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  1. Salam, This is my understanding. Whosoever among humans that can guide entire humanity from the beginning to ending in order to worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), they are most superior. Those who preventing the act of worshipping are most inferior. Can Angels guide? Who are those who guide the mankind to worshipping Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) with the biggest coverage? They are superior. Wallahualam
  2. Salamualaikum, A Human consists of physical and non-physical portions. Try to witness a dying person, and when the death occurs. What happen to the body after few days. The body will decompose slowly. What keeps the body functioning or alive? What keeps the brain functioning? If the so-called soul leaves the body and never return, the physical body will stop functioning. In none physical dimension, everything will live on. Where the soul go we can't witness it unless we are the one to die. When we sleep, our souls may leave the body. That is moment when physical body is rested so that repairs to physical body can take place. The soul may go somewhere and we can experience dreams. How can we believe if we cannot witness it ourselves? This is something that everyone should experiment it. We have a life span to seek the truth whether souls exist within our own body. For example, i can't solve this particular problem. Then I connect my soul to other living souls, then i know how to solve the issue. Sometimes, we are so connected to our mother, we can feel what she wants our of us eventhough she is far away. And we can verify the case. That is why people believe in God, because there is sense of connection. All these can only occur through unseen through the soul and not brain. Wallahualam.
  3. Syaitan surely will distract us during prayer. I believe we also need to learn on how to concentrate. Preparation prior to salat is important, and waiting to perform the salat before the azan sounded will help (we are eager to pray). Wallahualam
  4. RRR is when you compare you own risk reduction to others. ARR is when you compare the risk reduction to your own risk to begin with. This is my understanding the difference between RRR and ARR. That is why i mentioned earlier that I am looking at my own health condition (age, medical history, diet, ....). All this to satisfy my own self on the size of my own risk. Then, I would decide on taking the vaccine as to reduce my personal own risk. RRR does not give true picture when the risk is highly specific to me. The true ARR is at individual level. That is why many refused to take vaccine. Their perceived ARR is not what they expected. Life is full of risk and we have to do our own calculation to estimate the risk. End of the day, each person must estimate his/her own tolerability risk level based on information that available. We are not perfect. Deep inside the self, we must have trust and hope in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to show us the right path. Only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) know the exact risk level. Scientists around the globe are looking for Drugs / means that can kill the C19 (including variants) in human body and not through our immune system. I hope there will be break through. We don't know. I would not rely too much on CDC/WHO. Wallahualam.
  5. Salam... Current vaccines are not to make our body immune system able to protect from all variants of SARS COV-2 spike proteins. Each vaccine is effective to specific earlier variants. Mutations of these viruses are concerns to be addressed. I believe more new vaccines / methods are needed to address more contagious mutants. Having say so, will it beneficial to make our body immune system (using currently available vaccines) to fight the current covid19 (not new mutants). I would say yes because majority of infected persons in my country are not yet related to new covid19 mutants. In my opinions we have two approaches on Covid19. 1. Good body immune system that can produce strong and sufficient antibody to fight all new mutants. 2. Drugs that can kill all type of Covid19 mutants if our body immune system failed to provide adequate protection. Covid19 issue is complex, even worst with new mutations. Current available vaccines are just temporary measure and not permanent solution. Each person must do his/her personal health risk assessment under his/her likelihood of exposure and the consequences for not taking the current vaccine. I did mine. Malaysia just recorded highest number of daily infection today (9353 new cases). I live in the state among other states in Malaysia that has the highest daily cases of infection. Wallahualam.
  6. Salamualaikum. The video might give some answer.
  7. Salam, After much deliberation into the risk, benefits and personal health status, i decided to take the vaccine. My left hand felt tired for few hours before i sleep on the first day. Now second day, just feel like normal. Move on with my normal life. I am responsible to take care of my own body. Covid19 cases in Malaysia is rising. Wallahualam
  8. Salam Brother, Thank you give the method to clean the qalb. Any doas or a'mal that we can do continously or consistently, so evilness will be prevented from entering the Sadr and Saghaf. Some sort of shield. Many means that evilness can penetrate to Sadr and Saghaf such 1. From ourself through our senses (visual, hearing, thinking, or uncontrolled desires..) 2. From syaitan or other unseen (as in surah anNas (114)) 3. The enemies outside the body... website, media, advertisements, movies and our interactions with others. I believe we must know these practical methods and mechanism to protect our heart. Wallahualam.
