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Fasting Week Two Thoughts

21 Jul

As-salam alaikum. About two weeks ago the entire Muslim ummah began our fasting. SubhanAllah, it’s been great and I’ve been able to pass through the days and take full advantage of them.

One of the things that concerned me the most wasn’t the fasting, but how I would manage my time in regards to reading the Qur’an, reading other Islamic books and reciting and trying to memorize parts of the Qur’an.

Surprisingly it’s gone quite well and I’ve succeeded so far in reading one juz of the Qur’an daily as well and having plenty of time for other things. What I like to do is read some Qur’an before or after my prayers, so that way I can have more dhikr or remembrance in Allah throughout the day.

Since I’m the only Muslim in my household, I was worried if I would be able to wake up every morning for suhoor. I wasn’t much of a morning person before reverting and even as a Muslim we all struggle to wake up for fajr. But Alhamdulillah I have woken up every morning on time, and have been able to have my suhoor or breakfast every day.

A week ago my father came to visit us. My parents are divorced and he lives about 4 hours away, so he always tries to visit us every 2 weeks. I was really hoping he would have come the Sunday before Ramadan began, but he ended up coming right in the middle of it all. I wasn’t concerned about having to fast and going with them to eat, but how was I going to tell him I was fasting? He doesn’t even know I’m Muslim, and quite frankly I’m not prepared to tell him it all just yet. My relationship with my father isn’t the best and since we barely see him, I don’t like to share much with him.

The smells were tantalizing. We decided to go to a mall in San José and I do have to admit my mouth was watering the whole time. However, after a while I got used to it and even forgot about the hunger. He was really worried why I wasn’t eating; he offered me everything there was, from chicken to chili to ice cream to even some mangos at a food stand there.

Finally, I told him in front of my brother, who didn’t know I was fasting, either. You see, I’m not going to go around telling everyone that I am. It’s something very personal and we fast to get closer to Allah, to control our bodily desires and to remember the poor and needy. It’s not to tell the entire world that you are fasting. Besides, they won’t understand, especially if they’re Christian. I did have to tell my mother as I knew she would get worried seeing me not eat all day (especially since I love to cook and make really delicious meals at lunchtime hehe).

So there I was, trying to explain to my father I was fasting.

Nobody really fasts here. There’s this so-called “fasting” during lent in Catholic religion where you abstain from meat for one entire day. Oh, and you can eat fish if you want instead. So, it’s not fasting for me. It’s just a day where you decide to be a vegetarian, but then decide not to and have fish instead.

So I was really worried what he would think. Would he think I was crazy? Or would he scold me and start blaming my mom about all this? I mean I’m 21 but he still doesn’t see me like an adult. But Alhamdulillah he took it quite well and even made a joke about it, how fasting was only for healthy people since he is a diabetic and wouldn’t be able to fast for too long.

Once I got home my mom asked right away what he said. I guess she has this idea in her mind that he would get angry at me or something. I didn’t mention to her that I hadn’t told him I was Muslim. I mean I did say quite clearly “in Islam…” but I don’t know if he associated that with his daughter being a Muslim or not. He didn’t ask any questions, so I didn’t bother to explain to him my personal decisions.

So Alhamdulillah Allah has truly been listening to my du’aas. Of course He always have, but I had taken it all for granted until past experiences that have shown me the mercy of Allah. We are truly blessed to be Muslim, if only others could realize this.

The rest of my fasting has gone quite well. Please share your own personal experiences on the comment section if you’d like.

Strangely, I really don’t get hungry when maghrib comes. I know it’s strange, as everyone is gorging themselves with food, but I don’t know why I don’t get hungry. Maybe it has to do with the fact that maghrib here is at 6:00 p.m. and everywhere else it’s around 8:00 or 9:00. But honestly I don’t feel hungry even at that time. Do you get really hungry when maghrib comes? Let me know if it’s not just me that this happens to.

One night a cousin came, so I broke my fast with some water and started to prepare some food afterwards. We ended up having dinner around 8:30 p.m. and I really wasn’t feeling like extremely hungry. I don’t know, maybe it’s because I have my mind on other things and not so concerned about the hunger.

