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layman

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  1. Salam, I believe that najasa has two components: physical and spiritual. 1. Physical part already solved as commented by others earlier. 2. The persistent waswas part is spiritual and need to be cleared. Deep in the heart, the najasa is still there because so many reason and only the related individual know it. Read surah AnNas and seek Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) help to clear it. I some times prefer not to wear certain shirt when to perform my salah. If i have doubt, I would prefer to wear the black shirt that I used to visit Karbala. I know it is spiritually clean. If i have no choice on what to wear, i would wear the clothes (e.g. going to office or visit), I would make a short ziarah to Imam Hussain while wearing the clothes. At least, i know that it is spiritually clean. Wallahualam
  2. The same ways we prove the existence of our great great grandfather by the existence of their graves, we have graves of members of Ahlulbayts. That is why having shrines for Imams of Ahlulbayts are important. It is an important proof of their existence.
  3. How to control the mind and focus, especially the Qur'an .
  4. Salam / Peace be on you. This is my understanding... Holy Qur'an ’an is the latest and final edition of all past Holy Scriptures that God has revealed and sent down to humans. It is protected. There will no more new edition. Muslims are not likely to refer to previous Holy Scriptures, unless for research purposes and to see similarities and consistency of messages. As for the understanding of Qur'an, there were written interpretations from Holy Prophet and Imams. How the Holy Qur'an is understood at individual level (when he is reading the verses) will depend on each person's sincerity, experiences, knowledge, belief, purity of heart, so on...and finally how Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) reveal it's specific meanings that is relevant to the person so he may understand better for his own good. When we read "In the Name of Allah, The Most Compassionate, Most Merciful". On way to understand and act, we will do all daily acts under the Name of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and we try to be compassionate and merciful...as if we represent Him (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) on the earth. Only Holy Prophet and Imams can act perfectly because they were guided. We can only try our best...that is all what is count. We also believe that Holy Prophet and Imams are spiritual alive. Alive means they are with us spiritually. By being closer to them, the true meaning that is relevant to us can be realized so we can be guided on how to act under the Name of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), with compassionate and merciful at individual level on daily basis. We believe that our Prophet and Imams are our "Wali". The simple meaning of Wali is "to continuously guide us to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)." Without the help of Wali, we may do acts with compassion and mercy as show off. This is where and how Satans slip into the self and ruin our acts. Wallahualam Layman
  5. Salam, My personal experiences: 1. Every time i read Qur'an, eventhough the same verses, new understandings pop up. And it has never stop... 2. Another important issue is the TRUST. We will enjoy talking to those we trust the most. Infact, we give our time, love, effort, concentration.. to those we trusted the most! We create a relationship through the trust. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will response to our TRUST in reading HIS Holy Words (Qur’an). I trust that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows better! Then i say "Wallahualam" Layman.
  6. Salamualaikum... I merely given my understanding... 1. Solat is to recharge or maintain the Light of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in our souls. It cleans our souls so our connection or guidance from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) remains in us. 2. The moment the first Takbir is made, the trust to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is focused, the Light is restored in our souls. The remaining part prayer is just to add more Light. 3. Before the prayer, observe our relationship / interface with the surrounding so the length of prayer will not upset others. Even in congregation prayer, the Imam must make it reasonably short considering those who are following him from behind. 4. When you alone at night and no one see you, and time is not the constraint, pray as long as you wishes. Only the person that is going to perform / establish the prayer knows how long the duration of his prayer should be at any particular time. Wallahualam Layman.
  7. If we read Qur'an or if our Prophet speak to us, it is as if Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is speaking to us. Whether our perception that it is through a known mean or not, the main point Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is talking to us. When we see the universe, stars, mountains... Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is talking to us. He (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is informing to us, that He is Greatest!. However, the Essense of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is beyond human comprehension. Wallahualam Layman
  8. Alaikumsalam, I don't know whether my statement would help. I understand the loneliness feeling and loss on control on future direction, plus the drive in the self to get a reliable partner. Not easy to bear! Not easy at all. It is like a hell! Make repentance on as much as we can with the hope that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) may divert ourself from the door of hell of this world onward. Repentance can help us to divert the self from world depression such as entering in to situations that we want to avoid...the worldly hell. Remember, the real hell in the hereafter is far worst. Wallahualam Layman.
