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In the Name of God بسم الله

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  1. Salam, I didn't take my religion all that seriously until I was about 19. I think the thing that guided me was that I always had a sense of feeling bad when I did bad things whereas others would get used to their sins and not think about it anymore. I was also never pleased with my level of piety and honest with myself, while my classmates would give themselves a passing mark and deem themselves worthy of Heaven. So even though I wasn't religious, the natural attitude that Allah instilled in me always pointed me in the right direction. Then when I got older I became more and more burned and disillusioned by the dunya, until finally when I became sick of it I decided to go in the direction where I knew I was supposed to go all along. Getting closer to God should be natural. Sometimes you do have to go through a bit of pressure, but probably not how you're experiencing. My advice is to focus on what you like and run with it, then as a consequence all the other aspects of worship will get pulled along. So if you like charity, start a charity club at your school (I really wish I did that). If you like Quran, start learning and memorizing it. If you like history, focus on that. Do the thing that naturally resonates with you and doesn't feel like a chore. If you're not sure, focus on avoiding sins. That should propel you towards God at 400mph. Don't worry about others. As far as you're concerned the only people who exist in the universe are you and Allah.
  2. Let's praise Imam Ali (عليه السلام) in this space which was constructed to defile him: He was the first man to accept Islam He fought for the Prophet (عليه السلام) in every battle except one, and was the hero of every battle He laid his own life on the line countless times in order to preserve the life of the final Messenger of Allah He was worthy of marrying the Prophet's daughter, Fatimatul Zahraa (عليه السلام) He memorized the Quran and was the first person to make it into a book He was assassinated during salah Nevermind Imam Ali (عليه السلام), imagine there was a different man who fought in multiple Islamic wars, had his marriage arranged by the Prophet (عليه السلام), was a hafiz, was killed during salah. What mental illness would you have to have in order to look at a person like this and think "Hmmmm, I'm going to try to find a flaw in them."
  3. I wonder how they would entice us into using Metaverse? We've had the technology for about a decade and people didn't care that much. The incentive to be on our phones is social media and youtube, I can't see why people would toss their ultra-convenient phones for headgear. They'd have to bring something to the table that makes even us tempted to use it. Maybe financial incentive, maybe being able to experience physical sensations, maybe it'll be a requirement, or a great convenience. It's also possible that this won't be the big thing, but in time it will be developed to the point where it is. Like cell phones and the internet which have evolved so much. It's an exciting thing to talk about because who knows how the future will turn out.
  4. He was offered the caliphhood on the condition he follows the way of Abu Bakr and Umar, and he rejected it. Even though at that point in time the most important thing that could happen in the world was Imam Ali (عليه السلام) becoming caliph, he rejected the position because in Islam the ends do not justify the means. Allah knows what is wrong with you to try to be blind to the ocean of light that this man possesses, light that Sunnis also deeply appreciate. He was the hero of every battle, the third Muslim of all time, one of the Prophet (عليه السلام)'s earliest supporters, the husband of the Prophet (عليه السلام)'s daughter, assassinated while in salah, a depth of wisdom and knowledge, and you're sitting here trying to see him in a negative light. Not even the most bitter salafis and wahabis cross this line. Is it because you're jealous of him? Do you hate the truth itself? Allah knows what disease you have. edit: We should also be careful when handling these agents. They always have ulterior motives. Maybe he means to mock us, to start a flame war, to insult us, to prey on the weak-minded. Whatever the case, don't take threads like these at the surface-level.
