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-------------------------- Interesting article:

Sergey Karaganov: By using its nuclear weapons, Russia could save humanity from a global catastrophe

A tough but necessary decision would likely force the West to back off, enabling an earlier end to the Ukraine crisis and preventing it from expanding to other states

By Professor Sergey Karaganov, honorary chairman of Russia’s Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, and academic supervisor at the School of International Economics and Foreign Affairs Higher School of Economics (HSE) in Moscow


This article has sparked major debate among experts in Russia about nuclear weapons, their role and the conditions of their use.

This is especially the case given Sergey Karaganov’s status as a former presidential adviser to both Boris Yeltsin and Vladimir Putin, and his position as head of the Council on Foreign and Defense Policy, a noted Moscow think tank. Some prominent figures have reacted with dismay, while others have been less critical. RT has decided it would be beneficial for our readers to read it in full. The following piece has been translated and lightly edited.



The situation is aggravated by “strategic parasitism” – in 75 years of relative peace, people have forgotten the horrors of war, have stopped fearing even nuclear weapons. Everywhere, but especially in the West, the instinct for self-preservation has weakened.

I have spent many years studying the history of nuclear strategy and have come to an unequivocal, if unscientific, conclusion. The advent of nuclear weapons is the result of the intervention of the Almighty, who, appalled that mankind had unleashed two world wars within a generation, costing tens of millions of lives, gave us the weapons of Armageddon to show those who had lost their fear of hell that it existed. On that fear rested the relative peace of the last three-quarters of a century.

But now that fear is gone. The unthinkable in terms of previous notions of nuclear deterrence is happening – a group of ruling elites, in a fit of desperate rage, have unleashed a full-scale war in the underbelly of a nuclear superpower.

The fear of atomic escalation must be restored. Otherwise humanity is doomed.

It is not only, and not even so much, what the future world order will look like that is being decided in the fields of Ukraine right now. But rather whether the world we are used to will be preserved at all, or if all will be left is radioactive ruins, poisoning the remnants of humanity.

By breaking the West’s will in imposing its aggression, we will not only save ourselves and finally free the world from the Western yoke of five centuries, but we will also salvage the whole of humanity. By pushing the West towards catharsis and the abandonment of the hegemony of its elites, we will force it to retreat before a global catastrophe. Humanity will be given a new chance to develop.



And here I come to a crucial but hardly discussed issue. The root cause of – and indeed the main reason for – the Ukrainian crisis, as well as many other conflicts in the world, and the general increase in military threats, is the accelerating failure of the contemporary Western ruling elites.

This crisis is accompanied by an unprecedentedly rapid shift in the balance of power in the world in favor of the global majority, driven economically by China and partly by India, with Russia as the military and strategic anchor. This weakening not only infuriates the imperial-cosmopolitan elites (US President Joe Biden and his ilk) but also frightens the imperial-national elites (such as his predecessor Donald Trump). The West is losing the advantage it has held for five centuries to siphon off the wealth of the entire world by imposing its political and economic order and establishing its cultural dominance, mainly by brute force. So there is no quick end to the defensive, but aggressive, confrontation that the West has unleashed.


- ... (true...)


This moral, political and economic collapse has been brewing since the mid-1960s, was interrupted by the collapse of the USSR, but resumed with renewed vigour in the 2000s (the defeats of the Americans and their allies in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the crisis of the Western economic model in 2008 were milestones).

In order to slow down this seismic shift, the West has temporarily consolidated itself. The US has turned Ukraine into a punching bag to tie the hands of Russia, the politico-military lynchpin of a non-Western world freed from the shackles of neocolonialism. Ideally, of course, the Americans would simply like to blow up our country and thus radically weaken the emerging alternative superpower, China. We, either not realizing the inevitability of the clash or hoarding our strength, have been slow to act preemptively. Moreover, in line with modern, mainly Western, political and military thinking, we were rash in raising the threshold for the use of nuclear weapons, inaccurate in assessing the situation in Ukraine, and not entirely successful in launching the current military operation.

By failing internally, Western elites have actively fed the weeds that have taken root in the soil of 70 years of prosperity, satiation and peace. These comprise of anti-human ideologies: the denial of family, homeland, history, love between men and women, faith, service to higher ideals, everything that is human. Their philosophy is to weed out those who resist. The aim is to neuter people in order to reduce their ability to resist modern “globalist” capitalism, which is becoming more and more obviously unjust and harmful to man and humanity.

Meanwhile, a weakened US is destroying Western Europe and other countries dependent on it, trying to push them into a confrontation that will follow Ukraine. The elites in most of these countries have lost their bearings and, panicked by the crisis in their own positions at home and abroad, are dutifully leading their countries to the slaughter. At the same time, because of greater failure, a sense of powerlessness, centuries of Russophobia, intellectual degradation and a loss of strategic culture, their hatred is almost more intense than that of the US.

Thus, the trajectory of most Western countries clearly points towards a new fascism, which could be called “liberal” totalitarianism.

