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  1. I know exactly where those numbers come from. These numbers reflect the registered voters of Lebanon for the 2009 elections. Given that Lebanon hasn't conducted a census since 1932, we don't have accurate demographic information regarding the sectarian balance. What we do know is that up to 2.5-3 million Lebanese live in and around the Beirut area, if you include the suburbs and areas such as the lower Ba'abda district and Matn (most notably areas like Dora, Bourj Hammoud, etc.). The fact remains there is very little to do in Lebanon from an economic standpoint outside of Beirut. Most of our community from the South who live in the Beirut region have homes in the South and homes in Beirut, but technically they can only vote in the South. Other segments of the Shi'a community are essentially refugees in Beirut. I've written about this before, but I can say rather confidently that the Shi'a are less likely to register to vote than their Sunni counterparts. In addition, these proportions don't take into account the population below the age of majority. Shi'a families continue to be the largest in the country, with birth rates higher than other groups. The Shi'a are less likely to register for a few reasons: (1) Traditionally, they have lived outside of city centres where registration is more common. Sunnis have dominated Lebanese coastal cities for generations (Beirut, Tripoli, Saida, etc.). (2) Since the civil war many Shi'is have moved to the Beirut region, but they are not registered to vote in Beirut, nor are they allowed to. If you were, say, from Bint Jbeil like my mother, but living in Beirut, you would have to go to Bint Jbeil to register to vote. Changing your voter eligibility status is a very cumbersome process in Lebanon. Part of my father's family is registered in the northern Bek'aa, the other part in Sur/Qana and others are in East Beirut. (3) Shi'a communities tend to be the least contested in terms of elections. Around 97.5% of the Shi'a population support Hezbollah and/or Amal, who act as one party. If I'm living in Beirut, I'm not going to drive to Bint Jbeil to register in what otherwise will be an absolute landslide. (4) Despite the economic improvement Lebanese Shi'a have experienced with the advent of a coordinated resistance movement, many are essentially refugees who reside in Southern Beirut, whether from the South or Bek'aa. Poverty seems to negatively impact voter registry in areas such as Lebanon. Here is a chart illustrating, to the best of my knowlege, the most accurate sectarian breakdown of Lebanese communities. http://daleel-madani...es/maps/001.jpg We can break it down region by region and community by community if you like. Nevertheless, this issue can be resolved in one of two ways: conduct a census or go to a one-person-one-vote system. But certain factions in Lebanon don't want that because they know what it would reveal. If I were to provide you with my honest opinion about the demographic breakdown, given how much I've observed Lebanon, I would say that the Shi'a could very well make up around 35% of the total Lebanese population. This does not include the Palestinians or Syrian workers. I do, however, believe that Shi'a Lebanese outnumber Sunni Lebanese. Christians are likely stable at around 30% (just stay out of their regions) and the Druze... well, I simply don't care. One thing worth mentioning: West Beirut is widely considered to be a Sunni area and the voter breakdown surely reflects that. But even there, there are many noticeable Shi'a communities. The only place in the country where you find no Shi'a strongholds is in the North. I think there are a few pockets in Batroun and one in Koura, but that's it. As a general rule, Shi'a have historically tended to live alongside Christians, be it in the South or Mount Lebanon area. The more Sunni dominated the region, the less likely you will find Shi'a. Saida is an outlier because it is a coastal city in an otherwise dominated Shi'a part of the country (Zahrani). The same can be said for Sur.
  2. Mashallah I love your mind frame.

  3. Professor Higgins, you are a fool who is spreading the same sort of anti-Shi'a propaganda we've been hearing for years. They say the same thing about Hezbollah in Lebanon. Once you have a real argument, we'll discuss further. Then again, what more can one expect from a nationalist with Arafat in his avatar? I pity you for the heroes you keep.
  4. Your best bet is to use Youtube-to-mp3-converter sites. There are literally dozens of websites that do this. You simply copy the URL or write the name of the video. Go to Google, type in "Youtube to mp3" and pick one of those listed, such as: http://www.youtube-mp3.org/ http://www.video2mp3.net/
  5. Nor in the Bek'aa can they do anything. Just imagine how Ba'albeck and the valley would react to these threats. That leaves Beirut and we saw what happened last time. Better off playing games with the 'Allawis in Jabal Mohsen. Unlike these takfir artists, Nasrallah doesn't play games. If he responds to this jibberish then my advice to them would be to listen carefully because he is painstakingly honest.
  6. Like I said in the previous thread, I'd give it two hours. The biggest inconvience will be having to mop up dead cavemen off the ground.
  7. The Salafis have been inciting threats in Saida. Aside from their typical MO, I can't find much reason for this. I'd like to see their solutions to Lebanon's problems. Inshallah "al-Salaafeeyeh" bi wal3ooha bi Saida, ya Rabb. I'll give it two hours. Ya3ne iza beleshna sa3a arb3a ba3d id dohr, ma bi roo7 3alayna 3asha. Two hours.
  8. lol Is this a threat? Let them come--no, sorry, I meant, "let it spread," whatever that means. You do realize that we've dealt with Israel in the South, right? You know, the state that is supported by your vile, self-proclaimed followers of the Righteous Predecessors. The South has dealt with a much more competent enemy for decades and managed to accomplish what your collective community can only fantasize about in its most erotic masturbation. Let them come. In fact, God-willing, I'll be in Lebanon later this summer. I can introduce them to some men they don't deserve to look at in the face. I've been promising myself to stop wasting time with ignorant people because I keep reminding myself that they are not entitled to an opinion. But just so as you are aware, the Allawis are fairly inconsequental in Lebanon. Outside of a few communities in the North, there's really not much to talk about. You insinuated that they were the eyes and ears of Assad. Even if that were true, it doesn't really mean anything. The Lebanese have, as a collective, been the eyes and ears of foreign interests for decades. Shall we discuss who the eyes and ears are for implenting Israeli and U.S. policy in Lebanon?
  9. Sovereignty lies with the people, not the state, especially when the state has never existed outside of what it says on the map. Lebanon is a non-state and the Lebanese Army has, much like the rest of the country's infrastructure, absolutely failed to safeguard its people or provide a modicum of security. This is the reason Hezbollah came into being; the Resistance is a grassroots movement that picked up where the "state" left off. If you want to wait for a corrupt institution that has never supported you or provided you with security, then keep waiting. Back in the 1980s a large portion of the population decided to take matters into its own hands. The war with Israel has been raging since long before then. Israel has been making incursions into South Lebanon since the 1960s; between 2000 (the so-called "end" to the Israeli occupation) and 2006 (the latest hot war), Israel violated Lebanese sovereignty thousands of times. Since 2006, Israel has continued to violate Lebanese sovereignty. If you're looking to the army for protection, then you have serious issues. If you think the army is capable of protecting its citizens from Israeli aggression, then this conversation is over because you are not entitled to an opinion on this matter. However, this doesn't even get to the source of your (or fellow Harirists') argument, which is to ensure Lebanese protection by accepting U.S. and Israeli aggression (whether passively or actively). This is what your community did back in 2006 when you rolled out the red carpet to Condeleeza Rice after her administration authorized a month-long Israeli invasion. These are the politics of shame and I would expect no less from the Harirists, who have abandoned the Palestinian cause, developing true Lebanese sovereignty or working toward addressing the crux of the regional problem. If you want to argue against the Resistance, choose an avenue other than what you think the ideal state ought to behave like. Any time you conjure an image of Lebanon as a traditional nation-state, you have defeated your argument. Lebanon is a non-state. It will continue to be so until further notice. In this environment you cannot rely on a state that never was to protect and inform you.
  10. One more post to a millenium :D

