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  1. Assalamualaikum. I think this is a very important question and while the brother has provided very good and just reference, i still find myself in a moral dilemma. Of course with any lie, you risk getting caught and in trouble, which is the natural consequence of lying. However, when we look at what's done with our taxes by the different governments, it also makes me in fear of being accountable for what's happening with my taxes and since I'm not able to leave where I live and move to an Islamic country, I'm practically stuck here and having to make decisions based on this situation. My dilemma also includes the fact that my mother has dementia, and my father is not doing well health-wise and will eventually die. So what am I supposed to do after he dies when she asks me every 5 minutes where is he at?? Because she already does this while he's alive and at a doctor's visit. So am I supposed to hold myself to some moral code of never lying and keep telling her over and over sorry, your husband's dead. Sorry, your husband's dead, sorry, your husband's dead and each time she dies a little bit inside from getting the news again as if it has just happened? Sorry, but I'm going to be lying to some extent in this circumstance when it arises. And if I have to pay the consequences in jahannnam or barazakh or wherever, then that's what I'll have to deal with because I'm not going to put somebody through that kind of torture. Its inhumane and unethical. I realize that my situation that I just listed is not the same as yours, however, sometimes lying, as much as we want it to be a black and white thing, is not. There is always an exception to every case as is evidenced from eating pork if we're starving or stealing an apple. Please don't take what I'm saying as license to go off and lie about whatever you want as long as you can come up with a justification for it, cuz that's not what I'm saying. I'm just saying that it's not always black and white. As far as your situation is concerned, I think anywhere you look, the technical answer is going to be it's not permissible. No one wants to be responsible for giving someone else permission to lie. Besides that, I'm not sure of the baraka that would be achieved through donating money that "technically belongs to the govt"..Just know that if i was in your situation, id have the same exact issue.
  2. Assalamualaikum everyone, As the title asks, do we know from any authentic Islamic narrations if Prophet Suleiman (عليه السلام) married the queen of sheba? I think it exists in the bible, but curious if we have any authentic hadith that don't trace themselves back to biblical sources or stories. Thanks for any help!
  3. As salaamun aleikum, Not sure if i can post this here as there may be some rule about advertising that im not aware of. If so, mods please delete this post and accept my apologies. Sheikh Hussain Makke has created a company and they deal with healing herbs and other substances including black seed, directly from the sunnah of the Prophet(SAWS). Heres an excerpt from their website: Wilaya Wellness The body and the soul are too often depicted as separate entities. The truth is that they are two spheres of the one self, and so they must be in harmony if one is to truly commit themselves to the path of Islam – a path of spirituality and of warriorhood. UFC lightweight fighter Rafael Fiziev and teacher of the Islamic sciences Sayed Hussain Makke have come together to offer you Wilaya Wellness, where we are wholeheartedly committed to combining these two spheres. Wilaya Wellness was designed to offer healing remedies and teachings rooted in the Islamic tradition for every brother and sister who is on the path to becoming a Spiritual Warrior. To learn more, youll have to google their website. Hope its beneficial. Salaamun aleikum.
