بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
[Photo Courtesy of Sarah McCaw]
[Note: Yes, I’m going to be a good girl and start giving credit to the owners of the images that I use in my posts.]
That’s what a friend of mine (you know who you are) said.
What she meant was that none of us have any excuse not to practice Islam or say that we didn’t know (generally speaking, of course).
Let me give you a real life example. A woman came up to a famous Islamic lecturer and said: “I’m a born Muslim but my parents didn’t teach me anything about Islam.”
“My parents weren’t even Muslims.”
Subhan Allah, we really need to dwell over this.
Many people blame their families, communities, secular education, etc as the reasons for their lack of knowledge about Islam.
Well, that begs the question: What stopped them from taking the steps to seek knowledge and apply Islam after they grew up? Aren’t they now responsible for themselves? They can’t lay all the blame on others!
Many people wish they had been taught Islam in childhood.
“If only…”, they say.
Musa (alaihissalam), one of the five greatest people to walk on this planet, was raised in the house of Pharaoh.
Ibrahim (alaihissalam), the second greatest person to walk on this planet, was the son of an idol maker.
Muhammad (sallallahu alaihi wasallam), the greatest man to walk on this planet, also came from a family that worshipped idols.
[Please note: The Prophets never worshipped anyone other than Allah even before Prophethood, not even for a minute.]
So, which “religious practicing” families did they come from?
Also, what about the Companions of the Prophet (sallallahu alaihi wasallam)? Many of them were not born into Islam. They accepted Islam much later on in life.
Despite this, all the above people (the Prophets and the Companions) were the most knowledgeable people this planet has seen.
Apart from them, there are other stories in the Quran and Sunnah about people who didn’t know the Straight Path but strove to find it, despite being surrounded by a non-Islamic society. Here are four of those stories.
So, I think that it’s time to stop laying the blame on others and take responsibility for our own actions.
بسم الله الرحمن الرحيم
Yes, today is the day (where I finally cross a big activity off my huge Pending Tasks list).
[For those who missed the story, I had promised someone on this blog that I would launch the new Muslim blog weeks ago.
My apologies to both the brother and the sister who have been waiting for this blog. I hope that it was worth the wait though.]
Before I give you the blog link, let me mention a few things:
1) The blog is still quite bare.
I didn’t want to post a whole lot of things before I launched the blog. The readers might have found it difficult to catch up with all the information.
[The blog is going in a step by step manner. If you look at the order of the posts, you’ll realise that.]
I need to add a lot more things, insha-Allah and I will, step by step.
Will it be daily? That depends. If the readers want it to be daily, it will be daily, insha-Allah.
2) The personal touch is still not there.
Someone just pointed out that she couldn’t see the “personal” side of that blog, unlike the Ramadan blog. [Okay, I’m paraphrasing the words.]
Insha-Allah, it will come soon.
This blog will have lots of little bits of advice to get our new brothers and sisters moving along.
3) I need your help.
Yes, all of you.
I’d like the non new-Muslims (old Muslims?) to participate in this blog as well. Remember this blog is for new Muslims and I’d like them to feel part of a community.
The first thing that I’d like you to do is to check the blog and give me your input:
[And please keep in mind what I wrote above: that there will be more changes to the blog now that it’s gone live.]
For those who are too shy to leave comments, you may leave your feedback below:
I hope that this blog will be off some benefit for those who are new to Islam, insha-Allah.