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  1. Alhamdulilah, There is nothing wrong with learning boxing if you can separate the egotistical side of it. If learning boxing makes you a better warrior for the pleasure of Allah it’s ok. I’m mostly referring to the pro aspect of boxing and taking it farther for wealth and status. My father mentioned that his ego was definitely on high mode when he was a professional. He ended up having to stop because of a detached retina or boxers eye. This was a blessing in disguise however because he became a much better Muslim and Allah sparred him from having boxing slurred speech like most boxers get after years of fighting. Alhamdulilah I practice on a bag every now and then and shadow box to stay in shape but that’s about it for boxing. I don’t want to hit anyone in the face nor do I want to be hit in the Face. But learning self defense is always recommended Insha’Allah.
  2. Alhamdulilah, My father was a professional boxer. He actually fought Floyd Mayweathers father and knocked him out in their amateur fight. My father never enticed me to take up the sport but his old trainers thought I should have. Alhamdulilah I never wanted to box for sports entertainment though. I also had read that wresting was one of the better sports for Muslims mentioned by Muhammad SAW along with horse riding, archery, and I believe swimming. One of the things about being a boxer or any type of athlete is the heightened ego. Most top tier athletes ingrain in themselves that they are the best. You have to feel as if though you can’t be defeated and whatever you do while performing is because of what you did and how you executed your technique. Athletes are conditioned with this ego. This type of ego goes against the grain while striving to be a complete Muslim who submits to the will of Allah and believes that all is by the will of Allah. Mike Tyson actually talks about this ego problem a lot on his podcast. There is learning how to fight for the pleasure of Allah and then there is fighting for gain and fame. Fighting for the latter can ultimately lead to one succumbing to his ego. You can gain a lot of wealth and status but you also may end up sacrificing your health and possibly your deen if your not careful.
  3. It’s interesting because I have met a few Iraqis here in the states who have anti Iranian feelings as well. I never understood it but have tried to learn a few things from their side I guess.
  4. This part right here is the biggest problem in the Muslim world. This needs to be highlighted more. It is Absolutely horrific that all these so called Muslim countries have left Iran as the only protector of the realm. That’s a heavy banner to carry for one country who is constantly under western pressure and so it makes sense for iran to have good ties with China as their neighbor and not an enemy. Having to deal with America and the west is one thing but having to deal America and the west and China as enemies would be very hard.
  5. Alhamdulilah, I’m not necessarily emphasizing but mostly just giving perspective. But I will say for me personally If I can I prefer to have wudhu when I’m out and about. I feel like I’m plugged in and can recite Quran or pray rakaats at any moments notice. I’m not all the way certain but I believe you can only recite 7 ayaats without wudhu, someone with more knowledge can chime in and correct me if I’m wrong about that. But back to your question it’s up to you if you would prefer to make 2 rakaats after a fresh wudhu but it’s not obligatory. Alhamdulilah I’m no expert but Insha’Allah I hope some of this info gives you more perspective on your spiritual journey. Salaam wa laikum Wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatu
  6. Alhamdulilah, Like brother Abdus Sibtayn mentioned above, although it is desirable it is not compulsory to maintain wudhu throughout the day. There is also the Hadith in which Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) approached Bilal (رضي الله عنه). And inquired as to what he was doing in his daily routine of worship. Muhammad SAW questioned Bilal because during his assent he heard the footsteps of Bilal before he even reached the heavens. Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) asked Bilal what was he doing extra that he could think of. Bilal replied that he couldn’t really think of what he was doing but he thought further and said that every time he broke his wudhu due to natural human relief he would make a fresh wudhu and perform two Rakaat. Muhammad SAW replied this is a good practice and encouraged for the continuation of the practice. This practice wasn’t something that Bilal invented on his own. It was a etiquette that Bilal was gifted earlier than others that most likely was already being performed by Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) which is why he co-signed and recommended the continuation of the this practice. There are many Muslims who try to keep this practice in their daily routine because in a sense they feel closer to Allah by doing so and protected from matters or fitnah beyond their comprehension. My father is one of those people. He has explained to me how he has noticed a difference in his daily life of keeping wudhu vs not having it when outside of the home. If you feel that Allah is giving you this insight to keep wudhu more than maybe you should give it a try or effort without the extremism of trying to avoid relieving your body all together in order to maintain wudhu. Insha”Allah May Allah shower his mercy on all the believing men and women.
