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  1. Salam,

    Happy Birthday bro - er - uncle, I mean... :P :P


  2. As salaam alaykum, Instead of people demeaning a person for their understanding wouldn't the "true" Islamic spirit call for dialogue "with beautiful words full of wisdom". Before we denounce anyone's views, look and listen to their entire view. Yes, it is true, that Imam Mahdi (A.S.) is a real living being. However, the comment made is not entirely without a base. The spirit of Imam Mahdi or to be clear, the spirit of his cause should reside within each of us. None of us should be sitting around waiting for Imam (as) to reappear but we should be busy preparing ourselves spiritually, physically, and mentally to meet him (as). None of us are Imam (as) but we should try to live our lives as he would. We don't come close to him (as) but we strive to be as much like him (as) as we possibly can. Rather, we strive to live like the supreme manifestation of God's mercy and goodness to mankind, Muhammad (SAW). Also, Islam does have room for opinions when you are speaking of philosophical discussions. This is a philosophical discussion. If one wants a person to see their point of view they will use good and sound logical discourse to convince their audience. It is nasty behavior that may make a person look elsewhere for brotherhood, comraderie, friendship, love, etc. Did the Prophet (SAW) or the Imams (as) reject people solely on their understanding of things? No. If that were so, Sheikh Mar'uf Kharki (ra) would never have accepted Islam from Imam Ridha (as) when the sheikh (ra) was a young Christian boy. Anyway, my response to the post is what I said earlier. Although, Imam Mahdi is one living breathing real entity we are each charged with upholding the spirit of his mission during his time away from us. For those that believe in his (as) wilaya then they should understand they do carry a little of him within the, as those that believe in both action & words were created from the light of the Aimmah (as). May God, the Gracious, the Sublime grant us tawfiq and adab worthy of his servants. As salaam alaykum wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh Ramadhan Mubarak, Djibril
  3. As salaam alaykum, I think you may have that mixed up. Isa (A.S.)'s nubuwwah and risalah would end. His risalah can not supercede the risalah of Muhammad (S.A.W.). As salaam alaykum, Djibril
  4. Shaykh Fadhlallah does not support masturbation. You are confusing his ruling on whether it was permissible for women to masturbate vs. men. As far as men go, Shaykh Fadhlallah has said, unequivocably, no. La, rhymes with snow, can you say go, in other words, no. The issue about women and masturbation is controversial because he says masturbation within the context of ahadith and urf involves seminal fluid emitting. However, women do not have seminal fluid as we all know. All maraji ohave said that masturbation is haram.
  5. As salaam alaykum, I believe we are using faulty logic by comparing mut'a to masturbation. Marriage whether permanent or temporary is what the couple makes it. Mut'a is a mercy from Allah to both genders for a variety of reasons. The major difference, legally, is that there is no divorce as it is a time-limit marriage which, by the way can be renewed if the couple agrees too it, and no inheritance but the couple can stipulate that their spouse can receive a bequest. This is besides the point. I think it would be better if we started off by asking, do we consider Allah, the All Knowing, the all Merciful? If you concede that there is no god but Allah and that Muhammad (SAW) is his messenger then you concede that in order for a perfect message to be delivered from Allah, the Magnificent, sublime be he, then we recognize that the deliverer of the message was perfect in his delivery of the message as well as perfect in being the living embodiment of that message. Having said that then we recognize that the message, Qur'an Karim, being the perfect book it is does not lie when it says, "Surely in the Messenger of Allah you have the best of all examples" nor does it lie when it says, "the Messenger does not speak from his own inclination." Nor does it lie when it says, "O People of the House (the House of the Prophet and those persons being Ali, Fatima, Hasan, and Husain, May Allah bless them all, according to Sahih Muslim and numerous other ahadith) we only wish to remove impurity from you." Based on this then we must concede that after the Prophet the only other perfect or sinless ones of the Ummah or to be technical, ones without impurity spiritual or physical or otherwise were the People of the House. So we fast forward. Jafar ibn Muhammad (as), the 6th Imam and great-great grandson of Imam Ali and great-great-great grandson of the Messenger of Allah (SAW), has said when asked about the meaning of "fa bi ayyi