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  1. (salam) http://www.ziyaraat.net/findbook.asp Share links you know please.
  2. I used to be a Muslim and am now an agnostic, i am close to converting back to Islam, Shia Islam in particular. However one issue bothers me. The Shia Hadeeth state something inaccurate scientifically. in Al Kafi a Hadeeth that is SAHIH by the ranking of Al-Majlisi states: I asked Abu Abdillah what is the (nutfah, Arabic: نطفة ) sperm drop's characteristics it is defined by? He stated: Tge sperm drop is like a thick phlegm and it stays in THE WOMB OF THE MOTHER for 40 days. I asked what is the characteristic did the (Alaqah علقة) Blood Clot? He stated it is like a clot of blood after Hijamah and it stays in the womb for 40 days...the Hadeeth This is a scientific inaccuracy: 1) The sperm drop is fertilized in 24 hours 2) The Embryo of 40 days (Carnegie Stage 16) does not look remotely like a thick Phlegm neither does it look like a thick phlegm in 20 days or 30 days, and the SAHIH Hadeeth states that the Nutfah is in the womb for 40 days, but the embryo does not look like a Nutfah for 30 days let alone 20 3) The embryo never looks like a blood clot, let alone during 40-80 days after fertilization
  3. Salam Alaykum, I've been wondering if there are any hadiths that both the Sunnis and the Shias have in common? In other words, do Shias accept any of the Sunni hadiths? Of course, Wikipedia isn't reliable a source, but it says the following in the Shia-Sunni relations article: Is this true? What hadiths might those be? :-P Thanks!
  4. For anyone who is in denial that it is not in their books and needs to see it for themselves: Mu’awiya asks Sa’d to curse Ali (as) We read in Sahih Muslim: عن عامر بن سعد بن أبي وقاص، عن أبيه، قال أمر معاوية بن أبي سفيان سعدا فقال ما منعك أن تسب أبا التراب فقال أما ما ذكرت ثلاثا قالهن له رسول الله صلى الله عليه وسلم فلن أسبه لأن تكون لي واحدة منهن ۔۔۔ This hadith has been narrated on the authority of Shu’ba with the same chain of transmitters. Amir b. Sa’d b. Abi Waqqas reported on the authority of his father that Muawiya b. Abi Sufyin appointed Sa’d as the Governor and said: What prevents you from abusing Abu Turab (Hadrat ‘Ali), whereupon be said : It is because of three things which I remember Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) having said about him that I would not abuse him and even if I find one of those three things for me, it would be more dear to me than the red camelg. I heard Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) say about ‘Ali as he left behind hrin in one of his campaigns (that was Tabuk). ‘All said to him: Allah’s Messenger, you leave me behind along with women and children. Thereupon Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) said to him: Aren’t you satisfied with being unto me what Aaron was unto Moses but with this exception that there is no prophethood after me. And I (also) heard him say on the Day of Khaibar: I would certainly give this standard to a person who loves Allah and his Messenger and Allah and his Messenger love him too. He (the narrator) said: We have been anxiously waiting for it, when he (the Holy Prophet) said: Call ‘Ali. He was called and his eyes were inflamed. He applied saliva to his eyes and handed over the standard to him, and Allah gave him victory. (The third occasion is this) when the (following) verse was revealed: “Let us summon our children and your children.” Allah’s Messenger (may peace be upon him) called ‘Ali, Fatima, Hasan and Husain and said: O Allah, they are my family." - Sahih Muslim, Chapter of Virtues of Companions, Section of Virtues of Ali, Book 31, Number 5915 Ibn Kathir, a high ranking scholar from Ahlus Sunnah records: وقال أبو زرعة الدمشقي : ثنا أحمد بن خالد الذهبي أبو سعيد ، ثنا محمد بن إسحاق ، عن عبد الله بن أبي نجيح ، عن أبيه قال : لما حج معاوية أخذ بيد سعد بن أبي وقاص فقال : يا أبا إسحاق ، إنا قوم قد أجفانا هذا الغزو عن الحج حتى كدنا أن ننسى بعض سننه ، فطف نطف بطوافك . قال : فلما فرغ أدخله دار الندوة ، فأجلسه معه على سريره ، ثم ذكر علي بن أبي طالب فوقع فيه ، فقال : أدخلتني دارك ، وأجلستني على سريرك ، ثم وقعت في علي تشتمه ؟ When Mu’awiya went for Hajj, he held the hand of Sa’d bin Abi Waqas and said to him: ‘Oh Abi Ishaq! We are the people who abandoned Hajj because of wars until we almost forgot some of its laws, so we performed Tawaf (circumambulation) to imitate your Tawaf’. When they completed (the hajj), he (Muawiya) entered upon him (Sa’d) in a conference room and sat with him on his sofa, then he (Muawiya) mentioned Ali bin Abi Talib and cursed him. He (Sa’d) said: ‘You brought me to your house and made me sit on your sofa and then you have begun to curse Ali?’ - Al Bidayah wa al Nahayah, Volume 7 page 341, Chapter: The virtues of Ali عن سعد بن أبي وقاص قال قدم معاوية في بعض حجاته فدخل عليه سعد فذكروا عليا فنال منه فغضب سعد وقال تقول هذا “On his way to Hajj, Sa’d met Mu’awiya and his companions mentioned Ali upon which Mu’awiya cursed him, Sa’d got angry and asked ‘why do you say such things?’” Esteemed scholar of Salafi Sect Shaykh Al-albaani graded the Hadith as ‘Sahih’ [Reference in Sahih Sunan Ibn Majah by Albani, Volume 1 page 26] al-Tabari reported: "When Muawiya Ibn Abi Sufyan put al-Mughairah Ibn Shu’ba in charge of Kufah in Jumada 41 (September 2- October 30, 661), he summoned him. After praising and glorifying God, he said: “Now then, indeed a forbearing person has been admonished in the past… The wise might do what you want without instruction. Although I have wanted to advise you about many things, I left them alone, trusting in your discernment of what pleases me, what helps my regime and what sets my subjects [raiyyah] on the right path. I would continue to advise you about a quality of yours- do not refrain from abusing Ali and criticizing him, not from asking God’s mercy upon Uthman and His forgiveness for him. Continue to shame the companions of Ali, keep at a distance, and don’t listen to them. Praise the faction of Uthman, bring them near, and listen to them." - History of Tabari, English version, events of year 51 AH, Execution of Hujr Ibn Adi, v18, pp 122-123 Sunni Imam Ibn Jareer Tabari records: "The Messenger of Muawiya then came to them with orders to release six and to kill eight, telling them: We have been ordered to let you disavow Ali and curse him. If you do so, we shall release you, and if you refuse, we shall kill you." - History of Tabari, English version, events of year 51 AH, v18, p149 “Al-Hasan asked Mu’awiya to give him what is in Kufa’s treasury worth five million, Ebjird city tax, and not to curse Ali, Mu’awiya refused to desist from cursing Ali, so (al-Hasan) asked him not to curse Ali when he could hear it, (Mu’awiya) accepted this but failed to fulfil it, and about Darabjird city tax, the people of Basrah refused to deliver it to him and said that the income belonged to them and they would not give it to any one, their rejection was upon the orders of Mu’awiya” - Tarikh Kamil (Urdu), Volume 3 pages 2-3 (Usmania Academy, Hyderabad, India) - Tarikh Kamil (Arabic), Volume 3 page 272 (Beruit) - Tarikh Kamil, Volume 2 page 108 (from www.islamport.com) ---- قال دخلت على أم سلمة فقالت لي : أيسب رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم فيكم قلت معاذ الله أو سبحان الله أو كلمة نحوها قالت سمعت رسول الله صلى الله عليه و سلم يقول من سب عليا فقد سبني Abdullah al-Jadali said: ‘I came to Um Salama and she said to me: ‘How come Allah’s Messenger is being cursed among you?’