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  1. SakinaFatimah

    Reverts

    Hi I am a shia convert Alhamdulilah since the past 4 years and honestly it has been incredible at the same time it has been difficult aswell. I just wanted to know why is it so diffcult for shia community to take a revert and make him/her a part of their family and even takes them time to make him/her a part of their community. Especially seeing that a convert already faces the bigger challenge of going against their parents and entire family to believe but these difficulties I would suppose would dishearten several individual who would like to convert. Any comments on this?
  2. Asalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu, Like many others here, I was born into a muslim family in a western country, however, in my teenage years I rebelled against islam and started taking into account different ideologies about life and what happens after we die such as studying buddhism and etc. I stopped praying and fasting and remembering Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى and started to commit every major sin you can think of, I basically became a kafir (Istaghfarullah). As an 18 year old adult now, I am back into islam and my deen and taqwa has been the strongest in my life and it is growing stronger everyday. I have been praying all my voluntary prayers associated with the obligatory prayers and have been avoiding sin as best as I can, alhamdulillah. My question is, will all the sins I have committed in that period of from the age of 11-18 be wiped off as a clean slate? I am worried about this and I feel as if I should be praying Salat al-tawba on every sin I have committed in my life starting from puberty, which are too much to count, and remember. Jazakallah khair!
  3. Salaam Alaikum, I am a recent revert and am brand new to Shiachat and have enjoyed reading through the posts and learning so much! I'm struggling to find programmes or community events for new Shia sisters in London, every event for reverts I find is aimed at Sunnis or are held at Sunni mosques. I'm trying to find ways to reach out and make friends and build a new community, especially with Ramadan coming up it would be great to find support away from the internet. I'd appreciate any suggestions or tips people could make to help me! I'm lucky to live quite close to many shia islamic centres but it can be intimidating going in there alone and trying to strike up conversations but maybe I need to be more brave
  4. Salam aleikum What are some good YouTube videos explaining the fundamentals of Islam whether conferences/lectures/sketches. Something with a bit more substance than just bullet points. This should be suitable for those new to Islam with little to no familiarity. Thanks.
  5. http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/afd-islam-politician-arthur-wagner-conversion-germany-far-right-a8175896.html German politician quits far-right AfD party role after converting to Islam Party claims Islam is incompatible with the German constitution A politician from the far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) party, known for its anti-Muslim rhetoric, has quit his leadership role and converted to Islam. Arthur Wagner stepped down from his post in the eastern Brandenburg state but remains a member of the party. AfD claims Islam is incompatible with the German constitution and wants a ban on minarets and the face-covering burqa. READ MORE Top primary school reverses hijab ban after major backlash It became the third-largest party in the country’s parliament after the general election last September. The party said it stood for the constitutional right of religious freedom, regardless of Mr Wagner’s conversion. Cont...
  6. 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.
  7. Salam Alaykum, Please i hope as many sisters as possible read this and give me their opinion... your help is much appreciated ! I am a revert shia muslim sister and I am 25 years old. I have been married for less than one year to my husband and when i agreed to marry him I accepted to live with his family : his mother who is a housewife and she is divorced, his 16 yo sister, his two brothers of which one is mentally disable. One of his brother is married and was meant to move out soon but he didn't yet so atm I wear my hijab every day when he is at home. Even if I get along very well with his mum and family, I find it now too hard to live with this arrangement. as i feel i don't have much personal space and sometimes enough privacy or enough quiet ; can't always do my own things, cooking or cleaning expecially their mum is housewife so she is the one who mostly looks after them and manages the house . Also, i am not used to live with a disable person (down syndrome) and sometimes it gets difficult..and on top of that the fact that I still have to wear hijab around the house every day.. they also sometimes invite male friends and it makes me feel ubcomfortable and of course i cant mix so i have to stay the whole time in my room I get very frustrated and I am often sad . Sometimes I feel like I need a break but I can't even go anywhere as I am pretty much alone in this country and if i want to go stay at my parents I need to take a plane. What makes me feel much worse is the fact that my husband don't understand me ...instead he says i am always exagerating, making it much bigger than it is, blaming me for everything for my negativity for my feeling sad... He also constantly tells me that i m the lucky and privileged one to be with him and his family and that there are many girls who would live like me . I honestly don't believe any born muslim girl would have accepted to marry someone and live like I do ... we didn't even have a wedding...my mahr was low .. i married him purely because i wanted to be with him.. I tried to accept it, but now this has become too much and the fact that he doesnt understand me just makes it impossible for me to go on like this Please sisters tell me honestly ?Would you ever accept to be living like i do?
