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  1. Please have respect. This concerns people from my community.
  2. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajeoon. I will never forget you, Shaheedah Sister Shayma. Ya ukhti, I hope God raises you to the highest level in jannah, inshallah, and help your family through this difficult time.
  3. This is what Emo (and Western culture) is doing to Iraq. It's making the kids turn to all this stupid stuff and turn away from and mock religion... http://articles.latimes.com/2010/dec/14/world/la-fg-iraq-goth-girl-20101214
  4. Salam Alaykum, Can anyone who is more knowledgeable than me address this subject. Someone I know posted the following on Facebook (I have deleted the names but included the entire conversation with others discussing Sufism and the character of Yazid) and it was deeply upsetting to hear that someone name al-Marzabani with supposed Shiite tendencies was collecting the poetry of Yazid ibn Muawiya (la). Can anyone enlighten me on who this Marzabani is and what our Shiite scholars say about Yazid (la) and his "poetry"? Honestly, I thought this was a quote from Rumi before I realized that this was a translation of Yazid (la). I would like to write back on Facebook and refute what they are saying re: Yazid's (la) (supposedly) Sufi-leaning poetry and Imam Hussein (as) defending Yazid by defending his poetry. Thanks to anyone who can help or who can direct me to someone who can. ---------- Working on this translation: When a glance from Layla shoots out from far away It causes ardent love to emerge between the heart and ribs The women of the quarter say that you yearn to see the beautiful qualities of Layla from the appearance of desires. How can you see Layla by an eye with which you see other than her and which you have not purified by tears?! You delight in speech from her, while speech of other than her flows into hiccoughs to the ear! I extoll your glory, Oh Layla, which transcends the eye I only see you by a humble heart surrendering to you From the Dīwan of Yazīd ibn Muʿāwiyya, compiled by al-Marzabānī (d. 384/994) ÅÐÇ ÑóãóÊ ãä áíáì Úáì ÇáÈõÚÏö äÙÑÉñ ... áóÊõØúÝöí Ìóæðì Èíä ÇáÍóÔÇ æÇáÃóÖúáõÚö ÊóÞõæáõ äÓÇÁõ ÇáÍí ÊóØúãóÍõ Ãä ÊÑì ... ãÍÇÓäó áíáì ãöä ÈóÏÇÁö ÇáãóØÇãöÚö æßíÝ ÊÑì áíáì ÈÚíä ÊÑì ÈåÇ ... ÓæÇåÇ æãÇ ØåøóÑÊåÇ ÈÇáãóÏÇãöÚö æÊóáúÊóÐøõ ãäåÇ ÈÇáÍÏíË æÞÏ ÌÑì ... ÍÏíËõ ÓæÇåÇ Ýí ÍóÒõæÞ ÇáãóÓÇãöÚö ÃõÌöáøßö íÇ áíáì Úä ÇáÚíä ÅäãÇ ... ÃÑÇß ÈÞáÈ ÎÇÔÚ áß ÎÇÖÚö Like· · 7 hours ago · The Qadiri Sufi shaykh (and shaykh of Shah Ni'matullah Wali) and author, al-Yafi'i in his biographical note on al-Marzabani, states that"He was regarded as a trustworty (thiqa) hadith transmitter; and his school of jurisprudence inclined toward Shi'ism." In spite of this, he was the first one to compiled the poetry of Yazid ibn Mu'awiya (the Caliph), who is seen by Shi'ites as being complicit in the martyrdom of Imam Husyan. Could this apply to the dark night of the soul? Also Abd'al Haqq is there reference to the dark night of the soul in the Qur'an? 6 hours ago · Like The soul can have a dark night whenever it forgets that it's responsibility is to attempt to respond with unconditional gratitude (shading into unconditional love) to whatever face Layla presents at each instant. 6 hours ago · Like· 2 ASAWRWB Wow, that's interesting. One hears all kinds of things about Yazid, rarely anything like this though. 6 hours ago · Like The way in which our state of mind is complicit in and responsible for the dark night of the soul is alluded to in the Qur'an by a number of different words, two of the most important of which are kufr (ingratitude toward al-Haqq and unwillingness to put one's faith in al-Haqq) and shirk (attachment to a face of al-Haqq that is other than whatever is being presented at any given moment). The subjective experience of the dark night is alluded to, in particular, by jahannam. 