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skylight2

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    skylight2 got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Saudi Arabia Dumps Pakistan For India - Afghanistan Will Determine Victory! (PRAECURSATOR)   
    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. 
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    skylight2 reacted to Eddie Mecca in Saudi Arabia Dumps Pakistan For India - Afghanistan Will Determine Victory! (PRAECURSATOR)   
    A few thoughts: 1.) Pakistan can buy oil secretly from Iran (like China, Turkey, UAE and Japan...not sure whether or not Tehran is still selling to India)...Iran has been transporting oil to more destinations then was previously thought (to the embarrassment of the US and its allies)...when caught US allies always promise to slow down or quit Iranian oil imports altogether but keep buying regardless...everybody wants oil and the Iranian oil industry remains defiant and robust...2.) Pakistan is at the crossroads and must make a decision to either become free or remain subservient to Riyadh forever...I remember reading during the NetZero days that if Iran ever violated Saudi sovereignty (i.e. ground invasion) the Pakistani army would respond automatically with everything at its military disposal and I'm sure they meant it...the Kashmir situation and the subsequent Saudi response has to be a humongous non-reciprocal slap in the face...Iran, Syria, Yemen, Venezuela, Cuba, Bolivia etc. are reinvigorating the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) and Pakistan should join...the recent deterioration of relations between Riyadh and Islamabad are absolutely staggering...in the 80's and 90's we used to think of the two counties as a single entity (like US and Israel)...KSA recently fired 100 imams for refusing to denounce the Muslim Brotherhood and for not recognizing Israel...a certain percentage of the clerics hailed from the Subcontinent and Pakistan...Riyadh views Islamabad as somewhat dispensable now that it has cemented ties with Tel Aviv...investing 3 billion in Islamabad is an insult...investing 100 billion in New Delhi is substantial...spoiled rich Saudis view the Pakistanis, Sri Lankans, Ethiopians, Filipinos and non-Khaleeji Arabs as dogs...it's illegal for Saudis to marry people from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Chad and Burma...and they want to lecture us about bid'ah, bid'ah bid'ah
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Eddie Mecca in Saudi Arabia Dumps Pakistan For India - Afghanistan Will Determine Victory! (PRAECURSATOR)   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Eddie Mecca in Saudi Arabia Dumps Pakistan For India - Afghanistan Will Determine Victory! (PRAECURSATOR)   
    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! 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Saudi Arabia Dumps Pakistan For India - Afghanistan Will Determine Victory! (PRAECURSATOR)   
    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! 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Northwest in Iran’s Silence On China’s Muslim Concentration Camps   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Eddie Mecca in Iran’s Silence On China’s Muslim Concentration Camps   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Northwest in Your thoughts about Joe Biden as new President?   
    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. 
     
