Monday, 17 December 2012

Short Convert Stories




Bismillah,
Here are some interesting recounts of some Perth convert sisters' journey's to Islam.

Sister Sonia -

Islam was the last thing that I expected to find at 18 years of age. These were suppose to be the"good years" spent having a "good time". My room mate introduced me to Islam and just the statement that Jesus was not the son of God but rather a prophet...had me sold. I went overnight from total darkness to belief, alhamdulillah.

Islam was immediately my everything, nothing else really mattered not my family, friends nor any of the previous aspirations i had before. Somehow it was an immediate fit...I know that many converts struggle at first, but for me the rest of the world didn't matter I just wanted to implement Islam in every area of my life because i knew wholeheartedly that if I could achieve that my life would undoubtedly be as perfect as it could be...Allah is the best of planners.

I met so many different people from different countries and I think that enhanced my first exposure to Islam...it was such a blessing, Allah replaced anything I had lost/given up from my" previous life" with so many new people etc that I could not complain at all...I always look back fondly at the first few years being Muslim as they were the "good years" and i had so many "good times"..ALHAMDULILLAH

P.S..there were times of hardship for sure especially with my mother...but mashaAllah....after hardship comes ease...tomorrow I am the daughter of the bride (my mum is getting married) so even the hardships I appreciate, because they have made the journey all the more memorable."

Sister Kate -

I'm not a new revert but I'm not an older revert either. I don't have the knowledge I should have (in my eyes). The first 18 months after I became Muslim I still worked in the hospitality industry 40+ hours a week, I had hardly any time to think about what I had done!!!

Then when I went to Egypt I thought it would make me a better Muslim, I don't know why. Because it didn't!! Not Egypt's fault, it was all my fault.

I guess I know now that it doesn't matter where I am, I have to work hard at being a better Muslim.'


Sister Sandy -

I reverted to Islam 9 years ago at the ago of 17 alhamdulilah. Like most Muslims, I had read a lot about it and was in such a hype, I wanted to do everything perfectly, I wore hijab, prayed and then took hijab off only to wear it for good 6 years later.

I have had ups and downs in my convert life and at the end of the day, it has a lot do to with who you hang out/keep in contact with. There weren't many reverts when I reverted and I couldn't (still cant) relate to the North African people who taught me about Islam and helped me through my journey.

I really felt like my Islam had meaning when I got married. What I mean is, I understood how important it was and brought me back to the hype I had when I converted when I decided I was going to be a wife and eventually a Mum and role model to someone.

There have been some lonely and miserable moments when I first arrived in Perth, until I met the Sisters at the Convert Group and felt like I really belonged somewhere. I am proud to say this group has kept me on track and motivates me to want to be a better person and seek knowledge. Also, I truly believe no-one can understand what a convert lady has been through except for another convert.




Sister Emily -

I reverted years ago after learning about Islam through my then boyfriend (now husband) we got married and I too outwardly did all things appropriate including wearing the hijab but for some reason (Allah swt knows best) I didn't actually actively try to learn more about islam.

I then fell off the wagon you could say. Took off the scarf and just lived life (not in a terrible way) but just not properly practicing. I felt like an outsider in both realms. My western friends I couldn't relate to that well anymore and any Arab community members (hubby is Lebanese) I felt judged and intimidated by (not their fault my own insecurities).

It's only recently since I realised that my son is at such a good age to be soaking up information that I have started reading and praying and actually practicing and a positive step was joining a covnert support group and feeling surrounded by like minded people. Also seeing positive role models has been helpful for me as well.



Sister Tania -

After reverting mid 2006 I copied a lot of the outward things Muslims did & it felt good but I think it was more a "belonging" feeling. I went up & down with a lot of outward actions but was void of a lot of necessary knowledge like praying in Arabic oppose to English. As time went on & I came to really understand the importance of prayer I felt ashamed to admit I'd been "Muslim" for so long but didn't know some of the fundamentals.

So basically after a realization of "what If one of my babies died & I wouldn't know how to pray for them at the Janazah" I started my journey to really understanding & learning about Islam. It's been a long & slow journey for me that's gone up & down but Alhumdulillah thanks to some very supportive, PATIENT, beautiful people I feel firm on my revert journey!!!


Saturday, 15 December 2012

Rethinking Education

Bismillah



This documentary is one of my very favourites about Education and I highly encourage you to watch it and challenge your current thoughts about the current education system.

It's time we started to rethink our approach and the world's approach towards the education of the next generation.

This documentary raises many interesting questions and also shows the benefits and successes provided by schools that take an 'alternative' approach to education.

"We Are the People We've Been Waiting For"
http://vimeo.com/8311189
Enjoy!