Your way to Islam !!!!!share your story

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    Mashallah very nice story sister and yes there are many of us born Muslims who some how go astray from the deen but Allah is merciful to bring us back onto the right path.

    I pray he guides all brothers and sisters that are not practising and all the non believers to Islam Inshallah Ameen.
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    Sister your story really brought tears in my eyes.
    You really took Shahada all alone in your room Subanhallah. . . really beautiful & interesting story.
    You don't have to be scared from your family just have patience & equip yourself with islamic knowledge sister then you will be able to convince them Inshallah.As knowledge of Islam is the only weapon one can have to be stronger against anyone.
    Every one goes through bumpy roads for sure you will have a smoother road ahead Inshallah & also a lot of muslim frndz too Inshallah.:blackhijab:

    :wasalam:
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    Assalamu alaikoum sister Shannox, can i please have your video??? I really want to see it! InshaAllah, only if you want to send it to me
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    [Good afternoon everyone.
    I am 25, French and Muslim since the first day of this year's Ramadan.
    Here is my story.
    I've been raised by my Swiss mother and half Algerian father. She used to be protestant but denied God after her father's death. His father was Muslim but he's been raised in a catholic church. He's always believed in God and raised all his kids with beautiful values and moral. Both have beautiful hearts and gave their lives to others, helping and advising to the right path.
    Unfortunately in his early years, my dad married a woman who changed him and spoiled him. This woman was a kind of witch full of dirty spells. No one will never explain me how, but after his divorce (and 2 kids) and he married my mum, they accepted to accommodate his ex wife who lived under our roof until I was born. I believe that she put a kind of malediction into my family because their lives since them just changed direction. He turned into alcoholism and hard drugs. He almost died a few times. But he’s never been violent and has always been _despite his weakness_ the most giving person in the world. You can imagine how I grew up. I needed to be mature enough very quickly and was adult thinking by the age of 8. I’ve never been able to understand this world, how it works and why people act the way they do. My mum always told me to believe in men. I couldn’t understand how she still could believe in them. Secretly, in my bedroom, after crying for hours, I prayed God the way I saw it in movies and have been Listened by Him. I asked him not to be alone anymore and He sent me a sister when I reached 11.
    Her parents are Senegalese. Her mother died months before we met and her father abandoned her and her 3 brothers and sisters when they were young. They were all Muslim. There’ve immediately been a connection between Maty and me. Not a normal one. Something told us that we would be linked for ever. We knew it whilst we were children. We became inseparable very quickly. After a few years, we completed each others sentences. Today, I don’t even need to talk to her anymore as I know what she thinks almost all the time. Something extraordinary linked us and saved us.
    My parents also became very close to this whole family and decided one day to adopt all of them. They are a full part of the family and they've always been treated the same way than us.
    But, not only did I find a family, I also found my religion.
    When I reached 14, I’ve had a dream urging me to become Muslim. From that day on, I stopped eating pork and started studying Islam.
    Although I was genuinely interested in religion, it was also our “teenage bad age” and my new sister and I started smoking cannabis a huge deal. After cannabis, it was alcohol and without even realising it we both were drinking one to two glasses of wine per day. It also happened to go to far with alcohol and each time I’ve been on my own facing the rest of the world, I drunk and drunk and drunk, sometimes to much for my brain to understand anything happening. I made huge mistakes and realised I turned my back to Islam.
    A year ago, I’ve had another “revelation”. I realised that all I’ve been asking when I was a child actually happened, that all I’ve been praying for have been realised. And I understood how unfaithful I had been and decided to turn back to Islam. I learned how to pray on the first day of Ramadan this year. My sister and I are now in the right direction.
    My father stopped drinks and drugs 5 years ago. It was too late. His brain is not working properly anymore, he’s got diabetes, hepatic, lung cancer and in a few days will have a biopsy and check on his vocal cords. Doctors told me he wouldn’t last a year. Up to a few months ago, I still thought I would never be able to forgive him for what he’s done to his family. Because of him, my mum is highly depressed and has never had a normal life, I’m quite weird and all his children are traumatised. But I realised recently that it’s not him who needs forgiveness but me. I should never have to judge my parents. Their choices were theirs and I’ve also made mistakes. Since then, my relationship with him improved a lot and we started talking. I discovered that he’s always been a Muslim in his heart. I told him I started praying and he was the happiest dad in the world. He is proud of me because I’ve taken a different path.

