My Story …

I originally posted this story on another forum; I was asked by one of the members of that forum to post a story of my conversion to Islam. So to fulfill this request, I thought I would write up this little autobiographical account of how I came to accept this beautiful religion. I had written a more complete story of how I came to Islam back when I first converted and the events leading to my conversion were still fresh in my mind, but I have since lost what I’ve written, and to be honest, I can’t really remember much of what I wrote either. So, what’s presented to you here will be a somewhat sketchy account of my story, if Allah willed, and I hope that it suffices those of you reading this.

I thought I would first mention a little info about myself just to give you guys an idea of who I was before my acceptance of Islam. Firstly though, my name is Rasheed Gonzales (as you’ve probably noticed by my user name here)—and no, I haven’t legally changed my first name to Rasheed and I doubt I ever will. However, it is the name I go by the majority of the time (of course, that doesn’t include all the official legal stuff—e.g., work, taxes, etc.).

Before Islam, I was born into a Christian family and baptised a Protestant (of the United Church of Canada). My mom and dad (may Allah guide them both) are originally from the Philippines, but my two younger brothers (one of whom accepted Islam two years prior to me and may Allah guide the other one as well) and I were born and raised in Toronto, Canada. Although my family wasn’t ultra-religious, my mom did manage drag us to church every Sunday and also tried to encourage us to pray to God every night. Looking back at the lives we lived growing up, I guess you can say we experienced quite a bit—actually, we experienced quite a lot. But in spite of that, I still think I lived a fairly tame life. I say “fairly” because many of my friends who have heard what my brothers and I did while growing up were pretty shocked at the stuff we (i.e., the brother who accepted Islam and myself) told them. And while their reactions might be warranted and justified, the stuff I experienced growing up is nowhere like some of the things I know some of my other friends and acquaintances—whether converts or still non-Muslims, Canadian and American—have gone through in their lives.

From about the time I reached highschool my family wasn’t really that close-knit. In fact, I can honestly say that during my highschool years, we were a pretty disfunctional family. I’m sure that the fact that my brothers and I were drinking, doing mild drugs and rolling with “gangs” didn’t help all that much either (I put gangs in quotes because our crews back then weren’t really gangs, we were more like a group of trouble-making friends that hung out and got drunk or high together).

In the middle of highschool (early 90s), my family went through a really rough period. My grandmother on my mom’s side died due to colon cancer, my favourite aunt died from a stroke, another favourite aunt was murdered down in Florida and to top it off, my parents were thinking of splitting up. Needless to say, it was an extremely rough period for my brothers and I. It was during this rough period that I made the conscious decision to leave Christianity. Not to knock the religion, but I just saw too many contradictions and had too many questions left unanswered—the biggest one, a logical explanation to the Trinity (to this day I still haven’t heard one and I doubt I ever will).

So, for about seven years or so I lived life as I saw fit, making up my rights and wrongs as I went. I believed there was a God, I just didn’t know what or who He was—let alone what He wanted from us. I mean, I had my theories, but none of them were based on anything substantial. My friends and I would often engage in philisophical talks about what we thought this life was for and who and what God was and things of the sort (usually while in an intoxicated state of some sort).

In the beginning of 1999, life as I knew it changed drastically. It began with the death of my best friend’s father. He died from emphysema, which was a result of his smoking. That was the slap in the face that kind of woke me up. It was from then that I started to gradually, but unknowlingly, quit my seven year smoking habit. I developed a new nonchalant attitude towards life not caring about what people said or thought and lived life the way I wanted to. It was also during this time that my friends had picked up the past-time of going to raves and taking ecstasy. One of my friends (the one whose dad died—we’ll call him friend “Gee”), started getting into ecstasy a lot more than my other friends; so much so that it started to concern my brother (the one who’s Muslim now—by this time he had already converted, although wasn’t practicing that much).

One night, I went to my first rave with Gee and a few other friends. This was the night I dosed for the first time (i.e., took ecstasy for those not “hip” to the lingo). The day after was the start of some insanity. My youngest brother (the non-Muslim one) found out that I had dosed when he overheard a conversation I was having the next day with another friend who had also dosed for the first time that night. We both had a pretty crappy experience and said we were never going to take the stuff again. My brother ignored that portion of the conversation though and started yelling at me, calling me a crackhead and what not. My dad comes into the room to find out what all the commotion was about and my brother blurts out, “he’s taking heroine!” My dad starts freaking out and runs to me, checking my arms for needle tracks. This huge yelling match ensued and I ended up leaving the apartment, calling Gee and telling him to meet me at the coffee shop on the corner. My Muslim brother ended up following us that night and decided to take the opportunity to have the talk he’s been wanting to have with Gee about his drug ventures. This lead to a fall out between me and Gee which was a pretty hard for me to deal with because a lot of our mutual friends ended up cutting me off. To add to the personal problems, my girlfriend at the time and I broke up not long after that.

Now, another friend of mine (we’ll call him “El”) had also accepted Islam about a month or so after my brother. El’s then girlfriend and now wife had accepted Islam just a few months before I did and it was during this time (i.e., during the fall out with Gee and break up with the ex) that the three of them took the opportunity to start officially introducing me to Islam very subtly. Mind you, some time before the fall out, my brother had already started the job by playing some tapes while my friends and I were around (some in English, and some in Tagalog—my parents’ mother-tongue, which I can understand fairly well). We wouldn’t necessarily be listening to them with him, but he knew for sure that we’d pick things up here and there. We were also heavily into learning about Freemasonry and trying to discover and read about conspiracy theories and all that stuff. One of the main tapes my brother used to introduce us to Islam was a tape called “From the Shadows” (or something like that—you can listen to it here, if you like: part 1 & part 2). It was a tape about the Freemasons and their plots against Islam. That was one tape my friends and I did end up listening to in full. A lot of it was based on conspiracy theories, some of which were true and some of which were false, with no real way to verify which was which—but we’re not going to get into that discussion here. My brother and El would also say things to me here and there: short little one liners that would get me thinking about stuff for days. One such thing I remember vividly was a question he posed to me one day out of no where. He asked, “What’s science?” Thinking it to be a rhetorical question, I snapped back, “It’s the way things work.” He shook his head and simply said, “Wrong. It’s the way God makes things work,” then turned and walked away. So, this was the type of unofficial introduction to Islam they gave me.

In any case, after the fall out with Gee and the break up with my girlfriend, El took the opportunity to start talking to me more, being the ear lent to listen to my ranting and raving about how crappy things were. My brother felt that El would be a better person to invite me to Islam since he and I weren’t really too close and he felt that I would be more open to listening to El rather than him.

