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  1. Salaam I have an urgent question about fasting for a 'nadhr'/vow. A friend of mine made a nadhr during Ramadhan that if he got something, he would fast one day after Ramadhan. He did end up getting it, so he intended to fast today (as yesterday was Eid). However in the morning he realized that a couple of weeks ago a friend of his who lives in another city had mentioned he would be in town this particular day for work and had hoped they could meet for lunch/dinner etc. My question is, is a nadhr fast considered to be like a wajib fast i.e. would be haram to break it in between and make up for it another day? Or is it all right for him to do so? If I can get an answer to this asap, it would be much appreciated. :) Thanks
  2. Given that India is Irans second largest oil customer, let us hope that India too will continue trading with Iran despite pressures from the West.
  3. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229749.html The National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) has announced the discovery of a huge oil field with considerable crude reserves in southern Iran. NIOC's Director for Exploration Seyyed Mahmoud Mohaddes said Saturday that an exploratory oil well has already been drilled in the area. "The newly-discovered oil field must be considered among the biggest fields ever discovered in Iran," he said. The Iranian official also added that initial tests have indicated the high quality of the oil in the new field. Mohaddes went on to say that the details about two or three more oil fields will be announced in the near future. A total of 18 heavy and extra heavy oilfields have so far been discovered in Iran, including Ferdowsi oil field in the Persian Gulf, which is one of the country's biggest heavy oil fields with proven reserves of more than 31 billion barrels. Iran's total in-place oil reserves have been estimated at more than 560 billion barrels with about 140 billion barrels of extractable oil. Moreover, heavy and extra heavy varieties of crude oil account for roughly 70-100 billion barrels of the total reserves. Iran is the second-largest oil producer after Saudi Arabia among the members of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC)
  4. The BBC article says: Funny how as soon as the government takes control of the area, then aid is allowed inside to help civilians, and then they claim the government is being brutal to the people. If FSA really cared about the well being of the civilians, maybe it should have made a "tactical" withdrawal a long time ago so that help would have been allowed in earlier and more lives would have been saved.
  5. Israel is reportedly preparing the grounds for military meddling in Syria by creating chaos in the southwestern Syrian province of Quneitra, bordering the occupied territories. Informed sources say Tel Aviv is making efforts to create an insecure and tense atmosphere in the Syrian border province of Quneitra in order to pave the way for the presence of UN observers there which will then be followed by Israeli forces. The move comes after the failure of Western-backed attempts to create buffer zones along Syria’s border with Turkey and Lebanon. According to informed sources, Quneitra’s residents are receiving phone calls and SMS from unknown parties, urging them to hold anti-government protest rallies and cause unrest in the border town. Sources also said unknown groups of people have entered the province in recent days, apparently for committing acts of violence in the region. Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak's recent call for the establishment of tents along the Syrian-Israeli border for the Syrian refugees fleeing violence in their country, is believed to be part of Tel Aviv's new anti-Syria plot. Israel openly supports armed groups fighting against the government of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, arguing that it would break the Iran-Syria nexus of resistance against Tel Aviv. Syria has been experiencing unrest since mid-March 2011. The violence has claimed the lives of hundreds, including security forces. While the opposition blames the Assad government, Damascus blames ‘outlaws, saboteurs, and armed terrorist groups’ for the unrest, asserting that it is being orchestrated from abroad. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229266.html
  6. Syrian army has taken full control of a key terrorist stronghold in the central city of Homs after more than three weeks of clashes, forcing the anti-government forces to pull out of the area. http://www.presstv.ir/detail/229425.html
  7. This is the draft of the modified Constitution of Syria to be put to referendum tomorrow. http://www.sana.sy/eng/337/2012/02/25/401178.htm
