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  1. Hello brothers and sisters, I have come to this forum in order to make myself feel at ease, as I don't know how to make things better any other way. My sister is an athiest. We grew up in a very loving home, although we had trouble with an abusive father (a father who grew up in a war torn country with a horrible upbringing) my mother is loving and is the most kind and caring person on this planet. She poured her life and soul into me and my siblings growing up. She has always been a very religious Muslim mother and she tried her very best to make us all pray and read the Quran. My father has changed a lot in the years and is not the violent person towards us as he was years ago, so I don't quite understand why my sister is the way she is now (if she says the reason is because of how my father used to be). I have not grown up to be the most religious person in the world, but I still know I have a very special relationship with Allah in my own special way. I know he is looking down at me and guiding me on the right path. I don't know why my sister turned out to not believe in God, but it makes me feel uneasy. My mother worked hard all her life to teach us how to pray and read the Quran, and I know it would break her heart to know one of her children turned out like this. Everytime I speak about our religion, she seems to dislike it more and more and I know theres nothing I can do to change her mind myself (she doesn't listen to me out of spite). I would like to ask a couple of questions, brothers and sisters please be kind. How do I make myself feel better about this? How can I help her, if that is possible? How do I deal with her doing and saying things out of spite? Does Allah show people the right path? Will Allah hate her for turning her back? As someone who isn't that religious I've come here with a lot of hope in my heart. Thank you.
  2. 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 ?
  3. Once upon a time I used to be quite strong in my beliefs but as the years have gone on, meeting new people and having new discussions has left me lost and aimless in terms of the 'path' that I follow. Of course I am Muslim - in that I believe in Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, his Prophets (pbut), his angels and the Holy Book. However as of late I have really been struggling to find my feet either in the shia thought of school or sunni (originally raised as a shia) - there are some aspects which just don't sit right with me and I can feel my heart reject it - but then I worry that the truth is merely being rejected as a result of my own unworthiness. I fear for my afterlife as I know there are certain elements within shia'ism that, should you not adhere to, will cause you grief in the next world i.e. belief in Imam Mahdi. My heart feels heavy, confused and lost. I want to find the truth but I feel whenever I try to it's as if I am knocking my head on a wall. Does anyone have any advice or ever been in a similar situation?
  4. How we can find our true identity. What are the practical steps in knowing the self (nafs).how to achieve the state of “man 'arafa nafsahu faqad 'arafa Rabbahu”. This particular Hadith is highly focused, qualified for achieving and realizing closeness to Allah (S). What practical steps are needed in order to recognize the self so that we will be able to recognize the RUBB"
  5. Assalamu 3alaykum. On the basis that there is dream interpretation by Imam Jaffar al Sadiq (As) as well as there being real dreams (in exclusion to nafsi and shaytanic inspired dreams) if you are pure when Allah Swt raises the souls when we are sleeping (As mentioned in the Holy Quran), Is there a specific dua one can make to rely on Allah Swt to see a dream for guidance, the Imams (As), the Prophet (Sawa), a hint of the future or something symbolic? I personally have heard of experiences where people have had dreams that ended up being something true or two people having the same or similar dream of something that potentionally had meaning. JazakAllah kheir.
  6. ------------Dear Reader - Please consider to subscribe to my blog via email. This will serve as an acknowledgement of readership and encourage me to serve the mission of Ahlul Bayt. To subscribe please visit my blog website (http://losthumanity.org) and on the top right hand side enter your email address and click the "Follow" button. Many thanks for your support and encouragement. Posting frequency is about 2 posts per month. The goal of the blog is to spread the teachings of Ahlul Bayt (AS) to as wide an audience as possible. Below is an excerpt from my latest post - inspired by a saying of Imam Hasan (as).-----------Life of Dignity and Honor An important thing that distinguishes a human being from all other creation is a deep innate sense of honor and a desire to live a respectable and noble life. No human being wants to live a life of disgrace and humiliation. Of course there are other distinctions between humans and animals - like the power to reason which enables us to make decisions and act on them. This power can be used to raise ourselves to higher levels of existence. At the same time, when used inappropriately, we risk dropping down lower than the lowest of creation. We recognize easily the power of reason and intellect. We are born with the ability to choose our own course in life and have been designed with outstanding powers to discover, resolve, and reason. Yet, we may not always understand our inborn sense of honor, even though the Creator created us with honor and dignity. Each and every one of us is a highly valuable creation. We are His best creation and we by far exceed any other creation in existence. The paramount and most pressing question then is, how does one live a life of honor and reach it's highest point? [continue reading at: http://losthumanity.org/2015/03/06/life-of-dignity-and-honor] -- Lost Humanity Bloghttp://losthumanity.org (Please subscribe to my blog - on the top right hand side enter your email address and click the "Follow" button. Many thanks for your support and encouragement.)
