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layman

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  1. Salam, Can we detach ourselves from Muhammad wa aali Muhammad (عليه السلام)? Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) does not allow it (33:56) because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Himself attaches to them. What does attachment mean? Can we ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and deep in out heart, we are detached from Muhammad and aali Muhammad (عليه السلام)? What is the difference between we make doa to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Abu Bakr and Umar making doa to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)? Attachment to Muhammad wa aali Muhammad (عليه السلام) is the wasilah. If we only consider Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is sufficient, then Umar was right when he denied the Prophet's (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) request for pen and paper by saying "We have Quran with us", in other word, we have Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) with us. When Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) send down 33:56, He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is sending a message to us that we are not deprived / detached with the "accompany" of Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad (عليه السلام). The Salawat is the CODE for all followers of Ahlulbayt. No merely saying it, we mean it that Muhammad wa aali Muhammad (عليه السلام) are with us in the past, current and future. They will never leave us. We are the once that detach ourselves from them. The salawat will be forever (attachment will be forever, as long as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wishes) Tawassul is the mean of attachment/connection from physical world to spiritual world, from our physical to higher dimensions (spiritual) and Muhammad wa aali Muhammad (عليه السلام) are alive in spiritual realm. And true Salawat is the CODE to spiritual world and to be with Muhammad wa aali Muhammad (عليه السلام). Wallahualam.
  2. Alaikum salam Bro, We are on a journey from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and returning toward Him. Once we all are created in the realm before we come to this world, we are separated from Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and by nature we yearn to return back to Him. During the journey to return, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) make us to live in this world. Then we will in barzakh and then in hereafter where all of humans gather in huge gathering before going to heaven or hell. The journey doesn't stop there. In the hell, the unclean souls will taste different types of punishment on continuous basis according to different types of sins and to the exact measure. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has infinite types of punishment. While the heaven, life keeps changing and always new blessings will appear. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has infinite types of blessings to all pure souls. Whatever type of technology and advancement we see in the today, will be nothing compared to technology and advancement in heaven. So so sophisticated. Everything is excitement. Interstellar travel between galaxies is not longer bound by space and time. Everything is new on continuous basis and the souls will increase in purity as the journey in heaven continues toward Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). That is what I mean we are not static... THIS WORLD IS like pressure cooker to all of us. Everything is limited. The only thing that is not limited in this world is HOPE in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  3. Many reasons. Maybe due to fast flowing unfiltered information and communications. There is some level of conflict between ideology and technology, and what both can offer to the youth. Ideology should filter the technology so humans can benefits. However, technology gives more satisfaction to youths then ideology. Ideology tends to restrict the youth, and technology gives more freedom. I don't know whether my comment is valid. I belongs to older generation where the first computers were Commodore 64 and Apple IIc, and typewriters were common. And I believe good ideology is much much more advance than technology. I maybe bias.
  4. We are more individualistic and opportunist when come to worldly matters. Me first then only others without thinking that the approach maybe be oppressing others. There are many reasons for humans to misbehave. Just accept and move on. Stick to goodness as much as we can and put full hope in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  5. Alaikum salam Brother, Islam is with Haq because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) already accepted it as a complete religion. No one can change it. Islam is a Pure Religion. Shias and Sunnis are followers or factions or groups of people who follow the Islam. Shias and Sunnis are NOT religion. Followers are not Maksuum and not Pure. It is enough that for us to say that we follow Islam to all other muslims. We will not be wrong because Islam is the only religion accepted by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). No one can take away our title as a follower of Islam (a muslim) if we say shahadat. Even among followers of Shias, we have differences, let alone when we include other factions among Muslims. End of the day, all muslims (whether they are Sunnis or Shias or other factions) want to believe that follow the Pure Islam. The best way is for every individual / muslim to struggle sincerely to learn about Islam and adopt the Haq and avoid the Bathil without bias or preconceived notions. InsyaALlah, with the Blessings and syafaat of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام), the Pure Islam will be revealed to us at individual level so we have some level of guidance that will make us peaceful in the heart and confident in Islam.
