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Photi

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  1. Very good presentation by Sheikh Yusufali. Thanks SAHF.
  2. inshallah, may cooler heads prevail.. this seems so ridiculous. it smells more like the pretext-making of western warmongers or disloyal iranian expats. it is far-fetched to believe the Iranian leadership had anything to do with this. it is difficult to imagine any calculated benefit for the Islamic Republic. the track record of lies and pretexts spread by the imperial powers for starting illegal wars should be quite recent everyone's memory. i know who not to believe. the 1% and their media.
  3. I completely dissociate from ever having said anything nice about this guy. i was duped. my b s detector must've been off that month. http://mondoweiss.net/2011/09/bernard-henri-levy-philosopher-for-hire.html#comment-361715
  4. maybe an educated religious muslim woman doesn't appear as a guy would expect.
  5. wa alaikum salam, For Followers of the late Syed Fadlallah, Ramadan starts on Monday August 1st: "The Juristic Committee of the Institution of His Eminence, the Religious Authority, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra) announced that the scientific data and precise astronomical calculation it obtained indicate that the astronomical birth (central conjunction) of the crescent of the blessed month of Ramadan is on Saturday, July 30, 2011 at 18:40 p.m. (GMT); that is, at 21:40 a.m. Beirut summer time. Therefore, since the crescent can not be seen anywhere in the world on Saturday night, neither by the naked eye, nor by the aid of magnifiers, then Sunday marks the last day of Shaaban (the thirtieth), and Monday, August 01, 2011 is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan. It must be noted that the crescent can be easily sighted on Sunday night in the southern part of Africa and in South America, and rather difficultly in central Africa. Therefore, according to the jurisprudential opinion of the late Religious Authority, His Eminence, Sayyed Muhammad Hussein Fadlullah (ra), Monday is the first day of the blessed month of Ramadan 1432 H., even in the eastern regions of the globe, such as Australia, New Zealand, China and others..."
  6. Salam alaikum, I thought Zareen or others might have something more to say about this subject. Is Democracy in Indonesia fact or fiction? The article below can be found here:
  7. 'Pay no attention ma'am to the men holding the guns, they have no function. Just walk right on by.'
  8. sure, it was passed along by someone else elsewhere. the comments seem particularly well-informed for both sides in the discussion.
  9. More of the article at the link: Friday, July 1, 2011 Galileo's Curse by Amir Taheri To deny facts of the past is more difficult than making outlandish claims in the present. The western press has as long as I can remember classified the Iranian economy as in a "destructive downhill spiral". Statements of deep recession, stagnation and utter self-implosion have also been written to describe this economy of 70 plus million. Much coverage and reference was devoted in the last year to bleak reports from the IMF and the WTO on Iran's economy. (Un)strangely enough, when two weeks ago a delegation from the IMF visited Iran and after reviewing the books retracted its prior weak assessment of Iran's economy, there was little to no coverage. The IMF did not just adjust its assessment of Iran's 2009-2010 economy, it flat out praised Iran's current path and future potential. Having originally claimed that Iran's economy had near 1% growth in 2009 they readjusted it to 3.5% growth in hindsight. This notwithstanding that oil prices last year were down from the year before. They further went to say that, "The mission commended the authorities for the early success in the implementation of their ambitious subsidy reform program." Inflation was also brought down from 25.4% to 12.4% even though prices had increased at time as high as 700%. I myself have now officially lived in Iran for 6 months. I don't see a country that is self-imploding, or in recession or any of the other terms that are used by most of the major papers. I even studied business and economics, so I should be able to see some of the signs of an economy in bad shape. What I do see for my own eyes are people living, spending money more than I have ever seen in my life in the West, and a society that is more capitalistic than many western countries. Although gas is between $1.60-$2.80 a gallon a far cry from just recent memory when it was 40 cents a gallon, the streets are clogged. In my city there is a popular street where the young come to cruise for dates. They do this Iranian style, by driving their gas-guzzlers up and down the street until finding a suitable match, sometimes hours. With gas prices almost 300% higher, surprisingly you see no less traffic on this street. I see average earning families putting their kids in private and expansive schools prior to even reaching high-school or college when costs really add up. I see an incredible number of foreign cars on the streets that cost a pricy 100% extra due to import taxes. And no these are not crony government officials or drug dealers driving these high-end cars. They are mostly business people who run restaurants, shops, and even hair salons. I see with my own eyes, construction everywhere. No section of any city I have visited has been immune to this expansion. Large public works like metros, highways, and bridges compete with privately funded and even bigger and higher hotels, apartments, and shopping malls. In September Shiraz will get the largest mall in the world according to number of shops; 2500! Tabriz is expanding with private money in all directions and is set to start construction on the largest hotel complex with story reach of 66 floors. Mashhad with an influx of over 20 million pilgrims each year (more than Mecca) has more ongoing hotel, mall, and public works projects than I have time to list. The capital Tehran has recently opened the world's largest revolving restaurant in its Milad tower. A meal for one person will set you back $160. The restaurant itself pays a whopping $300,000 monthly rent.
  10. Photi

