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Jaabir

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  1. Salam brother and welcome to the forum. There isn't anything in particular you need to say since the shahada is the same. Holding the belief in the wilayah of Ali (عليه السلام) and the rest of the Imams is the perfection of your deen. Also review our Usul al-deen and Furu` al-deen for more details on the beliefs of Shi'a Muslims. If you would like to share your story of what led you to Shi'a Islam, many of us would be interested. Here you can find the conversion stories of some who converted:
  2. Yes, but he's not Arab like the brother has claimed. If I'm not mistaken, Imam Khamenei is half Azeri-Turk and half Persian. Being Sayed does not mean you're automatically Arab.
  3. Jazakallah for your efforts. Your posts with textual references are valuable. But on a minor (and off-topic) note, and I'm just a nit-picky person when it comes to these things, your English transcriptions of the Arabic text is a tad inaccurate and it'd be better if you just translated the Arabic into plain English. For example: Maybe take a look at this: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Romanization_of_Arabic Apologies for the off-topic post.
  4. Will try to find you the source. Also keep in mind that shrine ≠ dharih. There's no problem with kissing the dharih, but some go to the extent to kissing the doorsteps of the mosques/shrines which is definitely a questionable act. I also stumbled upon this which may be of interest: http://realtashayyu.blogspot.com/2015/10/crawling-in-shrines-and-kissing-them.html
  5. With all due respect brother, why do you give 2 cents about what Sunnis call or don't call you? This world is not a road made of roses. Shi'as of today don't realize how easy we have it compared to the what the Shi'as of Ummayad or Abbasid times had to go through. We do not practice our deen for the appeasement of Sunnis, we are on the haqq and we should be the ones asking them why they attack those on the truth. As for tatbir, I don't know of any classical scholars forbidding it and only recently it has come under increasing pressure. However crawling upon the torso towards the mosques of Imam Husayn or any other Ahlul Bayt is an innovation according to Sayed Khamenei which I agree with. Ayatullah Hossein Burujerdi even forbade kissing of shrines/doorsteps of shrines.
  6. Sheikh al-Mufeed says those that believe the Prophets or A'immah have absolute knowledge of the unseen are mufawidhah or ghulat. وأقول : أن الأئمة من آل محمد صلى الله عليه وآله قد كانوا يعرفون ضمائر بعض العباد ويعرفون ما يكون قبل كونه ، وليس ذلك بواجب في صفاتهم ولا شرطا في إمامتهم ، وإنما أكرمهم الله تعالى به وأعلمهم إياه للطف في طاعتهم والتمسك بإمامتهم ، وليس ذلك بواجب عقلا ولكنه وجب لهم من جهة السماع ، فأما إطلاق القول عليهـم بأنهم يعلمون الغيب فهو منكر بيّن الفساد لأن الوصف بذلك إنما يستحقه من علم الأشياء بنفسه لا بعلم مستفاد وهذا لا يكون إلا لله عز وجل وعلى قولي هذا جماعة أهل الإمامة إلا من شذ عنهم من المفوضة ومن انتمى إليهم من الغلاة " أوائل المقالات صفحة ٦. The same way Prophets Lut and Nuh married sinful wives unknowingly, Prophet Muhammad's case may be the same. And it's incorrect to say that the Prophet should have known about her before he married her since he had 'ilm al-ghayb, because the Prophets and A'immah don't have absolute knowledge of the unseen, rather they have knowledge of only certain unseen facts that is granted to them. Also, Abu Bakr's tribe was a minor clan within the Qurashiites. It's unlikely that the Prophet married Abu Bakr's daughter to forge some sort of an alliance or unite clans. Edit: just noticed I shared the same quote of al-Mufeed as brother ibn al-Hussain shared earlier. Whoops.
  7. It has become common now to call Abdallah al-Radhi` synonymous as Ali al-Asghar. I don't know where it started from but it doesn't make sense to call him the younger Ali when his name isn't even Ali. We call Imam Hussain by his kunya, aba 'Abdillah, because he was the father of Abdallah al-Radhi` (عبدالله الرضیع) - the martyred infant of the Imam. Imam Ali Zayn al-Abideen is the eldest son, therefore logically he is Ali al-Akbar. The son of Imam Hussain that was younger than Imam Zayn al-Abideen but older than Abdallah al-Radhi`, is now commonly known as Ali al-Akbar even though he is younger than our fourth Imam. Therefore, he is Ali al-Asghar.
  8. According to Shaykh al-Mufeed in Kitab al-Irshad the names of Imam Hussain's children are: 1. Ali b. al-Husayn al-Akbar (Imam Zayn al-Abideen) 2. Ali b. al-Husayn al-Asghar 3. Ja'far b. al-Husayn (died sometime during the life of Imam Hussain) 4. 'Abd Allah b. al-Husayn (the child martyred on Ashura) 5. Sukayna, daughter of al-Husayn (sister of 'Abdallah b. al-Husayn) 6. Fatima, daughter of al-Husayn.
  9. Jaabir

    Kufic Script

    The beauty of Khat al-Kufi is that there aren't many rules. Looks fantastic! Is this the Maryam design I made in the other thread? I didn't think you would be interested in a design made by an amateur, but looks good nonetheless!
  10. I didn't expect there would be a mu'tabar hadith for the description of the Zulfiqar that's generally depicted and I agree it's not that important. I was curious since I would hate to have a permanent tattoo of something that's false, or a necklace of the dagger of Abu Lu'lu'ah, or a replica sword of Imam Ali hanging on my bedroom wall that turns out isn't even Imam Ali's. These are things we may see quite commonly in our communities, but the nit-picky person in me probably won't have any of them if it's not accurate.
  11. Jaabir

    Kufic Script

    That one looks nice and easy to read. I wasn't able to find anything for a single Zahra but I found a fourfold Zahra (which looks quite similar to the one you made). Maybe you could play around with it and insert only one of the names into the empty space in the Maryam one. Try to make it more in the shape of a square so it fits nicely in the space.
  12. The script in black indeed says Muhammad four times, then there's the part in white... العزوالبقا الدوله والسخا - The proud and enduring nation of al-Sakha (not sure what al-Sakha is). It's been 5 years but sadly my answers have remain unchanged. I tried searching for it once again but once again unsuccessfully. I tried to make what I could myself from the old photo I posted and made this not-so-appealing piece: I could probably make something a tad better, but would take a bit too long and way more effort than this one.
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