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A few questions for Alawi's regarding your beliefs.

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Submitted by NL321 (Netherlands), Aug 11, 2013 at 17:10

Being someone who is interested in religion, and especially the more small sects, I read the book on Alawi's by Yaron Friedman.

I would like to know the opinions of Alawi's, and there are plenty around here I see, about this book.

Is it accurate or is it full of nonsense?

I think I have quite a good impression of your history and beliefs and I must say they are interesting but a few questions linger. I understand you do not like to speak about your religion but I can try anyway.

A. If conversion into your sect (not used in a negative context) was still open in 1220 when a man called Al-Maksun Al-Sinjari became Alawi (Nusayri) and drove the Kurds and Isma'ili's from your mountainous homeland with his army, why do you not allow new converts today? When did it close? I know the Druze closed themselves in 1043 but when did this happen with Alawi's?

BUT I read that the family of the martyr Assef Shawkat was of Kurdish origion and became Alawi three generations ago. Is this true?

B. A woman can be reborn as a man after she lives a good life, is this true?

C. Is there a way for a non-Alawi (in case conversion is not possible) to find salvation?

Maybe not through leaving the material world but maybe he can live a good life so he is not reborn as an animal and as such will be judged at Judgement Day or something?

Please tell me about the position of non-Alawi's in your beliefs as it is very unclear.

If you want to mail me tell me and I will give an e-mail adress.

Thank you in advance and I hope you all stay safe from takfiri lunatics.

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