islam convert

anonymous asked:

Hey so i have a question. My parents are both from croatia and as you can guess my Family ist very catholic.. we live in the dijaspora. But i want to convert to islam 2 years ago i read the translation of the Kuran cuz i dont speak arabic. But i am scared i dont know how to learn all the prayers and i am scared that i cant be a good Muslim..

Hi, thank you for your message. It’s quite normal to be nervous and feel uncertain, and converting to another religion is quite a big decision. I would advise you to take it step by step, to try to learn things little by little before you actually convert (if you decide to do it). When it comes to the prayers, I would give you the same advice! I personally started learning how to pray at 12/13 years old because my parents weren’t religious, and I didn’t fully learn it until I was about 14/15 because I did it slowly. When you decide to start learning how to pray, try to memorise the actual physical actions of praying first, and then you could start memorising the words. If it would be easier for you, if you speak Croatian, you could learn the words the way most Bosniak kids do, which is of course Arabic but written in Bosnian. That way it might be easier for you to pronounce and to memorise it! Of course there are also transliterations in English if you prefer that. You can also watch YouTube videos etc.

But first and foremost I’d tell you to learn more about the religion, and don’t feel pressure to actually convert until you feel ready! At this point I think you’re too nervous and you might not know enough to be ready to convert. Also, please try to find someone who is Muslim to help you answer any questions you have, and to help teach you everything you need to know for praying etc. And a last advice: be careful when reading about Islam online as not everything you read is trustworthy, and a lot of the things that you will find online are written by people from very fundamentalist and extreme sects of Islam, which could take you into the wrong direction. I hope my advice helps you! It’s a lot to take in at once so again, don’t rush into it and learn about the religion slowly :)

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Mahershala Ali photographed by Peggy Sirota for GQ 

He converted to Islam in 1999, after attending a mosque with his future wife. His faith, he says, has helped him become a better actor: “It benefits me from the standpoint of really creating empathy for these characters that I try to embody, other human beings with issues as deep and personal as my own. Because of Islam, I am acutely aware that I am a work in progress.” The daily practice of the religion, he says, “puts a healthy pressure on you to be your best self, beginning with your own spirit and how that feeds into your actions.”

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“You’re completely psycho. You threw water in Ingrid’s face. You’re crazy!” “Do you get acid thrown in your face if you don’t wear the Hijaab?” “She’s psycho! I heard that she put someone in a chokehold when she went to Urra.” “Sana, are you circumcised?” “No wonder she’s psycho.” “She’s supposed to be a good representative for Islam.” “You’re so lucky because you don’t have to think about all of that stuff. Heartbreak and stuff. Maybe I should convert to Islam.” “Hope you get forcibly married … sent to Africa so we won’t have you at Urra.” “Why do you wear that shit on your head? It’s fucking ugly. Want me to pull it off you in the big break?” 

SKAM S04E04 Clip 4 - The Best Of Islam

NOORA: What is this again? We’re here for my sake?
SANA: Yes, of course we’re here for your sake.
NOORA: Just to look at muslim boys and stuff.
SANA: Aren’t you tired of white boys now? I thought we had to get out, meet new types of people, see that there’s plenty of fish in the sea. You know what I mean?
NOORA: But you said muslim boys just use Norwegian girls.
SANA: It’s good that you’re converting to Islam, then.
NOORA: Don’t turn around now, okay? But are those boys looking at us?
SANA: How shouldl I see if they’re looking at us if I can’t turn around?
NOORA: Oh my God, they’re coming over!
SANA: Stay cool.
NOORA: Stay cool? I’m really fuckign cool! Hi there!
SANA: Hi!
NOORA: Hi.
BOY1: Can we sit here?
SANA AND NOORA: Yes, of course.
JONAS: It’s okay? Great!
SANA: Sit down!
NOORA: Hi! Yes, hi.
ALI: Ali.
NOORA: Noora.
ALI: Nice to meet you.
NOORA: Noora, it’s a pleasure.
SANA: Sana, it’s a pleasure.
ALI: Ali, it’s a pleasure.
JONAS: Jonas. It was sana?
SANA: Yes.

