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  1. The Grand Ayatullah title comes from other places. That is one problem, he is referred to as imam Berry, Ayatullah Berry, and Grand Ayatullah Berry. I do know someone whom has declared MarjaTaqlid to him. I looked at it because he is here and being here since 1981 has experience in the west that others in the east may lack. Unfortunately I can't really determine for myself if he is as knowledgeable or more knowledgeable so as a precaution I must remain with Grand Ayatullah Syed Al-Sistani. The person I know who does MarjaTaqlid to Ayatullah Berry said she feels comfortable because she can pick up a phone and be in touch with his organization if not the Ayatullah himself.
  2. Can anyone shed any light on the subject of The first jurist of the west. Ayatollah Berry? I have heard different opinions of his status as jurist. Not to backfire just trying to know more for consideration of marjataqlid.
  3. As I understand it according to Sayyed Al-Sistani. If the permanent wife was Muslim and you wanted to marry an Al-kitab woman temporarily then you would need the permission of the Muslim permanent wife.
  4. Alhamdulilah that has passed and now I am at a more familiar level, not a marry my daughter/welcome to the family level of acceptance but it has become much better.
  5. Brother Abu Hadi had some interesting insight into this, we are all born Muslim then some are changed into other belief's by our parents etc... He even had the Quranic proof to back this position. I unsually take a different approach. I tend to upset "born muslims" when I offer that nobody is Muslim until/unless they pledge the Shahadah with intent and conviction. Therefore just because the father whispers in your ear doesn't make you a Muslim it is a conscious decision on all. They may be from a Muslim land, raised in a Muslim family but each must come to Islam willingly. Just the way I see it.
  6. Are any of the black shia scholars Marjaeeye?
  7. I would think the first mtg should be about the goals and purpose of the group. Mtg shedule, etc.. you should contact IMAM-us.org, they put on classes for reverts, as well as being the official US rep's of Grand Ayatollah Sistani so they could no doubt provide more guidance, info, and resources. contact Sh. Rizwan if you are interested in this affiliation. Also, you could put together a quick resource guide containing the locations on all local Shia mosque's, as well as IMAM-US.org
  8. What geographic area are you in? Difficult to assist with no details.
  9. I have been attending the same two mosque's for a couple years now. They are predominately arab and I am a black American. At what point do we finally get past the "salaam" level of familiarity? At what point will the odd looks and "interesting" comments and remarks cease? One of the appealing parts of Islam was the notion of true brotherhood within the ummah. Sadly the brotherhood of the Prophets day is sorely gone. The ummah wasn't the reason I became Muslim or even Shia so I won't be leaving anytime soon but it would be nice if that brotherhood was actually still there. Tribalism has returned to Isla,
  10. So the result was drelocks are halal? Based on what Ayatullah's ruling?
  11. I am a little long in the tooth (old) but I would love to go study in Iran. I am the ripe old age of 42 though so realistically won't happen.
  12. I agree there is certainly a disconnect between the ummah and the revert. One thing though, nobody is born Muslim. Everyone converts. I posed this to a scholar and you can imagine the reception it recieved. Nobody becomes a Muslim unless and until the pledge the Shahadah with conviction in their hearts and minds. So people may be raised in an Islamic culture or Muslim home but everybody reverts to islam and none are born Muslims. It doesn't matter what your father whispers in your ear, etc... Each one must turn towards Allah ÓÈÍÇäå æÊÚÇáì
  13. I am aware of that but I am also aware that a mutah can be for twenty years or more or even the life of the married partners. Unless I am mistaken. Not trying to get around the point just using the option I have available.
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