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Posts posted by khalf_al_Quaed

  1. Ali, quite honestly bringing him would allow users to talk to him one on one but I fear the lack of respect that's been shown not only in the comments but in the hearts of some users.

    Calling him a deviant and village idiot is extremely disrespectful and I've honestly seen more respect given to some wahabbis than him.

    Disagreeing with his views is your right, slandering and mocking isn't. And quite honestly all those that are this concerned about his speeches and the way he portrays us as English speaking shias, I beg of you to please prepare lectures and give them at the local mosque or on YouTube, instead of just sitting here behind your screens and phones anonymously posting about someone you haven't met and most of you aren't willing to talk to or even properly listen to his lectures instead of just picking the bad things.

    I hope people realize that this thread has given more exposure and fame than his YouTube videos could have... any publicity is good publicity

  2. I met brother Tawhidi two years ago when he came to ottawa, and quite honestly the first time I spoke to him I was really bothered by what came out of his mouth and the "problems" that arose after he left, mostly his twitter and Facebook posts. When I heard that he'd been invited again to ottawa I was flabbergasted and wondering what they were thinking. I was called by a dear brother begging me to come and take a second look at "the new Tawhidi" and judge him on what he has become instead of what he was. I reluctantly agreed to go and see for myself what this change was. What I saw there blew me away, he wasn't the same person on the Minbar. But his twitter still had some questionable material. Here's the issue, what he says isn't about unity, and his ultimate goal isn't to sugar coat something that many Shias believe in (whether you want to admit it or not). Mt issue with this thread is as follows, a lot of the issues that have been brought up have not been substantiated with proof and some are outright. Calling him a kafir? On what basis? Something he's said years ago? I'm just lucky that my life wasn't as publicized when I was younger as his was/is. I honestly wonder if another one of our speakers would be met with this much push... some of our most popular English speakers have bashed our Maraji3, yet they get a free pass? why? Why Tawhidi and why not them? Lastly, I did not wish to even post anything on this topic as it has literally been a [edited] show, but I felt that I needed to question a lot of the ways some members, and many moderators have been behaving themselves




    the replies will be interesting

  3. Snipped to reveal the truth. Spoiler: we don't care. Kindly go away.

    so you misquote and because you disagree you just tell me to go away? are you serious?

    obviously you didnt bother to read why i gave my point of view on this topic, you decided to just jump to your own conclusion

    and seemingly you didnt even bother to read why i didnt care about reading more than the first and last page, and in the context that it was presented in, it had to do with the topic going off course

    kindly learn how to speak properly before making yourself look like a fool

  4. This thread has gone way off topic

    cant be bothered to read why exactly, read the first page and last and here's my take

    i agree with the topic of this thread, and i do not care who you support or "which side you're on" but those shias who support the syrian regime because he helps shias are no better than those who support the bahrain regime because they're sunni, a murderer is a murderer no matter what sect or religion, there's no excuse for killing thousands of people

    just voicing my opinion and dislike for bashar and his supporters, no matter who they are

  5. I don't want to discuss this too much because I DO find it disrespectful, and I wouldn't have this sort of discussion at a funeral.

    However, where are these ideas coming from? From what I wrote??? I honestly find THIS sort of attitude very disturbing, that is why I wrote what I wrote in response to what written above. (Aside from the fact I strongly dislike asabiyyah in all forms, and I felt disturbed by what was being said) There is no hidden conspiracy or agenda here on ShiaChat. There is a broad spectrum of political and ideological beliefs among the admins and I am sure you know that. Rather than "badmouthing" this site - and using its resources to do so - why not be grateful to the people have put it together, who are running it, who are paying for it, and who decided to dedicate a substantial part of their lives to making sure it continues? I am not talking about myself. Rather I am talking about those people who actually invested serious amounts of time, money, and effort into getting SC online in the first place.

    the person who invested the most into this site does not believe in it anymore, which comes to show how much unity us as Muslim Shias have, brother Ali started this site and he's left everything about it behind, its attitude like what has been displayed in this post that pullls us apart

    and as for me saying OUR loss, I am speaking about the Muslims worldwide

  6. Do the 3 TV channels you mention broadcast ALL of the funerals for ALL of the ulama who pass away in the world regardless of ethnicity, language, location, ideology, or family name? Do they broadcast the funerals of all of the the well known ulama who pass away in India and Africa and other areas and who also are mourned by many people? Do they commemorate the loss of all of the ulamaa who pass away in Iran even if they do not agree with them?

