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  1. Whats stopping me from becoming a Shia???

    The study of Islamic history is what has brought me to this point as well. I have long had an issue with the conflict between Ali and Muawiyah and even asked the Imam of my 2010 Hajj group about it. Things started making sense to me after reading this book, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, and was further clarified when I read After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam. I recently joined this forum and have learned much about the Shi'a sect and their view on history through reading several books by Muhammad al-Tijani al Samawi. Quite a while back I had purchased biographies on the first four Caliphs by Ali Sallabi, but I haven't read them yet. Presently, I have his biography of Ali beside me and plan to read it next. I understand that this is from the Sunni perspective which I believe is important for me to know. I grew up as a Christian and converted to Islam 36 years ago. One thing that really strikes me is how much is known about the life of Prophet Muhammad (saaws) and his companions, while very little is known about the life and example of Jesus (as).
  2. حديث الثقلين Hadith at-Thaqalayn *Research*

    Thank you for posting this. It is very pertinent to me at this point in my life as I explore and learn about the Shi'a perspective.
  3. Imamate after Imam Mahdi

    Thank you, my dear brother Ashvazdanghe. He seems to be a noble and pious man.
  4. Egyptian Shia sisters out there?

    I was unable to travel to Egypt in March, but I have been there a few times before. I visited Masjid al Husayn twice and his supposed maqam once during the week at Thuhr when there were few people there. The masjid was overflowing for Jumu’ah so I had to pray outside then.
  5. Imamate after Imam Mahdi

    Thank you all for your replies. What is a Marja and how does one find an appropriate one to follow?
  6. I believe that Ahl al Bayt refers to Ali, Fatimah, Hasan, Husayn and their children. I believe that the Imamate was way above and beyond a mere Caliph in that they had the same status as Prophet Muhammad (saaws) with regards to being purified of sins and through whom the prophetic message, character and example was passed down to the next. The first was Ali and the last was Mahdi. I believe that he did go into a special state before death as did Jesus. I believe both will appear during the last days. I believe that he had the right to rule, but perhaps his Imamate was preserved until the last days instead of being passed down to a son. My question is, "How was the Ummah supposed to have been ruled during the period between his occultation and his reappearance during the last days?"
  7. Does anyone know about the status of the translation of Tafseer Al Mizan into English? Does anyone here know anything about the Ascendant Qur'an and the statement made by sarizvi?
  8. Sources Used for Shi'a Prayer

    Thank you, brothers Hassan and Ashvazdanghe.
  9. Sources Used for Shi'a Prayer

    Would not a simple cotton throw rug be considered as being "from the earth"? "The Prophet declared that the best place for prostration was the earth, or upon something that grows from the earth."
  10. Sources Used for Shi'a Prayer

    Thank you for your reply. If one considers that the prayer ends with Salams, then the three Allahu Akbar come after the salah. If it is recommended, then there should be no harm in not doing that. I understand that one says "Assalamu alaika ayuha Nabi, wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. Assalamu alaina ibadelihi salaheen" silently and then "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu" audibly only once looking straight ahead to end the prayer. I am still not seeing the necessity of prostrating on a Turbah. Is it not using ones reasoning to deduce this necessity when there is no hadith where we were instructed to do so? Do all Shi'as carry one of these around with them so they can prostrate their forehead on it even in the Masjid? Would I be frowned upon for visiting a Shi'a Masjid/Mosque for salah and not having one? By the way, I know of no Shi'a Masjid within at least an 8 hour drive.
  11. Sources Used for Shi'a Prayer

    I see that having the intention specifically of prostrating on a Turbah as an added part of salah while I see that prostrating on carpet as having no religious significance due to it just being a inconsequential floor covering. However, I also see that making salah on a personal prayer rug is similarly an added part of salah that was not practiced by Prophet Muhammad (saaws).
  12. Sources Used for Shi'a Prayer

    Thank you brothers for your responses. I am particularly keen to pray exactly as Prophet Muhammad (saaws) prayed without any innovation. I do not believe that he prayed on a turbah; therefore, I see it as an innovation. "Anything that's added to the above is either Mustahab or a bid'ah (innovation). The three takbeers to end your prayer is a bid'ah." Thank you, brother Hassan, this is a perfect example of what I want to avoid.
  13. I have learned that there are significant differences between the videos I have seen on Shi'a salah as compared to what I have been practicing as a Sunni, following the Shafi'i Madhab. These differences include: combining prayers, prostrating on a Turbah (prayer stone), not saying Ameen after al-Fatiha, the recitation upon standing from Jalsa, different words in Tahhajud, saying SubhanAllah, Al hamdu lillah, la ilaha illAllah and Allahu Akbar 3X in 3rd and 4th rakats instead of al-Fatiha, saying salam once straight ahead instead of to right then left, and 3X Allahu Akbar to end salah. I have similarly recognized differences between the 4 Sunni Madhabs and chose the Shafi'i as it seemed to me the most authentic as being based on Hadith collections.. The questions I have are, "What is the basis for the Shi'a way of offering salah and why is it significantly different?" Is it based on Shi'a collections of hadith or passed down by word of mouth and demonstration? Should we not follow the way that Prophet Muhammad (saaws) prayed as closely as humanly possible?
  14. Yajuj Majuj/Barrier: Location Discovered

    Sounds like "Zombies".
  15. Pureness Of Christians

    Qur'an 19:88-93 And they say, "The Most Merciful has taken [for Himself] a son." You have done an atrocious thing. The heavens almost rupture therefrom and the earth splits open and the mountains collapse in devastation That they attribute to the Most Merciful a son. And it is not appropriate for the Most Merciful that He should take a son. There is no one in the heavens and earth but that he comes to the Most Merciful as a servant. Acts 3:13 The God of Abraham and of Isaac and of Jacob, the God of our fathers, glorified his servant Jesus ...