How they became Muslim women!
Islam is being subjected to a fierce attack from both inside and outside its lands and accusations of terrorism, regression and barbarism are constantly directed to it. Also, the enemies’…
Islam is being subjected to a fierce attack from both inside and outside its lands and accusations of terrorism, regression and barbarism are constantly directed to it. Also, the enemies’ attacks are mainly directed to the Muslim woman and her Hijaab, which indicates her identity and the degree of her commitment to the orders of Allaah The Almighty.
In the meantime, journalist Wafaa’ Sa‘daawi presented examples in her book and testimonies of female converts to Islam from the East and the West. These examples and testimonies emphasize that Islam is the religion which complies with the human’s sound innate inclination to the truth which exceeds all barriers. They also emphasize that Islam is the religion whose followers increase willingly and continuously, for it fulfills the needs of the mind, soul and body altogether.
Moreover, these testimonies expose the fabrication of orientalists and the misinformation spread by the media and institutions of Western culture. These women adhered to their Hijaab and escaped from intermixing with men after they had suffered from its grave consequences in their communities, while some women in our societies reject the Hijaab and advocate intermixing with men thinking that by doing so they will be up to date with fashion.
These testimonies do not absolve the Muslims of shouldering their responsibility or their failure to present the true image of Islam in its civilized image to the West. In this way, they give orientalists reasonable grounds to support their attempts of forging facts and distorting the image of Islam and Muslims.
Islam and women’s dignity
Monica, who was Japanese Buddhist, grew up in a scientific rational environment. She enjoyed a warm family life and success in both her studies and work. All means of comfortable living were available for her, however she suffered psychological unrest and deadly idleness. She remained as such until Allaah The Almighty Willed that she was appointed to work as an interpreter for Japanese delegations in an Arab tourism company. That was her opportunity to learn about Islam and then studying it thoroughly so as to wipe out the ambiguous image that had been placed in her mind. With time, she developed a solid relation with the Quran and Islam. In Islam, she found the full answers to her philosophical questions about the universe and life. She admired woman’s status, preserved dignity, and the liberation of the mind and soul. Therefore, she decided to become a Muslim and went to Egypt, declared her conversion to Islam in Al-Azhar and married an Egyptian Muslim.
A Muslim since childhood
Samar was an Egyptian Christian who loved Islam since childhood and was attached to prayers and the Quran, which she began to read in second preparatory. Reading the Quran used to make her cry because she was so touched by it. She continued to resist her family’s pressure and their wish to give her a life-long stay at a monastery. She succeeded in standing firm and declared her conversion to Islam and at that point every thing in her life changed. She became an observant Muslim in every aspect of her life. The Islamic marital system appealed to her, as it achieves the benefit of both parties, prevents spousal cheating
by permitting divorce and polygyny, preserves woman’s rights and protects her dignity by wearing the Hijaab. On her journey to Islam she sought knowledge, made righteous friends and read the Quran.
False freedom in the West
Isabelle (‘Eemaan Ramadan), who was a Swiss Christian, says that the breezes of faith blew gently on her during the month of Ramadan after she was uplifted by knowing Allaah The Almighty and His Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, and some principles of Islam. This corrected the distorted image she had about Islam and Muslims, and she found in Islam another life that is based on the creed of monotheism. This gave her great psychological ease through the direct relation between Allaah The Almighty and His slave away from the intervention of the clergy.
She developed deep feelings of faith during the month of Ramadan when she tried fasting and praying and wore the Hijaab for the first time. She was also supported by knowledge and righteous friends to change the distorted image which is propagated by Western media about Islam and Muslims. In spite of the freedom claimed by the West, their attitude about her Islam and Hijaab emphasized the unreal freedom which says that one is free in what one thinks, but one should only do what the entire society approved.
Alexandra Brown (Kareemah) who was a German Christian embraced Islam when she was twelve years old. This was due to her continuous search for the right religion during her childhood and her extensive readings were her gate to knowing the Islamic world and being impressed by Islamic ideologies and acts of worship.
She decided to embrace Islam on Christmas Eve and succeeded in guiding her grandmother to Islam and the light of Islam entered her heart before declaring her conversion in the Islamic center in London. She lived in Egypt with her husband and small family, as she was keen on bringing her children up in a good Islamic environment.
Her weapon is patience
Montserrat Uvera (Zaynab) grew up in a Spanish Christian family with a distorted view of Islam and Muslims. Her readings of the Old and New Testament and the amount of contradiction between the two caused her great confusion. However this confusion was overcome by her reading about Islam and the Quran, as she found many solutions for the complex ideological and legislative issues in Islam, and therefore, decided to become a Muslim. However, she faced a lot of problems with her family concerning purification, food and prohibitions. With time, they got accustomed to Islamic practices, and her weapon in the realm of Islam was patience in the hope of attaining happiness of this world and the Hereafter and calling other non-Muslim women to Islam with the intention to protect them from the corruption and immorality of Western society.
Layla ‘Izz Ad-Deen, a Dutch Christian loved Islam due to her relation with Muslims in Holland. They presented a good example of Islam, insight into the marital relationship, and Islam’s respect for woman and her familial entity.
She married a young Muslim man some months before declaring her Islam in Egypt and then she regained her lost tranquility. She began to observe the Islamic acts of worship. After her return with her small family to Holland she joined the Islamic work in the Islamic center. Some time later she moved to Egypt to be able to bring up her children Islamically away from the temptations of European society. However, she raises questions about the status of Hijaab, acts of worship and non-Islamic dealings in the Muslim society.
, an American Christian grew up in a strict Catholic family. However, when she dealt with Arab students at university she liked their characters, relations and dealings, contrary to what is usually circulated in the mass media. After she started read about Islam and read the translation of the Quran she discovered the truth about Islam and its history. She was amazed at the status of woman in Islam and was dazzled that woman enjoyed their rights under Islam 1400 years ago while the Western woman only enjoyed part of her status a hundred or so years ago. She also admired the Islamic marital relationship and the integration of the roles of family members. This did not happen with many American husbands and wives.
Peace of mind – tranquility
I was astray; I did not know why I was alive. I did not know what comes after death. I lived in constant depression and worry, but now I have peace of mind and tranquility. I love this religion that our Prophet, sallallaahu ‘alayhi wa sallam, was sent to bring as a mercy to human beings.
These are the words of Sylvie
, a French convert, who is aware of the Islamic issue and who is very concerned with matters and troubles of Muslims. In spite of her scientific achievement (Doctorate in chemical engineering) and luxurious lifestyle, she was always sad and disharmonious with those around her. She was not comfortable with discussions in Judaism and Christianity about distorting the image of Islam and Muslims.
Through her Muslim Arab brother-in-law, she read about Islam and became familiar with it. She found full answers to all the questions she had about life and death.
She found her entity and dignity in the framework of Islam. Outside that framework, she is considered a cheap commodity that is bought and sold and deprived of any rights.