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Brained

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    Brained got a reaction from Zaidism in A Shia who infiltrated ISIS   
    Came across this story a while back:
    and
    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/08/12/world/middleeast/Iraqi-spy-isis.html
    This gave me goosebumps. Imagine being surrounded by men who'd kill you without hesitation if your identity were known. He was later discovered and killed, but not before he had foiled dozens of attacks. 
    Other stories on the guy:
    https://www.hstoday.us/subject-matter-areas/terrorism-study/the-isis-spy-who-saved-baghdad-from-30-bombing-missions/
    https://alshahidwitness.com/Iraqi-spy-infiltrated-daesh/
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    Brained got a reaction from TheAnticipator12 in Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Heisenberg was going 100 mph on a 60 mph road. He got pulled over by a policeman " Do you know how fast you are going?".
    Heisenberg replied "no.... I only know where I'm"
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    Brained got a reaction from MohammadAli313 in What Is Your Favourite Quote(s)?   
    "Do not let your difficulties fill you with anxiety,after all it is only in the darkest nights that stars shine more brightly." - Hazrat Ali (as)
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    Brained got a reaction from Vindemiatrix in Your Own Captured Photos   
    Buckingham Palace from afar. 
     

    Old Panja/Alam at the British Museum. Was really hoping to see more Shia stuff there.
     

    Mandatory visit to Lord's Cricket Ground.
     

    View from the campsite, Whittlebury Park near the Silverstone Circuit.
     

    The Shard (taken from a bus).
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    Brained got a reaction from Slips in Barelvi Sunnis   
    Barelvis form the majority of Sunnis in Pakistan, at least on paper. Sufi influences include shrine visitation and a more relaxed view on Islam, as opposed to Deobandis/Wahabi's puritanical approach. They have their own pressure group in Pakistan, the Sunni Threek, though they are not known for picking up arms.
    Barelvis are "shia friendly" as Jaber said, and many that I know keenly participate in Azadari for Imam Hussain (as) , also like the Shias they hold
    Ahly Bayt (as) in high regard. They also organise Milaads for the Holy Prophet (pbuh) and take out rallies on 12th of Rabi-ul-Awal, the supposed date of birth of Prophet Mohammad (as).
    They brutally oppose Deobandis, and there have been instances where they clashed with them over control of mosques.
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    Brained reacted to Marbles in Your Own Captured Photos   
    A leaf from the past.
    Umayyad Mosque. Damascus. Syria. 1996.
    I took it as a young kid during my first visit to Syria with my dearly departed grandma.
    It was taken with a Yashica camera and Kodak film.
    In those days each click was precious and costly, and we had to think and plan for the best angle to take pics.
    PS: this is a mobile cam pic of the positive.
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    Brained reacted to Ibn Al-Ja'abi in Why studying Philosophy is wrong   
    I'm not really sure that Yasir Qadhi understands:
    Epistemic schools of philosophy. The purpose of philosophy of ethics. What Decartes was trying to do with his radical skepticism. That Plato is not Aristotle (since he attributed Platonic thought to Aristotle). That disagreement in a field does not validate his rejection of it.
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    Brained got a reaction from The Green Knight in Eids Coincide with Tragedies of Ahl al Bayt (as)   
    Can anyone here present Imams' orders regarding this? I've seen people arguing against celebrating Eid, both of them, on the basis of proximity of dates to events of Karbala and 21st Ramadan.
    Did our 4th Imam and onward celebrate Eid? That is the question..
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    Brained reacted to Haji 2003 in Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
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    Brained reacted to Haji 2003 in Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
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    Brained reacted to Haydar Husayn in Playing Chess Is Sinful   
    It's an interesting topic. I don't have any firm conclusions on it, but I have some questions.
    If the Imams say that shatranj is haram, and then the rules of the game change, but it retains the same name, is it still haram? What if the name changes as well as the rules? How much do the rules have to change for it to no longer be considered the same game? Are Xiangqi and Shogi (Chinese and Japanese 'chess')  haram? Is Go haram? What about checkers/draughts?
    My understanding is that the Imams (عليه السلام) allowed or prohibited things based on the halal and haram of the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)), but I don't think he ever encountered the game of chess. So is there some higher principle upon which this particular game was banned? If it was gambling, then clearly the problem would be solved by removing the gambling. If it's not gambling, then my view is the most likely other explanation is that it is haram due to being a waste of time. It's a legitimate question to ask whether a Muslim should be spending their time playing games like chess. These games can be very addictive, and take away from more worthwhile pursuits like acquiring knowledge, spending time with the family, or engaging in acts of worship. But of course, if we open that door, then we need to look at many other games (for example, video games), and other activities like watching TV. Nobody really seems to want to go there, so you are left in my opinion with this rather superficial ruling of 'chess' being haram, but many other possibly more damaging activities being allowed, simply because there are no narrations on them. But logically, how would the Imams (a) rule on games they hadn't encountered, or games that hadn't been invented yet, such as video games?
    Personally, I think it's one or the other. Either all non-gambling games are allowed, or all are forbidden. The rational side of me inclines towards the latter option, since if I'm being honest with myself I don't think we were created to waste time with this kind of stuff. My baser instincts would probably pull me towards the first option.
    Of course, you could just say that we don't know why chess was singled out, and rather than ask ourselves all these questions, let's just err on the side of caution, and not play it. As for the other games, we have no proof that they are haram, so they are halal. That's a sensible approach I suppose, but seems a little bit unsatisfactory to me.
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    Brained got a reaction from Hameedeh in How much money is required to marry   
    Almost as if the trash pit is calling out for new entries.