6 hours ago · Like· 2 ÇیÖÇ" áÍÇÝÙ Úáیå ÇáÑÍãå: äãÇÒ ÏÑ Îã Âä ÇÈÑæÇä ãÍÑÇÈی ˜Óی ˜äÏ ˜å Èå Îæä ÌÑ ØåÇÑÊ ˜ÑÏ ***** Ñæí ÌÇäÇä ØáÈí Âíäå ÑÇ ÞÇÈá ÓÇÒ æÑäå åÑÒ á æäÓÑíä äÏãÏ ÒÂåä æ Ñæí 6 hours ago · Like translating the couplet Mohammad cited from Hafez: One can pray in the bend of that eyebrow, making it one's prayer-niche, if one makes one's ablution in the blood of one's heart. If you seek the face of the Beloved, make the mirror suitable! Otherwise, roses will not blossom from [a mirror's] iron and a face. 5 hours ago · Like· 2 Also, is the dark night more than just negative states of denial and ingratitude? Could it also be something which deepens us as human beings, contain potential for transformation and something we can almost have a romantic relationship with rather then try to escape? 5 hours ago · Like question: Could it also be something which deepens us as human beings, contain potential for transformation and something we can almost have a romantic relationship with rather then try to escape? Answer: Yes. Question: Also, is the dark night more than just negative states of denial and ingratitude? Yes... but those states can potentially be alchemical too. As Hafez says: That bitter wine that Sufis call the mother of all sin, is sweeter than the kiss of one who has never been kissed! 5 hours ago · Like· 1 Even our negative states are an appearance of the face of the Beloved! 5 hours ago · Like· 1 "That bitter wine that Sufis call the mother of all sin, is sweeter than the kiss of one who has never been kissed!" That's gone straight to my heart.. 5 hours ago · Like Q: Where is the boundary between human love and Divine love? or rather what is the relationship between the two? I feel it's a fuzzy line - who is the lover? who is the beloved? 5 hours ago · Like tanks professor for your excellent translation. actually there is no a complete & accurate translation of all Hafez poems. 5 hours ago · Like It can be a mutually reinforcing relationship. You may want to read Pourjavady's translation of Ahmad Ghazali's *Savaneh* and Chittick and Wilson's translation of Iraqi's *Flashes,* which go into this issue. If you read French, Corbin translated some of Ruzbihan's *Abhar al-'ashiqin,* which also goes into this issue. 5 hours ago · Like· 1 5 hours ago · Like· 1 Excellent translation, Dr. I did not know that Yazid ibn Mu'awiya wrote such beautiful Sufi poetry! Thanks for sharing. about an hour ago · Like i was watching a movie, where one of the characters was saying how someone was backbiting about Yazid ibn Muawiyah in Imam Hussein's presence, and Imam Hussein said that "I've heard he writes good poetry". Quite humbling. Is this a true account Dr.Godlas? about an hour ago · Like I did not know it either, but I found the bayt æßíÝ ÊÑì áíáì ÈÚíä ÊÑì ÈåÇ ... ÓæÇåÇ æãÇ ØåøóÑÊåÇ ÈÇáãóÏÇãöÚö quoted by Shams-e Tabrizi in his discourses (and I had translated that bayt many years ago on my website together with a story about Harun ar-Rashid http://islam.uga.edu/love.html ). For some reason yesterday I decided to Google that bayt and found it in Yafi'i's biographical notice of Marzabani together with much of the ghazal (and the mention that it was written by Yazid). Love in Sufism islam.uga.edu Harun al-Rashid [the caliph] gave the order, "Bring this Layla, so I might see ...See More about an hour ago · Like Zahra...which movie were you watching? It wouldn't surprise me if the anecdote you mentioned were true, given the fact of this poem, Marzabani's compilation of Yazid's poetry into a Diwan, the apparently high regard with Sunni hadith scholars viewed Marazbani, and his reputed appreciation for Shi'ism. Marzabani seems, in other words, like a reputable figure (so he probably didn't forge the poems in Yazid's name). This, however, is the first I had heard of Marzabani, who seems like an interesting scholar. about an hour ago · Like
