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  1. (salam) Currently reading Why Does the World Exist? by Jim Holt. (wasalam)
  2. (salam) I am currently reading BOLIVAR: American Liberator by Marie Arana, and on my commute to work I am listening to MY BELOVED WORLD by Sonia Sotomayor. (wasalam)
  3. Salam alaikum, Welcome sister. GreyMatter has given a pretty good list of things to check out, so I won't add anything other than to say to ask us any questions you may have.
  4. (salam) You should be fine. Would you be travelling alone or with others? (wasalam)
  5. (salam) Yes, but the judges are not all knowing, whereas Allah (swt) is aware of all intentions and abilities. (wasalam)
  6. (salam) Thanks for the link. I had always wondered about that. (wasalam)
  7. (salam) I believe that Allah (swt) is just, so if a person was truly mentally incapacitated and unable to distinguish right from wrong, then I have to think this person can be saved. Of course, only Allah (swt) knows for sure. (wasalam)
  8. (salam) I live in what used to be a rural area not far from a major city. Occasionally, when I am driving around, I may see an abandoned house on a small tract of land that has not yet been developed, and it takes me back to what life was like before all the hustle and bustle. When I was there for Hajj, I felt a strong urge to find that "abandoned house". Driving between Medina and Mecca at night, the sky full of stars (where I live, we normally can't see many because of all the lights) really struck me. At least Allah's universe has not been altered by man. Subhanallah. (wasalam)
  9. (salam) EMBERS OF WAR: The Fall of an Empire and the Making of America's Vietnam by Fredrik Logevall. (wasalam)
  10. (salam) I think that what is important in a relationship is that the two people agree upon the place of money in their lives. If not, it can create much conflict. (wasalam)
  11. (salam) I found this to be a most helpful and logical explanation of the Shia historical perspective: http://www.al-islam.org/restatement/index.htm. (wasalam)
  12. (salam) Inshallah, I try to read and contemplate at least 10 ayahs of the Quran everyday. Today's reading happened to include these ayahs from Sura al-Hijr: "But the (mighty) Blast overtook them before morning, and We turned (the Cities) upside down and rained down on them brimstones hard as baked clay. Behold! in this are Signs for those who by tokens do understand. And the (Cities were) right on the high-road. Behold! in this is a Sign for those who believe!" -15:73-77 (wasalam)
  13. (salam) I would say that if you take out the phrase "homeschool her child and" in the previous post, it would be a truer statement. There is nothing inherent in home schooling that makes it more difficult that dealing with public schools in the west. (wasalam)
  14. (salam) Our sons are adults now but we homeschooled them for a number of years. The resources the first responder sent above are all good. I first researched the laws in our state (Virginia) and then looked up lots of different curricula and picked and chose among them. I also used the knowledge of other homeschoolers in our area and planned outings and field trips with them. A friend of mine is currently homeschooling her children using the Waldorf method and she is very happy with it. Feel free to PM me if you have any particular questions. (wasalam)
  15. (salam) Not on purpose, although sometimes you can't avoid it in public places. (wasalam)
  16. (salam) I just finished reading CRONKITE by Douglas Brinkley, and I just finished listening to BEHIND THE BEAUTIFUL FOREVERS: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo. Now I'm reading AMERICA'S UNWRITTEN CONSTITUTION: The Precedents and Principles We Live By by Akhil Reed Amar, and I need to go to the library to get another book on CD to listen to on my commute. (wasalam)
  17. (salam) Try reading and practicing what is in this book: http://www.al-islam.org/concentration_in_prayer/. (wasalam)
  18. (salam) I think that just saying that you did not feel it was a match for you or simply that you are not interested in pursuing it is your best bet. If you give a reason and it's something he really can't do anything about, then that may be discouraging to him. Or he may try to change that thing the next time around, when in fact someone else might be fine with him just the way he is. (wasalam)
  19. (salam) Wow! Best of luck to you, and let us know how your progress goes. (wasalam)
  20. (salam) I guess you would need to inquire on Ayatollah Sistani's web site, unless someone on here knows. Although I see the rule in his book that the sister quoted above, I don't see anything about why. I am still looking for something about not reciting more than 7 ayahs at a time. I could have sworn I read it in one of Sistani's works, but now I'm wondering if I heard it from somewhere else... (wasalam) (salam) Ok, here's where I found about not reciting more than 7 ayahs. In Ayatollah Sistani's Islamic Laws, Rule 456 lists one of the "Acts which ar Haraam for a woman who is in the state
  21. (salam) In case anyone finds this article interesting: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/the-evolution-of-the-holiday-celebration/2012/12/23/af80e6b6-4874-11e2-820e-17eefac2f939_story.html?hpid=z1 (wasalam)
  22. (salam) You are correct in that you may do wudhu. What I did not communicate very well, is that things what require you to remain pak throughout, such as salat or fasting or touching the words in the Quran cannot be done. Thank you for clarifying. (wasalam)
  23. (salam) I believe that Dua Ahad is ok. As far as reciting the Quran, I believe that Sistani says not to read/recite more than 7 ayahs at a time. Perhaps she could just listen to it on those days. (wasalam)
  24. (salam) You can say any dua that does not require wudhu, and lots of dhikr. Or listen to lectures. (wasalam) (wasalam)
  25. (salam) I found this history to be a good explanation of what happened during the life of the Prophet (saw) and after his death from a Shia perspective to help me explain why we should follow the path of the Ahlul Bayt: http://www.al-islam.org/restatement/index.htm. Seyed Ammar and Hassainain Rajabali are good lecturers to listen to. (wasalam)
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