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    rahat got a reaction from Natalie2309 in Free Muharram Activity Book For Kids   
    The link only tells you to subscribe, but does not give instructions or a link on how to subscribe, or how to download the activity book.
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    rahat got a reaction from Hameedeh in Free Muharram Activity Book For Kids   
    Thank you, I was able to get it working in another browser. As an FYI, the email subscription box does not appear in the Chrome browser.
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    rahat got a reaction from Hussain Abidi in Is Qawwali Harram ?   
    Entire genre's are not, usually, declared haram or halal, it is the individual songs that are scrutinized, but the general rule is: if it is a type of sound/music that would be considered haram, based on your maraja's rulings - then its haram.
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    rahat got a reaction from HusseinAbbas in World Created For Us Or Ahlulbayt   
    Perhaps we should examine what "for" means. Does it mean that the Earth was created as a reward for us/Ahlul Bayt?
    I would think not, as it is a place of decay and was a source of oppression for the Ahlul Bayt.
    Perhaps "for" simply is a functional word, implying that it is a means for us to fulfill our purpose (i.e. ibadat of Allah).
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    rahat got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Did Uthman Change Quran In Anyway?   
    All Shia Maraja, from Ayatollah Khomeini, Khoei, Sistani, Fadlallah, Khamanei, Najafi, Tabatabai and so forth completely and fully state that the Quran is 100% authentic and correct.
    However, ALL muslims acknowledge that the Quran is not, in any way, in order of revelation. The first surah in the Quran is surah "Fatiha" yet the first verse revealed to Prophet Muhammad was "Iqra" or "Read!" as is well known in famous hadith. As such, Sura Alaq (number 96) was the first Surah revealed.
    Shias believe that Imam Mahdi will bring the Quran in its original order of revelation, along with the divine Tafsir. The Quran itself however, will have no changed verses whatsoever.
    ps ofsokuno - i provided a link to your own sahih bukhari on a sunni website. you seemed to gloss over the fact that umar was either intentionally lying about the quran or the fact that he never read it and was unfamiliar with the book of Allah. Care to explain which it was? Or have you found the elusive verse of stoning?
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    rahat got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Did Uthman Change Quran In Anyway?   
    Firstly, it is important to note that not even the Sunis claim that he compiled the Quran - what he did was comission its collection - that is to say, he ordered for it to be compiled.
    By the grace of Allah (SWT), it was a Shia of Imam Ali (as) that actually carried out the compilation of the Quran. Afterwards, Imam Ali (as) said that the compiled Quran was sufficient and that no one would be able to notice the difference. He then kept the version he personally compiled with himself, and passed it down through the Imams.
    The problem, however, is that Umar faslely attributed verses to the Quran and publically spoke about them - however, these verses never actually existed in the Quran. In this way, many people doubt Umar - because he in fact was a moron.
    Sahih Muslim
    Book 017, Number 4194:
    'Abdullah b. 'Abbas reported that 'Umar b. Khattab sat on the pulpit of Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) and said: Verily Allah sent Muhammad (may peace be upon him) with truth and He sent down the Book upon him, and the verse of stoning was included in what was sent down to him. We recited it, retained it in our memory and understood it. Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) awarded the punishment of stoning to death (to the married adulterer and adulteress) and, after him, we also awarded the punishment of stoning, I am afraid that with the lapse of time, the people (may forget it) and may say: We do not find the punishment of stoning in the Book of Allah, and thus go astray by abandoning this duty prescribed by Allah. Stoning is a duty laid down in Allah's Book for married men and women who commit adultery when proof is established, or it there is pregnancy, or a confession.
    You are free to search through your Qurans - there is no verse of "stoning" within the Quran.
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    rahat got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in [LAWS]Ayatollah Sistani, Imam Khomeini and Chess   
    Salaam Brother,
    As an answer to your question, I would like to remind you of some things that I thought of when when myself had the same question.