aalaae rabbe kuma tukazzi baan" or "which of the mercies of your Lord do you deny" from Surah Rahman replied that mut'ah was one of those mercies. Imam Ali (as) has said that if Umar had not prohibited mut'ah no one would have committed fornication except the wretched. I think you are under the assumption that the only people performing mut'ah are degenerates. However, as we all probably know of numerous cases, degenerates also marry permanently. Again, mariage is what a couple makes it. Allah makes life easy for us all but we make it hard. Allah allows us to perform qasr (travelling prayers) when we go on journeys and He (SWT) allows us to shorten prayers when we're in fear and He (SWT) allows us to make up prayers if we don't say them on time and He (SWT) allows us to marry temporarily if the situation is not one where permanent marriage is suitable. Also, pleasure does not have to be sex only. There are plenty of people I know who have done mut'ah so they could go to the movies or the park and enjoy each other's company while allowing their guard to come down. Again, it is what you make it and what is stipulated in the contract. Masturbation however is nothing. Masturbation brings about guilt not to mention decreases the likelihood of being able to perform with one's spouse when the time arises. Why? It is because the mind is trying to produce a mental image of what sex is like and each time, the mind has to reach to various extremities to produce the same effect. It's like a drug. The more you do it the more you have to take to get the same effect as the last time. But just like drugs you have licit or legal use and illicit or illegal use. Licit use of sex is marriage with a partner. Illicit use is trying to produce the same feeling by oneself but never receiving the reciprocating feeling of warmth and closeness with the opposite sex. Take care all, As salaam alaykum Bro. Djibril
  6. Shukran I can't remember the young brother's name. The only thing I can remember was that he and bro. Fahad were going back and forth on some issues. Thanks again. As salaam alaykum
  7. Thank you. Can one of the moderators let me know what was against the rules regarding the aforementioned forum?
  8. As salaam alaykum, Maybe I'm imagining this but I posted to a thread a few days ago on Malcolm X and now the thread no longer exists. Is there a reason for this or has that thread been merged to another thread? Will someone enlighten me please? As salaam alaykum, Bro. Djibril
  9. She can be spared. A number of questions are asked. However, if no one saw her or the guy then there should not have been a case. It's not just a matter of a 16 year old girl committing a sin. The facts we don't have before us are: Was she seen? Where did it take place? Did it take place before other people? Was there drunkedness or some mood altering drug involved? If she was not seen, and confessed to the crime, how many times did she confess? If she confessed less than 3 times she should have been spared and her accusers, if any, she should have been punished. You can't take anything at face value.
  10. There is a work of Allamah Iqbal called "The Development of Metaphysics in Persia". Iqbal gives a very detailed account, from his sources, on the development of sufiism. His basic premise is that Islam needs pure Sufiism as it can rejuvenate the Muslim ummah because of its inherent acknowledgement that man is a wholistic being who needs spirituality as well as interaction with other human beings. We are at the service of God and man. This was part of the message that Iqbal expounded upon. There's much more. I enourage all interested to read the above referenced material from Allamah. Remember the tariqat takes its spiritual fruit from the Ahlul Bayt (as) whether they realize it not. There are plenty of gray areas but use your minds. As salaam alaykum Djibril
  11. As salaam alaykum, It is 2006. This is the information age. We have internet. We have libraries. which by extension makes it very easy to contact people concerning their beliefs. The people the Aimmah (as) criticized concerning their "sufism" were those who spent all of their time in "devotion" but paid no attention to the matters of this world. You can not condemn a whole group of people based upon the views of one or two or even a hundred people who may present themselves as marjaiyyah or ulema. Islam demands that the people, the Muslims, the believers, and anyone with half a brain to think and reflect on life, people, society, and all that encompasses our world, our lives. To say that Imam Sadiq (as) categorically, across the board d_mned all Sufis does not so our Imam (as) justice. Question. Why would the Imam (as) take such a position, if we read the hadiths literally and without context, take such a position with all those whose main objective was to know Allah and their religion better and not