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  1. I was in Saudia for Hajj just two weeks back. This is how I used to pray among the Ahle Sunnah in Masjid e Nabwi and Masjid al Haram: 1. Takbir al ihram by raising both hands and then after no raising hands, just calling out takbir only. Qayam with open hands by my side. 2. Qunoot without raising the hands in Jamaat. When I was praying individually, not in Jamaat, then I would raise my hands in Qunoot only. 3. I did not raise any fingers during Tashud and I didn't felt necessary anyway. It is the most easiest thing you can get away with I think and you don't even have to worry about it. 4. The ending three takbirs after tashuud, I would just say them in my heart and not raise my hands. This, I felt was the most worrisome for the AhleSunnah so avoid raising the hands after Tashud. Once you have completed your namaz, you could even rotate your head sideways if you want because your namaz is over. 5. For Turbah, I used to look for places where there was white marble in both masjids. If your mosque is completely carpeted, then obviously, you will have to take something along with you. I have a prayer mat with pieces of straw sewed on it at the place of sujood. That can come in handy for you. Not sure how small your turbah is but if you can place you head with stability on it while remaining discreet, I think it should be okay.
  2. Imam - the rank of Imam is higher than Messenger. Some Prophets including the Last Messenger are Imams. Fink - It's in the Quran isn't it? Verse 17:71 and Hadith "Whosoever dies without recognizing the Imam of his time dies the death of the ignorance (Jahiliyyah)." Ahmad b. Hanbal, al-Musnad, p. 96. Well, the world didn't come crashing down when Imam Ali was denied and rejected by the majority of the people. Mister Abu Bakar was made the first caliph by the will of the people. Allah's chosen leadership thereafter remained away from the limelight and were not given a chance to govern. Our insistence is only this: They were the true governors and had the right given to by Allah to govern.
  3. (salam) I read this post on a Sunni forum ridiculing us for one of our major claims in which we say that every nation will be called on the Day of the Judgement along with their Imam (as mentioned in the Quran) and in the Hadith that whoever dies without knowing their Imam dies the death of ignorance. The Sunni post questioned - who was the Imam between Hazrat Isa AS and Rasool Allah SAWW. Is there an article or lecture that sheds some light on this?
  4. (salam) Recently, someone told me asked me that they heard from Maulana Sadiq Hassan about this dua: http://www.duas.org/short_powerful_dua/nemul.htm I don't know how to contact Maulana Sadiq Hassan. Does anyone have some more information on any details around this dua as in any special time or method or number of times to recite it. Thanks. Zain Ally
  5. Masha Allah. Thank you so much brother. I think Sayyed Kamal gave a very appropriate and respectable answer to the controversy mongers. Once again, thank you for your help.
  6. (bismillah) (salam) Could someone write the crux of this 14 minute video lecture from Al-Kausar TV by Sayyed Kamal Al-Haidri. Maulana Haidri has shown the core of Ibne Taimia's distorted beliefs about Allah (swt) esp that Allah has body or body parts. (Ma'azallah). I was wondering if someone could translate the crux of this video for me or better still, if someone wants to take it as a project, translate the complete video and post it on youtube. Would be great help for entire community and the world. Best, Zain Ally
  7. Here is a page with a couple of links which may allow you to download the missing dll. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101125105839AArV8Rq
  8. (bismillah) (salam) I'd like to begin this thread about the book by Reza Aslan: No god but God. I'd prefer if people who have read the book participate in this thread, although of course, there is no restriction on other brothers and sisters from sharing their opinion and knowledge. For Admins: I did a search for this title and didn't come across any topic on the forums. I apologize if this book has already been discussed previously. May be you can merge it with that thread. I have chosen Thinker's Discourse because I think the following discussion should encourage food for thought. Before my fellow brothers and sisters flame me - I'd like to say I have performed Hajj and pray regularly, keep my fasts and would love to join our Imam's forces against evil and spreading the right version of Islam. Back to the topic: The book starts with the history of Islam according to the author, Reza. He says that at the time of Prophet's birth, there were three kinds of people: those who worshiped idols; ones who were followers of previous prophets: Christians and Jews; and Hanifs: the ones who believed in one God. The Prophet, he says was brought up and influenced by people holding this belief of one God. If you read the book, it seems like the author says that the Prophet based his teachings of Islam on this faith and mixed them up with traditionalistic rituals of the arabs of other faiths. So for example, Ka'aba was already a temple of a very important nature in the pre-Islamic arab world. Whoever was in charge of the Ka'aba and had the keys to the temple was respected and had high importance. Prophet's Islam purified the Ka'aba of the many idols it contained but retained the importance of it within this new faith. Even the idea of fasts is borrowed from the Jewish faith but of course, that is a different debate which I want to avoid starting. The Quran already says that fasting is prescribed on you as it was prescribed on other nations. I'd like to ask the people who read the book what do you think about how it presents the development of Islam and the forming of sects after the Prophet's death and their subsequent building into branches of Islam. Also, while I am aware of the spiritual significance of Hajj and Namaz. And I'm also aware that Islam means obedience to God. What do you think of performing traditionalistic rituals like Tawaf, stoning of a block of concrete in Jamarat, praying five times, everyday, in a regular fashion in modern times. Looking forward to a healthy debate. :) (wasalam)
  9. Would anyone have an idea where Sayyed Mahdi Modarassi might be at this time of the year? Where would he be addressing the Muharram 1431 H (2009-10) lectures? I am just looking for an online link to listen to the audio/video of his addresses.
  10. Clifton Grammar School, Karachi, Pakistan
  11. (salam) I am sorry if it sounds weird but sleeping on the belly is not good for young men as well because it can provoke wet dreams because of the rubbing of the genitals with the bed.
  12. I think pardah and hijab rules will apply for a lady who adopts a male child. :P
  13. (salam) I came across a thread here relating to Shia Match. My question is, if you created a profile on Shia Match and one of your friends comes across it by coincidence, he will make a lot of fun of you. I will definitely not like that. How can one look for a match then? Any clues? Zain Ally
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