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Abu Hadi

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  1. It shouldn't be acceptable to any muslim. 'Abu Bakr was the one the was most close to' - Wrong. This can be proven false by a few facts which are not in dispute amoung Shia/Sunni. First, - Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) was raised by Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and grew up in his house since he was a young child, Abu Bakr never even knew of Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) till he was middle aged. - Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) married his daughter Fatima((عليه السلام)) to Imam Ali((عليه السلام)). Abu Bakr proposed to Rasoulallah(p.b.u.) to marry Fatima((عليه السلام)), and he was refused. -thani ithnaen'. i.e. the second of the two. First of all is ‘Thani Ithnain’ (the second of the two), secondly, ‘Le Saahebehi’ (for his companion), thirdly, ‘Laa Tahzan Inallah Maana’ (grieve not, surely Allah is with us), fourthly, ‘Sakanatahu Alaihe’ (tranquility upon him). Below, we shall discuss each of these portions in detail. First of all, regarding: “The second of the two”, Ahlul Sunnat say that the second of the two is Abu Bakr who is the second person after the Messenger of Allah (S) who is nominated for the fulfillment of religious responsibility after the Holy Prophet (S). The Imamites say that the second of the two denotes the Holy Prophet (S) himself and not Abu Bakr and there is no indication of conferment of religious authority in the verse. The Almighty is complaining about those people who are not helpful to his Prophet (S). They are such that either they avoid Jihad or flee from the battlefield, instead of sacrificing their life. Abu Bakr himself was one of those who had fled the battlefield. Or there were such people, who could not help the Prophet in the battles of Badr, Uhud, Khandaq and Hunayn and they left him and ran away. Then the meaning of “second of the two” and the “third of the three” is “one of the two” and “one of the three.” Here the “second of the two” is that same “one of the two” who was one of the two people in the cave and who was comforting the other. Apparently, this comforting one was the Holy Prophet (S) and not Abu Bakr. This portion of the verse in no way proves the Caliphate of Abu Bakr and it has no relation to Caliphate or rulership. Although there is no cure for religious obstinacy. Second: ‘Le Saahebehi’ (for his companion): Ahlul Sunnat say that ‘Le Saahebehi’ (for his companion) has proved the companionship of Abu Bakr. The Imamites do not deny the companionship of Abu Bakr, but they say that companionship on its own is not something that deserves to be praised, if there is absence of belief or faith. Only that companion of the Holy Prophet (S) is deserving of honor, who has faith; and mere companionship is of no use. What is the use of such a companion, who is denounced in the words of Allah? As Allah mentions about those companions who avoided Jihad or who were the first to flee the battle, leaving the Holy Prophet (S) in danger. Apparently, this verse does not even mention those characteristics of companionship that are generally accepted by the people. Here, companion means one who was with the Holy Prophet (S) in the cave, that is Abu Bakr. This is the apparent meaning of that companion. Apart from this, the Arabic word of Sahab is not a word whose use is limited to special people. It can be used for ordinary people also, as mentioned in Surah Yusuf: From https://www.al-islam.org/misbah-uz-zulam-roots-karbala-tragedy-sayyid-imdad-imam/verse-cave - Also, it was Abu Bakr (رضي الله عنه) who fought the apostates after the prophet had left this world I'm kind of surprised at this one. Who was the one who fled the battlfield at Uhud ? Abu Bakr. Who was the one who stayed and defended Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) at Uhud ? Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) Who was the one who disobeyed Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) when he said 'Dispatch with the Army of Usama, Make haste and dispatch with the Army of Usama, May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) destroy anyone who does not dispatch with the Army of Usama' ? Abu Bakr. Who obeyed Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) in this case by staying behind, because Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) asked him to stay behind ? Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) Who fought and defeated Amr ibn Al Wud at Khandak and defeated him, and Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) said 'All of Iman (Imam Ali) is fighting all of Kufr(Amr)' ? Imam Ali. Who was the Angel Gibrael taking about when he said 'There is no Shabab (Faithful Youth) other than Imam Ali((عليه السلام)), there is no Sword except Dhul Fiqar' ? Who participated in every battle against the Kufar and never retreated or disobeyed the Prophet ? Imam Ali((عليه السلام)). Who did Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) give the battle flag of Islam to and said, 'I am giving this flag to one whom Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) loves and he loves Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and he never retreats until he gains victory over the enemy' ? Imam Ali on the day of the Battle of Khaybar. I could keep going on and on with this. If you want to compare Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) and Abu Bakr and exclude Shia sources completely and , and exclude the hadith of Ghadeer completely, only go with Facts which are mutually agreed upon by all muslims, there is still no comparison. The facts I have given above are not in dispute, (and this is only a small sample of those facts) yet still some of our brothers are happy that Abu Bakr was chosen as the sucessor or Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and not Imam Ali((عليه السلام)). As Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) said in Nahjul Balagha 'There is enough light for those who wish to see'.
