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1 hour ago, Who_Am_I said:

Walaikum Salam

I am just trying to make myself better (self combat) . I know if every one do this the world be automatically the best place by the grace of Almighty. 

That's very good. Being your best self helps a lot to make the world better. 

But I'm pretty sure everyone won't make themselves the best they can be, so those of us who care and are aware are going to want to work extra. 

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I write a lot. I'm working on a book right now that I'm satisfied with. :) 

I also am a listener on 7cups, which is an online chat to talk about your problems such as anxiety, relationship issues, depression, parenting stress. It can be slightly taxing at times helping others, but I love it. :) After I get my English degree and start teaching, I'd like to go back to school to become a therapist. 

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9 minutes ago, kirtc said:

There is an "us verses them"! identifying the enemies of ahul beyt and combating them by sword or pen is part of making the world a better place and wajib. Too many shias fail to see this.

I do not agree bro'. The strategy of Ahl al-Bayt a.s. was never built on annihilation. Look at end of the war in Siffin and the Hasan-Muawiya treaty. War was only an emergency option.

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5 minutes ago, kirtc said:

ya well like i said... too many shias fail to see that they have a clear enemy working against them.

I agree and I feel the pain of the arrows as well. Lot of filthy propaganda. Time after time I have to talk with brain-washed people who believe Shia muslims are bad or Shiaism was started by a hypocrite jew.

Sunni's (those of them who were in charge back then) killed a part of the Prophet s.a.w.a.s. But that is what they do not tell their laymen.

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I don't know if this counts, but I tutor quite a few children which is obviously a very good cause. 

I also take part in these week long trips in rural areas of Australia, to mentor and tutor the indigenous(Aboriginal) children who are disadvantaged in terms of education.

On a large scale, I don't think I am doing much at all.

I really hope to improve my character and become very pious. The world is too big and the most important thing is that you become the change you want to see in this world as Ghandi said.

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2 hours ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

I write a lot. I'm working on a book right now that I'm satisfied with. :) 

jw whats your book about?

I'm doing one on youth issues, Inshallah I'll be done by the time of Mawlid un Nabi :)

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4 hours ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

I write a lot. I'm working on a book right now that I'm satisfied with. :) 

I also am a listener on 7cups, which is an online chat to talk about your problems such as anxiety, relationship issues, depression, parenting stress. It can be slightly taxing at times helping others, but I love it. :) After I get my English degree and start teaching, I'd like to go back to school to become a therapist. 

I have used that site before in the past. One day I Googled "I need someone to talk to" and that site came up! Thought it was a cool idea and I think it really did help me to some extent, just venting everything that was stressing me out. 

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2 hours ago, kirtc said:

There is an "us verses them"! identifying the enemies of ahul beyt and combating them by sword or pen is part of making the world a better place and wajib. Too many shias fail to see this.

If a person isn't your brother in religion, he is your brother in humanity. Yes, we have enemies, but it's not beneficial to anyone to enforce the animosity. Very few would still be enemies if they had knowledge. 

2 hours ago, kirtc said:

ya well like i said... too many shias fail to see that they have a clear enemy working against them.

There are evil people, it's true. But it seems to me that the ideology is the enemy, not the individuals. 

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2 minutes ago, notme said:

If a person isn't your brother in religion, he is your brother in humanity. Yes, we have enemies, but it's not beneficial to anyone to enforce the animosity. Very few would still be enemies if they had knowledge. 

There are evil people, it's true. But it seems to me that the ideology is the enemy, not the individuals. 

Your use of the words  "knowledge" and "ideology".

There was a movie l saw back in the 50s. ln the dialogue the discussion is about conflict and attitudes. The one actor's dialogue expressed the idea that mankind in the modern age does not have "anymore excuses"  to act the way he does. Political ideals are failures, racial ideas are un-true, social strati is subjective --all in an effusive media landscape; to summarize what he said.

Personally, l have come to think that ideology is highly equivalent to emotionalism.

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2 hours ago, Mansur Bakhtiari said:

jw whats your book about?

I'm doing one on youth issues, Inshallah I'll be done by the time of Mawlid un Nabi :)

My book is a Young Adult novel on loneliness, eating disorders, identity, mental health, recovery in unconventional ways. The protagonist of the novel attempts to find something to live through suicidal thoughts and decides to kill herself by a certain time if she doesn't.

