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thebeast

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    thebeast got a reaction from shia farm girl in Wife Beating Verse   
    Nice research my friend. Iam not a huge scholar or anything but these are definetly points to ponder upon. I would personally say that "move away" or "seprerate" sounds more human and sensible than "beat".
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    thebeast got a reaction from Hameedeh in Hard Water   
    Salam everyone
    Hard water is actually water with a relatively higher salt content than regular/water. I recently moved to a new area and we have hard water here. It tastes funny and leaves the hair all dried up and the scalp itchy. Although its not such a big problem, it has many solutions such as the ones listed above.
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    thebeast got a reaction from Hasan0404 in Qadha Namaz Shortest Method?   
    I wish u all a happy and prosperous ramazan!
     
    I intend to complete all my pending salats(about 50 days in number) during this month...what is the shortest possible way of offering them?
     
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    thebeast reacted to The Green Knight in Why "sayyads" Should Be Given Special Treatment ?   
    Some Seyyeds are receiving khums money?? :o Where? How? I want to apply for my share. ^^^^
    On a serious note, khums money is, or was, given to the Imams so he may distribute it in God's way (to orphans, for jihad, widows, homeless/poor etc.) but given the circumstances it is instead decided to be given to a just Muslim for that distribution or a just, practicing and knowledgeable representative of the Imam (who are mostly seyyeds).
    P.S.: Do you per chance know a ordinary x, y, z seyyed like myself who receives khums money?^^ If so I'd like to get set up and receive my share. :P
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    thebeast got a reaction from Yabnul_Taha in What Compromise Would You Make?   
    neither side should have to compromise their beliefs for the sake of the other....tolerance is the key here...live and let live!
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    thebeast got a reaction from ThE-Samz in What Compromise Would You Make?   
    neither side should have to compromise their beliefs for the sake of the other....tolerance is the key here...live and let live!
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    thebeast got a reaction from Sapphire in Environmental Engineering?   
    What kind of engineering should I take on in my Bachelor's? I mean to serve as a basis for the future......Civil engineering seems like a viable option but it would hurt to know if there are more options available...
    yeah...there's so much that can be done...for starters, a sewage treatment plant can be built for to clean the waters of River Ravi....clean water would encourage fish habitation which would lead to more job oppurtunities, more settlement....and this is just a brief overview of the good that can come...yet, our leaders fail to see the bigger picture..
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    thebeast got a reaction from Brained in Environmental Engineering?   
    What kind of engineering should I take on in my Bachelor's? I mean to serve as a basis for the future......Civil engineering seems like a viable option but it would hurt to know if there are more options available...
    yeah...there's so much that can be done...for starters, a sewage treatment plant can be built for to clean the waters of River Ravi....clean water would encourage fish habitation which would lead to more job oppurtunities, more settlement....and this is just a brief overview of the good that can come...yet, our leaders fail to see the bigger picture..
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    thebeast reacted to Follower in Environmental Engineering?   
    The bachelor's program for most universities in Europe is in the local language. However, engineering schools often offer their master's program in English. You have two options
    1. Learn a European language and do your studies entirely in a European university (don't know about Belgium, but Delft TU in the Netherlands is quite a well-reputed school and shouldn't be too far from Belgium). You might also consider Germany/France/Switzerland/Sweden.
    2. Do your Bachelor's in Pakistan or in an English-speaking country (Australia/Canada/UK/US), and then continue with a masters either in one of these countries or in another university in Europe that offers master's programs in English.
    It's good that you're planning ahead. This can be quite important when planning your study program. Late planning will sometimes result in having to wait for an entire year before starting your degree.
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    thebeast got a reaction from muslimah1 in Muharram & Ashura Around The World   
    Wa Alaikum As Salam
    Thanks alot and congratulations on becoming the first one to congratulate me!!
    May god be with us
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    thebeast got a reaction from Goku in Muharram & Ashura Around The World   
