As salaamu aleiqum....
This article is about Islamic-Universal Peace and Unity promotion. = Iman - Salaam - Al Wahdeh =Faith - Peace - Unity =
The advantage as a new Muslim is obvious - it is like a re-birth , a completely new way and life .. caused by the grace and mercy of Allah SWT .
It overcomes and endures all hardships , a Light shining in the darkness, seeking to connect with other Lights ...
New Muslims have no previous attachments to tribal affinities & families ,specific schools of thought or any other fixed and preset societies , that is the ideal situation.
As relative outsiders and observers they can analyse and sometimes recognize more clearly of what is going on in the Islamic Ummah , which is dear to all Muslims .
Understanding and observation requires knowledge and familiarization with the Glorious Qu'ran, Islamic Laws , the Shari'a and Muslim way of life.
The Islamic world is divided into Sunnah and Shi'a and none of us can change this fact, except for seeking guidance and understanding through prayers.
The key is love and respect for all Muslims , be they Shi'a or be they Sunnah ... Accept both as they are , without prejudice and blame , but in the Islamic spirit of Love and Brotherhood ...
The Islamic world is in a crisis , the modern world has advanced through knowledge and science ,whereas we are labeled - developing or third world countries , a shadow and hollow echo from a gloriuos past 900 years ago when we were in our prime ...
This is, of course , a distortion of the truth , we have numerous great examples throughout the Islamic Ummah.
Much progress has been made, however much work still needs to be done ..
Too many bright talents live abroad , away from home where they are really badly needed.
Too often we look to our governments and institutions to find the right solutions , not used to own initiative however small and limited they might be ..
Too often we tend to blame and lament our fate and misery , escaping and forgetting reality rather than to deal with it , head on ...
Our fight must be turned against our own obstacles , our lack of faith sometimes , curbing our desire to find the easiest way out, often worsening our situation rather than the opposite.
This is true individually and collectively ... We can only hope and actually cause change and transformation when we start with ourselves ...
We can't do it without help from above ... Without faith and acceptance by Allah Sabhanahou wa Ta'ala we cannot accomplish the real changes , the major turning around of our lives and our fate ... HE is the starting point, the key , HE offers freely of his grace and pours blessings upon blessing upon us. We must open our hearts to recognize and receive these blessings. Often they disappear into the barren shifting desert sands , what a tragic waste !
Instead isolated Oasis after Oasis must increase and form a spiritual fertile region , causing the deserts within us disappear ...
We must change from within us - fighting our own faults and shortcomings , even when poor we can improve our lot ... Those who are more fortunate , learned , perhaps wealthy - help and share of your talents - mentor a poor boy or girl through better education and skills so that they have a better chance in life - for the good of the Ummah ...
Those who are great and pious Muslims , Blessings upon you - we all have witnessed your help and generositiy , but more help is needed ..
please help so that our beloved Watan can overcome the crisis and take its due position it so rightfully and richly deserves ..
We must be industrious and innovative , rather than critical and dispairing Pious and faithful - discarting secular chains
Did not the Germans rebuild their country from total ruins and ashes and once again became a strong nation ? - We too can do it !!!
Smaller or larger groups & societies must be a part of the whole not a whole within themselves, ..Unity is the order of the Day !
Be a Light and a Delight - Make a difference - respect life - respect our mutual heritage Be true believing and faithful Muslims , not just by name and automatically because of your parents , EMBRACE ISLAM with all your hearts and beings - live by example - strive for Peace - make a difference !
It is difficult and requires effort - but it is possible !
Nobody can force you to do it - except your own heart ....
Wa salaamu aleiqum - wa Rahmatullah wa Barakatou
About this author: New Muslim from Germany - deeply committed to Islamic-Universal Peace and Unity
reprint of a Sep 2000 article upon the establishment of IslamPeace-IUT on August 31,2000 in Hamburg - Germany
Last Update: 17-02-06
Some group forums dating back to 2000 have been revised according to the new Mukharram 1427 H. - Feb 2006 standard.