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  1. Interesting how easy it is to do mutah in USA, which is a non-muslim country, but how it is almost impossible to do so in many Muslim countries like in South Asia.
  2. Yes. But it depends on if mutah is actually "available" or not. For some people who wish to avoid doing something haram, neither nikah nor mutah is available. They have no alternative to avoid haram, but Islamically that is not a good enough reason to commit haram. Even if someone can neither get married nor do mutah, and even if this situation persists for a long time (months-years)...still that will not give the man any excuse to do haram, because sexual desire is not considered as something which needs to be fulfilled at all cost. Even if a man is in prison for his entire life, and thus cannot get married or do mutah...that will not give him excuse to sin because a man is not supposed to have a sexual desire so strong before marriage that he feels he has no alternative but to sin. Rather, an unmarried person's sexual desire should be suppressed so much that even if he is made to stay unmarried for extended periods without marriage, he still doesn't resort to sin. This is what I understand but of course following this rule isn't easy - but the philosophy behind it is that the one who cannot get married has no right or reason or justification or excuse or leeway to fulfill his sexual desire. It should be repressed to the point that there is no danger of sin.
  3. That's why the struggle to stay chaste before marriage is far more rewarding than the struggle in battlefield. It is the greater Jihad. It is very difficult to achieve this goal, but it is still obligatory to achieve it.
  4. Sura 12 - Ayat 100 وَرَفَعَ أَبَوَيْهِ عَلَى ٱلْعَرْشِ وَخَرُّواْ لَهُۥ سُجَّدًا‌ۖ وَقَالَ يَـٰٓأَبَتِ هَـٰذَا تَأْوِيلُ رُءْيَـٰىَ مِن قَبْلُ قَدْ جَعَلَهَا رَبِّى حَقًّا‌ۖ وَقَدْ أَحْسَنَ بِىٓ إِذْ أَخْرَجَنِى مِنَ ٱلسِّجْنِ وَجَآءَ بِكُم مِّنَ ٱلْبَدْوِ مِنۢ بَعْدِ أَن نَّزَغَ ٱلشَّيْطَـٰنُ بَيْنِى وَبَيْنَ إِخْوَتِىٓ‌ۚ إِنَّ رَبِّى لَطِيفٌ لِّمَا يَشَآءُ‌ۚ إِنَّهُۥ هُوَ ٱلْعَلِيمُ ٱلْحَكِيمُ And he seated his parents on the throne, and they all prostrated before him; and Yusuf said, “O my father! This is the interpretation of my former dream; my Lord has made it true; and indeed He has bestowed favour upon me, when He brought me out of prison and brought you all from the village, after Satan had created a resentment between me and my brothers; indeed my Lord may make easy whatever He wills; undoubtedly He is the All Knowing, the Wise."
  5. This may be one of his miracles. If he read 1000 rakaats, that doesn't mean he was reading them extremely fast. I think he may have read these 1000 rakaats with great calmness and grace, with even having time to spare at the end before fajar. We are not able to do this, but the imams (عليه السلام) had this ability. It may be similar to an event when the Prophet(s) was on a journey maybe and had a very short supply of food or water and people were worried what they would do. But they all ate/drank from the same utensil and everyone had their share but there was still some food/water left at the end.
  6. Sometimes due to poverty, unmarried men are not able to even arrange this basic requirement where they can have their own room where they can close the door. For example, many unmarried men share a single room with other family members. Other times, the man has no house of his own and lives in a single-room apartment which he shares with several other unrelated room-mates. Even Imam Ali as. could not start living with lady Fatima (عليه السلام) until he was able to arrange a separate house and that took some months. So, there are people in this world who cannot get married because of accommodation issues.
  7. There are other duas which are relatively long too, though not as long as Al Jawshan Al Kabeer.
  8. Before starting any work, one should read this dua.
  9. Allah describes His light himself: -------- Excerpt from Dua Al-Jawshan-Al-Kabeer: O Light of Lights O Illuminator of light O Creator of light O Planner of light O Estimator of light O Light of all lights O Light that precedes in existence all light O Light that will survive all lights O Light that is above all lights O Light like of which there is no light Position: 33.26 ------- Quran: Sura 24 - Ayat 35 "Allah is the Light of the heavens and the earth; the example of His light is like a niche in which is a lamp; the lamp is in a glass; the glass is as if it were a star shining like a pearl, kindled by the blessed olive tree, neither of the east nor of the west – it is close that the oil itself get ablaze although the fire does not touch it; light upon light; Allah guides towards His light whomever He wills; and Allah illustrates examples for mankind; and Allah knows everything. (The Holy Prophet is a light from Allah)"
  10. Or you could be married but not live in the same house, or same city or even same country. This is more difficult than being unmarried, but sometimes people have to be in these situations for extended periods.
