the killing blow the aim must be the head. Initially with a stick you can hit it anywhere to injure it and break its spine to eliminate its mobility. I suggest you find someone nearby who grew up in rural area, like a security guard, chowkidar, chai wala, or similar, there must be some of them near you or at your work place. They will make short work of it. If all else fails, go to a pansar / hakeem / herbal shop. Ask them for "Guggal, Loban and Hermal". If asked tell them its for a snake. Burn these incenses in the room and the snake if present will come out. If you can be both careful and brave you can very easily kill it with a stick yourself since its so small. Chances are very high the snake is hiding inside the wardrobe and might have climbed up it into the lowest drawer. There is some chance the snake has left if it has been some time and no one was watching. I can imagine the anxiety even after it is killed because you never know if there is more than one or if snakes have a secret hole in the floor or wall or from where they are entering. Remember as long as you stay a few feet away and use a stick with a steady aim and confidence and your nerves relaxed and in "professional work mode" you will kill it in 2 minutes with my guidelines. Our prayers are with you. P.S.: If your cockroach spray has poisoned it then the mentioned incense might not make it come out. Don't worry. Have someone help, move the wardrobe, open it, shining a portable light as needed, then feed it the far end of your stick!
  6. 3 points


    I hope you all are with good health. So recently in my neighborhood a young man of about the age of 25 committed suicide.His parents told that apparently he had no psychological issue or depression, that would cause him to do so. However they told that he used to consider himself a bad human being, a sinful Muslim.It was to such extent that whenever he used to do wuzu he never held Qur'an in his hand because he thought that he was najis or ghalees from inside. He used to think and cry that he is not worthy to pray namaz or even go to masjid. So these thoughts were getting severe. He tried his best not to do sin but whenever he did one he couldnt forgive himself or he used to think that Allah didnt forgive him or is angry with what he did.His parents were first happy that their son is a thoughtful Muslim. But later on they tried to explain him that being a human its our nature to do sins and no one is perfect except Allah or the Prophets and their Children. But it didnt had any effect on him.The maulvi refused to pray his Namaz e Janaza, so his father did. He was their only son. Now I do also have such thoughts and sometimes I cry a lot even.But frankly speaking it didnt get this severe and somehow we all are used to the sins we do everyday like music and all.This person here was so sensitive that even the slightest of sin made him crazy. So what are your thoughts on this? he however did a major sin before departing from this world, however no one knows what Allah has planned for him or maybe he can be forgived. waslam.
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  8. 2 points
    Salam, it should be okay if it's not attracting the attention of men.
  9. 2 points
    No the hijab is not the measure of religiosity. Some one who wears a full niqab can be a very bad person and someone who doesn't cover her hair can still be very pious. It all comes down to the individual and what circumstances people is living under. Some years ago head cover was fashionable and a lot of people wore it just for show. to day it is not so fashionable. Maybe because of Syria and Daesh and all of that and many people don't want to come across as a religious fanatic. There is a difference between being religious and stuffing religion down other peoples throats. I personally think that hijab is a beautiful thing that I am happy to wear for Allah, but I will not backbite anyone for not observing hijab. It is not for me to judge and I don't have then knowledge to do so either.
  10. 2 points

    Iran Protests November 2019

    04-10-2019 https://en.farsnews.com/newstext.aspx?nn=13980712000278
  11. 2 points
    I respect you for asking this question. You are concerned about being the host of an event where you give people a platform or doorway to sin. In fact, it's very noble of you to think about this. As other members have already mentioned, the only solution I see to this is to design/excute the event in a very strict and regulated way so that opportunity and promotion of sin is minimized as much as possible. After that, if indecenceny still occurs, you know you tried your best. If you try your best to strive on Allah's path then iA Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will accept your efforts and forgive your shortcomings.
  12. 2 points
    Why should she be responding to him anyway? By ex I will assume this is a divorcee. They are no longer mahram to each other and if the eddah period is over, there should not be any chit chat between them. If he is still "interested" in her, there are ahkaam laws and akhlaqi methods governing how he can get back. Gheera is something very important to inculcate in our selves. If a man lacks it, he will become a dayouth. If a woman lacks it, she can easily compromise her chastity.
  13. 2 points
    habib e najjaar


