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  1. 17 points
    In the name of God, the most gracious & most merciful-- My best friend has decided to start his own window & door installation business. He has bought the LLC and is working on getting the liability insurance so that he can be a subcontractor & has asked me to be his "right hand man". The two of us will be working together to install windows and doors on new construction and will branch out eventually to perform retrofits on already occupied houses. We are planning on success and will be reinvesting most of our profits into building this business from the ground up. He has been a window and door installer for five years, but the company he is working for is going to close their install dept & that's what got him thinking about starting his own firm. Me? I need a reliable, steady job with people who can tolerate me (we've been "attached at the hip" for almost twenty years. He met his wife because I introduced them & has said "without you, my daughter wouldn't exist"). The pay is not going to be great as we begin, but that is ok for me because I live in my mother's house without any real monthly bills anyway as I learn the glazing trade from him. I have dedicated myself to this for the foreseeable future, so please, keep us in your supplications that we might have success in business and in our mission to help build homes & protect those homes from the elements. None of this would have even been possible had Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) not been looking out for me, making a plan and giving me a means to perform dignified, honest work for someone who is pretty much family anyway. I have chosen to use this opportunity to model good Islamic behavior to him, the communities we work in, and the other workers that we encounter during the day to day.
  2. 8 points
    No society that I know of actually believes in freedom of speech. The issue comes down to what type of speech you restrict, which depends on the type of society you want to have. So in the West for example, since religion no longer holds any special place, they have no problem with people saying anything they want about God or religion, hence there is freedom in that area. On the other hand, they generally restrict what you can say about certain classes of people, hence the 'hate speech' laws (under which I would also include laws against Holocaust denial which exist in certain countries). In Islam you can generally say whatever you want as long as it's not blasphemous, which actually allows for quite a wide range of freedom in expression. That's not necessarily how Muslim societies are run though. They are generally very sensitive about any criticism of the state or the rulers. With regards to something like insulting the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), we should ask what the intent is. It's not so much that people want to be able to directly insult, which is rarely effective. What they really want is the right to mock the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and make him the subject of satire, which is unfortunately very effective, as we can see from the history of the West. The ultimate aim is of course for people to no longer hold him in reverence, and to undermine the religion. Given that an Islamic society is premised on the idea that Islam is true, why would you want to make it easier for people to endanger the population of Muslims in this life and the next? I agree that so-called Islamic governments should allow themselves to be subject to criticism, although I do think the form the criticism takes is important. And certainly people should have the right to 'criticise' Islam if it is done in the right way, with academic arguments. But the right to insult, mock, satirise, lie, that I don't agree with, because it is a means of persuasion that seeks mainly to bypass the intellect and appeal to the worst aspects of human nature. Just as we see a big concern in the West about 'fake news' when it comes to conspiracy theories, health issues, and politics, there is no reason that an Islamic government shouldn't be concerned about 'fake news' when it comes to Islam. Not everyone has the time to do years of research, or even to read the research of others. So why allow them to be bombarded with lies about Islam that will cause damage to their faith, when most people won't have the means of refuting it? There is a good internet adage about this, called Brandolini's law: “The amount of energy necessary to refute bulls*** is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it.” ― Alberto Brandolini And that's for people who are actually in a position to be able to refute it. A key factor to keep in mind is that no society is made up of scholars or 'free thinkers'. You are always going to have a large percentage of people who just want to live their lives without having to think to much (either out of choice or circumstances). Then you have another large group of people that like to think of themselves as scholars and/or free thinkers, but are just a more educated version of the previous group. Allowing people to just saw whatever they want can be quite dangerous for these groups, so if you actually care about them, then in reality you need some restrictions of what can be said in certain forums. However, I do believe there should always be outlets for genuine and sincere criticism and alternative scholarship. I don't believe anyone should be barred from asking certain questions or pursuing certain lines of enquiry. But that doesn't mean everyone needs to be exposed to those ideas, when they probably don't have the tools to critically evaluate them.
  3. 7 points
    Shia+

    Shia+ is now on the App Store!

