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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. As someone else mentioned, time will be your healer. Don't dwell on the issue and instead keep yourself busy with other things. Be productive; work, gym, see friends, make a to-do list for those times you're alone and smash it - you'll achieve a lot and while you would have lost this person (or walked away from them) you would have gained something from your productivity! Time will fizzle out your emotions and sooner or later, when you deduct the emotions, she or he will be just a 'person you once knew'. Many of us will go through something similar in life and it's hard 'at first', yes, but
  2. You have misunderstood the hadith. It does not imply that the Imam [aj] emergence will be 'instantaneous'. Rather, it implies it will be 'imminent'. Even so, and as Sheikh Ali Korani has recently expressed in his opinion, if the new king Salman lasts longer than "months" i.e. a year or longer then the recent events may not be associated with this hadith. In any case, combining this with the recent Yemeni revolution from which the promised Yamani will soon emerge inshaAllah, ongoing events in Sham and a myriad of other indicators, explicit and more subtle, we really should be expecting the
  3. My immediate impression was that this message by Sayyied Khameini is not just routine but an important, strategic and calculated one that aims to prime the non-Muslim youth of the West for what is - inshaAllah and God knows best - on the horizon. The reference to the youth as heirs of the future is in this context an address to those who will actually become the helpers of the Imam [aj] and Prophet Jesus [pbuh] in their revolution. In my understanding the Imam [aj] will not just "conquer" the western nations in the classical way but rather it's the indigenous youth of these lands, who become
  4. Iraqi Sunnis flock to recruiting centers to fight back ISIL http://en.alalam.ir/news/1603353 At leat 300 ISIL militants killed in Iraq's Tal Afar http://en.alalam.ir/news/1603362 Egypt Fatwa Center prohibits Muslims from joining ISIL http://en.alalam.ir/news/1603316 Iraqi Volunteers Answer Ayatollah Sistani's call to defend their country:
  5. Be very cautious of reports like this. Their sole and only purpose is to absolve and conceal the hands of the true sponsors of this ISIL project, namely Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel. ISIL is not merely a money-making enterprise as the article alludes. ISIL is not merely out to make profit and their activities in Syria and Iraq are not merely a 'get rich quick scheme' for them. Their intentions are more complex, sinister and far-reaching (even if they are bound to fail). It's important that while brave Iraqi's are currently resisting the terrorists we fulfil our role in the information wa
  6. People should stop insisting on Western media sources which falsely claim that Iranian troops have or are being deployed to Iraq. The reason why they do so is obvious; there is an information war going on at the moment to demoralise the Iraqi people, army and government and consequently to further the goals of ISIS and their sponsors (Saudi Arabia, Qatar and Israel). Therefore, these media sources falsely introduce an 'unprecedented development' - the entrance of Iranian troops as a 'desperate last measure for Iraqi's to save themselves'. What could be more demoralising than that? The truth
  7. The recent report by Wall Street Journal war mongers is apparently not true (see Iran's official response below). There is bound to be quite a bit of misinformation by western media sources regarding the recent events in Iraq and people ought to weight different sources and reports before making judgement. The Iranian position is that there is a sectarian ploy to drag Iran into these events and inflame Sunni sentiment and therefore swell the takfiri ranks even further. The Iranian view is that the Iraqi army should be reasonably capable of confronting ISIL. On that basis Iranian forces ar
  8. Imagine we were so stubborn so as to deny the reality of every entity in order and one by one and all that remained was our negation of the supposed reality of the universe(s). Then, in doing so and whether we like it or not we are at the very least acknowledging the ‘reality’ of our supposition – that everything is indeed ‘unreal’. When the atheist in your example says there was no reality before the universe(s) then at a minimum there is the 'reality' of his supposition. So contrary to his claim there IS a reality even if it is abstract for now and cannot be conceptualised satisfactorily in
  9. It's true that many of the proofs are convoluted. However, I have understood Allamah Tabatabai's exposition of the burhan to be as follows and I find this to be the most satisfying: 1) Denial of (all) reality presupposes its truth and reality. 2) Impossibility of denying (the primariness of) Reality in (1) affirms the immutable essence of Reality. 3) That immutable essence being of eternal necessity (as shown in (2))is then self-subsisting which is identical with pure and absolute existence. (1) and (2) confirm existence and (3) establishes the essence/attributes. Once you contempla
  10. There is all this discussion and there is no mention of a very interesting fact that in my opinion solves the question of the OP quite decisively especially when considering the broader context (another scope!): We all know that before the Imam's rise three individuals shall struggle over the Sham territory; al-Sufyani, al-Abqa and al-As'hab. We all know that these are symbolic rather than actual titles. However, we should also know that al-As'hab or أَصْهَب (arabic) is in fact one of the synonyms of al-Assad or "lion" (أَسَد) in arabic. For this reason and others, I wouldn't put my mone
  11. Interestingly, I read somewhere that Rohani's votes came substantially from the towns and villages where the people are generally more conservative and appear to have favoured Rohani - being the only cleric in the presidential race. If true this would seem to dispel the prevalent notion that this was a 'reformist victory' - notwithstanding that Rohani is more accurately described a 'centrist' anyway. Could anyone confirm from the Farsi reports?
