theboyprincessdiaries:

RAMADAN TIPS:

- it’s okay to not know what you’re doing
- it’s not your fault that you feel isolated and don’t have any muslims who will accept you as you are around to guide you
- being isolated doesn’t make you a bad muslim
- not knowing what’s expected of you and/or being unable to perform what’s expected of you doesn’t make you a bad muslim.
- you are muslim and you are also a person with inherent worth, therefore i’m pretty sure it’s impossible for you to be a bad muslim as long as you’re focused on just being a decent human who respects others.
- if you were having a birthday party and your friend was really stressed out and self-conscious you wouldn’t pressure them into coming if they didn’t want to. you’d also understand if they were unable to buy you a gift and accidentally gave you a card two weeks late. how much more patient and loving and understanding and forgiving is allah?
- it’s okay to be too tired from working your ass off to not become homeless to be able to fast.
- it’s okay to not keep fast because your employer feeds you two meals a day and you can’t afford to pass that up and buy your own food to eat during the proper times.
- it’s okay to be too afraid to ask your boss for time/privacy to pray
- in fact, it’s okay to do absolutely nothing differently than usual if you feel unable to consent to the demands of specific religious holidays.
- allah does in fact care about your consent, your well being, your housing status and employment, your mental health and your anxiety levels.
- i’m pretty sure allah understands that there’s a pretty big learning curve when it comes to this whole “good muslim” thing
- your inner relationship to allah is what matters most. as long as you actively cultivate that, everything else is secondary.
- sometimes ritual and tradition can strengthen your inner relationship to allah, or it can spring forth from you out of the attention and enthusiasm you devote to your relationship to allah, but a lack of tradition doesn’t necessarily mean that you aren’t close to allah in other ways.
- you are so very loved. no matter what, allah will love you and never abandon you.
inshallah if you don’t feel ready for ramadan this year, you have a whole 365 days left to learn and grow before next year

1 year ago with 296 notes
Ramadan: an overview

alscientist:

Could you do a master post of some sort giving an explanation of Ramadan for the non-Muslim followers? I’d like to know what this time means for you and how we can honor your observance.-anon


I was asked this question yesterday, and I promised a post, but I forgot all about it. so, I’d like to address what Ramadan is briefly for my non-muslim followers.

Ramadan (also known as Ramathan or Ramazan) is the 9th month of the Islamic lunar calendar. it moves “up” 11 to 12 days each year, advancing throughout the gregorian calendar due to each lunar cycle’s variation, and lasts 29 to 30 days annually. “al ramth” or “ramtha” mean to scrotch or burn, as the household of Mummad (saw), the prophet of Islam, say that it was named so because it literally burns away one’s sins that had been accumulated during the year, as it is Allah’s most holy month. 

Muslims around the world fast from sunrise to sunset, abstaining from food, liquids, or generally any kind of bodily nourishment, along with sexual relations. of course, this does not apply to the elderly, sickly, those who are traveling, among other special circumstances. 

Fasting, or “siyam" is not merely referring to water and food, but also hearing, sight, speech and thinking. it’s supposed to be an all-encompassing fast, of not speaking ill of people, or backbiting, not cursing, seeing the good in people, treating everyone with respect, and so on. you may ask, isn’t this how one is supposed to act on a daily basis, regardless of the month? the answer is yes, but we are merely humans, and we fall into bad habits, situations, peer pressure, among many other things. Ramadan is used as a way back to "al sirat al mustakeem" or the straight path, the right path and one usually hopes and prays that the things he/she works on during Ramadan become one’s new habit and a reversion to the pre-ramadan form does not occur.

along the lines of that, abstaining from food and liquids is also a way of making one experience what the less fortunate experience; the hunger and the thirst mainly, when one’s next meal is coming as a poor individual, and where it’s coming from, if at all. 

Ramadan is also a time of forgiveness, compassion for fellow man, and attempt to achieve closer relationship with the creator, through recitation of the holy book, the Quran and reflection upon the words of Allah (God), along with reading of dua (supplications/prayers) and increasing one’s knowledge in general about one’s faith. 

charity is extremely important during the holy month, as mass “iftars” or breaking of fasts is held throughout muslim communities in small and large mosques, and even often in homes and on personal properties, to feed the fasting individuals, the hungry, and the homeless. this can be a mosque effort or a community effort. a personal example, my maternal grandparents, Allah yir7amhum, used to make large quantities of food for every night of Ramadan. half of it would be distributed to the needy along with some going to the local mosque to feed more people; this is done even before anyone in the actual house breaks their fast, that’s how important charity and feeding those who need it most is.

another significant time in Ramadan is “laylat al qadr" or the night of decree, in which the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) first received revelations of the Quran from Allah through the angel Gabriel. this is regarded as the holiest night of the year by all Muslims. 

