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  1. This question occured to me while reading a part of the al-Muraja'at. As some of you may know, I am a very recent revert to Islam, so please excuse my ignorance on this topic. Given that the Sunnis already recognize four different, and sometimes contradictory, madhabs as being legitimate approaches to Islam what is preventing the Ja'fari fiqh from being included as a "fifth madhab"? Which side is more responsible for this not taking place? Are Sunnis categorically opposed to such a possibility, and, if so, why? And a hypothetical scenario: let's say top Sunni leaders got together and finally agree to such an agreement and they turn to the Shia and say "We will agree to recognize the validity of your school as long as you agree to recognize the validity of our madhabs as well"―would Shia leaders agree to such a proposal? If not then why not? Once again, I apologize for my ignorance. Please feel free to correct any faulty assumptions, misinformation, and flawed reasoning in my post.
  2. You should start by defining what you mean by "satanism", it can refer to a lot of different, albeit at least partly related, things.
  3. I believe you are correct. The idea of the artist as an eccentric is a modern idea that mainly has it's origins in the Renaissance and has become more and more exagerrated since that time. Nowadays people pretty much expect, even demand, of their artists a certain level of eccentricity and a kind of "forced originality", an originality for the sake of originality, to the point where they practically conflate eccentricity with creativity whereas the two are distinct. In the more "traditional civilizations" of the premodern world creativity was closely associated to a system of guild artisanship, calm mastery and experience, and anonymity as opposed to eccentric and grossly exagerrated "individualism".
  4. Do you think it's feasible to learn salat on one's own? I've looked into it a bit on this site and it seems like a very complicated subject.
  5. Thanks, this is my account now. Not sure how often I'll use it, but it's good to have in case I need it. Thanks, that was a nice short read. Good overview. So, as far as fasting―kind of. I'm not quite going all out because I don't want to raise any alarms at home, and if you know anything about Moroccan families you'll know that nothing raises alarms like not eating, but I've been managing to go most of the day without eating. My main concern now is how to practice Islam, what to learn and in what order to learn it. I used some of the resources provided on this forum to learn "Wudu", and probably the next thing to learn is how to pray so I'll try working on that. So in your opinions, what should my priorities be as far as figuring out practice?
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