Wednesday, 19 March 2014

Australian family reverts to Islam

A Beautiful story of Australian Family converting to Islam -
May Allah grant them all the highest peak of Jannah
 



Here is my story of how my family converted ️
Both my parents are Aussie, they divorced when I was young because my father was really abusive. We still have problems with him. I haven't seen him or spoken to him in 12 years. Mum had 4 kids with him.


After the divorce My mum was seeing this Lebanese Muslim. He wasn't really practicing and they had my youngest brother. They were always on off, on off cause he lied to her all the time and he cheated on her. So my mum always broke it off with him but he wormed his way back. My mums really soft hearted.


We didn't know much about Islam, all we knew was Ramadan and eid... I used to be a pretty religious catholic. I used to go to bible studies and everything. But the more I learnt the more confused I became. I started asking questions and they said you just have to believe. I thought to myself that's not enough for me to stand on. So I left catholism....


I still believed there was a God but I became rly confused. My youngest brothers dad had been in Lebanon for over 2 years now cause his son was getting married and his mums sick. Before he left he sent his cousin to our house.  He was 27 with a wife and a beautiful 4 year old daughter. We became like brother and sister. Best friends. I would go to him for everything and he would come to me if he
had dramas...He was religious... But yet again subhanallah we didn't speak about religion...He was very respectful and he used to celebrate birthdays with us and Christmas...


In September 2012 we were going to a christening, he came in the morning to see if we needed anything and to check up on us, ( he did this every day ) We got to the church and the preist had a mullet, he had tns on and was saying all this crazy stuff like now that these kids are baptised if they go into a cult they will be protected.


Subhan'Allah every time he would pour water on one of the babies heads that were getting baptised, EVERY baby in the room would scream. Even the ones in the crowds. I thought that was creepy
We got to the reception and the priest hit on my mum, started smoking and drinking with the teenagers. I'm thinking what is this????


We left to come home after that. When we got home we were notified that my brothers dad's cousin had died Allah yerhamo. It ripped me apart. But we became really close with his wife and daughter. His wife and I were talking about religion, she's very religious. But it made soooooooooo much
more sense. She took me, my mum and my sister to a sheikhs wife. She answered all our questions and Alhumdulillah we converted that night! A week later my 14 year old brother converted and
subhanallah he now wants to be a sheikh inshallah!


But wallah the feeling you get when you first say the shahada when we converted, it's like a light has come apon you, like your as light as a feather, I knew by that feeling I had done the right thing! And Alhumdulillah none of us have turned back :)) "

Saturday, 22 February 2014

Sister Heather's journey to Islam

My Road to Islam is a journey of sister Heather to Islam in her own words


My childhood and God

I grew up in a small town in the panhandle of Texas called Childress.  My family and I didn't go to church together or pray at home.  I began going to a Christian church when I was in middle school for the youth activities.  Mixed in with socializing, I learned about Jesus and God.  I believed in both, but really didn't think much about religion.

I am introduced to Mary

 In my 20's, a co-worker invited me to her Catholic church.  The quiet structure of mass was comforting to me and I began to attend regularly.  The importance of Mary impressed me and I felt I could relate to her.  She was so strong through all the trials of her life.  I related to her stuggle and embraced Catholism for over 20 years, becoming a lecture and teaching religious education classes.
I also had my struggles during this time.  Including my husband leaving me after seven years of marriage.  I lost my home, my car, my insurance and my savings.  I went to my priest in tears.  After hearing my story, he wanted to know how soon I would get a civic divorce because the annullment through the church was the next step and he quoted me the price for this process.  Under the circumstances, I couldn't even think about that.  I was told that me or my newborn child could not take another step in our faith until this was completed.  I I felt like I was completely alone.
I was working as an adminstrator at a child care center and one day, my director asked me to give a family a tour.  I asked her why and she said she couldn't.  I looked and saw a woman and her husband.  The woman was wearing an abayah and her face was covered.  I asked what the problem was and she said, "I don't know what's under there."  I was so enraged by this remark!  I said, "IT'S A PERSON!  A mom, just like you and me!"  After the tour and the family was gone, we had a discussion about it.  She threw many stereotypes about Muslims at me.  I decided that I was going to find out for myself.  That weekend I went to a book store and bought a copy of the Holy Quran and I began reading.  I didn't understand all of it, but I didn't see any justification of the stereotypes I had heard.
I finished the Holy Quran after several months.  I had proven my point and, I had opened my mind to a different way of worship, a different way of life.  I did not let anyone make any negative comments about Muslims.  I began to talk to as many Muslims as I could.  They were from many different countries but they all had the same peaceful manner about them.  They were kind, generous, sincere, loving, patient and happy.  I realized that the common thread was Islam.  I began to read about Islam online.  During this time, no one pushed me to convert.  I had a very nice neighbor, named, Sultan.  His daughter and my son attended same school.  I shared Islam with me and I answered all his questions about America, Texas and English.  I would visit them and in their home, his wife was not covered in hijab.  She wore regular clothes and her hair was stylish.  I enjoyed these visits so much!  When they had their third child, Wessan, I was invited to the hospital.  What an blessing to hold that newborn baby and be included in their miracle.  One day, I saw him at the market and he said suddenly, "my wife and I are worried about you.  We are worried about your soul.  You should become a Muslim."  I was surprised because until that point, I had been just been investigating Islam.  I tucked that idea away in my mind.  Then, I met a wonderful couple named Ali and Waad.  They were so kind to me.  When I looked a Waad with her hijab, she looked like my idea of the blessed mother Mary.  I never agreed with the alabaster skinned Marys we see most often.  Mary was from the Middle East and she was very young at the time of her miracle.  Looking at Waad with her sweet nature and gentle smile, I could see Mary.  They invited me into their home and again, I saw a family just like another other, caring for each other, raising children and praising God.  I became very conflicted about the media's portrayal of Muslims and what I was actually seeing. 
I began joining Islamic pages on Facebook and accepting friends just so I could ask them questions.  I no longer thought of those stereotypes I had heard, I never saw even a hint of them.  Everyone I talked to said basically the same thing, "you are welcome in Islam and Islam is easy."


