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09 January 2006 @ 05:33 pm

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12 December 2005 @ 12:31 pm
Anyone planning on attending the RIS Convention this year?
11 December 2005 @ 11:30 pm
Is anyone else annoyed that it seems like people will always label us converts? I just want to be called simply a Muslim sometimes. I also get really annoyed by the question "Oh, is your Husband a Muslim?", insinuating that I've somehow 'married into' the religion. Also, to the male converts in the community, do any of you wear traditional clothing? Or a kufi? And how do people react? So far, I've only heard women talk about when they wear hijab, but never a male's POV.
28 November 2005 @ 10:03 am
Here's a story some of you might identify with:

I was shopping at Walmart, and like I usually do when I go shopping, I was wearing hijab. When I came to the Check-out line, I started chatting with the cashier. After a little while, she said "You're English is so good, how long has your family been in the country?" "Since about 1765." "Oh..."

On a more serious note, does anyone else feel like American converts have a greater opportunity/responsibility to educate people about Islam? When I go out wearing hijab, I think a lot of people are more comfortable asking me questions because they seem me as more "like them". Have other people had similar experiences?
02 November 2005 @ 09:09 pm
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31 August 2005 @ 02:04 am
I have not yet formally converted to Islam but you might say that I am on the path to the straight path. I have a couple of questions to which I would greatly appreciate answers.

First, how did you decide upon which branch or sect of Islam you would convert to? Did you study many branches and then decide on one?

Second, how much study did you do before actually converting? I ask this because I am an intellectual at heart and if my pre-dispositions had their way I would probably study Islam my whole life without actually converting. Of course, that is not what I intend to do. Nevertheless, conversion certainly seems like an important enough event to merit some preparation.

Finally, did any of you have to deal with Christian parents of the evangelical persuasion? When my mother finds out about me converting she is going to be horrified... in her eyes her only son will have formally decided to reject salvation. Any tips on such a sensitive matter?

Thank you for your time. I have been feeling a bit out of place since I realized that I wanted to embrace Islam. I can't really talk to my friends about it (they were never religious to begin with). And I feel a little awkward about just showing up at my school's Muslim Student Association. It is nice to find a place to share my thoughts.
08 August 2005 @ 01:07 am
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05 August 2005 @ 01:31 am
I was gonna make this a simple comment in the previous post, but I figure making it a post won't hurt any! Here' san article by Imam Zaid Shakir that is of some relevance:

Flight from the Masjid (link leads to a PDF file).

An overview of some of the issues addressed:

Education: Community leaders will have to endeavor to create and maintain viable education programs that will help to overcome the general lack of knowledge concerning the role of the Masjid and its associated rulings.

Avoiding Sectarian Politics: No one disputes the role of politics in Islam... However, the Masjid is neither the place for the political organizing and recruiting nor sectarian pontification.

Openness: The Masjids are for Allah. We should consciously work to foster an open atmosphere in the Masjid, and atmosphere that is inviting to all: men, women, youth, conservatives, modernists, converts--everyone.

Cleanliness: As the old adage goes: "Cleanliness if next to Godliness." Our Masjids should be the living embodiment of this saying ... It is a shame that many muslims maintain immaculate residences but pay scant attention to the cleanliness of the Masjid.