    If they do not, it is better to fix that first than to criticize others for their lapses.

    I'm disgusted by your lack of respect on this specific matter, not only coming from a fellow shia... but also coming from an admin on this site, after a long absence from this site, i come back to see what shiachat has done about a Great loss to our religion i see this shameless comment from a mod...

    and as for your other comment regarding different channels covering this loss, regardless of their actions, shiachat should not take a certain and very OBVIOUS and POLITICAL stance on this matter and show some respect for the dead and quite possibily one of the most respect famillies of scholars by showing a better sign of mourning for their death

    Allah yesamhich ya bint el hoda

  7. Sorry about the late reply,

    I would like to start off by thanking everyone who has helped me out, but I do have a few questions,

    Is there anywhere in the Quran where it allows on a certain time period for Muslims to mourn?

    When was this mourning "time period" introduced and by whom?

  8. (salam)

    It has been a very long time since I have come to this forum, and what brings me back are a few questions about the difference between Shia and Sunna.

    The first is regarding Mourning, I have heard Sunnis say that Islam does not allow mourning, but I am a proud Shia, and I believe that it should be allowed. What is the Ruling on Mourning in Islam, are there specific quotes that forbid/allow it? I did try to search for this topic, but I couldn't find it, your help would be very much appreciated


  9. Salam,

    I personally just came back from Best Buy because I just returned it. They weren't too happy that I had come back to return it, and were trying anything they could do in order to have me keep it. What I hated about it is the fact that you could only record one hour on the darn Dvd, and thats on bad quality. That was a big downside. Apart from that, paying almost $800 for a camcoder that has less options than my $400 one isn't really worth it...

    my two cents


  10. Salam,

    What brand is the camcoder? Because I bought one, although I haven't really had the opportunity to try the DVDs on the computer, there is an option to "Finalize" the DVD and It hinkt hat will give you what you want. Not 100% sure though :S


  11. Salam,

    thanks to all those who replied, but there is another problem, a lot of what you said sounded like giberish to me, I guess I should have mentioned I'm not that advanced in computer terms :S

    If someone could explain it to me as "Bypassing your companies internet for Dummies" that would be wonderful

    thanks again


  12. Salam,

    I am at work currently, and I am trying to access a few of my websites ie: www.ebay.ca and www.google.ca but I am being redirected to website that is only allowed on this network. When i do type www.google.ca it will redirect me to a screen that say ATTENTION

    The URL http://www.google.ca/ is not allowed on this machine.

    You were redirected to:http://cdrem.com

    and then redirects me to the other site. Is there a way around this, HTML and C++ people, tahts you!!



  13. Salam,

    This is an article that was published in the LA Times about a family going back to Bahrain after living the greater part of their lives outside due to gov't sanctions.

    here is the link, you have to sign up to read it LA TIMES

    PS: The last names were changed for security reasons :P

    and for the ones too lazy to sign up, here's the article


    A Bittersweet Return to an Unfamiliar Homeland

    After 25 years of yearning in exile, a Bahraini fears he won't find peace on the island. But his daughter is determined to make the nation her own.

    By Megan K. Stack

    Times Staff Writer

    February 19, 2006

    MANAMA, Bahrain — The father and daughter get lost a lot. He can't remember the sleepy streets of this tiny island nation in the Persian Gulf, not after so many years. As for her, she never knew them.

    They sit side by side in the darkness of their little Honda, the brake lights of passing cars washing their faces in red. Their eyes quiver over gates and signposts. They are looking for a landmark.