    Salam everyone, For the past few months I’ve worked on and finally released an app on the Apple App Store for everyone to use. I’m not making any money off of this. I made this app so you all can benefit from it. It’s free to download, no in-app purchases, and ad free. Enjoy it and benefit from it without any distractions. Here are some of the features of the app: - Accurate prayer times based on location with adhan notifications - Islamic calendar with event descriptions and notification on the day of the event - Qibla compass to point you towards Mecca - Islam basics - Step-by-step prayer guide - Dua’s for all occasions - Motivational Islamic videos - 99 names of Allah and the meaning behind each one - Qadha tracker to track missed prayers and fasts Here is the link to download the app: https://itunes.apple.com/app/id1511772373 Try it out, let me know how you like it, and please all I ask is that you rate the app so more people can find and benefit from it.
  4. 7 points
    There is no such thing as gender reassignment surgery. Having plastic surgery and hormone therapy may make someone look more like they belong to the opposite sex, but it’s purely superficial, and doesn’t change what they are. That’s probably why they tend to remain depressed afterwards or sometimes even regret going through with it. Of course, they do suffer from a genuine medical condition, but the cure doesn’t lie in helping them deceive themselves. Intersex people (hermaphrodites) are in a different category, since the issue there is physical rather than mental. The issue is complicated, but there seems to be a clearer case for surgical/hormonal intervention. Unfortunately it seems that people are trying to apply the rulings that are meant to apply to intersex people to transgender people, and often you even see people say transgender when they mean intersex. The transgender agenda is extremely destructive to society, and is not one we should be trying to get on board with.
  5. 6 points
    Congratulations brother, One quick note on this. It is not good to 'attach' yourself to someone like this, from the perspective of job and career. Businesses are always starting and ending, staffing needs are always changing, i.e. this is in a constant state of 'flux' and you could find yourself on the wrong side of this if you don't do certain things. It has happened to me before, and if you have a wife and kids to support it is even worse. Here are some tips for you that will seriously help you in your life. If you see the job as a 'step up' as far as income and working situation from what you have currently, then definitely take it, but don't get too comfortable. Don't assume that this job will last forever or even that your friendship with this brother will last forever. Especially when you are working with a friend and a brother, it is easy to become complacent and think that nothing will ever change. Keep in mind that it is very easy to maintain a friendship in a 'low stakes' environment where you only see someone occasionally and drink tea with them. It is much more difficult in a 'high stakes' environment like a business where your economic / career future could be on the line. Keep that in mind. Friendships in 'high stakes' environments have a very short life span, in general. There are some exceptions and InShahAllah you will be the exception, but don't assume that you will be. The only thing constant in this world is change. Your friendship may change, the business environment may change, your career path / goals may change, your family situation may change, etc. So you want to be able to survive and thrive whatever changes may happen. They key to that is to make yourself a 'portable employee' as far as business or career. You have to assume that someday this is going to end and how are you going to 'pick yourself up' and continue on while maintaining your career / business. Here are some tips. While you are working there, you need to develop yourself career wise, independent from the job. I would say spend at least 10 to 15 hours per week doing the following. Get certifications, develop a good resume, develop industry contacts that are separate from this brother / company, get and maintain a 'linked in' profile, further your education, I would even go so far as to try and figure out how to start your own business / get your own clients in the industry. If you work for a company, they will only pay you as much as they have to in order to keep you from leaving. You will never get more than that. The only way to make more than that is to start your own business and / or freelance for your own client and / or develop your skills and education to the point that you are considered a great asset to the company that they would be afraid of losing. Maintain your contracts and agreements you have with your employer. For example, if your contract explicitly states that you cannot solicit the companies clients for your own business (non compete clause, which is very common) or you cannot do x, y, z, as part of your employement, then don't do them(only what it explicitly states you can't do. Anything else is ok). If your contract states that you must work certain hours, then work those hours and don't do your career development during those hours. You need to do it in your hours where you are not obligated to your employer. But if you want to develop your own business / contacts in ways which are o.k. in terms of your employement contract, then do these and don't feel like you are being 'disloyal' to your friend. These are things I wish someone had told me when I was in my late teens / early 20s. Salam.
  6. 6 points
    Reza

