Friday, January 07, 2011

Walking a Different Path


A couple of weeks ago today, I decided to take the Shahadah (Confession of a Muslim).  Why you may ask?  I grew up in a Christian home.  I was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, helped in the bus ministry, volunteered at a Christian coffee house, and was a helper in the library.  Yet, whenever I had questions about the doctrine, I was always told, "just believe" instead of getting an answer. For years I struggled with the religion.  Some of the things that Christians believe just didn't make sense to me or there were many contradictions.  Lately, I have been doing some more investigations and found that Islam seems right for me.  So far, I have been focusing on getting the prayers right.  Islam is not just a religion but a way of life. 

11 comments:

  1. Assalam Oualikoum,

    Macha Allah, May Allah guide you in the right path.

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  2. I stopped attending church when I was 9 years old because I was told to stop asking questions (sincere ones) and just to accept. Seems that what is taught is not always based on the Bible. I started reading it for myself at home and learned a great deal that was not taught in Sunday School or church.

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  3. As slam alaikoum sister,

    Mashallah! I have been reading your blog now for a while and I'm so happy for you! I am also married to Moroccan and I converted to Islam 2 years and 4 months ago, alhamdoulillah. Islam have really improved my life. I'm struggling with the praying still but inshallah I will learn it soon. I have taken everything extra slow but now I must learn more.
    Since Islam my life has changed a lot and I couldn't be more happier about it.
    I'm struggling to tell my family that I have converted but inshallah I manage to tell them soon. Living in a diffrent country than they doesn't make the telling any easier.

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  4. I have not told everyone yet about my decision. I told my brother last night and he was happy for me. The prayers alone have been taking me a while to learn. I have a bunch of papers that I use for various parts of the prayer. One for when I use the finger (tashahhud) and another for the asslam's and another two for the prayer (al-fatihah)and the sura. Once while I was at the mosque a little girl asked me why I had all of the papers and I told her that I was new and needed help. So, I gave her some extra index cards and she was happy then left me alone to pray. I have been fortunate enough to have a good support system and have several friends that I can call when I have questions all of which I am very thankful. I appreciate all of the comments that is left. It makes me feel like I am not alone in this vast sea of beings.

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  5. allahu akbar
    i have been reading your blog for a little while as well, i hope allah will continue to guide you! when i first started learning the surahs i used to write them down big enough to be seen from the floor while i was praying. when i was lost or confused with a surah i would then sneek a look at the paper, to get me back on track.

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  6. Congratulations sister! I too married a Moroccan and converted to Islam about 5 years ago. Everything will come with time. Little by little. Don't force yourself but let things come when they will come. Allah will guide you to the right path. I also used a book and papers in order to pray at first and I also found it helpful to pray with my husband whenever possible. It will come. Allah told us to do everything little by little. It can be scary to convert and it can be scary to tell people. I was afraid of the reactions of my friends and family, but as of last year I even started wearing hijab, lhamdoulilah, and now I feel as if a weight has been lifted. Every day you will grow stronger and everything will fall into place when you relax and praise Allah every day in every way, inshallah.

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  7. Thanks so much for your encouragement. Change is very scary. I have to take it slow or I will feel overwhelmed. Luckily, I have a good support group and can rely on a couple of friends to help me,otherwise I would feel lost.

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  8. esalaamu aleikoum from a fellow Muslim and foodie.

    alif alif mabrouk on your chahada! may Allah open up the path to Islam for you!

    I like your blog very much so I am following you uenchallah.

    I moved to dh's country 5 yrs ago. Ups and down for sure but love it here now!

    I have a food blog http://simplicitybythesea.blogspot.com/ I write about Mediterranean cooking well mostly North African if you want to take a look!

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  9. Hi Heni,
    Thanks for all of your comments and I will certainly check out your blog. I too hope that Islam opens up for me. I am very excited about going down this new path.

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  10. Assalamu alaykum and congratulations. I made the same decision 18 years ago. Wouldn't wish anything else for myself or my family.

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