Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Dear Christian

So....I've just seen a post where some Christians won't eat anything halal certified...including Vegemite, because they're Christian, and it goes against their God.
I'd just like to say:

Dear Christian,
Please Read the bible, if you haven't already We follow the same God. As do Jewish people. We are the three monotheistic Abrahamic religions. To put that in layman's terms, we all believe that there is one God and Abraham was a key prophet and a friend of God. Ask your pastor if you don't believe me. The thing that splits us is certain key events. Such as Jesus. You believe he is the son of God, I believe he is prophet for example. The stories are parallel, the people the same.
Jesus even taught Christians to prostrate when they prayed. Its in the bible. I've read it.
Abraham - Ibrahim
Mary -Maryam
Joseph - Yusuf
Moses - Musa
Jesus - Isa
Elijah - Ilyas.
Elisha - Alyasa.
Jonah - Yunus.
Zechariah - Zakariya.
John the Baptist - Yahya
Muslims are even taught we have to have the utmost respect of people of the book. Because after all we follow the same God. 

We eat Kosher , as well as halal because that is food the people of the book eat.
Anyway getting onto the "issue" of halal certified. If it's not on a meat product, or something that contains gelatin then it just means its permitted. In the case of Vegemite nothing special has happened to it. They just slapped a sticker on to save us having to read the ingredients. Same with anything safe for vegetarians, it just means there's no pork or alcohol in it.

If you don't want to eat meat because you're scared you're going to catch "The Muslimz" by eating something that has been prayed over, even if we share the same God then that's fine .I'd just hate to see you deprived of 99% of food with your dislike of halal food. Because 99% of food is naturally halal.
Anyway. Dear Christian, now we've cleared that up I hope you have a lovely day. I hope you lose this disdain towards us because we have nothing but love towards you. Asalamualaikum , may peace be up on you.

Monday, 21 March 2016

Dear Born Muslim

Dear Born Muslim

As Salamu Alaikum, There are a few things that I'd like to tell you, Revert to Born Muslim. First of all this meme pretty much sums up how I feel sometimes when you ask me my reversion story. Especially when you've just met me.

I'm picking on you, because none Muslims tend to say "Oh you converted? Cool." and Reverts just accept I'm one of them. No questions asked. Born Muslims however...tend to drop jaws, and ask for my entire life and reversion story....every...single...time.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not ashamed I reverted at all. And I'm genuinely happy when people ask, and want to know how I came to Islam.

But...please do't ask within minutes of meeting me. Because I'm much more than my reversion story. And more to the point; it's not just a story. It's someones life. My life. And I'd like you to get to know me first, and build up a friendship before I tell you the details of the most personal aspect of my relationship with God. And please, remember and accept, that sometimes people have to walk one path before they arrived at this one. And they might not want to share details of that journey. So please don't push. 

Please don't treat me like a rare commodity, and then drop me once the novelty of knowing a Revert has worn off. It's really annoying when that happens. Because to be honest, I'm not a spectacle to gawp at and admire. When you treat me differently, for better or for worse, you're unintentionally creating a divide. An "Us vs. Them" atmosphere. And at the end of the day, we're all humans. We're all Muslims and we all bow down to the same God. And that's all that matters at the end of the day.

And please PLEASE be mindful when you speak sometimes. Please don't criticise my Salah or my punctuation. Remember...you've been doing this since you were born! I've been doing this a fraction of that time. Please be patient. I'm still learning. 
And please don't say things like "I feel so bad you'll have nobody to share Iftar with during Ramadan". Or "I feel so bad you'll be spending eid alone." Make friends with me, come over, invite me over, I don't bite!

Please don't think that just because we probably come from very different cultures, that we won't have anything in common. We already have Islam in common, and that's huge! I reckon I could learn a lot from you, and maybe you could learn a little from me. We should do it over coffee and cake sometime!

And most of all please. Remember I love you for the sake of Allah, and just want to be accepted and loved back.

