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  1. I am sorry to hear of these problems and it must be very difficult for you. Divorce is a plague of our time including in very traditional and religious families. Your anxiety and sense of loneliness must be painful. However, i suggest that you need more solitude to work out these problems. Try to take time by yourself in order to think things through and also to prevent a futile attempts to break through your wife's reserve. You both need to consider a way out, either through reconciliation or divorce. Divorce is the best option if you are truly unable to relate to each other.
  2. Similar to that, Irfani313, is an old Catholic custom of covering art works or decorations in a house with purple or black cloths, during the final week of Lent. This is one of the many traditions abandoned now, since the reforms of Vatican 2. But people like me are old enough to remember it. Like the banners which you mention, it conveyed an atmosphere of solemn dignity, penance and mourning.
  3. This is a difficult one. Perhaps your affianced family need to see your more worldly side, as providing for a family is such a big part of a man's role. Perhaps also they need to see your more fun loving, light hearted side, so that they feel that family gatherings will be happy. I would suggest that when you are with them, talk more about politics and business, and also be interested in their lives and little achievements and outings. Always compliment your future wife on a new outfit or perfume, etc. But if they continue to criticise you for talking about the beautiful narratives of the Imams, etc, then they seem very unaccepting of you.
  4. Is there anything planned for Ashura in Sydney this year? A procession for example?
  5. I have not heard this anecdote. Maybe ask the preacher who recounted it.
  6. I believe that this wonderful verse does refer to the Prophet Muhammed SA: But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth. He will not speak on his own; he will speak only what he hears, and he will tell you what is yet to come. Note that the Prophet recited what was told to him by the angel. However this verse, from Psalm 21, most definitely refers to our radiant Twelfth Imam: You have granted him his heart’s desire and have not withheld the request of his lips.[b] 3 You came to greet him with rich blessings and placed a crown of pure gold on his head. 4 He asked you for life, and you gave it to him— length of days, for ever and ever.
  7. Dear Friends, Does anyone know of an Australian web site design company? It is for a medium small job - a simple but effective design for a single website. It needs to be set up from scratch, and then maintained. I like to deal with people locally, although it may be that I have to contract the job overseas. Let me know if you can recommend anyone.
  8. I dunno mate, I jes dunno what yer talkin about.
  9. Well, I have not been lucky with any answers so far, but something may come up. The telephone directory is strangely useless - if you look for islamic shop, or islamic boutique - one comes up with nothing in Melb or suburbs, although obviously they do exist. During my visit to Melb, I had not much time for shopping, in any case. I shall try again later in the year. Even in my own town (Sydney) it is a matter of chance to find the more interesting, smaller shops. Inshallah, I shall one day make a good directory for halal goods and services. There is a real need for it.
  10. You should call to mind that this stinging feeling - of being left out, of realising that others are in an invitation and you are not - this is the common fate of humanity. Even socially important, powerful people do experience this. We all get overlooked by some, and caught up by others. There was some rock star commented on that. He said that fame was surprising because: "The people who you want to know, still don't want to know you. And the people who want to know you, you don't want to know."
  11. Life in Iran varies a lot according to the provinces. However, as far as Tehran is concerned, what I hear is that it is very much a big city. A lot of time and effort is spent just getting around. Communications are important, everyone is on their tablets or phones. Tehranis dress well, and there are a great number of fashion shops. Plenty of cafes, and it is easy to get up a conversation with someone in a cafe. Iranians are not all that religious, in the public sense. There is a lot of demonstrated religion in shrine cities like Qum and Meshed. Elsewhere, the clergy seem to be automatically respected, but it is as if they do it for the others, who are taken up with secular concerns. All this is generalising, you understand.
  12. The Israeli strategy becomes more and more clear. Any Arab who can't see the real reasons for "regime change" in Syria is wilfully blind. This is a Zionist land grab.
  13. Sumayyeh, you write and reason at a very high level. That is an excellent post. In some ways, the glory of the Hidden Imam, is itself a hidden treasure of the Shia faith. There are untold numbers of monotheists, good believers, and religious people, who do not know of this, and it is not required of them. I think that those who have Shia hearts (who have been called into the faith, as I have been) find that when the wonderful story of the Twelfth Imam is told to them, they are thrilled by it. The beauty of the life of Imam Mehdi, and the mystery of his occultation, is known to those who have the privilege of being part of this tradition. When I first heard the story of the Twelfth Imam - I thought - that is it - that is the reason why the Shias are different. That is "what they have got."
  14. Btw, I am not a bruv. Although the Arabs did not have contraception as reliable as we have now, they did have some measures. And they knew of ways to attain physical union with no risk of pregnancy at all, this was considered permissible. About communities far from home. They were not all that far! They were not out on the Russian steppes, or in China. To this day, in the Middle East, quite simple people with minimal literacy know of tribes and nations long distances from them - people in northern Iraq can accurately identify Saudi family affiliations, once they know someone's name and characteristics. Women who entered into contracts would have had means of getting a pledge from the man concerned. Look at the Bible, and the story in Genesis 38. Note that this is dated to centuries earlier than the Islamic wars of conquest.
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