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  1. According to most scholars the permission of a guardian is needed in order to marry a female who was never previously married.
  2. As salaamu alaikum, welcome to the forum. 1. Without a doubt, studying the language of the Quran in order to better understand the Holy Book is a great endeavour. We should all strive to do this. However, do not let this work in progress become an obstacle to accepting Islam. The earliest Muslims accepted the faith even before the entire Qur'an was revealed. A billion plus accept Islam today, on the basis of the Oneness of Allah (Praised and Exalted is He) and their belief in the Prophethood of Muhammad ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)). Consider this a starting point from where one continues to seek knowledge and closeness to Allah. 2. In countries of immigration, such as the US, the Shia community has traditionally been one of immigrants who sometimes might have been looking for cultural familiarity together with religious gatherings. The Shia in such places are mostly passive when it comes to da'wah and tabligh. However this is changing rapidly and today I expect you will find more and more people who grew up in the same society as yourself. Once you visit the different religious centers and get to know the crowd I am sure you will discover some like minded people among them. 3. The discussion on apostasy is long and debated. The short answer is, regardless of whether one believes that it is punishable or not, your own case and most of our cases are of people who don't live under a government claiming to follow islamic law. So in fact, there is no system in place to execute these punishments if indeed they were applicable, which in the scenario you described wouldn't be anyway (there is a distinction between the apostate who leaves the religion and the one who actively opposes it, but this topic probably needs a thread of it's own)
  3. Try the first volume of Al Kafi, it might be in there https://thaqalayn.net/book/1
  4. No, the aqaaid are essentially what is known as usool ud deen and have been elaborated in works by scholars such as sheikh al saduq based on the Qur'an and on narrations of our aimmah. Furthermore the content of hadeeth al kisa does not go against our beliefs. Whether it was formulated exactly in that manner and sequence and exactly in those words, is something that cannot be established, but the content is consistent with the teachings of our religion.
  5. Fake? No. The event is well documented. The popular recitation that you hear today has not been traced back to an original report, but the events that are mentioned in it are real.
  6. Good, strengthens the reliability of a narration. Yes in the sense that it isnt a modern day fabrication. Whether it has a reliable chain of narrators or not I don't know.
  7. Dua Ahad, no idea you should look into it. Dua Faraj, there are actually various different supplications referred to in this manner. The one that is popular today is apparently found in Al Kafi. Ziarat Ashura. I believe the late Sheikh Jawad Tabrizi researched this extensively and found various chains for it.
  8. If you are willing to then sure. In the meantime, Sheikh al Saduq has good works on Shi'a Aqa'id and Sheikh al Mufid on history.
  9. It's already clear that it isn't a continuation through hadith al manzilah, where the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) tells Imam Ali (عليه السلام) that he is to him as Haroon (عليه السلام) was to Musa (عليه السلام) except that there will be no prophet after him.
  10. This point would only be relevant if there was an opposition between the imams and the prophets, which there isn't. They are all on the same line and guiding people towards the same truth. In simple terms, they are all superior to us and they were all nominated by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) to deliver His teachings and/or to guide the people towards the truth.
  11. Wa alaikum as salam There's not really any evidence to support this idea that something must be explicit in the Qur'an in order to be a fundamental belief. The teachings of the prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) are considered to be binding upon us. The Qur'an itself commands obedience to the prophet. Therefore, if he ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) says that Ali (عليه السلام) is his successor, and that he leaves behind the Qur'an and the Ahlulbayt which we must hold on to, then we follow this command in the same way as we would follow a verse of the Qur'an.
  12. Not really. Read some basic books on religion instead of focusing on what people around you are saying and doing. There are so many available for free online, nobody can really say that knowledge isn't accessible today.
  13. Wa alaikum as salam brother No, what I am saying is that dua tawassul cannot be found in any of the early/primary books of hadith and has not been reliably traced back to an Imam. In general, what I have been saying is that we have the best of supplications in the Quran and in authentic narrations of the aimmah, so there is no sensible reason to divert from this and innovate our own ways of supplicating as some people nowadays do.
  14. The Imam (عليه السلام) was based in Medina but travelled frequently to modern-day Iraq, including Baghdad, Karbala, Kufa and Najaf, especially during the latter period of his Imamate.
  15. If the exegesis is not backed by the Qur'an or by authentic narrations then discard it.
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