Sunday, 24 August 2014
The Muslim Convert Pledge
بِسۡمِ ٱللهِ ٱلرَّحۡمَـٰنِ ٱلرَّحِيمِ
Here are a few simple rules I keep to maintain sanity in a messed up ummah. It would be especially useful for new converts to Islam.
Converting to Islam means I am a Muslim. I did not leave my cultural and ethnic heritage and become Arab, Pakistani, Somali, Turk, Malay, Kurd or whatever nationality.
As a Muslim, the myriad cultural and historical baggage of the community are not suddenly my issues. I have personal, family and immediate religious needs to be addressed. Whilst I understand there are tragedies in the Muslim world, I am not going to leave everything behind and get involved in things I do not fully understand because ‘everybody’ is doing it.
I understand religion to be like a car. And every driver is a soul. I will not judge the car on the basis of the driver. I do not see Islam on the basis of Muslims. Rather, if there is any doubt, I try to find a reference in the Prophet (s.a.w.).
I will try my best to find a good teacher and ask Allah (s.w.t.) for one. And I will study the religion to the depths so that I can know my God. This is also my shield against the next idiot and his personal fatwa with no basis in the religion.
I will never cease making supplication and have constant conversation with God. Surely, if I turn to Him, He will never forsake me.