Friday, October 12, 2007

What do Muslims ask Allah swt for most?

If there is one thing that I want people to take away from this blog it's this:

Islam is for everyone

Really. Not just for people of x ethnic group, or whatever.

Allah swt states in a hadith:
"When My servant walks towards my, I run towards him".

That's all us Muslims are doing, walking towards Allah swt. Some of us keep the pace better then others, some of us get distracted, fall off, whatever, but we keep on walking.

Nobody starts climbing midway up the ladder, you have to start from the bottom, step by step.

Which brings me to the title of my post.

The answer to the question is this:
Idhinas sirat al mustaqim
Show us the straight way

This is verse/ayah six of Surah/Chapter Al Fatiha, the first Surah of the Quran, which is recited in every unit of prayer.

So a Muslim says this at least 17 times, in the five obligatory prayers, but most of us pray additional prayers and so we say it even more then that.

It really is the most sincere desire, to follow the guidance of Allah swt and the way of His beloved final Prophet, Muhammed (peace and blessings be upon him).

For anyone interested in reading about the Qur'an, a really good site is Al Tafsir.

I would like to point out for my two favourite Non-Muslim readers that it also shows translations in Portuguese (Ali's favourite language) and Romanian (Although you speak English better then me, Alina!).

When I first head about Islam, I could never imagine being a Muslim:
"No way, that's far too strict, what fun do they have?!"

I can remember seeing the Qur'an channel on telly, flicking past, not interested.

What changed is that I began to feel the absence of God in my life. I saw religious people and thought, "I want what they have, that certainty, that guidance".

Then I became friends with a Muslim, read a translation of the Qur'an and that was that.
*gasp*, I think I've finally let my conversion story slip! Told you it was nothing exciting.

It wasn't easy, I had my struggles as everyone does.

Still, I have to tell Mr Outlines that he's the second best thing to have happened to me.

The first best thing was becoming Muslim. Insha Allah, it always, always will be.

3 comments:

Ali la Loca said...

I like knowing your conversion story. :)

Thank you for the recommendation of the site with the Quran translations. I will have a look for sure, though I admit I'll likely read in English and not in Portuguese!

Alina Popescu said...

Thank you, Safiya, both for the recommendation and for calling me one of your favorite non-muslim readers :)

I think this request is the most common one for all religions (with variation such as Please show me what do do or What am I supposed to do now). It's what we need the most, guidance when it gets tough, or we get distracted, or when we're troubled and confused.

NATASHAAMINA said...

Salaam Safiya :)!

Thank you for being always there with some good advices.I wrote about why I was so much discouraged with Islam in my BLOG.I would be happy if you could leave a comment about it,since I am very much interessted in your opinion.
I wish you a very nice time and all good :)!