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  1. Zainab Razvi

    Any shias in Paris, France ?

    @Zainab Razvi Assalamualaikum, Would like to know if there are any shias from Paris,France
  2. Salam! Como estas? Hey guys! I just wanted to begin a thread about Soccer. I wanted to form a group of intellectual Shia followers of Football (Soccer) and discuss transfer news, events, and everything else with them. I'm a teenage passionate Soccer fan. Are there any regular Soccer lovers out there who want to have a group of us in which we unite and discuss and also share knowledge regarding Islam. There will be Banter, Trolling, and discussion about Football (Soccer) of all times and analysis of matches. Please reply here so we can think and discuss more about this. Ps. I'm an Atletico Madrid fan! Soy un Rojiblanco. ;)
  3. Syed Mumtaz Hussain Rizvi who is an engineer by profession and a PhD student has been missing after he left home a week ago on 23rd Jan2018. All security agencies have failed to tell the family about his whereabouts. Mumtaz Rizvi remained a close aide of Dr. Mohammad Ali Naqvi founder of Imamia Students Organisation. This is yet another case of a notable Pakistasni shia being taken into illegal and undeclared custody. Around 30 Shia mourners were picked up earlier this year by law enforcers in plainclothes a few days after they returned from Karbala, Iraq. In 2016 alone more than 700 people went missing in Pakistan, most of them Shias.
  4. salams! I just moved to michigan from Boston for a program at UofM ann arbor. Idk what it is but I'm having trouble finding people to connect with here (or atleast people who are interested in learning more about islam/ like to have intellectual convos. If your from ann arbor/dearborn/detroit area , we should connect friend mehhh
  5. As we all know the internet is witnessing a second massive wave of anti islams and anti muslims. Along with them are some nationalist atheist iranians that have been getting alot of attention. They live in the west that are claiming that their country had been attacked by barbarian arabs and that iran has gone backwards ever since. I just wanted to know what normal muslim iranians thought of the arab conquest by Omar (RA)
  6. Why is matam important in shia sect? Is matam some sort of trance state?
  7. Salaam, Im in Prague, Czech Republic, and really wanting to find a Muharram-Ashura majlis-program. Can anyone assist with any details.. address, phone, website, anything. Will really appreciate it.
  8. Assalam o Alaikum wa Rehmatullah wa Barakatuhu, Here are the few general guidelines for correctly understanding and interpreting the teachings of Quran. These will never let you fall into the trap of any false belief or custom of any ignorant sunni and shia group, if you apply these rules and guidelines honestly. In Sha Allah. 1. Quran is the collection of Divine Speeches of Allah, which were revealed on different occasions, sometimes a single ayah was revealed, sometimes a group of two or more ayahs. 2. Quran is the primary source, hadith is the secondary source. Quran establishes the foundations of all beliefs and customs while hadith explain them. 3. Surahs in Quran are divided in groups based on their main subject and relation between their ayahs. There are total 7 such groups. Each group has one or more makki and madani surahs. For example in first group there are 1 makki (fatiha) and 4 madani surahs (from baqrah to maida). Same way count on the surahs as follows. Group Makki surahs Madani surahs Main subject 1 1 4 Shariah 2 2 2 Risalah 3 14 1 Risalah 4 8 1 Tauheed 5 13 3 Tauheed 6 7 10 Akhirah 7 46 2 Akhirah 4. Within groups surahs of Quran are divided in pairs of two or three. Surahs in pair share the main subject, style and format of divine orders. One surah of pair explains half of subject and other surah of pair complete it. Like surah baqrah and surah al imran is a pair, surah nahl, surah isra and surah kahf is a pair, surah saf and surah juma is a pair, surah muzamil and surah mudasir is a pair, surah falaq and surah naas is a pair. Every surah is in pair with others. 