Some of the reasons by the kids who left Islam is- "Allah is like a headmaster! so many rules! Pray 5 times a day, fast etc"
Aik?? I have news for that kid..its not a religion thing, rules. It's a life thing. I think the kids do not know enough about the religion to want to be in it. Islam has never been potrayed as lovey dovey easy peasy kind of religion has it. It's not after popularity, it doesn't bend its rules to suit the current trend. alcohol is haram yesterday, today and tomorrow and why are you picking fights with God about that. And if you think about the effects on society, so many diseases associated with it, you'd ban it too!
And that woman Mas*tah she kept going on about how the Lord loves her and she feels so loved and he forgives her and how much she loves him! And I thought..yeah and where is AllahSWT lacking in this. He is the all forgiving all merciful - ar rahman nirrahim..isn't he? And yes you should love Jesus he IS the prophet of Allah swt. But she does not know THAT Islam. she doesn't know how much peace that one can get just reading the quran - just reading , mind you. who has been educating her??
I believe Islam seriously NEED A MAKEOVER!! NOW!! It is a beautiful religion full of fairness and justice (come on, no interests on loans itself is supposed to prevent people making money out of money) . Whatever you need is here. And there is no application form or expensive calls or elaborate procedures. When we pray its just us and God and when we read the quran we know the Allah SWT is speaking to us, he spoke to us thousands of years ago, he speaks to you now. Why are we not BLOWN AWAY by that? Why aren't we freaking out about the many scientific facts that Allah SWT tells us? How, when electricity wasn't even invented, would we know that night follows day and day follows night and that God created people of all colours etc etc and the many many many facts there in??
Why don't we take a second to realise that this quran that we treat so cavalierly is a miracle and why are we not making movies about how LOVELY and PEACEFUL and SPIRITUAL Islam is ?
When are we going to correct the image nih??
We are living in the times where people want solutions fast. Its a permissive society, Everyone wants what they want NOW. Islam needs to reach those whose soul are hungry. Who turns to movies/technology/blogs / games/mtvs and yes other religions.
Sorry about this rant. We need to rebrand. We are not a regressive religion. We are not against technology advancement. Hudud will not cripple society. We just need education, and the right advertisment.
Who is up to that challenge.
PS- I am FAR AWAY from being a good muslim. I am also looking for that connection, when I feel Allah SWT's love and when we are humbled by it. I am always too too busy, Too ready to surrender to the demands of work/rubbish stuff he he instead of spiritual things. Sometimes He is very close to me , Usually when I need help ha ha!