Recent Convert And I Am Just Happily Stunned And Blessed :)
Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:04 PM
I guess I can start with my background and how/why I converted. I was raised in a Christian family because everybody in my family before us were Christian and it was just expected that we were Christian. I was also from Iowa (right now I live in Albuquerque, New Mexico) which is a Christian farm-oriented state. I grew up next to a church and we always went because it was "right." When I went to undergrad, one of my best friends that I grew up with was discovering her Christian ties even more and she tried to I guess impose those views on me. It never felt right! I went to youth groups, I hung out with Christians and it never felt right. Another friend of mine asked me if I believed that Jesus died on the cross for our sins and I lied and said yes because I thought she would judge me...but that never felt right either. So I spent the majority of my undergrad not associated with any faith and just left it at that. Even when I graduated I was even more removed from religion; it just never felt right to me...at least the Christian way.
Last summer I met my fiancé and the love of my life who happens to be from Iraq and a muslim. He never forced any religion on me at all, I came to this conclusion all on my own. We have been together for over a year and I traveled to Turkey with him twice. I went to the Blue Masjid and this was before I converted (one week ago yesterday). I swear, when I walked into the Blue Masjid in December of last year that I was having a religious experience. I felt as if God was talking to me, but I was too stuck in my "anti-religious" agenda that I did not even realize that God was talking to me that day. This past summer I found myself yearning for something but I didn't know what that was...I just wanted something more. I found The Quran online and began reading it and I don't know about you, but I always lose my place if I read things online and as you know the book is huge! And I also like to read things in paper form. So I went to the book store and bought The Quran. I began reading it with an open mind and I continued reading it. It wasn't until last week when I was at my wits end about making an important life decision--should I continue my graduate studies in Music Performance even though there were many things I disliked about it, or should I just stop. I was so desperate last Wednesday evening. I don't know what it was but I just typed in Islam in Google and found a live chat through a website where I converted. I have never been more sure of anything in my entire life. But at the same time I wondered the next day when I woke up if I would feel the same.
I woke up the next day and I felt elated. I felt so wonderful! I had a huge smile on my face, I STILL have a huge smile on my face. When I pray to God, I just feel so calm and at ease, I feel like I am more connected to something than I have even been connected before. The only thing that is missing is conversations with Muslims (other than my fiancé), especially sisters.
This is my story and I look forward to hearing about yours!
Peace be upon you all,
Posted 27 July 2012 - 11:16 PM
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Posted 29 July 2012 - 09:49 AM
Congratulations.......................................... Sister Amarie0417!!!
Welcome to Islam. We have found another new sister. :-D. Most of the converts/reverts I have seen are women.
May Allah keep you steadfast on the true religion.
And please feel free to ask any questions you have.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 03:04 AM
I am new here. Not a convert - but new to this forum.
Posted 16 August 2012 - 02:02 PM
Posted 25 August 2012 - 08:24 AM
You are sooooo lucky. God has chosen you.
May Allah bless you and reward you,
Posted 27 December 2012 - 09:58 PM
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