Scottish Atheist Lady Finds Islam at the Age of 65

It never occurred to me to think about Islam
Scottish Atheist Lady Finds Islam at the Age of 65:

My name is Maryam Noor, that is my Islamic name, and my original name is Margaret Templeton.

… I was born in Scotland to a house which was atheist. In our house, we were not allowed ever to speak about God, and even if we learned something in school, we were not allowed to say anything or we would be punished.

For as long as I can remember, I have been seeking the Truth about why I am here in this world, what I’m here for, what am I supposed to do.

As soon as I became old enough, I began to search for some information about this “person called God”, that people mention, and all through my life, I have been seeking the Truth, not a particular religion. The Truth, something which made sense to me, something which opened my heart and which made my life worthwhile. I have been practically in every church in the kingdom, both here and at home, it never occurred to me to think about Islam.

I became interested in Islam, but the war took place in Iraq, and I read the terrible things which were being said in the papers about Muslims, but I was well educated about other religions to know that these things were not true, that lies were being told, and so I went seeking for a teacher who could teach me something about the Islamic way of life, so that I would be able to refute these things that were being said about Muslims which were wrong, which were lies, and which came from shaytan, or satan as I called him then.

One of the things that I do is that I talk to everyone. I used to smile to everyone and say “Hello”, “How are you”, and “What’s your day like” .. as Jesus spread happiness whenever he was. At that time I was a Roman Catholic but I was very unhappy and I left the Church, and I didn’t know where to go.

At the same time, I was seeking for a teacher in Islam, I was praying constantly all day to God “Help … Help … Help … Help ..” over and over and over all day for almost two years, because I did not know what to do or where to go.

A friend of a friend of a friend brought me the name of an alim – a scholar. His name was Nur El-Din, and he was an Arab born in this country. He invited me to come to his house, which I did, and he told me what books to buy, and that I could call him if I had questions. And that was our relationship. There were seven volumes of this book, it was a commentary on the Quran, and it was excellent.

So I started to study. I opened the first book, I read the acknowledgement. I did not start from the back, I started from the front, and I was immediately in Al-Baqarah. And before Al-Baqarah, there was Al-Fatihah, and I read Al-Fatihah, and it was like I was struck by lightening, tears flowed from my eyes, tears like Niagara Falls. My heart beat very quickly, … I was sweating, I was shaking, … I was afraid this was shaytan, like he was trying to stop me because I might find the way, because this book might get me the way to Truth, which is what I was seeking.

I phoned the alim, he said come I want to see you. So I went to him in the depth of winter, and I arrived there like a block of ice, but a little suffering is nothing for Allah as I found. And I explained my experience to my alim. I said this is shaytan, what should I do? One of the things which took place during these tears was I saw my heart, I could see my heart out here, red, very large, rather bright, not shaped like it at all. I was rather frightened, and I said what do you think I should do?

And he said to me “Margaret” he said, “you are going to become a Muslim”.

And I said “But I am not reading these books in order to become a Muslim”.

“I am reading them in order to be able to refute the lies that are being told about the Muslim people.”

“I don’t want to become a Muslim”.

And he said “Well Margaret, you are going to become a Muslim, because I must tell you, there has been divine intervention in your life.” I was 65 years old. I am now 66. I have been a Muslim for one year.

I went on studying with the alim, from about November to February, and I could not wait any longer to do my shahada, and I asked him do you think it is too soon for me to come, because I really don’t want to become a Muslim, but I’m sure I will learn and God will forgive me that I had not appreciated this great gift that He gave me. I was not hateful of appreciating it, I was too small, too much a sinner, to appreciate this great gift that He gave me.

He said “Noor, come on the 11th. of February 2003, and he sat a bit far from me …, he was dressed in white from head to toe, and he said “Repeat after me” and he said the shahada which I repeated after him.

Then I said “What did I say?” and he told me in English what I said, and I said “Then I’m a Muslim” and he said “Yes and your name is Maryam”.

I can’t say that I’m a good Muslim as it is extremely difficult. I lost all my catholic friends, all the friends that I talked with. My daughter thinks that I’m crazy!. My son is the only one who believes that I may have found the truth and he is the only one at the moment who may become a Muslim.

The second thing which makes my life very difficult is that I live in a secular world and not in a Muslim world and I want with all my heart to live in a Muslim world and to have a Muslim community. I’m the only Muslim in the area where I live. But Allah has been very good to me because amid all these difficulties, I’m happy, I’m studying.

I read everything in English because of my age, as I can’t remember the recitation so I use a book. And I ask Allah “Please remember Allah, the most Merciful and most Compassionate, that I’m really only a baby, but I’m a 65 years old baby and I have little difficulties and You must help me” and this is one of the ways He is helping me.

One thought on “Scottish Atheist Lady Finds Islam at the Age of 65

  1. Whether there was divine intervention or not is unimportant, but this is the way Believers in the One and Only God speaks. Whether God exists or not is not the issue here. The fact of life is that this is the experience of so many human souls on this planet when they finally see the light (Nur or Noor) and the truth (Haq or Haqq) and this is what sets them free as Jesus the son of Maryam and the Muslim Israelite Messiah is attributed to have said.

    When some ten years ago I came across the case of 65 year old Margaret Templeton who reverted to Islam and took the Arabic name Maryam Noor, it was her age that struck me first of all and this made me choose to include her in my book “The Alien Beginning and End of Humankind” (unpublished) right preceding the chapter regarding a recorded “miracle”, and one miracle that I myself was a witness to. Margaret’s case was to me a kind of miracle.

    An extract from my unpublished book was included in and posted on Daryl Bradford Smith’s Encyclopedia at

    And later it was posted on the Wake Up Project website by Ghyslaine ROC. What is interesting is that ten years later, in 2013, I am currently living yet another MIRACLE, convinced that there has been a DIVINE INTERVENTION, but I am not prepared to write about it for the time being.

    The following link will shed more light about what some call “miracles”.

    Friday, 23 March 2012

    “But, millions other people do not go along with Pr Richard Dawkins’ animal ideology and choose to believe in a God or in many gods. Unfortunately, by their own fault, they do not have adequate armies to protect their beliefs and nations from attacks and destruction by the Atheist, Secular, ‘Humanist’ and Zionist New World Order super military powers. Of apparently intolerant Atheist parents, Mrs Margaret Temple of Scotland (above) found God through Islam (for others it is through Christianity or Christ) at the age of 65 in very mysterious circumstances, and took the Shahadah, the Islamic Testimony that there is none worthy of worship (no other god) except God and that Muhammad is His Messenger. When you sincerely and wholeheartedly look for God, you will find Him, so goes the saying. This is evidence that “God” (or a Godly inspired Arab, Muhammad) was right about the fitra (natural inclination towards Islam) He says in the Holy Furqân (Criterion) or Holy Qur’ân (Recitation) He had put at birth in every human being He had Himself created, and thus disproving the selfish gene fabricated by our learned but misguided and unscientific Professor.”


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