It has been 3 weeks since my return from Volgograd to Kota Bharu.Thing that surprised me the most was that my mother bought/cooked mostly everything which i had in mind :).
To surf internet in Malaysia is actually quite depressing due to the slow speed compared to Volgograd.(thank god at least there's something that i miss in volgograd,haha).
But alhamdulillah,surprisingly today the internet (i choose to use my brother's celcom instead of my father's Stremyx.Streamyx service is very disappointing) works unexpectedly faster than yesterday,which allows me to watch more than 5 videos (from youtube of course),including one that runs 59minutes and 11 secs!!impressive ha??!
The video was about a talk entitled "Muslims in America" (link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4--DUCwjZfw&feature=channel) ,discussing things like how they perform their 5 times prayer on their daily basis,what it is like to be a muslim after 9-11,about aurah, about what QUran stands towards infidels and many others.
It sounds typical,isnt it?
But there are things that really make me want to watch it till the end.
First:about the americans themselves.The talk actually was organized by the Pennsylvania University and people from different ethnics and religions joined the talk,to,I might say,enrich their knowledge about islam.How the talk connected people.How the americans are so open,they listen.ask questions.
Second:I was impressed by one of the panels namely Jordan Lane
She started to learn about Islam when she was 15.She had her first quran when she was 15. The fact that she didnt know any muslim, the fact that she was brought up in a Christian family,christian environment but managed to learn about Islam really amazed me.
"It is true thou will not be able to guide everyone whom thou lovest: but Allah guides those whom He will and He knows best those who receive guidance." (The Quran 28:56)
It really shows that nothing can stop us from enriching ourselves with knowledge.The change from not-knowing to becoming an expert, from evil to good,it all starts from ourselves.It us,who,have to change ourselves!
"Verily never will Allah change the condition of a people until they change it themselves (with their own souls)." (The Quran 13:11)
Quoting from Jordan Lane about Hijab: "i personally believe that its required.i also think that,even if it werent required,its a part of you,it reminds you who you are,it tells other people who you are,in many ways that give poeple ideas how to treat you and sometime, thats bad but most of the time thats good...it puts the emphasis on something other than pyhsical".
I enjoy reading,watching,listening to stories about converts:how they know and learn about Islam,how they survive being a muslim in a non-islamic environment,how people react towards their conversions.It really makes me
appreciate my religion more.Alhamdulillah, I am a Muslim.
Dr. Ingrid Mattson
(President of Islamic Society of North America, pHD in Islamic Studies. A convert)