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El Cid

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  1. First, you should focus on Shi'a children being fed ghuluw from poisonous vipers on pulpits than worry about other things. Principle is the same Wasalam.
  2. I don't see any problem though I'd just go for surgery instead as that seems safer than weird pills though a lot of trans women take estrogen to increase breast size and they seem okay with little to no side effects
  3. Yes, I understand that but the Sunni claim of Umar being a great warrior originates from exaggerations+over-reverance of Umar so they gotta portray him as an Adminstrative Genius+Pious Muslim Ruler who knew the Quran by Heart+Expert Military Genius and Great Warrior+Great Family man+The most Brave and Excellent+Beloved of Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). = Aka perfection in all fields of life. And I compared this to our own exaggerations where we do the same thing, Just build and add on to the Greatness of the Ahle-Bayt(عليه السلام) and assign them narratives like the ones mentioned above which we're told not to do by our Imams(عليه السلام) because They hate people over-praising Them or trying to attach falsehood onto Them as clearly told to us from hadith. Wasalam.
  4. The best thing we can do ourselves is to educate the people around us and spread awareness on this topic like I did for my aunt. I believe that our hadith tell us that the worst people in this world are those who use religion as a means of profit. Don't let these fools exploit your religious sentiments for a quick buck. They are emotionally manipulating you. That's why they explicitly tell you in the video title and thumbnail "Look I'm emotional because of the Quran and your Islamic topics. Please shower me with attention and youtube money. Also subscribe to my patreon, follow me on instagram, snapchat, facebook!" They also make sure to tell you they are American, British, Dutch because they know you need that foreigner validation to feel good about your religion and yourselves because your religion is obviously deficient in providing you with positive emotions:
  5. Yes I agree with that. No one is more obsessed with Shariah law in the west than the far right and Wahabhis. And it's the Wahabhis who are doing the shariah law for West rallies etc on the streets. They are a tiny minority but unfortunately they are the most vocal minority. People also don't know the difference between a Takfiri and a Muslim so they just put everyone in the same boat and hate Muslims together because of Takfiris. As for reaction videos themselves. One thing I want to add is that I don't view all reaction videos in a bad light. Some can be very informative and entertaining at the same time for example This is a youtuber who is a real life lawyer. He reacts to movies/tv shows centered around law and order, analyzes each scene and tells the audience whether it has real world accuracy or not and also gives us an analysis of what can happen in real life if the same events took place. This is a reaction video but it's different as the person is giving us knowledge on a topic by using pop culture as a way to impart said knowledge: This is Jahailiyyah. Just skim through this video honestly. This guy has the most over the top and animated expressions. It's obvious it's just a performance and it's down right offensive on so many levels to any educated Muslim. He looks like either he is about to have a heart attack or he's about to book a flight to Makkah right now to take the Shahada in front of the Kaba'h: (Plot twist: He's not)
  6. I'm not personally suspicious of your malice intent but malicious intents is the root cause of all these Shi'a-Sunni debates online on social media. No one is there to learn. Both Shi'as and Sunnis just argue, post topics, try to out-manuever eachother in an attempt to gain supremacy over one another's entire religion. This is nothing new and I'm sure you have seen this a lot as well. I gave you a logical answer which can clear out why Umar's character is over-stated and then I gave you an example of how we Shi'as are guilty of the same thing. That's about it. I never compared Imam Ali(عليه السلام) to Umar and vice versa. I only compared both Shi'a and Sunni to each other in this aspect. You gave an example of the Pakistani Education system. Well, what is exactly suppose to be taught there? It's a Sunni country so obviously they are going to be taught things from a Sunni perspective which will have their moments here and there. But what you're saying right now makes no sense either and is a highly exaggerated and dramatic way of looking at things for example I grew up in Pakistan and lived there for most of my life till my 20s. I grew up with Sunni beliefs that Umar, Abu Bakr, Usman were all perfect companions of Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) Before and after His(SAW)'s death. They were best friends with Imam Ali(عليه السلام). There were no conflicts and everyone just lived with each other in pure happiness like Sesame street. My parents never corrected me or taught me Shi'a history because they feared I'd go around upsetting Sunnis(You know children say the darnest things right? I respect their decision.) I learnt the truth when I was 16-17 after research. I never fell into denial or apostated and there are a thousand Shi'a examples exactly like my story so you can't say I was the exception either. We Shi'as laugh about this together in Pakistan "Remember the time we all thought the caliphs were good guys because of our course?". I love Batman as much as the next person as a kid and now as an adult. I'm not drinking alcohol/fornicating/beating up people so what again what are you on about exactly? Thousands and millions of people who are Muslims also love Batman and they aren't influenced like this either so I'm not some exception to this either. I understand your sentiment but honestly this all sounds a bit.. extreme brother. Hero worship means admiration of a particular individual which can be excessive or not. Umar is a highly revered individual in Sunni Islam so naturally his qualities will be overstated as he'll be excellent in all fields of life. That's the simple answer to your query. Wasalam.
