Drugs Almost Killed Me

The day drugs almost killed me

In this new episode of Living Muslim, brother Fred Nagi from Sydney gives a brief insight into what his life was like under the influence of drugs. It’s a heartfelt and compelling piece that should make any drug user reconsider ever taking drugs again.

Nagi was first exposed to drugs at the age of 12-13 as a teenager, then was gradually introduced to heavier and more harmful forms of drugs after socialising with bad influences.

“I’ve seen many things in my life, friends get killed, lives get ruined, I almost ruined my life”, Nagi stated.

He expresses his deep regret in living a life that jeopardized his relationship with his mother, father, wife, and children.

“I regret it every day I wake up”, he told Living Muslim.

He also sheds light on his turning point in life, which was triggered by a frightening near-death experience which saw him being rushed into the resuscitation ward at the Hospital after overdosing on a heavy amount of drugs. It was a gut-wrenching experience that made him realise the dreadful impact the drugs were taking on his life.

“I thought that was the end. I thought it was going to be all over”, he painfully expressed.

As he recalls the moment he lay on the hospital bed with nurses and doctors preparing defibrillators to shock his heart back into action, he reminds us of the Hadith of the Prophet ﷺ which taught us that everyone will be resurrected in the state in which they died.

“Each person will be resurrected according to the state in which he died.”

Sahih Muslim

He tearfully states that he did not want to ever be of those people who met Allah in a state of intoxication and sin.

By the grace of Allah, Nagi has been off drugs for quite some time now and has promised himself and his family to make a change for the better. He expresses the importance of surrounding yourself with a positive environment and steering clear from negative influences in life in order to safeguard one’s sobriety.

He also left viewers with a strong message to never leave anyone behind or look down on anyone who may be under the influence of drugs. It’s of crucial importance that we work hard to ensure that our brothers and sisters aren’t left to the streets, but rather we constantly advise them and offer our support and services to help them give up their addiction and make a change for the better.

Ashamed to be Muslim Spoken Word

Never be ashamed to be Muslim

This is a newly released powerful spoken word piece titled “Ashamed to be Muslim”, from the Talk Islam team at OnePath Network.

The video is a response to Muslims who go about their daily lives in the constant fear of people finding out their true faith and those that are always embarrassed by their religion, finding it difficult to be true to their religious views and principles.

The piece aims to not only inspire Muslims to once more be proud of their faith and embracing the fact that they are different, but it also aims to bring hope and light to those that are struggling to hold onto their faith in such difficult times.

The lyrics are as follows:

“Hi, I’m a Muslim and I’m ashamed of my religion

I try to hide my faith and I’m embarrassed by my tradition

I try to blend in so I don’t cause any suspicion”

If this sounds familiar, you might want to give this a listen.

Dear Muslims, of the internet

If I could kindly request that we stop trying to be cool and relevant

and start trying to be people of actual benefit

If we could stop trying to fit in, and start trying to stand out.

I mean we were never meant to blend in

And I assure you, we were never meant to just go along with the crowd.

You see being different, is exactly what being Muslim is about.

As the Prophet said

فَطُوبَى لِلْغُرَبَاءِ

“Glad tidings to those who are strange”.

But unfortunately, today when it comes to our faith, most of us are ashamed

We try to hide our identity and even change our names

Which is funny, because those on falsehood aren’t hiding at all, they’re in full public display

Walking proudly down the street, even waving flags in parades

And I’m not taking any shots, nor am I here to complain

All I’m saying is it’s about time things start to change

We should be proud to be different, and embrace the fact we’re not the same.

You see, for instance, we should never be embarrassed to say:

“Hey, I’m a Muslim and I follow the religion of Islam,

I don’t smoke, don’t drink, and I don’t go to clubs and dance

And I actually believe that marriage should only ever be between a woman and a man

And I’m sorry sister but I can’t really shake your hand

I hope it doesn’t offend you, I sure hope you understand

Coz I’m just being me, in all honesty, this is just who I really am”

And I don’t plan on ever giving this up

See, I’m a Muslim, and Allah has told us:

كُنتُمْ خَيْرَ أُمَّةٍ أُخْرِجَتْ لِلنَّاسِ

 

We’re the best of nations, brought forth for the people

We enjoin the good and we forbid the evil

and we believe in Allah, without any partners nor any equals.

So why should I be ashamed?

We’re the kind of people who are kind to people, and we treat others like we like to be treated

I mean, we have Allah, as the supporter, the friend and the protector of the believers

And we have Muhammadﷺ, the best of all leaders.

So I honestly don’t understand why we should ever feel defeated

I mean, why do we always feel the need to leave our faith neglected

Like we need to give up our ways in order to be accepted.

Or that we need to go rearrange and reform our faith, so we can somehow have it corrected

Failing to realise, we can never improve something that Allah has already perfected.

And look I get it, some of us do feel disconnected, and it does get hard.

We might slip and fall and at times we might feel far

And this is normal for sure, I mean it’s why we were taught to make the Du’aa

يَا مُقَلِّب الْقُلُوب ثَبِّتْ قَلْبـِي عَلَى دِينك

“Oh turner of the hearts, keep our hearts steadfast”.

So don’t worry, just be calm, and keep yourself connected to the pious, the righteous and above all the Houses of Allah.

And if you still feel disengaged,

Or if you just feel out of place

Or if you came and you were turned away,

For your looks or your past mistakes

It’s fine, it’s okay, just keep trying, keep praying

And at the end of the day,

no matter what happens, never lose your faith.


Never be ashamed.

The Aboriginal Muslims in Australia everyone should be proud of.

These are the faces of Aboriginal Muslims in Australia that not many know of.

The photos were captured by Stuart Miller as part of a photo essay for NITV documenting “Identity” amongst Indigenous Australians. The photos are also accompanied by short descriptions of the individuals participating and their journey to Islam.

There are approximately 1140 Aboriginal Muslims living in Australia as of the last recorded census. This number has almost doubled over the past 15 years and is only expected to continue growing.

Many Aboriginal Muslims have commented on the parallels drawn between the Islamic faith and their Aboriginal identity. This is particularly due to the extensive focus Islam places on spirituality and care for the environment.

Aboriginals have shared a long history with Islam that dates back to the 1700’s. This is predominantly a result of interaction with Afghan cameleers, Malay pearl divers and Indonesian fisherman. Many Aboriginal families worked alongside with and intermarried Muslims during this time.

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