. I replied: ‘We seek refuge from Allah or praise Allah or some similar words’. She said: ‘I heard Allah’s Messenger (pbuh) saying ‘whoever curses Ali has cursed me’ - Musnad Ahmed, Volume 6 page 323 Hadith 26791 من سب عليا فقد سبني، ومن سبني فقد سب الله The Prophet Sawa said: ‘Whoever curses Ali has cursed me and whoever has cursed me, he has cursed Allah.' - Al-Jam’e al-Saghir, Volume 2 page 608 Hadith 8736 that has been declared ‘Sahih’ by Sunni Hafiz Jalaluddin Syuti -- وَقُلْ جَاء الْحَقُّ وَزَهَقَ الْبَاطِلُ إِنَّ الْبَاطِلَ كَانَ زَهُوقًا "The truth has prevailed, and falsehood has vanished; falsehood will inevitably vanish." - The Holy Quran Surah Isra, 17:81 ‏والآخر دعواتنا الحمد لله رب العالمين
  5. I was Reading A Report by Dr Ashar on Pakistan,s Young Man And Women I am Shoked After Reading the Research (That More Then One crore Muslim sisters in Pakistan above 18 Year Old are Unmarried and Waiting Some body For Nikkah And 70 percent in Them Are Getting Old) , After Reading That Report A Question Raise in My Mind That Who is responsible and Why our Muslim Scholars and Mullah,s Never Highlight This issue Before And This Ratio increased Day by Day..... Whats You Think About This ... ? Thanks: Haider Sherazi
  6. Before anyone says that they are kafir or non-Muslim etc, this cannot be true because their shahada is same as any Sunni Muslim. To be a Muslim you have to agree to this shahada: لَا إِلٰهَ إِلَّا الله مُحَمَّدٌ رَسُولُ الله (lā ʾilāha ʾillā l-Lāh, Muḥammadun rasūlu l-Lāh) There is no god but God, Muhammad is the messenger of God. Only difference is that they believe that Mirza Ghulam Ahmad was a Mahdi. I believe that technically the Ahmadiyya Muslims are Sunni Muslim, it is one of the branch of Sunni sect because it inherits majority of its teaching from Sunni school. Bear in mind that technically a certain branch comes under a certain sect according to whatever its teaching is inherited from. e.g. Shia Islam = Alawi, Twelver, Zaydi etc because it inherits its teachings from Shia school Sunni Islam = Ahmadi, Hanafi, Maliki, Wahabi, Salafi etc because it inherits its teachings from Sunni school Please share your intelligence. Here is the Ahmadiyya shahada which is exactly the same as any other Sunni branch: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFiyt-Ijc0Y
  7. A sunni friend of mine has made an argument has made an argument which i have not been able to reply.The argument is Allah says in the 19th verse of the Surah Anfal : Allah is with the believers. Allah says in the 40th verse of the Surah Tawbah: Prophet Muhammad Adresses his companion in the cave : Indeed Allah is with us ! Allah says in the 100th verse of the Surah Tawbah:And the first forerunners among the muhajireen and the ansar and those who followed them with good conduct -Allah is pleased with them and they are pleased with Him,and He has prepared for them gardens beneath which rivers flow,wherein they will abide forever.That is the great attainment. Therefore he states that Abubaqr is going to heaven given that Abubaqr was the Prophet(saa)'s companion in the cave . How do we reply to this ?
  8. I often see Muslims debating /quarreling considering themselves as SHIAH or Sunni. I have one questions to those who consider themselves like these. and Fight against one each another. WHAT WAS OUR PROPHET in this sense?? was he a SHIAH? or Sunni? or A MUSLIM?? I am just a muslim. According to Quran, I am just a muslim. I don't love to consider myself as SHIAH or SUNNI. Hope all will try to make me clear about this fact. And please Don't think me wrong. I am just confused about these two facts. And it has already divided muslims into two parts that creating gap among muslims more widely. Thankful to my well wishers as well as bad wishers.
