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  1. 12 points


    Hardly the day started and ... it is already six o'clock in the evening. Barely arrived on Monday and it's already Friday. ... and the month is already over. ... and the year is almost up. ... and already 40, 50 or 60 years of our lives have passed. ... and we realize that we lost our parents, friends. and we realize that it is too late to go back ... So ... Let's try, however, to take full advantage of the time we have left ... Let's not stop looking for activities that we like ... Let's put color in our greyness ... Let's smile at the little things in life that put balm in our hearts. And yet, we must continue to enjoy serenely the time that remains. Let's try to eliminate the "after" ... I do it after ... I will say after ... I will think about it after ... We leave everything for 'later' as if "after" was ours. Because what we do not understand is that: after, the coffee cools ... after, priorities change ... after, the charm is broken ... after, health passes ... after, the children grow up ... after, the parents get older ... after, the promises are forgotten ... after, the day becomes the night ... after, life ends ... And after that it's often too late .... So ... leave nothing for 'later' ... Because always waiting for later, we can lose the best moments, the best experiences, the best friends, the best family ... We are no longer at the age where we can afford to postpone until tomorrow what needs to be done right away. Always remember, The day is today ... The moment is now ... [somebody forwarded it at work]
  2. 10 points
    If you look at the US, there is freedom of expression in many areas, but not when it comes to Israel. Whoever criticizes Israel is seen in the US as an enemy of the State. The reason why is because almost all politicians of both parties receive big $$$ from AIPAC and other Israeli affiliated groups. So when they get a chance to show how pro Israel they are, they take the chance. In this case, they are 'proving it' by imprisoning a women with very little resources to fight back. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) help her. If anyone here knows about her case personally, try to contact CAIR www.cair.org, they help sometimes in situations like this. At least they will force the 'so called' Justice Department to tell them what crimes they are charging her with and what evidence they have for those crimes. Being a journalist working for PressTV is not a crime in the US, at least not yet, so they will have to think up something else to charge her with. Twitter feed https://twitter.com/hashtag/FreeMarziehHashemi?src=hash
  3. 9 points
    Salam aleykum, please read the bellow and share it on twitter and other news feed, the hashtags are: #FreeMarziehHashemi #Pray4MarziehHashemi Marzieh Hashemi, a journalist and anchor working for Iran’s English-language Press TV television news network, has been detained and imprisoned in the United States for unspecified reasons. American-born Hashemi, most famous for anchoring news programs and presenting shows for Press TV, was detained upon arrival at St. Louis Lambert International Airport in St. Louis, Missouri, on Sunday, her family and friends said. Press TV has learned that she was transferred by the FBI to a detention facility in Washington, D.C. The US officials have so far refused to provide any reasons for her apprehension either to her or her family. Hashemi, born Melanie Franklin, had arrived in the US to visit her ill brother and other family members. Her relatives were unable to contact her, and she was allowed to contact her daughter only two days after her arrest. Mistreatment in US jail Hashemi, who has been living in Iran for years and is a Muslim convert, has told her daughter that she was handcuffed and shackled and was being treated like a criminal. The journalist also said that she had her hijab forcibly removed, and was photographed without her headscarf upon arrival at the prison. Hashemi has only been allowed to wear a T-shirt, and is currently using another one to cover her head. Furthermore, she has been offered only pork as meal - which is forbidden under Islamic law - and even denied bread and any other halal food after refusing to consume the meat. Hashemi told her daughter that the only food she has had over the past two days has been a packet of crackers. https://www.presstv.com/Detail/2019/01/16/585921/Press-TV-news-anchor-Hashemi-arrested-in-US-for-no-specific-reason #FreeMarziehHashemi #Pray4MarziehHashemi
  4. 9 points
    Abu Hadi


