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  1. As salaamun aleikum, Your question obviously has merit so i messaged Dr Sekaleshfar. He said: Salaamun alaykum, inshallah all is well the first point I took from Allamah Tabatahai’s al-Mizan commentary of the Quran. The second was based on a lecture given by ayatullah Jawadi Amoli where he was giving different perspectives of the story. I just wanted to provide a reference as to where Dr Sekaleshfar got his info from. Not sure if this makes a difference to you or is helpful at all.
  2. A salaamun aleikum, This is a copy/paste from a telegram channel i was following by Dr Sekaleshfar. Not sure if its at all what you're looking for. It was a thread about Hajj and i copied all of the particular post instead of omitting parts that dont directly relate to your inquiry. Discourse no.27 After the tawaf and IT's 2-unit emanation (and hence why there should be no significant delay between the two i.e. cause and effect), it is time for executing the endeavour (SA'Y) between mounts Safa and Marwah. These two are situated in Mecca, in the vicinity of the Holy Mosque (masjid al-haraam). The distance between them is around 420m. This ritual is underlying a number of codes to spiritual wayfaring. These codes have a history behind them. Two such historical episodes are as follows: 1. It is mentioned in traditions that Mounts Safa and Marwah were the locations where Prophet Adam and Lady Eve, respectively, had the immaterial vision of the forbidden tree and where they were deceived by Iblis. This apparition was a preliminary must, which Adam had to undergo before officially becoming a Prophet. Prophets would encounter such visions before starting their caliphate. Visions of Iblis is a rank in and of itself when it comes to the disciples of God. This event of the tree and Iblis was not a physical incident and Adam's slip was not a physical or shariah slip. In the immaterial realms, sin is essentially different when compared to the material realm. By way of example, stealing in the physical realm has one connotation whilst were one to steal in one's dream, it has a totally different connotation. Yes, Adam was alive physically and was on Mount Safa (which literally means the chosen one, and that is why we call Adam safiyyullah) but his ascension and immaterial vision was immaterial and he experienced it whilst sitting in Mount Safa. The same applies to her holiness Eve, but she was on Marwa when immaterially ascending. Marwa literally emanates from mar'ah which means woman. These mounts therefore are holy precincts whereby one commemorates such holy figures and their visions and we too have such a potential, and this we need to take back home with us.
  3. Salaamun aleikum, So the sharia doesnt take inflation into consideration at all? For example, The 2.11% inflation rate means $1000 in 2010 is equivalent to $1257.98 today. I totally get the prohibition of usurious interest, but getting paid back the true current value of your loan seems reasonable, however, im clearly not a marja.
  4. Salaam to all, in sha Allah youre all very well. 4 days ago, I started getting signs I was coming down with something. The day after I first had symptoms, I got a covid test which came back negative. I also went for a 2nd covid test this afternoon which I haven't gotten the results of yet. I haven't been sick with ANYTHING since 2010. I'm healthy and have a pretty robust immune system, alhamdulilah, so for me to come down with something at this point in time is very scary! Anyway, my symptoms are not really bad, but I'm still a little scared cuz i dont know if theyre going to suddenly get worse. I just read that I couldve been contagious 2 days before I started feeling any symptoms, which is totally freaking me out because I had spent those two days with my old and sick parents! (Theyre not sick with covid. Mom has dementia and dads a hemodialysis patient recovering from hip replacement and heart valve replacement surgery) I'm really hoping the second covid test comes back negative. Would any of you here that have gotten covid like to comment and list what your symptoms were and the progression of them from start to finish? Also, any other relevant information is appreciated! Mine went this way: 1st night: sore throat in middle of the night. 2nd day: kind of a dry cough/ran a fever of 100 that evening. 3rd day: woke up congested, throat itchy, general malaise, body aches, temp normal. 4th day: up at 4am, temp 100.3, body aches, back pain, slight cough, nausea, dry heaves/no vomit, severe congestion. Fell asleep at 8am til 1230. Temp normal, went for 2nd covid test. Tonight: fevers back at 100.2 after being normal all day. Body aches, slight cough, nasal congestion set in around 10pm as well as chills and im on the verge of nausea again and i dont feel tired AT ALL.. body's super achy, cant breath through nose. This is not at all how i remember experiencing the flu last time i got sick in 2010. Back then, everything came on all at once the first night, fever broke early morning, and recovered with typical symptoms over the next 4-5 days...it was nothing like what im going through now or what it was like as a kid. Anyhow, thanks for your time and consideration!
  5. Salaam to all, Well, I totally agree with what brother Dave is saying here, which is what all believers should be doing, which is being a shining light/good example etc to everyone around, however, I need to mention that the main objection about living in the west, especially if you are wise to what goes on with tax money, is you have to as much as possible be against what is happening. There are multiple layers towards being against something, the very least is being against it in your heart even though you cannot speak or act against it for whatever reasons, and the far other end of the spectrum is to be like Imam Hussein (عليه السلام). Most people will fall in the lower end of the spectrum, and that's okay, we're not all created the same. The problem with living in the west is to live there comfortably, knowing what's going on with the tax dollars and having a blind eye to it. How we can compensate for that can be in a manner such as donating the same amount of money you have paid in taxes to feed and house poor people that have been wronged, but compensation also involves the healing of the soul and the making right to the people that have been harmed. How exactly that is done, I'm not sure. but there is damage done to The soul when you know what's going on and you sit idly by and you're okay with it, you don't even feel or believe against it in your heart. You're just going about day to day life and not caring. That is really where the problem is, is if you are okay and comfortable. W/s