  7. I believe true success is the balance between religion and this world. I dislike both people who fail to understand this for example people who become overly religious at times tell you this world is temporary and they do not pursue worldly advents anymore and just sit there and wait for death. Then there are people who become overly worldly and make their careers their religion and they shirk everything else including family to give priority to their career. For me, there is no nobility in poverty and I would never choose poverty for myself or anyone. Be successful. The easiest way to do that is to enroll in a university, study something worthwhile like Business/Law/Engineering/Medical, get an entry level job in your field whilst being in school, finish your degree and expand from there. You'll be moderately successful in your middle life and overly successful later if you work hard and have realistic goals. Then there's religion which means do your best, do not fall into Haram activities and keep your obligations like praying etc. There need not be a compromise between the two.
  8. I only believe in the miracles that actually happened for example the door incident at Khaybar. I only believe in miracles which Imam Ali(عليه السلام) claimed for himself like He(عليه السلام) said I can unseat Muwaiya from his chair in Syria whilst sitting in another city. Miracles that came from the word of mouth from Imam Ali(عليه السلام) himself. This fight entire army thing did not so I do not believe in it. Simple. It doesn't matter why Abbas(عليه السلام) didn't fight at Karbala or not. The reason you're asking me this is because your claim is that If Abbas(عليه السلام) could've fought, He would've single handedly wiped out yazid's army. Fair enough. Let me give you a counter argument. Your entire argument and reasoning is based on speculation and you have not provided any solid proof for your exagerrated claims so I'm allowed to talk on speculation as well as per your own logic. Abbas(عليه السلام) fought at Siffin and led the charge wearing Imam Ali(as)'s clothing. By your own logic, the army of Muwaiya should've been single handedly wiped out by Abbas(عليه السلام) that day but we all know how Siffin turned out. Once again I'll say this: I only believe in the miracles that actually happened for example the door incident at Khaybar. I only believe in miracles which Imam Ali(عليه السلام) claimed for himself like He(عليه السلام) said I can unseat Muwaiya from his chair in Syria whilst sitting in another city. Miracles that came from the word of mouth from Imam Ali(عليه السلام) himself. This fight entire army thing did not so I do not believe in it. Simple. I don't think that's unreasonable or offensive. It's actually quite logical. Don't believe ignorant speakers on pulpits whose job is to entertain you with such over the top tales. Only go by proof from what the Imams(عليه السلام) actually said and claimed. Imam Ali(عليه السلام) told us to love him in moderation. Stick to that and you'll never go astray.
  9. Once, a Sunni brother on this forum said "“when a single hair from the head of sayyida Fatimah سلام الله عليها was exposed from under her dupatta, the sun itself went dark” or something like that. A man my age literally told me that with a straight face, matter of factly." These beliefs/statements don't come from hadith/Quran or anything. Only from the pulpits. Same as the whole fight an army by himself thing for Imams(عليه السلام). No proof. Never happened in reality. Just what people have been told from birth by ignorant speakers.