  8. Salaam, I was wondering if I could use a small rock from outside as a turbah or if there is anything else I would be able to use. I'm not sure where to buy one in stores around me and I can't buy one online as my parents will find out (they don't accept Islam and would punish me if they knew). Please let me know, thank you!
  9. Bismillah al Rahman al Raheem, Salaam alaikum, I am a convert Alhumdullillah, if 10 years and I follow Sayed Kamal al Haydari, formerly my husband and I followed Ayatollah Sadr (may Allah lighten his grave and have Mercy on him). But we have since seen the necessary importance of following current and living scholars. First question : does anyone know how to get any English works of Ayatollah Sayed Kamal al Haydari, besides what is already on his website which is only 2 works I believe. Any supporting materials in English or newer lectures that have been translated to English would also be appreciated. Unfortunately, for an English only speaker, there is not a lot. Has anyone listened to the lectures my the servant Mohamad Musa on kenat Eleyoun channel on YouTube, they are amazing and inspiring and I want to know more! I don't know where he learns what he knows but I would like to learn more (scientific presentations and deeper almost gnostic spiritual irfan materials just beautiful MashaAllah). I highly recommend. Second : family gatherings, with my Christian family.... So Thanksgiving, and the like... What is the ruling when there is alcohol present, like my parents do have a glass of wine with dinner. Usually they avoid any pork products while I am there, and we have halal dishes, but they may have some non halal meat dishes excluding pork, but we are vigilant in keeping our utensils and the like seperate, I'm aware of all those rulings, but not of the ruling that I'm sharing a meal where others are drinking wine (like not getting drunk, my parents aren't like that, but they are also Italian and enjoy the taste). So if I constantly avoid any gathering where others may or may not drink an alcoholic beverage, I would be displeasing my father and to ask them not to drink, is imposing my own beliefs on them and what they choose to do. They have been very supportive with my conversion. I just don't want to disappoint my father or tell him what to do as that is disrespectful. I feel like asking them not to drink wine when I'm present is going to far and don't make sense to them, but this is my own insecurity. I feel weak in this position. Also sometimes in the morning before I get there they have had bacon and the house smells of it, It makes me naueous honestly, so what happens if I smell it? They also have cats in the house, and I'm aware of the najis factor of cats so I try and keep my clothes free of hair and I pray outside. Not to mention I'm highly allergic. Any suggestions? My step sister is getting married and I told her I can not attend a mixed gathering or a gathering serving alcohol and explained, she seemed to be understanding. Alhumdullillah. But what happens when my other sister wants me to be a bride maid for instance (not happened yet but I could see this happening in the future perhaps). Being a convert is hard. Sometimes you feel as if your imposing your beliefs on others, (mostly family situations) but I fear Allah SWT more. Insha'Allah. You feel alone alot if times. It's hard, Especially when it comes to having children and trying to raise them in a right way in a western society (America) and having anyone for Islamic, motherly advice. Alhumdullillah I've found some support in my community and my kids go to a shia Islamic school Alhumdullillah Rubbil Alameen. I'm trying my best Insha'Allah. I appreciate your informed advice with supporting evidence. Wa RahmatAllah wa Barakatu.
  10. Guest

    Revert

    I am a revert.. and the lone in a house full of wahabis.. i reverted 3 years ago. And i am from [EDIT]. Now i know i cant have a sunni nikah which is not a nikah actually.. how can i find some shia revert for marriage or for mutah in [EDIT]. It is serious. No pun no exaggeration intended.
  11. [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.