In the future, and this is the most important thing, it will only get worse. Truces are possible, but reconciliation is not. Anger and despair will continue to grow in waves and waves. This vector of Western movement is a clear sign of the drift towards the outbreak of World War Three. It has already begun and could erupt into a full-blown conflagration either by accident, or due to the growing incompetence and irresponsibility of the ruling circles of the West.

The introduction of artificial intelligence and the robotization of war increase the risk of unintended escalation. Machines can act outside the control of confused elites.



Proposed solution

Of course, there is an uphill struggle ahead. It is also necessary to solve our own internal problems – to finally get rid of the mindset of Western-centrism and of the Westernizers in the administrative class. Especially the compradors and their peculiar way of thinking. Of course, in this area, the NATO bloc is helping us, unwittingly.

Our 300-year journey around Europe has given us a lot of useful lessons and it has helped us to form our great culture. Let us cherish our European heritage. But it is time to return home, to ourselves. Let us begin, with the baggage we have accumulated, to live in our own way. Our friends in the Foreign Ministry have recently made a real breakthrough by referring to Russia as a civilizational state in their foreign policy concept. I would add – a civilization of civilizations, open to the North as well as to the South, to the West as well as to the East. Now the main direction of development is to the South, to the North and, above all, to the East.

The confrontation with the West in Ukraine, however it ends, should not distract us from the strategic internal movement – spiritual, cultural, economic, political, military and political – towards the Urals, Siberia and the Pacific Ocean. A new Ural-Siberian strategy is needed, one that includes several powerful spiritually uplifting projects, including, of course, the creation of a third capital in Siberia. This movement should become part of the much-needed formulation of the “Russian Dream” – the image of the Russia and the world to which one aspires.


- One could obviously, think about how Russia could be replaced with "we" (the U.S. or any other country, and also thus the whole world).


I have often written, and I am not alone in this, that great states without a great idea cease to be such or simply disappear into the void. History is littered with the graves of powers that lost their way. This idea should be created from above and not rely, as fools or lazy people do, on what comes from below. It must correspond to the deepest values and aspirations of the people and, above all, it must take us all forward. But it is the responsibility of the elite and the leadership of the country to formulate it. The delay in putting forward such a vision is unacceptably long.


"...must take us all forward" - yes.

"But it is the responsibility of the elite and the leadership of the country to formulate it". - or it could come from...who knows? an average person who is wanting to do good and learns from life, learns from smart people, learns from good (great) people, learns from, gets values from religion possibly giving moral standards and aspirations (firm footing, principles on which to stand upon) (a simple thing such as, "good character") and a different way of looking at things other than just the material dimension of life.


But for the future to come to pass, the resistance of the forces of the past – i.e. the West – must be overcome. If this is not achieved, there will almost certainly be a full-scale world war. Which will probably be the last of its kind.


- Obvious insanity...


And here I come to the most difficult part of this article. We can keep fighting for another year or two, or even three, sacrificing thousands and thousands of our best men and grinding up hundreds of thousands more who are unfortunate enough to fall into the tragic historical trap of what is now called Ukraine. But this military operation cannot end in a decisive victory without forcing the West into a strategic retreat or even capitulation. We must force the West to abandon its attempts to turn back history, to abandon its attempts at global domination, and to force it to deal with its own problems, to manage its current multifaceted crisis. To put it crudely, it is necessary for the West to simply “piss off” and end its interference in the direction of Russia and the rest of the world.

However, for this to happen, Western elites need to rediscover their own lost sense of self-preservation by understanding that attempts to wear down Russia by playing the Ukrainians against it are counterproductive for the West itself.


- ...


Movement down the ladder of containment-escalation should be fairly quick. Given the current direction of the West – and the degradation of most of its elites – each successive decision it makes is more incompetent and ideologically veiled than the last. And, at present, we cannot expect these elites to be replaced by more responsible and reasonable ones. This will only happen after a catharsis, leading to the abandonment of much ambition.

We cannot repeat the ‘Ukrainian scenario’. For a quarter of a century we were not listened to when we warned that NATO enlargement would lead to war; we tried to delay, to “negotiate”. As a result, we ended up in a serious armed conflict. Now the price of indecision is an order of magnitude higher than it would have been earlier.

But what if the present Western leaders refuse to back down? Perhaps they have lost all sense of self-preservation? Then we will have to hit a group of targets in a number of countries to bring those who have lost their senses back to their senses.

It’s a morally frightening choice – we would be using God’s weapon and condemning ourselves to great spiritual loss. But if this is not done, not only may Russia perish, but most likely the whole of human civilization will end.


-...I would rather take the death and that loss than kill senselessly, in a moment of time, in history, to ever launch a nuke at anyone and the possible consequential sequential repercussions of such action, leading, in all likelihood, to more nuclear strikes, is a zero-sum game. - What I put forth and support is total nuclear disarmament unto/for the whole world. That is the only thing that makes sense to me...