    1. asphyxiated


      Heh, almost there. I need to make the next post special.

  11. Wahdat al-Wajood is a philosophized transgression that negates the Oneness of God by giving God a material form. From a Western perspective, such concepts can be found in the writings of Baruch Spinoza, who tried to show us that everything within material existence is a reflection of God (or, in other words, is in fact God). When I use the term reflection, I mean it literally--we are all manifestations of God, which, as the OP pointed out, ultimately leads you to the most abhorrent conclusion: that you are, in fact, God, or a manifestation the God, or an episode of God and so on and so forth. Spinoza developed an entire ethical system from this principle. This is a complete rewording of Islamic theology. Is it the sort of philosophizing that is present within some Sufi orders. As such, it is not worth any more of my time. Although I will say that these sorts of theological arguments fall prey to the same philosophical issues that have befallen pantheists, Christians and others who give the Creator material attributes or realities. This would be debatable if the universe is infinite, but it is not and has already been proven otherwise.
  12. Well, the OP raises a good point. Self-defense is a natural right and is promoted by Islam. I grew up in Windsor and across the border in Dearborn there is a huge Shi'a Muslim population. I personally know of at least two families who have lost loved ones in random, indiscriminate acts of violence. One of them was shot dead at his car at a gas station by a thug who wanted to steal from him; the other was shot dead in his own store by a thief. Others are routinely harassed and threatened within the confines of their own businesses by shoplifters, who take what they want and leave. Due to the gang-related violence of the Detroit Metropolitan region, I know many people who are deeply afraid. Couple that with the corrupt justice system of that region and I think people like the OP have considerable cause for concern.
  13. Akkari? Is this piece of filth Lebanese? It all makes sense now. We should conduct a critical analysis of what his Northern brethren have done that even warrants their mention in the same sentence of the Resistance. I suppose there is nothing wrong with being weak, impotent and incompetent when it comes to justice and other political issues, but to attack those whose beard trimmings have done more for the sake of the aforementioned is quite laughable.
  14. Letting go of music is not an easy task, especially if you were brought up in a Muslim household that taught you very little about Islam. Music is not only the norm throughout the world, it is the rule. Growing up in the West you meet your friends based on the genre of music in which you listen. From a logical perspective, you've already concluded that music is haram and ought to be avoided. This is a good first step. Now, we must use that knowledge to drive your faith and your practice. What is faith without knowledge? I highly recommend that you preoccupy yourself with media, especially at night. Listen to lectures, debates and newscasts. They don't all have to be Muslim. I have a plethora of political, social and economic interests. Late at night I cultivate these interests, whether through Youtube or reading. There came a time when I would only listen to music to drown out other sounds around me. Al-Hamdullilah, finishing school and finding a great job has given me practically no time to look for useless jingles. I guarantee you, once you have your own place and have the opportunity to control your surroundings, this part of your life will improve. I can't tell you how many lyrics I have in my head of songs I used to listen to years ago. And not just any old songs; I had a very nuanced and well developed taste for music. Progressive Rock/Metal, Melodic Death Metal and bands from every corner of the earth. My uncle is a well-known Lebanese singer. I spent thousands of dollars on CDs growing up. Yet, even I was able to do away with it. Then again, I was raised in a household that did not teach me how to pray, so I had to learn salat on my own. Suffice it to say, abstaining from music was the least of my worries at one point. Faith comes with knowledge and the pursuit of knowledge will get you closer to God. The more you know, the more you will put into practice. This will come gradually. Work toward building your life in every capacity and this tendency will evaporate.
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