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Peace and blessings upon The Prophet and His Family, 

Can somebody help me find this picture. It’s a picture of mourners beating their chests in the background while a gentleman with braids can be seen crying. Thanks.

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On 4/7/2019 at 7:30 AM, starlight said:

Raping females is becoming an epidemic in India. Castration seems like a practical option.

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/child-rapist-let-out-of-jail-6-months-ago-rapes-kills-9-yr-old/amp_articleshow/68758623.cms

I agree. I have no problem with castration and public humiliation of all rapists. 

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54 minutes ago, notme said:

I agree. I have no problem with castration and public humiliation of all rapists. 

I would vote for that even though I don't usually vote. I heard of some talk of the United Kingdom government considering chemical castration for criminals. I wonder what happened as I do not follow the news.

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1 hour ago, Murtaza1 said:

I would vote for that even though I don't usually vote. I heard of some talk of the United Kingdom government considering chemical castration for criminals. I wonder what happened as I do not follow the news.

The public humiliation part is also vitally important. Maybe shave their heads and parade them down a street in a public ritual in which all people who have suffered a sexual assault or know someone who has are encouraged to jeer and throw smelly objects into their path to trip them up. Not only would it discourage these crimes, it also might be cathartic to the victims. 

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On 4/7/2019 at 10:58 AM, notme said:

Maybe shave their heads and parade them down a street in a public ritual

People do throw things at them when they are escorted in blacked out security vehicles to court and jails but it's not good enough because we don't see them inside the vehicles. I'm not sure if shaving their head would work as some of them are already bald and strive on that thuggish image and behaviour. I say bring back hanging along with castration or electric chair and watch the crime go down.

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On 4/7/2019 at 7:30 AM, starlight said:

Raping females is becoming an epidemic in India. Castration seems like a practical option.

https://m.timesofindia.com/city/mumbai/child-rapist-let-out-of-jail-6-months-ago-rapes-kills-9-yr-old/amp_articleshow/68758623.cms

They should get punished according to sharia and as far as I know the punishment for rape is death.

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Just a clarification regarding questions number 1, when I say stop your prayers I mean stop them in the middle of your prayers. For example: is it OK to interrupt your prayers if your facing mortal danger or if someone is trying to steal your wallet while in prayers?

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For those of you who don't know Urdu, it says 'my heart is 2GB but the sorrows inside it are 32GB':verryhappy:...well, mine are close to 256GB.

Alhumdollilah. 

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10 hours ago, starlight said:

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For those of you who don't know Urdu, it says 'my heart is 2GB but the sorrows inside it are 32GB':verryhappy:...well, mine are close to 256GB.

Alhumdollilah. 

Gigabites are smaller than Megabites. So unless it said GB I don’t think the guy needs to go to hospital lol 

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9 minutes ago, Nevsevug said:

Is wine vinegar halal?

Yes it seems like its halal according to this article Sistani says wine vinegar is halal. Here is the relevant paragraph and link to the full article:

Vinegar made from wine is considered both tahir and halal to drink, as long as it turns into vinegar. The process of wine turning into vinegar is called inqilab (change) in Islamic jurisprudence. Ayatollah Sistani, in A Code of Practice for Muslims in the West, is asked the following question: “There is this vinegar that is made from wine, in the sense that it was wine and then, through a manufacturing process, changed into vinegar. Therefore, the label on the bottle reads: “wine vinegar” as opposed to the vinegar made from barley or other items…[can this vinegar be consumed]?” He answers: If the name “vinegar” can be applied in the view of common people upon that product, as has been assumed in the question, the same rule governing vinegar would apply to it. [That is, it is pure as well as permissible.]” Ayatollah Khamenei, via Imam Khomeini’s Tawdih al-Masa’il states that “alcohol which turns into vinegar by itself or through mixing with another substance, e.g. salt or vinegar, becomes tahir” and permissible to consume.

http://ijtihadnet.com/permissibility-wine-vinegar-balsamic-vinegar/

 

 

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From these two Hadith in Kitab Al-Kafi:

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H 602, Ch. 35, h1
Muhammad ibn Yahya has narrated from Ahmad ibn Muhammad from ibn
Mahbub from ‘Amr ibn Abu al-Miqdam from Jabir who has said that he heard
Abu Ja‘far, recipient of divine supreme covenant, say the following:
“No one from the people has claimed to have collected the
whole of the Holy Qur'an (in a book form) as it was revealed. If
anyone comes up with such a claim, he is a liar. No one
collected this Holy Book and memorized as Allah, the Most
Holy, the Most High, revealed it except Ali ibn Abu Talib,
recipient of divine supreme covenant, and 'A'immah after him.”

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H 603, Ch. 35, h2
Muhammad ibn al-Husayn has narrated from Muhammad ibn al-Hassan from
Muhammad ibn Sinan from ‘Ammar ibn Marwan from al-Munakhkhal from

Jabir from Abu Ja‘far, recipient of divine supreme covenant, who has said the
following:
“No one is able to claim that with him is the whole of the Holy
Qur'an, its apparent and hidden essence, except the executors of
the will of the Holy Prophet, recipient of divine supreme
covenant..”

Both (related) Hadith generated a thought in me, regarding the Qur'an itself. We already (as Shia) know very well there is both the Inner and Outer layers of the Qur'an (Batin and Zahir) and how important the role of the Twelve Imams and Ahlbayt are (peace be upon them all) to understanding it. 

The thing that interests be about those two Hadith, in relation to how Imam Ali (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) had a complete copy of the Qur'an before Prophet Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) died, is that there is a truly tangible yet ineffable inter-relation between the Outer Qur'an and both the Ahlbayt and the Twelve Imams, an Inner reflection of the Qur'an. 

Both reflect a divine sublimity, one being our Eucharist, the holy book itself which lives through us and has no time and place, not 610CE nor 2019CE but both. The Prophet, Ahlbayt, The Imams being it's wisdom lived through fourteen incredible chosen people, all with the Book of the Qur'an itself blending together revealing the pure light (Nur) itself experienced through every true, genuine Muslim that has ever lived. Living testaments to the divine, transcendent, Unicity of Allah (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). 

Not to knock Sunnis too much but there is an essential quality that their side of succession doesn't answer for, coming from the side of Ali (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم). I mention this in this paragraph, as the quoted Hadith really hint towards the reality of the Qur'an truly being embodied by two dual sides that form perfect unity with each other, I believe the relationship is symbiotic. 

They (Ahlbayt/Imams) were the Gates to the city of the Knowledge given to Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) by Allah, now (until the Mahdi comes) their sayings and lives are the Keys that unlock the Living Qur'an after their body's deaths. It makes sense with the Imam Mahdi (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), that he will bring the renewal, the overwhelming fullness of the Qur'an received by Muhammad (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم), Ali (صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) and the rest of the Imams back to the Ummah in a way unimaginable and what we do know about the Ultimate Reality of Allah saw will be increased! Alhamdulillah!

Subhanallah brothers and sisters 

 

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On 4/7/2019 at 3:30 PM, IbnSina said:

I got two questions:

1. When is it okay to stop your prayers? In what sitautions?

2. What are some of the recommended acts when visiting the grave of a Muslim family member?

I found the answers to the questions for whoever is also interested in knowing:

1. It is okay to stop your prayers while still in prayer if you are either in mortal danger or if you risk loss of property. Such as someone trying to steal your wallet while you are praying. This is 100% certain, then there are some differences in opinion among scholars regarding what more scenarios that you are allowed to stop your prayers in.

Thanks for brother @Sumerian for the info.

2.

Found this: http://www.duas.org/visitgraves.htm

Alos was told that the best days and times to visit the graves are either monday morning/afternoon or thursday morning/afternoon.

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What time is best (islamically or in your opinion) to do salat al layl? Also is it okay if I start out with the easy method (less nafilah)?

What are some easy everyday recommended acts we can perform?

