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  1. I remember reading a US policy paper in 2009 by the Brookings Institute called "Which Path to Persia" that received a lot of praise. The paper addressed options for how the United States could "deal" with Iran and possibly effect regime change or destroy them in outright war. One of the prerequisites for a US attack on Iran listed in the report is a feigned political "fallout" between the US and Israel. This is to create the illusion that an Israeli attack on Iran was "unilateral" when in reality Israel wouldn't exist without the US propping it up. So while Netanyahu and Iran are bickering, Iran is conducting huge military exercises - so that the West understands they know what is coming - while Saudi Arabia finally admits it is going to let Israel use its airspace to attack Iran - exposing the fact that the US, Israel, and Saudi Arabia have been working in concert (along with ISIS and Al Qaeda) just as reported since 2007 by Seymour Hersh in the New Yorker. The report continues and makes clear that negotiations with Iran over its nuclear program is merely theater, and that it will be used to give the world the impression that the United States explored all possible "peaceful" options before resorting to violent regime change. The report states specifically that: ...any military operation against Iran will likely be very unpopular around the world and require the proper international context— both to ensure the logistical support the operation would require and to minimize the blowback from it. The best way to minimize international opprobrium and maximize support (however, grudging or covert) is to strike only when there is a widespread conviction that the Iranians were given but then rejected a superb offer—one so good that only a regime determined to acquire nuclear weapons and acquire them for the wrong reasons would turn it down. Under those circumstances, the United States (or Israel) could portray its operations as taken in sorrow, not anger, and at least some in the international community would conclude that the Iranians “brought it on themselves” by refusing a very good deal. There's a lot more interesting quotes I can pull out from this document, if anyone is interested I'll summarize the key points as they relate to what we're seeing today as best I can. I know not everyone has time to read a whole report like this. I'll post a link to it just in case. http://www.brookings.edu/~/media/research/files/papers/2009/6/iran-strategy/06_iran_strategy.pdf
  2. Excellent article, explains his decision very well. http://www.counterpunch.org/2014/02/18/the-political-retirement-of-muqtada-al-sadr/#.UwS07dY_rYw.facebook
  3. My God, do you know who Samir Geagea is?!?!?! He is the biggest crook, liar, and murderer on this side of the Mississippi. The fact that he is not in jail is the largest travesty of justice I've ever seen. Compare the likes of him to Sayyed Hassan Nasrallah and you'll get a better idea of which side of this conflict is in the right. Please dont ever mention this game on this forum, let alone give him an ounce of respect from your ear. As for the accusations, please! I swear people in Lebanon like to pretend that their sovereignty is not under constant threat from Israel and the United States. The threat has been proven over and over again, and Hezbollah has proven that it is the only force that can oppose them. No, rather Hezbollah's opponents are either incredibly naive, or care nothing about Lebanon and only their business interests which would improve under a society enslaved by the IMF and the West.
  4. Just like within the Muslim community, there is a difference among the believers (even among the Shia. I'm sorry to say that there are many Sunnis I would rather spend my time with than some Shias). The same exists for our Christian brothers. If you find true believing Christians, the ones who truly adhere to the teachings of Prophet Jesus, you will find them to be our best of allies. This is even true today politically in the Middle East. Many of the Christians of Syria and Lebanon are our closest allies. I believe in this verse wholeheartedly. Take note that the Quran also expressively condemns befriending the Christian-Jewish Alliance (Zionists). These are the Christians we should avoid as they are surely our enemies, and many righteous Christians see them as their enemy as well. The Zionist Christians (and the blind Christians who watch Fox News and follow them) are the ones who defame Islam and skew the teachings of the Prophet Jesus to such an extent that they can no longer be said to following the word of God. So even though the good Christians enjoin Jesus and Allah, they are still following his words and Allah's laws, despite their misunderstanding.
