You are welcome to RENAISSANCE ISLAM. This blog provides a pictorial and written record of the renaissance of Islam in America, which was and still is in its pure essence, without any cultural or religious innovations that may disfigure its original teachings.
I grow up in Michigan where I learned how to fish, shoot and hunt. I was surrounded by loving family members who did the same. Served two years in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam Era. I traveled extensively during my eighteen month military duty in Europe. After military service I accepted Islam as my religion and way of life via the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community at 23 years of age. Performing the rites of Al-Hajj to Mecca and Medina in 1973-74 was the beginning of my travels in countries where Islam and Muslims were a significant part of the population. I also lived in Kumasi, Ghana for a period of time.
My service in the Ahmadiyya Movement in Islam has been continuous since 1969, serving in areas of Administration, Education and Finance by the Grace and Mercy of Allah.
My importance is to be unimportant.
The following incident took place when Muhammad Ali's daughters arrived at his home wearing clothes that were not modest. Here is the story as told by one of his daughters:
When we finally arrived, the chauffeur escorted my younger sister, Laila, and me up to my father's suite. As usual, he was hiding behind the door waiting to scare us. We exchanged many hugs and kisses as we could possibly give in one day.
My father took a good look at us. Then he sat me down on his lap and said something that I will never forget. He looked me straight in the eyes and said, "Hana, everything that God made valuable in the world is covered and hard to get to. Where do you find diamonds? Deep down in the ground, covered and protected. Where do you find pearls? Deep down at the bottom of the ocean, covered up and protected in a beautiful shell. Where do you find gold? Way down in the mine, covered over with layers and layers of rock. You've got to work hard to get to them."