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we all laughed and laughed at this video for years but you know what, the people who made this are fucking prophets. they somehow managed to predict that 2016 would be just one huge incomprehensible mess that would only get more surreal as time went on. they warned us and we didn’t fucking listen

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Struggle Against the Self (Jihad al-Nafs)

Introduction: 

… By the soul and (by) Him who made it perfect, and then inspired it to understand what is wrong and what is right for it. Truly is successful the one who purifies (his soul).

(Qur'an, 91: 7-9)

Imam Ja’far al‑Sadiq (a) said: “The Prophet (s) of God dispatched a contingent of the army (to the battlefront). Upon their (successful) return, he (s) said: ‘Blessed are those who have performed the minor jihad and have yet to perform the major jihad.’ When asked, ‘What is the major jihad?’ the Prophet (s) replied: ‘The jihad of the self (struggle against self)’”.

[Al-Majlisi, Bihar al-Anwar, vol. 19, p. 182, hadith no. 31]

A human’s soul is the scene of a struggle of two competing powers. Divine power attracts him towards heavenly spheres, and inspires him to acts of goodness. Satanic power tempts him towards realms of darkness and shame, and invites him to acts of evil. When the divine forces are victorious, a person emerges as a virtuous and blessed being, in the company of prophets, saints, and the pious. When, however, the satanic forces dominate, the person becomes rebellious and vicious and is grouped with infidels, oppressors, wrongdoers and those who are cursed.

What is the struggle against the self?

Jihad al-nafs is the struggle against evil ideas, desires and powers of lust, anger, and insatiable imagination, placing all of them under the dictates of reason and faith in obedience to God’s commands, and finally, purging all satanic ideas and influences from one’s soul. This struggle is considered as the major struggle (al-jihad al-akbar) as it is much more difficult than fighting in the battlefield, for in the struggle against the self, one has to constantly battle enemies that are hosted inside his own existence. Islamic ethical teachings indicate that the one who succeeds in this struggle can rise above and beyond the level of angels, and one who fails in this struggle will descend to a level lower than the level of animals, and may even be grouped among the legions of the devil.

The Steps of the Struggle Against the Self

Step 1: Reflection: One must devote some time every day to contemplate about his duties towards God, Who brought him into this world, bestowed him with a sound body and brain, and equipped him with intellect and capabilities, all of which are sources of pleasure and joy in his life. God also sent prophets and His Holy Book as a means of guidance and salvation. The aim of this life and purpose of all these blessings is more noble than to follow mundane desires and evil tendencies that are short lived and temporary. Death may come knocking at any time. This world is a place of doing good actions that result in permanent joy and take one into a higher sphere of existence. A person should therefore reflect on his destiny and his helplessness at the hands of time and age that are passing. He should feel regret before God for the loss of precious years of life and for past deeds that will bring him shame on the day of judgement. He should then begin his struggle to rise above this state of wretchedness and ask God for help to bless him with hope, sincerity, and strength to fight against satanic tendencies and evil traits of character, and to rise beyond material pleasures and worldly gains.

Step 2: Will and resolve: Firm resolve is the essence of humanity and basic requirement to attain freedom from the domination of evil desires. The will that is required at this stage is synonymous with laying the foundation of a good life. The warrior in this battle of the self should purge himself from sins, perform all obligatory (wajib) acts, make an intention to compensate for the days lost (in sinfulness), and finally, resolve to behave as a rational religious person and a real human being. His manners should be an imitation of the Prophet’s life, and he should follow the Prophet (s) in all his abstinences and choices. All this cannot be achieved unless he learns the laws of Shari`ah and follows them faithfully.

Step 3: Self-examination, evaluation and criticism: After making a vow to be a person of strong will‑power and resolution, he must understand that the hereafter is the place where his secrets will be exposed. Thus he should evaluate himself on a daily basis to get rid of evil habits and desires, to acquire more noble human character, and to perform better actions than before. He must realize that committing sin takes away from him noble essence of humanity and he must pray to God for His assistance and for the intercession of the Prophet (s) and the members of his Household (a).

