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Ibn al-Hassan

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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from haidermpr in Why Stop At Only 12 Imams? An Intellectual Query   
    (bismillah)
    The question of why only 12 Imams is a difficult one to answer. I would consider this a non-rational element of our beliefs. That is to say that our rational faculty could not possibly deduce why only 12. For the same question could be posed in regards to why only 124,000 prophets. Why not keep that same system of guidance of prophethood till the Day of Resurrection. It's one that we simply do not possess the ability to rationalize. As I could say that 13 Imams would have been better and provided a case as to why it would have been so. And another person could bring forth an argument in which 1 Imam would be the best scenario. Only Allah (سبحانه و تعالى) knows and His Wisdom cannot be comprehended.
    However, what we can do, like you mentioned in your post, is to rationally concluded that an Imam must exist and that he must be infallible (at the very least in regards to his action and words). So, rationally speaking, we could say that Allah ( سبحانه و تعالى) must provide us with Divine Guidance at all times and for that to be relatable to humans (i.e. The guidance must also come in human form). With this, we try and live according to the famous and widely-acknowledged hadith of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). The hadith which states that one must adhere to two forms of Divine Guidance in order to stay clear from error, The Noble Qur'an and the Ahlul Bayt (as). This reaffirms our rationally-derived statement that Allah ( سبحانه و تعالى) must provide us with humans who can guide us to the right path. And His Book to act as a miracle proving the veracity of their claim as "heirs to the Prophet (pbuh)" (i.e. they must not contradict the dictates of His Book).
    So, yes we can conclude that an Imam must exist at all times to guide the Ummah. However, such questions as to how he guides the Ummah, how many Imams there are, who exactly are they, how much knowledge do they have, what is their status and position, along with thousands of other theological queries cannot be rationally-derived. For these questions, we must refer to the traditions that have so far reached us. Hope this helps.
    (wasalam)

