I guess they finally realise like oh boy it’s been three years, girl is for real about being Muslim 💁🏻♀️ and I’m just like alhamdulilah alhamdulilah so much more to learn so much more to grow InshaAllah 💖 #revert#muslimahchamber#luxyhijab
This is me and my Dad, 10 years ago at our first #muslimwedding.
It was the wedding of a fellow #revert. His parents weren’t exactly thrilled he was getting married as a Muslim. That’s not unusual either, I know many people now who faced similar situations at important milestones in their life. That didn’t stop him in his resolve to show his parents he was just as good a person as he always had been, if not better! So he created his own family to fill in.
My Dad stepped in as his Dad, me as his sister and one of the most amazing women I’ve ever met, Sr. Mervat (a #kansascity icon) as his Mother. Of course we could never replace his real family. But he put his trust in Allah and got to work building an incredible #muslimfamily. They are a pillar of our community and behind every big event the Kansas Muslim Community puts together.
His real Mom & Dad are now happy & used to life with a #muslimson . But it wasn’t easy for any of them. The struggles you face as a #newmuslim are many. If you are lucky enough to have the support and blessings of your parents, you are surely blessed but that doesn’t mean you are out of the woods. Friends, other family members, people who never talked to you in high school but decided now they should advise you on your life choices etc will all chime in.
I’ve seen many #reverts come and go from this beautiful religion because it was just too hard. Allah guides whom He will, this we know for sure. But as an #ummah, I’m imploring you to get involved & find out how you can support your local reverts. Invite them to your gatherings, check in on them and include them however you can.
I’m grateful for the people who did this for me, their names are never forgotten in my duaa.
If you’re a #muslimconvert tag someone who was always there for you especially when your journey was lonely. #muslimsoftheworld
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Are you ever treated different just because you are in a Hijab? Do people stare at you when you take out a prayer mat and start praying in the middle of a park?
Well this is common in non muslim countries. Muslims are looked upon as uneducated! People think using bad words makes them cool and when you are innocent and talk only good and dont gossip...then you are considered as a boring person! We are considered as an interesting person only when we are involved in gossips and stuff...but thats not life😐 Get some lively friends and stay away from the toxic ones. Im sure there is still goodness in the world. Staying in the path of Islam and refining your character in the way of the Quran is the best thing you are doing. Dont change yourself to fit into a group. Be who you are and the right people will come at the right time❄
“Those [angels] who carry the Throne and those around it exalt [Allah] with praise of their Lord and believe in Him and ask forgiveness for those who have believed, [saying], “Our Lord, You have encompassed all things in mercy and knowledge, so forgive those who have repented and followed Your way and protect them from the punishment of Hellfire.”
"I have glimpsed the great lie that is the facade of our modern lives; that materialism, consumerism, sex and drugs will give us lasting happiness. But I have also peeked behind the screens and seen an enchanting, enriched existence of love, peace and hope. In the meantime, I carry on with daily life, cooking dinners, making TV programmes about Palestine and yes, praying for around half an hour a day.
Now, my morning starts with dawn prayers at around 6am, I pray again at 1.30pm, then finally at 10.30pm. In the past my attempts to give up alcohol have come to nothing; since my conversion I can't even imagine drinking again. I have no doubt that this is for life: there is so much in Islam to learn and enjoy and admire; I'm overcome with the wonder of it. In the last few days I've heard from other women converts, and they have told me that this is just the start, that they are still loving it 10 or 20 years on.
On a final note I'd like to offer a quick translation between Muslim culture and media culture that may help take the sting of shock out of my change of life for some of you.
When Muslims on the BBC News are shown shouting "Allahu Akhbar!" at some clear, Middle Eastern sky, we westerners have been trained to hear: "We hate you all in your British sitting rooms, and are on our way to blow ourselves up in Lidl when you are buying your weekly groceries."
In fact, what we Muslims are saying is "God is Great!", and we're taking comfort in our grief after non-Muslim nations have attacked our villages. Normally, this phrase proclaims our wish to live in peace with our neighbours, our God, our fellow humans, both Muslim and non-Muslim. Or, failing that, in the current climate, just to be left to live in peace would be nice."
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MashAllah! May Allah bless you endlessly 💜
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"I began to wonder about the calmness exuded by so many of the "sisters" and "brothers". Not all; these are human beings we're talking about. But many. Each one begins, "Bismillahir rahmaneer Raheem" – "In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate" – and ends with the phrase "Assalamu Alaykhum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh" – Peace be upon you all and God's mercy and blessing.
Almost unnoticed to me, when praying for the last year or so, I had been saying "Dear Allah" instead of "Dear God". They both mean the same thing, of course, but for the convert to Islam the very alien nature of the language of the holy prayers and the holy book can be a stumbling block. How hard and callous non-Muslim friends and colleagues began to seem. I would watch emotions being shared in households along with trays of honeyed sweets and wondered, if Allah's law is simply based on fear why did the friends I loved and respected not turn their backs on their practices and start to drink, to have real "fun" as we in the west do? And we do, don't we?
