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In the Name of God بسم الله
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About this blog

This blog is an attempt to catalogue the motives & thoughts that landed me here on ShiaChat, as well as to better understand myself and why I am so interested in and find Islam (specifically Shia Islam) so intriguing.

Some of the topics that will be addressed:

-Personal & family history
-Mental & physical health (potentially triggering, will be marked)
-American culture & alienation
-Hopes & fears about the future
-Barriers & obstacles to my embracing Islam
-Contradictions within my own faith tradition (Eastern Rite Catholicism)
-My concept of self & identity

Occasionally I may also post poetry or my artwork (Always 'G' rated).

Thank you for reading

Entries in this blog

Mr. Lonely

I am alone at home for the week. Mom has gone to visit my aunt & uncle in New York state. I'm happy for her because she hasn't gone on a vacation since before COVID19 began it's rampage through America; so it's good that she's getting to visit them. She'll be visiting with my cousin Hannah as well. However, it's just me here with the cats (after all someone had to stay around to feed, water, scoop, and spend time with them). I have the house to myself for a week. Just me, completely alone an

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The Revert's Progress (Chasing Islam 4)

[In the name of God, the most gracious, the most merciful] Some people may object to my embrace of Islam. "Oh, Islam is such a difficult and demanding religion" they will say "It's too difficult to be a Muslim, especially in the West". I wholeheartedly disagree. Islam is not difficult at all, unless you allow it to be. Submission to Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) is the natural state that humans were created for, so I have not found it terribly difficult at all thus far and even if it was

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On confessing sins

There has been a lot of talk about confessing of sins in my life experience so far. I'm not going to do that here since we aren't supposed to, but allow me to give a little background on my specific situation in regard to confession. Coming from the Christian tradition, the idea of not confessing ones' sins sounds very alien & almost as some sort of a cop-out to not have to face up to the wrong you have done. Whether it is the Catholic form of confession to a priest (either face to face or h

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Chasing Islam 2: the beginning of a journey

Have you ever been fascinated by something? I mean truly fascinated-- wherein you find yourself pondering, daydreaming, and even neglecting your hobbies to research the topic in question? I attended three separate high schools from 1421-1425 (2000-2004 CE), so one might think that Islam would have been very topical during this period. I'll be the first to admit that my high school didn't cover Islam at all. We had no units on Islam or Muslims in World History nor did we speak of Islam in any

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Why do I chase Islam? (first entry corrected)

Why do I chase Islam? This isn't a rhetorical question, I really would like to understand the pathology of my continual fascination with a religion, worldview, and life path that I have no familial, ethnic, or historical connection to. I simply do not understand what it is about Islam that intrigues me so, and furthermore, I do not understand exactly why I cannot leave it alone. So the point of making this blog was essentially to let out my feelings in a way where others don't feel like

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