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  1. China is first and foremost on China's side. And if one does not have an internationalist ideology (as China did at one time) then that is the more better policy. Why is Pakistan (that has no ideology whatsoever) for example, on "Saudi" Arabia's side? That's ridiculous! It would be of immense benefit for both Iran and Pakistan, for example, if Pakistan were to ignore what the US and "Saudi" Arabia thought - and built strong relations with Iran. China will do whatever might objectively benefit her own people and nation. That means that - at this time -it will walk a tight rope - because there are Chinese interests in "israel" and in Muslim countries such as Iran. Given that Chinese interests in "israel" is likely quite limited - I expect China to begin pressuring "israel" at some point - and lean more towards the Palestinians.
  2. If I'm not mistaken it was Michel Chodkiewicz who did a fair bit of work to prove that Ibn Arabia was an orthodox Sunni and didn't particularly care for Shia thought - although had respect for the ahlul-bayt as probably did most Sunnis of his time. However, Henry Corbin held a distinctly different opinion - and I've seen statements by Sunni western academics, who are generally dismissive of him as being "obsessed with Shi'a". I think it is worth the effort to explore Henry Corbin, who had extensive contacts with Allama Tabatabai - and so was connected with a very major Shi'a scholar. Also worthwhile to look into works by William Chittick and Sachiko Murata (both also having contacts with Allama Tabatabai)- not so much as to look for Shi'a influences in Ibn Arabi's writings/thought - but more so for what may be the most sincere and therefore clear efforts to elucidate what Ibn Arabi was saying in the English language. The other western scholars, if they are not Shi'a, I'm quite wary off - because of the kind of influence wahabbi funding has had on western academic study of Islam. I don't know much about Eric Winkel but he is translating al-Futuhat al-Makkiyah into English, and his work is being published by Pir Press -which is run by Nur Ashki Jerrahi sufi group - that to my limited knowledge about them, from many years back, leans more towards 12er Shi'a than Sunni. It may be worth looking at his translations as well for those interested.
  3. This site has a lot of info on Sh. Ibn Arabi - also has courses for those interested. I'd suggest that, those interested in Ibn Arabi, to read or take courses about him to do so while also reading the hadiths of the Imams (عليه السلام) on whatever topic that Ibn Arabi is covering. I think reading him in this way can be much more illuminating - and you'll be able to appreciate how much of Ibn Arabi is already contained in the teachings of the Imams (عليه السلام)... https://ibnarabisociety.org See also this article by Rebecca Masterton https://www.academia.edu/10377192/Article_A_Comparative_Exploration_of_the_Authority_of_the_Awliya_in_the_Shii_and_Sufi_Traditions
  4. via SABA in San Francisco Bay Area - Ramadan Mubarak! Imām Ṣādiq (‘a) narrates from the Noble Prophet (ṣ) in a Ḥadīth al-Qudsī (narrated by Allah directly): Indeed Allah the All-Mighty, the Exalted, says that the the fast is for Me and I Myself am its reward.Dear Brothers and Sisters, Salāmun ʿalaykum!I would like to extend my tabrīkāt, taḥīyyāt, and best wishes for the month of Ramaḍān! Based on reliable moon sighting reports from San Diego, I have confirmed that Tuesday, April 13th, 2021 will be the first day of the Noble month of Ramaḍān,1442 AH. .... With Duʿās,Nabi R. Mir (Abidi)
  5. why is it so very important to know specifically why this fatwa was removed ?
  6. OK Thank you ! I'm gonna give this a try in a month or so ...
  7. Looks interesting ... the web site only shows 1 semester - are there more? Just wondering about the course of study? The first semester is quite a bit of learning Arabic which is good!
  8. Yes most likely - because remember that Trump stopped the funding / arming of ISIS ... so this is returning to the policy of creating/arming/supporting takfiris.
  9. So Venezuela (and now Bolivia again) a relatively small country, with barely an army, can establish relations with Iran and get delivery of oil / gasoline etc. all the way from the other side of the planet even though both Venezuela and Iran are under severe US sanctions... But Pakistan a massive country of 215-220 million people - nuclear armed - with a professionally trained army can't take delivery of oil from next door Iran? This has nothing to do with sanctions, it has everything to do with being weak and only reciting the kalma not really understanding or living up to what it means. Nothing "is what it is" - everything is a choice that people make. Pakistan is making a choice to be a slave and humiliated by the fake worldly powers.
  10. Pakistan needs to remove its forces protecting the Saudis princesses and re-dedicate towards the resistance. Thats what it needs to do - but the people of Pakistan are not yet ready to pay the price that comes with developing integrity and saying the beginning of the kalma La ... But one never knows the people may soon have had enough and they'll be ready soon inshallah!