    Marijuana

    Abu Dujana, can you fear monger a little more? http://www.leader.ir/langs/en/index.php?p=contentShow&id=7890 is that all medicinal plants except cannabis?
  11. how does Islamophobia in America compare to Irano-phobia in Saudi Arabia, or B'hai-phobia in Iran? How easily could I go around talking about the virtues of American society if I were in Qom? Racism together with rational and irrational phobias exist in all societies, the question is how responsive are those societies when it comes to recognizing and dealing with its own flaws. Every nation and state is a work in progress.
  12. is freedom of speech a guaranteed right in the Islamic Republic? is it a guaranteed right in the UK? is PressTV the only "news" outlet who could be considered a propaganda machine? it is the UK who is applying the double standards in this case.
  13. Photi

    Marijuana

    go sip some tea then. oh wait, that's a drug too.
  14. Photi

    Marijuana

    there is like a 16 page thread in the bros forum which discusses the subject in detail. shouldn't b e hard to find.
  15. all i have to say is it is a good thing muslims are not racist or discriminatory.
  16. God has told the Muslims that divorce is okay if necessary though it is discouraged. God has also told the Muslims that sex for pleasure within a marriage is okay, therefore non-permanent forms of contraception are permissible. FounderChurch, are you saying you know better than Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì?
  17. Is the Shaitan a conservative or a liberal? Is our nafs constrained by such trite categorizations? Our religion already tells us the origins of good and evil, your weltanschauung is useless. Muslims have it pretty good in the US, why would we want to revolt?
  18. You said that birth control (not abortion mind you, but birth control methods that prevent pregnancy in the first place) is akin to murder. So according to your logic that means the rapist who impregnates his victim has prevented a murder from happening. If that is the case, shouldn't the court overlook his rape? You also said liberals are evil. First, please answer Kadhim's criticisms of your usage of the words 'liberal' and 'conservative.' These are indeed relative terms and you have made no effort to give us your operational definitions. But let's just say liberal and conservative are being used in the American context. I personally think George Bushes are evil men, i think Cheney is an evil man, Wolfowitz, Perle, and many others. These named men are conservatives and have been directly responsible for over a million deaths. Do you think they are evil or good? You are espousing an anti-intellectual hate-filled ideology. You are the one who appears to be aspiring to evil you self-righteous simpleton.
  19. i was using your logic to show the absurdity of your logic. your basic assumptions on birth control are flawed. this was just one example.
  20. Will the rapist then who impregnates his victim not be held accountable for his crime since, by your logic, he has saved a life as a consequence of his actions, a life that would not have otherwise been had he not raped the girl? Using reason properly begins by first making the correct assumptions. From either the Islamic or the humanist point of view, your assumptions are flawed.
  21. Near the top of his opening post he says: "This topic is not well understood by either Muslims, Christians and/or other groups, yet it is the most defining fundamental affecting everyone's lives, in every nation and religion. The reason it is not well understood is that evil people (Liberals) in all groups want to suppress this sort of understanding. This delineation divides every group, even businesses, because it is endemic to the human nature placed in us by the Creator. In computer terms, it is the software installed in our brain at our inception." FounderChurch equates evil people with liberals. This sounds like the founding of a hate ideology to me. Liberal and conservative are two sides of the same coin. It is futile for one side to deny the existence of the other side. Doing so leads to crimes like genocide as well as intolerant political environments. What does Confucius say about achieving a balanced society?
  22. Without question the onus of peace is on the Israelis. I am a Westerner but try not to aspire to such arrogance. Americans need a dose of libertarianism to coat our politics. We are not the World.
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