Assalamu alaykum wa rahmatullahi,
I am new here and writing this blog to make friends with sisters on here. I want to share a story I wrote for english class in university. Its about my transition to Islam. Alhamdulillah.
Here it is:
Hi, my name is Lisa, and I am making changes in myself that last a lifetime. For a long time, I am a convert to Islam. In the transition phase, I recieved a lot of harsh responses and discouragement that pushed me to prove everyone wrong. It is my faith in Allah (Arabic word for God) during tough times that saved me from depression and anxiety. When the Quran tells us:
“And spend in the way of Allah and do not throw [yourselves] with your [own] hands into destruction [by refraining]. And do good; indeed, Allah loves the doers of good.”
(The Holy Qur’an, 2:195)
That quote from my holy book has taught me to never think of suicide or self harm, but always find a way out of bad times. From seeing people evict me from college for wearing a hijab (Muslim veil) to my small town college to experiencing disillusionment and divorce. During these times, I pushed myself to always be strong and show the world I can’t be broken.
My life after being Muslim has be tough but rewarding. In ten years of knowing Islam, I have graduated college as a trained chef. This achievement never materialised during my non-muslim days. As I often experienced depressive episodes due to my lack of conviction and confidence in myself before Islam. Also, I am a devoted and loving mom, who always put her kids first and literally travels from Kingston to Toronto weekly to see them due to divorce. Moreover, I could travel any distance to see a smile from them, even just for one day. There is not challenge or hindrance in this life that cannot be overcome by my faith.