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 on: February 14, 2019, 10:07:40 pm 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

Very interesting view point brother TS.  I had been thinking much on the same lines from start to finish.  Isnad is has always been a farce. It's the quality of the contents indicating compatibility with the Noble Quran and the indispensable concept of Monotheism that presents the standard for analysis and whether or not a supplication should be accepted.   In any case, I think it's never a good idea to label any dua or narration using the name of a renowned figure for the purpose of leverage.   If someone wants to write something expressing their opinion or commentary on some aspect of Faith, they should use their own name. 

 on: February 13, 2019, 07:07:38 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by N. Truth Seeker

.... I want to know where exactly does the Ummah stand in regard to this dua?

Overall it's an acceptable dua, just that it focuses too much on confession of human wrongs and should have made more promises to Allah for striving to avoid those wrongs.   That can be viewed as the nervous approach of the suppliant.  The essence of the dua itself is okay.  I have analyzed every line of it, and it's very lengthy.  Certain parts of it may sound a bit poetic but the thoughts it expresses are Halal as I understand them;  certain aspects are repetitive.  But it certainly does not contain anything against Quranic values.   

Many Sunni circles also recite this dua.  But some Wahabized Sunnis who are overly influenced by folks like Ibn Taimiyah etc. are terribly against duas with rhythms and eloquent language even if the contents are 100% Halal.  I suppose they miss the crude and vulgar language of Abu Huraira in those countless offensive ahadith. 

They also object that the isnad of this dua is unauthentic, that Amir ul-Momineen, Imam Ali, did not read this dua to his friend, Kumayl.    But I say to hell with isnad.  As far as authenticity of narrator or its chain is concerned, it's well known about each and every Hadith or traditional chain that they're are never authentic,  99.9% of all isnads are concoctions.  In a case like this, if you have thoroughly explored the contents of the entire dua and found it compatible with Tawheed and all principles of the Noble Quran, you can definitely recite it with the understanding that it's a nice and soothing supplication you are making to Allah by completely ignoring the isnad ... no matter who recited it or not.  Isnad is an institution which must be taken as fake to start with.  You can recite this dua just the way you would recite some nice dua you might pen yourself to humbly reach out to The Almighty in your own words.  No "scholar" or 'mufti' can stop you from doing that.  Similarly, no one can stop you from reciting dua  kumayl or you can even rename it or call it what you wish, that would be irrelevant.  The only important aspect, I repeat, is you must be sure it's grounded in Monotheism and is fully in conformity with Quranic values.

 on: February 13, 2019, 06:39:33 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

Just to go over this topic again for a while.  So, we can say that this dua is okay, that it doesn't contain anything which is not in conformity with the principles of the Noble Quran, right?

Some sources say it's a popular dua among Sunnis as well as Shiia Muslims.  But some Sunni sheikhs and imams are against it as I hear.  Any feedback on that?

I was planning to attend Imam Ali masjid this summer, InshAllah, as it seems to be a small, quiet and welcoming place which isn't just hankering after big donations like many of our imams & sheikhs in our big masjids.  So I thought I'll InshAllah visit to form my own opinion.  I was told they recite Dua Kumayl every Friday and thus I want to know where exactly does the Ummah stand in regard to this dua?

 on: February 13, 2019, 06:25:55 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

Many thanks from me too brother TS.  I was reading Surah Ya Sin this evening and came across Verse 36:13 and I thought I must check at MV if we've taken it up to explain.   

 on: February 09, 2019, 10:30:00 pm 
Started by N. Truth Seeker - Last post by N. Truth Seeker

Thank you Sister Zeynab.  Your truthful comment is very comforting.

 on: February 09, 2019, 10:26:48 pm 
Started by N. Truth Seeker - Last post by Zeynab

Yeah brother.  I read about this too Smiley   Isn't it heartwarming?!  Subhan'Allah again and again.  InshAllah there will come a time when most or all bad folks will be replaced by good ones who think of Allah much.  It might not be during our lifetimes and may take many generations which for us is a long time as human life span is just so short.  But in the ordinance of The Almighty is it's a very short time.  And InshAllah, Allah will inform us in the next world of all the good news we wanted to hear and watch in this world but could not as earthly time for humans is only that much.

