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    Sermon of Fadak - is it reliable?

    Salam brother So the whole event is fabricated? Or is it perhaps just a version of it? If I remember correctly, doesn't it come through different chains (with differences in the exact wordings) or do these two individuals appear in all chains?
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    Najasat/Taharat of Ahlul Kitab

    Thank you bro for your valuable input, much appreciated!
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    Najasat/Taharat of Ahlul Kitab

    What's your opinion about these two hadiths brother? http://www.revivingalislam.com/2012/01/shaking-hands-with-ahlul-kitab.html I know brother but still, would it really make sense that we are allowed to marry them while they are najis? If that would truly be the case, then you'd expect at least someone from the companions of the Imams (a.s) asking them regarding this issue (i.e how it's possible to marry them while they are najis).
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    Najasat/Taharat of Ahlul Kitab

    Thank you all for your comments. Yes I do know that the najasah only transfers through wetness, but since I can't risk it (due to my issues with doubts) and my hands being a bit sweaty most of the times, It's still pretty tough.. :/ Thank you brother, yes it's correct that the most famous view throughout the time has always been that they are to be considered as najis. What I can't understand is that the same scholars who consider them as najis, usually permit marriage with the Ahlul Kitab women (some even permanently or only temporarily). How can marriage be permitted with them if they are najis? Also wouldn't such hadiths that talk about them being najis contradict the Quran which says that we are allowed to eat their food & marry their chaste women? Interestingly, Sayed Sabah Shubbar mentions that he saw a saying from Sayyed Khoei r.h that goes like "If we gathered up all the evidence, there's a possibility that we can rule them as tahir, however with this very popular opinion that has been around, it's hard for a scholar to give a fatwa on this, so the least is they are najis by obligatory precaution" It seems that most of the scholars who ruled them as najis did so only based on obligatory precaution as it's the most famous view, correct me if I'm wrong. Anyone who could share more hadiths that imply the Ahlul Kitab as being tahir? Sayyed Khoei r.h mentions that there's evidence for that (so there should be more hadiths on the matter). @Qa'im Do you maybe know a few hadiths by hand on this subject brother? Salam brother Thank you for noticing that. My Arabic is not the best, but as I've understood it the Imam (a.s) says that she (the Christian slave) washes her hands. If she would have indeed been najis, there would be no point in her washing her hands (as she would still be considered najis). Correct me if I'm wrong. JazakumAllah kheir dear brothers
  5. Today, majority if not all the scholars consider the Ahlul Kitab as pure even though the view of the classical scholars were mostly that they were considered najis. Since I learnt this, I've always tried to stay on the safe side and always wash my hands etc. when I for example shake hands with Christians. I'm gonna be honest and say it's not the easiest (since a close friend of mine is Christian) and I truly want to believe that they are tahir as I believe that there are proofs for that as well, however I would like to hear some input from knowledgeable brothers here first. I don't want to consider them tahir just on the basis that it would make my life a lot easier living here on the west, rather I want to do that with clear proofs. My thoughts: (1) There are narrations in our books that talk about them being najis (2) There are narrations that imply that they are tahir, for example: سعد عن أحمد بن محمد عن الحسن بن محبوب عن عبد الله بن سنان قال : سأل أبي أبا عبد الله عليه السلام وأنا حاضر اني أعير الذمي ثوبي وأنا أعلم انه يشرب الخمر ويأكل لحم الخنزير فيرد علي فاغسله قبل أن أصلي فيه ؟ فقال أبو عبد الله عليه السلام : صل فيه ولا تغسله من أجل ذلك ، فإنك أعرته إياه وهو طاهر ولم تستيقن انه نجسه فلا بأس أن تصلي فيه حتى تستيقن انه نجسه . Summary: Ibn Sinan asked the imam ; i gave a cloak to a dhimmi (jew or christian) and i know he drinks alcohol and eats pig - he returns it to me; so should i wash it before i pray in it? Imam replied, pray in it and you don't need to wash it for that reason, for you gave it to him in tahir state and you are not sure that he has made it najis, so no problem in praying in it unless you are sure it is najis. [Can't remember the source but it was definitely authentic as it was included in one of Ayatollah Asif Mohsini's books, as you probably know he is one of the strictest scholars when it comes to rijal] Since the narrator specifically mentions drinking alcohol / eating pigs as an issue regarding najasat, this implies that Christians & Jews are not inherently najis correct? Another brother also sent me this hadith: عنه عن أحمد عن إبراهيم بن أبي محمود قال : قلت للرضا عليه السلام الجارية النصرانية تخدمك وأنت تعلم أنها نصرانية لا تتوضأ ولا تغتسل من جنابة ! قال : لا بأس تغسل يديها . [Tahdhib al-ahkam] Summary: Imam Ridha (as) had a christian slave (female) and they asked him regarding najasah and if it's a problem if she doesn't do ghusl or wudhu to purify herself and he said its not a problem (even though they lived in same house etc.) (3) Aren't we allowed to marry women from Ahlul Kitab (at least temporarily)? The classical scholars who held the view that Ahlul Kitab were najis, they did deem it permissible to marry their women though correct? Also If I am not mistaken, Ayatollah Khoie r.h was one of the modern scholars who considered them as najis, but at the same time he held the view that marriage with them was permissible, how is this possible? (4) Now if we are to consider them pure, how do we deal with all the narrations that talks about them being najis? Why would someone make up narrations about them being najis (if we would consider such narrations as weak)? How do we reconcile the two types of narrations? (5) Sunni scholars don't view them as najis (though they believe that even kafirs are tahir). How come they do not have any hadiths from the Prophet s.a.w regarding the najasat of Ahlul Kitab while we have a few from our Imams (a.s)? If anyone could provide some more hadiths on this matter I would really appreciate that. Would love to hear your views on this issue and hopefully help me get my mind around this!
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    Do you think hijab should be forced upon women

