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DZukow33

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Walikum salam brother,

AlhumdAllah and Mubarak (congrats) on your reversion. Most of us are going through the learning process too. We have an excellent, knowledgeable brothers/sisters who would be more then happy to help you out. Make sure whatever you read or hear from people (on Shiachat and any other place), confirm it from other sources too. Hear multiple opinions and then reach a conclusion on any issue. Allah will inshallah keep us all on Sirat ul Mustaqeem.

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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:

if sunnis will get hasanat, it will be for this attitude of them toward us hehe

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Assalamu aleykum, brother David,

 

and greetings from another part of the world - Switzerland! As a convert for over thirty years I want only to welcome you to this beautiful faith and to the path of the Prophet s.a.a.s. and his Ahlulbayt a.s. 

I promise you one thing: the more time goes by and the more you learn, read and experience this faith, the more beautiful you shall find it. And the whole universe shall make more sense somehow...

 

I do not know if you want it, but if you do, just mention it in your next post and I'll send you a couple of links for the best and most informative Shia Islamic sites on the Internet, where you can learn much more.

Kindest regards, Amina 

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Bismillah.

 

My new Shia friend,

 

Wa Alaykum as-Salaam.

 

I believe, as you’ve mentioned, the first and most important step for a new convert is to deepen his knowledge about the religion he did converted to. This research has to be based on authentic resources. I can suggest you two kinds of resources:

 

The first one, which is one of the most recent Shia treasures, is the works of Martyr Mutahhari, one of the contemporary Shia thinkers; his books have been translated to many languages and he cultivated an international reader of millions. He has explained lots of Islamic issues such as; Theological issues, social issues – like the ones that are related to women’s study, economy, politics, family affairs, Islamic training and lifestyle and etc. – philosophical topics and etc. I collected some of his books and if you need I can send them to you through email.

 

The second collection is the books of a very scientific icon, Ayatullah Musawi Laari, which had been translated into English by Hamid Algar.

 

With Duas.

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Alaykum al- Salaam brother David,

Congratulations on your new birth! and welcome to the "true" sunni Islam.

 

Thank you very much for sharing your experience with others, but I want to ask you something. I wonder if you could possibly write about some of the doubts or maybe paradoxes that you found in Christianity and also in sunni Islam, since it might benefit others and lead them to the right path.

 

ma'a salaama

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