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Qambar Ali

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  1. You poor distressed soul. We have to learn that we cannot vanquish and eviscerate our insecurities and pains by erecting an unsustainable facade of disdain and indifference around ourselves. You will perhaps come to the realisation that pure love, the love that does not in the slightest anticipate reciprocity, is the only state of happinness. By denying this fact you are self immolating but you are simultaneously deluding yourself into thinking that your imaginary adversaries are burning within a furnace. I pray for your healing, whomever you are.
  2. In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent the Merciful, Dear brothers and sisters I was just thinking about an issue that was quite interesting to me and I would appreciate some comments from you. It is often said that we cannot seek intercession from Rasool Allah (SAW) in this life because He (SAW) is only one person and surely one person cannot simultaneously listen to and "communicate" with thousands, millions, or potentially billions of people at a given point in time. While this seems reasonable enough I was thinking about dreams of Rasool Allah (SAW). To be more specific, if it is true that Rasool Allah (SAW) can only communicate to one person at any given point in time (for purposes of intercession) does this entail that only one person in the entire Umma can dream of Rasool Allah (SAW) at any given point in time. I think it is reasonable to assume that dreaming about Rasool Allah (SAW) is potentially a form of communication i.e. one could be talking with Him (SAW), simply listening to Him (SAW) or could even have non-verbal communication with Him (SAW), such as seeing Him (SAW) in a state of grief or happiness. So if it is possible for more than one person to be dreaming about Rasool Allah (SAW) at any given point in time do you guys think this is weak speculative proof for the possibility of intercession on behalf of more than one person? Peace be upon you all.
  3. I begin in the Name of Allah, the Most Beneficent the Most Merciful. I think that one of the hardest things for anyone in anytime and social milieu to do is to objectively assess the customs and practices of people living in completely different times and conditions, and the age of Aisha i.e. when she married the Holy Prophet (peace and blessing be upon him and his family) is obviously no exception, as is attested by the enormous amount of malicious material flooding the internet. However, it is my humble opinion that throughout the past decade or so i.e. the period of time when the age of Aisha has become such a heated issue, the Muslims have lost sight of a number of key issues that need to be carefully considered. For example, on what basis do we have the right to apply our standards of morality and social practices upon a people who lived 1400 years prior to us in an entirely different society? Some people may object and state that we have obviously have a right to condemn past practices that are "barbaric" and "oppressive" etc. But that would presuppose some sort of objective standard that can be applied to moral behaviour irrespective of time, place, cultural factors etc. However, the question that naturally arises is from where do these objective morals and standards come from? Of course the Muslims and other theists will argue that we have been endowed with a soul that gives us an intuitive ability to know what is right and wrong and that this "self questioning soul" is further reinforced by the revealed commands of the Most High Allah. However, the atheists (many of whom are the most vituperative in their attacks against the Prophet) hold to moral relativism and uphold the primacy of liberality in moral customs and practices i.e. in layman's terms many of the people attacking the Holy Prophet and accusing Him of paedophilia (God forbid) say that there are no objective morals and that people should ultimately do as they feel. Of course, one should only do something as long as it is not harmful to another human being but once again the moral relativist would struggle to even justify this moral injunction. Anyways, if the atheists and other moral relativist hold that there are no objective morals then why are they attacking the Holy Prophet (PBUH & HF)? And more importantly why aren't there any Muslims calling them out for their blatant hypocrisy? I myself cannot be absolved of responsibility in defending the Prophet (PBUH & HF) against these attacks but in saying that it would be good to see some Muslim scholars addressing these issues in a forthright and public manner. Sometimes it pains me to see the Christian community forging ahead in their defence of their faith while we Muslims languish in our own cannibalistic sectarian point scoring and one upman ship. Back to the topic at hand though, if the Muslims question the very basis of the attack against the Holy Prophet (PBUH & HF) i.e. the application of objective moral standards by moral relativists, we will get to the very heart of the issue and we will free ourselves from the never ending cycle of having to defend things which seem bizarre and abhorrent by normal standards. However, I believe that we should seek to explain the reasoning behind Muslims practices for two reasons (1) to sure up the faith of the Muslims, particularly western young Muslims, who are caught between the distant practices of a world that is almost entirely alien to them and (2) to preach and propagate our faith to a non-believing community who is increasingly “rationalistic” in their world view and incessantly ask for reasons and justification for any belief or practice. Now I am no scholar, nor can I really claim to be even a moderately learned simple Muslim but I think that I can raise some points that may be beneficial to the discussion of Aisha’s age at marriage. 