    Limiting the length of posts

    Also, it’s easy to tell who obviously spent time finding the exact relevant materials to copy and paste, vs those who copy whole pages and paragraphs without discernment.
  7. 6 points
    The title of the thread and original post implied that ulema have been killed for opposing Sayed Khamenei. No proof was provided even after several requests. The topic was derailed onto the topic of house arrest and then onto accusations of torture. I request all members to avoid making false accusations without evidence. This topic will now be locked. If the other side topics are to be discussed separately a new thread can be opened.
  8. 6 points
    Looks like my family abroad has it, including my grandma. Please pray for them
  9. 5 points
    Numbers don't matter. In Badr there were 313 versus a thousand. With Imam Zamana (عليه السلام) there are again going to only 313 close companions. Quality matters, not quantity.
  10. 5 points
    “The special mark of the modern world is not that it is sceptical, but that it is dogmatic without knowing it. It says, in mockery of the old devotees, that they believed without knowing why they believed. But the moderns believe without knowing what they believe – and without even knowing that they do believe it. Their freedom consists in first freely assuming a creed, and then freely forgetting that they are assuming it. In short, they always have an unconscious dogma; and an unconscious dogma is the definition of a prejudice. They are the dullest and deadest of ritualists who merely recite their creed in their subconsciousness, as if they repeated their creed in their sleep. A man who is awake should know what he is saying, and why he is saying it – that is, he should have a fixed creed and relate it to a first principle. This is what most moderns will never consent to do. Their thoughts will work out to most interesting conclusions; but they can never tell you anything about their beginnings. They have always taken away the number they first thought of. They have always forgotten the very fact or fancy on which their whole theory depends.” — G.K. Chesterton , March 15, 1919, Illustrated London News
  11. 5 points
    The war in Iraq has been a few decades, but its ripple effects are unquantifiable and will be felt for generations. So how do you think centuries of slavery will be by comparison? The African identity, language, religions, social structures were all forcibly removed and forgotten, something that no other group experienced of any comparible magnitude. Does the effect of this need to be spelled out, or is it not obvious?
  12. 5 points
    Mahdavist

    Time for combining prayer.

    The prayers are not combined. It's just that the time for the asr prayers begins after the dhuhr prayers are completed and the time for the isha prayers begin after the maghrib prayers. You can indeed proceed with these prayers once the previous prayer is completed. The tasbih and other ta'qibaat are highly recommended, which is why people usually recite these after their prayers. Nawafil prayers are also highly recommended. Some people prefer to wait for an hour or so between both prayers. In any case each prayer is separate.
  13. 5 points
    Reza

    Limiting the length of posts

    I checked backend options, and there’s no ability to restrict lengths of posts. I agree that long copy/paste posts are disruptive. Members overall are not good at sharing outside material in a concise reader-friendly manner, and copy/paste a large text dump instead because it takes less work. Mods already take action on some of these types of posts, and will continue to do so.
  14. 5 points
    Hameedeh

    Qur'an Verse Of The Day

    إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَذَكَرُوا اللَّهَ كَثِيرًا وَانتَصَرُوا مِن بَعْدِ مَا ظُلِمُوا وَسَيَعْلَمُ الَّذِينَ ظَلَمُوا أَيَّ مُنقَلَبٍ يَنقَلِبُونَ "Barring those who have faith and do righteous deeds and remember Allah greatly, and aid each other after they have been wronged. And the wrongdoers will soon know at what goal they will end up." [Holy Qur'an 26:227]
  15. 5 points
    Mahdavist

    Questions for Shia

    1- It's mainly Iran and Hezbollah who are openly and proudly anti-imperialist. They draw their inspiration from the founders of their revolution and party who themselves drew inspiration from the refusal of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) to pay allegiance to Yazeed, even if it meant sacrificing himself and his family. 2 - No we don't believe in this. Taqiyyah is not about lying to sunnis, it's a general islamic principle that entails concealing your beliefs in a situation where your life is at risk. This originates from verse 16:108 which according to mufassireen refers to Ammar ibn Yassir concealing his belief in islam after his parents Yassir and Sumayyah were tortured to death. 3- They are a Yemeni resistance group founded by a member of the Houthi tribe. They oppose imperialism and are currently in a war with Saudi Arabia for this very reason. 4- Hate, no, but we don't have a favourable view of her for various reasons, one of them being the fact that she went to battle against Imam Ali (عليه السلام). 5- The Shia believe that the prophet nominated Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as his successor. We believe he is the first of twelve imams (the last one being the mahdi who is currently in occultation). The sunnis don't believe in such a nomination and take the position that it was up to the muslimeen to select their own leader (from where the khilafa was intiated starting with Abu Bakr and continuing on and off even until today). The sources of hadeeth for the Shia are therefore oriented towards the imams and the few who followed them whereas the sunnis refer to hadith from those who were loyal to the early caliphs. This is also why there are some differences in beliefs and jurisprudence. 6- Mostly no, but this practice seems to have developed among some Shia. We don't find any proper origins for it in our books and believe it was a later innovation which is why our ulema are generally against this. 7- The Shia may practice mut'ah if they wish to do so. It originates from the time of the prophet. Sunnis believe he later forbid it, the Shia don't agree and believe it is still permissible. It is essentially a religious marriage so we certainly dont see it as zina. I hope this was helpful.
  16. 5 points
    https://www.al-islam.org/our-philosophy-falsafatuna-sayyid-muhammad-baqir-al-sadr Introduction: The Social Issue The Social Schools of Thought 1. Capitalistic Democracy 1. The Materialistic Tendency in Capitalism 2. The Position of Ethics in Relation to Capitalism 3. The Tragedies of the Capitalistic System 2. Socialism and Communism 1. Deviation from the Communist Operation 2. Flaws of Communism 3. The Correct Explanation of the Problem 3. The Islamic System: the Proper Treatment of the Problem21 1. The Message of Religion 2. A Final Point Should read Sayyid Baqir As-Sadr's book on the topic.
  17. 5 points
    Haydar Husayn

    A refute to the deceivers

    Nobody is going to read that. You would be much better off splitting it into smaller posts.
  18. 5 points
    Mahdavist

    Time for combining prayer.

