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  1. Salam, Welcome brother. Yes there is Al-Mahdi center located in Tempe which is about 10-15 minute drive from Chandler. It is a multicultural center that has all its programs in English and has programs weekly and on all the major events. It also has a Sunday School every sunday. What level of schools are you looking for? Islamic school or public?
  2. Salam Alaykum, I am planning on going to Hajj this if Allah wills inshAllah. I am trying to decide which Caravan to go with.. Does anyone have a list of caravans of them going from USA or have any recommendations from past experience? Also does anyone know if its possible to go with a UK caravan if you are from US (i.e. is there issue with Hajj Visa)? Here are the ones I know of so far from USA: Al-Khoei Foundation Hajj -> http://www.al-khoei.org/Services/HajjZiarah.aspx Caravan72 -> http://www.caravan72.com/ What are some others?
  3. Yes he let me kiss his hand and put it to my forehead and then hold it for a bit while I was talking to him. Ya I noticed that as well.. he looked down most of the time as well when he was talking to us, but when he would look up he would fix his gaze for a while. I don't doubt that at all about his ability to see reality of a person.. May Allah grant him long life. He reminds me of this hadith about the believer who cannot be described.. "O Fatah, as Allah, glory be to Him, the messenger, the guardian (Imam Ali), and the sons of Fatima (the infallible Imams) can not be described, neither can a believer who believes and submits to our matter be." - Imam Hadi (as)
  4. Salam Alaykum, As I mentioned in another thread, I had the honor of going to ziyarat this Arbaeen and met with several maraja including Ayatullah Sayed Taqi al-Modarresi whose lecture I recorded. The first part of the lecture is translated in English, but the rest is in Arabic. He focuses on the responsibilities, duties, and rewards of someone who does Ziyarat of Imam Hussain (as).
  5. Welcome to the deen brother :) Never need to be sorry for asking questions.. 1. Tawfeeq means grace or opportunity given by Allah. We can't do anything unless we get the opportunity and divine grace from Allah. 2. Ziyarat - literally means visitation in Arabic. We use the word to describe when we go visit the graves of the Prophet (saw) or Ahlulbayt (as). 3. Arbaeen means 40th in Arabic. It marks the 40th day after the martyrdom of Imam Hussain (as). On this day, it is highly recommended by our Imams to go visit his grave. 4. Ayatullah Sistani is considered to be one of the most knowledgable scholars for Shias and millions of Shia around the world get their guidance from him as to what is permissible (halal) and haram (impermissible) in their daily life. You can see his website here -> http://sistani.org. As a Shia you have to do follow one of the scholars called Maraja who can derive what is halal and haram from the Qur'an and narrations of the Ahlulbayt (as). 5. Ha is my abbreivation for the Arabic word hafidhullah which means "May Allah protect him". Not marriage rings. The Prophet (saw) and the Imams (as) used to wear certain kinds of rings and recommended their followers to wear ring as well on their right hand as a sign of Faith. Hope that answers your questions.
  6. You can read about my detailed description of the visit here -> http://wisdomful.blogspot.com/ I'm uploading right now video of Ayatullah Taqi al-Modaressi :). Should be done in about 20 minutes and I'll post the link.
  7. Anyone can meet him, you just have to speak to the Sheikhs who are responsible for organizing the meetings, who are usually outside in the front of his alley. Typically it's easier if you go as a big group as he gives more times to groups. The sooner you do this when you arrive in Najaf the easier it will be as its hard to get meeting on same day as you try to book. And yes he gives everyone a special coin and sometimes he gives rings. To our group he didn't because I think there were too many people but I asked Ayatullah Sistani's son for one and he gave it to me. We got about I think 20-30 minutes or so with him. My perception of time during that meeting was really off being in his presence :). Before I just followed him because of his knowledge etc but now I follow him because I love him and am truly proud to have him as a leader. Everything about him is a reflection of the akhlaq and character as taught by the Imam (as) and you can feel he really is something special. InshAllah I pray everyone has the opportunity to meet him one day. Yeah I should have, but honestly all the questions I had in my head I completely forgot when he came into the room..It's a very strange feeling.
