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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.
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    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 religion in the US since World War II, it's how Americans relate to the world. It's enshrined in our constitution. It will never be taken away. The right-wing who perceives a lack of freedom (usually about gun ownership), and many other non-related and non-sensical topics, just use the term "freedom" in regards to their perceived grievances and social marginalization. Unfortunately, there are some problems in this shift. Americans and Western civilization needs a new moral paradigm, because the political value of "freedom" is not enough to bring meaning to civilizations. Moreover, using "freedom" as your main means of personal, social, and state identification leads to worship of the state. Western thought needs a new moral paradigm that accepts political freedom, while embracing the humanistic side of life, which can regulate and guide human social behavior, while also being unobtrusive. It will be something vastly different from any existing religious system, and rightfully equip us for the 21st century and beyond. As of now, while you are right that turning on religion has created negative social outcomes, at the same time, turning towards God is not a tenable solution for the US' moral malaise (as God doesn't exist, and belief in God is unscientific, although leading to limited positive outcomes). But, things will continue to go well, because of freedom and innovation, and eventually a new moral system will come into being. Something along the lines of Confucianism (which places an emphasis on family, public ethics, etc.), I suppose. America's achievements are built upon the efforts of a very few exceptional individuals. Most of the achievements in world history have been. Thankfully, America's freedom allows individuals to pursue what makes them happy, which more often than not leads to positive economic and scientific outcomes, more so than other countries. And, this is enough to define us for the time being.
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    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 comes out on the right side, but we must admit this no where reaches the level of punishment for dissent present in the Middle East. Hence, the notion of American exceptionalism.
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    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 sanctities is a bit trickier there, but still no where on the level of Qatar or some other countries in the region. Thankfully, we have a concept called "American exceptionalism." It means that even in the Western world, American rights and political values are acknowledged as unique.
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    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 verbally or in writing, or with drawing or gesturing, or any other means. 2. Abusing, distorting, or desecrating the Holy Koran. 3. Offending the Islamic religion or one of its rituals. 4. Insulting any of the divine religions protected by Islamic law. 5. Insolence towards any of the Prophets verbally, or in writing, drawing, gesture, or any other means. 6. Sabotaging, breaking, damaging, or desecrating buildings, or their contents, if they are used for celebrating the rituals of any of the divine religions protected by Islamic law. Article 257: It is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding 10 years, anyone who establishes, organizes, or runs an assembly, association, organization, or a branch thereof, with the aim of opposing or challenging the foundations and teachings underlying the Islamic religion. Or giving dawah (proselytization) to a religion other than Islam, or calling to other schools or ways of thought, concerning the preceding, or favoring or promoting it. Article 259: It is punishable by imprisonment for a term not exceeding five years anyone who antagonizes, or casts doubt on the foundations or teachings underlying the Islamic religion, or proselytizes to another religion, or to other schools or ways of thought, favoring and promoting it. Article 260: Anyone who calls a meeting with the purpose of opposing or challenging the foundations and teachings of Islam, or promoting another religion, is convicted to no more than five years in prison. The same penalty is imposed on anyone who participates in the preparation of the meeting or joins it being aware of its purpose.
  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 to marriage. These are called "rape marriage" laws. Families, out of shame, usually consent to their raped daughters being married off, because of this legal loophole. They are informed by European, and then Ottoman law (see article 508 of the Syrian penal code and Article 522 of the Lebanese). And, of course, Syria's decrepit political and legal structures failed to reform such laws for 60+ years. As did Lebanon's. This is the country you are defending and want to associate with your most highly regarded religious figures, a country that has a legal apparatus derived from Islam in pretty much no way, and one which sanctions legalized oppression, and whose crony-based and rusting political system managed to reform nothing? I feel sorry for the contradictions in your life. Oh, and I doubt your pitiful flag story too.
  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 and attitudes through "culture," "reasoning," or anything else.
  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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