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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 like-minded people and, God willing, 1. preserve my self-respect by learning from them 2. increase my affinity to religion, because religious circle of friends leads to religious habits Hope this is clear. I am just in a hurry to get back to some work that I need to submit rather urgently! (wasalam)
  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 occurs due to making mistakes) In such times, it is helpful to share mistakes and seek advice from like-minded people - those who know the importance of religion and faith and are not entirely driven by corporate mindset. Sadly, I have not been able to find any at my firm's intranet/social groups. I was wondering if some people from this online community are working at or have worked at MBB, whom I can seek out for support. Thank you and Jazak Allah khair.
  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 maintained. I am currently working on step 1: I have a skeleton of the app, and I am still refining it. I hope to start materialising the idea soon. For step 2: I collected an Excel sheet which was compiled by Let Us Rebuild Pakistan. However, after I tried cleaning this data, I did not find it to be fit for purpose, since the total number of Shi'as killed in previous years as per the website did not match the data. Therefore, my request is: would user(s) from this site like to volunteer so that we create a similar CSV file containing relevant data, store it online, and keep it maintained (updating it once or twice a week)? Many thanks. (wasalam)
  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 at an American university, can A-levels suffice nonetheless, or must one sit the SAT exams before enrolling at the university? I would really appreciate if any posters can complement their answers by citing links to official websites, discussion forums, Q&A websites, whichever be available - I need to share these with the friend's parents. Thank you. (wasalam)
  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-tracking service - this meant that a large number of tweeters could not be mapped. Nonetheless... A blog post about the graphic may be read here, and an R script for generating the graph here. This graphic was inspired by the amazing night time world photograph, taken by NASA, and James Cheshire's work. (wasalam)
  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 must the employee deal with the employer to not give a bad impression, and still succeed in avoiding the parties? Should the employee talk about his different priorities with the employer? Or should the employee mask his views and adopt a more diplomatic approach? 3. What 'office politics' might the employee fear in this case? 4. If the employer does not compromise, would it be sufficient for the employee to attend a party once in a while? JazakAllah. (wasalam)
  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 to formulate their arguments and refute them, inshaAllah. Thank you, sister Kaniz e Zahra and brother True Sunni, for your inputs. (wasalam)
  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 claim is their 'knowledge' about our deen. Brother, I think baqar meant that the translation from Arabic to Urdu is incorrect, not that my translation of the Urdu text is wrong. --------------- Update from the group: all members who challenged the ghuluw in the aforementioned group posts have been removed. Now, the exaggerators can say what they want and spread their beliefs while facing (much) less resistance. (wasalam)
  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 IslamicSalvation's thread, and posted a lot of ahadith on Ghulaat. But I was blamed to be a muqassir and given warnings that I will soon be banned. I left the group due to my hatred, but now use a fake account to find what is going on. These people do not reason. They only blindly and emotionally follow people who have similar beliefs. Any 'outsider' carries either hatred of Imam Ali (as) or is a muqassir. They do not have the rationale to compare Surah Ahad with the 'ahadith' they share to find out if there is a contradiction. But I shall keep trying. (wasalam)
  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 ثمانية رجال فذكرنا رمضان ، فقال : « لا تقولوا هذا رمضان ، ولا جاء رمضان ، ولا ذهب رمضان ( فإنّ رمضان اسم من أسماء الله لا يجيء ولايذهب ، وإنّما يجيء ويذهب الزائل ، ولكن قولوا : شهر رمضان ) ، فالشهر المضاف إلى الاسم ، والإسم إسم الله وهو الشهر الذي اُنزل فيه القرآن ، جعله الله عزّ وجلّ مثلاً وعيداً. ألا ومن خرج في شهر رمضان من بيته في سبيل الله ـ ونحن سبيل الله الذي من دخل فيه يطاف بالحصن ، والحصن هو الإمام ، فليكبّر عند رؤيته ـ كانت له يوم القيامة صخرة في ميزانه أثقل من السماوات السبع والأرضين السبع وما فيهنّ وما بينهنّ وما تحتهنّ فقلت : يا أبا جعفر وما الميزان ؟ فقال : « إنّك قد ازددت قوة ونظراً ، يا سعد : رسول الله ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) الصخرة ونحن الميزان ، وذلك قول الله عزّ وجلّ في الإمام ( ليقوم الناسُ بالقسط ). قال : ومن كبّر بين يدي الإمام وقال : لا إله إلاّ الله وحده لا شريك له ، كتب الله له رضوانه الأكبر ، ومن يكتب الله له رضوانه الأكبر يجمع بينه وبين ابراهيم ومحمّد ( عليهما السلام ) والمرسلين في دار الجلال » ، فقلت : وما دار الجلال ؟ فقال : « نحن الدار وذلك قول الله عزّ وجلّ ( تلك الدارُ الآخرةُ نجعلها للذين لايريدون علوّاً في الأرض ولا فساداً والعاقبة للمتّقين ) ( فنحن العاقبة يا سعد ، وأمّا مودّتنا للمتّقين ، ) فيقول الله عزّ وجلّ ( تبارك اسمُ ربّك ذي الجلال والإكرام ) فنحن جلال الله وكرامته التي أكرم الله تبارك وتعالى العباد بطاعتنا Imam Baqir (as) said: We are the jalal of Allah and His karamat - due to us Allah, the Blessed and Exalted, honours servants who obey us. (Reference) Their rhetoric: Momin is also an attribute of Allah's. Yet we use it for people too, when calling somebody a momin. So why can we not use جل جلاله for the Aimma (as)? Are we more deserving of such titles than them? --------------- In response, it can be simply clarified that جل جلاله is not an attribute. It is a phrase, as are سبحانه و تعالى, and عز و جل. Given the meaning of جل جلاله (exalted be their glory), if one says جل جلاله after mentioning a Masoom (as), it means the person is praising the glory of the Masoom (as), as one would praise God's glory. But why would a person praise a Masoom's glory while none of their companions did, and neither did Masumeen (as) preach it? On the contrary, the Masumeen (as) taught and themselves practiced humility in front of God, and this is in part what distinguishes them. Their lofty status is due to their servanthood under Allah. Any attempt to 'increase' their status by means of negating or neglecting their servanthood would be a zhulm upon the Masumeen (as). This is considered ghuluw. To copy some ahadith of our Imams (as) from this thread: Hamdawayh who said: narrated to us Ya'qub bin Yazid from Ibn Abi Umayr from Ibn al-Mughira who said: I was with Abi al-Hasan عليه السلام together with Yahya bin Abdallah bin al-Hasan, so Yahya said to him: may I be made your ransom, they think that you know the Ghayb (unseen), so he عليه السلام said: praise be to Allah, praise be to Allah, put your hand upon my hair, for by Allah - there is not a hair in my body nor upon my head except that it has stood (i.e. in apprehension of their false claim), he (Ibn al-Mughira) said: then he عليه السلام said: no by Allah, it (i.e. the glimpses of the unseen) is not but an inheritance from the messenger of Allah صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم. Hamdawayh who said: narrated to us Ya’qub from Ibn Abi Umayr from Shuayb from Abi Basir who said: I said to Abi Abdillah عليه السلام – they do say, he said: and what do they say? I said: they say that you know the number of the drops in the rain, and the number of the stars, and the number of leaves in all the trees, and the weight of what is in the ocean, and the number of sand particles, so he عليه السلام raised his hand to the sky and said: praise be to Allah, praise be to Allah, no by Allah, no one knows this except for Allah. Ibrahim bin Muhammad bin al-Abbas who said: narrated to me Ahmad bin Idris al-Qummiy from Hamdan bin Sulayman from Muhammad bin al-Husayn from Ibn Fadhal from Abi al-Maghra from Anbasa who said: Abu Abdillah عليه السلام said: we have woken up (i.e. a time has reached) and there is no one who is more inimical (and enemy to us) than those who claim to love us. (The Imam is referring to the ghulaat) And they both (i.e. Hamdawayh and Ibrahim) said: narrated to us al-Ubaydi from Ibn Abi Umayr from Hisham bin Salim from Abi Abdillah عليه السلام – and the Ghulat had been mentioned – so he عليه السلام said: from among them is one who lies so well that even the Shaytan needs (i.e. makes use of) his lies (in his separate schemes). As for the argument of our opponents that since we use momin to refer to human beings too - momin, which is also an attribute of Allah's - it is apt to use جل جلاله with Imams (as): The meaning of 'momin' in both cases is different, and so is their use. When used for people, it means we are describing a person whose heart has faith. When used for God, it is used to mean that He is the giver of peace. And Allah knows best. ---------------- If any more knowledgeable member would like to elaborate more to deal with the arguments of those thinking it is proper to use جل جلاله with Imams (as), they are welcome to do so. Brother SyedMahdiAli, please let us know if your question has been answered to your satisfaction. I may include more arguments of the other side if I get to learn about them, God willing. ---------------- In addition to the deviation preached by some members of the aforementioned group, I recently noticed another in which people are saying that Allah is nothing without the Masumeen, and the Masumeen (as) are nothing without Allah. The discussion was originally about whom we could prostrate ourselves to. (wasalam)
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