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    The Light got a reaction from Hameedeh in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    I'm thinking it's because of their hatred towards shias. We have a narration which says that Ghadeer took place on this day or it could've coincided with this day of nowroz. As far as I know, in Afghanistan (not sure of other countries), shias raise alams in ziyaras on this day in honour of Amirul Momineen (as). So, that is why I think that's the reason they(sunni alims) try their hardest to declare kufr on anyone who tries to partake in these celebrations. 
    Besides their own view that nowroz is haram, they go an extra mile to demonise this tradition.     
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    The Light reacted to ShiaChat Mod in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    Happy Norooz! 
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    The Light reacted to Hameedeh in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    Last night a relative called me and mentioned tomorrow (today) is Nowruz. I said is it Vernal Equinox? I have been so busy that I hadn't looked at the calendar to see it's the first day of Spring. He said let me look it up. He said it is Monday, March 20, 2017 at 6:29 am EDT. I said okay, I'm not going to be texting you that early in the morning, so let me tell you Happy Nowruz right now.  
    This afternoon I got a huge group text with my relatives and someone else said 'Is today Nowruz?' I wrote back: 'Happy  Nowruz. Yes!' Along with the occasional 'Eide shoma mobarak', I received a text that said: '#NewDay Every day is nowruz!' 
    That shows you how much my family in the US thinks about the Nowruz celebrations. 'Happy Nowruz' is a slogan, maybe a family meal or a cake. My family in Iran must complete all the different cultural activities or people will gossip about them.
    Happy Nowruz to everyone, no matter how little or how much you celebrate. Allah bless you.    
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    The Light reacted to DigitalUmmah in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    we celebrate it, sure. nawroz mubarak to everyone (a little late)
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    The Light reacted to Don'tMakeAس in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    The problem that this issue raises is the difference of methodologies between us and the Sunnis. As the article posted above mentions, we have no conclusively authentic traditions that condone the celebration of nawruz, but neither do we have traditions opposing it. In this situation, our scholars rule the celebrations permissable, while most Sunnis (particularly those of the sects influenced by Ibn Taymiyyah- who specifically forbade the celebration of nawruz) would be far quicker to declare it haram, bid'a, and an immitation of the kuffar.
    Hence, you'll find it pretty difficult to persuade Sunni scholars, many of whom have developed habit of overusing the above terms, on this issue (especially as any possible references to nawruz are in our books and not theirs).
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    The Light got a reaction from mesbah in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    The information was good. Thanks.
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    The Light got a reaction from wolverine in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    Yeah, there are some really wacko wahhabis out there. 
    Thanks for correcting me. Yeah a lot of countries celebrate nowroz, not just Farsi speaking countries. 
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    The Light got a reaction from wolverine in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    The information was good. Thanks.
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    The Light got a reaction from wolverine in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    For those of you who don't know what nowroz is. Nowroz is the first day of spring and is a new year, which is celebrated mainly in Farsi speaking countries like, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan etc.
    This time of the year is when the sunni ulama in those countries (mainly in Afghanistan), basically will talk against nowroz and say that celebrating it, will make one a kafir. Furthermore, they say that if you make new clothes, clean your house, cook delicious meals, visit each other etc on this day, you are outside the fold of Islam. In general, they argue that it goes against Islamic beliefs and the sunnah of RasulAllah (saww). 
    My question is, is this true? Did the imams speak against celebrating Nowroz? 
    If not, then how can I refute the claims they make academically?
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    The Light got a reaction from Hameedeh in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    Yeah, there are some really wacko wahhabis out there. 
    Thanks for correcting me. Yeah a lot of countries celebrate nowroz, not just Farsi speaking countries. 
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    The Light got a reaction from Hameedeh in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    The information was good. Thanks.
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    The Light reacted to mesbah in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa5132
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    The Light got a reaction from Hameedeh in Is Islam against celebrating nowroz?   
    For those of you who don't know what nowroz is. Nowroz is the first day of spring and is a new year, which is celebrated mainly in Farsi speaking countries like, Iran, Afghanistan, Tajikistan etc.
    This time of the year is when the sunni ulama in those countries (mainly in Afghanistan), basically will talk against nowroz and say that celebrating it, will make one a kafir. Furthermore, they say that if you make new clothes, clean your house, cook delicious meals, visit each other etc on this day, you are outside the fold of Islam. In general, they argue that it goes against Islamic beliefs and the sunnah of RasulAllah (saww). 
    My question is, is this true? Did the imams speak against celebrating Nowroz? 
    If not, then how can I refute the claims they make academically?
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    The Light got a reaction from Hameedeh in Building masajid over graves, haram?   
    Thanks a lot hameedeh and Hassan-. 
    Both links were very helpful. I guess there are more arguments in favour of building mosques over graves than the ones against it.