All praise be to Allah and Allah alone.

Thank you for putting up this wonderful story.

 on: February 09, 2019, 10:12:11 pm 
Started by N. Truth Seeker - Last post by N. Truth Seeker


The Netherlands: Another high profile far-right politician comes to Islam.

This man is Joram van Klaveren. He came from a conservative Protestant family and for years had immense hatred for Islam. He used to be the closest ally and right-hand man of the infamous anti-Islam Dutch politician, Geert Wilders. Mr. van Klaveren saw Muslims as "anti-Semitic," said Islam is a lie and the Quran is poison."   He called for bans on the niqab and the masjids.

He then began an in-depth research on Islam which was meant to provide information for the anti-Islam book he intended to write. He couldn't help observing how much the real Islam differed from the interpolations injected into it. He began to see Islam from a prism that appealed to him as "something beautiful." The stark difference between modern extremism and the historical Islam he read about brought a major change in his concepts and world view. Mr. van Klaverern had accepted Islam October last year, but the news got official only recently. His wife is supportive but his mother reportedly isn't.

"But as a God-seeker, always felt a certain unrest and that gradually disappeared. It felt a bit like coming home." - Says Joram van Klavern on his recent decision of embracing Islam.

Van Klaveren is not the first high-profile member of the far-right Dutch PVV party  to convert to Islam.   Arnoud van Doorn, a city councillor at The Hague belonging to the same party converted in 2013.

Out of a population of 17 million in the Netherlands, 5% are Muslims (about 850,000). Despite the obstacles from those like Wilders, Netherlands is a country where Islam is growing at the fastest pace. According to the country's statistical institutions, the Muslim population is expected to double by 2050.

 on: February 05, 2019, 12:19:03 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Heba E. Husseyn

Ahaa ......  wisely explicated brother and sister.

 on: February 05, 2019, 12:13:55 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by N. Truth Seeker

Very good point Sister Heba.    But you too have underscored a very relevant point, Sister Zeynab.  It reminds me of an editor's note (J. Flores) in a piece at Fort Russ - "All states are dictatorships – the immediate question even at the surface revolves around the degree of social and economic justice in that society, or in short – in whose interests is the dictatorship wielded?"      No doubt Iran needs to do more to allow its journalists and other folks to talk more freely about government issues, I mean constructive arguments, not pitting one against the other for promoting trouble.   Utilized the right way, wise free speech helps tremendously, if they understood, enables the government to know which direction things are moving and to what extent mindsets have changed.  Tunisia has achieved that.  To be honest, when my family and I spend our days in Tunisia, we really feel relaxed, more than any country in the ME and more than in the West. Though I cannot assert for how long it'll stay this way as certain wealthy Arab dictators are already frowning over the freedom Tunisians are enjoying since booting out Zinal Abedine Ben Ali.   

But post-Jasmine Rev Tunisia isn't as plucky as post Islamic Rev Iran when it comes to putting up a brave front against bullying, and often does end up shaking hands with with the wrong people.   Tunisians fearlessly express their disagreement over many of Essebsi's policies, but he seldom listens to them.     

 on: February 05, 2019, 12:04:41 am 
Started by Ruhi_Rose - Last post by Zeynab

Yes, Jasmine Revolution was impressive no doubt, in that, it mainly gained a victory in the sphere of free speech.  Journalists in Tunisia have complete freedom of speech, unlike Iran.  But Tunisia didn't succeed as much concerning the ideology of governance.  They haven't been able acquire the best post-Jasmine Rev work strategy.  As in the case of Iran, they have established a wholly different and independent system to run their country which includes foreign policy ..... at least until now with Syed Ali Khamanei at the helm of the Supreme Council.  It's difficult to say what might happen after him.  Only Allah knows best.  One can only pray and hope his successor will be as committed to the values of the Revolution as him.  I do hope Iran works a bit more on promoting free speech.  Though very important, however it still takes the back seat when it comes to defending sovereignty.  I mean, what's the point of giving freedom of speech to journalists and then becoming a puppet and cracking down on anti-puppetism?  Though I don't mean to say that post revolution Tunisia is a puppet either.

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