Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Who am I ?

My name is Maidah,

Lifestyle before Islam:  I was a drinker, a smoker, and I partied a lot during my university years.  I considered myself to be agnostic because I still believed in God at the time, but I had no set religion.  I did a lot of flirting around, but I never dated.

When and how did I discover Islam and was I religious before:  I started discovering Islam in my junior year of high school.  I kind of "forgot" about it when I was a senior, but I picked it back up my sophomore year in college when I met my first Muslim.  That's when things picked up again and I reverted August 2010, alhamdulilah.  I was never super religious.  I grew up in a Christian home, but I stopped believing or stopped being a Christian when I was around 11 or 12.  I tried to be religious again my freshman year, because at the time, I was a religion major (or had a religion major before I switched).  Unfortunately, taking all of these Judaism and Ancient Christianity courses really screwed with my head, so I stopped trying to be religious once and for all.

Guidance:  Guidance to me means someone who has helped you along the way, regardless if it means bringing you to the truth or to the correct answer.

Modesty:  Modesty in today's world, unfortunately, comes in all forms.  You have the correct modesty Islamically (or Christian/Catholic, Jewish based) where women are wearing loose clothing (ie abaya, skirts, loose shirts, habits for Catholic Nuns), hijab or niqab, long sleeves.  But then you have modesty where it's correct, but not correct:  girls wearing long sleeves, but the clothes are skin tight, jeans are tight, girls wearing sandals, some women who wear hijab are rolling up their sleeves, etc.  I think the term "modesty", especially Islamically, has been thrown around a lot, especially for the "modern day Muslimah" and we need to get back on track with the correct form of modesty.

3 Things About Islam:  Women are not oppressed, the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam was not a pedophile, and Islamic Radicalism is not Islam.

Sunnah and ahadith:  Sunnah comes from the Qur'an and what we call Sunnah (or from ahadith which are the words and actions that have been recorded from known sources that the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam has done).  When we say "Sunnah", we are regarding to something that the Prophet sallalahu alayhi wa salam has deemed as appropriate or good or something that he has done which is the most correct way to do to something.  Sunnah also comes from the Qur'an with what Allah subhana wa ta'ala has told us to do and it is good in the most correct way.

Advice:  There's only so much we could say to those who are ignorant about Islam.  The most obvious answer would be to research about it or ask another Muslim who has been practising for a long time.

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