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Abu Ali 2

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  1. Salam to all, "Saudi Arabia" was created by the British (with the help of a power hungry group of bandits, criminals and Salafi's...see http://www.jstor.org/pss/4282790 ) to help them defeat the Ottoman Turks. It ("Saudi Arabia") has no political legitimacy (as it was not the desire of the people of this area to have a monarch rule over them) and the "Saudi Royal Family" even less. It, like Israel, still exists only because of the money and weapons of the U.S. government and (inshahAllah) it's days are numbered. As for what to call the country or what should "replace" the farce that currently exists this is up to the people of the area to decide. Historically the region was been a loose confederation of semi-autonomous regional governments and it may return to that or be united as one country if the people of that area choose that. Whatever form of political organization takes over may it be guided by the principals of the religion and the Prophet (a.s.) that lived and began his mission there.
  2. Salam to all, I just read this article http://www.presstv.ir/detail/148361.html and am very interested in this project. Has anyone heard about this? Are there going to be multiple languages (besides Farsi and Arabic)? If there is an English section will it be translated or will articles be published originally in English? Is there going to be a questions section? Is there going to be a comments section? I have been waiting for something like this for along time. May Allah (s.w.a.) bless those responsible for this. Any insights?
  3. Salam, I don't like to give advice on these threads, however, since you said that it is helping you then I will share my personal experience and maybe it will be of some use to you (inshahAllah). Allah (s.w.a) has high expectations of married men to be sure. We are responsible not only for making the money to provide for our household, but also for the care of the children, household chores, etc. This heavy burden would not be given to us unless we were able to bear it. So I understand that you already work hard, but working harder isn't always the answer. Many Muslim women (especially the religious ones) feel trapped because they don't get enough love, attention, compliments, spoiling, etc. from their husbands and they are forbidden from going outside their homes to get it (as many other women do). As a result they resent their situation and this translates into all kinds of marital problems. The solution is not to do the housework faster, send the kids to more expensive schools, buy expensive presents (well, this works sometimes...hahaha!), etc. The solution is to give your wife what she really wants, your adoration. When a women feels that her husband adores her and will do anything for her she will not care about anything else. It is easy to make your wife feel this way, it just takes practice. Instead of focusing on what bothers you about her, focus on what you like about her and exaggerate her positive qualities (both verbally and in your own mind) to a ridiculous degree. If you do this often enough she will begin to believe you and you will see a dramatic change in your relationship. Sweet words and a loving, positive attitude don't cost a thing but they pay big dividends, especially in a marriage.
  4. Salam, My advice would be to (first) engage in heavy amounts of self reflection. When did you start to have doubts? Can the timing of having these doubts be co-related with other activities or events in your life in which you did things that were not consistent with your previous understanding of right and wrong? Is it possible that your "doubts" about Islam are an attempt to justify (in your own mind) behaviors that are not consistent with Islamic teachings? Most people think that our actions are dictated by our beliefs, however, often the opposite is true. When a person acts in a way that is consistent with ones desires (but not beliefs) a person will often justify these actions (if they don't regret what they have done in their heart) by altering their beliefs (if they are inconsistent with their desires). When a person does this consistently they become like a beast whose only concern is physical pleasure and satisfaction. This exageratted attention to ones lower (animalistic) needs causes the "hardening" of the heart and allows a person to engage in more sinful activities without repentance or even regret. In fact, a person may soon find that they find great satisfaction and pleasure in sin and feel no regret remorse. Eventually the person will renounce their belief in God and die in a state of unbelief. Islam is nothing but a system that ensures the true and lasting happiness of an individual in this world and the next. To have doubts about the truthfullness of Islam is nothing but an irrational craving for self destruction. To the person that has doubts I challenge you to reach out to your fellow Muslims with those doubts and see if you do not receive an answer that is rational and satisfactory. If you do this and receive these answers then be aware that is not your mind or heart but your lower desires that are the cause of this doubt.
  5. Salam, I am a little confused by the title of your thread. A wasn't aware that someone could "convert" to a Shia Muslim. If someone is a Muslim and they want to follow the teachings of the Prophet (a.s.) and his purified progeny (a.s.) this is progression (in their Muslim faith) not a conversion....is it not? In regards to how you should approach such a person I would recommend listening to what they are asking for. In my experience, some non-Shia who are interested in learning more about Shi-ism want to learn about the differences between Sunni and Shia in regards to rituals and practices. On the other hand, some people are more philosophically oriented and want to know about the differences in regards to basic beliefs. Others don't care about the differences and just want a "primer". So it depends on the individual and what they are requesting/asking for. So I would try to "nail them down" to specifics of what they want to know. Once you have that then finding the information is relatively easy these days and you probably only need a few links to overwhelm the person with good, useful reading material.