    @Ibn al-Hussain Very interesting and valuable information JazakumAllah kheir brother!
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    Do you think hijab should be forced upon women

    Salam brother This is quite interesting, what is your opinion about all the hadiths in both Shia & Sunni collections that talk about covering the hair, the awrah of the woman (she should only show her face and hands) etc, I thought they were pretty straight forward about it being wajib and not covering would be considered a sin (Isn't there a well known hadith from the Prophet s.a.w that he saw a woman in hell hanged by her hair because she never concealed it from non-mahrams?). I always thought that there was ijmah regarding hijab being wajib among both modern & classic scholars or am I wrong? Would love to hear your opinion on that.
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    Tafsir Noor al-Thaqalayn: Surat Yusuf

    Thank you brother Qa'im for this thread. Just one question, aren't these two hadiths a bit contradictory? How would we reconcile these two, the part I'm thinking about is "those whom his right hand posses" which are women right? What were the opinions of the classical scholars regarding women & Surah Yusuf?
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    Question regarding a supposed narration

    Thank you both for your responses, Jazakum Allah khair!
  10. Salam Alykom There is a widely spread quote that goes like this: "Work for this life as if you are going to live forever, work for the hereafter as if you are going to die tomorrow" which apparently is attributed to Imam Ali (a.s), however while searching for a source I couldn't find any. But while searching, I noticed that a similar quote seems to come from one of the other Imams (I think Imam Hassan a.s or Imam Kazem a.s), anyone who got the source for this and is it reliable? JazakumAllah Khair, Wsalam
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    Ghulu: The Case of Mughira the Sorcerer

    Salam brother Thank you for sharing this, very interesting to read! Just one question regarding this statement: "The first person I heard abusing Aba Bakr and Umar was al-Mughira b. Sa’id" Weren't the Imams a.s speaking bad about the two themselves before Mughira l.a?
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    Hadith Of The Day

    Beautiful hadith, thank you for sharing! Do you perhaps have the source as well?
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    All the tents were burnt down except one?

    When I think of it, could it maybe have been Imam Zainul Abedeen's (A.S) tent? I remember watching a scene where they came to his tent to kill him a.s but because of his sickness, they left him.
  14. Salam Alykom brothers and sisters! May Allah SWT accept your deeds on these sorrowful days! A friend in my class was asking if it is true that it is said that all the tents in Karbala were burnt down except for one. If yes, to whom did the tent belong to? Anyone who have heard about this before? If sources could be provided as well, that would be much appreciated!
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    Reliable Narration: Wilaya and Thaqalayn

    Thank you brother for the explanation!