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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. Yes, what you read is accurate. Because the Imam is Allah's vicegerent, it is reasonable that one feels deprived when they do not have the chance to meet him. The imam is an important tenet of Islam, without him, how can our deen be complete? He is the key to truth. How can we desire to meet anyone other than the one who represents Allah, for this reason, not knowing whether or not someone will meet him is terribly stressful and upsetting.
  2. I'm not sure what you mean here. Since the beginning, that has been my niyyah.
  3. stopped believing in what? Belief is the absence of certainty, it is unsupported by reason or evidence. How long can a man stay in such a state before snapping? For over 1000 years, Hujjatullah has been absent, no one knows who he is, no one has seen or heard of him, and no one knows what age he is or when he will rise, so much that we are unsure of his existence. Has this lack of prophethood or imam occurred in any previous generation? to this extent?
  4. To be honest, it's pretty depressing to read that. Imagine working your tail off to finally get to meet Hujjatullah, but you never do. You never find out if he is real or not.
  5. But if it hasn't happened in a 1000 years, how can we be so certain that it will soon? For instance, there is a line at the end of the famous dua ahad that reads, “Surely, they think it to be far off, and We see it nigh.” It's been a thousand years already. So, for those who recited this dua during his early occultation, was it nigh? what's nigh? is it 10 years? 20? 50? 100? 1000? 10000? 100000 years? A little more than 10 years ago, hundred thousands of innocent citizens in Iraq were brutally slaughtered. This is one example. I don't see any country grieving for them the way people do for Jews in WW2. So, no, they haven't really changed, they've merely evolved and adapted to current era.
  6. No, I didn't say that, but it would be simpler to accept it if it could be supported by more than simply faith. By the way, you are really good at derailment because you say so much while failing to actually address straightforward queries. You ask your own questions in response rather than responding with an answer. Many of your points are weak arguments as well.
  7. No, it doesn't, but that doesn't imply that it's true either. Either outcome is possible. That's incorrect reasoning. Of course I do, and you also do. Such things are based on knowledge of their experience, not on faith. For example, you would never take your car to a mechanic who is unlicensed and has never serviced a car. Him having a licence and being able to show it to you upon request, as well as live service performed in front of you, is proof for both of us. Furthermore, and perhaps most importantly, I'm not being compelled to do it. I can do whatever I want, I can chose not to believe them or believe them, I can go to another mechanic without fear of repercussions. But that's not how religion works. This is getting off topic. They can always go back and apply the concepts, that would be proof for them. But with religion, we can't truly do that.
  8. Exactly! I agree with this. Why therefore would this ever change, why would it be different in 10, 20, or one 100 years? Maybe we behave in this way because we are lacking Hujjatullah, our ultimate leader, and our guidance. Please reread my prior post to grasp what I'm trying to communicate.
  9. This almost sounds like the same justification that Christians provide for why Jesus died on the cross to atone for their sins. Who requests help from the imam? Allah is the helper. If you mean that people use the imam as intercession towards Allah sure, but that's not the only way, because then that wouldn't be Allah. Regarding his intercession over the course of 1,000 years, many Muslims have died violent deaths in the early 21st century (as an example) and continue to do so now. Additionally, many Muslims are becoming more and more misled every day, thus in my opinion, the world is essentially constructing its own tomb. So, how has this intercession been beneficial? There is an issue that we often mistakenly regard our personal convictions as factual evidence. And when I say factional evidence, I mean what we as humans can accept as proof. It is not evidence just because it is in a book of scripture or historical record. Nobody is 100% certain of its author. Since little can be verified, all religions are therefore described as systems of faith and belief. So, wouldn't it be better if Imam came out and clarified everything for us? isn't he Hujjatullah? And if your response is that we won't accept him or that we're not ready to accept him, why would we accept him in the next 5 or 10 years or 100 years when things will be much worse and people will be even more misguided? Before he rises from his occultation, how many more sacrifices will be made? What number of sacrifices have not yet been made already. What if we are among the misled who are sacrificed and later have to answer for our beliefs that we have formed based on our interpretations of the Quran and those of Ayatullah? Or the christians, Jews, Atheists etc. Is justice being served here? Wouldn't it be preferable for Hujjatullah to come and clarify everything?
