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  1. Salams CHARGERZ, You also have to remember there are lots of Sunnis who simply don't know about the importance of the Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them) in Islam. Many ordinary Sunnis don't know about Ghadir, Saqifa, Fadak, the status of Imam Ali (Peace be upon Him), Bibi Fatima Zahra (Peace be upon Her) etc. Most Sunni ulema don't teach or talk about these issues to the masses. As a Shia you were taught about those things from an early age by your parents and scholars. In general this doesn't happen in the Sunni world. Early Islamic history is heavily censored. At the end of the day people are only accountable for what they know and acting upon that knowledge. Allahu A'lam.
  2. Salam, I don't think it's fair to say that all Sunnis don't love Ahlul Bay or that their love is vague. It really depends on what type of Sunni one is talking about. I developed my love for Ahlul Bayt (before I decided to fully identify as an Ithna Ashari) through my association with Naqshabandi Sufis. I also used to attend classes given by scholars affiliated with the Yemeni Ba'Alawi (Hussaini) Sayyids (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ba_'Alawiyya). There was great emphasis on the spiritual wilayah of the Ahlul Bayt amongst these groups. Although they didn't like to speak in great detail about Kerbala. That was a problem for me back then. It's a different story with the Wahabbis. They are Neo-Khawarij and their Nasibi tendencies are manifest. I hated them when I was a Sunni and that hasn't changed in the slightest since I've pledged myself fully to the universal wilayah of the Ahlul Bayt (infinite Salams be upon Them). Please don't misunderstand me NAZM, I agree that Sunnism is ultimately wrong, even the Ahlul Bayt-loving Sufism that I was involved with. I'm Shia because of the FACT that the Prophet (Peace be upon Him and His Family) openly appointed Imam Ali (Peace be upon Him) as his successor on numerous occasions (Da'wat Dhul Ashira & Ghadir Khumm for example). I'm Shia because I reject the oppression of the Ahlul Bayt at Saqifa and over Fadak. I reject the caliphates of Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman etc. I reject those sahaba that rebelled against Imam Ali (Peace be upon Him). I curse the children of those sahaba that murdered Imam Hussein (Peace be upon Him), His Family and Companions. One should try and be just (or at least accurate) with regards to the Sunnis. I spent a fair amount of time with Sunni Sufis who do feel genuine love and respect for the Ahlul Bayt, even though their understanding is deficient with regards to the rights of the Holy Household. As an ex-Wahabbi you know that the Sufis are considered by them to be Ahlul Bidah. In my opinion they are closer to the truth (Shiism) than Wahabbis. Finally, I'm a follower of Imam Khomeini (Qaddas Allah Sirra) and Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei (Hafidhullah) and consider myself a Hezbollahi. I agree with their position on Shia-Sunni unity. May Allah guide the Ummah to the Rope of Allah, the Pure Family of the Prophet (Peace be upon Them).
  3. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un (إِنَّا لِلّهِ وَإِنَّـا إِلَيْهِ رَاجِعونَ)
  4. Khamenei Rahbar! Labbayk ya Khamenei! Nowruz Mobarak to all Iranians!
  5. Wa alaykum salam Bro (adil452), Agree with you that some Sunnis love Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them) very much. However, simply put, I want to take my understanding of Islam from the Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them). The Ahlul Bayt meaning specifically the Ahl al-Kisa, the people with the blood of the Prophet (SalAllahu Alayhi wa Alihi wa Sallam) flowing through their veins. I truly believe that the evidence points to the fact that the Ahlul Bayt have more rights over the Muslims than anyone else other than the Prophet of Allah (Peace be upon Him and His Family). They were denied their rights at Saqifa, over Fadak and the rebellion against Imam Ali (Peace be upon Him) was not a case of sincere ijtehad but motivated by the basest impulses of greed and deception. The afore-mentioned injustices led directly to the slaughter of Karbala. The head of Imam Hussein, the Prince of Martyrs (Peace be upon Him), whose mouth was kissed by the Best of Creation, Rahmatan lil 'Alamin (Peace be upon Him and His Family), was decapitated by an accursed man (Shimr) under the command of the accursed son (Umar bin Sa'ad) of a Sahabi and sent to the accursed tyrant Yazid (son of another Sahabi) in Damascus. What kind of Islam were these so called Sahaba, namely Saad ibn Abi Waqqas and Muawiyah bin Abi Sufyan, teaching their sons? Did these men learn nothing of mercy from the Mercy to the Creation (Peace be upon Him and His Family)? This is why I call myself a Shia. The Ahlul Bayt were human, that's true. They were, however, the purest of heart and overflowing with wisdom and knowledge. Those are the real super-human attributes that they possess. Unfortunately, the English word infallible doesn't really convey those attributes accurately in my opinion. Peace.
