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yahossein

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  1. Can someone please tell me what the heck is going on: nnouncement Dear Brothers and Sisters in faith We pray that your worship during the month of Ramadhan will be accepted by God. According to the recent fatwa of His Eminence Leader Gran Ayatollah Khamenei, there is certainty that the new crescent marking the beginning of the lunar month of Shawwal can be seen (with telescope) in England and the rest of Europe at sunset on the 30th of August 2011. On the basis of this information we announce that : Wednesday 31st of August is the first of Shawwal and Eid ul Fitr There will be Eid congregational prayer at 9:00am at the Islamic Centre of England I live in the SAME city (London). How on earth can it be eid for the Islamic Centre lot, and it be Thursday for Sistani. Im sorry but this is totally ludicrous. The amount for the Zakat ul Fitr is of 4 pounds per person
  2. 1. I agree in principle with that, but dont you think someone who has recently died, and whose fatawa are all still relevant to our generation is acceptable to be followed? It would be difficult obviously to do taqlid of someone like Allamah Tabatabaei (rh) as a lot has happened since 30 years ago when he died with regards to society e.g music, mahram na mahram mixing etc that may have ruling implications 2. What do you refer to as biddah and why?
  3. Well, to be honest i even agree with his ruling that the most "aalim" is subjective. Even Ayatollah Sistani and other maraj say, i believe, that if you consider multiple maraje to be equally aalim, then you can choose from them. I actually wanted someone to make clear for me if it is possible to follow him at all. Well i cannot read the arabic on their webpages but i do know that i think someone else had asked the office of Ayatollah Fadhlallah and they had given a list of maraja that permit the following of a dead maraja. Personally i cannot see the big deal. At the moment i follow Ayatollah Sistani as i believe he is the most aalim, however I am researching other Maraja and their views to make a personal opinion. And ALL maraja (and there are about 70 maraja currently living) have their own set of followers who all probably believe that their maraja is the most aalim. So it really does seem to be subjective based on ones own viewpoints. I think i am going to email their office again to ask.
  4. Thats kind of why i posted the question. I know that Ayatollah Fadhlallah said you can. But if you look at my first post, which had an answer from his website, it seems to say this is ok as long as you find a living religious authority that says it is permissible to follow a dead marja. My understanding is there are, and Ayatollah Fayadh and Najafi are two of them, is this correct? Does this mean, according to the ruling of Ayatollah Fadhlallah, it is permissible to follow him??
  5. No. Those surahs are blatent forgeries With regards to Imam Ali (as) , there is the opinion that the Quran he had included a lengthy tafsir (dictated by the Prophet (saws) and possibly a different order of the surahs but absolutely no way different from the Quran we have today. I think Imam Ali (as)'s copy is in possession of the 12th Imam (may Allah hasten his reappearance).
  6. Yea im not sure bout those claims. And yea, there is a large Sufi population that goes there
  7. (bismillah) (salam) It is the essence of human beings that they are ungrateful. We do not realise the true value of something until we have lost it. You probably dont spend even a moment of your day thinking about your eyesight, but if you suffered an accident (God forbid) and lost your eysesight, you would think about it everyday of your life and think how you would give anything to just be able to see the colour of the sky again. We rush out of the house and go to work every morning. Not once do we think about the legs that are working perfectly to get you to the door. But ask people who will have lost the use of their legs and cant walk, about how they would give anything just to be able to walk to the bathroom or even around their house just one more time. Similarly we have been given life and have been created. It is difficult to truly contemplate "non-existence" but it is a similar analogy. If you were to, hypothetically, be able to lose your existence and then become aware of your own nothingness, you would only then dispair and realise just how much of a wonderful gift your own existence was and you would plead for God to create you again. For us, this is a hypothetical situation. But for God, he KNOWS just how much of a gift it is for you. He created us out of his mercy and love. And existence as opposed to being in nothingness is truly a blessing. A shame we dont realise. Apart from mentioning that it was out of his mercy that God created us, the Quran also mentions we were created to worship Him. So that means to KNOW him. To grow closer to Him. This itself is an honour. God does not need us, this is explicitly mentioned in the Quran in countless places. He is free from all his creation. In fact if all the mankind and Jinn were to rebel against God, it would not diminish His Kingdom in the slightest.
  8. (bismillah) (salam) Out of interest, is it permissible to follow Ayatollah Fadlallah after his death if you were NOT previously his muqalid (follower) I have looked on his webpage and it says: Q: Is it permissible for he who has never emulated the late Sayyed Fadlullah (ra) before his death to start to emulate him after his death? A: It is permissible for he who has not emulated His Eminence, Sayyed Fadlullah (ra), before his death to start to emulate him after his death by going back to the opinion of the living religious authority who meets all the required conditions [for emulation] and deems it permissible to start to emulate a religious authority after his death; and such a religious authority does exist. Who are the marjas that permit you to follow another marja who is dead if you were not previously his follower? I have heard the names Ayatollah Fayadh and Ayatollah Mohammad Hussain Najafi. Is this correct?
  9. Can someone please translate this from arabic. It is the question posted to Sayyed Fadhlallah: http://img21.imageshack.us/img21/426/answer.jpg
  10. (bismillah) (salam) Ask your marja as your situation seems quite complex. It needs to be clarified what you mean by "base" location. (wasalam)
  11. Errr just got this reply. I dont understand this. As soo as you lick your lips, the saliva dries up anyway. How does that count as external wetness?? Imam Ali Foundation eanswers@najaf.org to me show details 10:04 AM (45 minutes ago) In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful You should spit out that wetness Wassalamu Alaykum -----Original Message----- Subject: Asalamoalaikom, When we are fasting the lips get really dry. Is it permissible to lick the lips to avoid discomfort? His Emminence Grand Ayatollah Sistani says, and i quote: 1582. .....even if a person, who is fasting, takes the tooth brush (Miswak) out of his mouth and then puts it back into his mouth, swallowing its liquid, his fast will be void, unless the moisture in the tooth brush mixes up with the saliva in such a way that it may no longer be called an external wetness. When licking the lips, is it correct in saying that the amount of "wetness" would be so small that it would not cause a problem so i should not be worried?? Wasalam
  12. A masjid is a masjid really. It may be a masjid populated by largely sunnis but still, Makkah and al-madinah are aswell. The problem is mainly that as a shia, you generally feel quite alone in a masjid that only sunnis tend to go to. Its like sometimes you will get paranoaia that people are looking at you and stuff. Anyway, Itikaf is a solitary religious confinement that according to my understanding, although check the rules, needs to be performed in the central mosque of the city. The problem comes really with respect to you praying the shia way in a sunni masjid i.e with turba etc. But im not sure if ppl would recognise you or would care. If it is problematic for you, then you can again ask your marja telling them of your situation and see what they say. I would just pop a line to your marja and ask.
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