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  1. The brother said he spoke to Sheikh Mallah personally about this, knowing a thing or two about Al-Mahdi Institute I know all the people there are very accessible, why not do what brother truth177 did? The response on youtube was a brief one just to clarify he does accept wilayah of Imam Ali which was the main misunderstanding people had - as is clear even in the title of this thread. so I wouldn't expect every detail, personal apology and God knows what else - maybe he now needs to publicly confirm his compliance with every single detail of Shia belief before you guys are satisfied? Maybe a public pledge of allegiance to a particular Marja as well? Or to the Rahbar? Come on. In any case, I still fail to see how you can a discredit an entire institution which had done so much for the community over the last 15 years or so just based on this one thing.
  2. regardless of everything else I think the last remark is a fair point. If indeed he regrets calling that TV channel and he feels it is important enough to publicly clarify his position, why in the world would we not simply forgive him? At the very least, contact the man and speak to him directly if you feel so strongly about it that you're ready to speak so harshly about him in public. what happened to finding 70 excuses for your brother? What happened to advising your brother in private before bringing things out in public?
  3. Socrates and others, how much about this Institute do you actually know to call the entire institution a sham? What do you know about its activities? About the activities of all the teachers and other students/ post-grads? Most people in Birmingham will tell you nothing but good things about the Institute. Having someone whose some beliefs are close to Sunni in an admin position makes the entire institution a "sham", "against shias" and "something we can do without? Come on. They even have proper Sunnis occasionally lecturing there, so what. Its an academic institution, not a Shi'a version of the Holy Inquisition.
  4. Yes, it was him, yes he did say that, yes he became AMI's manager recently (not the "head", he's simply in an administrative position now, Shaykh Arif is the head), most other people at AMI disagreed with him on this issue but accepted that he's entitled to his opinions based on his personal research. And yes, AMI generally is quite progressive/reformist/liberal or whatever you want to call it, but don't come up with things like "Al Mahdi Institute is against shias" based on one of its students opinions on a couple of topics which he was not even making in any capacity representing the Institute. Im not aware of many people "sending their children" there, its not exactly a primary school, people make informed mature decisions about pursuing their studies there. And how about you actually call or visit the place and speak to the culprit himself and other scholars there before publicly accusing the whole institution.
  5. The Just Ruler or the Guardian Jurist: An Attempt to Link Two Different Shi'ite Concepts Hossein Modarressi http://www.scribd.com/doc/20507732/Modarressi-The-Just-Ruler-or-the-Guardian-Jurist-An-Attempt-to-Link-Two-Different-Shiite-C
  6. Please post all you have from JSTOR, they have lots of amazing stuff and aren't available for subscription for individual users.
  7. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0gluqWhf8E (before you all jump on me: I'm only posting this to show that Shaykh Tijani, with all respect to him, is not an oracle, he does say some silly things sometimes. Not to say that what he said in the video posted by OP is silly either - just a side point really).
  8. Upload it somewhere and share with us after youre done bro.
  9. I see. Could you just mention briefly what was it in there that was controversial?
  10. If this attitude is only to be mocked by true Muslims then what does it tell us about our relation with our religion? That it can only hold us in its grips when its imposed? Take that away and we instantly fall into corruption? By the way Persian Shah, I guess you have missed my post in the Saanei discussion, you mentioned your SC post regarding Saanei's aqaid and I asked you to give me a link cause I wasn't able to find it, could you help me out please?
  11. It's quite interesting to see that its usually the extreme examples of boozing and homosexuality that are used to scare us into believing that without a strict Islamic government we will necessarily fall into one massive chaos and corruption and to allegedly support the entire idea of every aspect of social life being governed by imposing fiqh rules on people. Incidentally, when we look into ahadith we do have some examples of public drinking and homosexuality being punished but we do not see any religious police on the streets of Medina checking if couples are married or related or if women don't show too much hair from underneath their scarves. You guys seem to be trying to extract general rules from exceptions/extreme examples.
