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  1. (bismillah) (salam) In the few years that Ive been living in Iran I've made it a point to pay attention to the police officers, how they interact withthe people. To be quite honest I've seen quite a few situations which have shocked me. I remember only after a few months of being here seeing this guy and cop standing in the middle of the intersection, the guy all in the police officers face.. shouting at him... and me thinking "that man's gonna get it for sure!". But, the thing which shocked me was that he didn't. The cop wasn't even shouting at the guy, nor were the rest of the cops that were standing by. He was calmly speaking to him, trying to solve the situation (whatever it was). And that's usually how it goes. Now tell me how often would you see something like that in the U.S. You slightly talk back to a police officer and you get in big trouble. Most of the interactions which I've had with police officers here have been positive (with dokhtarjaan's and khaaharam's) although you do bump into one or two who seem like they've woken up on the wrong side of the bed (which is something normal for most of us isn't it). But I do believe that the police officers have to be extra cautious with how they behave, no matter how bad of a day they've had. At any rate.. the pics aren't enough proof for anything...you don't know what happened before and what took place after. And lets say even that some women did get beat.. you can't measure the amount of force which was used, by looking at those pictures. And another thing, I know how Iranians can be.. especially the women. They get emotional and loud and over exaggerate almost everything. And when it comes to Iranians in large numbers.. that's just pure chaos. So even though I was not present to witness what happened there... I have a pretty good idea of it in my head. And it's not about excuse finding either. If you're going to accuse someone of something you have to have proper and complete evidence. Many of the things which were mentioned in the article are quite contrary to the way in which Iranian police handle situations. I just love how people are so ready to think the worst about Iran. Wasalaam
  2. (bismillah) (salam) Alhamdolillah I have been in Iran (Qum) for the past 2 years and have been able to attend these celebrations. (jaaye hametun khaali) I remember last year the weather was terrible... freezing... there was water in the streets.. but we just keep on going... with frozen feet. Absolutely amazing turnout (which we were a bit shocked by) This year, Alhamdolillah... the weather was relatively nice (although it got a bit hot and sunny) and the outcome was even more amazing. What I found to be really interesting is that there were all sorts of ppl.. not just, as ppl say, hardcore mullahs and uptight chadoris (with faces covered and all). There were ppl of all ages and beliefs and whatever.. expressing their love and desire to have their rights not sntached from beneath them. Oh and I dont recall me or anyone else being forced.. or "rewarded" by attending either. If ppl attend these demonstratiosn and celebrations and what not.. its bc they choose to.. you cant take their pride out of them.....these are ppl who are raised with the love of ahlul bayt (as) and are "children of azaadariye hussayn" whichis something that can't be taken from them, Insha Allah Another thing this year the 22nd of Bahman fell on the 3rd day after Aushura... so there was the typical slogans u usually hear along with the azadari of Imam Hussayn (as) ......THAT was amazing!! anyways, yea so...it brings one hope when we see turn outs like this.... May Allah (swt) protect us all.. and keep us in the line of Ahlul Bayt (as) Wassalaam
  3. (bismillah) (salam) Alhamdolilah she's doing well. I saw her a few days ago. Ill send yalls salams the next time I see her. Wassalaam Alaykum
  4. (bismillah) (salam) My dad's from Mashhad. But Qum's my town :)
  5. Molana Biria. Molana Ayleya and Molana Baqri have given lectures at our center several times (especially Molana Ayleya). They're both great Masha Allah. The last lecture that Molana Ayleya gave at our center was absolutely knock-you-off- your-seat powerful. love that alim! Technically isn't there supposed to be only one resident alim (although there may be other alims there as well)?
