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DarConall

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  1. I don't mean to sound disrespectful, but I knew someone would reply with this. My point is irrespective of whether our deeds alone warrant a place in paradise or not. It's why I only mentioned hell and punishment and not heaven and reward. My point is that these narrations seem to sketch a reality in which irrespective of what we do we'll almost surely have to suffer severe punishment. There'll always be something imperfect in us that warrants Gods wrath without his mercy. Again, I'm not talking about paradise. And I personally can't bring myself to believe God would be like that. I'd rather simply go with the Qur'anic understanding in regards to punishment. It's severe, but there's a more fair threshold.
  2. I can't be the first to feel this way: a lot of narrations cause intense fear combined with hopelessness. We're to fear God, and rightfully so. However, we're to never lose hope in God. But how can one not lose hope after reading a bunch of narrations that quite frankly portray God as some type of sadist? One that's created this existence to severely punish 99% for not being able to be like the saints. What I'm saying isn't far-fetched. Just read a book like Greater Sins by Dastghaib and you'll know exactly how hopeless to feel. By the standards laid out in that book absolutely none of us has any chance of making it out of hell. Audhubillah. Far be it for God to be like that. I simply refuse to believe in the narrations that portray God in such a way. How is it that we've complicated matters to such extend? I prefer the simple faith of a kid in God to that of hopeless punishment created by a bunch of narrations. Improving ourselves isn't gonna work when we feel like punishment is inevitable. If you're curious: https://www.al-islam.org/greater-sins-volume-1-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi
  3. Brother... Lying is haram. Everyone knows it's liincoln who said that.
  4. I'm staying at my mum's place for the time being. Praying Fajr/Maghreb/Isha out loud is sometimes difficult because my mom will be alseep. She's an insomniac and doesn't sleep for days at a time, she's also chronically ill and suffers a lot of daily pain. Lack of sleep worsens her condition. Any hour of sleep she can find is a blessing to her. She wakes up from every little sound... and I honestly don't feel comfortable with waking her up when I pray. What can I do in such situation? Is praying out loud still obligatory even when it causes potential harm to someone else?
  5. There's HUGE differences between marijuana and psychedelics
  6. This isn't very helpful. My point is that I'm unsure on whether something like LSD is an intoxicant (in light of recent studies about LSD). Grand ayatollah Sadiq Rohani also claims these substances as a rule do not impair the mind (in other words: are not intoxicants). As there now is some (limited) variability in opinions regarding this topic, I find that my question has merit. It's only been since recently that some progression has been made regarding our understanding of these substances, hence the controversial ruling. Psychedelics are still generally being grouped together with opioids and alcohol. There's countless obvious reasons why alcohol is forbidden, of which only ONE supposedly applies to psychedelics such LSD: namely that it's an intoxicant.
  7. It's not been specified, but I know that marijuana (being a somewhat psychoactive substance) did not make it. It's safe to say LSD, psilocybin and DMT are among the ones permitted. I tried finding information on his website but as it's in Persian it wasn't of much help to me.
  8. Ayatollah Sadiq Rohani issued a fatwa in 2014 regarding the permissibility of these psychedelic substances (as long as they're taken under guidance of a specialist). According to him these substances as a rule do not impair the mind. first link I could find about this matter: https://psychedelictimes.com/irans-top-religious-leader-approves-therapeutic-use-psychedelics/ I do taqleed on Ayatollah Khamenai and don't know much, if anything, about Ayatollah Sadiq Rohani. I also don't know his reasoning behind this fatwa. Maybe take this with a grain of salt and do your own research.
  9. If it's defintely 100% haram then there's no point in looking further into the matter. Quite frankly I don't believe in them making you vulnerable to jinn possessions (not sure if I believe in such thing to begin with). Losing perception of reality is also pretty subjective. Considering we each have differing opinions and nobody can enter another's mind, I can say that reality is subjective and that we essentially are not in touch with reality to begin with. I've personally done LSD at some point of my life (I was ignorant and had lost touch with religion), and back then it did greatly help me spiritually and brought me back to religion. I remember crying on it, realizing the mercy of God and my absolute foolishness. Although it's hard for me to be at that level of understanding when sober, the experience gave me a reference point that I want to achieve through dhikr and ibada. It opened my mind in the sense that it made me realize how truly limited my perspective is, and that it'd be arrogant to assume I know anything. My personal experience resonates with A LOT of people. That's not to say that I encourage taking any such substance. As you can see I'm myself conflicted on the matter, and only God knows best what is truly beneficial to us and what is not.
