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  1. Salaam Alaikum, Brother I think this is a mistake here. I think the rise of Liberation Theology in Latin America proves that perhaps Marxism is not the best way forward even in the Secularized West. I think Marxism is just as difficult for the average non Muslim Westerner to adopt as Islamism is. Hugo Chavez and many in Latin America understand that Marxism ( given the devout feelings that many in Latin America have toward Christianity ) is not easy for most of the population to adopt given its harsh stance on religion. Hugo Chavez continuously refers to the teachings of Jesus Christ (as) and famous liberation theologians as his main source of inspiration, not Marx and Lenin. Shariati's ideas of Black Shi'sim vs Red Shi'ism can be applied in the West as well, except in terms of Dead Christianity ( Clergy dominated, and servant to the Capitalist Dictatorships ) and Living Christianity ( the Christianity of the Poor and Oppressed ). In the US if many Americans could grasp the true teachings of Prophet Jesus (as) as Micheal Moore touched on in his movie about Capitalism, then perhaps liberation theology could take on there as well. Just as I believe Red Shi'ism is much more compatible than Marxism with the sensibilities in a Muslim Nation like Iran, I believe Liberation Theology holds the same truth for much if not most of the Secularized West ( even outside of Latin America ).
  2. Salaam, I recently ran into the same problem with my wife, we have a child together and now after 7 years of marriage it is over because of another man. I chose to end my marriage though as I don't think I could trust a women who is like this. I hope everything works out for you Brother. Everyone is right though if they ever meet again it could be bad. So be careful. Ma'Salaama
  3. May Allah Almighty grant him paradise, InshAllah.
  4. ""I used to be Madkhalee salafi, and rejected those speakers also, but I find that when most Americans say "wahabbi" they mean Al-Maghrib Institute and QSS.
  5. Salaam Alaikum, I too used to be a Wahabi, and I would have to agree with Ninjaslim, that they are not really Hanbali. They draw from the Fiqh of Ahmed ibn Hanbal more than the other 3 Sunni Imams and like Hanbal are Athari in Aqeeda, but that still doesn't make them Hanbali, as they reject Taqleed and most of their big scholars, such as al Albani, Fawzan , and Makhdali tend to avoid identifying with one Madhab or another as this would make it seem that they do Taqleed ( Taqleed for many of them is seen as Shirk). Most Hanbali Scholars agree with Hanafis, Malikis, and Shafis, that Taqleed is a must and one who doesn't do it does not have their acts accepted. Salafis reject this view as extreme and thus are rejected by the majority of traditional Hanbali scholars on the Arabian Peninsula. For example many Salafis will go against the ruiling of all 4 Imams in favor of something ibn Tammiyya or Albani has said which contradicts even Ahmed ibn Hanibal. Albani's ruiling on women not being able to wear gold is an example. The Sunni Path website has traditional Hanbali sources which refute the Salafi sect. I also wouldn't take Bilal Phillips or Yusuf estes as representatives of Wahabism. They are Wahabi but still are rejected by the followers of the main Salafi scholars today lik Salih Fawzan and Rab'ee Makhdali. You can see this yourself by observing the Salafi talk forum and how they condemn Philips and Estes ( who both have also had harsh words for the Salafi movement ).
  6. Deobandis are in no way connected to the Salafi Sect. Deobandis practice Sufism and admire ibn Arabi. Look at their major scholars today like Muhammad Taqi Usmani to correctly understand their beliefs. The Salafis have issued fatwas that it is not allowed to pray behind a Deobandi in Salah because they pray in places that house the graves of their saints. Where Deobandi and Barelvi, differ is that the Deobandis have a more sober type of Sufism. Barelvis tend to have loud music and dancing in their sufi rituals. Also Barelvis believe Rasul Allah (as) was a being of light and not a normal human like the rest of us, and Deobandis believe this is heresy. If you go through the curriculum at the Dar ul loom in Deoband you will see Sufism is a major topic Deobanids must cover in their studies, many of their books are banned in Saudi Arabia. Don't look at the Taliban as a measure of Deobandism, look instead to their scholars at Dar ul loom, when Shias lump Deobandis and Wahabis in the same category it makes it appear as though Shias don't understand Sunnism and therefore all the arguements against Sunnis seem weak as a result. Good Dawah requires correct understanding of the sects one is trying to refute. Most don't go around calling themselves Deobandis anyway. A Deobandi is really just someone who takes Fatwas from the Sunni Scholars from Dar ul loom in Deoband or Karachi. A Deobandi Sufi Order: http://www.zawiyah.org/Home_1.htm
  7. I am 12 years younger than my wife and Alhumdulilah it has worked out well. Don't worry about age, marry the one who is the most close to you in ideology and who seems to have the best intentions.
