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  1. Too far. The sunnah of Muhammad(s.a.w.w.) should be followed at all times and never set aside, especially in big matters like war. Surrendered soldiers should always be shown mercy and treated humanely.
  2. Remmeber to NEVER despair in the forgiveness of Allah. Allah is capable of forgiving a mountain, or even an ocean of bad deeds, because he loves when we repent and return to him, which you are doing. Congratulations on your choice to get on the strait path. InshaAllah, as you continue to walk this path your family will see you and be inspired to do the same. Asalaam Alaikum Wa rahmatulahi wa barakatu!
  3. Wow, beautiful story.. This really puts the fear of the hereafter in me. Mahsaallah.
  4. Would you recommend this as a good book to give to some ignorant sunnis who do not believe that we have any bases for our beliefs?
  5. I see there is much disagreement on this post as to whether or not shia commit shirk by supplicating to imams directly. Keep in mind that I am a shia and have switched over from sunnism, but that is a practice that I cannot accept. No on arguing for it has given proof from the words of the prophet(s.a.w.w.) or the holy imams(pbut) or even the earliest shi'i scholars(may Allah be please with their efforts)[not that the scholars' opinions matter if they contradict Quran or the sunnat]. You all have only given verses from the Quran that can only imply that that practice is encouraged, while there are 23835638 verses(exaggerating the number obviously but there are many) that explicitly say that praying or supplicating to anyone besides Allah swt is not allowed. Also, may I remind you all a few things, in the Quran, Allah warns about reliance on supposition instead of knowledge and certainty(17:36) and (6:116). (53:23) and traditionalism and looking into the past(2:170). I understand that the muslims who do this are doing so with the knowledge that these people whom they are supplicating to, only have any power or ability that is given to them from Allah. However, even if I am wrong and it is not shirk, it seems like the front door to shirk. SO for now on, I advice you all with the greatest of love and concern, that if you feel like you want help from the prophets and imams in order to have your prayers answered, be sure to mention Allah. For instance, say, "Oh Allah, I turn towards you through the intercession of Imam ALi(a.s.), asking for your help" or something of that sort. Even that seems a tad bit iffy to me but it is supremely better and more pure than simply saying things like "Oh Ali Help me" while completely neglecting to mention Allah. Also, I noticed that everyone is focusing on the part of this topic that mentions supplicating to prophets and imams but no one has even touched upon the beliefs of mainstream sunnis and salafis that seem to be forms of shirk. What do you all think of that analysis?
  6. Whatever the case may be, the evidences you provided can only give IMPLICATIONS, while the verses I provided were all explicit. Also, you did not provide any authentic hadiths showing that the Imams(pbut) encouraged or supported it, which leads me to believe that there is little to no proof that they did. Therefore, this is a grey area, a grey area involving the worst of sins, so I think I will continue to refrain from asking prophets and imams for help, until indisputable logic and evidence comes to me proving otherwise. Thanks for your input though ! as well as providing me with the sources so that I can begin looking into this further. Jazakallah Khair akhi!
  7. Musa(a.s.) is not committing shirk because his brother is present with him. If we go by the logic that you presented to me, then when the Christians pray to Jesus(a.s.) that's okay, and when people who pray to jinns and angels that is okay too. it seems to me that it is okay to ask for help from someone who is in our physical world, because whenever Allah helps us from the world of the unseen, that help ALWAYS manifests itself in some form or another in our physical realm. For example, when we ask Allah to save us from a stranded island, he helps us by sending a boat, and we then ask the people on that boat to help us, but we do not supplicate to the people of the boat whom we have not had any from of contact with yet and who we do not even know exist. We do not put our faith in a boat that could possibly be out there, but we put our faith in Allah that he will possibly send a boat that could possibly be out there. Therefore, our relationship with the world of the unseen is one that is designated for Allah and Allah only and it seems improper to put faith and trust in someone or something whom we cannot feel, see, touch, or hear, other than Allah. Also Also, you mentioned verses that can only give implications while here are the verses that are explicit. Surely those whom you call on besides Allah are in a state of subjugation like yourselves; therefore call on them, then let them answer you if you are truthful. And do not call besides Allah on that which can neither benefit you nor harm you, for if you do then surely you will in that case be of the unjust. And if Allah should afflict you with harm, then there is none to remove it but He; and if He intends good to you there is none to repel His grace; He brings it to whom He pleases of His servants; and He is the Forgiving, the Merciful. [10:106-107] To Him is due the true prayer; and those whom they pray to besides Allah give them no answer, but (they are) like one who stretches forth his two hands towards water that it may reach his mouth, but it will not reach it; and the prayer of the unbelievers is only in error. [13:14] Say: Who is the Lord of the heavens and the earth? Say: Allah. Say: Do you take then besides Him guardians who do not control any profit or harm for themselves? Say: Are the blind and the seeing alike? Or can the darkness and the light be equal? Or have they set up with Allah associates who have created creation like His, so that what is created became confused to them? Say: Allah is the Creator of all things, and He is the One, the Supreme. [Qur'an 13:16] That is because when Allah alone was called upon, you disbelieved, and when associates were given to Him, you believed; so judgment belongs to Allah, the High, the Great. He it is Who shows you His signs and sends down for you sustenance from heaven, and none minds but he who turns (to Him) again and again. Therefore call upon Allah, being sincere to Him in obedience, though the unbelievers are averse [40:12-14] And who is in greater error than he who calls besides Allah upon those that will not answer him till the day of resurrection and they are heedless of their call? And when men are gathered together they shall be their enemies, and shall be deniers of their worshipping (them). [47:5-6] And that the mosques are Allah's, therefore call not upon any one with Allah:[72:18]
  8. I'm not talking about intercession brother. I'm speaking about how some shia call on the prophets and imams directly. WHich is why i gave "Ya Ali Madad" as an example.