It may seem long, but that is a short overview of what Ramadan is to Muslims.

1 year ago with 383 notes
sab-r: As-salamu alaykum wa ramatullahi wa baraktu!! I've a few questions about du'a..when making du'a, do we need to be in wudu, face the Qibla, and wear hijab (for women)? I've heard various opinions on these things, some saying yes these things are required to make du'a and some saying these things aren't needed to make du'a. JazakAllah khair for your time and for answering this!!

Walaykum asalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakathu! :)

Instead of answering all of your questions, I’m going to link you to a great PDF/book solely about dua, called Dua: Weapon of a Believer. It’s 237 pages long but you can check out the index to find answers to your questions and more insha’Allah.

Forgive us for answering this so so late and let us know if you need more help.

Click here.

1 year ago with 12 notes
thalamtnafsee:

we have some brave and smart takers over here :3
david
erik
micaela
kay
ashley

reverts who are willing to provide tips, advice, and answers to your new questions and inquiries about Islam. :)

thalamtnafsee:

we have some brave and smart takers over here :3

reverts who are willing to provide tips, advice, and answers to your new questions and inquiries about Islam. :)

1 year ago with 38 notes
Islam starter kit for English speakers

roxygen:

pearlsfromthepath:

Because accessing reliable resources has become highly inconvenient, we tend to trivialise the importance we give to what we read, whether it be on the Internet or in books. For this reason, I have composed a list of crucial texts, that essentially addresses Muslims who live in the West. Although numerous PDF links are provided, I strongly recommend you purchase these books if you decide to use them in sha Allah.
  • Translations of the Quran

- The Quran, by M. A. Abdel Haleem [PDF]
- The Message of the Quran, by Muhammad Asad [PDF]

  • Collections of Hadith

- Al-Muwatta, collected by Imām Mālik [PDF
Sahīh al-Bukhārī, collected by Imām Bukhārī [PDF]
Sahīh Muslim, collected by Muslim Ibn al-Hajjāj [PDF]
Sunan Abu Dawud, collected by Abu Dawud [PDF]
Jāmi’ al-Tirmidhī, collected by Muhammad al-Tirmidhī [PDF
Sunan Ibn Mājah, collected by Ibn Mājah [PDF]
Hadith Qudsi, based on an-Nawawī’s work [PDF]

  • Exegesis of the Quran

The Message of the Quran, by Muhammad Asad [PDF
Tafsir ibn al-Kathir, by Ismaīl ibn al-Kathīr [PDF]
Tanwir al-Miqbas, by Ibn Abbas
Tafsir al-Qurtubī, by Imām al-Qurtubī  

  • Transliterations

The Quran: Transliteration in Roman Script, by Yusuf Ali Abdullah
The Quran: Transliteration in Roman Script, by M. Pickthall 

  • Quranic sciences
Dictionary of Quranic Usage, by M. A. Abdel Haleem
Understanding the Quran: themes and style, by M. A. Abdel Haleem
- Al-Itqan fi Ulum al-Quran, by Imām As-Suyutī [PDF]
  • Islamic jurisprudence 

- Principles of Islamic Jurisprudence, by Muhammad Hashim Kamali [PDF]
- The Clarified in Legal Theory, by Imām al-Ghazālī 
The Lawful and Prohibited in Islam, by Yusuf al-Qaradawi [PDF]
- The Four Imams, by Mohamed Abu Zahra

  • History of Islam

Islam: The Straight Path, by John Esposito
The Emergence of Islam, by Muhammad Hamidullah
- In the Footsteps of the Prophet, by Tariq Ramadan 
- Western Muslims and the Future of Islam, by Tariq Ramadan [PDF]
- Stories of the Prophets, by Ismaīl ibn al-Kathīr [PDF]

  • Philosophy

The Reconstruction of Islamic Thought, by Muhammad Iqbal [PDF]
Revival of Religious Sciences, by Imām al-Ghazālī [Vol. 1,2,3,4]
Sufism for Non-Sufis? Ibn Ata’ Allah’s Tâj al-‘Arûs, Sherman Jackson
Disciplining the Soul and Breaking the Two Desires, by Imām al-Ghazālī

Cool.

