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  1. Assalam u Alaikum I just checked and your IP is not blocked. Would appreciate if you can forward me your previous account name. Sometimes, using a different browser and clearing temporary files/cache help. Regards, Abbas
  2. Assalam u Alaikum Advanced members can edit their content up to 60 minutes after posting. Regards, Abbas
  3. Assalam u Alaikum There is a controversy surrounding this film. A senior member of Shiachat has shared his thought provoking views on his blog. I found his views to be balanced and well articulated. I encourage others to review the article and share their stance in a respectful manner. Please avoid posting content promoting the movie. This thread intends to raise the bar of intellectual honesty and truth seeking. As such, we expect that members will offer relevant comments with merit. ++++++ By Sayyid Ali @Ibn al-Hussain I’m sure by now many have seen the recent trailer for
  4. 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
  5. 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.

  6. 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.
  7. 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.

  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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
  13. 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.
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. Did you recently allow someone remote access to your computer? Anyway, I have spare licenses of Norton. Let me know if you would like to try it out. Please also uninstall most recently installed programs that you do not recognise.
  18. Go to File>Info to see if you are allowed editing. Change the settings if editing is restricted or if you have opened the document in the 'read-only' mode.
  19. Salams I think that it is appropriate for Muslims (and their religious scholars) to stay away from subject matters that are beyond their comprehension. It makes things worse, in fact, embarrassing, when they pretend or try to know & preach material facts of life in light of solely "religious evidence". Simultaneously, I prefer to remain open minded to any counter explanation (for e.g. against evolution) that is reasonable.
  20. Lost 11 kilos in a month (before Ramadan)! who the man!!? :dwarf:  

    p.s still can't get rid of biryani fever... :sob: :fever: A Saturday without biryani feels like... :Titanic: :titanic:

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    2. Laayla


      I'm actually feeling hungry  today because for suhoor I only had an apple and camimile tea.

      But how are you actually able to function during the day and not eating after iftar?


    3. Abbas.


      Apologies for the delayed response. @Heavenly_Silk I have lost size, not weight, during the holy month.

      @Laayla I experienced cramps and headaches prior to Ramadan. During Ramadan, I have been enjoying deep-fried foods at iftar (2-3 times a week but with exercise)...

    4. Abbas.


      @Ibn al-Hussain @Heavenly_Silk @Laayla @Vindemiatrix @Pearl178 @Reza @Hameedeh @notme

      A colleague trialled an injection for 2-3 weeks. She is in her late 40s but now she looks like she drank from the fountain of youth heh MashaAllah.

      Per my observations and discussions with her during our lunch breaks:

      In the first week, she felt like vomiting every time she smelt or looked at food. She literally took a couple of spoons of food and left the lunch table. I saw her consuming orange juice, tea etc. Still, she was very happy and excited because she did not have to control or discipline herself lol. The chemical compound, which I think is usually prescribed to diabetes patients, was doing its inteded job.

      But her body got used to it in the second week and she started consuming food in small portions (1/4th the normal/previous size). She complained that it was no longer working but as an objective third party I can confirm that she was consuming way less than her usual sizes. In week 3-4, she was consuming food 1/2 the size of her previous consumption (or sometimes 3/4th if the food was yummy). 

      The injection lasts 1 week. This means that there are certain risks and you will have to check with your doctor whether your body can handle it based on your current medical condition(s), history, symptoms or any allergies. 

      The point of sharing this story is: let me know if you are interested and I'll confirm/share the name of the prescription drug (compound). If interested, always best to have a detailed consultation with your doctor before trying it. 

  21. It most likely shows our bias towards the number(s) that we value.
  22. Salams, There may be various traditions that guide us on this subject matter. How we prioritise or formulate them into an all-encompassing formula is something I'll have to ponder in my free time. For now, I'll try to recall a few traditions/teachings and extract probable/debatable principles from them. Principle 1 I recall a saying of one of the Imams to the effect that if the people had recognised their right (of [Divine] leadership), they would have received an abundance of sustenance. Principle: While this saying is specific to the rights of the Imams, it also highli
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