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Muhammad Awes

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  1. Assalamu Alaykum my dear brothers and sisters, I hope youre all doing well and have benefited from the past two months of Rajab and Shabaan and are loooking forward to the Holy month of Ramadan. May Allah swt make it a blessed month for us all. Ameen My question today is how much should Imams of our Mosques get paid? How much should Islamic Speakers get paid? How much should Latmiya Artists and Nohas get paid? For a long time I naievly assumed that these groups of people that I've mentioned don't really get paid. Like I used to think that all Islamic speakers are volounteering or something, because it's Islamic work and Islamic work should be done purely for the sake of Allah swt and your reward is with him. I assumed that you can't make a career out of them. Now I learned that they do get paid and I am absolutely understanding of that. It makes a lot of sense. I believe they should get paid as I'm sure the people before us during the time of the Prophet pbuhahf and the Imams as also got paid. What I've been struggling to answer, however, is how much? If it's a career, how much do you guys think they should get paid? Should it differ from person to person depending on their qualifications and status? I would love to hear your opinions on it. Salam p.s. This article make me think about it to, take a look https://muslimmatters.org/2012/01/16/so-how-much-should-islamic-clergy-make/
  2. Salam dear brothers and sisters. I was just wondering if downloading nasheeds and watching movies online permissable or not? Is it considered stealing? What do the scholars say about this matter? Thanks
  3. Thank you all brothers and sisters for your replies. May Allah (swt) reward you all. @hameedeh I wish my father was insisting my sister didn't attend the majlis for those reasons. I would have affected my decision much better. Unfortunately, he doesn't want her to attend purely because its a gather that shias or attending. My mother is going to the majalis whether my sis stays or not and she wants us to go. Basically my sister and I do have permission from one of my parents, just not both. @sidnaqThank you brother. Sayyid Sistani is my marjaa @Jauher abbasThank you brother for the reminder of the importance of the respect and obedience of the parents in the Quran. I was aware of these verses. I was just wandering if I was contradicting these verses which is why I made the post. I don't really feel like I am breaking any of his rights by attending the majalis. @Irfani313 Interesting information here brother. Could you give me the sources for this. I understand where your coming from but I don't feel fuly convinced unless you give me references from the scholars discussing this matter. Thank You
  4. Salam Alaykum to all of my brothers and sisters, I give my condolences to all of you in these painful nights of remembrance of the greatest tragedy in history. Here is my dilemna... I joined the school of Ahlulbayt (as) about 2 years ago. My father was livid. He disowned me and stopped speaking to me. That was in the beginning. I didnt let that bother me too much. I started giving da'wah to the inhabitants of my household and Alhamdulillah my mother and sister also joined the school of Ahlulbayt (as). As you can imagine my father became even more livid. However, over time he cooled down a bit but always eventually he would go back to saying he disowned us and stops speaking to us. We got used to it. After all there is always a price to pay when you take the wilayat of Ahlulbayt (as). However, at the end of the day he is still our father and he has rights over us. My question which I felt I already answered for myself when I attended my first majlis has slightly bothered me. I don't want to disobey Allah (swt). So my father told my sister she cannot go to the majlis. He ordered her to stay home. However, truthfully speaking what he really wants is for us to leave the school of Ahlulbayt (as), and we have already made it clear that is never happening. But still, does attending the majlis in anyway violate his rights. Or is he infact the person violating our rights as people who have a different madhab to him. Its one things forbidding us when we're all sunnis, its another when your forbidding us when we are holding on to the school of Ahlulbayt(as). So what do you guys think and can you also state more importantly what the scholars say about this matter. Salam
  5. Salam brothers and sisters I was just wandering if there were any mujtahids living in the us. Or also if they teach and whether we could attend their classes. Thanks
  6. Thanks brother. I appreciate that. However I am not planning on going to the middle east just yet. There are things happening in my life atm and I cant really leave my parents alone to deal with them. That is why I have to stay in the west. My dream is to study in the middle east but unfortunately that just can not happen right now. Hopefully there are institutions that I could attend whilst also trying for my degree in US.
