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  1. I am from the Indo-Pak subcontinent myself, and am aware of his lifelong mujahadah. Not to toot my own horn, but if you look at my track record on this forum, then you'll know that I have always staunchly defended him. And no, his views are not at all the same. He is very clearly saying that calling upon Imam Ali (عليه السلام) by saying 'ya Ali madad' is permissible if we deem him to be the wasila and not the granter of duas. He explicitly says, "انکی مدد بطور وسیلہ حق ھے" Now please get any Urdu speaker, including brothers @Syed Ali Mehdi Shah Naqvi , @Guest Cool or @Muslim2010 to translate for you what this means if you don't believe me. In the latter part of the video he also says that it is the belief of the Shi'a (and not just his personal belief) that when the Ahlul Bayt ams intercede for us, not only does Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) never reject their mediation, but even changes His qada and qadar concerning us (bad'a) to honor their wish- something you may call 'ghuluw' and 'shirk' as you always do. And let me dispel this lie upon the late Allamah once and for all. Get someone to translate this for you. Time for some shock therapy- Here in this video the late Shaykh says the following things- 1. Both methods of tawassul, including invoking Allah directly and asking Him to grant us our wish or to forgive our sins for the sake of the infallibles, and to invoke the infallibles directly and ask them to pray to Allah on our behalf (istighatha), are perfectly valid. 2. He then proceeds to cite the example of du'a tawassul as recorded in the mafatih al-jinaan - another favorite punching bag of the Wahhabis- as the exemplary/model form of tawassul as taught by the imams (ams), not to mention upholding its authenticity. He says that this is how tawassul should be done. 3. He again repeats the conclusion that if the ma'sumeen intercede on our behalf, Allah never rejects their mediation and even changes his qada and qadar (bad'a) to honor their wish for their Shi'a- something that will be 'ghuluw' and 'shirk' as per your standard. Here in another video he upholds the belief that the ma'sumeen existed as light/anwaar before the rest of the creation existed, including the Archangels, while explaining the narration about Imam Ali (عليه السلام) being the teacher/ustaadh of Jibril (عليه السلام) . To the best of my knowledge (and I don't claim this as a matter of fact) , Sayyid Fadlallah (rh) and his circle of followers reject this belief. So no, their views are not the same at all. As for his views on the adhan, yes, I am more than aware of them and respectfully disagree. I am not his muqallid. Please don't attribute to him what he neither believed in nor preached. Don't put words in the mouth of a deceased alim rabbaani. He was staunchly on the same aqeedah which the jumhur of our ulama have always been.
  2. Your subjective and jaundiced opinion counts for nothing. Do you even understand what is being said in the video? LOL, if not, get someone to translate it for you. Your hair will stand erect on your head if you actually understand what he is saying, especially in the last part, given that you are so used to throwing 'shirk' and 'bid'ah' around.
  3. Brother, to the jaundiced eye, everything will be game for distortion, but the intended recipients of the message understood very well what he meant. Everyone knows that while the salary hike may be from the boss, but ultimately rizq is from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and boss is just a medium. He was explaining how wasilah works, but as usual people with a particular agenda jumped on him at the first opportunity. And for the record, most ulama throughout the history have upheld the validity of tawassul shakhsi aka istighatha. It is understandable why certain people with a certain mindset can't bear his sight, and for this very reason I love him. Aqeeda wise, he represents a gold-standard; neither ghuluw, nor taqsir, nor pandering to the mukhalifeen, but the quintessential Rafidi aqeeda. Without his lectures and the Ahlul Bayt TV, back in the days when social media was still not a huge thing, the Shi'a youth in the Anglophone world would be clueless Justin Bieber/BTS fans taking their belief from the Salafi preachers. Brother, please don't include his name among the others that you have mentioned; you'll be surprised to find out his views on a lot of issues which you call 'shirk' and 'ghuluw', including that of istighatha. He fought against shirk and bid'ah all his life, but he was pretty much on the orthodox twelver aqeeda and had nothing to do with the reformist movement. His books and lectures are still around. Don't trust me, examine the matter for yourself.
  4. Salam, is there any estimate about by when the PM function is expected to be restored? I am asking because I wanted to discuss something with one of the admins which I'd rather not in public.
  5. Wassalam, you can try Acer. I don't want to get into the windows versus macbook debate, but unless you are super tech savvy and want a lot of features, windows based laptops seem to work fine according to me. Performance wise, a windows laptop of a reasonable configuration with a SSD card added to it (this is to overcome the potential performance issues that inevitably arise in OSs from windows 10 and onwards) seems to work as well as a macbook- most Windows based devices nowadays come with a SSD port, so you can buy one with a SSD card already added or even get it added later on. You get a device that performs quite well without burning a hole in your pocket Again, unless you are really into gaming, editing or programming sort of stuff and need really high-level stuff, and if you just want a laptop for studies and occasionally playing games, watching movies,word processing etc, a mid-budget Acer device is a good choice.
