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  1. If anybody knows where to find the Farsi version with English subtitles, please let me know! On my 3rd yr of waiting now to watch this movie (properly at least... it's not the same if it's dubbed to me and at least I'll understand ~75% of the Farsi).
  2. Super Mario (obviously) Mortal Kombat (the original) Tiny Toon Adventures (don't judge) Madden 1994 NHL 94 and last but certainly not least... U.N. Squadron (the GREATEST game soundtrack of all time).
  3. The most logical, well-argued, thought-provoking, and comprehensive write-up I've come across on the Shi'i stance on the Palestinian conflict. Absolutely fantastic work, brother.
  4. It really is a beautiful poem. I actually posted the full video on youtube before that one back when Mahmoud Karimi recited it in full and live. I honestly really like the live performances much better, the digitalization of poetry just doesn't feel genuine with all the computerized effects over the recording. Just my opinion though. Anyways, here's the original recitation:
  5. I think Iran and the Rouhani administration handled it perfectly. 1) Arrest the idiots to make a point domestically, in order to show that such videos that 1) have men and women interacting socially/dancing together/not wearing hijab (men and women) and 2) propogate the west's narcassistic, immoral (most important one according to the Islamic Republic's constitution and very purpose), and ultimately nihilistic culture in the form of soft power will not be tolerated. 2) Release them (on the condition that they apologize for their actions) so that the situation doesn't escalate any further internationally with that whole #freehappyIranians gaining too much popularity. 3) Tweet out an ambiguous tweet to quell any conversation on how the Iranian goverment oppresses happy people. Situation well-handled, Rouhani.
  6. (bismillah) I was wondering if anyone has a source to a speech by Imam Hussain (as) during the battle of Karbala when he told the enemies that they're doing what they're doing because of the haram foods that they've eaten (I think it's in Tuhaf al-Uqool but I don't have access to it right now). If possible, I'd greatly appreciate it if the exact words could be quoted. (wasalam)
  7. Like I keep reiterating, no need to attack - whatsoever. Our role models taught us better than that, and it's disappointing for me to see such ethics from a man that dons the name and picture of a man like Sheikh al-Mufid (and also an admin/representative of the standards of a site for Shias). In regards to your comment, the poster mentioned that he was planning on proposing to the girl and that he scheduled to do so but by the test of Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, his brother (whom apparently he had no idea was interested in the same girl) proposed to her the day before his plan. It's obvious that a few important details are missing, but it's clearly not just a 'crush' as you paint it out to be. I don't have any other specifics on his situation or the person, and presumably neither do you. So although I agree with you in your end point and advice to him, you're delivery mitigates the good that can come from such advice since you are not close to him. Would you speak to someone like that if the random brother approached you with the same question in the flesh? I recommend introspection on your post, brother. Compare it as it is and, as an admin of Shiachat and bearer of Sheikh al-Mufid, how it should be. We often see posts like these and think to ourselves how ridiculous they might be based on our knowledge and experience (as applied to the very limited description that is provided by the OP), so we answer them condescendingly because we think of what the obvious (to us) answer is and also because it's the internet. But the situation might not be as black and white as we think. Regardless, we must treat others as how we ourselves would like to be treated (if you are knowledgable, then how you would like to be treated by other knowledgable people), and to also not be sucked into the virtual reality that is the internet so that we can retain the standards that the Ahlulbayt left for us.
  8. That's probably true, but shiachat should be a community that people are comfortable to go towards for advice even on personal issues, and there's no point in being blunt or rude in response because you don't even know the person, so you might as well be considerate. If you knew the person well then yes, sometimes being blunt is necessary. Again though I agree with you, he absolutely must not go for the girl in his situation and clearly it is a test of his patience from Allah (swt). I just didn't like seeing the combination of 1) someone with as much empathy and compassion as Sheikh Mufeed and 2) a shiachat admin being associated with that type of blunt response in someone's (assuming) sincere call for advice. I just think that our role models always taught us a better way to handle these things, like how Enlightened responded.
  9. I'm disappointed at the delivery of your advice... especially considering that you have Sheikh al-Mufeed as your name and profile pic and that you're a Shiachat admin, and thus a representative of a site for aspiring Shias. Yeah, his situation sucks and he has to practice patience right now and learn to slowly get over it, but your advice does nothing except rub unnecessary salt on a clearly terrible wound of a brother. It's obvious that this guy has been hurt to the degree of having to post on shiachat for advice from his bros and sis's, and yes he has to ultimately swallow the gigantic pill of having to get over it, but there's no need to be disrespectful and hurtful.
  10. Brother, two points. 1) The Islam that we follow has a hadith where it says to be careful of ever calling anyone a Kafir, for if someone does, then either the person calling him/her a Kafir or the person being called a Kafir will go to hell. There is a good chance that calling someone a "Satanist troll" is more or less the equivalent to this, with a good chance of it being worse. Even if you have a problem with the discussion, no where in Islam does it teach us to dismiss them through name-calling. Or just resort to name-calling in general. Tread lightly, brother. For your own sake. 2) In terms of the discussion, unless you are blind there are going to be (often vastly) different levels of attraction from person to person. It's in human nature. Beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. I'm not quite sure how this is difficult to understand... unless of course you live in this world.
