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  1. I would turn the question around, and ask them what they knew about the school of thought of Imam Ja'fer (as) And i would adress it as that, a school of thought, just like the 4 major schools of thought in Sunni fiqh. And with their questions/misconceptions answered one by one, i will then tell them that yes, i am a follower (thus a shia) of the school of thought of Imam Ja'fer (as). That way they will appreciate what it is i believe in. Mind you, if it's someone who has a gun pointed to my head and obviously has a thirst for shia blood... i might still tell them the truth. I dunno, I always wanted to leave this world as a shaheed : )
  2. Wonders will never cease me at the amount of personal information shared on a barber chair. it's like truth serum. Next time james bond needs a confession from dr octopuss, he just needs to carry a stackable barber chair in his back pocket One thing needs to be done first before even thinking of giving such news to the wife, and that is to confirm that this other woman is engaged to the husband. If you can't conclude, beyond the shadow of a doubt that she is indeed engaged to this married man, then there is no right to tell the wife. A marriage shouldn't be shattered on hearsay. Let's say, indeed you have conclusive proof that this guy is a 2 timing rat, then you can approach the subject with his wife, starting by telling her you heard something that concerns her husband, and that if she wants you can tell her, otherwise she can ask her husband. It's dirty work, but you can stop an already messy situation, to turning into an absolute nightmare in the future.
  3. Nope marbles. Iraqi dad as well (though only for a few generations, as before that it was saudi), but he was born in zanzibar : )
  4. Sister, thanks for sharing that information to give us an idea about how you came to learn about Islam. An important piece of advice however: just like how you saw Catholics who were not practicing their religion, expect to find the same in the muslim communities. We are not perfect, and in a lot of circumstances (i speak for myself here) we are far from it. My belief is that, for me to be satisfied with a religion to be the true word of God, i should be 100% convinced with it's original source (ie Holy Book), and the conveyor of the messies (ie the Messenger or the Prophet). In Islam, i can guarantee, you will never find a book like the Quran. In eloquence, justice, Godly Mercy and Love. Abraham's miracle was being rescued from the fire. Moses's miracle was his cast forming into a serpent which swallowed all other ones whole. Jesus's miracles was turning clay into doves and resurrecting the dead (with the will of God). Mohammad's (peace be upon him) miracle was and always will be, the Quran. And Mohammad and his family are the walking breathing versions of that Book. You want to know Islam sister, don't look at us, look at the best that humanity had to offer in that family. His daughter fatima, is the Master of Women. God's love for her, her father (the Prophet) her husband and her sons, were the pinnacle and driving force to creating everything else in creation. If you are impartial to youtube lectures, there is a well known muslim speaker who has individual lectures for the 14 personalities which make up Ahlul Bait (as).. If you are interested in watching them, this is a link to the first lecture, on the biography of the Prophet
  5. Sister Sapphire, tional can only talk about women rejecting him, unfortunately it seems to be what he lives for. This line you said i think pretty much sums up how your are viewed on your shiachat posts. You do not have certainty of God's existence, and that is why you are in the turmoil you are in. Forget shia and sunni, forget even islam. i encourage you to look into theology and just do a little contemplation about God's existence. Then you can start looking to Islam, if you start to really believe in God. A bedouin arab (ie desert nomad) was asked why he believed in God. The simplicity of his answer speaks volumes, and shows you don't need to be in a classroom for even a day to have conclusive proof of God's existence. I encourage all arabic speakers to look up his words, but this english translation will try and do it justice. "All praise to Allah! The camel's dung testifies to the existence of the camel, and the camel's track in the sand tells other animals that something was walking there. A sky that holds giant stars, and a sea that has waves, does not all this testify that the Most Kind, Most Knowledgeable exists?" My fear is for my spirituality today to be the same as yesterday, or worse, for it to move backwards. There is no stationary point in spirituality, we all move forwards or backwards.
  6. Salam, and congratulations : ) As per usual, the seasoned shia chatters have provided you with a plethora of useful material to read. something i usually ask people who express interest in Islam, is to let the rest of the forum know a little bit about their background, to tailor what material is best for them to read, and also knowing where you live might give someone here who lives in your country a chance to provide valuable local info on mosques and lectures. So simple things like age, cultural and religious background will help. May God take you by the hand in your journey of a lifetime
  7. Australia Britain Ireland Iran France Saudi Singapore Tanzania UAE Zanzibar Hmm, pretty shabby list now that i've put it down on paper (so to speak). This is what happens when you have an iraqi mom who makes you feel guilty as sin if you don't go home for every single vacation iA i add Iraq to that list someday soon : )
  8. ^ thanks bro but with all due respect, i want to deliver a substantial amount of sadaqa based on something more concrete than someone's belief! anyone else have any experiences with this organisation?
