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Vale of Tempe

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  1. Part I Well, when it comes to Tafseers, they are all sectarian-based. And that includes Quran translations and footnotes emanating from the Hadith Rejector groups. From a certain angle, the Hadith Rejectors may have some valid points too. If the Quran is to be explained by a shaky document called Hadith, then the Tafseers are to be taken with a grain of salt. My opinion above is also sectarian-based. Those who are on the straight path are those who have been ni'mah (trilateral nun ayn mim). One thinks ni'mah as all things good – tangible or intangible – good food, nice clothes, nice women, mind free from troubles and depression. In the Shia world, the greatest ni'mah is Wilayah which in general terms means Guidance. Quran is Guidance. And the man holding the Quran to guide me and you fall within this concept of Wilayah. Your Wilayah is your chain of Sufi Masters. The Shia believe however that the Wilayah is scoped to inerrant men only (whomever they may be). The story of all prophethood is the same. The prophet came to guide his people, and at the end, some (i) followed him (ii) did not follow and harshly rejected him (iii) followed him initially and then convoluted his teachings later on. In the Shia world, the Guide was meant to be Imam Ali (as). Some followers convoluted Muhammad's (pbuh&hf) true teachings and they went astray are become what they are today. OK. That's all sectarian thinking. Part II Now your issue is that Quran has no hidden meaning. If I read you correct, Quran is devoid of parts being in figuratives and metaphors? The Qur’an is pretty metaphorically, as in in verse Surat 'Ali `Imran [3:7] : It is He who has sent down to you, [O Muhammad], the Book; in it are verses [that are] precise - they are the foundation of the Book - and others unspecific. As for those in whose hearts is deviation [from truth], they will follow that of it which is unspecific, seeking discord and seeking an interpretation [suitable to them]. And no one knows its [true] interpretation except Allah . But those firm in knowledge say, "We believe in it. All [of it] is from our Lord." And no one will be reminded except those of understanding. Al-Baqarah 2:74 is also metaphorical: Then your hearts became hardened after that, being like stones or even harder. For indeed, there are stones from which rivers burst forth, and there are some of them that split open and water comes out, and there are some of them that fall down for fear of Allah . And Allah is not unaware of what you do. I am sure they are hidden meanings in the Quran. Take 'night' and 'day'. Day is light - good!. Night is devoid of light - bad!
  2. This is only my intuition. Most common understanding is that they refer to the Yahud and Nasara. This may be seen from an inter-religious perspective. From the intra-religious perspective, I view l-maghḍūbi as referring to the Nasibis, and l-ḍālīna referring other non-Shias who are (i) unaware or (ii) do not acknowledge the Wilaya of Imam Ali (as) AND at the same neither hate nor inflict harm to the Ahlul Bayt (as). l-maghḍūbi those who earned (Your) wrath l-ḍālīna (of) those who go astray
  3. Salam, can anyone share the below Du'a in its Arabic version? Thank you From Imam Ali (as): "Whoever of you [men] would like to get married should pray two rak`a and read al-Fatiha and Yaseen in them. When the prayer is over, you should praise Allah (hamd), glorify him (with other words, i.e. subhanAllah, tabarakAllah, etc.) and say: 'O Allah, grant me a loving, fertile, thankful, and protective spouse, who is thankful when I am good to her, and seeks forgiveness [for me] when I am bad to her, and aids me when I mention Allah, and remembers when I forget, and preserves herself [from the approaches of other men] when I leave her presence, and makes me happy when I enter her presence, and obeys when I demand, and fulfills the oaths I have her swear, and seeks to please me when I am angry, O Lord of Majesty and Generosity.'"
  4. No. 1. To shiaman14 or any well-informed members: the above aqeeda set is for 12vers, right? If yes, can any members provide an excellent site that dwells on the foundational aspect of aqeeda alone (minus the fiqh practical how-to bla bla bla)? Or sites that provide some angle of comparing other aqeedas as well. If such sites exist. TQ No. 2. Since I was Sunni I have had heard things like Ashaari & Maturidi. My religious teacher said not to worry those things cos it is for ulama level. My curiosity why these two are mentioned in the subject of Aqeeda, isn't the Prophet (SAW) the source of Aqeeda? TQ No. 3. Is Aqeeda an evolutionary, dynamic subject or static throughout time? TQ
  5. Salam to all Muslims. I need some insight and clarification on this subject. I know that Aqeeda and Fiqh are different disciplines. So, how many categories of Aqeeda are there, and who "founded" them? So, how many categories of Fiqh are there, and who "founded" them? Lastly, can we mix and choose?
