How very happy I am to have discovered your wonderful edition of the Islamic Bulletin! I am a native born American who was first introduced to Islam and the Koran in 1984. It took me until January of 1989 until I finally embraced Islam in complete submission to God's Will. Since then, I have endeavored to practice the principles of the Koran in theory and in practice.
I must admit that at times it seems a very lonely journey as I have no contact with other Moslems on a regular basis and have only the Koran for guidance. But what a gift and a blessing that has been in my life! I can't imagine my life now without the beauty of the Koran. God has indeed allowed me to see and be blind no longer.
This is why it is such a joy for me to find your new bulletin available for even non-Arabic, Native American people. I don't have any formal training in the practices of Islam and must rely on the word of God as I read it in the blessed Koran. Being a single woman, responsible for my own livelihood, I have found it difficult to incorporate all the strictures into my daily life, but I do the best I can and have hope that God is pleased with my sincerity and efforts.
Your articles in the Islamic Bulletin give me the feeling that I am not alone in my search for God's path and a real help in understanding and learning the Islamic laws and practices.
The prayer time schedule is really great as are the various articles. Even the Kid's Comer is informative for me as I am probably more ignorant than a child born into Islam!
So, I guess the reason for this letter is just a great big THANK YOU! Please keep them coming!!!!
Pamela J. Barrett,
Thank you for your letter, it was very moving. You should realize that God is the best companion of all. Once you have found God, you have found peace. It is only then do you realize that your hardships and patience in this life will be rewarded. A person can have all the money in the world and still not find peace and tranquility. As The Almighty says in the Qur'an: "Those who believe, and whose hearts find satisfaction in the remembrance of God: for without doubt in the remembrance of God do hearts find satisfaction." (Qur'an 13:28)
Today, many Muslims in general lack the qualities of the believers which God has described in the Qur'an. The Muslims who follow the teachings of the Qur'an and the ways of the Prophet are the kind of people one should associate with. The Prophet (s.a.w.) has assured us that these types of people will always exist in every generation until the day of judgment.
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