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  1. W.s I don't have much to say at the moment. There appears to be an ongoing debate on this matter. But I found the following which may add value to this discussion: "While the prohibition of wine is an agreed matter based on the explicit Koranic forbiddance, references to hashish, cannabis and other hemp derivatives are absent from the sacred text. This void opens up the possibility of interpretation among legal scholars with results that are not always unanimous, as this article discusses...The lack of Koranic reference stimulated the mind of religious scholars in interpreting t
  2. Self-discipline is a difficult journey but it offers cure to many of our problems. Use your intellect to plan your days, months and years. You will frequently fall. You will face new challenges. But keep fighting till your last breath.

  3. I personally think that "Partially agree" or "Disagree" serve as a good balance against the common reactions of "Like" and "Thanks". We shouldn't expect people to offer a compulsory response after they have reacted to our posts. The number of people agreeing, disagreeing or partially agreeing with our views provide a good measure of the wide spectrum of different opinions. Those reactions do not necessarily make an argument right or wrong. Members who are more active, vocal and interested in your post will of course contribute to the discussion for everyone's benefit.
  4. One of the reasons that I have become inactive on SC is because everytime I try to contribute to an interesting thread/post, I end up realising that I am unclear about the subject matter. So please keep sharing quality information. You give me an opportunity to learn... 

    1. Muntazir e Mahdi

      Muntazir e Mahdi

      We are all students just like you brother.

  5. Despite their shortcomings, our scholars/jurists remain the appropriate authority on such matters. That being said, my personal view is as per below and I advise caution as it is not an expert opinion on religious or other grounds: Understanding Marriage As Muslim males, we are often brought up to believe that one of the primary purposes of a marriage is to cure our sexual desires. No doubt, a marriage restores balance to the hormones of a young individual. But the purpose and primary scheme of a marriage is to establish the institution of a family. And it matters not whether th
  6. Assalam u Alaikum Most scholars consider shaving haram. Their learned opinion is valuable in giving weight to this topic and their precautionary approach is understandable. However, I am less convinced with the sources (or wisdom) in support of beard being wajib or shaving being haram. You may refer to the following links for insight: https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235048093-mandatory-to-grow-a-beard/?do=findComment&comment=3034037 https://www.al-islam.org/articles/islamic-perspective-beard-allamah-murtada-baghdadi
  7. W.S Regarding the specific details being shared, I personally treat such information as conjecture/speculation unless supported by Quran and/or other authentic sources of Islam. It is my understanding that our rewards in the hereafter are based on our level of knowledge, intentions, choices and efforts in this life. The suffering and the challenges of this life are personal experiences truly known either to the individual facing them or God Al-Mighty. On one hand, there are people who think that they have got it worse. On the other hand, we may be able to objectively weigh who is
  8. Assalam u Alaikum The points raised are reflective of hyperactive emotions and cultural values rather than proper inference from Islamic principles. God Almighty has bestowed aql (intelligence) to human beings. We have used it successfully over time to overcome many physical problems. The primary issue is whether the procedure in question contradicts Islam's primary principles and its vision of Akhlaq for our purification in this world. The burden of proof is on the people shouting out loud but not providing express or implied references from credible Islamic sources.
  9. You are always the voice of reason 

  10. Assalam u Alaikum It is not a mere matter of publicly or privately cursing the beloved personalities of other Muslims. Yes, there is freedom of expression but we need to understand that such a freedom is not absolute in nature. The concept of 'cursing' that is the norm in our societies nowadays, especially in the underdeveloped countries, encourages cussing more than our dissociation from the act itself. That kind of conduct is plainly unacceptable whether it occurs in public or in private. As for the legitimate criticism, it may occur both publicly or privately as long as it is within th
  11. Wa Alaikum Salam I recall Imam Reza's saying not to insult the Gods of other people lest they insult your God. I think that this principle applies well in the scenario that you have presented. Moreover, we ought to show restraint (like our Imams) for the purpose of unity among Muslims. Sure, you may academically criticise acts, ommissions, and relevant personalities to make a point. But do so in a manner befitting of a follower of the last Prophet (P.B.U.H) who set the best example of mannerism in his time in Arabia.
  12. Wa Alaikum Salam Most of the loudspeakers in the mosques of Pakistan are pure noise pollution. Let's call a spade a spade. Yes, they disturb people (not all, ofcourse). Personally, I do not sense any spiritual connection with God while listening to the 'call' through those poor-quality speakers that explode all at once. It would help if there were local laws and regulations regarding noise pollution, quality of speakers to be used in the registered mosques, maximum sound allowed, the rule that only the main mosques of the suburbs/colonies are allowed to use the loud speakers etc. Thi
  13. To the OP, Thank you for creating this topic. My honest reflections: Modesty 1. Back in our days (1999-2002?), I read a few Tejani books and thought that I knew it all. In or about 2003, I joined Shiachat. It took me literally less than a year to be repeatedly humbled on this forum. I soon realised that my level of knowledge was merely 'shared' but not of the level of being considered as 'produced'. The overall wisdom of SC members (especially my seniors) helped mutate my 'genetic code' over time. I learnt how to critically analyse data/information. Importantly, I learnt the value
  14. Assalam u Alaikum The problem that I find with such narrations is the incomplete story telling. The members have shared references in which there is neither a background nor what was said or expressed afterwards either by Imam Ali, Imam Hasan or any other Imam or Companions of the Prophet (please correct me if wrong). A narration expressed like that leaves us in the dark. Relying on it merely on the basis of firm rijal grounds means that our conclusions will inevitably contradict the overall lifestyle and teachings of the Prophet and His Household. Afterall, the latter followed the Prophe
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