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  1. What about when it comes to the Prophet's knowledge and this verse: [Shakir 12:3] We narrate to you the best of narratives, by Our revealing to you this Quran, though before this you were certainly one of those who did not know.[Pickthal 12:3] We narrate unto thee (Muhammad) the best of narratives in that We have inspired in thee this Qur'an, though aforetime thou wast of the heedless.[Yusufali 12:3] We do relate unto thee the most beautiful of stories, in that We reveal to thee this (portion of the) Qur'an: before this, thou too was among those who knew it not. I've been taught that the Prophet had all the knowledge since birth. But with the above verse and the fact that Jibreel brought down revelation on many occasions, it seems he may not have known everything beforehand automatically, rather he was told as and when needed to??
  2. [Shakir 5:12] And certainly Allah made a covenant with the children of Israel, and We raised up among them twelve chieftains; and Allah said: Surely I am with you; if you keep up prayer and pay the poor-rate and believe in My messengers and assist them and offer to Allah a goodly gift, I will most certainly cover your evil deeds, and I will most certainly cause you to enter into gardens beneath which rivers flow, but whoever disbelieves from among you after that, he indeed shall lose the right way. Salaam, We know that the children of Israel strayed from the path of Allah. What I'm trying to find more info about are the 12 chieftains Allah appointed. Were they fallible and also complicit? i.e. involved in the unlawful activity of the people of Israel. I've read Allama Tabatabai's tafsir, which didn't answer my question. Please share your knowledge on the matter. Thanks
  3. Relaxing the "suitable for kids" requirement, what's are your feels with the tafsir on hubeali.com? They try to explain each verse through hadith, although I don't know whether they test the hadith for authenticity...?
  4. Salaam brothers and sisters, I'm looking for a Quran that has simple tafsir attached to it so I can read it along with my children Insha'Allah. Basically the Quran and tafsir in book form, something like iqrasense? Thanks!
  5. Salaam What do you know about these questions related to the Quran please: 1. Was the book form compiled during and under the supervision of the Prophet (saw)? 2. Is the Quran in the order as intended by the Prophet (saw)? 3. Why is the Quran not in the order of revelation? 4. Were entire verses revealed at a time, or were segments of a verse revealed on separate occasions but collated into one verse at a later date? (E.g 33:33 first part that talks about the wives revealed in January, second part that talks about purification revealed in July). Just some background info; Discussing the above with a Twelver Shia who believes that there was a committee endorsed by Abu Bakr whom were tasked with compiling the Quran after the Prophet's (saw) demise. And that the Quran was also compiled by Imam Ali, which supposedly had a different order, but this was dismissed by the establishment. This is a popular belief in the Twelver community I've grown up in - as read from the mimbar. I don't personally believe this. IMO, if the Quran hasn't been left by the Prophet (saw) in the intended order then that would mean a distortion in Allah's book which would question ayats such as "Surely We have revealed the Reminder and We will most surely be its guardian" [15:9] and "Falsehood shall not come to it from before it nor from behind it; a revelation from the Wise, the Praised One" [41:42]. Allah refers to the Quran as a book [correct me if I'm wrong]. Why if it wasn't in book form? Then you have hadith Thaqalain where the Prophet (saw) said that he leaves behind the Quran and Ahlulbayt. Rationally it doesn't make sense that the Prophet (saw) would leave without compiling it as it ought to be compiled. So I believe yes for 1 and 2, and for 3 i believe it was left in the best order for mankind to derive benefit, albeit you still have to refer to external sources/Imam to know about the historical event that happened. 4 would be interesting to find out about... Something interesting i heard from Nakshawani (who believes the Quran is in the intended order) is that (with exception to surah Fateha) the first verse of a surah is a continuation of the last verse of a previous surah. E.g 1:7 and 2:1 both talk about guidance. Another theory I've heard is that (for example) the reason why the first revelation "iqra" is at surah number 96, is because it was the 96th surah to be revealed in full. In other words, once all the verses of a Surah were revealed, that's the order it got in terms of chapter number. Your thoughts?
  6. This is an awesome thread, that would be even awesomer if someone could post links to any English translated works. I did actually make a niyat to learn Arabic and made some effort towards that [such as material collection and some learning], but guess it will take much time before I can understand Arabic scriptures. If only Arabic was my mother tongue
  7. Salaam, I'm looking for English hadith sites, compilations from al-Kafi, Wasail Shia, Biharul Anwar, etc. Also, I'm looking for translations of the will's of each Imam [as]. Particularly Imam Kazim [as]. Am aware of *******.org serving translations of Wasail Shia [yes I know who the owner of the the site is, no need to bring that up]. Also aware of mutabaralkafi.wordpress.com, which I believe is a selection of muta'bar ahadith from al-Kafi. I use almizan.org for the Quranic tafsir. JazakAllah!