  2. It is a sin to do nifaq(hypocrisy). Like if someone directly asks you if you muslim and you say 'No' even though you are (except if your life is in danger which doesn't apply in most work situations in the West), or you pretend to be another religion just to 'get along' at work. At the same time, you don't have to 'volunteer' information about yourself. I always tell brothers and sisters don't talk about religion at all when you are being interviewed for a job, talk about your education, experience, and qualifications for that job. The exception to this would be if you are being interviewed by an Islamic School or Institution. Also, I always encourage brothers and sisters to do some investigation on a company before applying. You have some companies in the US, for example ___, __, etc, who which are owned and run by Right Wing Evangelical Christians. Don't waste your time applying at these places. Either they won't hire you, because you are muslim, which is illegal but easy to get around this law when you have good lawyers, or if you are hired you will never advance beyond a very low level. You need to do research on the upper management and ownership of a company before you apply. If they have a Evangelical, Hard Core Zionist, or White Nationalist bent, avoid them (and try not to consume their products if you can avoid it). I took the names of the companies out so not to get ShiaChat into legal trouble, but a quick google search will probably help you figure it out. If brothers and sisters want to ask me about a specific company, I can send you a pm if I know anything specifically about them. As for sisters who don't wear hijab, I am not going to judge anyone. Only Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) knows their real situation, but in most cases taking off the hijab will not help them, it will only increase their sins. This is because if they are taking off their hijab to hide the fact that they are muslim, their bosses and coworkers will find out in another way. What alot of companies run by racists are now doing is scheduling company lunches during Shahr Ramadan. They keep track of who is eating and who is not eating. They can also tell by someones name, their facebook, instagram accounts, etc. Even if a sister took off her hijab, to hide the fact that she is muslima would be a major project in this day and age, since your employer has so much information about you already, that they don't need the hijab to be able to tell. If they want to discriminate against you because of their faith, they will do it. Taking off the hijab will not stop this from happening. Also, you may lose opportunities because of the hijab, but this is not really a loss since someone who will discriminate against you simply because you wear hijab is not someone you want to work for anyway. The vast majority of employers don't care about hijab or no hijab, they care how well you do your job.
  3. I don't see how this thread is helpful. Warning people like this only applies to people who do things against the ummah or against other muslims (thulm) in secret and claim to be a leader for Muslims. It doesn't sound like she is doing it in secret. If this is what you say she is doing, it should be obvious. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide her back to the Sirat Al Mustakeem. Thread locked.
  4. I have heard this hadith before also. Here is the hadith. It is from Sunan Ibn Dawud. https://sunnah.com/abudawud/12/95 Obviously, unless there is another source for this, there are alot of hadith in this collection that are problematic. Now, one thing is that this hadith does have an Isnad(chain of transmitters), but I am not an expert in this area, so if some brothers want to examine the Isnad and judge based on that. If someone can make a strong case that it is authentic, then we will have to deal with it. Until that point, I will reserve judgement on its authenticity.
  5. The other point I was trying to make is that to compare Hezb with a mafia is not a good comparison, IMHO. If you look at organizations that are mafia style, like the Sicilian Mafia (La Cosa Nostra), The Irish Mob in Boston, even transnational gangs like MS-13 in Central America, etc, you see a few common denominators that all these organizations have in common. First, they make the majority of their money / income from 'protection rackets', i.e. 'shakedowns' of the local population, forcing them to pay in order for protections. Their second major source of income is activities which are illegal in the country that they control such as drug smuggling / distribution, human trafficking, prostitution, and gambling (in places where gambling is illegal). Now I'm not exactly sure how Hezb is financed (I've never seen their books, lol), but I've never seen any evidence that they are involved in protection rackets, drug smuggling, human trafficking, prostitution, or gambling. That would be weird, since they are a religious (Islamic) organization and all these activities are Haram (forbidden in Islam), punishable with severe penalties in the religion. If they were claiming to be a religious organization and yet heavily involved in these activities on a organization wide scale, this would have come out by now and they would have lost much of their support amoung the Lebanese population, especially their core base in South Lebanon, which is a very religious part of Lebanon (their are parts of Lebanon that are more secular / less religious). I am not saying that there are not individuals within the organization that engage in these activities, there probably are, since they are hugely profitable and some people, even religious people have a hard time resisting that, but I haven't seen any evidence that these activities are supported by the organization as a whole or that they derive a large percentage of their income from these, as traditional mafia organization do.
