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  1. I live in Michigan. I had sent an email to the Islamic Center of America hoping that they would be able to help, but never received a reply.
  2. Thank you, both of you. You have provided valuable resources. May Allah bless you and those who surround you.
  3. Assalaamu alaikum everyone. A few of you might remember me, but who knows, I haven't been around in a few years. I converted a few years ago - and was active both here and on a Sunni forum. For the time being, I had chosen to stick with practicing Sunni Islam. Now, I'm starting to feel the need to reach out and do some more research into Shi'i practices and beliefs. One of the particular things that has stood out to me about Shi'i practice is that it seems like there is more unity within Shi'i Muslims than within Sunni Muslims. The things I am most interested in reading from a Shi'i perspective are: the history of Islam, a biography of Imam Ali, Al-Mahdi, as well as basic introductions into the practice, such as salah, wudu, and other things pertinent to daily life. If you know somewhere that I could acquire some of these books for an inexpensive amount, or possibly borrow them from somewhere, I would be grateful if you would share that information. While I am most interested in reading books, due to a higher retention rate of knowledge, I also would like to have some lectures on hand. I am finding that it is difficult to find Shi'i resources, either online or in print, in the English language.
  4. I know that Sunni do "Sunnah fasting" on Mondays and Thursdays, or every second day. Do Shia do this? What are the rules behind it?
  5. Chatroom Hijab

    I can't even get into the chat room, I figure it would be because I don't have enough posts.
  6. Inshallah, I really want to start wearing an abaya. I'm a college student with no support from my parents (due to my conversion). Does anyone know of an inexpensive place to get new or used abayas?
  7. Revert sister near Detroit, Michigan :)
  8. If you ever have questions, please feel free to ask me.
  9. We "simulated" the actual classroom either once a week, or once every second week. Up until 8th grade or so they were more social sessions, highschool it was more serious learning- preparation for college and such. Homeschooling has shown better results in academics due to a higher teacher-to-student ratio. Along with the added bonus of more free time to learn other things (such as cooking, cleaning, house maintenance, construction, etc). So much time is wasted in the classroom. The quicker learners would do better if they weren't paired with slower learners, and the slower learners would have more attention from the instructors if the quicker learners weren't there. (Note: Quicker/slower is not a reference to intelligence. I can handle much more difficult work than my sister, even though she picks up concepts more quickly. I take a little longer, but I master them more effectively.)
  10. Depending on where you are, there are plenty of other homeschoolers who will get together and do classes. I took writing classes, French, German, Spanish, and Italian classes with unrelated teachers. Music lessons, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, and Anatomy labs. American and British literature, etc. I had absolutely no problem transitioning into a University setting and sitting through classes, dealing with professors. I'm honestly not trying to argue for the sake of arguing, just trying to expand your knowledge of the homeschool world. I very much participated in the "real world". Just because I didn't sit behind a desk for 8 hours, 5 days a week doesn't mean I missed anything.
  11. Similar experiences such as sports teams, debate club, Girl Scouts, Key Club...? Dealing with friends having relationships/breakups? Homework? Resisting drug/alcohol use? I had every experience that my friends in "real" school had... including walking across a stage to receive a highschool diploma (With 75 other students, that I had been friends with since I was quite young. This was a number equivalent to my "real" schooled friends, possibly higher).
  12. This is too strange. At my University and the few others in the State that I know of, the Saudi Sunni's are known for being religious, and the Saudi Shi'a are the ones known for holding parties, going to the club, drinking, and marijuana.
  13. Please, define "normal" for me. I consider myself to have had a completely "normal" childhood, despite being homeschooled. I can compare this to my friends, cousins, and other contacts that I've had throughout my life.
  14. Muslim Prayers

    Very nice. I agree, people should be less frightened or ashamed to pray in public. The unabashed prayers of certain Muslims is actually the main thing that initially drew me towards Islam.
  15. I do want to comment again to all of the people who voiced concerns about socialization: Sitting in a classroom for 8 hours a day does not produce more social people. It is the after-school activities, such as sports, that produce social interaction. I never stepped foot in a classroom until I went to University, and I still have to 'argue' with people, because they don't believe that I was homeschooled. As long as the homeschooling parent promotes socialization, then there will be absolutely no problem.