  8. Salam Alaykum, I had the tawfeeq of going to Iraq for ziyarat during Arbaeen and had the chance to meet Ayatullah Sistani (ha) with my group on January 5, 2013. He gave a brief talk to us and advice especially for believers living in the west. Here are some of the points that I remember from his talk that I think everyone can benefit from: - In the beginning he welcomed us all and prayed for us that our ziyarat be accepted. He then began by giving advice on the importance of purifying ones self. He said it is of utmost importance that we work hard towards purifying our nafs and that success in this life comes from that. He then quoted the verse: "Successful are the ones who purify themselves" (Qur'an 87:14). - He then spoke about the importance of having good akhlaq. He said the whole purpose of prophethood and all the prophets was towards perfecting our manners and akhlaq with each other. He quoted the hadith of the Prophet (saw): "I have not been sent except to perfect the moral attributes". He said we should give great importance to how we treat our fellow brothers and sisters and should be the best in character with them. - He tied this into the best way to spread the religion of Ahlulbayt (as) in the west is through our character and morals. He quoted the hadith by Imam Sadiq (as): "Call people towards us with something other than your tongue". He said we should see everyone as being part of us and not being separate from us. We should treat each other the way we want to be treated. He then quoted the hadith by the Prophet (saw): "Want for your fellow brother/sister what you want for yourself. Hate for your fellow brother/sister what you hate for yourself". - He spoke about the importance of seeking knowledge as it is the foundation and basis of our religion and that knowledge is not confined to only religious knowledge. But the worldly knowledges are also important if we can use them to benefit the Islamic Ummah and that we should excel in all fields of knowledge. Once we have this knowledge we should teach it to our fellow brothers and sisters. He emphasized about how we are all one and that we should see others children as our own. If their parents cannot teach their children something and we have that knowledge, we should teach their children as if they are our own. - He then spoke about that there is a threat trying to grow within Shias that is trying to separate us from the Maraja. He said to be wary of it and that is trying to break us apart and separate us from Islam. He gave the example that when we get sick we don't write our own prescriptions but we go to a doctor and we follow the prescription that the doctor gives us because he is more knowledgable in medicine than us. He said the maraja are just like doctors of our soul and that it is because they have studied years all the knowledges such as Rijal, Hadith etc that they can tell us what is halal and haram based on the teachings of Ahlulbayt (as). - He finally said that he prays especially for the believers in the West every morning after Fajr that we remain steadfast and successful in our religion. Someone asked Ayatullah Sistani (ha) about his health, he replied: - Being 82 years old, he has no complaints about his health Alhamdulillah he is doing very well right now. He said the only thing that bothers him is that he has not left his home in years to go outside due to the situation and that does take a bit of a toll on him. But besides that he is doing well. Someone asked about why he doesn't start a Hawza in the west such as in London, he replied: - He had spoken before to some people who run Shia institutions there but he said there we can only teach the basics and preliminaries. Students from the west who truly want to learn to be scholars should come to Najaf as all the resources and teachers are here and everything is established. Alhamdulillah Ayatullah Sistani looked very well and good in health and spoke very nicely. If you want to read my whole experience of what it felt like meeting him, you can read it here at my new blog: http://wisdomful.blogspot.com/. I also had chance to meet Grand Ayatullah Taqi al-Modarresi and Grand Ayatullah Bashir al-Najafi. I have a brief video of Ayatullah Modarresi which I'll upload and share soon and write about what they had to say some other time. If anyone has any questions about my trip feel free to ask. Iltimase dua
  9. Walaykum Salam, You did not mention which Marja' you follow, but here are two rulings from Sayed Sistani (ha) that may answer your question if you do his taqleed. 1742. * If the moon is high up in the sky, or sets late, it is not an indication that the previous night was the first night of the month. Similarly, if there is a halo round it, it is not a proof that the new moon appeared in the previous night. 1743. If the first day of the month of Ramadhan is not proved for a person and he does not observe fast, and if it is proved later that the preceding night was infact the night of Ramadhan, he should observe qadha of that day.
