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  1. The martydom of Hazrat Abbas (as)

    Salaam alaikum all, I am sure you all aware of the circumstances surrounding how Hazrat Abbas (as) was martyred fetching water for Imam Hussain (as) and the children. I came across some opposition from Sunni muslims (not directly towards me) questioning the way some of the companions of Imam Hussain (as) were martyred. Particularly with the way Abbas (as) was martyred. The claim is that circumstances surrounding his (as) martyrdom are deliberately exaggerated to make people shed tears. They don't question that he was killed trying to get water but the way in which things played out are exaggerated to make people cry and weep. I decided to do some research and find authentic sources describing the martyrdom of Abbas (as). I looked on al-islam.org and found this: http://www.shiachat.com/forum/forum/26-muharram-14392017/ The sources cited for the martyrdom of Abbas (as) is a source called 'Roudhatul Ahbab' Has anyone heard of this source? Is it authentic? Can anyone direct me to other reliable sources on this subject? Any help is much appreciated
  2. Problems that reverts have

    The personal things I came across were: 1) Family thinking I will be radicalised. I don't blame them for this tbh because this is the narrative fed by the media. Alhamdullilah, they came round and realised that this is not the case, as more time passed and they saw my behaviour remained normal. 2) A slightly light hearted one...making a mess in the sink when learning wudu lol 3) Dealing with alcohol on table, alhamdullilah over time, I have managed to establish boundaries and there is mutual respect 4) If you are a convert from hinduism, its the food issue. Fortunately, the opinion that food prepared by polytheist being physically najis is not as widespread as before I think. 5) Waking up for fajr alone ! 6) Not celebrating eid cos you're the only muslim 7) If you are a shia, its trying to keep into a sombre mood during Muharram, especially first 10 days. 8) Social hijab - trying to explain to female family members such as cousins that you can't hug them as you previously did, this is something I still have not addressed just what i can think off on top of my head. Just remember that although there are challenges alhamdullilah always be grateful that Allah swt saw you as someone worthy of this blessed guidance and put you on this blessed path and that He will always find you a way out of whatever revert problem you are facing. If we are thankful Allah swt will give us more and open new doors for us.
  3. Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (Film 2015)

    I was about to post a link too. thanks!
  4. Salaam alaikum I am a revert to Shia Islam (reverted three years ago at the time of writing this). I was hoping to get in touch with fellow reverts, be it from UK (where I live) or abroad. Just to share stories, network, make friends and help each other out with common revert issues. Moral support and things like that. I had set up my own website called Revert Hub, which helps reverts learn about the basics of Islam and share their stories. Unfortunately, I did not have time to maintain it but iA I might restart it depending if reverts think, something like that would help them. On the other hand, if something with a similar concept of Revert Hub does exist, please let me know, as there is little need for me to reinvent the wheel and if another thread like this one exists. I could not find anything. thanks!
  5. Salaam, thanks for this initiative. Something like this is ideal for a revert like myself. Have signed up
  6. Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (Film 2015)

    Thanks for trying bro. Yes pls let us know if any update
  7. Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (Film 2015)

    Please do, that would be highly appreciated!!
  8. Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (Film 2015)

    Thanks to all for the replies! iA will be available soon.
  9. Muhammad: The Messenger Of God (Film 2015)

    SA, Does anybody know where I can find a link to watch online/buy/download an English subtitled version of the new Iranian movie, Muhammad, the Messenger of God. Cannot seem to find it anywhere- wondering if anyone has had any luck. Been looking forward to watching it. Thanks
  10. Question about charity

    SA to all, I am in a bit of dilemma. I give to charity regularly, be it donating online or giving some money or buying some food for the homeless on the streets. I work in Central London so I come across a few. I am not stingy or anything and have no problem with giving to charity. After all the wealth we earn is from Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì and we should use it to do His ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì duties on earth and of course mirror the sunnah of our Prophet (pbuh) and the Infallibles (as) in giving to the most needy. My dilemma is that twice a women has come up to me, claiming to be pregnant, has lost her oyster card (travel pass for London tube for those from abroad etc. who may not be familiar). She first came up to me 2 months ago and again today. First she says, she lost her oyster card, then talks about needing money for a ticket back to Bulgaria to go back to her father, then mentions needing money for a hostel. I just found it too fishy. So on the first occasions I refused. On this occasion, I also refused but bought her some food instead. I was really close to going to the cash machine, taking out £30 and giving it to her as that apparently was enough for one night in a hostel. Money is not the issue, rather I just have a bad feeling that this was a scam so i settled on buying her some food and then I went back to work (i was on lunch break). I feel really bad that i refused her but my heart was telling me its something dodgy. The reason I felt bad is that I keep remembering hadiths from the Imams/Prophet saying "when a beggar comes to you their pride is already broken, don't hurt them more by refusing etc." (can't remember exact wording) I even offered to her that i can call the police/charity who can help her out. Perhaps a charity can take her in but strangely she didn't accept that. I gave the food and I walked off. Then i observed her from a window in my work building. She gave the food to another random lady distributing free magazines and kept the drink for herself. Which made me think more- that if you are a beggar and homeless why would you give food given to you away? Surely you are hungry? I suppose my question is what (whoever is reading this) do? Have you ever had this situation? How have you balanced the moral and islamic obligation to looking after the needy vs not getting scammed Jzk