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~RuQaYaH~

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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Zellali in What Would U Do To Ur Sister...   
    (salam)
    Just a word of advice to the ''tough'' brothers. Personally, I'm very close with my brother, to the extent that if I like a guy and am interested in pursuing something, I'll tell him and ask his advice and actually act on his advice. Notice that I'll tell him before I've pursued anything - not after, and that I would actually do what he says. The reasons I'd tell him is because ofcourse I trust him and coz he's very intelligent masha'Allah when it comes to these things and gives great advice.......but the other thing is - it's coz I know he won't react harshly. If I knew he'd react the way some of you brothers are proposing you'd react, there's no way in hell I'd tell him anything. Note that my brother is not exactly the ''sissy'' type either - he's a kickboxer and known for being a good fighter and having ''connections'' etc - all the younger boys at the mosque look up to him.
    My point is, I assume you brothers want the type of relationship with your sister that me and my bro have - where she tells you before she does anything stupid, and where you give her advice and she actually practices your advice - meaning you've avoided any harm being done. You are NOT going to get that kind of relationship if she's scared of what you will do and where she can't trust you.
    ''Anger begins with madness and ends with regret'' - Imam Ali (as).
    wasalaam
  2. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Mahdavist in Male circumcision requirements (and other birth rituals)   
    Salam all,
    Am due to have a baby boy very very soon and just had some questions regarding the religious requirements for male circumcision (have found it a bit difficult to find this info online):
    1.       Does the circumcision need to be performed at a particular time (ie. is it obligatory that it be performed within a specific time) or is there any recommended time in which it should be performed?
    2.       Does the circumcision need to be performed by a Muslim or can anyone perform it?
    3.       There are a few different methods of circumcision (eg: plastibell method, surgical, laser etc) – is there any particular religiously stipulated method or is any method ok?
    4.       Do we need to recite any particular dua or verse or anything like that before, during or after it is performed?
    5.       Any other Islamic requirements or anything else relevant with respect to circumcision that I should be aware of?
    Separately, I read somewhere that if you have a baby boy you are supposed to shave his head on the seventh day after he is born – is this a requirement or just a recommendation? Can anyone shed more light please?
    Finally, are there any other obligatory birth rituals I should be aware of?
    If you could please post the fatwas with your answers that would be amazing. Thanks so much!
  3. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in Male circumcision requirements (and other birth rituals)   
    Salam all,
    Am due to have a baby boy very very soon and just had some questions regarding the religious requirements for male circumcision (have found it a bit difficult to find this info online):
    1.       Does the circumcision need to be performed at a particular time (ie. is it obligatory that it be performed within a specific time) or is there any recommended time in which it should be performed?
    2.       Does the circumcision need to be performed by a Muslim or can anyone perform it?
    3.       There are a few different methods of circumcision (eg: plastibell method, surgical, laser etc) – is there any particular religiously stipulated method or is any method ok?
    4.       Do we need to recite any particular dua or verse or anything like that before, during or after it is performed?
    5.       Any other Islamic requirements or anything else relevant with respect to circumcision that I should be aware of?
    Separately, I read somewhere that if you have a baby boy you are supposed to shave his head on the seventh day after he is born – is this a requirement or just a recommendation? Can anyone shed more light please?
    Finally, are there any other obligatory birth rituals I should be aware of?
    If you could please post the fatwas with your answers that would be amazing. Thanks so much!
  4. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Abu Nur in Male circumcision requirements (and other birth rituals)   
    Salam all,
    Am due to have a baby boy very very soon and just had some questions regarding the religious requirements for male circumcision (have found it a bit difficult to find this info online):
    1.       Does the circumcision need to be performed at a particular time (ie. is it obligatory that it be performed within a specific time) or is there any recommended time in which it should be performed?
    2.       Does the circumcision need to be performed by a Muslim or can anyone perform it?
    3.       There are a few different methods of circumcision (eg: plastibell method, surgical, laser etc) – is there any particular religiously stipulated method or is any method ok?
    4.       Do we need to recite any particular dua or verse or anything like that before, during or after it is performed?
    5.       Any other Islamic requirements or anything else relevant with respect to circumcision that I should be aware of?
    Separately, I read somewhere that if you have a baby boy you are supposed to shave his head on the seventh day after he is born – is this a requirement or just a recommendation? Can anyone shed more light please?
    Finally, are there any other obligatory birth rituals I should be aware of?
    If you could please post the fatwas with your answers that would be amazing. Thanks so much!
