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  1. Assalamualaikum brothers and sisters, I have stumbled across this speaker on youtube, and just wondering what others think of him. I don't think he is a strict quranist, even though he seems to throw most of the so-called saheeh books/narrations out because alot of their content is not actually sahaeeh..It's obvious that he's a Sunni, which doesn't really matter too much to me, it's how he's interpreting the quran. Now I know we have the Ahle Bayt to guide us in theseatters, I'm just looking for any random feedback on anything anybody might know of this person. He says things that seems so far fetched but then makes it sound like it makes sense by the way he explains it but I just can't see how 1400 years can go by, and we can have the Ahle Bayt and their narrations and have any of the stuff that he's saying be true. Just wondering if anyone else here has listened to his lectures or speeches and if they can tell me what they think of it. I do not understand any of the Arabic grammar so most of what he explains goes over my head. I have no way to balance out what he's saying because I don't have any knowledge of my own in that field. But I'm certainly not going to let myself be taken for a ride by anyone. So input is appreciated! I'll include a link to one of his videos if someone would like to peruse it if they haven't run across him already. I have to say, his intro to these videos is usually long so you probably want to start it somewhere around 5 to 10 minutes in to just get past all that stuff.
  2. Assalamualaikum everyone, after having a few discussions with non-muslims regarding Islam in general and Shia in particular, it seems that the main thing or issue these people have, has to do with the existence of our current Imam and occultation. For them, it just seems highly unlikely or unbelievable that we would have a currently living Imam(عليه السلام) in occultation for hundreds of years. Stating Prophet Noohs(عليه السلام) long lifespan does nothing for me in these discussions. Anyhow, these discussions caused me to wonder, are there any sects of Shia who believe completely in the rights of all the Imams and also in the existence of the Imam of the time and in his ruling at some point in time, but do not believe in his current existence now and the concept of him currently being in occultation and hidden from the average Muslim? I know Sunnis don't believe he is alive yet, that he will be born at a later time and rise then, but I'm not talking about sects of sunnism. I'm asking strictly about any Shia sects who believe this. Thanks for your time, jazakAllah kheyr.
  3. Salaam, just wondering if this member is around still, in sha Allah?
  4. Salaam, Been concerned about not seeing you around here for so long, then found this post saying you were going to be gone for awhile. That brings a bit of relief knowing it was a "planned disappearance", but still, we wish you were back and hope everythings going on wherever you are!!!
  5. Salaam, i was under the impression that barzakh etc are semi immaterial and as far as my extremely limited knowledge on this subject goes, the "other end" of a wormhole/black hole would still be in the realm of solid matter, as we are now. Maybe someone with more knowledge can comment here. This thread is a few years old and we have new members that have joined since this was first posted so maybe we can get some new ideas.
  6. Salam brother, with this in mind, if you're comfortable amd its at all appropriate, you could share some of these hadith with them, in sha Allah. https://www.dropbox.com/sh/6rz5f3vgj1rywy0/S97LjJbF9R/40 Ahadith - Exhortations from Prophet Isa.pdf
  7. Assalamualaikum, Just wondering if anyone can shed some light on why Imam Reza (عليه السلام) is so associated with animals, moreso 5han other Imams(عليه السلام)? When I was in iran, I saw many paintings and murals of him, especially in Mashaad, that were associated with animals being around him and him being in a state of nature. Just wondering what the backstory is on this and any relative Hadith that support it. Thanks!
  8. As salaamun aleikum and welcome to Islam! In sha Allah you visit here often. Shia Chat has a wealth of info, support and good people to have on your journey of Islam in obtaining closer proximity to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) as everything is in a constant state of moving towards perfection, i.e. Him:) Anyway, Im reverted for 11 years now from christianity and have participated in every christmas with my parents. They're elderly and sick and we never know if this could be the last one we are together for. It would break their hearts if i wasnt there and thats basically a sin:/ As far as gift giving goes: http://en.imam-khomeini.ir/en/n26619/Imam_Khomeini_gave_gifts_to_his_Christian_neighbors_for_Christmas As far as food goes, it can be a bit tricky as its not just pork or haram meat (meat from animals not slaughtered islamically like typical grocery store turkeys in non muslim countries are) that needs to be avoided. You also have to be careful of stuffing as it usually contains some sort of meat broth or other non halal additives as well as the gravy usually being made from beef, turkey or chicken broth. On top of that, its not unusual for people to cross contaminate the non meat containing foods such as mashed potatoes,yams, cranberry sauce etc by using the same spoons, forks or ladles that are used for the haram gravy, stuffings or turkey/roast, so just be weary of those aspects. Often times, i have to make my own version of the foods or prepare my plate prior to everyone making theirs so that way i can avoid the cross contamination issue. I'm not sure what country you reside in as some are more secular than others, but at the end of the day, whatever Christmas now is, at least it was originally based on the remembrance of the birth of a great Prophet, however "off" and distanced it has become from that basis..it's more likely Prophet Isa(عليه السلام) was born in the springtime as he was born under a date tree that had ripe dates and dates dont ripen in the winter as well as other details such as the Nativity, but at least it is a holiday that is traditionally centered around the birth of one of the Great Prophets. Unfortunately it has become so commercialized now, its lost almost all semblance it once had as a religious holiday and is more about presents and santa One thing you could do, is research the Quran for the surahs and ayah that talk about the birth of Jesus Christ/Prophet Isa(عليه السلام) and his mother Mary(Salamun Alayha) and you can share that with your family so that they can learn how Muslims respect and love Prophet Isa(عليه السلام). You could use this as a time to form a bond with them so they don't think you are completely adverse to Christmas. It's important for non-muslims know this about us and Islam and the Quran. It's one of the ways we can bridge the gaps and misconceptions amongst our brothers and sisters in humanity and us. We also have Hadith and some sayings of Prophet Isa(عليه السلام) that you won't find in Christianity that you can share with them. Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas.
  9. As salaamun aleikum everyone, I received a message from my friend who lives in Iran. She told me to recite Due e Miraaj before Fajr yesterday. I asked why, and what is the intention as theres nothing mentioned on my Shia Islamic calendar for these days. This was her response: "I received a message saying that after 1100 years the moon's rotating around the Ka'ba; could you look into this claim? Obviously the moon rotates around the earth within a certain field, but whether at a certain time that coincides with the location of the Ka'ba...? The notice said that it was the Night of Mi'raj, urging the recitation of Du'a e Mi'raj, which is a very beautiful plea to Allah. It's my understanding that there were many nights of journey to the heavens, but a journey to Masjidul Aqsa (Al Quds) is mentioned in the Holy Qur'an. Whether it was a Night of Mi'raj or not, the recitation of the Dua is beneficial." Does anyone here know anything about this or where this may have come from? Thanks!
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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!
  14. 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
  15. As salaamun aleikun, hoping youre doing well. We miss you!

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