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In the Name of God بسم الله

layman

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  1. Salam, We are not deprived from the communication with the Imam of our time. He is our Wali and the link to our Wali already established by the Will of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Reading salawat will strengthen the link with the permission of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). However, we may no able to detect the communication / feedbacks because of our weaknesses. If we make sincere repentance, Imam (عليه السلام) may already intercede to our request for repentance to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). In the case of the narration of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) that you referred to, the intercession came physically from Imam Ali to the person. If the person was not sincere, he would not get the help that he needed. Wallahualam.
  2. The trust has broken to pieces. It is difficult to glue it together. It is painful. You are holding on to whatever pieces left but not a complete or intact trust. If she said misfortunes happened, just accept her words and move on and make effort to focus your heart to something else...not easy but can be done if you know how to steer your heart to higher value than stuck with broken trust. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Ahlulbayt never break our trust to them.
  3. Salam, When Bilal (رضي الله عنه) accepted Islam and Quran was read to him, what kind of understanding he had? Was Bilal a scholar? Or just a simple person. What level of education he had before he became muslim? If Qur'an can be understood by a slave, such as Bilal, why can anyone understand Quran? Quran can be understood by a being a Mutaqqi: We read in Surah Al Baqarah: 1. Alif Lam Mim. 2. This Book, there is no doubt in it, is a guide to those who guard (against evil). 3. Those who believe in the unseen and keep up prayer and spend out of what We have given them. 4. And who believe in that which has been revealed to you and that which was revealed before you and they are sure of the hereafter. 5. These are on a right course from their Lord and these it is that shall be successful. Some scholars may made tafsir of 33:33, but may not be guided. I am sure the first 3 Caliphs read Quran and have had accessed to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), Do they really understood Quran? Wallahualam
  4. Salam, Try to train ourselves (nafs) 1. To have control on our senses. We cannot control everything that we hear. But, it doesn't mean we to listen to it. Control on what information that enter to our thought process. 2. Create a powerful filters in ourselves. The sea is salty. But, fish that live in the sea are not salty. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) lived among the Jahilliyah, people and there where he spread Islam (submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)). Use the YouTube as tool to benefit us. The same we use car, money... for goodness. Don't fall into loss due to car, money,... Allah, Muhammad wa aale Muhammad are powerful control /filters/ GPS that must exist the self (nafs) for us to pass through the darkness part of this world. Wallahualam..
  5. Salam, If the focus is worldly part, any type of government is ok as long as the leader and his administration (not limited to the list) 1. Serve his people and not themselves, 2. Will not plunder the wealth of the nation, 3. Will not stop people from exercising their personal belief, 4. Blocks extremism, promote moderation and fairness, 5. Support and finance technology that allow advancement of the society in all scientific field. 6. Strong defense system to deter aggression 7. Considerate in making policies that address the fabric aspects of society. The main issue of a government boils down to the characteristics of Leadership. Wallahualam.
  6. Salam, It is difficult to draw a line what is within and beyond our capabilities. Sometimes, just to control the anger within us, we loss control. The strength to face any difficulties is to Trust Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) gives that strength. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) lifted the door of Khaibar by himself. But, the same Ali (عليه السلام) couldn't break a bread to share it with his guest. Because of the strength on believing in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and holding on to Ahlulbayts, Iranians (as a nation with the leadership of Imam Khomeini) managed to topple shah, withstood 8 brutal years of imposed war by the Western world through Saddam and survives 43 years until now. Wallahualam.
  7. Salam, Islam is a social religion. Those who are capable of landing a hand to those who are sufferings must do so. If a muslim woman was gang raped, the muslim community are responsible to shoulder that burden and give full support. We do this because of trust in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If the whole community is not able help due to real constraints, then we have duas to help spiritually. Imams, Prophet and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will support and protect the oppressed if we call for help. In many situations, those who are sufferings are not strong in their belief, and they don't know what to do. Those among Muslims in a community who are spiritually, mentally, psychologically, intellectually capable must actively help those who are oppressed (e.g. a woman that was gang raped). If we don't help, the punishment from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will rain on us, sooner than we can think of. Muslims have duties to protect and assist each other for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  8. Salam, Rasulullah was attacked in Taif while trying to follow instructions from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and nothing he could do change these people. He (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ali (عليه السلام) were attacked by stones and injured. Both had to run for safety. Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), His family members and followers were massacred in Karbala. We know, the world can be a HELL to many people. But, we must have hope to hold on to. Otherwise, we may think that God is unjust! Nauuzibillah! If the connection to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is strong, He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will make us survive the pain internally. The period to live in this world is short, then the real world will start, and forever. I understand that we are not in the shoes of those who are suffering. We sit behind computer and write as we are above all. If we believe in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام), we will feel the pain of others, and we ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to give strength to the oppressed and punish the oppressors. But, we should not loss connection to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) due to worldly suffering. Trust Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and look beyond this world! Wallahualam.