  6. Nor will he care if he's an observant Muslim and lowers his gaze.
  7. Completely agreed. Adherence to principled political positions should not be confused with mass suicide. Aameen.
  8. Coz Sonny brodahood, Saudi petrodollars and a steady flow of Shekels. The Zionists were giving them logistical support against Syria and the Shi'a militias. Their wounded were being treated in hospitals at Tel Aviv. I've heard this from the medical personnel who were serving there myself, but I can't disclose their names because their jobs will be on the line. But once they had served the purpose and the proxy war being lost, the Zio-Salafi nexus spat them out like chewed bubblegum, so they now realized that they have made big fools of themselves and rushed back to reconcile with Iran and Syria, which officially happened sometime around 2021-22. All in all, tactical and critical support doesn't mean that we've forgotten their history of betrayal and fraud. As they say, forgive, but never forget.
  9. Ahsant. Couldn't have said it better myself. Thanks for saying this aloud. Let's also not forget what they did to the Sabireen in the heyday of the Syrian 'revolution'. I'd rather the PIJ or the PFLP led the struggle from the front. But then again, that's my point of view and people are free to disagree.
  10. Salam brother, When Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) declines your du'a for something that you want, He knows that the thing is not in your best interest. Often we ask for things of whose impact we have no clue. Allamah Tabataba'i (rh) once said that once his teacher, Ayatullah Ali Qadi Tabataba'i (rh) told his students that he had prayed for a thing for 40 long years, and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) kept delaying the fulfilment, and finally when his du'a was granted after 40 years of constant prayers, he realized that what he had wished for all along was not to his benefit. He then understood the wisdom behind why Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) does not answer some of our prayers. As the Quranic verse goes, you may not like something which is better for you, and you may like something that is not to your benefit. But always remember that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the best of knowers, and He knows what is best for you. As for the Ahl al-Bayt (ams), they are merely intercessors, and the final granting or withholding if a du'a depends solely on Allah. Trust in His judgement. Whatever He has planned for you is better for you. Fi amanillah.
  11. No, the child is 'equal' to her biological children only to the extent that it becomes her (if it is a male child) and her children's mahram. It doesn't inherit from the nursing/foster mother. Wassalam.
  12. Wassalam, If the matter was settled then and there after the exchange, then I don't suppose you need to ask for forgiveness again. But that's just my opinion based on the given description. It would be better to check this with your marja.
  13. Not to forget 'Amr ibn Wathilah 'Abu Tufayl' (رضي الله عنه), the OG 'Rafidi' sahabi, who has been all but erased from history. He lived till Mukhtar (رضي الله عنه) 's time and participated in his uprising. There are other companions like the Ibn Hunayf brothers (ra.a.), who were front-liners at both Jamal and Siffin I believe, Abdullah ibn Afif al-Azdi (رضي الله عنه), who disrupted ibn Ziyad (la)'s victory speech in the central mosque at Kufa after Karbala and challenged him (they murdered him afterwards in an ambush on his house), and Sulayman ibn Surad al- Khaza'i (رضي الله عنه) , a founder-member of the Tawwabun movement. All forgotten names, even among us, the Shi'a.
  14. This is a part of the same determinism versus free will controversy. But I'll say that the chances are even; people may decide to stick to their ancestral religion or think for themselves. After all individual and mass cases of conversion are to be found throughout history- the conversion of Greko-Roman and Germanic Europeans to Christianity, the conversion of East and South East Asians to Buddhism and then to Islam, and so on and so forth. Entire countries and continents have switched their religious identities throughout history. People are as prone to question their ancestors as to stick to their ways, it all depends on if they choose to do so. After all they do spend a lot of grey matter on good investment plans, good houses, good cars, good spouses, good schools and colleges for their children. Spending a bit of grey matter on a good hereafter won't hurt. The Sayyids are honored because of their association with the Prophet (S), the same way that the other relics, monuments and places associated with him are; they are not the Shamanic/Brahman equivalent of Islam, and their bloodline doesn't confer any special privilege upon them (ie they are not exempt from any legal obligation, and they are not entitled to heaven because of their bloodline). They are honored because they are looked upon as ambassadors of their grandfather's religion, and an ambassador can either be a good ambassador or a bad ambassador. The book quoted in that thread you have linked to- Allamah Majlisi (rh)'s 'Hayat al-Quloob', is known to contain several fabricated and inauthentic narrations that have their sources in Judeo-Christian traditions (Israiliyyat). The aforementioned notion reeks somewhat of the concept of 'Original Sin' which has no basis in Islam. These racist narrations have been discussed by the scholars before and they have concluded that they are not authentic. So when the premise is inauthentic, the inferences are of no consequence either. Overall the scholarly consensus is that the idea that certain bloodlines or ethnicities/races are inclined to specific types of activities has no basis in the religion.
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