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  1. Salam, This is my understanding and analysis. 1. Don't make your salat / reading Qur'an when you are too tired. 2. Don't make the salat/ reading Qur'an when your stomach is full. 3. Psychologically, when you start the salat/reading Qur'an, in your your mind don't treat the situation as my resting time. We usually go to sleep when we tell ourself this is my resting time. 4. Connect the self to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) first before make salat or reading Qur'an. Meaning make preparation before make salat /reading Qur'an. It starts from what to dress, making wudhu in proper way, read duas that we understand the meaning. Glorify Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), ask forgiveness and make salawat before making salat/ reading Qur'an. 5. Put the musalla, prayer carpet at best or dedicated place in the house. Not just any place. 6. Ensure that Syaitans don't dominate your mind and souls. I sometimes tell the syaitans, if you are within or with me during my salat, it means you are together with all Khalifatullah, in particular Rasulullah ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), all the Prophets since Adam (عليه السلام) and myself making sujud and worshipping Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). It means syaitans must accept Adam (عليه السلام) if they are with you during salat. 7. I sometimes dedicate salawats to syaitans before salat so they will feel the barrier between ourself and them. That wall is a barrier that can't cross. The sword from reading the salawat will cut them like onion. Syaitans will attack, but their number also finite. They will not give up and will attack back after prayer. But, we know that salat can protect us until the next salat time. 8. Make solat on time... it is like traveling on first class train. If we delay, it is like travelling on 3rd or no class. But, don't miss the salat. First class train is well protected. Wallahualam...
  2. I live among Sunnis Majority. Taraweeh is important activity during Ramadan. Many of them who participate in taraweeh prayer, feels that it is sort of important to do it in congregation for more blessings and sign of unity among muslims in the community. However, there is not firm agreement on how many raka'at and what to read between each two raka'at. Also, some Imams would read very long surahs, and many will not able to follow it. We all know, congregation prayer should not take that long because we have to consider the people physical conditions. I do not see sunni muslims in my place of stay who enter the masjid for friday prayer and right after the azan, they will make 2 raka'at sunnat prayers individually even though there many people are presence. Why not do it in congregation!!! It would be good innovation then! Infact, they should make all sunnat prayers in congregation, and establish the highest level of innovation!! Wallahualam.
  3. 1. We say MashaAllah and not Ma'sha Ali. 2. When we say Ya Allah, it means we acknowledge that Allah is the Rabb in His Presence. When we say Ya Rasulullah, we acknowledge that Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) is the Prophet of Allah in the Presence of Allah. When we say Ya Ali, we acknowledge that Ali(عليه السلام) is the Waliyullah in the Presence of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). 3. We all know the destination of the US Presidents such as Bush the Jr and Trump will end up where in the hereafter. They are still alive. If we able to meet them face to face in this world, we will talk to them according to conditions. We won't say directly to them, you will be in hell, eventhough deep in our heart that they will be in hellfire. We will say something accordingly, based on the situation. 4. The real language for all the revealed books is the language of "haqq". What the truth behind the written Qur'an, only Allah , Prophet and those approved by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) understand it. Even Arab speaking people will not know the real truth about Qur'an that they read in written arabic texts. All the revealed books in whatever languages can be understood if the person has access to the "truth". Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) is the city of knowledge and Ali (عليه السلام) is gate. Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and Ahlulbayt have access to the "truth" by the Permission of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  4. Salam... this is my understanding. A person needs Aqal to combine collection of thoughts (physical) and faith (spiritual). Faith is achieved through witnessing by using the faculty of heart. Whereas, the mind uses the observations through our physical senses and logical reasoning to achieve good thoughts about an issue. Aqal can use whatever the heart witness and whatever the mind concludes. Aqal is able to interface with both the heart and mind, simultaneously Whereas the mind won't understand the heart. Aqal can interface with spiritual and physical means. Aqal is created by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) all human to use it. What is عقل? al-Kāfī, mentions that the first intelligent sentient being Allah created was Al-ʿAql (i.e. Universal Intellect)...and Allah saw it (i.e. Al-ʿAql) was obedient, submissive and good...on the authority of Abu Jaʿfar Muhammad al-Baqir (peace be upon him)..."When Allah created Al-ʿAql He tested and tried it...He commanded it to come forward and it came forward...then He ordered it to move back and it went back...then Allah said: "I testify by My Power and Majesty that no creation of Mine is dearer to Me than you are...and I have only made you perfect in those whom I love...Behold! To you are My decrees and prohibitions addressed, And for you are My rewards and retributions reserved." Wallahualam
  5. If the root causes of the disobeying the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) were against Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) directives and they won't listen to reminders from the Prophet and the cases were beyond fix, then la'nah is justified. Shakir 3:61] But whoever disputes with you in this matter after what has come to you of knowledge, then say: Come let us call our sons and your sons and our women and your women and our near people and your near people, then let us be earnest in prayer, and pray for the curse of Allah on the liars.
