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  1. I converted to Islam not to long ago and am learning to pray, but I have a hard time finding Shia Mosques in my area, could someone help me? I live in the Tampa area, preferably near St.Petersburg, but I will travel if I have to.
  2. Osiyo fellow humans. I thought, instead of posting in my greetings post more, I should start a topic in this place, as I have reviewed the guidelines and realized the rules suggest appropriate location of threads. Recently I have been writing something, I guess one could call it magic as it focuses intent and places investment in will. It is also an understanding I suppose. I apologize if this is difficult for some to see/focus on. It was written with a shiny ink and eagle feather. I call this Heaven's Gate, and it is positioned (the prayer or invocation) behind a grouping of minor sigils, which in terms for me, minor is like realm or reality or understanding. I will post when I have photograph of this. I promise, this is not profanity, and is not an attempt to challenge anyone's views. I have a key for the symbols but not photograph of it yet. The first line says, I stand with a lion's fist and pray send you understanding. I have already memorized the symbols, so translation is possible for me to do very quickly if requested/required. Anyways, I wanted to share this.
  3. What you have learned in today's friday sermon? Would you like to share? I myself attended the friday prayer at a Brelvi Mosque. Where khatib was telling the benefits of speaking the truth even at times of difficulties. And was telling some merits/powers of Shaikh Abdul Qadir Jeelani rehmatullah alaihe. To which I totally disagree with him. And in first Rakah he recited Surah Jumah verses 9-11 and in second Surah Kauthar. “The best of days on which the sun has risen is Friday. One this day Adam was created, and on this day he was descended to earth.” (Saheeh Bukhari) W.salam
  4. Assalamu 'alaikum, I have spent the whole morning looking for a cloth for my turbah, like these ones; http://mecollectibles.com/en/134-turbah-cloth, I was going to buy one from there but the shipping is crazily expensive and they don't ship to Sweden, so I'm wondering if anybody knows where I can buy a cloth similar to that, that isn't very expensive. I tried looking on ebay and amazon but I can't find anything there.
  5. Alsalamu Alaykum The Messenger of Allah (saw) said: "For everything there is a face and the face of your religion is prayers. So see to it that none from amongst you damages and disfigures the face of his religion." (Source: Biharul Anwar, Volume 82, Page 209) & “If Your Salaat is accepted then all your other deeds /Aamal are accepted" Before responding this question, we shall know that Salat or Namaz is the most important and a complete system of worship in Islam. Literal meaning of salat is DUA. Considering salat as insignificant or taking it lightly (Istekhfaf-e-Salat) is a major sin. A person, who offers salat, but does not care about the masail (rules and laws) of salat, is like one who considers salat as insignificant. For some persons, the lack of knowledge of some masail of salat, wudu and ghusl, may be an acceptable excuse, but for many other persons, the lack of knowledge is no excuse, and the Islamic sharia may require such persons, in some cases, even to repeat the salat of whole life with the correct method. Hence it is necessary for every Muslim to know and understand the masail of salat carefully so that he gains full benefit of this act of worship and he is also not considered as one who is careless about salat. However, concerning to the above mentioned question, we shall know that according to Islamic rules in this regard, closing the eyes during prayer is permissible but it is Makrooh (undesirable), it means it is better to leave that during praying. Read more in; http://www.sistani.org/english/qa/01280/page/2/#14915 http://www.islamic-laws.com/salaat.htm
  6. Assalamu alaikum, My question is pretty simple but it is something I haven't really understood about qunoot. When you do qunoot, can you make du'a in your own language or make dhikr (for example repeating astaghfirullah a few times or something similar) or do you have to recite a 'regular' du'a from the Quran, such as this one; RABBANAAA AATINAA FIDDUNYAA H’ASANATAW WA FIL AAKHIRATI H’ASANATAW WA QINAA A’D’AABAN NAAR I have always recited this du'a when doing qunoot but someone told me you can just ask Allah for forgiveness in your own words and I'm wondering if this is true or not?
