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  1. Hi, I'm new to the forum & by chance I read your weight thread. I wanted to suggest if you can, buy wii fit. I bought wii just because I wanted wii fit! It was a luxury but worth it & It works if you do it properly & often. You choose the exercises that work for you. It saves everything & you can monitor your progress, you're in control & you can do it in private at home. Start with yoga.

  2. I am ashamed of the treatment the brothers gave you when you asked about weight and I disassociate myself from those who insulted you,

  3. I don't wear one, but I love them... if i was in a different life situation, I would love to take on the niqab inshallah. I think that it is a confirmed sunnah of Fatima (not sure the appropriate thing to say after mentioning her name... I apologize... ) I am new to becoming a shi'a... but even before this "second conversion" I had this knowledge and this feeling. I also look at it this way... In a class, a person will do whatever they can to get the highest score possible on their exams. They would also do any extra credit to ensure that they will have enough points to get an "A"... should we not be concerned with our test in this life? Should we not constantly be "studying" to have full knowledge? should we not do more than the bare minimum required... don't we want to ace this test? I look at things like niqab as extra credit... why would you criticize someone for doing as much as they possibly can for the sake of Allah swt? Isn't the ultimate goal to make it to jannah? We should not be concerned with petty and trivial things and should not look down on the sisters who choose to do this extra step... we should support them and encourage them... and we should never look at a commandment from Allah as a burden, nor any of the Prophet's (saw) sunnahs as burdens either... astagfirullah...
  4. I am also searching and I feel that asking people is not the best way to go because it is hard to show people where they need to start in the explanation. My recommendation is to read the book "Then I was Guided"... as it THOROUGHLY explains the basics... the foundation. Are you already Muslim? It kind of explains things from a Sunni point of view, so it may be really challenging to read if you do not at least have that background. Here is a link to a copy online, for FREE!!! Each chapter has its own link... http://www.al-islam.org/guided/ Here is a link to a page with many Shi'a online books for free as well... I have not read any, I just thought this may prove to be a helpful link to you in the near future. http://shiaebooks.blogspot.com/ The reason I recommend reading a book instead of simply asking questions, is when you invest the time into truly learning about something, you have a greater appreciation for the knowledge you have gained. When we ask questions and wait for answers, two problems occur. 1. we don't always ask the right questions... we don't know about the subject, so sometimes we think we are asking something pertinent when in reality we are focusing on something very inconsequential. 2. when we go about it only through questions and discussion, we tend to be argumentative. But when you are alone with the information right in front of you, who is there to argue with but your own logic? I wish you the best of luck on your search for knowledge. Asma
  5. I was trying to find some information and googled shia islam and I found sites for "shia ithna asheri" and I am wondering is this the same as twelver shia'ism? Forgive me, I am very new to this subject!
  6. interesting point of view... I guess one perspective might be that he HAD in fact said it many times but thought that if it were written, then there would be no dispute (as there clearly was a dispute between the sahabis after the death of the prophet pbuh. Also, there are a few hadith in sahih bukhari that describe this event, and the narrators say there were three things, but they forgot one... so it looks like he DID say it out loud then, just they forgot... or something. I think that shows right then and there the need for writing it down, as if it had been written down there would be no disagreement or questioning it, IMO. :P ^_^
  7. As for Adam, he did not disobey the obligatory commands of Allah swt; the command that he did not honor was a recommended one, not a mandatory one, and so- according to Islamic terminology he did not commit a sin. "And indeed We made a covenant withh Adam before, but he forgot, and We found on his part no firm willpower ('azm)." (20:115) His guilt was that he did not have willpower, but he did not violate Allah's rules since the commands were advisory, not obligatory, and so the result of his behavior was to lose the privilege granted him: "Verily, you have a promise from Us that you will never be hungry therein, nor naked, and you will not suffer from thirst therein, nor from the sun's heat." (20:118-119) When speaking about disobedience of Prophet Adam (pbuh), the Holy Qur'an does not mean disobedience in the literal term; it means that it is not expected from a person like Prophet Adam (pbuh) who is a leader for humanity not to adhere to Allah's advisory commands. Therefore, such an act is labeled allegorically as a sin in the Holy Qur'an.
  8. This has been extremely informative... jazakallahu khair for all of the information!
  9. That is true. And i dont think the two statements conflict, because the first one was "how can I help you", which is something you can ask anyone for any reason.
  10. But we are told not to, that is why. I don't understand the disagreement here... men and women are separated for a reason... a GOOD reason... speak with a sheikh. That will be better for you. And remember everything you say/type is being recorded. Do not give someone advice you are unsure of, you will be held responsible for that information on the day of judgement. Guys and girls are no different... they both have urges and hormones, and two alone or even being friends will cause tension. and lust. We are told, no, COMMANDED to lower our gaze! are you telling me that you never look at the girls you hang out with? THIS IS IN QURAN! There is no debating this! Yes, it is hard, and yes, it is sometimes no fun, but this is ISLAM! You cannot pick and choose which parts you will listen to and which you will ignore! Subhanallah! May Allah swt guide us all... ameen!
  11. I am not very knowledgable, but I thought that the prophet Muhammad pbuh had a son named Ibrahim from his wife Maryam? Am I incorrect?
  12. I hope I was not offensive in the thread that you started about weight, that wasn't my intent at all and wanted to say so.

  13. it is really expensice. when i came to islam i only had t-shirts, short skirts, etc. I had only one long skirt and a few long sleeve tops. I lived in San Diego, so we did not need much in the way of winter clothes. Also, i just had a baby so my body shape was different that before so I already did not have much. A few people were so kind to donate to me a couple of abaya, and then I bought a couple more from a friend's store... it was easier to throw abaya over regular clothes than to buy all new clothes. So, ever since then I have stuck to abaya. I am able to find scarves anywhere since they seem to be in style now, and I buy abaya online. Other than that, i just wear regular clothes under the abaya and around the house for my husband. But it was REALLY hard when I first converted. REALLY hard.
  14. The worst questions are: 1. The whole what do your parents think thing, because to me there is no ok way to say "We no longer speak" without being judged. 2. Did you have "boyfriends" before you were muslim? (what they really want to know is "how many boys did you sleep with before becoming Muslim?") 3. Is it hard to stop drinking alcohol all the time? (Actually, ma'am, I have never tasted alcohol) :angel: 4. Is it hard to give up pork? (Really? I think that is such a trivial thing to be concerned with... there are more difficult things to deal with, and besides that, it is worth giving up anything to get closer to Allah....) 5. Why do you wear hijab? (Duh...) 6. Can you make curry/kabobs/couscous/hummus/roti? (I converted to ISLAM not Pakistani/Arab culture.... culture is a beautiful thing, but that is not my culture. It is OK that I make meatloaves and casseroles and lasagna...) 7. Can you speak arabic/urdu/farsi? (Really?) 8. When will you change your name? (I did not know it was a requirement...) Questions I like being asked: 1. What guided you to Islam? 2. What is your favorite surah/hadith etc? 3. HOW CAN I HELP YOU (for the newbies... so many want you to become muslim, and then dissapear after the shahada.... so little help available!) General rude questions: 1. How much did you pay for that? 2. That is a pretty (insert word here) can I have it? 3. Why aren't you married/have kids/ have more kids? :!!!: Really? how about BUTT OUT! 4. Or when people meet me and think I don't know ANYTHING and try to "teach" me something I already know... it is a better idea not to assume things about converts! We may know more than you assume we do! Sorry for the rant....
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