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  1. Mahdavist

    First time praying at my local (Sunni) masjid

    Our obligatory prayer is one of the most important acts of worship. Even being a twelver is not enough, one must be aadil in order to lead prayers. Being aadil means to refrain from greater sins and to not be repetitive with lesser sins. In situations where I am standing in a congregation where the Imam does not fulfill the criteria, I prefer to silently pray nawafil and then offer my obligatory prayer on my own after the congregation has dispersed. Wallahu a'lam.
  2. Mahdavist

    First time praying at my local (Sunni) masjid

    There is a famous hadith from Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام) regarding standing in the first row of such a congregation. You must make the intention of praying individually. If you are uncomfortable with the turbah consider using a straw mat instead. If questioned you can explain that the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) didn't make his sujood on carpets. Wallahu a'lam
  3. There are certainly many points on which one can take objection with Tawhidi. However, some of these points can easily be raised about many others. Some are calling him a fake scholar based on his lack of study, but at the same time long titles are being given to popular speakers who haven't studied much more than him. People are quick to label someone an agent as soon as they don’t like what they're saying. Did you ever consider that someone could have certain views, however strange they may be, without being on a payroll? Finally, I sometimes wonder if we attributed some of Tawhidis quotes that he is being criticized for to another speaker, would people still condemn it or would they start parroting it instead? Personally I don't care much for Tawhidi and I am certainly not defending him, but I do see some double standards in some of the arguments that are brought against him. Wallahu a'lam
  4. Mahdavist

    Migration of Imam Hussain (as)

    Walaikum as salam brother. I am not sure which post you are referring to exactly. I have only posted once in this thread. By all means, feel free to confront who you like. It doesn't upset me. Wallahu a'lam
  5. Mahdavist

    Which Sunni Madhab Is Closer To Shia Islam

    No, what the maraje and more importantly our aimmah have said is that one may stand in the congregation. However for your prayer to be valid you must either recite it on your own or behind an Imam who fulfills the criteria, one of which is to be a Twelver Shia. Wallahu a'lam
  6. Mahdavist

    Which Sunni Madhab Is Closer To Shia Islam

    Folding hands makes your prayer invalid and one of the conditions to lead prayer is to be Twelver Shia. You can verify this is in the risalah of any marja. Wallahu a'lam
  7. Mahdavist

    Migration of Imam Hussain (as)

    وَعِبادُ الرَّحمٰنِ الَّذينَ يَمشونَ عَلَى الأَرضِ هَونًا وَإِذا خاطَبَهُمُ الجاهِلونَ قالوا سَلامًا
  8. Mahdavist

    Sermon of Fadak - is it reliable?

    I think the discussion is getting a little ridiculous now with due respect. You argued that al Jahiz couldn't have fabricated the sermon because it was too eloquently written (you made this claim without even having a basic understanding of Arabic grammar, let alone prose) When it was pointed out to you that his linguistic skills and study of the Qur'an were at a level that allowed him to potentially fabricate such a sermon, your reaction was to somehow portray people as being followers of al Jahiz. This point is not only completely irrelevant, it is also dishonest. At the end of the day you do yourself an injustice and lose credibility when you do something like this. Instead of insisting on debating points which are outside of your knowledge and capabilities it would perhaps be more adequate to simply admit that the discussion is out of your depth and to politely step aside. It is more honourable to simply admit that you don’t know, rather than to bluff. You don't have to agree with what the brothers are saying if it doesn't convince you, but you don't do yourself any favours when you try to debate topics for which you simply lack the basic and fundamental tools. I am not posting this just to single you out, but rather because there is an obsession among people in our religious community to rush into debates and polemics without always taking the time to develop the required skills and knowledge. This has resulted in people being destroyed in debates, not because their position was wrong but simply because they lacked the knowledge to prove their point correctly. Wallahu a'lam
  9. Mahdavist

    Sermon of Fadak - is it reliable?

    Again, you seemed to have missed the point. None of these maraje are discussing or analyzing the chain of the narration, rather they are discussing the content. There is therefore no contradiction between the research carried out by Ibn al Hussain and others (pointing to discrepancies in the chain) and the maraje because as of yet nobody has presented their view on the chain or on the narrators. If indeed you bring forth the view of a scholar who says that the narrators in the chain were reliable then you have a basis to overrule the research presented earlier in this thread. Also keep in mind that the status of the narrators is not something that comes from the imagination of the brother who pointed out that they are unreliable and even admitted to fabricating the narration. Rather he has only pointed out what is already documented. Therefore this idea that we need to somehow 'rate Ibn al Hussain as narrator' makes no sense because he isn't transmitting something, rather he has stated what is already documented. Wallahu a'lam
  10. Mahdavist

    Sermon of Fadak - is it reliable?

    It would help to read what is behind the links rather than to just copy and paste. Ayatullah Golpaygani and others have not commented on the chain of the version of the sermon that is quoted from al Ihtijaj. To assume that they have authentified or verified the chain just because they are commenting on the matn (contents) of the narration is erroneous because often chains are not closely scrutinized when it comes to non-fiqhi matters. The fact is that there are different versions of this sermon recorded in various books, so to select one as the most authentic without having analyzed the sources and chains would be baseless. Brother Ibn al Hussain has shared what he has found through his own research. If there is another study that contradicts or corrects what he has claimed then by all means let it be shared and discussed. However, disliking the outcome of his research is not a credible basis to attack or criticize him. Furthermore , attributing views to major scholars without actually having their opinion on the said view available is dishonest and manipulative. Wallahu a'lam
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
  14. 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)
  15. 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