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    Brained reacted to Panzerwaffe in Helicopter parenting   
    Yes" khokra pari Syeds"
    My maternal side is still in lucknow India 
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    Brained reacted to Abu Nur in Islamic Government   
    Because there is no clear statement, you will have always some doubts and two sided camps. From wikishia:
    {Zayd's revolt occurred during the imamate of Imam al-Sadiq (a), but the Imam (a) did not participate in the revolt, and there are no clear statements by Imam al-Sadiq (a) regarding the revolt. Some maintain that the fact that the Imam (a) did not participate in the revolt indicates his disagreement with it, however some others believe that while the Imam (a) was supportive of the revolt, he did not regard it beneficial to participate directly in the revolt. Some scholars such as al-Shahid al-Awwal, Ayatollah Khoei, and Mamaqani believe that Zayd b. Ali was permitted by Imam al-Sadiq (a) to revolt. In this regard, a hadith is adduced, which reports that Zayd consulted with Imam al-Sadiq (a) and the Imam (a) told him, "If you wish to be the one who will be hung in the midden of Kufa, this is the way." Adducing the same hadith, some other scholars hold that, although Zayd truly intended to hand over the caliphate to Imam al-Sadiq (a), the Imam (a) prohibited him from the revolt. Based on a hadith, Allama Tihrani too holds that Zayd's revolt was conducted without the Imam's (a) permission.
    According to some hadiths from Imam al-Sadiq (a) and Imam al-Rida (a), Zayd intended to transfer the caliphate to Imam al-Sadiq (a). Al-Shaykh al-Mufid states that Zayd led his revolt to bring to power "the pleased one from the family of the Prophet (s)", and did not seek the caliphate for himself. Al-Allama al-Majlisi attributes this opinion to the majority of Twelver Shiite scholars and adds that he has not seen a different opinion from them.
    According to al-Shaykh al-Mufid, when Imam al-Sadiq (a) was informed of the murder of Zayd, he was deeply affected and ordered that an amount of money be distributed among the families of those who had been killed in the revolt.}
    - It is possible that the Imam (عليه السلام) supported it. It is also possible that he did not. It is also possible that he supported it and at same time deny because of Taqiyah.
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    Brained reacted to Haji 2003 in Poor Jokes [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    I think my humour sometimes goes above the heads of people here.
    The next one definitely will go above many peoples' heads.
    Sorry no explanations from me or anyone else. If anyone does attempt an explanation there is a chance you may have your account suspended. So either you get the joke or you need to learn French and Urdu.
    Apparently hot bread boulangeries are very popular amongst Pakistani selfie takers.
  16. Completely Agree
    Brained reacted to Panzerwaffe in What are the main things that make you a Shia?   
    bughz -e- muawiyah
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    Brained reacted to Ibn Al-Ja'abi in What are the main things that make you a Shia?   
    It's hard for me to buy that the group of Muslims who are apathetic at the murder of Ahlul Bayt -- other than those who've began imitating Shii practices, and I can respect that there is an effort being made though it will naturally be imperfect -- and would rather have carnivals and celebrations on Ashura share in the love of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) mourning their miseries.
    In any case, la'nah is the siira of God, the Prophet, and Ahlul Bayt and is rightly practiced on those إنقلبوا على عاقبيهم after the death of the Prophet and were cursed by the ones they oppressed. When put to the test after his death they demonstrated a decided lack of ḥeseδ/חֶסֶד, rather its opposite.
    I think Dr.. Sheikh Idris Samawi Hamid got it right when he said wilayah is a two-winged bird, one is walayah/tawalli and one is bara'ah/tabarri. If you clip one of the wings then the bird goes the way of the dodo.
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    Brained got a reaction from hasanhh in Difference between Adversity and Trauma   
    Trauma is adversity that we did not respond well to. The scars that we come across once in a while, triggering a flood of bad memories, that is trauma. It hurts to think about it. Adversity is just that the situation. If dealt with well enough, it will not produce trauma, oddly enough it might even result in some good memories. 
  19. Completely Agree
    Brained got a reaction from eThErEaL in Difference between Adversity and Trauma   
    Trauma is adversity that we did not respond well to. The scars that we come across once in a while, triggering a flood of bad memories, that is trauma. It hurts to think about it. Adversity is just that the situation. If dealt with well enough, it will not produce trauma, oddly enough it might even result in some good memories. 
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    Brained got a reaction from hasanhh in What Have You Watched Recently? [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    The Laundromat. Insight into the world of money laundering.
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    Brained got a reaction from starlight in Difference between Adversity and Trauma   
    Trauma is adversity that we did not respond well to. The scars that we come across once in a while, triggering a flood of bad memories, that is trauma. It hurts to think about it. Adversity is just that the situation. If dealt with well enough, it will not produce trauma, oddly enough it might even result in some good memories. 
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    Brained reacted to Haji 2003 in What Have You Watched Recently? [OFFICIAL THREAD]   
    Great use of your time.
     
     
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    Brained reacted to starlight in What made you laugh today?   
    Q. Can Ayatullah Shiachati tell me is my salat valid or will I have to offer it again?
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    Brained reacted to King in Islamic Government   
    And you sound like a mouth piece for Iranian government's propaganda machine.  Reading your posts is like reading some childish and laughable press TV article.
  25. Completely Agree
    Brained reacted to Gaius I. Caesar in Islamic Government   
    Except I didn't, I said:
    This is far, far different from "you said that the Ahlul Bayt are liars", maybe if you weren't busy personally attacking me and telling me to server US government and how I'm an enemy of Iran, you would have realized that 
    As @Abu Nur said, Iran is not representative of every Shia nor is it a hujjah to support Iran and you are not allowed to call or imply that I'm a non-Shia for disagreeing with you. 
    As for everything else, it is full of sound and fury, signifying nothing. I wouldn't even know where to begin with what you written about me.
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