Many Americans believe this line of thinking, that somehow Muslims hate America as a part of faith. But millions of Americans are Muslim who love their country and are happy to be called American. And have zero religious qualms about it.
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How equipped are young people to, not only, cope with what is going on, but to actually try to redress the damage done by generations already passed? What will spending hours every day sitting in front of various forms of screens do to help them on their way?
When I told my husband what I was about to do, he was shocked and happy at the same time. He asked me if I was really sure about my decision, as if he couldn't believe what he was hearing. I responded that I was never surer about anything in my entire life.
Change for new Muslims is never easy. Most need to adapt gradually. Each person has a very different situation, environment, and circumstance than the other, so do what works for you.
The negative portrait being painted did not coincide with the experiences I had with Muslim classmates and neighbors growing up in Philadelphia. I decided to research some facts about Islam.
The Prophet strengthened his relations with Jews by marrying a noble Jewish woman, Safiyyah who became the mother of the believers. The Jews of Madinah were involved in all the battles against Muslims, directly or indirectly, and secretly or openly. After this marriage, the Jews desisted from fighting against Muslims.
It would be wonderful if there was one answer that could be given to that question: “How can I tell my parents that I have become a Muslim?”, but the truth is that there isn’t a single answer.
Growing into Islam was a struggle in itself, especially as Preacher delved further into his love of comedy and became a part of the entertainment industry. With Hollywood calling him, Preacher quit teaching, gave his retirement money to his mother, and left to pursue his comedic dreams.
I first told my parents that I was thinking of becoming a Muslim, and they told me that it was a "hate religion" and that I should not do it. But I was convinced, I was sure I had to do it.
As I sifted through the countless logical facts that I read through and researched, one thing took my attention the most. "Islam". The name of this religion. I noticed it is written many times in this Quran.
I went to Turkey on holiday and had a look inside some of the greater mosques. With every step I took, with every day that went by, I could feel the presence of God in my life grow. I went into nature and for the first time, I could see that what was in front of me were signs of the Creator.