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  1. I have just received a copy of this book. An original hard back published in Iran 1991.
  2. I have this book on my Kindle and the electronic file. I prefer the Kindle for navigation. I believe this is a most relevant and important book to read. Jazak Allah’s khair for your efforts.
  3. I do not believe that Imam Ali cursed the first three Caliphs. For me, it is enough to distance myself from certain historical personalities, but I find that even doing so distances my heart as well from those who love them.
  4. What is the practice of a Shi'a praying in a Sunni mosque? Do they still use a mohr? Do they separate the feet by only about a hand breadth? Do they make qunut before ruku of second rakat? Do they make tasleem only once while looking straight ahead? Do they make three takbeers after tasleem?
  5. The study of Islamic history is what has brought me to this point as well. I have long had an issue with the conflict between Ali and Muawiyah and even asked the Imam of my 2010 Hajj group about it. Things started making sense to me after reading this book, Destiny Disrupted: A History of the World Through Islamic Eyes, and was further clarified when I read After the Prophet: The Epic Story of the Shia-Sunni Split in Islam. I recently joined this forum and have learned much about the Shi'a sect and their view on history through reading several books by Muhammad al-Tijani al Samawi. Quite a while back I had purchased biographies on the first four Caliphs by Ali Sallabi, but I haven't read them yet. Presently, I have his biography of Ali beside me and plan to read it next. I understand that this is from the Sunni perspective which I believe is important for me to know. I grew up as a Christian and converted to Islam 36 years ago. One thing that really strikes me is how much is known about the life of Prophet Muhammad (saaws) and his companions, while very little is known about the life and example of Jesus (as).
  6. Thank you, my dear brother Ashvazdanghe. He seems to be a noble and pious man.
  7. I was unable to travel to Egypt in March, but I have been there a few times before. I visited Masjid al Husayn twice and his supposed maqam once during the week at Thuhr when there were few people there. The masjid was overflowing for Jumu’ah so I had to pray outside then.
  8. Thank you all for your replies. What is a Marja and how does one find an appropriate one to follow?
  9. I believe that Ahl al Bayt refers to Ali, Fatimah, Hasan, Husayn and their children. I believe that the Imamate was way above and beyond a mere Caliph in that they had the same status as Prophet Muhammad (saaws) with regards to being purified of sins and through whom the prophetic message, character and example was passed down to the next. The first was Ali and the last was Mahdi. I believe that he did go into a special state before death as did Jesus. I believe both will appear during the last days. I believe that he had the right to rule, but perhaps his Imamate was preserved until the last days instead of being passed down to a son. My question is, "How was the Ummah supposed to have been ruled during the period between his occultation and his reappearance during the last days?"
  10. Does anyone know about the status of the translation of Tafseer Al Mizan into English? Does anyone here know anything about the Ascendant Qur'an and the statement made by sarizvi?
  11. Thank you, brothers Hassan and Ashvazdanghe.
  12. Would not a simple cotton throw rug be considered as being "from the earth"? "The Prophet declared that the best place for prostration was the earth, or upon something that grows from the earth."
  13. Thank you for your reply. If one considers that the prayer ends with Salams, then the three Allahu Akbar come after the salah. If it is recommended, then there should be no harm in not doing that. I understand that one says "Assalamu alaika ayuha Nabi, wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu. Assalamu alaina ibadelihi salaheen" silently and then "Assalamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatu" audibly only once looking straight ahead to end the prayer. I am still not seeing the necessity of prostrating on a Turbah. Is it not using ones reasoning to deduce this necessity when there is no hadith where we were instructed to do so? Do all Shi'as carry one of these around with them so they can prostrate their forehead on it even in the Masjid? Would I be frowned upon for visiting a Shi'a Masjid/Mosque for salah and not having one? By the way, I know of no Shi'a Masjid within at least an 8 hour drive.
  14. I see that having the intention specifically of prostrating on a Turbah as an added part of salah while I see that prostrating on carpet as having no religious significance due to it just being a inconsequential floor covering. However, I also see that making salah on a personal prayer rug is similarly an added part of salah that was not practiced by Prophet Muhammad (saaws).
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