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  1. Asalaamu Alaikum while back you had posted a message about Northern CA. I just moved to the area. Any info you can share would be great.

  2. salaam how are you i am from india lucknow and i want all of my shia brother help for my education please reply me :zuhair_hussain@rediff.com:+919369946338

  3. salaam how are you i am from india lucknow and i want all of my shia brother help for my education please reply me :zuhair_hussain@rediff.com:+919369946338

  4. (salam) Think about it! I/Me/Mine—Identities as Negotiated Minefields Identities can occasionally be weapons of mass destruction (lite). They can be invading armies and besieged cities. They can be maps waiting to be redrawn. Or a people, anticipating measures of "freedom" and "occupation" to come their way from an armored vehicle, or a cluster bomb, or depleted uranium. Let me sketch a few scenarios for you, to make all my dilemmas explicit. - Are you a Caucasian, which translates as "black" in Russia? - Or are you the African American man in prison who considers himself to be less oppressed, because he is a man, than the African American woman on the street, whom he is happy to call a "ho"? - Are you the African American GI in Iraq, sucked into a war by the poverty draft at home and face to face with the anger of a subject population that considers you to be the brutal enforcer of an occupying army that possesses the greatest number of weapons of mass destruction on earth? Are you the white working-class woman, perhaps a single mother, who is herself a victim of insidious sexism within the military and within workingclass subcultures, who nevertheless becomes a willing enforcer of the apparatus of humiliation in the Abu Ghraib prison? - Are you the South Asian illegal alien in New York who washes dishes in a restaurant, is hoping to be a taxi driver, and really wishes he could be a Chinese grocer on the make? Are you the recently arrived, already battered, non-English-speaking Indian or Pakistani "passport bride" caught between her aggressive husband, notions of community honor, shame, and the (amended) marriage fraud provisions of the 1952 Immigration and Naturalization Act of the United States? Are you the Palestinian teenager throwing rocks at an Israeli military bulldozer who wishes he were a black rap artist from the Bronx with a Jewish record producer? - Are you the Iraqi woman, relieved that Saddam Hussein is no more, angry about U.S. bombs landing in her neighborhood, worried about the calls for the veil that emanate from Shiite clerics asserting their long oppressed identities by demanding a Shiite Islamic state in Iraq, and equally worried about having been "liberated" from a dictator only to be delivered as a subject to a convicted fraudster, all in the name of her freedom, her honor, and her dignity as an Iraqi? Are you the rich Indian racist who thinks that white women were made white in order for him to harass them on the streets of New Delhi? Are you the British exchange student of Nigerian origin in an Indian city who can't find a room to rent because of her color and who listens patiently to stories about how Indians suffer racism in the city where she grew up? Are you one of the 15 million Bangladeshi illegal immigrants whom the Indian government now plans to identify and deport? Have you given thought to how you might change your accent, or your name, or adjust a few facts in your biography, and tell your children a few stories so that they don't let slip that you walked across the border when the police, accompanied by ethnographers, come knocking on your shack in New Delhi for an interview? - Are you the internationally recognized academic woman of color who considers herself to be more oppressed than the working-class Caucasian woman in prison—let's say a blonde Bosnian Muslim immigrant sex worker who happens to have charges of manslaughter against her for killing her abusive Jamaican pimp? Here, the index of oppression is melanin, not life Can you exchange one biography of oppression for another that might be more suitable for survival under the present circumstances? Are you the anti-Semitic black Muslim descendent of slaves? Are you the racist Jewish granddaughter of concentration camp survivors? Are you the white supremacist descendent of refugees from the potato famine in Ireland? Are you the Hindu fundamentalist who has fantasies of raping Muslim women and who will defend the honor of his sister with an automatic weapon? Are you the Kashmiri Muslim woman suicide bomber with a sharp memory of being raped by an Indian army major when you were a teenager? Is what you call your identity a weapon, a shield, a fortress, a battering power within the borders of the republic? I do not doubt that colonialism was brutal, but I see colonialism as the instance by which a network of oppression stretched across the world. The white convict in Australia, the East Indian indentured worker in Trinidad, the pauperized peasant in Bihar, and the dispossessed African pastoralist were as much at the receiving end of violence as local landed elites—native princes, rubber plantation owners, administrators, and policemen of all colors—were perpetuators of that violence. Are you with the besieged dictator or are you with the invading army?" It is possible to be neither. Or , "Are you critical of patriarchy within the African American community and of racism in the United States?" or "Can you be critical of patriarchy in the minority Muslim community in India and be critical at the same time of the anti-Muslim prejudices of Hindu fundamentalists?" It is possible to be both. From: the Raqs Media Collective, Sarai Programme Peace!
  5. (salam) Are there any Shiachatters/ Shia centers in the Davis/ Sacramento area? Thanks and Iltemas e Dua!
  6. (salam) I'm in a state of shock. Was going over the 100 questions for the Sunnis posted on answering ansar.org.. by the excellent service of Allama Mushtaq http://www.answering-ansar.org/challenges/...ns/en/chap2.php I want to send it to my Sunni classmates/ colleagues from uni. Some of them are the nicest people, but some are kattar Wahabi. Also, some are the seeking kind.. and ask enlightened questions, but are pressured. I feel its time for me to break out of the claustrophobia of this taqqiyah! I feel its my duty I have sat long enough with their hands on my throat for so long and it has to be spoken. What do you suggest? Thanks a lot!
  7. ASAK

