Bismillahir Rahmanir Rahim.
In the Name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful.
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.
Before embracing Islam, I found it very difficult to locate a single good source of information on the Internet on Sunni Islam. The best of them – wikipedia.com – is objective (as any good encyclopedia should be) and therefore also contains detailed information of the other branches of Islam - Shia, Sufi etc. This can be confusing for someone interested only in obtaining information on the Holy Qur'an and the Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). The sources of information on Sunni Islam tend to be scattered, and finding an answer that falls in line with the Sunni way is often a time-consuming process.
To make myself absolutely clear – the information is out there, just not in one place.
Also, a lot of the "big" websites are Shia – or appear not to be Sunni in the strictest sense. To be frank, my search uncovered a serious lack of information and a serious lack of good information in one place. TheRevert.com is here to hopefully change all that, insha’Allah.
The primary objective of theRevert.com is to provide a single point of information on Sunni Islam. For anyone interested in embracing Islam (Sunni), they will find as much detailed information as they can digest.
The secondary objective is to provide a meeting place for us all to share our experiences as Sunni Muslims, young and old, reverts and born-Muslims alike. theRevert.com is also intended to provide a meeting place for all non-Muslims interested in becoming a Muslim.
By the Grace of Allah, I am a Muslim today because of my affinity to question everything and to demand clear evidence. I have been led astray in the past by incorrect information passed on to me by other Muslims (I truly believe that this was done out of ignorance and not out of ill-intent on their part). It is the aim of the theRevert.com is to always provide the sources and references of any statements, directives, instructions and teachings in Islam according to the Holy Qur'an and/or according to the Sunnah of the Prophet Mohammad (pbuh). The Editorial Team will be responsible for ensuring any final published material contains adequate source references before being made public.
Since becoming a Muslim, I have noticed first-hand how certain cultures have slowly started to creep into the "Islamic Culture". New converts to Islam (depending on where they live and worship) often begin to take on the identity of the other Muslims around them, adopting the homeland culture of their neighbours and beginning to associate said culture with Islam and being a Muslim. I plan to address this serious misconception extensively on this website, Insha’Allah.
Islam and Muslims appear to have evolved by varying degrees, but broadly speaking, let me categorise them into four: (1) Just Muslim (2) Ramadan Muslim (3) Moderate Muslim and (4) Radical Muslim. Everyone is welcome on theRevert.com but to make this absolutely clear: this website does not promote, condone or support the hardliner approach to Islam. The approach of this website will be academic – polite, intelligent discussion supported by evidence from both sides. The Revert is for everyone; men, women, weak or steadfast Muslims and non-Muslims. Everyone is welcome to share their views, experiences and ask questions within these bounds.
Insha’Allah, I intend to build this website up daily, but I can only do so much on my own. All the help I can get is more than welcome – be it in the submission of articles, financial contributions or simply in the form of your du’as – it all is for a good cause.
May Allah (SWT) guide us all.