Since Ramadhan last year, the Surah that speaks to me most in the Quran is Surah Ar-Rahman. I have absolutely no idea why, but besides the recurring verse “Which of the favours of ye Lord shall ye Deny?”, the next verse which jumps out to me is :-
He has let free the two bodies of flowing water, meeting together. Between them is a Barrier which they do not transgress. [Quran 55:19 - 55:20]
I guess the fact that Prophet Muhammad s.a.w. could not have possibly known that fact due to the nature of his location and the scientific progress (or lack thereof, rather) at that time, the only way to look at it is that the Quran is Allah’s word.
Any research online will pick up locations around the world where sea water and fresh water meet, but do not mix. For example, near Vancouver, British Colombia (link contains images and scientific explanations) and also several other locations which NASA had identified.
So anyway, I got an e-mail with beautiful pictures related to the phenomenon at Cenote Angelita, Mexico. Taken by professional diver Anatoly Beloschchin in a cave, he has this to say:-
We are 30 meters deep, fresh water, then 60 meters deep salty water and under me I see a river, island and fallen leaves Actually, the river, which you can see, is a layer of hydrogen sulfide.
Subhanallah, pretty ain’t it? And here’s the video if you are interested :)
So THAT was the video my sister was talking about!
I believe you converted to Islam but why? What were your reasons
Oooohhh, I could spend hours answering this question… there is so much that led me to Islam. The short answer is: I was raised Catholic, and was very devout in my youth but also very inquisitive. I loved the Church, but soon found myself at odds with basic dogma, mainly, I did not believe that Jesus was God, and I had real issues with the hierarchy of Church power and the need for intermediaries (priests, saints, etc.) between myself and God. At the age of 17, I left the Church and began an almost decade-long search/pilgrimage for the Divine. I studied many faiths, and found a lot of beauty and truth in most of them. I was especially drawn to Taoism, Quakerism, and the myriad nature/goddess-based religions. However, while there was a lot of truth and goodness, nothing ever felt complete. I did a lot of pick-and-choose, and did my own thing. Then, in 2004, I heard a radio program on NPR about Rumi, the Sufis, and their poetry & spirituality. I was driving down the highway, and I literally had to pull over to the side of the road to listen. It was like, wow, here is this whole body of faith and practice and I already believe this and practice most of this on my own and there are people who have been following this for hundreds of years! What especially moved me was the verse from the Qu’ran they recited, “To God belong the East and the West, for everywhere you turn is the Face of God.” (2:115) I went straight to the library and checked out every book they had on Rumi and the Sufis. I studied on my own for a year, then finally was brave enough to go to the mosque. I practiced with the community for another year (including praying and fasting) until I was sure that this was right. I finally said shahadah in June 2006. I guess there were a number of things that drew me to and keep me with Islam. First is tawhid, the absolute unity of God. To me, that is the most sublime and profound understanding of the Divine from any of the world’s religions. Also, having studied Taoism extensively, I understand Mohammed (peace upon him) to be one of the Masters that the Tao Te Ching describes, one of the people so completely in tune with the natural order and balance of the universe. Islam is also in general so balanced and in harmony with the natural world, the inherent rhythms of our world and our universe, and helps keep human nature in healthy parameters. Islam also keeps scientific reason and wide-eyed mysticism in balance, and encourages independent thought and rational inquiry (admittedly, this is being lost in many Muslim communities, and I believe it is at our peril). Also, and I know this may sound contradictory to many of my readers, I love the feminism of Islam. Again, this is something being lost in many communities at our peril, but Islam has been, for over 1400 years, at the forefront of women’s right and advancements in education, legal and social status, property rights and economic independence, and religious empowerment. Umalik, you were right about modern communities taking one step forward and ten steps back, but to me, that’s all the more reason to practice the balanced and socially progressive Islam that Mohammed and all the prophets, peace with them all, taught and worked so hard to advance. So, that is, believe it or not, the short answer. Let me know if you have any more questions, and thank you so much for asking!