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Maisam Haider

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  1. In 1204, it was converted by the Fourth Crusaders to a Roman Catholic cathedral under the Latin Empire, before being restored to the Eastern Orthodox Church upon the return of the Byzantine Empire in 1261. The doge of Venice who led the Fourth Crusade and the 1204 Sack of Constantinople, Enrico Dandolo, was buried in the church. https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hagia_Sophia The graves are still there, as far as I know. If you walk up the ramp which leads to the first floor, on the way up, there is an opening in the wall where I think it was marked that the graves were there. Enrico Dandolo (anglicised as Henry Dandolo and Latinized as Henricus Dandulus; c. 1107 – May 1205) was the 41st Doge of Venice from 1192 until his death. He is remembered for his avowed piety, longevity, and shrewdness, and is known for his role in the Fourth Crusade and the Sack of Constantinople. His Serenity Enrico Dandolo 41st Doge of Venice In office 21 June 1192 – ? May 1205 Preceded by Orio Mastropiero Succeeded by Pietro Ziani Personal details Born c. 1107 Republic of Venice Died 1205 (aged c. 97-98) Constantinople, Latin Empire Resting place Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey Spouse(s) Contessa Minotto (m. in 1151) Children Ranieri Profession Patrician, statesman Dandolo Preaching the Crusade by Gustave Doré
  2. I have visited Hagia Sophia. Yes there are Christian holy figures burried there.
  3. And this is a big challenge and very complicated and worrisome issue. Many people have no access to any marja or their wakeels. If you give khums to any online Shia charity, they might not provide receipts from Iraq from marjas office. What do you do then....bury khums in the ground for the imam as. to recover when he returns? Finding a reliable collection service for khoms is really a very, very big issue and a very serious matter. I often think most of the khoms I have given in my life, I have no way of confirming whether Ayatollah Sistani office was ever informed of not, because I do not know any khoms collection organisation/charity who provide receipts from Iraq. Should I just collect my khoms and try to go to Iraq every year, no matter how difficult it may be, to try to hand over the money directly in marja's hand or his office? What happens if I am unable to go one year? How do I rely on someone to be a genuine representative of Ayt Sistani? Even if they have ijaza, still a receipt from Iraq is required. Allah knows best but there seems to be corruption in khoms collection.... It is possible that a significant portion of khoms collected every year around the world goes into wrong hands.
  4. There is a tradition that there will be two men who will be exactly equal in their good deeds but one of these men will be given hoouris in jannah and the other will not get any. The reason for this would be that the one who will get hoouris will be the person who used to make very frequent duas to get hoouris, while the other person did not make any dua to get them. But it is possible that hoouris are not pretty girls, but infact represent some sort of menifesatation of love of Imam Hussain as. I think there is a tradition that houris are made up of Noor of imam Hussain as.
  5. Thanks, I will do that because at the moment I'm not sure if we are allowed to deliberately dry up any part of the skin before wudo finishes.... and pulling up the trousers to wipe the feet may be considered as deliberately making the hand dry. That was my original question. Who said it is a bath?
  6. Thanks. So does it mean that it is permissible to intentionally dry any part of the skin which has already been washed even before the Wudho finishes? For example, after washing the right arm, a person takes a towel and dries up the arm completely leaving only moisture on the palm for wiping the feet, and then proceeds with washing of the left arm ..... Is this permissible ?
  7. What does "suchlike" include actually? Does it mean that if a man washes his face and then quickly dries it with a towel and then proceeds with the remaining Wudho, it would be valid because it is done in close succession? If it is not allowed to dry the face with a towel before washing the arms, how do we then know that pulling a pyjama up to wipe the feet will be allowed, when we know that doing this will dry up the hand?
  8. Ruling 282...if when one wants to wash or wipe a place, the moisture on all the places that he has already washed or wiped has dried up, the wuḍūʾ is invalid.
  9. Salam One of the conditions of Wudho is that the parts of body which have been made wet should not dry up before the Wudho is complete. Now if one has to wipe the feet but the trousers or pyjamas are covering the foot and the person has to pull the trousers up with his hand, would that invalidate the Wudho because the hand would dry up?
  10. Not all apostates can be killed. Only those who turn apostates and then preach apostasy and are actively driving people away from Islam may be killed, if other conditions are met, as far I know.