  8. You only need to do Istikhara in circumstances in which logic and fatwa do not solve your problem. In this case logically you two are well suited for each other so you should not have done an Istikhara to begin with. I saw a show on TV a while back and there were some Hujjat ul Islam at a Marja's office in Mashhad who were tired of people calling for an Istikhara for every little thing that came up in life, it is best to use only in circumstances when clear logic or the fatwa of a Mujtiheed can not guide you. Therefore if you can't see any problem with the person you wish to marry, don't look for one.
  9. Exactly, I think what the students did was good, you can not have civilized debates with representatives of un-civilized war criminals.
  10. The Rabbi in that video got rich off that charity: ""Jewish-Christian NPO paid exec $824,000 salary By Anshel Pfeffer Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein, president of the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, received an annual salary of $824,000 last year, according to a tax return that the nonprofit organization filed in the United States. The IFCJ, founded by Eckstein in Chicago 27 years ago, raises millions of dollars each year from the evangelical Christian community, mostly in the U.S., for Israel and Jewish communities worldwide. Advertisement According to the tax return, the IFCJ raised $75 million in 2007, out of which it distributed some $42 million in donations to various programs and paid $30 million in wages and administrative expenses. The IFCJ finances a variety of charity projects, including aid to poor and elderly Jews in both Israel and the Diaspora. For years, the organization drew fire for allegedly helping missionary groups. Nevertheless, Eckstein managed to use the contributions he raised to turn his organization into a strategic partner of the Jewish Agency. An IFCJ spokesman in Chicago told Haaretz: "Rabbi Eckstein's wages were just a little more than $400,000. Another sum of $400,000 was put into a pension fund for him, because until now, no pension allocations had been made for him. In light of this, his salary is reasonable for an American charity of this magnitude. We have an independent board of trustees that sets Rabbi Eckstein's wages according to the accepted norms for large Jewish organizations in the U.S." ""
  11. The Petition: http://www.PetitionOnline.com/irvine11 The event that took place:
  12. Yea but I'm wondering if he really is just lying or if he actually believes this stuff. Maybe someone told him this and he didn't bother checking his facts and he actually thinks its true, or perhaps he really is just lying, either way it is not responsible behavior. He should be taken to task and somebody should go on TV and rebuke him by highlighting that Iran is a majority Intha Ahsari ( twelver ) state, Ayatollah Khomeini was one and never tried to ban them ( I don't know where that came from lol ) and that the majority of Muslims both Sunni and Shia are waiting for the Mahdi (as) and by calling him a "spooky dude", he has insulted the majority of the Muslim world ( not only Intha Asharis ).
  13. He also claims twelver Shias are a minority in Iran and that Ayatollah Khomeini tried to ban them, lol.
  14. Wa Alaikum Salaam Go to this website www.momineen.com create an account and then go to the Ilm al Ghayb section they have some e books and articles on the subject.
  15. Wa Alaikum Salaam, You didn't comprehend what I said at all. I didn't say I want a Mosque for white people. I used the example to show that Black Muslims are not devoid of privilage and have some privilages that White Muslims do not. The same thing which is said about White Muslim privilage can be said about black Muslim privilage as well. I do not want a White Mosque as that concept is not acceptable in Islam ( just as an all Black Mosque is also not acceptable ) however you can see the biased attitude in the Muslim community in the West as an all White Mosque would come under huge fire I'm sure. ( as it should, it would just be nice if that went both ways ). For your information I didn't grow up privilaged, I was born to very poor immigrant parents ( A Chechen Father ( who was not really a big part of my life so I was not raised Muslim) and a Ukrainian Mother ), many of my family back home are dead or have vanished due to Russian cleansing raids, and the housing conditions in the neighborhoods I grew up in the US, were similar to the areas where many African and Hispanic Ameicans live. So I don't understand what privilages I have had in life that you have not. Or maybe I have had them, I don't know and this brings me back to my point, you can not generalize people. You just can't do it. I don't know you or what kind of life you have had so I don't make presumptions just because you are Black, but you are making presumptions because I'm White. If you can learn to accept people on an individual basis based on their deeds ( which we are taught in Islam ), then we would not be having an issue. Sister could you explain your comment about Palestine a bit better I don't understand what that has to do with the topic at hand?
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