    1. Logic is undefeatable, and using it we understand Islam.
    2. Logic, however, is based upon possession of the facts. Without sufficient facts, logic will always be faulty.
    In this way, we see that a Marja E Taqleed has access to hundreds of books, and thus millions of statements from the Prophet and Imams. Now these hadith are actually factual, and from them, and precedent set by the Imams, the fuqaha will derive rulings.
    So it may feel like it is against your logical reasoning, however, it is important to remember that until you have seen and read all the hadith that there are, your ability to logically reason will be limited in comparison to someone who has more facts on hand.
    For example, as a biologist, my ability to logically reason out physics is limited. For example, if I see an apple falling from a tree, yet contain no knowledge of physics whatsoever, I might attempt to use logic and decide that apples are repelled by trees into the earth. However, someone with more knowledge and facts would use superior logic and see that gravity, wind resistance, weak attractive forces, and so forth were responsible.
    In the same way, I might try to logically reason out some Islamic ruling, yet without more facts, my reasoning would be faulty.
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    rahat got a reaction from shia farm girl in Origin of Al-Kafi   
    Because of being the trusted Prophet's family and the most learned, the narrations of Ahlul Bayt were often referred to as the Golden Chain of Narration. Ahlul Bayt's care in transmitting, and their meticulousness, and righteousness made people flock to them for quotes of Hadith, taking them as examples, and writing numerous books about Hadith, Fiqh, Ah'kaam, Halal and Haram among other subjects. The Shi'a believe that the Imams were Divinely Commissioned, therefore they were Ma'soom, meaning safeguarded by Allah from:
    * Religious error,
    * Sin, and
    * Forgetfulness.
    Therefore, to the Shi'a the narration of the Imams was binding, their teaching binding, and the Hadith they narrated was the only one acceptable to them. If the Hadith in the Sihaah Al-Sittah (Sunni) is confirmed by the Hadith from one of the Imams, then that Hadith is acceptable, otherwise it would be questionable.
    Each Imam used to say: "My Hadith is the Hadith of my father, and his is the Hadith of his father, up to Ali, who directly narrated the Hadith from Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)."
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    rahat got a reaction from Hameedeh in Imam Khomeini   
    I urge everyone to read this as it is a very short but informative synopsis of some of the major events in Ayatollah Khomeni's life. Good pictures too.
    Short Biography of Imam Khomeini
    Written by http://www.irna.ir/
    Imam Khomeini's Childhood
    Born in 1901 AD his birthday coincides with the anniversary of the auspicious birth of Hadrat Fatima (SA), the most revered and highly respected woman in Islam. Imam Khomeini was born into a religious family; his father, Ayatollah Seyyed Mustafa Musavi was educated in Najaf and Samarra, and later returned to his birthplace, Khomein, where he was the religious leader of the people until his death at the age of 42. Imam Khomeini's mother also had a religious background for she was the daughter of Ayatollah Mirza Ahmad, an exalted theologian.
    Due to the early death of his father, the Imam was brought up under the loving care of his mother and his aunt Sahiba, however, when he was at the early age of fifteen his aunt came to an untimely end, and shortly afterwards his mother also passed away. The loss of his dear ones was a severe blow to one so Young but it also served to strengthen the will of Imam Khomeini and cemented his faith in Allah the Almighty all the more.
    From early childhood the Imam paid keen interest in his studies. At a very early age he learned to read and write, and his elder brother, Ayatollah Passandideh also taught him Arabic grammar and logic along with the rudiments of many other subjects.
    To further his studies Imam Khomeini studied literature at the Center for Theological studies in Arak and later in Qom, and became an authority on theological and canon law.
    A self made man, refined in manners the Imam has always stressed the performance of religious duties and observance of the Islamic tenets. Wed versed in all branches of the rational and traditional sciences, he began to teach philosophy at the age of 27, and he has written many books on various aspects of religion. At the age of 30, Imam Khomeini married the daughter of a religious scholar and their marriage was blessed with two sons and three daughters.
