In the name of God, the Beneficent, the Merciful
And they have been commanded no more than this: To worship Allah, offering Him sincere devotion, being true (in faith); to establish regular prayer; and to practise regular charity; and that is the Religion Right and Straight. (Al Quran 98: 5)
Nowadays it seems Islam is almost everywhere in the media. Whether you’re switching on a news channel, opening a newspaper or browsing the Internet, the likelihood is you’ll come across something, somewhere on Islam or Muslims.
It’s not just that the spotlight seems to be on Islam; the extent of the discussions and debates has broadened beyond the simple question of ‘What do Muslims believe in?’ Today debates varying from how Muslim women dress, to whether Muslims can integrate into the societies they live in, are raging around us.
As far as Muslims go, we love talking about Islam. Since we believe in the truth of its message and the perfection of its way of life we naturally want to share it with others. Unfortunately though, much of the coverage of Islam exposed to the general public is far from being an accurate portrayal. For reasons better known to themselves, certain individuals and groups seem to be waging a media war to depict Islam as a barbaric, unjust and oppressive faith. The vile rhetoric and vitriol coming from such groups has resulted in unprecedented expressions of hatred towards Muslims and their faith in recent times. The insulting cartoons depicting the Prophet Muhammad (may the peace and blessings of God be upon him) and the more recent calls for collective Quran burnings reflect the ugly face of this rising tide of Islamophobia.
It would be naive for any group of people, Muslims included, to assume that all criticism levelled at them springs from sinister and illogical hate. Yes, there are voices out there determined to paint a distorted picture of Islam without any reference to reality or reason, to push their own agenda. Yet the truth is that for the vast majority of non-Muslims who feel uncomfortable about Islam, much simpler factors are responsible. They include fear (many a time media fuelled), ignorance (genuine not bigoted!) and a lack of exposure to Muslims in their own personal lives. The purpose of this blog is to try to overcome some of this inshaAllah (God willing).
By sharing real, day-to-day experiences of ordinary Muslims who practise their faith, our mission is to counter inaccurate stereotypes and prejudices about what living a Muslim life is all about. Far from being a hindrance, burden or negative force, our aim is to show how our faith and our decision to practise it makes us both better individuals and better citizens in the societies we live in.
For non-Muslims wondering what it is really like to live the Muslim life- as opposed to the picture the largely non-Muslim media likes to paint- what better way than by peering through a lens into the lives of those who claim to live by Islam? Our blog invites you to do just that. Welcome to our experiences of living the Muslim life :).
Despite all the negative media coverage, Islam remains the fastest growing religion in our times alhamdulillah (praise be to God). While there are many resources about Islamic creed, the fundamentals of Islamic belief etc, there is less information out there on the day-to-day business of living life as a Muslim. By sharing our experiences and stories we wish to reassure and encourage those who are considering becoming Muslim, but are wondering what such a change will entail. As we hope our experiences will reflect, living our lives according to Islam serves to enrich, enhance and improve them.
For all those searching for the truth with sincerity, we pray that Allah (God) guides you to Islam. InshaAllah (God willing) you become a member of our worldwide family of believers :).