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  1. Salaamu Alaikum, I’m searching for movies that are both entertaining and appropriate for children – western or Islamic. Many Islamic movies tend to be lengthy and dry, and kids usually won’t bother to read subtitles. On the other hand, many western movies (including Disney and Pixar) contain scenes that are inappropriate. Examples of agreeable movies are “The Miracle Worker” and “Arthur.” “Children of Heaven” is a great pick were it not for the subtitles. All suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.
  2. Salam Alaykum. Subhanallah. BBC's "The Blue Planet" is simply amazing if anyone can get their hands on it. I believe it was Hajj Hassanain Rajabali who recommended it. Trailer of similar documentary: http://www.miramax.com/deepblue/
  3. Salam Alaykum. http://al-islam.org/organizations/aalimnetwork/msg00304.html
  4. Salam Alaykum. http://al-islam.org/masail/3.htm
  5. Salam Alaykum. In the public sphere: In private: Things that invalidate fast: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?sh...=0entry846155
  6. Salam Alaykum. They've been taxi drivers for a while now in Qum at least.. you can ask specifically for a female taxi driver.
  7. Salam Alaykum. As expected.. The second link doesn't work. Has anyone tried emailing q-a@hawzah.net before?
  8. Salam Alaykum. http://al-islam.org/istikhara/title.htm
  9. Salam Alaykum. The document is Dua' 7ujub, different than Dua' I7tijab: http://multimedia.shiasource.com/supplicat.../DuaIhtijab.mp3 Sis Katayon, I apologize for the delay.
  10. Salam Alaykum. Inna lillah wa inna ilayhi raji3oon. Ameen ya rabb to all of the above, Allah yir7amu. Please let us know if there's anything we can do for you dear sis.
  11. Salam Alaykum. It has been translated into English actually.. I think it's 2 volumes, each with 2 parts.
  12. Salam Alaykum. Too many threads on this type of thing, i.e. the characteristics a person desires in their future husband/wife. Great post by sis ZeinaB.. it really is that simple. It is only the religious factor (and all it encompasses) that matters. Allah (swt) will take care of the rest inshaAllah. Based on the above and what sis Zeinab posted, we don't see any mention of things like nationality, beauty, or finance. Even health isn't mentioned.. the person could even be in a wheelchair. We cannot guarantee that things like health and finance won’t suddenly drop. EVERYTHING good essentially falls under ‘Imaan. All of the good qualities necessary for a blessed marriage are tied to ‘Imaan. If someone wants to marry a “Shia Muslim,” there’s no longer need to mention things like, “he/she has got to be honest, humble, compassionate, patient, etc.” if he were a true Shia Muslim. If the person fears God, things can be moved in the right direction. [The main problem tends to be: ... how do you figure out if a person is faithful. ] If a male is interested in looks (which.. according to the hadiths it’s best not to have that intention), a female who is lacking in faith might ignore him and be much more difficult than a female who is not beautiful and yet she works hard to please him. If a female is interested in money, and the person she marries doesn’t have enough faith, he can be the most selfish being. He can be less giving than another husband who works as a garbage man. Marrying someone with less money, less looks, or less health (for ex.) can also be a good thing in terms of growing close to Allah (swt). May Allah (swt) grant you all spouses that He thinks are best for you. :) ..Maybe we should put our lists or whatnot aside for just one moment, and think about whether or not we ourselves are worthy of that husband/wife some of us dream up.
  13. Salam Alaykum. Thanks for providing the fatwa. I guess it depends on your marja' then! B/c we know that contrary to answer #3 above, Imam Khomeini would probably agree with the hadith in ques #3 based on his fatwa in Tahrirul Vasileh. I've sent an email to Ayat. Khamenei’s office.. although I don’t expect them to expound on the hadith; I asked a similar question a year ago and they said they didn’t answer those types of questions, but I’m trying again anyway. Also I'll try to get in contact with Ayat. Bahjat's office if possible. Hajjeh.. if you could pls find out what Ayat. Seestani's view is on this subject. 'Iza bti2dareh. When I read the fatwa above I was honestly surprised because when I was little he gave a lecture at Jaami3at Al-Zahraa in Qum on precisely that hadith (i.e. “khayrul mar2ah an..”) He was also encouraging the women to use a recorder and listen to lectures or whatnot at home instead of having to leave the home. --- Hajjeh if you could please address the following: What was different about the two situations? Why do we see one hadith that narrates Sayyeda Fatima (SA) speaking with Salman (RA; the same person) from behind a curtain, and this one that points to otherwise? Also, couldn't God-decreed limitations have been observed without having to put a veil in between her and the blind man? Is there absolutely no good (or any difference at all) that comes from segregating the home, workplace, the mosque, schools, etc. if a woman is observing inner and outer hijab (i.e. completing her wajibat)? If not, why is it done in places like for ex. Iran, Najaf, the Dha7yeh, and the jnoub?
