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  1. Ironic that you have the picture of Ayatullah Sistani as your profile pic and he says this about apostates: http://www.sistani.org/arabic/qa/0279/ السؤال: ما هو تعريفكم للمرتد بالتفصيل ؟ الجواب: المرتد وهو من خرج عن الاِسلام واختار الكفر على قسمين: فطري وملّي، والفطري من ولد على اسلام احد ابويه أو كليها ثم كفر، وفي اعتبار اسلامه بعد التمييز قبل الكفر وجهان اقربهما الاعتبار. وحكم الفطري انه يقتل في الحال، وتبين منه زوجته بمجرد ارتداده وينفسخ نكاحها بغير طلاق، وتعتد عدة الوفاة ـ على ما تقدم ـ ثم تتزوج ان شاءت، وتُقسّم امواله التي كانت له حين ارتداده بين ورثته بعد اداء ديونه كالميت ولا ينتظر موته، ولا تفيد توبته ورجوعه الى الاسلام في سقوط الاحكام المذكورة مطلقاً على المشهور، ولكنه لا يخلو عن شوب اشكال، نعم لا اشكال في عدم وجوب استتابته. وأما بالنسبة الى ما عدا الاحكام الثلاثة المذكورات فالاقوى قبول توبته باطناً وظاهراً، فيطهر بدنه وتصح عباداته ويجوز تزويجه من المسلمة، بل له تجديد العقد على زوجته السابقة حتى قبل خروجها من العدة على القول ببينونتها عنه بمجرد الارتداد، والظاهر انه يملك الاموال الجديدة باسبابه الاختيارية كالنجارة والحيازة والقهرية كالارث ولو قبل توبته. واما المرتد الملّي ـ وهو من يقابل الفطري ـ فحكمه انه يستتاب، فان تاب وإلاّ قتل، وانفسخ نكاح زوجته إذا كان الارتداد قبل الدخول أو كانت يائسة أو صغيرة ولم تكن عليها عدة، وأما إذا كان الارتداد بعد الدخول وكانت المرأة في سن من تحيض وجب عليها ان تعتد عدة الطلاق من حين الارتداد، فان رجع عن ارتداده الى الاسلام قبل انقضاء العدة بقي الزواج على حاله على الاقرب وإلاّ انكشف انها قد بانت عنه عند الارتداد. ولا تقسم أموال المرتد الملي إلاّ بعد موته بالقتل أو غيره، وإذا تاب ثم ارتد ففي وجوب قتله من دون استتابة في الثالثة أو الرابعة اشكال. هذا إذا كان المرتد رجلاً، واما لو كان امرأة فلا تقتل ولا تنتقل اموالها عنها الى الورثة إلاّ بالموت، وينفسخ نكاحها بمجرد الارتداد بدون اعتداد مع عدم الدخول أو كونها صغيرة أو يائسة وإلاّ توقف الانفساخ على انقضاء العدة وهي بمقدار عدة الطلاق كما مر في المسألة (٥٦٣). وتحبس المرتدة ويضيّق عليها وتضرب على الصلاة حتى تتوب فان تابت قبلت توبتها، ولا فرق في ذلك بين أن تكون مرتدة عن ملة أو عن فطرة. [Disclaimer: translation below was provided by an anonymous person on a different forum. Feel free to suggest corrections if any.] Question: What is your detailed definition of apostasy? Answer: The apostate is the one who has left islam and chosen disbelief, and their are two categories of apostastes: Fitri and Milli. A Fitri is the one who was born into islam, and either one or both of his parents are muslim, then he apostasized. This is under the assumption that he is any of level of religiosity, bar complete disbelief in islam. The ruling on the Fitri is death immediately. His marriage with his wife is instantly made void, without need for a divorce, and continues until his death. Afterwards, she may marry as she pleases. His money/finances that he owned during his time of apostasy are divided between his heirs, but only after his financial debts are payed. This is done whilst he is alive, as if he had died. His repentance and return to islam does not revoke the ruling against him in any case. However, he can repent. (a few lines underneath I couldn't really understand, sorry) As for the Milli, His ruling is that he repents. He either repents, or is killed. His marriage to his wife is made void if he apostastized before consummation, or if she is upset with the marriage, or if she is small and Iddah doesnt apply to her (meaning virgin again)If he apostatized after consummation, or the wife has reached the age of menstruation then she must go through Iddah of divorce (3 month waiting period) and if he repents and returns to islam before the 3 months of Iddah are up, the marriage is resumed as normal, unless she wanted to be irrevocably divorced whilst he was still an apostate. The finances of the Milli apostate are not divided whilst he is still alive, only after his death (compared to the Fitri, where it is done whilst alive). If he apostatizes a second time, it is then obligatory to kill him, with his repentance unable to revoke the ruling. In the case, of the apostate being a woman, she is not to be killed, and her money not removed from her unless she dies. Her marriage is void just by the fact she apostatises, regardless if they had consummated or she is small, or she is upset/doesnt want husband. It may be resumed if she repents during the Iddah (3 month period). She is to be imprisoned in a narrow space, and hit, to make her pray, until she repents. Her repentance is accepted. There is not difference in this ruling whether she is a Milli or a Fitri.
