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10 Years Completed! Reflections

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Haji 2003

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Most people here are fairly young and don't appreciate that before the Revolution, Shia identity and practice was dissolving. We were all in danger of becoming Muharram/Ramadan Muslims or even non-practising ones.

I believe you make a mistake by saying that those criticizing Iran or Revolution are mostly young people. The majority of critics(not only on this side) are probably between 35 and 50 and older, so not the young.

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Its my 10th year this month.

How the site has changed, and how I have changed!

I have been through patches of strong and weak faith, bitterness, confusion etc

The site is always a good read, however I wish they took up my suggestion of a "FAQ" style library of threads that answer the common questions, which would also be edited to have a very high standard of content. It would then serve as a good reference library.

I wish everyone all the best!

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Salam

It's been 8 years for me, and I am always amazed at the small amount or posts I have to my record.

I joined the forum at a period when salafis were getting very active in their filthy online propaganda (post Saddam Iraq), so basically this site was a haven of true shiism and it helped me a lot find serious and appropriate ressources, mostly on fiqh issues. Back then and before facebook I used to spend my time on SC and al-Islam.org for islamic topics.

Still love it, even though I am always disappointed by what seems to become the norm : people dont give the salam when they post. Come on guys this is an islamic place :)

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My username says I registered in 2005 and there is a whole story about that as well (thank you Ya 3ba :P)

Till 2006-2007 I was considered hands down the biggest spammer on the forum

Ali, is that you?

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A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, as I observed the first baby steps of Al-Gore and those of the interwebz, I felt a great disturbance in the force and found it to be shiachat.

No wait, actually I used to be sane back in 2007. I was a gentleman. I had a job. I paid taxes. I wore under garments. I revered and respected people. I lived in a comfortable box like everyone else. I detested rickshaws and found bikes unworthy like everyone else. I used to use seat belts and commodes like a boss.

Then I found shiachat. It didn't change my life. I wasted too much on sunni/shia flexing and waving competitions on here. It helped me lose respect for humanity some more. It made me hate ourselves as a race some more. But shiachat is not to blame. Any other congregation of people would have had the same effect. Anyway, thats all.

Next speaker please.

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I've been here awhile many years, maybe even 10? - I keep forgetting my password, and closing e-mail accounts so no way to recover... but always under the handle skylight ... lost password twice - so, now am skylight2.  Used to be pretty anti-IRI and everyone other than Ali Shariati... - (but that was b/4 I came on Shi'a Chat)  ... then I was told to read books by Allama Mutahhari and Imam Khomeini (or else...) - and I started to look into IRI, and also the ideological foundation of the Islamic Revolution. Now, am very much pro-IRI - but not pro- the Hashemi current. Which is in itself  interesting, 'cause before I would've been pro-Hashemi/Khatami etc. ... if I had not read and looked into the Islamic Revolution itself, and not just Iran.  There is no where really else to go... so am here, still... if there were a more focused forum, that was active and people participated, I might go there... but since there is not, am here... 

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Majority of you guys are old here :cry: May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) prolong your lives all of you. Shiachat is my favorite place to go when I’m bored. Even tho I do not know any one of you in reality, I still feel like I am chatting with a family member. 

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8+ years on ShiaChat with the same name but a couple of different avatars

Prior to 2015, I spent most of my time on sunni/salafi sites and channels starting with AOL groups way, way back in the day. Came to ShiaChat when someone asked me to answer a question from a Quranist 

I was very active from 2015 to 2019 but then a very turned off from ShiaChat due to run in with a few veteran members and mods...but that's another story for another day.

made a few friends here and lots of enemies. been suspended countless times for picking fights, being rude (they deserved it :D), being obnoxious and probably a few other adjectives.

Unapologetic Shia
Usooli malang
Namazi matami

:)

 

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Oops! I never knew this thread exists. I only missed my 10 year anniversary by a few months, oh and my 10 year anniversary as a Shia, lol! 

Scrolling up and seeing all those old names reminds me of the good time I had here before I took a really long break. It’s a shame most of those people are gone and that the chat room doesn’t even exist. 

I started off as someone full of doubts and confusion, helped by the amazing people here, made a few really good friends and loads of good memories. It’s a shame though, it feels like coming back home after so many years and the family I once knew isn’t here anymore :’) 

But I’m glad that the OP along with other mods are keeping this place alive. Thanks a bunch, you awesome people!

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On 1/5/2014 at 3:40 AM, Haji 2003 said:

I don't think we have had any/many landmark threads on SC, so perhaps this can do for those people who have completed 10 years (under the same handle).

Perhaps this or other landmark threads could be used by posters to comment on their own usage of SC, rather than comment on the site itself.

I registered the account in 2004.

Till 2008 I was an ordinary member, when I was asked to become a Mod.

While I was an ordinary member, I had posts edited and deleted, I never complained about it though…on the basis that there were site rules and it was best to try and follow them.

I've kept coming back because, well there's nowhere else to go to for Shia focused discussions. I know people have tried to set up sites in the past, but beyond recruiting their friends these ventures have not really gone anywhere.

So this seems to be the best that we have. I think I have gained a lot from being here, not least in terms of knowing about trends, developments and controversies in Shiadom. 

I've tended to post more on the business/politics type forums because that's where I feel I can more knowledgeably contribute, with my degrees/work covering business and also health.

For those who can remember, my avatar before the current one used to be (before an SC database problem) an image of Ayatollah's Khomeini and Khamenei. In that respect I think I have stayed a fairly consistent supporter of the IRI, albeit not a diehard one.

Most people here are fairly young and don't appreciate that before the Revolution, Shia identity and practice was dissolving. We were all in danger of becoming Muharram/Ramadan Muslims or even non-practising ones.

I'll post more later. My son wants to have a go on the Reading Eggs website, which I can HIGHLY recommend for kids aged 3-8.

Wow, blink and it's been another ten.

Now TWENTY years subhanAllah.

Truly the life of this world is like an illusionary delight.

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Impressed so many of you are still around, that makes me happy :clap:

I still enjoy visiting the forum from time to time, though I must admit that in my times it used to be much more active :(. Hope you still continue sharing nice recipes and discussing politics and philosophy :P. Also I hope that in these terrible individualistic and selfish times full of cruelty and ignorance, we continue developing with discipline and faith the good values and teachings that our dearest people taught us and that God allowed us to understand.

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On 1/5/2014 at 7:37 AM, Abu Hadi said:

I was asked to be a mod, I think in 2008, not sure exactly when, and I am still the laziest mod on SC, but I like to think I make up for it by my dashing good looks, looool.  :donno:

Salam, Brother. It was  August 12, 2007 when you joined the Moderators. Great day in SC history.  

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