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  1. The problem with ShiaChat is that it is infested with too many teenagers who have no foresight and knowledge to put forward intelligent, sensible comments.
  2. Please don't jump on me and cry blasphemy or disrespecting the Imams (as). I have had read almost everything on hand on how the world will be different after the Awaited One arrives. I have no problem accepting change. Change is inevitable. Some authors even paint a Utopian picture of the world in the second coming (which I say this is of course good) but at the same, it left me feeling extremely astounded as well. Yes, this world can attain a Utopian character. Economically, yes, I believe so. That said, in order to be there the whole global economic-financial infrastructure has to be abolish
  3. It takes 1000 Earth to fill up Jupiter the 5th planet. That's interesting too.
  4. Well, atheists come in different shades and colors. In my personal interactions, once a person turns atheistic, he will never turn back to whatever he came from. My gut instinct is that, at the end of day, atheists are just a bunch of people who wants to be free from all organized/decreed duties and rituals. I have atheist friends who were once Hindu, Christian, and Taoist. They all show the same trait to me. No point discussing with them.
  5. ^^ Sis, I appreciate your input. Just that I am dead curious how our supplications are managed. Given the basis that God is closer to us than our jugular vein and he "answers" or prayers when we call upon him, two quizzes arise in my mind: (i) tawassul (although permissible the Quran) is really an option, but which mode is better or more virtuous? I don't know, but my feel is that if one has high confidence of one's relationship to God, then one can go solo and supplicate. (ii) (as I read Oddatul Daee and other books) why is that (i) there are certain time of day of week that supplications are
  6. ^^ TQVM Bro for the kind explanation. It is getting clearer to me now. Since God has sworn by "the reproachful soul" my presumptions are: (i) this soul is a good entity/conscience/consciousness; if not God would not have sworn by it; only if we know to heighten and intensify its role (ii) it must exist in all men, believers and non-believers, sinners and good doers, good citizens and those incarcerated, agnostics and atheists I agree. Given the theme of the Sura, why God swear in the name of the subject matter is quite a mystery, for now .... === Sura Qiamah is one of my fav sura. I never get
  7. Cursed? Why? Dont they offer this prayer in Iran?
  8. Hi, can any Arabic speaking expert please explain the meaning of the 2nd verse. Who is this reproachful soul God has sworn by? Why is the subject chosen to be sworn on? Why is God swearing in this verse, for what reason, and in what context? TQVM ================== TransliterationWala oqsimu bialnnafsi allawwamati LiteralAnd nor I swear/make oath with the self , the often blaming/reprimanding. Yusuf AliAnd I do call to witness the self-reproaching spirit: (Eschew Evil). PickthalNay, I swear by the accusing soul (that this Scripture is true). Arberry No! I swear by the reproachful soul.
  9. ^^ Don't think you know what you are rambling about but thanks anyway.
  10. As a short preamble, once I listened to a lecture more or less touches on the "layers of communications" where Gabriel (as) intermediates for Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and above Gabriel (as) you have Ruh al-Quddus who is like master to all angels (whom I understand Gabriel (as) takes instructions from), and above the Ruh you have many more layers until there there is God. I can't remember it all since I forgot to take notes at that time. My point is, yes, God is closer to us than our jugular vein. It's just I wonder when I supplicate, whether by uttering of the tongue or the heart or passing of i
  11. It's true in a way; when I was reverting to Shia, I found it hard to find satisfying historical records on the "other Imams (as)". Now I reconcile in such a way that Islam was already complete at the times of Prophet Muhammad (SAW) and Imam Ali (as) ....
  12. In secular term, say for example you are a Palestinian and you do not want to submit to the whim and fancy of the Zionist state, then wherever you may be, the Israeli will find ways to harm you. Remember the days of the KGB in Russia? Imam Husain (as) is of the stance that he does want to submit to Yazid (la). His choice. Wherever he went to, Yazid's army will spy and pursue. Karbala is just a place. The closing finale could have been anywhere actually. I do not know if you want to go far to argue that one has already "blatantly committed suicide" when one does not want to submit to something
  13. Dear Sajjad, I grew in a society replete with all sorts of supernatural beliefs, practices, from many faiths as well. To cut it all short, if a person has been hexed or charmed by a Buddhist monk, only another Buddhist monk can solve things out. There is a well known episode here where a Muslim teenage boy playfully meddled with Hindu Temple items and subsequently behaved strangely, and at the end of the day, no Muslim medium could help; only another Hindu priest solved the problem. Hope these life "anecdotes" help somewhat.
  14. By the power of the Almighty God, He can change any events by the blink of an eye. Some events He wills it to take an ordinary course i.e. subjected to earthly cause-and-effect. Some events are subjected to some extraordinary forces at work -- call it a miracle if you will -- like the success of Battle of Badr, where the participation of angels changed the outcome of the event, so I read. I have this whirling yearn to understand and reconcile the concept of miracle, one of the central core concepts of world religion, amongst other things such as redemption of the soul and so forth. Miracles
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