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Memoirs of Pioneer of Shiism in the West

Memoirs of Pioneer of Shiism in the West

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Published by Yasin T. al-Jibouri
Not many people know who Yasin T. al-Jibouri is until they read one of his books or essays posted on the Net or published in hard copy form. But when they do, they will describe him as the "Pioneer of Shiism in the West in general and in the United States in particular". Judge for yourself.
Not many people know who Yasin T. al-Jibouri is until they read one of his books or essays posted on the Net or published in hard copy form. But when they do, they will describe him as the "Pioneer of Shiism in the West in general and in the United States in particular". Judge for yourself.

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MEMOIRS OF THE PIONEER OF SHIISMIN THE WEST
 By
Yasin T. al-Jibouri
COVERING ATLANTA, GEORGIA1972-1979
 In the Name of Allh, Most Gracious, Most Merciful 
INTRODUCTION: WHY THESE MEMOIRS
I declare, from the bottom of my heart and the deepest depth of my soul and the essence of myspirit, that I believe in the One and Only God, Allah, adored, blessed, praised, and glorified isHe in the heavens and on earth by His angels, stars and moons and constellations, by His planetsand asteroids, by His cosmos and everything in it, above it, and underneath it..., by the lightningand by thunder, by each and every wonder, by the day and the night, by everything dark or  bright, black or white, or in-between, by the jinns and mankind, by every bird and brute, by theatmosphere that we pollute, by the insects and the bees, by the rivers and the seas, by the leavesand the trees, by everything He creates... I adore Him for what He is, for what He has done for us and for everything and everyone, believing first and foremost in His Oneness, and in Hisheaven and hell, in all His angels, Prophets, Messengers, Books and revelations. I believe in HisMight and Power, in His Punishment at the time of the Hour, in His mercy to those who believe,in His penalty to those who disbelieve, knowing fully well that His Judgment is true and fair,that life after death is the real life while this one is only a brief journey to eternity. I place myhope for His salvation not on His Justice, for nothing I dread more than His justice, but on Hisspacious and encompassing mercy which is greater than any mother's affection towards her babe,and greater than anything in the world and beyond. It is this hope for His mercy that enables me1
 
to sleep knowing that neither slumber nor sleep overtakes Him, the One Who guards me when Icannot guard myself, Who protects me when I have no means whereby I can protect myself, andWho enables me to smile knowing that His forgiveness is a manifestation of His clemency, thatno matter how many good deeds I do, it is He Who enables me to do them, and no matter howgreat my sins may be, His forgiveness is even greater. I pray Him and plead to Him to enable meand all other servants of His to get to know Him better so that I may worship Him better, for surely if any servant of His knows Who He really is (if anyone can ever do that), as much as onecan conceive given his limited human capacity, he will worship none but Him and obey not butHim and think of none but Him and strive to please none but Him; he will then find an earthlyheaven, bliss, and happiness besides which there is no heaven, nor bliss nor happiness in our world.I further declare that I am a believer in, and a follower of, the Ja'feri
 fiqh
that explains theSunnah of His Prophet and Messenger Muhammad ibn Abdullah, peace and blessings of Allah be upon him, his progeny, his companions, the followers of his companions, and those whofollow the latter... till the Day of Resurrection. Peace and blessings of Allah and his angels beupon Muhammad and his pure and purified
itrat 
, descendants, those who knew him best andemulated him best, those who grew up in his lap and were brought up by him according to hisSunnah and under the care of his Lord, and upon his
 sahaba
, his righteous companions whosupported and strengthened him and became the very first bricks in the ever-towering structurecalled the Muslim
Ummah
, those who sacrificed a great deal for Islam, who disseminated itsmessage, learned, practiced, then taught his Sunnah, and upon their followers, one generationafter another, till the very last one that will ever live on the temporary refuge for humans calledearth. May Allah Ta'ala reward His Prophet and Messenger and all those who follow him withabundant blessings in the life of this world, and with forgiveness and everlasting rewards in thelife to come,
 Allahomma Aameen.
Furthermore, I declare and testify in my own tongue, from the bottom of my heart or elseit should stop beating, and from the depth of my soul or else it should part from my body, that
 Ashahadu alla ilaha illa-Allah wahdahu la shareeka lah, wa... Ashadu anna Muhammadan Rasool-Allah, wa... Ashhadu anna Aliyyan waliyy-Allah, wa... Ashhadu anna Ameeral-Momineena Aliyyan wa awladahul Ma'someena hujajullah
...This is my declaration of 
 shehada
which I daily pronounce and will always propagate, and if someone has a problem with it, well, it is
his
problem, not mine! I wholeheartedly praise and2
 
thank the Almighty Who graciously permitted me to believe in Him and follow the Sunnah of His Messenger and Prophet Muhammad ibn [son of] Abdullah ibn Abdul-Muttalib ibn Hashimibn Abd Manaf ibn Qusayy ibn Kilab ibn Murrah ibn Ka'b ibn Luayy ibn Ghalib ibn Fahr ibnMalik ibn Nadar ibn Kinanah ibn Khuzaymah ibn Mudrikah ibn Ilyas ibn Mazar ibn Nazar ibnMa'ad ibn Adnan ibn Isma'eel (Ishmael) ibn Ibrahim (Abraham), peace and blessings of Allah beupon him and his progeny as well as the righteous among his ancestors especially his greatgrandfathers Isma'eel and Ibrahim...Few, indeed, have expressed interest in documenting the dissemination of Islam in thisimportant part of the world, and fewer have relied on first-hand information to do so. In 1972, Icame to Atlanta, Georgia to pursue higher studies, and my Islamic activities there lasted from theFall of 1972 till the early winter of 1979. In Maryland, my activities lasted from the winter of 1980 till February 25, 1982 when I married Zainab and moved to live with her in Virginia. Itwas there that we both founded the International Islamic Society of Virginia, Inc. In order tocircumvent any possibility of someone maliciously and inaccurately recording what I did duringall those years, I decided to record them myself. Their events will narrate the struggle of atwenty-six year old former high school teacher who comes to the U.S. to study for a higher degree but soon finds himself unable to avoid involvement in Islamic missionary work to the ex-tent that he almost forgot about, and certainly felt obligated not to consider, going home once hisstudies were over for fear of losing his life. They also narrate the difficulties some foreign stu-dents face here in the U.S. as they struggle to pursue their studies at their own expense, the pitiful living conditions in which they find themselves, and the hardship they have to undergo ina purely materialistic society, agonizing often from an inhospitable environment.The details of these events have been kept fresh in my memory for so long because I have been narrating them quite often to my native Virginian wife who told me once that I still live inthe past. By writing them down, I hope I will be able to forget them!Part II of these Memoirs will
 Insha-Allah
detail my
tabligh
activities from 1980 to 1993. Iintend to publish both Volumes as soon as Allah enables me to.3

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