    Regarding Amr Bil Maroof wa Nahiya Al Munkhar, (enjoining good and forbidding evil) Rasouallah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) Said 'This is Wajib....' If you can change an Injustice with your hands, change it with your hands If you can change it with your mouth, change it with your mouth If you cannot do either, then distance yourself from it in your heart, and this is the weakest type There is an injustice happening as we speak. If you have access to a computer, and access to twitter. THIS IS THE LEAST YOU CAN DO. PLEASE JOIN LETS SHOW THESE THALIM WHO WE ARE AND SHUT DOWN TWITTER !!!!!! For more information on this topic, see
  5. 9 points
    Salam, This is probably a question everyone begs to ask. I spoke with a respected sheikh and he gave some very good and brief tips. I hope everyone benefits from this, nothing complicated. There are three stages you have to keep in mind when we talk about faith (iman). (1) Confessing by tongue (2) Belief in heart (3) Actions The most important stage is the second one. We will often confess by our tongue, do our wajibats, but there is no presence of heart. The Sheikh stressed on the fact that some people don't have true belief, giving an example of his encounter with a salafi student. The student believed in some violent verses and refused to believe the peaceful ones. The sheikh translated a peaceful verse right in front of him, but the student refused to accept out of ignorance, saying "wait till I learn Arabic, I'll prove you wrong". The sheikh said that these types of people don't have an attitude to learn, and nothing goes through their hearts, which is why they find it hard to accept even if they are convinced. Faith is something everyone has. Allah has created a system where we have Iman the minute we were born. In the world of particles, we even confessed to Allah - "there is no God but Allah". However just because we can't remember it doesn't mean that we don't have faith. It is our duty to unlock faith in a world of corruption and materialism. Our blurred vision is through desires, lust, sins etc. The best way to unlock faith is to observe nature. Most Prophets were shepherds, so you can imagine how they observed pure nature. Nature is pure and it reflects the signs of Allah. The Qur'an constantly tells us to look around and not to be so restricted. If we simply spend a few minutes just looking at a tree with pure intentions, knowing how this was not created in vain, our iman will be strengthened. Obviously other ones are obvious such as refraining from sins etc. Also what are your opinions? How do you think we can strengthen our iman?
  6. 7 points


    But while you do need to go, life is short, you don't need to just go and go and go. Sometimes you have to stop and think about what you've done, where you've been, who you've been. Otherwise, what's the point.
  7. 7 points
    Marzieh Hashmi’s family needs to raise $30,000 for her initial legal fee. Donate if you could. https://www.gofundme.com/rsnb3k-freemarziehhashemi
  8. 6 points
    Yeah regardless Islam as a precaution tells us not to go. Also looking at half naked women wouldn't affect us on the day, but over time it will. We have to be very careful about the environment, because that can affect our spirituality, even if we convince ourselves that we'll not do anything harram. We aren't even allowed to go to the gym where women are present, same thing about the beach.
  9. 6 points
    May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) ease her situation.
  10. 6 points
    It’s true but America has Muslim senators that must do something at least for solidarity & caring about other Muslims in America because if they don’t do anything after her America can arrest any journalist & Muslims without reason. press tv & Iran only can keep her matter alive but it needs action from Muslims in America already a group of journalists are supporting her for their agenda of supporting any journalist around the world but Muslims like as @Abu Hadi & @Hameedeh & rest of Muslims communities in America can ask from Muslim senators in Congress that they do their Islamic duty to ask for her freedom & ask questions from authities that arrested her.
  11. 6 points

    After judgement day, what will Allah do?

    After the universe, will time even exist? Does the concept of after even apply?
  12. 6 points

