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  1. Scholars like Shaykh Makarem Shirazi say men must be fully clothed in public as well and cannot wear such clothes.
  2. The Qur'an is not a book of science, it is a book of guidance. I prefer Shaykh Makarem Shirazi's explanation where he says the Qur'an does not support or reject evolution. It is completely silent about it, at least in any explicit and direct manner.
  3. Salam It really depends from what perspective you are approaching this. Ayatollah Jawadi Amoli often quotes the tafsir, sometimes disagreeing with it (most of the time) and sometimes agreeing with it. Remember that Zamakhshari's contribution is a Mu'tazili one, so that's the perspective he takes. Early Shias shared a lot in common with Mu'tazilis so he may be closer in that regards. An interesting side point I saw in his tafsir is his belief that Iblis is actually a fallen angel (similar to the Christian perspective). Quite fascinating.
  4. Salams, There is a new Shia site available where the resident aalim of the SABA Center, Sayyid Nabi Raza Abidi, answers questions regarding Islamic law. For basic questions you should get your response within 48 hours. More complex questions require more time. You can find the site at http://www.moulanaonline.com Those of you who wish to know more about Sayyid Nabi Raza Abidi, you can see his facebook page (Saba Islamic Center) or check out his center's blog at: http://www.sabacenterblog.com or his main webpage: http://moulanaabidi.com
  5. Note that there is an option to put your marja's name in there. Usually the sayyid will also quote the marja's opinion on the given topic.
  6. Salams, There is a new site called moulanaonline.com http://www.moulanaonline.com ... where the resident aalim of the SABA Islamic Center in San Jose answers Q&As regarding Islamic law. I thought this was a useful site to share with members of this site. The mission of Sayyid Nabi Raza Abidi (the resident aalim answering the questions) is to answer your questions within 48 hours. If the questions, however, are more complex, it may take a little bit more time to answer. You have the option of having answers to your questions made public or private. The aalim has taken great care i
  7. Salams Laziness is an acquired habit and it corrupts the heart. The more you procrastinate, the more this disease will take hold of you. My suggestion is to start with really small things to kick off the habit, say, read one page a day and you'll realize it's not so bad. Do one small task a day, and when you're up for it, do another small one. Eventually you will want to do bigger things. Slowly you begin enjoying getting things done as for one, it helps fight off depression --> yes, laziness often begets nasty kinds of depression.
  8. salams So I figured out the problem (no thanks to the Microsoft techs). Office 365 for Mac doesn't have the RTL feature (right to left language) but it does have it for Windows although they do have the vertical features for East Asian languages. Anyone wanting Arabic on their word 365 needs to type it in directly or get a software that supports RTL, like Nisus or Milel.
  9. Salams, I recently acquired Microsoft Office 365 for my Mac. I am using words and I can type in Arabic fine. However, whenever I copy paste Arabic into the text the order of the words are reversed and sometimes the letter are disconnected. Word online presents no such problems. I am assuming that right-left reading direction is not enabled on word 365 for some reason. I have contacted microsoft tech support but none of them have a clue on how to fix my problem. I was hope someone here would have some sort of insight to the issue.
  10. I think the brother means if you can marry the person you committed zina with. The answer in Shia fiqh is yes although it is makruh but this is so long as you do not repent. Allah loves the repentant sinner more than the proud worshiper.
  11. Bismillah Ta'alaa Salam Alaikum Say salams for the sake of Allah and reap your rewards. If they are rude to you but you stay kind, you will reap even more rewards and blessings will be taken away from their own lives at their own doing. Rudeness comes from a diseased heart so do not be upset with them, their hearts are sick and they are miserable. My advice is to have pity and make dua for them that Allah removes whatever darkness there is in their hearts. Make sure to concentrate on the emotion of pity as it is the best remedy for hatred and spite against another who does wrong to you.
  12. salams We should be generous with our smiles and cheerfulness, but be moderate in outright laughter. That is my understanding of all the hadiths on the subject when looked at holistically.