5. There are two types of ayahs in Quran in general. As Allah said in Aal Imran 7. He is the One Who has revealed to you the Book. Some of its verses are decisive - they are the foundation of the Book - while others are allegorical. Those whose hearts are infected with disbelief follow the allegorical part to mislead others and to give it their own interpretation, seeking for its hidden meanings, but no one knows its hidden meanings except Allah. Those who are well grounded in knowledge say: "We believe in it; it is all from our Rabb." None will take heed except the people of understanding. 6. Important concepts and words in Quran are repeated at least twice. So if at one place someone understood wrong then the other place will explain and clarify him. So try to find every concept in at least two different places in Quran (there can be more than two) for better understanding. 7. Whenever you single out any ayah of Quran and try to interpret it’s meaning, then first read it completely, and also 2 to 4 ayahs before and after the main ayah under study. This will help you to know the context of the subject and all other ayahs related to the subject. 8. First try to find the tafseer of any ayah from the Quran itself, due to the fact that concepts are repeated in Quran, don’t quickly jump to tafseer books. There are 6000+ ayahs in Quran, try to find from them first. 9. If you find two different beliefs or ahadith on any subject, first compare them with Quran. Anything that goes against the teachings of Quran must be rejected, as I said foundation of all beliefs and customs are in Quran, you just have to find them. 10. Many scholars say Quran is not easy to understand alone. You must have to refer other books as well. That concept is partially wrong. As it is said in Al Imran ayah 7 that there are two types of ayahs in Quran, similarly there are two perspectives of understanding the Quran. First is the basic guidance or remembrance (Tazakkur e Quran), from this perspective Quran is the easiest book ever. Anyone can get guidance from Quran alone without referring any other book. As Allah said in Surah Qamar four times ayah 17, 22, 32, 40 that “And We have certainly made the Qur'an easy for remembrance (Al-Zikr), so is there any who will remember?”. Other is deep thinking (Taddabur e Quran) about the consequences of events and affairs mentioned in Quran. From this perspective Quran is difficult, because not everyone can do this, only experts can. NOTE: If anyone knows more such rules then share. For example, lets apply these rules to one of the most important concept in Quran which is mostly misunderstood by many shias and sunnis, i.e concept of waseela. Word waseela is used two times in Quran. Surah Maida 35 and Surah Isra 57. Maida 35 says… Seek waseela or means of nearness to Allah. (mostly this part of ayah is only quoted) يَا أَيُّهَا الَّذِينَ آمَنُوا اتَّقُوا اللَّهَ وَابْتَغُوا إِلَيْهِ الْوَسِيلَةَ وَجَاهِدُوا فِي سَبِيلِهِ لَعَلَّكُمْ تُفْلِحُونَ O believers! Fear Allah and seek the means to be closer to Him and make Jihad (struggle) in His Way so that you may be successful. Isra 57 says… Those whom they call upon besides Allah, themselves seek waseela to Allah. أُولَٰئِكَ الَّذِينَ يَدْعُونَ يَبْتَغُونَ إِلَىٰ رَبِّهِمُ الْوَسِيلَةَ أَيُّهُمْ أَقْرَبُ وَيَرْجُونَ رَحْمَتَهُ وَيَخَافُونَ عَذَابَهُ ۚ إِنَّ عَذَابَ رَبِّكَ كَانَ مَحْذُورًا Those to whom they call, themselves seek the means of access to their Rabb - trying as to who can be more near - they hope for His Mercy and fear His punishment, for the punishment of your Rabb is terrible indeed. There is no any third place in Quran where word waseela is used. So based on these two ayahs it is clear that calling upon others beside Allah in order to get closer to Allah is not the form of waseela