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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from shia farm girl in Time Concepts in the Qur’an   
    Dr. Pakatchi mentions this verse in his talk near the end just to argue that this verse cannot even be the subject of typical historical discussion as it is outside its scope. Meaning, these six-days or periods of time are not historical time and the reference to days and periods in this verse are not as we know them to be and what we are typically concerned with in the subject of history (i.e. 24 hour days).
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to Qa'im in Time Concepts in the Qur’an   
    Most of the Quran is relative-comparative. Its stories usually lack names, dates, places, and chronologies, and are instead filled with archetypal symbols that can be flexibly applied to other situations. It tries to tell the stories in a timeless and universal manner.   The Husayni tragedy in Shii literature is similar - it is mourned by other prophets long before the event, it is mourned by nature (blood rain, blood earth, owls), it is mourned over by millions of angels, and it will be vindicated in the eschatological narrative. Karbala is described in Kamil al-Ziyarat as a piece of heaven on Earth, and as the conduit between heaven and earth (majma` as-samawati wal ard). Its soil is described as a cure, and it is given to the sick, and it is used for prostrations. In Shiism, the visitation of Husayn by one who correctly recognizes his status is considered a Hajj (or seven Hajj, or thousands of Hajj, or more), because the principle of Hajj is total submission and sacrifice, commemorating the sacrifice of Abraham; and Husayn cut his Hajj short to fulfill its end by going to Karbala and willingly giving himself to God. It is said that every grief in Islam is disliked, except for grief over Husayn, and so people forego their personal tragedies to mourn for the primordial epic tragedy. They wear black, abstain from makeup and dye, abstain from laughing, abstain from weddings and festive activities, sometimes for forty days.   Interestingly, there is no record of a relationship between the Imams and the historians, but there is much record of a relationship between the Imams and the poets. The Imams would invite poets to speak on the tragedy, make many supplications for them, add to their poetry, and gift them very generously. This to me says that the aim of the Shii is to find a meaningful and meta-historical route to Husayn, as the horrors of that day were unfathomable, and directed only at those who deserved it the least.   Another thing to keep in mind is that love and suffering are often paired in Islamic literature. There isn't really a concept of "happily ever after" in this world, it is rather seen as a prison of the believer, an abode of trials (dar al-bala'), a fleeting world (dar al-fana'), where the lovers of Ali will suffer the most, so that they may be refined and purified like gold in a furnace. The tradition says that those who suffer the most are the prophets and their successors, then those similar to them, and so on. The constant trial strengthens the faith of a true believer, who learns to lean on God alone.
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Qa'im in Time Concepts in the Qur’an   
    Dr. Pakatchi mentions this verse in his talk near the end just to argue that this verse cannot even be the subject of typical historical discussion as it is outside its scope. Meaning, these six-days or periods of time are not historical time and the reference to days and periods in this verse are not as we know them to be and what we are typically concerned with in the subject of history (i.e. 24 hour days).
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Hassan- in Time Concepts in the Qur’an   
    Dr. Pakatchi mentions this verse in his talk near the end just to argue that this verse cannot even be the subject of typical historical discussion as it is outside its scope. Meaning, these six-days or periods of time are not historical time and the reference to days and periods in this verse are not as we know them to be and what we are typically concerned with in the subject of history (i.e. 24 hour days).
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to Friend of All in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    The reason of my disappearance was Dubai too.. the site was banned. 
    And then ofcourse as we age the responsibilties keep on piling up alhamdulillah.
    Ali Imran ..mashaAllah you are studying in Qum.. thats really awesome. 
    Thanks for the reunion thread.. feels good to be connected.. we have seen the ups and downs of life while on the forum and lot of people were supportive at times when there was no way out.. cant thank enough..
    Phoenix ..wub ;)
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to ~RuQaYaH~ in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Salam all!