  9. https://historyofislam.com/contents/the-age-of-faith/muawiya/ I strongly Advise you read the above link. A Sunni' professor, describing Sunni perspective of the History of Muawiya. For those among my Shia brothers who believe their Sunni Brothers say RadiAllahu 'Anhu after Muawiyah, you can see that the Sunni's do not do that, at all. For those of you who want to see a Shia Acadamic, who is well known (and whom I saw lectures at UMAA this year), I refer you to Nabil Hussayn :http://scholar.princeton.edu/nhussen/links/term/400 and if you're lazy, here http://scholar.princeton.edu/nhussen/links/pro-alid-sunnis-المنزهون من اهل الحديث The above is a scholarly study on the Pro-'Ali Sunni scholars, that many of you may or may not know The reason I made this post is because I came across certain rhetoric over here making ill based sweeping generalizations that the MAJORITY of their Sunni brother's despise Ali and Revere Muawiyah so much so that they say RA after his name, The first step in Unity is to dispel ignorance and misconceptions from both sides. I've gone through great lengths with my Sunni' brothers to dispel and normalize their misconceptions of the Shia', now I feel I must do the same here. This: Modern Sunni literature Despite his endeavours in the expansion of the Caliphate and the establishment of the Umayyad Dynasty, the persona of Caliph Muawiyah I evokes a controversial figure in standard Islamic history whose legacy has never quite been able to shed the taint of his opposition to the Rashidun Caliph, Ali ibn Abi Talib. The late (Sunni) theologian Mawdudi (founder of Jamaat-E-Islami) wrote that the establishment of the caliphate as (essentially) a monarchy began with the caliphate of Muawiyah I. It wasn't the kind where Muawiyah was appointed by the Muslims. Mawdudi elaborated that Muawiyah wanted to be caliph and fought in order to attain the caliphate, not really depending upon the acceptance of the Muslim community. The people did not appoint Muawiyah as a caliph, he became one by force, and consequently the people had no choice but to give him their pledge of allegiance (baiah). Had the people not given Muawiyah their allegiance at that time, it wouldn't have meant so much as losing their rank or position, as much as it would have meant bloodshed and conflict. This certainly couldn't have been given preference over peace and order. Following Hasan ibn Ali's abdication of the caliphate, all the Muslims (including the Sahabah and Tabi'een) gave their pledge of allegiance to Muawiyah I, bringing an end to civil war. That year was called the Aam Al Jamaat (Year of Congregation). As Mawdudi pointed out, Muawiyah's own speech during the initial days of his caliphate expressed his own awareness of this:[146] By Allah, while taking charge of your government I was not unaware of the fact that you are unhappy over my taking over of government and you people don’t like it. I am well aware of whatever is there in your hearts regarding this matter but still I have taken it from you on the basis of my sword… Now if you see that I am not fulfilling your rights, then you should be happy with me with whatever is there The above taken from Wikipedia, with proper citations. Legacy Mu'awiyah greatly beautified Damascus and developed a court to rival that of the Byzantines. He expanded the frontiers of the empire, reaching the very gates of Constantinople at one point, though failing to hold any territory in Asia Minor. Throughout the Umayyad dynasty which he founded, its borders would be commensurate with those of the Islamic community (with the exception of the short-lived rival caliphate in Mecca, 680–692). No later caliphate would share the same borders as the whole ummah. Sunni Muslims credit him with saving the fledgling Muslim nation from post civil war anarchy, although many are critical of his controversial decision to designate his son as his successor, thereby converting the caliphate from an elective office to a monarchy. He nonetheless attempted to preserve the form of the election however, by causing his nobles and the chiefs of the empire to elect and swear allegiance to his son in his own lifetime, a tradition that endured for several succeeding dynasties. Later Sunnis decided that preservation of unity was more important than how the leader was chosen, and concentrated more in their writing on the caliphate on the qualities that were needed rather than on how he should