    Convert WhatsApp group

    Italian Christian converts to Islam at Imam Reza (عليه السلام) Holy Shrine http://en.abna24.com/news//italian-christian-converts-to-Islam-at-Imam-reza-as-holy-shrine_924956.html January 15, 2019 - 5:40 PM News Code : 924956 Source : AQRLink: A Christian youth from Italy has converted to Islam after visiting the holy shrine of the eighth Imam of Shia Islam, Ali ibn Musa al-Reza (عليه السلام), located in Iran’s northeastern city of Mashhad. In a show of love to Imam Reza (عليه السلام), the Italian pilgrim changed his name to Reza. Astan Quds has sat with the Italian youth and talked to him about his motivations for becoming a Muslim. 26-year-old Carmelo Coco is from the Italian island of Sicily. He officially declared his faith in Islam and converted to the religion during a special ritual held at the Department of Non-Iranian Pilgrims of Astan Quds Razavi. The newly converted Muslim told Astan News about his life-changing decision. “There was a mosque near my workplace. Every day, I could hear the sound of the prayer call echoing from the mosque’s loudspeakers three times a day. The soothing sound gave me nice feeling. Somehow, I felt really attached to it,” said Carmelo. The intriguing sound finally lured the Italian youth to the mosque, where he became acquainted with a number of Muslims who prayed there. “However, I did not have any information about their religion and beliefs,” admitted Carmelo. The turning point in Carmelo’s life started with a traumatic accident. “Last year, I made a harsh accident and went into a coma. Doctors had lost hope in my recovery,” recalled Carmelo. Amid all the disappointment with Carmelo’s survival, there shone a glimmer of hope. “One of my Muslim friends would sit by my side every day and recite the holy Qur'an for me,” explained Carmelo. The sound was as soothing as the prayer call he had heard from the Mosque. “In the dream world, I could hear the relaxing sound, and it gave me a sense of revival,” he said. To everyone’s surprise, Carmelo gets back to life after a few days. “When I regained consciousness, doctors were shocked and considered this a divine miracle,” recalled Carmelo with a shivering tone. After his recovery, Carmelo’s life changed dramatically. He owed his life to the “relaxing sound of the Qur'an.” He became interested in listening to verses from the holy Qur'an. “So, unwittingly, I was treading on a path from which I never wanted to return,” said the Italian Muslim.
  13. 5 points
    Is Allah (subhana wa tala) talking about his great power by referring to the NASA Rocket in surah Al Rahman? "Man and Jinn if you can penetrate the sky then do so but you cannot without the maximum power given by us" . I think its amazing, a future prediction written 1400 years ago that demonstrates Allah's great power. The rocket breaks the sound barrier and penetrates through the sky and requires incredible amount of fuel. I also find it interesting that soon after this excerpt the surah mentions the sky turning red like red herd. Forward video to 8:20 mins (number 4) and 11:20 mins (number 2) for the launches I am referring to. They remind me of Allahs great power every time I watch it: https://youtu.be/kNOhNLk0mRQ
  14. 5 points

    How to strengthen your Iman

    Wa salam alaykom dear Knowledge Understanding Good actions Refinement of the soul. Tawbah Eltemase dua
  15. 5 points

    Thoughts 2019

    Congratulations to ShiaChat members who were Popular Contributors from January 1 - 14! @Ralvi @Salsabeel @2Timeless @Miss Wonderful @Natsu @Son of Placid @Ibn al-Hussain @Waseem162 @IbnSina @BowTie @dragonxx @Murtaza1
  16. 5 points

    Spouse or children?

    Interesting point. If both parents put the children first, they share a common goal and mission, which builds friendship and emotional intimacy. Unfortunately, too often only one parent puts the children first, while the other focuses on money or themselves or whatever, and they grow apart.
  17. 5 points

