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Cheryl

First I will state that I was raised Catholic, I went through the whole Christian

Process...Communion and Confirmation etc....I was never that religious although my grandmother who is an Irish born Catholic was a fanatic.

But Suphan Allah I was steadfast to this religion cause that was what I was raised!

It wasn't until I met my husband who is a Palestinian Sunni Muslim that the world

of Islam came to me. Funny as it seems I didn't learn much from him only cause

I was stubborn... If he told me anything about Islam even if it made sense I would never admit it to him. But through the grace of Allah I was still able to learn Islam

from a friend of my husband's sister. Her name is Mona. I use to see her much and

I was very curious about the religion. When I talked to Mona, I use to ask her many

questions like why do u wear that scarf on your head? and when she answered it is

because of my self respect and that her beauty is for husband alone and nobody else

I was amazed! I use to think that it was because they were second class citizen and that there husbands made them! How ignorant was I???

What struck me most about Al Islam is that I am closer to Allah than I ever was.

Let me explain. In church you had to go to "confession " so I can be forgiven

for my sins. In Islam I had to asked Allah for forgiveness , there is no middle man

( priest, confession etc...)

And the more I learned on Islam I was dumbstruck to find that I have as much rights

as any man, much to my suprise. I never saw Islam as "fair" but I was never so wrong. There are so many hadith about how wives, mothers, daughters are to be treated. they are to be treated with RESPECT! and how about the Surah Maryam?

There is a Surah in the Quran for the mother of Jesus. May Allah be pleased with both of them. This was especially Important . First cause I didn't know that Islam

believed in Jesus and Mary.

I always thought that what ever I did no matter how bad or how wrong I was I will

always be forgiven because I was first baptized and that as long as I had Jesus in me

Everything would be ok. Meaning I will go to Heaven. boy was I wrong!

I now have a conscience. I now live to please Allah and I am Always worried about my actions as well as my speech. I have more morals now than I ever did, I know that

Allah knows everything that is in my heart and in my thoughts as well as what I say or do. I have never feared GOD before Islam! But my fear of Allah and the day of Judgement is so great that i can't help but "try" as best as I can to live a righteous life . To try to explain why i went to Islam is easy yet so hard. There is so many reasons why . the fact that Allah loves me and that HE is ALL KNOWING and ALL

Hearing puts me on to a straight path.

I was not "forced" to Islam because of the fact that I married a Muslim . I converted to Islam about 3 years AFTER I was married! Islam means to submit to Allah.... What good is it if u make someone convert to Islam if there heart is not in it? Do u think Allah does not know what is in your heart?

Ya Allah I pray that you may bestow Knowledge on us and guide all to the right path

and I also Pray that you join us with those who are Righteous! Ameen

Jazzaka Allah Khair

Cheryl

Elafifi@aol.com

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