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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. People do bizarre things in desperation. There are Shia women I know who eat mud (from Karbala) with the hopes of conceiving a baby. Of course, they even have hadeeth to support the bizarre behavior. When one of our guests at our house went into sujood during salat, we heard crackling sounds, like a squirrel gnawing on wood. Later we noticed our turbahs starting to vanish. It was so comical I couldn't make stuff up like that even if I tried. One factor that kind'a skews the numbers in regards to Muslims converting to something else is the unique stance of Islam (or is it Muslims' belief) in ki
  2. Wa'alaykum Salam V.B. ...dude you sound like one Adam-bezaar troubled soul ...because the above is more of a rant (comical nonetheless) than a serious desire to understand the ground realities. Let me illustrate by a parable. Bacteria is present everywhere - on a dinner plate as well as on the floor but that does not mean we eat off the floor. Same way, crime/corruption/problems exist in developed countries as well as in Pakistan but the two do not compare. There is nothing embarrassing with admitting it nor is it something to be ashamed of because no single person can take credit or blame for
  3. Are you really serious in comparing safety (or for that matter anything) in Pakistan with that of US and UK? Are you getting your facts about US and UK from Urdu majalis? As for comparisons with India, both the countries are in a fairly bad state currently, but it does not take a social scientist or a news analyst to figure which one of the two is going in the wrong direction. The first step in solving a problem is acknowledging the problem. Fyi, NY is nowhere close to having the highest crime rates in the US, let alone the world. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_cities_by_crime_rate
  4. The uncertainty exists as far as we're concerned because science has not reached the point where that "uncertainty" can be measured or explained. But we have to start with the premise that all particles follow established rules. So regardless if the movement is measurable, we can deduce that, based on science, the state of the universe 1 second later will depend on its state a second ago. Does that not make sense?
  5. [mod, you deleted the wrong post. Here is the original post] Eid-e-Shabaan Mubarak to all. Last night we visited our local masjid to celebrate the birth of our twelfth Imam (as). The speaker was a visiting Maulana from Australia who had excellent oratory skills. In addition to sharing many noteworthy hadeeth and teachings, he stressed on three specific conditions, as per hadeeth, that would indicate the arrival of the Imam (as). First, the number of deaths as a result of violence will reach its peak. He cited the events in Iraq and Afghanistan as evidence of this condition. Next, livelihood wo
  6. To make an accurate assessment, not only does one have to live in the US (many Muslims do) but one has to receive at least some level of education in US history and political science. Most immigrant Muslims in the US don't hence the widespread misconceptions and prejudices. I do not think the two cases even remotely compare because the Romans' control over their vast empire was through force. In the case of the US, none of its states would secede even if we had a vote/referendum in all 50 of them. US, as a country, derives its strength from its people who have among the highest literacy rates
  7. http://www.time.com/time/world/article/0,8...=rss-topstories Pakistan: Who's Attacking the Christians? Wednesday, Aug. 05, 2009 By Omar Waraich / Gojra The intruders wore masks and carried guns. They went door to door, through the narrow and dusty alleyways, asking if there were any Christians inside. When the terrified faces inside replied yes, they poured chemicals on the small, redbrick homes of Episcopalians and Evangelicals, setting them ablaze. In some cases, they didn't bother with the question. Instead, they opened fire and hurled rocks, forcing families to flee in a panic � moments
  8. There is no evidence that the necktie is a symbol of the cross. Not sure why would a mujtahid issue fatwas about cultural practices, even with regards to his own country, if those practices have no religious dimension. ---------- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Necktie Origins The necktie can be traced back to the time of the Thirty Years' War (1618–1648) when Croatian mercenaries from the Military Frontier in French service, wearing their traditional small, knotted neckerchiefs, aroused the interest of the Parisians.[1] Due to the slight difference between the Croatian word for Croats, "Hrvati"
  9. A good marriage is the best thing in the world and a bad marriage is the worst thing that can happen to a person. The key is to fully understand what you're getting into. It is shocking to see how many youth marry without discussing important issues with their prospective spouses. For anyone planning marriage, I would seriously recommend that both sides fill out a questionnaire (something like in eharmony.com) and see if your characters are compatible ...else Allah hi Maalik! In many cases where the marriage has turned really sour (verbal abuse, etc) it is better to leave, if you can afford it
  10. A friend of mine shared an interesting observation with me about predestination. Here was his analysis: "Let's say we're playing a game of pool. A fraction of a moment after the stick hits the cue ball, we can theoretically calculate the trajectory of the cue ball, how it is going to impact the 10 balls, what direction exactly each of those balls will go, etc till everything comes to rest. In other words, right after the very first impact, everything is destined to follow paths based on scientific principles." "Now let's apply this analogy to the big bang billions of years ago at the atomic l
  11. Why is it that all the aliens are found in the US and all the Jinns are found in India/Pakistan?? :huh:
  12. Why do you think 1,000,000,000 Sunni Muslims would gladly fall in line behind a Shia Imam? Most Muslims simply looked the other way as eleven previous Imams were killed. Were those eleven Imams weaker than the twelfth that they could not even conquer their own city let alone the whole world as you say the twelfth Imam would do? Please explain.