Step 4: Self‑conditioning: The resolve and self-evaluation from the previous steps should form themselves into specific commitments to self-conditioning. For example, one who has an evil habit of lustful eyes, backbiting tongue, or inflated ego should say to himself, “I will not violate the Law of God today” and consciously avoid such habits for one day. By performing such an experiment with sincerity and resolve, he will realize how easy this task is. He should ignore Satan and the evil ideas that will magnify this small task as being difficult or even impossible. Thus, gradually, he can extend this period by experiment and see how easy it is to get rid of an evil habit or to acquire a positive merit.

Step 5: Guarding against evil: A person struggling against his own self should constantly concentrate upon his intentions. If any time the idea of violating divine commands occurs to him, he should know that this idea has been instilled into his mind by Satan and his allies, who want to deter him from his good resolution. He ought to curse them, seek God’s compassionate protection, and banish those evil ideas from the realm of his heart. He should reply to Satan that this day also he has to abide by the condition imposed upon his own self that he will not go against God’s commands. Thus with the help of God, Satan will be driven away. One must remain in this same state of mind until night ‑ the time for self-examination and evaluation of his deeds of the whole day. This is the time to see whether he has been honest to his Creator. If he has been faithful to God, he should be thankful to Him. Such a person has gone a step forward in His direction and became an object of His attention. God will thus continue to help him in performing all worldly and religious duties, and will diminish his pains of struggle in the next day. And if he repeats this exercise many times, he will be accustomed to acts of piety and the eradication of evil traits. He will observe that it does not require overly cumbersome efforts and obedience to God will give him abundant spiritual pleasure. God forbid, if there are any lapses on his part, he must ask God’s forgiveness, and sincerely implore Him that he will be more careful in future. The Merciful God will throw open the doors of grace and compassion to him, and will guide him to the straight path.

Step 6Remembrance: During the whole journey of struggle against self, one should constantly remember God and the graces bestowed by Him. He must at each step, thank Him constantly for His help, mercy, and guidance in fulfilling his intentions. The degree of gratitude to God should increase as he attains a higher stage in his struggle against self. He must realize that it was because of God’s help and response to sincere prayers that he was able to get rid of Satan and his allies from the domain of his heart and attain sublime human attributes loved by God. 

Advice to awaken for the struggle against the self

  •  It is human nature to thank one who has been gracious. Reflect and estimate the seen and unseen favours bestowed on us by the Almighty. All of the creations of God could not even provide a fraction of such bounty.
  •  Look at the air we breathe day and night, and upon which our existence as well as that of other living beings is dependent. Nothing can remain alive if it is deprived of such air for even a few minutes. What a marvelous gift of God it is! If all men of the world laboured together to create such a gift, they could not do so. In the same way, reflect on other gifts of God such as the external bodily senses of sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch, and inner faculties such as thinking, imagination, and reason, each one of which carries unlimited benefits and which is granted to us by Our Lord. He is the Creator and King of this vast universe. Human being, a creature crawling on one of the smallest planets miserably fails to grasp the extent of his own small world, whose sun cannot even be compared with far greater suns of innumerable galaxies. Our solar system is nothing compared to several other solar systems, which still elude the powerful telescopes of great explorers and investigators. Look at the human brain—what a fascinating creation it is! Can the combined efforts of all human beings make even a single living neuron (brain cell) that Almighty God has created and creates all the time! Surely this God-given brain deserves to be solely the seat of divinely inspired good ideas and not evil thoughts!
  •  Every living being in this Universe is within the range of His divine vision, so remember God and all His favours, and don’t disobey Him. He fulfils all our needs without having any need of our adoration. Whether you observe His commands or transgress them makes no difference to Him. It is for the sake of our own benefit that He has enjoined good and forbidden indecency. Overpower satanic ideas and convert the spheres of your mind into divine realm by driving out the evil forces and inviting the divine hosts, so that God may help and protect you in the dangers threatening to befall you in this battle. Do not have any expectations from anyone but God. With all humility and all the tears your eyes can offer, pray to God and seek His assistance to emerge victorious in this crucial battle against the self.