1 year ago with 1,302 notes
shebedreamin: Asalamu Alaykum. I'm a revert and this will be my 1st Christmas as a Muslim. How should I handle going to church with my family and celebrating, etc?

Peace and many blessings,

Christmas is incredibly tricky! I, personally, have only gone through one of them with my incredibly Catholic family since I reverted, and it was hard. I think it really depends on what you want to do. 

I think a lot of Christmas stuff, honestly, isn’t anything to be worried about. It’s very much about spending time with your family, being kind and generous to other people, and there’s obviously nothing wrong with that. Like, I’m not going to get into what is and isn’t allowed Islamically here, because I just don’t know enough to do that, but I wouldn’t be too worried about going to Christmas dinner or anything. You can still have fun with your family and take part in at least some of the festivity, I should think. 

For the parts of Christmas that you may feel uncomfortable participating in (maybe your family does a dinner with a lot of drinking, or maybe they always go to church for Christmas) there’s several ways you can handle it. 

I think the best one is to just talk to whoever’s involved, probably your parents? But maybe someone else. Let them know what you’re feeling iffy aout and why, and see if there’s a compromise you can reach. As a personal example, I accompanied my grandmother to Christmas Mass because she wanted me to, but I didn’t take part in the service. So I was able to make my family happy, but also not engage in anything that made me uncomfortable as a Muslim.

Now, unfortunately, some families may be very negative about this, I know. They may be hurt or offended that there are parts of Christmas you no longer want to take part in. A lot of them will be reasonable if you give them explanations … some may not. I would say if it’s going to cause HUGE problems, then go along with them as best you can. Try and stay out of situations that you don’t like, using the family dinner with lots of drinking example, perhaps find a way to excuse yourself early, or keep busy serving the guests food or clearing their plates so you’re not involved in the hijinks. It really depends on your family, inshaAllah they understand if there’s things you don’t want to be involved in.

And that’s about all I’ve got. I’m sure others have some different perspectives/tips, and inshaAllah everyone in this situation has an alright time with their family at Christmas this year :)

— Kristen

1 year ago with 13 notes

marimargret:

5 Things Every Mosque Should Do for Converts: (That They Aren’t Doing)

I’ve been complaining a lot lately. People around me have noticed, no doubt. In recent times I’ve become increasingly irked at how little is actually done for converts to Islam in American Mosques; and in some cases events I’ve tried to plan for them have been thwarted by what I refer to as “Back-Home-istanians.” -The Arab or Indo-Pak “uncles” on Masjid boards, the ultra conservative Saudi Imams, the tea-drinking “Masjids-are-for-praying-only” Muslims who inhabit every Mosque in America. And, to be honest, I’m getting quite sick of it.

I don’t want this to come off as an angry rant, and I certainly don’t want to cause any more division than there already is, but the simple fact is, something needs to be done for our converts, because, whether we like to admit it or not, we have a high turnover rate. We often tout, as Muslims, statistics that say that Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world, but we ignore the statistics that state that much of this has to do with birth rates more so than conversion. We point to news articles that say 20,000 people convert to Islam every year in America alone, but refuse to acknowledge similar statistics that show us that 1 in 4 converts leave Islam within the first three years after identifying as Muslim. Our converts are drowning, and there IS something we can do about it.

So, rather than just giving everyone empty complaints about how “Masjids don’t do enough for converts” -I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is, and give an itemized list of what needs to be done, and why. Keep in mind that I am a convert myself of 12 years who has learned through trial and error, through making mistakes, what the pitfalls of being a convert to Islam are, what we go through, and, as such, I am more qualified to speak on what converts need than any Arab or otherwise “born Muslim.” I’ve lived it, and these points of action I’m listing below are facts deduced from fighting in the field. They are not theoretical. They are essential, and if any Masjid president, board member, or Imam chooses not to implement them, I believe you will be asked about it on the Day of Judgement.

1) Acknowledge that there is a problem:

Remember that guy you gave shahadah to a year ago and then never saw him again at the Masjid? Yeah, what happened to that guy? I’ll tell you exactly what happened: YOU. You happened. You didn’t do anything. You hugged and kissed him, made him feel all warm and cuddly, and then sent him packing. Right back to the streets, right back to the wolves, to the poverty, to his riba-based debt hanging around his neck, to his sinning friends, and his Christian family. It’s the moral equivalent of making a tuna fish sandwich, smelling it, and then throwing it in a pond full of sharks.

