I want to share with you why I'm considering to convert to Islam, what my thoughts are about the Islamic rules, how I believe God is working and my thoughts about prophet Muhammad (Pbuh). PS! This is just about my faith; what I believe. There's a reason it's called faith and this MyTake is subjective.
(God's pronouns in this MyTake = Them/They, gender neutral. "Pbuh" means "Peace be upon him".)
Why I am considering converting to Islam
I believe in a strong monotheism where there's only one God who created the whole universe. I don't believe in the trinity. For me it doesn't make sense God made either himself or another "god" a human to just die for the human's sins. Why would God die and why would he need other gods to help him? God could do things by themselves. I don't think Judaism or Christianity is something for me because I don't believe messiah has been here or would come. When I hear the word "polytheism" I'm thinking about Greek and Norse mythology in addition to Hinduism. The religions make it sound like the deities are human beings with superpowers who become parents, marry each others and are living like human beings. I doubt God is the same as a human being. If it wasn't for prophet Muhammad Islam wouldn't be widespread. Without a God, how could this world exist and be so advanced? Therefore I am considering to convert.
My opinion about Islamic rules...
The five pillars:
The five pillars are the rules in Islam.
In my opinion the only thing that's required to be a Muslim is believing in only one God and that prophet Muhammad was his messenger. You also have to say the shahadah (the creed) to be one, and preferably in front of either an imam or two Muslim witnesses. Like in other religions you can also be a modern, conservative or something in the between. Therefor I don't think you've to follow all the five pillars (rules) although it's recommended. Many modern Muslims are choosing to not following all the rules like the fasting and the pilgrim to Mecca for example like how not all Christians are fasting or going to the church every Sunday. It don't make you lesser of a Muslim and I think the environment you're living in can affect your lifestyle. It's important to adapt to the place you lives in. I don't believe it's a sin to not follow all of the pillars and it's actually beneficial to keeping up with your time, society etc.
I won't fast because I don't think it would be beneficial at all. I thinks it's a better deed keeping myself in a good mood so I won't be grumpy toward other people while being in school, work or something else which is important. I also thinks I would be more helpful if I donated to charity or became a voluntarily worker than "starving" myself. I also thinks traveling to Mecca is unnecessary. First of all I'm disagreeing with Saudi Arabia breaking the human's rights, so I don't want to support them, God is everywhere - so I can keep up a relationship with him and the third reason is that I can do other good deeds instead. Just because the prophet visited Mecca don't mean I've to visit it. He's just a human being anyway.
Many Muslims are praying five times a day.
When it comes to the salah (praying) God doesn't have any need of being worshiped or people praying to them. It's more like humans are praying because they need it. Humans can be weak sometimes and sometimes are in need of comfort, friendship etc. In my opinion praying five times a day has nothing to do with submission, but is rather about a caring energy/power helping people. Sometimes it can be like a meditation, having a conversation and being thankful over what you have. I've tried praying five times a day and it's not stress like how some people want it to sound like. It's like hanging out with someone.
Alcohol is a big no for many Muslims. I also see it as bad.
Alcohol - I don't drink it and I've always avoided it. Even when I didn't believe in anything I avoided it. It's harming your health and makes you think lesser clear making it more likely for accidents etc. Alcohol and hardcore partying isn't a good thing, so I think it would be better if everyone avoided it regardless which faith they've.
Pork - Why pork is haram in Islam is because it's dangerous to eat in hot climates, where the pigs wasn't monitored as much as today and because of life threatening parasites. Pigs could eat almost everything including unhealthy things making them full of parasites. Nowadays in rich cold climate countries where the pigs are watched all the time, so they can't eat dangerous stuffs, it's not as dangerous to eat pork. Since the times are changing and it's varying from environments to environments, it would make more sense to judge from case to case. In Nordic countries it's safe to eat it, but in hot climates and poor countries it's just something to avoid.
Both genders should have the same opportunities, be treated with respect and none of the genders are superior to the other ones. Religion shouldn't be used as an excuse to discriminate or be rude toward someone. Nor should it be forced on anyone either. Same applies to the hijab, it should be voluntary to wear it.
In the past the infant mortality rates were higher, fewer people grew old etc. because of diseases and that they didn't have the same knowledge or technology at that time as today. So there's no wonder people at that time worried about the population and wanted people to marry to get children. The world's population has increased with time and more people have grown old thanks to better technology, and therefore a too little population wouldn't be a problem. So this harmless thing would be even more harmless today than then because of time is changing. There's more than seven billion people in the world as well.
The Qur'an is the holy book in Islam like how Christians have the bible.
Just because the Qur'an tells you about many things doesn't mean it should be taken literally. Somethings are probably written in metaphors, while other things are about how some people experienced things; not necessary how it's for everyone. In addition it's written by humans. Since humans aren't flawless, they can just interpret things wrongly and write it down, or just share their subjective opinion. If something was very significant to understand correctly, God could just show himself in front of us all and tell us it. The translated versions can also be translated wrongly. It's difficult to translate it from one language to another one, so mistakes can happen and the whole meaning or context can suddenly just change completely. As I've mentioned many times earlier in this MyTake, times changes and the Qur'an were written at a time in an environment where these things was suitable. In a modern society things may work differently. It should also be allowed to discuss and questioning it in addition to interpret it.
God (Allah) is according to my belief the first and the greatest designer in the world. They created the world and designed every single details. Nobody knows for sure why God created this universe, but it might be because they're a creative beings and likes being creative. A designer who doesn't design anything aren't a designer. Since humans have different opinions on perfection and it's a subjective subject, therefor some would think God is perfect, while others won't. God is like how they're and either they fits your definition or they don't. Some says because of the problem of evil God can't be all-powerful and all-knowing. It's some humans who said God have to be all-powerful, all-knowing etc. It's a possibility they're it and it's a possibility otherwise. Maybe it's a reason the world is like how it's now that humans aren't able to comprehend. It can be a good reason that we don't know about. Perhaps we eventually get to know it later. Who knows? God have created a huge universe with several galaxies, planets, nature laws etc.
When it comes to afterlives I doubt humans are capable to comprehend how it's in Hell and Heaven, and who's coming there. It's only God who knows. Because of the revenge mindset sounds very human like and God isn't a human, I doubt God wants revenge and that the human's conception of Hell and Heaven is true. It's difficult to know how God thinks and works because we're humans, but they're not. They works differently. Maybe heaven is a good place to be for people who wants to be with God, but Hell is either the people deceasing to exist or a nice place to be for people who don't want to spend their time with God. The life on earth is anyway very harsh, so life itself can be Hellish enough for many, so why would eternal torture be necessary?
Prophet Muhammad (Pbuh) wasn't only a prophet, he was also a human being like everyone else who's human. I thinks he shouldn't be worshiped or be seen as a role model. He did both good and bad deeds like any humans are capable to do. Just because the prophet did things in his life don't mean you've to do the same or that's recommended. He wasn't God and he wouldn't become one either. The thing he did was making Islam widespread and being inspired by God. If drawing other historical and famous people are okay, then drawing Muhammad is also okay in my opinion. The rules that applies to others should also apply to him because he and other famous people are humans. It's a difference between drawing someone to just have a picture and to drawing someone to idolizing them.