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AbdulKarim313_Austin/Nola

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  1. 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.
  2. Alhamdulilah, Yeah I agree with you as well. I will most definitely kill mosquitos, flies, fleas etc. I try not to kill ants but it depends on the species and how volatile they are. Some ants are harmless and peaceful so I don’t mind them seeking their sustenance at times in the food space. In Texas we have fire ants which are very hostile but usually tend to remain outside. I will most likely try to eliminate them especially if bitten. I guess I share the same opinion for some insects as well. Some insects I’m ok with and some insects I admire from afar. Currently I believe the Japanese hornet has made its way to US and is causing some concern. I have only seen one while in Malaysia. They are very formidable size and are hostile. It’s gonna be interesting. I do know they kill honey bees at an alarming rate.They can kill 30,000 honey bees in an hour or two.
  3. Alhamdulilah, To be honest I’m not really interested in any types of animals in my living space. I have an exception for maybe some cats that keep themselves on the cleanly side. I do believe any creature that enters the home which can be a danger or health risk should be removed by means necessary. I like animals but there are some I’m not too fond of due to the dangers they pose. I prefer to admire them from afar. Other than that live and let live.
  4. Alhamdulilah, i once read a Sunni Hadith which proclaims that when Ibrahim (عليه السلام). was catapulted into the fire all the animals were tying to put the fire out where as the house lizard was trying keep the fire going. In this particular Hadith it said that this is you should remove the house lizard.
  5. Alhamdulilah, I’m not sure Perhaps there are some errors but this Hadith comes from a credible Book Hayaatul Qulub. This is not the only Hadith in Hayaatul Qulub in which Allah educates the prophets in a way which displays that he is more merciful and more wise than even they can imagine. Keep in mind that even Prophets can not be equal to or greater to Allah in anything and they were being trained and educated by Allah as well. This type of education shows distinction between Allah and his messengers because they are not one or partners. But at the same time even though Allah is the source we can’t put a limitation on Allah and say he can’t bestow his slaves with gifts from his attributes separately. Perhaps those that Ibrahim (عليه السلام). was cursing weren’t in fact believers. Perhaps he was cursing unbelievers because we know that Ibrahim (عليه السلام). made dua’a to Allah to forgive the believers of their shortcomings. This could also be a reason why Allah asked Ibrahim (عليه السلام). to restrain himself from cursing all that he saw. Some believers need to be given a chance to repent so Allah can show his mercy and conceal their defects. Heres is why I used this Hadith to address the original topic of this thread. Allah tells Ibrahim (عليه السلام). that the sins of his creatures doesn’t harm him just as their worship doesn’t benefit him. Allah is free of any need or any dependency from his creation. Side-note: Allah doesn’t need to learn about himself through his creation but it his creation who must learn about their existence through him. Allah goes on to tell Ibrahim (عليه السلام). Who is by the way noted as a friend of him that he is appointed as Warner only and that Ibrahim (عليه السلام). Is not a partner unto him in his Kingdom or a guard or a witness for the people. In the end It doesn’t matter about the Mercy of Ibrahim once Allah intervenes because Allah is Like You said The Merciful, The Most Merciful
  6. You mean in that hadith Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is comparing himself with Ibrahim (عليه السلام)? And in Qur'an He said "like Him there is nothing". Isn't it looks contradicting to you? You will find words in Qur'an like "Ahsan ul Khaliqeen", "Arham ur Rahimeen" etc. What does they mean while we believe that it is He who is "The Creator" & "The Merciful"? Are there some others in the sight of God who can be called creators & merciful? For intance, A mother is merciful to her kids. What would be the source of her mercy? Jesus (عليه السلام) taken clay, made a statue of a bird then breathed into him the ruh & made that bird alive. What would be the source of his creation?