Why didn’t you do anything? Because you think the Shahada is it. It’s the end. It’s all that’s needed. If he’s really good, he’ll come back; and if he’s bad, he won’t; and you don’t care that he is a human soul in need of nourishment and attention. You need to undo this perception, and radically change your way of thinking. The fact that every Masjid has the “shahadah that we never saw again” story is a PROBLEM. A big one. So, stop ignoring it.

2) Get their contact information immediately and FOLLOW UP.

Why didn’t you get his number, email, and even his street address? It wouldn’t be out of line to let him know that he is part of a community now, and that you need to know how to get in contact with him. Follow up, make him feel wanted, let him know you’re glad he’s a Muslim and you appreciate and respect the choice he made. Invite him to dinner at least once a month for the first year, and let HIM tell you when he’s available. Don’t call and say, “This Thursday I’m having a get together…” -Respect HIS time. Call him and ask when he would be able to come to your house for something to eat.

3) Listen and be attentive:

When he finally does come over to eat, ask him what he wants out of the community. Don’t just tell him there is a halaqa every Saturday; instead inquire as to what his specific needs are which might go beyond halaqas. Perhaps he is shy and would feel more comfortable in a “one on one” setting. Maybe he is depressed and needs someone qualified to deal with his issues. Maybe he is full of zeal and wants to work for the community… So find an outlet for him. Maybe he wants someone to help his family understand his conversion [often times families don’t process the information well from one of their own, but hearing it from a third party could be useful], etc. There could be any of 100 things a new convert needs, and it is up to YOU to figure it out because it’s not easy for anyone to just open up and be 100% honest with complete strangers right off the bat.

4) Invest in a “Third Space.”

One of the biggest complaints I hear from converts is that they feel lonely. They don’t fit in at the Masjid because they aren’t Arab or Somali. They don’t fit in with their friends because none of their friends are Muslim. They don’t fit in with their family who, often times, might be giving them grief over their conversion. -And the Masjids are bereft of other converts, because they long ago quit coming on a regular basis due to neglect. What is a convert to do? In such a situation, the only thing that can help converts is OTHER CONVERTS. They need a support system, Muslims of their culture who meet outside the Masjid… not in the non-Muslim environments they are used to, and not at the Masjid full of all those Back-Home-Istanians… A new space. A different space. A third space…

And this is where I get most of the pushback. Every time I suggest this at any Masjid, one of the Back-Home-Istanians I’m talking to wants to know why there can’t just be a weekly meeting in someone’s house or at the Masjid. Why the Masjid (or a group of brothers/sisters at the Masjid) should fork over some dough to pay rent at some office somewhere for converts to gather and break bread together. They can’t seem to fathom why we need our own space… Well, I’m here to tell you, we love the Masjid and all, but we need a place that’s our own. Somewhere that us converts can go and do convert things, and not worry about the Arabs in the Masjid looking at us, not feeling like we’re staying too late and inconveniencing a host… We don’t want to feel like a guest, we need somewhere where we can just BE OURSELVES in a Muslim context, and have it be OURS; and it is the duty of the Masjid, if it is interested in keeping it’s converts healthy, active, and happy, to provide such a place. Happy converts, after all, will produce more converts. Other people will wonder why we’re always so happy and at peace, and they will want some of what we have.

As for what would happen in our “third spaces” -that is up to us. Maybe we’ll have a halaqa, or lessons dealing specifically with convert issues; at other times we might watch a movie, or plan a dawah-outing, or just hang out. The point is that we are there for each other, and we have that release. The real shocker is, it wouldn’t even be that expensive. There are one room office spaces available for rent for 400$ a month, often including electric and water (I know, I’ve checked). Is 400$ a month really too much to ask for the mental and spiritual health of the converts of your community?

5) Let Converts lead the Converts:

Not that the Imam can’t give his occasional halaqa for us… We certainly appreciate that. But really what Masjids need to do is find the most Islamically knowledgeable, friendly, and active convert in their building, and put that person in charge of implementing 1-4 on this list. Give the best and brightest convert you can find his or her own office there in the Masjid, and send every new shahadah to him/her immediately. Let him (or her) listen and be attentive to their needs, let him or her get their contact information and follow up, and make him or her the director of the “third space.” Converts, whether they realize it or not, want to see a familiar face in the beginning. We are often terrified that we are going to accidentally do something incredibly “culturally insensitive” to the Back-Home-Istanians to such a degree that sometimes this by itself can be a deterrent to our coming to the Masjid. It may sound absurd, but it is a reality.

