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Hayy ibn Yaqzan

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  1. Out of Iranian Cinema, the only feature I remember having seen is Taxi Tehran by Jafar Panahi It was a lot of fun - and while it isn't necessarily Theological in its content - it is an interesting social commentary on life as a filmmaker in contemporary Iran. If you're looking for high-production value film/TV with Islamic themes - but you're not picky about the nationality, I can enthusiastically suggest the "Yunus Emre" & "Dirilis: Ertugul" series, made in Turkey. (I wrote a mini-review in another thread, here)
  2. Not really playing anything on a regular basis anymore - but I kinda want to be... I suppose I'm feeling a bit alienated by all the current gaming experiences that I'm aware of (except weirdly maybe the Civilization series? ) It could just be that life at the moment leaves little room / justification for spending time on virtual worlds and playing in cyberspace; But I also have a niggling feeling that if there was a title or experience available, that did resonate much more strongly with where my thoughts are in life right now - then I would totally be dedicating more time to it - and recruiting friends to join me. Anyways. Nothing suitable out there that I can see right now - so either I upskill and get off my ass to work on making the Game that's missing in my life; or just find another hobby. On a related but not exactly matching note- I have been watching a lot of "Extra Credits" recently.
  3. I would really like to understand a variety of views on this topic; I think that this might be one of the core ideas that we grapple with, day to day, as Muslims. For sure there are individuals through history who have been able to discuss this with more eloquence & depth than I have put forward - but this phrasing of the question seems significant for our contemporary context. Some views that immediately come to mind (although there are many more than these): A) Self-Interest is a natural & emergent part of human nature and the way we have been created (Fitra) - so there is no issue with acting in Self-interest on every occasion. B) Our individual desires & needs are less imperative to the needs & desires of the collective society. It is always better to behave in a way that serves our social authority (Government). C) There will always be a struggle throughout existence, between the Individual & the Collective - it is necessary to serve both, but neither will ultimately be totally content. D) The most urgent imperative is to serve the Moral Authority (God), however individuals will always differ on their interpretations of how to do this, so there will never be a true understanding of cohesive society. Do you agree or disagree? How far would you agree and with which parts? Would you combine any views differently? Do you have any recommended reading / listening / watching / art / thought experiments for me?
  4. I think that there's some good advice to really take to heart, from some of the earlier answers; If I was to make an observation on your elaboration of the situation brother @SeekingHeaven - Life at the moment, as you're experiencing it does not seem to have a lot of Love in it. (Although you yourself may have a great capacity for love). Intimacy & connection is natural and vital - connection between brothers, family, friends. Being able to look around you in life and say "Alhamdulillah - I am pleased with this solidarity that my Lord has provided me with". In that intimacy, we also learn how to be a loving servant, and come to know Allah ever better. Experiences that I know of, that involve a struggle against Zina (sexual gratification outside holy & sanctified marriage); almost have the act being a like a simulation of Love - a tempting way to "fill the feeling & need" without strings, or without making one's self Available for a committed marriage, in a full way. Sometimes even filling in for lost intimacy between family & platonic friends - because the brain chemistry of trust is similar. Honestly I think that distraction from the urge is sensible - just as willpower building, self-work & exploring the depth and unknown vastness of spiritual existence is wise. However, just from my observation & experience, it is intimacy and love in your life - opening up to deeper & meaningful, honest relationships. Escaping isolation, by finding closeness with those who share your beliefs - that is being tested & will save you. When you find yourself failing - you're conscious - up against the wall so to speak - Shaytaan's looking at you, you're looking at him, fists drawn & done wrestling. You're looking up at your Lord and thinking "You'll forgive me right?" - and you know that the inevitable answer is "Yes" (inshaAllah), if you make it to Tawba... But you know that it will cause disappointment if you do disobey - to Him, and to you, and possibly your future partner, and for all everyone if you're uncovered, when you're seen on Judgement Day. My view is that it's helpful to imagine that, & look back from that point in time and consider; what could I have done to redirect that urge? To have used it for something Halal? To have pleased my Lord in that moment instead? My apologies if this seems rambling, or unrelated - please remember me in your duas - as we know that the struggle is familiar across mankind, May Allah protects us all & guide us to each other, in good community & loving relationships, in His name, Salaam Alaykum!
