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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Thanks for the continued responses everyone! Forgive me if the intro post was worded weirdly, but I really did mean it when I had no childhood religious background at all. Mother had absolutely no interest in raising me into a religion, she still doesn't seem to have any interest in religion and she surely had none around when I was born. No I really didn't even have a concept of religion was until I was around 13, autism may have played apart in that since 13 was more or less around when I was no longer blatantly autistic. I do remember having the bible read to me one ti
  2. I really doubt Astral Projection is real, so no, you can't practice it at all, lol. Lucid Dreaming however is definitely real, though it can be hard to pull off if you don't have a natural talent for quality dreaming and dream recall, I never had a strong imagination so my dreams are poor quality and blurry anyway. It's something that requires regular practice and after having done it once and knowing it's real, I kind of just lost the care to fool around with the whole setting alarms at certain sleep stages, trying to stay mentally awake while body falls asleep, and all that stuff
  3. I never said it was going to be easy, if you want my personal opinion, we're too late and already are merely talking about a losing battle, nothing short of divine intervention will save us, but we need to keep trying to fight this battle so we can be worthy of that intervention. But no, I'm against statism as much as I am against capitalism. Stalinism failed, Fascism failed(though people seem eager to have another go at it), and Capitalism has and continues to lead us down the road to ruin. I myself am a Libertarian Socialist politically, I see this as the only political option we
  4. I had to correct myself to say "necessary" labour, of course the elites can do things to force us to work when it's not need, it's even worse now. That example actually helps my argument, unemployment is often because we are not needed, not always because of underemployment(being needed but not being employed to the task at hand) which is obviously the case when an emperor is just banning technology to employ people and maintain the status quo. We worked much way less time with fewer guaranteed 'benefits' under feudalism than we do now under capitalism. I'm not saying your wrong entirely, but
  5. It isn't different so much as just accelerated, automation has always reduced "necessary" labour time. The difference lies in our economic system and global markets/trade. Under feudalism it was just expected of us to work to provide for both ourselves and for our lords, there wasn't anything voluntary about us working(which was bad) or our lords obligation to provide for us(which was a good thing). Capitalism made it voluntarily transactional, mercantile classes sold goods, workers sold themselves(or their labour, to specific), so both had something to offer the new elite which gave them limi
  6. Son of God is likely a title, in the Old Testament(Psalm 2:7) which is attributed to King David, it refers to him as not only the son of God, but begotten son... "I will declare the decree: the Lord hath said unto me, Thou art my Son; this day have I begotten thee", They don't take King David to be literally the son of God, so why Jesus? Christians say Psalm 2 actually refers to Jesus, but I feel that isn't the case.
  7. This is no good. Automation of labour under capitalism poses a huge threat to humanity. This isn't just the future, this is the continuation of a historical phenomenon. The demand/value of human labour in developed countries is rapidly decreasing, the developing world is poised to follow. Soon there won't be a working class, just a bunch of people who will be completely disposable and useless to the elites, and they very well might dispose of us or increase demands on us and find "other" uses for us...
  8. That literally sounds like straight from Marcus Aurelius's The Meditations 2.11(although more like the popular misquote of it "Live a good life"), is that really in reference to a quote from Ahlulbayt(as) too? That's actually really cool if so.
  9. Idpol(Identity Politics) without intersectonality(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersectionality) is completely worthless garbage. The Western Powers support parts of(especially individualistic and materialistic) Idpol as a sort of classic "Divide and Conquer" strategy to preserve the liberal status quo. They will tolerate, or even outright support, some groups who are least likely to be radical and may support the Liberal regime in return, this especially applies to the groups @Qa'im mentions who would end up supporting capitalism(economic liberalism) due to this social liberalism. That way
  10. @Endtimes I thank you for your hope and concern and appreciate your efforts, I have other topics about me and inter-religion stuff if you would like to post about such things in there, I just want to make sure we don't hijack this thread that is about the Shia community at large and the challenges it faces and what it needs to do. Though I and others may take what you said about our deaths being in the hands of God and that He will protect us as reassuring, I don't think most people want to hear that 'before' they revert, they'll rather have a caring community they feel
  11. I'm not a revert yet perhaps, I'm still just trying to make sure whether I believe in Islam > Christianity or not, but I'm not going to sugarcoat it, despite having the Imams(pbut) to provide excellent conduct examples, fear is a huge challenge to the success of Shi'ism. Not just to us potential reverts, but I also assume to dawah efforts. It's a scary world we live in, both online and offline, make a Shia youtube channel and you might just yourself getting hacked and having your personal info put out into public and then get death threats or worse. Same with trying to organize offline, you
  12. Thank you, friend. Do not worry, once I am comfortable in whether or not Jesus/Isa(as) is God, I have no doubt which denomination to choose. If Islam is the true religion, without a doubt the Shia are the true Muslims. I used to study history, I learned about the usurpation of the Ummah and the oppression of the Caliphates before I even joined here and since joining here I just know following the deeds of Ahlulbayt(pbut) is the best Islam. Thank you for the reading suggestions though, I've been reading both Bible and Quran lately actually. Really right now I just need t
  13. I'll give you the benefit of the doubt, but you may misunderstand what socialism is(which is the fault of the U.S.S.R. and later Marxist countries). Socialism simply means that the workers earn the fruits of their labour directly, so in the common example of a factory or farm, the property and equipment is owned by the workers (perhaps collectively as a worker's council, but not necessarily). Ironically, it was the "Soviet Union" who dissolved the soviets(workers councils), so there's nothing socialist about them. Socialism does NOT mean the state should own everything, quite the opposite. In
  14. I'm not Marxist, I'm a libertarian socialist, but that said I still have great respect for the man's accomplishments and ability to defy U.S. Imperialism and free the Cuban people from capitalist exploitation, even though he's not entirely free from oppressive acts. RIP Comrade, and best wishes to the people of Cuba and the rest of the Global South!
  15. Thank you then, I am listen to that lecture now, I'll be sure to tell my family the futility and danger of the folk superstitious practices if they still do them. Forgive me @thuglife for perturbing this thread, I just wanted to find some insight on the topic and know what exactly Islam defines as magic.
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