mentioned in Maida 35. Allah taunt them on this type of approach. As it is also confirmed by Zumar 3. أَلَا لِلَّهِ الدِّينُ الْخَالِصُ ۚ وَالَّذِينَ اتَّخَذُوا مِنْ دُونِهِ أَوْلِيَاءَ مَا نَعْبُدُهُمْ إِلَّا لِيُقَرِّبُونَا إِلَى اللَّهِ زُلْفَىٰ إِنَّ اللَّهَ يَحْكُمُ بَيْنَهُمْ فِي مَا هُمْ فِيهِ يَخْتَلِفُونَ ۗ إِنَّ اللَّهَ لَا يَهْدِي مَنْ هُوَ كَاذِبٌ كَفَّارٌ Unquestionably, for Allah is the pure religion. And those who take protectors besides Him [say], "We only worship them that they may bring us nearer to Allah in position." Indeed, Allah will judge between them concerning that over which they differ. Indeed, Allah does not guide he who is a liar and [confirmed] disbeliever. TASK FOR SHIAS… Now, same way apply these rules yourself to those ayahs which are the foundations of your beliefs just to confirm that whether they are in accordance with the teachings of Quran or against it. Without referring any tafsir book, first try to understand from the Quran yourself. Do not do taqleed of others all the time. Here are some single ousted ayahs that are behind your (shia) major beliefs. Surah Baqrah ayah 124 (About Imamat) Surah Nisa ayah 59 (About Ulil Amr) Surah Rad ayah 43 (About who is witness) Surah Maida ayah 55 (About wilayat) Surah Maida ayah 69 (About delivery of message) Surah Saad ayah 75 (About who are aaleen) .... etc ____________________________________________________________________________________ إِنَّ أَصْدَقَ الْحَدِيثِ كِتَابُ اللَّهِ وَأَحْسَنَ الْهَدْىِ هَدْىُ مُحَمَّدٍ وَشَرَّ الأُمُورِ مُحْدَثَاتُهَا وَكُلَّ مُحْدَثَةٍ بِدْعَةٌ وَكُلَّ بِدْعَةٍ ضَلاَلَةٌ وَكُلَّ ضَلاَلَةٍ فِي النَّارِ May Allah guide us to the true teachings of Quran and Sunnah of His beloved Prophet (s.a.w.w). Ameen
  9. Hello i'm a syrian sunni muslim (Asha'ari sunni) and i'm wondering why shias are fighting in Syria !! Defending Assad's regime ? Please note that shias are fighting before the creation of The islamic front (Jabhat Al-nusra)... is it because the sufyani and Mahdi thing ?
  10. Hello i'm a syrian sunni muslim (Asha'ari sunni) and i'm wondering why shias are fighting in Syria !! Defending Assad's regime ? Please note that shias are fighting before the creation of The islamic front (Jabhat Al-nusra)... is it because the sufyani and Mahdi thing ?
  11. Honestly this might sound really weird coming from a 15 year old, but I've been doing some research related to Shias and Sunni. I was born in a Sunni family. So I searched for different things related to different sects. Now I'm confused as to which sect is correct. So I prayed to God to show me signs of the correct sect. And I'm not even kidding but I had dreams for two consecutive days in which I was supporting Shias. So I guess those were signs.. But now I'm very confused and everyone must be thinking that I'm only 15 and all but it's not that. I have this affiliation with the prophet(pbuh) and his family. I started watching documentaries related to the battle of Karbla. I got scared as I've never been taught about it in such depth. And now I feel the pain. I could go on about this but I don't even know.. Thank you.
  12. I am curious as to how the Turi Tribe in Pakistan become Shias, does anyone know please? I have heard a vey interesting story, just wanted to know it its true.
  13. Khadim uz Zahra

    Any Malaysian Shi'as

    (BISMILLAH) (Salam) Any Malaysian Shi'as around here? I wanted to confirm the start of Ramadhan. According to the Sunnis, it's tomorrow and I wanted to check if it's the same for us. Oh, and if you've got the details for a mosque or centre here, that would also be cool. :)
  14. I want to ask the shias who they believe to be superior their 12 imams or the prophets? state you opinions and reasons why they are superior?
  15. Salam Aleykom, I heared from Sunni brothers that Kuffi Shias killed Imam Husain (as) not sunnies. What do you think about this Claim ? Of course I can answer too but I want to hear from you first...
