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  1. (bismillah) Assalamualikum. My husband and I are new to Shia Islam, and we have some questions about fasting. I have looked around this forum at similar posts and only grown more confused, so if someone could please spell out the answers clearly, that would be wonderful. 1. I will be traveling in the Middle East for 10 days this Ramadan. Is it okay if I do not fast those 10 days (and make up the fasts later)? 2. For the rest of Ramadan and beyond, I will be working in New York City. My daily commute is 2 hours by train each way, plus some time on the subway. I read something about 30km being the limit for traveling while fasting, and if that limit is exceeded, fasts become invalid. Is that true? Do I really have to not fast because of my long commute? What are the rules for fasting while traveling? 3. My husband is an Uber driver. His work hours are 10pm-7am. He is constantly driving for all of the shift. Would his fasts be invalid? What should he do if that is the case? We can't just not work for the entirety of Ramadan. 4. Before I became Shia, I had converted to a different denomination of Islam from atheism a few years before, and I could never fast all of Ramadan because my body got too sick to function. After a few weeks I would give up on fasting and instead donate a lot of food to the local soup kitchen. Is that permissible in Shia Islam? Should we just donate food in place of fasting because we have to be traveling constantly during Ramadan? 5. How do prayers work on a plane? I've never had to deal with praying while changing time zones before. Jazakallah khair in advance!
  2. [ADMIN NOTE]: This is a thread devoted to sharing stories and issues pertaining to all reverts to Islam, particularly Shia Islam. Allah bless you. Salam Alekum, I am writing an article regarding women reverts to Islam. The common belief amoung researchers is that the vast majority of revert women between 17 to 35 are married to non revert men (arab, persian, indo/pak, etc). So I would like as many revert sisters as possible to participate in order to get some good information regarding this subject. Please do not vote unless you are a revert to Islam, a women, (not born into a muslim family and currently identify your religion as Islam) and between the ages of 17 to 35. Some definitions. Non revert muslim man. A man who was born into a muslim family and currently identifies his religion as Islam revert muslim man. A man who was not born into a muslim family and currently identifies his religion as Islam.
  3. Hello all, I hope this is the right area to post in. I've been on the path to find God my whole life, Islam has always held a particular draw to me which I felt was unique. But I only knew about Sunni Islam and it became unappealing, it felt slightly alien to me. So I put Islam off, but to put it simply, I was introduced to Twelver Shia Islam later in life and looked into it. I started to read books such as 'A Shi'ite Creed' by Shaykh as-Saduq, Al-Kafi, Nahjul Balagah, and so much of the truths within these immediately clicked with me. They are things which I had already came to the conclusion of on my personal "journey" Ive intensely been on since I was a very young child. Now conversion feels like a path which I really would like to pursue, but my issue is there are no Muslim communities here. The nearest one is over an hour and they are Sunni. I don't mind not having a community around always, but I have trouble learning the practical sides of things on my own unless it's done in my own way. I can and will understand the deep aspects of things which many may at first struggle with or not even pursue, yet the practical aspects, like how to properly pray, (I do not speak Arabic etc) what if I don't teach myself the right ways and since there is no Shia community here to learn from, and I am limited at leaving,I fear I would have no one to correct me and so I would be doing it wrong for perhaps years.. I am very sincere on these things and in seeking a conversion, and in many ways already feel parts of me are Shia when I connect so well with the wisdom that's been revealed to me, yet why do I struggle at learning the "simple" things? What should I do to properly learn & conduct "practial" aspects of being Shia when I would be entirely on my own? Thank you for your considerations on my issue, I wish you all good thoughts on God and wise actions.
  4. Assalamualaikum, I am a new convert to Shia Islam. I have some questions about menstruation and salat. 1. Do we have to make up salat missed during menstruation, or is dhikr during the time of menstruation sufficient? 2. My period is very irregular, sometimes lasting full months at a time. Do I just not do salat for months? Or is there a time when it becomes permissible to do salat during menstruation? Thank you.
  5. I was raised Christian, but recently have been looking into Islam, which makes a lot more sense to me... However, I have a problem - I'm homosexual. As homosexuality isn't permissible in Islam, is it still possible to me to convert to Islam? Is simply having homosexual desires impermissible, or is it just sexual acts? If so, providing I am celibate, I will have no issue? Please help...