  5. It means shortening. If I'm wrong iA someone will correct me.
  6. Very inspiring. It's really never too late to pursue your dreams.
  7. I went through something similar when I decided to take my religion more seriously, a strong sense of being overwhelmed. Always keep in mind that Islam is intended to make your life easier. Following the wisdoms will get you out of a lot of trouble and put you in better positions in terms of relationships, character, career, wellbeing, etc. The only thing you need to do to get into Heaven is pray, pay khums, visit hajj once in your lifetime, and be a decent person. Everything else is a bonus. I was also paralyzed with what I had to learn, but now I don't get anxiety about my ignorance. This isn't like a university program where there's a list of courses and subjects that you have to study and tick off one by one. I just learn about the things that interest me (Muslim personalities and ethics), and that's enough to fulfill me and make me a better Muslim. Some of the greatest Muslims of all time who will be in the highest ranks of Heaven barely read while they were alive, but they are more noble than angels because they were really ethical and good people. One of the 313 is like this. You're going to get it. The majority of Muslims are non-Arabs who don't know how to speak Arabic, yet they all know how to pray. Have confidence in yourself. There is only one way to pray, but the differences you may be seeing are because there are a lot of extra things you can optionally add to your salah. Just find one tutorial and stick to it. This is the best video I've seen because it tells you what's mandatory and what's optional. https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=3292278074118449 You are allowed to look at your papers or the video as you're praying. There's a nice app called Shia+ which gives you alarms when it's time to pray, they also have a prayer tutorial with transliteration so you could be looking at that the entire time you're praying if that's what you need to get through it. No, and He is aware of your noble and pure intentions so He's going to help you. There are no issues If you make a mistake you don't have to go back and repeat the entire salat, you can just correct yourself and it would count. As bad as you feel, your shaitan feels 1000x worse. Poor guy ;( He is the most compassionate and understanding. Every chapter in the Quran begins with "In the name of the most Merciful, the most Compassionate." The prayers that you're praying now with difficulty are worth more than 100 of ours, because He appreciates your struggle and sincerity. You already are This site is great! Please make an account
  8. This is not an issue. Since it is very common for people to travel with a group that will organize and take care of everything such as this one: https://www.instagram.com/p/CU0U0BaLf_r/
  9. Something that has really been helping me lately is to focus on the intention. I firmly establish a will to pray and I consciously and deliberately think about what it is I want to do. So dhuhr time comes and I verbally think "I'm going to pray 2 salats. I'll pray dhuhr, and then I'll pray asr." And I think it with a firmness, as if this is a decision I've made despite the protests of people. With anything, if you start off strong you're likely to end it strong, and the beginning of the salah is not al-Hamdu, it's the intention. I think once my nafs understood that this is something I insist on and want to do it respected my will. I don't even have to necessarily want it, just making the active decision to pray gives you a resoluteness and firmness. I try to think that this isn't an obligation, it's something that I decided to do. It sounds crazy but please try it, you may be surprised like I was
  10. I found this: https://www.sistani.org/english/book/47/2109/ Looks like you can't shave it. Maybe you can get a buzzcut or a pixie-cut. Is your hair currently very long?
  11. Salamu 3alaykum. The most important part of our day is sometimes the hardest unfortunately, but often you hear advice people give to make the process go smoother. I would love to hear what tips you have so that we may benefit from them. I have 3: 1. Be in wudhu long before salah starts. Sometimes people don't mind praying, but they're too lazy to make wudhu and also pray at the same time so they delay everything or even worse end up skipping everything. 2. Pray deliberately. Specifically make sure every action and movement is deliberate and done with intention. If you don't do this you may feel like you're being forced to pray against your will. 3. Learn how to do the bare minimum in salah. Sometimes you are just really out it due to a very bad or busy day. In these rough days you can make the "load" lighter on yourself and pray only doing the minimum. This isn't a hard thing to learn, because all you'd be doing is taking things out of your normal salah.
  12. That sounds like a bad place to work. Sometimes Allah removes you out a bad situation out of love for you, and He intents to put you in a better place.
  13. Salam, I think you should have gone for the second woman if that was the only issue. Your risq will come to you regardless, the time when your kids will be born is fixed. And you said you wanted to wait until your 30s, women won't be willing to wait 8+ years to have kids. I don't think you should compromise your standards on two things: Eman and Akhlaq. It's fine if she's not that good-looking or doesn't work. It's fine if you you don't get the exact circumstances you want in terms of income or house or location.
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