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  1. Salam respected brothers and sisters in Islam I earnestly plead that I may receive the advice of your respective personages, for your opinions and ideas will most evidently illuminate my heart and strengthen my mind in aiding this young girl in following the religion of the Ahlul Bayt ((عليه السلام)) the catholic girl is very receptive to any religious advice and conversations I have been having with her, but it is very difficult for me to convince her due to the nature of her family and culture (Mexican). She completely agrees with me in most of the topics that I have raised for her in regards to alcohol she is 100% on board with me as for nightclubs she will never enter such despicable places in her life, and as for modesty she has been improving gradually when it comes to clothing. Sometimes I can become a bit uneasy and show a form of anger if I see her dressing in a way that is not deemed modest, for example the other day I saw her wearing a shirt that showed her shoulders and although she agreed that she will cover up and not show her shoulders she couldn’t understand exactly why it was immodest if in her perception “they’re just shoulders”, or for example my dismay of her wearing ripped jeans which she agrees with, but doesn’t understand why I disagree with her wearing jeans that only have holes in the knee area, as she sees it quiet confusing why showing ones knees is immodest. Now the likes of me and other individuals of our faith and community understand completely the logic of these things but how can I explain to her a girl who lives in a very open society and culture that showing your shoulders, knees, and hair is not modest. In some cases that we do debate or converse in regards to religion if she finds that she does not have an answer or is left a bit perplexed she instantly reverts back to the notion that there must be an explanation to her certain belief or idea that she is arguing and in order to rebuttal my arguments she needs to look more which in a way is a portrayal of a form of cognitive dissonance. I know the difficulties that may surround her in regards to not only the vast cultural changes that she may need to undergo, but also taking into consideration the impact changing her religion or her lifestyle may perhaps be . I try my best to be understanding with her and not rush things or overwhelm her. My current methodology is that I am trying to first bring her closer to her own religion in order to not make it seem as if I am just forcing my own beliefs on her, For example in regards to modesty or what may otherwise pertain I give her examples of Mary the mother of Jesus as well as scriptural and textual evidences from the Bible in order to be a form of authority upon her to follow in which she complied completely after seeing such evidences in regards to certain clothing that she will not wear anymore. I believe that after I get her in tune with the essential primordial messages of our holy Prophet Esa ((عليه السلام)) and the pure fundamental messages that he brought forth through the undistorted portions of the Bible it will be a much easier transition when I begin to introduce Islamic doctrine and also provide a dichotomy between the two; And in the end she said that if I am able to truly prove to her that Jesus is not the son of God then she will accept Islam inshallah. It is a tumultuous wave that I am riding and I don’t think there is a very good chance of her reverting due to that essential clinging to culture and the reality that is already established with her in regards to her own personal outlook on life, but as Allah says in the Qur'an we cannot guide those whom we please, but rather Allah guides those whom he pleases, and I will hope to inshallah not only portray to her the best message I can of Islam but also tell her to sincerely pray for the truth for through that sincere prayer Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) can open and illuminate her heart towards the path of the Prophet and his holy progeny. Respected brothers and sisters I was hoping if you can perhaps give me advice in regards to my difficult situation as well as perhaps provide me with an argument that would be deemed fit to an individual who cannot conceptualize why showing ones shoulders, knees, and so on is immodest taking into consideration their cultural background and worldview understanding. There are so many factors that play when it comes to her conversion therefore I need to solidify her foundation so she becomes unwavering to the many strong winds or tumultuous waves that she will evidently encounter if she does decide to convert which I see as highly unlikely but in the end all we can do is provide the hujjat and hope for the best inshallah through the grace of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)
  2. Read the Reddit comments to understand what the thread was about, since the post has since been deleted. ....................................................................................... I'm so tired of the utterly nonsensical and VERY COMMON Sunni notion of 'I am happy to seek unity with Shias as long as they don't curse/insult/abuse any Sahaba, and especially NOT Aisha, Abu Bakr, Omar, Uthman. Firstly, any Shia claim regarding the sahabi that happens to go against the Sunni narrative is considered insulting. Secondly, and more importantly, is that the same notion is true for Shias... You are insulting the Ahlul Bayt by not accepting them as divinely appointed leaders of Allah, and infallible individuals, and perfect preservers of the religion of Islam, and a high means of seeking closeness to Allah (intercession). Not only are you insulting revered Shia figures by not following them, you are commiting MAJOR shirk by giving a false attribute to Allah, by saying that Allah has not always appointed an infallible leader on this Earth, and that there currently isn't an infallible leader. Furthermore, the real kicker is that plenty of revered Shia figures, such as Abu Talib (رضي الله