    The Imam has always spoken out against the oppression and tyranny in the world with a resonant voice. His constant protest against the former tyrannical regime in Iran stirred fire in the hearts of the Pahlavi regime and their hatred was openly displayed when. after imprisoning the Imam, they eventually exiled him from his native land.
    In October of 1962 the Cabinet of the despotic government of the Shah approved a bill for the establishment of provincial and city councils. According to this bill, the stipulation of 'Islam' which the constitution of the country ordained that all those elected to the Majlis should believe in, was omitted from the law and then elected representative could take an oath on any holy scripture they accepted, not necessarily the glorious Qur'an protests from Qom spat defiantly at the Shah on this issue and Imam Khomeini sent a cable to Alam, then Prime Minister in strong protest of his actions, opposing the bill and for the first time he issued warnings against such councils and their Zionist inclinations and warned them against this action whilst calling the people to struggle. He openly protested against the torturing and imprisonment of the people by the government and at the same time the government supported Zionism and safeguarded the interests of the US
    Public opposition surged and the religious circles in Qom proposed an all-out strike of the Iranian work-force. A state of emergency was declared in Tehran and two months later, in a press conference the P.M. announced the former approval of the bill - null and void.
    Events of 1963
    The religious circles in Qom had declared that the Muslims should not celebrate the New Year (the vernal equinox) because the anniversary of the martyrdom of Imam As-Sadiq (A.S.) fell on the second day of the New Year. The deposed king was dismayed when he saw the people supporting religion and Imam Khomeini, so he decided to frustrate his opponents' plan. On the morning of the second day of Farvardin (the first month of the Iranian calendar), a number of the Shah's supporters and SAVAK (Shah's secret police) agents arrived in Qom in cars and buses. Troops in army vehicles armed with heavy machine guns poured into the town. The Imam's home was full of people. All of a sudden anti-religious slogans were heard. At the Faiziyyeh School, some hooligans created disturbances and attacked the people there. The Shah's agents opened fire on the people and the Muslim clergies. The Shah wanted to bully the clergy into remaining silent so that he could have a free hand, and further tyrannize the nation, thereby pleasing his master - the US government.
    No sooner had the Imam received the news of the event than he came to pacify the people. He said: "Keep calm. You are the followers--, of those leaders in your religion who suffered greater atrocities. Such an outrage serves as a boomerang. Many a great figure of Islam suffered death in order to uphold Islam and entrust it to you. Therefore it is up to you to preserve this sacred heritage." The Imam's speech carried weight not only because the speaker was threatened with death, but because at such a critical time he promised victory for the people and defeat for the Shah.
    Imam Khomeini requested the exalted religious leaders in Tehran to disclose the atrocities of the region. He also urged the religious preachers to refer in their sermons to the outrageous behavior of the regime towards the clergy, to the threat of Israel and its agents and to the actual threat to Islam.
    Imam Khomeini was always welcomed warmly by the people. The heartfelt support that the masses gave to the religious leadership filled the regime with frustration. The regime saw this as an obstacle to its policies. The only religious figure remaining who gave the religious leadership weight with the people and allowed it to be a determining factor in Iranian society was Ayatollah Khomeini. Thus he was threatened by SAVAK to stop giving sermons at the Faiziyveh School. However he went there on the afternoon of Ashura the 10th of Muharram, (to comemorate the martyrdom of Imam Hussain) and said:
    "We have come to the conclusion that they are against Islam and the religious leadership. Israel wants to discredit the Qur'an. our Holy Scripture. and wipe out the religious leadership. Israel wants to tighten its grip on our economy, trade and agriculture."