We will have to make this choice ourselves. Even friends and sympathizers will not support it at first. If I were Chinese, I would not want an abrupt and decisive end to the conflict, because it will draw back US forces and allow them to gather forces for a decisive battle – either directly or, in the best Sun Tzu tradition, by forcing the enemy to retreat without a fight. As a Chinese person, I would also oppose the use of nuclear weapons because taking the confrontation to the nuclear level means moving to an area where my country is still weak.

Also, decisive action is not in line with the Chinese foreign policy philosophy, which emphasizes economic factors (with the accumulation of military power) and avoids direct confrontation. I would support an ally by providing him with rear cover, but I would go behind his back and not enter the fray. (In this case, perhaps I don’t understand this philosophy well enough and am attributing motives to my Chinese friends that are not their own.) If Russia uses nuclear weapons, Beijing would condemn it. But Chinese hearts would also rejoice knowing that the reputation and position of the US had been dealt a severe blow.

How would we react if (God forbid!) Pakistan attacked India, or vice versa? We’d be horrified. Upset that the nuclear taboo has been broken. Then let us help the victims and change our nuclear doctrine accordingly.


- And after the dust settles, then people always come to their senses and move on.

I understand and respect Russia's position though and am thankful they have the ability, to be respected and defend themselves with such weapons for if only one nation-state had such power, it would surely be used as a political and military tool of deterrence from any other nation-state being able to challenge it (obviously).


For India and other countries of the world majority, including nuclear weapon states (Pakistan, Israel), the use of nuclear weapons is unacceptable, both for moral and geostrategic reasons. If they are used “successfully”, the nuclear taboo – the notion that such weapons should never be used and that their use is a direct route to nuclear Armageddon – will be devalued. We are unlikely to win support quickly, even if many in the Global South would feel satisfaction at the defeat of their former oppressors who plundered them, carried out genocides and imposed an alien culture.

But in the end, the victors are not judged. And the saviors are thanked. Western European political culture does not remember, but the rest of the world does (and with gratitude) how we helped the Chinese to free themselves from the brutal Japanese occupation, and many Western colonies to throw off the colonial yoke.

Of course, if they do not understand us at first, they will have all the more incentive to educate themselves. Still, it is very likely that we can win, and focus the minds enemy states without extreme measures, and force them to retreat. And after a few years, we take take up a position as China’s rear, as it is now performing for us, supporting it in its struggle with the US. Then this fight can be avoided without a big war. And we will win together for the good of all, including the people of the Western countries.

At that stage, Russia and the rest of humanity will pass through all the thorns and traumas into the future, which I see as bright – multipolar, multicultural, multicolored – and giving countries and peoples the opportunity to build their own destinies in addition to the common one, which should unite worldwide.


- Inshallah.

---------- Good, I agree quite concurrently, though not with the last paragraph is all.

Interesting good comment: EL_DISGUSTADOR

Best advice and for a as long as it takes: Cool as cucumber, Russia just keeps its trusted conventional steam roller going, two steps forward, and one step backward, establishes a 'no man's land, no electricity, nobody, no fly zone...’ security perimeter twice the width of HIMARS reach along its border with Ukraine... NATO can then go pound sand... First de-fang Ukraine, no rush, then revisit Russia's security terms with the EU, no rush either… and all with ready S A R M A T suasion minutes from any European decision making center…Good luck in trying to intimidate or trigger a Russian emotional response... no more negotiations with creeps, no 'unconditional surrender'. Simply protection of Russians by Russians. That is the end game, it is not complicated. 卐elenskyy knows the role he is playing confident because of the promises he has been made, even if from a flawed globalist calculus, helping rearm NATO as the EU gets a brand new military and Israel as 'reliable' energy supplier... Go figure...

Dmitry Trenin: Putin has just revealed Russia's strategy for ending the Ukraine conflict

The situation on the ground is going well for Moscow, but an escalation from the West could push the Kremlin to the extreme


After the failure of both Russia’s and the West’s initial moves to achieve a quick victory last year, both sides have settled for strategies of attrition. The US and its allies have banked on tightening economic sanctions on Russia, trying to orchestrate the political isolation of Moscow, and hoping that domestic disgruntlement will rise due to multiple daily privations and mounting war casualties. In principle, this is the obvious strategic approach in a long war, where success is achieved not so much on the battlefield as by undermining the enemy’s rear.

The problem for the West is that this strategy isn’t working. Russia has found ways not only to reduce the effect of Western restrictions, but has used them to revive and stimulate domestic production. Indeed, the sanctions have done what many considered impossible: they jolted the country’s economy out of the well-trodden path of oil and gas dependency. Russians are re-learning to manufacture what they once could but no longer bothered with – passenger planes, trains, ships, and the like, not to speak of garments and furniture. The Russian government has set sights even higher, toward regaining the level of technological sovereignty that was abandoned in the wake of the Soviet Union’s demise.

