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  1. Salam Alaikum guys, hope you all are well. I'm going to do my best to summarize what's been on my mind for a very long time. It's caused me lots of internal struggle and suffering. Basically, from my understanding, there are two paths one can take in this world. That of a person who wishes to further his spiritual pathway OR they may choose to pursue the world. With that being said, this past year, I have completely focused entirely on spirituality and getting closer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the Ahlulbayt AS. I have read from their teachings, watched YouTube videos and mainly through the "Al-Hadith" app, which is Shi'i based I assume (totally recommend it) and essentially, have come the conclusion that for true success, one should mainly focus on the spiritual realm of Life. I agree with this, however, my mental health has suffered severely it seems. I feel as if none of my practices are coming into fruition. I still get very upset, depressed, anxious, and basically, excuse my frank-ness but, just looking forward for my Life to end. It becomes very hard for me to feel any reason to continue any of my worldly obligations, since I'm going to die anyway and it's all going to go. On the other hand, whenever I let myself feel the joys of the world, I can tolerate existence in this world, I actually enjoy being alive and look forward to the future possibilities. I become less anxious and depressed, which is something I deal with constantly. To be frank, it's the worst part of it all. I can be "normal" it seems like. Here's the issue though, now I do things that are attached to the world, i.e. using social media actively, talking just to talk or catch up, wanting to speak to women and basically just become more heedless. I don't know what to do. I don't see myself being able to provide for myself if I put my emphasis on my spiritual journey. I have Trust in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), but I don't think He expects me to pray only and wait for sustenance to drop out the sky. Is there something I am not understanding about the faith? Why do I still feel depressed and ashamed once I feel happy? I'm in pain and I hate to say this but, the longer I sit in it, the longer I wish for the coward's way out. Jazakulla for your responses.
  2. Alhamdullilah, I think @starlight summed it well for you. Not much leeway in how we behave with our parents. I would like to add something though, maybe it could possible help you emotionally cope with your current situation? Short Backstory: Recently realized that a lot of parents that come from overseas were raised by abusive parents (It's generational & sad at the same time), so essentially, if this does apply to you, my advice is: Learn to grieve over your situation properly, research "grey-rocking" and set healthy boundaries. I also recommend praying the Night Prayer (Tahajjud) and asking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). to help change them and allow them to be more accepting of you. P.S. If the overseas thing does apply to you, please be the person the break the cycle of narcissism, abuse, and trauma.
  3. I'm always so late to these :-( So, is there another divide among us brothers again? Shias who believe we should take it and Shias who think we shouldn't. My opinion is that we ought to stay away for as long as we can. Solely based off the fact that, like we all agree, Evil runs this world. It isn't too far fetched to believe that there are hidden agendas or malicious activities taking place, under the guise of protection. I think we should also accept that we don't have the information, so, how could we be 100% sure about anything? Imam Ali ((عليه السلام).) said: "A man's conjecture is to the extent of his reason. " Like I said, not too far off to assume there is something big going on. Who knows, maybe the vaccine is just the first stage, perhaps, they'll make more and more. Accustoming us all to subordination. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Guide us all.
  4. This has been a long list of entertaining back-and-forth comments. I don't know much on the history of Islamic rulings, but I think the case was: Scholars a long time ago made a ruling that isn't consistent with today's time. Al-Sistani decided to fix it but, instead (I think) is receiving flak from folks like us.
  5. @Eddie Mecca Salamun-Alaykum brother, thank you for posting that video. My questions have been answered. Thank God Biskit is here.
  6. @Mahdavist Salam brother, thank you for taking the time to respond. So, what does that make of Imam Khomenei's fatwa? What kind of "music" is allowed then? In my opinion, if it were clearly a blanket ruling, what should stop any established religious figure (i.e. Ayotallah & Imams) to just completely say: "All music is haram" To me, and brother I want to preface by saying I seek the truth and not an excuse to listen to anything, but why even create a vague ruling that has caused much confusion over the years? In my opinion, Imam Khomenei has answered clearly between the distinction of what is considered "ghina" and "lahwi". To speak on the links you had posted, I have actually read through those before and had solidified the idea that all music one would even consider listening to absolutely haram, based from the hadith(s). Another question I had was, wouldn't the religious scholars know about these hadiths, specifically Imam Khomenei? They had to have taken those into consideration. If average joes like me can stumble across quotes of our Imams (عليه السلام). like that, then I'm confident in saying that they have it under a microscope.
