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Jaabir

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  1. Walaykum salam, We don't know what the person said exactly for him to get arrested and handed a five year sentence, but if he said something that is mentioned in our kutub there should be no problem in sharing it. If you don't agree with 'insulting' the Sahaba, then maybe those companions shouldn't have done those deeds in the first place. There's no need to remind everyone that Tabarra from the enemies of the Ahlul Bayt is part of our Furu` al-deen. If the person who was sentenced said it in an academic discussion/debate then that's even more exposing of the Pak government's oppression. Is this law exclusively for Shi'as to follow? Where are the news reports of the jail terms handed to Pakistani Muslims who insult Pakistani Christian or Hindu beliefs? I've seen several instances where Hindu religious beliefs are mocked or ridiculed, or Christian beliefs are insulted but masked as honest debate, but all I've heard of is Christians being handed death sentences and fleeing the country or Shi'as being handed lengthy jail terms or kidnapped. Where are then sentences for those who call Shi'a kafir in Pakistan? Is this not "outraging the religious feelings" according to the law you shared?
  2. I don't understand why the people who argued in favour of the Earth's spherical shape would lie about it in the first place. What do they have to gain by everyone believing it's not flat? It's not like they woke up one day and decided to play a joke on the entire world by announcing the world is not flat. This isn't one of your "9/11 was an inside job" kind of conspiracies lol.
  3. I'm curious to hear what all the nationalist Pakistani Shi'as have to say about this one: https://www.dawn.com/news/1511436 What's ridiculous about this is that the man was charged with "posting blasphemous material against the Sahaba" as if saying anything about the fallible Sahaba is tantamount to attacking Allah. Is this the Pakistan Imran Khan promised? It's quite clear that Shi'as in Pakistan are not given the freedoms that others enjoy and it's disappointing to see the number of Pakistani Shi'as go out of their way to defend the same regime that oppresses them. Apparently Imran Khan is a saviour of some sort but still won't allow minorities to practice freedom of speech. A few examples of what Shi'as in Pakistan deal with not counting the government-facilitated bombings and assassinations: https://www.indiatoday.in/world/story/Pakistan-sentences-man-to-death-for-blasphemy-on-facebook-982229-2017-06-12 https://www.dw.com/en/why-are-Pakistani-shiites-disappearing/a-49524026 https://www.bbc.com/news/world-Asia-44280552
  4. The Iranian revolution had a huge impact on every single Shi'I in the world. I've spoken to a few Indo-Pak Shi'as and they all say that the sizable population of Shi'as in their countries were largely irreligious and almost completely 'cultural' Shi'as. During the revolution and afterwards during the Iran-Iraq war, people became more and more aware of their beliefs and started learning what Shi'a Islam is all about. One of the reasons Saddam invaded was also because of fear of this influence. Aal Sa'ud was scared out of their socks for their largely marginalized Shi'a population seeing the success of Iran's revolution and trying to follow in their path. Yet the revolution succeeded miraculously even though literally every major country in the world was against it and helped Saddam to crush it. Before the Iranian revolution, Shi'as around the world were the poorest or most oppressed people in their regions who had no hope for a better future. Whether it was the farmers of South Lebanon or those in slums of Baghdad, the surrounded city of Parachinar or the oppressed Hazara people, every Shi'a that feels their life is in danger today can now seek asylum in Iran. If there was no Iranian revolution, it's probably safe to say there would barely even be a handful of Shi'as in Nigeria, the Sayyeda Zainab mosque would be destroyed by now, a portion of Lebanon would be annexed by Israel, and the Ba'athist wouldn't allow any religious travels to the mosques in Iraq and prominent Shi'as would be hunted down and disappeared like they have for decades. Before the revolution, Shi'as had no voice in the international arena. Whether Shi'as today disagree with Iranian politics or religious views, we all owe a huge debt to the Iranian revolution for so much. As for Egyptians, they're definitely less intolerant than certain Khaleejis. It's quite hard for Iran to do much in the Arab world countries that don't have much of a Shi'a population without them accusing Iran of "meddling in our internal affairs." So I don't know how much Iran has a hand in Egypt. Maybe the Egyptians that do convert to Shi'a Islam do so out of their own convictions. But if it starts growing to the point where they're getting noticed, I'd expect they'll be banned from practicing in Egypt or we'll see more Hassan Shehata incidents. Inshallah more people find the truth on their own.
