Below is a summary of Sheikh al-Habib’s Muharram speech 1431.*
No one has ever given a lesson in freedom as Imam Hussain son of Ali (peace be upon them both) did. On the day of Ahsura, the master of all freemen, the leader of all righteous ones, Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) called out in a loud voice: “Be free in your lives”. Until today, this call deeply touches people’s souls and consciences and it will continue to have the same magnificent impact on future generations. Until today, Imam Hussain’s call shines a light of hope in this world of darkness, as a release from the world of slavery and a guide to the world of freedom.
Imam Hussain, the master of all martyr’s definition of freedom is not limited to what has been proposed as a definition of freedom. It might be said that a freeman, is he who has been given the right to freely express his views, elect his political leaders and live as he likes. Indeed this definition of freedom is evidently incomplete because it is limited to this world of slavery (i.e. the Dunya). It is as if one tells you, you may live freely in your prison, you may choose any prison cell you like to spend your life in and you may eat and drink however much you want to but you have to remain in your prison, would you then consider yourself a freeman?!
Similarly, possessing a freedom limited to the right of election, right of opinion and expression etc… is an incomplete, rather a restricted, freedom. When you dedicate your effort, time and abilities to living in luxury, increasing wealth, and building reputation, you will in fact find yourself enslaved by this world and chained to its ornament. For example, if you take a look at the western societies, you will find that they offer a relatively considerable degree of freedom to an African migrant to eventually take control and become a president as it has happened in the United States.
However, despite a considerable degree of freedom being existed, western societies are enslaved by capital. Capitalists steer the economy and have a powerful control over societies and politics. Citizens living in western societies therefore work day and night for capitalists; they dedicate their time, skills and effort to gaining a great amount of wealth and becoming upper-class citizens. They spend their entire life indulging in the pleasures of this world without developing their spiritual dimension or working towards the hereafter.
The master of all freemen, Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) completely rejected such definition of freedom; which cannot transcend beyond the bounds of this lowly world. Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) has introduced a different definition of freedom to the whole of humanity which teaches humans to avoid satisfying themselves with the worldly pleasures; as he (peace be upon him) has said: “All things that are under the sunlight in the east and west, in oceans and lands, and plains and mountains; all these are just like a shadow for the true disciples of God and the people of the acknowledgement of Him.
“Is there no free man who will leave this valueless world to its people? Paradise is the only price of your bodies; hence, you should avoid selling them with any other price. He who satisfies themselves with the worldly pleasures is surely satisfying himself with the worthless.” * Indeed, he who acknowledges God will find everything in this world is nothing but a shadow, whereas the real eternal pleasures exist only in the hereafter.
Therefore, humans should not sell themselves for a low price, because paradise is the only price of their bodies. In addition, in order for humans to be truly free, they have to free themselves from all worldly pleasures as Imam Hussain (peace be upon him) has taught us.
Maybe it’s just because my wife is the same age as this woman and also a teacher in the Bronx, but I’d be way okay with this kid being stoned to death or whatever shariah prescribes in this case (my copy of al-Kafi is at home). Don’t even care if it was an accident.
There’s an easier way to solve this problem without the Supreme Court’s help: just show up with a motorcycle gang and beat these retards within an inch of their lives. Won’t take more than a couple of funerals and they’ll pack it in.
Dominican girls have no business listening to emo. Weirdly enough, it actually makes it worse.
Yes, I’m actually going to try and sit there. Sorry to inconvenience you by forcing you to accommodate three whole people on a three-seat section of the train. More sorry you’re so entitled/obese in the first place that this inconveniences you. Also, can’t tell if that sigh you made when I sat is from a sense of entitled disappointment or because you’re so fat that just moving two inches to the right makes you wheezy. Or both.
You know what’s probably not a great place to ring a Salvation Army bell? Right next to a yellow-banner Peruvian pan floutist. No, wait: actually, that’s the best place.
No, I don’t want to buy any peanut m&ms.
No, I don’t think you are at all sorry for the interruption. Money? Must have given it to the m&m guy. You know, or not.
It’s called a Kleenex. They exist for a reason. STOP SNIFFLING EVERY 1.3 SECONDS.
Know why I’m on the opposite end of the train as you? So I don’t have to hear you talk. Why am I still hearing you?
How does Android properly support Mandarin and not Arabic?
How hard is this: if you’re sick then don’t get on mass transit. They even have posters up about this. In fact, one of them is directly above you. Then again, I suppose I could be making a faulty assumption about your level of functional literacy. Either way, if I start getting sick after this, you can bet I’m coming for you.
Sometimes I regret never having the opportunity to date an Asian girl.
