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Haydar Husayn

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  1. I don't know about a list, but we certainly have a number, around 124 013. ;)
  2. This kind of thinking is extremely dangerous, but it's obvious that many people have already fallen into this trap, even if they don't realise it. A related problem to this is that many people are becoming convinced we are living close to the end times, and start drawing certain conclusions about various leaders because of this.
  3. Even assuming this hadith is true(does it exist in our books, for a start), it does not indicate to me that Allah(swt) spoke to Imam Ali (as) in the same way he spoke to Nabi Musa (as). Sounds to me like this means that Allah was speaking to Imam Ali (as) through the Holy Prophet (pbuh). Jibreel (as) could even have been acting as an intermediary between Allah (swt) and the Prophet (pbuh). Imam Ali (as), in Nahjul Balagah, calles Musa (as) 'the Interlocutor of Allah', and says This wouldn't really be worth mentioning in such terms if Allah(swt) had spoken to Imam Ali (as) in similar fashion.
  4. I don't agree with the logic that because Imam Mahdi (as) is superior to Musa (as), therefore if one can speak directly to Allah(swt) then so can the other. First, I don't think it's 100% sure that Imam Mahdi (as) is superior to Nabi Musa (as), secondly Allah grants his favour to whoever He wishes. He doesn't 'owe' anyone anything. Just because He grants a great honour and privilege to one of his servants, it doesn't mean He must grant it to the others, even if they are superior. Another point is that Allah (swt) only spoke to Musa (as) on special occasions. It wasn't like there was constant contact. Anyway, here is what Imam Mohammad al Baqir (as) has to say about a related matter. http://www.al-islam.org/kaaba14/8.htmIn view of this, I think it's pretty doubtful that Allah(swt) speaks directly to Imams.
  5. (salam) Do you think it is necessary for an Islamic government to issue licences for either permanent or temporary marriages? Were such things ever issued during the time of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh) or Imam Ali (as)? The reason I ask is that according to Shia fiqh, strictly speaking we don't need any witnesses for a marriage, so should it be necessary to register with the government? Of course, if the government is providing benifits for (permanantly) married couples, then of you would need to have some documentation in order to prevent fraud. But in other cases, particularly for temporary marriage, should it be required? Personally, I think that licences for temporary marriages are completely unnecessary. Licences for permanent marriages have some use for administrative purposes, but perhaps it should be possible to apply for them at a later date, and not necessarily at the time of the marriage.
  6. I know. Everyone is Pakistan seems to know someone who knows a jinn. Pakistan is honestly the world centre of superstition. Most of the threads on miracles, black magic, jinns, etc are started by Pakistanis.(and Indians). With regards to this person, it is now obvious this was a hoax. Just look at some of the other threads this person has started. http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?app=core&module=search&do=user_posts&mid=68953&search_filter_app[forums]=1&view_by_title=1
  7. I largely agree with you here, althought history is still important, and especially those events that all muslims agree on. For example what happened outside the house of Fatima (as) was still disgracful even according to Sunni books. These events then have an effect on our faith since they to some extent determine who we accept to be truthful and pious. For example, from the Shia point of view, accepting Umar as a faithful companion to the Prophet(pbuh) then lead to some corruption in the religion when he started banning things that had been allowed before him. Having said that, I think we should try and be as sure as possible about historical events before drawing too strong a conclusion from them. I agree that it is perhaps better to be safe than to go too far and fall into shirk. However, like most things, I suspect the truth is actually somewhere in the middle. I think the Sunnis have as a whole underestimate the merits of the Ahlul Bayt (as), and certain Shias(maybe even most) have gone too far. I prefer to listen to the words of Imam Ali (as) and stick to the wide middle road.
  8. Someone on this site told me that the event of the door was the most important moment in Islamic history. Even if he was exaggerating, it is clearly is an article of faith for some people. However, this is a historical event, for which we can not have 100% certainty, and the Quran is obviously silent on it. Do the clear verses have anything to say about wilayat takweenyat for example?
  9. It's all very well saying we should only reject hadiths that contradict the Quran, but there are at least a couple of problems. The first is that something can not contradict the Quran and still be fabricated, or even wrong. For example, what does the Quran have to say about historical events? Should we automatically accept any hadith on history? What if we have two stories that contradict each other, but not the Quran, then what? Secondly, certain verses of the Quran are not clear, or can be interpreted in many ways. It could be possible to twist those verses in order to make them agree with the hadith.
  10. Can anyone tell me whether the woman was convinced by a local court, or by some kind of Iranian 'supreme court'(assuming such a thing exists).
  11. Exactly. There are so many disturbing things going on in Pakistan that you can read about in the news, or hear about anecdotally. However, considering a lot of people in this thread have trouble believing Pakistanis watch porn in internet cafes(which has been well known for a while), I don't expect them to acknowledge that even worse things are going on.
  12. In light of the above ahadith, what is the difference between the ahlul kitab and the other non-muslims then? Isn't a kaffir a kaffir, and a mushrik a mushrik? Are there different levels?
  13. Each to his own religion? Do you really think this matter is so fundamental as to talk about different religions? To be honest, I don't have a strong view one way or the other. At the moment, I'm leaning more on the side of Prophets(at least the major five ones anyway) being superior to Imams. However, I get a bit annoyed by the extremists who act like those who hold such a view are trying to diminish the status of our Imams (as), when this isn't the case at all. It is not an article of faith to believe that the Imams are above all Prophets except Mohammed (pbuh) in order to be a Shia. I agree with almost everything you have said, except the part where you infer that Ibrahahim (as) being made an Imam after a test shows the superior status of an Imam over a Prophet. Since Allah (swt) says that every people will be raised with their Imam, does that mean that every people of every era have had an Imam? If so, were all these Imams superior to all the non-Imam Prophets? Could you also explain how an Imam who isn't a Prophet can be superior to an Imam who is a Prophet?
  14. Do you have a Shia narration that backs up your version? Because to be honest, the Sunni version makes more sense than your one.
  15. Salam