I was searching for something in my life, some kind of peace.  I was unhappy with my job, my friends and myself.  I changed jobs and went back to teaching.  My new director is a faithful Christian. I moved to a new apartment and I began to distance myself from friends who were negative.  Things were looking up for me and I began to feel better about my life.  I felt great because I felt like "I" had made all these changes myself.  I have always carried the weight of my responsibilities around my neck, sometimes making myself physically sick with worry.  But, again, I believed I had improved myself without anyone's help.  I didn't realize it, but the journey wasn't over, Allah had a plan.

(source:merrymuslim.com)

Saturday, 1 February 2014

Former Hindu Nepali brother reverts to Islam

In the name of God, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful!
May peace, mercy and blessings of Almighty God be upon all of you.

Dear Brothers and Sisters ,

For the first and foremost, my search began in 2005, thank God, He guided me to Islam in 2009. I was born and raised in a Hindu family. My Mom and i used to go to temple when i was young. My mom said when i was ready to walk. I was not able to walk properly but later everything went well by the blessings of God. Since i heard that from her, i always believed in God and His miracles. I was true believer in God but was not a seeker. I came to U.S. on 2001 and was just following the faith which i had been following. I saw the ups and downs of life after 911 as an immigrant and as a Eastern-Indian. I made few Muslim friends. But could not learn much Islam from them as they were not practicing either.
I used to worship Sai Baba of Shirdi. On one of his lectures he mentioned: "Allah malik: Sab ka Malik ek Hai" which means "Allah is the Lord: the Lord of everyone is One". After that i read the translations of Al-Qur'an, the Bible, some of the Upanishads , some of the Vedas and the Bhagavad Gita. I found the same message in all the scriptures: "God is One".
While i was reading "The Qur'an", i started to attend friday prayers, go to Church, go to temple. Although i started to read "Al-Qur'an"  in 2005 but i was not doing five time prayers. I used to pray once in a day (most of the time). I moved to Colorado and than to Houston where i was not searching Islam as i should have been but was reading "Al-Qur'an" little by little and was praying only once a day (most of time). For an instance i attended most Jumah prayers but did not make any Muslim friends to talk about faith in Colorado. In Houston (where i lived few months), I made few Muslim friends but was not hanging out with them or reading "Al- Qur'an" much. I moved back to Dallas-Ft. Worth area in May 2008. Since than i started living with my sister, brother in-law and my nephew (s). The real Islam came to me when i fasted in 2008 in Ramadan without even missing a fast and my faith was growing stronger everyday. My parents visted us in 2008 during Dashain (which is a Hindu festival). I refused to put tika (which is considered as a blessing in Hindu faith) and i told them i have been practicing Al-Islam. I even invited them to Islam but they refused. Please pray for my family, would you?

Since 2005 i was sure that this is a true religion. After Ramadan of 2008, i was ready to be a Muslim but i was waiting for a real call. In 2009 is when i embraced Islam.
Thank God who guided me to Al-Islam and this is the biggest blessing i have got in this whole life. All the praises and thanks to God alone.
Last not the least, I am trying to be a loyal slave of God and would like to meet new friends.
Here is my short profile:
Name: Santosh Bhattarai
Sex: Male
Birth Country: Nepal
Current country: Overland Park, Kansas, United States
Previous religion: Hindu
Year converted: 2009
May God guide my mother, my family, my friends, everyone i know and all the children of our father and prophet Adam (a.s.) to Al-Islam!!! May God bless all his prophets (a.s.). May God accept all our good deeds and bless everyone with paradise. Ameen !
Thank you.
Best regards,
Santosh Bhattarai
Email: santoshbhattarai827@gmail.com

Dear friends:

God is One:

Sanskrit: "Ekam evadvitiyam"
English: "He is One only without a second." [Chandogya Upanishad 6:2:1]
"Say He is God, the one and only, the Eternal One upon whom all depend, He did not give birth to anyone, nor was He born from anyone, and there is none comparable to Him." [Al-Qur'an 112:1-4]

"You are the One Creator of all the worlds, and of that which moves and that which does not move, You alone are fit for worship, You are the highest teacher, in all the worlds there is none equal to You." [Bhagavad Gita 11:43]
"God, none has the right to be worshipped but He, the Living, the Everlasting. Slumber seizes Him not, neither sleep; to Him belongs all that is in the heavens and the earth. Who is there that shall intercede with Him save by His leave? He knows what lies before them and what is after them, and they comprehend not anything of His knowledge save such as He wills. His throne comprises the heavens and earth; the preserving of them oppresses Him not; He is the All-High, the All-Glorious." [Al-Qur'an 2:255]
Please ponder on these verses from Al-Qur'an:
"Surely God will not forgive the association of partners (shirk) with Him, but He forgives (sins) less then that to whomever He wishes." [Al-Qur'an 4:48]
"And the Jews say: "The Christians do not follow anything good"  and the Christians say: "The Jews do not follow anything good" while they recite the same book (the Bible). Even thus say those who have no knowledge, like to what they say; so God shall judge between them on the day of resurrection in what they differ." [Al-Qur'an 2:113]

