So instead of just being focused on accumulating money and material goods and being obsessed with gaining wealth, which God knows I’m far from, you can focus on the spiritual things like doing things for others with other Muslim brothers down in the mosque, helping people, spending time with your family. Everyone says I’m not particularly career-focused, I’m very focused on my family", and I always attribute it to the religion. Islam places a great stress on family, so I’m just always there for my family, always there for my kids.
What Islam Can Offer
I think Islam has a lot to offer people in the sense that it gives you some sort of structure and guidelines, some sort of purpose to what you are doing, instead of just being focused as I said on the material things, but you can also focus on spiritual things as well.
Islam has a lot to offer in terms of ethics, for example giving up alcohol. I know personally from experience I’m much better off as a person and as an individual; as a son, as a brother, as a father... In terms of giving up alcohol, that is a real terrible waste of time and money, and once you give up alcohol, this is one of the tenets of the Islam faith that you don’t drink alcohol, and once you give up alcohol you save so much money and you get all that time with your kids, it just improves your life on so many different levels.
Yet it's hard to explain. At many different levels Islam does improve things, you give up alcohol (and other bad habits), but also you persevere towards spiritual and religious goals and towards spending time with your family. It just makes you a better person...
There’s nothing better you can do for your life than expand your mind by reading. I would urge people to read, Muslim and non-Muslim alike. It surprises me how little people read, maybe it's just because I read too much! But I really do encourage people to read a lot, I know a lot of people are watching TV. I really encourage them to read. The first revelation of Quran was "Read in the name of Allah". So read history books, read the biography of Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Read about other Muslims, just broaden your knowledge.
There’s nothing better you can do for your life than expand your mind by reading. Read the Quran. So many people have judgments about Islam and they have never read the Quran. It absolutely surprises me how people make judgements on something they haven’t read about.