WHY I CHOSE ISLAM


salam means peaceMy Journey To Islam
Sister Ericka
Introduction
Salam alaikum
My name is Ericka, I live in the United States, I am a housewife and I am 27 years old.
I am of Mexican origin and born and raised in a “Catholic” atmosphere, my family so far is somewhat “devout” in the traditions surrounding this “religion”.
About three years ago by invitation of a girlfriend, I visited a “Christian” church, they were Evangelists, they seemed very similar to me in that time and assisted me many times and I understood many things among them the discipline to read the Bible and although I did not always understand it at least I took the ideas to study for the following class on Sunday.
On one occasion the Reverend made an affirmation that Muslims “hated” Jesus and that they worshipped another God who was called Allah. I decided to investigate ISLAM to confirm what he said. To my suprise I met Muslims who loved Jesus as much as Christians (we who wait for his coming), and that Allah means God in the Arabic language and it is another way for us to speak of Him as if the Americans worship another God that is called God, or the Italians do when they say “Dio”, etc. I investigated and I realized that in effect Jesus is not God as people now affirm the Christian belief in it, because the same person Jesus prayed to the same God, just like us.
I investigated the origin of the Bible and its authors and discovered that it has many contradictions and unknown authors and some are Jews and other single famous ones and some of the authors didn’t even know Jesus but nonetheless wrote what he said.
I resisted it in the beginning but I began to see the truth with my own eyes because it was sad to think that my so sacred and well-regarded book, which to me was the word of God, was distorted.
I prayed to the All-powerful God that guided me and let me see the truth, that He guided me to worship Him without worrying about the consequences.
One of my major doubts was what if the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh) was not prophesied in the Bible, because if the Bible said that, it was truth.
I encountered many proofs of it and my heart already felt the correct guidance, so I commenced to read on about Islam.
I discovered that the Koran is the pure word of God and this one is not corrupt, I discovered that it is a right and logical religion with all the answers for this life and the other, it is a religion of peace and of delivering yourself wholly to God, with blessings for the believers.
After much time thinking, I wanted to be Muslim and one day I went to my husband, who is also a Muslim and he helped me to say my testimony and when I did I felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders, I felt free, clean, and with much faith, since then I wear my veil and obey the living God peacefully, armored with the faith of which each day Allah gives us because everything in the earth He has already given it, because Islam is not a single religion but a way of life.
I have not had any major changes, my family has accepted it, and I am very happy.
Note: You can read sister Ericka’s introduction in Spanish
What was your first religion?
Christianity
Were you observant in it?
Yes
Did you belong to a particular sect or denomination?
Protestant, Evangelist
When and why did you start thinking to change your religion?
When I started reading the Bible and couldn’t understand it. When the Rev. at church said that Muslims “hated” Jesus and worshiped another god named Allah. I though that if a person like him “teaching” us was ignorant enough not to know the very basic about other religions, he must not be qualified to “guide” anyone, mis-informing people about others, what guarantees me that won’t mis-inform me about his own? So I started reading about Muslims and Islam, my husband is a born Muslim, so I went to him and asked him everything I was concerned about, I also attended the Mosque sometimes for non-Muslims classes, I also asked some knowledgable Christians about ISLAM, they knew nothing, when I asked about Christianity they knew very little.
What concerns did you have with your previous religion?
The main concern to me was to know, the origin of today’s Bible. I found many contradictions whithin itself that it cannot be the word of God. The founder of Christianity, Paul, gets more credit that Jesus himself and he doesn’t even keep his stories straight about his so claimed conversion. The fact that he was not a follower of Jesus in the first place is enough for me to not trust his writings. The fact that he was a Jew and of the “chosen people”, and “converted” to being not chosen. The fact that Protestants are always critizicing Catholics, but yet do the same in a very “holy” way, listen to music, even sing at church, they celebrate the sweet 15 just like Catholics do, drink alcohol in very small quantities at church just like them. So I thought, what is the difference here if they are doing the same. They even do concerts and other celebrations that within Christianity and Biblical rules are not suppose to be done!
What other religions did you study?
I knew a little about, Judaism, Buddhism, but I did more searching about Islam.
What pros and cons did you see in the religions you studied?
Judaism worships just one God, the other one is a peaceful religion, without the same God. The covering of my hair was at the beginning the excuse of not accepting Islam, but it was weak. The other was the language, other than that everything was great to me..
What were your criteria in making a decision about which religion to follow?
Everything, is a religion of Justice, love, peace, fairness and closeness to the Only God. The blessing of worshiping God directly and feel closer to Him. To know that my sins as a non-Muslim would be forgiven and that, that was my new start, my chance to live my live with sense and purpose. It offered me a new life and a great understanding of everything around it. Islam offered me a new way of life.
Were there any external factors which influenced your decision?
Yes, the lack of respect for women today in almost everywhere in the world, as wives, as daughters, as mothers and most of all as women. They are used as sex objects, sales products, and motives of sin basicaly. Husbands cheating on their wives, mothers abandoning their babies, teenagers having no respect for their bodies by fornicating with so many parters, wives don’t respect their husbands, divorces, suicides, child abuse, domestic violence I could go on, and on, but all of this because they don’t have fear for their Creator, they have no love for themselves, they don’t believe about the rewards in paradise or the punishment in hell, therefore they don’t care where they will go. They don’t have faith, because they have no God.
What religion did you choose?
ISLAM, MASHALLAH… Because it gives me a complete way of life, a chance to get closer to God. A chance to recieve His blessings, and a chance of live in the hereafter. It gives me peace and light to see the path I need to follow. It gives me faith and trust in my Creator, and most of all it gives me the guide to be happy here in this life. It lets me see the reason of creation, the logic behind it and the purspose of it.
Did you have any problems after your conversion?
MashAllah, I haven’t had any, whatever I get, won’t be seen as such, but as a chance to get stronger in what I believe.
How would you advise others who are studying Islam?
To study with and open mind and heart, seek the guide of God to see the truth regardless of the consequences. To take the time to find out what they are followed and by who. To take the time to balance the positive and the negative with proofs and logic. I would advice to ask instead of making assumptions If so, make sure they are asking the right person, (for Islam ask a muslim.. etc…)
Are there any other points you would like to make?
Dear reader, don’t be afraid to know about Islam, at least to understand it and not criticize it, only if you know you will understand and if you understad you will respect. Don’t give up in your search, and ask Allah (God) for guidance.
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32 Responses to WHY I CHOSE ISLAM