  10. I agree with what you're saying that now being Muslim is a part of an "identity" and even a "personality trait" for the new generation. When I see "Muslims" on those buzz-feed videos, vice videos, LGBT videos who have no idea about Islamic history/Quran literature/Holy Personalities(عليه السلام) yet speak as if they have been under the tutelage of GA. Sistani all their lives whilst playing some kind of victim mentality just for extra clout. It's pretty horrifying to see, honestly. But I don't agree with the whole taming thing you mentioned. When one can be fully integrated into any kind of society whether it's Western or Eastern whilst being a Muslim. Western society only tends to hate Muslims when they do stupid things like proposing Shariah law for the West, causing tensions by proposing changes which offend the beliefs of the original people living there, Commit horrible crimes or become welfare queens. Fair enough. If it was my country and people were coming over to change said country and to make it tailored more to their faith, I'd be really annoyed as well and would hate those people as well when seen from a layman POV. Though this section is another topic for another time. I wouldn't want to derail the current OP. That's a good name but like I said the biggest problem is that Muslims themselves are the enablers for these foreign reaction channels because they love being pandered to and they love foreigners praising their religion or seeing it in a positive note. I made this topic for my aunt who kept sending me these videos on whatsapp lol. She's changed her perspective a bit as well after reading my thoughts but I want to hear the thoughts/concerns of other people as well like the ones who liked my post above @Mahdavist @Haji 2003 and others. What is your take on all this? Do you agree ot disagree? Wasalam.
  11. Alright. No worries. I think I've touched light on the true purpose of this thread and also answered in response to that true purpose. So I'll just leave it as the good outweighs the bad and fix problems in countries you glorify first which are more troubling/alarming before going around trying to raise awareness for another person's country which is lightyears ahead of you. -> I'm saying this to the OP and others in that category. Not you sister notme. I use to think Pakistan was amazing myself but Pakistan like any other middle eastern country is only good if you're upper middle class or middle class. I've learnt a lot about the true nature of the world and seen the suffering of people first hand to change my opinion since then. Wasalam.
  12. You can post one link or two links which highlight some problems. I'll post more highlighting bigger problems. It's a fun game isn't it?
  13. I doubt it. Otherwise you'd be complaining about them instead of just tearing down the western world because it's fashionable for you and brethern to do. Not according to all you IR supporters. In fact this thread is just made in response to my topic and sister @Caroling's mentioning of all the horrible things in the Middle East. Then the OP tagged all the people like ChristianLady who go around praising her country as more ethical and humane than Iran/ME. This entire topic is about comparing and having a Mine is better than yours competition. So let's compare. Let me draw more lines. You as a human rights activist can continue to be only offended by things which have nothing to do with Iran but ofcourse you can give Iran the benefit of the doubt, call it fake news/conspiracy. Whatever Anyway let's continue: https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/02/dying-of-hopelessness-suicides-on-the-rise-in-iran/ https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/02/non-persian-mother-languages-treated-as-national-security-threat-in-iran/ https://iranhumanrights.org/2019/10/reign-of-evin-prisons-new-director-begins-with-denial-of-political-prisoners-rights/ https://iranhumanrights.org/2020/11/two-students-sentenced-to-prison-for-peaceful-protest-during-november-2019/
  14. Does this make you angry as well? https://iran-hrm.com/index.php/2021/02/19/iran-hangs-already-dead-woman-zahra-esmaili-lawyer-says/ https://iranhumanrights.org/2021/02/irans-political-prisoners-are-dying-due-to-denial-of-medical-care/ Why am I mentioning this? Because on this forum, I've come to believe that the majority of people believe Iran to be perfection. As a human rights activist doesn't this make you angry? In fact this entire topic was made in response to people criticizing Iran so it's very well fitting and not irrevalant to the discussion. As brother Tawhidi says "For every one violent verse in the quran, I can show you 10 from the Bible". And I'll say this to you and everyone of your elk. "For every one problem you'll complain about the advanced countries, I'll show you a thousand problems facing the countries you hail to be championing in everything good and Shi'a like." The good outweighs the bad. Enjoin in the good, don't grasp for the straws simply because it's fashionable to tear down the achievements of better men.
  15. I'd say both do in equal amounts but the Shi'a go out of their way to assign elements to Holy Personalities(عليه السلام) which they did not claim for themselves.