  6. (bismillah) Walaykum assalaam warahmatullahi wabarakatuh, Consider it done Insha Allah. Wassalaam
  7. (bismillah) (salam) These pictures are totally biased. I could very easily take pictures of the best of the best chadoris (and trust me there are PLENTY of them) and make Iran, no Tehran, look completely different. To just take pictures of non-hijabis and say that all the youth are like that, and are sad or whatever, is just flat out ridiculous. And to take pictures of people with "sad" expressions... give me a break! loool thats just hilarious, sorry. Granted there are a lot of bad hijaabis but there are also a lot of good hijaabis. I think I can agree that the bad hijaabis are a majority, but it's more like a 55-45 type situation. And as one person posted, Islam is not only about hijaab and you cannot judged a person based on a piece of cloth. Surely there are people who may have very good hijaab but black hearts, and at the same time there are people who have bad hijaab but good hearts. Another thing about the bad hijaabis is that it shows the leniency. I mean it shows that Islam is not being stuffed down people's throats. They're simply asked to stay within the boundaries. Anyways, the problem these people have is not with the government system, its with Islam itself. As one person said "I love Allah (swt), I love Rasoolillah (saaw), I love ahlul-bayt (as), but that's it. I dont want anything else." What kind of Islam is that?? Granted its good that they have this love, but what kind of love is it? How can we say that we love Imam Hussayn (as) yet disregard the very things, such as hijaab, in which he gave his life, his family, his everything for? And what's really sad is that these people don't have a good excuse to not know Islam. It is all around them and they have very easy access to it and its free of charge! Subhanallah, Im not surprised at all though. It goes along completely with the story about the man who had a dream about a beautiful silk scarf hanging from the sky that was for everyone, yet people tore it to pieces, just taking lil bits of it. People just take parts of Islam when they could have the whole thing. *Sigh* What will be our excuse on the day of Judgement?! Ya Hadhrat Fatima (sa)! :cry: Anyways, don't worry guys, there are plenty of very practicing Muslims in Iran still. Plenty, Alhamdolillah. May Allah (Swt) grant us all the, oppurtunity, strength and patience to be on The Straigh Path Insha Allah. With that said, I'm gonna go have me a nice Salatul Jumaa'. ^_^ Take care, wassalaam
  8. lool at the taxi drivers! So far we've been here for almost one week and we've spent about $600. Thats a family of 8 (5 adults, 2 children). Its including the cost of a trip to Esfahan (from tehran) by train and staying in a hotel for 3 days. And of course also taxi fairs, lunch and dinner, and shopping for gifts to take back home. It's not hat bad to be honest. But then again, we're Iranians, and when we go to some places we dont speak any english and my aunt would even speak with an esfahani accent sometimes. Esfahan is absolutely GORGEOUS, Masha Allah. Just splendid. Now we're back in yucky ol' Tehran. But I suppose tehran has its own "niceness". You just have to look for it, like really reallllly hard. :) And sis Jla, there are places that accept Visa and Mastercard. Actually when we were at Imam Square in esfahan there were TONS of shops that accepted visa and mastercard. But of course everywhere is not the same. And Im really sorry that you didn't have a pleasant trip. May Allah (swt) have mercy on those who took advantage of you guys. :) We're actually debating about driving to Mashhad rather than flying. I'll keep that in mind. thanks
  9. (bismillah) Walaykum assalaam warahmatullah! Sorry sis -Zeinab- sweetie that I didn't reply to your post, I really had every intention to do so, but things got so hectic at the end, lol. Hey I offered to stuff u guys in my bags so no complaints, ok? :) And, thanks for the warm wishes. So far things are great here Alhamdolillah. You will most def. be in my duaa Insha Allah. I told sis MG that Im going to try to get some of the video I took and upload it to our computer and send it to you guys asap Insha Allah. MG, hon, lol I miss u too!! But trust me Im so much in la-la land that I cant tell top from bottom, lol. Alhamdolillah. Oh and yea the tickets were cheap bc we went during off-season. Thats why we waited until September. We originally wanted to go in June or August. But it was khayr that we waited until now. umm, I think each ticket was about $950 including tax, so not bad! not bad at all. We got 'em from a travel agency here. Oh and the farsi lessons, I dont think I'll need them. Ive only been here a few days and Im speaking farsi. Well not GREAT... but purdy darn good if I do say so myself, lol. Oh boy, I spoke too much, its the over excitement. Anyways, take care everyone! Khoda hafez