  9. For Muslims, specifically the Shias, we believe in Imamate (Divine leadership) that will continue to be both in "physical and spiritual" forms until the end of world after the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) completed the mission to establish Islam as the final religion, and after he was physically disconnected with his followers. Abraham (عليه السلام) had two sons (both were Prophets), through both descendants came Jesus (عليه السلام) and Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). We believe Jesus (عليه السلام) was not killed and alive. At the same time, we have 12 Leaders (Imams) came after the Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) to guide the people through physical and spiritual means. Now, the 12th Leader is on occultation and waiting the permission from God to reappear again, same as Jesus (عليه السلام). Both will be in same party when reappear. So the Muslims and Christians will unite. Bear in mind, Muslims believe that all past religions of God (including Christianity), is part of Islam (but not in complete form). We believe Islam was establish to complete all other past religions of God. I will not here to convince you to be a Muslim. We hope all Christians to believe in One God (same God that Muslims believe in) and take Jesus (عليه السلام) as a Prophet. Do good to humanity as God wants us to do and avoid sins. We will focus on similarity in both religions as our missions to serve only God. Intercession is equivalent to have the Light of the Prophet (originated from God) to be in the self. When in the hereafter, each Prophet will intercede their followers. Those followers that have Light of their Prophet in their souls, will get in the intercession and save by God from hellfire. It is NOT us who will define (for sure) that the Light of Prophet (you call it God's Spirit) exist in our self. It is God that will define it. For ordinary people, we don't know the level of that Light in us. We just put trust and hope in God that we are not deprive from His Light. Sinlessness of the Prophets (عليه السلام) is to ensure that messages that they delivered to their followers were directly from God. I don't think is a smoke screen. We must try to be sincere in our actions and trust in God for His Mercy to guide us to the right path. We must always put that hope in God. We must be shameful of all our substandard acts and make repentance on daily basis. It is up to God to award or transform us. We believe that God is Just and THE MOST MERCIFUL and we have nothing to show except HOPE to HIM (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) through guidance from His Prophets and Approved Leaders. Wallahualam.
  10. This is a touchy issue for some people. Some believe we can only communicate with God but not the Prophet (because they believe the Prophet is only physical in nature). The nature of guidance is not only physical, but mostly spiritual in nature. Belief is mostly spiritual and not physical. How the Prophet guides his followers at present or future is not an easy subject to discuss. The key to open the door of guidance from the Prophet is through intercession. We believe the Prophet (physically not available now) is spiritually available to provide the guidance to those who want to be closer to God. "Get the signs and information while on the bridge." Shakir 5:35] O you who believe! be careful of (your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful. The word "Means of nearness (wasila)" in the above verse is the Prophet and His Family (Ahlulbayt). It is spiritual means...signs and warnings from the Prophet. Spiritually, the Prophet is alive never disconnected from his followers, but physically disconnected. Also spiritually alive is not same as physically alive. I cannot connect to my Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) physically now. That connection was available 1400 years ago and not now. But God doesn't deprive me to be connected to my Prophet. The method is spiritual connection and through intercession. We believe the essence of the Prophet is Names of God. Names of God are connected to all creations. Names of God is NOT God. When the Prophet give signs and warnings to you, it is actually God speaks to you, because of Holy Names that make up the essense of a Prophet. @Dave follower of The Way, you may understand Holy Names as Holy Spirit. Wallahualam.