"The similitude of Jesus before God is as that of Adam; He created him from dust, then said to him: "Be". And he was." [Al-Qur'an 3:59]

"O  People  of  the  Scripture (Jews and Christians),  do not exceed the limits in your religion or  say  about God except  the  truth.  The  Messiah,  Jesus,  the  son  of  Mary,  was  but  a  messenger  of God and  His  word  which  He  directed  to  Mary  and  a  soul  (created  at  a  command)  from  Him. So  believe  in God and  His  messengers.  And  do  not  say,  "Trinity";  desist  -  it  is  better  for you.  Indeed, God is  but  one  God.  Exalted  is  He  above  having  a  son.  To  Him  belongs whatever  is  in  the  heavens  and  whatever  is  on  the  earth.  And  sufficient  is God as Disposer  of  affairs." [Al-Qur'an 4:171]

"Today, I have completed your religion, perfected My blessing upon you, and I have decreed Al-Islam (submission) as the religion for you." [Al-Qur'an 5:3]

"And the Jews and the Christians say: We are the sons of God and His beloved ones. Say: Why does He then chastise you for your faults? Nay, you are mortals from among those whom He has created, He forgives whom He pleases and chastises whom He pleases; and God's is the kingdom of the heavens and the earth and what is between them, and to Him is the eventual coming." [Al-Qur'an 5:18]

Thursday, 16 January 2014

Korean Brother Reverts to Islam

Assalaamu alaikum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh.

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Islam.

My name is Abdurraouf Park and I am from Korea. Born into a Christian family in 1986, I was raised as a Christian and studied the Bible from a very young age. Since I was a child, I have always been a keen follower of God and His words. It was not until one day that I suddenly began questioning myself and my faith. I became confused, and started to wonder... 'Who is the true God? Who is Jesus? Who am I worshipping?'. I have come to realise at that point that in the Bible itself, Jesus never claimed or said 'I am God' and he also never claimed or said 'I am the son of God'. 
However, Christians have a firm belief that Jesus is the 'Son of God' as well as being 'God, Himself' at the same time. Since, there are no scripts in the Bible where Jesus claimed to be the 'Son of God or God himself ', or equaled himself as such, it meant that Christians did not follow it accordingly. The Bible itself has many flaws and partly confusing as well. This is one of the reasons why it has made people wonder on a numerous cases about the Bible. Hence, people started giving up practicing Christianity and doing good deeds, and corruptions like cheating on each other and other bad behaviors is increasingly prevalent. Even, the loss in faith in Christianity drove people to easily commit suicide, also highly on the increase.

For a very long time, I've always prayed to find the truth, the true religion. I paid visits to many churches to seek and find the truth, but with my visits, I've come across many different groups of Christians, and I've almost given up on that idea. Until one day, I started reading books on religions and came across Islam, I then realised that Islam is God's true religion. I later began reading all books on Islam in the library. I really did not know anything on Islam before and that Islam believes in only One God, and that Jesus is God's messenger and Muhammad as the Last messenger of God. I did not know that Islam believed in this, because no one has ever mentioned or told me this before. Alhamdulilah (Praise to God), on the 30th of December of 2009, I declared my Shahada and became a Muslim. Ever since I have become a Muslim, I've quickly engaged myself in Da'wah activities to increase awareness of Islam. I knew the need of spreading Islam. Korea is in a state of emergency, people do not know the truth and are losing hope in religion and oneself. This loss of hope and purpose of life and living is driving people to just die (suicide) even without war, diseases etc.

We must tell them the true message that 'There is only one God and Muhammad is the Last Messenger of God', tell them that 'Quran is God's book/words' 'Islam is the true religion of God', many people still do not know the bases of Islam and remain ignorant. Thus, away from the truth.

I have made an Islamic website in a Korean language to increase people's understanding of Islam and to invite Koreans to Islam, but also for everyone and anyone else. Alhamdulilah, there are now more people who are starting to know more about Islam. But, in order to do da'wah correctly, you need the 'correct' knowledge. That is why I decided to leave my country, Korea, in order to study Islam at the Islamic University of Madinah. I am currently 27 years of age, and studying Islam will take me a very long time to study, but I do not want to give up. I am just happy learning Quranic Arabic and understanding Allah's (God's) words. Alhamdulilah for the blessings of Islam and the Sunnah (Sayings and teaching of the last messenger of God). What really worries me, however, is that Koreans still do not know anything about Islam. So I ask you my dear brothers and sisters in Islam to please help me in spreading Islam in Korea.

This website, and the below listed YouTube channels, Twitter accounts and Facebook pages are all about spreading Islam in Korea and also to teach Islam to the Koreans. Please, do share and invite your friends, this will be of big help and support insha'Allah.

So, please take that step and join...and let's start Spreading Islam in Korea. May Allah reward you all.
Below, I have written a brief explanation about the websites and the da'wah activities that takes place.

Title : 한국인을 위한 이슬람 (Islam for Koreans)
http://www.koreaislam.com/The above website was launched on 22nd of April 2010. I have personally made this website, because before I became a Muslim, I was eager to find more information on Islam in Korean language, however, this was very difficult for me as there was little information available, and if any, it was usually information given wrongly from Christians about Islam. Thus, I requested for my website to be registered to every portal site in Korea. As a results, many people have paid visit to the website and were able to find the correct information about Islam and are finally finding the truth through this website, alhamdulilah. The website contains plenty of Islamic articles (from books) in Korean language for da'wah. Please, share this website to all Koreans you know to obtain the correct information on Islam.