    Today, I feel it’s my role to push him back in religion. His health is worse and worse everyday and I fear his lost soon. I now live in London but do my best to go back to France very frequently to see him. I’m afraid I don’t know what to start with. I don’t know how to put the subject on the table. I just want him to know the FATIHA before his death. I just wish he listens to me. But all he says is “it’s too late for me”.

    If anyone, anyone can help me, please do.

    I don’t know why I felt the urge to express myself today. It’s very rare, moreover on Internet. But I’ve been guided.
    I’m sorry if some of you don’t find this text written well enough.

    NAHID
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    I will try to be quick. My family had no religion but I went to Chrsitian sunday school. As a small child I loved Allah so much and I said the prayers with my mouth but in my heart I knew Jesus (pbuh) could not be the son of God. This caused me so much guilt, I was sure I would go to hell because I was evil for not believing he was the son of God. So I turned my back on religion as a teenager and led a very bad life but my heart never let go of the belief in Allah.

    When I was 39 years old I was trying to understand why these crazy Muslims were beating their wives, raping women, killing everyone and all the other stories. Well they must be true because they are in the newspapers!! So I decided to go to a Muslim country and find out why people can live this way and think God could accept it.

    The area I went to was a tourist area and everything I had heard was true, the men were all drunk, smoking drugs and taking girls back to their hotels. So this was Islam - no thank you.

    However, I saw a young man that did not behave in this way, he never drank or went out with girls. I asked him about this and he said "I am Muslim, I am 28 and must stay a virgin until I get married". This sounded very extreme and I thought he was a little strange. He put a new ringtone on my mobile phone, which I would listen to over and over, it was so beautiful (Sami Yusuf - al Mu'allim). I extended my holiday and asked more and more questions. He never tried to convert me and would not speak about religion unless I asked him.

    I bought the Quran and began to read and by Surah an-nisa I knew this was the true path. 4 weeks before this I knew nothing of Islam. I flew to al-Azhar in Cairo and made my shahada there.
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    Assalamu-alaikum

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    Masha-Allah, after reading these lines all I can say sister, is this
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    Alhamdolillah He chose me and now I must work so hard to be worthy of this blessing.
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    From beardless to bearded

    A long time back I penned this story to be shared in a yahoogroup. I found this a good platform to share so I'm here sharing it after 4 years again. Its a story of 'muslim by chance' to a 'muslim by choice'.

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    A tear dropped from my eye, lying on my sofa, reading an Islamic digest, detailing down the words of UMMAH HATUL MOMINEEN (Mother of ALL MOMINS) and the SAHABAAH KARAM RIZWAN ULALLAH HAI AJMAEEN( The companions of the Holy Prophet (SAW) when they were about to depart from this mortal world.

    Astonished by the fact, that when they were departing from this mortal world, they’re crying. Was that cry for the FEAR of DEATH? The answer came as NO. Was that cry for the fact that they’re not happy about how they passed their lives? I was confused on the answer to it. Continued anxiously to know the reason, the words of AMMA AYEESHA (RA) went passed my eyes which said “I’d wished I was a stone, a grass, for these things at least don’t have to be answerable for their deeds”.

    A moment of pause came, a moment which straightened the hair on my body with fear of ALLAH I couldn’t understand. I kept thinking that as of those companions and mothers who did so much of good deeds that no one among us can ever think of , who had the most god-consciousness, piety as compared to anyone of us, when they were departing, they were weeping and crying for they couldn’t stand in front of the ALMIGHT CREATOR, ALLAH, to be answerable for their deeds. Having a fear of ALLAH so much in their last moments, even though they were among the best of the best , made me shiver with the fear of ALLAH.