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    The Light got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Building masajid over graves, haram?   
    Thanks a lot hameedeh and Hassan-. 
    Both links were very helpful. I guess there are more arguments in favour of building mosques over graves than the ones against it.
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    The Light reacted to Hameedeh in Building masajid over graves, haram?   
    Salam. It is his own opinion. See verse 21 of Surah Al-Kahf [Holy Qur'an 18:21]:
    ("قالَ الَّذينَ غَلَبُوا عَلى‏ أَمْرِهِمْ لَنَتَّخِذَنَّ عَلَيْهِمْ مَسْجِدا")
    building a mosque near a grave and, by extension, offering prayers in it cannot be by itself an action against Islamic teachings and standards. 
    http://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa11206
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    The Light reacted to Hassan- in Building masajid over graves, haram?   
    https://www.al-islam.org/wahhabism-ayatullah-jafar-subhani/wahhabis-and-renovation-graves-awliya-Allah#2-holy-quran-very-clearly-instructs-us-love-near-ones-holy-prophet
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    The Light got a reaction from ali_fatheroforphans in Gap between Heaven and Hell   
    Don't take my word, but I heard and read that on the day of judgement, to people whom the message of truth has not been reached, which are called the mustadhafeen and people who are incapable of sound judgement, due to mental illnesses, such as insanity and died in that state, will neither be placed in heaven or hell. And that Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì will make sure they are placed somewhere the fire of hell doesn't reach them and that it's located somewhere between heaven and hell.
    Can someone confirm this?
     
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    The Light got a reaction from Panzerwaffe in Things That You Want In The Afterlife/heaven.   
    I want to eat all I want and never gain weight.
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    The Light got a reaction from Diaz in Things That You Want In The Afterlife/heaven.   
    I want to eat all I want and never gain weight.
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    The Light got a reaction from baqar in Why Ali not considered the best of Creation?   
    Absolutely.
    After all, Imam Ali (as) is the nafs (self) of the messenger of Allah (saaw), according to verse of mubahila.
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    The Light reacted to DigitalUmmah in are politics counted as ibadah?   
    Salam, Ya Ali (as) Madad, Lanat upon the enemies of the Ahlulbayt (as)
    Aliun Wali Allah wajib
    BAR MUQASSIRREEN LANAT
    how much of a role does politics play, in terms of imami beliefs? is it counted as major ibadah?
    I see two extremes from my own personal experience. at one end of the spectrum I see hardcore WFers who think that politics is a very important (central?) part of their beliefs. it seems from my understanding that the core of their lives efforts are politics. so a drive towards unity, positive PR for shia, promotion of the WF/ Iranian interests, support for causes which the WF promotes and so on. anything controversial such as cursing 1,2 and 3, azadari and hot topics are downplayed and made out as though they are trivial details which only a fringe of shia believe in. 
    at the other end, we have the mallangs, who are strictly anti authoritarian. their lives are instead defined by azadari, not politics. their focus is on their own small spheres of influence and not any sorts of bigger pictures. 
    what are your opinions about which is more important? one, the other, something in the middle? 
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    The Light reacted to amirhosein_88 in Wearing black clothes all the time   
    Wearing different colors is a personal matter, as Islam has allowed Muslims to choose for themselves what colors they wear. However, some guidelines have been mentioned by the Prophet and the Imams in Islamic law books pertaining to certain colors.
    For example, it is understood from some ahadith that it is makruh to wear black.[1] However, this ruling is not general in a way that would apply to both genders and all times and occasions. Instead there are many exceptions to it which follow:
    A: It is narrated in a hadith that the Prophet would not wear black with three exceptions: khuff (a type of shoe), ammamah (turban) and kisaa’ (cloak).[2] Taking the hadith of Kisaa’ into consideration, a kisaa’ would be a long clothing that covers all the body and, therefore, also identifies withthe Abaa’ and the chadur that women wear. Therefore, these three forms of black clothing are exceptions to the ruling. Ayatullah Bahjat says: “…It is mentioned in the books of the as’haab (shia faqihs) that wearing certain clothing during prayers is makruh. For example, it is makruh to wear black clothing except for the ammameh, the khuff and the kisaa’.”[3]
    B: Black clothing not makruh for women: There is no doubt that the permissible clothing for men and women differs in color and type. For example, wearing clothes made of gold or silk is permissible for women, while it is prohibited for men. According to the ulema, women must cover all of their body except their face and palms, but men are not required to cover their whole body. Similarly, in Hajj it is mustahabb for men to wear the special white clothing for ihram, while women are allowed to use their normal clothing that might not even be white.
    None of the jurists believe that wearing black is makruh for women. Instead, many of them have clearly stated that it is either permissible or even mustahabb to do so.
