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  1. For following maraji', sheikh Hamza Sodagar has a very nice lecture that explains everything about it. Basically, if you find different scholars more knowledgeable in one area, but not in another, you can follow them in their own areas. As in, if, for example, Sayed Sistani is more knowledgeable in terms of Salah rules, but Imam Khamenei is more knowledgeable in terms of inter-sex interaction rules, you can follow each in their own areas. I'm not sure how you would come to this conclusion though. If you find two scholars (only two) are at the exact same level of knowledge, you can pick from their fatawa. If you are not sure who is more knowledgeable between two scholars, you must follow the stricter fatwa. If you find one scholar who is the most knowledgeable, or the a'lam, you must follow his ruling. There is an exception though. If there is a precaution (even a wajib precaution/wajib ihtiyatan) ruling for the a'lam marja', you can choose to follow any other marja'. In terms of following a less knowledgeable marja' in a certain fatwa (e.g. a'lam marja' says something is Haram, less knowledgeable says makruh), you can't do this. Source:
  2. Not sure if this has been shared before, but Ibn Taymiyyah himself stated a lot of Sahaba hated and cursed Ali (as): "And it is known that Allah made love for the Sahaba in the Muslims, especially for the Khulafa', may Allah be pleased with them, especially for Abu Bakr and Omar, for the general Sahaba and followers love them, and they were the best of centuries. But it was not like this for Ali, for a lot of the Sahaba and followers hated him and cursed him and fought him." (Rough translation) From Ibn Taymiyyah's "Minhaj Al Sunna Fi Naqdh Kalam Al Shia", volume 7, page 137-138. منهاج السنة في نقض كلام الشيعة، ابن تيميه، مجلد ٧، ص ١٣٧-١٣٨
  3. I remember read a Hadith somewhere talking about Zina O think, where the narrator of the Hadith (can't remember which Imam or if it was the Prophet (saw)) says something like: a young man (like 15-20 years old) is more likely to be forgiven than an old man (60/70~ year old). I guess that's kind of relevant, can't find the Hadith thought.
  4. According to Aga Mahdi Puya, it could refer to the evil tree mentioned in Ibrahim: 26.
  5. A bit more searching lead me to this: http://shiaonlinelibrary.com/الكتب/4058_مكيال-المكارم-ميرزا-محمد-تقي-الأصفهاني-ج-٢/الصفحة_21 Looks like it's originally from Jamal Al Usbu' bi Kemal Al 'amal Al Mashru'. The isnad/chain is from Bin Tawoos (author of the book) from Muqatil bin Muqatil from Imam Ridha. Bin Tawoos is a scholar of ours, so we know he's trustworthy, and Imam Redha is definitely trustworthy, but I can't find much about Muqatil bin Muqatil, unless he corresponds to Muqatil bin Suleiman, a Sunni scholar who made a tafsir of the Qur'an. If someone more knowledgeable could help us figure out who he (Muqatil) is, that would be great.
  6. Sources I've found using a quick search: Misbah AlMutahajjid 367, Jamal Al Usbu' 256, Bihar Al Anwar 89:251 Attributed to Imam Al Ridha, and he says to say it in the qunut of Salat Al Jum'a. Not sure of the authenticity, not knowledgeable in 'ilm Al rijal. Source: http://shiaonlinelibrary.com/الكتب/3838_صحيفة-المهدي-عليه-السلام-جمع-الشيخ-جواد-القيومي-ج-١/الصفحة_3
  7. Muhammad Sarwar, Ali Qulu Qarai, and and Mir Ahmed Ali (I think he's Shia) are the one's I know of. I think you can find them on Tanzil.net
  8. W.S. I am asking if it is permissible to open hands at that point.
  9. Salamu Alaikum In Tashahhud, there is a mustahhab part said after the salawat which is "wa taqabbal shafa'atuhu wa arfa' darajata" (وتقبل شفاعته وارفع درجته). My question is, I've seen many people and have done myself open hands as if it's a dua while saying this. Is this recommended, or even permissible?
  10. Thank you @Raheel Yunus, honestly, this really makes me think. يا أَيُّهَا الَّذينَ آمَنوا كونوا قَوّامينَ بِالقِسطِ شُهَداءَ لِلَّهِ وَلَو عَلىٰ أَنفُسِكُم أَوِ الوالِدَينِ وَالأَقرَبينَ ۚ إِن يَكُن غَنِيًّا أَو فَقيرًا فَاللَّهُ أَولىٰ بِهِما ۖ فَلا تَتَّبِعُوا الهَوىٰ أَن تَعدِلوا ۚ وَإِن تَلووا أَو تُعرِضوا فَإِنَّ اللَّهَ كانَ بِما تَعمَلونَ خَبيرًا O you who have believed, be persistently standing firm in justice, witnesses for Allah, even if it be against yourselves or parents and relatives. Whether one is rich or poor, Allah is more worthy of both. So follow not [personal] inclination, lest you not be just. And if you distort [your testimony] or refuse [to give it], then indeed Allah is ever, with what you do, Acquainted. Quran 4:135
  11. Read "Journey to the Unseen World" by Ayatullah Najafi Quchani. It almost takes you on a tour after you're put in the grave. Really scary stuff.
  12. Thanks for the great Hadith. Does anyone know the chain if narrators or what different scholars have graded it? Surprised I've never heard it before.
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