Alhamdullilah! Allah SWT gave us a second chance to live with purpose in Islam- on His terms. He gave us the Guidance of the Holy Quraan and the example of His Slave (PBUH). We have many obstacles to overcome within ourselves that prevent us from sincerely serving our Generous and Beneficent Lord. However, the more we learn about the greatest man to ever live Muhammad (Peace and Blessings be upon Him) the more honored we are to have been selected to carry out this task. While we may never fill his shoes (SAW), we must take the path.
What is Faith?
"The Messenger believes in what has been sent down to him from his Lord, and (so do) the believers. Each one believes in Allah, His Angels, His Books and His Messengers. They say, ‘We make no distinction between one and another of His Messengers’ – and they say, ‘We hear, and we obey. (We seek) Your forgiveness, our Lord, and to You is the return (of all).’" [al-Baqarah 2:285]
- and as defined by the Prophet (peace and blessings of Allah be upon him) in the famous hadeeth which describes how Jibreel came to him and asked him about Islam etc.: "Eemaan (faith) is to believe in Allah, His angels, His Books, the meeting with Him on the Last Day, His Messengers, and the Day of Resurrection."
As a new Muslim, We've been blessed to cross paths with a variety of different people from various backgrounds and levels of education and understanding. Irregardless of our differences our common goal unites us and calls us to serve.