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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Tough religion, bro. I'd apostatize if I were her. Think about the old days...not everyone went to Mecca to "re-do" tawaf on someone's behalf. Why does God cause such problems...for some ritual. Good luck with your conception of life.
  2. From Sistani's website: السؤال : من نسي طواف النساء سواء متعمدا أو ناسیا هل تترتب علیه كفارة؟ الجواب : تجب علیه الكفارة في حال العلم والعمد ولا تجب في حال النسیان أو الجهل. "What is the ruling if someone forgets tawaf al-nisa willingly, or out of forgetfulness, do they have a compensation (kaffara)?" "It is obligatory to do kaffara if it was done knowingly and willingly, but not obligatory if done out of forgetfulness or ignorance." It is talking about kaffarah (like fasting or giving charity)...not even repeating it.
  3. It's not a myth, it's a fact. The United States has laws and outlooks that differ even from other Western countries. Unlike France, we do not ban the hijab in school. Unlike the UK, we do not punish "abusive language" towards religion or people. And unlike Germany, we do not ban books or jail people for questioning historical events. So, yes, the US has a unique value and legal system that differs markedly from other Western conceptions of law, making it exceptional (in all the meanings of the word). We have no threats to our freedom in the US. The worship of freedom has become the new religio
  4. In America we don't punish the possession of books or the alleged insult of religion (at least anymore, our legal tradition has evolved), or social sanctities. With rare exception, the US legal tradition views information (such as books) as being "value neutral." On the other note, it's a jurisprudential difference between the US and Europe, if people have the right to be safe in the practice of their religion alone, or whether that extends to protecting the sanctity of an individual's belief as well. It's a legitimate point of difference in the Western legal tradition, and I think the US come
  5. I believe it would be the part about punishing apostasy, and jailing for "challenging the Supreme Being," etc. Countries do not advance scientifically if you cannot question your own beliefs, come to accept or reject them, and manifest such decisions in reality. Such social scenarios limit innovation and scientific outcomes, which Qatar has been adept at importing from elsewhere, but which are in reality illusions. You're right, certain European countries don't possess the degree of freedom that is ideal. But, they don't punish religious conversion. "Insult" of religion or other social sanctit
  6. What they don't want you to know is that they have no freedom, Clynn. Their development is just a mirage. From Qatar's criminal code: Article 1: The provisions of Islamic law for the following offenses are applied if the defendant or victim is a Muslim: 1. The hudud offenses related to theft, banditry, adultery, defamation, alcohol consumption, and apostasy. 2. The offenses of retaliation (qisas) and blood money (diyah). Article 256: It is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years, anyone who commits the following acts: 1. Insulting or challenging the Supreme Being verbal
  7. In Islam, the only thing that defines a Muslim country is its establishment of Islamic laws. This is what Shia Islam states. This is what Khomeini believed and which to a large extent fueled the Islamic Revolution. But, Syria inherited its laws in 1949 (civil, penal, and commercial) from the 1948 Lebanese laws (read the Syrian and Lebanese penal codes, they are identical). And, where did the Lebanese get their laws? From a combination of Ottoman (reformed Ottoman law at that), British, and French law. So, in Syria, you have laws that allow rapists to escape punishment if their victims consent
  8. Because women were empowered by the Iran-Iraq War, when they had to take care of the house and make money when the men were away. Women's rights rose to prominence in the 90s, and things like the "morning after pill" became normal topics of conversation. Women's university education increased exponentially during this same time. The govt. encouraged contraception and made it free for married women at special clinics. Then, in 2010, Ahmadinejad started to offer money to families having kids. Iran is a Shia country, not a religious country. They can find any way to mitigate religious feelings a
  9. I guess David Cameron one-upped Khamenei then, huh? Maybe he should be your source of emulation. http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/news/3060952/David-Camerons-flight-saves-200k.html
  10. Of course it's not just that you want to marry. You will have to bring her to the US, this process will probably take 9 months - 1 year, which can be hard for the girl. Usually you have to demonstrate that you have met her before in-person (there are some exceptions for this rule based on religious reasons). And, she will have to leave Iran to get the visa at a US embassy. So, it might be hard, especially if she has little money or freedom to travel. Good luck.
  11. Not Shia enough? Get a hijab visor. The surest way to be known as an Iranian stooge/sympathizer/wannabe. It's like you're in Tehran®
  12. Give some links for where to find audio or text! JazakAllah
  13. Sorry, Ali, but since when does Shia Islam support "constitutionalism," "human rights," or anything else Saudi Shias are "fighting" for? Your understanding of Islam is confused, and is destined to crash on top of itself. If you want reform, you are going to have to start acting like Saudis. Normal Saudis. Not seeking your identity through Shia Islam, which you don't seemingly do anyway.
  14. He should have gone Kil Jong-Il style and taken the train. :P But good for him.
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