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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
  16. Curious because I wasn’t aware this was possible. I can see the logic behind it. I was curious what the Jafari Fiqh says about this?
  17. You know as much as it really pains me to say this, I believe the key component that drives me to be a Muslim is the fact that I "born a Muslim". As having grown up in that type of life I believe it has been programmed into me to automatically "be a Muslim" without giving it any thought. I'm not going to necessarily call that a weakness, but I do see how myself and others use that as an excuse to not educate ourselves properly on Islam. That's why I hold such a high level of respect and honor for a Revert. To me a Revert is someone who has done the research and actively made the decision to embrace Islam based on its merits. Whereas people like me just take it for granted that we're Muslims automatically and lack in the necessary education to consider ourselves proper Muslims or to engage in a high end discussion in any meaningful manner. In all honesty, I'm sure there are just as many advantages as there are disadvantages to either being born a Muslim or embracing Islam through reversion. I just place a higher level of respect on someone who has acquired the proper level of Islamic knowledge to follow the tenets and ideals of Islam in the proper manner regardless of they were born into Islam or they chose to embrace it. On a side note, I really hate using the term Revert because it denotes a "difference" between Muslims. It doesn't matter when or how you chose Islam, but the fact that you have embraced it should be the only quantifier used. A Revert is as much my Brother/Sister in Islam, as someone who's ancestors reverted to Islam many generations ago. A Muslim is a Muslim.
  18. I agree with you on that. I think English not being her native language, or even a language that she has a mastery of has led to her being unable to communicate the opinion she was trying to make. Also, she fails to have a grasp of the sensitivities of other people. I think both of those combine together and cause people to either hate her or love her. Hmmm...not sure if I agree with you on this. Not denying she sins (which of us doesn't?), but why does she have to apologize for it? Yes, she's a practicing Muslim but why does she have to be infallible? Rashida Tlaib & Andre Carson are also Muslim but we don't see them being held under a microscope. Keith Ellison as well. Yup, totally agree with you on this one. Her lack of understanding of the sensitivities regarding certain issues has led to people feeling very polarized about her. I disagree with you on this. This isn't a situation where Islam applies. America is a secualar country and as such an elected official has to be held to the laws which govern the land and not their personal beliefs. Privately, we don't know what her view of the LGBTQ population is, however since she is an elected official of the state of Minnesota then she is bound to act by those laws. Same goes for any other person who has been elected in the U.S., they are bound by what the laws of the land mandate, regardless of what their religion or personal views may say. I actually view Tlaib as a stronger Congresswoman than Omar. She gets things done without all of Omar's fanfare. If you look at the policies she's introduced (and more importantly passed) regarding civic topics, criminal justice topics, and welfare issues, she's accomplished a lot more than Omar has. She's a lock for re-election because her constituents are seeing the progress she's making to their lives in Michigan. Interesting, I'm not familiar with this. When did this happen? Do you have a link to this? I'm not a supporter of either of them, in all honesty, but you have to rationally look at what they've done from a legislative perspective instead of just an Islamic perspective. They're job is to serve the people that elected them within the legal system of the nation. They're elected to that and nothing else. Sure, they haven't gone about it the right way by drawing unnecessary attention to themselves with uncultured words and illiterate speeches. That's why I view Andre Carson as a true representation of Muslims in Congress and not these attention mongers.
  19. Its all about oil. Funny thing is that if you explain it from this perspective to any American they immediately understand what's going on. You can literally see it in their eyes as the logic is processed by their brain. Then they immediately realize how they have been duped into believing something that is a complete lie. I'm honestly not sure what type of govt. works best in the Middle East. Democracy definitely does not work, nor do the old time Monarchies. I guess something along the lines of what England has with a Consitutional Monarchy perhaps, where the Monarch some significant powers while the Parliament has others. The Middle East has been devastated from a social perspective of what system the people can most easily comprehend and understand. The perception of what it is painted as in the eyes of the people is one thing, what is actually carried out is another. America has been on a liberal/conservative pendulum since Bill Clinton. Clinton went too far to the left which caused the people to knee jerk react and elect Bush who tried to bring things back to the center but 9/11 prevented that from happening. Obama came in and went too far to the left and that's what led to the people electing Trump because he was viewed as a counter to the ultra liberalism of Obama. If Obama wasn't elected President, then Trump would not have been elected. What you need is a person who is percieved as someone what isn't ultra left or ultra right to stop this chaotic pendulum from swinging so much. You need someone to start the return to complete moderation with polices that are tolerable by both sides of the political spectrum. That way all of this political chaos ends and the country (if not Europe as well) will finally realize the folly of ultra left or ultra right policies. The waters need to be calmed, not more waves created.
  20. I'm voting for Amy Klobuchar. She's a centrist/moderate. Bernie is too far left for him (or even Elizabeth Warren) to be in the best interest long term of the country. All of these extreme left or extreme right leaders are just causing the pendulum to swing too far to the right or left and as a result the person that replaces them is an equal measure in the other direction. The world needs centrism and moderates, not extreme liberalism nor conservatism. Bernie is way too far to the left for him to be for the best long term.
