Since my childhood, I never believed in multiple gods. Hinduism is based on the ideology of idol worship so I used to ask my parents questions such as: “How can a man-made idol be worshipped by man himself?” or “Which God should be worshipped?”
My family used to call me an atheist because I never believed in gods. Basically, I was quite confused and lost. My family were not what you would call ‘strictly practicing Hindus’ but they were too rigid about their beliefs and feared society a lot. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) show them the right path and give them hidayah as well. Ameen.
My journey towards Islam began when I started doing my share of research on different religions; not deep research but just knowing the basics of every religion.
Before converting to Islam, I often pondered on multiple questions like: “Why am I in this world?” or “What’s my identity all about?”
Basically, I was looking for the purpose of my life. That was the time I started reading the English translation of the Holy Qur’an and, Alhamdullilah, I got my answer: God is One and that is Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى).
I read stories about how humble our Prophet Muhammad ﷺ was and that’s why he was a true mercy sent by Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى), being the last messenger for the entire mankind.
In 2012, one of my best friends, who is a Palestinian-Jordanian by nationality, took me to a mosque which is the replica of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
I asked again the Imam there my share of questions and he answered them and then told me: “Say the shahadah after me.”
I responded: “No, let me only say it once my heart is totally convinced about Islam.”
The hidayah, or I could say the light in me, came from Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) in January 2013, exactly after six months. I was Allah’s chosen one, Alhamdullilah, as I said my shahadah with the help of that very friend. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) bless her and her family, who are a constant support for me till this very day.
When I said my shahadah, all I could say was Alhamdullilah for Islam and Alhamdullilah that I was staying in an Islamic country, which made taking this decision a lot easier.
Being a convert, I do face my share of struggles, especially when it comes to Ramadan, Eid, my clothing and prayers but I find Allah’s hidden blessings for me in these struggles.
Loneliness did strike initially, for the first six months I felt lost. But, eventually, it faded away and I started understanding the beauty of Islam and the fact that when Allah is with me, I can never be alone.
I have no complaints because Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) gives his battles to his strongest soldiers, so I feel privileged that I’m one of his strongest soldiers and feel His Love for me immensely, Alhamdullilah.
With the help of my righteous friends, teachers, and many Islamic centres here in Dubai, I’m currently a student of knowledge and it’s all like a big, blessed, and supportive family for me, Alhamdullilah.
After coming into Islam, I noticed that even though Islam is the fastest growing religion in the world because of its true beauty and the unchanged words of Allah, it also has to fight a lot to prove its existence and beauty, whether in the media or on the internet.
My request to all Muslims is to be good representatives of Islam – base your life on the light of the Qur’an & Sunnah, instead of bringing up innovations (bid’ah), which are not part of Islam. May Allah (سُبْحَانَهُ وَ تَعَالَى) guide us all to be steadfast in our deen. Ameen.
Last, but not the least, to all the non-Muslims: my humble request is to ask yourself the following questions:
- Why am I in this world?
- Who is God?
- After my death, what is going to happen?
- How can the creations of God (monkey, cow, humans, etc) be worshipped and not God Himself?
Once you get your answers to these questions, ponder upon them and Insha’Allah, your Creator will Guide you towards the righteous path.
Remember, Islam Is perfect, Muslims are not.