  13. From my understanding (which may be wrong) it is for two reasons: 1) marriage is an opportunity to struggle against one's ego. It is like a boiling cauldron which brings out the worst out of people out in the open like boiling water but by doing so it also gives us a better insight as to what the diseases of our heart are and creates a ground where we can fight them and grow to become decent human beings. 2) it is there as an alternative to zina. Marriage saves the soul, zina destroys it. Permanent marriage has a plus over temporary marriage in that its spiritual effects are greater as it invo
  14. Salams, This fallible advice is first and foremost directed at myself before anyone else: 1) Real love happens after marriage. But there is a secret to it which the Qur'an unlocks for us, 1) mawaddah and 2) rahmah. The first (mawaddah) refers to a deep seated friendship between husband and wife, and the second (rahmah) is understanding that your spouse is a fallible and weak human beings. He or she will make mistakes, will sometimes act childish and not listen, do wrong things etc. part of rahmah is that you forgive the person for their faults and make excuses for them. This is not easy, b
  15. I hope you realize that al-Majlisi was not a sophisticated scholar by any means. All he was good for was compiling sources and finding lost texts, his opinions and statements don't have much worth in the hawza, at least with higher ranking serious scholars. For example, you will rarely see his opinions on anything quoted in advanced seminary classes (al-bahth al-khārij) so really these quotes from him are a waste of time. Second, manuscript discrepancies and differences exist with any text, especially with religious ones. This is why we have manuscript editions cost a lot of money and need
  16. You have a very lofty ideal as to what not "contradicting Allah and His messenger/Qur'an and the Sunnah" means. There is no normative position as to what the Qur'an or even more vaguely what the Sunnah imply in their various religious premises. This is why - historically speaking - there have been so many variant and competing interpretations about practically everything that has to do with Islam. Your statement might have some validity for your regular MSA or convenience store Muslim cashier or even ideological Islamists (few if none have studied history) but it won't fly with any serious his
  17. Salam, I noticed there was a debate as to whether or not Dr. Nasr is a Shia or Sunni on shiachat, here after 12:30 in the video below (interview on RT) he says that he is a member of the 12ver Shii branch of Islam:
  18. Some Tips on Dealing with Difficult Marriages #2 The following is my second set of tips on how to deal with difficult spouses and save one's marriage. Unlike the first one, these follow-up posts will be much shorter and to the point insha'Allah. Insha'Allah I will try to do this regularly. --- Bismillah Bitterness and anger are poisons for the heart and for most people who have to deal with bitter spouses, it is very difficult if not nearly impossible to be remain unhinged. This is because the words that come out of a bitter person are not random but are purposefully designed to sting
  19. I would add to this list that the aim of marriage is to learn wisdom, patience and grow as a humble servant of God. This means that you can forgive someone without them saying sorry. I will add this, some problems will never be solved and constantly going back to them will only make worse. If you see you can live with it and something is just too deep for the person to change in, you need to move on and forget about the problem. That's one key in marriage, learning that some things won't change and learning to deal with it.
  20. Some Tips on Dealing with Difficult Marriages Bismillah I would like to begin this post by first admitting my ignorance and my own lack of wisdom when it comes to life issues and how to lead a healthy married life is one of them. But I have been married for ten years with two children and Allah blessed me with teachers throughout this time who imparted some of their wisdom to me although I must admit that I didn’t always follow them. Given how active this part of the forum is and how this is a main issue in the lives of Muslims and non-Muslims alike, I thought I might share a few tips give
  21. Solving an issue of the book's tariq (and the above way is what I call band-aid fixing) does not solve the book's credibility. At most it will give 'itibaar for those who are faithful so that when they use the book they have an excuse before Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì that some method of pious verification was involved. But in terms of scientific, objective standards this is far from solving the problem. The problem with discrepant manuscripts is that it even goes for the version which we follow. But this is only the minor problem relative to larger problem of non-existent manuscripts of the earlier
  22. Salam Alaikum Insha'Allah you are doing well brother. It's not radical skepticism, it's called proper historiography and using credible standards. People are welcome to accept these books based on faith and because it inspires them somehow, but they should refrain from making scientific claims on the historical reliability of the text - it just doesn't fly. Basaa'ir is one of the tops when it comes to lacking manuscript credibility. Let's take your example of Kitab al-Mahasin, we have over 10 manuscripts that can be dated back very early, even back to the century of al-Barqi hi
  23. Salams, I apologize that I wrote a bit hasty without looking back at what I wrote so what you wrote above is out of place but I blame myself for that. I meant that there are serious doubts that al-Saffar even wrote the contents of the book that we now have in our hands called Basaa'ir al-Darajaat. We know that he had such a book as Kulayni draws from it and our various books, even some asanid mention the author and his book. The problem is that the book that is in our hands and its contents cannot in any reliable fashion be traced back to al-Saffar and thus the doubts as to if he even wrote
  24. The first act of creation is also the beginning of time. There is no before time.
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