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  1. Mahdavist

    Popular - Unreliable - Accounts Related to Ashura

    I can't help but point out the irony of this post. I think some people are really getting the wrong end of the stick here and imagining some kind of conspiracy. The brother has translated an important article. I have no clue why one or two of the other brothers took offence to it. In your case your issue seemed to be the claim that some of the later narrations are lies/exaggerations rather than honest mistakes as well as the discussion around apostacy. To me it was quite obvious that the brother wasnt saying that hearing an unreliable narration leads to apostasy. What I have however observed is that if authenticity is disregarded from the pulpit, then people lose faith in the entire system and institution. This isn't something that happens overnight or instantly but it is a gradual process. Of course it is their own loss that they left religion because of the shortcomings of some of the speakers they came across, and this isnt the primary reason for why authenticity should be upheld but the brother isn't exaggerating when he points out this unfortunate phenomenon. Regarding the other statement about lies, deception and exaggeration I would have to go back and see in what context this was used (was it against al kashani, al kashifi or some of the sources that they used?) Either way, my humble suggestion would be to not rush to conclusions about the sincerity of the brother who has done this translation. It is a more valuable contribution than what most of us are doing on this particular forum. Wallahu a'lam
  2. Our faith can only truly be accepted and certified by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. Whether an ignorant person accepts you as a muslim or not is irrelevant and meaningless. These are not the people who can accept or reject your deeds and nor can they intercede for you in the grave. Wallahu a'lam
  3. Mahdavist

    Popular - Unreliable - Accounts Related to Ashura

    @Ibn al-Hussain Jazakallah dear brother for your time and effort in translating this important work and also for explaining some of the factors and methods in this thread in clear and simple terms which can be understood by the layman. This is very much appreciated. As aspiring followers of the ahlulbayt (as) it is quite obvious that we must continuously strive to uphold what is true and correct and distance ourselves from misrepresentations and misportrayals. May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى guide us all
  4. Mahdavist

    any sayed/ sheikh to help me

    I think sayyed al kashmiri's contact details are available there. If not try sayed al musawi (www.wabil.com)
  5. Mahdavist

    is this normal in america

    People have to stop thinking that 'white' people are one single evil entity. Like any other race, each person is different. By the way, according to some reports the mothers of one or more imams may have been white. On that same note, most of their killers certainly weren't white. Wallahu a'lam
  6. Like @King mentioned, when it comes to politics its each man for himself. Showing anger at the cartoons might have gained him some points as a future candidate, but once you are actually in power its a different story. Many of these leaders have probably accepted that there isnt much they can do about it. China doesn't interfere in the domestic or foreign affairs of the countries it does business with and similarly doesn't care for anyone's interference in their affairs either. If there is any reaction at all it will have to come from the general public.
  7. Doesnt seem to have stopped Israel from taking you over
  8. Ok I understand a little better now. She has some natural concerns regarding the challenges of motherhood. However, rather than to avoid these challenges she should perhaps address them and work on a plan (the rest is in the hands of Allah swt) In our daily lives every activity we undertake has the potential of being sinful, even praying (risk of riya, or self-conceit). As muslims our daily struggle is to strengthen our faith, maintain piety and carry out these tasks, duties and acts with sincerity and faith in Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى
  9. I don't think it would, because trust in Allah swt does not require one to reject medical findings or conditions.
  10. Firstly everything should be done for the sake of Allah swt. Of course, one can please or obey their partner for the sake of Allah swt as well, so this argument shouldn't be used as an excuse for refusals. The woman in question should firstly understand and evaluate why she doesn't want children and if these reasons are justified or not. If they are she can discuss and explain them to her partner because open communication is essential in marriage. It is possible that they will find a common solution that keeps everyone happy. Wallahu a'lam
  11. Mahdavist

    Which Marja' allows free mixing of gyms?

    These differences are not due to bias and generally they are quite minimal. Whether something is interpreted as haram or makrooh might come down to how strongly it was discouraged in a certain narration. The safe approach in such a situation is to practice ihtiyat (precaution). Regarding your other comment about using our own mind, this becomes relevant once the mind is equipped with the right basis and foundation. Indeed after quran, sunnah and ijma the fourth source of rulings is aql, but the aql must already be familiar with the quran, with the ahadith and with the ijma of the ulema for it to be a reliable guideline in matters of fiqh (assuming that the three previous sources have not provided a conclusion). When one is not well aware of the quran, the sunnah and the ijma of previous scholars then it is highly unlikely that their erroneous reasoning alone will yield the right conclusion in terms of jurisprudence. Wallahu a'lam
  12. Whether music is haram or halal depends not only on the content but also on the form. This is why many so called islamic songs (in arabic or other languages) are already quite questionable in terms of their permissibility. If the songs you are referring to sound different to music that is suitable for entertainment gatherings and if their content is acceptable from a religious point of view, then only is it permissible. Wallahu a'lam
  13. Mahdavist

    Which Marja' allows free mixing of gyms?

    This is misleading if you don't mind me saying so. The ruling has nothing to do with catcalling or with society/culture. The marja has categorically said that it is not permissible (based on obligatory precaution). @aaljibar in this case you can refer to another marja but you should already know which marja you will refer to in cases of obligatory precaution (as opposed to looking for one who allows a certain act and then deciding to follow their ruling). This is the marja who you consider to be the most knowledgeable after sayed al sistani. Wallahu a'lam
  14. I think the brother has already received answers and support. The thread started getting derailed from page 2 onwards. I would like to request the mods to either delete the irrelevant posts or to lock the thread (if the brother who opened it agrees) JazakumAllah
  15. Mahdavist

    The Issue of Slavery in Contemporary Islam

    Salaam alaikum dear brother. Thanks for sharing this much anticipated translation. May Allah swt reward you. Slightly off topic: I recently read a thread where you briefly discussed your muharram lectures from one or two years ago. I remember you mentioned that you wouldn't be able to share recordings. However, have you considered sharing write ups/blog entries (assuming your notes were already typed up?) I think there would be quite a lot of interest. Please do give it a thought. Jazakumallah