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Jahangiram

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  1. ^You're being suspicious over nothing now @Sumerian , the admission has been publicised so theres nothing to hide in that regard anymore. They've made it clear they are more than willing to hand over the plane's black box provided no third party can 'interrupt' (to put it one way) the analysis of the content.
  2. @Sumerian What do you make of the news that Iran backs peaceful protests in Iraq calling for reform? It certainly does challenge the perception that Iran unconditionally backs every ally it has in the region, no matter how corrupt said allies have become.
  3. Its a front for money laundering no doubt, given that the office of Sistani condemned this exploitation unreservedly, despite these same folks claiming to be followers of Sistani.
  4. You're mixing two different issues - with entirely different social contexts - in your pessimism towards your fellow Shias whilst giving all the benefit of the doubt to renowned opportunists. I saw a preview of the documentary and the office of Sistani was quoted as condemning the act within the purview of Islamic law, so you can rest assured nothing was justified by the senior authorities. Shias always throwing themselves down the curb then wondering why they're so useless in dealing with the scrutiny of outsiders.
  5. Agree with everything except the last part, its mostly only naive teens who heavily sexualise polygamy. The reality is polygamy comes with such a hefty burden of responsibility on a man - from the division of time to the children to the expenses and even alleviating feelings of rivalry in the harem - that his libido will probably decrease more than anything. A truly calculating man who wants to maximise his carnal satisfaction would either A) devote his entire love life to one woman or B) indulge in regular fornication or adultery as a married man This is probably the reason why
  6. Well women were seen as 'internally stronger' in traditional cosmology, and this view seems to be supplemented by modern studies that showcase a stronger immune system in women (although the traditional view of 'internal strength' was more focused on self-restraint wrt sexual issues and anger). Are these the 'complementary' strengths in a woman that your above comment speaks of?
  7. Men being physically stronger than women on average isnt a matter of belief though, its a fact.
  8. Yes and how Islam sees freedom as the ideal state for every man and woman even if it did tolerate slavery. Its really not difficult to reconcile your moral intuitions with this topic you know, we just have to move beyond the obsessive focus on the legalistic rules surrounding the treatment of slaves and start focusing on the spirit (read: maqasid) of the law some more. Sure, except that males and females climax differently to the point where the latter don’t even have an extended recovery period unlike men (which goes into a seperate debate as to whether females climax at all or mere
  9. Ok, well we're on a religious website, so are you going to offer them comprehensive answers or not? The desires of men and women should be catered to, 'sexist' worldviews still took this into consideration you know. Not saying you believe this, but the only idiots are those who subscribe to a blank slate view of the sexes despite endless evidence to the contrary.
  10. I read your piece on Iqraonline and it was very informative, and it also sounds much more sensible than asking her to strip in her father's house when preparing to propose. I only have two questions: 1. Since a woman (especially in the early period of Islam) could very well be a non-Muslim or someone with any personality trait you wouldn't want to be exposed to for the rest of your life, would an 'intent to marry' connotate awareness of a woman's religious affiliation and other desirable traits? It would seem so given the emphasis on prioritizing akhlaq/deen over beauty in the hadith lite
  11. There is no trust and there never will be trust with this tribe, that's the entire point i was trying to make. To give me an example of Israel cynically aiding Jordan just when the national interest of both countries intersected completely glosses over my point. Israel is also one of America's biggest trading partners, yet the nationalists in that country have enough dignity to reject such a faustian pact that spits on the blood and trust of the American people. Hopefully you will have enough dignity to reject a similar faustian pact, and not turn into an undignified apologist for a coun
  12. Its their worry, but it provides a very important lesson to anyone who wants to extend an olive branch to these leeches. Like I said earlier, if they are willing to stab even their closest allies in the back like this - allies who have been their lifeline for the last six decades - then expect much worse for any newfound 'friend' of such a country. Especially if this newfound friend has a history of militant hostility.
  13. Im not sure you realise this, but the western world and Russia are both growing increasingly tired of Israel's duplicitous 'relations' with them. From the downing of a Russian military plane to frame Assad, to the hosting of paedophile asylum seekers from all across the world, to the endless spying on their 'number one ally', Israel has proven again and again that international norms mean nothing if its national interest can be furthered. One of the main reasons Anti-Semitism is rising like wildfire in America is the shameless treachery and callousness Israel has shown with the constant espion
  14. I dont think dishonest methods were ever advocated in the hadiths (not sure why the other brothers here aren't clarifying this though); when it comes to women reporting about other women's features the narrations are quite clear that the lady makes a request to inspect her features for another man without any intentions being hidden. In any case, the Aql (intellect) is a source of rulings besides the Quran and Hadiths and you can find comfort in Sistani's rulings which are frankly very reasonable in this regard. After all akhlaq and deen are prioritised above everything else when seeking
  15. Criteria isnt really the right word, its more of a recommended accessory to a marriage; character is the ultimate priority at the end of the day as many hadiths comparing the two clarify. Naturally bhooka isnt interested in mentioning such narrations because his whole blog existly mainly for shock value lol.