  6. Salam, My brother has left Islam, he is now an atheist. For some time he was questioning things and questioning Quranic verses and used to say he is searching, now he says he is not a muslim anymore. My family still had hope and all of us were trying hard to bring him back to the right path... we would argue logically with him but he replies and acts like a typical atheist and is not willing to accept anything. Still... because he is young and immature we still hoped that he will eventually realize - up until now we took it as a theoretical problem, we were so confident of him that he wouldn't be practically living the life like an atheist, we thought atheism was only in his mind we didn't know it had make it to his life and his ways. We just learnt that he's been committing great sins. He lives on his own, my parents live in a different country with my brother and his family, I live in a different country and my sister lives close to him but he doesn't listen to anyone. He is independent and rich and alone. . . though he's only 24. We're religious and when we learnt of how sinful life he's living ..it was like a majlis on skype, my mom cried so much, my sister in law, my siblings and me... we have been crying for him for what irreversible sins he's done and how he has broken our trust.. but what I need advice for now, is that what should we do now ? Should we confront him of what we've come to know.. should we break ties with him ? Should we stop talking ? Should we let him know that we know ? Or should we, like my mom says, be silent for the time being... My mom plans to go to him and compel him to live with her in a Muslim country so that he will be in front of her eyes. And my father keeps saying we should force him to marry and things will get better.... but obviously if he isn't Muslim we can't marry him to a muslim girl, it would be something if we get him to marry anyone.. as obviously marriage is now unnecessary and uninteresting to him. It's that if we all take a stand against him he will (most probably) not pay much heed to it and can even go without talking to us for months.. what we fear is that deserting him would only cause him to sink even deeper into the sinful lifestyle... such as taking drugs and other substances. But on the other hand I think that if we keep silent we would ourselves be committing a sin... I really want sincere advice on what we all should do... I know that only Allah can guide him now but if there's anything WE can do...
  7. Salaam! I am a convert of 3 years (Alhumdililah) and am almost done my second week of wearing hijab☺️☺️ However... I am of European decent (one that doesn't have many Muslims) so my family does not know how to take it. SubhanAllah, My grandparents have officially stopped speaking to me and my mother was weird for a few days. I did kind of spring it up out of nowhere with no warning but it wasn't planned like that. I felt like I kept getting signs and that I had to wear it ASAP(a lot more in depth than you may think) . Anyways my mother told me she hates to see me in it and asked me why I wear it because she says she knows many Muslim women who don't wear it and was frustrated that I decided to wear it; Due to her anger and frustration I felt it was not the right time to try and explain because no matter what I would say, she would have a hard time comprehending than if she were calm..(keep in mind my mother does NOT believed God..) So how can you explain your relationship with God with someone who doesn't believe he exists? My mom thinks I have gone crazy and am an extremist or something because I'm wearing a hijab, which is silly because I am still the same person, just covered! I would like to sit her down when she's calm (InshaAllah) and give her solid concrete proof from the Quran as well as explain it a little more in depth with her, then give her my reasoning for wearing hijab. However I feel no matter what I say she will try to justify that hijab is not the answer; however in my heart I know it is... HELP
  8. Assalam Aleykum Brothers and sisters, I am actually Muslim, after long research Alhamdulillah, I accept Islam as a truth path to Allah SWT... my question is a Sunni Muslim, to become Shia... I need to have another sahada? or just should follow my beliefs and adapt myself to a Shia-oriented path?, insh'Allah.
