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  1. The root of this issue (in my experience) is that the Ahmadis preach a milquetoast cookie-cutter Islam. The motto is "Love for all, hatred for none" - which if you think deeply enough about, is entirely meaningless, because love (wala') for anything would denote dissociation (bara') of its opposite. It's a slogan that is sweet to the ears, but it has no reality in anyone's life, let alone in the Qur'an. For Ahmadis, the Prophet Muhammad (s) was a pacifist; a Mahatma Ghandi figure, which is easily challenged the moment you open a book of history or hadith (or even parts of the Qur'an). So as soon as an Ahmadi investigates his religion, or comes in contact with missionaries, he has a crisis of faith, because Islam is not what he was taught.
  2. When you search “Jordan Peterson and Islam” on Google, the first result is my article on him; so it’s likely that those interested in the subject will stumble upon it. But whether they listen or not is not really important. As long as one person benefits from this I’ll be very happy. It is topical and relevant I think.
  3. The “debate of the century” was on capitalism, Marxism, and happiness. This essay aims to compare the points of these two viral intellectuals to the Islamic tradition. On April 19th, I and over three thousand others went to the Sony Centre in Toronto to see a debate between Dr.. Jordan Peterson and Dr.. Slavoj Zizek. The sold-out “debate of the century” was meant to tackle “Happiness: Capitalism vs Marxism”, though neither speaker studied economics academically. The debate became more of a discussion, with the speakers agreeing on some points, but talking passed one another on others. Peterson acknowledged Zizek’s originality, and Zizek mentioned that both speakers were shunned by academia’s liberal establishment. I was first exposed to the works of Zizek and the classes of Peterson in 2011 during my undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto. Zizek’s books were quite dense for me; and I had heard that Peterson’s courses were a mix of psychology, evolutionary biology, pop culture, and mythology. Both are intelligent, eccentric thinkers who do not fear controversy, and so I have long desired a discussion between them. At the outset of the debate, Peterson mentioned that tickets to the event were being scalped online for a higher price than the Toronto Maple Leafs playoff game taking place on the same night. This is good: in the age of YouTube and podcasts, intellectual inquiry is an emerging form of entertainment with its own girth. On the other hand, the event’s popularity reflected a sense of Canadian passive-aggressiveness. While our culture is stereotypically polite and politically-correct, we are just as opinionated as anyone else on the planet; and that was reflected in the immature level of heckling, cheering, laughing, and scoffing at the debate, making it feel more like a sporting event. I re-watched the debate on YouTube and took notes. As a political science graduate and a student of Islam, I wanted to delineate what I feel is an Islamic response to some of the points highlighted in the discussion. http://www.bliis.org/essay/zizek-peterson-Muslim/?fbclid=IwAR1tYXrt3rkSG6yhZ_MABCg_38OLsMWdT4XRQCwqIuN46Mx39lh14xfdrKI
  4. Thank you for your feedback and kind prayers, 1. I did not understand the first point about references — I provided hadiths with book/chapter/number/Arabic not just from Tafsir al-Qummi, but from al-Kafi, Kamal al-Deen, Tusi’s Ghayba, Nu’mani’s Ghayba, Qurb al-Isnad, al-Mahasin, Basa’ir al-Darajat, and other books. 2. The printing cost is about $4, plus 40% Amazon royalty, so I currently make about $7 per book. Again, this does not include advertising costs. But since the price seems have for many folks, I put it on sale for $10 for Shaban ($3.60 profit). On a side note, most translations cost way more than this — I translated a different work for my university, and I was given about $20 per page for that. 3. The book was completed in a few phases: first, I collected every hadith on Imam Mahdi I could find — that master file is about 1000 pages. Then, I (with the help of others) graded all of the hadiths in that master file. Then, I translated the strongest hadiths. Then, I formatted it into chapters, wrote introductions and footnotes, and provided references. Then a brother helped me with the final edits. So it’s not just a 195 page translation, it’s a project that required me to improve my Arabic, learn about hadith grading, read commentaries, etc. If someone can do a better job for free then I give them my blessing, but it has not been done. 4. I agree, this is a good point. 5. Translating is one thing, grading and sifting is another. But either way it is the most comprehensive and most reliable book on the topic to date.