  10. (bismillah) (salam) It would have been a generalization if I said ALL. I am aware of the fact that I can't say all of us who are supporting it know exactly what we are supporting, but I can say, with full confidence, that most of us do, Alhamdolillah. No, I do not claim to be psychic and it has nothing to do with being psychic or not. However, it does take simple observations, history, and reality to be able to say such a statement. Far too many people were only Muslim by name before the revolution, and it was thru the kind and wise words of honorable people as our dear Imam Khomeini (ra) that they woke up and began being true Muslims or at least trying to be true Muslims, Alhamdolillah. That is an undeniable fact! And this does not apply to only Iranians, rather to Muslims all over the globe, shia and sunnni. Not only that, a lot of people reverted to Islam due to the revolution, my own mother being one of them, Alhamdolillah. Chingari, perhaps you should go to people who were living pre-revolution, and ask them the state of the Muslims at that time. Listen to those stories. Although the revolution took place 25 years ago it is still affecting people to this day. The ball started rolling and it has yet to stop Alhamdolillah. My generation is evidence of this, my parents' generation is evidence of this, as br. Ehsan mentioned, Hizbollah is evidence of this. As well as many other groups, in many different countries who are evidence of this. The list goes on and on. No need to correct me, I fully agree that it is our duty as well. :) Alhamdolillah, Allah (swt) blessed Iran with changing their wretched situation because they worked for it and did not sit idly waiting for someone else to save them or whatever. Agreed. So the problem with the Islamic Republic of Iran is...? Good intention is good and rewarded. Putting that good intention into action is also good, but will be better rewarded. At the least the Islamic Republic of Iran is good. ^_^ Wassalaam
  11. If a woman is practicing the true form of hijaab and is still looked at inappropriately their is no blame on her part as she has done her duty, her fair share. And although there may be some instances where that may occur it's very rare. On a personal note, I've noticed that a guy either looks at me with innocent curiosity or lowers his gaze (I'm talking about non-muslim men) and its usually him lowering his eyes. It's amazing the amount of respect hijaab can bring upon a woman. If only non-muslims (especially women) could understand that. Oh well, cant blame them much, they've only been going thru their "Women's Rights" for a few days (compared to the women's rights started by islam) ^_^ And yea, why are you so against it??
  12. (bismillah) (salam) Chingari, MOST of the people who support the Islamic Republic of Iran know exactly what they are supporting. They are not of people who just simply believe in something, especially something to do with Islam, blindly. And this is what Imam Khomenieni (ra) so strongly stressed. Don't forget that it was due to the leaders of this country that the revival of Islam began. It was the very revolution in Iran which woke up our parents all over the globe, Alhamdolillah. And we have evidence of this to this very day, Alhamdolillah. Don't underestimate the people who support, believe in , and love the Islamic Republic of Iran. And no one is claiming that anyone in Iran is "PERFECT". If anything I would say that usually people who are adamently against Iran don't know much about it or have a severly distorted "knowledge" of it, as well as usually having pessimistic perceptions. I agree with you 100%, but wouldn't it be something honorable to say that there is a place in which there are people TRYING to set-up the stage for the arrival of Imam al Mahdi (Ajf). And, remember that intention is very important in Islam. Wassalam
  13. (bismillah) (salam) I would. And I agree with Shia by Nature. I (as well as most people) think that if you are a strong Muslim in the west then you have a lot more difficulties and struggles which you must deal with, which makes you stronger. But that can be really tiring. At the same time, if you're raised in Iran (where haram isnt on every corner) and are a good Muslim, then that's really good too. You are exposed to far less and have much more innocence, and it isn't as tiring. Not to mention all the spirituality and religion you are surrounded by. I know plenty of people who have been born and raised in the u.s. (who don't have any Iranian blood in them, meaning they dont have right to citizenship thru their father, or grandfather or whatever) and are living and studying in Iran. Brother, I'll admit they can be pretty tight about who they allow to come ( to live), and to be honest that's understandable for many reasons. But in general, I don't see why you wouldn't be more than welcomed. Wassalaam
  14. Walaykum assalaam, :) Alhamdolillah the Islamic Republic of Iran is open to constructive criticism and is learning everyday. Wassalaam
  15. It is not Iran, the country itself, just because it's Iran, which should be defended, rather the concept of an Islamic Goverment which has been implemented in Iran. If pakistan had the same government as Iran I would defend Pakistan. If Iraq had the same government then my feelings would be towards Iraq. And the same would go for Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Syria, etc. etc.. ANY country basically. Its not a matter of nationalism or whatever. I suppose that's what people dont realie, and that's one of the problems when it comes to trying to understand why people love and want to defend this country.