1. What constitutes paedophilia? I think that two main issues spring up, namely, the age that defines childhood (for sexual purposes) and how do we come to determine this age. Now the age of sexual consent in the country that I live in is 16 years old for both males and females. However, the question arises as to how this age was decided upon. I haven’t researched this topic but I think we can make some reasonable guesses about different issues that come into play e.g. the psychological maturity of the average teenager and their ability to make a mature decision about when to engage in sex and understand the consequences of engaging in a sexual relationship; medical and biological opinions will also come into consideration i.e. is it unhealthy for men or women to be engaging in sex before a certain age; and finally social factors will be evaluated, for example, is engaging in sex inhibitive to being educated and if it is should we prohibit sex before a certain age so that we can try to ensure a minimum level of education for the countries youth? These are the things the Muslims should be investigating and discussing so that we can establish a solid and intellectually sound platform to defend the honour of Holy Prophet (PBUH & HF). So as Muslims we should bear in mind that the age of legal sexual consent is a legal concept that is extremely fluid and varies over times and cultures. I mean when we consider that the holy Prophet (PBUH & HF) was living in a rural community where the employment opportunities of the women were very limited, they could not engage in "casual" sexual relationships at a young age, they did not have prospects of going to an institutional school as is common now, we start to perhaps come to an understanding that the age at which women engaged in sex was not very far advanced from the age of puberty. And I don't think that modern times are really much different in some circumstances. I can speak mainly from anecdotal evidence but I know many of my schoolmates who engaged in sexual activities around the age of 13 or 14. Someone might say that 13 is still much older from 9 but again I would say that this is the case coming from our own perspective and not the one of ancient Arabia and God knows that some of my classmates that engaged in sex at the age of 13 only just started experiencing puberty. Hence, the age of sexual activity still does not, in my experience of numerous cases, deviate substantially from the age of puberty. Just to finalise my long winded diatribe lol I would like to suggest the example of child labour in poor countries as an example of justified moral relativism in our times and as an example of how misguided are those who attack the character and morals of the Holy Prophet (PBUH & HF). If we were to go to an economically disadvantaged nation and condemn the parents of child labourers as opportunistic child abusers would we be justified in doing that? Of course not, many of these poor parents struggle to make enough just to provide the basics of life, thus, their children are compelled by economic conditions to start working at a very young age just to survive. Now if a parent was found to be putting their 10 year old to back braking labour in a country such as America or Australia etc. they would be most probably condemned and rightly so because forcing a child to work in an economically advanced society would be an act of gratuitous cruelty. That kid should be receiving an education, be allowed to enjoy leisure time with family and friends because society in these countries has provided each family with a minimum level of care (government welfare and healthcare) that obliterates the necessity of child labour. Similarly, we should be extremely careful in condemning the Holy Prophet for marrying Aisha at the age of 9 (that is if we accept this is truly her age which I am not in any position to confirm of deny). Before we decide one way or another we must pay due consideration to the issue of objective morality, how the age of sexual consent is determined, the social and cultural milieu of the Prophet (PBUH & HF) and a myriad of other factors and issues. If we do not address these things we, as Muslims, will be trapped in a vortex of confusion, insecurity, and inconsistency that will be detrimental to the Muslims of the world and ultimately to the non-believers for we will not be doing our duty in properly explaining and propagating Islam. If these things are not done we may end up being no less ignorant than the one who condemns child labour in destitute countries.
  4. Remember that one of Satan's most evil actions is to convince the believers that Allah's (SWT) forgiveness and mercy is beyond reach. In other words don't ever lose hope in the mercy of the Most Merciful, the forgiveness of the Most Forgiving, truly Allah's (SWT) benevolence encompasses even the most wretched and wicked. Every time you are engulfed by despair remember that it is Satan that is inciting you to reject Allah (SWT) and that Allah (SWT) never will reject you. Once you truly accept that fact your despair will be transformed from debilitating depression to a recognition that you have much to improve on and you will use the fire burning within you to forge the strongest shield of Iman possible.
