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  1. AMR5

    ShiaChat Reading List

    The Rise of the Qa'im: The Appearance of the Mahdi in Established Narrations https://www.amazon.com/dp/1790653827 "The Rise of the Qa'im" is a compilation of narrations on the Mahdi from the most ancient and most reliable Twelver Shīʿī sources. Learn about the birth of the Twelfth Imam, his occultation, his ambassadors, his inevitable return, Islamic eschatology, and much more. "The Rise of the Qa'im" is the most comprehensive English work on the subject. It includes Arabic sources, footnotes, and biographical evaluations for each tradition. This has been endorsed by eminent Shīʿī scholars and academics as one of the most valuable insights on the Hidden Imam in English.
  2. From the teachings of Imams (عليه السلام), the virtues of marriage are clear. Examples: The Prophet (S) said, “One who marries, has already guarded half of his religion, therefore he should fear Allah for the other half.” And in the Qur'an: “And marry those among you who are single and those who are fit among your male slaves and your female slaves; if they are needy, Allah will make them free from want out of His grace; and Allah is Ample-giving, Knowing.” (Surah an-Nur, 24:32) I am a 21 year old male who goes to university in Canada, and I will be graduating in 2 years Inshallah. I am also a convert to Islam, and I've accepted the school of the Ahlul Bayt shortly after my conversion. Because the scholars recommend marriage early, I am looking for a way to get married to a religious and faithful wife. Looks and ethnicity are not important for me, it is enough if she is strongly committed to God and the teachings of the Ahlul Bayt. Can some of the brothers here give me some advice? Should I wait more because I am new to Islam? How can I find the right person when I don't have a Shi'a family or any Shi'a friends? There are many Sunni women at the University, but I would much rather it be someone who is a follower of the Ahlul Bayt. There is no Shi'a mosque near me, but when I graduate I plan to immediately move to a place where there is a Shi'a community (probably Toronto). Thanks
  3. https://www.al-islam.org/fatimah-a-role-model-for-men-and-women/chapter-3-role-model#excerpts-her-sermon-mosque Fatimah al-Ma`sumah (as): a role model for men and women Ayatullah Sayyid Muhammad Husayn Fadlullah
  4. Do we have Islamic traditions about the Three Kings who alledgely came from Persia to Palestine to pay homage to Nabiullah Isa (as) ?
  5. Salaam Alaykum, Like Brother Qa'im, I am humbly presenting my new book on the life of our dear Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The book's full title is, "Prophet Muhammad: A Young Adult's Guide to the Early History of Islam." Released on the 17th of Rabi ul-Awwal, 1440 (Nov. 25th, 2018), this book is the most recent publication on the Prophet of Islam (pbuh), compiled from the two most authentic sources, the Holy Qur'an and the narrations of the Holy Ahlulbayt (as). The book is written in simple to understand language, leaving out the peripheral details and the diverse interpretations of events. It makes it a perfect bridge material between the K-5 level books and our more advanced classical works, making it an easy read for the young adults or anybody who wants a thorough but light study on the life of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The ideal age group would be 'more aware', 10-90 years youth. Warning: As you read this book, get ready to fall in love with your Prophet again and again. This is how good he is, in how little I could capture of his blessed life in this book, in less than three-hundred pages worth. The book is available worldwide in Kindle and Paperback formats through Amazon.com and its affiliates in various countries. If you choose to get it, kindly leave the comments on Amazon.com to help out the next reader searching for the reading material on the life of the Holy Prophet (pbuh). https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07KXLVH8J/ref=cm_sw_em_r_mt_dp_U__xOYdCb2EWXTG
  6. Personally, I will begin fitness. Need to live a healthy lifestyle and quit kebab, falafel and soft drinks. With the help of Allah, I will succeed.
  7. Salam. This topic was posted a while ago. This is a paper I co wrote with Br. Basim Ali and Sis Bint Al Hoda (no longer active on the site). It was originally shared as a google doc. It is now shared with 253 people, I guess that's the max google will allow. I have placed in my google drive as a public document, so we no longer have the 'request access' limit. I will post this document periodically as people request access to it. I guess there is a lot of interest in this topic. Enjoy ? https://docs.google.com/document/d/1JDUJ0Oj3VhWSqoAULydoSPgb627bLNSsO4_KiyeTUGI/edit?usp=sharing
  8. [ADMIN NOTE]: This is a thread devoted to sharing stories and issues pertaining to all reverts to Islam, particularly Shia Islam. Allah bless you. Salam Alekum, I am writing an article regarding women reverts to Islam. The common belief amoung researchers is that the vast majority of revert women between 17 to 35 are married to non revert men (arab, persian, indo/pak, etc). So I would like as many revert sisters as possible to participate in order to get some good information regarding this subject. Please do not vote unless you are a revert to Islam, a women, (not born into a muslim family and currently identify your religion as Islam) and between the ages of 17 to 35. Some definitions. Non revert muslim man. A man who was born into a muslim family and currently identifies his religion as Islam revert muslim man. A man who was not born into a muslim family and currently identifies his religion as Islam.
  9. Salam brothers and sisters, Is there trustful way to donate Yemeni people? As you know they are suffering hardly... There are a few organizations in my country that claim to do this but some of them are allied with Muslim Brotherhood, FSA or etc, they are on the side of our enemies. Thanks in advance.
  10. Man Kunto Maula