  16. Nobol and Zahra: The Shia towns/villages are under siege for the past 18 months...the people did not give up and defended their women and children with many Shia fighters going from different countries to help as much as they could and as long as they reached... Now, thank God, the siege is almost over, the Syrian government and some Shia fighters are getting very close after they freed the villages around and some sources even suggest that the pro-government forces already entered Al-Zahra. Lets pray that the ppl find peace and security-- as soon as possible. A documentary by PressTv from July last year on the two towns
  17. Naqi Ali Shah

    Kufis In Battle Of Karbala

    Dear Shia brothers and sisters, I am new here and am posting for the first time. I hope this post will be shown. When I talk to my sunni class fellows and try to convince them that shi'ism is good. It works and they are almost convinced but I get stuck at one point. They say that the kufis who joined Yazid after writting Imam Hussain (A.s) so many letters were also Shia and ask me what I have to say about that. Can someone Please help me so i can reply to them and strengthen my Faith. Your help would be deeply appreciated
  18. Such an amazing campaign! May Allah keep the followers of the ahlulbayt A.S safe! This is the love of Hussain A.S that is driving us all. SubhanAllah! Looking at these videos uplifts my heart and faith. Looking at our brothers and sisters in all these countries makes me wanna strive hard to be a better follower for the ahlulbayt A.S. Thanks Ahlulbayt TV Eltimas e Dua (wasalam) Ahlulbayt TV presents its first ever #MyMuharram Campaign! Each clip is mixed with locations from around the world. Send us short videos of lectures, processions, from your local centre. We will then combine your videos to showcase different commemorations of Muharram across the globe! Places Shown Muharram (2014) in: Damascus, SyriaEdmonton, CanadaAtlanta, Georgia, USACharlotte, North Carolina, USAUkraineBrazilParaguayMoscow, RussiaMali, Africa
  19. By now it is clear that Iran and/or Russia will never give up on Syria, and as it seems the west + Wahabi Gulf dictators are working on plan-B to invade Syria, attack ISIS regions, train the so called 'moderate terrorists' and enable them to take over ISIS cities... then from there they will/might expand the 'moderate terrorists' rules and will help them directly to go after Syrian army. Is it a crucial time for Shias/Iran to make sure that doesn't happen and a massacre of Shias/Alawites and other Syrians who reject Takfiris rules and laws does not happen? And prevent the western-Wahabi alliance to overthrow the Syrian government? Should Iran just send troops or should it just increase its aids to Shia groups/Syrian government/Hizbullah instead?
  20. Salaam Alaykum, Below is a video of an Authentic Narration wherein Prophet Isa (as) will call unto Prophet Muhammad (saw) by saying "Ya Muhammad" Responses from everyone- especially the Sunnis will be much appreciated. (waslaam)
  21. Two Shia followers were arrested on August 5, 2013 by the Perak Islamic Religious Department. One of them is a woman who is a homeopathic practitioner. Her clinic in Taiping, Perak was raided by eight officers from the Perak Religious Council (JAIP) in which they seized various prayer books in her possession and then arrested her. She was then taken to a lock up facility in Pekan Baru, Perak. In the same locality, another Shia adherent, Mr Mohd Ridhuan Yusuf (51 years old) was also arrested and taken to the Ipoh Police Headquarters. It is reported by witnesses that the officers from JAIP initially were to launch an ambush at the local Shiite Hauzah which is a [Edited Out]te community centre. However after discovering that the premise was locked, they then headed to Ridhuan’s house nearby. The officers barged into his house and seized his collections of books. The detentions are clearly intolerable acts especially since Ms Azah (in the 40’s) is the mother of a 3 year old toddler in need of care. Furthermore with the fasting season coming to an end and with the Islamic festival of Eid around the corner, the timing of such an act by the authorities is highly questionable. The victims’ families are left to grapple with this arrest and related matters such as finding lawyers and raising the legal fees which is more difficult due to the festive season. Ethical and professional discretion by JAIP officers should have been the least among the many factors that should have been considered before engaging in such disgraceful conduct. They are suspected to be charge under Section 16 Sharia Criminal Law 1992 for defying Perak state’s fatwa on banning Shi’ism. If found guilty both will be fine RM3,000 and imprison for two years. This incident is a result of the continuous harassments by the authorities and public targeted towards the Shia community in Malaysia due to their religious believes. Over the past few months and even more so during this holy month of Ramadhan, the government, media and right wing Islamic organizations have intensified the demonization of Shias in Malaysia thus sowing the seeds of hatred and discrimination. This is just the beginning... After almost 2 weeks of media coverage on the "Shia threat" on TV, radio and newspapers, the government will be trying to show that it means business this time. http://www.theborneopost.com/2013/07/28/jamil-khir-those-practising-syiah-will-be-rejected/
  22. Alislamproductions

    Questions For Shias...?