  5. Wa Alaykum Salaam, I have the feeling that the English phrasing in the passage is accidentally ambiguous and can be unfortunately read in different ways. My understanding would be that it should be read as: That is to say that in 80. - it is stated that it is Makrooh to sit for urinating (and other excretion actions) WHILST facing the wind, or on a road side etc. Not to indicate that the sitting is the issue, but that the context and place of the sitting is significant. My reading of 81. leads me to understand that the issue is with the urinating while standing itself. As well as on those materials stated. I hope this reading of the material helps to clarify; I am no scholar - but this reading fits with my upbringing and Islamic education also. May Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى have mercy on us,
  6. I don't know what kind of facilities you have available; From what I understand by anecdotes though, there are huge psychological lifts & benefits, that come with Bouldering / Rock Climbing; As well as the functional strength, resilience & flexibility that you gain. You're reminding me I need to pay attention to my fitness JazaakAllah Khayr!
  7. I find that sometimes the most assertive stance you can take, is one which respects your limits, and the expectations of who you're talking with. This is like, an explorative stance - where you give yourself the gift of time and clarity to make a full reasoned decision with no immediate commitment - and you are also showing the other party what is needed to make things work. It's exactly as the two previous posters @Hameedeh & @AbdusSibtayn demonstrate: Being able to respond with a: "I hear what you're saying, so tell me more about X, Y & Z" Or other more appropriate phrasing - can lead to great results - and open options for you. Just a thought from my experience Hope this helps, WaSalaam,
  8. I can't go as far as favorite... as that would be too difficult a choice... But these guys are pretty great:
  9. I have been enjoying the (semi-fictionalised) biography of Yunus Emre on Netflix over this year. Watching in Turkish, with subtitles - has been interesting, because some reasonable interpretation is required (the subs are not perfect, and sometimes takes some puzzle solving later on while watching an episode to figure out exactly what has been said - but the general statements and meanings of more mystical parts are clear to follow). Netflix has been reasonably good at making international Film & Drama more accessible, and I think that Turkish cultural series like Yunus Emre & Dirilis: Ertugul are seeing some cult following among Muslims in the west, as a shared nostalgia - and underrepresented historical genre. Netflix has its issues too, and really if paying close attention, a strong Secular Liberal Humanist theme can be seen in the content they highlight - which is to be expected from a Silicon Valley media company to be fair. The early episodes of Yunus Emre are definitely a bit slow-paced and long to get through; so it's more of an Escapism, than a really riveting story for me. I manage maybe two episodes every couple of weeks on average - and strangely they have lined up with my calendar in a really topical way. e.g. around Muharram time, I reached a part in the story where the Dervish lodge in the series, are celebrating Ashura (in a very different way to present day Shia Ithna'Asheri of course) - but it was still brilliant to hear Imam Hussein's name mentioned with reverence - it's not why I started watching, and took me by surprise. This image below maybe captures a little slice of the feeling; It's definitely not a comfortable series to watch, if you don't like engaging in critique / debate of Islamic Orthodoxy - as it is very Sufi leaning. Part of the story also has themes of debate between the emphasis on Fiqh & Irfan - but Alhamdulillah, I feel like it's done with thought & respect. For the most part - I think if I have a choice to expose my mind to gratuitous violence, profanity & obscenity as entertainment, (which unfortunately was happening all too regularly), or this... I feel that this series has made a healthy impact on my life Wa Salaam & Enjoy!
  10. In a certain dimension; this is a very interesting commentary on Taqleed. In many other dimensions, there's plenty to ponder on here. Ahsant.