  6. Umar used to say " If it is not because Ali, Umar would have been destroyed" because in most difficult situations, Imam Ali (عليه السلام) saved the situation for Umar. We know that Rasulullah ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) was very worried before the announcement at Ghadeer Khum. He hesitated, but Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) promised to protect Rasulullah from the people. And Rasulullah delivered the proclamation of Ali (عليه السلام) as Maula as in 5:67. We all know why Rasulullah ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) hesitated. Now, Umar too was hesistated to allow Imam Ali (عليه السلام) to lead the muslims. Umar could just follow the example from the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), elect Imam Ali as the leader of Muslims, and not to worry about the people. He didn't. He didn't follow the Sunnah of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). I believed the issue was jealousy. Umar couldn't accept Prophethood and Leadership of community (after the wafat of Rasulullah) is from the same house of Bani Hashim. That decision of Umar affected the future generation of Muslims. Umar couldn't see that. Because of him, Uthman was elected as Khalifa and opened up the Leadership of Muslims to bani Umayyah. Umar should have learned and followed the sunnah of the Prophet and make Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as the leader of Muslims because Imam Ali's status as Maula to all Muslims. Leave the security of the Ummah to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Eventually, later muslims felt Umar was totally responsible for not putting the best candidate to the office of leadership. Umar himself acknowledged that Imam Ali (عليه السلام) was more deserving to lead than himself. I think, the la'nah was introduced because Umar did not follow the Prophet's directive and took the matter of leadership of muslims on himself by not consulting with Imam Ali (عليه السلام) who is his Maula. Wallahualam.
  7. Salam, Did the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) force people to accept him as the leader for the Arab community? The people from Medina volunteered to accept the Rasulullah as a Messenger of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) (so they became Muslim) and they volunteered to make the Prophet as the Leader for their community. Even after Othman was killed, Ali (عليه السلام) did not asked to be the Khalifah. He was forced to accept it. So no one in the future can say that Ali (عليه السلام) flight for Islam to be Caliph. Even when Imam Mahdi (عليه السلام) show up, the people will volunteer to make him as their leader. But, for Ali (عليه السلام) to be a Wali to all Muslims was the choice of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). The same with Rasulullah. It was the choice from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to make him as a Prophet and Messenger to the Ummah. Until today, people have the choice to accept Imam Ali and Rasulullah to rule their nafs as we return to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). It is the choice that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) want us to make. Wallahualam
  8. Salam, 1. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) said and approved that our Wali are. Shakir 5:55] Only Allah is your Vali and His Messenger and those who believe, those who keep up prayers and pay the poor-rate while they bow. It is them that guide us because they are our Wali. Are we going to believe that we have no access to them...to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), to our Messenger ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) or Imam Ali (عليه السلام)???? Now think about it!!!. No for me. We have direct access. 2. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) say in Surah Al Fatiha, we have to be on the right path in order to worship and seek help from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Whose path for us to be with?. The path of Ahlulbayt because they pure (cleaned from influenced of syaitans). Are we going to say that Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) not accessible to us now? Why would Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) make us compulsory to be with them? We hope that we be with Rasul (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) in this world and hereafter. If cannot be with them in this world, forget about to be with them in the hereafter. Tawassul is one way to be with Ahlulbayt in this world, because they are our Wali. Hadis...Hold on to Qur'an and Ahlulbayt, you will never go astray. Ahlulbayt is living and talking Qur'an. If Qur'an exists and accessible from the time of Prophet until now, so will Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). If we follow Qur'an to get knowledge and understanding Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), we also have to follow Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). And they are very much accessible. Give them salam and on daily basis...they will response. At least in salat we do that...Alhamdulillah. Wallahualam Layman.
  9. Happy revolution anniversary... Today, I was reading an article about Imam Khomeini (رضي الله عنه).. and I qoute: "Imam Khomeini is said to have a very close and special relationship with Imam al-Mahdi. The late Ayatollah Fadhil Lankarani narrates that when someone continuously argued with Imam Khomeini about the feasibility of the Revolution, the Imam eventually snapped back, “Would Hazrat Baqiyatullah Imam Mahdi tell me something wrong? The Shah must go!” https://www.islamicinsights.com/religion/history/imam-khomeini-part-iii.html May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) protect the Revolution ... Wallahualam
  10. Quran and authentic hadiths are valid proofs. No real muslims will deny it. However, understanding of scholars on the proofs from Qur'an and authentic hadiths may defer. Even Salman and Abu Zarr differed in their understanding of certain aspects of higher level knowledge of Islam. Wallahualam.
