I was what is known as a worker-priest, which means I had a job at the same time as I was doing my ministry. I had changed from working in corporate America to working in a behavioral health agency. My post was down the street from a Masjid. I thought that this was my chance to learn about Islam for my interfaith relations.
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My friend and I bought some marijuana and were getting ready to leave when my friend told me that one of the guys there invited us to his apartment to give him a book. We left for the guy's apartment, and when we got there, he gave my friend a book...
My lifestyle changed a lot. I don’t go more to clubs, I don’t drink beer, or use cocaine… When you revert to Islam, you are reborn. This means enough. I feel free.
I used to be Lew Alcindor. Now I’m Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The transition from Lew to Kareem was not merely a change in celebrity brand name—like Sean Combs to Puff Daddy to Diddy to P. Diddy—but a change of heart, mind, and soul. Mine was not just a simple conversion, but also a spiritual transformation.
I can say that by becoming Muslim, I won Muhammad (peace be upon him) without losing Jesus (peace be upon him). This is really a point of strength in Islam which shows that anyone who loves Jesus can embrace Islam without having to stop loving Jesus because Islam teaches Muslims to love and believe in all the prophets of God.
Islam was something foreign. I grew up to believe that Islam is a bad and hateful religion that suppresses women. I couldn’t understand when women would choose to wear a scarf around her head. Muslims were the people you heard about in the news.
When she started researching the faith that often makes headlines because of the un-Islamic action of a few, she found more than the media had ever reported on. In those first few emails, she warned me that she had literally a million questions. I didn’t believe her. But she wasn’t being hyperbolic.
I'm a Doctor of Medicine, and a descendant of a French Catholic family. The very choice of my profession has given me a solid scientific culture which had prepared me very little for a mystic life. Not that I did not believe in God, but that the dogmas...
At first, I thought Islam might be some sort of punishment, because it has certain rules and regulations that I didn't feel that I wanted to accept. I have never been a lover of pork, so giving up the eating of pig meat didn't affect me whatsoever.
Bilal's story is proof of what Muhammad always taught: It is not social status or rank or education that makes one person better than another; it is piety. Those close to Allah are truly the best of people.
A real convert tell their stories, and we can share their elation and excitement. There are even articles that explain exactly how to become Muslim. Many advantages are gained by converting to Islam, the most obvious one being the sense of calmness...
What a bold statement! I said to myself, “Either this book is a lie or it is the Truth”. But as I read, it became very clear to me that there is no falsehood in it. I was not able to put it down, I read and read through the whole night. I was shocked and amazed, I said to myself: “This is simply the Truth”.