Title : 기독교인을 위한 이슬람 (Islam for Christians)
http://www.koreaislam.net/The above website was launched on 15th of June 2012. This website is of high importance, reason being that Christianity is highly prevalent in Korea and there is often a huge misunderstanding between Christianity and Islam. Although Christians themselves do not even know enough about Islam and have the wrong information available on hand about Islam, they spread this incorrect knowledge about Islam to others. We must show them the truth and invite them to the Truth, Islam. So please help us in spreading this website and the true message of Islam.

Title : Islamic Da’wah in Korea (for Arabic and English speakers)
http://www.islamkorea.net/This is our main website for supporting Islamic da'wah in Korea. Our da'wah activities comprises mainly of websites, Facebook, Twitter and other social networks. We share information about Islam in Korea. You can help us and support our da'wah work through this website. Please share this website with your friends, family, relatives, blogs and social networks for the sake of Allah. And may Allah reward you all for your efforts.

These are all our Youtube Channels for Da’wah.
http://www.youtube.com/user/TVislamkorea
http://www.youtube.com/user/islamickorea 
http://www.youtube.com/user/islamforkorean 
Twitter accounts for Islamic Da’wah in Korea
https://twitter.com/TVislamkorea
https://twitter.com/islamforkorean
Join to our Facebook pages and share with friends.https://www.facebook.com/TVislamkorea

Saturday, 4 January 2014

How a Former Detroit Policewoman Found Islam

My name is Raquel.
 I converted to Islam in 2012.

I was a police officer in the city of Detroit. I worked there from 1996 to 2004, and I was shot in 2002. I was shot working on the job. I came very close to death and I know that I have a new beginning and a new life.

I kind of didn’t know how to follow God. I just didn’t know what religion to believe in until I had met some Muslim friends that really talked to me and explained a lot to me. 

It really changed my life and I’m not afraid of death anymore. The only thing we have to fear is Allah and we never know when our next day is, so we better take shahadah now and have that faith because there is only one God, and I know it. 

I came really close to death, and if I would have died that day I don’t know if I would have gone to the Hellfire or not. But now I have the confidence and the peace and the happiness that I know where I’m going if anything were to happen to me today.

Before I became Muslim I really didn’t have a strong opinion as far as Muslims. I wasn’t a pro-Muslim or anti-Muslim or anything like that. I have always been that type of person, I was really open-minded. And that's one thing that was so different about me from my family; that I was really open-minded and I respected people for what they believed in.

I actually would get mad in my job as a police officer because people were attacking Muslims for absolutely no reason in Detroit, especially after 9/11. It was absolutely horrible and it really bothered me. Just because they are Muslims doesn’t mean that they are extremists or they believe in extremist beliefs. I know that it’s not what my friends that are Muslims believe, and they are not at all terrorists. There are good and bad people in every religion and in every sector of life. You have good cops and you have bad cops, and it’s the same in everything. And it just really broke my heart to see all this and actually that’s when I really became interested in Islamic beliefs after 9/11 because I was so disturbed by the things that I was seeing as a police officer on the street. And the way that they have been treated was unconscionable.

A New Muslim's Life in Las Vegas

It has been a wonderful experience and there’s a lot of peace in it and a lot of joy
I’m here at Las Vegas at my masjid (mosque) and I have some clothes to give to the needy. What we do is we just leave them on a table for them and they come and hopefully they can get something that they like. So I’m just going to leave clothes for the neighborhood and they can take what they need, and hopefully there are some nice sweaters in here that they can use because it’s a little cold in Vegas.

I know for some people it might be discouraging to learn a new language. It’s basically a new culture. It’s not just a religion; it’s a new way of living. For me, it has not been discouraging. It’s just that I want to learn it faster and I want to be able to do it on my own. But it’s difficult because I’m home alone and I have to learn almost everything on Internet, even how to tie my hijab and everything. I had to learn it all on my own. But it has been a wonderful experience and there’s a lot of peace in it and a lot of joy that you experience when you are learning and getting it right. It’s an incredible experience.

I absolutely know that I did the right thing. I have been considering it for two years. I had a lot of the theology and the knowledge but I had never experienced it. I had never gone to a mosque and experienced, it but I have a lot of Muslim friends and even had a Muslim partner in the police force that explained a lot to me.

When I pray, even though I don’t exactly know the prayers by heart, what I do is on the internet I have a couple of sites where after it has it in Arabic, it will have it in English as well. So then I would read the English portion and it’s just so powerful and I feel so protected, and I know that in this world I have nothing to fear but Allah. It’s very comforting. It’ just in my life that I just knew peace and a new joy came over me.

The main thing that I like about Islam is actually being covered up. I do. I actually enjoy it to be completely honest, especially here in Las Vegas because men look at women in a really creepy way and I actually feel much safer. The other thing that I like is that I’m learning a lot. I’m learning so much and I love to learn. And I’ve always believed that life is a learning experience. And I absolutely love that about it, is that I’m learning something new every day.

Every day I read my Quran. Every day, I read the etiquette of Islam. I learn something new and that people are so helpful. It’s not one race. People are not judgmental if you come in there as an American, they are very supportive. They know that you don’t know the Arabic, they are very gentle with you and help teach you and guide you. I have got some really strong brothers in Islam that were raised by an Imam that were really helpful in teaching me a lot.
There is a lot of peace and a lot of joy that I have never ever felt before

Wednesday, 1 January 2014

British born Melanie finds Islam in Dubai

Melanie Jane is a new British revert to Islam.

