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    Aafia

    Aafia Khalid from United Kingdom

    As-salāmu ʿalaykum My name is Aafia Khalid. I am from Egypt, living currently in Leeds with my parents. I am here to explore more about Islam & to share my knowledge where I can. I hope the whole community is here to support each others. May Allah SWT guide us to the right path.
  2. 2 points
    After the mishap at the half Ironman, I was able to complete two sprint triathlons and have been improving in all three events. This fall I’m running a half marathon in preparation for next year!
  3. 1 point
    AROwnen

    New Muslim Area

    I am the longest running new Muslim on the planet, I think.. though I've been Muslim for ten years, my newness ( yes, I am aware that's not a word) is evident to anyone who claims Islam. As such, it was suggested that I make a thread for new Muslims. This desire to address some of the common problems being new is confounded by several issues. The main one is that I'm white and male. Unless you are white and male, my particular issues may seem to not have anything to do with you, if you are a new Muslim. However, the point is for you to describe your particular issues or questions and concerns. I'll describe mine, along with some general observations. 1. It's not a club. You won't be invited to parties, meet cute girls or be there center of attention. There are no secret handshakes, cool clothes and people outside of Islam will not think highly of you. You won't get promoted. Get tickets to the game or discounts at the grocery store. 2. If you're white, you're participating in a racist society. You may not think you're racist ( you are) but no one will care about that. It's a brown world. Don't be afraid. Just smile and nod. 3. The only people who are respected in any Islamic group are the ones that are smart. If you're not a studious person, you're on your own. It's all language and reading. 4. You're going to make mistakes. A lot of them. Relax. 5. Salafis are awesome, until they're not. Then they're a pain. Just smile and don't argue. You'll be there all night. 6. You don't have to dress like a North African, Pakistani, Arabic person. Be modest. Be comfortable. 7. Men rule in Islam. If you can't deal with that then you have problems.. however, they cannot be tyrants. Don't be a tyrant in your house. It's ugly and unnecessary. 8 A really famous guy said that Islam is like a clear running stream, that takes on the color of whatever it flows over. I liked this. That's all about that really. Be yourself and you'll be washed clean and pretty. Unless you're mud. But mud is good too. 9. Don't get confused too much about Muhammad (pbuh), and the nature of predetermined fate. It'll seem that many of your brothers and sisters worship him. I can't say that they don't but I can't say they do. It confuses me still. The other, seems to be the go to answer for everything. It's not. Or maybe it is. See? Confused. 10. Keep trying. Fake it if you can't feel it. Keep trying. Allah cares not about time. Allah is never late. Just keep trying. 11. It's all about your worship of Allah. Your relationship with the Lord of Mercy. Nothing else matters.
  4. 1 point
    AROwnen

    New Muslim Area

    I think finding my identity as a Muslim has been the biggest challenge. I didn't suddenly become smart enough to read esoterica ad nauseum related to what other's thought of Islam. I didn't become a calm wise man. I am becoming. I don't know what. Different than I was. Allah never stops. Ever.
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    AROwnen

    New Muslim Area

    I've been to the dentist, thank you. At least update my photo. Go Dawgs
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    Breeze

    New Muslim Area

    Owen, as long as you aren't a redneck, you should be alright!
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    Breeze

    New Muslim Area

    I grew up with white racism, from the age of 4 a kid shouted a racist slur when I was at a bday party. I think many Muslims have already been through Islamophobia and racism that were more understanding towards it and tend to look beyond that. Yeah, you can't look Pakistani and don't have to be one. I found the Western culture is not a collectivist culture but there's a lot of unhappiness because it largely depends on your social circle. It's very individualistic and be yourself idea, when 'you' are always going to change. The person I was a month ago, isn't the same and after marriage, I wouldn't be the same person either. I think we should accept everyone as they are, like you said. For the record, a New Muslims experience isn't that different to a Muslims experience, we've experienced it for longer. I find that I go in and out of guidance as circumstances change and imaan gets shaky. It's hard for me to be accepted as well as white people don't get me and many brown people don't understand why I don't talk like them and do what they do. I just find a middle way that I'm comfortable with and that's better for me. I have an aunts who chose to wear hijab after marriage and one that didn't because she didn't want to wear it on her face or was brave enough to. It's their choice.
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    AROwnen

    New Muslim Area

    It might be like that in NYC. The race issue is important I think here more than anywhere. Racism is intrinsic in white culture here. No escaping it. White guilt over things that occurr now and things that occurred in our past. Also white fragility- not willing to see the racism without taking it personally. The reaction can be to immerse oneself in another culture to be "them" and accepted is a temptation. Like I said, this may be just me but it's an issue. I didn't and don't want my faith to be based on wether or not I look Pakistani or foreign of any group. I want to be American and figure out how to be Muslim in that context. I love my culture though it doesn't always love me back.
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    cubster

    Cubster's Eating Records

    Bad eating day today. Haven't eaten my lunch yet and it's 5pm. My aunt sent scones too so I had a couple of those 😑 Going to walk it off this afternoon. I'm going to have a munch when I get home and walk around the complex. 2,5 times around is 1km so it's something I made the spelt flour roti and it was okay, just need to figure out how to not get it to come out hard.
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    Haku

    Cubster's Eating Records

    or maybe he meant Glycemic Load, which is more relevant to controlling blood sugar. (because no one cares if you eat only a tiny piece of very high GI candy) Pasta is said to have low GL. https://www.verywellfit.com/low-glycemic-superfoods-3289497
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    cubster

    Cubster's Eating Records

    Also very proud of myself. Have not bought a single meal from a takeaway this week! 💪
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    Haku

    Cubster's Eating Records

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    Haku

    Determinism and free will

    wasalam. here you go https://yaqeeninstitute.org/en/justin-parrott/reconciling-the-divine-decree-and-free-will-in-islam/ also check out its bibliography
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    AROwnen

    Salaam alaykum from California

    Asalamalaikum! MashAllah! I'm from the left coast as well! Though I'm currently in the ATL area now. Yeah what's contemporary Muslim? ( Yeah I'm googling it. .)
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    stevenpearce29

    Salaam alaykum from California

    Nice to meet everyone. How was everyone's Eid?
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    cubster

    Salaam alaykum from California

    Wa'alaikumusa'aalam, welcome to the forum. The forum is slow, as Haku said, and members are from all around the globe. I am from South Africa.
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    Breeze

    Salaam alaykum from California

    Wa alaykum asalaam from the UK
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    Haku

    Salaam alaykum from California

    walaikum salam. what is contemporary muslim? The forum is very slow but do stick around.
  19. 0 points
    I thought you were a sister! Haha, until I read the desi thing.
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