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Assalam alaikum all, just to let those of you in the U.K know that the Arbaeen walk in London has been announced on Facebook. I would like to go to an Arbaeen walk myself, but don't think I would be able to attend this one, so I shall sit it out and wait until the 10th Day organise a date in Manchester. Still... Thought I'd pass it on incase you we're not aware.
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.
Assalam alaikum, I pray you are all in good health. I hope this is okay to put up, if not, accept my apologies. I joined this site to gain a little network of people who I could potentially make friends with. I am a Welsh born and raised 27 year old convert to Islam living in Lancashire, I am a Muslim first and foremost and after five years of studying the religion and encountering issues with people, I do not ascribe to any particular ideology, especially those that have parts that go against the Qur'an and the virtues of a Prophet, peace be upon them all. I say this because the maddhab I entered has contradictory elements to the two things I mentioned. I am looking to make and meet friends from Lancashire, Manchester, West Yorkshire or that general area. Anyone from these areas on here? Due to my ideological stance and my mental health (anxious, not psychotic, don't worry!), making friends has been very hard, I have had more glares than handshakes. I have never wanted to be treated exceptionally, my status as a convert means nothing, I don't want special treatment, I just want to be treated as a Muslim should be treated by another Muslim. I may be talking to an empty room, but I would like to find someone like-minded and mature. Someone who does not hate the others within our religion, I see many people on here who are very decent in this manner. Masha'Allah the attitude on here is better than a lot of Sunni attitudes regarding yourselves. I have come to follow and respect the scholarly opinions of people like Sheikh Hassan Farhan Al-Maliki, Dr.. Adnan Ibrahim, Ammar Nakshawani and some maliki scholars. Ayatollah Khamenei is someone I respect in global politics too. In terms of religious books besides scripture, I enjoy reading Ali ibn Hussain's works. Being a father to two very young children, my interests and hobbies take a backseat, but I like different cultures, cuisines, language, foreign language films, football, history and current affairs and travel (though I haven't done much recently). I say an empty room because I am not a typical Muslim in today's society I feel, when I hear of people with similar mindsets it fills me with joy, but they are always several thousands of miles away. I only ask for one friend, not hoards, my anxiety makes large crowds difficult, but one is okay. I feel I cannot completely talk to my Sunni friend about this, he is a very mature and understanding convert like me masha'Allah, but some topics I feel I should not mention in case I anger or upset him. Anyway, I don't know if this post is appropriate, but I don't know how else to reach out to people, until they make friendship apps for lonely and insecure Muslims, what else can I do? So if boxes are ticked or you know someone who sounds ideal, let me know somehow. Jazak Allahu kheir.
Guest posted a topic in General Islamic DiscussionAs-Salam-u-Alaikum everyone, I am currently a Masters by Research student studying the relationship between Sunni and Shia groups in Britain, my research is completely unbiased with no political or religious agenda whatsoever. I myself come from a mixed religious and cultural background and contradicting opinions on religion have been part of my upbringing, as such I very much appreciate a healthy debate. I have focussed on the relationship between Salafi and Shia groups in Britain and how that relationship has potentially evolved since the initial emergence of Salafism in Britain in the 1980s. I wanted to ask the people on this forum for their potential insight into these groups? Particularly what you think may be the biggest influencing factor: whether that might be essential theological differences, international or British politics or societal factors? Again, I would really appreciate any feedback you may have and thank you all in advance. If you would prefer to contact me directly my email address is firstname.lastname@example.org Jazakumullahu Khair
Petition Video: https://youtu.be/sZqb4jAXAoYAssalamu Alaykum Everyone! Please sign my petition https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/188170 about the wrongdoing of a major company in the UK. Please also share the links with your friends. Thanks.I’ve made a petition – will you sign it?Click this link to sign the petition:https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/188170My petition:Include companies' wrongdoings to employees in the list of protected disclosuresAllow all information about retail companies' wrongdoings to their employees to be published and protected by law. We want to know the names of companies that such allegations are about and see all information in relation to the allegations even if it is confidential or intellectual property.We demand that the government change the law on raising awareness about companies' wrongdoings called 'whistleblowing' (disclosure in the public interest). Retail companies that are doing wrong to their employees cannot be trusted. The public are customers of retail companies. Therefore, if such companies are doing wrong to an employee then the disclosure of the wrongdoing should always be protected by law as it is in the public interest to know about the wrongdoing.Click this link to sign the petition:https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/188170
MashAllah a PROFOUND step for the cause of Allah and the Ahlulbayt A.S! The Imam Hussain Blood Donation Campaign is the first & largest campaign within the UK which aims to encourage and inspire members of the Muslim community to give back to their society and help save lives through a simple yet selfless act such as blood donation. The IUS works in conjunction with NHS Blood and Transplant to arrange sessions in each city for people to come and donate. For more information about the campaign and how to get involved and how to donate visit our website: www.ius.org.uk/giveblood Follow us on Twitter & Instagram @ImamHussainBDC Follow us on Facebook - www.facebook.com/IHBDC Visit our Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Imam_Hus... http://youtu.be/8CoR-nN88LA
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