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9 hours ago, Nevsevug said:

What time is best (islamically or in your opinion) to do salat al layl?

As close to fajr as possible. 

9 hours ago, Nevsevug said:

it okay if I start out with the easy method (less nafilah)?

No problem. Just do 2 rakats Sha'fa and one rakat witr until the time you feel ready to do more. Even then you can do Shaf and witr on most days and do all 11 rakats on just fridays nights. 

9 hours ago, Nevsevug said:

What are some easy everyday recommended acts we can perform?

1. Gift something to Imam e Zamana(عليه السلام) every single day. It could be 2 rakats nafilah prayer, one surah while driving to work, or a 10/50/100 times salawat.You can do the same for other Masoomen(عليه السلام) on Wiladat and Shahdat days.

2. Recite and ponder over a few verses of Qur'an everyday. 

3. Dua Ahad at least once a week after morning prayers.You are giving allegiance to the Imam of our time, so really mean it when you are reading it.

4. I really love the whispered prayers of Imam Sajjad(عليه السلام) and there are other duas like Tawassal, Kumayl, Nudba from Mufatih ul Jinan that you can read from time to time. 

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Congratulations to the believers on the birthday of Abal Fadl Abbas(عليه السلام)!

Ya Abal Fadl!

Remember to recite his ziyara and do the 2 rakah ziyara prayers.

https://www.shiatv.net/video/0739df29a211fead6ded

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I love space science stuff, but I'm tired of hearing about black holes already! They've been hyping this "major announcement" for a week; it's inevitably going to disappoint all but the specialists. 

Ah well. I guess it's time to check the big announcement. Woohoo. 

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40 minutes ago, notme said:

I love space science stuff, but I'm tired of hearing about black holes already! They've been hyping this "major announcement" for a week; it's inevitably going to disappoint all but the specialists. 

Ah well. I guess it's time to check the big announcement. Woohoo. 

Actually, it was a surprisingly interesting presentation: 

But then, I enjoy watching people who love their work. If you're not into that, it's just some eggheads talking tech. 

Here's the monumental photo:

eso1907a.jpg?w=1600&h=900&crop=1

But there was also explanation and other cool science stuff. 

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It's gardening season again. See you guys in a few months. 

Actually, I haven't seen bamboo shooting up much this year, but I need to clean out a lot of dogfennel and miscellaneous other weeds, and I noticed some poison ivy I'm going to have to carefully remove. 

The cherry tree is all abloom, and the persimmon tree, fig trees, and grapevines are leafing out. Maybe this year we'll get some fruits. 

One of these years, I'd like to plant some vegetables and herbs, but for now I'm just trying to manage what's already here. 

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4 minutes ago, notme said:

It's also pollen season. :fever:

Can any of y'all medical/pharmaceutical shiachat people invent an antihistamine that actually works without causing drowsiness? 

There is already several! Cetirizine, fexofandine, Loratadine and half a dozen others. Not sure if they are available OTC in US though.

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On 4/12/2019 at 10:22 AM, starlight said:

There is already several! Cetirizine, fexofandine, Loratadine and half a dozen others. Not sure if they are available OTC in US though.

I've tried loratadine and cetirizine, both available OTC. Loratadine does nothing for me but it helps my oldest son. Cetirizine helps a little, but not nearly enough. 

I also have tried triamcinolone acetonide nasal spray. Ugh, nasal spray is awful to take. But it helps a little too. I don't know if I can safely take it along with cetirizine. I can ask Dr... Google. 

Good old fashioned Diphenhydramine HCl, works great but knocks me out. 

They say locally grown honey helps. I don't really need an excuse to consume honey but I'll take it. :)

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I'm wondering if someone seems like they could possibly potentially be interested in Islam (even by a long shot), is it my duty to talk to them? Or do I wait for them to ask me? Or do I leave guidance up to Allah alone? And how do you start that convo without sounding preachy? 

Last time that I tried that, which was in highschool with a friend that expressed interest in Islam, I messed up big time :worried: although I know Allah guides anyone who is sincerely looking for truth. 

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