Political isolation from the West has weaned Moscow from its traditional fixation on Western Europe and North America and pushed it to discover the wider world of the dynamic non-Western nations. It is not just China and India and the rest of BRICS, but also the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Iran and Turkey. Last weekend in St. Petersburg, Putin shared the platform with the president of Algeria and received a peace mission of six African leaders. Next month, he is hosting a second Russia-Africa summit there. Since the beginning of the year, Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov has made three trips to the continent, visiting a dozen nations in total.

... In the run-up to presidential elections next spring, Russia’s domestic scene is generally calm. Putin is yet to announce his candidacy, but he looks as comfortable as ever, managing war and peace at the same time. Putin has rejected the option of putting the country on a war footing by means of economic mobilization and autarky, general mobilization and martial law or suspending elections and ruling by a version of Stalin’s wartime State Defense Committee. Instead, he has carefully cultivated the image of calm and normalcy across the country, while confronting the population with the reality of a just war on its border.

The population has largely adapted to this split reality. More people, according to public opinion polls, now believe that Russia is winning the war. The fears of a wider mobilization have subsided, and some of those who left the country in a hurry last year are coming back. The rifts and crevices that many observers even recently saw in Putin’s camp, e.g., between the Ministry of Defense and the Wagner Private Military Company, have been closing, clearly on the president’s orders. The liberal opposition can only operate from abroad, which gives more credence to the Kremlin’s argument that they are in cahoots with foreign powers that supply weapons to kill Russian soldiers.

Spectacular provocations from the Ukrainians – such as making incursions into the Russian region of Belgorod, and shelling border towns and villages, sending drones to Moscow and other cities deep inside the country, and assassination attempts on prominent Russian figures – while raising questions about the holes in the Russian domestic security system, have, on balance, strengthened the Kremlin’s case that the current regime in Kiev cannot be tolerated.



These two comments sum it up quite well:

Matthew Buchwald

The day to day tally of conventional losses to Ukraine clearly indicates that Russia's demilitarization strategy must succeed without resort to wmd's. No Ukrainian tactic has shown staying power against Russia's constant barrage and the consequent large scale destruction of Ukrainian men and materiel. Ukraine should resign before Russia clears the board.


In this case, Russia has no other option but to WIN... So does China if US starts a war with Taiwan.... Either way, US is DOOMED TO LOOSE as USUAL...


US plotting to interfere in Russian elections – Lavrov

The Russian foreign minister warned about the threat to next year’s vote

Washington has openly embraced the goal of destabilizing Moscow, with an eye to the 2024 presidential election, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said on Monday.

The US is not stopping its “vicious practice of interference in the internal affairs of sovereign countries,” Lavrov told the meeting of the ruling United Russia party.

“The forms of such interference are very diverse, including threats, blackmail and the organization of ‘color revolutions’. The bloody coup d'état in Ukraine that succeeded in 2014 was attempted again six years later in Belarus, unsuccessfully,” the foreign minister explained. “This obviously won’t be the last step. They openly set the goal of undermining domestic political stability in our country – in the context of the 2024 presidential elections.”

While the situation in the world is “not easy,” it is also increasingly apparent that the main trend is the strengthening of multipolarity, Lavrov added. New centers of growth and global decision-making are emerging in Eurasia, the Pacific, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, based on the “natural, inalienable right of peoples to determine their own destiny.”

Russian President Vladimir Putin has said that the 2024 presidential election will be held “in strict accordance with the law,” and in compliance with all democratic and constitutional procedures. He is eligible to run for re-election, but has not yet announced if he intends to do so.


NATO arsenals ‘empty’ – Stoltenberg

Continued support for Ukraine will require more industrial production, the military bloc’s chief has said


NATO needs a “more robust” industry in order to refill the stocks of weaponry and ammunition emptied by a year of supplying Kiev, the bloc’s Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said on Monday, at an industrial conference in Germany.

The US-led military bloc “must continue to support Ukraine” as it has done since 2014, Stoltenberg insisted at the Day of Industry in Berlin, hosted by the Federation of German Industries (BDI).

“We also need a more robust defense industry,” the secretary general argued. “Our weapons and ammunition stocks are depleted and need to be replenished. Not just in Germany, but in many countries across NATO.”

He added that he met with representatives of the military industry last week and discussed how best to ramp up production and streamline supply chains, adding that this was “key to sustain our support for Ukraine.”



Kiev has complained that a lot of the weapons coming in are in such poor condition they have to be cannibalized for parts. At least a third of Ukraine’s military potential is undergoing repairs at any given time, according to the New York Times.



Because iEarlGrey's Youtube channel was entirely deleted ("canceled") and thus, this one video I had shared in an earlier blog post ("Tears Fall") is now gone (Video title was like "I survived: Donbass" a nearly hour-long like documentary video of the horrors in which the Donbass people have experienced and lived under for 8 years before the Ukraine War/SMO) :

Life in the Donbass: How locals feel today, over nine years since their region broke away from Ukrainian control

Residents of the Donetsk People's Republic give their perspectives on the hostilities raging since 2014, and how they feel about Russia and Ukraine

- May Allah bless the doers of good. Allah does. Allah knows. Real every day heroes. Allah Akbar.