  8. I personally dont see why asking through the Imam necessarily means equating the Imam with God. :) Maybe it just means we acknowledge that the Imams are closer to God than ourselves so their duas will be responded to quicker. Just as an example, a lot of people tend to ask their mothers to make dua for them. This does not mean that they think their mothers are divine, just means they acknowledge that the position of a mother before Allah is high, so her prayer for her child has a higher chance of being accepted. Theres a difference between asking to and asking through. If Allah has allowed intercession though some specific people, then why not go through them :) And I know you said you dont want to hear examples of Sahaba going to the Prophets grave, but what about his own family, like his daughter, grand sons etc. We hear of many accounts of them going to his grave and talking to him, why would they bother if he could not have heard them on account of being dead. Personally for myself, the few lines in Dua Nudbah which borrow from the Quran summarize the logic behind seaking nearness to Allah through the Ahlul Bayt: [Shakir 42:23] That is of which Allah gives the good news to His servants, (to) those who believe and do good deeds. Say: I do not ask of you any reward for it but love for my near relatives; and whoever earns good, We give him more of good therein; surely Allah is Forgiving, Grateful. [Shakir 34:47] Say: Whatever reward I have asked of you, that is only for yourselves; my reward is only with Allah, and He is a witness of all things. [Shakir 25:57] Say: I do not ask you aught in return except that he who will, may take the way to his Lord. They (the Prophets household) have therefore been the way to You, and the course to Your pleasure... (Dua Nudbah) As far as I know, to make images claiming they resemble any of the Prophets or Imams is forbidden, and music is haram too. In Surah Kahf, we clearly see the possibility of Allah giving knowledge of the unseen to His creatures if He so Wills...Khizr (as) knew of things which even Nabi Musa (as) did not. So then why is it so hard to believe that Allah can give the Imams such knowledge if He so chooses. Even if the Imams had all the knowledge of the unseen (and I am not saying that they did), there would still be one fundamental difference which would ensure that they are no where near to the divinity of Allah, and that is the fact that they would have been given the knowledge by Allah, whereas there would never have been a time at which Allah did not possess this knowledge for Him to have had acquired it from elsewhere. Nabi Sulayman (as) had an enormous amount of power given to him, ability to control the jinns and the wind, understand the language of animals and birds etc. However that does not put him on the same level as God because he would not have had any such power had not God blessed him with it. :)
  9. Thanks for your contributions to this discussion. In his interview, Assad seemed open to having a change of power in Syria, but in a systematic way i.e. through properly organized electrions etc. in order to accurately judge where the vote of the majority lies. Today the opposition has supposedly admitted receiving arms from foreign contries, including the West. I can think of more than one reason why the US would want to topple the Syrian government. In the words of Omar Nashebi: Assad has been one of the very few Arab leaders who have dared to stand up to the West, so it does not come as a surprise if the West would like to see him step down.
  10. Salaam, In recent days I have been interested in knowing and understanding more about the political unrest in the middle east, particularly in Syria. I am wondering how can a person who is outside of a country really know what is going on within it, how can one know which media reports to trust and which to not. It is not uncommon for journalists and reporters to be biased in what they share with the world. For example I just finished watching the full interview that Barbara Walters conducted with President Assad a few months ago. The impression that I got of the president, from what I saw, is that he seems to be a highly educated man with good composure and ability to organize and frame his thoughts very well. Of course this says nothing about his innocence or guilt, but it does make me wonder whether a person who was in deed guilty would be able to sit through an interview (or agree to have one for that matter) so calmly and be able to answer every single question with such ease. From what I saw I felt that Walters went into the interview already having made up her mind that he was a bad guy and wanting to expose him, where as he was willing to give her the benefit of the doubt, being polite to her even when some of her questions were not appropriate. For example she kept insisting on having him admit that he does not allow foreign reporters etc. within his borders when the fact that she was there proved otherwise. Also towards the end, she kept pressing him about details of what he tells his children, as if she expects for him to give his children graphic details about what is going on. I guess what I am trying to say is that it seems really hard to decide where the truth really lies. I am interested in knowing what your opinion is about the issue in Syria and what are your reasons (evidences) for having such a view.
  11. Salaam, In the story of Prophet Sulayman, in Surah Naml, it says: [Shakir 27:37] Go back to them, so we will most certainly come to them with hosts which they shall have no power to oppose, and we will most certainly expel them therefrom in abasement, and they shall be in a state of ignominy. When Prophet Sulayman sent a messenger inviting the Queen of Sheba to Islam, and she responded by sending back gifts to him, he threatened to send an army to Sheba if they refused to submit to Allah. I am trying to understand how this was in accordance with his justice, because I thought we were not allowed to initiate a war, and could only fight on the defensive, also it comes across as though physical force was being used to get people to accept the religion. Any thoughts or explanations for this are welcome. Thanks :)
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