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  1. No. Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).w) has as much power and knowledge as has been given by Allah. That does not mean he has ALL the power and knowledge that Allah HAS.
  2. The one guided by Allah cannot commit an error.
  3. The Knowledge of Allah cannot be compared to that of the Imams. Allah is All Knowing, Imams are not. Allah gives some His knowledge to his humble servants (Prophets, Imams, Awlia and even lesser human beings). Same is the case with power. Allah is All Powerful. He gives some power to his humble servants and creations. But there is no comparison. Masooms (Prophets and Imams) are sinless, mistake free and error free. And they don't forget either.
  4. Here is the answer to your questio Here is the answer to your question: The Knowledge of The Unseen (Ghaib) WS
  5. Fajr (morning) is first prayer of the day.
  6. al-Kafi, H 430, Ch. 5, h 3 Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Ali ibn al-Hakam from Rabi‘ ibn Muhammad al-Musalliy from ‘Abdallah ibn Sulayman al- ‘Amiriy from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. "The earth has never been without a person with Divine authority who would teach people about the lawful and unlawful matters and call them to the path of Allah." al-Kafi, H 441, Ch. 6, h 1 Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from Muhammad ibn Sinan from ibn al-Tayyar who has said the following. "I heard abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) saying, ‘Would there remain no one on earth except two persons one of them would certainly be the person with Divine authority." al-Kafi, H 443, Ch. 6, h 3 Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from those who he has mentioned from al-Hassan ibn Musa al-Khashshab from Ja'far ibn Muhammad from Kiram from abu ‘Abdallah (a.s.) who has said the following. "If of all the people there will remain only two man one of them will be the Imam. He also said, ‘The last person to die will be the Imam (a.s.) so that no one could complain against Allah leaving him without Imam, the person with Divine authority over him.’
  7. There is no contradiction. There is always a Hujjat of Allah (proof, representative of God) on Earth. This Hujjat could be a prophet, messenger, imam or any other person. The Earth can not remain without an Hujjat. So much so, that if there were only two persons living on Earth, one of them has to be a Hujjat.
  8. ALL ABOUT TARAWIH What is Tarawih? Well Tarawih is a special set of Salat that Ahly Sunnat offer after Isha prayers during Ramadhan only. It was started by Hazrat Umar. They offer it at the Masjid in Jamaat (Congrigation). Basically it is just like a regular prayer but in the month of Ramadhan they try to recite the whole quran during the 30 day Tarawih. The story goes like this. Prophet (SAWW) was praying during Ramadhan individualy when some people started to gather behind him to pray. They did it for a few days but Prophet (SAWW) had never told them to do so. So the next day they collected again but Prophet (SAWW) never came. They went to his house and started knocking at his door with small stones. Prophet (SAWW) got angry and came out and told them not to do that i.e. not to pray (Tarawih) nawafil in a Jammat form. He told them that they should pray individualy and preferably at their homes. Any way the situation remaind like this till the Prophet (SAWW) passed away and also during the time of Abu Bakr. When Hazrat Umar became the Khalifa one day he saw people praying individually (in Ramadhan). He told them to form a congrigation (Jamaat) and pray and this is how Tarawih started. In other words, Prophet (SAWW) told people not to pray in this form (Tarawih) but Hazrat Umar started this innovation in Islam. Here are the hadith: ======== PROPHET (SAWW) GOT ANGRY AT PEOPLE WHO OFFERED TARAWIH PRAYERS Sahih Bukhari, Volume 8, Book 73, Number 134: Narrated Zaid bin Thabit: Allah's Apostle made a small room (with a palm leaf mat). Allah's Apostle came out (of his house) and prayed in it. Some men came and joined him in his prayer. Then again the next night they came for the prayer, but Allah's Apostle delayed and did not come out to them. So they raised their voices and knocked the door with small stones (to draw his attention). He came out to them in a state of ANGER, saying, "You are still insisting (on your deed, i.e. Tarawih prayer in the mosque) that I thought that this prayer (Tarawih) might become obligatory on you. So you people, offer this prayer at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is the one which he offers at home, except the compulsory (congregational) prayer." PROPHET (SAWW) SAID TO OFFER NON-COMPULSORY PRAYERS AT HOME Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 393: Narrated Zaid bin Thabit: The Prophet took a room made of date palm leaves mats in the