take such a position with those who outright wronged his family (as)? In other words, the Aimmah (as) encouraged their Shia to work and pray with the larger community for the betterment of Islam. They (as) never told their Shia to be aloof of the larger community. Those who are labelled as Sufis can be found in all the schools of thought. I just attended a "Sufi" convention and there were plenty of Shia there. To discount the work of the tariqahs is, in my humble view, extremely small minded. Why? Allah used the tariqahs to spread Islam. It wasn't dogmatic clerics who brought Islam to Malaysia. Certainly, Islam was not spread in Africa because of rigidity and inflexibility. No, the tariqah spread it. The Qadiriyya, Tijaniyyah, Muridiyyah, Shadhiliyyah, etc. spread Islam. Not all followers of the tariqah sit in a corner trying to fly on a carpet like Ali Baba. The great shaykh of Nigeria, Shehu Uthman Dan Fodio (ra), swept Nigeria with the love of Allah and his understanding of fiqh. Shaykh Ahmad Bamba (ra) of Senegal resisted the French like we, Shia, couldn't resist Saddam. Imam Khomeini (ra) resisted the Shah like we, Shia, still can't resist Khaddafi and Mubarak. And yes, I include Imam Khomeini (ra) in this group because if you condemn the tariqah and wish to include Mulla Sadra (ra) in that group then include Imam Khomeini (ra) in that group as he was wrote tremendous commentary on the writings of Mulla Sadra. Also include that flower of the Divine Presence who has graced us all with Al-Mizan, Allamah Tabatabai (ra). Include Shahid Muttahari (ra), the late Ayatullah Tehrani (ra), and the man whom they all commented on and acknowledged as Shaykh-ul-Islam, Ibn Arabi (ra) who by the way was Ahlul Sunnah. Only Allah SWT knows what resides within the hearts. When the Prophet (SAW) or the Aimmah (as) spoke of particular people and groups they spoke within context. It is very easy to criticize or spread fear about those things you don't know anything about much like the way people malign we, Shia but then we go back and do the same thing. And I wish to make something extremely clear. I am not maligning the marjaiyyah. However, we follow them in fiqh. Not all, nor has it ever been so, marjaiyyah have been 'urafa. Philospophy and irfan were and too a point, still looked down by most ulema. Which is what made Imam Khomeini (ra) special. Which is what made Allamah Tabatabai special. The essential objective of the "Sufi" path and the "Irfani" path is to know God. It's concern is to help humanity balance their spiritual life with their worldly life. To be a stranger in the dunya as well as to be an aid to their fellow human being. This is the objective. Is everything within "Sufism" correct? Not saying that. However Comma and I stress the comma the teachings of the Ahlul Bayt (as) can be found everywhere. We, Shia today, do not hold the keys to all knowledge. Much knowledge has been lost. This is fact. We know this because Imam Sadiq (as) taught his students many sciences which have been lost through the ages. What we have today is only a smidgen of what was. Some of this knowledge may very well be found within other groups. If a person is not comfortable dealing with those with a different understanding of Islam and they are not solid enough in their fundamentals then I encourage them to stick with their fundamentals and only comment on their fundamental understandings. But do not categorically, call an entire group of people off the path. A true follower of tariqah would not label themselves a Sufi anyway. They accept it because that's what people understand. Amazing, they catch h_ll from us. They catch h_ll from the Wahabis. People can't just find peace. This is what is hindering Islam. Not Sufism. It's dogmatic rigidity that makes us unable to cohabit with other lovers of God. If our way is better then isn't better to show this through our actions? Everyone talks about following their marja but what happened to following the simple sunnat of Allah's Apostle (SWT)? Being kind to one another. It's easy to take a hadith or an ayat of Qur'an, especially out of context, and misapply it so as to condemn groups of people who are different in thinking. It is much harder to reason with people using the best of language and adab. Here's one for everyone. Instead of concentrating so much on the marjaiyyah, let's concentrate on doing good by each other. And again, I say that without malice towards them but we put too much on their backs. We act as if we can't think on our own. Isn't there a dua that advises us to believe in the teachings of Rasoolullah (SAW) and his Ahlul Bayt (as) by the light of reason? If so, why don't we use the light of reason when dealing with other people? Islam is not some backward, cultish (we make it appear so), dogmatic, inhumane religion which encourages people to shout lanat on everyone they don't understand or know anything about. Want to know about Sufis? Ask them. Then if you are confused, ask them to clarify their position. If confusion still exists then ask someone you respect, has knowledge and an open mind (this is key). As salaam alaykum, Your Brother in Faith Djibril