    Marzieh Hashemi imprisoned unlawfully

    [Forwarded from Tobias Martin Schneider] By Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar In the name of the Almighty RELEASE MARZIEH HASHEMI When a Muslim Ummah is tested! Recently, news has been released that sister Marzieh Hashemi has been arrested by the US authorities and taken under the supervision of the FBI. Although I know the sister in person – like many of you – nevertheless I do not want to speak about her or give a biographical account of who she is and her relentless efforts in the cause of Islam. Others can do that much better than me. The question I would like to raise and semi-dissect is: what should we Muslims do? I usually do not write on such incidents because I feel I am not at all experienced enough. But since I knew her in person and recall when she bid me farewell the day before leaving for the States, the below is my humble contribution and what I can offer to her. Before writing a few words on this however, I want to shed some light on the mystical angle of such incidents and that is, that she is benefiting spiritually from this oppressive episode and her struggles and burdens will disclose nothing but goodness primarily to herself and maybe to the ummah, depending on how the ummah reacts. The Qur'an states: “if you did good, you did it for your own selves, and if you did bad, it is for your own selves” If one does good, they will only benefit themselves spiritually; whether others benefit from their efforts, depends on how those ‘others’ reacted to the good of that person. If they react positively, the ummah grows. If they react negatively, the ummah will suffer and be a recipient of more of the same troubles experienced by the good doer. How can this horrific experience assist Ms Hashemi? Answer: through tawheed I.e. she relies less and less on creatures and becomes more and more reliant upon the sole self-sufficient authority I.e. Allah. She does not fear the oppressive forces at play because she knows no-one can honour or dishonour her save Allah. There is no effector or authority save Allah. The FBI are merely an amusement and deviation. It’s a side-show for the monotheist. They cannot do anything. Its all Allah in play and she will become more and more stronger and reliant upon Him over time. All actions are Allah’s creation and therefore are good. Evil does not exist. It’s a relative term, coined as a mental construct for us humans and how close or distanced we become from the source of absolute perfection. Evil is a mental construct pertaining to our spiritual wayfaring towards absolute perfection. Evil cannot exist in the external world. Its impossible and claiming such would be attributing deficiency to Allah. Ms Hashemi now has been granted the honour of manifesting lady Zaynab’s slogan of “I see nothing but beauty”. So ‘evil’ only applies to our spiritual status quo when it is in the state of becoming farther away from manifesting the divine attributes of Allah. With every beating or act of oppression she receives, she will become more and more illuminating inside and this indeed is an honour for a monotheist. So bravo upon you sister! But what about us and the ummah? All the above was her duty and her spiritual fate. But what are we going to do? Are we going to waste this golden opportunity? Are we going to allow all her efforts and struggles go to waste? If we do, history will keep repeating and maybe many of us are comfortable with that as long as it does not compromise our worldly lives. However, for those who want to do something, what is the plan? What are the means to be used? First we must try and find the help from within and not outreach towards US federal authorities. This would be spiritually crippling. Even if some claim that we are coerced to do this, it is still tantamount to getting help from the enemy, strengthening them and even taking them as your allies or authorities. This would dishonour us. This is not acceptable as a first course of action. We shouldn’t even be cooperating with non-Muslim legalists and lawyers as a first course of action, paying them extensive sums of money, strengthening their authority and belittling ourselves. Yes as a last resort, this is ‘permissible’ from a shariah point of view, but it will still qualify as contaminating ourselves, from a tariqah point of view. Don’t suffice with the letter of the law. Okay so what should we do? I don’t know and its not up to one person like me to decide. A strong board of scholars must formulate a protocol for the Muslim masses, especially those in the US – something which we are utterly lacking today. Most of our organizations are either afraid of protecting Islam due to losing out on and compromising their worldly opportunities in the United States and others are just not bothered to do anything and want to continue assigning themselves as the suppressed without making an effort to retaliate such a status quo. But what we can do, starting with the communities Ms Hashemi was a part of in the United States, we must start protesting and exercising as much demonstrations as possible, merely highlighting the oppressions actualised. We Muslims have to start from a grass root level under the auspices of the clergy (if accessible). Strengthening ourselves albeit only quantitatively through peaceful demonstrations is a start. Only after fortifying ourselves, should we invite others to join in. who? Ms Hashemi was part of a minority group, black and female. These categories of people must be informed on a vast scale and invited to join. It will affect them too in the future. All this costs money but this is where the money should be spent first. Muslim lawyers should be honouring themselves to join the masses and cooperate maximally. And inshallah if organised properly, a significant shift will arise and Islam will succeed one step forward. This is merely one step closer to the threshold of explosion after which, Islam will permeate throughout the world. But until we get there, we must do our bit. This would be our deliverance inshallah!
  18. 5 points
    Will there be a new life in the world after the Day of Judgment or will the world be destroyed completely? Concise answer It is gathered from the evidences and proofs in the verses of the Qur'an that the Day of Judgment is in fact not the continuation of this world. This world shall turn into a mess completely because great explosions and horrific quakes will destroy everything. Thereupon, the world will emerge with a new design on the mess and ruins of this world. According to the same evidences, the resurrection of human beings shall take place in that new world. Nonetheless, it has been reported in the traditions that God, the Almighty, will create a new world after the destruction of this world and following the Day of Judgment when the people of Paradise will settle in Paradise and the People of Hell in Hell. Then, God shall create a world which will be different from the present world and creatures. Imam Baqir (عليه السلام) said, “O Jabir, the explanation of that verse is that when Allah, the Exalted, will destroy this creation and this world, and doom people to living in paradise and in hell then Allah, the Sublime, will create a new cosmos from the beginning, and will create a new creature without male or female that will worship Him and accept the oneness of Him. Further, He will create a new Earth without this Earth for that creature, which will carry the burden of it. And He will create a new sky/heaven other than this sky that will spread its shadow on them. Perhaps you think God has created only one universe and you think God has not created any man except you. Yes by Allah, the Sublime, who has created thousands of universes and thousands of Adams, you are in the last of the worlds and you are the last descendants of those Adams"[22] Late Allamah Muhammad Hussein Tabatabai (may his soul rest in peace) quote this meaning and considers it as one of the possible (not the only) meanings of this verse.[23] Terefore, this world with its sky and Earth will be overthrown after the Day of Judgment. And if a world is also created, it will have different features and would be beyond our imagination and perception. http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa4175
  19. 5 points

