Thank you for your sincere comment. I don’t have words to tell you how much I appreciate it because these were the EXACT questions I had before coming to Qalam! Alhamdulillah, just 5 months in, most of them have already been answered. However, that being said, I won’t be doing justice to my knowledge if I were to type all those answers in one comment because honestly, all of your questions would require pages and pages worth of answers.
Insha’Allah, Qalam Institute will be starting its own Medium publication next week and I will be writing the first piece for them. Please pray for barakah (blessing) in our time that we can write about these issues and share the knowledge that we have been learning at the Seminary with the rest of the world. I personally work 20 hours during the week alongside my studies so writing is a treat I reward myself with whenever I have accomplished all my to-do tasks but as you can imagine, it’s a luxury which I don’t enjoy on a normal basis.
Keep exploring and learning! One resource that really helped me with my own faith was the Seerah Podcasts. Really helped me put the humanness of the Prophet (peace be upon him) in context of my own life: