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  1. Ofcourse, he did because Ali(عليه السلام) was the Imam of Umar. Just like Imam Zain Al abideen (عليه السلام) protected the yezidi man in his house when he was running for his life (I'm sure people are aware of that incident). Imam Zain (عليه السلام) did say to the yezidi that whether he accepts it or not, he is the yezidi's Imam and since he had called for help, it was wajib for the Imam to help him. Similarly Imam Ali (عليه السلام) helped and protected Umar not because he approved his actions, but because Imam Ali (عليه السلام) was the actual leader of Islam who had to safeguard Islam in whatever way he could, even if it meant helping Umar. If a pilot hijacks a plane and tries to fly it himself and the plane is about to crash, the actual pilot will then help the hijacker and guide him how to flow because he knows he is the real pilot. This doesn't mean the pilot is supporting the hijacker, he is only protecting the plane with all its passengers, despite being totally against the hijacker. That is the relationship of Ali (عليه السلام) and Umar, where Umar hijacked Islam.
  2. Sunnis have no real consensus on why they believe Abu Bakar had to be the first khalifa. Some say it was God's order to make Abu Bakar caliph but some say God left it entirely up to people. Others say Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) was completely silent about it, yet some say he gave direct hints by asking Abu Bakar to lead prayer (which he actually never did). Some Sunnis even believe Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) personally wanted Ali (عليه السلام) to be caliph but it was only a personal choice and not a divine order. Some Sunnis claim God strictly ordered Prophet (s) to appoint Abu Bakar and God was not ready to accept even Umar as the first caliph. So Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) asked Abu Bakar to lead prayer. All of these are nonsense claims which have no grounds in reality. Because Abu Bakar was a false caliph, so the Sunnis have no ONE, single real solid basis for this. Every Sunni will come up with his own confused reason to justify how Abu Bakar was meant to be the caliph. That's why you would receive different answers from Sunnis for questions like...Did Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) appoint Abu Bakar or not. On the other hand, every single Shia in the world has ONE clear opinion that Ali (عليه السلام) was appointed by Allah himself and Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) repeatedly and clearly proclaimed this throughout his life - culminating at Ghadeer. There is no dispute amongst Shias on this - while Sunnis are disputed themselves. This is because there are many fake and false paths in this world, but the right path is only one.
  3. It depends on your level of piety. Some unmarried people can reach such high level of morality that they will not commit sexual sins even unconsciously. They will not even imagine committing sexual sins; even the thought of sinning will not enter their minds. They will associate sins with extreme filth and disgust. Being chaste will give them immense happiness, satisfaction and comfort. They will feel no urge or desire to commit any sins. There is something on the lines that Allah says that when someone lowers his gaze, Allah creates in that person a certain degree of comfort and that person can feel the beauty of that comfort in his heart. Of course such people are extreme rarity, but it is the ideal situation where an unmarried person enjoys his chastity much more than any perceived pleasure from sins. May Allah make all unmarried persons reach this level of satisfaction and contentment.
  4. True, and understandable. But these examples of Prophets are meant to be guidelines and role models for us. We have to try to follow them at least. Yes, agreed. But the rules don't change. Masturbation, adultery, fornication etc. were prohibited then, and are still prohibited even though situation now is very different and very difficult. Ofcourse, final judgement is with Allah.
  5. If it is "impossible", then it would be unfair of Allah to punish them. Sexual sins would become allowed if that had been the case. But Allah is not unfair and sexual sins never get allowed, which has to mean that nobody can say that it is impossible to stay abstinent. I heard that on the day of judgement Allah will give the example of Prophet Yousaf (عليه السلام). His sexual abstinence was more difficult than anyone of us - but Allah will say that if Yousaf (عليه السلام) remained abstinent, then why didn't you?
  6. We don't live in a fantasy world. Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) advised fasting - do you wish to ignore this?
  7. Nobody is disagreeing to that. Everyone should try to get married. But the topic is about the waiting period before marriage, the pre-marital life and it's struggles and whether achieving chastity in this period is next to impossible or not. Mutah is unavailable to most people - it's a fact which needs to be accepted. Society as a whole needs to take action, but many single unmarried people will not find means for mutah - and these are the people who the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) advised to fast.
  8. The Prophet (peace be upon him) advised unmarried men to get married if they could do so, and if they were unable to get married, he advised them to fast. These people were not imprisoned or living in jungle. --- Apology for the incorrect title, can moderators change it? Thanks
  9. The topic is specifically about when nikah and mutah are both unavailable, otherwise there was no need for this discussion.
  10. Assalamu alikum Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has said that HE doesn't test people with burdens greater than they can carry. Despite this, do you believe that there are certain obligations in Islam which a man must perform at all cost, but they are so extremely difficult that they are considered next to impossible? When do you think we face such extreme situations in life where Islam requires us to follow rules which are believed to be nearly impossible to follow? One aspect of life where many scholars believe entails performing nearly impossible tasks is controlling sexual desires before marriage. The problem with this issue is that if an unmarried person is repeatedly told that it is impossible to stay chaste without marriage, he may find it justified to commit sins if he is unable to get married. For example, read this: https://www.islamquest.net/en/archive/question/fa915 "Taming the sexual drive is also impractical and almost impossible except for a few exceptional individuals. The only option that remains for youth in order not to fall into sin and corruption is temporary marriage." And.... "The sexual instinct, having completely and absolutely awakened, is provoked and excited and exerts pressure upon the youth. And there is no alternative left except fulfilling the desire lawfully. The sexual urge is just like the urge and need for water and food. Can you tell a hungry or thirsty person to refrain from eating and drinking? Can another activity, even exercise and recreation or games, divert the attention of a hungry and thirsty one from food or water? -------- Here, they are saying that suppressing sexual desire is so nearly impossible that one has no alternative left other than fulfilling it. Now, if an unmarried person reads this, he might be motivated to get married. But then if he is unable to get married or do mutah, he might be inclined to feel that he has some leeway in doing sexual sins, because the scholars say it is next to impossible to avoid them. But the point is..that even if it is next to impossible....it is still compulsory. Yes, you cannot tell a hungry person to refrain from eating and drinking...but you must tell an unmarried person to refrain from all sexual activity. That's a big difference between hunger and sex. Of course Allah desires that everyone's sexual desire is fulfilled....but at the same time, when a person is unmarried, Islam requires and expects him to achieve chastity, no matter how enormously difficult and next to impossible it may be. But I just feel that when scholars advocate early marriages by saying that it is nearly impossible to control sexual desires, they may unintentionally be giving an excuse for unmarried people to justify their sins by saying that they can't do something which is considered nearly impossible by the scholars themselves. To this, it should be said that although it may be next to impossible, it must be done - sexual sins must be avoided and there is no excuse or leeway or justification for sins, even if one finds this a nearly impossible target to achieve. I believe advocating this stance can motivate unmarried people to stay chaste. So would you agree that early marriages should not be encouraged in a way which leaves unmarried people no hope or motivation to struggle for pre-marital chastity?
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