    Some questions for all of the muslim ummah to think about.... Question 1 and 2 Question 3 and 4 Log on to: http://www.youtube.c...ns?feature=mhee for more videos
  23. Note: The Salafi Kufr school, Darul-Shaitan is built in a province whose 95% or more is Shia... The school is funded by Zionists lapdogs, the Saudis. In recent years they encouraged the Salafis to turn the Takfiri school into a military base so they can use it against Shias or use it if anything happens between Saudi and North Yemen. The main slogans of Darul Haidth school in Dammaj is that Shias are heretics and should be killed. ------------------------------ Two men from a mosque in West London have been killed fighting alongside Islamic fundamentalists in Yemen, it can be disclosed. The two men, one a former accountancy student, had travelled to a religious school to study Islam but took up arms in Yemen’s increasingly bloody civil war, their friends and relatives told the Daily Telegraph. They were killed fighting rival shia Muslims in the mountains around the small town of Dammaj in Northern Yemen, according to one report. The father of one of the men said he considered his son to be “shaheed” [a martyr] and his whole family had been inspired to adopt fundamentalist Islam. Both men attended a small mosque in Cranford, West London, under the flight path into Heathrow. An imam at the mosque said they did not agree with suicide bombing or terrorism but they would not discourage members of the congregation from traveling to Dammaj, which is considered a seat of learning for fundamentalist “salafi” Islam. Adil Malik, 24, from Hounslow, and his friend, Hisham, had been living in Dammaj for several years, studying with Sheikh Yahya al- Hajooree, who runs a madrassa called Dar ul-Haadith. The seminary is said to have several thousand students from all over the world, including dozens from Britain but has come under regular attack from shia Houthi tribesmen. The sheikh made a call to arms in a video posted online two months before Mailk died, declaring: “Whoever is killed defending his faith has died a martyr.” In a posting on a salafi website, a man calling himself Ibn Salaf wrote of an attack by “our noble mujahideen” [holy fighters] on the Houthis in the mountains around the town which led to an artillery response which killed 22 fighters from Dammaj. “From these brothers was our honourable brother Aadil al-Pakistani, one who was always known for having lofty manners and zeal to seek knowledge of the religion and likewise our brother Hishaam who had been studying at Dammaj for five years and benefited a great deal.” He added: “For those of you who did not know them, they were both brothers from Cranford Masjid [mosque] and very well known amongst the salafi brothers for their goodness.” Malik’s father, who moved to Britain from Pakistan 40 years ago, said Dammaj had been under siege by the Houthis for a month at the time his son died in December last year. “He didn’t go there to fight but if someone comes and attacks you, you have to defend yourself,” he said. Malik’s father said his son was “shaheed” and added: “His time was written, it is going to come for you, it is written for everyone.” He reserved his wrath for the Houthi fighters, adding: “The Lord will punish them, they will pay, they will burn in hell, that is my prayer. They have taken innocent people’s lives.” Hisham was originally from Saudi Arabia but has lived in India and in London, according to Malik’s father. Malik was born in Britain and attended Northolt High School and turned to religion while studying accountancy at Brunel University in West London. The school did not respond to requests for comment. Mohammed Nurudeen Hamani, an imam at Cranford Mosque originally from Ghana, said a number of young men from the mosque had travelled to Dammaj, including one who had recently returned. “We believe that one day or another, you will die and your next life will be different and you have to be willing to accept that.” Telegraph
  24. Houthis' Leader: S. Arabia Ready for Aggression against Yemen TEHRAN (FNA)- Leader of Yemen's Houthi Movement Seyed Abdelmalik al-Houthi in a statement condemned the Saudi monarchy for its interference in Yemen's internal affairs, and said Riyadh has prepared itself to wage an aggression of Northern Yemen. In a statement a copy of which was sent to FNA, Al-Houthi warned that Saudi Arabia has a plot to open a new front into Yemen's Northern borders in a bid to attack the country's Shiite population through its hirelings and mercenaries. Al-Houthi underlined that the Saudi plot is aimed at an aggression of the "al-Hojjah" province, distancing the Yemeni people from their revolution and stirring sectarian strife in the country. "We emphasize that these aggressive measures aim to set fire on the Hojjah province and distance the Yemeni nation from their revolution, specially because of their opposition to foreign and regional intervention in Yemen, including the Persian Gulf Cooperation Council (PGCC) initiative," said the statement, adding, "Another goal pursued by this measure (the plot for aggression) is nurturing sectarian conflicts