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  1. Salaam everyone, I found an old post about the Bektashis in the Balkans/Turkey. While the article was well written, it seems the person who wrote it was banned and from what I found, was very toxic. I'd like to try to clear some things up and bridge the gap that Bektashis find themselves in. The following is a comment that was posted in reply to the post: Here is my reply: I would like to put my 2 cents in. My father is a convert, who was first very Salafi, after going to school in Pakistan for 6 months to learn Islam. When he traveled to the Balkans he found a more meaningful Islam, and gave his Bay'ah to Sheikh Nazim. He learned more about the Bektashis and became interested in their thought. He took me when I was just becoming a man to Turkey, then met with a Bektashi Baba to become initiated into the order. He is soon to be the Baba of the American chapter. Now my mom's family is very Salafi, and I am very close to them, which in turn led me down a Salafi path. When my father really started teaching and showing me Sufism, I felt awakened in a sense. I learned that nearly all Tariqas trace their spiritual lineage to Imam Ali (as), and I had veneration for my namesake but still considered myself Sunni, following the Hanafi school, the one followed by the Ottomans. I was reading a book written by the founder of the Bektashi Tekke in America, and in it he mentioned constantly the Twelve Imams, so I looked into it more. This eventually led to me calling myself a Shia (although I don't think I've earned that title yet iA). Being around Bektashis and learning about the Tariqa, I can say with no doubt they are Muslim. They profess in the Oneness of God and the Prophethood of Muhammad (PBUH). Bektashis DO NOT dismiss the Salat, or Sawm, or Hajj. They simply do not have them as high on the priority list as others may have them. The belief in personal meditation and Zikr is emphasized much more for Bektashis. I cannot say that they are or are not Shi'a, as I am still an infant in the Jafari Madhhab, and do not know enough about Bektashism. I can say that they are Muslim, and they call themselves Muslim. I can say they have complete love for Rasullulah and the Qur'an. I can say that they believe in the Tawhid of Allah. Final note: the Ismailis should not be ostracized, they have contributed greatly to Islamic thought and theology, and the claims against them are usually baseless and refuted. Please refer to https://ismailignosis.com for a better understanding. Salam brothers and sisters.
  2. Salaam brothers and sisters, I am a new Shia and am always asked questions by my family (who are for the most part okay with my conversion from Sunni to Shia). I was asked "Asking others to pray for you is recommended and encouraged. The issue is how can someone who is dead (eg. Rasullallah PBUH, the Imams, Wali) pray for us?". What evidence in the Quran and Sunnah of Muhammad (PBUH) and the Ahlul Bayt that one who is dead can make prayers for us? Authentic Scholarly sources are best. Thanks
  3. Arabic translation for quotes

    Thank you for the resource!
  4. Salaam, I'm an English speaker who has been looking into quotes from the Ahlul-Bayt about death. I can only find English versions, and would like to find the Arabic (don't trust google translate for this). - "Stiffen your breast for death. Indeed death will meet you. Do not show grief at death when it arrives in your valley" - "Death for the virtuous is a reward for them, death for the vicious is a relief for the people" -"Every breath of man brings him closer to death" -"Let go of your pride, put down your arrogance, and remember your grave" -"Every man is on a ladder, the steps are different for everyone except the last step, death" Thank you for your help!
  5. Pilgrimage to Holy Sites

    Salaam, I am planning a trip for this summer after I graduate; I want to go to sites that are holy to Shia. I plan to go to Tehran first, then to the Shrine of Imam Reza, followed by visiting Qom. I do wish to visit Iraq next, as the southern area of the country where Kerbalah and Najaf are, is generally safe. I would like to end my trip in Medina to visit the shrine of Imam Hassan. I would eventually like to go to Damascus, but unfortunately the turmoil in Syria is far too much at this moment, so that will be for another trip. Thoughts and advice? Did I leave anything out? (US Citizen btw)
  6. Jerusalem is the Capital of Palestine

    The Israeli government is not going to stop Muslims from visiting the Al-Aqsa Mosque, that would be a huge breach in the geopolitical sphere and even Saudi would not tolerate it. There is no issue with Jerusalem being the capital of Israel.
  7. I'm sorry but that, although a pleasing thought, is very naive. How do you put up Masajid? With good character and education? No you need money, which Saudi and the Gulf states have in extreme amounts. Unfortunately in America I know of only one Shia Masjid, in Michigan. When a non-Muslims wants to convert, he goes to the center of the Muslim community, which is the Masjid. When 95% of the Masajid in America are Sunni, the converts are 95% more likely to become Sunni.
  8. The main propagation of Wahhabism stems from the Saudis pumping out millions of oil dollars around the world. The Shia just do not have these resources, which means (like our entire history) we are fighting an uphill battle against them.
  9. Where to study Shia fiqh

    @Hassan- I learned a small amount in high school, but most of it being lost through not using it. I have been debating on whether or not it would be more useful to relearn Arabic, or learn Farsi
  10. Salaam, I am an American Shia Muslim, raised Sunni. I learned about the Ahlul Bayt and read some more then came to the conclusion that to be the Shia of Ali was the right path. I only really know the surface levels of Shia Islamic practices, but just like the Sunni Madhabs, there is a lot of variance in opinion on several things. Ayatollah Sistanis website has been very helpful, and I tend to refer to his judgement for consistency, but is there anything in the west or online where one can get a foundation on Shia fiqh? (Since I live in America, going to Iraq or Iran really is not an option for now.)
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