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Everything posted by Don'tMakeA١٠١س

  1. Days 1-8 Maulana Asad Jafri Bait Ul Qayem (next 8 lectures are published under the same channel) Sayed Mahdi al-Modaressi Ahlul Bayt TV
  2. Days 1-5 Sayed Ammar Nakshawani Imam Hussein TV 3 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tKSoRsAQwgw https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxg36BS7_KM https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=msdJe3vVtQE https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P46n8wjpg7Q
  3. Sayed Mahdi al-Modaressi https://www.facebook.com/Ahlul Bayt/videos/652669005185948/
  4. Day 1 Sayed Hussain al-Modaressi Sayed Mustafa al-Qazwini
  5. The ShiaChat moderator badge is dark blue too. Maybe they're all Zionists!
  6. Pre-Ramadan Sayed Hadi Al-Qazwini Islamic Educational Center of Orange County Syed Baqir Al-Qazwini (1) (2) Ayatollah Sayed Fadhil Milani
  7. As a part of our annual tradition here on ShiaChat, we're making this thread to serve as a repository for Ramadan-themed lectures given by our Shi'I scholars during this holy month of Ramadhan, in the 1440th year after hijra (or 2019 on the Gregorian calendar). Share lectures of whatever language you understand, but please do strive to keep them limited to the Ramadan and pre-Ramadan lectures of this year! For previous years, feel free to browse through the links below and get back into the Ramadan mood!
  8. This bodes well for Eid being on the same day for both sets of muqallideen this year, too.
  9. http://www.journal.forces.gc.ca/vo9/no2/16-engen-eng.asp The theory has its limits, but an interesting read nonetheless.
  10. I remember reading somewhere that the majority of soldiers on either side in the Second World War covertly shot to miss, without even realizing it; it's not in the human nature to kill. These kinds of remorseless killers in 'elite' military units have their purpose, but they're largely abnormal human beings.
  11. That conductor isn't very good at his job.
  12. 15. "I swear by Him Who causes the seed to open and creates the souls of all living things that were it not for the presence of those who have come to swear allegiance to me, were it not for the obligation of rulership now imposed upon me by the availability of aid and support, and were it not for the pledge that God has taken from the scholars of Islam not to remain silent in the face of the gluttony and plundering of the oppressors, on the one hand, and the harrowing hunger and deprivation of the oppressed, on the other hand---were it not for all of this, then I would abandon the reins of government and in no way seek it. You would see that this world of yours, with all of its position and rank, is less in my eyes than the moisture that comes from the sneeze of a goat." [Nahj al-Balāghah, Sermon 3 (The shaqshaqiyyah sermon), as quoted by Imam Khomeini in Hukumat-I-Islami] 16. "And you, O people! You know well that it is not fitting that one who is greedy and parsimonious should attain rule and authority over the honor, lives, and income of the Muslims, and the laws and ordinances enforced among them, and also leadership of them. Furthermore, he should not be ignorant and unaware of the law, lest in his ignorance he mislead the people. He must not be unjust and harsh, causing the people to cease all traffic and dealings with him because of his oppressiveness. Nor must he fear states, so that he seeks the friendship of some and treats others with enmity. He must refrain from accepting bribes when he sits in judgement, so that the rights of men are trampled underfoot and the claimant does not receive his due. He must not leave the practice of the Prophet and law in abeyance, so that the community falls into misguidance and peril." [Nahj al-Balāghah, page 188-189] This tradition, demarcating the scholars as the successors of the Prophet (which is taken by Imam Khomeini to be an implicit endorsement of their divine right of rule), is narrated by Shaykh Sadduq with five chains of transmission in Jami' al-Akhbar, 'Uyun Akhbar ar-Rida, and al-Majalis.
  13. Pretty ironic that in the age of massive campaign donations, the one candidate that made it fashionable to not get any is in the limelight more than all of his billionaire-backed rivals.