  21. Not at this time. It'll probably be at least another 20-30 years before we see one. Sadly, I can't say that I disagree with you on that. Its all about peddling lies to the voters when campaigning. Once they're elected they only deliver on what they want to deliver on. That's one of they key flaws of Democracy. Not an Ilhan Omar fan? That's my point. The reason for all of the conflict and blood being spilled is all about petroleum. The West wants to maintain its control over petroleum production and dictate terms to ensure its control, while the Arabs of that nation want to be able to control the commodity that is being mined out of their land. That's what the situation is in its most purest form. Money. The narrative has been twisted to turn it into an Islam vs. the World storyline by the West because that's how you can fool the idiot masses into believing and supporting military brutality to maintain control over petroleum production. When in actuality all it is that the Arabs of the petroleum countries want to control their own commodity. Sometimes I think that petroleum being discovered in Muslim lands was one of the worst things that could've happened to Islam.
  22. That's not the Poll the article is referencing. The link you posted is from 2015. This is a link to the Poll from the article. This one is dated from May of 2019. https://news.gallup.com/poll/254120/less-half-vote-socialist-president.aspx Yeah, I can't see that either in both polls. Have to reach out to Gallup and ask. Ilhan Omar can't run for the Presidency. You have to be born in the U.S. to be eligible to run, she was born in Somalia. However, there was a significant portion of Americans that believed Barack Obama was a Muslim, yet still voted for him twice. Depends on if the people being polled were thinking that deep into it. We don't the nature of how this poll was taken, many times polls are taken by random people walking around shopping malls with a clipboard in their hand asking questions of people walking by. Not sure if that is the case in this, but that's a possibility. Most Americans don't know much about Muslims in general due to there being only about 3 Mil in this country with the concentrations being mostly in the larger cities. Not sure if your random American even knows enough about Muslims to decide the level of religiosity. Defintiely a category to take into consideration though. What would you define as a Pro-Zionist Muslim? A Muslim who believes a two state solution is the most viable solution, as opposed to a one state solution? A Muslim who doesn't have an issue with the existence of Israel, but the way Israel treats Palestinians? Kinda curious how you would define that. I would disagree with you on that. Outside of the Middle East, most Muslims don't care a whole lot about Palestine to the point that they would engage in any type of action. I'm talking about Muslims in Asia, North America and Europe. Yes, all know about the situation and the treatment of Palestine but other than that not many are engaged in it. They don't support Israel, but they don't say or do anything about. Not condoning it, or defending it but just stating how it is. The opinion of the average American is the same as that of the average Muslim. They know about the situation in Israel/Palestine, but just don't care enough about it to either formulate an opinion on it or to engage in any type of action to prevent it from happening. Like I said, I'm not condoning or defending the poll as being an accurate slice of the American populace, but I am stating that it does offer some insight into the political views of Americans regarding voting for a Muslim. As you mentioned, we don't know what the sample size was or any sample data for that matter such as where the poll was taken or what the 2020 results are but it is curious to know that close to 70% of the American electorate would not have a problem voting for a Muslim if they were the candidate that addressed the concerns of the nation in a way that agreed with them.
  23. Well, this is interesting...according to this article 66% of Americans would not have a problem voting for a Muslim for President. Now, this is assuming that the Muslim candidate was the best candidate in the field and had positions which appealed to Americans based on their concerns and views. https://www.newsweek.com/republicans-vote-Muslim-president-poll-1424108 However, this does require a bit of unpacking...lets look at the smaller details of this claim... Only 38% of Republicans would vote for a Muslim. That means that an overwheliming majority of 62% of Republicans would not vote for the person simply on the basis of their following Islam. 86% of Democrats would vote for a Muslim. 73% of Independants would vote for a Muslim. Point to be noted is that Independent voters are the fastest growing group of voters in America right now due to their dissaproval of the actions of both the Republican & Democratic parties. A current estimate lists Independents at currently between 35-40% of the electorate and rising. If things stay on their current course Independent voters will become the majority by 2030. As such, if 2 out of every 3 Americans does not have a problem with electing a Muslim as the Commander in Chief of America then that's something we all need to be cognizant of. Its a strong reflection of the opinion that the majority of Americans have towards Islam. Not animosity, but neutrality. They don't view Islam as anything other than a religion followed by certain people. It also is reflection of how the govt. isn't reflective of the citizenry of that nation. Clearly, the views of the White House aren't reflective of the general view that the majority of Americans hold towards Muslims and Islam. Not denying there aren't bigots in America, but they arent in the majority. They just speak the loudest and drown out the voices that don't support their bigoted views. Dare I say the same applies to other nations of the world? India perhaps, as well. The majority of people in the world only want to live in peace and harmony with everyone else, but its the power mongers and the money mongers that cause the problems? If Muslim lands didn't have Petroleum, would the current climate be the way it is?
  24. There is no concensus that they are considered Islamic Prophets. Some scholars claim it, while others don't. However, if you have the seal of Prophethood, our Holy Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) to pray to for intercession, why would you want to pray to Krishna or Buddha anyway? https://www.al-Islam.org/shafaat-intercession-sayed-Abbas-abedi/meaning-and-concept-intercession
  25. The ShiaChat Mental Health Club...you might want to click here, as well as on other websites that deal with Mental Health. Based on your post, I would say you're suffering from Depression.
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