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  1. On the even of WWI when the Western powers were invading Muslim lands, the cleric in Iraq Ayatollah Mohammed Kazim al-Tabataba'I wrote this fatwa: “Today the European states have attacked the Islamic countries from every corner. Italy has attacked Tripoli in North Africa, Russian troops have occupied northern Iran, and English troops have entered southern Iran. This will inevitably result in the disappearance of Islam. Therefore all Muslims, Arab and non-Arab, must prepare themselves to repel unbelief from the two Islamic countries. They must not hold themselves back or spare any expense to bring about the means to expel Italian troops from Tripoli, and Russian and English troops from northern and southern Iran. This is one of the most important Islamic duties, in order that the Ottoman and Iranian empires remain protected and safe from Christian attacks, with Allah’s help.” 5 Dhu’l Hijjah (1914) Mohammed Kazim al-Tabataba’I Source: The Islamic Revolution of 1920 in Iraq by Zuhayr Sulayman, Tr: Batool Ispahany, Al-Tawhid, Vol. 8, No. 1
  2. This is a translation of the fatwa written by Mirza Hasan Shirazi which began the Tobacco Protest of Iran in 1891-2. The Qajar shah Nasir al-Din Shah granted a 50 year concession to British G.F. Talbot for a full monopoly of tobacco cultivation in Iran which angered many Iranian merchants and farmers who went out of business. The cleric Mirza Hassan released this fatwa which led to a boycott of the concession and its eventual cancellation since most of the country stopped smoking, including members of the royal family. In the name of Allah the Most Gracious the Most Merciful, From this day forward, the use of tobacco for water pipes (tonbaku) and pipe tobacco (tutun), in whatever form it may be, is tantamount to warfare against the Imam of the Age, may Allah hasten his reappearance.
  3. Assalamu alaykum, I was just reading about Mokhtar's rebellion against the Umayyads and how he and his followers killed many of the individuals responsible for Imam Husayn's (as) martyrdom, including Ibn Ziyad. If this occurred then why do we often hear slogans about "Revenge for Husain" or "Avenging Karbala" if it already occurred mostly? I don't mean to start controversy or offend, I am just curious.
  4. Living out in nature is probably a happier life than the modern technology-addicted lives we live.
  5. The trend seems to be south west (ancient Persian capitals) not being as religious as the center and north of the country. The most religious parts (Yazd, Qom, Esfahan, Semnan) are in the middle of the country. Sunnis on the borders.
  6. Wow thanks for the information. Can I name some cities/regions and you tell me which of them tend to be religious or not? Tabriz / Azerbaijan Yazd Kashan Qom Khorasan area Kordistan Shiraz / Fars Abadan Rasht / Gilan Mazandaran Ahvaz Kerman
  7. That's interesting, would you say its the most religious part of Iran? Why is that so? What cities do you think are the LEAST religious? I am Ironni live in America and most Iranians here are not religious, but the ones that are and go to masjid are mostly Esfahani.
  8. Let's keep this going to make the fasting days fly by!
  9. Thank you! Is this book available in English? Or could you share more from it or a link?
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