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  1. Thank you for your response. It is not that this brother does not believe in saying namaz. He accepts that this is part of Islam. It is just that he does not himself pray on most days, he never got into the habit of it. He probably intends to do so - in his words "get into it some day". So the questions in my original post remain - is it worthwhile for him to fast if he is not praying? And should I inform him of this if it means he would stop fasting altogether? I suppose to some extent I am asking if Islam is a religion where you either do it properly or don't do it at all.
  2. Salams alaykum to all my brothers and sisters and mahe Ramadan mubarak! I have a couple of questions, hope someone can answer them. (1) Is it ok to use a neti pot while fasting? It is a cleaning mechanism for the sinuses. The water goes into one nostril and out the other, nothing is swallowed. (2) I know a brother who is fasting the holy month of Ramadan but he doesn't normally say his namaz. I have read that unless one says one's namaz while fasting, the fasting is not accepted. Is this true? If it is true, should I tell him? The reason I ask is that if I tell him, rather than introducing his
  3. A bit like saying a prisoner is free because he can walk within the boundaries of his prison cell. Ironic that your example of Iran's freedom of speech includes a detailed description of how the State came down against someone who dared to criticise it (see 2.53). Shame on them for not attaining the higher consciousness that has been afforded to you and the powers that be in Iran. My original point was that the pro-democracy demonstrators across the Arab world don't want this limited kind of freedom and Press TV should be honest enough to say so. National security is what the Bahraini royals
  4. Maybe in Bahrain. But I don't think the Egyptian, Libyan, Tunisian, Yemeni or Algerian protesters were thinking much about Iran or Lebanon when they were demonstrating. They seemed to be thinking about dignity and self-determination: freedom of the press, freedom of speech, the freedom to demonstrate, the freedom not to be tortured, the freedom to choose their own President - none of which exist in Iran (notwithstanding the fact that all such freedoms are perfectly compatible with Islamic governance). Besides, it still doesn't explain why demonstrations in Baathist Syria are being given short
  5. There is a world of difference between an 'Islamic Awakening' and an 'Islamically-influenced Awakening'. Maybe the font for the latter would have ended up too small for Press TV to fit into their musical montage? But Baradar, you can't have it both ways. By definition, if people are saying they want constitutional democracy with fully guaranteed freedoms, and this is an Islamic Awakening, then the people demonstrating in Iran and Syria are also part of an Islamic Awakening. And if so, what does that make the people who are putting these demonstrations down? The irony about all this is that Egy
  6. I mean the way Press TV covered the post-election violence in Iran in 2009. For the most part it simply ignored it and when it was mentioned it was akin to Egypt's state-sponsored coverage of the Tahrir square demonstrations in its one-sidedness - they took the government line 100%. Whilst the present coverage of Bahrain is laudable and brings much needed exposure to this injustice (which is being all but ignored by the other news networks) Syria has not been covered in anything like the same way as Bahrain, Egypt, Libya or Yemen. Shiasoldier786, I appreciate your point about some Press TV pan
  7. Salams all - I used to watch Press TV but don't so much now, I think is has lost credibility because of the way it covers Iran and Syria, which is a shame because when it first appeared it was a breath of fresh air. Broadcasters I believe need to be even-handed and give voice to a range of opinion instead of practising self-censorship or pushing a certain editorial line. Press TV has sadly become for the IRI what Fox News to the GOP.
  8. How solid does the evidence need to be? How did all the Rafsanjanis make it into such positions of influence, and how did Mr Rafsanjani himself acquire such massive wealth, other than by virtue of his position? Which Rafsanjani was put in charge of the state oil company - and was his surname a mere coincidence? Imam Ali (a.s.) - whom we all purport to follow!! - himself purposely lived like the poorest man in the region even though he was Caliph - please compare and contrast. It isn't character assassination if it's blindingly clear. Next you'll tell me Iran is a meritocracy! Now because Rahb
  9. Howdy curious, President Ahmedinajad's authority has probably declined with the recent public hullabaloo. The number of MPs who turned up for his party may be a testament to that. But when it comes to key issues which concern the West and which underpin the blanket media coverage of the last fortnight (namely Iran's right to nuclear power, support for Gaza, hatred of the still-expanding state of Israel etc) there is no division at all and I'm afraid there never will be. As for Qom, many clerics simply prefer to stay out of politics and above the fray. So, what exactly are you curious about? Yo
  10. My question to you was whether you are informed, misinformed, biased or a fool. On the basis of your response I'll plump for biased - you're certainly not a fool. Chitsaz and Samsani seem proud to belong to the PMOI/ NCRI terrorist - sorry, no-longer-officially-terrorist (slip) - group. Who will you be quoting next, curiousamerican, may I suggest Meir Kahane? As per my original post, if you defend human rights then I applaud you, but if you're inconsistent about it then you're nothing but a hypocrite (like your president).
  11. Hate to break this to you friend, but when you and your President (and my PM - G.Brown) moralise about Iran, it's the Shia children who are laughing. Your country financially support countless dictatorships across the region which are much worse than Iran in human rights and have less democracy (by less I mean zero). So how can your president criticise Iran without looking like a total hypocrite? He looked awfully sad when he talked about Neda. Does he care about the countless other Neda's being slaughtered by US client states and puppet regimes? Or does a death only register if it appears on
  12. Robert Fisk Extract - THE INDEPENDENT (UK) - Iran Erupts (14th June 2009) An interval here for lunch with a true and faithful friend of the Islamic Republic, a man I have known for many years who has risked his life and been imprisoned for Iran and who has never lied to me. We dined in an all-Iranian-food restaurant, along with his wife. He has often criticised the regime. A man unafraid. But I must repeat what he said. "The election figures are correct, Robert. Whatever you saw in Tehran, in the cities and in thousands of towns outside, they voted overwhelmingly for Ahmadinejad. Tabriz voted
  13. Sorry brother, but much of what you say is misinformed and wrong. On Mousavi and Israel, Mousavi gave an interview on al-Jazeera which was shown on the day of the election. In it he says Israel is not a legitimate country and he did not believe in the 2-state solution. Pushed by the interviewer as to whether he would recognise Israel, he said "Never". You talk about the West acting for its own interests. Of course it does. But Western investment in a country does not automatically make it a puppet relationship. At the moment most of America's national debt is owned by China, but America is th
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