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by Humsafar
Sat Apr 29, 2017 10:53 am
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Dawoodi Bohras in the media 2017-18
Replies: 304
Views: 62175

Re: Dawoodi Bohra in media 2017

Agreed, Biradar, it is not "one man's" misdoing. But this one man has the power to make a difference, change the course of history. But does he have the acumen to do it, that is the question. At least, FD's Taher Fakhruddin took a more reasonable, non-commital stand. Non commital? STF has Eliminate...
by Humsafar
Thu Apr 27, 2017 1:50 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Dawoodi Bohras in the media 2017-18
Replies: 304
Views: 62175

Re: Dawoodi Bohra in media 2017

Agreed, Biradar, it is not "one man's" misdoing. But this one man has the power to make a difference, change the course of history. But does he have the acumen to do it, that is the question. At least, FD's Taher Fakhruddin took a more reasonable, non-commital stand.
by Humsafar
Fri Apr 21, 2017 4:40 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: The Empire Crumbles II
Replies: 36
Views: 7721

Re: The Empire Crumbles II

Yes, excellent post. You nailed it Biradar.
by Humsafar
Fri Apr 21, 2017 11:10 am
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: The Empire Crumbles II
Replies: 36
Views: 7721

Re: The Empire Crumbles II

As someone who perhaps suffered social boycott during the Burhanuddin era. I can see how you would have that perspective. However, those of us who moved to the West and raised families here during his reign, have experienced his glory first hand. This is such a disingenuous thing to say. Are you go...
by Humsafar
Thu Apr 20, 2017 3:58 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: The Empire Crumbles II
Replies: 36
Views: 7721

Re: The Empire Crumbles II

Mufaddal is our goofball Trump who has goofed up big time on FGM issue. I was with Unhappybohra until: Bohraism become a mere of a shadow of the glory days of the Burhanuddin era. Then he lost me and his credibility. There was nothing glorious about Burhanuddin era. Period. And Biradar, what is it w...
by Humsafar
Thu Dec 22, 2016 8:10 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Tired
Replies: 64
Views: 16661

Re: Tired

Humanbeing, my friend you misunderstand. I've no problem if you remain inside so long as you are actively orgainsing opposition to the system. Your lone-ranger act of bravado may give you personal satisfaction of not "bending to the kothar" but it will not change anything in a 100 years. Try to unde...
by Humsafar
Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:37 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Tired
Replies: 64
Views: 16661

Re: Tired

Oh my, you don't give up, do you? Okay, if you insist the legal route was a waste of money and time, then so be it. Your opinion does not count. Come in the trenches and fight with us then we might lend your ears to you. Yes, I know it is tiresome to be told "people like you...", it is getting damn ...
by Humsafar
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:31 pm
Forum: Dawoodi Bohra religion, rituals and customs
Topic: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali
Replies: 66
Views: 24969

Re: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali

Taawil comes from God who informs His chosen ones about it. This Taawil is specific. It is not a creation of human beings. Human interpretations of Quran are ordinary taawil. They can be many versions of it and are often the origins of disputes. Taawil that God lets know to whoever He wills may or ...
by Humsafar
Tue Dec 20, 2016 9:00 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Tired
Replies: 64
Views: 16661

Re: Tired

Strategies to go legal route respective to their local jamaat is beneficial. I mentioned that reformist were successful in creating (retaining) their own control and system. The benefits of that legal route was/is limited to local jamaat only and did not dent kothar’s hold over majority communities...
by Humsafar
Mon Dec 19, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Tired
Replies: 64
Views: 16661

Re: Tired

The thing is no matter how much you plead helplessness and family issues and the rest, so long as you do not take a stand not much is going to happen. In that I agree with Biradar, there's been a lot of talk and little action. Of course, leaving the fold is not the option for everyone, but if you ha...
by Humsafar
Sat Dec 03, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Board Lurching Towards Oblivion?
Replies: 45
Views: 26577

Re: Board Lurching Towards Oblivion?