    No this isn't the case. The time for dhuhr starts when the sun is at it's peak. The time for asr starts as soon as the dhuhr prayer is completed. Both prayers should be completed before sunset. Similarly the time for maghrib is after the sun has set (and the sky to the east and directly above has become dark) and the time for isha starts once the maghrib prayer is completed. Both prayers should be completed before midnight (halfway point between maghrib and fajr) This is a simple overview, for more details refer to the detailed rulings. Prayers should not be delayed and the utmost effort should be made to pray at the earliest time.
  19. 4 points
    Lol. After Yazid bin Muawiyah there were two Ummayad rulers Yazid ibn Abd al-Malik and Yazid ibn al-Walid and at least one governor by the name of Yazid ibn al-Muhallab.
  20. 4 points
    notme

    Do all non-muslims go to hell?

    Only Allah knows.
  21. 4 points
    Abu Hadi

    The Marriage Dilemma

    I don't see a reasonable excuse either, and the pitfuls (what you stated and others) are very obvious and happen all the time. This is not a logical issue or an Islamic issue, it is a cultural issue. Cultural issues cannot be changed by logic, since they are not based on logic most of the time. They can only be changed when you have a 'critical mass' of affected people who decide they are going to 'rise up' and change the culture. There have been many instances of this in history. A recent one would be the protest against 'Jim Crow' laws in the Southern States of the United States which led to the Civil Rights movement. Culture is simply a set of behaviors, and a language that describes those behaviors, that were adapted by a group of people in order to survive and thrive in a given area at a particular point in time. Although area and time changes, culture is much slower to change, and very seldom changes unless there is an event or series of events that changes. Religion is different, as religion (the true religion anyway, which is Islam) is given by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to the people whereas culture is made up by people for a particular reason and purpose. But as time and area changes, that purpose may no longer be valid in the given context. That is why culture is always (or should be always) subject to scrutiny and should change over time, whereas religion should not. So for this case, the idea that a women should stay at her parent's home until she is married permenantly and then move in with her husband and this is the only option that is available for her is a cultural idea. It may have had a purpose and relevance in the past, but times have changed since then. You have women who go to university and live away from their parents for long periods of time while studying or working, etc. Even the ones who live at home with their parents spend a great deal of their time outside the home going to class, participating in various activities, maybe working, etc.Islam is much more flexible and gives women many options, mutah is one of the those options, permenant marriage is another. What stops women from exercising this option is the Cultural expectation that when a women does her zawaj tul nikah (permenant marriage), she will not have had any other marriages before this, otherwise she is of 'lesser value' or 'no value' in terms of marriage. Nothing will change until this expectation changes. It will changes as soon as a large number of muslim women have the courage to go against this expectation and practice mutah, the proper way and fulfilling the conditions. This seems liike a radical idea, but it is not that radical. This was done during the time of Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h), and even during the time of Abu Bakr's (supposed) Caliphate until Umar banned the practice. This was recorded in many hadith, even those recorded in Sunni books that mutah was so common during that time that it was considered normal and noone looked down on the practice or the women who engaged in it since it was and is part of the religion of Islam and thus approved of by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), so the society had no right to disapprove of it. This was backed up by the famous hadith of Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) that said that 'if Umar wouldn't have prohibited mutah, no muslim would have committed zina except the extremely corrupt ones'.
  22. 4 points
    It can play a role and I don't think that's necessarily a bad thing as long as the order of priorities is right. Once it becomes more important than the religion and religious beliefs/practices of a person then for sure it's problematic. I also think it's dangerous to use these as grounds to reject a pious believer as a spouse.
  23. 4 points
    This is great news, alhamdulilla! Congratulations, brother, and duas for your success!
  24. 4 points
    Has Trump really been that much worse than Bush or Obama? I think that's debatable to be honest. Of course, from a presentation point of view, he's a disaster, but if you just focus on the policies, I don't know that there is that much difference. What I like about Trump is what you see is what you get. People like Obama use nice words to mask their disgusting policies. Not much has changed since Malcolm X likened White liberals to foxes, against the White conservative's wolves. As for Biden, he won't be substantially different to Trump. He will just appear to be so. He will be better on the environment, just as bad on Israel, and worse on foreign war.
  25. 3 points
    notme

