road to mecca

anonymous asked:

Hi, so I don't really know if this is something you can help me with, but here goes. I have been interested in Islam and it's teachings but I have no idea where to start. How can I learn to pray and read the Qur'an? Are there any books I should read, or websites to visit? This is probably pretty basic to you, but I know nothing about being a Muslim but for some reason I'm drawn to Islam.

Hi 😊

Thank you for getting in touch. I am very happy to hear that you are interested in Islam. May Allah bless you with shahadah as soon as possible. Ameen.

First thing first: Focus on the most important part of Islam which is:

Believing that there is only One God and that Prophet Mohammad is the final prophet.

Everything else comes after this. Here is an opinion:

You have to go slowly. Take things one step at a time. Here is something that might help you:

The three books I’d recommend for someone interested in Islam are these:

-The Message of The Qur’an by Muhammad Asad (translation of the Qur'an)

-Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad

-Islam: the Straight Path by John Esposito.

You can read the translation of the Qur'an from:

Here are all the ISLAM 101 info you might need for the beginning:

Please send me an IM so we can figure out a plan for you together. We are here to support you insha'Allah

Have a good day!

‘Do you really believe that God expects you to show Him your respect by repeated bowing and kneeling and prostration? Might it not be better only to look into oneself and to pray to Him in the stillness of one’s heart? Why all these movements of your body?’
As soon as I had uttered these words I felt remorse, for I had not intended to injure the old man’s religious feelings. But the hajji did not appear in the least offended. He smiled with his toothless mouth and replied:
‘How else then should we worship God? Did He not create both, soul and body, together? And this being so, should man not pray with his body as well as with his soul? Listen, I will tell you why we Muslims pray as we pray. We turn toward the Kaaba, God’s holy temple in Mecca, knowing that the faces of all Muslims, wherever they may be, are turned to it in prayer, and that we are like one body, with Him as the centre of our thoughts. First we stand upright and recite from the Holy Koran, remembering that it is His Word, given to man that he may be upright and steadfast in life. Then we say, “God is the Greatest,” reminding ourselves that no one deserves to be worshipped but Him; and bow down deep because we honour Him above all, and praise His power and glory. Thereafter we prostrate ourselves on our foreheads because we feel that we are but dust and nothingness before Him, and that He is our Creator and Sustainer on high. Then we lift our faces from the ground and remain sitting, praying that He forgives our sins and bestow His grace upon us, and guide us aright, and give us health and sustenance. Then we again prostrate ourselves on the ground and touch the dust with our foreheads before the might and the glory of the One. After that, we remain sitting and pray that He bless the Prophet Muhammad who brought His message to us, just as He blessed the earlier Prophets; and that He bless us as well, and all those who follow the right guidance; and we ask Him to give us of the good of this world and of the good of the world to come. In the end we turn our heads to the right and to the left, saying, “Peace and the grace of God be upon you” - and thus greet all who are righteous, wherever they may be.
‘It was thus that our Prophet used to pray and taught his followers to pray for all times, so that they might willingly surrender themselves to God - which is what Islam means - and so be at peace with Him and with their own destiny.’
—  — An extract from ‘The Road to Mecca’ by Muhammad Asad

anonymous asked:

I am slowly, but assuredly, starting to believe that there really isn't a god. and I'm slipping out of Islam. And I've prayed, and sought help, and prayed some more. I've had 'conversations' with Allah and I'm not getting anything back. Can you please give me a book to read, or something to do, anything, I don't have many other options for me and I don't want to give up so easily. Its been like this for a while.

Check out the book “The Road To Mecca” by Muhammad Asad.

I also wrote something on doubt: The Benefit of Doubt

Message me privately, insha Allah, and please tell me when you see this so I can delete this.

anonymous asked:

Assaalamu Alaikum! I was wondering if you know any good books on Islam for people interested in reverting?

Wa Alaykum as-Salaam

The four books I’d recommend for someone interested in Islam are these:

-The Message of The Qur’an by Muhammad Asad (translation of the Qur'an)

-Muhammad: The Messenger of God: An Analysis of the Prophet’s Life by Fethullah Gulen

-Road to Mecca by Muhammad Asad

-Islam: the Straight Path by John Esposito.

Please also send me an IM if you need ISLAM 101 information. I will send you the link to the posts insha'Allah

‘My share in all that is happening… I think to myself as I lie under the friendly Arabian stars. I - this bundle of flesh and bone, of sensations and perceptions - have been placed within the orbit of Being, and am within all that is happening… Danger is only an illusion: never can it overcome me: for all that happens to me is part of the all-embracing stream of which I myself am a part. Could it be, perhaps, that danger and safety, death and joy, destiny and fulfilment, are but different aspects of this tiny, majestic bundle that is I? What endless freedom, O God, hast thou granted to man…’

Read this while in Mecca - best book I’ve read so far. Full of endless, breath-taking wisdom.

—  Road to Mecca - Mohamed Asad