    The Imam's Arrest
    This crushing speech caused the Shah to fly into a rage. On the night of the 15th of Khordad, troops besieged Qom and rushed to the Imam's home and took him to Tehran where they held him in custody in the Qasr prison. He was later transferred to the Ishrat Abad Garrison. The next day the people in Qom took to the streets and led by Haj-Mustafa Khomeini, the Imam's son, shouted the slogan: "Either Death or Khomeini!". In Tehran the people demonstrated, shouting for his immediate release from prison. The bazaar and the university in Tehran were closed down. Troops opened fire on the people; casualties were heavy. Despite the security crackdown, the next day, (the 16th of Khordad), there were again demonstrations in Tehran in support of Imam Khomeini. In many other cities and towns of Iran the people went out on strike. There was no casualty list available, but some 15,000 and 400 people were reported killed in Tehran and in Qom respectively.
    The atrocities of the Shah's martial law during these days and the support the masses gave Imam Khomeini were reflected in the foreign press. Although the western press, especially the imperialist papers, have never been able or willing to appreciate the struggles of the oppressed people of the world to rid themselves of the yoke of Colonialism, the 15th of Khordad uprising and the leadership of Imam Khomeini made a great impression on them which could not be overlooked.
    The strike was broken and the bazaar reopened when the people received the news that the Imam was well and in good health. Nearly two months later, he was transferred from prison to SAVAK owned house in Davoodiyeh. This lessened public tension.
    After Imprisonment
    Nearing the first anniversary of the Faiziyyeh massacre, troops once again occupied Qom, but under strong public pressure, the Imam was released from prison and returned to Qom. His first speech delivered at Masjid Azam.
    "They call us reactionary. Certain foreign newspapers are bribed lavishly to say that we are adverse to all reforms and try to lead Iran back to the Middle Ages. The Ruhaniyat (Clergy) oppose the adversity the people suffer here. We want them to maintain the independence of the country. We do not want them to be humble servants of others. We do not oppose civilization nor does Islam. You have violated all laws, whether human or divine. The radio and television programs are nerve-shattering. The press poisons the minds of the youth.
    You have here military experts from Israel. You send Iranian students to Israel. We oppose all this. We do not oppose freedom for women, but we do not want women to be made-up dolls for the purposes of men. Your educational system is at the service of aliens."
    Besides disclosing the evil scheming of the Pahlavi regime, the Imam always urged the unity of Islamic nations against Zionism and imperialism.
    The Extraterritoriality Bill
    The puppet government of Mansour, the then Prime Minister, submitted the bill to the Majlis (the Lower House of the Iranian legislative branch of the government during the Pahlavi regime) which passed it. The Imam was soon informed of this treacherous act and in a speech he explained his reasons for opposing the bill. In less than ten minutes more than 40,000 copies of an announcement embodying the Imam's views were distributed by his supporters in Tehran.
    The Shah felt so threatened by the power of Ayatollah Khomeini that he arranged for his exile.
    The Imam's Life in Exile
    On the night of Aban 13, 1343 (November 1964) Qom was again occupied by troops. They arrested the Imam and drove him to Mehrabad Airport to send him into exile in Turkey. In the morning the people of Qom were not allowed to leave their homes and troops surrounded the houses of religious leaders. Haj Mustafa Khomeini was arrested and imprisoned in Tehran. He was likewise sent into exile in Turkey some two months later.
    Cables were sent to the Turkish Embassy in Tehran in support of the religious leadership. Meanwhile, Hassan Ali Mansour, who was responsible for the bill and the exile of the Imam, was assassinated by a member of the Fadaeiyeen-e Islam.
    The following letter was addressed to the UN Committee of Human Rights, dated April 1965:
    "We would like to draw your attention to the measures the UN might take against the policies of the Iranian government aimed at violating human rights. The matter has been given publicity in the New York Times, the Times and Le Monde issues of November 5. The religious leaders of Iran have been sent into exile as a 'security measure'. "
    The top religious figures are jailed and nearly all other leaders are under police surveillance at their homes.
