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  1. [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.
  2. 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.
  3. Whats the best practices when you are the only shia guy in your family??
  4. 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.
  5. 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
  6. As Salaam Alaikum, hope your well & In good health. I reverted to Islam on the 27th April 2012 and I'd love to share my revert story with you. It all began back in 2011 when the topic about religion was being spoken about amongst me and a few friends. Hinduism Christianity and Sikhism. We was all out eating and there they was debating and discussing amongst themselves about the religion they follow. I had no input in the conversation as I did not follow any religion and at this moment in time religion didn't have any meaning to me. I had always believed there is a God but never quite grasped an understanding of faith. I didn't see the need to as I have been raised as an atheist. Later on that day I asked my best friend what religion meant to her and why she believes in God. She told me to go home and look into religion, get some knowledge and see if any of them make any sort of sense and purpose to me. At the time I thought I'm not even going to waste my time, why do I need a religion in my life and to believe in a God. Few weeks pasted and I finally decided to give it a go, I started with Hinduism and went on to Sikhism and Christianity. I watched lectures and read quite a few books on each religion. There was a few things that I thought made slight sense but I'd still question what I was reading, the knowledge just wasn't enough for me, something was missing. Then I looked into Islam, and I got so addicted. I just couldn't stop, I read lots of books and watched lots of lectures comparing Islam to other religions. Everything made perfect sense, and that's what was missing. The enthusiasm and compassion I felt for the religion. I fell in love with it, I fell in love with Allah and the Quran. Alhamdulillah. Islam not only made me feel content but it answered everything I had always questioned about in this life. I finally felt like I had a purpose and I belong somewhere. As for the first time I heard a recitation of the Quran, wallahi was the most beautiful thing I have ever heard. So soothing and liberating. SubhanAllah. So, as time went on and I kept reading into Islam etc. It came to a point where I wanted to take my shahada and follow this way of life. I knew my friends and family wasn't going to like my decision, but I didn't care I just wanted to be close to Allah swt. Nothing else mattered to me. It took me about 2 months to tell my parents that I wanted to be a Muslim because I knew that they wouldn't accept it and I knew the reaction I was going to get. I kept telling myself I will tell them when the time is right but there was never a right time. I told my mum first and she was baffled and didn't understand why I wanted religion in my life she looked at me in a completely different way. She was mute. I know it must have been a shock to her so I explained why and let it be. My mum is so close to me so it was hard for me to see her act this way. My stepdad never took it lightly, we had a really big debate about religion its self and he tried to persuade me to not go through with it. My mum then began to beg me not to convert. She assumed I was going through a phase. How could I just stop believing now that I have started to believe. Time went on and I took my shahada without my parents knowing as that was the only way it could happen. Then slowly I told my parents I'm now a Muslim. They found it hard to accept and things were quite tense for a while in the house. But even though my parents were mad and disappointed at me, not speaking to me properly, and even though I befriended all but one of my friends. I still felt so content because I knew I had found Allah and knew He was there for me. alhamdulillah. JazakAllah for taking the time to read my blog. as salaam alaikum.
  7. 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.
  8. 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
  9. 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?
  10. 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
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Hello, I'm not exactly a convert to Islam, though I have been doing my best to observe the traditions of a Muslim. 5 daily prayers, for the most part. Off topic, but I do really enjoy them. They're meditative and bring me a lot of peace, which as a College student I don't find a whole lot of in my life! Anyway, in my likely conversion, I'm coming to a crossroads of what sect (I hope no one is offended by that word) makes more sense to me. So far my understanding is that Sunni/Shi'a dates back who should succeed the Prophet (pbh) after his death. His uncle or his cousin? I also read that Sunni believes one should pray on a rug/prayer mat/something covering the ground. Shi'a believe one should pray on the ground, or something that comes from the earth. I read that straw mats are acceptable for this. I also read that Sunnis believe in predestination, whilst Shia's reject predestination in favor of free will. However, that's as far as what I've discovered goes. Hoping you guys can confirm/deny these things and set the record straight. Also, since I'm still reading the Quran, I ask humbly that you try to simplify things. I'm not too familiar with a lot of Islam's customs or history just yet. Thanks!
  14. 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.
