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  1. Bismihi Ta'ala As the famous narration says, one who dies without knowing the Imam of their time has died a death of jahiliyyah. If one has not recognized or accepted Imamah at all, then there is no question of being on the right path. If the Shi'a are wrong, it would not be due to the rejection of 7th century political leaders, rather due to an error in correctly recognizing the Imam of their time (God forbid). Wallahu A'lam
  2. Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem For laymen, this is indeed true (especially in the West where non-Muslims have made a big issue out of this). On a scholarly level, I don't think the 'ulema have any issue in principle with any of the various ages (9,10,19 etc..) that are attributed, it is just another case of a historical detail on which there doesn't appear to be a consensus (as is the case sometimes with dates when certain events may have occured). Either way, I think we agree that it shouldn't have an impact on our beliefs (same as the uncertainty over other historical deta
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    Bismihi Ta'ala This is quite an interesting breakdown. There is no single or 'correct' way to define trends, because there will always be overlaps and exceptions. However, I do think that Tariq Ramadan has Ikhwani tendencies (not necessarily contemporary Ikhwani, but more the 70s Ikhwanism from which some actually became Khomeinists, and in the process, Shi'a). It is true that opposing Sisi in itself does not make one an MB supporter, but if I recall correctly he has actually gone as far as suggesting that Sisi's regime is worse than Morsi's. His explanation behind Morsi's failures
  4. Walaikum as-Salam wa Rahmatullah Based on your post, it appears that there is indeed some ignorance among the community but also that you are perhaps also not aware of the background/basis of some of these points. Hajj is wajib - all those who meet the criteria must perform it. Regarding the ziyarah of Imam Hussain (as), there are indeed narrations that have equated it to several thousands of hajj. However, the 'ulema have also provided explanations for this (and it is not a basis to select ziyarah over the wajib hajj) This is an over simplification of a compl
  5. Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem The topic has been completely derailed, it was originally about the raising of the graves. As far as I'm aware the graves themselves have not been raised as such. In Masjid al Nabawi you can just about glimpse the grave of the Holy Prophet (pbuh) from the section of the masjid referred to as riyadh-ul-jannah. I believe there are people who have also had the opportunity to visit the actual graves of Imam Hussain (as) and Abul Fadhlil Abbas (as) in Karbala al-muqadassah. As brothers mentioned earlier in this thread, Masjid al-Haram in Makkah is itself
  6. Bismihi Ta'ala Firstly, to have had such a friendship with a non-mahram (regardless of whether they are muslim or not) was already a mistake, and one mistake can often lead to several others. The correct thing to do now would be to cut off the friendship altogether. Secondly, if the individual genuinely wants to convert to Islam he will convert regardless of whether you marry him, speak to him or never see him again. If this influences his decision to convert then his motives were perhaps not sincere to begin with. In Islam the ends do not justify the means (i.e maintaining a fr
  7. Bismillah ar-Rahman ar-Raheem, Again, since a video of Sayyed Kamal has been posted here (a very able scholar, without a doubt), it is worthwhile seeing this as well: Wallahu A'lam
  8. Bismihi ta'ala A couple of off-topic points: -while the forum does have certain rules regarding whom we can/can't make la'an on, note that la'nah is not an insult/slander (and people should be honest when presenting the rulings provided by Sayed al Sistani and Sayed Khamenei, keeping in mind that these rulings address sib rather than la'nah) and that it has appeared several times in the Holy Qur'an. Just wanted to point this out because people seem to mix up the two. -FYI, when you say 'Umm xyz', in Arabic this is usually used to refer to the mother of a child named xyz (this i
  9. Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem All attacks on civilians, regardless of nationality or religion, are to be condemned. I can't agree with the arguments put forward by the brothers/sisters in this thread. -Islam does not distinguish between numbers of civilians, the Qur'an clearly states in Surah Ma'idah that taking even one innocent life is like killing all of mankind -Islam does not punish someone for a crime they have not yet committed. To claim that all Israeli civilians are a legitimate target because one day they may have to do their military service is not a justified p
  10. Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem I agree with brother repenter. The correct way to demonstrate this belief (or any of ours beliefs for that matter) would be through the Qur'an and Ahlulbayt. It is important to remember that even if someone is defending a belief that is shared by the school of Ahlulbayt (as), the specific arguments used may not be valid or relevant in which case the defence is not futile - in fact, it can even be counterproductive and lead to people rejecting the belief because the wrong arguments were used. Wallahu A'lam
  11. Bismillah Ar-Rahman Ar-Raheem SC is certainly a valuable asset, but in terms of gaining knowledge I think there are more important websites out there (for example al-islam.org). Using SC to get answers for your debates can be helpful but will limit you to 'snapshots' rather than a full understanding of fundamental concepts. My humble advice to young brothers and sisters is to avoid spending excessive amounts of time on online debates, and to spend the time in learning the basic fundamentals of religion (again al-islam.org has excellent resources). It is admirable that people are wil
  12. Bismillah al rahman al Raheem. Salaam alaikum everyone. I have been informed that American citizens can only get a visa for Iran if they are part of a group or if they have a private guide in Iran. Does anyone know how an American Citizen can go to ziyarah on their own? Is there a special procedure? Is it sufficient for a friend in Iran to act as a private guide? I would appreciate any practical tips on how to do this. Jazaakallah
  13. Bismillah al rahman al Raheem. Salaam alaikum everyone. I will be visiting Mumbai with my wife for a few days inshaAllah and wanted to know how widely available prayer facilities are for men and women. I believe mogul masjid has facilities for both but would be interested in knowing if there are other masajid or facilities available. Jazakumallah.
  14. Permanent marriage with non muslimeen is not permissible in Islam. Wallahu A'lam.
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