In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful
In time We shall make them fully understand Our messages [through what they perceive] in the utmost horizons [of the universe] and within themselves, so that it will become clear unto them that this [revelation] is indeed the truth [41:53]
After a few years of study and reflection, I began practicing Islam on 14 March 2014 by pronouncing the Shahada, the testimony of faith.
I bear witness that there is no god but God,
And I bear witness that Muhammad is the Messenger of God.
Implementing a particular way of life, or dīn, is an ongoing process. My conception of Islam is dynamic and changing. I have no cultural or familial ties to one particular ideology. I study and practice it as an intellectual endeavor and as a believer.
When in doubt, it is vital to return to the source—the Qur’an. Being a non-Arabic speaker, I rely on a few translations:
- The Message of the Qur’an by Muhammad Asad
- The Exposition of the Qur’an by G.A. Parwez
- The Qur’an by M.A.S. Abdel Haleem
Aside from that, here are some other books that I recommend:
- Islam: A Challenge to Religion by G.A. Parwez
- The Heart of Islam by Seyyed Hossein Nasr
- Islam and the Destiny of Man by Charles Le Gai Eaton
We have created you all out of a male and a female, and have made you into nations and tribes, so that you might come to know one another. Verily, the noblest of you in the sight of God is the one who is most deeply conscious of Him. Behold, God is all-knowing, all-aware. [49:13]
There is more than disingenuous propaganda coming from both inside and outside the Islamic World. So, if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment on this page.
Wa salām, Peace.
Rajab 1437 / May 2016