  11. Sura 55 - Ayat 56-60 فِيهِنَّ قَـٰصِرَٲتُ ٱلطَّرْفِ لَمْ يَطْمِثْهُنَّ إِنسٌ قَبْلَهُمْ وَلَا جَآنٌّ Wherein both will be those (maidens) restraining their glances upon their husbands, whom no man or jinn has touched before them. فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? كَأَنَّهُنَّ ٱلْيَاقُوتُ وَٱلْمَرْجَانُ (In beauty) they are like rubies and coral. فَبِأَىِّ ءَالَآءِ رَبِّكُمَا تُكَذِّبَانِ Then which of the Blessings of your Lord will you both (jinns and men) deny? هَلْ جَزَآءُ ٱلْإِحْسَـٰنِ إِلَّا ٱلْإِحْسَـٰنُ Is there any reward for good other than good?
  12. Truly surprising how very easy it is for some men to do mutah. I guess It comes down to one's location in this big world. In liberal western societies, mutah may be as simple as that - just speaking a few lines. But in very conservative parts of the world, mutah is an absolute impossibility and completely unavailable, with no chance at all whatsoever. In fact, it is a blessing that even finding any haram relationship in such areas is often next to impossible. People are thus very sexually deprived because they neither have any halal means, nor can they find haram relationships to fulfill their desires. The later point is beneficial because not having an opportunity to sin is itself a blessing of Allah.
  13. Actually what you have said is exactly what I feel. I couldn't have said it in a better way. I am completely in agreement with you. To be honest, my post was a deliberate over-simplication. I actually wanted someone to come forward and reply to me like the way you have replied eloquently. Unmarried people are constantly being advised from different people, forums, scholars etc to get married, or otherwise they will fall into sin. There are hundreds of topics on this forum which promote early marriages / mutah as a means to protect against sin. The idea that many unmarried people can get from these topics is exactly what I deliberately brought up in my post....i.e, unmarried people may think that as soon as they get married, that will be the end of their struggle to remain chaste. When someone gets married with this false expectation, they can get disappointed, frustrated and upset that even after marriage they have to put in a great deal of effort to stay chaste and avoid sins. Like you mentioned, many times married people can find it harder to avoid sins as comparer to unmarried people because of x number of reasons. There is a Hadith that when man looks at a non-mehrum woman and finds her attractive, he should go home and be intimate with his wife (not exact wordings). Now if the man is unmarried, he already knows that this doesn't apply on him, so he knows that he just has to remain patient. On the other hand, a married man can go home and expect to follow the given advice, but for any reason he may not be able to fulfill this, resulting in greater need for patience. Likewise, the hadiths which show that prayer of a married man is many-fold greater in value than the unmarried person should not be taken in it's literal meaning because it might be even possible that some unmarried people are considered by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). as married, desire being unmarried. Isn't it said that if a person tries to perform a worship but he is unable to do it because of unavoidable reasons, Allah will still give him the reward for it? So, I agree that people cannot be categorized into two simple groups as sinners and non-sinners in this world.
  14. I understand your point of view and agree with it in a way. However, there is a different way to look at it, from the Islamic point of view: In Islamic law there is a rule that marriage is recommended, but it becomes obligatory if a person fears that there is risk of falling into sin. From this we can deduce that there are some people who are unmarried but still....not only do they not commit any sexual sins, they even dont have any fear that they will commit any sexual sin. If it had been impossible for such a person to exist, then marriage would have been obligatory for everyone. I understand christianity has a different view on marriage, so this example may not be applicable there, but I think you'll get my point that person number 1 can exist (if we look at it from a certain angle). The next question is... should everyone try to become person number 1?
  15. Found this: "The Holy Prophet (S), when eating used to sit in a position of Tashahhud during prayer." https://www.al-islam.org/greater-sins-volume-3-ayatullah-sayyid-abdul-husayn-dastghaib-shirazi/thirty-third-greater-sin-pride
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