  2. Ayatullah Sistani fatwa on Apostasy: http://www.sistani.org/arabic/qa/0279/ السؤال: ما هو تعريفكم للمرتد بالتفصيل ؟ الجواب: المرتد وهو من خرج عن الاِسلام واختار الكفر على قسمين: فطري وملّي، والفطري من ولد على اسلام احد ابويه أو كليها ثم كفر، وفي اعتبار اسلامه بعد التمييز قبل الكفر وجهان اقربهما الاعتبار. وحكم الفطري انه يقتل في الحال، وتبين منه زوجته بمجرد ارتداده وينفسخ نكاحها بغير طلاق، وتعتد عدة الوفاة ـ على ما تقدم ـ ثم تتزوج ان شاءت، وتُقسّم امواله التي كانت له حين ارتداده بين ورثته بعد اداء ديونه كالميت ولا ينتظر موته، ولا تفيد توبته ورجوعه الى الاسلام في سقوط الاحكام المذكورة مطلقاً على المشهور، ولكنه لا يخلو عن شوب اشكال، نعم لا اشكال في عدم وجوب استتابته. وأما بالنسبة الى ما عدا الاحكام الثلاثة المذكورات فالاقوى قبول توبته باطناً وظاهراً، فيطهر بدنه وتصح عباداته ويجوز تزويجه من المسلمة، بل له تجديد العقد على زوجته السابقة حتى قبل خروجها من العدة على القول ببينونتها عنه بمجرد الارتداد، والظاهر انه يملك الاموال الجديدة باسبابه الاختيارية كالنجارة والحيازة والقهرية كالارث ولو قبل توبته. واما المرتد الملّي ـ وهو من يقابل الفطري ـ فحكمه انه يستتاب، فان تاب وإلاّ قتل، وانفسخ نكاح زوجته إذا كان الارتداد قبل الدخول أو كانت يائسة أو صغيرة ولم تكن عليها عدة، وأما إذا كان الارتداد بعد الدخول وكانت المرأة في سن من تحيض وجب عليها ان تعتد عدة الطلاق من حين الارتداد، فان رجع عن ارتداده الى الاسلام قبل انقضاء العدة بقي الزواج على حاله على الاقرب وإلاّ انكشف انها قد بانت عنه عند الارتداد. ولا تقسم أموال المرتد الملي إلاّ بعد موته بالقتل أو غيره، وإذا تاب ثم ارتد ففي وجوب قتله من دون استتابة في الثالثة أو الرابعة اشكال. هذا إذا كان المرتد رجلاً، واما لو كان امرأة فلا تقتل ولا تنتقل اموالها عنها الى الورثة إلاّ بالموت، وينفسخ نكاحها بمجرد الارتداد بدون اعتداد مع عدم الدخول أو كونها صغيرة أو يائسة وإلاّ توقف الانفساخ على انقضاء العدة وهي بمقدار عدة الطلاق كما مر في المسألة (٥٦٣). وتحبس المرتدة ويضيّق عليها وتضرب على الصلاة حتى تتوب فان تابت قبلت توبتها، ولا فرق في ذلك بين أن تكون مرتدة عن ملة أو عن فطرة. [Disclaimer: translation below was provided by an anonymous person on a different forum. Feel free to suggest corrections if any.] Question: What is your detailed definition of apostasy? Answer: The apostate is the one who has left islam and chosen disbelief, and their are two categories of apostastes: Fitri and Milli. A Fitri is the one who was born into islam, and either one or both of his parents are muslim, then he apostasized. This is under the assumption that he is any of level of religiosity, bar complete disbelief in islam. The ruling on the Fitri is death immediately. His marriage with his wife is instantly made void, without need for a divorce, and continues until his death. Afterwards, she may marry as she pleases. His money/finances that he owned during his time of apostasy are divided between his heirs, but only after his financial debts are payed. This is done whilst he is alive, as if he had died. His repentance and return to islam does not revoke the ruling against him in any case. However, he can repent. (a few lines underneath I couldn't really understand, sorry) As for the Milli, His ruling is that he repents. He either repents, or is killed. His marriage to his wife is made void if he apostastized before consummation, or if she is upset with the marriage, or if she is small and Iddah doesnt apply to her (meaning virgin again)If he apostatized after consummation, or the wife has reached the age of menstruation then she must go through Iddah of divorce (3 month waiting period) and if he repents and returns to islam before the 3 months of Iddah are up, the marriage is resumed as normal, unless she wanted to be irrevocably divorced whilst he was still an apostate. The finances of the Milli apostate are not divided whilst he is still alive, only after his death (compared to the Fitri, where it is done whilst alive). If he apostatizes a second time, it is then obligatory to kill him, with his repentance unable to revoke the ruling. In the case, of the apostate being a woman, she is not to be killed, and her money not removed from her unless she dies. Her marriage is void just by the fact she apostatises, regardless if they had consummated or she is small, or she is upset/doesnt want husband. It may be resumed if she repents during the Iddah (3 month period). She is to be imprisoned in a narrow space, and hit, to make her pray, until she repents. Her repentance is accepted. There is not difference in this ruling whether she is a Milli or a Fitri.
