Zehra Naqvi : Why I am Shia

Very nice article by Zehra Naqvi,thanks to my friend, classmate in boarding school,Lawrence College, Murree, I shall also share.
On advise of ‘Blessing for the Worlds’, patience, cooperation shown by Ameer ul Momineen for Religion of Islam to flourish is lesson in history for mankind. In his own words, I quote “I have never denied ALLAH since I knew Him” unquote.
Islam as Religion prohibits division among the followers, my observation; Prevalent among majority of Muslims that Imam Ali(a.s.)is closest associate.
Conclusion, ‘Shia introduced by ALLAH to shun sectionalism (sects).

Muharram In Manhattan

calligraphy Bismillah by Irfan Haider Mirza

Most of my peers think religion is backwards, a relic of more superstitious times, an ideology based on fairy tales.

I don’t deny I grew up with stories, but the stories of my faith shaped my understanding of social responsibility, justice, and purpose. I’m a professional in my thirties and although I never considered myself particularly devout, I realize that most of the people around me see me as a person of faith. One of the first things most people learn about me is that I’m Muslim. Shortly thereafter, they learn that I’m part of the Shia minority sect of the faith. Most people don’t know what to do with the latter information. I imagine the questions they have in mind but never ask out loud, are: Why are you Shia? What does being Shia mean to you?

Admittedly, it’s not a simple answer. Most…

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