  6. That conflict ypu are talking about above had nothing to do with the Hariri assasination or being a mafia. I dont know that much about it but what i read on the Arabic press was that Hezb had their own cell towers they used for encrypted cpmmunications between their members. Another militia, the Future movement, tried to shut down these towers. It was a fight between two militias. Unfortunately this is common in Lebanon, but it is a completely different subject from what you were discussing previously
  7. There is no credible evidence that I have seen that Hezb was involved in the Hariri assasination. In fact, Harirri had good relations with Hezb. Also, I fail to see what motive they would have for doing this. In Lebanon, it is very well known that Hariri was only an agent / proxy representing the interest of Al Saud Family. He could be easily replaced in that role, and he was by his son. It's like saying, 'I want to take this guy out so I'll assassinate his butler ? '. What good is that going to do. He'll just hire another butler and move on. To underline that point, the current Hariri was imprisoned by MBS and was forced to abdicate his role in the Lebanese government and then was reinstated by MBS. For what reason ? To show the Lebanese that he is only surviving politically at the behest of MBS. He has no independence. You think Hezb didn't know this and also know that most likely his assasination would be blamed on them and make it more difficult for them to carry out their core mission, which is defending Lebanon against Invasion ? Also, I have never seen any evidence that they are using their weapons to undermine the Lebanese government. In fact, a case could be made that they are actually intertwined with the Lebanese government to the point that they represent the Lebanese government as much as any other group. Why would they want to use their weapons against themselves. That case could be made, maybe 20 years ago when they were an external militia and they did not have many candidates in the Lebanese Parliment. The situation is different today. I think you're a little behind in your reading on the current structure of the Lebanese Government. The situation in Lebanon is much more complex and much more fraught politically than you are making it out to be.
  8. Under normal circumstances, I would say this is correct, but you need to study the (recent) history of Lebanon to see that it is an exception. Hezbollah started after the Israeli Invasion of Lebanon in 1982. As most of you know, Israel supposedly went into Lebanon to 'wipe up' PLO militant camps that used parts of the South and Beirut as a safe haven. Everyone knew the real reason (to expand their territory to the North as they are now doing in the West Bank to the East). The Lebanese Army was extremely under funded and they were no match for Israel, in terms of military strength. So asymmetric warfare started, as it usually does when an invading army invades a country where they are not wanted or welcome in. You probably know about the Vietnam War. Same thing. The difference between Lebanon and Vietnam is that although Israel physically withdrew from Lebanon in 1984, specifically because of the successful asymmetric warfare campaign waged by Hezbollah and other groups, but Hezbollah was the main one, they have never changed their plans regarding territorial expansion, have tried again to invade several more times, most recently in 2006, and the Lebanese army is still extremely underfunded and no match for Israel in a head to head battle, i.e. traditional symmetric warfare. So that is why most Lebanese still see the need for this group to exist. Israel created Hezbollah because of their actions, it isn't the other way around. BTW, all Lebanese that I have talked to, including Hezb supporters, say that if the Lebanese army was up to the task of defending the country against the aggressive threat to the South (Israel), they would be more than happy to change their stance (ie that Lebanese army should be the sole military power in Lebanon). But this is not reality in 2020. Almost everyone familiar with the issues knows that.