    Colouring the Hair in Islam

    Hi All.. I have been in so much confusion about colouring the hair... I haven't got any reliable sources telling me if colouring the hair is allowed or not and if it is allowed then of what kind of colours..? I have personally coloured my hair with light orange strip in the front part of head.. Can any one please throw light on this if colouring the hair is allowed or not as per Islam and if yes then of what kind please..
  11. Punjabi110

    Qabd, & amin in prayer

    why does qabd and amin nullify prayer according to Shias? So it means those billions of Sunni muslims who practice qabd and recite amin their prayer will be invalid and they will go to hell for that!? How can a persons worship nullify when he/she is sincere to Allah in worship?
  12. Inconsolable

    How Often Do You Listen to Music?

    Salam Everyone, Just curious to see people's opinion about this, I have listed the responses I have usually heard from people in this regard. Your votes will not be public and will only appear as numbers. Inc.
  13. as salaam alakim! What do Shia in the West and US, think about the democratic party, do they help Islamic cause in US or are they doing it for publicity? Some thought they did dawah by encouraging islam to be learned in Schools and supported Islamic issues. Are Democrats friends of muslims and shias?
  14. Assalamo alaikum, I was wondering whether there were any Prophets that were black or of very dark colour? If there were, who they were, and how do we know for sure about the colours. Also, what about the prominent Prophets, such as Hazrat Isa (A.S.), Hazrat Ibrahim (A.S.), and others, what complexion where they of? It's just a general curiosity, and I'm not targeting any sensitive topics or such, just want to gain some knowledge because as i've grown being taught about such personalities, but for some odd reason i'd only think of them as white or fair prophets, i guess its just how we've been wired to think, even as children, even though i don't remember my parents or teachers ever specifying such a thing. Looking forward to all the feedback,
  15. as they are told in the Koran. And yet they are told to be grateful ergo happy. Isn't that a paradox?
  16. Dr Hewer is an English scholar of Islam and Christianity. In a set of four lectures, he tries to explain Christianity to a Muslim audience. Part I Part II Part III Part IV Enjoy
  17. salam everyone, i recently advised my friend to not do something and she still did it. i spoke to her so many times she was doing something really wrong and if she got caught it will be bad. she did not listen and suddenly she forgot about her religion completely, she also starting disrespecting her parents and lived a careless life. she drifted about because of this but i was still disappointed and just wanted to her to go back to how she was. so i pretended that she did get caught doing an act and she was very embarrassed but was still lying about everything. she's really upset right now (but hasn't learnt her lesson due to saying she's not going to stop) but i feel really ashamed and i regret it because i feel like i exposed her sin which i am not meant to, i feel like Allah is already planning to get me back and my heart feels heavy with so much regret but i love her and i just wanted to protect her, i wanted her to go back to religion and being a smart girl but i didn't know that its going to hurt her so much. is what i did a big sin? I've always been very nice and this made me feel like a horrible person with good intentions but still so horrible and its not a good feeling at all.
  18. Each religion has contracted its particular "spiritual disease" which prevents them from recognizing the Next Messenger; and this is mainly the fault of the religious leaders themselves. After reading Sura of Hud, where a succession of Prophets is described, and the punishments that came upon them for their apostasy, and knowing that God does not change His method, because of this verse: “(Such has been) the practice (approved) of Allah already in the past: no change wilt thou find in the practice (approved) of Allah. (Qur’an 48:23 YusufAli) --my question is: Why have men concluded that God has changed His method and decided to stop sending divine Messengers? I decided that the reason they do this is because they came to believe that Muhammad is the last Prophet ever to be sent to earth by Allah, because of the Verse about the Seal of the Prophets; but I see no reason to believe their conclusion, since “no change wilt thou find in the practice of Allah”.
  19. Dear marriage age sisters (and brothers) - A 2017 study shows the number of newlyweds decline among the educated white men and a dramatic rise among those who do chose to marry, marrying non-whites. http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2017/05/18/1-trends-and-patterns-in-intermarriage/ If you are a college age Muslim girl out there, do not, I repeat do not give in to those cultural ethos of western feminism. Whatever they are teaching you in the MSM, in sitcoms and in the talk shows etc., is designed to destroy you in the longer run just like they destroyed family values among Christian cultures. Instead spend time with your mother, grandmother, aunts or other traditional womenfolks of your family and learn how to be a 'traditional' good daughter, a good wife, and a good mother. I see 'women induced' divorce rates among the Muslims in the West and I shudder. Did feminists already get us before we knew it???? Thoughts!
  20. LadyNadine