  7. Salamun-alaikum brother, thanks for responding. I appreciate you bringing this to my attention, I am quite familiar with Ayotollah Sistani's (رضي الله عنه). fatwa on music. I am however, questioning Imam Khomenei's fatwa on music (lahw & ghina) which is: Q1121. What are the criteria by which one can distinguish ḥalāl from ḥarām music? Is classical music ḥalāl? A: Any music which is lahwī and deviating people from the way of Allah which is suitable for gatherings of merry making is ḥarām whether it is classic or not. To distinguish the subject of a ruling depends on the view of the mukallaf as a part of common people. There is no objection to other kinds of music in itself. Q1126. How do you define ghinā’? Is it just the human voice or does it cover the sound of musical instruments? A: Ghinā’ is the voice of the human being, which is produced in a rise and fall pattern and suitable for the gatherings of lahw and sin. It is ḥarām to engage in this type of singing; as well as to listen to it. So, with this being said, would the music links I provided, be considered from your own opinion to be so? I personally don't, mainly because the theme of the songs are not in tandem with common "amusement gatherings" I would also like to add this, just because it is a thought that has come across my mind. Is it a possibility that the reason many of our Infallible Imams (عليه السلام). have been quoted in depicting musical instruments, music & singing to be terrible because of how it was used back then? Most of the reasons people used to listen to music back then was because of idol worship, sensual gatherings, gatherings of excess etc. The Holy Imams would most definitely have not condoned it & with full reason. Music has changed, many different genre's exist and a lot of them are still the same old forms egoism, shamelessness, and straight-up satanism. At the same time, music is an art form which can be expressed in multiple ways. There are good people in the world who play music; they don't play it for evil reasons either or promote evil. This, in my opinion, seems to be the logic behind Imam Khomenei's (رضي الله عنه). fatwa. I would like to hear all opinions, don't be afraid to chime in, but in the words of a wise man. "Taste your words first before you speak."
  8. Salamun-aliakum brothers & sisters, This is my first topic discussion so please bare with me. I basically have stopped listening to all forms of music ever since I've decided to dedicate myself more to the religion of Islam. I had attempted to find some sort of loophole to make it permissible, but no avail (maybe that's a good thing). I follow Ayotollah Sistani's ((رضي الله عنه).) fatwa on music and I'm pretty sure we all know it's basically a resounding NO to all forms of music, at least the ones I grew up with and find enjoyable. I had found something rather interesting after stumbling across Imam Khomenei's website. Q1123. What is meant by lahwī music? And how best can one recognize it? A: Lahwī and deviating music is that which due to its characteristics keeps human beings away from Allah, the sublime, and away from moral merits and drives them towards sinful acts and carelessness. Its recognition rests with the common people. So, basically long story short, I ask this out of pure curiosity and not so I can "suck the pleasures out of the dunya", trust me, I hope we can all collectively agree that this world is NOTHING but a vessel for our deeds and a ground for us to know The Creator. I am curious if in your guys' opinion, the music links I will be putting down below would fall into the category of lahwi or ghina. This music is considered "indie" with popular themes regarding: melancholy, self-betterment, happiness, sadness, etc. mainly human emotion. Many of the indie songs I used to listen to in my past wouldn't necessarily have sexual or intoxicative themes per-se, possibly in some a reference. Halcyon Age - YouTube Mac DeMarco // "Freaking Out The Neighborhood" - YouTube Tame Impala - Is It True (Official Video) - YouTube Please feel free to share any & all opinions and thoughts, while being respectful :-)
  9. I've spent so much time reading this instead of doing my English homework. It has truly been a fun read and rabbit-hole to follow. I do however feel that @Strange Samurai summarizes it in a way that is acceptable to most people. This constant back and forth is not going to get anywhere besides creating division among us brothers. Why don't we all patiently wait for Imam al-Mahdi (a.j.t.f.s) to arrive, then we can ask him!
  10. As-Salamunalaikum, This is my first post made on this forum chat or any forum chat so please bare with me. I personally know practically close to nothing in relation to hadiths about chest-beating or many other things for that matter. I only know what I have learned from the Imams ((عليه السلام)) and their sayings. I however did watch a video by Dr. Ammar Nakshawani? (Forgive me if I spelt his name wrong) who had stated that is not wajib for anyone to beat their chest. However, people (including me and with no pride) beat their chest to remember the holy chest of Imam Hussain ((عليه السلام).), a chest that was kissed by the Prophet Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم).A.), as well as a chest that was trampled upon by the hooves of horses of the Umayyads. May this answer suffice. Peace be upon you and your endeavors. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQWLclR0vyA
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