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  1. 786 Comparing IRI to the west is like comparing apples to oranges, one is a state which follows and is governed by a specific religion and the other is purely secular who's laws were originally influenced by Judeo-Christian beliefs but through its secular nature has evolved way beyond those early influences. If you want to compare apples to apples, compare with another state that follows a state religion like the Vatican. I am not sure if any other state is a comparator. One thing in common between the 2 is that the citizens of each (IRI and the West) overwhelmingly selected their form of
  2. 786 In Bob Woodard's book "Bush At War" he states that the US intelligence community had a Shiite Grand Ayatullah as an asset code named "The Pope" who supported the 2003 invasion. He states they paid his 2 sons substantial amounts of money for the support. The individual is not named. So your comment about Rumsfeld's memoirs about the same war are interesting. Allah (s.w.t) knows best!!! Was salaam
  3. 786 The names of Allah (s.w.t.) have power contained within them. What the Sufi (or Gnostic) master does is read your Nafs with your permission to determine which specific problems exist within your Nafs and advises you on which names (zikr) to do and how much to resolve the specific ailment. It is similar to going to a doctor who performs tests and then prescribes medication, except this concerns your Nafs. Just like taking medication that is good for you in the wrong dosage can cause harm (side effects), reciting the names of Allah (s.w.t.) excessively can have "side effects" that can c
  4. 786 We know from hadith and historical events concerning the event of Ghadeer that all of the prominent companions who were present during that day of Eid did Bayah to Imam Ali (a.s.), so I would like to reverse the question and ask who actually took the formal Bayah of Abu Bakr? We know that Umar and a few companions did so at Saqeefa and that Imam Ali (a.s.) was forced to after 6 months, but who else actually lined up and did Bayah? I have never heard a hadith or historical event related to a day of celebration were all of the muslim masses lined up to formally give him or Umar when h
  5. 786 Brother Zaveri, Can you please clarify your statement, is the Hadith itself invalid or the the attribution of the Hadith to Sunni sources invalid? In this particular case, when the Sunni author quoted it from a Shiah source, what was his intention? Does he accept it as true and accurate or is it done in passing or quoted and then refuted? This clarification would determine if the reference has any merit and to what degree (the authors standing in the Sunni community of scholars). It seems that some on this forum are taking your statement to mean that there isn't a sahib Hadith naming al
  6. 786 I wanted to provide a slightly different perspective just as food for thought for people discussing this topic. We know as fact that only very special people can become part of the spiritual Ahlulbayt. We also know that those with blood relations can be excommunicated (e.g. Prophet Nooh's son) for unbelief. So what about those Sayyid's who are believers, but not special (which is the vast majority)? If you were given the special honour of touching something that was touched my one of the Holy Masoomeen (a.s.) how would your react? Would you just consider it another piece of cloth
  7. 786 This is interesting from a historical perspective for those interested in history and sociology but a comparison to women in similar circumstances within Sunni dominated cultures would provide a very unique perspective on the impact of Mutah, positive or negative from a religious standpoint. Since you have a keen interest in the subject have you considered doing an analysis and comparative study? Was salaam
  8. 786 I forgot to add Hujjatul-Islam Bahraini who is the resident imam of IEC Maryland and the Sharii representative of the Rahbar. His biography on their website provides his credentials. Wassalam
  9. 786 To my knowledge the ones in the west who have claimed Marjiyyat are Syed Hussein Nassab of Toronto and Shaykh Berri of Detroit. You can check their websites. I know Abbas Mezbahzadeh of Washington DC (Northern VA) who is an Ayatullah and an Arif but not a Marjah. Syed Aqeel Gharavi is a Mujtahid and received his ijaza from Ayatullah Makarem-Shirazi but I thought he resided in India. I had not heard that he moved to the West. In fact, he had even stopped visiting the West for some time. Additionally, I know people who confirmed that Ayatullah Majeedi is a Mujtahid and was a judge in t
  10. 786 Before we go bash every Sayyid, I would like to posit that what the 2 brothers may have meant by Ahlulbayt is that he is an Arif. Similar to Hadhrat Salman being of the the Ahlulbayt. The kissing of the hand is strictly a sign of respect when practiced by most Shia, Sufi or Sunni's. Anyone who does so with any other intention is committing shirk. Remember, our faith holds intention in higher regard then action. Your Salah can be an act of shirk if your intention is incorrect. Was salaam
  11. 786 I have seen a number of discussion about Islamic Banking and specifically if the IRI is following the Shariah laws. Unfortunately, most people have argued based upon assumption for or against without providing any factual data or research. I thought I would provide a few links to research and news articles for those interested in the topic. They can use these as a starter set to do proper in depth research to form their own independent conclusion. 1) For the conspiracy theorists - Rothschilds view on IRI :http://jhaines6.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/rothschilds-want-irans-banks/ 2) Fo
  12. 786 Attached is a video describing Ayatullah Bahjat's (r.a.) views on Ayatullah Khamenei. The video is in Farsi. Can someone please translate it? Was salaam 786 Attached are two videos describing Ayatullah Sistani's views on Ayatullah Khamenei. The video's are in Farsi and Urdu. Can someone translate them? Farsi: Urdu: Was salaam
  13. 786 I have a theory I would like to share and maybe the members who are strong in the science of Hadith can pursue it. If you study Jewish jurisprudence, they pray towards al-Quds, orient their synagogues towards the city and pray Salaat daily with their arms crossed and rise and bow without using their arms similar to some Al-Sunnah. Now when Islam was first introduced, the Muslims did similar things as the Jews and then changed to distinguish themselves when ordered via the verse of Quran. This may have caused the difference because of lack of communication and possibly the Omayyad's fitn
  14. 786 Brother TheIslamHistory you have done an amazing job of debating using proper texts, proofs and logic. Unfortunately, the other side only used their own individual mental framework, distorted hadith's and partial tafsir's used completely out of context and when confronted by facts only abused his opponents and reduced the debate to an argument without any valid proofs. Unfortunately, he made it a personal objective to represent his community at all costs instead of striving for the truth per his handle. May Allah (s.w.t.) bless you and guide you to continue spreading the truth. I als
  15. 786 Brother Just the Truth - I did not agree with your position on the other thread and found your translation/tafsir of the verses under discussion in that thread to not be credible or in-line with Shia or Sunni thinking but interestingly I agree with you on your position as stated above in post #6 to a degree. Let me explain...... In my view, the Prophets and their Vicegerents had many roles. Here is a simple way I have come up with to explain the roles by dividing and/or distinguishing the roles using the titles conferred upon Imam Alis (as): 1) Caliph of Muslims - This role implies
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