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The Light

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  1. Salam, For those of you who don't know, tabeedh, unlike taqlid, is following more than one marja It's been quite some time, I've been thinking why we are stuck with the taqlid of one marja. For example, I follow ayt. Sistani in fiqh, and I want to follow someone else besides him who is of equal status in knowledge according to the "ahlul-khibra", In my case I've heard ayt. Khamanai being that marja. What if there are things that sayed Sistani doesn't allow at all, while sayed Khamanai allows it and makes life much easier. After all, why do we Shias even combine prayers? It's because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) allowed it and as the prophet (s) said "that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) doesn't want hardship for us in religion". I think this would be interesting to discuss.
  2. Thanks for your reply. I suppose they should just do that and explain the situation to them.
  3. Salam, I am posting on behalf of a relative, and they don't know English, so they asked me if I can help them find answers. My relative had some land a few years ago, they spent a lot of money on the land in terms of planting trees, maintenance etc. The land went up in value and sold it, because times were hard and kept it for living expenses. A year had passed since the selling of the land, and they still had a surplus of the money remaining after their yearly expenses. Now, because they had spent a lot of money on the land apart from its purchasing price, they're not sure if the value increase would be considered capital gain. The confusing part for them is on what do they need to calculate the khums: 1- the whole selling value of the land sold? 2- on the capital gain, if there was any if the actual expense of maintaining is deductible? 3- Or the surplus of the money he kept after one year? I tried contacting ayt. Sistani's office, but didn't get a sufficient answer. All they said khums is applicable. The other problem they have is, since this was a few years ago, for some reason they thought khums was not applicable on this, and now as times are difficult, they can't afford to pay the khums if number 1 and 2 are applicable. Can they pay it in smaller amounts throughout their life? Thanks in advance.
  4. I agree with you to some extent. With the exception of law, one should go to university only if it's a STEM degree. "cheaper institutions" are usually of low standard, and majority of internships require you be in your final year of study or a fresh graduate.
  5. Btw, I emailed Najaf.org website directly, and this is their response: "It is permissible to take money from the bank that is financed by non-Muslim government or private funds but not with intention of loan. The knowledge that the bank will sooner or later force him to pay the capital as well as the interest does not affect [ the lawfulness of ] his taking the money". So, it's basically the same as what Moalfas stressed on, the intention is the key here.
  6. A lot of people like myself, need to go through formal education to get to where they want to be. Especially if it's a technical field. Some careers require you to have a degree of some sort, otherwise you cannot get your foot into the door. Or at the very least, it's very difficult. If you're saying, 'well there's a million things you can do to provide sustenance for yourself', then I would say that's not feasible in this era. Not everyone has the aptitude or means to run a successful business. Sure, I'd love to be my own boss. I tried, but I never succeeded.
  7. Thanks for the answer, It clears out most of my questions. This is the part where we have to investigate more. I don't think education can be considered urgent, but it is important for using it to have better career prospects and provide for one's family.
  8. Salam, I'm seeing conflicting views on this matter, so I want to become 100% certain before making a decision. What is Ayatallah Sistani's ruling on getting student loan from the government, with the conditions that: 1- You don't need to start paying the debt until after you graduate. 2- You don't pay anything until your income goes over a certain threshold. 3- It only covers the tuition fee and not mainetenance, eg cost of living. 4- After 30 years, the outstanding balance will be written off, regardless of how much is left. 5- Interest accrues from the first payment the government sends to the university. Also another question, regarding khums. In some other threads, I read that I need to pay khums on student loan? Cause the government doesn't pay the loan directly to my account, but rather directly to the university. This could be applicable in the case of maintenance loans? I need to make a quick decision, that's why I didn't ask directly from their website. Thanks for taking the time to read it.
  9. Ok, I think I found some rule that gives some permission. There's a Q & A in Ayt. Sistani's code of practice, work and investment section, question 288: "288. Question: Is a muslim allowed to work in grocery stores that sell liquor in one of its sections, and his work is only as a cashier? Answer: He is allowed to receive the price of the items other than liquor and also the price of liquor, if the buyers are non-Muslims." Is there a contradiction or am I missing a point, in where "liquor" is different than alcohol or "receiving price" means something else?
