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    Shamati got a reaction from hasanhh in Ukraine Unrest [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Of course everyone prefer their own nation, but compared to bankrupt, "IMF-austere" wall-street colony of Ukraine led by a coup government neo-nazi's at least the crimean tatars prefer Russia. Unfortunately for the Tatar's the soviet's deported them out from Crimea and they're no longer the majority population.. But Russia has better abilities to allow for autonomous regions with separate set of laws etc. than a trainwreck such as Ukraine or a semi-totalitarian technocracy such as the EU and most of the deported tatars already live in Russia so it makes sense for them to have voted to join it
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    Shamati got a reaction from haideriam in Ukraine Unrest [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Ukraine is traditionally an Orthodox Christian Nation.
     
    The "coup-regime" of Ukraine consists of among others  President Yatsenjuk, a scientologist (american cult). His sister chairs a major scientologist organisation in USA. and Speaker of Parliament Alexander Turchinov, a Baptist pastor (anglo-american sect).according to Interfax-religion.com
     
    Communism wrought Ukraine hard, leaving many in society atheistic and non-affiliated with any religion.
     
    Bahrain is an overwhelmingly ithna ashari nation, ruled by a minority dictatorship
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    Shamati got a reaction from Wisdom Lion in The Nature Of Israel( Zionist Regime )   
    ^^ Probably, hopefully so!
    But I wonder if Israel understands what a dangerous position she might be heading for? Because, if I were in the position of Israelis I'd do anything necessary to achieve a lasting Peace with the indegenous palestinians.. I mean, how can it be more important for them to have a specifically "jewish" state than to have a peaceful state for jews, muslims and christians? I can't understand the reasoning unless it's religiously motivated
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    Shamati reacted to Hazrat abulolo in 15 Iraqi Soldiers Captured And Executed By Isil   
    Why there is no fatwa to collect a 1000000 man shia army and to destroy their (takfiri) families, lives and lands and houses?
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    Shamati got a reaction from hasanhh in Ukraine Unrest [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    The west ALWAYS been opposed to the economical progress of Russia because of historical reasons.
     
    Since the founding of Russia, it has faced opposition from western Europe.
    Rome swiched capital to Constantinople (2nd Rome) and lost Italy to "barbarians" but the Empire continued until 1450 CE ("Rumi" came from the area whose name is a testimony to its history). The "Holy Roman Empire" and others founded in western Europe invoked the history of "Rome" for its own dynastic legitimacy while the historical Roman's still existed in todays Turkey (not until the 1800's did "Byzantium" become the name of the post-Rome Roman Empire in history books). Russia was founded partly by the Roman Caesar's private guard in Kiev and from day one they were culturally, politically and religiously related to the Eastern Roman Empire and the Russian Czar's (russian for Caesar) intermarried with the imperial family of Constantinople. So when Constantinople fell to the Ottoman Turks, the imperial throne of Constantinople was transfered to Moscow (3rd Rome).
     
    Russia wants to establish a eurasian trade union that is outside the institutions of the west. If this were to succeed it would be a threat to the economies of the USA and the EU and the Russian's Believe that's the reason the west plans to have permanent bases in Afghanistan, Azerbaijan and missile's in Eastern Europe etc.
    The west promised the russians that if they disbanded the Soviet Union they would not expand NATO on to the russian borders and eventually disband it.
     
    Now the russians say that the west is lying because they're surrounding Russia with military bases but the west say they're paranoid. I Think the Ukraine "coup" was the Nail in the coffin; now there's no doubt in the russian mind that the west actually wants to surround them with military bases and that's why they felt the need to act, because if true, they would've lost their ancient naval base in the Black Sea.
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    Shamati got a reaction from hasanhh in Syrian Embassy Closed   
    It can also be a preparation for an invasion. First cutting off the ties, then isolation, then ramping up the rethoric "He's got WMD's! Oh My lets's invade" "He's killing his own people, lets bomb them!" "He's threatening the zionist entity! Let's bomb them!" and finally the country is starved enough and the people of the west are brainwashed enough that an invasion is politically possible. That's the way they prepaed Iraq and how they're preparing Iran
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    Shamati got a reaction from Marbles in Ukraine Unrest [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    I really dont Think there will be Another unilateral World order again for a very long time because ALL contenders for any Power in todays World are competing within an industrial and economical system which has been built and legislated by the western Powers and if that collapses they will also loose alot. he next superpower will need to be able to spot and "ride the wave" of the next mega-industry in the same way that USA invented and rode the automobile and oil industry than this nation will be able to contend.
     