    Black Lives Matter [OFFICIAL]

    In my community, the "official" BLM organization is avoided by people in the know because the leader has a history of abuses of his power. However, there is another civil rights organization which doesn't go by the BLM label but does use the slogan/sentiment. Currently, they are working toward getting police to release their use of force records using the Freedom of Information Act, and they are also working on combating systemic racism in education. There is nothing here that I can disagree with. Black Lives Matter. If problematic individuals or organizations agree, that does not invalidate the truth. The Black Lives Matter movement was started in response to police targeting of black communities, and police brutality being allowed and covered up to the point that people were being murdered and murderers were not being punished. If you disagree that these two things are problems, there is no point discussing, there is no hope for you. I don't know how to convince you to care about human life.
  26. 3 points
    When the literalist is trying to understand a religion that is based on reasoning, everything will be shirk.
  27. 3 points
    How about we don't slaughter anyone or enslave "their" (LOL) women? What in the world is wrong with these people?
  28. 3 points
    Labbayka

    How do Sunnis reconcile this?

    I want to give an example of this: Let’s take Imam Ali al Hadi AS for an example the tenth Shi’a Imam. Now if the idea that Shi’ism is false and the idea of divinely guided successors who ran there own Islamic societies similar to how the Prophet would have run is false, why did: 1) Al-Mutawakil keep a close eye on Imam Ali al-Hadi? If the notion that successionship is false, there would be no need to set up spying networks or put a person under house arrest, if he feared a Shi’a uprising, then Imam al Hadi who would have no point been a Shi’a (if the Imams were Sunni) be put under a watchful eye. 2)Reconcile the fact that al Mutawakil tried to get Imam Ali al Hadi AS to show that he with the government, why would it matter to him? 3) If you say Imam Jafar al Sadiq AS was a Sunni, then naturally his offspring would be Sunnis aswell. Therefore why was Imam Musa al Kadhim AS imprisoned for being a Shi’a leader? And how you explain the amount of Khums he collected from Shi’as? Basically my point is, if Sunnis argue that the Imams were in fact Sunnis, why did they run their own secret societies, and have people come to them for religious matters, this is evidence by the letters of the later Imams, rather then the official establishments? Why were Sunnis caliphs so keen to keep an eye on these individuals if they were Sunnis indeed, if Sunni Islam is the right Islam, then these Imams must have lead people astray. In my mind there’s a few ways to reconcile these facts 1) The Imams were infact Sunnis and all of Shi’a history is forged (seems very improbable for 200+ years of history to be forged) 2) Some of these individuals were righteous, eg Imam Ali, some had unfortunate events but were still “Sunnis” eg Imam Hussain AS and some might possibly be the leaders of heretics, eg the leader of the later Shias. I wanted to take away from the obvious arguments of Imam Ali, Imam Hussain etc and focus on how do they explain the imprisonment and societies, including wealth amassed by Khums etc by the later Imams?
  29. 3 points
  30. 3 points
    Humans are sheep-headed. They just like to follow the herd. Why all of a sudden BLM? what happened in palestine and yemen as example during those times? surely many other nations suffered as well that we didn't hear anything about in the medias. What happened to the burma muslims etc.
  31. 3 points
    This theory is ahistorical in content, presuming all groups are on equal footing relative to one another to force a logical consistency. Of both mirror examples, only one side has yielded significant actionable consequences in a real world context, while the other is negligible in comparison in the macro sense. Why the insistence of crowning both with the same term then? And if one admits both are “racist”, then how does one subsequently go to qualify and quantity the obvious dissimilarity in impact? What additional term could be used? Or is the reality that no term is used, and it’s all obfuscated because “everyone can be racist”, so therefore everyone is off the hook, even the worst offenders? When everybody is guilty, nobody becomes guilty. Circular whataboutism.
  32. 3 points
    I'm sorry, I don't understand. Why would they need to openly address their community members? If they want to debate aspects of the religion, then they can go to scholars. How would he find himself in a position to be executed unless he was making his apostasy known to people, and making such a big deal about it that it was brought to the attention of the state? Believe it or not, there were apostates in the Islamic world back in the day, and they mostly didn't end up executed, because they didn't go around shouting about it in the market place. Why do you consider it so necessary that apostates should have the right to be as open as they want to be about their apostasy or blasphemy? The issue here is you keep saying 'leaving the religion', when what you mean is 'leaving the religion and telling the whole world about it'. Nobody is going to come and execute you for leaving the religion, because nobody is going to know unless you tell them. It is also highly unlikely that if you tell your friends and family anything is likely to happen. If someone did question you, you could always deny it after all. I doubt any Islamic state every had a network of spies out looking for apostates. So again, this comes back to why you think it's so important to have the right to be shouting about your apostasy from the rooftops. You seem to have a very worldly perspective on this. Do you think it's ok to peacefully advocate for the drinking of cyanide? What's more important for a Muslim? This world, or the hereafter?
  33. 3 points
    Quickly looking through Tusi's Rijaal, from the companions of Imam al-Baqir (عليه السلام), I count at least 6 Yazids, from the companions of Imam al-Sadiq (عليه السلام), 7, and from the companions of Imam al-Kadhim (عليه السلام), 4. Given that Imam al-Baqir was 3 or 4 years old at the time of Karbala, I doubt all these Yazids were born before it. And notice that they didn't change their names, despite being companions of the Imams. So you might want to reconsider this argument of yours.
  34. 3 points
    The biggest example is Imam Ali (عليه السلام), he named his some of his sons, 1. Abu Bakr ibn Ali (عليه السلام), his kunya was Abu Bakr, some people say his name was Abdullah, Ubayd Allah, or Muhammad. He has martyred in Karbala. 2. Umar ibn Ali, Imam Ali (عليه السلام) named him after Umar ibn Abi Salama (رضي الله عنه). 3. Uthman ibn Ali, Imam Ali (عليه السلام) named him after Uthman ibn Mathoon (رضي الله عنه). Hopefully this answers your question. و صل الله على محمد و آل محمد
  35. 3 points
    There is some merit in that argument, actually. I've been meaning to write a blog post about African Americans vs. other minority groups in the U.S. and one of the reasons I have come up with for the relative success of the latter is that they are more racist than African Americans. I don't mean racist in any pejorative sense, what I do mean is that some groups have a natural inclination to trade (often on preferential terms) with others of a similar race, language, or even just geographic background. There's a whole academic literature on the trust (the lubricant for business) that exists between people based on such characteristics. Perhaps the long history of slavery broke down the bonds that would be needed for such characteristic based trust to develop?
  36. 3 points
    BowTie

