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  1. As salamu aleikoum, I made a promise to feed X number of poor people. But people in the West are less needy than those in muslim countries. My question is simply whether it is permissible to send money to a relative in a muslim country so that they can buy/prepare food and feed the poors for me. Or do I absolutely need to give the food in person?
  2. As salamu aleikoum, In the past, during an exam, I forgot to bring a pen. I asked another person (a muslim I think, if that makes a difference) whether I could borrow him one. He agreed and I said I would give it back after the exam if I saw him. He said I could keep it. Still, I insisted that I would give it back -- yeah, I'm awkward Anyway, I still have his pen with me and I used it many times. I was planning to give him another pen (same model). But giving it back would weird, especially since he is only an acquaintance and I don't know him that well. Just imagine seeing the other guy after several weeks and saying "Hey, how is it going? Here, the pen I promised to return!". So, my question is: is it permissible to not fulfill the promise? I did not promise using the name of Allah swt nor is the pen an expensive object.
  3. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jabir_ibn_Hayyan Jabir ibn Hayyan was a student of Imam Sadiq as. He is one of the greatest muslim scientists that ever existed. I would even say one of the greatest scientists in the world: according to Wikipedia (french) he even predicted that a nuclear fission would be devastating. Atomic bombs for example function by nuclear fission if I'm not mistaken.
  4. The quote from Imam Ali as is perfect in this context, you reminded me of it. Your story is another illustration that atheists are looking for an excuse to do as they like and that they often had a bad experience with religion. I heard an atheist teacher say that she decides how to act according to whether she will be able to 'look in the mirror' afterwards or not. Another atheist on the internet claimed that 'everything we do has consequences'. Those kind of moral rules of thumb are obviously flawed. A lot of those people are able to live with themselves after stealing or killing innocents, finding all sort of excuses. Similarly, not everything we do has direct consequences (e.g. stealing does not necessarily means you get caught or that someone witnessed your misdeed). The so-called 'morals' and 'values' if an atheist varies from one individual to another. No wonder that atheists are almost a majority in UK prisons despite being a minority in the population.
  5. Sometimes the best answer is to not answer and simply dismiss their answer with a smile. As a chinese philosopher once said "He who knows, does not speak. He who speaks, does not know." If they are so sure He does not exist, why would he try so hard to convince you? I've never heard someone tell me "hey, by the way, the sky is blue and the sun yellow". Those people WANT a world without God, to do whatever they want. They are blindly following their passions. That's why 99.9% of the time you can shake their disbelief by simply using arguments of authority like citing famous personnalities who believe in a Creator (like George Lemaitre, Newton, Blaise Pascal or of course Einstein), teaching them that most scientists in the West are believers or even simply being a nice person and succesful person in general. Atheists, when their parents aren't too, are almost always people who had a negative experience with religion or simply a bad life. Problems with religious people (their parents or a priest for example), difficult moments in life they blaim on God (death of a loved one, accident, etc.) and so on. Did you notice how proud and full of themselves atheists generally are (not agnostics but those few atheists)? An atheist is like a video game character who becames self-aware and starts denying their creator, because they think it's impossible for anything to exist without electricity. Or because he does not like the game.
  6. Actually it's strange because to me, oil does not contain water. You could let oil under the sun for weeks and it wouldn't evaporate. Therefore, I wonder if oil really can transfer najasat (but if you got actual traces of najisul ayn on you, it will be najis, whether dry or wet, obviously).
  7. But there is this part in the hadith: It will be said to it: ‘Go back where you came from.’ Apparently, those are supposed to be Allah's swt words. Which would mean that God orders the sun (not the earth) to move to a certain place. Same thing with in this passage of the other version: Arise! Enter upon the morning rising from your setting place’. Here also, the order is given to the sun, not the earth. I agree however that 1) it's possible that the Prophet saw just explained it that way to someone from the 7th century. The mission of Prophets are to guide people, not to explain to them the way the world works. 2) or that the words reported were not 100% identical to those mentionned in the hadiths. After all, there are several versions of this hadith, with different wordings. The narrator, with his understanding from the 7th century, may after all not remember the exact words which were used if they did not make sense to him.
  8. Because the hadith is only refering to the movement of the sun. The hadith even makes reference to "And the Sun runs on to its place of settlement. That is the determination of the Mighty the Knowing. [Sûrah YâSîn: 38]". It seems to indicate that the sun is the one which is moving and the earth is stationnary. I personnaly interpret the above mentionned verse as meaning that the Sun runs to its term but the hadith, to me at least, seems to go towards geocentrism and to interpret Yasin:38 accordingly. But again, maybe there is another interpretation, especially after reading the hadith in arabic.
