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  1. Imam Muhammed al-Baqir has mentioned regarding the Ghulaat: ‘They are the people who say about us what we do not say about ourselves. Thus, they are not of our people and we are not of their people.’ [al-Kafi]

    1. Intellectual Resistance

      Intellectual Resistance

      Do you say about the Prophet and Aimmah that which you do not have clear evidence they attributed to themselves?

  2. Logic of some Shias: "I won't curse your revered symbols in front of you, but hey, i'm going to curse them behind your back 'privately'. Sunni replies: "Oh, so you publicly say you won't curse them openly, but then publicly admit you're going to do it privately? That makes things so much better, thank you.' How daft is it to publicly tell someone you will curse their revered symbols in private, but not to their face? What's worse, ShiaChat having rules about not cursing certain people, but allowing full-scale discussion about how permissible it is to curse them privately, and allowing them to be called tyrants, terrorists and the like. Ajeeb. Where does the intellect go? 


    1. Yasmin Mohammed

      Yasmin Mohammed

      Salaamun alaikum bro/sis.
      This are from our sunni bro/sis books: Ibn Qutaybah in al Imamah wa al Siyasa page 14 records that: “Fatima said ‘When I meet my father the Prophet (s), then I shall complain about the both of you (Abu Bakr and Umar), and said to Abu Bakr ‘By Allah I shall curse you after every Salat”.
      Al-Imamah wa al-Siyasa, Vol. 1, Page 14

      Ibn Qutaybah, in al-Imamah wal Siyasah, narrates that 'Umar said to Abu Bakr: 'Let's go to Fatimah, for we have made her angry.' So they went together and asked her permission, but she denied it to them. They asked Ali to talk to her, and he did. When they entered and sat, she turned her face to the wall.

      They greeted her, but she did not answer. Abu Bakr said: 'O you the Messenger of Allah's beloved! I swear by Allah that the kinship of the Messenger of Allah is more beloved to me than my kinship, and you are surely more beloved to me than my daughter 'Ayshah, and I wished the day your father died that I died and did not stay after him... Do you see me, when knowing you and your virtues and honour, denying you your right and inheritance from the Messenger of Allah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå?

      Except that I heard your father the Messenger of Allah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå saying: We, the folk of prophets, do not leave bequests - what we leave is for alms'.

      Fatimah (as) did not comment on the inheritance issue, since she has previously dealt with that in detail in her sermon, but she wanted to establish the proof on the two of them regarding the harm, injustice and wrong-doing to which she was subjected. Hence she said: 'Can I see you if I narrate a hadith from the Messenger of Allah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå; you know it, will you do according to it?'

      They replied: 'Yes'; she said: 'I ask you by Allah, haven't you heard the hadith of the Messenger of Allah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå: the satisfaction of Fatimah is my satisfaction and the discontent of Fatimah is my discontent?' They said: 'Yes, we heard it from the Messenger of Allah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå'. She said: 'Therefore, I take Allah and his angels as witnesses that you have made me discontented and have not satisfied me, and when I meet the Prophet I shall complain about you to him!'. Abu Bakr said: 'I take refuge in Allah from his discontent and your discontent O Fatimah!'; but she said: 'I swear by Allah that I shall invoke Allah against you in every prayer I do!

      For further research - click >>>http://www.shiapen.com/comprehensive/fadak/fatima-response-toconfiscation.html

  3. "A psychologist walked around a room while teaching stress management to an audience. As she raised a glass of water, everyone expected they'd be asked the "half empty or half full" question. Instead, with a smile on her face, she inquired: "How heavy is this glass of water?"

    Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. to 20 oz.

    She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, it's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my arm. If I hold it for a day, my arm will feel numb and paralyzed. In each case, the weight of the glass doesn't change, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes." 

    She continued, "The stresses and worries in life are like that glass of water. Think about them for a while and nothing happens. Think about them a bit longer and they begin to hurt. And if you think about them all day long, you will feel paralyzed  incapable of doing anything."

  4. I hold absolutely no grudges with anyone on here. Grudges aren't healthy in any context, but particularly on an online forum, with your own brothers and sisters, who are part of a minority within a minority, it's just the most petty thing. Our lives should be more enriched, and our minds healthier , more positive, and more compassionate to even entertain things like that.  Cliques on online forums, fragmentations into groups, all of such things, are petty. We should give people the benefit of the doubt, have good thoughts of others, and work in that way.

    If we find that this isn't the case , then it might just be better for either side of the equation to unplug and find better ways to further their intellectual endeavours and serve the Ahlulbayt. And sometimes, for some of us, on either side of the equation, we soon come to realise a forum may not be the best place.  We all have opinions, and unless we blow like the wind, in life you will disagree with people if you ever stand for something. 


  5. Knowledge isn't power. Applied knowledge is power. You can read many books, listen to expert advice, even spend time learning useful information about how to develop skills, but unless you apply it, grind, have the discipline to be consistent and sometimes do the things you don't want to do day in day out, you aren't going to go anywhere. Don't assume because you're busy, that you're productive. Don't assume because there's movement, that there's progress.

    The will to act is everything. 

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    2. Intellectual Resistance

      Intellectual Resistance

      Salam brother,

      There is no doubt knowledge should form the basis of everything. However what i was emphasising here is that many of us, me included in many cases in the past, have sought the pursuit of knowledge in various areas, but have lacked the will to apply that knowledge in my life, and to work on that knowledge, to let it build whatever it dictates, through persistent action and discipline.

