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IbnAhmed56

Ive accepted Ahlul Bayt (as) as my guide to the path of Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى)

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Assalam Alaikum. I just want to start by thanking Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) for pushing me foward into the right direction. I’ve accepted that the Prophets sunnah is Ahlul Bayt and that his succesor are non other then Ali ibn abi talib and his descendents (عليه السلام) coming from a salafist background, I have to be honest and say that the  notion of asking people who are gone is still hard for me to accept. Nonetheless, I can’t deny the fact that the Prophet sawa instructed us to follow his Ahlul Bayt.

As I mentioned in a previous post. My people are hardline salafist so and Shia Islam is a completly foreign concept to them. So theres no way I can tell anyone im close to that Ive become a Shia anytime soon. To make matters worse, there arnt really many Shia were I live in the united states. There are only two Shia mosques in a nearby city and the closest one is a 30 minute drive. I didnt even know they existed until I did some research. Due to the small amount of Shias were I live. I can only assume that everyone who attends those mosques is from the same ethnicity and probably knows each other on a first name basis. I have bad social anxiety so going there would be a huge step outside of my comfort zone. Not to mention, ive heard stories of people who became Shia and didnt feel very welcomed by their new community.

Now im not expecting anybody to hug and kiss me and throw themselves at my feet. But a basic amount of respect wouldnt be a bit too much to ask for would it? As much as people like to deny it racism is a huge affliction that affects the ummah inwardly and outwardly and id be lying if I said it wouldnt hurt to turn your back on your community and risk  ostracism only to be turned away by the new one. Honestly, I don’t even think I could blame my people for turning me away in a sense since A year ago, I wouldnt hesistate to do the same to another person who became Shia. Even if this were to happen I hope it wont shake my faith in Ahlul Bayt as God knows the amount of times they were Alone and people turned on them yet never waivered in faith even for a bit. Unfortunately I don’t have the patience and piety of Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) Maybe im being a bit too extreme and unrealistic so I hope you read this with a bit of empathy.

Your prayers and advice would be very much appreciated. Jazakum Allah khaiyr

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Takbir!

Welcome to Haq.

What you could do, is phone up the nearest mosque and explain your background, being newly Shia and not knowing anyone.

May be a good idea for them to help welcome you into the community if they are expecting you.

Let us know how it goes.

Insha'Allah khair

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Salam 

Mashallah

God is Greater, Greater than we can appreciate and praise!

When you decided to be a Muslim, you took a pledge "I hear and obey", and you are completing more and more the pledge.

Say: I do not ask a wage for it but love in the near kin.

Say: I do not ask from it a wage but who wants, to take a path to their Lord.

The path is for ourselves and benefit:

Say: Whatever wage I asked then it is for yourselves.

 

 

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God bless you and keep you on the right path. 

Also don’t be shy in calling the Islamic centers closer to you and letting them know that you would like to show up and maybe also make a small speech of informing them of your journey to the true Islam. 

The rest is how you are, some people are easy in making new friends, some slow, some medium. My one advice would be, Shias like anybody else, have lots of cultural stuff with us, nothing bad, but very cultural, rest assured it all revolves around the birth or death of the Prophet ((صلى الله عليه وآله وسلم)) and his Ahlul Bayt. So don’t be judgemental, in fact show respect and genuine inclination while celebrating these occasions, and in no time you would be counted as one of their own. 

I’ve practiced above throughout my dealings into various Pakistani, Indian, Iranian, Lebanese, Iraqis, and Central Asian Shias. I’m proud to tell you I’ve found long lost brothers in all those cultures. Key is don’t be judgemental, be respectful and find the love and reverence of Ahlul Bayt behind all of those celebrations, foods, incenses, flags, poetry, gatherings, cryings and so on. 

Warning** Most of the time those who become overly judgemental are shunned out of the friendship circles, even those who are born’n raised in the same culture. 

Good luck in making tons of new friends. 

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Thank you guys for the love and support. I really appreciate it. My heart feels more at east knowing that I am following the very same people that Prophet sawa said that they would never seperate from the Qur'an until they meet him at the cistern. Recorded even in authentic Sunni hadith. This is why I like to call Ahlul Bayt (عليه السلام) the missing link and why those who follow them would logically be the only right path. اللهم صلي على محمد و على محمد

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This is heartwarming to say the least. Peace and blessings of Allah to you and on your growth in the Islam of the Ahlbayt. 

I usually hear about ex-Salafis becoming either Atheists (very angry one's) or Quranists, so this is refreshing to hear. 

Welcome to Shiachat too :)

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4 hours ago, HakimPtsid said:

I usually hear about ex-Salafis becoming either Atheists (very angry one's) or Quranists, so this is refreshing to hea

there is ex-slafis that are becoming Shias but because of their background they are more prone to become Zealots in Shia way  :respect:,this also can be happen for other people like as Christians or other people specially from people that formerly were active in missionary works but they find truth & are trying to fix their past errors ,I don't say @IbnAhmed56 is prone to this or not but following thread can be  helpful to keep him in balance after converting to Shia Islam :respect:

 

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3 hours ago, IbnAhmed56 said:

@Ashvazdanghe  yes. I must admit, I have been having some zealous tendencies, but in all honesty. Im still having trouble having to accept that the people I once loved and looked up to wernt who I thought they were. 

https://qr.ae/TWN3Dd

some Sunnis are anti Shi’a like these ones

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