The more I started learning about Islam, the more I grew interested in how Muslims prayed. So I asked my friend if he could do a prayer for me because I was very curious to know.
An Exclusive Interview of a Revert to Islam from USA, Aisha, By Bentolhoda Mofakhami
Rahyafte team (related to Edoardo Agnelli Islamic Association) invites you on a special journey into the life of our sister Aisha
My name is Maggie but I now go by Aisha. I was baptized as a Catholic but grew up going to Christian churches. I am a divorced mother of 5 beautiful children. I was born in Southern California, grew up as a Christian but never felt like I was living my right and true life.
How did you get familiar with Islam? And what drived you to convert to Islam?
I became familiar with Islam from a young man I had accepted on Facebook, when we first started talking he didn’t mention anything about religion, but I knew he was Muslim and I really wanted to know about Islam and what it really was about. He told me to read about our last Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) and to watch videos of Ahmed Deedat, when I did this and the videos I watched I realized that I believed the same things that Islam said about Jesus Christ (PBUH), I never saw him as the son of God or the form of God, even growing up as a Christian, so Islam really filled that void that I had and my doubt was finally answered.
The more I started learning about Islam, the more I grew interested in how Muslims prayed. So I asked my friend if he could do a prayer for me because I was very curious to know. So instead of praying, he recited a verse from the Holy Quran and from that moment on I knew 100% that Islam was for me. I would say that what attracted me most to Islam and finally converting to Islam was the Holy Quran and guidance of my dear friend, Hakim.
What specifically attracted you to Islam?
The fact that I always believed Jesus (PBUH) wasn’t what Christians said he was. I found the truth about Jesus (PBUH) through Islam. It was such a wonderful relief because I had always known that in my heart.
What was your family’s reaction after you became a Muslim? Did you have any problem with people who knew you?
My family and friends all hated that I converted, they said I was brainwashed and that I will sacrifice myself like all Muslims do. They saw me as a terrorist.
What do you do for sharing this peaceful journey?
I share things on my Facebook and Instagram; so my friends can see the love and the right words of Allah and our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Another thing is when I wear my hijab, I get questioned why I chose Islam and so I talk about the peace and love that Islam brings and share my experience with them.
What is the most beautiful Ayah of the Quran in your opinion? And why?
I think Surah Az-Zumar (39), Ayah 53 is the most beautiful one. There Allah (swt) says, “Say: O my servants! who have acted extravagantly against their own souls, do not despair of the mercy of Allah; surely Allah forgives the faults altogether; surely He is the Forgiving the Merciful.”
Allah (swt) in this Ayah tells us not to give up whatever is our fault. He tells us that He Will forgive us. We have to just ask Him for the forgiveness.
What’s your opinion about hijab? Did wearing hijab have any effect on your private life? Do you think it is only dedicated to women?
I love the hijab. My family and others around me feel uncomfortable at times. I think all Muslims should cover; men should wear modest dress as well.
What was your feeling when you prayed for the first time? Wasn’t it hard for you to pray 5 times a day?
The feeling was so very peaceful I felt a deeper connection with Allah (swt) that I had ever had before in my life. Yes it was hard because my Arabic language is weak, but I am still learning and InshaAllah I will be better.
If you want to say some words about the beauty of Islam, the peace, the calmness you have found in this religion what do you say?
The beauty is the way that Muslims care for each other and others around them, Muslims are very humble and our Prophet (PBUH) made it clear to love all those around us, this is the true beauty of Islam.
As a revert, which way of inviting to Islam you believe is more effective on non-Muslims?
To educate them on all of our prophets and what Islam really stands for, not just what they see on social media.
Thank you very much for your attention. May Allah bless you and keep you strong and firm on this true path.
DUA: Allah please accept this from us. You are All-Hearing and All-Knowing. You are The Most Forgiving.You are The Most Relenting and repeatedly Merciful. Allah grant us The Taufiq to read all the 5 prayers with sincerity.
(Taken from: To Be Earnest In Prayers By Amina Elahi)
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By Bentolhoda Mofakhami