  6. Salam, Who am I? We are not static, we evolve based on time. We have origin and we will return to the origin. Our origin is from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and each one of us is given Ruh. The Ruh is pure. Descended to this world, the Ruh are imbedded with nafs (souls) and given a body. We have to ensure our nafs are constantly clean so we won't oppress our Nafs. If we lack or slack, make repentant. When we die, the Ruh and Nafs are removed from the body. In the Barzakh, and hereafter our Nafs are judged and cleaned. The after the cleaning process, our Nafs unite with the Ruh as one Pure entity. Only Pure Ruh will enter Heaven (Pure place). Then our Ruh will be returning to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in a journey that will last as long as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will it. Who am I? We should know the state that where and what we are now. If we are loss, then follow Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام). Stick to them spiritually and follow their sunnah physically. Ahlulbayt and Quran are not separated. If we believe in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and His Words (Quran), then we and Ahlulbayt should not separate. Otherwise, we will go astray. Then we will not know who we are! Hopefully. Wallahualam.
  7. Salam, Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Names are the medium.
  8. Our Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is our current Prophet, even though there is no physical Prophet that exist now. There is nothing wrong to believe that Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is our current Prophet even though he is now physical available to the current Ummah. If we believe that Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is just a past Prophet and has not relationship with us, we are out of Islam. That is the power of mystic! Not physically available is not mean we are disconnected with our Prophet. We are connected to our Prophet even when make our salah. The 12th Imam is here to rule and available to all who want to connect with him.
  9. Servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can be at many levels eeman. Even the Prophets have many levels. We only interested in the highest level that approved by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and not so called man made interpretation for that level. Please don't to mellow down the status of Imam to fit in man made criteria of Leadership of Ummah. Imams for all humans must be pure (holy) and chosen by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and endorsed by Qur'an and Our Messengers. Who are those whom Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) stated as Imam? Those are Leaders guided by Allah' (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) command and Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) directly inspired into them. Failing to meet the criteria, any servant of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) cannot be Leader for humanity but NOT and Imam to humanity. Salman (رضي الله عنه) is a good servant of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) but not an Imam. Chapter (21) sūrat l-anbiyāa (The Prophets) http://www.everyayah.com/data/images_png/21_73.png Sahih International: And We made them leaders guiding by Our command. And We inspired to them the doing of good deeds, establishment of prayer, and giving of zakah; and they were worshippers of Us. Pickthall: And We made them chiefs who guide by Our command, and We inspired in them the doing of good deeds and the right establishment of worship and the giving of alms, and they were worshippers of Us (alone). Yusuf Ali: And We made them leaders, guiding (men) by Our Command, and We sent them inspiration to do good deeds, to establish regular prayers, and to practise regular charity; and they constantly served Us (and Us only). Shakir: And We made them Imams who guided (people) by Our command, and We revealed to them the doing of good and the keeping up of prayer and the giving of the alms, and Us (alone) did they serve; Muhammad Sarwar: We appo
  10. If you can connect whatever worldly gains that your are interested are for the gain of next world then it should be ok. Do good in the this world will get good return in the next world. The opposite will get bad return. Ensure the intention is for the sake of God. Wallahualam
  11. Salam, Just for the sake of writing while waiting for the others to say something in the debate. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) created His Holy Names, Holy Quran, Holy Prophets and Holy Imams to be followed by humans. Humans are NOT able to create man made names, books, prophets and imams that are holy, as if the same level of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) when He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) creates something that is holy. By Holy, I mean PURE, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) make it PURE because they are representing HIM or approved means of reaching HIM. The Sunnis made Abu Bakr, Umar ...all companions as holy. These are man made holiness. Are all past Zaidi's Imams were made Holy by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) or man made holiness? Were they all made to be Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Representatives on this earth and as means of reaching Him? Wallahualam
  12. Salam, The real knowledge is what is revealed to you by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Whatever little knowledge we have, act on it to increase the belief. Bilal was a slave and simple companion of the Prophet, but with strong belief. The intention to learn knowledge is to get closer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), not to propagate our belief. Convince the self and act upon it, others will automatically wanted to learn from you. Looking into personal abilities and talents, build your belief so your personal abilities and talents can be for good to others. Wallahualam.
  13. I believe that Khalifah is not a pillar of sunni doctrine. But, there must be an elected leader among Sunni muslim community / country that to defend the doctrine of religion. As for Malaysia, they replaced it with man made Kings. As long as there are man made leaders to lead Sunni muslim, is acceptable to Sunnis (which they called Ulil-Amr).
  14. Managing expectations is not easy. Both need to communicate those issues that fail the expectations from both sides. Need to get a good and experienced mediator / advisor that understand both sides of issues.
  15. Money for US defense contractors and politicians. 20 yrs of big income worth billions while in Afghanistan. Threatening Syria, China and Russia are good money will guarantee good money (in trillions of dollars) to defense contractors for 10 to 20 years to come.
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