On October 18, President Obama and Mitt Romney both spoke at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Charity Event.
Mr. Obama said that while he and Mr. Romney both have unusual names, Mr. Romney, whose full name is Willard Mitt Romney, goes by his middle name. The president — whose full name is Barack Hussein Obama — joked, “I wish I could use my middle name.”
I felt sad for him.
Mr. President, I wish you could use your middle name too!
I often wonder why even though we try so hard to accept Islam as a religion in the United States that there is still such a negative stigma around the words “I am Muslim”.
Have you ever heard the stories surrounding the theory that Michael Jackson could have been Muslim? It’s something my husband brought to my attention once upon a time. But, if you stop and think about it – would that really have been such a bad thing? Look; we know he had his issues – but here is a man that sung about peace, hope and love; ESPECIALLY for our younger generations. A man with a vision far beyond the average person’s comprehension – yet, deep inside each of us we were moved by his music – yet, many of us have no idea why.
The concept of Islam is beautiful – untouchable really. The way I look at it – Islam is an individual’s struggle to obtain the “moral ideal”. Did you know that the hardest thing in Life to do – is to do the right thing? So many of us get caught up in money, power, prestige, judgement etc.. that we are blinded to the necessary action we should take to know and be one with God.
The true subject matter of the Qu’ran is man and his ultimate goal in Life. Islam is called the Religion of Nature which in Arabic is Dinul Fitrah.
So what if Michael Jackson was Muslim? – I say Great – it’s about time someone had the courage to say that.
I don’t know if you watched Oprah interview Mike Tyson? If so, he says the something similar. His entrance to Islam was through anger and frustration with the way things are. Yet, as he kept researching and reading (which is what Islam asks all Muslims to do religiously) he discovered that there was so much more – and that it was about humanity…
If you have a chance to hear him talk to Oprah it’s an interesting insight from a man who felt as if he was once on top of the world and then fell.
Now let’s look at Oprah; here’s a woman who has also made a spiritual journey (aka. Hajj) to know God. Yet, follows Christianity. Keep in Mind We Are All One.
But, what if Oprah said she was Muslim? What would the reaction be? Would it be positive? Would it be negative?
I have no idea. She might scoff at the idea. But, my dream is to have a philosophical discussion with her. One that opens the conversation to a more in depth view of Life and what it means to live.
How does Oprah view herself ? Her dedication to Super Soul Sunday and her network OWN says a lot. You can see clearly the messages she is trying to send; and maybe you will start to notice why the “oprah” effect is so powerful.
Coincedence? Maybe – Divine Design – BEAUTIFUL. Here’s a BLACK women that has the power to open up a conversation for more to know God. She talks about her love for Divine Design – is it also a coincidence that her initials parallel the words OWN? Is her message parallel to God’s? Well, let’s just say she’s on the Right Path.
To me, Islam is a beautiful thing – and the magic is how it unfolds and interconnects us all. We are all so disconnected today that it’s almost impossible to see.
So is it bad to be Muslim? No – it’s a BEAUTIFUL thing.
Look through God’s eyes and change your perception – God is all around us and as a Muslim you continue to unfold the mysteries and are witness to God’s majesty – Change the Way You See Your Life!
Being Muslim is not bad… Those who say it is Don’t Know. Those who desire to change it Can’t See it for what it is.
Live and Learn. We All Do.
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