  3. http://www.sistani.org/arabic/qa/0279/ السؤال: ما هو تعريفكم للمرتد بالتفصيل ؟ الجواب: المرتد وهو من خرج عن الاِسلام واختار الكفر على قسمين: فطري وملّي، والفطري من ولد على اسلام احد ابويه أو كليها ثم كفر، وفي اعتبار اسلامه بعد التمييز قبل الكفر وجهان اقربهما الاعتبار. وحكم الفطري انه يقتل في الحال، وتبين منه زوجته بمجرد ارتداده وينفسخ نكاحها بغير طلاق، وتعتد عدة الوفاة ـ على ما تقدم ـ ثم تتزوج ان شاءت، وتُقسّم امواله التي كانت له حين ارتداده بين ورثته بعد اداء ديونه كالميت ولا ينتظر موته، ولا تفيد توبته ورجوعه الى الاسلام في سقوط الاحكام المذكورة مطلقاً على المشهور، ولكنه لا يخلو عن شوب اشكال، نعم لا اشكال في عدم وجوب استتابته. وأما بالنسبة الى ما عدا الاحكام الثلاثة المذكورات فالاقوى قبول توبته باطناً وظاهراً، فيطهر بدنه وتصح عباداته ويجوز تزويجه من المسلمة، بل له تجديد العقد على زوجته السابقة حتى قبل خروجها من العدة على القول ببينونتها عنه بمجرد الارتداد، والظاهر انه يملك الاموال الجديدة باسبابه الاختيارية كالنجارة والحيازة والقهرية كالارث ولو قبل توبته. واما المرتد الملّي ـ وهو من يقابل الفطري ـ فحكمه انه يستتاب، فان تاب وإلاّ قتل، وانفسخ نكاح زوجته إذا كان الارتداد قبل الدخول أو كانت يائسة أو صغيرة ولم تكن عليها عدة، وأما إذا كان الارتداد بعد الدخول وكانت المرأة في سن من تحيض وجب عليها ان تعتد عدة الطلاق من حين الارتداد، فان رجع عن ارتداده الى الاسلام قبل انقضاء العدة بقي الزواج على حاله على الاقرب وإلاّ انكشف انها قد بانت عنه عند الارتداد. ولا تقسم أموال المرتد الملي إلاّ بعد موته بالقتل أو غيره، وإذا تاب ثم ارتد ففي وجوب قتله من دون استتابة في الثالثة أو الرابعة اشكال. هذا إذا كان المرتد رجلاً، واما لو كان امرأة فلا تقتل ولا تنتقل اموالها عنها الى الورثة إلاّ بالموت، وينفسخ نكاحها بمجرد الارتداد بدون اعتداد مع عدم الدخول أو كونها صغيرة أو يائسة وإلاّ توقف الانفساخ على انقضاء العدة وهي بمقدار عدة الطلاق كما مر في المسألة (٥٦٣). وتحبس المرتدة ويضيّق عليها وتضرب على الصلاة حتى تتوب فان تابت قبلت توبتها، ولا فرق في ذلك بين أن تكون مرتدة عن ملة أو عن فطرة. [Disclaimer: translation below was provided by an anonymous person on a different forum. Feel free to suggest corrections if any.] Question: What is your detailed definition of apostasy? Answer: The apostate is the one who has left islam and chosen disbelief, and their are two categories of apostastes: Fitri and Milli. A Fitri is the one who was born into islam, and either one or both of his parents are muslim, then he apostasized. This is under the assumption that he is any of level of religiosity, bar complete disbelief in islam. The ruling on the Fitri is death immediately. His marriage with his wife is instantly made void, without need for a divorce, and continues until his death. Afterwards, she may marry as she pleases. His money/finances that he owned during his time of apostasy are divided between his heirs, but only after his financial debts are payed. This is done whilst he is alive, as if he had died. His repentance and return to islam does not revoke the ruling against him in any case. However, he can repent. (a few lines underneath I couldn't really understand, sorry) As for the Milli, His ruling is that he repents. He either repents, or is killed. His marriage to his wife is made void if he apostastized before consummation, or if she is upset with the marriage, or if she is small and Iddah doesnt apply to her (meaning virgin again)If he apostatized after consummation, or the wife has reached the age of menstruation then she must go through Iddah of divorce (3 month waiting period) and if he repents and returns to islam before the 3 months of Iddah are up, the marriage is resumed as normal, unless she wanted to be irrevocably divorced whilst he was still an apostate. The finances of the Milli apostate are not divided whilst he is still alive, only after his death (compared to the Fitri, where it is done whilst alive). If he apostatizes a second time, it is then obligatory to kill him, with his repentance unable to revoke the ruling. In the case, of the apostate being a woman, she is not to be killed, and her money not removed from her unless she dies. Her marriage is void just by the fact she apostatises, regardless if they had consummated or she is small, or she is upset/doesnt want husband. It may be resumed if she repents during the Iddah (3 month period). She is to be imprisoned in a narrow space, and hit, to make her pray, until she repents. Her repentance is accepted. There is not difference in this ruling whether she is a Milli or a Fitri.
