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Agha Mahdi

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  1. Surely you can understand why we'd be outraged when someone accuses Amir al-Mu'mineen of reciting the Quran wrongly in salat because he was drunk. No one has the right to spread such lies. Are you sure this is a hadith in the Sihaa al Sitta? Please get me a reference if you can.
  2. ^ Thanks very much for your post bro. Due to the points we both mentioned above, Muqtada has many supporters; he is a populist leader. This does not necessarily make him the most capable to lead. But since you're defending Moqtada, you too must agree that he has given his support to the current political process right? So then if he is part of this "puppet" government it can't be all bad right? Maybe they can work within this system to do some good. I guess I was just saying that in a situation like Iraq our PR image is important, and thus guys with suits and ties might have more of a chance of overcoming the sectarian image and being nationalist politicians working for the betterment of the country and gathering support of other alienated groups. But for sure this is secondary to the interests that these people have at heart.
  3. First of all my dear brother skylight, I think it is extremely hard for us who are so far removed from the actual situation, with our limited knowledge and our biased news sources, to really make a fair judgment about the situation in Iraq. However let us try to discuss this, perchance we can both benefit. I will agree that Muqtada Al-Sadr has many supporters due to numerous reasons: - His militia, the Mahdi Army, provides lots of social services to the poor Shias especially in the slums of Baghdad (Sadr city) - The Iraqi government has been unable to do much for its people (largely due to American interference) - He is seen as one of those who stayed and bore the brunt of Saddam's oppression unlike the current government heads who lived in places like Iran up until recently However, given the sensitive and complicated situation in Iraq, who do you really think is more capable of handling this? The educated political leaders who currently comprise the elected officials, or Muqtada Al-Sadr who from my understanding has no real secular or theological education worthy of mention (please correct me if I'm wrong). With the occupying Americans on the one side, and the Iraqi Sunnis who are terrified of the thought of Shias rising to power, we need calm Shia politicians who look like normal guys (you know suit, tie, thin beard etc :) ). Hot-headed clerics will only distance the other demographics whom the Shias must work with in order to bring about stability to this war-torn country. Lastly, please tell me if you can what Muqtada Al-Sadr is trying to do by running his own militia and rebelling against the government. Before laying the blame of the bloodshed squarely upon the "puppet government", tell me how it makes sense for an untrained and unorganized militia to do what they want. This is anarchy man! Does Muqtada want to overthrow the entire Iraqi government? Does he think he can take on the US? Then what next? Will he be able to run Iraq by himself??? May Allah improve the situation of the Shias.
  4. Salaam alaykum I don't think we can label the entire Iraqi government as a "Puppet Regime", this is wrong. These are the elected government, and moreover people like Nouri al-Maliki and Ibrahim al-Ja'fari are pious and educated members of Hizb Al-Da'awa the Shi'ite political party founded by Sayyed Baqir Al-Sadr. I have heard that the Kurdish Foreign Minister you quoted above is thoroughly corrupt, but they have to keep him to satisfy the Kurds. However I don't think the overall government is that bad. Their situation is very complex. With something like 150,000 American troops in their country they have no choice but to be friends with the US and try to use the US to their own advantage. Let us not be too quick to judge everyone.
  5. I fail to see what you are trying to say. A lot of Shias have reverence and love of Sayyed Khamenei as a great scholar and political leader, thus they are interested in seeing such rare pictures of him. Do you have a problem with this?
  6. A relative of mine named Hassan Jaffer in Mombasa is soon going to publish a book on the history of the Khojas. In this he has photographic proof of the membership fees (lawaajum) that Muhammad Ali Jinnah used to pay to a Khoja Shia Ithna Ashari jamaat. However before people start praising secularists like Jinna, Ataturk or God-forbid the Shah, I would encourage you to read the following story of the great mystic Shaykh Rajabali Khayyat (taken from The Elixir of Love - www.al-islam.org/elixiroflove/) : Praising the Tyrannical Monarch The reverend Shaykh would restrain his friends and disciples from collaborating with the ruling government (i.e., Pahlavi) particularly from praising and admiring them (the officials). A disciple of the Shaykh quotes him as saying: "I saw the soul of one of the pious people being tried in the Purgatory state, and all the indecent actions perpetrated by his contemporary despotic ruler were being ascribed to him. The man being tried protested: 'I have not done any of these crimes. He was replied: 'Did you not say in praise of him that he provided the country with such wonderful security?' He answered: 'Yes.' He was told then: 'You were satisfied with his actions; he made all these crimes to secure his kingdom'." In Nahjul-Balagha, Imam Ali (a) is quoted as saying: "Whoever is content with conducts of some other people, he is like the one who has collaborated with them in those actions; and whoever perpetrates a falsehood two sins are recorded for him: One for doing it, and the other for being content with it."
