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WisdomSeeker

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  1. Salam, Dear mods, this retreat is to take place in New Zealand inshallah, but I want it to gain awareness among the international community. I would have liked to have posted it under the local forum as well but as we aren't supposed to cross post, I've kept it here only. Please feel free to move it if you think it would be more appropriate there. Jazakallahu khayran
  2. The Imam Ali Knowledge Foundation (IAKF) is pleased to present its second "Journey in Noor" spiritual retreat in Auckland, New Zealand to be held on December 21-28, 2014. We continue our tradition of enlightening your hearts and enriching your lives through our unique multidimensional and internationally participated retreat "Journey in Noor 2014" . Top renowned scholars will bring you the treasures of the Quran and the knowledge of the Ahlul Bayt a.s. Gaining knowledge and contemplation are the two most emphasised acts of worship in Islam. Some of the planned topics include Islamic Logic
  3. ***Please share this with all who may be interested*** The above text for those who can't read what is in the image: The upcoming auspicious months of Rajab, Shaban & Ramadhan (RSR) are granted to us by Allah (s.w.t.) to rapidly strengthen ourselves spiritually, mentally and physically. The aim of RSR2011 is to provide you with a specially designed program to be followed during 12 weeks of Rajab, Shaban, and Ramadhan. The program is compiled from the works of some of our greatest contemporary scholars. It involves learning knowledge passed onto us by the AhlulBayt (a.s.), improving behav
  4. What would I change my opinion about? By the way, I noticed a small error in the original image, so here is a new one. I can't seem to edit my original to just put the new image there.
  5. (bismillah) (salam) You have almost undoubtedly been advised at some point in your life to follow a certain food guide to eat healthy. Probably, this food guide says to eat X servings of grains, Y servings of dairy, Z servings of meat/alternatives, etc. in a day. This is supposedly supposed to be how you ensure you are meeting all your body's nutritional needs. It's bothered me for some time how this advice seems counter to the advice of the Ahlul Bayt. We hear for instance that Imam Ali (as) would eat 2 pieces of barley bread in a day (one in the morning and one in the evening) and unless I
  6. Ordinarily, I'm pretty sure that having a regular dental cleaning or filling is not a problem for your fast because you are not required to ingest anything. However, for dental surgery I'm not so sure because it will probably involve either local anesthetics or drugs to put you to sleep during the process. I don't know if the ruling would be different for these two cases either.
  7. (bismillah) Many people are put into this position, especially women. I am curious about 2 things: 1) At what percent the split occurs between people who are willing to move and those who would not. 2) Whether there is a gender difference in willingness to relocate. What would you do? Feel free to discuss why you feel the way you do or any nuances in your position.
  8. Jazakallah. Thanks for sorting through so many old topics to see if they should belong to this subforum. I think this section will be a great new addition to ShiaChat!
  9. Some people are fat. Some people are skinny. Some people are tall. Some people are short. Some people are hairy. Some people have almost no hair. These are natural human variations and what society appreciates varies from time to time and place to place. Just be glad that your particular feature is relatively easy to bring in line with societal standards of beauty. I bet you could think of many traits (warts, moles, acne just to name a few) that are far harder to change! Many of us have no choice but to simply live with how we look and trust that we could not have designed ourselves better th
  10. Smoke rising from the west? I'm not familiar with that sign. I thought it was "sun rising from the west" . . .
  11. (salam) As far as I know, at present there is no TMA at McGill (I think there was one in the past). However, Concordia University just started one up this year (they actually just changed over the name of their previous Shia club, SAMA, to TMA Concordia). If you go to McGill, you should be able to easily walk over to Concordia's events. As you mentioned, McGill does have an MSA if you`re interested in participating in events with the Muslim community at large that are not specifically sect-oriented.
  12. (bismillah) The way society talks about intelligence assumes it is something fixed. Questions like "what's your IQ?" assume that intelligence can be quantified and that people can be ranked as having more or less intelligence. In fact, most psychologists today accept that IQ is not a valid concept since it is associated with a host of problems (note intelligence tests were not initially meant to rank people on supposed innate potential as they later came to be used). I prefer to think of intelligence as something flexible that is ever changing. Instead of "How intelligent am I?" a more appr
  13. Okay, I read through all the posts that Apostate_111 made in this thread and from what I can gather, I do not think the problem you have now is really with regard to how God perceives time or whether God willed you to be an atheist. Rather I think the crux of where your understanding differs with that of the Muslim rests in what you perceive to be the causes of human behaviour It seems to me that you view human behaviour as being 100% caused by a combination of genetics + environmental influence. If two genetically-identical people and were raised identically, would they necessarily behave i
  14. Why do you say that prophets get special protection from jinn?. We know from verses like the one below that certain Prophets were killed by their people. If human Prophets can be killed by humans why shouldn't jinn Prophets (if there are any) be able to be killed by jinns? 2:87 æáÞÏ ÇÊíäÇ ãæÓì ÇáßÊÇÈ æÞÝíäÇ ãä ÈÚÏå ÈÇáÑÓá æÇÊíäÇ ÚíÓì ÇÈä ãÑíã ÇáÈíäÇÊ æÇíÏäÇå ÈÑæÍ ÇáÞÏÓ ÇÝßáãÇ ÌÇÁßã ÑÓæá ÈãÇ áÇÊåæì ÇäÝÓßã ÇÓÊßÈÑÊã ÝÝÑíÞÇ ßÐÈÊã æÝÑíÞÇ ÊÞÊáæä Shakir: [2:087] And most certainly We gave Musa the Book and We sent apostles after him one after another; and We gave Isa, the son of Marium, clear arg
  15. So you've laid out two possibilities: 1) An act is evil because God does not condone it 2) God does not condone it because it is evil Here's my answer: 1) I don't agree with the first option becuause I don't believe that God is unwise to do things pointlessly. If He were Wise then He wouldn't arbitrarily make some stuff good and some evil; there would be a reason for doing so. 2) Thus I would agree choose the second option. God does not condone the act because it is evil. However, this does not mean we do not need God for morals. You see, since God created all that is in the universe and i
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