  4. Adoption site: http://www.newstarkafala.org Fyi, all the children there are Shia (arent all children Shia?) :-)
  5. No they won't. You must be confusing people in the US with people in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Most Americans wont even give it a second thought, much less their government.
  6. Misunderstood Sign Causes Harassment Of Shop owner Picture Of Sign Spread Across Internet POSTED: Monday, July 19, 2010 HOUSTON -- Sajid Master wants the phone calls and angry letters to stop. He wants people to quit coming into Perfume Planet in west Houston to yell at his workers. He'd especially like folks to stop castigating his landlord. Nearly a year after the Internet painted Master as an Al Qaida sympathizer, outrage toward the store at the Harwin Central Mart shows no sign of waning. "They've threatened to kill me; sometimes they're cursing when they call," a resigned Master said recently in his shop. Trouble is, all the indignation is the product of a massive misunderstanding, illustrating the awesome -- and sometimes damaging -- power of the Internet. Master, who describes himself as a proud American citizen, isn't a terrorist sympathizer. He's just a shopkeeper who inadvertently touched a very raw nerve. It started when the Muslim merchant posted a sign at his shop during Ramadan explaining the store would be closed Sept. 11 to remember the death of Imam Ali, a sacred Muslim figure. Master failed, however, to explain that Ali, who is remembered on a different date each year during Ramadan, died in 661 A.D. and was in no way related to the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Someone snapped a picture of the sign and started sending it around online, claiming Imam Ali was one of the Sept. 11 hijackers. Before long the photo went viral, showing up on countless conservative Internet forums and prompting statements like this one that appeared at 2Aforum.com: "Picket, protest, and through lawful means, strangle their business." Perfume Planet sign Soon the phone calls started, befuddling and overwhelming store manager Hasan Kolsawala, who tried to explain that no offense was intended. People called Master's cell phone to denounce him. He probably could have shrugged off the incident as a temporary annoyance, but 10 months later the consequences of that sign still reverberate. Phone calls to Perfume Planet often come in waves as people send around new e-mail chains urging recipients to voice their anger. Workers try to explain things. "But some people don't want to listen," Kolsawala said. "They scream at me." Then, there are the people who stomp into the store holding printouts of the infamous photo and demanding explanations. And there are the countless angry letters flooding the shop's mailbox. Master dutifully pens responses to each one. Luckily for Master, some websites, like the popular snopes.com, have taken pity on him, dedicating space to debunking the controversy. But that doesn't seem to have done much good. The parade of phone calls keeps coming, not only to the shop but to the management of Harwin Central Mart, the mall that houses Master's business. Myong Yi, the mall's manager, said he's almost at his breaking point. "Sometimes, I want to just kick him out," he said. "I get at least one or two calls each day. I want it to stop." This year, Perfume Planet will close to commemorate Imam Ali's death in early September. But the sign will be different, Kolsawala said. "It'll just say, 'We're closed today,"' he said.
