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Mark Enlightment

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  1. Not a single reply answers the question here.. Anyway, sheikh Bahjat's opinion on tatbir can be known from his actual works, or authentic ones narrating his words. I don't think anyone doubts WikiShia here so: "The following marja's or Shiite authorities have ruled that tatbir is permissible or even recommended: Muhammad Taqi Bahjat https://en.wikishia.net/view/Tatbir " About that lengthy quote about Isfahani's opinion, that has NOTHING to do with sheikh Bahjat's.
  2. I believe the hadiths say that the society views this as a "stain" upon their families, but there's the issue of extremely late marriages in our time (many stay till 30s single) while women used to get married at the start of their bulugh back then. Can we be sure that these hadiths apply to most of such women today with the difficulty of waiting for decades for women, especially that many in the Western world (and slowly in MENA) do not view losing virginity immoral anymore? This is debatable. Anyway to be on the safe side, a woman can enter a temporary marriage and clearly say that she doesn't want to have any sexual intercourses (basically just hugging/kissing and so on), which is advised in some hadiths too as a solution to this issue.
  3. Does it count? According to orthodox Twelverism none of your deeds is accepted without belief in the Imam of your time. Is it valid? According to many or most scholars it's not, as putting a hand over another as an act of worship invalids your prayer in normal circumstances, and the Sunni wudhu is universally believed to be invalid according to Shia. However, the view universally accepted today is that if a Sunni becomes Shia they do not need to redo their prayers.
  4. Mut'ah tends to be done behind curtains as the social stigma against it is quite strong. Generally only some young men openly say that they do it as the stigma isn't as harsh against them, unlike the fair sex. Hence, many of the women who entered a temporary marriage won't answer you, although I assure you that many women do.
  5. It's not an argument if they should be halal or not, I am merely saying that the issue needs to be addressed to our scholars more clearly as they could have different opinions on the matter. Literally all biologists agree that sharks have a different kind of scales than other fish, although most people do not know about this. Yes, as @Muhammad A-Hquoted according to Sistani it has to have scales according to the average person, and this solves it for his muqalideen. But is this universal? Also, tuna being halal is not because they examined it and it turned to have scales under the microscope, we have traditions about a type of fish that loses it scales at some point and only has barely visible ones on its head, which tuna is related to.
  6. I haven't seen any scholars distinguishing between visible scales and non visible ones, in fact tuna fish (and related species) do not have visible scales. I believe contemporary scholars will have different opinions on this issue (I.e. Sharks "scales") if it was addressed to them clearly. I beg to differ, most seafood available at the market is literally just fish, with the exception of pegasius. Also, catfish do not lack visible scales, they lack scales and we have many traditions emphasising their tahreem.
  7. Sayyed Hakim (رضي الله عنه) said that it's allowed and didn't find him declaring it to be makruh.
  8. I believe this to be an unnecessary question as all alive Shia scholars I am aware of deem proper tattoos to be halal, with the difference being merely if they are makruh or mubah.
  9. I'd say: 1. Zulfiqar and swords in general. Literally even Sayyed Sabah Shubbar joked once that "it sounds good خوش كلام" when affirming that it's halal. 2. Dragons. 3. Skulls. However, some tattoes, especially cheap ones, are done above the skin, which is haram as it stops you from doing ghusl. A proper tattoo should be done under the skin, which is what permanent tattoos are done like. I think that this is the case only in Iran and Iraq. In Syria and Lebanon Shia are famous for their tattoos and Western-based Shia are too, I also saw few Kuwaitis at a local mosque learning tajweed with tattoos and they looked badass.
  10. It's much easier to know what is haram than qhat is halal when it comes to seafood. Most of it is halal unless you live in East Asia. Catfish are the most noticeable examples of such fishes, most noticeably pegasius used in fillet. Tuna fish have scales that they tend to lose when they are caught (I think?) but are definitely halal. Some scholars like Sayyed Hakim (رضي الله عنه) believe shrimps to be halal not because they are an exception, but because they have shells which are scales equivalents. According to this, only crabs are forbidden from shellfish because there is a hadith forbidding them, and also seafood boiled in water alive (which is ironically how most lobsters are killed anyway). Also, sharks have scales which only biologists know about. I haven't seen our scholars addressing their case as they tend to mention them as an example of scaleless fish.
  11. The only realistic proof against mut'ah from a Sunni viewpoint is the supposed concensus of Sunnis against it, which they widely ignored when most current Sunni governments declared triple divorce to be just one while the four Sunni schools say otherwise.
