I was convinced that Islam was a misogynistic religion and that scared me… What if my partner becomes a bully? Or derogatory? Or worse, a woman beater? I had to do something… I had to stop him from practicing Islam. I began to watch some programs on...
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I have always believed, since a young age, that our souls speak more than our mouths do. I appreciated this moment as the first time a woman in hijab interacted with me. It wasn’t until I met this Muslim family from Saint Thomas, who unfortunately weren’t traveling on the happiest of terms, that I knew I wanted to be a Muslim.
When I hear about someone’s death, of course I think about afterlife, and I think about the moment when I will meet God and I ask myself: “What will you say to God at that moment? And what kind of things you have to be ashamed of in front of Him? How can you correct them before it’s not too late?
My mom said something really beautiful. When I was talking to her, she said: “Well if Islam makes you feel closer to God, then I'm happy for you.” Of course there are some things that are a little bit difficult for them to understand and that's normal...
I find that the intellectual appeal of Islam is very strong, and that explains the story of this one girl who was from a Hindu background, but then she had become a Christian and she began to engage Muslims in conversation to try and find fault with...
I had been dating a man from North Africa for a few years. I had never met a man like him before. He had self-discipline and focus in life. He was respectful to women and was kind to everyone he met. I had never in my life met a man like him.
My road to Islam started from my first visit to Emirates. It was my first visit to any Arab Muslim country, and I was very excited about everything that I saw there. It was my first time to see a lot of mosques, to see a lot of veiled girls and women. I realized...
I grew up in a society with atheist past of Soviet Union, but at the same time, I was a Christian thanks to my family. I was so religious by nature though I didn’t get any deep knowledge or religious education for my self. But day-by-day, I discovered this...
After a long research, I became frustrated. I read the English meaning of the Noble Quran (ironically, that my pastor had given to me) in order to better debate with my husband. Instead, I found a text harmonious with Biblical teachings. I found comfort in the concept of One God.
My name is Lawrence Coleman, right? So I could choose to hide but, you know, Islam gives me a place to hope for better. My parents, my mother was born in the City of Tacoma. My father was born in Chicago. We ended up moving to the hilltop area in the early nineties.
Much of my early awakening came from reading the Autobiography of Malcolm X as a freshman. I was riveted by Malcolm’s intimate story of how he came to realize that he’d been the victim of institutional racism that had imprisoned him long before he’d landed in an actual prison resonated with me.
I spent my senior year of high school in Japan as an exchange student, and this was a pivotal experience for me. My views on many social principles, such as feminism and concept of family were greatly impacted. It was in Japan that I realized that men...