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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. ISIS claimed credit for a car bomb attack that killed seven people and wounded 14 others in central Baghdad on Monday, according to security officials. Amaq, the ISIS-affiliated media outlet, said its "martyrdom operation by a suicide car bomb targeted a Shiite gathering in Karrada neighborhood in Baghdad." The blast, which happened shortly before midnight, was near the location of an attack in July that killed nearly 300 people. http://www.cnn.com/2016/09/05/middleeast/isis-iraq-blast/ Death toll rises upto 40 leaving many injured.
  2. ـ رسولُ اللهِ‏ِ (صَلَّيَ اللهُ عَلَيهِ وَ آلِهِ): نِيَّةُ المُؤمنِ خَيرٌ مِن عَمَلِهِ، ونِيَّةُ الكافِرِ شَرٌّ مِن عَمَلِهِ، وكُلُّ عامِلٍ يَعمَلُ على نِيَّتِهِ. The Prophet (SAWA) said, ‘The intention of the believer is better than his action, and the intention of the disbeliever is worse than his action, and every doer does according to his intention.’[al-Kafi, v. 2, p. 84, no. 2] can someone elaborate on the meaning of this hadith? Much appreciated :).
  3. Most of the shias during the time of the 4th Imam onwards had to do taqiyyah because the Abbasids and the Umayyads were in power. Obviously they could not practice their faith freely, nor could they preach the message of the Imams to the people.
  4. Alhamdullilah I believe in Shiasm 100%. I know the path of the Quran and the Ahlulbayt(as) is the true path and my heart fully accepts this. When I look at the lives of the Imams and when they acted the way they did, I can only be more certain in what I believe in. I used to have questions about certain things like slavery, doing taqleed etc.. But with proper research everything makes sense to me. Insha'Allah May Allah guide us all.
  5. Apparently you have to be a resident of Canada or a Canadian citizen to sign the petition. And sure no problem Insha'Allah more brothers/sisters sign this petition.
  6. Assalamu aleikum, The Government of Canada is for the first time willing to make hate crimes against islam and islamophobia a punishable crime by law. The petition is going to be tabled in the House of Commons if there are at least one lac signatories. Please go to the website petition411.ca and sign it. More importantly please spread the message so more people can sign as this is a golden opportunity. It is open only till October 6th. Here is the link to the website. https://petitions.parl.gc.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-411
  7. Never. Imam Hussain(as) stood alone as well. In the end what 'people' think won't matter. It's gonna be you and your deeds in your grave. this reminded me of a saying of Imam Hussain(as): “Most of the people are servants of the materialistic world and only pay lip service to religion. As long as they are enjoying a good life under the grace of religion, they support it. But when they are tested with hardships, only a few are found to be religious” Bihar al-Anwar, volume 10, page 198
  8. At least 125 people have been killed and about 150 injured in an explosion claimed by the Islamic State group in Baghdad, Iraqi police say. https://www.google.ca/amp/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/36696568?client=safari#
  9. We are allowed to befriend Christians and Jews.. There's absolutely no problem with that. Look at this example from Imam Ali(as) and how he dealt with people of other faith. It is narrated that Imam Ali (a.s.) was returning to Kufa from a journey, when a person accompanied him on the way and during that journey the Imam (a.s.) asked him about his name, address and faith etc. He said: I am a resident of such and such locality near Kufa and I follow the Jewish religion. Amirul Momineen (a.s.) said; I also reside in Kufa and I am a Muslim. Both were traveling together. The Jew started talking and after traveling for sometime they reached a junction from where one road led to Kufa and another to the locality of that Jew. On reaching there Amirul Momineen (a.s.), instead of proceeding to Kufa continued walking with the Jew. Suddenly the Jew noticed this and asked: You are not going to Kufa? Imam Ali (a.s.) replied: Why not? The Jew said: The road to Kufa is different; did you miss it? Why? The Imam asked, I had noticed this at that same place, but since you were my companion on a journey, I wanted to fulfill the rights of traveling companions. So I walked a few steps with you to bid farewell to you. The Jew was astounded and he asked: Is it your personal belief or your religious duty? Is this kind of fulfillment of human rights related to your religion? He replied: Yes,it is the command of my religion and school. The Jew fell into contemplation: What religion is so concerned about human rights? The following day that Jew came to Kufa and saw in a nearby Masjid that his travel companion was surrounded by a huge crowd and every person was extending respect and honor to him. The Jew asked someone who that man was. He was told that he was the Caliph of Muslims and Amirul Momineen (a.s.). The Jew began to think: Is this person really the leader of Muslims who was the previous day behaving with me with such humility and sincerity? All of a sudden that Jew fell at the feet of Amiml Momineen (a.s.) and embraced Islam and became one of the special Shia followers of the Imam. And Imam Ali(as) has also said in his letter to Malik Al Ashtar(ra): "Malik, people are of two kinds, they are either your brothers in faith, or equals in humanity." I don't see where Imam Ali(as) is trying to point out that we should not befriend the Jews or the Christians at all. Instead the way he dealt with them is remarkable.
