The scorecard for our prayers is the example of the Prophet Muhammad. Doing your best to perfect the prayer postures and constantly pulling your mind back to the remembrance of Allah throughout, can lead to true success and Allah.
The words shook my very soul such that I decided not to go to my meeting the next morning. I prayed for forgiveness of my sins and bad conduct; I prayed for guidance and mercy from the God I had turned my back on. I decided then and there that I wanted to dedicate my life to doing good and pleasing God.
Creating a routine can do amazing things to bring stability and ease pressure. If you plan things out, you can organize your actions, thoughts, and will slowly find yourself feeling good, instead of feeling behind in your progress.
I simply couldn't believe that Muslims could be terrorists capable only of hatred and murder. This was just strange. So I ignored this, but maybe this was when my mind became truly willing to learn.
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.
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.