  12. Ok I know that this has been asked like 100 times but I can't find anything like my situation. Also I live in America, this may help with understanding culture as well. And I'm a revert. I have no family! Not just no Islamic parents, but I literally mean no family. So it's like if some Muslim man liked me at school and asked my friend "hey, I like her, can you get her father's number for me" and she may say "no, but this is her father's address 777 heaven St." And he would feel sorry and then not have a way to court me. Ok so why would I ask this, why not just date like regular American girls? Because this already got me into to much trouble even almost killed. So I have someone I trust who even advised that I take her council. Then it hit me, no I don't just want her council I want her to act as my father would and weed out the psyhco paths. But is this halal? If in that example the school mate said "no but here is her sole guardians number, ask her guardian" is this halal? Also this person I trust is not Muslim. But she told me while I was upset that "only a Muslim man would want you. If that's what you want go for it" so she puts her feelings aside if it is what I want and does look out for my interests" I just need to know if it's halal and if it would work that way. Thank you.
  13. Salam, I will try and be quick. These are JUST three points that made me leave this religion and became a Muslim, trust me there are many. The only reason I even bother to write this is because I used to be one of you. Blindly following these mawlanas, but alhamdullialah Allah guided me and without a doubt there are many Shia out there that don’t know the truth about their religion. Inshallah Allah will guide them. BTW I can provide scans for all the below. The Quran. Firstly, the Quran is the best guide for any Shia as it completely destroys every aspect of their aqeedah. Anyway, I was shocked by the Shia scholars and tahreef! What shocked me the most about this is the fact that these Shia scholars are not only still considered Muslims but are highly praised in the howzat. For example, Majlisi in his “Miratul uqul” (3/31) he said: و الأخبار من طريق الخاصة و العامة في النقص و التغيير متواترة، و العقل يحكم بأنه إذ كان القرآن متفرقا منتشرا عند الناس، و تصدي غير المعصوم لجمعه يمتنع عادة أن يكون جمعه كاملا موافقا للواقع، لكن لا ريب في أن الناس مكلفون بالعمل بما في المصاحف و تلاوته حتى يظهر القائم عليه السلام، و هذا معلوم متواتر من طريق أهل البيت عليهم السلام و أكثر أخبار هذا الباب مما يدل على النقص و التغيير و سيأتي كثير منها في الأبواب‏ ” and traditions from the ways of the elite (i.e Shia) and the public (i.e Sunnah) regarding omission and change are mutawatir, and logic dectates that if the Quran was seperated and spread amongst people, then if a fallible has tried to collect it, then it is highly unlikely that its collection would be complete and in compliance with reality. However, there is no doubt that people are obliged to work with what is included in the Mushafs and to read it until Al-Qayem appears, and this is known through numersous traditions (mutawatir) from the way of Ahlul Bayt and most traditions relating to this topic point to omission and change, and many of it will be related in the chapters……….” Also, Al Kulayni! And Al Qummi! And Al Alayshi and the list goes on and on and on. Al Kulayni writer of Al-Kafi the number one Shia hadith book believes in tahreef… Al Qummi and Al Ayashi writers of the two oldest Shia tafseers believe in tahreef. And you want me to take hadiths from the likes of these people? And I don’t even want to talk about “Fasl Al-Khitab Fi Tahrif Kitab Rabb Al-Arbbab” by Noori. The only cult ever in any religion to write books attacking the authenticity of their holy book must be the Shia. Even modern-day Shia like Qazwini and Al-Fali and others believe in tahreef. Al-Ghizi even went and said that whoever doesn’t believe in tahreef is a kafir as he has gone against the muttawatir! What’s funny is that Shias claim that the Quran is the greater thiqah and the Ahlulbayt is the smaller thiqah yet those who attack the greater thiqah are praised and buried next to Imam Ali like Noori!!! But those who attack the Ahlulbayt are nawasib that more najis than dogs and pigs. And following the Shia narration its Halal to kill them and take their money to pay as Khums. Don’t get me wrong attacking/hating the Ahlulbayt (RA) is a sin but this hypocrisy. Anyway, even the Shias who argue against tahreef have no isnad (chain of narrators) to the Quran. Both sides of the coin are a joke. Especially with over 1200 hadiths on tahreef. As Kamal al Haydari said there are more hadiths on tahreef than Ghadir. Anyway, the Quran that is in our homes is narrated to use by the Sahabah (RA) and every argument a Shia makes using the Quran is always using mutashbihat and weak narrations from books all other the place. Please post your arguments and I will easily dismiss them. 15:9 It is certainly We Who have revealed the Reminder, and it is certainly We Who will preserve it. 2)Shirk. I really do not know the difference between Shiasim and Christianity. Even the way they speak is the same. Christians tell me to try Jesus and I read somewhere on THIS form saying try salatal istigatha to Fatimah (shirk). Even these Arab Christians say Ya Isa and Shias say Ya Ali!! Yet when we read the Quran and we see verses that condemn these actions. Do I even need to quote the verses? 