Why I like being an Afghan and a Muslim?

by Nawid Elyacy
(USA)

BismallahirRahmanirRaheem,


My story is the same as many young Afghans living in the United States. Being born in Afghanistan but raised in America. I grew up in California as an Afghan boy but without having my true identity. I was just an average Afghan-American kid enjoying my life without a care about the world. The name Muslim was just a word passed on to me generation by generation and I didn't know enough about it. I grew up in an environment away from my culture and mostly hung out with my friends who were Hispanic and Caucasian. I had never really felt any sort of connection to my heritage or my religion at that time. I'm ashamed at the fact that I didn't know enough about Islam or my Afghan culture to represent my self as an Afghan Muslim.

I went to school in California which led me to question even my limited knowledge about my beliefs. However, after extensive soul and identity research, I have found my soul and beliefs in the religion I was born at the age of twenty four. It took me a while but luckily, I can proudly say that, I am an Afghan Muslim which comprises my identity as an Afghan-American Muslim and a human being. I'm not Muslim just because I'm an Afghan or my parents are Muslims; I'm Muslim because I have researched, understood and accepted the concept of Islam. Therefore I have found and accepted the religion of Islam as a true, pure, and factual religion for all human beings. I testify that there is “No other god but Allah (one God) and Muhammad (pbuh) is his messenger”.

The school system or education in American leads most people to atheism, but "smart people are those, who take the time and research for the truth and not to relay on the false education about religion and God that they learn in college and university." I have researched and studied Islam as well as I've embraced my Afghan heritage with the help and support of my grandfather and several cousins. I remember when I was in 8th grade, my English teacher Mrs. Lawrence-Emanuel was giving a report on Islam. She asked, “how many students are Muslim in this classroom?”. Unfortunately I did not raise my hand because of my shyness and lack of knowledge about my religion at that time. She was a non-Muslim, but very smart and educated teacher, and she was the one who actually incouraged me to learn about Islam.

My advise to my young Afghan brothers and sisters is to embrace their religion of Islam. Not just because you’re an Afghan and you came from an Afghan Muslim family, but it’s because that Islam is true, peace and the fastest growing religion with thousands of converts in Europe and America anually. So take the time and read, research, study and find your soul and get healed in Islam. There are many superstitious rituals within Afghan culture and Muslim communities which contradict with the teachings of the Holy Qur'an and the sayings of our beloved prophet Muhammad (pbuh). So avoid those and learn more about the true Islam. Don’t let the Western Media propaganda bring you down. Struggle for the truth and the truth always reveals itself. Embrace Islam, and most importantly; Practice Islam. Always respect your parents and elders.

The Holy Qur'an tells us that we must honor and respect our parents and not to say even uff to them. Our religion of Islam is peace, tolerance, diversity, equality and justice. We must adhere to live the way as our beloved Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) has lived. He never has hurt a single living in his life neither in the battles he had. So always remember our people in our great Watan Afghanistan, and always have a sympathy to happiness and sadness of 1.5 billion Muslim brothers and sisters around the world which rapidly growing day by day. Also respect people of others religions and cultures. Love your country and your people. We have such a rich culture of over 5,000 years with many beautiful things which most of us are not aware of it.

I like my culture and heritage and the primitive simple way of life appeals to me so much in ways that I cannot explain. The Afghan family structure is the ideal family in my opinion and I love the custom and tradition of my country Afghanistan. I really have a strong desire to return to Afghanistan to visit my family and my country as well as performing the ritual pilgrimage of Hajj in Mecca is obviously one of my another dream, Insha Allah.

Thank you for your time reading my blog. May Allah (swt) the creator of the all beings and universe bless you, and keep you all safe.

Khuda Hafiz
Nawid Elyacy

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Why I like being an Afghan and a Muslim?
by: Anonymous

I think it's time for U.S. to modify Islam. native mullahs/tribal leaders don't have any right to kill individuals within the name of Islam. they need no right to issue fatwas (religious verdict). There has to be one single organization within the world that may be handling all legal problems associated with Islam. Anyone United Nations agency violates the foundations of this organization and issue his own opinion or instruct others to kill individuals ought to be declared as non-Muslim.

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by: Anonymous

Megan,

Thank you so much for taking the time to write and direct me to another source for learning about Islam. I truly appreciate it!

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I am a Muslim Now
by: Megan

Hi, I came to this website particularly this page.

@Susan, On their web site , there are 4 Islamic books for new Muslims (Converts) that they recommend. Although I have found out about the website recently and I haven't read any of the 4 Islamic books yet, but I am sure you will find it helpful.

BTW, I came to the beautiful religion of Islam in 2010 in Taxas, and I am a new Muslim too.

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by: The seeker is the finder

Dear Susan,

Thank you very much for your comments and that
you are searching to find your faith. There are many books and websites that may help you better understand Islam and Muslims.

Here are some Information:

If you are a science major, get this book, "The Bible, The Quran and Science, by Dr. Maurice Bucaille. you can find a link on the left side of this page: http://www.afghanistan-culture.com/afghanistan-religion.html

Muhammad: His Life Based on the Earliest Sources, by Martin Ling

Muhammad: A Prophet for Our Time, by Karen Armstrong.

Stories of the Prophets: by Ibn Khateer

I think its good that you should know how Islam was founded, who is the prophet and how come Islam has over 1.5 billion followers.

Here are a few websites that may help you too.

www.turntoislam.com
www.whyislam.org
www.revivingtheislamicspirit.com

You can also check this link for more books:

http://www.goodreads.com/list/show/757.Best_Books_by_Islamic_Studies_Scholars

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As I stated, I am not sure which religion I fit with most. I truly want to find a prayer home. I have a strong faith and love for God and want to live my life in a manner that would most honor Him. I know of religions that I do not wish to be a part of, but need to learn more about Islam and Bahi. I believe only in one God.

I know there were many prophets that help share the messages to to particular people in different parts of the world and a at different time frames. What I was wondering is if anyone knew of some excellent books that would benefit my understanding that is not slanted to discourage one religion over another.

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Since leaving my midwestern hometown in the 90's, I have had the opportunity and freedom to research and find out what "I" believe. It ends up that my beliefs are much different from what my hometown people would say is Christian. I know I lean toward another religion, just not sure if it is Bahi or Muslim. Guess I have always had different beliefs that come from the depths of my being even as a young girl. Presently, I believe it may be Islam. Would you please recommend some good reading on both? Thank you.

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I enjoyed your posting
by: Anonymous

I enjoyed reading your post very much and I am glad you feel that you have found yourself. I 'm just curious, did u spend as much research on other religions as you did on Islam? Did you keep an open mind to them all and then choose to become Muslim? Or was it more that you researched Islam and liked what you saw without studying just as hard on other religions? You might find that you like what you see somewhere else.

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Great story
by: Saleem

Proud of you brother! Keep up with your faith and may Allah swt guide us to the straight path with Emaan.

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Peace
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Dear Brother...
i read your words and i feel proud to spend my time reading it...
May Allah Bless you...
and give Everyone Hedaya 'Guidance' to study and understand Islam.... Ameen

PEACE...
Ahmad

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Very well said,
by: Ebrahim

Brother Nawid, Thanks for your nice blog.

I liked reading your post and thanks to Afghanistan-Culture.com for building up this informative website.

I agree with you that it's our duty to know ourselves and our environment as Muslims. We have a wonderful true religion of Islam that's why this religion is the fast growing religion in the world, despite the propaganda of the Western media. Therefore, we should learn more about ourselves and our religion, practicing it and implementing it in our daily life.

Thanks
Ebrahim








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