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  1. Salaam Alaikum all! :) OK (to all those that want to apply) I just tried again and info@zahratrust.co.uk, definitely does not work here's the message: I used Info@Zahratrust.com, which was provided by the website. Insha'Allah that helps, and Insha'Allah, someone from ZT can clear up this misunderstanding.
  2. Wa Alaikum as-Salaam, I tried that address the first time and it came back as undeliverable. I googled Zahra Trust and the contact info stated Info@ZahraTrust.com. I tried this one and it went through, I just hope it's not some other organization's website, but the co.uk email doesn't work. Insha'Allah kheir. :)
  3. Salaam Alaikum, I tried to send my CV to the email provided but it came back with an error message. Is the email: info@zahratrust.co.uk or Info@zahratrust.com? Thank you :)
  4. Nothing? Usually this is a pretty outspoken and chatty lot. :) From my understanding she was a perpetual virgin, Subhan'Allah, but some brothers are claiming otherwise and that she did in fact marry Joseph (and/or one of his brothers after his death). One sheikh mentioned that she ascended to Jannah in her bodily form, like Nebi Issa (as). Are there any ahadith that you all know of?
  5. Salaam alaikum wr wb Brothers and Sisters, Can anyone recommend a good book about Sayiddah Maryam (as). Does anyone know or have any ahadith concerning her life (especially after the Asention of Nebi Issa [AS]), narrated from the Rasulullah (SAWA) or the Imams (as)? I'm getting SO many conflicting stories about her, especially concerning her asceticism. Was she married or not? Thank you in advance, WS :)
  6. Salaam Alaikum, Firstly, to the winners/participants congratulations, Insha'Allah the work you committed to the project exalted you closer towards inner enlightenment of the religion. I would like to officials to upload all the essays on Shiachat please. I find it a little discouraging that either the same names keep winning the essays, and that the essays are done in a rhetorical rather than academic manner. The mission statement of the essay contest is to spark a serious, scholastic debate about the Ahlul Bayt (as) within contemporary settings. However, most of the essays I read of previous winners, were done in a less than academic fashion that relied heavily on rhetoric and general statements. The process is also to promote and strengthen research, writing and reasoning skills, but none of the articles sourced material, ideas or quotations properly and many, in fact, relied on websites/blogs (as source material), without referencing authentic books. Most of the pieces are nonacademic, opinion pieces that are no different than many blog entries, which is not what the guidelines were asking for.
  7. Just as an addition, Ali Shari'ati offers this explanation to woman being created from Adam's rib (which is rejected by the Imams (as) of Ahlul Bayt): Another issue is the woman who is believed to have been created from Adam's rib. This is the result of a wrong translation of the Arabic word 'rib' into Persian. In Arabic and Hebrew 'rib' has an additional meaning which is 'nature.' Thus, instead of "Eve was created from Adam's nature," it came to mean "Eve was created from Adam's rib." From Shari'ati's Man and Islam
  8. This is NO place for polemics. Ayatullah Fadhlullah dedicated his life to Islam, more than ANY of us on this board. We Shi'a pride ourselves with the process of Ijtihad, this allows us, above all other fractions to advance Islam to meet the needs of our people and society in general. It also allows for differing opinions. I'm a follower of Sistani, however, this is a VERY sad day for me and should be a sad day for all of us. If you cannot have the simple akhlaq to say, "Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Raji`un", than you should keep other comments to yourself, please; and post all other quires in other threads. AGAIN, PLEASE RECITE AL-FATIHAH for the Late Mujtahid!
  9. Inna lillahi wa Inna Ilayhi Raji`un Bismillah al-Rahman al-rahim: Allahuma Salle ala Muhammad wa aale Muhammad. I humbly ask all brothers of faiths to recite Surah al-Fatihah for Ayatullah Fadlullah.
  10. Wa Alaikum as-Salaam WR WB, I've gone through many sources so far, and none have said what Ayatullah Fadlallah has said: http://www.al-islam.org/nahjul/contents.htm http://www.al-islam.org/nahjul/sources.htm http://www.imamreza.net/eng/imamreza.php?id=1595 http://www.al-islam.org/Organizations/Aalimnetwork/msg00130.html Ayatullah Mutaharri states that all contents, except for a few minor aphorisms, of Nahjul Balagha have been sourced and determined: http://www.al-islam.org/al-tawhid/glimpses/1.htm Does anyone have answers from any of the other Marja? I do agree that we should study all the words and confirm its authenticity.
  11. Who said Nahjul Balagha was unreliable? http://www.nahjulbalagha.org/misconceptions.php From my understanding there have been questions brought up by certain scholars of our brothers not on its authancity as a whole, but in the parts regarding the first 2 caliphs, Umar and Abu Bakr.
