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y3qub

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  1. Salam alaikum all, I have a question about something I've not quite understood. I'm a revert/convert to Islam, and I've never been able to get my head around this (and add in the fact I'm horrid at maths). So, to my understanding the Islamic months either have 29 or 30 days, depending on the sighting of the Moon. I'm going to pose a hypothetical and then I will ask my question. The month of Shaban in one community had 29 days, and Ramadan began the next day. But in another community, Shaban had a full 30 days, as the Moon was not sighted, and Ramadan began thereafter. Let's say that the first community's Ramadan lasted 29 days also (as they were able to sight the Moon for Eid), but then the second community's Ramadan lasted 30 days also (they were unable to sight the Moon). Question 1 - It is possible, albeit improbable, that in the first community every month could have 29 days, but in the second community that every month had 30. Eventually, the two communities would have radically different dates. How does the calendar not go complete off between communities? Question 2 - If a community had two months of 30 days, but then the following month had 29 days, how would it be possible for the Moon to be sighted for the 29th day? Wouldn't their calendar already be off? That is, community one has two months of 29 days (so, 58 days) and community two has two months of 30 days (so, 60 days), wouldn't the second community fall completely out of synchronisation with the Moon?
  2. My two favourite films are Bab'Aziz, by the Tunisian director Nacer Khemir, and Copper and Gold (Tala va Mes), by Iranian director Homayoun Assadian. They both explore what it means to have faith, especially if you feel lost spiritually. Under the Moonlight, by Seyyed Reza Mirkarimi, is also a great film, as it explores poverty and sin (there's a great quote in the film that I've heard many times, albeit I can't remember where it's from, that says that God is so great that no sin can separate you from Him). I also adore the films of Iranian director Majid Majidi. One of the saddest films I've ever watched is the Iraqi film Dreams (Ahlaam) by Mohammed al-Daradji. No matter how strong your will is, that film will make you cry and cry. Of special mention is the Palestinian film Wedding in Galilee (Urs al-Jalil) by Michel Khleifi. Another, very different, film that I like is the Japanese film Departures (Okuribito), which is about an apprentice learning to take care of the deceased and take care of their funerals. And my favourite European film is by István Szabó, Sunshine, which is about several generations of a Jewish family from the Austro-Hungarian empire until the Hungarian Revolution of 1956.
  3. Contacting al-Mustafa University is difficult!

  4. Has anybody had any success in contacting al-Mustafa University in Iran? I have tried on several occassions to send them e-mails (to three different accounts linked to the university), but no reply as yet. I e-mailed one of their associated colleges and at least they gave my an automated reply to say they had received the e-mail. How am I supposed to contact the university to get further clarification from them about their hawza programme? I am in Australia, so it isn't possible to ring or visit. It's just frustrating me that, after thinking long about it, I decided several months ago that I would like to apply for hawza, but it's all just stopped because of a lack of communication. I even had a friend translate my e-mail into Farsi to speed up communication. I am at my wits' end as to how I can apply.
  5. Salam alaikum! I am writing to you all for help and guidance about applying for a hawza. I respectfully ask that your replies be to the point, rather than discussing other topics with one another. I am not asking about finance, or issues there related; I am not asking about what subjects I will study, or which ones I should study beforehand. I do not require a discussion on whether Najaf or Qom is better. I simply ask for some help with the application process. I wish to apply to go study hawza in Qom in the near future. I have considered this for several years now, and it has weighed heavily on my mind. Thus, I have come to the conclusion that it is something I wish to pursue. I have had some friends try to talk me out of it, but I know it is something I want to do for myself and my religion. My background: I am a 28-year old male revert from Melbourne, Australia. I won't go into my reasons for applying for hawza, except to say that I want to learn more and make that my life for the foreseeable future inshallah. 1. There are many hawzas, and it seems that Al Mustafa University is the one most mentioned for foreigners in Iran. Is this correct? Is this the institution to which I should apply? 2. It has been mentioned on this website that hawzas have a cutoff age, but it has also been mentioned that this is overlooked for students from Western countries. Is this true? Will my age be a deciding factor? 3. Once I submit all my paperwork, what is considered a standard application processing time? For example, universities in Australia generally take 4-5 months. 4. Is there anything I should be aware of once I have submitted it and, inshallah, I am accepted? Disregarding financial issues, are there any major points I should be concerned about that might impact on me getting into the hawza before I arrive in Iran? I thank anybody who replies to this very deeply. You're helping me to make what I hope is the best and correct change in my life. I'll keep you in my thoughts. Thank you : )
  6. (salam) I'm very excited tonight! I received my very first turbah. Up until now, I've been using paper, as per Sistani's recommendation, but I've always wanted a proper turbah. I converted to (Sunni) Islam in 2010, but three months ago I realised that my loyalties are actually to Ahlul Bayt, and so changed from being Sunni to Shi'i. Anyways, I just wanted to share my excitement! I had a few offers from people over the internet to mail me a turbah from different countries across the world, which was very thoughtful, but eventually somebody I know (via Twitter) offered to give me her one (she's from Kuwait, but living in Melbourne currently, where I live). I haven't yet been to a Shi'i mosque, as I'm a nervous person and I stress out about new, unknown situations, and I don't personally know any Shi'is here in Melbourne, so I didn't have access to get a proper turbah. Nevertheless, here it is. as I said, I'm really very excited! And I'm very thankful to my Muslim sister for giving me one (it's a very thoughtful thing she did). Does anybody else have a story of when somebody gave them something, of which they were exceedingly grateful at the person's kindness?
  7. Imagine just how beautiful Mecca and Medina would be if they were never desecrated by the dog Ibn Saud.

  8. Imam Ali (A.S.) said, "I have found conciliation—so long as it is does not enfeeble Islam—to be more beneficial than combat."

  9. The body does not need it to support and sustain life, so why go about indulging oneself in highly questionable practices.
  10. Anybody who insults anybody for adding to the knowledge (whether one agrees with it or not) of Islam is going against principles of Islamic ethics.
  11. ‎"But lo! with hardship goeth ease, Lo! with hardship goeth ease; So when thou art relieved, still toil and strive to please thy Lord." (Surah Ash-Sharh, 94:5-8)

  12. Keeping in mind that being homosexual is not forbidden, but its practices are.
  13. Sorry, no I'm not looking yet for marriage.
  14. Very, very true! God, glorified and exalted be He, knows best.
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