  11. Salam.. I will put a hadith from sahih Muslim and let all Muslims decide. This is one main root causes of deviation or going astray among majority of Muslim. The Establisher of religion, the Talking Qur'an, the Perfect Human had been challenged by imperfect followers. All the wrong things happened and started became apparent just few days before the wafat of Rasulullah I Google on sunnah.com. Sahih Muslim 1637 c Ibn Abbas reported: When Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) was about to leave this world, there were persons (around him) in his house, 'Umar b. al-Kbattab being one of them. Allah's Apostle (ﷺ) said: Come, I may write for you a document; you would not go astray after that. Thereupon Umar said: Verily Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) is deeply afflicted with pain. You have the Qur'an with you. The Book of Allah is sufficient for us. Those who were present in the house differed. Some of them said: Bring him (the writing material) so that Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) may write a document for you and you would never go astray after him And some among them said what 'Umar had (already) said. When they indulged in nonsense and began to dispute in the presence of Allah's Messenger (ﷺ), he said: Get up (and go away) 'Ubaidullah said: Ibn Abbas used to say: There was a heavy loss, indeed a heavy loss, that, due to their dispute and noise. Allah's Messenger (ﷺ) could not write (or dictate) the document for them. وَحَدَّثَنِي مُحَمَّدُ بْنُ رَافِعٍ، وَعَبْدُ بْنُ حُمَيْدٍ، - قَالَ عَبْدٌ أَخْبَرَنَا وَقَالَ ابْنُ رَافِعٍ، حَدَّثَنَا عَبْدُ الرَّزَّاقِ، - أَخْبَرَنَا مَعْمَرٌ، عَنِ الزُّهْرِيِّ، عَنْ عُبَيْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عَبْدِ اللَّهِ بْنِ عُتْبَةَ، عَنِ ابْنِ عَبَّاسٍ، قَالَ لَمَّا حُضِرَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَفِي الْبَيْتِ رِجَالٌ فِيهِمْ عُمَرُ بْنُ الْخَطَّابِ فَقَالَ النَّبِيُّ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ هَلُمَّ أَكْتُبْ لَكُمْ كِتَابًا لاَ تَضِلُّونَ بَعْدَهُ ‏"‏ ‏.‏ فَقَالَ عُمَرُ إِنَّ رَسُولَ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَدْ غَلَبَ عَلَيْهِ الْوَجَعُ وَعِنْدَكُمُ الْقُرْآنُ حَسْبُنَا كِتَابُ اللَّهِ ‏.‏ فَاخْتَلَفَ أَهْلُ الْبَيْتِ فَاخْتَصَمُوا فَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَقُولُ قَرِّبُوا يَكْتُبْ لَكُمْ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم كِتَابًا لَنْ تَضِلُّوا بَعْدَهُ ‏.‏ وَمِنْهُمْ مَنْ يَقُولُ مَا قَالَ عُمَرُ ‏.‏ فَلَمَّا أَكْثَرُوا اللَّغْوَ وَالاِخْتِلاَفَ عِنْدَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم قَالَ رَسُولُ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم ‏"‏ قُومُوا ‏"‏ ‏.‏ قَالَ عُبَيْدُ اللَّهِ فَكَانَ ابْنُ عَبَّاسٍ يَقُولُ إِنَّ الرَّزِيَّةَ كُلَّ الرَّزِيَّةِ مَا حَالَ بَيْنَ رَسُولِ اللَّهِ صلى الله عليه وسلم وَبَيْنَ أَنْ يَكْتُبَ لَهُمْ ذَلِكَ الْكِتَابَ مِنِ اخْتِلاَفِهِمْ وَلَغَطِهِمْ ‏.‏ Reference : Sahih Muslim 1637c
  12. Shakir 3:31] Say: If you love Allah, then follow me, Allah will love you and forgive you your faults, and Allah is Forgiving, MercifuL[Shakir 3:32] Say: Obey Allah and the Messenger; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers
  13. Salamu alaikum, This is my opinion. Cursing those figures publicly for what purpose? Whose are the audiences? If there are sunnis among the audiences, it will upset them and they are likely curse us back. IF we really want to curse, just say "may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) curse the zhalimeen who went against Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Prophet." Wallahualam.
