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The Straight Path

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  1. Salam dear brother According to Sayyed Sistani, as an obligatory precaution one should say it in arabic if one can. Otherwise, it is permitted to say it in English for example as long as the same meaning of words are used:
  2. Regarding classical music: * Is it all right to listen to classical music, that is said to soothe the feeling and that which could be prescribed for certain psychological disorders?- Yes, music that does not involve play and delictation is permissible to listen to. https://www.sistani.org/english/book/49/2422/
  3. There's a hadith that comes to mind which I think is worth sharing: Not sure about the authenticity though, the arabic says that it is from a book called Kitab Almunaqib Almu'tabarat (I suppose المعتبرة is from the title of the book and not a reference to the isnad itself). @SoRoUsH What do you think about this hadith (from a isnadi perspective)? Not trying to say that one should keep a dog at home (I think most scholars agree that it should be avoided) because in the end a dog is still najis which I'm sure most won't deny. But l don't think there's anything wrong with treati
  4. I came across this discussion from Sayyed Kamal Haidari which I thought was interesting and in this particular part (Part 4), some of the narrations shared in this thread are mentioned: https://www.iqraonline.net/womans-jurisprudence-fiqh-al-marah-sayyid-kamal-al-ḥaydari-lesson-4/ I know that Sayyed Kamal Haidari is a bit controversial (I might not agree with all of his views) but I thought he raised a good point regarding this verse: [2:228] and they (women) have rights similar to those against them. Personally I feel that the nature in some narrations are no
  5. Well if it's haram according to your madhab then sure, but that doesn't mean it's haram in every madhab or that every scholar agrees with this point. According to Dar al ifta Egypt, it isn't haram either (as long as you don't promote their disbelief): https://www.dar-alifta.org/Foreign/ViewFatwa.aspx?ID=6815 "Commenting on the gifts that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) offered non-Muslims, Al-Sarkhasi said in Sharh Al-Siyar Al-Kabir (vol. 1, p. 96), "Offering gifts to others is from among good morals as per the words of the Prophet (peace and blessings be up
  6. Not really true, you missed some of the other narrations regarding non-muslim festivals: Abu Qabus reported: A woman asked Aisha, “We have a nurse among the Magians and they give us gifts on their festivals.” Aisha said: Abu Barza reported: He had neighbors among the Magians who would give him gifts during their new year celebration and festivals. Abu Barza would say: Ibn Taymiyyah comments on these traditions, saying: The point is that it is not unconditionally haram, rather if you feel that you are agreeing to their disbelief by just greeting them etc, then don't
  7. @Cherub786 Doesn't seem to be completely haram among scholars of Ahlul Sunnah: https://abuaminaelias.com/congratulating-non-muslims-festivals/ According to Sayyed Sistani: Question: Is it permissible to exchange greetings and gifts with a non-Muslim, if he is a neighbour or a co-worker, etc.? Answer: If he does not express hatred towards Islam and Muslims in words or actions, there is no problem in doing what is required in friendship like being good and charitable towards him. Almighty Allãh has said, “Allãh does not forbid you in regard to those who have not made w
  8. Salam I know the website doesn't say so, the reason could be that Sayyed Sistani maybe didn't consider them as najis based on obligatory precaution before so they just haven't updated it yet. Or maybe they just missed putting that part when writing that page. That's the reason I contacted his office to get it verified. I wrote to them using sistani.org. I've also got this confirmed by two scholars (Sheikh Mohammad al-Hilli and Sheikh Safdar Razi here in Sweden).
  9. Salam alaykom It is worth mentioning that Sayyed Sistani considers them impure as a matter of obligatory precaution. Personally I try to stay on ihtiyat (precaution) as much as I can but it's good to know that one is allowed to refer to another marja in this ruling. One well known marja who considers non-muslims tahir is Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi for example. Worth mentioning though is that the mainstream opinion right now among scholars is that non-muslims (except Ahlul Kitab) are not considered tahir. And the mainstream opinion not many years ago was that even Ahlul Kita
  10. @gayboyanon Dear brother please check out this website by a Shia brother who went through having same sex desires but managed to overcome it: https://muslimwithssa.wordpress.com It's a well known fact that there are many muslims who go through this issue and the problem isn't having this kind of desire in itself, rather it is when you act on your desires or start to encourage living the Gay lifestyle where it start to become haram. Remember dear brother that you are first and foremost a Muslim and I pray to God that he helps you and also rewards you for your struggle. I t
  11. Salam alaykom Their office in London are pretty fast in replying to questions: http://najaf.org/english/ It usually takes no more than 1-2 days and I've even received replies as fast as 10 minutes after sending a question.
  12. Kulayni and al-Kafi (Pt. I) https://shiiticstudies.com/2019/12/10/kulayni-and-al-kafi-pt-i/ Kulayni and al-Kafi (Pt. II) https://shiiticstudies.com/2019/12/24/kulayni-and-al-kafi-pt-ii/
  13. Salam alaykom dear brother As already stated by others, the feelings themselves are not haram at all. Rather it's haram when you act on those feelings etc. Don't forget that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is all-merciful, this is just one of His tests. لَا يُكَلِّفُ اللَّهُ نَفْسًا إِلَّا وُسْعَهَا “Allah does not burden a soul beyond that it can bear” (2:286) You also have to remember that you are not alone, there are many people who have gone through this and actually managed to overcome these feelings/desires. Check out this blog by a Shia brother w
  14. This narration has been discussed in the above mentioned thread, thought it could be interesting to share brother Abu Tufayl's comment on it.
  15. @Ibn al-Hussain The ones who got enslaved during wars, where they usually those who were at the battlefield (such as the wives of those who fought) or would also those people who were living in peace be enslaved?
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