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We don't hear much positive stuff about Islam in the media and it seems like all I know about Islam comes from the Sunni side (and their radicals), what is Shia Islam about? and how does it differ? 

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In Shia Islam, we believe that Imams (as) are chosen by Allah and they carry on and protect the message of Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). 

Imams (as) are infallible and they have specific responsibilities in terms of guiding everyone in every corner of the world. 

Imam Jaf'ar Sadiq (as) opened up his own school of jurisprudence because he had the knowledge of all the Islamic laws (not through acquiring like how we do). Many Sunni scholars even went to his school such as Abu Hanifa, but due to ignorance they later deviated and mixed their own teachings with his, which is why you find some differences in Islamic laws between the Shia and the Sunni sect. For example, we wipe our feets but Sunnis wash theirs during Wudhu. Our Shia Imams not only focused on wars because their mission and vision went beyond that. This is why you find that whenever there was political stability in Arabia, our Imams (as) would be eager to spread their pure knowledge to their companions. Imam Musa Kadhim (as) even in jail managed to answer the fiqhi questions of his companions.

There are many difference but you would need to refer to books to get a better understanding such as Shia by Allama Tabatabai.

 

Edited by ali_fatheroforphans

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A colossal question.

Nicely answered above.

If I were to answer, in a nutshell,

1-the reason shia islam isn't really in the media is because it is a suppressed group of people, where over the past 1400 years they have been slaughtered non-stop due to opposing tyrants, like today's Saudi Arabia

2-It differs mainly in who we trust when understanding Islam - we take after the Prophet via his family, while Sunnis take from the companions, as well as the tyrants who have slaughtered the family of the Prophet (pbuhf).

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7 hours ago, Asghar Ali Karbalai said:

Sunni Islam

Allah, Quran, Prophet(saww), Ashaab(asws) and Ahlul Bayt(asws)

Shia Islam

Allah, Quran, Prophet(saww), Ahlul Bayt(asws) and Ashaab(asws).

To make it very brief that is how we differ ^.

Allah, Prophet (SAWW), Ahlul Bayt (as), Quran, and Ashaab. 

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House,

How are you?

I know some members have already give you great answers, I would just like to add to the above.

We differ from Ahul Sunna because we pay khumus to our marjaiya, we give high importance to ziyarat arba3een, and the most important fact is we follow wilayah of Amir al Mo2mineen Ali ibn Abi Taleb.

As for MSM, they view Shias as Imam Khomeini's revolution and Lebanon's Hizbollah as radical terrorists.  

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah

 

 

Lebanon in US action movies: Beirut starring Jon Hamm
 
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As`ad AbuKhalil
 
Lebanon often provided a venue for American and Western action films.  In the 1950s and 1960s, it was a place of international intrigue and espionagewhere spies intersected with other spies, and where car chases on mountainous roads provided for good movie scenes.  There were so many US and European movies shot in Lebanon in those times, with such titles: “The Sell-out”, “Masquerade”, “Man on the Spying Trapeze”, “Agent 505”, “Embassy”, among others. But that so-called peaceful Lebanon (where successive Israeli invasions and massacres don’t get a mention in Western movie accounts, and are rarely listed as the reason for undermining the old Lebanon—with all its flaws, inequities, and injustices) does not exist anymore.  The Lebanese civil war provided a totally different venue for American action films that were to come in the 1980s.
 
While the Lebanese civil war was too complex for American films—and even for Western media and scholarly accounts, and while American films rarely if ever cover international conflicts and wars unless there is a white savior who can be inserted into the plot, the American military intervention in Lebanon in the 1980s and the bombing of US marine barracks in 1983 and the civil war phase where US was fighting alongside the Phalanges death squads,  provided whole new scenarios for American action films, especially those which were produced by Israelis with tenuous or non-tenuouslinks to Mossad.  America was ready to take revenge, if not in reality than on the silver screen.
 
The Delta Force series of movies starring Chuck Norris were written and produced by the Israeli propagandist, Menachem Golan (who had servedin the Israeli military).  And the depiction of the Middle East was a vulgar variation of the stereotypes: religious fanaticism mixed with thuggery, and neighborhoods and streets are replicas of the worst Orientalist imaginations. Many of those movies had Israeli participation in set creations, production, and acting.  Arabic words are often (mis)pronounced with Hebrew accents. 
 
But one would think that times have changed and that Middle East depiction in films has improved a bit. The story line of the film, Beirut, was based on a script by well-known writer who was behind the Bourne plots starring Matt Damon.  Yet, the plot is nothing more than a cliché that always finds its way in US movies about the Middle East.  A good white Westerner is kidnapped by bloodthirsty Arabs.  And the good white American in the movie is a CIA agent who of course knows the region better than its natives.  But there are many elements of the movie that are woefully false, and often offensive.
 
Who, for example, would find a beach in Beirut where camels are strolling? And what is the deal with camels in Middle Eastern cities?  Camels are wonderful animals who played a big part in the lives of ancient Arab nomads, but times have changed, and even in Saudi Arabia the percentage of the population which still is nomadic is miniscule (less than 5%).  And in Lebanon, you would have to search for a days to find a camel (you can find some in the Biqa` valley, but it is almost impossible to find a camel in Beirut).  And why would camels be in Beirut—and on the beach?  
 
