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  1. Salam, The information on aimislam.com is slightly different. It seems to be indicating that Tuesday is likely to be the 1st of Ramadan for followers of Imam Khamenei. I do not see any post on the aimislam facebook page regarding this. Anyone who has any clarification, this would be greatly appreciated. https://www.aimislam.com/United Kingdom-advisory-on-start-of-Ramadan-1440/amp/ My heartfelt congratulations to you all for reaching this blessed month.
  2. Salam. It is refreshing to see a young believer with such blessed insight. I pray Allah grants you what you are looking for as marrying young is a truly noble aspiration. No doubt your disability will present certain obstacles but so far it has not stopped you in your educational pursuits. With reliance on God you will continue to achieve your goals. A career in media is indeed noble and sorely needed in our ummah, have you considered howza studies in addition? If I can humbly offer my perspective. In my years of experience of working with complex disability I have seen countless young female wheelchair users find spouses and go on to bear children and raise a family. These families are every bit as loving and warm as any other. Often I find these families are especially resilient and content which is no doubt a characteristic passed on from the mother. I recently came across an irfani analysis of disability by Shaykh Sekaleshfar. This was truly a revolutionary moment for me in understanding Islam’s take on disability. I highly recommend exploring this as understanding how your pure natural spirit relates to your physical disability will be helpful. Disability is an integral part of your identity, there are divine secrets within this for you to discover inshallah. May Allah protect you.
  3. Salam. Understanding China and Islam is a deep, complex and multifaceted issue. The current situation of the Muslims in Xinjiang is no doubt unjust but there are a few general points to make: 1. Islam is ingrained in Chinese history and culture. There are more Chinese Muslims than Syrian Muslims for example. Their history food and culture is very much celebrated in China (in particularly the food). Interestingly I found in China it is easier to access halal food in the big cities than it is here in the west. 2. The experience of Chinese Muslims is not uniform. The Hui Muslims for example have enjoyed more freedoms than the Uyghurs. This suggests there are factors other than Islam that contribute to how the Chinese authorities handle Uyghurs. 3. The effects of the cultural revolution was negative on all religions in China. The communist party even today does not encourage any expression of religion. Given how pervasive allegiance to the communist party is in civil and official services, religion therefore becomes suppressed (e.g. if you work or study in a state school and have any aspirations for your career, praying or fasting or looking different will be an obstacle). 4. The situation in Xinjiang deserves its own analysis. Anyone familiar the history of Uyghur separatism will see the familiar hands of western imperial mischief making (see Rabia Qadir or Turkistan Islamic Party). Uyghurs unlike the Hui often do not identify with the mainland. In an effort to assimilate Xinjiang into mainland the Chinese Govt. has poured a breathtaking amount of investment into the region. This inevitably led to an influx of Han Chinese and stirring of racial tensions. You add in the mischievous elements I have already mentioned and you end up with a volatile situation. 5. My final thaughts. I do not believe China has a problem with Islam (in comparison the West has much more of an issue with Islam). However any religious or spiritual expression is at odds with the official party line in China. Chinese people are a contradiction. There is rampant materialism in China and superficially a complete dearth of spirituality. Yet at the same time Chinese display a continued affiliation to traditional customs which originate from Buddhist, Taoist, Confucian practices etc. The Chinese never mention God but very few will adamantly express atheism. I once asked a Chinese friend what her religion was, her reply was fascinating: “No, no, you don’t understand, I am Chinese”
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