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Muwahida

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  1. I can sometimes tell the difference between a Sunni or Shia girl by the way they put the hijab. Shia girls usually cover their chin. Most of the time though I can tell because I may have seen the girl at Shia lectures or programs etc. Theyre just too unfriendly and unapproachable! For me meeting new Muslim girls at uni have mainly been Sunni and if there is a shia girl that I would talk to at uni its because I personally know her from somewhere else. I just wish the Shia would be more friendly and open! Anyway thats my rant about the Shia lol.
  2. (salam) Yes I have also had many sisters who have avoided my salams. It's very frustrating. But what makes it even more annoying is that its usually the Shia sisters who do this (probably because theyre too scared that you're a Sunni and they dont want to befriend you). Its the sunni girls who usually return my salams and smiles and if they dont I'd probably interpret it that its because I'm shia lol. I don't worry too much about these people, but I've concluded that its the Shia girls who are the unfriendly ones. Why do the Shia always have to be so distant even amongst themsleves?!
  3. (bismillah) (salam) I have to agree with all the positive comments made here about The Arrivals. EVERYONE should watch it!. I am also surprised it hasn't been given much attention here on Shiachat, but inshaAllah more people will start watching. Spread the word to all your family and friends! You won't agree with everything that is mentioned in the series, however by the end of it (or even the start!) you won't deny that it is a real eye-opener and you will start looking at the world differently. Regarding the comments about them prortraying Nabi Isa (as) higher then Imam Mahdi (atf), I disagree. I don't remember them portraying that image, wallahu A3lam. Despite that, we shouldn't really be discussing who's status is higher (although we do know the great status of Imamah). It's a silly thing to discuss because both Nabi Isa (as) and Imam Mahdi (atf) are coming to establish the one and same message (but may have different roles)- they are both chosen by Allah (swt) who are obeying HIS commands. Brother bkt900 or others if you have any links to other videos or articles etc. related to this topic, please post them on here. JazakAllahu Khayran. (wasalam)
  4. (bismillah) (salam) Not sure if anyone has seen this article but it is excellent. May Allah (swt) bless her for having the courage to speak the truth. Getting away with murder Date: January 11 2009 Julia Irwin YOU'VE got to hand it to the Israeli public relations flacks: only they could convince you that killing children was an act of self-defence. As the recent bombing of Gaza began, Israeli Foreign Minister Tzipi Livni gave instructions for the Foreign Ministry to take "emergency measures to adapt Israel's public relations to the ongoing escalation in the Gaza Strip". Livni went on to call for foreign language speakers to put Israel's case to the world. In Australia, the ABC relies for "independent" comment on the smooth Mark Regev, an official spokesman for the Israeli Government, and Martin Indyk, a former official of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. It's the oldest trick in the book: if they look and sound like us, we are more likely to be sympathetic towards them. Anyone putting an alternative view is immediately cast as anti-Semitic. Our media glibly accept the excuses of the Israeli public relations machine and ignore the horrific realities of Israel's barbaric behaviour in Gaza. It's the same in most Western countries - the groundwork has been laid and the responses of world leaders are predictable. When the Israeli attacks began, right on cue Western leaders regretted the killing of children but in the same breath condemned Palestinians for firing rockets from their walled ghetto into Israel. While French President Nicolas Sarkozy called for an immediate ceasefire by both sides, US President George Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown called only for Hamas to halt rockets fired from Gaza. They did not call for Israel to halt its bombing. There was a lot of handwringing by world leaders but no tough talk when it came to the bombing of the Islamic University of Gaza or the killing of 40 civilians in a United Nations school. We saw the same during the 2006 Israeli war against Lebanon. It all reminds me of an old story from the days of the Roman Empire. The Emperor Nero was upset that his prized lions were being distressed by Christians who ran away from them in the Colosseum. Nero ordered that at the next circus a Christian was to be buried up to his neck in the sand to make things easier for the lions. When the lions entered the ring, the biggest and meanest saw the hapless condemned, swaggered over and stood astride the Christian's head, roaring for approval from the crowd. At that moment, the Christian craned his neck and bit off the lion's testicles. The crowd was shocked. "Fight fair! Fight fair!" they yelled. It seems that no matter what injustice Palestinians have suffered in the past 60 years, they should be grateful for the privilege of being able to live under the jackboot of Israeli occupation. For three years since daring to democratically elect a government not favoured by Israel or the US, the people of Gaza have been subjected to a starvation blockade. Yet the civilised world has barely raised a note of concern. Is this the standard by which we judge the behaviour of nations? We talk about Darfur and Zimbabwe but say little of the gross abuse of human rights that occurs daily in the illegally occupied territories of the West Bank and Gaza. Our double standards have made a mockery of the doctrine of humanitarian intervention. Our failure to condemn the totally disproportionate, not to say illegal, attacks by the Israeli Defence Force has changed the way conflict is regarded around the world. Last August, Russia employed the same tactics in its attack on Georgia as Israel did against Lebanon. Neither Russia nor