    For those great people who spent their lives for ISLAM, they were not satisfied with the way they passed their lives, that who knows to which act ALLAH will make them accountable for the deeds. Reading more made me go through the following hadeeth:

    “Prophet Muhammad (SAW ) said” Every child of Adam (AS) goes embarrassed from this earth? The companions asked: “O Prophet! Do the good ones as well?” The Prophet (SAW) replied: “Yes, because for a person who is bad, he feels embarrassed that he was not able to do SOME GOOD DEEDS and for a person who is good he is embarrassed that he was not able to do MORE GOOD DEEDS”

    Tears kept rising from my eyes as in continued to read as
    “For FAITH lies in between FEAR and HOPE from ALLAH”

    I started questioning myself? Where do I stand at in terms of my so-called faith? Suppose if I die now, what is it that I have to offer to my ALLAH ALMIGHTY? Nothing was the reply from the bottom of my heart. I was empty inside in terms of my offerings to ALLAH. I paused for a moment, thought over it more; tears came out and kept on drying. I was feeling guilty of the past 21-22 years of my life in which I did nothing much for ALLAH but did everything for myself. Was never a regular prayer, always used to enjoy my life that was given in a the most appropriate way I can, never had the thinking in my mind that I’m going to die. That day turned out to me as my first call to prayers when one says “ALLAH HU AKBAR” ALLAH IS THE GREATEST., I wept, I cried, I repented to ALLAH to forgive me, I asked for His mercy, I was terrified from the Fear of ALLAH and I knew that I was just running away from TRUTH by just following my OWNSELF.


    From that point on till now, ALHAMDULILLAH, I have been praying regularly and I try to know more that ISLAM in total has to offer me. I’ve never felt the peace of heart in my previous life than that day when I REPTENTED over sins. I prayed my first TAHAJUD that day and I’m hopeful that ALLAH will forgive me because His blessing encompasses HIS terror and I continue to hold steadfast in the way of ALLAH because I know now that after repentance if u turn my back on ALLAH’s command, I’ll have to face the torment of this world and the hereafter.

    I’d been a normal teenager like anyone of this age who looks forward to find all the charms in the material world things weather it be partying, playing etc. but praise be to ALLAH how has told me the real purpose of LIFE that one can’t find peace (ISLAM) if one doesn’t submit to HIM both Verbally and Practically. Yes, I was a MUSLIM by LABEL only, who was doing everything that if compared to a NON-MUSLIM one would not find any routine difference. For that matter, I’d believed that that was not a MUSLIM for the past 21-22 years of my life.


    The faith that I had on that day was so much that I was so hopeful of the blessings of ALLAH on my repentance that I knew that if I’m going to die that day, ALLAH will INSHALLAH submit me to paradise because its ALLAH’S promise that anyone who repents back to ALLAH, ALLAH mercy n blessings are always favored for him. It was never a process that took me a day to change my mind but that day was a turning point in my life that turned the life that I’m going to pass ahead.

    It has lots of background to it, one of which I feel that I have been a person who has been blessed by ALLAH SUBAHANAWATALLAH in so many aspects that I can’t pay back to Him for what he has given me. Not many people have passed a life of luxury like me; such has been the favor of ALLAH on me. One of the blessings in disguise that came from ALLAH for me was my father, may ALLAH continue to bless him, who I feel that whatsoever he has given to me as a son, the most beloved things he gave me was ISLAM, meaning that it was he who actually made me change in terms of my what I’m right now. He was never a religious man before but what I know for him is that I have never seen him miss his prayers the moment I had been in my consciousness.

    That moment came as was planned by ALLAH. I along with the family besides my father had to shift from Saudia Arabia to Pakistan for my further education. After 6 months of gap he came to spend the vacations with us. Entering as a bearded man, managing a smile on his face, met us all. We’re all astonished to see it but at the same time happy to see my father keeping it because he was looking MASHALLAH good. So my impression to keeping the beard was keeping it if it looks good. I never realized the spiritual aspects of it that it refrains a person from.

    He never forced us, brought forward with him some cassettes and CDs of ISLAMIC SERMONS of different SHAIKHS and requested us to read it. He was gradual in his preaching us the ISLAM that he has known. I would say that I since my childhood had always this anxiety to know about ISLAM n Prophet Muhammad sayings because most the times I have read them I felt the beauty in it and it has always been touching my heart. Continued the period in which I listened to different topics in ISLAM explaining the QURAN and the hadeeth. The SERMON always used to leave some deep feelings but that was for a LIMITED period of time and then I continued on pass on the life as I wanted. May be the sins that I had earned had left my heart filled with black spots that I didn’t want to accept it practically, I had always accepted it verbally but I’m thankful to ALLAH who in spite of the sins I had earned favored me with the blessings of ISLAM in a TRUE way that made my heart n mind peaceful which has never been before.

