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musa shakr

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  1.     I was voted to function as an imam to a revert congregation that doesn't exist any more. I was appointed with the understanding that I had no education and was a new revert myself. I went as far as becoming legally ordained to preform marriages. I wan't to go back to it and find a new congregation, with some education but the courses I see require me learn arabic and I'm having a hard time doing it. I can't enroll if i know I'm probably going to fail the course. I want some rudimentary to intermediate level skill in reading and speaking msa before I begin a paid course so I know I'm not going to fail. What are your suggestions for learning. I literally know just 3 words of arabic and I can't sound out the arabic script yet.

  2. Is there a best english translation of the Quran? I just started learn arabic today and only know a couple of words of arabic I don't know the arabic alphabet so I cant even sound out the arabic script but still want both arabic and enlish translation. Money is an object I need reasonable price one maybe $30. I have a pocket sized one so small i have a hard time reading it.

  3. 2 minutes ago, Dubilex said:

    This is something that bothers me too. In Pakistan especially, ever since the reign of Zia Al-Huq, they have gone hardcore in trying to arabize. Many muslims seem to equate Islam with arab culture, when in fact, they are 2 separate things

    Oh I understand that they are separate things I still would like to do it If it's not a problem for most people.

  4. I've read about people becoming arabized when they convert to Islam and assimilating into arab culture and taking arab names. I've heard some people even Identify as arab just because the adopted the language. Is it cultural appropriation witch I define as the stealing of someones cultural practices without the consent of the people who belong to that culture. I do not consider assimilating and adopting practices with the consent of the original people appropriation or a negative thing If arabs choose to accept and adopt people into there culture thats perfectly fine. Not all arabs are genetically the same some look like white people to me maybe there ancestors where arabized a long time ago but are now considered arab. I don't feel that I fully belong to anyone because I'm mixed race and a convert to Islam I feel like an outsider sometimes. I get called racial slurs for mixed people even though I look mostly white and some times even for middle eastern people because I converted. I'd like to have a people something I've never had. I'm alone and would appreciate greatly to be aloud to integrate. my identity is now primarily that I'm general muslim but I don't have a community to fully belong to and want one.

  5.     I find it interesting that some people will consider you arab if you learn the language. There are several questions on quora about whether or not a person or group can become arab by assimilating into arab culture and learning arabic and the answer they got was yes by most of the answers. there's a wide variance in appearance with in the arab community I've seen some with green and blue eyes, light colored hair others had dark brown, olive or dark redish skin with dark eye color. I always thought of race as being genetic meaning that you have to born to an ethnic group that speaks arabic to be an arab and that assimilating into the culture if you did so successfully you still retain your original racial identity. I view my self as only belonging to general islamic culture and thats good enough for me. Some said Arab is an ethnicity or culture you can join. Only a minority of answers said no. I don't feel the need to change my racial identity unless there was some kind of benifit like greater acceptance in the muslim world witch I do want but don't need. I'm just cuirous and want something to talk about with someone I'm not trying to steal someones identity or disrespect it.

  6. 5 hours ago, MexicanVato said:

    Have you or your family talked to the guy? I hate the liberal whiny phrase of gun nuts. Look if you’re a male and are oppose to guns you’re soft like a pin cushion. I know many Muslims that pack pistols and rifles. We mean no harm it’s for our protection. 

    I strongly support gun rights I was using my dads words to describe him. He's a middle class redneck the neighbor not my dad. I probably shouldn't have called him a "gun nut" your right I agree. I've considered a concealed weapons permit there easy to get where I live but my dad won't allow anyone but himself to have guns in the house and I respect that. I'm a conservative but anti-trump

  7. 3 hours ago, Abu Hadi said:

    If u want to build a mosque in the US this takes lots of money, dealing with zoning laws, city ordinances, city government and sometimes state government. Its not like other places where you can just erect a structure and invite people in. If it were that easy there would be a masjid on every street corner.

    Im saying it because i want him to succeed not discourage him. In order to succeed you need a plan and sufficient support to navigate the process.

    He could put up a tent in his backyard, but inviting people you dont know well into your backyard in the US makes you legally and financially responsible for anything that happens to them on your property. That's why people don't open up masjids on their personal property or in their home. They are set up as a legal entity that is independent of any 1 person.

    Thanks for your response I didn't realize the complexity of what I was asking.

  8. 15 hours ago, Ali bin Hussein said:

    Be careful with your words. I didn't say I would  fund you. I said start a fundraising charity appeal. That's all above board and you would be in control.

    We can help spread the word and help set up an appeal etc but if your life is in danger then just work on personal Islam. And give dawa through actions and simple personal conversation with people you trust.

    I'm sorry i misspoke that's still more then I've ever been offered thank you very very much just for that.

  9. 17 minutes ago, Ali bin Hussein said:

    Ok so start the project. Put up a tent for now. Start an online fundraising program for building a mosque. I will help and I'm sure others will. 

    PM me and we can get working. 


    I just told my parents i could get funding and they backed out of letting me use the property the second I told them I could get funding. They're afraid of me being attacked again. they originally said I could. the guy that owns the property next door is a gun nut and they're afraid. Thank you no ones offered to help fund anything before It was always out of my pocket.

  10. I was born an evangelical christian. They taught me it was every christians job not just the clergy to seek converts (evangelicals are currently the most aggressive about seeking converts). They gave pamphlets and food and extra bibles to hand out in public. I'm not saying we should force our religion on other people I know that Islam is not compulsory but why not try and convert people who might be willing.

  11. On 7/5/2021 at 10:14 PM, Jeremiah M said:

    Before I became interested in Shia Islam Alhamdulillah I used to read books by Dr. Bilal Philips. Dr. Philips is a salafi with Ahl as-Sunnah wa’l-Jamaa‘ah. He has a  diploma in Arabic and a B.A. from the College of islamic Disciplines (Usul ad-Deen) at the Islamic University of Madinah in 1979.

    yea I've read some of his stuff he is on a online school for muslims i tried the free course but didn't finish it maybe I'll go back.

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