- Please introduce yourself.
- I’m Muhammad Saberi from Sistan and Baluchestan province in Iran.
- When did you convert to Shia?
- In 2012.
- Since most of people in your Province are Hanafi Sunni, What caused you to change your religion and join the school of AhlulBayt (as)?
- I was watching TV at work. When I was watching Shia clergies and ceremonies, it seemed interesting to me that they were holding ceremonies on all occasions, but there was nothing like such at all among the Sunnis.
This got me thinking: “Aren’t the AhlulBayt (as) the descendants of the Prophet (PBUH)? So why Sunnis don’t hold ceremonies for them and are indifferent to these noble characters?”
The Mulawi of our village had converted to Shia. He influenced me a lot and sparked questions in my mind so I have been searching and thinking for a long time until I converted to Shia in 2012. After that, I accompanied him for a trip to the holy Mashhad and we were there for the whole month of Ramadan.
- After you converted to Shia, did the people around you want to discuss and debate with you?
- When I converted to Shia, everyone opposed me. My father in law didn’t speak to me and my father decided to kick me out of the house but my mother prevented him. Because people around me told my father that your son had become a polytheist and my father was influenced by what they said. Of course, in the beginning the pressures were more and now they’re much less.
Since I converted to Shia, I treat people much better and every one feels this change.
- Since you converted to Shia, what superior and strong points have you seen in the Shia beliefs that you hadn’t seen among the Sunnis?
- Although I’m a teacher, in the past I didn’t pay much attention to my prayers. My father argued with me all the time and wanted me to pray. So I prayed because of what people said, and I didn’t even care if its time has passed and my Salah was Qazaa, but this is not the case now.