    Islam Is Against Free Speech?

    Freedom of speech definitely exists in Islam. They cursed Imam Ali for years. He sat there and did nothing. And when his companions wanted to destroy the minarets he told them you cant its their right especially they are doing it from private property.
  37. 3 points
    BowTie

    Do all non-muslims go to hell?

    Why would Allah create this WHOOOOOOLE universe to only send a few to heaven?
  38. 3 points
    Allahumma salli ala muhammadiw wa ali muhammadin wa ajjil faraja hum Rabbinee lima anzalta ilayya min khayrin faqir Audhu billahi minash shaytanir rajeem دع كل الشتائم ضدي تُعاد سبعة أضعاف. Astaghfirillah Ya Allah, protect my sister from further harm and abuse Ya as-Sadiq, pray on my behalf, to Al-Haqq that my friend is guided to Islam and healed of her headaches. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Kadhim, pray to As-Sabur on my behalf that me and my brother in Islam are rewarded with a wife each and also that he can find the strength and to overcome his sadness. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Ridha, pray to Al-Wadud on my behalf that she gets peace of mind, verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) Ya Taqi, pray to Al Hakim on my behalf that my burden is lessened and I get the strength to take this deen and the sanctity of my life seriously. Verily with hardship comes ease. (إِنَّ مَعَ الْعُسْرِ يُسْرًا - 94:6) I ask nothing more than for our happiness and well-being. May we all be protected from the plague by Your permission.
  39. 3 points
    Is there no way of limiting the length of posts on this website? It ruins a thread when you have someone copy and pasting enough material to fill a small book into a single post. At the very least, I think there should be a site rule on this, and moderators should issue warnings. The same goes for people who use ridiculously big font (usually because they have copy and pasted from somewhere else).
  40. 3 points
    This and say slavery are always approached on these forums as if the only time in world history where decisions about them needed to be made was while eating a KFC takeout and sitting on front of the TV while watching Friends. It may come as news to some, but most of us who visit this forum would be amongst the 0.01% of people in history according to how well off we are. So while the thought of selling kids into slavery or giving daughters into mutah may well strike people here as the epitome of yuck, they have very likely been decisions that people have had to make over large parts of human history. As people here have said there would be no reason at all for the father of a virgin girl to accede to a mutah involving intimacy. My rider would be to add in the phrase 'where there are no economic (or other) constraints'.
  41. 3 points
    Photos: First Friday Prayers in Netherlands after Coronavirus https://en.abna24.com/news//photos-first-friday-prayers-in-netherlands-after-coronavirus_1052873.html https://en.abna24.com/news//photos-first-friday-prayers-in-netherlands-after-coronavirus_1052873.html
  42. 3 points
    AStruggler