  7. Teachings of Imam Ali: Abstemiousness February 7, 2015By Shoeb Bhinderwalain Ahlul Bayt,Guidance,Imam Ali, Self-ImprovementLeave a commentEdit The teachings of the Ahlul Bayt provide us with the correct perspective from which to look at this world. Imam Ali (divine guide and successor of Prophet Muhammad) on numerous occasions explains the realities of this world. He provides us with the required insight, clears our concepts and gives us the correct viewpoint and angle from which to look at this world. The attention and energy we devote to a task is directly proportional to the importance we attach to it. Yes this world is an important place and deserves our attention but from a very different perspective. This world is nothing but a working ground for the hereafter and we have been honored by being granted an opportunity to prove ourselves, to struggle and become victorious in the path towards our Creator. Our relationship to this world is like the relationship of the farmer with the farm. The land is just a means to reap the harvest and not a goal in and of itself. O people! Look at the world in the same way that a Zaahid looks at it. Turn away from it. — Imam Ali, Nahjul Balagha, Sermon 103 A good example is that of a true sportsman who feels honored by being selected to participate in a competition. He appreciates the opportunity granted to him to prove his abilities. His attention and sole focus is nothing but to excel and prove his sportsmanship. During the competition he will live very much like a Zaahid - he would be detached materially from the splendors and attractions of the location. He will keep away from feasting and merrymaking. He will exercise self-discipline and orient his lifestyle with the single goal of excelling in the competition. He would be cautious and wary of the dangers that could impair or harm his performance. He would be knowledgeable and learned in the ways and techniques of his sport. And when victorious, the sense of achievement and the accompanying feeling of satisfaction would suffice as his reward and compensation. Continued => http://losthumanity.org/2015/02/07/teachings-of-imam-ali-abstemiousness-2/ -- Lost Humanity Blog (http://losthumanity.org)
  8. The Noble Qur'an is the Universal Message of the Creator (in his own words). The Message is first and foremost directed to the Holy Prophet and the Ahlul Bayt (the qualified and divinely appointed successors of the Prophet) so that they can convey and explain it to us. There are two keys to unlock the [...] Read more of this post: http://losthumanity.org/2014/05/17/luminosity-of-the-heart-and-the-words-of-the-creator/ -- Lost Humanity Blog http://losthumanity.org
  9. (bismillah) (salam) Nouman `Ali Khan and Bayyinah Institute visit and hold Jumu'ah at the nursing home of Robert Devlia. Warning: Prepare to shed a tear! loved the part when he began describing Rasoolillah Õáì Çááå Úáíå æÂáå. His description reminded me of the many ahadith that speak of his [sawa] appearance, clothing style and physical features such as the bright whiteness of his [sawa] teeth, and the way he spoke, which brother David mentions amongst other things. SubhanAllah his description of the Prophet [sawa] is remarkable! By Allah the heart of every true Muslim years for the moment of meeting al-Mustafa!. May Allah raise us amongst his Umma on the Day of Account and may we be granted the honour of meeting him in the Akhira. Background: Robert Devila is paralysed down from neck to toe and lives in a nursing home. A friend had left him a Crucifix which belonged to David's best friend, who lived with Robert in the nursing home, which hung on his his bed post. His friend had found a donor and left to receive treatment only to never return. David's friend had died on the operating table. One night, David had a dream and saw a man speaking to a group of people in the desert who were sitting and listening attentively to him. David, who say's in previous dreams, feels pain in his legs and cannot walk, yet here he finds himself standing about 20 feet away from the group of men. It was dark. A fire was lit and the men were siting by it, listening to the man exhorting them. Robert then see's the Crucifix in the corner of his eye. The man then turns to David, pointing at the Crucifix, and gently says: God did not send Messenger's so the people could worship them. He sent Messenger's so the people could worship Him. Jesus walked in the market place and he ate food. He was a man. He was a Prophet.' I will leave David to narrate the rest: This is one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Please take time to thank Allah for all the things He has given you. Robert has had almost everything taken away from him and Allah gave him Islam in return. But yet, subhanAllah, look at the happiness, the Nūr and contentment on his face. Please share and enjoy this heart-warming story. There is no guidance but Allah's guidance! For the background of this inspirational story, please watch the following by Nouman `Ali Khan: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZpeIw8jj-WI Quranic narrative of God’s conversation with Jesus the son of Mary عليه السلام on the Day of Judgement, recounting some events in the life of Prophet Jesus: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0trOgZ-ydTU
  10. Oh lost man! Think about escape every single day of your life. If you are able to escape in this world then escape in the Hereafter will be easier. But escape is not easy. And what is it really that we need to escape from? Every day is a different game. It presents us with […] Read more of this post at: http://losthumanity.org/2014/04/05/where-is-the-escape/ -- Lost Humanity Blog http://losthumanity.org