    The EU is only doing what they're told by their Masters to do when in reality the european economy cant really afford to lose all that Money that are invested in Russia.. Regular europeans arent that keen on USA, a country that is spying on every one of them..
     
    I dont Think the american government really fathoms exactly what a huge loss in soft-Power that has occurred since the Iraq invasion. For example, had the Iraqi invasion no taken Place I don't Think the World opinion would have been as negative about the outcomes of the so-called "Peace-process" and many other things that are now probably alot harder to convince the World that you're serious about. Just Think about the consequences for western influence if ALL the muslim-majority countries would be govened by governments representing the opinions of their people..
     
    I Think the basis of Power is Knowledge and by extension scientific development.
    It wasnt until the Gutenberg invented the Printing press and the Ottoman Empire outlawed it as "Haram" that the west began to surpass the islamic World. So far, nearly ALL scientific breakthroughs occur in the USA.
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    Shamati got a reaction from HamzaTR in Israeli Opinion About The Current Arab Conflict   
    Dont the "arab street" understand this? I'm asking about the wider society and Culture, not the fringe lunatics that go join Death squads in attacks against Iraq and Syria? I wonder what is worse for the arab society to deal with; their defeat and the following shame or the treachery of their own political, intellectual and religious leadership?

    CLynn: Of course he's not serving God. His interest is to conquer the lands of Another people; removing them from their land through any possible means & pacify a potential resistance. This is how warlike tribes and people Think about stuff like this, particularly the israelis who Believe that they are a "chosen race of God" putting everyother human Community as the de-facto "untermensch"..
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    Shamati got a reaction from hasanhh in Ukraine Crisis - What You're Not Being Told   
    I listened to an interview with the eminent Paul Craig Roberts today who was an economical something minister in Ronald Reagans government and he said that the westen media 2014 is WORSE than the German media during the Nazi regime..
     
    It's funny to listen to american and their puppet euro-politicians argue for elections being "illegal" and "provocative" hahahahaha :)
    Remember, democracy is ONLY legitimate if it can be used as in favour of putting a supportive or vassal-regime in place and the rule of support for liberalism and condemnation of nazism is only relevant if liberalism will support the interests of the empire and if not the support can be opposite
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    Shamati got a reaction from HamzaTR in Qatar And Saudi Arabia   
    No there will not be a war between any of the gulf monarchies. The recent diplomatic spat are more an expression of the despotic regimes being absolutely scared to death of reality:
    1. Assad stays in power (until the next government. hopefully elected, that builds on established commitments)
    2. Iraq, historically 1 of the most important arab nations & a shia majority country, allying themselves with "the resistance bloc" / Iran.
    3. Iranian & western nuclear deal.
    4. the public opinion considering the "peace process" completely illegitimate combined with the de-facto alliance with the zionist entity both regionally & economically,
     
    They need eachother more than ever and the disagreement is because the saudis consider the muslim brotherhood a threat because they believe that the population should chose their leadership while tyrants believe they should be the leaders.
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    Shamati got a reaction from Mahdi_theguideforall in Shia Praying With Sunnis - Is This True ?   
    I've heard that in Iran it's not allowed to have separate mosques for sunnis or shi'is. Every mosques is the house of Allah (swt) and if the shi'ites live in one of Irans relatively few sunni majority areas they should go to the mosque and pray behind a sunni imam and if a sunni live in a majority shi'ite are they should go to the mosque and pray behind a shi'ite imam. They didnt want it to be like some areas in Pakistan where there is a separate deobandi-, barelvi and shi'ite mosque on every streetcorner. I think this is a very good idea but it demands that praying behind a sunni imam be considered valid.
     