  1. Sister in Islam says:

    mashAllah sister, may Allah swt bless you and keep you firm on the truth – Ameen

  2. Jezakallah khair and also you—- another cool hijabi :)

  3. Brother says:

    MashAllah…May Allah give you us strength and guidance so that we follow HIS right path till our last breadth.

  4. alifiya says:

    May allah bless you and your family!

  5. This is a very attention-grabbing article. Out of the blogs that I routinely visit this is one among the a lot of informative ones and invariably appear to own one thing that is refreshing to read.

  6. Jack says:

    Subhanallah. THe true light has come you sister. Always hold it firmly until Allah calls us to come to him

  7. ayu says:

    Subhanallah…may Allah bless you and your family sist…
    I’m an Indonesian muslim, there are many muslim here.. and I’m very proud of you…

  8. remmy says:

    MAASHAALLAH MAY ALLAH BLESS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY MAY HE GUIDE YOU AND YOU GUIDE YOUR FRIENDS

  9. mateen says:

    sister,
    ALLAH bless you.you have taken best decision in your life.INSALLAH you will be SUCCEED in life & after life also.I pray so to ALLAH.

  10. Samantha says:

    Helpful blog, bookmarked the blog with interest to see more!

  11. Muslim sister says:

    May Allah protect you and guide us all to His straight path of light and uprightness. As a concerned sister in Islam, i would like to take an opportunity to warn you and other Muslims to take caution of the dangers of some people who practice sorcery/ magic/ conjure to influence Muslims into their religion. Hopefully this is read by Muslims to awaken them and Allah is a witness to what i write. Dont forget to make Du’aa continuosly and recite The Noble Qura’n and ask Allah to teach us from this Blessed Book and give us a sharp insight in its meaningfull Verses as well as, i would like to remind all of us to say the Azkar and always much Du’aa and sincere Sadaqa.
    Fe Aman Allah

  12. Dear Sister, there are also ignorant “Muslims” who do this also and its very dangerous because we are innocent and trusting assuming that Muslims would never harm another Muslim.. But in today’s societies, this is no longer true. Yes we need to always make thirk, dua, and read muawithat from Quran. Allah’s words are shiffa

  13. manx amoruto says:

    alhamdulillah~ may allah swt guides us to the straight path.salam from east M’sia.

  14. Kaighla says:

    MashaAllah, sister. I am so proud to be a Muslim. Our stories seem very similar from what I have read. I am excited to follow your page!

  15. The Knight says:

    I’m confuse about one thing. You said you went to your husband and mentioned you’ll be converting to Islam. If I’m not mistaken, you said your husband is a muslim, then how can he married you when you were still christian? Is that allowed? Pls correct me if I’m wrong. Thanks!