  10. Assalamu Alaykum, As far as we understand, psychedelics are forbidden because of the below reasoning. Psychedelics are intoxicants, and intoxicants are directly forbidden per Other arguments include physical harm, societal harm and addiction. I find none of these arguments particularly convincing. Let's take LSD as an example: It being an intoxicant is highly debatable. It greatly differs from intoxicants in the sense that recent studies show increased cognitive function and connections within the brain, and no impairment of risk judging ability (such as with alcohol). Also, it doesn't create animosity and hatred, and doesn't avert from the remembrance of Allah. (such as with intoxicants and gambling, see second quotation). In fact, to many it does the exact opposite. Psychedelics can rid of arrogance (ego) and catalyse spirituality. They make one question their reality, and rethink their stance and perspective. There's countless stories of people turning to religion after having used psychedelics and being atheists, or in the least bettering themselves. As for physical harm; this is substance dependent. LSD is extremely physically safe (not to say there's no substances claiming to be LSD that are really dangerous.) Societal harm from LSD ranks as very low (far under tobacco and alcohol at the bottom of the list). LSD also got virtually no potential for addiction and is self-regulating. Is there ultimate prove these substances are forbidden? Is there fault in my reasoning? Please don't be prejudiced. I mistrust the general opinion on this matter because there's no nuance in their discussion, and a fundamental misunderstanding of what these substances are and do, and so I'm looking for an answer that takes into account the nuance. That's ALL I'm asking. Please no side-topics, STAY ON TOPIC. Jazakumullahu Khayran
  11. We live a routine of which worship becomes just another part, that's the problem. The point of a routine is that you do things out of habit, sometimes on auto-pilot. But the point of worship and connection with Allah is that you're conscious of Him, and that it doesn't become something you do on auto-pilot. Ask yourself whether you're truly talking to Allah when reading Qur'an/Dua and praying. Are you really trying to be conscious and aware of Allah right that moment, are you trying to stay focused on maintaining that consciousness throughout worship? Or has it become the act of a body on auto-pilot, while your mind is just numb and asleep? What works for me is to realize my own consciousness and existence, from there awareness of Allah automatically follows. Or try to ''envision'' Allah's presence. Not in any physical way, but just think about His reality, that you know he's there. When you talk to Allah, realize that he's listening, don't just talk or read the Dua out of habit. Constantly remind yourself of the fact that Allah is listening. The moment you feel the sweetness of mercy you can stop focussing, that feeling is sufficient to have you stay conscious.
  12. Assalamu alaykum, I've noticed a lot of sheikhs make those ''read this x times and you'll gain the same hassanat as x prophet'', ''do this and this and you'll be in the same level in paradise as the ahlulbayt (as)'' I'm sure you know what I'm talking about. Now my question is: what's the point of having for example a ''place'' in paradise reserved for only the best creation, when one can gain access by a relatively simple act? I feel as though your spiritually and connection to Allah and ahlulbayt is a great factor in how meaningful any act or dua is, but these promised rewards completely ignore such factor and make promises that to me seem extremely exaggerated. Wassalam
  13. I'm none, I only come on here every x weeks.
  14. Can you share a source to what he says? I'll read it and reply back to you. What do you mean with ''choose their own identity''? As in, do their parents allow them to deviate from what they hold to be true (religion wise), or more of an individual level, can they choose which identity to take on (that which they inherit from their parents/that of the country they reside in or do they have no psychological say in this?). Be a bit more specific please.
  15. I would not like it, but it would discipline me and make me more aware of death. I think a lot of people tend to forget that they're not immortal (especially youth), which gives them a false sense of safety and independence from God. Hence the question "why should I believe in God, what does it bring me?''. Now I don't ask that question, but I'd surely be better of with knowing the reality that I WILL die.
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