:salam2: everyone. as the question why did you join turntoislam.com
. My mother side is obsessed with culture and family name and my father side is obsessed with conducting business and being thugs. My whole life I was bought up given emphasis on dunya (world) and not on Islam.
I was fed up with the ignorance people have about Islam.
With this site, people will have a place to go and learn properly. To see for themselves who Muslims are.
When the Lebanon crisis occured last summer, when 2 Isreali soldiers were kidnapped by Hamas (thanks guys) and the Jews responded with even worse attrocities than per usual - supposedly chasing the "terrorists"/"freedom fighters" into Southern Lebanon and subsequently bombing their infrastructure back to the Stone Age... I was compelled to learn more about the Middle Eastern (ME) History. Growing up, I become somewhat apathetc of the Jewish/Muslim conflict in the ME because it always seemed to me that it was non-stop "eye for an eye" fighting that (for whatever reasons) wasn't going away. So I just got used to it.
As I was doing this research, I happened to also be reaching a critical point as a Christian. Through prayer, learning, reading my own bible, and observing the world around me I began to concider possibilities I would have never dared to before. Who was this "helper" Jesus was telling me to watch out for (the night before the Romans/Jews try crucifying him, he tells his disciples not to be afraid because the "helper" is coming who will reveal the truth about God. There were other warnings and messages I intuitively began to understood, making their way through hundreds of years of history and deception, that I would have a very difficult time trying to articulate to you now. Let's just say that the human brain is a powerful thing, and that prayer works - This is how Jesus led me to Islam.
So while I'm researching the ME, I was finding small pieces of Islam come out to me - and I would say, "ho, hum, that's interesting" - continuing my search. Then another piece of Islam would pop out at me, and I'd say, "ho, hum, that's very true." After about three full days' worth of research from a variety of sources, I decided that I had a decent grip on MEern history and felt compelled to read this "Qur'an" that had caused so much controversy. After about halfway through the 3rd chapter, tears streamed their way down my face as I realized that this was the precise truth from God Himself; That I had solved a part of the riddle of my life, breaking through a mountain of lies and prejudice and personal sin that would have otherwise prevented me from fulfilling Jesus' instructions. When I came to this point, I knew that I needed to learn much more about this "Islam", and after searching around through Google Videos a bit (yes, this is a recurrant theme in this thread I realize ;D) I noticed a little wavvy banner telling me to TurnToIslam.com ... and so I did.
The rest, as they say, is history. ;-) Thank you for your time.