As Salam alekum wa rehmatillahi wa barkatahu!
(May peace, blessings, and mercy of Allah (swt) be upon all of you)
When I first started going to college in 2007, I never thought I would meet many non-Muslims who are interested to know about Islam. Everyday as I used to wait for my class to start, people often asked me questions on Islam. When I started discussing few topics with them, I noticed other students taking interest in listening to what Islam is really about. Sending out right information is what every Muslim should do. Whenever non-Muslims ask me a question on Islam and tell me what they have heard from others, I immediately catch on to the topic and explain them more about Islam. A lot of people have misconceptions about Islam and since we are Muslims, we should give them right understandings and guidance of Islam. As a Muslim it is our duty to spread the word of truth, and make ourselves more educated and knowledgeable with our religious teachings; therefore, when we explain, it is easier for others to understand. As every Muslim knows that the first revelation given by Allah (swt) to Prophet Muhammed (P.B.U.H) was to READ! (Iqra) In order to spread the knowledge, we should be prepared to answer all sorts of questions. Let’s educate ourselves by reading Qura’n and Sahih Hadith.
As a Muslim we should be proud of our religion. Some people don’t really show that they are Muslims by not wearing right clothing and by not behaving the way they should. Because they are so tight up with their social adequate they forget about their adequate in Islam. I have encountered few people who are Muslims, but their behavior isn’t like one. People shorten their names from Ali to “AL” etc. They want to look cool with their names and absurd attitude towards others. I usually see these kinds of Muslims in schools. They are ashamed to be seen in Jum’mah prayer and if we call them with their real names, they get mad at us saying “Please don’t call me Ibrahim! No body knows me by that name” Well!!! Isn’t that your Name? These people don’t realize that as they are changing their names, they are actually changing their identity as a Muslim.
On the other hand, few kids are ashamed to do something good when they are asked. For example, when my colleague asked her nephew to recite Nasheed, he started giggling, smiling, blushing, and gave few excuses at first then he recited the Nasheed when we insisted him. Later that day, when my friend asked her nephew to dance on the song playing on the radio, he got up instantly and started showing his moves. This is what exactly we don’t want our new generation to grow up as. Therefore, let’s try telling our family members and friends to be bold and instant when told to do something for Islam.