“Life is occupied in both perpetuating itself and in surpassing itself; if all it does is maintain itself, then living is only not dying” Simone de Beauvoir
What distinguishes us from animals is our ability to think, to reason, to study the world in which we live and question our very being. Maintaining a life is the easy route – you go with the flow; jump from school into college into uni, into work and once there, it’s too late to stop think. So you maintain, get the house, the car and if you’re lucky, someone to share it with. Status quo.
At university, I studied law, specialising in family law and the theory of law. Funny that, the basis of my building blocks for the correct British life being the tenants of the religion I chose to take me all away. Islamic jurisprudence..the laws, rules governing an Islamic lifestyle..matches, promotes, upholds all values, morals and social codes my textbooks once defended; but instead of those being a mere part of my life, the root point of my job, Islam took them to my life. Took me outside the status quo, made me whole, again. Everyday I learn some more, never start to maintain: The more I learn, the more I learn of my ignorance. ~ Imam Shafi’i
In February 2009, I took the Shahada, converted to Islam and swore – to myself, and to God – to live my life according to its rules. Islam didn’t become my life, but it became my way of life. Every day I ask for guidance and strength in reconsiling then and now and for His wisdom to see it through.
La ilaha illa Allah wa-Muhammad rasul Allah.
I believe there is only one God, and Mohammed (PBUH) was his messenger.