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Bakir

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    Bakir reacted to SoRoUsH in The Four Elements   
    Good post brother. 
    It is only through the lens of the four elements that Shaytan's proclamation in the primordial paradise makes sense. Fire or heat could be seen as superior to earth, since heat is the cause of all motions, whereas earth, with its dryness and coldness, isn't. Nature functions through heat. 
    This is what Averroes says, in agreement with Aristotle: 
    "Nature does not use cold in its capacity of cold for any of [its] activities, unless accidentally and in the second intention, namely to balance and proportionate the innate heat which is particular to this activity of nature. For cold is such that it moderates and purifies (refines) the activity of the heat, while heat is such that it [affects] all the senses and confuses (impairs) them.”*
     
    * Averroes, De Animalibus, Book twelve (translation). Available from: 
    https://www.researchgate.net/publication/326300125_Averroes_De_Animalibus_Book_twelve_translation
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    Bakir reacted to Qa'im in Respect Words   
    It's important to not just relegate religion to an abstract group of theological concepts. The focus of my work is to find the cosmic, then translate it into ethics, and then translate that into the practical. This is based on the Prophetic hadith, "Surely, knowledge is three: a firm sign, a just obligation, and an established Sunna."
    Regarding my previous post: in my classroom, "respect words" is rule #1, written on chart paper. In addition to speaking the truth, maintaining your promises and thinking before you speak, I tell students that "respect words" means to not interrupt one another -- this would be equivalent to two different symphonies occurring at once.
    I tell them to write their poetry in cursive with a nice pen, and not just any ballpoint pen. Allah made His creation beautiful, and He made it a sign of Him; so we should strive to make our words and writings beautiful as well.
    Sometimes the kids need reminders, but they get it and they like it.
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    Bakir got a reaction from Hameedeh in Minimalism   
    Didnt know about these videos until now! Thanks hameedeh!
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    Bakir reacted to Hameedeh in Minimalism   
    Instead of a commodity (gift), show someone that you care for them and love them by doing something for them: giving words of affirmation, physical touch (hugs and handshakes), spending time with them, making memories with them (acts of service), etc. 
    Episode 3
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    Bakir reacted to Hameedeh in Minimalism   
    This is Episode 4 about getting rid of your junk. If you do not understand sarcasm, please do not take it literally! When he says remove the batteries from your TV remote control and destroy them in a blender, he does not advocate that. It's a joke and supposed to make you smile. 
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    Bakir got a reaction from starlight in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    I bring the pastry lol.
    A SC reunion can't lack good kebab and some spicy tasty food.
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    Bakir reacted to repenter-gone4awhile in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Remind me again why on earth i would want to reunite with anyone? Puny humans!!!!
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    Bakir got a reaction from Islandsandmirrors in Islam and Feminism   
    Excess of data isnt much different from absolute abscence of it.
    Your discourse seems to be biased by a personal reaction against the worst forms of "feminism" that eclipses all the other approaches. Curiously enough, the people that could be described to be within those "feminist circles" tend to be ignorant of the original feminist ideas. Also, as King, I don't see a real link a priori between feminism and capitalism at all.
    I am not a feminist in that sense myself, but hold a different view of what feminism means by reading the authors I think I have to read, for instance Simone de Beauvoir. Were I to consider EVEN MENTION groups like FEMEN, I wouldn't be talking about "feminism". It is a poor way to make a point that is not even worth making this way.
    I expected a much better discourse, especially because we don't have to use such poor resources to make a good point on feminism and the islamic point of view. There are great Egyptian authors whose research and articles of female psychology and Islam would be more constructive than a critique addressing FEMEN or other groups that are popularly hated. And definitely, such approch would serve a purpose here in ShiaChat. I doubt anyone among us would support the current "pseudo feminists" ideals.
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    Bakir got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Islam and Feminism   
    And I agree to that, these are facts after all. But these facts focus on the consequences of this dishonest capitalism on society, not on feminism per se. If any, in the position of women in society. But it's not only women who are enslaved, but men too.
    The original idea that women should be free to choose to study, get a degree and/or work isnt wrong nor unislamic nor even - relatively - new at all. We do actually need learned women working in an islamic society for the benefit of itself. We wouldn't have women schools, nor psychologists, nor doctors, and so on. Services that muslim women most likely would prefer to receive from other muslim women who would, necessarily, be employers and not volunteers.
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    Bakir got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Islam and Feminism   