be selected. Like Uthman, he tended to favor Arabs in general (and his own family in particular) over others. However, his administrative skills are widely acknowledged. It is said that friends and critics alike recognized his quality of hilm (civilized restraint). He shared this with his predecessors but not their humility and simple lifestyle. In contrast to their simple dress and table, he dressed and ate like a king. He began the transformation of Damascus, his capital, into a center of culture and learning. The Sunni view of Mu'awiyah Mu'awiya is not recognized as one of the four rightly guided caliphs. Most of the early Sunni historians saw his rule, and that of the Umayyad dynasty that followed him, as a descent into mere worldly rule (mulk), kingship rather than religious leadership. These historians were writing after the fall of the Umayyad dynasty to the Abbasids, and hence their writings reflect the Abbasid justifications for the Umayyad overthrow. Few later Sunni historians wholeheartedly defend Mu'awiyah. However, they do not dispute his right to rule. Sunni clerics and scholars have generally preached submission to authority, even when authority is less than perfect. Sunnis tend to view communal dissension with horror and accept flawed rule as preferable to civil war (fitnah). @ The above taken from http://www.newworldencyclopedia.org/entry/Muawiyah @kirtc @Gaius I. Caesar @Abu-Jafar Herz @Tawheed313 @Sarah2016 @shiaman14
  10. May the peace, blessings and mercy of God be upon you all. I am aware that Sunnis believe that the Messenger of God used to fast on Mondays and Thursdays. What do the Shias believe with this matter? Is it true, or not? Do Shias condemn this statement or not? Do Shias have a different belief? Also, I would like to fast outside of Ramadan because it increases my taqwa, am I allowed to do this, if no, why? If yes, on what days? [Any hadith on fasting outside of Ramadan for Shias?] I would like to say that I am not here to refute with anyone. Thank you.
  11. Sunni Islam is the largest religious denomination in the world with 1.4-1.5 billion adherents. In my research I have seen that Shia represent anywhere 120-300 million adherents or 7-20% of the Muslim world. Why does it seem like nobody knows how many Shia their are in the world? How many Shia are their in the world?
  12. As Salaamu Alaykum The Sunni sect breaks fast for Ramadaan at the wrong time which is Maghrib (Sunset) and they have no bases at all in the Holy Qur'aan to support this. Allah has clearly prescribed Al Layl (The Night) for the correct time to break our fast. One thing that I have learnt is that the Shia Muslims break their fast at Al Layl (The Night) which is the correct time. For those who are interested in examining the evidence, the facts in the Qur'aan in regards to the correct time to break fast, feel free to download the pdf documents that I wrote. You can download the document in English or Arabic. Ramadaan Correct Time To Break Fast (English) https://app.box.com/s/rs9drthovyr810mqrxxre0f7w3pok24c Ramadaan Correct Time To Break Fast (Arabic) https://app.box.com/s/mhaw3ekuq3fqici2lxmj3vr50lwwlo2u
  13. Salam. Analysis of the debate on Tawassul, between Sheikh Al Asrar Rashid and Ustdah Abdul Rahman al Hassan. Read here: http://www.revisitingthesalaf.org/2016/05/the-big-debate.html
  14. Asalamaleikum Brothers and Sisters in Religion its been a while since i logged on but I always visit the forums daily just to read what people are writing and discussing. i have some questions. why do Shias call themselves Shia Muslim or say we are the Shia of Ali? and why do Sunnis call themselves Sunni Muslim? in my humble opinion both are wrong in saying this words. To the Shias : 1. why identify yourself as Shia of Ali and not Shia of Muhammad (PBUH) ?? are we not ummat Muhammad? are we not followers of the Prophet? why prefer calling yourself Shia of Ali? why not Shia of Muhammad? or are shias ummat Ali? 2. why call your/identify your self as a Shia Muslim OR Sunni Muslim? is that the name that Allah SWT has given you? is that the name Allah SWT has given to the followers of his religion? NAY Allah SWT calls us simply MUSLIMS in the Quran. that is the name he has chosen for us. are you not satisfied with the name Allah has chosen for us? 3. was the prophet a sunni or shia? was Ali a sunni or Shia? they were neither. they were simply MUSLIM. let me quote from sura Baqara ( 127 ) And [mention] when Abraham was raising the foundations of the House and [with him] Ishmael, [saying], "Our Lord, accept [this] from us. Indeed You are the Hearing, the Knowing. ( 128 ) Our Lord, and make us Muslims [in submission] to You and from our descendants a Muslim nation [in submission] to You. And show us our rites and accept our repentance. Indeed, You are the Accepting of repentance, the Merciful ( 132 ) And Abraham instructed his sons [to do the same] and [so did] Jacob, [saying], "O my sons, indeed Allah has chosen for you this religion, so do not die except while you are Muslims. ( 133 ) Or were you witnesses when death approached Jacob, when he said to his sons, "What will you worship after me?" They said, "We will worship your God and the God of your fathers, Abraham and Ishmael and Isaac - one God. And we are Muslims [in submission] to Him." ( 134 ) That was a nation(people) which has passed on. It will have [the consequence of] what it earned, and you will have what you have earned. And you will not be asked about what they used to do. this last ayat is repeated many times in this sura baqara. why dont we use our intellect and apply it to our present age. NONE of US living today in this era will be asked about Abubakar, Omar, Utthman and Ali. they are a people that have paased away. they will have the consequences of what they earned and we will have what we have earned. and we will not be asked about what they used to do. The divide that happened long ago was a political divide. not a religious divide. the so called scholars and politicians have now made it a religious divide. Brothers and sisters let us read the Quran with proper understanding. let us reason logically and unite. i once asked my grandmother ( may Allah SWT rest her soul and grant her Jannah) who is she? she replied i am a Shafi Sunni Muslim. i asked her why identify yourself as Shafi or Hanbali or Maliki or Hanafi? why not Muhammad PBUH. did these 4 scholars bring something new in the deen or something better than what the prophet brought that i have to identify myself as Shafi?? she replied its because we never met the prophet so these scholars taught etc. i told her you never also met these scholars, they died long time ago. NOTE: when Imam Mahdi comes he will make the religion the same way as it was when the prophet was alive. hence the imam will not be sunni or shia. But he will simply be a Muslim. because during prophets time there was no sunni or shia. that is why many scholars will be against him. he will expose them and admonish them for dividing and misleading the Muslim Ummah. these scholars are making money from dividing the ummah, preaching shiaism and sunnism. thats why when he comes and preaches only ISLAM and MUSLIM he will literally be cutting off their source of income. thats why they will be against him. just like the meccans were against the prophet. they said how can we substitute 300 gods for ONE GOD? we rely on the gods for our livelihood. because pilgrims used to go to the Kaaba and bring tributes to the many gods. we all agree we are at the end of times. and remember what the prophet said regarding the end times about the scholars? he said most of them will be selling the religion because of worldly gains. Please note i am neither a sunni or a shia. i am a muslim. plain and simple. i love the prophet and his family and companions. a great injustice was done to the prophets family. but that should not cause us to make divisions and sects in religion. ( 135 ) They say, "Be Jews or Christians [so] you will be guided." Say, "Rather, [we follow] the religion of Abraham, inclining toward truth, and he was not of the polytheists." now the scholars say be you shia or sunni that you may be guided. but tell them Nay we follow the religion of Muhammad and he was neither a shia nor a sunni but a MUSLIM!!! sura Al Maaida ayat 3: ....... This day those who disbelieve have despaired of [defeating] your religion; so fear them not, but fear Me. This day I have perfected for you your religion and completed My favour upon you and have approved for you Islam as religion. sura imran ayat 102 O you who have believed, fear Allah as He should be feared and do not die except as Muslims [in submission to Him sura Al an'aam ayat 163 No partner has He. And this I have been commanded, and I am the first [among you] of the Muslims sura yunus ayat 72 And if you turn away [from my advice] then no payment have I