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  1. Yes that’s what I usually do. But was wondering if there is some other method ?
  2. Salaam all! I want to get fluent in reading Du’a Kumayl with understanding it. Is there any tried and tested method? I am reading it almost everyday, these days. But then 30 mins, daily is a bit too long. So was wondering if I could break it up in some parts and keep practicing. Any leads towards the cause ? Jazakallah!
  3. I tend to disagree with my parents when they talk about religion with a cultural perspective. Nothing gets on my nerves more when people try to pass cultural norms as "what Allah tells us to do." Arab and Desi parents do this a lot.
  4. Salaam brothers and sisters, I've never been very religious even though I've been born into a Shi'a Muslim family. I mostly just follow the basics of Islam because it's what I've grown up around, not because I understand them necessarily. Recently, however, I've been trying to get closer to God and find out answers to some questions I've had my whole life. However there are some questions that I'd like answers for that are more personal than factual, and they are presented below. Some of these questions are to do with facts, but I would really like your own opinion on them. I would highly appreciate if you guys could attempt to answer these to the best of your ability. A little disclaimer: I am not trying to be rude or disruptive or disrespectful, although some of these questions may come off that way. I am just trying to present the questions the way in which they are laid out in my head. I apologize in advance if I have offended anyone. Anyway, here are my questions: 1. Why do we have to pray salah in order to "talk" to Allah? Why does there have to be such a formulated method? Can't we just talk to him as our hearts desire and at whatever time we need instead of at certain times during the day in a certain way? Can't we show our love and gratitude to him in a more personalized/unique way? 2. What is God? (I'm sorry if this question is offensive, I swear I'm not trying to be rude.) I've read somewhere that Allah doesn't have emotions, and that if we say he gets angry it means we have disobeyed him and that when he gets happy we have obeyed him. Doesn't that boil down to him just being a bunch of laws? Or as Agnostics say, is God not something but everything, as in he is in our hearts, he is nature, etc etc? 3. Why must one worship Allah in order to gain paradise? Isn't being a good person enough? Why is salah or reading the quran necessary? 4. Why does Allah have such severe punishments for some presumably small things like not wearing the hijab properly or listening to music? I understand there is some reasoning behind everything, but Allah is all-merciful? 5. Continuing on from the previous question, sometimes it feels like God is trying to catch me/us out (for lack of a better phrase), since he is always testing us. Why? Personally, I feel closer to the Imams than to Allah because he seems too BIG and INTIMIDATING, and I even do things for the sake of the imams than for Allah, which is totally wrong. I hope these questions make sense and that you guys answer them. Thank you for your time and for sharing your knowledge. :)
  5. salaam everyone!! Inshallah am going to madina for Eid, am searching the 'transliteration" of the zairats n duas to b prayed there. Can anyone help me find a link to it ?? Thanks in Advance !
  6. I believe most men themselves don't like keeping a beard, trimming,maintaining issues.....they just blaming the women :donno:
  7. Thoughts - Planning nazar/ niyaz next week at home......thinking abt the menu apart from Kheer puri :shifty:
  8. I hate it when things don't happen my way !
  9. 7yrs....but i feel....age doesnt matter.....compatibility does !
  10. I wish my hubby knew a lil of cooking if not much !!!!
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