Conclusion:

  • Imam Ali (a) said: “One who struggles against himself so as to obey God, in the eyes of God, his station is that of a pious martyr.” [Al-Amidi, Ghurar ul Hikam wa Durar ul Kalim, hadith # 3546]

[adapted from Al-Khumayni, Forty Hadith, ch. 1, ‘Jihad al- Nafs’] (all is attributed to al-islam.org

blandocalrissian  asked:

You were right Tim. In one of your posdcast you joked about companies making a quote-unquote streaming box. Well they do, and the shit inside is garbage. You are a prophet.

wait what was this referring to I can’t remember

Battle for the Exodar

By Eliska Sokolova

The Exodar, erstwhile escape craft and now capital city of the Draenei, was recently attacked by forces of the Burning Legion. The demonic army was comprised of the standard contingent of doomguards, wrathguards, felbats, and felhounds, although there was an unusual number of Eredar, fel-corrupted Draenei, involved in the assault.

While the Draenei forces, spearheaded by the elite order of paladins the Light’s Chosen, were able to successfully defend the Exodar, the attack resulted in moderate to severe casualties across the board, crucially including the Exodar’s Naaru O’ros. Prophet Velen himself was reported having been seen running to O’ros’ defense, but it was evidently impossible for the Naaru to be saved in time.

Velen himself was seen after the destruction of O’ros and the demonic invasion was repelled, and he appeared despondent. Time will tell if the wizened leader of the Draenei will be able to recover.

Jily Trope: Internship

Written for the lovely @levins18 who requested Jily interning together. Hope this lives up to your expectations sunshine! Happy Jily October! xxx (warning: my sailor’s mouth comes out in this piece) xxx Read on Fanfiction

When she’d taken the internship at The Daily Prophet Lily had assumed she’d be hitting all the hard-breaking news stories with quill and paper in hand. She had assumed she’d shadow one of the amazing reporters and maybe hit coffee shops after work with her new friends. She hadn’t assumed that she’d be two months in and still be acting as a personal servant to the editor of the newspaper while simultaneously shagging the intern of the art director downstairs.

Life was funny in that way.

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The Twilight Zone: Prophetic Television

Immediately before last night’s presidential debate, Mr Ouiser and I put in a DVD and watched an episode of The Twilight Zone entitled “He’s Alive”.  It originally aired on January 24, 1963.  Here are some quotes:

“How do you excite them? How do you make them feel as one with you? Join them first.  Yes, when you speak to them, speak to them as if you were a member of the mob.  Speak to them in their language, on their level.
Make their hate your hate.
If they are poor, talk to them of poverty.
If they are afraid, talk to them of their fears.
And if they are angry…if they are angry, give them objects for their anger.
But most of all, the thing that is most of the essence, is that you make this mob an extension of yourself.
Say to them things like things like ‘They call us hate-mongers.  They say we’re prejudiced.  They say we’re biased.  They say we hate minorities.

Understand the term, neighbors: Minorities. Should I tell you who are the minorities?  Should I tell you?  We! We are the minorities!

Because patriotism is a minority.
Because love of country is the minority.
Because to live in a free, white America seems to be of a minority opinion! Let me tell you something, neighbors.
I want you to dwell on this, just dwell on it.
We had the atom bomb, and suddenly the Russians had it.
We wanted to send men into space! But it was the Russians who got there first! We had the hydrogen bomb! It was the Russians who exploded theirs.
Who gave them the bombs? Who sold us out? Who stabbed us in the back? Well if it’s a minority opinion that we have to survive, then we are the minority.
And this minority will not stop until it is the majority! This minority will not give up the fight! This is the promise and this this is the legacy!”

And then Rod Serling’s closing voice-over:

“Where will he go next, this phantom from another time, this resurrected ghost of a previous nightmare- Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, Florida, Vincennes, Indiana, Syracuse, New York?   Anyplace, everyplace, where there’s hate, where there’s prejudice, where there’s bigotry.  He’s alive.
He’s alive so long as these evils exist.
Remember that when he comes to your town.
Remember it when you hear his voice speaking out through others.
Remember it when you hear a name called, a minority attacked, any blind, unreasoning assault on a people or any human being.
He’s alive because through these things, we keep him alive.”