In this recording, she describes how she found Islam when she moved to work in Dubai.
The following is a partial transcription of this video.

Kind Caring Parents

"I think I’m a product of my upbringing.
My parents are very open-minded and very kind caring people, and they always taught me not to discriminate against anybody, religion, culture, color, or anything. I think that provided me with the foundation to research and to become the person I am today.

When people see me now as I’m wearing hijab, especially people who knew me before, a lot of people's first impression is that “Oh, look at her! She married a Muslim guy;” and “Oh look at her now! It's a shame, look at what she has to be like, now she is oppressed!”

And a lot of people associate me with the way I look like. They think that I am dressed like this is because my husband wants me to. Or, maybe it is something I have been told that I have to do. But it is completely against the religion and the reason I’m doing it.

I think you have a unique insight when you wear the hijab knowing why you wear it.  It is not for anybody else, it is for yourself and for the sake of Allah, that’s the reason we wear it, not because someone else asked us to.

It's funny, I went to have my hair cut the other day. I entered the salon wearing my hijab, and took it off, and I sat down, having my hair cut by a lady who said:
“I see you are married?”
I said: “Yes.”
Then she said “I assume that you are married to a local?”

She assumed because I wear hijab that I’m married to a local and maybe that he told me that I had to wear it. I think this is another example of the people’s prejudice towards hijab, people often assume that you’ve been forced to wear it rather than Islam and that it is your own choice.
But I look up to myself; I think we should explain the reason why we wear hijab. I think people shouldn’t be dismissive. People want to learn and that’s how I started off, and if people have been dismissive with me I wouldn’t be where I am today, so, I think as Muslims we need to take it upon ourselves to take time to explain this to people...

In Dubai
I realized that in Islam it is OK to ask questions; and every question you have should have an answer
Basically, when I first moved to Dubai I didn’t have many expectations, it was more of a career move than any particular reason. I was interested in culture as well,

I changed quite bit when I first moved to Dubai. When I came from England I came with stereotypes of what Muslims are like and what Islamic countries are going to be like, and then it is completely not what I expected. My impression of Muslims and my impression of Islam weren’t as they were before.

Unfortunately, people think that Islam is linked to oppression of women. I believed what I’ve been told about Islam, starting with the way that women dress and the way Muslim people treat their wives... But meeting Mahmoud was completely the reverse.

In the history of Islam there were a lot of very well educated people, business leaders, Khadijah, the first wife of the Prophet, was a business lady, but in the UK the story about Islam and Muslims is completely different.

I always believed in something, but I wasn’t really sure what. All the religions that I had come across didn’t really answer any questions and to a certain extent I thought their answers for simple questions I asked do not actually answer my questions.

When I came across Islam and when I moved to work in Dubai, I learned more what I like about Islam. I realized that in Islam it is OK to ask questions; and every question you ask should have an answer, whereas with other religions it is just like you just have to have faith. To me that's OK, but it is not good enough.

In Islam everything is so perfect and everything is well-put together that’s what convinced me about Islam." ...

Watch the full video of Melanie's talk on her journey to Islam:

Sunday, 29 December 2013

The nurse and the revert Muslim patient


The Nurse and the Muslim Patient – A True Story from the United Kingdom.

My name is Cassie, I am 23 years old. I graduated as a qualified nurse this year and was given my first position as a home nurse.

My patient was an English gentleman in his early 80s who suffered from Alzheimer’s. In the first meeting, the patient was given his record and from it I could see that he was a convert to the religion of Islam, therefore he was a Muslim.

I knew from this that I would need to take into account some modes of treatment that may go against his faith, and therefore try to adapt my care to meet his needs. I brought in some ‘halal’ meat to cook for him and ensured that there was no pork or alcohol in the premises as I did some research which showed that these were forbidden in Islam.

My patient was in a very advanced stage of his condition so a lot of my colleagues could not understand why I was going through so much effort for him. But I understood that a person who commits to a faith deserves that commitment to be respected, even if they are not in a position to understand.

Anyway after a few weeks with my patient I began to notice some patterns of movement.

At first I thought it was some copied motions he’s seen someone doing, but I saw him repeat the movement at particular time; morning, afternoon, evening.

The movements were to raise his hands, bow and then put his head to the ground. I could not understand it. He was also repeating sentences in another language, I couldn’t figure out what language it was as his speech was slurred but I know the same verses were repeated daily.

Also there was something strange, he didn’t allow me to feed him with my left hand (I am left-handed).

Somehow I knew this linked to his religion but didn’t know how.

One of my colleagues told me about paltalk as a place for debates and discussions and as I did not know any Muslims except for my patient I thought it would be good to speak to someone live and ask questions. I went on the Islam section and entered the room ‘True Message’.

Here I asked questions regarding the repeated movements and was told that these were the actions of prayer. I did not really believe it until someone posted a link of the Islamic prayer on youtube.

I was shocked.

A man who has lost all memory of his children, of his occupation, and could barely eat and drink was able to remember not only actions of prayer but verses that were in another language.

This was nothing short of incredible and I knew that this man was devout in his faith, which made me want to learn more in order to care for him the best I could.

I came into the paltalk room as often as I could and was given a link to read the translation of the Quran and listen to it.

The chapter of the ‘Bee’ gave me chills and I repeated it several times a day.