  6. Salam, I would argue that "Multiculturalism" itself is a failure due to several false assumptions. First, it assumes that members of a heterogeneous society can be accurately categorized based on the culture they were born into. This is far too simplistic an idea as every culture (just like every race) has so much diversity (among it's members) within itself that any attempt to "understand" it's individual members based on broad cultural stereotypes leads to false assumptions about who individuals are and what they want/need. To make a statement, for example, about the failure of "integrating" immigrants (from Muslim companies) into broader German society oversimplifies the matter to the point of becoming absent of meaning. "Immigrants" are rich, poor, Arab, non-Arab, mixed race, Muslim, non-Muslim, Muslim non practicing, Muslim practicing, .....and on and on. Each sub group of "Immigrants" has their own unique challenges and each individual immigrant has more or less personal identification with a "sub-group". A second false assumption of multi-culturalism is that individuals identify primarily with "culture"/"race"/"country of origin" rather then "religion"/"principles"/philosophy"/"ideals". For example, in the view of multiculturalism a non-practicing Muslim (living in the west) who was born in Muslim country would be considered either "Muslim" or "Arab" or "Immigrant" and a native born Muslim would be considered a non-immigrant. This assumption is false because a non-practicing Muslim living in the West would probably identify more with Western culture then a native born who choose Islam has his/her religion (and is practicing). Regarding multiculturalism in Germany it's failure is not recent as it was doomed from the start. Germany (after WW2) was voluntarily stripped of it's culture and heritage to distance itself from the crimes of the Nazi regime. The result is a confused native culture that isn't sure who they are or what they believe. They can only agree on a few things, such as the value of hard work (Protestant Work Ethic), socialism, secularism, defacto economic segregation from non-Arians, heavy beer consumption is required for social gatherings and a few other things. Those who don't accept their assumptions or share there values are considered "immigrants" regardless of their country of origin. In any society those who are in power will consider their values (but not neccessarily their "culture") as the norm and as those who don't share their values as not really fully part of the society. In Europe (in general) and Germany (in particular) it happens that those who share certain values are primarily of one race/culture and those who do not share the values of those in power are of a different race/culture. So the conflict is over values/ideals and not race/culture or country of origin. In the U.S. this is not the case so we see that the conflict (one of values and ideals) is called what it really is.
  7. Salam, To me their is nothing less worthy of intellectual discussion then prophecies based on Biblical teachings. If you look at the Old Testament (for example) the Christians interpret every verse which talks about the future as proclaiming the "Coming of Christ". When you talk about the new testament prophecies every verse talks about the "Second Coming of Christ". Of course, we as Muslim would never say anything to disrespect Nabi Isa (Jesus Christ) (a.s.) and I'm sure there were prophecies that foretold both the miraculous birth of Jesus (a.s.) (which we believe in) and the time when Jesus (a.s.) will come back to the earth (which we also believe in). The objections are due to the "hijacking" of the words of the Old Testament prophets to "prove" the teachings of the modern Christian church "ex post facto" and the "hijacking" of the words of Jesus (a.s.) in the New Testament to obscure the numerous prophecies related to the coming of the Prophet Mohammad (a.s.) after Jesus (a.s.).
  8. Salam, I applaud your efforts, however, its a tough row to hoe. If you haven't noticed, we don't have a single Muslim talk show on the free, PUBLIC, airwaves that I've ever heard (and I've listed to ALOT of news and talk radio all over the U.S.). I'm not blaming others for this, it's our fault and it should be more of priority then it is currently. As a result, the only way Muslims can get their message out is either by "preaching to the choir" (i.e., speeches and lectures at mosques) or going on non-Muslim talk shows and starting from square one with each host. Another way is speaking on college campuses, although this has become more difficult after 9-11. I have written many "letters to the editor" and even been interviewed on NPR, however, it's usually a very unsatisfying experience because you have to do so much self censorship (because of the limited time and the lack of knowledge of the interviewer/host about the basics of Islam) and you never really get to the "meat" of the issue at hand. You also (unless it's live) have no control of what actually "makes it in" out of what you said (usually a 30 minute interview edited down to 5 minutes or less, for example). I must say,however, that a few of my letters have been well received and I am sometimes surprised by the openness and willingness of the respondents to go "outside of their comfort zone" to pursue their story. I will continue to "express" myself as a Muslim in whatever way I can and as honestly as I can, however, my expectations of the receipeint will remain low for the foreseeable future. I hope I will be proven wrong to have this attitude in the near future.
  9. Salam, If you look at history, Shia opposition movements have been most effective when directed at non-Muslim imperialist powers. On the other hand, even under great oppression by Muslim rulers the Shia community tend to avoid open revolt. However, in recent history we have seen that even Muslim rulers can reach a "tipping point" where they cease to be seen as Muslim rulers and become widely viewed by the general public as surrogates for foreign powers. This happened most recently with the Islamic revolution in Iran, but there are other less well known examples. I believe that oppressive rulers that control most Muslim countries today have learned a lesson from the Islamic Revolution and know they can only go so far in letting their "true colors" (either red, white and blue or just blue and white) show. They make statements which seem to contradict their puppeteers, then go along, then feign displeasure, etc. in a complex mating ritual to attract more "Western" support. They build their palaces far from public view, go on vacation in Las Vegas and meet the public in tents in the desert. May Allah (s.w.a.) curse those rulers that oppress the lovers and followers of Ahly al'Bayt (a.s.) and hasten their demise.