  7. It is interesting to note that Shi'ite faith was well established in places like Jabal 'Aaamil (Lebanon), Qateef (Eastern Saudi Arabia), and Bahrain long before the Safavid empire made Iran a Shi'ite country. This is what I've heard don't know if anyone else can confirm this. I actually heard that when the Safavids wanted to establish Shi'ite faith in Iran they imported Shia scholars from those other arab places to teach Iranians about Shi'aism. That would debunk this myth that Iran = Shia and Shia = Iran.
  8. ^ Just to clarify something: I'm not saying that those who don't say Al-Shahadu anna 'Aliyyun Waliulllah are hypocrites. Not at all, hypocrites are those who hate Imam Ali (a). But this third shahadat is simply our testament to the fact that we love him and recognize the importance in loving him. Of course truly loving him in our eyes is to follow him and accept his wilayah but this is a different matter.
  9. Bismillah. Salaam alaykum. Unfortunately it seems that many people on this thread have not appreciated why we Shias give so much importance to saying Al-Shahdu Anna 'Aliyyun Waliullah (in our Kalimah/Shahada, in our Adhan, etc etc). It is not something we do to cause division, nor can it be remotely compared to mentioning the names of other Imams or other individuals, no matter how great they are. To differentiate the polytheist from the monotheist, we say Al-Shahadu an Laa ilaaha Illallah. To differentiate the Muslim from the non-Muslim, we say Al-Shahadu anna Muhammad Rasoolullh. However this is not enough. The Quran clearly bears testament to the fact that within the fold of Islam there are many who are hypocrites. So Allah established a scale by which one can differentiate, within those who have already accepted Islam, the believer from the hypocrite. This scale is none other than Imam Ali(a). Think about this: the same Wahabbi who say the Prophet is dead and is of no use to us today will not agree to remove the Shahadat of the Holy Prophet (s) because even this Wahabbi recognizes that the Prophet represents Islam. In the same exact way it is Imam Ali (a) that represent imaan (faith) to the Shi'ah. For those who accept Nahaj Al-Balagha there is no better proof for what I have written than the following saying of Imam Ali (a): If I cut a faithful Muslim into pieces to make him hate me, he will not turn into my enemy and if I give all the wealth of this world to a hypocrite to make him my friend he will not befriend me. It is so because the Holy Prophet has said: " O Ali! No faithful Muslim will ever be your enemy and no hypocrite will ever be your friend. " For my esteemed Sunni brothers, even you have many such ahaadith in your sources. I do not know the reference for this (if you would really like it PM me and I will try to find it) but there is a narration in Sunni books that Salmaan Al-Farsi used to say that when some companions of the Prophet would like to know if a person was a hypocrite they would talk about Ali (a) in his presence and gauge his reaction: if he loved Ali they knew he was a believer. Wassalaam.
  10. YaQaim said it. I heard from a scholar that Bibi Ruqayah was the young daughter I think who was 3 years old during the tragedy. It is about her that we hear all the heart-wrenching stories in the indo-pak culture although we refer to her as Sakina. She is the one buried in zindaane Sham. The actual Bibi Sakina (although I think it may really be Sukaynah) was another daughter of Imam Husayn (a) who lived till long after and is buried in Sham too. She was a teenager during the tragedy of Kerbala and we actually have poetry narrated from her during that time.
  11. Salaam alaykum brother, This topic has been dealt with at length on the following site: http://al-islam.org/encyclopedia/. (specific page: http://al-islam.org/encyclopedia/chapter6a/4.html) Essentially the hadith saying that mut'ah was banned are few and contradictory. There are other ahaadith that say that the prophet ordered mut'ah long after the battle of Khaybar. A narrator of one of the hadith you quoted has been noted as a liar by a Sunni scholar too. Hope that helps.
