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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.
  16. That's an interesting theory. Every single study I have ever read, and in fact every biology text book I have ever read, since high school, says that sexual attraction, whether to the same or opposite gender is not something that exists in a person until puberty. Do you have a secret stash of scientific research that I have never heard about. If you do, please share.
  17. You already know what the solution is. Get married ASAP. This may be difficult and your parents may be upset and you might have to put some of your plans on hold. The fact that ypu feel bad about doing this sin means that there is still hope for you and tauba is an option. The problems is if u wait 5 to 6 years, as im sure your parents want, there is a risk that in 5 years this spiritual disease would have progressed to the point where you do this sin and probably other related ones and don’t feel bad and don’t make the effort to do tauba. At that point there is almost no hope for you. It amazes me that if someone were diagnosed with cancer, would they wait 5 years before getting treatment ? You have a disease worse than cancer because cancer can only kill your body. This disease can kill your soul. You know that already. Get married Get married Get married.
  18. I want you to think about what you just said. If it is determined by factors outside ones control, the only factor that exists at birth is genetics because other environmentally based factors are not applicable since it takes time on the Earth in order for those factors to influence someone. Unless you are saying that those environmetal factors determine someones gender attraction while baby is in vitro. I don’t think that is what you are saying So when you make the statement someone is 'born gay' you are saying sex / gender attraction is genetically determined just like biological gender is. You are just using different words.
  19. As you know, there is a huge difference between something having genetic factors and something being genetically determined. If u are born a women, that is genetically determined. You had no choice. Being black or brown is genetically determined. At the same time many things have genetic factors. You may have genetic factors for alcoholism. That doesnt mean you will become an alcoholic. Your behaviour is what determines this, although you may be predisposed by your DNA. Huge difference. The study which I cited did show that same sex attraction did have genetic factors, but it is not genetically determined.When you say people are 'born gay' I interpret that as you saying it is genetically determined. Despite many studies on the subject, there is absolutely no evidence for that conclusion. Just sayin
  20. Prophet Muhammad(p.b.u.h) as well as other Imams existed on Earth, in the real world. This is part of the test of being a Prophet / Imam. They didn't live in some kind of virtual reality where all they had to do is snap their fingers and they could make anything happen. They Holy Qur'an even addresses this point directly, Say, "I hold not for myself [the power of] benefit or harm, except what Allah has willed. And if I knew the unseen, I could have acquired much wealth, and no harm would have touched me. I am not except a warner and a bringer of good tidings to a people who believe." So for you to say 'its weak' that the Prophets and Imams((عليه السلام)) had to deal with realities on the ground means that you don't know about or don't understand the ayat above. The realities on the ground are a result of the sum total of the actions of the people who were around Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h). If the Arabs, from the beginning, had supported the Message of Islam and Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and not spent all their wealth and resources for decades after the announcement at the 'Feast of the Relatives' to fight against Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and the Message of Islam, then maybe their would have been enough support for Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) not to have done these marriages. This is speculation, of course, because I, and noone else knows the unseen. Even Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) only knew as much as Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) chose to share with him, and no more. Why did Imam Hassan((عليه السلام)) make the treaty with Muawiya(la) ? Are you one of those who would also say this showed weakness ? If you do I would ask you if you were in the same situation, with powerful enemies that were threatening (and you know that they would do this) to wipe out you and every last one of your supporters from the face of the Earth, and most of your army had just abandoned you, would you wait for Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to send down a brigade of Malaika(Angels) to deal with your enemies ? Things don't work that way. If that were the case, Imam Hussein((عليه السلام)) would have done the same thing at Karbala. Part of the reason that we follow, admire, and emulate our Imams((عليه السلام)) and Prophet(p.b.u.h) is because they were born on the same Earth we were born on and have to deal with the same circumstances that we have to deal with. Yes, they have a special spiritual connection to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), but this doesn't give them 'Super powers' in the physical world. If that were the case, there would be no test. Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) says in the Holy Qur'an (first verses of Surat Ankaboot) Do the people think that they will be left to say, "We believe" and they will not be tried? But We have certainly tried those before them, and Allah will surely make evident those who are truthful, and He will surely make evident the liars. The Prophet and Imams are not exempt from this test. This test is our purpose, all of us. It is why Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) sent us to this dunya. The difference between us and the Prophet and Imams((عليه السلام).) is that they were given the most difficult tests, and they passed them completely, and in the best way so as to set examples for us about how to pass this test we call the 'Hayat Ad Dunya' or Life of this lower world.
