(09-07-2015, 06:48 AM)Tarikko Wrote: So you are a Muslim... Slacking here and there like so many others, including myself
Are you born to Muslim parents?
Nope, my biological mom and dad are non-religious. They divorced when I was around 1, and she re-married a Catholic man who took it upon himself to send me to Sunday school and a Catholic high school while growing up...I was baptized and confirmed Catholic at a young age, and did the whole "holy communion" thing weekly through high school at school mass.
I never really felt like Catholicism was for me - some of the prayers seemed strange and the way the churches and priests are all dressed up in an over the top manner did not appeal to me. I remember some prayers seemed to be directed towards saints, but I failed to understand how anything other than God alone can help us. Then came the church festivals, where it was basically just a big beer drinking party where everyone gambled.
Needless to say, I was turned away from religion for several years until I stumbled across a series of videos that most likely any Muslim that uses the internet knows about, the Arrivals. I watched it in it's entirety, and researched everything I could about it. I can't say for sure the series is 100% accurate but none the less it prompted me to buy an English translation of the Quran (Abdel Haleem).
It transformed me for the better, even though I have had a few hiccups along the way - the Quran now puts my mistakes into another perspective and guides me back towards the direction I feel that I should be heading.
Seriously, in those times where I have been at my lowest it is now clear to me in hindsight that I was straying from the path of protection by not praying, not reading Quran, ignoring signs, etc...then ultimately the low spot leaves me with nothing other than seeking out God, who is merciful and forgiving enough to bring me back to being a better man than before. I have lived this and felt the realness of this, and am thankful for this, Allahu akbar!