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Things that stopped me from becoming a Muslim

10 Apr

Bismillah hirRahman nirRaheem

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

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May Allah (subhana wa’tala) grant us guidance, knowledge and strengthen our emaan (faith). May Allah (swt) bless all Muslims that seek refuge in His Mercy alone, and may Allah (swt) protect us from any evil or harm.

As-salaam alaikum! (May Allah bless you) Islam is indeed the most beautiful religion there can be. It gives you responsibilities, humbleness, takes away that horrendous ego that limits us from submitting to God and so much more.

However, my journey to Islam has been one that took longer than what I would have wanted it to. Looking back, I truly wish I had taken advantage of so many opportunities to change my life and become Muslim. However, Allah (swt) knows why we become Muslim and why those non-believers turn away from Islam.

Why did I prolong my Shahada (declaring that you are a Muslim) so much? Despite the fact that my aqeedah (knowledge) was growing, I lacked salaah (practicing Islam by praying). I felt Muslim for a long time before I finally took my Shahada under the eyes of Allah.

Here are the reasons as to why I didn’t become a Muslim immediately after knowing about Islam.

Fearing the unknown. 

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Prior to learning and researching up on Islam, I knew nothing about the religion. I didn’t even know what a Muslim worshiped, what they believed in, or anything! (Looking back, I’ve learned so much in one year Subhanallah).

 Despite that most people associate Muslims with terrorism or any of these false claims, I never had this idea about Muslims Alhamdulillah. I didn’t even know that the Qur’an existed! Oh Mash’Allah that I became Muslim because Allah (swt) wanted me to become a believer.

When I was told about Islam, I didn’t want to read up on it. I was somewhat afraid of it. You see, when you don’t know about something, you will fear the unknown. Especially in religious matters.

Even after I researched into Islam, I didn’t want to read the Qur’an. I knew that some way or another, this religion would “sneak up” on me, grab me by the feet and throw me into its “cobweb”. And I didn’t want that at the time being. I was happily a Catholic, and didn’t want to explore unknown territory.

However, there was something that really caused curiosity in me. Why is that people don’t like Muslims? This I knew quite well: the media was always attacking Muslims. They were always saying how racist Muslims were, how terrorism was accepted and how these women had to be forced to cover their faces and body.

But, when I read about Islam it felt like such a peaceful and beautiful religion. “These Muslims!” I would think, “How they get on all fours and put their heads to the ground and worship God! I’d like to see those people at my church bow down that way to God! Never!” I would think, “Never, as long as there big fat egos are in the way.”

However, these thoughts were all kept to me, and I never discussed it with my family or my close friends. When I did bring it up, my friends were shocked and told me to stay away from those “terrorists”, to find God in some other Bible, like the Baptist Bible or another Christian sect. Just don’t go into that book! They would warn me, believing they were doing good.

I was “letting my religion down.”

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Another reason that made me turn back from becoming a Muslim was the feeling that I was turning down not only my religion, but also my identity, my community and my family. After several months of reading into the religion, I felt betrayed by my own community.

I would think to myself, Jesus wasn’t crucified? These saints we worship are all wrong? Why wasn’t this explained to me during Bible school? And most importantly, why hadn’t I realized all this before?

So I would put the book I was reading down and continue my pagan life.

However, I never truly stopped researching about Islam. It just made sense. No religion, not even Catholicism, had even made so much sense before. Worship one God. Period. No idols involved, no weird rituals, no intermediaries between me and God. It was like a breath of fresh air, from all this nonsense I was being fed at in church.

So I read about Islam, read about God, read about the Prophets, and about revert stories and the more I read about Islam, the more I wanted to become Muslim.

What would my friends think?

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As shameful as this might be to admit, I was in fact afraid of what my society would say. You see, we live in a world where the society decides what you can and cannot do. It tells you what to think, how to dress, what career you should pursue, how you should treat others, etc.

