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Akbar673

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  1. فيرلي نحن ننتمي إلى الله، وبإسهاب له هل نعود. May Allah raise her with the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) & the Imams (عليه السلام).
  2. Here is a link to a survey currently being done by members of the American Muslim Bar Assoc. (An association of Muslim Lawyers...http://www.ambalegal.org/), in conjunction with the Shi'a Racial Justice Coalition (http://www.shiarjc.org/). If you are a Shi'a and currently residing in the U.S. would you kindly take a few minutes to fill it out please. https://ambalegal.surveykiwi.com/shiacommunitysurvey It’s now more important than ever that we come together as a Shi’a Muslim community to determine our political priorities based on principled stances. At the end of the survey, you will find a Zoom link invitation to attend our grassroots Shi’a Community Town Hall, where survey results will be shared, to discuss the issues we all care about. Please plan to attend on Wednesday, September 16th @ 5:30pm PST/8:30pm EST. After the event, the plan is to formulate a policy paper based on the community’s opinions and deliver it to the Presidential candidates before the upcoming election, so they know where we stand as a community. We hope you join us in this endeavor, inshAllah. Zoom link will also be posted on our FB Event page Monday evening, Sept 14th: https://facebook.com/events/s/shia-community-town-hall/1469667206558896/
  3. This past Friday my Grandmother passed away at the age of 98 peacefully in her sleep. I would like to request the Momineen here to recite a Surah Fateha for her please. I was fortunate enough to be able to have a Grandparent in my life almost to the age of 50 and was thankful that my children were able to spend time with the Great-Grandmother. In all my years, I never knew her to miss a single wajib prayer or fast, nor did she ever miss an Aamal or the opportunity to not help the needy while impressing upon all of her family the importance of Azadari. Sadly, she is no longer with us. Would the readers here please recite a Surah Fateha for Syedunnisa Begum Bint Syed Muhammad Kazim Musavi. It will be greatly appreciated by all of the members of our family. Also, if you could recite 2 rakat of Namaz e Wahshat for her (even though she was buried in India last Friday). Jazakallah Khair in advance !!!
  4. Most of the time the shipment of khums to an Ayatullah is an already registered religious, charitable donation. Shi'a from the US have been sending khums money to Iran since the days of Ayatullah Khomeini. Yes, it requires filling out paperwork but that can be filled out well in advance. Especially since the US govt. knows that every year there is a sizable amount of money sent to either Ayat. Khamnei or to Ayat. Sistani. As I mentioned above its been going on since 1980 every year and the US govt. has not stopped it.
  5. I don't think anyone gave them their khums money so it would be given to the IRGC. I most certainly would NOT want my money going to a military division. I've attached a copy of the charges that were brought against them and the logic behind the arrests. Not possible because... 1. The US Constitution clearly defines the Freedom to Worship in any manner. Therefore, it would not hold up in court, even if those charges were brought up due to the charges being unconstitutional. 2. The U.S. allows the sending of money to either family in need, or on Islamic religious basis to be transferred into Iran. There is a lot of paperwork that needs to be filled out and there is a checking process but I know of several people in our Indo/Pak community here in Chicago that have been sending their khums money unimpeded for years. Even under the Trump regime. I ask you to read Item 19. on Page 6 of the PDF that I attached, which clearly states "Charitable donations of funds to Iran also require a specific license from OFAC (The Office of Foreign Assets Control)". As you can see there is a legal waiver for people sending "charitable donations" or khums/zakat to Iran, but to be used for helping a cause for the needy. Even Trump still allowed this waiver. As such, khums can be collected and sent to Iran. Again, not possible due to the Constitution's bill of rights. Any houses of worship are also tax exempt so there are no taxes due on them. The U.S. govt. can not seize property of that nature. They can however seize the personal belongings of the accused if they are found guilty, in a criminal trial by a Jury, to have caused a financial harm to someone (in this case the people who gave them their khums money for charitable reasons, not for funding the IRGC). I am. Been a lawyer since 1998. Why should we make a case when these guys lied to Shi'a about where the money is going to. Here is a copy of the charges... signed-20mj163_zaidi_affidavit_in_support_0_0.pdf
