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  1. Salaam alaikum all, I was wondering whether any of you know of any shia lawyers versed in immigration law, in the UK? I am hoping to get married to a non EU citizen in just over a month and could do with advice from a lawyer regarding the visa process and specific queries regarding my case. Jazak'Allah khair
  2. I actually made this same post back when I first became a member of ShiaChat but, as good as the replies were, I still didn't have a complete answer that fully helped me so here I am with the same question. (I also understand that there are other posts highlighting the same problem as mine. Tbh I have seen most of them and unfortunately, they also have not helped which is why I am making this post again. I understand this may be frustrating for some, and to those members I apologise, but I feel this is a topic of upmost importance). Anyway, even though I'm sure you've probably guessed what my problem is, I struggle when it comes to pronouncing whilst in prayer. I am not Arabic, and am not fluent in speaking Arabic, in fact (as an Iranian) I sometimes even struggle to pronounce words in Farsi ! This should go to show how poor my pronunciation is lol. On my previous post, and on the other posts I had a look at, I noticed a handful of brothers and sisters trying to help by saying that those with poor pronunciation should not worry and that it is the act of worship that counts. However I have seen Sistanis rulings on pronunciation in prayer and I need to improve my pronunciation, otherwise I fear my prayers are falling on deaf ears. Having said that, I am not sure where else to look. I have seen most of the youtube videos and though they helped, it was only Surah Al-Fatihah that I really improved at (but after hearing my recording I noticed there was still so many problems). What's more, having not watched those videos in about 2 months, my pronunciation has gone as bad as it used to be. Personally I believe my best bet is to sit down with an individual who can fluently speak arabic and get help one on one, as that way I can also be told if I am repeating the words correctly. But my question (and sorry it's taken me so long to get to it lol) is who and where? Would going to a Sunni Mosque be the answer (I believe Shia Mosques don't tend to have too many Imams around and about and I'd like to think that with the Sunni sect being so much larger, that it would), or am I better off seeking help elsewhere. In particular I would really appreciate any answers from anyone who has struggled to come to grips with pronouncing arabic in the past as hopefully they will be able to relate to this problem far better (or so I'd like to think) but any replies from anyone is very much appreciated. Once again, sorry for the long post and I hope to hear from as many of you as soon as possible :D
  3. Here is the translation of Qunut, according to the office of Ayatollah Sitani: La ilaha illallahul Halimul Karim (There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Forbearing and Generous). La ilaha illallahul 'Aliyyul 'Adhim (There is none worth worshipping but Allah Who is Eminent and Great). Subhanallahi Rabbis samawatis sab' wa Rabbil aradhinas sab' (Glory be to Allah, Who is the Sustainer of the seven heavens and of the seven earth). Wama fi hinna wama bayna hunna, wa Rabbil 'arshil 'adhim (And Who is the Sustainer of all the things in them, and between them, and Who is the Lord of the great 'Arsh (Divine Power)) Wal hamdu lillahi Rabbil Aalamin (And all praise for Allah, the Sustainer of the worlds). I've highlighted it and increased the font size so you can see where it says "seven earth", but what is it? I know there are seven levels of heaven but what does seven earth mean? Sorry about how messy it looks, I tried to put the translation below the transliteration but it doesn't seem to stick the the post that I preview
  4. Ok thanks a lot for the advice brothers and sisters, I've decided to download OpenOffice as its free so thanks a lot for the advice, tbh I wasn't even aware such software existed. Having said that, I'm currently entering my second year of university and last year I did use Microsoft Office, as I did the same when in college. As a result I take it I should pay Microsoft anyway, but is it necessary to do so right away? P.S. For those of you wondering why Office is costing me so much (in case I didn't mention this before), it's because I have a Mac and Microsoft Office is about twice as expensive on Mac.
  5. I have to be honest here, I tend to backbite quite a lot. But having said that, a lot of the things I say about people, if not everything, is said without an evil intention. I'll try to give a couple of examples without naming names to give you an idea of the context in which I backbite, and to ask you if it is still unacceptable, or if it can be overlooked: 1) Let's suppose I support a football team and a player leaves the club I support. Would me insulting him be considered backbiting? 2) Sticking to the same context of football, if a player from a club I support misses a penalty, or misses an open goal, would insulting that player be considered back biting, bearing in mind what I said above about me not meaning what I say? 3) Again sticking to football, what if a player performs poorly and I mention his poor performance, is that backbiting. To expand on this, sometimes you find in newspapers or online, players are rated based on their performance. If they are given a low score and it's said that they were not at their best, or where no good, is that backbiting? 4) I understand I'm going on quite a bit so I'll make this my last example. What if I am talking behind the back of a friend. Not insulting them, nor disrespecting them, maybe just joking about them in the same way I would if they in front of me anyway. So I'm not saying anything I wouldn't say if they were present, is that backbiting? I understand that there will be a difference of opinion, which is why I have forwarded a similar question to Sistani but nevertheless having a variety of opinions may help me understand the situation a bit more, so thank you for any replies :D
  6. I think that this question is getting a little sidetracked, essentially what I want to know is if the money I make as a result of my degree would be haraam money as I've earned my degree through the use of an illegally obtained programme. Let's ignore what company/country make this programme. And secondly, yh I understand how £200 is not a MASSIVE ask for a programme that will help me for many years but to be honest, it's not like this is the only programme I will have to download, or the only cost I have. I also spend about £200 a year on books, a few hundred pound on trips etc and I guess it's just a little frustrating how I have less and less money for myself. Having said that if I have to pay for it, then I will. Like I said above, just because USA or England may steal doesn't justify me doing the same, but nevertheless I'd like to know as the idea of spending £200 then realising I didn't need to would also be frustrating.
