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Abu Hadi

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  1. Only Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) has absolute authority. The authority of everyone else is derived from the aforementioned
  2. I lived in a small town outside of Sacramento called Rio Linda for my first year of High School. The rest of my High School in SoCal. Although I have lived in Michigan for 15 years I still think of California as home. Weird how that happens. Maybe I should have asked 'Where do you consider home to be' rather than where do you live now Thank u everyone for your responses
  3. Yes, Persian Gulf sorry. Here in the US, it has become common to refer to these countries as 'Gulf States' or 'Gulf Countries'.
  4. Here is another good article on the subject. https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/sep/22/Saudi-arabia-Iran-us-middle-east-saudis
  5. A few friends who were on Shia Chat before and I are having an ongoing debate about what country / city / regions most on ShiaChat are from. My theory was that the majority are from 3 places, London (plus surrounding areas), Toronto(plus surrounding areas), and Gulf States (Kuwait, Dubai, UAE). Please help me get some real data on this. Just tell me which country, city you live in. Thank you and Salam.
  6. I with promoting unity and being tolerant, like most things the devil is in the details. How does one promote unity, how does one be tolerant ? I live in the US, in Michigan where you have a Muslim community that is a few hundred thousand and a Christian Community of 5 to 6 million. I think the difference between the Dearborn community and other Muslim communities in the US is that we are one of the largest, one of the most dense on terms of Muslims per square mile, and Majority Shia. Some ulema here, those who live here probably know who I am talking about, attempt to do interfaith dialogue with the Christian community here. The interfaith dialogue usually begins with some sort of meal, especially during Ramadan, and ends with some sort of declaration about how Muslims and Christians have alot in common, how we revere and respect Prophet Isa((عليه السلام).) and his mother Mariam. This is better than not having a dialogue but it is far from ideal because it just goes around in a loop without addressing the real issues and concerns from either side. We see the same Christian ministers and the same brothers and sisters there who always attend. Christians have concerns about Muslims (terrorism, forced marriage, etc) that are blown up in certain churches and Muslims have concerns about Christians. Until the concerns are addressed directly and respectfully by both sides and we see the people who really have these concerns show up at these gatherings, I don’t think they will be very productive
  7. The reason why these kinds of attacks are hard to defend against is because the missle systems, like the Patroit, which Al Saud bought from the US were meant to stop attacks from medium to long range missle or fighter jets. These jets and missles fly high, above 20,000 feet then descend when they approach their target. With drone swarm attacks, like this one, a group of drones fly at low altitude, basically just above the tree line, and don’t change their trajectory much as they approach their target. They also attack in groups all at once from multiple directions. Their is redundancy built into the attack so many of the drones are headed for the same target so even if a few get shot down, at least one will get through and hit the target. These types of attacks are very new If any of you watch the show Black Mirror there was an episode about drone swarm attacks paired with AI and how effective, deadly, and scary they are.
