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Ali al-Abdullah

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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Shian e Ali in Reflect & Improve!   
    My list is probably very long.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Qa'im in Islam and Feminism   
    Many feminist thinkers have been against the traditional gender roles, because they limit women to the domestic sphere, thereby having less economic and political influence and independence in society. Gilman and Goldman are key thinkers that argued for the economic emancipation of women, breaking out of the private sphere of unpaid childcare and housework. Gayle Rubin has also encouraged female economic independence so that they would not need to rely on male domination in heterosexual marriages. So yes, practically speaking, second wave feminists encouraged women to finish their education and attain economic independence before thinking about marrying. The problem today is that economic independence takes a long time to attain (a bachelor of arts won't get you far), and even then, most households cannot subsist on one income alone. Again, I can understand the reasons for female economic independence, but it comes with several costs: delaying marriage, higher chance of fornication and casual relationships, having less family time during marriage, etc. In Islamic fiqh, you can come to a middle ground. Women can pursue a career, or be paid for their housework and rearing, but marriage and having children remains an early priority.
    Many third wave feminists are against the institution of marriage altogether, or large aspects of it. Even a movement like Black Lives Matter, which was founded by feminists and LGBT activists, does not mention "fathers" on their website, and see heterosexual and nuclear families as an arm of white supremacy.
    More consumers, more bank accounts, more workers (including more competition for the same jobs, which lowers wages), longer open hours, more industries. It's a match made in heaven.
    And what is women's emancipation? First, second, and third wave feminists have different definitions and goals, but all three reek of utopianism.
    Well there were many second wave feminists that criticized the objectification of women in pornography, for example, but third wave feminism - which is pretty much feminism's logical conclusion - has promoted legalizing prostitution, sl.ut walks, naked protests, etc. The agenda to get women to wear less and absolve them of all shame and blame plays right into the hands of misogynists and players.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Haimi in Islam and Feminism   
    Since you're still their mother, guess it was a treat from Allah swt and you just passed it very well, don't worry about it.
    I'm sure Isa will proud to you.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to enigma313 in Islam and Feminism   
    MashAllah Qaim, you're so talented.  Please consider publishing your blogs in a book format.
    You made so many good points in this blog, esp. the one about women and working.  I hated leaving my baby boy with my elderly parents to return to work.  Isa was only 4mths old when I did so, and the guilt never left me. I ended up being a wage slave.  Sometimes baby would keep me awake the whole night, and then I would somehow stagger into work like a zombie.  I would think to myself on the way into work, this is isn't freedom or liberation.....THIS IS HELL. 
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Haimi in What should be our roles?   
    The Family of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them all)
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Nataly in What should be our roles?   
    The Family of Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon them all)
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to alHussein in Be Positive   
    Salam, It's unbelievable how the ahlulbayt (a.s) have patience and can be positive at the same time they get provoked. Lanat on those who oppose ahlulbayt (a.s)
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Abraram in All about the "Sufyani"   
    Wallahu Alam. Good observation! Thanks!
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to wmehar2 in Logical Reasoning   
    Chapter (51) sūrat l-dhāriyāt (The Wind that Scatter)

    Sahih International: And the heaven We constructed with strength, and indeed, We are [its] expander.
    Pickthall: We have built the heaven with might, and We it is Who make the vast extent (thereof).
    Yusuf Ali: With power and skill did We construct the Firmament: for it is We Who create the vastness of pace.
    Shakir: And the heaven, We raised it high with power, and most surely We are the makers of things ample.
    Muhammad Sarwar: We have made the heavens with Our own hands and We expanded it.
    Mohsin Khan: With power did We construct the heaven. Verily, We are Able to extend the vastness of space thereof.
    Arberry: And heaven -- We built it with might, and We extend it wide.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Mansur Bakhtiari in Logical Reasoning   
    If scientist arguments against the Creator are that there is proof that the universe is accelerating, yet the Creator mentions this clearly enough in the Quran, should we put so much trust in their findings? 
    [Quran 51.47] And the heaven, We built it with craftsmanship and We are still expanding.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Qa'im in Grading Hadiths: An Introduction   
    The post was not meant to be comprehensive of both sects. Rijal is a very complex science, and the introduction above is meant for Shia readers and Shia books. I did compliment the Sunni rijal system in my post for its rich biographical documentation. But Sunni compilations differ from Shia compilations - books like al-Kafi were based mostly on written sources (the 300 usool), while al-Bukhari relied mostly on oral reports, even though they were written only within a few decades of one another.
