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The Alchemist

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  1. This seems to be a reasonable/logical approach. Non-Muslims living in Muslim counties adopt Muslim culture. They usually do not go near impure things. It would be fair to assume that they're clean unless proven unclean. AND it is pertinent to mention here that Muslims living Western countries SOMETIMES adopt Western Culture and do all the things non-Muslims do. (I know famous Muslim personalities eating pork, taking wine, etc and doing all the stuff pagans used to do). Is there any verdict deeming them impure as well? @Ashvazdanghe
  2. If I'm not wrong, obligatory precaution means it is opinion of Ayatollah. He has no concrete evidence from Qur'an or Sunnah to support his opinion categorically. Members are requested to correct me if I'm wrong.
  3. Take a look at what shia tafasir say about the verse. Also take a look at how Aima (عليه السلام) dealt with peaceful non-Muslims. What does following quote from Nahjul Balagha imply? Imam Ali (عليه السلام) is reported to have written to Malik al-Ashtar (RA): "A person is either your brother in faith [meaning Muslim], or your equal in humanity [meaning non-Muslim]" [Nahjul Balagha, letter 53] When non-Muslims are equal in humanity with Muslims, why such harsh treatment with them? Considering peaceful non-Muslims as physically najis appears to be against the humanity. It is against the spirit of Islam that attracted non-Muslims in large numbers to the fold of Islam. I assume great Ayatollahs verdicts on physical impurity are about violent, Islam-hating non-Muslims, and we are mistakenly applying them on all non-Muslims. Not all non-Muslims are same. You can't say every non-Muslim is Abu Lahab. Some non-Muslims are also like Mutim ibn Adi who is well-respected throughout Islamic history for his character. Any ways, verdicts of Ayatollah Yusuf Sanae (rahm Allah) & Ayatollah Fadlallah (rahm Allah) are very clear that all peaceful non-Muslims are not physically impure.
  4. Most of the tafasir are of the view that the verse talked about spiritual impurity. As regards banning non-Muslims from entering into Masjid al-Haraam is concerned, it had a particular context & background. You can't take it in absolute terms. Qur'an says in Surah al-Tauba (verse 5) kill mushrikeen wherever you find them. Is it an absolute order? Read context of the verse, it talks about the battlefield and specified group of mushrikeen (who broke the treaties & waged a war against you). Similar is the case here.
  5. The verse is about spiritual impurity. This topic had been discussed at length here, you & brother @VoidVortex had also contributed: https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235078214-why-is-sayyed-ali-al-sistani-so-famous/
  6. You're right. It seems against the concept of universal brotherhood. It appears insulting too. Not only that, it also contradicts some well-known sayings of Aima (عليه السلام). Imam Ali (عليه السلام) is reported to have written to Malik al-Ashtar (RA): "A person is either your brother in faith [meaning Muslim], or your equal in humanity [meaning non-Muslim]" [Nahjul Balagha, letter 53] I also read it in Spirit of Islam (by Syed Ameer Ali), he quotes Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as saying "The blood of a zimmi [a non-Muslim citizen] is that of a Muslim". I assume such fatawa of Ayatollah Sistani might be about kafirs (Islam-enemy non-Muslims) not about zimmis (peace-loving friendly non-Muslims). Allah knows the best.
  7. How could someone be physically impure just because of their beliefs!! If pegans, Atheists, Buddhists, etc are deemed physically impure because of their beliefs, why not people of the book? There are some sects of Jews & Christians who indulge in idol worship. Most of the Christians believe in Trinity which is a type of shirk according to Muslims. Yes, some Christians have differing views with others Jehowah's Witness particularly reject the notion of Trinity. They somehow believe in oneness of God. So treating them all alike doesn't seem fine. I literally can't find a reason as to why a Christian doing shirk (Catholic/Protestant) is tahir and at the same time a Christian believing in oneness of God (Unitarian) is also tahir. And a sikh believing in one God is not tahir! A friendly non-Muslim is deemed impure. A hostile Islamophobe non-Muslim is also deemed impure. What kind of justice is this! This is completely illogical. In this regard, views of Ayatollah Yousuf Sanae (rehma Allah) & Ayatollah Muhammad Hussain Fadalallah (rehma Allah) seem to be fine. They consider all non-Muslims physically pure...
  8. Has somebody tried to put together all mutawattir ahaadith at one place? Any sunni book on that? Or shia book on that?
