Religion is beautiful when it nourishes the human spirit and inspires the believer to help their community, to value their family, to engage with other humans in a just way. Often people use religion to suit their own interest, manipulate the truth and exploit and oppress others. But in fact, religion isn’t complicated at all. I have been very fortunate to have a circle of friends and acquaintances from many countries, cultures, and religions. A few lessons that I learned during my spiritual journey: We human beings no matter where we are from, no matter what religion we practice, we are very similar than we are different. Our basics needs are the same. The most important lesson that I learned during my spiritual journey is that love in itself is a prayer and our relationship with our creator is very sacred. Only God knows what’s in your heart, what our intentions are. I believe every human being has a part of God within them.
I am constantly learning and evolving and reinventing myself, living in a Muslim country, I have realized that there is not one face of Islam, not one way that people worship. Within every culture and every religion people live their lives in a multitude of ways. Therefore, there is a diversity within Islam itself, that transcend the limits of race and ethnicity. Some people will make you feel like you are not Muslim enough or Christian enough. Ignore them! It only emanates from their lack of faith. I also learned that prayer isn’t about asking for help, it’s a daily admission of one’s weakness, it is a longing of the soul. The value of persistent prayer is: one day you will finally hear your creator. Although one might label me as a Muslim, in reality, I believe in all religions. I am much more than the labels people use to identify me. So I leave you with a little prayer:
I pray that I have eyes that see the best in people and a heart that forgives the worst and a soul that never loses faith.