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  1. Knowledge comes in different forms. I think sir that you are familiar with the hadith, "Knowledge is not attained from an abundance of discursive learning. Rather, it is not but a light that has been placed in the heart of one whom Allah wishes to guide. If you want knowledge, then first demand sincere worship from yourself, then seek knowledge by applying it and asking Allah to help you understand it." لَيسَ العِلمُ بِكَثرَةِ التَّعَلُّمِ ، إنَّما هُوَ نورٌ يَقَعُ في قَلبِ مَن يُريدُ اللهُ أن يَهدِيَهُ ، فَإِذا أرَدتَ العِلمَ فَاطلُب أوَّلًا في نَفسِكَ حَقيقَةَ العُبودِيَّةِ ، واطلُبِ العِلمَ بِاستِعمالِهِ واستَفهِمِ اللهَ يُفهِمكَ Often what's more important than a knowledge of hadith is praxis, which is expressed in sincere and genuine worship. Why is this type of `ilm being discounted or scoffed at? I would trade some of my knowledge of hadith for more love for salat, du`a', Quran and ziyara; and that is usually the type of religiosity that women excel at. There are other factors here. How old are you? And - say this issue is your priority in a spouse - do you expect to find it in someone younger than you? Or: are you willing to compromise on other issues (ie the woman's age, appearance, race)? What if the woman doesn't know these sciences but is willing to learn? Furthermore: is it possible that this is a quality that you should find in a friend or a maternal figure rather than a wife?
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  3. In the last 10 years, I've met maybe 3 women who shared those interests. For 2 of them, it was a passing interest / fad. Yes, there are some social barriers for women to study these sciences, but in general, there just aren't many women interested in kalam and rijal. And that's okay - I've met plenty of very spiritual women who pray, memorize, teach, attend the mosque regularly, and have strong relationships with Ahl al-Bayt. Their religiosity often comes in the form of personal devotion. The key is to take someone religious, but people express their religion in different ways and capacities. The Quran describes the spouse as a source of sukoon and libas. This means that your spouse should give you quiet of mind, peace at heart, safety and security, and dignity. So marry someone who you think will be a good spouse and a good mother. Her hobbies are pretty secondary/tertiary. If she's a resident `alima and you want that, that's great, go for it. But like you noted, it is rare, and no person will have everything. I used to look for the same when I was much younger, but then I found those things in my parents, shuyukh, my Muslim and Shia brothers, and my self; and alhamdulillah I am mostly fulfilled in that area.
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    Najasat/Taharat of Ahlul Kitab

    It is ultimately a khilaf issue. There are pretty good arguments for/against the najasa of Ahl al-Kitab. We have big scholars on both sides. I personally believe that these narrations are referring to hygiene; or perhaps washing is a recommended (mustaHab) practice rather than wajib.
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    Najasat/Taharat of Ahlul Kitab

    Some of these narrations can be interpreted to mean that they are unhygienic, rather than najis. For example: وعنه ، عن الحسن بن علي الكوفي ، عن عباس بن عامر ، عن علي بن معمر ، عن خالد القلانسي قال : قلت لأبي عبدالله ( عليه السلام ) : القى الذمي فيصافحني ، قال امسحها بالتراب وبالحائط . قلت : فالناصب ؟ قال : اغسلها . In this report, a man asks Imam as-Sadiq about shaking hands with a dhimmi, to which the Imam instructs him to wipe his hand on earth or on a wall. Then the man asks about shaking hands with a nasibi, to which the Imam instructs him to wash. Wiping your hand on a wall would not suffice in getting rid of najasa, especially if water is available (as implied in the narration). So therefore we're not dealing with a tahara/najasa issue per se, but a cleanliness issue. And indeed, dhimmis were probably not washing and bathing as much as Muslims, if one were to purely judge based on ritual practice. Furthermore, especially in pre-modern times, one can become very ill when coming in contact with another community.
  8. Good point. I have it there in case someone sees you reading it, and want to get a copy of their own. It's also a way to prevent re-sellers from jacking up the prices and selling it elsewhere, etc.
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    The weight loss thread

    Height: 5’8 Current weight/BMI: 190 pounds. BMI: 28.9 Goal weight/BMI: 170 pounds. BMI: 25.8 Motivation: * I was very happy with my weight after last Ramadan, which was around 178 pounds, and I'm very upset with my current weight. But even 178 is too much, so I can probably cut further. * I'm teaching a course on nutrition, and in my lesson prep I'm more exposed to these topics. I'd like to practice what I preach and be a good example for my students. * I'll be writing a book on my journey through mental and physical health in relation to Islam. I've managed to cut about 30 pounds from my peak weight, and mostly recover from crippling anxiety and depression, but I've got further work to do. * I would like to please my Imam by preparing for his coming. * I'm finally looking to get married, and chubby people are not on most people's menu.
  10. Alhamdulillah, the book is a bestseller in three categories on Amazon. It is currently #3 in Shiism, #37 in Islam, and #38 in Islamic History.
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    Who is your lookalike?

    I’ve gotten Nick Jonas and Seth McFarlane, but just a vague resemblance
  12. https://www.amazon.ca/dp/1790653827/ref=cm_sw_r_wa_api_i_HsWbCb22FDX10
  13. The cover of the book has been changed to something more palatable
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    All tribes mentioned in Quran

    Yajuj and majuj
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    All tribes mentioned in Quran

    Bani Israel
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