  9. Hi, i'm convert and was wondering if there are any other converts out there that are in a similar situation as me? Hi, quick backstory; was a Sunni following hanafi fiqh; had no Islamic awareness; started looking into Islam properly after listening to one of Syed Ammar's lectures at uni. Now fully convinced this is the way I want to go. so back to my problem: as i've mentioned I'm a convert coming from a mixed Sunni/Wahabi household I've more or less done any to all reading either at uni or secretly hiding under my quilt at night, and I've had to play against my life for the past year in attending Majalis at the local imambargah. Muharram 1437 was for me my first proper Muharram. Muharram 1438 and Ashura has come and gone. I am feeling so emotional much more than last year and it's really unbearable. I want to share this pain with my family but can't tell them due to differences in school of thought. Does it get any easier from here on out? I can't tell them about my figh change as I've tested waters with both parents neither of whom new anything other than fabricated haddiths; Umar ibn Khattab was a great warrior and a great scholar of his time and that Usman ibn Affan was our Prophets' Son-in-law. So my question is; is there anyone in a similar situation to me or has been, if are/so how are you dealing with it or how did you deal with it? i love my parents to bits, especially my mum, but neither of them come close to the love for Allah however We're told to respect them until the end. Taqqiyah is hurting me mad. E.g. I lied to my mum telling her am going Uni when I was actually going to Jaloos. I'll be honest and say I thought I had it under control but I'm breaking now. And it's only been 2.5 years... any help, would be much appreciated even if its for LOLs. TLDR: I'm fresh on da scene, hiding it from parents, need some help/advice. Jazak'Allah
  10. Salaam alaykum everyone! I went to a Shia mosque for the first time recently and I have some questions about something in it. I have no idea what to call it, but there was an area of the mosque with multiple structures. These things each had a green cloth draped over some kind of understructure, and on top was a metal sheet with writing. I can't read Arabic calligraphy well, but I think they may have each had one of the masumeen on them. One woman went by and made some reverential gestures. Another put food in the front of this area and after the service we ate it. So...what is the name of this area with the names of the masumeen? What are the customs in relation to it? During the service I moved to sit with my legs in front of me and I was scolded for it. I didn't want to talk over the service though so I didn't ask. I had been seated facing somewhat towards the area with the names of the masumeen. I heard once for a non-Muslim culture that it was considered rude to point your feet at anyone...is this true for Shia Muslims (i.e., is there a specific rule against it?)? Or is it something that comes from certain cultures? Also when I was there they did a "ziyarah." Now, I've heard of ziyarah before (from many many YouTube lectures....my only window into the Shia community before I was able to visit the mosque), but it was always in relation to physically visiting shrines/graves. And when I try to look it up now I still can't find anything except that ziyarah is physically visiting shrines. What kind of this was this in the mosque? Lastly I'd be happy with any links any of you might have to this kind of general information of customs/practices/culture. Almost all information I find about Shia Islam is either for born-Shias who want advanced information, or young Shias who may not have a strong knowledge basis, but who are expected to at least culturally have absorbed some things. For instance, I only learned after I went to a Shia mosque for the first time on Eid al Adha about Eid al Ghadir. This is apparently one of the most important holidays? But I never once heard mention of it after studying Shia Islam alone since last October, though I had heard huge volumes about the event of Ghadir. I can only assume this lack is because it was thought to be too obvious for mention...that everyone reading would have grown up in an environment where the fact of its existence is unavoidable. So if anyone has any good resources that tells you these kinds of things...culture, practices, etc, I'd be really grateful. The mosque is too far away for me to go regularly to ask these kinds of things. Jazakallah khair in advance.
  11. Salam If I get my questions answered and they make sense I will revert to Shia Islam cuz right now I only believe in God and Respect the Imams and the prophets that's it I have a few questions before Ima be starting to learn how to pray. 1. When was the Quran written and when was the hadith written. 2. Does the Hadith go against the holy of the Quran? 3. Why did Allah create us if he knew what would happen. and these was this friend in my new school he is Persian I said ya Ali and he said yo do u like Ali and Hassan and I was like u say 1st cuz I don't know if he is kafir and then he was like no Ali dos evil things to Iran is this true 4. Why doesn't Shia Muslims follow the teaching of the prophet Muhammad peace and blessings be upon him and instead Imam Ali peace and blessing be upon him. 5. Can the Quran have been curupted 6. Can someone give me 3 reasons to follow Shia Islam 12 section when according to the Sunnis we worship out Imams why is that so? 7. Why do people go to hell when Allah is the most forgiving my mom met a women on the airplane that had crashed once she said she saw something between hell and heaven it wasn't hell or heaven do y'all have a theory? 8. Why does Islam have so hard punishments and why did the prophet fight against non belivers. 9. Do Shias say that Imam Ali is better than the prophet. 10. Can someone send me some resources and these answers and also do y'all have any tips on how to be a good human being while being a basketball player. 11. Is violin and rap haram and why. Does the Quran say that what if u don't curse in them. If I play sports should I still do ramadan 12.Why did Allah create us if he know what's gonna happen and why does he test us then and it feels like Shias believe that Imam Ali is above prophet muhammad I would be very thankful if I could get a answer on these questions brother and sister May peace be upon u those lillah mean Allah and why does the bible have God translated to something else in Arabic in the bible why those Muslim countries have to be so poor no disrespect peace be upon you all. certainclarity likes this Quote
  12. emotional video... This is a good, short video to watch to all converts, to Islam or Christianity or any religion, about how to deal with parents that may not have found truth. It's message can be portrayed generally and I feel like it is important for converts to know that Allah guides whom he wills.
