Life, including its highs and lows, people and problems, make managing change stressful and overwhelming, so it is important to have and nurture your safe zones. If you couple your safe zones with a firm belief in Islam, and know that Allah has power over all things, you will be safe.
I chose Islam not to avoid Hellfire, not to attain Paradise, but purely because I wanted, more than anything, to be near to God. Here and now, and later in Paradise if He chose.
How many of us rush through our prayer unaware that our hearts did not benefit from the prayer? How often do we realize the effects the images we’ve seen, or the things we have heard have had on our hearts? What, if anything, can we do to connect our external realities with our internal ones?
I had no plans to tell my father about my conversion because he did not care for my spiritual path. He asked me a question which unavoidably brought out my reversion, “Have you found peace?”
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.
I lived, researched, and taught in the Muslim Arab world for 35 years, and was very familiar with Islam in both theory and practice. What had been my journey to Islam and why had it taken so long?
In spite of the fact that so of human beings will deny Him despite the fact that so many people continue to associate partners with Allah Almighty and attribute to Him children and deficiencies and qualities that are beneath His majesty and perfection, He continues to provide from His mercy for all of them.
The person who has taqwa or piety, is the one who is foremost in doing good and wants to be ahead of others in goodness. He remembers his humility in front of Allah, and knows he can call on Him with hope and fear. He desires much closeness to Him.
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.
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…