I answer the prayer of the supplicant when he prays to Me. So they should hearken to Me and believe in Me, that they may follow the right way. You'll know you have prayed "enough" when your heart finds contentment. This is something only you can gauge. God hears prayer and admonishes us to pray to Him for guidance.
Prayer is the most powerful weapon a Muslim has, so pray fervently however you please.
Islam teaches that ultimately our salvation rests in God's hands. Be active, be sincere, be consistent, even incessant in your prayers to God. Let prayer be your vehicle's fuel in the journey to Him. Every mosque, every community has a different culture, a different flavor.
This is another reason it is important to visit different communities before choosing the one right for you. Some really are easier to work with than others. Mosques often gender-segregate worship services. If you're a woman -- find out if the mosque you're interested in even has a place for women to pray some unfortunately don't. In what language are sermons delivered? They're not all in English.
The best way to prepare is to spend some time attending the mosque services and getting to know the congregants and leadership before formally committing yourself. I smiled. His personal experience was affording him the benefit of practical study -- not just theory from some hypothetical scenario. Here's the bottom line.
Chapter 7. Thank you, your brother Ratno Dini Pitoyo. Just wanted to say that you have done a wonderful job of explaining your faith. It was the home of Banu-Thaqif tribe in pre-Islamic era and housed the goddess Al-lat. Understanding Islam.
Islam rejects the notion that religion and science conflict. The Qur'an declares, "Who has created seven heavens in harmony. No incongruity canst thou see in the creation of the Gracious God. Then look again: Seest thou any flaw? God's Word and God's Works should not ever conflict. Therefore, the Qur'an repeatedly commands Muslims to investigate, ponder, reflect, question.
Indeed, Prophet Muhammad famously declared, "The cure for ignorance is to question," and "It is obligatory for every Muslim male and every Muslim female to attain education. Abdus Salam -- who won for predicting the God particle -- attributed his passion for science to the Qur'ans incessant advocacy to question everything. So I was even more thrilled that Adam was undertaking this crucial scrutiny, and that his investigations were bearing fruit.
Likewise, know that no shortage of anti-Islam critics exist to make you second-guess and doubt your decision.
Take the time to scrutinize Islam yourself and understand its teachings and history in detail. The best 'weapon' to combat ignorance and intolerance of Islam is education -- so educate yourself as much as possible by studying the Qur'an, hadith, and classical Islamic scholars.
Before accepting Islam, make sure to avoid heartache and regret, and don't commit until you feel that satisfying contentment of mind and soul. So this is what I've been putting Adam through. I know, I'm a terrible friend. But as you can see, there is much to consider. That is a good thing as Islam seeks educated, thoughtful, and contemplative decision-making. Islam is a lifelong journey and people work at different speeds. My own grandfather spent 15 years studying before committing himself to Islam. Don't let anyone rush you, and don't rush yourself. Take the time to make a decision best for your personal relationship with Him.
Happy New Year, and may God bless you on your journey, accept your prayers, and guide you to the path He deems best. US Edition U. News U. HuffPost Personal Video Horoscopes.
Tap here to turn on desktop notifications to get the news sent straight to you. Not too long ago an old friend -- let's name him Adam -- called me and dropped the hammer. Where do I begin? Have I thoroughly researched other faiths?
Have I prepared for the possible family and social backlash? Am I ready for the new lifestyle? Have I decided which community of Muslims I want to join?
Have I studied the Qur'an? Have I studied Prophet Muhammad? To know Prophet Muhammad is to know Islam. Have I prayed enough?
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Without prayer, you're running on empty. Am I ready for the potential culture clash? Do my heart and mind meet? And finally, this has to be a yes. A few months back Adam called me in a rage. From amongst them those who had to cover a short distance obeyed his command but those who had to travel a long distance disobeyed him".
Prohet Muhammad sent six most proficient people to different places along with letters in which his universal prophethood was reflected. Rome and Iran were the then greatest empires. Dihyah bin Kalbi was the ambassador of the Prophet to the Cesar of Rome.
The letter of the Prophet of Islam to the Cesar reads:. This is a letter from Muhammad bin Abdullah to the great Hercules of Rome. Peace be upon the followers of guidance. I invite you to the religion of Islam. Embrace Islam so that you may be safe. Allah will give you two rewards reward for your own faith as well as reward for the faith of those who are your subordinates.
In case, however, you turn away your face from Islam you will be responsible for the sins of your subjects as well. O people of the Scriptures! We invite you to a common basis i. We should not treat anyone to be His partner. Some of us too should not accept others as their gods. And O Muhammad!
As and when they recalcitrate against the true religion say: "Be witness to the fact that we are Muslims". Syria was an important land for Christians. Damascus is where St. Paul escaped from the Jews by being dropped through a window in a basket in the Via Recta. To this date, the villagers in Maaloula still speak Aramean, a language believed to be the spoken language of Jesus. With the rapid spread of Islam, the then empires of Rome and Persia developed a serious concern for their sovereignty. Syria at the border of the Arabian Peninsula, was a centre for early Christianity.
In the year 9 A. Since then, there were several battles between the Muslims and the Byzantine armies until in the year 13 A. In the beginning of the reign of Omar, the battle of Yarmouk on the Syrian-Jordan border- led to the defeat of Byzantine armies. Since then a rapid change in the religion of people of that region began. Since then Syria was ruled by the Umayyad dynasty A. Although the Umayyad gave little efforts to require conversion to Islam, and there was no resentment directed towards Islam, the spread of Islam in Syria was like a field on fire.
Until the third decade of the 7th century AD Iran was one of the two greatest empires of the world. Therefore, the king of Iran, contemptuously refused the invitation pouring scorn on the Arabs for eating lizards and the practice of infanticide thus tore up the letter. Although Abdullah, the ambassador of Islam explained that Arabs were even worse than what the king had described, but by the Grace of Allah and under the divine teachings of Prophet Muhammad, they enjoy a sublime monotheist culture.
The conquest of Islam brought to an end the last national Iranian dynasty for nearly a thousand years. About one thousand years before the arrival of Islam into Iran, Iran was conquered by Alexander the Great.