Monday, 17 December 2012

Short Convert Stories

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 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!!!

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