China sought UN Security Council emergency meetings in response to the Israeli attacks on Gaza. What happens in the Middle East today sets the standard for the world. And that applies to weapons as well as tactics. Using cluster bombs or phosphorus bombs against civilian targets is perfectly legal if you can believe the Israeli Defence Force. Assassinating Hamas leaders during a ceasefire does not constitute a breach. Collective punishments against communities, obstructing medical and humanitarian relief - all part of Israel's tactics - could now be considered acceptable behaviour in national and international conflict. How can we criticise brutal regimes elsewhere in the world when we condone worse atrocities when they are committed by Israel? The Security Council has become a laughing stock. The Secretary-General is a pathetic figure reduced to faint pleas for a ceasefire while UN personnel are murdered on the ground in Gaza. And who will pick up the pieces when the bloodshed has finally stopped? The rest of the world will, of course. Through the world's contributions to the UN, its largest budget item is the UN Relief and Works Agency. With an annual $700 million budget going to support Palestinian refugees, the biggest component is being spent on Gaza. Even before the Israeli bombing and invasion of Gaza, the UN Human Rights Council Special Rapporteur responsible for reporting on conditions in the occupied territories, Richard Falk, was denied entry to Gaza. Last month, Falk called for an International Criminal Court investigation to determine whether the Israeli civilian leaders and military commanders responsible for the Gaza siege should be indicted and prosecuted for violations of international criminal law. To that long list of war crimes and crimes against humanity we can now add the atrocities committed in this recent invasion. But, with its superior public relations forces, Israel can easily deflect concern about its barbaric assault. And will the world call Israel's leaders to account for their crimes? Not likely. Western leaders - including Australia's - will merely call on Palestinians to fight fair. Julia Irwin is Federal MP for the NSW seat of Fowler and a member of the Parliament's Palestinian Friendship Group. http://www.smh.com.au/text/articles/2009/0...1004352831.html
  5. (salam) Yes he will be coming for this year's Ashura lectures in Hurstville. Not sure about advertising but they should be up soon. If you've watched 313, Sheikh Abbas Virjee was the one who taught Laith about Imam Mahdi (as). :P. Can't remember if he was a sheikh in the movie though..
  6. (salam) ^ Yeah actually I was told today that it is on Thursday. Either way they'll announce it at Hurstville. Wasalam
  7. (salam) I've spoken to some organisers and the correct day at the mosque is actually Friday. Wasalam.
  8. I just did a quick search on shiachat. I found this link (post no.106 is good). I also suggest for you to visit Sayyed Muhammad Hussein's website- www.bayynat.org . Wasalam
  9. (salam) sis, Congratulations on your reversion sis. Welcome to Islam :D. I sometimes attend the Imam Hussein Islamic Centre, but I haven't been there for a while. Whenever I plan to attend I'll send you an email and maybe we can meet up there. Take care sis. InshaAllah we'll meet soon. :) Wasalam.
  10. (salam) Dr Ali White seems good, alhamdulillah, haven't seen him for a while though. Yeah he's always talking to hijabis, probably giving them some advice and stuff about uni..he likes to help out. He doesn't organise the Muslim Students Association's meetings on our campus but he sometimes attends them though. I think he was organising some other Islamic meetings at uni, but I don't know much about it. The Shia at Bankstown campus are very lucky B) , alhamdulillah , the Sunnis seem very open-minded and I have never really had any problems there. We don't really have much Salafis, alhamdulillah, lol. Btw, I still haven't met sis Negar yet! InshaAllah after the break sis :D Wasalam.
  11. (salam) Lol...yeah we could have met today. Oh well. Anyways the meetings aren't organised by Ali White...he usually attends them though. You know him? I think he's doing some other meetings himself...he's making a small class or Islamic study group or something. Anyways how about we meet Friday... would you be available anytime Friday? Wasalam. :)
  12. (salam) I'm at uni now sis. I'm free til 3. If you're still there I'll meet you. :D Ws.
  13. (salam) ^Another one from UWS ayy. Who else goes to UWS?lol. Bankstown campus is cool, too bad they don't offer business hehe. Anyways I'm a second year ...don't know if I'll know any of your friends. Cool sis, so when do you wanna meet up? Do you know Ruqayah aswell? I wonder if I know you :angel: hmmm.lol. I'm at uni every day of the week except Tuesdays. I'll be free from like 9-12 tomorrow and I'll be going to the General Meeting in the musallah at 4 p.m tomorrow.. don't know if you know about it but I'll be there, so maybe you can meet me there if you want. I'll be free on Friday from 12-1:30 aswell. You work out a time when you wanna meet up :). If you can't meet me this week we'll meet up sometime next week on Monday or Wednesday. Okies take care. InshaAllah I'll see you soon :D Wasalam.
  14. (salam) Your subjects sound interesting...I would like to do some politics and philosophy subjects. Lol where did you get criminology from? I'm studying psychology :P. The sociology subjects I chose last year were electives. I could have chosen much more interesting subjects. Oh well...too late now lol. I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it Sunday, but I'll try to :P. I'll tell you on Saturday. lol Sorry sis Negar for going off-topic. hehe Ws
  15. (salam) :lol: me too. I can't stand them either! I made sure that I didn't choose a sociology subject this year. I made that mistake twice last year :squeez: lol. Sis Negar I don't mind giving you some of my notes from last year...but I'm not sure if they'll be able to help you much with this topic. I'll see what I can help you with. If you do go to Milperra campus, it'll be good to meet up sometime. Wasalam.