    Sorry I thought I had replied. These are sciences, and because they fall in the range of sciences beyond the ordinary comprehension of the human mind, there is a thin line between those that are halal and those that are haraam. For some, the method used is seeking the interference/guidance of jinns and sihr/sorcery to get a response. These are the ones that are forbidden. The halaal methods are a distinct science taught by the Prophets as revealed to them by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) through His angels, and do not require the use of sihr/magic. Rather it is some of the secrets and measures and balances that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has allowed in this world. For example, you will find that the arm span of most people is exactly equal to their height. Or the distance between the wrist and inner elbow of a person is exactly the size of their foot. Similarly, some of these balances and sciences exist in other things too, and can be used to determine some answers. However, and I think this is important, I am worried that the intention and mindset with which some of these methods of istikhara are done may be problematic. For example, I noticed that some people use the tasbih method to make decisions they should not be making using tasbih istikhara anyway. I know of a case where a married Muslim man would use the tasbih method to determine whether or not to engage in one night mutahs with women. The decision to marry (whether permanently or temporarily) must spring from the ahkaam, reason, intellect and justice allowing it, not a "the beads said its very good for me to do this". I have also known of some sisters using this method to know whether or not to communicate with a na mahram, and their mindset to me sounded like they felt they were doing a halal and foolproof method of "loves me, loves me not" with flower petals. As Muslims, we must be extremely careful not to slip back into superstition and magic and using unseen sciences where reason and direct proofs and methods are available to us. Also, with the qur'an method, I am of the opinion that only a scholar deeply learned in the sciences of the Qur'an should use that method, or else one may interpret the message completely askew. Personally, I find the most effective and safe method being the one where you pray 2 rakat, recite istakheerAllah 100 times, recite a dua seeking the counsel of Allah, then making the decision/choice that fits reason and your intuition most.
  14. 2 points

    Unified Korea by 2045?

    How funny do you think it's Islamic to worship leaders? And to have Cult of Personalities? That's actually the Umayyad interpretation of Islam, not the Shi'I one, which believes in nahi an al munkar even in the face of the "leader". You keep giving me a choice between one form of fisq (CIA) and another (DPRK), what a pathetic worldview. As a believer I stand firm in rejecting both.
  15. 2 points
    Salam, recently my 15 year old brother has been asking me for a ps4 to buy him on Black Friday and he really wants it and has his hopes up for it but I continuously tell him no and explaining to him why I don’t want him to be influenced by it. Originally it was my older sister who put the thought in his heads that she will buy it for him but I am refusing his request and he has basically blamed the fact that I’m religious and thinks that religion is putting too many restrictions on him when that’s not the case. He finds listening to lectures boring, even by English speakers and has told me that he doesn’t want to pray anymore or have anything to do with religion. I told him that he’s too attached to these things because he did similar things a few months ago when my sister wanted to give him her iPhone 6 because she was getting the new one and I refused at that too but seeing the way he was begging and saying that he’ll be responsible with it, I let him have it. He doesn’t play outside, he has friends from school but they only interact when they are playing their game on the phones. Other than that he’s home all day and isn’t interested in going to the mosque, even though I try to explain why he has to have a relationship with God and how his life would be useless if he doesn’t. I was barely able to get him to go to ahura lectures after argument after arguments and now I’ve just had it with him. He’s not listening to reason and sound arguments because of his desire for wanting that gaming consol. I even told him that he would accept to let go of his religion just for a game? And he said that he just doesn’t want religion anymore because he feels like it’s the reason for my decision. He has been praying his whole life and I always try to bring up religion but I feel like the irreligious lifestyle that he sees outside of home and mainly in school is having a strong effect on him even though he denied that to. I think it’s subconsciously shaping him but he’s not really able to see it. I really need help in all of this
  16. 2 points
    Congratulations on a successful jihad.
  17. 1 point
    No way. It was very difficult given how much we have become dependent on the internet. It was very difficult for everyone no doubt. Its the same old cycle in Iran - government makes some decision, people have legitimate concerns and protest, but they get hijacked by these crooks who are completely anti-government and are being influenced by foreign hands, government does a crack down, people get killed, the vast majority of legitimate protesters go away and their concerns are not heard - instead at the end they all come out in support of the government and the current government gets away with their poor decision. There was an article I read in the Iranian news outlet about the government dedicating physical locations for people to come and organize legitimate protests against governments policies and decisions. No clue, hard to say anything. You can usually speculate an average by looking at the over-exaggerated figures given by foreign news outlets and the under-reported figures given by internal government news outlets. Wasalam
  18. 1 point
    اهل العلم Or the people of knowledge refers to the most learned scholars around. Technically, that would be the ones who have reached the level of -Ijtihaad- اجتهاد whereby they have the knowledge and skills to extract and derive the Ahkaam/Fatwas from the Qur'an and Hadith etc which is referred to as استنباط Istinbaat These are usually the scholars that teach and hold بحث خارج which is the highest level of studies that Hawza students attend. Afterwhich, the students can reach the level of Ijtihaad themselves. These scholars would know, who amongst them is 'the most knowledgeable' الأعلم, most pious and who is most worthy of being followed.
  19. 1 point
    I think we're just starting to see how deep the swamp is. Ukraine is ringing a bell. China is busy at the moment. How many countries?
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  21. 1 point
    @The Green Knight @hasanhh Anyone else. I walked in the room saw it on the floor and before I could do anything it slithered under my wardrobe and disappeared. What do I do apart from having a nervous breakdown that I am having?? OMG I am terrified of snakes. How I will kill it is another problem to be handled later but how do I make it appear. Please don't tell me very few of them are poisonous. It would give me zero piece of mind. I do not want a snale waiting for me in my shoe when I am rushing to get to work in the morning or sitting on my pillow at night. I would not be able to sleep. I am sitting on a chair in front of the wardrobe watching guard but I guess until the light is on it won't come out. I have namaz to pray, help kids with homework, iron clothes, have a job interview in a couple of hours and I have to prepare for that and here I am sitting on a chair waiting for it to come out. Did I mention it's hideout is right next to the bathroom the kids use. If I do not return to ShiaChat please understand I have succumbed to fear of the unknown snake and forgive me for .............my typing mistakes in this post. Any duas, any tips? P.S I sprayed half an aerosol of cockroach killing spray under the wardrobe to make it come out. I do know if it was a good move or bad. What do I do??
  22. 1 point