  10. From what I've understood about the trinity is that Christians believe that it is One God in 3 divine persons or deities(someone correct me if I'm wrong). Most of my Christian friends give the analogy of an egg, where you have the shell, the egg white & the yolk.. But in the end it's one egg. The Quran talks about the trinity and warns the Christians not to associate partners with Allah. I think theres difference of opinions amongst the Maraja about whether modern day Christians can be taken as Ahlul Kitab or not, and whether it is permissible to eat their food etc.
  11. I'm not sure about Jews but i think the sister meant that since Christians(not all) believe in the trinity they are to be taken as polytheists. But well they still believe in One God overall, so they're technically monotheists and thats the reason why they're referred to as 'Ahlul Kitab' in the Quran.
  12. Interestingly, I read a hadith by Imam Ali(as) not so long ago, where he said that our enemies are not the Jews or the Christians but our enemy is our own ignorance. Now I'm not sure what the Prophet(saw) meant by 'enemies' in the context of this hadith, but I'm guessing that he was talking about those who deny that the rights of the Ahlulbayt(as) were wrongfully taken from them, and those who deny and mock the promised return of the Imam(as). But that is just my opinion, in the context of this hadith it could mean anything really.
  13. Salaam. Recently I came across these hadiths and I wanted to share them with you all. "For Mahdi there would be a great absence, in this absence one should be firm in the path of faith, when there will be alot of people who dissent from us even those of high dignity." Kitab Al Kafi. Vol 1. Holy Prophet Muhammad(saw): "Fortunate are those who would get to live during the time of the Qaim of my family while they would follow him before his reappearance. They would love his friends and remain aloof from his enemies. And they would have faith in the guardianship of the Imams preceding him. They are my friends and devotees and the most respected people in my view." -Mikyalul Makarim V.1 "Most of the people are servants of the materialistic world and only pay lip service to religion. As long as they are enjoying a good life under the grace of religion they support it. But when they are tested with hardships, only a few are found to be religious." -Imam Hussain(as). Ref: Bihar Al Anwar, Vol.10 pg 198. "When Allah Almighty is angry with his creation then he makes us-the Ahlulbayt, distanced and away from the people." -Imam Muhammad Baqir(as). Ref: Al Kaafi, Chapter of Occultation. Tradition No.31 Imam Ali Ibn Hussain Zain Ul Abideen(as) informed Abu Khalid al Kabuli: "Oh Aba Khalid, during the period of the 12th Imam, those who believe in his Imamat and who await his reappearance, will be better than the people of all times because Allah the Almighty, will bestow them with intelligence, understanding and recognition so much so that occultation for them will be the same as seeing the Imam." Ref: Kamal Al Deen v.1 pg. 319-320. Narrated Abu Jarud from Abi Jafar Imam Mohammad Baqir(as) in a long narration: Imam Baqir(as) said, "When Al Qaim rises, he will go to Kufa, and some ten thousand people called Al Batriyyah who will be wearing arms will come out against him. They will say to him, "Go back to where you came from, we have no need of the sons of the Fatemah(sa). He will put them to swords until he comes to the last of them. He will then come to Kufa and kill every doubting hypocrite and he will destroy their palaces and he will kill those who fight for them until Allah is satisfied." {Source: Al Irshad, Sheikh Mufeed Vol 2 pg 384.} inshaAllah may we be amonst the truthful companions of Imam Mahdi(as).
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