  16. Lol. I studied intro to sociology last year. You must go to the Milperra campus. Are you first year? lol Ws.
  17. Let me guess. You're studying Introduction to Sociology at UWS? :P lol Wasalam.
  18. (salam) ^ Yes, if you go to the AlMabarrat office (on 95 Wollongong road) you'll be able to collect money boxes from there. May Allah (swt) reward those who are willing to help the needy orphans in Lebanon. Wasalam.
  19. Just want to make a correction sis. The correct word is " 'Adheem ", not "azeem". Wasalam
  20. (salam) InshaAllah you are all well and in the best of health and Iman. Just want to update my fellow shiachatters on last night's Almabarrat dinner. ^_^ Alhamdulillah it was a great success! MashaAllah the hall was full of people and alot of money was raised to go to Almabarrat institutions in Lebanon, alhamdulillah. The night went really well and alot of people had enjoyed it. The speeches made by Sheikh Yusuf Nabha and Sheikh Jehad Ismail were excellent and very informative. There was also an informative speech made by a brother who has been a sponsor with Almabarrat for 7 years. May Allah reward him. The Al-Ka'im group had helped make the night enjoyable with their beautiful anashid. The auction, raffle and donation time were also enjoyable parts of the night. There were many donations MashaAllah...a brother Mahmoud Ahmedinejad and also a Fouad Siniora had donated on the night- Fouad Siniora donating the least - $1. May Allah reward them. :lol: Alhamdulillah during the auction, alot of money was raised also. A young brother had donated a picture of Imam Hussein (as) and had asked the audience to help him raise $300 to fulfil the promise he had made with Allah (swt) that he will donate this money to the orphans. MashaAllah the picture was auctioned to $3000! May Allah (swt) reward those who helped this young brother. At the end there was a raffle and the winner was granted a ticket to Lebanon. Alhamdulillah, the dinner was very enjoyable and a great success! May Allah (swt) reward all those who attended, donated and sponsored last nights blessed dinner and helped raise money to the needy orphans in Lebanon. Also may Allah (swt) reward all those who had volunteered on the night and helped make the night a success, alhamdulillah. Jazakumullahu khairan. I pray that future dinners held by the Mabarrat and other charitable organisations are just as enjoyable and successful as this dinner, InshaAllah. Wasalam.
  21. (salam) ^ The last time you met her was when she was 12? :unsure: You both live in sydney and your cousins, why don't you just meet up again? lol ws
  22. (salam) When it comes to da'wah I believe, just like the above posters, that one of the most important forms of da'wah while living in the West is having good akhlaq. Having good akhlaq certainly does change the stereotypes people have towards Muslims and Islam, however I think alot of the times it just stops at that. I doubt that a lot of the people who change their opinions about Muslims would go further and research more about Islam and try to understand more about what these "good" Muslims believe...however thats not to say it never happens. Good akhlaq is not the only main form of da'wah we should use. I think that most good Shia have used only this form of da'wah, but have not succeeded in bringing others towards Shia Islam. Look at the Wahabis for example. Most Wahabis have really disgusting akhlaq and there physical appearance is not very pleasing or approachable either, but they still manage to convert people to their faith much more than the Shia do. And they are also successful in turning many of these new converts against the Shia! They certainly don’t bring people towards Islam through their akhlaq, but they do it by raising awareness about Islam through handing out pamphlets/books etc., and going out and speaking about Islam to the non-Muslims. So I think as Shia we need to use both good akhlaq AND words to invite people towards the right path, whenever we have the opportunity to. If we use both these forms of da’wah then we are sure to get much more people to the right path. I am advising myself before anyone else... (salam) I do agree with you, bro Khorasani, that if we wish to live in Western countries, then we should be focusing on inviting people towards Islam. However (I might have misunderstood you here), but we can still focus on and be full-time teachers, engineers etc., and full-time Muslims at the same time, because being in the workforce is a great place and opportunity to invite people towards Islam and a great form of da’wah too. If we don’t view our duty here in the West is to invite people towards Islam then we shouldn’t be here, otherwise there is a great chance that many of us and our children will turn astray. I think bro seyedmusawi has put it best. Wasalam.
  23. (salam) ^InshaAllah you'll be able to make it to the dinner. Technically I'm not really an organiser at the Mabarrat, but sometimes I do help during the dinners they hold and maybe some other small things. With regards to the radio station, I know that they are working on trying to get a clearer reception. However where you live may also affect the reception because in some places its pretty clear. Wasalam.
  24. (salam) ^No, it's probably not too late to buy at the door, but if you want they can save a ticket for you. Just send me your details or call the numbers that are listed in the first post. I know that IHIC is selling the tickets. You can also buy a ticket at the AlMabarrat office (95 Wollongong rd, Arncliffe) or just ask them to save you a ticket. Wasalam.
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