We have to embrace our identity – as being both Muslim and American, or Muslim and British etc. and begin to take deliberate action with confidence in who we are and that we belong right where we are, wherever that may be.
My classmates changed from making jokes to asking serious question about Islam and they noticed that Islam is not a religion like the other religions. They noticed Islam is cool! They see that we Muslims have manners in dealing with each other.
Islam's fabric is engrained in peaceful concepts and philosophies. The evidence is overwhelming regarding Islam’s acceptance and special regard for the People of the Book.
There is so much hatred in the world and a lot of people have the wrong concept of Islam, which is in many ways our own (we Muslims) mistakes in showing Islam in a wrong way. We need to show Islam in a peaceful way and with patience.
"Whoever fasted the month of Ramadan out of sincere Faith (i.e. belief) and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his past sins will be forgiven, and whoever stood for the prayers in the night of Qadr out of sincere Faith and hoping for a reward from Allah, then all his previous sins will be forgiven ." (Prophet Muhammad)
Most Masjids also offer family lectures on Preparing for Ramadan. Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan gave a Welcome Ramadan speech to families at ICI (Islamic Center of Irving). As well as, Shaikh Omar Suleiman who had an A-Z Ramadan conference...
I began to read about Islam among some other religions. I was very suspicious at first. I was raised thinking that Muslims were all terrorists seeking to oppress women and cause violence.
In order to welcome Ramadan, let us transform our state of mind and spirit to one that is eagerly waiting for and craving its many benefits and rewards. Let us take out our wallets/cheque-books/debit cards and loosen our ‘purse strings’ in anticipation of giving heartily to those who are needy.
What happened as time went on is that I read the Quran and it was not what I was expecting. For one thing, the very first things I read were “In the name of Allah, the Beneficent, the Merciful” and I was not expecting that!
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When we deal with the fighting verses in the Quran it's important to keep in mind the various contexts of these verses. Instead of discussing the various contexts of these verses in detail at this point of this series, I would like to highlight one very important context that covers all the fighting verses: the spirit of the law.
When I became a Muslim, when I re-found the fitrah (my origin - natural disposition), I discovered that my depression disappeared. I discovered that my reliance on alcohol at that time completely disappeared, that I didn’t need anything or anyone because I found that ultimate truth from within and externally.