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  1. Salams to All, Does Shiachat have any user/ member from Leeds in UK who could tell me more about the Shia population in that area? Someone I know would be travelling and staying in Leeds for about a year. If you could please let us know if it's a place good enough for a Shia Muslim or if there are any Shia family here that would like to rent their place for a bachelor/ family then I'd be very grateful. It's kinda difficult to imagine living in a completely different place and that too by sharing the house and stuff with non Muslims / Christians. Any any info about Leeds will be highly appreciated.
  2. MashaAllah, how beautifully said!! I'm in awe of you sis Notme, just can't describe the beauty of your words..made the mother in me feel soooo proud once again!!!!
  3. Salam, Your idea is indeed fantastic but I wholeheartedly agree with the other sisters who have imparted their wisdom about your confusion. I'm myself a media person and appear on a shia Islamic channel with my face covered even though a lot of my own shia people have expressed their dislike about my appearance (coz we all know face veil is just mustahab, not wajib!) but my decision to appear on the channel in such a way was based more on the fact that I don't want millions of men staring at my face and painting their own imagination with detestable thoughts. I appear in the most 'un-glamorous' avtaar as one can imagine and seriously have no qualms about not being recognized as 'that girl who comes on TV' whereas my other colleagues do share a lot of fame...at the end, it's my words about Islam, it's beautiful Prophet and his household (pbut) that needs to be heard by the masses, right? Hope I made some sense and please do forgive me if my post comes across as a classic example of 'self adoration'...wish you lots of luck in your endeavor!
  4. And what is the ruling if my country won't be witnessing any eclipse at all? Do I still need to pray this salat??
  5. Salam, I really want to know if the occurence of any eclipse have an impact on the foetus/ unborn baby or not. This is a long held belief in the Indian subcontinent that if a pregnant lady lies in a certain position or holds a knife while the eclipse is on then she is prone to give birth to a child with cleft lips or some other deformity. I personally don't believe in such things but recently one of my very learned friend expressed her belief into such a phenomenon because she has had children in her extended family 'suffering' due to the lack of their mothers' precaution at the time of eclipse. I have had a not-so-good argument with her on this so I really want the knowledgeable SC members to please enlighten us about the truth. There's no problem if I'm proven wrong or that I want her to accept her defeat, all that I'm posting here is that the truth must be known. Please tell me if there's such a thing in our ahadith where we women have been warned of the impacts of eclipse on our unborn babies or if this is sheer superstition, then kindly tell me how can one explain to those who believe in such a thing? And lastly, do we have the pray Salat-al-ayaat if the eclipse doesn't occur in our country or is it that we pray this salat irrespective of the place of the eclipse? Thanks much in advance!
  6. Maulana Ali Abbas is a very very well spoken and knowledgeable sheikh known by us, may Allah increase his life span! And JazakAllah for your efforts!
  7. Salaam, I am intrigued by something, something that I'm not even sure about its importance. I have had many strange spiritual experiences , some of which never got into my head when they happened..like I didn't understand what had happened and so I wasn't affected. I have heard from a lot of people that you have such experiences when your goodness is more than your sins and that if you tell people about it, those things will cease to exist but somehow didn't believe those sayings.. Right from when I was a kid, standing for the daily national anthem recitation at school and spotting a big tiger roaming in a residential building nearby, to see someone really tall lying on my bed so as to fit the bed's length, covered in one of our blankets from head to toe like a corpse..I have had strange but pleasant dreams where I was rescued by yelling Allah's name or reciting some surah or even calling out the Imam (ajtf) of our time.. every time some calamity was about to hurt me and as years passed by, I had constant feeling of someone standing by my side while I'm busy in the kitchen chopping vegetables..You know it's not like I have been thinking of such n such things so they 'appeared' to me out of my own subconscious mind, Allah knows that I never had the kind of stupid fascination about paranormal stuffs to actually feel them in reality..Just recently, I had been to my village where i got spooked by my SIL in the middle of night and developed some illness just days after than event. When one of the learned oldies of our village was called, he narrated how and what I went through that night and added a shocker that only my mom n mil knew about..He said that he knows i feel like I'm constantly surrounded by somebody and when I asked him how did he know that, he just refused to say anything more than that. My mom says that it's always been his policy that he never tells the full story to anyone rather just gives a taweez or remedy as per his wisdom (and he is not a cheater baba but is one of the most learned person of our community)..ever since my return, my MIL has been saying that now she feels more peaceful in my presence because, to put in her words, "whenever you entered the room, it felt like you weren't alone"! There has been another instance when I had woken up to pray tahajjud (rarely happens) and I felt like hearing some noises while i was in Qiyaam and ruku but that happened only during the first two rakaats so I just shrugged it off as my own misunderstanding.. I am not someone deeply religious, not the kind to recite ziyarat e ashura, dua e komayl or Quran most of the time..in fact I even struggle to pray the mandatory prayers but I do have a certain sense when I begin to look closely at life and think a lot about my relationship with Allah, of how it's deteriorating and how I'm losing my peace despite having everything beautiful at my disposal..I don't understand why did such things happen to me (nothing serious happens now, even the dreams are a lot stupid now) I don't know why have i written all this here, maybe some of you might think I have some psychotic problem but I swear, a lot of things have actually happened and its not a figment of my imagination at all. Please do comment your honest opinions..
