A New Muslim's Diary

When Falsehood Seems like Truth

When Falsehood Seems like Truth

I was invited to join a Facebook page, a ‘support group for Muslim converts’ a few weeks after my conversion. Those in it seemed so articulate and knowledgeable! But I didn't know that this was a dangerous way to breed one’s own version of Islam based on questioning anything that came in the way of catering to one's nafs.  How could I, a new, fresh, -gullible!- muslim convert?
The Secret Sabr

The Secret Sabr

The Wait is one of the most challenging experiences of learning sabr- it is inevitable. But we can become blinded by the thing that we want so badly, and ignore the multitude of other blessings that Allah gives us throughout that Wait. And when we don't see it, we are indeed of the ungrateful.
The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

The Pen is Mightier than the Sword

Someone told me it was unusual for Muslim reverts like myself to publish about their journey, about Islam, because they fear saying wrong things. I can't stop writing, though, because I could probably be someone else's only small peephole to what Islam is. But the pen comes with responsibility and a need for adab.
A Muslim in Allah's Eyes... but not in Yours?

A Muslim in Allah's Eyes... but not in Yours?

"Are you in a rush to convert?" This will be a question forever etched in my memory. Do we, as revert Muslims in Allah's eyes, have to meet your institution's requirements to be recognised as Muslims in YOUR eyes?
The Permanence of Loving Temporarily

The Permanence of Loving Temporarily

Do I fear death, or that my loved ones will leave me? Does my love cause me to cling ferociously to them, afraid that something may happen once I lose sight of them? Everything in this world is temporary. What is the meaning of attaining all these, to lose it all in the event of my own death? What have I gained from all of these, when none of these follow me to my grave?
To the Hesitant Soul

To the Hesitant Soul

Dear Hesitant Soul, You wondered if you'd be able to follow all the rules. You didn't want to seem like a hypocrite; and you worried about your family and friends and what they would think. So you held back; you hesitated. This is for you; you're not alone.
That Thing on Your Head

That Thing on Your Head

You judge me by what's on my head, So convinced by the rumors which the channels spread. You call me imprisoned, you call me oppressed, merely because of the way I'm dressed. How little do you know about with what I've been blessed.

I'm a Muslim, I do Jihad

I'm a Muslim, I do Jihad

"France is target of choice for 'jihadists'"? No, the WHOLE of humanity in need of 'jihadists'.
The Dilemma of Da'wah

The Dilemma of Da'wah

Da'wah- It means to invite to Islam, not to drag someone to the mosque and stuff your ideologies down their throat.
The Parent Problem

The Parent Problem

Few reverts are blessed with parents who could immediately accept their conversion. Many have gone through years of hostility or even disownment. How do we, as children, continue to maintain the respect for our parents?

In Hijab for Good

In Hijab for Good

It has been slightly more than a month since I made the promise to Allah (s.w.t) that I'd be in hijab for good. I've come far from being concerned about physical appearances because I can now see the glow (Nur) in the faces of the women who are truly at peace and joy with their faith, and that is the most beautiful appearance of all because it shines from within.
Respect Us, Take off your Hijab

Respect Us, Take off your Hijab

Isn't Mary the mother of Jesus/Isa. shown everywhere wearing the hijab, even in paintings, statues of her? I wish I'd said, "How is Mary the mother of Jesus any different? How is it that you can respect her so much, yet you don't respect me?"
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