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As Salam Aleykum

Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. 

Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and  confirm his belief in Islam.

Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers. 

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[Update #3]

Salam brothers and sisters.

Sorry I haven’t been keeping you all updated as much but I have some great news! I can do all my daily prayers Fajr, Zuhr, ‘Asr, Maghrib and ‘Isha. My local shi’a community which consist of about 80+ people have accepted me and are constantly inviting me around to their homes for prayer and meals which I am very grateful for. I am so thankful to all of you here and those who are in my community. Praying to Allah سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى is the best thing but praying with a brother beside you is even greater. 

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[Update #1]

I recited my shahada today and have officially become a shi’a Muslim. I have searched for a religion for a long time and alhamdulillah, he has led me to the path of the Ahlulbayt. I am now being educated more about Shia Islam and the community will assist me in learning salat. 

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Wow, congrats on your path to Haq :D. May God always bless you.

I would say to recite the Shahada, and then perhaps go to a Shia mosque and let him know that you wish to become Muslim. I believe the Shahada is done in front of witnesses. 

Then, I would suggest to incorporate Islam (like praying) into your life slowly, without overwhelming yourself. Start by praying Fajr for a certain period of time, then, when you’re ready, pray zhuhr. And repeat this until you feel comfortable and ready to pray the five daily prayers in one day.

Always remember that people are here for you, and take it slow. :) 

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Twelver Shia Islam has five Usul al-Din and ten Furu al-Din, i.e., the Shia Islamic beliefs and practices. The Twelver Shia Islam Usul al-Din, equivalent to a Shia Five Pillars, are all beliefs considered foundational to Islam, and thus classified a bit differently from those listed above.[30] They are:

  1. Tawhid (Monotheism: belief in the Oneness of God)
  2. 'Adl (Divine Justice: belief in the Almighty's justice)
  3. Nubuwwah (Prophethood)
  4. Imamah (Succession to the Muhammad)
  5. Mi'ad (The Day of Judgment and the Resurrection)

In addition to these Five Pillars, there are ten practices that Shia Muslims must perform, called the Ancillaries of the Faith[31] (Arabic: furūʿ al-dīn).

  1. Salat
  2. Sawm
  3. Zakāt, similar to Sunni Islam, it applies to money, cattle, silver, gold, dates, raisins, wheat, and barley.
  4. Khums: an annual taxation of one-fifth (20%) of the gains that a year has been passed on without using. Khums is paid to the Imams; indirectly to poor and needy people.
  5. Hajj
  6. Jihad
  7. Amr-bil-Maroof: enjoining what is right.
  8. Nahi Anil Munkar: forbidding what is wrong.
  9. Tawalla: expressing love towards Good.
  10. Tabarra: expressing disassociation and hatred towards Evil.[32]

    go to www.al-islam.org for a collection of islamic material (shia). 

    Salam, may Allah Bless you

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[Update #2] 

After reading two books provided by the local Shi'a community discussing the principles of the Islamic faith furthering my understanding of Shi'a Islam, I will soon begin learning how to perform the five compulsory daily prayers starting with Fajr. I will begin a steady process of making these prayers apart of daily routine inshallah. 

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On 10/15/2017 at 11:04 PM, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

As Salam Aleykum

Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research.

Salam, Brother. How are you doing? I like your username! @Wholehearted Shi'a 

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Congratulations, being a Shia is not easy but I'm pleased to hear that you found the haqq. May Allah reward you immensely and I hope that you have found inner peace like I have @Wholehearted Shi'a, it is truly a blessing.

May you remain steadfast in the path and live up to your username.

