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  1. سلام Who exactly are the علوج? All disbelievers? Or a specific type of disbelievers? What is the nuanced definition of علج? Thank you!
  2. سلام Recently, I've been pondering the following question: Are our human souls, the organizing essential force within us, gendered? In other words, are there male and female souls? I know in Qur'an, 51:49, Allah states that He's created all things in pairs. Does this include souls, too? I assume "everything" implies everything that exists. Any acceptable narrations on this issue? Thank you!
  3. According to our beliefs, the Sunni practice of Tarawih is bi'dah since the Prophet did not pray this type of namaz. Yet, us Shia do ma'tam and claim for it to be an act of sawab although Prophet Muhammad didn't do ma'tam either... So how can tarawih be haram/bidah yet matam is reccomended and halal.
  4. Aoa, i heard a shia scholar saying that every time a mother feeds her baby, she can ask for money from her husband, i later discussed that with my father and he said that it is not true. i just wanna know what does islam say about this.
  5. سلام When we say, لا حول و لا قوت الا بالله ، how should we understand the ب that comes before الله? Are there any ahadith from the Ahlul Bayt (as) that explain the relationship between ب and الله? Thank you!
  6. Are Wigs/Toupee/Extension made of human hair halal or not? the reference of the respective ruling will be appreciated. JazakALLAH
  7. Is it true that there is a share (of goodness or of reward?) for the one who helps or ables others to do goodness ?
  8. I know many of us (believers) have been through this, and I personally experienced my boat sinking and I know it is tough getting it back up. But if you won't understand why you have to get back up then you're definitely going to drown. My point of bringing this topic up is not to scare you away by telling you about the torment of hellfire or the agony in the grave, surely I'll do that by the end of our short exchange, but before everything else I want you to know what benefits and positive change prayers can bring to your life! BENEFITS OF PRAYING There are actually a lot; me and you could go on and on about how practicing Islam can benefit you and the people around you, but this once, let me just mention a few of those that I experienced first-hand. Health Prayer can be a source of exercise for most people. It keeps check on your physical fitness. All the obligatory acts in prayers benefit greatly to ones health. For example, going to ruku and sajda and tash'had saves one from back pain and knee-joints pain. Prayer also wards off many illnesses. Down to Earth When you go down in sujood, it gives you a feeling of how small and insignificant you are in front of all the blessings and creations of Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. He made so much, and still blesses you and showers upon you from good. Prayer kills your ego and brings you closer to Allah and the reality. Focusing on how you're alone in this world, and how only Allah is your supporter and benefactor even in the time of adversity. Strengthens the heart and the belief Prayer gives you the strength that you are lacking when facing adversity. It becomes a driving force when met with a lot of short-comings. It strengthens ones resolve to keep moving forward and facing new challenges while knowing that Allah never burdens a soul more than what it can bear. Closeness to Allah When we recite the verses sent down to us Humans by Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, we naturally feel close to Him. His words are the reflection upon our own-selves. When we make dua to Him and kneel down to Him, it shows that we are ready to give in our desires for pleasing Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى. And that: He is the only "one" we can turn to in the time of adversity... There's nobody else, is there? Countenance and Spiritual Pleasantness Did you know that prayers make your face and spirit brighter? Who wouldn't want their face glowing with happiness and zeal. This not only allows others to look at you in good light but also brings a smile to their faces (especially your family). And it takes off a lot of tension from their shoulders (for some reason). Keeps you away from sins and keeps sins away form you Now this is note-worthy, because both sound just about the same. So where lies the difference? The difference is that there in you will come a sense of responsibility and a sense of accountability once you start praying. You will become more aware of your performance near Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى, and you'd want to please him more and more. Who wouldn't want beautiful reward from Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى?And alternatively, Allah will keep you away from sins with his authority over you if he finds your actions pleasing. And no doubt, he is the most merciful and the most benevolent. Along with oft-forgiving. Gets rid of laziness and grooms punctuality Most of the time we are extremely lazy when it comes to our responsibilities and obligations. But once we start being punctual in prayers habitually, we (Insha'Allah) will