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    Embracing Islam- Very moving...

    by Jumaana (Laurali) <[email protected]>:
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    Assalamu Alaykom! Blessings to everyone who reads this, and may Allah
    touch
    your life like mine has been touched. )

    My name is Laurali. I recently did Shahada [July 27th, 2001] and have
    decided to take on a new name; Jumaana. I was born and raised in
    America. I
    am a white female, and 39 years old. I have known no other life except
    the
    typical "western" lifestyle.

    About 6 months ago, I met a man. I really liked him. I knew he was a
    "foreigner" but thought he might be from Europe somewhere. He said he
    was
    from Turkey and that he is Muslim; and my jaw dropped. Why did my jaw
    drop?
    Because I was raised Christian, and although I didn't know anything
    about
    Muslim's, I knew there was a negative stigma attached to the word.
    "Somehow...........there was something about Muslim's that was supposed
    to
    be bad......oh yeah; the war I guess?" Typical western thought I
    think.
    Very sad.

    Because I was interested in him, I decided to try to get information
    about
    Muslim's. I did, on the internet. Then I ordered an English-translated
    Qur'an. I began to read. I kept reading.... I also printed out just
    ton's of
    information on Muslim and now I saw "Islam", from the internet.

    The more I read, the more my heart filled with LOVE, and the more I
    saw; the
    western world is so, so very wrong about Muslims.......... To me, it
    was
    like a lightbulb being turned on, in my soul. I cried. I cried and I
    cried....... I fell in love, with Islam. [the man and I didn't work
    out,
    as he doesn't really follow Islam. But I did thank him for being in my
    life,
    which caused me to investigate Islam.]

    The Qur'an spoke of some things that were confusing and "new" to me,
    but for
    the most part; it touched me as if it were something I have always been
    missing; I came home. So many of my thoughts that I had, had all my
    life,
    finally made sense. I finally "fit" in somewhere that acts as a twin,
    with
    my own soul; my own thoughts; my own heart.

    It seemed so very natural to me; so perfect. It was astonishing.

    I joined an on-line group that is based in Egypt. I met wonderful
    brothers
    and sisters there. One especially, became a close sister very fast. She
    is a
    Muslim who follows Islam so well; her soul is very pure and she is just
    a
    beautiful person. I learned a lot from her and she pointed me in the
    right
    directions.

    It didn't take long for me to decide I want to become Muslim. I
    searched and
    found some Islamic Centers and Masjid's [Mosque] in my area and began
    calling. I was so very excited! It was like being on a cloud; my new
    life
    was taking shape so wonderfully. I had been missing this for 39 years!
    I
    wanted to shout to the world about my new life and how happy it is
    making
    me.

    I called an Islamic Center and talked to a couple on the phone. The
    man,
    before we hung up, told me he considers me to be his daughter now. More
    tears....... Oh! How wonderful. I have never heard of a religion like
    this,
    where people truly consider each other to be family.

    There are so many things about Islam that fits in so perfectly with
    being a
    human being. Islam wants us to think. Islam wants us to be equal and
    love
    our neigbors. Islam recognises people as being beautiful; not people
    born
    with sin. Islam is realistic. Islam teaches us how to worship God, in a
    consistent, respectful way. Islam demands help for the poor and needy.
    Islam
    is how life should be led.

    I took a trip out there and "fell in love" with Islam even further.
    I was
    soon learning from my new family. My friend in the Egyptian group had
    told
    me, after we did Shahda on-line on the 15th, to just "sit back, take it
    easy
    now and just wait......." And oh she was so right! I didn't know what
    was
    going to happen really, but I can see how everything just fell into
    place,
    so "perfectly." I have a whole new life.

    About a week later, my new family took me to Masjid and I did Shahada
    officially. How beautiful! I was embraced by more new sisters. I have a
    new
    family and it grows everyday. My life is more enriched everyday as I
    learn
    about Islam and the beauty of Allah's love.

    Salam ~Jumaana

    #2
    lol the smilies are there in the original...so they showed up

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      #3
      Assalam o ALaikum!

      Sister, welcome to Islam. Insha Allah, the more you learn, the better you will feel. It is good that your relationship with the Turk did not work out. If it had, you would have been lost between the 'devil and the deep blue sea' (no pun intended).

      Masha Allah, you have written a very touching note on your conversion. I believe, now it is your obligation to tell everyone you know what you have gained from the change. Insha Allah, you will be able to help other people find the deen. For this you will be richly rewarded, Insha Allah.

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      Rabbeshrah lee sadree; wa yassirlee amree; yafqahoo qaulee.

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        #4
        Salaam Alaykum Sister, Congratulations. I always love reading about other ppl reasons for why they revert! Thanks for sharing, and spread the word.

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          #5
          dearest sister welcome to islam .CONGRATULATION

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            #6

            Salam Alaykum sister welcome to Islam. CONGRATULATION

            May I ask why did you pick the screen name of 'Yemeen'?


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            Allah Huma Izz Al-Islam Wa Anasser Al-Muslimeen.

            I LOVE IT WHEN PAKIS HATE ME!

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              #7
              thats cuz i think the guy/gal yemeen posted an email..right?

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                #8
                I just posted her email.......I saw her post on one of the Islamic Message Boards....Thanks anyways....lol

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