Abdullah ibn Masud said, “The Prophet (may peace and blessings be upon him) said ‘Islam began as something strange, and it will revert to being strange as it was in the beginning, so good tidings for the strangers.’ Some asked, ‘Who are the strangers?’ He said, ‘The ones who break away from their people (literally, ‘tribes’) for the sake of Islam.'” (Sahih Muslim)
I’ve felt like a stranger on several occasions: a sense of not belonging, of being out of place and of not fitting in. It happens mostly when I’m in a non-Muslim country, or when I sit in a group of non-Muslims. Unfortunately, even in the Muslim countries that I’ve lived in, like the U.A.E. and Pakistan, the feeling of being strange amongst my own brothers and sisters prevail – missing the obligatory prayers, neglecting fast during Ramadan, not observing proper hijab, love for music, lack of taqwa, and shirk (prostrating, bowing and/or asking from someone’s grave), following customs and traditions that have no basis in Islam, etc.
I am far from being perfect; I have my flaws – lots of them. But I am making an effort to improve myself one step at a time, inshaAllah. It’s not easy, but with each little improvement, I feel blessed; there is a sense of happiness, of fulfillment, of peace and satisfaction.
Fortunately, a group of lovely sisters have started a forum for just that purpose: to help each other out, to make this journey a less stressful and more meaningful, inshaAllah. It’s still a new forum, but everyone’s doing a great job, mashaAllah. It’s open for ladies – muslims and non-muslims alike – who want to learn, share and teach.
The forum will be open for one week. You can read what is going on, but you can’t contribute until you register. After one week, the forum will close and the group will be private. The purpose for this is to ensure that the group members feel comfortable, and get to know and help one another.
Click on the image below to get to the forum:
Please check it out and introduce yourself.
Ladies only, please.