  8. As an average American, not wealthy or connected, I can say that it seems to me like myself, and everyone around me where I live is trying to live their life, support their family, pay their bills, trying to save a little for retirement and mainly trying to be a good person and live a good life, in the way that they understand this idea based on their knowledge. The 'horn and the tails' in the way the Imam Khomeni was talking about it, has very little to do with the average American. I agree there is ignorance and complacency, but I don't think there is any more of that amoung the average American as their is amoung the average Iraqi, Mexican, Kuwaiti, Britain, or the average Iranian, and I have traveled outside the US many times and spent extended periods of time in other countries, so I am not just 'saying this'. I also hesitate to say the average 'Iranian' because I have never been to Iran, but I am extrapolating. Also, Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) never lived in the US, so he probably would have no idea how the average American actually lived, so it is not possible that he is talking about the average American person. Also, as for Trump talking for other people, you should study the life of Trump. There are many biographies out there. He is the son of a wealthy real estate developer , Fred Trump, from Manhattan, New York. His father was morally challenged but an extremely sharp and good business person, so he Donald always lived in his shadow and always wanted to be seen as the sharp business person his father was. He inherited 100 million dollars from his father and he lost almost all of it due to stupid business decisions, so he is not very bright nor a good business man. If you look at his life, from when he was in his 20s, till his 2016 campaign, it is very obvious what he priorities were and are. Nothing has changed. He is into making himself seem like a big shot in the business community, later in the TV world, pretty girls, and money. That is basically all he cares about. I don't think he ever wanted to become President. He ran because he wanted to be on TV, and he was surprised when he won. He only became involved with the Russians later in his life after his many bankruptcies (and because he prefers blonds, sort of obvious also) after no US bank would lend him a penny, because of his history. He has never shown any interest whatsoever in foreign affairs, Iran, etc. I doubt if before he became President, he could even find Iran on a world map. So who is pushing him on this Iran, soon to be fiasco. Is this coming from him or someone else ? Think about it. I am not saying he is not responsible for the consequences of this, he definitely is, but the motivation for all this is not coming from him. I am pretty sure that if he were to receive a few pretty girls from Iran as a gift, as well as a few square kilometers in North Tehran and given a permit to build his Iranian golf club there, let's call it Marilagoishazad, you would see him flip around 180 degrees on the Iran issue. Whether those who actually make the decisions would let him do this is another matter. I am not suggesting that the Iranian government do this, because the dignity of the Iranian nation is more valuable than this, but I think you'll agree what the outcome of this theoretical deal would be.
  9. Yes. I have read portions of it. Very informative. I would suggest that book for those who want more info.
  10. Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim, Most people, including most Muslims and many Shia believe that when the late Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) referred to the US as the 'Great Satan', he was using that term as an exagerration, and was saying this because he was fighting a war with the US through proxies like Saddam and MKO. At the same time, most Muslims and especially most Shia know that Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) because he was a marjaa' taqleed and a leader of Muslims, didn't just say things 'off the cuff' and there was a purpose and a reason for why he said this beyond just pointing out who the enemy was whom he was fighting at the time, in the late 70s and 80s. I wanted to 'unpack' this statement a little and give my interpretation of this. At this point in history, where there is an ongoing and dangerous conflict between Iran and the US which threatens to drag the rest of the world into it, I think it is critical that we as Muslims, and as people who are living in this situation, have an understanding of the position of both sides in order to attempt to figure out which side is on 'Haqq', ie which side is seeking the establishment of justice. As many of you know, I am an American. I was born in the US, and consider myself to be a good, law abiding citizen of the US, a taxpayer, and also a patriot. If I criticize a certain stance or policy of the US or certain politicians, it is with the goal, not of bringing down the government, but of reforming it. The vast majority of people in the US are good, law abiding citizens who want the best for their family, neighbors, community, country, and world as a whole. They may have different ideas about how to accomplish this, but I believe their goal is the same. At the same time, the US has a very vast problem of corruption within the government, but this form of corruption is different than in most countries in the fact that it is highly concentrated at the top levels of government, finance, media, and academia and the government goes to great lengths to hide this corruption from the average person. This is why if you ask the average American, they believe they are living in the least corrupt country on Earth (although most will acknowledge some small level of corruption). The US, unlike other countries like Iraq or Mexico, where the corruption is obvious at every level of government, is not corrupt at the 'street level' for the most part. The vast majority of the police and government officials do not take or ask for bribes. There is not a 'quid pro quo' kind of a thing going on for simple functions of government, at the local level (There