  10. Thanks for your answer, but this doesn't directly answer the question. When someone works in a retail store, the only purpose of that store is not to sell only alcohol, but everything. Alcohol only is a small percentage of items that are sold. In addition, the cashier only handles the monetary transactions, and he/she does not profit from that which is sold, but only works for a salary. It's better to ask a marjaa regarding these issues.
  11. What about someone who works as a cashier in a retail store, which sells alcohol alongside other normal products? Is that job problematic?
  12. Yeah, I was also thinking about contradiction. It also contradicts the belief itself that in even the lowest level of Jannah, every believer will have a kingdom of his/her own.
  13. I heard it from this lecture. You can skip to 22:00. May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى bless the sayed, he's made the effort to talk about the blessings of Jannah this Ramadan through a series of lectures.
  14. I hope everyone's last days of Ramadan are going great. As it is known that when believers enter Jannah, even the lowest ranked believers will have a kingdom, which includes blessings such as having mansions, gardens etc. However, I've come across narrations from a lecture that say that some people in Jannah will be homeless and there are two reasons for that. 1- Always missing salat ul asr. 2- Never visiting the shrine of Imam al Hussain (as) throughout one's life without a valid reason. Does anyone know the source of these narrations and their authenticity? Aside from the authenticity, I can understand the first reason, because it is the wajibat after all, so I can imagine that as a valid reason for someone being homeless in Jannah. Now, the second reason sounds odd to me. Going to Karbala is not wajib and one can still love and follow the teachings of ahlulbayt(as) without doing the ziyarah, right? I am in no way, shape or form trying to undermine the significance of the ziyarah of Imam Hussain (as). It is one of the goals of my life to go to Karbala one day. Just want to understand it better, because I think the followers of Ahlulbayt, aren't the only ones going to Jannah, so it's hard to imagine only them having mansions in Jannah and a huge number of other muslims being homeless who don't even believe in the ziyarah of Imam Hussain(as). Wanted to know the opinions of more learned individuals.
  15. This is an old thread, so I'll reply anyway. Obviously, you haven't read my posts properly. We came face to face, and it was pretty evident that he did it. I know people think I'm some kind of lunatic for believing in these things, but the evidence is there in the Quran about black magic and jinns etc. I'll challenge anyone to a debate who says that black magic is just bogus and only people with mental illnesses (yes, someone accused me of having a mental illness in this thread) believe in, to blame their problems on others.
  16. Aah, you're right. Forgot that Nawroz is a Solar Hijri calendar event. Kinda got it mixed up. So, yeah the reappearance that might take place in Ramadan or Muharram according to narrations, could coincide with Nawroz in that year.
  17. Me too, doesn't seem authentic. There are many other narrations, which say that Imam Mahdi (as) will reappear either in Ramadan or Muharram.
  18. Don't get me wrong, I appreciate your advice, but my intention wasn't to judge, but to give the readers a gist of the scenario, so they can give me advice on how I can approach this problem. Because, the actions of my father directly affects me and my family. Let's say as an example, my dad, is someone who doesn't fast or listens to haram music. Well, I couldn't care less, because it doesn't affect me. So, yeah, I wanted to make it clear to myself, and make sure I have nothing to do with this, because at the moment everything is wishy-washy in my life.
  19. That's a brilliant example. Haven't thought about it much before, actually. That's right, things aren't that black and white in this matter.
  20. Thanks for your insight. I should've phrased my first post better, as I said "All my problems in my life, could be a result of this". Not all my problems, as you said there is no one who doesn't have problems in their life, be it whatever background, but I sometimes suspect that some hardships we are facing could be a worldly consequence of haram sustenance. We may never know for sure.
  21. I think I should add to make things more clear and I should've said it first (my bad), is that I understand that sins don't transfer from father to son or vice versa, but the key thing I am concerned about is the worldly consequences of a father's sin on his family. Because, I heard many times that if a father persists on sinning, then something might happen to that father's offspring as a form of punishment. Additionally, I've also heard that sustaining yourself through haram food, has negative effects on the soul, and because of that duas might not get answered.
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