“I don’t believe in blind following – just because I am born to a Muslim family, I would have no choice but to adhere to the practice of Islam. How can we “just believe” without rationalising? God is so Great to give us the capacity to think.”
"It was in my nature to be an introvert, but back in those days, I would force myself to be more extroverted just to “fit in” with the crowd. I definitely had a hotter temper too, especially when I was at home, and fights would occur occasionally… I was a quite the rebellious teenager."
"Although I was a Muslim since birth, I didn’t know the depth of Islam before I rediscovered Islam. I did everything out of fear of people (teachers, elder family members etc) and with no understanding. I’d pray just to avoid getting scolded, cover myself up and not befriend the opposite gender because it’s “disgraceful” and like “what will the neighbours say?”
“Traveling echoes the fact that our existence in Dunya is temporary, attachment to anything other than our faith in Allah wouldn’t therefore make any sense, whether it is a relationship, a job, a place or an object. Who am I other than a traveler who takes a rest under a tree in the shade and then goes on his way ? Who are we all… Other than travellers under a tree ? Very soon, we shall all go on our way…”
Elif was born muslim, but she never truly understood the meaning of being one until she broke her waistbone, and when a Japanese friend started asking her about Islam. Now, she wants to wear the hijab, when she had never thought of it before. Alhamdulillah.