When Zackary King decided to become Muslim after three long years of contemplation, he did it alone in his room. The time that followed, he compared to being at a track meet. There was a general sense of belonging, yet a very deep, painful sense of individuality, to the point of loneliness.
However, after a longtime friend admitted to him that he had also become Muslim, Zackary decided to visit a mosque. There, during a short conversation with a fellow Muslim, he got all his questions answered…and realized the importance of companionship and community.
“It’s not just one person plus one person equals two. As you add each person, it has its own spirit. The group has a spirit all of its own. And for me, that’s one the of key aspects of Islam.”
He also learned a lot about the importance of knowledge. “If you’ve ever done any sort of procedure, knowing how to do it yourself gives you a sense of security and confidence that nothing else really can.”
Resources for Seekers
- How Can Muslims Become More Effective Community Members?
- Doubts, Difficulties, and Suicidal Thoughts
- Muslim Convert: What would people think of me?
- Sunnahs for a Healthy Community-Ustadh Amjad Tarsin
- Impoverished Muslim Converts in Chiapas Need Help
- Ten Adab of Seekers of Knowledge – Notes by Ayaz Siddiqui
- The War Within Our Hearts – Imam Zaid Shakir