  9. يَا مُقَلِّبَ الْقُلُوبِ ثَبِّتْ قَلْبِي عَلَى دِينِكَ ‘Ya Muqallibal qulub, thabbit qalbi ‘ala dinik.’ Translation: O Turner of hearts, keep my heart steadfast on your Din.
  10. Salamualaikum Brother, Your analogy is better and simpler to understand. From your explanation, we should know that how evilness/goodness can penetrate heart from outer layer to inner layer if we are not careful.
  11. The statement above is completely against the verses of Quran. بَلْ هُوَ آيَاتٌ بَيِّنَاتٌ فِي صُدُورِ الَّذِينَ أُوتُوا الْعِلْمَ ۚ وَمَا يَجْحَدُ بِآيَاتِنَا إِلَّا الظَّالِمُونَ {49} [Shakir 29:49] Nay! these are clear communications in the breasts of those who are granted knowledge; and none deny Our communications except the unjust. فَمَنْ يُرِدِ اللَّهُ أَنْ يَهْدِيَهُ يَشْرَحْ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ ۖ وَمَنْ يُرِدْ أَنْ يُضِلَّهُ يَجْعَلْ صَدْرَهُ ضَيِّقًا حَرَجًا كَأَنَّمَا يَصَّعَّدُ فِي السَّمَاءِ ۚ كَذَٰلِكَ يَجْعَلُ اللَّهُ الرِّجْسَ عَلَى الَّذِينَ لَا يُؤْمِنُونَ {125} [Shakir 6:125] Therefore (for) whomsoever Allah intends that He would guide him aright, He expands his breast for Islam, and (for) whomsoever He intends that He should cause him to err, He makes his breast strait and narrow as though he were ascending upwards; thus does Allah lay uncleanness on those who do not believe. أَفَمَنْ شَرَحَ اللَّهُ صَدْرَهُ لِلْإِسْلَامِ فَهُوَ عَلَىٰ نُورٍ مِنْ رَبِّهِ ۚ فَوَيْلٌ لِلْقَاسِيَةِ قُلُوبُهُمْ مِنْ ذِكْرِ اللَّهِ ۚ أُولَٰئِكَ فِي ضَلَالٍ مُبِينٍ {22} [Shakir 39:22] What! is he whose heart Allah has opened for Islam so that he is in a light from his Lord (like the hard-hearted)? Nay, woe to those whose hearts are hard against the remembrance of Allah; those are in clear error. لَمْ نَشْرَحْ لَكَ صَدْرَكَ {1} [Shakir 94:1] Have We not expanded for you your breast, وَكُلًّا نَقُصُّ عَلَيْكَ مِنْ أَنْبَاءِ الرُّسُلِ مَا نُثَبِّتُ بِهِ فُؤَادَكَ ۚ وَجَاءَكَ فِي هَٰذِهِ الْحَقُّ وَمَوْعِظَةٌ وَذِكْرَىٰ لِلْمُؤْمِنِينَ {120} [Shakir 11:120] And all we relate to you of the accounts of the messengers is to strengthen your heart therewith; and in this has come to you the truth and an admonition, and a reminder to the believers. مَا كَذَبَ الْفُؤَادُ مَا رَأَىٰ {11} [Shakir 53:11] The heart was not untrue in (making him see) what he saw. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) describes the heart as Sadr, Qalb and Fu'ad.