  9. Salam Alaykum everyone. I've come across an organisation that caters exclusively to orphans in 3 countries: Iraq, Lebanon and afghanistan. It's called My Orphans and is a subsidiary of Imam Mahdi Association of Marjaeya (I.M.A.M.). This organisation appears to be located in Dearborn Michigan. There is a video on Youtube in regards to the relief efforts My Orphans provide and i found it very touching. I do want to donate to the online site, however i always have a cautious level of scepticism for charities that i've never seen myself... is there anyone here that can verity that it is a well established and trusted organisation? Particularly people from Dearborn? Here are the links to their website and the youtube video https://www.myorphans.us/ Jazzakumul Allah Khairan
  10. And I quote you: "It's a fact of this life. Like cancer, like accidents, like tsunamis and genocide. This life is not fair." Rational thinking (in one of the quotes i previously quoted) That is complaining. As clear as day. Seriously at this stage i have given up on you (yes, I who hardly gives up on anyone), but your comments which lack rationality and any research into Islam might negatively influence other people who have a weak foundation and have no proper knowledge or research into their religion. I think reading a few books on Islam (especially 3'aqaaid books. in english that means books that touch the philosophical side behind our core beliefs in Islam) will go a looooong way to clear some of the many many doubts you have about this religion.
  11. Sapphire, thanks for getting my attention on this thread! Brother inshaAllah (i should also add in a 'your royal highness' since you're a mod right? or maybe that's my arab culture coming out) I've studied medicine in ireland, and so all that i know about the medical school system in australia is from what i've seen from students attached to my teams. With my limited insight into australia uni's, this is my advice: If you can go to europe (and are willing for such a change in lifestyle/distance from family/expenses), then go there, as you enter medical school straight away and can get a degree in 5 years. in australia it's 4 years undergrad and then 4 years of actual medicine. after doing an internship in an irish/british hospital, you will be accredited by the Australian medical counsel, and won't need to sit an entry exam when you come back here. you will still have to work a year as junior house officer in australia (regardless if you worked overseas or in australia for your internship), before you get into programs, including GP programs. on rare circumstances, some people enter programs straight after their internship, but i wouldn't reccomend that, as you need time to know what you like Perhaps a more important question is, why do you want to do medicine? keep in mind it is a long long long process, and if you are older in life with family commitments, it will put a strain on my family life. of course, where there is a will, there certainly is a way Let me know if you need any more advice OP, there are a few future doctors here. there's pedram in the uk. a sis in iran who comes on this site sometimes. also another sister who's in australia nearly finishing her studies (she's reading this as we speak me thinks)
  12. Salam Sister Saima, You have a valid question, but it is one born out of ignorance of the actual teachings of the school of thought of Imam Ja'fer (as). There are muslims and even Christians who don't know the Ahlul Bait (as) who will probably go to heaven. Allah judges people based on their intentions, and there are genuine people who wanted to reach God but for some reason or another did not hear his message (the scenario of the lonely french pastor on the foothills of the Alps always comes to mind). The basic element for anyone to go to heaven is they have pure unadulterated love for The Creator, and tried what ways they could to get to Him You answered your question with your first paragraph, where you said the world was a series of tests and we should react to them with moral standard. Ahlul Bait ARE the moral standards. They are the walking breathing Quran. Their very existence is another mercy from Allah (SWT) for us sinners, as we now have humans we can follow who are the embodiment of loving Allah. Every other road to take to Allah falls short, because no other people loved Allah more selflessly than they have. Every stance they took in their lives is a testament to that. You need to familiarise yourself with what exactly the Ahlul Bait preached. if you are arabic speaking, i reccomend you to read Dua Kumail, which is Dua of Imam Ali to Allah (SWT). this dua is the embodiment of love and devotion and servitude to Allah. Even if it is to be read in english, it will still paint a clear picture to you of not only how the Imam worshipped God, but it reminds us of our relationship with Him, how short we fall from the terms of 'slaves of Allah', and how Allah's mercy knows no bounds. Again, it's called Dua Kumayl (or Kumail by some)
  13. Brother Rational, this is yet another post where you talk about marriage, and ugliness, and how the world is not fair. Why don't you say Alhamduli Allah? there are kids in serbia who were playing in the fields and have half their face blown off when a mine detonated There is wisdom and infinite mercy behind everything Allah (SWT) does for His creation. i have mentioned this before when quoting your previous posts, but you don't seem to like to answer posts where the Quran is used to give you a different viewpoint
  14. Servidor my good man, were i wearing a hat, i would tip it to you right now. Your eloquence in poetry remains unrivalled, even when you're not trying to write poetry
  15. Brother rational, here is another post where you are displaying unhappiness with your religion and how you think Allah is meant to intervene with the world "There is enough light, for those who wish to see" Imam Ali In it's simplicity, is all that is needed to refute how you think rational. For people who want truth, they will not be lazy and research enough in order to get it. Again like i explained to you in your previous post about the letters to the Imam, Allah (SWT) did not make everything black and white because he gave human beings brains and He expects more from us than to be spoon fed. Every Prophet and Messenger had a majority of disbelievers at their time, why should it be any different now? Human beings haven't changed. And Allah (SWT) knows best.