  14. I second this. Most people in the West are instinctively wary of proselytization from people who actually practice their religions -- the adversarial approach of Christian televangelists and YouTube da'wa boys guaranteed that. If the conversation starts with them stereotyping you as one of those "Ten Shahadas in Ten Minutes!" people, they're unlikely to be receptive to what you say. On the other, most people are quite willing to discuss primordial questions like the existence of God, the fate of humanity, or the compatibility of religion and modernity. Try asking someone if they think we're all living in a simulation; it's a great way of getting to the fundamental questions without coming off as sanctimoniously pious.
  15. It's because we don't get many guests that look like Drew Binsky.
  16. I know less about these cases in particular than the ones we've had in Canada, so feel to take my words with a grain of salt. But the image of bloodthirsty, psychopathic terrorists reared by ISIS trying to return to the civilised West to further torment its citizens is—by and large—a manufactured one. These two women aside, in the majority of cases the 'terrorists' are themselves victims of terrorist groups, whether through actual physical or emotional abuse that caused them to flee Syria or through their indoctrination at the hands of a media-savvy, globally visible organisation. Most of the times it's the former, and the 'terrorists' have no wish to be associated with the ideologies ISIS promoted any longer. These facts aside, the more important consideration in this matter is not the crimes these handful of individuals may or may not have committed, but rather the narrative that instrumentalizes this issue. The larger paradigm that is being constructed is that of the Islamic World as the illiberal other to which the violence of the liberal West is justified. It's through this logic that mass murderers of the Muslim variety can have their citizenship stripped from them so that they can rot in some Muslim country, where their illiberalism will the norm, anyway. If some other, more conventionally Western, individual engages in mass murder, there is no need for a reactionary backlash when they're given due process and a fair trail.
  17. While appeals to authority can most certainly be utile at times, they can also result in us becoming comfortable with intellectual laziness if used wantonly. A copt-out, if you will. And while our faith is built on appealing to the authority of the Infallibles through the literature of our venerable maraji', this thread is example enough to show how a lack of an understanding of these works' formulation can have consequences. Without this understanding, we're left in an ideology > objectivity framework: seeing the existence of a book by a prominent marja' linked online allows you to paste that URL whenever the argument is initiated, so there's no longer any need to consider the other side; the burden of proof is now to defend the scholar's trustworthiness rather than the merits of the arguments presented. In this context, it feels particularly great because it echoes the paradigm we've grown up listening to, and while we're at it, we can also disassociate from the Sunni caliphs -- the ostensibly more Shi'a thing to do.
  18. But no one had either brought up or dismissed Ayatollah Golpaygani when you called Ibn al-Hussain a Random Internet guy? It's patent that you'll dismiss the opinion of Ayatullah Fadlullah on the basis of what you've been taught while Ibn al-Hussain will dismiss the view of Ayatollah Golpaygani on the basis of what he's been taught. The issue here isn't of outright versus tacit dismissal, it's of one party stepping out of line with ad hominems before the other.
  19. Leaving aside the fact that that's a misinterpretation of what it means when one talks about avenging Imam Hussain, the army of 'Umar bin Sa'ad likely numbered somewhere in the tens of thousands. The number of soldiers mentioned in Shi'i hadith vary as follows: Even literal, physical retribution against the lay soldiers of the opposing army didn't occur at the time as most of the tens of thousands were never hunted down and killed by Mukhtar. Had the Muslims contemporaneous to these post-Karbala movements thought the martyrdom avenged and the case settled, Sahabi-lead uprisings like those by the tawwabun would never have arisen, And when a modern-day Shi'i talks about avenging his Imam's death, he's plainly not referring to tit-for-tat assassinations of the people who fought Imam Hussain 1400 years ago but rather to the destruction of the forces of hypocrisy that enabled the Imam's death. The ahadith and ziyaraat mentioning the Mahdi as the avenger of his forefathers are easily searchable online. "….. and whoever is killed unjustly, We have indeed given to his heir authority, so he shall not be extravagant in slaying; surely he is aided.” [Sura 17; Verse 33]
  20. My team lost by 5+ goals so I was just about the only one out of 21,000 people in the building who was suffering. :'(
  21. My hypothesis is that you have no friends so you can't think of any character names.
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