  6. Qibla > Answers > Guidance & Counsel > Methodology > Sources of Sacred Law > SunniPath's stance on Shia Question ID:13662 Date Published: March 28, 2007 SunniPath's stance on Shia Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: I've been reading SunniPath's stance on the shia and you are completely wrong. It must be a case of not knowing enough about them as is the same with many other 'Ulama which leads to the declaration of them as Muslims. I have spent a lot of time debating with the shia, about 8 years in total, and the mainstream ithna 'ashariyya usuli's are no doubt kufaar, with the ithna 'ashari akhbari's aswell who openly admit their belief that Al Quraan has been changed etc. The problem is many ordinary shia aren't actually aware of the kufr beliefs of their sects so can't be classed as kufaar. These beliefs include, 1. Imaams are higher than Prophet's a.s., and this is a MAIN part of their usulud deen under Imaamah. They try to cite a reference from Al Quraan which they completely misinterpret. 2. Cursing of As Sahaabah r.a.. They might lie to you in open saying that they don't do it but i have seen it myself, the same people who told me they don't do it. It is called taqiyyah and it isn't a made up thing by 'anti-shia'. Taqiyyah is a reality not only for protecting themselves when under danger but also for 'protection of their deen' i.e. lying about their faith in order to gain converts. 3. Al Quraan has been changed. This is also a reality about which they lie and many references can be given to their books. .... InshaaAllah SunniPath will ammend it's views on the shia. Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, This opinion of yours is contrary to what the imams of Sunni Islam have said. As Ibn Abidin mentioned, none of the mujtahid imams made blanket takfir of the Shia. Rather, as Mufti Taqi Usmani has written in a recent fatwa that can be found at the Amman Message site, we only declare someone who denies something necessarily known of the religion to be a kafir--and this is not the case with common Shias. This is also the fatwa of numerous leading Sunni scholars--all of whom have signed this historic declaration, which is an important step towards restoring civility and repairing the wounds and bloodbaths that have arisen from blind sectarianism. It is not a denial of the major differences that exist; but it is an acknowledgment of the common ground that does also exist. Please search SunniPath Answers (http://qa.sunnipath.com) for related answers. And Allah alone gives success. Faraz Rabbani http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=13662&CATE=1 Qibla > Answers > Guidance & Counsel > Methodology > Sources of Sacred Law > The Shia: are they Muslim? Question ID:10855 Date Published: May 26, 2006 The Shia: are they Muslim? Answered by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani Question: Assalamu Alaikum, I happened to browse some of the answers regarding our Aqeeda and was surprised to see that one of the scholars have considered the Raafidhah(Shias) as part of the Islamic Brotherhood. Isn't it true that Imam Abu Hanifah(may Allah be pleased with him) once declared them as disbelievers and even said that those who consider them(Shias) to be believers are disbelievers themselves? Answer: Walaikum assalam wa rahmatullah, I pray that this finds you well, and in the best of health and spirits. May Allah grant you all good and success in this life and the next. Imam Ibn Abidin, the authority for fatwa in the Hanafi school, stated in his Radd al-Muhtar ("al-Hashiya") that none of the mujtahid imams declared the Shia to be kafir. Rather, only someone who denies something necessarily known of the religion is no longer deemed a believer. And Allah alone gives success. Faraz Rabbani http://qa.sunnipath.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=10855&CATE=1 See the following (also from Shaykh Faraz Rabbani): http://spa.qibla.com/issue_view.asp?HD=7&ID=9787&CATE=24 PS: I used to take my fiqh (Hanafi madhab) from Shaykh Faraz when I was a Sunni. My Sunni friends follow the traditional Sunni scholars associated with Sunnipath (or http://qibla.com/ as it's now called). Also this (contains a mixture of rulings by Sunni, Jafari, Zaydi and Ibadi scholars + a letter from the Aga Khan): http://ammanmessage.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=82&Itemid=60 PPS: I'm very pro-Muslim unity but am also doing a 40 day recital of Ziyarat Ashura at the moment. Unity doesn't mean throwing away or watering down your beliefs/principles. The two are not mutually exclusive.