  11. The people you identified who Trump killed were soldiers they were ready to die and become shaheed. If it had not been for covid19 Trump would have won in a massive landslide - because the economy b/4 covid19 was booming away. With respect to covid19 we know that countries with true socialized centralized medicine did and continue to do very well. Those that don't have that kind of medical system or have effectively dismantled their system are doing horribly. US has a rotten medical / health care system - and no matter who was POTUS the covid19 policies would have been terrible. Because in order to have an effective response you have to have a centralized medical system that would be available for every individual within the borders of the US - no matter their income or immigration status. HOWEVER I do not believe Trump lost - the election was stolen in multiple ways not only via ballot theft. It is really difficult to win when the entire establishment - including the CIA, FBI, and major generals are against you - and all you have are a majority of the people.
  12. The mostly fake news has been created by anti-china elements in the US and UK to basically try and alienate Muslims from China, and of-course to ferment dissent within Chinese Muslims - and also to support terrorists who want to break away the region (the fake name "East Turkestan"). This is part of Turkey's nationalistic interests as a way of "uniting" all Turkik people under the banner Erdoganism. Iran as always keeps a clear sight of the region and the interfering and takfiris who want to sow all kinds of fitna.
  13. Pakistan doesn't have an Islamic government, it is secular and a colony of the US-Saudi so I think it is a moot issue, as far as Pakistan goes - since the government has no interest in following Islamic rulings. If the Pakistani government does fund the construction of Muslim places of worship - then they should do the same for non-Muslim - or it should not fund any religious site regardless of religion. Having said that, this is an interesting question - an Islamic government is require to protect the rights of non-Muslims in all matters including worship. If non-Muslims are paying taxes - does this protection extend to the actual construction of a place of worship - or is it only to the extent of protecting the site of worship once constructed? Does the tax that the non-Muslim pay, is it separate in the sense they they have a fund specific to their welfare - that would then include the construction of a place of worship? Because then it is not a Muslim's funds that is being used - but that fund that the non-Muslim has paid into - which they administer and can use how they see best for themselves.
  14. Very nice! Nicely formatted ... not just a hodge podge - well thought out app!
  15. Zionists are mostly european - or ethiopian (who are also discriminated against by the europeans) - some "middle eastern" types. They came from outside of Palestine and usurped the land of Palestinians. The Palestinians - i.e. the original inhabitants of the land are inclusive of Muslims Christians and Jews (yes there are Jewish Palestinians also). The Palestinians for the most part converted and became Muslims ... those that didn't are Christians and Jews - and yes have equal rights to that land. The people who do not have any right to that land are Zionists who came to land after WWII and practiced ethnoracism and forced out the original inhabitants.
  16. If anyone is actually interested in reading Marx's Capital - and not whatever nonsense is propogated by capistalist-imperialists for their own benefit - while keeping the population illiterate about how Capitalism actually works - they can take this course: http://davidharvey.org/reading-capital/ After having read at least volume 1 of Capital - folks might actually have a better understanding of what Marx said - and how he demystifies Capitalism - from such nonsense as "hidden hand of the market" and what not...
  17. Also the sermons that are included may not even be complete they are often extracts from what may be much longer narrations. I think al-islam.org has references to the complete narrations.
  18. Have you had this discussion about khums with a scholar, presented your proofs... so they can send it to the marja'yya ? I personally don't have the scholarship necessary to evaluate your statements etc. I doubt it that anyone reading these comments have that level of scholarship. It just brings into question why you are casting doubt on khums? If indeed you do have the level of scholarship to question the current rulings - perhaps you could say a little bit more about yourself, your background, level of study / scholarship etc. Unlike our sunni bros and sisters - Shi'as do have an institution through which such issues are clarified, not every t d h can just set up their own shop. I do think that at times the representatives of the marja'yya are not all that clear in representing their fatawas. This has more do with many Shi'as not being particularly interested in the proofs - and just want an answer - but also most are not educated to that level in religious affairs to even understand the proofs and the methodologies.
  19. Yes exactly - it is on the increase or gain of wealth ... if you've never paid khums - then you have to pay the initial 20% on all ... thereafter it is 20% on gain . Thus if you have say savings/wealth of $100... then: Year 1 20% of $100 = $20 Year 2 if your gain is another $100 so now you have $180 total in your account. You pay 20% of $100 = $20 NOT 20% of $180 because khums on $80 has already been paid in year 1. Hope this makes things clearer ... and that Khums is really not that much of a "burden" as people like to make it out to be... maybe because of misunderstandings on how it is calculated. Khums is one the most important institutions in Shi'a Islam - and we need to just make sure it is being utilized appropriately. Ultimately calculate what is your need and then what is additional you give that away ... that's the Qur'an ... I see Khums and Zakat as a floor - ie a minimum - not a maximum. (although we Shi'as have some issues with zakat that I think needs some ijtihadi updating ... but we won't go there) ...
  20. If you google - you'll find several calculators etc. on khums, as well as rulings... here is one: https://zahratrust.com/khums-calculator/#calculate . It is better to google sometimes - rather than ask on this forum where everyone seems to think they know best. Is khums payable on savings I have made for the future? Yes, khums is payable on all savings. Once khums has been paid on a sum, that sum will no longer be liable for khums for as long as it remains. https://www.world-federation.org/news/khums-guide
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