Why do South Asian men, in particular, seem to think comb-overs are even a little bit acceptable?
(If you’ve been sensitive to my naughty language in the past, I’d stay away from this post. Fair warning.)
What gives, politico-nannies of New York? I bought a nice box of Al Fakher “Gold” Black Grape last week (my favorite) at one of my regular spots on Atlantic Ave. I go back this week and am told by every Arab and South Asian grocer in the area that they can no longer sell shisha in NYC because, as a flavored tobacco, “it targets kids.” Yeah, you read that right: hookah smoking is “targeting” kids. However, Newport cigarettes apparently aren’t, because they were exempt from the ban, what with just being mentholated an all.
I am so fucking sick of this place. How about you assholes make some laws that protect kids from the massive slut/alcohol-plastered posters all over the NYC Subway system? Or from Catholic priests? Then we can talk about the “danger” me smoking a fucking hookah in my apartment presents to children. For the love of God, I already quit smoking cigarettes months ago. Why the fuck can’t you just leave me alone and stop telling me what I can and can’t do with myself?
Jesus-tap-dancing-Christ, it’s like I’m through the fucking looking glass here; drug dealers make the block I live on, well, unlivable, and the police are too busy making sure no Middle Eastern grocery is selling any boxes of Double Apple. I mean, holy shit!
But until the day I can live someplace where the laws are not totally upside-down, I’ll just have to order by the crate online because God knows they’re going to make that illegal any day now too. I’m going to have to stockpile this stuff like I’m saving it up for when the Mahdi (AS) finally shows up! Which reminds me: this has to be one of the most overtly racist product bans in recent memory.
“Ali ibn Ibrahim has narrated from Muhammad ibn `Isa ibn `Ubayd from Yunus ibn `Abd al-Rahman from Sama’a ibn Mihran who has said the following:
“Once I said to (Imam) abu al-Hassan Musa (AS), ‘May Allah keep you well, in our meetings we discuss the issues and find out that for almost everything there is something in writing with us and that is all because of the blessings of your existence among us. We only find [a] few small things for which we do not find anything in writing. We look on each other and we find certain issues similar to it, then we use analogy in its best form.’ The Imam said, ‘What do you have to do with analogy? Many people before have been destroyed because of analogy.’ The Imam then said, ‘When you face an issue and know the rule about it, deal with it accordingly, and if you would have no knowledge about its rule then this’—he pointed to his own mouth—‘This will give you the answer.’ The Imam then said, ‘May Allah curse abu Hanifa who used to say, ‘Ali said so and so, therefore, I said so and so. The Sahaba said so and so, therefore, I said so and so.’ The Imam then asked me, ‘Have you been sitting with him (abu Hanifa)?’ I then replied, ‘No, I have not sat with him, but such are his statements.’ I then said to the Imam (AS), ‘May Allah keep you well, did the Messenger of Allah bring everything that people needed?’ The Imam said, ‘Yes, and all that they will need up to the Day of Judgment.’ I then said, ‘Is anything lost from it?’ The Imam replied, ‘No, it all is with the people to whom they belong.’”—
Hi, I did a search for blogs mentioning Dearborn, and your entry from a couple of months ago (asking if any of your followers were from the area) came up. While technically not a follower of yours (yet) I am a Dearbornite, and I was wondering what your questions were? It may be a bit late, and I may not be able to help, but I'm happy to try.
Hi! Thanks for responding. I was looking for a copy of Ayatullah Fadlallah’s Risalah in English. I hear you can find them all over the place there because of the Lebanese population. Unfortunately, you can’t find them anywhere here in NYC. If you can get your hands on one to mail me, I’d be more than happy to pay for it (I don’t think it would cost very much).
I thought you'd left Tumblr..how come I don't see your posts on my dash :(
lol, sorry, I like the stuff you post and your kewlness went skyhigh after I noticed the salawat. :)
Sorry, I sort of disappeared for a while apart from posting some links to interesting/irritating news pieces. Work has been hectic. But I think I’m more or less back. Oh, also, the net nanny of my employer blocks a lot of tumblr’s graphical content for some reason, which makes reading it much less enjoyable when I can’t see half the pictures. Also really messes up how templates display…
By this logic, I suppose Israeli leaders are to blame for antisemitism.
Incidentally, the results of the poll to which Mr. Himmleiberman’s comments were a response, should be chilling to anyone with the IQ of a sea horse:
The interview followed the annual democracy index poll, the results of which were released by the Israel Democracy Institute earlier this week. According to the poll, 33 percent of Israeli Jews think Israeli Arabs should be placed in internment camps in the event of a war, and 53 percent of Israeli Jews voiced support for the state encouraging Arabs to emigrate.