A Story of Hope

The Qur’an says over and over again to tell those who believe in God of glad tidings and ease. Just believe, it tells us. Just believe and the rest is simple.

But all too often, new Muslims are faced with challenges from within the Muslim community to perfect our practice. We’re told how to pray, how to dress, and how to act. But most of the time we just need a friend who can help us remember the beauty of Islam, and it’s inherent hope…

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Each morning I practice my own flag raising. Hand over hand, I carefully work an Islamic head scarf around my head and I stand tall. I do not shrink into submission. My flag flies above a woman who loves to laugh and discover, who find bliss at 15 hands and a blazing gallop and who finds peace in worship. I am proud to be a Muslim.
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2 Responses to A Story of Hope

  1. Bonnie says:

    I think so often people do say things with the best of intentions but they just don’t know how to do it in a gentle way. I rememeber very clearly being a Muslim for only about six weeks and the particular Iman of a Masjid yelling at me for not pronouncing Surah Fatihah properly after he ‘tested’ me on it, needless to say I never went back to that Masjid.

  2. Maryam says:

    Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh,
    I think…………
    The way to reminding you of the beauty of Islam is in a way showing us how to pray, dress and act. The prayer is the first thing we will be questioned by Allaah on the Day of Judgment, so our salaat (prayer) is something that we want to be perfect. To assist one in perfecting their salaat is one of the most loving thing that one Muslim can do for another.
    The Qur’an and the Prophetic Tradition (Sunnah) describe clearly how we should dress (men and women). Teaching one how to dress is a loving action, helping one to meet the guidelines from Allah and His Prophet (may Allah grant him peace and blessings), bringing one ever more closer to Allah and His Beloved Prophet Muhammad (may Allah grant him peace and blessings).
    Teaching one how to act in the way of the Islamic guidelines is a loving act that one Muslim can do for another whether they are a new Muslim or seasoned veteran. As Muslims we are constantly learning – this is required of us by the Prophet’s suggestion to seek knowledge even if you have to go to China to do so.
    My beloved Sisters know that learning the Deen of Islam by every means we can is a Blessing from Allah. Sometimes our experiences are not so pleasant, but you learned from that situation how not to behave because you will not get the desired response from that behavior. Still you took something valuable away, alhamdu lillaah.
    Let us make a resolution to take what is good, leave what is bad and be grateful to Allah for all those who wish to teach us this most wonderful, beautiful Deen of Islam and forgive their shortcomings, while at the same time praying to Allah to guide them to a better way, as well.

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