The gap between how good we all manage to be and what we should be, was simply made clear. The natural goodness of those around me has become something I now take for granted.
“When I talk to people about Islam, I never have the intention of converting them, rather, I always focus on addressing their fears that they have gained from the media, and encouraging them to find the truth by reading on their own. It’s up to them to decide their beliefs..."
In their search for spiritual identity, many non-Muslims stumble upon Islam either in the library or online, from the news or through meeting a colleague at school or work, and naturally they would want to meet the Muslim community in their area to know more.
Why did these people conduct their lives with such kindness? What made them behave so respectfully and so unlike anything that I had negatively heard on the American news and media channels? WHY?
Hassan and Hussein thus were regarded by the Prophet himself, as the leaders of the youth of Paradise. Their upbringing, which was filled with love for Allah and the Quran taught Hassan and Hussein that there was no compromise when it came to Islam, their faith that had been perfected by Allah.
Would you still turn away for friends who would have no hesitation to leave you when a better opportunity arises for them or even forget you after a while? What about the pleasures of this world? Do you think what gives you pleasure at this age, may change a few years from now?
We want all the comfort of the West and at the same time, we would like to see pious kids to practice Islam, do not date, dance, listen to music and attend the mosque regularly! This may be a great example of having the cake and eating it too. We want two opposites at the same time. Is there a solution?
Instead of always thinking about what you don't have, or a problem you are facing, the easiest way to humble yourself is to think about those who wish they could be in your shoes, instead of thinking of whose shoes you would like to be in.
I don't think about my past but hope for a better future. Deep inside my heart, I've always believed that there's always something more important that I found at last. I started to believe in One and Only God...
God is not testing us to know, in the sense that He doesn’t already know. Having bestowed guidance to us, we are tested about our obedience or rejection of His guidance. God's purpose for us is to grow spiritually.
Some new reverts just get fed up because they cannot bear the criticism from their close friends or their family anymore. Consequently, they feel embarrassed to meet other Muslims or go to the mosque to avoid more problems.