  10. Here is the official announcement from Office of Sayed Sistani: In The Name of Allah The Beneficent The Merciful Announcement Regarding The New Crescent for Ramadhan 1432 AH Dear Believers in North America, Asalamu Alaykum, The Crescent Moon Committee of the Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America announces there was no sighting at sunset on Sunday July 31st, 2011. Therefore, Monday August 1st, 2011 will be the final day and the completion of the month of Shaban. Based on that, Tuesday August 2nd, 2011 will be the first of the month of Ramadhan 1432. Note: There have been conflicting reports of witnessing the crescent by the dear believers in California and southern Texas. Some completely denied seeing the crescent, while others claimed to have seen it. Some used a telescope, while others did not. In such circumstances, generally speaking, each person should act in accordance with their religious obligation and personal state of contentment. We ask the Almighty God to bless your work and shower you with His Blessings in this month, and to hasten the appearance of the Imam on our time (peace be upon him.) The Crescent Committee: • Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi, Toronto, Canada. • Sheikh Fadhil al-Sahlani, New York. • Sheikh Mohammed Ali al-Halabi, Miami. • Sayyid Hassan al-Qazwini, Detroit. • Sheikh Sulaiman Abidi, Richmond Hill, Canada. The "Crescent Moon Committee" was established at the 10th Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America in Detroit, October 2010.
  11. I just spoke with a Sheikh in Los Angeles, California and he says he has gotten reports from trustworthy people in San Diego and San Fransisco who say they saw the moon with their naked eye. Can anyone in California confirm this? He also says that he expects the office of Sayed Sistani to make an announcement shortly.
  12. There is NO way the moon could have been seen in Michigan with naked eye, that report if it is true must be using some high-zoom binoculars. The sighting report I got about California was also with the use of binoculars, still contacting more people to see if anyone has reports of naked eye sightings.
  13. Salam Alaykum, Ramadan Kareem to everyone. For Ayatullah Khamenei followers it is definitely Ramadan tomorrow because his ruling allows for the use of optical aid to sight the moon and all the reports received so far about the sighting of the moon in the US involved using optical aid to see the moon. I haven't heard of any credible report saying the moon was seen using the naked eye in the US, most likely it will be Tuesday for Ayatullah Sistani followers unless someone has a credible sighting to report.
  14. Salam Alaykum, Hadith relating to telling others about dreams "When any of you sees a good dream, then go ahead and interpret it and inform others of it, and if you see a bad dream then neither interpret it nor inform others of it" - Prophet (saw) [Kanz al Ummal] "A dream should only be related to a believer who does not harbor jealousy or wrongdoing" - Prophet (saw) [usul al Kafi] Hadith about seeing the Prophet (saw) or Ahlulbayt (as) in dreams "Whosoever sees me in their dream it is the same as if they have seen me awake because shaytan cannot take my form nor the form of any of my successors nor any of the pure faith ones from my Ahlulbayt (as). And true dreams is 1/70 part of Prophethood" - Prophet (saw) [Tahzeeb-ul-Islam] There are many more hadith pertaining to this topic, the gist of them is that one should only tell their good dreams to others and not just to anyone, but to those who are true believers and have no malice against them. Secondly, the interpretation of the dream should only be gotten from someone who is sincere towards you and has this knowledge as the first interpretation that is gotten for a dream, that is what will be enacted in reality.
  15. Salam Alaykum, Does anyone have mobile/phone number for Sheikh Arif whose in Birmingham, UK? I already have his email, but need his phone number because we are trying to invite him. Please PM me if you do (Do not post it in open forum). Jazak Allah khair
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