I know we have a least one convert on this site, and I would like to know what there is about islam that made you convert to it. Thanks.
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I was raised in a Christian environment and had a reasonable education.I know we have a least one convert on this site, and I would like to know what there is about islam that made you convert to it. Thanks.
I was raised in a Christian environment and had a reasonable education.
I came in contact with Muslims in my early 20's, and it seemed to have a positive influence on me.
On the birth of my first child, I was unemployed and my wife left me, and I started thinking about why things had started to go wrong.
I started reading the Bible, and I was invited to a mosque by a neighbour.
I told him I was thinking of becoming a Jew, as I was reading the OT a lot.
Allah SWT clearly had other plans.
I already believed in God.I still want to know what there was about Islam that specifically attracted you.
I already believed in God.
..not necessarily in any traditional way, as I got to my late teens.
I found it very interesting that Muslims had the same dietary laws as Jews, and became more interested.
At first, I was given a copy of Qur'an in English, but I found it hard reading, and harsh. I was familiar with a softer approach being of Protestant background.
But circumstances caused me to look again, and I slowly began to accept its inclusion of harsh warnings.
I became a Muslim alongside many Jamaican Rastas in the 1980's.
I think that made it easier as we studied and practiced together.
That was then. This is now.
It hasn't got any easier, that is for sure.
There is a lot in the Qur'an that I don't like...I've learned more about you, but not what there is about the Qur'an that you liked..
I don't think it preaches hatred.I was absolutely gob-smacked at the sheer hatred that it preached..
No. A lot of Muslims do not participate in mixed sex gatherings.The best example that comes to mind was when we expats tried to organize a family picnic day with our Egyptian coworkers so that our families could meet each other. They said no because, "They just weren't ready for that yet".
There is a lot in the Qur'an that I don't like.
There is a lot about reality that I don't like.
Should I base my beliefs on something, just because I like it?
I don't think it preaches hatred.
It certainly appears to be harsh in some verses, yes.
..but then John the Baptist was beheaded, and people tried to have Jesus killed.
People also tried to kill Muhammad, [peace be with them].
No. A lot of Muslims do not participate in mixed sex gatherings.
You shouldn't take it personally.
I believe that Moses, Jesus and Muhammad are prophets of the One God, yes.Okay, it's not that something about it attracted you as such, it's that you simply believe it.
God, the Most High, says that we might love some disbelievers, while they despise us, and wish us to disbelieve like them.Calling unbelievers low creatures, like donkeys, like cattle, like dogs with their tongues lolling out, and evil certainly sounds like hate to me.
Muslims are not instructed to fight against those who don't fight against them.
I don't try to...how do you reconcile the creation of the Islamic empire with your claim?
I don't try to.
Empires come and go, be they Islamic or otherwise.
Almighty God is aware of atrocities that mankind are guilty of.
They are not limited to Muslims.
The Roman Empire persecuted early Christians, and subsequently made Christianity a state religion, manipulating creed for the ends of empire. Tut tut.
Well, you do not believe in God.Converts to Islam, what attracted you to it?: Always surprises me. I ascribe it to lack of education or force of circumstances..
Well, I was raised in a Christian environment.Truth should not demand a prior belief. It should stand by itself.
After belief, what is false would also appear as truth.
..but not the universe?To me, it defies logic that a God could exist for no reason.
There is a reason, whether we might have some idea or not...and reason for which he would create a universe.
I suggest that there is a large, embracing fraternalism in the mosque, and united prayer strengthens that sense of belonging.I know we have a least one convert on this site, and I would like to know what there is about islam that made you convert to it. Thanks.
I suggest that there is a large, embracing fraternalism in the mosque, and united prayer strengthens that sense of belonging.
The experience in ISKCON is similar, with group sankirtana (schanting and dancing).
A few Christian denominations create this sense in small groups, that have lots of singing, mutual encouragement, and "coffee and donuts". Minus the coffee and donuts, that's probably why Manichaeism lasted so long.