    Great thread - am overcome with nostalgia right now as Shiachat was a big part of my life for a long time! I think life has just gotten in the way - have been busy with work and family. I'm now married with a baby girl (who I just gave birth to less than a month ago!) and been working full time for quite a few years now (although I'm currently on maternity leave). I'm still *kind of* lurking around the forums - I still visit the forum very occasionally although it tends to be brief and every 4 or 5 months or so and I rarely contribute. In terms of religion and my views etc, I'd say they've changed and matured a fair bit since I was on the forums (I was only like 16 when I first joined the forums so I've changed a fair bit as a person in the last 12 years!). I still look back on my time on this forum very fondly and enjoyed engaging with many of the SC regulars and learnt a lot from many people here. I really hope some more old timers post in this thread to let us know how they're going and where they're at with life! 
     
    Eltemase dua
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to phoenix in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Did someone give me a shout-out? Are we having an India vs Pak cricket match wager again? :-P Thanks, @Ibn al-Hussain (even with that change of screen name, you were easily recognisable).
    SC did force me to encounter a lot of untold truths and question several   status quos, led me to explore the richness of the fiqhi world and the diversity of beliefs held on to by the Imamis with the progression of time, and basically just added to my thirst for knowledge. One of the saddest but poignant moments (while I was still active here) - apart from @Ali Naqi's demise - was when one of the members embraced atheism, but Al-Hamdu lillah, they reverted.
    I'm not really sure when I transitioned from here to FB, but when I did, it was mostly the newer lot that I had become more well acquainted with (and who would have been most instrumental in the unearthing of information formerly unknown to me), although that was a phase that didn't last long either. Perhaps I became more settled and calmer and tolerant (all my posts and exchanges on the wall too are still here, however I no longer identify with some of my earlier self) and arrived to some sort of conclusion regarding matters, perhaps I didn't exude that kind of energy anymore and preferred to instead present and/or discuss topics in my classes/lectures or on MSN/Skype, but primarily, it was my real life projects/institution amongst my community that i became involved with at the grassroots level that gained priority and time. While my SC visits are rare, once in a blue moon kind, I do visit FB more or less regularly, more in the position of an observer: it's interesting to watch/read what others have to say.
    I have gone on to forge some very good friendships/acquaintances with some of the members off SC, who remain in regular touch. Off the top of my head, currently @habib e najjaar @Praetorius @Nocturne @Khadim uz Zahra @Mary_Poppins @Nida_e_Zahra and several others in the past.
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Fatima NMA in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to raat ki rani in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Asalamunalaikum all, it's raat ki Rani ( shudders at awful username) 
    I think it's fair to say we were all different people back then and have progressed (hopefully) into more mature adults. 
    I am now married (6years this year) with 2 gorgeous kids (if I don't say so myself) 
    Being a mother really is a game changer, everything revolves around your children. Even mind numbing decisions are made with the children mind. 
    My shiachat period was wonderful, I had fun convos sometimes deep sometimes religious. I actually did learn alot about our faith on here. Made some lovely friends, some of whom I still talk to today. I'm not gona do a HR and list them though sorry...
    I think something like being active on a forum can only be a part of your life for so long. Life changes with it your priorities. I loved being part of this forum and will always cherish it. 
     
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to Zuljenah in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Posting again.. as requested by HR!
    Well, I've met a lot of ShiaChatters. I actually met more ShiaChatters when I briefly visited London in 2005 than I did when I lived there for 2.5 years! I've met ShiaChatters in London, Canada, the US and Australia. I don't think any of the ones I have met are active on ShiaChat anymore.. I can't remember all of their usernames, but just a few were Sweeter than Salsabeel, Path2Felicity, Iman, Bahlool, Baatil ka Kaatil, Curious Infidel.
    Anyhow, I'm living in upstate NY and am a practicing attorney. I went from doing my graduate degree in Middle Eastern Studies to a law degree, lived in London for a few years, and now I'm back in the states. And yes, Dobby is still alive, alhamdulillah! Don't know why you all are trying to kill off my masoom cat! 
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from notme in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    It's Ali Imran bro...and I can't believe you are still in Canada and I still haven't met you .
    Wasalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to Peer in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    wow @HR good to see you're still breathing bro! 