  15. 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
  16. Asalam walaykum. I am a muslim sister from a Sunni household but after researching both the Sunni and Shia aqeedah I have found that that the Shias are on the true path of Islam. I now consider myself to be a Shia but my family do not know. They despise the Shias more than anything and I know if I were to tell them that I do not follow the teachings of ahlul sunnah wal jama'ah they will disown me and kick me out of the house. Many people have told me to just do taqiyya, but for how long can I keep lying to them just to make them happy? The truth will come out eventually and I'm thinking about the issues I'm going to have in the future. Like when I decide to get married, will I need my parents permission even if they do not speak to me and have disowned me? I've been told that if you die and your parents are angry with you that you will never enter paradise even if your are a pious Muslim. I'm torn between pleasing Allah swt and my parents. I don't what to do. Do I just come out and tell them? or do I just keep lying to them to make them happy. Please help. Jazakallahu khair
  17. Asslam-o-alaikum, I reverted to Islam some time back after Allah guided me to truth. I gained knowledge on Old and New Testament, Gospels, Hindu, Sikhist and Buddhist Scriptures and all of them brought me more towards Muhammad (saw). I try to follow Islam to my best and I have knowledge of tafseer and many ahadith of both Sunni and Shia Alhumdulilah. When I went to sunnis, I was initially welcomed but later on got nothing but hate because I believe in learning knowledge from the source Quran itself and when I raised questions on their beliefs, I never got any satisfactory answer or evidence that they are on the right path. Now I want to investigate the shia sect which some how i have started to feel are closer towards ahlul bayt. Please I have questions, and don't want rude answers like I got from sunni brethren. and I need answers from Quran only because 1) I don't believe in anything but Allah and his rasool (s). 2) Sunnis don't accept shia ahadith and vice versa so answering from ahadith will make me confused. (No i am not a Quranist but I have yet to seek which ahadith are actually saheeh and what are the proofs of it) MY QUESTIONS/ ARGUMENTS 1)) why are there sects at first place? Quran strictly forbids it and rasool Allah s.w warned against making sects. Surat Al-'An`am [6:159] Indeed, those who have divided their religion and become sects - you, [O Muhammad], are not [associated] with them in anything. Their affair is only to Allah ; then He will inform them about what they used to do. Surat 'Ali `Imran [3:103] And hold firmly to the rope of Allah all together and do not become divided. 2)) Why do you call yourself Shiites? What does the word mean? If you are the following actual sunnah, should not you call yourselves ahlul Sunnah? or just Muslims because Allah commands us to be known as Muslims alone, not by our sects as quoted above. 3)) I don't feel like blind following an Imam. I want to follow an Imam but not blindly as in taqleed. I am a girl who seeks evidence and knowledge. Blind following turns me off. Quran's first wahi was "Iqra" i.e "Read" Quran tells us to ponder ourselves, not blind follow. “Will they not then ponder upon the Quran?” Surah Muhammed: 24 So ask the People of the Knowledge if you do not know." (Qur'an 21:6-7) It says ASK the people of knowledge, like I am asking now, it never said blindly follow "And if you disagree over anything, refer it to Allah and the Messenger, if you should believe in Allah and the Last Day. That is the best [way] and best in result." (Qur'an 4:59) I read a saying of Moula Ali that Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì can not make a creature obedient to another who is veiled from seeing the 7 heavens. Shiites class that saying to be saheeh. Imams were virtous no doubt, but I am not convinced to taqleed i.e blind follow which Sunni brethren were forcing me to do. I told them I will follow an Imam but with backproofing and evidence, but they were like how dare you not consider Imam Abu Hanifa of not knowledge, (although I never ever made any statement like that but I said all Imams are virtuous, but they misinterpreted that not blind following him would mean an insult to him). So can i follow an Imam without doing taqleed to him i.e each time i'll refer back to quran to look for evidence. 4)) What caused Sunni/Shia split for the first time? What are the authentic references? Honestly brailvi and deobandi ulema misguided me the most by saying shiites are the ones who killed Imam Hussain r.a, and now they beat themselves in repentance. However I was corrected by ahlul hadith that Shiites were the supporters of Imam Hussain r.a in Karballa and they beat themselves in grief. And most ahlul hadith scholars told me "Bitterness/ grudge towards Ali is Bitterness towards Rasool Allah (s)." Ahlul hadith also said that I can call Hazrat Ali r.a as Moula Ali and moula doesn't mean Allah in arabic, Moula means friend of Allah. They said I have to love Ali after Allah and his rasool (s). Ahlul hadith also said that I can pray like Shiites (3 times) whenever I want but i should not make it a routine as both ways of praying are proven correct. While Brelvis and deobandis told me praying zuhrain and maghrabain would make my prayers void except during travel. When I went back to Brelvi and deobandis with the authentic ahadith supporting love of Ali r.a, they cursed them as wahabbis and spoke only bitter of them. So now I have come to you, shiites. Why are these differences there after all with you and sunnis aka brelvis and deos? And I don't see alot of differences between