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  1. I can understand and appreciate that. People can be...... interesting. And I am of the brotherly persuasion. If you don't mind me asking, how does a brother get an invite? Respectfully~ Funk
  2. Salaam Alakum Please feel welcome here and know that people will try to answer your questions openly, honestly and to the best of their ability. I will do my best to answer your questions, but please know these are my answers alone and there are those here that are more learned than I. I am just a revert (convert). 1.)This event is where the passions of both Shia and Sunni run hot. In brief, we Shia believe the Prophet (pbh) designated Ali (pbh) as his successor and the Sunni believe there was no one chosen and instead picked Abu Bakr. Ali ibn Abu Talib (pbh) did not retaliate. There are volumes written on the subject, but I will stop here and encourage to read a book (pdf, mobi, epub) called "Then I was guided" https://www.al-Islam.org/then-I-was-guided-Muhammad-al-tijani-al-samawi It is one of my favorite books of all time. 2.)My answer comes from a man's perspective and I can not claim to have the intimate knowledge and relationship with it that our sisters do. However, from what I have observed it is about the same with both. Some do, some don't. Same same. From my limited understanding it really boils down to the personal thoughts and preferences of our mothers, sisters and daughters. 3.)No one knows who is and who isn't. Or at least no one who dwells this mortal realm. 4.)Can you tell us more about the mosque? Such as a location or name? I would hate to venture a guess and give you a wrong answer. 5.) This I think can only be answered by the young sister you are smitten with. 6.)A person should be free to believe or not, but it may be a bit dishonest to call yourself something when your not. It seems that a lot of people use religion as an identifier when they should use a more cultural one. 7.)The fools hate, but you should be able to readily find two brothers to sit down and speak. There are numerous youtube videos that have this. Not all of them good though. 8.)Everyone loves briyani. There is a Whatsapp group chat. You can find the thread below, https://www.shiachat.com/forum/topic/235060783-convert-whatsapp-group/
  3. Salaam, Are the links down? I tried to join the Whatsapp group but the link says it is revoked. Respctfully~ Funk
  4. Salam Alaikum, I am looking to create a personal library and was curious what everyone's thoughts and recommendations are on what the essential volumes to have are? Thank you in advance for your thoughts. Respectfully~ Funk
  5. As-Salam Alaikum I hope no one minds me semi-hijacking this thread, but can anyone recommend an online course for reverts/converts? I enjoyed checking out the schools and course's recommended, but I think I may need the short bus version. Thank you in advance. Respectfully~ Funklebits
  6. Hameedeh, your the best. Thank you. Respectfully~ Funk
  7. Thank you for the quick reply. Does that mean they are all to be followed?
  8. Salaam Alaikum everyone, Sorry to trouble you all, but I am new to Shi’a Islam and had a quick question in regards to the Ayatollahs. I also wanted to apologize in advance should the ignorance of my question offend. Question; Are all the current Ayatollah’s followed or are there are different school’s of thought among them and it is up to the individual to discovery which is to be followed? Thank you again for your time and I look forward to hearing from you. Reference; List of current Maraji https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_current_Maraji Respectfully~ Funk
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    Salaam Aliekum Dhulfikar, Thank you for your reply and the reference. I look forward to reading it. Respectfully~ Funk
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    Salam Alakium all, Can anyone site reliable sources stating Cannabis is haram? I apologize in advance, if this causes a bit of a brew ha ha. Respectfully~ Funk
  11. Salam Alaikum, I think you may have several options open to you. If everything you do can be web-based, like Office 360/Google Docs, Netflix/Hulu, etc... you could get away with a Chromebook or even a tablet with a keyboard. They are ultralight and have decent battery life. But, please keep in mind a Chromebook may look like a laptop, but it kinda isn't. A few short articles on the difference, https://www.laptopmag.com/articles/chromebooks-vs-windows https://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/chromebook-vs-laptop/ Lenovo, as mentioned by many, is a solid choice. My main rig is a Lenovo X230. It's a bit dated, but it runs like a champ and barring anything crazy I plan to use it for several more years to come. Here is a link to Lenovo's site and maybe an option for you https://www3.lenovo.com/us/en/laptops/thinkpad/thinkpad-13-series/c/thinkpad13?menu-id=13_Series My last recommendation is to google the question "best laptops for under 500 2017" or if you're not opposed to buying a used laptop the same question, but with 2016/2015 instead of 2017 and looking for one that is refurbished. All the luck. Respectfully~ Funk
  12. I think King's reply sums it up. Brief, eloquent and to the point. She is your friend and she helped you when no others would. Respectfully~ Funk
  13. Salaam Alaykum, This is an excellent question and one I wish more people asked. I admire your search for truth and hope your journey is fruitful. As for me, I use Google News for general high-level news. It's easy to set up (link below) and aggregates a ton of news sources. I also use Radio Europe, Radio Free Asia, and the Associated Press when diving into issues. Personalize Google News Feed: https://support.google.com/news/answer/1146405?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en Radio Free Europe: https://www.rferl.org/ Radio Free Asia: http://www.rfa.org/english/ Associated Press: https://www.apnews.com/ I also wanted to pass along a link I a came across during my own research. The below link is to a google spreadsheet that some people have created to attempt and label as many news sources as possible on their biases. Unreliable / Fake News Sites & Sources https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1xDDmbr54qzzG8wUrRdxQl_C1dixJSIYqQUaXVZBqsJs/edit#gid=1337422806 I hope this helps. Respectfully~ Funk
  14. "Then I was guided" is an excellent recommendation. It is an enlightening and enjoyable tale. A part of me wishes I could have traveled with him and had the same experiences. Respectfully~ Funk
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