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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from DutchSeeker in Why Do Some Or Most Sunnis Hate Bashar Al Assad?   
    His family has ruled the country for the last forty years. You can only imagine the kind of political power he has assumed for himself and to what extent he's willing to hold on to his throne. He's a dictator, simple as that. It's about people wanting a more fair, transparent government. However, the media makes it a Shi'ite vs. Sunni thing, even though I certainly would not call Assad a "Shi'ite". Iran and many of the scholars there support the regime of Assad as it's pro-Hezbollah and, more importantly, anti-Israel. So, they're willing to overlook his crimes because they would have a lot to lose if he goes down. That's why most Shi'ite favor Assad or, at least, show a disinterest in the uprisings.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from P. Ease in A Timely Discussion On Ethical Issues In Islam   
    Interesting talk. I would also like to recommend the following lecture titled "The Nature of Morality and Purpose of Shari'a" that gives another perspective on how to approach ethical issues in Islam. These contemporary debates in many ways mimic the polemics of classical Islamic thought.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Jafri213 in Shaving The Beard   
    It is sunnah to trim (not shave) the mustache. And keeping the rest of the beard longer is likewise recommended. I really don't understand why a big beard is now associated with Salafis / Wahabis. You can still keep it clean (you know fix up the neck area and the hair on the upper cheeks) while also letting it grow...
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Ali Musaaa :) in Does Mysticism And Sufism Have A Place In Islam?   
    If it is deviant, then it's certainly not something within Islam. The debate is whether or not Mysticism, Sufism, and even Philosophy is something outside of the teachings of Islam. It's important to understand, though, that in the context of the hadith, the Imams [as] are referring to a group of people identified as Sufis and philosophers. They were teaching things contrary to what the Imams [as] were preaching. Not only that, but they were not the representatives of Allah (swt), so it would be incorrect for a believer to refer to them in matters of religion. They would be speculating about such matters and overstepping the Imam's authority.
    That being said, terms are important here. Islam does have a spiritual aspect to it and even contains within it philosophy (sometimes referred to as hikmat, wisdom). However, for a Muslim and, more specifically, a Shi'ah this philosophy and this spirituality is something that has to be imbedded within the teachings of the Masumeen [as] themselves. We don't want something foreign or external to that. The problem, though, is that many claim that these teachings, Sufism and philosophy, are inline with the teachings of the Masumeen [as]. This would basically be the stance of people like Mulla Sadra and in contemporary times, Allamah Tabatabai. So, depending on the lenses by which they interpret the Qur'an and the Sunna, they claim that what they teach is very much a part of Islam. It's the deeper, esoteric aspect of those teaching. And to arrive at this conclusion, one needs to engage in philosophy and mysticism (irfan).
    These videos may be of some help to you in your research (although, the lecturer seems to be inclined to the philosophical and mystical tradition, he does present the material in a fairly balanced manner).
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    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Abul Hussain Hassani in Why Do Some Or Most Sunnis Hate Bashar Al Assad?   
    His family has ruled the country for the last forty years. You can only imagine the kind of political power he has assumed for himself and to what extent he's willing to hold on to his throne. He's a dictator, simple as that. It's about people wanting a more fair, transparent government. However, the media makes it a Shi'ite vs. Sunni thing, even though I certainly would not call Assad a "Shi'ite". Iran and many of the scholars there support the regime of Assad as it's pro-Hezbollah and, more importantly, anti-Israel. So, they're willing to overlook his crimes because they would have a lot to lose if he goes down. That's why most Shi'ite favor Assad or, at least, show a disinterest in the uprisings.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from NaveenHussain in Sevener Musawi Waqifism   
    At first, I didn't think much of it. However, today I noticed how there was mention of al-Kadhim [as] and al-Rida [as] but no [as] after the latter Imam. And how there was an attempt to research into the seemingly few companions of the former joining the camp of the latter. Anyways, I just wanted to hear it from the 'man' himself about what's going in. As per the author's own new change of heart (although, I don't quite understand why we're speaking so discretely), I don't really care. Everyone is ultimately held accountable for their own beliefs, it just would have been courteous for 'him' to let us common folks know before shaking things up so abruptly. If it's true he has adopted a new set of beliefs, it's certainly nothing new. Kafir, Buddhist, Sunni, Salafi, Ismaili, Zaydi, Ithna Asheri, Musawi Waqifi, Evangelical Quaker, Fundamentalist Mormon, ... whatever floats your boat. Doesn't really matter. We can agree to disagree. Anyways, I have recieved some messages to delete the thread, lest people find out. But, if your faith hinges on the opinion of some other fallible person, no greater than yourself, you've got bigger issues. Let's embrace the diversity and stand firm on our principles and sound arguments. Doubt only leads to more certainty, provided you seek knowledge in the right places.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Gotham in Happy Birthday   
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Waiting for HIM in Sufis And Shias We Are Brothers.   
    Sufism as a particular school of thought has no concern for Shi'ahs. We don't emulate anyone apart from the Masumeen [as]. If we believe they actually said 'such and such' thing, then we take it from them without question. So, Sufism as a particular order or school of thought, like that of Ibn `Arabi's for example, is not the same thing as Shi'ism. However, what they do share is the esoteric dimension of Islam. This stands in contrast to Sunni orthodoxy. At least historically-speaking, Sufism was derived from Shi'ism, early Shi'ism that is. Actually, early Shi'ism is considered the par excellence of esoterism in Islam. Considering, it was the first sect to attach themselves to and collect the sayings of Imam `Ali [as] and the subsequent imams thereafter. Which is why Sufis all claim their orders go back to the Prophet [sawa] through the Shi'ite Imams. What these Imams had to say was of a particular metaphysical and mystical interest to those who would later become Sufis. However, this is not to say that anything a Sufi says is false or at odds with Shi'ism per se. In fact, interesting is that alot of their metaphysical and mystical interpretations of Islamic concepts can be derived from the Shi'ite Imams, themselves, albeit not in a very systematic manner. At least this is one interpretation of the early Shi'i tradition. There is heavy debate regarding this, though. Mohammad Ali Amir-Moezzi's The Divine Guide in Early Shi'ism provides a systematic interpretation of the early Shi'i tradition as deeply esoteric, long before the establishment of Sufism. Quite an interesting read.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Ali-F in Science: Men With Beards To Be Most Attractive   
    We've really got to stop trying to provide a scientific basis for everything in Islam, when it's clearly not there. And why should there be?
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from notme in Science: Men With Beards To Be Most Attractive   
    It's okay, I wasn't going to give you a roundhouse kick to the face or anything. ;)
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Gotham in University !   
    (bismillah)
    Whatever you choose to study, be the best at what you do.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Ali Musaaa :) in Sayyid Rohani's Views Of Sayyid Khu'i   
    (bismillah)
    I have a copy of his book, The Prolegomena to the Qur'an, in English. I managed to snatch a good deal on Amazon. I've only read through the first 50 pages so far, but the book is very enlightening. He is definitely one of the greatest scholars we've had. May Allah bless his soul.
    Here is an excerpt from his book.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Mu3lam in Usama Abd Ghani:khamanie Is Better Than All Ulama   
    I consider an apolitical stance during the ghayba of the Imam [as] to be the most reasonable position to take. Ultimately, no government is legit until and unless it is ruled by the Masum. The ahadith of Imams [as] seem fairly clear to me on this issue. So, one can be involved in promoting good governance through Islamic morals and ethics without necessarily advocating or pushing for any one particular political structure. I'm just not convinced that slapping on the title of "Islamic Republic" makes that government somehow legitimate and thereby making it the undisputed flag bearer of the faith. Basically, I'm against political theory mixing itself into religiously doctrinal beliefs and taking center stage. Allahu 'Alam.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Mu3lam in Usama Abd Ghani:khamanie Is Better Than All Ulama   
    ...But it's not just Yasser Habib fans who are unhappy about the overwhelming politicalization of the Shi'i faith. Yasser Habib and his crew is a whole other issue.
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from guest040515 in A Heart Of Discontent   
    (bismillah)



