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Al-Hassan

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  1. Your issue might be having high expectations from other people. Generally speaking, I’ve learned that almost everyone you meet in your life can potentially disappoint and hurt you if you expect to maintain ideal relationships with them. This is what makes us different from the Ma’sumeen(عليه السلام). Perhaps things will turn out better for you if you change how you interact with other people and focus on self-development.
  2. As for those who repent, believe, and do good deeds, they are the ones whose evil deeds Allah will change into good deeds. For Allah is All-Forgiving, Most Merciful. [Al-Furqan:70]
  3. This thread reminded me of someone I knew whose name was Zeeshan and changed it to Shawn. I unfriended him after. I found that people become more likeable and trustworthy if they were just transparent and honest with their identity.
  4. I would advice you to sit down with your parents and be completely transparent with them in how this issue is serious and causing you emotional pain. Tell them that you will not tolerate any verbal attacks in the future from your siblings and as parents should be fair in their judgments. Remind them that Allah is just and that they will be held accountable for their actions. As for cutting ties completely with them, aside from being a major sin, it will only lead to further anxiety and depression in the long run. I knew someone who was also the oldest sibling in their family and went through a closely similar experience to yours. He has not spoken to his parents and siblings since 2011. He completely cut ties with them and his mother has not seen his children to this day, despite his family begging him to come back. After all these years, his decision to cut them off from his life only lead him to face more problems in life. He’s not very successful financially and is constantly dealing with depression. His mother is partially blind now and deals with multiple health conditions after yearning for him and his children. Not only has he harmed himself but also caused great harm and irreversible pain for his parents and will be held accountable for that in the future. Some people tend underestimate emotional pain but can be just as harmful as physical pain in the long run as it leads to various health complications and possibly death. I knew others (two siblings) whose mother verbally told them that she was not pleased with them until she passed away. Years later, they faced many problems including major financial losses and family issues. Perhaps this is a way for them to taste Allah’s justice in the dunya for causing pain to their mother. Now I don’t think that you would want to be in a similar situation. In a worst case scenario if no resolution is found, you can move out after being financially independent and limit contact with them, but also not completely where you would absolutely refuse to talk to them. In my past experiences, I’ve limited contact with many people but learned that parents are an exception. Regardless of much problems you face with them, I don’t think they will be greater than the outcome of completely cutting them off.
  5. As others have said, buy and hold for the long term. You need to do your due diligence first and invest only in money you are prepared to lose. Recently bitcoin price dropped heavily and there were people that bought heavily at the top before the correction and suffered major losses. So never buy heavily at once (easier said than done), but instead in small chunks from time to time and never follow the steps of the FOMO crowd. Crypto will most certainly be globally accepted in the foreseeable future, it just needs a little time. I would compare it with paper money, since paper money gradually became accepted hundreds of years ago and not immediately. Some people at the time were not mentally prepared to replace gold and other metals with paper but that obviously changed as time progressed. I think the same cycle will occur with crypto.
  6. I took the Pfizer vaccine about a month ago. There were minor symptoms after the second shot but no major side effects, random limbs growing or microchips taking control of me. On a serious note, last year a relative of mine died from Covid after contracting the disease from his daughter who was in close proximity to a person at work that coughed near her (she eventually learned that the person was tested positive). In other words, a simple cough during this pandemic can be just as lethal as s knife or a gun. If they were vaccinated at the time, they would most certainly be alive today. For those that oppose taking the vaccine and advice others not to take it, you have to keep in mind that you will be held responsible for your words in the Akhira if a vulnerable person died for taking your advice.
  7. I would advice you to move out and rent a place if you’re financially able to. It’s normal to see conflicts arise between family members when they’re all living in a cramped household and are daily interacting with each other for most of the time so perhaps by distancing your self you will have less conflicts with your father. Also, regardless of how fundamentally you differ with your father, do not respond in any way that would hurt him. Any negative sentiment that you bring to your parents will eventually haunt you later in life, even if it’s from minor issues.