  7. Get one of those clip-on earrings from a place like Claires or Walmart. This way you can see if you like it before getting the piercing done.
  8. People questioned Islam all the time even during the time of the Prophet (p). One person even asked Imam Ali (A) - what if there is really no God, to which the Imam responded by saying that he would still live his life the exact same way even if there was no God*. Any maulwi these days would throw a hissy fit if he was asked such a question. [* Can't recall the source for the above but if you know please share it] I recall an incident many years ago from my high school Islamic studied class when I threw a volley of questions at my pakistani teacher - If satan tempts everyonel then who tempted satan? how did the children of Adam & Eve marry since they were siblings? Staying true to his south asian roots, he got ticked off and suggested that satan was leading me astray for asking such questions. The tradition of intolerance and authoritarianism in the Muslim world apparently seems to be a recent phenomenon, possibly as a result of half a millennium of being down in the dumps with a topping of battered self confidence.
  9. All shaheed and especially the Masoomeen are, in our beliefs, alive. However it would be a travesty of fairness and justice to imagine Allah would leave them alive on earth. When saying they are "alive", one would expect they've already been escorted to heaven right after their death and are not having to linger here on earth - a place that gave them so much grief. Can you state any source that backs up your assumption that they are 'alive and omnipresent here on earth' and where they have claimed that 'Allah has granted them the responsibility of moving around and helping out people in need till eternity' or a simple statement of any Imam stating we should appeal to them for help? For those arguing against the 'Ya Ali madad' stance, it would be worthwhile to understand this phenomenon from an anthropological angle. This practice (ya Ali madad) is quite widespread in the Indo-Pakistan region - a place where Shias migrated to over the centuries but that does not have any notable religious center of learning. As a result, the concept of Shi'ism mutated and through the course of time took on a life of its own - to the extent that many followers of Shia Islam from the Middle East and elsewhere won't even recognize a number of practices of South Asian Shias.
  10. Airing such critical comments in a public magazine instead of directly communicating concerns to the superiors would get you fired from any organization - doesn't matter if its the whitehouse or your local masjid. Of course resigning was the right thing for him to do. Btw, what on earth does this have to do with "Western Style Democracy" anyway?!?