  12. According to Iran’s constitution the president must be from among religious and political personalities possessing certain other qualifications relating to competence. These criteria are enshrined in Article 114 of the constitution which Iranians have themselves endorsed by 98.2%. Consequentially, it is the people who vet the candidates via the mechanism of the Guardian Council. I’m sure you realise there’s much more to the process but perhaps you're lazy to think about it. Not “anyone” can become a presidential candidate that is unless they are “favoured” by their party; it’s a cutt
  13. Perhaps with the exception of Turkey, other so-called democracies in the middle-east have much to be desired and are either dysfunctional or actually fascist for all intents and purposes but passing off as democracies (a la Israel). In an case, the point to be made here is that the appraisal of Iran’s democracy should therefore not be limited to this context and the OP suggests this point quite well.
  14. You're damned if you do and you're damned if you don't!
  15. You could try the following, which have helped me in the past 1) click on your profile and search your posts which are listed by date, or 2) search shiachat through google. In the search field put your name and some key words you recall from a specific post I have to disagree with your context here. I am always disappointed and double face-palmed when I hear some pundits and others refer to Iran as "perhaps the best democracy in the Middle East" when there are really no other - at least functioning - democracies in the middle east to speak of. This region stuck in a backward and pre-his
  16. For all the nonsense spewed by the western propaganda machine and its army of pseudo-pundits, hit-men and mercenaries who work its rusty cogs and the unsuspecting minions in the millions who are brainwashed as a result, a little introspection is useful and would reveal the stark reality: "Six candidates had free and equal access to Iranian media to present their manifestos, and the people then decided; as it turns out they decided for a surprise winner. Contrast that vibrant and free exercise in people power with the lassitude of many Western states, where voter turnout is often as low
  17. Please can you respond in the correct thread as I originally made an error here.
  18. I am not Iranian so unfortunately I can't vote. Although I'd generally describe myself as inclined to the Principalist camp, I don't agree with those who become 'alarmist' about the potential outcome of results, especially if it appears to favour a 'reformist', as though this is the camp of the devil. We tend to forget and therefore must always be mindful of the following: 1) Reformists believe in the principles of the Islamic Revolution. What separates them from Principalists is their different take on administrative matters within the framework of the Islamic Republic. 2) Even having said th
  19. Gentlemen, why don't we resolve this issue somewhere in the middle. As you know, the Prophet [pbuh] has taught that 'the best path is that between'. In that case, it may be neither from the "sky" nor from ordinary "TV" but perhaps the issue will be resolved on 'Sky TV'. Is that satisfactory for the both of you? Joking aside, it is perfectly possible that the first declaration of the Imam's [aj] emergence will be transmitted to the peoples of the world via no miracle other than that of technology. Miracles of the past are not as necessary in modern times since humanity has reached a level of re
  20. That's a very disingenuous spin on things. They were put under house arrest because they were sore losers and, during a time when Iran was surrounded by wolves, were willing to compromise Iran's internal stability. They went down and wanted the whole of Iran to go down with them - their actions reveal they were selfish and harboured personal political ambitions. While I generally respect Ahamdinejad and for that matter all Iranian politicians within the revolution's fold, whether reformist or principalist, he is regrettably acting like a bad loser. It is no secret that Mashaei is a dangerous
  21. Most things in life are impossible for the average person to verify unless they are directly involved in the experience. Therefore, about 90% of people's beliefs are based on the unseen, whether these beliefs are of a worldy or otherwordly nature. This is where our faculties of discernment are important. There are two types of people; person (A) who discerns the validity of information flow through his mind by the filter of his or her intellect and person (B] whose mind is cheap and "free for all" - there is no "anti-virus filter". It is sad but true that most people are inclined to the latter
  22. First of all, I don't think they execute for eveything and this is limited only to things like murder, rape, armed robbery, drug trafficking (over 5kg), adultery, terrorism and one or two other things. Now these things are pretty harsh and many people would say it's reasonable that the punishment should also be harsh - or as it is in reality "commensurate". The idea behind punishment anywhere in the world is justice but also deterrance. If I'm a prospective serious criminal I would definately want to think twice before attempting anything, especially where the risks are capital punishment! If
  23. I think there are still a few good men in the Iraqi government who wish well for the country. Unfortunately one man can't do everything. At times, the Imam's themselves couldn't help their cause as they otherwise intended because of the complex calculus which prevailed. When people ask me what I think of the situation in Iraq, I often respond somewhat pessimistically that when the vice president is out to kill the Prime Minister what hope do you have for the country? The issue is neither black nor white in Iraq and there is a complex tug of war which will make governance a difficult challenge
  24. The implication of your logic is that since politics is corrupt then we should leave it to the corrupt. This is not exactly a ground-breaking treatise in political science that promises to solve problems of governance is it. Even worse, whether you realise it or not you are positing that the Prophet of Islam [pbuh] was by implication corrupt (or partook in corruption) since, with all his spiritual glory, he was also a stateman. The Prophet [pbuh] never seperated politics from religion because the issue of justice (in all its dimensions) was intrinsic to both. Islam is all about justice and the
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