  9. Yes, it is. If she has no legitimate excuse. Legitimate excuses have been detailed in other (many other) threads.
  10. Salam br. Yeah, I had the same idea a while ago for an app like that. This is what I am talking about. That could be one of the services offered on the platform. I will wait for your pm
  11. Bismillah Ta'la I had this idea for a while to create a 'walled garden' type of social networking app for Muslims, and because I am Shia would have an orientation toward followers of Ahl Al Bayt((عليه السلام)). The idea is that this is not an 'open / public' app but a invitation only app. The core functionality of the app is to register a user, , take them thru the vetting process, and then create various opportunities within the app for that user to build their reputation, get community points. Once their community points reach a certain threshold value, they would then become eligible to take advantage of various services that the app offers. The goal of the app would be to offer these services to users who have good standing in the community and have reached a point where their reputation is secure, i.e. we know that this user is a real person, their deen is good, and they have a desire to 'pay it forward', i.e. to further help and strengthen the community in the future. The goal is not to get maximum eyeballs on screen so that we can sell ads and sell user data (what basically every other social networking site does currently, except ShiaChat, of course), although probably at some point the app would need to generate enough revenue to be self sustaining without relying on donations. I don't want to be another Islamic project that relies on donations for it's survival, because Khums and Sadaqat should go for those who really need it, like our brothers and sisters who don't have food, clothing, shelter. The goal is to actually do good for our brothers and sisters by giving them opportunities for advancement, in the dunya and akhira that they would otherwise not get. The app would have a practical focus, on offering services that a wide number of brothers and sisters could benefit from, such as helping them find a spouse, secure capital to start a business or buy a home without charging interest, connect with other brothers and sisters who could help them in their career, emigration services, marriage counseling, etc. I would like multiple languages supported from the beginning. I have a background in IT and Programming and I am willing to host the code in Alpha / Beta form, including backend / db code. If I find other brothers and sisters who are interested in the project, I can setup a github for it. I have my own personal server in the cloud with a db backend. I also have contacts who may be willing to give financing / capital to the project. This help would obviously be contingent on the viability of the project. At this point, I am not coding anything, just look for ideas from technical, non technical people. The first major hurdle is getting a core team in place to work on the prototype. If we get past this point, this is the first major hurdle. The second major hurdle would be to secure capital / financing. I am not expecting people to work for free for a prolonged period of time. To get capital / financing, you have to convince potential investors that they will get a competitive return on their capital investment. That will be the second major hurdle The third, ongoing major hurdle is to gain trust/ adoption of the app in the real, not virtual communities by practically showing that brothers and sisters are benefiting from the services offered by the app in a practical, demonstrable, and measurable way. If you would like to sign up to be on the advisory committee, send me a pm. I will, InShahAllah, Schedule a meeting, probably via Zoom,
  12. If you accept Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) as your Imam, then you must accept the Imam that Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) himself stated is the Imam after him, i.e .Imam Hassan((عليه السلام)) If you accept Imam Hassan((عليه السلام)), next, next, next, next, etc. then you are Shia. Plain and simple The 5, Zaidis, are the ones who said , 'The Imam is the one who rises with the sword'. So they took Zaid, son of Imam Zain Al Abedeen((عليه السلام)) as their Imam. Yet, Zaid(رضي الله عنه) recognized the Imamate of his brother, Imam Baqir((عليه السلام)), and never claimed to be the Imam, but he said he was only a Mujahid, and he asked his brother's permission to do jihad, again verifying that he recognized his brother was the Imam. His brother gave him the permission but told him he wouldn't be successful. Shia(twelvers) love and respect Zaid, son of Imam Zain Al Abedeen((عليه السلام)) and believe he died on Haqq. We also love and respect our Zaidi brothers and sisters. The Seven ' ers are a little more complicated. I will explain this if you wish.
  13. You don't have to believe all hadith or even most hadith, but you have to believe the obvious hadith. The most obvious one is as follows. The Hadith related to the incident of Ghair Khum is considered Mutawattir by both Sunni and Shia Mufasireen. If you are not familiar with the term Mutawatir (a term used to grade hadith), it means basically that it was transmitted simultaneously by so many different narrators, in basically the same words, that it is impossible that it was forged or fabricated. Sunni and Shia agree that Ghadir Khum happened, and that Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) gave a Khutba(religious speech) in which he state 'Of whomever I am his Wali, Ali is his Wali'. This part of the speech was transmitted by more than 100 mufasereen in those word (if you want the exact words, in Arabic, not the translation, I included these on another thread that is recent so probably just look ^ for this). The only difference between muslims on this is the meaning of the word 'Wali' in this context. Again, we just created another thread about this ^. Also, the Ayat of Wiliayat. Without going into too many details here, because I don't want to overwhelm you, this Ayat is stating that Leadership is only for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and those who give Zakat WHILE they are in the state of Ruku. At the time this ayat was revealed, there was only one person who ever gave Zakat WHILE he was doing Ruku. That was Imam Ali((عليه السلام)). So the Ayat is saying your Leaders are ONLY Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h), and Imam Ali((عليه السلام)). If you accept the Wilayat and Leadership of Imam Ali((عليه السلام)), that's all you need to do(because as a Muslim, you already accept the leadership of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) and Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h)), since Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) himself was crystal clear about who the leader was after him, Imam Hassan((عليه السلام)) and Imam Hassan was crystal clear about who the leader was after him Imam Hussein((عليه السلام)), etc. No mental gymnastics, just accepting the obvious.
  14. If you would like clarification or more detail on the Ayat of Wilayat (those who give alms while they are in ruku') or Hadith Al Kisa, I'm sure there are many brothers here who can give you this info. There have been entire books written about these subjects. There is no mental gymnastics. The truth doesn't involve mental gymnastics. If something is the truth, it is obvious, otherwise Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wouldn't hold us accountable without giving us something that is clear and obvoius, because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is Just. At the same time, you need to have the courage to pursue the truth, wherever it may be, and even if it makes you uncomfortable or goes against what your parents taught you.
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