    Iraq Protests 2019

  23. 1 point
    http://www.snake-removal.com/house.html All I can recommend is the advice I gave Maryam before our treks in the jungles of Borneo. Keep calm, that way if it bites you the poison won't kill you as quickly and you can make it to hospital. Inshallah.
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    I’m screaming right now, I hate snakes just like how I hate satan. I’m sorry but you need to know if it’s venomous or no. If it has a diamond shaped heads and eyes, that means it’s venomous. If round head and eyes, that means it’s non venomous. The cat will get killed.
  25. 1 point
    Make arrangements like they did a few decades ago and keep a separate entrance and hall / area strictly for women and the other for men, only children allowed in both places. No photographers, no musicians, no Hindu traditions, no capitalism.
  26. 1 point

    Abd and mabood

    It's been narrated that Imam Ali and Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) have said, and I will paraphrase: Know that we are servants of Allah sub, and speak of our virtues and status all you want as you won't reach. They have drawn a very clear line and made clear that even though they have the highest status after the Prophet saw, they are but servants of Allah sub.
  27. 1 point
    Was wondering if anyone can help me in finding a reference of this quote which I believe was derived from the collections of the peak of eloquence. “He has appointed death as my guardian angel. None can harm me before it is due, none can save me when it arrives.”
  28. 1 point


    a possible reason is that religious OCD is what many Muslims go through, hence they think it shouldn't be considered something serious because its common. But it can have its severities and the story of that brother you shared with us is an example
  29. 1 point

    Unified Korea by 2045?