  10. You guys only see things as haram and halal, without analysing why it is haram and halal. Same principle for Wajib acts, ask why is it wajib. What's the rationale behind it? Why should I adhere to it if there is no rationale behind it, if it doesn't make sense, and if it simply complicates matters more than it needs to? It appears that neither of you understand the reasoning behind it either, as if you did, you would respond in a way that even an illiterate person might understand.
  11. people say that imam mahdi is always present, but what does that mean? I believe it is more of a methaforical speaking, because him always being present would practically equate him to being a demi-god, which he isn't, none is. But I don't follow this reasoning. Because if our imam is waiting for his time to come, which essentially means that things will get worse, then by definition the Muslims will also be more and more misguided. If they are getting more and more misguided, why would the Muslims be willing to swear allegiance to him when he finally returns? Could you elaborate please. Could you please elaborate on this? Didn't understand.
  12. The Taliban were not attacked by them. They targeted an al Qaeda bogeyman leader. Nobody had heard of this boogeyman before the last few hours. The US views the Taliban as an ally, but al qaida is the bogeyman organisation.
  13. According to what I understand, the Quran does not contain the word Mahr, as stated in the link as well. Secondly, despite my best efforts, I am unable to accept that Mahr is a gift. Who determines what the mahr is in accordance with the rulings? It's either: 1: The man 2. The woman. 3. Both of them. I would consider it to be somewhat of a gift if it were Option 1, in which the male picks whatever he wants free of outer interests to present to the woman, but Options 2 and 3 make it more like a trade. Now, according to the rulings, can the mahr be chosen completely by the man? (option 1)
  14. Can you show me this. Also, wouldn't this qualify as a trade?
  15. After having a dicsussion with a participant @Abu Hadi in another post, I made the decision to create my own thread in order to avoid interfering with that other thread. My question is simple why is Mahr wajib in this day and age, making marriage, nikah / mutah appear to be a form of trade agreement? Why does this exchange need to take place in order to be valid? Now, I'm not here to discuss what marriage is and is not, rather, I'm just questioning the importance of Mahr and why it’s wajib. As for the example of Imam Ali and Fatima Zahra (عليه السلام), I believe that for them, this was merely a tradition that others should follow. My argument is that I think Fatima Zahra (عليه السلام) . received the Mahr in order to provide an example for others to follow, not because that's what she's worth or because they needed the money. It's possible that the people of past era, especially women, lived in poverty or risk of poverty when they get married or during divorce or if husband dies etc, additionally, she runs the risk of developing a bad reputation in the neighbourhood or community where she lives. In general, women did not have the same opportunities as they do today, such as the ability to work, earn an income, be financially stable, etc. This Mahr for Mutah or Nikah could be a way to grant her comfort incase things would go wrong, this is further supported by the fact that women determine the Mahr price. The fact that in some divorce situations, a portion of the Mahr must be returned and that the same holds true if the marriage was not consummated supports the idea that Mahr is a price man pays for the woman. So why is this still wajib? And do you agree/disagree that Mahr is a form of exchange and not a gift.
  16. Sorry, I think according to the rumours, the CIA, not the MI6, was involved. Please take a look at this and let me know what you think.
  17. Have you heard the claim that Ayatullah Khomeini only gained power by help of MI6? I must admit, there are a lot of unanswered questions about that time period.
  18. What criteria and methods are used to measure them? It seemed odd to me.
  19. Having these types of discussions is important and beneficial. It's also important that we maintain mutual respect and refrain from disparaging one another simply because we disagree. If you disagree, tell us why, bring your arguments, facts, personal opinions, whatever, but respect the forum's participants and viewers nonetheless.
  20. Could you identify those individuals for the mods? Do you comprehend what a discussion forum is? Nevertheless, you are complaining about a thread that involves some critical thinking here. I see. Do you interact with any other hospitals or medical facilities? Are you unaware that thousands of medical professionals and scientists have publicly criticised nearly everything, from mask regulations to mass vaccination campaigns to shut downs? Allow me to ask you a little question. Has it improved at all? However, you did heed their advice, so why hasn't the situation improved? Why do you require further booster shots?. I could go whole day with critical questions. For your information, even though you work in a hospital (in an unspecified role), you appear to be ignorant of the facts that many doctors, nurses, and others have acknowledged regardless of their stance on vaccination.