  16. Salam Tony : ) You were a muslim before, but now you are choosing to be a muslim who wants the complete package, and the ultimate truth in how to love Allah (SWT) To be a shia, which is a follower of Ali (as) and thus the Prophet (sawa), just give the Imam you alleigance. Testify that he is Allah's vicegerent (ie Wali) on earth, by saying, ash'hadu anna Aliyyan Waliyyu Allah It is likely you have said this in your heart already before uttering it with your tongue, as you have said you already accepted the truth. Where to go from here, depends on your background. What is your cultural heritage? how old are you? How much have you researched into the school of thought of Imam Ja'far and what burning questions do you still have? Do share whatever info you feel comfortable in sharing, and insha Allah your kind and knowledgeable brothers and sisters on this site will help in whatever way we can
  17. Ghareeb: besides strange, it's context in the school of thought of Ahlul Bait usually revolves around the meaning of 'stranger to a land', as our master Imam Hussain (as) was in Kerbala, as our Imam Al Mahdi (as) is a Ghareeb to this entire world.... Ba'eed: that which is far away, or unobtainable. Like how our Imam is ba'eed from us. Not because of his own doing, but from our own actions... may our sins not delay our union with him any longer
  18. You know the thought that was running through everyone's head the moment they read the title of your post on the community page?! Bless Roohul Allah Khomeini, he truly was a servant of the Imam (atf)
  19. Brother rational, there are many things in this post which go against the teachings of Islam, but insha Allah they are said in the spirit of questioning for better understanding, rather than another agenda. I don't want to attack you, rather it seems you need guidance, like the rest of us do. When you ask for conclusive proof, there is the Quran, as it is the first and last word for every question any person may have. If you are asking for proofs in terms of physical miracles, then there is no benefit. You ask for our Imam to do what other Imams did before, and which Imam was greater than Amir Al Mu'mineen? And with all his miracles, did the majority of the people who pledge him alliegance to him on the day of Ghadeer, not turn their back against him the very same day the Prophet (sawa) passed away? If we ask for further physical miracles, we will turn to the children of Israel at the time of Prophet Moses (as). These were people who saw unbelievable physical miracles before their very eyes. They saw Moses turn his cane into a giant serpent. They saw Moses's cane breaking open 12 springs for them to drink from. The saw him split the sea for them, and pharoah drown. And yet, what did they say to Moses after they started worshipping the golden calf? And [recall] when you said, "O Moses, we will never believe you until we see Allah outright"; so the thunderbolt took you while you were looking on. (2:55) We can all argue, why did God not give the world conclusive proof that athiests are wrong? or that Islam is the right path? or that the school of thought of Ahlul Bait (as) hold the most truth? To that argument, we can say, well why did God not write 'Allah', or 'Islam' or 'Ali Ibn Abi Talib' on the surface of the moon? in big capital hot pink letters? Because, He gave you and i something he didn't give any animals, and that is a brain, for us to be thinking, rational and reflective HUMAN beings. that is what makes us human. So really, everything makes perfect sense. It just takes a little reflection, and reminding ourselves the ultimate truth, that in every situation, Allah is showing infinite mercy.
