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    Eid ul Fitr – Sunday, June 25th

    Eid ul Fitr - Sunday, June 25th

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,
    Salamun Alaykum Warahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

    Based on reports around North America there were authentic sightings of the moon. Therefore, we confirm that Eid ul-Fitr will be on Sunday June 25, 2017 .

    The greatest month of the year, Ramadhan, is sadly coming to an end. As the Noble Prophet (S) bid farewell to the month of Ramadhan, he said:

    اَللّـهُمَّ لا تَجْعَلْهُ اخرَ الْعَهْدِ مِنْ صِيامِنا اِيّاهُ فَاِنْ جَعَلْتَهُ فَاجْعَلْني مَرْحُوماً وَلا تَجْعَلني مَحْرُوماً

    O Allah ...

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    The Voices In Our Heads By Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi


    Voices in Our Heads: Our greatest enemy is not the physical voices we hear from without, but the dark foreign ones within.

    We all know about those pesky voices in our heads. I don’t mean the good voices, but those really bad and depressing ones. They are anxiety ridden, angry, jealous, envious, sarcastic, and judgmental. Sometimes we get a break from them, but most of often we are simply drowning in them.

    This disturbing voice is not the product of our aql (intellect). It’s not the kind of ...

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    Why Despair in God’s Mercy is a Great Sin. By Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi


    "Reaching out to God with a simple prayer can be the beginning of a lifelong relationship with Him as God desires to commune with all His creation. As Muslims, we believe that God permeates all of existence. There is nowhere that is empty of God. If that is the case, then how can we speak of a separation between us and God? How can a relationship begin if God is always there with us?

    When we speak of separation between us and God, we are not referring to an existential separation, ...

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    When Comfort Ruins Our Spiritual Growth By Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi


    Our world places a great deal of emphasis on comfort and avoiding anything that doesn’t bring about pleasure. When Islam is ridiculed, some of us may keep quiet. If prayer and fasting gets in our way of having fun with our colleagues or friends at work, some of us may avoiding fasting and we pray our salat in the last minute, or forgo it altogether.

    Choosing pleasure only and taking the easy way out sets the course for spiritual decline. No one in this world can escape hardship and suffering. ...

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    We Follow the Religion of Our Friends By Dr. Nabi Raza Abidi


    "Our greatest struggle is against our habits. Perhaps the greatest source of our habits come from our friends. Sometimes we think we are moving forward, but our progress is somewhat like a treadmill, we think that we are progressing but what is around us hasn't moved an inch.

    It so happens that the friends we have in our lives are the ones who keep us from growing. As such, it does make a difference who we hang out with. "

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    The Scientific and Spiritual Minds

    "The education of the industrial mind is an important facet of our lives. That is how the world goes around nowadays. It is our means for survival and supporting our families and as such, no one is downgrading its importance. However, we put our souls and ultimate salvation in danger when we solely educate our minds without building our spiritual hearts. It is the heart, that is, the core intellective center of our souls that perceives God and sets the platform through which we act in the cosmos. It fashions the way we interact with others, our environment and ...

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    On Dealing with Despair and Seeking Validation from Others

    Seeking validation from others is one of the primary causes of our social downfall and the cause of much of our despair.

    Excerpt: The desperate need for validation from others is a symptom of an inner emptiness. In Qur’anic terms, it is a disease of the heart. Where does it come from? My take is that it comes from a lack of that awe-inspiring and loving fear of God called khushūʿ. It comes from the lack of one’s will to please his or her Creator. This empty black hole or spiritual disease has real ...

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    The Islamic Clerical Robe and Hijab by Moulana Nabi Raza Abidi

    Although our Islamic dress code inspires more people than it offends

    A sight that perhaps stands out in Shia Muslim centers are the clerics that work within them. The SABA Islamic Center (Shia Association of Bay Area) which we find ourselves in is no different. We see clerics with elaborate robes and neatly wrapped turbans. For someone living in the West, these features stand out quite a bit...

    Please click here to read the rest of the article.