    The well-known Shia scholar, the author of Jawaahir al-Fiqh says: “According to many books of shia jurists, wearing black is only makruh for men, because God has commanded a more complete clothing for women when dealing with non-mahrams, and black creates a more complete form of hijab and covering for them.”[4]
    Moreover, some of the contemporary jurists and maraji’, like Ayatullah Khamenei and Tabrizi have clearly mentioned that wearing the black chadur is not makruh, while others like Ayatullah Fazel Lankarani state that the chadur is the best form of hijab.[5]
    Even the latest research in the field of psychology shows that black is a color that does not attract attention and is not vibrant. This feature of black not only does not have a negative mental effect,[6] but is rather deeply in accordance with the philosophy behind wearing hijab for women, covering their bodies in the presence of non-mahrams and also bringing about peace of mind within the society.
    C: Wearing black for mourning not makruh: Wearing black is not makruh when worn to participate in gatherings of mourning for the Ahlul-Bayt. It has been narrated from Imam Sajjad’s son that: “When my grandfather, Imam Hussein, was martyred, the women of Bani Hashem would wear black in their mourning gatherings and would continue wearing black in cold and hot weather.”.[7]
    Even when normal people pass away, it is very common amongst religious and even non-religious people to wear black.
    Wearing black is a means of remembering the Ahlul-Bayt and honoring them which is clearly encouraged by Islam. In this regard, they have said: “رحم الله من احيا امرنا”[8] “May Allah have mercy on the those who uphold our cause.”
    Without doubt, when all people, young and old, men and women wear black during the months of Muharram and Safar it reminds everyone of the difficulties and calamities that befell Imam Hussein. The truth of the matter is that Islam has been protected and revived by these two months.
    Historians say that after the incident of Karbala, the first group to wear black were the women of the Prophet’s family who did so for a complete year. They mourned to the extent that Imam Sajjad would provide them with food. Throughout history, wearing black in these gatherings has been customary amongst the Shias and the lovers of the Ahlul-Bayt.
    Great scholars that would wear black for this purpose would deeply respect and protect their black clothing and would will that the clothing be buried with them as a means of Tabarruk.[9]
    Therefore, not only wearing black in these gatherings and especially in Muharram and Safar is not makruh, but rather has great reward, because it is a means of showing sympathy and love for the Ahlul-Bayt. Taking what was said into consideration, making general claims that wearing black is makruh in Islam, is clearly wrong and misguiding.[10] [11]
    As far as what colors are appropriate to wear, one must know that clothes are a means of covering the body and protecting it from the heat and cold. It is also a means of beauty and adornment and, therefore, the choice of color is a personal issue that depends on one’s taste, culture, customs and society. However, our Imams have mentioned certain guidelines in regard to some colors which follow:
    1- Green:
    Green was amongst the colors that the Prophet would prefer to wear.[12]
    2- White:
    Most of the Prophet’s clothes were white, and he would say: “Choose white clothes for those of you who are alive, as you bury the dead with white too.”[13] Because the Prophet was the greatest role model in terms of cleanliness and paying appropriate attention to his appearance, he would advise people saying: “One who wears clothes must always keep them clean.”[14]
    White clothing shows dirtiness quicker and one who follows the Prophet will clean it sooner. Wearing white also brings mental calmness and tranquility.
    3- Yellow:
    The Prophet had a blanket that was colored with saffron. Sometimes, he would lead prayer wearing it.[15]
    On the other hand, there were colors that the Prophet would prefer not to wear, like red.[16] But this does not mean wearing these colors is not permissible.
    It is important not to turn the issue of clothing into a means of boasting and showing off or to value one depending on the clothes they wear. To do so shows that we have misunderstood the reason why we wear clothes, and thus, these viewpoints have been sharply negated in Islam.[17]
    Imam Hussein says: “Whoever wears Libas Shuhrat (out of the ordinary conspicuous clothing), God will put clothes made of fire on his body on the Day of Judgment.”[18] Therefore, clothes must be accepted by the moderate religious people within the society. Such is also mentioned in a hadith from Imam Sadiq. In response to a person who compared the Imam’s clothing to that of Imam Ali, the Imam said: “Imam Ali would wear the type of clothing that was accepted by the people of his time, and if he lived today, he would not wear the same clothes that he wore back then. Surely, the best clothing of each age is that which is commonly worn (and accepted) by the people of that time.”[19] All of these ahadith illustrate how important one’s clothing is in Islam, as it is a means of covering his body and promoting modesty. As mentioned earlier, the details of one’s clothing can be freely chosen depending on one’s culture, customs, environment and the people he lives with. However, the clothing must be in accordance with the general guidelines of Islam.