    “After much time thinking, I wanted to be Muslim and one day I went to my husband, who is also a Muslim and he helped me to say my testimony and when I did I felt a great weight lifted from my shoulders, I felt free, clean, and with much faith, since then I wear my veil and obey the living God peacefully, armored with the faith of which each day Allah gives us because everything in the earth He has already given it, because Islam is not a single religion but a way of life.”

  16. Yes it is allowed. Muslim men< because they are the head of the household, are allowed to marry Christian or Jewish women, or who are called People of the Book. However, Muslim women should only marry Muslim men.

  17. Zaki Jawaid says:

    My uncle once asked a recent convert why he accepted islam, while he was performing ‘umrah’. The reply, was nothing less that unforgettable, he simply said, ‘when I realized that one God cannot worship another God, I became Muslim’.

    Glorified is He, the Mighty, the High, the Exalted.

    Your story, has truly amazed me. MashAllah.

  18. Yes, that is truth in simplicity.. thanks for sharing!

  19. Muhammad Gohar Shafique says:

    One of the best inspirational Islamic website. :D May Allah bless you always. I will blog about your story soon in my Blog.

  20. islam is the religion of peace and the true religion and we should spread the word of islam as much as we could

  21. Jafri Basron says:

    Warmest greetings from Singapore.
    May Allah enlightens your path.
    Be strong and steadfast in your journey as a Muslimah.
    Best wishes.
    Jafri Basron

  22. nugrah mimi says:

    Like you told in your story :Muslim women should only marry Muslim men.Now i have a friend to be my partner future but he is cristian. and i hope i can persuade him become a muslim but i don’t know how? can you help me to find the way how i can to change him become a muslim? Thanks

  23. sister says:

    mashalah you are a good person may Allah succeed you in life and help you find the right path

  24. I am a convert too, and I always hear there are so many Mexican converts but in my 20 years being Muslim, I only met one recently. It is so exciting! Congratulations and may Allah help you succeed in this life and the hereafter!

  25. Fatima kawthar says:

    MASHALLAH

  26. Nes says:

    mashallah ! I wish there would be more people like you…
    Best wishes

  27. christopher says:

    I find not a big difference between your story and what I have experienced. What amazes me most is that when the Koran is recited or when I recite it personally, some spirit fills my heart and joy fills me that I cannot explain in human language. I love God so much that I even cry in His remembrance in solitary. The speech of the Koran is such a one that its frequency only the Angels can comprehend.

    Thank you Allah for choosing Islam as my religion and thank you until the end of time for making me a Muslim. Thank you God.

    Christopher Kivuva.
    Nairobi Kenya.

  28. Gary says:

    Welcome sister praise be to Allah Swt.

  29. Dua is your best way and then be the best example of what islam is all about. Take chances to point out what islam teaches… just be consistent and surround yourself and him with good muslims who are patient.

  30. M.S UTHMAN says:

    ALLAH SAYS IN THE QUR’AN:
    “WHEN THE VICTORY OF ALLAH (GOD) COMES, YOU WILL SEE PEOLE ENTERING THE THE RELIGION OF ALLAH”

  31. Renne says:

    I’ve always been curious about Islam. Also being raised Catholic, very similar questions and thoughts have been rising as of late…
    I feel a pull toward Islam, but I have no idea where to start.
    Any tips you can give, I would be much obliged.

  32. Dear, thanks for leaving this note. The best way is to find a good version of the Quran or you can use http://www.quranexplorer.com/quran/ online. Another good site is http://islamqa.info/en, islamhouse and islamtomorrow. There are many sites online which are not reliable or are from a variety of sects who deviate from the Quran so you need to be careful. Good sites and good books will always offer you references to where they get their information from. They should site either the Quran itself, or Hadith- which are things that the prophet Mohammed did, allowed or said or prohibited in word or actions. There are several scholars of hadith you can trust – Bukhari, Muslim, Tirmidhi, and a few others.

    Excellent books to read are fiq us sunna, Islam in focus (this is the one i like the most because it has just enough of everything to explain to converts without being overwhelming.:)) and if you can find it, tafseer ibn katheer which is an explanation of the Quran. This site offers books you can download.

    If you ever need to speak to someone just email me and I will do my best to support your questions. I hope that you find what you are looking for. I am also a convert of 26 years and never regretted my choice. Just keep in mind,, Muslims are not perfect and many do not follow the teachings they should. Always judge Islam by what you learn about it, not by the followers. :D demu3a@gmail

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