I saved a recording of the Quran on my iPod and gave it to my patient to listen to, he was smiling and crying, and in reading the translation I could see why.

I applied what I gained from paltalk to care for my patient but gradually found myself coming to the room to find answers for myself.

I never really took the time to look at my life; I never knew my father, my mother died when I was 3, me and my brother were raised by our grandparents who died 4 years ago, so now its just the two of us.

But despite all this loss, I always thought I was happy, content.

It was only after spending time with my patient that felt like I was missing something. I was missing that sense of peace and tranquility my patient, even through suffering felt.

I wanted that sense of belonging and a part of something that he felt, even with no one around him.

I was given a list of mosques in my area by a lady on paltalk and went down to visit one. I watched the prayer and could not hold back my tears.

I felt drawn to the mosque every day and the imam and his wife would give me books and tapes and welcome any questions I had.

Every question I asked at the mosque and on paltalk was answered with such clarity and depth that could do nothing but accept them.

I have never practiced a faith but always believed that there was a God; I just did not know how to worship Him.

One evening I came on paltalk and one of the speakers on the mic addressed me. He asked me if I have any questions, I said no. He asked if I was happy with the answers I was given, I said yes.

He asked then what was stopping me accepting Islam, I could not answer.

I went to the mosque to watch the dawn prayer. The imam asked me the same question, I could not answer.

I then went to tend to my patient, I was feeding him and as I looked in his eyes I just realized, he was brought to me for a reason and the only thing stopping me from accepting was fear.... not fear in the sense of something bad, but fear of accepting something good, and thinking that I was not worthy like this man.

That afternoon I went to the mosque and asked the imam if I could say my declaration of faith, the Shahadah.: lā ilāha illà al-Lāh, Muhammadun rasūlu Al-Lāh. There is no god except Allah, Muhammad is Allah’s messenger.

He helped me through it and guided me through what I would need to do next.

I cannot explain the feeling I felt when I said it.

It was like someone woke me up from sleep and sees everything more clearly.

The feeling was overwhelming joy, clarity and most of all.... peace.

The first person I told was not my brother but my patient.

I went to him, and before I even opened my mouth he cried and smiled at me.

I broke down in front of him, I owed him so much.

I came home logged on to paltalk and repeated the shahadah for the room.

They all helped me so much and even though I had never seen a single one of them, they felt closer to me than my own brother.

I did eventually call my brother to tell him and although he wasn’t happy, he supported me and said he would be there, I couldn’t ask for any more.

After my first week as a Muslim my patient passed away in his sleep while I was caring for him. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon.

He died a peaceful death and I was the only person with him.

He was like the father I never had and he was my doorway to Islam.

From the day of my Shahadah to this very day and for every day for as long as I live, I will pray that Allah shows mercy on him and grant him every good deed I perform in the tenfold.

I loved him for the sake of Allah and I pray each night to become an atoms weight of the Muslim he was.

Islam is a religion with an open door; it is there for those who want to enter it.... Verily Allah is the Most Merciful, Most Kind.


* Note * Our sister Cassie passed away October 2010 Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi rajioon, after she gave da’wa to her brother, who had accepted Islam Alhamdulillah.

[Source: a da’wa organization in the UK]

Tuesday, 24 December 2013

Christian-Jewish Sister Natasha Reverts to Islam

Sister YazTheSpaz brings us the uplifting story of a revert’s journey from a half-Christian, half-Jewish household in America, to Islam.

 Natasha M, a Costa Rican raised in a half-Christian, half-Jewish household.

Growing up, Natasha always felt a sense of spirituality, yet her heart yearned for something deeper. As a child, she remembers having strange dreams, as though the last days of life were slowly nearing – like the Day of Judgment.

For that reason, at the age of 12, she began to read the Bible from beginning to end, in hopes of educating herself more in Christianity and gaining a closer relationship with God. As she was reading the first couple of chapters, she came across a phrase that changed her life forever. It read: ‘You shall never pray to any god but the God all mighty.’

By reading that line, she felt as though she had been sinning for so long by praying to Jesus Christ (pbuh) instead of God. From that moment on, she decided to stop following her mother’s religion of Christianity, and move on to her father’s religion – Judaism. She began attending synagogue where local members asked if she was interested in converting. She accepted, despite her mother’s disapproval.

In fact, Natasha knew nothing about Islam besides the fact that Muslims were not allowed to marry outside the religion
In her early 20s Natasha had the opportunity to visit Israel. She then moved to New York City and began her new life with the teachings of Judaism. Natasha even married a Jewish man, had a child and lived the life of an orthodox Jew – even though she was never truly ‘accepted’ since her mother was not Jewish. There were a few things about her life that she felt uneasy and fearful about, but she just ignored the bad and went on with her life.

By her mid-20s she had divorced and moved to California, where she continued living the Jewish lifestyle. After a year in California she met some Egyptians, became friends with them, and ended up becoming very good friends with one of them.

Her good friend, Omar, once mentioned something about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). She’d seen him praying all the time and even had another girl friend who spoke about getting her shahada – the phrase said when converting to Islam – but she never really bothered to take any interest in Islam then. In fact, Natasha knew nothing about Islam besides the fact that Muslims were not allowed to marry outside the religion.