And then I watched the debate, and realized Mr Serling was a genius.  He was describing Mr Trump, 53 years before Trump began his bid for POTUS.  The episode can be found online at YouTube, I believe.

Ayat of the Day - Mubahala

Surah Al-Imran Ayat 59-64

59. “The likeness of Jesus, with Allah, is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust then He said to him’ BE! ’ and he ‘was’.

A group of Christian people entered in Medina and went to meet the Prophet of Islam (S). They, talking with him, stated that the birth of Jesus (as), without having a father, was a sign of, and an evident for, his divinity.

Then the verse was revealed and answered them such that: if the fatherless creation is the evidence for Christ’s divinity or being the Son ofAllah, the creation of Adam is something more important than that, because Adam had neither father nor mother. So, why do you not consider Adam the Lord or Son of the Lord?

"The likeness of Jesus, with Allah, is as the likeness of Adam. He created him from dust then He said to him 'BE!’ and he 'was’.

Explanations

1. The opponents are usually invited to the right in the same way which they have accepted. (The Christians have accepted that Adam (as) is the creature of Allah although he had no parents.)

2. Stating the events of history, explaining the past experiences and presenting the actual specimen are the best way of invitation.

3. Power of Allah is not limited.

60. (This about Jesus is) the truth from your Lord, therefore be not you of the doubters.

The Arabic term /Mumtarin/ is derived from /miryah/ which means 'doubt, suspicion’. An expression rather similar to the words of this verse has also occurred in Surah Al-Baqarah, No.2, verse 147. By this verse, it makes clear that the right firm statement and the fix real speech should come from the side of the Lord Who is right and fix.

Otherwise, a fix rule and a steadfast proper speech cannot be expected from some human beings who, because of the storms of desires and instincts, are not often steadfast.

Explanations

1. There is no rightfulness but in the path of Allah, the word of Allah, and the Law of Allah.

”(This about Jesus is) the truth from your Lord …“

2. The large number of the opponents, their hard effort and strive, their wealth, their propagation, and so on; ought not have any effect on you.

”… Therefore be not you of the doubters.“

61. "And whoever dispute with you concerning him, after what has come to you of knowledge, say: 'Come! Let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, and our selves and your selves, then let us invoke in earnest and lay the curse of Allah upon the liars.”

This holy verse, because of containing the phrase /nabtahel/ in its Arabic text, is known in Islamic literature as the verse of 'mutual cursing’ /mubahilah/. The Arabic term /mubahilah/ means: to leave the personal tendencies and attracting the attention towards invocation and supplication before Allah for asking curse and perdition unto the one who is not right.2

In books from both Sunni and Shi'ah school of thought as well as in some books of tradition and history books, it is recited that in the tenth year A.H., from the side of the Prophet (S), some Muslims were commissioned to go to Najran, a region in Yemen, in order to preach Islam.

The Christian inhabitants of Najran set out a religious mission from their side to attend Medina and discuss with the prophet of Islam (S).

After some debates and disputes between them and the Prophet (S), they felt hesitation and sought for pretexts. Then, this verse was revealed, stating:

“And whoever disputes with you concerning him, after what has come to you of knowledge say: 'Come! Let us call our sons and your sons, our women and your women, and our selves and your selves, then let us invoke in earnest and lay the curse of Allah upon the liars.”

That is, any curse which would reach either of two parties showed that that party was not right. Thus, the revelation of this verse put an end to that discussion thereby.

As soon as the missionaries of the Christians of Najran heard the suggestion of performing the mutual curse from the Prophet (S) looked at each other while they were surprised. They asked the Prophet of Islam (S) for respite to contemplate and consult over the subject.

Then, when they were dismissed from the presence of the Messenger ofAllah they began consulting with each other. The Chief Monk, the Leader of the selected holy group of the Christians told them that they could accept the suggestion.