    Necessity of hijab

    Sellam. I’m not exactly sure who you are referring to, neither does it concern me to know but I’m curious to know what the point or benefit of your bringing up the change of demeanour of another person besides yourself. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) taught us to “judge ourselves before we can judge others” and you need to understand that this does not just centre around one judgement, so you might respond to me and say “well sister I have observed and judged myself in the case of “change of demeanor” and I have not changed. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) is not subjecting this statement to just one specific judgement but to all. If the sister yet was “once upon a time” a respected one then I’m sure she still is. And this goes out to all who have “changed their demeanor”. of course, depending on their words and their actions, we cannot alone trust the “written and saved”. That’s is wrong and if it were right then I’m sure many miscarriage of justice would have taken place in the court and the law system would have failed completely. Even when actions are considered and observed and portrays a “change of demeanor”, sometimes a miscarriage of justice also takes place. My point is, that we cannot ever judge someone, especially in just “writing” and online. You as a human yourself could never come to the concept of judgement when you alone know that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the all hearing and all seeing and He knows what is hidden in our hearts. Let us assume that you’re right and the sister did change in whatever way you mean, that does not lessen her respect And if it did we cannot judge nonetheless. We are humans and we make mistakes intentional and unintentional. Just like the respected sister “changed her demeanor” then I’m sure it’s only for her best. And I’m sure her respect and dignity is still within its place regardless of what was written and saved. Your words too can be used against you, I do remember you telling me and I quote “ that you may not always like what others will say” and that everyone has their own opinions. That sister, whoever she may be, had or has her own respected views. Even if you are right in what you say and whatever the sister said was considered wrong or is disliked then it’s best for us to advice as the Prophet saws taught us to rather than comment. We should always and I’m not subjecting this to “you should always” because I’m sure a lot of us here need to remind ourselves. We should always remember to say good rather than say something that provides no benefit to yourself or to others. even if you’re going to respond back and say “ I was just trying to prove or make a point”. Still doesn’t matter. You always aim to say something that benefits yourself and others and if not then best not to say anything at all. @2timeless tatlim benim in terms of your thread, the western society doesn’t demand a safe place for us to dress the way the women of Ahlul Bayt did however it is best for us to dress modestly the best way we can. Either a simple abaya or long skirt and cardigans etc. simplicity at its best.
  20. 5 points
    I think both the Democratic and Republican parties are acting like spoiled school children. The money Trump is asking for, for 'The Wall' is 5 billion dollars out of a 4.4 trillion dollar budget. That's around 1% of the budget. They agree on 99%. So for that 1%, they are making the men and women who work for the federal government, most of whom are not rich, go without pay while they pay themselves (and most of them are rich already). Also, there is nothing new about a border wall. There is already many walls on the border between the US and Mexico. This is all for the 2020 election. They are thinking about their own campaigns, and not the people, as they claim. Trump wants to be able to brag at his rallies that he fulfilled his campaign promise and built 'the wall' (whatever that means) even though the democrats fought him (so he can seem like a big, tough guy) and the democrats want to block him from being able to say he 'built the wall'. That's all it is. Both parties are completely delusional and apart from reality. 1. There is already a wall on the US / Mexican border. It is being added to as we speak, with or without the 5 billion. This started way before Trump. Even with the 5 billion, the wall will still not extend along all 1800 miles of the US / Mexican border. So what is Trump trying to do exactly ? 2. You knuckleheads already agree on 99% of the budget. 3. It is the average federal worker, that had nothing to do with the shutdown, that is suffering and the ones who caused the shutdown are not suffering, because they already voted to pay themselves. That is called, 'Injustice', and it has consequences.
  21. 5 points

