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How does one respond from the Qur'an to an Islamophobe who insists that all Muslims are terrorists and want Sharia law and that the Qur'an says it is ok to lie to the enemies?
Human beings from all faiths and culture have many things in common, one of the most important common thing among all of them is the intellect.
Intellect says that false allegation is wrong and no one can believe any allegation before examining the evidence.
Whatever is been said by our enemies about Islam is based on lies and baseless allegations. We invite every one to study Quran and authentic Hadeeths if they really want to understand Islam. If they study Islam properly, they will know that it is the Real religion of Justice and Peace. If they do not want to read and see the facts, but just to put allegations on us, we can not help them. Life has always witnessed good and bad people when bad people put false allegations on the good people.
What would be the purpose of having extra-Qur'anic information, such as Mushaf Fatimah and al-Jafr, if it is only accessible to the Imams? Wouldn't that information regarding Fiqh and Sharia be beneficial to the people as well?
One has to assume that if the possessors of these books chose not to share them, then it is not necessary for us to know the contents. Mushaf Fatimah and al-Jafr, according to hadith, contain more than fiqh and shari'ah; for instance, according to hadith, they contain detailed future prophecies, and perhaps this information would not be beneficial for us. According to hadith, Mushaf Fatimah was narrated to her as a form of consolation due to her grief for her father, so from that angle, there may have been a personal purpose.
There are a number of sacred items mentioned in hadith as being passed on from the prophets to the Imams as a sign of spiritual authority and these can be looked at in this light.
There is no indication that the Imams required these materials to learn, but that does not mean that there is any problem in their having them or consulting them. Perhaps it was reassuring to some people around them, who did not believe in the imamate, that they were referring to texts received from their forebears.
We live in an era where the value of things is measured very materially, especially in the era of the Internet, when it is assumed that anything worthwhile should be shared publicly. However, this brings up the question of, do things have value if people do not see them? (For instance, a tree in a forest.) Is it possible for something to have purpose if it is seen by only one or a handful of people? It is reasonable to argue that there is a spiritual value to the existence of these items; however, for them to have an existential value, it is not necessary that they be available to the majority of people.
My great grandfather in his life time allotted a bigger share of his family inheritance to one of his grandsons compared to the rest and it is causing resentment among them. Is this halal according to sharia?
He had this right to gift any of his property to anyone he wanted and it doesn't matter that he himself inherited these properties and didn't acquire them through his own endeavors
Yes we are allowed to keep them as pets, there is no evidence in the Shari'ah which prohibits having cats as pets. But we have to be carefull that we do not pray with the cat hairs on our body or cloths of prayer.
With regards to the cat's hair, see the mas'ala on "dress for prayer" in the risalahs of the maraji`. Ayatullah Khu`i, for example, says: The dress for prayer should "not be from the parts of the animal whose meat is not halal...this would also apply to the hair found on the cloths, etc." (Minhaju 's-Salihiyn, vol. 1, p. 138) Cat is surely an animal whose meat is not halal, and, therefore, its hair should not be on the dress of one who wants to do salat.