  12. Salaam alaykum Honestly I think this whole discussion is futile and can only be carried out by experts of the Arabic language. As someone else stated, the rules of Arabic grammar were founded based upon the Quran, which stunned all the Arabs with its amazing eloquence and beauty. In fact the guy who laid down the foundation of Arabic grammar was the companion and lover of Imam Ali, Abul Aswad Al-Du'ali. To say there are grammatical or other flaws in the Quran is just absurd . . .
  13. I guess God never trusted any of us Khojas with such an honour :)
  14. Yeah I'd love to see the sources. I would've thought that Rafsanjani would have encouraged privatization more, isn't he himself a rich businessman?
  15. I recently met someone who said they don`t use public toilets caz they`re afraid they`ll get STDs. I found it almost amusing but who knows . . .
  16. Naare Hayderi indeed!!! Brother this is a famous story that is well known amongst the Shias. It is narrated in Allamah Majlisi`s Bihaar al Anwaar, as is stated here: http://www.yahosein.com/vb/showthread.php?t=76698
  17. You can read Al-Imam Al-Mahdi: Just Leader of Humanity by Ayatullah Ibrahim Amini A part in Chapter 6 of this book states: Dr. Jalali: What is the meaning of 'short' and 'complete' occultation? Mr. Hoshyar: It means that the twelfth Imam (peace be upon him) remained concealed from the public at two different times. The first period extends from the time of his birth in 255 or 256 AH/868 or 869 CE or from the time of his father, Imam Hasan 'Askari's death in 260 AH/873 CE, to the year 329 AH/940 CE. During this time, although he lived an invisible existence as far as the public was concerned, he was not completely cut off from them. Rather, he maintained regular contact with his followers through his deputies, who were able to reach him and present to him their needs and inquiries. The existence of the Imam during this period that lasted some 74 or 69 years is known as ghaybat-i sughra.
  18. Salaam alaykum I figured it'd be in this forum that I'd find those who type in Farsi on ShiaChat I'm not Iranian but I came across this Nastaligh font that would be a treasure for anyone who types in Farsi. Enjoy: Download Here
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  20. Salaam alaykum Just a question, don't get me wrong God knows how much I love these people :). But I don't understand, time and again in such speeches Sayyed has said that the arms they possess are reserved for the enemy and will not be used against Lebanese. They are not sectarian Shi'a weapons he said after the 2006 war, but are weapons for all of Lebanon. Though I see that when the government threatened to tear down the telecommunications network last month, Hezbollah were justified in their show of strength, the question remains: did they not use their weapons against their own people as they have ALWAYS promised not to do? Please clarify this for me if possible. Thanks.
  21. 2 litres per 100km!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I gotta get me one of those
  22. I agree with the other comments that this is a totally unfeasible and ridiculous idea . . . no offense intended. First of all Iran can not even take care of its current population, the economy especially in recent times is doing horrible. I'm not saying it's their fault as we have to look at the broader context of the US sanctions and world pressure etc. Iran is already trying to rid itself of the many Afghani immigrants it has given refuge to, and to think it will open its arms to all Shias is just a joke. They, deapite being an "Islamic Republic", have to worry about the state of their own country too. In conclusion the political and socio-economic results of such an act would be catastrophic. I think Shias should remain in their countries such as Pakistan, Bahrain, Iraq, Lebanon etc. They must take an example from the Lebanese community and make themselves strong and independent yet ready to unite with the other demographics to rid their nations from the yoke of imperialism.
  23. Salaam alaykum brother waiting You raise an interesting topic. I've always wondered where Iran stands in terms of the political spectrum. Does the Islamic Republic allow for privatization at the same scale as a capitalistic society? Who limits the power of private companies? Simple stuff like do you see billboard ads all over cities as you do in the capitalist West (something you will never see in socialist Cuba . . . although Fidel's brother seems to be changing stuff nowadays)? I would think that allowing an airport to be privatized sound pretty capitalistic and right wing.
  24. Wow it's amazing indeed. If such things are available to the masses, one can only imagine what satellite technology is fully capable of . . .
  25. Mashallah great work bro. You should consider including the translation of Syed Ali Quli Qara'i if you haven't already. His is a recent translation published by the Islamic College of Advanced Studies (ICAS) in England. The translation is really really good. Check out the site: http://www.qurannewtranslation.com/
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