Another story not seem in western media ever,and the clowns wonder why no one trusts them about anything.


Thank God for the Russians trying to restore some semblance of sanity in this war-torn part of the world. Shame on US and NATO for making this fiasco happen in the first place.

G Kuan

I have not been to Ukraine. I can't feel exactly for the people living in Donbass. I don't get independent and reliable news. However, those who are suffering must speak up. And those who left because of the situation must tell the truth and the reasons. Be open minded and use critical thinking. Know history too and observed what politicians are doing and know which countries are instigators of wars. Know that Biden, Zelensky, Ursula, Stoltenberg, Sunak, Macron and Putin are not in the battlefields to know exactly the suffering of ordinary people. Neither have their loved ones died fighting for or against. Both Ukraine and Russia are not saints and can claim any righteousness. Russia has given its reason for mounting military operation. Ukraine has not justified its action against Russian-speaking regions. The US and NATO have no reason to interfere. As an observer and thinker and historian, the US is an active creator of conflicts around the world imposing hegemony using its military industrial complex. The world is a safer and harmonious place without the US. Know this sad truth...the US State Dept, the Pentagon, the CIA are not doing any good for the world. Neither does a US-compliant UN. Where is the UN Peace Corp...?

AnonID There is no news about DPR citizens PoV on western medias at all. 1 d Reply +13


These are real stories of real people, who have been living this for the last nine years! Here in Australia most people are blissfully unaware of this fact, because it’s been kept silent by the MSM, people just follow football, cricket and any number of hard luck stories on current affairs programs! The first time I became aware of any fighting, was when MH17 was shot down! The media reported this event in an unbalanced russophobic way, I thought both parties were blaming each other, let them sort it out. Since then, silence again, nothing, zilch!! Now a couple of years ago, I got tired of MSM reporting, or rather the lack and single sidedness of it. The content was irrelevant, full of advertising and stories were flogged to death by all news outlets and the weather segment- if you blink, you’ll miss it! So I started looking for alternative sources of news and RT with Rick Sanchez became my ‘go to’! That’s when it became apparent to me that this was in fact a major conflict. I thought ‘ what the hell is going on here?’ Then I found the RT documentaries on Donetsk “Airport” 1 & 2 and the Maidan coup and events leading up to it, NOW this whole thing started making sense to me!! Btw, these stories have been censored and removed from western media platforms! Shame on you!! This and many other events are being purposely ignored by western media and in my view, it makes them complicit in the western propaganda, as well as the escalation to war! Every sane person knows, that there are ALWAYS two sides to any conflict and that you NEED to know both sides, to get to the heart of the problem that’s caused it! So to sum up, thank you RT and a number of real reporters, who have the courage to bring these stories to everyone’s attention, who show the reality of the people living in this hell!!

David Collishaw

the donbassians are a hard working honest people who decided to choose their own way, what happened to them was a war crime from start to finish. they banned RT in the west to hide the truth about the Donbass and its people and I long for the day it is universally recognised. May if soon be free and rebuilt better than before. they deserve so much and I hope fate delivers it.

Worn Out The key attributes of the West are Arrogance, Delusion, Callous thinking and an hysterical hatred of Russia with NO explanation. The West is very unwell.........1 d AngelG Worn Out, No explanation? The West spent 8 years pumping money into ISIL and creating chaos in the Middle East in the name of the project for greater Israel. Putin walks in, wipes out ISISL and declares their little jihhadi party to be over. Putin banned mercury from vaccines, GMOs, Putin goes to church and supports family values. Putin made it illegal for minors to be exposed to LGBT content... Putin stands against everything degenerate West treasures and holds very dear. Is that explanation good enough for you?


Morning 6.20.2023

Watched about half: 25 Year Brain Drain Finished With Our Salafi Brothers | Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera ZamZamAcademy • 31K views In recent decades many attacks have been launched against the concept of taqlid [following a school of Islamic law]. Opposition has ranged from being mild with degrees of acceptance to malicious...

Looking at the comments..."I think I should pick a madhab"...I've been thinking before and that every madhab has it's virtues. Which one to pick? What one likes? - That could be not so good as it could make it easier to just follow whatever one wants. So how does one choose?

But, I am thinking now after looking at things and thinking, that I shall choose the Shafii madhab ("Shafiiyah"). Why? well, I was thinking lately, maybe Hanafi since it is the easiest but then and now, I am thinking no, because easy, especially jurisprudentially, actually makes things more messy and complicated because it may be that it is too open and too open for opinion. I like Al-Shafii's thinking and to me, it aligns quite well with the Quran and Sunnah.