May Allah reward you this Ramadan and bless us and protect us from the evils of Shaytaan. May Allah accept our fasting and our salat, and insha’Allah may He reward us Jannah. Ameen.

Chao!

Fasting Day Two thoughts

10 Jul

Happy Ramadan to all! I myself started fasting yesterday, so today’s fasting quite surprisingly has felt a bit more difficult. Maybe due to the fact that my cousins from the states came over yesterday and spending all afternoon with them made me forget about the hunger and thirst.

It was only during that last hour before breaking my fast that I got a bit light headed and really started to feel the effects of not eating.

What really bothered me the first day were the headaches during the afternoon. I’ve read that’s due to dehydration, so today I drank two cups of water instead of just one to ensure that I don’t get them that badly today. Insha’Allah.

Needless to mention, my mother wasn’t very supportive about this yesterday. I was helping her cook last night, and it was only about 10 minutes till I could break my fast that she had to ruin it all for me. I was telling her what a sacrifice it is to fast and all the reward you get from it.

Her reply, you may ask? “I don’t find the logic in it. For me it’s useless.”

Way to go mother. Way to kill all my happiness for ikftar. Seriously, couldn’t you have saved that answer until after I had eaten?

I felt so sad, like a huge knot in my throat, after seeing her reaction. She has never fasted a day in her life, how can she ever know what it’s like to fast and all the hunger pains you go through?

Even when I told her that she didn’t know what it’s like to fast, she answered the contrary and said, “Oh, I have.”

Yes, let’s think for a moment you have, I thought to myself, but not for this many hours a day. And especially not for the sake of Allah. Maybe you’ve done if for a doctor’s appointment, or to lose weight, but I knew she has never done it for God. She even said to me how silly it is to fast for God.

I broke my fast with some water, ate enough to get me a bit full, and left to pray Maghrib. Alhamdulillah I didn’t say anything to her, even though the tears were inevitable. Her attitude towards me is pretty hard to deal with to be honest, but I know she speaks out of her ignorance towards Islam.

Paradise lies at the feet of your mother. No matter what your mother may say, what insult she may throw at you, or what nasty comment is directed to you, just keep your cool and remain silent. You don’t want to end up fighting with her over something only you can truly feel inside.

Well enough about that.

What I really wanted to concentrate on is the mental part. Instead of making it a fasting focused on the hunger (and all the whining you do internally), I’ve organized my time on spending as much of it on the Qur’an.

Seeing all these posts about the physical part of Ramadan, which is abstaining from food and drink and sexual intercourse during the daylight hours, I’ve felt there isn’t enough emphasis on our own selves about the main purpose of Ramadan.

Today I’m on the 3rd juz (section) of the Qur’an. I started reading the Qur’an on Monday, began my fasting Tuesday, and now I’m on the third part as planned Alhamdulillah.

Yesterday’s part was very intriguing. It talked about fasting and what is prescribed for us.

This morning, right after fajr I sat down and read about 8 pages of the first juz. The ayat that I liked was Ayat ul Kursi. The message behind it is incredible;  it is the basic understanding of who is Allah and where is Allah. I’m no scholar on this, but if you’d like to find a tasfeer on this ayat please do, as it is very important to understand what we are saying as we recite.

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Also, there is a tasfeer on Surah al Mulk on SistersOfSunnah.org today at 2:00 p.m. Costa Rican time (4:00 p.m. EST) if you’d like to join.

May this Ramadan be an opportunity for you to ask Allah (subhana wa ta’aala) for forgiveness and seek his refuge from Shaytaan.

Ameen.

What are your goals for this Ramadan?

9 Jul

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Ramadan Mubarak to all! As opposed to what the masjid here has confirmed of Ramadan beginning tomorrow, it has been approved by numerous organizations here in the American Continent and other parts of the world that the moon sighting was last night and that Ramadan has officially started on our side of the world. Subhanallah!

