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Shahrukh K reacted to Debate follower in Quran 9:40 - Abu Bakr in the Cave
Salaam and Ramadan Kareem - Extracting the last paragraphs from your Blog
Thank Goodness, you have titled your Blog “My Understanding of Islam”, your very painstakingly written article, craftily disguised as ‘scholarly research work’, exactly reveals Islam from your own understanding only, full stop.
It is full of speculative conjectures and self-serving assumptions. Your last paragraphs reveal your spiteful mindset and attitude towards the status of Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him). With keeping this mind, your article is understandable.
Here, on Shiachat you will definitely get a lot of accolades and pats on the back, no doubt about it. Put blog of yours on some serious Boards and you will see it ripped to smithereens.
It is He who has sent His Messenger with guidance and the religion of truth to manifest it over all religion, although they who associate others with Allah dislike it. 33 surat At-Tawbah
Allah Almighty has vowed to make Islam succeed and prevail over all other religions. Historical facts have proved that anybody who stood against Islam and the Blessed Prophet’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) Noble Mission was humiliated and destroyed. And history is witness to this.
Nothing ever happens without Allah Almighty’s WILL.
Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him) is buried in the same chamber only half a meter from the resting place of the Blessed Prophet (Peace and Blessings be upon him). What a great honour from Allah Almighty!
Billions of sincere Muslims who have or had the privilege of visiting the Blessed Prophet’s (Peace and Blessings be upon him) resting place and pay respects and salutations upon him since last 1500 years ago, have only have to take half a step to the right to pay respects to Hazrat Abu Bakr (may Allah be pleased with him)!!! (If you take another half a step to the right …………………….. Let’s leave it here. I don’t want to give you a heartburn.)
What a great honour from Allah Almighty! But with your mindset you will be oblivious to it.
Above you quoted from Nahjul Balagha – Take the following too, from same source.
إِنَّهُ بَايَعَنِي الْقَوْمُ الَّذِينَ بَايَعُوا أَبَا بَكْر وَعُمَرَ وَعُثْمانَ عَلَى مَا بَايَعُوهُمْ عَلَيْهِ، فَلَمْ يَكُنْ لِلشَّاهِدِ أَنْ يَخْتَارَ، وَلاَ لِلغَائِبِ أَنْ يَرُدَّ، وَإنَّمَا الشُّورَى لِلْمُهَاجِرِينَ وَالاْنْصَارِ، فَإِنِ اجْتَمَعُوا عَلَى رَجُل وَسَمَّوْهُ إِمَاماً كَانَ ذلِكَ لله رِضىً،
Verily, those who swore allegiance to Abu Bakr, `Umar and `Uthman have sworn allegiance to me on the same basis on which they swore allegiance to them. (On this basis) he who was present has no choice (to consider), and he who was absent has no right to reject; and consultation is confined to the muhajirun and the ansar. If they agree on an individual and take him to be Caliph (In Arabic the word Uttered is IMAM) it will be deemed to mean Allah's pleasure. – extract from letter 6 Nahjul Balagha.
Shahrukh K reacted to MexicanVato in The Law of Attraction and Islam
The Law of Attraction (LOA) has become popularized in the west, especially after the film titled: 'The Secret'. Many authors in the past such as Neville Goddard, Napoleon Hill, James Allen and others have written upon the topic. The notion that is taught are mainly new age versions of this supposed law. To understand the Law of Attraction (LOA), we must define it. Some refer to the law as like attracts like. Others will say that it means thoughts create reality. What you think is what you get. So if you think for instance, I am abundant, money is all around me, my needs are fulfilled- you will attract abundance. If you think that money is scarce, everyone is a crook, only the rich have money- you will attract lack in your life. Some of the new age folk will say when you think a thought the universe responds to you. If you wish something to the universe, the universe will give it back to you.
A question may arise about this concept and if it has any precedent in Islam. Before answering this question, we must declare adamantly that if one believes as some new age folk do that the universe gives us what we wish, pray or think, then that person has committed kufr (disbelief) and shirk (ascribing a partner or object of worship to Allah). A lot of new age folk have simply replaced Allah with the universe. This type of understanding of LOA must be categorically rejected as Islam is the pure religion of our fitrah (natural disposition to worship the One God). With that made clear the question still remains is it possible our thoughts create reality? Do our states of mind affect what manifests in our life? I believe so and hopefully will be able to convinced my fellow muslims of this using the Qur'an and ahadith.
