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  1. Salam Imam Baqir a.s. says: verily the heart of the person who is seeking Haqq moves from its place to his throat continuously till it finds Haqq(Truth), then it(heart) will be relaxed. Then Imam a.s. put His fingers together and recited this verse: Therefore (for) whomsoever Allah intends that He would guide him aright, He expands his breast for Islam. N.T: "Heart moves from its place to the throat" is an allegory of: being stressful and restless. Good luck.
  2. *Our 9th Imam* Childhood The 9th Imam was 5 years old when his father was called to Baghdad by Mamun Rashid to be his 'heir apparent'. When Imam Ali Reza (a.s.) was leaving he saw his son putting sand in his hair. He asked why and the young Imam replied that this was what an orphan did. His titles, life and works He became an Imam at the age of 9. Mamun Rashid thought that as all the rulers before him had oppressed the Imams and their schemes had backfired that he would try to bribe the Imams. He tried to make the 8th Imam his heir apparent and give him power and wealth but that also backfired. He now tried to use power and wealth with the 9th Imam again but from a much younger age thinking that he would be able to influence him. His main purpose was also to make sure that the 12th Imam (whom he knew would bring justice to the world) would be from his progeny and therefore intended to give his daughter Ummul Fadhl to the Imam for a wife. Mamun still continued oppressing the family and followers of the Ahlul-bayt (a.s.). Mamun called the young Imam (a.s.) to Baghdad from Madinah and offered his daughter. This infuriated his family (Banu Abbas). To prove to them the excellence of Imam even at a young age he arranged a meeting between Imam and the most learned of men at that time - Yahya bin Athkam. It was a grand occasion with some 900 other scholars present. Imam (a.s.) was first asked by Yahya: What is the compensation (kaffara) for a person in Ehraam who hunted and killed his prey?" Imam replied that there were many more details required before he could answer the question: Did the Muhrim (one in Ehraam) hunt in the haram or outside? Did the Muhrim know Sharia or not? Did he hunt intentionally or not? Did he hunt for the first time or was this one of many times? Was he free or a slave? Was his prey a bird or an animal? Was it big or small? Had he hunted by day or by night? Was he baligh or not? Was he repentant or not? Was his ehraam for Hajj or Umra? Yahya was stunned. He looked down and started sweating. Mamun asked the young Imam to answer the question, which he did, and then Imam asked Yayha a question which he could not answer. The Banu Abbas admitted defeat and Mamun took the opportunity to offer his daughter in marraige to Imam. Imam (a.s.) read his own Nikah (the khutba of which is used today) with the Mahr (dowry) of 500 dirhams. Imam wrote a letter to Mamun that he would also give Ummul Fadhl Mahr from the wealth of Aakhira. This was in the form of 10 duas which were for fulfilling any hajaat (desires) [Chain of narrators up to Prophet - Jibrail - Allah]* . Thus his title Al-Jawad (the generous one). * These duas are found in Mafatihul Jinaan (pg 447 - In margin) Imam lived for a year in Baghdad with Ummul Fadhl. She was very disobedient to Imam. When she found out that Imam had another wife (from the progeny of Ammar-e-Yasir) and that there were also children, she was jealous and angry realizing that her father's plan had failed. She complained to her father who also realized that his plan, to keep the 12th Imam in his progeny, had failed. He was enraged and in his rage he drank heavily and went to the 9th Imam's house and attacked Imam with a sword. Both Ummul Fadhl and a servant saw the attack and believed Imam was dead. Mamun on waking next morning realized the consequences of his attack and was thinking of arranging the disposal of Imam's body when he saw Imam well without a scratch on him. He was confused and asked Imam who showed him an amulet which is called Hirze Jawad. Imam told him it was from his grand mother Bibi Fatima Zahra (a.s.) and kept the wearer safe from all except the angel of death. Mamun asked Imam for it and Imam gave him one. Now Mamun was scared and tried a new tactic. He tried to deviate Imam by sending him beautiful girls and musicians. When he realised nothing was working he let Imam return to Madinah. Imam used this time to prepare the masails of Taqleed and Ijtihaad in preparation for the 12th Imam knowing that both the 10th and the 11th Imam would spend most of their lives in prison. He also prepared the people of Madinah teaching true Islam knowing that this would be the last time they would be able to receive guidance directly from an Imam for a long time. Ummul Fadhl continuously complained of Imam to her father who sent her letters back. Mamun died in 218 A.H. and was succeeded by his brother Mo'tasam Billah. He openly announced that all Shias were not Muslims. He said it was required for people to kill and prosecute Shias, and to destroy property belonging to Shias. Ummul Fadhl now started complaining to her uncle who was sympathetic to her. Mo'tasam called Imam to Baghdad. He asked Imam to pass judgment of how to punish a thief. Imam said only fingers could be cut as the palms were for Allah (as in Qur'an - it is one of the wajib parts to touch the ground during sajda). As this decision was contrary to the decision of the other 'Ulama' it strengthened the position of the Shias. Martyrdom and Burial With instigation from both the 'spiteful Ulama' and Ummul Fadhl, Mo'tasam sent poison which Ummul Fadhl put in Imam's drink and gave it to him. Imam was martyred on 29th Dhulqa'ada at the age of 25 years and is buried near his grandfather in Kadhmain. His son the 10th Imam, Imam Ali un Naqi (a.s.) gave him ghusl and kafan.