  8. Wa/salam, I already got his reply on the matter and he said," It is permissible if it is not considered make up in common view," and here you have oldies who put kohl so me applying them doesn't make a difference. Another female speaker I know here said that it's not wrong if its just a couple of strokes on the lower waterline but it becomes haram if you kinda make it smokey, winged etc When I look at myself without the face veil on TV while the set up is being created, I find myself more glowing or "Iranian" to be precise, so yeah I do feel my choice is perfectly apt for the situation!
  9. Salam, First of all thanks for your genuine reviews, I have been waiting for replies but the lack of it just made me feel more nervous..so now I'm happy! Moreso, you both watched my show so patiently without understanding a word of it...it really means a lot to me, thanks once again! I really do agree to what you both have said about my face veil that it limits my expressions but maybe when you know the reason behind, your perception might change a bit. I'm not really a Niqaabi person (i know it sounds hypocritical) but I didn't want to come on TV and be an object of public scrutiny or have a lot of men give more- than- needed importance to my facial features. I don't call myself a beauty but my appearance is a bit different than average Indians so I just didn't want the viewers to find any attraction in my complexion, lips etc. I don't know if that would make sense to you all but my friend who was an ex-anchor on this channel had a lot of stalkers who wanted to marry her and she even received strange requests..all that sounded too horrible to me, so I didn't want to be the next person and also, I'm too sensitive to deal with such things! I am really not offended by what you said about my eyes. I already agree that the natural drowsy look of my eyes is a fact I have to accept and live with..lol! Actually, I used to put a proper black kohl initially but someone told me it made my eyes look more attractive, so I started wearing this chocolate colored kohl that doesn't make it look like it's been kohled but maybe I'm not successful. I would appreciate if you could clear my doubt regarding this:- if i wear kohl with the intention just to make my eyes look more awake and lively, (not coz i want to beautify them), is that a sin even if I follow Agha Sistani who does deem it permissible 'if its not considered make up in common view ' ?
  10. (bismillah) Assalam-o-alaikum, I don't really know the motive I'm posting my show's videos that are aired on a Shia Islamic Channel, maybe I really and desperately need your reviews as to how you think about my presentation skills so that I could improve myself for good. These videos are in Urdu language and I'm aware that a majority of the SC members belong to different countries. But all, I need to know is your views about my:- 1) Appearance (A lot of people think I look like a hardline extremist because "face veil isn't wajib then what's the need to appear on TV like this"...and I've also been told my kohled eyes look attractive but my intention to apply these is just to look more awake.. I wanna ask you'll, is it too much really???? 2) Presentation:- I somewhere feel my confidence and overall body language isn't upto the mark..I really adore Zahra-al-Alawi but no matter how hard I try, I just don't find myself good enough...not even an iota of a decent public speaker :( Please let me know your views about this work of mine, I really need to improve myself and as always, your comments do make a hell lot of difference in my approach towards various issues. (Brothers can post as well) http://www.channelwin.tv/video/1727/greater-sins-12-part-1.html I'm eagerly awaiting your opinions, any sort of criticism is always welcomed..i really want to become better!
  11. If that's easily available through the WIN guys then I may be fortunate this time because coincidentally I happen to be one of their anchors :)
  12. Reminds me of a joke that happened with a relative..This 'Iran-returned-guy once went to meet our relatives and as accustomed, he said 'Ya Allah' at the door...Now here in Mumbai, it's mostly beggars who call out Allah's name at every doorstep..my cousin thought it must be some beggar and she handed out a one rupee coin to this guy who was shocked that his cousin treated him like a beggar...hahaha!! As for the OP, I think you should just call them out like "Appi or baaji' to just alert them about your arrival..and possibly wait for a couple of mins before stepping out...my younger cousin did the same while i had been to my village recently!
  13. Salam Bro, I'm from Mumbai as well and unfortunately, i missed this lecture that you posted about..Although, I received the same message via watsapp but i really wanna hear the full lecture, please tell me if it's possible to watch on youtube or any other place? Sayed Ammar is indeed one gem of a lecturer and I think it's best not to discuss his 'problems' because he's as human as we are and eligible to sinning as well. The only thing that I don't like about his aura is (and he's not to be blamed for that ) the way girls drool over him..i seriously detest this attitude in our people!
  14. I have little knowledge on such issues and currently face the same dilemma as the OP..however, i would like to ask you all if it's okay to listen to religious songs (like the one posted by the OP) if one doesn't understand the language; as in, I like such war songs but arabic/farsi etc isn't my language so is it still fine to listen to them?
  15. My first show on the Shia Channel was called Culture v/s Islam and it pointed out the various misunderstandings that people had because of giving more importance to culture than their religion. I don't know how the masses found it but one of my friend's aunt was furious on me because she didn't accept that some of the cultural things that she had soo religously followed were actually unislamic...looool!
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