  8. Wsalam It has allegorical meaning and should not be taken literally. This type of language is common in Arabic but can be misunderstood when translated in English, and even the Quran has similar contexts when Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) describes ‘Isa as Roohon Minho (His soul) and Kalimatoho (His word) in Surat Al-Nisa (171). It should not be understood literally as ‘Isa (عليه السلام) having a physical link to Allah. According to Ahlulbayt, the Rooh (soul) was created by Allah before mankind and Adam and ‘Isa were created from the Rooh. Moreover, the Face of Allah (Wajh Allah) and the Light of Allah (Noorullah) are mentioned numerous times in the Quran and similarly to the Ayah in Surat Al-Nisa describing, ‘Isa it should not be understood literally. According to Hadith, the Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) refer to themselves as the Face of Allah, meaning they are the sole representatives of His authority and the face of Islam on this earth. And they are the Light of Allah which is their guidance where only through them one can attain salvation.
  9. The Ma’sam can carry the earth with his own finger, let alone split if Allah wills. Anything is possible by the will of Allah but we don’t make a claim that such event indeed occurred until it is confirmed by a report in the classical hadith corpus. Likewise for this story. Where is it mentioned in any of our books? The references that the OP mentioned is dubious. Yes there is because the Masumeen said anyone who fabricates in their name is destined to the hellfire.
  10. As nice as this story may sound, it will remain a fantasy until it is corroborated by an authentic source. Perhaps you can quote where in the classical literature this story is mentioned?
  11. It would be nice to have the old chatroom back. The new version is not as vibrant compared to the old one as I remember it from 5 years ago.
  12. In this situation, assuming one had no previous knowledge that the company was involved in haram activities at the time when initially bought, then any gains that are accumulated from the book value that was initially invested is to be distributed to the poor, then the original amount can be reclaimed. Source: https://www.sistani.org/arabic/qa/02052/ https://www.sistani.org/arabic/qa/0523/ Use your judgement and your best intentions to research the company thoroughly before you are confident to put your money in it. For example, look into the nature of it’s business (eg. do they profit from halal or haram means?), it’s history of transactions and even the directors and CEOs (eg. Trump) if the information can be obtained. Moreover, the majority of companies traded in the international exchanges are categorized into three categories: Category 1: These are companies that are publicly known to earn the majority of their profits from haram transactions. Examples of such companies include banks, wine breweries and those that are involved in the music and film industry. In this case, investing in such companies is haram. Category 2: These are companies that are publicly known to earn all of their profits completely from halal transactions and there is no apparent evidence of them being involved in haram activities, even upon further examination. Examples of such companies are those that invest in commodities (oil, minerals, gold ect), telecommunications, utilities, technology or R&D (eg. health and biotech). In this case, investing in such companies is halal. Category 3: Companies that earn their a partial of their profits from haram transactions, even if the percentage of the haram transactions are small compared to the halal. I believe this is where some scholars differed. According to Sayed Sistani, it is also haram to invest in these companies. For example: - Food retailers that serve non-halal food (eg. Walmart, McDonalds, ect) - Clothing companies that promote haram pictures of women and men in their ads. (majority of clothing brands in the west) - Transportations companies that are known to transport alcohol (eg. Amazon, Uber and cargo companies) - Airlines and hotels that are known to sell alcohol - Mutual funds, index funds, ETFs, bonds and RRSPs since the money invested in all of these funds is allocated to companies that include those involved in haram businesses. Finally, keep in mind that khums is also applicable to annual profits.
  13. As long as the company that you intend to buy shares in are not involved in any haram transactions (eg. gambling, riba, alcohol ect) then it’s halal. As for cryptocurrency, bitcoin and even forex in general, I would advice you to avoid them completely as they are highly speculative and merely based on price fluctuations. And unlike stocks, you are not investing your money on tangible assets that can potentially produce profit, such as commodities, gold, or R&D firms like biotech.
  14. Fixed * وحيث أن فتوى سماحة السيد (دام ظلّه) هي أن أول الشهر في كل منطقة يتبع امكانية رؤية الهلال بالعين المجردة في تلك المنطقة أو حواليها ولا يثبت بالتمكن من رؤيته بالأدوات المقرّبة أو في مناطق أخرى من العالم فإن يوم غدٍ الأحد يكون مكملاً لعدة شهر رمضان المبارك وسيكون يوم الاثنين هو يوم عيد الفطر السعيد. “...sunday is the last day of the month of Ramadan and Monday is the the day of Eid” https://www.sistani.org/arabic/
  15. According to Sayed Sistani, Eid is on Monday May 25th for Iraq and GCC. I live in GCC and did not see it this evening. Source: https://www.sistani.org/arabic/
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