asked of you. My reward is only from Allah, and I have been commanded to be of the Muslims sura Hud ayat 14 And if they do not respond to you - then know that the Qur'an was revealed with the knowledge of Allah and that there is no deity except Him. Then, would you [not] be Muslims? i can quote many more ayat of quran which says we are muslims. Allah SWT calls us muslims in many places. never once did he call us shia or sunni muslims. why should you desire a name/label that Allah SWT has not given you? and why do you accept someone to give you a name/label which Allah SWT has not given you? am very eager to hear comments from all who call themselves sunni or shia or just plain muslim. feel free to criticise, debate but please do not leave insulting comments or deviate from the topics i have mentioned. it is not my intention to have insulted any party by my post. if you feel i have insulted or injured or incited you i do apologise. it is not my intention. my interest is purely academic and for the good of the muslim ummah.
  15. 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
  16. Salam alaykum One of the best methods of defining hijab.
  17. Salaam to all who comes across this topic. I have been having discussions with a close Sunni that I know, mainly around the caliphate. My question that I have to put forward is as so.. To my knowledge, within Sunnism when it comes to events like the Battle of Jamal those who according to Shia narrations did wrong, are not deemed as the 'baddies' if you like - Why? Because individuals like Aisha/Umar/Uthman etc are fallible beings and did make mistakes and may well have repented for their crimes that they did. With this view, where does the permissibility within Shiaism come to look down upon and curse such individuals when in reality there is no way WE could 100% prove the actions that went on back then? And so by cursing do we not run the risk of cursing individuals who may have been forgiven since names of the individuals aren't mentioned in the Quran?
  18. Salaam dear brothers and sisters, One of my Sunni friends told me something obscure (at least for me). He described to me a happening during the time of rassulallah (s.a.w.w). He said that once imam ali(a.s) missed his asr prayer and he came crying to the prophet about this. the prophet then order the sun to go back, and it did go back. This way he was able to correct this and pray asr on time. This is what he says is the reason why we shias combine our prayers. it may not be exactly what he said but as the friend told me this quite a while back, this is what i remembered. I just want to know if there is anything similar to this event that exists in hadith books. and how am i suppose to reply him in this regard. Jazakallah kair in advance for your patience and reply. wasalaam.
  19. 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
  20. As-Salam 'Alaikum, While doing some researches online, I stumbled upon an article written by a well-known Nasibi, Farid. As stated by him, he wrote the article to "prove" that Sunnis do not really believe in tahrif. It was his response to various Shi'i allegations of tahrif against Sunnis. However, his article actually strengthens the Shi'i accusations, and confirms perfectly that Sunnis are indeed believers in tahrif. I want to do a brief analysis of his article here. First and foremost, Farid claims that if you say there are scribal errors in the Qur'an in our hands today, you are not guilty of tahrif: To him, it is "very acceptable and rational" to say that the Qur'an was "incorrectly written." The meaning of this, is that not all the letters in the Qur'an today are from Allah. Rather, some of them are from the scribes who transcribed it. In simpler words, the Qur'an today, as we have it, is NOT perfect in its text. If you say that, you are on track - according to Farid. To justify this position, he lists examples of scribal errors alleged by Ibn 'Abbas and Umm al-Muminin 'Aishah: So, he admits that both Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah claimed that the Qur'an, as we have it, contains scribal errors. But, as stated earlier, Farid does not think this constitutes tahrif: Simply put, Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah did not believe the Qur'an in our hands to be "untouchable" or above criticism and condemnation. They did not share the view of most Muslims today, that the Qur'an in our hands is 100% perfect, and 