    Every day is Ashura and every land is Kerbala
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    thebeast reacted to Replicant in Musings Of A "sunni"   
    Your quality memes will get you into jannah, don't worry.
    Seriously though, it's nice to see someone being open-minded. You will find answers if you continue this way.
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    thebeast reacted to Propaganda_of_the_Deed in Musings Of A "sunni"   
    (salam)
    Now gather ‘round
    And I’ll run it down
    Ok, most of you know that I'm not Shi'ite, by technicality and default, I am a Sunni (although I personally identify with the term "Muslim", as I believe this is the correct and legitimate name for followers of the Prophet s.a.w - and not the previous two).
    I have been a Sunni all my life, (with what you can call a brief flirtation with Salafism in my more rebellious and confused teen years), for the most part of my years, I've been very much closed-minded to Shia Islam, both intentionally and unintentionally through ignorance and the fact that I just accepted the propaganda and misconceptions that we are fed.
    As you know, the average Sunni doesn't know jack [Edited Out] about Shia Islam, and has hardly ever had contact with an actual Shi'ite in real life. I was pretty much like this- give or take with a basic understanding of what they believe, mixed in with some of the usual cliche criticisms we throw at them.
    I guess it all changed when I got to know a Shi'ite girl some years back for the first time, knowingly at least. Of course the discussion of sectarian differences came into play and from such heated discussions, or arguments if you will, I began to see an alternative narrative to what I was used to - especially in regards to the key events surrounding the Prophet's death. The whole rift with Abu Bakr and Fatima, the divisions amongst the Sahabah in who they supported, the incident at Fatima's house, her death and secret burial, the battle of the Camel, etc.. and the whole Ghadir Khom event prior to all this too.
    It was both very intriguing, yet at the same time frustrating, that I couldn't really find a satisfactory Sunni refutation for many of these points - and I was under the assumption because we were the right sect, that our evidences would be so manifest - yet little did I realise, that even within our own sources, especially Bukhari, there was much evidence for what Shi'ites believed had happened. It seemed to be painting these saintly images of key Sunni figures, in perhaps ways that didn't always match up with other hadiths. There was certainly something dodgey going on, especially at the time of the Prophet's death. I didn't admit it of course, but deep down I knew I didn't have anything against what she had thrown my way.
    In anycase, I chose to stick with what I believed, as it just was my comfort zone, and I buried what I had come to know in the far depths of my mind. I had since cut off contact with that person for whatever reason, but as it happened, I don't even know why, these questions resurfaced and I began to revisit a lot of the issues we used to speak about, in my own time - yet this time, I began to look at things objectively and without the biased lens I had been looking through previously. It was also only then, did I remember that person confidently telling me that she was certain I'll be Shi'ite one day - I remembered laughing at such an idea, as at the time, it was literally 100% an uncertaintiy and unthinkable. Still, I tried to brush these thoughts away.
    However, the more I looked into things, the deeper I got, and it got to a stage where I knew I was lying to myself by believing in the narrative I was most familiar with - I guess a person truly knows something is right or the truth, if they try to fight against it - and I did try for a few more years to suppress this different perspective I had begun to see. I began to frequent this site as an observer primarily, although much of what I know was still from those initial conversations I had, and other research, external to this site.
    I think when I really began to form a more solid opinion or stance was when I looked at the incident of Karbala and the matrydom of Imam Hussain in detail - I had always just known the surface details and never felt any real emotion (I just didn't get why Shias got so emotional over this), but I realised, any objective and neutral person could see who was on the side of good and who was on the side of tyranny and injustice - for too long we as Sunnis are too scared to take a side if a conflict involved two "Companions", likewise with the Battle of the Camel.
    In anycase, when I read more of the dreadful treatment of the female and children survivors of that incident, I really started asking myself - if the Shias claim they support the Prophet and his family... just who the hell have we been supporting all this time?
    It's been a gradual process of unravelling and basically turning a lot of what I believed upside down, as well as changing the ways in which I had previously looked in adoration at some Companions.
    What I can say is this much:

    Although the Prophet s.a.w didn't explicitly say who his "Khaleefah" would be, I do believe that Ali ra was the rightful sucessor, and that his claim was usurped, and that there is far greater evidence pointing to his claim than anything of the sort in light of Abu Bakr's claim.

    The Ahlul Bayt, were indeed wronged and oppressed, especially by people who claimed to love the Prophet s.a.w - there is no denying this.
    For the most part, it is the Shias who have also been oppressed by the Sunnis, and it continues to this day.

    This being said, although I believe in the rightful claim of Ali r.a, I still have these inherent reservations when it comes to fully embracing the whole Imamat concept and Infallibility, and of the Hidden Imam.
    I understand the Quranic verse of purification, but I still don't know if this is explicitly saying that the specifically defined Ahlul Bait are Infallible. I've been one who only viewed the Prophet s.a.w as Infallible - although I do understand that only his true sucessors could be Infallible like him, with an esoteric understanding of the Quran.
    I guess, being from a Sunni background, I find it difficult to embrace this deep idealism, as Sunnis are more familiar with a sort of realism, that suggests, the Khulafah, although not neccessarily pious or infallible, are the right people for the job, and the most qualified in practical terms.
    It is from this perspective, I acknowledge that Abu Bakr - minus his grave wrongdoings, as a Caliph, had to fight against many internal initial threats to the early Islamic community, such as the false prophets who began to emerge, and those who refused to pay zakat, etc.... and importantly, in terms of the religion of Islam - it's military expansionism, which would be followed on by suceeding caliphs.
    In hindsight, how could we know how things would have turned out, if a younger Ali became first Caliph? Would he have ordered the military expansion that the previous Caliphs did, if in the same position? Beause we know his time of Caliph, unfortunately was mostly preoccupied with internal fitnah first from Aisha and then from Muawiyah. How would sucessive Imams carried out their role of leaders of the Ummah - were the Imams supposed to be Caliphs simultaneously?
    I guess, like many Sunnis I still have this worldly justification for ourselves, in our military success and expanionism, and sheer numbers (and more ethnic diversity in comparison)- I know numbers do not equate to being on the truth, but it sure is comforting when you know you're a majority. I wouldn't expect anyone to understand that, well maybe ex-Sunnis, and I'm sure many Shias have at some point or another reflected on the larger number of Sunnis and had some anxiety or doubts at some point in time. I do however, find it interesting, being a minority on this forum, it makes a change being a minority for once.
    Speaking of, it would be most interesting to see how Sunnis who became Shias managed with these issues, I'm sure being formerly sincere Sunnis, they had to reconcile some of these same points - in addition to praying in a slightly different way...... how did it feel praying differently to what you believed was the correct way? I'd also find that seemingly difficult to get used to.
    I haven't really told anyone I know personally about these growing inclinations I have, apart from one relative, and perhaps hinted it to a few people, but no real concrete steps as yet. I am still hoping to learn more as I continue my research.
    Sunni Islam is not enough alone that is for sure, there are a lot of holes it seems - though many simply are in blissful ignorance - I wish I could find a sort of solution or closure to this, maybe it is possible to still be Sunni whilst accepting that Ali should have been Caliph?... I'm not sure I'd formally declare myself as Shi'ite, as I still have issues seeing myself as Sunni still. Ideally I'd like to have the truth, and I do hope I find that equilibrium, because right now, I'm in a somewhat state of limbo.
    Well that was good to get out of my system. It would be most interesting to hear from former Sunnis but any thoughts or opinions are welcome.
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    thebeast reacted to Reshad in Turkey?   
    not Turkish, but ive visited the country extensively and know alot about the culture. The Turks are a very respectful and cultured people. At the same time they seem to be natural salesmen, so they always seem to want to convince you to do something. On that note they tend to be very secular, as religion isconsidered very personal to them, unlike Arabs and Pakistanis, as well as some others. Turkey is friendly to all religions, when i visited they were openly selling Christian, shiite, and Sunni religious objects in the market for example. There are many Alevis in Eastern and central bits of Turkey. Alevis are a sect that is virtually the same as Shiism. There is no relgious discrimination at all, to Sunnis, Shiites, Jews, Christians...etc. On that note however, they are somewhat, at least personally hostile to some ethnicities, namely Greeks, Armenians, and Arabs to some degree, but they are too polite to show it.
    No i dont believe i have come across any Turks on this forum, or Azeris.
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    thebeast reacted to Zahra1 in Turkey?   
    Alsalam alikum,
    Visit this link, please:
    http://www.aqaed.info/shia/institution/turkey/
    I hope this helps.
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    thebeast reacted to Propaganda_of_the_Deed in Turkey?   
    Been there several times, it's a beautiful country, and Istanbul in particular is a beautiful and historic city. There are Shiites there as well as Alevis. I'd say discrimination is more along ethnic lines than sectarian, especially as the number of Shiites do not present a political threat as such. The discrimination you will find, is aimed more at the Kurds.
    It's a strong and independent country and has a strong manufacturing industry, they are rather self-sufficient in that sense. It is for sure an emerging economy.
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    thebeast got a reaction from AkbarHassan in Why I Am Against Pakistan Tehreek-e-insaf?   
    I would have to agree with Mr. Aabis over here. His main problem are his proTaliban policies. He's recruiting the kind of people whom he was initially against and this goes to show his actual intention is to get in power. There are big names in his party who are potential Prime Ministers and can easily overpower him even if PTI comes to power.
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    thebeast reacted to A true Sunni in Flagellation By Imams Using Weapons?   
    There is no such narration because they (as) never did it. However there are plenty of narration on how they recommended people to mourn. None of the narration mention hitting yourself
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    thebeast reacted to Barabika in Who Says Women Cant Park?   
    Now which one of you boys can do THAT! :D
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    thebeast reacted to MadeehaBatool23 in Stop Joseph Kony   
    Spread the word. Share this video with as many people as you can. :)
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    thebeast reacted to Gotham in Anti-shia Propaganda Videos   
    well DUH wikipedia is sahih! ;)
    mann, he really ticks me off. i love how his youtube channel's called "one way to paradise. yeah, you're gonna get paradise by calling us kafirs :no:
    LOL @ one of the comments:
    Brother glasses are bid'ah, our Holy Prophet never wore glasses! Insha Allah may Allah guide you. You are lost brother.
    :lol:
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    thebeast reacted to Haydar Husayn in Anti-shia Propaganda Videos   
    I actually had to listen to it twice. The second time was to note down all his nonsense (although I did skip through it a bit in the parts where I knew he didn't say anything important). It wasn't that bad though, some of the stuff he was coming out with was so crazy that I actually found it funny.
    But you know, I wouldn't stereotype all Salafis and Wahhabis based on this guy, or even based on many of the idiotic speakers there are out there. Everyone should be judged on their own merits, and there are some quite honest Salafis/Wahhabis out there, and others who while they may be quite hateful are at least are capable of getting basic facts right.
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    thebeast got a reaction from Hameedeh in Anti-shia Propaganda Videos   
    By god,may all the preachers of hatred perish!!
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    thebeast got a reaction from Firuzeh18 in Anti-shia Propaganda Videos   
    By god,may all the preachers of hatred perish!!
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    thebeast got a reaction from md. ammar ali in Anti-shia Propaganda Videos   
    By god,may all the preachers of hatred perish!!
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