Conclusion:

I hope this list was beneficial, and I dream to see it put into practice in every Masjid in America. I firmly, and with all my heart, believe that this list of action items, if acted upon with a spirit of good will, genuine concern, and empathy, will end our high turnover rates. It’s not an end-all be-all cure to the problems and challenges of Muslim Converts in America (Because every convert is different- and it is always important to remember that), but it is a very useful start to solving the majority of their problems. It is on your soul whether you take their very real issues seriously and treat them with the respect and sacrifice they deserve.

1 year ago with 82 notes
fuchsia-fire: Assalmualikum :) I had a question about reverts. I've heard from some people that they must change their name to that of a "muslim" one, which makes no sense to me. I understand that you are shedding a past, and entering in to a new future. But your past is part of what makes you who you are. I'm already a muslim, but i feel that if i was a revert, and had to change my name, i don't know if i would like that. Because in the end, reverting to islam is personal between you and Allah, is it not?

Peace and many blessings,

I was listening to a lecture by Hamza Yusuf — who is a revert from the Christian faith and now is an aspiring Muslim scholar — in terms of Shariah and he discussed that changing the name is not obligatory upon a revert. 

However, I do have a few friends who have had the name Christian (or something uncomfortable as such) and have personally chosen to change their name to an Arabic one. I completely understand your point about the notion of a Muslim name, since, according to technicality, there is no such thing as a  ”Muslim” name (unless you’re like Prophet Yahya in which Allah gives you a specific name), but other than that, you’re right, it makes no sense.

With that said, I would suggest you ask Osama (since he specializes in Shariah) about whether (for the sake of reaffirmation) it is important that you do. But other than that, I would suggest that you keep your name. 

Much love. — Dee.

2 years ago with 2 notes
shebedreamin: Salamu Alaykum! I know this is a question that may be difficult to answer. I am a revert living in a Catholic household. I have had to pray in secret and hide my faith and practices from my parents whom I love dearly. The time will come soon to tell them and I don't even know where to start. Any helpful resources you know of or advice you could give me? It's a very scary prospect because my parents seem very anti-Islam from the media. Help much needed! Thank you so much. Salam

Walaykum assalam sister,

I hope all is well and that as a fellow sister who has gone through a similar experience, that I can be of some help. First of all, only you know your parents. Any advice I would give you should be considered carefully alongside your own family dynamics, every parent-child relationship is different and often, I feel like people make blanket statements about how to tell your parents without considering that. If you are under 18, or otherwise in a position where you’re financially or physically dependent on your parents, make sure you first consider your personal safety. If you’re going to be in danger or things will get extremely difficult for you if you tell them, it’s perfectly acceptable to wait until you’re older, there is no obligation on you to inform them if that’s the case. I know that might seem a little extreme but I want to make sure than any advice I give you doesn’t bring you more harm and difficulty, insha’Allah.


First of all, read about the common misconceptions about Islam and how to concisely refute them. Often the most common ones are so obviously false that we tend to ignore them, but often they’re the ones that our non-Muslim parents hold. The best way to start to tell your parents is kind of like how when you were a kid and wanted to go to your friend’s house, you waited until Mom was in a good mood. Make sure it’s a good time, they’re not too stressed out and busy, and you’re on good terms. Picking the right moment can make a real difference.


Try starting with explaining that things have changed in your life, that you’ve become happier, you’ve found a way to be closer to God, and you’ve found a way to help you become a better and more caring person.You want to share with them the thing that’s making you change for the better because you love them and you want them to know you as a person and you don’t want to conceal with them, and that thing is becoming a Muslim. Starting with “I’ve converted to Islam,” might be a little blunt.


Try to connect with them on common ground. You mentioned your parents are both Catholics, and so reassuring them this is how you’ve become closer to God and how you still respect, admire and follow the teachings of Jesus (Isa) might share with them something that they didn’t expect about Islam. Maybe try to tell them that although the religions seem worlds apart, they have many important similarities. It’s a good time to tell them as well, that if they have things they want to ask you about, please ask you. If you’re not open to talking about it, it might lead them to Google things, and often you don’t want that.