  14. Parents has God's given responsibilities to raise, teach, guide, secure their new born baby. Parents don't create baby. God created the baby and all the biological aspects. God embedded the feel of natural love to the parents and the sense of responsibility. Parent is just a bridge to the baby. Prophets are the bridge that will bring us to God, the fastest, the most straight and shortest path approved by God. The bridge must have special capacities and attributes to allow and withstand all types of vehicles (in this case, all humans with many physical differences) to drive on. That special characteristics and abilities are reserved to Prophets. Beneath the bridge is where the hell is. As soon as a person embarks on the bridge, the person is on his way toward God. The bridge is infinity long. The Prophets will always ahead of their followers, because God make the Prophets and give them that Responsibilities. That is why the bridge is infinitely long meaning only God knows how long it is. Prophets are just Pure Slaves of God to guide humans toward God in every aspects. They act according to the Wills of God. They have NO power or abilities, except what God bestowed upon them. Since we walk on the long bridge toward God, and the bridge is the Prophet, then Allah make the Prophet knew all of those who walk on the bridge. Prophets are are allowed to communicate with those on the bridge by provide signage and warnings. Some people jump over the bridge, created their own hologram bridges, take exit, stop, burn the bridge, sightseeing on the bridge....FORGET to walk on the bridge toward God. As you walk on the bridge, it changes toward better characteristics, looks, beauty, shapes,..all the best mean as we move closer to God. Who's the God...the ONE that created the Bridge, the people, and everything else. Remember...the Prophet is only the Bridge. I hope people don't create their own bridge and claim they communicate with God directly. They should get direct information from the signage and warnings that contain all kind of information useful for them from the bridge so they can walk toward God while on the bridge...and radio back to others who are still lagged behind. Remember all those signage and warnings on the bridge are infact from God. Wallahualam.
  15. Salam, In Islam, a muslim is expected to say thanks to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) because He wants to increase His Mercy by bring us to life in this physical world. Read the meaning of surah Al Fatiha. It is how we set our world view on every chronologically event that occurs in life and how we interact with our existence. 1. Part of our individual life is predetermined. We maybe born as male, darker skin, tall, blind, average IQ, in rich or poor family, or etc. The predetermined portions are "test" for each person. We all have strengths and weaknesses. The key to success is to accept whatever that are predetermined to us with full heart. Say thanks to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), and no question asked! Let Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) explains to us in due time why we are predetermined to be born the way we are. 2. We are given choices to change our life condition to a certain level based on our capabilities, for better or worst. The key to success is "good intention", do everything in our life for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). If we die while in the process of changing our condition for the better and for the sake of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), we will get full Blessings and Mercy from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Even small changes count. There is no need to worry. We will get full Mercy the moment we die. For some, they can feel or get the Mercy before they die. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will make them feel satisfied with their life before they die and make them ready to die with peaceful heart. If we are be oppressed by others, then the path of getting the Mercy of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is even easier and faster. Just show struggles for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) sake in everthing we do... 3. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) doesn't leave us alone without guidance and living guides to calm our heart and mind. Just find them. Even if the guide teaches us one verse or prayer (doa) for us to calm your souls, take it. Maybe that is all what we need. Please give a thought about this. Wallahualam
