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Convertible

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    Convertible got a reaction from Sirius_Bright in Your conversion to Islam   
    Soooooo.......
    I converted to Islam one year and two days ago. This past year has been amazing in many ways. It's been difficult too in other ways.
    Nothing has shaken my Faith. In fact, it has become stronger. For me, this conversion to Shi'a Islam was a no-brainer and I have found it to be more of a process rather than a magical "A Ha!" moment.
    I was looking for structure and have allowed myself to be taken to another level of spiritual connectedness.
    The Straight Path has some crooks in it at times, but I am working on it. Inshallah, I will continue to work out the kinks.
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    Convertible got a reaction from starlight in Your conversion to Islam   
    Soooooo.......
    I converted to Islam one year and two days ago. This past year has been amazing in many ways. It's been difficult too in other ways.
    Nothing has shaken my Faith. In fact, it has become stronger. For me, this conversion to Shi'a Islam was a no-brainer and I have found it to be more of a process rather than a magical "A Ha!" moment.
    I was looking for structure and have allowed myself to be taken to another level of spiritual connectedness.
    The Straight Path has some crooks in it at times, but I am working on it. Inshallah, I will continue to work out the kinks.
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    Convertible reacted to Abbas. in Opinion on Pro-LGBT muslim activists   
    Below are my loud thoughts:
    In the West, we are not running an Islamic state. So I find it rude and somewhat hypocritical of us to even question such things when many Muslims are also in the same boat as other suppressed communities. The common ground for all sane people are the core values of liberalism. One of those values is equality, preferably substantive equality. Here is a taste of substantive equality: You are all welcome to dine in an expensive restaurant [formal equality]. But most of you cannot afford it. Therefore the people and the government should support and create opportunities for the suppressed communities so that they can also come and dine at least once in a while [substantive equality]. This, I believe, is what the Muslims or non-Muslim activists in the West fight for.... whether it is for LGBT community or the Muslims. 
    Now a counter argument is that their practices are against our religion and moral values. Well, if this is your beef, don't attend a gay pride parade, don't attend gay parties (without making a scene), don't do similar things that you think will affect your moral or religious values as an individual etc. You, as a Muslim in the West, have the freedom to live your peaceful life without the interference of the government or other people [Exceptions apply such as the harm principle]. As we enjoy these social luxuries, don't you think that other citizens should be subject to same principles and social standards? 
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    Convertible reacted to iCambrian in Opinion on Pro-LGBT muslim activists   
    Yea, its tough. People of Christianity for example, at large are taught that homosexuality, or at least homosexual acts themselves, are a sin.  And this could very well be taught at a very young age. So, these same people might grow up with a negative predisposition against gays.
    Then you enter the world and you realize that your neighbor is gay and you have to figure out how to treat them.  If youre a baker baking bread, do you just tell them that you cannot serve them? Or do you serve them, while having a feeling inside that you have helped the livelihood of a sinner?
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    The best thing we can do, I would say is put aside our own personal beliefs and seek out a scenario in which people reach an optimal state of happiness. And treating others as second class citizens just isnt how you do that and I dont think thats what God would want.
     
     
     
     
     
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    Convertible reacted to iCambrian in Opinion on Pro-LGBT muslim activists   
    Imagine if a religion existed in which blacks were considered less than equal with respect to marriage and public services for blacks with respect to marriage, were illegal.
    well we don't have to imagine,
    It wasn't too long ago that scripture was used to justify segregation and discrimination against blacks. Interacial marriages as well were illegal (and this position against interracial marriages to this very day is still supported by conservative bible thumpers). But who are or were we, to say "you two cannot be married"? 
    Letting our own beliefs in what marriage is, define how others may or may not live their lives.
     