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On 10/15/2017 at 11:04 PM, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

As Salam Aleykum

Hello everyone I am an Australian Christian who two years ago wanted to learn more about Islam because of the climate of terrorism which unfortunately we have a problem with still today. I have read the Qur'an and as I read more of it I believed it to be the words of god. I researched the prophet's life, his teachings and courage all inspired me to believe that his characteristics were that of a true prophet. When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself. I found an Islam after the prophet's death that had already strayed off the path of islam. The Arab elites quickly established themselves on top, contradicting the Qur'an with racism and greed. I saw a man named Ali who fought this until he was assassinated and his sons Hussain, Hassan and Abbas had continued to do the same which led me to conclude that Ali and Ahlulbayt were the true successors to the prophet. 

Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and  confirm his belief in Islam.

Thanks you for reading my story, I look forward to your answers. 

May God bless you brother! Welcome to the rope of Allah! That which everyone who hold it, shall never go astray.

I really got happy for you after I read this :) 

First of all, do the Sahahada, the testimony of the oneness of Allah, his messenger Muhammad, and Ali the Wali of Allah. 

Here are some of the websites you may need cause the brothers/sisters above provided some of the articles of faith.

https://www.al-islam.org/

http://www.shiapen.com/

etc..

Moreover our pillars:

  • Salat (Prayer) – meaning "connection", establish the five daily prayers, called namāz in Persian and Urdu.
  • Sawm (Fasting) – fasting during the holy month of Ramadhan, called rūzeh in Persian.
  • Zakat (Poor-rate) – charity. Zakat means "to purify".
  • Khums ("Fifth" of one's savings) – tax.
  • Hajj (Pilgrimage) – performing the pilgrimage to Mecca.
  • Jihād (Struggle) – struggling to please God. The greater, internal Jihad is the struggle against the evil within one's soul in every aspect of life, called jihād akbār. The lesser, or external, jihad is the struggle against the evil of one's environment in every aspect of life, called jihād asghār. This is not to be mistaken with the common modern misconception that this means "Holy War". Writing the truth (jihād bil qalam "struggle of the pen") and speaking truth in front of an oppressor are also forms of jihād.
  • Commanding what is just.
  • Forbidding what is evil.
  • Tawalla – loving the Ahl al-Bayt and their followers.
  • Tabarra – dissociating oneself from the enemies of the Ahlu l-Bayt.

14 Infallibles: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Fourteen_Infallibles#List_of_the_Infallibles 

And so on...

I wish you an amazing journey and spiritually entering of the world of the 14 Infallibles, where miracles and extra-ordinaries happen! 

Wassalam :)  

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The New Convert

https://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-pious-men-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari

Two neighbors, a Muslim and a Christian, were on friendly terms. Having concern for one another they used to enquire after each other’s health, and exchanged views from time to time. The Muslim being a devout and religious man spoke high of his religion and the result was that the Christian friend embraced Islam.

The night passed and it was nearing dawn. The Christian, a new convert, heard somebody ramming his door. Surprised and restless he shouted:

"Who is it?"

From the back came a loud voice, "I am so and so;" introducing himself. He was the Muslim neighbor who had the honor of converting him to Islam.

"What do you want at this late hour?"

"Be quick, put on your clothes and perform ablution, so that we should go to the Mosque together"

The new Muslim performed ablution (Wudu) for the first time in his life and set out to Mosque behind his Muslim friend. They had arrived before time. It was the time for the recommended (not obligatory) prayer after mid-night. They prayed till dawn - the time came for the Morning Prayer. They prayed the Morning Prayer and were engaged in benedictions and invocations till it became perfectly clear. When the new Muslim made a move towards the door, his friend interrupted:

"Where are you going?"

"I am going home, since I have finished my morning prayer, there is nothing else to do now." "Wait a while and recite the benedictions till the sun rises." "Very well."