So becoming a Muslim meant going against – well – everything!

The way I was dressing was completely inadequate. The way I thought was poisoning my heart. I was in a stage in my life where wealth was the only concern I had for my future.

When I would sit down and read about God’s oneness and what our purpose in life was, it felt reassuring. I didn’t fear death anymore. I could stand up to the world and not fear being turned down. More than ever did I want to reject these disgusting and ridiculous people shown on the television and heard on the radio that brainwash adolescents into thinking this is how you will be happy – with money and cars and fame – and how you should be.

Islam is liberating. It’s not like anything you could ever imagine it to be. You find peace in it, and these worldly desires are nothing but – worldly desires!

However, at this moment I was more concerned about my family and friends than about what I really wanted. So I kept Islam closed and shut in my heart and continued living that life my society expected me to. Unfortunately, silencing my beliefs was rather more saddening than I thought it would be.

The hijab.

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One of the main reasons that stopped me from taking my Shahada and becoming a Muslim was this thing Muslim women wrap around their heads.

I didn’t really know that Muslim women had to wear this on a daily basis. In fact, when I read about it from a traveling website, I had read that it was a sign of respect to wear this when entering mosques. So I believed for quite a while that the hijab was only worn when entering mosques.

It wasn’t until several months later that I read about the hijab being something compulsory. When I read that it was mandatory, I began frantically looking for more information as to oppose this truth. I wanted an article to yell out to me, “Relax, it’s not mandatory. Muslim women don’t have to wear the hijab.”

But I never came through an article like this Alhamdulillah and it made me hesitate on my quest for the truth. Despite that this was a disappointment to hear, since my mother’s a hair stylist and I’ve been around the impression that women look beautiful with long, pretty hair, my search for the truth didn’t stop there.

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In fact, as I read about the hijab, it actually started to make sense. I read about how we live in a society where men are allowed to look at women however they want, and that we as women allow them to! And this is in fact the perfect description of my country. Costa Rica is a wonderful country, but unfortunately women grow up with this idea screwed into their head that you are a sex symbol. If you don’t look sexy and attractive and show as much skin as possible, no man will ever lay eyes on you. Because there will always be hotter and more attractive looking women around you, and you have to “beat” the competition.

What a loud of – erm, nonsense! It felt reassuring to know that if you cover and dress modestly, you are in charge of who looks at your body. And I loved the idea of only being attractive to my future husband insha’Allah. It sounded safe and comforting and, something a pious woman would do – someone who loves Allah and will not submit to Shaytaan.

So after many months of debating whether or not I should be against the hijab or not, I listened to the scholars of Islam and of course, the Qur’an foremost. I actually find the hijab beautiful and would love to see more women in my country cover up a bit more.

This is in itself a topic on its own, so I’ll cover more of it in the near future insha’Allah.

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En fin…

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So these are the reasons as to why I didn’t take my Shahada until almost a full year after my quest began.

I struggled with mainly the outer contexts of Islam, such as the society around me and their opinions, the hijab and dressing modestly and the church that has so much power in my country.

Mash’Allah Islam entered my heart and I never doubted it. Yes, you may go through the phases of wondering why eating pork is haram or why men should grow a beard, but these are all external points that are insignificant when it comes to what truly lies in your heart.

Remember that Islam is not just about obtaining knowledge (aqeedah). Why you may ask? Because the one that knew the most about Allah (swt) was, who? Shaytaan. But, he had no emaan (faith) and therefore his knowledge turned into satanic knowledge, which we still have nowadays in people.

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So Islam is not just about the “obtaining knowledge” part. Yes, we as Muslims MUST obtain knowledge. It’s not a decision. It’s mandatory to know our religion, to know what we say in Salaah, to know about other religions, to question this earthly life, etc. (This is what I love about Islam, there are no secrets in it and nothing is hidden from us Muslims Alhamdulillah!)

