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  1. Not necessarily true, depends on whose Fiqh she follows, whether she's Rashida, etc. Wa alaykum al salaam, Impossible for anyone on this forum to give you a clear answer - I suggest you speak to a Marji's representative. In general you should't really be be asking random people on the internet for important Fiqhi opinions.
  2. You're allowed to talk to women and Muzmatch is Halal.
  3. Assalamu alaykum, I can't tell you what to do regarding your parents unfortunately, but just regarding a few of the issues you mentioned: Beating the chest isn't a Bid'a as it isn't part of religion in and of itself, it's simply an expression of mourning. Not everyone includes Alliyun Walli Allah (though the overwhelming majority do). I've seen top scholars omit it from the adhan. Breaking the fast later is more due to precaution as there are different reports on the time of maghrib. Many jurists agree with the Sunni opinion though, so no issues there. I'm sure there will be people who are closer to the socio-familial issues you mentioned who can advise you better, but in my mind you have to ask yourself what the alternative is - you keep quiet about your beliefs and live your life in secret? However, could I suggest you take more time to consider your beliefs and your feelings, and, without being patronising, whether they might be related?
  4. I'm personally more inclined towards the idea that laws - specifically the Mu'malat - are not eternal and are indeed subject to context. However, perhaps the strongest argument for laws being static is the more Sufi leaning one. I've heard Sufis argue that Fiqh is a prescription for proximity to the divine. As we don't understand the wisdom behind all laws -for instance why five prayers and not four - it's impossible to change them without risking deviation from the prescription, regardless of whether they are mu'amalat or 'ibadat. Essentially, Fiqh is a prescription and if you change bits of it, you risk it not working. There is divine wisdom in everything and we ought to hold on to the centuries of tradition that has created great mystics. It is somewhat similar to what traditionalists argue, but in my opinion there is a subtle difference.
  5. Assalamu alaykum sister, May Allah help and guide you, sounds like you're in a really difficult situation. Of course it's difficult for any of us to give you advice as we don't know the particular ins and outs of your situation. However, it sounds to me like your initial Istikhara was shaky to begin with. An istikhara is taken in a situation where you have exhausted logic, asking for advice and reflecting and still cannot reach a conclusion on a decision. You were not in that situation - you simply wanted to see what the outcome would be, which is not a valid basis for an istikhara. Furthermore, you have the added dimension of being inclined towards spurious istikharat due to your mental condition - the Seyyid's office's advice is very clear. Allah knows best - speak to people close to you who are wise and whose advice you value, and inshAllah your heart finds peace and finds the right decision.
  6. Assalamu alaykum, I would just do a masters in Islamic studies. Then you can look to try and secure a doctorate so you can go into research and make it your career. You can start reading and listening to academic lectures very easily - plenty of lectures on youtube, and as for books - just look at Islamic studies courses at some universities and have a look at their reading lists.
  7. It does sound like you're suffering from wiswas, brother. Everyday Fiqh isn't supposed to be such a heavy burden.
  8. It's just a common pigeon.
  9. They're relatively small but still a sizeable group, certainly a good few thousand of them.
  10. Ah yes, I always suspected the same actually. Well remembered! Hmmm whatever happened to @baradar_jackson...I was really very fond of him.
  11. Shows an extremely poor breadth of reading around the development of Islamic thought. Salah Al-Din, the great defender of Islam against the crusaders, drank alcohol and killed Muslim scholars (see Suhrawardi). The (latter) Ottomans collaborated with the Nazis and alienated their subjects by centralising power and restricting it along ethnic lines. Your arguments on the majority are a waste of time. There is no monolithic Sunni 'sect'. There is a beautiful, colourful Islamic canvas of ideas with a broad spectrum of beliefs - this includes the Shia. There is no real majority, and besides it's very well documented that scholars often, and still do, artificially attempt to find consensus so as not to violate the concept of Ijmaa'. I won't bother reading/replying to the rest of your drivel because anything other than the most superficial and cursory reading of history would highlight how misguided and poor your arguments are.
  12. Whatever happened to DPRK Guy on the forum?
  13. Al-Ayn - charity run under the office of Seyyid Sistani, run by competent and lovely people. All the donations go to the orphans too as operations costs are covered by the Seyyid's office. Some others: Noor Orphans Fund Lady Fatemah Trust
  14. Nope, because running water (from a tap, say) cannot be made najis.
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