LET THERE BE NO COMPULSION IN RELIGION

It’s 3 a.m. and my alarm goes off with the most frustrating sound. Half asleep, I try to get my body to move and leave the bed. Its warmth pulls me down but I remember why I’m waking up so early and I reach to my bed’s drawer and get the little bottle that serves me as a mobile bidet. In the bathroom I perform the wudhu and walk back making sure no noise wakes my family up. As I step in my room I lock the door behind me. Putting the bottle back in its place, I get the little rug that lies next to it. I put the chador on and make sure I’m facing the right direction. It’s time to pray fajr.

Every morning, I pray that the future brings better times. I pray that one day the alarm wakes the whole family up and everyone prays together. One day…
Every morning, I pray that my own parents one day understand that Islam is the best path for me and my self development. One day…
Every morning, I pray that I never turn back from Allah and that I remain His pious servant.

إن شاء الله

Alhamdulillah, becoming Muslim was one of the best decisions I ever made and finally I came to realise that I want to share that with others. Not just that, I want to educate myself on the religion and Arabic. I want to strive to be the best example of a religious revert and a good Muslim.
I want to prove that there’s no division in religion and that anyone can make a servant of God. I want to prove to myself that Islam makes me better, but the only way to do that is to constantly seek knowledge and the truth.

When we first got Internet in around 2006, a specialist came to our house to set everything up. After he was done with the technical stuff he asked if there’s anything else we’d like him to help us with.
“Could you help me with starting a blog?” I answered.
It isn’t just an anecdote but a true story. Since I was 10 I was impressed by the idea of owning a blog. I liked the concept of sharing your thoughts with others a lot and I wanted to join the community. I was always talkative and liked expressing my often complex reflections.

Since then my journey was long and diversified. I kept starting and deleting blogs. Blogs about pop-stars, my life and even about my own book once. I was always driven by the idea but never found the right place and niche for myself. After a few posts I stopped, thinking that nothing really comes out of it and I wasn’t contributing to anything. And since I’m fond of starting fresh I always liked to delete the blogs and eventually get back to blogging with a new fresh website and a new fresh approach.

Today, I finally know what I really want to write about and no, it’s not ‘everything and nothing’ (as we say in my mother tongue). I found my purpose and my niche. I know what I want to achieve by helping myself and others. I want to bring my reflections to the daylight and I want to create a community, which would support each other.

I am a revert to Islam and my blog will be mostly written from that perspective. From a perspective of someone who wasn’t born Muslim, someone who started a ‘new life’. I want other reverts to find this blog useful in the journey we all go through. But at the same time I’d like to invite anyone else to visit my page and take part in the conversations I’m planning to start.

This blog is as much for you as it is for me.

Muslims will find Islamic content that might make them feel they’re not alone.
People of any other faith might find a way to express their opinion and read what other religions’ representatives have to say.
Atheists or agnostics are also welcome. To see, to share, to comment and ask.

I want to send a clear message to everyone visiting this blog:
If you’re here, you’re invited to take part in building this community. Ask questions, comment my views and share your own.

Be a part of REVERT.ED

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