Around may 1999, my brother started becoming more religious and wanted to start practicing more. He planned a three month solo-trip; two months in the Philippines to visit our family back there and the last month split, the first half to make the lesser pilgrimage (‘umrah) in Saudi Arabia and the second half to attend some huge conference at Madison Square Gardens in New York City. Before leaving he asked El to stick with me and keep telling me stuff about Islam here and there. He had a very strong feeling that I would accept it sooner or later, and the praise is Allah’s that his gut feeling ended up being right.

So anyhow, he left at the end of May for his trip and El and I started hooking up more often and just talking about life and stuff related to it. He listened a lot to my gripes and sorrows, throwing in his opinion or his advice here or there, may Allah reward him greatly for that.

Now, during this time, I also had a dear friend living in Los Angeles, California: a devout Christian, who is the one I give credit for getting me thinking about religion again after my seven year period of being “religionless”. She (we’ll call her “Cee”), may Allah reward her (you’ll see later why I’m asking Allah to do such), also lent her ear to my problems during this rough period and gave me advice about life here and there. We would often talk about religion and God—her, from her perspective as a Christian and me, funny enough, from my brother’s perspective as a Muslim. We would compare thoughts and beliefs and stuff like that—not to debate, just to talk and build on our understanding of things.

In July, I decided I needed some time away from my life in Toronto and needed to get away for a bit. Cee was at Penn State University down in State College, Pennsylvania and I thought visiting her down there would be just the break I needed to get away from everything. I made plans with Cee to head down there and meet up. On July 9th, just a couple days before I was planning to head down to Penn State, El called me up asking me to hook up with him. He wanted to take me to an Islamic centre to get some Islamic material to read while on my short trip. I thought why not, and went to meet him. As soon as we walked into the centre, he introduced me to a brother by the name of ‘Abdus-Salâm. ‘Abdus-Salâm was the brother at that particular centre who was unofficially in charge of inviting people to Islam. He asked me if I would sit and talk with him for a bit, and I agreed. What happened next was a 20-30 minute conversation—the vast majority of which I don’t even recall. In fact, from the little I do remember is that even though we were talking, I couldn’t make out a word he was saying. I just remember seeing his mouth moving and me replying to whatever he asked—what he asked, only Allah knows. Anyhow, I remember feeling insanely terrified. I didn’t know why at the time, but for the first time I can remember in my life, I wanted to run—and when I say run, I mean run! I didn’t know where to, but I knew for sure that I wanted to get the heck out of there. After a few minutes of talking (much of which to me sounded like “blah blah blah … blah blah blah blah blah”) and him asking me questions about my beliefs and stuff, he asked me to accept Islam and become Muslim. I remember telling him that I wasn’t ready yet and that I was going down to visit a friend down in the States and spend some time soul searching and that I would consider it when I got back. He said fine and continued his conversation with me. A few more minutes of “blah blah blah” and he asked me to accept Islam again. Again, I told him that I wanted to wait until I got back from my trip. He then continued to tell me things trying to encourage me to take that leap. Now, keep in mind, this whole time I’m still insanely terrified, thoughts swirling around inside my head, screaming so loud I could barely make out what he was telling me. The devil was really working hard to get me to get up and leave without accepting Islam. Something deep inside kept me seated though, and again, the praise is Allah’s for that. He then asked me to accept Islam again. I sat there thinking about taking the leap, about accepting the religion I knew deep down inside was the truth, a religion that answered many of my questions thus far, a religion that just simply made sense. I sat there thinking, for what seemed an eternity. Thinking about what it would be like if I left not accepting Islam, thinking about what it would mean to accept it. I told myself that if I didn’t do this now, I might not get the opportunity to do it again and I wasn’t comfortable with that. I thought for a bit more, then told him that I would. At that, he lead me through the testimony of faith and as I uttered those short and simple, yet meaningful words, I felt this huge wave of relief. The screaming thoughts, silenced. The intense fear, subsided. And I turned around to see El and his wife standing behind me, happier than I’ve ever seen them in the previous years I knew them. Later on that night, El taught me how to perform ablution and I prayed my first two prayers with them, not really knowing what I was doing and just going through the motions following them—I didn’t actually start learning how to pray on my own until a few weeks after that and looking back at that day, I can remember a number of mistakes we made (as both El and his wife—as well as my brother—were just starting to unlearn many of the erroneous things they learned when first accepting Islam).

It’s coming up on six years since that day, which seems like ages ago and at the same time, seems just like yesterday. I’ve learned so much during my five years of being Muslim. I’ve learned how to read, write and partially comprehend Arabic. I’ve read a number of books (mostly in English) about various different topics and learned a great deal in a short amount of time. I’m married to a good, new Muslim sister and together we have a very tiny, yet beautiful and extremely intelligent little girl. Throughout my Muslim life, Allah has always surrounded me with a core of good brothers upon the Sunnah and the correct understanding of Islam, and again, and again, the praise is Allah’s for that.

Currently, I’m a volunteer for the Canadian chapter affiliate of QSS (the Qur’an & Sunnah Society), taking care of various duties here and there. And all of this, from Allah’s bounty and blessings. and yet again, the praise is His for that.

So there you have it, a not so tiny nutshell of how a nobody from Toronto came to accept Islam. Like I mentioned at the beginning, I hope this suffices in fulfilling the request posted to me. I apologise for the sketchy account. I’m sure there’s plenty of events and details I forgot to include. But hey, it’s not like my story is all that intriguing or important any way. I hope you all enjoyed this … I know for me, it was a nice little trip through memory lane.

Oh yes, I almost forgot to mention … about my friend Cee from Los Angeles, she ended up accepting Islam August of that year, just over a month later, and the praise is Allah’s. I’m not sure how she’s doing nowadays since we’re not in contact anymore, but I pray she’s doing well and that Allah has allowed to keep that faith in her heart. Well, that’s it. you guys can get back to whatever it was you were doing before you stumbled across this story of mine …

I say this speech of mine, while seeking forgiveness from Allah for me and for you. Indeed, He is Forgiving, Compassionate. And may Allah send salutations and peace upon our Prophet Muhammad, upon his family and all of his companions.

The one in need of Allah,
Rasheed, Aboo Ishaaq.
Sunday, January 16, 2005

 

Edit: I wanted to add that Allah has recently blessed my family with another child; a boy named Mustafaa. He was born in February 2006 and is quite the handful.

Update: On October 12, 2007 (1st of Shawwâl, 1428 the day of ‘Îd al-Fitr), a third blessed addition to the family was given to us by Allah. It came in the form of a 6lb, 6oz baby boy named Saleem; the best ‘Îd gift I’ve gotten thus far.