I really pray to Allah that we can take the most out of this Ramadan, whether you were raised a Muslim, or have reverted to Islam, Ramadan is still the same sacred and holy month worldwide. I think that many reverts learn to really appreciate this month because we know what it’s like to not be Muslim, and to not worship Allah (subhana wa ta’aala) often. As a Christian, I used to skip attending church on Sunday just out of laziness because I knew there wasn’t any bad outcome of it if I didn’t go. As opposed to this belief, Muslim men are obliged to attend Jummah prayer at the masjid because of the great reward there is behind it.

We all should learn to not take for granted Ramadan. Sometimes we want to do so much that we can’t really stick to our goals. As a means to facilitate this for you, I’ve decided to write down the three main goals you should stick to during this Ramadan.

Of course we must remember that we have to accomplish our obligatory actions, which is salat (prayer) and sawm (fasting).

But why should we keep these goals for Ramadan? Why shouldn’t we just lay on the couch all day watching TV or playing video games? Why should we keep goals if I’m fasting anyways?

We must learn to not be like the hypocrites, that are a certain way with certain people, and then are different when they are alone and no one is watching. Also, we must remember what is said in the Qur’an:

Whoever brings a good deed shall have ten times the like thereof to his credit, and whoever brings an evil deed shall have only the recompense of the like thereof, and they will not be wronged [al-An’aam 6:160].

So if our good deeds are multiplied by ten during any time of the year, imagine the reward we will get out of them if we accomplish good deeds in Ramadan! Subhanallah. This verse is also a sign of mercy from Allah (swt), as he does not multiply our evil deeds, but does so only with our good deeds.

  • Goal # 1: Read the entire Qur’an

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The first and foremost goal we should all set for ourselves this Ramadan is to read the Qur’an. As I mentioned in my previous article, Ramadan is not about fasting, but instead it’s about the Qur’an. If we keep it a habit to read the Qur’an during Ramadan, we will seek the guidance of the Qur’an after this month as well.

Reading the entire Qur’an during Ramadan is also Sunnah. The sahaabah (followers of the Prophet salalahu alayhi wa salaam) would read the Qur’an a great deal during Ramadan. For example, some would even complete the Qur’an every seven nights, and during Ramadan every three nights, and then every two nights during the last ten days of Ramadan.

So if they could complete the Qur’an in this time period, why can’t we complete one reading of the Qur’an in an entire month?

There is great benefit in the reading of the Qur’an. At-Tirmithee states:

Whoever reads a letter from the Book of Allah, he will have a reward. And that reward will be multiplied by ten.

Also, the Qur’an will intercede for us on the Day of Judgement. The Prophet (saws) said:

The Qur’an is an intercessor, something given permission to intercede, and it is rightfully believed in. Whoever puts it in front of him, it will lead him to Paradise; whoever puts it behind him, it will steer him to the Hellfire.” [An authentic hadith found in At-Tabaraanee, on the authority of ‘Abdullaah ibn Mas’ood]

There are many more benefits on reading the Qur’an. The reasons to read it this Ramadan are more than enough.

  • Goal # 2: Memorize an entire Surah

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I had mentioned this on my previous article, and it is a goal I plan to accomplish. A great way to help you stick to it is by finding yourself a friend that can help you achieve this challenge.

One way I learn things by memory is by reciting it about 8 or more times until I can finally recite it without having to look at it. I gues this is because I have photographic memory and everything I see I will remember. If you are someone that learns faster by hearing it, then playing it on your iPod or phone as many times as possible will help you memorize it.

Start by learning one ayat per day. As you advance throughout the month, remember to always recite the previous ayats as to not forget them.

  • Goal # 3: Read a book of beneficial knowledge this Ramadan

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My final goal is to read a book that will help me be a better Muslim. A good book can be 40 Hadiths on the Islamic Personality by Shaykh ‘Alee Hasan ‘Alee ‘Abdul Hameed. If you read one hadith every day, reflect on it, and think about how you can practice this in your daily life, the benefits of it will be more than beneficial for you.

