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I really admire this women. She speaks out with courage and intelligence, there isn't one thing she said wrong. Her attitude towards reform is correct and it really needs implementation. She even advocates the right for non-muslims to enter mekkah, the right for other places of worship to be built in cities, other than that of Mekkah and Medina, and that the sheikhs of the haram mosque shouldn't only have to be from the hanbali sect, but they should have sheikhs from all sects of Islam (including Shia) and there should be sheikhs from different nationalities, not only Saudis. Amazing Lady. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5gBhh2AyxRI
In The Name of Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì, The Most Beneficent, The Most Merciful. I just wanted this post to be, like many previous ones by others who are much more better than me in Akhlaq and more entitled to talk about this than me, be a reminder that we are supposed to stay moral, intellectual and within our limits and manners while on the forum. We must not be offensive, insulting or be intimidating to others just because it is a shia forum and we are Shias; we should not be thinking that since this is a Shia forum, we are the "dons" here and no one can oppose us. After all, the names of the respective forums are "debate","discussion" and like so in a debate, obviously, we should expect some opposition to our beliefs but this does not mean we should start getting angry at the other person. I would greatly commend those who are active in the "Philosophy, Atheism/Theism & Other Interfaith Dialogue" section which, in my view, is the most respectful, clean and all welcoming forum that I have found in the whole of Shiachat. Of course, this is just my view and you may disagree. One very good example is when KingPomba who is an atheist and not a Shia, saying "in this forum, we" which shows he considers the forum his own! This is the type of spirit we should be having when debating or discussing. We all know that theological and religious discussions are sensitive and we may be hurt but we must try to keep ourselves in control and let our anger get over us. Moving to a recent problem, I believe that this "mutah crew" vs. feminists (I don't mean to offend any of the people but I am just using it because that is how people recognise others or else I am very much against these classification and stuff) is getting WAY OUT OF HAND. I think we need to stop about that. For one thing, most of those some call the "mutah crew" like Haydar Husayn and Dawud have, most probably, never even done it in their lives. All they are trying to do is to support what they believe is the right interpretation of Islam so I really don't think it is wise to be calling people "Mutah man" or other names in an insulting manner or trying to portray them as immoral or indecent people. If they were, they would be doing so everyday and, if they even did, this was what they thought right (I am NOT saying that it is; neither do I support them nor the "feminists - I am not giving any views on this topic) and, surely, the line of immodesty for them is getting into an unmarried relationship so, ACCORDING TO THEM, they are not being indecent so if you think it is wrong try to change their views by discussions and NOT insults or trying to say they are "indecent". As for the "feminists", I think we must understand that they do NOT say that Mutah is haraam; all they say is that we must not use it too frequently and only as an extreme alternative. I won't comment on who is, in my view (if I have a view on this topic), right or wrong but all I am trying to say is that: 1. We must not misunderstand each other or, intentionally, misrepresent the views of those we disagree with. 2. We must not hurl insults at the others (something both sides are guilty of). 3. If we don't agree, try to explain in an intellectual manner and if they don't understand, leave them to their condition. There is absolutely no need for you to sin yourself - through insults - in trying to do Amar bil Ma'aroof and Nahi anil Munkar (Enjoinment of the Good and forbidding the evil). I don't see much use in trying to correct others while accumulating sins on your own self. I am NOT saying any one is acquiring sins but I am just tryign to give a general advice. There is, clearly, a difference in interpretation between the two parties and there is NO problem with that but why are we getting either offensive or insulting? Why can't we treat this conflict like all other conflicts on which there is a difference of opinion - The concept of Taqleed, The concept of Wilayatul Faqih, Shia and Sunni disputes and many others - whereby we don't get so angry by the differences on these topics so why should this conflict be any different? I am, by no means, trying to say that this topic is unimportant - I agree that the right interpretation of mutah is needed as it is a moral issue and if we are on the wrong side of the coin, we would not be following the Ahlulbayt (peace be upon them all) correctly - but is the debate between Shias and Sunni, for example, more important? After all, the differences between Shias and Sunnis comprises a lot more than just one issue and even if you are wrong on mutah, you are only wrong for one belief but when it comes to the issues of Shias and Sunnis, there is so much more - including mutah - such that if we get those wrong, we may be of the dwellers of the Hell. If we don't get so hostile on these important issues, why should this topic call for so much conflict amongst the Shias themselves? INSHALLAH, I have been helpful and have NOT hurt anyone. :) If I have, I am extremely sorry and ask them to forgive me. May Allah (SWT) bless us all, our families and loved ones, guide us all to The Straight Path with His Perfect Guidance, grant us all patience, increase our imaan and may He, The Forgiver of Sins and The Oft-Forgiving, forgive all our sins for, indeed, there is neither any refuge nor any respite for the sinners except in Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì.
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