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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. I will reply iA. I have come down with a cold on top of pseudogout, I enjoy the responses
  2. There are many aspects of my practice that need correcting, this is something that I literally never think about. When I can't sleep at night worrying about my son, I do not think about the concept of Mahdi; when I struggle to correct bad habits, I do not have time to even consider Mahdi. I just care about Allah عزّ وجلّ, how to please Allah and seek forgiveness and to please him. I read Qur'an to internalize the words of Allah, I read Riyadus Saliheen to get an idea of how the Prophet saw handled tough times and how to invoke to Allah. Thank you, I will check them out. I actually like some of the content of his work. I just cannot stand the way he speaks. I come from an academic background, getting my doctorate currently. He is what a somewhat educated person thinks that a genius sounds like.
  3. Just to give an idea of where I am at. I am a American, married to a British Pakistani. I was taught the religion by North Africans, so mostly Maliki in jurisprudence. Philosophically, I am in the vein of Andalusi mutazili creed (think: Ibn Rushd). I do hold some "heterodoxical" opinions in some manner (history). I won't go into them, as it may cause wailing and gnashing of teeth from some segments. My faith was at an all time low for a while. My son is special needs and it gets tough. I got into bad habits. Many issues. I am crawling out of it now alhamdulillah and looking for more perspective. I am willing to listen to anyone but wahabis pretty much,
  4. My thought is that, we know Muhammad saw in large portions of his his life by separating them by their times. I would think that it would be good to at least do this once, especially in places dedicated to the religion. Not trying to be all saaaalaaafeeeee on it though, so don't take anything the wrong way. My wife and I, at times, would get caught up in things and combine. I feel it led to a definite drop in iman and structure when doing so. You see, I understand that a certain level of faith goes into this. Like, you have to have faith that Muhammad saw was a Prophet. You have to have faith that the Qur'an is the word of Allah azj, that Jesus will come back. In some certain circles in Sunni academia, faith that the Mahdi will come. I am not certain this is the case, but if I am wrong then I am wrong. If you do find out, message me. I do like the writings of Baqr as-Sadr ra and hold Sayid Fadlullah ra and Sayid Nasrullah in high regard. It would be nice to have something in English though. I have been to Shia masjids a few times but, honestly, I get nothing from it. Sunni masjids you can generally find dars and whatnot, I see a bunch of Urdu poetry at Shia masjids and I think "why bother"? Even if I did understand it, I didn't come to a naat session.
  5. Not even at the Imam Husayn ra shrine? Doesn't matter. Anything that has any level of authenticity. Neutral I guess would be preferred. Anything English or Spanish would work. Nothing overly scholastic, although I get into that from time to time. At an iman low right now, so that would be good too. I am not. I can read Arabic and understand a good portion of it, but cannot write or speak it. wswrwb
  6. so, I am just reading up on Shia Islam in general. I am already Muslim, converted 12 years ago. I guess you could say I am Sunni, although I guess I have certain beliefs that aren't necessarily orthodox. anyway, I wouldn't say I want to become Shia, just was just wondering. 1. I know why Shia combine, I will do some from time to time myself if e.g. I have an injury. is seems that this is normative practice in Shia communities. why? are there any jamats or whatever that pray each salat in its time? 2. im not convinced that the 12th Imam ever existed. is there any historical proof for this? 3. are there any speakers that would be worthwhile? I know this nakshawani guy is popular, but he honestly comes across as way to pompous and it throws me off from getting anything from it. 4. are there any good tafsirs I can take a look at?
  7. Late to the party but I was watching the whole thing unfold the night of (my son had a dr's appointment the next day and I was up most of the night worrying). Multiple reports coming in of the shooters being well-built white men in military fatigues and tactical gear. Many media, national and international had the story. I knew [Edited Out] was going to go down the memory hole when some guy came on spouting stuff about first hand witnesses being "unreliable" (if this is the case, might as well not have any witness in any trial every on earth). I knew some concocted story was coming. Sure enough, wake up the next morning and the fairy tale comes to light. Lots of implausible stuff but the kicker that sealed the deal completely was the media being released early into the house and rummaging through everything. Immediate nullification any further evidence. My wife went to law school and she was flabbergasted that this was allowed to happen. Things are getting real bad now. Trump just came out with some stuff about how "duh moozlems" all knew about it and didn't turn this couple in. You can see all the stuff happening now in the US and this flat out re-writing of events is emboldening it.
  8. My son, my BABY, is the same age. May Allah destroy this killer, those like him, his countrymen, and those who aid them in any fashion.
  9. Hezbollah are the lions of the ummah and the pride of the Arabs, much to the dismay of the wahabi vermin. Sayed Nasrullah (ha) is the only one truly worthy of carrying the mantle of Salahuddin (ra) in driving out the najas from Quds.
  10. Could backfire and will give them more credence than they deserve. Outside of being really rude to people he disagreed with, Ibn Taymiyya really isn't the problem here. He came waaaay before the Najdi movement. The other are just barking stooges of Wahabistan or just opponents to the new Pharoah in Egypt. If you want to get right to the heart of the matter, the works of Martin Luther bin Abdul Wahhab must be addressed. Whether banning is the most appropriate solution is debatable. The absolute must is for sunnis to systematically dismantle those works (and all salafist heresy in generally) in an academic fashion. I have personally seen kids lose their damn minds after reading and applying that garbage. Takfir left and right.
  11. Say it is pre-modern times and I buy a manuscript. I then transcribed it and gave a copy to someone. Is this sinful according to sharia? Moreover, if the literature is explaining and advancing the deen of Allah (swt), is that a sin? I know Shia fiqh doesn't really look to kindly on qiyas but, to me, this is why software patents and intellectual property in this regard should be examined from a scholarly perspective.
  12. I also think that the high ranking maraji` should begin to comment on patents (I'm a member of the Free Software Foundation, so my proclivities are obvious here) and intellectual property rights with respect to software.
  13. Take a look into GIMP (http://www.gimp.org/). It does the same things Photoshop does, but its free.
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