    "Isn't it back the other way?" Hussain Ali asks his daughter. "I think … " begins 23-year-old Batoul, then falls silent. It's yet another moment of disorientation for a family that has lived through a quarter of a century in political exile.

    In the long years since Hussain Ali was arrested, beaten and told to leave Bahrain for criticizing the rulers, he has drifted from one foreign land to the next; pushed a fake passport over immigration counters; killed cockroaches in cheap apartments. He raised his children on dreams of a lost homeland, a place where they would be drenched in sunshine and cherished by a family they hadn't met.

    Between this father and daughter lives the hope and yearning of exile, and the struggle of generations of Middle Easterners to change — or just make peace with — their homelands. Hussain is afraid that Bahrain will break his daughter's heart, but he's willing to watch her take the risk.

    A new king, Sheik Hamed ibn Isa Khalifa, came to power in 1999. He offered amnesty to political exiles. With talk of elections and a new constitution, the king held out the promise of reform — that sweet and elusive notion that taunts this region like a mirage.

    So the Alis came home. Or so they thought. For Hussain, 52, homecoming has brought heartbreak. He is haunted by memories of lost days, angered by a sense that he's been defrauded.

    Now he wonders whether he should stay, or give up on Bahrain. His wife couldn't take it here; she has already returned to Canada. But the father and daughter are sticking it out, sharing a room in a relative's house and soaking in the politics of the place.

    Earlier this evening, they attended a raucous seminar on corruption and government confiscation of land. The angry crowd cursed the ruling family, "Khalifa, go from here!" Batoul sat pertly, and took careful notes. Her father brooded.

    "I'm not convinced this is enough. Seminars, sitting and talking," he says in the car on the way home. "This government has to go to hell."

    All her life, Batoul has been told she belongs here, and it seems impossible to disappoint her. She finds beauty everywhere — in the drabbest streets, the dirtiest cats, the flattest light of a desert noon.

    "I don't stay because I like it," Batoul says. "I stay because I have to. It's my country, bitter or sweet."

    Her father just keeps driving through the darkness.

    The Alis are Ajam, literally non-Arabs or foreigners, a word used to describe Bahraini Shiite Muslims whose bloodlines stretch back to Iran. Although Ajam families have lived in Bahrain for generations and Shiites are a majority in the country, they have had to fight for passports, housing and job opportunities. Even today, discrimination lingers.

    Hussain was 26 when he ran afoul of the ruling Sunni Arabs. He wrote a newspaper article criticizing discrimination against the Ajam. After that, he says, he was promptly arrested, interrogated and badly beaten. His wounds festered and left him hard of hearing.

    After weeks in prison, he was given a temporary travel document — like many Ajam, he had no passport — and warned to flee. He stole away when the house was empty; he wanted his family to be able to say, honestly, that they didn't know where he'd gone.

    "When the plane takes off, you give that last look to your country," he says. "I thought maybe it would be four or five years."

    He falls quiet, and looks at the floor. When he speaks again his voice is husky.

    "There were demonstrations then," he says. "Everybody had hope that things would change … " He trails off, clears his throat and blinks.

    He landed in India, found work showing Arab tourists around and bought a forged Saudi passport. He was lonesome, so he called a girl he'd known in Bahrain and asked her to marry him. She was 16 years old. He told her the truth: He didn't love her yet, but he would.

    She agreed and flew to India, where the couple signed a wedding contract. There was nobody to celebrate with them, and no money for a honeymoon. They went out to breakfast and began their life together.

    Batoul was their firstborn. Their second daughter was scalded in a running bath one dreary afternoon. She suffered third-degree burns all over her body and died in her father's arms. They buried her in India, heavy with a grief as solitary as their joy.

    "The important thing about weddings and funerals are the people who come to be with you, in happiness and sadness," Hussain says. "Nobody came to us."

    Every six months or so, his mother would call from a series of pay phones. She'd talk for a few minutes, then hang up and move to another telephone, terrified of catching the attention of security agents. She was always circumspect, always said the same thing: "No news."

