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I am on the cusp of atheism. How am I supposed to know God exists, that Islam is right and that Shia Islam, despite being the minority, is also right?
Thank you for your question. Although such broad questions would require a series of discussions rather than an online answer, the question of knowing largely comes down to a number of presumptions about how things are known. Most people do not actually know what they have presumed or the nature of how presumptions are evaluated and that is how they can get into intellectual predicaments as our presumptions can simply arise from those that dominate the intellectual environment that we live in and digest through the arts.
For example, if we have presumed that all that can be reliably known must be known by the five senses, then with that presumption it is impossible to know that God exists. But why should someone take that presumption over the presumption that a human can know more than what their physical sense perception accounts for? If we presume that we can know through other than our physical sense, then we can know God through our other senses and trust those senses in the way that we can trust what we already know to be limited physical senses. So once the issue of presumptions is solved a person can rationally move towards establishing the existence of God and answering the other questions you have posed.
God is also known through a deep connection and feeling within the soul.
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May you always be successful
I was born a Shia Muslim but became an atheist and did not fast during Ramadhan. I have since returned to becoming a Muslim. Will Allah forgive me and should I make up for the fasts that I didn't do?
Allah is The Most Merciful, The Most companionate and The best Forgiver.
When Allah knows your sincere repenting feelings, He will grant His mercy on you.
You need to make up (Qadha) all the missed worships.
As a student in the UK I have come across some material promoting atheism and as a result I have begun doubting everything. How can I get the doubts out of my mind and strengthen my faith?
Thank you for your question. Both sides of the God debate have their own arguments and rebuttals and so if a certain argument has caused confusion you should seek its response from those who have been well trained in the intellectual sciences. It is also important to consider the role of religious experience when forming the presumptions to your intellectual framework and to realize that atheists also recognize the validity of theist arguments based on the presuppositions of theists.
May you always be successful.
If this woman you are getting to know says that she will accept Islam, then you can marry her. If she chooses to stay atheist, then all types of marriage (temporary and permanent) are not allowed with her.
So before marrying her, she must accept Islam and sincerely utter the testimony of faith.
May Allah grant you success