  9. As regards OCD, my dear friend, relax! Don't be harsh with yourself. As regards nijasat-i-kafir, there is no question on their spiritual impurity, but I always wonder what makes them physically najis! Chemically sweat of a non-Muslim & that of a Muslim is same! Would someone here in ShiaChat please explain to me why are friendly, peace-loving, zimmi, non-Muslims deemed physically impure?
  10. Ayatollah Gharawi seems to be very strict when it comes to sanad analysis of narrations. He also has criticised Abbas Qumi on other instances too. Here, he talks about Abbas Qumi's book Bayt al-Ahzan, which is perhaps biography of Sayyeda Fatima (SA):
  11. I come across following fatwa of Ayatollah Sayyed Ali as-Sistani (may Allah lengthen his life): https://www.sistani.org/english/book/48/2236/ Holding hands by side (like Shia or Maliki) or folding hands (other sunnis) do not constitute essential parts of prayer. Can someone please explain, why then prayer becomes void due to that? And why words "obligatory precaution" here?
  12. What are the views of Shi'a scholars of rijal on authenticity of the book "Dalāʾil al-Imāma (دَلائِل الإمامَة)" by Muhammad b. Jarir al-Tabari? I came across a narration of this book quoted in Bihar al-Anwar which Ayatollah Sheikh Muhammad Asif Mohseni (رضي الله عنه) has deemed unreliable (gair-e-mautbar). I don't know whether he deems the entire book unreliable or that particular narration only. Somebody told me even authorship of the book is disputed. Can this book be relied upon?
  13. Good to see your reply brother. Tried to message you through shiachat. ShiaChat is not accepting message for you. Perhaps you're not reading your mailbox too. How to find you on Discord? WhatsApp?
  14. He allows playing with cards just for the purpose of amusement. He is very clear about gambling; he deems it illegal. As regards eating meat slaughtered by non-Muslims, there are other scholars who allow eating such meat if it is slaughtered by a monotheist who followed requisites of Islamic prescribed way of slaughtering. What else of his views are objectionable? He seemed to be a reformist, and it is deplorable that reformists marjas are seen negatively by many. Take example of Ayatollah Fadlallah, Ayatollah Muhammad Hussain Najfi (also known as Ayatollah Dhaku).
  15. OCD, my dear brother. Do not overthink. Busy yourself with some busying activity. Trust in yourself. Break the cycle of compulsion. Remember, if Allah helps you, none can overcome you. Remember Allah. Try these things.
  16. Has Tauzih al-Masail of Ayatollah Sheikh Asif Mohseni been translated into English? Can somebody please guide what are his distinguishing fatawa?
  17. I randomly found this which somehow answers OP, sharing it here so that those who read the OP may read this too: In case where a weak (dhaeef) hadith has to do something it is something like this: These are the views of esteemed Ayatollah Sheikh Asif Mohseni (may Allah be pleased with him). Other experts in ilm-ul-hadith may have differing opinions. I request knowledgable members of this forum to share views of other experts in the field.
  18. I randomly found this which asnwers OP: But this is his methodology in Majma Ahadith Mautbar. Could someone confirm whether he applies the same methodology to other works of him like Ahadith Mautbar fi Jamiya Ahadith Shia & Misharat al-Bihar Anwar?
  19. You're probably referring to this: https://thaqalayn.net/hadith/8/1/483/483 But there is mistake somewhere. Here is scanned page from Mirat Ul Uqool about this hadith that says it is dhaeef and mursal. Besides, this hadith is also termed dhaeef by Allama Qaryagdi in his exegesis of Rowdhat al-Kafi. See this: البضاعة المزجاة ; ج ۴ ص ۶۴ PS. I don't know what Allama Behbudi says about this hadith. I assume the reference mentioned in Thaqlayn.net is incorrect.
  20. Does shia collection contain any work like Kitab al-Mouzuat (Book identifying fabricated narrations) or Silsilah al-Mouzuah?
  21. Ayatollah Sheikh Asif Mohseni's (رضي الله عنه) methodology is not misleading in any way. He wrote a commentary on Bihar al-Anwar. Why did he comment on those traditions found in other sources. Besides, if you look at his magnum opus, Majma Ahadith Mautbar, you would find each narration supported with a number of sources. So, something is missing in Bihar al-Anwar, you can find that in Majma Ahadith Mautbar.
  22. Seems fine. Do you know any weak hadith with unacceptable and strange content?
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