  11. Man is constantly gravitated downwards by his base and selfish desires and must struggle to overcome the strong gravitational pull of his lower self to reach the higher goals of existence. Just like the seed which battles to survive in the soil, struggles to extract the right nutrients, and fights the forces of nature and gravity to seeking the higher ground where it can live it’s purpose and deliver the fruits of it’s labor to the world. [ continued ... ] Read more of this post at: http://losthumanity.org/2014/03/03/nafs-and-self-struggle/ -- Lost Humanity Blog http://losthumanity.org
  12. The enemies intend to extinguish the Wilayah (Leadership and Guardianship) of the Ahlul Bayt but Allah shall protect it and perfect it. When Al Qaim (the last member of the Ahlul Bayt) shall rise then Allah will make the Truth prevail over all other religions. Let me first define what is meant by the term Awakening of Desire. By this term, is meant the brutal, harsh, severe, [ ... ] If the events and narrations reported about the merits of Ali had not been so famous, so profuse and so numerously reported, their reporting would have been stopped out of fear of the Umayyad dynasty because of the intensity of their enmity towards him. If it had not been for the fact that God, the Exalted, had some hidden purpose known by those given knowledge of it, in continuation of Ali’s name, no story would have been reported about his virtues and none of his virtues would have been known. It is indeed a miracle that the name of Ali has survived to this day despite the centuries of persistent efforts to obliterate his name and merits from the pages of history. Continue reading at: http://losthumanity.org/2014/02/08/ali-and-the-awakening-of-desire/ Lost Humanity Blog http://losthumanity.org
  13. Living a Life of Honor http://losthumanity.org/2014/01/20/living-a-life-of-honor/ Oh Creator! None can elevate the one that you abase, and none can abase the one that you elevate! – Imam Ali in Dua-e-Yastasheer No matter how much we try or how good our intentions are, understand that ultimately honor is bestowed only by our Creator. On the other hand, if we are on a relentless path of deceit and corruption, no matter how much ... Continue reading at: http://losthumanity.org/2014/01/20/living-a-life-of-honor/ Lost Humanity Blog http://www.losthumanity.org
  14. ASA everyone. Now, most muslims will generally say that humans have free will but that Allah(swt) knows what will happen before it will happen and that he can alter things as he so pleases. However, when reading the Quran it is not that simple. It seems to me that two points are made simultaneously, the first being that humans control whether or not they will accept faith and guidance and the other being that it is not up to an individual but all up to Allah(swt). If it is up to Allah(swt), then doesn't it seem unfair that he will misguide some people and guide others? This is really bothering me. Feedback and thoughts are appreciated. Verses: Decisions The Qur'an is a warning to all men: to those who have the will to walk straight or upright, yet no one can decide to do so except the ones who are given that ability by Allah (81:27-29, 76:29-30). The Test Man was created from a drop of semen for the purpose of being tested. He is given sight, hearing and instructions to see whether he will be grateful and go to paradise. In paradise there will be drinking of wine flowing from a constant fountain while in Hell there will be chains, harnesses and blazing fire (76:2-6). Guidance Allah guides whom he pleases to the straight way (10:25). Allah decides who will be left to stray and who will be guided (35:8). Allah opens or hardens hearts to Islam (39:18-22). He gives some little and others much (39:52). Faith No one can have faith unless Allah gives him permission. Allah will severely punish those who do not have the sense to believe (10:100). Ordained Misfortune Allah decrees ahead of time every bad thing that happens to the earth or individuals (57:22). Control over All Creatures There is not a living creature whose hair is not in the grasp of Allah (11:56). Created for Hell Whomever Allah guides follows the right way and whoever he causes to be led astray will be the losers. Many men and genies are already created for Hell (7:178,179). Allah Causes Error It is impossible for a person to correct those who Allah has caused to be in error (4:88). Personal Responsibility Those who reject Allah’s communications are deaf and dumb. They are in utter darkness. Allah misleads some and puts others on the right way (6:39). Apostles give good news and warnings to mankind. Those who believe and mend their ways will have nothing to fear and not regret. But those who deny Allah’s revelations will be punished for their sins (6:48,49). Evil Leaders Placed and Punished Allah has placed evil leaders in every town who plot evil. Soon they will be punished for their evil plans (6:123, 124). Fill Hell If Allah had willed he could have given everyone true guidance, but the word of Allah is that he will fill Hell with men and jinn (32:13, 11:119, 7:18). This is really bothering
  15. Imam Ali – Guide in the Wilderness Few are the men who are patterned like Ali ibn Abi Talib. Life itself rises with them, as they appear scattered along the crossroads of generations, like lamps that guide those who journey. Despite their fewness, they are like pillars through which can be seen the courtyards of magnificent buildings; holding on their shoulders the […] Continue reading at: http://losthumanity.org/2013/12/25/imam-ali-guide-in-the-wilderness/ Lost Humanity Blog http://www.losthumanity.org (Note: Please subscribe to the blog to receive automatic email notifications of new postings. Visit the blog site and enter your email address on the top right section.)
