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Haydar Husayn

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  1. True, but in most cases you would expect the husband to have participated, and if not he probably would have been enslaved anyway. This would be after they have both been enslaved. I didn’t say it was primarily to protect them or look after them. At the end of the day, they have become property. Nevertheless, considering some of the alternatives in the harsh world they lived in, it wasn’t necessarily the worst outcome.
  2. Women didn’t just come to the battlefield to fight, but also to support the men in various ways. The issue is, what would you do with the women and children of defeated enemies? If you leave them to fend for themselves, they won’t survive very long and will probably be enslaved by someone else. Looking after them at no cost isn’t very realistic either. So instead they were taken as slaves, which was normal at that time when defeated in battle, and would then have the opportunity of being invited to Islam, integrated into the community and most likely freed within a few years. In the meant
  3. Sure, we you need to prove that your concepts of what an ideal physical relationship is like are derived from Islamic teachings. It seems like you have your preconceived notions of what an ideal physical relationship should look like, and are imposing that understanding on the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). Personally, I don’t cringe when I read the descriptions in those narrations. I just think these are things that shouldn’t necessarily be discussed between unrelated men and women. I also don’t think the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) or Imams (عليه السلام) necessarily had a deep
  4. We aren’t Christians. There is nothing shameful in ‘carnal relations’. Allah has placed these urges in us, and given us halal outlets for them. The Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) was a man, and had manly urges. In fact, he rebuked companions of his that abstained from their women.
  5. Why? What’s the problem with it? Is it disrespectful to acknowledge that he had conjugal relations with his wives?
  6. Yes, that is my issue with a lot of these narrations from Aisha. I wonder how many Sunnis would be happy with their wives talking to other men about such things?
  7. No, I didn’t say they were fabrications. They could very well have taken place. I just don’t think sharing such details is very decent, especially with men,
  8. Something being observed and the explanation for what is being observed are two different things. Macro evolution by its very nature is going to be very difficult to observe, since it’s supposed to take place over a very long period of time. Personally, I’m fairly agnostic on the issue. I’m not a research-level biologist, so I take what I know about Biology essentially on trust (and even the researchers have to do this to some extent). Since this isn’t knowledge I can consider certain, I’m not going to throw out my whole belief system just because I took a class on evolution (as an a
  9. I’m not sure I follow either. Surely the question should be about the wisdom in Aisha sharing such details, which almost certainly took place after the death of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), and which he therefore had no control over.
  10. I meant in this specific case which one seems more likely to be correct? Can you post the narration?
  11. I’m pretty sure his gradings in Hayat al-Quloob aren’t very reliable. Which of the two grading seems more likely to be correct to you?
  12. Aqil would have been around 76 years old at the time Siffin. Seems unlikely that he would have been fighting at that age, let alone have gone out of his way to fight his own brother. In terms of impacting his status as part of the family of the Prophet (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), then even if it were true I don’t think it makes any difference. Nobody claims every member of the Ahlulbayt is infallible. The Imams after all had children who went astray.
  13. Not really. The word theory in science doesn’t have the same connotations as in common language. The fact that this word is used doesn’t indicate any uncertainty on the part of scientists. On the other hand, no scientific theory or fact is proven beyond all possible doubt. Such an attitude is itself unscientific.
  14. What does it mean to you to say that something is ‘indisputably a correct scientific theory’? By that do you mean that it is rationally impossible for it to ever be challenged? Could I also ask what your level of knowledge of Biology is? Is it sufficiently high to be able to independently evaluate the theory of evolution, or are you simply trusting the scientific consensus?
  15. No, I don’t think so. He is insulting people who claim to be loyal to him (mainly in a political sense), but have proven themselves to be unreliable. But having said that, you can also find statements of later Imams who weren’t very impressed with the loyalty and devotion of those who claimed to be their Shia.
  16. Can you be more specific about what you want explained?
  17. Wa alaikum as-salaam, I don’t see what was rude about my comment in the context of what the original poster had been saying. You can’t keep making unfounded accusations and not expect some pushback. Could you point out some of these other rude comments? Who are these ‘respectable Sunni thinkers’? I never said you can’t be respectable and not wear the hijab, but it is a sin according to orthodox interpretations of Islam. Quran-onlyism, which rejects the Sunnah is itself against the Qur’an, and is not a coherent interpretation of the religion. And if someone doesn’t reject t
  18. If these countries want to hire South Asians, are there not enough from among the Muslims of Pakistan, India and Bangladesh for them to choose from?
  19. Ok, fair enough, but without some public discussion, how do you propose changing the views of the 'Ulama, leaders and elders', many of whom can be quite backward and bigoted on this issue, and at the same time letting people know that if they are struggling with this, then there are people they can talk to? Do you not also think that having examples of people who have successfully overcome this may not be beneficial to other people struggling with the same issue, to give them hope that there is a chance for them as well?
  20. Well, I've read enough testimonies of such people to make me believe that they are probably not all lying. The fact that this is a such a massive taboo in Muslim communities and completely haram to act on also leads me to think that there probably aren't that many insane people that would choose this voluntarily. For example, there does seem to be some kind of link between child abuse and all kinds of damaging sexual behaviour, including homosexuality. Although as you say I can't have certainty on this without having experienced it, I'm willing to give the benefit of the doubt. Now, if we acce
  21. I agree with you, there are lots of important things we could be discussing, including the lives of the lesser-known Imams, and of course the Qur'an. So why don't we? Why instead to we have to hear the same stories over and over?
  22. Are you willing to accept that there may be Muslims who are attracted to members of the same sex, even thought they don't want to be?
  23. Which actually shows that most Muslims' opposition to homosexuality is based on bigotry, not a well-thought out set of beliefs.
  24. There is no slippery slope because marriage being between a man and a woman is the standard in pretty much all places and all times, and isn't founded on the principle that two consenting adults should be allowed to do whatever they want. There is no reason for it to 'slide' anywhere. But once you start redefining marriage to no longer be between a man and a woman, while invoking the principle of 'two consenting adults', then you open the door to questioning all the other restrictions as well, such as why it shouldn't be allowed for two brothers to get married, or for 3 people to get married (
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