mosque. Allah's Apostle prayed in it for a few nights till the people gathered (to pray the night prayer (Tarawih) (behind him.) Then on the 4th night the people did not hear his voice and they thought he had slept, so some of them started humming in order that he might come out. The Prophet then said, "You continued doing what I saw you doing till I was afraid that this (Tarawih prayer) might be enjoined on you, and if it were enjoined on you, you would not continue performing it. Therefore, O people! Perform your prayers at your homes, for the best prayer of a person is what is performed at his home except the compulsory congregational prayer." PEOPLE USED TO PRAY INDIVIDUALLY (NOT LIKE IN TARAWIH) DURING PROPHET’s (SAWW) TIME Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 229: Narrated 'Urwa: That he was informed by 'Aisha, "Allah's Apostle went out in the middle of the night and prayed in the mosque and some men prayed behind him. In the morning, the people spoke about it and then a large number of them gathered and prayed behind him (on the second night). In the next morning the people again talked about it and on the third night the mosque was full with a large number of people. Allah's Apostle came out and the people prayed behind him. On the fourth night the Mosque was overwhelmed with people and could not accommodate them, but the Prophet came out (only) for the morning prayer. When the morning prayer was finished he recited Tashah-hud and (addressing the people) said, "Amma ba'du, your presence was not hidden from me but I was afraid lest the night prayer (Qiyam) should be enjoined on you and you might not be able to carry it on." So, Allah's Apostle died and the situation remained like that (i.e. people prayed individually). " KHALIFA UMAR STARTED THIS BID’A OF TARAWIH Sahih Bukhari, Volume 3, Book 32, Number 227: Narrated Abu Huraira: Allah's Apostle said, "Whoever prayed at night the whole month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven." Ibn Shihab (a sub-narrator) said, "Allah's Apostle died and the people continued observing that (i.e. Nawafil offered individually, not in congregation), and it remained as it was during the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and in the early days of 'Umar's Caliphate." 'Abdur Rahman bin 'Abdul Qari said, "I went out in the company of 'Umar bin Al-Khattab one night in Ramadan to the mosque and found the people praying in different groups. A man praying alone or a man praying with a little group behind him. So, 'Umar said, 'In my opinion I would better collect these (people) under the leadership of one Qari (Reciter) (i.e. let them pray in congregation!)'. So, he made up his mind to congregate them behind Ubai bin Ka'b. Then on another night I went again in his company and the people were praying behind their reciter. On that, 'Umar remarked, 'What an excellent Bid'a (i.e. innovation in religion) this is; but the prayer which they do not perform, but sleep at its time is better than the one they are offering.' He meant the prayer in the last part of the night. (In those days) people used to pray in the early part of the night." WHAT DID THE PROPHET (SAWW) SAY ABOUT HIS ORDERS Sahih Bukhari, Volume 9, Book 92, Number 391: Narrated Abu Huraira: The Prophet said, "Leave me as I leave you) for the people who were before you were ruined because of their questions and their differences over their prophets. So, if I forbid you to do something, then keep away from it. And if I order you to do something, then do of it as much as you can." ========
  9. What is wrong with that? I mean if the majority of people living in that area (Kurds) want a separate state for themselves what is wrong with that? In fact, looking at ethnic and religious differences, after Saddam why on earth did they not divide Iraq into smaller semi-autonomous states (emirates) with a central (federal) government with limited functions, something like United Emirates of Iraq?
  10. The Arab and Iranian scholars are surrounded by Indian and Pakistani students. Grand Ayatullah Bashir Najafi is himself a Pakistani. It is unlikely that they are unaware of their practices.
  11. Lets face it....... Iraqs army is very week. And air force almost non existent. Many of them just deserted instead of fighting. So now what you are left with is the left over army, Shia militias and volunteers. It will take them some time to organize, train and equip. Unless there is foreign intervention or a miracle, it will not be easy to take territory back from ISIS without air support. It would be a great achievement if they prevent the capital Baghdad from falling and defend the Holy Sites.
  12. Maulana Muhammad Hussain Najafi (Maulana Dhaku) is an educated but controversial scholar from Pakistan due to his fatwas. His following is very limited. Most Pakistani Shia follow well known scholars of Iraq and Iran.