  8. Generally one is required to perform any of their act in sincerity, that is, not to fake it. But we find, that when it comes to the commemoration of Imam Hussain [as], one is said to pretend crying if they can't do so naturally. Reminds me of a narration whereby the masa'ib of Karbala was being recited during the time of an Imam [as]. The Imam [as] inquired from one of his followers as to why he was not crying!? The follower said that he was crying and presented his handkerchief that collected his tears. The Imam [as] said to him to wail/cry aloud next time. One would have thought that the Imam [as] would have liked the sincere method of that man's crying, rather than asking something of him that didn't come naturally... Lastly, how many of us struggle to perform salat with complete concentration? It is very difficult is it not? You manage one rakat with concentration but divert with thoughts in the other. So does that mean we not pray salat the day we're too tired to concentrate? Just food for thought.
  9. ^ It doesn't matter where one is settled in this digital age. Personally, if blood-letting is an issue for the sensitive then the fatwa should be put on the images and videos that distribute the act. There is no better compromise than this if there is the slightest of care for Shi'i unity. Other than that, completely agree with abbas110 and Irani313 for advocating verification. Too much digital falsehood about. However, I can verify. He is pro-tatbiri as was confirmed by my uncle who personally asked him. In my uncle's words, he said that Ayatullah Basheer said "bring it and I will do it as well", that is, tatbir.
  10. ^ The rules change when it comes to commemorating the martyrdom of Imam Hussain [as]. I have not come across a limit set by the Aimmah [as] as to how one should mourn, so I don't understand why the followers try to set a limit. If someone wants to mourn and feel the pain of the Imam [as] by way of self-inflicting wounds, why should I intervene and make a public outcry? I mentioned earlier whereby the Imams that followed wanted to feel what Imam Hussain [as] felt. In particular when one Imam [as] was nearing death, he requested that he be put on the bare ground so that he could get a feel for what Imam Hussain [as] felt when lying on the plains of Karbala. Furthermore, why should i force another to mourn the way that I mourn or the way that I find comfortable? These threads are always created by the anti-group to mock a fellow believer. We all love ahl-e-Muhammed [as] and there's nothing wrong with having our own way of expressing our love and grief for them. Differences are inevitable, but why disunite? Why not respect that the other has reached a different determination? What is the point of sticky-ing that "unity amongst shia" thread when threads like these follow that do nothing but create disunity? At least you respect our scholars. Do they not differ in this matter? So then, what purpose does this thread serve when the learned differ in opinion over this practice? The normal rule doesn't apply to mourning Imam Hussain. I wouldn't cry loudly/wail when mourning a family relative and nor is it encouraged. But is encouraged when mourning Imam Hussain [as]. Yes, people do have brains. And that's part of the problem nowadays, when we think we know better than the Ahlul Bayt [as]. Like the man in your avatar, who made chess halal despite the existence of dozens of ahadith that explicitly prohibit it. Not apologising for anyone. Just calling for acceptance of differences and unity. But I see one not wanting to unite, rather disassociate, to appease a third party. So, there's nothing more I can say. Long live the azadaar-e-Hussain [as] - however you mourn. Fi Amanillah.
  11. And what type of war is that brother? Being a keyboard warrior in Shiachat? Seriously, just look back at your thread and see that you've achieved nothing positive. And there are dozens n dozens of these threads building up in Shiachat's databases. It's old, move on. Find a better way to campaign [not bash] your fellow's actions. Furthermore, work on yourself too, your mind and your nafs. Take lesson from the signature that you possess because clearly you are not a freethinker... and that's exactly what this discussion has become - "worse than useless". Khuda Hafiz
  12. Correct. Reddit pretty much houses anything you can [and can't] think of. It categorises into what is known as subreddit. So the /r/Shia subreddit is exclusive to Shiaism. But because reddit is so big of a platform, we get people of various faiths coming into the Shia subreddit. If you're worried about viewing other stuff, you could come directly to www.reddit.com/r/shia Thanks
  13. Likewise, don't associate your public whinging to the Ahlul Bayt [as], because all you're doing is creating fitna, discord and disunity amongst believers which itself is a grievous crime. Nothing good has come out of this thread, nothing ever does. Unless of course you're more concerned about appeasing those that hate any mention of Shia. In which case, well done for providing more ammunition to the enemies. I request the mods lock this thread and stop any further similar threads opening, for the reasons given above. Thank you... Fi Amanillah
  14. Temporary marriage isn't the only shia sunni disputed issue that i mentioned. If it's not about Sunnis then why this comment below? Finally, no one is stopping you from following the version of Islam that you want to follow. Likewise I'm sure no one is forcing you to follow another version either that consists of tatbir. So i don't know why you're feeling so inclined into forcing people to do what you agree and disagree with. Just like me, you are a no body. And the beauty is we can agree to disagree with each other, can't we. But that doesn't mean bashing one another in a public lobby, certainly that isn't the way of the Ahlul Bayt (as) that you fondly speak of. Fi Amanillah Walekum Assalaam, What about erecting grand shrines over the burial places made out of real gold. Perhaps we should've fed and sheltered the poor with all that money, no?