is some local corruption, but it is rare and is usually taken care of quickly by State and Federal authorities). But the higher you go up in almost any area of life in the US, like government, finance, academia, media, you see that there is this complex web of exchanges and relationships at the top that are conducted behind closed doors. This 'other America' is partially exposed from time to time when stories unexpectedly come out, like the recent cases of Harvey Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein. The average American looks at these cases and thinks of this as completely bizarre. How could a man get away with abusing this many women over this long period of time while many people knew about it, and with no consequences for decades. If the average American, who is not in this 'other America' did one of the things that Epstein or Weinstein is accused of, they would be arrested in 5 minutes and spend decades in jail. The beginning of the 'other America', what Imam Khomeni(رضي الله عنه) refers to as the 'Great Satan' began sometime in the beginning of the 20th century. Some people say it began after World War I and some say after World War II, when the US was viewed as a world power and a successor to the colonial empires of Europe of the 18th and 19th centuries. There were many people at the top levels of Government and Academia who believed that it was absolutely essential for the US to maintain itself as a hegemonic power and that the peace and stability of the entire world depended on it. This idea was only reinforced during the 'Cold War' era when these people believed that the world was poised on the precipice on Nuclear Annihilation and the only things that would save humanity from this fate was the US and the political, military, and economic force it represented. As a consequence of this idea forming and spreading within the top levels of US society, it was agreed upon that all boundaries could be crossed in order to maintain this power which they believed was essential for the survival of humanity. It was during this time that most things which affect the lives of Muslims around the world in a negative way while maitaining a powerful elite at the top of most Muslim countries began. The CIA, The NSA, The Zionist Movement which led to the creating of the state of Israel, the propping up of the Shahs of Iran, the successive Dictatorships in most countries of the Muslim world, the head of these being the Al Saud family in Hijaz, etc. It is this consensus on 'any means necessary' to maintain US power and hegemony in the World at the top levels of US government, media, finance, and academia, the hiding of this fact from the average American, and the financing of this by the US taxpayer that maintains what Imam Khomeni referred to as the 'Great Satan', I.e. that power which spreads and corrupts the entire world. The financing is done, not voluntarily, but by force. The peole in the US are forced to pay taxes, and more than half of these taxes, 584 billion in the latest budged, goes to the military. A smaller amount of this 584 billion goes to normal things like maintenance of equipment and buildings and paying salaries of military personnel. The greater portion of this money disappears down a 'black hole', this is hundreds of billions of dollars annually. Here is a more detailed article on this. https://www.salon.com/2013/05/14/where_does_all_our_military_spending_go_partner/ This money that supposedly disappears doesn't really disappear. This money is the bribe money the 'Great Satan' uses to maintain itself and expand it's power. This is the 'big secret' that most Americans are unaware of. They believe that the Federal Taxes they pay go to paying soldiers and buying tanks and planes, I.e. things that are essential to the defense of America. While a portion of that money does go for that, most of it doesn't. If the American people began to wake up and realize this, there would be a revolution in this country. People like Donald Trump and Bolton are only mouthpieces for this group. I don't believe they actually hold that much power themselves, and they are told what to do by another group which we don't see or know who they are. That is the most dangerous part for Americans. Our 'apparent' leaders are not our real leaders.At the same time, I believe chants done in Iran like 'Death to America', etc, are not helpful for their cause. Because, while I know that when saying 'Death to America' they are talking about death to this 'Great Satan' system which is corrupting humanity, most Americans don’t think of it that way. They believe this means 'Death to Everyone who lives in America', including them. If you look at it from a historical point of view, the 'Great Satan' has an expiration date. Like the Roman Empire and many empires before it, we have learned through history that the maintenance of Empire through bribes is a very expensive thing. It eventually becomes too expensive for any country to maintain, so it collapses in on itself.
  11. When you say, 'I just care about Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), how to please Allah and seek forgiveness..' , I think this is something that is common to all Muslims, including myself. Yet, at the same time, you have Muslims killing each other all over the world, with each side saying ' Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) would be pleased with this'. You have this thing now called 'Gay Muslims' (term is self explainatory. I have talked to them before on this forum. Every one that I have talked to says what you have said above. Also, the ones who tell these people that what they are doing is wrong and they could possibly go to hell for this, they also say that 'I just care about Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and how to please Allah(s.w.a)'. So when you say, 'I just care about pleasing Allah(s.w.a)' you obviously are going about this in a certain way (I.e. having certain beliefs and doing certain actions). How do you know that these are the particular beliefs and actions that, in fact, do please Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) ?
