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  1. In the long run, this is what we Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, Latin Americans and other minority groups in the United States ought to strive for. *** From Sarah Hashemi, Marzia Hashemi’s daughter ... on her GoFundMe page *** سم الله الرحمن الرحيم May peace and blessings be upon Muhammad, his pure progeny, and his loyal companions. We wanted to thank everyone again for the outreach and support for our mother, Marzieh Hashemi. It has been overwhelming, and is, in fact, making all the difference. We have also seen significant media exposure for Marzieh Hashemi, although we have ourselves held back from speaking to the media over the past few days due to legal concerns. We will be happy to be more candid once these concerns subside. The media exposure has been extremely helpful, in a very real way. The prison where she is being held is now making special arrangements for her food to be halal. They have also finally facilitated her requests regarding hijab. We do not think this would have been possible without media exposure and community pressure. We have multiple lawyers and legal experts now involved in her case at the same time. These are seasoned individuals with high security clearance that allows them the necessary access they need to try and resolve this case on the legal front. Alhamdulillah our mother has access and exposure, but there are unfortunately many Muslims in American prisons who need similar accommodations that are never arranged for them. Many Muslims in American prisons who do not, and cannot afford the most qualified legal teams. Our main worry should be with them. They are invisible, and may go years without their religious requests taken seriously by anyone. Perhaps our mother’s imprisonment will bring exposure to these less known members of our community, and encourage on the ground activism to ensure the rights of these brothers and sisters. We are all responsible for their wellbeing. These are the people that our mother speaks to us about most often, and tells us not to forget them, not to ignore them. For us; Hossein, Sarah, and Reza Hashemi, this is not just about our mother. Her case highlights a larger constitutionally legitimized process by way of which people who have not committed a crime can be put in prison through legal means. They can be kept in prison for an indefinite period of time, and all of this is deemed legal and legitimate under you.S. law. This is highly problematic and can effect any one of us at any time. We believe that it is imperative, especially for marginalized people in the United States of America to understand these controversial laws pertaining to being a “material witness” and other laws that can lead to our detention even if we have done nothing wrong. We echo the voice of many legal and rights advocacy groups in the United States that find the constitutionality of these laws highly problematic, and, moving forward, we intend to assist organizations that are challenging this legal loophole. At the moment, we are led to believe that Marzieh Hashemi’s release this coming week is a possibility, although nothing is for certain. We also believe that we are in a strong position on the legal front in general. This is certainly a result of community support. Again, we don’t know anything for certain about her release. We were able to speak to her on the phone a second time on Friday 18 January. Her overall condition seems to be okay at the moment, but she did seem quite tired. What is most difficult for us to grapple with is the fact that our mother will remain in prison for the duration of the legal proceedings, however long it may be, despite the fact that she has not been charged with any crime. We will go forward by placing all this in Allah’s hands, for we plan and they plan, but He is the best of planners. في أمان الله الكريم For further queries or to keep updated email marziehenquiries@gmail.com Help spread the word!
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    وَالْعَصْرِ ﴿١﴾ إِنَّ الْإِنسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ ﴿٢﴾
  3. Wish Congress shows the same spine when it comes to stopping presidents & their sponsors from foreign wars.
  4. Computer Engineering with focus in Semcobductors and Programming. As second major, also do the BS in Mathematics. Combine the two and you have basics of concepts and implementation of AI.
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    Sexist adverts