  5. In the Name of Allah, the most Beneficent, the most Merciful, This Sheikh appears to be quite informed: http://alhilli.net/questions-answers/. But if I were you I would undertake my own independent research first because without an adequate base of knowledge asking questions will not give you satisfaction and better understanding. Remember that religion is like anything else i.e. you get out what you put in and therefore doubts can only be transformed into certainty through the acquisition of knowledge. Try reading articles on http://en.shiapen.com/ which is a Shia website that almost entirely focuses on debates on Shia/Sunni issues (I won't advise you as to Sunni sites because I am a tad bias lol but you can find a wealth of information on the internet). I think the most important thing to remember is to keep your intellectual independence and to always keep in mind that if something does not make sense than it probably isn't true. Always keep questioning and penetrate deep into issues instead of just focusing on the surface of things. May Allah guide you.
  6. Some of the people have already touched upon the reasons why there is much discontent (to put it lightly) with the actions of the Sahaba but I think that you are missing one fundamental point and that is that you have not inherited the pains, torment and anguish that has been passed on from generation to generation of each Shia on the face of the earth. You are a person who has just been recently acquainted with Islam and have not delved into the dark and to put it frankly barbaric behaviour of the early Islamic community. Try to conceive of this scenario and try your hardest to truly live it out with every ounce of sincerity in your soul. Imagine that you have a father who is the most beloved person to you, imagine that this father stands for truth and justice, imagine that this father is treading along the path of Allah (SWT) and his Messenger (as), and imagine that his reward is that he and his entire family are butchered with unimaginable brutality and callousness. Imagine that his corpse is trampled by the horses of injustice, ridden by men of unbounded cruelty. Imagine that his Holy body is left un-shrouded on the dust ridden plains of a foreign land when even stray dogs would receive a relatively dignified burial. Imagine that his daughters and are abused, chained and led like chained animals to the courtyard of a gleeful tyrant and imprisoned without being charged for any crime whatsoever. Imagine these unimaginable horrors and then imagine how you would feel toward the people who perpetrated these crimes. I think that many Shia's see that the tragedy of Karbala was a direct progression from the usurping of the Khalifate of Imam Ali (as). I say that because the usurping of the Khalifate of Imam Ali (as) was not merely a political manoeuvre, rather it was the first major incidence of disrespect and hatred toward the Holy Prophet's family. This act would implicitly legitimise all future acts of violence because it showed that even the most senior Sahaba i.e. Abu Bakr and Umar, could ignore the words of the Prophet (as) i.e. the appointment of Imam Ali as his successor. Similarly, the murder of Hussain (as) and his Holy family was a more explicit contravention of the Prophet's (as) command to love his family (as), the only reward he asked for of his Umma. If you truly internalise these considerations I think you can perhaps begin to comprehend the incredibly intense and perhaps excessive display of hatred towards some of the Sahaba. To conclude, I will like to just point out that this website, which is of great help and benefit, is not one that is frequented by scholars or students of knowledge. Indeed I myself am not knowledgeable in the least. Therefore, I think that you should not be surprised to see that threads which focus on Sahaba bashing are quite prominent. They vent the pent up frustration and turmoil that has been latent in the Shia community for the past 14 centuries and to be quite honest they are not very scholarly and they score well with users looking to get a laugh out of mocking and derision. I hope that you find the true path of Islam. Keep researching and remember Imam Ali's (as) words of wisdom during the battle of Jamal: "do not identify truth by the person, first discover what truth is in and of itself, and then apply this to a person to see whether they are truthful or not."
  7. Verse 4:64 of the Holy Qur'an may shed some light on the topic at hand: "And We did not send any messenger except to be obeyed by permission of Allah . And if, when they wronged themselves, they had come to you, [O Muhammad], and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Messenger had asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Accepting of repentance and Merciful."