  4. Salaam, When I went to Iran to visit, I couldn't believe that people were drinking and selling Coke there! I thought people knew better about the different things that Coca-Cola promotes and who and what powers in this world they put their money behind and contribute to. I was thinking to myself wow, these people are actually buying a drink from a company that supports its number one foe.: (
  5. Assalamualaikum, The little bit of islamic knowledge that I have about dreams is: 1) There are in general three types of dreams. One type of dream is a true dream, these occur during the later sleeping hours close to when you would be waking up in the morning and these dreams come true. Dreams that happen at other times tend to fall into one of the other two categories which are either muddled dreams, meaning they are unclear and you cannot really grasp any information from them, or dreams that are influenced by "negative forces", commonly referred to as Shaytaan influenced. 2) Dreams are a part of the prophetic faculty that humans have. I encourage you to craft an email and inquire further about what this means from the sheikh I will leave contact information for at the bottom of this post. He is a very excellent scholar who posts many videos on YouTube. He currently is located in Qom Iran, but travels around to different Shia Masjids all over the world giving lectures. He also does spiritual retreats. His focus is mostly on the esoteric aspects of islam, something that no other English speaker does to the same capacity that he does, which is sorely missing in Islam as personally I believe it is the core of the religion. His name is Dr. Farrokh Sekaleshfar. I encourage you to explore his videos. You can YouTube his name and you will find his own You Tube channel. You can also search for a YouTube channel called IBN. I'm not sure why, but videos from IBN do not come up in my search results when I search for him on YouTube so I have to go directly to IBN's YouTube channel and look for him within their channel. It may be because they spell his name slightly differently which skews You Tubes search algorithm. As far as what he says about dreams, he says dreams are semi-imaterial in nature. They are produced from our souls. The more spiritually pure a person is, the more pure and clean and understandable their dreams are. He says it is not uncommon for people to have dreams where we see people like Imam khomeini, Ayatollah Bahjat, etc. And in these dreams they may be doing something like waking us up for fajr salaat or some other type of religious activity. In those cases, he says they are actually Angels appearing to us but we are not able to experience the angel in their true form so they present themselves in the form of these people we are familiar with. He says that dreams are our spirits way of downloading metaphysical information and realities into our soul but when we are veiled due to sinning and other bad behaviors, the dreams become not understandable or muddled. Your dream sounds very clear. What may have happened in the dream is that some abstract metaphysical information that you do not mentally recall was downloaded into your soul. Exactly what use a download of semi immaterial abstract information is for a person when they don't remember it is beyond my scope of knowledge. I encourage you to send him, Dr sekaleshfar, an email and see what he may have to say about your dream. He's not a dream interpreter so dont expect him to tell you what it means, but he may be able to give you more details about the nature of dreams in general and he may be able to refer you to specific lectures of his where he discusses this topic. He may be able to give you a better general idea of the Urafas take on dreams as he very commonly quotes and refers to people such as Ayatollah jawadi Amolie, Ayatullah Hassanzadeh Amoli(رضي الله عنه) Imam khomeini(رضي الله عنه) Ayatollah Bahjat(رضي الله عنه), In other words the great arifs of the 20th century. He also quotes other people but that is not important information at this point. Anyway, he is very free about giving people access to him and his email so I feel very comfortable sharing it here with you. In sha Allah he can provide you with some further information on the nature of dreams, but again don't expect him to interpret it because that's not what he's about. But he can better help you understand dreams in general from the Islamic perspective. (As far as I know, and I follow him and his videos very closely, there is not a specific video that I am able to share a link from regarding dreams and the Islamic understanding of them because he very commonly touches on sporadic issues throughout lectures on a variety of subjects and so it is very difficult to know what particular lecture information regarding dreams comes from. It would be great if he would dedicate one video or a short series of videos to this particular phenomenon because I think it's very important considering how dreams relate directly to the soul and a person's spiritual state, however no such video exists from him at this point, only bits and pieces of the explanation of dreams strewn randomly throughout probably 500 different lectures he's given. So I apologize for not being able to give you something a little bit more concrete and easier to work with.) If you do in fact contact him, I would be extremely excited and grateful if you would share what he says in case he mentions anything that I am not already aware of. You can DM me on this site or you can obviously share it openly on this post if you want. Totally up to you, but hoping to learn something new if possible. I think you have had a very amazingly beautiful dream, mashaAllah! Dr Sekaleshfars info: fbsekaleshfar@gmail.com He also has a facebook page. As salaamun aleikum rahmatullah:)
  6. Sister, this is so true and happens so often! Sometimes its humorous, other times just plain frustrating..
  7. Yes you're right about that. My problems seem to begin around 4th grade math.. i do fine with my finances and with keeping time, I just have a hard time with understanding fractions and algebra..i winged it through the rest of the public school math classes. In 2010, I decided to attend Junior college for a career in environmental science, and I was 34 at the time and thought that maybe I was just lazy or now that I'm older I would be able to do the math, and I really went into it with a positive attitude and a "go get em" kind of spirit, but then I basically fell flat on my face by the third week into math. Y that time, I had already invested about a year and a half into school before I began taking math classes. I wish I had taken them right away so then I could have made a decision without having already made the investment in time, but in sha Allah kheyr. If i ever decide to go back to school, i may need to take you up on your offer:) Thank you for that!
