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Various Flavours of Islam

"I only realized that I am an American Muslim when I traveled abroad to other Muslim lands." (Dr. Sherman Jackson)

When I reflected upon these words, I realized that the statement is true for me too. I have been in Canada for almost 4 years now, and I am constantly reminded of how Malaysian I am while I'm here.

In Malaysia, I didn't notice my Malaysian-ness because I am surrounded by Malaysians and the Malaysian culture. It is only when I was taken out of that place when I realized that I am, in fact, Malaysian.

Plus, my Canadian friends remind me of that fact all the time.

I was born and raised in Malaysia. The Malaysian culture has shaped a lot of who I am today. Though I am still flexible to change, that culture remained a huge part of my identity.

One of the many beauties of Islam is that it doesn't wipe out our identity clean. In fact, Islam acknowledges the culture we were born in, and Islam purifies the culture to make it better.

It is like purifying gol…

The Best Way to Explain Islam

I am not sure why, but some of us freak out when people ask questions about our faith. It is rather weird when you think about it. We should be happy that there are people out there who are genuinely interested to know more about what we believe in.

Before we educate others, we obviously need to educate ourselves first. Allocate some time to attend classes, read good books, and ask qualified and well-informed teachers. The internet is a good resource, but be extra careful about it. We have no idea where Sheikh Google got his degree from.

I think people would appreciate honesty from our part. Like the saying goes, "Honesty is the best policy". Explain nicely using wisdom and a language that people can understand, and explain to the extent of our knowledge. If we don’t know something, then say “I’m sorry. I don’t know.”

The important thing is to not make stuff up just to look smart or to impress people. If people don’t understand something, then we should help them understand…

How I Ended Up Taking Psychology

Towards the end of my secondary school, I arrived at a phase in my life where I had to decide what program to take in university. I did some research. I looked at this and that. It was a little bit like trial and error phase.

I started from my interest (what I like) and I went from there, because if I want to do something as a career, then I want to do something that I enjoy doing, something that I care about, and something that I find meaningful.

My parents helped me a lot in the process. They pointed me to the right direction, to the best of their abilities. My dad knew that I like science so he suggested that I pursue Biotechnology because it has to do with science and at the time, it was a newly-emerging, growing field in Malaysia.

I thought about Biotechnology. To be honest, it didn’t excite me as much as I want it to, but the idea of it was interesting enough and since I couldn’t think of anything else at the time, I decided to go for it.

I applied for a scholarship to study Bi…