  16. Well, I'm sorry to derail the topic but I did answer the OP's inquiry as well when I said this: (I think answer is sufficient and satisfactory. If it's not, then it's obvious this topic was meant in malice to the Ahle-Sunnat and this is nothing but a contest to throw mud) As for the OP's question. The simple answer to your inquiry and any inquiry like this one is Islamic history and Islam itself has a focus on "hero worship" and pseudo Apotheosis. One can even say it has elements of a cult of personality in it. For sunnis, their hero-worship revolves around the Companions. For Shia's, their hero worship revolves around the Imams(عليه السلام). They will always over-state/exaggerate their virtues, traits, personalities, skills etc. The only problem is that the Imams(عليه السلام) take an issue with Apotheosis and over-reverence along with punishing people for it whilst people like Usman hire poets to sing their praises all day. Whether it's companions or our Imams(عليه السلام), at the end of the day both are utterly loved by the people of their respective sect and this devotion will always lead to some level of over-statement till the end of time. They are the epitome of human perfection and Islamic mysticism for their followers, the entire Shia-Sunni conflict is just the tearing down of each other's heroes until nothing is left like the purpose of this topic and the entire Shia/Sunni subsection really is at the end of the day. Just people throwing bricks at each other with no one here to learn or inquire. As we say in Urdu, "neecha ghirana". These are all speculative "would've, could've, should've" statements. You have not brought up any credible proof from the mouth of Imam Ali(عليه السلام) or any other Imam(عليه السلام) about this. I could give you an alternative solution as well Bring everyone for some battles, Bring only Imam Ali(عليه السلام) for 1-2 battles here and there. But this is all speculation. Because the latter actually happened. The former did not. Proof is in the pudding no? Proof is in the pudding. Boasting about doing something and actually doing something are two different things. Once again, this is all speculative talk from you without a shred of proof from history or hadith. All of you just repeating these statements without bringing any proof is just proof that I'm right. These are all just stories you've heard from the pulpits from childhood to adulthood so it's very offensive for you for someone to be telling you different. None of the things you keep saying are true happened in history. None of the claims you are making have any support from hadith either. So why go on claiming and saying things which do not make sense? It's because you're conditioned to believe/say these things due to the ignorant speakers making such claims over the years. I agree with @Ali bin Hussein that this is indeed a very strange thread. The reason I brought this up is because I do not care much about the Ahle-Sunnat and their beliefs but I do care about Shi'as enough to point out their flaws, especially in situations like these where you are both suffering from hero-worship yet you are only pointing a finger at Sunni's like this thread. Let's clean up our own house first and then go about judging others.
  17. I showed this topic to my aunt. She asked me how do I know these reactions are not genuine? I told her that this is all performance art and it's all a performance. The proof is in this default reaction which has to be either about Emotional faces or straight up crying and stating to people that look I'm emotional. This is the reaction needed to be successful and pander/appeal to the MashAllah brigade. Think about it, everyone has a different reaction to things. A person could sit straight faced to any Quranic recitation or Islamic topic but it wouldn't have the same Masala(spice) to appeal to Muslims. They have to have this reaction to be successful in this, otherwise it wouldn't work. No matter what is being said, they have english subtitles in front of them. The quran could be talking about dietary laws and restrictions, their reaction wouldn't change:
  18. General rule of Islam: If you have some special condition, then just assume the hadith/ruling doesn't apply to you within reason ofcourse like the above situation. Like for example it says a person should recite azan loudly in his house as it's mustahab but how can a man with no tongue do this? You get the logic. Wasalam.
  19. This makes sense and is logical. One person fighting 1k-5k people all at once without single combat does not, especially when Imam Ali(عليه السلام) made such no claims about himself like this. -> And this is my problem with Shi'as saying stuff like this because it's Ghuluw and makes us look like lunatics. Actually, this would've been great as it would show the miracle of Islam. One person fighting legions of men whilst being surrounded by them from all sides. It would've been a superhuman achievement and people would look at this in disbelief. But it didn't happen because an army is needed.