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    Convertible reacted to iCambrian in Opinion on Pro-LGBT muslim activists   
    It's a complicated topic because while supporting homosexual bonds may appear sinful, discriminating against homosexuals, say by not providing them a public service, is really a terrible thing to do. Because you begin treating them with inequality as if they are less than human or less than equal to everyone else. (This includes examples where people aren't providing cakes, flowers, photos etc. to them because they're homosexual and believe in homosexual relationships.)
    when the rights of individuals are unequal, it begs the question of what other rights are they unsuitable to have? Maybe we shouldn't provide them housing? Maybe we shouldn't provide them health insurance? Maybe they shouldn't be able to use out bathrooms?
     
    and this particular topic revolves around marriage, which really turns into a question of "who is defining marriage?" And on what basis? You or I may point to scripture, but what about people who do not follow our scripture, or what about people who do follow our scripture but simply view it differently? should they be subjected to what we believe?
    which is really what the topic comes down to.
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    Convertible got a reaction from notme in Opinion on Pro-LGBT muslim activists   
    Wow! What I see in this thread is one particular person being extremely condescending and another be civil.
    First of all, liberals do not "support" Muslims because they are an ethnic minority (there are plenty of Caucasian Muslims), it is because there is oppression and discrimination in this society because of their religious identity. It has nothing to do with ethnicity and everything to do with a group being discriminated against. Once that group is not discriminated against, then the job of the liberal is complete and they will move on to the next group that is getting the shaft by mainstream society.
    I see a few people in this thread getting their undies in a bunch over nothing.
    People from the LGBT community exist whether anyone likes it or not and they have always existed. Think of it as a birth defect and perspectives may modify somewhat.
    From my readings of the Qur'an, God is not against people form the LGBT community themselves, but of their ACTIONS (sexual behaviors).
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    Convertible got a reaction from Inception in Your conversion to Islam   
    Hello All,
     
    This is my first post.
     
    I am a recent "convert" to Islam. I was raised mostly as a Southern Baptist in a Catholic neighborhood. I have been on the path of Islam for a long time, although I did not know it. Over time I have put away more and more "distractions". In Islam, we call this "straightening the path".
     
    I have been in the process of straightening this path that I am on for a long, long time and have found that Shi'a Islam is the best guide for keeping me on the straight path.
     
    I hope to continue on this straight path and, Insha'Allah, I will.
     
    :)
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    Convertible got a reaction from baradar_jackson in A plea to those able to vote in the US election   
    It's sad when people vote against their best interest.
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    Convertible reacted to AliAlsaidy in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    I wasn't there but most of my immediate family was there and I haven't heard much stories from them only a few. I don't think they like to talk about it. Then from there in 1993 the UNHCR took them to the U.S. Then I was born
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    Convertible reacted to sayedamir2000 in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    Salam Aleikum,
    I was there as well. I remember those hard winds which blew off some of our tents, the harsh life, how people used to be in lines just to get water and food. I also remembered when I went to this school camp and my Holy Quran teacher was so frightful and horrible, he used to beat anyone who made even tiniest mistake in reading Holy Quran, I think he was from Saudia because he looked like that. But the life there were indeed very difficult. People were killed for non-sense reasons.
    The only good memory back from there was when I was introduced to prayer when I was like 6-7 years old. This might sound little bit harsh, but honestly when I compare the Syrian refugee situation and what they are provided with, their situation is like "Paradise" compared to our times. Alhamdulilallah for some people things are better now.
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    Convertible reacted to Alzaynebia313 in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    Must've been tough but Shiat Ameer Almu'mneen can take anything! And Alhumdulilah the outcome wasn't too bad. They got to leave their country and become citizens in first world developed countries and Iraq now gives back to the people of Rafha (at least the government did one thing right...)
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    Convertible reacted to Alzaynebia313 in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    My dad was there. Was there for about two or four years I think then he went to Australia and others were thrown all over the world. 
    He said it was one of the toughest experiences in his life. I once asked why the Saudis were actually nice enough to take Iraqis in and provide them shelter.. He said they literally threw them in a desert in the toughest conditions. It was hot, dirty, unhygienic, there were kids, pregnant women, old people. 
    The camps themselves were horrible. Some Iraqis used to fight just for the sake of it and getting almost trapped in a place like that can really have a toll. His family didn't know he was alive until a few months later when he wrote them a letter. The other day we had an insect in our house and my little sister thought it was a rat and my dad and said back in Rafha (the good ol' back in my days narrative lol) rats were around us like our friends. They'd sleep and they'll be nibbling on their feet. Shows the kind of environment they were in..
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    Convertible got a reaction from Abu Nur in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    Salaam Brother,
    I feel for you. The conditions were horrible. I literally helped to build that thing from the ground up.
    I would very much like to learn more of your experiences, if you are willing to talk about it. I know you were quite young, but you obviously have some memories of it. I will send you a private message.
    Thank you.
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    Convertible reacted to Abu Nur in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    Salaam Aleikum,

