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layman

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  1. Salam, Subject: Maksuum Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) ...Absolute Protector and He will protect. Prophets and Imams...protected humans. Protected by Absolute Protector. They are tasked to tell or communicate with humans on how to be protected until qiamat. WE...are humans who are free to chose, to be protected on not. We (unprotected) need to be with Prophets and Imams (protected and knows to get protection from Allahbswt) in other to be with Absolute Protector. It is a never ending process. We are blind, deaf, uninformed..the lowest of lowest need hands of protected Humans in order to reach to our Absolute Protector. This is why I believe in 12 Imams.
  2. Salam, Read dua Ahad...at Fajr on daily basis. Dua-e-Ahad English Translation It is reported from Imam Ja’fer Sadiq (a) that whoever recites this du’a for forty days, after morning prayers will be amongst the helpers of the 12th Imam (a). Should he/she die before the reappearance of the Imam (a), Allah will raise him/her from the grave in order for the reciter of this du’a to present him/herself to the Imam (a) Dua Ahad ...partial O Allah! Show me the rightly guided face of (Imam (عليه السلام).), the praiseworthy moon (referring to the face of Imam (عليه السلام).) and enlighten my vision by looking at him. And hasten his reappearance, make his arrival smooth, vasten his path, make me tread on his way and implement his authority and strengthen his back. O Allah inhabit Your cities through him and give life to Your servants due to him for surely You have said and Your word is truth, “Corruption will become rampant in land and on sea because of the evil which men’s hand have earned” Then O Allah manifest for us Your slave and the son of Your Prophet’s daughter, whose name is the same as that of Your messenger, so that nothing from falsehood is victorious except that he tears them (falsehood) to pieces, establishes the truth and the truth confirms him. And O Allah! Appoint him as a refuge for Your oppressed servants and a helper for the one who does not find any helper for himself except You and the renewer of all the laws of Your book which have been tampered with and the rebuilder of the science of Your religion and the traditions of Your Prophet (peace of Allah be on him and his progeny) and O Allah! make him among those whom you have protected from the evils of the adversaries.
  3. Salam, 1. The religious message is non-chargeable. It is for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) because only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can reward the speaker based on his sincerity. The reward is termed as "Pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)". It cannot be described, it is beyond entertaiment. Those who have tasted the Pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) know it. 2. We as humans are stuck in physical realm. We have to eat, communicate, use transport, use money as means to buy goods and services....and so on. Part and parcel of life. Some of us has to learn more, read more, study more to be more effective in delivery methods. That costs money, time and efforts. Time is so precious that allocation specific duration will cost money. This why certain means of transport, communication, method of delivery are higher cost. In addition, the reliability of information is important too. More credible and trustworthy, means we need to pay for more money. Giving lectures (including religious lectures) has both components (#1 and #2). Pay the lecturers because of #2, the worldly requirement and not because of #1. We cannot pay the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) for his contributions to the ummah. According to Qur'an, we shall pay by sincerely "loving his Family". As for the Current Imam (asl), we pay the Khums. We also pay zakat. It has both components, for pleasure of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and duniawi contributions. Wallahu aalam
  4. You need to be in the life and death situation. If you make wrong decision, you will die and suffer. If you make a correct decision, you will be alive. And you must make that decision. You seem not take anything serious. You will regret it. Because that is a wrong decision.
  5. Salam, Innalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiuun. Innaliahi..We are from Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)... this the very basic of Tauhid. Inna ilaihi rajiuun... all of us will return back to Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). This is the advanced or higher level of Tauhid. It is a never ending process. Lead by Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام). How to return? 1. Believe on the very Basic of Tauhid. First we have to acknowledge Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is Ahad, and nothing will exist except through Him. HE is beyond description...Allahuakbar! 2. We cannot return to Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) by ourself. We have to be on the Siratul mustaqeem. And siratul mustaqeem is the Prophet (عليه السلام) and Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) for Muslim ummah. Proof: Read Surah al-Fatiha... The basic of Tauhid part: Shakir 1:1] In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful. [Shakir 1:2] All praise is due to Allah, the Lord of the Worlds. [Shakir 1:3] The Beneficent, the Merciful. [Shakir 1:4] Master of the Day of Judgment. [Shakir 1:5] Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help. The returning to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) part: Shakir 1:6] Keep us on the right path. [Shakir 1:7] The path of those upon whom Thou hast bestowed favors. Not (the path) of those upon whom Thy wrath is brought down, nor of those who go astray. @Sinful_Loser, What you need and all of us too, is the correct method to return to Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Get closer to Ahlul Bayt, you will have your heart full of peace, not emptied, feel guided and understand the real Tauhid. The Prophet said...hold on to Kitabullah (Tauhid) and Ahlul Bayt (how to return to Allah), you never go astray.