    One scholar I’d like to mention explicitly is Dr.Zakir Naik, who when I first say the impression that came to my mind was what is this tall, weak, feeble man has to reply to the Christian questions that was posed to him and my eyes remained opened when I saw that person reply beautifully, scientifically, logically remaining in perspective of ISLAM. The calmness with which he delivered the answer made me clap, made me feel proud of the religion of truth that ALLAH has blessed, and after that point on came my struggle to acquire more n more and the quench of that is still increasing on and on..

    This changed man is a result of so many SHAIKS SERMONS that they deliver to make the people come to the right path and to all the people who have favored me in this life, I feel that I can’t give back the favors of my father on me in terms of ISLAM. I pray to ALLAH to return back the favors he has done on me on the Day of Judgment.

    From the beardless to the beard, is yet again a thing that was quite difficult to do for any youngster. It’s just the lack of FAITH that makes him away from keeping the beard which is again a blessing that keeps ONE away from some sins that most of the youngsters these days are up to like chasing the sisters, using dirty language. They don’t keep one because they want to continue their bad acts of evil because they know if they keep it then they don’t have to do it in short.

    I kept my beard short and imagine the brother of Islam, most of them, came telling me O DUDE!! You look better without that beard. Asking questions like. Which group you have joined? Why are you becoming so ISLAMIC? Had that question from someone who was not MUSLIMS that would not have been hurting but it was my own Muslim brothers who were not happy to see a bearded face? I asked ALLAH to be with me on that though I admit that these sort of questions always used to make me trim the beard to an-inch long beard only. It was just due to my lack of faith but ALHAMDULILLAH I never made it shaved once I had made the Promise with ALLAH that I’ll not remove it and then gradually and steadily ALLAH helped me increase my faith and now I’ve kept it ALHAMDULILLAH on SUNNAH, i.e. trimming the moustache and growing the beard after that day I have not made it even an-inch short. ALHAMDULILLAH! I’m happy for my elder brother as well, who also has kept it, not just because of me but its because of the thinking that one can always give a signal to the other person that I’m a changed man, yet calm and collective, try to find out the difference that I have achieved and you haven’t.!!!

    ALHMADULILLAH, I did the first AITIKAAF of my life and I have always felt that I’m a strong man and believe me, its very difficult to make a person weep or cry but praise be to ALLAH who has revealed the QURAN which if pondered upon will make even the most stiff heart man weep and cry because ALLAH, the ALMIGHTY when talks to us through that QURAN , you feel that it is you who is being pin pointed by ALLAH for your deeds. For that book is a book that can soften any heart, but the alas! part is that we Muslims just read it but don’t try to understand the message of it. Nothing has made me weep other than the book of ALLAH which has glad tidings for the good and bad results for the bad but even then I always include myself in the bad because if I’ll get excited about the glad tidings then who knows that feeling might lead towards misleading me from the way of ALLAH and the Eid I spent was really the only EID I had ever passed peacefully. ALL praise be to ALLAH!


    Last not the least, I’d like to mention that most of people would be curious of that how a person so learned can, qualified to have a bachelor’s degree of computers, can say and think such a thing but dear brothers and sisters, it all about at what level of FAITH you stand on, the more you increase your faith, the more you grow to give the most beloved thing that you have with you to give in the way of ALLAH and that is your LIFE. ALLAH knows that deep inside I feel that if a day comes that I have to give the most beloved thing in the eyes of ALLAH; I’ll not show my back INSHALLAH. I pray and continue to pray that ALLAH make me steadfast on His religion.

    I’m a changed man by the blessings of ALLAH and prayers of my father I feel, who continues to pray for us wherever he is. One thing is for sure that it is me who has IMPLEMTNED THE ISLAM on me. If a person, who walks by you, can’t see ISLAM on your physical body then imagine yourself being so pathetic that even though you made a Muslim, it’s difficult for anyone to tell from your face, from your body that you’re a Muslim.

    ALLAH doesn’t change anyone unless they change themselves. The first step brothers and sisters have to come from you. If you fail to give it, ALLAH will not help you because it’s you who is showing your back to ALLAH and the other hand ALLAH has opened his arms for all blessings for those who come to HIM.

