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  1. I have communicated to brother @ShiaMan14, but just sharing my message here in case somebody else can contribute their suggestions ( @Haji 2003 , would be great to hear your thoughts if possible). Has anybody experienced the above, or something similar to it? How did you cope with it? Ultimately, I guess I am looking to hear from somebody with similar priorities (Religion, family, etc.), so that I may learn from them about how they maintained these priorities. Jazak Allah khair, and thank you all for your time. Wassalam
  2. Wa alaikum assalam brother, I will PM you, in sha Allah tomorrow (or if you have any preferred timing, I can accommodate).
  3. (bismillah) (salam) Thank you for asking, @Haji 2003! We have prayers in which we ask God not to make us dependent on or subservient to people who are haughty and scornful, because they will look down upon one seeking to learn or get help from them. And we pray that God grant us friendship of people whose hearts have not hardened, and who remember Him as they stand and sit. What I have observed (at least at my company) is an acute shortage of religious people (as described above), and an abundance of smart but haughty people. So, the reason I generated this thread was to find
  4. (bismillah) (salam) Brothers/Sisters, I have recently joined one of the MBB firms, and being new to management consulting, I feel I am in a ship lost in tumultuous seas. Every moment, there is something new to learn but a problem for me is that this learning occurs on job, and not in a safe, "clinical" environment. Personally, I do not prefer such a manner of learning because it 1. exposes us to people who are haughty yet are given the responsibility to mentor us 2. puts a dent in our self-confidence because we are expected not to make mistakes (although a lot of learning occ
  5. Dear brothers and sisters, The following post is for a friend of mine: Can any kind soul volunteer, please? Thanks, and with prayers Wassalam
  6. (bismillah) (salam) I am planning on developing an application that would generate visualisation/graphs depicting how much Shi'as have been killed in Pakistan, and are being killed daily. My hope is that developing such applications would make the problems Shi'as face in Pakistan more pronounced to the 'outsiders'. However, to ensure that we achieve the aforesaid objective, we would need to: 1. Ensure that the app developed presents the data effectively (using appropriate visualisation) and convey our problems concisely. 2. Ensure that the data we have that is fed to the app is regularly m
  7. (bismillah) (salam) My friend is currently studying at a college, under the British curriculum. His parents had planned for him to complete his O and A-levels. However, after somebody spoke to them, they have now also started considering their child to pass SAT exam. They think this is a compulsory exam to pass. My questions are: 1. Are not SATs to be considered only if a student is looking to enroll in American universities? And if a student has plans of studying at a UK university, then are not O and A-levels sufficient? 2. If a student completes her A-levels, but then chooses to study
  8. (bismillah) (salam) Recently, I had been playing with Twitter data, specifically for the purpose of mapping tweeters that tweet Shi'ite messages during the first 10 days of Muharram. My hope was that we will extract a large data set, comprising Shi'ites tweeting about Ashura, Karbala, or Syed al Shuhada (as). My aim was to plot large Shi'ite communities across the world, from Pakistan to Japan, UAE to South Africa, and from the UK to Western American states. However, after extracting our data, I realised that out of the complete data set, only some tweeters had enabled their Location-t
  9. (bismillah) (salam) Scenario: An employer regularly hosts parties, attending which is not a compulsion. Employees are asked to attend, and most of the employees do attend. Problem: A particular employee has a completely different nature to the rest, and different priorities too. This person does not like partying with employees, and rather likes to spend quality time with family and parents. As such, the employee makes every effort to avoid these parties. Questions: 1. How (much) negatively would this avoidance be seen by the employer and other employees? Would it be considered rude? 2. How
  10. (bismillah) (salam) Marbles Thank you, brother, for sharing your observations. I agree that they are not a monolithic group. I think what unites them is the dislike for taqleed and maraaji', and a liking for emotionally charged rhetoric, as heard from some zaakireen. Often they speak of 'enjoying' the fadhail of Ahlulbayt (as), while what they are really hearing is exaggeration regarding Masumeen (as). Regarding the group mentioned in the OP, most of the deviants are young people, and as of now, they have banned all members that disagree with their ghuluw. I will keep researching, and try
  11. (bismillah) (salam) To clarify, brother, I was referring to people as Ayatullah Aqeel al Gharavi, Allama Talib Johari, Dr. Kalbe Sadiq. Of course, some of these scholars are not based in countries like Pakistan or India. Nevertheless, they do visit often, especially during Muharram. But the point I wish to emphasise is that the group's members do not consider these to be scholars, rather hypocrites. They adopt a similar stance towards maraji' like Seestani and Khamenei. And the reason they adopt such a stance is because these scholars do not agree with their point of view - which they clai
  12. (bismillah) (salam) iraqi_shia Thank you for your comment. Yes, they do have scholars/knowledgeable people. They live in one of the main cities. However, unfortunately, they despise scholars such as Khamenei and Sistani. They are of the view that taqleed is akin to valuing the words of ghair masoom scholars over those of the Masumeen (as). They have been told this is not correct. But the problem is also that they are not ready to listen to people who oppose them... IbnSohan Thank you, brother. God reward you and all of us who strive for the Ahlulbayt (as). I took help from brother Isla
  13. (salam) (bismillah) Another recent deviance in the group: This post unfortunately received about 40 likes. But alhamdolillah there was resistance against it too. According to some posters of the group, the Holy Prophet (s) is reported to have said: He who has been referred by the word rab in the Holy Qur'an is Ali (as). The posters then use this statement to say that Ali (as) is the khaliq, raaziq, maalik, and rab al 'aalameen. أَسْتَغْفِرُ اللَّهَ سُبْحَانَ اللَّهِ عَمَّا يُشْرِكُونَ The Masumeen (as) are free of having said any such thing. (wasalam)
  14. (bismillah) (salam) Brother SyedMahdiAli I have been trying to understand the point of view of our opponents, as were presented in the group under discussion. The following is what I have gathered thus far, and I seek God's protection from failure in understanding: The proposition: To say JJH (جل جلاله) after mentioning any of the Masumeen (as) The assumption: JJH - جل جلاله - is an attribute of Allah عز و جل. Argument from a hadith: حدّثنا أحمد بن محمّد بن عيسى ، عن أحمد بن محمّد بن أبي نصر ، عن هشام بن سالم ، عن سعد بن طريف ، عن أبي جعفر ( عليه السلام ) قال : كنّا عنده
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