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  1. JazakAllah Khair, brother. Do you know if the Maqam was changed to its rightful location later on by a subsequent caliph (more likely an Abbasid one, as opposed to Imam Ali (as) or Imam Hasan al-Mujtaba (as))? (wasalam)
  2. (bismillah) (salam) I do NOT mean to create this topic to cause fitna. If a Sunni brother or sister can refute the claim I heard, then please do so. For the last couple of weeks, I was in Somalia and then Bahrain with my family. While in Bahrain, my father met with one of his old friends he met in Iraq during the '70s. My father and him were catching up since they haven't spoken to each other in a long time, so when my father got to the topic of our recent 'umrah, the Bahraini man told us that he read in some of our hadith books that 'Umar changed the location of Maqam-e-Ibrahim (as). He showed it in Kitab Sulaym ibn Qays al-Hilali to us, but my father and I take that book to be a fabrication by Aban ibn Abi Ayyash. He then stated it was also present in either al-Kafi or Wasa'il ash-Shia. Does anyone know the truth about this? I would greatly appreciate any answers.
  3. (bismillah) (salam) Don't worry about the dialects at all unless you are planning to stay in an Arab country. Learn MSA (Fus'ha) and I would recommend the free resources from this website: http://www.al3arabiya.info/
  4. is fasting during Ayam al-Baydh for this Sha'ban.

  5. (bismillah) (salam) RIYADH — Saudi Arabia's hunger for weapons, initially aimed at staving off the threat of Iran, has grown with the upcoming US withdrawal from Iraq and instability in Yemen and Bahrain, analysts say. "Saudi Arabia and the Gulf countries in general realise that they must rely on themselves to defend themselves during this critical period marked by the beginning of a US withdrawal from Iraq," said Anwar Eshki, director of the Middle East Institute for Strategic Studies. About 46,000 US troops remain in Iraq and are due to leave by December 31 under an agreement with Baghdad, although US officials have said they may keep some there after the deadline if requested by Iraqi authorities. Saudi Arabia, the world's largest oil exporter, has traditionally bought US and British arms, but it showed no hesitation in contacting a new supplier, Berlin, with which it is negotiating the purchase of 200 Leopard tanks, according to reports in Germany. The order is worth some two billions euros ($2.8 billion), German magazine Der Spiegel said on its website. "The kingdom is looking for weapons in Germany and even in Russia, knowing that with the vacuum left by the Americans in Iraq, Iran might begin to extend its influence to the Levant reaching out to the Mediterranean sea," said Eshki. "Gulf countries need to feel capable of facing any threat from Iran or Iraq, as Kuwait and Bahrain are Saudi Arabia's last lines of defence," said the Jeddah-based researcher. Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud al-Faisal, whose country sent about 1,000 troops to Bahrain, freeing up local security forces to crush a month-long uprising, recently reiterated Riyadh's rejection of "foreign adventures" in Bahrain, in a reference to Iran. "Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) states have strategy to maintain their security," Faisal said on July 5. "If Iran wants to play a key role as a regional power, it must take into account the interests of neighbouring countries and not just its own," the minister said. Relations between the Sunni-ruled Gulf Arab states and non-Arab, predominantly Shiite Iran were strained following the March crackdown on Shiite-led protests in Bahrain. Saudi Arabia, a key player in Middle East politics, is also facing threats from neighbouring Yemen. Yemen has since January been gripped by protests calling for the ouster of its long-time president, and also must contend with the threat of Al-Qaeda militants. "Saudi Arabia is facing new threats in Yemen, (and) Iran's nuclear programme," said Theodore Karasik, the director for research and development at the Dubai-based Institute for Near East and Gulf Military Analysis. "This programme raises fears due to its unclear nature. It represents a threat to Saudis especially within the perspective of American withdrawal from Iraq and the events in Syria and Lebanon," he said. Western nations accuse Iran of seeking to develop an nuclear bomb under the guise of an energy programme. Tehran vehemently denies the charges. The United Nations has already slapped a wide range of sanctions on the Islamic republic over its refusal to halt its uranium enrichment programme. "Iran's war games also do not reassure the Saudis, who are paying attention to Iran's behaviour in the shadow of its ballistic missiles weapons," said Karasik. Saudi Arabia's "foreign policy is more aggressive; it is not like before anymore -- it is more assertive," he added. The Saudis are diversifying their weapons suppliers, but remain major customers for US weapons. "Saudi Arabia's pre-eminent security partner for external and internal defence remains the US, and this is unlikely to change for the foreseeable future," says London-based Gulf region analyst Neil Partrick. Saudi Arabia and the United States are holding negotiations on the final details of a massive arms deal. The United States said in November that the $60 billion deal would take effect despite initial worries from US lawmakers over its impact on Israeli security. The Pentagon unveiled plans on October 20 last year for the sale to Saudi Arabia of 84 F-15 fighter jets, 70 Apache attack helicopters, 72 tactical Black Hawk helicopters and 36 light helicopters, as well as upgrades for 70 F-15s. The delivery of the weapons to the kingdom, thought to be the largest single US arms sale ever, would be spread across 15 to 20 years. "However, potentially widening the arc of suppliers, and even possibly advisers, fits a general trend seen for sometime in Saudi Arabia and in other GCC states who want to ensure a broad range of diplomatic and possibly security supporters on the international stage," said Partrick.