  7. Masha’Allah, Lol I totally get that but up top you are validating the “Most”. Why is the term “most” now included as opposed to last time when you excluded it all together in our previous thread? In the Hadith narrated above by Muhammad SAW- Allah states “He is “More” Merciful than them”. If Allah states that he is “more” merciful wouldn’t by default make Allah The Most Merciful? In that same Hadith Allah says that he is “More” Mighty and “More” Wise. Is the Hadith narrated by Muhammad SAW misinterpreted? Why would Allah need to say “more” instead of just The Merciful, The mighty and The wise? Now in reality in The Quran we know Allah states The Merciful, The Wise, Etc. But from the above Hadith it seems like Allah is stating a measure of difference between him and his creation by using the term “More” which would make him the Most? I know you and I have been down this street I’m just trying to gain more clarity. Lol
  8. Alhamdulilah, This could give some insight When Ibrahim was raised up by the Almighty to the heavens as mention by Allah, “And thus did we show Ibrahim the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and that he might be of those who are sure.” (6:75) He said, Have you then considered what you have been worshipping Ibrahim (عليه السلام). saw a man and a woman engaged in adultery. He cursed them and they died. Then he saw two men committing sodomy. Again he cursed them and they died. Again he saw a couple engaged in fornication and cursed them to death. The fourth time he beheld a similar spectacle and was about to curse when Allah sent a revelation upon him. ‘O Ibrahim, Restrain your malediction from my servants. Indeed I am Forgiving, Merciful and Honorable. The sins of My creatures do not harm Me just as their worship does not benefit Me. I do not train and educate them by subjecting them to My wrath immediately. So refrain from cursing My servants. Indeed you are appointed to warn My servants about My chastisement, you are not My partner in My kingdom, and neither a guard or witness for the people. I deal with My servants in one of the three ways: They repent and I accept their repentance and forgive their sins and conceal their defects. Or I stop My chastisement from them because I know they are carrying some believers in their loins. When the believers are born to them and separate from them, it becomes necessary to punish them. Then My wrath descends. If they are not carrying believers in their loins or wombs and they also do not repent, then the punishment that I have stored for them in the Hereafter is more severe than what you wish for them of the worldly chastisement. Because My punishment for My servants is according to My wrath and My majesty. So leave My servants to me and do not interfere, because I am more Merciful for them than you and more mighty and wise. I destine according My knowledge and allow destiny and free will among them.’ https://www.al-islam.org/hayat-al-qulub-vol-1-allamah-muhammad-baqir-al-majlisi/account-ibrahim-and-his-righteous-sons#merits-ibrahim-and-his-perfect-morals
  9. Alhamdulilah, Hold the press...why is there even “Most” I remember you saying a while back that there is no “Most” only “The”. And Brother Ejaz I saw a pretty good Hadith from the Imams which sort of addresses your question. I will search it up. I’m sure some in here with more insight can elaborate as well.
  10. Mashallah, Very good read! One of the best on here in a long time. May Allah reward you for sharing.
  11. Alhamdulilah, That right there is very true. We live in a time where ignorance is praised. Truthful ones are not trusted and liars are praised. All of our Holy Imams were martyred for upholding morality. It is usually the price but that is the price sincere believers with conviction in Allah are willing to take for strictly the pleasure of Allah.
  12. Alhamdulilah, I agree with it all except Angels not willing to disobey. They don’t disobey because they lack the free will to disobey. We learned about the Two Angels in the Quran who mocked humans and their mistakes and so those two angels were given free will and they ended up sinning heavier than humans. They realized how hard it is to be human and so their punishment is to remain on earth until it’s end.
  13. Alhamdulilah, When I refer to “house” it doesn’t just necessarily refer to a physical house. It’s referring to the set of circumstances that Allah has put before us while fulfilling our obligations without complaints. If Allah is pleased with me my house is in order. How can you have your house in order if you prayed extra prayers but you treated your parents with no respect and backbite against your fellow believers? That’s not having your house in order. Everyone has there own set of circumstances to deal with. Some believers circumstances are more severe. How are we dealing with the set of circumstances laid out before us at the current moment. Are you handling those circumstances to the best of your ability? I might have prayed 20 rakaats last night but another brother has more hardship and he Fasted while being nicer to his fellow believers while not complaining about his hardships. We all should practice being the best Muslim we can one day at a time in preparation for Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام). This is my main point nothing more nothing less.