  3. Salam There are some similar sentences in Holy Quran, as: He said," O Iblis! What keeps you from prostrating before that which I have created with My[ own ]two hands? Are you arrogant, or are you[ one ]of the exalted ones?"(chapter 38, verse 75 ). Commentators have some explains here: 1. Hands here is an allegory of the power of Almighty Allah. 2. Allah has used this word to show that there is a special relation between Him and human being, as His most noble creature. And the word "both hands" is used to show that Allah (swt) had done His best to create human being. -as when we want to do sth very careful, we do our best and use both hands to increase the accuracy. :)
  4. Salam I think the most important thing in life is: what you are thinking about yourself. If you are sure about yourself, so there is no matter what others think or even say about you. I do not advice you to cut going to the mosque or muslim centers. But you can change the place to another one -if it is possible of course-. After all, it has happened to me myself in numerous times that I was thinking that others are doing and treating evil to me, but after a while it was cleared that I misunderstood; and everything was completely different from which I was thinking! The last thing I`d like to mention is that: even if you are right, and they are treating evil yo you; plz do not allow yourself to call them Kuffar and Munafiq. Because it will prevent YOU from going forward in the way of Allah. You may pray for them to be guided to the right path instead. Good luck!
  5. Alaikom assalam Jomah prayer is Wajib only at the time of the presence of the holy prophet (saw) and Imams (a.s.). and as our Imam (a.s.) is not present publicly in our society, so Jomah prayer is not Wajib nowadays; though it is Mustahab (recommended) to perform it.
  6. Salam How did you come to this conclusion? could you plz clarify more ...
  7. Salam You can find both Shia and Sunni among Kurds. But the majority of afghans in Iran are Shia. The majority of Kurds like to be under the government of Iran, even though there are some Pan-Kurdish guys living in Iran and wants independence. I have no authentic knowledge about this, but I think that afghans who live in Iran are from Hazara, and Pashto.
  8. I wanted to answer your question! Anyway: This Hadith is quoted in Al-mizan and Majma-al-bayan and Tafsir Al-Qommi, etc. and -as I searched- no one has said that there is a problem with this Hadith. Unfortunately I don`t have the link to English translation. Bye.
  9. We do believe that all the prophets chosen by Almighty Allah were infallible. So what do you say about the action of prophet Jonah, when he left his tribe and went toward the sea. Quran says: وَإِنَّ يُونُسَ لَمِنَ الْمُرْ‌سَلِينَ ﴿١٣٩﴾ إِذْ أَبَقَ إِلَى الْفُلْكِ الْمَشْحُونِ ﴿١٤٠﴾ فَسَاهَمَ فَكَانَ مِنَ الْمُدْحَضِينَ ﴿١٤١﴾ فَالْتَقَمَهُ الْحُوتُ وَهُوَ مُلِيمٌ ﴿١٤٢﴾ فَلَوْلَا أَنَّهُ كَانَ مِنَ الْمُسَبِّحِينَ ﴿١٤٣﴾ لَلَبِثَ فِي بَطْنِهِ إِلَىٰ يَوْمِ يُبْعَثُونَ And also about prophet Adam: فَدَلَّاهُمَا بِغُرُ‌ورٍ‌ ۚ فَلَمَّا ذَاقَا الشَّجَرَ‌ةَ بَدَتْ لَهُمَا سَوْآتُهُمَا وَطَفِقَا يَخْصِفَانِ عَلَيْهِمَا مِن وَرَ‌قِ الْجَنَّةِ ۖ وَنَادَاهُمَا رَ‌بُّهُمَا أَلَمْ أَنْهَكُمَا عَن تِلْكُمَا الشَّجَرَ‌ةِ وَأَقُل لَّكُمَا إِنَّ الشَّيْطَانَ لَكُمَا عَدُوٌّ مُّبِينٌ ﴿٢٢﴾ These deeds done by these prophets, and they were punished by Almighty Allah. We believe that they did not commit a sin, but Tark-Awla (to leave doing what was better to do). The case of the Holy prophet Muhammad (saw) is also the same. He did a Tark-Awla (to leave doing what was better to do) due to his free will, and Allah postponed the answer for some days to inform His prophet about that Tark-Awla (to leave doing what was better to do).
