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Abu Nur

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  1. Salaam Aleikum, Here is the summary of shia perspective: https://www.iqraonline.net/prophethood-and-leadership-from-a-theological-perspective/
  2. Wa Aleikum Salaam, Doubts are states that needs to be cleared by getting certainty or enough knowledge to make the doubt either reveal to be as true or false. Everyone will have them in their lifetime because it is part of our development from ignorance toward the certainty knowledge. So how someone is called an kafir when a though comes to his mind that he does not have certainty or knowledge to prove it and he have not come to even conclusions that either it is true or false? It would be different matter if such a doubts leads him to reject faith. Now this is the most important thing to do. He need and must seek to resolve the matter by seeking knowledge so much that it will resolve it. And it will resolve. We are intelligent beings that need to seek knowledge constantly so we could understand the reality Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) have manifested there.
  3. I will leave this discussion by stating that we have two different groups with different conclusion on this matter. Othman Ibne Saeed approached Imam Jafar Sadiq (عليه السلام) and asked him why his du’as were not answered. The Imam proceeded to explain to him that even the manner of supplication has certain requirements, so that the du’a is articulated correctly. When Ibne Saeed asked, “How should I pray?” the Imam replied: “Whoever obeys God’s orders and offers his Du’as properly, they will be answered. First, praise God Almighty, then remember Him and thank Him for His blessings. After that, send greetings to the Holy Prophet (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and his progeny, then confess your sins and beg for His forgiveness. That is the right way for Du’a.”
  4. You are repeating the same thing, you are not compherending what Im trying to say. I’m talking about the first cause, the being that have power over all things who can make the benefit and harm manifest in the Reality. So how can you invoke anything expect Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who Himself gives the benefit to manifest in Reality and same with harm? What I understand from that verse is that you can not literally add anyone beside Allah in invoking because Allah Himself have these attributes and no one else. All others depends on God, but God is the true one who can benefit and harm. Here, this verse decribe my meaning: And if Allah should touch you with adversity, there is no remover of it except Him; and if He intends for you good, then there is no repeller of His bounty. He causes it to reach whom He wills of His servants. And He is the Forgiving, the Merciful These attributes are not shared with creations and it belongs to God, so how can you invoke beside Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) when they don’t have these attributes? These attributes are not sharable.
  5. Salaam Aleikum Brother, Does the verse imply that it can only refer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) alone because He truly are the only one who can benefit and harm? If He gives to others, then they truly do not benefit or harm us either but actually it is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) alone who can harm and benefit us, thus it can only lead to one entity. The Prophet said He can not harm and benefit himself expect only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can. It means only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can benefit and harm thus only to Him alone we can call and supplicate.
  6. Salaam Aleikum, How did you derive that these verses are only exceptions? And do not invoke besides Allah that which neither benefits you nor harms you, for if you did, then indeed you would be of the wrongdoers.'" How can anyone expect Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) who truly can benefit and harms us in this verse itself? Is this verse not literally saying that actually we can only call Allah because He is the only one who can really benefit and harm us? If no, how do we prove otherwise that this includes humans, angels too? Prophet Muhammad (saws) clearly testify that only Allah is the one who can do that: Tell them: 'I have no power to harm or benefit even myself, except what Allah may will. There is an appointed term for every people; and when the end of their term comes, neither can they put it off for an hour, nor can they bring it an hour before.
  7. Who said Intellect means exactly reasoning or intectual argumenting? It is exatly the perfection of Intellect that made the Prophets as prophet. All the human traits are connected with Intellect, and all the opposite traits are connected with Ignorance. Imam Musa Ibn Ja’far al- Kadhim (عليه السلام) said: "O Hisham! The Commander of the Faithful Ali ((عليه السلام).) always stated, 'God has never been worshipped any better than when He has been worshipped with the Intellect. No one's intellect is perfected unless he acquires good characteristics.'" Good article: http://themuslimtheist.com/the-aql-is-not-reason-its-consciousness/
  8. Actually it is opposite, it is through the valid and certainty arguments of metaphysics that you can also derive that God is Simple. It is trough intellect that flourish one faith. So have they not traveled through the earth and have hearts by which to intellect (ta’aqul) and ears by which to hear? For indeed, it is not eyes that are blinded, but blinded are the hearts which are within the chests. (22:46)
  9. Yes, we can not cause harm to ourselves nor we can put ourself in danger. The Scholars who give permissible to this act always gives expection that as long it does not cause harm and put yourself to danger and cause bad image to Islam.