  7. Salam There is consensus amongst Shias and Sunnis that fajr begins when there is a faint glow of the morning Sun across the horizon, before the Sun actually rises above the horizon. This is referred to in the verse in Surah Baqara v187: وَكُلُوا وَاشْرَبُوا حَتَّىٰ يَتَبَيَّنَ لَكُمُ الْخَيْطُ الْأَبْيَضُ مِنَ الْخَيْطِ الْأَسْوَدِ مِنَ الْفَجْرِ And eat and drink until the white thread becometh distinct to you from the black thread of the dawn. The white thread of dawn referred to in the verse is that faint glow of white across the horizon. This was fairly easy to see in the past when people lived in small communities without loads of buildings in the way, and without modern day light pollution. For most of us today, its a lot harder if not impossible to determine the start of fajr directly, so we rely on prayer timetables. Unfortunately there is no agreement amongst prayer timetables as to the start of fajr, with both Sunni and Shia timetables disagreeing with each other on the exact time. The disagreement basically boils down to what angle the Sun has to be below the horizon before the condition mentioned in the above verse is met, namely the appearance of a white thread across the horizon. Some say fajr begins when the Sun is 18 degrees below the horizon- this is known as the astronomical twilight. Others, such as Sayyid Muhammad Rizvi believe that fajr begins when the Sun is 12 degrees below the horizon- this is the nautical twilight. See here : https://www.al-islam.org/articles/al-fajr-sadiq-new-perspective-sayyid-muhammad-rizvi I've checked najaf.orgs timings against different angles, and cant seem to figure out what their method is : http://astro.ukho.gov.uk/surfbin/placefinder_beta.cgi?program=Prayers&ticket=d57af32f57c40e74 Recently, the OpenFajr project based in Birmingham has tried to determine the exact timing of fajr using a 180 degree camera, and a panel of experts, including the Seminary in Najaf (according to their paper). They have found that the timing of fajr isnt fixed to a particular angle of the Sun below the horizon, but seems to vary from 12 to 15 degrees in Birmingham. It could be different in other parts of the world. See here : http://www.openfajr.org/#about All this presents us with 2 problems: When are we supposed to pray fajr, and when do we begin our fasts? I havent been able to find anything from Sayid Sistani [ha] other than the general rule in the above verse. Caution seems to dictate that we pray at 12 degrees, but then when do we begin our fast? We can do Imsak, but for what time period? On Jan 1st in London, the Sun is at 12 degrees at 6.43am, and is at 15 degrees at 6.23, so 20mins Imsak gets us 3 degrees extra. But this is different at different times of the year Any suggestions or corrections welcome.
  8. Salam. May Allah Swt bless us all on these nights of Qadr. If anyone here has duas for clarity in times of confusion please share them. W JazakAllah kheir
  9. Assalamu 3alaykum. On the basis that there is dream interpretation by Imam Jaffar al Sadiq (As) as well as there being real dreams (in exclusion to nafsi and shaytanic inspired dreams) if you are pure when Allah Swt raises the souls when we are sleeping (As mentioned in the Holy Quran), Is there a specific dua one can make to rely on Allah Swt to see a dream for guidance, the Imams (As), the Prophet (Sawa), a hint of the future or something symbolic? I personally have heard of experiences where people have had dreams that ended up being something true or two people having the same or similar dream of something that potentionally had meaning. JazakAllah kheir.
  10. Assalamualaykom, I am 15 years old and have not prayed for about 3 years. Inshallah I am hoping to make up for these prayers but I would like to now how many prayers I must complete, in what order and how I must complete them inshallah. I admit that i did not pray due to pure laziness and obsession to this dunya but I have realized that this is wrong and inshallah I will stay on the right path.
  11. Sallam! According to what I learnt from my sunni school, non-obligatory prayers, including the fard prayers done at a young age, can take the place of fard prayers which have been neglected during the years of adolescence. Is this true? Wassallam
  12. As-salāmu ʿalaykum, though I greet others with it, I sometime feel that I need it the most. Anyone can please suggest a dua or verse to be recited when one is angry and wants to suppress his anger? I sometimes get too pessimistic with the proems in life and do not how to approach the almighty lord in the proper way. Please suggest some good supplications to recite during times of stress.
