No matter how much we have, we, as human beings, tend to focus on what we don’t have and how hard we think we have it. But when we look at those who have less, our hardships seem small and manageable.
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The message of Islam was very simple: there was just One God in heaven, Who had created them and Who still cared for them. In turning to that One God (known in Arabic as “Allah”) they could find inner peace and a way to live that would make sense and bring them happiness.
The essence of Islam is very simple. In fact, Muslims have made its message seem so very complicated, yet it can be summed up in two sentences: that there is no god but the One God in heaven; and that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is the last in a long line of prophets sent by this God to His Creation.
Islam nourishes the heart and the soul. Purifying ourselves is easily accomplished by reading and contemplating the meanings found in the Quran and Sunnah, and holding to the five pillars.
My parents once they saw me become a Muslim they were happy and impressed because my life completely changed since I became a Muslim. They saw how much of a better person I have become.
Muslims today have fallen behind the nations of the world. This sad condition is the result of not recognizing the true model of the Prophet Muhammad of being proactive in facing difficulties and for setting the vehicle of Islam in motion.
By having this kind of peace, a person becomes like a magnet, people are attracted to their state of being, to their peace, to their knowledge as they are growing with it, and people want to know where did this peace come from.
The Quran was revealed orally, it was revealed not in writing. It was revealed to Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him) by the angel Gabriel orally and then Prophet Muhammad, peace be upon him, remembered the verses and told other people and they learned the verses by heart.
As new Muslims battle with spiritual challenges, soaring moments of joy and a total reevaluation of the world they live in, what can we do to help?
When we enter Islam, we humble ourselves before God. The abuse from society only strengthens our trust in Him. Being mocked at or denigrated only makes us appreciate all the more, the trials that our beloved Prophet Muhammad faced.
My employer also appreciated the Islamic viewpoint that I brought to our social service work, as well as the integrity I brought to the office. They were pleased that I wore hijab and supported me, in-as-much as non-Muslims can.