  14. Alhamdulilah, I see what you are saying and I do have my personal Duas to Allah for improvement. My Focus is the situation that Allah has put in front of me. Before I can think about being part of an illustrious group such as 313, I should have my own house in order. I have to be at least the best Muslim on my block or neighborhood first before I think about being part of such a prestigious group such as the 313 of Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام). Was I even the best Believer on my street today? Was I even the best Muslim in my neighborhood today? Was I even the best Muslim in my district today? Was I even the best Muslim in my city today? Was I the best Muslim in my State today? Was I the best Muslim in my Country today? In order to be one the best I have to do all the little things to perfection. My heart should be pure and the fundamentals should be perfected to the best of my ability. By the Will of Allah These things are attainable and if we strive hard enough. Bruce Lee said the more dangerous man is not the one who practices 1000 different kicks once but it is the one who practices 1 kick 1000 times. The 313 will have this stuff packed down as to their wudhu, their prayers, their ability to deal with fellow believers justly and respectfully with out envy and greed or nationalistic prejudice. Their zeal will leave no room for corruption. By the will of Allah this is the reason why they will be the 313. It will not be up to us decide if we are good enough for 313. Allah will choose those pure of heart enough to be the actual 313. But Insha’Allah we all should strive to be one of the best by mastering what’s in front of us at the current time. Therefore when time comes we are at least ready to serve in what ever capacity we can for the pleasure of Allah.
  15. Alhamdulilah, As it stands at this point I’m just hoping that my wudhu is correct and my 5 daily Prayers are being accepted. I’m far more concerned about rather or not I got through the day being pleasing to Allah and not feeling over confident about the good things I think have done. How could I have been a better Muslim today? Was I kind enough with my family and friends and Fellow believers I don’t know today? Did I give enough sadaqah today? Could I have made more night prayers last night instead of watching Netflix? Alhamdulilah, Allah has cleaned me up a lot from a lot of my pass mistakes but at this point I’m still trying to perfect the basic requirements that Allah requires of me. If I'm called upon by Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام). it will be by the will of Allah. But as it stands now I’m sure there are those out there way more worthy of being 313. May Allah shower his mercy on all of his servants and forgive us our shortcomings.
  16. Alhamdulilah, One of the first things Adam (عليه السلام). noticed when he was created was the light Of Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).(عليه السلام).) Adam also recognized that Muhammad SAW held a very prestigious position in Jannah which was higher than himself. Adam (عليه السلام) ate the forbidden fruit from a tree that actually belonged to the ahlul bayt. Adam had a desire to hold higher status like that of Muhammad SAW. He was tempted through Huwa by Iblees for this reason. It was told to Adam that if he ate from that tree he would have the prestige and higher status of Muhammad SAW. Adam’s sin didn’t stem from forgetfulness but it stemmed from his self desire or want. Adam wanted something he couldn’t have and Iblees played off of that desire because remember shaytan asked to be close to us, so he knows our inner desires. When Adam (عليه السلام). went to eat the fruit the angels tried to stop him but Allah ordered them to stand down. So this is all by the will of Allah. Side notes: Adam desired to Have higher status like Muhammad SAW and Huwa desired to be above status of Adam. She wanted power over Adam. So that’s how Iblees Deceived her and she allowed herself to be used to influence Adam.
  17. Alhamdulilah, Honestly, brother I don’t know who has higher ranks either only Allah knows but, Insha’Allah at the end of it all may we all be more intelligent than Iblees and submit to Allah’s will and avoid the Jahannum. Peace and blessings to you and your family
  18. Musa (عليه السلام). of course occupies a higher level as he is a Prophet and all prophets occupy higher levels. But Musa (عليه السلام). said he was the most wise of his people and so he was ordered to hang with Khidr and from there he learned he was not the one with the most wisdom of the people and Allah gives wisdom to whom he pleases. Luqman wasn’t a Prophet but he was also extremely wise. This was given to Luqman from Allah.
  19. Alhamdulilah, Higher leadership however doesn’t all ways equate to rank of intelligence. We learn this from the story of Musa (عليه السلام). and Khidr (عليه السلام). and other various stories.
