Question: If one is trying to learn about Islam, is it normal to feel uncertain and feel that one could not possibly believe?
Wa alaykum assalam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuh,
Thank you for your important question.
Knowing that Islam is true is easy. Accepting it as an emotional fact can take time.
To know that Islam is true, you can ask yourself two questions very frankly. Given the existence of the universe, it possible that God doesn’t exist? Given the personal qualities of the Prophet Muhammad (peace and blessings be upon him), is it possible that he was a liar and wasn’t really the last messenger of God?
For me, these are two facts that I cannot get around. Islam is a fact, and that is it.
If you need to read more, listen more, get more exposure to really grasp the facts surrounding these two questions, do so. Get as much information as possible. At the end of the day, your answer to each question will either be a definite yes, or a definite no.
However, emotionally coming to terms with this is the challenge. This is a spiritual and moral jump that each of us has to take when accepting Islam. It is normal to waiver in this decision and to be of two hearts about it. It isn’t an easy decision, and for some of us, it can take time.
‘Has the time not come for those who have believed that their hearts should become humbly submissive at the remembrance of God and what has come down of the truth?’ (Qur’an, 57: 16)
I pray this helps.
Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani
Ustadh Farid Dingle has completed extensive years of study in the sciences of the Arabic language and the various Islamic Sciences. During his studies, he also earned a CIFE Certificate in Islamic Finance. Over the years he has developed a masterful ability to craft lessons that help non-Arabic speakers gain a deep understanding of the language. He currently teaches courses in the Arabic Language