    The thing is that you can't impose that premise on everybody, much less in an intellectual debate. It serves no academic purpose, just a critique that will only be supported by those who think like you and will bring nothing to those who don't. At times it can even feel as some sort of pride (in the negative sense of the word).
    We don't have to share such critiques and harmful generalizations to say we don't agree to feminist ideas and we hold to islamic values. To think like this, at least for me, demonstrates the opposite.
    I guess it may just be me and my inherent intolerance to... not sure how to describe it... this.
    Anyway, I have nothing more to say here.
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    Bakir got a reaction from King in Islam and Feminism   
    Excess of data isnt much different from absolute abscence of it.
    Your discourse seems to be biased by a personal reaction against the worst forms of "feminism" that eclipses all the other approaches. Curiously enough, the people that could be described to be within those "feminist circles" tend to be ignorant of the original feminist ideas. Also, as King, I don't see a real link a priori between feminism and capitalism at all.
    I am not a feminist in that sense myself, but hold a different view of what feminism means by reading the authors I think I have to read, for instance Simone de Beauvoir. Were I to consider EVEN MENTION groups like FEMEN, I wouldn't be talking about "feminism". It is a poor way to make a point that is not even worth making this way.
    I expected a much better discourse, especially because we don't have to use such poor resources to make a good point on feminism and the islamic point of view. There are great Egyptian authors whose research and articles of female psychology and Islam would be more constructive than a critique addressing FEMEN or other groups that are popularly hated. And definitely, such approch would serve a purpose here in ShiaChat. I doubt anyone among us would support the current "pseudo feminists" ideals.
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    Bakir got a reaction from enigma313 in Islam and Feminism   
    Excess of data isnt much different from absolute abscence of it.
    Your discourse seems to be biased by a personal reaction against the worst forms of "feminism" that eclipses all the other approaches. Curiously enough, the people that could be described to be within those "feminist circles" tend to be ignorant of the original feminist ideas. Also, as King, I don't see a real link a priori between feminism and capitalism at all.
    I am not a feminist in that sense myself, but hold a different view of what feminism means by reading the authors I think I have to read, for instance Simone de Beauvoir. Were I to consider EVEN MENTION groups like FEMEN, I wouldn't be talking about "feminism". It is a poor way to make a point that is not even worth making this way.
    I expected a much better discourse, especially because we don't have to use such poor resources to make a good point on feminism and the islamic point of view. There are great Egyptian authors whose research and articles of female psychology and Islam would be more constructive than a critique addressing FEMEN or other groups that are popularly hated. And definitely, such approch would serve a purpose here in ShiaChat. I doubt anyone among us would support the current "pseudo feminists" ideals.
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    Bakir got a reaction from Gaius I. Caesar in Islam and Feminism   
    Excess of data isnt much different from absolute abscence of it.
    Your discourse seems to be biased by a personal reaction against the worst forms of "feminism" that eclipses all the other approaches. Curiously enough, the people that could be described to be within those "feminist circles" tend to be ignorant of the original feminist ideas. Also, as King, I don't see a real link a priori between feminism and capitalism at all.
    I am not a feminist in that sense myself, but hold a different view of what feminism means by reading the authors I think I have to read, for instance Simone de Beauvoir. Were I to consider EVEN MENTION groups like FEMEN, I wouldn't be talking about "feminism". It is a poor way to make a point that is not even worth making this way.
    I expected a much better discourse, especially because we don't have to use such poor resources to make a good point on feminism and the islamic point of view. There are great Egyptian authors whose research and articles of female psychology and Islam would be more constructive than a critique addressing FEMEN or other groups that are popularly hated. And definitely, such approch would serve a purpose here in ShiaChat. I doubt anyone among us would support the current "pseudo feminists" ideals.
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    Bakir reacted to Gaius I. Caesar in Islam and Feminism   
    Don't be condescending, sis. You know nothing of Enigma's life and you know being condescending is bad akhlaq. If you don't know what you did, reread what you wrote or ask. Just saying, I am not trying to lecture. I'm just trying to remind you, that's all.
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    Bakir reacted to certainclarity in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    I am not trying to get anyone depressed. Assuming that we do that wajib and try our best to avoid the haram(and if we don't seek forgiveness from Allah(s.w.a) in sincerity) and keep our belief in Allah(s.w.a), Rasoulallah(p.b.u.h) and Imams of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s) in tact and die in that belief, we will make it to Jannah with the help of Allah(s.w.a) 
    But we are in the dunya now. We have the Barzakh, Youm al Qiyammat, the Sirat, etc, ahead of us. Those will be difficult stages to go thru, even if we do eventually make it to Jannah. That is my point. We should focus on this that will get us there faster, rather than focusing on what will happen when we get there. 
     