1:5 It is You we worship and You we ask for help. And we read this every day in our Salah but we don’t think about what we are saying. 72:18 And [He revealed] that the masjids are for Allah, so do not invoke with Allah anyone. 13:14 To Him [alone] is the supplication of truth. And those they call upon besides Him do not respond to them with a thing, except as one who stretches his hands toward water [from afar, calling it] to reach his mouth, but it will not reach it [thus]. And the supplication of the disbelievers is not but in error [i.e. futility]. This verse clearly calls those who call besides Allah as kafirs. 35: 13-14 He causes the night to enter in upon the day, and He causes the day to enter in upon the night, and He has made subservient (to you) the sun and the moon; each one follows its course to an appointed time; this is Allah, your Lord, His is the kingdom; and those whom you call upon besides Him do not control a straw. If you call on them they shall not hear your call, and even if they could hear they shall not answer you; and on the resurrection day they will deny your associating them (with Allah); and none can inform you like the One Who is Aware. BTW there is a BIG difference between tawassul and istigatha. And the verses go on and on. I don’t even want to talk about wilayatul takwinniyah. (The accusation that the Imam has control of every atom in the universe). What is taught in Saturday schools and said on the mimbars is only a small portion of the shirk that we read in the Shia books such as Ali being the Lord (rabb) of the earth and Allah the Lord (rabb) of the heavens. 43:84 And He it is Who is Allah in the heavens and Allah in the earth; and He is the Wise, the Knowing. If you want I can gladly quote some hadiths for you. Imammah. The SHIA TAFSEER of verses used to “prove” imammah is a joke. They bring a couple of mutashabihat and suddenly they make takfir on everyone who doesn’t believe in it. The lack/absence of verses in the Quran about Imammah is what lead Shia scholars to believe in tahreef. There are even verses that suggest otherwise: 42:38 And those who respond to their Lord and keep up prayer, and their rule is to take counsel among themselves, and who spend out of what We have given them. 3:159 Thus it is due to mercy from Allah that you deal with them gently, and had you been rough, hard hearted, they would certainly have dispersed from around you; pardon them therefore and ask pardon for them, and take counsel with them in the affair; so when you have decided, then place your trust in Allah; surely Allah loves those who trust Furthermore, Imammah goes against other verses: 33:40 Muhammad is not the father of any of your men, but he is the Messenger of Allah and the Last of the prophets; and Allah is cognizant of all things. Watch the video and you will see how he even quotes from Al-mufeed. Also, we are given this idea that Imams are better than prophets while Allah says: 6:83-87 That is Our argument. We gave it unto Abraham against his folk. We raise unto degrees of wisdom whom We will. Lo! thy Lord is Wise, Aware. And We bestowed upon him Isaac and Jacob; each of them We guided; and Noah did We guide aforetime; and of his seed (We guided) David and Solomon and Job and Joseph and Moses and Aaron. Thus do We reward the good. And Zachariah and John and Jesus and Elias. Each one (of them) was of the righteous. And Ishmael and Elisha and Jonah and Lot. Each one (of them) did We prefer above (Our) creatures, With some of their forefathers and their offspring and their brethren; and We chose them and guided them unto a straight path. After Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى mentions his Prophets, He سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى mentions that they have been preferred over the other creations. You can even give the Quran to a non-Muslim in any language and if you asked him about all the pillars of Islam he would know about them but if you asked him about Imammah he will say "what is that?" I would like everyone who has read this post to comment any questions as the more questions you ask the more the truth will be revealed. I would also like to thank websites like anti-majos and twelevershia even though I doubt they read these forums. Also, thank all Muslims that were patient with me and spent their time spreading the truth. PLEASE READ THE QURAN WITH AN OPEN MIND AND IF YOU DO NOT UNDERSTAND THE ARABIC TRY USING A TRANSLATION WHILE IN THE MEAN TIME LEARNING ARABIC.
