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  1. Assalamu Alaykum, Can a mod please permanently delete my account? This forum is more damaging than enlightening. Thank you
  2. “Why do they only reflect what is in opposition of religion and intentionally divide it into two pieces and just present what they like and cunningly hide the second piece?” Divide and conquer, that's why.
  3. I have so many questions, but I don't think it's a good idea to discuss them on this website, or on the internet at all. I feel justice may not be done to the issues. That is why I also appreciate how those debates were all done face to face. However, I do hope it will be okay for me to ask one question about the debate between Imam Baqir (A.S.) and Sulayma’n, which I feel may have a simple answer that I am ignorant to. I am thinking it may be that 1. it is a mistake in the typing (i.e. both times the question was asked by the Imam, not firstly by Sulayma'n and then the Imam), 2. there wa
  4. يَا أيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا إِن جَاءكُمْ فَاسِقٌ بِنَبَأٍ فَتَبَيَّنُوا أن تُصِيبُوا قَوْمًا بِجَهَالَةٍ فَتُصْبِحُوا عَلَی مَا فَعَلْتُمْ نَادِمِينَ O you who believe! If an evil-doer comes to you with important news, verify it, lest you should harm people in ignorance [out of haste in belief and making decision], and afterwards you become regretful for what you have done. (49:6)
  5. And my question is that, what would such sectarians of different sects do if they were locked in a confined place (salam) Sorry to derail, but could not this world we inhabit be considered a confined place? If so, take a look around and you will have your answer as to the outcome. I think all three of your options have materialised at one point in time or another.
  6. (salam) I hope this doesn't come across as rude, but I guess you're in a better situation than girls who have mothers who compete with them about sleeping with men or plastic surgery, or who disgrace each other in front of others for the inflation of the ego, or who discourage their daughters from education altogether, or who teach their daughters a superficial idea of beauty and self-worth, or who blatantly do not even care about them. Alhamdullilah, I don't have a mother like this, but I know people who do. I don't mean to devalue your current predicament, but sometimes it helps to
  7. & I know you might have been told this already, but honestly, if you immerse yourself into the stories of Ahlul Bayt and appreciate how many tribulations those esteemed men and women endured, you will surely look upon every struggle in your life as manageable, and even miniscule, Insha Allah.
  8. Assalamu Alaykum firefly, I'm not sure whether you followed up on 4:29 aforementioned, but the fact is as stated in the Quran: And do not kill yourselves [or one another]. I appreciate that you are not interested in additional advice or sympathy, but if I may, can I offer you some things to think about? Firstly, suicide is not as simple as it seems - depending on the method you choose, it can be very painful and lengthy, or messy (which is important if you are considerate of how your family will be affected by the sight of your body if you choose to use a gun, cutting, jumping off a
  9. Wassalam, Would it be suitable to include a favourite letter of mine? It is #72, to Abdillah al-Abbas. The merits of his wisdom and foresight are clear therein. أَمَّا بَعْدُ، فَإِنَّكَ لَسْتَ بِسَابِق أَجَلَكَ، وَلاَ مَرْزوُق مَا لَيْسَ لَكَ. وَاعْلَمْ بِأنَّ الدَّهْرَ يَوْمَانِ: يَوْمٌ لَكَ وَيَوْمٌ عَلَيْكَ، وَأَنَّ الدُّنْيَا دَارُ دُوَل، فَمَا كَانَ مِنْهَا لَكَ أَتَاكَ عَلَى ضَعْفِكَ، وَمَا كَانَ مِنْهَا عَلَيْكَ لَمْ تَدْفَعْهُ بقُوَّتِكَ. Now, you cannot go farther than the limit of your life, nor can you be given a livelihood which is not for you. Remember that this life
  10. Do you think that is because of the different agencies that have been using his work? Perhaps Ekman is only able to share a certain amount, not by choice. He did receive his funding from APRA (now DARPA). Yeah it is a great field.
  11. What a great collective endeavour of the Iranians during this time. Why was Ayatollah Shirazi's fatwa repealed?
  12. So many good books mentioned here. I'm a long time fan of Paul Ekman, and I'm reading his book Telling Lies: Clues to Deceit in the Marketplace, Politics, and Marriage. As the leading expert on micro expressions and nonverbal clues, he takes a neutral stance in preemptively warning against the information often given by "experts" (in the Defense Department, policemen, professional polygraphers, customs officials, and others in the media), and highlights the fact that whilst we may be able to detect certain emotions and expressions, ultimately we cannot make a concrete judgement about
  13. What salah means to me, in the most brief way possible: I lose everything by not practicing salah, and lose nothing by practising salah. I like the 8 goals you mentioned, and for me they are a part of this - they are benefits I forgo if I am without salah. For me, salah leads to reflection, reflecting leads to recognising and improving, thereby making me a better human being for myself and for others who I share the Earth with (Insha Allah). Before I began practicing Salah, I had tried yoga, meditation, mindfulness, and other forms of ritual - at that point I had my feet in the sand, staring i
  14. Assalamu Alaykum Warahma'talahi Wabarakatu, The comments at the beginning of this thread from years and years ago are so genuine... and now we are in an age where sisters are making hijab and makeup tutorials on YouTube. I honestly felt like crying the first time I saw the new age wave of Muslim YouTube videos. I even became suspicious and considered whether they were just non-Muslim girls trying to taint the image of Islam and reduce Muslim sisters to females under the influence and control of marketing and self-esteem attacking strategies. However, I think they are really Muslim, and th
  15. Shurtat al-Khamis Good post - many people seeking spiritual elevation have achieved this, it's an extension of meditation and mindfulness in many ways. Unfortunately due to Hollywood and movies in general, people mistakenly start to think of astral projection as a special power or something. Lucid dreaming is also pretty common. I like the part you mentioned about intention - I think that is crucial. Wassalam
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