As Natasha met and hung out with Omar almost every day, she brought to his attention that they might need to stop seeing each other. Her reasoning was that she had no intention of converting to Islam, but he replied that as long as their children are raised Muslim, it’s permissible for a Muslim man to marry a Jewish woman. The only thing that made her uneasy was giving her children the option of choosing which religion they connected with most.
Then one day her son, Shane – from her previous marriage – asked her if he could pray with Omar; she accepted. Watching them pray together brought about an incredible sense of peace and tranquility in the room and in her heart.

Around that time, Omar went back to Egypt for four months to spend time with his family. While he was away, Natasha began doing as much research as she could on the topic of Islam. She contacted a website called ‘Why Islam’ and they immediately sent her a Qur’an translated in Spanish. This happened to be right before the Ramadan of 2005.
When she began reading the Qur’an, she was surprised to see the way it was written – completely different from the Bible, which is written in the form of a story. She found herself reading the Qur’an everywhere – in the car, during her lunch break, at home at night – and realised that it contained every belief that she had ever had. ‘Had this book been written specifically for me?’, she started questioning herself.

After feeling so much tranquility and peace while reading the Qur’an, she immediately contacted the ‘Why Islam’ website, in hopes of finding someone who could give her a tour of a mosque. A gentleman from the site called her back and asked her a few questions, such as, ‘Do you believe that there is only one God?’; ‘Do you believe in heaven and hell?’; ‘Do you believe in the Day of Judgment?’; ‘Do you believe in angels?’ – and to all, she answered yes!
He then simply said, ‘Well, if you believe in all of them, then you are Muslim – why don’t you just say your shahada right now?’ After asking a few more questions, she then took her shahada and was sent a starter kit, which included a Qur’an, a hijab, and many books and videos.
Natasha kept her conversion to Islam a secret even after Omar returned from Egypt. Then, one day, when she needed extra help and had no one else to turn to except him, she told him. He began teaching her surats for her to memorise, recorded them on CDs for her, and repeated them until she was able to recite them herself.

Their bond grew so much that they found it only right to get married, as that is what Islam teaches as the acceptable way of relations between man and woman. They were married at a mosque in Anaheim, California, where a few friends gathered for their small wedding.
Natasha began attending Islamic school on Sundays and other Islamic events with her husband, getting more involved with the community, which helped strengthen her bond with Islam.
By this point, Natasha was eager to start wearing the hijab. What had kept her from fully wearing it was the agony she’d faced from her former co-workers and employers. Whenever she’d bring her children to Islamic school, she was the only one without hijab and she never felt right not covering up – until one day, she had had enough and decided to start wearing it.

‘I try my best to not judge people nor talk bad about them, and most importantly, I feel very privileged and thankful to have been given the opportunity to know Islam’

She began by searching for hijab tutorials on YouTube. ‘The one that called my attention the most was YazTheSpaz. I literally watched every single one of her videos and began trying the hijab in different ways until I found the one that made me feel comfortable,’ she said.
From my postings on Facebook, she found out about World Hijab Day. She didn’t have the need to go out all day until evening. As she stepped outside with her hijab on, she said out loud, ‘Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem,’ and left her house. She hasn’t gone a day without wearing it since.
As we conclude our interview, I ask Natasha one last question: ‘How has Islam changed your life?

Her answer:
I became more careful of the things I say as I don’t want to give a bad name to my religion. I didn’t fight back on any of the harsh comments because I never wanted people to say Islam is about aggression.  My relationship with my parents changed a lot, especially with my mother. I am very careful with what I say to her and how I say it. I’ve also learned to see the beauty in life, to never ask WHY when things happen as Allah SWTA is the only one who knows why, and I accept hardships with patience as I know they are test from Allah SWTA. I basically see the beauty in life that I hadn’t been able to see before. I try my best to not judge people nor talk bad about them, and most importantly, I feel very privileged and thankful to have been given the opportunity to know Islam. I also feel that I have a big duty now to teach my children to live an Islamic lifestyle, and to grow up to be good Muslims and good human beings, inshaAllah! I know there is a lot I still need to learn and will continue this journey very proudly, inshaAllah!

Natasha might have lost many friends along the way and might even have gotten bullied by ignorant people, but with Islam so strong in her life now, she is happier than ever with her husband Omar and her four lovely children, Alhamdulillah, who are all being raised as strong believers in Islam. Ameen! 

(Courtesy: sister YazTheSpaz of http://www.aquila-style.com/ )

Tuesday, 3 December 2013

Arya Vysya Hindu discovers Islam after learning about Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

Assalamu Alaikum wa'rahamtullah wa'barakathu brothers and sisters,

 I'm a born Hindu. My cast is Arya Vysya which is the next best cast after Brahmins according to Hinduism.

I had a lot of doubts about my existence from a very  young age, who am I, where did I come  from, why do I look the way I do, who created me, what is the purpose of my creation etc... People may not believe that I had these doubts as young as the age of five. However I did not pose these questions to anyone, I kept them to myself.

During my school days I used to think a lot about God and was confused about who God really was, whether he is found in Christianity, Hinduism or in Islam? At one point in time I did not believe in God at all. At one point in my life I used to be very scientific and believed in Science above most ideas, but often during my exams I believed in God.

For some time I felt that I was involved in some kind of business with God, for instance when I was sad or felt a need for God I would believe in God but when I was busy with life and other matters I would forget Him.  

The funny part is that, I had Muslim friends but used to hate Muslims. I think I used to hate the word "Muslim" not so much the people, based on the fact that the word often coexists with bad headline news. 

All these mixed thoughts were there through out my school days and when I went to college I stopped thinking about God all together and was curious with what people were following and started following along.