  21. Like some have already said, it is possible that the Ummah wouldnt have existed without these marriages. Both Abu Bakr and Umar were from prominent tribes in the area around Mecca. When Rasoulallah married these women, this secured the loyalty of these tribes and many from these tribes, including Abu Bakr and Umar themselves at certain times defended and promoted Islam in the early days when there were only a few thousand Muslims and tens of thousands of Kuffar who fought against Rasoulallah. This was the a very precarious and difficult time for Muslims and Rasoulallah needed all the allies he could get. Our Sunni brothers don’t support and praise these two for no reason and some people make it seem like they never did a good deed in their whole lives. It is very possible that at a certain point in their lives, early on before Saqifa, they were sincere and believed in Rasoulallah and what he was trying to accomplish. Of course they threw away all their good deeds because of their jealousy of Imam Ali((عليه السلام)) and their lust for power.
  22. Looks like a chat bot just discovered this thread. Lol
  23. I don't think that was the question the study was trying to answer. The point was to determine if there was a single gene or a group of genes that determines whether the person is attracted to the same sex / gender. They found, like previous studies had found, that this 'gay' gene or group of genes doesn't exist. So same sex attraction is not genetically determined. In other words, noone is 'born gay', like I have been saying for years now. At the same time, the study found (and I never denied this, btw), that there are genetic factors that contribute to same sex attraction. So there are certain genes or sequences of genes that have a higher frequency in people who describe themselves as 'gay'. But these genes are also present in people who describe themselves as 'strait'. So the presence of these genes may push someone faster in a certain direction, if they decide to move in that direction, but these genes don't determine whether someone will move in that direction or not. BTW, they have also found genetic factors (higher frequency of certain genes or sequences) for other behaviors like alcoholism, drug addiction, people who are diagnosed as clinically depressed, schizophrenic, etc. People are born black, brown, white, etc, because the amount of melanin (what gives the skin it's coloring) produced in the body is genetically determined, people have no choice about that. People are born in a certain country (we didn't choose where we were born), and to certain parents, therefore they have a certain language and culture, and social economic status. We shouldn't discriminate against people for these things because they had no choice and this is determined by where, when, and to whom a person was born. All the other things, besides this, that we do when we become baligh (adults as determined by Islam) are choices we make. So we can talk about people's choices, criticize them, analyze them, determine if people continue to make these choices if this is good for society, etc. The big trick that has been played on us, as a Western Society, and now even as Muslims, is that certain activist groups and individuals is society have attached their cause (what they called LGBTQ.... movement) to the cause of civil rights and human rights (I.e. non discrimination based on things a person has no control over listed above) by putting forward the premise that people are 'born gay' just like people are born black, brown, Indian, Pakistani, American, French, etc. So they have fooled alot of people, including the vast majority of Western Society, even though when a real academic study is done to attempt to answer the question of whether people are 'born gay', the results of the study do not back up their premise. At the same time, they keep throwing it out there, and I doubt whether this study will change any opinions on either side. Such is the state of the world we live in. It seems that facts, logic, and research don't matter anymore.
  24. Another Large Scale Study finds no gay gene. https://www.cnn.com/2019/08/30/health/gay-gene-study-trnd/index.html
  25. First, I will say that Honor Killing is wrong. It shouldn't be called 'Honor Killing' as there is no honor in it. It is murder, plain and simple. I had never heard about this 'Kandeel' murder case, I didn't know who she was. I did a little reading on it because of this thread and the OPs thoughts (which I found interesting). Obviously, I don't think she deserved to be murdered, but when you are promoting indecency in a society like Pakistan, where this is not as common, as say where I live, you are taking a huge risk. This is especially common for young women in our society today who put things on the Internet and mistakenly believe that those things will just stay in the online world. Depending on the context and where they live, and what they say, there could be unforeseen consequences for doing this, especially in a place like Pakistan where there are active and powerful terrorist groups who have links to the Government. That is why I tell brothers and sisters, especiallly the younger ones, don't put anything online that you wouldn't mind if your grandma saw it. If you want to change society, change it with your thoughts, your writing, your social activism, etc. Don't go with the cheap hacks to get attention like posting semi naked pictures of yourself, etc. These usually backfire, and especially if you are a young women in society like Pakistan, could actually put your life in danger, as we saw with this case. I think about a young lady like Ilhan Omar, who is young and attractive, wearing hijab from a conservative community. She could have easily done the same thing as the lady in the 'Kandeel' case. But instead, she decided to use her words, her thoughts, her ideas, to push forward her message and the ideas she believes in. Now if you think about which one of these ladies is going to have a more lasting impact on the societies where they live, lived, and maybe even the world, I think it is an easy answer. So if that is the goal, to make a positive impact on the society where one lives, then I think the answer is clear which route to take. If the goal is only to get fame and attention, that is not a good or worthy goal, In my humble opinion.
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