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Religion is very easy and whoever overburdens himself in his religion will not be able to continue in that way. So you should not be extremists, but try to be near to perfection and receive the good tidings that you will be rewarded; and gain strength by worshipping in the mornings, the nights. - Prophet Muhammad, may Allah's peace be upon him!

How Do You Imagine God?
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How do you imagine God? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Unlike anything we can imagine

My Beliefs

I believe ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator that belief in God makes it incumbent onto you to perfect your relationships with others, both who share your faith and especially those who dont. Piety, refraining from sin, & practicing rituals are steps towards individual perfection; and not mere guidelines to escape damnation or achieve salvation.
My spiritual life means... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator internalizing daily habits that constantly remind me of God. Prayer, uttering remembrances and asking will this bring me closer or push me further from my God? That being said, piety is synonymous with having personal integrity, selflessness, easy going demeanor, optimism against adversity, and persistence in good. All this because I believe God is good and loves all that is good.
The biggest misconception about my faith/belief system is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator The goal of a Muslim's life isn't jihad or spreading of faith, its to find an intellectually comprehensive, spiritually nourishing realization of God. Through constant refinement of belief and actions.
My spiritual role model is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator "You have an excellent model in the Messenger of Allah, for all who put their hope in Allah and the Last Day and remember Allah much" Quran 33:21
The tenet/practice/teaching I appreciate most about my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator There is more to life than one's existence. "Certainly, the creation of the heavens and the earth is greater than the creation of human beings, but most human beings do not know" Quran 40:57

My Faith History

My spiritual journey has been ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator inherited fundamentals (praxis) from family, community. In process of acquiring knowledge and faith for the last several years.

How I Practice My Faith

Does your family practice more than one religion or faith? If so, how do you blend the traditions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Each of us identify ourselves as Muslims, but how it plays out in our personal beliefs, practices differ by every member.
How easy or difficult is it to live your faith? Why? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Asking myself why I believe certain principles, or practice certain works has enabled my faith to become much easier.
In my house, the thing that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator a belief that each of us have good intentions towards one another.
The song/book/film that most represents my faith is ... your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Quran Recitation - exhorting one to remember and worship God on the daily.

Religion & the Public Square

What should be the role of religion in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Agree with Thomas Jefferson. Keep state influence away from religion; as in granting no special privileges to one institution over another. In terms of shaping law, can be borrowed from religious traditions but has to be approved/interpreted by judicial component of government and not exclusively by jurists of a religious institution.
Should courses about religion be taught in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator yes. foundational history, basic tenets, and history over time of the world's large population religions should be taught, with the intention to inform a student of their surroundings, not to indoctrinate... duh!
Should the Bible, Torah, Quran or other religious texts be taught as works of literature in public schools? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Federal government/dept of education shouldn't prohibit it. It all depends on policy makers at municipal level.
Is interfaith dialogue important? Why or why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Politics and religion are so intertwined, that in order to promote tolerance in a diverse society, sensitive issues need to be discussed in multifaceted forums.
Do you feel comfortable discussing your faith with others? Why/why not? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator depending on whether or not others want to discuss/listen vs being polemical
Do you feel that you have a duty, because of your faith, to put your beliefs into action? What are some of those actions? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator translates into public/civic duty, my faith in God necessitates that work to respect the freedoms of others in society. No moral preaching over here.
Are religious beliefs compromised by engaging in politics? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator Lapses in personal integrity of public officials who are religious leave a bad perception of belief in God as a whole.
Has 9/11 had any impact on your thoughts about religion? Are you more/less interested in learning about other religions? Do you feel more/less comfortable expressing your religious beliefs? your photo/ link/ video has been held for approval by a moderator 9/11 was one of those points where I was coming of age as an American Muslim. Since I was already predisposed towards Islam, I started developing my beliefs, and discerning the public religious identity landscape. Learning religious history, examining sources of knowledge, recognizing social attitudes towards religion in the public sphere, engaging with minorities, and above all political history.

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