[Revert Story] Guided by Recitation

quran-2The stories of reverts to Islam are always full of inspiration. But not only that, whenever I hear a story, I unwillingly find myself thinking about the ways Allah (swt) uses people to guide others to Islam. I think of it, because my own reversion to Islam was influenced by numerous people, who might not even have the slightest idea they had anything to do with it. They were instruments in the hands of Almighty, without being aware of it.

As we were sitting and listening to the reading of Ahadeeth in a revert Muslims Halaqah, a young and fragile looking girl entered to join our circle. She quietly sat down along with us to benefit from the reading. Later we found out that she had come, because she was ready to take her Shahadah, which she did, Alhamdulillah. I was curious to hear her story, as finding Islam in a country, where Muslims constitute barely 1% of the population, is a miracle in itself. Her story proved to be an amazing illustration of the beautiful ways Allah (swt) can guide people.

This girl had become a student at a local university and was living in student housing. Shortly after moving into her room, she noticed that in early mornings a beautiful sound of recitation was coming from behind one of her room walls. The recitation was so beautiful that day after day she kept wondering what it was. Finally, she mastered enough courage to go and see, who the reciter was. It turned out to be an international student from some Muslim country, who in early morning hours was doing his Quran reading. Subhan’Allah! She got to know the young man and learned about Islam from him, which later led to her reversion to Islam. Just imagine – even recitation of the Quran in solitude of your own room may become a guiding light on someone’s way to Islam!

my own reversion to Islam was influenced by numerous people, who might not even have the slightest idea they had anything to do with it.

We never know how Allah (swt) chooses to use us in opening the hearts of people. I was inspired by several strong and confident Muslims, who were not afraid to speak their mind, even if at the time I felt they challenged me to the edge. I thank the Muslim student from Africa, who had enough courage to tell me that he would never ever for anything in the world leave Islam. Even though his boldness took me aback, I kept on thinking about the strength of his faith. I thank the ladies of a Pakistani family, who answered my questions about women in Islam in a matter of fact manner, impressing me by their confidence in their lifestyle. I thank my friend from Yemen, who challenged my beliefs about trinity in Christianity. And I thank the Australian revert sister, who in our first and only meeting boldly invited me to accept Islam with deep belief in her heart that this is the best thing that can ever happen to me. It didn’t happen on that day. But it did happen eight months later, Alhamdulillah.

My message to my Muslim brothers and sisters – do not be afraid to talk about your faith. Take pride in being Muslims and be confident about it. You may become that one much needed building brick on the way to somebody’s Shahadah!

From the Diary of a Revert

diary-copyAs I look out through the window, I recall about how my life was before I met Him. I was born and raised in France till the age of 21. Then I moved to the UK. Many French and European young immigrants (including me) suffer from a social breakdown.

Sometimes, I think about how my life would have been if I had continued my life without Him. Before meeting Him, I was lost like an orphan without parents. But now I know He is there whenever I think of Him. I will never be lost again. Once being a non-Muslim, I am very grateful to Allah (swt) as He called me towards His path and made me a Muslim. Today, the Quran and the Sunnah are my way of life.  Now when I walk on the streets with my hijab, I feel secure and honourable.

When I pray, I ask Him to forgive my sins. May Allah (swt) forgive us. Ameen. I ask Him to protect Islam and guide the non-Muslims towards His path. There is a sense of peace that I feel when I meet my Lord five times a day during Salah. I love to share this feeling with all my Muslim  brothers and sisters around the world.

May Allah (swt) bless our parents and bestow His favours upon them; the favours of this Dunya and the Akhirah. I feel so proud whenever my parents are pleased with me. I am happy whenever my husband is happy. I pray to Allah (swt) to protect all the married couples from Shaitan and bless them with pious children. I thank Allah (swt) for giving me such beautiful and healthy children. May Allah (swt) bless the Ummah of  our  beloved  Prophet Muhammad (sa), the Prophet of Islam. Ameen.