  11. Salam... My understanding. When a person fully submitted his self to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has full control of the person's self, the person will have some level of Wilayat At-Takwiniyah. Anyone can attain certain level of this Wilayat, depending how much the submission of his self to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If person makes a doa, with full submission (Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) control his self during the doa), miracle can happen. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Imams (عليه السلام), their nafs are fully in submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), meaning Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) control their life, doa, actions...the Wilayat At-Takwiniyah is presence in them and as when Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wanted to present this Wilayat (in term of knowledge, miracles, etc) to the public through them. For certain persons it seem that the direction for their life is guided... this is one form of Wilayat At-Takwiniyah. Future is very clear for them...they have GPS navigation system for their life. They have no choice to avoid the tests of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) that will come base on the GPS navigation system of their life. Everyone will have experienced certain level of Wilayat At-Takwiniyah in their life. This is how we come to know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) . Can they reflect that pure Submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can result of miracles (strange things happen) because Only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Alone can make it happen. In reality, humans are only slaves. لَا حَوْلَ وَلَا قُوَّةَ إِلَّا بِاللهِ العَلِيِّ العَظِيْمِ Another way, we unite our nafs (self) with Nafs of Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and this is much easier way because Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) are our Wali. Also Surah Al-fatiha also asking us to be with them (even though physically they are not with us). The Wilayat At-Takwiniyah will come to us because of this unity with Ahlulbayt. Wallahualam
  12. Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) suffering teaches the ummah to wake up and stand up against injustice wherever it happen. That remembrance of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) sufferings give us inner strength to stand up and ready to fight for a cause (fighting real injustice). Example has been set. As for Rohingya women who were gang raped, as person who believes in Imam Hussain (عليه السلام), should stand up and fight to defend the right of these women, because they were oppressed. Those who did the crime must be punished and those women that were raped should be taken care of. Lessons learned from Karbala (sufferings of Imam Hussain) that followers of Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) should prepared them not to keep quiet and watch gross injustice to occur without opposition. Gross injustices against humanity occur all the time. To stand up against these injustice, we need inner strength and belief. Imam Hussain's(عليه السلام) sufferings set the example that we may die and loss everything in order to help the religion /people from being oppressed.
  13. Imam Hussain (عليه السلام) suffering for a purpose, to save the future of Muslim Ummah. Other people sufferings are for what? There is no comparison! Unless you uninformed about Imam Hussain (عليه السلام). Yes, people do suffer and I believe Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is Just to deal with them in the hereafter (more important life than this world). The hereafter is no comparison to this world. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will take account of all factors, regardless whether they are muslims or not before they are punish. They are humans. Wallahualam.
  14. Salam, Shakir 7:54] Surely your Lord is Allah, Who created the heavens and the earth in six periods of time, and He is firm in power; He throws the veil of night over the day, which it pursues incessantly; and (He created) the sun and the moon and the stars, made subservient by His command; surely His is the creation and the command; blessed is Allah, the Lord of the worlds.[Shakir 7:55] Call on your Lord humbly and secretly; surely He does not love those who exceed the limits.[Shakir 7:56] And do not make mischief in the earth after its reformation, and call on Him fearing and hoping; surely the mercy of Allah is nigh to those who do good (to others). Wallahualam
  15. Salam, A mukmin not only believe, but he is certain that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Muhammad (عليه السلام) wa aale Muhammad (عليه السلام) are with him all the time. His whole exist is at peace (redha), regardless of what happening on the outside world that is beyond his control. He keeps struggling to do his best to his Rabb, and do good to others while in this world. Suffering will not reduce his peaceful state. The feel of peace in our nafs is what we need (due to our trust and submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and the System that He has established). That is Islam...For ever peace. It starts from this world and continues into hereafter. The whole Surah 89. al-Fajr (The Dawn) may give some answer. يَا أَيَّتُهَا النَّفْسُ الْمُطْمَئِنَّةُ {27} [Pickthal 89:27] But ah! thou soul at peace! ارْجِعِي إِلَىٰ رَبِّكِ رَاضِيَةً مَرْضِيَّةً {28} [Pickthal 89:28] Return unto thy Lord, content in His good pleasure! Wallahualam.
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