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AStruggler

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  1. Salaam brother, may I ask, what is you educational background in the Quran and the seerah of the Ahle Bayth (a)? Because you seem to really know it in and out? (Anyway, I'm not disagreeing that our supplications are to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), but I believe we can use intermediaries). With a lot of respect, I feel like that you're potentially misguiding people with your continuous tawassul bashing. This isn't some insignificant "modern day trend". Things are not that black and white. Many of our top 'ulama and even the 'ulema of other sects have practiced it and are continuing to practice it. Many of the great jurists, exegetes, and even the Muslim philosophers, who were the champions of intellect, have endorsed it. Do you think you're more rational than them? It's really only the salafi-wahabi movement and some modern-ignorant-fringe shia reformist groups that have been aggressively spreading propaganda against it. I invite you to skip to and watch the lecture in the below video, delivered by a very well respected Shaykh in the English speaking community. Although it's a concise and simplified lecture at the level of an average Muslim immigrant community audience in the West (and the Shaykh himself has expressed this, stating that there's a lot more intellectual dicussion surrounding this topic), I found that it was still very insightful and well done. It takes into account a lot of the issues that people have with this topic. If you still insist on your anti-tawassul position then I respectfully and kindly think it's best that you take upon silence in this regard, because most of our scholars and even scholars of the other sect, have deemed it a valuable practice. You would just be breeding confusion and other forms of conflict in the uninformed. Of course, the practice should not be abused and done improperly though.
  2. Salaam dear brother, I highly suggest that you watch the speech in the video below, on the topic of tawassul:
  3. Salaam sister. Highly discourage marrying into another sect. It could create a whole lot of problems down the road, especially with trying to start a family together and all. And more importantly, it may result in damaging religiousity/spirituality. I understand that I may not be able to understand your feelings fully, and that you may be going through a lot of stress, but with all due respect, you seem to be under the negative influence of emotions, and you don't seem to be thinking rationally. Also, as the user above said, it is not right to maintain a friendly and affectionate relationship with that guy. I pray the best happens, inshallah you get married very soon. But if I was in your shoes, I would end whatever relationship I have with the individual and delete all ties to the individual from my life (I'd maintain zero connection with him and maybe even block him on social media). With time you will naturally forget about him. And I would make a strategy and plan to get married. I would maybe consult with pre-marriage counsellors, scholars, and other senior members in the community, and then dilligently work on my plan to try and find a spouse and get married asap. InshaAllah you find the right one soon and have a beautiful marriage life!
  4. What about the lipidnanoparticles? And what exactly happens to the spike proteins that get produced?
  5. https://www.globalresearch.ca/two-top-virologists-frightening-warnings-about-covid-injections-ignored-government-big-media/5753731 @Haji 2003read the article in full please, would love to hear your thoughts.
  6. Salaam, A good relative of mine has recently launched a business, but a lot his in-store and online advertisements are of non-hijabi women wearing or using his products. Some of these advertisements don't necessarily show the most modestly clad women even as per non-Muslim standards. It's kind of bugging me because he's a great relative of mine and I'm not sure if I should say something... Anyway, I just wanted to learn the relevant rules first: 1) Is it halal for a one, for the purposes of advertising, to use posters of women without hijab? 2) Same question as above, but let's say the advertisements are of young women wearing "fitness" clothing or non-professional and relatively revealing clothing than what would normally be seen in society on a normal day-to-day basis at formal or semi-formal settings (e.g. schools, offices, etc.) ? 3) Let's say one doesn't own the business, but is maybe a web-developer and has to set up or facilitate the set up of advertisements of non-hijabi women for their client's business. Would this be halal?
  7. Say, ‘If your fathers and your sons, your brethren, your spouses, and your kinsfolk, the possessions that you have acquired, the business you fear may suffer, and the dwellings you are fond of, are dearer to you than Allah and His Apostle and to waging jihad in His way, then wait until Allah issues His edict, and Allah does not guide the transgressing lot. (9:24) May not exactly apply to you, but just putting it out here. Personally I'd do all in my power to not go and to even convince my immediate family members to not ago. In the absolute worst worst worst case scenario, where you would be strongly displeasing your parents by not attending, then I may just go but then once at the venue, sneak back to the car and just sit in the car listening to latmiyas. And if the situation is even worse, I.e. if my parents are expecting me to greet relatives too, then I just say Salaams and then do the car plan...Also, I would wear black clothing, and not red bright cultural clothes for sure. Maybe black western clothing... BUT, once again, just gonna put this out here: Say, ‘If your fathers and your sons, your brethren, your spouses, and your kinsfolk, the possessions that you have acquired, the business you fear may suffer, and the dwellings you are fond of, are dearer to you than Allah and His Apostle and to waging jihad in His way, then wait until Allah issues His edict, and Allah does not guide the transgressing lot. (9:24)
  8. Do you suffer from waswas, doubt, religious/ahkam OCD? Here's Help! - Jurisprudence/Laws - ShiaChat.com
