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  1. That's good. You're healthy. Distract yourself with a physical activity, and soon enough, your libido will settle.
  2. These are good ideas @starlight. Regarding the hard copy, brother Qa'im may not have the time to make the shipments. However, sending soft copies shouldn't take much time. Let's keep on thinking for solutions for getting the hard copies to peoole, too. Meanwhile, for soft copies (PDF), if you send me your emails, I'll ask brother Qa'im to send you your copies. With soft copies, based on the price, I can send 2-3 copies per month.
  3. سلام brothers and sisters, I need your ingenuity to come up with a solution. I'd like to buy and ship one book per month to whoever that would like to have it but can't for a variety of reasons. I am, however, not sure about the logistics of doing so.  There are three issues in place: 1) I don't want to pay for shipping twice. 2) I want to respect people's privacy. Some people may not want to share their names or address with me and others. 3) I can't just send the funds, because I can't guarantee that people would use the funds to purchase the book. So, let's think of some solutions. Thanks!
  4. Yes. Please let us stay dumb and ignorant! Right? Ultimately, we shouldn't dilute our religion for the sake of ”unity." Anything founded upon false or weak foundations will crumble sooner or later. A friendship or "unity" based on dishonesty and double-speak will fail sooner or later. We should thank brother Ibn al-Hussain for encouraging us not to be dumb and ignorant for the sake of a mirage.
  5. سلام Excellent post! I have a question regarding the following segment: (Mods, please fix the format! I can't do it with my phone. Thanks!)
  6. Here's another complementary narration: وَ عَنْهُ عَنِ الْحَسَنِ عَنْ صَفْوَانَ عَنْ مَنْصُورِ بْنِ حَازِمٍ عَنْ أَبِي عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع أَنَّهُ قَالَ صُمْ لِرُؤْيَةِ الْهِلَالِ وَ أَفْطِرْ لِرُؤْيَتِهِ فَإِنْ شَهِدَ عِنْدَكَ شَاهِدَانِ مَرْضِيَّانِ بِأَنَّهُمَا رَأَيَاهُ فَاقْضِه‏ And from him from al-Hasan from Safwan from Mansur b. Hazim from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام that he said: Fast due to the sighting of the crescent and break your fast due to its sighting. And if two acceptable witnesses testify to you that they had seen it then do its qada. We can conclude that: Our personal observation of moon isn't necessary. The testifying of two witnesses is sufficient. These witnesses can be "People of another locality (balad)". "Balad" is not qualified and can be anywhere, not necessarily on one's horizon.
  7. علیکم السلام Could you tell me which narrations from that link justify Sistani's horizon position? I've gone through them and I'm still not sure. آمین
  8. Salam, Here's an acceptable narration: محمد بن الحسن‏ بإسناده عن الحسين بن سعيد عن فضالة عن‏ان بن عثمان عن إسحاق بن عمار قال سألت أبا عبد الله ع‏َ سَأَلْتُ أَبَا عَبْدِ اللَّهِ ع عَنْ هِلَالِ رَمَضَانَ يُغَمُّ عَلَيْنَا فِي تِسْعٍ وَ عِشْرِينَ مِنْ شَعْبَانَ فَقَالَ لَا تَصُمْهُ إِلَّا أَنْ تَرَاهُ فَإِنْ شَهِدَ أَهْلُ بَلَدٍ آخَرَ أَنَّهُمْ رَأَوْهُ فَاقْضِهِ وَ إِذَا رَأَيْتَهُ مِنْ وَسَطِ النَّهَارِ فَأَتِمَّ صَوْمَهُ إِلَى اللَّيْلِ And from him from Fadala from Aban b. `Uthman from Ishaq b. `Ammar. He said: I asked Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام about the crescent of Ramadan (when it is) cloudy over us in the twenty ninth of Sha`ban. So he said: Do not fast it unless you see it. So if the people of another locality (balad) testify that they saw it, then do its qada. And if you saw it in the middle of the day, then complete your fast till night. "Balad" can mean "town", "place", or "country". This narration is in line with Al-Khoei's ruling on the start of the months. A month begins when the moon is seen anywhere in the world, in another "Balad." So, what is justification for moon being seeing on the same horizon? (I.e. Sistani's ruling)? Thanks!
  9. You need to contemplate on this: "But seeing with the heart (al-ru'yah b-il-qalb) is not like seeing with the eyes (al- ru'yah bi-l-ayn). " Seeing has a variety of connotations. It is indeed tremendous to reach the point of being able to "see" Allah with our hearts; however, this "seeing" is not comparable with seeing with our eyes. Think of it this way. We all know what it means to say, "I can see your love". All of us know that this seeing is not meant to be done with the eyes as "love" is an abstract object and not a material thing to see with the eyes. We can "see" someone's love through their actions and words. We can't, however, see love, itself, with our eyes.
  10. We can "see" Allah only with our hearts. We can never, neither now nor in the hereafter, see Allah with our eyes.
  11. I'm saying it, because that's what God said, that He caused, or created, the universe. We can know as much about God as He has taught us about Himself.
  12. سلام، Ultimately, the problem can be reduced to trying to explain the existence of a supernatural entity, God, within a natural framework. Everything within the natural framework, within the universe, has a cause or causes. God is not located within the known universe. God is the Creator of the known universe. God is the Creator of causation itself. It is causation that necessarily needs God's existence to be established and proven. God doesn't need to follow the law of causation to explain His existence or proven. God is the one who created the "How", He's not bound to the "How's."
  13. سلام Arvind, Here's my biggest advice: Be calm and relax. Just chill! Start with coarse adjustements, then gradually move towards finer adjustments. As long as you've chosen Ali and his progeny as your Imams and guides, and as long as you actively seek their teachings, you'd be fine, even if you make plenty of mistakes, which all of us make, regularly.
  14. There's no evidence in our narrations for or against the theory of evolution. An important distinction to make is between the mechanism of evolution and the metaphysics of evolution. The former has a place for God, as an intelligent designer and/or sustainer, whereas the latter may not.
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