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I PRAYED FOR THE FIRST TIME TODAY AS A MUSLIM!!!

Assalamu alaykum!

Praying was daunting, I’m not going to lie.
I downloaded a Salat app at the guidance of a sister and followed step by step with the app. I have tendonitis in both my ankles and wrists so praying was in no way painless but, Alhamdulillah it was very wonderful. It was hard to focus on Allah (swt) and what I was doing when I was so worried about not messing up- which trust me, there was plenty of. I feels so great though to have finally prayed! My praying goal for now is learning all the correct movements then I’ll learn the Arabic.

I’m sorry is this post was a mess, it was written very sporadically at 4 in the morning 😂

Sana s4 trailer thoughts.

There are so many fascinating and clever things about this trailer. And I want to talk about them at length when I have more time… for now just throwing some thoughts out there.

The reversal of the film, starting with Even, who was a big fan favorite for S4, as a type of bait-and-switch (the same one they employed with Wilhelm during Isak’s S3 trailer) was clever. And by working their way through all the other main players of season 4 and ultimately landing on SANA, the fact it’s HER season becomes so impactful.

The choice of Song “Don’t let me be misunderstood” performed by Yusuf Islam (prev. Cat Stevens) who adopted the name after converting to Islam definitely feels significant. The lyrics allude to the struggles and prejudice she experiences, but I also thought the song in reverse sounded vaguely arabic, which I’m sure was also intended.

Furthermore I liked how the entire video was, as you realized in the end, basically an elaborate domino effect created by Sana. The way she looks in the camera almost makes it feel like she was aware of what was happening before putting her foot out to trip Noora. (and it feels like a subtle callback to Sana’s ‘magic hijab’ in a sense too).

I’m really curious to see how s4 will show us Sana’s vulnerable side, but it feels like this trailer gave us a glimpse.. it’s not about needing to compromise Sana’s strength or bringing her down to show it, because she deals with the ‘shame’ and struggles (prejudice and racism) just by being herself. And even if she looks like she’s in control, there are aspects (other people) around her she simple can’t control.

These are just a couple of the things that stood out to me, I may add more later or write a better analysis. Feel free to reply or reblog with your own thoughts!

Yesterday I took my Shahadah

I feel truly free and blessed to of joined the family of Islam and I am so excited to completely devote myself to Allah swt and become as strong as I can in my faith.

Any help or information would be more than amazing, and some pious friends to speak to would be truly a blessing insha'Allah. Though I am a brother so sisters take that to mind.

Where I live there is no mosque and no other muslims, but with the help of @reverthelp I have started my new true life and have never felt better.

Prayers (or Salah | صلاة )

Note: Rakat/Rakah ( ركعة‎‎) refers to the number of movements (standing/kneeling/sitting) that happens in the prayer. Rakat is plural and rakah is the singular.

Fajr  |  صلاة الفجر

  • “Dawn Prayer”
  • Fard (required) = 2 rakat
  • Sunnah (extra) = 2 rakat before or after

Dhuhr  |  صلاة الظهر

  • “Noon Prayer”
  • Fard = 4 rakat
  • Sunnah = 4 rakat usually before the fard

Asr  |  صلاة العصر

  • “Afternoon Prayer”
  • Fard = 4 rakat
  • Sunnah = 4 rakat after

Maghrib  |  صلاة المغرب

  • “West Prayer” (when sun sets)
  • Fard = 3 rakat
  • Sunnah = 2 rakat before and/or after

Isha  |  صلاة العشاء

  • “Night Prayer”
  • Fard = 4 rakat
  • Sunnah = 2 rakat after

  Taraweeh  |  تراويح‎‎

  • Special night prayers held at the masjid (mosque) throughout Ramadan
  • Held after Isha prayer
  • Prayed in two rakat
  • Rakat are normally an 8 or 20
  • Often used to recite the entire Quran

It makes me so furious when people attack Islam for Muhammad’s marriages and polygamy, and only name A'isha and then go on to describe her as a child bride.

