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I did a quick search, and it looks like this doesn't have a thread of its own yet. "In A Nutshell - Fact Sheets About Islam and Shi'ism" http://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/ is very good for introductory & summary info, and can be helpful in case people get asked about certain topics (like from Sunni Muslims or non-Muslims).
As'salamu Alaykum, brothers and sisters of the Ummah.., My name is David, I am 32 years old and I currently live in the USA (Detroit, MI.) Like most Americans, I was raised in a Christian (Roman Catholic) home. I didn't start taking religion seriously until I was about 20. At that time I enrolled in Seminary, to study for the ministry. I learned a lot about the Christian faith, but the more I learned, the more questions and doubts I had. Long story short: I eventually dropped out of Seminary after completing my B.A. in Philosophy. For about 10 years, I was an agnostic. Religion still interested me, and I spent a lot of time reading about and studying the religions of the world; but I had no real beliefs, no faith. Eventually, I came across the Qur'an. The more I learned about Islam, the more I felt like I was coming into contact with the Truth. "This Qur'an is a revelation that is clear to the hearts of those endowed with knowledge." Qur'an 29:49. About a year ago, I took the Shahadah. Alhamdulillah! No one in my family is Muslim, nor did I have any Muslim friends when I converted (reverted) to Islam. Over the past year I have made a few friends at a local Shia Masjid, and I am very thankful for this. So.. I am new to Islam, new to Shia, and new to this forum. I just wanted to introduce myself, and say that I am here to learn as much as possible, and (Insha'Allah) hopefully make some new friends. (When I took the Shahadah, I did so at as Sunni Masjid. A few individuals from a local Sunni outreach program got in touch with me, took me to the Masjid and gave me some literature. They were constantly warning me about the dangers of Shia Islam. But.. given my curious nature, I couldn't help myself. I went to a local Shia Masjid and talked with the Imam. He explained some of the basic differences between Sunni and Shia, and suggested a couple of books for me to read. Since that time I've come to the conclusion, on my own, to embrace Shia Islam.) Like I said... I'm still new, and I have so much to learn. And with your help, perhaps you can help to further my knowledge of the Deen. Thanks for listening. Ma'a Salama! :shifty:
An Introduction to Hawza StudiesBy Sayyid Fadhil Bahrululoom The introductory course is a three week course held twice a week at Imam al-Jawad Centre. Topics that will be discussed will be the history, origins and mediums of study for Fiqh, Usool, Kalaam/Aqaid, Ilm al-Rijaal, Ilm al-Hadith, Tafsir al-Quran and Philosophy/Irfan. Dates for the lessons will be January 22nd, 24th, 29th, 31st and February 5th. Brothers and Sisters are welcome. £15 administration fee. Refreshments will be served. To register please contact 07712219213 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org as places are limited. Address: Imam al-Jawad Centre 247 High Road, Willesden London NW10 2RY Transport details: By car – Parking is free from 6.30pm on all the surrounding streets By bus – 52, 98, 302, 226, 260, 460 By tube – Jubilee line, Willesden Green or Dollis Hill station Join our facebook event here
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