  9. Correct me if I'm wrong, or if I am making the wrong conclusions, but after studying tawheed, it seems to me that most of us (muslims) are committing shirk.One thing that a lot of muslims do not want to except, is that someone who is a muslim and pronounces the shahada, and prays 5 times a day, and gives zakat, and makes hajj, and fasts in ramadhan, and recites quran can commit shirk through some of his beliefs and practices and be a mushrik(polytheist). "Ibrãhim was neither a Jew nor a Christian but he was a sincere ‘Muslim’ (one who submits to Allãh), and he was not one of the polytheists.” (3:67) The fact that Allah says that Ibraham(a.s.) was a muslim AND not one of the polytheists, proves that someone can worship and serve Allah, but yet be considered a mushrik, for that individual does not worship and serve Allah purely. Although his or her object or goal may be to worship Allah and be a good person, he or she may still commit shirk if it is not done in a way that is pure and proper; and as we know, shirk is the worst of sins. Today, in islam, many are committing shirk, the sunnis commit shirk by saying that the Quran is eternal and created by Allah, if this is so, then it implies that Allah’s speech is a part of Him and not a thing created. This is similar to how the Christians say that Jesus(a.s.) and the Holy Spirit, are not created and are in fact a part of Allah, and thus they(Christians) disbelieve by saying that Allah is a trinity. Furthermore, in islam, we believe that Jesus(a.s.) is the word of Allah(meaning that Allah said “be” and he was) and since the sunnis believe that Allah’s speech is eternal and not created, then they thus(unknowingly) assert that Jesus(a.s.) is a part of Allah just as the Christians do. The salafis have committed shirk by assigning physical characteristics to Allah, and saying that we will be able to see him in paradise, and that Allah sits on a literal throne above the heavens. This is shirk because it constricts him to space, while Allah is the creator of time and space. Many shia have committed shirk also by supplicating to the prophets and imams (pbut) instead of to Allah, the most high and the one possessing all of the power and strength whom the infallibles themselves worship and supplicate to(i.e. when some shia say “Ya Ali Maddad!” [Oh Ali help me!]) May Allah protect us from falsehood and error, and guide us, and forgive us for our shortcomings and what we do out of ignorance, and accept our intentions over our actions. the sunnis commit shirk by saying that the Quran is eternal and NOT* created by Allah. sorry for that misleading typo.
  10. It is my understanding that the tatbir was originally a medical practice that even the Prophet(s.a.w.) practiced. Later, muslims began doing it on the 10th of Muharram as a ritual practice to show that if they had been on the battlefield of Karbala with Imam Hussain(a.s.), they would have most assuredly been willing to have their blood shed with him. However, the Imam(a.s.) didn't just go to karbala as a blood sacrifice, he sacrificed himself for islamic principles and for the betterment of humanity. Folks get caught up with the romanticism of the event and forget it's purpose. Therefore, it's my opinion that if someone really feels the burning urge to do it, especially on Ashura, then that person should do something positive and beneficial for people like DONATE their blood instead, which is what I will try to do inshallah. Essentially this is what Imam Hussein(a.s.) did, he donated his life and blood for the cause and message of Allah which is in effect a donation of his life to humanity and not for the sake of simply dying and being a tragic hero.
