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  1. Salaam all, Ive posted briefly before, but a while back now. Ive been a revert to Islam for about 4 years now, I was sort of shown everything I know now by close friends etc who are all Sunni. For a while ive been looking into the history of Islam because I was quite shocked after hearing about certain incidents like Karbala, siffin etc and not being aware of any of it in detail. After looking into it all, ive drawn closer to the Shia view. I do have a couple questions that I have been thinking about & Insha'Allah I can get some answers here. Firstly, after learning about the Prophets ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم) & his family) final sermon, I feel its quite clear that Ali (عليه السلام) was shown & told to the mass as the successor. After it was usurped based on this school of thought & the caliphate went to others first my question is; If this was not right & was essentially going to change Islam dramatically why would Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) allow this to happen? Im saying this based on the Qur'an 5:67 where we can tell the message is so important that if it was not mentioned the mission would not have been fulfilled & proclaimed. Why would Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) allow such an important message (im feeling it was the message of appointing Imam Ali (عليه السلام) as succesor) be somewhat voided/tainted by the usurped positions taken instead. Secondly, This point is about Teraweeh.. As it is Ramadan & most of my friends are Sunni, all of which attend Teraweeh, ive come to know that from a Shia perspective, this is a Bidah. Ive heard that it was started during the caliphate of Umar. If this is the case, when Imam Ali eventually become the caliph, did he openly reject it as a bidah? Or actively seek its removal from the deen? Because if not, it makes me wonder why not. Just like to add that these are genuine questions & im not looking for a debate etc.. Purely to seek opinions & gain some knowledge Insha'Allah.
  2. As-salamu alaykum, New to this forum and wanted to ask a few questions. I'm unsure whether this is the right place. A little about myself before I begin. Alhamdullilah I converted to Islam a while back, with most of my friends/peers/colleagues etc being followers of Ahlus sunnah. So all I've known up until now is Sunni based information on Islam. I was recently speaking to another friend from my past who I did not realise was a follower of the Shia school of thought. He was not aware of my coming to Islam as we had not spoken for a long time. I had only heard about Shia Islam here and there & majority of the time it was negative so I mentioned this to my friend and wanted someone who was actually Shia to tell me about themselves and their following. I was very surprised in how little I actually knew about such major events that happened i.e Karbala, the appointment of successor after the prophet Muhammad p.b.u.h & his family & how it all unfolded. We spoke of more but these are a couple of topics that stuck out. I was so shocked when briefly hearing about the tragic incidents of Karbala but I knew nothing of it. I blamed myself a little but it was just never spoke of previously. I'm now left very confused as I now have conflicted views & due to only ever learning about Islam through a Sunni perspective I've conducted myself in said way. Although it's been an up and down journey, with highs & lows. Would anyone recommend anywhere for me to start? Book wise, in terms of gaining some knowledge on basic things first but through a Shia perspective. I also have other questions that further explain my confusions/conflictions & would be happy to endulge in conversation with an open mind/heart. Jazakallah khair
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