  6. (bismillah) (salam) An 'aqeeq is carnelian. But I'm confused of whether carnelian is a type of agate or not. Here are Ayatollah Ali as-Sistani's laws on the matter though: http://www.sistani.org/local.php?modules=nav&nid=2&bid=59&pid=2955
  7. is back from 'umrah and ziyarat (2 days Makkah, 7 days Madinah).

  8. (bismillah) (salam) The best response I ever got from a Sunni was this that a Hanafi scholar named Ali ibn Sultan al-Qari wrote in the book Sharh ul-Fiqha Akbar that the 12 caliphs according to Hanafi 'aqeeda are 1. Abu Bakr 2. Umar ibn Al-Khattab 3. Uthman ibn 'Affan 4. Imam Ali (as) 5. Muawiyah ibn Abi Sufyan (la) 6. Yazid ibn Muawiyah (la) 7. Abd al-Malik ibn Marwan (la) 8. Walid ibn Abd al-Malik (la) 9. Sulayman ibn Abd al-Malik (la) 10. Umar ibn Abd al-Aziz 11. Yazid ibn Abd al-Malik (la) 12. Hisham ibn Abd al-Malik (la)
  9. (bismillah) (wasalam) According to Al-Mas'udi's Muruj al-Dhahab and Ibn Tahir al-Baghdadi's al-Farq, the Batriyya is a sect or group within Zaydi Shia Islam. Their beliefs also seem similar as you pointed out.
  10. (wasalam) Thank you for your help.
  11. (bismillah) (salam) In the rules and guidelines page, it states that "300 x 700 pixels of text and pictures" is the limit for pictures. On the signature-modification page found on my profile, it states, however, that "Images up to 300 x 300 pixels" is the limit. Which limit is correct? Thank you for your help.
  12. (bismillah) (salam) Why are you comparing Ayat al-Ghormezi who exists with someone from the US trying to pass of as a homosexual girl? Ayat al-Ghormezi is real, was being tortured, sentenced to jail for a year, and she's not dead as of now, no matter what Western, Saudi, Bahraini, or Iranian media says. Al-Ghormezi's mother on her daughter's capture by Bahraini police: (This is not the same video as the first one in this post.)
  13. (bismillah) (salam) I'm not an Iran-buff, but is PressTV directly run by the government? I thought it was only funded by the Iranian state, like many news agencies in the Middle East, rather than being established and used by it. @Syrian Sister--I agree but with the exception of the March 14 Alliance and by Turkey, you mean its general populace, correct?
  14. (bismillah) (salam) That doesn't excuse the fact that Iran and Turkey have pretty good relations. Also, Iran's Foreign Minister Salehi congratulated Erdogan's win in the elections today, so it would not make sense to discredit Turkey. Moreover, Erdogan has expanded trade with Iran, thereby helping its economy affected by sanctions from the West. I also love how the poll right now has a three-way tie about what will happen to al-Assad's government. :lol:
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