  11. shia politically but not spiritually. A lot of people in his time were shia politically but not necessarily spiritually. A lot of people disliked the ummayads and political shiism died down once the abbassids came to power. Don't quote me on any of this because I read it in a book about the history of shi'i islam before and Abu Hanifa was used an example of someone who had shi'i leanings politically but obviously not spiritually. However I don't have the book with me so I cannot quote it so please take the part that I mentioned about the abbassids and umayads with a grain of salt. Also note that there were many different decedents of the Prophet(s.aw.) and Ali who were laying claim to the caliphate around Abu Hanifa's time...
  12. Well I was born illegitmately(my parents conceived me when they were young american highschool kids and only one was muslim) and have recently began following shia islam over sunni islam in which i was raised. Now, if the above is true,which I know in my heart is not true, then I will either begin following another school of thought that doesn't still embody ignorant discriminations or I will just go do whatever I want since according to that I'm hellbound regardless of what I do. Btw, the concept of predestination is one of the reasons that I stopped being a sunni. It was my knowledge that shia islam has a balanced view on predestination and freewill, and an illegitimate born person being hellbound is something that contradicts that.
  13. I was born illegitimate and have come to accept shia islam over sunni islam in which I was raised. So apparently someone of illegitimate birth can be a lover of ahlul bayt. If I didn't love ahlul bayt then I could have continued to be a sunni and saved myself a HEAP of trouble that I know I'm going to have to endure once I inform my family and community about it-believe me. Either those hadiths are fabricated or this school of thought is not legitimate. If I find that it's the latter then I will have to find a new school of thought to follow because I would never go back to ahlus sunnah but I can aslo never follow something that encourages discrimination.
  14. Thank You SOOO MUCH! Indeed it did!. This issue was about to cause me to lose my faith if I did not see a plausible answer to it and it also was the deciding factor to whether or not I would choose to begin following ahlulbayt because I was raised sunni but I have encountered problems with certain things that I have come across while studying-this being the biggest one. There's one hadith in bukhari or muslim that says that Allah decides whether or not you will be blessed or wretched in religion before you are born and I had a very hard night after reading it lol. I see now that indeed my islam was missing an important component :) Jazakhallah Khair!
  15. ASA everyone. Now, most muslims will generally say that humans have free will but that Allah(swt) knows what will happen before it will happen and that he can alter things as he so pleases. However, when reading the Quran it is not that simple. It seems to me that two points are made simultaneously, the first being that humans control whether or not they will accept faith and guidance and the other being that it is not up to an individual but all up to Allah(swt). If it is up to Allah(swt), then doesn't it seem unfair that he will misguide some people and guide others? This is really bothering me. Feedback and thoughts are appreciated. Verses: Decisions The Qur'an is a warning to all men: to those who have the will to walk straight or upright, yet no one can decide to do so except the ones who are given that ability by Allah (81:27-29, 76:29-30). The Test Man was created from a drop of semen for the purpose of being tested. He is given sight, hearing and instructions to see whether he will be grateful and go to paradise. In paradise there will be drinking of wine flowing from a constant fountain while in Hell there will be chains, harnesses and blazing fire (76:2-6). Guidance Allah guides whom he pleases to the straight way (10:25). Allah decides who will be left to stray and who will be guided (35:8). Allah opens or hardens hearts to Islam (39:18-22). He gives some little and others much (39:52). Faith No one can have faith unless Allah gives him permission. Allah will severely punish those who do not have the sense to believe (10:100). Ordained Misfortune Allah decrees ahead of time every bad thing that happens to the earth or individuals (57:22). Control over All Creatures There is not a living creature whose hair is not in the grasp of Allah (11:56). Created for Hell Whomever Allah guides follows the right way and whoever he causes to be led astray will be the losers. Many men and genies are already created for Hell (7:178,179). Allah Causes Error It is impossible for a person to correct those who Allah has caused to be in error (4:88). Personal Responsibility Those who reject Allah’s communications are deaf and dumb. They are in utter darkness. Allah misleads some and puts others on the right way (6:39). Apostles give good news and warnings to mankind. Those who believe and mend their ways will have nothing to fear and not regret. But those who deny Allah’s revelations will be punished for their sins (6:48,49). Evil Leaders Placed and Punished Allah has placed evil leaders in every town who plot evil. Soon they will be punished for their evil plans (6:123, 124). Fill Hell If Allah had willed he could have given everyone true guidance, but the word of Allah is that he will fill Hell with men and jinn (32:13, 11:119, 7:18). This is really bothering
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