  16. This is my understanding of pure. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is pure in all sense. His heart is pure. But, his followers are not necessarily pure in their heart. Every sincere followers of the Prophet attach their heart to the Prophet. The Prophet also attaches His pure heart to his followers. The impurities came from his followers and he could feel through his pure heart. That is one of the reason why the Prophet is commanded to ask forgiveness for his followers, so their hearts can be purified and will not be a burden to his pure heart. The Prophet pure heart will be peaceful when his followers are cleaned in their heart. Few month before his death, his heart was not very peaceful because he knew some of his so- called followers were plotting against him. Read the verse below to understand the state of Prophet heart few months before his death [Shakir 5:67] O Messenger! deliver what has been revealed to you from your Lord; and if you do it not, then you have not delivered His message, and Allah will protect you from the people; surely Allah will not guide the unbelieving people. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was hesitant to declare publicly Ali (عليه السلام) as his successor because his heart already sensed darkness in many of his so-called high rank followers. They didn't want to accept Ali's leadership. Then Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) promised to protect him from his insidious followers. After Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) strengthened the heart of the Prophet, he delivered the declaration of Ali as the Leader and successor after him. The Prophet heart is pure and has always being pure. But, his followers were not always pure as they attached themselves to the Prophet, making the heart of the Prophet uncomfortable and felt the burden due to the presence these impurities/darkness in the heart of his close followers. However, these impurities cannot affect the purity of the Prophet heart. It just created a burden. @Dave follower of The Way you will understand this if you have very close family members whom you attach your heart to and they attach their hearts to you too. If one of them go against the command of God and his heart darkened, you will feel some burden in your heart. But, your heart still committed to God. If @Ashvazdanghewas saying "He has had a pure heart from birth until his death but always he has tried to increase purity of his heart. " ... the interface portion of the Prophet heart where his followers attached to is where the he was trying to increase the purity. The Prophet always working so that his followers to purify their heart so the burden on his heart is lesser. The Prophet has to carry the weight of all impure hearts of all his followers. Not an easy task. But, if the heart of the Prophet has no attachment to anyone, he has no more burden and will remain peaceful because it is already in the state of 100% pure. But God made him to have followers. He has no choice on this issue. Wallahualam.
  17. If Russia feels that her security is compromised and there is no guarantee for the stopping of NATO expansion eastward, a limited war will occur. Russia has to guarantee it by force if negotiations failed. It all depends on Kiev to tell NATO to stop. If politicians in Ukraine sold their national interest to NATO, then a limited war will very likely to occur.
  18. Salam, this is normal. Persist in trusting God regardless how your felt during namaz or duas. Whether you are in heaven or hell, you always put your hope in Him. Heaven or hell will not affect or disturb you. Focus toward the end of the journey...don't get bothered by things on the roadside. Of cause, istighfar will strengthen your focus. Wallahualam.
  19. When we say Ya Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)...we actually acknowledging that my Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the Most Powerful, the Highest, the Only One, the Most Merciful.... To put in short of all Holy Attributes of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)...we say Ya Allah. When we say Ya Hussain.. we are acknowledging that my Hussain (عليه السلام) is my Imam, Wali, Master of Shuhadas, the Leader of Youth in Jannah,... all titles attributing to Imam Hussain. To make it short to acknowledge the status of Imam (عليه السلام), we say Ya Hussain.
  20. Even he goes to jail, will that solve your concerns? Ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for the person to be guided, even if he not muslim. If he receives guidance, he will return to goodness. Ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to fail his attempts of evil actions against anyone. Ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to make you and your family invisible from satans evil actions. Ask Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for total protection. Send lots of Blessings to Prophet and Ahlulbayt when making your requests to Allahbswt. Wallahualam.