  13. Ouch! that was below the belt. :) ...no seriously, comparing honesty and integrity between Western countries and Middle Eastern/South Asian countries when it comes to the media or even the general public interactions is absurd. There is a reason the latter are collectively termed "developing" or "third world" countries, and why we have millions of Muslims thronging to Western embassies for visas.
  14. If the people of Muslim countries really wanted to get rid of their corrupt leaders no other country could stop that from happening. Right.... because Shia Muslims can practice their cultural, religious, and social activities with utmost freedom in Muslim countries. As for people in Shia countries, they're busy going after other minorities.
  15. You are correct. According to Ayatullah Sistani's rulings, it is better to pray the five salat on their proper times and not combine them.
  16. Why is it that the only Muslims are the ones who seem to complain and blame? Many other countries (even Japan that was viciously nuclear bombed) have moved on, developed themselves, and are thriving. Even US neighbors Mexico and natural-resource-rich Canada curiously never have complaints about US taking over them and other such baloney. Answer is simple - Muslim dictators like to fool their masses by pointing fingers left and right so they have an excuse to stay in power. The day Muslim masses stop worshiping their leaders and start holding them accountable their condition will improve.
  17. Memorable quote from Shiachat: "you're the one who is killing you." ...we should start a collection. :)
  18. Unlike the Shias, most Sunni Muslims do not consider it obligatory.
  19. It is allowed if you follow the rulings of Ayt Fadhlullah: http://english.bayynat.org.lb/QA/qa.aspx?id=122 Q: I know that Sayyed Fadlullah deemed it permissible for a man to shave his beard, but I want to leave my beard because it is one of the Prophet’s traditions. What should I do in this case? 9/15/2006 1:38:26 PM A: Although we deemed it permissible to shave one’s beard, it is Ahwat Istihbaban (recommendable precaution) for the pious person not to shave it because, nowadays, it is said to be a religious symbol.
  20. Asking whether suicide bombing is a sin or a crime is like asking whether money is bad. The answer is that it depends. Suicide bombing involves knowingly killing one's self in the process of killing someone else. When non-Muslims ask me about it, I cite an example from popular culture - the movie Independence Day - which has aliens taking over the planet earth. During the climax, the missile launcher of a drunk pilot's F16 gets locked. So he takes his plane and rams it into the alien flying saucer thereby saving humankind. So the question whether suicide bombing is a sin or not is irrelevant.
  21. Part of the solution is to frame the problem in a positive way. At the ground level, debating over long term global warming trends would be less effective than discussing the effects of pollution, destruction of finite resources, and permanent loss of species. No one debates the negative effects of cars, factories, etc burning fossil fuels, and the need for the average citizens to be less wasteful, and that is the message that should be highlighted. And heavens knows the Middle East would be better off when the oil runs out and people start relying on what is between their ears and not what is
  22. Traditional style Arabic calligraphy is very attractive however I feel that its time has passed and has been done to death. In recent times, I've seen artists taking a more modern abstract approach to Arabic calligraphy. Using computer graphics, you can achieve amazing results as seen in the links below and it is not very hard to learn nor is it expensive. I think making fine art (2D, 3D) is not a problem as long as it does not involve indecent subjects. However, some Shia scholars strangely enough still prohibit making of 3D objects. You can see these link for inspiration: http://www.sakk
  23. The solution is not eliminating differences (that is never going to happen) rather it is to learn to live with differences. If some Sunnis think Shias are kafir, it's their right to think that. And it is the right of any Shia to do nazr or whatever for any reason including celebrating Muawiya's death (if that is what they want to do).
  24. The word Barzakh is translated as 'partition', so it's not really a physical place but some sort of a barrier ...perhaps like a time warp door in sci-fi movies. Regardless, it's not very useful fretting over the details since right after the moment of death we'll be beyond the point of making amends anyway. Surah Al Muminoon 023.99-103: (In Falsehood will they be) Until, when death comes to one of them, he says: "O my Lord! send me back (to life),- "In order that I may work righteousness in the things I neglected." - "By no means! It is but a word he says."- Before them is a Partition till th
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