  13. As salam alaikum, Before I begin: I know astrology and future prediction is haraam... so not going into that. I have an issue I would like some help with: My parents are Hindu spiritual (I converted years ago) and they believe a lot in birth charts/ kundali/ janampatri etc... which charts out the positions of the planets and stars at the time of birth, and the effect that it will have on the child. Now they are convinced that I was born with a bad chart ... some remedies include prayers, charity, donations, etc.... I was thinking I could do donations to make them happy I guess, but don't want to do any prayers ofcourse. This chart reading has been done by numerous reputed astrologers (inspite of my insisting that I do not want it and it is haraam, but they got it done any way for their own satisfaction - if anyone knows Hindus who are particular about it , you would know how much significance this has for them) Would someone be able to advise me with any Islamic duas... I know for a fact that it is Allah who decides our and our children's fates, and not some planets... I need some more assurance that the Imams and Prophets went against this,..i read somewhere about a hadith where someone told Imam Ali (as) not to move for war at a specific time due to the position of the stars, but he still did, and he won with a major victory inspite of going against this guy.... Also, do we have any reverts who may have gone through something similar and proved it all incorrect.. I know for a fact that we shouldn't do it..I didn't...but my parents did.. .what can I do in such a situation? JazakAllah
  14. I am considering converting to Islam, but am afraid my father will not approve. I have been reading translated version of Quran in English in private every day, I have been visiting the local masjid with my muslim (Afghan) friend, my father is not a religious man and I do not belong to a religious family, but What do I do if he does not accept my choice?
  15. Salam aleykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh my brothers and sisters Im from Switzerland (roots from italian immigrants) and a Shia Muslim convert since 1 year. Im new here and im also registered in the German Shia Forum, but i want to ask help for my difficult situation. I know its forbidden to talk about love problems in Islamic forums, but i couldnt find any other right answer from other forums, because they are more related to relationships and relationships is for me Haram. So the situation is I learned to know a beautiful Lebanese sister from Germany in a SHIA WHATSAPP GROUP. We talk often privatly about how to pray, Hadithes, etc. and she or me often talked about anything and i fall in love of her personality (the beautiful thing is i fall in love without even see her face beauty). The problem is that this "Falling in love" situations can confuse me very as a muslim and is often here in this Forum discussed. First i dont have seen her in public, because she lives in Germany and im in Switzerland and i never said i love her. She is very nice, but sometimes she dont answer me and I dont want confuse her to write her everytime. Im 18 so i really thought this that im really too young for marriage and im also scared to ask her father, because i dont know how Lebanese parents would react when her daughter would marry an Italian who is a convert and not from the same country,village or not a borned Muslim and im not sure about this, because many brothers told me that nationalism is often a problem for converts who search a partner and not easy to deal. Im also dont know how my parents would react. I really hate those feelings, because its not easy to not think about her and im also worried if she will marry someone other and will forget me. I try my best to pray Allah and Inshallah to find one day a good wife. I dont know if I should forget her forever or really told her my feelings or the situation? I hope really that some brothers and sisters can help me. And I know that falling in love is a real mistake to do, because its really heartbreaking and i hope you can understand my situation. Wa Salam my brothers and sisters
  16. Salam brothers and sisters, I am in bit of a conflict. I have a very close friend who I've known since childhood that seems to be seriously doubting the validity of religion and Islam. We were both raised as Muslims and both our families are Muslims but he seems to have a different mindset. I cannot call him ignorant or wrong because these are his opinions and I must respect them even if he does not respect me sometimes when I try to explain to him, but alas I seem to be getting nowhere. So in spite of my possible lack of knowledge, is there anything I can say or show him that could help him think in a different perspective? He is the type of person who doesn't look at both arguments and is sort of rude but I need some help in talking to him. Again he was raised on the Muslim faith but he now is seriously considering leaving Islam and I want to help him as much as possible. thank you
  17. Salam Alaikum I'm not a convert, yet, as I have not taken shahada. But I do find myself identifying as a Muslim, or at least holding Muslim beliefs. Recently, though, its been challenging. I'm struggling with practicing, with prayer and abstaining from Alcohol and such. I do believe there is God and he created everything, so it's not like I'm doubting faith I'm just struggling with adhering to its tenants. I'm asking for help, how can I recover from this? How can I get back into the swing of things? Are there any useful Duas, Quran verses, anything, that I can look at to give me strength?