Kimanumanu, Thank you, that is a very thoughtful post. I'm glad that you finally opted to participate in this forum. Yes, this Forum is still very relevant for those who care about self-dignity, freedom of conscience and are opposed to the cult of the Dai. It's only that people's priorities seem to ...
by Humsafar
Thu Dec 01, 2016 10:06 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: FD's Abdeali BS in Udaipur
Replies: 2
Views: 1302

Re: FD's Abdeali BS in Udaipur

Thanks for reporting this. Haven't heard anything about this visit. Didn't even know if he had a following in Udaipur. Will find out.
by Humsafar
Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:11 pm
Forum: Dawoodi Bohra religion, rituals and customs
Topic: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali
Replies: 66
Views: 24969

Re: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali

Biradar, I think you misunderstood me. Of course, the Prophet had the knowledge of inner truths and the Quran naturally is a proof of that. What I'm asserting is that he never talked about esoteric stuff or preached it in public life. He was more concerned with the social and political matters of bu...
by Humsafar
Mon Nov 28, 2016 9:40 pm
Forum: Dawoodi Bohra religion, rituals and customs
Topic: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali
Replies: 66
Views: 24969

Re: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali

As Ali himself says, the Prophet revealed to him many secrets, which he, and only he possessed Is there a collection of these secrets apart from Nahjul Balagha? Who else is/was privy to these secrets after Ali? Now, in addition to being the one who brought the taawil of the Qur'an, Ali is unique th...
by Humsafar
Thu Nov 24, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Islam Today
Topic: Allama Iqbal: Shikwa, Jawab e Shikwa
Replies: 0
Views: 6453

Allama Iqbal: Shikwa, Jawab e Shikwa

In another thread Iqbal's poem was quoted (http://www.dawoodi-bohras.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=11099&p=174144#p174138) and it is such a coincidence that I'm these days engrossed in listening to Tina Sani's rendition of Iqbal's famous poem Shikwa, Jawab e Shikwa. Tina Saini with her beautiful voi...
by Humsafar
Thu Nov 24, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Dawoodi Bohra religion, rituals and customs
Topic: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali
Replies: 66
Views: 24969

Re: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali

Biradar, Your response is not helpful at all, and also smacks of elitism. Maybe it is wrong on my part to come down on scholarship and study of arcane literature for I'm sure it has a value, and I don't want to sound anti-intellectual. And I'm glad you brought up the analogy of the blind and their i...
by Humsafar
Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:30 pm
Forum: Dawoodi Bohra religion, rituals and customs
Topic: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali
Replies: 66
Views: 24969

Re: Esoteric sermons of Maulana Ali

Let's assume that this esoteric sermon is true, what does it actually mean? Obviously, it was not meant to be taken literally. If not authentic, then it seems to be a product of the Ghulat movement which attached to Ahl al Bayt all sorts of divine attributes. Either way, such esoteric, taawil-infest...
by Humsafar
Fri Nov 11, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Here and Now
Topic: Trump as the POTUS
Replies: 20
Views: 4141

Re: Trump as the POTUS

Well, you are not merely listing out your prediction, you are also expressing your opinion which looks like you are agreeing with his xenophobic, fear-mongering agenda: Zero out Syrian refugees influx into the US. This is a good thing. It's hard to vet these refugees and very likely many of them are...
by Humsafar
Fri Nov 11, 2016 4:49 pm
Forum: Here and Now
Topic: Trump as the POTUS
Replies: 20
Views: 4141

Re: Trump as the POTUS

Sorry to say Biradar, but your assessment of Trump is a lot more charitable than he deserves. He is a proto-fascist, and your support (albiet qualified) for his most egregious policies regarding, immigrants and muslims shows you up as a close-minded conservative, the class of people that Trump has a...
by Humsafar
Thu Nov 03, 2016 9:24 pm
Forum: Here and Now
Topic: The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam
Replies: 17
Views: 9639

Re: The mystery of India’s deadly exam scam

Who cares if an encounter is, fake or real, as long as the terrorists are real. read the simi manual and manisfesto they want sharia law and smacks of extreme wahabi ideology even ur favourite teesta setalvad has written against it they beleive sharia law to be above country law. and they got what ...
by Humsafar
Fri Oct 28, 2016 5:40 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Board Lurching Towards Oblivion?
Replies: 45
Views: 26577

Re: Board Lurching Towards Oblivion?