And the juxtaposition of the Lebanese civil war with the plot clearly reflected the ignorance of the writer about the civil war.  People who did not live in a civil war situation assume that people fought daily, and that there were no truces and that normal lives did not find a way to coexist with war.  There were often months of cease-fires that were rarely violated, and days of intense fighting were often followed by days of no fighting. Yet, the film assumes that fighting went on non-stop.  
 
And the Palestinian militia members had names that were not recognizable although the group in question resembled that of Fath-Revolutionary Council (the Abu Nidal organization).   But the notion that CIA forces or US embassy armed gunmen moved so freely in Beirut—especially in West Beriut as in the movie--and Lebanon is a figment of the imagination of the movie.  The movie should have reminded Americans that, in fact, from 1975 until 1982, the US diplomatic and military presence in Lebanon was (officially through understandings between the CIA and Force 17 of the Fath Movement) under the direct protection of the PLO (the PLO assigned the Lebanese Arab Amry, which split off from the Phalanges-controlled Lebanese Army, to protect the US embassy in Beirut). It was only after the evacuation of the PLO forces from Lebanon that US embassy was attacked and US diplomats and intelligence agents were kidnapped (the assassination of US ambassador Francis Meloy in 1976 was undertaken by a Lebanese leftist group, and the PLO had nothing to do with the assassination).  In the movie, the PLO is seen as rather less dominant than it actually was (militarily speaking).  And American diplomats moved in those days extremely cautiously in Beirut (especially after the assassination of US ambassador Francis Meloy) and with close coordination with the PLO in areas of West Beirut.  None of that was shown in the movie.
 
The movie also started with a high class party and an American CIA agent observed that Christians and Muslims sat apart during such social occasions.  Anyone who would say that has never been to Lebanon, and probably obtained this idea from Israeli experts (the lead Palestinian child in the movie is in fact played by an Israeli actor, or an actor with an Israeli sounding name).  Christians and Muslims mingled freely socially before, during, and after the war and the movie confused the later part of the civil war (where sectarian manifestations were quite pronounced) with the early phase of 1975-1982 when the Left vs Right was a key dimension of the war.
 
The movie also projected the current Islamic fundamentalist tide on the past, forgetting that secularism was the norm among Lebanese and Palestinians in West Beirut at that time. It was the Israeli invasion of 1982 which eradicated the PLO (and its great influence) from Lebanon and unleashed religious forces among Muslims of Lebanon and the region (Hizbullah never existed before the devastating and brutal Israeli invasion of 1982).  There was a scene in the movie where Christian fighters were watching a program showing bikini-clad women, and the implication of the scene was that Christians are not as conservative as Muslims.  In realty, bikini clad women could be found back then in predominantly Muslim West Beirut and (the exclusively) Christian East Beirut (the pro-US/pro-Phalange militias of the right managed to perpetrate whole sale massacres of the ethnic-cleansing type against Palestinian and Muslims Lebanese in the early 1975-76 phase of the war).
 
Also, in the early phase of the war 1975-76, the social scene among Muslims was much more secular than it became in the 1980s. Veiled women, and women wearing niqab were actually rare in those years. It was only in the 1980s, and especially after the Israeli invasion of Lebanon (and the Iranian Revolution and the spread of Wahhabi doctrine in the Muslim world) and the evacuation of the PLO which had a secularizing influence on Lebanese society, that veils became more common.
 
Also, Western accounts (fiction and non-fictions alike) of the Lebanese civil war always omits a basic fact: that US and Israel were heavily involved in the outbreak and prolongation of the war.  The recent book by James Stoker, Spheres of Interference, (which is based on new US declassified documents) reveals the extent to which the right-wing death squads of Lebanon were heavily sponsored by the US and Israel.  Just as US media today pretends that Israel (which bombed Syria well over 100 times) and which has links to various armed groups inside the country, is a bystander in the Syrian war.
 
There were references in the movie to bad elements in the CIA, and there were references to frictions between Mossad and the CIA. But the power of the Mossad was—typical in Western culture—highly exaggerated.  The various stumbles, foiled attempts, and exposure especially in Dubai when the local polices plastered pictures of Mossad agents around the world don’t affect the image of the Mossad in the West.  Finally, the movie talked about Israeli violence as if it was only directed at “terrorists”, while showing pictures of Israeli victims of Palestinian violence.  But Arabs can never be victims—not in Western media or movies.  And this movie was no different.
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On 11/20/2018 at 8:53 PM, Guest House said:

We don't hear much positive stuff about Islam in the media and it seems like all I know about Islam comes from the Sunni side (and their radicals), what is Shia Islam about? and how does it differ? 

Title of this thread is ' Why Shia"

You mean why follow Amir al-Muminin(Commander of the Faithful), Imam al-Muttaqeen(Leader of the Pious), Hujjah of Allah(awj)(Proof of Allah(awj), Mawla Ali ibn Abi Talib(as).

Question should be - Why Not ? What other alternative do you have to reach the teachings of  Muhammad Al-Mustafa ( peace be upon him and his pure progeny) .

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