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  1. Salaam, Who taught or revealed the Gospel to Jesus? Since we believe Jibraeel revealed the Qur'an to our Nabi and Jibraeel is the Arcangel of Revelation, who revealed the Gospel to Jesus and is there any evidence? Same question for Ibrahim and Musa... Did Allah speak directly to Abraham and Moses? Did Allah also speak directly to Jesus and Muhammad and is there any evidence? By "evidence" I specifically mean Ayats in Qur'an, Hadith or anything from our Imams stating these things. Thank you!
  2. can anyone answer my question regarding the 5th element of istighfar in this hadith?
  3. thank you for the answers you provided... but my question was regarding #5 and if he was referring to fasting (sawm) - "Fifth, that you attend to the flesh of your body that has grown on unlawful nourishment so that it melts away as a result of grief and mourning and your skin adheres to your bones, after which new flesh grows in its place."
  4. salaam... in the hadtih that i quoted in my original post... imam ali states that istaghfar is a word of SIX meanings and proceeds to mention them ONE through SIX... thank you...
  5. i have 2 questions regarding this hadit below... my first question is regarding #5 in the hadith below... does this mean to fast? and my second question is regarding #6... does this mean to have my brain and heart that writhing pain that seems to come over my body as i remember my sin? is that the correct pain of obediennce ?? or is there a solace a blissfulness in being obedient in doing something i truly want to do an truly find Repentance?? It is narrated that someone said: Astaghfirullah (I seek God's forgiveness) before Imam ‘Ali Úáíå ÇáÓáÇã. He said to him. "May your mother mourn for you! Do you know what istighfar is? Verily istighfar is a degree of the 'illiyyun (people of high station) and it is a word that means six things. First is remorse over the past. Second, the resolution not to return to it ever. Third, to return to creatures their (formerly usurped) rights so that you meet God Almighty in a state of purity in which no one has any claim against you. Fourth, that you fulfil every duty that you neglected in order to satisfy your obliga­tion in respect to it. Fifth, that you attend to the flesh of your body that has grown on unlawful nourishment so that it melts away as a result of grief and mourning and your skin adheres to your bones, after which new flesh grows in its place. Sixth, that you make your body taste the pain of obedience in the same way as it earlier tasted the pleasure of sins. When you have done these things then say Astaghfirul­lah! [Nahj al‑Balagha, saying # 417]
  6. I will go look for it... and yes... i agree... the reality of Allah is powerful and when you are connected to that light its numbing... when that happens to me nothing else matters and i reflect... its something that we as humans in this day and age are missing with tv, radio and media distracting us from our essence...
  7. thank you ethereal... i appreciate you... it has been a long road with many bumps, cracks, potholes and dead ends thats for sure... so what is your story?
  8. i was born and raised a christian.. born again trinitarian to be exact... these are not muslim interpretations they are the actual teachings of the church and one can argue the teachings of paul... in this day and age of information and propaganda i think it helps us all understand each other and for muslims to actually appreciate our deen even more... ironically, i have met many muslims that are confused or not as firm in their faith and have sought chirstianity... so there too may be muslims on here looking for answers seeking their own truths...