    It’s the modern anti-humanism which is another side of the coin of the paganism / killing their infant daughters / same-sex marriages. Basically Everything but Natural..
  6. I would always be wary of taking anything about God from anybody other than the Holy Prophet (s) and his Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). In my personal experience, the belief of one of our Shia high schoolers who thinks and reflects is more clearer and purer than a scholar of other denominations. I would still listen to them to learn more about God and to learn what He is not through these confused masses.
  7. There are other Hadith (I don’t remember the reference) that imply that there were numerous eras before our one, for whom their judgement days have already occurred for each of them. Once ours’ era is ‘done with’ there may come other eras or whatever Allah wills shall happen. The only constants in this whole saga are our Prophet and his Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) per another saying of Imam Sadiq (عليه السلام). I recently came across an Ayat in Qur'an which points to this in a very precise way, but I’m afraid to post it here because I haven’t found a reasonable tafseer for it yet.
  8. 6. “Did He not find you an orphan and sheltered (you)?" 7. “And He found you wandering and guided (you).” 8. “And He found you in need and made you free of need.” 9. “Therefore treat not the orphans with harshness," 10. “And for the one who asks, repulse not," 11. “And as for the Bounties of your Lord, do proclaim (it).” I have read "you" refers to the holy Prophet and seems like he became a Prophet later on. Surah Sad - Verses 69-70 69. “I had no knowledge of the High Council when they disputed.” 70. “Naught is revealed to me save that I am a clear Warner.” I have read that this verse is talking about the creation of Adam a.s, but here the Prophet is telling them that he wasn't even there so how can he be created first when he wasn't even present at that time? W’salam- Could you tell me where in Sura Duha 6-11, Allah says he was “not a Prophet”? Sura Sa’ad 69-70 is the proof that Prophet Muhammad (sawaw) is not God and has no Omnipresense attribute (he is a creation and can not be everywhere), neither he is like God with the attribute of Al-‘Alim (whose immense knowledge doesn’t increase or decrease due to time or events). Thanks for posting this. It still doesn’t negate what I posted above from Qur’an too. See if you don’t put the correct perspective and context to Qur’an, you could end up thinking of finding contradictions in it, and God Himself says there are no contradictions in it.
  9. Sister our capitalist solutions of supply & demand control don’t work there. For every sensible person, Asia has 100 opportunists who would pickup the tab. I don’t go to western restaurants in poorer countries to pay the same amount that I pay here (why should a $9 KFC meal cost the same in Vietnam? There are some halal ones in Muslim areas) but they are full to the capacity by the locals. Asians have their own ways of following the herd. If you mix another ShiaChat’er complaining about spread of Zina in ME with how hard Arabs have made it to marry their men off, you get the picture clear.
  10. This is the Shi’a belief about Prophet Muhammad (sawaw): Qur’an tells us about Prophet Muhammad (sawaw) that he was the first Muslim. Explanation of this ayat is the Hadith that is posted above about Adam being in the clay and water stage. Spiritually our Prophet was the first Muslim (submitter) to God before anything else was there since the ayat below is not time-bound. “No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first of the Muslims." (6:163) All the Prophets that came physically on this earth, before the Holy Prophet Muhammad (sawaw) were also Muslims as Qur'an testifies, so the designation of Muslim is also not new: “Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, when he said to his sons, "What will you worship after me?" They said, "We will worship your God and the God of your fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac - one God. And we are Muslims to Him." (2:133) Combining the two ayaat of Qur’an (and numerous others, 45 at least), Prophet Muhammad (sawaw) was the first creation and the first Muslim in other realms. He was then born as the Last Messenger of God on earth. For more info., you could refer to my book here: Prophet Muhammad (A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXLVH8J/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_api_i_l.lpCbEYDW90K
  11. We are less than a million in a country of 320mil people hence very important to live in areas where you have sizeable Shias around so you could have a community. Having lived in many places, here’s my list of diverse Shia population: NYC, NJ - suburbs are not that expensive, Houston, DC suburbs including Northern Virginia and Maryland upto Baltimore, LA but distances are way too much for me, Chicago, Orlando, Atlanta, Dallas But please do make a move. It’s absolute necessary for kids growing up seeing Shias around.
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    What should i do?

    Your spouse seems to be suffering from haughtiness issues. I think you should talk to her to show respect in words by using simple methods like speaking softly, lovingly, with patience. I’m sure she respects you in her heart and it’s just the language and cultural differences between the two of you. Also as a side exercise, ask her what two things that you could that would help her change her behavior. Then do those two things and let her reciprocate.
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    Shiachat - An online Shia School

    SC is a great resource for a whole lots of things Shia related.
  14. What are (have been) your biggest theological challenges as a Revert, or as a born again Muslim soon after your conversion? What are (have been) your biggest social challenges as a Revert, or as a born again Muslim all along?
  15. This book: Prophet Muhammad (A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXLVH8J/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_api_i_OyOnCb2GS5H79 Also this series on Twelve Imams (as): The Lives of the Twelve (Part One) https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07K4BRS7V/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_api_i_XAOnCb3SFJ1VT Disclaimer: I authored the first one. The second one (it’s a translation and so far translated up to the 6th Imam) is my new favorite now a days.