  10. Salaam Aleikum, Most of these Social Media platforms, like Twitter or Facebook, their nature mostly encourage and favor to evil content and behaviour. Most of their content is based on snap judgements of people that procude conjecture that is mostly wrong and defective. It leads to information that is exatly in nature opposite of what Islam encourage. The questions is this, why some Scholars (and some themselves have an account there) still allow to make account and posts in these platforms in the positive way (spreading Islam etc), when the platform itself naturally and purposly tend to be an malign?
  11. The Attributes of Essence of Allah is not distinct from one another. This is because God is Simple and He does not have parts or components in Him, like an contingent beings that have created attributes that are distinct from one another. If you accept the concept of Nothing is like Him. Then you need to admit that He is different in Essence than contingent beings, thus He can not have structure of parts like contingent beings have that differ from each other. The reason why you have such a hard time to understand this part is because your mind can only grasp intellect, power, goodness etc as distinct attributes, since they exist distinct from one another in the things of our expirence. Applying this grasping to God does not work at all.
  12. Tatbir itself is not an issue, but tatbir practiced on our current era where it gives bad image to Islam itself is issue. Some of the scholars allow it because they do not see that it gives an bad image about Islam.
  13. Salaam Aleikum, Take an example of coffee that has existence right now. To be what it is right now, the coffee is made of water that needs to be keeping existing by atoms, and atoms need to be keeping in existence right now by Subatomic particle etc. If this hierarchical regression (essential order) was infinity withouth first member, it means that there would be an infinity chain of potential that actualize by actulizer who depends on other actualizer to exist. The problem with infinity regression is that there would not be Existence at all if all are potentials that need to be actualized to exist. If coffee depends of its existence on Atoms and atoms depend of it existence of sub-atoms and the chain go forever, then there would never be actual Existence at all, because the infinite chain all members depends on others to exist, so they can never exist at all simultaneously. And how can there be an infinite chain when the chain itself stop to the coffee that is real? This lead to conclusion that if the coffee exist at all, it always needs the first member in hierarchical chain who have always existed and who does not need anything to exist and who can actualize all the members in the chain, because every member in chain to exist, depends only to first member of that chain. The Question why there is something rather than nothing is because there is an Existence that cause all contingent being to exist right now.
  14. Salaam Aleikum, The Intellect is the most dearest and blessing thing we can ever have from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) said: He said: by my power and majesty I have not created a thing better than you or more beloved to me than you, by you do I take and by you do I give. There is a reason why it is the most beloved one. Trought the Intellect other than God can really taste, compherend, understand and see why God chooses what He chooses. In Mi'raj, a wonderful verse manifest and God says: His sight never wavered, nor was it too bold. and he saw some of the greatest signs of his Lord. What is the point in seeing if we can not understand what we are looking at? Is it not that greatest signs the Prophet (saws) saw is exactly compherended and understood by the Intellect, so what he actually see is the thoughts of God, His Will and Wisdom, His Beauty and Kindness? It is trought the Intellect that we can see what God Manifest Himself to us. Of course with limitation, because we can never compherend the infinite source when we are just an finite beings with finite attributes. The Heaven is the residence of Intellect being, because Intellect was created for the purpose of receiving from God whatever He make us to witness and to understand and comprehend of His Will. Look at the example of Triangle. The Intellect can understand that 'The three interior angles of a triangle will always have a sum of 180°. If all humanbeings will perish and all objects that have a shapes of triangles will cease to exist, will the concept of "The three interior angles of a triangle will always have a sum of 180" vanish too? Of course not, because the concept does not depent on the existence of Human Intellect nor does it need to be manifest in reality. It can not even exist by itself because it requires Intellect to compherend. So the only conclusion we can derive is that it must only exist as God thought or knowledge. When God created Intellect and gave us the Intellect, He manifested this concept of triangle to our Intellect and thus now we also can comphrend this concept. This same method applies to all God sings. And this is why it is the most beloved creation.
  15. Salaam Aleikum, Yes that is also correct reasoning and conclusion.
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  17. Salaam Aleikum, For anyone who doubt about Abu Talib (رضي الله عنه), read the following panegyric that proves he believed in prophetood of Muhammad (saws): https://www.iqraonline.net/abu-talibs-panegyric/ May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless him and increase his stature for his love of Prophet and His sacrifice for Islam.