  8. For those who believe that the reality of the Imam (as) of our time is reliant on our five senses perceiving him (as) then ponder over the following Holy Quranic verses. We created man and We know what his own self whispers to him. We are nearer to him than his jugular vein. AND THE TWO RECORDING ANGELS ARE RECORDING, SITTING ON THE RIGHT AND ON THE LEFT. HE DOES NOT UTTER A SINGLE WORD, WITHOUT A WATCHER BY HIM, PEN IN HAND! (Surah Qaf, 16-18) STANDING OVER YOU ARE GUARDIANS, NOBLE, RECORDING, WHO KNOW WHAT YOU DO. (Surat al-Infitar, 10-12) EVERYONE HAS A SUCCESSION OF ANGELS IN FRONT OF HIM AND BEHIND HIM, GUARDING HIM BY Allah'S COMMAND. Allah never changes a people's state until they change what is in themselves. When Allah desires evil for a people, there is no averting it. They have no protector apart from Him. (Surat ar-Ra'd, 11) [upper cases are put in by the author]. Can any Sunni show me these Angels?? Can any Sunni capture a picture of these angels? Can any Sunni ask these angels to speak to me to confirm their existence? Can they be smelt of felt as if they were a scent or a breeze? The answer is a resounding NO!!!! Infact if you were to talk about believing in such angels to an atheist psychologist there is a very good probability that you would be immediately prescribed a strong dose of anti-psychotic drugs or thrown into a lunatic asylum or both. However, as Muslims we readily believe in such angels because we believe in things that are immaterial e.g. angels, Satan (lanat Allah) and Allah (the most High). So why are Sunni's eager to believe that an "invisible" immaterial angel can stand guard over us yet they are simultaneously unwilling to believe that an Imam who is not perceivable at all time by the five senses cannot also assist and guard the Umma?? To me in seems as if the Sunni's are dangerously veering toward a materialist conception of the world which denies the existence of Imam Mahdi (as) primarily on the basis of him (as) being directly unperceivable by sight, hearing, smell, touch, taste. IF this is the case than they should immediately reject the possibility of guardian angels, however, this would amount to Kufr so I doubt it will be done on their behalf. However, I think it is useful for Sunni's to evaluate the existence of Imam Mahdi (as) with a paradigm that is not bounded by materialism.
  9. If I am not mistaken I remember something about Umar's son being scared of being brought to justice for the killing of Persian's following the killing of his father i.e. Ibn Umar had essentially committed murder by killing Persians who had no connection with Abu Lulu. This would explain why he was unsupportive of the Caliphate of Imam Ali (as) because he was quite certain that his crimes would have to be punished and he possibly feared being executed if he was subjected to a trial by a just and righteous Khalifa i.e. Ali (as). But he knew that Muawiyah was a duplicitous, immoral, Machiavellian despot who would overlook his crimes even if they were heinous and obviously contradictory to Sharia. Therefore he placed his own interest above that of the rule of Allah and the interest of the Umma. Same thing applied to the caliphate of Yazid (la) i.e. he was assured of immunity by another despotic, dictatorial, Machiavellian hypocrite so he naturally whipped up support for him.
  10. It is an act of justice and it is not an act of love or hate. It is something which is essential to any logical and coherent religion. For a God to be just there must be a date of reckoning where every deed committed by a human being is assessed by the an absolutely knowledgeable, merciful, and just judge i.e. Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì. If there is no such thing as hell and heaven then our lives on earth, which are nothing more than a test, are ultimately meaningless. Moreover, if there was no divine punishment/reward in the afterlife then this would imply a God (assuming one exists) who is extremely unjust and unloving because there are many people who commit unbelievably heinous crimes in this world and are unpunished for them. Therefore, there must be a day of ultimate reckoning. You can even think about this in human terms. Why do we need courts and laws and punishments for criminals? One obvious reason is to promote a properly functioning society e.g. decrease crimes such as theft, rape, murder, fraud etc. If there was literally no enforcement of any laws than there would be a massive lack of a disincentive for many people to not commit crimes because they could simply get away with it. The afterlife seems to me to be a divine check and ultimate assessment of our crimes and good deeds in the dunya. Even religions such as Bhuddism and Hinduism have a somewhat similar concept of "divine" punishment with their concept of reincarnation and how your actions in this life influence your blessings and position in the next. So divine justice is something that is seemingly ubiquitous among all faith systems.
  11. Hahahahaha the Germans and the allies didn't have much animosity towards each other, all you can state in support of that view is one world war and tens of millions of people dead. Man, if you can't see how tens of thousands of dead Muslims is not extreme hate for each other than you are swimming in an infinite ocean of self delusion. Some times I wonder how the khalifa followers can even claim such unbelievable things. LOL let's blame it all on some mythical figure called ibn Saba and not on Aisha (LA) who was ordered in the Quran to STAY IN HER HOME, WARNED BY RASOOLALLAH (as) ABOUT WARRING AGAINST ALI (as) AND WARNED ABOUT THE DOGS OF HAWAB AND STILL FOUGHT AGAINST THE RIGHTLY APPOINTED CALIPH. Khalifa sect needs to take a dose of reality.