  13. Asalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu- Hello brothers and sisters. I have a former coworker, an older Sindhi man, that sends me salaams every morning and calls me every week or so. We both worked at an Indo-Pak restaurant/grocery store together for awhile and still keep in touch. He's a sweet man, always saying he misses me in the little bit of English he knows. The only issue is that he was quite saddened when I began following the Ahl-ul-Bayt. There is a bit of a language barrier between us, so I was hoping that maybe some of you here might be of assistance. I've tried explaining that we have 5 prayers, but that even in Sunni references there is no error in joining dhuhr with asr and maghrib with isha. I'm not quite sure he understands what I'm saying, though. Also, like many Sunnis, he's pretty caught up with the "ya Ali" thing. I'm new to Shiism myself, so could hardly explain this kind of thing to him in English let alone Urdu or Sindhi. Anyway... I was looking for some help. It's not that I'm necessarily trying to guide him to Shiism, that's not my job. Allah, inshallah, will see to that. However, I'd like at least to be able to explain to him that he's misunderstanding Shiism from even the Sunni perspective. I realize that he is more than likely Hanafi, so no amount of ahadith will probably change his views on joining prayers at home. I should also mention that we are over 1200 miles away from each other, he in Louisiana and me in Michigan. You can reply here, or feel free to send me a message if you have any ideas. Jazakallah khayr Khoda hafiz
  14. I've just been on the phone to the Police because a girl on Facebook contacted me saying that had been raped by her boyfriend and he won't let her leave the house. I tried to get her address but she was too scared to tell me and now I can't get in contact with her at all. Please could we all make du'a for her? I'm worried sick
  15. Can you pray if you are wounded? If yes, how can you make wudu if there is a bandaid or something covering the wound? (Injured in hand, leg or head)
  16. Salam. I am currently at university and tend to stay there for around 10 hours each day. This obviously means I am required to use the toilet frequently. However, due to the large usage of these toilets, it is not always hygienic to sit down and urinate. Anyone have any advice as to possible solutions? The prayer hall is far away and walking there every single time I need to use the toilet is very very time consuming. Is it haram to urinate whilst standing?
  17. As. Can someone help me with what do we say in jammah? I have never tried it and i dont know what its obligatory. Like should is say Surah al fatiha and surah al ikhlas? or no? And should i say something in sujood or no? And qunoot or no etc.
  18. Assalamualaikum. I am a new convert to Shia Islam, alhamdulillah. I am a female living in Birmingham, UK and I don't know any Shia muslims at the moment so I haven't been able to get a turbah to prostrate on. So first off, does anyone know where I can get one? But I've been wondering is a turbah compulsory because up til now I've been prostrating on paper.
  19. Salaam alaikum brothers and sisters! I had a question regarding the reasoning behind women standing behind men in prayers (for both married couples and in congregations). I am currently conducting research regarding the Symbolism of Salat for my symbolism class in the university. I was wondering the reasoning behind this positioning. I know from a logical standpoint it makes complete sense (I would never want to do sujood in front of man) but I want to know what is the Islamic reasoning. If possible include hadiths or any other form of justification. My professor is interested in the reasoning so I would like some evidence to support this. I wasn't sure if there are jurisdiction regarding this or hadiths. Thank you! Salaam
  20. Salaam brothers and sisters! I recently heard something alarming, and hopefully false. My friend's husband said that Sunnis cannot attend Shiite mosques because their prayers will be invalidated. What? Is this even true? Her husband is Salafi, so I am assuming this is a Salafi belief and not off the respect Sunni schools. Please help clear up this issue. My assumption, which hopefully is false, is that they believe they cannot pray in our mosques because they don't believe we are Muslim estagfurillah. Salaam (:
  21. Salaam alaikum respected brothers and sisters. I will keep this brief (I love ranting). I know that us Shiites derive our standing position in prayer--with hands at sides--from the concept of the natural standing position (Maliki Sunnis follow this as well and derive theres from the traditions of the people of Medina. So I would like a hadith supporting this, showing that Muhammad (s.a.w.) prayed in this manner. I usually use Al-Islam.org for this information, but the articles tend to be lengthy and overwhelming, so I would appreciate hadiths from my brothers and sisters. Thank you, salaam!