    Last, but not the least, look into the things you have earned? Are you not the one who is doing disobedience to ALLAH after you have believed? Are you praying? Are you keeping the fasts as is the mission of fasts? Are you following the prophet’s sayings? Are you not leading a life of thyself? Are you not addicted to worldly materials and desire of the evils? Has evil not overtaken you? Are you not doing the wrong by making ideals like heroes and heroines of today? Are you not doing falsehood by loving each and every third boy or girl you meet? Are you not the sharing the LOVE that you owe to ALLAH to someone else? Are you not a victim to some one’s love illegally? Does your ISLAM allow all that? Are you being loyal to it? Are you not a lover of SONGS and when QURAN is recited upon you no change is made in your heart? Who are your ideals. Tariq bin Ziyad or a bollywood, hollywood actor; AMMA AYEESHA (RA) or a fashioned girl of a hollywood, bollywood ? Who are you blackmailing? Do you want to become a modest women or a fashion-oritned women?


    With all these queries, I’d like to end it by praising ALLAH, who has given me strength to pen it down and I attribute it to my parents who have toiled too hard and are still toiling to make me a good Muslim. With some desires to memorize the QURAN and become a SCHOLAR OF QURAN AND HADEETH, I’d like you to all to pray for me so that one day when I leave from this earth, I had earned some good deeds that ALLAH be happy with and forgives me on the Day of Judgment; for that day will be day full of FEAR OF ALLAH. May ALLAH keep us all safe from the embarrassment of that day. At the end a request to all brothers and sisters to shed a tear in the way of ALLAH and repent for your wrong acts who knows the last tear dropped from your eye for the fear of ALLAH might be the last one you can offer to ALLAH, who knows its the last day your passing on this earth? who knows its the last prayer that your praying for ALLAH? Think and pause for a moment....

    WAL HAMDULILLAH HAI RABIL AAALAMEEN
    PRAISE BE TO ALLAH, THE LORD OF THE UNIVERSE.
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    How did I became a Muslim?

    Well... I cannot site a particular time when and how I became a muslim except that when my father arrived (he's still working at that time from Saudi Arabia, and I was in high school) telling us that he reverted to Islam (though shocked, we never objected to him). Although he teached us how to make wuduh, how to pray, and every obligation that we needed to know about Islam, my eeman at that time was very weak and environment somehow plays the part.

    But alhamdulillah thru Allah's swt guidance, the books (quran, sunnah, literature) that my father left everytime he leaves somehow makes me aware and enlightens me about Islam. Where I was able to know the stories of the prophets, the description of the hereafter and the likes, which is far more better than what I've known when I was a non-muslim. I think that is also the time when I went to the local mosque on my own will and it helps cause it makes me aware of what a muslim community is.

    Inshaallah may Allah swt strengthen my eeman more even if I'm still in the environment that once in a time tries to destroy it.

    Salamualaikum to all my brothers and sisters here in TTI
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    Subhaaan Allah

    Nice stories.
    What I noticed, when I was in UK, that the number of women who became Muslims is higher than of men!!
    It's unexpected because of press & media which present Islam as abuser of women.

    However, the fact, likes the sun, can't be hidden. The number of people who accept Islam is the real respond.

    They (the disbelievers, the Jews and the Christians) want to extinguish Allah's Light (with which Muhammad SAW has been sent - Islamic Monotheism) with their mouths, but Allah will not allow except that His Light should be perfected even though the Kafirun (disbelievers) hate (it). (32) It is He Who has sent His Messenger (Muhammad SAW) with guidance and the religion of truth (Islam), to make it superior over all religions even though the Mushrikun (polytheists, pagans, idolaters, disbelievers in the Oneness of Allah) hate (it). (the Quran, 9:32-33)
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    mashallah. I love these stories and I wish I could sit here and read through all of them and not go to sleep. Hehe. My own path to Islam is actually similiar to others, it seems - and here I thought I was different. :)

    About four or five years ago I was introduced to Islam through a sister and her family. I became very good friends with her and her brother (and still am). I've never been religious, like at all, so naturally I didn't really think anything of it. When 9/11 rolled around, some questions were raised but never addressed. And then about a year and a half ago, I met a brother who really inspired me to actually take the time to explore Islam. I became interested in why he would pray the way he did, why he didn't do certain things, etc. So I started reading about Islam online, and not only discovered how beautiful Islam was, but I answered those questions that were raised back on 9/11. When I first came to TTI I actually only came to gather more information, but then one night I had a dream and when I woke up from that dream I knew it was time for me to convert, so I took shahada immediately. And I've been learning more and more ever since. And strangely, just like one of the sisters on here said, I realized that I was already Muslim. I've always dressed modestly, I don't drink/smoke/etc, I would never gamble...I always believed in one god and I never understood why anyone would believe in the trinity. It was very easy for me to accept Muhammed(PBUH) as the last and final prophet. And I can honestly say, that Islam has brought a peace to me that I've never known before. (I'll spare you the sad-sob story of my life lol) Although it is tough for me to explain to my friends (who have always confused me with being athiest) and practically impossible to explain to my immediate family that I've converted and I've had my share of ups and downs. But the thing is, I'm learning everyday and I understand that Allah is only testing my imaan!