become more aware of the limited time we have and the utilization of it. Prayer somewhat grooms the instinct of time within you. When you start praying five times a day, you'll begin to realize if you're spending the remaining time the right way. You will have thoughts like: Am I fulfilling my religious obligations correctly? Is Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى going to be pleased enough with the current me? Have I been listening to every words my parents say? Have I done the job that I must in time? Sense of Accountability I know I am kinda repeating myself here, but I couldn't just skip this point. Because this one is very significant when it comes to prayers. In our daily life, if we skip a prayer, do you know how many things go wrong then? How many times we attempt sins and bad acts? Have you ever reflected upon them?Prayer gives you a chance of reflection. And in the future it keeps you intact and in-check that you don't fall astray to bad acts from Satan. Keeps you pure and clean Before going to prayer, you remember, that you have to be Tahir (pure from any impurity). Thus this single remembrance can keep you more than enough clean and pure. Also, performing ablution three-to-five or more so times a day, protects you from Satan and his devilish whispers. Takes away nightmares and bad dreams I am sure many of us had nightmares or dreams that were bad, something you wish you'd never seen. But if you sleep after doing a wudu, and with faith that Allah and His angels will protect you from such dreams (that come from Satan), you'll be protected. WHAT DOES THE QURAN SAY ABOUT PRAYERS? I hope this thread will open your eyes to the importance of prayers and will bring you closer to Allah. If I made a mistake somewhere in the text, then it is solely from me. Forgive me, as I am only human. P.s. Thanks to my brothers and sisters here, they gave me confidence enough to post my material here. lol. I have some serious confidence issues. :P Anyways, thanks to everybody for reading and supporting! Jazak Allah Khair. Hope it will be helpful to at least a single soul!
  9. Salam to all! Can someone please help me clarify the age of Aisha during Nikah ceremony with Prophet Muhammad (PBUH)?
  10. Hi . I'm currently studying in Kuala Lumpur. I plan to return to my home back in Pakistan in a few days . I'll be staying there for over a month .i will be in travel for 12 hours . Is is okay if I don't fast for that day ?
  11. Asalaamu alaikum, In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful I have a question about chapter 16 (Surah An-Nahl), verse 66 in the Qur'an. The English translation is below, taken from https://quran.com/16/66: To my understanding this verse is talking about cows and how they produce milk for drinking. My question is actually concerning the latter part of the verse: This seems to imply that milk taken directly from cows is satisfactory for drinking. However, this page by the FDA clearly shows that drinking raw milk is dangerous for your health (i.e., not "palatable"). In that article, it says that raw milk becomes safe to drink after pasteurization. However, the process of pasteurization was invented in the nineteenth century, so no such process was available during the time of Prophet Muhammad (SAW). So, my question is this: given the above, does this imply that the milk mentioned in this verse is not "palatable to drinkers"? If so, then we have found a falsehood in the Qur'an, which would invalidate the entire book. That is something pretty hard to believe, so what am I missing here? Thanks in advance.
  12. Salam, What is the meaning of the phrase "The Self/Nafs Reaching the throat/Halq"? It is understood that this happens at the time of one's death. However, it is not clear why or how. How can one's nafs/being reach the throat, which is a part of the self? The throat is a body part, a physical place. Nafs/being is often seen or understood as a concept (or if it's translated as "soul," then it's immaterial, presumably.) So, how can a concept (a non-physical entity) reach a physical destination at the time of death? Thank you!
  13. I believe there should be no reason to elaborate further, it is as the title asks; What is your concept or idea of bad? and how do you define it?
  14. Asalam-o-Alkikum! Kharyat Mojood wa Afiyat Matoolb. Qibla sb Myn Syed Gharanye se taluq rakhta hun. Myn ne kisi se suna tha ke Cocacole, Pepsi, Team, even ke har botal myn Alkohal ke miqdar dali jati hi. Myn ne arsa 7 saal se coca cola, pepsi wagara ke botal pena to kia hath lagana chor dia hi. Ek baat jo myjhye preshan kiye huye hi ke meri wife ko us ke maan ne 4,00,000 rupe deye the. jo us ne ek makan girwi lia or us ko unhi ko de dia. or wo loog istamal kar rahye hain. Aya ye sood ke zimrye myn ata hi? ya nahi. Meharbani kar ke waziyar kar dain. Mola ap ko daraz umri atta farmye. Ameen. Syed Shabih Abbas Zaidi id: syed.shabih.zaidi@gmail.com
  15. (( إِنَّمَا يُرِيدُ اللَّهُ لِيُذهِبَ عَنكُمُ الرِّجسَ أَهلَ البَيتِ وَيُطَهِّرَكُم تَطهِيراً )) (الاحزاب:33) I thought I understood this verse as رجس mean shirk but looking at it again after awhile I don't understand what is rigs رجس that Allah want to purify ahlylbate from ! thanks in advance .
