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  1. No, I completely agree that there is nothing wrong with being aligned with, aspiring to, or influenced by the IRI. I am not going to get into the history and details of the conversations I was engaged in. But a presumptive knee-jerk reaction to the asking of questions is unnecessary. Many of us check in at Shiachat to get information to respond to outside conversations. Anyway, these are two distinct questions: - What are the political and religious influences and leanings of the Bahraini Shias? - Is there anything wrong with the IRI model, or aspiring to it? They are distinct questions. And yes, BOTH, need to be responded to if we want to set our own "turf"/parameters for the discourse. The intent of my conversation, to someone I was arguing with, is that Shias communities are not monolithic. The idea of all Shias being single-minded, under the control of X (whoever they want to target), etc is used to marginalize the genuine struggles and movements of Shias in Iran, Iraq, Lebanon, Bahrain, Kuwait, Saudia, and Yemen. Even many of the scholars emphasize that the diversity of Marjaeen is an asset and strength of the worldwide Shia community, just as the notion of Wilayut-al-Faqih is also a strength of source and inspiration. YOUSIF, Are Shirazi and Modaressi "followers" different groups? I thought Sy. Modaressi is one of the representatives of the Shirazi trend currently.... Also, I imagine the demands are going to get stronger given all that took place today. YOUSIF, What position is the Muslim Brotherhood-oriented Al-Minbar taking regarding the protests? Any official Sunni movement/group that is supporting the protests?
  2. My understanding was that he did not even nominate himself. Thus, he wasn't even in the running.
  3. Indeed it would. That is why I wanted to ask for rough estimates. The reason I am asking the question is to counter the idea that Bahraini Shia are controlled by IRI. Aaah, I forgot about the Akhbari trend in Bahrain...thank you for sharing...
  4. Salaam, Can anyone here give a rough (but educated) estimate of how the Bahraini Shia population is aligned with various scholars? - Ayatullah Sistani circle % - Ayatullah Khameni/IRI trend % - Shirazi faction % - Ayatullah Fadhlallah circle % - Secular/non-religious % - Others % Also please let me know on what basis you are making your estimates (ie. You are Bahraini, lived there, have family there, etc.) I want to avoid everyone and their mother making estimates based on their own whims/guesses
  5. Peace, I would echo the above quoted comments. You should look into joining your local/regional chapter of Iraqi Veterans Against War. Your story and experiences would be most beneficial and effective in convincing the American public, by speaking to your families, communities, churches, media, etc. Let Iraqis handle their rebuilding of their own country. They don;t need outsiders help, but it would be good to have minimal influence from American government and corporations. May Allah guide you to the best of paths. PM me if you have any questions.
  6. Salaam, I am continually surprised by the number of duas there are in maktab Ahlul-Bayt. If one wanted all (or as many as possible) of the duas while minimizing the number of books, what book list would you recommend? - Shaifah As-Sajjadiya - Mafatih al-Jinan What else?
  7. Salaam, Just moved to Dallas area. Looking for masajid and centers to get plugged into. I know of MOMIN and IILM...what other Shia centers are there? Also, what Sunni masjids are good to visit in the area? Im living outside of McKinney Jazakallah Khair...
  8. Salaam, I too have been disturbed by this issue.... Iran should offer a third way, mutual solution... Work throught he OIC to name it the Perso-Arab Gulf, or the Islamic Gulf, etc... This kind of third option will win support from Muslims, and non-nationalist Arabs and Iranians...
  9. As Salaam u Alaikum, Is there a difference in how the ceremony is conducted by a Sunni aalim vs. a Shia aalim? Are any of these difference of consequence?
  10. It seemed to me that it was ahmadinejad who made decision not to kiss hand, then said/explained something, and then kissed Ay. Khamenei's shoulder. In which case, the news about him having a cold makes sense. I think much more could be infered if Ay. Khamenei prevented him, and the implications of that. but i dont think as much meanng can be drawn from ahmeadinejad not kissing his hand.
  11. Astaghfirullah "And those who accuse chaste women (of adultery) and then do not produce four witnesses - lash them with eighty lashes and do not accept from them testimony ever after. And those are the defiantly disobedient. Except for those who repent thereafter and reform, for indeed Allaah is Forgiving and Merciful." Quran 24:5
  12. Indeed. So easy to claim voting fraud. Yet more than a month later we are still waiting for evidence. Thanks for the link. I also found this... ===== CJ Harwood a.k.a. Warlaw compares the BBC Monitoring's translation of the of the Guardian Council report on election irregularities in Iran with the U.S. Open Source Center's translation, and finds a major discrepancy: Warlaw concludes from this:
  13. When you say Ahle Haqq, you mean the Yarsan? Are they considered Muslims in Iran?
  14. The Iranian government is more self-critical and committed addressing and fixing its shortcomings than some of the fanboys here on SC... Iran police 'went to extremes' in post-vote unrest Iran's police chief Ismail Ahmadi-Moqaddam says some law enforcement officers 'went to extremes' during the country's post-election protests. "Some of our officers went to extremes during these events and caused damage while pursuing protestors," Brig. Gen. Ahmadi-Moqaddam said on Wednesday. Massive opposition protests followed the June 12 presidential election, in which incumbent President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won a second term in office with almost two-thirds of votes. Iranian officials did not authorize any rallies despite repeated calls by defeated candidates Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, who had called for the nullification of the vote. Police forces used batons and tear gas to disperse protestors during the rallies. Farhad Tajari, an Iranian parliamentarian, said on Tuesday that at least 30 people had been killed during the protests. Earlier reports had put the number of the dead at 20. Thousands were also detained in the aftermath of the vote, many of whom have since been released. "Nothing should cause police officers to break the law in any way," Ahmadi-Moqaddam said, adding the violation of the law by officers had brought 'psychological damage' to the public. He further said that the police would 'deal firmly' with the officers who had broken the rules.
  15. anyone read these reports? anything significant in them?
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