    though u'd find this interesting..an inspirational link to the potential of Halal music as a force of change.



  8. (salam) Thanks for posting sis. Jazaye Allahu Khair!
  9. (salam) So I came across this amazing book.. and it opened my eyes. The importance of logic in the Islam. I belive this indicates the beginning of the decline in Islamic civilisation/scholarship, which, as long as it was influenced by the Shiah and the Aimma AS's teachings, was the light of the Ilm through the world. Logic and aql/rational thinking is an integral part of being a Muslim. The full book: http://al-islam.org/hawza/mantiq/A_Summary_Of_Logic.pdf Qoute: Mantiq/Logic is usually one of the first subjects to be taught at a hawza because it is seen as a ‘tool’ that is necessary for correct thinking and deduction when studying all other Islamic sciences. In particular, it is vital in the study of Theology (kalam/aqaid) and is a necessary prerequisite to studying Islamic Philosophy (falsafa). Whilst a superficial knowledge of kalam or falsafa without logic may be beneficial, to truly be grounded in theology, the study of logic is vital. For Shi’ahs, not only is logic (mantiq) important in theology and philosophy, but it is a re-occurring theme in Shi'a jurisprudence too (which they refer to as ‘aql’ (the use of intellect) as a means of deduction, in addition to Qur’an, hadith and ijma). The Sunnis do not employ the use of logic to the same degree (see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sharia) and instead rely on qiyas (reasoning by analogy) which Shi’ahs reject as a form of religious deduction. With the rise of the Ash’arite school (to which the majority of Sunni Muslims belong today) and with the teachings of individuals like Abu Hamid al-Ghazali and Ibn Taymiyya, the study of logic and philosophy was not favoured amongst the Sunnis; and yet, al-Ghazali too (who wrote against philosophy and is believed to have dealt a lasting blow to its study amongst Muslims) is believed to have said: "man lam ya'rifi al-mantiqa fa laa thiqata lahu fi 'l-uloom" ('whosoever does not know logic, he has no trustworthiness in (the matters) of religious knowledge.') [b]This signifies the status of logic and the importance it should have amongst all Muslims who aspire to be scholars. [/b] The famous Muslim philosopher and logician, al-Farabi, defines logic (mantiq) as an instrumental, rule-based science aimed at directing the intellect towards the truth and safeguarding it from error in its acts of reasoning. Al-Farabi also compares logic to tools such as rulers and compasses, which are used to ensure exactness when we measure physical objects subject to the errors of sensation. From: http://al-islam.org/index.php?t=258&cat=258#s1
  10. (salam) Thanks so much for your duas. Just hearing your prayers makes me feel better..Alhamdulillah. Iltemas e dua!
  11. (salam) Thanks a lot for your kind wishes sis..It means a lot to me. I will pray for you likewise inshaAllah. Iltemas e Dua!
  12. (salam) Thanks so much for your kind words. They mean a lot.. Iltemas e Dua sister and may God bless you!
  13. (salam) Thank you so much for these words, I will keep all of these words as a precious gift and I know 'he' is also feeling the love and duas you are sending out.. Thank you.. May Allah SWT bring us close to the Light of Bibi Fatima Zahra a.s and the Light of our Maula Ali a.s..Ameen Please pray for us.. Iltemas e Dua!
  14. (salam) Thanks a lot for your kind and sensitive post. I feel better already having got it out on SC..:( Yes I agree, I was worried about his safety a lot, but feel better already. Sometimes its good to get things out of your system. Phew! Iltemas e Dua! (salam) Thanks a lot.. for your duas.. Jazaye Allahu Khair (salam) Thanks.. thats very sweet of you. I am so moved..plz remember me in your duas inshaAllah. God bless you all!
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