It is the second week of Ramadan, and I have been met face to face with three challenges of a new Muslim revert, the challenges that has come across too often for the majority of reverts. It is in my and, mine only, power to be absolutely immune and Islamically shielded to not wake up from my religious practices (deen), to remain a stranger to the luxuries and exceeded freedom of this world, to keep my spirituality in tact.
So far this Ramadan, I have come to learn the difference from the Islamic world and the Earthly world. In both, you have absolute freedom–the chance to enjoy astonishing opportunities that grip us from the heart, and take us around our conscious. In the Earthly world, there are ways to increase knowledge and in the Islamic world there are ways to increase knowledge. In the Earthly world there are ways to develop values and morals and there also, in the Islamic world, are opportunities to develop values and morals. Our options are absolutely endless. We tend to forget that our souls do not run on options. To our souls, there is no term that exists, or concept that no human knows enough to be described under. Either way, the prospect is there for us to take captive a design in the things we feel, a design that engineers us through a current of galvanic human actions.
Oh, in this Earthly world, there are ways to feel imaginative.
In the Islamic world, there are ways to feel infinite.
In Ramadan we pray; we sacrifice; we reflect. I have noticed this week of Ramadan, how different I am from my family, how sincere I am to my Lord, and the gift of Islam. The challenges are many, but recently the most trying one, was when my uncle, who practices Catholicism, invited me to converse with him and three more people of his faith, on religious topics. The talk was tedious, mainly opinion based, and not substantially supported with the facts from the Bible. What emotionally impacted me was that it touched on large misconceptions of Islam. One of them being that the believer’s practice is too strict and unfocused from the bigger theme in faith. Also, a comparison between Islam and Judaism was made, but the point in that comparison was to prove that both faiths are flawed and lack accuracy. They babbled on about how men are dominant to women in Islam, that Muslims want to kill Christians and wanted Jesus (Peace be Upon Him) dead, and that Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) utilized the religion for his own advantage. I truly felt violated and I almost cried. However, their lectures to invite me “back” to their faith have not shaken my judgment and I remain in my noble praise towards the oneness of Allah, the clear message of the Quran, and the contradiction-less overall history of Islam. These challenges have come from my misguided immediate family. One supports the presidential candidate Donald Trump, who’s political platform is deviating against Muslims, and another that offers me to smoke weed in a jokingly matter as, “Are you sure you do not want to smoke? It is after 8:30, the Quran says it is permitted!”
I am okay, though. In the time the clock hits with the call for the second prayer, I am given another chance to fill my time with prayer, and so I confide in my creator. I am extremely blessed to have the five daily prayers of Islam, and I am extremely blessed to be able to follow the right path. I am looking forward for the third week of Ramadan.