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  1. Thank you very much for the links. I feel much happier now having read the above. Allahumma salli ala Muhammad wa aale Muhammad.
  2. Thank you so much for the link; it is a great website. I understand what the author is explaining but it doesn't quite touch on the subject of the Imam (atf) being witness and having our deeds presented to him rather than the Prophet (saw). Do you think that you could point me in the right direction. Wasalaam
  3. Salaam I was fortunate enough to be able to attend the Imam Mahdi Conference at the Islamic Centre in Maida Vale (London) yesterday and benefited greatly from three of the lectures. I used to be one of members of the school of the ahl-us-Sunna before changing last August but I have not read much about our twelfth Imam (as) (unfortunately). One of the things that I heard yesterday was that the Imam witnesses our deeds and is presented with them every Thursday. When I used to be sunni/sufi, this was one of the things that was said to be the preserve of the best of creation, Muhammad al-Mustafa (
  4. Salaams This will be long - I apologise in advance. In my reading, there is certainly no evidence that leading the prayer entitles you to be leader. But being leader entitles you to lead the prayer. The sunnis and shi'a will never agree on this point. The reason is that they have taken their methodology of choosing their leader from the fact that Abu Bakr led the prayer and subsequently became caliph and established a shura system etc. Therefore it would require a major rethink of their whole understanding of governance. I read some of the previous links above and there does seem to be a lot o
  5. Salaam all You may remember me from a few threads down. I'm currently in discussion (very amicable I may add) with one of my friends who is sunni (his father is shi'i) - his only question to me (he has been having these discussions with is father for a long time) was why Abu Bakr was asked to lead the prayer in place of Rasullalah (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) in His (sallalahu alayhi wassallam) last days. Clearly there is enough material to substantiate the claim of Ameer-ul-Mumineen Ali ibn-Abi Talib's (as) to the caliphate but nonetheless, it would be interesting to hear the views of the lea
  6. Salam and welcome to Shia Islam :). I saw youor post that you became Shia on 28/8/08.

  7. Salaams I had been thinking about it for a while. There was no doubt about the primacy of the Ahl-ul-Bayt and after really looking at the historical context of the first 4 caliphs, I concluded that Imam Ali (as) should have been the first caliph. It leads on to counter the sunni claim that the first three caliphs were 'rightly guided'. The issue of Muawiyah and Yazid were sorted out in my head long ago. Fiqh differences such as mu'tah are just that. If you accept the doctrine, then you accept the fiqh. One shouldn't allow fiqh to determine whether or not you accept a doctrine. The issue of ima
  8. Salaams I embraced shi'ism on the 28/8/08. Thank you all for your help. My heart is settled. (Nearly) Shia
  9. Salaams I'd like to thank everyone for replying to my questions especially Fatimeh and MajiC. Waqas 411, debate amongst people with manners is inoffensive by its very nature. Sunni ahadeeth sciences may have developed along a lot better – I know little about this myself. What I do know however from my affiliation with the mutassawifah (the sufis) is that knowledge is passed down from man to man, in a line, and we must take from that. Taking from books lends itself to error. The proof for this is that God sent his Archangel to deliver the message to His beloved Prophet (saw). We all know that
  10. Thank you Fatimeh. You know, I have spent most of my adult life as a sunni with reverence for the Ahl-ul-Bayt. If some of you are familiar with the Barelvi sunni muslim fraternity, you may have some idea of the esteem in which they hold the prophet (saw) and those covered by the cloak. These debates which sunni and shia have been having over the centuries, clearly have not been resolved satisfactorily one way or the other. I am left only to say that my heart inclines towards the shia. Having said all that, if anyone knows where I can get a copy of Al-Murajaat, I would be most grateful (I'm no
  11. Thank you BintAlHoda. As a person who followed the sufi path, there are stories abound of Khidr (as) intervening at critical points in time. I take your points on board - thank you for taking the time to reply. I was speaking to one friend yesterday whose father is shia. He told me that the one sticking point he has is as follows: He believes that it is most likely that the Prophet (saw) did not give any clear indication of who was to succeed him, and that everyone at the time did what they thought was best. He really can't bring himself to say that the first three caliphs knowingly went again
  12. Thank you so much for your reply. Would you permit me to ask a few more questions or point me to a resource which you think would benefit me with regards to the types of questions that I am asking? I don't accept the ahl-ul-sunna position of the shura principle which is clearly against what our beloved prophet (saw) requested. 1) Why 12 imams only? The progeny of our master, the prophet (saw) goes on until the end of time. 2) Why does it (the imamate or any other principle according to the Shia) have to satisfy human logic? 3) Imam Ali was the first Imam (I agree this point) - why did he not e
  13. Assalamualaykum to all - this is my first post. I would like some help please. I was raised in a sunni household (you could say deobandi or salfiesque) but through friends and one member of my family, over the past 15 years or so, I find myself at this point in my life. I now believe in the pre-eminence of Ahl-ul-Bayt, tawassul, I believe in the perfection of the 12 imams, the return of the 12 th Imam, the problems around the caliphate (this is historically documented and incontrovertible) and the practice of islam to me via the fiqh of Imam Jafar-as-Sadiq (as). Fiqh issues (such as mutah) an
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