عنه), are considered kuffar by Sunnis. Is this not insulting? So, how can we Shias unite with Sunnis based on their own fallacious logic? Shias are the minority, and Sunnis are the majority. It makes Sunnis think that they are Orthodox and that they have to unite with Heterodox for political and humanitarian reasons, and that Shias must make [ridiculous] compromises. Shias are far more receptive to the unity message, because we actually understand Sunni Islam, and can see the commonalities. We understand that we can't make Sunnis compromise on their beliefs. Simply by being the minority within Islam, by nature we Shias already understand Sunni beliefs, whereas Sunnis have a basic strawman understanding of Shia beliefs... which is natural, considering that they are the majority. Anyways, the point of my post is the following: Let's compile a list of revered Shia figures that are not given their proper status by Sunnis, according to Shia Islam... with an explanation given. ...This is to show that we Shias and Sunnis can unite, but we cannot unite upon revered figures and imamah. ...This will also serve as a way of showing Sunnis that this argument of theirs makes no sense. Another important question we may ask is "What about commonly revered figures like Imam Ali (عليه السلام) who is given different status in both sects? Can we unite upon Imam Ali (عليه السلام)?" ...a common Sunni criticism of political unity is that "Ali ibn Abi Talib (رضي الله عنه) is given an improper status in Shia religion because they call upon him... tawassul (intercession) of the 'dead' is Shirk! So there is absolutely no room for unity since we can't even agree on the status of the sahabi" [yes, I am aware that the Imams (عليه السلام) are still alive, but Sunnis don't believe this...] I would love to hear your thoughts. Wassalam. JazakAllah Khair. Fi sabilillah.
  3. I wanted to make a post about this, I did a lot of research on this sector and decided to invest into it a few month ago, now before you grab your pitchforks, here me out. I invested my money saved up from part-time work during university into blue chip stocks (Canadians banks, Google, Amazon, Apple), cashed it out upon graduation, worked a year and invested some savings into medicinal marijuana companies. Upon days of research and following the markets I made a HUGE return. ( Huge figure is HUGE from a recent grad standpoint, not a professional dad of 3 standpoint - relatively speaking; 'na mean?) I discussed with family and they went 'HOW DARE YOU INVEST IN THIS' type-a-deal; so posting it here for perspective. I am all into Finance as per my recent graduation and work, so the financial markets are really interesting to me. Now it is quite clear that if you put your money in a checking account, it is essentially quite bad due to the basic time value of money principal. You should beat inflation and secure your retirement, we don't earn millions to have a decent life, so it is important to invest. People invest in stock/bond exchanges all around the world, even in Muslim countries, it is what drives any economy forward. Stocks drives the economy forward in numerous ways, you along with your government is happy from it via direct and indirect means. Bonds are what helps the government finance their cities, infrastructure, schools and what not. So if you invest, you help greatly to not only your situation but also the greater society. Now question comes, what must you invest in to be fine from an ethical and religious stand point? Lets take the popular industry stocks for now that we see big trends around the world: 1) Banks - Good ol' financials, stable dividend paying companies, they do a lot of good to the people (financing your education, house, car, business, mosque), good to the society, and the government. However, disadvantage is they do some back-hand deals to protect themselves at the expense of lay-people like we saw in 2008. It is debatable but again, they were involved along with credit rating agencies and all that jazz. 2) Resources: Oil, Gold, Lithium and other resources you see on the periodic table: Now oil 'the black gold' drives several Muslim countries forward, gold is what makes the sisters happy, useful in making many, many things along with gases and lithium. Basically what you learn in organic and inorganic chemistry 101. A lot of positive things here. Cons are that they absolutely destroy animal/marine lives, habitats, irreversible ecosystem damage, pollution among other destructive things. 3) Popular stocks like Google, Apple, Tesla, Ford ..etc - all of the major companies are responsible for exploiting under-developed countries, making them work in sweat shops etc. On the benefit side, I could write a novel, I am sure we all can. So what we have established so far is that every high-volume industry has numerous advantage and disadvantages; they all play a huge part in Muslim and non-Muslim countries attracting investors of every background. 4) So investing in medicinal marijuana should be good, or even encouraged. Now hear me out: It has several strains and the academic scholarly studies conclude several benefits for patients of numerous illnesses/conditions, it helps people. Alcoholic derivatives are extensively used in antibiotics and other pharmaceuticals, which is fine, so should medical marijuana be as well. Heck investing in pharmaceuticals should be encouraged as it helps people fele better in large, cures medical conditions, saves lives and so forth compared to commodity-driven companies, banks, and other industries. A strong pharmaceutical base has a vital connection to save lives, and medicinal marijuana has been proven so far to do it's part. Sure it has a recreation side to it, but if I invest in companies that are only exposed to medicinal marijuana at the moment, why not take advantage of this emerging market, it helps the people, the society and also removes myself from blue chip stocks that do some harm along with good. I ask, what are your thoughts guys, is this reasoning sufficient, views, thoughts, discussion?