  5. I do think an American director would show up to an awards ceremony in Iran. But it depends on who they are...Tim Robbins, Sean Penn, Oliver Stone, Viggo Mortenson, people like that would show up I think. I think their women would grudgingly put on bad hijab...however for the Iranian women here to just whip off their hijab just because they are in the US is disgraceful and kind of sends a statement that the women in Iran are oppressed. I'm sure American women don't put on a chador when visiting Iran because it's what some people do there. It's obvious these ladies don't really believe in their hijab at all. I often wonder, are there any people in the Iranian TV and movie industry who are really religious? Directors? Actors/Actresses? Writers? Or are they like most creative ppl of the modern Western world these days...atheists or ppl who are vaguely spiritual/religious and tell God what they want to do? :no: Are there Islamic novels in Iran?? What about in other parts of the world?
  6. I agree, brother. You have to be careful when ppl tell u they are religious. Everyone has their own idea of what being religious is. In fact, I have had so many Iranians tell me, "I'm religious, but I'm not a fanatic." Fanatic is codeword here for someone who actually practices Islam. Sometimes I used to watch the stations from LA just to see what was going on. Wow, I didn't even known ppl like that existed! Then I met ppl like that in real life - many of whom claim to be Muslim surprisingly enough. Miserable is not the word. They are sick in the heart, mind and soul, and twist and distort facts to suit their own personal sickness and read books by Westerners to find out about Islam and then vomit back the facts from Orientalists rather than from Muslim sources...and often these ppl r quite rich and have PhD's, etc...but they lose all sense when it comes to religion. They will tell you they are Muslim but when you listen to them talk, it is obvious they really hate Islam and are extremely racist to boot. They will call Islam an Arabic religion or say that "Iranian culture is 5,000 year old. Saudi Arabian culture is only 1,400 years old" as a complete non-sequitur in the conversation while they tenderly have their hand on your shoulder or touch your hijab and smile at you. One lady told me she didn't like religion until she took a class at the local university called, "Democracy and Islam." She told me she had a more positive view of Islam after that. She said she was religious and she loved Imam Khomeini, but there was no ijtihad in Shia islam (although she said there was in the Sunni tradition) and that the Quran had to be changed because it had become obsolete and was no longer relevant because it did not properly address today's issues. All these types of people and more are described in the Quran. Our holy book doesn't just describe the mushrikeen and munafiqeen of the past; they still exist in all their various forms. Alhamdullillah, God has removed the veils from our eyes so that we can "see" clearer and clearer and not be deceived by the superficial appearances and Shaytanic wiswas of the jahil.
  7. Well, not everybody sees it that way. There are Iranian ppl at my mosque who literally want the US to invade and bomb Iran like they invaded and bombed Iraq. (Might I add too that they are also not very practicing either and want to turn our mosque into an Iranian cultural center?) An Iraqi Sunni brother (a 2009 refugee from Baghdad) who runs a halal market here told me that some Iranians have said the same thing to him too and he was floored. Sad.
  8. I clicked on download and nothing happened. I don't know what torrents are...and I have a Mac. Can someone help me? Thanx.