But there is also the emaan that we cannot ignore. Without it, our religion is not a religion. It’s just an empty belief.

Never underestimate the power of your Salaah. Praying is our relationship with Allah; directly, no intermediaries, no one looking, nothing. It’s just you and Allah (swt). Praise your Creator, thank Allah for the life you have, for the calamities and tests He has put in your life.

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And most truly Allah 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.

Why is it that Christians don’t understand Muslims?

28 Feb

As Salamu ’Alaikum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuh

Bismillah hirRahman nirRaheem

In the name of Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful

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There is a fine line between respect and sharing a belief. You can respect a certain belief, but not share this belief at all. In this diverse world we are living in, it is quite necessary to respect all beliefs out there, without strictly having to accept the religion or philosophical point of view.

A year ago I was a Catholic and I currently live in a community where everyone is mainly Catholic. Catholics, like any other Christian branch believe in a few points that blind them from the truth of Islam. This creates a shield between them and the religion.

Where I’m from you are simply a Catholic and that’s it. If you dare venture out of the religion you are automatically tagged as a betrayer and mocked upon. I saw this with some family members that have left the roman Catholic church and decided to follow other Christian churches. They were laughed at and even called fanatics.

When you are raised into a community where everyone follows their father’s religion without questioning it’s rather difficult for people not to judge you if you convert to another branch of Christianity, like my brother did. It’s even worse when you revert to Islam.

In the Qur’an it tells us:

And when it is said to them, “Follow what Allah has revealed,” they say, “Rather, we will follow that which we found our fathers doing.” Even though their fathers understood nothing, nor were they guided? (2: 170)

Allah (subhana wa’ tala) mentions those that follow their generation’s religion and ignore the truth.

I believe this happens in every country you’re in; people will follow a religion and never question why. Even in Muslim countries there are those that follow the religion without truly believing and being a devote Muslim.

Having this cleared out, you can now see why Catholics in my country don’t like others from different religions. They are intimidated by them, felt betrayed on if they revert and as a shield they will mock these people in order to get them to give up on their new religion.

It is mentioned in the Qur’an:

And when you call to prayer they make it a mockery and a joke; this is because they are a people who do not understand. (5: 58)

Allah (swt) has mentioned these people and how they react out of their own ignorance. In fact, most of the time when people insult you because you are Muslim it’s usually out of their own ignorance.

Allah (swt) mentions in sura Al-Kahf the consequence of these people:

Thus it is that their recompense is hell, because they disbelieved and held My communications and My apostles in mockery. (18:106)

Those who disbelieve, this is their outcome. So when someone laughs at you for being Muslim or says something insulting, warn them about the consequence of their actions. But, if they persist then I advice to let them be and to simply ignore their comments. This is because Allah (swt) also mentions those that will just not understand the message of Islam. It says in the Qur’an:

Indeed, those who disbelieve – it is all the same for them whether you warn them or do not warn them – they will not believe. (2:6)

There are some points I’d like to comment about that would make everyone out there – Christian or Muslim – understand why Christians don’t really get the message of Islam. These are barriers that Christians must overcome if they truly believe in the Oneness of God.

The first point of interest is that Christians believe in a trinity. They are raised up to believe that God is not one – all Supreme, all Knowing – but in fact that He is composed of three “sections” that form Him as one.

In fact, when you enter a church, after praying or before any act throughout the day you are encouraged to put that sign of the “trinity” on your body; in other words you “bless” yourself with 1. the Father, 2. the Son, and 3. the Holy Spirit. That is, you touch your forehead when saying the Father, then your chest when saying the Son and finally both shoulders while repeating the Holy Spirit thus creating a cross on yourself.

You can see this represented in the image below, where Jesus (peace be upon him) and God are shown as equals, partners in the dominion of the Earth underneath their feet and with the Holy Spirit being represented by the dove almost “enlightening” them to control the universe.

