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  1. The place where prayers are performed must fulfil seven conditions. The first condition: it must be permissible to use [i.e. it must not be usurped], based on obligatory precaution. Ruling 854. Performing prayers on property whose benefit belongs to someone else without the consent of the one who benefits from the property is ruled as being the same as performing prayers on usurped property. For example, if in a rented house the landlord or someone else performs prayers there without the consent of the tenant, then based on obligatory precaution his prayers are invalid. Ruling 864. Performing prayers on someone else’s property is permitted only when the owner clearly gives his consent to do so, or he says something that indicates he has given permission – such as giving someone his consent to sit and sleep on his property, by which it can be understood that he has given permission for prayers to be performed there as well – or, when one derives confidence by some other way that the owner consents. https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/5418/ Even though these are public areas, are you certain that your prayers there are valid?
  2. I still don't understand how mutah would help solve the issue. What do you mean when you say that "you need to know specific things"?
  3. What more would you like to know? How would Mutah help you learn more about her? You will never fully know someone unless you have lived under the same roof for an extended period of time.
  4. It's basically a money-grabbing scheme, like many other religious practises. Imagine paying cash for visiting God's house, on top of having to get your vaccine shots lol. Imagine being more afraid of a virus than your own creator, that you don't even feel safe at his "house".
  5. Not that wudhu is difficult to perform, but it is strict in the sense that it is invalid if I begin with my left arm or wash three times. Why is having a shower, for instance, insufficient? Given that taking a shower makes you more clean than simply washing and wiping certain body areas, a wudhu can't possibly be about cleanliness alone. Similarly, in marriage, if there is no mahr involved, the marriage is null and void, I don't understand the reasoning behind this. I am also a Muslim who cares about not displeasing my Creator, yet many rules don't make sense to me, and yet I have limited my life to the rulings despite the fact that they don't make sense to me. Why should I put my faith in these rulings if they don't make sense to me? Just because some ayatullahs announce something as true doesn't necessarily mean it is true. They may have a number of opinions that are universally agreed upon and others that are not, but neither of these stances needs to be the truth. Is what they say supported by evidence? You would need more evidence than just the existence of ancient scriptures or writings to conclude something is true. Therefore, how can we be judged by God to determine whether we will go to hell or paradise based on our beliefs and faith when those beliefs and faith don't make sense to us and we can't completely understand them. I don't get that, it seems more like a psychological experiment than a commitment to the truth.
  6. Salam, Finally, a somewhat valid point. Your reply, however, just serves to highlight how little we actually know and how willing we are to believe what the Quran, hadith, and ayatullahs have instructed us to do in the absence of any proof that what they have said is true. It is called belief or faith for this reason. Even though I must admit that I know very little about the Quran, I was not aware that the Quran mentions 2 wipes and 2 washes, do you have the surah and verse for it? Please explain to me how not including Mahr in a marriage will render it invalid, even if both parties gave their consent. Thus, all physical contact would be zina What would be the damage in leaving out Mahr? Your response may be the same as the one given before, i.e., that because the human mind is finite and there are many things we don't understand, we must do as instructed even though we are unsure of its truthfulness. Again, though, this only serves to emphasise how little we truly know and how eager we are to believe what the Quran, hadith, and ayatullahs have commanded us to do in the absence of any evidence that what they have said is truthful. What makes you so certain that you are obeying the word of God, the prophets, and imams, rather than some fallible man-made laws? Yes, I agree with you, but how can you also think that God will punish those who have not made tawbah or who doubts the reality of the prophets, imams, or God, even though they were in other ways admirable individuals? What harm does it do to God if someone disobeys His commands if they are really His commands? The loss is unquestionably nothing! So where is the mercy in that, that people will be sent to hellfire because of their faith/belief or doubt about the commandments?
  7. If you think they make sense, then explain how washing your face three times can invalidate your wudhu. And why not including mahr invalidates your marriage. They are strict in the notion that your wudhu is invalid if you don't adhere to the exact procedures. Similarly, your mutah is invalid if you don't adhere to the exact procedures, ei not including mahr. Both of these 2 examples leads to accumulation of sins. There are several other rulings that I consider as strict, but I've chosen to only mention these two since wudhu and marriage rules are more widely known. Please read my first post so you may possibly comprehend the question's intent.