Be patient. If they react badly, react calmly and with compassion. Never stop being patient, even when you feel close to your breaking point. You said you loved your parents, so I’m sure the case is that they love and care for you immensely. Any bad reaction they have is only on their part because they don’t want to see you come to harm, and obviously there are bad impressions given out by the media. If you keep that in mind and constantly remind yourself of it, insha’Allah you’ll be able to deal with any less-than-good reaction with sabr. The Prophet (sawas) dealt with people who hated him so much they want and tried to kill him, let his struggles put things into perspective. When one woman used to throw animal entrails and rubbish onto his back, he bore it with patience. When she didn’t show one day and he discovered she was sick, he even went to her house and nursed her to health.

God bless, my duas are with you! :D — Carys

2 years ago with 17 notes
Understanding the Qur'an in depth ↘ 2 years ago with 56 notes
bowsies: Assalamu'Alaikum! I really appreciate all of the effort you put into this beautiful blog. I would be very grateful if you could share some information about niqab. Is there evidence for its encouragement, or is it referenced solely in relation to the Prophet's (pbuh) wives? As a convert who initially struggled with my transition into hijab I'm extremely surprised over my desire to wear niqab, and I would really like to learn as much as I can before I make such an immense decision. Thanks :D

Peace and Many Blessings,

it’s interesting that you bring this up, because I was just talking about the notion of hijab and niqab just yesterday. In fact, I made a personal post about the notion of modesty here (if you’re interested in reading it).

History teaches us that the women during the time of the Prophet used to veil their faces and wear an outer garment that completely shawls the entire body. Before this religious practice, the Arab women pagans used to dress the same way. In fact, the very rich Arab women during this time (like Abu Sufyan’s wife, Hind) used to wear fancy garments that covered the entire body (and at times, the hair).

During Muhammad’s Prophecy, the notion of modesty was completely changed. Not only were women uplifted in social status, but they were forced to be treated with respect and dignity. You will realize that Surah Ahzab recalls this declaration of Allah unto Muhammad about informing his wives, his daughters, and the believing women to draw a cloak in that they may be not be harmed (mentally nor emotionally). I get into greater detail about this whole notion in my personal synopsis on modesty (the link provided above). 

Personally, I find the niqab remarkably lovely. Not only does it come as some sort of rebelling affirmation of a woman’s choice to please her Lord, but it’s also quite inspiring. 

However, this whole notion of niqab differs with the scholars (so don’t worry too much about what is “correct” for no one knows that but God). Some say that covering the face is mandatory while others believe that it’s simply an Arab custom that holds no value to the religion. And then you’ll have moderate scholars declaring that it’s a woman’s right to choose to wear it, and even though it is quite desirable, it is ultimately her choice to do so.

Hence, it really all comes down to your personal stance and situation in accordance to how you view and understand Quran. If you believe its mandatory, all power to you (so long as you don’t force other women to believe that). And if you believe it’s a spiritual uplifting that will ultimately make you feel stronger about Islam, all power to you (again). 

I think it would be best if you consider your personal situation and how other Muslim women who wear niqab feel about niqab. At the end of the day, it’s about your intention.

InshaAllah this clarified and served justice to this ask.

Salam!

2 years ago with 6 notes
exotickisses: Assalamualaikum, I am planning on converting to islam very very soon, and I feel much peace within myself. I find my faith is stronger than ever, this is going to be the best decision I have ever made and I am looking forward to it everyday. I do have a question though, when I go to the Masjid to convert In my time there i wondered what I will do, what is the process? Thank you so much this blog is so beautiful and beyond helpful!

Peace and many Blessings,

Firstly, I would like to congratulate you on being a brave person. What I find to be true is that a lot of Muslims who are born and raised learning this religion  don’t give enough credit to Muslims who find Islam on their own. Therefore, I applaud you; the Muslim world applauds you and those like you. I pray that God keeps you steadfast and continues to shower upon you much Grace and Love. 

Contrary to popular belief, becoming a Muslim is a very simple process. We do not bathe Muslims in any type of water we consider holy, we do not shower them with flowers or rice seeds (but we will with hugs and gifts), and we most definitely do not oblige them to dress in Islamic dressing. 

Once you enter a mosque, you sit down with the person in charge of the mosque (we usually refer to them as Imam - pronounced ee-mahm- and they are similar to priests or fathers) and he/she will guide you. It is fairly simple. You just declare your shahada. She/he will probably go into a bit details about the general overview of the principles of Islam and will ask you if you have any questions. 