- Hols

Monday, 14 March 2016

Just a Quick Salaam

This is just a quick hi, to say yes, I'm back!

I was asking a group of sisters, what summed them up, and I thought this bubble I created with their words, summed up Muslim Women and mothers perfectly masha'Allah!

Saturday, 5 December 2015

My Reversion


Like I said earlier I'm a revert to Islam.

I used to be Christian. Like *REALLY* Christian. You know, one of the really annoying happy clappy ones.

And then I met A. He was my taxi driver on a long journey back from a friends wedding. We really hit it off (I still think God works in mysterious ways), and became good friends. He's a none practicing Muslim- but anyway - He came over and he was showing me some stuff. Because he said  And I started thinking. How can one God be three things? How can God and Jesus be the same? It just doesn't make sense.

And if Christianity was the true religion...then why are there so many denominations? I mean even now, thinking about it...how can there be so many denominations? Surely, if Christianity WAS Gods unchanged word...surely every denomination would follow the same Doctrine? Because  different denominations have different versions of the bible, with minor changes...and in some cases, churches have added entire different doctrines to follow along with the bible. Different Churches focus on different aspects of Christianity, and ignore certain bits and, once I took a step back - I started to realise that you can't just pick and choose the parts of God you want to follow. It just doesn't work like that. You have to follow it all. And you have to follow the unchanged word...otherwise...otherwise you may as well be following nothing, because if you're following things that people have added, then in my opinion you're following mans word, not just Gods. 

So yeah. I started reading the Qur'an and everything that I felt was missing in my life as a Christian felt as if it just slotted into place. I wish I could explain in greater detail...but unfortunately I can't. It's indescribable. The Qur'an verse that actually tipped me was 23:12-14.

(12) Certainly We created man from an extract of clay. (13)Then We made him a drop of[seminal] fluid [lodged] in a secure abode. (14)Then We created the drop of fluid as a clinging mass. Then We created the clinging mass as a fleshy tissue. Then We created the fleshy tissue as bones. Then We clothed the bones with flesh. Then We produced him as [yet] another creature. So blessed is Allah, the best of creators!

I read that, and I don't know. It just hit me, it hit me that I'm reading an unchanged book, and that is *must* be a message from God...because otherwise how would something you can't see with the bare eye be known 1400 years ago? 
I don't know how to explain it...it just *clicked*, and with that I realised that I'm not a Christian.

So. I went into a stage of denial after that. I got my daughter baptised into the Church of England -because if I'm honest- the thought of reverting terrified me. Christianity was all I've known. I think that's why it was such a huge shock for my family when I finally caved and said the Shahada less than a month later! 

So there it is....my very boring reversion story! I apologise if anyone has had a variation of that in person...Early on in my reversion, I felt so under pressure I probably gave too much detail or missed bits out. 

Friday, 18 September 2015

Erm Hi. I guess.

Erm. Hi. I guess.

Chances are, if you've found this, you've either been told about it by yours truly....or you've been doing some pretty serious internet stalking! If you're stalking me, thanks...I feel loved...in a weird stalker type way!

So...for any unfortunate souls that have come across this purely by chance. A brief introduction.
I'm 21, I have a daughter, I'm a revert to Islam, I'm obsessed with Doctor Who and Documentaries,  I write. I write a lot actually. Just nobody really sees it. It's not that I'm bad. Without being big headed, I know I can write. I'm not the best. I'm not the worst. But it's something I enjoy, and something I'm relatively good at. I just don't show it off because certain people find the things I write about concerning. I don't. I write about life. Life sucks at times. It's great at times as well. What of it?

I have no idea what I'm going to put in here. I guess I just needed a space to offload my brain, Because it seems to go at a hundred miles an hour sometimes, Actually it goes that fast all the time! 

There isn't going to be a particular topic, I don't think. I don't like being limited.  Limited is boring. Why have the ability to talk if you have to stick to one topic? I mean...what's the point? 

I don't know how often I'll post. Who knows? I might have forgotten about this in a week or so!

But yeah. 

Bye for now.