    A Heart of Discontent
    Chained in the shackles of distress and misery, feeling lost in captivity
    My soul burned and blazed, torched with a fire of unbearable intensity
    The oceans overflow with tears, as my body is inflicted with an unforgiving calamity
    Minds cannot comprehend this suffering, an overwhelming dreadful atrocity
    A horrible plague that’s spread all over me, slowly eating away my delicate flesh
    The more I look into it, the more it leaves me confused and perplexed
    Hopeless and despaired, I finally turn to an all too forgotten sacred text
    A book of guidance, a much-needed remedy, gently pressing it against my chest
    I forever yearn for that splendid aroma, an utterly sweet and pleasant fragrance
    A scent so intoxicatingly elegant, emanating from a truly Divine essence
    O, how I long for you, my master, my only wish is to sit in your sacred presence
    I plead my Lord day and night, humbly requesting Him to hasten your reappearance
    But, what shall I do in this lonely world whilst you are absent?
    Grief-stricken and sorrowful, what shall I do with a heart of discontent?
    Of what use am I, lost in the desolate plains of bewilderment?
    What did I do to deserve this cruel and tormenting punishment?
    With a body, so battered and bruised, my master, what can I possibly do?
    Oppressed and helpless, all I ask is for you to make your long awaited debut
    I pray to the Lord of the Heavens and Earth, to Him belongs All-praise
    That He grants me an honorable death, at your side I wish to spend my final days
    I dream of nothing more than to join your brave and valiant army
    Fighting and struggling to catch another glimpse of your radiant face, so delightful and lovely
    My blood smeared across your blessed hands, as I reach the exalted rank of martyrdom
    Alas, I have left this God-forsaken world, ready to enter His beautiful and magnificent kingdom
    by
    ~ Al-Hassan ~
    10/21/12
    (wasalam)

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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from بعيد in Baby Buried Alive In Mid-East...   
    Thank you brother for this very uninformative and irrelevant post.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Abdul Qaim in Sayeed Qaswini: Belives In Tahreef? Video   
    Not very shocking considering that this belief was quite popular among the early Imami community, even so amongst the proto-Sunni majority, and since there existed several other versions. Not only that, but I'm fairly sure they didn't trust a munafiq with the task of faithfully compiling together the entirety of the Qur'an as it was revealed, especially when he's running around burning out other vulgates like his predecessors did to the house of our Noble Lady عليه السلام. That being said, there's much dispute regarding just how these alleged interpolations made their way into Shi'i hadith compilations, some suggesting they're authentic statements of the Imams عليه السلام regarding the tampering of the original text, others  claim that some of the narrations are true but are intended to be taken in non-literal manner, and yet others are of the view that the bulk of those ahadith are fabrications, falsely attributed to the Imams عليه السلام with some claiming them to have first arose out of the proto-Sunni masses. Allahu 'Alam.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from CLynn in Christianity And Praising God With Music   
    I don't know about musical instruments, but I recently started delving into the Bible and I love the Psalms of David. They're so eloquent.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Christianlady in Christianity And Praising God With Music   
    I don't know about musical instruments, but I recently started delving into the Bible and I love the Psalms of David. They're so eloquent.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Ali Musaaa :) in Christianity And Praising God With Music   
    I don't know about musical instruments, but I recently started delving into the Bible and I love the Psalms of David. They're so eloquent.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Inquisitor in Is It True If Women Denies Her Husband..he Hit Her   
    How is this a stupid question? The poor guy just heard something and wants to get a straight-foward answer. If you can't say any more than what you've said (without any evidence or reasoning which is what he's probably asking for), then perhaps you shouldn't bother posting.
     