    What would Ayatollah Sistani say about praying behind a Naqshbandi Sufi imam (Shafi sunni)? Because the Naqshbandi sufi's believe in the 12 imams..
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    Shamati got a reaction from jannahismygoal in Removing Desires   
    There are pure desires as well as lowly desires. The pure desires are coming from your human soul or celestial self that is seeking nearness to God. The lower desires are coming from your animal self or nafs whose function it is to make sure you eat, sleep, reproduce, defend yourself etc. I think it's nearly impossible to remove all desires but it is possible to subjugate the animal self by first and foremost pursuing the higher ethical virtues which come from the higher human self.. But a desire to to remove desires is also a desire as is the desire to get closer to God but this type of desire is coming from the higher self..
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    Shamati got a reaction from Gotham in Conversion   
    Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
     
    How does a conversion to Islam work? I've already said the shahada in my prayers and I've been praying the 5 daily prayers for a while to the best of my ability (with the help of online guidies)..
    Where I live there's no shi'ite mosque within a couple of hours by train unfortunately.. If there's not shia mosque in proximity, should the shi'i muslim pray in a sunni mosque?
     
    Can you recommend a book that contains most of the do's and donts of basic life etc?
    I have a book called "a code of practice for muslims in the west by Ayatulla Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani but I've not read it completely through yet but maybe there's one that is more essential for the convert?
     
    I could never accept that Jesus was the "Only begotten Son of God". Like many other who are born in christian societies I assumed he was the messiah and an enlightened or fully realized man. 
     
    The likes of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Rene Guenon and Frithiof Schuon (the last 3 were all converts) made me investigate more seriously into Islam. Before that I'd just dismissed the faith as a violent sect unfrotunately.
     
    I was always attracted to shi'ism because of it's intriguing culture and because I simply think it makes basic sense that the leadership of islam should have been decided by the Prophet (pbuh). I'm by no means learned in the field of shi'ism but I always prefer to have islamic philosophy, theology/theosophy explained to me by a shi'ite learned than by the sunni contemporaries. I dont know why.
     
    God,
    point out the road for me to follow
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    Shamati got a reaction from Mahdi_theguideforall in American Cia Admits Arming Terrorist Rebels Syria   
    Christianity stipulates that every human is born sinful, even as a newborn baby. Sin is "inherited" from the parents all the way back to Adam and Eve. Although Orthodox Christianity denies this, western; catholic and protestantism always emhasized this. It means that according to christianity, a newborn child that. God forbid, dies, will go to eternal punishment in hell because it has not yet grown old enought to intellectually persuade itself that accepting the sacrifice of 1 God-Man will cure the disease of original sin. Although in catholicism, such babies goes to "limbo" awaiting the 2nd coming. Another illogical fact about the christian religion is the trinity that stipulates that God is 1 in essence that is shared in 3 hypostasis or "persons". This means that when Jesus taught his followers to Pray the Lord's Prayer or when he prayed to God for mercy in the garden of Getsemane he was actually praying to himself!
     
    A very specific idea for protestantism in america is the belief that the modern mediterranean state (occupation) called Israel is the same Children of Israel of the Bible and that the Israel of the Bible is not the forefathers of the followers of Jesus (who were initially jews remember) but a separate specific ethnicity, more blessed than other disbelieving ethnicities & that must be supported, praised & blessed in perpetuity to avoid God's punishment. This idea is rejected by all christian churches because it would mean that Jesus was not the messiah of Israel. The roman destruction of the temple confirmed the prophecies of the Old Testament and signaled to the followers of Jesus and his apostles that the end of the judaic temple era was over and the messianic age had begun.
     
    The most harmful idea of american christianity is the idea of "eternal security" or "once saved always saved" in which it is believed that the inhereted spiritually deadly disease of original sin that is cured by intellectually convincing oneself that the 1 and only sacrifice of a God-Man will save the believer from his Past, present and even future sins (and hellfire). I personally believe that it's this article of faith that causes the most havoc because it gives a blank check to any kind of corruption and agression as long as you have "accepted Jesus Christ as you personal Lord and Saviour". This supposed guarantee of salvation from eternal punishment combined with the decree from the Torah that "those who curse the children of Abraham will be cursed and thos who bless them will be blessed" that is interpreted as meaning the modern state of Israel are important psychological factors behind the support for the occupation & ethnic cleansing of Palestine aswell as the at least annually launched wars of aggression on at least 1 or more of Israel's neighbours.
     