Update: On October 11, 2011, a fourth blessed addition to the family was given to us by Allah, our smallest gift yet at 5lbs, 14oz, a baby boy we’ve named Ilyaas.

54 Responses to My Story …

  1. jinnzaman says:

    Assalamu alaikum

    May this reach you in the best state of health and iman. Ameen.

    MashaAllah, that was such a beautiful story brother.

    May Allah (subhana wa ta’ala) grant you jannat al firdaus. Ameen.

    masalama

  2. hamdy says:

    as-Salaamu ‘aleykum

    I’ve read your posts on Islam Life and on your comments on others blogs and you truly know how to write, may Allah bless you.

    Keep up the good work.

  3. Abu Salma al-Atharee says:

    Masha Allaah… such a great story…
    O yeah akhee… I am one of ur salafee brother from Indonesia
    My Name : Abu Salma Muhammad al-Indunisee al-Atharee
    Blog : http://dear.to/abusalma
    I know ur beneficial blog from brother Aboo Uthman’s web. And alhamdulillah, this is a great chance to know you, my salafee brother in west…
    My Allah bless u and granter u success…
    Oh yeah… I have a good news. 5 scholars of Madinah will visit us next July 2007 and give lecture in my country (Indonesia).
    The invited scholars are :
    1. Shaikh Saalih Sa’d as-Suhaymee
    2. Shaikh Ibrahim bin Amir ar-Ruhaylee
    3. Shaikh Sulaimaan bin Salimullah ar-Ruhaylee
    The confirmed scholars are :
    1. Shaikh Abdurrazaq bin Abdil Muhsin
    2. Shaikh Muhammad bin Abdul Wahhab al-Aqil
    About a few months ago, 2 jordanian scholars have visited us, they are : Shaikh Alee Hasan al-Halabi and Shaikh Saleem al-Hilaaly.
    Last week, Shaikh Ali al-HUdzaifi came to my country… Alhamdulillah
    Barokallohu feekum…
    Assalamu’alaikum

  4. Wa ‘alaikum as-salâm wa rahmatullah brother Abu Salma,

    Jazâkallah khairan for the message.

    Consider yourselves very fortunate to have those shaikhs coming to visit you. For the past few years now (pretty much since 9/11), we’ve only had two shaikhs who have been able to get visas to visit us (Shaikhs Usâmah al-Qūsî and Hishâm al-‘Ârif)–not that two is bad, having two is definitely better than having none.

    If Shaikhs ‘Alî Hasan and Salîm return to visit you anytime soon, please tell them the brothers with QSS in Toronto miss them very much.

  5. Abu Ayyuub Lindroos As-Suwaidee says:

    As Salaamu Alaykum wa Rahmatullahi wa Barakatuhu brother Rashid Gonzales. Me myself I am from Sweden but lives in Birmingham where Salafipublications is situated. I know one brother from phillipines that became muslim when I was living there. I lived in the town called Gothenburg. This brothers name before he became muslim was Barlin but now his name is Abdul Basheer. But unfortunately in the mosque, Islamic Sunni Centre, has unfortunately a little group of so called “takfeeris”, and brother Abdul Basheer may have been affected by them, but I know two brothers that are bosnians, who studied in al-Madinah University, and according to one brother which comes from Sweden, like me said that brother Abdul Wadood, maybe you know him or have heard about him, because the majority of the brothers here in the Salaafi masjid knows him, because he studied 7 years in Al-Madinah University and he is one of the main salafee da’ees in Sweden. Anyway, when I was there, they never dared to confront me, and I think I know why, because they know that I would be so angry on them and expose them if they tried, I think they are real cowards. Many brothers told me that they used to verbally attack them and threaten them and say that if you do not kill Mubarak in Egypt, or Khadafi in Libya then you are munafiq or kafir, estaqfirulah wa atawbi Alayk. For me I try to avoid those words as much as possible because, like the Quraan says, if you say to anyone that he is kafir or munafiq and you are wrong, then you will be the one who is kafir. Anyway, sorry brother for the long message, but I just wish you could meet brother Abdul basheer and maybe help him and support him, anyway, me myself I will make du’aa for him that he does not become one of those takfeeris, and I just hope they will go away from Gothenburg for good or at least take away the brainwash they have got, and be part of the ummah of those who follow the as-Salaaf-Us-Saaleeh ameeen. So brother, I am so happy that Allah Azza wa Jall showed you the way to Al-Islaam and I hope we all will walk the correct path and seek the ‘correct’ knowledge and not the knowledge of Ahl-Ul-Bidaah.

    Yours FAITHfully

    Abu Ayyuub Abdul Nuur Lindroos Al-Suwaidee

  6. Abu Ayyuub Lindroos As-Suwaidee says:

    Brother what I wanted to say about brother Abdul Wadood was that he contacted the two bosnian brothers, Aleem and Thahabee, and we may soon get our first Salafee masjid in Gothenburg, InshaAllah, the sooner the better. And I will make du’aa that we get a lot of Salafee brothers who also moves there from neighbouring areas.

    Yours FAITHfully

    Abu Ayyuub Lindroos Al-Suwaidee

  7. as-Salâm ‘alaikum wa rahmatullah brother Abu Ayyuub,

    Jazâkallah khairan for the message. May Allah guide that Filipino brother if what you say is true. That’s really unfortunate.

    I haven’t heard of brother Abdul-Wadood, or those two Bosnian brothers you mentioned. Sorry.

    One other thing, inshâ’allah. When you say “astaghfirullah wa atubu ilaik”, you’re basically saying “I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to you (i.e., the person you’re speaking to).” I don’t think that’s what you intend by it. What you should be saying is “astaghfirullah wa atubu ilaihi” (I seek forgiveness from Allah and repent to Him).

  8. Shahrzad says:

    “..Six years since that day, which seems like ages ago and at the same time, seems just like yesterday..”

    He who gives a lot in exchange of a little..He who gives to one who asks Him..He who gives to one who does not ask Him and does not know Him,out of His affection and mercy..

    Stay beautiful..

  9. Mohd Shah says:

    Just discovered your blog. Inspiring stuff to a born Muslim like me! Normally a born Muslim take it for granted that they are Muslim and get done with the rituals. Instead most of us need to know why we want to be a Muslim. I guess this is where a bit of sufism will be invigorating.

  10. Mohd,

    May Allah reward you for your message. I hope you find my blog and its contents of some benefit to you.

    I guess this is where a bit of sufism will be invigorating.

    Perhaps to some. I, for one, would rather invigorate myself in accordance with what Islam allows, than to engross myself in methods and practices not sanctioned by Allah and His messenger.