100% from Allah. No. Rather, Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah believed that Zayd b. Thabit "erred in writing verses." Weirdly, Farid still goes ahead and claims that "it is important to keep in mind that this is not a belief in tahrif." Wow! Also, in his view, this belief of Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah "does not taint the promise of Allah to keep the Qur'an preserved." Really? Well, we do not have the "correct" versions of the Qur'an, according to Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah. We only have the version with scribal errors, according to the duo. Yet, the Qur'an is preserved?! Farid also seeks to give a further excuse for Ibn 'Abbas and 'Aishah: Both of them were not aware of the authenticity of the qiraat in the Qur'an in our hands. So, they were excused in their condemnation of it, and in their ascription of scribal errors to it. But, wait a minute! Does the defence of ignorance really work in the case of tahrif? That does not seem to be the standard Sunni opinion! Of course, Farid also goes into other cases, where he contradicts himself badly. For instance, he claims that the Qur'an was revealed in seven modes of recitation: The Qur'an was revealed in the tongue of the Arab tribe of Quraysh. But, the other Arab tribes had difficulty reciting it, then Allah decided to reveal or re-reveal the same verses in the dialects of the other Arab tribes too, in order to make things easier for them. Farid seems very happy about this development: So, the seven modes of the Qur'an created unity among the various Arab tribes, each being able to recite the Book of Allah in its own tongue. But, Farid soon contradicts himself on this point: The seven modes of recitation actually created disunity and rancour among Arabs. Therefore, 'Uthman wrote the Qur'an in our hands in the tongue of Quraysh only, and burnt all the six other "revealed" modes of recitation! This was to restore unity. With this, he burnt out of existence 6/7th of the original, revealed Qur'an! What we have today is only 1/7th. Yet, that is not tahrif. Right? Farid thinks he has a solution to this dilemma. According to him, even though the Qur'an now has only the Quraysh tongue. it has been written in a way that each word can be pronounced in the seven dialects of the Arabs. So, problem solved! Hurray! However, Farid has also refuted himself on this: Both 'Umar and Hisham were from Quraysh. Yet, their recitations of the same Surah differed so significantly that the former was alarmed. This suggests that the so-called seven modes were actually not dialects, after all. Moreover, according to the examples in the Arabic dialects that Farid gives, changes in spellings do occur among the Arabic dialects: With this knowledge, one can then say that the seven modes of recitation had seven different scripts, with completely different spellings in several cases. Therefore, it was absolutely impossible for the 'Uthmanic script to be recited in the different Arabic dialects. Changes in the spellings of the words are obligatory, for this to be possible. In a rather swift turn, Farid appears to have rejected the six non-'Uthmanic scripts, citing doubts about them: There is always "a possibility of a mistake" in the non-'Uthmanic recitations. So, they must be avoided. What then about Allah's promise to protect the Qur'an? Does that promise extend to the 'Uthmanic script only? Or, to the Qur'an as a whole, the whole of the so-called seven modes of recitation? Well, we know already that - according to Farid - it is not tahrif to claim that the Qur'an in our hands contains scribal errors and mistakes. What we want to know now is: is it not tahrif to claim that 'Uthman had burnt out of existence 6/7th of the unabrogated, revealed Qur'an? According to Sunni Islam, all the seven modes of recitations constituted the Qur'an during the lifetime of the Prophet, and during the lifetimes of Abu Bakr and 'Umar. When the word "Qur'an" (or any of its other titles) was mentioned, it referred to all those seven modes. When Allah promised to protect the Qur'an, was He referring to all the seven modes or to just the 'Uthmanic script? On the apparent, He meant all the seven modes. So, is it tahrif to believe that the promise actually failed with regards to six of the seven modes? All the six modes are now lost, burnt into oblivion by 'Uthman.
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