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  1. Salam, Does anyone know if this hadith appears in Shia books or whether it is just a Sunni narration? It is narrated on the authority of Jabir that the Messenger of Allah said: I have been commanded that I should fight against people till they declare that there is no god but Allah, and when they profess it that there is no god but Allah, their blood and riches are guaranteed protection on my behalf except where it is justified by law, and their affairs rest with Allah (Sahih Muslim, Book 001, Number 0032)
  2. Salamu alaykum,When making tawassul through the Prophet, does the Prophet hear our calls directly or is he informed of our words by the angels?
  3. According to a recent lecture by Ammar Nakshawani, the Twelver school of thought outright prohibits relations with a captive "ma malakat aymanakum" (what your right hands posses) out of marriage. Is Nakhsawani right about this? If so, how do the Shia interpret the following ayat:
  4. Salam, A number of Sunni tafsirs state that 9:29 was revealed about the Byzantines/Romans. Can someone who has access to Shia tafsirs tell me if the Shia are in agreement about this?
  5. Salamu alaykum, Can someone provide me with some authoritative hadiths which show that Fadak was given to Fatima as a gift as opposed to inheritance?
  6. Zaydi rule of the Haramain occurred under the Hassanid Sharifs from 357AH to 777AH
  7. I was reading an article on al-islam.org, and I came across the following narration which says the first person to give their pledge of allegiance to Abu Bakr was the Shaytan who took the form of an old man: It is narrated from Salman al-Farisi concerning the incident of Saqifah: Imam ‘Ali b. Abi Talib asked, “Do you know the man who ascended the pulpit and preceded everyone else in pledging his allegiance to Abu Bakr?” I said, “No. But I saw that he was an old man who leaned heavily on his cane, and I saw that on his forehead was a large callous that was the result of lengthy prostrations. He was the first to ascend the pulpit. He expressed with tears running down his cheeks, ‘Praise be to the Allah that did not take my life so that I could see you here. Extend your hand that I may pledge allegiance to you.’ He extended his hand and pledged allegiance, then he came down from the pulpit and left the masjid.” Imam ‘Ali b. Abi Talib asked, “Salman, do you know who that was?” I said, “No, but he upset me. It seemed as though he spoke facetiously of the Prophet’s death.” Imam ‘Ali b. Abi Talib said, “That was Satan—may Allah curse him. (Al-Kafi, vol. 8, pp. 343-344) Is this narration reliable?
  8. Zaydis controlled the Haramain for 400 years. I have seen no evidence of Twelver rule though.
  9. The Fatimids were Ismailis - why would they give Twelvers control of the Haramain?
  10. Salamu alaykum, Have Twelvers ever had control over the Haramain throughout history? If so, when?
  11. Would you all agree that the two clearest verses in the Qur'an on the concept of Imama (or the infallibility of the Imams) are: "Verily Allah intends to keep off from you every kind of uncleanness O’ People of the House (Ahlul-Bayt), and purify you with a perfect purification". (Qur'an: 33:33) "O you who believe! Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those vested with authority (Ulul-Amr) from among you.”(Qur’an 4:59). Please comment on whether you agree with these two being the clearest verses on the subject or whether you think another verse is even clearer or just as clear on the issue.
  12. With all due respect, this is just an attempt to convolute the matter. The facts are "Girls under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die from maternal causes than adult women" and obstructed labour (also known as labour dystocia) is a major problem that results in the death of many young child brides, as well as their babies. The fact that you're not willing to dismiss this horrible practice after hearing this is quite worrying. As for your point on the Imams of the Ahl al-Bayt having taught that marrying at age 9 is valid, this seems to be disputed by Yasser al-Habib and the Shirazi scholars. Nonetheless, I'm not a Twelver so I'm not at liberty to accept any of these so-called reports attributed to the Ahl al-Bayt or the Imams, especially not by default anyway. “An obstetric fistula is a childbirth complication due to obstructed labour when the tissues between a woman’s vagina and her bladder or rectum are damaged from the continuous pressure from the baby’s head stuck in the birth canal. The dead tissue falls off resulting in a hole through which the woman continuously leaks urine or faeces or sometimes both.” “The toxic combination of a young girl having sex, getting pregnant and going through childbirth when her body is not developed enough accounts for at least 25% of known fistula cases.” http://www.girlsnotbrides.org/fistula-a-silent-tragedy-for-child-brides/ https://books.google.co.uk/books?id=uCHwBQAAQBAJ&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=obstructed+labour+child+marriage&source=bl&ots=ev1AzAA_7l&sig=wnQYRYUkpUQNyqRXd_C-78KrThk&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwi7rMWX-Z3UAhUEYVAKHXf5AycQ6AEITDAF#v=onepage&q=obstructed labour child marriage&f=false
  13. There are plenty of good reasons to argue against marrying a nine year old child. Perhaps the foremost of these, is that a nine year old would face the serious odds of dying as a result of child birth. The pelvis of a nine year old, for example, would still be developing and if they were to become pregnant, there is a high risk of the child dying from what doctors call "obstructed labour". https://www.maternityworldwide.org/the-issues/ “Girls under the age of 15 are five times more likely to die from maternal causes than adult women.” “162,000 deaths in childbirth occur in sub Saharan Africa, that’s 56% of the total.” “Every year more than a million children lose their mother as a result of her death in pregnancy or childbirth. These children are up to 10 times more likely to die prematurely than those living in families with a mother.”
  14. In my opinion, the narrations on the age of Aisha are politically motivated. We know that one of the main arguments used by the supporters of Imam Ali was that he embraced Islam as a child and was raised within the Prophetic household making him more suitable than his opponents as an authority. It wouldn't surprise me if these reports on Aisha's young age were consequently forged by the Abassids to support their dynasty. As for the explicit evidence placing her at an older age, we have historical reports which state that Aisha was born during jahiliyyah, making it impossible for her to have been nine years old at the time of hijra. There are also narrations in Bukhari which contradict this narrative, such as her being able to recall the events which lead to the first migration to Abyssinia (this would also have been impossible if she married the Prophet at nine years old). Also, why is it that out of the Prophet's 11 wives, reports with a specific reference to any age only exist for Aisha? In my view, this all goes back to the Abbasids who sought to compete with the virtues of Imam Ali having embraced Islam within the Prophetic household as a child.
  15. Can someone post the ayat in the Qur'an which support the concept of Imama?
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