    May Allah bless you and guide us all to what earns us His love and reward.

  11. Abû Zakariyâ says:

    As-salâmu ‘alaikum,

    Dear Rasheed, may Allâh reward you for sharing this beautiful account of your way to Islâm with us. It reminded me of my own (although very much different) way to Islâm.

    Abû Zakariyâ
    Sa’îd

    Odense, Denmark.

  12. asbahtu misriyyan! says:

    Subhaana-Allah, i never read this. What an amazing story, baraaka-Allahu feek for sharing. i got some stuff on you know, excellent (does hands like mr. burns).

  13. Abu Subay'ah Ali Sabir says:

    salaamu alaikum wa rahmatullah…

    who is this rasheed gonzales? i know…he is my dear brother in islaam, aka ibn al-filibeeni aka the infamous one.

    keep up the good work akhi, baraak Allahu feekum wa jazaakum Allahu khairan

    ~abu subay’ah ali sabir al-alabaami

  14. Abu Salma says:

    Assalamu’alaikum…
    Ahlan brother Abu Subya’ah… do you still remember me? I am your brother from Indonesia.

  15. Abu Subay'ah Ali Sabir says:

    na’am, akhi…i remember you, mashaa Allah. i think i still have your email address and will email you sometime this weekend, inshaa Allah. that way we can catch up without turning his blog into a chat room, lol.

  16. aarij says:

    ma sha Allah bro, very beautiful story :)

    may Allah increase you in emaan further, ameen.

  17. indigo218 says:

    Rasheed, first of all, sorry to burst your bubbles. There is no beauty in a religion that requires death to anyone who leaves it. In fact, beauty is in toleration and understanding that people are different. Not everyone can follow any one religion and certainly there is no guarantee that anyone born in any religion (or even chose that religion at one point of their adult’s life) won’t experience an evolution or a change of heart in their spiritual journey. Islam is not sophisticated/modern enough to accept this, hence it is anything but beautiful. It is backward and repulsive. I don’t care even when you say this has to be decided in an Islamic court, the verdict is final when it’s clear that death has to be imposed. And the fact that any sane modern educated human being believes in such crap speaks volume of your sorry state of emotional/intellectual affairs.

    How you could choose this cult of death is beyond me. Muslims like you are so prone to confusing double-speaks and then you wonder why people don’t respect you and your belief.

  18. indigo218 says:

    Oh, I know what you’re going to tell me: “racist, bigot.” Sure, sure, we are “Islamophobics” because we hate an ideology that preaches death against thinking people who decide that they don’t want to be a member of their former religion anymore. Yeah that makes perfect sense: being called a bigot to hate blatant bigotry from such a bigoted ideology. In our civilized world, my friend, that (death against free thinkers) is called barbarism and crime against humanity. Since you don’t think the west is the right place for yourself anyway, I challenge you to prove your words by leaving it and migrate to sharia paradise that you adore such as Saudi Arabia.

    You are so deluded.

  19. Hi “indigo218”,

    Thanks for stopping by my blog and dropping your two cents (because really, that’s all they’re worth, if anything at all).

    Rasheed, first of all, sorry to burst your bubbles.

    No need to worry or even apologize. You aren’t bursting any bubbles—mine or anyone elses—by what you’ve posted here.

    Oh, I know what you’re going to tell me: “racist, bigot.”

    Actually, no. That’s not what I was going to tell you. But if it makes you feel better, then by all means, keep believing that.

    There is no beauty in a religion that requires death to anyone who leaves it. In fact, beauty is in toleration and understanding that people are different.

    If you don’t see beauty in Islam, that’s fine. You’re entitled to your opinion.

    That you think Islam’s law regarding apostates somehow implies that it is intolerant or does not take into account that people are different, is amusing.

    I also wonder if you’d be fair enough to apply that same criticism to other religions like Buddhism, Judaism and even some branches of Christianity.

    Not everyone can follow any one religion and certainly there is no guarantee that anyone born in any religion (or even chose that religion at one point of their adult’s life) won’t experience an evolution or a change of heart in their spiritual journey.

    Very true, there isn’t any guarantee against that. However, like everything else in life, there are consequences for whatever decisions we make. One who decides to leave Islam after having accepted it is punishable by death according to Islamic law and if he or she lives in an Islamic state where Islamic law is implemented, I’d say that punishment is well deserved.

    And the fact that any sane modern educated human being believes in such crap speaks volume of your sorry state of emotional/intellectual affairs.

    In our civilized world, my friend, that (death against free thinkers) is called barbarism and crime against humanity.

    Judging by your IP address, you’re from Illinois (unless of course, you’re using a proxy server to hide your real IP). I wonder if you feel the same way about the implementation of capital punishment in your own country or even about those among your fellow countrymen who support it; and for crimes such as treason at that—as if betraying a country is worse than betraying God’s religion, or even “a crime against humanity” is greater than a crime against God Himself.

    How you could choose this cult of death is beyond me.

    I’m sure it is beyond you; but that’s not surprising.

    Muslims like you are so prone to confusing double-speaks and then you wonder why people don’t respect you and your belief.

    I don’t speak in “double-speak”, nor do I have a problem with (normal everyday) people respecting me or my beliefs.

    Since you don’t think the west is the right place for yourself anyway, I challenge you to prove your words by leaving it and migrate to sharia paradise that you adore such as Saudi Arabia.

    Heh. That’s funny. Where on my blog, or on any of the comments I’ve posted to any of the other blogs I’ve visited, have I ever said that the West was not the right place for me, or even that I “adore” Saudi Arabia?

    You are so deluded.

    If you can sleep better at night believing that, then by all means go ahead.

    Have a nice day “indigo218”, and again, thanks for dropping by.

  20. Hello indigo218,

    Thank you for your contributions to my blog. I won’t be approving your two three recent posts due to their abusive nature. I did, however, want to respond to a couple of your (typical) misinterpretations and assumptions, so I thought I post it here anyway (since the email you’ve provided is fake).

    First of all, I have zero affinity for monotheism, that includes Christianity and Judaism. But at least no Christian/Jew believes that apostates need to be put to death, unlike the followers of the “lovely” religion of Islam like yourself. Where in Buddhism, Hinduism and other religions there is an injuction to kill apostates/unbelievers? I am leaning to Buddhist/Jainist values myself because it fits humanistic values the best, something of real benefits to mankind you might want to learn from.

