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Ibn Abdullah

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  1. Salam, If we look into Shia beliefs and theology without favouritism, we find that in fact it is the most logical and common sense approach and not based on blind faith like some other religious traditions within and without Islam. On the issue of divine successorship, breaking it down in simple terms, we can think of it this way: 1. Allah is the almighty lord of the world. This means that Allah has the sole right of legislation over his creation. Because Allah is the creator, He knows best the needs of His creation and therefore His divine laws are the most suitable to be followed for our betterment. 2. Islam is a complete and comprehensive religion. Islam provides a comprehensive solution to worldly issues such as morality and behaviour, economics, governance, spirituality, etc. If it didn't provide an answer to these things it would be incomplete and therefore not the divine universal religion that it claims to be. 3. Allah has appointed and sent the Prophets (p). It is only Allah who selects those from amongst his creation for the mantle of Prophethood to represent Him on this earth and to guide, teach and govern the people according to Allah's will (to establish the divine legislation and comprehensive way of life, as mentioned in point 2). People have no right to vote for Prophethood or who should be a Prophet. 4. The Prophets had successors. All of the Prophets had successors and they were not selected arbitrarily, rather divinely appointed and if we look into the characters of all of the Prophets' successors without favouritism again, we find the successors were the most suitable from amongst all of the people, according to the standard in point number 5. 5. The necessary qualities for leadership are: Knowledge (in relation to Allah's laws and legislation), Piety (Taqwa, one who is God-fearing and faithful), Justice (one who obeys Allah and His laws and is not tyrannical or a hypocrite), and Management (the ability to govern and manage an Islamic society effectively). So keeping these qualities in mind, and even if we disregard successors being divinely appointed; tell me who is logically more suited for leadership of the Muslims? Who had more knowledge, piety, justice, and managerial skills than Ali ibn Abi Talib (as)? If you can point that individual out to me I will agree he is better suited to be the successor of the Holy Prophet (p). About it not making any sense to you, I don't understand your concern? Saying do we accept who was actually the leader or who was meant to be... If we want to talk about logic and common sense, just because something is doesn't mean it is legitimate. People have free will and can choose to do whatever they wish, does that mean because it's the reality it must be accepted? So by this "logic"; oppression, hunger, famine, war, violence, etc; are (i.e. exist) therefore we must accept them and not go after the ideal state and seek to change what is into what should be. Again, just because something happens to occur doesn't make it legitimate, and because some people took the leadership for themselves doesn't mean they had the right to, and accepting it goes against logic when we understand that Imam Ali (as) was not only divinely appointed as we mentioned, but also logically the most qualified man for the role of successorship and leadership.
  2. Incest involves sexual relations between people who share the same direct blood - siblings with each other, parents with offspring, etc. Since there is no blood relation whatsoever this is in no way incestuous and whoever says it is should be ashamed of themselves for their dishonesty. In Islam the age of bulugh for a female is 9, for a male it is 15 - end of story. The author Saeed Dehghan and the self proclaimed "human rights activist" Shadi Sadr are both secularists and enemies of Islam. Who cares what they have to say or what stupid labels they attach to the religion of Islam or the Islamic Government. They and anyone else who slanders Islamic laws can go to hell.
  3. Why is it in direct conflict with the doctrine of 12? Where is your evidence?
  4. I think this demonstrates two things: 1) Ignorance of Islamic and Irani culture 2) Reading too much into it When we begin a lecture what do we say? Assalat wa assalam 3ala khayr al anbiya2 wal mursaleen, Sayyidna wa mawlana wa habib gulubna wa tabib nafosna wa shafi3 dhunobna etc etc etc etc abal qassim Muhammad (SAWW) etc etc. These are the titles of respect and maqam we afford to our Imams and Prophets (as) so those who say we only call them simple titles like Abul Hassan or Aba Abdillah are overlooking this. Yes when referring to someone or speaking to them for practical reasons you will shorten it to something practical, like Sayyidna Ya Aba Abdillah then proceed to ask them a question. Same with Imam Khamenei, when people speak to him they don't say Salam Ya Wali Amr al Muslimeen ya Sayyidna etc etc then speak, they simple say "Salam Agha" or something similar. These titles are just a sign of respect. Don't read too much into it and make it an issue, an Iranian military official is referring to his Leader by his (correct) titles, out of love and respect. The leaders don't call themselves by these titles, it's someone done by followers. As to motivations, whether its for flattery or whatever well you don't know the mu2mins intention so don't make stuff up and don't read into it so much.
  5. I'm criticising the mentality that exists, the "I know it all" mentality that people fall into where they basically have cast aside any need for an Islamic Government and leadership and taken on that role for themselves. I'm criticising the mentality that we should play politics like Bani Umayya used to, and yes I'm criticising people for criticising Iran's policies, disregard so much information and careful strategy that goes behind every decision that the Islamic Reliblic makes. True this is a public forum, but it doesn't give a right for people to express an opinion on every single matter which is beyond their level. For all the people who say "Iran should stay out of it, mind it's own business, sit down and shut up, etc", I think they should themselves shut up and let the leaders lead. It's very hypocritical and we should stand against this mentality.