  14. ArifHussainRajabali

    Reverts network

    Salaam alaikum I am a revert to Shia Islam (reverted three years ago at the time of writing this). I was hoping to get in touch with fellow reverts, be it from UK (where I live) or abroad. Just to share stories, network, make friends and help each other out with common revert issues. Moral support and things like that. I had set up my own website called Revert Hub, which helps reverts learn about the basics of Islam and share their stories. Unfortunately, I did not have time to maintain it but iA I might restart it depending if reverts think, something like that would help them. On the other hand, if something with a similar concept of Revert Hub does exist, please let me know, as there is little need for me to reinvent the wheel and if another thread like this one exists. I could not find anything. thanks!
  15. Salaam Alaikum sisters and brothers, I come here for explaining about my situation and see other people opinion about my case, I am a 20 y.o guy born in Barcelona, Spain. My background comes from a catholic- but not practicant nor religous family. About 2 years ago I started to become interested about Islam and started to make my own research into in on the net, etc. I also visited a Sunni mosque in Barcelona, where they explained me basis of Islam and some of their Sunni traditions. On a travel to a North European country, I get to know an Afghan girl (Shia muslim) working on her family market, and I showed her my interest on her religion and asked some of my questions about it, she helped me with my issues and yea. I kind of liked the way she was explaining me about her religion, and we kept in contact with each other when I went back to my home city. We became closer and closer with each other, talked about personal life, family, and of course, the religion. About a year ago, I went back to that country, and there, after a year of research about Islam, and figuring out about my beliefs, I became a muslim in the Imam Ali Mosque (largest Shia mosque in Europe). The Imam taught me maaany many things during my stay, I spent lot of my time in the mosque, talking with other brothers, etc. After converting to Muslim, at the begining when I was back home, I was praying on my room, and my family didn't really know anything about about my conversion, since I knew talking or explaining about this to them would be something difficult for them. But I had to explain about all this when Ramadan came, because I wanted to fast and perform it. So I had a serious talk with my family and explained everything about my conversion, about Islam and that I wanted to do Ramadan. At the first days it was very very difficult for them to understand it, and we had many fights and a not so-good atmosphere at home, but after some time, it all kind of normalised for them. The Afghan girl I met was always a support for me, we always was in contact with each other, and really really helped me in the difficult moments with my family, as well as I was a support for her, we was talking a lot, helping with school issues, talking about our families, daily things, everything. And we "fell in love" with each other. She of course keeps everything about me in secret with her family, and they don't know anything about me, she talks with me hiding the headsets, or deletes the conversations, and keeps everything hidden since sometimes her brothers check her phone. She is 19 years old, and originally from Afghanistan, but has been living in Europe with her family for more than 15 years. She is Hazara Afghan, in case this helps. She is the only daughter in the family and has 6 brothers. The issue comes when we start to think about future, about being together and about the difficulties we might have. She says her family is pretty restrictive and her dad has even told her that he would like her to marry with some of her cousins, but she of course refuses to that. She says that the family can refuse her to marry with a Spanish guy instead of an Afghan one, or a Spanish guy who converted to islam without a muslim family, and yea.. I would like to know your thought about all this, if know some case about reverted man marrying a muslim woman, and if had issues with that. Because it's common to see marriages betwen converted woman and muslim man, but not the opposite.. Or if there is someone that knows about the Afghan traditions and could advice me with that, or give me their own oppinion. --- We have met with each other because I've travelled to her city 2 times after meeting her for the first time, we didn't just see each other one time. --- On the mosque, I got to know an Afghan man, and he resulted to be an Imam when he was in Afghanistan, as well he has been Imam in Iran and Dubai. We have become close to each other, explained me afghan traditions, and he has also helped me a lot with my Islam questions. I exposed to him my situation with the afghan girl, and he said that he could come with me and my family the day that I decide to go ask for her hand to her family. -- Will this help be very helpful? Sorry for the long post, but felt like I had to explain it long so it could be understood, if you have any question, or something is not clear at all, be open to ask. Thanks for your attention, Daniel
