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  1. Salaam, Check out my latest article http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/analysis-indicates-shia-populations-are-being-underreported-50702/ WASHINGTON, Oct. 26, 2015 – New analysis indicates that the worldwide population of Shia Muslims may be underreported to the tune of more than one hundred million individuals. A comparison of studies and statistical analyses shows that there are likely between 240 million and 350 million Shia Muslims in the world today, a significantly higher number than the approximate “low end” figure of 150 million estimated by the Pew Research Center. There are allegations that many Middle Eastern countries are deliberately underreporting their own native Shiite populations and have been doing so for decades. A WikiLeaks document shows that as early as 1978 the following message was being circulated with regard to Iraq’s Shia population, then controlled by Saddam Hussein’s government: This cable responds to questions…about Shia population. It is based on educated guesses shared by informed foreign diplomats and the few iraqi sources willing to discuss one of the touchier subjects in this country’s domestic politics…size of Shia population in iraq is sensitive issue. Another WikiLeaks cable says, “There has never been any survey made according to religion. Therefore, the best we can do in estimating the Shia population is to extrapolate from statistics and judgements of informed observers.” Understanding Islam: Differences between Sunni and Shia A recent article in the New York Times entitled “WikiLeaks Shows a Saudi Obsession With Iran” bolsters this theory: “A trove of thousands of Saudi documents recently released by WikiLeaks reveals in surprising detail how the government’s goal in recent years was not just to spread its strict version of Sunni Islam — though that was a priority — but also to undermine its primary adversary: Shiite Iran. Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/analysis-indicates-shia-populations-are-being-underreported-50702/#rTFlh5XoLbeyD6GY.99...
  2. Its unfortunate you accuse others of slander when you post links to articles written in pure "conspiracy theory" format by individuals who hide behind pen names.
  3. The CIA has not ever, and will never recruit at UMAA. I've attended every single convention and have never seen any CIA presence there. I have never met anyone who was openly from the CIA. Many years of the convention are free for viewing on YouTube here https://www.youtube.com/user/umaamerica You can plainly see that we do not recruit any person for employment in any government agency, and even have a presentation from Muslim Advocates on how to protect yourself from the FBI and other law enforcement groups. We clearly, regularly, and openly only advocate for Shia Islam and the protection/advancement of Shia Muslims. If you are convinced by anyone in this thread that UMAA is some horrible organization, then check out some clips on Youtube of what the convention is really about. You will see that it is composed entirely of speakers and others from our community, and experts from outside the community (such as Professor Juan Cole) speaking on the same topics you might hear at your local masjid. For several years, one of the top representatives of Ayatollah Sistani, Sheikh Fadhil Sahlani, has opened the convention. (He will do so again this year). Ayatollahs from the Hawzahs of Iran and Iraq regularly attend and speak. UMAA has made mistakes. We have invited speakers who should not have been at the podium and people who said things that we disagree with. At the same time, we acknowledge these mistakes and seek to do better. In my opinion, the UMAA of the last 5-6 years has done a remarkable job in better aligning itself with the mainstream views of our community. I do not believe it is fair that these posters who hide their names and identities can post for 10+ years on Shiachat with false accusations, and that anyone should take this as truth. Imam Ali says that the truth is between your eyes and your ears. You've heard what many of the anti-UMAA people have to say, now look at YouTube and see what we are. The truth will be evident to anyone who does so. An update, here is the lecture from the UMAA Convention on the FBI:
  4. I was not present regarding the wolfowitz speech and there is no video of the event. The White House did not supply any video or transcript of the meeting, however, UMAA's remarks are summarized in the very first post of this thread.
  5. UMAA regrets the speech of Wolfowitz and since that time the administration and philosophy of the organization has changed. While we do believe it is fully important to engage in discourse with political officials, it must be done under the rubric of advancing the cause of the Prophet and his Ahlul Bayt and the situation of Shias in the US and around the world. UMAA looks forward to constructive dialogue, but is not a forum for any other group or government to advance its own agenda. The meeting with the President, as well as dozens of other meetings with not only government agencies, but also nonprofit groups, anti discrimination agencies, and others - have all occurred under this philosophy of engagement for the sake of advancement. We do not believe engagement to the be same as admonishment or condemnation of the people we are meeting with. I personally do not think hatred, attacks, anonymous comments, and insults (as have been posted in this thread) are from the teachings of Ahlul Bayt. It is our firm belief that these types of meetings are necessary for the safeguarding of our community and its interests in the future. Certainly every other Muslim group is engaging in similar behavior. At the same meeting, in attendance was the President of the largest Sunni group in America (ISNA), as was the past president of ISNA. The head of Muslim Advocates was there, the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC) sent representatives. Its illogical for us to be "ok" with every Muslim group to attend these meetings except Shia ones. Finally, while you may believe that it is against Islam to do such things, no Marja has ever said such a thing. Indeed, the representatives of many Shia governments, and Marjas themselves, have conversated with the US Govt, the President and others. Many of these communications have been continuous, polite and cordial, without condemnation or admonishment, and have been for the same goal. Its unfortunate that you dont like this or dont like us, but this is our stance and we're going to keep doing these things inshallah. We pray that our efforts are successful and advance the cause of our Masoomeen and the situation of our community.
