We are never experts when we take our first steps. Islam has done a fine job of teaching me this from day one. For any of us who have grown up in religion, we don’t ever realize the complications and details of what we have been privileged to be born into. I grew up in a devout Christian family, every aspect of this religion and lifestyle permeated everything around me. When I look back at the way things were and still are for many in that particular faith, I still see it as easy and simple. Looking forward to the faith I embrace now, I am constantly confused and learning. And I can’t begin to count up how many times I’ve felt like a fraud and complete dunce. I envy those like my husband who have grown up in Muslim families. They are truly blessed! But I am also enjoying this journey as a new Muslim. I love that it still excites me, I love that I have been humbled enough to know that I don’t know it all and that I still have to seek out knowledge. Alhamdulillah, I haven’t grown complacent and I haven’t had to struggle to keep my iman high yet.
So with that said, I want to introduce a series centered around all the little things I wish I had known and am still learning about Islam. There are so many tiny details that you can’t find in books or on the internet. If you’re like me and living in an Islam-deficient city, it’s almost impossible to find classes or friends to help guide you along! What comes after taking shahada? That is my mission here and practically the backbone of this site. I have no clue what I’ll be tackling first but stay tuned!