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This trinity is truly the endpoint of a Christians’ acceptance of the unity of God and believing that God is One (tawheed). Although Christians state that they believe in one God only, they are actually denying this since they have the belief in the trinity and associating  another with Allah (swt).

This falsehood of worshiping or believing in others besides Allah (swt) is a form of shirk. According to The Hans Wehr Dictionary of Modern Written Arabic, shirk means partnership, sharing or associating (p. 468) others with Allah.

Muslims believe that God is One; there is no one or nothing like Him. He (swt) has no partners in His dominion and He is infinite and nothing like we can ever imagine Him to be. The study of this is called tawheed, which means maintaining the unity of Allah (swt). If you do not believe in this – that God is One – then you are not a Muslim.

There are three basic forms that tawheed breaks up into in order to comprehend the unity of Allah (swt) better, and later on I will mention how Christians commit shirk in all of these three forms.

The trinity is actually not true. This ideology was a man made factor that later on throughout the years became a basic principle in Christianity. This so-called trinity was actually obtained by Greek philosophers (Plato’s theories) and Jewish Gnosticism; none of it is pure Christianity.

To make this point even clearer, there is proof in the Bible that the trinity cannot and does not actually exist. Below are some phrases obtained from the Bible:

Thou shalt have no other gods before me.(Exo 20:3)

Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. (Isa 45:22)

As you can see, clearly the true Christian belief is that God is one. So why then, do Christians ignore these statements and the Bible and continue to have a crucified Jesus statue in front of every church?

The reason behind this is that Christians also believe in that Jesus (peace be upon him) was God incarnate on this Earth. Christians believe that Allah (swt) came down on Earth in the form of a man, as well as Jews, Persians and Hindus believe in that God has taken Himself into some human or animal form here on Earth. This happens when you lose the transcendency of Allah and the importance of his highness and start to believe that Allah (swt) is everywhere, when He is in fact above and beyond his creation.

Now if you look at this statement slowly and detailed enough, you can realize how silly and absurd this actually is. Stating that Allah (swt) is everywhere would mean that you also believe that Allah (swt) is in excrement or in dirty and filthy places, which obviously He’s not. If you as a Christian respect, cherish and fear your Lord, then explain to me how on Earth you will ever learn to fear a God that made himself into a man, or is in these filthy places?

I’d love to just jump right into the fact that this is a clear sign of shirk in tawheed al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat: the belief that Allah (swt) is One without similitude in his Names and Attributes. You cannot give Allah the attributes of his creation! And what was Jesus(peace be upon him)? He was a man: a finite, living, breathing man. A creation from the creator! If you say that Jesus was Allah (swt), then you are also accepting that Allah (swt) is finite, that He had a beginning and that He had an end.

You are assimilating the creator Allah (swt) to a creation of his. In other words, “God” for Christians was born a defenseless infant, to then be slaughtered and beat and hung like an animal onto a cross and died under the hands of his creation: humans.

May Allah (swt) forgive you if you believe this. When you take your Shahada you state Lā ‘ilāha ‘illā-llāhu: There is NO God but Allah.

Even before becoming a Muslim I found nonsense in this way of thinking. Why would Allah (swt), if hypothetically speaking He did have an only son (which is incorrect, since it’s mentioned in the Qur’an that He begetteth not, nor is He begotten 112:3), would want to kill his son as a way to save you from your sins? It’s downright masochistic and violent, attributes that we as Muslims do not associate with Allah (swt).

Now besides this point in Tawheed al-Asmaa’ was-Sifaat, there is also the affirmation that we cannot give Allah’s attributes to his creation; in other words Christians – whom elevate Jesus to the status of Allah (swt) – are committing shirk. Also shown in the Bible is this clear proof:

Remember the former things of old: for I am God, and there is none else; I am God, and there is none like me. (Isa 46:9)

If this is in the Bible, then I really don’t know why Christians continue believing this so-called trinity.