Then, if the Prophet of Islam (S) came for cursing with ceremonies and followed by a large group of people, they would not be worried about it and knew that nothing might happen.

But, if they saw that he came to the spot with a few people, they would give up the act of /mubahilah/ and compromise with him.

On the day of cursing, they saw that the Prophet of Islam (S) entered the appointed spot followed by two boys, a young man and a lady. Those two boys were Hassan and Husayn, (as) the young man was Ali-ibn- Abitalib (as), and the lady was Fatimah (as), the Prophet’s daughter.

When the Chief Monk saw them, he exclaimed:

“By God! I see the faces that, if they pray to God for mountains to move from their places, the mountains will immediately move.”“If they curse you, you will be wiped out of existence to the last day of the life of the earth.”

Therefore, the Christians asked Muhammad (S) to give up the idea of the agreed /mubahilah/ (mutual cursing) and they announced they were ready for compromise. They offered to pay two thousand suits -each of which cost, more or less, at forty dirhams (drachma) every year (in addition to some other things)… .

This event is cited in books of both great sects of Islam: Sunnites and Shi'ites.3

According to some of the Islamic traditions, the day of Mubahilah (mutual curse) was the twenty fourth or twenty fifth day of Zil-Hajj, and fits place, at the time of the holy Prophet (S), was somewhere outside of Medina which has located inside the city now.

At this place, there has been built a mosque by the name of Masjid-ul-'Ijabah which is about two kilo meters far from the Holy Tomb of the Prophet (S) in Masjid-un-Nabi.

'Mutual curse’ /mubahilah / was not confined to that time. Some of Islamic traditions indicate that every believer can apply it, too, if the one wishes. In Nur-uth- Thaqalayn, vol. 1, p. 351 a tradition from Imam Sadiq (as) is narrated upon this subject who has issued a few instructions about it.

In Usul-Kafi, vol. 2, 'mutual curse’, there are also cited five traditions which denote that every believer can apply 'mutual curse’ with the opponents, too, by improving oneself through observing the fast for three days. Its order is such that: at twilight he puts his right hand fingers in his opponent’s fingers and recites the concerning special supplication.

There may arise a question that when Faimah (as) was the only woman attended in that event, why does the Qur'an has applied the plural form of the word; “ nisa'ana ” (our women)?

The answer is that there are some examples of this specimen in the Quran where Allah refers to a single person in the form of plural, like Surah Ale-Imran. No.3. verse 181 wherein Allah says: “ …those who say: 'God is poor…” while only one Jewish person had said that aspersive sentence.

Or, the Quran, referring to Abraham (as) as an Ummah in himself standing alone against his world, says:

“Abraham was indeed a model…”

Explanations

1. Ali-ibn-'Abitalib (as) has been counted as the 'self’ of the Messenger ofAllah (S):

“Our selves. ”

2. When logic, reasoning, and miracle do not make a person accept the Truth, he must be threatened to destruction.

3. The last winning means and the forceful weapon of a true believer is supplication.

4. If you stand firm, the enemy, because of not being right, will retreat.

5. By that great event, the Lord and the Messenger of Allah (S) made us understood that these holy persons were the assistants and the associates of the Messenger of Allah (S) in inviting people to the Truth and to his sacred goal. They, following him, were ready to face with dangers, and continued the path of his movement.

62. “Verily this is certainly the true explanation. There is no god but Allah; and verily, Allah is Mighty, Wise.”

Next to the explanation of the life of Jesus (as), in this verse, as an emphatic statement, it says that these explanations are the real story of Jesus (as). They are not some false claims such as the divinity of Christ or that he is the son of God:

“Verily this is the true explanation …”

Neither the claimants of his divinity nor those who called him the son of God were right. The right is that which Muhammad (S) brought forth and he (S) said that he (Christ) (as) was a mortal creature and a prophet ofAllah who, by a divine miracle, was borne from an immaculate mother without having a father.

