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  1. I think as you guys are busy picking your noses and spending hours on shiachat and facebook writing clever posts, people like Rahat are actually doing something about the plight of Shi'as.
  2. Aside from Sajjad Rizvi, I couldn't find much in the way of serious problems in their views. They were more or less anti-apologetic. Fascinatingly the topic of the environmental crisis did not come up, even though they briefly touched on other issues such as consumerism, atheism, theology, extremism, among other things.
  3. That book was amazing... I hope to reread it soon, iA. It's really a gem.
  4. M. Ali Lakhani's "The Timeless Relevance of Traditional Wisdom" is a well written introduction to Traditionalist thought. Lakhani writes also from a Shi'i perspective and seems to have a good grasp of Dr.Nasr's corpus. I think it is important to note that the term 'perennial philosophy' has been used by different intellectuals both late-medieval, renaissance as well as contemporary who have had a more distinct understanding compared to Nasr. It seems the term 'Tradition' has been more favored in Nasr's writings. Here is an excerpt from Lakhani's Chapter "What is Tradition?" pg 53
  5. The perennial philosophy is exactly an exposition of 'al fiṭrah' and the two terms are synonymous. Dr.Nasr in one of in interviews explains this clearly: I've even realized that one of the best explanations of the Perennial philosophy from the traditional Shi'i perspective is from Khomeini himself in his chapter 11 of his forty hadith on 'fitrah.'
  6. A lot of Shi'is who have qualms about the perennial philosophy are surprised when I bring out this passage from Tabatabai's Shi'ite Islam(p98 from the 1975 edition), which shows a clear convergence with Dr.Nasr's thought. The perennial philosophy is not even innovative by any means but is a crystallization of a timeless wisdom understood by every gnostic tradition including Shi'i irfan, that is of the universality of Truth and the confluence of every religion's esoterism: Regarding modernism and Dr.Nasr's rejection of it, almost all of his criticisms have been echoed in Allamah Tabatabai's various writings and active debates during his life with secularists and communists of his time. See also Tabatabai's article, "Islam in the Modern Age":http://goaloflife.files.wordpress.com/2011/08/allamah-tabatabai-islam-and-the-modern-age.pdf A cursory study of the writings of traditional Shi'i ulema (not the new generation of Talibs in Qum who have unfortunately embraced some modern views, ie voltairian enlightenment, rationalism etc) show that Dr.Nasr's writings are really just a systematic elucidation of traditional Islamic and islamic-mystical thought and a defense of religion and the sacred sciences definitively endorsed by centuries of Shi'i scholars.
  7. Enlightened: Could you explain how you practice irfan? I really would like to know how it is done for a Shi'i without/with a guide. Also what specific dhikr do you practice since there are numerous hadith about specific formulas. And what type of meditation do you do? Do the Imam's have instructions about meditation types?
  8. How exactly do you 'practice' irfan? What dhikr do you recite/invoke(how regularly do you do it)? And what type of meditation do you do? Shukran
  9. Salaam I am surprised to have seen this post, after logging into ShiaChat after many years, and only dealing with a few vaginismus patients the other day at a clinic I am working at, I felt it was important to contribute. Many of the individuals giving advice here are well intentioned, and even though I am only a lowly medical student who is not interested in gynecology, I have gained some level of working knowledge on vaginismus after working at a gynecology clinic and it is a very complicated subject that falls in the category of 'chronic pelvic pain syndrome.' What you really need more than anything, as you have understood yourself, is a specialist in this field, who usually tends to be a OB/GYN physician with specialty training in this subject. Unfortunately (or fortunately) a lot of it is indeed psychological and can be narrowed down to a particular stressor(s) in your life and needs a good level of therapy. My own humble opinion is that a good amount of the work to be done, falls into the dimension of irfan and knowing your soul. It can take a long time and prepare your husband for that, and as another poster mentioned I have also seen marriage fail because of this. But really your own degree of willingness to be "self-aware" of your own nafs is really important here and with grace you can hopefully inshallah trancend this obsticle with a good amount of velocity. The task of overcoming this impediment is very tedious and requires a serious stepping back from your particular traits, past life events, etc and a physician/psychiatrist with proper training plays an important role(almost a spiritual role) in helping you become aware of what the heart of the matter is. Actually, men have a version of this issue as well, and it manifests as chronic lower back pain rather than pelvic/vaginal pain, and this is also psychological(nafsi) it is roots.
  10. Salaam I have sat in courses taught by Dr.Nasr and Dr.Faghfoory. Dr.Nasr had mentioned in the Foreword to Sheikh Fadhlallah Haeri's Son of Karbala (I am paraphrasing) 'in both Haeri and myself there is a rare meeting of Shadhili Sufi spirituality and Shi'ism.' So I do not think he is a Mevlevi although he has also written forewords to books regarding Mevlevi spirituality such as Shems Friedlander's work on the whirling dervishes. Dr.Faghfoory's translation of a work by a Dhahabiya Sufi Sheikh, Sabzawari Khurasani, titled "The Golden Chain of Sufism in Shi'ite Islam" also shows that he is very much open to Sufism, specially in the introduction to that particular work where he shows no spec of prejudice against Sufism and talks rather reverentially about the Sheikhs of the Dhahabiya Sufi Order (who are Jafari in fiqh and aqeedah). Also, Dr.Nasr has mentioned he is a twelver Shi'i in this particular lecture available online: http://vimeo.com/25207438
  11. Salaamon Alaykom,

