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Revert1963

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  1. There are other reasons for ending a marriage than finding an other husband. One is if the husband violates the marriage contract. He can do that in various ways depending on what was agreed upon. It could also be that a problem comes up between the two spouses that they did not think about when they signed the marriage contract. Maybe the husband is snoring too loudly or does creepy things that his wife could not imagine he would do. Why do you assume that adultery must be the cause for someone wanting a divorce?
  2. While I do not think that there is any tampering with the election process it self, I don't think you can say that Iranian democracy is completely free and fair. Especially not this time around. I do think however that Iranian election is just as free and fair as elections in the United States, even thought that doesn't say much. The Iranian system is Wali-e-Faqih just like the American system is Corporate Capitalism. If you want to maintain a certain system you have to bar certain ideas and movements from running. In the US they did this by making sure that Bernie Sanders could not run for president. In America the Suprdelegates has the same function as the counsel for guarding the constitution in Iran - making sure that people who is against the system will not gain power. Of cause there is an ethical difference between Wali-e-Faqih and Corporate Capitalism. The first is, at least in theory, based on piety and the will of God where as the second is based on the fulfillment of worldly desires. However both has failed to motivate the masses and I think partly for the same reason. The American system is build on what Sura 102 in the Quran deems haram - the competition in piling up of worldly goods. In a competition there is a few winners and many losers. Only the winners gets to fulfill their worldly desires. The Wali-e-Faqih has a moral demand on people and for that reason restrict people from fulfilling their worldly desires. (of cause I know that there is also competition in Iran. There are rich and poor and the sanctions that give Iranians a lower living standard than they could have had, but that is beside the point). The problem with having a political system that is based on religion is that most people is not religious. Most people whether in the United states or in Iran, or any other country for that matter, is living in order to fulfill their worldly desires. They don't care about a pie in the sky. To them the flames of Hellfire seams distant. That is why they get aggravated when religious demands is put on them. And I think that is also why the Quran says that there is no compulsion in religion. That of cause prompt the discussion of what role religion should play in a society, let alone in an Islamic republic. How do you balance the need for ethics against peoples worldly desires?
  3. A believer should always see them selves as between the fear of hell fire and the hope of Gods mercy according to Imam Khomaini.
  4. It is obviously not in Islam per say, because even a Salafi site such as IslamQA-dot-Iinfo says that it is permissible for women to drive bicycles. (Don't worry I am not going to switch to Sunni) But I think it is a little strange that Shias can have tattoos and a nose job, but can't ride a bicycle where as it is the other way around with the Sunnis. What is God's opinion on this? https://islamqa.info/en/answers/152058/ruling-on-women-riding-bicycles-in-western-countries
  5. I think you have a point, but for me the problem is that I think we as Muslims has an obligation to follow our maraji. If my marja, doesn't matter if it is Sistani or Khamenei, tells me that its haram for me to drive a bicycle in public, then I have to follow that ruling.
  6. The intention of doing these thing is the intention to use force on innocent people and is therefore evil.
  7. I once discussed it with the former chief Rabi in my country at an inter-religious panel discussion. When he said that there is no such thing as hell fire in Judaism, I felt like saying "ah that's why Natanyahoo behaves the way he does," but I was polite and did not say it in his face.