  20. Salam Sister, The issue you have discussed is one which unfortunately is very prevalent in our society. Reverts are sometimes seen as people who want to be different, sometimes seen with suspicion. For the most part, i believe us born muslims are polite and happy to meet reverts, but probably due to language barriers or cultural differences more than anything, you wouldn't end up in an exhaustively deep and productive conversation with us! Our mosques certainly aren't know for beginner muslim courses. the ironic thing is, i believe most of us life long muslims can benefit from learning the foundations of our religion from such lessons! You should totally be a revert mentor! That's a fantastic idea. I'm sure than the open minded scholars in dearborn will be very happy to get you involved in any and every way you can contribute A Dearborn muslim community is like any other muslim community, you gotta make a couple of friends from the inside before you really start to meet everyone. Certainly there will be a few shiachatters who are of Dearborn origin. One member comes to mind: 3laweyaZainabiya She's iraqi and us iraqis are super cool (...for the most part)
  21. Brother Ayuub Salam alaykum, and this might be 8 years too late, but welcome to the brotherhood! The road to enlightenment can be rocky and daunting in the beginning, but once we find the absolute truths we can live by, all the other pieces fall into place quickly. It might help others on the forum if we got a little background on you, so we know how to approach your questions. What's your cultural and religious background? How old are you and what do you do with your life? If there is a specific concept that you wanted to ask, go ahead. It's difficult to address all the questions a person may have, i find it faster and more practical to discuss em one at a time. Your brother in faith : ) Mohammad
  22. I think the water you drink as a child helps immensely. My dad grew up on an island, and i think the level of fluoride and other hard elements in the water was phenomenal. that said, he only had 1 filling his entire life (his dentist said the filling was likely going to need to have a root canal done as it was a temporary thing. that filling is still there, and this was in the 1970's) Brushing teeth helps only so much (as i painfully learned last time i visited my dentist for a 'simple clean and polish'), i ended up with 2 fillings and 2 root canals. the problem he pointed out, was the cavities were in between my teeth, and that no brushing in the world would fix it. That was when i was introduced to the world of (insert magical musical instrumentation here) Flossing
  23. , Salam to everyone here Salam, nice to find another doc on the site. hope your studies continue to go swimmingly, and piece of advice from someone specialising, take a nice speciality where you won't spend your saturday morning (3 am) looking at the contents of a patient's stoma bag. dermatology is much more civil. are you sure it's not too late to go back to dentistry?? the foul mouths can be a turn off, but trust me the good hours and excellent pay will make a difference Anyways, as for me, i'm Mohammad, 26. Working in Queensland at the moment (now in a town where the human to sheep population is 1 to 93.. i just made that up, but it might as well be true).
  24. It's like the Imam (as) says, live for this world like you are living forever (ie think far ahead, plan, accumilate etc), but live for the next world like you are dying tomorrow (ie always be ready for death in terms of religious obligations and asking for forgiveness) It is part of the human condition to want. the only difference between people is what it is they want. some (if not most) chase mainly the fleeting desires of this world, including power, wealth, carnal desires and appetites. In it's essence, there is nothing wrong with wanting these things, and indeed seeking them. the important thing is that these wants (money in the bank, a loving spouse, kids, good job etc) as means to an end, and not the end goal itself. the end goal should always be trying to live a life where one is considered obedient and subservient to The Merciful. Working for this world and seeking the physical bounties is important. a man came to the Imam and informed him that he was living like a monk. the Imam told him the man who brought him food has a higher station in the sight of Allah (SWT). The closest ones to Allah are not foolishly happy for a goodness they get in this world, nor do they get depressed if they miss out on something. They realise their greater purpose and are in a constant state of thankfulness. Ilahi, kafa 3izzan an takuuna li Rabban, wa kafa fakhran an akuuna laka 3abdan My God, it is enough of an honour for you to be my Lord, and it is enough joy for me to be your slave (Imam Hussain (as))
  25. Sorry sister Asyeda if my post isn't pertaining fully to your thread, but this is something important to analyse. This 'piece of cloth' is what was taken off the heads of the Daughters of Rasool Allah (sawa) in Kerbala and while they were in the court of Yazeed. This to Lady Zainab (as), as well to the all the Ahlul Bait (as), was the most heart wrenching tragedy of Kerbala, more so than the mutilation and decapitation of Abi Abdilla (as). Of note this is also where it is dangerous for people who say they just want to follow the Quran without Scholar dogma, they end up interpreting the verses themsleves, usually in such a false light. Sister Sayyeda explained in full detail what arabic culture was like in the past and how the Quran made the cover of the entire body, save face and hands, mandatory. May Allah (SWT) always make us realise our deficits, so we seek knowledge from those who truly have pearls of wisdom in their mind, and love for Allah (SWT) in their hearts. 'Oh Allah, i am ignorant in my knowledge, so how can i not be ignorant in my ignorance?' - Imam Al Hussain (as)
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