  11. Imam Ali (as) has already stated it as clearly as possible: Imam Ali's advice to his son "He Who owns the treasures of the Heavens and the Earth has given you permission to call upon Him, and promised you a favorable response. He has ordered you to ask Him and He will give you, to seek His mercy and He will extend it. He has not made any barriers or intermediaries between you and Him. Nothing stops you when you commit a sin from repenting and going back to Him." "When you call upon Him, He listens to you. When you whisper to Him, He knows your secret. When you tell Him of your need and confide in Him your want, when you complain of your worries and ask Him to relieve you, when you seek His support in every matter, and beg Him access to the treasures of mercy that no one else can give – in terms of long life, good health, and abundance in means of livelihood; He will put in your hands the key of His treasures in response to the request He has graciously allowed you to submit. You may, as you wish, through supplication, tap the gates of His bounties and purify yourself in the flood of His mercy." Prophet asked Imam Ali for help in a battle. Imam Ali too was helped in the battle of Badr by three thousand angels as the Quran itself states (below). Does that mean we say 'Ya Malaika Madad (O angels help us)"! It is up to Allah to find the means to help the needy. There is not a single verse or hadith out there where Imam Ali or the Prophet have stated that Allah has assigned them as helpers (in the physical sense) of Muslims from then to eternity or commanded Muslims to ask the Imams or Prophet for help (naudhubillah). “Allah had helped you at Badr, when ye were a contemptible little force; then fear Allah; thus May ye show your gratitude. § Remember thou saidst to the Faithful: "Is it not enough for you that Allah should help you with three thousand angels (Specially) sent down? § "Yea, - if ye remain firm, and act aright, even if the enemy should rush here on you in hot haste, your Lord would help you with five thousand angels Making a terrific onslaught. §” - Al-i-Imran 3:123–125
  12. I saw this show on NDTV and of course support the one third reservation of seats for women in parliament. The mullahs leading the muslim groups in India are crying foul because they don't have any women leaders in their groups and therefore fear that their numbers and clout in the parliament will further decrease. Instead of crying over women getting more rights, these ambassadors of misogyny and jahilliya should work towards including women in their organizations. =============================== http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Women%27s_Reservation_Bill_India Women's Reservation Bill or the The Constitution (108th Amendment) Bill, is a pending bill in India which proposes to provide 'thirty three per cent of all seats in the Lower house of Parliament of India the Lok Sabha and state legislative assemblies shall be reserved for women. The Upper House Rajya Sabha passed it on 9 Mar 2010 [1]. The seats to be reserved in rotation will be determined by draw of lots in such a way that a seat shall be reserved only once in three consecutive general elections. Women get 33% reservation in gram panchayat (meaning village assembly, which is a form of local village government) and municipal elections. There is a long-term plan to extend this reservation to parliament and legislative assemblies.[2][3][4] In addition, women in India get reservation or preferential treatments in education and jobs. Certain men consider this preferential treatment of women in India as discrimination against them in admissions to schools, colleges, and universities. For instance, several law schools in India have a 30% reservation for females.[5] Progressive political opinion in India is strongly in favour of providing preferential treatment to women in order to create a level playing field for all of its citizens. The Women's reservation Bill was passed by the Rajya Sabha on 9 March 2010 by a majority vote of 186 members in favour and 1 against [1].It will now go to the Lok Sabha, and if passed there, would be implemented. Possible benefits * More women participation in politics and society. * Social norms in India strongly favour men, therefore, reservation for women is expected to create equal opportunity for men and women. * Due to female foeticide and issues related to women's health, sex ratio in India is alarming at 1.06 males per female.[6]. It is expected this will change the society to give equal status to women. * Women are supposedly more resistant to corruption. therefore, this bill might prove to be a factor restraining the growth of corruption. Possible drawbacks This section may contain original research. Please improve it by verifying the claims made and adding references. Statements consisting only of original research may be removed. More details may be available on the talk page. (March 2010) Passing the Women’ Reservation Bill may cause bias in the democratic process because of the following reasons: * It may hurt the self respect of women who have come up on their own ability, it may result in lesser respect for women in the society. It may also bring down the quality of leaders. * It is likely to begin/increase the hatred between genders as male may feel deprived of certain privileges, in turn create more social issues. * Parties will be forced to find women whether or not the women identify with the overall party agenda and the rest of the issues concerning all citizens, as opposed to just women’s issues. There are no provisions to prevent discrimination against men because of finding women who are inclined towards women’s issues alone, or, in other words, biased against men. * Powerful male members of parties will be tempted to find female relatives to ‘reserve’ the seat for themselves during the following cycle. * It is feared that reservation would only help women of the elitist groups to gain seats, therefore causing further discrimination and under-representation to the poor and backward classes (According to a National Election Study, 68 per cent of today's women MPs are crorepatis).
  13. It's basic human psychology to want to have something physical to hold on to, something one can see and touch to derive comfort and assurance from - hence the red threads, amulets, talisman, chewing flowers off alams, swallowing soil from holy places, etc.
  14. 1. Participate in the political system at the local and national level. 2. Visit http://www.cair.com Change takes time.
  15. I won't suggest getting too worked up about the lashkar wahabi types. That's the beauty of living in a Western society - people can believe and preach whatever they want - bad or good, hateful or not, wahabism or shi'ism. As the cliche goes, I may not agree with what they say but I'll defend to my death their right to say it. As long as no one's rights are violated, chill. As for mainstream Sunnis, one good idea would be to unite on common ground e.g. organize joint Miladunnabi functions, annual sports events, camping, etc.
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