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What was your first thought when you joined ShiaChat?

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When I first joined "Shiachat" - "wow I feel like people care about my opinions"

When I joined "Chatroom" - "OMG!!! I want to spend 24 hours of my day with these beautiful people."

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5 minutes ago, Qasim-Raza said:

I was like mashallah  a Shia religious website with alot of knowledgeable Shia brothers and sisters sharing their knowledge about our fiqh and answering questions about our fiqh issues with references and helping out people like me to learn more .

And what were your thoughts when reality struck you?:grin:

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As l finished reviewing the above, on Shift, dw.com a woman commented, "Now days, nobody reads anything any more. They are on social media and want pictures."  l think l have this quoted exactly.

For S.C., many Forum users obviously read hard copy and look for information.

Thank You, All

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18 minutes ago, 313 Seeker said:

Hey Hassan can you please explain why you cried when reading my post above? 

Because you posted a video clip of a goofy kid acting stew-pid.

:ranting: "What si funny is always welcomed. What is inane is a pain."

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I joined when I was a kid in 2011 but don’t remember looking at the forums or contributing or doing anything and then I came back in 2018 when I had a question about Islam lol. 

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I joined end of the last year...but I visited the website on and off as a guest

My first thought: to be honest I didn't had any serious thoughts... I just felt to be a part of this virtual community...and I'm thankful for that... there are some really great people who are really helpful and friendly:)

May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless you all

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Bimehe Ta3ala 

Assalam Alikum 

I've joined SC over 20 years ago.  

Sub7an'Allah, it was a place to meet Shias from all around the world, spend my evenings in the chatroom, and read hot and controversial topics.

Whenever a major news event happened in the world, I would jump on SC to read the comments.

SC used to have a media library and the original members were caring, light hearted and friendly.

One particular admin included resistance nasheed in the library.  I won't reveal his/her identity, he/she is married with children now and I don't want any harm to happen to them.

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

This is not to criticize, but to explain the reality of what has changed over time. 

M3 Salamah, FE AMIN ALLAH 

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10 minutes ago, Laayla said:

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

The internet is different now. It's much more regulated, and I'm not sure that's a good thing. So of course shiachat is more regulated and more restrained. It used to be wild here, wild and frustrating and beautiful. 

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Can you give examples of how it is regulated and restrained?

If the truth is on the side of what is to be restrained, is that appropriate or is that covering up the truth?

Why do people allow governments and big tech to control our platform?This is ShiaChat, not fassadbook, instaHaram, twitterdumb.

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3 hours ago, Laayla said:

Can you give examples of how it is regulated and restrained?

If the truth is on the side of what is to be restrained, is that appropriate or is that covering up the truth?

Why do people allow governments and big tech to control our platform?This is ShiaChat, not fassadbook, instaHaram, twitterdumb.

I can't give examples. 

Shiachat will be shut down if it doesn't follow the laws of the place where it is hosted. 

But more than legislation, people on the internet are different now from how they were 10 or 15 years ago. 

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On 2/20/2021 at 7:07 PM, notme said:

I can't give examples. 

Shiachat will be shut down if it doesn't follow the laws of the place where it is hosted. 

But more than legislation, people on the internet are different now from how they were 10 or 15 years ago. 

 

On 2/20/2021 at 5:42 PM, Laayla said:

A decade later, some Shias don't share there politics openly because of fear, suppression, and self censorship in the public sphere and online.

These are "self-censor" impulses as l posted early on in the thread "Snowden Revelations ll -your brain".

l do the same because of keyword/keyphrase surveillance programs. Doing this saves on hassles because you have bureaucrats who do not know or understand what is being discussed -or have their own agendas.

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As a lurker I used to be very grateful for this site. My devil must have wailed in agony when I found this site because my faith was much more secure now that I could turn to a group of people with any questions I had. Before, an anti-muslim would say something stupid like "there is X contradiction in the Quran" and it would actually bother me and inspire doubt in my heart. Then Allah guided me to this site and now my faith is much safer from the devil l.a. l.a on the devil and l.a on the enemies of Allah who wish to turn people away from God.

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On 10/20/2019 at 5:35 AM, Revert1963 said:

I had actually been reading the forum on and of for years before I joined, but never dared create a profile.

Exactly what happened to me. I found ShiaChat in 2002 because I was googling information on Imam Mahdi and 12th Imam, may Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) hasten his reappearance. It wasn't until 2010 that I was brave enough to join and start replying in topics. 

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I began posting here to learn about Shia Islam. I had heard that Shia Islam was "crazy and fundamentalist, the worst type of Islam and that they are all terrorists" from a teacher in my high school and I realized that it was because this was a public school and they had to take the tack of the American Government due to their problems with the Islamic Republic of Iran, the heart of Shiism in the world.

I've always thought that it was better to seek out truth on my own than simply take someone's word for it, so I made an account and began posting here.

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On 2/20/2021 at 2:54 PM, notme said:

The internet is different now. It's much more regulated, and I'm not sure that's a good thing

I remember when the internet was like the wild west and people used to code their own "homepages" in HTML because social media did not exist yet. They call it "Web 1.0" and to be completely honest, I think I liked Web 1.0 better because you used to have to have a basic sort of computer literacy to use the internet and to be even more honest, coding my own webpages was fun and made me feel a lot smarter than social media (which I no longer use as of last year) makes me feel.

I don't think it's good that tech companies are deciding what information can be disseminated though. I think that this is a major problem and although it only really affecting Trumpist conservatives right now, I know that eventually it's going to affect everyone and that silicon valley companies are going to essentially be deciding what sorts of ideas and opinions can be disseminated to others. I get that they're trying to combat "racism", but very soon it's going to be used against people speaking out against colonialism, multinational corporate domination, secularism, so on and so forth.

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On 10/28/2019 at 7:12 AM, ali_fatheroforphans said:

When I first joined "Shiachat" - "wow I feel like people care about my opinions"

When I joined "Chatroom" - "OMG!!! I want to spend 24 hours of my day with these beautiful people."

I was like "Can the internet load faster so I can give a Salawat?"

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On 6/20/2021 at 5:37 AM, Diaz said:

I was scared at the first time, now I feel like y’all are my second family :) 

This is the only Islamic community that I have. The Masjid in my city is a Sunni one and there are a lot of very pushy brothers there who like to point out that you do everything wrong and "aren't a real Muslim" from the way you do wudhu to how you leave your arms by your side when you pray, to what you say during prayer. It's actually pretty rude and unpleasant.

It is a bummer because I wish that I had a real life faith community to engage with, but it's yet another test to see if I am serious about Islam or whether I'm just looking for the "social" aspect of religion. I have faith that eventually I'll be hooked up with other Shias in real life.

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