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Soldiers and Saffron

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  1. Are you referring to the video on this thread where they take down flags? One of the sisters here said it was an old video and also I have seen many people in Afghanistan going on with their mourning undisturbed. What is your opinion of this video posted by one of the brothers/sisters earlier in this thread?
  2. I hope that a lesson is learnt when it comes to trusting the US government and their promises. One would assume that the lesson would not be needed to be learnt since it is shown in history books over and over again but it seems some humans can only learn from history that they experience first hand. It is also astonishing to me how there are shias much like some wahabis who always find a way to connect anything bad happening in the world to the government of Iran and blame them for their own inability. It is also astonishing to me that when analyzing such people and their line of opinions throughout different topics, it seems to be that the ones who have the most critic against the government of Iran are also the ones who hold the government of Iran to the highest of standards. Which one is it? If they are hypocrites then why does it anger you when they act like what you call them? I wonder who the hypocrites are in this case... Lets find a way to make the current events in Afghanistan about how bad the government of Iran is... even though Iran with all of its financial struggles is the country that has taken more afghan refugees than any other country in the world, but lets not mention that. I wonder what such people with such mindsets will be able to achieve in life other than being victims of circumstances that they themselves refuse to get involved in other than verbally, complaining and blaming. Moving on, I would like to research about about the taliban movement of today, if anyone has any good study material please do share. I wonder if the taliban movement is as unison as some seem to think, their ideologies might be different internally and could be used to prevent the worst from getting power among them. I am not sure that the taliban of today are like the taliban of 20+ years ago, older generations are most of them dead by now, the world is different and I also wonder if wahabism has such a strong reach as it used to now that the saudis dont state endorse wahabism like they used to. From what I have heard and seen so far, it seems like the taliban movement have not targeted the shias yet but I do not know if it is a matter of time or that their ideology have changed. Mutual enemies have a way of bringing people together, especially when they are foreign kuffar invaders.
  3. You should consider in what society you would like to contribute to, for me personally I would like to contribute to an Islamic society, not to a secular kuffar society. You should also consider the future of you children and what kind of society and norms they are involved in and exposed to. To be completely frank I think that anyone who says you should not move away from open fasad and moral decay are just beating around the bush because to be honest about it would mean to make things uncomfortable for themselves. Unless your purpose to stay in such situation is to do dawah or even bring upon actual change, not just live a day to day life. My suggestion for you would be: To get educated in a field that yields a job that offers remote work. Then you may travel to any Islamic country while your income is secured. Once you find a place were you and your family are at peace, that is not a cesspool of spiritual decay, you may settle there and apply yourself there. Fast forward time and you may use your remote income to invest into businesses where you live, maybe even start your own business, employ orphans, widows and others in need. For me personally I do not want to spend my short life in dunya constantly considering what religious aspect I need to compensate on in order to live or what fasad the institutions will enforce on me or my children and what anti islamic laws will be formed from one year to the another and I do not feel like I owe an explanation to whoever questions my religious life and I do not like to feel guilty for paying tax knowing some of that tax goes to creating more fasad and moral decay. I want to make the islamic countries the best ones, not only out of a economical point of view, but morally as well as technologically. There are fields in which the western countries have progressed more than the islamic countries, I believe we should learn those fields but apply ourselves in Islamic countries in order to contribute and increase the welfare of those societies. Finally - I have traveled and worked in over 30 countries and counting, from Colombia to Singapore, from Siberia to Nigeria. What I can tell you from my personal observations is that you will find problems in all countries all over earth. The only thing that is different is the type of problems you will encounter. Some problems will make it hard for you to put food on the table while other problems could lower your rank in akhira or even possibly send you and/or your legacy to eternal hellfire. If you are blessed (means of moving), then you may be able to chose what kind of problems you would like in your life.
  4. This is really insanity, may God again punish the people who again and again took His blessings for granted and again and again had to be punished with a punishment that they cannot return from in order wake His anger yet again.