    I was reading a thread from last year where you posted a quote from Khomeini where he said : "The two worst parts of Islam are the Sunni scholars and the lay Shia".http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?/topic/234970469-regarding-the-sahabah-ra/ I was wondering if you have a reference for this, or if he went into anymore detail.


  16. I don't see why this neccessarily means Imams are higher than Prophets. It could simply be the case that Imams and Prophets have different functions, neither in itself neccessarily higher than the other, but obviously being both at the same time raises you to a higher status. The above analysis seems to suggest that an Imam is higher than a prophet on some kind of scale, but in that case all Imams would have to be Prophets, when in fact you can be either one without being the other. Regarding the hadith of Isa (as) praying behind Imam Mahdi (as), I also don't see how this is conclusive, since Imam Mahdi (as) first asks Isa (as) to lead the prayers, and he answers (according to Sahih Muslim) : "‘No, some of you are leaders over others as an honour from Allah to this ummah.’" Ok, since this isn't in the original Arabic it's dangerous to go too deep into the meaning. However, my understanding from the translation is that this could just as well mean that although Isa (as) has a priori higher status, which is why he is first offered the chance to lead the prayers, he declines because it is not his place to do so on his return. The honour from Allah that is being referred to is that it should be a leader from the Islamic period of history who leads the prayer for the Muslims, regardless of who has higher status. It's not as if Isa (as) answer "No, you are greater than I am.". Of course, as I have said, a study of the Arabic version would have to be done to say anything definitive, and in any case this from a Sunni source. Does a version of this hadith exist in Shia books?
  17. Salam brother

    I just wanted to stop by and let you know I enjoy your posts.

  18. I have already said that if Allah(swt) commands us to prostrate to an idol, then we should do it. However, given the huge number of hadiths about not prostrating to anyone but Allah, it would take an extremely strong hadith for me to go against that. In fact, since it would seem to go against the Quran, it would probably have to be rejected. Since you think the hadith probably doesn't exist, and since you have zero proof for it's existence, shouldn't you begin with an attitude of skepticism, instead of defending those who make such claims?
  19. This coming from someone who believes the Christians got the Trinity from the TriMurti. :rolleyes: You should have a debate with the Christians about this, so that they can completely destroy you. That is, if they can even be convinced to take you half-seriously. I doubt even Zakir Naik would claim something this ridiculous.
  20. Ok, in that case I will draw my own conclusions from what you have already posted. How could he not be aware of it? This book is widely accredited to him, for example on wikipedia. If he puts his name to a book, he should check the contents. It's possible that it is doctored, or fabricated, but I doubt anyone would go to so much trouble. Not to mention that there must be people on this forum who have access to these books, and could quite easily refute any fabrications. Metaphorical? What is metaphorical about saying we prostrate to the Kaaba because it is the birthplace of Imam Ali (as)? We even have other people defending this point of view, such as you yourself. You call youself an Usuli Shia, but I highly doubt your views are very orthodox. For example I have never heard any other Shia, of any kind, say that things you do about Hinduism. I'm looking forward to seeing what other people think about them.
  21. We don't follow those books, because we no longer have the originals, if they were ever written down completely in the first place. However, and I'm not sure if this is a universal belief, but most Shias believe that Imam Mahdi(as) currently has the originals of these books in a book called Al Jafr. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al-Jafr_(book)
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