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In the Name of God بسم الله


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  1. No he was not, but ethnicity played a large role in the Sunni-Shia split. Let's not forget how poorly non-Arabs( Persians in particular) were treated during Umayyad reign.
  2. The Persian-Arab conflict is one of the main reasons why there is a large division in Islam today.
  3. Well back home to become one you had to be taught by the local village shiekh who would also become your spiritual guide. Most start out trainig at very early ages at 8-12 years old.
  4. In my opinion men should only shave their head and facial hair.
  5. Brother, the Shia clergy in Iran have history of suppressing the Baha'i, they have no civil rights in Iran. The government has even recognized Zoroastrianism while leaving out the Baha'i.
  6. For the first time in almost 30 years, the Iranian government arrests the national leaders of the Baháí For three decades, Bahá'ís have suffered egregious persecution for their faith Washington, DC (PRWEB) May 16, 2008 -- The Institute on Religion and Public Policy has learned that officers of Iran's Intelligence Ministry have arrested six of the seven members of the country's national Bahá'í leadership, the worst assault on Iran's Bahá'ís in almost 30 years. The seventh leader has been in detention since March 5. Bahai leaders arrested in Iran. In the front row seated from the left are Behrou
  7. Thank you brother Bektashis and Alevis, I am shocked I always knew they were ghulat groups but not to this extent and to think that they number in the millions in Turkey. I would have guessed that beliefs like this would belong to some obscure, forgotten sect but not such a large tariqah.
  8. I remember hearing some time ago of some tariqas that share the shirk belief of a trinity of Allah(swt), the Prophet(saw) and Iman Ali(as) regarding them as one entity "Allahmuhammadali." I tried researching it online but as of now I have not found a thing, does anyone here now of such sect(s)? If so please post the name and some brief information regarding it.
  9. "Today, however, I came across the Indian baby dropping ritual, and I think it falls (no pun intended) in a completely different category. Muslims of Western India practice a 500-year-old ritual of dropping their babies off a 15 meter building, to be caught on a white sheet. They say that the tradition helps their babies to be strong and healthy. Participants claim that no baby has ever been hurt during the ritual, which is surprising to me. I can't imagine being a mom and watching my child go through this, tradition or not." http://www.parentdish.com/2008/05/02/india...ropping-ritual/ Here is
  10. "For Muslims in this small Balkan country, the Ottoman Empire's Islamic legacy still endures. However, some say Arab rivals are seeking to undermine it. "When my cousin entered university in Saudi Arabia, the Wahhabis offered him 200 euros a month and an apartment if he would spread their customs back in Macedonia," says Blerim, a young ethnic Albanian and Muslim who didn't want to give his last name for security reasons. "He accepted, and my uncle is quite concerned." The tensions in Blerim's family are being felt throughout Macedonia's growing Muslim community ahead of its elections later t
  11. Who was the Dedebaba at the time Atatürk outlawed all Sufi orders?
  12. My results: 1. Islam (100%) 2. Orthodox Judaism (100%) 3. Jainism (98%) 4. Sikhism (86%) 5. Bahá'í Faith (85%) 6. Hinduism (83%) 7. Reform Judaism (82%) 8. Mahayana Buddhism (81%) 9. Theravada Buddhism (70%) 10. Liberal Quakers (69%) 11. Unitarian Universalism (69%) 12. Mainline to Conservative Christian/Protestant (61%) 13. Neo-Pagan (59%) 14. Mainline to Liberal Christian Protestants (50%) 15. Scientology (48%) 16. Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) (47%) 17. Jehovah's Witness (47%) 18. New Thought (47%) 19. Nontheist (47%) 20. Seventh Day Adventist (46
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