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  1. W/Salaam. He is deceased since several years. The book of his that you are looking for, has been translated into English by the title: SHI'AH: A Critical Revision Apparently there is no electronic version. However, it can be purchased from Amazon here: http://www.amazon.com/SHIAH-Critical-Revision-Conflict-Between/dp/1930279027/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1375729667&sr=8-1&keywords=musa+musawi
  2. Salaam. Regarding the moon-sighting for Eid-ul-Adha, I got an email from the "Council of Shia Muslim Scholars in North America" saying that: - the southern part of USA (they drew a line according to certain mentioned cities) will have Eid on Sunday November 6th, and - the nothern part of USA (plus Canada) will have it on Monday November 7th. Is there anyone else who sees a problem with this picture? Why cant ALL Shia Muslims in USA have the same day for Eid? And what happens to those people in the center (living in the towns in the middle USA)? And while the Scholars split our country like thi
  3. S/a my brother. (1) I think you still do not comprehend that we do NOT have the "exact same" book, we only have a reflection (repeat) of the words. After all, do we have a book in our hands that was some "exact same" binding delivered from Angel Jibril to P.Muhammad (s)? Nope. All we have is transmissions. Did we actually hear the Prophet recite the book? Did we hear his words? Did the Prophet even compile a book? What we have today is a Mushaf compiled in the time of the 3rd Caliph, with the agreement of the Companions on its veracity. (2) Seen from another perspective, Who was the Prophet (s
  4. My dear Br., I am not interested in "winning debates" or "mincing words" or "representing others positions". I have no shame in "re-considering" my own position since I am a "seeker". But for now I stand with it. This is because IMHO you have not yet provided me anything that I find worthwhile for "re-consideration". My consistent position, in slightly different words - that might provide more clarity for you, Insh'Allah - is as follows. 1- The Quran remained for a while in the hearts (memorized), then it was preserved to paper (Mushaf). 2- The Ahlul-Bayt remained guiding for a while, then the
  5. The book that we have in our hands, is it some exact book that came from the heaven into the hands of the Prophet (s)? No. It is words that were passed on by mutawatir transmission and then recorded, and those recordings have reached us. Similarly with the itra, their words and seerah was passed on as transmissions. Their teachings are with us. Even just the "incident of karbala" by itself serves as a great lesson from the itra of the Prophet Muhammad (s). Because we have daleel for Shaytaan's ghayb-guidance in the Quran, not for Imam Mahdi's ghayb-guidance. Also, we cannot depend on possibil
  6. This is qiyas to determine a community's status. And not a good one either.. it has many holes. There is a hadith of Imam Sadiq (a) where he was upset with a companion who had won a great theological debate against an opponent, but the Imam chastised him because he used wrong ways in his debate, and said that we have nothing to do with you because you arrived at the right conclusion using the wrong method. And he asked him not to engage in debate because he did not follow the ethics of debate. Was-salaam. ps: Irrespective of whether the answer is right or wrong, a vigilant teacher will give ze
  7. If you intend to ask that do I (personally) believe in the fadilat or importance of the Thaqalayn, then I definitely do. The book needs no mentioning for its virtues are clear. As for the Ahlul-Bayt (s) they are honored and graced several times. Verses such as Tatheer, Mubahila, etc. attest to their superior status. Especially Imam Ali (a) who has been mentioned in several ahadith attesting to his superiority, such as in the hadith of Bab-ul-Madinatil-Ilm, and likening of Haroon to Musa... But most importantly - He demonstrated his courage, dedication, knowledge, sincerity, justice and wisdom
  8. Salaam. We have daleel and sultan about Iblis from the Quran. Otherwise there was no reason to believe in him. Unfortunately we do not have any such daleel or sultan from the Quran in regards to the 12th Imam's Imamate. The Quran and Hadith exists. So the guidance is there. The Quran and Hadith is also what all schools of thought use. So the guidance is present and is used. According to the Quran, the whole creation is Allah's hujjah. Allah proves His existence in the Quran via his immense innumerable creations. IMHO, Allah (swt) has no need for the Imam to be His proof. Every creation is a
  9. Salaam Br., Possibilities are innumerable. However, we can only work with that which we know, and I for one do not know of any knowledge being imparted. Furthermore, no Marja claims that they have knowledge from the Imam. And the late Sayyid Fadlallah even stated that the 12th was for the end time only. Irrespective, if one reads the last letter that is claimed from the minor occultation, it says that no one will meet the Imam because he will return at the end of time, and so anyone who claims to meet him is a liar. This should be sufficient for the point that he is not imparting any guidance.
  10. Agreed. In this sense "of having their teachings" we are not Imamless. It will also mean that in the same way, even the Sunnis, Zaydis and Ismailis are not Imamless. And it makes sense. The one who is closest to Allah (swt) is the one who has the highest rank with Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì. God knows who that is. We are told that the 11th Imam had a hidden son who is to return as the Mahdi. If this is true, then it is him. One can only testify about the piety of those whom one knows, in proportion to what one knows. Was-salaam.
  11. I'll buy this argument. It makes a lot of sense. However, the argument is used for the 12th Imam, not the Prophet and 11 Imams, and its application for the 12th Imam does not make sense. Some scholars have even suggested that the 12th Imam should be considered as the one who will appear in the end as the Mahdi and no more (i.e. not as a guiding Imam for today's time). And this position is very close to the Sunni position - only difference being on whether the Mahdi is born or not. The reason that tey say this is because they do not see evidence of Imamate (i.e. guiding) by the 12th Imam. In ov
  12. I cant recollect the exact ayah, but it is something along the lines of those who belief in one God, the day of Judgment, and do good deeds. As for unity within the ummah, this is not an option but a fard. This is why people (IMHO) must attend Salat-ul-Jumuah, because it is a fard for Muslims to congregate together, whether they like it or not. And slowly by slowly that getting-together will Insh'Allah yield results. I'm witness to it. Was-salaam.
  13. A suggestion: Perhaps you should say "the generality of the Shia" or "what is known about the Shia", etc. in order that you do not lump ALL the Shia into one boat because the Shia have different opinions on different matters. For example, the Zaydis, Ismailis and Ithna'ashaeris differ on several matters, and even within these groups new intellectuals are arising with questioning minds and they cannot be grouped under the same umbrella. Was-salaam. As far as I know the Sunnis, for the most part, consider Yazid a bad person. Their classical scholars were grouped between those who cursed him and
  14. But if they don't know about it, then how can it be their belief? Perhaps that was the belief of old Wahhabis, and maybe the new ones have dropped it, and hence made their madhab more appealing. After all, the more negative elements a madhab drops, the more appealing it becomes. Is this the reason why wahhabism is becoming more popular i.e. that they are dropping the more extreme negative elements? This is something we need to do as well to make our madhab more appealing, and also for the sake of unity. For example, we removed the "blood-letting" element in Muharram ceremonies and that helped!
  15. It is not just me, brother. No one knows. Do you know? Do you at least know someone who knows? or even someone who claims to know? So then, what is the point of an Imam IF no one knows him? Do you know anyone who can draw the continuous line? Did Prophet Muhammad (s) talk about any chain in between? Did he mention himself being the next leader after someone that passed away recently? Apparently the Imam appoints his successor... so since we say that the Prophet (s) was an Imam.. then who appointed him? Was-salaam.
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