  22. Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmatullahi Wa Barakatuhu! I can't find a website that tells about the 2015 Lahore Shia Prayer Timings. Can anyone tell me? Also, I read that in Arabic it is "Duaad" not "Zuaad". But, many people say that Sunni's recite "Duaad" and Shias should say "Zuaad". What to do?
  23. salams, i've seen many people look up during prayer, especially when saying takbirs, coming up from ruku and mainly in qunoot. i was wondering if this is allowed because i've seen somewhere that you'll go blind if you look elsewhere from the place of sujood/turbah
  24. Sallam, Serious but ridiculous question, what is the Qibla in North America? I just Googled it and it said South-East and I have been prayer North-East all my life. Also I've been praying with the wrong Qibla at work for the longest time, so before I correct it I need to know what the Qibla is.
  25. Salam Alaikoum, I would like to give a brief history on my situation before seeking assistance. I am a shi'i muslim born, but my parents weren't practicing muslims and didn't teach me the steps for prayers. We were living in a sunni muslim country early in my life. I learned the steps for prayers the sunni way back then. However, in my early teen age year, we moved to another country with no islamic teaching in school. All these things, in addition to laziness by me, has led me to not pray. So currently I am in my mid 20s and I decided to start praying. Most guides state extra optional things to do before and during prayers. I don't wish to do the extra optional things at this stage. So my understanding is that these are the compulsory steps. Ghusl: 1- Immerse whole body in water (Does a bath in the bathroom work?) OR 1- clean every najasat (semen) 2- Wash head to neck 3- Wash right side of body from shoulder to foot 4- Wash left side of body from shoulder to foot Wudu: 1- Niyya: I am seeking closeness to Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì 2- Wash face completely from forehead to chin using right hand 3- Wash right arm completely from elbow to finger-tips using left hand 4- Wash left arm completely from elbow to finger-tips using right hand Don't use extra water after here 5- Use right hand to wash from the top of your head till just before forehead 6- Use right hand to wash your right foot from toe-tips till ankle 7- Use left hand to wash your left foot from toe-tips till ankle Does any marjeh allow shower without wudu? Prayer: I- Rakah 1: 1- Niyya: I offer this [prayer-name] prayer [number-of-rak3at] rak3at seeking closeness to Allah 2- Stand. Lift hand to ear. AllahuAkbar 3- Arms down say Fatiha then Ikhlas 4- AllahuAkbar 5- Ruku3. Subahana rabiya al 3azeem wa bihamdih 6- Stand. Sami3a Allah li man hamida. AllahuAkbar 7- Sujud. Subhana rabiya al A3la wa bihamdih 8- Sit. AllahuAkbar 9- Repeat 7 and 8 II: Rakah 2: 1- Repeat step 2-9 from Rakah 1 2- Tashahud 3- In Fajr only: Finishing III: Rakah 3: 1- Repeat step 2-9 from Rakah 1 but in step 3 no Ikhlas. 2- In Maghrib only: Tashahud + Finishing IV: Rakah 4: 1- Repeat step 2-9 from Rakah 1 but in step 3 no Ikhlas. 2- Tashahud + Finishing #Tashahud: 1- Ashhadu ana la illaha ila Allah wahdahoo la sharika lahoo. 2- Ashhdu ana mohamadan abduhu wa Rasoolahu. 3- Allahuma Salli 3ala Mohamad w 3ala alee Mohamad. #Finishing: 1- Assalamu 3alayka ayuhu al nabiyo wa rahmatu Allahi wa barakatuh 2- Assalamu 3alayna wa 3ala 3ibadi Allah saleheen 3- Assalamu Alaykom wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu If i want to do missed prayers, do I have to say anything extra? Also do I have to do the missed prayer at the same timeslot of the actual prayer or at anytime? I would like from anyone to check if there is any mistake in them and answer the extra questions I have asked. Please make sure that I didn't miss any compulsory oral or physical action. Thank you
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