  7. Salams, I'm trying. May Allah make me a means of guidance for them.
  8. Just wanted to 'Like' Propaganda_of_the_Deed's post (my 'Like This' icon doesn't work).
  9. Wow, an Iraqi Kurdish nationalist on this thread is arguing against Iranian interference in Lebanon! Pots and kettles spring to mind. Everyone knows that the Iraqi Kurdish political leadership receives covert support from Mossad (as documented by Seymour Hersh and others). Of course the Iraqi Kurdish leadership also urged the US not to withdraw their occupation forces. Massoud Barzani is simply a chip off the old block. His father ('Mullah' Mustafa Barzani) managed to work for (not just with) the KGB, CIA, MI6, Mossad and SAVAK at various points in his career. That's some stellar political promiscuity there! When people say that politics is a dirty business perhaps they should replace the word dirty with Barzani. Do the people who condemn Iranian and Syrian involvement in Lebanon also condemn Saudi and US support for mini-Hariri? There is no equivalence between US imperialism and the forces resisting it, namely the Islamic Republic and Hezbollah. Seyyed Nasrallah is not a 'tool' in the way that mini-Hariri is.
  10. Salaams Varun, At this stage of my journey to Allah, a massive spiritual opening for me is the Last Sermon of Lady Fatima Zahra (infinite Salaams be upon Her). So much to learn and understand from this. May Allah open it up for my full understanding. The Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them) are the milk of human goodness. Like their father, Rasulullah, Rahmatan lil Alamin, the Perfect Man (Peace be upon Him and His Family), they are the manifestation of the Quran in human form.
  11. Salaams Propaganda_of_the_Deed, Just wanted to echo your thoughts on the idealism of Shiism versus the realism of Sunnism. It's interesting how the Shi'i theologians emphasise the Justice of God whilst the Sunni ones don't believe that anything is good or bad per se, i.e. they emphasise God's Command over His Justice. Like you, I find the former more compelling than the latter. FWIW, as a former Sunni I didn't find the 'technical' (e.g. style of prayer) adjustments difficult. To be honest, the finer points of doctrine and interpretation of history (the injustice of Saqifah, Aisha's role at the Battle of the Camel etc) all of these came to me easily once I'd established a loving, spiritual connection with the Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them). A major part of this was reading the duas, especially of Imam Al Sajjad (as). Of course the impact of Imam Hussein (as) and the sacrifice of Kerbala was another major factor. I truly 'knew' that I was a Shia (or have to strive to be one) when listening to Dua Kumayl and the subsequent Ziyaraat of Imam Hussein (as) at a Shia mosque. Now I feel that I have tasted something of Pure Islam, the way of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him and His Family). I feel I have a better connection with Allah because I'm (trying) to hold onto His Rope (Peace be Upon Them). Good luck with your spiritual journey and may Allah fill it with His Barakah.
  12. Salam wa Rahmatullah, So mother asked me why I decided to become a Shia. "Why not just stay Sunni and keep loving the Ahlul Bayt (Peace be upon Them)?", she asked. There were so many reasons that I wanted to give but, in the end, the only reply that came out instinctively was: "Because I can't (and won't) 'get over' what happened at Karbala. I can't make excuses for the murderers of the Prophet's own blood (Peace be upon Him and His Family)." Arguably, if there were no Shias to mourn Imam Hussein (as) then Kerbala would have been scrubbed from the annals of history. Perhaps even mention of the Ahul Bayt (as) would be removed from the namaz. Allahu alim. All this said I'm still pro-unity with Sunnis. After all, my parents are Sunni. Imam Hussein (as) died to preserve the religion of Allah for the benefit of the Ummah as a whole (even if some don't understand this). Remember that when Al Quds was first captured by the Crusaders in 1099, the defenders of the garrison were Shias and Sunnis. At that time Al Quds was under the rule of Fatimid Egypt. The Crusaders who massacred the inhabitants and defenders were not interested in who was Shi'i or Sunni. They killed what they saw as Muslim 'heathens'. Ya Allah, may I never forget Kerbala and may I draw the right lessons from the sacrifice of the blood of the Prophet (Peace be upon Him and His Family). Allahumma salli ala Muhammadin wa Ale Muhammad.
  13. Salaams, Personally and honestly speaking, I'm confined to English translations (Chodkiewicz and Chittick). It is a barrier though not necessarily an insurmountable one (arguably).
  14. Salaams, Just wanted to 'like' Ibn Arabi's last two postings (keep getting an error message when I press the Like This icon). Mash'Allah bro.