  18. Salaam Aleikum, The intellect is one of the tool that God have blessed us with and have in many occurrence mentioned it in Qur'an to be used. Throught the Intellect we can understand metaphysical perspections to recognize signs from God. The most simpelist one of them is the derivation that God is the Ultimate cause of the existence of things who keeps them in existence at any moment. This is because the existing things (contingent beings) in Reality are potentials that are actualized by other actualizers who themselves have potentials that are actulized by others till it reach to the first actualizer who himself have no potentials and thus is called unactualized actualizer. For example the chair is made of wood, wood is made of molecules, they are made of atoms, atoms are made of subatomic particles, and the chain keep going and going till it reach to first actualizer (This is called hierarchial causal series), because if the chain will be infinitly only included pontentials that actualize other potentials, then the wood will never manifest at all in Reality. Thus it is neccesery that it ends to the first actualizer who Himself have no potentials to be actualized. Because the first actualizer do not have any potentials, this follows that He is immutable and unchanging. For example: «Neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him » (2:255) This is because slumber and sleeps are potentials and He does not have any potentials, thus He does not change to state from state. Since existings being with time (contingent beings) have potentials and thus they change in time, the one who have no potentials do not change at all, thus He is Eternal and exist outside of time. Since the material entails being changeable and existing within time, the one that is Eternal and have Unchaning nature is the opposite of it and is immaterial. And this follows that He is Incorporeal and thus without any sort of Body. Thus it follows from Intellect that God can not have any material body parts Itself in real sense. Every example of body parts can either be attributed to material as an potential that actualize or methaphorically to describe real attributes, representatives etc. God do have Hands, Face etc... but not in sense of potentials that actualize. If human sees God face physically in Heaven, then what he sees is exatly potentials that are actualizing thus such a Face is not literally God itself, but rather the Face of God that believers are looking upon in Heaven can be representatives of God, that are Prophets (saws) and Imams (عليه السلام) in one narration. “Some faces that Day shall be Nadirah (shining and radiant). Looking at their Lord (Allah).” [al-Qiyaamah :22-23]. If Looking is understood from an physical attribute that entails change (thus potentials) and what it looks upon to, itself entails an change (thus potentials that actualize), so what they are looking upon is not God Itself, because God do not change nor He have any potentials.
  19. The verse I quoted is very clear and can be understood that when calling Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in supplication, we can not call anyone (not only applicated to gods) beside Him. I agree. What I'm referring is the supplications to God is meant only to invoke God alone in it. When the Imams themselves help us and invoke God in their suppplications to mention about us, they will only call Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) help alone and they will not invoke to Prophets (saws) or other Imams (عليه السلام) in their supplications. It is interesting that Prophet (saws) and Imams (عليه السلام) duas are always pure, thus we should follow exactly their method too.
  20. The verse I quoted refers to anyone, it does not limits to invoke Gods. The verse that I quoted does not allow anyone to invoke in Supplications expect Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Supplications are meant when only God can hear and answer our supplications.
  21. Salaam Aleikum, I don't see these verses show that they can be invoke upon. But if they are in present of us, then there should not even be any problem to ask them when they can hear and response us, because that is not even invoking.
  22. وَأَنَّ ٱلْمَسَـٰجِدَ لِلَّهِ فَلَا تَدْعُوا۟ مَعَ ٱللَّهِ أَحَدًۭا And [He revealed] that the masjids are for Allah, so do not invoke with Allah anyone. Quran 72:18 Falā Tad`ū Ma`a Allāhi 'Aĥadāan This Quranic verse itself prove that every supplication (du'a)/invoke can only invoke Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) alone. It means that you can not call the Prophet (saws) and Imams (عليه السلام) in any of supplication, because supplications are only ment for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
  23. Salaam Aleikum, What I understand from his statement is that the knowledge is only revealed to Imams (عليه السلام) if God decide to do so. Let say that God decided to give the knowledge about the whole physical reality, it should not even be a problem at all because such a knowledge is only a limited. Dosen't even matter if they know the knowlge about present, past and future, because they are all limited in certain way. Only God have an absolute knowledge about All Things and no one share such a absolute knowledge.
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