To my surprise, I met Muslims who loved Jesus as much as Christians (we who wait for his coming), and that Allah means God in the Arabic language. After a lot of thinking, I wanted to be Muslim.
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Hundreds of miles away from us in our sleepy little southern corner of the world, distance suddenly seemed to vanish into inches as we saw and heard and felt the devastation in front of our eyes. Nothing in our wildest imagination or our most cynical thinking could prepare us for this kind of cruel intent.
I realized as a young child that I needed to understand what God was. I used to wake up at the early hours of the morning. And I used to pray that God would reveal Himself to me and I was a very young person and I wanted this idea and I used to have these reoccurring dreams and I never understood that these reoccurring dreams were actually answers.
I realized that I had in front of me a man who could teach me a lot about Islam, so I mustered the courage to ask him to do just that. That was my first meeting with Islam, indeed my first step.
My uncle died in front of my eyes taking his last breath and that was the thing that changed a lot inside me. I just started feeling that this life isn’t exactly what I thought it is. We’re investing too much time and energy on things that could be gone in a second.
I love about Islam that it teaches you how to be kind to each other, and how to care for each other.
I had a lot of the theology and the knowledge but I had never experienced it. I had never gone to a mosque and experienced, it but I have a lot of Muslim friends and even had a Muslim partner in the police force that explained a lot to me.
I called her on the phone and I told her: “Mum, I've decided to become a Muslim.” And she said “I have two questions: Do you still believe in God?” And I said “Yes I do.” And she said “Will it make you happy?” And I said “Yes it will.” So she said “Beyond that, it’s fine. You have to do what makes you happy”
Months passed and I had almost forgotten about Zenita, when suddenly she called and begged me to meet her at the Metropolitan Museum and go with her to look at the special exhibition of exquisite Arabic calligraphy and ancient illuminated manuscripts of the Quran.
The Quran is in modern knowledge it can’t be explained, and therefore it must be the word of God, because things that happened hundreds and hundreds of years ago cannot be explained today, how they knew it sort of thing...
I can not explain on how honored and grateful I am for this golden opportunity and for Allah bringing me to where I am today.