  7. I can't seem to quote more than one reply at once so I'll just reply to your replies individually: -JSAli: He isn't answering his phone :P -Enlightened: Like I said above, Microsoft Office is really expensive, in fact it would cost me about £200 if I'm not mistaken (I would be running it on a Mac which is why the cost is so high) and to be honest, that's not a sum of money I'm happy to part. The problem is i really NEED microsoft word for my university work, then again I guess you could say that "that's life" :( -titumir, 570 & Aftahb: I don't disagree with what you say, but two wrongs don't make a right. -Chicken_Nugget: To be honest I actually got it from a friend who probably downloaded it (probably from Piratebay) or he burned it from a legitimate disc. When I said "I downloaded it" I basically meant I illegally obtained it, i just didn't see the point in mentioning I obtained it from a friend, plus it would make the question more straightforward :) -ShiaBen: To be honest I can afford it, its just that, I'm practically throwing money away by doing this, but having said that, if it is a sin that surely that would beg the question of whether any money I make as a result of the degree I may get because of my work may be haraam. I know I may be blowing things way out of proportion lol but like I say, I'd rather be safe then sorry...
  8. About a year ago I downloaded Microsoft Office for free (for those of you who don't know, it costs a hell of a lot of money). Now I am a little concerned though, having not paid for something is just like stealing it, and considering how all of my university work is done using Microsoft Office, is it fair to to say ALL the work I have done in the past (and will do in the future) using the downloaded Microsoft Office would be haraam? I understand I may just be being a little over the top but I thought I should ask this question anyway, just to be sure. Thanks for any replies :)
  9. Wat a group for us, Braga, Galatasary and CFR (some next romanian club). Anyhow we make the same mistakes as last season I'm gna go mad but this is the kind of group which should leave us winning each game 6-0. Maybe 3-0 against Braga lol
  10. I haven't been educating myself on what Shia'ism (if I can call it that) teaches until quite recently, so I have to admit I don't know the details of what 'Aisha did and what makes us Shias hate her so much, but one thing I do know is to celebrate anyones death, especially someone who is respected by other human beings (it shouldn't matter whether those humans are our Sunni brothers/sisters or not) is wrong. And even more so to do it in public and to record it. Not only does it paint a bad picture of us, and not only will it quite obviously start a backlash, but it also creates an evil side to us where we celebrate death, when in actual fact, we should let Allah deal with her, as with the rest of us, on Judgement Day. P.S. Talking of Allah dealing with us on Judgement Day, seeing how Judgement Day still hasn't come up yet, how on Earth is 'Aisha even in hell?? Surely she's still in her grave?
  11. As far as I am aware he can't do that, because he is locked up in hell. (Correct me if I am wrong) :)
  12. Obviously I'm not trying to suggest that the devil puts on a party hat whilst playing musical statues with his friends, and yes this question wasn't asked in a serious tone lol (or I didn't intend to ask it in a serious tone anyway), but to be fair, why not lol :P
  13. I know it sounds like an odd question, but, as far as I am aware Allah (swt) locks Satan in Hell for the month of Ramdan. In that case surely he's freed during Eid, meaning he can get back to misguiding people. In that case wouldn't that make Eid a day of celebration for Satan, as he is no longer bound by Allah? :P
  14. i just made one, not to sure how itll do as it was a little rushed but im not too sure how to make the mini league, if u set it up ill give u my username or watever u need to confirm the mini league
  15. Yh why not Ive got my own dream team atm as well, rooney aguero and jelavic in front, nani hazard and ben arfa in the midfield, i can see myself winning the prize already lol :P but im guessing ur fantasy team is on sky sports right? And as for champs league, id like to think united will win it but idk if i can see it happening, not this year anyway. Our attack is good but in defence we might become a little stuck, especially against the likes of barca and madrid. and as for barca, i dont think ud have to worry if u came up against chelsea. u now know their game and if u have villa as well up front, things should be easier. and jordi alba is easily one of the best upcoming left backs in the world so ur team is sorted
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