    With respect this is a very ignorant statement. Borders as we know them today have been drawn relatively recently and often by colonial powers. Furthermore, the Qur'an mentions in several places that no one shall bear the burden of another. Those who bring up this outdated generalization of 'iraqis' betraying the aimmah (عليه السلام) forget that some of their closest companions and martyrs include people who came from those same regions. Having said all of this I don't believe in nationalism and I don't believe that any nation is superior to another. They are all flawed, and my allegiance can only be to the Imam of the time (عليه السلام) and to nobody else. Wallahu a'lam
  30. 1 point


    Brother l, I think the key difference here is who we are turning to for help in making a decision. In case of pre-Islamic Arabs they used arrows to draw lots but in Istikhara we ask Allah to join in the management of affairs. I think this is the same as prostration and sacrificing animals for idols would be forbidden but the same would be allowed for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)
  31. 1 point


    I watch few comedy/entertainment videos to forget all that happened. A good sleep does ease the mood.
  32. 1 point
    Ibn Al-Shahid

    Mastrubation in Islam

    I think he meant that the reason for its 'Hurma isn't because of a physical reason.
  33. 1 point
    Gaius I. Caesar

    Unified Korea by 2045?

    That, plus trade with China if I'm not mistaken.
  34. 1 point
    There was a post that caught my eye, and as I went on to read posts, another one talked continuously about how horrendously the Qur'an wants Muslims to treat non Muslims, especially Hindus (polythiests) so I replied with the same chapter of the Qur'an to clear any misconceptions for others reading. Then the Hindu (priest from the information) went on to ask about further detail about the attrocities of Islam on its followers (since I also expanded my answer to showing how merciful Allah is) https://www.quora.com/Can-I-read-the-Holy-Qur'an-as-a-Hindu-without-any-intentions-of-converting/answer/Rami-Sivan?ch=10&share=d8fd28af&srid=j4EH0j4EH0 Well, he's not exactly a friend, but imagine he is. He's been answering very calmly and friendly, and I would like to answer the same way, so please don't show any hostility in the replies below. The only reply below this post is of mine, so the one he has replied to in return is me as well. I haven't yet revealed to him that I am a Shia, and so triple talaq is out of the question, however for the rest I don't feel that as a teenager I am well reversed enough to reply. Can someone please educate me more, with references to The Qur'an and Sunnah (maybe Nahjul Balagha as well) so that I can answer these questions truthfully and clear the misconceptions. Thank you!
  35. 1 point

    Is Duolingo Arabic Anti-Shia?

    Duolingo: You need some entertainment with learning, so here is a joke.
  36. 1 point
    Personally, l do not have a problem with science-based speculation as long as there is some 'accounting/logic' included. What l personally do not like is when "kun, fala'kun" is challenged. ln that vein, l was again thinking yesterday about Khalaq-(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). keeping things animated('make go'). Take a small piece of soil --the amino acids, ,microscoptic life forms, out-of-normal-vision bugs, tiny bugs, and so on. That is a lot right there! Mashallah, Allahu Akbar.
  37. 1 point
    habib e najjaar


    I think it is more of this: ذَٰلِكَ مِنْ أَنبَاءِ الْغَيْبِ نُوحِيهِ إِلَيْكَ ۚ وَمَا كُنتَ لَدَيْهِمْ إِذْ يُلْقُونَ أَقْلَامَهُمْ أَيُّهُمْ يَكْفُلُ مَرْيَمَ وَمَا كُنتَ لَدَيْهِمْ إِذْ يَخْتَصِمُونَ These are accounts from the Unseen, which We inspire to you. You were not with them when they cast their pens as to which of them would take charge of Mary; nor were you with them as they quarreled. (Aali Imraan: 44)
  38. 1 point

    Aging father

    This is important, the feeling of regret is terrible and takes ages to go away... But you still have time to get yourself in a position so that you'll regret nothing later on. I think that just trying to be in his presence now as much as you can, will make you feel better later.
  39. 1 point
    Perhaps you mean Wormholes. What you have written is quite possible.
  40. 1 point
    We often forget the destructive role of the USSR in Latin America as well, and the violence that came along with left-wing "liberation" movements, like FARC and the repression that came with left-wing dictatorships, like Cuba. Just as how people heap praise on Mandela, while forgetting he was part of a terror group once upon a time.
  41. 1 point

    Ninety nine names of Allah

    The “esoteric” meaning can only be taught by one who has IT. It is rarely captured through books.
  42. 1 point
    When choosing between Love and Hate, naturally any wise person will always choose Love over Hatred because the latter is very harmful and never solved anything while the former, Love, conquers hearts and it is from our Creator and one of His names Al-Wudood (Love) and does miracles. In this terminally sick society there is no room for Hatred while there is a strong need for Love and healing. Of course we do not give up our Usools but we can surely Love the non-Shia. There are so many good people among them in the same way there are many bad people among us. Love in the hearts and mutual respect is the way forward.
  43. 1 point

