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ali_fatheroforphans

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  1. Shia theologians believe that there is a middle way - neither absolute determinism nor absolute free-will. We have free will in terms of our actions, however our free will is by divine decree (al-qadha) which is based on the law of causality that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has introduced. If we commit a sin it is through our own actions. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) never decides or wills for anyone to commit a sin. However there are matters that are beyond our choice - our skin color, being born in a specific family, disability, talents etc. However keep in mind that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can change his decree depending on our actions - Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has kept it conditional. For example, maintaining ties with our family and being kind to parents increases our lifespan. Ultimately our actions cause us to end up with a specific person. We have the faculty of mind - humans ultimately make the decision. Why do we have hadiths where Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) gives us advice to marry a religious spouse with good akhlaq? It means that we have a responsibility and its in our own hands. But sometimes destiny can play its part - say two people met each other - how did they even end up living in the same city? did they really choose as kids where they will migrate? So many questions to ask so I hope you realise that it has to do with our free will but maybe destiny as well.
  2. @Ali-F Man honestly I've missed you! Hope everything has been well on your side?
  3. Honestly most men who go to the gym are weak. It's just the pump and it's not like you'll actually win if you were to get into a street fight. I noticed that people in the gym have big egos and there isn't even a sense of community. My main reason for leaving was cos a lot of women show up to the gym but it turned out to be the best decision ever. I've literally given up and have started combat sports. I've grown so much pasison for boxing. I've noticed that the amount of confidence I had accumulated in the gym in many years - i have gained even more confidence by practising boxing. There's just something about these combat sports which gives us so much satisfaction as men - both mentally and physically. I feel it's better in real life situations compared to lifting weights. One strong kick or a blow in the head could even take a bodybuilder down.
  4. Alhumdulillah just found a boxing gym 2 min from my place where only guys attend and it doesn't even have all these harram tunes playing. Heavyweight medal on its way!
  5. Lessons on Imamah and Wilayah by Sheikh Mohammad Shomali
  6. Yes agreed, but the question is are Muslim women also allowed to go to a mixed gym?
  7. I agree with this. But if someone has to temporarily sacrifice luxury for the sake of maintaining their faith it is worth it. Luxury as in the convenience we find by going to any local gym. If someone has the means to pay for gym membership, they should have the ability to buy the gym equipment and there are so many ways in which we can get our hearts pumping - skipping in the backyard, going for a jog, using the treadmill, hiring a personal trainer etc. It is very hard for me to see how someone would have no other options.
  8. The end never justifies the means. What benefit is there for you to accomplish something good if it's through disobeying Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)? Always make sure that whenever you start a noble journey, take noble steps. Another example that comes to mind - marriage is such a sacred thing in Islam. Make sure that every step you take to help you achieve this goal is sacred.
  9. I would say that it's not exactly the same. For example going to the mall for shopping is necessary, we need to buy food and get all our groceries. Even in this scenario it is recommended for us to just get it done with and leave, not for us to randomly be walking around and passing time. However, going to the gym with all these facilities is not life and death, it's a luxury. There are other means to workout as well - such as going for a jog, playing sports with other men etc. This is why visiting mixed swimming pools, gyms etc. seem to have different rules than going to other places in public where women may also be dressed immodestly. I also find that in the gym - it's also the movements especially from the non-mahram which just makes it indecent. It may be different for some martial arts classes, such as attending traditional martial arts where women are actually wearing loose clothing. Regardless, it seems from the fatwa of Sayed Sistani that even if we can prevent ourselves from sin, it is still impermissible as an obligatory preauction. I feel it has more to do with attending a facility which has allowed and given women the opportunity to expose their awrah to men. As a matter of precaution it's best to stay away from it.
  10. Bro just because we live in the West it doesn't mean our maraja have to change their fatwas to suit our desires and wants. Attending a mixed gym is really not life and death - keep in mind that our maraja will be held accountable to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on the day on the judgment. I find that the fatwa makes complete sense. Attending or signing up for a place where women show their awrah (doesn't matter how many women present there), seems like something a mu'min should stay away from. It's the environment itself which is not decent. Just ask yourself will any of the Imams (عليه السلام) ever encourage their followers to sign up for these gym where women are almost half naked? It just goes against our intellect to imagine this. would they themselves ever visit such a place (astagfurillah)? It's extremely hypocritical for men to make justifications. If I use your argument, why don't we hold ourselves to higher moral standards and start allowing our Muslim sisters to go to the gym as well? The West has literally desensitized us to something unacceptable.
  11. Salam bro, how have you been?

  12. Not the same thing bro. Group fitness is fun - with all the accountability and people who push you. It's fun being part of a fitness community where everyone has a goal to get in shape. Unfortunately we're only focusing on building mosques and I see so many health issues in our communities- people getting heart attacks and being overweight. Islam doesn't tell us to just attend the masjid 24/7. We should also focus on recreation and create proper Muslim gyms.
  13. I don't live in the US, but it's rare to find a male only gyms in these Western countries. But in some cities you do have Muslim only gyms - which is a good thing. We need to create a spiritual environment for our youth who want can train their bodies but also maintain their spirituality. In Sydney there is a gym called "brotherhood gym". It seems like an awesome idea.
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