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  1. Salaams, There are time to time rumors that this person or that is a member of this supposed secret society. For example, people have been accusing Ahmadinejad, Esfandiyar Rahim-Mashai, etc. of being part of this society, among others. Now I have no idea if such accusations are true or not; but, my question is why is wrong to be part of such a society? Is it illegal? Is there any substantial basis for the allegation that they desire to hasten the Return of the Imam (AF) by increasing sins and vice and social turmoil? As far as I know, it was a movement to combat errant Bahai believes and reinforce traditional Shia Islamic thoughts, ethics and beliefs in Iran. It was lead by Sheikh Mahmoud Halabi, who was a disciple of Mirza Mehdi Gharavi Isfahani, from whom came 'maktab-e-tafkik' in Mashhad (that's another matter of course). So what is really the issue here?
  2. If these are really the things that Ayatollah Khomeini taught, then very few Muslims would oppose it. In realizing these ideas however, there have been many difficulties. He started a process to make Muslims feel proud of themselves and their spiritual heritage. Unfortunately, along the way, it seems there was much suffering. As for Bahais, it is the conviction of the Shia Muslims that they are a deviant goal started by Western Imperial powers. Those who themselves are Bahai may not realize it, but this is the view of Shias. Also, even before the Revolution there were many efforts in combating the Bahai beliefs by the Shia Clergy and others.
  3. It makes my lungs tired. I'd prefer a nice cigar personally. Lol this guy...
  4. I would guess that it is the Nematollahi Gonabadis and Ahle Haqq that are most numerous then? I don't mean to be rude, but... Firoozabadi is quite... fat.. for a military general lol.
  5. Hold your tongue you ignorant swine. There are lots of 'Shirazi ulama' in both Iraq and Iran, including the Holy City of Qom, like Sayyid Sadiq Shirazi. They are part and parcel of the Shia clerical establishment for 100s of years. Your ignorance of that makes you irrelevant, not them. As for their support or disapproval of the Lebanese Hezbollah, I do not think the main marja, Sayyid Sadiq, is opposed to them; and I am sure he supports the legitimate struggle of Muslim peoples all over the world, including Palestinian and Lebanese Resistance. A few disagreements here and there, if they exist, do not mean they are 'against it'.
  6. More than 200 Jewish extremists have reportedly entered al-Aqsa Mosque, positioning themselves inside the holy site, allegedly to perform religious rituals. According to a statement released by the Al-Aqsa Foundation for Endowment and Heritage, the incursion was "significant". The foundation has called on Muslims, Arabs and all Palestinians to take action in support of the mosque. The attack comes amidst Tisha B'Av, also known as "The Ninth of Av" -- a Jewish fasting day in commemoration of the destruction of the two Temples. The occasion falls on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, which usually coincides with late July or mid-August. The First Temple was built by King Solomon and was considered the most sacred site in ancient Judaism. It was destroyed when the Babylonians pillaged Jerusalem (al-Quds) in 586 BCE. According to Jewish accounts, the construction of the Second Temple was completed in 516 BCE on the site of the First Temple but was destroyed during the Roman siege of Jerusalem in 70 CE. The destruction of the two Temples allegedly took place on the same day -- the ninth of Av -- but about 656 years apart. The storming of al-Aqsa Mosque -- a holy site in the eyes of many Muslims -- has drawn anti-Israeli condemnation. Former Palestinian minister for al-Quds affairs, Hatem Abdel Qader, has warned that the Israeli government is "playing with fire" by allowing far-right Jewish groups to put the mosque in harm's way. Abdel Qader resigned from his post last month after he censured the acting Palestinian Authority for neglecting al-Quds. He says the Salam Fayyad government refuses to uphold its commitments to the city, which is undergoing a difficult period. According to Abdel Qader, the Palestinian Finance Ministry "contributes nothing to the effort to keep the residents on their land." http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=10203...ionid=351020202
  7. Did they say anything while people like Ruholamin's son were having their skulls busted? Hah, too little too late? Damage has been done... but better late than never. Don't you think all this warrants an internal investigation into the nature of the power and activities of the security forces?
  8. I find it interesting that Gen. Yahya Rahim-Safavi's brother is Seyed Ghahreman Safavi, the leader of the Safaviyya Sufi Order. Is this order common amongst top brass? Is this the true order of Shah Ishmail?