  6. You need to very sincere in finding Him (The God). When you can see Him in every walk of your life, then seek His Guidance so you will not follow your personal ways, but to follow His Ways. Ponder upon the creation of stars, planets, moon, mountains, rivers and your own body. Eventhough God can guide you directly, often He will get someone (physical) to guide you, be with you so that you will not be alone. Evil force will also send someone (physical and spiritual) to mis-guide you. You must insist on following God, because He is best Protector. Then God will introduce you to His Representives on the Earth with clear signs. The first will be the Prophet. Has believe in His Representatives. You can live any place in this world, if you are sincere to find and be with Him. How do you know that you are slowly guided...feel of peace in the heart, mind and souls. You feel that you have the strength to reach for Him and avoid wrong stuff. Maybe the verses from Qur'an below can be a source of guidance: Yusufali 7:54] Your Guardian-Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the Earth in six days, and is firmly established on the throne (of authority): He draweth the night as a veil o'er the day, each seeking the other in rapid succession: He created the sun, the moon, and the stars, (all) governed by laws under His command. Is it not His to create and to govern? Blessed be Allah, the Cherisher and Sustainer of the worlds! [Yusufali 7:55] Call on your Lord with humility and in private: for Allah loveth not those who trespass beyond bounds. [Yusufali 7:56] Do no mischief on the Earth, after it hath been set in order, but call on Him with fear and longing (in your hearts): for the Mercy of Allah is (always) near to those who do good.
  7. We have negative views of those who 1. Opposed Rasul (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), when Rasul instructions were not followed, and at the last moment of his life when he asked for pen and paper so we all not be misguided, Rasul was ignored. 2. Fought bloody battles against Moula Ali (as Khalifah and Imam), 3. Killed Imams and righteous members of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام). Rasul (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) has successful delivered the message of Islam from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). But the ummah has failed to live up to his directives until his wafat. So Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has let go the ummah to go their way. Imamat is reserved for those who want to adhere to clear directives and teachings of our Prophet (عليه السلام). Moula Ali (عليه السلام) did not fight for any post, in particular the post of Khalifah. But, at the same time Ali (عليه السلام) did not opposed openly the election the election of first 3 Caliphs, not did he used force. He just more concerns on give guidance to general people and in particular to those who adhered to his Imamat. Ali (عليه السلام) used force and fought against Aishah and Muawiya because those two are against the elected and established Caliph (which is Ali). If let say, Zubair was elected after Othman, and Muawiya was to fight against Caliph Zubair, Ali would just give advice.. All members of Ahlul Bayt, after the death of the Prophet, were not interested for the post of Khalifah, even all of them are more than qualified. Rasul was not able to change the mindset of Quresh on the important of Ahlul Bayt to lead the Quresh (and ummah) upto to the moment of his wafat. Even, Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام) is not interested for the post of Khalifah. He will only appear back and lead the Ummah when the Ummah is ready to submit to his leadership as an Imam who has control on their life...ulil amr, and not as a political leader. Imamah is a biggest test to Muslim Ummah. The Shias are those who submit to Imamat Ali (عليه السلام) and other 11 Imams from the Ahlulbayts. They seek guidance through them to reach the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and ultimately to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). وَالْعَصْرِ {1} [Shakir 103:1] I swear by the time, إِنَّ الْإِنْسَانَ لَفِي خُسْرٍ {2} [Shakir 103:2] Most surely man is in loss, إِلَّا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا وَعَمِلُوا الصَّالِحَاتِ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالْحَقِّ وَتَوَاصَوْا بِالصَّبْرِ {3} [Shakir 103:3] Except those who believe and do good, and enjoin on each other truth, and enjoin on each other patience.