  11. Allah (S W T) knows what is in your heart Sinan, Allah knows how you struggle and how your mother struggles. Be peace, Be at peace, Go peacefully and walk the halls with peace. The adversary to you is not human, but it's a whisper In the ears of every-one, ready-to-fly-off-the-handle, imploding, laughing. And it's silent. In front of you, it's silent. Not mocking. Because there's nothing to mock. So their words slip right off. Because you're looking at God, and goodness - not listening to the whisper. That's how you know it wants your attention. That's how to know you can starve it of what it craves. In your Patience and Peace is the life of Jihad, In your Eloquence and Speech is a prayer. ~ Bismillah, Ya Fattah,Ya Salaam,Ya Wakeel. Bismillah, Ya Mutakabbir, Ya Jabbaar, Ya Mudhil
  12. Wa Alaykum Salaam, Something about the recording, and the nature of the gathering, and the difference in reaction between Shia - has me curious. Is there any way to find a full translation? My full appreciation and thanks if this is possible.
  13. @MuhammadXII This is one of the few instances where I witness someone referring to their journey from Ahle-Sunnah to Shia as a conversion. I can appreciate that there's a feeling of refining one's faith, and moving closer to the Haqq; so many warm wishes, and congratulations on the love, balance and excellence in action that you have found with Imam Ali(a.s) and his progeny. Let's remember though, that while we may have the opinion that Sunni brothers and sisters have been misled and misguided by history - the Qur'an that we both read from, and Allah (swt) whom both parties worship and ask from, and his Rasul Muhammad (saw) - are held in the greatest esteem and shared by both. For this reason, I'm inclined to view your journey as a refinement, and coming closer to a truth that you already recognised, as a Muslim - rather than a conversion, from one totally different belief to another. Alhamdulillah, it's a pleasure to hear your good news brother. A couple of things, that you have made me curious about I wonder, what does this involve? How were you living as a Sunni, and did it stop you or prevent you in a large way from practicing as a Shia? Also know that to follow a Marja, in Taqleed - is not the same concept as pledging allegiance, publicly (or even privately), as one might to an Imam of the Ahlul Bayt, or a trusted Mawla. Perhaps you know this already - but your speech is so admirably passionate, that I wish only to check in with you. May Allah make the path smooth for you, to paradise - by joining you with kindred who recognise his truths - and bestowing us all with the best of Akhlaq, and the will to please him in every action. Ameen. AsSalaamun Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakaatu
  14. Salaamun Alaykum wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatu. A Marja is a learned scholar, capable of performing Ijtihad and publishing a Risalah as guidance for people to perform Taqleed. There is no obligation or role necessitated for them in Islam, to serve in the state, government or courts. (As far as I am aware; although I can think of some strong arguments for this to be the case) Marja are free to draw scholarly conclusions, hold academic and political differences of opinion and agreements in who they believe is the most learned among them. It is a system based on networks of trust, from the bottom up, as to who the believers decide to listen to among them. The pope is the de facto head of the Holy Roman Catholic Church, and the Vatican State - and there's plenty more to be said about the Pontifex, but I know very little. This information is just based on my own knowledge, and is liable to be faulty - but I hope that it serves you accurately. Please forgive me and correct me, if I have provided misinformation, based on my limited understanding. May we be enlightened about the world, it's many tribes and cultures; its varied opinions in approaching the devotion of Allah (swt), out of his mercy - and for our benefit in pleasing him and drawing near to him. Insha'Allah. Ameen.
  15. Not exactly what was asked, but as noted in previous posts, another direction from which to approach truth; Hypothetically, if life turned out to be inconsequential, you may at least give yourself the best experience of it by practising Islam, and looking up to the most wholesome and humane role models; the Ahlul Bayt. And by joining in with the most resilient, varying, rewarding and community-strengthening Role-Play known to history. If not for truth, then for love, or for freedom, or for journeys, or for wisdom, or for justice- Always be returning to the concept of Allah, and always be looking up to those who lived on earth and endorsed him in every single action. The more I dwell on OP's question, the more it seems it is not about Sunni and Shia, and the more it feels like poetry.
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