  5. Is your reason for caring about the hazaras that they according to you have no one else who supports them or is it that they are shias that makes you care? Would you for example have cared more about the Palestinians if they were shias and the Hazaras were sunnis? What if the Hazaras had others supporting them and the Palestinians had no one? You do not need to answer the question, God knows the answer.
  6. So much chaos and suffering in the world right now... It is really heartbreaking to see the videos coming out of Palestine right now as well as what happened in Afghanistan recently, I wonder how much more we need to see as a ummah before we start to unite against the chaos and suffering. Or will the all the things we see just cause most of us to become desensitize towards the chaos and suffering of others while most of us will be busy living the hyper individualized lives of the modern day and age? I know some people dont even read the news anymore... What seems strange to me is that other people find the common ground to blame the IR for the suffering, if people die in Palestine, it will be the IRs fault, if they die in Afghanistan, it is also be the IRs fault. It is strange to me that the people who are the biggest critics of the Islamic republic are also the ones who expect the most out of the IR. Is that the trait of a genuine concern? Of a genuine person? When we see all this chaos and the suffering of the muslims, should it not bring us all closer in solidarity and in union against the chaos and suffering? It seems obvious to me but I have also seen, not only now but others times as well, that when we see chaos and the suffering of muslims, it only causes some people to dive deeper in to sectarian thoughts instead. What will the result of that be if not more chaos and suffering? How much more is enough? I wish that the world was black and white but it is not and you will find faithful and humane muslims from all the different sects likewise you will find disgusting and hateful muslims as well. I think that any ideology or code of living that is worth being shared to others should be shared by setting examples, it should be shared in a genuine and caring manner, not through hate and hatred, that will not cause the ideology to spread but only serve to cause self glorification by means of condemning those who do not share you ideology. Meanwhile the muslims in Palestine are getting killed, the muslims in Afghanistan are getting killed and the children in Yemen dont have ifthar tonight. Oppression, chaos and corruption has become normalized while we trying to find reasons not to care for one or the other. How much longer? The muslims truly need their Imam(ajf) now, the whole world and all the descendants of Adam(عليه السلام) do.
  7. It is nothing wrong with supporting the oppressed be them in Afghanistan or in Palestine, why do you have to chose? Personally I believe from studying and reflecting that the existence of the state of israel is the main contributor to the split between muslims in the region in our day and age, as it is the only party who has the most to gain from the split and personally I believe that when the state of israel ceases to exist so will the "muslim leaders" in many arab countries which got their power with israeli support as well as the "religious schools" who teach takfiri ideology further splitting the ummah and weakening the muslims as a whole, how many times did daesh attack israel? Remember how the wahabi ideology came to power and went from being shunned by all sects into being a state ideology and if you cant remember because you dont know, then acquire the knowledge, this is the age of information. I truly believe that with the destruction of the state of israel, so will the muslims and their nations grow both in a spiritual manner (by having real muslims as leaders) as well as in power (by uniting the muslim armies) and prosperity (by one common currency among all muslim nations) which would then not only stop the chaos in Afghanistan but in Yemen, in Syria, in Iraq as well as in many parts of Africa and other places too where muslims are oppressed. Does that mean we cant support the people who are today suffering the consequences of the US training terrorists to fight Russia during the cold war? Of course not and caring for one and not the other would only expose our true nature, our motivation which would not be genuine and it would expose that which God will expose regardless on the day of judgement. Why do you feel like caring for one oppressed brother prevents you from caring for another one? Be honest with yourself if you want to answer that.
  8. Do we have to pick which muslim in distress we care about or is it possible to care for ALL muslims in distress? I do not think it is productive to give into childish and sectarian mentalities and I think we need to see the bigger picture and act accordingly in a way which we can stand answer for on the day of judgement. May God hasten the reappearance of our Imam (ajf) so that not only all muslims will be relieved of their distress but humanity as whole.