    I love Islam!!! <3

    Your sister in Islam, Jennifer
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    our way to Islam

    Muslims in Australia - new Muslims/ many background/ drinking tea and talk about they way to Islam

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    share it around!!!

    more video here
    http://au.youtube.com/MUSLIMSinAUSTRALIA

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    Salam to all! endeed great tread and stories!!!
    My reversion to Islam was through my muslim husbant. I grew up in an ortodox-christian famely wich was deeply rooted in religion.My dear grandfather always was crying when he was telling us the stories of the Prophets and when he was talking about God!! He was such a good person and so religious....I regret so much that he died befor he knew about Islam:SMILY23:...As I already said, I was teached about the religion and I growup in religious way. My mam use to tell us (live with fear from God and shame from the people)! When I told them who I chose to married, they were like... :angryblue: this was their reaction.....!!!!!
    We need 2 years until they accept to married. While this 2 years, my famely was praying not to married this man,, and my husbant was praying Allah to let us get married.. ..and we did!!:) I put my husbant to swear that he will not force me to enter in Islam and he told me like this:"with your behaver, your soul, your actions, you are already in Islam but you don't know yet" And he was so... right! After reading about Islam, I did realized that all my life I was muslim without knowing! May Allah(swt) bless my husbant for everything he did and still does for me!:tti_sister: This is the very briefly side of story, because in the real one was to many thears and questions and suffring...all this because my famely could not accept my decision! So,,I do understand very well the other convert girl's problems:telling their parents, faced the collegs in schoolmates,the neighbours etc. But we must never forget:WHEN ALLAH ACCEPT US TO BE MUSLIMS IT MEENS HE LOVES US, SO NO MATER WHAT IT WILL HAPPENT HE IS THER FOR US, AND FROM THIS POINT--WE DON'T NEED ANYTHING ELSE and WE CAN FACE EVERYTING! May Allah(swt) Bless us and guide only on the right way! Amin
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    My way to Islam

    I grew up a Roman Catholic and would always accompany my mother doing her weekly novena to the 'Mother of Perpetual Help', a few kilometers from our house in Cavite,Philippines. I have always had a strong sense of religion and need for God. This brought me to a more aggressive search which led me to be involved with a Christian cult organization, known worldwide as "The Family" or "Children of God" founded by an American - David Berg. After leaving the organization, because of conflicting convictions and doctrines, I joined a Baptist Church and through the years, became an active youth and Bible study leader, until in 1994, the last church I attended was a full gospel evangelical mission church in Manila - The Calvary Chapel of Manila, where I led the Ushering ministry.

    I came to Saudi Arabia in 1994, and was on and off attending home services for Christian evangelical groups. Later on I started to have Muslim friends who encouraged me to become Muslim but I was very strong in my refusal and always stops them short of further lecturing me about Islam. IHowever, there were very vivid instances when Islam and the Muslim prayer would just strike me and make me cry. Watching them pray makes me feel guilty of my own shortcoming as a Christian with my not so impressive prayer life.

    I left Saudi Arabia in 2001 for a year and I got married to a nice Christian young lady in the Philippines. I returned back in 2002. And soon after realized an amazing desire to discover Islam. I bought myself a carpet and started praying my heart and calling God, Allah. I asked for guidance admitting my own need to a true form of worship. Then, one time, I chanced upon a book given to me by a Saudi friend, looooooong time ago, the book is a concise version of Kitab Al Tahweed (Oneness of God). I quickly finished the book between working times and finally decided I want to become a Muslim. In April 19, 2002, Black Friday,I went to the seaside crying and asking Allah to make a Muslim and make that day the last day i would be a Christian.

    The day after, through the help of another Saudi friend, I said the Shahaada. 20th April, 2002.