  8. I didn't say that. You compared the procedures of the professions of surgeons and astronauts to those of wudhu and mutah, which were my two examples. I replied that if doctors or astronauts don't follow the procedures, it can result in serious harm, which you can probably figure out on your own. Then I asked how you could apply that comparison to the two examples I presented, as they wouldn't create the same level of damage. I'm seeking for intellectual discussion, not a back-and-forth argument.
  9. Your comparison is completely invalid. Years of work have shown that if surgeons or astronauts don't follow the procedures, it can result in fatalities or some serious damages, which is why they have the procedures to follow to limit those damages. Where is the research in relation to the two examples I provided above? Will washing my face three times cause any significant harm or death? What about the other formal rules in the two examples, if those are not followed, will it cause significant harm or death? Is it possible, yes, but it's also possible regardless if you follow the formal rules or not. Unfortunately, this is the issue when trying to discuss some subjects with hardcore believers. It's difficult to have an open dialogue with them due to their views, which most of the time lack evidence, which is why it's called belief/faith.
  10. Let me start with some examples: The guidelines for wudhu are extremely precise, including where to begin, specific body parts needing to be dry, must start with the right arm, washing three times being forbidden, and so on. Now, my question is, why so many formal rules? Isn't the aim of wudhu to be clean or purified before performing worship? why is me not following the formal guidelines making my wudhu void. Is there no other way to be in that state without following those formal rules? What's the point of all this formality? Another example: One major issue in our community, based on the many threads I've read, is the lack of a male and female relationship. In my perspective, it is difficult to genuinely engage in a relationship while adhering to Islamic principles. There are numerous formal requirements, such as those relating to the timeframe, dowry, the formula, among others. Most ladies (westerners) would be perplexed and possibly even terrified hearing about mutah, resulting in many brothers living in the west being unable to engage in such relationships, leaving them open to far more serious haram acts. My question now is why dowry and timeframe is necessary. In the modern world, accepting dowry payment is almost synonymous to prostitution from the female perspective. Why is there a need for a formal phrase that must be recited? My point is that many brothers find it difficult to indulge in such a relationship because of all these formal rules. Isn't the aim of a male-female relationship to have mutual consent? Why is that insufficient? Why is intention not enough. Both of these examples can be a major problem if they are not followed formally. Some say hellfire is waiting for them. Imagine being a wonderful person your entire life, but not performing wudhu correctly, not praying, or not entering relationship according to the formal ruling. Even though everything else about you is admirable, you are still destined for hellfire because of your major sins, according to the guidelines. Why do muslims believe this while yet believing that their Creator is the most Merciful? If someone were to ask their fallible parents what they would do if their child disobeyed the aforementioned formal rules, nobody would respond, "Throw them in hellfire." Even if the child were the most horrible person on earth, some parents would spare their life out of a small amount of love they harboured for the child. How come our Creator is described as the most Merciful but yet feels vengeful and not so merciful? I am aiming for a philosophical discussion, therefore please do not spam this post with links and other information that are unrelated to the issue.
  11. Many here are confusing the man-made-laws with islamic-laws. In islam, marriage is between a male, female and the the 3rd party is our Creator. In the man-made-laws, it's a legal entity marrying another legal entity and the 3rd party is the state. The legal entity can be a human being, an animal, or something else, depending on the policies of the nation.
  12. Imagine the influence billion-dollar pharmaceutical companies have on regional politics and public health regulations. Sadly, people who argue this lack financial literacy. You can have 1000s of trials, but you don't have to go public with all of them, just pick the one that makes your drug appear good. Alhamdulillah, I haven't taken a single dose and am not deficient in any way.
  13. It doesn't necessarily follow that what the UN says is the absolute truth.
  14. Ukraine held one-third of the Soviet Union's nuclear weapons on its territory, the 3rd largest in the world at the time. in 1994 Ukraine apparently agreed to destroy the weapons and to join the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). What if some of them are still active and functioning? Perhaps this is the real cause of the international engagement of the Russia-Ukraine conflict.
  15. Describe yourself in your own words. What are your strengths and weaknesses? Why are you looking for a husband? How did you hear about me? Why should I marry you? What can you offer that noone else can? How do you handle pressure? What's your salary/dowry requirement? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you have any references? *sarcasm*
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