Jibreel asked Rasulullah SAW about Iman, and he replied:
أَنْ تُؤْمِنَ بِاللَّهِ وَمَلَائِكَتِهِ وَكُتُبِهِ وَرُسُلِهِ وَالْيَوْمِ الْآخِرِ وَتُؤْمِنَ بِالْقَدَرِ خَيْرِهِ وَشَرِّهِ
“that you believe in Allah, His angels, His books, His messengers, in the last day, and in fore-ordainment, both its good and its bad”
And Allah is the Only Witness to what I believe.
I have posted previously on the basic situation many Converts find ourselves in:
Human beings are social creatures. We live by way of our interaction with other human beings, which is why 90% of Shari’a is about human interaction and transaction. When a human being is deprived of society, it’s basically a death sentence.
I have done possibly the most extensive study and thought on hundreds of cases of Converts. There are patterns – attrition as converts leave the community unnoticed, lack of clarity in learning Islam, failure in the institution of marriage, harassment, a sense of non-belonging in the masajid, a sense of irrelevance in the typical discussions, and for many, acquiescence to the prevailing culture of “living as a Muslim” without purpose. These patterns are repeated and easily identified to anyone actually paying attention.
And the community does what they do in most situations: nothing.
I have presented this truth for years. Allah is sufficient Witness. I have developed the most advanced and comprehensive understanding of Convert Support anywhere on earth, to my knowledge. During my years of searching, I found little, and nothing that compares. Yet, my community has no value for this.
I have also developed the concept for community research and policy, so that our community can develop through critical self-reflection. Our community has no value for this.
I have developed another vast program to expand the fields of Muslim activism into the public domain, through knowledge-sharing on economics, history, and the political/social sciences. I developed this entirely alone, relying on my own impetus, experience, and have grasped the leading scholars in most subjects. I did this so a portion of the Muslim community can prepare themselves to address the universal challenges of our time. I have compiled relevant statements and articles in the following:
But our community is structured in such a way to inhibit growth and self-correction. We perpetuate the culture of irresponsibility that has plagued the Ummah for over 300 years. Our masajid are a perpetual kindergarten in which decades and entire generations are wasted discussing irrelevant matters. I have documented a few of my thoughts here:
Over the last 8 years, I have discussed these matters with everyone I know, and many people I don’t actually know. While the worth of my ideas have been acknowledged, no one is prepared to open a door to implementation. And, after 29 years living as a human being without a society, I am utterly exhausted. My career was ruined, my financial state ruined, my emotional health ruined, all of which are natural, obvious consequences. Allah created us with social dependencies.
What I leave is my love for my children and other family members. What I take is my knowledge and experience.
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