He sat and recited the same till the sun rose. When he rose up to go, his friend placed the Qur'an in his hand saying, "Read it till the sun rises a little high. And I advise you to fast today. Don't you know how much virtues and rewards there are in fasting?" The new Muslim did as he was told, and sat reciting the Qur’an till it was nearing noon. The Muslim neighbor said: "Now it is almost noon; better we perform the noon-prayer in the Mosque:" So, the Dohr (noon) prayer was prayed. Then he said again: "After just a short time, the Asr (after-noon) prayer will be prayed. We should perform that also at the proper time:" That prayer was also performed. Then he said, "It is almost evening now" and detained the new convert till it was time for Maghrib (evening) prayer. When he rose up to break his fast, the neighbor said, "there is one more prayer remaining. It is named "Esha" or the sleeping-time prayer'." So they waited nearly one hour for the proper time of this prayer. After that the new Muslim got up and went away.

Next day at the same hour of night he again heard knockings at the door.

"Who is there?"

"I am so and so............ your neighbor. Be quick, put on your clothes and perform ablution to go to the Mosque together"

"As soon as I returned from the Mosque last night, I resigned from your religion. Please go away and find some other idle man who has nothing to do in this world, so that he may be able to spend his whole time in the mosque. I am a poor man having wife and children to feed. I should better go after my work to earn my livelihood'."

Imam Jaafer al-Sadiq relating the story to his friends and companions, said: "In this manner a devout man after converting a new Muslim, had himself kicked him out of Islam. You must bear this fact in mind and should not trouble the people unnecessarily. You should judge their strength and capacity and act accordingly, so that they develop affinity for the religion and do not run away from it. Don't you know that the policy of Ummayyads is based on violence, oppression and intimidation whereas our ways and methods are based on leniency, brotherhood and persuasion?"

https://www.al-islam.org/anecdotes-pious-men-ayatullah-murtadha-mutahhari

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21 hours ago, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and  confirm his belief in Islam.

Wa alaikum as salam wwb

After reading your quest for Haq- I am unable to say much.

You can become a muslim simply by reciting Shahada i.e. testimony for Oneness of Allah, Prophethood of Mohammad saww and Wilayat of Ameerul momeneen Ali ibn Abitalib as. After reciting shahadah, you will be a muslim and you need to follow and tread the path of Islam as reported by Prophet and his Ahlulbayt. 

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21 hours ago, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

Now that you know my story I would like to know what steps an individual has to take to convert and  confirm his belief in Islam.

Also, Al-Islam.org is best website for resources for religious education. http://islamicmobility.com/ are best site for english readers....

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Salaam Alaykum

May Allah give you the best. Recite Shahadatein and start praying, giving Zakaat, Khums, and keeping yourself away from sins.

و من الله توفیق

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Congratulations for your hard work of research, all you need to do you ask those your Shia friends that you said they are Shia, so that they will guide you how to do it, and they are served as your witnesses. Thank you and you are welcome to the religion of peace. 

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14 hours ago, Hameedeh said:

Salam, Brother. How are you doing? I like your username! @Wholehearted Shi'a 

Salam, sister. Thank you for your compliment, I am going well. I have managed to get into contact with the local shi’a population in my local town and have expressed with them my desire to convert to Islam which they were very excited about. What is more interesting is my town has a population of <19,000 people in a rural part of Australia so I was very shocked and happy when I realised we had a small but faithful community. I have spoken with some and they shared stories about their persecution in Afghanistan by the Taliban because most of the population are Hazara refugees who have settled here in my town. It was very difficult to get in contact with them because they have no mosque or centre they usually pray at someone’s home. The only way I found out about them was when a old high school friend got into contact with me upon hearing my interest about shi’a Islam so I am very thankful to her. 

In conclusion all is extremely well. I will regularly keep you and anyone else who is interested updated with significant developments. 

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8 hours ago, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

It was very difficult to get in contact with them because they have no mosque or centre they usually pray at someone’s home. The only way I found out about them was when a old high school friend got into contact with me upon hearing my interest about shi’a Islam so I am very thankful to her. 

In conclusion all is extremely well. I will regularly keep you and anyone else who is interested updated with significant developments. 

Alhamdulillah! Your friend did an excellent deed, mashAllah. Please keep us updated. Wishing you all the best in your journey towards Allah. 