And that’s pretty much it. Please feel free to contact us at any time with any questions, concerns, or comments. Again, much love! 

2 years ago with 16 notes
sooriyaman: Salaams, just taking the time to browse ur archive at the moment and you have some seriously AWESOME Posts! I am interested in Islam but I have some questions? I read on wikipedia that most muslims ask saints, prophets for intercession but that's just like catholics, do all muslims believe in this? Do Muslims pray to God alone? This is one of the reason I am interested in Islam because I am an ex roman catholic and now atheist. I have more questions but I will be glad if you can answer these,ty

Peace and many Blessings,

I’ve come to realize that with much information that’s been publicized about Islam (whether this be in university campus in terms of Islamic courses, or sources like Wikipedia), they highly focus on the sectism that resides within the practice of Muslims. This is not to say that this is Islam; rather, I would argue that this sectarianism resides within the interpretation and understanding of Islam by Muslim themselves. There’s an immense and critical difference between the two (ideology vs those who implement ideology).

Getting back to your question, Muslims revere personalities who can implement Quran and its principles in a humble and inspiring way. This is not to say we worship saints; rather, we praise them for their religiosity and spirituality. We also place much respect and reverence for the Prophets of Gods for delivering the message of God and being true and humble spirits. 

Quran teaches us that God alone permisses intercession on the day of Judgment by/for people whom He chooses. The Quran can speak on behalf a person who recited and memorized Quran, but this permission is given by Allah Alone. Also, we are taught that our eyes, ears, feet, and bodily parts will speak on behalf of what we used to do. Also, if God permisses, He will allow certain personalities (a Prophet of God) to intercede for people as well. And then God can also decline intercession for anyone He wishes.

But there is a vital point I would like to deeply integrate in this discussion, and it is this notion of Tawheed. Tawheed, meaning the belief of the Oneness of God, is a vital and crucial belief in the religion of Islam. There is only One God. There is only One who Permisses what He wills and Forbids what He wills. He did not begot and neither has He begotten. God is beyond human perception, and Muslims do not attribute humane qualities to God. Hence, God is not female or male. God is not a son or a daughter. God does not transform into a human, and neither is God a creation. 

Hopefully I’ve clarified this for you and you can hopefully come back with more commentary and concerns. Peace!

2 years ago with 10 notes
airplanesinlove: Is it possible to believe in Jesus if you're muslim ? How can I pray the same God ? I thought that they were two different gods. What's the Qur'an about ? I heard that women in this religion (islam) don't have lots of rights, is it true ? I'm a woman and I want to know how could I be treated if I decide to change to islam. How do I change to islam ? I mean, do I have to do some kind of ritual ? How would I pray ? I wanted to say thank you, you don't know how helpful your message was.

Peace and many blessings,

Contrary to popular belief, Islam obliges people to believe in Jesus. In fact, there is an entire chapter dedicated to the virgin mother of Jesus.

And Muslims, Jews, and Christians all pray to the same God. Allah is an Arabic word meaning God. The minor difference is that Islam teaches that you pray to God alone. You seek help from God alone. You confess your sins to God alone. And God alone forgives you and blesses you. 

In terms of women in Islam, Islam glorifies them. There is however, a huge difference between the ideology of Islam and those who apply Islam according to their understanding and interpretations. Those who condemn, abuse, and dehumanize women are not of Islam. Muhammad came as a Messenger to give them property rights, the rights to educate their own selves and their children, and the right to vote. 

How to accept Islam. Islam does not do rituals, it is a mere and short declaration that you believe that there is only one God but God, and that Muhammad is His messenger:

How to pray. You don’t necessarily have to worry about this just yet, just make sure you completely fathom the basics. But for future reference, save this link:

if you ever need any type of help, let us know!

2 years ago with 39 notes
Feel for your brothers,

..muslims who are free to practice islam at home have little to no understanding of what its like to be a convert to the religion. we  feel no pain and have trouble aching for our brothers and sisters in faith. while we take things for granted, they suffer quite harshly. and when we complain, we see them strong as ever and envy their closeness to allah. its about time we open our hearts to really feel for the people and try to relate to our brothers and sisters who have sacrificed their safety, family, and potential dreams for this religion. we should be ashamed of ourselves and proud of their courage.

2 years ago with 35 notes