    Being engaged and rules

    I understand and agree. I just want to encourage our brothers and sisters to avoid using terms such as engagement and fiance because unfortunately some of the lesser informed people in our communities sometimes misunderstand these concepts and end up sinning as a result (this is more relevant in cultures where an 'engagement' is held before the nikah has been recited). Secondly it's important for everyone to understand that marriage is marriage. It would be sad if people ended up sinning during this 'engagement' period where the nikah has been performed but they are still kept away from their spouses. Wallahu a'lam
  44. 1 point

    Conspiracy Theories

    You do realize it's not difficult to find a group of people to protest Injustice of any kind, right? There's never a need to pay anyone. Even those Trump rally weirdos are real life people, demented people, but people. (Some of them are relatives of mine.)
  45. 1 point

    Career VS Marriage

    Studying medicine is indeed a job and I know. This situation would be more difficult for a man since he is expected to provide for the family and marriage before having a career cannot sustain a family. It is not reasonable in this day and age where most of us are living from paycheck to paycheck. If the father of the man is expected to provide for his son's education in medicine and his family, it is unreasonable and very difficult especially for those that live in Western countries. It is not as if our sexual desires appear in our 20s, we have had them since teen-hood so marriage for the sake of sexual relief in such a position will make matters more difficult for the entire family and seems illogical. By the time she graduates and finds a good job she will still be young, so to imply that a 20 y.o. is becoming old for marriage is preposterous. Most of us aren't living lives where we can get married young and I sense that the traditions and cultures our people follow do not help us in this situation, but rather corner us. We are told to become doctors, engineers, lawyers, professionals to keep our country alive, but to abstain from sexual relief until marriage which is possible if financially well-off or ready, but what of those who do not have the money and time? Are they forsaken from sex or sexual relief or are they forsaken from following their ambitions simply because they didn't have enough money or time to care for a family and studies? If we were all expected to marry young, then how many of us will truly manage fulfilling our ambitions and endeavors? Is the Muslim population expected to take loans to do it? Abstain from studying for professions that could take up to 8 years? We will all get married, with lousy jobs, in an already dying economy which will only become worse with fewer professionals around, all whilst having the responsibility of caring for those that you bring into this world. I do not think this is a dilemma, and in my humble opinion, it is best to continue your studies to have a job in the future which will provide for a family and keep that family at ease. In the meantime it is our Jihad to suppress our sexual desires by trying. Is it not better to have a family living comfortably in the future than to have a family living with scraps now and will only have a bleaker future? Only God knows what we go through and only He can judge us. He is indeed the most Merciful and Beneficent. Whichever road you take, for whatever reasons, may your faith and will remain strong.
  46. 1 point
    There is physical abuse, verbal abuse, emotional abuse and psychological abuse. Emotional abuse can happen in so many different ways. I have read so much about this and there are so many checklists of red flags available online. I will suggest you read about narcissists and see if you can find out any things similar in your relationship.
  47. 1 point

    Learning Farsi

    check out: Pimsleur Farsi Level 1 and 2 (highly highly recommend) Jamia Mustafa has free Farsi courses online, the ones they use in howza to teach Farsi in 6 months.
  48. 1 point
    You know this confuses me alot like how does someone get to choose a marja'a? And how do they know if they're making the right choice? And can someone be able to change their marj'aa it confuses me because I mean like they're all Shia ithna asheri yet they still have differences when it comes to fiqh and other things but if we all say we're followers of the Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) then why do we still have these differences
  49. 0 points

    What do think about demonstrations in Iran

    @Mohammadi_follower Are you in Iran? Are the protests as bad as the MEK propaganda videos make it out to be? I think that these protests will probably die out in a day or so, just like the last time it happened.
  50. 0 points
    habib e najjaar

    What made you laugh today

    A neighbor sent over a huge jug of oat porridge for me. She called my mom and said I've gotten too thin. LOL gotta love such neighbors. Me and the kids will be having porridge for supper and breakfast today and tomorrow it seems
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