Again, I recommend you find someone that you can share this with you. Whether it be your husband, a sister or a family member that can help you, you will both be getting the rewards out of it and benefiting one another insha’Allah.

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I know the list is rather short, but it is better to stick to short, simple goals than to create a huge list of things that you won’t be able to achieve and end up feeling bad with yourself. The following hadith also explains the virtues of doing something consistently.

Indeed, the Mother of the Believers `A’ishah (may Allah be pleased with her) narrates that “the most beloved action to Allah’s Apostle was that which is done continuously and regularly” (Sahih Bukhari, Book #76, Hadith #469).

Insha’Allah this was beneficial for you. If you have any other goals please add them to the list on the comment section and share with other your goals for this Ramadan.

May Allah bless us this Ramadan. Ramadan Mubarak!

Chao

Final Tips for Ramadan…

9 Jul

As-salaam alaikum everyone.

So the month of Ramadan has finally come – Alhamdulillah! – and insha’Allah you are more than prepared to take on this wonderful opportunity of mercy, forgiveness, and love from Allah (subhana wa ta’aala).

It seems like we were all expecting the month to begin tomorrow, July 9th, but as the moon was not sighted in Saudi Arabia, they have informed us that it will begin on Wednesday. In other words, Ramadan shall begin tomorrow night, with the first taraweeh prayers and the fasting will initiate on Wednesday insha’Allah. This has been confirmed in Costa Rica, so I’m not sure what the situation may be in your country.

Just a few tips to keep us motivated before we begin our fasting, and that insha’Allah we can take advantage of all the blessings given during Ramadan.

  • Don’t think about the fact that you’re hungry all the time.

I put this one up first because I know that many people will be thinking more on what’s not inside their belly than on more important matters. Not only will this make us waste valuable and precious time thinking and whining about our own selves than on the Qur’an, but also it will feed your ego. When you’re constantly thinking I am hungry, I am thirsty, I am sleepy, I, I, I… your unconsciously feeding your ego and distancing yourself from Allah (subhana wa ta’aala).

Remember the 800 million people on the face of this planet that don’t even have clean, fresh water, that can’t even have a bite to eat sometimes even during the whole day. When you are fasting, remember to make du’a for those that need it the most; for the hungry, the poor, the sick and those more in need of Allah’s mercy than us.

At least you’ll be able to eat something tonight, what about those millions that can’t? Take advantage of this sacred month and make du’a.

  • Divide the Qur’an up during the day instead of reading it in one sitting.

It’s easier to jog a mile every morning than to wake up one day and jog 10 miles. Not only will it be exhausting to read one juz or section of the Qur’an after a long day, but also you won’t be able to reflect on it sufficiently. If you divide the reading of the Qur’an during the day, you will be able to reflect more on what you read, think more about it and act upon the teachings of the Qur’an. Divide it up in a way that you read approximately 5 pages before salat, and 5 pages after each salat. That way you will be able to finish the entire Qur’an throughout the day, and reading 5 pages of Qur’an isn’t a whole lot.

If you work or are busy with your studies, then read some before starting your day (so that you can act upon it and reflect), during lunch break, and some more after work or school. Finally, save a good chunk of the juz for the night, when you’re relaxed and calm with your thoughts.

  • Make a goal to learn one new surah this Ramadan.

Whether it be big or small, the important thing is that you memorize it, know what you’re saying and stick to your task. Remember that the Prophet (salalahu alayhi wa’salaam) says that Allah (aza wajal) loves those that do something, no matter how small it may be, but are consistent on it. A sister and I have decided to memorize Surah Al Mulk, which is composed of 30 ayats, one for each day of Ramadan. If you’d like to join the challenge with us you are more than welcomed to, and if you can find a friend to take the task with you, that would be even better so that you can help each other out insha’Allah.

  • Remember why you are fasting.

