I am a native 'Maori' of New Zealand, or 'Aotearoa' as we call it, a small country in the South Pacific sea. I currently reside in Hawaii, USA. I took shahada on 2nd May 2002 realizing my heart's deepest desire which was to submit my life to Allah. I was finally able to make the necessary commitment bringing me closer to Allah and understanding Islam.
This was a point in my life I had been moving towards, but not always in a deliberate and conscious way. Previously, I hadn't felt confident in submitting to Allah because most of my life has been in a non-Muslim environment and mainly still is. In my hometown there are no other Muslims. But, by the grace of Allah, I was able to find the tools that would enable me to confidently affirm my faith and know that despite being alone in my beliefs, in the environment I live, that I was part of a wider, global Muslim community/family. Everyday I aim to further my knowledge and understanding of Islam and to study how to become a good and devout Muslim. This is only the beginning, praise be to Allah, I know I will extend myself to other areas of learning and find other Muslims to reach out to.
After much grief and turmoil in my life the normal methods of resolving these types of issues were failing me. I was desperate to change my circumstance but didn't know exactly how I was going to achieve this. I began reading the Quran, unsure as to whether or not it would help me. During this time a person who I thought was a friend noticed I was reading the Quran. She told me I would go to hell and that I should immediately burn it. I was dumbfounded. However, by the grace of Allah, their statement had the opposite effect of what they had intended. Instead, I strengthened my resolve to continue with it. I reached a point where reading the Quran was the only comfort I had. Though my circumstances hadn't changed much, through taking up regular reading of the Quran I changed very suddenly and miraculously. The path I was on no longer became an option for me. I knew I had to fully submit to the will of Allah.
While taking shahada I became overjoyed and this feeling has not left me. All my life I never had a sense of belonging. Now, I do. Prayer has brought me peace, tranquility, happiness and piece of mind. In prayer remembrance of Allah is the singularly greatest heartfelt experience I know. Everyday my prayers afford me the chance to relive these feelings again and again. This is despite the fact I am surrounded by non-believers and still have dilemma's to deal with. It is easy for me to be steadfast and trust in Allah. Although, some situations seem terrible, I know Allah is Merciful, All-Knowing, All-Aware and Wise.
"... Our Lord! Lay not on us a burden greater than we have strength to bear. Blot out our sins, and grant us forgiveness. Have mercy on us. Thou art our Protector; Help us against those who stand against faith." al-Qur'an 2:286.
In a separate comment the author, Sr. Awatea, wrote about IslamiCity: "This site is an invaluable service bringing people closer to God and understanding Islam. I took shahada through this website. I give thanks and praises to Allah for guiding me to this path where I was able to realize my heart's deepest desire which was to submit my life to Allah.
This website is bringing people closer to God as I am an example of this ..."
more delighted! Islam is the only ,true way to the
Happiness.not strange!a peaceful religion which
orders us to worship tha Creator"Allah"glory be to
Him.not to worship another one but Him and this is the real happiness.
Islam is the only way to Happiness,to make sure of
that,we could ask the west about their "alleged"
Indeed we thank Allah for bringing us together in this beautiful religion. I hope that Allah helps you to attain a better perception of islam and all the blessings that Allah has given us here and insh'allah the hereafter. Those who are unbelievers all we can say to them is may Allah guide them as well. Insha'allah.
Thank you for sharing your story with us (Jazakum lahukaran)
dear sr, cong for reading shahda and converting to faith of allah subhanavtalla.
islam u will find is a true religion,which gives you lesson on how to lead this life to be rewarded
in the here after.all the hardship u will face in this world in islam will be rewarded in abundundat
in the life tocome.
yours br hafiz
May allah reward u for the service which you are doing to the community and strengthen u.
Wa alaikum Assalaam
I would like to welcome you back to your original religion. I am also a convert for now 19 years. You have streghten my faith. If you can practice under your circumstances, I should be stonger under mine. I have been feeling a little discouraged, but your words and energy have sparked a flame in my own faith. May Allah be with you and surround you with his mercy.---Sr. Linda
I just wanted to share a quote I stated in a
personal reply responding to a comment
posted here as it does apply to everyone.
"That my experience has touched people from
many different countries who have written to
me is very humbling. This universal love of
Allah and being Muslim genuinely binds us all
as believers and that is such a beautiful
feeling. I am grateful because messages like
yours in my non-Muslim environment continue
to encourage and support me. For me, your
kind words are like a seed that grows inside
me generating warmth, determination and
affirmation that I am indeed on the right path.
The more I reflect on the responses I have
received the more I grow confident in Islam."
Thank you again one and all. Praise be to
Good luck for the writer..may Allah always be with you and all of us..amin..
I am puzzeled that you were told otherwise, for THERE IS NO Truth in not seeking knowledge of other religions, as a matter of fact, how can that be? Allah Almighty says in His own words:
"..We have created you into nations and tribes so that you may know one another.."
It would be as a matter of fact opposition to God's will for us not learn and know one another!
And opposing God's words is not Islamic!
Dear Bros & Srs
I pray to Allah that this message finds
everyone in the best of health and spirit and in
the highest of iman.
Thank you for all the kind words of support
Your acceptance will make a tremendous
difference in my ability to further study how to
become a good and devout Muslim and gain
a deeper understanding of Islam. In fact, in
order to be successful, I am dependent on it.
If, by sharing my story, insha'Allah, others are
drawn to Islam I am grateful to be one of
Allah's humble servants. All praise is due to
For all Muslims who are living in non-Muslim
environments I know Allah continues to grant
us the courage to be steadfast and maintain
Reading your comments has made me
realise that reverts also play a special role in
replenishing faith and conviction and as a
source of inspiration. Praise be to Allah.