  13. It will take some time for the volunteer militia to organize, train and equip.
  14. Can you tell me regarding the hadith if they are:- -right or wrong, -true or false, -repealing or repealed, -general or particular. -definite or indefinite -exact or surmised Is the narrator:- -a lying hypocrite or not -pious or a sinner -attached to the rulers (of misguidance) receiving wealth from them or not -after this world or not -mistaken or not -ignorant or knowledgeable -able to memorize or not -truthful or not -could he understand the meaning, real intention and reason of a saying or not ------------------------------------ Someone asked Amir al-Mu'minin Imam Ali (as) about concocted hadith and contradictory sayings of the Prophet current among the people, whereupon he said: "Certainly what is current among the people is both right and wrong, true and false, repealing and repealed, general and particular, definite and indefinite, exact and surmised. Even during the Prophet's days false sayings had been attributed to him, so much so that he had to say during his sermon that, "Whoever attributes falsehoods to me makes his abode in Hell." Those who relate traditions are of four categories, no more. First: The lying hypocrites The hypocrite is a person who makes a show of faith and adopts the appearance of a Muslim; he does not hesitate in sinning nor does he keep aloof from vice; he wilfully attributes false things against the Messenger of Allah - may Allah bless him and his descendants. If people knew that he was a hypocrite and a liar, they would not accept anything from him and would not confirm what he says. Rather they say that he is the companion of the Prophet, has met him, heard (his sayings) from him and acquired (knowledge) from him. They therefore accept what he says. Allah too had warned you well about the hypocrites and described them fully to you. They have continued after the Holy Prophet. They gained positions with the leaders of misguidance and callers towards Hell through falsehoods and slanderings. So, they put them in high posts and made them officers over the heads of the people, and amassed wealth through them. People are always with the rulers and after this world, except those to whom Allah affords protection. This is the first of the four categories. Second: Those, who are mistaken Then there is the individual who heard (a saying) from the Holy Prophet but did not memorise it as it was, but surmised it. He does not lie wilfully. Now, he carries the saying with him and relates it, acts upon it and claims that: "I heard it from the Messenger of Allah." If the Muslims come to know that he has committed a mistake in it, they will not accept it from him, and if he himself knows that he is on the wrong he will give it up. Third: Those who are ignorant The third man is he who heard the Prophet ordering to do a thing and later the Prophet refrained the people from doing it, but this man did not know it, or he heard the Prophet refraining people from a thing and later he allowed it, but this man did not know it. In this way he retained in his mind what had been repealed, and did not retain the repealing tradition. If he knew that it had been repealed he would reject it, or if the Muslims knew, when they heard it from him, that it had been repealed they would reject it. Fourth: Those who memorise truthfully The last, namely the fourth man, is he who does not speak a lie against Allah or against His Prophet. He hates falsehood out of fear for Allah and respect for the Messenger of Allah, and does not commit mistakes, but retains (in his mind) exactly what he heard (from the Prophet), and he relates it as he heard it without adding anything or omitting anything. He heard the repealing tradition, he retained it and acted upon it, and he heard the repealed tradition and rejected it. He also understands the particular and the general, and he knows the definite and indefinite, and gives everything its due position. The sayings of the Prophet used to be of two types. One was particular and the other common. Sometimes a man would hear him but he would not know what Allah, the Glorified, meant by it or what the Messenger of Allah meant by it. In this way the listener carries it and memorises it without knowing its meaning and its real intention, or what was its reason. Among the companions of the Messenger of Allah all were not in the habit of putting him questions and ask him the meanings, indeed they always wished that some Bedouin or stranger might come and ask him (peace be upon him) so that they would also listen. Whenever any such thing came before me, I asked him about its meaning and preserved it. Imam Ali (AS) said: These are the reasons and grounds of differences among the people in their traditions." (Sermon 210, Nehjul Balagah)
  15. Dont wait. Perform Hajj next year. If Allah gives you more money some day, you can perform another Hajj with your future wife and kids, InshaAllah. Take the Shia package. You cannot do things on your own. You should go with a well known Shia group with experience. Hajj is a difficult worship. There are multiple complications that group leaders can easily overcome. There are language issues, transportation issues, accommodation problems, food problems, health problems and above all mistakes that need correction. And Shia hajj rituals are different from Sunni Hajj rituals. For example Sunnis dont perform a Tawaf called Tawaf an.Nissa. If you dont perform it your wife could get haram for you. So its not that easy. There are no restrictions on Shia on performing Hajj. If you have to declare your faith while applying its Ok. As a Shia -You cant use Sajda Gah (mohor) to prostate on while offering prayers outside. Like near Kaaba or Masjid Nabawi. But there are other alternatives like doing sajda on a wodden matt, tissue paper or marble floor. -Sometime they give hard time when you visit Jannat al Baqi graveyard. Your Shia group will help you get arround these and many more issues. - Yes
  16. ^^ Classic. Let them attack the Shia, destroy the Holy Shrines, plunder their property, kill their men, take away children and women as slaves. Problem solved. :rolleyes: This is what happens when you leave your Aql (brain) behind.
