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Shia Venezuelan

A Convert from Little Venezia

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13 hours ago, Shia Venezuelan said:

Assalam Aleykum...

My story starts when i was born into a Catholic-Agnostic family in Venezuela (also know "Little Venezia"). Even though I was baptized, i never practice the catholicism but i was forced to go church and learn about Catholicism. at 13 years old was agnostic and 17 years old, i study all religions (Judaism, Buddhism, hinduism, shinto, Orthodox Christianity, Coptic Christianity) and the Islam was the last religion on study.

The history of Islam was something that impressed me at that time and so much that I had hidden that issues like Islam are not very well seen in Venezuela. It was when I read about the Battle of Karbala that it surprised me and served as inspiration for a series of events such as my political activism and the university. Reading a lot about Islam, I learn of many branches in which the "Shias" struck me and investigate a little more but with difficulty since the capital of my country the only mosque and information center on Islam is Wahabi. It was at the age of 18 that I decided to convert to Shia Islam and to this day I try to adapt according to Islamic teachings.

That my family, a little conservative, assimilate was not easy: my mother always told me to return to Catholicism until I finally accept my conversion to Islam. Well, that's my short story, now I'm learning more about Islam Shia on my own as I may be the only Shia in my city.

You are a truth seeker Bro.  May Allah ( SWT ) bless you for the sake of Ahle bait a.s.

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Salaam, welcome to the family. I am so proud of your efforts to find the true path brother. I was lucky to be born Shia, but I think the people that weren't and did their research to find this path deserve a lot of credit. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to ask us, we'll be glad to help inshallah. 

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