  5. Salam brother and welcome to the forum. There isn't anything in particular you need to say since the shahada is the same. Holding the belief in the wilayah of Ali (عليه السلام) and the rest of the Imams is the perfection of your deen. Also review our Usul al-deen and Furu` al-deen for more details on the beliefs of Shi'a Muslims. If you would like to share your story of what led you to Shi'a Islam, many of us would be interested. Here you can find the conversion stories of some who converted:
  6. Yes, but he's not Arab like the brother has claimed. If I'm not mistaken, Imam Khamenei is half Azeri-Turk and half Persian. Being Sayed does not mean you're automatically Arab.
  7. Jazakallah for your efforts. Your posts with textual references are valuable. But on a minor (and off-topic) note, and I'm just a nit-picky person when it comes to these things, your English transcriptions of the Arabic text is a tad inaccurate and it'd be better if you just translated the Arabic into plain English. For example: Maybe take a look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Arabic Apologies for the off-topic post.
  8. Will try to find you the source. Also keep in mind that shrine ≠ dharih. There's no problem with kissing the dharih, but some go to the extent to kissing the doorsteps of the mosques/shrines which is definitely a questionable act. I also stumbled upon this which may be of interest: http://realtashayyu.blogspot.com/2015/10/crawling-in-shrines-and-kissing-them.html
  9. With all due respect brother, why do you give 2 cents about what Sunnis call or don't call you? This world is not a road made of roses. Shi'as of today don't realize how easy we have it compared to the what the Shi'as of Ummayad or Abbasid times had to go through. We do not practice our deen for the appeasement of Sunnis, we are on the haqq and we should be the ones asking them why they attack those on the truth. As for tatbir, I don't know of any classical scholars forbidding it and only recently it has come under increasing pressure. However crawling upon the torso towards the mosques of Imam Husayn or any other Ahlul Bayt is an innovation according to Sayed Khamenei which I agree with. Ayatullah Hossein Burujerdi even forbade kissing of shrines/doorsteps of shrines.
  10. Sheikh al-Mufeed says those that believe the Prophets or A'immah have absolute knowledge of the unseen are mufawidhah or ghulat. وأقول : أن الأئمة من آل محمد صلى الله عليه وآله قد كانوا يعرفون ضمائر بعض العباد ويعرفون ما يكون قبل كونه ، وليس ذلك بواجب في صفاتهم ولا شرطا في إمامتهم ، وإنما أكرمهم الله تعالى به وأعلمهم إياه للطف في طاعتهم والتمسك بإمامتهم ، وليس ذلك بواجب عقلا ولكنه وجب لهم من جهة السماع ، فأما إطلاق القول عليهـم بأنهم يعلمون الغيب فهو منكر بيّن الفساد لأن الوصف بذلك إنما يستحقه من علم الأشياء بنفسه لا بعلم مستفاد وهذا لا يكون إلا لله عز وجل وعلى قولي هذا جماعة أهل الإمامة إلا من شذ عنهم من المفوضة ومن انتمى إليهم من الغلاة " أوائل المقالات صفحة ٦. The same way Prophets Lut and Nuh married sinful wives unknowingly, Prophet Muhammad's case may be the same. And it's incorrect to say that the Prophet should have known about her before he married her since he had 'ilm al-ghayb, because the Prophets and A'immah don't have absolute knowledge of the unseen, rather they have knowledge of only certain unseen facts that is granted to them. Also, Abu Bakr's tribe was a minor clan within the Qurashiites. It's unlikely that the Prophet married Abu Bakr's daughter to forge some sort of an alliance or unite clans. Edit: just noticed I shared the same quote of al-Mufeed as brother ibn al-Hussain shared earlier. Whoops.
  11. It has become common now to call Abdallah al-Radhi` synonymous as Ali al-Asghar. I don't know where it started from but it doesn't make sense to call him the younger Ali when his name isn't even Ali. We call Imam Hussain by his kunya, aba 'Abdillah, because he was the father of Abdallah al-Radhi` (عبدالله الرضیع) - the martyred infant of the Imam. Imam Ali Zayn al-Abideen is the eldest son, therefore logically he is Ali al-Akbar. The son of Imam Hussain that was younger than Imam Zayn al-Abideen but older than Abdallah al-Radhi`, is now commonly known as Ali al-Akbar even though he is younger than our fourth Imam. Therefore, he is Ali al-Asghar.
  12. According to Shaykh al-Mufeed in Kitab al-Irshad the names of Imam Hussain's children are: 1. Ali b. al-Husayn al-Akbar (Imam Zayn al-Abideen) 2. Ali b. al-Husayn al-Asghar 3. Ja'far b. al-Husayn (died sometime during the life of Imam Hussain) 4. 'Abd Allah b. al-Husayn (the child martyred on Ashura) 5. Sukayna, daughter of al-Husayn (sister of 'Abdallah b. al-Husayn) 6. Fatima, daughter of al-Husayn.
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