  12. *اَللَّهُمَّےصـلِّےِعَلَى مُحَمَّــدٍوَآلِےِمُحَمَّــدٍ* Salamualaikum. Allow me to write my concluding remarks too. 1. We have Quran that stated there should be Imams that guide to Truth. Brother @Coolalready summarized those verse. I will not take your statement above because Quran clearly opposed your stand. In the hereafter, we cannot complaint to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) that there was not living guide to us. 2. Your take about Imam, must be physically available. If not physically available, he is not a Living Imam. We say an Imam can be physically hidden, but he must be living among us and can be physically available ONLY with Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) permission. 3. Your understanding of Imams is to fill the need for having leaders. Our understanding of having Imams is to protect the religion and guide the true followers of Islam. Brother, Failed to convince you does not mean we failed in our belief. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) also didn't manage to convince all Christians, Jews and Quresh during his time. Many of Companions failed to follow his instructions. Imam Ali (عليه السلام) was NOT able to convinced Abu Bakr, Umar and many companions to make him as successor to Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) despite having all the proofs plus qualifications. So-called companions and Wife of Prophet went to war with Imam Ali. But true Islam flourishes, because true followers never abandon Ahlulbayt in upholding the religion of Islam. So Brother, not able to convince you is not an issue for me. The most important thing, we have given you the proofs. That is our duty. To get the guidance is between you and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). I am very grateful to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) because having the opportunity to discuss with you. And thank you too for inviting me for the discussion. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide us all. For my concluding remark, I want to provide a quote from Imam Khomeini (رضي الله عنه) in his wasiat (available online in pdf). Imam Khomeini (رضي الله عنه) wrote: "We take pride that the infallible Imams from Ali b. Abu Talib till the savior of humanity, his Holiness Mahdi, the Master of Ages ((عليه السلام).) who lives by the power of Almighty and oversees our affairs is our Imam (leader)." Wassalam.
  13. Salam Brother, We (our souls) are what we believe in. Some were classified as kafir, musyriks, munafiq, fasiq, muslim, mukmin, mutaqqi mukliseen, ... so. The souls change in status based on our state of believe (iman). All human souls when they arrived to this world, their initial state at the level of Nafs. When the baby is hungry, the baby will cry loudly for food. Then they will grow up using their soul at the level of nafs. Nafs is needed for survival of the physical side of humans. All human have something that can be used to upgrade the souls. Angels don't have it. They are static. We call that entity as the heart. The heart that located in the soul determines the level of souls. As a baby, the heart is not yet mature. When the mind and senses (physical part) reach maturity, the heart is important to upgrade the souls. Those who made their heart to reach at the highest level can make their souls operate all levels correctly...level of nafs, qalb, and ruh. Ruh signifies as highest level in spirituality that a soul can reach. At this stage the Soul will not die...they live on. If the soul stuck at the level of Nafs, then the soul need to be cleaned when the person dies, in barzakh. Most human souls operate at the level of Nafs. We will be at Barzakh. That is the reason why we also call the human souls as Nafs...because majority of humans operate their self at that level. Imam Khomeini(رضي الله عنه) can operate his soul at different levels. Therefore, he can lead. Ahlulbayt operates their souls from nafs to highest level at will when the situation need them to be. They look normal human from ouside, but they are beyond normal. They can see things that our eyes cannot see. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) see Jibrail (عليه السلام). Brother, this is my understanding. You are welcome to disagree. So i may also learn from you. Wallahualam.
  14. اَللَّهُمَّےصـلِّےِعَلَى مُحَمَّــدٍوَآلِےِمُحَمَّــدٍ* Salamualaikum, It seems that you are judging the current twelver Shia belief because there were many sects/factions/ disagreements toward last portion of 12 Imams (let say from 8, 9 10, 11 to 12 Imams).. it seem so much confusion and lack the level certainty. Well, let us go back to the time of the Prophet. We take example of all the campanions. There were divided and doubtful arise among themselves. The effect was fighting and killing among themselves and because of that we are divided into so many sects. Are we going to conclude that Islam is invalid because there confusing just before and right after the wafat of the Prophet? Or Islam that handed to us is murky and we need to screen, search for the truth or guidance. You would agreed that 1. Islam is valid regardless what happen to history of early Islam. So the current twelver Shias will say the same thing. So your argument that there many shias factions that existed toward the establishment of the 12th Imam (last Imam) are invalid. If you insist that same argument then might as well you say Islam is also invalid. Infact, all religions before Islam were invalid because their followers were all mess up. The ONLY religion that is valid is the one that you yourself created in your mind. And Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will judge all of us whether we created our own religion based on our own understanding. Whereas we should follow the religion according to guidance of Prophet and Ahlulbayt. We listen and we obey. Umar created his own religion when Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was asking for pen and pencil, and Umar dismissed the Prophet directive and said "we have Quran with us". He denied the true living Qur'an that talking to him and immediately created his own religion. He has many followers until now. His followers are more that combination of all Shias in the world. Is his created religion valid? 