shiittes and ahul hadith then why do shiites hate them aswel while they love Moula Ali alot. 5)) I leave among you two things Quran and Ahlul bayt - this hadith is accept by all Muslims (whatever sect) so I quote it. The sunnis also accept this hadith but I don't know why they refrain from quoting it except ahlul hadith who quote it openly and thus brought me towards you. But I have a question, the arabic word means household - referring it to household of the prophet. Why don't you include wives of prophet (s) in ahlul bayt? What about all other wives other than Aisha r.a? Why do you exclude them also? I know Aisha r.a did wrong towards Fatima r.a (I can't say intentionally or unintentionally because I have no right to judge her and I have never looked in her heart), but in the end she was repentant and wept in regret the rest of her life which is a historical fact. Doesn't Allah accept repentance? Who are we to judge her repentance? And who are we to say "curse be upon her", isn't Allah the only judge of hearts? do not despair of the mercy of Allah, Indeed Allah forgives all sins (Quran 39:53). Have we all looked upon ourselves before judging others. We are the kind of people who hardly repent but yet we think her repentance meant nothing. Since when did cursing became a part of Muslim Vocabulary. Honestly Islam makes me so happy but Muslims make me depressed, all they do is curse and abuse eachother. So i accept she did wrong, but I also know she was loved deeply by prophet s.w how does this or Allah allows us from cursing her? Similary for Abu Bakar r.a and Umar r.a, who are we to judge them? I am not at all saying they are infallibles, noone is except Allah and his prophets. Won't Allah return Abu Bakar r.a and Umar r.a their deeds on the day of qiyamah? Won't Allah judge them if they did good or bad? Histories differ completely, one calls them good and other calls them bad. How can one be 100% sure they are cursing them rightly? So Allah will also judge us for abusing them, shouldn't we remain silent instead of abusing them? 6)) Why do sunnis and shiites believe tawassul of those who have passed away is necessary. Please prove from Quran. I never found any historical evidence either. When I asked brelvis, they quotes these ayahs: ‘O you who believe! Be careful (of your duty to) Allah and seek means of nearness to Him and strive hard in His way that you may be successful.’ Surah Maidah 5:35. How does this ayah proves tawassul through ahlul bayt or auliya while they are not amongst us? …and had they, when they were unjust to themselves, come to you and asked forgiveness of Allah and the Apostle had (also) asked forgiveness for them, they would have found Allah Oft-returning (to mercy), Merciful. Quran 4:64 Neither does this ayah prove anything, obviously i'd rush to prophet (saw) to ask forgiveness for me if he were amongst us, but now he is not. ‘They said: O our father! Ask forgiveness of our faults for us, surely we were sinners. Hazrat Yaqoob (a.s.) accepted their request (Surah Yusuf (12): Verse 98) same goes for this ayah. By these ayahs, I believe in tawassul through LITERALLY alive people, not alive in a barzakhi life. I seek nearness (wasila) to Allah by invoking HIS names, or by asking an alive person to pray for me. I am not convinced by these verses to ask nearness to Allah through virtuous people who passed away, because otherwise Allah would have told it in Quran clearly. But this is what Quran tells clearly; “And to Allah belongs the best name, so seek on Him by way of them.” (Surah al-a’raaf 7:180) Even if tawassul is allowed through the way of virtous people in graves, is it okay if I avoid that just to be on the safe side? 7)) What do Shiites think about prophet (s)'s death? Sunnis claim he is alive in HIS BODY in the grave. How can that be possible? Yes his spirit is alive in barzakhi life, where is the evidence of being alive in his BODY? Do shiites also claim this that virtuous people remain alive in their bodies or think Rasool Allah (s) is alive in an alem-e-barzakh? "Verily, you, O Muhammad SAW will die and verily, they too will die. [Quran 39:30] "Muhammad (SAW) is no more than a Messenger, and indeed (many) Messengers have passed away before him. When he dies or is killed, will you then turn back on your heels (as disbelievers)?" [Quran 3:144] Rasool Allah (s) was also given ritual shower and funeral prayer and these ayahs also prove that rasool Allah (s) passed away, so why do brelvis think his body is still alive? I think its foolishness and mocking verses of Quran by denying a fact. I hope Shiites agree that he is alive in only barzakh. 8)) Can I live without declaring a sect but still have sympathies with one sect which I believe are true followers of Quran and Sunnah? I want to be called a Muslim alone like Allah orders in Qur'an. 9)) How do I know if Sunni ahadith are saheeh or Shiite ahadith are saheeh? Both have big scholars to claim theirs are correct. Can't it be possible that both are correct and I can follow both. 10)) What is history of Imam Mahdi in shiites schools of thought. How do you know for sure he is true Imam Mahdi, and how, why and where did he hide. What are shiites belief about Jesus a.s? Please don't be hard on me as I am new and still learning and pondering. I hope my doubts are cleared through Quran because I reached this turning point of my life through His Signs and evidences, so i'll take only evidence. JazakAllah Khair.
  18. 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
  19. 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
  20. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UYozOW3Nipk
  21. I discovered myself when I found the Ahlulbayt
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