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  1. Jewelry. - What do you wear?

    Thank you brother. I would except that it is a bit too small for my right hand.
  2. Jewelry. - What do you wear?

    Since 2002, I replaced my gold wedding ring on my left hand with a silver ring bearing the BasmAllah. I recently bought a gemstone ring to wear on my right hand, but I lost the stone so went back to the other ring which I dearly love and feel naked without.
  3. MacroEvolution

    The book "Darwin's Doubt" by Stephen Meyer makes a strong case for Intelligent Design to counter the Theory of Evolution. His basic premise is that DNA can be quated to a language and that the DNA of each species of life contains volumes of highly specific information required for the development of each individual of that species from the information contained in the microscopic fertilized egg. The DNA (comprised of 4 nucleic acids) does not confer any life-sustaining function other than passing information from parent to offspring. What does convey this function is the translation of this language into another language, which is that of proteins (comprised of 20 amino acids). He posits that information for new functions and organs specific to the different species could never have arisen merely by chance mutation and natural selection even if the time factor was infinite. Just as this very book could never have happened by chance assemblage of letters, so also could the various species of life have arisen from a supposed Common Ancestor through purely naturalistic methods without the involvement of a supremely intelligent and powerful designer and creator, who we Muslims know as Allah. This video introduces this book, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I would skip the introduction to 11:50 even though it was mildly entertaining.
  4. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Do Shi'as curse Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman, Talha, al-Zubayr, Aisha and other companions? Do you have writings where Ali cursed them? I can imagined that he did Muawiyah.
  5. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Assalamu alaikum, brother @shiaman14, Tawheed - belief in the Oneness of Allah Yes, of course. Adl - belief in the justice of Allah above all else. Why do we ask for forgiveness if Allah's justice prevails and, as you said, what about Rahman and Raheem? Risalah - belief in the Prophets of Allah and Prophet Muhammad (saw) Yes, of course. Imamah - belief that the Prophet (saw) named Ali (as) as his successor by the Will of Allah. Yes, I believe that to be true. Qiyamah - belief in the final Day of Judgement Yes, of course.
  6. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Thank you for your reply. I believe that it was Abu Bakr who first appointed Muawiyah to a post in Syria. I do not have any specific questions right now. I am still getting a good understanding of the history. I came across a few books by Muhammad Al-Tijani Al- Samawi that seem to be very good.
  7. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Thank you, Brother Hassan. I have read "Then I as Guided" and now I am reading "The Shi'ah Are the Real Ahlul Sunnah" by Muhammad Tijani.
  8. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Thank you. I submitted my request and I received three books (God and His Attributes, The Seal of the Prophet and His Message, and Imamate and Leadership).
  9. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    @saas Thank you brother Saas.
  10. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Guys, your arguing here is rally not helping me to understand matters that I have on my mind as noted in the opening post.
  11. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Thank you, brothers Hassan and notme.
  12. Difference between Sunni and Shi'a

    Thank you for your reply. I actually accepted Islam in 1982 as a result of the reading parts (Jesus and Mary) of the Qur'an that I borrowed from my Iranian (Shi'a) room mate in college. I have a natural inclination toward the Shi'a as willed by Allah. I was befriended by a Shi'a from Iran during Hajj in 2010 and he invited me to share a meal with him. He later sent me some information on Shiism, but I was not ready for that at the time. I attended the Reviving the Islamic Spirit convention held in Toronto in December 2015 and I dropped by the Sunni Ahle Bayt Society booth where I picked up some of their literature. I was surprised at how few other Muslims dropped by this booth. I just returned from a trip to Egypt and had the great honor of praying thuhr in Masjid Al-Husayn and visting his mausoleum there.
  13. Assalamu alaikum, I converted to Islam from Protestant Christianity and I have practiced Islam since June 2001 as Allah as willed. I have typically considered myself as being a Sunni due to the sources of my Islamic knowledge and the Muslims ho I have associated with. I have long had an issue with the conflict between Ali and Muawiyah and have been troubled how I perceive Sunni Muslims as silently accept Muawiyah and Yazid as legitimate rulers and refuse any negative talk about them or their rule. I have read a few books that have given me an understanding on the Sunni-Shi'a split. These books are: 1) "Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World through Islamic Eyes" by Tamim Ansary, 2) "After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam" by Lesley Hazleton, and 3) "Nahjul-Balagha: Path of Eloquence" by Ali ibn Abu Talib and translated by Yasin T. al-Jibouri. As a result of reading these books, I believe that Ali was the rightful successor to Muhammad (saaws) and that his right to lead the Muslim Ummah was usurped by others from the very beginning.However, I also see that rather than rebel against the first three "elected" caliphs, Ali accepted their leadership albeit reluctantly, especially at the beginning. I see that Abu Bakr and Umar reasonably adhered to Islamic principles, but that the rule under Uthman became corrupted with gross nepotism and injustice under the influence of Marwan. I see that Ali was finally chosen as the fourth Caliph but that he was unjustly opposed by Aisha, Talha, Zubayr and Muawiyah who rebelled against him and they were responsible for Muslims shedding the blood of other Muslims. From what I know of the life of Ali and his son Husayn, I see strong consistency with my understanding of the Islam practiced by Muhammad while my perception of the lives and rule of Muawiyah and his son Yazid is the very antithesis of Islam and more representative of those rich Meccan rulers who opposed Muhammad (saaws). This is the essence of my present internal struggle. I know little about the Shi'a practice of Islam, but I see Ali as being a wealth of knowledge that is largely ignored in Sunni Islam. I am interested in learning more about the differences between Sunni and Shi'a so that I can make an informed decision as to whether I want to stay Sunni or become a Shi'a. I understand there is a difference between Sunni and Shi'a in the athan, 3 versus 5 daily salah, the mourning of Husayn's martyrdom, question of Ali's receiving secret knowledge from Muhammad as he was dying, temporary marriage, infallibility and inspiration of the 12 Imams, etc. I will appreciate open and honest discussions to help me in my decision.