Thanks Biradar for bringing up this subject. I'm guilty of not participating as much as I would like to, but not because I'm bogged down into social media :-). Have been really busy, but I do pop in every day and am occasionally provoked to give my two cents. But surely I do miss the old days when w...
by Humsafar
Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:16 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

UnhappyBohra wrote:^^^you are so full of it Humsafar. First you delegitimise FD and then you fault me for not supporting it openly! Make up your mind!
If FD is what you have chosen, then support it openly and fearlessly. Act on your choice. Whether I delegitimise FD or not is beside the point.
by Humsafar
Sat Sep 17, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

People, please. I started this thread to discuss the repercussions of speaking up. I understand that there are strong views here, and many of them clash. But who are we to judge one another? We all come here to discuss our discontent with the community, and so we all have the same underlying issue....
by Humsafar
Fri Sep 16, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

Sigh....One needs to spell everything out over here. He sacrificed precisely by staying quiet. And then again by speaking up. I would spell it out if it were not indecent to describe precisely what a great personal price SKQ and his family have paid, both for their silence (in support of Burhanuddi...
by Humsafar
Wed Sep 14, 2016 7:54 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

I have said this before and will repeat it again that clubbing together SKQ (and FD) with the atrocities of Kothar is not fair. After the split it has become very clear how marginalised SKQ was - You can say it a thousand times but the facts won't change. SKQ was part of the old regime and went wit...
by Humsafar
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:53 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

The people of FD have taken charge of their own future and are very careful not to make the mistakes of their forefathers. That is some progress I suppose, acknowledging that the infallible forefathers made mistakes. Still I'm not convinced that the Fatemi Dawat is actually moved by the plight of t...
by Humsafar
Tue Sep 13, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Repercussions of speaking up
Replies: 57
Views: 10984

Re: Repercussions of speaking up

SBM, for a man of the world, your naivette is staggering. Do you think that Fatemi Dawat are fighting solely for personal gain? Don't you think that those who have answered the call of Fatemi Dawat want their leaders to fight for the properties that they have contributed to all their lives and for ...
by Humsafar
Thu Jul 28, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Taher Fakhruddin missteps
Replies: 56
Views: 8080

Re: Taher Fakhruddin missteps

I agree with Biradar about his assessment of the reform movement. It has been on the decline for a long time, even while Asghar Ali Engineer was alive. We often used to discuss about it and he despaired about the its dwindling fortunes. After him the movement has completely lost its public face, eve...
by Humsafar
Thu Jul 28, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Taher Fakhruddin missteps
Replies: 56
Views: 8080

Re: Taher Fakhruddin missteps

Biradar, Thank you for your thoughtful reply. I've said many times I've no problem with the concepts of Imamat, Taawil and all the attendant intricacies that go with it. As the fundamentals of Bohra faith I have no quarrel with them, if this is what Bohras accept as true. In fact, I appreciate the d...
by Humsafar
Wed Jul 27, 2016 8:02 pm
Forum: Bohras and Reform
Topic: Taher Fakhruddin missteps
Replies: 56
Views: 8080

Re: Taher Fakhruddin missteps

Good to see you back Biradar, but frankly I'm quite disappointed to see you in your new avtaar -- as a gushing acolyte of Taher Fakhruddin. You always had a soft corner for KQ but your new-found enthusiasm for TF is intriguing. I wonder what changed, that now you should come out swinging in defence ...