Asalamo Alaikom my aunts and uncles. I am 18 years old and recently I've been having inexplicable dreams which have led me out in search of answers. I have been growing more interested in my beautiful religion and the messages of Allah but I don`t have anyone to look upto and learn from. I am a Shia, and my parents are from Afghanistan. We live in the USA and everyone in my family, even my parents, are Americanized but me. My family consists of 2 brothers, 2 sisters, my parents, and I; saddened by the fact that my family is only muslim by word of mouth and no evidence, I have come to believe that I must use the powers of the internet for the good. Hence, I am here to ask and enlighten myself, Imam Ali Alayhisalam said that knowledge is one step closer to perfection and only fools run after wealth and pleasures and I am only a student at my age. Please teach me.
My family claims to be Muslims but they never give to charity, they never pray namaaz, they do not fast, and they do not attend masjid. They are infatuated by the idealogies of freedom, music, television and sex. I haven't lived long enough to fully understand the good and the bad but I understand that Music and Television are Satan's most powerful weapons and I have lived long enough yet to see the ill affects of them in my family.
I am tired of Music and Internet. Just a couple of months ago, I realized that Facebook, Twitter, and all my other social networks that I'd been wasting time on, had given me, in return, nothing but sleepless nights, headaches, and killed half of my day since I'd be Facebooking until 3AM only to sleep until 2PM the next day. Thus, I deleted everything, and altered my habits a bit, now I wake up at 8AM or even 7AM. I read books instead of statuses, and I am slowly realizing that my life's purpose is to pray, worship, spread the message, and one day, leave offspring to commence from where I leave them.
Okay..Since I don't have anyone else in my family to ask questions, and get guidence from, I am here to Ask, and learn. I asked God to help me achieve a degree of perfection and to enlighten me in my search for answers and I believe that is the reason why I found this site.