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In the Name of God بسم الله

Imān and 'Adl

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  1. Thank you to all of you for your responses. I am a bit saddened that some turned my questions into an opportunity to argue. In my initial post I expressed my discomfort with the practice of tatbir, to which I received responses that comforted me that I need not agree with such practices to be shia and that, indeed, I would not me alone in my disapproval. It does not particularly make sense to me that anyone would find it necessary to start refuting such comfort by getting defensive. Are you trying to push people away? Also, I must respectfully disagree with the gentleman who suggested that being an interfaith faimily will tear its members apart. I have Jewish, Catholic, Protestant, and Buddhist family members and religion is not a problem in my family. We love and support one another and respect each other's traditions, without forcing our beliefs and practices on one another. Trying to convert your relatives is what tears families apart. "There is no compulsion in religion." (Qur'an 2:256) As for da'wa, is not the best da'wa the example of a pious and upright life amongst your fellow man? "Do you know what is better than charity, fasting, and prayer? It is keeping peace and good relations between peaople, as quarrels and bad feelings destroy mankind." (Sunnah of Prophet Muhammad, saw)
  2. Salamu'alaykum, I'm a Sufi living in Arizona and I'm interested in becoming Shi'i, but I have many questions I need answered before I can commit to the change. (1) I'm married to a Jewish woman and she is very happy in her faith and has no intention of becoming Muslim. Our interfaith marriage isn't a problem for us, nor is it a problem for any of the Sunnis I've known, however I've heard it would be a problem to the Shi'i. Thoughts? (2) I'm an American and although I don't always agree with everything my country does, I am still proud to be American. I worry, given that many Middle Eastern Shia are very anti-American, that this would be problematic. Again, I see no problem between being Shi'i and a patriotic American, but would others? (3) I have been very moved by Nahjul Balagha and by the underdog struggle of Shi'i history. I would like to have Shia spirituality play a greater role in my life but I am concerned by the idea that a Shia has to defer to a cleric's opinion on all matters. Is their room for lay persons to disagree with the leadership without being accused of being impious? (4) I understand that some extremely zealous Shia actually cut themselves, and even their children, in remembrance of Hussein's martyrdom at Karbala. I find this practice fanatical and deeply troubling. Are such extreme practices condemned by most Shi'i?
  3. How do I get into the live chat to ask questions?

    1. Hameedeh

      Hameedeh

      Salam and welcome to ShiaChat. New members cannot use the Chat Room. You must become an Advanced Member, by making 25 posts in the Forums. Click on Forums at the top, find a forum and click on a topic. Reply to post #1 or comment how you like the topic.

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