  11. It depends on the scenario. If the wife has started living with you and you are paying her nafaqa, and have paid Mehr, then it is only between the man and his wife to decide when they would like to engange in sexual activity and when to they wish to avoid it. But if there was a condition in nikah contract that there will be no sexual intimacy for a set period of time, or the wife demands that Mehr is paid before you touch her and you are unable to pay it, or the wife hasn't started living with you yet and her parents had put in the condition that there will be no physical contact after nikah until she starts living with the husband, then these rules have to be followed and sexual contact needs to be avoided until all conditions are met.
  12. An excerpt from another topic on this forum:
  13. Yes, Ive thought about this monk many times. If a human like this monk has the ability to withstand fire in such a manner, then does it mean that we Muslims should also have similar ability? Should we train ourselves to become so strong, that we can sit in fire easily, for the sake of Islam? If a monk can become so strong, are we Muslims expected to become stronger, or at least at par with him. If a Muslim faces difficulties in life and he says he cannot bare these hardships, can Allah say in return that if a monk can sit quietly getting burnt, then we must also become as strong as him and should face fire easily.... and if we don't reach that level, is that a deficiency of imam? There is a hadith on the lines that following Islam is like holding a lighted coal in the hand.
  14. Wa'laykum salam. I did not make this dua up myself. It is mentioned in Mafateeh-ul-jinan and I have taken image of that page and posted here. I did not see any problem with the dua, and I consider it as an acknowledgement of Allah's blessing and a way to thank Allah for making us muslims. I do not consider it as something which is meant to make a Muslim unduly proud or haughty and neither do I take it as being offensive for any particular kafir.
  15. Asthiname of Muhammad (s) / The patent of Muhammed (s) "This is a message from Muhammad, son of Abdullah, as a covenant to those who adopt Christianity, near and far, we are with them. Verily I, the servants, the helpers, and my followers defend them, because Christians are my citizens; and by Allah! I hold out against anything that displeases them. No compulsion is to be on them. Neither are their judges to be removed from their jobs nor their monks from their monasteries. No one is to destroy a house of their religion, to damage it, or to carry anything from it to the Muslims’ houses. Should anyone take any of these, he would spoil God’s covenant and disobey His Prophet. Verily, they are my allies and have my secure charter against all that they hate. https://www.muslimsforpeace.org/holy_prophet/the-covenant/ "This is a letter issued by Mohammed, Ibn Abdullah, the Messenger, the Prophet, the Faithful, who is sent to all the people as a trust on the part of God to all His creatures, that they may have no plea against God hereafter. Verily God is Omnipotent, the Wise. This letter is directed to the embracers of Islam, as a covenant given to the followers of Jesus the Nazarene in the East and West, the far and near, the Arabs and foreigners, the known and the unknown. This letter contains the oath given unto them, and he who disobeys that which is therein will be considered a disbeliever and a transgressor to that whereunto he is commanded. He will be regarded as one who has corrupted the oath of God, disbelieved His Testament, rejected His Authority, despised His Religion, and made himself deserving of His Curse, whether he is a Sultan or any other believer of Islam. Whenever Christian monks, devotees and pilgrims gather together, whether in a mountain or valley, or den, or frequented place, or plain, or church, or in houses of worship, verily we are [at the] back of them and shall protect them, and their properties and their morals, by Myself, by My Friends and by My Assistants, for they are of My Subjects and under My Protection. I shall exempt them from that which may disturb them; of the burdens which are paid by others as an oath of allegiance. They must not give anything of their income but that which pleases them—they must not be offended, or disturbed, or coerced or compelled. Their judges should not be changed or prevented from accomplishing their offices, nor the monks disturbed in exercising their religious order, or the people of seclusion be stopped from dwelling in their cells. No one is allowed to plunder these Christians, or destroy or spoil any of their churches, or houses of worship, or take any of the things contained within these houses and bring it to the houses of Islam. And he who takes away anything therefrom, will be one who has corrupted the oath of God, and, in truth, disobeyed His Messenger. Jizya should not be put upon their judges, monks, and those whose occupation is the worship of God; nor is any other thing to be taken from them, whether it be a fine, a tax or any unjust right. Verily I shall keep their compact, wherever they may be, in the sea or on the land, in the East or West, in the North or South, for they are under My Protection and the testament of My Safety, against all things which they abhor. No taxes