Wisdom Wednesday… Why am I a Muslim

“Why am I Muslim?”

There’s a number of reasons for this decision I can think of. I will say, “it is an innate feeling, for us having a desire for success.” Growing up in urban Compton, California the desires for success are high. It has nothing to do with the narrative of gangs,crime, or why I did not win the sixth grade student council election for president; but more of having a stable mental health. After experiencing days of ignorance (Jahiliyyah) which would include; sex, drugs and music. Coming out of this lifestyle and finding Allah (proper Arabic word for God), one desires “Success” after experiencing a mental drain and feeling so lost.

“…This day have I perfected your religion for you, completed My favour upon you, and have chosen for you Islam as your religion…” Surah Al Ma’idah 5:3

On December 31, 1997 a gift was sent, my very first Holy Qur’an! A meaningful blessing, upon making a sincere request and a confirmed appointment.

Reading this book it re-opened the gates of wisdom, I then began to discipline those wild  desires, understanding diversity and many other re-iterations became my personal development. A Successful nourishment was needed that would revive, renew and restore an ignored dignity. It challenged or let’s say expanded my Episcopal faith, changing my acolyte to duties into new media and community service endeavors. Also started answering many obvious questions, an acolyte needed answered…

  • Who is Muhammad (PBUH) and why is he among the family of Abraham
  • You mean all the Prophets are fraternally related
  •  The Qur’an mentions Jesus Son of Mary’s story and a chapter (surah) is named after Mary
  • What, I gotta give up bacon! No pepperoni pizza either, I don’t know…smh

You see, surviving days of ignorance in Urban America is a form of success. Shifting oneself in a whole new direction, took time and is still taking patience. Acknowledging the wrong we’ve started and then obtaining the courage to correct it, takes having a true promise from the Creator of the Heavens and Earth, for success in this life and the next. Reading the Creator’s Speech, as He speaks a complete composition of Faith, mankind’s Behavior, Abraham’s chosen lineage, miracles and more. It is an experience and tour through His universal Wisdom; and it redirects my heart towards success for a much more decent character.

“Allah does not change a people’s lot unless they change what is in their hearts.” Surah Ar-Ra’d 13:11

#IamMuslim, mainly because this path was written for me, written during the first 120 days in my mother’s womb. On July 3, 1998 I reverted via pronouncing a special declaration of faith. Subsequently thinking, maybe our reversion to Al Islam answer the prayers (dua) of African Muslims brought to the United States for slavery.

Today being Muslim is a celebration of a decent way of life (deen), having identity, and an unique culture. Walking this path learning means of leadership for family, community, and personal interests; totally narrates, Why I am a Muslim – Thank you Allah!

“So establish weight with justice And fall not short in the balance…” Rahman 55:9

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About Umar Hakim

Umar Hakim – an organizer, a new media personality, Associate Director/ H-Day Organizer with ILM Foundation in Los Angeles. I am a person with an imagination, wit and laughter for insightful discussions. A resident of Compton, California where urban life is a relevant component of my perspective. Also I'm member of American Muslim Civic Leadership Institute, Community Organizing Residency and NewGround - Muslim Jewish Dialogue for Change.

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