    The Marriage Dilemma

    SubhanAllah brother, I don't think I've ever walked away from reading a post of yours without "Wow-ing". Your thoughts are always bang on, and manifest the spirit of the Islam I see expressed in the books, like always! Also btw, I came across your 3-part video series based on the book, The Revealer, The Messenger, The Message by Shaheed Sadr. Great work and channel, was nice to watch after reading!
  43. 3 points
    Ali_Hussain

    The Marriage Dilemma

    Well many of us are internet dwelling weirdos, that could be a factor
  44. 3 points
    starlight

    Hijab - no rude answers

    Who told you practising islam would be rainbows in the sky and small blue birds and deers following the person everywhere. You want to talk about everyday struggles? Waking up for fajr in the morning is an everyday struggle for most muslims. A secular family member once disdainfully commented that prayer timings are picked by Allah to give maximum inconvenience to humans. Should we start a campaign to chnage Salat timings if they don't suit us? People get killed in Pakistan and India EVERY SINGLE DAY for being muslims and shias. If you tell someone whose family member has been butchered by a meat cleaver for attending a majlis they will think you are being insensitive for creating an issue over 'a piece of chiffon'. Iranians have been going through the toughest economic sanctions for decades with shortage of life saving drugs and you tell us we don't know what 'a struggle of blood and tears' is like? You know islam has a solution for your problem. If someone feels he cannot practise his religion living in a place because the enviornment there isn't conducive to practising islam, he should move to another city/country. It can even be obligatory to move in certain cases IIRC. So move to a place where you can comfortably do Hijab as soon as possible.
  45. 3 points
    Congratulations brother, all the best.
  46. 3 points
    Ali_Hussain

    Mutah as a business for women

    I can actually identify with that, sometimes, often in fact I get some food from outside and it probably tastes quite awful or average at best. However because I have paid some money for it, I convince myself that it was far better than it was. But a few hours later when it launches a full scale assault on my digestive system it is hard to ignore the reality of the situation. I would imagine the same applies to your man with the expensive car.
  47. 3 points
    Abu Hadi

    The Marriage Dilemma

    Salam Br, For your first point, you are correct that if someone is into those haram things you mentioned, it is wajib to marry (zawajtul nikah or mutah, either one is fine). As to your point about sexual desire, this is the main purpose why 99.9% of the brothers, at least, (and I suspect most of the sisters also, but I won't elaborate on that) get married (whether zawajtul nikah or mutah). If they are honest with you about their reasons. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) placed this desire in us for just that reason. So that we would seek out halal marriage and by doing that build stable families and communities. If this desire were not in us, almost noone would seek out marriage, because from a rational point of view, purely rational excluding religion, marriage is a very risky and dangerous activity. For the man, he is now financially obligated to support a wife and x number of children in a world which is not economically stable and he doesn't know tomorrow if he will be able to meet this obligation. For a women, she has to put herself under the wilayat (guardianship) of a man, even though she may be more educated, more intelligent than, and / or more religious than him. For both, they have to put up with each others outbursts and moods and commit to stay with each other thru 'good times and bad'. The good times are easy for most couples, the bad time are not, and bad times will inevitably come to the life of every married couple. So a rational person without religion would never seek out marriage. It would be much more 'rational' for them to go from relationship to relationship, stay when it is good, and head for the door when it starts to get bad, which now basically describes most relationships in the West. What happens when this becomes common, well for most of us we already see the effects of this, broken families, unstable communities, huge amounts of mental illness such as anxiety and depression, increase in suicide, etc, basically increase of social problems of all types. If it weren't for the fact that Islam tells us that you can ONLY fulfill your sexual desire within a marriage relationship, muslims would be no different from non muslims in this regard. The only reason, I think, that the muslim community is more stable and more prosperous in terms of family and community vs. non muslims is because of this. In the US, the muslim family has a 33% higher income on average compared to non muslims and the community in general. I think the main reason for this is because of the above. As for your second point about mutah, I will say it once again. Getting married (whether mutah or zawajtul nikah) requires time, effort, and energy. Anything good you get in this life you have to work for and that means putting in time, effort, and energy. I see so many brothers who spend countless hours studying for exams, working in their jobs, doing 'hustles' on the side to get money, but when it comes to getting married, expect that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will drop a women for them from out of the sky. That isn't how it works. If you want to do mutah, you basically go about it the same way as you would anything else in life that you want to accomplish. You make a plan, gather data, test your plan, if it fails, gather more data, make a new plan or adjust your old one, and try again. Keep going with this till you find a strategy that works. Your idea about how to find a girl for mutah will probably not work the first time, or the second time, etc. But it is like anything else. If you keep going and don't give up, eventually something will work. The reason why noone can tell you, o.k, if you want to find a girl for mutah do this, that, then this, etc, is because noone knows what you know. Noone has all the information you have about the community where you live, the girls that are there, what are there inclinations, like, preferences. It is different in every place. Only you have that information, but I know that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) doesn't make something wajib for someone unless he also gives them the ability to accomplish it. Otherwise Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is unjust, and we know that He(s.w.a) isn't that way. If you or anyone else puts in the time, effort, and energy, makes a plan, gathers data, executes the plan, if it fails.....like I said above then you will get what you are trying to get. It is only a matter of time before it happens.
  48. 3 points
    Ali2196

