I am 19 years old and I am currently Biblical Unitarian do I am very pluralist and believe there is more paths to heaven than just being a "Christian". Maybe the reason for this is that I am Half Turkish Cypriot (Dad) and Half Jamaican (Mum) so Half of my Family are Muslims. Do my Dad is a Biblical Unitarian ,he Converted when he was around 18, he never practised Islam so he is not to knowledgeable in it.
I identify with my Turkish side way more than my Jamaican side I love everything about it the culture , people and the pride that comes with being a Turk. So being a Christian I feel so alone being one of the only Turks and also believing Jesus is not God as you may know most Christians believe in the Trinity.
Do I have a diverse background I have not grown up in a diverse culture it pretty much been Modern British/Christian Culture for me.
I have never feel like Christianity carries a strong identity like Judaism and Islam does. It seems no one even cares or follows any of the Traditions of the Bible and instead follow pagan traditions.
So I began my Journey in looking into other faiths I started off with Judaism as it was the faith of Jesus and I loved it but it just had something missing. I still love Judaism and highly respect their faith but I moved on.
I then started looking deeper into Islam and found out about Sufism I looked into this a bit more and was so fascinated how different they are from the Muslims I am used to seeing around where I live. I said to my Dad wow if ever I ever became Muslim I would be a Sufi. It kind of ended there I thought that my need for an identity would pass and I would remain a Christian. A few weeks later my Dad got a call from one of his Turkish Cypriot friends who is also a Christian (Trinitarian) he had set up a Turkish Cypriot Christian fellowship and wanted us to attend. I have gone a few times and liked it (somewhat) but there is only about 8-10 of them and none of them are really my age so I have boned the best with them.
A few weeks after going to that fellowship I went to Turkish Lessons and met an Iranian guy who I got talking to and eventually he asked me what religion I was and I replied "I am Christian and that my Dad is a Convert to Christianity" he was a little surprised but he told me I should come along to this "Traditional Turkish Cypriot Music Society" I said I would love to. But then a few minutes later I just told him "But If I was to be a Muslim I would be a Sufi" He then acted really surprised and said "This is it this what the Turkish Cypriot Music Society is it is a Sufi order ... It is what I do I am Sufi" I then agreed to differently come along.
A few weeks late I attended the Sufi Zikr session and meet other Turkish Cypriots and must say I loved it and I really felt at home. I loved the spirituality and love for God (in fact the teachings closely resemble Christianity as it is all about having a relationship with God) after attending this I had 3 separate dreams on 3 separate days. The first I was in my living room praying (prostrating) with my parents but they were standing up and I was praying in the opposite direction to them ,The second I entered the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and prayed there. The Third I can not clearly remember but I was in a Mosque which I think was in Bosnia or Kosovo. But I just passed them off as coincidences.
The Zikr Session was much like this one:
Later on I found out that the same Sufi Order I went to which is Naqshbandi is the same order my family belongs to back in Cyprus. My Cousin is a very active Sufi in the order. My Granddad is a sufi but is old and unable to practise. So was my great Granddad (he even went on Hajj to Mecca). A few weeks later I started waking up at 4:30am each day. Most of the Times when I woke up I prayed to God which I Usually do by saying the Our Father on my knees and then a personal prayer.
But the last time I woke up at 4:30am I woke up to the sound of Azan which is Islamic Call for prayer in my ear which stopped as soon as I woke up I was in a bit of shock especially as before I went to sleep I prayed and asked God to direct to the true path but I prayed anyway. This was about 2 weeks ago.
But yes this is my current experience with Sufism and who knows I may soon be a Sufi. Do you guys/girls have any opinons on my experience ? Have any similar experience maybe with another faith ?
Edited by illuminatedTemplar, 01 May 2013 - 08:07 AM.