Since Kazakhstan is a Muslim majority country, do you see Otabek being a Muslim?
Oh, you hit
a jackpot with this question. In my opinion this is one of the most interesting
things in Kazakh culture.
In short –
yes and no, not really.
There’s a 99%
chance that Otabek would be labeled Muslim BUT being Muslim in Kazakhstan
comes with different stages of dedication. Otabek would surely be a “casual” Muslim. Meaning
he would only be Muslim technically (would have gone through the rite in early childhood), would maybe share some beliefs and participate as one in some events/rites on occasion (such as major Muslim
holidays or funerals) and that’s about it.
who are curious about details, welcome under the cut:
As-salaamu alaikum, brothers and sisters!
As of today (May 12, 2017), I have said my shahadah and am now a Muslim, one who submits to God, Allah.
Despite searching many religions over the years, I was never quite content. But I researched Islam for three years, and after spending those three years debating and putting it off, I have taken my shahadah. @reverthelp reached out to me when I was too nervous to reach out to them, and aided me to come to this conclusion. May Allah SWT bless them for their work!
May the words of the shahadah be ever on my lips, inshaAllah! And may He shower the ummah with many blessings, but most especially strong imaan. May He bring all of our loved ones to Islam through our dawah.
I am so speechless!!! I know this will be a long and difficult road, but a road to our Lord is always, always, always worth following.
Please keep me in your duas, as I will keep you in mine!
Truth is one, though the sages know it as many. God is one, though different religions approach Him differently. Call him Shiva, Vishnu, Allah, Jesus or any other form of God that you believe in. Our paths may be different. Our destination is the same.
“Do you not see that God drives clouds?” (Quran 24:43)
Reflection: Although pretty enough to look at, clouds actually have a diverse range of functions which keep our planet in order. Most obviously, they regulate temperatures by absorbing some of the heat which reaches the surface of the earth from the sun. This cools the atmosphere and makes the weather less suffocating. This is why clouds were historically viewed as signs of good fortune, heralding fresh rainwater and the consequent growth of crops. One of the Ninety-Nine Names of God in Islam is Al-Lateef, or “the Subtle One,” whose watchful care can be gently felt by us humans in the ways in which the elements of nature come together for our benefit and protection. In this verse, the precisely regulated movement of clouds across our planet’s surface is pointed to as a Sign of God’s immanence, “for men of understanding” (Quran 3:190).
“And We have sent the fertilising winds…” (Quran 15:22)
Reflection: Biology has proven that plants undergo sexual reproduction in the same manner that humans and animals do. The only difference is that plants require external agents to initialise the process – bees or other creatures to carry a plant’s pollen to its mate’s ovule. Crucially, this process can also be accomplished by the forces of nature – winds – when no such bees or animals are available. The Quran tells us that these “fertilising winds” (Quran 15:22) are under the command and inspiration of God, that we may “enjoy the fruits of [His] artistry” (Quran 36:35). From the very same winds we are given “water in abundance” (Quran 15:22) through the movement of clouds across our planet’s surface. “It was not their hands that made this: will they not then give thanks?” (Quran 36:35).
And remember when We showed Ibrahim the site of the [Sacred] House [saying]: Associate not anything [in worship with Me and purify My House for those who circumambulate it [i.e. perform tawaaf] and those who stand up for prayer and those who bow down and make prostration [in prayer etc.].“ [Surah Al-Hajj 22:26]
“He who taught [the use of] the pen.” (Quran 96:64)
Reflection: At the heart of human civilisation is the uniquely human ability to write. “As populations [grow] and societies [form], writing [becomes] a useful tool to help people keep track of things.” It is because of our ability to document that trade, commerce, knowledge, and invention have flourished as they have over the years. This gift of writing, the Quran reveals, was bestowed upon us by our “most Generous” (96:3) Creator, that we may evolve and develop by His aid and permission. From the pen alone we have gained laws, customs, and rituals, among a myriad of other hallmarks of human growth. “Indeed, God is full of bounty to mankind, but most of them are ungrateful” (10:60).