in Yemen." He said that Saudi Arabia's attempts to spark a civil war in Yemen through using the political and economic conditions of the country is an immoral and irreligious act that contradicts the interests of both the Saudi and Yemeni nations. Al-Houthi blamed Saudi Arabia for all calamities and backwardness of Yemen, saying, "We remind the Yemen nation that the Saudi regime's financial backup for civil wars and its moves for sparking sectarian strife in recent decades are the main reason for all calamities of this nation and these measures have deterred Yemen from progress and prosperity the same way that it (Saudi Arabia) is confronting the Yemeni nation's revolution in a bid to prevent them from achieving freedom and justice," the statement said. His remarks came after earlier reports from Yemen said that Saudi Arabia has been funding and training Somali refugees to fight the Shiite Houthi movement and spark sectarian strife in Yemen in a bid to immune the kingdom to the spread of Yemen's revolution. Informed sources said in April that nearly 1,300 Somalis have arrived in Saudi Arabia through the country's border with Yemen and are being trained and provided with logistical aid and weapons to return to Yemen to stop the spread of Islamic awakening to Saudi Arabia. "These people can easily infiltrate Yemen's coasts via sea routes by the possibilities that the US (Saudi Arabia's staunch ally) provides for them in a bid to fuel sectarian and ethnic strife in the region as sought by the US intelligence apparatus," the sources underscored. "Saudi Arabia is also welcoming them and is training them in its special military training centers to use them against the Shiite Houthis in Northern Yemen," the sources said. Meantime, sources said that Saudi Arabia has recently evacuated five Yemeni villages and destroyed homes near the borders and will construct a wall in the joint border areas. The Al-Houthi movement has opposed Saudi Arabia's interfering measures in Yemen. The movement said that uprisings in the region have increased Riyadh's concerns about the future of the Saudi regime. Since Saudi Arabia shares long joint borders with Yemen, it has interfered in the country's internal affairs and still continues meddling. The revolution of the Yemeni people has worried Saudi Arabia because Riyadh is worried that the flames of the revolution may spread to Saudi Arabia too. FarsNews
  25. (bismillah) (salam) How I Found the Right Path by Brother Muhammad Yusuf BisMillah Hir Rahman Nir Rahiim In the Name of Allah, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful How did I, a Sunni following Hanafi fiqh, come to find and embrace the Right Path of Ahl ul-Bayt? All Praise and all Thanks are for Allah (Subhana wa'tala) who in His Mercy and Compassion guided me toward the truth. My journey began when, on starting a new job, I first met a follower of Ahl ul-Bayt. Up until that time, I knew little about those who were called Shi'as - except what I had heard from Sunni brothers, which to say the least was not very complimentary. I had read nothing about them, for I had never found anything to read: all the books on Islam I came across over a period of many years were about Sunni Islam, written by Sunni Muslims. All the Muslims I had met, in my country of residence and in places like Egypt, were Sunni, and even on that modern medium of communication, the Internet, I had not come across any Shia sites, probably because I had not looked for them specifically and just followed links from one Sunni site to another Sunni site. I also knew very little about the early history of Islam, except of course what I had read in Sunni books about how wonderful the 'pious Caliphs' were. And yet I had already begun to think seriously about certain questions, such as predestination, and begun to be a little concerned about some Hadith which I read in Bukhari and Muslim which seemed to me in my innocence and with my lack of knowledge to contradict the words of the Holy Quran. I had concerns also about following scholars, for I was always being told that I could choose which Madhhab to follow, and that if I personally was not happy with something, I could follow another school in certain matters just as I could take advice from, and follow the advice of, any scholar of any School. This just did not seem to be right. Perhaps I should add that at this time I was a relatively recent convert to Islam, having over a period of some years come to discover the truth about Islam and the Prophet Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) and having become convinced that not only was Allah the one and only God, but also that Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) was his Messenger and Prophet. [ I had previously been a Christian, and indeed, a Catholic monk for a while.] The Shia brother and I were the only Muslims in our place of work so it was natural that we prayed Zuhr and Asr together. He was kind, considerate and well-mannered - in fact, an example of what Muslims should be - and it did not matter that he prayed in a slightly different way from me. I just assumed in my naivety that he was simply