The beauty of Islam

29 Mar

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Islam: Why haven’t you converted?

As-salam alaikum! May the peace and blessing of Allah be on you!

The weather is terribly hot today in Costa Rica as it should be on a Friday afternoon in March, but it would be an insult to imagine this as being an excuse to not dress modestly during prayer. I won’t say it didn’t take me long for me to realize how important prayer is and being on time, but the journey up to this point has been amazing.

I am quite aware of what people think about Islam in my country. Just to lay out a quick idea of it, my mother was practically forcing me to leave the religion all together. Wow. I didn’t know we ticos believe so wrongly about Islam. Does it have to do with those terrorist incidents that occurred during 911? Or maybe it’s the “preposterous” modest dress women use in this “modern” society? Or maybe it’s that false belief that Muslim men beat their women?

Whatever the reason may be, we all know that in western societies, people have a negative perspective about Islam. Please enlighten me with your thoughts about Islam if you wish. J I would love to get a good laugh this beautiful Friday afternoon.

Despite what the media may be saying nowadays about Islam, I will tell you this. If Islam is such a “bad” religion, then why have I reverted to it? In fact, why have thousands of people worldwide revert to Islam every year? Did you know that in the USA alone, over 100 000 people revert to Islam per year? Insha’Allah that number will get bigger every year.

My advice to you

My advice to those non-believers or kafiroon in Arabic, is to read the Qur’an. Yes, just read it. You can surf endlessly through the Internet, finding both valid and incorrect articles about Islam. However, the Qur’an will always be the same. Regardless of the different translations of it in other languages, it has maintained its Arabic form since the first revelation.

It will open your eyes. It certainly did to me. Quite honestly, I was expecting terrible things from it and didn’t even know what Muslims believed in. But the Qur’an is perfect in its entirety. It’s the only book that has been memorized and recited the most throughout these 1 400 years. I am certain no Christian on the face of this Earth knows the entire Bible from cover to cover. However, thousands and thousands of Muslims worldwide know the Qur’an, all 114 suras of it.

Why Islam is the right religion

Here are some of my personal reasons as to why I reverted to Islam. Of course the reasons are endless.

  1. It’s the only Universal religion. All other religions out there – Christianity, Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism, etc – have come for a certain group or people, like Christianity came for the children of Israel. Islam however, came for the entire humanity, without considering your race, ethnic group, geographical location, language, etc. It came as a message for all humanity. As mentioned in the Qur’an:

…And they say: “None shall enter paradise unless he be a Jew or a Christian.” Those are their (vain) desires. Say: “Produce your proof if you are truthful.” Nay whoever submits his whole self to Allah and is a doer of good, he will get his reward with his Lord; on such shall be no fear nor shall they grieve.” (2:111-112)

What I find beautiful is that all Muslims pray in Arabic, myself included. It’s so breathtaking to know that the entire Ummah (Muslim community) pray in one language only. Alhamdulillah.

2.It’s simplicity. Unlike other religions, Islam is so simple. We are all born Muslims, since Islam means “submission to the will of God.” We are all born submitting ourselves to Allah without even knowing it, just like the trees submit to Allah, the animals submit willingly to Allah. However, we are raised up to have different believes and to worship other besides Allah, like to pray to Jesus, or to different gods.

Even I was baptized into Catholicism without me even knowing, or having a say at it. Muslim children begin praying and obtaining knowledge once they are old enough to speak. They are not baptized or forced into the religion.

Islam is simple in the sense that you worship your Creator. There is no need to have to accept some “divine sacrifice” for our salvation. God is our only savior, and submitting ourselves to Him will give us inner peace.

3.Women are respected in Islam. You’re probably thinking, oh yeah right, women are subjugated in this religion. The truth is that women are respected in Islam. Period. It was during the 20th century that women started having some rights, like voting, being able to work, etc. But before this, women have always been submitted to their husbands or fathers.

Christianity and Judaism are chauvinistic religions. As mentioned in the Bible, women cover their heads for respect to their husbands. In Islam, women cover their heads to protect themselves from perverts. When you choose who decides to see your body, you are respecting yourself. When you dress according to fashion, you have no control as to who can see your beauty, including those perverts that can and will harm you if given a chance.

4. You are encouraged and obliged to seek knowledge. In Islam, you are required to obtain knowledge. For example, why am I here? Who created me? What’s my purpose in life? These are questions Allah encourages us to ponder about in the Qur’an. We are even encouraged to know about the prophets and the origins of the Qur’an. Christians and Jews are never truly told where their Bible came from, since even the scholars of Christianity have no knowledge of this! Furthermore, once you start investigating the Bible, you lose belief in it, since it is corrupt and has been changed throughout the years by men.

5. You find happiness in Islam. Islam is perfect; Muslims are not. Allah is perfect and has a plan for each and every one of us. He loves his creation, and shows this to us through His attributes, such as He is all Forgiving, in His grace, His justice and in His love for us. When you pray, you know why you do so. You know the reason for life, the reason behind every action you do. And finally, you know this world is a test, for the next life to come.

Islam gives you something no other religion will ever give you. It makes you submit only to your Lord, your Creator. You follow the Sunnah or prophetic way because you know the prophet (peace be upon him) was enlightened and guided by God. There are no errors in the religion.

6. And finally, it’s the only religion that God will accept. Once you know about Islam, you have been exposed to the truth. You know that worshiping others besides Allah is a form of shirk, or idolatry. Even Christians break their divine laws by worshiping Jesus as their Lord and savior. The Qur’an tells us that Allah will only accept this religion. So don’t try to hide from God. Allah knows what is in your hearts, and He will guide only those whom He wishes.

Insha’Allah you will reflect on the beauty of Islam. Subhanallah that Islam has been given to us, as a way to obtain Jannah and to submit voluntarily to the will of Allah.

And Allah (subhana wa’tala), the most Beneficent, the most Merciful knows best.

Chao 🙂

References:

Islamic. (2000). Recuperado el 28 de march de 2013, de Why Accept Islam?: http://www.islamic.org.uk/whyislam.htm

Adim, S. A. (2004). La Mujer en el Islam y en el Judeocristianismo: Mito y Realidad. Madrid, España.

Ghounem , M., & Rahman, A. (1998). Geocities. Recuperado el 29 de marzo de 2013, de Why are so many Women converting to Islam?: http://www.geocities.com/athens/agora/4229/women.html

Holy Qur’an. (s.f.). Recuperado el 25 de Febrero de 2013, de http://quran.com/2/170

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One Response to “The beauty of Islam”

  1. poeticlyric April 11, 2013 at 8:19 am #

    Thank you again for this beautiful exposure of words subhanallah.
    Muslim inside. Mashallah. I will share this with a dear friend of mine who is super sceptical about Islam inshallah

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