    I also believe this idea fuels many "christians" support for more middle-eastern wars because they imagine they must defend the modern state of Israel (imagined to be the Bible's "children of Abraham") from any percieved future threat. It wouldnt work without the media propaganda of course. Although american christian zionists tend to disagree with the specific tactic of supporting these "rebels" in Syria they dont seem against an all out american war on Syria. It's just that they actualy have believe what everyone in the media and authority has told them to be their enemy; islamist radicals
     
    In Islam you are born pure. We can notice from our own childhood and from observing other kids that they're naturally innocent and close to God. Not until ideologies are learned, corruptions is being imitated to succeed in this world does sin become a factor separating the child from God.
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    Shamati got a reaction from Hameedeh in Learn how to pray!   
    http://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/prayers.pdf = how to perform salat in a factsheet format (beginning on the right side of 1st page, continuing on the 2nd, ending on left side of the 1st page)
    http://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/files/purification.pdf = how to perform wudhu etc.
     
    http://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/ = lots of relevant information for beginners
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    Shamati got a reaction from HamzaTR in Can You Recommend Some Good Lectures?   
    I like the lectures by Sheikh Farrokh Sekaleshfar very much. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpUVJ3LxVO0&list=PL_xsHLiYPpLKRvt_5MX-BEUkF78jo9RMt
    He has alot of knowledge
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    Shamati got a reaction from Praetorius in Rohani Victory!   
    The best form of government is that of a benevolent phiosopher King. This is according to Plato and I tend to agree. The iranians are on the right path. Of course the system might be imperfect but I bet it's better than being just another of the imperial colonies for military bases with mass "democracy": ie; you can chose a "representative" (from an elect few selected by the real power groups) to represent (ie steal your money while selling of the national resources to the highest bidder) you. Representative democracy is in 2013 about as legitimate a claim as the medieveal claim of the Kings "Divine Right to Rule"..
     
    In theory, to have a spiritual leader / philosopher as the supreme leader that has been elected by the leading sprititual leaders / philosophers of the country that must approve or disprove policies not based on financial gains, the latest neo-liberal theory of multi-culturalism etc but on the basis of the spititual wellbeing of the people in the long term appears to me a far superior concept to modern "mass democracy".
     
    I dont agree with the restrictions implemented on freedoms in Iran but on the other ahnd one has to keep in mind that since the revolution Iran has been under attack with political, economical, psychological and military means. It's surrounded by military bases, under embargo and has been given the short straw in the waiting line for an attack. From this context some of the actions become at least more understandable.
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    Shamati got a reaction from aliasghark in Rohani Victory!   
    The best form of government is that of a benevolent phiosopher King. This is according to Plato and I tend to agree. The iranians are on the right path. Of course the system might be imperfect but I bet it's better than being just another of the imperial colonies for military bases with mass "democracy": ie; you can chose a "representative" (from an elect few selected by the real power groups) to represent (ie steal your money while selling of the national resources to the highest bidder) you. Representative democracy is in 2013 about as legitimate a claim as the medieveal claim of the Kings "Divine Right to Rule"..
     
    In theory, to have a spiritual leader / philosopher as the supreme leader that has been elected by the leading sprititual leaders / philosophers of the country that must approve or disprove policies not based on financial gains, the latest neo-liberal theory of multi-culturalism etc but on the basis of the spititual wellbeing of the people in the long term appears to me a far superior concept to modern "mass democracy".
     
    I dont agree with the restrictions implemented on freedoms in Iran but on the other ahnd one has to keep in mind that since the revolution Iran has been under attack with political, economical, psychological and military means. It's surrounded by military bases, under embargo and has been given the short straw in the waiting line for an attack. From this context some of the actions become at least more understandable.
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    Shamati got a reaction from Murteza in Unslamic Or Just Great?   
    Ok, but the damage that can be done during his term is minimal and it might be worth it tactically because Rohani's diplomacy has had a profound effect on especially Europe. Remember that most europeans are also unsatisified witht he current system of the world economy that is selling of their resources to some wall-street oligarchs.
    His smiling diplomacy has had the effect that the people that actually believe the media no see that Iran is willing to co-operate as long as they can be distinctly Iran, which isnt unreasonable. On the other hand people can see how a certain lobby is managing to constantly bring more and more sanctions bills to the USA and EU governments. Now the aggression of Israel is very out in the open so to speak.
     