  10. Have you come here with the permission of your parents?!!! This is not the way to answer logic reasons. I think: Mutah is one of the Islamic Ahkam and we blame Omar to make it Haram, after passing away of the Holy prophet (saw). But nowadays we can find the followers of him also in Shia. Because some of Shia try to say: nope, Mutah is sth belonget to 14 hundred years ago, and it is not applicable nowadays. I do not tell everyone to go and do Mutah, but it is also one of the solutions for males, posed by Almighty Allah. AND: Allah has not seen it suitable for women, so He did not allow it for them according to our Sharia.
  11. Salam I think that I`ve not explained my word completely. I do accept that prophets have the knowledge that is bestowed upon them by Almighty Allah, and I do accept that the prophet chosen by Allah is the most knowledgeable person of his time. But: I want to say this knowledge and virtue comes from Allah, and whenever He wants He is able to take all or some parts of this knowledge back from His prophet. And (as you mentioned) since Allah is not a person who wants to play with His servants -yet with His prophets- and all of His deeds are routed in His infinite knowledge and wisdom, so for sure He will not take the knowledge He had bestowed upon someone without a proper reason (of course we may not know that reason). He will not take what He has bestowed upon His creatures unless He has a reason out of His wisdom. On the other hand: although Rasoolullah is a unique person, but his majesty simultaneously is a human being (as it is indicated in many verses in Quran e.g: Al-Kahf, 110 . and Fussilat,6. etc). So he is continuously in need of the help of Almighty Allah, as other persons of human being are. It is mentioned in the Quran that the holy prophet says: "Say: For myself I have no power to benefit, nor power to hurt, save that which Allah willeth. Had I knowledge of the Unseen, I should have abundance of wealth, and adversity would not touch me. I am but a warner, and a bearer of good tidings unto folk who believe". (َAl-A`araf(7) verse: 188). This verse clearly refers to this point that the Holy prophet has no independence in front of Allah (as we also do not have any independence in front of God). So the holy prophet(saw) has the unseen knowledge with the permission of Allah. And if Allah wants (and for sure this decision has a reason, even-though we are not aware of it) he can take it back, or postpone the giving of knowledge of sth to His prophet, and there will be no problem.
  12. Salam Sorry for cutting the post, but I had no other choice. By the way: First of all -despite I`m not an old memeber- I want to tell you: WELCOME. Secondly, I appreciate your modesty; as Imam Ali a.s. says: اَلحَياءُ مِفتاحُ كُلِّ الخَيرِ which means: "Modesty is the key of all goodness and perfection". So, fortunately you have one of the most basic elements to get nearer to God. And about your questions regarding being more religiouse and consequently closer to God; I have some suggestions: 1. Try to keep your current good attitudes. e.g: refraining to eat pork, and drink alchohol, and going to special parties, etc. 2. Try to have a daily date to talk with God. It would be in your own language and in the way you prefer. For example you can talk with God everyday for 3, 5 or 10 minutes; sharing your secrets with Him. You can even write these whisperings in a notebook. 3. You can find a shia mosque, Husainyah, or center near to your house. I think it will be found by a simple search through internet. when you find it, try to participate weekly -or as much as you can- in its programs. If you could find some friends there, it will really helpul and inspiring for you. 4. Please do your best in your studying; a religiouse person must be a useful member in the society. 5. As parents have very important position in our religion, your behaviour with your parents should be as much good as you can. I`m sure if you exercise these suggestions, God himself will help you to go forward in His way, Inshaallah. Best regards.
  13. Salam First of all -despite I`m not an old memeber- I want to tell you: WELCOME. Secondly, I appreciate your try to be
  14. salam The Holy Prophet (saw) and his student Imam Ali (a.s.) has all these knowledge, only by the permission of Almighty Allah. And if Allah wanted he can take what he has bestowed.
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