  9. A powerful Principlist faction has warned the Iranian President against acting 'contrary to the will of the people' and 'the call of religious leaders'. The Islamic Engineers Society said in a Tuesday letter to Mahmoud Ahmadinejad that he had 'acted against his own interests' by appointing Esfandyar Rahim-Masha'i as head of the presidential office. Ahmadinejad had initially appointed Rahim-Masha'i as the first vice president, a post he resigned from after the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, sent a handwritten note to the office of the president on the issue. However, Rahim-Masha'i was later named the head of the presidential office, sparking a fresh row between Ahmadinejad and his supporters and opponents. Intelligence Minister Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Eje'i was dismissed for allegedly opposing the appointment of Rahim-Masha'i as first vice president. “It is notable to ask why Rahim-Masha'i is not dismissed despite the Leader's demand while some of the ministers are sacked because of their opposition to your decision,” the letter read. “It seems you want to be the sole speaker and do not want to hear other voices… therefore it is our duty to convey to you the voice of the people,” the letter said. The Principlist faction said it had previously warned Ahmadinejad in a private letter against his acts 'taken without any insight'. The powerful faction said Ahmadinejad's decision had 'frustrated his supporters' and 'caused divisions'. The letter warned that Ahmadinejad's inattention to the advice of the Leader and the country's religious leaders would have dire consequences and 'ultimately lead to the formation of a deviant sect'. The Islamic Engineers Society asked Ahmadinejad to contemplate what happened to former Iranian prime minister Mohammad Mosaddeq and former president Abolhassan Banisadr 'whose opposition to the country's religious leaders' ultimately led to their overthrow. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=101853
  10. Well in a government, there are various branches. When the men with arms get too powerful and independent, there is always the chance that they will someday take power for themselves. I hope that is not the case here.
  11. The Guards will soon pick the Caliph. I was always proud of a powerful Shia military force, but it's a dangerous matter.
  12. They were not Shia seminary students... I give up with you people. Nevermind.
  13. Bro that is not the case. These medical sciences are thousands of years old and tried and tested. Their origin is surely divine and taught by the Prophets. Many of them, like cupping, were strongly advocated and practiced by Ahle Bait (as). The focus of these sciences is to use certain natural (as opposed to laboratory-made synthetic) ingredients and techniques to restore the balance of the mind and body, as the root of illness is imbalance. Thus, it is a kind of preventive medicine.
  14. We've been through all this before and the repetition is beyond boring. Instead of saying this is true for this reason, that is false for that reason; all you people can repeat ad nauseum is "This is ridiculous propaganda from Zionists and their servants..". Well as has been stated, it's obvious the man has a grudge and works for some American Think Tank. Now then, what about the content?? If you don't want to say anything about the topic and merely want to talk about the person, do us a favor and get lost.
  15. Montazeri is not against an Islamic system of governance; he simply has different ideas regarding it and the people's role in administering it; all of which stems from his interpretation of the Sirah of the Holy Prophet and Imams (as). You have no certain knowledge what the silence of the Maraje means. You just want to believe, and want others to believe, it means they agree whereas it is entirely possible that they may many times be silent for the unity of Shias and stability of Islamic Iran. Furthermore, Sheikhs Makarem-Shirazi, Lutfullah Safi, Vahid Khorasani (HA) have spoken out recently urging fairness and justice regarding elections, the abuse and detention of protestors and the persecution of Muslims in Xinjiang, China. However, they are not men who will destroy the system for minor disagreements, yet those disagreements may still very well exist.
  16. Well he has known relations to Neocons from what I understand. I was just wondering if there was any truth to what he claimed regarding the politicization of the Hawza. Anyhow, there is only little hope for an honest and objective answer to this.
  17. I already know that, but do you think there is even an inkling of truth to what he has said? If you do not want to discuss that, please do not post on this thread. Thanks.
  18. That's a little too harsh Haji. She did all the household chores for her in-law family, but that was unfair given that they themselves did nothing according to her. She should only be used as help. The main responsibilities are their's. This is complete abuse. Furthermore, she did all of this, yet received nothing but inhuman rude treatment and no gratitude for her services. If they would share the burden with her (and it was their burden not her's) and show her some appreciation and treat her as one of the family, not a slave to be worked; things would surely be a lot different.
