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  1. 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
  2. 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
  3. 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
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. 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.
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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

      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.

      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.

      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. 

  14. It most likely shows our bias towards the number(s) that we value.
  15. 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
  16. Halal pork aye? On a serious note, If the source of a Genetically Modified Food (GMF) or any other form of lab product is haram in itself, it is better to avoid it by way of precaution at the very least [in my humble opinion] Small bugs are inevitable. We can never get rid of them. For this reason, we are disciplined by Islamic laws and by various forms of worship in Islam to observe cleanliness at all times [unless they cause a great deal of inconvenience OR unless we are left with no option to observe cleanliness in practical life]. Pork, on the other hand, is a mea
  17. India Media: 1. Posted pictures of a Naswaar to prove that they had evidence of hitting PK F 16. lol ---> 2. Indian Media trying to prove how it destroyed PK F16s. The response of the guest aviation expert:
  18. Salams You have taken appropriate steps to convince a reasonable person that you are sexually fit instead of being impotent. Expert opinion (I.e. doctor) has also backed your case. Moreover, it is well known that males do survive in a marital relationship with one testicle. They can have a meaningful sexual relationship without any issue and are also able to produce offsprings. And what lump sum? I do not see any cause of action. Even if they try to sue you, the burden of proof is on them, not you. Unless of course, there was a stipulation in your marriage contract that you wi
  19. I am not a scholar. But my personal understanding of the whole debate on beard is as follows: In terms of physical presentation, Islam recommends that we, as Muslims, should present ourselves as neat, clean, well-groomed and historically speaking, 'tough' in the battlefields. However, an ideal physical representation may be subject to the norms of a society in different eras. I understand that once upon a time Arabs, as well as many other men around the globe, considered their beards as a sign of nobility and a symbol of physical/intellectual maturity. It also allowed men
  20. How much time have you and I spent exploring other religions or even Atheism for that matter to ensure that Islam is the right path? If we have failed this standard, we better not expect it from others. In fact, we cannot expect this standard from the majority of laymen considering the realities of life and especially in the absence of a Divine Authority of God (Prophet/Messenger/Imam etc.). It follows that there is a responsibility on current Muslims, partially if not wholly, to introduce their religion to the world in a befitting manner. This struggle includes being a good ambassador of
  21. I would rather prefer a short summary here.
  22. Such short online edicts are often a source of confusion. Which is why I prefer that whenever a religious scholar issues them online, he/she needs to take responsibility for providing an explanation so as to leave no doubt in the precedent. For example, when it is said that you may look at a potential partner's physique without sexual gratification, it is probably meant that one is allowed to look at the potential partner's "legs and other parts" to determine whether the person has the body physique that he/she finds attractive (slim, curvy, chubby, etc.). However, because of the high risk of
  23. Brothers can sometimes be overprotective which ends up harming the siblings. I think it's okay that you have an interest in such fantasies/fiction. I enjoy watching Greek mythology films myself with their plural Gods and whatnot. It's all good as long as you acknowledge/understand that its fiction (per your faith) and that you dissociate yourself from such beliefs in real life with the sincerity of your heart. Make sure that you have a special relationship with the One and True God whom we call Allah. It will help your brother be at peace. Importantly, you will be at peace. p.s
  24. I love the fake apple juice you get from the supermarket..... you know the one you get on a flight. I'm super nice to the air hostess so I can have as much as I want
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