Jesus (peace be upon him) would show the politicians of today that he has no gun hidden within his robes and that he has no hidden agenda to be superior to others or to force people to do anything against their will.
I was a skeptic like many, but I did not live with my skepticism. I made diligent effort to know the truth. I went from one religion to another till I finally found what I was looking for.
Forgetting the role of God in our lives, is likely to cause arrogance, pride and ignorance toward the One who is the real giver and attribute it to oneself instead. Do we know that we are questioned for everything we do, think, and possess?
We should ask ourselves: Just because we have life easy in innumerable ways during this era, are we still mindful of being even more grateful to Allah for each and every ease, quickness, and convenience that He has granted to us?
This verse reaffirmed my faith that Allah is the most high, all competent, and all wise. To put forth such a parable that can have so many layers and meaning is amazing to me.
A believer may reflect: Do I grow outwards and larger like the branches and leaves of the date palm tree? Do I constantly seek to help others? Do I provide strong support for my brothers and sisters?
We can thus see that the heart, which most people consider to be the abode of love and compassion, is the seat of the religion of Islam. Purification of the heart is very closely related to purification of the soul.
Despite all our striving to know what Allah is like and all our attempts to describe Him in our words, the simple truth is that He is so beyond our comprehension that when we find a way of describing Him, all we really know is that He is not like that!
It's easy to become a Muslim. However, looking from the outside in, it may seem like a monumental task that will turn life as you know it on its head.
It is very important to know that God is never unjust to any of His creatures. Doubting His justice may be a great injustice to oneself who has not taken the time to know his Creator.
I recall very well that a catalyst for my interest in Islam 11-years ago happened to be the adab (good manners) of a Somali taxi driver who, incidentally, was always smiling.
Going from one false god to the next, I started to feel like the little bird looking for its mother in all the wrong animals. I was lost and broken. But, Alhamdulillah, God guided me back to Him. And because of the memory of all the pain shirk caused in my life, I remain vigilant in avoiding it.