    Perhaps if you had clicked on the link I provided you would have seen some discussion about capital punishment in the view of the other religions I named. While I believe it impossible to verify your claim that “no Christian/Jew” believes that apostates need to be put to death, for argument’s sake, let’s say you’re right and no Christian or Jew today believes that apostates from their religions are not to be put to death. If this was the case, then they would be at odds with what their scriptures say, as the death penalty is explicitly prescribed for apostasy (as well as several other sins/crimes) within the Bible. This is another article that may interst you, which discusses the death penalty in general in the view of various religions, Buddhism and Hinduism included.

    Regarding your accusations of double-speak against me, it’s clear you need to pay closer attention to what you’re reading and stop assuming things. Case in point:

    Respect is earned, it’s a 2-way street. You can’t expect respect when you believe that someone needs to be killed for disbelieving in something, whatever that is.

    I agree that respect is earned. However, where in my words did I ever say that I expect it from others? My words were “nor do I have a problem with (normal everyday) people respecting me or my beliefs.” Now, while I may run into the odd person who doesn’t give me respect merely on the basis that I’m Muslim or on the basis that he or she hates my religion (as you clearly do), most of the (non-Muslim) people I know treat me with respect, and more often than not, it’s earned. Whether you believe that or not, I could[n’t] care less. But as I said in my comment, I do not have a problem with (normal everyday) people respecting me or my beliefs.

    As for your second piece of “proof” for my double-speak, the statement I made on Sameer Parker’s blog: “Funny. Most Muslims I know (including me and my family) are hoping to one day be able to migrate to the lands where Muslims are plenty. Some of my closest friends have already left and are now residing or working in countries like Saudi Arabia, Morocco, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Eritrea, Kenya, and others,” please show me where I said that “the West was not the right place for me, or even that I ‘adore’ Saudi Arabia?” Stating that I hope to one day be able migrate to a “the lands where Muslims are plenty” isn’t the same as stating that the West was not the right place for me, nor is it the same as stating that I adore any of those countries, let alone Saudi Arabia.

    There is nothing deceptive or dishonest about my words, there are only your assumptions and suspicions.

    Again, have a nice day. And thanks for dropping by my blog.

    Rasheed.

  21. You are full of hate and venom …

    … says indigo218, whose six unapproved comments waiting in the moderation queue are filled with exactly that: hate and venom. How fitting is the Arabic line of poety, “رمتني بدائها وانسلت – (she accused me of her disease and slipped away.)”

    Judging by the malice contained in your posts, indigo218, it seems you’ve got your knickers in a twist. Care to provide a legit email address? Perhaps we can discuss things via email, rather than on here. What say you?

  22. indigo218 says:

    Rasheed, my “venom” is at least not translated into a barbaric belief in annihilating anyone who doesn’t agree with me and doesn’t share my belief. You obviously have so much hate and venom against the world for whatever reason so you have to say this filthy inhuman statement against apostates: “One who decides to leave Islam after having accepted it is punishable by death according to Islamic law and if he or she lives in an Islamic state where Islamic law is implemented, I’d say that punishment is well deserved.”

    Rasheed, NOBODY DESERVES TO BE KILLED FOR THEIR BELIEF OR LACK THEREOF. If anything, people like you who believe in killing others for such stupid reasons are the more deserving candidates for such fate! But NO, even people like you, I won’t want to be killed, even in a legal process approved by the law. You see the difference between you and me? I don’t believe in violence, you glorify it. But of course as I said, your damaged Islamic brain can’t see the virtues in what I say like any normal human being can.

    What’s the matter with discussing it here? Why moderating my arguments? Why being such a typical anti-free-speech Muslim? You are afraid because you can’t refute me? It’s because you are so wrong, if you are right it won’t be too difficult for you to refute me. You know full well everything I say holds water. Probably it’s not too late for you to go back to humanity and egalitarian western values that raised you anyway.

    It’s not too late, open your mind and heart, leave your filthy religion and join the rest of humanity in fighting Islamic barbarism.

    Prove it you are not like most Muslims who don’t value free-speech. Post all my comments and let others judge for themselves who’s right or wrong. What are you so afraid of if you have your Allah on your side, and his message is so abolsutely divine? ;)

  23. There is no beauty in a religion that requires death to anyone who leaves it.

    There’s no religion/way of life more beautiful than Islaam.

    In fact, beauty is in toleration and understanding that people are different

    Depends what you mean by toleration; clearly you don’t believe in unrestricted tolerance. Rather tolerance has its boundaries and Islaam sets the best boundaries on tolerance.

    Not everyone can follow any one religion…

    Yes they can. They just either choose (wrongly) not do so or they are just ignorant (like you obviously are).

    …and certainly there is no guarantee that anyone born in any religion (or even chose that religion at one point of their adult’s life) won’t experience an evolution or a change of heart in their spiritual journey.

    A change of heart doesn’t make the new belief valid so this is a pretty irrelevant point.

    Islam is not sophisticated/modern enough to accept this, hence it is anything but beautiful.

    This statement is flawed for a number of reasons. Firstly, Islaam DOES recognize that people can have a change of heart and that people are different; it just prescribes penalties for people who openly declare apostasy in an Islaamic state. Secondly, your definition of beauty is not mutually accepted, therefore your conclusion amounts to nothing more than your opinion which Muslims could really care less for. Thirdly, there is no connection between sophistication, and death penalty for treason (which is exactly what the death penalty for apostasy amounts to here). So this argument amounts to nothing more than the conflating of unconnected fallacies.

    It is backward and repulsive.

    Again, your opinion, which we could care less for. The death penalty for apostasy in an Islaamic state is progressive and beautiful.

    And the fact that any sane modern educated human being believes in such crap speaks volume of your sorry state of emotional/intellectual affairs.

    How you could choose this cult of death is beyond me.

    It might dishearten you to know this, but I see new converts to Islaam all the time; and they tend to be a lot more religious than born Muslims. Also, many converts I know are very intelligent. To give but one example: A convert friend of mine recently won an award for getting the highest mark in FOUR of his physics classes at my university.

    Muslims like you are so prone to confusing double-speaks…

    The evidence you cite for this is laughable.

    …and then you wonder why people don’t respect you and your belief.

    Baseless assumption.

    Oh, I know what you’re going to tell me: “racist, bigot.”

    This, and the rants that follow are more baseless assumptions.

    Sure, sure, we are “Islamophobics” because we hate an ideology that preaches death against thinking people who decide that they don’t want to be a member of their former religion anymore.