    Maybe he can integrate a small bit into the world system just to get the sanctions off. I believe that Iran can protect themselves from neo-liberalism if they make sure they have a true national currency and no usury. The system cant work without usury.
     
    Before the negotiations the climate was so hostile that there was to little ability to maneuver. Actually it's an actual war that is not "total war" but economic, political etc..
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    Shamati got a reaction from Mushkil Kusha in Conversion   
    Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
     
    How does a conversion to Islam work? I've already said the shahada in my prayers and I've been praying the 5 daily prayers for a while to the best of my ability (with the help of online guidies)..
    Where I live there's no shi'ite mosque within a couple of hours by train unfortunately.. If there's not shia mosque in proximity, should the shi'i muslim pray in a sunni mosque?
     
    Can you recommend a book that contains most of the do's and donts of basic life etc?
    I have a book called "a code of practice for muslims in the west by Ayatulla Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani but I've not read it completely through yet but maybe there's one that is more essential for the convert?
     
    I could never accept that Jesus was the "Only begotten Son of God". Like many other who are born in christian societies I assumed he was the messiah and an enlightened or fully realized man. 
     
    The likes of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Rene Guenon and Frithiof Schuon (the last 3 were all converts) made me investigate more seriously into Islam. Before that I'd just dismissed the faith as a violent sect unfrotunately.
     
    I was always attracted to shi'ism because of it's intriguing culture and because I simply think it makes basic sense that the leadership of islam should have been decided by the Prophet (pbuh). I'm by no means learned in the field of shi'ism but I always prefer to have islamic philosophy, theology/theosophy explained to me by a shi'ite learned than by the sunni contemporaries. I dont know why.
     
    God,
    point out the road for me to follow
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    Shamati got a reaction from HamzaTR in Conversion   
    Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
     
    How does a conversion to Islam work? I've already said the shahada in my prayers and I've been praying the 5 daily prayers for a while to the best of my ability (with the help of online guidies)..
    Where I live there's no shi'ite mosque within a couple of hours by train unfortunately.. If there's not shia mosque in proximity, should the shi'i muslim pray in a sunni mosque?
     
    Can you recommend a book that contains most of the do's and donts of basic life etc?
    I have a book called "a code of practice for muslims in the west by Ayatulla Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani but I've not read it completely through yet but maybe there's one that is more essential for the convert?
     
    I could never accept that Jesus was the "Only begotten Son of God". Like many other who are born in christian societies I assumed he was the messiah and an enlightened or fully realized man. 
     
    The likes of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Rene Guenon and Frithiof Schuon (the last 3 were all converts) made me investigate more seriously into Islam. Before that I'd just dismissed the faith as a violent sect unfrotunately.
     
    I was always attracted to shi'ism because of it's intriguing culture and because I simply think it makes basic sense that the leadership of islam should have been decided by the Prophet (pbuh). I'm by no means learned in the field of shi'ism but I always prefer to have islamic philosophy, theology/theosophy explained to me by a shi'ite learned than by the sunni contemporaries. I dont know why.
     
    God,
    point out the road for me to follow
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    Shamati got a reaction from PeaceLoving in Conversion   
    Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
     
    How does a conversion to Islam work? I've already said the shahada in my prayers and I've been praying the 5 daily prayers for a while to the best of my ability (with the help of online guidies)..
    Where I live there's no shi'ite mosque within a couple of hours by train unfortunately.. If there's not shia mosque in proximity, should the shi'i muslim pray in a sunni mosque?
     
    Can you recommend a book that contains most of the do's and donts of basic life etc?
    I have a book called "a code of practice for muslims in the west by Ayatulla Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani but I've not read it completely through yet but maybe there's one that is more essential for the convert?
     
    I could never accept that Jesus was the "Only begotten Son of God". Like many other who are born in christian societies I assumed he was the messiah and an enlightened or fully realized man. 
     
    The likes of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Rene Guenon and Frithiof Schuon (the last 3 were all converts) made me investigate more seriously into Islam. Before that I'd just dismissed the faith as a violent sect unfrotunately.
     
    I was always attracted to shi'ism because of it's intriguing culture and because I simply think it makes basic sense that the leadership of islam should have been decided by the Prophet (pbuh). I'm by no means learned in the field of shi'ism but I always prefer to have islamic philosophy, theology/theosophy explained to me by a shi'ite learned than by the sunni contemporaries. I dont know why.
     