  17. People always look towards their leaders to give them a clear direction. Generally its the duty of the armed forces of the country to defend, but this time they need the support of the common people. Hence the fatwa.
  18. I am wondering. Where are the anti-Ijtehad, anti-Marja and anti-Taqlid crowd? Where are the Pseudo Akhbaris, the hubeali.com and akhbari.org leaders and their followers? Why is it that only our Marja and scholars have stood up to defend the Holy Shrines, the Holy Lands and the innocent people who are under direct threat from the ISIS today. Why are they the only ones rallying able men to stand up and defend their country and the Holy Lands while everyone else remains silent. Why cant they show unity and support the just cause? WS
  19. Breaking News: Mortar shells hit Askariya holy shrine in Samarra 6 hours ago Al Mayadeen TV channel announced a mortar attack on the Askariya holy shrine in Samarra.Al Mayadeen TV channel announced a mortar attack on the Askariya holy shrine in Samarra. According to the report the outer wall of the shrine was damaged. The attack did not damage the inner parts of the shrine's building, but left 14 people injured. Any further news will be posted later. http://www.abna.ir/english/service/important/archive/2014/06/19/617245/story.html 14 casualties in Shiite holy shrine in Samarra - Iraq 5 hours ago BriefPolice sources reported here that 14 persons were injured by two shells that fell on the surroundings of Shiite holy shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi in Samarra' city. Police sources reported here that 14 persons were injured by two shells that fell on the surroundings of Shiite holy shrine of Imam Ali al-Hadi in Samarra' city. The sources pointed out that a Katyousha shell fell on the holy site, 40 km south of Tikrit that resulted in wounding four of federal police personnel and five from the Golden Division. Another rocket fell on a distance of less than one kilometer from the holy shrine that resulted in wounding five civilians, including a woman and a child, the sources added. http://www.abna.ir/english/service/important/archive/2014/06/19/617260/story.html
  20. These are examples to nullify the false idea that "God is in the creatures or the creatures are in Him". We see our reflection in the mirror but that does not mean we are physically in the mirror.
  21. There was fighting to capture the Holy City of Samarra but they failed. Karbala is far south from that area.
  22. Another good book on the subject is: Self Building by Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini
  23. Shia Irfan as I understand it: The word IRFAN literally means "Knower" i.e Those who know God. In a more practical sense it means those who have a better understanding of Allah or those who are close to Allah in a spiritual sense. Imam Ali (as) taught Dua to Kumail which says: يَا غَايَةَ آمَاِل العَارِفِينَ O Goal of the hopes of Your knowers (arefeen) And in Sahifa e Kamila (from Imam Sajjad (as) there is: مناجاة العارفين The Whispered Prayer of the Knowers (Aarefeen) Practicing Irfan could include: -Learning the inner meaning of concepts and practices. -Self cleansing and self building. -Adapting a sinless lifestyle. -Practicing Taqwa -Worshiping God with His Names, Salat, Ayats, Supplications (duas), etc. And doing all of the above in line with and according to the teachings of Ahlul Bait (AS). Now as far as special powers or miracles are concerned, every action has a reaction. When you get close to God (in a spiritual sense) it is possible that He removes veils from your eyes or gifts you with certain knowledge. So there should be no surprise there. But off course that should not be the ultimate goal of Irfan. The ultimate Goal should be to please Allah, to give up one's self for the sake of Allah. Irfan does not mean one leaves his family behind, wears dirty clothes, start listening to music and dancing or stops performing his social or religious duties. Quite opposite to that a true Irfani will earn money, take care of his family, perform all his religious duties (Salat, fasting, hajj, etc) Shia Irfan is therefore very different from Sufism or Sunni Irfan.
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