  8. Don't kill your self. That is your worst option. Your life belong to God and if you take your own life you can not be sure that your suffering will end. The fact that you have felt this way since your early childhood is a good indication that your are genuinely transgender and what you are describing sounds like gender dysphoria. You are lucky to be a follower of the Ahl ul Bayt because most Shia Maraja allow for gender change in genuine transgender as well as in Intersex people. This means that you are not doing anything haram if you decide to transition. I am not going to advise you either way because that is for a professional doctor to do. I think the fatwas in this field demand that a qualified medical professional recommend the procedure. However at the end of the day it will be your own decision. Your situation is a challenge from God and he will not test you beyond your capability. Why he has given you this challenge is only for him to know, but I am sure that he has something good for you in the end. The best thing you can do is to pray to God to guide you to the best outcome. Stay focused on God and he will help you. He might even give you a hint as to which way you should go. The only known cure for gender dysphoria is transition. They have tried medication of different kinds, electroshock and psychotherapy, but non of it helped. The only thing that worked was to align the body to the inherent gender of the brain. On the other hand you will not, with the state of the art surgery, be able to bare children. You might have trouble finding a good husband that is not in it for the lewd activity. You might even regret some day, so it isn't going to be an easy life. On the other hand it is a question if it is worse that the life you you would have if you didn't transition. You say that your sexual orientation is towards women. That will mean that if your orientation does not change you will have gay feeling to deal with after the transition. That will be a challenge too and no different from what cis-people who is struggling with gay feelings experience. Being transgender is not haram according to most Shia Maraja, but homosexual acts is. People who is struggling with gay feelings is not necessarily bad people if they abstain from haram acts, but in the west many such people make homosexuality a lifestyle. Unfortunately in the west genuine transgender and Intersex people is lumped together with those who has a homosexual lifestyle in the LGBTQ+ umbrella. To a large extend the transgender term has been hijacked by the queer ideology who's stated goal is to abolish gender. A goal they will never succeeds in, but in stead they will promote indecency in society and make peoples lives miserable in the process. As a transgender Muslim you don't have to identify with the queer ideology nor with the LGBTQ+ umbrella. What you have to do about your parents? If they are good parents they will support you no matter what you choose to do. They may be sad if you transition, but I think they will be even more sad if you kill your self. Maybe this is also a challenge from God for your parents.
  9. Ask your local Rabi. He will say that Jews believe in no such thing as hell fire. He might say that after death Jews will be put in a washing machine that will wash away all their sins, but there is no punishment, suffering or agony. The "washing machine" might be what the Quran referring to in your quote.
  10. In terms of twheed yes, but not in terms of hellfire and judgement day. Jews don't believe in hellfire and judgement day.
  11. I think it addresses both and stating historical fact. On an interesting note, the Jewish historian Josephus, who wrote a history of the Jewish wars with the Romans has an account of a prophet named Jesus (or Yeshua) who prophetised about the destruction of the temple in Jerusalem. That prophet Jesus was persecuted by the pharisee Jews and handed over to the Romans. However the Romans did not crucify him and instead released him. He was later killed by a projectile from a catapult during the Roman siege of Jerusalem. The only thing wrong with that story is that it doesn't fit the time line of the Christian church. If this was indeed the prophet Jesus, then he was not in his mid 30's when he died, but in his late 60's.
  12. Absolutely! no decent person would want to support the Zionist apartheid entity.
  13. Don't worry pork enzymes is not used for cheese making. It nee to be the same animal type as where the milk comes from. So if the cheese is made form cows milk they use calf rennet or if the cheese is made from goats milk they use kid rennet. That is if it is not made form vegetable enzymes. I have never heard of anybody milking a pig even though the idea is amusing. https://www.eathalal.ca/2009/01/cheese-contains-rennet-from-pigs.html
  14. If I am not mistaken there is a Shia Sufi order in Iran. The Nimatollahi tariqa. Though it is relatively small and is not well liked by the clergy in Qom. Apart from being a Marja, scholar of fiqh and leader of the revolution Imam Khomeini was also a mystic, though I don't think he ever called him self Sufi. So I think you can be a mystic without being a Sufi. Being a Sufi without being Sunni or Shia I think is a little more tricky. Of cause there are Muslims who reject sectarianism. Some even call them selves SuShi Muslims. On a first glace that may seam sympathetic, however as a Muslim you must make up your mind what Aqeeda to follow and what Fiqh to follow. Most people is not learned enough to make their own so they will have to choose from the schools all ready in place. Those schools are affiliated with one of the sects. As far as I know all Sufi orders also make that choice.
  15. I once thought that there was other gods. Back when I had an other religion I spoke to God in that religion. Then I read the Quran and Allah spoke to me through the Quran. Then God from the old religion spoke to me and I got confused. I then thought there are two gods. Allah and God. Then I became a Mushrik. Then when visiting a Muslim country God spoke to me through the Azan. I was confused again. I thought that God must be stronger than Allah. Then I studied religion and discovered that the message of different religions is not so different from one an other. I then visited a Mosque and Allah spoke to me like when I read the Quran. So I realized that Allah is God and God is Allah. There is only one. Then he spoke to me again and confirmed that he is one. So I gave up being Mushrik. But of cause this is just my subjective experience. You can reject it if you like.
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