  15. Salaam Ibn Arabi, Again I'm hearing this particular criticism of Corbin, that he inserts his personal views into the text without being clear about it. Thanks for the low-down on the Tuhfah, that's a definite purchase then.
  16. Salaams, I'm not 'for' Bashar or the Assad clan btw. I did actually say (to quote myself): "The Assad regime is guilty of crimes and does need reform but if anyone thinks that the Syrian people (especially women and religious minorities) are going to be emancipated by Saudi and Qatari proxies, then they're in for a major (and possibly bloodier) disappointment." I repeat my first paragraph: "The question in my mind is how one can look at an armed group which has the backing of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as a force that's going to bring democracy? I mean they're run on utterly feudal lines. These are the vanguards of democratic revolution in Syria and the Middle East? I don't think so." I don't see much democracy in Libya at the moment. Instead you've got a weak central government, a plethora of armed gangs and lack of security for ordinary citizens. With Syria's sectarian mix you could, potentially, be looking at a long running civil war. I hope for the sake of the Syrian people that doesn't happen. Not every member of the Free Syrian Army is an extremist Salafi but you only need a few heavily armed units to wreak major havoc. I hope Bashar and his clan step down but don't want to see the victory of the Free Syrian Army. In the same way that the Shabiha are guilty of murdering innocent civilians, the FSA also has innocent blood on its hands. Who was the imam of Anas bin Malek mosque oppressing? Did he deserve to die for taking a political position against the uprising? Hardly bodes well for democracy. Ordinary Alawite and Christian civilians have been killed by the opposition. There are just too many foreign journalists confirming this for it to be dismissed as regime propaganda. Not every Alawite or Christian works for the Assad regime.
  17. Salaams, The question in my mind is how one can look at an armed group which has the backing of Saudi Arabia and Qatar, as a force that's going to bring democracy? I mean they're run on utterly feudal lines. These are the vanguards of democratic revolution in Syria and the Middle East? I don't think so. The Free Syrian Army is supported by a sectarian, fanatical Wahhabi 'scholar' like Adnan 'Ar'ur. No wonder the 12ers, Christians, Alawites, Druze and quite a few traditional Sunnis like Shaykh Ramadhan al-Buti (as well as the murdered imam of the Anas bin Malek mosque, Shaykh Muhammad Ahmad Ouf Sadeq) aren't particularly keen on their potential 'liberators'. Secondly, it's funny how the West and the GCC countries tell the Palestinians and Hezbollah to abandon armed struggle and in the same breath urge the Syrians, like the Libyans before them, to take up arms. Very consistent. The Assad regime is guilty of crimes and does need reform but if anyone thinks that the Syrian people (especially women and religious minorities) are going to be emancipated by Saudi and Qatari proxies, then they're in for a major (and possibly bloodier) disappointment. Wasalaam.
  18. Salaams again Saintly_Jinn23, I apologise if you're already familiar with this, if not then perhaps the following article by Dr Hamid Algar on The Fusion of the Gnostic and the Political in the Personality and Life of Imam Khomeini may be of interest. Here's a sample of Imam Khomeini's (ra) mystical poetry taken from a rather nice blog on Shi'i esoterism, sufism and politics called Safir-i Simurgh (however it seems to be inactive as of Feb. 2009): GHAZAL-E-IRFANI Oh my Beloved! After witnessing your Infinite Beauty I become entangled. Seeing, the manifestation of Your Glory I become saturated with joy and ecstasy. I forget my own existence and proclaimed the slogan - "I am the truth", and like the Mansoor Hallaj volunteered my self for hanging. The agony and pain of your love has burnt my entire existence. That I become fed up with my own self, and my affairs become the talks of the town. Let the doors of the tavern be opened, and let us go there day and night. Because, I become disgusted with the Mosque as well as the School. I took off the dress of asceticism and dissimulation. And become awakened after wearing the robe of a tavern's haunter. The town's preacher with his preaching made me uncomfortable Therefore I sought refuge in some on who was inwardly upright but outwardly lewd. Salaams macisaac. Just out of interest, what is the name of the book that you mentioned was written by Sayyid Ja`far Murtada al-'Amuli? Peace.