  16. The problem lies with many muslims - even the relatively educated ones - who reduce the purpose of the hijab to 'preventing sexual assault' without actually delving into the in-depth rationale behind the entire dress code (which includes but is not limited to the headscarf). You could convince the most left leaning feminist to become modestly dressed were you to actually present the multifaceted logic behind it all, but unfortunately there are few candidates who properly study this subject. Key terms like 'tabarruj', 'awrah' and 'haya' - just how many people on this website are familiar
  17. Why would they need to comment on the rationale behind the requirement of 2 female witnesses when the Quran itself provides us with the rationale? Does the Quran's succinct explanation not suffice (for some nebulous reason we are unaware of)?
  18. This is incorrect, 33:59 is not about preventing sexual harassment per se, it's about helping smitten men - who are already sinning with their gaze - to distinguish between women who want male attention and women who dont so the latter will be 'known' (as the Quran says) and not approached. It certainly doesnt pertain to men who want to impose themselves on women since the former couldnt care less about whether a woman wants male attention or not. Naser Makarem Al-Shirazi clarifies the reasons for why this verse was revealed in vol.13, pg 349 of his tafsir: أنه كان من المتعارف ذلك اليوم
  19. If he found a shia hadith, he would have mentioned it like he does for other topics; there was only a sunni hadith available to him which he used as evidence for his ruling. Yes the mas2ala was about hajj but he had clarified that the hadith he used as evidence in favour of his ruling also a priori allowed women to attend a masjid without any restriction from the husband (provided certain conditions are fulfilled of course). The caveat from sistani is meant to make clear that a man shouldnt be overly burdensome on his wife by preventing her from performing even praiseworthy acts like
  20. Yeah i wasnt drawing a connection between the two, just relating what ive come across in regards to this subject. The Khilaf is a book for shias and gives rulings for them, with the occasional sunni hadith used if nothing in shia hadith literature speaks on the matter. Its common in old books of fiqh to mention and contrast rulings found amongst both the shia and the 'Aaama. As for the ruling you mentioned, its only about the obligation of seeking permission of the husband, not about the unilateral right of the husband to prevent her doing anything (hence why he qualified his answ
  21. Sistani (and other maraji3) state that if a woman can be sufficiently secluded in a Masjid then its preferable for her to pray in such an environment, otherwise homes are preferable. I have not found a single marja who says he can prevent her, Tusi uses the commonly cited sunni hadith as evidence for the impermissibility of men preventing their wives from performing Hajj (and by extension prayers in a Masjid): مسألة 325: ليس للرجل أن يمنع زوجته الحرة من حجة الإسلام إذا وجبت عليها. وبه قال مالك، وأبو حنيفة، والشافعي في اختلاف الحديث (3). وقال في القديم والجديد: له منعها من ذلك (4).
  22. Actually he cant, Shaykh Tusi and others explicitly state this. Probably in exceptional circumstances he can (like when its night or the security conditions are broken down) but as a general rule he has no right.
  23. Nurture definitely plays a part and traditional gender roles are indeed a social construct. However social constructivism is categorically wrong in reducing the entirety of gender into a social construct, even if we define gender as a merely performative phenomenon. As the link I provided earlier clarifies, both sexes retain preferences and traits that are even more strongly pronounced in countries with greater gender equality - so social conditioning is evidently not to blame here. Well I did state that the masochistic impulses were unhealthy, so i certainly dont endorse it. A few
  24. The problem is it has yet to be proven many of these inbuilt preferences and temparaments have any biological grounding, which is why they are usually left to the realm of evolutionary psychology to be analysed; the lack of material foundation is also exploited by the sophists of third wave feminism to charactarize such traits as mere social constructs. But as I said earlier: research has consistently established time and again that such traits are not only gender-specific on a global scale, but even more strongly pronounced in egalitarian societies: http://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6
  25. Please refer to my previous post; the discourse on gender emanating from social constructivism doesnt only berate gender roles but even gender-specific preferences and temperaments - which research has consistently shown is *not* conditioned but innate to both sexes.
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