The Iraqi teacher then smiled and told me that he was a Shi’i. I was a little disturbed by his answer and thoughtlessly said, “If I knew you were a Shi’i, I would not have spoken to you.” He asked: “Why?.” I replied, “Because you are not Muslims. You worship Ali ibn Abi Talib, and the moderates among you worship Allah but do not believe in the message of the prophet Muhammad(s.a.w.). You curse the Archangel Gabriel for betraying what he was entrusted with. Instead of delivering the message to Ali he gave it to Muhammad.”
I continued with this type of anecdote while my companion listened carefully, at times smiling and at times showing his astonishment. When I finished talking, he asked me again, “Are you a teacher, teaching students?” I answered, “Yes.” He said, “If that is what the teachers think, then we cannot blame the ordinary people who barely have any edu- cation.” I said, “What do you mean?” He answered, “I beg your pardon, but from where did you get all these false allegations?” I told him that my information came from famous history books, and the rest is common knowledge. Then he said, “Well let us leave the people, but could you tell me what books have you read?” I started mentioning a few books, such as those by Ahmed Amin “Fajr al-Islam, Duha al-Islam and Zuhor al-Islam” and many others. He asked: “Since when has Ahmed Amin been an authority on the Shia?” He added, “To be fair and objective, one has to refer to the original sources of the subject.” I said, “Why should I investigate a subject which is common knowledge to all people?” He replied, “Ahmed Amin himself has visited Iraq, and I was one of the teachers he met in Najaf, and when we rebuked him about what he had written about the Shia, he said that he was sorry, and he did not know anything about the Shia, and that was the first time he had met Shias. We told him that his excuse was worse than his mistake, for how could he write bad things about us when he did not know anything about us?”
He added, “Brother, if we judge the Jews and the Christians through the Holy Qur’an, they would not accept the judgement, despite the fact that the Qur’an is our absolute proof. Therefore, we should show their mistakes in their books, because then the proof would be stronger, in accordance to the saying: From among them, there was one who bore witness against them.” His speech fell on my heart like cold water falling on the heart of a thirsty man, and I changed from a bitter critic to someone who is willing to listen and think, because I felt there was a sound logic and a strong proof. So I had to show some modesty and listen to him. I said to him, “So you are one of those who believe in the message of our prophet Muhammad (s.a.w.)?” He replied, “All Shias like me believe in it. Brother, you had better investigate the matter yourself, so you do not have any doubt about your brothers, the Shias because perhaps some doubt is a sin.” He added, “If you really want to know the truth and to see it with your own eyes so you could convince yourself, then I invite you to visit Iraq, and there you will meet the Ulama of the Shia, as well as the ordinary people, and then you will recognize the malicious lies.”
— Muhammad al-Tijani al-Samawi. Then I was Guided. Pgs 18-19. (via quboor)
The heart becomes corrupt in six ways: commiting sins in the hope of repenting, seeking knowledge and not applying it, practice without ikhlas, eating the sustenance of Allah without appreciating Him, not being pleased with Allah’s decree and burying the dead without learning from them."