  19. Salaams, Thank you for that. So beautiful and moving mash'Allah. May Allah grant Ayatollah Bahjat Firdaws.
  20. Salaams Saintly_Jinn23 and Ibn Arabi, Not a great deal to add to Ibn Arabi's very interesting amd informative post. What I wanted to contribute was a recommendation for reading on the topic of Shiism and Sufism. I haven't read this book but it looks highly interesting and I'm going to purchase it asap. The work in question is Shaykh Mu’adhdhin Khurasani’s (an Ithna Ashari gnostic from Safavid Persia) Tuhfah-yi ‘Abbasi: The Golden Chain of Sufism in Shi’ite Islam, trans. by M.H. Faghfoory. I've been informed that it becomes clear from this text that the practices engaged in by orthodox Sufis are found in the ahadith of the Prophet and Imams (with references to the books of Hadith throughout). The author also cites many Sufis who praised the Imams as their leaders on the spiritual path, including ‘Attar, Rumi, and others (and that Imam Khomeini carried around the Divan of Hafiz towards the end of his life). Ibn Arabi has already mentioned Sayyid Haydar Amuli, an Ithna Ashari sufi par excellence. I'm currently reading his Inner Secrets of the Path. A word on Rumi: I personally tend towards Seyed G Safavi's argument that Maulana's Shiism was spiritual not jurisprudential (Rumi's Spiritual Shiism). Anecdotally speaking, I'd been exposed to Ithna Ashari doctrine whilst at university. However, being a Sunni with Salafi-modernist tendencies I rejected the School of Ahlulbayt as heresy. A decade later, having been involved with the Naqshabandi tariqa (and also attending Qadiri and Ba Alawi zikrs) I found my heart inclining towards Ithna Ashari doctrine and fiqh. It's strange but it doesn't seem like it was an entirely rational process. I just yearned for the 14 Infallibles (Peace be upon Them) more and more in my heart. That's not to say that I don't now accept Shi'i interpretations of Islam (Quran, Hadith, history etc) on a rational basis, I certanly do. It's simply that I accepted Wilayat and the rightful place of the Imams in my heart first and the rational followed. Perhaps the fact that that as part of the daily (Naqshabandi) litany one recites salawat upon the Prophet and His Family (peace be upon them) 300 times a day (except on Monday and Friday when it's 2000), something was awoken within me on a subconscious level with respect to the Imams. That and the fact that the Shaykh of the tariqa was constantly speaking of Imam Mahdi and urging preparation for his appearance. In fact, the Shaykh taught that the Imam is now alive but hidden by Allah. He wasn't saying Imam Mahdi is the son of Imam Hasan Al Askari (Alayhi Salaam) but that he has been alive for some decades and is in hiding until Allah commands him to begin his mission. Now I'm not arguing that being a Sunni sufi will necessarily make one an Ithna Ashari but I think it can certainly incline you in that direction. Allahu alim. Finally, I wanted to share an important practical lesson that I've learnt from the sufis. I'm sure you guys are aware of this anyway but I think there's no harm in repeating it (this is a reminder for myself too): the spiritual blessings of constantly sending salawat upon the Prophet and His Family (Peace be upon Them). I often struggled with keeping up my daily litany but there are murids who do this, at a minimum, 1000 times a day. Certainly this is something that any Shia can take on board, whether they like sufism or not. Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad Peace. PS - Ibn Arabi have you read Henry Corbin's Alone with the Alone Creative Imagination in the Sufism of Ibn Arabi? Was wondering what you make of it? It's another one on my to-do list.
  21. Salaams Ibn Arabi, Will do. Wasalaam.
  22. Nahjul Balagha by Amir-ul-Mu'mineen (Alayhi Salaam) The Reign of Quantity & the Signs of the Times by René Guénon
  23. Salaams, I think part of the problem here is that the opponents of sufism see it as some kind of sect in its own right, a sect in competition with Shiism and Sunnism. It isn't. It's simply another Islamic science like fiqh, hadith and kalaam. Perhaps it would help if we simply called it by another name, like tazkiyatun nafs, something that all believers are supposed to engage in. These are things like purifying one's intention in worship, lowering your gaze, remembering death, fighting hubb ad-dunya, cultivating zuhd etc. Seen from this perspective, the detractors of sufism (Salafi or Shi'i, scholars or laymen) engage in 'sufi' practices in one form or another. Yes there are sufis who become cultish, who abandon sound doctrine and obligatory acts of worship. However, being a sufi is not about wearing big hats/distinctive robes, taking the hand of a shaykh, cloistering oneself in a khaniqah, engaging in hadra etc. It's simply about perfecting, as much as possible, one's emaan and ehsan. Don't get lost in outward labels. Peace.
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