  15. My opinion doesn't have any weight. Who cares what i think. All i know, is to be united we need to tolerate. Unity isn't when one acts and behaves in accordance to another. Unity is when one respects the other and understands that they have come to a different determination. At the end of the day, whatever they're doing, they're doing it out of their love for someone. So let that someone judge them. Why should i intervene and set a limit. And i definitely shouldn't come in an online forum bashing them. Good luck to them, good luck to me. But interms of unity, no chance would i put Sunni unity infront of unity with my fellow Shia, where we have such common ground. We're all mohib-e-ahle bayt (as) so that's more than good enough for me to call you brother/sister in faith.
  16. Let's campaign against muta since the Sunnis see that as prostitution. Let's also campaign against taqiyya since they see that as cowardice and hypocrisy. Let's campaign against sending la'nah since we should respect figures of other religions. Crying is bid'ah. Chest beating is bid'ah. Doing ziyarah and praying next to the burial places is shirk. Intercession is shirk. Etc etc Let's just appease the Sunnis that hate our guts but create deeper discord and disunity amongst other shia brothers/sisters because we cannot agree to disagree. Threads like these should be banned because nothing good comes out of it. Just fitna. Every damn year it's the repeat posts and arguments, you're this that. More bashing and disunity. Let Imam Hussain (as) deal with how people mourn him. Who are we to set a limit.
  17. We know that our halal and haraam lists are categorised by 3 actions: A. You have instruction from the Masoom [as] and Quran, B. You see the Masoom [as] performing such action, C. You perform an action in front of the Masoom [as] and learn from their reaction. Point C is interesting and tells me there is room for varying methods, which can be based on one's level of marifah, one's love, one's intellect, etc.
  18. I think it is pointless arguing over this, as we do every year. The fact remains, blood-letting isn't going anywhere. You can either respect and understand another's method of commemorating Ashura, or you can carry on wasting time arguing about it. Funny thing is, I have never seen threads here of pro-blood-letters coming here and bashing the non-blood-letters. It's always the other way around. I'll take a leave from this discussion but with this narration: Imam Sadiq [as] said "Everything is unrestricted until a prohibition is given on it." So until you guys don't come forth with an explicit prohibition in blood-letting, then I think you're wasting time arguing. The usual argument of "ruining Islam's image" is getting real old now.
  19. How about doing what you said, and doing blood-letting. Since when does blood-letting stop one from doing what you prescribed. There is nothing wrong with wanting to feel some of the pain of our Master [as]. Just like our Masters after him [as] who requested to be put on the ground when near their death, to feel what he [imam Hussain as] felt when lying on the plains of Karbala.
  20. ^ The situation is not how you put it. The situation was that the tyrant was stopping "visitors to the tomb of Imam Hussain", and to do that, they introduced a system whereby you have to give up a limb in order to qualify for a visit. Nothing about "having to go into hiding". So Imam Sadiq [as] said give a limb if you have to, to visit the shrine of Aba Abdillah [as]. There is a popular story whereby the executioner of the above system said to one visitor to present forth an arm for amputation. He presented his left arm. The executioner then requested that he present his right arm instead. He replied "you took that last year".
  21. His Eminence's [as] happiness is our happiness. His [as] pain is our pain. It is reported that Imam [as] had over 900 wounds. The few scratches that these blood-letters manage on their head/back give them a tiny sense of that pain, resulting in having another type of connection, other than the one of spiritual and emotional.
  22. The rules change when it comes to commemorating Imam Hussain [as]. Normally one is not allowed to pretend in their ibadat. But with commemoration of Imam Hussain [as], the aimmah [as] said to pretend crying if you have to. The follow text is from Agha Shirazi's Q&A regarding Ashura: Imam al-Saadiq (as) used to encourage the Shi'a people to go and visit the tomb of Imam Hussain (as) at all costs and under any circumstances, at a time when the ruling authorities used to threaten the visitors of the tomb with the amputation of the limbs. Despite that the Imam (as) used to encourage them to visit the tomb, and used to detail the Thawab for such visits even if one lost an arm and a leg in the process and even if such a visit led to the killing of the person visiting the tomb of Imam Hussain (as). This is an irrefutable evidence on how far the Imams of the Ahl-ul-Bayt (as) used to go to keep the cause of Imam Hussain (as) alive, even to the extent of arms and legs being amputated and lives lost, let alone the shedding of a few drops of blood, which we do these days! Perhaps we should put a fatwa on these camera devices that spread sensitive things. Our imambargah for instance, does not allow any sort of filming and photography during blood-letting.
  23. In fact, I don't think I'm even good enough to be even called a dog of Imam Hussain [as].
  24. Dear brothers and sisters, I invite you to also come join the shia community at reddit.com/r/shia for posting and commenting, where not only shia, but people of various faiths [and no faith] come by to learn about the Shia faith. Jazakallah Khair PS. Apologise to the mods if this thread is against the rules.
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