  4. "Pie thinks he knows who is to blame for the rise of Trump... and you're not going to like it!" No, I believe what he says is agreeable. It all makes sense. Have a listen yourself and share your thoughts. Do overlook his vulgar language.
  5. Find out how differences within Islam shape attitudes on evolution and its most famous protagonist, Charles Darwin. Iran Military Vlog #4: Evolution and Islam Hello guys, I have a vlog on Youtube and In my playlist Iran and the Sciences I added a new video shedding some light on the treatment of biological evolution in Iran and Saudi Arabia. Note that I'm not a biologist nor at all involved in the natural sciences, and some statements may be simplified for general audiences. Most of my information is pulled from E. Burton's research on school textbooks in Iran and Saudi Arabia. .
  6. Salaam For those interested, we have a Question Time panel discussion on the extent to which Sunnis and Shias can unite at Mahfil Ali on Saturday 14 September at 3pm. We are fortunate to have a panel of renowned experts: - Shaykh Ibrahim Mogra (Assistant Secretary General of the MCB) - Ajmal Masroor (British Imam, broadcaster and politician) - Dr. Musharraf Hussain (CEO & Chief Imam at the Karimia Institute) - Saeed Shehabi (London-based Bahraini political activist, and journalist) - Shaykh Zafar Abbas (Director of the Shia Institute of Islamic Studies, Former President of Majlis Ulama-e-Shia) To follow or participate in the debate on Twitter on the day, please use #sicm #sunni #shia within your tweets. These will be broadcast live on screen. To see the previous discussion in our series, see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y438Aa1y_Pk&list=TLixNRJqxeRj4 and to see all the programmes at our centre, please see our YouTube channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/sicmtv. https://www.facebook.com/events/509283962483946 Thanks Take careWsMiqdaad
  7. "Moeed Pirzada discusses with Shahsi Tharoor (member of Lok Sabha), Naseem Zehra (Direc. World Affairs, Dunya TV), Ejaz Haider (Exec. Direc. Jinnah Institute) that will India move a budge on its stances against Pakistan? " AIM: Prosperity/ Friendship with trust/ Peace and Solution! This discussion is not completely in our native language, But also in English.
  8. Salaam, Okay brothers and sisters, lets shake things up a bit. I want you to post the lyrics (Just the lyrics) of Music that you found inspiring, thought provoking etc. Let's leave out the youtube links and things, don't get me into trouble here, many shiachatters may not be ready for that. So I'll start... I though this song was very azadari-malanngi-like when I first heard it so here goes: Johnny Cash - Man In Black: Well, you wonder why I always dress in black, Why you never see bright colors on my back, And why does my appearance seem to have a somber tone. Well, there's a reason for the things that I have on. I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin' in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he's a victim of the times. I wear the black for those who never read, Or listened to the words that Jesus said, About the road to happiness through love and charity, Why, you'd think He's talking straight to you and me. Well, we're doin' mighty fine, I do suppose, In our streak of lightnin' cars and fancy clothes, But just so we're reminded of the ones who are held back, Up front there ought 'a be a Man In Black. I wear it for the sick and lonely old, For the reckless ones whose bad trip left them cold, I wear the black in mournin' for the lives that could have been, Each week we lose a hundred fine young men. And, I wear it for the thousands who have died, Believen' that the Lord was on their side, I wear it for another hundred thousand who have died, Believen' that we all were on their side. Well, there's things that never will be right I know, And things need changin' everywhere you go, But 'til we start to make a move to make a few things right, You'll never see me wear a suit of white. Ah, I'd love to wear a rainbow every day, And tell the world that everything's OK, But I'll try to carry off a little darkness on my back, 'Till things are brighter, I'm the Man In Black.
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