  18. Assalam aleikum brothers and sisters, I am a revert sister who wants to take the shahdah but I'm having trouble finding the right mosque. I looking for a place that is accommodating to sisters and offers classes inshallah. I'm at university in Chester so I could travel anywhere in the North West, especially Manchester or Liverpool. And my home is in Derby so I can go to anywhere surrounding that area. Thank you for your time.
  19. Assalam aleikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu, So I've had a few members ask me how I became a Shi'a and they have said that I should share it with everyone. So here it goes... get a cup of tea and a biscuit. I first learnt about Islam when I was engaged to a Muslim guy, who wasn't practising. I was intrigued by his religion and began to do my own research. The only things I knew about Islam where things that I had seen in the media and so I didn’t have a very positive opinion on this religion. However, I soon realised that there was so much more to this faith than I could ever have imagined. I realised that everything I knew about Islam was completely false. Instead I was presented with a faith that was logical, beautiful, fair and miraculous. I found a God who was so worthy of worship and so merciful to his creation and a Prophet (pbuh) with a beautiful and pure heart. So after doing a bit of research I decided I wanted to become a Muslim and began to practise. I took things very slowly. I learnt my prayers and began to pray everyday and read Qur’an. I practised fasting, started to be more charitable, gave up pork and begun to give up alcohol among other things. I was very very happy and felt I was nearly ready to take my shahdah. But things happened. The first thing was I left my fiancé. He had started being increasingly abusive to me and it got to a point where I couldn’t take it anymore. This completely shattered me - he and his family were the only Muslims I knew properly. I had tried several times to find a mosque to make friends there as my fiancé lived abroad but every time I went to the mosque, I was treated with disrespect and made to feel like I wasn’t welcome there. This hurt me so much and I didn’t understand why. I always dressed and acted so conservatively when I visited the mosque but I was always excluded. I was so lost and quickly got angry with God about all these things that were happening to me. I panicked because I felt I could not follow Islam anymore. So foolishly I looked for excuses to leave the faith. I ignored everything I had learnt and went back to being ignorant about Islam. Astagfirullah (may Allah forgive me) I did and said some terrible things against God and his Messenger (pbuh). So instead I became a Christian. I had many Christian friends so I decided it made sense to convert. I had this idea in my head that all Muslims were like my ex and the men at the mosque and that Christians were nice and friendly people. I found excuses to make me believe in the Christian doctrines and for almost a year I lived quite happily as a Christian. But yet again things changed. As I fully recovered after a difficult few months, I began to miss Islam. I missed the excitement of Ramadan, learning Arabic and above all I began to miss prostrating to God. I began to contemplate my choices and I realised that I had been completely unfair to God and Islam. I left Islam because of a few ignorant and hurtful people who did not embody the ideal Muslim in anyway. I realised that if the Prophet Muhammad (saw) was alive and spoke to these men, he would have told them that they were doing wrong because he said to never hurt or disrespect a woman for she is special to Allah. And I realised that truly in my heart, I did not accept Jesus (pbuh) as God. From reading the Bible, I loved Jesus with all my heart but truly the idea of him being God is so illogical to me. The only reason why I turned to Christianity is because I felt like I had nowhere left to go, not because I thought it was the truth. So one day after watching an Islamic lecture, I felt the need to pray. So I washed myself and prayed 2 rakats. And after that I called out to God because I fully believed that I had made some terrible mistakes. I asked God to forgive me of not trusting him and of the terrible sins I had committed. And for the first time in a long time, I felt like I was in the right place. I decided to take things really slowly and began by increasing my knowledge. At the time, the only path I considered was Sunni Islam. My ex fiance and his friends had told me all about the Shi'as and said some truly disgusting things about them. But one day I was watching Islamic lectures on You Tube and accidendly started watching a lecture by Dr Sayed Ammar Nakshawani. When I realised that it was a Shi'a video I wanted to turn it off, but a huge part of me refused and I kept watching. The arguments and set up were alien to me, but they did make sense. This sent me on a path where I watched more of his videos. First I watched his series on