16 August 2011 / 16 Shawwal 1432
As-Salamu Alaykum (Peace be upon you) and welcome to The Revert.com
I am Ramin, a revert to Islam.
I’m going to kick this off by making the mission statement of this website here and now. I intend, Insha’Allah (God willing), to make this website a meeting place for all Muslims, both new and old.
Islam teaches that every human being is born a Muslim. Our upbringing then dictates which religion we will follow, be it Judaism, Christianity or Islam etc. The word "revert" or "reversion" implies a return to the original religion of our birth, i.e. Islam. In Arabic, the word to describe this is "Fitra".
Now, I am aware that I have written above that this website is also intended to be a meeting place for old Muslims, people born and brought up in an Islamic family or environment. Why? I have met numerous brothers and sisters who are born Muslims yet, through whatever reason, are not fully aware of their duties as Muslims, or who are seeking to increase their knowledge in Islam.
Shortly after embracing Islam in 2010, I met a man who commented, "You have just reached the shore; in front of you is an entire ocean of knowledge."
And that is the very reason why I am here, Insha’Allah – to increase the knowledge which I lack, and to spread the knowledge that I have gained, and to debate the ambiguities of the knowledge upon which all Muslims may agree or disagree.
I might add here that I am Sunni and therefore this website will be a Sunni one.
The website launches bare-bones, devoid of information, symbolic of my first day as a Muslim. I intend to build it over my life, Insha’Allah, and I hope that all readers of this article can join me in contributing to this site. Insha’Allah, this website will one day contain enough information on Islam to be able to answer most frequently asked questions. May it contain knowledge that clarifies, knowledge that inspires and knowledge that sparks debate.
And for your guidance, seek guidance only from Allah, for He is the Best to Guide.
Verily, all praises are due to Allah, we praise Him, we glorify Him, we seek His assistance and we seek His forgiveness. We seek refuge with Allah from the evil within ourselves and from our own misdeeds. Whomever He guides shall never go astray and whomever He allows to stray shall never find guidance.
I testify that none has the right to be worshiped except Allah alone, and I testify that Muhammad (peace be upon him) is His servant and His messenger.