  16. Salam alaykum everyone I am asking for guidance here as I have nobody else to go to. I have a non Muslim friend that has always been interested in me. I always declined his offerings since he isn't Muslim. We still are friends though. I always hoped that he would revert to Islam since I want everyone I care for to see the truth. I never talked about it with him since I don't want to manipulate him I want him to see it himself. Lately he has been talking about converting to Islam, and talking about the possibility of us getting married. I am afraid that he is saying he is Muslim just to be able to marry me, but at the same time I am not the person to judge if a person is a true muslim or not. What do you guys think about this?
  17. In reply to some one who posed Imam Ali (as) a difficult question, Imam Ali (as) said : 'Ask in order to understand, and do not ask in order to find fault, for surely the ignorant man who wants to learn resembles a man of knowledge, and surely a man of knowledge who wants to be difficult resembles an ignorant man who wants to find fault. '
  18. Salam, I know it is conventionally believed that when God uses "We" or "Us" to refer to Himself, it is the Majestic "We." However, I have not seen any acceptable hadiths validating this view. If you know of any acceptable traditions from the ahlul bayt (as) that verify this belief, please post them. Thank you.
  19. I remember story about some sufi in Andalusia or don't remember where who claimed he became one with Allah , then claim he is Allah was killed for apostasy .. I don't remember his name but I think he will known . I think Allah can do anything , and he can do what he want , so is incarnate a limit that Allah can't do ? are we muslims limiting Allah ability ? ... cuz one christan told me that before that Allah/god can do what he want so even incarnate is possibility . I am kind confused can someone explain why can or can't god incarnate !
  20. is this statement true ? and if not then what is the alawites concept of god , does they believe Allah incarnate ?! >>>>>>>>>>>
  21. ???? yes / No answer , and mention reason or example in comment .
  22. Q. Does shia believe that arabic is the language of people of jannah ? if the answer is yes then what about non arabic speaking muslims !
  23. please give me authentic reference/quotes to your answers ... thanks Q1. listening/making/dancing to music , is it halal or haram ? Q2. is women voice in islam considered as aura ? like can women sing or give kutba/speech or is her voice aura عوره ؟ Q3. what's مِلك اليمين according to the tafsirs of the quran from shia sources ? Q4. Does the aura of free muslim woman and aura of slave muslim women differ in shia hadiths ?.. their is hadith in sunni sources that say omar hit slave woman cuz she tried to intimitate the free woman looks and wear full hijab while slave woman aura is from belly botton to the legs like man aura .... so does shia view agree with this !?
  24. Salaam, So, i have a (university) teacher who is very persuasive in his discussions. Below are some of his points which need to be addressed. 1. There are references about praying solely to Allah by making ibadat pure for Him. Yet, there are other routes taken to try and be close to Him. Here the teacher refers to ayaats of Surah Zumar. 2. On many places in the Quran, it has been mentioned that Allah has made the book very easy to understand... Then why are we told that we have to look into ahadith for finding meaning of what is being said in the Quran. 3. In the Quran it is mentioned that don't make mushriqeen your friends as they will never accept us as their friends. Yet today we see many efforts within the shia community towards interfaith harmony etc. Although, it is understandable that one should respect other religions, however, making the move towards them to be friends with them ? Please note that answers to the above points are to be given through references from the Holy Quran only. Thanks!
  25. salam aleikum beloved brothers and sisters... i have a question. i made istikhara where my niya was if i should keep having sabr and wait for a guy when he is ready for marriage. right now he isn't ready neither with me or any girl. he stopped talking/writing to me, so now we no longer have contact with each other (he doesn't respond to my texts). he wants to finish college before he thinks about marriage. i made istikhara by using imam ali (as) method as in this one: you tube.com/watch?v=JG-r4sgxrVs (remove the space between u and t to watch the video). I got ف (Allah reunites him after separation). so what does that mean? is it positive? to me it sounds positive that i think it means that i will be with him after the "break" or something like that. i hope for some answers. shukran for your time.
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