  7. Salam to all of my brothers and sisters, I have been trying to figure out how the next 10 years of my life is going to be and I am hoping if you guys can help me in my decision. I know I want to become an islamic scholar and go to hawza and study. I have no doubt about that. Lecturing around the world speaking and spreading the teachings of Ahlulbayt is my dream. However at the same time in doing a service to Ahlulbayt I want to also work on a degree in psychology. I am 18 (turning 19 soon) and I was wandering if I could work on both of them at the same time. That way whilst I am working on my degree I could at the same time lecture and do other services to Ahlulbayt whilst I am studying. I also plan on getting married with in this next 10 years so I want to try and sort all this stuff out. What do my brothers and sisters think. Can I study at hawza and study for my degree together?? (In Washington, Usa btw. (Washington state btw not city)
  8. I thank each of you for your inpute and replies. May Allah swt bless all of you and forgive your sins. I have decided not to do taqiyya because of my mother. When I informed her of the plan of doing taqiya for the sake of the family she refused and said she wouldn't do it. She said she hasn't done anything wrong and that she didn't force her beliefs on anyone, and she thinks it's better for him to know that there is nooooo chance we would ever return to a school that rejects the wilayah of Amiral Momineen as. That way we wouldn't have to go through this whole mess if later on he suspects we are not really sunni. I have to respect both my parents and there is no point of me doing taqqiya if my mother and sister don't do it with me. May Allah swt help all of you in your problems and us as well. Hopefully this is the right thing to do and hopefully Our Lord is pleased with this decision. Thank you all again and may Allah keep you in good health.
  9. That's actually what I offered. I said to him "you will not see me pray, listen to a lecture or anything to do with religion what so ever. Anytime you will see me it would just be normal talks going on and that I would practically erase the word 'shia' from the house." But he still refused and said if we dont return back to his school he would leave. That's why I am considering this way.
  10. Salam all brothers and sisters, I am in a bit of a problem. Alhamdulilah I joined the school of Ahlulbayt over a year ago now. When I first joined i considered doing taqqiya so that my father doesn't get sick. My father suffers from this mental condition where he completely practically goes insane when his stress levels get really high. But at the time I was joining, he had been healthy for a couple of years so I decided that I wasn't going to do taqqiya because I only felt comfortable doing taqqiya if I was in a life or death situation. My father disowned me when he found out that I had left his school of thought but throughout that year we did kind of bridge the relationship back to at least being civil. By that I mean he at least would return my salams and talk to me if he needed help with something. I thanked Allah swt for finally letting him take me back as his son and things were almost going back to normal. However fast forward 1 year and a half later and now again thanks to the mercy and guidance of Our Almight Lord swt, my mother and my sister also joined the school of Ahlulbayt. This is recently and now my father has basically given us 1 option. That is either we return back to sunnism and leave this beautiful school or we remain in the school and he will leave the household. Bearing in mind I have 3 brothers and 3 sisters and the youngest of the children is 2 years old. To be honest, I don't want to do taqqiya for a lot of reasons. The biggest reason of them all is that I could be completely destroying any chance of my father possibly joining the school of Ahlulbayt later on in his life. However, I'm trying to forget what I want and think about what Allah swt wants. What do my fellow brothers and sisters think??
  11. Imam Ali (AS) Thank you brother. Its exactly a quote like this from our master Imam Ali as that I thought of when I was reading the book. Everything that is mentioned in terms of speed learning or healing yourself with your mind and all sorts of other things always mentioned it is done with meditation. That's why I didn't see anything wrong with it. But it does say other things that made me feel uncomfortable which is why I wanted to hear what my fellow brothers and sisters had to say.
  12. ok brother. To be honest I was mostly interested in the speed learning. He mentioned that in alpha waves our brain is more relaxed and capable of taking in more knowledge. So if you put your brain in alpha and learn you will learn much faster and memorized much easier. What do you think about that?
  13. Thanks brother for the reply but if you don't mind me asking; have you tried the exercises in the book?? Like the meditation techniques it mentions for getting into alpha brainwave.
  14. That's what I thought at first as well brother but he actually has 100s of students who actually prove what he claims. Its an actual official program that they even teach all over the usa. He even mentions that all religions including Muslims have tried his programme. And to be honest most of the stuff I there is pretty good because it teaches you meditation techniques and other things such as something he called "speed learning". So I honestly don't think this guy was after profit.
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