    Hadith Of The Day

    The Messenger of Allah (s) said, "Islam is bare. Its dress is modesty, dignity is its ornament, good deeds are its chivalry, and piety is its support. Everything has a foundation, and the foundation of Islam is loving us, the Ahl al-Bayt."
  22. 4 points
    The zalim government of US is at it again. A message from Shaykh AbdulGhani and what our responsibilities are at this time. Please, do your part and spread the message
  23. 4 points
    Thanks for asking. It’s less about Devil and nails, because for women it’s ok (sometimes mustahib) to keep a bit longer nails. What it’s really about is Devil and Lack of Hygiene. And there are numerous Hadiths and verses of Qur’an related to this (because I have never figured out how the people with longer than usual nales use the restroom or eat their food as they touch it). Hence lots of Islamic recommdations on being clean at all times (preferably in state of wudhu), keeping your homes and streets clean, keeping your clothes and body clean, keeping your thoughts clean, taking out the trash before sleeping, do the dishes before sleeping, clean your teeth (floss and brush; yes both Islamic commands), wash your face, comb / brush your hair, being in vogue with modesty, not wearing ripped up clothes, use perfumes, for men don’t have mustache dangling on lips lest food and liquids touche it while eating, cleaning the pubic hair, having a decent haircut, among others. None of the above are out of verbosity, these all are real and clear instructions of the Holy Prophet.
  24. 4 points

    Sexist adverts

    It is mentioning behaviours that do happen, and we see them everyday - I didn't get the impression that it says all men do this. I got the impression that it says that all men have the ability and strength to redirect. It is encouragement. It is a positive message. It says men can be strong and absolute. Unless we totally live in LaLa Land (a place I all too often frequent myself!!), we can see these aggressions all around us. Schools have targeted anti-bully campaigns where children are taught not to turn away or remain silent by even micro aggressions. That does not mean that all people bully. It means if we do not address it, we are inadvertently part of the bullying, and it continues. We all need to stand up to injustice and male-specific injustices are no exception. I think that there has been given a very strong message of support to women - they are being told not to underestimate themselves, reach for their goals and to above all support your community of sisters in this quest. There are a zillion blogs written by women for women (aka support, support, support, support...) promoting how to be a good mom, how to be the healthiest you, and how to maximize your education and workplace potential, etc. The message is not that women are derelict mothers, unhealthy blobs of protoplasm, profoundly illiterate or incapable of holding a job. Support is seen as a strength - not a weakness. I think men are thought, by women especially - but men too, to have been so "advantaged" that they could swim through life with little to no support. And even now to suggest that men could benefit from brotherly support is seen as being weak and offensive by some. A lot of what was seen in the ad was guidance to prevent a potential harm by someone who has not thought through their next action. Not all men are sure enough in themselves that they would immediately redirect or stop a wrong. There is nothing wrong with the message, but if it is seen as offensive, maybe there is a more male-centric way to approach it? Or maybe being offended by something like this is part of the problem? Maybe a male could shed some light on this.
  25. 4 points
    Just because you do not personally consider/perceive it logical, does not mean it is not logical. Please try and be a bit more humble. What do you mean cheapskate? Who would be the cheapskate in the case of a low mahr when it is the women who decides the mahr she wants, is she a cheapskate towards herself then? Your not making sense with that statement in my opinion. I think your exaggerating in your head what is actually being discussed here. The subject of discussion was outrageous mahrs, not "normal" mahrs or "low" mahrs. The issue that is being discussed is how the concept of mahr is being used as a symbol of status by some people, high mahr = classy girl. The mahr becomes outrageous because it leaves the realm of reality and enters the realm of fantasy. Some families literally want the weight of their daughter in gold as her mahr, this is a mockery of the divine given concept of mahr.