  19. Born in Qom, Iran, as the son of a grand ayatollah, Mehdi Khalaji knows what the long path to Shiite scholarship looks like. His father dreamed that he might someday join the ranks of these high scholars as an ayatollah, and from 1986 to 2000, Khalaji studied theology and jurisprudence in the traditional city center. Almost a decade after a difficult decision to leave and pursue his work in journalism independent scholarly research, Khalaji, now a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near East Policy, spoke with Foreign Policy's Elizabeth Dickinson about what life in the seminary is like, and why ayatollahs are not made; they are born. Excerpts: On growing up and entering seminary: I was sent to the seminary when I was very young -- when I was 11 years old. My father was hoping that someday I would become a grand ayatollah. But I betrayed my father's dreams and I got out of seminary, finally. I studied until the highest level, when you attend courses of the important ayatollahs. I studied Shiite theology, jurisprudence and Islamic philosophy. Since my father was an ayatollah, I'd been familiar with a clerical life. When [former Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ruhollah] Khomeini came to Iran in February 1979, after two months he came to Qom, my father was the one who welcomed him publically. My father was well-known, and he had a good relationship with other revolutionaries. Actually my father was in prison before the revolution. On daily life in seminary: The daily life of a religious student in my time was much different from what it used to be before the revolution, and from what it is now. Life was traditional. You get up early morning because you have to pray. Many good clerics even get up at two or three o'clock in the early morning to pray. After the morning prayer, for example at 5 o'clock, 6 o'clock, they start to read. And at 7 o'clock, the courses start. Usually the courses are 45 minutes. Each student chooses a fellow [student] to discuss each course with him each day. Sometimes I play the role of teacher for you; I teach you the same thing I was taught yesterday. If I say anything wrong, you correct me. Tomorrow you're going to be my teacher. In this way, [students] repeat the courses and correct each others' possible misunderstandings. Usually, you take three or four courses per day. At noon, you go back to your home or, if you live in a traditional school, you go to the school. You eat something, and you get some rest. At four o'clock, you start your classes until sunset. At sunset, you pray your sunset prayer. After that, you go home and you start to read. You go to bed early because you have to get up early. That was the typical life at that time. But now, everything is mistaught, after [current Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali] Khamenei injected lots of money into the clerical establishments. They destroyed the traditional structure and the educational program. They created some schools that are more like a military base rather than a traditional, clerical school. And every morning, [the students] do something like a parade, which is a military practice, not a clerical practice. On reasons for entering seminary: In my time, nobody went to the seminary to gain money or credits, because in the society it wasn't one of the favorite jobs you could have. Before the revolution, [attendance] was based on religious convictions and your own personal decision -- the feeling of religious responsibility. After revolution, people were agreeing to go to seminary because they had been revolutionary idealists. They were looking at the seminary as a place for ideological training. But gradually, clerics were put in charge of sensitive positions. Being a cleric meant that you could gain lots of political power and economic advantages. So now, people are not going to the seminary for the study of religion; people are going because the seminary became a place for training employees for the government. They are going to become wealthy and to become close to the political circles. After 30 years, the new generation of the seminary is intellectually very poor but economically very rich -- just the opposite of what it used to be. On who can enter seminary: When I entered the seminary, there was no ideological control; everybody was free to enter the seminary, provided that he attend the courses and pass the exams. But if you want to enter the seminary since Khamenei came to power 20 years ago, you have to pass an ideological investigation. They investigate where you are coming from, how your family is in terms of loyalty to the government, whether any member of your family was involved in political activities, and whether your family is religious or not. What I've said in some of my writings is that Khamenei has modernized the seminary, bureaucratized the seminary, and through modernization, put control over the seminary. We were free to attend any course we wanted. But now, it's like entering the military. In my time, everyone was allowed to teach, and I was free to choose my teacher: volunteer teacher, volunteer student. Now? You cannot choose your teacher, nor your student. On leaving the seminary: I'm part of the generation that entered the seminary after the [iranian] revolution. We had some illusions about Islamic ideology, and we thought that the Islamic ideology was like its leader's promise -- able to provide worldly happiness, and otherworldly salvation. Islamic ideology provides everything that other ideologies provide for you, like economic growth, freedom of speech, and cultural flourishing, but there is also an added value: While liberalism doesn't promise anything for you when you die, Islamic ideology will provide you with salvation in the afterlife. This is what we were thinking -- this utopian world that we would believe in. But after a decade, we found that the result was not so promising. Actually, when clerics got power, they started to eliminate other groups, political groups, and political figures who were involved in the revolution. For example, many prominent clerics lived [near us in Qom], and our next-door neighbor was a cleric who had been a member of the parliament since I was a kid. Suddenly, we found out that he had been executed. He had some boys, I think one or two, who were the same age I was at that time. We'd been watching their suffering, and it was really painful. Many clerics who really believed in Islamic ideology and were active in the period of the revolution -- just because they criticized Khomeini, they'd been kicked out, put in jail, executed, or tortured. This was one of the reasons that we thought "OK, this wouldn't work. What we wanted was not this; this is against the romantic perception of the Islamic utopia." Second, what was very influential for me was the emergence of the religious intellectuals, especially Abdolkarim Soroush. Dr. Soroush started to come to Qom when I was 17 years old. I was going to his class every Thursday in a small house. We were discreetly attending, because clerics were mad at him for teaching a different interpretation of Islam. Dr. Soroush opened the eyes of me and many other clerics of my generation to modernity, to Western philosophy, and how to look at Islam from a modern perspective. Finally, I started to study Western philosophy and especially Immanuel Kant, who was very influential for me, and the modern philosophers like Nietzsche and other philosophers like him -- Jean-Paul Sartre, Michel Foucault, Derrida, and so on. Through philosophy, I started to criticize theology. On Moqtada al-Sadr: Nobody can decide to go to the seminary and study and become an ayatollah. Becoming an ayatollah is not something like getting a degree. You can get a Ph.D. in philosophy. It's possible. But in the seminary, an ayatollah is the equivalent to a theoretician. We have thousands of people in the world who have Ph.D.s in philosophy, but we have few people who are really philosophers -- who introduce new theories and philosophies. We have many people who have studied 30 years, they are very old -- like 70 years old -- but they are not an ayatollah yet. You can be an ayatollah when you are young or when you are middle aged, provided that you are very intelligent and you study very hard, and you are a dedicated person. You just don't want to get it quickly and go back to Iraq and get involved again in the Mahdi Army. It's not the way that system works. It is extremely ridiculous to hear Moqtada al-Sadr say "I'm studying to become an ayatollah." It really doesn't make sense in any language but English. If [he says] this in Farsi or Arabic, everybody ridicules him. So he can say this only to foreign media. Also, if you want to study at the highest level in theology, whether in Qom or Najaf or other seminaries, you have to attend the important courses taught by big figures. Big figures don't teach clandestine[ly]; they teach in the mosque, and many people attempt their courses. In the course of the last few years when Moqtada claims that he has been in Qom to study religion in order to become an ayatollah, nobody has seen him in these courses. So where is he? I don't know. What he does, I don't know. But we have to be very clear: Nobody talks about him because nobody sees him in Qom. http://www.foreignpolicy.com/articles/2009...s&page=full
  20. I think it would be better to say I have Anglo-Saxon cultural influence rather than that I am of this group. In the US, if I tell someone I am an Anglo-Saxon, it would be quite funny, believe me.
  21. My conspiracy theory-loving African brother, I have no particular point but post things that would interest the members. My own observation, however, is that Ahmadinejad is weeding out those who are ready to leave him at the first speck of suspicion. In that measure, he has done right. Such people can never be counted on.
  22. After contemplation, only one Iran minister fired Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has revoked his decision to sack three ministers after fears of facing Parliament's vote of confidence for his Cabinet. After a weeklong dissension among Iran's ruling system over the president's first deputy pick, Ahmadinejad removed the ministers of intelligence, culture and labor. The three ministers, Gholam-Hossein Mohseni-Ejei, Mohammad-Hassan Saffar-Harandi and Mohammad Jahromi, had reportedly opposed the president's decision to appoint Esfandiar Rahim-Mashaei as the first vice president. Mashaei, a controversial figure in Iran for his remarks about Israel, stepped down after an intervention by the Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, on the issue. The decision to dismiss the three ministers, however, was later reversed by the president after a number of Parliament members said the Ahmadinejad government, in its 8 days of tenure, must seek a new vote of confidence. According to Article 136 of Iran's Constitution, if more than half of the members of Cabinet are replaced, “the government must seek a fresh vote of confidence from Parliament.” Consequently, President Ahmadinejad chose to only dismiss the intelligence minister, Press TV understands. Meanwhile, close sources close to Culture Minister Saffar-Harandi told Press TV that he is unwilling to remain in his post. The developments come as the president had warned of a major Cabinet reshuffle after winning Iran's disputed presidential election in June. http://www.presstv.ir/detail.aspx?id=10168...ionid=351020101
  23. Brother Hossain Mehdi can you write shorter and more concise replies. Thanks.
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