  5. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Thanks so much all!!! Still deciding and searching, will need to settle on one very soon! 
  6. Haha
    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to LeftCoastMom in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Gotta go with " Zayn" on this one....naturally. Good cowboy name.
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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to hasanhh in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Offhand, the only Western and Islamic name -excluding the ones in their Bible- is Tankred.
    Tankred is common in Central and Eastern Europe.
    Personally, I like it.
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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to Ibn Al-Ja'abi in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    You have the Hebrew meaning correct, it's a compound theophonic name meaning "YHWH has remembered" (YHWH being the tetragrammaton, or God's four-letter Hebrew name, the -ya ending being from this name as it's found in other similar names, e.g. Abijah, the "Zakar-" beginning being from the Hebrew verb zaakhar, to remember, cognates with Arabic dhakara). This word is Arabized, though, from Hebrew (not sure if by way of an intermediary language because it does look pretty much the same as it does in Hebrew) and doesn't further break into individual Arabic components which mean something on their own, Zakhar+ya don't mean something in Arabic on their own I suppose aside from the inherited meaning ذكر الله, God has remembered, but that's for the name as a whole. As such there really isn't any Arabic meaning to the name beyond what's been inherited.
    If you want Biblical-sounding Arabic names my friend's nephew is named Elias. His white friends will pronounce it their way and this might also be read as a rather interesting way to transliterate the Arabic name (of the same Hebrew origins as the English one, Eliyahu or YHWH is my God), Ilyas. If you went with a transliteration of these names you might have an easier time, e.g. Yosef (an interesting name because I've never seen a non-real verb used as a name, it means "may he add/increase") instead of Joseph, but people might think he's either a Jew or he's from some Eastern Bloc country.
    I, however, plan on giving my son, if Allah gives me the tawfiq for one in the future, the most Arabic name I can. Currently Urayqit (leopard cub) is a good contender. I also like those Persian compound names, Chiragh-Ali was one I remember catching my interest once but Payam-Muhammad is one that's started to appeal to me.
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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to Ali Mahdi in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    It's Kiyan كيان. He was a companion of Mukhtar ath-Thaqafi. 
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abu_Amra_Kaysan 
    http://en.wikishia.net/view/Abu_'Amra_Kaysan 
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Thank you all so much for your suggestions....was already aware of most of the suggested names but there's been a couple of new ones. I am really liking the name Keyan, will need to take it to hubby to see what he thinks - meanwhile, does anyone know any more about this name? Is it of Arabic origin or only Persian origin? I did find this link which says that it's an indirect Quranic name: http://quranicnames.com/keyan/  ........however, it's the only thing I can find claiming it's Arabic/from the Qur'an, everything else suggests it's a Persian name. Interestingly, it's also apparently a Gaelic name meaning God is gracious which is lovely. And yes, I understand that there's no Islamic requirement that our childrens' names be of Arabic origin or be in the Qur'an, it's just a personal preference. 
    Also and separately, does anyone know what the name Zakariya actually means? Obviously it's the name of a Prophet and from my research it means 'God has remembered' in Hebrew but is there a separate Arabic meaning of the name (I can't find one)? Or is there only the Hebrew meaning given Prophet Zakariya was around the time of Nabi Isa (عليه السلام)?
    Thanks all and feel free to keep the suggestions coming!!!
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from AmirioTheMuzzy in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Salam all,
    Am currently almost 8 months pregnant with baby #2 and we still don't have a name picked out for him. Trouble is that my husband really wants a name that is 'Western sounding' but also Islamic......I'm ok with this as long it's not too Westernised/the name isn't fundamentally altered. So for example, I wouldn't be ok with calling my son Jacob even though it is the Western equivalent of Yaqub, because they sound very different and Jacob just sounds really Anglo to me, which I want to avoid. I might be ok with something like 'Adam' as the Islamic and Western versions are quite similar, though they're pronounced differently. The only name that we both *kind of* agree on is Zakariya, but I'm not fully happy with this name. Ideally, if it is a name where there is no difference at all between the two versions/how they're pronounced that would be amazing for me. 
    Anyway, I was hoping you wonderful people could suggest some Western sounding Islamic names that fit the above description or even suggest some not-necessarily-Islamic-per-se Eastern names that are English sounding (ie. even if it's not necessarily an Islamic/Arabic name, as long it has a good meaning and doesn't sound too White but that would fit well into the West, if that makes sense lol...). Have already gone through all the Prophets names but maybe there are some names we're not aware of. Baby #1 is Sofia if that helps.
    Thank you, and if you come up with the winning suggestion, you will have our eternal duas! 
  12. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Heavenly_Silk in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Salam all,