“Remember when your Lord said to you, 'If you give thanks, I shall give you greater (favors), but if you deny the Truth, know that My retribution is severe’."(14:7)
Many modern day people that believe and preach the Law of Attraction will state that if one shows gratitude, one will continue to receive blessings. Such as being thankful for the food you eat, thankful for a lover, wealth, an experience, etc.
“Eat of the sustenance of your Lord and give thanks to Him." (34:15)
We should be grateful for any food we have. Especially those of us in the west where food is abundant. I like to feel gratitude even when purchasing food or other items, knowing I have been blessed by Allah to afford such things that I usually take for granted.
Imam as-Sadiq (عليه السلام) said: “He who is conferred with thanks will be granted increase. Allah says: ‘If you give thanks, I shall give you greater (favors)" [al-Wafi; part 3 page 67 (as quoted from al- Kafi)]
"If a blessing descends upon you, then make it last by being grateful."(Imam Ali (عليه السلام). I believe I read this somewhere in al-Kafi).
We also have ayat such as:
“Verily, Allah will not change the condition of a people as long as they do not change their state themselves ” (al-Ra'd 13:11).
I believe there are many more evidence but for brevity I think some of these ayat and ahadith are sufficient.
In conclusion, I believe the law of attraction is real and it is a law Allah has created and has nothing to do with the universe being some sentient deity as some new age people believe. The true source of our blessings is from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If we are grateful to Him (Aza wa jal), He will increase our blessings. If we are ungrateful, then we are going to get what we are complaining about. Allah knows best.
Shahrukh K got a reaction from Ilm-seeker in Beat Wives Qur'aan 4:34 What is the Shi'ite Perspective???
The following verse (4:34) regarding the obligations of men toward women has been rendered into English by two different but widely read contemporary translators of the Quran. The first is from the Princeton edition, translated by Ahmed Ali; the second is from Majid Fakhry’s translation, published by New York University:
Men are the support of women [qawwamuna ‘ala an-nisa] as God gives some more means than others, and because they spend of their wealth (to provide for them). . . . As for women you feel are averse, talk to them suasively; then leave them alone in bed (without molesting them) and go to bed with them (when they are willing).
Men are in charge of women, because Allah has made some of them
excel the others, and because they spend some of their wealth. . . .
And for those [women] that you fear might rebel, admonish them
and abandon them in their beds and beat them [adribuhunna].
Because of the variability of the Arabic language, both of these translations are grammatically, syntactically, and definitionally correct. The phrase qawwamuna ‘ala an-nisa can be understood as “watch over,” “protect,” “support,” “attend to,” “look after,” or “be in charge of ” women. The final word in the verse, adribuhunna, which Fakhry has rendered as “beat them,” can equally mean “turn away from them,” “go along with them,” and, remarkably, even “have consensual intercourse with them.”
If religion is indeed interpretation, then which meaning one chooses to accept and follow depends on what one is trying to extract from the text: if one views the Quran as empowering women, then Ali’s; if one looks to the Quran to justify violence against women, then Fakhry’s.
Shahrukh K got a reaction from Syed.Dynasty in Within YOU is enfolded the entire Universe — Imam Ali (عليه السلام)
Very difficult to answer this question.
We can only experience the answer
if we read the Qur'an the way it should be read.
In the Qur'an, it is clearly written that you can only know who you are when you are very sure what you're not.
Shahrukh K got a reaction from 313_Waiter in Within YOU is enfolded the entire Universe — Imam Ali (عليه السلام)
I am the Rooh (Self) which is of the nature of eternal consciousness and which is the cause of the functioning of mind eyes and other sense organs, which is changeless and one only (non dual).
The reflection of a face in the mirror has no real existence apart from the reflected face. So also, the living being,who is only the reflection of the Self or pure consciousness in the intellect has no separate existence apart from the Self. That Self is i am.
Shahrukh K got a reaction from PureExistence1 in Within YOU is enfolded the entire Universe — Imam Ali (عليه السلام)
Thank you @313_Waiter
Shahrukh K got a reaction from PureExistence1 in Within YOU is enfolded the entire Universe — Imam Ali (عليه السلام)
Within YOU is enfolded the entire Universe — Imam Ali (عليه السلام)
within me is enfolded the entire universe.
Who am I ?
Shahrukh K reacted to 313_Waiter in Purpose of Life
A long time ago, I took some notes from a lecture by revert mathematics Professor Jeffrey Lang on the purpose of life, I will c/p the notes below and hopefully they help someone (this may help you brother @khamosh21). (The notes may not be entirely accurate as I took them after I had finished watching):
What does it mean to be human in the Surah Baqarah (Chapter 2 of the Quran)?