-> The Holy Qur'an 4:59. "Obey Allah and obey the Messenger and those in authority among you. Should you disagree on anything, then refer it to Allah and His Messenger, if you ˹truly˺ believe in Allah and the Last Day. This is the best and fairest resolution." And then also but to lesser extents but I was mostly only thinking of the above ayat and in juristic (law) and other terms of what is prudent and also good...: " “Say: ‘O you mankind! Now truth (i.e. the Quran and the Prophet Muhammad), has come to you from your Lord. So whosoever receives guidance, he does so for the good of his own self; and whosoever goes astray, he does so to his own loss; and I am not (set) over you as a Wakeel (disposer of affairs to oblige you for guidance).’” [Yoonus 10:108]. And 28:56 : SAHIH INTERNATIONAL : Indeed, [O Muhammad], you do not guide whom you like, but Allah guides whom He wills. And He is most knowing of the [rightly] guided.

PICKTHALL : Lo! thou (O Muhammad) guidest not whom thou lovest, but Allah guideth whom He will. And He is Best Aware of those who walk aright.

Looking at just now. Is actually such a relief to just follow a madhab since it gives the rulings and explains things in detail and one can agree with the opinion quite easily (hopefully in most cases anyway):

I did not know but it seems the evidences are clear (if one follows the Shafii Fiqh that is -) :

Web search: "Shaffi fiqh"

I am, I have already accepted this view:


This seems good but it actually is...not that great, not that bad, I would say. I get information from many sources. All is a source of learning and knowledge. The reason I think that it may not be so good though is that it is or can be, actually confusing and puts confusion into one's head (instead of removing doubt) because one is getting answers from all kinds of different people, some of which are not even Muslims:

One of the answers given:

" Євген Петрович Мельниченко · Follow I am a Orthodox Christian but I respect IslamMar 20

The Hanafi and Shafi'i schools of jurisprudence, or fiqh, are two of the four major Sunni schools of Islamic legal thought. Both schools emerged in the early centuries of Islamic history and have had a significant influence on the development of Islamic law and practice. While there are many similarities between the two schools, there are also some important differences. In this essay, we will explore some of the major differences between the Hanafi and Shafi'i schools of fiqh.

  1. Methodology

One of the main differences between the Hanafi and Shafi'i schools is their approach to legal methodology. The Hanafi school emphasizes the use of reason and analogy, or qiyas, in deriving legal rulings, while the Shafi'i school places greater emphasis on the use of hadith and the practice of the Prophet Muhammad as a source of legal guidance.

  1. Sources of Law

Another difference between the two schools is their approach to sources of law. While both schools rely on the Qur'an and Sunnah as primary sources of Islamic law, the Hanafi school places greater emphasis on the use of reason and consensus, or ijma, in interpreting these sources, while the Shafi'i school gives greater weight to the opinions of the companions of the Prophet and the early generations of Muslim scholars.

  1. Ritual Practice

The Hanafi and Shafi'i schools also differ in their approach to ritual practice. For example, the Hanafi school recommends folding one's hands in prayer while standing , while the Shafi'i school recommends leaving one's hands at one's sides


-> No, no that is wrong. So knowing that, then calls into question everything he is putting forth.. and indeed if one thinks and analyzes more, one can see the mistakes and not-so-much misleading information, but not really that accurate or precise of information (is all). Is not bad but is not great. A Shiekh like Dr. Mufti Abdur-Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera for example, is a much better person to learn from and receive information from, in the matter of, the very big, very complicated, religion of Islam. -> The Qur'an 4:59. And that is why it is nice and good as well to follow a madhab (I am thinking...😉. Learning.).

-- It's not all bad (the above site) but I see a problem with some things...This is why it is not good to rely on "Shiekh Google" to get answers but engaging with learning is a good thing, should be, can be a good thing anyway (hopefully). Gaining perspective from different people and there real-life experiences, that is always good but Shiekh Google can also be bad...

- It can be confusing and then one comes out thinking they have gotten somewhere but really, it could be actually, that one has gotten nowhere from where they had started at.

- It could be that, with quite a lot of the answers given, (that) it will cause one to stop caring, stop researching and learning a madhab because the answers given that they are "insignificant" and small when actually these matters, are actually very relevant in the individual's practices. and thus, knowing that, one (and people) won't be confused when they see others following different types of "ways" (madhabs) etc. in the masjid (for example), or in their ways and laws etc. It is actually very understand and know this, the problems between Muslims (and within the deen, - within and without (one's self and others/the world), especially since, there is much salafism and wahhabism, and so, knowing "what is" actually (remember, and know, religion as a whole is and has been under attack - "Divide and conquer").


Especially of note to me is the section "Differences from Maliki and Hanafi thoughts", the "Principles" section and "The Foundation" subsection.

The scholars - the (their) books/works. - Ibn Kathir. Imam Al Ghazalli. Imam An-Nawawi (I don't know too well, but he seems amazing). - I don't know much but I like it and it seems to make much sense to me. I obviously haven't yet looked into the legal precedents but the overall sentimental and logical "philosophy" of "Shafiiyah" makes much sense to me and fits well. I would be interested in learning from or more about some of the Sufi Shafi'i's (I do recognize Shams Tabrizi).