  12. This is a very, very simplistic and ignorant way of looking at it and baseless in Islam. According to Sayyed Radhwi (AKA Razwy), who wrote the essential "Khadijah tul Kubra", stated that the reason there are no women prophets is because motherhood, in its essence via its job description; the fact that a woman's womb creates, bears and sustains life, that she nurtures that child after birth to man/womanhood is prophethood. Allah didn't want to burden women further, not because they don't have the capacity or intellect to preach, teach or understand but through the shear exaltation of a woman's role in society, in the eyes of Allah, that EVERY WOMAN on earth has the potential to reach the state of prophethood. When Rasulullah states that "Heaven is beneath the feet of Mothers." NOW, you understand why. Jump to the 8 minute mark: When it is stated "And they are from Fatimah: And her Father, her Husband and her Children (as)". How exalted is the status of women when the universe is created from the light of Imamate?
  13. I thank you for the insight, I will most definitely keep you in mind while I'm finishing my paper. :) I agree, I don't think that a female scholar would recommend it nor would think of it as preferred (I'm pretty sure that they are aligned with the majority of the Maraja on this). It certainly is not an easy solution, Allah forbid.
  14. Wa Alaikum as-Salaam WR WB, Actually, I don't think that at all. However, I do think a woman's POV on the topic would be very interesting. I know what the other Marja' say; Imam Khomeini's fatwa states that abortion within the first 11-13 days is permissible (pre-implantation stage), but given that a woman would understand both the tangible and intangible effects of abortion...she can relate better to another woman than another man. For instance, a man can understand the affects the period cycle has on a woman; we understand and sympathize with the sensitivities that come with it, but ONLY another woman can actually really relate to difficulties here because we do not experience the physical/hormonal changes. What I'm trying to do is tackle abortion and rape from the intangible/subjective side. The trauma and violation of her dignity, how do we heal this? Abortion is most definitely traumatic for women, but is it more traumatic than the act of being raped? Is abortion of a violation as traumatic as abortion from a loving relationship (for whatever reason) or from an adulterous one? Do they equate? The latter two come from relationships where the woman allowed the man to her body, however, rape is a different scenario; does she see the child as her own? I don't see the problem with women scholars for other women.
  15. Salaam Alaikum WR WB, I was wondering if you guys could help me answer several questions. I did a search but couldn't find what I was looking for, but if there are any pertinent links please provide them and forgive the duplicate. What I am really interested is contact information for a Allamat or a Mujtihadat, like Zohreh Sefati...if anyone knows how I could get in contact with one that would be greatly appreciated! The school of Ahlul Bayt teaches us that abortion can only be allowed under the concept of "Al-ahamm wa-l-muhimm", however, are there any legal precedences where this can fall under non-health emergencies. For instance, can this concept allow abortion after rape for fear of the mother's life from society and/or families retribution. Ayatollah Sistani says no, however, Ayatollah Fadhallah, states that if the mother fears retribution for an honor killing an abortion is allowable before the child's ensoulment. What if the mother was gang-raped, rape under any condition is a heinous crime, but such an extreme violation would clearly leave the mother traumatized for life. What if this traumatic event led to her contemplating (and even attempting) suicide, would an abortion be allowed here as a precaution to save her life? Say a woman in Iraq is raped and out of fear or shame doesn't say a word, therefore she doesn't go see a doctor, doesn't know she's pregnant, obviously no "morning after" pill is not administered, and eventually she starts showing and realizes that her family/community is not going to buy the "I was raped, but was too afraid to..." statement? What then? Are there any traditions from the Holy Imams (as), with the source, that could help expound on this topic? Qur'an 23:12-14 states that life within a mother's womb is through 5 stages: 1. Nutfah (Sperm and fertilized ovum) 2. 'Alaqah (blood like clot) that has implanted itself. 3. Mudhqah (lump of flesh) 4. Adthm (bone is formed) 5. Yaksu lahman (Bone is clothed with flesh) From my understanding it is at the point of, what is known today as, implantation, as Imam Sajjad (as) described it Fastaqarrat fihi is the point where the ban of abortion is implemented. And that abortion today, as described by the ulema is, Ba'd istiqari n'-nutfah fi 'r-rahm (Aborting a nutfah (Ovum) after it settled within the womb). Is my understanding correct? If you have hadiths from the Holy Imams (as), in particular Imam Sajjad (as), in regards to the women of Harra after the pillage of Medina by the forces of Yazid? From my understanding Imam didn't allow abortion upon the women of Harra because the child is innocent of the heinous act, and can still reach the highest echelons of life. If anyone knows any Mujtihadat or Allamat whom I can talk to I would greatly appreciate it. Thank you so very much for your time, Insha'Allah this letter finds you all well and in peace. Ammar :)
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