following a different Madhhab. Then I mentioned that I was praying with a Shia to a brother at the local Masjid. His negative reaction just made me interested in finding out more about them. So I asked some questions of my Shia brother. He answered simply, always stressing that I must make my own judgement and use reason as a guide. One incident I remember vividly. I had been sent several articles by a group, who were influenced by the Wahhabi, which were vehemently anti-Shia, and which made all sort of allegations about the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I mentioned this group to my Shia brother, and he said, calmly and simply: "What you you think about them?" I replied that I could not see the Prophet Muhammad (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) acting in such an intolerant way, for I remembered the Hadith about how the Prophet treated the man who was ill-mannered enough to urinate in a Mosque while the Prophet himself (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) was there. My Shia brother said nothing, but a few days later (as I remember it) he leant me a copy of an English translation of Nahj al-Balagha containing some of the wisdom of Imam Ali (Alayhi salaam). I read it, and marveled at his wisdom, and decided to try and find out more about these Shia's - at this time, I still knew so little I did not even know that Shia meant follower, and that the Shias were followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, a term which again meant nothing to me. Then, not long after, I left my job to take up new employment and so lost contact with my Shia brother, although I did try to contact him, once, but my E-mail was returned as I obviously had not remembered the right address. Several months went by before I began a more serious study, prompted by reading about the sermon of Ghadeer Khumm as related in Tirmidhi and Muslim: Sunni sources which I still implicitly accepted. For were they not Sahih - second only to the Holy Quran itself? Here was the Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) stating that we should follow and hold onto his Ahl ul-Bayt, just as I had read how he had many times praised Imam Ali (Alayhi salaam) in such terms that surely meant he saw or wanted Ali (Alayhi salaam) to be his successor. I discovered some of the basic beliefs of the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, such as Taqlid and the Fourteen Infallibles and the more I considered these, the more rational and logical they seemed. They were natural, logical consequences of the Holy Quran itself. This really enlightened me about the Shia: it was as if I had come across a fundamental truth for the first time, something simple and yet profound. A few days later, on an Internet site, I read about Karbala. I admit I cried. How could those who called themselves Muslims treat fellow Muslims as they did - and in particular how could they fight, and kill, the grandson of the Holy Prophet himself? I found this fact quite astonishing. How did this tragedy come about? And then, I read some of the words spoken by the fourth Imam (Alayhi salaam) about this tragedy, and what it meant and would always mean. I then spent several days reading about the early history of Islam - about the Umayyads and Abbasids and how they viciously persecuted the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I read Muhammad Tijani's Then I Was Guided and his Shia are the Real Ahl al-Sunna, several other books and many, many articles written by followers of Ahl ul-Bayt. I read the sermon of Imam Husain (Alayhi salaam) at Mina which described the appalling state of Arabia only fifty years after Muhammad's death (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) - the corruption of Yazid, and the corruption of the scholars of that time. And I remembered a saying I had read somewhere: "Every day is Ashura and every land is Karbala." I thought deeply about the issues my reading had raised, and became convinced that it was my duty, as a Muslim, to follow Ahl ul-Bayt - for that was clearly the wish of the Holy Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad) who was revealing the will of Allah, which as a Muslim I must submit to. There were simply no rational arguments against the beliefs of the followers of Ahl ul-Bayt, since it seemed to me that these beliefs not only expressed what was reasonable, and logical, but were also based on the teachings of the Holy Prophet himself (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad). So it was that I tried to find my Shia brother. I found a name similar to his in the telephone directory of the city where I knew he lived, and telephoned. A fax machine answered, so I sent a brief fax, asking him to contact me, not knowing whether he would ever receive it. Alhamdulillah, the fax machine belonged to his Uncle and less than a week later I was with him, and the Imam, at his local Masjid, affirming that Ali (Alayhi salaam) was the rightful successor of the Prophet (Allahumma salli 'ala Muhammadin wa Ali Muhammad). Source: http://abna.ir/data.asp?lang=3&Id=190465
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