  5. No because the Arabic isn’t copying correctly on kindle. I would need to spend some time figuring it out or fixing it. The price is not just determined by printing cost, but by effort. I understand that some don’t want to pay $20 to learn about the 12th Imam — the book is not intended for such people, they are not the target audience. As for why the PDF costs the same as the print book: every time I share the PDF, there is a chance that the book is leaked, and thus a PDF sale may cost me book sales. I will not say how much money I have spent on advertising for this book, but I have not yet broken even. This does not include the many hours over 10 years that I have spent working on the book. Inshallah the Ajr is with Allah. But as the reviews suggest, this book is one-of-a-kind, and the price will stay at $20 for the time being.
  6. If you would like me to sell it to you as a PDF, you can message me. The cost however is back to its regular price ($20)
  7. The only reliable hadith I have seen in our sources is the following: الحسين بن سعيد عن صفوان وابن فضال عن ابن بكير عن أبي عبد الله )عليه السلام) قال: ذكر الدجال قال: فلم يبق منه إلا وطئه الا مكة والمدينة فان على كل نقب من أنقابها ملكا يحفظها من الطاعون والدجال. al-Husayn b. Sa`eed from Safwan and Ibn Faddal from Ibn Bukayr from Abu `Abdillah عليه السلام. He said: Dajjal was mentioned, so he said: Nothing will remain except that he has tread upon it, except Mecca and Medina, for at every barrier from their barriers there are angels protecting them from the plague and the Dajjal. (Tahdheeb, Volume 6, The Sanctity of Medina, hadith #1) (muwathaq) (موثق) There are other references to him in less reliable hadiths, but they are generally just passing references to him. The emphasis in our literature is definitely on the Sufyani. As for the "Dajjal is a system" argument: I don't know of a pre-modern source (Sunni or Shi`I) that says this explicitly. However, it can be deduced from the narrations on the End Times, which suggest a total inverse of morality, where evil things will be seen as good and good things evil. This culminates with the Dajjal, who is an individual that offers a message of inversed morality.
  8. I'm not sure how many bullies admit their flaws and work to rectify them, but I laughed when I saw that several people in this thread agreed with my self-critique. May Allah give us islaH.
  9. The book is on sale for the birth month of Imam al-Mahdi (عليه السلام). For this month only you can have it for $10 inshallah.
  10. "Culpable jahl" is tajahul; which is when someone is purposely ignorant about something - they avoid learning, ignore knowledge, and put their fingers in their ears. The hadith is presumably referring to people who just don't know, but not on purpose.
  11. Interesting perspective. Although I'm an extroverted, I'm not very outgoing. And when talking to potentials, this is often a barrier -- they want to be on their feet all day, flying around the world every couple months, taking road trips. I simply don't care much for all of that. My extroversion is expressed by being warm, communicative, friendly, talking to family, seeing friends for coffee/dinner, talking on the phone, blogging, etc.
  12. I’m not married, but I think I would prefer someone opposite to me. I’m extroverted, and I have a fairly dominant and stubborn personality, so having two people like that in the same house would cause a lot of friction and clashes.
  13. I am considering giving the proceeds to a charitable cause once I break even. I think I will break even if I sell 50 more copies.
  14. There is a hadith on Makarim al-Akhlaq on wearing a turban in salat: الحسن بن الفضل الطبرسي في ( مكارم الأخلاق ) عن النبي ( صلى الله عليه وآله ) قال : ركعتان مع العمامة خير من أربع ركعات بغير عمامة . From the Prophet (s). He said: Two units with a turban is better than four units without a turban.
  15. Anyone know where we can buy something like that?
  16. The order Islam-Iman-Taqwa-Yaqeen comes from the ahadith of Ahl al-Bayt, you can read more about each here: Islam, Iman, Taqwa, Yaqin
  17. Revoking citizenship may be a dangerous precedent. But these are no doubt terrorists, responsible mainly for the deaths of Muslims - classic mufsideena fil ard - they’re lucky to live anywhere, let alone in the West.