Intellect And He taught Adam the Names, all of them; then presented them to the angels and said, ‘Tell me the names of these, if you are truthful.’ (2:31)
Choice We said, ‘O Adam, dwell with your mate in paradise, and eat thereof freely whencesoever you wish; but do not approach this tree, lest you should be among the wrongdoers.’ (2:35)
Suffering We will surely test you with a measure of fear and hunger and a loss of wealth, lives, and fruits; and give good news to the patient —those who, when an affliction visits them, say, ‘Indeed we belong to Allah, and to Him do we indeed return.’ It is they who receive the blessings of their Lord and [His] mercy, and it is they who are the [rightly] guided. (2:155-157)
Some verses to reflect on the purpose of life.
“I have not created the Jinn and the Humans except that they worship me” (51:56) (According to a hadith, to know Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in his beauty and then to subsequently worship Him ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)))
“Who created death and life that He may try you-- which of you is best in deeds; and He is the Mighty, the Forgiving,” (67:2)
“Say, [O Muhammad], ‘If you should love Allah, then follow me, [so] Allah will love you and forgive you your sins. And Allah is Forgiving and Merciful.’” (3:31)
Except those on whom your Lord has mercy; and for this did He create them (11:119)
O you who believe! whoever from among you turns back from his religion, then Allah will bring a people, He shall lovethem and they shall love Him (5:54)
According to a hadith qudsi (may not be true):
"I was a hidden treasure. I longed to be known, so I created the creation so that I may be known." (کنت کنزاً مخفیاً فأحببت أن أعرف فخلقت الخلق لکی أعرف )
How does God want us to live in the Qur’an?
What does God want us to do? How does He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) want us to be?
Attributes of God in the Qur’an
Protective (of the weak)
Defend (the oppressed)
How do we know God / Develop a relationship with God? He is the Infinite! "there is nothing like unto Him". To be close to God we need something in common.
So when I have proportioned him and breathed into him of My spirit, then fall down in prostration before him.’ (15:29)
We have the ability to manifest the above qualities.
The more we grow in the above qualities, the more we can experience God's attributes of Love, Knowledge, Compassion, Forgiveness etc..
Ok, so why do we need Intellect, Choice and Suffering? Why not just program humans to manifest the divine attributes and throw them into heaven?
A cat or goldfish can't experience my love to the same degree as a human.
You can design a prosthetic to help the injured or disabled, but no one says the prosthetic is compassionate!
→ How do we conceive of being compassionate without an environment of suffering, it’s going to require suffering (The Yin and the Yang)!
Imam Ja'far as-Sadiq "I am amazed by the Muslim man (one who submits to God), Allah does not decree for him but that would be good for him. If he were cut by scissors, it would be good for him; & if he owned the east and the west, it would be good for him."
→ The deed needs choice for it to be Compassionate.
→ We need intellect.
The full lecture:
And Allah knows best.
Shahrukh K reacted to 313_Waiter in What, in your belief, is the nature of God?
I personally believe that there are elements of truth within the major religions. I am unsure on the degree to which this truth exists. I think Da’wah is still necessary since Islam is closer to the truth (in my belief). Its shari’ah is most updated since Nabi Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was Khātimun Nabi’een (the seal of Prophethood).
There is a Shia / Sufi scholar Seyyed Hossein Nasr who has written on the philosophia perennis. I read his chapter “The Traditionalist Approach to Religion” in his book “The Essential Seyyed Hossein Nasr” where he expresses:
I am not sure I agree with a lot of what he says or even understand it properly but it gives us something to start with.
This is interesting, barkallah feek. Another thing I don’t understand is what do Sufis mean when they say unreal? Wouldn’t non-existence entail ‘no-thing’ which by definition does not exist and thus we arrive at non-duality again?
William Chittick writes I; his book “The Self-Disclosure of God Principles of Ibn Al-'Arabi's Cosmology“:
In other words, Ayatollah Hasanzadeh writes:
I don’t understand what non-reality or non-existence would mean in light of what Ayatollah Hasanzadeh wrote. Perhaps you could enlighten me InshaAllah (JazakAllah Khayr).
Thanks for this. Perhaps God's “noise” (kun faya koon —which continues right “now”) and “sacred silence” pattern is cyclical, or like Torus knots. This reminded me of this beautiful and spectacular hadith (all credits to al-Qa’im aka Bilal Muhammad)- it shows there is no end to God’s Kalimah aka logos (see also, Quran 18:109):
The “Big Bang” which scientists talk about could be one instance of such noise. Though it’s important to not take science as one’s ilah given it changes every decade or so.