She finds purpose working in a closing floral shop and attempts to help prevent the store from closing and works through her own issues and with finding independence and healing after her boyfriend's death and other various changes. 

Inshallah your book will turn out great! Can't wait to read it. :) 

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51 minutes ago, ireallywannaknow said:

I have used that site before in the past. One day I Googled "I need someone to talk to" and that site came up! Thought it was a cool idea and I think it really did help me to some extent, just venting everything that was stressing me out. 

I'm really glad to hear that the site has helped you. :) Sometimes, it really just helps to talk to someone who is willing to listen. :) 

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42 minutes ago, kirtc said:

. Im not telling you to carry a gun and go into war @notme but at least acknowledge injustice and tyranny and learn to do your part in combating it, be it awareness or sending food to the hungry, or even petitioning against gender change and yemen wars. Recognize your enemy. What do you think being shia is about? What was Karabala about? 

Well, yes. Part of what I'm talking about is combating injustice and tyranny, defending the oppressed no matter whether we agree with him or not. 

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1 hour ago, kirtc said:

You are one of the shias im talking about.

2 shias were killed in saudi today, 90 in kabul, 27 in iraq yesterday. Are these imaginary people? Are they just some words written in a newspaper? Or are they not real people with families whose whole lives have been disrupted by someone? Are they not all caused by wahhabism? The saudi royal family is responsible for wahhabism, in turn the american govt for supplying weapons and support to them. Do they not have a hand in starving 4 million yemenis? Or are Yemenis only words you read in articles? Tell me how and what you are doing to stop this? You dont even acknowledge it. You live in peace therefore it is someone else's problem.

Well the same people destroying your muslim brother's lives are also destroying their own people. Kids now have gender changes, everyone is on zoloft and prozac, pornography is everywhere... But tell me again how we need "excuses". Keep your head in the dirt like an ostrich. Be the pacifist. Im not telling you to carry a gun and go into war @notme but at least acknowledge injustice and tyranny and learn to do your part in combating it, be it awareness or sending food to the hungry, or even petitioning against gender change and yemen wars. Recognize your enemy. What do you think being shia is about? What was Karabala about? 

all this is great , but the first step as he mentioned above is to fight ourselves then we can do all these things easily  

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40 minutes ago, amr said:

all this is great , but the first step as he mentioned above is to fight ourselves then we can do all these things easily  

We're actually all saying the same only approached from diffirent angles. One is the Hasan type, the other the Hussayn type. The cause is however one.

However we are not on the battlefield. So dialogue and spreading the truth is our mission now.

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2 hours ago, Islandsandmirrors said:

My book is a Young Adult novel on loneliness, eating disorders, identity, mental health, recovery in unconventional ways. The protagonist of the novel attempts to find something to live through suicidal thoughts and decides to kill herself by a certain time if she doesn't.

She finds purpose working in a closing floral shop and attempts to help prevent the store from closing and works through her own issues and with finding independence and healing after her boyfriend's death and other various changes. 

Inshallah your book will turn out great! Can't wait to read it. :) 

Can't wait to read yours! My family has a history of mental issues. My father has paranoia, my mother has anxiety, my uncle has schizophrenia and I suffered from ADHD, depression and paranoia.

Though luckily we both have Islam to guide us :)

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5 hours ago, kirtc said:

You are one of the shias im talking about. ... 

l missed something here. How does my memory of a movie dialogue expressing the inadequacy of the modern Man's rhetoric have to do with being "one" of whatever you are "talking about" ?

Over in "New 2017 Shi'aChat Book Club" thread, @starlight posted is the book Polarization Around the Character of Ali ibn Abi Talib  by M. Mutahari which l finished tonight. I used the pdf download at al-islam.org/printpdf/book/export/html/43886 . On page 55 are three groups Imam Ali condemned: the Nakithun, the Qasitun and the Mariqun.  Which is part of the book's discussion about conflicts within lslam. At the bottom of the page is this quote of Imam Ali's, "When l took up the reins of gov't one party broke their allegiance[nakathah], another missed the truth of the religion[maraqah], and another deviated[qasatah]."  And as elsewhere in the book, only Quran is law and basis of gov't.

By your comment @kirtc which one of these -if any- did you mean about me?  And no, l ain't being belligerent. MY COMMENT reflected the inadequacy of secular knowledge and belief systems.

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