    I have since separated with my wife, because of misunderstanding and have remained single, until inshAllah, Allah will grant me with a nice Muslima, inshAllah.

    Still here in Saudi Arabia, and continues to struggle in this life, aiming to please my Allah.
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    Assalamu alaikum brother ygermino!

    Barakallahu feek. Allah s.w.t. guides whom he wills. Congratualtions and I pray to Allah s.w.t to grant you a good muslima wife. Ameen

    Wassalam
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    My journey to truth, light, peace, and contentment.

    “O humanity! We have created you of a male and a female, and have made you nations and tribes that ye may know one another. Lo! The most honored of you with Allah are those who are the most God-fearing. Surely Allah is Knowing, Aware.” [Sûrah al-Hujurât: 13]

    Assalamu Alaykum Warahmatullah,

    My name is Sabra, I would like to share my story with you. I was brought up in a christian background. My Mother always talked about God, but she didn't claim to be christian, because of the many wrongs she had seen in the church. She had always told me as a small child to follow the path that would make me happy. While growing up in a small southern town my parents had a bit of racism in them, but my Mother would always tell me stories about my Grandfather that he loved all people no matter who they were or what their skin color might be. He was loved by so many people. My mother over the years tried to instill this thought of racism in me but praise be to Allah(swt)
    he prevented this. This is why I quoted this Ayah in the beginning because when I started reading Quran I found this and it amazed me. In the churches of the south we were taught that the bible had a verse that said God has made us different in language and color so that we may fight each other:astag:. I thank Allah(swt) he has showed me the path to Islam. I had gone to churches while I was young in search of Allah(swt). I always had this strong belief in God(swt). I had saw things in churches like women just going to church to see what the other ladies were wearing that week or boys and girls treating youth gatherings as singles nites, you know what I mean. There was never any contentment in the soul,never any peace in the heart. It seemed as if everybody was trying to grasp the rope of faith that just was'nt there. Sure they would sing some songs, try to get everyone lifted up in the spirit, but it was all just a game to get everyone to open their wallets. So I continued on with my search for Allah(swt), going through different religions that were presented in our area. I always had pictures of Jesus(pbuh) hanging in my house.:astag:. I truly had a deep connnection with Allah(swt)
    that stayed with me in my heart and my soul. I had went through a bad marriage and my husband walked out and left me with my three young daughters to raise. So with the help of my mother I started working 70 hour work weeks to be able to provide for my daughters. Plus I had to take care of all my own house maintanence on days off. I was really having a difficult time but Allah(swt) had given me the preseverence and patience to deal with it all. One day when I was really tired and just needed to know where my life was taking me, I was mowing my lawn and again we lived in a very open area with fields for as long as the eyes could see. I looked up to the heavens, and I asked God(swt) with all my heart and soul, please could you show me the way, show me the way to you, show me what my life is about, show me where my life is taking me, please help me God(swt) because I really need You right now. Praise Be To Allah(swt), from that moment on Allah(swt), started my life into a whirlwind of changes. Within a few weeks I had a new job working in another city, which was about 80 miles from where I live and it is a major tourist area. I started working with the airport and coming into contact with Muslims from all over the world. The following year I took my Shahada at a small Masjid with a few sisters. It was my first night going to the Masjid and the sisters welcomed me with open arms. I can never forget the feeling of peace I had when I walked into this Majid and these sisters who I had never met before took me in like they were my family and had always known me. You can't describe this feeling of contentment and belonging to a family that you have always had there just waiting for you to come. You can't describe the feeling of finding the way to Allah(swt) your Lord, your Rabb, your Master, that loves you so much He waits so patiently with His guidance, just waiting for you to call on Him(swt). I found my Truth, my Light, my Peace, my Contentment, Praise be to Allah(swt), more than six years ago and I pray to Allah(swt) to always keep me on the straight path and never let me go astray. Allahu Akbar

    Salams Sabra :tti_sister:
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    Salamualaikum my kababayang brother, Mashallah that you had accepted Islam too. May Allah swt give you good Muslimah. Maybe He is just finding the right woman for you. Inshaallah. Just keep good and steadfast to our deen. Life is really full of jihad (struggle).
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    As salamu alaikum wa rahmatullahi wabrakatuhu

    Amazing stories Masha Allah. May Allah Subhanahu wa Taala increase our Eeman to the highest of levels. May He give us strength, courage and increase piety in our hearts. May He give us success in this dunya as well as in the Akhirah.

    wa/salam
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    The Importance in Taking Care of Our Souls

    It is a fact that most people pay a great deal of attention to their physical heath. There are a thousand and one ways of doing this; if one is sick, no time would be wasted in getting to a doctor. If the doctor is ineffective, one would quickly move to another doctor or a specialist.