- Islam is quite huge... (, so why not learn and be more consistent and go forward rather than being more unsure (put more doubts aside).

"Follow the scholars that are like mountains" paraphrasing...- just remembering this statement from Imam Amin Muhammad of Musjid Muhammad of Atlantic City (I believe from this talk - "The Realities of Sufism (68). Imam Amin Muhammad. Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City, Inc. • 215 views" ) will be questioned in their grave..."There is no God but Allah And Muhammad is his servant and messenger" - I hope I would give the correct answer.

Following a madhab: This is nice and seems correct (as I'm watching a video), I hope I can keep learning and/also be more set and good and thus don't have to worry, or you know question and research etc. about quite a lot of things...though the madhab is much smaller (than the hanafi madhab with all of it's resources for learning online) especially it appears , and I am thinking, the English language resources for the Shafii madhab are smaller and it appears, you know, not so healthy (it would be very good to revive that, such as like the shafiifiqh website where the shafii madhab section has all of these saved answers from). It's also confusing when on the web when one comes across all this information and/or ways to do things, but one doesn't even know what madhab it is coming from (this is a problem that I've thought about before).

------Anyway...--- - Looking at his works especially...very interesting indeed. Very influential.

Grave was destroyed by the the Syrian rebel forces trying to overthrow Assad's government. A salafi group Wikipedia states (that would seem correct).


Al-Nusra Front or Jabhat al-Nusra (Arabic: جبهة النصرة لأهل الشام, romanized: Jabhat an-Nuṣrah li-Ahl ish-Sham, lit. 'Front of the Supporters of the People of Syria/the Levant'), known as Jabhat Fatah al-Sham (Arabic: جبهة فتح الشام lit. Front for the Conquest of Syria/the Levant) after July 2016, and also described as al-Qaeda in Syria or al-Qaeda in the Levant,[41] was a Salafi-Jihadist militant organization fighting against Syrian government forces in the Syrian Civil War. Its aim was to overthrow Bashar al-Assad's Ba'athist government and establish an Islamic state in Syria.[42]

Formed in 2012, in November of that year The Washington Post described al-Nusra as "the most aggressive and successful" of the rebel forces.[43] While secular and pro-democratic rebel groups of the Syrian Revolution such as the Free Syrian Army were focused on ending the decades-long reign of Assad family, Al-Nusra Front also sought the unification of Jihadist forces in a post-Assad Syria, anticipating a new stage of the civil war. It denounced the international assistance in support of the Syrian opposition as "imperialism"; viewing it as a long-term threat to its Islamist goals in Syria.[42]

In December 2012, the United States Department of State designated it a foreign terrorist organization.[44] In April 2013, Al-Nusra Front was publicly confirmed as the official Syrian branch of al-Qaeda, after Emir Ayman al-Zawahiri rejected the forced merger attempted by Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and ordered the dissolution of newly-formed Islamic State of Iraq and Levant.[45] In March 2015, the militia joined other Syrian Islamist groups to form a joint command center called the Army of Conquest.[46] In July 2016, al-Nusra formally re-designated itself from Jabhat al-Nusra to Jabhat Fatah al-Sham ("Front for the Conquest of the Levant") and officially announced that it was breaking ties with Al-Qaeda





Upon the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in 2011, Islamic State of Iraq's leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi and al-Qaeda's central command authorized the Syrian Abu Mohammad al-Golani to set up a Syrian offshoot of al Qaeda in August 2011, to bring down the Assad government and establish an Islamic state there. Golani and six colleagues crossed the border from Iraq into Syria, and reached out to Islamists released from Syria's Sednaya military prison in May–June 2011 who were already active in fighting against Assad's security forces. The six men who founded Nusra alongside Julani were Saleh al-Hamawi (Syrian), Abu Maria Al-Qahtani (Iraqi), Mustafa Abd al-Latif al-Saleh (kunya:Abu Anas al-Sahaba) (Jordanian/Palestinian), Iyad Tubasi (kunya: Abu Julaybib) (Jordanian/Palestinian), Abu Omar al-Filistini (Palestinian) and Anas Hassan Khattab (Syria).[55][42][104]

A number of meetings were held between October 2011 and January 2012 in Rif Dimashq and Homs, where the objectives of the group were determined.[42] Golani's group formally announced itself under the name "Jabhat al-Nusra l'Ahl as-Sham" (Support Front for the People of the Sham) on 23 January 2012.[42][104]

Iraq's deputy interior minister said in early February 2012 that weapons and Islamist militants were entering Syria from Iraq.[105] The Quilliam Foundation reported that many of Nusra's members were Syrians who were part of Abu Musab al-Zarqawi's Islamist network fighting the 2003 American invasion in Iraq;[42] Iraqi Foreign Minister Hoshyar Zebari agreed to that in 2012.[106] The British The Daily Telegraph stated in December 2012 that many foreign al-Nusra fighters were hardened veterans from conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.[60]