  21. @Dave follower of The Way sorry for my long post. To come into existence and be alive as a human, we need a Spirit from God. God created the body and put a spirit from Him into it, and we are alive. However, God is not a Spirit. Once we are alive, we need to return to God in a guided manner, and who will guide us?. God created His Representatives (Prophets, Imams or Leaders) to guide us. God gives them knowledge to guide from the first human (non Prophet) to the last born human (all of us) on this earth. Therefore, we have many Representatives of God. To make it easier to understand the roles of the Prophets or His Representatives, it is just like a "parent to new born child". The relationship is God's giving nature between a mother to her baby, until the baby grow up, live for span of time and die. The mother has role to take care the baby. The mother will alway be a mother even when the baby grow up and becomes an old man. The relationship between each Prophet to his followers in a nation is God given. The followers and Prophets cannot have choice on this relationship. The Prophet must provide guidance to his followers, as a mother to take of her baby. Each Prophets was given knowledge that is sufficient to guide everyone of his nation during his time. Prophet Muhammad was give the knowledge of everyone, including all the Prophets, past and future people. He is the City of Knowledge. He is able to provide guidance to all. Why each Prophet is given the knowledge to warn and guide all his followers? So Prophets will not be able to separate with their followers and their followers cannot be separated with God's Representatives on this earth. God has given the type of guidance that each human need during his life span, and to obtain it the person has to get it through His Approved Representatives of his time. If the person fails to be with the Representative of God of his time, then the guidance that he gets will be limited from past Prophets and this type of guidance is just a general type guidance that likely applies to all, and not specific to the person based on his capacities, capabilities and how he should contribute to other humans in the society. Many people failed to see this relationship. So they by-pass God'sRepresentatives of their time, and say that God directly speak me from Holy Spirit. It is as if "he has reached the rank of Prophet or chosen to be a Prophet. God speak to me directly". Many people or religious figures claim this special rank. Some even say.... I melted in God Attributes, God directly control my souls, and Holy Spirit rules my soul.... I speak from God directly... Muslims don't believe that we can release our dependency on Prophet and Imams(at least not myself). We believe that we ever dependent on Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Imams (عليه السلام) to get guidance from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) said in Quran, that we will be raised in the hereafter with our Imam that we followed. And according to Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) if we die and not knowing and following our Imam, we die as non Muslim/misguided (not submitting to God, because we are properly guided). On the other issue "God and The Spirit of God are One". I will differ with you. God is beyond description and He is not a Spirit. Spirit of God is created by God and Not God. In Islam, Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) created His Holy Names so we will able to praise, appreciate and addressing Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). I agree that God directly make us to realize His Greatness. But, there is a condition. Must be through His approved ways...be with His Representatives and in unity worshipping Him. Then God will instruct the guidance that stored with His Representative for us to be release to us, as long as we are with His Representative. For a Christian, as long as he/she sticks to Jesus(عليه السلام) in real sense, the guidance that Jesus (عليه السلام) has for that particular follower will reach him/her with God's permission. Therefore, Jesus(عليه السلام) will speak to his follower directly the message from God. For a muslim (myself), whatever actions I make will be presented to my Leader of my time on daily basis. The guidance that is specific to myself that embedded with my Leader will be released to me by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) permission...on daily basis. I cannot disconnect my existence to the current God's Representative if I want to be guided. Wallahualam.
  22. Many reasons and depending on individual situation or case. Depression is mostly psychological. The best way to overcome every issue in life and hereafter is total trust and direct dependent on Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). Not everyone believes it. So majority will find indirect ways to address it using scientific approach or other methods. Keep our focus on solutions and not on the problems. Wallahualam
  23. @Dave follower of The Way We must view from top to the bottom to get a clear understanding of the veil, or source of distraction. 1. GOD The HIGHEST (The ONE) 2. His Representatives to humans (Prophets and Selected Leaders.)...intermediate level 3. Then Us, at the bottom level. We believe that Spirit of God is from Him and is attached to those at the level of #2. Spirit of God contains His Holy Names and Pure. So all those at level #2, their souls are Pure and protected and has Spirit of God in them. Those pure souls will bring the messages of guidance from God to us. It will not be a formal type...like Injin or Qur'an. Without continuous messages of guidance, humans will be in loss. We are ever dependent on those at level #2 in order to get connected to God. Those at level #2, are chosen by God and they are 100% doing what God instructs them to do. Those pure souls will connect with our souls (no pure) if we have pure intention to be with God. For a Christian, he/she must connect to Jesus (عليه السلام) and the get connected to God. For Muslims, we must get connected to Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) to get connected to God. Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) is also connected to all Prophets and all humans. The real veil is when we are not connected to those at level #2. Muslims considered Christian as Brothers in Faith because Jesus (عليه السلام) is also connected to our Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). We believe that sincere Christians are not veiled from God or His guidance because of connection that already existed between Prophet Jesus (عليه السلام) and Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). We can see some similarities of messages of guidance between two groups. Wallahualam
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