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In the Name of God بسم الله

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  1. There is very little historical evidence that Jesus even existed let alone how he died. The four gospels are the only source of information about Jesus, neither of which are considered historical nor are they eyewitness accounts. Furthermore, the number of contradictions amongst them renders them unreliable. In a nutshell, there is no empirical evidence proving that Jesus did or did not die. As Muslims we believe the Quran is the word of God and therefore believe the account given of Jesus in the Quran is true.
  2. A local aalim explained about apostasy in Islam. He said the death penalty is intended for those who openly leave Islam and then stir up dissension amongst people. But if someone changes their religion and isn't vocal about it, that person doesn't deserve to be killed. I would like to ask everyone to read Bro. Ya Baqiyatullah's post once again. He sums it up very nicely: rules have conditions and you won't find them in a single hadith. People in this thread are wont to quoting hadith willy nilly without understanding the context and its conditions and ignoring conflicting hadith on the s
  3. Salaam It would help if you could describe what's troubling you in life. It's normal to feel depressed. We all go through it at various times in our lives. The important thing is to never lose hope in Allah. That's the one thing which will always bring peace of mind to you no matter how dire things may seem. Keep faith in Allah alive and maintain a positive outlook in life to help you cope with problems. As the Quran says, "Verily! Only in the Zikr of Allah will your heart find peace." Quran (Surah 13: Verse 29).
  4. That does sound quite high. I can't remember the exact prices but in Pakistan I saw ordinary turbah going for less than a dollar while the ones from Kerbala were about 3 times that price...still no where close to $55.
  5. All depends on who comes to power in Egypt. An Islamic-minded government may cut off ties with Israel and assist the resistance movements in Lebanon, Palestine, etc.
  6. If the hadith supposedly prohibiting music were as clear cut as you claim, then the the maraje would be unanimous in declaring all forms of music haraam. But the fact is, many of them do make a provision for certain types of music so there is more to those hadith than we think. These hadith need to considered in the proper historical context. One of the reasons we see such strong condemnations by the Imams (as) on the subject of music is during their day, music was often performed in the rulers palaces during sinful gatherings. This is why you see the maraje's fatawas on music qualified by
  7. Looks like the recent uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia have terrified all the Arab dictators. This seems to be a strategic move on King Abdullah's part to give concessions to prevent a similar revolution in his country.
  8. Ah, you have stumbled upon one of the most maddening questions...even for Christians. It is a bizarre doctrine invented by the Catholic church that no one can explain or understand. On one hand they claim that the three (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) are one on the other hand they believe these three are separate and independent :wacko: You hit the nail on the head. The trinity is in fact a form of polytheism. Christians will deny this but the fact is that they worship three deities: the father, son, and holy spirit. Some will spin this and say the three are parts of one god. The problem w
  9. ^^^^ Ummm, what does that have to do with anything? Maulanas are religious scholars, not scientists. And many scholars who've studied the subject, such as Shaheed Ayatullah Mutaheri (ra) have in fact expressed that there is no conflict between Islam and evolution. Shia scholars do not however accept abiogenesis, that notion that life arose from accident. This is claimed as the source of life by some proponents of evolution. We believe Allah (SWT) originated all forms of life. The question is the process by which creation happened.
  10. Salaam Kosher meat doesn't fulfill many of the preconditions for zabihah in order to qualify as halal. Namely the person slaughtering the animal should be Muslim, the animal should face the Qibla, and the name of Allah must be recited.
  11. Salaam This sounds a little confusing...you're giving the same definition of shirk and atheism. In the Quran and elsewhere, shrink is always defined as ascribing partners to Allah. A mushrik believes in god but also in his partners. OTOH, atheism is the opposite: not believing in the existence of any god. This is by definition kufr but its not the same as shirk.
  12. ^^ Zareen, the reason they believe it refers to spoils of war is because of the context of the verse. The verses that come before and after it all speak of war. The name of the surah itself is "the spoils of war." You are correct that civilians don't get war booty. However the solider who gain the booty keep 4/5 for themselves and are supposed to distribute the remaining fifth as khums. As I've mentioned before, if the verse of khums is read in context, it is hard to ignore that the context logically suggests war gains. And also, why isn't khums only mentioned in the chapter on the spoils of
  13. All, thank you for the responses. I've actually reviewed some of the same links during my own study of this topic. However, it still does not fully answer my initial query. Context is key to understanding many things. Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi stated correctly that khums can mean either everything you acquire or spoils of war. If the context of the verse on khums is the spoils of war, then isn't it logical to conclude that khums in this instance is referring to the spoils of war? How can we justify khums referring to everything when the context appears to support the second definition? Now if kh
  14. Salaam I've been grappling with this issue for a while. I know that as Shias, we believe that the Quranic ayah about khums, 8:40, applies to all types of wealth. This is not a problem except that when you read 8:40 in context, it is discussed amongst verses speaking of war. In fact, the name of the surah itself, Anfal, and its subject is all about the spoils of war. In fact, there is no mention of khums anywhere in the Quran outside of Surah Anfal. So wouldn't the context of the verse lend credence to khums being 20% of war booty and not an annual tax? Sunnis sometimes bring up this poin
  15. Salaam I've been grappling with this issue for a while. I know that as Shias, we believe that the Quranic ayah about khums, 8:40, applies to all types of wealth. This is not a problem except that when you read 8:40 in context, it is discussed amongst verses speaking of war. In fact, the name of the surah itself, Anfal, and its subject is all about the spoils of war. In fact, there is no mention of khums anywhere in the Quran outside of Surah Anfal. So wouldn't the context of the verse lend credence to khums being 20% of war booty and not an annual tax? Sunnis sometimes bring up this poin
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