Spirituality is an important aspect of our life.JImAgain wrote:Hi there, I use to post on this forum way back around 2003-2004, my user name was "Jim", I think you can still search and find my posts as I understand that the old posts are intact. I was not a heavy user but did post from time to time, and stopped coming here after 2004 as I got really busy with college.
WOW, can't believe its been so long, and I doubt anyone remembers me.
My story was how I was born and raised in a Muslim family in the West (traditional Hanafi Sunni) and that I left Islam while in college etc.. etc.., you can go read it if you like.
Well that was all true.
But boy oh boy has a lot changed during those 7 years, I graduated University, finished my masters, got married (3 months only!! please never ever marry for lust), got a divorce, met a wonderful girl,I am married again, traveled to Asia, Europe, and the Mid east. WOW does time fly. I have a smile on my face as I look back over the years.
However I just wanted to say that Alhamdullilah I have returned to my faith, and if I can see the light anyone can. I was an absoluter hater, a vehement dogmatic insulter of Islam, my heart was so hard that just the very mention of the religion use to piss me off.
Just go look at my old posts
I drank, partied, slept with women, experimented with drugs, did all the haram disgusting stuff, and it made me feel like utter and complete sh!t, its as if a little voice in my head would nag me, tell me it was all wrong.
Yet here I am now, fasting, praying, being kinder to parents and relatives, crying to my Lord during Tahajjud, controlling my anger, and best of all putting trust in my LORD, I have never felt so at peace, so happy, even if I face something difficult I know GOD is there and makes a way out (that's called having Tawakal in Allah), inshalla I plan on going for the Hajj, inshalla. I also feel so lucky to have a wonderful and pure wife, who never did stupid stuff like I did.
I followed books like "the GOD Delusion", I still remember driving all the way to Barnes and Nobles to purchase it, what an idiot I was.
But Man I can tell you things happened in my life that made me accept the reality of my faith, its way way too long to tell here, but Allah SWT brought me back, and I feel so damn lucky. The path I was on before was an empty life and would have surely led to hell.
Message to Muslims
My main message here is to Muslims, stop debating with people, and only talk to people in the most beautiful of words. There is no point, you can never convince someone to believe in Islam, it must come from GOD right into the heart, and when it does it is overwhelming.
Just let them be, don't insult and don't argue, it wastes so much time and energy. No one could have ever convinced me, so many people tried, I had answers for them all, only when Allah opened my heart to Islam did i see.
I feel so lucky, I don't know whose prayer it was or what good deed I did to deserve this, it brings tears to my eyes and melts my heart that Allah gave such a horrible arrogant and shameless individual like me the chance to purify himself, i truly know now what it means that Allah is the most merciful most kind.
Peace to All, I hope GOD guides you all and you all find that peace in your life.
PS: I only came back here to even things out, I use to post so much things against Islam, I just want to post something good. I want GODS forgiveness and I hope my message will inspire someone to take the right path.
It needs to be rejuvenated because it wanes when we think we are forced into it.
Getting happiness and experiencing fulfillment in life are also very important..
Believing in One Almighty God greatly alleviates some of the acute problems.
Be happy. May Almighty God bless you.