  20. Alhamdulilah, I’m no expert and perhaps others with more knowledge than myself can answer this question with more substance. Allah knows what’s in our hearts. We can’t hide it. Allah knows wether we want to avoid sin or if we want to indulge in a sin based on our desire. There are circumstances in such case as the woman’s thirst where her having to sin was based strictly on a need that was life threatening. In her heart she did not want to willfully disobey Allah. When Adam ate from the forbidden tree ( which by the way belonged to Ahlul Bayt) it wasn’t just triggered by his forgetfulness. Adam to an extent had the desire to eat the fruit. Adam’s desire stemmed from wanting to have the same prestige as Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).(عليه السلام). because he noticed how high Prophet Muhammad was in regards to status in Jannah. Adams sin wasn’t one that was out of necessity or complete forgetfulness but it originated from a place of desire. He wanted something he couldn’t have and thus Satan used that as an opening through Huwa(Eve). Adam was told by Huwa that he could gain the status of Muhammad SAW if he ate the fruit. And thus here we are. Im using this story as an example because everything goes back to this story. As believers we have desires or wants but how do we fulfill such desires that come at the risk of disobeying Allah. The Point is that as fallible humans, Allah knows we are going to sin. Allah knows if our sins stem from forgetfulness, extreme situational compromising, or willfully fulfilling self desires that come at the cost of willfully disobeying Allah. This is something that only Allah the most high knows and will judge us accordingly on Yauma Qiyamah. I believe This is also why there is weight to good deeds and bad deeds. The weight of a deed by a person who strived to avoid a sin even though the circumstance was against them. The remembrance of Allah was so strong they were willing to be sacrificed or lose upon those conditions. Prophet Yusuf (عليه السلام). feared Allah so much that he was willing to go to Jail and be executed rather than willfully sin with the pharaohs wife. What is the difference between Yusuf (عليه السلام). Situation in Refusing pharaohs wife and the woman needing to quench her thirst? When you think about it, it’s two extreme conditions. Obviously the woman of thirst took a different approach in order to extend her life. There are many daily situations that people are in which only Allah can judge when it comes to his commands that are broken. The story behind their sin is what makes a difference. If we don’t know the full story like that of the Woman who quenched her thirst we cannot be quick to judge, condemn and punish people. The beauty of the story is also showcasing Ali (عليه السلام). Knowledge given to him by Allah to examine further and give a correct verdict in such cases. This is something that Omar couldn’t make nor any fallible leaders could make. Side note: In a case like this where you have the Qurans prescribed 4 witnesses, The final verdict of the Lady of thirst was her still being found innocent of punishment from her sin. In today’s world if she would have told any islamic court that she was really dying of thirst would they have believed her? From my understanding if a person seeks Tawbah they should be spared of the punishment granted they stay away from the sin even if found by 4 witnesses. Just as much as Allah knows people will sin, he looks for those to seek his mercy and forgiveness. Does this gives an excuse to sin? No! But there is room to reform oneself. Allah knows the hearts of his believers vs disbelievers.
  21. Alhamdulilah, Iblees was on earth thousands of years before Adam so he had certain knowledge of things. However, although Iblees was proud to be made of smokeless fire..the origin of the fire that he is made of comes from the green tree of Jannah which is made of earth. So he is also made from the earth like Adam. Iblees’s arrogance cancelled out his intelligence. One could also say that every time Adam performed sajdah he proved how much more intelligent he was than Iblees because Iblees refused to bow in obedience to Allah.
  22. Alhamdulilah, Brother do you see anywhere in my comment where I give a personal opinion as to who is going to heaven or hell or refer to myself as being the last word? The bottom line is the original poster did not include the full Hadith. I’m answering from the Hadith point of perspective. I didn’t narrate this Hadith. It also doesn’t change the fact that our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).(عليه السلام) has given descriptions of what type of sinners will be in hell as written in our holy Qur'an. Alhamdulilah, But I do agree with you that we all should do our best.
  23. Alhamdulilah, This style of dawah is not Wajib. But you can break bread and meet some good brothers. But I say that in regards to here in the states. I don’t know what the climate of tablighi Jamaat is like in let’s say Pakistan, India etc.
  24. Alhamdulilah, In my youth mostly teenage years I grew up a Sunni Muslim. I was first introduced to the culture of brotherhood through tablighi jamaat. It was time well spent and I’m glad I went and joined the brothers as kid. I met a lot of different beautiful brothers from different backgrounds and forged some friendships and bonds with brothers I still hold dear to today. A lot of my studies about Islam started from tablighi. These brothers are doing some good work in underprivileged neighborhoods in the United States. They are not Shia but still good Muslims. I’m not particularly of the idea that just because people are not of Shia lifestyle then there is no knowledge or no good.
  25. Alhamdulilah, I haven’t read all the comments in this thread but the original poster left out a minor detail in this particular Hadith of only 1 out of 99 going to Jannah. The 99 or 999 going to Jahannam will be from the Juj and Majuj. This is is a testament to how wicked juj and majuj were and will be on this Earth.
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