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  1. See the following link on his controversy: http://worldshiaforum.org/2017/03/mehdi-hasan-conscience-hire/
  2. The khutbah of shiqshiqiyah is mustafiḍ, meaning that it is narrated through enough transmissions where taṣḥīḥ/taḍʿīf of the hadith is pointless as now it is a matter of a historical utterance. This has been agreed upon by the major Shi'i scholars. Sāḥib al-Jawāhir (Ḥasan al-Najafī) says the following: فلا ريب في استفاضتها بحيث تستغني عن ملاحظة السند كما هو واضح There is no doubt that the sanad of the hadith is mustafīḍ to the point where even discussing its sanad becomes pointless and this is obvious. This is not to mention the prevalent historical manuscripts of the te
  3. Salams, My take here would be to develop your love for the Ahl al-Bayt (as) and inculcate their spiritual teachings in your life. That will give you a far greater appreciation of Shi'ism than diving into polemics. Reading Maʿālim al-Ḥikam by al-Qāḍī al-Quḍāʿī is an excellent start in my view. Tahera Qutbuddin has translated the work into superb English: https://www.amazon.com/Treasury-Virtues-Teachings-attributed-Literature/dp/1479826553/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1488099857&sr=8-3&keywords=tahera+qutbuddin I would also recommend that you read Mīzān al-Ḥikmah (Scale of Wisdom
  4. Wow, I remember my IRC days. I feel old now. Just look at us Ali, just on this platform we've been on since 2002. I think at this point we can compare and see who has more gray hairs.
  5. Salams, I've been on Shiachat since 2001 which makes it about 16 years now for me. I was there when there was just IRC. I would add that one of the major reasons why this is happening is because many of the more dedicated and mature writers got married, had kids and took on full-time jobs. What happens is that a lot of people lose their initial passion, go through struggles, breakdowns and become too busy to partake on a forum. Writing quality posts on Shiachat takes a lot of time. I remember in many of my past debates one post could take me up to 10-12 hours to write as it required lots
  6. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kvxgkIIIVio&list=TLnl2djQl_p9bT9n2gzXNxoynaceg4Eg2v
  7. Salams, I think people should be reminded here that this is not a rijal debate on who is reliable and who is not or "my system of rijal is better than yours". It is a debate about the epistemological status of evaluating narrators namely what are the primary factors that contribute to accepting or rejecting a narrator? Is it just memory truthfulness? Do we have objective access to these? The answer is not very much and here is a quick summary of what has been said so far in answering why this is not the case. The claim that is being made here is that one of the most significant determinan
  8. http://www.al-monitor.com/pulse/originals/2014/04/yemen-ahmar-tribe-houthis.html
  9. Sadiq Rohani says it is permissible, but I suggest you stay away from it. Once the door opens it is almost impossible for it to be closed and I speak from experience. Jinns are not material like the way we are (they are material in a different way), but they can be seen if they take an appropriate material form.
  10. http://www.thejakartaglobe.com/news/calls-jihad-purges-emerge-hate-filled-anti-shiite-gathering/
  11. World’s first Anti Shia Alliance convention results in calls for violence and sectarian purging By Rahat Husain, Communities Digital News Middle EastWorld NewsApril 25, 2014A meeting of the Indonesian government (Wikimedia) WASHINGTON, April 25, 2014 – Last week, the world’s first ever “Anti Shia Alliance” convention was held in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. The event was attended by thousands of participants, who called for “jihad” against Shia Muslims. Several government officials were in attendance. During the conference, a Shiite journalist who was covering the program for Ahlu
  12. I have never seen this tradition and doubt that it exists in the way described above, and Bihar al-Anwar is 110 vols, not 132.
  13. Why don't you explain to us how it is impossible to lawfully do that? And our fiqh works are available, so feel free. Note that the Prophet (s) had miraculous powers as Ibn Hajar explains: قال الحافظ في الفتح : وَوَقَعَ فِي رِوَايَة الْإِسْمَاعِيلِيّ مِنْ طَرِيقِ أَبِي مُوسَى مِنْ مُعَاذ بْن هِشَام " أَرْبَعِينَ " بَدَل ثَلَاثِينَ وَهِيَ شَاذَّةٌ مِنْ هَذَا الْوَجْهِ لَكِنْ فِي مَرَاسِيل طَاوُس مِثْل ذَلِكَ وَزَادَ " فِي الْجِمَاعِ " وَفِي صِفَةِ الْجَنَّةِ لِأَبِي نُعَيْمٍ مِنْ طَرِيق مُجَاهِد مِثْله وَزَادَ " مِنْ رِجَالِ أَهْلِ الْجَنَّةِ " وَمِنْ حَدِيثِ عَبْد اللَّه بْن عُمَر وَرَفَعَهُ
  14. The hadiths cannot be taken out of their contexts (and by this I mean we also read them in their original arabic) and we need to see how the scholarly tradition in Sunnism understood those hadiths. Second, before posting such hadiths I highly suggest that our own shia run a search through our own books to see if these hadiths exist. It is quite embarrassing when we take the moral high ground against narrations that exist in our own books. But I think that embarrassment is the least of our problems. The larger problem are the assumptions that go into our critiques of some hadiths or legal
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