  9. The prostration isn't a issue. As you pointed out, we cannot understand the way the sun prostrates, it is not like a human's prostration, with the head on the ground. The issue is rather when the hadith reports Allah swt command to the sun to go back where it came from. If the sun has to go back from where it came from, then it means that the sun is the one which is rotating around the earth. Unless there is another interpretation of course, like the sun going back from the point in the galaxy where it came from and that resulting in the sun rising from the West from Earth's perspective. The verb which is used in the verse comes from a root which can indeed also refer to an ostrich egg (or the ostrich preparing its nest, I don't remember). But the verb itself simply means to spread. The reason the same root is used is probably because the ostrich spreads the earth in order to lay its eggs, it prepares the earth. This verse therefore likely means that Allah swt prepared the earth for us. Most likely, it refers to the earth one can see and not the globe in its entirety. That's also why the earth is sometimes refered to as a "bed" in the Quran. It means that the earth one can see and on which one lives (not the globe) has been prepared like a "bed". It does not mean that the Earth is flat or anything, as some may claim. That's why I say the Qur'an has no problem with the earth being a sphere. In my opinion, it does not mention the shape of the earth, although some verses, like the verse talking about the alternation of the day and the night, might be interpreted as meaning that the Earth is a sphere: http://www.speed-light.info/miracles_of_quran/earth.htm Especially the verse talking about God's challenge to jinns and humans to escape the اقطار (aqtar) of the heavens and the earth. The word used means either sides, regions or diamaters. And diameter is used to measure a circle.
  10. As salamu aleikoum, Although the Qur'an has absolutly no issue with a round earth rotating around the sun, I found several weird hadiths from Sunni sources (the narrator is Abu Dharr) which seem to claim that it is the sun which is rotating, rotating around a flat earth: It is also found in Sahîh Muslim (159,205). Its text, as related by Abû Dharr al-Ghifârî, is as follows: The hadîth is also found in Sahîh al-Bukhârî in a highly abridged form (4803, 7433). Its text reads: I checked the references and they are correct, although I did not find such an hadith in Sahih Muslim 205. According to some people, there is an hadith which says the earth is round: I did not find the reference though. Is this a fabricated hadith or does it really exist? You can find everywhere. But according to a website, it is fabricated (https://islamqa.info/en/145202). According to a shia hadith, the earth is round: There is no reference for the "logical East and West" hadith though. Does someone know the reference? Also, can someone check in Wasailush Shia, Vol.I to see if it's there (maybe here: https://books.rafed.net/view.php?type=c_fbook&b_id=280)? If possible, it would be better to find another book of hadith, since Wasailush Shia is a quite late compilation (17th century, after the heliocentrism theory was already famous I think)? What do you think about those hadiths? Are they authentic? If they are authentic, how should they be interpreted (I did not read the arabic)? Are they any other hadith talking about the shape of the earth and/or helio-/geocentrism? Jazak Allah khair.
  11. Wa aleikoum, No problem at all. As I said, I searched a little bit more on the meaning of 'min' and found that one of its meanings is 'among'. Plus, the Quran in other verses clearly uses 'min' for 'among'. In 3:113 for example, Allah swt says "They are not [all] the same; among the People of the Scripture is a community standing [in obedience], reciting the verses of Allah during periods of the night and prostrating [in prayer]". It is very clear from the context that the word 'min' used here means 'among', not 'from'. Which means some (but not all) of the people of the scripture are righteous.
  12. I have heard or red somewhere that some animals will go to Jannah. Like the dog of the people of the Cave, the camel of the Prophet pbuh (I think), etc. I don't know for sure however, could someone confirm?
  13. As salamu aleikoum, As a law student, I would like to know if there is any hadith (shia if possible) about acquiring secular knowledge. I know there are a lot of hadiths about acquiring knowledge but I wonder if these hadiths only speak about religious knowledge. I recall a mollah talking about one of our Imams (as) giving a long chemistry lesson to someone though. Also, I heard that one is not considered a true shia if there is anyone better/more successful in their village. Again, I don't know what exactly this hadith means. The mollah stressed that as a muslim/shia you should be the best at everything you do, although he didn't mention any narration about that (starting from 7:30).
  14. If it can help you even a little bit, know that by not eating too late in the evening (and not staying late in front of a screen also, to a certain extent), you will avoid wet dreams 99% of the time. I can guarantee you that, you do not need to sin to avoid wet dreams: just follow this advice (by the way, didn't the Prophet saw say that eating too much arises satanic desires?). I would recommand eating 5 hours before bed to make sure. Personally, every time I got a wet dream was because of eating late or too much, the food not being fully digested when I was sleeping. One or two times, it was because my sleep was disrupted by staying too late in front of a screen.
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