Russian air raids (2015–2016)[edit]

Russia sees al-Nusra as a terrorist organization.[195] Russian air strikes reportedly targeted positions held by al-Nusra from September 2015[196] and Al-Nusra set a reward for the seizure of Russian soldiers.[197]

In October 2015 Al-Nusra militant Abu Ubaid Al-Madani, who speaks Russian, released a video addressed to the Russians warning that they would massacre Russian soldiers.[198] Abu Mohammad al-Julani called for Russian civilians to be attacked by former Soviet Muslims and called for attacks on Alawite villages in Syria.[199][200][201] In November 2015, al-Nusra fighters and Turkish-supported Syrian Turkmen Brigades were engaged in heavy fighting in Syria's northwestern Latakia Governorate against the Syrian government forces supported by the Shiite militias and the Russian air force.[202]


- Thank goodness for Russia. What was "the West" doing while all of this was occurring? Yet Americans and Europeans, told by, our media, that "Assad is evil". - It's really disconcerting for normal Muslims and you know, we should be (normal, every day citizens of the West) quite outraged by the evil of our elites and ruling class/classes. - Yet at every turn, they want us to fear and hate Russia and China when Russia and China are the ones who are more upright in their words and actions in following democracy and in following the U.N. charter rules/laws (and more consistent in doing so, - consistently!).


*Looking at some articles on the web after looking at some things within the madhab*

I will have to be much more strict with my meat eating. - That's okay. I do wonder about when around friends etc. So as to not make it look like the religion is too strict or hard but well, that could be okay as well - have strong faith and rules. People see that as well. It is more just (good) treatment of animals and it is more environmentally clean, which is something I've been working on anyway and learning about and I like anyway.


Dynamic Islam • 303 views

It is, the ummah, is in disarray or "discombobulated" a little bit, at the least, at the least...

Trying to find the next lecture in the series...*pics*

Didn't watch, wanted to watch the below video while it was live. US Congress plots to save dollar dominance amid global de-dollarization rebellion Geopolitical Economy Report • 21K views

Masjid Muhammad of Atlantic City, Inc. • 159 views The Black Imam's Roundtable is broadcasted live on and​​​​​​​​​​​​​

-- /\ Watch the last ~25-30 minutes or so (have some patience, chill out). Especially starting at 2 hours 21 minutes till the end.

Going back...- pretty good video. I actually like the Shiekh's response to one of the comments possibly maybe more.

@EquinoXReZ 1 month ago Salamulaikum! When you say “people shopping around in order to do something that they shouldn’t be doing” I don’t quite understand. If every madhab is correct then no matter which one you take from you wouldn’t you be within permissibility? Some clarification would be greatly appreciated JAK @rabiahc3680 1 month ago Exactly. That makes no sense when people say that. @EquinoXReZ 1 month ago @rabiahc3680 Allah knows best, I’m sure the sheikh knows something that we don’t @vmoses1979 1 month ago (edited) ​​​ @EquinoXReZ Imam Tom is best to answer this. I think what he means is that while all four schools are equally valid - a shiekh using the methodology of a particular school may issue a ruling permitting some action that I want to do. Say I'm into derivatives trading and to justify my desire I cite only one shiekh who's ruled that it is ok. Then I'm being driven by my desire rather than limiting my desire to only what is permissible apriori. In other words I'm shopping around to justify what I want to do rather than doing only that which is well agreed to be permissible. Read more @muhammadsaad3513 1 month ago The problem is that following taking a ruling based on specific set of rules and then taking a ruling that is exactly opposite to the 1st set of rules , by doing this you become a toy in the hands of devil and then you start picking and choosing what you want by applying different standards .Sticking to one madhab makes it harder for shaitaan to interfere

@UTICAMASJID 1 month ago There's a difference between being correct and valid. Every madhhab is valid but it's impossible that every madhhab is correct about everything, that would imply that there are more than 1 truth and that's false. However, there is a difference between the Truth in an absolute sense (we could say, the Truth as Allah knows it) vs. the Truth as we are able to access it or approach it. In absolute terms, the Truth is only one. However, there are things in the Shariah where the scholars have made educated guesses and are not 100% sure about. We follow their opinions and it is accepted from us because epistemically we aren't able to have complete certainty about what is correct as Allah sees it. This creates the diversity of acceptable, valid opinions.

However, occasionally the diversity of these opinions can be combined in disingenuous ways. The famous example is marriage, where the Hanafi's don't require a guardian, the Maliki's don't require an announcement, etc. If you were to manipulate these opinions you could mix and match them until you get a marriage with no dowry, witnesses, guardian, etc which, in total, is a marriage no scholar or madhhab has ever supported. This is why people are concerned about straying from a madhhab or a scholar.I typed this in a rush but I hope it has become more clear.

-Imam Tom

Show less +17 @EquinoXReZ 1 month ago @UTICAMASJID Jazakallahu khairan Imam Tom

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