    Am currently almost 8 months pregnant with baby #2 and we still don't have a name picked out for him. Trouble is that my husband really wants a name that is 'Western sounding' but also Islamic......I'm ok with this as long it's not too Westernised/the name isn't fundamentally altered. So for example, I wouldn't be ok with calling my son Jacob even though it is the Western equivalent of Yaqub, because they sound very different and Jacob just sounds really Anglo to me, which I want to avoid. I might be ok with something like 'Adam' as the Islamic and Western versions are quite similar, though they're pronounced differently. The only name that we both *kind of* agree on is Zakariya, but I'm not fully happy with this name. Ideally, if it is a name where there is no difference at all between the two versions/how they're pronounced that would be amazing for me. 
    Anyway, I was hoping you wonderful people could suggest some Western sounding Islamic names that fit the above description or even suggest some not-necessarily-Islamic-per-se Eastern names that are English sounding (ie. even if it's not necessarily an Islamic/Arabic name, as long it has a good meaning and doesn't sound too White but that would fit well into the West, if that makes sense lol...). Have already gone through all the Prophets names but maybe there are some names we're not aware of. Baby #1 is Sofia if that helps.
    Thank you, and if you come up with the winning suggestion, you will have our eternal duas! 
  13. My Prayers
    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from strength=Abbas in 'Western sounding' Muslim baby boy names   
    Salam all,
    Am currently almost 8 months pregnant with baby #2 and we still don't have a name picked out for him. Trouble is that my husband really wants a name that is 'Western sounding' but also Islamic......I'm ok with this as long it's not too Westernised/the name isn't fundamentally altered. So for example, I wouldn't be ok with calling my son Jacob even though it is the Western equivalent of Yaqub, because they sound very different and Jacob just sounds really Anglo to me, which I want to avoid. I might be ok with something like 'Adam' as the Islamic and Western versions are quite similar, though they're pronounced differently. The only name that we both *kind of* agree on is Zakariya, but I'm not fully happy with this name. Ideally, if it is a name where there is no difference at all between the two versions/how they're pronounced that would be amazing for me. 
    Anyway, I was hoping you wonderful people could suggest some Western sounding Islamic names that fit the above description or even suggest some not-necessarily-Islamic-per-se Eastern names that are English sounding (ie. even if it's not necessarily an Islamic/Arabic name, as long it has a good meaning and doesn't sound too White but that would fit well into the West, if that makes sense lol...). Have already gone through all the Prophets names but maybe there are some names we're not aware of. Baby #1 is Sofia if that helps.
    Thank you, and if you come up with the winning suggestion, you will have our eternal duas! 
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Muhammed Ali in Kindness & politeness is required from us (Shia's)   
    Now that's what I call a true momin.
    Rest in peace dear brother :cry:
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from HakimPtsid in #2 Imam Hasan (as) [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Asalamualaikum,
    It saddens me to say this, but yes I do think Imam Hassan (as) is generally neglected. After all, he is one of the five and co-master of the youth of paradise. I hope and encourage those of us who don't know too much about him, to read into this outstanding personality and try to put into practice his perfect teachings. Insha'Allah we can all become his true shia.
    wasalam
    Ya Hassan Madad :P
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from shia farm girl in Grand Ayatullah arrested for claiming to be in contact with Imam (as)   
    (salam)
    Yep I'm referring to the fatwa instructing people to come out of their houses. The account I've heard (and this came from a sheikh who had met Imam and had Imam Khomeini put his turban on for him at graduation) is that when Imam instructed people to come out of their houses, ayatullah Talebani tried to change Imams mind because there would have been alot of bloodshed if the people went out. Imam Khomeini wouldn't change his verdict and when the ayatullah kept insisting and pleading, ayatullah Khomeini said ''Sayed, if I tell you this is not from me, would you accept ", the sayed said yes, and Imam replied that "it's an order from above, its not my word".
    Btw, I don't doubt that Imam was telling the truth, I was just trying to get the bros opinion.
    wasalaam
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from @noshairali26 in How Haram Is Music?   
    (salam)
    There isn't really such a thing as degrees of haramness. Something either is haram and thereby a sin and punishable or it isn't. The lack of clarity surrounding the issue of music goes only to ascertaining the status of particular music in fiqh, not to ascribing degrees of haramness to it (ie. it goes to determining exactly what kind of music is haram and what is halal, not to the 'level' of haramness of a particular type of music).
    wasalaam
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Hameedeh in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    Thanks guys!!! Alhamdulilah she's such a blessing 
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from YAli in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    ^Salam sis,
    Sorry for the late reply - alhamdulilah I had a healthy baby girl not long after this thread. I gave birth to her on 31 December 2016 and she has kept me pretty busy ever since! We've named her Sofia and her middle name is Zaynab, We also made sure to do the aqiqah - thanks everyone for your advice on this! Below are a couple of pics, please keep her and me in your duas  
    Baby Sofia - 

