This is a guest post from Patheos Muslim Channel columnist Hesham Hassaballa. Patheos has asked bloggers to finish the sentence: Why I Am A …
When this question was posed to me, I had to pause for a second and think: Why am I a Muslim? Indeed, I was raised Muslim, but I had a faith crisis during university years, and I still chose Islam after that crisis abated. Why?
Well, its strict monotheism makes complete sense to me. Moreover, its culmination of all the Prophetic tradition — from Adam to Muhammad — appeals to me as well. What I love about Islam, however, is the direct, personal relationship with God, the Creator and Sustainer. The Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) is extremely important, no doubt. But, as a Muslim, God can be my personal friend as I traverse life’s journey ultimately back to Him.Having said all of that, however, the most powerful thing about Islam for me is the Quran. Along with that personal relationship with God, I can hear Him speak to me each time I open the Quran, which is His living, breathing Word. And, what’s wonderful about the Quran is that it is never the same book twice. I can read the same verse ten times and can come away with a different benefit each time. It is truly amazing.
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