  12. Do you not believe in the concept of the 12th Imam or do you believe in the concept but believe that he is not born yet ? Also my favorite speaker is Br. Khalil Jaafer. My second favorite is Sheik Hamza Sodogar I like some speeches by Sayyid Nakshawani
  13. Like has been said, if there was a Houza that didn't teach WF, it is a Houza that is not teaching hadith of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)) A few point to remember 1. All Shia agree on the general concept of Wilayat Al Faqih (the one who is knowledgeable and just (ilm and adl) is the one who deserves to lead the people) 2. The disagreement is over two issues. First, who is the one who is 'knowledgeable' and 'just' ? Second, what is the scope of that leadership. For example, does it only include leadership in Hukm Sharia(Islamic Law) related to personal issues, I.e. Salat, Saum, Hajj, Khums, etc or does this leadership also include Political Leadership ? In my humble opinion, the most essential quality in a leader, is that he protects the mumineen and muminaat by standing up firm against the enemies of Islam and Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)) and doesn't waiver on this when his personal interests are at stake. Without security and protection, there is no point in discussing the other aspects of Islam, because without security and protection, the mumineen and muminat would either be physically eliminated by their enemies (ie they would no longer be alive) or would be forced to live in a state of extreme taqiyya, so we couldn't have real and open discussions at all. Which country and which system is the only country and system that has been standing up to the enemies of Islam in recent times (last few decades) with strength and consistency ? Ask yourself that question and you will know what is the correct interpretation of Wilayat Al Faqih.
  14. The best way you could guide her is to practice Islam in your own life as fully and completely as possible. Try to keep every aspect of your life within the halal and far away from haram and be consistent between your words and your actions, I.e. stay far away from hypocrisy (nifaq). In her mind, you are the religion of Islam. If u practice it properly she will naturally be drawn toward it.
  15. أَنزَلَ مِنَ السَّمَاء مَاء فَسَالَتْ أَوْدِيَةٌ بِقَدَرِهَا فَاحْتَمَلَ السَّيْلُ زَبَدًا رَّابِيًا وَمِمَّا يُوقِدُونَ عَلَيْهِ فِي النَّارِ ابْتِغَاء حِلْيَةٍ أَوْ مَتَاعٍ زَبَدٌ مِّثْلُهُ كَذَلِكَ يَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الْحَقَّ وَالْبَاطِلَ فَأَمَّا الزَّبَدُ فَيَذْهَبُ جُفَاء وَأَمَّا مَا يَنفَعُ النَّاسَ فَيَمْكُثُ فِي الأَرْضِ كَذَلِكَ يَضْرِبُ اللّهُ الأَمْثَالَ He sends down from the sky, rain, and valleys flow according to their capacity, and the torrent carries a rising foam. And from that [ore] which they heat in the fire, desiring adornments and utensils, is a foam like it. Thus Allah presents [the example of] truth and falsehood. As for the foam, it vanishes, [being] cast off; but as for that which benefits the people, it remains on the Earth. Thus Allah sets forth parables. (Qur'an 13:17) I think this ayat is somewhat self explanatory. When Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) sends down something which people need and which benefit them (I.e. the rain in this verse but this could also be applied to the religion of Islam, which benefits people and they also need), because we live in a world, on this Earth where beneficial and non beneficial, truth and falsehood, real and unreal, exist side by side, some falsehood (referred to in this verse as foam or scum) appears as a byproduct of this beneficial thing coming to the Earth. This falsehood attaches itself to truth in order to try to survive, because falsehood knows that if it were exposed, people would naturally reject it. But with time, the truth and falsehood separate from each other and the falsehood vanishes and the truth stays. So if you look at the basic elements of the religion of Islam, Qur'an, the five basic belief (Tauhid, Adl, Nabuwwat, Imamate, Youm Ad Din) and the five basic practices (Salat, Saum, Khums, Hajj, Ziyarrat to Imams of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام))) plus others like commemeration of Ashura (which has survived 1400 years), Hadith of Ghadir, etc, you will see that these are truth without falsehood mixed with them. Anything that is based on these is also truth. Anything else, which calls itself Islam but is not based on these eventually vanishes, like the foam or the scum talked about in the above ayat.
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