     
     Labayka ya Hussain! - 

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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from Abbas. in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    ^Salam sis,
    Sorry for the late reply - alhamdulilah I had a healthy baby girl not long after this thread. I gave birth to her on 31 December 2016 and she has kept me pretty busy ever since! We've named her Sofia and her middle name is Zaynab, We also made sure to do the aqiqah - thanks everyone for your advice on this! Below are a couple of pics, please keep her and me in your duas  
    Baby Sofia - 

     
     Labayka ya Hussain! - 

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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to starlight in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    Congratulations!!!
    Mashallah!  She looks like a doll, seriously one of the most perfect babies I have seen! 
    Duas for you and your family!
     
     
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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to notme in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    Mashallah, she's beautiful! Congratulations!
    Duas for her and your health! 
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    ~RuQaYaH~ reacted to Hameedeh in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    Salam, Sister. C-o-n-g-r-a-t-u-l-a-t-i-o-n-s! So happy for your precious baby girl. 
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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from AbuHope in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    ^Salam sis,
    Sorry for the late reply - alhamdulilah I had a healthy baby girl not long after this thread. I gave birth to her on 31 December 2016 and she has kept me pretty busy ever since! We've named her Sofia and her middle name is Zaynab, We also made sure to do the aqiqah - thanks everyone for your advice on this! Below are a couple of pics, please keep her and me in your duas  
    Baby Sofia - 

     
     Labayka ya Hussain! - 

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    ~RuQaYaH~ got a reaction from AbuHope in Islamic rituals at birth of child and for labour   
    Salam all,
    I'm currently pregnant with my first child and she's due in just over a week, although it could really be any day now. I understand that upon the birth of a child it's recommended to recite the adhan in their right ear and iqamah in their left ear - is there a specific way in which this is meant to be done? Is it true that this should be done before the cord is cut?
    Also, are there any other rituals or duas or anything that are recommended to be conducted/recited upon the birth of a newborn? 
    And are there any surahs or duas or anything that can be recited to help with a safe and easy labour/delivery?
    Any information in this regard would be very much appreciated. Thanks! 
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