Are you fasting to lose a few extra pounds on you? To quit your smoking habit or chill more on the amount of coffee you drink? Because everyone else is doing it and you don’t want to feel left out? If your reason for fasting is everything BUT to please Allah (swt), then your intentions are all upside down. Remember why Allah prescribed fasting for us, remember those that have no food on their plates, remember that Ramadan is a month in which we come closer to Allah and not distance ourselves from our Rabb, the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth, of our Sustainer, of our Lord. When you know exactly why you are fasting and have the good intention to, everything else will be easy for you insha’Allah.

  • Ramadan is not about fasting, it is about the Qur’an.

There are those that cannot fast, such as the sick, the poor, women that are pregnant or breastfeeding, etc. However, are these people exempt from the mercy and forgiveness of Allah during this month? Of course they aren’t. Even if we are fasting and have the health and possibilities to, Ramadan is not just a month of fasting. It was the month in which the Qur’an was first revealed to Prophet Muhammad (saws), and we must learn to make this month about the Qur’an and not about the fasting prescribed in it. Of course it is a huge factor that is part of the month, but truly the treasure in this month is the Qur’an itself and we must learn to meditate, study and actually sit down and read the Qur’an!

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So those were my simple yet informative tips for you before Ramadan begins. Insha’Allah you will benefit from them.

Just a heads up, this Ramadan since it is my first (Subhanallah for new reverts!), I’ve decided to share my experiences and stories along my Ramadan this year through here. It’s very important to keep a journal if you are new to fasting so that you can help yourself through the month. I encourage each and every one of you to keep a journal for Ramadan, to write in it and to save this so that you can look back at it throughout the years and remember your first, second, or any numbered Ramadan. 🙂

May Allah grant you guidance, wisdom and knowledge this Ramadan and the many months to come. May Allah (aza wajal) strengthen your emaan and bless your families, friends, and loved ones this Ramadan insha’Allah. Ameen.

Chao.

Ramadan is just a month away! Why fast?

9 Jun

For the Mind and Soul

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As-salaam alaykum everyone. As a recent convert (Allahu Akbar) I’ve been thinking about Ramadan these days more than ever; what will it be like? Will my body last an entire month of fasting? How can I make this experience even more profitable?

I’ve been looking around some website and books on Ramadan, including Hadiths and quotes from the Qur’an. The benefits of Ramadan are just so many Alhamdulillah! Although we may not see them.

So I’ve decided to write a quick post on some of the benefits of this sacred month, not just physically, but mentally the amount of blessings and good things come out of it insha’Allah.

There is a great reward for those who fast

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Abu Huraira, radhiya Allahu `anh reported:

The Prophet said, “(Allah said), ‘Every good deed of Adam’s son is for him except fasting; it is for Me. and I shall reward (the fasting person) for it.’ Verily, the smell of the mouth of a fasting person is better to Allah than the smell of musk.” [Bukhari]

Allah, the Most High, the Most Beneficent, will reward a person that fasts for His sake only. Think about it. It is indeed a sacrifice. I don’t think fasting is all that easy, given the many hours without food or water. Insha’Allah there will be reward in our fasting and Allah will accept it.

Our supplications are granted

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Abu Hurairah reported that the Prophet, salla Allahu alaihi wa sallam, said: “There are three people whose supplications are not rejected: the fasting person when he breaks the fast, the just ruler and the supplication of the oppressed”. [Tirmithi, Ibn Majah and Ibn Hibban]

Our dua’s are accepted when we indulge in this action intended only for the sake of Allah. We must remember constantly why we are fasting, for what purpose we are doing so and to always thank Allah (subhana wa ta’aala) for giving us the strength and patience to fast.

Just think for a minute how many people out there starve to death because they can’t eat even a loaf of bread or drink a drop of pure, clean water. Think how privileged you are as a Muslim to be able to fast! So many people don’t have food at their tables, and cannot have this “luxury” of fasting for the sake of Allah.