      Knowledge is potential, in and of itself it can potentially lead to promising results. However knowledge must be accompanied by action.


    3. Gaius I. Caesar

      Gaius I. Caesar

       You are right, but I am trying to say is that you should have knowledge before you act on it and apply to your life, experiment, design, solve problems, etc. 

      Furthermore, sometimes knowledge can be powerful without application in the traditional sense, e.g. Knowing something about somebody that could potentially be used as leverage.

    4. Intellectual Resistance

      Intellectual Resistance

      Salam brother,

      I agree, one should inform themselves, study and gain knowledge , because action without knowledge is not wise.  However, in most cases, after gaining that knowledge, someone has to put it into practise and apply it, consistently. 

      In your example, if you know something about a lecturer at university, such as what he likes in his students, and what he likes in his reports, you must do whatever you can to instil and develop those qualities, and seek to do those things. 

      If one has belief in Allah and increases their Eeeman and knowledge, but there's no change in how they act, no improvement there in, this too is a problem.

      There is no doubt knowledge and seeking insight and doing away with ignorance is a foundation, but knowledge should not be an ends, but rather a means to propel one to something further on. My post was more so about its application in the general sense , in our day to day lives as well.

  6. 'Just because you're doing a lot, doesn't mean you're getting a lot done. Don't confuse movement, with progress'

  7. When we can't find a fault in the message, attack the one giving the message. Ad Hominem - when you are incapable of rationally deconstructing an argument.

    1. hasanhh


      "find a fault"

      ln your sentence structure.

      To wit:

      ...message, we use the ad hominem --attacking the one giving the message.

      ...message, we attack ad hominem. Attacking the person's characteristics, because you are incapable of rationally deconstructing an argument. [rational deconstruction is not an element of debate].

      Only two, but l just couldn't resist.  :D

  8. People tend to be content with comfortable falsehoods, rather than uncomfortable truths. 

  9. Imam Jaffer Sadiq (as): "May Allah curse the one who says about us what we do not say about our own selves, and may Allah curse the one who absolves us from servitude to Allah - the One who created us, and to Him is our reckoning, and to Him is our return, and our foreheads are by his Hand (i.e. in his control)."

  10. "Look at the truth, and then judge the personalities. Don't look at the personalities and then judge the truth" -SAN quoting Ali [as]. 

  11. Be for truth , no matter who says it. 

  12. Sure, me not liking a practise doesn't make it Harram, but Khomeini, Khamanei, Makarem Shirazi, Esfahani, Fadllulah, Muhammed Najafi, Mutahari, Kamal al-Hayderi and many others who have explicitly deemed it Harram and condemned it in the harshest of terms, in addition to any rational argument being quite clear that this act goes against not only Islamic principles, but basic humane ethics, promotes self-harm, gore, a dangerous way to deal with grief, and annihilates our image. 

    As Imam al-Hussain said: "...Be free in your present life". Put cultural constraints, family biases aside, and think freely.  

    A generic message to all. 

  13. Dua in appreciation:

    This is the biggest Shia forum online, and often the first stop when people google questions. Part of its success relies on people who do so much work behind the scenes allowing us to have a smooth website that is well managed. Among these people is someone who has been doing this for a long time - sister Hameedeh.

    Whoever reads this, if you agree with me, then make a Dua for the sister for Allah to accept their efforts, grant them the best in this life and the hereafter, on account to their selfless dedication and devotion to our forum.

  14. [21:83] "And [mention] Job, when he called to his Lord, "Indeed, adversity has touched me, and you are the Most Merciful of the merciful."

    1. Ali Al Kashmiri
    2. Intellectual Resistance

      Intellectual Resistance


      Owing to some personal circumstances, i have returned. 

  15. I'll be back in a month, inshAllah.

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    2. Ali Al Kashmiri

      Ali Al Kashmiri

      Good Luck bro, may Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى give you success in your endeavours. There is nothing more important than investing in yourself. I have been thinking about giving up social media myself. 

    3. Intellectual Resistance

      Intellectual Resistance

      You are right about investing in oneself. As for social media everything in moderation dear brother, and Ameen, i also pray the same for you.

      InshAllah, when i return i might make a post on some of the best books i have read, on life in general, self development and all other kinds that are free and online and attainable for all , to help us all seek a path to self -development and investing in ourselves. 

    4. strength=Abbas
  16. Don't ostracise people from going to the mosque because they don't look a certain way. Let people all make their own effort to seek closeness to God, and let God be the final judge. We all make mistakes, we all learn, and so long as we are alive we are given a chance to reform, grow, and become better. You can try to judge from the outside but more often than not, you have no idea what a person might have gone through or what they may be going through. Give people the benefit of the doubt. If you're right to, you've averted incorrect suspicion, if you're wrong, then Allah will be the judge.

  17. Arabic word of the day: 

    • ماء — مِياه (māʾ, miyāh): water
  18. Arabic word of the day:  مطر (maṭar) Rain

  19. "Believers, if one who publicly commits sins brings you any news, ascertain its truthfulness carefully, lest you harm people through ignorance and then regret what you have done." [49:6]

  20. Why, when you heard it, did not the believing men and believing women think good of one another and say, "This is an obvious falsehood"? " [24:12]

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