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Midwestern_Muslim
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Posted on Fri, Sep 22, 2006 00:48

Salaam Alaikum to everyone! Thank you for taking the time to read this. I have been a convert for two years, and wanted to share with you some things about myself, and what Islam and the Din mean to me. I give thanks and praise to Allah for this opportunity and for all things. I knew as a child when I sat in church (Protestant Methodist in Ohio) that what I was being asked to believe I could not accept. I completed my Confirmation class at 14, learning stories from the Bible, but knowing and believing are different things. At 14 I explained to the minister that I could not be confirmed to the Methodist church because I did not accept that Jesus was the son of God. God to me was the total and universal single creator. My minister demanded that I change my mind, but I would not. He called my mother, who was raised Lutheran but attended the Methodist church, to tell her that I was refusing confirmation. I had already discussed this with her prior, and the minister seemed stunned. I said that my confirmation meant nothing if I did not believe, and that in being confirmed I was betraying myself and everyone in the congregation. After that I passed through my teen years, and into my early twenties, not really recognizing faith as an aspect of my life. I espoused atheistic doctrine at the travelling "fire and brimstone" street preachers who warned of impending apocalypse. But by 25, I began to question even the most simple issues. I had put reason and science as the core of my beliefs, including evolution and the origin of the Universe as the Big Bang Theory. That all the universe's matter was supercompressed into a mass the size of a pencil-tip. But I would ask "who put the pencil-tip there?" "It didn't come from nothing, someone or something had to create it." Christianity was not the answer for me, I had already learned this. I examined Buddhism, and found merit in the philosophy and teachings, but not faith. I looked at Judaism, and found merit, in commitment to God, but to my beliefs it did not seem to fit. I believed that no more than one God would ever need to exist- One Supreme God created the universe. I began to read books on Islam, not just passages from the Qu'ran, and teachings from the Hadith, but books on Muslim society and the Five Pillars. I read about the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and his insistance that he was only a man-not a deity, and that his Miracle was the Recitation. Finally, I had found the Message of God, and found my belief- my faith. I drove one Wednesday evening to a Mosque near the town where I live. I was scared and excited, feeling as though I was just beginning a momentous change in my life. I parked my car, and tentatively and quietly walked through the doors. When I entered, it was like travelling for decades, and finally coming home. I felt like I was home. I entered ante-chamber, removed my shoes and socks, and performed wudu for the first time. Afterwards, because I had spent all day practicing it, I entered the prayer room, faced toward Mecca, and whispered Shahada. Over and over, as if each time it washed over me again-this wave of calmness and tranquility. I understand now why Islam is sometimes translated as "Peace." In the turmoil that had been my earlier life, I found peace in submitting my sould to the will of God. Allah. Much in my life has changed since that day, but every day since I think of the memory of that moment, and I thank Allah for guiding me on the path toward Islam, for that first moment of pure faith, and for every moment since. *An earlier Blog had quotes from Yousef Islam and other converts. I humbly offer my experience as well. Also, if anyone is interested, when Malcolm X performed Hajj, he has talked of the life-changing effect he underwent seeing equality of all skin colors and cultures in Mecca. May Allah bless you and those who you love.


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Posted on Sun, Oct 08, 2006 09:46

Aslmkm Midwestern Muslim Isn't it amazing how Allah works in wondrous way! Like you, i thank Allah often that He did not **abandon me** because in addition to giving me an adventurous tendency, He also instilled in my character the love of books and an inquisitive nature. These 2 later characteristics are what brought me to Islam. My first real search for Islam began when a friend denied me the access to a book she was holding. It was a Quran and she said non muslims cannot touch the Quran! This set a challenge in me. I loved reading and no books is considered **out of bounds** to me. Next, because i am always inquisitive, i made sure i would eventually get my hands on this so called book : The Quran ! Being adventurous, i was game to try out most things during my non muslim days...Today, i am forever grateful for Allah's guidance because if He had not continuously kept an eye on me and left me without guidance, i cannot imagine what kind of life i would be leading today! That is why most people who knew me are surprised by the drastic change in me since i reverted. Ultimately all would confess they see peace and contentement in me, compared to previously. Yes..i can understand the peace and tranquility that you experience. Alhamdullilah! May Allah constantly guide you, and me also, and make us better muslims each day.


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Posted on Fri, Oct 06, 2006 08:43

Salams sister sweetoojawad I'd say do not be afraid to enter the mosque, go ahead and give it a try.......you will usually feel welcomed. Just make sure you go to the muslimah (female) section and that you are properly dressed. If there are no adequate signs for directions, ask anyone you see at the mosque or search for the imam's office ( usually there would be someone around), and i am sure you will find enthusiastic help. Whenever i travel, i make it a point to always visit the local mosque. It makes me feel **at home** and that i am amongst friends. Even if it was not time for prayers, i'd just go in and pray at least two rakaat of sunnah (optional) prayers, then sit a while and assimilate the peacefulness of the mosque... There were places like in China, Thailand, Japan, Turkey, France, where not many speak English, but all speak the language of Islam...peace (salam), courtesy and brother/sisterhood...... Never mind if we end up communicating with hand gestures or whatever bit of Arabic I may know... but on every occasion, i found generosity of friendship. And everyone at the mosque always seems delighted to meet a new muslim brother or sister. And more so when they know you are a traveler (muzzafir)..... they are always so kind and helpful. Another reason i visit the mosques is that i can get much information of the halal restaurants in the area. But for you locally, insyallah you can get to meet other muslim friends........


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Posted on Thu, Oct 05, 2006 19:32

Assalamualaikum, Dear brother Midwestern, Alhamdulillah, and congratulation for choosing Islam for your final destination. You are one of the blessed and choosen ones by Allah. At the early age of teen, Allah already give you the guidance and you could differentiate between truth and falsehood. I admire your firmness in your beliefs, even at teenage and even you are brought up as Christian. Wishing you all the best in every aspect of your life. May Allah give you the happiness in this world and the Hereafter, Insya'Allah.....Amiin. Your sister in Islam.


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Posted on Sun, Oct 01, 2006 21:36

Asalaam Alaikum! Ramadan Karim! To respond to the question from SWEETOOJAWAD: The Islamic Center is about an hour from where I live, but I have driven past it as it is just off of an major Interstate (A Superhighway). I was very careful to respect the privacy of others, and to be sure I was scared and excited at the same time. It was as if I was standing at a great moment in my life, on the verge of a whole new world! I know that Allah guided me to the moment where I ultimatley had the choice to submit to Allah, if only I would say with my soul: Ashadu la ilaha illa 'llah Ashadu Muhammad-a-rasul Allah I understand now why Islam is said to mean Peace. From the turmoil of my life, when I spent so much time searching for purpose, direction, and who I was as a person, I found answers to all of those questions in two sentences. If you would like to talk more about this, send me a Salaam and I will e-mail you back. I wish you the best of Allah's Blessings, and Blessings for all Ummah during the Sawm. If you will excuse me, I am going to get more water to drink...


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Posted on Wed, Sep 27, 2006 21:02

Assalam, U just walked into the masjid? I have been so timid in doing that. I have not been yet. I have been a revert for a while and never been to mosque. what was it like for you..did anyone approach u after wards? after i pray, i feel so peaceful..like this is what i was meant to do...


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