  16. Lately in life i have been facing some major life changing decisions. I don't know what path to take, i feel like i'm lost. I don't know what i want in life anymore, the pressure and stress really kills my mood. Lately i have not been the devoted muslim i am know, (nothing haram of course). I feel like i'm alone in this world, to survive by myself. I'm confused and lost. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
  17. Salam Brothers and sisters, I have got a job in London and I am moving from Manchester for the first time. we are a young couple with no babies, we want to ideally move in an area where we can find imambargah and an easy link to canary wharf. I am willing to travel upto an hour depending on the area I get to live in and looking for a reasonable accommodation. Can someone please help.
  18. While at University, I had begun to do a personal evaluation of my own faith based on my understanding of the historical proceedings that took place after the death of the Prophet (SAAW), I always loved the household of the prophet Muhammad. I could never wrap my mind around what happened to them after the expiration of prophecy, though interestingly I had no doubt in the “four rightly guided caliphs”. But after doing an academic study of the faith I was brought up in, and the history in particular, I decided that belief in God and living by the golden rule was good enough. I’ll just be ‘spiritual’ and call it a day.” Though I did come from a religious family I had a Sunni background with most of my family being of malikki denominations. The only exception to this background was that of my Uncle. At that time of he was a student of an offshoot of The shia seminary in Ghana known as Ahlu Bait. As “fate” would have it shortly after entering University I did in fact become a follower of the Jaafari school of thought. “Even after my rejection of sects in religion I had still continued to study somewhat and be open to different paths. Over time Shia Islam started to resonate with me more and more and my anti-sectarian religion stance started to soften. One morning my heart just wanted to be a Shia Muslim. Currently, I am a student in Malaysia, and the Malaysian community are quite aggrassive towards the shia and so i have kept my faith hidden, But sometimes, people still observe my practices and engage me into little debates why I do certain things, eventhough I am new to shiism, I have studied deep into thee shia faith and I have always have answers for them. Finally, I would like brothers and sisters here to suggest, for me which institute anywhere in the world where I can pursue immense knowledge in the the Jafari school of thought. I do not speak Arabic, neither do I speak Persian or Urdu, I only speak English and French, and I would love to study in any of these medium if possible, I rally have to because I consider my guidance as a light for my people, because most of them including the Ulama in my neighbourhood, still hold the fictitious allegations beliefs created by the Rawafids agaist the shia school. Like the belief Gebrail made a mistake and so on, These people have no idea about shiism and most of them have never even met a shia before but the hatred the bore agaist the shia is so grat due to their ignorance. May Allah guide us all. Salawat Alaa Muhammad wa Aali Muhammad.
  19. Salam alaikum, This article introduces a new book to the public which brings guidance and certainty to the heart. This article gives details and you may order this book from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. http://www.islamicin...conclusion.html Wasalam
  20. Asalaamualaiukum and Ramadhan Mubarak! Applications are now open for: Certificate in Islamic Counselling Skills September 2011 – Jan 2012 Weekends in Central London Contact: Tel.01582 411900 or email mail@islamiccounselling.info · Develops helping skills from an Islamic perspective, based on Qur’an and Sunna – and helps you to develop yourself!· Shows how the Islamic Science of Self illuminates modern therapeutic techniques· Improves effectiveness in your work in any people-facing situation – you do not have to change profession.· Is inclusive and non-sectarian, no prior experience of counselling required, anyone with respect for the Islamic model is welcome.· Offers a nationally accredited qualification (by the CPCAB) Who we are: Stephen Maynard & Associates are pioneers in the field of Islamic Counselling - applying therapeutic techniques through best practice from an Islamic framework. Recognized leaders in this field, we work in conjunction with organizations such as Cambridge Muslim College, Parkside CAMHS, Muslim Youth Helpline, Birmingham LA, Leeds PCT and many more to further develop the practice of Islamic Counselling in the UK. www.islamiccounselling.info stop press: Islamic Counselling Seminar in November 2011. Mail us to register interest.
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