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Slfheinn

Converting with no community nearby?, how to learn

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Hello all, I hope this is the right area to post in.

I've been on the path to find God my whole life, Islam has always held a particular draw to me which I felt was unique. But I only knew about Sunni Islam and it became unappealing, it felt slightly alien to me. So I put Islam off, but to put it simply, I was introduced to Twelver Shia Islam later in life and looked into it. I started to read books such as 'A Shi'ite Creed' by Shaykh as-Saduq, Al-Kafi, Nahjul Balagah, and so much of the truths within these immediately clicked with me. They are things which I had already came to the conclusion of on my personal "journey" Ive intensely been on since I was a very young child. Now conversion feels like a path which I really would like to pursue, but my issue is there are no Muslim communities here. The nearest one is over an hour and they are Sunni. I don't mind not having a community around always, but I have trouble learning the practical sides of things on my own unless it's done in my own way.

I can and will understand the deep aspects of things which many may at first struggle with or not even pursue, yet the practical aspects, like how to properly pray, (I do not speak Arabic etc) what if I don't teach myself the right ways  and since there is no Shia community here to learn from, and I am limited at leaving,I fear I would have no one to correct me and so I would be doing it wrong for perhaps years.. 

I am very sincere on these things and in seeking a conversion, and in many ways already feel parts of me are Shia when I connect so well with the wisdom that's been revealed to me, yet why do I struggle at learning the "simple" things? What should I do to properly learn & conduct "practial" aspects of being Shia when I would be entirely on my own?

Thank you for your considerations on my issue, I wish you all good thoughts on God and wise actions.

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May God reward you for struggling to find the truth, and alhamdullilah that you have found it as Allah says in the Quran:

"You did not know the Book, nor the faith, but We made it a light, guiding thereby whom We please of Our servants." (42:52)

There are some converts on this forum who are in the same situation as you are, that have no shia or mosques around them.  @Gaius I. Caesar may be able to help.

 

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Congratulations! 

You've already mentioned the best books: the Quran and Nahjul Balagha. The only other I might recommend is A Shi'ite Encyclopedia.

For the basics, al-islam.org has it's "In a Nutshell" section. They're excellent short summaries.  https://www.al-islam.org/nutshell/

 

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Salam, 

This forum is a great place for learning and for socialising. If you give it a chance I'm sure that  you'll come to like it. 

Where exactly do you live? There may be a community there that you don't know about. 

Congratulations on your conversion,  alhamdulillah 

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Salam and congratulations. 

Like was said above, I am a revert(convert) to Islam. I was raised Christian and grew up in California. I now live in Michigan.

If you have any question, you can pos them on this thread. 

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2 hours ago, Ali_Hussain said:

Salam, 

This forum is a great place for learning and for socialising. If you give it a chance I'm sure that  you'll come to like it. 

Where exactly do you live? There may be a community there that you don't know about. 

Congratulations on your conversion,  alhamdulillah 

Thank you for your comments, I see already this is a good online community. 

I am in northern Minnesota  (mesabi range) ive known the area  well it's rural and I am sure of there being no Muslim presence sadly.

 

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Congratulations for converting to the right path.

My advice is that you regularly visit Shiachat, because it is still technically a community and will help you in many ways.

In terms of books there are plenty of good ones in al-islam.org, and try to start of with books that are very basic and gradually move to higher level ones.

The one I really benefited from was:

 https://www.al-islam.org/islamic-teachings-in-brief-allamah-tabatabai

Edited by ali_fatheroforphans

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http://www.playandlearn.org/reader.asp?Type=Fiqh&fn=114

Brother, print this guide out and play the youtube video.  It will be a few prayers before you memorize surat al fatiha and surat ikhlas.

Make sure you keep us posted on your progress.

Just remember you are not alone and we are here to help.  You can tag me @ and then followed by my name, if you need anything.

The month of ramadthan is less than 11 days away.  Will you be fasting this year?  Remember take it easy and one step at a time.  Don't overwhelm yourself and come back here if you have questions.

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah 

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10 hours ago, Laayla said:

http://www.playandlearn.org/reader.asp?Type=Fiqh&fn=114

Brother, print this guide out and play the youtube video.  It will be a few prayers before you memorize surat al fatiha and surat ikhlas.

Make sure you keep us posted on your progress.

Just remember you are not alone and we are here to help.  You can tag me @ and then followed by my name, if you need anything.

The month of ramadthan is less than 11 days away.  Will you be fasting this year?  Remember take it easy and one step at a time.  Don't overwhelm yourself and come back here if you have questions.

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah 

Thank for the guides, I will be studying them as much as I need! And I do intend on fasting, I surely must and have no anxiety over doing it. I was actually born during the holy month, and to have it occur so soon upon conversion makes my heart glad. 

But I am sure I will have questions, I shall ask when they arrive

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11 hours ago, Slfheinn said:

Thank for the guides, I will be studying them as much as I need! And I do intend on fasting, I surely must and have no anxiety over doing it. I was actually born during the holy month, and to have it occur so soon upon conversion makes my heart glad. 

But I am sure I will have questions, I shall ask when they arrive

Bismehe Ta3ala,

Brother, maybe the first day of the holy month will be difficult.  To make it a more smooth transition, two or three days before we enter the holy month fast a half day so your body will adjust, then the next day go a full day with only water. Then on the last day of shaban make the intention of fasting the whole day without water.  Of course when you start on the first day of month of ramadhan, no food, water, sex from predawn until mughrib.

Wake up early before dawn to drink water, dates, a small meal to help you throughout the day.  

The link below is a prayer calendar.  You need to adjust the time for Minnesota, so add 10-15 mins to the praying schedule.  As for Imsak, or when you stop eating it is 15 minutes before morning prayers.

http://www.icofa.com/may-2107/

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN Allah 

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