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I actually made this same post back when I first became a member of ShiaChat but, as good as the replies were, I still didn't have a complete answer that fully helped me so here I am with the same question. (I also understand that there are other posts highlighting the same problem as mine. Tbh I have seen most of them and unfortunately, they also have not helped which is why I am making this post again. I understand this may be frustrating for some, and to those members I apologise, but I feel this is a topic of upmost importance). Anyway, even though I'm sure you've probably guessed what my problem is, I struggle when it comes to pronouncing whilst in prayer. I am not Arabic, and am not fluent in speaking Arabic, in fact (as an Iranian) I sometimes even struggle to pronounce words in Farsi ! This should go to show how poor my pronunciation is lol. On my previous post, and on the other posts I had a look at, I noticed a handful of brothers and sisters trying to help by saying that those with poor pronunciation should not worry and that it is the act of worship that counts. However I have seen Sistanis rulings on pronunciation in prayer and I need to improve my pronunciation, otherwise I fear my prayers are falling on deaf ears. Having said that, I am not sure where else to look. I have seen most of the youtube videos and though they helped, it was only Surah Al-Fatihah that I really improved at (but after hearing my recording I noticed there was still so many problems). What's more, having not watched those videos in about 2 months, my pronunciation has gone as bad as it used to be. Personally I believe my best bet is to sit down with an individual who can fluently speak arabic and get help one on one, as that way I can also be told if I am repeating the words correctly. But my question (and sorry it's taken me so long to get to it lol) is who and where? Would going to a Sunni Mosque be the answer (I believe Shia Mosques don't tend to have too many Imams around and about and I'd like to think that with the Sunni sect being so much larger, that it would), or am I better off seeking help elsewhere. In particular I would really appreciate any answers from anyone who has struggled to come to grips with pronouncing arabic in the past as hopefully they will be able to relate to this problem far better (or so I'd like to think) but any replies from anyone is very much appreciated. Once again, sorry for the long post and I hope to hear from as many of you as soon as possible :D
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