  6. This is how it begins, one side says the Islamic Republic is too extreme, one side says they are not extreme enough. Both find excuses to criticise, then stop supporting, and ultimately attack the Islamic Government. Sub7anallah how the people of Kufa exist in every generation. The Islamic Government should do what it does and you should sit in your place and show no reaction... Perhaps you should have some respect and take your own advice...
  7. Seriously what's wrong with you people? Many people on this forum claim to want to look after "Shia interests" and yet use the politics of Mu'awiya (la) to achieve their goals. Hypothetically speaking if Iran did take this position, how is this "treason" and "being a coward"? Just because there are a few (or many) evil fools in Egypt, does that mean we should be in support of a military coup and subsequent dictatorship which will suppress a nation, just because "it fits with our interests"? In the battle of Siffeen, Mu'awiya seized control of the river and denied access to it for Imam Ali's (as) army. When Amir al-Mo'mineen (as) secured the river, he still allowed the accursed Mu'awiya access to it, even though strategically it may have benefited Amir al-Mo'mineen (as) to deny access to this great enemy of Islam. This is the strategy of our A'immah (as), the strategy of relying on Allah and doing your taklif even when it comes to your enemies. We should all be ashamed of ourselves. For people who call ourselves Shi'at Ali, a lot of our comments seem more like Shi'at Mu'awiya...
  8. Annual Imam Khomeini Conference On behalf of the Imam Khomeini Conference Committee, we would like to invite you to attend the First Annual Imam Khomeini Conference in Sydney, Australia. The conference has been established in order to promote the character, thoughts, ideals and message of Imam Khomeini, and to analyse his immense contribution to the Islamic Nation and the world. The details of the event are as follows: Date: Saturday 1st June, 2013. Time: 7:00pm. Venue: Hussaineyat Alnabi Alakram, 6 Rosedale Avenue, Greenacre NSW 2190. It is our sincere hope that you will be able to join us in commemorating the passing of this great man, and help us in spreading awareness of the ideals of the Islamic Revolution and the personality of Imam Khomeini in Australia. Brothers and Sisters are welcome, and dinner will be provided on the night. Please keep in mind that this is an Islamic event and therefore an Islamic dress-code applies. Yours Sincerely, Imam Khomeini Conference Committee Hussaineyat Alnabi Alakram https://www.facebook...530848510294215
  9. Whoever the Assembly of Experts deems to be most qualified and suited to the role will be the next Supreme Leader, and may Allah prolong the life of Imam Khamenei. The Western media can go to hell.
  10. lol what have protests accomplished? Revolutions have begun from protests of a few people! And besides, it's not about necessarily changing anything, and perhaps a small group of protesters in front of an embassy won't be the downfall of the regime, but that isn't our intention. We are simply doing our taklif to Allah to support our Muslim brothers across the world and voice our disgust at the enemies of Islam. Tawali and Tabarri. Staying silent in the face of injustice makes one a partner to it.
  11. Salam brother thank you, this protest is in Australia. We are based in Sydney but traveling to Camberra to protest.
  12. Salam Alaykom brothers and sisters, Just informing you all that we have organised a protest in front of the Saudi Embassy this Monday in protest of the imprisonment and planned execution of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr. When: 10:30am Monday 29th April 2013 Where: Outside Saudi Embassy (38 Guilfoyle Street Yarralumla, ACT) Why: Protest to Demand the release of Sheikh Nimr al-Nimr and hundreds of innocent prisoners in Saudi jails FREE Bus available at Jaafaria Shia Islamic Centre (60A Gray St Kogarah NSW) leaving at 7am SHARP - Please call 0414679751 to reserve your seat. http://www.facebook.com/events/471122469623178/
  13. "Thus, bountiful wealth came to a minority of the nation's individuals who were given the opportunity to utilize the modern means of production, and who were supplied by unlimited capitalistic freedom that provided sufficient assurances for exploiting these means of production and benefiting from them to a great extent, as well as for destroying many groups in the nation whose industry was swept away and whose lives were shaken by the steam engine, and who found no way to stand steadfast in the face of this storm, as long as the lords of modern industries were armed by economic freedom and the rights to the glorified freedom of these industries. The scene became the sole province of an elite of the lords of industry and production. The middle class became smaller and grew closer to the general lower class. This left the destroyed majority at the mercy of that elite whose thoughts and considerations were consistent with the capitalistic democratic method only. It was natural for this wealthy elite to withhold compassion and charity from this large group of people, in order to keep them in the abyss and deny them a share in the elite's own exorbitant profits." - 'Our Philosophy' by Sayyed al-Shahid Muhammad Baqir al-Sadr (May Allah sanctify his soul, today is the anniversary of his martyrdom)
  14. Everyone needs to stop responding to Moussa and his red herrings, he's trying to distract from the topic. This is the definition of trolling. This post has nothing to do with Iran, Moussa if you insist on trying to criticize Iran there are dozens of threads, so leave this thread alone. Anyway if this news is true or not, the days of Aal Sa3ud are numbered Inshallah! May Allah protect our brothers and sister in Qatif, and grant them victory. إن الباطل كان زهوقا
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