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Facebook Discussions and Intrafaith Dialogue

Facebook Discussions and Intrafaith Dialogue

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Published by Natasha Jevtovic
Two passionate young Europeans discuss on Facebook about their faith, its doctrines and scriptural references. A heated argument transforms into a sincere friendship and a joint effort to start a common project.
Two passionate young Europeans discuss on Facebook about their faith, its doctrines and scriptural references. A heated argument transforms into a sincere friendship and a joint effort to start a common project.

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Published by: Natasha Jevtovic on Oct 21, 2011
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 By Natasha Jevtovicand  Abu Muhammad Al Sunni 2008
This is a Facebook correspondence between a Muslim brother in London and a Muslim sister in Paris regarding Sunni and Shiite doctrines and schools of thought.The discussion group in which the correspondence was perpetrated was called Tawheed but unfortunately no longer exists as it became inactive. For this reason,we have decided to collect the correspondence and make it available again.Only the spelling mistakes have been corrected in order to preserve the original form of all posts. If a word has been added to complete some sentences, it has been  placed under brackets: [abcd]. Original words marked in bold have been underlined.The brother Abu Mohammad Al Sunni has been left anonymous, to preserve his  privacy, although he did reveal his real name by the end of the correspondence and became friends with Natasha Jevtovic. Thanks to the beauty of Islam, a conversation that started with insults ended up in a true friendship and a joint project to preach the faith to the other Muslim schools of thought.
Post #1 Abu Mohammad Al Sunni(London) wrote on Nov 11, 2007 at 6:04 PM Ya Shia ya Kaffara... I begin with no salam and no greeting but with full baraa.My issue with you is not the position of the hands or cursing the sahabah... these areall relatively side issues... compared with the subject of imamah.Oh Zanadiqah! why do you take Ali as a God beside Allah?Why do you slaughter in the name of Ali?Why do you [make] duas to Ali?What is the difference between your pagan ways and the pagan ways of Abu Jahl?Reply to AbuReport 
3Post #21 reply You wrote on May 16, 2008 at 5:15 PMDear everyone,Islam knows five schools of thought which are the following – Hanafi, Shafii, Maliki,Hanbali and Jaafari school. The first four are Sunni and the last one is Shia school.They are basically similar when it comes to the art of interpretation of religious lawsor basic Monotheist faith. The main difference among them was once political but if we compare them today, we see as many differences among the four Sunni schoolsas we do among the first four and the Shia school. For example, the sayings of theprophet Muhammad were transmitted by his companions in the case of the Sunnis,whereas they were transmitted by his own family in the case of the Shia school.The Shia school was officially recognized with an appropriate fatwa by the Sheikh of  Al Azhar in Egypt and has the same legal value as the first four schools. Therefore,Shia Muslims cannot be considered as infidels as it is sometimes the case withcertain Sunni extremists.Looking at the clash between the Shia and Sunni group from the outside (as I am anindependent thinker and also a specialist of Islamic faith) I sometimes get the feelingthat certain Muslims treat better the other non-Muslims than their fellow Muslimsbelonging to a different school. They say that the non-Muslims do not know the truthso cannot be blamed, while the Muslims read the Koran and cannot but notice thetruth. Yet, it is possible to interpret the Koran in many ways – which, by the way,makes it interesting for all generations during all those centuries – and all thosedifferent schools find proof in the Holy Scriptures for their claims. Let's leave God's job to God, as He will decide on the Judgment day who was right, and will judgeeveryone according to his ability to understand and will take into consideration his orher good intention.The Koran says specifically that Islamic faith cannot be imposed on anyone. TheProphetic sayings state that we should seek knowledge even if it were in China.Islam never preached uniformity and it is my intimate conviction that the Prophetwould be wearing a suit and a tie if he had been sent in our century, as his purposewas always to be dressed in the best possible way and the most elegant one. Whynot accept the plurality of opinion without judging anyone? The Prophet even saidthat we shouldn't judge the others in order to avoid being judged on the Last Day.So let's start tolerating those who don't think the way we do, as would do theProphet himself.Salaam alaikum to all,Natasha Amina JevtovicReply to Your PostDelete Post 

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