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14 hours ago, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

[Update #1]

I recited my shahada today and have officially become a shi’a Muslim. I have searched for a religion for a long time and alhamdulillah, he has led me to the path of the Ahlulbayt. I am now being educated more about Shia Islam and the community will assist me in learning salat. 

Congratulations! Welcome to Shia Islam. :) 

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On 10/16/2017 at 8:34 AM, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

When I met some Sunni Muslims and asked about Ali and Karbala a event that frequently popped in my research. I was told Shi'a were pagans that believed Ali was a god which these people were my friends so initially I believed them until I researched myself.

I'm amazed that how this part repeats in every conversion story. Yet those who are truly after truth reaches it no matter what resistance they face. 

Congratulations brother, welcome to Sirat al-Mustaqeem (The straight path). 

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:salam:

Congratulations! You were guided because you wanted guidance, you wanted the truth. The previous posters have already given you some important tips, information on the wajibaat (obligatory acts) and a hearty welcome :).

I would like to add that this is short and beautiful du'a that we have been recommended to recite reguarly by our 6th Imam (a.s) who says "After this a time of such doubt will befall you that you will be without the visible signs and a guiding Imam. And no one shall be able to achieve salvation from this except those who recite "Dua-e-Ghareeq." - Imam Sadiq (a.s). 

Dua-e-Ghareeq.

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TRANSLITERATION:
"YA ALLAHO YA REHMAN YA RAHEEM YA MUQALLEBAL QULOOB SABIT QALBI ALA DEENAIK"
TRANSLATION:
O Allah! O Beneficent! O Merciful.O One who changes the hearts (of people) Give me steadfastness upon Your religion.

https://www.duas.org/imamezaman/ghareek.htm

Please feel welcome to ask us any questions or advice, you are not alone here. We have many converts/reverts on the site. I myself became Shi'a from the Sunni school a few years ago. Best of luck and we look forward to hearing about your further developments.

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hi congratulations i recommend you to watch shiainthecity channel on youtube that very helpful  for new converts that explains well practical & basics of practicing of Shia Islam & Biskit clips on islamic pulse channel.

& also www.ahlulbayt.tv  & ahlulbayt tv on youtube has great lectures for example enquiries about shia islam & Reborn section

globe.aqr.ir = Imam reza shrine on youtube

www.tatbir.org

but beware of Shirazi cult that their head is Yaser Al Habib that he & his crew Imam Tohidi & Allahyari are a cult titled as Londonian  Shia  & rejecting all shia maraji & have extremist beliefs that insult 3 caliphs of sunnis & Aisha that & supports Tatbir & spreading hatred among muslims that causes genocide of shia around the word Like Pakistan & Iraq.

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54 minutes ago, Ashvazdanghe said:

but beware of Shirazi cult that their head is Yaser Al Habib that he & his crew Imam Tohidi & Allahyari are a cult titled as Londonian  Shia  & rejecting all shia maraji & have extremist beliefs that insult 3 caliphs of sunnis & Aisha that & supports Tatbir & spreading hatred among muslims that causes genocide of shia around the word Like Pakistan & Iraq.

You better don't tell him what to believe and what not to. He'll search and embrace the truth like he did when he first converted to Islam. This is forcing beliefs down someone's throat and there is no compulsion in religion.

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20 hours ago, Wholehearted Shi'a said:

[Update #1]

I recited my shahada today and have officially become a shi’a Muslim. I have searched for a religion for a long time and alhamdulillah, he has led me to the path of the Ahlulbayt. I am now being educated more about Shia Islam and the community will assist me in learning salat. 

Welcome to the rope of Allah! :party:

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@Sirius_Bright hi i just want to warn him about the traps that may be he confronted not forcing him to accept anything because our duty is to protect each other from dangers & help each other in our path to Allah if my opinion hurts you i apologize from every body that hurts  from that specially you my brother.

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