    The exile of Imam Khomeini to Izmir, Turkey, is the worst of all violating Article 14 of the Constitution of Iran to the effect that no Iranian shall be sent into exile or forced to leave his residence to reside elsewhere, unless otherwise stipulated by the law. Charged with revolt, the Imam has been under police surveillance since 1962. So, how can he be guilty of later provocation? This is rather more important, taking into account the practice of the Turkish government to accept a religious leader of so considerable caliber in its territory and keep him under control. We shall appreciate your investigation into the merit of the case and your decision thereon as the UN Charter stipulates."
    The Turkish government under pressure was obliged to transfer the Imam to Iraq with collaboration of the Iranian regime. The Iraqi government agreed with such a transfer, provided that Iran had no right to intervene in the Imam's fate, freedom of activities of length of his exile in Iraq.
    Exile to Iraq
    The Imam lived in exile in Turkey only for a short period during which he was engaged in writing books. In Najaf, Iraq, he resumed his activities, but in an announcement he pointed out that the resumption of his activities should not be considered as termination of his exile and the public should be enlightened accordingly. They were! For fifteen years in exile, Imam Khomeini, wrote, spoke out, lectured, informed and amassed public fervor against tyrannical regime in Iran. He returned fifteen years later bringing the 'Dawn of an Islamic Revolution.' TV and radio stations, all over the world struggled to accommodate the influx of news that was coming from Iran; the Imam has returned. Some quoted thousands had gone to meet him and others, hundreds of thousands, but the truth is that millions thronged to receive the Imam when he landed on home ground.
    Migration from Iraq to Paris
    At a meeting of the foreign ministers of Iran and Iraq in New York a decision was made to deport Imam Khomeini from Iraq. On the 2nd of Mehr, 1357 (Sept 24, 1978), Iraqi troops put siege to Imam Khomeini's house in Najaf. The news of the siege angered the Muslims in Iran, Iraq and in other countries. In his visit to Imam Khomeini, Iraqi security chief, had said that if Imam wished to stay in Iraq he must give up his political oppositions, and the Imam had strongly replied that, due to the responsibility not willing to remain Quiet nor is he willing to make a compromise.
    Return to Home
    Early in Bahman, 1357 the news concerning Imam Khomeini's decision to return to the country was spread. Whoever heard this news shed tears of joy. The people had been waiting for 14 years Immediately after his triumphant return he addressed the millionic throng at Behesht-e-Zahra cemetery. The following area excerpt s from his speech ..... "We have suffered many disasters ..... but during this period, big disasters but great victories have also been achieved ..... I cannot compensate for all the damage done to this nation .... I lost everything. May God the Almighty reward it ... Muhammad Reza Pahlavi has gone ..... He fled after destroying everything... He ruined our country and made our cemeteries flourish..... Our agriculture is Wiped out..... He kept our culture in a backward state... We have had universities for more than fifty years..... Due to treason committed against us however, there has been no human development..... .
    "As regards oil, it has been given totally to foreigners whether to America or other countries.....If. God forbid, that man had remained on the throne for several more year.' our oil reserves would have been exhausted... The blood of our young has been shed for these same causes and for freedom... We want a strong country with a stable and powerful system. We do not seek to reverse the system totally, in fact we want to maintain it, only let it be based on. and in the service of the people."
    Imam Khomeini has been true to his words. Since the ousting of the Pahlavi regime and the establishment of an Islamic Republic in Iran, the government has acted towards the benefit of the people themselves. The system of Islamic government in Iran has not been estranged from the people in any way and has enjoyed their full support. Development activities, under the circumstances have achieved wonders far beyond the realms of expectation, and the support of the people when fighting against the despotic regime of Iraq which imposed war upon them serves to show that their faith in the Imam's guidance and the grace of Allah shall never flounder.