  10. Salam, All of us, including myself, have said things in lighthearted social situations that they wouldn't want published on the front page of their local newspaper. Also, believers that I respect and admire have said things to me (in similar situation) that shocked me and that I wish they wouldn't have said. Part of the duty of a believer is to forgive, overlook and cover up faults in these situations. It's hard to do this when something is published on the internet for all the world to see. For this reason, I am very much against social networking sites when used as "virtual living rooms" for the purpose of having a discussion similar to one you would have at a good friends house face to face. Social media will never replace actual socialization and using it as a replacement for face to face social gatherings is a mistake (i.m.o.). Of course, social media is a powerful technological tool that can be used for many things, however, light-hearted discussions (which I am not against) are best done the old fashioned way.
  11. Salam and Congrats! For the basics (Usool a deen) in a short, easy read I would recommend http://www.answering-ansar.org/fiqh/usool_al_deen/en/index.php Differences (Sunni/Shia Dialogue)...it's a little long but worth the read http://www.al-shia.org/html/eng/p.php?p=shia%27&url=Introduction (You have to click "Books" then "Al-Muraja'at") Spirituality http://rkhomeini.org/eBook/toc.cfm?book_id=87 That's alot of reading, so I'll wait to see if more is requested.
  12. Salam, I object to the question itself on two grounds. 1.) It assumes that the choices are mutually exclusive and 2.) It assumes that those who are married are NOT serving humanity through their marriage. I think when the o.p. thought about "serving humanity", the person thought about doing it in a way that would inflate ones own ego. Lets say you spent the rest of your life feeding hungry orphans, building houses for the homeless, etc. How did you conclude that you would receive a greater reward for this then spending your life serving your spouse and your own children? In both cases, it depends on your intention. If you "serve humanity" (whether inside or outside the home) in a way that draws attention to yourself or your actions then your will receive your reward only in this life anyway. If you spent your life serving humanitarian causes then the only possible advantage would be in terms of praise your may (or may not) receive in this life by other flawed human beings. In the eyes of Allah (s.w.a.), however, a married person receives more reward from Allah (s.w.a.) for their actions then an unmarried one (I can quote many hadith for this if needed). As previously stated, some people are not married for reasons other then an intention to remain so. In that case, Allah (s.w.a.) may choose to reward them for their intention (of marriage) rather then their actual situation (i.s.a.). However, in the case of a person that is unmarried by choice in order to "serve humanity" you are foregoing (in term of potential reward from Allah (s.w.a.)) much more then your perceived "advantage" (in terms of "freedom" and "free time").
  13. If you are going to refer to another thread please post the link to it (or paste the relevant part here). You should not expect fellow SC members to search a website with millions of posts for one about "the source of the Quran" (and their certainly is more then one).
  14. Salam, For Muslims the main purpose of fasting is not to improve physical but spiritual health. For a person that wants to live as a human being the exercise of fasting in the way prescribed by Allah (s.w.a.) helps them to control their animalistic desires and be more aware of their Creator. Some benefits to physical health has been associated with the Muslim fast as well, however, this is of minor importance (in comparison with the spiritual purpose) and the results vary by individual. Also, a Muslim is not encouraged to gorge themselves with food at any time (including Ramadan), however, this has become a cultural reality in many parts of the Muslim world. In regards to the main purpose of the thread I cannot give advice but can share my personal experience. Any sin (whether large or small) can be classified as a "major sin" when it becomes habitual and part of ones "routine". I have found personally that a very helpful spiritual exercise is to examine ones daily (or weekly, monthly) routines to find out what "triggers" any type of sinful behavior. These triggers vary widely from one individual to another, however, once they have been identified one should focus on removing them systematically. An example is if certain thoughts, a certain place, certain people, etc. tend to precede a habitual sin one should examine this and determine if it is possible to eliminate (best) or at least minimize the influence of these things in order to break the habit. Of course, this can only be done with the help and mercy of Allah (s.w.a.) and by seeking his Mercy constantly and sincerely.
  15. Yes, I changed the color because it's hurting my eyes...Why Red? Are you angry or just starving for attention? Here is the problem with your hypothesis on "The Gospels". Anyone of any religion with any book could make the same argument with equal validity. As a result, you need something more then "take it or leave it" to use as "bait"on this website. Here is what you will need: 1.) Tell us where in the Bible the "Gospel of Jesus Christ" is located? 2.) When you realize it's not there, tell us who wrote the "4 Gospels" and provide some references for your claims. 3.) When your realize this is not that easy either tell us why we need the words of Paul (in Corinthians, Romans, etc.) to understand the "4 Gospels" (and the rest of the Bible) instead of relying on the words of Prophet Jesus (a.s.) himself. 4.) To explain why Jesus (a.s.) did not command anyone to worship him, but only to worship God "The Father" .
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