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  1. This is an interesting topic. And look what I found: http://www.phoenixnewtimes.com/news/transgender-woman-barred-from-tempe-mosque-unless-she-dresses-as-a-man-or-can-prove-shes-a-woman-7605136
  2. Assalamu alaikum. I had a question. I found a website with some Shia and Iranian merchandise I might be interested in ordering from. I think they are based in Iran. Does anyone know if they are reliable? It is illegal to send money from the U.S. to Iran or receive merchandise from there to my knowledge so I want to make sure I can order without getting the stuff confiscated and me getting arrested. Maybe I'm being paranoid but I figured I'd ask others here.
  3. I'm a very emotional person and get very upset over oppression and injustice. I don't think I can be there all ten nights but insha'Allah as many as possible. The program says it includes Nohas, Lutmiya, and Matam. Can you elaborate? I know sisters at the masjid are friendly but it helps to have some education beforehand so that I can get the most out of my worship insha'Allah. Should I wear all black?
  4. Assalamu alaikum. What can I as a new Shia expect and what do I need to know? I haven't been to the Shia masjid lately and my knowledge on Shia is still limited. There are programs the first ten days at the masjid insha'Allah.
  5. Jazakallah khair. This is very helpful. If I have more questions I'll ask insha'Allah.
  6. I'm asking what is obligatory, not what I "can" do. Doing extra is good to but I really need to be taught the basics of zakah and khums from the legal standpoint.
  7. Assalamu alaikum everyone. Sorry I haven't posted for awhile. For those who don't remember I am a revert to Islam but learned mostly from a Sunni background but am now exploring Shia since I believe that Imam Ali (as) was the righteous successor. I want to make sure I fulfull my duty of zakah/khums if applicable but I don't know the fiqh on it. In short, I am not married and live pretty much paycheck to paycheck so none of my income actually gets held for any significant period of time. However, I've recently begun to save by taking a portion of my income on a regular basis and putting it in
  8. Assalamu alaikum. Someone suggested I take online classes there but I'm not that familiar with it and the website seems a bit confusing. Has anyone done their program? It looks like they have a regular university program as well as a series of short courses one can take.
  9. Assalamu alaikum. I want to give everyone an update on my journey here insha'Allah. First, it looks like this thread has turned into arguing and I'm not sure how as I haven't even posted for awhile! Subhanallah. I finished reading "Then I was Guided" which I found very educational and inspirational. Insha'Allah I am going to read "Peshawar Nights" as well as has been suggested for me. I have also attended a Shia masjid and masha'Allah it is a nice community although small in size (maybe busy during Ramadan and 10 Muharram I don't know). They had a few sisters' lectures I went to. Most of the
  10. Assalamu alaikum and jazakallah khair for all the help. I've read enough now to realize that the Sunni "understanding" and obsession with the companions is clearly flawed. It also makes sense given what I have read that Ali (as) has to be the first righteous successor to Rasulullah (saw). I also went to a Shia masjid and everyone was very welcoming and friendly. Insha'Allah they are going to set me up with some books as well. I'm clearly leaning towards Shia at this point as the Sunni views have fallen apart. Once I decide that I am firm in this and wish to identify with and commit to the path
  11. Jazakallah khair. Very inspiring video. :)
  12. Wow. Subhanallah. On a primarily Sunni forum many are arguing with me saying I have no right to question the early "caliphs" because Allah (swt) allegedly promised them paradise. This thread makes their claims even less believable.
  13. You know I'm starting to wonder as well what is this Sunni obsession with the companions. You can say they are the best of all generations collectively but it is illogical to say that individually each one of them was good. Didn't some of them get punished for crimes and even executed? I fail to understand how simply being in close proximity with Rasulullah (saw) automatically makes one a good person. It is their faith and deeds that determine character not merely being in his company. There is an English saying, "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer." What about Khadijah, the Rasul
  14. The more I approach this topic the more suspicious the Sunni view becomes. How can they say we are required to love both the Sahabah and Ahlul Bayt yet they don't even talk about Ahlul Bayt? How can they say they accept Ali (as) as rightly guided (fourth khalifah) and yet never talk about him? How can they love Hassan (as) and Hussein (as) and never talk about them? If it is true that Ali (as) died during Ramadan wouldn't this be an event worth mentioning? All I have ever gotten in the Sunni masajids from day one is sheikhs and imams who say a lot of words about nothing. I should visit a loc
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