Salaam alaikum. I am a revert to Islam, and to tell you my story I will begin with a little bit of background of events and a bit about myself leading up to my reversion.
I was always a fairly religious and God-fearing person. A kid, who always prayed when faced with adversity and prayed for success, mostly in academics prior to test, "Please God, I'm sorry for everything I've done wrong, please help me ace my science exam."
And it seemed to work, alhamdulillah.
But even as a Christian I saw issues in Christianity. The Bible has some really good stories and life lessons, but is one of the most changed and corrupt pieces of literature in the West, and the Christians are usually by name only, ignoring religious practices mentioned in the Bible or it's rules and teachings. If Jesus taught compassion, forgiveness, and tolerance, then these weren't his people. Speaking of Jesus, I always wondered how you could possibly worship a human being. I knew God, known in Christianity as 'the Father', to be the only thing worthy of worship, not his supposed 'son', which is taken by many to be a metaphor, and by some as a literal son. This whole trinity idea seemed bogus to me. You know who else worshipped a human being? The people of Egypt who worshipped Pharaoh, and look how they were dealt with.
So there I was, 11 years old when the two towers fell. I was in 5th grade and had heard that it was these terrorists called Muslims who had attacked us. Naturally I was both afraid and angry, like many of my peers and millions of other Americans. I wanted to know who these people were and why they attacked us. Some teachers taught that it was because they're jealous of America, and others taught that they hated freedom. I could tell these were all simple-minded explanations intended to foster hate, even if the attacks on civilians cannot in any way be justified it should at least be understood, but I was in the deep South and couldn't really expect an honest look at parts of the world outside of America.
I went on over the next few years I would go on having my head filled with this American definition of Islam in school, and an perspective in the Church intended to say why Christianity is right and Islam isn't, but every faith claims this. By age fourteen I was curious enough and found a few books in the Church on the subjects of different religions, one book titled, "Why So Many Gods?" gave a page by page listing of many different world religions including many Christian sects, a description on their deity, figureheads such as Jesus, Moses, Muhammad, etc., histories, and practices, and then it would go on to explain why that religion was wrong from a Protestant Christian viewpoint. Most of these religions were certainly interesting to read about at the least, but nothing was more intriguing than Islam.
The book didn't appear to have any clear or sufficient reason to suggest Islam was wrong or disproven. Since then I never have found any compelling evidence to suggest this. The books description on Islam was to me fascinating. Pure monotheism, just as I had believed but didn't see in Christianity. Righteous teachings and practices intended to keep individuals and society on the straight path. A final prophet, Muhammad(saaws) in a line of many other prophets and messengers with which I was already familiar, who was given from God a revelation known as the Qur'an, pure and uncorrupted by man. From the moment I saw from this source a description of Islam that wasn't totally ignorant or baseless my interest was sparked.
I went on to find other sources including finding a copy of the Qur'an, speaking online with Muslims, and listening to khutbahs and lectures. It didn't take long for me to realize the beauty and truth of Islam, and within a few months I had decided to revert, alone, having never visited a masjid or even seen another Muslim. I took shahadah with Allah as my witness, and would later begin visiting the Islamic Center of Savannah and take shahadah in public. For me, Islam's theology, is the driving force behind my choice to revert, it's actual teachings about Allah, His prophets(pbut), and His laws.
This was 8 years ago in the Winter of 2004-2005 that I took my shahadah. May Allah accept it and continue to guide me on the path of belief and righteousness.