    As for your skepticism on the authenticity of our narrations: many of the books Kulayni was quoting were famous and widely available during his time. Kulayni has never been accused of tampering his hadiths, and soon after his death, his book was being quoted by other eminent authorities in our school. The Safavids didn't author our classical literature - we have pre-Safavid manuscripts of our major books. Furthermore, we still have several books that were written during the lives of the first 11 Imams, such as Sahifa Sajjadiyya, Kitab Sulaym b. Qays, the 16 Usool, al-Mahasin, Qurb al-Isnad, al-Ja`fariyyat, Tafsir al-`Ayashi, Tafsir Furat al-Kufi, Maqtal al-Husayn by Abu Mikhnaf, etc.
    All hadith grading systems are flawed in some way, and I pointed out some of the flaws of our system in my original post. However, this does not make the system useless. Our rijal scholars have provided very ample information on thousands of students of our Imams.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to guest050817 in Grading Hadiths: An Introduction   
    SubhanAllah, great post. 
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Qa'im in Allah's Hijab   
    Imam al-Baqir [a] said, "Whoever would want no veil between him and Allah on the Day of Resurrection, so that he may look towards Allah and Allah may look towards him, then he should take the Family of Muhammad (s) as his wali, disassociate from their enemy, and unite with the Imam from them. When he is like that, then he will look towards Allah and Allah will look towards him." ( الشيخ أبو محمد هرون بن موسى بن احمد بن ابراهيم التلعكبري ايده الله قال حدثنا محمد بن همام قال حدثنا حميد بن زياد الدهقان قال حدثنا أبو جعفر احمد بن زياد بن جعفر الازدي البزاز قال حدثنا محمد بن المثنى بن القاسم الحضرمي قال حدثنا جعفر بن محمد بن شريح الحضرمي عن حميد بن شعيب السبيعي عن جابر بن يزيد الجعفي قال قال أبو جعفر محمد بن علي عليهما السلام من سره ان لا يكون بينه وبين الله حجاب يوم القيمة حتى ينظر إلى الله و ينظر الله إليه فليتول ال محمد (ص) ويبرء ( ويتبرء خ د ) من عدوهم وياتم بالامام منهم فانه إذا كان ذلك نظر إلى الله ونظر الله إليه )

    This narration is a clear example of the hijab as a principle. Only those who demonstrate a sincerity to Allah will have the veil between he and Allah lifted. Otherwise, the veil remains. This demonstration of sincerity is made through upright devotion to Ahl al-Bayt. This is reflected in 3:31 - if you love Allah, then follow the Prophet, and Allah will love you. It is an equation: we first recognize Allah's cosmological and ontological reality, then we establish a devoted relationship with His representatives, then we are rewarded. Lastly, this "looking" towards Allah is manifold. Of course, we will not be able to see Allah with our eyes, but our literature says that we will be able to recognize Him in our hearts through the realities of faith. Furthermore, we will be able to see the "Face of Allah" in the Hereafter. His Face is not a physical body part, but rather it is a creation and a symbol of Him. In our literature, Allah's Face is that which through He is known and recognized. His Face includes His religion, His signs in the world, His Prophet, His representatives, and the righteous worshipers. Through these objects, we are reminded of Allah, and Allah is made known. In Paradise, one of the rewards of the believers will be to see this Face - meaning, the knowledge and the representatives of God.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Qa'im in Allah's Hijab   
    Imam ar-Rida [a] said, "He is veiled with a barrier that does not cover Him, and He is cloaked without a cloak sheltering Him." ( احتجب بغير حجاب محجوب واستتر بغير ستر مستور )
    Meaning, Allah's hijab does not limit Him in any way, nor does He have any physical properties for it to encompass Him. His veils, which are the Ahl al-Bayt and His divine light, are all created things with a special function: they represent and reflect God whilst protecting His mystery.
    Imam as-Sadiq [a] said, “The Sun is one seventieth of the light of the Seat (kursi), and the Seat is one seventieth of the light of the Throne (`arsh), and the Throne is one seventieth of the light of the Veil (al-hijab), and the Veil is one seventieth of the light of the Cloak (al-sitr). So if they were truthful, let them fill their eyes with the unclouded Sun.” ( الشمس جزء من سبعين جزءا من نور الكرسي والكرسي جزء من سبعين جزءا من نور العرش والعرش جزء من سبعين جزءا من نور الحجاب والحجاب جزء من سبعين جزءا من نور الستر فإن كانوا صادقين فليملاوا أعينهم من الشمس ليس دونها سحاب. )
    This narration teaches us several things. The first is that Allah cannot be seen due to His great and limitless essence. As humans, we can barely look to the Sun, so to suggest that we will be able to see God's essence with our eyes is void of any reality. We do not even share a "setting" with God for us to see Him, and even then, there are many objects that share our world that we cannot see. To say that we will be able to see God would mean that God would be in our third dimension, subject to time and space.