Yet they’re all silent when it comes to how A'isha was able to lead battles, shape politics, and influence the development of Islam after the Prophet died.

They’re all silent when it comes to talking about his twenty-five years of monogamous marriage to Khadija bint Khuwaylid, a woman who was fifteen years older than him, his employer, and the one who proposed.

They’re all silent when it comes to Sawda bint Zam'a, who Muhammad married because she was widowed and had suffered too many hardships to remain unmarried.

They’re all silent when it comes to Hafsa bint Umar, the woman who could recite the Qur'an better than most men and whose memory influenced the version of the Qur'an we have today.

They’re all silent when it comes to Zaynab bint Khuzayama, the woman referred to as “the mother of the poor” because of all her charity work.

They’re all silent when it comes to Umm Salama, the woman Muhammad went to for advice during the Treaty of Hudaybiya, the treaty that allowed Muslims to return to Mecca.

They’re all silent when it comes to Rayhana bint Zayd, an upper class Jewish woman who taught Muhammad the traditions of the Torah.

They’re all silent when it comes to Zaynab bint Jahsh, a tempermental and slightly egotistical woman who was constantly praised by Muhammad’s other wives for her charity work and her religious devotion.

They’re all silent when it comes to Juwayriyya bint al-Harith, the woman who married Muhammad to create a political alliance that would allow one hundred enslaved families to be set free.

They’re all silent when it comes to Safiyya bint Huyyay, a Jewish noble woman whose relationship with Muhammad changed the antisemitism attitude among his followers.

They’re all silent when it comes to Umm Habiba, the woman who converted to Islam despite the protest from her polytheist father and who remained Muslim despite her (at the time) husband converting to Christianity, because she believed in Islam and refused to waive that belief.

They’re all silent when it comes to Maryam al-Cibtiya, the mother of Muhammad’s only son, Ibrahim, named after the ancestor of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, tying all three monotheistic religions together.

They’re all silent when it comes to Maymuna bint al-Harith, the woman from Mecca who proposed to Muhammad and whose marriage reconnected him to Mecca, the city Muslims face when they pray.

It’s really amazing how people can go on and on about how Islam is so misogynistic because of Muhammad’s polygamy and his marriage to A'isha while simultaneously never bothering to learn who these women even are and what amazing things they did to influence Muhammad’s life and Islam itself.

Bonding through drinking

or “how drinking coffee serves as a visual indicator of how in sync two characters’ minds are”

In the new clip (Kjærlighetssorg) Noora and Sana are drinking coffee side by side and I noticed a pattern of shots of them drinking, without any dialogue, and no apparent reason for the drinking other than to give us a silent indicator of how much “on the same wavelength” they are at crucial points in the conversation.

The clip starts with Vilde, um, “sharing” her coffee with Magnus in a part sexual/part childish way that I won’t dignify with a screenshot.
Noora and Sana are understandably a bit grossed out and awkward about it. 

We have the first shot of them drinking together, and it’s a bit out of sync. They’re starting on this slight disconnect.


I wrote a few metas on food and how it is used in storytelling to show us the dynamics and the intimacy between characters: here, here, and here.

Vilde and Magnus are not really drinking coffee with the girls and leave their cups behind. We even have Noora comment sarcastically on them not really spending this time with her and Sana.
We didn’t really need that literal telling that they were not really sharing this moment with Noora and Sana but, if we did, there it is.

Noora asks Sana “Aren’t people in love extremely gross?”* and Sana agrees and we get two perfect shots of them drinking in unison.


