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.