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    Bakir got a reaction from Miss Wonderful in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    How do we encourage the excellent minds to return and, better still, encourage those who have never embraced forums to sign up?
    Would it be wrong to just say that we need a new English website with a forum which promotes academic discussion (i.e. a site without  the negatives of SC which, for example, put off real scholars)? 
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    Bakir reacted to Laayla in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    They are too drawn away by the other mediums e.g. Facebook. Sunniforum_dot_com (the biggest sunni forum) and freeratio (the best known atheist forum) both dissapeared. These new forms of social media have taken people towards less intellectual discussions. At least now a greater number of people are having discussions, but the quality has decreased greatly.
    This site still has some great minds, but too few to engage in the diversity of topics.
    I wonder if secularisation (or a lessining of belief) is also having an impact. Are shia now becoming less traditional and more secular for these discussions? I think that if some of the older members returned, we may be surprised at the changes in their views.
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    Bakir reacted to Danish14 in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    The Shiachat community needs to have focused discussions about the secular spin some of us give to our faith's values and the solutions to this problem. People can't remain Muslim if the methods of teaching are the same as what their parents and communities received in 1980s Iraq or South Asia.
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    Bakir reacted to Miss Wonderful in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    There is more to it than that. Quoting Heavenly Silk because I think she gets it right:
    I have a lot of questions in my mind that need answering and I could start a number of discussions, but the people that would be willing and maybe capable of discussing those topics are few in number. I am sure that for you that is also the case. The subjects that you would like to discuss are too specialist for the rest of us.
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    Bakir got a reaction from Miss Wonderful in Hoor al-`Ayn are not White Chicks   
    Salam brother,

    You're right but there are diffirent ranks of believers as well. If there was only one type of believer Paradise would be kinda empty.
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    Bakir reacted to Who_Am_I in Be Positive   
    ♥ May your days be sunny, your nights restful, and your heart satisfied with the blessings that Allah has given you. Think Positive. ♥
    Wanted to Add something
    Convert  your days into nights and your nights into days then you will always think positive regrdless any situation 
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    Bakir reacted to Hassan- in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    @eThErEaL was a smart guy I wonder where he went.
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    Bakir reacted to YAli in Hamza Yusuf and Black Lives Matter   
    @Gaius I. Caesar btw I want to emphasise again that I do certainly agree that we need to .... Hmm perhaps a better world than integrate is 'engage'. Our scholars and strong knowledgable Muslims certainly must engage the western secular society, and they must do it without being shy and without bending the words of Allah e.g. The sin of homosexuality, Islamic laws, roles of men and women and their respective rights assigned to each of them etc. And they better not changed their words or back down. We need this constant engagement from the higher level such as politicians, and also on the ground with strong Muslims like you, where you engage with your Christian friends and work colleagues etc. 
    Again, all without compromising what Allah has made halal and haram. 
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    Bakir reacted to ErikCartman in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    is it Ali Imran... oh my gosh noo!!! remember me... Jaf ...?? Aloo Qeema  
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    Bakir reacted to hayaah in A ShiaChat Reunion?   
    Generally speaking, everyone seems to have lost interest in MOST areas of life and not just SC.
     i.e work, social media and school -(due to the repetitive nature) 
     
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