  6. Salam Is this hadeeth authentic? Does it tally with M Jinan? A man wrote to Imam Hasan al-`Askari [a], speaking of a man who said that the Messenger of Allah [SA] did not increase his prayers (salat) in the month of Ramadan. The Imam replied, "He lied, may Allah rip his mouth. In [the first] twenty nights of the month of Ramadan, the Messenger of Allah would pray twenty rak`a in each night. In the night of the twenty-first and the night of the twenty-third, he would pray one hundred rak`a. And, in the last ten nights, he would pray thirty rak`a each night."
  7. Feeling devastated and suicidal after reading this. I am one of those people whom very likely will not have a chance to be married. 10– The Prophet (SAW) said, 'The worst ones from among your dead are the single people.’[Bihar al-Anwar, p. 221, no. 34] 11– The Prophet (SAW) said, 'The worst ones from among you are the single ones – two units of prayer performed by a married person is better than seventy units performed by an unmarried person.’[Kanz al-`Ummal, no. 44448]
  8. Salamualaykum, Can anybody provide some info on these verses? Who made the supplication(s)? Was it made by one persons or different individuals? On what occasions were they made? In v193, who is the caller to faith (singular or plural)? In v194, rusulika (messenger), is it singular or plural? OK, in v190, my educated guess is that "al-bab" refers to Ahlul-Bayt (as) but may include others that came b4 them ... Overall, to me, it seems like these verses are generic and refer to all periods when believers were guided by different messengers, my wild guess
  9. http://www.duas.org/downloads/Tohfatul_Hashmiya_DuaBook.pdf With ref. to page 33 to the above pdf booklet, it is mentioned: 1. Tahlilat means reciting: Laa ELAAHA illallaah (There is no god except Allah) 2. It is narrated from the Prophet (s.a.w.a.): Indeed the ‘Tahlil’ of Quran is in 36 places in the Book of Allah, the Exalted. I am just curious how there are only "36 places" when earlier I just recited Sura Ghafir and I came across a "Tahlilat" in Verse No. 3. I am sure there are many other verses in the Quran that say "LA ILLA HA ILLA HU WA".
  10. https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/96411248/Mizanul%20Hikmah.pdf
  11. Matters of faith aside ... [1] At the macro level from development economics, I want a revamp in the economic system now highly-skewed beyond mitigation to care for the truly majority have-nots. [2] A anti-gravity technology that is owned and prospered by the Muslim community. TQ
  12. I wish somebody touches on what are the component parts / constituents / critieria of a philosophical thought. A car is said to be car because it has a chassis, four wheels, engine, exhaust system, brake system, and so forth. A car is distinct from a motorbike. How do we discern and tell 'ahah! that's philosophical' or 'that's just plain empirical observation' ...?
  13. I wish we have a few philosophy students in the house because I need some good advice whether it is worth the time to read up on this area. (The other area which I am also pursuing—in baby steps—Philosophy of Science.) I am interested in Perennial Philosophy because it has to do with religion, and perhaps because we have a Muslim in Seyd Nasr who has written books in this area as well. So far I got excited after reading "The Crisis of the Modern World" by Rene Guenon and "Frithjof Schuon and the Perennial Philosophy" by Harry Oldmeadow. I already know the big names in the area. I anticipate it may take a few years to cover the area so I need to know whether it's worth it. Any input?
  14. I do not understand what this means. So, to be a philosopher, one must live alone? What is wrong if anyone wishes to live alone? Living alone does not mean shunning people, friends, and families. When we go to work we mix with people. When we go to prayer places we mix with people. Some people when they go home they may prefer to live alone. Some people find contemplation in solitude. What is wrong with that? The word beast or god sounds so awful.
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