  6. As salaamun aleikun, hoping youre doing well. We miss you!

  7. Salaam everyone, A non muslim/atheist friend of 30 years has asked me: "What are some sayings in your faith that are meaningful? Translated in English." I'm so overwhelmed by this question as PRETTY MUCH EVERYTHING IS MEANINGFUL Anyone care to contribute some of theirs, in sha Allah? Thanks:)
  8. Salaam everyone, How do you go about explaining this Ayatt to a non Muslim who argues that this Ayatt is actually encouraging people to be more self-absorbed, self concerned, selfish etc where they only do things for their own benefit and sake in the sense that they are the only ones who truly benefit from their actions? Obviously the ayatt says we do things for Allah's sake, but at the end of the day, we are truly the only ones who are benefiting from the act, and so apparently this is coming across as a selfish action. Surah Al-Baqara, Verse 272: لَّيْسَ عَلَيْكَ هُدَاهُمْ وَلَٰكِنَّ اللَّهَ يَهْدِي مَن يَشَاءُ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ فَلِأَنفُسِكُمْ وَمَا تُنفِقُونَ إِلَّا ابْتِغَاءَ وَجْهِ اللَّهِ وَمَا تُنفِقُوا مِنْ خَيْرٍ يُوَفَّ إِلَيْكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لَا تُظْلَمُونَ To make them walk in the right way is not incumbent on you, but Allah guides aright whom He pleases; and whatever good thing you spend, it is to your own good; and you do not spend but to seek Allah's pleasure; and whatever good things you spend shall be paid back to you in full, and you shall not be wronged. Thanks for any input.
  9. As salaamun aleikum everyone, Is there anyone here from Iran that can do a tiny bit of research for me on some farsi sites? Im growing kharbozeh melons from seeds i harvested in iran. Im unable to find any info in english on these particular melons, like how long do they grow til its time to harvest, and how to tell when its time to harvest... All i really need to know is how long their growing period is and how to know when it's time to harvest. My melons are still a bit small by iranian standards, at least as far as compared to the melon i harvested the seeds from. If i knew the growing time, i could harvest based on how old my plants are. Since its possible mine arent going to grow as big as the ones in iran do, its impossible to know when to harvest based on how big the melons are cuz mine are probably undersized. If anyone can find this out for me, id GREATLY appreciate it! Heres a pic of one of my melons..Maybe the image xan help discern what type it us and how big it should be? Thanks for any help!!
  10. Salaam, Not sure if you know of this alreadh or not, but just incase you dont: The prayer of repentance/salat al-tawbah is as follows: It comprises 2, two-unit prayers. Each 2-unit prayer has the same structure as a normal 2-unit morning salaat. in each unit recite: chapter 1 (Al Hamd) once, chapter 112(Al Iklass) thrice, chapter 113 (Al Falaq)once and chapter 114(An Nas) once; (If you cant recite them off by heart, dont worry, you can hold them in front of you and recite accordingly.) After completing the first 2-unit salaat, proceed with the second without turning away from the Qiblah or speaking with anyone; After completing the second salaat, again neither turn away from the Qiblah nor speak with anyone and SAY: -- as-tagh-firullaha rabbi wa atoobu ilayh (seventy times - recall one's sins when reciting this formula) (translation: i seek forgiveness from Allah my Lord and return to Him) -- after as-tagh-firullah, SAY (once): laa hawla wa laa quwwata illaa billahi-l-'aliyyi-l-atheem yaa 'azeezu, yaa ghaffaaru, igh-fir-li thunoobi wa thunooba jamee'i-l-mu'mineena wa-l-mu'minaat (there is no change of state (force) and no power save through Allah, the most High, the All-Mighty. Oh most-Honourable One, Oh Forgiver (of my abundant sins), forgive me my sins and the sins of all believing men and women And finally, say: unooba jamee'i-l-mu'mineena wa-l-mu'minaat which means: " and the sins of all believing men and women." fa innahu laa yagh-firuth-thunooba illa anta Translation: for verily no one can forgive sins but You Inshallah this helps.
  11. Salaam, I think this part of the Hadith is critical.. From what i have read and know, barzakh is where we will be purified of many if not all of our sins, and this wont be pleasant. Barzakh isnt a playground we go and hang out in until the day of judgment. It's actually a place where the true reality of our souls will be made manifest to us, so if we've sinned, that will become apparent to us and we will suffer the consequences of those actions. In the same way, whatever Good deeds we have behind us, we will also experience that. Our barzakh can be either be a place of joy and goodness, or a place of suffering. After who knows how long and to what extent, ultimately by the day of judgment inshallah we will be found worthy of Jannah unless we have some really humongous and horrible sins that cannot be cleansed in barzakh, and then I'm supposing jahannam is the appropriate abode at that point. Why else would the Imam(عليه السلام) say he fears the barzakh for us? w/s
  12. Salaam, Here i am again with no reference for what i am about to say Someone told me years ago that it has to do with the minerals and other substances that make up our bodies such as Magnesium, Calcium,Potassium, Iron, Sodium, Zinc, Phosphorus, Copper, Selenium, Iodine, Manganese, Chromium, Sulfur all being found in the earth/clay, so we were essentially created with the raw minerals that occur in the "clay" of the earth.
  13. As salaamun aleikum, How does someone go about making a guest account if they already have a "permanent" shia chat account linked to their phone? I looked into this a while back, and whenever I tried to make a guest account using my phone, I ran into problems. I don't have a computer so im not able to open a guest account by using a different device other than my phone. Thanks for any input! As salaamun aleikum
  14. Salaam, There was a delay in burying his body? I never heard this before..i thought Imam Ali(عليه السلام) buried him while the others were busy trying to decide who would succeed him.. I never heard there was a delay.
  15. Salaam, i still dont get how/why it counts if someone performs someone elses prayer for them. I thought prayer was for the individuals benefit/spiritual ascension, so how does that work if someone else does it for them?
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