  9. From Chapter 8 of Ain al Hayat (Essence of Light) By Allama Majlisi (Chapter 8: Lamaat, The Rays of Light | Ain-Al Hayat, The Essence of Life | Al-Islam.org) The Fifth Ray of Light: Honest Livelihood, Kasb al-Halal Authentic traditions indicate that striving to acquire wealth through fair means is legitimate and necessary. It is the duty of a person to make his best efforts and the success or failure is in the hands of Allah. One should always have his sights on, Assayee minni wa itmam min Allah. One who trusts on Allah, Allah is sufficient for him! ..... Those Whose Prayer Is Not Answered It has come in the traditions that the Prophet (S) has said. In my Ummat there are some people whose prayers are not accepted. Among them are those who pray for harm to their own parents. Then, there are those who give loans and don’t take a witness for these transaction. The third category is of such men who... The fourth type is of persons who don’t make any serious effort to earn livelihood and sit at home praying to Allah to provide him sustenance. Allah says, “O my creature! I have provided to you the means for earning your livelihood. I have given you the limbs to work and earn a living. Even after sincere efforts if you are unable to earn, pray for My Help!” The fifth type is of the persons who have been gifted with lot of wealth that they squander. Then they pray to Allah to give them more. Allah’s response will be that they were given plenty. Why didn’t they use their wealth frugally instead of squandering it. Allah doesn’t like extravagance (israaf). The sixth category of such persons is of those who talk ill of their kith and kin. When Salman Farsi ((رضي الله عنه).) used to receive his allowance, he used to keep aside sufficient to meet the expenses for the year and distribute the remainder to the needy. Someone said, “Salman! Because you are a very old and pious person, you can afford to be charitable!” Salman said, O ignorant person! You don’t know that like death, life too is unpredictable. Don’t you know that when a person has no means of livelihood, he will be worried? When the person has with him the means of sustenance, he will be contented and at rest. Abu Dharr ((رضي الله عنه).) used to earn his livelihood from sheep rearing. He used to entertain his guests by slaughtering his sheep. When there used to be more persons to feed, he used to slaughter more animals. He used to distribute portions to everyone and keep an equal portion for himself. It has to be noted that these two, Salman and Abu Dharr, were very dear and highly respected companions of the Prophet (S). They were charitable and frugal at the same time. They did help the needy but saved something for themselves that they didn’t suffer penury because of extravagance. Amir’ul-Mu’mineen ‘Ali (عليه السلام) freed a thousand slaves with his earnings from hard physical labor. A reliable source narrates that Asbat bin Salim went to the presence of Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (عليه السلام). The Imam (عليه السلام) inquired about Omer bin Muslim. Asbat said, “O Imam (عليه السلام)! He is in good health but has stopped his business activity!” The Imam (عليه السلام) said, “This is the work of Satan!” The Imam (عليه السلام) repeated the sentence thrice, and added, “Doesn't Omer know that the Prophet of Allah (S) himself used to do trading? Once a caravan arrived from Syria. The Prophet (S) bought some merchandize from them. He got so much profit from that deal that he cleared all his debt. The remainder he distributed to his kith and kin.” It is narrated that Omer bin Yazid told to Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (عليه السلام), “O Imam (عليه السلام)! A person says that he always remains at home. He keeps himself occupied with prayers and fasting. He says that his livelihood comes to him without stirring out!” Hearing this the Imam (عليه السلام) said, “He is one of the three persons whose prayer is never answered!” Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (عليه السلام) has said, “A person who works hard to earn and provide sustenance to his family, to help his neighbors and friends, will have a face as bright as the full moon on the Day of Judgement.” The Prophet of Islam (S) has said, “Allah’s worship is of seventy types. The best of them is striving to earn a legitimate livelihood!” It is narrated from Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (عليه السلام), On a warm day my father was coming from the environs of Medina, reclining on two slaves. Muhammad bin Mankandar saw him, came close to him and said,’ It is a pity that at your advanced age you are striving to get worldly gains. What if the strain causes your death?’ Wiping sweat from his face the Imam (عليه السلام) said, ‘If I meet with death at this time, I shall be thankful to Allah that I died striving to provide sustenance to my children that they don’t have to stretch there hands before you for help!’ Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (عليه السلام) enquired about a particular person from his companions. They replied that the person was well and busy praying night and day sitting at home. He says that his livelihood reaches him without stirring out of his house. The Imam (عليه السلام) said, “The person is one of those, whose prayers are not accepted!” The Imam (عليه السلام) inquired about another person. The companions said that he too was well and staying at home all the time busy in prayer. They also told that the person was provided livelihood by his neighbors. The prayers of this person too will not be answered. The act of the persons who provide him livelihood is more acceptable to Allah than all his prayers! A jeweler asked Imam Ja’far As-Sadiq (عليه السلام) that how a person should earn his livelihood? The Imam (عليه السلام) replied, “He should open a shop and organize it properly. He has done what he must. The rest is in the hands of the Provider!”
  10. Watch this video at the following timestamps, it should give you a solid idea and understanding on how to go about finances and interest/loan issues as a Muslim living in non-Muslim countries: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MMEd0Wg3ZGQ 27:45 37:00 56:40 1:08:26 1:09:45 1:14:48 1:22:47 1:24:59
  11. I find the one in the Divine Pearls app to be pretty clear. This is pretty decent as well: the mobile version site of Duas.org: Ziyarat Ashura Duas.org
  12. You should check out Dr. Dmitry Kat's Twitter and especially his flush Niacin/Vitamin B3 protocol. He's not in favour of IVM due to potential neurotoxicity. But he appears extremely confident about his Vitamin B3 protocol for prophylaxis, cure, and even healing from vaccine issues. Haven't tried the protocol yet myself but it looks interesting. Better to maybe consult physician first.
  13. This guy does not represent normal Shiism and he's not "like Sayyid Qazwini" as the user had asked. I would suggest these scholars: Shaykh Mohammad Shomali Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi Shaykh Amin Rastani Shaykh Mahdi Rastani Shaykh Vinay Khetia Shaykh Muhammad Hilli
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