If you make a promise to Allah (SW) you Must implement it with out fail.
If you are sure that you will implement , then make a promise, otherwise it will be sinful to promise and not fulfill.
Seeking and supplicating to Allah (SWT) to make you be with the girl you love is allowed. Allah (SWT) knows the future which we do not know. That is wh we need to seek whatever He knows best for us, not what we think.
We are not allowed to believe in the predictions of astrologers, as many of them are not true despite the fact that they some times say right. The Hadeeth says: Astrologers lie even if they say the truth sometimes. كذب المنجمون ولو صدقوا
If we believe in the astrologers, it means that we believe that they know the unseen, which is wrong.
Yes, with out any doubt. Real remembering means avoiding sinful acts and keeping our heart and acts with Allah (The Glorious). That will definitely make us attain tranquility.
1. Performing the Prayers on time with dedication and sincere intention is a compulsory act in remembering Allah, with out which no real remembering of Allah (And establish Prayers (Salah) for my remembering) وأقم الصلاة لذكري ( 20:14)
2. Avoiding sinful acts and even sinful thoughts which come from Satan to spoil our tranquility.
3. Reciting or listening to Quran with our hearts not only our ears.
4. Reciting Du'a (supplications) specially what has been narrated from the Prophet (SAWA) and Ahlul Bayt(AS).
5. Performing long Sojood with Du'a or remembering Allah, or Salawaat or Istighfaar. Long Sojood has great effect on our hearts and spirituality and it makes us close to Allah and far from Shaitan. There is a special mention in Quran about Sojood during he night (And from the night, prostrate to Him and glorify Him a long night through (Sura Al-Insaan: 26)
Long Sojood helps a lot in healing and elevation.
The difference between the heart قلب and the breast or chests صدور in Quran has been discussed by many scholars of Tafseer. We see some non Shia scholars claim that there is no difference between heart and breast. We can not accept this opinion because of the clear mention of hearts and breasts in the same Quranic verses which must mean a difference in the meanings.
Among many opinions, we can say that the breast or chest is wider than the heart and it is effected by the state of mind and feeling of comfort or discomfort. That is why we read the supplication of prophet Moses (AS): O my Lord, extend my breast (Taha: 25).
The heart is our inner which is the origin of our intentions, while the breast is effected also by outside reasons and factors which make us feel comfortable or otherwise. That is why we read in Sura Al-Inshiraah how Allah (SWT) tells His Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) mentioning His bounties on him: Did not We extend your breast? ألم نشرح لك صدرك which means that Allah (SWT) Has granted him this bounty of making his breast big and extended.
In Quran we read about Quran that it is : Cure for what is in the breasts وشفاء لما في الصدور (Younus : 57). What is in breasts can be a mixture of our feelings and our thinking and reactions to other factors surrounding us.
No doubt, heart is the Centre of the breast (Hearts inside the breasts) (ولكن تعمى القلوب التي في الصدور) )(Verily, it is not the eyes that grow blind, but it is the hearts which are inside the breasts that grow blind) Al-Hajj : 46.
Allah The Glorious is above the limits of body and space. He says in Quran : There is Nothing like Him. (Sura 42, Verse 11), so no question of Allah (SWT) having body because body is like other bodies.
Quran is in Arabic language and Arabic language has the maximum flexibility among all languages, where one word can give many meanings depending on the sentence and situation. No one can claim that he understands Quran or any book in Arabic through literal meaning of translations.
Quranic meanings can only be explained by the Prophet Muhammad (SAWA) and his Holy Progeny Ahlul Bayt (AS) and never by linguistics. Any meaning which was not mentioned by the Prophet (SAWA) or his Ahlul Bayt (AS) can never be accepted.
Allah says in Quran that He Has sent on the Prophet the Knowledge of Al-Thikr, so that he should explain to the people what was been revealed. 16:44.
It depends on the real intention in the heart and mind which is known by Allah (SWT).