    Gabriel/Jibrel

    Salam! Yesterday, I was having a conversation with a friend. He is Catholic and studied all religion. We both agreed that most of Christianity stories and Islam mirrors each other. While we were talking I made a connection of Gabriel (Jibrel) that confused me. In the story of Adam, When Allah Rabi asked Gabriel to bow down to Adam, he would not. He disobeyed Allah. There Allah has banished him and turned him into Shayton (Iblis). However, in the story of Mohammed, Gabriel came to Prophet Mohammed as he was in a cave. He told him to read because we know Mohammed was illiterate and could not read before being the Prophet of Islam. Here is my question: If Allah banished Gabriel for disobeying him in his creation of Adam, how does he show up again for Prophet Mohammed. (Please not spamming, or joking. I am asking a serious question and no I'm not a convert).
  21. Many people have claimed some kind of divine revelation throughout history, so in that respect Muhammad is no unique. I want to know your reasons for choosing Islam over any other religion, and why I should chose it. Why should we believe in Muhammad over Zoroaster, or Buddha, or Mani, or Joseph Smith, or Ellen G. White? How is Muhammad superior to these other "prophets"? How did he prove himself? What makes him unique?
  22. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/quran-in-depth/id1365569251?mt=8 https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.depth.quran.quran_indepth_en&referrer=utm_source%3Dappbrain%26utm_medium%3Dappbrain_web%26utm_campaign%3Dappbrain_web Quran Eleyoun Albahthu قرآن علیون البحثی
  23. AOA, i just wanted to know if anyone could recommend any good shia scholars videos, or channels, in english. i'm trying to learn more about my religion, and hope that you'll all comment some good ways i can expand my knowledge. i will be learning through reading the Holy Quran, and Najul Balagha, but also wanted to listen to some good meaningful lectures, or short videos, you know how theres 'mercifulservant' and 'theprophetspath; on youtube. Are there any shia based channels like this? They make short videos and tell beautiful stories and very nicely relate things to tell about the topic they choose. Thank for the help in advance!! Jazakallah Khair <3
  24. Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Rahim In the Name of God, Most Gracious, Most Merciful وَمَا يُؤْمِنُ أَكْثَرُهُم بِاللَّهِ إِلَّا وَهُم مُّشْرِكُونَ And most of them do not believe in Allah without associating others (with Him). Holy Quran. 12:106 One of the main purposes of the Holy Month of Ramadan, and especially the later part of Ramadan, which includes the three Laylat Al Qadrs (Nights of Power) is to purge our hearts and our souls of Shirk. Shirk are those things which we worship besides Allah(s.w.a) and those things which we believe have power that is independent of Allah(s.w.a). In the ancient times, people used to make statues of wood and stone and worship these and ascribe power to these and this is what is commonly known as Shirk or Polytheism. Many people, and even many muslims believe that the verses in the Quran that talk of the mushrikeen (or polytheists) only refer to certain very specific groups, such as the inhabitants of Mecca before the rise of Islam, or some of the modern groups in places such as India or parts of Africa who make figures out of wood or stone and worship them. In fact, as the above verse says, most people (unfortunately this also includes most muslims) 'do not worship Allah(s.w.a) without ascribing partners to Him'. In other words, the verse above is saying that most people worship Allah(s.w.a), i.e. they do not deny the existence of Allah(s.w.a) and they do not deny that Allah(s.w.a) is the source of Creation, or that He(s.w.a) is All Powerful, Mericiful, Just, etc. This includes most people, including most non muslims, because all religions have a concept of Allah(s.w.a), i.e. 'The God' in English, The Father in Christianity, Brahma in Hinduism. But at the same time, these same people ascribe power, glory, and they worship (meaning they follow these things wholly with their time and attention and obey them always) things besides Allah(s.w.a). From a religious perspective, the main difference between Islam and other religions, is that other religions include Shirk in the theology of the religion itself, for example the idea of Trinity in Christianity, or the idea of Krishna and Shiva in Hinduism (i.e. entities which are powerful in themselves and act independently of each other and which people worship) whereas in Islam, there is not concept of Shirk withing the theology