  7. Alhamdulilah! Always Good to see you dear brother and Thank you for the good words! Allah has given us another opportunity to seek his mercy and blessing in these upcoming months. May Allah shower his mercy on all the believing men and women especially in the times of rapid trials and fitnah.
  8. Alhamdulilah, I agree with brother Abu Hadi. You should wait until after US elections if you choose Dearborn. Shia communities are big in Dearborn. If you already have family in Dearborn then that could make your transition much easier instead of moving somewhere and starting from scratch. Once you are in Dearborn you can easily visit Canada and see how you like it first since it’s close to Dearborn. I don’t think Canada is letting Anyone from America in their country right now due to the corona problem in the states. However, I think this will change after the elections as well. I live in Texas and there is a bigger market of jobs with fairly decent Shia communities in Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Austin etc. But I believe Michigan has bigger Communities and it’s not as islamaphobic as up in the North as perhaps the south. Insha’Allah May Allah make it easy on you in which ever place that you are guided to.
  9. Alhamdulilah, Sounds like most of your problems stem from not wanting to go to sleep because you fear your dreams and the energy drinks to keep you from falling asleep so that you don’t dream. It only makes sense that you would be sleepy after Fajr if you stay up all night. Surah ad-Dukhan (The Smoke) This is a ‘makki’ Surah and it has 59 ayaat. It is narrated from the Holy Prophet (S) that if this Surah is recited at night, then seventy thousand angels pray to Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).) to forgive the sins of the reciter. If recited on Thursday nights, all sins are forgiven and houses are built for the reciter in Jannah. The reward for reciting each letter of this Surah is equal to that of freeing a thousand slaves for seeking the pleasure of Allah ((سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).). Imam Muhammad al-Baqir ((عليه السلام).) said that whoever recites Surah ad-Dukhan in his faraa’idh(compulsory prayers) will be protected from the torment of the Day of Judgement and will easily be able to give his accounts. His book of deeds will also be given to him in his right hand. If kept in one’s possession, this Surah acts as a protection from the plots of Shaitan. If kept under one’s pillow before sleeping at night, there will be no suffering from nightmares and one will always get good dreams. Keeping this Surah in a place of business makes the trade prosper. Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq ((عليه السلام).) has said that keeping this Surah as a talisman ensures protection from the authorities and makes people fond of the wearer. Drinking water in which this Surah has been dissolved is a cure for all ailments related to the stomach.