    Firstly, besides being an islamaphobe, you’re a bigot because despite the fact that you claim to believe in freedom of belief and speech, when people practice it you express outright intolerance. Secondly, when people leave Islaam, they either do it out of vain desires, or out of ignorance, period. Thirdly, you’re oversimplifying the matter. The penalty is passed on people who DECLARE their apostasy IN AN ISLAAMIC STATE. If they really don’t want to be Muslim anymore, then all they have to do is apostate outside an Islaamic State and they’re safe. The Islaamic State wouldn’t send death squads after them and besides, why would an ex-muslim want to live in a state governed by Islaamic laws anyways, if they’re so adamant about openly practicing their falsehood. Fourthly, this and other laws are only to be practiced in Islaamic states. Therefore, you really have no reason to be so Islamaphobic as you’re not at any risk (from the religion’s point of view).

    Yeah that makes perfect sense: being called a bigot to hate blatant bigotry from such a bigoted ideology.

    Talk to a wall man. This and your previous point have nothing to do with anything Rasheed said.

    In our civilized world, my friend, that (death against [apostates]) is called barbarism and crime against humanity.

    Maybe by you, which again we Muslims could care less for, but the death penalty for TREASON has nothing to do with “barbarism” or “crime against humanity”.

    Since you don’t think the west is the right place for yourself anyway, I challenge you to prove your words by leaving it and migrate to sharia paradise that you adore such as Saudi Arabia.

    lol What a ridiculous challenge. Firstly, Saudi Arabia is not “sharia paradise” so I would stop talking about things you’re clearly ignorant of if I were you. Secondly, where has Rasheed ever said that he “adores” Saudi Arabia? Thirdly, if you really are committed to Buddhist principles, then I challenge you to go live in Tibet and take your provisions by begging people.

    You are so deluded.

    Like Brother Rasheed said, if that helps you sleep at night. It’s ironic that your comment starts with you accusing of Islaam of being intolerant before proceeding to clearly demonstrate your own bigotry. Sorry to burst your bubble though, but Muslims, by and large are here to stay. Not just to live, but THRIVE. And yes, have lots of children. Not to mention all the people converting. Given your hatred for Muslims, perhaps Tibet might not be so bad after all.

  24. Again, hello indigo218,

    Why moderating my arguments?

    Prove it you are not like most Muslims who don’t value free-speech. Post all my comments and let others judge for themselves who’s right or wrong. What are you so afraid of if you have your Allah on your side, and his message is so abolsutely divine?

    Unless you’ve forgotten, or perhaps chosen to ignore it, I mentioned the reason I haven’t approved your (2nd through 8th) comments posted to my blog back when I posted this comment. So long as your comments contain the same abusive, hateful, and venomous speech, it will not be approved. Please refer to my comment policy mentioned in My Blog ….

    It has nothing to do with fearing what you have to say; far from it. I just don’t want your crap polluting my blog space. Again, refer to My Blog ….

    What’s the matter with discussing it here?

    I would much rather discuss these things off my blog. The fact that this conversation has nothing to do with my conversion story just emphasizes it (again, refer to My Blog …).

    I requested the same from Abû Mûsâ not too long ago in the comments section of another blog post here for similar reasons (an issue I would rather discuss off my blog and which also had nothing directly related to the topic of the post). We exchanged emails and even met up in person to discuss the things he wanted to discuss. Which begs the question, what’s the matter with you and I discussing whatever you want to discusss via email? Why are you content to hide behind internet pseudonyms and fake email addresses? Why do you seem to be afriad of using your real name or a legitimate email address I can reach you through? If you’re worried about being bombarded with spam-like emails from me, don’t worry, I’m not like you. I won’t flood your inbox with abusive and hate filled emails.

    Why being such a typical anti-free-speech Muslim? You are afraid because you can’t refute me? It’s because you are so wrong, if you are right it won’t be too difficult for you to refute me. You know full well everything I say holds water. Probably it’s not too late for you to go back to humanity and egalitarian western values that raised you anyway.

    Heh, that’s quite funny.

    As for the “anti-free-speech” accusation, perhaps it has to do with the fact that I’m not a proponent of unrestricted free-speech. I don’t believe people have the right to abuse and malign others, as you have with practically all of your (approved and unapproved) comments here.

    It has nothing to do with fear of not being able to refute you, or even with me being wrong; if I believed I was wrong, I wouldn’t have said it in the first place.

    Rasheed, my “venom” is at least not translated into a barbaric belief in annihilating anyone who doesn’t agree with me and doesn’t share my belief.

    That’s funny, I don’t believe in annihilating anyone who doesn’t agree with me or doesn’t share my belief either.

    You obviously have so much hate and venom against the world for whatever reason so you have to say this filthy inhuman statement against apostates: “One who decides to leave Islam after having accepted it is punishable by death according to Islamic law and if he or she lives in an Islamic state where Islamic law is implemented, I’d say that punishment is well deserved.”

    Actually, I don’t say it because I have any hate or venom against the world. It has more to do with divine legislation, but then again, I don’t expect you to understand that.

    Rasheed, NOBODY DESERVES TO BE KILLED FOR THEIR BELIEF OR LACK THEREOF.

    That’s your opinion, and similar to what I said earlier, you’re entitled to that. It does not necessarily mean your opinion is valid.

    You see the difference between you and me? I don’t believe in violence, you glorify it.

    Heh, that’s almost comical.

    Believing that people who commit crimes should be punished for them is far from glorifying violence. I mean, if I believed that people should commit these crimes so that their punishments could be implemented, then perhaps you’d have a valid argument. But sorry to disappoint you, I don’t advocate that people commit crimes. I advocate compliance to laws and obedience to authorities, in matters permitted by my religion.

  25. “indigo218”, Allah willing, this will be my last comment addressing your comments.

    Your comments will remain moderated and unapproved. If you wish to continue your diatribes, you can do so via email.

    Thank you for participating, have a nice day.

  26. Abu Hamna Rashid says:

    Assalamu Alaikum Wa Rahmathullah,

    Masha Allah.
    It was nice to know about you. I regularly read your posts in msn groups. By the way, I am currently located in Saudi Arabia- The Land of Tawheed. Bi’idnillah.

    May Allah aid and bless you and your family.
    We pray to Allah that He continue to help you to guide many more to Islam. Aameen.

    Wabarakallahufeekum
    Abu Hamna

  27. Wa ‘alaikum as-salâm wa rahmatullah wa barakâtuh brother Abu Hamna,

    May Allah reward and bless you for your comments and your supplications; amîn. They are much appreciated.

  28. Amina says:

    masha Allah nice story, it’s good to know that there are people accepting Islam from own choice, wish- welcome in a club :)!

  29. I says:

    AOA, I found your blog after reading you comments at some other blogs. Although I havnt read any of your posts here, I must say the thing that most impressed me was the patience with which you answer those who have believes/opinions different from yours and use illogical argument, Masha Allah.