    I don't have the ahadith on me, but I recall that the "beating" referred to in the ayah of the Qur'an is contextualized to mean "beating with a miswak" and that no harm shall be caused. Plus, that's only after admonishing and distancing oneself in bed.
     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from ireallywannaknow in The Gladiator Fan Club   
    Welcome to the Gladiator Fan Club!
     
    Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm,
     
    Thanks to the brilliant brother who started this recent thread, we have come to know of a number of other brothers and sisters who hold the firm belief that the film Gladiator is indeed the greatest movie ever made (and most likely ever will be made). Unfortunately, they have long held this belief in secret, afraid to speak the truth, forced to practice taqiyyah due to the overwhelming number of Star Wars fanboys on SC (you all know who you are). Alhamdulillah, with the few members who have been bold enough to take the initiative to declare the truth of this matter, I felt it appropriate to start a fan club here, dedicated to this amazing film. Insha'Allah, this is open to all Shi'ahs, Sunnis, and those from other religious backgrounds. Anything relevant to the film is allowed, be it sharing an epic quote, posting an awesome video clip, or just discussing a particularly cool scene. Please leave the bashing and other religious issues at the door. We are all Gladiator fans here and we ought to be united as one. It is our duty to make the truth available to all, especially our dear brothers and sisters who are misguided in their infatuation with the Star Wars saga. May Allah عز و جل guide them to the truth.
     
    Remember, "Brothers (and sisters too), what we do in life echoes in eternity."
     
     

     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Ali_Hussain in The Gladiator Fan Club   
    Welcome to the Gladiator Fan Club!
     
    Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm,
     
    Thanks to the brilliant brother who started this recent thread, we have come to know of a number of other brothers and sisters who hold the firm belief that the film Gladiator is indeed the greatest movie ever made (and most likely ever will be made). Unfortunately, they have long held this belief in secret, afraid to speak the truth, forced to practice taqiyyah due to the overwhelming number of Star Wars fanboys on SC (you all know who you are). Alhamdulillah, with the few members who have been bold enough to take the initiative to declare the truth of this matter, I felt it appropriate to start a fan club here, dedicated to this amazing film. Insha'Allah, this is open to all Shi'ahs, Sunnis, and those from other religious backgrounds. Anything relevant to the film is allowed, be it sharing an epic quote, posting an awesome video clip, or just discussing a particularly cool scene. Please leave the bashing and other religious issues at the door. We are all Gladiator fans here and we ought to be united as one. It is our duty to make the truth available to all, especially our dear brothers and sisters who are misguided in their infatuation with the Star Wars saga. May Allah عز و جل guide them to the truth.
     
    Remember, "Brothers (and sisters too), what we do in life echoes in eternity."
     
     

     
    (wasalam)
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    Ibn al-Hassan got a reaction from Haji 2003 in The Gladiator Fan Club   
    Welcome to the Gladiator Fan Club!
     
    Bismi-llāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm,
     
    Thanks to the brilliant brother who started this recent thread, we have come to know of a number of other brothers and sisters who hold the firm belief that the film Gladiator is indeed the greatest movie ever made (and most likely ever will be made). Unfortunately, they have long held this belief in secret, afraid to speak the truth, forced to practice taqiyyah due to the overwhelming number of Star Wars fanboys on SC (you all know who you are). Alhamdulillah, with the few members who have been bold enough to take the initiative to declare the truth of this matter, I felt it appropriate to start a fan club here, dedicated to this amazing film. Insha'Allah, this is open to all Shi'ahs, Sunnis, and those from other religious backgrounds. Anything relevant to the film is allowed, be it sharing an epic quote, posting an awesome video clip, or just discussing a particularly cool scene. Please leave the bashing and other religious issues at the door. We are all Gladiator fans here and we ought to be united as one. It is our duty to make the truth available to all, especially our dear brothers and sisters who are misguided in their infatuation with the Star Wars saga. May Allah عز و جل guide them to the truth.
     
    Remember, "Brothers (and sisters too), what we do in life echoes in eternity."
     
     

     
    (wasalam)
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