the misconceptions about the Shi'a and everything I had ever been taught was a lie. I couldn't believe how logical and truthful the beliefs of the Ahlulbayt (as) were. They made more sense to me to anything that I had studied before. After that, I watch his series on the 14 Infallibles and loved learning about the Ahlulbayt (as). I suffer with Bi-Polar and at times get dangerously depressed and managed to find some comfort in learning the difficulties Ahlulbayt (as) went through. It gave me hope that if for example Imam Karzim (as) never gave up on Allah (swt) when we was imprisoned and tortured, then I could do the same with my problems. I think the final straw for me wanted to become a Shi'a was when I learned the fates of Imam Hussain (as) and Fatima Zahra (as). I had heard of Hussain before but every Sunni scholar who had talked about him just said he is just another martyr and nothing special. What they failed to add was Hussain was murdered by so called fellow Muslims and wallahi it is shameful to call him just another martyr when our Prophet (saw) weeped knowing what would happen to Hussain at Karbala. But the thing that shocked me the most was what happened to Zahra (as). When I found out about her land being stolen and her house being attacked, believe me I was disgusted and ashamed that I had believed she had just died from grief. Wallahi the evidence is even in the books of Ahlul-Sunnah. This pain hurt me so much. So this is how I refound Islam and I feel so lucky. My name is Amy and I'm not going to officially change my name but I have adopted the nickname of Zainab. This is because when I heard Lady Zainab's (as) story, I weeped over what had happened to her and I will never forget that moment and even to this day I have such a love for her. And in addition, I want to be a helper to the Imam of our time Imam Mahdi (as), may Allah hasten his return, as Zainab (as) was to Hussain (as). Al hamdulillah. Last time wallahi I wanted to convert for a man. But now I want to do it for God and God alone. Al hamdulillah.
  20. MashAllah, what a great guy. He was a bit shy during the interview ^_^, but none the less, may Allah grant him and his family a long life. inshAllah his dreams come true. http://youtu.be/KnYt99W6mAI
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    I want to convert to Shia Islam i'm really interested about learning about it. I am a Aboriginal Australian teen 15 and i really wanna convert thank you
  22. Salam Alaikum With a lot of courage and nights that I have cried myself to sleep, I have gathered the courage to take the opinion and thoughts of what others would think of my situation and what is the best course of action for me now. I am a syeda, shia ithna asheri girl. I write nohas and recite and am engaged in several other religious activities too out of my peanent job in a MNC firm for 3.5 years. Since the past 7 years I have been in a deep relationship with a Sunni man, our intention being of marriage. I met him 8n 2009 when I was 16, and he was 18. No haram activities were done by us as we wanted to put up the topic of marriage in front of our parents when we are older. He is a very good person at heart and wanted to know more about the Ahlaybayt a.s., aways helps people, orphans, and whoever ge can, doesn't smoke, drink etc. Now I am 23 and he is 25. We are of different countries (India/Pakistan). He has become a Shia Ithna Asheri hiding from his parents as he mashaAllah got the ziarat of Imam Sahibaz Zama in his dreams on the day of Eid Fitr this end of Ramadhan 2015. Our parents found out about us being together in 2010 and it was horrible. My parents house arrested me for 6 months amd said I can't marry a Sunni and a Pakistani no matter what. They made me take oaths on Quran after 6 months and let me go back to study after 6 months in my university. Once I got back we were together again without our parents knowing as we could not live without each other like the parents wanted. We realized we couldnt live like this forever so we opened the topic up to pur parents but all hell broke loose again. I being the girl had to hear so many things from my family to an extent my parents saying that I'll die for them if I even think of a sunni and pakistani. I told them that he has converted and a very practising momin but they made fun of me and my pain. They said no matter what I will never marry him. The guy's family as well were against a shia and were giving threaths of escalating the matter to the police. Turns out I read my fathers chat log and he was in contact with the guys father saying "We can't let this happen and we have to deal with this emotionally as they are not kids anymore. Even if we take matters to police they can turn the case against us." I went for vacation with my family to India this year and there under family parents and relatives pressure I got engaged to a Syyed guy (he was out of the country, his parents did the ceremony). When my parents asked me to speak to him and get to know him I said NEVER, because