    The strange thing is, people do not act with such urgency if their spiritual health is being effected. Either they do not care about it, or think it’s not important. Whereas the results of spiritual diseases are more dire; they lead to evils in this world.

    Let us have a look at why it is so important to take care of our heart and soul:

    1. Because the soul is permanent, unlike the temporary nature of the physical body. In the Hereafter, the soul will have a new form.

    2. It is the soul that will feel the rewards or suffer the punishments in the Hereafter.

    3. It is the soul that is the target of the angels and evils. The angels want to fill it with faith [iman] and confidence, while the evils want to fill it with evilness and doubts.

    4. The soul is where God’s (spiritual guidance) ilham and knowledge is accepted and stored

    5. If a person’s soul is clean, God will bestow them with ‘firasat’ (the most accurate intuition).

    6. If a person’s soul is very clean, their sense of sight will become sharper than what their physical eyes are capable of. God will give them ability to see things that are invisible to normal people. This is the mukasyafatul qulub.

    7. The heart, or soul, is the ruler of the body. If the heart is good, it will command its troops (the body’s limbs) to do good things. If it is evil, it will command its troops to do evil.

    8. It is the receptacle for both the good (mahmudah) traits that everyone desires as well as the bad (mazmumah) traits that everyone hates and has to stay away from.

    9. This is where all emotions come from: happiness or sorrow, comfort or stress, calm or worry, hope or frustration, joy or disappointment, love or hate, trust or scepticism, optimism or pessimism, sympathy or yearning.

    10. All of our physical actions are reflections of the goodness or badness of our heart and soul.

    11. The heart contains the sight and value of God, while the body sees only the physical plane.

    12. All spiritual inspiration ( hidayah) comes from the heart or soul.

    13. The best of all good (mahmudah) traits is sincerity ( ikhlas) which determines whether our good deeds will be accepted or rejected by God. It is our heart and soul that contains the true value of our ‘sincerity’, and only God can see it.

    14. If someone does something good, no one would say that it is their hands or feet that are good, but their hearts.

    15. Endurance comes from a strength of soul/heart.

    16. All changes that occur in one’s life are only the result of the changes that occur within their heart and soul.

    17. Diseases of the soul lead to Hell; diseases of the body lead to Heaven (the difficulties are suffering of the corporeal body eradicate sins).

    18. No matter how bad a physical disease can be, it would only affect your body. If the soul is diseased, it would affect everything in your life and everyone all around you.

    19. If the body is ill, the worst that can happen is death. If the soul is ill, its faith will be destroyed.

    20. Bodily diseases are only temporary, but spiritual diseases cause eternal suffering.

    21. Only humans abhor physical diseases; God abhors spiritual diseases.

    22. Physical ills affect the body, spiritual ills affect your faith.

    23. Sometimes we can receive signs from God through dreams, whether clearly or in a parable. It is the soul that sees the dream, not the eyes.

    24. The Messenger commands us to be afraid of the soul’s vision. God’s instructions do not ask us to be afraid of the normal eye’s vision.

    25. Physical diseases are not contemptible in Islam, but spiritual diseases are.

    26. Physical diseases do not cause mistrust between people, but spiritual diseases do.

    27. Physical diseases do not lead to the forming rivalries, enemies and wars, but spiritual diseases do.

    28. The soul can travel free from the body and see all sorts of unusual things with God’s permission.

    29. After the death, the soul can return to visit its family, but the body cannot.

    30. People feel sympathy for those with physical diseases, but not those with spiritual diseases.
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    salam Alykum,

    I have always believed in God and always searched for the truth.
    My family arent religious so ive never been taught about anything inparticular. i started to go to church for a while although i never felt right there and it seemed incomplete.
    I met a Very good Muslim brother who told me the basics of Islam, from there i started to educate myself after a few years i knew Islam was the right religion for me, it is a complete way of life and it is the Truth. I have never looked back since Allhamdulilah

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