Originally Posted by CuriousKatja
This is a vague request. It may be helpful if you make your request more specific.
I am a revert to Islam from Christianity over 26 years ago, but did not regularly practice the religion until almost 7 years ago. I have always believed in God and the Hereafter, but my beliefs about Jesus and how to achieve salvation from the Hellfire are different from all of my family (except my wife), all of my coworkers and most of my acquaintances. The only Muslims that I see within a week are the 5 or 6 that meet for Friday prayer.
The main reasons that I did not practice Islam consistently before 2001 are 1) Islam being associated with terrorism in the media, 2) strong opposition from my Baptist family, 3) difficulty adjusting to the rigors of Islam with 5 daily prayers in Arabic and month of fasting, and 4) lack of people of a similar background (professional Caucasian American). When I hit 40 years of age, I realized my own mortality and decided that my fear of being punished for eternity was greater than the reasons stated above. I presently have a closer relationship with the few people that share my beliefs even though they are from a completely different background.
I believe in One God, Allah, who is the Creator and Sustainer of the universe and who has no parents, offspring, partner, equal, or anything comparable. I believe that it is inconceivable for Allah to become a man or to be born of a woman. I believe that Muhammad, Jesus, David, Moses, Noah, Jonah, Joseph are among the chosen Prophets of Allah. I believe that the Quran is the literal and uncorrupted Word of Allah. I believe that the books revealed by Allah to Moses, David, and Jesus have been corrupted by man. I believe in angels, including Jibrail (Gabriel) who conveyed the Quran to Muhammad. I believe that Satan is not a fallen angel (created from light), but rather a jinn (created from smokeless fire). I believe in resurrection from the dead, Judgment Day, and eternity spent in Heaven or Hell. I believe that salvation is achieved by proper belief and by obeying the Will of Allah as revealed through Prophet Muhammad. I believe in the preordainment of all that happens, including all good and all bad, is according to the Will of Allah.