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  1. I am able to walk now, but working full time has proved to be a challenge. It hurts when I walk, but I need to lose weight so I can lighten the pain. You're right, swimming and biking, along with walking, are great exercise and physical therapy for me. Hopefully I can reach my goal of losing 100+ pounds this year. Thanks for your input and support!
  2. Chin length here. Trying to grow it as long as possible. Its been 8 months since I got a haircut. Going to wait at least until 2020 for a trim. I'm a brother btw.
  3. I had this problem many years ago too brother. And I unfortunately drifted away from the religion. I could not take it anymore. It just felt so unnatural and disrespectful to the religion itself. On top of that, doing excessive wudhu, ghusl, and washing sheets and clothes. Like, What the heck, what can I do to stop this behavior. The fact is that your only option is to get married or seeqa, or to stop praying for a while. Just know that you are not alone. I hope that your situation gets better. And that you don't end up like me.
  4. I had 2 knee surgeries, one on each knee, left and right. Gained 100+ lbs since then. Now 350 lbs 6', used to be 240 lbs before surgery, in very good shape...I naturally have a big build. I now have liver problems, high cholesterol, high triglycerides, and high blood pressure. My nutritionist tells me to go on a ketogenic diet. Basically no carbs (bread, pasta, rice, corn, potatoes, etc). I have to eat soup and salad all day to lower my liver enzymes. I feel like I'm dieing lol. I've tried fasting, to stop eating food from outside, etc... Please pray for me , I'm still working on it! I would appreciate any advice you all have to give, looks like most of you are in good shape, alhamdulilah, praise be to Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).).
  5. This is actually an interesting question, 'how or why do we really choose to follow a certain Marja'. When I was first introduced to Islam, my Uncle living in Iran actually wrote and drew all of the prayer positions and supplications, bought me a book on salat (in English), and told me to check the Sistani website for Ahkam. I had no idea what a marja or ahkam was at that time, but I followed Sistani's Rulings for years. Later on, like 10 years later, I asked my Uncle what a Marja is, and he referred me to Ayatollah Makarem Shirazi. So, I don't even know which Marja is mine, Sistani or Shirazi. lol. I still don't know which one to follow today, I find that Sistani's website is more in depth and concise, but that's based on personal opinion. I just follow my heart now because I am so lonely and confused . So what I was trying to say is that we don't really have a systematic way of choosing a marja. It's based on your own beliefs about ahkam and which marja aligns with those beliefs, or needs, at a certain time. I've never really heard of choosing a Marja based on your country though, can you explain what you meant by that please? Thanks!
  6. I don't think people look too much into the sects and what they each believe in when they are choosing to convert to Islam. Like, who was Abu Bakr, omar, usman, and yazid… versus... Who were our holy and infallible Imams ((عليه السلام).). They only look at the aspect of worship of one true God, or Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).). This is because they are newly introduced to the religion, so they overlook some of its clear foundations. Knowledge is power. I don't think even most Sunni's know what they are following, they just do it because that's the way they were raised. You have to step outside your comfort zone if your going to learn anything. And that is not an easy thing to do.
  7. What a waste of money and misuse of power. Why not build a University or a Hospital instead, something to do with charity, something that will unite the religions. Don't we have enough mosques, churches, and synagogues... And that causes more problems and division than it solves. ^^ lol That's true.
  8. So you think that Shia's are the chosen people? You sound like a Jew or a Christian, to be honest. Because they believe that only they go to Heaven, and that they are chosen by God. Their are 8 billion people in this world, and most of these people are never introduced to Shia Islam, or any religion. You think that you are special just because of your religion, you have a lot to learn about life my friend. Very sad and ignorant view. Religion is not about being better than the next man, its about finding unity with the next person. The Qur'an makes all of this clear. Where in the Qur'an does it say that only Shia's are chosen by God? Please explain.
  9. Can anyone really see the afterlife? I don't think this question makes very much sense. Who are we to Judge, when Allah knows best.
  10. What about blocks of wood? Our masjid did not have enough mohr's (Persian word for the stone we pray on), and there were too many people attending, so we would all use these wooden blocks to pray on. lol I looked it up afterwards, and the marja's say that it has to be stone I think. I also didn't have a mohr for eid-ul-fitr in the park, so I used a piece of dry bark that fell off a tree. I think the marja said that it can be a piece of paper with no writing on it, the back of your hand, and something else. I don't remember the whole thing. Can someone clarify? I didn't know the difference, if that makes any difference... Thanks!
  11. I was about to go to Qom in 2011. But I ended up coming home and studying business here. It is a beautiful place. Thanks for the video. I think you have to work on yourself and your partner to make the marriage exciting. Otherwise you will get bored. Haha, I have never been married though, so I don't really know. Good question!
  12. What about the fact that he was distracted? Does it matter? I used to have a cat, never knew about this.
  13. Well, racism is never okay. My advice would be to defend your views to build your own self respect and self worth. But remember that defending your views against your parents is part of the battle with the soul. And this is not an easy endeavor. If you can show respect while defending your views, that only makes you a stronger person. If they don't budge in their viewpoints, I think its worthless to argue. It just makes the situation worse (builds anger and resentment). Be creative when arguing with your parents; write them a letter, site historical references, and even draw them a picture if you have to, lol. I know this sounds stupid, but its true. Its better than raising your voice or getting upset in front of them. I wish I had the patience to deal with my parent's stubbornness at times, AllahuAkbar. Also, remember that none of us are perfect. Even we are biased or ignorant in our views sometimes. Its good to have someone there to correct us though.
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