I opened a topic on this a while back:
In the words of Seyyed Hossein Nasr (see min 9), “ultimately only the Real is real”:
In the great Dua Kumayl, Hazrat Ali (عليه السلام) says that even if he is to endure Allah’s chastisement in hellfire, how can he endure separation from Allah (azwj), or to not gaze upon His (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) generosity?
Based on the below hadith, I think the afterlife is more real than this world. So the pains and the comforts of hell and heaven respectively will be much intensified. Or at least we reach a level of realisation greater than we do in this world:
In min 3:30 of the below video, Seyyed Hossein Nasr says that hell is spoken of symbolically in all religions. Our imaginations cannot grasp hellfire. I don’t know if there are any hadiths to back this.
All that is wrong is from myself, all that is right is from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
Shahrukh K reacted to 313_Waiter in What, in your belief, is the nature of God?
Does anyone know he difference between true absolute perfection (reached by a Muslim) and perfection (reached by all existents)? I am referring to the terminology of Sheikh sekaleshfar.
Also does anyone know if najis things are bad given that God is good and only creates good things?
I think you are knowledgeable on this sister:
Shahrukh K reacted to PureExistence1 in What, in your belief, is the nature of God?
Thanks for the tag.. what I know, I only know from something I learned a long time ago, and I can't give you an exact source for it. I know this is a very poor answer!
Anyway, what I had learned at some point either from a lecture, or conversation with my mentor sister, cant remember which, is that these things that are "najis" for us, are of no consequence to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), as He is above and beyond these kind of things, but for the health and spiritual advancement and whatnot of humans, Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has made these things najis for us. For Him, it's neither here nor there, if you get what I'm saying. In regards to Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), its not relevant.
Its kind of like how ingesting excrement is forbidden for us, but it has been made the method of nourishment for plants and even for some animals. Its not relevant or najis or forbidden for them, but for us it is.
(Not sure how good of an example that is:/ )
Sorry, I'm in a big hurry right now. I'm very pressed for time, but I didn't want to let this tag slip by me like I have in the past with some other tags.
Shahrukh K reacted to realizm in Shia Sect only supported by Hadith and not from Quran
Any mod to shut this down ?
Shahrukh K reacted to SeekingHeaven in My dad is in the hospital
Salam, my dad was taken to the hospital after being bed ridden for days with a high temperature, he has COVID and because of his old age and health history he is struggling a lot especially with breathing
I just want to ask you all to pray for his recovery and give me advice on what to do in this time
Shahrukh K reacted to 313_Waiter in Quran 17:79
And keep vigil for a part of the night, as a supererogatory [devotion] for you. It may be that your Lord will raise you to Maqam Mahmoud (a praiseworthy station). (17:79)
Sahih Hadith Qudsi related to nafilah prayers:
8ـ عِدَّةٌ مِنْ أَصْحَابِنَا عَنْ أَحْمَدَ بْنِ مُحَمَّدِ بْنِ خَالِدٍ عَنْ إِسْمَاعِيلَ بْنِ مِهْرَانَ عَنْ أَبِي سَعِيدٍ الْقَمَّاطِ عَنْ أَبَانِ بْنِ تَغْلِبَ عَنْ أَبِي جَعْفَرٍ (عَلَيهِ السَّلام) قَالَ لَمَّا أُسْرِيَ بِالنَّبِيِّ (صَلَّى اللهُ عَلَيْهِ وآلِه) قَالَ يَا رَبِّ مَا حَالُ الْمُؤْمِنِ عِنْدَكَ قَالَ يَا مُحَمَّدُ مَنْ أَهَانَ لِي وَلِيّاً فَقَدْ بَارَزَنِي بِالْمُحَارَبَةِ وَأَنَا أَسْرَعُ شَيْءٍ إِلَى نُصْرَةِ أَوْلِيَائِي وَمَا تَرَدَّدْتُ عَنْ شَيْءٍ أَنَا فَاعِلُهُ كَتَرَدُّدِي عَنْ وَفَاةِ الْمُؤْمِنِ يَكْرَهُ الْمَوْتَ وَأَكْرَهُ مَسَاءَتَهُ وَإِنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِيَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ مَنْ لا يُصْلِحُهُ إِلا الْغِنَى وَلَوْ صَرَفْتُهُ إِلَى غَيْرِ ذَلِكَ لَهَلَكَ وَإِنَّ مِنْ عِبَادِيَ الْمُؤْمِنِينَ مَنْ لا يُصْلِحُهُ إِلا الْفَقْرُ وَلَوْ صَرَفْتُهُ إِلَى غَيْرِ ذَلِكَ لَهَلَكَ وَمَا يَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيَّ عَبْدٌ مِنْ عِبَادِي بِشَيْءٍ أَحَبَّ إِلَيَّ مِمَّا افْتَرَضْتُ عَلَيْهِ وَإِنَّهُ لَيَتَقَرَّبُ إِلَيَّ بِالنَّافِلَةِ حَتَّى أُحِبَّهُ فَإِذَا أَحْبَبْتُهُ كُنْتُ إِذاً سَمْعَهُ الَّذِي يَسْمَعُ بِهِ وَبَصَرَهُ الَّذِي يُبْصِرُ بِهِ وَلِسَانَهُ الَّذِي يَنْطِقُ بِهِ وَيَدَهُ الَّتِي يَبْطِشُ بِهَا إِنْ دَعَانِي أَجَبْتُهُ وَإِنْ سَأَلَنِي أَعْطَيْتُهُ.