  16. (bismillah) (salam) May Allah (swt) reward you and grant you strength and endurance in your beliefs. And may He (swt) protect us all from the evil whispers and allow us to always be able to distinguish from truth and falsehood. Indeed these are trying times for all of us.
  17. (bismillah) (salam) Hmm, that's interesting. I'd say the good things that I've seen and heard in Iran, triply outweigh the bad, Alhamdolillah. It is a matter of perception.. For example, if there is a weed(s) in the middle of a beautiful rose garden, the weed(s) will stand out. Obviously the non-religious (weeds) will stick out in a country blooming with the religious (roses), such as Iran. One of the biggest mistakes is expecting to see absolute perfection, with no need for any type of improvement, in Iran. Despite what people say and would like people to think, the Islamic revolution in Iran is still alive and strong, Alhamdolillah. It's almost confusing how people, shias, can be so against the Islamic Government of Iran. But then again, we learn so much from history, Alhamdolillah. :) Oh, and btw, I'm Iranian and have been to Iran. :) Hmm, another interesting point. I have religious, semi-religious(majority), and nonreligious family in Iran who do NOT have the same perception. Go figure. ^_^ Granted they have their complaints (which, to be honest are usually pretty silly) which is understandable (you can't make everyone happy), but I have yet to meet one of them who are not glad to have the Islamic government, hate the u.s., etc. I would be a liar to say that anyone of them, no matter how unreligious, said they hated the government and wanted it gone. And, even I think those people who do complain, take for granted what they have. How I wish I could live in Iran and treasure every breathing moment. :cry: I'm not saying that there aren't any people who hate the government, but as I think someone mentioned before, they're usually bahaii and the like and are such a small percentage. Oh, and to the first question... yes its true. The general rule is to not let Iranians in the west represent the Iranians in Iran. (Of course there are exceptions, Alhamdolillah.) Khoda Hafez
  18. (bismillah) Walaykum assalaam Warahmeh everyone, Thank you all so much for your suggestions, I really appreciate them. Especially thanks to Sr. faithmuslima :) Jamkaran, Nayshabur, and Beheshte Zahra were some of the obvious places I was speaking of. As far as the rest, I hadn't heard of them. I will look into them Insha Allah. yea sis, I would like to visit Shiraz bc I haven't seen it yet and I'v heard a lot about it, but so far it doesn't seem very likely. I would also like to see Tabriz, but... Insha Allah Khayr. You better be careful what you wish for :P But, zanjan is another place I'd like to see.....*sigh* It really depends on a lot: how many ciites you plan on visiting, how much shopping, what kind of hotels you expect to stay in, duration of the trip etc. For example, we're a family of five (4 adults, one 10 yr old), staying apprx 5 weeks, going to a few cities, and expect to do a fair amount of shopping. In Tehran we'll stay with friends and family which will basically cut the cost of food and hotel in that city (which I think is the most expensive city). Transportation is pretty cheap. A decent hotel is pretty cheap as well. We've estimated about $5,000US. Let's see how accurate that is, lol. Oh, also another thing, if you fly Iranair, your roundtrip ticket from Tehran to Mashhad is free. At least that's what they told us. (I think its usually about $60, not sure about that though). sis here :). I will Insha Allah. Thanks! Insha Allah we will. Thanks again everyone for your suggestions. May Allah (swt) Bless you all Insha Allah. take care, Khoda hafez
  19. (bismillah) (salam) Insha Allah my family and I will be going to Iran in September. Most likely we'll be going to Tehran, Mashhad, Qum, Esfahan, and Hamedan (but other cities are possible as well). I wanted to know if you guys have some suggestions of things to do/places to see in those cities, besides the obvious (i.e. Ziyarah and stuff). We have some plans, but I'm just trying to broaden our horizons. :) Also, do you guys have any suggestions for stuff that we should take with us? My mom and sisters have never been to Iran and my dad hasn't been there in some 20+ years. I went last year in August so I sort of have an idea of what we should take, but once again I just want to have everything covered, Insha Allah. (Keep in mind that we'll be in Iran for about 2-4 months, mainly in either Mashhad, Tehran, or Qum.) And, how's the weather in the 3 above-mentioned cities, during fall and winter? Thanks in advance. ^_^ Khoda hafez, wassalaam p.s. Please try to give suggestions according to someone living in the u.s.
