I would like to share my story about how I found and accepted Islam.
I was born into a Christian family. My parents did not go to church much, but I did go to Sunday school and vacation bible study in the summers when I was young. My Uncle Ronald gave me my first Bible when I was 8 years old, and I still have it. I heard gospel music at my grandmother Eve’s house and I know she was very faithful. She went to church as much as she was able to.
When I graduated from high school, I started college, but felt that I needed to spread my wings. I ended up enlisting in the United States Army as a combat medic in 1990. In 1991, right after I graduated from my medic training, I deployed in support of Operation Desert Storm. I landed in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on February 14th of 1991. I was soon assigned to 3rd Armored Division. During the ground war, I was behind all the big tanks as they went north and up into Iraq. After the ground war was over, we made a camp south of Kuwait City, in Kuwait. During that time, I was one of the soldiers who volunteered to help the war refugees in Safwan, Iraq. Among the many people we treated was a young Muslim girl of about 8 years old. Because of the help we received by Muslim translators, we found out that she had been walking barefoot in the rubble of her village, and a wound on her foot had become infected. By the time she got to us, that infection had spread up her leg and towards her hip. We had to send her to a bigger hospital for care. The next day, we found out that she had passed away. I remember looking at her beautiful dark eyes and wondering what she thought of us. I wondered if she thought it was all our fault or if she thought we were helping. I didn’t speak her language to be able to tell her that she’d be in my prayers…or anything at all. It broke my heart.
For the last 26 years, I have struggled with that. From that time, I gradually ended up being agnostic. I just didn’t KNOW if God existed or not. I kept hearing negative things about Islam in the news, and that has now hit an all time high. I KNEW in my heart that it was not true that ALL Muslims are bad or violent. I started speaking up about this on Facebook. Eventually, I met my dear friend Dalia, who was in a crafting group with me. She is my very first sister. She sent me my first book on Qur’an and my first hijab scarf. She is always so kind to me. Just when I thought things were bad enough towards Islam, the 2016 election happened. Even more people were saying bad things about Islam. My heart then decided that I would only be able to speak up for Muslims if I were to learn the truth for myself. That is when I decided to learn Arabic and more about Islam. I was blessed to meet Alaa, and she has been teaching me Arabic. She is also very dear to my heart for all her help. I have been so touched to make so many other Muslim brothers and sisters recently. No one at all has been anything other than kind to me. No one has forced me to do anything. I have spent the better part of this past year learning and reading and chatting with Muslims. I find it a bit amusing and ironic that it was the bigotry in the hearts of some “Christians” that led me more and more towards agnosticism, and Muslims who led me back to Allah. For that, I am ever grateful.
I am not changing the fact that I stand up for human rights. I will always do so. We are all on Earth here, together.
As salamu alykum<3 ❤ ❤
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The Prophet (salla Allaahu ‘alayhi wa salaam) said, ALLAH said:
“I have prepared for My pious worshipers such things as no eye has ever seen, no ear has ever heard of, and nobody has ever thought of. All that is reserved, besides which, all that you have seen, is nothing.”
[Saheeh Bukhari – Book 60, Hadith 303]
(From Darkness to the Light)
Assalamalaikum, My Name is Melissa….
I used to be a new apostolic christian.
I had a hectic life of drinking alot and having sex with different men.I have 3 children from 3 different men.I was married to the 1 but he never worked, drinking alcohol alot and abused me in front of my children.I have a very good friend who use to give me a lift to work and use to talk about Allah and Islam. Every morning I listened but I wasnt really that interested until the day that he spoke about Allah and there was tears in his eyes…I was so moved about this grown man of 40 yrs that talks about his religion sp passionately. I started getting more interested and in January 2016 I embraced Islam. I go every week to one-on-one classes with the Imam who is teaching me step by step from the history and all I need to know in our daily lives.
I have never regretted my decision and hope other non muslims will open their eyes as well in sha Allah Ameen.
Islam is the only true way of live.Alhamdullilah.
Whoever kills a person [innocent person]
it is as though he has killed all mankind. And whoever saves a life, it is as though he had saved all mankind
Being an American raised in strict Baptist faith..I lost much family and friends…i became Muslim in 2013…thankfully I gained dear friends who help me and my Arabic Quran came from Iraq and from those who became now my dear family….even though at times it is hard to live in a society as I do…I have never regretted one moment..I still have so much to learn…but I keep trying…and as you I am proud.
Revert sis Lisa..
Marriage is not what everyone thinks it is. It’s not waking up early every morning to make breakfast and eat together. Its not cuddling in bed together until both of you peacefully fall asleep. It’s not a clean home and a homemade meal every day. It’s someone who steals all the covers and knees you in the face because the bed is too small for both of you. It’s slammed doors and few harsh words, fights and the silent treatment, it’s wondering if you’ve made the right decision.
It is, despite all of those things, the one thing you look forward to every day.
It’s coming home to the same person everyday that you know loves and cares about you. It’s laughing about the one time you accidentally did something stupid.
It’s about eating the cheapest and easiest meal you can make and sitting down together at 10pm to eat because you both had a crazy day. It’s when you have an emotional breakdown and your love lays on the floor with you and holds you and tells you everything is going to be okay, and you believe them. It’s when “Netflix and chill” literally means you watch Netflix and hang out.
It’s about still loving someone even though they make you absolutely insane.
Living with the person you love is countless fights about absolutely nothing, but is also having a love that people spend their whole life looking for.
It’s not perfect and it’s hard, but it’s amazing and comforting and the best thing you’ll ever experience.
Go ahead and share a picture of the person you love and copy and paste this, make their day.
Via: (Revert American sis Kristine)