  8. Salam, This is just my thoughts: Semen: Because it flows through same passage as the urine. Urine is najis. So the passage where the Urine passes is also najis and cannot be washed. Blood: Blood contains hazardous bacteria and viruses that can infect others upon contact, and must be washed (same as urine). Muslim exposed parts of the body must be cleaned from physical najis, especially for prayer. I am sure there are religious explanations to it.
  9. Salam ... Try this... 1. Read Aauuzibillahi minas syaitani rajeem. 2. Read Bismillahi Rahmani Rahiim 3. Read Salawat repeatedly and direct it where the bad thoughts originate in your brain. Read until the bad thoughts go away. If it originates from the middle part of the brain, read the salawat and direct it to that part. If is originates at the heart, direct the salawat to the heart. 4. Repeat if bad thoughts come again. Wallahualam.
  10. I think we should evaluate the real scenario for why a particular man performs a mutah. Each case is different. In the case of OP, he may not perform the mutah for love, but then after mutah, the woman may get attracted to his belief, he may elevate the relationship to permanent marriage. I know many friends in the US that ended marrying permanently the woman that they have mutah with. Even though the initial intention is not for love (some for permanent resident status). But both, man and woman must know as to why they perform mutah. It must be very clear. Again, referrng to OP case, he may be deceived by the woman when performing mutah (due to open society), so avoid falling in love. Again, I am assuming that the OP is concern about his religion. I view mutah (or permanent marriage) as a halal mean for responsible Muslim man to protect against sinning. While doing so, be a responsible person because you are dealing with human. We are not promoting Casanova.
  11. إِنَّ اللَّهَ وَمَلَائِكَتَهُ يُصَلُّونَ عَلَى النَّبِيِّ ۚ يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا صَلُّوا عَلَيْهِ وَسَلِّمُوا تَسْلِيمًا {56} [Yusufali 33:56] Allah and His angels send blessings on the Prophet: O ye that believe! Send ye blessings on him, and salute him with all respect. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Angels have constant connection to Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), we are asked by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to have connection with Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). When people asked how to connect to the Prophet? Prophet said to include his Family. The salawat is more than just sending blessings...it is having direct connection (nubuwwah and Imamat). If we are disconnected to the Prophet and His Family, we are disconnected with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)...period! We know who are disconnected with the Prophet and His Family from the history.
  12. Let us based on the scenario on the person who opened this thread. Read below. If a man who is in need to control his natural sexual urges and find a woman who fits the North America life style and he does not intend to have permanent marriage for 15 years and he is trying to avoid zina... therefore, his intention should be muta'aa for legal pleasure to avoid zina. Not for love. If a man wants to perform mutah with a woman because of love and to take care of her for life, then marry her permanently. Avoid mutah If you ask me ..."Would you let your daughter/mother/ sister do that?". If I know for sure zina is going to happen, I will allow them for mutaa. But it should be under supervision. Know all the conditions. Follow the religious guidelines. In Today's society, it is very difficult to control movement of unmarried men or women. They will do haram things. The handphone can start all kind of haram stuffs. The situation exists in Asian societies, let alone in North America. We are here NOT to be obsessed about mutah, we talking on how to avoid zina by whatever means such as fasting, doas, keep the self busy... Of cause, mutah is one option...maybe last option if the situation permits. I used to stay in the US during my study years. It was easy to do mutah (if I want to) but I opt for permanent marriage because the situation allowed it.
  13. If you are not against it, then shut up. Muta'aa is for "halal pleasure" between man and woman if both are not committed, not ready, or not interested for serious commitment. In the US is lot easier for mutaa'a because of open society. Halal pleasure is to release normal sexual urges and not zina.
  14. See, you don't understand what I am saying. For those Muslim men living in the US (see the OP) and they are under pressure to not falling in zina, they can have mutaa'a. There are also women (mostly Christians) who are not committed to permanent relationship, they just interested for pleasure. So muta'aa is the option and not zina if a Muslim man is to be intimate with them. I am not talking of very religious group of men and women. Most religious women will opto permanent marriage.
  15. If I wrote against the Prophet, you have the right to go against it. Otherwise, pls keep your writings to yourself. Mutaa'a is lawful pleasure, instead to fall into zina. If both man and woman in the US are going to be intimate (Muslim man and with a Christian woman). Ensure it is lawful.
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