    Secondly, the metaphysical structures are greater in magnitude and brighter in illumination than the Sun. The Seat is a representation of God's authority over the heavens and the Earth. The Throne, which is far more vast and more bright than the Seat, represents God's religion and the knowledge He has shared. The Veil is that Muhammadan Light, the Light of Guidance, which encompasses the authority of creation and the knowledge of Islam. It is for Muhammad's sake that the universe was created, and it is from His light that the other lights were created. The last object is the Cloak - we know that the knowledge and status of the Prophet is insignificant next to Allah - the Prophet is His slave. Although the Prophet is closer to Him than any other thing, less than two bow lengths away (53:29), there is still knowledge and power that Allah has that has been kept from the Prophet. Allah has no partners, and His essence is beyond even the sight of the Holy Prophet, and thus there must be this space in between the Hijab of Allah and the divine essence.
    Imam al-Baqir [a] said, "Through us, Allah is worshiped. Through us, Allah is recognized. Through us, Allah is considered One. And Muhammad is the veil (hijab) of Allah."  ( بنا عبد الله، وبنا عرف الله، وبنا وحد الله تبارك وتعالى، ومحمد حجاب الله تبارك وتعالى (3) )
    The Ahl al-Bayt's recognition is necessary for Allah's recognition. Not only do they transmit the correct knowledge of God, but they reflect His truth, His power, His wisdom, His mercy, His justice, etc. In understanding Ahl al-Bayt, we develop a more personal relationship with Allah. Not just a recognition of His cosmological role, but actually understanding the attributes of His essence. Furthermore, it is subservience to the Guide that constitutes worship in Islam - such as the prostration to Adam. He who does not recognize the Imam of his time dies the death of jahiliyya - i.e., Imamate is tied directly to monotheism, and he who does not recognize his Imam has followed Satan, even if he believes in one God. In the time of the Prophet, those who blindly took the authority of the rabbis and priests over the Prophet were considered polytheists, not because they believed in multiple gods, but because their allegiance is to other than God. Keep in mind, also, that the Ahl al-Bayt were the first to worship God. When the angels were created, they simply emulated the actions of the Ahl al-Bayt.
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    Ali al-Abdullah reacted to Qa'im in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    The shepherd of course is Imam Ibn al-Hasan (as), but the people are distracted by wolves in sheep's clothing. To win them over, they must either be initiated (made to care about their fate, pushed to actively seek knowledge, experience a traumatic event), or re-educated (through schooling, movies, books, art, poetry, speeches, journalism, da`wa, family, and jobs). At the moment, the dominant system has control over most modes of education, and so even getting the attention of a nominal Muslim is difficult. But, everyone has an interest, a problem they are seeking answers for, or an issue they care deeply about, and you must be able to assess the situation of each individual, see what it is they need, and provide a solution that they will accept.
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Ali Hamieh in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from 12reasons4truth. in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Muslim2010 in Reflect & Improve!   
    My list is probably very long.
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from yusur317 in Islam and Feminism   
    Oy vey goyim! How am I not surprised. Let me guess, they're Jewish?
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from notme in All about the "Sufyani"   
    I think it's not safe to say Turks mean Russians, its probably Turkey. Also yellow flags from the West? Hezbollah?
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Hameedeh in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from LeftCoastMom in All about the "Sufyani"   
    Yes but he (as) could be talking about the future. 
    Also bro, here look at this;
    the advance of the Turkish brothers until they descend to the peninsula (jazira),4
    What is the jazira? I think there are three possibilities:
    1. An island, or peninsula. Most likely Cyprus. (Already descended and occupied)
    2. Arabian Peninsula (I don't think it's likely)
    3. Upper Mesopotamia (Northern Iraq, Southern Turkey, and Northern Syria) is called jazira. 

    And I think this is most likely and most realistic.
    So, now look at this, Turkey has descended to the jazira. 
    Jarabulus offensive (2016) Part of the Syrian Civil War, the military intervention against ISIL, the Turkey–ISIL conflict, the Turkish involvement in the Syrian Civil War and the Rojava conflict
    Wa Allahu a'lam.
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Brained in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from Sumayyeh in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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    Ali al-Abdullah got a reaction from fatemah kareema in A Guide to Sunni Trends   
    Zaydis are more Shia than Ismailis and Alawites atleast
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