When I returned from Spain, I spent a year reading books and watching lots of YouTube videos and researching online… not to change my religion, but just to find out what that religion is because my only perception of religion was through people in my country.
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I took my final decision. In the morning I spoke with my wife from whom I have three sons and one daughter. But no sooner then she felt that I was inclined to embrace Islam then she cried and asked for help from the head of the mission. When he asked me about my true attitude...
I realized that even from the childhood that Allah was present and calling me to a relationship with Him. I didn’t always understand it, but I felt the pour since childhood and it was a matter of me reaching the point where I said ‘yes. I submit’ I want to do all that I can to fully develop this relationship.
“You’ve seen me pointing this weapon on you, don’t you know I could have shot you?” And the man looked at me, with a smile on his face, and he pointed his finger to the sky, and said in his broken English: “I only fear Allah.”
It was February, and I was playing guitar in a carnival in Rio de Janeiro. It wasn’t a good day for me, I was sad due to many stuff in my life, and I was in the street and I said I would go home. I was drunk with my guitar and I said I would go home. Walking in the street to my house...
Even with this loathing of Islam, I noticed the religion continued to reappear into my life. This was quite baffling as I happily attacked and deeply hated Islam. Perplexed, I decided to pay attention to this phenomenon and repeat my research of Islam. I ensured to do so with a pure and unbiased mindset...
We convert because we find truth and beauty in Islam. We convert because we find freedom from objectified in Islam. We convert because we don’t let the media tell us what to think. We convert because Islam speaks to our nature. We convert for a million reasons.
I was in a state of shock. I didn’t know that Jesus was in the Quran. I didn’t know that there were stories about Moses, Lot, Noah, and other prophets. I didn’t know this all was in the Quran. When I knew it, I was actually in a state of shock and I thought “Oh wow”.
It started actually when my elder brother converted to Islam. The reason why he converted to Islam was that he married a Turkish Muslim woman. So being his sister and wanting to protect him in his decision, of course we went to Islamic centers...
My son asked: “Mom, if Jesus died for our sins on a Friday, and then as you say, he was resurrected three days later on a Sunday, then who ruled the world for those three days?” I thought about the logic to this question and at that moment, I knew that it did not make any sense.
After a year of being his roommate, I took his Quran home over Christmas break. I used the index to find and read verses about Jesus, Mary, Abraham, Moses, Joseph and other people I knew from the Bible. At first I disbelieved in what I was reading because...
Each night I would formulate questions and objections and somehow discover the answer the next day. It seemed that the author was reading my ideas and writing in the appropriate lines in time for my next reading. I have met myself in its pages...