When I say. . .I am a Muslim

By M. Romi Hassan

 

When I say. . .I am a Muslim

When I say. . .I am a Muslim,

I’m not shouting ” down with Christians and Jews.”

I am whispering “I seek peace,” and Islam is the path that I choose.

When I say. . . I am a Muslim,

I speak of this with pride.

And confess that sometimes I stumble, and need Allah to be my guide.

When I say. . .I am a Muslim,

I know this makes me strong.

And in those times when I am weak, I pray to Allah for strength to carry on.

When I say. . . I am a Muslim,

I’m not boasting of success.

I’m acknowledging that Allah has rescued me, and I cannot ever repay the debt.

When I say. . .I am a Muslim,

I’m not claiming to be perfect.

My flaws are indeed visible, but Allah forgives because his followers are worth it.

When I say. . .I am a Muslim,

it does not mean I will never feel pain.

I still have my share of heartaches, which is why I invoke Allah’s name.

When I say. . .I am a Muslim,

I do not wish to judge.

I have no such authority. My duty is to submit to Allah’s all-encompassing love.

Fiamanillah. Wassalamu’alaikum Wr. Wb.

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