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Blueline

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  1. When men get older, our passions calm down and we begin to think as humans first rather than as males first. Please just be patient with us in the meantime.
  2. "If you want to know the religion of a man, do not look at how much he prays and fasts, rather, look at how he treats people." - Imam Jafar al-Sadiq (عليه السلام)
  3. I wish I had time to study Ismailism more deeply but there is an ocean of information and I don't even know where to start. Can you recommend an online course or something which would serve as a good foindation to undertanding the Ismaili path?
  4. (bismillah) (salam) Dear Brothers and Sisters, It strikes me that I became a member of this fine forum in September 2006, which is now almost seven-and-a-half years. "Time flies," as they say. I have never been a very active member here, nor I have I posted very much. But I have learned a lot as a lurker over the years and I appreciate the way this community has remained on the Internet and served to connect a great variety of people. So, I would like to offer my thanks to this forum and its members. May the next seven years be even better for you and yours! (wasalam)
  5. In my opinion Western Media is dying. The internet is setting minds free. However, the "mass media" in the sense of movies, pop culture, mainstream western news, etc. is very seductive and powerful because lots of intelligent, money-hungry, power-hungry people have deep experience with it. They use profound psychological tactics ruthlessly. They know how to manipulate the subconscious mind, inflame desires for sex and materialism, play on status anxiety, and so on. A good documentary on mass media and psychological maipulation is "The Century of the Self." I recommend it.
  6. (bismillah) (wasalam) Beautiful, thank you for sharing!
  7. Salaam, I wonder if anyone could answer this question. I was asked this and could not answer. Although it may sound a bit frivolous or overly "hair-splitting," I am curious as to whether it has ever been addressed. The island of Tematangi in French Polynesia as the antipode to Holy Mecca. "Antipode" means it is at the exact opposite end, if one were to draw a line directly through the earth. I do not expect to go there, but if a believer were to go to this location, where would Qibla be? Because it is equidistant from Holy Mecca north, south, east, and west. Respectfully, Blueline
  8. Salaam Aleikum, Thank you for your quick and helpful information!
  9. (bismillah) (wasalam) Greertings. I am looking for Shia groups or individuals in Tokyo or nearby in Japan. There is a large Sunni mosque in Tokyo but so far I have been unable to find any Shia presence, discussion groups, etc. Does anyone know of an organized Shia group in Tokyou/Japan? Much thanks in advace for any replies.
  10. (salam) (bismillah) I wish I knew more about this Imam (as) . Information seems limited. Does anyome have any links to information about Imam Muhammad Al-Baqir (as) and his times and thoughts? Thank you in advance for any information.
  11. Let me share with you a few ideas I have about LSD and similar psychedelics, looking back at my own experiences many, many years ago. These drugs seem to have different effects on different people, and for a significant minority they seem to induce a mystical or semi-mystical states or mindsets. Others find the drug more emotive or aesthetic, and still others just get lost in the "pretty colors" or the strangeness of it all. Finally, at the least sensitive level, there are those who just take it as a "party drug" to get "buzzed" as if they were drinking alcohol, without any sense of higher mea
  12. (bismillah) (salam) This is an interesting question. I will list a few things that seem similar to me. Although in truly important matters, there are many more differences than similarities. I think in some respects the difference between Catholicism and Protestantism mirrors some of the contrasts as can be found between Shiia and Sunni forms of Islam. Please note that I am not treating matters of truth or falsehood, just simply some aspects that bear comparison. -Both Catholicism and Shiism have more well-defined clerical hierarchies than Protestantism and Suni. -The word "fundamentalist"
  13. (bismillah) (salam) I am sorry, this became a bit longer than I expected. I am sure most of you know much the information in (1) below quite well, so skip the first part if you wish. I will provide it as a brief reference to clarify the issue at hand, before turning to various questions. 1. GENERAL BACKGROUND It is revealed in the Holy Quran that before Allah (sw) gave humanity the profound and magnificent gift of His direct words through the Prophet Muhammad (saww), He blessed mankind with a number of earlier revelations, also in the form of His direct words. These were the older Kutub (H
  14. (bismillah) (salam) This is all very interesting to me. I have also been having unusual dreams lately. For example, last night I dreampt about the Nahjul Balagha...First I saw the cover, then the pages opened and my dream was simply a dream of reading it, page after page! I felt happy to have had this dream when I woke up, but I don't know what it means.
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