  6. Prophet Nuh talked to tyrants of his time Prophet Ibrahim reasoned with Namrut Prophet Yusuf literally worked for a Pharoah Prophet Musa negotiated with a Pharoah Prophet Muhammad negotiated with Abu Sufyan, Quraish, others. Allowed Abu Bakr, Umar, Uthman and others in his presence. Imam Ali negotiated with Muawiya Imam Hasan signed treaty with Muawiya. Imam Husain negotiated with Shimr and others at Karbala Imam Muhammad Baqir and Imam Jafer Sadiq regularly negotiated with caliphs Every Prophet and every masoomeen in every circumstance always asked for their rights, even from people who would've never granted it. Its irrelevant what the result was. By your logic, Prophet Musa should have never even tried with Pharaoh.
  7. So Imam Ali and Imam Hasan never negotiated with Muawiya?
  8. if the "what" was fine and acceptable, what is the problem with asking?
  9. What was misguided about asking for help for Shias?
  10. wayfarer - when you come to the convention, please let the 'registration' desk know you'd like to speak to Rahat. I'll introduce you to some folks. Just as an fyi, I'm not from Dearborn myself, I'm a Marylander.
  11. Salaam, I'm looking to speak with any Malaysian (originating from there, or currently living there - either way) Shias. If possible, I would like to ask some questions. I can do so by email phone or skype. please let me know if you can help. thanks, rahat
  12. http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/malaysia-accused-of-shocking-human-rights-violations-abuses-against-shiite-minority-13908/ Malaysia has a serious human rights problem, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW), which released a 100+ page report entitled “No Answers, No Apologies” detailing abuses by Malaysian authorities. The report comes on the heels of accounts that Malaysia arrested infants from the country’s minority Shiite Muslim sect, based upon the “crime” of engaging in Shiite religious practices. International attention has been given to Malaysia after Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing last month, and human rights watchdogs welcome the focus. “Unjustified shootings, mistreatment and deaths in custody, and excessive use of force in dispersing public assemblies persist because of an absence of meaningful accountability for Malaysia’s police force, the Royal Malaysia Police (RMP),” says the HRW report. The human rights abuses are directed at all sectors of Malaysian society, however significant media attention has been drawn towards the plight of Shia Muslims in Malaysia, who are facing increased discrimination on a daily basis. “Among the marginalized in Malaysia, there is a single group perhaps more marginalized than many. They are the people that Malaysia has forgotten. They are the Shiite Muslims” says Loyar Burok, a popular Malaysian blog. The article is entitled “Shiite Muslims in Malaysia: A Cultural Genocide.” Read more at http://www.commdiginews.com/world-news/malaysia-accused-of-shocking-human-rights-violations-abuses-against-shiite-minority-13908/#CLr5tYxXWvd5Gfud.99
  13. Salaam, UMAA is one of the larger Shia Muslim organizations in the United States. We hold one of the largely attended conventions, by Shia Muslims, in the United States. In the past, many viewed our organization as a group that only held an annual convention. While the convention is a major focus for us, we have expanded in to a humanitarian wing that raises money for orphans, children, and Ziyareen in Najaf and Karbala; an advocacy wing that promotes the rights of Shia Muslims around the world; a social wing that provides career and educational guidance, and more. More details can be found here: http://umaamerica.net/content/about-us and throughout our webpage. Some of the speakers we are featuring this year include (in no particular order): Sayyid Ammar Nakshawani Sheikh Hilli Nouri Sardar and many more of the speakers from previous conventions. We will announce the full list in the comings weeks. Videos of several previous years of our convention can be viewed here: http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCogSJTB7ieRx4etKvTyvkrw Please let me know if you (or anyone else) have more questions. I am happy to answer.
  14. Salaam, My name is Rahat, and I'm the Director of Advocacy at UMAA. I also assist with the convention. This years theme is "The Conference of Muhammad" and is dedicated to our Holy Prophet. Just as was the case last year, the convention will take place at the Adoba Hotel in Dearborn, MI. I would like to personally invite you all to attend and see the convention for yourself. Inshallah it will be a great experience, and we are hoping to include many of our brothers and sisters from the other sects of Islam in the convention this year. Registration will open later this week, I'll post a link for all of you. - rahat
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