Again, for a more emphasis, it says:

“… There is no god but Allah…”

And for Allah, considering His power, the birth of a child without having a father is not an important subject.

“… and verily, Allah is Mighty, Wise.”

Yet! such a One deserves to be worshipped, not other than Him.

63. “But if they turn back, then, verily Allah is All-Knowing of the mischief makers.”

In this verse, the Qur'an threatens those who reject accepting these facts after having the proper clear evidences before them. It says:

“But if they turn back, then, verily Allah is All-Knowing of the mischief makers.”

64. “Say: ’ O’ People of the Book! come to a ward common between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate not anything with Him, and (that) some of us do not take any others for lords other than Allah ’. And if they turn back, then say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims’.”

An Invitation to Unification

In the former verses, the direction of invitation was towards Islam with its all specialities. But, in this verse, the aim is an invitation to the common points between Islam and other creeds of the People of the Book. It addresses the Prophet (S) and states:

“Say: ’ O’ People of the Book! come to a ward common between us and you, that we worship none but Allah, and that we associate not anything with Him, and (that) some of us do not take any others for lords other than Allah ’…”

By this method of reasoning, it teaches us that if there are some people who are not willing to cooperate with us in all holy aspects, we may try to attract their cooperation at least in common aims and utilize it as a base for the progression of our holy affairs. Then, at the end of the verse, it say:

“… And if they turn back, then say: 'Bear witness that we are Muslims ’.”

That is, after this logical invitation to the common points of theism, when they still reject the Truth, tell them: We totally submit to Allah but you do not. And, therefore, your distance from the Truth will not have the least effect on our selves and we will keep and continue our way, viz. the path of Islam.

So, we worship Allah alone, and only His Laws we follow. And, there will be no human worshipping, of any kind, among us.


1. Majma ul-Bayan, vol 2, PP. 450 & 451

2. Majma’-ul-Bayan, vol. 702, P. 452

3. The author of Al-Mizan has cited in his commentary book, Al-Mizan, vol. 3, P. 25'7 that this event has been reported similarly by 51 Companions of the Prophet. Also, in commentary books by Fakhr-Razi, Aloosi, Maraqi, and in Kitab-ul-Kamil, by Ibn-'Athir, Vol. 2, P. 293, in Mustadrak Hakim, vol. 3, P. 150, in Musnad Ahmad-ibn-Hanbal, vol. One, P. 185, and also in Ruh-ul-Bayan, Al-Minar, Commentary of Ibn-Kathir, and in many other Islamic sources, this event has been recorded and it has been confirmed that the Messenger of Allah, (S) Ali-ibn-'AbiTalib, Fatimah Zahra, Hassan and Husayn (as) were the ones whose prayers were answered. This is a worthy document evidence for the greatness and magnificence of Ahlul-Bayt (as). In Ihqaq-ul-Haq, vol. 3, p. 49 the names of 61 respected people from the Sunnis school of thought are mentioned who all said this verse is on the greatness of the holy Prophet (S) and his Ahlul-Bayt (as)

4. Surah Nahl. No.16, verse 120

Where is the letter of Fudge telling me he was going to call me ‘a liar’ in The Daily Prophet? It doesn’t exist because it never happened. You don’t get to control someone’s emotional response to watching a friend’s murder and the rebirth of the homicidal Dark Lord who murdered your parents and then being called ‘a liar’ in front of the entire world. Being falsely painted as a liar when I’ve been painfully truthful about what I saw in the graveyard at Little Hangleton that night is character assassination. I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative, one that I have never asked to be a part of, since 1981.
—  Harry James Potter [in his Quibbler Interview with Rita Skeeter]
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SYBILLINE [also SIBYLLINE]

[adjective]

1. coming from, characteristic of, or relating to a sibyl, i.e. a female prophet.

2. prophetic; oracular; making pronouncements or predictions as if by special inspiration or authority.

3. having a secret or hidden meaning; obscure; mysterious; cryptic.

Etymology: Latin Sibyllīnus pertaining to a sibyl, ultimately from ultimately from Greek Sibulla.

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