As a footnote, masha'Allah I am very much in
contact with Muslims in New Zealand now
and when I return I have decided to move to a
town where the Muslim community is strong. I
know this will strengthen my iman and I will
further my education enabling me to achieve
my goals as a Muslim. Praise be to Allah.
Your sister in Islam
May Allah guide us all, forgive me and forgive
muslims, the best way or idea that someone
can be on the right bath is to obey the first
comand of Allah when allah said in the first
revieled surah of the Quran read.
i woudl like to advice to my new srs or brs in
islam please do not follow by what most of the
Muslims are doing these days becouse islam
is in a valley and they are in onother valley! but
follow what islam is teaching you.
What a great story.I would like to say 'Maashallah' to the brother who converted to this great religion.I am also happy to know that our great religion has reached to all corners of the globe.
Dear Sister in Islam,
It is amazing to read stories like yours. I could not held my tears back even after I finished reading your story. May Allah widen your knowledge about Islam and grant you the ability to fully comprehend His majesty. Do you know that Sa'dinaa Umar, the third calif had embraced Islam in a way similar the way you did? It happend one day that he was wandering around looking for the Prophet to slay when it was related to him (Umar) that his own sister and the husband had embraced islam. He than decided to handle his sister and the husband before getting to Muhammad (S.A.W). When he got to the couple's home, they were learning to read the Qur'an then he reach out to grab the piece and the sister resisted. Eventually he succeeded in grabing the Qur'an and instead started reading the script, and before he had completed reading a few verses he requested to be led to the Prophet and hence proclaimed islam. And wonderfully enough, Umar conversion marked the very first time Muslims could pray in public.
It would not therefore be suprise at all that your islamization may pave the way for countless people to become Muslims too.
My humble advice is that, Islam means peace and we Muslims are obligated to promote nothing but peace. be mindful about some of our brothers, who in their endeavor to promote islam, commit acts that are unislamic.
Keep reading and searching for the truth and Allah may guide you on His path. May Allah bless you.
Sister, I am so very happy and overjoyed and wish you the best always in sabil-il-Allah, the right path of Allah.
Althought I was born a Muslim, I too lost my direction and the Holy Quran greatly cleansed my heart and brought me back to my original and purest state, of submission.
InshaAllah, may your deen and imaan continue to flourish.
I am profoundly happy to have read your story and knowing that islam will reach every single corner of the earth(and universe) to invite all to come into its fold. I came to islam about 11 years ago and mashAllah it has been quite a ride!. Learning this deen is an ongoing process and effort and if your niya(intentions) are pure and only for the sake of Allah, He will grant you all you wish for. As muslims Allah will send us tribulations, happinness, and all the necesary additives to make us grow strong in faith. Just be patient with yourself and others(I advice this to myself also) because muslims come from many lands and cultures. However, the message of islam is simple and we are able to practice it anywhere in the world because it is an universal religion. Keep up the good work you are doing and may Allah bless us all here and in the afterlife where inshAllah we will meet. Peace.
All praise be to Allah for guiding you. May Allah make all your affair easy for you and fill your life with peace and tranquility. Sister, I am brother from home (New Zealand). If you ever come back home and need any help in anthing, it will be an honour to be of service to you ( for the sake of Allah).
We are here for you.
We love you in God the most merciful ... Please know that you have more than a billion brothers & sisters on this planet and more of them in the Life to come...
Prais be to Allah Who guides people to the right path.
I shall be grateful if you could forward my email address to her.
let me start with the father of the messengers,
the prophet ibrahim(pbuh), he was a muslim nation by him self in the land of the unbelivers. i think you sould consider him as the perfect example after our prophet muhammed(pbuh), and i think if you remain steadfast on the way that god want us to be you will be a banner of others to convey the message in your area,
finaly sorry if u find some mistake in this comment, once again congratulations and be careful
your brother mokhatr
Peace and blessings be upon you always...
always guide you (and us all) to the TRUTH. Ameen.
Truly Allah SWT guides whoever strives sincerely
to find Him. The Holy Quran teaches muslims how to
supplicate to the Almighty: "Our Lord, let not our hearts deviate after You have guided us and grant us from Yourself mercy.Indeed, You are the
Bestower." 3:8 Also a few supplications from
3:190-194. Numerous supplications are to be found throughout the Holy Quran and in the books of Hadith. May Allah SWT guide you, miss Mita, and increase you in knowledge of Islam. May He SWT
guide someone through you.
because of my past. now i love allah, i would not be in this life if it was not for the will of allah..
I would like to congratulate you on becoming Muslim as well as all the others joining Islam. I have been studying Islam for the past 5 years and became Muslim on Feb. 2, 2001. I would like encourage you to keep your faith and when things seem to be in a lull, keep praying. Allah Ta'alaa always answers your prayers, but in His way. Sometimes what we want is not what we need and we have to remember that He knows best. I give you this advice because when things seem rough and tough we sometimes weaken our Iman and question things, but Allah is every merciful and beneficient and He understands us and still loves us at our weakest moment.
Also, I am an American who got married to a Pakistani (practicing) gentleman and then moved to Pakistan. One thing that I have learned is that when someone is in minority as a Muslim is in the U.S. they tend to try to express their identity more. I have noticed that although Pakistan is an Islamic majority population, about 95% of the people are NOT practicing here. So, in reference to your comment about you are the only Muslim in your community. There are both positives and negatives to this. I encourage you to strive for the path of Islam and see where it takes you. Maybe it will be far from your home. :)
Finally, remember that the things of this world are but temporary. Our sole purpose is to serve Allah....nothing more and nothing less.
I am so happy that you have joined this faith. I pray for Allah to make it easy for you.