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Haydar Husayn

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  1. Ok, I suppose this is what I wanted to know. The miswak is just used as an example, and isn't the only way to do it. Of course not. I don't believe in it myself, and quite frankly I don't see what good it would do. However, I still like to know exactly what it means, and not just go to the most politcally correct interpretation I can find. Thanks for taking the time to explain it.
  2. You are right, I shouldn't have said 'absurd', since it might be true. I just don't understand how it is even theoretically possible to break bones or even cut someone with a miswaak. I agree completely that any beating should be light, and I have no objection if it really is meant to be done with a miswaak. I just don't see how the hadith can all be consistent with each other. If you are going to use a miswaak, you aren't going to be able to do much anyway. And would this even be effective? It's not exactly something that sounds like a great last resort, as given in the Qur'an. Even the intep
  3. Jazakallah khair. I have always been confused by the 'miswaak' interpretation. It just sounds a bit absurd, and the other ahadith don't seem to agree with it. I mean, if you are using a miswaak, there is no chance of cutting her or breaking her bones, it there?
  4. Can anyone verify that what this Sunni Shayk is saying is true? :o
  5. Ok, but why does it have to be done in public? Dilute Islam? It's not even part of the original Islam of the ahlul bayt (as). If anything, adding all these practices is what dilutes the religion, because some people stop focusing on what really is important. That's why you have all these people claiming that matam is better than salah, and is the greatest act of worship. We wouldn't have this problem if there was no matam. You even have some people that don't pray and don't fast, but do matam and think that is enough. Obviously, there is no question of compromising with the original Islam.
  6. I voted No, of course, but the editing of video itself looks very suspicious. If we could see what he said in context, I'm sure he didn't say something so ridiculous.
  7. My apologies, I think I misunderstood what you meant. What you have suggest is an excellent idea, as well as whay kadhim has said. I certainly didn't mean to suggest we should just sit back on say or do absolutely nothing. What is important is to say nothing that could be interpreted as negative. Anything that will make us look good to any sensible person is of course to be welcomed. However, pysical protests, angry speeches, and violence are not the way to go. Whatever we do, we shouldn't give them any easy headlines about angry Muslims. I'm still not convinced about your desensitisation theo
  8. I don't agree with the first part of your post, but it's true that the media's reaction to Rauf does show that it really has no interest in engaging with 'moderate' Muslims. It reminds me very much of the way they treat Tariq Ramdan. I think I have seen every interview and debate the guy has given on the internet, both in English and in French, and I just can't see where this idea that he is some dangerous fanatic is coming from. He seems to be doing exactly what the West is calling for, and they still use any excuse to demonize the guy. Basically, what they want are Muslims in name only. Peop
  9. Not just during the life of the Prophet (pbuh), but also the Imams (as). I am taking matam to mean hitting one's self. I have no objection to any other normal kind of mourning. I have no problem with crying for Imam Husayn (as) or any other members of the Ahlul Bayt (as). I don't even care if people want to beat themselves or cut themselves in private. What I wish is that they don't do it in public because it can be used against us and might prevent others from joining the path of the Ahlul Bayt (as), or even from becoming Muslims altogether. I see these pictures and videos of people hitting
  10. I agree, except I think it's those who add things to the religion that weren't originally there that are complicating things. As for evidence, if even some weak ahadith could be provided, that would be something. But I'm not sure we even have that. Instead it's stories about how a certain person hit him or her self immediately after someone's death, or knocked out all his teeth. No evidence is provided that this was made into a yearly ritual, or that the Imams (as) ever encouraged this, or even that it was done during the time of the Imams (as) and was approved of. There is nothing. Some peopl
  11. You have missed the point completely. What they are trying to do is no desensitise us, it is to get us to react so that they can further demonize us. By your logic, when the Prophet (pbuh) and his ahlul bayt (as), who are also signs of Allah (swt), were insulted and humiliated during their lifetimes, it was the duty of theor followers to rise up and do something? No. There is a time and a place. You have to judge each situation on its own merits and think about the consequences.
  12. Like I've said before, the biggest obstacle to Islam becoming even more popular is the behaviour of many Muslims.
  13. This is exactly the kind of way Muslims should be thinking, not about how to get even.
  14. I have no problem with average Sunni or Christians, but everyone should listen to brother kadhim. The last thing we need is people who don't know what they are talking about attacking Christians or Christianity. I don't understand what is so hard about doing nothing. Do people have so little self-control? Islam is not about showing how macho we are by protesting everytime somone provokes us.
  15. Some of you don't seem to get it. If we do absolutely nothing, these guys will look stupid and will only shoot themselves in the foot, but if we react in any way that will be the story. During his time in Mecca, the Holy Prophet (pbuh) had to put up with many humiliations, but he never reacted. We should learn from this, and try to use our brains rather than simply acting on our emotions. The situation is very delicate at the moment, and there is a lot of propaganda out there against us. Clear islamophobes like the ones identified at the top of the website http://www.loonwatch.com/ , are routi
  16. There are some people on this site who don't like Khomeini. I wonder what they have to say about this.
  17. I am not correcting them, just giving my observation on the behaviour of some. I might be right, I might be wrong, but it's my opinion, and I'm pretty sure I'm not the only one to think this.
  18. I like the way this question was asked. Well done brother Nader, but the answer is still going to be the same. It's completely irrelvant to the people that support this that there are no hadith on this issue, and they openly admit it.
  19. With all due respect to the maraja, I don't think they are best placed to know what the most effective way of responding to this is. Making petitions will make absolutely no difference. There are many non-Muslims that will try and stop this themselves. We should let them do it, and we should ignore it completely. The more tolerant we are, the more intolerant our enemies will look. If people really do want to make a statement, then make fun of these guys. Make youtube videos or something. As I said before, these types of people burn their own holy books, so you can you expect them to have respe
  20. Brother Basim, I appreciate your post, but it was never wanted to get into this debate about matam being haram. However, to respond to your quote from Sayed Sistani: Well, first of all, I have to say that in all honesty scholars are sometimes too timid when it comes to criticizing certain behaviour, and anyway their answers to these questions are often not that great. Regarding what the respected and learned Sayed has said here, it's not so clear to me that he is endorsing azadari. Look at it carefully: The main purpose of mourning during 'Ashura, is to respect and revive the symbols of relig
  21. Let them do it. The best thing Muslims can do is not react to this at all. Ignore it completely. Crazy people like this even burn translations of the Bible that they don't agree with. They aren't worth it, and we should leave it to Allah (swt) to take deal with them.
  22. I didn't attack the story because it would be proof of the Ahlul Bayt (as) helping Prophets. Why would I want to do that? What I said that it was completely irresponsible to have people who want to be taken seriously saying such things on air with complete certainty, without actually checking it. It just makes us look foolish. I'll quote what we both said on that thread, so people can judge for themselves: There was nothing here about helping Prophets, and it sounds like you are making a value judgement to me. What is laughable is that you think a piece of wood belonging to Noah's Ark, whi
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