It is a means of forgiveness for us

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Abu Huraira narrated that Allah’s Messenger said : “Whoever observes fasts during the month of Ramadan out of sincere faith, and hoping to attain Allah’s rewards, then all his past sins will be forgiven.” [Bukhari]

Subhanallah, how merciful our Rabb truly is. If you fast just 30 days of the 365 days of the year, with devotion, purity in your heart and sincerity, Allah will forgive any sins you have had in your past. Whether you are a new revert – like myself – or you have grandchildren and have retired, it is never too late to ask Allah for forgiveness and to repent to our Lord, to the Creator of the Heavens and the Earth. May Allah always guide us.

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So these were the brief benefits that we have when fasting during Ramadan. Imagine how wonderfully merciful and forgiving our Lord is that He has given us this “tool” or action to use for our own benefit, and of course always for the sake of Allah.

You won’t find these benefits in other religions. They have deviated from the straight path of monotheism – Judaism and Christianity – and now follow practices that were never accepted during the time of the Prophets (peace be upon them all). We as Muslims are benefited in so many ways and take them for granted, that we don’t even have time to sit down and think about this and thank Allah (swt) for all that He has given us.

Insha’Allah I’ll be writing about the physical benefits of fasting during the month of Ramadan in a new post. So keep tuned for a new article on how not only your mind, but your body can benefit from this sacred and blessed month of Ramadan.

Allahu Akbar. May Allah safeguard us from Shaytaan, may Allah reward us and may Allah protect us and guide us from any evil. Ameen Rabb.

And Allah, our Lord, most Beneficent and most Merciful, knows best.

Chao.

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 🙂

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¿Existe un Coran en las librerías de Costa Rica?

6 Mar

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Bismillah hirRahman nirRaheem

En el nombre de Alá, el Clemente, el Misericordioso

As Salamu ’Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh. Que la paz y bendición de Alá esté sobre todos ustedes. Por fin, ¡mi primer artículo en español! Se que tardé mucho, pero espero que la comunidad hispana me apoye bastante especialmente de mi bello país que es Costa Rica.

Al caminar las calles de mi pueblo, me he dado cuenta de algo asombroso: ¡no existe ni una sola copia del Sagrado Corán en nuestras librerías! Es muy lamentable, ya que a través de esto es por lo cual la población no conoce sobre el Islam.

Hace unos meses atrás traté de buscar un Corán para poder leerlo. Ya lo había leído a través de  mi iPod; sin embargo, creo que es un poco más placentero leer un libro físico que por una pantalla el tamaño de una libreta de notas.

Fue muy frustrante tener que entrar a cada librería y que en cada una me dieran la esperada noticia de que no existía este libro en ella. Al pasar los días y no tener ningún éxito en mi búsqueda, decidí comprarlo por internet.

Los precios de algunos me asombraron, ya que venían más elaborados y con una portada de tapa dura. Pero, el transporte vía aéreo para comprar por internet aquí son muy elevados, hasta inclusive para un libro pequeño y que no pesa casi nada.

Subhanallah un mes antes de tomar mi Shahada, fui a visitar una hermana en el Islam y poder hablar sobre su experiencia como musulmana. No iba con ninguna intención de pedirle el Corán ya que yo me imaginé que ella se encontraba en la misma situación mía: decepcionada de las librerías de Costa Rica. Hasta le llegué a comentar esto y me respondió que ella también le había pasado y que no se puede encontrar un Corán en las librerías de nuestro país.

Por obra y gracia de Alá (subhana wa’tala) la hermana me regaló un Corán, que afortunadamente venía en inglés. Luego me comentó que los Corán no se venden, sino que se regalan. Supuestamente no es viable darle a un no musulmán un Corán ya que el libro no puede ser tocado por alguien que no crea en el Islam. Pero sino no sabríamos del Islam y además de esto, ya mi corazón estaba bien identificada como musulmana desde ese entonces.

Por lo tanto, si no hubiera sido por esta amable hermana que me regaló un Corán, yo hasta el momento no tendría un Corán. Me cuestiono las otras mujeres y hombres en mi país que tal vez quieran conocer sobre la palabra de Dios (swt) pero que sin embargo no tengan acceso a un Corán físico.

Se que por el internet es muy fácil encontrar un Corán y leerlo, pero personalmente yo prefiero un libro que se pueda tocar y pasar las hojas fácilmente.