  12. This part is very controversial from a Twelver's viewpoint. The orthodox view is that God exists (and always has existed) and that He created everything else from nothing, they constantly need Him to exist and He is a different thing from them. There is a whole chapter in Kafi that "He is a thing and every other thing other than Him is created", with thing meaning existing. Mu'taziles, in their attempt to avoid making God's attributes like His creations, denies His most important attribute, being alive (existing).
  13. What languages can you read? He doesn't seem to have an English translation of his risālah.
  14. I'd love to join the neo-religious people in saying that you need to fight your desires for years, fast for most of your teens and 20s, maybe find a fatwa by a half-scholar who says masterbution to be allowed, but.. The only possible solution is finding a wife, whether from a normal marriage or a temporary one, with the second one being far easier to do.
  15. Wudhu is around 30-60 seconds, ghusl under shower is around 10 minutes (I like to take my time) but manually using a glass of water is around 5 minutes. If I dive under water ghusl would take 10 seconds.
  16. If he's trying to force you to accept Sayyed Khoe's opinions, you have to make it clear that we have a bigger range of opinions on these issues than what they do. They can't just treat Sayyed Khoe as if he was the Shia-equivalent of Albani. In fact he -like all of our scholars- does reject hadiths because of their matn despite being saheeh or hasan, which is NOT something Albani would do.
  17. It's still early to determine if you managed to quit, but anyway chain smoking isn't haram to declare it haram (even on personal opinion level). Sure its better to avoid it (and mustahab precaution declares it so to) but there's a reason why many of our top scholars (e.g. Khoei, Sistani) smoke. I advise you to gradually cut on smoking rates instead of quiting, as that's better for your mental stability. Also I noticed that people tend to smoke noticeably more when they smoke weaker alternatives to "originals".
  18. I honestly don't get the common relationship between niqab and short sleeves.
  19. When it comes to a mosque environment, I'd try to avoid disputes (even rightful ones) as it could be makruh or haram in some cases. Sunnis don't seem to have an issue with debates in mosques though. I remember praying in a one once when a bearded salafi asked me in front of the Imam "why are you doing x and y" and after answering him he said to him "have you spoken to him yet?". I found this very disrespectful and immediately rose and said "I'd like to pray" and prayed Asr while loudly saying the bismillah. Unfortunately, the best kalam books are in either Persian or Arabic, and the translation movement is still slow. I have a long list that I gathered in Arabic with the best materials I could find so I don't know how useful it could be for you.
  20. While it is one of the safer supplements, there are reports about it having adverse effects. Just Google: "protein powder risks" and you'll come across a lot of articles about that, many of which are from reputable sites.
  21. I agree. Unfortunately, supplements are part of the contemporary body-building culture and protein powder is an essential part if it. Most of the bodies these athletes show are unobtainable without such supplements. Strangely, women do not seem fascinated by such abnornal muscles as much as men.
  22. There are many views of "fitra" among our scholars, and the traditions aren't restricted to Tawheed (God's existence) to merely understand it for that. 1. You are born with the knowledge that God exist, Muhammed is His messenger, and Ali is his successor. This is virtually the most basic understanding of it and is quite widespread (especially among Sunnis minus the imamat part), and some scholars understand it as such. Some scholars rebuked this view as being contrary to what we know as people born in tropical jungles or far away deserts cannot believe in Islam before hearing about it, and that children are born literally clueless. 2. Fitra traditions merely talk about their time in an Islamic state, where everyone is born educated about Islam until their parents change that with their own beliefs. Sharif al-Murtadha (رضي الله عنه) advocated this understanding. 3. You are born ready to accept the above mentioned beliefs, but not actually believing in it. 4. I don't recall reading scholars advocating this, but some traditions give hints that we knew about the above-mentioned beliefs from past worlds then we forgot about them as we were born, and hence how people naturally look for God and messengers (and leaders) could be justified by this "forgotten" knowledge. Personally, 1 seems unrealistic to me and all the others are possible.
  23. Everything a woman does to please her husband in their private life is mustahab, but you should avoid supplements as many are reportedly unhealthy. Also you should be sure that your husband is interested in x and y before making a hard-to-revert decision.
  24. There's a disagreement on what could mahram women show to their male counterparts. Some scholars believe that everything from the navel to the thighs should be covered, while others merely disallow the genitals (and yes, breasts are by concensus fine). Bear in mind that this is noticeably less than what religious people typically cover, and that if special circumstances arise (for example: you believe that they lustfully look at you) you should cover more. Refer to your marja to be on the safe side. Sayyed Sistani has an obligatory precaution in covering the above-mentioned in-betweens. This is also mentioned just before issue 1253 in Urwa Al Wuthqa. TL;DR: t-shirt covering the navel and what's under it is fine. Some scholars do not allow shorts revealing the thighs but this isn't universal. If you're worried from fitna you should cover more.
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