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Everything posted by Amarie0417

  1. Hi, everybody! I am a recent convert--or revert to Islam and am new to this board. I am looking for people with similar interests and people that I can comfortably talk to about Islam. I have never been more happy or blessed in my entire life until now...this truly is the way to live life. 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, Amy
  2. How Do You Know That Allah Exists?

    Why do you feel it was the most disgusting thing you have ever read?
  3. Recent Convert :)

    Hi, everybody :) My name is Amy and I am a recent convert to Islam. I found Islam through much trials and tribulations, much questioning of faiths, and I truly feel I have found I am where I am meant to be. I grew up Christian (family and everybody I knew were Christians) but when I got to college something just didn't feel right. Through several years of denouncing religion all together, I found through deep soul searching that the answer was always right in front of me, God was always there. I would be forever grateful for some company, wether it be through private messages or emails, especially Sisters who can help guide me on the right direction. Since I am new, I really do not know much and would really love to talk to somebody. I hope everybody is doing well and I can not wait to hear from you! Amy
  4. Recent Convert :)

    Wow, I am just so very overwhelmed and happy by all of your responses :) I have never felt more welcomed in my entire life! Seriously everyone, you have no idea how much your kind words have affected me. I promise that when I unlock the private message function on this site I will be asking for more personal advice that one can not ask on a thread. God has truly brought me to some wonderful people and I will forever be thankful for your kind words. I hope this message finds you all doing well and I can not wait to learn more about you all! Peace be upon you all, Amy