Así que, le pregunto a mi pueblo tico, ¿qué nos pasa? Esta bien que este país sea un país Católico, pero le pido respuestas a la comunidad musulmana aquí en mi país.

Creo que como solución debemos de poner más libros en la calle. No solamente el Sagrado Corán, sino también libros que eduquen a nuestra comunidad sobre el Islam, sobre tawheed – la unificación de un sólo Dios – y sobre nuestro profeta (salalahu alayhi wa’salam), que estoy casi segura que nadie conoce.

Yo lo digo por experiencia propia. Alhamdulillah que yo pude conocer sobre el Islam, pero no por medio del Corán, ni por algún amigo musulmán o algún conocido. Creo que nuestra comunidad musulmana debe de crecer, pero para que esto suceda, debemos de iniciar con la educación.

Y unos de estos pasos es llenando nuestras librerías con el libro el Corán y con información sobre el Islam que sea válida y correcta.

¿Como queremos ver más musulmanes en Costa Rica si ni siquiera saben que existe el Islam?

Si hubiera dependido de mi comunidad para conocer el Islam, hubiera seguido creyendo que el Islam era falso, que eran terroristas y que los musulmanes no amaban al profeta Jesús (paz y bendiciones estén sobre él).

Una buena manera de incrementar la curiosidad sobre el Islam es a través de las universidades y colegios de nuestro país. En cada pueblo, hay mínimo una o dos iglesias católicas. En mi pueblo existen aproximadamente unas 7 iglesias, y es un pueblo muy pequeño. ¿Lo pueden creer? Casi el 90% de nuestro país es Católico Romano, y a pesar de que yo lo vea como una religión incorrecta y que están cometiendo el pecado más grave ante Alá, shirk (asociar a otros con Alá), mi pueblo no piensa lo mismo.

Por esto es que debemos de informar más. Por el momento creo que las redes sociales son nuestro mejor – y peor – enemigo, ya que es por donde se acerca más a la sociedad joven y futura de nuestro país.

Obviamente hay mucha información falsa sobre el Islam, más en el idioma español ya que no existen muchos hispanos musulmanes. Por esto debemos de informar correctamente a nuestra comunidad tica.

Nadie nació con conocimiento y debemos de entender que la ignorancia nos enferma. Nos ha enfermado a tal extremo, que seguimos creyendo en las falsedades de una iglesia Católica que han degradado a Alá (swt) lamentablemente. Que Dios los tenga en su misericordia y que se arrepienten ante Él.

Como Alá dice en el Corán:

Da lo mismo que adviertas o no a los infieles: no creen. Alá ha sellado sus corazones y oídos; una venda cubre sus ojos y tendrán un castigo terrible. (2:6-7)

Mi misión inshallah es poner el Corán y varias copias en las librerías; por el momento que sean las más conocidas del país que se encuentran en los “molles” y también en las ciudades más grandes como San José y Heredia.

Será algo lento, pero inshallah tendremos, como musulmanes, la valentía de llevar a cabo esto.

El Islam es la religión más pacífica que existe. Nunca ha tenido la obligación de llevar a alguien a creer en ello a través de guerras o a la fuerza. Es por esto que poniendo el Corán en las librerías, la gente lo tomarán por conciencia propia y no seremos como aquellos Testigos de Jehová que le van a tocar la puerta a la gente como desesperados.

El Islam también hay que saber que no es para todos. Como Alá dice en el Corán:

Los siervos del Compasivo son los que van por la tierra humildemente y que, cuando los ignorantes les dirigen la palabra, dicen: «¡Paz!» (25:63)

Así que no tema a aquellos que no creerán nunca en el Islam, ya que en sus corazones hay un sello que no los dejan ver la verdad. Siempre tenga paciencia y no deje que los ignorantes te quiten la paz, ya que este es el Shaytaan que te tratará de vencer.

Inshallah Alá (swt) nos guiará hacia el Paraíso. Y Alá sabe mejor.

Chao.