  14. Satbayan, Okay, sure.. you have survived, and that is most important. But your chances of leading a good life are slim with a broken name or if you file for bankruptcy. You might also need $500 pills in order to survive. Btw, do Iranian hospitals ask for money before patients are admitted? And again, do Iranian citizens (aside from the families of the martyrs) receive free healthcare?
  15. Salam Alaykum. Feeki 't3ayteeleh mitil ma baddik ya hajjeh. Bass baddi zakrik inno aneh mish 7ajjeh.. Id3eeli 3al raw7a 3al 7ajj :) What was different about the two situations? Also, couldn't God-decreed limitations have been observed without having to put a veil in between her and the blind man? Can you also please provide hadiths that are contrary to the hadith(s) on Sayyeda Zeinab's (SA) hidden shadow?
  16. Salam Alaykum. Khayr inshaAllah.. Allah yishfeeha.
  17. Salam Alaykum. Sis Path2Felicity, I completely agree.. the state of the Afghanis is a truly devastating one. There was a group of scholars distributing money to the poor in Qum, and they found the Afghanis as a group most worthy and in need of the money, 7araam (Allahumma ‘rzuqhum). I’m just wondering – if anyone has any info and can educate me on this – while simple medical treatment is generally cheap, do Iranian citizens get free healthcare? (my apologies if this was clarified earlier). But when you go to the hospital for emergency for ONE or two days and you don't have insurance, you end up $11,000 in debt. Jesus! (as)
  18. Salam Alaykum. ^You're welcome. Taher, If you'd like I can summarize the article different terms that might clarify things. Wasn't it Allah's (swt) decision to drown the people of Prophet Nouh (as)?
  19. Just noticed that.. well done :) About Iranians speaking English.. I was referring to the Iranians living in Iran, not the "kharejis." Other than some doctors, you can find a lot of the English speakers in Shahrakeh Gharb of Tehran. Otherwise it's really really difficult to find someone who can even say a few words. Like I said the curriculum there is different. They generally study both Arabic and English, memorize a few terms/spelling and pass all the tests, but come out not knowing any of it. In Lebanon it's different.. even the Muslim schools (such as Mahdi school, Mustapha school, or Batoul school) have all-English textbooks. They study all the main subjects in English, and so at least they'll understand what you're saying. I think there might be a correlation between being less religious and speaking English (in Iran). That is what I have concluded from my own personal observations while there. I attended both T.I.S. (Tehran International School) and Tatbeeghi school, both international schools where the curriculum is taught in English. At that time (when, in my opinion, conditions were better spiritually), there was not one religious student in T.I.S., and only a handful at Tatbeeghi.
  20. 1) Like I said when I visited I had full access to all the sites I normally browse through. 2) Iranians are generally not well-versed in the English language.. in Lebanon for example, you can easily find someone who speaks English, but that's not the case in Iran (unless you're in Tehran, and the ones I've personally met who actually speak English are not religious, they'd probably be interested in other sites). In Iran the curriculum provides just a simple English class.. it's not uncommon to find a 12th grader who has been taking English as a second or third language and still cannot speak a word of it 3) Do you think the government blocked this site? If so, why? And why wouldn't they block sites like Paltalk for ex.?
  21. Salam Alaykum. Setting aside the recent devastating earthquake (may Allah swt grant patience to the families of those who passed away), what about the people of prophets Lout and Noah (as)?
  22. Why wouldn't it be available? If it's not available, how would they have replied in the first place? When I went to Iran last year, I browsed through shiachat regularly. All was normal. I also have a close friend there who checks the site out every once in a long while.
  23. Salam Alaykum. While a female normally gazes down at her nonmahram, looking at the face of a scholar is an act of worship.
  24. Salam Alaykum. Jazakallah sis Yama3soumeen :) .. thanks for not adding to what was already said, lol. Hajjeh wilayah, Congratulations on your new position :) About those hadiths.. I don't understand. Why did Sayyeda Fatima put a veil in between her and the blind when when he walked in, but not when these men walked in? They could be special cases.. but I'm wondering why in other hadiths we see that Sayyeda Fatima (SA) speaks to Salman Al-Farisi (ra) from behind a veil? Seems contradictory. After he himself came to question her, was there a third party? Was there a veil in between them?
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