  20. Salam, everyone. This is a topic I've been meaning to talk about for a while now but never got the chance to post it but now since I have some free time to write up a topic. Let's begin. Reaction videos have taken up youtube by storm now. It's the laziest form of content available which requires very basic/minimal video-editing skills, all you need to do is watch a video and have some sort of "reaction" to it which could be either a laugh/Shakespearean critiqe/Just nodding along/Overpraising and pandering/Whatever you want. They seem to be very popular as people these days love to watch people watching youtube videos while they are on youtube like some sort of twisted Inception rendition. Those eating mukbang ones are even worse but let's not talk about those today. (May Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) forgive you for those horrible crunching and munching sounds.) That's all I'll say. I don't know why our Ummah has such an inferiority complex when it comes to foreign elements and their religion but this is basically what's been happening for a few years now. Foreign people make reaction videos of themselves watching something to do with the Quran/Prophet(SAW's biography/Anything islamic. Say a bunch of nice PANDERING stuff about it or simulate emotional crying or something like that. Upload this video. They ultimately rake in 1 million views when they do this with comments going "MashAllah, SubanAllah, Wow very nice, Please accept Islam" from what I call the "MashAllah brigade". Let's view some examples: 6.8 million views but that youtuber has 250k+ subscribers already so maybe that contributed? Okay let's look at some people who have just a few subscribers or a pool of a maximum of 10k-30k. Close to a million views, 687k with 16k subscribers. Other videos on this channel in majority have nothing to do with Islam, they are all reaction videos as well and they all have a pathetic view count of 100-7k views. But that Islamic one? Close to a million. Let's go further. This chick has figured out the MashAllah Brigade's weakness as well. She was making youtube videos about her country at first which raked in about 5k views. Now she only makes videos reacting to Islamic stuff which is modestly starting to work out in her favor. Good thing she also figured out how to do the whole "surprising/emotional" thumbnail trick as well. That upper video has quite the non pandering thumbnail I must say: This woman barely crossed more than 100-10k views on her other videos But one Islamic reaction video? BOOM 6.7 million views. WOOHOOO! Keep it up, MashAllah brigade. Sorry brother but no one cares when you react to anime or comedy videos. But your Islamic content. Boom 1.9 million views. Good job on the pandering thumbnail as well. This guy is just starting on his Profit of Islam journey. MashAllah he's made incredible progress with the pandering thumbnail and picking good material like Azan etc. He's at 3k views generally with one video on Islamic topics crossing 1.9 million. Karim is an established youtuber so naturally he raked in millions but this is the most shameless title in the world. "Christian Girlfriend" reacts to the Quran? Karim, you naughty boy. Are you really showing us your zina/immoral relation in a title featuring the holy Quran? A special slap for you, Mr.Karim. He also made 3 other topics including one on Muhammad(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) with the same christian girlfriend title. And I go on and on with many more examples. But what I'm showing you people here? This is all a business. It's nothing to do with Islam or appreciation of Islam or Allah(سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) or Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). They are just pandering to you for views. Foreigners back in the day use to come to the Middle East and Subcontinent to trade spices/fur amongst other things, now they come for views and clout chasing. Unfortunately, our Ummah loves being pandered to. They love that feeling they get when foreigners validate their religion for them. It gives them those goosebumps, lovey dovey, Yes Master feelings which they have been so accustomed to due to colonization/occupation/insecurities. So next time your aunt shares this video with you on whatsapp, Just tell her to delete and move on. There's nothing but milking going on here. If I abandoned shame today, this could be a great business for me with minimal investing. I can ask my friend Ryan for his camera, He'll happily lend it and not even ask for it even if I have had it for years because he's that kind of chill, I can go on craigslist and make an ad about hiring "models for reaction video, will pay 15$ an hour and food" I will get lots of replies. I can stand in front of them and give them cues like "Make this face. Cry a bit. Touch your eyes and pretend you're crying.". I also have basic video editing skills. It will require about.. 2 hours I reckon? So that's 30$ lost. In return, I get millions of views. In fact why stop there? I can also have them make fake videos where I give them scripts on how they are considering converting after seeing the beauty of Islam and all those gooey-dooey things which will make the MashAllah brigade all fuzzy inside. But unfortunately for me, I fear the disappointment of my Prophet(صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and Imam Ali(عليه السلام) so I will never do this. Though a fun fact is, Indians are the same way when it comes to Bollywood. Yes, Bollywood. They are being exploited too as TRP made a brilliant video on this phenemon. I don't know if linking to it will get it removed or not but to understand this deeper. Watch that video, it's only 9 minutes and discusses why these reactors are so successfully leeching on everything dear to people. This is the title: The Real Truth About Foreign Reaction Channels! - Channel name: Tried and refused productions. Wasalam.