    I was 5-6 year old boy when I was in Rafha. We used to live in the camps (We builded our own tents) for 2 years, before we were moved to another country because of the medical reasons (Many of us got very sick because of the dust). The quality of life was horrible and we did live in fear, because the saudis used to attack the campers and some of them actually died.

    Many of the people moved to different western countries, some of them returned to Iraq and some of them stayed in Rafha and made village out of it who they currently lives there.
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    Convertible got a reaction from Abu Nur in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    I helped build the Camp and provided medical support for the many wounded civilians. Some stories report that it was built by the Saudis, but it was not. It was built by American combat forces and engineers.
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    Convertible got a reaction from Soldiers and Saffron in [LAWS]Is It Haram To Join The U.s Army/military?   
    I know this thread is ancient by internet standards, but it's been bumped and I've never noticed it before, soooooooo........here it goes. Nice and simple.
    I have been there and done that when it comes to the military. This post is for any of our Sisters and Brothers trying to decide whether to join the U.S Armed Forces.
    There are only two kinds of people in the military:
    1. Killers
    2. Supporters of the killers, whether it is being a cook, handling finance and payroll, recruiting Stateside, mechanic etc etc.
    Two kinds of people and that is it. Let this be food for thought. No matter what, everyone's hands in the military are bloody. My humble advice is to never allow yourself to be part of the destructive killing machine. It will tear you apart, I guarantee it.
    [Side note: I need this website and some sort of wider Shi'a community and, for now, this is it. I've removed my head from my backside.]
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    Convertible got a reaction from Christianlady in Leading Dutch Party calls for ban on koran, mosque   
    Very nice! Christianity is a beautiful Faith if practiced the way it is supposed to be practiced. No different from Islam at all. Reading Qur'an is like being in Sunday School!!
    Trump is a buffoon. Not worried about him, but I am worried about the mentally unstable psycho that will do what he says/implies.
    And I am starting to not like it here at ShiaChat. I am starting to see the hate speech that I was trying to avoid. The anti-Israel rhetoric is disturbing and is simply a thinly-veiled hatred of Jews.
    I will not around here much longer.
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    Convertible got a reaction from Christianlady in Leading Dutch Party calls for ban on koran, mosque   
    Anti-American Muslims would change their tone real quick if they actually came here and learned how tolerant and accepting we actually are. And if a movement began that was directly persecuting Muslims in the U.S., then the whole world would see us protecting them and fighting back.
    In fact, with Trump's rhetoric, the whole world actually is witnessing it in action. Non-violent action. Hillary may not be a great candidate, but we will never allow Trump's hate to lead this nation.
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    Convertible got a reaction from Christianlady in Leading Dutch Party calls for ban on koran, mosque   
    Salam CL,
    As a born and bred American I understand exactly what you are saying. I'm a convert, by the way. Raised Christian and then eventually left religion altogether. When I came back, it made no sense for me continue down the Christian Path. I felt I needed the most fresh Message and Shi'a Islam provided that for me.
    What I am saying is that I understand what you are saying as I am living it just like you. It seems we have a lot of people here who are, unfortunately. hung up in the hate closet just as we do in the U.S.
    God Bless
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    Convertible got a reaction from Nero in Rafha Refugee Camp   
    God works in mysterious ways!!
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    Convertible got a reaction from Haydar Husayn in How can Islam benefit country like Japan ?   
    This post is probably going to anger some people, but oh well. I really don't care.
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    I'm sorry, but there so much wrong with this post.