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    skylight2 reacted to Sirius_Bright in Most Liberal Maraji? (Grand Ayatollah Yousef Saanei sadly passing away)   
    We are following Islam. So the rulings should be based on Ahadith and Qur'an and not what world considers 'progressive'. Islam preaches value and spread love in Akhlaaqi domain which is binding irrespective of marjaa you follow. What we are talking here is Jurisprudential aspect. 
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    skylight2 reacted to Randle McMurphy in Most Liberal Maraji? (Grand Ayatollah Yousef Saanei sadly passing away)   
    Any human being who has progressive actions, and is preaching values which spread love is who I consider more learned.
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    skylight2 reacted to Ali in Leaked video from the latest ShiaChat.com Admin Meeting   
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    skylight2 reacted to Ali_Hussain in alchemiya - the Muslim streaming site   
    Salam,
    I saw this advertised as the Muslim netflix, I had a quick browse through, seems decent. $5/month or $50/year.
    If you can watch the films in their original languages with subtitles it would be even better.
    https://www.alchemiya.com/
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    skylight2 reacted to Cherub786 in Israel & UAE, Bahrain peace agreement   
    Wow, not only have you totally and unabashedly misrepresented Zionism, your proof for your claim of not being an anti-Semite is equally if not more absurd. According to you, you are not an anti-Semite because "I personally have no problem with Jews that are following Torah & believe to  Messiah", so does that mean you have a problem with Jews who are not following Torah and don't believe in Messiah?
    Anti-Semitism is bigotry and discrimination against Jews, regardless of what kind of Jews they are, what kind of beliefs they adhere to, etc. By saying you have no problem with certain Jews and implying that you have a problem with others (based on their beliefs), you are not defending yourself from the accusation of anti-Semitism, but ironically proving that you are an anti-Semite.
    But I am not surprised. Judging by your signature containing Iranian revolutionary flags and symbols, you are a fanatical supporter of the Iranian regime, the same regime which held a cartoon contest to mock the Holocaust
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    skylight2 reacted to Cherub786 in Israel & UAE, Bahrain peace agreement   
    Honestly I have never supported the Palestinian nationalist cause of statehood for a number of reasons 1. I'm not a Palestinian, how does their nationalist cause concern me? 2. In my understanding of Islam nationalism is a bad thing, an example of jahiliyyah, and so I don't support any nationalist cause anywhere on the globe, how the Palestinian nationalist cause any different? 3. Virtually every Arab state, especially Palestine's immediate neighbors, is a failed state, a dictatorship, a secular fascist regime, or some other kind of autocracy. In all likelihood, judging by Palestine's current leadership, Palestine will just end up being another one of these states, 4. The plight of the Palestinians has been extremely exaggerated by a media that is extremely biased, and by certain Middle Eastern and Muslim states that have a vested interest in exaggerating about that issue to distract their own people from domestic problems and injustices 5. I believe in principle Jewish people have a right to a state in the land of Palestine, their ancient homeland (from both an Islamic, Quranic and historical perspective), 6. This is a territorial dispute, it has nothing to do with Islam, and I simply have nothing to do with it as a Sunni Muslim, Canadian born citizen of Indo-Pak descent.
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    skylight2 reacted to Berber-Shia in Israel & UAE, Bahrain peace agreement   
    "Erdogan says Turkey may suspend diplomatic relations with the UAE over its peace deal with Israel"
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    skylight2 reacted to Cherub786 in Israel & UAE, Bahrain peace agreement   
    I hate the UAE, but peace agreements and normalization with the State of Israel is a good thing. My own country (Pakistan) should follow suit.
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Berber-Shia in Islam And Marxism- The Difference.   
    Riba is haram not only in Islam, but also in Christianity - Jesus (pbuh) struggled against the usury extortionists of the time. In fact, the so-called "modern economy" is not much different than the economy at the time of the Prophet (pbuh) - the conditions have not changed. However, what Muslims seem to have forgotten ,to an extent, is that there needs to be an alternative Riba free economy that needs to be constructed - an alternative to the Capitalist/Riba based economy.  
     
    "Overcharging" is only possible if there is a scarcity of the item, and scarcity can exist because the item/good itself is scarce, or because people are hoarding. In the first instance, the market can determine an appropriate price.  In the second instance, the price is artificial, because of monopolistic conditions, or hoarding. Hoarding is forbidden in Islam, and because of hoarding is forbidden, overcharging is not possible. Because Islam does not do away with the market (as Marxism - suggests) - monopoly is also not possible - if a good has a market, multiple producers will begin to appear, and price will start to go down. In fact, the present day imperialist economy is built on government support of monopolistic practices, hoarding, and creating artificial scarcity, otherwise - there would be a much more widespread availability of technology etc. In this respect, libertarianism has some similarity to Islam -  that they shun government intervention - including government intervention in favor of big businesses.  
     