or tithes should be received from those who devote themselves to the worship of God in the mountains, or from those who cultivate the Holy Lands. No one has the right to interfere with their affairs, or bring any action against them. Verily this is for aught else and not for them; rather, in the seasons of crops, they should be given a Kadah for each Ardab of wheat (about five bushels and a half) as provision for them, and no one has the right to say to them 'this is too much', or ask them to pay any tax. As to those who possess properties, the wealthy and merchants, the poll-tax to be taken from them must not exceed twelve drachmas a head per year (i.e. about 200 modern day US dollars). They shall not be imposed upon by anyone to undertake a journey, or to be forced to go to wars or to carry arms; for the Muslims have to fight for them. Do no dispute or argue with them, but deal according to the verse recorded in the Quran, to wit: ‘Do not dispute or argue with the People of the Book but in that which is best’ [29:46]. Thus they will live favored and protected from everything which may offend them by the Callers to religion (Islam), wherever they may be and in any place they may dwell. Should any Christian woman be married to a Muslim, such marriage must not take place except after her consent, and she must not be prevented from going to her church for prayer. Their churches must be honored and they must not be withheld from building churches or repairing convents. They must not be forced to carry arms or stones; but the Muslims must protect them and defend them against others. It is positively incumbent upon every one of the follower of Islam not to contradict or disobey this oath until the Day of Resurrection and the end of the world.[3] https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashtiname_of_Muhammad
  16. Imam Ali (as)'s conversation with Marhab ibne Abu Zaynab - leader of Jews at battle of Khyber. "Despite your thirst for our blood, there exists an affinity between us..." Watch at 50.00
  17. Even Prophets did not consider themselves superior to other people. Once Allah asked prophet Musa (عليه السلام) to find someone who was inferior to him. He went and looked around and found no one whom he considered inferior. So he decided to return to Allah. On the way , he found a dog who was very dirty. He thought the dog must be inferior to him, so he decided to take the dog to Allah, but then he thought he could not consider himself superior to the dog. When he returned to Allah empty handed, Allah said that if Musa had brought the dog, Allah would have taken Prophethood away from him. So if Musa (عليه السلام) cannot feel superior to a dog, how can a Muslim feel superior to a kafir? Imam Ali as. said that people are either brothers in Islam or brothers in humanity (not verbatim). So there is no concept of any hate for any kafir, Christian or Jew here. That is not the point at all. It is not meant to degrade or insult non-muslims. By the way, this dua is mentioned in the famous mafateeh-ul-Jinan, by Sheikh Abbas Qumi, if anyone needs reference. If you disagree with the concept of the dua, then don't blame me for it, because I'm not portraying my own views here, only quoting a hadith mentioned in a reputable book. This is how I translated it, if anyone knows Arabic, perhaps they can translate better or point out any errors. All praise is for Allah who has given me superiority over you due to Deen-e-Islam, the book Quran, Muhammad as the Prophet, Ali as the Imam, righteous as brothers and Kaaba as Qibla."
  18. Loving them does not mean that you cannot praise Allah that He has made you better than them in regards to your religion. This dua is not meant to spread hatred for Jews or Christians, or even meant to dishearten them. The Prophet (s) and the imams taught us to respect Jews and Christians. At the same time, the Prophet also advised to read this dua because that is acknowledgment of a fact and a blessing of Allah that He has made your religion superior. One should be proud of this and at the same time be respectful to others. There are other duas which have strong words against kafirs/mushriks; duas which we are recommended to read after every Salah.... What would you say about those?
  19. Yes I know there is a dua (or duas) in which you can name your enemy. Although the kafir you see doesn't necessarily have to be your enemy for you to read that dua taught by the Prophet (s).
  20. It doesn't seem like dua Al samat is regarding your enemy, is it really?
  21. Ok, but I've attached that dua in the second post. You can read there. Translation of the dua is : "All praise is for Allah who has given me superiority over you due to Deen-e-Islam, the book Quran, Muhammad as the Prophet, Ali as the Imam, righteous as brothers and Kaaba as Qibla." Can anyone translate this in better words?
  22. A Hadith of the Prophet is not nonsense or cultural practice.
  23. It isnt forbidden to look at Christian or Jew. The dua narrated by the Prophet (s) is about when you look at these kafirs, then pray that Allah saves you from hell. You find anything wrong in this ?
  24. I found it. The Prophet (s) said: Whoever looks at a Christian or a Jew and reads this dua, Allah will not join him in hell with that kafir.
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