  12. Yep, let's take it off Kadhim then and take it back to Shaykh Arif: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgMPu_L0Pt4 The only reason I started this is that Kadhim summed it up perfectly, it's a brilliant post and I hope it doesn't get lost due to that original thread being locked.
  13. The thread in which this post appeared has been locked and will be subject to some cleaning as far as I understand so in case it gets lost or forgotten somehow I'd like to share it here as it is the best thing I've read on this forum in months:
  14. Why don't you all just put aside the two sides you hold onto so dearly in this political debate and just objectively research the nature of modern media, both state controlled and corporate funded. You don't really have to be a critic of IRI to be critical and sceptical about reports on Press TV or any other media outlet. Just like you don't have to be anti-British to be sceptical about BBC. Read some Chomsky folks. Likewise, you don't have to be a blind lover of IRI to accept those Press TV reports which seem credible. Its just common sense and a bit of knowledge on how the media work, I can't believe its so black and white, either-or for many of you.
  15. Bro Hannibal, if you translate these texts into English for us we will become your slaves for a month :)
  16. So Shabbir, in that case it all comes down to wether Ayatullah Saanei was given ijaza of ijtihad by his teachers - as long as he was given one and then decided to publish his risala he is a marja, right?
  17. Persian Shah, can you provide the link for that post you have mentioned - the one on Saanei's aqaid - I cant seem to find it. Now, i've got a few questions If this is not a political decision against one of the most popular dissidents in Iran but purely an investigation into scholarly credentials of claimants to marjaiyat, then: 1. Who else is under investigation? Surely the likes of Fadlullah whose credentials have been questioned for ages now will soon be declared not a marja by this body of clerics? 2. Why such a precedence at this point in history? We never had any bodies or councils investigating scholars' credentials and officially assessing their marja status determining wether they can be followed or not - what's changed? Why start such an 'inquisition' now? Also, who has endorsed Saanei's marjaiyat in the first place? Both the above reports as well as Persian Shah seem to be claiming he was never a marja in the first place, he just got lucky pretending to be one all those years. As far as we know, you become a marja by being a mujtahid first and then by some other marjas acknowledging your marjaiyat, right? Now, if there were marjas who acknowledged Saanei as a marja (would I be wrong in assuming Ayatollah Khomeini was one of them?), then can a council comprised mostly of Ayatollahs who have not reached the status or marjaiyat themselves yet take that status away from him?
  18. why dont you enlighten us then persian shah and present us with the findings of this body, but please something other than 'his rulings are dodgy and not in line with centuries of tradition'. which marjas have acknowledged his marjaiyat in the first place and how were they mislead for example? and can you also give me a link to that post on his aqaid? must have missed it, would like to read it.
  19. oh so now he was never recognised as a marja by any other maraja? he was just another self-declared mujtahid with no credentials in the first place and he was just lucky to get away with it for so many years until the Holy Office finally looked into the matter?
  20. Seriously, this is VERY worrying, in my opinion it it undermines the whole current condition of the system of marjaiyat when you can make a decision like this based on purely political grounds, simply for being a critic of a government. I was never a critic of IRI but this is just ridiculuous, this is making religion subservient to politics, a mere tool of support for political authority.
  21. Once a marja always a marja. You can't claim someone has miraculously 'lost' his ability to deduce fiqhi rulings from textual sources based on his political views. This is a very worrying development.
  22. hmm i just read this: http://www.theislamicseminary.org/qhtp.html Looks like you have to pay $250 just to get it in software format, if you want a hardcopy it will cost you $350 plus $150 postage (outside US). Its sad that the most important Shia source has been translated for the first time and its being made so unaccessible.
  23. Hmm its a bit odd, the website claims this 8-volume edition covers the whole of Al-Kafi but after going through the PDF file it seems it only contains the first 4 books of Usul al Kafi and nothing from Furu al Kafi or Rawda al Kafi: http://www.theislamicseminary.org/ Looks like the PDF file is just a taster and you actually have to purchase the whole thing (which is only available in e-form or printed on demand for big bucks) - you might want to email the publishers to double check.
  24. Is that translation available online? Could you give us a link?
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