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layman

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  1. Salam, This is my thought, and i could be wrong. Just for the sake of discussion. Marriage has higher purpose. To complete one's religion. To commit ourselves in taking care of each other (opposite gender) more than what the parents can deliver. To harmonize relationship between family members (from different lineages). For those couples that are capable, sex is allowed. What were the purpose of our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) Marriages? Was it the sex the main purpose? Or higher reasons. In current situation, what is the main purpose of Marriage for many people? Ask older married couples (age 60+ ), what is Marriage means to them now? Peace in the heart and mind because of the invisible knot that ties the couple together...love and eeman. If sex is the reason for Marriage then we have loss the value of the marriage. Instead of Aisha raised in the house of Abu Bakr (beginning) and now raised in the house of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) because of Marriage (to make it legal). There were benefits to both tribes when the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) put Aisha under his roof. Raising Aisha under the care of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), doesn't mean sex. Can we imagine if our daughter married a Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) or Imam (عليه السلام)...how do we feel? How do we feel feel when the Prophet (عليه السلام) of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is taking care of our daughter instead of us. Surely the Prophet knows the best ways to raise our daughter. We don't know secrets of private life between the Prophet and all his wives. His wives were not allowed to remarry and all secrets were sealed. Can we at least think why the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) has only a daughter (from his first wife), and none from other marriages? The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was not capable? Or sex was not the reason for his Marriage. Wallahualam.
  2. Salam, An engineer executes his works using his aqquired knowledge, skills, strength and the body that belong to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and come with it the responsibilities to execute his work to satisfy the Wills of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Prophet and Imams are the same. Their jobs are to execute with whatever Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has prepared for them. In addition, they are purified. If they are to be obeyed, because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wants them to be obeyed. If they have knowledge that is beyond out understanding, because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) willed them to have it. If they are extraordinary, it is because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) want it due to reasons that only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows it. Their existence is not detached from the Wills of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) because they have been purified. By the way...the Essense of Tawhid, Nubuwwah and Imamat belong to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Prophet and Imams are pure means. Wallahualam
  3. Salam, Which part is fishy?. After saying the salawat, and acknowledges that Muhammad wa aali Muhammad as Ulil-Amr that must be obeyed... then asking through them as Ulil-Amr to help... Is that fishy? We don't know that our situation (we may say it as azzumal balaa ) is a test that is good or bad from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Therefore, we are in a situation wanting getting feedbacks. We ask our Ulil-Amr to at least listen to our cry for help before it reaches Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If our cry for help due to our misunderstanding of the situation, they can intervene. We don't want in our depressed situation, we are directing Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to change something that is good for us to undergo. Many of us when we make doa, we direct Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to grant our wishes. Then, we are above Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). At least the Ulil Amri can filter our request as our wali and make us understand. If our azzumal balaa is real and imposed by enemies of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on us, I am sure Ulil-Amr will bring our concerns to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If not, they will inform us to endure the test because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) want us to undergo it so our eeman and hope in Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) increase. And when Ulil Amri are with us, we will in peace in the heart and closer to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Wallahualam.
  4. Salam, Listen to your own heart making continuous zikrillah or salawats. Wallahualam.
  5. To be a servant of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is to be on "siratul mustaqeem". On that path we are united as ONE with all servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) from Adam (عليه السلام) while we alive on this earth. We communicate with each other. We understand each other issues, pains and sufferings. We share happiness together. We worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) together, in jamaah in Baitullah. We never separated, and we love each other and we willing give everything for that love. Our love is derived from the ultimate love to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) as a servant of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). We understood the real Tauhid. Among us on the path there are the front row, subsequent rows until the last rows (there are rank based on Pureness of souls). Some may see it as we are sailing on the Ark of Nuh. Our souls are Light that contains Names of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can communicate to each and our communication is limited among ourselves. We didn't tell everything, because others do not understand. We read many times in Salah so that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) make us to be on the path... so be on the path! Don't bring us to Iblis. Shakir 1:5] Thee do we serve and Thee do we beseech for help.[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 On the PATH, the Real Oneness (Tauhid) of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will be realized in true sense. Wallahualam
  6. Allah's Holy Names are NOT His Essence, but MEANs to reach Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Holy Names are not defined as Servants. Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) are both, they are Pure Servants and Means to reach Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Love the Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) means loving Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). And we must love Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) the way Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) love Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), because Ahlulbayt are real Pure Servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) are not MEAN to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), then loving them will lead to nowhere. We can be close to Pure Servants of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and ask them to ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), because they are also MEANs to reach Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). We can be close to Ahlulbayt and unite spiritually with them, until we become like Salman(رضي الله عنه). "Salman is from Ahlulbayt". Salman is very close to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Quran and Islam are known through Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام), and we need them as MEANs to know Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Quran and Islam...in particular how to correctly worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and calling Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) using Holy Names. We need to unite with Ahlulbayt spiritual to correctly worship Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), as Salman (رضي الله عنه) did. Never try to be ahead of Ahlulbayt when in the Presence of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Otherwise, we loss the sense of being a real servant (Abdullah). Iblis will occupy our souls and show that we can directly address to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and not through Ahlulbayt. Umar and Abu Bakr did that to the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Iblis refused to submit to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) through Adam (عليه السلام), and what is inside Adam (عليه السلام) is the Nuur of Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). With that Nuur, Adam (عليه السلام) has the knowledge to teach Names to Angels and to reach Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) the approved way. Iblis did not see that coming, because he believed that he can reach Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) directly as he did in millions of years before Adam (عليه السلام) and this is nothing new for him. He was wrong. Certainly, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has elevated Ahlulbayt to the level of Pure-ness that many don't understand. Wallahualam.