    Time for combining prayer.

    I would like some answers but I think it’s fine also I’ve seen on SC that it’s mustahab to leave a gap for example say dua or recite Quran then move onto next salat for example after Maghrib recite Quran 5mins/30mjns then pray Isha.
  49. 3 points
    You do know that being socialist doesn't necessarily have anything to do with supporting trendy social justice causes, right? It is very possible (and in fact quite likely among the non-university educated) to be on the left economically, but on the right socially. Trump got elected in 2016 off the back of gaining a significant number of those voters. They clearly wouldn't have voted for him if their biggest concern was social justice activism. As for laborers leading the French Revolution, aside from being utterly irrelevant to the discussion, it's just not true. It was a bourgeois revolution, lead by lawyers, other educated professionals and merchants.
  50. 3 points
    eThErEaL

    Islamic interpretation of atheism

    Very good question!!!! "Atheism" doesn't exist in the worldview of the Quran. The Quran doesn't consider "Athiesm" a valid category. In other words, as far as the Quran is concerned, there is no such thing! There are: Mushrik (one who associates something or many things with God, one who does shirk) vs Muwahhid (one who do not associate anything with the Absolutely One, one who affirms tawhid). Kafir (One that conceals or covers up the Truth, one who does kufr). vs Mumin (One whom God has placed faith in his / her heart, one who has iman) Kafir Also has another meaning (One who is ungrateful, one who does kufr). vs Shakir (One who is grateful, one who does shukr). Muslim (those who submit or surrender to God. who are in islam) There is no opposite for this. But there are various kinds or subcategories of muslims 1) Everything, by virtue of it being subject to God's command "Be", is existentially in submission, the trees, rocks, animals, plants, all humans, all jinn, all angels are existentially submitted to God by virtue of the fact they all exist! 2) the submission of human beings to the guidance of God as revealed through the prophets; (also referred to as Ahlul Kitab). 3) the submission of human beings to the guidance of God as revealed through the prophet Muhammad (S); and 4) the submission of the followers of the Prophet Muhammad (S) to God's practical instructions (pray, fast, zakat, hajj ect etc). It is important to know the categories used in the Quran and to know what their opposite terms are (if any). So, let us discuss what is on your mind now. You see, the word "polytheism" also doesn't really belong here. Polytheism is another one of those foreign words people inserted into the Quranic worldview and they use it as a wrong or crude translation for "Mushrik". Even the way you use the word "belief" is not really an Islamic category or word. When you said: This word "belief" is NOT what the Quran means by "iman". We need to understand this. Sure, the word "iman" is usually translated as "belief", but no no. This is a crude translation. The closest word for "belief" in the Quran would be the word that is used for "Zhann" which is usually translated to "conjecture" or "surmise". If one understand these categories, they will quickly realize that no one can be classified in any of these categories in any absolute way. Because these are more like states of the soul rather than fixed essences. Very few people would embody any of these in a fixed way. usually mankind is in and out of these states, from moment to moment. One moment we are associating something with God by thinking the medicine itself is going to cure me (for example). Another moment I have a deep heartfelt understanding that God alone is in control of all things. Another moment I sin against the Divine Law, another moment I submit by following the Divine Law. The names and labels WE Assign Ourselves are superficial and fake. When we call ourselves "Muslim" we just say that for practical purposes or for the sake of social convention (the name we have doesn't tell us anything about our inner state at the moment!). Only God knows what is in the heart of someone who declares himself "an Atheist". Such a person might have more understanding about Oneness than one who calls himself a Muslim. Who knows!
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