    The Prophet (pbuh) constructed a community/umma - and only if there is an umma - or a community, can Islamic economics be practiced - how else is it possible? So, the issue of what to do in the occultaion of the Qaim ajf - is really a non-issue, made into an issue by some. Essentially, if someone does not think a community (state in present day situation) is to be constructed - an Islamic Republic - well then it is not possible practice Islam at its fullest in all of its dimensions. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Mohammad313Ali in Hagia Sophia in Turkey   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from adi_a in Maktab Tarighat Oveyssi Shahmaghsoudi ?   
    MTO are "twelver shia" ... - however, they are more of a Persian nationalist sufi group, and cultural community, than an Islamic sufi order.... but if u understand farsi, you may gain some knowledge. For practicing Shi'a Muslims - it is best to avoid such persian centric groups - you have the option of going to Iran (or Iraq) and learning in a hawza, or if you cannot do that... my recommendation is to look into a Shi'a friendly traditional Sunni Sufi group. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Anonymous-Male in Islamabad Hindu temple construction   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Northwest in Islam And Marxism- The Difference.   
    Riba is haram not only in Islam, but also in Christianity - Jesus (pbuh) struggled against the usury extortionists of the time. In fact, the so-called "modern economy" is not much different than the economy at the time of the Prophet (pbuh) - the conditions have not changed. However, what Muslims seem to have forgotten ,to an extent, is that there needs to be an alternative Riba free economy that needs to be constructed - an alternative to the Capitalist/Riba based economy.  
     
    "Overcharging" is only possible if there is a scarcity of the item, and scarcity can exist because the item/good itself is scarce, or because people are hoarding. In the first instance, the market can determine an appropriate price.  In the second instance, the price is artificial, because of monopolistic conditions, or hoarding. Hoarding is forbidden in Islam, and because of hoarding is forbidden, overcharging is not possible. Because Islam does not do away with the market (as Marxism - suggests) - monopoly is also not possible - if a good has a market, multiple producers will begin to appear, and price will start to go down. In fact, the present day imperialist economy is built on government support of monopolistic practices, hoarding, and creating artificial scarcity, otherwise - there would be a much more widespread availability of technology etc. In this respect, libertarianism has some similarity to Islam -  that they shun government intervention - including government intervention in favor of big businesses.  
     
    The Prophet (pbuh) constructed a community/umma - and only if there is an umma - or a community, can Islamic economics be practiced - how else is it possible? So, the issue of what to do in the occultaion of the Qaim ajf - is really a non-issue, made into an issue by some. Essentially, if someone does not think a community (state in present day situation) is to be constructed - an Islamic Republic - well then it is not possible practice Islam at its fullest in all of its dimensions. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Northwest in Islam And Marxism- The Difference.   
    There are different aspects of what is called "Marxism" - Marx's Capital is the finest of critique of Capitalism around - and understanding the critique helps one to formulate an alternative to rot of Capitalism. Marx also wrote other important social critiques which are all important readings to understand our present social and economic conditions.  Marxism - includes within it a conflict of classes - we know that socio economic classes exist, and have existed for a long long time. The difference , the key difference is that Marxists suggest a conflict of classes leading to a more egalitarian and just *classless* society  Islam, however, suggests a balance of classes - Islamic economics does not necessarily do away with class. So, for example there are business class, who employ labor. The Marxists would suggest that there be no business and labor class, so that the inequality and injustices of exploitation can be eradicated. Islam suggests that the there are business and labor classes, but that exploitation must be eradicated through the payment of just wages, the payment of Khums etc., requiring the business owners to provide honorable employment conditions etc.  
     
    The whole issue of "religion" or "atheistic' ideology - is all questionable, and not at all necessarily a part of what Marxists these days are interested in. HOWEVER, at the time of Marx, the Christian church, was (and is still) an exploitive institution that always sided with the super wealthy people and defended the oppressive conditions. This took place all over Latin America, the current Pope who is celebrated by liberals, in fact, remained mostly silent during the dictatorship period of Argentina. Only now because the political conditions have shifted that he is talking a little bit of a different talk. Given those conditions, Marxists kind of wanted to throw the baby out with the bathwater... and that was a mistake.  
     
    At the same level, if Islamic scholars, instead of concerning themselves about the oppressed peoples - just hang and hob not with the rich and powerful, they too will lose respect of the Muslims. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Is KHUMS really 20% high????   
    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. 
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    skylight2 got a reaction from Ashvazdanghe in Is KHUMS really 20% high????   
    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) ...
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    skylight2 reacted to Mahdavist in Is KHUMS really 20% high????   
    Since when was nahjul balagha a book of jurisprudential issues? Also, surely you realize that this wasn't a work written by the Imam? It's a compilation of some sermons and letters collected by sharif al radi. 
    Anyway if you want to refer to narrations about khums they are in wasail al shia. 
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