  20. (bismillah) Salam and welcome back (although Im a bit late in that welcoming.. I have the school thing going on as well :)) I couldn't agree with you more. That place has something unexplainable, simply amazing and comforting. Alhamdolillah we had the oppurtunity to meet him as well. Amazing man, Masha Allah. May Allah (swt) reward him for his efforts and grant him good health so he can provide more benefits to needy persons such as us. take care and good luck with the studies Khoda hafez p.s. Long live the Islamic Revolution :D
  21. Let's think pre-nuclear weapons. Who killed more? Who had a hunger to kill anyone not like them and who still has a habit to do so? Very plain history. Be it swords, guns, or atomic bombs they have been responsible for more deaths. Speaking hypothetically isn't practical. There could be a million what if's. All, that matters is what has taken place and what is still taking place. I'm not trying to say that there aren't any "Muslims" who aren't inhumane. That would be simply foolish to say. But, they are such a small number. Whereas the European/American-Christians (or perhaps I should put that in quotation marks as well because I don't think a true Christian could have such a taste for blood esp. considering the "turn the other cheek" notion) who think in such a way are large in numbers.
  22. Perhaps you should take a closer look at history. You will clearly see that Europeans/Americans/Christians have been responsible for way more bloodshed than any other people. And they still account for more bloodshed to this day. The only difference is that when a Muslim (whether justified or not) kills, it is magnified and blown way out of porportion. However, when the later kills, it's always and only for liberty, justice, humanity, freedom..... Yea right.
  23. Ok, thanks a bunch sis ShiaMuslim. Insha Allah I will be able to make it. aww, of course everyone loves ya sis :) yalla see ya'll tonite Insha Allah. Take Care, wassalaam
  24. (bismillah) (salam) I think, as mentioned before, it really depends on where the Iranians in question are located. A lot (but def. not all) of Iranians living in the west are living there for a reason: because they don't support/want an Islamic goverment, they don't want to practice the true Islam. They are what we call "muslims by name" or they aren't even Muslims. They are so obssessed with that dreamy, fake notion of freedom that they have forgotten the true meaning of the word. What's really sad is that some of them have someway convinced themselves that what they are doing is trly acceptable. Other's are fully aware of what they do. Allah (swt) will be their Judge. In a general sense however, I think that when they're good, they're really really good, but when they're bad (by bad I don't mean evil or something .... well Allah (swt) Guide them Insha Allah. And of course then there is the middle ground; those who don't completely reject Islam or those who aren't all too heavily involved in Islam. Overall, I think, combining all Iranians, there would be more religious ones than non-religious. The notion of the anti Islamic sentiment of Iranians (all Iranians) portrayed by the western media is majorly over-exaggerated, and shouldn't be taken as the majority's opinion. May Allah (swt) Guide us and Keep us on the True path of Islam. take care, wassalaam
  25. (bismillah) Walaykum assalaam, Insha Allah this will do: Islamic Government by Imam Khomeini (ra) Wassalaam
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