  7. Salam Brother, My simple understanding (and i could be totally wrong). Salah is to be established in a person and society. A total submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Sabr is a characteristic that a person can aquire in the self. A person that has no level of Sabr cannot establish the Salah. Always the Sabr will is mentioned before the Salah. Wallahualam.
  8. Salamualaikum, Ali (عليه السلام) is a Slave of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). As a slave, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will inform him on whatever Ali (عليه السلام) need to know. Whatever Ali (عليه السلام) does are Wills of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). That is the position of Pure Slave. Ali (عليه السلام) has no personal wills. Everything about Ali(عليه السلام) relates back to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). That is the position of Pure Slave. Whatever Ali (عليه السلام) hear is whatever Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) want to hear. If Ali(عليه السلام) deviates, then Ali is no longer Pure. Because of that Pure-ness, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) makes Ali (عليه السلام) as Waliyullah. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) gives Ahlulbayt (عليه السلام) to be with us from the beginning to the end as our Wali that we can be with and call upon so we can be helped and guided in all matters (religious, knowledge, technology, spiritual...) while in this world and in hereafter. If Ahlulbayt has no role in this world (physical and spiritual), then why would they be created. Why not Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) directly take the souls of humans during death? Well, the Angels of Death are tasked to that roles. We should know the full extend of the Roles of Prophets and Imams, and why they are spiritually alive as our Wali. If we are blinded and not knowing their Roles, then at least don't ignore or belittle their Roles. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) constantly give blessings to them because of their Roles...(33:56). We have to send Blessings to them by accepting their Roles. And Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) makes them Wali and our Ulir Amr...don't ignore it. Qur'an made it clear on this issue. Wassalam Wallahualam.
  9. Salam, When we make our salah and face the qibla (kaabah), make sujud toward it and if you turn away from Kaabah while making salah, your salah will not be accepted. What it is the cubic structure? It is the unseen part...that is call Baitullah. Can you see how Allah'(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) attaches Himself to that house. Now, let see the word "Rasulullah" and Ali "Waliyullah". Can you see how Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) attaches Himself to them. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Name is attached to them. If you pray toward Kaabah, be inside the Baitullah while attaching yourself to Rasulullah and Waliyullah (while in Baitullah)..it will lead you DIRECTLY to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) makes Baitullah, Rasulullah and Waliyullah alive spiritually so we can be with them to address Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Can we see Kalamullah.. the Quran. So much in that Quran that reading it bring us to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Because Quran consists Names of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Can you see the Rasulullah and Waliyullah and what in them. It is Nuur of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) that make all creation alive. Even the Kalamullah (Quran), in total, is in Rasulullah and Waliyullah. The Ism Aa'zam are created as mean for the Ahlulbayt to address Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). They shared some portion of it to us. The Ism Aa'zam is embedded in them. We will never known the full extend of it and only reserved for Ahlulbayt(عليه السلام). If we call upon Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), we should forget about the self, and just remember that we are Abdullah....as if the Rasulullah is addressing Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)...because Rasulullah(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is the Real Abdullah. That is his Title. We should address Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) the way Ahlulbayt address Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). The only way we can call upon Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) the right way is to be with Ahlulbayt, the self disappeared, and only Abdullah exist and then the real inner self (the Abdullah) will call Ya Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will answer that call. If we can't do that then we ask our Wali to call upon Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on our behalf. Our Wali are with us, and we say salam to them at the end of our Salah that we make everyday. Wassalam Wallahualam.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.
  16. Salam, Allah's (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) Names are the medium.
  17. 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.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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).
  23. 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.
  24. 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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