  10. Alhamdulilah, Very good question, Astaghfir’Allah I played chess in my teenager years and early twenties. I became very good and well known in my city where ranked chess players frequently went to play. For me it was Islam, School, and chess. Chess took a lot of my time but compared to all the trouble other kids my age were getting into maybe chess also kept my mind focused on something that I thought at the time was more constructive? I stopped playing once I found out it was not halal to play. I wasn’t sad because I had already made a transition of not playing anymore due to the ego of the game. I have defeated many men at chess and watching the ego of losing at this mental strategy game which is not handled well by many. This ego made me not like the game. As a African American Muslim I played a white guy one time who intentionally knocked the pieces of the board over because I was beating him. He tried not to be blatant about it, but it was evident he was bothered about losing to a black guy. At this time I was my height of being very knowledgeable of the game, so when he knocked over the pieces each time I knew exactly where each piece went on the board prior to him knocking over pieces. Before I give some opinions I will say that when Allah created the earth he didn’t need rest on the 6th day. Allah is not one who needs rest or gets tired or needs sustenance. He is free of human needs and doesn’t even need our prayers. Our prayers are for our sake. As for chess playing, I have seen the hadiths pertaining to it on Sunni side and Shia side. I use to have the same logical questions seen in most of this thread dealing with chess. I also use to look at chess in a training of the mind sort of way like that of physical training. As a youth I thought it helped me to improve being more strategic not just in chess but in life. I guess if you look at when two players sit down to play chess those players believe they are better at planning and being strategic and therefore a person can get caught into the ego mindset of believing that they are master planners. Allah says in the Quran that there are those who plot and plan but it is Allah who is the best of planners. So if one is playing chess thinking he is the best of planners he is definitely putting himself on a not worthy pedestal which would make this haram. Many men go on to use chess strategy in life thinking they are master planners in general and specifically against Allah and his creation. Chess can be deemed a game of chance like any other game. The destiny of winning is not really in our hands. Honestly any game can become a game of chance and gambling and chess is no different. I have read hadiths about Muslim horse racers being allowed to race and bet amongst each other based on the fact that they may improve in being a better soldier for the pleasure of Allah on the battle field. One may argue that chess is the same way in training for the battlefield. I guess only Allah knows the heart of the one training rather it be in chess or at horse racing. I don’t know the history of chess amongst pagan worshippers but I would imagine creating pieces derived from so called pagan gods would also Make this game haram. Alhamdulilah, some can make a case as to why it’s halal and why it’s haraam. I use to enjoy a good game amongst my Muslim friends outside of my competitive circle, but I don’t play any more and have gotten rid of my boards and pieces. Do I miss it? Not really. Allah has already removed the passion of the game from my heart. We have to remember to not let a passion for something over take the passion we should have for glorifying Allah. Anything that gets in way of us glorifying The Most High becomes haram. Worldly things that take us away from the path should be limited and worldly things that makes us neglectful of our duties to Allah should be eliminated from our lives all together. To me chess is no different than any other worldly activity.
  11. Alhamdulilah, Asalaam wa laikum , Its called Fawaid e Quran and it is very beneficial because Muhammad SAW and the holy Imams AS detail what certain surahs and verses are good for in all aspects of life. You can find here: https://www.al-islam.org/fawaid-e-quran-sayyid-mustafa-musawi/benefits-recitation-chapters-holy-quran#surah-al-qiyamah-resurrection
  12. Bismillahir Rahmanir Raheem, As Salaam wa laikum, Sorry to hear about your father and his state of ignorance. Is he in a constant state of intoxication? He could be a believer but his weakness for alcohol has a strong hold over him and the Jinn that is accompanying his constant sin is strong with him, so his actions reflect that of a kuffar and if he were to die in such a state it would not be good for his transition and position in the grave and his position on Yauma Qiyamah. You should constantly seek refuge from Shaitan when in the company of your father. You don’t necessarily have to give up on him completely unless he forbids you from obedience to Allah, but definitely seek refuge and constantly dhikr remembrance of Allah around your father. It’s probably best not to be around him if he is intoxicated. I’m not sure if you live with your father or how much position you have in your household but if you can keep the alcohol out of the house it would be good. Recite Ayatul Kursi a lot to limit the Shaitan in the house. Supplicate to Allah and ask him to give you strength and patience in dealing with the trials of your father. You should Continue to be dutiful to your parents except in case of them wanting you to disobey Allah or worship other than Allah. The example you set may help your father and your sister. It is all in Allah’s Hand and if there is any belief in your father’s heart Allah may bring him out of the darkness into the light. Surah al-Mu’minun (The Believers) This Surah was revealed in Makkah and it has 118 verses. The Holy Prophet (S.) has said that the reciter of this Surah will feel great comfort when the angel of death comes to take his soul and he will be given the good news of his position by angels. It is narrated from Imam Ja’far as-Sadiq ((عليه السلام).) that whoever recites this Surah on every Friday, he will have a great status in the hereafter and will be in the company of prophets. If this Surah is written (at night) and put on the neck of a drunkard, he will start hating intoxicating drinks and will stop this bad habit.