But let me just leave you with a few more affirmations that will let us see just how Christians have been brainwashed into believing all these falsehoods.

What hurts me the most is that my mother once told me out of her anger to me that I was being brainwashed by the Qur’an. Of course she has no idea of what she was stating right there, but I knew that her affirmation was just out of her anger as she has never read the Qur’an. It’s hard to believe that one’s own mother can be against this beauty that is Islam and seeing how close I’ve come to Allah over these past months I continue to fight for the truth that is Islam.

A month ago I took my shahada alhamdulillah. Despite the fact that it’s been only a month, I’ve felt Muslim longer than that. I had the belief of Islam in me more than I had realized it.

As a Catholic, I had this thinking that every other Christian has: God is a one-time a week thing. Christians go to church on Sundays and they never really go after that. In fact, most Christians don’t even go every Sunday, whether it’s for the reason that they put other priorities over God or that they just don’t feel like sitting for an hour long listening to some boring priest comment on politics and how wrong you are and how much sin you are committing in your life.

Even when you go, you would never go without getting ready to leave for church. I remember I would spend more time on my hair and what I was going to wear, than thinking to myself that I was going for the purpose of God. And when you arrived, most of the time it was rather uncomfortable as you were sitting near both men and women, couples and screaming children and friends that would look at you to see what you had decided to put on that certain Sunday.

Not to mention the women that would go in tight, short dresses with big pumps and the poofy hair that made the men in the church think about anything other than what the priest was talking about. Most of the times the priest would have his own opinions about certain topics and not really affirm it with what the Bible had to say about it. Let me remind you that these are Catholics that form the trinity on themselves; I really don’t think they care what the Bible has to say, as they have already created their own form of thinking and have set their own obligations to fit into their busy lives in which there is no room for Allah (swt).

Despite the fact that the Bible says very clearly: don’t worship others besides me (God), Christians ignore this and worship Jesus as God.

Despite the fact that the Bible says: women, cover your heads for if you don’t then you should shave your hair off, Christians ignore this and go into their churches dressing like they were going into a nightclub.

Despite the fact that the Bible says: do not have a pope! Christians (Catholics to be more specific) ignore this and have a pope that “controls” the Catholic church and acts as God on Earth.

I could go on and on, but I know now that the Bible is corrupt, as well as that every translation differs and that there is no original text to support the translation. But I didn’t find out about these things until after I started looking into Islam. As a Catholic, you’re not really supposed to question anything and if you mention a topic that questions the religion, then everyone in the room would most likely cut your tongue off.

Here in Costa Rica religion is somewhat “important”. I don’t truly believe it’s as important as I once thought it was, since now I see that it’s more of a routine than something that people have well put into their hearts.

As a Muslim you must pray 5 obligatory prayers, not counting the amount of du’aas you make and the voluntary prayers. Now if a Christian comes up to me and tells me that Muslims don’t have this commitment to God as they do, I would definitely laugh in their face. Muslims remember Allah (swt) every single day and pray directly towards our Lord without any intermediates like Christians need.

If you are a devote Muslim, your prayers come first. Then the rest of the world can come after.

Christians don’t believe this. Christians believe: first the world, then myself, then my friends, then my family, and if I have some time after that I might be able to squeeze God into the final number on my list. In fact, most Christians only pray to God when they need Him. Like to win the lottery, to pass an exam, to get a higher salary. And when it’s not for something they need, then it’s for something they don’t have. Like why their family member has a sickness or illness, or why they got fired from their job or why they don’t have all the things the neighbors have.

Sure Christians will say, hey we  believe in God and think about him every day. But when will you see someone praying in the middle of the day at work or during university? When have I seen a women cover herself using hijab after realizing that the Bible says women should cover? When will you see people voting off the pope and changing their religion according to the Bible? I would be astonished if someone ever did here in Costa Rica.