    But before I get into this, I need to say that the Japanese are some of the most honorable people that I have experienced. A person can leave their belongings on a busy street (even in drug-infested Shibuya Tokyo) and come back an hour later to find their stuff sitting right where you left them. I've done it...trust me. I have witnessed multiple examples of this type of honor.
    I have spent a considerable amount of time in Japan and like it a lot, but there are some severe social problems and the sense of denial regarding WWII is pathetic. I won't even get into all of their sexual and gender hang-ups.
    Japan has become experts at revisionist history.
    First of all, Shinto is NOT a sect of Buddhism. Shintoism and Buddhism coexist beautifully, however, as so-called polytheistic faiths. (I should note that, in my opinion, there is no such thing as polytheism.) With that said, Shinto does take some of their practices from the Buddhist tradition and in most religious areas, you will find Shinto shrines and Buddhist temples right next to each other.
    No racism: Laughable. This has been addressed adequately by others above.
    Tolerant to their enemies: Again...laughable. The Japanese were a murderous creed that ripped apart Eastern China. Rape of Nanking ring a bell? Japanese treatment of American soldiers was also appalling, especially in the Philippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor. During the American Pacific island campaign, the US Marines hardly left anyone alive. Revenge? I think so.
    And speaking of Pear Harbor, Japan has no business forgiving the U.S. for anything. If any nation on this planet has any responsibility for igniting the American juggernaut, it is Japan. America is the way it is right now because of Japan as they are the ones who "awoke the sleeping giant". Whether Yamamoto actually uttered this phrase or not is immaterial because the result of the attack on Pearl Harbor was that the little nation of Japan managed to terrorize the entire Pacific, angering the U.S. with its attacks and treatment of soldiers on the Philippines and suffered the consequences for their follies.
    If anyone should forgive, it is the U.S. forgiving Japan for bothering us and upstarting the world's current super power. Yeah yeah yeah....I get it that the U.S. placed an embargo on Japanese exports/imports, but to attack Pearl Harbor and then murder thousands on the Philippines? I don't think so!!
    As far as the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, that was a disgusting act that was totally avoidable. But there is way too much focus on those two bombings. Hundreds of thousands more people were killed during the bombing raids on Tokyo, Nagoya, Osaka, Kobe etc.
    War is a terrible business, but the Japanese reaped what they sowed and I, for one, feel 0% guilt for what happened to them. And, for what it's worth, I feel the exact same way about Nazi Germany. They deserved to get their butts kicked.
    Much of the world understandably feels a deep disdain for the United States, but my country was doing all it could to isolate and avoid war. But now, the American industrial-military complex is a massive, unstoppable juggernaut.
    The rest of the world can thank Japan and Germany for that!
     
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    Convertible reacted to David66 in How do we treat Israelis?   
    Hello,
    This "diseased" country is the most stable, most productive, most innovative and most democratic country in the Middle East.  It's citizens, including minorities, enjoy a better quality of life than all other Middle East countries.
    I think your words, when compared with facts and reality, reveal a jealous little man.
    All the Best,
    David
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    Convertible reacted to coldcow in What should women Muslims wear on the beaches?   
    This.  If you don't like what you see others wearing at the beach, either learn how to avert your eyes, or don't go to the beach.
    This too.  It is far too common to see a Muslim man exposing however much skin he wants while his wife is fully clad from head to toe.  Modesty isn't something reserved for women.
     
    I think I've seen pictures of Turkish beaches, where there are people in bikinis and burkinis swimming without even paying attention to what the other is wearing.
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    Convertible reacted to yusur317 in What should women Muslims wear on the beaches?   
    You know what would've made this thread readable? If it said "what should muslim women AND MEN wear on the beaches?"
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