  11. With all due respect brother, this is a very naive proposition. The reality is that many people do not 'manage' if they feel discontent with the partner's looks. While there are exceptions to this, where someone is not initially attracted but later on falls in love with him/her based on the personality (which is often rooted in religiosity), they are rare and risky to rely on in terms of it happening to yourself. And so consequently, many times marriages deteriorate and families become ruined from actions that might be done (i.e. bad akhlaq, ignoring the partner/not wanting to spend time with them/the guilt that comes from being much more attracted to other women and not your wife/flirting with other women in everyday activities/doing mutah with another woman/and anything in between). Attractiveness is absolutely important, and I base this not just on practical wisdom but from our ahadith as well. As told by Imam as-Sadiq (as) (please correct if I'm wrong, I think it was our 6th Imam), religiosity is the first factor to take into consideration, followed by none other than attractiveness. The family of the girl comes next, and finally the wealth of the girl (my own opinion so take with a grain of salt but 'status' may fall in this category as well). One must weigh these out in accordance to one's expectations of a wife, which should be based upon 1) knowledge of the self (i.e. imaan, certain attributes that a partner must have and certain ones that are negotiable, etc) and 2) one's own unique circumstance (i.e. job, looks, family, etc).
  12. Depends on your knowledge of your 'self'. If you know that physical beauty is something important to you, and that it'll cause problems later on in your marriage (for instance if you get into an argument and the only thing at times that could draw you back is her beauty), then the religious thing to do would be to not marry her. However, I've also seen highly mo'min people marry just decent-looking women (not ugly, per se, as you'll rarely come across an unbearably ugly girl, but no where near society's general perception of beauty at least) and they've been extremely happy and content building a family with them. So it depends. If you know that beauty is an absolute must for you, then don't marry her if she's not beautiful. This is obviously contingent upon your own physical beauty as well. Try to marry someone who's pretty much on the same level of beauty as you are so that you won't feel discontent if she's uglier. Have him/her on the same level of physical beauty as you (more or less) and have religiosity be the decisive factor. If, for instance, she's slightly uglier than the combination of your own physical beauty and your own expectations, then it depends on her imaan. If he/she's high in imaan, or shows true enthusiasm to become more religious (and here's the tricky part that the vast majority of people - if not everyone except for small few, myself included - fail to get: this enthusiasm must be backed with a genuine strive on her part alone too because often she'll just say that she wants to become more religious [and she won't even know this herself often] because she's attracted to you and wants to become closer to you, so her state of mind in making the decision to become more religious is influenced by your presence), marry her. If she's at a decent enough level of imaan (and IF you're at a relatively high level of imaan) and she's beautiful, marry her. If any of those 'ifs' aren't true, be skeptical. And then there's obviously subfactors which of course must be evaluated as well, including his/her general akhlaq and character, if his/her personality meshes with yours (depends of what the persons wants... remember though, quite often opposites attract), his/her family (very important as well), with his/her wealth/prestige as the final thing to look at. That's my sincere advice, especially for those having been born and raised in the west since I derive my thoughts from that experience. Wallahu Alam.
  13. Since this is the Islamic Legal Question page on the site, technically you're right. However I'd encourage all of us to move beyond the legal framework when discussing this topic (as well as some others) since not every action should be based on legality. For example, divorce is permitted but it's one of the worst acts and done as a last resort. If your father's head was God forbid severed by a tyrant in your time and his head was placed at a table where the tyrant played chess to make a show of it, how would you view chess for the rest of your life? I don't mean to sound self-righteous but personally I'd have trouble not puking or at the very least be disgusted if I ever saw it again. The same scenario applies to us but with the holy Imam (as): chess might or might not have been legal (pending on if it was used regularly or known for as an instrument of gambling) at the time of Rasulullah (saw), but following what happened after Karbala, the followers of Ahlulbayt should view chess with putridity until the blood of the Imam (as) is avenged.
  14. Mahdi Modarresi addressed this topic in one of his lectures in a way that escaped the halal/haram framework. He said that after Imam Hussain, may God's peace and everlasting blessings be upon him, was beheaded by Shimr, his head was taken to Yazid where he would play chess with the Imam (as)'s head on the table. To me, after hearing this, the legality of playing chess becomes absolutely irrelevant. Even if the hadith/historical narration is weak (which I have no idea because I haven't looked into it), the very fact that it exists and has a chance to be true makes me never want to even look at a chess table again. Imam Khomeini once said something along the lines that Islam is like a country, and that Sharia (halal/haram) is just the borders of that country. It sets the limits, but it's everything inside those borders that really matters, so one shouldn't base his life and conduct on just legal limitations. (If somebody knows the exact quote please list it as I can't remember the second part.)
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