  9. Looking at the US withdrawing from Afghanistan after 20 years of doing nothing but to cause people to hate them more. I really wonder what they managed to achieve other than that... I think back to Bushs(la) speeches about "we do not negotiate with terrorists" and his talks about "either with us or with terrorists" and looking how they ended up in Afghanistan is really funny in a sad way. Fast forward 20 years and the taliban are as strong as ever before, Afghanistan has some powerless phony "government" placed by the US that will die the day the US dont protect them (which they will only do for as long as they obey them). The US had to end up negotiating with the terrorists they went to defeat after all and then withdraw without any measurable change to the situation in Afghanistan. Give it a month and it will all be back where it started. Heres pompeo(la) negotiating with the "terrorists" himself: I love history, I really do, everyone can have opinions and assumptions but you cant really argue against history. Throwback to 2018, WARNING some profanity in the video: What causes me to be happy is seeing the US humiliated and leaving with nothing, what makes me sad is seeing how they use muslim nations as play grounds for their armies causing my brother and sisters to suffer while the majority of us are sleeping. I pray that our Imam(ajf) will come as soon as possible and wake our dead hearts and our nations with them and I hope the day comes when anyone who made profit out of others suffering will have to pay in suffering as well.
  10. Sorry for the late reply brother. Unfortunately I do not believe that these young guys protest against corruption, rather they protest against others corruption. And they say they want freedom but what they want is fasad and the death of morality and our cultures as well as our values. I dont think a 20 year old Iraqis life is that much harder than the life of his father or grandfather at age 20, I dont think they had apartments and cars at age 20 back then either. I also think part of the reason why they do not see that is because of globalization and being part of generation Z, they compare themselves and their lives with people living in totally different countries with totally different history and opportunities. Of course the lives they see online are also heavily filtered. What young people expect from life is relevant to what they see from others lives. Until we stop corruption on a personal level as well as to those under our direct guardianship and take our religion seriously we will not see true development in our societies and by development I do not mean material gain but rather spiritual gain. The enemies of God might take away our food and our water but it is only ourselves who can take away our dignity by giving in to corruption. And if hardship was a rectification for being corrupt then the Imams of Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام) would have been the most corrupt, but they were not. I truly pray that Iraq as well as the other muslim countries become guiding lights for the rest of humanity as they should be and may God protect us against overly patriotic youths whose faith is only habits part of a cultural phenomena and whos Gods are their egos. On the day of judgement our nationalities wont mean anything. May the muslim countries become the best countries in the world and poverty and hardships dead and gone, but never at the cost of our faith and dignity. If we have to abandon our faith and dignity in order to achieve gains, then it is better that our countries crumble into dust. Or as the late seyyed Khomeini(رضي الله عنه) said: Shahr Ramadan kareem to you brother, remember me in your duas!
  11. I dont think theres any point discussing this. You seem very sentimental about this subject, I dont think you seek any discussion so I wont reply to what you said. Unfortunately corruption in the middle east in general is vast and as long as people expect better from others than to expect better from themselves, nothing will change. It is a cultural problem stemming from a lack of belief in my opinion. Only thing I will advise you as an older brother is that you stop making blame lists for your own life situation. If your always going to blame others for your own state of living, then you will always be a victim of circumstances and you wont try to improve your life. You are a man, a grown man even, so its better you take charge of your life instead of complaining about it. Thats all I have to say regarding that. Make dua to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to improve you life situation and do your own part in terms of effort (by halal means) and inshaAllah things will change for the better for you.
  12. Asking for proof regarding a unproven claim is not called being a "stupid redditor" its called being reasonable. I am sorry but I am not going to cater to what to me seems like rumors by making up convenient "truths" that fits them. Making up rumors is a sin, please abstain or provide proof. I will however suggest to you as your brother to not be like those exile Iranians who blame everything bad in their life on the Islamic revolution, they lack ambition in general and are miserable with their lives and what they have achieved in general and so rather than facing the inconvenient truth and actually try to improve their situation by putting in some effort, they would rather blame it all on something irrelevant to their own personal success and comfort themselves with "if that, if this, then that, then this". This is an unhealthy and contra productive mentality and perspective and it will take you nowhere in life. If you are unhappy in Iraq, then the world is big and you can move. Plenty of people have moved from one corner of the world to the other with even less than you and managed to build up their lives elsewhere.
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