  9. @ ibn placid... first of all thank you for the greetings... i actually did just join this site on friday =) unfortunately i am in california and i am not familiar with the events you mentioned. but to answer your questions... "what hit his heart," personally what hit my heart was the undenying truth about the oneness and unity of god which i later became to know as tawhid... "what gave him assurance," the assurance i have i found in the quran...the guidance, the words, the thoughts provoked, the simplicity, and the clearness of allahs words consumed my spiriit and is unshakable... i would sometimes read and it was as if Allah was speaking directly to me... the lessons... the analogies and abstract verses and how they are applicable has had a major impact on me... i would go to the masjid and hear someone reciting the quran and i would start crying which i didnt understand why because i had no idea what they were saying... praying in all humility and the serenity that overtakes your soul when in sujud was the ultimate assurance... especially after knowing that in the bible abraham, moses, jesus and his disciples prayed just like this i knew this was right and no turning back... for example... Genesis ch17 v3, Numbers ch20 v6, Matthew ch17 v6 and many other places in the bible - you can see that muhammad left us the keys on the proper way to commune with our god the creator... "what gave him enough courage to leave his former faith," in my past and i am not proud to say, but i have been in some very dark places in this world... really long story short it was a process and i wasnt actually looking for god at the time but i came across some intiguing information and wanted a quran just for reference... i wanted to read about the story of yacub and purchased the quran... i had no idea what was in store, but the words i read, the people i met, the outlook it gave me, the new perspectives i gained was like i literally walked through a different portal in this universe... my mind and soul was awakened and i cannot ever be thankful enough... looking back i know that i came to the quran with sincerity and an open mind Allah then opened my heart... it is said the prophet used to say this formula before every khutbah... "for whoever Allah chooes to guide no one can misguide him, and whoever he leaves astray no one can guide him"... feeling the transformation spiritually and hearing my family and friends asking me what is so different about me and knowing i found a path back to my creator filled me with all the courage i could ever need... "I want to know how you know you made the right choice." i think most of my answers to your previous questions answer this question... but what is right for me may not be right for someone else... the things that have happened in my life up to that point and the things that have happened after that are my conviction... we all see the world through different eyes because of culture and religious upbringing for the two obvious reasons... but whatever makes it right or wrong for you will be determined by only you... god is most forgiving most merciful... the compassionate one... seek his guidance, offer your prayers and worship him and him alone... you will see the answers you seek revealed to you in many different ways and is the beauty i have found in islam... i would like to corresponding with you either on here or offline... it would be nice to share as much as i can with you and to hear your story too... i am an open book... god willing you have just made a new friend...
  10. interesting way of the worlds... its time and essence... just reflecting on the distance of the stars and the speed of light is perplexing and amazing enough... subhanallah!
  11. i used to be a christian and we were taught to do everything in jesus' name... invoke prayers in his name, bless your food in his name, seek refuge with god in his name... etc... personally i always had an issue with this... i always wondered why jesus, as it states in the bible, even prayed to god if he was actually god himself... incarnate in the flesh...??? the so called learned would then tell me he was the son and not the father... so then i would ask well why not just pray to the father like him? they would then say because we have to believe in his sacrifice and only through him we would have eternal life... so i wondered if it even mattered that i prayed directly to god the father since it is essentially one in the same...??? why not go straight to the source..??? i mean i want to pray to whoever jesus is praying to you know!??! made sense to me... my questions would never have a meaningful answer and it is just a roundabout and vicious circle... they would just tell me you have to have faith and that is the whole purpose of belief... for belief without faith is fruitless... the problem with that is i did not believe... you see the problem??? lol...
  12. sounds logical considering the worldly events and threats that pose iran...
  13. if anyone is familiar with the bible... ibrahim prayed for a son to follow his legacy and to help establish the worship of Allah the only true god on earth... Allah blessed him with his first son ismael... the bible states the meaning of his name is "god hears"... after ismail is a teen Allah orders ibrahim to take ismail to the desert (arabia) and to leave him there with his mother hajar and that he would watch over them... Allah says that he will beget 12 princes and multiply his seed like stars in the heavens... in the quran Allah tells us the imamate will come from ibrahims seed... Allah then tells us in Q ch33 v33 he will purify the ahlul bayt and most of us are aware of who those 5 are... it is also possible this is actually where the term ahlul bayt came from... ??? my point is that Allah has made it very clear that the lineage of ibrahim is vital and the direct descendents of our nabi is paramount as no other people on this earth was purified directly by Allah... the only other person i can possibly think of was maryam..?? but Allah only says he chose her over all women... anyway... we can connect the dots by what Allah has revealed to us and using the hadith we can see the ahlul bayt are the standard bearers...
  14. subhanallah... @iqra07... peace to you brother.. after i read your post i thought that i wrote it up until the african american part... =) we have truly walked the same path and that is very interesting... mashallah your wisdom led you to see the ahlul bayt for its true purpose... may Allah continue to guide us...
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