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CaLiFoRniA

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  1. Of course, you could always choose to do your own translations. Oh, wait...If you could, you wouldn't need to use his...
  2. If you're going to use another person's work, at least give them credit where credit is due. http://www.*******.org/hadiths/hudud/fornication/chapter-17
  3. 1 The protocol for female chaplains would be similar (in that it would be appropriate to shake hands with the womenfolk but should avoid physical contact with the men). Again, often the best thing would be to place one's hand on their chest as a form of greeting and reverence. 2 There shouldn't be an issue with both chaplains informing the men and women together. However, some families may prefer to separate the two genders. It may be a good idea to separate in the case that the women would like privacy to mourn. 3 It really depends on the family. Most muslims may have a particular mosque they frequent, but not necessarily a relationship as such with an imam. Though, if they do then it may be a good idea to contact the imam of their local mosque.
  4. Yes, generally-speaking dogs are considered najis (ritually impure). Coming into contact with something najis requires one to purify themselves (typically through washing). In this regard, Islamic law is very similar to Jewish law (that is the concept of ritual purity). Of course, what specifically constitutes najasat (pl.) differs among believers of various religious persuasions. However, such things as alcoholic beverages and pig meat certainly qualify as najasat. Another thing (as far as sensitivity is concerned) is that as a male, one should avoid making physical contact with the womenfolk (e.g. shaking hands or giving hugs). As you can imagine, not all believers implement the Islamic law in their daily lives to the same degree. However, during such occasions, muslim women tend to dress and behave more modestly. So, it would be better to place one's hand on their chest as a form of greeting and respect.
  5. Can you be a bit more descriptive? I want to make sure I understand what you're asking here.
  6. There are some specific verses in the Qur'ān that are often recited during such moments of grief (and particularly at the loss of a loved one). [2:153-157] يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اسْتَعِينُوا بِالصَّبْرِ‌ وَالصَّلَاةِ ۚ إِنَّ اللَّـهَ مَعَ الصَّابِرِ‌ينَ O all you who believe, seek you help in patience and prayer; surely God is with the patient. وَلَا تَقُولُوا لِمَن يُقْتَلُ فِي سَبِيلِ اللَّـهِ أَمْوَاتٌ ۚ بَلْ أَحْيَاءٌ وَلَـٰكِن لَّا تَشْعُرُ‌ونَ And say not of those slain in God's way, 'They are dead'; rather they are living, but you are not aware. وَلَنَبْلُوَنَّكُم بِشَيْءٍ مِّنَ الْخَوْفِ وَالْجُوعِ وَنَقْصٍ مِّنَ الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَنفُسِ وَالثَّمَرَ‌اتِ ۗ وَبَشِّرِ‌ الصَّابِرِ‌ينَ Surely We will try you with something of fear and hunger, and diminution of goods and lives and fruits; yet give thou good tidings unto the patient الَّذِينَ إِذَا أَصَابَتْهُم مُّصِيبَةٌ قَالُوا إِنَّا لِلَّـهِ وَإِنَّا إِلَيْهِ رَ‌اجِعُونَ who, when they are visited by an affliction, say, 'Surely we belong to God, and to Him we return'; أُولَـٰئِكَ عَلَيْهِمْ صَلَوَاتٌ مِّن رَّ‌بِّهِمْ وَرَ‌حْمَةٌ ۖ وَأُولَـٰئِكَ هُمُ الْمُهْتَدُونَ upon those rest blessings and mercy from their Lord, and those -- they are the truly guided.
  7. Why not just tell it like it is? All of them, fulān wa fulān wa fulān, are shayāṭīn. They are clearly apostates and they represent the armies of jahl in this world. The foundations of spiritual praxis include both walāya and barā'a.
  8. I am sorry to hear about this and pray it goes away. I think what's best is if you just supplicate to Allah from the heart. To express what you feel and ask from Him directly and personally.
  9. I agree, a metaphysical archetype for all that is evil in the cosmos, manifesting itself in various different ways.
  10. Raj`a is a classical Shi`i doctrine.
  11. May Allāh hasten the return of al-Kāẓim (ع) and makes us all from his righteous companions.
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