They’re agreeing, finding common ground, they’re on the same wavelength right this instant…
…and that’s what’s going to trigger the heart to heart with Sana feeling comfortable enough with Noora, in this instant, to ask her about Dickhelm.

Noora confesses to what’s been going on in her love life and Sana mostly listens.

The rupture happens when Noora says that she and Dickhelm would be better off with someone else and we know, at this moment, that Sana is considering the rumour that he is, in fact, dating someone new in London…but Noora interrupts her friend’s thoughts with “I can’t bear to think about him dating someone else” and Sana knows she can’t say anything.
Not now.

The spell is broken. The girls are not on the same page anymore what with Sana knowing something that she can’t tell Noora and Noora being kept in the dark unknowingly.

They take another sip and it’s off sync. More so than at the start of the clip.

Noora tries to redirect the conversation towards Sana (while still making it about her, a bit) and tells her she’s lucky to be Muslim. That that means she doesn’t have to worry about boys (again, emphasising how disconnected she really is about Sana’s personal life). She then concludes, jokingly, that she should just convert to Islam and marry Yousef.

Sana fakesmiles at that and takes another sip.

Alone.

*I based my paraphrasing of what the characters are saying in the clip on the transcript by @stayinherewithyou here

Sūratu’l-Fātihah [The Opening] : “You alone do we worship...” (1:5)

إِيَّاكَ نَعْبُدُ

You alone do we worship… (Al-Fātihah 1:5)

Our attention here is directed to the beginning of the verse where the object pronoun “You” is placed before the finite verb of “we worship.” The effect of placing the object pronoun in the initial position implies exclusivity:

“O God, we wholeheartedly proclaim, acknowledge, and confess that it is only You, and none but You that we turn to, bow before, and seek comfort in. We believe that by Your side alone we can attain serenity and peace.”

Another very subtle point to note here is the tense; instead of the use of ‘abadnā (we worshipped) in the past tense, in this verse God Al-mighty uses na’budu in the present tense. ‘Abadnā, which is the past tense form of the verb ‘A-Ba-Da, connotes “We did it!” or “We made it!” Such a use, however, would violate and in a way be contrary to the very spirit of worship, for it sounds like an accomplishment on the personal side, which implies pride in a completed success, as if we already fulfilled something and succeeded at what we wanted to accomplish all by ourselves. In other words, it would mean that the worshipper has already arrived to the intended point by fulfilling his or her duty of worship all by himself or herself.

However, na’budu, which is the present tense form of the verb ‘A-Ba-Da, implies that the task is not yet finished, which renders such a mis-understanding impossible.

▪Meaning “we worship,” na’budu refers to our intention and determination to acknowledge our eternal impotence and poverty before God’s Presence. This can also be paraphrased as follows:

“O Lord! We are determined that we will not sacrifice our freedom to anyone but You and we will not fall in humiliation before anyone or anything. We turn to You fully intent on servanthood and worship; our eyes are fixed upon You and no other. We are filled with a desire for submission and prayer. Resolute to distance ourselves from anything other than You, we wish to always stand opposed to all that You do not like or want. Our intention is our greatest worship; we hope that You will accept our intention as our worship. We plead for Your favor, not in proportion to the number of things that we have done, but to those we have intended to do.”

The finite form of the verb, na’budu, or “we worship,” (which is in-flected not only for tense but also for the first person plural) also emphasizes that the worshipper is not alone with such thoughts. Hoping that all others are thinking in the same vein, the worshipper proclaims,

“In making this request, I am in full concordance with all my fellow worshippers.”

Through such an irrefutable alliance and agreement, the worshipper is empowered with the same intention, confirmation and testimony of all worshippers, and thus he or she turns to the presence of the Almighty Lord Who meets all needs.

▪In this manner, they can relieve themselves from evil involuntary thoughts that Satan may cause to appear in them, and they can portray a complete form of worship toward the Perfect Divinity.