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    Bahraini Shia Cleric Shaykh Issa Qassim Update

    Trial Postponement of Bahrain's  Shia Religious Leader Shaykh Issa Qassim

    ‘The [Bahrain] criminal court postponed the trial of Bahrain’s Shia spiritual leader Shaykh Issa Qasim and two others to the 4th of December, 2016. The authorities are prosecuting Shaykh Issa Qasim in relation to one of Shi'a Muslims’ religious duties. Shaykh Issa Qassim had his citizenship arbitrarily revoked in June of 2016.
    See this and other updates at ADHRB Newsletter 184.

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    Bahraini Torturer and Judge To Investigate War Crimes in Yemen

    A Bahraini judge with a history of involvement in torturing human rights activists and journalists is appointed by Saudi Arabia to investigate war crimes in Yemen committed by Saudi Arabia.

    The army officer assigned to investigate alleged Saudi war crimes in Yemen played a key role in the 2011 crackdown on Arab Spring protesters in Bahrain, MEMO can reveal. In the wake of the start of the ongoing 2011 uprising, Bahrain’s military lawyer Colonel Mansour Al-Mansour presided over the First Instance Court of National Safety, a tribunal set up to process the trial and prosecution of hundreds of ...

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    Muharram Message From Maulana Nabi Raza Abidi

    Muharram Message: Ambassadors of Imam Husain (AS)

    بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
    اللهم صلي علي محمد و ال محمد و عجل فرجهم
    السلام علي الحسين و علي علي بن الحسين و علي اولاد الحسين و علي اصحاب الحسين
    قال المعصوم: إِنَّهُ عَلَى یَمِینِ عَرْشِ اللَّهِ مِصْبَاحٌ هَادٍ وَ سَفِینَةُ نَجَاة
    قال رسول الله حسین منی و انا من الحسین

    In the Name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful
    All praise and blessings be upon Prophet Muhammad (S) and his immaculate family.
    Peace and blessings be upon Imam Husain (A), Imam Sajjad, the son of Imam Husain (A), the children of Imam Husain (A), and the companions of Imam Husain (A).
    Indeed, written on the right side of the arsh (throne) is that Husain (A) is the lantern of guidance and the ark of salvation.

    The Prophet (S) has ...

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    Shia Rights Watch Bi-Annual Report

    Shia Rights Watch Bi-Annual Report - Human Rights Violations Towards Shia People

    This Bi-Annual report is based on analysis of monthly reports conducted by Shia Rights Watch. The report summarizes human rights violations toward Shia people in 10 countries beginning in January and ending in June 2016.

    It must be noted that Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Bangladesh, India, Iraq, Kuwait, Nigeria, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, and Syria are members of the United Nations. This is important because these countries have all violated the International Bill of Human Rights. Within this bill, citizens of member states pledge to uphold the following ...

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    Bahrain Escalates Campaign of Repression

    In the past month, the Government of Bahrain has pursued a sustained campaign of repression. The police arrested Nabeel Rajab on expression-related charges and placed him in solitary confinement. The government forced Zainab Al-Khawaja into exile after threats of re-arrest and indefinite detention, and a week later imposed travel bans on a group of rights activists travelling to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva. Fifty-three persons were stripped of citizenship, including leading religious figure Sheikh Isa Qassim. The majority of denaturalized persons were native Shia Bahrainis, punished under the terrorism laws for acts of ...

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    Eid al-Fitr 2016

    Salamun Alaykum Warahmatullah

    Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam,

    Based on reports around North America there were authentic sightings of the moon this Tuesday night, July 5th, 2016. Therefore, we confirm that Eid ul Fitr will be on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016.

    Alhamdulillah we had a great month of Ramadhan at SABA and in the entire Bay area. May Allah bless both those who tirelessly volunteered and those who attended.

    The greatest month of the year, Ramadhan, is sadly coming to an end. This month did not differentiate between anyone, rather it engulfed ...

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    The Killing of Khurram Zaki

    We have all heard about Shaykh Nimr al-Nimr. Western media was rife with articles about him and how he stood up against Saudi tyranny and fought for the rights of minorities, and specifically Shias, in the kingdom. Similarly, we also hear much about Shaykh al-Zakzaki, a renowned scholar in Nigeria, who is incarcerated as a prisoner of conscience.

    Around a month ago, Pakistan also lost its own Shaykh al-Nimr. His name was Khurram Zaki. Although he was not a cleric, his fight for human rights and minority rights was of no less significance for the Muslim community ...

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