    Im a born muslim and raised in an islamic country and I do thank God for that too but as someone commented earlier many of us born muslims perform rituals instead of understanding our religion and then follow it. I wish I had that knowledge, wisdom and patience that Allah has blessed you with.

    Nice story. May Allah reward you in this and life hereafter. And dua for us muslims that Allah increases our imaan and understanding of our faith as well and give us strength to follow it. Insha Allah.

  30. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah “I”,

    May Allah reward and bless you for your comments and your kind words.

    I ask the same for you from Allah, I also ask Him to make the seeking of the religious knowledge you want easy and abundant for you, to give you understanding and comprehension of His religion and to make you from the great shaikhahs of this worldly life.

  31. Ahmed al-Bengali says:

    As-salamu ‘Alaikum brother.

    mashaAllah, may Allaah grant you success in this dunya and in the hereafter. your truly is truly inspiring, and all Praise is to the Lord of the worlds who guide people from darkness to light.I hope more people will be inspired by your story inshaAllah.

    fee amanillah,
    your brother in Islam

  32. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah brother Ahmed,

    May Allah reward and bless you for your kind words and your supplications. May Allah grant you what you’ve asked Him to grant me. Amin.

  33. Anna Doe says:

    Hello again,

    Could you please tell me more about the following:

    “the religion I knew deep down inside was the truth, a religion that answered many of my questions thus far, a religion that just simply made sense.”

    I would like to know what questions islam has answered so far to you.

    Thank you to answer me.

  34. Hello Anna,

    I hope you don’t mind, I took the liberty of editing your comment by deleting all the questions irrelevant to the topic of this post. If you would still like those questions answered, I’d be happy to do so here on my blog, provided they’re asked in the appropriate places (i.e., in the comments section to posts related to the questions) or via email (you can find my email address mentioned on the My Work … page of my blog.

    To answer your question, Islam answered for me the following:

    – questions that were left unanswered by Christianity;
    – questions regarding our purpose in life;
    – questions regarding the nature of our Creator and Sustainer;
    – questions regarding what He wants and desires from us;
    – questions on the nature of existence and what lies beyond this life;
    – and much, much more.

  35. Anna Doe says:

    What is our purpose in life?

    What is the nature of allah?

    What allah wants and desire from us?

    And what lies beyond this life?

    Why did you deleted my questions? Are you hiding something? I was polite. I think my questions are legitimate. I cannot look for post in connection, I do think it was related to your testimonial about islam. Is it because you don’t have answers? pity, no Muslims gave me answers to those questions yet, I thought you would, but it seems you cannot or certaily you would have been happy to post my questions and refute me easily.

    Please tell me one new good thing, that was brought by mohamed/allah?

  36. Hello Anna,

    Again, I took the liberty of editing your comment, deleting the portions irrelevant to the topic of the post. You can think whatever you want concerning my ability to answer your questions, but the fact remains that I have a policy regarding comments to my blog entries, which you can read about on the My Blog … page of my blog. If you really want your “pertinent” questions answered, you’ll take the time to email me, as I suggested, or you’ll take the time to use the search function found to the right to search for the relevant posts to ask your questions in. I will not waste my time sending my replies to an invalid email address, as I did with indigo218. If you’re sincere and truly want your questions answered, you’ll email me.

    As for your relevant questions …

    What is our purpose in life?

    Allah says, «I did not create the jinn and man except to worship Me» (51:56).

    What is the nature of allah?

    Allah says, «Allah, there is no god [worthy of worship] except Him, the Living, the [Great] Sustainer. Slumber, nor sleep, takes Him. His is what is in the heavens and what is in the earth. Who is that who intercedes with Him except with His permission? He knows what is in front of them and what is behind them. They do not encompass anything of His knowledge except whatever He willed. His footstool extends over the heavens and the earth and His preserving them both does not fatigue Him; He is the High and Magnificent» (2:255).

    He also says, «Say He is Allah, [He is] One. Allah is the Everlasting. He does not beget and was not begotten, and no one is comparable to Him» (112:1-4).

    What allah wants and desire from us?

    He wants and desires good for us, hence His sending Prophets and Messengers with revelation throughout history. Allah says, «He is the One who sent down clear verses to His servant (Muhammad) in order to bring you out of the darkness into the light. Surely Allah is gracious and compassionate with you» (57:9).

    And what lies beyond this life?

    The Afterlife: Paradise for the believers, Hell for the disbelievers.

    Please tell me one new good thing, that was brought by mohamed/allah?

    How about 50? You can refer to this book: 50 Concepts Brought by Muhammad by Jalal Abualrub.

  37. Anna Doe says:

    My e-mail is working. You can send me your rebutals that you don’t want anybody to see there LOL.

    I won’t buy this book as I have read the koran, the sahih ahadith and the sira and I didn’t find no new concepts that are good, not even one.

    But please do bring me a few concepts that in your eyes are good. Even one, let’s see. Surely, it shouldn’t be hard for you to bring me one, afterall, you think mohamed was the uswa hasana, he must have made so many new revolutionary “good” things in his life

    (and because you like to censure I will add 2 sentences and you will censure it:

  38. My e-mail is working. You can send me your rebutals that you don’t want anybody to see there LOL.

    If you’re sincere and truly want your questions answered, you’ll email me. As I said, I’m not about to waste my time writing out an email only to discover after sending it that the email address you’ve provided is fake; sorry, but I would rather not take your word for it that it’s real. I’ll believe it if I find an email from you in my inbox. Again, you can think what you want about my refusal to answer your irrelevant questions here.

    I won’t buy this book as I have read the koran, the sahih ahadith and the sira and I didn’t find no new concepts that are good, not even one.

    That’s fine, you don’t have to buy it if you don’t want. I have to say though, I find your claims here regarding what you’ve read highly unlikely; I’ll call bull.

    But please do bring me a few concepts that in your eyes are good. Even one, let’s see. Surely, it shouldn’t be hard for you to bring me one, afterall, you think mohamed was the uswa hasana, he must have made so many new revolutionary “good” things in his life

    I can name quite a few, but it’s obvious from your past comments to Sumera’s blog and to the ones you’ve posted here, that you’ll just deny them claiming that these things weren’t new at all or that they weren’t really good; the rights Islam gave to women is just one example out of many.

    (and because you like to censure I will add 2 sentences and you will censure it:

    Of course I’ll delete those comments. Why would you think that I would allow you to provoke the Muslim readers who visit my blog with your vile and filthy words about our Prophet and religion???

    Until I get your questions in my inbox, this will be the last time I address you here.

    Have a nice day.