     
    [1] To learn of these hadiths, please refer to the books: Furu’ al-Kaafi, vol. 2, the book of salat, the chapter on the the clothes it is makruh and not makruh to pray in, pg. 397, Furu’ al-Kaafi, vol. 6, the book of clothing and adornment, the chapter on wearing black, pg. 449; Wasaa’il al-Shiah, vol. 3, the book of salat, the chapters on the clothing of the person praying, chapter 19, the chapter on the wearing of black except for certain cases being makruh; Mustadrak al-Wasaa’il, the same books and chapters.
    [2] “عدة من اصحابنا عن احمد بن ابي عبدالله عن بعض اصحابه رفعه قال: كان رسول الله يكره السواد الا في ثلاث الخف و العمامة و الكساء”, Furu’ al-Kaafi, vol. 6, the book of clothing and adornment, the chapter on wearing black, hadith 1, pg. 449.
    [3] Jami’ al-Masaa’il of Ayatullah Bahjat, vol. 1, pg. 314.
    [4] Muhammad Hasan Najafi, Jawahir al-Kalaam fi Sharh Sharaayi’ al-Islaam, vol. 8, pg. 235.
    [5] Farhange Islaam Special Edition, Spring 1379 (2000), pg. 7.
    [6] Lately, some people, with the goal of opposing hijab, have falsely claimed that wearing black chadors and hijab causes mental and physical disorders such as depression or soft bone disorders. For more information in this regard, refer to
    [7] Al-Bahraani, Al-Hadaa’iq al-Naadhirah fi Ahkaam al-Itrah al-Taahirah, vol. 7, pg. 118.
    [8] Wasaa’il al-Shi’ah, vol. 12, pg. 20.
    [9] See: The virtues of wearing black during the days of mourning for Imam Husayn (AS).
    [10] See: Wearing black during the days of mourning for the Ahlul-Bayt (AS).
    [11] Index: Black clothing and its ruling, Question 2018 (site: 2060).
    [12] Sunan al-Nabiyy, pg. 120, “کان یعجبه الثیاب الخضر”.
    [13] Sunan al-Nabiyy, pg. 120, “البسوها احیاكم و كفنوا فیها موتاكم”, Al-Mahajjat al-Baydaa’, vol. 4, pg. 140.
    [14] Makaarim al-Akhlaaq, pg. 103, “من اتخذ ثوباً فلینظفه”.
    [15] Al-Mahajjat al-Baydaa’, vol. 4, pg. 141.
    [16] Sunan al-Nabiyy, pg. 133 (انه کره الحمره فی اللباس).
    [17] See: Lebaas va Pushesh dar Sireye Nabavi.
    [18] “مَنْ لَبِسَ ثَوْباً يَشْهَرُهُ كَسَاهُ اللَّهُ يَوْمَ الْقِيَامَةِ ثَوْباً مِنَ النَّار”
    [19] Al-Kaafi, vol. 6, pg. 445.
    Source:
    http://islamportal.net/question/what-color-should-one-wear-what-ruling-wearing-black
     
     
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    The Light reacted to Irfani313 in Wearing black clothes all the time   
    This is from Ay. Seestani's website.
    Question: Is it permissible to wear black on an ordinary day when it is not coinciding with the martyrdom of one the fourteen infallibles?
    Answer: It is permissible but it is reprehensible (makrooh) to wear full black. http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01134/  
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    The Light got a reaction from Ibn Al-Shahid in Why Ali not considered the best of Creation?   
    Salam alaykom,
    I just couldn't stay quiet on this one. This mentality is wrong. Imam Ali (as) is not even equal to RasulAllah(saww), let alone better. 
    Here are some points you can ponder over.
    -  Yes, Imam Ali (as) was born in the Kaaba and it is an enormous virtue, but no twelver shia believes he(as) received revelation.
    - Your saying Imam Ali(as) fought all the battles. Remember. Imam Ali fought for AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and RasulAllah(saww). You can't fight for someone inferior to you. At least, not in this case. RasulAllah had an equal or better amount of ability to fight in the battlefield, however, him (saww) letting Imam Ali do the fighting, there is wisdom in this according to scholars. 
    - Your saying Imam Ali was in the skies in the form of an angel. Again, this is wrong. According to what I've read and is believed, it was an angel who had Imam Ali's face. It was not Imam Ali, it was an angel whom AllahÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì created his face, so it could resemble the Imam. Imam Ali himself did not go to Meraj, we don't believe that.
    - By house of God, I assume you mean masjid. Again, this is not a reason for someone to be better than RasulAllah(saww).
    To sum up, Imam Ali(as) being born in the Kabaa, him fighting in the battlefields etc is a proof over the ummah. It is to illustrate Imam Ali(as) superiority to other muslims, so one day the sahaba or future generations would think twice before arguing that why or how can Imam Ali (as) be the divinely appointed successor or think that some other sahaba are superior and closer to RasulAllah(saww).
     
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