Although, everything changed after my college days, when I took a more professional course; there I met lot of new friends. One friend, in particular, had this book called "Muhammad in Hindu Scripture" written by Ved Prakash Upadhyay. I was astonished by two things, one was why is there a  Muslim guy in Hindu scriptures?  and the second is why is the author Brahmin?... Alhamdulillah, my research started from here I spoke to my friend and he lent the book to me, to be honest I read each letter, each word and each sentence and I read the book without really understanding, I understood very little like maybe only recognizing some names.

Then when he asked me about what I had understood I could not fully answer. After that point, Alhamdulillah, we had many discussions. I referred to many books and online CD'S and began to learn more and more about Islam.

All my doubts that I had from my childhood were now answered through the Quran which gave the answers  in full clarity, with logic and left me with so much conviction. I'm most grateful to Allah (swt) for guiding me to Him.

I was convinced  and accepted Islam in 2004. I said my shahada, in my heart, with full faith, Alhamdulillah.

There is One God, but Allah(Swt) No Idol Worshiping and I pray only to Him. Also in Bhavishya Puran, its is given that we need to follow Muhammad (phub) so, Allahmdulillah, I'm doing it as it is said in Hinduism. Finally if a person is true Hindu and believes in Hinduism he/she should turn to Islam, as I have.

Alhamdulillah, I'm happy to say that within a few months my brother also reverted to Islam. After many discussions with him and through the research I had done I had given him all my resources, he saw the truth and reverted to Islam.

My name is Abdullaha Arun; my previous name was Arun Kumar. People ask me why I have retained part of my Hindu name, I reply it is an opportunity for me to give Dawaah whenever people ask about my Hindu name it gives me an opportunity to discus Islam, Insha Allah.

I don’t feel upset when Muslims die because I know; I will meet them some day again. However I feel pained and pinched when Non-Muslims die because I know what is hereafter for them.

Please brothers and sisters, try giving Dawaah to Non-Muslims, death can come suddenly. It is obligatory on us to convey the message. Insha Allah, people may accept Islam by One word of Allah(swt).

Please pray for my parents to accept Islam, I have started to convey the message to them, Insha Allah one day they will become Muslims too.

May Allah Bless and Guide everyone in the Ummah!! Ameen.

Remember me in your Duas.

Wa'Alaikum Assalam wa'rahamtullah wa'barakathu brothers and sisters,

Your brother,
Abdullaha Arun

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

My Hijab, My right, My Choice


I really don’t understand how a piece of cloth on a woman’s head can change the perceptions, make governments fight, have heated debates in Parliaments, have media frenzy, polarize societies, spread hatred and islamophobia and lead to countless debates.
Everybody seems to be representing the Muslim women, some are trying to save us from ‘oppression’, while others want us to follow the tradition, and some use us as weapon to spread their hatred. Some even use us to win elections or to polarize the society to gain support or votes. The main point is that everyone seems to be representing us, the Muslim women. The simple logic they use is that they all want us to be ‘saved’. This assumption by the politicians, governments, common people, religious institutions and above all the media is insulting to me, as Muslim women. I don’t need any of them to ‘save’ or help me. I am capable of making my own decisions, my own choices, as long as I have the freedom to choose.

Religious scriptures
The Bible clearly says:
‘If a woman does not cover her head, she should have her hair cut off; and if it is a disgrace for a woman to have her hair cut or shaved off, she should cover her head’
The words from bible are far stricter then the words of Quran.
Quran says to the believing women that they should lower their gaze and guard their modesty; that they should not display their beauty and ornaments except what (must ordinarily) appear thereof; that they should draw their veils over their bosoms…” [Yusuf Ali translation)
There are several other verses in both Bible and Quran and can be interpreted differently, by different people.
For the Muslim world, the Quran clearly states the hijab for men, a verse before the hijab for women, that they should lower their gaze and dress appropriately. But I have rarely seen any debate regarding the hijab for men. Why it always needs to be for women? Hijab does not mean only the piece of cloth, it has a large definition in terms of modesty (both internal and external), intentions and ‘haya’ (shyness) for both men and women. Haya is a part of Muslim faith.

Cultural meaning

Hijab is a part of clothing and every culture has its types of clothing, which is derived from tradition. Just like men in Scotland wear skirts. In most of the Muslim countries it is part of culture and part of their faith. For lot of sisters they would feel naked if you ask them to remove the Hijab, it would be like you are asking any western woman to remove their shirts. For lots of Muslim women the hijab is more than a piece of cloth, it is a privilege to be able to wear the hijab, and it is a daily reminder of faith. It is a way for sisters to be in charge of their own femininity and to make an active decision about what they choose to cover and what they choose to let people see. These sisters do not want to be seen as a sex object or for their physical aspects, but rather for her thoughts and their views. They want to be judged for their mind rather than for their looks and curves.
In my series of interviews with many new reverts to Islam, I could clearly see that they like this aspect of Quran which respects the women’s body and give the women a high position in Muslim cultures/societies. It does not propagate western media hypocrisy where they use woman and her body to sell from a toothpaste to a tractor and is often judged by her external beauty and curves rather than for what she is from inside.
The European governments waste millions of dollars in debating and trying to curb the right of women in order to please the right wingers or to consolidate the vote banks. They can rather use the same money to educate the masses and make them understand that in today’s globalized world we need to respect different ideas, cultures and point of view. We need to believe that everyone has a RIGHT TO CHOOSE and we do not need any laws which tell us what to do or what not to do. The European Governments which claim to be based on freedom need to implement the same and need to get out of bigotry, prejudices and politics of vote.