  9. The answer for all this can be found in doa Kumail. Wallahualam.
  10. Salam, Make sure that all actions that we want to do begins with the "intention" to glorify Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  11. Salam, i believe the ayah applies to everything that relates to us. If Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is with us, everything can be overcome (physically or psychologically). Even the ability to execise Sabr and be satisfied with any given situation, is from Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Will Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) creates burden for us to trust Him? He is available to all. Just struggle to reach him. As long as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is with us, all situations in life can be overcome ( even at individual level) whether these situations are within our human capacities or not. I do agree that at human level, we should try our best to overcome our misery. From the inner part of us, only His Help that we seek so that the relationship between us and Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) determines our direction. Wallahualam.
  12. Salam, Interesting topic. I have my own view (maybe i am wrong). 1. Homosapiens existed through evolution maybe millions of years before Adam. Just like animals. For survival, animals and Homosapiens evolved. Animals killed, work in groups, developed specific skills to survive. The same with Homosapiens (early humans). 2. The types of Nafs (souls) in early humans and Animals are the same. The skills and intelligent gained by their nafs changed the characteristics of the physical body of animals and early humans. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) did guide directly the souls of Animals and early humans so the physical body will survive the harsh environmental conditions. Animals and early humans do socialized for survival. Therefore, animals and humans evolved for millions of years to better survival skills and knowledge (we still call it primitive). But, peace was not the objective. 3. Adam's existence started in Soul Realm, not on this earth. In that Soul Realm... iblis, Angels and Adam could see each others. The Souls of Adam was selected to be the first upgraded (chosen) and given direct knowledge from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to guide other souls on the earth. Adam was selected to be Khalifahtul fil ard. Adam would be given the body and sent to earth. But when? Time would tell when it will happen with the permission of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). 4. In the Soul Realm, all were tested including Angels Iblis, and Souls of Adam. We knew the story. Adam was tested and that determined his exact timing to be sent down. That was the time when Adam was given a physical body and started to live on the physical earth. There was significant difference between Adam (chosen souls) and Iblis. Adam was having the ability to repent, but not Iblis. After repented, Adam (عليه السلام) became a Prophet. That made Adam (عليه السلام) as a starting Prophet to start guiding other souls on the earth. Iblis did not want to repent and turn in syaitan. Iblis will misguide souls of humans. 5. When Adam (عليه السلام) came to earth as a Prophet, early humans already existed with developed skills and basic knowledge for survival as groups. But, they lacked guidance to live in peace so that the advancement of their skills and knowledge can evolve faster with Help from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) through the existence of His Representatives. Adam (عليه السلام) was the first physical human with roles to guide human souls so humans can evolve better and faster in peaceful manner ( or salaam). Wallahualam.
  13. Me too from Malaysia! The first time i hear it, I played it 10x. MashaAllah! When the children start to absorb the meaning of Salam Farmandeh, it means a lot to the strength and built up of the belief. The part that struck me the most "Please arrive..." and how the readiness being expressed! And all these are from children!!!! I also seen in different language too.. Hope it will bring solidarity among all ages to call upon Imam Zaman.. all over the world. I remembered in the early 80's, revolutionary songs in Iran were very popular too such, "Allahuakhbar Khomeini Rahbar", "Khomeini ye Imam " and few others. I was in the bus from Istanbul to Tehran in the 80s (in the middle of Iran Iraq war), children were singing these songs in the bus. Now, those children that were in the bus most likely already grown up, and their children are singing Salam Farmandeh and calling upon Imam Zaman. Layman.
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