    The Islamic Republic of Iran, having followed the guidance of Imam Khomeini, now has a strong and powerful system both at the national and international level. Islamic tenets and laws are referred to when policies and decisions are made in government and this at all times ensures that any activities or proposals carried out are in the interest of the people. The nations of the world shall be envied in future Years, for having lived through this era of transition of the Islamic Revolution, for having experienced its glorious 'Dawn' led by the most honorable Imam Khomeini.
    Contrary to the views expressed by the Western media. the people of Iran have gained a new respect and dignity. They can proudly say that what they have is self-achieved that their modest dress is proper and is their cultural identity (and not an outdated custom), and that their values are Islamic and pure.
    Imam Khomeini returned to Iran, from exile and brought with him the 'Dawn of the Islamic Revolution,' but now the light of the full sun shines from the faces of those who have followed his guidance and accepted the tenets of Islam. The Islamic Republic of Iran like a beacon, shines out across the globe and embraces the oppressed.
    [Mod Note: This biography was in the website wilayah.org until at least November 11, 2001.]
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    rahat reacted to mansab.jafri in Umaa 2015 ... My Thoughts   
    Al-Salaamu `alaykum.
    In light of all the UMAA bashing, I would like to inform you all about my experience at this conference.  I am currently at the UMAA Convention 2015.  This years convention was great.  I recommend people go to this conference and attend it in earnest before passing judgment.  I think that everyone who complains about UMAA without actually having been to the event in recent years is highly distorted in their viewpoints, and is being uncouth.
    There are two types of events at UMAA, main sessions and workshops. I didn't get to go to all of the sessions, but from what I attended, I think it was plainly obvious that a few things are true:
    1. Hijab was observed by more than 99% of the sisters who were in attendance. Anyone who says otherwise is uncouth. "Say, "Produce your proof, if you should be truthful." (Quran 2:111)
    2. Every speech was about serving the 14 Masoomeen and honoring Imam Husain. No one was uncouth enough to diverge from this topic. While other religious groups, no matter how uncouth, were respected, there was no deviation from the holy teachings of the infallibles.
    3. I feel that a larger amount of Sunnis were present in this year's convention.  They left the convention with a new understanding of Shiaism and a newfound respect for our belief. i was quite pleased to see that Sunni leaders were even on the stage.
    4. Nadeem Sarwar.  His introduction video 
    5. There was NOTHING about inappropriate or uncouth political theories.  Every time politics was mentioned, it was done so in the vein of supporting shia in our countries abroad, particularly bahrain, iraq, pakistan and others.
    6.  Reza Aslan is doing a great job for our community, and those who are anti-Aslan are being uncouth.
    7.  People on shiachat really have nothing better to do.  They sit here at all hours of the night, trying to start fights.  What is the point of this?  Why would you do? i have seen so much anti umaa hatred, but i have not seen maturity from these posters.  We need to band together as a community who does not fight over nothing. 
    8.  It was a fun time, but very religious.  Nothing uncouth about that, am I right?
    9.  One day, Qiyamat will come. but we need to establish our good deeds and repent for our sins.  What value will you gain about complaining about UMAA?  if you complain about UMAA enoguh, will that do anything for our community?  Will that fix our community's shortcomings? No.
    10. Thank you for reading this and helping to mitigate the uncouth misconceptions about UMAA.
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    rahat got a reaction from NaveenHussain in Umaa Attends Meeting At White House With President   
    The CIA has not ever, and will never recruit at UMAA. I've attended every single convention and have never seen any CIA presence there. I have never met anyone who was openly from the CIA.
    Many years of the convention are free for viewing on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/user/umaamerica
    You can plainly see that we do not recruit any person for employment in any government agency, and even have a presentation from Muslim Advocates on how to protect yourself from the FBI and other law enforcement groups. We clearly, regularly, and openly only advocate for Shia Islam and the protection/advancement of Shia Muslims. 
