Creative Application: Islam

Because I am in the Witness Protection Program, I will reveal my name only as Ahmed.  I live in Chicago and I am a devout Sunni Muslim.  I pray five times a day, or as many times as I can, facing the most sacred site in the world – Mecca.  Someday soon, if Allah wills it, I hope to visit the Middle East and make a pilgrimage to Mecca and see the Dome of the Rock in Jerusalem.

Mecca is sacred to me as a Muslim because it is where Muhammad, the great founding prophet of Islam, taught in the early 600’s.  He began to teach in 610, and for twenty-three years Allah revealed to him the Quran, the sacred book to all Muslims.  I am slowly learning to read Arabic so that I can see the Quran as it was meant to be seen, but in the meantime I still read the English translation.  I am almost finished with it, and it has made me even more eager to visit the Middle East.

I am not a very good Muslim, no matter how hard I try to follow the Five Pillars: belief in Allah and the prophet Muhammad, group prayer, tithing, fasting in Ramadan, and pilgrimage to Mecca.  I find that often I unconsciously disrespect the ideals I hold dear: that Allah created the universe and that he still sustains and guides it and judges its people.  Luckily, I can still attend services at the mosque and pray, because I personally believe that Allah is accepting and not judgmental.  I can still fast during Ramadan, the month celebrating Muhammad’s Quran from Allah, and I can still enjoy the Eid-al-Fitr (Feast of the Fast) afterwards.

Incidentally, I just saw the crescent moon – sacred symbol of Islam – rising, and I realized I haven’t prayed at all today.  I’d better go do that now…


Boehm, Richard G. “Islam.” World Geography and Cultures. Columbus: Glencoe/McGraw Hill, 2012. Print.

“n00021501–b.” Photograph. Islamic Blog – Articles on Muslims, Quran, Ramadan, Dua, Islamic Issues, Zakir Naik. N.p., 16 August 2011. Web. 10 January 2012.

This entry was written by amay4ecspress and published on January 11, 2012 at 2:27 am. It’s filed under Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Follow any comments here with the RSS feed for this post.

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