  39. Anna Doe says:

    I have no idea why you have a comment section if you want us to communicate by e-mail.

    Why do you want to hide your responses to my questions?

    I read the koran a few times, many many sahih ahadith (Muslim, Bukhari, Dawud, especially those regarding women, jihad, sacrifices, medecine, booty, hell, punishments, mariage, battles etc) and the sirat rasulallah. I have been an islamocritic for some 3 years now, read my posts in faithfreedom, why not?

    About the new good things mohamed or allah created, try me! I am a rational person, if you bring me new good things, I will accept, I will even list them at the thread I open in FFI and where no Muslims were able to bring even one new good thing.

  40. Anna Doe says:

    And I don’t really understand your censure.

    What will you do if I post sahih ahadith or verses of the koran? Will you censor them?

    004.003
    YUSUFALI: If ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly with the orphans, Marry women of your choice, Two or three or four; but if ye fear that ye shall not be able to deal justly (with them), then only one, or (a captive) that your right hands possess, that will be more suitable, to prevent you from doing injustice.

    004.034
    YUSUFALI: Men are the protectors and maintainers of women, because Allah has given the one more (strength) than the other, and because they support them from their means. Therefore the righteous women are devoutly obedient, and guard in (the husband’s) absence what Allah would have them guard. As to those women on whose part ye fear disloyalty and ill-conduct, admonish them (first), (Next), refuse to share their beds, (And last) beat them (lightly); but if they return to obedience, seek not against them Means (of annoyance): For Allah is Most High, great (above you all).

    Sahih Al-Bukhari Volume 5, Book 58, Number 236
    Narrated Hisham’s father:
    Khadija died three years before the Prophet departed to Medina. He stayed there for two years or so and then he married ‘Aisha when she was a girl of six years of age, and he consumed that marriage when she was nine years old.

    Muslim Book 008, Number 3308:
    Sufyan reported on the basis of the same chain of transmitters (and the words are): A woman who has been previously married (Thayyib) has more right to her person than her guardian; and a virgin’s father must ask her consent from her, her consent being her silence, At times he said: Her silence is her affirmation.

    These are my last comments here. Censorship is not what I am looking for. And I don’t think I use vile and filthy words. I am only describing.

    I will e-mail you if you publish those 2 last comments.

  41. Allah willing, this will be my very last responses to you here.

    I have no idea why you have a comment section if you want us to communicate by e-mail.

    The comments section are for those who wish to make relevant comments or ask relevant questions to the posts on my blog. I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but blogs differ quite a bit from messageboards and discussion forums.

    Why do you want to hide your responses to my questions?

    As I mentioned earlier to you, it has nothing to do with my ability to answer your questions, or even wanting to hide the answers to them. But as I said, you can think what you want.

    I read the koran a few times, many many sahih ahadith (Muslim, Bukhari, Dawud, especially those regarding women, jihad, sacrifices, medecine, booty, hell, punishments, mariage, battles etc) and the sirat rasulallah. I have been an islamocritic for some 3 years now, read my posts in faithfreedom, why not?

    Firstly, I don’t visit FaithFreedom. I have no need or desire to do so.

    Secondly, I think it’s pretty safe to assume that you’ve only read these texts in the various English translations available on the internet, with the three hadîth compilations you mentioned being those found on the USC Hadith database. Regardless, I still find your claims highly unlikely and still call bull.

    About the new good things mohamed or allah created, try me! I am a rational person, if you bring me new good things, I will accept, I will even list them at the thread I open in FFI and where no Muslims were able to bring even one new good thing.

    See the above comment I made regarding women’s rights.

    And I don’t really understand your censure.

    I’m sure you don’t. By the way, it’d be good to learn the difference between censure and censor.

    What will you do if I post sahih ahadith or verses of the koran? Will you censor them?

    Other than some mistranslations/misinterpretations in the verses and hadîths you’ve posted, there’s nothing wrong with any of them.

  42. And I don’t really understand your censure.

    I’m sure you don’t. By the way, it’d be good to learn the difference between censure and censor.

    LOL!

  43. nadia says:

    assalamu aleikum wa rahmatullah wa brakaatuh,
    mashallah, most amazing story, praise be to Allah, may He protect and keep your family firm, ameen.

  44. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh Nadia,

    I ask Allah to protect you and your family firm as well, may Allah reward and bless you. Amin.

  45. Farhana says:

    As-salaamu’alaykum wa Rahmatu Llahi wa Barakatuhu brother Rasheed,

    Wow, wonderful ‘story’… definitely a wonderful ending. Jazak’Allahu khair for sharing it with us.

    May Allah continue to bless you and your family with this beautiful deen. Ameen.

    Wa’alaykum as-salaam
    Farhana

  46. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah wa barakatuh sister Farhana,

    Thank you (and everyone else) for your comments. May Allah reward and bless you as well and guide us all to what pleases Him.

  47. RS says:

    Assalamualaikum,

    Subhannallah…may Allah always strenghten your faith and reward you with His best reward.

    I agree with you bro, we don’t need to bring ourselves into a useless debate especially with islam haters.

    Great work here!

    Wassalamu’alaikum

  48. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah,

    May Allah reward and bless you for your kind words, and may He give you what you’ve asked Him to give me.

  49. LH says:

    If you cant talk reason, moderate comments and ban further entries. Good going Mr. Rasheed freedom of speech islamic style.

  50. Welcome to my blog, LH.

    First of all, I don’t subscribe the the notion of completely unrestricted speech. I do believe people can voice their opinions, provided they’re valid and not pulled straight out of some bodily orifice and provided it’s done so in a civil and respectful manner.

    Second, I do have a comment policy, in which I mention what I will and will not allow; feel free to read it if you wish. I try to stick to this policy. If you don’t like it, then that’s your problem, not mine. My blog is not intended to be a free-for-all discussion forum. If you have comments to a particular post I’ve made, then you can post them in the appropriate place. Otherwise, if the post is off topic or abusive and inappropriate, I’ll probably delete it.

    Lastly, I moderate and ban comments if I see reason to do so. That does not include my inability to refute or answer anyone’s claims.

  51. ferhad akbar says:

    assalamulaikum

    ahlan wa sahlan, ya akhi, nice to read ur story, i’m ferhad abu faadhilah from indonesia

  52. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah, Ferhad.

    May Allah reward and bless you for the kind greeting. I pray that you are doing well, Allah willing.

  53. duadua says:

    Assalamualaykum.I Love You In the name of Allah,my brother

  54. Wa ‘alaikum as-salam wa rahmatullah, duadua.

    May He in whose name you love me for, love you too.

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