    God,
    point out the road for me to follow
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    Shamati got a reaction from Mahdi_theguideforall in Conversion   
    Bismillahi ar-Rahman ar-Rahim
     
    How does a conversion to Islam work? I've already said the shahada in my prayers and I've been praying the 5 daily prayers for a while to the best of my ability (with the help of online guidies)..
    Where I live there's no shi'ite mosque within a couple of hours by train unfortunately.. If there's not shia mosque in proximity, should the shi'i muslim pray in a sunni mosque?
     
    Can you recommend a book that contains most of the do's and donts of basic life etc?
    I have a book called "a code of practice for muslims in the west by Ayatulla Ali Al-Husayni Al-Sistani but I've not read it completely through yet but maybe there's one that is more essential for the convert?
     
    I could never accept that Jesus was the "Only begotten Son of God". Like many other who are born in christian societies I assumed he was the messiah and an enlightened or fully realized man. 
     
    The likes of Seyyed Hossein Nasr, Martin Lings, Rene Guenon and Frithiof Schuon (the last 3 were all converts) made me investigate more seriously into Islam. Before that I'd just dismissed the faith as a violent sect unfrotunately.
     
    I was always attracted to shi'ism because of it's intriguing culture and because I simply think it makes basic sense that the leadership of islam should have been decided by the Prophet (pbuh). I'm by no means learned in the field of shi'ism but I always prefer to have islamic philosophy, theology/theosophy explained to me by a shi'ite learned than by the sunni contemporaries. I dont know why.
     
    God,
    point out the road for me to follow
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    Shamati got a reaction from Al-Hassan in Astral Projection. What Do You Think About It?   
    You can train yourself to do it on purpose but I dont know if it's recommended or not!?! Mystics here in Europe (non-muslim and non-christian hermeticists-alchemists) say that it's a must to learn this ability to be able to ascend through the spheres of the heavens before one dies.. These "places" are actually accessed through the human conscioussness, although they're simultanously outside the individual conscioussness.
    One should probably stay away from this if one does not have guidance from someone who have experience in doing this kind of work because one can actually go mad. This can be "theurgy" (divine work on ones soul) or magick. Magick is forbidden in the religions of Abraham but theurgy is taught in various forms in christian monasteries & I'm sure there are islamic gnostics that teach this to people, although "regular "sould" shouldnt dabble with it because of its danger..
     
    There's a common syndrome that is called "sleep paralysis" which affects many people (myself included) in which one may wake up realising that the body and brain is completely asleep and you can actually leave the body during this state. When one is afraid of the sleep paralysis, which is quite natural, it easily turns into a horror but if one stays calm one can direct the events..
    The state that occurs during sleep paralysis is connected to the state utilized during "astral projection".
     
    Take care
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    Shamati got a reaction from hussain abass 98 in Basic Questions About Islam & Shi'ism   
    Hi everyone! I'm new here and i'm sorry if this topic is in the wrong forum.
    I have been learning about parts of islam on and off for some years, but always from the perspective of a concerned citizen who wanted to understand the motivating ideology and driving factors behind events that have taken place since 9/11. Only for the last couple of months have I read from the Quran with an open mind and studied other parts of islam other than the extreme sects which preaches violence and I personally believe that shia islam follows the rightful heirs of the prophet.
    Do muslims have "declaration of faith" other than the shahada (and the 5 pillars)?
    Do all muslims believe in "pre-destination", that all event (including events in individuals lives) are already "planned" so to speak? If so there is no such thing as free will?
    Is the shariah different in ithna asheri shi'ism from sunnism? Do the shariah law claim authority over non-muslims as well in an islamic society?
    Are there tariqas in shi'ism?
    I believe that the soul is purified and then incarnates into another body after death, is there a prohibition against this in islam? I know the ismailis believe something similar but some say they are not even muslims or deviants? Judaism also teach this but it has been a so called "esoteric teaching" known only to the sages until the Zohar commentary on the Torah came out.
    I was born in a (post)christian country into an agnostic family in a society where belief in God is almost considered a weakness by many. I always believed there was one God because of the law of cause and effect and that Jesus was a human being but that he had a great knowledge of God and enlightened and that his way has been corrupted with the dogmas of the Trinity, the incarnation etc.
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