    If you are convinced by anyone in this thread that UMAA is some horrible organization, then check out some clips on Youtube of what the convention is really about. You will see that it is composed entirely of speakers and others from our community, and experts from outside the community (such as Professor Juan Cole) speaking on the same topics you might hear at your local masjid. For several years, one of the top representatives of Ayatollah Sistani, Sheikh Fadhil Sahlani, has opened the convention. (He will do so again this year).
    Ayatollahs from the Hawzahs of Iran and Iraq regularly attend and speak. 
    UMAA has made mistakes. We have invited speakers who should not have been at the podium and people who said things that we disagree with. At the same time, we acknowledge these mistakes and seek to do better. In my opinion, the UMAA of the last 5-6 years has done a remarkable job in better aligning itself with the mainstream views of our community. I do not believe it is fair that these posters who hide their names and identities can post for 10+ years on Shiachat with false accusations, and that anyone should take this as truth. 
    Imam Ali says that the truth is between your eyes and your ears. You've heard what many of the anti-UMAA people have to say, now look at YouTube and see what we are. The truth will be evident to anyone who does so.

    An update, here is the lecture from the UMAA Convention on the FBI: 
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    rahat got a reaction from NaveenHussain in Umaa Attends Meeting At White House With President   
    I was not present regarding the wolfowitz speech and there is no video of the event. 
    The White House did not supply any video or transcript of the meeting, however, UMAA's remarks are summarized in the very first post of this thread.
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    rahat got a reaction from BeBea in Umaa 2014 Thread   
    My name is Rahat, and I'm the Director of Advocacy at UMAA. I also assist with the convention. This years theme is "The Conference of Muhammad" and is dedicated to our Holy Prophet. Just as was the case last year, the convention will take place at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI. 
    I would like to personally invite you all to attend and see the convention for yourself. Inshallah it will be a great experience, and we are hoping to include many of our brothers and sisters from the other sects of Islam in the convention this year.
    Registration will open later this week, I'll post a link for all of you.
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    rahat got a reaction from PenOfTruth in Malaysia Accused Of Human Rights Violations   
    Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices.
    International attention has been given to Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing last month, and human rights watchdogs welcome the focus.
    “Unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody, and excessive use of force in dispersing public assemblies persist because of an absence of meaningful accountability for Malaysia’s police force, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP),” says the HRW report.
    The human rights abuses are directed at all sectors of Malaysian society, however significant media attention has been drawn towards the plight of Shia Muslims in Malaysia, who are facing increased discrimination on a daily basis.
    “Among the marginalized in Malaysia, there is a single group perhaps more marginalized than many. They are the people that Malaysia has forgotten. They are the Shiite Muslims” says Loyar Burok, a popular Malaysian blog. The article is entitled “Shiite Muslims in Malaysia: A Cultural Genocide.”
    Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/malaysia-accused-of-shocking-human-rights-violations-abuses-against-shiite-minority-13908/#CLr5tYxXWvd5Gfud.99
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    rahat got a reaction from Gotham in Umaa 2014 Thread   
    My name is Rahat, and I'm the Director of Advocacy at UMAA. I also assist with the convention. This years theme is "The Conference of Muhammad" and is dedicated to our Holy Prophet. Just as was the case last year, the convention will take place at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI. 
    I would like to personally invite you all to attend and see the convention for yourself. Inshallah it will be a great experience, and we are hoping to include many of our brothers and sisters from the other sects of Islam in the convention this year.
    Registration will open later this week, I'll post a link for all of you.
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    rahat got a reaction from HamzaTR in Umaa 2014 Thread   
    My name is Rahat, and I'm the Director of Advocacy at UMAA. I also assist with the convention. This years theme is "The Conference of Muhammad" and is dedicated to our Holy Prophet. Just as was the case last year, the convention will take place at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI. 
    I would like to personally invite you all to attend and see the convention for yourself. Inshallah it will be a great experience, and we are hoping to include many of our brothers and sisters from the other sects of Islam in the convention this year.
