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In the Name of God بسم الله

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  1. I found an issue in Nahj al-Balagha's sermon 185 (or some editions 184), which is one of the most popular and eloquent and beautiful sermons in Nahj al-Balagha, in which it says that ants have ears in their heads, but this is scientifically false, but the Imam might have used the word "ear" simply to refer to the antennae. But why would he describe them as "ears" though? Why not simply "two columns" etc.? Maybe the Imam was just being poetic and graphic, or maybe there is some scientific truth in this that is yet to be discovered?
  2. Seriously, when I ask why didn't Allah just create us in Paradise and give us all the pleasures since the beginning, people respond by saying that our purpose for existence is so God can test us and so we can do actions that make us deserving of Paradise. But then what about the houris? The existence of those houris is a matter of fundamental importance and philosophical interest, because the fact that billions of curvaceous women live in Paradise their whole lives is a fact that has important implications for revolutionizing the way many people view the meaning of life.
  3. How come the hoor al ayn, or houris, get to be born and live in eternal pleasure in Paradise? How come we have to go through life and all, and then we finally get Paradise as a reward for our actions, but the houris are all just sitting there from the beginning, waiting to have infinite sexual pleasure with their upcoming husbands? They literally feel no pain at all, ever, and if anything they only feel pleasure.
  4. Allah gave them a lot of knowledge, including access to treasures of gold and dinars and how to speak to animals etc. So why didn't the Imams use these blessings to revolutionize the world or cure cancer? And if these powers were simply given to them to increase their followers' faith in their infallibility and special status, then why didn't they gather herds of millions of animals into fields and command them to stand on their hind legs etc. to show everybody once and for all that they are the true Imams? I mean, if you're given special powers and knowledge, you're supposed to use
  5. Salam, Mut'ah marriages (Islamic "pleasure" marriages) are wajib (obligatory) for most Shia Muslim youth who attend undergraduate college in the West. This is because most Muslim youth in such situations will be sexually frustrated unless they relieve themselves in three ways: masturbation, permanent marriage, or mut'ah. The first way is haram, the second way is highly impractical and unfeasible for most such youth in their freshman/sophomore/junior years of college (of course it shouldn't be this way, but unfortunately this is the way things often are and we should now see what a youth s
  6. So you're saying God was free to choose whether to show us mercy or to not show us mercy. But if that's the case, then that means being "merciful" is not an essential attribute of God (as He could be either merciful or not merciful), and that is contradictory to the Shia Islamic belief that God has no non-essential attributes.
  7. All I'm saying is that there's a clear contradiction in the concept of God. And as human beings who should not believe anything contradictory or illogical, we should not believe in any contradictory beliefs, and thus should not believe in God. Your analogy to animals is false because that does not involve believing in any contradictions. Believing in God does. And also, if the rational understanding of God is not necessary for belief in Him (as you seem to imply), then why did Avicenna and Mulla Sadra go to great lengths to try to reason and demonstrate how God should be understood (
  8. Salam, Imam Ali says in the first sermon of Nahj al-Balagha that God doesn't have any attributes. Imam Reza reiterates this in Sheikh Saduq's al-Tawhid. Shia Islamic scholars have interpreted this as meaning that all the traditional attributes of God (e.g. omniscience, omnipotence, etc.) are identical with God and are not distinct or "accidental properties" of God. But this creates the problem of mercy and freedom. If mercy is an essential property of God, and not an "accidental property," then that means God must be merciful (or else He wouldn't be God anymore). This seems to contra
  9. Hey, It might help if you remind yourself about the harms of masturbating and the benefits of not masturbating. Also check out the whole "nofap" movement on Reddit - it's very supportive. There are people there who haven't done it for years. I once went 4 years without doing it (after puberty of course). Here are some proven reasons why masturbation is bad for you, other than it being a sin (possibly why it's a sin): http://thereligionofreason.blogspot.com/2016/01/how-masturbation-can-be-bad-for-you.html?m=1
  10. I'm sick of hearing so-called experts saying that masturbation is "perfectly fine", "healthy", and even "beneficial". You'll find many internet articles with responses from doctors saying that there's nothing wrong with masturbation. They also make it look like it's part of normal human behavior. But after independently researching the topic in depth, I found that masturbation can be quite dangerous to our mental and physical health. Masturbation is not normal/instinctual/natural human behavior; masturbation is in fact virtually nonexistent in all studied isolated hunter-gatherer societies and
  11. "I cannot persuade myself that a beneficent and omnipotent God would have designedly created the Ichneumonidae with the express intention of their feeding within the living bodies of caterpillars, or that a cat should play with mice." - Charles Darwin (1860) If God is benevolent, why did he deliberately create a natural system in which animals have no option but to cause other animals suffering? Why did he deliberately allow birth defected children to be born (both animal and human)? Why did he deliberately create all these viruses and bacteria that cause both human and animal s
  12. Well, genetics play a big role in who we are, how we think, and how we act. For example, I recently saw a scientific study that found that laziness is inherited genetically. A while ago I had also read a study that found creativeness (which is sometimes considered an aspect of intelligence) is also genetically related. So at the end of the day I'm happy I have some genetic lineage from geniuses like Prophet Muhammad and Imam Ali ;)
  13. Salam, I've briefly searched Shiachat for reasonable and source-based responses to this, but haven't found any. Slavery is allowed in Islam, since Islam did not abolish it. Allamah Tabatabai writes in his tafsir Al-Mizan under verses 4:23-28: "Sexual intercourse with one's slave women is lawful without marriage." Imam Sajjad also mentions the rights of slaves in his Treatise of Rights. The Quran on numerous occasions uses the term "those whom your right hands possess", referring to slaves. So here are some of my questions: How does Islamic law define a slave? Are only prisoners
  14. The sayings of Imam Ali are very important. I examined the Arabic, and here's a more linguistically accurate translation. الْحِكْمَةِ فِي هذِهِ الْخَفَافِيشِ الَّتِي يَقْبِضُهَا الضِّيَاءُ الْبَاسِطُ لِكُلِّ شَيْء، وَيَبْسُطُهَا الظَّلاَمُ الْقَابِضُ لِكُلِّ حَيٍّ "... wisdom in these bats that are clutched by the brightness that spreads for every thing, and are spread by darkness that clutches every living thing." The problem's still there. And considering that Imam Ali had immense knowledge and wisdom, why didn't he mention anything about echolocation in his long sermon about bats? Ech
  15. Imam Ali says in Nahj Al-Balagha sermon 154 that bats are the only nocturnal living thing. But we now know of numerous other species that are nocturnal, like badgers and aye-ayes. So either Imam Ali made a mistake, or Nahj Al-Balagha is inauthentic. Here is the quote from it: وَمِنْ لَطَائِفِ صَنْعَتِهِ، وَعَجَائِبِ خِلْقَتِهِ، مَا أَرَانَا مِنْ غَوَامِضِ الْحِكْمَةِ فِي هذِهِ الْخَفَافِيشِ الَّتِي يَقْبِضُهَا الضِّيَاءُ الْبَاسِطُ لِكُلِّ شَيْء، وَيَبْسُطُهَا الظَّلاَمُ الْقَابِضُ لِكُلِّ حَيٍّ، وَكَيْفَ عَشِيَتْ أَعْيُنُهَا عَنْ أَنْ تَسْتَمِدَّ مِنَ الشَّمْسِ الْمُضِيئَةِ نقُوراً تَهْتَدِي
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