  9. Whatever his intentions with his movie or his acceptance speech, I actually liked what he said. I also liked how they panned to a smiling Steven Spielberg. A lot of ppl are force fed the notion that Iran and Iranians r the enemies of America 24 hrs a day. It was nice to hear him try to dispel all that. I always try to make ppl understand more about Iran and the fact that they don't hate us and just want to be self-sufficient without any interference from anyone else. Alhamdullillah, most ppl listen. At the very least, ppl have now heard something very positive about the culture and ppl of Iran. And this is important as its coming on the heels of Sean Stone converting to Islam and appearing on all the top TV talk shows trying to dispel a lot of myths about Iran and Islam despite the arrogant TV hosts posturing. Alot of ppl are willing to listen, and it is our duty to enlighten them, because most ppl do not search out the truth and are at the mercy of what the media (in all its forms) tells them. So now we have, by these two recent events, a dialogue and a questioning of the truth opening up. Alhamdullillah.
  10. I have not seen the movie, but I am happy for Iran nonetheless. Apparently, the majority of the movies that get imported to the West are secularist melodramas that have no values, religion, etc., whatsoever and, from what I'm told, are made to please the Westerners and show at Cannes, Venice, Berlin and the like. I can't watch those things. They make me want to slit my wrists. It's gotten so that I refuse to watch any Iranian movie on Netflix (If there are any good ones on there, let me know) because they are so depressing and have no absolutely no redeeming value at all for my mind, my religion or my soul. It's a sad fact that Americans will never see movies like Yusuf Paghambar or Mukhtarnameh, etc. Instead we are exposed to the trash. I once listened to the audio commentary for Kiarostami's Close-Up and was shocked at the *$#& that a famous American film critic and an exiled filmmaker spewed. In fact, the American said that Iranians were so enamoured with film that it was like a religion to them and it was more important to them than their actual religion. Who the heck was he talking to? He himself said that he only spent time in his hotel and the film festival in Iran that he attended. I also read somewhere that ppl in Iran considered Makhmalbaf to be more important than the mullahs, but then I read somewhere else that he wasn't very well-known in Iran and that the movies imported to the West aren't actually popular in Iran. Maybe someone can enlighten me more on the matter. Also, many people outside of Iran try to read certain anti-Islam and anti-Revolution messages in every movie that is made in Iran. There is a famous actor...I can't remember his name or the name of his movie that I saw...but many people, including Iranians, were saying in Netflix reviews that his movie was an indictment against Islam and the Islamic Republic. (It was the movie where a man had been let out of a mental hospital and started taking care of some little kids, eventually marrying their mother and then finding out that she was really crazy. It seemed that maybe they weren't necessarily crazy but it was society's perception of them and locking them away that made their situation worse. I personally didn't think the movie had anything to do with Islam or living in an Islamic country, but rather was about general societal issues) This same actor/director has appeared in many religious movies as well. So I don't get it.
  11. "I and a number of my countrymen are of the opinion that our government is short-sighted, largely uninformed and at least in international matters largely determined by the whims of those in charge this election cycle. I sincerely doubt our government had any idea how Iraq would turn out or thought about it much in advance, much less some deviously complicated way to exploit Iraq in secret. They are making it up as they go along." Au contraire, mon frere. I used to think the exact same thing, but three or four years ago, the LA-based radio station KPFK played a recording of Donald Rumsfeld (in the 1990s!!!) discussing in minute detail why the US could not invade Iraq and take out Saddam and what would happen if they did - AND HE WENT ON TO LIST ***EXACTLY*** WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THE AMERICAN INVASION. So they knew. And I don't really think they are making it up as they go along either. I think that recording proves it beyond a doubt.
  12. Salam Alaykum, Are you interested in Arabic, Farsi/English or Urdu programs? I don't know of any Shi'a mosque in Poway behind McDonald's but there is a mosque in the Miramar area (Farsi/English and has a mixed crowd), one in Lakeside (Arabic and Dari programs) and one with limited programs in Rancho Bernardo (Urdu, but not sure if they are doing anything for Muharram). Here's the info for the one in Miramar: Islamic Educational Center of San Diego 8977 Activity Road Suite # 103 San Diego, California 92126 858-689-8888 Here's the info for the one in Lakeside: Imam Ali Masjid 10390 Mountain View Lane Lakeside, California 92040 If you need anymore help, let me know.
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