Friday, December 24, 2010

Search Pains

Bloggers enjoy seeing search engine referrals, but yesterday, I found a disturbing one. What You Need To Know About Islam received three page views from two search engine results.  The first search, repeated once, is not a problem; it indicates timely curiosity.

  • any one want know about islam
  • i am new to islam what all i should know

    The second query gives me a pain. It indicates that someone sold his or her soul to Satan without first reading the sales contract with its codicils.  My guess is that the seeker did not find what he or she was looking for in that post.  It contains information that should stop any moral person from making the sale. 

    The recent 'revert' to Islam will probably want to know the basics of the salat schedules, postures, gestures & compulsory prayers, zakat, fitra & other arcana that require significant research to uncover. The Resources post would be more useful to that reader because it presents links to several large Islamic libraries where that sort of practical information can be found.

    In this case, cliches such as "look before you leap" and "investigate before you invest"  come to mind.  Anyone who is toying with the idea of 'reverting' to Islam should read its canonical texts before reciting Shahada.  The Qur'an and Sahih Bukhari should be required reading for anyone who might be tempted by the "simplicity", "certainty" & 'beauty" of Islam.
    Islam is a one way street, you can get in but you can't get out. Apostates are executed where Allah's writ runs.  Satan's recruiters are unlikely to tell prospects about that,  the requirement of circumcision and the fard al-kifaya of jihad. 
    Women and girls who are exposed to Muslims in the work place or college should read  Islamic Misogyny  now, while it can do them some good.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

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