  16. As-salaamu 'aleikum, I reverted to Shia Islam 1 year ago and wanted to ask if someone could list me highly recommended Prayers and Duas, their times when to be prayed, and location, etc. For example: I want to know good daily prayers like the prayers on Friday. I don't know anything about these. Or special actions that should be done on special days of the week. You know... just give me everything you know and are sure about ^^ I'm gonna list the things i have learned so far, or I'm learning, or i know that i want to learn. Just so that it is not repeated. I know the benefits and times of recitation for the following prayers: - 5 daily Prayers, Salat al Layl, Ayat al Kursi, Dua Imam e Zaman, Dua al-Ma'rifa-tul-Imam, Dua al-Ghareeq, Dua al-Ahd, Dua al-Nudba, Thank you very much for your help. Please also state good literature for a beginner (hadith, other books) The GOAL for me is to build a SOLID BASIS, a steadfast and consistent level of iman, because i had problems with that (flactuations). I need a good routine of Prayer, Dua, Deeds, Actions etc. Please don't state the obvious like: Reading the holy Book, or saying Takbir ( xxx times a day), etc. That is what I'm trying to achieve anyways. Thank you! May God bless you and give you the same reward for every word i recite or read.
  17. I am in South Texas; I originally looked into Islam last year and like all reverts, was flooded with nothing but Sunni information. As I thought about reverting, I decided to look at what Shias believe and since I have done that I have found myself a follower of the Ahlul-Bayt. I don't know any Shia Muslims in my area or even online really. I was wondering if anyone here had some connections to Shias in my area or knows a good Masjid to attend since the only ones I know are Sunni. Thanks.
  18. Whats the best practices when you are the only shia guy in your family??
  19. Hello, I am a 13 year old girl and recently I accepted Islam. i told my sister who has been muslim since a couple of years back (secret from my mum) and she taught me how to pray and then I took my shahada. My father is from a muslim country but non practising and my mother from a european catholic country. I wanted to tell my mother or ask her about becoming muslim and she did not take it well at all. She became very angry and said that she doesn't want muslim childre, that I won't get a job, and that she will "show me how it is in a real muslim country" also she said the stereotypical lies about women being oppressed in islam and that if I marry a muslim man I will not be able to do anything. Me and my sister tried to argue with her and show her this isn't true and it's just what she has learned from unreliable sources such as tv but she doesn't listen. Then I asked my dad and he said of course I can be muslim, because I am actually already since my father is muslim. And he also told me he and my mother disscussed before their wedding that their children would be able to choose their religion. Today (2 weeks after the first time asking) I tried talking to her again but she just became even more angry and started talking about how being muslim is "agreeing with what is happening in the middle east" and that she doesn't want me to be muslim etc etc. I am very sad about this because nothing me or my sister say to try to change her opinion works, and I don't know what to do anymore. If anybody has an idea then please help because this is very hard for me. I want to be able to practise my religion without being scared that my mother won't accept me and that the family will be torn apart. So if anybody wants to help or has suggestions then please help.
  20. 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
  21. 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.
  22. 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
  23. PakistaniGirl1994

    Converting to Islam

    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?
  24. 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
  25. I am sunni and am considering switching to shia islam, how do I pray like a shia? do i have to say different things or pray with hands at sides, or anything else different from sunni prayers? i am looking into the jaffari madhab. thank you in advance.
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