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How has your ShiaChat experience been?

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On 5/24/2019 at 12:29 PM, notme said:

Why would any of us be here if it weren't mostly good?

Maybe its for the same reason why people mine for gold even though most of what they will find will be normal rocks.

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Apologies for being late to post here.

On 5/22/2019 at 3:48 PM, Diaz said:

Social media is toxic, it’s better if we all just quit it. 

I do not consider ShiaChat "social media". It is better than those quips, sound bites and un-thought-out responses.

I have been on ShiaChat for a decade now. There is some truth in the "ShiaChat Addiction" tag --for me and a few other members.

Since we have forums, most of the time each of us has to compose a response or post. The biggest benefit I have gotten is in articulating my thought(s).

This leads to my one negative comment. Not to rehash or challenge the Mods, but last year I was up for "banning". In short, I quoted Qur'an and pointed out that as Qur'an reveals another person could do better. It was never pointed out to me what was confusing, only that I 'broke' a cardinal rule. So l am still confused, even though I got a one time pass. Therefore, I am more careful about how someone else could emotionally react rather than the quality of my writing.

Another thing I like is we get news we otherwise won't know. An article from a foreign paper, TV reports, and so on. And because so many members are serious and cross check things, has ShiaChat ever had un-corrected 'fake news'? I don't remember any. Do you?

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good. It changed my beliefs a lot. I remember when I used to go to this site to answer my Ahkam questions cause I didn't know much like laws concerning prayer, recitation, wudhu etc..

after that I took a bit of a break came back later to learn more things and noticed certain famous members were gone like Ethics, Macisac who ehhh moving on. During this time I remember looking at Sunni Shia debates and being fascinated by the knowledge some of the members had who I don't see here anymore. 

the next stage was the Wilayat Faqeeh and shirazi debates I would look at. this was a few years later, Again fascinated by the knowledge of the WF many of them I also don’t see much anymore, one of them is also gone4awhile. I learned a lot from them and those debates changed my views on the subject. I became a follower of WF and that path. 

Now A lot of the people left and when I see repetitive topics like "mutah help!!" or "why aliyun waliullah in athan?" It makes miss the old days of Khamenei (ha) vs shirazi [lol] or some other topic I found interesting not saying  I want to see those debates again but some other exciting and engaging topic would be cool. 

I guess its the fact that I always used shiachat to learn things and I don't have exciting topics in mind that bring vibrant debates anymore. Could also be that a lot of the cool senior members left but not all though.  

I still use the website on occasion and find it fun to chat with cool members in the chatroom.

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2 minutes ago, TryHard said:

Could also be that a lot of the cool senior members left but not all though.  

I'm new to ShiaChat, but what I do notice is a lot of questions on low faith, doubts in one's deeds, topics that bug young Muslims like sexuality and refutations of topics brought up on Quora and the like. 

I still haven't found the people I was looking for when I joined, but it makes for better entertainment than other platforms like Facebook.

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On 5/22/2019 at 6:07 AM, ali_fatheroforphans said:

Salam,

How has your ShiaChat experience been? Mention both the positives as well as the negatives.

wa alaykum salaam,

The current negative is the appearance of the mobile chat indicator @ the bottom right corner of the screen. Due to it having numbers that changes, the brain is disrupted. Numbers are Somethings.

The positives are embedded in the heart and prayers

Heart beat like experience, critical like the faint pulse.

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On 7/5/2019 at 8:55 AM, Mzwakhe said:

Numbers are Somethings.

Meaning they have different meanings. eg 1 always brings about the thought of Allah's oneness not being numerical. 2 reminds of pairs or opposites. 3 maybe a tree, that tree :gossip:tree. 4... 5... 6... 7...

8 upright represent diseases, eg A.I.D.S, on it's side it represents infinity( cure/purity). In other areas the opposite of 8 is 6 which is "spoil us"...

& etc

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On 6/9/2019 at 10:01 PM, aaaz1618 said:

I'm new to ShiaChat, but what I do notice is a lot of questions on low faith, doubts in one's deeds, topics that bug young Muslims like sexuality and refutations of topics brought up on Quora and the like. 

I still haven't found the people I was looking for when I joined, but it makes for better entertainment than other platforms like Facebook.

All banned or left. :D

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I think my experience on ShiaChat has been mixed. 

I think I was looking for more of a community feel and a sense of belonging. Especially since I became practicing later in life (19) and I had to relearn everything from the beginning. I didn’t receive the support I thought I would and felt extremely frustrated and misunderstood because I think of myself as more balanced in my worldview and I’m able to cut through the smoke and mirrors of cultural issues masking as Islam. Also, because I’m a Western woman, and a proud American who doesn’t identify with my parents’ ethnicity and country of origin at all, I’m labeled as a feminist by others. 

I like that I’ve met a few people like me and for that I’m very grateful. But overall, other forums are a more positive experience for me. 

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5 hours ago, BowTie said:

All banned or left. :D

Couldn't agree more. This site used to be brimming with intellectual debates by knowledgeable people. This site is now dominated by young students and a whole bunch of pseudo-intellects who love the sound of their own voice. There's nothing wrong with the younger SCs BTW - it's great that they are seeking to improve and learn. May Allah help them all on their respective journeys. It would just be a more balanced and enriching platform if there was a wider range of demographics.  

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16 minutes ago, Aflower said:

Couldn't agree more. This site used to be brimming with intellectual debates by knowledgeable people. This site is now dominated by young students and a whole bunch of pseudo-intellects who love the sound of their own voice. There's nothing wrong with the younger SCs BTW - it's great that they are seeking to improve and learn. May Allah help them all on their respective journeys. It would just be a more balanced and enriching platform if there was a wider range of demographics.  

I also wanted to add that I do gain quite a bit of insight by reading the views and perspectives of the younger SCs such as @Islandsandmirrors, irrespective of whether I concur or not. 

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I haven't been called an infidel or a kafir even once. I'm very disappointed. 

I enjoy it. I spend more time reading old threads than anything else since I'm not knowledgeable enough to speak on religious matters. 

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10 hours ago, GabrielWithoutWings said:

I haven't been called an infidel or a kafir even once. I'm very disappointed. 

I enjoy it. I spend more time reading old threads than anything else since I'm not knowledgeable enough to speak on religious matters. 

You kafidel :hahaha: I refuse to call someone any of those two names and I think on the whole people don't tend to name sling on here. Why would someone call you that anyway?

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15 hours ago, aaaz1618 said:

You kafidel :hahaha: I refuse to call someone any of those two names and I think on the whole people don't tend to name sling on here. Why would someone call you that anyway?

You know, the whole stereotypical Muslim shtick. "The streets will flow red with the blood of the non-believers" and all that. 

Though I've also noticed that Reddit tends to be a little less friendly. 

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