of the religion. At the same time, it does not mean that there are not muslims, i.e. people who follow the religion of Islam, who do not include Shirk in their life vis a via concepts and practices which are outside of the religion. In this breif article, I would like to identify three classes or groups of Shirk in the modern world. There is actually more than three, including idols made of stone and wood which people still worship, but as these are not very common nowdays compared to the other three, I don't see the need to spend time on them and there is no controversy, at least amoung muslims, that these are obviously Shirk. The three classes or group are 1) The Taghut(no Good word to word English Translation) 2) The Asnab (Idols, false Objects of Worship) 3) Hawa (vain Desires) 1. The Taghut لاَ إِكْرَاهَ فِي الدِّينِ قَد تَّبَيَّنَ الرُّشْدُ مِنَ الْغَيِّ فَمَنْ يَكْفُرْ بِالطَّاغُوتِ وَيُؤْمِن بِاللّهِ فَقَدِ اسْتَمْسَكَ بِالْعُرْوَةِ الْوُثْقَىَ لاَ انفِصَامَ لَهَا وَاللّهُ سَمِيعٌ عَلِيمٌ Holy Quran 2:256 THERE SHALL BE no coercion in matters of faith. Distinct has now become the right way from [the way of] error: hence, he who rejects the taghut and believes in God has indeed taken hold of a support most unfailing, which shall never give way: for God is all-hearing, all-knowing. اللّهُ وَلِيُّ الَّذِينَ آمَنُواْ يُخْرِجُهُم مِّنَ الظُّلُمَاتِ إِلَى النُّوُرِ وَالَّذِينَ كَفَرُواْ أَوْلِيَآؤُهُمُ الطَّاغُوتُ يُخْرِجُونَهُم مِّنَ النُّورِ إِلَى الظُّلُمَاتِ أُوْلَـئِكَ أَصْحَابُ النَّارِ هُمْ فِيهَا خَالِدُونَ Holy Quran 2:257 God is the wali of those who have faith, taking them out of deep darkness into the light - whereas the wali of those who reject truth are the taghut, they take them out of the light into darkness : it is they who are destined for the fire, therein to abide. The Taghut are sentient beings, i.e they are being who are alive with free will, such as jinn or human beings. These beings call people to worship them, i.e. to obey and follow them besides Allah(s.w.a). They call people to do things which are against the religion of Islam and against Haqq (justice and right actions). When the people follow them and act against the religion and Haqq as a result of following these people, they commit Shirk, though they may repent afterward and may be considered muslim for purposes of fiqh, but while they are obeying the taghut when they ask them to act in opposition to the commands of Allah(s.w.a), they are in fact mushrik at that point. There are basically two main group of Taghut in modern times. First, secular leaders which don't even pretend to call people to worship God. Second, religious leaders who may call people to worship God when it is in their interest to do so, but also call people to act outside of the religion at times when it will benefit them (these leaders) personally or their group, party, or family to the detriment of others. As for the secular leaders, these probably obvious to most people and there are many of them. A few are Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton ,Teresa May, Angela Merkel, etc, etc. These are non muslims and they don't even pretend to follow the Haqq of Allah(s.w.a). The other group is more tricky and controversial amoung the muslims and I am not going to mention names here, but if you follow an alim or a religious leader, and this leader calls you to do something that is obviously not part of the religion or against the teaching of Imams of Ahl Al Bayt(a.s), then this leader is in fact, Taghut. You need to acknowledge that and stop following this leader, otherwise you will be counted not amoung the followers of Muhammad and Ahl Muhammad(a.s), but you will be counted amoung the followers of Taghut on the Day of Judgement. Allah(s.w.a) judges you by your actions and what is in your heart, rathers than by your ethnic background, family name, what kind of food you eat and where you were born. 2) The Asnab (Idols) The Asnab, as opposed to the Taghut, are things which are not alive and are false, but people ascribe things to them, such as life, power, etc. The Holy Quran describes the idols as such وَالَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ مِن دُونِ اللّهِ لاَ يَخْلُقُونَ شَيْئًا وَهُمْ يُخْلَقُونَ أَمْواتٌ غَيْرُ أَحْيَاء وَمَا يَشْعُرُونَ أَيَّانَ يُبْعَثُونَ Holy Quran 16:20-21 Now those things that some people invoke beside God cannot create anything, since they themselves are but created. They are dead, not living, and they do not [even] know when they will be raised from the dead! These are things which people ascribe life, consciousness, value, power, etc to but in fact they do not have any of