  6. Is there a Ziyrat which pulls on your heart more than this Ziyarat? I read this in English and it shakes me to my soul when I read the account that the 12th Imam (عليه السلام) provides of what happened to Imam Husain as Shaheed (عليه السلام). My God...if you aren't aware the feeling of having such a critical part of your blood circulation such as the Aorta severed then you should know of the immense pain and heaviness on your chest that you feel when this happens. If anyone has suffered a heartattack can attest this is a most painful and horrible feeling to endure. Imam Husain (عليه السلام) had this happen to him. Has anyone ever lost a tooth by getting hit by something? I have and believe me the pain and blood loss in intense. This is not the poetic license of a fictional writer, but the exact words of our 12th Imam (عليه السلام), so imagine how horrible what Imam Husain (عليه السلام) suffered through must've been when the one person in the world who knows as close as can be known as to what truly happened says these things. Think about the physical pain that one is suffering through and enduring that causes a person to constantly clench and unclench their hands like that. What pain Imam Husain (عليه السلام) must have endured by having horses trample him with their hooves. I can't even begin to imagine. Also, this is what was happening to Imam Husain (عليه السلام) as his head was sawed off by Shimr (LA)...he was writhing in pain as he kept looking at the tents while the blade was sawing his neck from his body. Google how the human brain reacts within the first few moments of death and/or being severed from the body. Its alive and able to comprehend for a few short moments what is going on and has just happened. Imam Husain (عليه السلام) was aware that his head had been severed even after it was put onto a spear for a few moments (I'm guessing this continues until the head has been drained of all blood, which takes a minute or two to drain out from the skull). I'd go on but its just to painful to discuss... Muharram and Ashura are upon us...lets not only honor Imam Husain (عليه السلام) by maintaining the true way of Islam that he died for, but lets also pay special attention to the details of his actual sacrifice. I doubt any of us has the strength to fully understand and realize what he did. All we can do is honor him but continuing the fight for truth, justice and humanity through what Islam teaches us to do. ziarat_nahiya.pdf
  7. In its purest form "All lives matter" is exactly what we should all be believing. The belief that all human beings are equal, and that all lives are sacred regardless of any demographic differences. However, that was not the intention that opponents of "Black Lives Matter" used it as, opponents of BLM as well as racists, nationalists and bigots created it to diminish the purpose of the term Black Lives Matter by playing the All Lives Matter mantra to mean that they are saying that ONLY Black Lives Matter. The truth could not be further from the truth. The saying is meant to say that Black Lives Matter the same as anyone else's and that the opinion of White Supremacists, Racists, Nationalists was that "Black Lives Do NOT Matter" or matter "less than White lives". Perhaps adding the term "too" along with some additional verbiage to the phrase explains it better? "Black Lives Matter Too & Are Not Less Than Other Lives". Hope that helps. Here's a series of articles that best sum it all up. https://www.elle.com/uk/life-and-culture/culture/a32800835/all-lives-matter-fake-equality/ https://www.parents.com/kids/responsibility/racism/reasons-all-lives-matter-doesnt-work-in-terms-simple-enough-for-a-child/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/All_Lives_Matter
  8. Lately I’ve been averaging around 3-4 hours but that’s because my body is so used to additional fatigue that I’m not getting due to the Stay At Home status in the U.S. Normally, I do about 5 hours a night.
  9. Your body gets used to it. When your body realizes that there is less darkness, then it adjusts to going into REM sleep accordingly. Besides, if you think about it we really go to sleep the same time and wake up at the same time anyway. Its just that Fajr is much sooner and maghrib is much later. Other than that there really isn't any change to our day.
  10. So I had a very interesting discussion with a neighbor this past weekend. She is a Republican, Conservative, Catholic who is Pro Life, Anti Immigration, Anti Govt. Regulations, etc...and a Trump voter. I recently put up a BLM yard sign in my yard and she caught me outside doing some gardening with my 12 year old daughter. I would like to say that we've always maintained cordial relations as neighbors (the occasional hi/hello when we see her or her family outside, etc...). Here's how the convo went... At that point she realized I wasn't going to take it down, nor was she able to goad me into an argument. She just said ok and walked away. However, the moral to this story is that there are indeed many people that don't want Black lives to matter. Not saying they hate them outwardly, but they view them in a less than humanistic perspective. As I mentioned she is a hard core Republican who is in her 50's. She was nice to us until she found out we were Muslim, so she's a bit of a bigot anyway. I've attached pictures of the two signs that are currently up in my yard...its ruffling her feathers everytime she sees them...lol.
  11. Anyone out there willing to help a brother out ?
  12. I'm in the market for a web site designer. If anyone is interested please shoot me a message. Thanks !!!
  13. إنا ليلهي وا إنا عليهي راجيون May his exalted soul sleep in the peace it has earned and may he be raised with the Holy Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and the Ahle Bait (عليه السلام) that he served on Judgment Day. Every time a Scholar dies the world loses a jewel, and Heaven counts the days until his or her soul enters it.
  14. Since today is Good Friday, I thought I would post this... https://www.al-Islam.org/jesus-through-shiite-narrations-Mahdi-muntazir-qaim
  15. Can anyone confirm if this is an actual statement by Ayatullah Sistani ? https://www.aa.com.tr/en/latest-on-coronavirus-outbreak/Iraq-Shia-cleric-Sistani-calls-to-ban-friday-prayers/1760893
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