From visits to traditional muslim weddings to enrolling in Islamic classes in Japan, to quitting her job at an American finance company to study Islamic finance... Maya's story is purely filled with the seeking of the Truth, and is proof indeed that Allah truly is the Best of Planners.
"When my Muslim boyfriend left me, I was really heartbroken. But come to think if it, I would not have turned to the Truth if I had not met him. My heart is at peace knowing what is meant for me will never miss me, and what missed me is not meant for me."
“If I convert to Islam, I don’t want to be lazy about anything for Islam. I want to wear hijab to work, I want to fast, I want to avoid eating pork. But now it’s hard because we have always been taught since young that we must “always eat lunch with a smile and be in a good mood when eating with friends and teachers”."
"I made Shahada led by Dr Zakir Naik in his lecture with over 1,200 witnesses. My question was how I could deal with other religious practice in society as Japanese Muslim. The answer by him was “If you do not go against what Quran says, it should not be a problem.” It was my last question before reverting. I felt so relieved that I am finally part of Islam and my heart gets clean."
“There was a time I hid from my parents about being muslim. I did my prayers in my toilet, it’s a small space but I have no other choice because I have no other place I can pray without them seeing. And it was also hard for me to go to the Mosque. Because I always had to lie to my father.”
"Becoming Muslim requires a LOT of strength, courage, and confidence; it requires a lot of dedication and conviction and a lot of determination. Wearing the hijab, praying 5 times a day at it’s allotted time, not beautifying yourself for other than your husband, not mixing and flirting with random strange men, cutting out dirty music and disgusting television, eating halal etc….all this is not done to please people…but it is done to please the one who created you!”
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