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Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim

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I'm a middle-aged, white Scottish man who converted to Islam without ever meeting a Muslim. This is how                 
It's important to remember the distinction between written Islamic teachings and culture in the real world. After 18 months, I went to my first mosque and met other Muslims properly for the first time      
  •           ALAN ROONEY
  • Tuesday 9 February 2016 13:36 BST

         
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       How does a middle-aged, white Scottish man living in the Scottish Highlands end up becoming a Muslim - especially when he hasn't properly met a Muslim in his life?

For me, it all started when I heard the call to prayer from a local mosque while on a beach holiday in Turkey. It woke something up inside me, and inspired me to begin a spiritual quest.

Back home in Inverness, I went to the local bookshop, bought a Qur'an and started to read. While reading, I always asked God to guide me on the journey I had set out on.

A lot of praying. A lot of time on my knees.

The Qur'an really shook me. It's quite a scary book to read because it tells you so much about yourself. Some things that I found out about myself I didn’t like. So I decided to make some changes.

I knew that I could stop reading the Qur'an and halt the process at any time, but I also knew that would mean giving up something really important.
And I knew what the end result of this process would be: I would be a Muslim.

So I kept on reading. I read it three times, looking for the catch. But there was no catch; I was quite comfortable with everything.

The difficult part in all of this was wondering who I would become. Would I become strange, dress differently, speak differently in the eyes of others?

What would my family, friends and workmates think of me?

Most importantly, what would I think about myself?  Would I like who I became?

I would spent time conducting searches online, looking for the stories of people who had gone through this experience themselves. Nothing ever seemed to quite fit the bill - each person's journey, of course, is unique. It is good to know, however, that others have gone down this same path as you. Put simply, I turned to these resources when I became afraid I’d be seen as an oddball.

Online resources are great to find out how to pray in Arabic, to listen to the Qur'an read out loud or perhaps to listen to some Islamic music. For me, music was a great way of picking up some of the phrases I wanted to start to use.

Key in all of this, though, is that I questioned absolutely everything – as is absolutely necessary in a religious conversion. You question yourself. You question what you hear, and what you read.

If something doesn't feel right to you, then it's a clear indication that it's not for you. You have to listen carefully to your intuition and your heart.

Working through this process took me about 18 months. Some people take less time, some people more. And I was doing all this on my own, with no-one to help. I still hadn't met any Muslims.

After those 18 months, however, I considered myself a Muslim. I was praying five times a day, fasting for Ramadan, and eating and drinking only what was considered acceptable according to the teachings of the Qu’ran.

It was only then I found out that there was actually a small mosque in my town. I popped along, knocked on the door and introduced myself.

They were surprised to see me and didn't know quite what to do with me at first, except to give me the mosque door combination and to welcome me to their community. I was accepted from the very beginning, however, and am now a constant within the community.

I still had things to learn, of course.

What is Islam – and how do you divorce that religion from somebody’s culture? It’s important to point out that it’s Islam you have to accept, rather than any cultural specificities from out in the world. You always retain the freedom to define your own identity, so long as you stay true to the written tenets of the Qu’ran.

So I am now a white, middle-aged Scottish Muslim. And happy with it.

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Post time 15-2-2016 04:57 AM | Show all posts
aku rasa dia akan menyesal seumur hidup jika dah berkenalan dgn org isle  
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Post time 15-2-2016 09:35 PM | Show all posts
Acong replied at 15-2-2016 04:57 AM
aku rasa dia akan menyesal seumur hidup jika dah berkenalan dgn org isle

patut la pun ....  engkau dah beribu ribu kali menyesal....  menyesal jer tak sudah sudah...
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Post time 16-2-2016 05:43 AM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 15-2-2016 09:35 PM
patut la pun ....  engkau dah beribu ribu kali menyesal....  menyesal jer tak sudah sudah...
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berbillion org sudah tertipu............ adakah ibnur juga sebahagian drpd statistik?

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Post time 16-2-2016 09:31 PM | Show all posts
Acong replied at 16-2-2016 05:43 AM
berbillion org sudah tertipu............ adakah ibnur juga sebahagian drpd statistik?

berbillion orang dalam gambar tu semua memang ikut agama tipu.
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Post time 17-2-2016 03:31 AM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 16-2-2016 09:31 PM
berbillion orang dalam gambar tu semua memang ikut agama tipu.

apa bukti agama ko tu bukan tipu?   

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Post time 17-2-2016 09:11 AM | Show all posts
Acong replied at 17-2-2016 03:31 AM
apa bukti agama ko tu bukan tipu?

antara bukti buktinya ada disekeliling kita.  Hanya untuk orang yang berfikir, memerhati, mendengar.

Lagi tengok engkau punya character lagi la confirm ugama aku benar sebab contoh macam engkau ni ada dalam quran.
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Post time 18-2-2016 05:20 AM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 17-2-2016 09:11 AM
antara bukti buktinya ada disekeliling kita.  Hanya untuk orang yang berfikir, memerhati, mendenga ...

lawak......... quran pun manusia yg tulis  

ingat kun fa ya kun terjadinya al quran?  

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Post time 16-5-2016 12:29 AM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 17-2-2016 09:11 AM
antara bukti buktinya ada disekeliling kita.  Hanya untuk orang yang berfikir, memerhati, mendenga ...

lawak................   

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Post time 16-5-2016 10:21 AM | Show all posts

Post tiga bulan lepas pun kau nak reply hari ni.  Menunjukan kau memerlukan sesuatu perhatian......
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Post time 16-5-2016 10:26 PM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 16-5-2016 10:21 AM
Post tiga bulan lepas pun kau nak reply hari ni.  Menunjukan kau memerlukan sesuatu perhatian..... ...

tuhan kau perlukan perhatian tak?  
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Post time 17-5-2016 04:05 PM | Show all posts
Acong_II replied at 16-5-2016 10:26 PM
tuhan kau perlukan perhatian tak?

Makhluk Allah yang sebenarnya perlu perhatian Allah.  Allah tak perlukan perhatian.
Kau reply post yang dah lama tu menyebabkan aku respon balik.  Itu pun depend pada value kata-kata posting kau tu.  Kalau tak ada value, aku pun malas layan.

Itu pasal hamba Allah mesti solat, kalau tidak tak dapat perhatian Allah.   ok.... aku tulis setakat ni dulu.....
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ibnur replied at 17-5-2016 04:05 PM
Makhluk Allah yang sebenarnya perlu perhatian Allah.  Allah tak perlukan perhatian.
Kau reply pos ...

jadi tak perlu laa sembah tuhan palsu ko tu  

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Post time 17-5-2016 09:15 PM | Show all posts
Acong_II replied at 17-5-2016 09:00 PM
jadi tak perlu laa sembah tuhan palsu ko tu

Nama Allah itu Mutakabbir.  Asal perkataan Takabbur.  Allah satu saja yang boleh Mutakbbir.  Kalau manusia jadi mutakabbir tu yang jadi macam Brad Pitt cakap itu 'ego'.  Kesilapan dia menyamakan allah mutakabbir dengan manusia ego.  Menunjukan dia sendiri ego ...dah tak tau nak bercakap..
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Post time 17-5-2016 09:25 PM | Show all posts
ibnur replied at 17-5-2016 09:15 PM
Nama Allah itu Mutakabbir.  Asal perkataan Takabbur.  Allah satu saja yang boleh Mutakbbir.  Kalau ...

cukup laa dgn tuhan tidak wujud  
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