artificiallyme asked: I'm not sure if this is somewhere I can ask, but I'm in the middle of trying to convert to Islam from Christianity. And I can hold my ground in beliefs (mostly about Jesus being a prophet instead of God) but today I walked into an evangelist and just to get rid of him I said "yeah I'm Christian". I feel like I failed a test. It's almost hard to admit that I'm not Christian, mostly because I'm asian and most people I know are Christian. I feel like this is the last barrier I need to get over.
Peace and many blessings,
You know what both the Quran and Bible say about Jesus Christ? Both Holy Books say he was a peacemaker.
And you know what the Arabic term Muslim translates to? A peacemaker.
If someone asks you about how you religiously affiliate yourself, simply say, I am a peacemaker like my Christ and my Muhammad, and I am a lover of God.
dahliaaaa asked: Salamwalakum :) i know i have asked this before but could you recommend some islamic books to me, prefrerrably on women. Or just islam in general or maybe the Prophet Muhammed (PBUH). I really want to learn more to defend islam and i feel like i don't know enough about the truth to do so. I just hear how people interpret islam as a negative religion. I search things online but idk whats actually reliable or the truth. Thanks <3
reading the Translation of the Quran. This website is by far the most clear and easiest way to search through a given chapter of the Quran (we have 114 chapters altogether) with the given translator that suits your intellect best. The buttons and options are phenomenal, so feel free to check that out. Also, this site — that practically does the same thing — isn’t bad as well.
Read about the nature of Quran. You can read up Muhammad Asad’s “The Message of the Quran,” free on PDF here.
After you feel comfortable approaching more literature that describes Islam, feel free to search through these free sources:
c-rystalcastles asked: Salam 3aleikom sister :) i wanted to ask, what's your take on this new movie about the prophet, it's disgraceful isn't it? i just wanted to say that i think what the muslims did in return was also terrible. as muslims, we represent peace and justice. killing innocent people does not fill in that category.
Peace and many blessings,
I think this sums it up quite well:
“Is the film insulting? Yeah, sure. But the best reaction would have been to ignore it completely. There is no virtue in displaying lethal outrage (as in Benghazi) whenever anyone throws a feeble punch at Islam and Muslims. Doing so is only a display of weakness, a fear that our religion cannot withstand even the silliest of skits. This idea is insulting in itself. Bring on the insults, I say — bring on the hatred, the mockery, the piques, the spitballs. The amateur films, the Danish cartoons, the Geert Wilders, and the like. There is little harm than can befall Islam as a faith. It has withstood, over the past fourteen centuries, infinitely worse attacks, yet it has neither weakened nor vanished.” — Mohamed El Dahshan
niqabisinparis-deactivated20130 asked: I don't feel like I can relate to Allah. I feel closer to the Prophet pbuh because he was human, tangible, and everything he did was evident through the hadiths. With Allah, He's like this great being that I can't see and, yeah, created me, but I feel so distant from him. He feels like something so great that I can't relate to in a personal level. How do I get that connection?
One, by wanting the connection; sincerely wanting it.
Two, own a copy of the Quran and read it.
Three, discussing the concept of God with friends, family, or people you feel most comfortable with is usually a good idea.
Four, take time to listen to a few lectures that speak about the concept of God (Hassanain RajabAli usually hits the nail for me with this one) and take notes.
tswiftmomblog asked: As someone who isn't a Muslim, when speaking or writing to a Muslim about Islam would it be considered necessary or even just polite to add SAW/Peace be upon him/etc after mentioning the name of Muhammad, or is this something that would be seen as unnecessary and/or rude?
Peace and many blessings,
Actually, it is considered highly necessary (since the Quran prompts us to make salawat in surah Ahzab in which God states: ‘in Allaha wa malaikatu yusalwuna ‘ala nabee, ya ayuhatha leena amanu suloo alayhi wa salimu tasleema’)
Salawat, also understood as declaring much praise and blessing to Muhammad (and variations degree between extending this praise and blessing to his family or/and to those who supported him), is a declaration that all Muslims make. But to answer your question, yes, it is considered necessary.
This is true because this verse states that God and His angels make this salawat on Muhammad, hence, oh those who believe, send your praise and blessings to Muhammad as well.
sacredtsalagi-deactivated201302 asked: Hi =) Lately I’ve been on a more serious spiritual journey with God and I feel that He is calling me toward Islam. As a Christian, I have a couple of questions: 1) how is the emphasis placed on Muhammad different from how Christians view Jesus? 2) I do praise dancing as a form of worship, but I hear that Islam does not condone dance or music (maybe I’m understanding it wrong). 3) Is there a plan for salvation in Islam (like in Christianity) if so, what? Thanks!
Peace and many blessings my love,
First and for most, there are so many similarities between Christianity and Islam; it’s almost baffling. I’ve taken several religious courses in which I’ve been taught by one of the leading Protestant Clergies in the state, and I must say, he was quite an inspiration. With that said, I must have all of our Christian followers know that we have more similarities than differences.
To answer your first question, Muslims do not observe Muhammad as the son of God; Muslims also do not observe Christ as the son of God. In fact, God has no sons. God is God. He was never begotten and neither did He beget. And for the sake of clarification, Muslims do not refer to God with the pronoun he because we believe God is man; rather, we use this pronoun because the English language has failed to come up with a word that diffuses this notion of gender when referring to someone or something that consists of no gender.
But, Muslims do believe that Mary was a virgin and a blessed woman of her time. In fact, it is an obligation of Muslims to believe in Christ was birthed miraculously and was birthed by none other than Mary and Mary alone. Christ did not have a father, he only had Mary. In contrast, Muhammad had both a father and a mother, but they died when he was awfully young.
Secondly, I’ve been to a Protestant Church last year in which we clapped and danced with the band when praising God; I loved it. I thought it was a great experience and another way to connect and love God. But in a masjid, Muslims do not dance or clap to worship and express their love for God. We pray the traditional prayer, also understood as Salah. This is how we worship Allah in most cases.
And lastly, I believe salvation in Islam is a lot of things. But simply put, believing that there is no God but God, and that Abraham, Christ, Muhammad, Noah, Soloman, Jacob, Issac, and the many other Prophets mentioned in both Quran, Gospel, andTorah are all Prophets of God whom have never erred the religion of God. They are messengers and prophets of God whom God has chosen, and because of that, they have never disappointed God. To believe that there is only One God but God, and that Muhammad is His last and final Messenger, you are understood as a Muslim. But in terms of salvation, it is to be the most sincere and true human being you can possibly be.
I pray to Allah - an Arabic word meaning God - that this reaches you in the best of health and spirit, and that it comes as much help and reassurance. Much love, Dee.
It is impossible for anyone who studies the life and character of the great Prophet of Arabia, who knew how he taught and how he lived, to feel anything but reverence for the mighty Prophet, one of the great messengers of the Supreme. And although in what I put to you I shall say many things which may be familiar to many, yet I myself feel, whenever I reread them, a new way of admiration, a new sense of reverence for that mighty Arabian teacher.
Annie Besant, English theosophist, philosopher, and political figure who advocated home rule and educational reforms in India, in The Life and Teachings of Mohammad
I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to possess that assimilating capability to the changing phases of existence which make itself appeal to every age - I have prophesized about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today. Medieval ecclesiastics, either through ignorance or bigotry, painted Mohammedanism in the darkest colors. They were, in fact, trained to hate both the man Muhammad and his religion. To them, Muhammad was an anti-Christ. I have studied him, the wonderful man, and in my opinion, far from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Savior of humanity
George Bernard Shaw in The Genuine Islam (Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.)