    can I ask u to email me the book "The Prolegomena to the Qur’ān" to hmilani@gmail.com plz?

    Salaams & Duas

  12. Dear, I chose to reply to this thread amid the confusion of numerous posts since I have been researching Bahai'ism here and there myself and thought I could share what I have learnt. My own understanding is that Bab, who prophecised the coming of Bahaullah, and Bahullah himself both had a very rudimentary understanding of Arabic language. Amid their claims, many scholars went to investigate and realized that infact their understanding of Shi'i conception of the coming of the Mahdi was very much askew. Their understanding of what constituted the "signs" of the coming and even the circumstances concerning the coming of the Imam Mahdi was also very much self serving in particular to Bahaullah's own claims. What one can say is that the Bab was probably sincere in his claims, but that is for God to decide, allahu alam. But even a closer understanding of Bahaism leads one to see clear divergencies from not only Islamic point of view but other religions as well. For example, there is a notion of a "progress" of humanity and civilization until the coming of the Mahdi, which is exceptionally unique, which neither the Imams had fortold, neither did the Hindu/Buddhist scripture, or Native American traditions, or the Torah, rather in most Orthodox religions the coming of the Messiah is preceded by a "degression" and degeneration of humanity rather than a progression of humanity. Besides that there are many different divergencies that I have encountered, such as the attainment and union of Man with God as being possible only by the "manifestations" of God, ie Bahaullah, and past Prophets, something also contradictory to what most mysticisms teach. Also it seems that his writings are replete with mystical connotations and quotations from Sufis, and it would seem that he did this on purpose since Sufi mysticism was popular at that point of time. Each Bahai is suppose to be a missionary in his own right, and thus Bahaism has survived on prosetylization. This has only been my simple understanding of Bahaism. I have asked a few individuals, who have transversed the spiritual path, and who are familiar with different religions if Bahaism has anything special to offer, and the reply has always been that Bahaism has nothing genuine to offer and its survival has more or less been due its adaptation to the secular world and to its flexible nature regarding the tumultous and conflicting demands of the modern world.
  13. I read his Taqwacores when I was much younger with enthusiasm. Though at this junction of life I am clueless as to what in the world I found valuable in his writings. I think really his perspective is a completely confused and vulgar one, and his attempt is to deliberately make it so on purpose and therefore I see it definately far from genuine. There are instances of mad men, majnuns, in history who have done absurd things to demonstrate something valuable to society, but Knight is nothing of this nature though he attempts to be. My own understanding is that he simply does what he does to sell books and earn a profit from the growing number of Westernized Muslims who are attracted to the rough and ugly punk subculture. I understand that he crashes conferences and applies feces to his hands and then immediately greets scholars. I don't know what this means. But really anyone who finds his fictional works fascinating should really start reevaluating how and why he/she is spending precious time on such books.
  14. Salaam, I think I understand where exactly your problems lay, and I feel as though they are on the theological points concerning different perspectives on Islam. The conflict regarding different sects are more on the outward level and they do not directly concern the inward dimensions of Islam that are sanctified and protected by the Quran and the Wont of the Prophet and his family. Any frustration should be dealt with the starting point that any disagreement regarding theology dissapears in the face of an understanding of the "inner." I also recommend what Ethereal recommended, "Understanding Islam" by F. Schuon which is an excellent primer on understanding the dimensions of Islam as crystallized today which also somewhat helps one understand the roots of conflict, with the first sentence of book stating "Islam is the meeting place of God as such, and Man as such." That and that only is what constitutes the essence of Islam, and anything else such as sectarian theology is secondary. You rightly feel to let everything go and follow the prayer sincerely and beautifully, but that is not monasticism but common sense.
  15. salam, salawat bar

    Mohammad wa Aalay Mohammad

    may Allah bless you on your birthday

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