  21. The Ahlul Bayt do not lack wealth, real wealth, which is measured in a number of ways. For some people, wealth consists of children, whereas for others it consists of knowledge, gold, or $, etc. No, I don't believe the price of her service was about 900 dollars or can be valued in any way. I also think that Fatima Zahra (عليه السلام), who is infallible according to Shia faith, is capable of recognizing the value that money has in this world, thus for her and imam Ali (عليه السلام), this is merely a tradition that others should follow. My argument is that I think Fatima Zahra (عليه السلام). received the mahr in order to provide an example for others to follow, not because that's what she's worth or because they needed the money. It's possible that the people of that time, especially women, lived in poverty or risk of poverty when they get married or during divorce or if husband dies etc. This mahr for Mutah or Nikah could be a way to grant her comfort incase things would go wrong, this is further supported by the fact that women determine the Mahr price. The fact that in some divorce situations, a portion of the mahr must be returned and that the same holds true if the marriage was not consummated supports the idea that the man pays for the service of the woman. 100% agree. But the obligation of Mahr is what bothers me since it makes the introduction stage appear like a business transaction as explained above. I'm wondering why Mahr is still considered wajib to this day.
  22. Tell me which part of this discussion contains the conspiracy theory. Second, since we are all adults here, you don't need to read anything you find difficult. I'm sure there are a lot of people who don't enjoy every thread on this site. Do you not feel sympathy for the people who believed vaccinations were "safe and effective" but experienced numerous injuries, some of which resulted in death? We're talking about figures that have been estimated to be in the hundreds of thousands. Why is it that we may discuss virus mortality but not vaccine-related injuries and fatalities? This is part of general Islamic discussion because we, as Muslims and Shia, as Allah's servants, have the highest responsibility to protect ourselves, our families, and our communities from harm and fatality. it's a general issue affecting the muslim and the entire world. Most importantly, as I have stated in another thread, I cannot imagine how these events could not be related to our beloved imam if the Quran and imams are true. Please specify exactly which part. Which statement has "severe real life consequences" in relation to what I said in this thread? is it a "serious real life consequence" to inquire and discuss recent and upcoming events? The problem, in my opinion, is that a lot of people are paranoid and have an excessive amount of fear of things they know very little of. What about the other billion illnesses and diseases that we are unaware of? It appears that this fear and paranoia only exist when they are made to exist and are unrelated to the thing that is causing the fear.
  23. It is the price the guy pays for the lady (that she is satisfied with) in order for the marriage to be legitimate. This price thus reinforced in their minds that they are in an agreement, exhange, contract, or transaction. Furthermore, the lady needs to be content with this Mahr, if she isn't, the marriage is invalid. However, a gift doesn't require the recipient's consent because it's just a gift and nothing else, it's just a gesture of courtesy. Also, in some divorce settlements, the male may be entitled to a partial or complete return of his Mahr. (If im not mistaken) This also tells me that Mahr is not a gift, because you can't enforce taking gifts back. If you buy something and return it to the store, you may be able to get your money back or a portion of it depending on the quality of the object purchased. Funny enough, it seems that the same ruling exist in islamic marriages as well, the amount of money that must be returned depends on whether or not the marriage was consummated. This serves as another indication that Mahr is used as a business transaction between a man and a woman, not a gift. That explanation does not hold water with me. Perhaps they used that only as an example, that in marriages the man is expected to pay a price for a woman for the woman to return her service to him, and in exchange they are in a "trade" agreement.
  24. Just a few hours ago, WHO (World Health Organization) declared monkey pox a worldwide health emergency. We will most likely see mandatory vaccinations again. Even though many people are taking 2, 3, or 4 doses, the number of COVID cases is now increasing. I ponder whether there will ever be a dosage that is adequate. Because the story is shifting to indicate that not even 4 doses are sufficient and that you need booster shots every few months to "protect" yourself while previously it was only 2 doses. How long will this charade last?
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