these things. In the old days, people used to make statues out of wood and stone and bow before them. This form of idol worship has fallen out of fashion but there are still many things which people ascribe these things to. Here are a few Money Money is only paper and ink or bits and bytes stored in a computer. These things have no life, consciousness, power, etc, but people ascribe these to them. Most people in the world today would violate any and all parts of their religion if the amount of wealth they would get in return is a sufficient amount for them (i.e. people today are mostly bought and sold for money). The main goal in most peoples life is to gather as much money as possible and they will do anything to get it. This is worship, the textbook definition, when you are constantly thinking about something and will follow it in any direction. When it goes one way, you go that way, when it changes directions, you change directions with it. When it calls you, you always respond. This is a place in the heart that is only for Allah(s.w.a) but unfortunately most people fill this space with other things. Money is the modern form of Laat and Uzza', i.e. the most popular form of idol worship. That is not to say that there is no value in gaining money and in fact it is essential for survival. But it is only valuable in that it allows you to continue living and sustain yourself and your family so that you can worship and obey Allah(s.w.a). It is a means to an end, and not an end in itself. Beyond a means of survival, it has no value. The rest of the value of that people ascribe to it is making it into an Asnab(Idol). Position Most people spend their life seeking a degree, a title, a position of leadership within an organization, etc. They exert great effort, step on the necks of people, lie, backbite, defame innocent people, basically do everything under the sun to climb over people in a never ending quest to grab a spot or a place that they feel will give them a sense of honor and respect, then at the end of the day, they call themselves followers of the religion of Islam. This is something that, unfortunately, is extremely common in our communities. Because these people have a certain last name or come from a certain lineage, they are excused and glorified, and many people follow them. The act of seeking this position by acting contrary to the clear ordinances of Islam is the act of making this position into an Asnab. Although this position in itself has not life(it is amwat, as the Quran says), it is ascribed value by false thinking and Shirk. That is not to say that everyone who seeks a degree or position of leadership is doing Shirk, but when you put yourself in a position where you are constantly disobeying Allah(s.w.a) and going against the clear ordinances of Islam in order to attain that degree or that position, then you have made that position into an Asnab Hawa (vain desires) أَفَرَأَيْتَ مَنِ اتَّخَذَ إِلَهَهُ هَوَاهُ وَأَضَلَّهُ اللَّهُ عَلَى عِلْمٍ وَخَتَمَ عَلَى سَمْعِهِ وَقَلْبِهِ وَجَعَلَ عَلَى بَصَرِهِ غِشَاوَةً فَمَن يَهْدِيهِ مِن بَعْدِ اللَّهِ أَفَلَا تَذَكَّرُونَ 45:23 HAST THOU ever considered [the kind of man] who makes his own desires his deity, and whom God has [thereupon] let go astray, knowing [that his mind is closed to all guidance], [24] and whose hearing and heart He has sealed, and upon whose sight He has placed a veil? Who, then, could guide him after God [has abandoned him]? Will you not, then, be reminded ? This verse describes those people who insist on following an idea and sometimes attributing it to Islam, even after clear arguments have come to them from Quran and Hadith that their idea is false, yet they continue to follow it. So the idea itself is false, it has not life, it is amwat, as Quran states, yet because of their vain desires they attribute truth and life to it. There are so many example of this on ShiaChat, of people who present a wrong idea, it is thoroughly and totally debunked based on clear evidence from Quran and Hadith, yet they continue to follow it and accept it. These people have made this idea into an Asnab, and they are worshiping it besides Allah(s.w.a). It sometimes gets to a point where they leave the religion of Islam officially as a result of following this idea. May Allah(s.w.a) protect all of us during this Holy Month of Ramadan from succumbing to this fate, and may He(s.w.a) give us the Baseerat(far sightedness) and Hikmat(wisdom) to be able to avoid all the levels and forms of Shirk and attain an elevated status and place us in the company of Muhammad wa Ahl Muhammad(a.s)
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