    Registration will open later this week, I'll post a link for all of you.
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    rahat got a reaction from Ethics in Umaa 2014 Thread   
    UMAA is one of the larger Shia Muslim organizations in the United States. We hold one of the largely attended conventions, by Shia Muslims, in the United States.
    In the past, many viewed our organization as a group that only held an annual convention. While the convention is a major focus for us, we have expanded in to a humanitarian wing that raises money for orphans, children, and Ziyareen in Najaf and Karbala; an advocacy wing that promotes the rights of Shia Muslims around the world; a social wing that provides career and educational guidance, and more.
    More details can be found here: http://umaamerica.net/content/about-us and throughout our webpage.
    Some of the speakers we are featuring this year include (in no particular order):
    Sayyid Ammar Nakshawani
    Sheikh Hilli
    Nouri Sardar
    and many more of the speakers from previous conventions. We will announce the full list in the comings weeks.
    Videos of several previous years of our convention can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCogSJTB7ieRx4etKvTyvkrw
    Please let me know if you (or anyone else) have more questions. I am happy to answer.
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    His work towards the end of his life was very positive and good.
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    The twist this thread has taken is unfortunate, I wish restraint could be exercised instead of anger.
    Back on topic: When is the photo of Sheikh Fayyadh from? I didn't realize our Marajae could travel to Saudi without problems.
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    I wrote this article about Muslims appearing in various scifi genres, please check it out.
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    Salaam everyone,
    My name is Rahat Husain, and I am a Shia who resides in the United States. I write a column for the Washington Times communities, one of the largest American newspapers in the country.
    I am interested in doing a story on the plight of Shias in Malaysia. Are any of you of Malaysian origin, or do you live there? If so, are you willing to do an interview over chat, IM, or skype?
    I look forward to hearing from you inshallah.
    You can read my column here: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/american-muslim/
    Shoot me an email at rahusain@gmail.com if you can help. Unfortunately, I can not speak Malay, only English and Urdu.
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    WASHINGTON, July 22, 2013 — Mortar shells struck the shrine of Sayyeda Zainab, the granddaughter of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad, in Syria on Friday. The attack ignited tensions throughout the Middle East and renewed calls from experts to reexamine the nature of rebel forces in Syria.
    During the attack, the caretaker of the holy site, Anas Roumani, was killed and several others were wounded. The site is revered by Shiite Muslims and is a top destination for adherents to the faith.
    The incident is merely the latest in a series of attacks on ancient gravesites, including a shocking incident during which Syrian rebels attacked the grave of the revered Islamic leader Hujr ibn Ady. The rebels exhumed and stole the body for unknown reasons.
    While no faction of the Syrian rebels has claimed responsibility for the attack on the shrine of Sayyeda Zainab, previously the Nusra Front claimed responsibility, by posting pictures of the attack on the tomb of Hujr ibn Ady and the subsequent removal of the body on its Facebook account. In a post on the Nusra Front Facebook page, the group then vowed to carry out a similar attack on the shrine of Sayyeda Zainab...

    Read more: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/american-muslim/2013/jul/22/syrian-rebels-attack-shiite-shrines-and-threaten-c/#ixzz2ZoEExmD8
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    Please check out my latest story and leave a comment:
    Ramadhan Iftars serve to bring Republicans and Democrats to the table
    Republicans, Democrats, synagogues and churches are inviting Muslims to special dinners in what is quickly becoming an American tradition.
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    An article I wrote: http://communities.washingtontimes.com/neighborhood/american-muslim/2013/jul/11/islamic-art-flourishes-america/
    Islam has a history of artistic expression stretching back to the seventh century, but many would be shocked to know that Islamic art is currently flourishing in the United States. Muslim artists from around the country are quickly developing a culture of creative demonstration that is catching many by surprise...
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    Why differentiate? Both rule!
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