8. “A number of our people have narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad ibn Khalid from Isma’il ibn Mehran from abu Sa’id al-Qammat from Aban ibn Taghlib from abu Ja’far ((عليه السلام).) who has said the following: “When the Holy Prophet was taken to visit the heavens, he asked, ‘O Lord, how is the condition of the believers before you?’ He (Allah) said, ‘O Muhammad, whoever insults any of My friends has declared war against Me. I am the quickest to help My friends. I have not hesitated in any of My acts as much as I do at the time of the death of a believer who dislikes death and I dislike to disappoint him. Of My believing servants there are those who do not perform well without wealth and if I change his condition he is destroyed. Also among My believing servants are those who do not perform well unless they are poor and, if I change their condition to something else, they are destroyed. For seeking nearness to Me there is no better means for My servant than to fulfill what 1 have made obligatory for them and that he should seek nearness to Me through performing optional acts of worship so I will love him. When I will love him I will be his ears with which he will hear, his eyes with which he will see, his tongue with which he will speak and his hands with which he will perform his activities. Whenever he prays I will answer him and, whenever he asks a favor, I will grant him.’”
Allamah Baqir al-Majlisi: صحيح - Mir‘at al ‘Uqul Fi Sharh Akhbar Al al Rasul (0/383)
Very similar Sunni Hadith Qudsi:
‘From one of the two (5th or 6th Imamasws) having said regarding Hisazwj Words: perhaps your Lord will Raise you to a Praiseworthy position [17:79]. Heasws said: ‘It is the intercession’’.40
Al Sheykh in his Amaali, from Al Fahaam, from Al Mansoury, from the uncle of his father who said,
‘The Imam Aliasws Bin Muhammadasws narrated to me, by hisasws chain from Al- Baqirasws, from Jabir having said: ‘Amir-Al-Momineen Aliasws Bin Abu Talibasws said: ‘Iasws heard the Prophetsaww saying: ‘When the people are crammed on the Day of Judgement, a Caller would Call out to mesaww: ‘O Rasool-Allahsaww! Allahazwj, Majestic is Hisazwj Name, has Enabled yousaww to Recompense the ones who love yousaww, and love the Peopleasws of yoursaww Household, those who befriended (others) for yoursaww sake, and were inimical (to others) for yoursaww sake. Therefore, suffice them with whatsoever yousaww desire to!’
So Isaww would be saying: ‘O Lordazwj! The Paradise!’ Then Isaww would call out: ‘Settle them whosoever they like (to be settled)!’ Thus, that is the Praiseworthy Position 41.’which Isaww have been Promised with )المقام المحمود(
Al Amali 1:304
Al Sheykh, in his Amaali, said, ‘A group informed us, from Abu Al Mufazzal, from Yahya Bin Ali Bin Abdul Jabbar Al Sadousi at Al Sirjaan, from his uncle Muhammad Bin Abdul Jabbar, from Hamaad Bin Isa, from Umar Bin Azina, from Abdul Rahman Bin Azina Al Abady, from his father, and Aban their slave,
(It has been narrated) from Anas Bin Malik who said, ‘One day, I saw Rasool- Allahsaww facing Ali Bin Abu Talibasws and hesaww was reciting this Verse: And from the night, so keep vigil by it, an optional (Salat) of yours, perhaps your Lord will Raise you to a Praiseworthy position [17:79], and hesaww said: ‘O Aliasws! Mysaww Lordazwj and Mighty and Majestic Made mesaww to possess the (right of) Intercession regarding the people from mysaww community (professing) Tawheed, and Prohibited that to the ones hostile (Nasibi) to youasws or hostile to yourasws children from after youasws’.42
Al Amali 2:70“