JEDDAH – Moulana Hifzur Rahman Seoharvi Academy in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia announced on January 14 that twelve women have converted to Islam and recounted their conversion stories on a platform provided the academy, Saudi Gazette reported.
The 12 expatriate women came from India, Britain, the Philippines, and Sri Lanka.
The academy honored the women on a second occasion after a male reverts event in December.
The new Muslim women talked about their stories and their quest for peace and serenity, as well as many obstacles they encountered in the pursuit of truth.
Seoharvi Academy is dedicated to preaching and spreading Islam in Saudi Arabia and assisting thousands of pilgrims coming to perform Hajj and Umrah every year.
One of the women named Iman, a dentist by profession, explained how she came out of the darkness and saw the light of Islam and how she faced the obstacles on her path.
Her counterpart, Batool, said she was a devout Christian before accepting Islam. In her pre-Islamic days, she helped build a church in her hometown.
“However, something was missing in my life. There was no satisfaction and no inner peace,” she confessed.
For Ayesha, recitation of the Holy Qur’an was an experience that she can’t describe in words. “My heart beats increased when I recited Surah Fatiha for the first time,” she stated.
On her behalf, Alina was a Catholic before embracing Islam in 2001. Her colleagues guided her and gave her books on Islam. After reading several books including the English translation of the Qur’an, she realized that Islam was a pure and real religion.
Another woman named Fatima Joy faced a lot of problems after coming into the fold of Islam. “But I was steadfast and faced all my trials with a brave heart. Of course, it could not have been possible without Almighty Allah’s mercy and help,” she said.
As a special case, Umm Hudhaifah presided over the function. She was born in a Christian family but raised as an atheist. “I had many doubts as I couldn’t explain many things. I read about Hinduism and Buddhism but wasn’t satisfied. But when I read Islamic literature, everything I found was logical.”
As of 2015, there were 2 billion Muslims all over the globe, with one out of four people in the world being Muslim; making Islam the second largest religion on Earth.
There are five pillars of Islam but the primary, and most important is to believe that there is only one God and creator and that the Islamic prophet, Muhammad (PBUH), is God’s final messenger.