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to HR in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    This is HR/feminist. It took me a while to remember my password! Thanks @Ibn al-Hussain for initiating this. Boy you have matured over the years! (reading your post)
    Feel very nostalgic visiting the forum again! I joined back in Feb 2003 - had moved to US in Jan 2003 and was very very homesick as a 19 year old back then. Shiachat was kind of home away from home though initially the insults were quite overwhelming but got used to it eventually :D. I remember being shocked to find out that it was not wajib for a woman to work and cook at home and I got attacked pretty quickly by the likes of @Cary Grantwho later became a very good and close friend! I had quit madressah in 3rd grade for various reasons mainly due to the condescending attitude of African khojas since I was a paki from a humble background back then :S. So the learning curve on Shiachat was steep and kept me occupied during that vulnerable phase of my life when I could have strayed on to things that could have easily ruined my akhirah so Jazakallah to @Ali @Ya Aba 3abdillah and rest of the team that helped set up this forum. Exposure to different ulama and their books was priceless. Also helped me navigate my early years in US in terms of what is haram and what is halal - very helpful
    Of course, it was not all about religion! Lots of things learned on various other topics including a better understanding of the social fabric of Shia community in the west. Totally agree with @Ibn al-Hussain that this forum was a true reflection of the mindset of a common shia in the west. Anywho, made a lot of friends (too many to tag here) who would go on to be a big influence in my personal life. Some of them like @Syedmed even helped me out with my scholarship applications at Uni! @SO SOLID SHIA is probably the funniest person I have virtually met - though we have had a few convos over the phone and paltalk as well. My initial encounter with jokers was probably in DJ's thread below (wonder where he is?)
    Of course became quite active on the urdu forum later (being the FOB that I was). Lots of shayeri and fun altogether! Where is @Peer @Friend of All@misbah 2004 aka Whizbee , @ArJuMaNd@Rawshni @Hasnainand many others
    From my "General off topic" buddies, where are @sweeter than salsabeel @fatima (from UK) @Bismillah@Simba @Nida_e_Zahra.  @raat ki rani lol @A follower @WEST_INDIAN_RUDEGYAL @wilayah was grace personified! Some characters we had back then @Ibrahim110 who issued a fatwa against pink color and considered tampons as Dajjal! No kidding
    Can't believe Dobby is still alive @Zuljenah. Last I dissed him was 10 years ago! @queenjafri my fobby friend u were funny too! Met a few shiachatters in real life as well. @Javy back when I was in Arlington, TX. 
    The deaths of @Ali Naqi and Aaliyah were heartbreaking and I remember crying and being affected by it though I had only known them on this forum or facebook. Please recite Surah Fatiha for them
    Then there was that famous/notorious hijabi pic thread of mine. Got a lot of flak for posting that pic from friends and probably cost me personally more than I would have imagined. But do I regret? No. It was for fun and to make people laugh and I think all those objectives were achieved. Would I do it again? Hell no
    Pretty much lost touch with Shiachat after 2007 mostly because I moved to DUBAYYY and the website is banned here. Got married in 2009 and have a lovely son alhamdulillah. Am glad I moved back to Dubai back then and got to spend more time with parents and siblings
    From a religious perspective, there hasn't been a u turn or a huge fluctuation. Maulana Syed Ali Murtuza Zaidi was/is a big influence on me from a religious perspective ever since I attended his majlis for the first time in 2007. Lately Brother Khalil Jaffer from Canada has been inspriational - his majalis "Origin and Truth", "Freeing the butterfly within" (What an amazing series of lectures!) "The End of Negative Suffering" have been life changing seriously
    So that was me reliving some part of the 3-4 years I spent actively on Shiachat. Quite a long post and I haven't even covered one half of it. Look forward to reading more from the oldies. Adios!
     
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Haji 2003 in National Museum Riyadh   
    I remember visiting it in 1999 (or I think early 2000) when it first opened, with a school field trip. I am sure it has changed a lot since then.
    Wasalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Abbas. in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from guest050817 in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Ibn Al-Ja'abi in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from ErikCartman in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Heavenly_Silk in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Hameedeh in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from starlight in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    lol this blog post got hijacked pretty badly! It wasn't meant to be a place to discuss why people left or not and what is the cure for it, or what is the current state of ShiaChat. This was the main part of my whole post:
    I was more interested in seeing where some of these old members are in terms of their views, lives, ideologies, faith etc. and what sort of impact this forum had on them now that they have moved on.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain reacted to DigitalUmmah in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    @Ibn al-Hussain the mallangy brothers that I am in constant contact with, who are also former SCers, well. lets just say they probably wont be able to come back. mallang-ban-genocide and all that lol
     
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Ali Mahdi in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I don't think that is the case. Since I've come to the seminary, I realized that there are a plethora of topics that are being discussed or can be discussed, or a lot of new insight that can be shed on topics, even on previously discussed topics. Most of these discussions are taking place, but they never make their way into the Western world for various reasons. 
    For example, the role of history in our understanding of jurisprudence and its application, the role of ethics and human rights in our application of Islamic law, the role of the intellect in our day to day life - how balanced do we have to be between using our intellect and relying on faith. These are topics that require some degree of knowledge - but previously we had a decent number of members who would have been able to engage in these discussions.
    However other social and family related issues like role of women and men in a society and within a family (old topic, but a lot of new light can be shed here, given recent changes in society's understanding), dealing with domestic violence and abuse, the future of our children's education in the West, the doubts and challenges millennials are facing etc. there are all these issues that can and should be discussed with more innovative perceptions. Some of the blog posts Br. @Qa'im makes on his blog are of extreme importance today. They should perhaps be discussed further on the forums.
    Obviously you also have the Qur'anic and Hadith related topics as well that never get old and there is always new developments happening there, but once again it just seems there are not enough people of caliber left to engage in these sort of discussions.
    This has been my observation.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Hassan- in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I don't think that is the case. Since I've come to the seminary, I realized that there are a plethora of topics that are being discussed or can be discussed, or a lot of new insight that can be shed on topics, even on previously discussed topics. Most of these discussions are taking place, but they never make their way into the Western world for various reasons. 
    For example, the role of history in our understanding of jurisprudence and its application, the role of ethics and human rights in our application of Islamic law, the role of the intellect in our day to day life - how balanced do we have to be between using our intellect and relying on faith. These are topics that require some degree of knowledge - but previously we had a decent number of members who would have been able to engage in these discussions.
    However other social and family related issues like role of women and men in a society and within a family (old topic, but a lot of new light can be shed here, given recent changes in society's understanding), dealing with domestic violence and abuse, the future of our children's education in the West, the doubts and challenges millennials are facing etc. there are all these issues that can and should be discussed with more innovative perceptions. Some of the blog posts Br. @Qa'im makes on his blog are of extreme importance today. They should perhaps be discussed further on the forums.
    Obviously you also have the Qur'anic and Hadith related topics as well that never get old and there is always new developments happening there, but once again it just seems there are not enough people of caliber left to engage in these sort of discussions.
    This has been my observation.
    Wassalam
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    Ibn al-Hussain got a reaction from Reza in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I don't think that is the case. Since I've come to the seminary, I realized that there are a plethora of topics that are being discussed or can be discussed, or a lot of new insight that can be shed on topics, even on previously discussed topics. Most of these discussions are taking place, but they never make their way into the Western world for various reasons. 
    For example, the role of history in our understanding of jurisprudence and its application, the role of ethics and human rights in our application of Islamic law, the role of the intellect in our day to day life - how balanced do we have to be between using our intellect and relying on faith. These are topics that require some degree of knowledge - but previously we had a decent number of members who would have been able to engage in these discussions.
    However other social and family related issues like role of women and men in a society and within a family (old topic, but a lot of new light can be shed here, given recent changes in society's understanding), dealing with domestic violence and abuse, the future of our children's education in the West, the doubts and challenges millennials are facing etc. there are all these issues that can and should be discussed with more innovative perceptions. Some of the blog posts Br. @Qa'im makes on his blog are of extreme importance today. They should perhaps be discussed further on the forums.
    Obviously you also have the Qur'anic and Hadith related topics as well that never get old and there is always new developments happening there, but once again it just seems there are not enough people of caliber left to engage in these sort of discussions.
    This has been my observation.
    Wassalam
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