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An inspirational Revert Story of Sister Zairah

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Assalamualaikum wa rehamatullahi wa barakatuh.

In the Name of Allah

Why would a Christian girl accepts Islam?

What is it that made her choose this path and abandon one that her family followed for so many years? I’d like to share my story with you all today.

I grew up in a loving Protestant Christian family, I didn’t know any other way than just living my life as a Protestant Christian. I went to church every Sunday and as a child I also prayed before sleep. I attended the Sunday classes at church. I used to Believe Jesus (peace be upon him) is God and all other religions are fake.. I was growing up like this, worshiping Jesus until the age of 16.

At the age of 17, I joined College for my graduation. And slowly I lost interest in praying, going to church, reading Bible etc. After a few years I completed my graduation and was waiting for my convocation ceremony. One of my friend shared a video of Zakir Naik which popped up my mobile screen. And the title of the video was “A Christian Lady Accepts Islam” I started to watch that 30 minutes video with frustration and hate.

In that video Dr. Zakir Naik told that Jesus is not a God but a Messenger of God and he gave many biblical references. I ran to my shelf and picked up my Bible and started to search those references. What he said was true. I was mesmerized and at this point of my life I had huge Interest in learning more about Islam. So I bought a Qur’an from my friend.

I didn’t knew that Arabic starts from the right side so I was thinking that the last page of the Qur’an was the first page. I opened the last part of my Qur’an and read Surah Al Ikhlas. Where Allah سبحانه وتعالى says about Himself.

قُلْ هُوَ ٱللَّهُ أَحَدٌ “

Say, “He is Allah, who is One,

ٱللَّهُ ٱلصَّمَدُ

Allah, the Eternal Refuge

لَمْ يَلِدْ وَلَمْ يُولَدْ

He neither begets nor is born,

وَلَمْ يَكُن لَّهُۥ كُفُوًا أَحَدٌۢ

Nor is there to Him any equivalent.” Al-Ikhlas 112:4

This Surah has changed my entire life. The very first verse made me to think “yes God is one” how could God be three? There won’t be multiple Gods.

ACCEPTING ALLAH (SWT) AS GOD AND JESUS (peace be upon him) IS A PROPHET:

He neither begets nor is born.. this verse hit me a lot.. how could God take birth in the earth? How could a Creator become a creation Subhan Allah… I thought I was doing a huge mistake by neglecting my Creator and worships to the person whom Allah sent as a messenger.. but still it aches my heart every time when I see the disbelievers. I feel like I want to make Dawah to them, I have huge Interest to make Dawah to my close friends and family.

CHRISTIANITY & ISLAM:

It’s actually easy for Christians to understand Islam but they are not giving heed to understand or get to know what’s in the Qur’an they simply believe everything what their ancestors said. and I accepted the religion of Islam because Islam is the only religion on the face of earth which strongly believes and adheres to the concept of One True God.

In Islam, the concept of one God is very clear and its whole foundation is based on Monotheism. Christians believe that Jesus is God, but Jesus himself had God who was superior to him. In Islam, God has neither father nor son and no one is superior to Him.

In the 10 commandments of the Bible, it is mentioned that God is only One and we should worship Him alone but we do not follow these commands, whereas I found this concept very clearly only in Qur’an. The concept of Jesus being a prophet is very clear and logical, as several times in the Bible it is mentioned that he was a prophet of God.

The Holy Quran provides clear evidence that Jesus was neither God nor son of God; rather he was a prophet and messenger of God. It was shocking for me to know that Jesus had never stated in the Bible that he is God. This made me question my belief that Jesus is God, so I started reading about him till I reached the point that he is not God.

As I studied the faith, I was surprised many of the tenants resonated with me. I was pleased to find that Islam teaches its adherents to honor all prophets, from Moses to Jesus to Muhammad, all of whom taught mankind to worship one God and to conduct ourselves with higher purpose.

MY HIJAB STORY:

I faced lots of hatred and negative comments on it. But since I am not here to please any creation I am here to please my Rabb. I am a proud wearer of Niqab. You can call it a scarf. My scarf does not tie my hands behind my back, and it is not a tool of oppression. It doesn’t prevent thoughts from entering my head and leaving my mouth..

ISLAM AND THE MODERN SCIENCE:

The Qur’anic science which inspired me a lot to ponder over the creations of Allah. There many evidences in the Qur’an about science. I found many scientific facts which was found recently using modern equipment’s and technology but how could Qur’an say those before 1400 years ago?

Imagine how could a person who doesn’t know how to read or write to say those things about Science? So I accepted that Islam is the religion of truth, Islam is the straight path.. I have read almost all scientific facts which made me speechless, at this point of my life I decided to be a Muslim and I went to the Islamic College the next day. And I said the Shahadah (Kalima). The Feeling when I uttered those words.. Subhan Allah I couldn’t express how I felt while reciting the Kalima:

Ashadu Allah ʾillaha illa Allah wa ashadu ʾanna Muhammaden abduhu wa Rasoolu.

After saying this everyone present there hugged me with so much of love and happiness and said your like a new born baby your previous sins are forgiven.. i was so happy to be a new Muslim.

After accepting Islam, I have studied and Learned more about other religions especially Christianity, Hinduism, Judaism to make Dawah. As a Christian I was taught to take everything I was told be to the truth I was never encouraged to investigate And search for the truth. In Islam, we are told to make certain that what someone, even an Imam, tell us something pertaining to our religion that it is correct. We are encouraged to read it for ourselves either in the Qur’an or in a Hadith. We are not to just accept blindly the words of another else we commit bid’ah (innovation).

Changing your religion is not an easy one, being a girl I face lots of consequences every day but still I always remember this verse “Fa’inna Ma’al Usri’ Yusra. In’na Ma’al Usri’ Yusra.” I have strong Tawakkul in Allah. He will make my struggles, hardships much easier one day إن شاء الله

I am happy that Allah Subhanawatala has guided me to the straight path He has chosen me الحمد لله

By Sister Zairah

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