  12. Woe to one who rejects the existence of absolute morality, Degrading us to the base nature of moral bestiality, Animalistic in our nature, with all actions relativist, In a world of rape, murder, and cruelty, we beseech a guide, a moralist, We shall perish without the literary legacy of al Mustafa (as).
  13. The title of this thread is pretty ironic and both hypocrtical. On the one hand the originator of the thread calls for democracy, which I assume ensures freedom of individual expression, and other hand seems to be condemning Islamic practices. Let's assume that these practices are actually "Islamic", what makes them reprehensible in a state of nearly unrestricted freedom? That is to say, why do you care what they think and are preaching if they are not forcing you to conform to their views? How many Nazi's are there in your country that preach the extermination of Muslims? How many sadomasachists are there that whip and torment women in sexual fantasy scenario's? Do you care about the "rights" of those women who are drug addicted and coercerd into prostitution? The problem as I see it is that people are overtly calling for freedom of expression but simultaneously condeming a minority for expressing that freedom. If you don't want freedom than come out and call for fascism, at least be honest and don't hide behind a facade of liberterianism.
  14. Any honest human being would admit to the fact that if the Prophet (as) did not appoint a successor then he would have made a monumental mistake because there would be no doubt that an absence of a successor would cause conflict within the Muslim community. A question to the Bakri's: has any Prophet in history ever left this world without leaving a successor? If the Prophet left no successor than what was the point of Ghadir Khumm? You actually think that the Prophet (as) would gather everyone in the desert heat just to announce that Imam Ali (as) is his friend? LOL!! You people are just as deluded as the Christians who can't explain the trinity yet still say Allah (SWT) is one but also three. Similarly, Bakri's say that the Prophet did not announce his successor, left this world leaving his entire family without any inheritance (excluding his wives coincidentally) and was poisoned four years before his death. Then things get even better. You claim your khalifa's are democratically elected! Hahaha....what rubbish. The first usurper was picked by a handful of people and any dissenters were bashed into submission by a cowardly thug i.e. Umar (LA) who ran away from every battle where the Prophet needed his help i.e. Uhud and Hunayn. Then the second usurper was personally selected. Get your story straight you con artists. Your religion is totally fabricated drivel. I wish to Allah (SWT) that your fake seen gets exposed to the entire world and your cowardly, Nawasib murdering thugs for khalifas are exposed for the kafirs and munafiqs they are. Your all deluded....WAKE UP AND USE UR BRAIN....DON'T JUST FOLLOW THE RELIGION OF YOUR FATHERS AND MOTHERS OR YOUR DESTINATION COULD VERY WELL BE HELL.
  15. It has been quite interesting to see the posts of my brothers and sisters with respect to tabarra and the dissociation from the enemies of Allah (SWT) and his chosen representatives i.e. RasoolAllah (as) and the Ahlul Bayt (as). Many people are of the opinion that we should not publicly engage in such acts because they antagonise the Bakri's and incite them to murder our brothers and sisters in retaliation. However, I am interested to know how people opposed to public tabarra feel about the 2006 war between Hezbollah and Israel. Particularly, how do they feel with respect to the fact that the war was "initiated" by Hezbollah capturing a few soldiers, something which resulted in the death of an estimated 1000 lebanese civilians and extensive infrastructure destruction. Aren't those who were opposed the war justified in condemning Sayyid Hassan Nasrallah (may Allah grant him victory) because the general population bore the brunt of the Israeli attack while it could be argued that the Sayyid was "hiding" in protection? Are such arguments equivalent to the arguments proposed by anti-tabarra ShiaChat members? That is to say, tabarra in the safe city of London is resulting in the death of civilians and therefore is wrong because others are suffering due to it. Or is it justified because (1) Shia texts condemning the idols of Quraish are available online world wide and (2) the honour of the Prophet (as) is dependent on the repudiation of the Nawasib and their slanders and lies? What do you guys think? Is the age of taqiyya over?
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