I think most of the good things that come from Christians/Catholics is from the education and the upbringing they got in their homes, not from their religion. My parents raised me well Subhanallah, but never really based on the Bible or God’s word, but instead on their own opinions towards things.

I started reading this book that I absolutely recommend to everyone. It’s called The Bible, the Quran and Science by Dr. Maurice Bucaille. It helped me realize how truly corrupt the Bible is and how unbelievably true the Qur’an is. This is the link to the book (it’s rather big so do take time to read it for the long run) so that you can read it as well: The Bible, the Quran and Science I highly recommend it, for all of us to stop being of the ignorant.

He supports his research with quotes from the Bible, that are contradicted in other segments of the same transliteration. Also, he mentions how it was written by humans and how they all differ in their point of views towards God and things that happened that are just plain absurd. He mentions people that have said how the Bible is a great history book, but that you can’t really take it as valid word for word. Finally, he starts his investigation on the Qur’an and all it’s proof.

I truly recommend it if you’re a fan of good research books and it’s a book that I would personally buy inshallah in the future and truly sit down to study.

Christians, alongside with committing shirk in al-Asmaa’ was Sifaat also commit shirk in the other two forms of tawheed. This stops them from believing that God is one.

In tawheed ar-Roboobeeyah (the belief that Allah is One without partner in His dominion) Christians state that Jesus was either the son of God (shirk in the sense that God said in the Qur’an: He begetteth not, nor is He begotten 112:3 as I mentioned earlier)  or that Jesus was God on Earth. Therefore, they assimilate Jesus (pbuh) as an equal to Allah (swt). 

And finally, Christians commit shirk in tawheed al’ Eebaadah, which means Allah (swt) is the only one worthy of worship. Christians instead call others in their prayers instead of directing their prayers to Allah (swt) only. They call to their saints, their prophet (pbuh) and even the mother of their prophet.

I’ve witnessed how they do this during their praying and even as a Catholic I believed this to be wrong. I remember sitting in church and asking my mother, to whom should I pray to, to Jesus or to God? Even her answer was more Muslim than Christian.

“Pray to God, ” she would say to me, and as a child I found this to be the most logical way of praying.

To conclude things, I want to summarize how Christians have this false belief that automatically makes them not understand Muslims. If they were to understand how Allah (swt) is not everywhere, but in fact above his creation, then they would stop assimilating our Creator with idols and worship his creation.

Just like the Hindus that worship their god Shiva as they believe this God was God incarnate on the earth, Christians worship Jesus the prophet (pbuh) since they believe him to have been God incarnate. If they both were God incarnate on earth, then I ask you Christians, they really don’t have much differences now do they?

In the Qur’an Allah (swt) mentions a numerous amount of times Him being above us, and not “everywhere” as Christians have come to believe. As it is said in the Qur’an:

Those, who fear their Lord who is above them. (16:50)

Insha’Allah this will help you realize just how true the message of Islam is. In Islam, you worship God and God alone. You don’t worship idols or human-like “saints” or prophets to get closer to God. You don’t need a specific “saint” for your prayers to be heard. Allah (swt) will always hear you if you worship and pray to Him only, for He is al-Mujîb: the only One capable of answering your prayers. You have a direct relationship with Allah (swt) that you wouldn’t have in any other religion. And as Allah says in the Qur’an:

“And whoever seeks a religion other than Islam, it shall not be accepted from him, and in the life to come he shall be among the losers.” (3:85)

Islam is the only path Allah will accept. There is a lot of other proof about this, but I merely have given my own opinion as to why Christians don’t accept Islam. Unfortunately, they are in error and may Allah (swt) guide those whom He wishes.

I hope Allah (swt) guides you on the straight path that is Islam. Allah (swt) wants you to be a part of Heaven, which is why He sent down the Qur’an as a revelation to mankind to guide them towards Paradise.

Thanks for reading and please leave comments if you desire. God bless you.

Chao.
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