  18. If you’re near Chicago, you could visit Sayyid Sulayman at the Ahl al-Bayt Seminary.
  19. In short, it is from both. If a person inclines towards guidance, Allah will guide him, but if he inclines towards misguidance, Allah will misguide him. As for seemingly good people who are not guided: they may not know the truth, or they may be guided at a later time, or there may be something of evil in their heart. Remember that humans are, by nature, generally good. Most people I have met are decent, but perhaps there are one or more sins that they are regularly committing that is acting as a barrier between them and guidance. As for born-Muslims, not all of them will go to Paradise. But even a ritual or symbolic restraint of certain evils will uplift a Muslim. Look at how many crimes are alcohol-related, and imagine how many crimes were prevented by even a ritualistic abstinence from alcohol.
  20. Interesting thread with many variables to consider. Firstly keep in mind that there will always be people with an aversion to Islam; every Prophet faced rejection from great numbers of people. Secondly: there are many special interests: Indian nationalists, Chinese nationalists, white nationalists, Myanmar nationalists, Zionists, Christian evangelists, weapons industry, energy and finance, feminists, and they all want a piece of our pie. The ex-Muslims and Tawhidis of YouTube are just taking advantage of the popular sentiment against Islam. Thirdly: there are some legitimate grievances. The fear of terrorism, past oppression by Muslim empires (Shias know all about this, as do other minorities in the Muslim world - it may be overstated by some, but it is a grievance nonetheless), the use of Muslims as political pawns by some (people like Linda Sarsour, who do more good for the left than for Muslims, have collectively upset off the American whites). I also think that we have become a people who take more than they give. Our good is mainly hidden - we bring demographic balance to the West, we work and pay taxes, we are good students, and our good works are mainly confined to our community. But maybe if Muslims were more involved in local efforts and communal upliftment, people would see the benefit of having us here. Maybe if we were a people with solutions and results, and not just complaining about our state, then people would respect us. It goes without saying that YouTube is not totally representative of things, but Pew surveys seem to be indicating similar sentiments - anti-Muslims are on the rise. It’s not entirely our fault, but we have brains and we can respond to this phenomenon, we don’t have to just be victims of it.
  21. Unfortunately Amazon does not allow me to set different prices for different countries. In terms of bringing it lower than $17: As you may know, there are printing costs, royalties, and taxes, so I probably make about $5 per book sale or less. I understand that $5 may be a lot in certain countries, but where I live, it is not enough to buy anything. I still have not "broken even" with this book. Maybe you could split the costs with someone, or maybe you can tell a local mosque or library to order the book.
  22. Morsi visited Iran, and Ahmadinejad visited Morsi’s Egypt. They were in the process of building economic ties, which is why the West supported Sisi’s coup. Yes the MB are blind to the dangers of Salafism, but the Salafis mostly hate the MB, and Saudi Arabia did everything they can to take down Morsi. Egypt’s Salafi Noor party actually supported Shafiq and Sisi against Morsi. The MB’s position on the Shi’a is actually quite mixed. Their current role model is basically Erdogan, who is now rebuilding ties with Iran. Qatar (who support the MB) were against Iran, but now they are more neutral. The early Hizb al-Da’wa had close relations with Sayyid Qutb, and Sayyid Khamanei and his brother translated Sayyid Qutb into Farsi. Hamas (a MB offshoot) also has decent relations with Iran. Again, the MB’s main disagreement with Iran is over Syria, and that’s why they have warmed up to Salafis more recently. But this is temporary because the Salafis hate the MB almost as much as they hate the Shi’a. Almost no one is a member of the MB anymore. The MB is less a card carrying party and more a sociological phenomenon of upper middle class Sunni Arab conservatives. When you compare Tariq Ramadan to Tareq Suweidan for example you don’t find many differences.
  23. If Hamas and Syrian rebels are on that list, then I think most Shi’a in the West “promote and support” at least one group that the West considers in the same boat.
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