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  1. Wasalam, my apologies and yes you're right I completely remembered it wrong there! So regarding bicycles etc., is it Makruh at the most?
  2. As Salamu Alaykum I remember years ago hearing that it is haram, because it was a big deal in Saudi Arabia(?). I always assumed it was makruh at the least, never knew in the Imami madhab it isn't haram (Not sure about our fellow madhabs). Nonethless, I'm reminded how in the popular account of Imam Ali (عليه السلام) and Lady Fatima's (عليه السلام) wedding, Lady Fatima (عليه السلام) rides a horse (or a donkey?) to Imam Ali's (عليه السلام) home, with Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and the companions alongside her. I wonder if this could be used an argument that it isn't haram also?
  3. بِسْمِ اللَّهِ الرَّحْمَنِ الرَّحِيم As Salamu Alaykum. Thats an interesting perspective of the events that I have hardly heard. Out of curiosity could you point me to the references you've used regarding this perspective? I thought the belief was that Imam Ali (عليه السلام) wasn't there for politics or political ambitions, and his aim was Islam first and foremost. I agree that yeah maybe we can grade Muawiyah more politically successful on those grounds (possibly even grade Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as not a good politician?). However I wonder, if Muawiyahs maneuvering can be considered as not really Islamic, and if Imam Ali (عليه السلام) refused to go in that direction and play the game, then who was really the better person here? Nontheless, it is something I have always thought about myself, the troubles of the Imam (عليه السلام) during his caliphate. I'm not knowledgeable enough but I hope one of the brothers or sisters here can continue your discussion InshaAllah
  4. As Salamu Alaykum. Honestly whatever I would advise to you is exactly what you've mentioned in your post. It's going to be difficult to reframe your mind if you are still feeling like this. Also, I feel like you may have been brought up around the superstitions around the evil eye as well (which plenty are baseless). Just remember something though; who really has power over you? who is it that can change your condition in an instance? its Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى). No amount of evil eye could hurt you as much, compared to Allahs (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) wrath. There's a hadith from Imam Jafar al Sadiq (عليه السلام) (I think) which mentions how evil eye will only affect someone proportionate to how much they believe in it. So if you literally take no notice it will not affect you. Apologies but I cannot seem to find it! However you say you are getting scared around friends and your own family, I would honestly seek out a therapist. There might be a stigma surrounding seeing therapists (In my community there is at least) but the help you can get through therapy is great. Trust me, from my own experience it helped a lot with my anxiety, InshaAllah it could help you too.
  5. بِسْمِ ٱللَّٰهِ ٱلرَّحْمَٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ As Salamu Alaykum friend The other guys have given you a lot of helpful advice Subhanallah. I just want add as a reminder that one of the key things is Intention. If you truly intend to become a better Muslim etc. etc. (which seems to be the case!), then Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) will give you the support you need InshaAllah. The fact that you get upset(!) at mistakes shows your conviction in your faith. Subhanallah just your sheer effort is an example to the rest of us who don't have the same when it comes to our religious duties! I have no doubt that Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is supporting you and blessing you on your intention alone. Something I will suggest, from personal experience at least, is when you come to Dua after your namaz, make it into a sort of personal conversation with Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in your own language. Sure, making Dua in Arabic might result in more blessings, but language is not a barrier to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
  6. Salam. I replied to your PM yesterday. :)

  7. Salam, thanks for the video. Exactly how I was feeling when I found this info out. Again, I understand the position of the content etc., but still feel this kind of information about how these Duas are authenticated should at least be told to us and taught to us. I've already seen a few anti-Shia sites use this against us, and imagine it must have a damaging effect on some Shias when they also learn about this, or maybe not. Also thank you brother/sister(?) 145_turbo_16V video. Just wanted to ask, would you by any chance know the name of the research that the scholars did on Dua al Nudba, mentioned by Shaykh Haydari? I have another question regarding this and wonder if someone can point me straight. If by looking at the sanad of these Duas they become not 100% reliable, then how are the recommendations to read them on certain days and times etc., reliable? Jazakhallah Khair
  8. Thanks again for another perspective friend. I agree wholeheartedly. Surely the speakers on our pulpits should at least make the general populace aware of the authenticity of such Duas, especially when they're attributed to our Imams(عليه السلام). Surely that is better than letting us recite these Duas with conviction that it has come from an Imam (عليه السلام), and then have our opponents be the ones to tell us the exact facts. Regarding Tawassul. it is more of a personal thing for me. I understand the exact reasoning for it etc., and wouldn't condemn someone who does it. Its just from my own experience (Indo Pak community) I see and hear more people saying the slogans of Tawwasul than Tawakkul, and just feel like us normal folk have come to rely too much on this than our own Tawakkul. Again, that's just my opinion amongst a million others.
  9. Jazakhallah for giving me the other perspective friend, and I do see what you are saying. Obviously I'm just a lay person, not an expert or even knowledgeable about any of the hadith sciences, rijal studies etc. etc. (although I wish I was). But if its sanad is incomplete and doesn't reach an Imam (عليه السلام), then shouldn't we at least make it aware upon the lay people who put some form of importance on this Dua and others, especially when the general belief is that it has come from an Imam (عليه السلام)? I understand the POV regarding leniency, but to be totally honest, I'm not too confident in Tawassul itself, so personally I would just avoid the Dua entirely. Nonetheless, I feel that the exact history and authenticity of our supplications should at least be common knowledge, so as not to give a reason to the opponents to accuse us of ignorance. Would you agree?
  10. بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم As Salamu Alaykum bros and sis, I've found this article which translates a Persian article of an interview with Shaykh Yusufi Gharawi regarding one his works around Imami Duas. For the first time I have heard that Dua Tawassul is inauthentic, amongst a few possible others like Jawshan e Kabeer. I also found this interesting discussion from Al Mahdi Institute of the same issue, and that same article has a link to another discussion on Thaqalayn. Now I've never personally put importance on Dua Tawassul myself, but seeing as it is very common amongst us, what do you guys think about this? Any respectful discussion would be appreciated InshaAllah.
  11. I've never been able to control my anger but I've gotten better at hiding it . However If your looking for some advice from an Islamic source, I remember reading a quote when I was younger that was attributed to either the Prophet(S.A.W) or one of the Imam's(A.S). The gist of it was that; when you get angry, imagine a large mountain and then imagine that mountain getting smaller and smaller until it is no more. I can't remember the exact source though, apologies.
  12. I see what your saying and thank you for the reply. Honestly, i personally don't see much in the way of Areeza but i wouldn't put anyone down who believes in it. I apologise if i came across in a negative way i should have worded my question different i guess.
  13. Salam Bros and Sis, I wasn't quite sure which forum to post this in. I just saw this post on Reddit: http://www.reddit.com/r/pics/comments/20v9ie/i_found_a_message_in_a_bottle_can_anyone/?sort=confidence (ignore the other comments which joke about whatever) Some kindly fellows translated most of what was written on the note and it turned out to be an Areeza to Imam Mahdi (AS). Now, the fact thay this was found by someone on the other side of the ocean doesn't it kinda...nullify the whole idea of an areeza?
  14. Whoa whoa, i thought Yasir Qadhi was the guy who was all for Shia-Sunni tolerance!?
  15. Whats the point really, that whole forum's a bunch of threads on how and why the Shia are wrong, and any "proof" given by someone will be either labeled false or a wrong interpretation. i mean that forum title is "Muslims vs Shias" lol, c'mon now. I guess someone's gotta represent though right?
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