  5. Salaam Brother, I'm no professional dream interpreter, but I did study psychology and know a little bit about them. First of all, you must understand that what you do during your waking life is very much connected with the dreams you have. It is very much your subconscious and consciousness sending messages to one another. This dream may be taken literally (expressing some sexual anxiety you have, not necessarily with your Uncle's wife but in general) or it may be taken more metaphorically (something very tempting in your life, maybe something haram or something tempting or a difficult decision you are faced with in life). Either way, the good news is that your iman was strong enough to be carried over into your dream. This is impressive and I would take it as a vote of confidence and nothing but a good thing. Think about it. If you have the ability to keep to your deen and remember Allah in a state of limited consciousness, you are doing something right. If you had gone through with the act in your dream and felt guilt, then this dream would have been a warning. Either a warning that you will face such a decision, that you are currently facing one, and you are susceptible to the whispers of shaytan. Such dreams are a mercy from our Lord, and I would prepare myself accordingly.
  6. The Quran is pretty clear on this, you still fall under the fold of being a "Muslim", however, you cannot be a mu'min until you have removed all doubts. The Arabs of the desert say, "We believe." (tu/minoo) Say thou: Ye believe not; but rather say, "We profess Islam;" (aslamna) for the faith (al-imanu) hath not yet found its way into your hearts. But if ye obey God and His Apostle, He will not allow you to lose any of your actions, for God is Forgiving, Merciful. (Al-Hujurat 49:14) If you find yourself doubting but continue to follow the laws of the Quran and ask and beg Allah for guidance and forgiveness (meaning on some level you believe in him, even if your conscious thoughts doubt), then you are a Muslim.
  7. Incompetent for being a victim of the most powerful imperialist countries in the history of the planet and not being completely destroyed, and in fact regaining ground lost? Get real. The Syrian Regime could have never prepared for this. And they are supposed to know which traitor generals would accept large bribes and betray their country? They are supposed to know every single weapon that is smuggled across their large border, much of which were done and planned for months if not years before the insurgency started? The first year was chaos for the Syrian regime, yes. They were forced to consolidate and retreat from certain areas. Areas that if they tried to hold during this unstable period, they would have been too spread out and failed. Now that they have the stability and security, they can start retaking lost territory (as they have been doing successfully for quite some time now). If you dont understand the situation they were put in, then don't evaluate the strategy. If you don't understand the strategy, then read Sun Tsu's "The Art of War".
  8. They have breached the limits agreed upon in the mutah contract. If they want a new contract they would have to establish a new one, and if the girl is a virgin (according to certain marjas) the would again need the fathers permission to do that.
  9. Then they have committed a sin, and it is likely that they would have committed the sin without Mutah. This is between them and Allah.
  10. Not necessarily. Read the quote from the Reverend Zen Master Buddhist in my original post. There is no doubt that this is a major difference between Islam and Buddhism, if not the largest practical difference. Islam does not preach asceticism but rather finding a balance between this world and the next, whilst Buddhism of course would have its followers deny themselves the pleasures of this world entirely.
  11. Salaam. Good post on Buddhism and Mulla Sadra, I completely agree with you. :) I have majored in Religious Studies and Philosophy. Perhaps we should keep in contact.

  12. Was the Syrian conflict created to inflict a wound upon Iran? Yes.
  13. First off, there are a lot of misconceptions here about Alawites. In reality there is a lot of confusion about what they believe because their lack of hierarchical organization and secretive nature, so please do not make judgements about a group of people you do not understand, even if you disagree with them in nature. Secondly, please do not become like some Sunnis and the Salafis and start making claims on who is Muslim and who is not, especially when a group themselves claim to be Muslim. This is not up to you. At the very least follow what our learned scholars say. Our scholars (unlike the scholarship of many other sects) are at least trustworthy. Use this to your advantage.
  14. Salaam brother, I agree my post explicitly states that we do not believe in Pantheism. You have described to me Panentheism if I understood correctly, which is what I stated we as Muslims are. I apologize if my post wasnt clear enough or if I misunderstood your grievances with my post, when you get a chance to read all that I have written please share your thoughts.
  15. It was recently discovered that Dolphins name each other. SubhanAllah.
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