Good deeds are usually encouraged to be done secretly with out publicity, to keep it away from Satanic whispering of showing off which not only spoils the deeds but also turns it into bad. If the intention is really to encourage others to do good deeds, then it is good to do it publicly. After all, Allah (SWT) knows the intentions.
This verse means that the real human life can never be achieved with out True faith which is the call of Allah (SWT) and the Messenger (SAWA). With out Real Faith and practice, disbelievers are like animals or even worse (Sura Al-A'raaf; 179) also (Sura Al-Forqan; 44)
In Sura Muhammad ;12, Allah (SWT) says about he disbelievers : They enjoy and eat like the animals eating and the hellfire will their destination.
Responding to the call of Allah and His messenger leads to the Real life in this world and hereafter.
Any type of aggression against any human being , Muslim or non Muslim and even against peaceful animals or nature is very bad and Allah does not like the aggressors.
The Haj is wajib to perform for a person who is able (mustati').
Despite the very regrettable action of the regime in power in the region, our Maraje' have not guided otherwise.
The constant Shi'a presence is vital in this global gathering of Muslims and you should go if as soon as you are able.
Among the calamities that have befell the Muslim Ummah is that oppressors have usurped positions and taken control of holy places. This dates all the way back to the Umayyad Dynasty.
As you have read, during a certain time in the Abassid era, Ziyarah of Imam Husain (a.s.) was restricted, and if one was to visit they would have to offer their hand to be cut off. People still went. They sacrificed everything to keep holy places full of the true followers of Islam.
This is how we need to think of visiting the holy land of Meccah and Medinah. If we vacate it from our presence, it will further strengthen the enemies of Islam. It is for this reason that all our Jurists, and throughout history, have always said Hajj is wajib should one meet the fiqhi requirements of 'Istita'ah.
I believe it is a wrong misconception that performing Hajj pilgrimage validates the Saudi regime, or any other fallacy arguments that would deprive one from performing their Wajib obligation.
Please re-think your decision, and refer to the juristic views of our Fuqaha' in regards to the obligation of Hajj, and how we will be able to contribute so much by our presence in the holy land of Meccah and Medina.
And Allah knows best.
A revered scholar had once recommended that Ayatul Kursi be written with safron on 4 pieces of paper, and placed in the earth of four corners of the foundation of the house.
Aim at having the house a hub for dhikr of Allah ta'ala, and to dedicate programs in remembrance of Ahlul Bayt (a.s.). A blessed house in the eyes of Allah ta'ala is a house devoted to serve others, and brings kin together.
Once the house is done, it is recommended to invite people and feed them. Giving Sadaqah is also highly recommended.
Like any relationship, we need to put effort and invest in our relationship with Almighty God. We must try as much as we can to build and strengthen this relationship.
Almighty God is always with us, but we have to make sure that we are doing our end in getting closer to Him.
1. We need to educate ourselves about God, and learn more about His qualities and attributes. This will strengthen our knowledge and certainty of His presence in our lives. It is not just theoretic knowledge, but more trying to obtain inner-knoweldge, or Ma'rifah of Almighty God.
2. We should feel this presence of God, which will generate our interest in connecting with Him, and loving Him. To love God means to follow what He wants from us, and to avoid what he dislikes us to do. This means we must obey His commands by fulfilling our religious duties, and to stay away from disobeying Him and sinning.
3. Remember God all the time, and the best and most effective way of "remembering" God is performing the daily obligatory prayers, which is the most minimum requirement of all Muslims. Should we devote more time and worship Him more, it will be sign of our intensifying of our love. The more you love someone the time you will dedicate and the more effort you will put.
4. Besides doing the wajibaat, and avoiding the muharramaat, which this itself is very very hard, add more flavour to your spiritual advacement by praying Nawafil, reciting the Quran, and doing other mustahab acts.
5. There is a wonderful hadith from Imam al-Sadiq (a.s.) that says that the best way of becoming close to Allah, after gaining ma'rifah of Him is: prayer, obedience to parents, and staying away from envy, pride and arrogance.
6. Ahlul Bayt (a.s.) are the closest of God's creation to Him, and so connecting with them will get you to Allah ta'ala.