  8. I wish when i was growing up i had had a teacher with your attitude regarding math. Ive always had a problem with it and basically left jr college cuz i was unable to pass the lowest math class they offered despite studying 6 hours at night and 3 before class. I was a straight A student and about to get an F in math, so i left before my GPA and funding could be affected:( I may have dyscalcula but it costs alot to be diagnosed since im no longer a minor. Not sure it matters now. In sha Allah you get the job. Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will put you right where you belong:)
  9. Salaam, I have known for years, probably since I was 10, that I absolutely do not want children. Now at 46 years old, all of the character defects that I have and the intolerances and just the personality that I have, shows that the decision I made was the right one. I have a tremendously hard time just dealing with my elderly and sick parents. I cannot imagine what it would be like to have kids on top of that or to have had kids in general. I don't think I'm missing out on anything, I think it's like someone else has mentioned above that parenthood isnt for everyone.. different strokes for different folks. Not all of us are meant to be parents and I don't think the guilt of being a Muslim and the expectation of having a large family should be thrust upon someone. I however made this decision many years before I became Muslim and I wasn't pressured into making it, neither was i "coerced by society or its norms and pressures" to pursue a career, cuz i never did that, I just realized that who i am and the personality I have is incompatible with having children. And that's okay... I couldnt care less whether someone else approves of it or not. I'd rather have made the choice to not have children, then have had children and for them to be all screwed up because of me and my personality defects. And I'm also not going to hang on the, "well you wont know unless you try" line because to me, that's just a setup for failure. A person needs to know themselves well enough to know what's appropriate for them and what isn't, not hang on some fairy tale that "you will feel different when you have a child" and then find out that i was infact right, that it wasnt for me and now some poor innocent soul has to spend the rest of their lives in counceling trying to fix the mental and psychological damage done to them by their parents when they were too young and helpless to protect themselves. (Any adults here relate to this now that theyre grown?) Salaam
  10. Salaam, wow, thats very interesting and surprising in a way. Something is clearly wrong with me as when someone is angry at me, i dont want to be anywhere near them, let alone want them to touch me. Its probably (as usual) just some kind of ptsd from my childhood. When someone is angry at me, either justly or unjustly, i want to be as far away from them as possible so letting them touch me is a big nope for me as it brings indescribable discomfort. Oh well...there are outliers in every situation. Thanks for sharing.
  11. Thanks for sharing! I love paintings and renderings of landscapes and the symbolism you derived from your work. Is it watercolor?
  12. Salaam brother dave, Thanks so much for your well wishes:) May God grant you and your family all the same. Thanks for being part of Shia Chat and for thinking to remember us at this important time! Blessings and peace to you-
  13. Thanks for clearing that up, brother. Its very helpful!
  14. Salaam, I thought within the last 3 or so years, Ayatullah Sistani and others ruled that gelatin undergoes the process of....i cant remember what its called, but it basically means that the product, gelatin in this case, has undergone so many changes that it is no longer considered a haram substance anymore. They call the process wine goes through to become vinegar the same thing, i believe. Whats this process called, since i have forgotten its name? Thanks!
  15. As salaamun aleikum, How does this manifest in reality? Cant recall the last time Shaytaan made me a promise so Id like to know how to understand this realistically. Surah Al-Isra, Verse 64: وَاسْتَفْزِزْ مَنِ اسْتَطَعْتَ مِنْهُم بِصَوْتِكَ وَأَجْلِبْ عَلَيْهِم بِخَيْلِكَ وَرَجِلِكَ وَشَارِكْهُمْ فِي الْأَمْوَالِ وَالْأَوْلَادِ وَعِدْهُمْ وَمَا يَعِدُهُمُ الشَّيْطَانُ إِلَّا غُرُورًا And beguile whomsoever of them you can with your voice, and collect against them your forces riding and on foot, and share with them in wealth and children, and make promises to them; and the Shaitan makes not promises to them but to deceive. Thanks for any input.
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