  12. Question? Where do you live? I don't wish to demean you nor do I want you to take the folowing statements out of context. Caucasians, as a whole, have benefitted off of everyone's misery. This is not to say every white person has given their blessing to the oppression of every color coded person on this planet but it kills me when I hear this type of b.s. How can whites in America lose? You have the benefit of being white and no matter what a white person's status is in America whether rich or dirt poor they would never trade places with a person of color. I don't care if a white person is dirt poor they wouldn't trade places with the richest black person. Just because they know, deep down, they have the benefit of coming up. If a black person at a job speaks their mind they are considered belligerent and close minded. If a white person speaks up it is considered "gutsy". If a black person does their job they are considered "lazy" or doing the "bear minimal". If a white person does their job they are considered "on the fast track". If Western nations were "pro-Arab", if you will, then the Palestinian situation should never have happened. How do you take a group of people's land and give it to another because that other group has a so-called Biblical claim on the land. How did this even stand up within the United States government? Especially, when the American government prides itself on seperation of church and state. The Palestinians might as well have been the Cherokee Indians of the 1830s. It is interesting that you mentioned the new immigration laws. Most East Europeans can come to America relatively easy. Go to Coney Island and parts of Queens. You'd have thought you were in Odessa or Kiev. Let a black man from Haiti try to get over here on a boat. They are turned back. We do the same thing with Black Cubans. The overwhelming majority of Cubans who are in the United States are light and close to looking white. Boatloads of black Cubans have been turned back. This country has some very hypocritical ways and yet, has the nerve to try and spread democracy everywhere. Nothing wrong with democracy as long as it is equal to everyone. The pro-White nationalist in America need not fear anyone. Just themselves. If you want to see classic examples of Western rule, look at what Belgium did to the Congo. Their ruthless and sadistic rule setup the chain of events that eventually led to the genocide in Rwanda. Look at what the French did to Algeria or how the United States has effectively shut Haiti down as a potentially viable and thriving economy as payback for Touissant L'Overturre's successful slave rebellion against the French. Successful Western rule and support led to the Saud family taking over Saudi Arabia and making it their personal playground. Western rule and freedom of expression have led countries such as France declare that it is illegal for Muslim women to wear their head scarves. quote name='imjlotherealone' date='Jun 10 2006, 03:42 PM' post='1135291'] NOPE, no muslim holocaust. Most western nations are very pro arab. Unless you include internecine massacres, which occurred rampantly during the Iraq-Iran war and during saddam's reign. Most western nations are extremely tolerant. Even up to the point of being tooooo tolerant. For example, when a white guy kills a black guy, it hits NY Times and everyone goes about trashing the whites for being racist. But the other way around, they just say that the black guy was trying to get out of his oppression. Either way, in this day and age, whites lose. Just take a look at our new policy on illegal immigrants! And the ridiculous quotas for colleges, and for work! all of that is to benefit the minorities. Id say that if western rule was imposed, y'all would do very good, or at least be treated as well as other minorities
  13. My condolences to you and your family. May Allah's Noor be with your grandmother and may He (SWT) comfort you. As salaam alaykum
  14. Yes, Akhee. While I haven't had to go to another masjid and would refuse if asked, I personally, have experienced things that aren't worth mentioning here. People can change religions but it takes longer to change cultures. The caste system is still pervasive among many Indians and Pakistanis as well as Arabs and revives itself today in the form of "who's a Sayyid out there?" Some people won't marry you if you're not a Sayyid. I don't get upset because I understand it is a cultural mindset but someday, I hope the future generations will be smart enough to break this grip. As salaam alaykum
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