But Islam had to be an Arab religion, right? It can't be the faith that young American women gravitate to, can it? I soon discovered that the majority of Muslims are not Arab...
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I never knew a Muslim before this time, and I had certain preset ideas (all wrong I hasten to add) of what Islam was about. There was nothing in the behavior of the students that really impressed me...
I lived, researched, and taught in the Muslim Arab world for 35 years, and was very familiar with Islam in both theory and practice. What had been my journey to Islam and why had it taken so long?
I feel such a great peace and comfort –just like that childhood feeling again- and I know that I can sleep now; I know that I’m safe. Surely I know there’s a God, Who created the heavens and the earth and all that is between them.
I can truly say now, looking back on the whole story, that I was overwhelmingly blessed by the way Allah guided me to Islam. I look back now and see my old friends from high school and how lost they are.
Although Kara’s heart was filled with the morality of the Islamic belief, she still felt incomplete, so she went and searched for guidance.
I wish more and more people in my country would go beyond biased mass media's view on Islam and start reading the Quran and understand the depth of this beautiful religion called Islam.
I want to be a good Muslim; I am sure that as long as I will be guided by God, I will lead a good and meaningful life. I lost my parents but gained a meaningful way of life. I am not afraid of anything, except God Almighty.
Between Ahmed and Rashida, I became very interested in Islam. I started to also study on my own. I started to go to meet Rashida; she had a shop that sells incense, oils and Islamic clothing. So now I was on my way with Islam.
My path led me to the site of a civil rights hero of mine and from there I befriended a person who taught me about Islam.
I was not searching for individuality. I was looking for structure, a way of life that guided me, a way of life that fellow brothers and sisters followed just like me, a way of life that the very first brothers and sisters of faith had followed.