I am truly in love with only 1 man and will always be just with him. Parents said that there and my relation is only to the point that I get married to the syyed guy and not to the sunni one. I kept on saying that he is not sunni and they kept on saying that even if he dies and is of gold I will never marry him. Just to be cleat, my parents love me to death they always gave me everythin I wanted, gave me the best education, best schooling everything! Just this thing they are not giving it to me. Now that I am out of India and back in the country I work and live with mom dad and siblings, I keep meeting my true love whenever I can and no matter whatever has happened we still discuss islam, talk about ahlaybayt a.s., imam mehdi a.s., listen to sayed ammar lectures together (him in his house me in my house) and talk.on whatsapp viber emails. I told my parents that I dont want to marry. My parents are saying that its because of u ur engaged and that now theres no turning back or else the entire society will not let us live and will spit on us. They told me to sacrifice my dreams and happiness for them like they sacrificed for me. They say that they have loved me so much so now I have to listen to them and agree for the marriage. The sayyed guy sent me some clothes during eid but I never wore them and will never do as my heart is only attached to my true love not the one I am being forced to marry under the umbrella of my parent's image and society's acceptance. I have never spoke to the sayed guy, my parents travelled outside to the country he lives in to meet him and my parents say that he is very well financially established, good looking, religious and funny. I cant never see myself happy with anyone else except my true love. I cry myself to sleep since I have come back from India. I dont know what I should do. I keep praying to Allah, ahlaybayt a.s. to guide me and help me and him. He as well is in a very bad state but keeps telling me that love for the sake of Allah and hate for the sake of Allah. He tells me that I should come as close to Allah as possible so that my journey is not as difficult. I love Allah, Ahlaybayt a.s. and Allah knows that I can sacrifice my entire self for his and my Ahlaybayt a.s. sake but it's really difficult knowing that is it too late for me? What should I do? I dont even know if its possible for me to break the engagement as even this is not in my hands as everyone in my relatives and family knows about it. We are a higher middle class family with office and a side business and my father says that its better I die than ruin their image, izzat. I always keep thinking that even if I do get married to that sayyed I may not be able to give that man what he deserves. My heart is completely for my love and not for anyone else. I told my mother this but they said that just get married we will see later. I know that Allah doesnt test a soul with more than it can handle, but its very difficult for me. I want to be with my tre love in this dunya and akhira, but my parents just because he is not sayyed like us is not accepting him. I am in the taqleed of Imam Sistani and his ruling is that syyeda girls can marry no syyeds but my family is not accepting. I prayed to Allah for death as I cant suicide as its haram and niether can do anything else that's haram. I prayed for death as I can't let anyone else touch me!!! The pain is unbearable and only Allah knows what I am going through but havong third party views on my situation would be appreciable. At the end of the day I know that maybe this is the test of Allah - and I keep telling myself as the quran says that ull never achieve rightiousness unless u give away that which u love the most, and only Allah knows that my true love is who I love the most. Please give me ur view on this and how should I approach this sitution. Till today I am silent at home and my parents know that I am against the marriage,they threaten me that they'll make me quit my job and keep me home if I dont change my mind. What option do I have than to stay quiet!??? What does Allah want me to do!!!!! T_T JazakAllah khayrun min jaza.
  23. Salaam everyone, I converted to Shia Islam a little while ago and have recently moved up to Glasgow/Paisley area, there are barely Muslims up here let alone Shia... I was wondering if anyone knew about any events in the area for local sisters? As id like to make some more Shia friends Btw I don't speak Farsi, so anything in English or Urdu/ Punjabi is fine
  24. Assalaamu alaikum sisters and brothers. I'm doing a study on conversion to Islam and I would love it if you would consider taking my survey and sharing it with other converts/reverts you know. Below is a link to a video where I describe my study. There is a link to the survey in the video's description. Plz let me know if you have any questions. Thank you for your time! JAK! :) --Hoheart emoticon--Holly https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9FlMWVjndFY
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