  21. You're still not making any sense. Please for the last time, tell me. What does suffering have to do with my question? Why do you keep bringing it up for no reason? Is there some language barrier or communication error or something like that going on? You still have not provided any credible resources for your claims, that hadith has nothing to do with my question. Let me make it as simple for you as possible: At the battle of Badr, there were 1000 people on the side of the Quraiysh and 300 on the side of Muslims. Your claim: Only Imam Ali(عليه السلام) is needed for battle. My question: If that's true. Why did 299 people go there? Could've just sent Imam Ali(عليه السلام) to fight the 1000 Quraishi's head-on and saved the lives of the 14 who were killed. You answer my question like this: Oh suffering is a part of life. Suffering.. Suffering. This has nothing to do with suffering. This is about saving lives and not putting them at risk for no reason unless you're saying it was necessary to make those people suffer which makes no sense. If you can't answer this, It means you're just preaching Ghuluw.
  22. These days I'm on a diet. Gotta get myself fit and some more. I bought a rice maker which has made my life a lot easier. For dinner, I'm having brown rice with either just steamed vegetables and some fruits like pine apple with shrimp or a few chunks of baked chicken breast. For breakfast, I eat a pomegranate before eating my main meal of oatmeal(Sunnah of Prophet(SAW,), For lunch, I eat boiled egg whites with some cottage cheese along with 2 dates. It's been a week so far so going good so far but man do I miss junk food. I also walk 3 hours a day 4 times a week. I'm 6'1 and the ideal weight for me should be 85-90 KG. I gained weight and currently I am 120 kg So InshAllah, I go back to my original weight in 4-6 months realistically. Pray for my success. ;D
  23. Also you can't live together and engage in immoral relations to find out your "compatible" before marriage in Islam.
  24. The ghettos of Detroit and streets of Skid row are still far much better than the war-torn regions of Syria/Lebanon/Iraq and Iran. Texas powerouts happened because of extreme weather which they have not faced in 120 years or so. It happened for 2-3 days. No worries. Iranian power grids can't even handle people mining bitcoin: https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/2021/01/16/massive-blackouts-have-hit-iran-government-is-blaming-bitcoin/ . Not to mention The areas I mentioned above have no lights or power in general any way because of post war or ongoing war. Every nation has it's problems and issues but even the worst parts of advanced nations are 10 times better than the places I mentioned above. Wasalam.
  25. As for the OP's question. The simple answer to your inquiry and any inquiry like this one is Islamic history and Islam itself has a focus on "hero worship" and pseudo Apotheosis. One can even say it has elements of a cult of personality in it. For sunnis, their hero-worship revolves around the Companions. For Shia's, their hero worship revolves around the Imams(عليه السلام). They will always over-state/exaggerate their virtues, traits, personalities, skills etc. The only problem is that the Imams(عليه السلام) take an issue with Apotheosis and over-reverence along with punishing people for it whilst people like Usman hire poets to sing their praises all day. Whether it's companions or our Imams(عليه السلام), at the end of the day both are utterly loved by the people of their respective sect and this devotion will always lead to some level of over-statement till the end of time. They are the epitome of human perfection and Islamic mysticism for their followers, the entire Shia-Sunni conflict is just the tearing down of each other's heroes until nothing is left like the purpose of this topic and the entire Shia/Sunni subsection really is at the end of the day. Just people throwing bricks at each other with no one here to learn or inquire. As we say in Urdu, "neecha ghirana".
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