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Why I became a Muslim

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Submitted by Imam Ahmed Muhammed (United States), Mar 16, 2011 at 16:28

After reading you comment,I decided to post a response to it. I'm African American, and have been Muslim for almost 9 years. The reason I became Muslim is because Islam firstly made sense to me through the Qur'an in many different facets of my life personally. Firstly on the basis of spiritual belief, As a Muslim we pray, and worship the Creator, Allah, alone, there are no intermediaries, no saints we have to pray to, etc. So unlike the christian, or the hindu, we don't have a 'trinity', or a pantheon of gods we have to worship. Secondly, Islam made sense on the basis of ethics, and values. Honesty, family values, proper manners, equality regardless of race, and culture, etc. These issues are placed at the top of the Muslims priorities secondly to worshipping the Creator alone. no where in the Qur'an does it say that blacks will burn in hell forever. Allah doesn't make a distinction between people based on the color of their skin, or by what culture they come from. Allah in the Qur'an says;

"Mankind! We created you from a male and female, and made you into peoples and tribes so that you might come to know each other. The noblest among you in God's sight is that one of you who best performs his duty. God is All-Knowing, All-Aware. "(The Qur'an , 49:13)

Allah distinguishes people according to thier faith, not thier skin color or culture. Which is why a Muslim from Afghanistan, or Burma, and any country where Islam can be found i can call that person my brother, or sister. The Prophet Muhammed said in an AUTHENTIC HADITH;

"O people, know that the Lord and Sustainer is One. Your ancestor is one, your faith is one. The Arabism of anyone of you is not from your mother or father. It is no more than a tongue (language). Whoever speaks Arabic is an Arab." (As quoted in Islam The Natural Way by Abdul Wahid Hamid p. 125)

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