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sulhasany

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  1. Salaam.. I'm not Shi'a, but I do agree with you, sister. I try to grasp my mind around the intricacies of Shi'a Islam, but I find myself rejecting them because they remind me too much of Catholicism. I was raised around mostly Catholic Christians in America, so I have a basic understanding of their beliefs. Their belief in a pope-figure, being a conduit between humanity and God, is something, to me, that is unfathomable in Islam. The reason being that we don't need a priest or a father on Sunday mornings to repent for our sins, we do that everyday 5 times a day. In Shi'a Islam, though, the reliance on ayatollahs, seems paralyzing to a non-Shi'a such as myself. I'm not saying I deny seeking help in my deen from a religious scholar if I have a question, but I don't subscribe to the idea that I need to pledge my allegiance to a particular ayatollah, otherwise Allah (swt) will be upset with me on Judgment Day. This hierarchy in the Shi'a-faith is something I just can't comprehend, something which I find to be very similar to Catholics believing in the ever-so-structured Roman Catholic church.
  2. Very simply, Hazrat Musa (as) knows about this because it happened to him. He was the one that "negotiated" (for lack of a better term) the number of times for prayer per day, so of course he'd know about this as opposed to some other prophet.
  3. I'm sorry - I don't know the specifics your asking for. What I do know of what your asking about is that Allah wanted us to pray 50 times a day first. From what I've heard growing up, Hazrat Musa (as) said to Allah that it was too much for his people, Bani Israel, so Allah (swt) came down to 5 times a day. I still don't see how this correlates to what we were discussing before..?
  4. A bit.. why don't you continue on with your argument, I'm listening.. I'd like this to be fully fleshed out.
  5. Salaam.. I myself have no problem with maatam (chest beating). My defense for it is based on the notion you do it out of love and respect, and I don't think that's up for debate. But when issues of zanjeeri or aag ka maatam come up is when I can't support it. If people wish to participate in those acts, they should not try to associate it under the umbrella of Islam, however, as it falsely adds things to the deen. There is, after all, being 'guilty by association', and I don't wish for that to represent my religion, primarily since it isn't wajib.
  6. Thank you..saved me the headache of getting into that issue when it's off-topic. I'd like to hear that argument out..
  7. Salaam sister Aliya, The reason why I asked why we've become so brazen in our questioning is not because I don't care for historical truth, but rather the pointed questions and assumptions being answered by the others. The "...greed...ambition...etc" statement was the one that struck a chord with me, not the thread itself. And just because a grown-man may (or may not.. I don't know the actual timeline) have accepted Islam before Hazrat Ali (ra), why does that matter at all? I'm certainly not making any statements about "he did it first! hah!", so why is that even an issue? Just because I'm a born Muslim, that doesn't make me any better than a Muslim convert who was once a Christian, Jew or Hindu.. The truth is that it's much harder, even today, to convert to a new religion when your a mature, grown adult as opposed to a child. But sister, no one is 'minimizing' Hazrat Ali (ra)'s contribution to Islam; if it wasn't for him, our Prophet (pbuh) wouldn't have a decoy when escaping to Medinah..
  8. Wow.. I'm actually surprised by how brazen we've all become. Have we really stooped to the level of questioning a fellow Muslim's imaan? Who are we to make such ridiculous statements? Allah seh dar-ne chiyeh... Let's stick to the facts.. - Hazrat Abu'Bakr (ra) was among the first free men to convert. - Hazrat 'Umar (ra) was convinced Islam was the 'siraatul-mustaqeem' upon hearing verses of the Qur'an from his sister, who he was planning on killing since she converted before him and he didn't approve. - Hazrat Ali (ra) was the first child to accept Islam. We should leave it at that, to be safe. I don't think any of us have the authority to question someone else's imaan, especially sahaba (whether you accept them as Caliphs or not).
  9. How convenient.. does that then allow myself to praise Mauwiya for his wonderous contributions to the Islamic empire? No it doesn't, does it? And why is that? Because some things are taboo.. simple as that. Much like fire-walking/chaining yourself until you bleed.
  10. Salaam to everyone.. Wait wait, I'm trying to understand all of this, being non-Shi'a. So tell me.. it's believed that Imam Mahdi (as) can suddenly appear/disappear as he chooses? Is this the accepted 'mainstream' Shi'a school-of-thought? I'm not belittling or anything, I'm just trying to grasp the notion of a human being having this power. I'm not Shi'a, but I was taught that Imam Mahdi (as) will reveal himself when Hazrat Isa (as) returns to Earth, not before. I certainly didn't know that he can come and go wherever he wants as he so chooses..? :huh:
  11. Salaam bro MAK, It's funny, that's the central argument against all this stuff, and yet, no one decides to attack that.. well said! Ouch.. that hurts. Especially coming from someone who's defending the fabrications in Shi'a-Islam of excessive Matam, such as Aag ka Matam. :squeez:
  12. Hmm.. I don't get it. I'm Syed. What does that have to do with anything? My family doesn't cut itself, walk on fire or beat themselves.. We show respect by not socializing, watching entertaining TV or listening to music, though. And no, we've never inter-married ('pure-bloods', so to speak, as described in my shajra..).
  13. Uhm.. just curious.. Who smokes in the name of Allah (swt)? I don't understand..?
  14. If it's harmless, why do it? Wouldn't that just be a wasted effort of maatam, considering the whole idea of maatam is to feel the pain the Ahlul'Bayt felt?
  15. Well... ...people don't smoke in the name of Allah (swt), or Islam, so your argument is fundamentally flawed. The question isn't about "..why do boxers continue to fight when they know they'll get injured eventually?" or "..why step on a plane, when it could crash and kill you at any second?", but simply Sister Pippin was trying to figure out why you do it and tie it to the religion.
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