Finally, I felt what Muslims feel when they are in true prayer: a bolt of sweet harmony, a shudder of joy in which I was grateful for everything I have (my children) and secure in the certainty that I need nothing more (along with prayer) to be utterly content.
The sheikh who finally converted me at a mosque in London a few weeks ago told me: "Don't hurry, Lauren. Just take it easy. Allah is waiting for you. Ignore those who tell you: you must do this, wear that, have your hair like this. Follow your instincts, follow the Holy Qur'an- and let Allah guide you."
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"It is five years since my first visit to Palestine. And when I arrived in the region, to work alongside charities in Gaza and the West Bank, I took with me the swagger of condescension that all white middle-class women (secretly or outwardly) hold towards poor Muslim women. As a western woman with all my freedoms, I expected to deal professionally with men alone.
On my first trip to Ramallah, and many subsequent visits to Palestine, Egypt, Jordan and Lebanon, I did indeed deal with men in power. And, dear reader, one or two of them even had those scary beards we see on news bulletins from far-flung places we've bombed to smithereens. Surprisingly (for me) I also began to deal with a lot of women of all ages, in all manner of head coverings, who also held positions of power. Believe it or not, Muslim women can be educated, work the same deadly hours we do, and even boss their husbands about in front of his friends until he leaves the room in a huff to go and finish making the dinner."
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Pt.1 - I remember how astonished people were, and sometimes still are, by the notion that I wasn’t planning on starting a career. Then what DO you do with your time? A sentence all stay at home mom’s snort at sarcastically. Hard to not get snippy; want to come take a look??? See what 24hr parenting looks like? Wanna see some real momager action? You, who works 8 hrs then settles on the couch in front of the tv, to sedate yourself for the evening to come? -
Which wouldn’t be the answer I advise but the question in itself is pretty rude and, dare I say, intellectually and emotionally unintelligent. -
Feminism really did a number on people, they don’t even understand what raising children and keeping home looks like anymore. And what’s worse, they don’t value it anymore. We’re incorrectly viewed as dumb, unmotivated, lazy individuals who are completely dependent upon their husbands. In many ways we, and I speak of the practicing muslimah, is dependent on her qawwaam, but mentally and emotionally we’re not. Only Allaah. At least, that’s how it should be and what we strive for. -
It’s a good thing we have each other, because I found only other practising stay at home moms understand me truly, and it makes others’ judgement irrelevant. Being able to be a stay at home mother or to have a wife that takes care of your children and home affairs is an incredible privilege. -
One other thing I remember from my days as a new revert was how kuffaar thought I was going to be an impoverished miskeen if we didn’t have 2 paychecks every month. Makes me think, what standards do you have? Am I supposed to compare myself to my parents, or their parents, and reach that level of financial ease (which is increasingly harder and harder to do), before I’m happy?
Why would more money make me more happy, if it just increases my demands, and my hunger for luxury gets bigger and bigger? What if one day I can buy everything I want now with ease, then what will I want after that? Even more? [rest in comments]
Eating healthy 🥦🍏 is like a New Year's Resolutions, at the beginning we're excited and committed. Everything seems so easy, what could possibly go wrong? 🤔 We want to stick to it📌 but as often happens we fail within the first month or even a week..😭
What makes it so difficult? ☠️ What is preventing us from accomplishing those goals we've been chasing for ages, what is stopping us from becoming better versions of ourselves? This life is not supposed to be perfect, but what is so hard on creating better version of yourself?🦄
These questions and other will be the topic of our discussions in #BetterMuslimJourney. I hope Insha'Allah you all will join me and contribute to this mission and together we can create a better future ☺️.
Tag 3 CLOSEST FRIENDS 🗣 about whom you genuinely care and you want them to succeed, to start this journey with you! 💪🏼
What is #BetterMuslimJourney? A mission for all of us, who wish to contribute to improvement of our societies. This mission is not only about creating better relationship with Allah, yourself or your family but also within the community, country and the world 🌎 we live in. I believe all of us want to contribute to a better world.⠀
If you like #BetterMuslimJourney come and join us also in #FajrTribe!⠀
What is #FajrTribe? Group of people who are commited to wake up early in the morning for #Fajr prayer. Waking up early in the morning might sound difficult for some of us but it has proven positive effects on your life not even talking about its positive effects on the deen. By starting your day with Fajr prayer you feel proud of yourself which makes you feel like a winner throughout the whole day and so you're more likely to be productive, efficient and in general you're feeling amazing. Don't worry if you fail to wake up, learn from your mistakes and do your best. In #FajrTribe we don't judge, we care about your intention and we will help you to do your best next time!⠀
May Allah bless you and your families!❤️