    "You couldn't even talk to her, she just cried," Hussain says. "Sometimes I'd send a message and say, 'Don't do these things anymore. Better I don't hear from you.' "

    When the family flew to Montreal in 1985, they had nothing but a $100 bill. Hussain applied for asylum, and they lived on welfare. For years, they s[Edited Out]ed for food while Hussain studied telecommunications at night school. When their apartment building burned down on Batoul's seventh birthday, Hussain held his daughter and told her it was an enormous candle lighted just for her.

    "My dad says, 'I feel guilty that I did this to you,' " she says, remembering the years of hardship. "But I say, 'No. You made me a fighter.' "

    At 9, Batoul began to wear a head scarf, encouraged by her mother. The hijab isolated her from her classmates. She was beaten up, kicked in the back, taunted by older boys.

    When she bared her head for gym class, the barrier melted away. She'd shoot baskets and joke with the other girls, but the camaraderie was short-lived. "As soon as I put the scarf back on," she says, "nobody would talk to me."

    One day, her math teacher blocked her in the classroom doorway. "You're not coming to class until you take that garbage off your head," he told her. She lost her temper, and heaved her textbook at him. She still refers to high school as a "catastrophe."

    Meanwhile, Hussain finished his degree, landed a white-collar job and moved the family to a big house in Ottawa. College was better than high school, but Batoul still felt at sea. She got married, then divorced. She dropped out of college, Bahrain glittering in her imagination.

    "I wasn't satisfied with my life there at all," she says now. "Nothing worked out the way I wanted. I wanted to go home."

    The Alis finally made it back to Bahrain in 2003. When they landed, so many people had crammed into the airport that it looked as though somebody famous had arrived. Family members pressed them with flowers, chocolates and money folded into tiny flowers and butterflies.

    "You're hugging, you're crying, and you don't even know why," Batoul says. "You feel you're bonded by blood."

    Hussain was being reintroduced to his brothers, his sisters, the neighbors. "My brother was 5; now he's 32," he says. "I was thinking, 'Who's that guy touching my sister?' and he said, 'I'm her husband.' Things like that."

    He found his childhood home destroyed, his bank accounts vanished. His father had publicly disowned him to ease pressure from the government.

    His wife and son grew disillusioned and flew back to Canada. Batoul went too, but came back this year. "My parents had a certain idea and memory about things," she says. "As wise as you are about life, when it comes to personal things, you can be a child."

    Unemployment is rife, but Hussain has found work as a supervisor at a shipyard.

    "What I'm making here, my son can make in a part-time job," Hussain says. "My lawyer came to visit and said, 'Hussain, what are you doing here?' "

    But there's Batoul. He believes she'll stay.

    "She tells me, 'You grew up in a family. When they tell you "uncle," you know who it is. You played barefoot with your cousins.' She's missing it all the time, like a hug."

    But she chafes a bit against her conservative family. She misses wearing pants. When she tried to go to the skating rink, her relatives wrung their hands. "It's only for Russians," they told her.

    She has found a job as a secretary in an insurance firm. She hasn't made many friends, but she insists that's all right.

    When she has a quiet minute, she drives to the shore. There, on the outer margins of the land she has claimed from her parents' memory, she looks at the water and tells herself she is home.



  14. Salam,

    Throughout my life I have heard that fasting on the day of Ashura is 7aram, but recently sunnis have been telling me its wajib. I know, they think its wajjib or whatever, but one of them sent me a forward, and apparently one of the quotes was taken from Bukhari, anyone heard about this?


  15. Our Nabi (pbuh) has taught that by eating with the right hand, then Shaytaan has no chance to join you in eating the food. The Hadith is as follows by Abu Hurairah ®.

    "Every person should eat with his right hand and hold his food with his right hand, because Shaytaan eats with his left hand, drinks with his left hand and holds his food with his left hand."

    Ws, Sah



    Now I'm convinced :unsure:


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