  13. Astaghfir’Allah, Too much judgement in this thread. Allah is the judge of all our affairs. People marry for various reasons such as money, beauty, etc but we know marrying for the pleasure of Allah is the best reason. The sister has a right to practice mut’ah as long as she is abiding by the rules that go along with pleasure contract marriage. If she was a pure Harlot prostitute she wouldn’t practice the laws of marriage at all and wouldn’t wait until her iddah duration was over. Real Harlot prostitutes are not confound to the laws of Islam because for them it’s a type of power and lust gained from it. Women are power driven just like men and like to feel in control. Sex and money gained from it is a way to feel in control since women are dominated by men in terrible ways at times. It’s a very different test for Women. May Allah make easy on the believing women. We don’t know what type of emotional or physical situation she may have that may prevent her from permanently being married. We don’t know her situation. All believers have a situation or a story in which only Allah knows. We do know that she has fear of Allah enough not to fornicate or commit zina, May Allah reward her for obeying the laws actually and some day grant her a permanent husband. All people are different so how they practice Islam will differ person to person according to their situation that is willed by Allah. Some people eat simple meals and some people eat gourmet extravagant meals prepared by the best chefs. If both meals are made from halal ingredients their shouldn’t be any judgement. Also there is a Hadith about a prostitute who got Jannah for giving drink to a thirsty stray dog. Allah knows the hearts and so only he is the judge. Let the sister be and let Allah guide her. Allah is constantly teaching his believers in ways that we know not since Allah is the all knowing.
  14. Alhamdulilah, Alhamdulilah brother, May Allah Be with you on your journey in trying to get closer to Him. From what I read in your post you haven’t denounced Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) or Islam or Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). and his Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). and you haven’t come across as an enemy of the Ahlulbayt. Everyone’s road to learning and gaining understanding about this deen will not look the same. Being a Shia is not merely going by name. It’s in heart and practice that aligns with Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). and His Ahlulbayt way. A group of Men walked up behind Imam (عليه السلام). and declared that they were his Shia. Imam Al Mu’mineen (عليه السلام). looked at them and said that they didn’t look like his Shia because their stomachs weren’t weighed with a stone from extra fasting and their backs weren’t haunched from long hours of standing night prayers and their eyes weren’t dry and tired from Quran reading. These are some of the examples that demonstrates what it means to be Shia. Imam Ali (عليه السلام). didn’t identify men his Shia by how many times they beat their chest to a bloody pulp or walked over fire or whatever death defying circus act they could do. He identified the Shia by their consistent worship and devotion to Allah first. Being Shia and Having love for Ahlul bayt means obeying Allah’s commands and abstaining from sin. Being Shia is following Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and his ahlul bayt in obeying and worshipping Allah. You may feel like your closer to ahlul bayt but honestly only Allah knows how close any of us in here are to being actual true Shia. We can shoot our selves out of canons or walk across tight ropes between two buildings or tattoo 313 all over our bodies or cry with extra loud bullhorns for Karbala. None of that determines the true Shia. During this holy month of Ramadhan as usual we are all expected to fast, establish salaat and pay the poor due. Prayers in the morning, afternoon, and night are still expected. Everyday this is the expectation of us for the pleasure of Allah. Although you might shake a few feathers in here with your thread your duties to Allah like all of us still remain the same. I think You should keep your identity to yourself because 1. you are a current Hawza student and 2. You would no longer be undercover brother!!! You would be totally out there brother. Keeping anonymous could keep some Muslims from intentionally or unintentionally backbiting during Ramadhan about your personal stance. You have free will and a right to disagree about the state of affairs as it pertains to the current evolution of Shia ideology and image. Personally I like it. We need more of your type. I would love to hear your thoughts as well. We all should hear the brothers thoughts and not judge, ridicule, or vilify. keep in mind everyone, he said “imam centric”. Kinda hard not to deny this when this forum just had a long extended thread about some Shias who pray to Ali (عليه السلام). for help and assistance instead of Allah.
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