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Haydar Husayn

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  1. There are Sunni ahadith that say the mashaf of Ibn Masud didn't contain Surah al Fatiha, or the last two chapters of the Quran. Are there any similar ones in Shia books about chapters being omitted in certain mashafs? There are also supposed to be some textual variants between the mashaf of Ibn Masud and the one of Zayd, and in some cases these correspond to the textual variants found in the mashaf of Ubayy. Ok, there is nothing major in these variants, but it's a bit troubling anyway. I don't understand how given we have all these hafiz of the Quran these days, even 5 year olds, how a situati
  2. When Imam Ali (as) found someone masturbating, he beat him on the hand until it turned red, and then got the person married using money from the treasury. I didn't read anything about concern for the person's maturity. As for what the Imams (as) said about mutah, the ahadith are numerous. Just got to http://www.*******.org/hadiths/marriage/muta , for example, although many of these ahadith are available in other places on the internet. In fact, probably any article on muta has a good selection of them. I have a feeling that if you read all the hadith in the link I gave, you might be a bit sho
  3. I agree, and I think that given the financial problems the current Shia channels already have, it isn't a good idea to add more competition. There is only so much much money available for donations from the Shia community.
  4. Does anyone have a reference for this Salman al Farsi story? It doesn't make much sense to me that someone who spends a few minutes reciting al Ikhlas 3 times is getting the same reward as someone who reads the whole Quran, and this doesn't seem to be something that is going to encourage people to read the Quran when they are getting so much reward just for al Ikhlas. Neither does it make any logical sense that someone who fasts 3 days gets the reward of someone who prays the whole month unless there is no reward for those other days, since the person fasting the whole month is already fasting
  5. Jazakallah brother, but it doesn't seem clear to me that this implies that reciting al ikhlas 3 times, or al kafiroon 4 times is equivalent to reading the whole Quran. It might be more logical to interpret this as these surahs contain 1/3 or 1/4 of the meaning of the Quran.
  6. I boycott McDonalds, among other companies, on the basis that they are indirect supporters of Israel, and this is coming from someone who used to eat there quite often. http://www.inminds.com/boycott-mcdonalds.html However, their crimes pale in comparison to Coca-Cola. Read more at http://www.inminds.com/boycott-coca-cola.html I believe a boycott of anyone with strong links to Israel is a relatively simple, but effective, step that we can all take.
  7. Are you saying that if you read al ikhlas 3 times, you get the same reward as if you read the whole quran? I don't understand how this could be correct. Does anyone have a reference?
  8. Surely there aren't that many mutawatir ahadith. So if one of them did abrogate the Quran, then it shouldn't be too difficult to find an example.
  9. If the definition of Sayed is only restricted to decendents of Imam Ali (as) and Bibi Fatima (as), then how do they explain the marriages of Zaynab and Umm Kulthum?
  10. It's sad that in the year 2010, we still have people who believe in this nonsense.
  11. I agree. All these kinds of people do is give the wider Shia community a bad name. It is no wonder that so many people have such negative perceptions about Shia Islam.
  12. Yes, but at the bottom of the same page you will see that Khamenei does allow it, as do others. Unless you are currently following Sistani, or come to the conclusion that he is the most learned, it's not necessarily the end of the world. Once again, I stronly recommend that you read the thread . I'm in no position to advise you on this, for a variety of reasons (the first being that I'm not qualified). You should ask someone else about this topic. You need a certain number of posts to PM people, but you can email him instead. His email is on his profile page. However, he has written extensi
  13. There was a Channel 4 documentary in the UK on this topic a little while ago, which can be viewed at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=img45feWCdQ . Some may find it disturbing. See also the article http://www.channel4.com/programmes/dispatches/articles/when-cousins-marry-doctors-feature . There is also an older documentary at .
  14. (wasalam) With regard to the mutah contract, it only has to be verbal, and is therefore perfectly possible in the uk, or anywhere else. There are various way of doing this, some of which you can read at http://www.mutah.com/how_do_i_do_mutah.htm . However, you should be clear that this is a marriage contract, which is very similar to a permanent one other than the fact that it is of a set duration. The duration can be of any reasonable length, and can be extended. If it expires, it would need to be done again. Let me emphasise this point, the marriage contract must be verbal, and must be under
  15. Unless it was specified in your marriage contract, you could have a mutah even if you were living with your wife. If you weren't still married, you could do a mutah with a woman of the book, but since you are technically still married, you probably should only do a mutah with a Muslim(preferably Shia). Regarding how to do mutah, there are many many thread on this in the temporary marriage subforum http://www.shiachat.com/forum/index.php?/forum/100-polygamy-and-temporary-marriage-distiller/ . You could also take a look at the site http://www.mutah.com/ , which contains a lot of information on
  16. To be fair, it could have been a lot worse. Some of the questions on his site are a bit pathetic, and a disproportionate number of them deal with sex. You also have to admit that to the non-religious mind, these fatwas do sound a bit strange, and the only reason we follow them is because they are a part of our religion. I don't think it's fair to blame non-Muslims for not appreciating the depth of some of these things, when we can't even work it out ourselves. Even maraja disagree on whether chess is haram or not, or whether anal sex is permitted(it think).
  17. After that time Pakistan lost to Ireland in the 2007 World Cup, in one of the most blatant cases of throwing a game I have ever seen, I don't know how anyone can put any trust in the integrity of Pakistani cricketers.
  18. If you are still reading, I would suggest you have a look at http://www.al-islam.org/peshawar/index.html and/or http://www.al-islam.org/murajaat/ to see what the Shia arguments are about the points you raise, among other things.
  19. Well if scholars didn't call themselves ayatullah, and people didn't mourn Sayed Khomeini's deat by hitting themselves, this wouldn't have been an issue. In any case, I'm finding it difficult to get too upset over this.
  20. Here is a video of a Jewish prayer, with sources provided while the video progresses. It has some striking similarities with the way Muslims pray.
  21. There are many reasons, but one of the big things for me is that the Sunni explanation of certain historical events makes no sense, and neither does their interpretation of certain verses of the Quran. On the other hand the Shia version does work. I was actually already born into a Shia family on my father's side, but their version of Islam actually initially turned me away from the right path, and it was only after doing some study that I came back to it.
  22. No one is forcing you to make such long posts. You should try paragraphs sometime as well. So if I see a muslim being attacked and I help him out by punching the other guy, that is haram? The question isn't even what is greater in severity, it's whether it is the kind of behaviour that can be expected from the greatest messenger of Allah (swt). Believe me, I spend a lot of time looking at anti-Islamic arguments, and I'm thankful that I follow the path of the ahlul bayt (as), because I would tear my hair out if I had to defend all the nonsense in 'sahih' Bukhari and 'sahih' Muslim, not to me
  23. Musa (as) killed someone without intending to while trying to help a believer. All he did was hit the person, which would be a fairly normal thing to do in such a situation. You can't forsee someone dying for a punch. I expalined that Yunus (as) was not ordered by Allah (swt) not to leave the town. Do you think a Prophet of God would disobey a direct command for Allah? What use would they be then? Yunus simply showed a lack of patience for someone of his position. So Allah tested him in the belly of the whale, and Yunus (as) passed. This miracle was also a proof to the disbelievers that Yunus
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