2. If Islam was murky because there were so many impurity, we need those who are pure to be with us (ayat 33:33). If the leader is impure and not available for access then, we are going to be misguided again. The twelver Shias that following Imam Muhammad ibnu Hassan (عليه السلام) didn't follow him blindly. We just need to research to know about his existence and guidance to all of us. This requires sincerity and not having preconceived notion and biased mind. 3. There were argument that certain Imams (عليه السلام) were too close to Abbasids rulers and that will compromise the Imamate. Well, Imam Ali (عليه السلام) accepted the vote of people to be the Caliph. He doesn't need to be a Caliph because he already an Imam. In addition, we know that Imamate was intact even from the first 3 Caliphs. And Imam Ali (عليه السلام) still gave advise to all 3 Caliphs. Are we going to discredit the Imamate of Imam Ali for what he did during the first 3 Caliphs and he accepted the human made system as a Caliph. For me, whatever actions by Imams were strategies allowed by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Even when the Prophet married to Aisya and Hafsa were strategies to allow Islam to flourish among people. These strategies were from Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) or we call Allah 's planning. Brother, We have conveyed to you the proofs about the 12th Imam, and the need to have a living Imam as the hope that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has not abandoned muslims, to establish justice on the earth, complete implementation of teachings of Islam. The Brothers in SC has put all those proofs. Since, there is no compulsion in Islam, you have the right to or not to accept. But, you have no right to deny the truth. The only way is for you to know the truth is to refer back to Prophet and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). For that you need unseen connection to Rasulullah and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to verify. Otherwise, guidance will not reach to your souls. See, how important is the unseen connection. It will solve our differences at individual level. Shakir 4:59] O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the last day; this is better and very good in the end. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) settled his differences with the Christians thru Mubahila (Áli `Imrán, 3:61-63) Again using unseen connection..to settle differences in belief. Brother, One way of settling differences is to give alternative approach. Now, let me ask you... WHO is your current living guide that approved by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)? Wassalam...
  15. *اَللَّهُمَّےصـلِّےِعَلَى مُحَمَّــدٍوَآلِےِمُحَمَّــدٍ* Salam, Brother,I am questioning your belief as a muslim because of the above statement. Seriously. I am a muslim because I am witnessing the unseen (beyond just believing...much higher). أَشْهَدُ أَنْ لَا إِلَهَ إِلَّا اللهُ وَأَشْهَدُ أَنَّ مُحَمَّدًا رَسُوْلُ اللهِ Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) set the standard for Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to give HIS direct Guidance. Believe in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) who are unseen as Absolute standard. Believing in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Muhammad as Prophet and Messenger until hereafter will qualify a person to receive Guidance and syafaat from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), through unseen/seen means. Me and all muslims who say the shahadat sincerely have established unseen connection with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and His Messenger. Therefore, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will be our unseen guide, so will the Prophets. In addition, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) added one more group. يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا أَطِيعُوا اللَّهَ وَأَطِيعُوا الرَّسُولَ وَأُولِي الْأَمْرِ مِنْكُمْ ۖ فَإِنْ تَنَازَعْتُمْ فِي شَيْءٍ فَرُدُّوهُ إِلَى اللَّهِ وَالرَّسُولِ إِنْ كُنْتُمْ تُؤْمِنُونَ بِاللَّهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ ۚ ذَٰلِكَ خَيْرٌ وَأَحْسَنُ تَأْوِيلًا {59} [Shakir 4:59] O you who believe! obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority from among you; then if you quarrel about anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you believe in Allah and the last day; this is better and very good in the end. Brother, if my statement is confusing and wrong, pls correct me. I am not like many others Brothers here in SC. There have, mashaAllah, much more knowledge and i learned a lot from their writings. Alhamdulillah. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless them with syafaat of Ahlulbayt in this world and hereafter. I am more toward the very basic of faith. If the basic of faith failed, the rest of our belief is just assumption. The question of Guidance and unseen relation with the Allah and Messenger as our unseen guide is fundamental/ basic. That is why Aisha, Abu Bakr and Umar, Talha and Zubair failed..despite there were present with physical Prophet. They failed to have unseen connection with the Prophethood and opposed the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) directives. When Rasulullah said...give me pen and pencil..group of so-called companions refused. They didn't have the unseen connection with the Prophet. Whereas, i will fulfill that request because I believe in Muhammad as a Prophet until we meet in the hereafter. I must have unseen connection to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and he serve as my unseen guide by the Approval of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) based on the Kalamullah (surah 5:59). So will the Ulil Amr. Wallahualam.
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